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Amanda, Darling is a natural mystic that excels in divination, intuitive arts, and ritual. A practicing magician for over a decade, the Left Hand Path has been home for the last 5 years. She is co-founder of Party Monster, a paradigm based on the club scene of the 90's. Classically trained in Wicca, but currently practicing Chaos Magick, because her black cat ran away several times and she took it as a sign that being a traditional witch wasn't a good fit. Her ordained hippy name is Amethyst Rainbow. She is a Priestess of The Church of Hilarity and Spontaneous Song, a Priestess of the Chaos Vaginas, and specializes in Fire Arts with Sacred Circus. Amanda enjoys exploring this wild ride called life with her partner in crime, live music, spreading the seeds of Chaos Magick at festivals across the Midwest, throwing fabulous parties, costumes, collecting weird shit, walks on the beach with fruity drinks garnished with umbrellas, practicing every day magick, sunny days, sleeping in, crystals, and snuggling her grey cat, River.

Babalon Rising 2016-2019
Amanda Torrey (Templewhore) is an idea driven person motivated by her inspired concepts. In 1998, these ideas helped Amanda and her husband David to form Terra Incognita's intentional community. TI attempted to integrate spirituality with sexuality using ancient Mesopotamian models that have proven to be adaptable to a variety of religious and magickal beliefs. 

Scary, shadow-filled places of Monsters and Magick that thrive in a Jungian Collective Unconscious resides inside our psyche where Amanda believes we can begin breaking fear-generated barriers for personal growth. The power released from these barriers often produces loving energy which helps heal most emotional wounds as well as unite those participating in the Process of Transcendence. For her, symbolic acts only bring symbolic rewards, so both deity and divine energy exchanges must be reality based. So, after many years of working in law firms and creating community service organizations, her 2009 DePaul degree in Religious Studies focused on how cultural religious biases impact on social systems. She'd like to be part of developing bridges between marginal communities (alternative subcultures) and mainstream society through awareness of the full spectrum of spiritual identifications. As the importance of self-definitions became obvious, because of her work in T/I as well as her studies at DePaul, she believes answers to many modern problems can be found in Ancient History which seems to be the nexus of sexuality and spirituality.

Terra Incognita is a sexual magick temple in Chicago dedicated to the eclectic Qadishtu Path of celebration, education and healing which might include BDSM, Paganism, the patron/protege program, polyamory, Sex Magick, sexwork, surrogacy, Tantra and Taoist practices. Through myth and rituaI, it is possible to enter the dolmer of the Collective Unconscious through a very flexible neo-Pagan type of ritual that focuses energetic group workings, which owes a great deal to Chaos Magick creativity. Her Qadishtu priesthood is Temple-based, and gives homage to historical precedents which includes educational outreach and various hands-on practices.

Babalon Rising 2010, 2011, 2014

Sister Amy Harmon joined the O.T.O. in 2013. She is past Secretary and current Librarian and Hagiographer of Black Sun Lodge and currently serves as a USGL Man of Earth Delegate. She cherishes her ability to be of service in the E.G.C. as an ordained Deacon and novice Priestess. Since 2007, she has educated hundreds of medical and nursing students as a GTA, using her body as the essential teaching tool. She also trains Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor pursuits and participates in competitive rowing. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her partner and her dog.

Babalon Rising 2016
Tom Bednarchuk (Andrieh Vitimus) has been published in Konton Magazine and WitchVox. He is currently in the process of finishing a book(Hands-On Chaos Magic) which is scheduled to go to Imanion Press once the manuscript is completed and is included in the Magic on The Edge Anthology, The Best of Konton Anthology, and the Techno-Magick Anthology.  

Andrieh Vitimus has been a regular store presenter at Alchemy Arts in Chicago, and has presented at conventions throughout the midwest including Real Witch Ball, Ancient Ways, Aeon and others. Topics have run the gambit from Voudon to Reiki to even Goetia work Currently, he resides in Columbus, OH and is starting up energy manipulation workshops. He is interested in all styles of magic especially meeting and working with other open minded magicians that want to magically do some work. Andrieh Vitimus is a member in good standing of the Illuminates of Thanateros, America Section.

Babalon Rising 2006
Anita Kraft aka Tau Anna Rose lives in New Albany, Indiana with her two children. Her daughter is a Minerval in the OTO. She joined the OTO in 1993 and has served as Master of IAO Abraxas Oasis in Bloomington Indiana. She is a chartered initiator, an ordained Priestess and is currently a Bishop in the EGC and an SGIG in the OTO. She has traveled extensively for the order visiting bodies all across USGL. Currently she is helping to establish Theorte Ekstasis, a chartered camp in Louisville, KY.

Babalon Rising 2006 & 2007
Founding Director, active 2006 - 2010
Anthony  -- (We're still waiting on his bio, so we'll see if he notices that Laurelei has taken liberties.  She runs amuck if nobody pays attention. Mwahahaha!) You know what makes Anthony awesome? Lots of stuff, we're guessing!  But the thing we're going to brag on him for is that he does not back down from a challenge, and he didn't shy away from jumping right into a BIG job when the festival put a call out for help.  A festival like this needs "boots on the ground" to get the work accomplished, and Anthony is doing the DO -- showing Babalon Rising both Love and Will in action!

Babalon Rising 2019
Demon Monarch in Charge of Grounds 
aradiaLady Aradia is a transgender witch who walks the crooked path of traditional folkloric witchcraft and is a member of the Indianapolis Crossroads Coven. She is an advocate for universal equal rights and religious freedom. It is her goal to educate any and everyone on the concepts of the Sacred Feminine and it's presence on the lives of those who live outside the binary.

Babalon Rising 2019
Arianrhod is a homesteading, goat-loving, gatekeeping, Midian director. She was raised on a farm and brings her knowledge and experience of canning, cooking, cheese-making, and all manner of animal husbandry to the Midian  community. She never passes on an opportunity to teach friends and community members what she knows -- taking time to answer questions and even provide demos. She is staunchly dedicated to making sure all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed on the un-rumpled, non-mangled, error-free gate forms completed by our attendees. She is a fierce first line of protection for Midian, Babalon Rising, and the friends and family that make both happen. She has an ant-hill and a jar of honey, and she is NOT afraid to use either of them, if occasion arises.

* She would never say so much about herself, and her bio would sit blank if not hijacked and written by her loyal and loving seeing-eye rabbit.

Gate Organizer 2011 - 2019
Athol Wollard is a silversmith who works with pure silver bullion to create unique and magical art pieces. Athol is also talented in the arts of glasswork, leatherwork, and the rare and intricate Japanese art of Makume-Gane. Athol is always looking forward to creating that next one-of-a-kind masterpiece just for YOU, the client. The utmost care is given to every painstaking detail to ensure your vision of your custom piece is brought to true form, and that you are satisfied with the work. While there may be some similar pieces offered of non-custom pieces from time to time, no two items are ever 100% identical, as every item is truly done by hand and jewelry is never machine cast.

Babalon Rising 2008
Austin Coppock, also known as Baron Samadhi von Coppockalypse, PhD, is a practicing astrologer and magician with a strong background in Taoist energy work and degrees in Philosophy and Social Science. He is the author of the popular astrology column, "ABYSSAL EPISTLES" which is "Hated by men of science and faith alike!"


Babalon Rising 2007
The Babalon Finishing School was created in order to provide an exclusive forum for introducing select souls to the arts of the Left Hand Path of magick, and to the lifestyle which inevitably follows. For the last five years it has grown and flourished in Cincinnati, and evolved into a precise yet chaotic blend of ideas, rituals, and tradition. Since the way is not for all, it must be found by the individual, and only those who are willing to take risks, and explore the abyss will recognise the entrance to the journey. Questioning ones own perception of reality is the first step to awakening, and sometimes the first step to ones destruction. Thru destruction we recreate ourselves, again and again into the truly conscious nakedness of being. The founders of the BFS are dedicated to showing the way to those who wish to explore the mysteries of the active paths of magick. Join us in our journey!

Babalon Rising 2007
Bat Kol is a Gnostic seeker and "Jill of all trades." Filling her life with the study of one mystery or another since early childhood, she has fed her creative imagination with active intuition, spiritualism, ancient godforms, folk magick and the mysteries of the Western Gate. She joined the Ordo Templi Orientis as a 24-year-old widow and was ordained to the Priestesshood in 2012.

Babalon Rising 2015
Baz -- Bio coming soon.

Maintenance Organizer 2016 - 2018
Fr Bedlam is currently a resident of London, England and has been a  member of IOTUK for 8Yrs.  A life long student of many occultic arts and sciences,  Bedlam has been most influenced by William Burroughs and Rune Magick and has fuses it with his own homegrown style of voodoo.  He uses all these concepts and more and actively mixes them with his passion for the intrinsic connection between Art and Magick to make his way in this strange and every changing world.

Babalon Rising 2016
Bill Duvendack Right Reverend Bill Duvendack is an internationally known astrologer, psychic, presenter, teacher, tarot reader, and author. He has presented in many venues, ranging from colleges and high schools to national and international conferences. He is the author of over a dozen published books on modern spirituality, with more soon to be released. He has had over four dozen essays published in various anthologies, and his magical writings have been translated into six languages, with more coming out soon. He regularly teaches digital courses on magick, astrology, and modern spirituality. He has been interviewed by the NY Times, RTE 1, and has made many TV and radio appearances.

For more information and to contact, please visit his website at

Babalon Rising  2012, 2014 - 2019, 2022

Rev Dr Bonnie Campaniello
Dr Paranormal Psychology
Psychic/MediumAssoc. Degree in Business Law, Purdue Univ. Calumet - 1980
Began Pagan Practices in 1994,
Ordained in 1999
Began practicing Egyptian Magic in 1999
Started reading Tarot for the public in 2000
I have worked with police on missing person cases in 7 states and have assisted in locating 19 people. I have been able to see across the veil my entire life, and started working with police in 2002. I received my Doctorate in Paranormal Psychology in 2005.
I developed my technique for a seance through the assistance of my spirit guide.

Babalon Rising 2011
Brandy is a Midian Director and the Kitchen Director for the Babalon Rising Festival. She is a homeschooling, homesteading woman, living and working on her family's micro-farm in Bedford with her husband, parents, brother, and sons. Brandy runs the Midian kitchen, heads up beautification and planting efforts, and does her damnedest to feed the lovely people of  this festival.

Kitchen Director 2014 - 2019
Brandy WIlliams Brandy Williams is  a priestess, magician and activist. She is High Priestess of Anahata Rose Croix Chapter of Ordo Templi Orientis and an ordained priestess of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica. She is a Georgian high priestess and a Nath Tantrika. Her Golden Dawn motto is Via Amore Gnostike, Insight Through Love. She sits on the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights. She is also a master gardener and a member of the Medieval Womens Choir who sing of love and spiritual devotion. She lives in Washington state with her partners Ted and Alex, three cats and a dog.

Babalon Rising 2016, 2019, 2022
Brian Henke composes and performs his music like a painter putting images on canvas, a kind of sonic shaman, drawing his inspiration from the world around him. An avid hiker, he often brings his guitar along to create a spontaneous response to his outdoor settings.

Mother Earth (Terra) as artist has given an immense living gallery from the humbling spectacle of her natural wonders to the simple, beauty of a treetop against a blue sky. Her majestic legacy and the magical feeling of awe and peace inspire the compositions of this award winning virtuosic fingerstyle guitarist.

Brian’s seven solo CD’s, “Many Waters”, “Love Song for Terra”,”Force of Nature”, “The Nature of Light”, “Tree of Life”, “A Child’s Garden” and his most recent release, “Seven Magic Spells” are a cornucopia of sonic vistas. He celebrates the seasons, a Grand Canyon sunset, the fireside magic of an American shaman, playful waterfalls, the color of the wind and the light of dreams to name a few. His live DVD,”Live at Cuyahoga Community College” gives listeners and viewers a chance to enjoy a front seat in an intimate concert setting with a half hour interview afterwards giving the viewer a deeper understanding of where his music comes from.

He also recorded “A Crown of Stars” with Bluefeather, Dunlap and Henke, a CD that made it into the top 10 in June of 2007 on the International New Age Radio Charts and is the producer of “The Woodchoppers Ball”, a double CD featuring 26 of the worlds best acoustic guitarists released to benefit Northeast Ohio’s homeless and is the promoter of the annual benefit concert of the same name, having recently celebrated it’s 12th year.

His unique guitar style has been called everything from Folk to New Age to Neo-Classical to Pastoral or as Brian likes to call it “a big stewpot of everything, stirred up, simmered and served to taste.” His music appeals to anyone who likes their music lyrical, thought provoking and performed with virtuosity. Through it all is an undercurrent of spirituality and mysticism that Brian says is very much a part of the creative process. Because of this he has received radio air play all over the world on shows as varied as WKSU’s “Folk Alley” and John Dilberto’s “Echoes”. He has also shared the bill or performed with acts as diverse as “Yes”, “The Strawbs”, “ Bill Frisell” “Linda Ronstadt”, “Glass Harp”, Wendy Rule, Steve Morse”, Yngvie Malmsteen”, “Robin and Linda Williams”, “Richie Havens”, “John Prine” Christine Lavin”, “Dar Williams” ”The Kingston Trio”, ”Alison Brown, ”Adrian Belew”, ”Spiro Gyra, Dar Williams, and many of the best acoustic guitarists in the world including “Andy McKee”, “Pete Huttlinger”, “Phil Keaggy”, ”Alex DeGrassi”, ”Stephen Bennett”, ”John Doan”, ”Beppe Gambetta”, Doug Smith”, ”Dan Crary”, Laurence Juber and many, many others.

A winner of many acoustic and electric guitar awards, he has also been a finalist in the prestigious National Fingerstyle Contest in Winfield, Kansas, the National Guitarmageddon regional finals in Boston and in New Age Reporters Top 10 for 2006 and 2010.

“Brian’s fretwork is masterful, elaborate and he makes every note count…His compositions are harmonious, sometimes complicated, but always engaging…Brian Henke’s music is organic, mesmerizing and best of all magic.” – RJ Lannon New Age Reporter

Contact Brian Henke at or visit

Babalon Rising 2014
Brian Langsdale is a Certified Yoga Instructor, Thelemic Magician, and Student of the Mysteries Bryan Langsdale has been teaching Yoga for years while Studying Magick and Mysticism since his teens. He instructs 3 Yoga Classes Weekly and teaches a variety of workshops including Pranayama. He is also a Sound Vibrational Therapist using Soffeggio Tuning Forks to balance and clear an individual's Chakra system.

Babalon Rising 2010

Bryan Alvarez is a musician, writer, teacher and healer based out of Chicago, IL. A musician of 20 years and a student of the western mystery tradition, he practices an eclectic path weaving itself through music, medicine, healing, magick, and shamanism. He is a practitioner of healing song, divination, Qabalistic energy healing, and is Reiki level 1. While he may be all of these things, he is also none of these things. To give words to these ideas we limit them to preconceived expectations of what they are “supposed” to be. He is eternally a student to the mysteries of the universe. 


Babalon Rising 2018

butterflyYou can find Butterfly dancing around the fire in some kind of trance, letting the fire and drums lead her until the morning sun. When the sun is out, you will find her practicing chaos magick in her own form, a mix of many belief systems, ideals and some of her own spice, she also embodies OEM, along with her tribe.

Since she was a child, rocks, trees and the spirit realm have called her in many forms. This has led her into a magical life, in and outside of festival season.
(After all, the crazy never just stays at fest!)

When she’s not making magick, you can find her bouncing from person to person with open arms, and an open heart. If you see this Butterfly in the wild, expect a huge hug and a screech

Babalon Rising 2018, 2019
Cadence DeSeuil, or Page 'that Ophite' Turner, is a practicing Thelemite with 18 years of magickal practice and exploratory writing under their girdle. They occasionally wander back from the edges of speculation, theory, and 'unofficial field research,' with a satchel full of glittering and grimy insights to share with the class.

Babalon Rising 2016, 2017
Fr. Capra is a Reclaiming Witch and Thelemite living in so-called Pennsylvania. A devotee of Uriel, this practitioner is determined to use witch’s ways to reclaim the power of Folk Catholicism and the Grimoire tradition. He carries the moniker of a goat and uses that playful, obstinate spirit to carve a path up the mountain before him. You can find Fr. Capra’s work at

Babalon Rising 2022

The Chaos Vaginas is a collection of women who aspire to reach all women and empower them by teaching them to celebrate and cherish their own unique abilities. Love thy body.  Love thy self.  LOVE IS THE LAW.


Babalon Rising 2017
Christian Hartman has been performing in Tribal Music/Dance troupes since Spring of 2004. His current group, Mayan Ruins (also appearing at Babalon Rising) performs with Tribal & Traditional Belly Dancers. Christian is a certified Yoga teacher specializing in Yin Yoga. Christian collects & studies the Magickal & Philosophical works of Crowley & has a special interest in the Beast's works on Oriental Magick, Mysticism & Yoga.

Babalon Rising 2012 & 2014
Dan and dawn bring their diverse backgrounds and experiences to each presentation and workshop they lead.  

With their blend of training and experience in Sacred Sexuality, BDSM, M/s & energy work, they offer a unique perspective to their audience. Although they have presented hundreds of workshops at dozens and dozens of events over the past 10 years, they continue to bring great enthusiasm and energy to each presentation.

They are also the co-host of the Erotic Awakening internet radio show, an educational podcast that explores “all things erotic”; Great Lakes region Master & slave title holders (2010); creators of the Scarlet Sanctuary and Path of the Qadishti (sacred sexuality spaces); featured educators on both Kink Acedemy and Creative Sexuality; leaders of the respected Leather tribe “House Metta”; and mentioned in a number of books, articles, and other media.

Babalon Rising 2011

Daun Door-Key is a musician, yogini, and professional tarot reader in Bloomington, IN. She has been practicing Hatha and Himaylan style yoga for 14 years. Crowley's "Eight Lectures on Yoga" are her inspiration for the "Yoga for Yahoos" workshop at BR 2014.

Daun is a witch priestess of Artemis and is keeper of the wild temple of Artemis Caryatis (an ancient aspect of Artemis as Dionysus' lover) at Midian. You can hear her newest album "Beyond the Town", a collection of 20th century witchcraft chants set to sitar here:

Babalon Rising 2014
Dave ChurvisDave Churvis  is an engineer, poet, and ceremonial magician living in Buffalo, NY. His main areas of practice and research are in magickal meditation, explorations of the divine masculine, and Thelemic Judaism.

Babalon Rising 2019
David Campbell is a practicing Magickian and member of the Sword and Serpent Encampment of the OTO, in the Valley of Dayton, OH. David has a Black Sash in the Yan Family style of Wing Chun Kung Fu and 17 years of Martial Arts experience.

Babalon Rising 2011 & 2012
David J Clifton discovered the occult at an early age and has spent his life studying and practicing a wide range occult related subjects. He has been a contributing author for's Konton magazine as well as several online publications and occult Internet forums under the name's Animapurasit and Coyote 433. He is an initiate of OTO (Seven Gates Oasis), a member of Temple ov Psychick Youth, and has been involved with several occult groups over the past twenty years.

Babalon Rising 2014

Dr. David Shoemaker is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in Jungian and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. David is the Chancellor of the International College of Thelema (formerly the College of Thelema of Northern California), and the Prolocutor of its initiatory Order, the Temple of the Silver Star. He has been a member of O.T.O. and a student of A∴A∴ since 1993, and he has more than fifteen years of experience supervising students in these traditions.

He is Past Master of 418 Lodge, O.T.O. in Sacramento, having succeeded Soror Meral (Phyllis Seckler), his friend and teacher. He also serves as the M.W.S. of Alpha Chapter, and as a Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the Order. David is the founding President of the O.T.O. Psychology Guild, and a frequent speaker at NOTOCON. He is also a member of the U.S.G.L. Initiation Training, E.G.C. Clergy Training, and Planning committees, and he serves as an Advanced Initiator Trainer.

A consecrated Bishop of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, David led the team that developed the Pastoral Counseling Workshops, and he enjoys bringing the workshops to O.T.O. members around the U.S..

David is a co-editor of the journals Neshamah (Psychology Guild) and Cheth (418 Lodge). In addition to his essays in these publications, his writings have been published in the journals Mezlim and Black Pearl, and his chapter on Kabbalistic Psychology was included in the Instructor’s Manual of Fadiman and Frager’s Personality and Personal Growth, an undergraduate psychology textbook. He was the compiler of the ICOT publication, Jane Wolfe: The Cefalu Diaries 1920-1923, and a co-editor of the ICOT/Teitan Press collections of the writings of Phyllis Seckler (Soror Meral), The Thoth Tarot, Astrology, & Other Selected Writings and The Kabbalah, Magick, and Thelema. Selected Writings Volume II.  His most recent publication is Living Thelema:  A Practical Guide to Attainment in Aleister Crowley’s System of Magick.

In addition to his work in magick and psychology, David is a composer and musician. (See He lives in Sacramento, California.

Babalon Rising 2016

Denise “Dirty Mother” Cumor is a Goddess-worshipping, sacred sexuality feminist, who defies the patriarchal paradigm by following her own intuitive path, through creative expression and her commitment to empower womyn (and men) in the arts & history of sexuality and divine feminine worship. Growing  up in our culture where womyn are objectified, abused, and shamed, she found herself being pushed under and began her reclamation as a young adult. Experiences that have strengthened her commitment: Clerk at the feminist/ lesbian 31st St Book Store in Baltimore, working as a stripper for 4 years on Baltimore's infamous 'Block;' teaching OB-GYN protocol to medical students with Johns Hopkins;  a decade of Costume Design in the Baltimore theater community, directing & acting in various productions of the Vagina Monologues; A brief 3 year purgatory in the corporate world as an Event Planner, Event Coordinator for the Spiral Dance Women's Center, where she also taught sex and reproductive health workshops, vending and educating for over six years in the mid-Atlantic Pagan community with her version of The Red Tent, facilitating the annual adult only, Sexperiments at THE Beltane & The Inner Sanctum at Blue Ridge Beltane. She has been making music and writing poetry for over 20 years, her current musical project is Red Wound. Creating art, music and sacred space for womyn has been her joy and salvation.


Babalon Rising 2015

T Polyphilus ( M. Dionysius Rogers, Fr. Paradoxos Alpha) joined O.T.O. in 1992 e.v. He has served as the Secretary of Scarlet Woman Oasis, the founder and choregus of the Unknown Rivers Thelemic Choir, and Master of Scarlet Woman Lodge from 2000 to 2003 e.v. He was also the principal organizer of the original Kaaba Colloquium regional O.T.O. leadership training event first held in Austin in 2000. As T Polyphilus, he is currently an active Bishop of E.G.C., a Certified Initiator Trainer in M∴M∴M∴, and a member of the U.S.G.L. Strategic Planning Committee. He is a member of Aum Ha Oasis and Ouarda Chapter. Dionysius has been studying and developing Thelemic liturgical forms since 1991 e.v. He is a dove-foolish and serpent-fierce proponent of the mysteries. A collection of his writings is available at his website Vigorous Food & Divine Madness.

Babalon Rising 2008 & 2010
DiscordAeon took interest in music at a very early age. Be it the ramblings of Huey Lewis or Sonata's of Beethoven, he always had a great interest in music. Around 13 or 14 he decided he was tired of just listening to music and wanted to make some of his own. He saved his allowance, which he never received. Actually he didn't eat lunch. And saved his money until he could buy some guitar strings and a book. You see, his mother had this old guitar rotting in the basement. It needed some minor repair but was easily fixed. He began his guitar playing strumming out the first note of Aura Lee. And from there it only progressed. Eventually he bought a Llamma and rode across the pacific to India where he learned the fine art of Western Mysticism and pottery. A journey he's still on I might add. He played in some cover bands through high school, Mostly Eagles tunes. But his heart grew dim as he aged. They never played out anywhere but in people's garages. Eventually he gave up the whole band thing to strike out on his own. He went to his living room and played some more covers; mostly Jimmy Buffett. Then Finally he decided to write some music. He hadn't wrote a song in about five years. This was a daunting task. He persevered. And now we have DiscordAeon.

Babalon Rising 2006
Djinn & Tonic is a whimsical, quasi-bellydance troupe that spontaneously appears at festivals to delight and entertain audiences before disappearing once again into the night.

Babalon Rising 2017, 2018
Donald Michael Kraig is an occult author and ceremonial magician. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in philosophy and studied public speaking and music at other colleges and universities. 

After a decade of personal study and practice, he taught courses in Southern California on topics including Qabalah, Tarot, Magick, and Tantra. He is the author of the book Modern Magick, which is an introduction to ceremonial magic.

Kraig has given lectures and workshops all over the US, including the Starwood Festival and the WinterStar Symposium. He has been a member of several spiritual and magical groups, and is an initiated Tantric. He has been a professional musician, taught computer skills at USC, is a member of Hollywood’s Magic Castle, and is currently studying for a doctorate in clinical hypnotherapy. He's been an editor of Fate Magazine, and in 2001, Kraig became the editor for 'The Llewellyn Journal', and in 2003 for 'Llewellyn's New Worlds'. His writing has appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and books.

Books by Donald Michael Kraig:

The Truth About Evocation of Spirits. Llewellyn Publications. ISBN 1-56718-393-X

Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts. Llewellyn Publications, 1988. ISBN 0-87542-324-8 (2nd edition: 2002)

Magical Diary. Llewellyn Publications, 1990. ISBN 0-87542-322-1

Modern Sex Magick: Secrets of Erotic Spirituality. Llewellyn Publications, 1998. ISBN 1-56718-394-8

The Truth About Psychic Powers. Llewellyn Publications, 1999. ISBN 0-87542-355-8

Tarot and Magic. Llewellyn Publications, 2002. ISBN 0-7387-0185-8

Babalon Rising 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

Effy Endo -- pic and bio coming soon

Babalon Rising 2017
Eric C. Friedman is Qabalist of both the Traditional Hebrew & Hermetic paths. He discovered Magick at an early age, studying everything from Witchcraft to Ceremonial Magic of various forms. While pursuing rabinnical studies on Mt. Zion, Jerusalem, Eric was initiated into the study of traditional Hebrew Qabalah.

As a 2° Alexandrian Wiccan Priest, Eric is an ordained minister of the Church of Ancient Ways and the founder and former Director of the Long Island Open Circle. He is a Past Master of a Scottish Rite Lodge of Perfection and deeply involved in exploring the esoteric aspects of Freemasonry and other Ceremonial systems. Rev. Friedman is the author of the H. P. Lovecraft Tarot, and is presently working on several projects, including a translation of one of the fundamental Medieval Qabalistic texts and a series of rituals adapting the Wiccan Wheel of the Year to the Thelemic initiatory paradigm of the Crowned and Conquering Child.

Babalon Rising 2006 & 2007

Practicing her craft for over 8 years, Erica Grimes is an intuitive healer and a mother to a beautiful son. Dabbling in many forms of Divination, Invocation and ritualized Magick, she is also well-versed in the art of guided meditation. She is a Bacalon initiate and Priestess of the Bacalon Cult. As a member of OEM (Order of Emergent Magi), she shares her current working of the paradigm "The Heroin Demon" with Babalon friends to bring awareness to the growing epidemic of its use throughout our community. This Kitchen Witch loves to sing, dance, spin fire, cook, create and nurture! This will be her third year at Babalon Rising. (2015, 2016, 2017)

Babalon Rising  2017, 2018
erika moon Erika Moon is  primarily a solitary practioner, occasionally leaving her hermitage to practice with others whose spiritual backgrounds are as colorful hers. She then will return to her seat of power to once again contemplate the mysteries and ofdraw from the great font of knowledge.  (ie she reads occult books on the john)

Babalon Rising 2018, 2019, 2022

Stardust is a massage therapist with a masters degree in Wholistic Wellness and Herbology. She holds numerous certifications in hands on and energetic healing and is a trained Midwifery Assistant, Lactation consultant, birth and postpartum Doula. The majority of her work over the past 10 years has focused on women's health, pelvic pain, fertility and Postpartum recovery. She has enjoyed creating many rituals for herself and others including mother blessings, baby welcoming and couples commitment ceremonies. She has co facilitated many consent and sex positive workshops and rituals and likes to dabble in professional Dominant / Kink work. Check out her red pleasure or pain vendor tent near the stage.

Babalon Rising 2018, 2019
The faebots are overjoyed to return to Babalon this year, bringing back their unique sound, woven from threads of acoustic Americana, ambient electronica, invocatory chant, and themes of esotericism. Featuring the soulful vocals and sublime storytelling of Boston musician Nicole Edgecomb, Faebotica chronicles encounters with dark goddesses, fierce lovers, longing spirits and thelemic dreams. An ever evolving project, Faebotica's Babalon lineup consists of Ms. Edgecomb on vocals, autoharp, trumpet, and keyboards, Darrell Brown on guitar, Jo Ball on bass, Erik Kaszynski on drums and Jason Winslade on reeds, percussion and vocals. For pics, video, and song samples, visit

Babalon Rising  2009, 2010, 2012
Featherscale -- Once known as The Reverend Rat, Mike has been making music for longer than he cares to admit. Mike writes and records virtually all the songs on Topaz Stars, as well as his earlier albums, Sunshine and Imbolc and Ice. Having followed one Pagan path or another for over 20 years, he now describes himself as an "organic mage" with some degree of study in systems from shamanism to ceremonial magick.

Babalon Rising  2012
FyreTrybe is both a fire dancing performance group and professional fire-tending organization, having tended ritual fires at Starwood, Brushwood, Lothlorien, Our Haven, and now Midian. If you have never experienced fire dancing, or a full all-night gigantic ritual fire, FyreTrybe will light up your night and change your perceptions of elemental fire!

Babalon Rising 2006-2018
Garrett is Midian's current Head Fire Tender. Along with many other members of Trybe, he has been serving the communal fire for a number of years and has tended fires at other festival grounds throughout Southern Indiana.  He has been a long-time Tender at BR, and he took on the role of Head FT in 2017.

Firetending Organizer 2017 - 2018
Georgia van RaalteGeorgia van Raalte is a writer, ritualist and academic. Her writing explores topics around feminism, womanhood and magic. She has written and hosted a number of public rituals which attempt to re-centralise the divine feminine within ceremonial magic. She is also a speaker and presenter, and has given talks on a range of occult topics at events around the world. Georgia is an academic, whose work specialises on 20th century British occultism. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Surrey, where her work explores the initiatory novels of Dion Fortune.

Babalon Rising 2019
Gordon Kinloch -- Well, where to begin? I suppose first and foremost, I should talk about the thing that is most important to me, my spiritual life, and state that I am a Thelemite, that is to say, a disciple of the Religion of Thelema. I could never fully cover the complexities of this religion here and I’m sure that none of you would want to read it, suffice to say that it all can boil down to one statement “Do What Thou Wilt shall be the Whole of the Law”. That is not to say that as a Thelemite I believe that I can do whatever I please, quite the opposite. Thelema teaches that every man and every woman is equal and that we all have a true purpose for being here, a True Will. Our job in this life is to discover that True Will and do it, no law, god or man has the right to stop us. Hence “Do What Thou Wilt shall be the Whole of the Law”. To me life is simply the science and art of causing change to occur in my life in conformity with my Will (actually that really wasn’t very simple, sorry). You can read more about Thelema and the Hidden God at your local library, "remember the more you know the more you grow!" When I am not being a fanatic (and some would say fabulous) cultist, I can normally be found sitting at home reading, watching cheesy movies (are there any other kind?), at work (sadly), or out and about in the great city of Chicago (yes, I actually like this city). Oh yeah and recently added, going to school to get my Nursing Degree (yeech!). Anywho…I really don’t take the little shit too seriously, so please don’t think that my rants and ravings here add up to shit. I guess I’m pretty much like any one out there, I’m trying to figure out why I’m here and have some fun while I’m doing it.

Babalon Rising 2010
The Gregory Morris Group is: Jay Ensminger: saxophones, keys, & voice, Katherine Monnig: percussion, Gregory Morris: guitars, & voice, and Michael Sadoff: bass, & voice.

The Gregory Morris Group (Cincinnati, Ohio) combines fundamental elements of a traveling storyteller, jazz influenced dynamic percussion, bittersweet folk roots and east coast horn creating a bastion of invention that shanghais the senses into a hyper real environment rich with [un]savory characters. One part jazz, one part folk, one part punk, one part rock, but it's really all about the songs. Bank robberies, pregnant pirates, time travelers, voodoo spells, allegory and plain old sex drugs and rock n roll conspire to reveal a world of simple feelings in exotic places. A broken heart by any other name...

The Cincinnati quartet has been compared to Jack Johnson, John Lennon, The Grateful Dead, King Crimson, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Charlie Hunter, Dave Mathews, Elvis Costello, The Incredible String Band. GMG has also been featured at MidPoint Music Festival 2004 and 2005, WinterStar 2005, Starwood 2005 and Chicks Rock Fest 2005.

Babalon Rising 2007

gwenhwyvar With a focus on science, history, and the mental sciences, Gwenhwyvar Evenstar is an aggressive warrior against the forces of ignorance.  Identifying as Pagan, Pansexual, and Polyamorous, Gwen is a Priestess of Venus/Aphrodite, Minerval in the OTO (Anabasis Camp), Red Cord of the Spiral Castle Tradition, an active volunteer at Camp Midian, and co-owner and designer at Dragon Spirit Treasures.

Babalon Rising 2016, 2018, 2019
Vending Organizer  2017 - 2019
Gypsy Antra G Antra --  Spiritual occultist, and traveler of the path for 30+ years. An artist, and performer dedicated to spreading love, and knowledge.

Babalon Rising 2018, 2019, 2022
GypsyFlamme has been performing fire and Belly dance at various clubs and events throughout Metro Detroit since 2000 and around the Babalon Rising main fire since the very first year.  Her many talents include fire eating, breathing, poi, staff, and fans. She now resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Babalon Rising 2009, 2010
Gnostic Mass Organizer 2018
Harlot and the HoundsHarlot and the Hounds evolved from Molly Morris and Ellie Mae Mitchell’s harmony-rich original duo, Harlot.  As a group, they have fused many different musical backgrounds and styles to create what can best be described as harmonious overdrive and heartfelt storytelling. Through their instrumentation including, flute, trumpet, guitar, banjo, and hand percussion, they offer a wide range of dynamics to which you can both dance, and cry depending on the mood that strikes you. Their songs are rich in adventure and real-life ups and downs. Their strong vocals and well developed composition make for a truly well rounded experience.

Babalon Rising 2019

Drawing on influences from Middle Eastern, Native American, African and Eastern European musical traditions, Incus is redefining the American Tribal music movement. In addition to five national tours and an independent CD release ("Burning Thread") with guest vocalist Yanka Rupkina, who has worked with "The Bulgarian Women's choir", Kate Bush, Linda Ronstadt, and George Harrison. The band has also worked with such talents as Brian Viglione from the Dresden Dolls, Kara Trott of Fluttr Effect, and Eddie Nowick of the Bent Men.

The band/tribe is currently made up of composer Jason Cohen on vocals, keys, accordion and percussion, Darrell Brown on the Taos Native American cottonwood tree trunk pow wow drum known as "Big Wood", Erik "Sugar Man" Kazcynski on the kit, Nicole Edgecomb on vocals, trumpet, keys and percussion, Hannah Thiem of Minneapolis, MN, on violin and percussion, Papillon Smartypants on percussion, Joe Ball on cello and percussion, and Miss Felicia and Lillith bringing their gift of belly dancing. The band is from the Boston area unless otherwise mentioned above. Incus also often travels with an accompaniment of beautiful fire spinners when playing venues that allow the art form.

During the summer of '04 Incus toured over 13,000 miles in 11 weeks, proving their live show to be an experience to remember. After this last tour through the spring and summer of '05, which brought them to make music around 30 or so fires, and at various other venues, Incus's future has never looked hotter. 

Babalon Rising 2006

Jacob Be

My name is Jacob Be, and I am a guitarist.

I am a composer.

I am a performer.

I am a teacher.

I am a student.

I am a Jew.

I am a musician.

I am a human.

I have been playing and composing music since I sang constantly into a tape recorder as a three year-old. My first musical experiences come from Synagogue and singing prayers at home. When I was in 5th grade, I got my first instrument, a clarinet, which I took to immediately. At age 11, I discovered guitar, and it quickly became apparent that it was my calling. I played in garage bands throughout my teenage years, learning that songwriting was also something I truly enjoyed. I was awarded my Eagle Scout after graduation from high school, and immediately immersed myself in classical guitar so I could be accepted at University of Missouri Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and follow my passion. I soon learned that part of that passion included teaching and spreading the joy of music to new people. I completed my time at UMKC with a degree in Jazz Studies and have continued to expand my music since. I currently play in my band, Jacob Be. And Company, as well as with a number of friends and colleagues.

My music is an eclectic blend of styles. I try to bring people together from all walks of life. The thing about music that is most important to me is its magic. Music has the ability to change the way a person feels. It can make one feel good, bad, happy, sad or any other emotion imaginable. It can be heard with your ears and seen with your eyes. Music vibrates the entire body and soul.

Babalon Rising 2017, 2018, 2019
James Wilber

Threskiornis is a writer, magus, devotee of Thoth, and Scribe for the Order of Emergent Magi. He practices Emergent Magick (EMK) with a focus on ancestor veneration and spirit evocation, with emphasis on Ancient Egyptian spirituality. He is the co-author of Emergent Magick: Rebuilding Our Tribes Through Ritual and Meaning. Emergent Magick (EMK) is a new magical philosophy that promotes learning magick by doing and building social bonds through ritual. He is best known for the podcast and tumblr blog – Scroll of Thoth. 

Babalon Rising 2014-2019, 2022

jared thomas

Jared Thomas has a professional background in behavioral sciences where he has done extensive work to better understand the intersection of complementary & alternative medicine (CAM) and wellbeing. Jared also teaches Tai Chi and facilitates mindfulness groups in Huntington WV.


Bablon Rising 2018, 2019
Jason Carpenter has been a student of the occult for twenty years, primarily Aleister Crowley’s system of Thelema and experience with Michael Bertiaux’s Esoteric Voudon. His work in recent years has been to open up older systems, pre-dating the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and help to recover lost elements of the Western Mystery Tradition. Currently he is the author of the blog Porta Lucis, which can be found at

Babalon Rising 2016
Jason Augustus Newcomb has been studying and working with the powers of the mind for nearly twenty years and is the author of the books "21st Century Mage" and "The New Hermetics."

He is a lifelong student of the Western Mystery Tradition. He has studied consciousness and esoteric spirituality for most of his life. He has worked with yogis, magicians, psychologists, witches and medicine men.

He is an initiate of the Western Mysteries, and has explored magic and mysticism in its varied forms around the world for the past eighteen years. He is well versed in Qabala, Yoga Philosophy, Esoteric Astrology, Zen, Tarot, Geomancy, Hermetic Science, I Ching and Taoism, Christian Mysticism, Gnosticism, and many other similar topics.

Jason has extensively studied Hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming and is a registered and certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with the American Board of Hypnotherapy. He has spent many years exploring consciousness and has developed a set of unique consciousness altering tools that allow him to facilitate vast changes in consciousness in his students, which help them activate higher states.

His goal is to participate in the evolution of humanity in whatever small way Divine Providence has ordained for him. He is devoted to helping people expand personally and spiritually in a safe and nurturing way.

Babalon Rising  2010, 2022

Jay-El W (PhD) is a scholar, magician, musician and ritualist who has been performing and teaching in the academic world and magickal communities for over 25 years. He is the author of various book chapters in academic journals and anthologies on ritual, drumming, festival, and occultism in popular culture and media and is a blogger for Patheos Pagan. He has been a Babalon Rising attendee since its inception and performs frequently with Mayan Ruins, as well as other musical projects at various festivals. He is the founder and organizer of Ritual Rhythms Chicago, which produces live music and bellydance events, and he performs as a drummer with dancers around the city. 

Babalon Rising 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2022

Soror Jezebel is a non-binary ceremonial magician, occult scholar, life-long witch, and practitioner of sacred sexuality. They have been a member of Ordo Templi Orientis since 2014, is confirmed in the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, and is currently serving as Assistant Organizer of Scarlet Track. They are a staunch advocate for sex & body positivity, universal equal rights, and religious freedom.

Babalon Rising 2017, 2019
Scarlet Track Assistant Organizer 2017-2019

Johnny Angel

Babalon Rising 2017, 2018

Joe Black  is a Midian Director and co-Founder (and currently active Director) of the Babalon Rising Festival. He is married to a writer (whom he says "gives the truth scope") and he knowingly failed to provide a bio, leaving the task in her hands. Joe is an accomplished festival organizer, former Head Fire Tender (at another event grounds), current Head of Security, and avid online gamer. It is unlikely that he will ever see this bio because he is so damned busy.

Founding Director, active 2006 - 2019

Katy Love is honored to be part of Babalon Rising, an event that so exquisitely joins magick, nature, and dancing in an inclusive community of amazing individuals. She primarily practices Emergent Magick and Chaos Magick. Katy Love is most interested in utilizing magick to heal at the individual, community and societal levels. She greatly enjoys exploring the ways that magick informs magick in the many magickal communities that join together at Babalon. Outside of Babalon Rising Katy Love is a mental health therapist, she heals individuals, couples and families through mindfulness, art therapy and experiential therapy.

Babalon Rising 2017, 2018
KC Wilkerson is currently performing at festivals around the country. He just released a 2 track live solo CD of songs written while on the road. "Cricket Song" and "Our Haven" are quickly gaining popularity.  His new 5 song multitrack studio recording featuring "Tattooed Lady" and "Freaky Place" was also released in 2005. "I'm High" a non-co-depentant love song, and the comical "Thick Socks" fill out this, all-most-not a demo, demo. Add the bonus track "Don't Get Drunk" and you have a diverse example of KC's work. With a web presence spanning a decade KC's music has been heard in over 100 countries by "hundreds of thousands" of visitors to his website. He has performed live at over one hundred and fifty locations including night clubs, universities, local radio, festivals, coffee shops, taverns, restaurants, private and block parties. He has performed in Boston, Chicago, Fort Myers, Hollywood, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Phoenix, and in smaller towns located in the great states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Wisconsin.


Babalon Rising 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012

Tim "KC" Wilkerson studied alchemical astrology with Frater Albertus, when he attended Paracelsus Research College, in 1984. He is the published author of the handbook titled: Alchemy Astrology, Lost Key To The Philosopher's Stone. His astrology forecasts have been published in Balefire, a magical magazine for the midwest. In 2008 he presented his workshop at the International Alchemy Conference, in Salt Lake City. He offers astrology chart services on his website at:

Babalon Rising 2012
A Curtis G. Lloyd Fellow at the Lloyd Library and Museum, Ken Henson is the author and illustrator of the treatise Alchemy and Astral Projection: Ecstatic Trance in the Hermetic Tradition (2014) and the illustrated novel/grimoire HIGH GRAVITY: Werewolves, Ghosts, and Magick Most Black (Oneiric Imprint, 2015). He also recently collaborated with the Philosophical Research Society to restore and reissue Manly P. Hall and John Augustus Knapp's Revised New Art Tarot. Ken's art has been widely exhibited and his writings and art have been published in periodicals such as Abraxas Journal and Clavis Journal. He is an Associate Professor and the Head of Illustration at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in Ohio.


Babalon Rising 2015 & 2017

Khristina D. Smith has been a Church of Satan citizen since 2000 and a contributing writer known as Khristina D. Astonishing for Legion of Loki periodical, The Trident. She also was the creator and editor for The Deviant Bodies website which was an official COS Science special interest group project.

She has graced the male dominated science industry and predominantly female sex industry with her presence for the past twelve years. She has operated on opposite ends of a spectrum as a Gas Chromatography Chemist for a Fortune 500 company and as a New Orleans pro domme. She is a fire performer and a promoter who organizes events that hopes to push the envelope regarding conventional mindsets on sexuality and art.

She appeared at the 2008 Babalon Rising as Babalon and happily returns in 2009 to present the workshop entitled, "Unleashing The Beast: Confessions of a Scarlet Harlot."

Babalon Rising 2009

Kikhos ba-Midhbar is a member of Ordo Templi Orientis and an aspirant to A∴A∴. He is the master of Anabasis Camp OTO, in the Valley of Indianapolis.

Babalon Rising 2011, 2012, 2014

Kyleigh Matuzis (Shin Asherah) is representing the Gnostic temple of Venus Genetrix (Holy Synergia site)

Krystaline Al Shalaladeh … Bringing the Red Goddess from the MesoAmerican culture in a fire ceremony and awakening tea ceremony and sacred cacao ceremony.

Babalon Rising 2017
Lacrimae Mundi has grown up in the pagan community and has been a counselor for polyamory for 10 years.  She is the co-founder of the Babalon Finishing School for Young Ladies and Gentlemen, a secret society which offers guidance and training for young seekers wishing to learn the hidden arts of libertinage. She is a practitioner of the left-handed path and New Orleans style spiritual voodoo, and has spent the last fifteen years in Cincinnati with her husband and tribe, circumventing the cultural paradigm.

Babalon Rising  2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2018
Feast Organizer 2010 - 2018
Madame of the Feast 2019
Chaote. Rave goddess. Onesie enthusiast. The 3 pillars of Sator Latrantis's faith are Love, Rhythm, and Humor. Thus, the primary purpose of this Chaos Magician's existence is to give hugs, make you shake your groove thang, and/or throw you into fits of raucous laughter. Sator Latrantis is the most hilarious member of the IOT.

Babalon Rising 2016

Sator Ninov is a chaos witch, sex magician, and visual artist with ties to several magickal organizations. Equal parts Thelemic, Zen, nihilist, and absurdist, Ninov's practice is diverse and continually adapting.

Ninov co-hosts an ongoing series of Chaos Magick workshops at the Occult Bookstore in Chicago, IL with Nia Ain. Information about the Chaos C-ov-N can be found on
Facebook and at

Pronouns: Them

Babalon Rising 2017, 2018, 2019
Laurelei Black is a hedge-rider, a cunning woman, and a traveler on the crooked path of the Witch. She is also a priestess of love and pleasure, an Ishtar-woman, an Aphrodite-woman. She is a friend to daemons and a mate to the Red God. A bone collector; a temple dancer.

Laurelei is the author of several books (including Temple of Love and The Witches' Key to the Legion: A Guide to Solomonic Sorcery), a co-Director and frequent presenter at the Babalon Rising Festival, an OTO initiate, and the proud proprietress of Asteria Books and Events.

Laurelei's current projects include continuing in her writing, art, and workshops in service to Aphrodite and Qayin at festivals and other facilities, and building the Temple of Aphrodite Asteria. She lives in Louisville with her husband, Joe Black, her children, and her rabbit.

Laurelei is a 3* initiate in the OTO and has been a Director for the Babalon Rising festival since 2009.

Babalon Rising 2008 - 2019, 2022
Acting Co-Director 2011 - 2019, 2022

Lauren’s (Soror Madimi) magical journey began over 20 years ago with an exploration into nature magic.  She began her “formal" initiatory career as a student of the Golden Dawn tradition, and she held key roles in Golden Dawn initiations locally for over a decade.  In addition, she has practiced a range of other approaches to ceremonial magic.  Currently, she is an active student of A.’.A.’. and holds multiple officer roles at her local OTO body, Star of Babalon, in Raleigh, NC.  Lauren is also a novice Priestess and Deacon in EGC, as well as an instructor for Temple of the Silver Star.


Professionally, Lauren is a psychotherapist in part-time private practice and a counselor educator.  She particularly enjoys introducing students to the psychological theories, including psychodynamic, Jungian, and Humanistic approaches, and she is passionate about how these can spur students to a better understanding of ourselves.  Her clinical specialties include art therapy and group psychotherapy.  She has presented on paganism at professional counseling conferences, published in national peer-reviewed journals, and presented at national counseling conferences.


Lauren lives with her cat in a quiet home in the forest near Raleigh, NC.

Babalon Rising 2017, 2018
Lee Ellis -- Photo and Bio coming soon

Babalon Rising 2017
Leja VouX is a High Preistess of the Cult of the Living Bull, and has served as a fire circle participant & facilitator for 17 years.

Babalon Rising 2008
Frater Leo calls himself a fool in search of wisdom. Since 1988 he has worked within the initiatory tradition of Ordo Templi Orientis, serving as priest of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica since 1993.

Frater Leo is a nice guy who knows some obscure things. Cats love him.

Babalon Rising 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2015
Linda Berry has 30 plus years of experience working with energy and magic and guiding the effective use and development of personal energy and has served as a guide, teacher and group leader in spiritual development.  She is the author of Awakening from a Deep Sleep which explores the connection between our everyday reality and universal consciousness. It can be obtained from or through the link on her website. For the past two years she has been engaged in astrological research into the meanings of minor planets discovered since 1992 and some of her research has been published at

Babalon Rising 2011, 2012, 2014
Linda Clemons -- No bio available at this time.
Born 1948 in Long Beach California -- 1960s radical Peace activist and Epic Records recording artist turned Holy-Man Humorist Wizard.

Author of 12 critically acclaimed books on Magick and the Occult, Lon Milo DuQuette is one of the most respected and entertaining writers and lecturers in the field of Western Hermeticism.

Since 1975 he as been a National and International governing officer of Ordo Templi Orientis, one of the most influential magical societies of the 20th Century. He is an internationally recognized authority on Tarot and Western Ceremonial magick. Although he takes these subjects very seriously, he tries not to take himself too seriously. This rare combination of scholarship and humor has earned him in the last 20 years a unique and respected position in American spiritual and esoteric literature.

He is a prolific writer and his published works have been hailed by experts and novices alike for bringing delight and clarity to the most misunderstood subjects. One of his most popular works is the story of his own life as a practicing ceremonial magician, My Life with the Spirits. Futurist and best-selling author Robert Anton Wilson calls it "the best all-around introduction to Western Occultism -- sane, sensible, down-to-earth and wonderfully witty." My Life with the Spirits has been optioned for a feature film and is currently the required text for two classes at DePaul University, Chicago.

Besides his own books (see below) his articles and essays appear in FATE MAGAZINE and numerous other magizines, journals and anthologies including Rebels and Devils alongside the works of William S. Burroughs, Robert Anton Wilson, Timothy Leary and Israel Regardie.

DuQuette's quirky writing style has been compared to that of Mark Twain and Robert Benchley, is reflected in his presentations and seminars before live audiences who describe the experience as a curious combination of mesmerizing information, laughter and terror.

Books by Lon Milo DuQuette:

The Key to Solomon's Key : Secrets of Magic and Masonry
Book Of Ordinary Oracles
The Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford
My Life With the Spirits
Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot
Angels, Demons & Gods of the New Millennium
The Magick of Aleister Crowley
Tarot of Ceremonial Magick
The Magick of Thelema: A Handbook of the Rituals of Aleister Crowley

Books to which DuQuette has contributed:

Sex Magic, Tantra & Tarot by Christopher S. Hyatt, & Lon Milo Duquette
Enochian World of Aleister Crowley by Aleister Crowley, Lon Milo Duquette, & Christopher S. Hyatt
Aleister Crowley's Illustrated Goetia: Sexual Evocation by Aleister Crowley, Lon Milo Duquette, & Christopher S. Hyatt
Taboo: "The Ecstasy of Evil" : The Psychopathology of Sex and Religion by Christopher S. Hyatt, Lon Milo Duquette, & Gary Ford
The Complete Enochian Dictionary by Donald C. Laycock, John Dee, & Edward Kelly, Foreword by Lon Milo Duquette
The New Hermetics by Jason Augustus Newcomb, Foreword by Lon Milo Duquette
Abrahadabra: A Beginners Guide To Thelemic Magick by Rodney Orpheus, introduction by Lon Milo DuQuette
Q.B.L. or The Bride's Reception: Being A Qabalistic Treatise on the Nature and Use of the Tree of Life by Frater Achad, Introduction by Lon Milo Duquette

Home page:

Babalon Rising 2006, 2009, 2011

Louis Martinie is a Drummer/Elder / Spiritual Doctor of the New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual Temple located across Rampart Street from Congo Square and is the primary drummer for the rituals of Priestess Miriam Chamani. He is presently performing rites too the original Dr. John, John Montanee, who drummed with Marie Laveau.  

His practice combines New Orleans Voodoo with Tibetan Buddhism. The loa Blanc Dan-i is the Master of his Head, the Marassa sing within his heart , and Manjushri is his yiddam.

Martinie' is content editor for Black Moon Publishing ( and is associated with the anarchistic grouping of ritual magicians known as Bate Cabal. His publications include Waters of Return (Black Moon), The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot (Inner Traditions/ Destiny), Priest's Head, Drummer's Hands: An Order of Service (Black Moon), and the newly published Talking with God with Food, Questioning Animal Sacrifice (Black Moon).


Babalon Rising  2006 -  2010, 2012, 2014, 2019

One of the founding members of the Babalon Rising Festival, Frater Lugal is the past bodymaster of Seven Gates Oasis, OTO in the valley of Louisville, Ky.  He has been a practicing occultist for nearly two decades with experience in various traditions of magick such as Reconstructionist Egyptian, Norse, and Celtic Paganism, the Western Hermetic Tradition, Thelema, Djinn Magick in the Moroccan and Bosnian traditions, and Chaos Magick.  His published works include appendices in "Inner Alchemy" and "Space/Time Magick", and articles for the Chaos Magick publication "Konton Magazine".

Babalon Rising 2007, 2015
Founding Director, active 2006 - 2012
Lady Lyn d’ Pomona is a Qadishtu Priestess with Chicago’s Temple of Terra Incognita who loves both sensual play and BDSM with a twist of ouch.

She has facilitated a variety of workshops ranging from Safety, Communication, Sacred Sexuality, Energy 101, Advanced Meditation, Chaos Magic, Sex Magick, Polyamory and the Qadishtu Path.

Lyn works with individuals and couples as well as large groups of people. This Domme prefers doing humor-driven presentations of serious material where she can personally connect with her audience in a heartfelt way.

Lady Lyn d’ Pomona is a Qadishtu Priestess with Chicago's Temple of Terra Incognita and a veteran of the locally renowned Scarlet Sanctuary style Sacred Touch events.  She is also a student of Tantra, Reiki, Sex Magick and Sex Education. Lyn places integrity, education and sex-positivity at the fore-front of her beliefs and considers herself to be an alternative lifestyle activist. Despite her imposing stature, this "burning hunk o'love" is very approachable and eager to field any and all questions with a smile!

Babalon Rising 2011
Magdalena Magdalena Knight is a Relationship Design Consultant, Sacred Intimate, and Sexual Freedom Advocate and Activist. Sex Worker Rights, Transgender Rights, Reproductive Justice, and Consent in BDSM are among her core focus areas; however Sex & Aging, Sex & Neurodiversity, Sex & Disability, Sex & Incarceration / Institutionalization are areas of interest as well. Having focused on practicing and teaching Qadishti hands-on for five years, Moksha and Tantra for three; she has been mingling with alternative sexuality lifestyles for her entire adult life. Magdalena is a member of Women In Leather International and the NCSF, and has been leading discussions for 18-35 year old kinksters and Polyamory groups since 2006. An ardent advocate of personal authenticity and authority over one’s sexual expression, she strives to bring individuals into alignment with their orientation and proclivities, whatever they may be. As a facilitator and somatic coach, she uses her passion and platform to teach others who wish to learn. Having been steeped in personal development and holistic living for over 20 years, Magdalena encourages all around her to become more self-aware. Daughter of Lilith and Dakini, she facilitates connection within, without, and to Source.
Babalon Rising 2016-2019
Scarlet Track Assistant Co-Organizer 2019
Relatively new to the festival scene, Marcus Earendel has been involved with the occult and magick for most of his life. With origins in Norse magick, rune, and aura work, he has gone on to explore some of the darker aspects of magick and his own soul. Now Luciferian, he wishes to bring the black flame of knowledge to all who will listen. Marc is no stranger to intense ritual work and some of his past rites include being buried alive, performing ritual on the top of a skyscraper and his own version of Ryan Parker’s “Rite of the Ghoul.”

Babalon Rising 2014
Assistant Organizer 2018
Demon Monarch in Charge of Safety 2019
Soror Marion Rose has been active in the pagan and magical community for over 20 years,  and has been an active member of Ordo Templi Orientis since 2007. She is founding and past-master of Circle of Stars Encampment in the valley of Lafayette, IN. At present she serves as a chartered initiator in OTO and is active as a priestess in Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, celebrating Mass all over the Midwest. She practices and presents on a variety of subjects including yoga, astrology, tarot, quabala, thelemic ritual, sex magick, the Gnostic Mass and initiation.

Babalon Rising 2018
Gnostic Mass Organizer 2011 - 2016
A Libra through and through, Marty Huelsman has a balanced background. Raised in a Catholic home, his spiritual growth was tempered by a matrilineal connection to his Cherokee heritage. 

This along with an early connection to nature began his shamanistic journeying. A student of Attic Greek, philosophy, and theology at Xavier University, he honed his Left Brained skills then entered Northern Kentucky University taking away a major in Studio Art and minors in Psychology and Honors. His Honors thesis titled “Quantitative Differences in House-Tree-Person Drawings as a Method of Function of Drawing” can be found in the W. Frank Steeley Library on campus.

As an animal empath, he has done energetic work with pets, yet refuses the title of “pet psychic”. His spiritual path brought him to begin studying Huna (the philosophical- psychological- theology of the early Hawiians) and he is on the path to become a kahuna pule. Marty is also one of the founding Qadishti priests, having attended the formative Qadishti events held at Our Haven. Moreover, he is a minister with Tri-State Holistic Congregation in Ohio. Residing in Louisville, Kentucky, he was welcomed into the Unitarian Universalist churches where he was a former member of CUUPS (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans) and past president of Interweave (a LGBT organization).

Babalon Rising  2011, 2012
Dr. Marty Laubach  is a Professor of Sociology and Chair of Marshall University's Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Marty has brought students to festivals for several years now (he will be bringing 5 to this year's BR) to teach ethnographic research  methodology and to help with his ongoing research project "Trends in American Neopaganism." Marty has been involved in the American Neopagan community since 1979, was a founder of the Crystal Serpent, was an ELF Elder from 1987-1992, and has worked with Black Moon to digitize their archive project.

Babalon Rising 2007, 2008, 2015, 2016, 2017
Matthew Beste

Babalon Rising 2018
Mayan Ruins is a Psychedelic Tribal Dance/trance band that's been performing since Fall 2006. Always playing improvised sets, they usually perform with Tribal & Traditional Belly Dancers (& when possible, Fire Dancers!).


Babalon Rising 2007-2019
Megan Schulze (Sor. Alchimia Ghanima) is long time student of Thelema and ceremonial magick. A member of the OTO since 2004, she is currently Secretary of Aum Ha Oasis in Chicago, Illinois.

Babalon Rising 2008
Michael Dolan has been following a Pagan path for over 20 years. A lifelong artist and craftsman, he has earned a reputation as one of New England's premier makers of magickal tools, sold here at The Haunted Wood. He also writes and performs with Pagan rock band Featherscale, and serves on the Council of Elders for A Sacred Place, a sanctuary and event site in Northern New Hampshire.

Mike has been playing up and down the East coast for more than two decades. Known for aggressive acoustic guitar and intense, emotional vocals, Mike also has a solid grasp of what makes a great song and catchy hook. His style ranges from modern folk and blues to heavy acoustic rock, with liberal doses of Irish folk and 80's alternative pop. His band Featherscale has been featured on Pagan radio and podcast shows worldwide.

Babalon Rising 2012
Mike Ingalls was born in 1952 in Ypsilanti MI. He grew up in South Bend, IN, where he received his early nurturing in music. He played in All-State Orchestras in two states during high school. (Indiana in 1970, Ohio in 1971)

After an abortive start in Physics, Mike went to Baldwin Wallace College and finished a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in cello. It was about this time that his musical career took a serious turn for the weird. He started hanging out with folk and rock musicians and developed an appetite for improvisatory and alternative playing that continues to this day.

After a twenty-year career in business, Ingalls went back to his first love, making and teaching music. He has private studios in Zanesville, Westerville and Lancaster OH, and spends much time in schools, teaching and conducting special seminars. He was the cello teacher at Muskingum College from 2001 to 2004. He has been Principal Cello with the Welsh Hills Symphony, the Land of Legend Philharmonic, and the Southeast Ohio Symphony. He has played bluegrass tunes on Prairie Home Companion. And, along with improvising with guitar players and pianists, he has now begun singing, accompanying himself on the cello. His repertoire includes Beatles, Randy Newman, Stevie Wonder, Tom Lehrer, along with folk songs and Scottish fiddle tunes. In this vein he attends many open mikes and plays in both bars and coffeehouses.

Babalon Rising 2007

Michael A. Manor has been a student of divination, magick, and comparative religions since childhood. He hosted "Night Talk" and "Pagan Forum" on WAIF FM in Cincinnati between 1992 and 1996, served as the first Director of the Ohio Chapter of WARD (Witches Against Religious Discrimination), founded the Roman Caesarian Church in 2000, and is currently a Board of Directors member of Robin's Hood Community Center, a Pagan-owned charity. He has been a licensed minister since 1984.

Babalon Rising 2006, 2007, 2008
midnyteMidnyte is a 3rd degree Alexandrian priestess with 20 years experience studying and practicing Paganism and the occult. Areas of study include psionics, traditional witchcraft, western Kabbalah, Voodoo, ecstatic trance, tarot, aromatherapy, ritualcraft, mindfulness, and the intersection of faith/spirituality and psychology.

Babalon Rising 2019
Sator Mordecai is a Meta-Modern Shaman Sorcerous who has been working in various occult arts and sciences for the last 25 yrs.  As an Environmental Scientist her mundane world blends with the Baphomet/Gaia  energies of her magick and are intricately linked to all aspects of a more fully awakened daily life.   With a continued focus around music in general and “Muzils” as previously presented here at Babalon as well as expanded workings on them using “The Dead Scientist Paradigm”  which is just as is stated and uses the works or ideas of the greatest minds this planet has ever seen as an extend form of ancestor worship.

Babalon Rising  2014, 2015, 2016
Morgan Jones has long had a connection to nature and to alternative paths of thinking and living. He has felt and heeded the call of the Horned One in many forms throughout his life. First called to Herne, he currently serves as a Child of and Priest of Pan. Initiate of two Wiccan Traditions and Creator/High Priest of three Neo-Pagan Traditions, he sees his path as a Shamanic Neo-Pagan Evangelist. He currently works to educate and share ecstatic worship through Tribus Solvo. An advocate for sexual freedom and avid educator and presenter in multiple areas of Alternative Spirituality and Lifestyles for over 15 years, and involved with BDSM and Sacred Sexuality for over 25 years, he works fervently to educate on Polyamory, Paganism, and Sacred Sexuality. You can follow his blog at Pan's Dance.


Babalon Rising 2014, 2015

Natalie Long 

Natalie identifies as a pansexual polyamorous kinky (switch) cis femme. Pronouns are she/her/hers. She is a Sancta Meretrix, a Qadishtu, a Maenad, and a Scarlet Woman.  Natalie began her journey into Paganism at seven years old after reading a book about Greek Mythology from her school library. She immediately declared herself a worshiper of the Old Gods and clumsily performed her first ritual the next day.  Now over thirty years later Natalie has been initiated into several mystery traditions and strains of witchcraft, co-founded the American Folkloric Witchcraft tradition, organized numerous festivals, events, rituals, and wild schemes, written a few books, served as an oracle and teacher, and is still clumsily winding her way down the Crooked Path. Like many Pagans, Natalie has a special place in her heart for a few specific Gods, and considers herself a devotee of Babalon, Lilith, Tubal Qayin and Dionysius, and a Priestess of Athena. Owls make her squeal with delight.

You can find Natalie on FetLife as IndyBabalon and on her personal website

Babalon Rising 2007, 2012, 2017
Founding Director, active 2006 - 2012

"Ne-ga-ee-kia " is a Temple of the PACT of the Illuminates of Thanateros North America Section. Frater Zentra El 3 *is current Magester Templi (MT). Soror Panthera 4* Archivist & Insubordinate. Based out of Rockford, IL we are the oldest continually active IOT Temple in the North American Section. Keepers of the Dread Gutter Bible... Masters of the Twin Shuggoth. Rumored to have ties to the Eastern Mystery School known as The Church of Starry Wisdom. IAO KAOS!

Babalon Rising 2012, 2015
Nema encountered the works of Aleister Crowley in the early 1970s and became a member of Kenneth Grant's Typhonian Order for several years. During the same time period, she practiced group rituals with other Magickians in Cincinnati, Ohio, and became a member of Bate Cabal, publisher of the Cincinnati Journal of Ceremonial Magick.

Nema is an experienced Magickian and mystic, and the author of Maat Magick: a Guide to Self-Initiation; The Way of Mystery: Magick, Mysticism & Self-Transcendence; The Priesthood; Parameters and Responsibilities, and other writings. She is an Elder and High Priestess of the Circle of the Sacred Grove, Church of Pantheist Wicca, and an initiate of Adi Nath Tantra. She and her husband Lyrus live in southeastern Ohio, in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. Nema is a founding member of the Horus-Maat Lodge.


Babalon Rising 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
nemoNemo Achronos serves as Priest for Our Lady and is the founder of Temple of Our Lady of the Abyss.

Babalon Rising 2019
Nia Ain (aka Niaskotl) has been practicing chaos magick and thelemic magick for over 20 years, with degrees within a few magick orders as well as university degrees in philosophy and neuroscience. Nia is a member of The Pact of the Illuminates of Thanateros North America as well as the Ordo Templi Orientis, Aum. Ha. Lodge. Nia teaches an ongoing series of Chaos Magick classes at The Occult Bookstore in Chicago and maintains a chaos magick infused art practice as a member of Chicago's Fulton Street Collective.

Pronoun agnostic. Online journal at

Recently Nia has begun an ambitious heretical qabalah practice, "Thee C-ov-N", following methodology of emergent magick. The C-ov-N is seeking collaborators. Information at

Babalon Rising 2017, 2018, 2019
Nicole Edgecomb is an independent performance artist, composer, and educator hailing from the Penobscot Valley in Maine. She studied jazz vocal improvisation at New England Conservatory of Music, and also plays trumpet, keyboard, autoharp, and percussion. She is an active member of the Boston music and community art scene. She has performed with Incus, Zili Misik, Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society, Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band, Lamine Toure and Group Saloum, and her original project, Faebotica. Nicole also practices under the disciplines of French Catholicism, Western Mystery Tradition, Thelema, and martial arts.

Babalon Rising 2012
October Claudius -- Born in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, he is the closest thing to an actual merman you may ever meet. He cut his teeth on rawhide dog treats, spending his childhood cohorting with alligators and creatures of the swamp. Developing a healthy obsession with knives,he soon realized a nack for matipulating them , and the very metal they were spawned from. ….he became involved with esoteric groups, ​and several performers with a similar interest in the strange and beautiful world of Sideshow, joining in their fantastic exploits.

Babalon Rising 2017, 2018
oem The Order of Emergent Magi (OEM) educates the public on the principles of Emergent Magick (EMK), and facilitates the creation of new Emergent Tribes. The OEM acts as an umbrella organization that links together magi from around the world, and helps them work together for a common purpose.

EMK focuses on personal development and harmonious group dynamics. It intends to reintroduce the world to tribalism in a modern, accepting context. It allows people from disparate beliefs to come together and form cohesive, loving, personal connections through group ritual practice. EMK also reintroduces the use of psychedelics in a shamanic context to bring back the initiatory experience lacking in materialist societies. The OEM eschews the masonic grade system for group consensus and decentralized leadership.

Babalon Rising 2015-2019
Okiya del Fuego is known for dancing a bewitching blend of traditional and fusion style belly dance. Mariposa DeLuz and Emilina Phoenix are the captains of this tribal pirate gypsy and fire trybe. Each have over 10 years of belly dance experience and have performed in a wide variety of venues as well as taught private belly dance lessons.

Babalon Rising 2007

Thee Open Sex is a collaborative aural art project made up of outsider musicians from Bloomington, Indiana. Drawing from the psychedelic and mystical crooked paths that modern society spurns, these friends find a common thread of freaky love and turn it into sound. They have been aroused by the goddess Babalon, the 93 current, and their own ritualistic group experiences to create songs EXCLUSIVELY for the 2012 Babalon Rising festival!

Performing at BR for the first time ever, they are here to serve the vibe.

Babalon Rising 2012

Frater OPV is a 16 year student of the A.'.A.'. and initiate of the OTO at Black Sun Oasis in Cleveland, OH. In recent years he's focused on techniques to bring magick out of the temple and into his everyday life through research and application of social psychology.

Babalon Rising 2012
Owen Knight is a modern-day poet who follows the ancient tradition of the Bard. As the lead singer and producer of the Fringe Rock Band Blacklight Braille and as a poet and solo artist, Owen continues to transmit the ancient mystical currents. His lyrics reverberate with echoes of King Arthur and the Elder Gods.

"The Druid is definitely in him."- Doug Smith

A Brief Autobiography of Owen Knight

I can think that my life has been mostly one of leisure. I had my best years prior to year two when most everything seemed a new magic. I was well past six when I began school and then I did little schoolwork. During my school years, the highlights were a trip to the circus with its magical side show, a trip to the New York World's Fair, the track and field days at Rockville, and my trip to the hospital where I had my first great sexual experience; an experience which wasn't close to being equaled for over a half century. Besides school, I've done construction work and served as a soldier with the second and third infantry. I've played with rock bands and lately, had a birthing into the World of the Deities, and so live in the service of the Goddess Danu and when my mouth praises her name, it is certainly doing no disservice to the world.


Babalon Rising 2007, 2008, 2009

Soror Panthera is currently a 3rd degree in the pact of the Illuminates of Thanateros North American section and holds the position of insubordinate to Sator Latrantis. She is adept at the sublime art of invocation as well as being skilled in sorcery, servitor creation, divinitory arts, paradigmal piracy, and all things cats! It is rumored that she is likely involved in the mysterious cult of The Church of Starry Wisdom. She is a leading scholar on the Gutter Bible and was highly active in the work leading to EMK. She is the reigning High Priestess to Bacalon (the Babalon of Beasts) and cult founder. Lastly, she is here to ensure that you know you are having a good time! CHOYOFAQUE

Babalon Rising 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Paul Ravenscraft began his training in spiritual technologies over 30 years ago, studying with Freemason, Rosicrucian and Christian mystic Emil Schmidt. During the early 1980s, as an associate of Bate Cabal, Paul continued to develop a background in Thelema and ritual technique, focusing on the creation and implementation of original rites of self-transformation.

Paul's participation in works of music magick, greatly influenced by an association with Louis Martinie' ( New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual Temple and Black Moon Publishing) influenced his use of drums and sounds in spiritual facilitation. Over the last decade, he has contributed as a drummer, instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter to several groups and is currently a member of the Psychedelic Tribal group Mayan Ruins.

Paul has written for "Mezlim" and is a contributor to the “Magic on the Edge” Anthology, edited by Taylor Ellwood (Megalithica, Immanion Press, 2007).

Trained in specific shamanic techniques and healing technologies, Paul is constantly developing these into an experiential framework for assisting others. A licensed massage therapist and certified bodyworker, he is also certified as a teacher and mentor of Ipsalu Tantra Kriya Yoga. Paul teaches Anatomy and Physiology at Antonelli College in Cincinnati , and he is a personal/professional coach specializing in adults with ADD ( Paul has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Xavier University.

Babalon Rising 2007, 2008, 2009

phainolisPhainolis recently completed a PhD in the history of ancient religions. He teaches ancient language classes online and is the author of Interlinear Magic: An Anthology of the Greco-Egyptian Magical Papyri (2022). A longtime enthusiast of dead languages, game design, and esoteric forms of religion, he has been practicing magic for two decades, focusing in the last several years on the ancient traditions of Egypt and Greece. His long-term historical research aims to reconstruct the Greco-Egyptian theurgic practice of Iamblichus and his followers. His work can be found on the internet at and

Babalon Rising 2019, 2022
Philip H. Farber has explored the cutting edge of magick, meditation and hypnosis for nearly thirty years. He is the author of Brain Magick: Exercises in Meta-Magick and Invocation (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2011), Meta-Magick: The Book of Atem: Achieving New States of Consciousness Through NLP, Neuroscience and Ritual (Weiser Books, 2008), The Great Purple Hoo-Ha (Mandrake, 2010) and Futureritual: Magick for the 21st Century (Eschaton Productions, 1995). His articles on magick and popular culture have appeared in Green Egg Magazine, The Journal of Hypnotism, Hypnosis Today, Mondo 2000, High Times, Paradigm Shift, Reality Sandwich and other unique publications and web sites. He has produced several DVD packages on magical topics and teaches workshops throughout the United States, England and Europe.

Phil is an instructor for Maybe Logic Academy, a Certified Hypnotist and a Licensed Trainer of Neuro-linguistic Programming, with a private practice in New York's Hudson Valley. Visit Phil at

Babalon Rising 2012
Pidge Fletching is a ritualist, herbalist, anarchist, and artist located in the city of Pittsburgh, PA. They have been a sex educator for six years and have been a priestess and teacher in the Reclaiming witchcraft community for almost a decade. The magic that they bring to ritual and community is a deep empathy, groundedness, and fluidity. They are drawn to Reclaiming because the ecstatic nature of rituals speaks to their deep need for experience over observation. Pigeons's spiritual work is centered in reclaiming their Catholic upbringing through heresy, sacred sexuality, pleasure activism, art, and mutual aid. In their spare time Pigeon likes to forage for mushrooms, garden, and visit old churches.

Babalon Rising 2022
The Pink Sphinx of Babylon (AKA: Tannin Schwartzstein) is an 'employee' of The Whore of Babylon. Her resume includes running the 'House of Babylon: Erotic Temple Work' track for Mythical Journeys 2008 and presenting Sacred Sexuality workshops at FSG 2008 through 2010. In addition, she served as a "Keeper" of the ritual space at Fires of Venus 2010 in Darlington Maryland. Her day job as proprietor of an occult shop has given her opportunity for insight into the daily lives of other Pagans, witches and other seekers outside of gatherings. Before going into service under Ms. B. , she co-authored two books with Raven Kaldera: The Urban Primitive and Welcoming Hera's Blessing.

Babalon Rising 2011, 2012
Pix Soror PiX -- Student of Social Psychology, O.T.O member, International Woman of Mystery and Intrigue. Just try to get her to say something revealing about herself -- or write a bio. Go on. TRY. You might wait five years. You might even be one of her very best friends on the planet. You'll still be waiting.  But this Midianite will never fail when it comes to challenging your perceptions, asking the hard questions, holding the line with siblings, or raising the horn in honor of the Gods, the Ancestors, the Tribe, and the Land!

Babalon Rising 2014, 2018
First Aid Organizer 2015 - 2018
Demon Monarch in Charge of On-Site Administration 2019
Matthew and ReRe DuVernay has been performing public ritual since 2013, and is the High Priestess of Cultus Catabasis, a coven of Alexandrian Lineage. Heavily influenced by many other powerful currents, Re's ritual strive not only to honor tradition, but to build upon it, bringing Alexandrian magick, ceremonial working, hoodoo, traditional European witchcraft, and chaos, together into a living working experience, with the goal of benefiting the lives of all who attend.

Matthew Andrasi is the acting High Priest of Cultus Catabasis, an Alexandrian coven based in Kalamazoo, MI. In his personal practice, he is  very devoted to the worship of Santisma Muerte, Odin, and his girlfriend, Re. Matthew has been leading public rituals for a little over a year, but Babalon Rising marks his first time leading ritual at a major festival.

Babalon Rising 2019
Red Wound is a modern day international musical collaboration between two artful lost souls. 

In early 2009 Rowye (programmer) and Denise Cumor (vocals) collided into each other on the Internet in the gaming guises of trampy elves and soon after became scheming fiendish friends.

With Rowye in Barcelona and Denise in Baltimore, they had never met in person or even spoken beyond online chatting, the music became their way of communicating. Now after two years of traveling back and forth between the two countries, they finally arrive in the states this spring with their second full length EP.

Red Wound is a moody and sensual exploration into the darkness of the love torn psyche. Denise’s sultry vocals weave smoothly into Rowye’s brooding musical arrangements, creating theatrical yet lush stories with a few edgy surprises. The Red Wound experience live is a vision set to include performance art, video & theatrical lighting.


Babalon Rising 2015

Dr. Richard Kaczynski is the author of Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley (2002; 2010) deemed by many to be the definitive biography of the Beast. His Forgotten Templars: The Untold Origins of Ordo Templi Orientis (2012) is considered a landmark in the history of Western esotericism. He has also recently contributed to the anthologies Tarot in Culture (2014), Mathematics in Popular Culture (2012), and Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism (2012). He is also the author of the The Weiser Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley (2009), Panic in Detroit: The Magician and the Motor City (2006), and Perdurabo Outtakes (2005), and a contributor to several books (A Concordance to the Holy Books of Thelema, The Golden Dawn Sourcebook, Rebels and Devils) and the magazines (High Times, The Magical Link, Neshamah, Cheth, Mezlim, Eidolon, Different Worlds). He co-edited with Hymenaeus Beta The Revival of Magick and Other Essays (1998), and performs editorial/typesetting duties for the NOTOCON proceedings books and Neshamah (journal of the O.T.O. Psychology Guild). He appeared in the television documentaries Secrets of the Occult (2006) and Aleister Crowley: The Beast 666 (2007). Richard has written and lectured internationally on these and related topics since 1990. By day, Richard is a social psychologist, biostatistician and research scientist whose 1993 doctoral dissertation examined metaphysical beliefs and experiences among occult practitioners. He lives in Maryland with his wife and their two cats.

Babalon Rising 2006, 2014

“My name is Shmoo and I am a Turtle Jew.” Shmoo looks at the Ninja Turtles through the lens of Kabbalism, the mystical aspect of Judaism, and finds strength in his spirit turtle, Raphael – the turtle of Judgment and Restraint. Kansas born and raised, he is an Eagle Scout and can start fire on ice. This last year he ventured out of Kansas to stay in Israel for 6 counts. In Israel Shmoo stayed on a kibbutz (communal village) next to Jerusalem in the Judean Hills where he learned conversational Hebrew and became more in touch with his own unique brand of Judaism.  Fashioned with his own personal turtle shell so as to remind himself home is where his feet are, he is always ready for the warmth of a good laugh or to help a friend in need. Please stop and say hello if you see a Shmoo.

Babalon Rising 2017

Sara Grey  is an explorer. She treads the path between the worlds always seeking new knowledge. Sara is a Priestess of Lilith and includes many spiritual practices including Hoodoo and Traditional Witchcraft. She is a writer, presenter, and spiritual consultant within the community.

Babalon Rising 2014 - 2018
Hospitality Organizer 2017 - 2019
Scott Stenwick -- I am the author of the Mastering Enochian Magick series from Pendraig Publishing and a contributor to several esoteric anthologies. I also am one of three contributors to an online Enochian Master Class along with Jason Augustus Newcomb and Aaron Leitch. I have presented at local events, the National OTO Convention, and Paganicon here in the Twin Cities area.

I was initiated into Ordo Templi Orientis in 1995, and currently serve as a chartered Initiator, ordained Priest and Deacon, and Lodge Master at Leaping Laughter Lodge in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I also have been part of the magical blogosphere since 2006. My blog, Augoeides, is up to several thousand posts at this point covering real magical techniques and various news stories that touch on religion, spirituality, and the paranormal.

Babalon Rising 2022
Founded and led by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jason Winslade, Secrets of the Beehive experiments with acoustic, tribal and meditative sounds through a variety of instruments, incorporating improvisation, chants, and drones along with traditional song structures for the purposes of healing, transformation and inspiration. Jason Winslade has been writing and performing music for almost 30 years, in various bands across the Midwest, as a member of projects such as Faebotica and Mayan Ruins and as a drummer in the Pagan festival scene. He has also had the privilege to accompany other musicians such as Wendy Rule, SJ Tucker, and Ginger Doss.

Babalon Rising 2015, 2016
Shiny Old Soul -- No bio currently available.

Babalon Rising 2011, 2012
Shon Greyfeather is experienced in tattoo, fire cupping, fire massage, body piercing & exotic body piercing & tarot reading. He approaches body art and modification as a spiritual and individual journey.

Babalon Rising 2007
sonick templars

Sonick Templars, lead by Vovin Lonshin, are Knightz ov Khaos dedicated to the work of creating Sonick Sigils. The system of making Sonick Sigils was created by Vovin and Dr. Louie Martinié as way to create drum beats for New Orleans loa and other western spirits.

The Sonick Templars first album “Orders of Service: Birth of a FOOL” is a eight part ritual giving birth to the spirit of The Fool. The Orders of Service was performed as part of a workshop at Babalon Rising 2017 and one of the Sigil (songs) was used for two rituals lead by Bill Duvendack.

The sigil "SONICK" is on The Hermetic Library Anthology Album - Magick, Music and Ritual 13.

“Orders of Service: Birth of a FOOL” can be found at -

Babalon Rising 2018, 2019

Steev Inglish is a one man blues band from London, England.

He is well known for his soulful vocals, slashing slide guitar, howling harmonica, dead on beat, and rousing live performance.

Formerly known as Mr Downchild, he has toured in 25 states, Europe, Australia,, and South America. He has released four CD's of original songs.

Babalon Rising 2012

Frater Ta Yu, as he is known as a martial magician, spent 15 years training in Tae Kwon Do with ten year's teaching experience, four years training in Hap Ki Do, and a year each in Shotokan Karate-do as well as Yang style Tai Chi Chuan and Daito-ryu Aiki Jujutsu (or Aikido) to round out his education. He is internationally certified to second degree black belt, or Yi Dan, by the Kuk Ki Won in Seoul, Korea.  He has also received master level training in Usui Reiki, and has spent several years studying Buddhism and Taoism, and acquired a collegiate minor in East Asian Studies along the way. After this Frater Ta Yu pursued the Western mysteries, resulting in membership in OTO since 1998 and is now a priest and initiator.

Babalon Rising 2011

Terra Incognita (TI) is a Temple of Sexual Magick founded in Chicago that has slowly evolved from a small gathering of friends hosted by Amanda and David Torrey almost twelve years ago, to a larger collection of karmically interconnected people.

TI has attempted to integrate spirituality with sexuality using an ancient Mesopotamian model that we have found very adaptable to a variety of religious and magickal beliefs. While the Temples of Sumer and Babylon have inspired our mindset, we also feel a connection to the European mariners who were brave enough to sail to the "unknown lands" they called Terra Incognita on their maps. Scary, shadow-filled places of Monsters and Magick near The Edge of the World.

We believe that breaking fear-generated barriers is an important part of personal growth. TI also feels the power of loving energy can help heal most emotional wounds as well as unite those participating in the Process of Transcendence. In our perspective, symbolic acts can only bring symbolic rewards, so both diety and divine energy exchanges should be real.

To actively pursue these ideas Terra Incognita is dedicated to the eclectic Qadishtu Path of Sacred Sexual celebration. For us this includes BDSM, Paganism, the patron/protege program, polyamory, Sex Magick, sexwork, surrogacy, Tantra and Taoist practices. TI has developed a very flexible neo-Pagan type of ritual to focus energetic group workings, which owes a great deal to Chaos Magick creativity. Our Qadishtu priesthood is Temple-based, in homage to historical precedents and includes educational outreach and various hands-on practices with seekers. We have also hosted assorted salons, workshops and book signings, as well as presented at festivals and conferences.

Starting in the fall of 2004, New Zealand filmmaker Lynda Brendish began filming an award-winning documentary about Terra Incognita called Uncharted Lands. It captured TI's shift from a larger public group dynamic to one that is more family-based. TI's High Priestess Amanda recently completed a Religious Studies degree at DePaul University with the hope of melding her metaphysical academic interests with our edgy Temple work.

The past few years have been very expansive for the Terra Incognita intentional community and we are honored to be part of the 2011 Babalon Rising experience. The TTI entourage to Our Haven features several experienced Priestesses including Kristin (aka Lady Erotique), Elle D'Or, Jana, Lady Lyn, Mardöll, as well as Qadesh Temple consorts Dan, Dominique, Kaiser and Phoenix Spirit.

Babalon Rising 2010, 2011
We are Tree. We are a Lafayette, Indiana rock and or roll band. We are here to unlock the potential of your ever expanding mind. Our music is made to make your life better. Help us help you make your mortal existence better.

Babalon Rising 2016
tsesi Tsesi 'Jesi' Tsones Tsesi is a practitioner of Tsalagi Nvwoti 'Cherokee medicine' and other Appalachian folk practices, his family hailing from Eastern KY, Eastern TN and Western NC. Tsesi, comg from a mixed Cherokee and Christian background, and having been taught by his grandfather to plant by the signs, would go on to study the classical grimoires of the western tradition, incorporating their various techniques along with his own traditional tribal practices, and Vedic Yogic practices into a personal practice and system of adeptship.  Tsesi is also Mason under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Indiana and took his obligation on a dual translation of the NT, in English and Cherokee, both from the Greek; though he does not see the bible as inerrant but rather a guide to the spiritual seeking of his ancestors.

Babalon Rising 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022
Alan "Turtle" Turco - As an entrepreneur of many creative endeavors I have developed paths within My Great Work. Mixed with realizations and studies I have located a key to my path by accessing the travel of dimensional tunnels. Using the traits of the energy within I have opened a part of my brain that has led to many variations of the Great Work. My adventure started with a massive channeling through the art of automatic writing, moving on to creating a custom tarot deck, leading to the writing of poetic readings outlining the keys to each number in numerology, each sign in astrology, and each card of the tarot.

Babalon Rising 2016
Veronika Winters -- No bio currently available

Babalon Rising 2018
Vivian Meretrix is a long standing feature in the MidWest Occult/Pagan performance art circles. A jewel that shines from many faucets, she boasts a decade long career as a Licensed Massage Therapist, LMT Instructor/educator, occult lecturer, belly dancer, Burlesque Performer, and is former Lodge Master of Chalice of Heaven Lodge, O.T.O in the valley of Chicago.

Babalon Rising 2022
Frater Usul is a member of The Illuminates of Thanateros North America Section. Current MT of the Atlanta based IOT Temple. A lifelong Anarchist with degrees in philosophy and psychology, Frater Usul has been practicing Chaos Magick for over a decade. Adept in the art of ritual construction, invocation, divination, and a Master Alchemist. Presenting an in-depth workshop on a variety of sorcery techniques including servitor creation, applied sigil magick, gnosis in ritual and more.

Babalon Rising 2012
Vovin Lonshin"The highest art is magic and the greatest magic is art"
 A multidisciplinary who produces poetry, music, and graphic arts, Vovin Lonshin embodies the magician as creator. He has crafted albums, oracle decks, books of poetry, and designs rituals for many popular magical festivals.


Babalon Rising 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022
Wimsaur has been a practicing Ceremonial Magickian for 25 years.  He has passed through the Golden Dawn outer order grades, passed beyond the portal, and is now primarily working with the Hexagram. His primary ambition is to perfect his ritual, to bring all 4 elements, 7 planets, and 12 zodiac, into equilibrium; to complete the Great Work through the medium of Magick. Having started with the Kabbalah of his ancestry, Wimsaur was called to the Hermetic Qabalah to be the compass of his path.  All of his despised Hebrew school of his youth, now had a purpose to transform his life via the Hebrew alphabet. Over the past 25 years, Wimsaur has become Adept in the ways of the Hermetic Qabalah and Hermetic Philosophy.

Babalon Rising 2022
Yaw Fren -- No bio currently available.

Babalon Rising 2012
Za'el considers himself a student of all religions. He is a Universalist and completed his Ordination, Doctor of Divinity, Doctor of Metaphysics, and Doctor of Philosophy from Temple of Wicca July 31, 2003. He is licensed to solemnize marriages in the State of Ohio. Za'el uses facets of all religions in his practices. His primary focuses are Paganism and Eastern Religions, but Za'el does not exclude anyone based on their choice of religion.

Zael is well-versed in the healing arts of Reiki, and received his Master Teacher Attunement in Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho on May 20, 2003. He is also attuned to Spirit Reiki, Ra~Sheeba, Tibetan Reiki, Chaos Energy Healing, Ethereal Crystals, Karuna Ki, Templar Reiki, Gold Reiki, 7 Rays Reiki, Ma'heo'o Reiki, Kundalini Reiki, Seichim 7 Facet System Reiki, Imara Reiki, Tachyon Reiki, and Abundance/ Prosperity Reiki.

Za'El is arguably best known for his skills as a mead-maker. He has been home brewing for most of the past 10 years. Za'el produces many natural medicinal, magical, and social brews and teaches others how to produce their own as well. The sacramental wine from the 2006 Babalon Rising Festival's Gnostic Mass was Za'el's own famous Triple Goddess Blend mead. 

Babalon Rising 2007, 2008, 2009

Frater Zentra El (Jason Gough) is an Initiate of the Illuminates of Thanateros and a Priest of Chaos. With over 20 years expierence in the Magical arts he is proficient in most Magical operations. Background in Thelema, chaos magick, voodoo, Enochian, Goetia, and a variety of Mythos workings. Presenting lectures and workshops on Emergent Magick (EMK), a new form of occultism with roots in chaos magick and the Mythos of HP Lovecraft.  Co-host of the Emergent Magick podcast @  Current PR (primary narrator) in the Order of Emergent Magi (OEM).  He is an accomplished artist, musician, and entrepreneur living in Rockford, IL.

Babalon Rising 2011, 2012, 2014-2018
Chaos/Emergent Track Organizer 2012 - 2019
zepheriaSoror Zepheria ~ I am a member of Anabasis Encampment in Indianapolis and have been a practicioner for many years. I have done many personal workings(more than I can count!) with the Kabbalah and want to share my story with others and my interpretation of  the story of the Priestess through interpretive dance ritual and song. For 2019, come see a personal interpretation/dance of the Journey of the Priestess as she reclaims her place in The Tree of Life! ("Fighter" by In This Moment.)

Babalon Rising 2019




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