Lectures offered by David Melton
- Biography: David Melton began exploring the mysteries in 1988. He has been active in the central Indiana pagan community since 1991 as an educator, priest, and group leader. David became an initiate of the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) in 1996. He has served as priest of the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (EGC) since 2000. David has presented workshops and led rituals at ConVocation and the Chrysalis Moon festival, Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, and numerous local magical groups. His articles have been published online and in several regional newsletters. David’s current areas of study and practice include alchemy, sacred geometry, Reiki, and ceremonial magic.
- State: IN
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Iron Ritualist Competition
- Origins of the Elements
- Magic Stars
- Rethinking the Sacraments for Modern Magicians
- Alchemical Symbolism in the Gnostic Mass
- Harm None Yet Get Even: Pagan Perspectives on Retribution
- Scrying Basics
- Banishing for Beginners: Intro to the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram
- Who Were the Templars?
- A Magician of Many Talents
- Aleister Crowley, Prophet of the New Aeon
- The Alchemical Process of Ritual
- Travel Availability/Needs: Willing to travel. Willing to pay his own travel expenses and arrange own lodging as far as Akron/Cleveland to the east, Chicago/Detroit to the north, Louisville to the south, and St. Louis to the west; outside those areas would need host Body to pay travel – prefers to stay with local Brethren.
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Iron Ritualist Competition
Synopsis: Here’s the scenario: Imagine you’re hosting a ritual, and the person who’s leading it flakes out at the last minute. People will start arriving soon, so you only have a few minutes to prepare a ritual using whatever you can find in the back seat of your car! Participants in this contest will be divided into teams, and given an assortment of magical and mundane items to use in their ritual. Teams will have 20 minutes to plan and rehearse, after which each team will perform their ritual before a panel of judges. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team.
Origins of the Elements
Synopsis: This discussion focuses on how our modern understanding of the four elements evolved in early Greek philosophy, reaching its full development in Aristotle. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the four elements by extending Aristotle’s ideas and applying them to our own magical practice.
Synopsis: Throughout magical history, pentagrams and hexagrams have been used as symbols of power. In this session, participants will learn what’s so special about the numbers 5 and 6. We’ll study examples of pentagrams and hexagrams from diverse traditions to deepen our understanding of their heritage, and we’ll learn simple ways to use these symbols to enrich and empower our own magic.
Rethinking the Sacraments for Modern Magicians
Synopsis: In this workshop, participants will learn that the seven traditional sacraments of the Catholic Church are far older than Christianity. They meet deep psychological and spiritual needs within humanity. By stripping away millennia of dogma, we reveal their rich esoteric and magical significance. Renewed, the sacraments become powerful tools and techniques to harmonize the life of the individual with the True Will, through the seven planets, the elements and principles of alchemy, and the Tree of Life.
Alchemical Symbolism in the Gnostic Mass
Synopsis: This discussion explores and analyzes the rich alchemical symbolism found in Liber XV, the Gnostic Mass. Participants of all paths/traditions will learn how these symbols and processes can enrich their personal magical practice.
Harm None Yet Get Even: Pagan Perspectives on Retribution
Synopsis: This class provides a historical and cross-cultural overview of revenge, vendetta, the blood-price, and other forms of ritualized justice. We will relate these ideas with the Threefold Law, the Wiccan Rede, and Karma, as the foundations of modern Pagan ethics. We will also explore ways that modern pagans can satisfy our desires for justice without compromising our personal ethical standards.
Synopsis: Participants in this workshop will gain an overview of the basics of scrying, including how to prepare for a scrying session, what materials to use, techniques for receiving and interpreting messages, and ways scrying can be used as a part of other ritual work.
Banishing for Beginners: Intro to the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram
Synopsis: In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the similarities and differences between banishing and casting a circle. We will learn how to use this simple but powerful ritual to create sacred space, clear it of unwanted energy, balance and harmonize internal power, and place ourselves at the symbolic center of our own magical universe.
Who Were the Templars?
Synopsis: For nearly 900 years, the Templars have captivated our imaginations. This workshop provides an overview of Templar history, from their seemingly innocent origins, through their meteoric rise to power, to their tragic downfall. Participants in this discussion will gain insight into the Templar legacy, both magical and mundane.
A Magician of Many Talents
Synopsis: Aleister Crowley was a member, founder, or enemy of just about every magical organization that existed during his lifetime, and his influence in the magical community can still be seen today. Many people are unfamiliar with Crowley’s equally significant non-magical achievements. This class provides an appreciation of Aleister Crowley as a poet, playwright, chess champion, artist, mountaineer, and intelligence agent.
Aleister Crowley, Prophet of the New Aeon
Synopsis: What is the New Aeon, why is “The Wickedest Man in the World” its prophet, and why should we care? This workshop provides an introduction to the Book of the Law, the spiritual changes it heralded, and Aleister Crowley’s role in manifesting them.
The Alchemical Process of Ritual
Synopsis: This workshop, based on the book “The Art of Ritual” by Renee Beck and Sydney Barbara Metrick, will teach participants to use the alchemical cycle of the 4 elements as a model for planning and performing nearly any type of ritual.