Descriptions of Festival Events

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For 2024, we are proud and excited to host the following offerings:


Star Ruby

From Thelemapedia

The Star Ruby is a ritual written by Aleister Crowley who described it as a “new and more elaborate version of the Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.” It is still considered to be an official ritual of the A.'.A.'. The Star Ruby will be performed as the opening ceremony of the Babalon Rising festival, and it is recommend that attendees familiarize themselves with this ritual.

Liber Resh vel Helios

From Thelemapedia

Liber Resh vel Helios, by Aleister Crowley, comprises four daily adorations to the Sun, to be performed at dawn, noon, sunset, and midnight. The general object is to focus the conscious mind on the center of our solar system. We will be performing the four stations of Resh daily during the Babalon Rising festival, and recommend that attendees familiarize themselves with this short and powerful Thelemic ritual. 

Gnostic Mass

Local bodies and loose confederations of wandering ritualistic troubadours from all over the US have presented the Gnostic Mass at Babalon Rising. We are proud to host anywhere from 1-3 Gnostic Mass celebrations throughout the course of the festival.

From Thelemapedia

Aleister Crowley wrote The Gnostic Mass—technically called Liber XV or "Book 15"—in 1913 while travelling in Moscow. In many ways it is similar in structure to the Mass of the Roman Catholic Church. However, the comparison ends there, as the Gnostic Mass is a celebration of the principles of Thelema. The ceremony calls for five officers: a priest, a priestess, a deacon, and two acolytes, called “children”. The end of the ritual culminates in the consumation of the eucharist, which is a glass of wine and the host, called a Cake of Light, after which the congregant proclaims “There is no part of me that is not of the gods!”

It is the central rite of Ordo Templi Orientis and it's ecclesiastical arm, Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica. The Gnostic Mass will be performed at the Babalon Rising Festival by [presenter].

As for why Crowley wrote the Gnostic Mass, he explains in Confessions:

While dealing with this subject I may as well outline its scope completely. Human nature demands (in the case of most people) the satisfaction of the religious instinct, and, to very many, this may best be done by ceremonial means. I wished therefore to construct a ritual through which people might enter into ecstasy as they have always done under the influence of appropriate ritual. In recent years, there has been an increasing failure to attain this object, because the established cults shock their intellectual convictions and outrage their common sense. Thus their minds criticize their enthusiasm; they are unable to consummate the union of their individual souls with the universal soul as a bridegroom would be to consummate his marriage if his love were constantly reminded that its assumptions were intellectually absurd.

I resolved that my Ritual should celebrate the sublimity of the operation of universal forces without introducing disputable metaphysical theories. I would neither make nor imply any statement about nature which would not be endorsed by the most materialistic man of science. On the surface this may sound difficult; but in practice I found it perfectly simple to combine the most rigidly rational conceptions of phenomena with the most exalted and enthusiastic celebration of their sublimity.

Crowley published the text of the Gnostic Mass three times: in 1918 in a publication called The International, in 1919 in The Equinox (III:1), and in 1929 in Magick in Theory and Practice. It was privately performed while Crowley was at the Abbey of Thelema, and it's first public performance was March 19, 1933 by Wilfred T. Smith and Regina Kahl in Hollywood, California at the first Agape Lodge. 

Feast of the Beast

Annual Babalon Rising Ritual
The Feast of the Beast celebratory ritual takes place Saturday night at each Babalon Rising Festival. All guests of the festival are invited to join in the Feast of the Beast as is their Will. The purpose of the Feast of the Beast ritual is to usher in the New Aeon and align all participants with the 93 current through the creation of the "Magickal Child". Attendees are encouraged to dress in costume, either as god-forms or as their higher selves/true selves. Scarlet Women, Satyrs, Warriors of Thebes, Maenads, Black-Robed Mages, Skyclad Nymphs, and all and sundry revelers are more than welcome! After the formal portion of this ritual is complete, midnight Resh is proclaimed and an all-night revel begins. Games with prizes will be ongoing. Feasting areas will be available to all assembled. The Feast of Food tent will contain snacks and beverages. Revelers are encouraged to store any alcohol to be consumed Saturday night in this tent, in order to keep glass away from the main fire. Please donate to the Feast of Food tent as you will. The Feast of Flesh tent will contain areas for consensual massage, experimental touch, cuddling, BDSM, and private areas for more intimate contact. Potential hierodules, doms, subs, massage therapists, Heiros Gamos couples, snuggle bunnies, and other individuals interested in pushing the boundaries of physical ecstasy are encouraged to play in this safe, spiritual space. We hope that the Feast of the Beast is an experience that will not only be enjoyable to our guests, but will also assist each of the participants in the realization and achievement of their True Wills. The aims of the Feast of the Beast ritual are summed up in part by Liber LXXVII, included below.

"the law of the strong:
this is our law and the joy of the world." AL. II. 2
"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." --AL. I. 40
"thou hast no right but to do thy will. Do that, and no other shall
say nay." --AL. I. 42-3
"Every man and every woman is a star." --AL. I. 3
There is no god but man.

1. Man has the right to live by his own law--

to live in the way that he wills to do:

to work as he will:

to play as he will:

to rest as he will:

to die when and how he will.

2. Man has the right to eat what he will:

to drink what he will:

to dwell where he will:

to move as he will on the face of the earth.

3. Man has the right to think what he will:

to speak what he will:

to write what he will:

to draw, paint, carve, etch, mould, build as he will:

to dress as he will.

4. Man has the right to love as he will:--

"take your fill and will of love as ye will,

when, where, and with whom ye will." --AL. I. 51

5. Man has the right to kill those who would thwart these rights.

"the slaves shall serve." --AL. II. 58 "Love is the law, love under will." --AL. I. 57

Moksha Ritual

Magdalena Knight
Moksha Magick is a group sex magick ritual. We will discuss the energetic roles in the working and how we apply the attributes and focus in participants. We will arrive at a consensus intent for the ritual and after a short break to attend to last-minute needs, we will do our working together. Consent is adamantly necessary and participation in Moksha ritual is not mandatory. Penetrative sex not required! BDSM, Tantra, humming, breathwork - any energetic practice likely to bring ecstasy is effective.

Through Shadow and into our Inner Emperor (or sovereign)

Shane ShadowEater
A group working through the shadow energies of Weakling and Tyrant into their golden expression. We'll get to know ourselves and fellow participants in authentic, honest, and real introspective dialogue. 

Anti Envy Ritual

Re DuVernay

In this ritual, we will make a charm to ward off envy in all it's destruction manifestations and effects. This is both envy we feel toward others, and envy that others feel toward us.

During the process of this ritual, we will smash the green eyes of this demon, and encase the remains in a prison that keeps them from rising again. This prison will be given to you at the end, so that you may carry it with you as a warning to other green eyed demons that you are best to leave alone.

Glossolalia Oracle


Ask a question of your choice to the Glossolalia Oracle and receive answers in this participatory divination ritual. Inspired by the spiritualist seances of old along with modern techniques of spirit contact like the Estes Method, participants can approach and ask a question of the oracle, surrounded by helpers speaking in tongues who will channel into the answers into your deepest, most mundane, or ridiculous questions. 


Chooba Dee

Bio Coming Soon


Administrism 101


Yaramarud and Pythia discusses the foundations of this chaos magick oriented neo-shamanism paradigm and how it differs from similar iterations. Covering everything from the importance of Genius Loci, homesteading, and ethnographic research to the foundational practices of this paradigm, Yara and Pythia will conclude with details on how you can become your own Administer.

Applied Dreaming


In its simplest form, surrealism exists as a medium by which the individual attempts to reconstruct the machinations and logic of the dream into their conscious reality. What does this then mean within an occult context? How can this be utilized? By extracting surrealism’s “original” definition (as provided by Breton’s Surrealist Manifesto), the occultist creates using the language of pure psyche in order to produce a tangible outcome as directed by the individual Will. The conclusion of this lecture will involve a “Consciousness Tap” of all participants through the reading of a surrealist text.

Illumi-Naughty Nightie Party

BR Org Team

On Wednesday night, the set-up pre-fest night, BR is hosting an Illumi-Naughty Nightie Party. Hoping to see some Babalonian baby-dolls, Thelemic teddies, Solomonic smoking jackets, kabbalistic kaftans, or whatever deliciously magickal boudoir attire you might have/create. We'll mix it together with some dance music and celebrate the start of another amazing BR.  

Pushing the Envelope: Boundaries, Will, and Consent at  Babalon Rising

BR Org Team

Aka: "Intro to Babalon Rising Festival;" "Aka: "All First-Timers Should Attend." Babalon Rising gives both fledgling and experienced Magicians the opportunity to explore their own boundaries -- magickally, spiritually, energetically, and sexually. Join Laurelei and other BR-veterans in an open, candid group discussion about respecting and working with both your own boundaries and those of other attendees in a conscious and conscientious Will-based environment.  If you are new the festival, it is HIGHLY recommended that you come to this workshop. (If you are a returning attendee, it is also highly recommended.) 

Enochian Magick as Grimoire Magick

Scott Stenwick

The original Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn made extensive use of the Enochian work of John Dee and Edward Kelley, who spent many years in communication with various spirits obtaining instructions for a new system of magick. However, instead of following Dee's actual instructions, the Golden Dawn would merge the Enochian material with many other components to create a synthesis of magical lore. This synthesis makes many assumptions about how the Enochian entities are attributed, and in many cases directly contradicts the material found in Dee's diaries. This Golden Dawn sythesis was the system that Aleister Crowley learned, and is what he summarized in Liber Chanokh as the Enochian system.

While many magicians do report good results working with the synthetic system, dubbbed "Neo-Enochian" by some authors, I took a different approach when I started working with the system in the 1990s. I started with the diaries themselves and treated the Enochian material as a system of grimoire magick with a coherent and comprehensive set of powers and properties communicated to Dee and Kelley in the sixteenth century. I took that framework and added modern magical concepts to it, such as pentagram and hexagram rituals, but always staying true to the original attributions and eschewing most of the Golden Dawn changes. Enochian is a powerful, effective, and complete-enough system on its own to produce good results, even when worked grimoire-style with just the prayers, invocations, and conjurations.

My Mastering Enochian Magick series approaches the system in this way, by teaching it according to the approach I use and the methods that I have found to be effective. Mastering the Mystical Heptarchy covers the Heptarchia Mystica, the only section of the Dee material that was arranged into a grimoire and which Dee may have employed to defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588. Mastering the Great Table covers the material commonly referred to as The Watchtowers, which the Golden Dawn adapted extensively. My book proposes a different set of attributions for this material based on the original diaries. Finally, Mastering the Thirty Aires covers the Aethyrs, which Crowley explored extensively in The Vision and the Voice but which were originally intended for political operations across the various Parts of the Earth.

This presentation will provide an overview of my approach to Enochian magick as covered in the Mastering Enochian Magick series and explore some of the differences between my approach and the "Neo-Enochian" system, along with a demonstration of how I construct and perform Enochian rituals. 

Divine Bimbo Revisited

Clair Hartshorne

A revisit of last year's ritual/workshop! This time longer and with more accessories for your Divine Bimbo Altar doll! I could tell this was healing for so many women and I would love to give us more time with each other.

I want to bring this back for women to continue and/or upgrade their past dolls and to let new women participate. 

Bring any doll accessories or crafting equipment you'd like and I will bring plenty as well.

DIY Book of the Dead- Integration and Immortality(?) for Chaotes

Shane ShadowEater

ShadowEater paired Yaramarud's instruction on Color Magick, Shadow Work, and an esoteric interpretation of the Egyptian Funerary Text, Book of Gates, into a daily practice for power, agency, and direction. Maybe even immortality!

Thelemic Thaumaturgy

Scott Stenwick

Aleister Crowley wrote few works on explicitly paranormal magick. In Magick: Book Four he explains his most famous definition of magick, the science and art of causing change in conformity with will, using the entirely mundane example of writing a letter. Thus the "magical implements" involved are pen and paper, the entities conjured postal carriers, and so forth. This has led some authors to conclude that Crowley's magick is intended to be nothing more than a series of psychological exercises.

However, in Chapter I of Magick Without Tears, Crowley puts forth an additional definition of magick that should put this idea to rest: “Magick is the study and use of those forms of energy which are (a) subtler than the ordinary physical-mechanical types, (b) accessible only to those who are (in one sense or another) 'Initiates'.” While both of those statements are subject to interpretation, subtle energies that can be employed to achieve tangible goals are far different from any form of psychotherapy.

Crowley also wrote one piece specifically on thaumaturgy, that is, practical magical operations. This is Liber DCXXXIII De Thaumaturgia, in which he addresses a number of points related to explicitly paranormal and practical magick in the Thelemic system. This presentation will follow the points made in this concise exposition as jumping-off points for further discussion, providing a more detailed overview of practical Thelemic techniques and operations. 

Sigils in Sex Magick with a Focus on the Divine Masculine


Coming Soon

Breath of Fire Experiential

Magdalena Knight

In this two-part workshop, we will practice together the techniques we need to build toward and/or experience a breath of fire orgasm (or many!). We'll talk about how to use it with a partner, why we practice it in Tantra, and how it can enhance your journey. Bring whatever you may need to be comfortable on the ground/floor (yoga mat, blanket, pillows/bolsters) or a chair, an open mind, and your breath. We'll have a short break before the group practice to handle last-minute needs.

The Subtle Body in Ancient Greco-Egyptian Magic and Theurgy


The concept of the subtle body, although most often applied to esoteric practices derived from Hinduism and Buddhism, originated in Egypt during the early Roman Empire. This presentation will introduce concepts related to the historical development of subtle-body theory in Egyptian and Greek sources, including the Coffin Texts, Book(s) of the Dead, Plato, the Hermetica, the Greco-Egyptian magical papyri (PGM), and Iamblichus, who formalized the theory of the subtle body – what he calls the “luminous vehicle” (augoeides okhēma) of the soul – in the third century CE. After a brief historical introduction, we will examine several ancient ritual-texts for methods of working with the subtle body. A free handout will provide original translations of these ancient sources, including ritual-based practices to purify and empower the subtle body, with the goals of focusing attention, recalling dreams, enhancing esoteric awareness, and awakening our latent but ever-present connections to the gods.

The Bosom of Nuit

Bill Duvendack

This presentation is a straight forward one. While it is helpful to know astrology before attending, it is not necessary. In this discussion, we will look at astrology through a Thelemic lens as it applies to the new aeon. 

Divination through Symbols in the Greco-Egyptian Magical Papyri (PGM)


The ancient Greek concept of a symbol (σύμβολον) was much more expansive than the modern term derived from it. Ancient symbols were highly adaptive ritual objects, understood to emanate from the gods themselves and to enable our divine connections in magical and theurgic ritual. In the many ancient divination types preserved in the Greco-Egyptian magical papyri (PGM), which represent the final flourishing of indigenous Egyptian religion before the triumph of Christianity, symbols play an important part. This session will examine the varieties of ancient divination techniques – including lamp-, bowl-, and dream-divination, divination by dice or lots, arithmology, and isopsephy – and the essential roles that symbols play within them. A free handout will present several original translations and summarize these techniques, which may be readily adapted to your own practice. We will also examine some of the most important symbols, including the oil lamp, the Egyptian lotus, the scarab beetle, the solar barque, and the symbols implicit within divine names of invocation.

Using Plants as Servitors


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Infinite Emptiness


This interactive workshop provides you with an accessible method to increase your mindfulness and creativity through art for those of any skill level. With a focus on setting up guidelines, making repetitive marks, and an acceptance of the possibility of making mistakes or starting over, the framework in these pages details an alternative approach for those who have struggled to meditate in the past and are seeking a more peaceful, present, mindful, and magickal life. 

Adorn Thyself: Painted for the Gods

G. Antra

When you think of ritual tools what things come to mind? Wand? Sword? Robe? Candle?  ...But did you think about makeup/body paint?  Join me as we discuss this often overlook, yet powerful tool to take your workings to another level.

Stalking the New Aeon

Bill Duvendack

"Tzadi is not the star." What exactly does that mean? How does this play out in your magical practice? How is this indicative of not only the new aeon, but also new thought processes? In this presentation, we will take a look at the Great Swap, focusing on how The Emperor can open doors for us to access the new incoming energy of the age of Horus. 

Walking a Kinky Path

G. Antra

Spiritual journeying within scene. Approaching the shadow work of hidden desire. Building emotional intensity, and catharsis for spiritual & emotional evolution. These are just a few ways kink, and BDSM can be incorporated into ritual. Join us as we discuss walking a kinky path. 

Sacred Courtesan, Sacred Madam

Laurelei Black

Join Laurelei and other Scarlet Harlots in a discussion of the roles experienced by men and women doing the work of sacred sexuality today. We'll explore some of the practical considerations of "putting out in the name of the Gods" as well as the MANY roles available to the Sacred Courtesan who chooses NOT to have sex outside of her/his committed relationship(s). The door to service as a Priest/ess of Love is in no way closed to those who make the Will-affirming choice to honor their own boundaries in this way, but it does require the key of creativity. This discussion is a great starting place for anyone who is curious about sacred sex work -- from any side of the equation!