An Alchemical Colloquium featuring 2 days of presentations
and talks on Alchemy and the Royal Art.
September 23 - 24
An outgrowth of the Mortlake & Company exhibition ALCHEMICAL THEATRE, the CAUDA PAVONIS COLLOQUIUM features two days of presentations on the history, practice and art of alchemy.
In alchemical parlance Cauda Pavonis is the peacock's tail, representing the rapidly shifting colors which appear during the announcement of the completion of the Philosopher's Stone, the legendary goal of the Hermetic Philosophers. The colloquium features guest speakers who come together to share their research and experience in the Royal Art.
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Peregrinations of Paracelsus: A Hermetic Travelogue – Joseph Uccello
Paracelsus was known thorughout Europe as an able doctor and a brawling drinker. In this presentation Uccello will discuss the wanderings of Theophrastus Bombastus while sharing his own personal journey involving the steps of this seminal adept of the Great Work.
Joseph Uccello is a book designer and world traveller who embraces the the esotericism of pilgrimage and book. His work has been applied to several publishing concerns including Viatorium Press, Ouroboros Press, Xoanon Ltd, Three Hands Press, Rubedo Press, Fulgur Ltd and others. His most recent book is OCCLITH 1: CODEX HOMUNCULI. Uccello's work may be viewed at joseph-uccello.com
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Engaging with the Imaginal - Alchemy in the Work of Jung & Hillman - Jonah Dempcy
Jung generated tremendous interest in alchemy from the psychological perspective and has his adherents with the fief wave of Jungians like Edward F. Edinger and Marie-Louise von Franz. And a big part of that wave is the 3-part psychological approach laid out by Jung where you first understand something conceptually, then you attach it to experience and ultimately it leads to a decision, so in some sense it is a kind of normative approach which aims at integrating unconscious contents (first intellectually, then experientially) and then strengthening the ego, and a whole ethical injunction component. And this is very different from Hillman who was more in line with participatory epistemology, and saw engaging with alchemical material as engaging with the imaginal, which he distinguishes from imagination. Hillman draws on the work of Henri Corbin and has an imagistic, less goal-oriented bent, dispensing with the metaphor of individuation and rejecting the notion of the Self as psychic organizing principle.
Jonah Dempcy is an American jazz musician, electronic music producer and writer exploring archetypal cosmology, mysticism and esoteric music theory through the lens of psychoanalysis and philosophy. Dempcy bridges the work of Carl Jung, James Hillman and Richard Tarnas with contemporary philosophers such as Gilles Deleuze, Slavoj Žižek and Alain Badiou. Dempcy has been a central figure in the online philosophy movement, having been involved with both GCAS and the New Centre since their inception, hosting reading groups and assisting such teachers as Katerina Kolozova.
In 2013, Dempcy produced and released the film "The Absolute of Pure Difference" applying Jungian and Deleuzian analyses to films, while integrating Richard Tarnas's work from "Cosmos and Psyche" on outer planetary synodic cycles and how each era exemplifies certain archetypal traits. Dempcy's music project Revolution Void has had over 5 million downloads worldwide. jonahdempcy.com
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Alchemy and the Timing of Things – Brian Cotnoir
Alchemy, the art and science of bringing something to its final perfection, is intimately linked with the movement of the planets, that is, time. Cotnoir’s talk will explore this relationship by looking at several systems of determining planetary influence. We will, however, go beyond ideas of chronological time – Kronos, and examine Kairos, the instantaneous “now” that opens onto eternity, and its relation to the deeper practices of alchemy.
Brian Cotnoir is the publisher at Khepri Press, a dedicated Alchemist and contributor to Parachemy: Journal of Hermetic Arts and Sciences, the alchemical bulletin of Frater Albertus. He is also the author of several alchemical zines and his new book Alchemy: The Poetry of Matter is being launched Sept at Mortlake & Company in Seattle as well as the Alchemist's Kitchen in New York City. khepripress.com
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Alchemical Adventures of John Dee and Edward Kelley – William Kiesel
The alchemical transmutations effected by Dee and Kelley throughout Europe are well documented but was it skill or artifice that brought them about. Kiesel shares the tales behind these two philosophers by fire and the mysterious manuscript and red powder that aided their work.
William Kiesel is the publisher at Ouroboros Press and curator at Mortlake & Company.
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Prologue to any future Alchemixology - Dylan Kehde Roelofs
Join the final celebratory event of the weekend and sample the fine distillations concocted by Dylan as he regales the gathering with his presentation on practical distillation work. PLEASE NOTE: Deluxe Tickets are required for this event as space is limited - 21 and over only.
Dylan Kehde Roelofs is an inventive glassblower and alchemurgist who creates unique and traditional glassware items of historical and contemporary interest. His work may be viewed on incandescentsculpture.com
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T I C K E T S
There are three types of tickets to this event:
One day pass for either Saturday or Sunday offering access to two talks - $20.00
Two day pass for access to four talks - $37.00
Deluxe pass includes five talks, the print publication MUTUS LIBER, and the private Alchemixology demonstation & tasting which concludes the colloquium. - $70.00 *LIMITED TO 30 GUESTS ONLY*
**TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE**
Cauda Pavonis Schedule
Saturday Sept 23
1pm – Peregrinations of Paracelsus – Joseph Uccello
2pm – Engaging the Imaginal: Alchemy in the Work of Jung and Hillman – Jonah Dempcy
3pm – Panel discussion on aspect of the alchemical work – Joseph Uccello, Jonah Dempcy, Brian Cotnoir and William Kiesel.
Sunday Sept 24
3pm – Alchemy and the Timing of Things – Brian Cotnoir
4pm – Alchemical Adventures of Dee & Kelley – William Kiesel
5pm – Panel discussion on aspect of the alchemical work – Joseph Uccello, Jonah Dempcy, Brian Cotnoir and William Kiesel.
6pm – Dinner Break
7:30pm – Prologue to any future Alchemixology – Dylan Kehde Roelofs