Kore guarding Immortals dancing around Asase-Ya


KIA retreat 2013


This years KIA Retreat was based in our home in Inverness. Some KIA agents arrived earlier in the week so the retreat unofficially began on Wednesday. We had a welcome supper at the Clachnaharry Inn, our local pub haunted by the ghost of Donald Forbes. We chose a table near to where his ghost likes to be and enjoyed a most delicious meal. We had a friendly chat with the chef who was more than pleased to talk to us about foraging for wild mushrooms. After the meal we walked back to our house through the woods. The path was illuminated by bright moon light and we could hear an owl hoot in a distance.

On Thursday evening we watched ‘Maybe Logic‘, enjoying home made chocolate liqueur made with double cream and a generous dash of chilli powder. Admittedly not all agents turned out to be big fans of hot flavours, which became an issue, as spicy things tend to mysteriously crawl into my cooking.

Friday meant getting up early to meet an agent travelling from Edinburgh. After a quick coffee at the rail station we caught a bus to Foyers. We went passed Boleskine Graveyard and house but this time we didn’t stop there. We decided to enjoy the waterfall and gorge walk down to the loch side. We all entertained ourselves with Foyers Effect although the waterfall turned out to be really narrow this time.


Strolling down the river we picked a few wild mushrooms such as brown birch bolete, hedgehog and cauliflower fungus. There was plenty false chanterelles growing in the forest and a couple of Fly Agarics amongst other mushrooms that we couldn’t identify.

We had a nice picnic on a small beach by Loch Ness, staring into its cold blue waters and soaking up the energy of this unique place. It was a good feeling to be charged up before a weekend of magick. We finished the walk with a cup of tea and coffee at Waterfall Café before returning home.


After a late dinner and a rest, we set up altar for the weekend and proceeded to play around with our newly painted Ouija board. We began by doing the Kia IAO centring ritual. It felt good and brought things into focus. Our aim was to talk to KIA egregore and ask them few simple things. We all had very little or no experience with the board which possibly contributed to this highly amusing evening. KIA was clearly having a laugh but we did get some insightful results and managed to identify some spirits talking to us: Oannes- John, Nyarlathotep, Hecate and Orion. Other answers might make more sense when run through the English Qabala cipher. All in all it was an interesting magickal experience and a great fun.


Saturday was sunny and really warm. After a lazy breakfast and coffee we eventually left the house for a walk down to the Caledonian Canal and the Ness Islands (another haunted place, although I don’t think you would feel it during the day ). Rabbits were running around below the Inverness castle in huge numbers. It was strange seeing so many of them.


We had a break in Leaky’s Café and bookshop, the largest second hand bookshop in Scotland, located in a converted church building. We browsed through some occult books in the miscellaneous section located opposite a large log burner. As usual there were many interesting titles and some of the agents left with a book to join their collections. We walked back home enjoying the sunshine.

It took us a while to get organised in the evening. Agent V was leading the ritual this time. We began by drawing sigils around the fire and after a while each one of us read a segment of the ultraterrestial invocation and we all repeated the chorus. Once we finished we burned the text by throwing it in the fire and for a while hung out in the garden, enjoying the evening.


Eventually Agent V gathered us inside around a small organic looking UFO made of silver balloons and flashing led lights. We sat down in a dark room, in a circle around the UFO. The mix of strange otherworldly beeping sounds from crop circles and UFO sightings was playing in the background as we began the Coherent Thought Sequencing.

The sacrament most of us partook in earlier was having full effect now. Most of us drifted into bizarre dimensions of reality whilst one held the space by staying grounded. We visited dimensions strangely related to each other yet different. The experiences included talking to the Masters of DNA living inside our cells, being controlled by a tentacled monster from deep space, swapping consciousness with a grey alien travelling in a space ship, traversing tunnels of energy inside neurons that seem to span across the whole universe, merging into fractal like structures resembling teletubbies and more. It was an intense and fascinating experience that each participant may want to describe in more detail in the comments, if they feel included to share.


Eventually the sound track fading signalled for us to return to Earth. We noticed that meanwhile it hard started raining very heavy. It seemed as if our magick brought on this downpour. After collecting the stuff left around the fire and preparing some good strong coffee, we all sat together and related our experiences of the ritual. We spent the rest of the night chatting and discussing our visions. There was a lot of giggling and excitement going on. Before going to bed we looked outside at the strange night world drowning in a thick, yellow mist and at twinkling stars above. It was a truly magickal night.

Sunday as one might expect was fairly lazy and relaxed. We went for a short walk to the hill fort in Craig Phadrig forest. The forest was damp and full of honey fungus. Drops of moisture were collected in small cobwebs all around the place. It was very refreshing strolling through. The mountains were drowning in the clouds so you couldn’t see them from the top. The waters of the firth were silver grey and you could hear crows in the tree tops.


At home we put down a pre-drawn KIA sigil on the floor and during the evening we all filled it up with small sigils, automatic drawings and significant symbols. One of agents took us on a journey into their dream scape in the fashion of a role playing game. We walked around the place familiarizing ourselves with it and its strange inhabitants. It was a very nice way to unwind. We all wondered if we will come back to this place in our dreams. At the end of the evening we all shared a Black Rat and focused on its energy. This served as a closing of the magickal time we shared.


On Monday I was waken up by clacking of geese flying pass in a large flocks. We had a coffee and a croissant for breakfast and watched ‘Subterranean Dreams’ (an Alchemical.tv film yet to be published). I prepared tomato and roasted pepper soup which got nicknamed ‘Satanic Soup’ because of its colour and the chilli infused oil that crept in somehow. After the meal we had another lovely stroll in the woods. In the evening, one of the agents left for home and the rest of us decided to have a closing celebration in Clachnaharry Inn. Each one of us had a couple of pints and some delicious haggis. We walked along the canal on the way and came back through the woods. Night was quite cold and very pretty. We talked a little about the weekend and our plans for the rest of the year before going to bed.


The ones who were still present on Tuesday enjoyed a day of watching horror films. We watched short version of Dumplings by Fruit Chan followed by 1957 British horror Night of the Demon. In the evening we enjoyed Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht by Werner Herzog and The Gate by Tibor Takács snacking on home made macaroons and drinking some heavily peated whisky.


KIA Speaks remembered…

On the original KIA website we had an innovative feature that allowed us to communicate with the KIA egregore.  Each member submitted 5 sentences, quotes or stuff they made up and then each time you loaded the page, 5 of these were picked at random.  I intend to make a similar feature again one day, but first I thought I’d make a record of the final messages left over from the original egregore, as recorded on archive.org.

  • 2002-02-02 KIA says: There is no Way to Happiness. Free yourself from the chains of the liars in waiting. He points toward a sandstone “Laughing Buddha” effigy, which throbs and glows. Abandon all paths. Batteries not Included.
  • 2003-03-11 KIA says: Gentle is the universe not it be. Smash the control images, smash the control machines. That’s no moon… oh, wait yeah it is. It is the mortal’s tragedy that he can never accept this. Time to wake up, now.
  • 2004-02-02 KIA says: Party until sane and not a moment longer. Genealogical reasons. Everything is born out of Chaos. Om tare tuttare ture svaha. Remember to change your beliefs, and not simply accrue your favorites.
  • 2004-06-06 KIA says: They gonna light my way. Must I be for ever solving the changing symbolism of the wretched morality-called ‘I’? Suck my Chakra, and I’ll suck yours! Everything is true, even the false things. Aummmmmmmmmm.
  • 2004-08-10 KIA says: Good judgement comes from experience. Good judgement comes from experience. All these memories will be lost like tears in the rain, time to die Blade Runner. Die not to spare, but that the world may perish. God is Alive.
  • 2004-10-15 KIA says: Nothing is true, everything is permissable. It’s for madmen only. Play like you don’t need to work, Work like you don’t need the money, Dance like no one is watching, and Love like you won’t get hurt. T’aint no sin to slip out your skin and dance about in your bones. Growth.
  • 2004-12-10 KIA says: ‘You mustn’t say yes, you’ve got to say no,’ hissed the Head Torturer, nudging the suspect. Growth. Maximum Firepower. Ecstasy is in the flesh. There are no friends anywhere.
  • 2005-02-04 KIA says: Seek the brothers of darkness. Everything is true, even the false things. Free yourself from the chains of the liars in waiting. Fuck you not. Life is what happens to you while you are making other plans.
  • 2005-03-05 KIA says: Someone should teach cats physics, it would solve a lot of problems. My time coming, any day; don’t worry about me, no. We can’t stop here! Life is not a drug, but a drug can turn into life and you will then have lost the contrast between reality and illusion. Been so long I felt this way, I’m in no hurry, no.
  • 2005-04-06 KIA says: Relax, nothing is under control. I am half a man. One is not a number; it only is denoted when in reference to a second. You were here for the ‘big bang’ and you – every part of you – is everlasting. That everything around you give you its utter attention, think only of you, care only for you.
  • 2005-08-26 KIA says: On the contrary, though I remain no less sadly certain than in the past that sanity is a rather rare phenomenon, I am convinced that it can be achieved and would like to see more of it. How do you define real? It may just go where no ones been. We are making circles in the sand. Enchant long, But Don’t Hold Your Breath.
  • 2005-11-10 KIA says: Every living organism is a vehicle for the life force. All Gods must die. Amicus? When I had released it, I knew it would come back to haunt me, just to let me know it was still there! Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the mind while awake?
  • 2006-04-30 KIA says: There is no spoken truth that is not past-more wisely forgotten. Trust the Process. If you ask too many times, from the oracle, you abuse wisdom. There are no more tickets to the funeral. A man in a room where the door only opens inwards will remain trapped in this room until the time he thinks to pull.
  • 2006-05-23 KIA says: That’s responsibility. To unify the the life force with will and desire to bend reality, is to cast Magick. The only clear view is from atop the mountain of your dead selves. The Mind In Fire is Mirror. A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide-awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance.
  • 2006-08-13 KIA says: I Will Devise New Heavens. Exterminate all Rational Thought. New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common. Thing. DOMANI CAPIREMO CI’O CHE ACCADE OGGI… (Tomorrow we’ll understand what’s happening today…
  • 2008-07-23 KIA says: Rigidity can be good. Let’s make a deal… Reveal the Gardener, and Liberate the Gardens! Within the eye lies wisdom. What if there is no hell, or they don’t want us there?