A ‘discipulus veneficus’ all of his adult life, Most Honoured Frater Archeus is the founder and current Magister of the Order of the Temple of Archallem (OTA), a practicing ceremonial lodge and initiatory society located in London, Ontario.
For more than a dozen years, the OTA has offered a probationer program that allows serious, committed, dedicated students to learn the fundamentals of the ceremonial and ritual magic process. Upon successful completion of the probationer program, he or she may be considered for membership in the Lodge by initiation.
Fr. Archeus was also a founding member of The London Pagan Temple and has chaired several significant Pagan conventions. Maintaining a strong media presence, Fr. Archeus has written articles pertaining to occult pursuits and has represented the community on television.
A practicing magician as well as a dedicated occultist, Fr. Archeus has written and contributed to rituals in various traditions and capacities. He was initiated into the craft on the full moon of Friday, October 13, 2000. Along with select other members of the Lodge, Fr. Archeus was raised into the third degree of his own tradition by Most Honoured Frater Lon Milo DuQuette in 2015. He maintains relationships with his own Masonic Blue Lodge and other established Pagan organizations, including the Wiccan Church of Canada in Toronto and Hamilton and the Ordo Templi Orientis worldwide.
By day, Fr. Archeus is a respected college professor and dedicated instructor of the subjects of his professional and academic pursuits.
Magick and the occult are Helene's life-long passions. Her work in these realms has been influenced in particular by Aleister Crowley, the Temple of Set, and Witchcraft.of a Left-Hand Path persuasion. She has been a practicing astrologer for the past 20 years, and regularly teaches public workshops on a variety of occult-related topics. Helene is a contributing author to the upcoming release of PILLARS ‘The Scalding of Sapientia' (Anathema Publishing Ltd).
By day Helene is a specialist in conflict resolution and a professional mediator, having taught these subjects for many years at several Canadian universities. Her practice focuses on the creative industries. She has so far co-authored two books, ‘Conflict Resolution for Musicians’ and ‘Keep the Drama in Front of the Camera’, with more on the way. Her love of music and artistic souls finds its expression through being the manager for Montreal-based industrial metal band Projekt F.
Helene holds a BA in Religious Studies & an MA in Human Systems Intervention.
Allison is a multi-generational Psychic, with natural spiritual gifts passed along both sides of her family's lineage and ancestry. She is the first woman in a long line of natural Psychics to come out of the "spiritual closet" and offer her gifts and services to aid others through life's trials & tribulations. She was born clairvoyant and has always possessed her Psychic abilities - which through most of her life came through in Prophetic Dreams. It was only just 4 years ago that her Mediumship abilities arrived with a bang, to allow her all-at-once to communicate directly with Spirits of Loved Ones on the Other Side, Earthbound Spirits & Spirit Guides. For the most part she is self-taught and self-trained with the aid of her Spirit Guides & Mediumship Gatekeepers.
She provides a loving, tailored approach to her Psychic Medium & Energy Healing practices, and will make every effort to put herself in her clients' shoes. For Allison, this will happen naturally through her ability to receive visions (Clairvoyancy), feel your physical, emotional or mental state (Empathic, Medical Intuitive), and receive direct auditory messages from Spirit Guides & Loved Ones that have passed (Clairaudience).
Ian Corrigan - has been teaching, learning, singing and playing in the American Neopagan movement since 1976. Beginning by teaching ‘Witchcraft, Magic & the Occult’ for the Kent State University Free School, he has decades of experience in a variety of occult, pagan and magical topics. Having received his 3rd degree initiation in Celtic Traditional Wtchcraft in the early 80s, Ian has led eclectic study groups, a traditional Wiccan coven and a Druid Grove. Ian has been well-known for decades at Pagan festivals as a bard, ritualist and teacher.
For the past 30 years Ian’s primary path has been Celtic polytheism and especially Neopagan Druidism. Ian has been a primary author and teacher in Ar nDraiocht Fein, having been recruited by Isaac Bonewits in the mid 80s. He is a founder of Stone Creed Grove, ADF’s oldest working congregation, and served as ADF’s first Chief Liturgist and first elected Vice Archdruid, as well as a short term as Archdruid. Ian worked with Isaac to develop the ritual forms used in ADF Druidry today, and was the developer and primary author of ADF’s Dedicant basic Pagan training Program.
While Druidry is Ian’s primary path, his magical and religious studies interests include Western Tradition magic and Hermetics, world polytheisms and tribal magical systems, Tarot, Runes and the history and development of our modern Pagan ways. Ian continues to teach Celtic Paganism, trancework and magic at festivals and seminars.
Ian is the author of ‘Sacred Fire, Holy Well – A Druid’s Grimoire’, The Book of Summoning – Pagan Evocation’, ‘The Book of Visions – Pagan Meditation and Trance’; ‘Draiocht; A Book of Celtic Sorcery’, ‘The Portal Book - Teachings & Works of Celtic Witchcraft’, and ‘The Book of the Dragon - Pagan Ceremonial Magic’. Along with his partner Liafal he is part of ‘Awen’, a folk duet. His CD ‘Once Around the Wheel’ has been in print for many years.
John Corvus is an Rromani Wayfarer & Divination Practitioner/Omnimancer, working with various communities for over 20 years. He is the guardian of the Saint Sara e Kali Shrine in Hamilton, and an adept in houses, dealing with old-world traditional folk-work. He is also a former Dharma Teacher in the Chan Buddhist tradition, and is a respected elder and licensed Ritual Officiant, able to perform legal weddings in the province of Ontario and abroad. Sits on the Faith Advisory Council of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, as the first-ever “Old-World Indigenous Spiritualities” representative in Ontario.
For the last ten years he has been immersed in uncovering the peregrinations of Kali Sara, Her “sisters”, and the Rromani peoples with whom They travelled. From the Indian sub-continent, travelling thru Eurasia to Nôtre-Dame-de-Ratis (France), known today as Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer; across to São Paulo (Brazil), and up the coast to North America.
For more information on his services, lecture topics, or for his C.V. or a list of his references, please feel free to contact him at email@example.com
Jim is a traditional and eclectic initiate of the old ways and a student of the occult and unknown for over 40+years. Jim is dedicated to following the ways of Pan and Dionysus. An active member of the Southern Ontario pagan communities, organiser and facilitator of Wiccanfest for over 30 yrs , co-founder of Harvestfest and The Toronto Pagan Conference. Jim Brings a different perspective to networking in the magical community by blending our skill sets with our spiritual paths, Building Bridges to other communities and expanding awareness of the unseen worlds in an experiential journey. More recently, jim has been a board member of Tribal Hearth and co-organiser of Hearthfire and Northern Lights gatherings.
Pamela has been a practicing Eclectic Pagan with roots in Wicca for over 30 years. As an initiate witch and priestess, she has been blessed to be involved in three amazing covens. As a mother, she has raised two beautiful Pagan children. Though her interests in Magic and the Occult are varied, she specializes as a diviner using the Tarot, reading for others and teaching classes for as many years.
Her true passion has been organizing Pagan events and community building. Over the past 25 years she was one of the co-founders of the Pagan Federation of Canada, facilitated a Women’s Weekend in the Ottawa area, was organizer and director of The Kaleidoscope Gathering for 17 years, co-hosted The Toronto Pagan Conference, co-hosted the Gaia Gathering in Toronto and then sat on the board of the Gaia Gathering the following year. Currently she is a member of The PI and co-facilitates its annual retreat as well as assisting as cat-herder at Occulticon.
A blacksmith (metalworker) of Scottish heritage, both his grandfather and great grandfather were iron workers and moulders. He has been blacksmithing for 24 years using traditional tools rescued from antique dealers, scrap dealers and auction sales.
His work has been featured in art galleries and shows. His piece "Raising Shakti - Restoring Balance", a metal tower honoured the work of the metal workers of the Gupta Dynasty of 320-500 AD. This piece is now on display at Mythwood. At "Fire in the Head Celtic Gathering" the Spear of Lugh was ritually forged by and for the community. His Phoenix sculpture was created for the main ritual at Northern Lights Gathering 2015. It too is now housed at Mythwood and set ablaze at the opening of Hearthfire each year. One of his simple triangle gongs was used to call the main ritual at Wic-Can Fest. It is now believed to be in the possession of Tamarra S. James of the Wiccan Church of Canada.
Katie Gajdacs was introduced to psychic phenomena by her Godmother as a child. Since 1986, Katie has continually studied various aspects of the field while developing and practicing her skills. She mastered the Tarot while living in Australia; In Toronto she studied Spiritualism for four years under Rev. June Strudders of Britten Memorial and Rev. Doreen Bald of Springdale. She refined her knowledge further in Lilydale, New York under the guidance of Rev. Ilene Thomas. From 1992-99 Katie was an active member and lecturer of the Psychic Society of Toronto and presented at number of psychic fairs.
Katie's keen interest in mystical knowledge led her to study Kabalistic Mysticism for four years under the great Kabalistic Rabbi Chezi Nagar. Currently, Katie is an active Wiccan Priestess in the Odyssean Tradition and a member of the Wiccan Church of Canada. She teaches at various Pagan festivals across Ontario and the U.S. and actively practices Spiritual Healing, Reiki, and Reflexology, the latter passed down to her by Kovacs Andras, a Hungarian Táltos (shaman). Katie currently resides in Windsor, Ontario, where she is opening her dream shop (both online and physical): The Hag Shack.
Tamarra was raised on farms, where she learned a lot about herbs and other basics of witchcraft. She was initiated into Wicca just over 50 years ago. Richard took a degree in theatre, which has informed his approach to ritual ever since he was introduced to Wicca 40 years ago. Together, they founded the Wiccan Church of Canada, in response to a demand from a small group of pagans. Tamarra pioneered institutional chaplaincy for pagans, and now two of her past students are employed as chaplains. Richard and Tamarra together encouraged another one of their students to create Canada's first pagan festival, at a site not far from Mythwood. They drew the attention of the wider pagan world by purchasing the literary portion of the Gardner collection from the Ripley's company. They explored other subcultures by being the first to openly lead ritual at a world science fiction convention, and at the Pennsic War of the SCA. Tamarra's women's group called Sistrum is now over 35 years old, having survived this long by sticking to the spiritual, and not allowing politics into the experience. Richard was instrumental in creating the Canadian National Pagan Conference. Their business, called the Occult Shop, has served as a pagan community meeting place for 38 years. Mostly, Richard and Tamarra serve as repositories of memory, ever since they led Canadian Pagans out of the broom closet in 1979. Last December they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
Tiffany Lazic is a Registered Psychotherapist and Spiritual Director with a private practice in individual, couples and group therapy. As the owner of The Hive and Grove Centre for Holistic Wellness, she created and teaches two self-development programs, Patterns of Conscious Living and Spiritual Language of the Divine Programs, as well as teaching in the Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training's Spiritual Directorship Training Program and Esoteric Studies Program. An international presenter and keynote speaker, Tiffany has conducted workshops for many conferences and organizations in Canada, the US, Mexico, and the UK. She is a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon where she serves on the Council of Nine and is the founder of Kitchener's Red Tent Temple. Tiffany is the author of The Great Work: Self-Knowledge and Healing Through the Wheel of the Year (Llewellyn Publications, 2015)
Khaman Mythwood founder of Occulticon, received the name Maashkode Bizhiki Bimose Animikiing Ikaang Inini “Buffalo Walks on Thunder Ground” by the grandmothers of Buffalo Star Lodge. He also received the name Paratos “The one who sacrifices himself for others” during 3 years of training in Transcendental Meditation with Yogi Dada, under Baba Num Keva Lum.
He sits on the council of Tribal Hearth as Director of Monuments and Works creating ritual objects and curiosities from giant Green Man effigies to stone circles. He’s travelled to several sacred sites around the world including Stonehenge, Mesa Verde and all the way to the Sacred Volcanoes of Hawaii. This gives him a unique perspective when creating rituals and ceremonies and connecting to the ancestors. He is also a member of the Order of Ovates, Bards, and Druids and The Fellowship of the Knights of the Round Table of King Arthur (Tintagel).
He has always been interested in the occult, sacred geometry, magic, myths, ancient history, and polytheistic religions. He continues to study to improve his clairvoyant, clairaudient, claircognizant and empathic skills. With his wife Alyx, Khaman is also owner and operator of Mythwood Campground, a unique sacred space where history, polytheistic paths, and nature come together.
Thrice named, Sandi is of Ojbwe/Irish decent and shares ancestry with the members of Georgina Island First Nation. She walks the Druid path and her practice remains strongly influenced by her Anishnaabe culture and traditions. Sandi has been a practicing pagan for 26 years and is a founding member of both Simcoe and Muskoka Coalition of Old Regions (SiMuCor) and Tribal Hearth. She often finds herself working with folks from many different traditions and practices.
Sarita Phoenix studied blacksmithing since the age of 16. She has been an artisan within the magical community focusing on the needs of individuals for magical work. Growing up with the pagan community gives her a keen perspective of the intent behind ceremonial items. She follows the path of the artisan.
As part of the pagan community for 35 years, her secondary focus has been on community. From assisting leaders, to being a member of the local committee for the Gaia Gathering in 2012, Sarita has consistently lent a hand to promote inclusiveness, and connection of all folk.
Jade Pichette, is a heathen Gythia living in Toronto, Canada. They are one of the founders of Vindisir Kindred (London, Ontario), and the Canadian Pagan Declaration on Intolerance. Jade was raised a witch, but got into Heathenry in their early twenties and now focuses on a mixture of traditional witchcraft, Norse sorcery and, seidr. They are a queer and trans activist, and does interfaith work with LGBTQ+ clergy members. Currently they serve as the Volunteer + Community Outreach Coordinator at the Canadian Lesbian + Gay Archives and provides anti-oppression education for organizations of many types.
Franco is somewhat of a Renaissance man: an engineer, a runner, a musician and occultist. He has been involved in the study of various esoteric arts such as energy work, tarot, runes, numerology, magick and astrology for the past two decades. While Franco has noticed that all is interrelated, it’s astrology that he has taken a shine to. He is the former Vice President of Astrology Toronto and currently director of the Astrological Investigators. He has lectured at various workshops and conference in North America.
Ben Stimpson has been a student of comparative religion and the Occult for nearly sixteen years, with specific interest in the sociology, history, and psychology of religion and magical traditions. His academic background lies in the field of social work, and he is currently engaged in training to become a Spiritual Psychotherapist with the Transformational Arts College (TAC) in Toronto, fully accredited with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Prior to working with Occulticon as Vending Coordinator, Ben operated his own vending business ‘Esotericon,’ has delivered workshops and lectures at psychic fairs and Pagan festivals across Ontario, organized Slainte Retreat, sat on the organizing committee for Four Winds Festival, and has been active in the Tribal Hearth community.
Astrologer, author, tarot reader and magician, Tarostar has over 40 years in the occult supply industry under his venerable belt. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1942, he was a raised in the Re-Organized Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, where his many curious questions raised eyebrows to say the least. As a child he moved with his family to Las Vegas. In 1967 he got into the occult supplies trade at the Bell, Book and Candle and the Psychic Eye Shop, both of Las Vegas. He was a founder, with Sybil Leek and others, of the North American arm of the Horsa tradition. He published many books, including The Witch’s Spellcraft, The Witch’s Formulary and Spellbook, A Book of Shadows and Spiritual Worker’s Handbook. He worked at the Occult Shop in Toronto for many years and still reads tarot and does astrology charts for patrons there. In 2015 his book The Sacred Pentagraph: A Craft Work in Five Volumes – Books I, II, & III, was published by Left Hand Press in New Orleans. This collection offers a plethora of Craft teachings and spells from his own personal tomes of shadows, gathered through years or practical working and readings for individuals. This North American Craft Elder has much to offer the modern Occult community.
David has been a Druid for most of his adult life. He has explored the solitary way for the past 30 something years, both in England and Canada. Living in the country and being close to nature everyday has led to his present way of practising Druidry. He had adapted his practice to North American flora and fauna while still remembering the old ways. His love for the Occult started with his Mom, always a girl to expand her mind and always willing to talk to her son about it.
Witchdoctor Utu is the founder of the Dragon Ritual Drummers, the Niagara Voodoo Shrine and is a member of the New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual Temple.
For the last fifteen years he has been immersed in the root work, conjure and mysticism surrounding the lore and legacy of the Underground Railroad. Living in St. Catharines Ontario, where Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman brought her “track” to its end, he has been up front and integral over the last decade of continuing to uplift and elevate the spirit of Mama Moses and her surrounding spiritual court.
Witchdoctor Utu travels extensively in both Canada and the United States to teach, lecture and facilitate rituals at some of the largest spiritual gatherings on the continent.
In one form or another, I have been a storyteller all my life, but I really started focusing on it as part of my vocation in 2012. I have hundreds of public tellings under my belt, with highlights including a session for the Wheel’s Samhain event at Dundas Square (2012), participation in the Toronto Storytelling Festival or related Storyfire events (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), while guest lecturing for a class at University of Toronto’s Celtic Studies department (2009, 2010, 2016, 2017), and “Up Yer Celt: a StoryFusion Ceilidh” (2016). I can also be found telling amid other storytellers, poets, and musicians, at various salons and at 1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling. I specialize primarily, but not exclusively, on telling Celtic stories geared to an adult audience.
I'm also a psychotherapist working in the Spiritual Care Department of a Mental Health Hospital and in Private Practice.
Knowledge is power and my journey is to educate, inform, and entertain, as well as, provide the products and services to the kindred spirits who cross the path of the Paganus Damsel.
I am always growing and working on revealing my intuition and trying to strengthen my psyche so I am readily able to listen to the true voice of my subconscious. It helps me to become a complete, grounded and happy individual. I study ancient wisdoms, earth secrets and mysterious arts. Every civilization has had ways of communicating with this inner world, which has always fascinated me.
I use different tools, my own mental skills and physical practices, making sure harmony is achieved to be able to gain the most from life. It helps me find answers within, for those life changing questions and situations that always leave us wondering and needing clarification. I receive insight and guidance from within myself as well as spirit which helps motivate me be the best that I can be, to reach out and mentor people, and also to help them recognize the goodness inside themselves and what life has to offer. It helps turn ones weaknesses into strengths and to heal one’s self, so us as individuals can live life to the fullest.
The future holds many surprises. So make the most of the unknown, but exciting possibilities. This means trying to be aware of the forces that work deep inside us to shape our paths for the days, months, and even years ahead. Enjoy fulfilment, happiness, and use fate to your advantage. Make the unpredictable into something wonderful. All things are magical and you have the power within yourself to change your surroundings, as well as your own intellectual playing field. Life is what you make it… so reach deep inside yourself and use your own gifts and abilities to mould it to your own personal gratification.