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KIA Retreat 2012 – Books, Cards, Films and Music

The second in a series giving Anton’s account of the KIA retreat.

An important aspect of the retreat was in the sharing of various items we all brought to show and share with each other, such as books, cards, music, film and instruments to play with. We were doing this even before the official opening of the Baphomet rite.


Members brought with them an assortment of books.  I can’t remember the names of all the books brought, so maybe my fellow attendees can fill the missing ones in the comments.

Proof copy Chemical Serpents. This was especially important for myself and Janice Duke since we have been working together on producing this book for the last couple of years, and I had just obtained the first proof copies so we could see how the text and artwork worked together for the first time. Janice also brought her sketch book to show me the original pencil drawings many of the images were based on.

Katya Bach also brought her sketchbook, and spent some of her time drawing in it to produce a rather interesting hedgehog-like troll critter. Another artist I wouldn’t mind collaborating on a book with at some future point.

Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Ben Clifford by Lon Milo DuQuette. I remember having a flick through this book, although I didn’t get a chance to read it fully, or even finish the introduction. It seemed from a quick glance to promise an amusing but informative account of the qabalah for a beginner to the subject. Whether it would compare to the Promethea comics of Alan Moore in that respect, I can’t say.

Awakening Osiris. A translation of the book of going forth by day, commonly known in English as the Egyptian book of the dead. Janice made a beautiful reading from this.

Brown Magic: a manual for Brown Owls. This surprising book proved such a useful source of magic for the weekend that it will deserve its very own write up later…

Divination Cards

Typically we ended up with 3 sets of Thoth tarot.  Could have been 4 if Lolita brought her German language edition. I also brought with me my Key to the Kingdom deck.  These are not tarot, but playing cards, a so called ‘transformation’ deck, where each card is transformed into a picture, in this case imaginative illustrations by Tony Meeuwissen, each depicting a rhyme, often famous children’s nursery rhymes. I felt these appropriate for our Crowleymas retreat because in book 4 Crowley interpreted many children’s nursery rhymes in light of the esoteric mysteries they symbolised. Also I’ve found through practise that these cards add a layer of meaning to my divinations that contrast the heavily symbol laden cards of the Thoth deck to add a layer of context the reading would otherwise miss.

Another surprising deck was called, I think, the Bohemian Goth deck.

CDs and DVDs

Music and films. We had far more of these than we got the chance to watch or listen to.  On Friday evening I played a compilation that started with Crowleymass (mix mix mix) by HÖH/Current 93 and continued with Gilacopter by Revolting Cocks and featuring Timothy Leary. Other CDs played included For Beginner Piano by Plone and the soundtrack to Twin Peaks.

On Saturday evening Lolita and I shared the first of many films we have been working on, Subterranean Dreams.  In this Nick Coughlan discusses his theories on the connections between dreams, parts of the body as ways to tune into different forms of consciousness, time, the fiction of H.P.Lovecraft and Arthur Machen, time travel, precognition and other weirdness.

On Sunday morning Lolita and I shared our meditation short film, Golden Dawn, which comprises a beautiful golden sunrise over the city of Inverness. Sunday evening we shared a variety of our short films and Lolita’s animations.

Musical Instruments

Lolita and I brought with us a selection of drums, rattles and a flute, most of which we purchased in Avebury, although one drum came from the belly dancing supplies shop in Edinburgh.  These proved useful not just in ritual, but also in moments of playfulness throughout the weekend.


10 thoughts on “KIA Retreat 2012 – Books, Cards, Films and Music

  1. Indeed, I have brought my Bohemian Gothic Tarot, Second Edition, flawed release deck. It is one clearly in tune with this part of the year and I have done many experiments using the cards during our retreat. In particular, I have managed to devise a method of reading from the backs – a type of bone divination.

    Katja has also shared her Gothic Tarot of Vampires and a Marsaille Tarot decks. We have both had lots of fun playing with the cards, especially asking them how they felt – amusing, both with our decks, as well us your Key to the Kingdom, which you’ve mentioned.

    I have also greatly enjoyed one book from your own library, @anton, namely the Necronomicon Gnosis by Asenath Mason. I did not manage to go through all of it but many ideas were surprisingly good.

    When it comes to Katja’s sketchbook and drawings, I am really hoping to have my book illustrated by her. And since the retreat was so inspiring in artistic terms, that book might see the light of day sooner than I’d expected.

    Awakening Osiris has been on my mind since Janice read that passage. And since I am now exploring the Egyptian deities, I really wouldn’t mind owning a copy for myself… but we recently got so many books this one will have to wait

    Also, the drums… good times.

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  2. @sparrowhawk Thanks for the reminders. I thought there was more than one kind of Gothic tarot present, but they had blurred together in my mind. For some reason I don’t recall the Marsaille deck, but I guess that reflects that my attention was drawn to other things this time, highlighting the importance of others sharing their own accounts of events.

    I acquired the two Asenath Mason books I have a while back, both Necronomicon Gnosis that you mention, and also The Book of Mephisto, but I only read the latter. Since then my life my life has taken on a series of remarkable series of transformations and I don’t recall much of what I read. At the time Lovecraftian mythos wasn’t a primary area of my research, but I feel my current path is leading me closer and closer to looking into this form of magic more, so it might be about time I explore it. I guess there is a lot of material out there to look at but Mason may be as good a starting point as any…

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  3. @nekospecial re:
    @lolita and I were hoping to launch the first dvd at the KIA retreat, but we noticed a mistake in the exporting of one of the short films it contained. We need to fix this and then make the dvds available. We also plan to share some of the films online at launch.

    The idea is that each dvd is kind of like a magazine, only with films. There will be a documentary/talk/feature on magical/mystical/mythical related subjects, some weird short films and stuff like that. We already have enough material for the first dvd and are part way through film material for the second. Editing the material takes more time however.

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  4. I also brought with me my collection of resins, barks, essential oils and implements for making Abramelin oil and incense. I didn’t have an opportune moment for a full demonstration and making of one as I intended but the oils were around and we used 2 of my Abramelin incense mixes during our rituals.

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  5. Thanks @Lolita and @Anton, I really liked the golden dawn vid, it has inspired me to start a modest bit o magik that I had been meaning to set in motion for a little while now.
    The sun, and new beginnings were a perfect place to start.
    The vid is beautiful, and for me, captures the essence of exactly what I need right now.

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