With comments about its origin
SPARKS OF LIGHT
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.
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TENDING THE FLAME
The 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 it.
2011 was the first year Illumination Expo was held under this name. I am personally committed to making this an annual event to celebrate creativity and gnosis in its varied forms. I want to thank the team of local organizers who helped make this a reality by graciously giving of your time, effort and resources, all of you who have sent donations and other expressions of encouragement and support, all of you who came out to the events and to each of the individual participants – those who are local and those who traveled from afar – I offer sincere expressions of deep gratitude. You have each in your own ways given concrete substance to what was once merely an abstract idea in the minds of a few humble illuminists sitting around a coffee table asking ourselves, “Wouldn’t it be cool if…?”. We couldn’t have done it without you. Special mention goes to Amodali and Mike Crowley. The Atlanta community loves you both very much. And to Max Grimm, for the care and skill with which you gracefully executed the complex task of coordinating the presentation of all the art.
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 Saturday, September 17th, Ormus Lodge hosted a Ganapati Puja. Many thanks to Tau Ishaviva and Tau Salix Alba for performing the opening cleansing and empowerment.
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.
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.
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Stay on the lookout for announcements about Illumination Expo 2012!