We have assembled a stellar team of speakers for this conference, including Dr. David Shoemaker, Lon Milo DuQuette, Andrew Ferrell, Lauren Gardner, Joshua Gadbois and Harper Feist. Among the speaker team, we have over a hundred years of practice, study and contemplation of topics related to Thelema.
Dr. David Shoemaker
Dr. David Shoemaker is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in Jungian and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. David is the Chancellor and Prolocutor of the Temple of the Silver Star. He is a senior initiate of Ordo Templi Orientis and A∴A∴, and has more than twenty-five years of experience supervising initiates in these organizations.
David was the compiler of the TOTSS publication, Jane Wolfe: The Cefalu Diaries 1920-1923, and a co-editor of the collections of the writings of Phyllis Seckler (Soror Meral), The Thoth Tarot, Astrology, & Other Selected Writings, The Kabbalah, Magick, and Thelema. Selected Writings Volume II, and Collected Poems 1946-1996. He was also the co-editor of the collection of correspondence published as Karl Germer: Selected Letters 1928-1962. His popular book Living Thelema: A Practical Guide to Attainment in Aleister Crowley’s System of Magick, followed on the success of the podcast of the same name. David’s latest book, The Winds of Wisdom, which presents the results of his scrying of the 30 Aethyrs of the Enochian system, was published in 2016.
In addition to his work in magick and psychology, David is a composer and musician. He lives in Sacramento, California.
Lon Milo DuQuette
Lon Milo DuQuette is the author of 17 books that have been translated into 12 languages. He is also an award-winning singer-songwriter and recording artist whose musical career has spanned over 50 years. Lon is also an internationally recognized authority on tarot, Qabalah, and ceremonial magick and has written extensively about the life and work of Aleister Crowley. He is currently the US Deputy Grand Master of Ordo Templi Orientis, and his most recent publication is Son of Chicken Qabalah: Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford’s (Mostly Painless) Practical Qabalah Course.
Lauren Gardner, MA, LPC
Lauren Gardner works as a counselor, educator and psychotherapist in private practice in Chapel Hill, NC. Her esoteric background encompasses over a decade of study, practice, and teaching within the Golden Dawn and A∴A ∴ systems.
Professionally, she has been published in academic, peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Humanistic Counseling. Her esoteric writing includes contributions to Commentaries on the Golden Dawn Flying Rolls, as well as numerous essays and other writings available in print and online. Most recently, she co-edited Phyllis Seckler: Collected Poems 1946-1996.
Lauren has presented workshops at Babalon Rising, NOTOCON, and the O.T.O. Women’s Symposium, where her presentation on the feminine archetype in historic and modern formative literature changed the perspectives of attendees, resulting in experiences unexpected and much appreciated. She has also presented professionally on Pagan advocacy at conferences at both regional and national levels.
Her doctoral dissertation is a phenomenological study of the experiences of Pagans in psychotherapy. She enjoys fun conversations by the pool, dark spiced rum and ginger beer, and decent human beings with interesting experiences worth comparing notes.
Lauren recharges by spending solitary time in the wilderness. She lives in Raleigh, NC, and has been known to write under the name “Soror Madimi.”
Harper Feist is the sobriquet of a Ph.D. chemist who has been interested in the intersection of magick and science for most of her life. She’s currently interested in the role of the scryer in ceremonial magick and has taken part in many workings involving both chthonic and celestial spirits.
On the Thelemic side, she’s proud to be a member of the Ordo Templi Orientis and an A∴A∴ student. In her mundane life, Harper is a mother, a cat herder and a martial artist specializing in Ko-ryū Japanese weapons training.
By day, Andrew Ferrell is a globe trotting IT professional in the semiconductor industry. By night he is an AI hobbyist teaching machines things unspeakable.
Andrew has had an interest in the esoteric ever since he began sleeping with his prized magic wand at age six. He has been an active ceremonial practitioner for nearly thirty years and enjoys teaching, mentoring, and making his students cringe from his awful puns.
Andrew is currently Vice-Chancellor and Grand Praemonstrator of the Temple of the Silver Star. As Librarian and Archivist for that Order, he is dedicated to preserving and publishing the teachings and printed legacy of Karl Germer, Jane Wolfe, and Phyllis Seckler. He is one of the editors of “Karl Germer: Selected Letters” and compiler of the source material for volumes I & II of Phyllis Seckler’s Selected Writings. He is also a member of O.T.O. and an aspirant to A∴A∴.
He currently resides in Sacramento with his beloved husband and three dogs, “The Secret Chiefs.”
Rufus Opus (Joshua Gadbois)
Rufus Opus has devoted most of his adult esoteric study and practice to the accomplishment of the Great Work according to the principles of Hermetic magick descended from Plotinus, Porphyry, and Iamblichus, passed on to Hermes Trismegistus in the 1st through 3rd centuries E.V., and onward through the Medici-translated grimoires pouring out of Constantinople after its fall to the Turks, and the writings of Trithemius, and his student Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa.
Lately convinced of the value of sibrority and organized study and practice, R.O. has joined the A∴A∴, the O.T.O, and the E.G.C. The A∴A∴ Work provides structure and accountability, and essays and breathing are certainly fun things to do regularly. Within the O.T.O., he stands between the Triads comfortably, enjoying the camaraderie and insights from his sisters and brothers. Under the auspices of the E.G.C., he serves as Priest, Deacon, and Child within the Gnostic Mass, administering the virtues as often as possible.
He’s written a book, Seven Spheres, and has developed several piles of digital 1’s and 0’s based on Hermetic Magick, The Great Work, the conjuration and communication with spirits, angels, and demons, true wisdom and perfect happiness. Mostly he wonders why you aren’t having more fun.