With comments about its origin
The seed ideas for Illumination Expo date back to discussions that
were held between members of Ormus Lodge and the Constellation of
Abraxas three years ago (2008). At that time Tau Lamed, Tau Aron and
myself began to formulate our initial thoughts about hosting a local
event that would combine presentations of esoteric subjects with the
arts (music, art, dance, writing, film, etc). This was to be a combined
event hosted by various local Free Illuminist nodes here in Atlanta and
include special guests traveling from out of town. The kindling was
gathered, but the fire remained yet unlit. Then, in 2009, I was
independently approached by Tau Saga who was, at that time, a
facilitator of Templi de Niger Sol. Tau Saga told me she planned on
bringing Thomas Karlsson of Dragon Rouge to Atlanta in 2010, that she
wanted to have a series of events take place and asked if I wanted to be
involved. I enthusiastically agreed. 2010 saw the first manifestation
of this idea with great success.
Report of November 1st event, 2010
TENDING THE FLAMEThe above mentioned discussions in 2008 and 2009 – along with the
subsequent events of 2010 – were the direct precursors to what has now
become Illumination Expo. Some of the original organizers have gone on
to different projects while others have confirmed their ongoing
participation and we have a few new folks who have joined the organizers
team this year as well. The kindling that was gathered has been lit,
the initial sparks of light have grown into a full blown fire and now we
shall continue to tend the flame so that its light and heat may heal
and enlighten the worlds. Or at the very least, we’ll have a fun time of
DANCING AROUND THE FIRE
Illumination Expo 2011 launched on Wednesday, September 14th, with a
truly magical performance by Amodali. The venue was Spring4th Center,
Annex Location. The setting allowed for a very intimate experience.
Amodali featured tracks from her new project – Liber Incarnadine. I was
familiar with her musical work already, but this was the first time I
had the privilege of attending a live performance. I was amazed,
mesmerized and enraptured. The rhythms pulsated, the voice of some
ancient and intoxicating goddess sang out to us, sang out to the world,
sang out to the universe. I could do nothing but dance in honor of this
moment and join in communion with the others who were present and with
the music itself. We lifted up our hearts in unison, sending out rays of
healing and illumination. I note that several days later I continued to
experience a noticeable energetic shift in my subtle body which I
attribute to being present at this performance. And further, inner
transformations have occurred that are with me to this day, a couple of
months later and still ongoing. A perfect way to initiate the Expo!
On Thursday, September 22nd, Tau Aron hosted a social in West
Atlanta. It was a wonderful evening of tea, nourishing snacks and
engaging conversation. Many thanks to Aron and Kara for opening your
home to us and for inviting a great mix of guests. New connections were
made and old connections were celebrated. May your generosity be
reciprocated a thousandfold.
On Friday and Saturday, September 23rd and 24th, we gathered for
esoteric presentations, art, poetry readings and music. The venue was
Atlanta Freethought Hall.
Some of the crew of Illumination Expo 2011 (Photo courtesy Pixie Bruner)
What follows is a listing of the main events:A Discussion about Healing – T Allen Greenfield.
Secret Drugs of Buddhism – Mike Crowley.Clockwork City of Alexandria - Pixie Bruner.
Pwen Cho as Physical Objects – Tau Naamah.A Panel on Art and Magick - Caleb Storms, Tau Osania and Darian Parker (moderated by Bill Zenn).
The Road to Great Cthulhu - Howard Pendragon Phillips.Poetry and Selected Readings - Alice Renard and T Allen Greenfield.
Art and Photography – Max Grimm, Caleb Storms, Darian Parker, Tau Roger, J.M. VonKotterhausen and Tau Osania. [Tau Osania also brought a rare piece of art for display that was painted by the late William Wallace Webb - Frater Damon, QBLH].Music – DJ Carma, Andrew Van Baümer and DJ DutchStijl.
See related links for 2011:Initial call for support – July, 2011
NEWS FOR 2010-2011 - MUCH ACCOMPLISHED, MUCH TO ACCOMPLISH!
Amodali at an earlier event
Left to Right Tau Aron, Mike Crowley and organizer Tau Dositheos at an earlier event