Dr. David Shoemaker is a widely respected author and teacher in the world of Thelema and ceremonial magick. David is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specialising in Jungian and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, and is the Chancellor and Prolocutor of the Temple of the Silver Star, a Thelemic initiatory order. He is also a senior initiate of Ordo Templi Orientis and A∴A∴, and has more than twenty-five years of experience supervising initiates in these organizations.
David was the compiler of the TOTSS publication, Jane Wolfe: The Cefalu Diaries 1920-1923, and a co-editor of the collections of the writings of Phyllis Seckler (Soror Meral), The Thoth Tarot, Astrology, & Other Selected Writings, The Kabbalah, Magick, and Thelema. Selected Writings Volume II, and Collected Poems 1946-1996. His popular book Living Thelema: A Practical Guide to Attainment in Aleister Crowley's System of Magick, followed on the success of the podcast of the same name. David's latest book, co-edited with Lon Milo DuQuette, is Llewellyn's Complete Book of Ceremonial Magick.
In addition to his work in magick and psychology, David is a composer and musician. He can be reached via his website at livingthelema.com.
Ness Bosch is a natural born medium, and healer. She was introduced by her father from an early age into the ancient traditions, and occultism. During Ness's years of research, she moved on into the shamanic path, on a quest to gain a deeper knowledge of the ancient paths, the root healing arts, and magic. She walked the Traditional Red Road for some time and She is a Sundancer and a Sacred Pipe Carrier. Also participated in ceremonies of various traditions, such as Amazonic, Lakota, Blackfeet and Celtic throughout different countries and she was one of the few western people able to study with the venerable Tenzin Losel Amnra.
Ness is a founder of the Path of the Bones, a shamanic path that integrates ritual work and healing ways. She has revolutionised the shamanic techniques, and vision of universal shamanism. Ness travels internationaly with her teachings, and also holds special online training, Shadowhunters.
As a Witch, Sea Priestess, she is the Founder and Head of the Temple of the Waters, and the Covenant of the Waters. Now Ness is the Head of the Scota Goddess Temple in Scotland, and offers training on the Path of the Goddess there, and also has international online students. Ness is Priestess Hierophant of the Fellowship of Isis, Archdruidess of the Clan of Dana and the Fellowship of Isis, Dame Commander of the NOT of the FOI and is a member of Grove of Dana. She is also Co-founder of the Temple of Hathor, she is working to deliver the Priesthood of Hathor.
Ness has written from an early age, having won several literary awards. She also participated in several pagan projects, including a Devotional Anthology for Goddess Hathor: The Lady of the Sycamore to be published by Bibliotheca Alexandria.
She has organised 2 major International Events: The Online International Symposium of the FOI - Fellowship of Isis in Spring 2018 and the International Congress of Witchcraft, and Magic in October 2018, she has contributed to others for the Hispanic International Community.
Samuel David is a Mesopotamian polytheist, artist, writer,
researcher, and educator from Sangamon County, Illinois.
He facilitates ritual, community workshops, and presentations as a representative for É-Sangamon or Temple Sangamon.
His first book is currently awaiting publication with Nephilim Press. Once published, this book, and those which follow, will offer readers the opportunity to initiate themselves into a Mesopotamian mystery tradition akin to that of the mystery traditions of Isis, Persephone, Orpheus, and Dionysus in Greece.
He is also involved with the Temple of Sumer and is a chairperson for The Council of Near Eastern Pagan Religions. Through both, he networks with fellow Mesopotamian polytheists and pagans both nationally and internationally, keeping the spiritual traditions of the Mesopotamian people relevant in the modern world.
His work will be included in the Temple of Sumer’s forthcoming publication “Walking the Sumerian Path”. Additional works have been published by Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
His presentations at local pagan festivals, national, and international conventions include lectures, rituals, and workshops.
His adaptation of “The Descent of Inanna” has been featured as classroom material for California State University, Los Angeles’ 2020 ancient history syllabus.
Hannah grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne and moved to Glasgow in 2013 for university. She is currently a tutor in Ancient Cultures with the Short Courses Department at the University of Glasgow. In September, she began studying for her PhD in Archaeology with the University of Edinburgh. Her academic interests span across several aspects of the ancient world including religion, burial practices, magic, and the reflection of social movement within architecture.
Russell Knowles has been practicing Wicca and Magick for over 30 years. Initiated into the Oldmeldrum Coven in Aberdeenshire in the early 1990s, he started the Circle of Brigid in West Lothian in late 2012. He published a book earlier this year on the Goddess Brigid. In his talk he discusses the Goddess and her Transformative Power through the Eight Wiccan Sabbats.