Save the Date! Institute for Hermetic Studies 6th Annual Conference June 2-4, 2023

Join us as we celebrate our 6th Annual Conference AND our 25th Anniversary!

Where: Hilton Garden Inn Wilkes Barre

242 Highland Park Blvd, Wilkes-Barre Township, PA 18702

Live streamed with video available on Teachable afterwards.

When: 2-4 June 2023

Admission: $60 (US)

Sixth Annual Conference

June 3-4, 2023


June 2, 2023 Friday Evening

7:00pm – 8:30pm Tony BrooksTour of Historic Hollenback Cemetery with the IHS-Men of Letters

June 3, 2023 Saturday

09:45 – 10:00am Mark Stavish – Introduction

10:00 – 11:00am Stanley Zurek – Suscon Screams: A Paranormal Legend and Search for the Unknown

11:00 – 11:15am Break

11:15-12:15pm John White – Classical Theurgy in the Modern World

12:15-1:30pm Long Break

1:30-2:30pmRobert Phoenix – Powwow: History, Survival , and Renewal of Ancient Magic

2:30-2:45pm Break

2:45-3:45pm Ned Heindel – Philosophies and Methodologies in Early Pennsylvania-German “Transference” Healing

3:45-4pm Mark Stavish-Announcements and Closing Remarks

Auction immediately following

June 4, 2023 Sunday

10:00-12:00pm Robert Bartlett – Humoral Medicine and Spagyric Anatomy

12:00-12:30 Break

12:30-2:00 Bob Smith of Sixty Skills – The Outer Planets in the Magic of Franz Bardon

Stanley Zurek

Suscon Screams: A Paranormal Legend and Search for the Unknown

Stan Zurek has lived in Suscon, PA (Pittston Township) his entire life. After many years of hearing and experiencing things that can’t be explained, he decided to put the stories in writing to share with others that are curious about the things that go bump in the night in his hometown. Stan will share stories from my own experiences and others who have observed strange happenings while on the quest for answers.

Stanley Zurek’s Biography

Stan Zurek has written two books, Suscon Screams and Suscon Screams Louder that tell about all the unusual events that occur on Suscon Road throughout the years. Stan was a founding member of the Pennsylvania Paranormal Association, host of the weekly radio show, Paranormal Science on WILK-FM, he currently hosts a Facebook podcast on Sunday evenings to explore a variaty of local and international paranormal topics.

John White

Classical Theurgy in the Modern World: Developing Your Own Theurgic Practice

Theurgy, the occult practice of ritually identifying with a God, was understood to be both the goal and the highpoint of Western magical practice in the Classical world. A practice both mystical and magical in nature, combining devotional exercises aimed at union with a divine being with ritual action invoking the divine energies, the development of a personal theurgic practice can in principle enhance every aspect of one’s spiritual practice. In this presentation, I illustrate a process of developing one’s own theurgic practices, using contemporary and readily available materials drawn from the Aurum Solis tradition and the Institute for Hermetic Studies. I begin with a brief discussion of theurgy as it was understood in the Classical world. Second, I suggest a general process for developing a theurgic practice. Finally, I offer an illustration of that process, in part drawn from my own experience.

John White’s Biography

John R. White, Ph.D., LPC (Pittsburgh PA) is a Jungian psychoanalyst and mental health counselor and is also Coordinator of the C. G. Jung Institute Analyst Training Program of Pittsburgh. He was a philosophy professor for twenty years, prior to becoming a psychoanalyst. His research interests include many aspects of psychoanalytic practice, Christian mysticism, the history and practices of New Thought, alchemy, and various links among psychology, parapsychology, philosophy, and esotericism. He is an initiate into several esoteric traditions. White currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Hermetic Studies.

Robert Phoenix

Powwow: History, Survival and the Renewal of Ancient Magic

Powwow is the Pennsylvania-born faith healing and folk magic tradition of the Pennsylvania German culture. Join Robert Phoenix, Powwow practitioner, for this fun and educational workshop covering the basics of Powwow’s history, it’s place in the community and it’s survival into modern day.

Robert Phoenix’s Biography

Robert Matthew Phoenix is a practitioner of Pennsylvania German Braucherei (Powwow) in Southcentral Pennsylvania. His family is a mix of Austrian, German, and Irish descendants. For the past two decades he has been working hard to separate historical and cultural practice of Powwow from the New Age elements that muddied the waters in the 1990’s. In 2008, he started his website where he shares all the information he finds and learns about the tradition. In 2014 he wrote The Powwow Grimoire, an approachable how-to book about Powwow. He was featured in the documentary Hex Hollow: Witchcraft and Murder in Pennsylvania (2015) and has been interviewed for countless podcasts and venues, as well as having been published in Thomas White’s Supernatural Lore of Pennsylvania (2012) and the forthcoming Llewellyn’s Book of North American Folk Magic (2023). Robert teaches traditional Pennsylvania German Powwow and is the founder of the Phoenix Line of Cumberland County, which now has well over 40 active Powwowers. Robert has also taught several classes and lectures on the subject at Swarthmore College, Baltimore College, and Indiana University. He lives in Cumberland County with his husband, son, and their numerous rescue dogs.

Ned D. Heindel

Philosophies and Methodologies in Early Pennsylvania-German “Transference” Healing

Eighteenth century Rhineland immigrants brought to Pennsylvania a folk-mediated occult approach to treating diseases which, as a much less invasive therapy, contrasted with the induced blood-letting, purging, and puking of patients by the established medical community. Known by many names such as braucherie, pow-wowing, trying-for, and transference medicine, this practice claimed derivation from Moses, Jesus, Albertus Magnus, and other historically known religious healers including even the Virgin Mary. While pow-wow practice often included herbal remedies, chemical formulations, and manipulative procedures, it was mostly verbal technique of an empowered folk healer speaking exactly the right words to the disease demons to drive them from the body of the sufferer. This presentation presents the historical origins of braucherei, illustrates the practice with many incantations, and addresses the social and scientific changes which have led to its virtual disappearance in the 20th century.

Ned D. Heindel’s Biography

Ned D. Heindel, Emeritus Howard S. Bunn Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Lehigh University and an authority on the haunted history of Hexenkopf Rock in Williams Township. Dr. Heindel and his family have called Hexenkopf hill home for over 50 years, but his interest in the Pennsylvania folk medicinal practice known as ‘pow-wowing’–which is closely associated with it–dates back to his childhood in York County. While pow-wowing or braucherei was used as a force for good, some witches practiced the Pennsylvania German version of black magic known as hexerei, and their presence can still be felt at Hexenkopf. Ned and his wife have donated 76 acres on Hexenkopf Road in Williams Township to Northampton County so it can be saved for public use as the Hexenkopf Ridge Preserve

Robert Bartlett

Humoral Medicine and Spagyric Anatomy

The topic of this presentation, Humoral Medicine and Spagyric Anatomy, is a progress report about an on-going laboratory research project investigating the Elemental and Humoral constitution of materials (mainly plants) as given by classical sources. So for example when the Roman physician Galen or the renaissance herbalist Nicholas Culpepper say that Hemlock is an herb which is Cold in the 4 th degree and Dry in the 3 rd degree, we may have a method of confirming such a classification or of producing a classification if one does not exist.

The methodology employs modern thermo-gravimetric analysis combined with the classical “analysis by fire” or “Spagyric anatomy” as described by alchemists from at least the time of Jabir ibn Hayyan (circa 800 CE) and the center of a great debate in the 17 th century.

The presentation will include a short examination of the development of elemental theory as applied to medicine and an introduction to the four humors or humoral medicine practiced for over a thousand years, and indeed still practiced in parts of the world. The laboratory methods are fully explained with many graphic examples and comparisons between materials and the methods of data reduction to arrive at a final classification for a material. Future possibilities are discussed and include the possibility of confirming classical designations for medicinal herbs and the development of a new method of designation based on the phytochemistry of the specific plant materials.

Robert Bartlett’s Biography

Robert Bartlett started his alchemical research at age 12. As he grew older, he obtained his B.S. Degree in chemistry and later went to work for the Paralab, a commercial offshoot of Paracelsus College; as the Chief Chemist. Alchemy has been a lifelong passion for Robert as he uses ground-breaking modern scientific technology while staying true to the ancient art. He is dedicated to creating and preserving the superior healing products that are produced by ancient methods. Robert would like to inspire other people around the world to embark on their own alchemical journeys.

Robert Bartlett’s Website and book:

Real Alchemy draws on both modern scientific technology and ancient methods. A laboratory scientist and chemist, Robert Allen Bartlett provides an overview of the history of alchemy, as well as an exploration of the theories behind the practice. Clean, clear, simple, and easy to read, Real Alchemy provides excellent directions regarding the production of plant products and transitions the reader-student into the basics of mineral work–what some consider the true domain of alchemy. New students to practical laboratory alchemy will enjoy reading Real Alchemy and hopefully find the encouragement needed . Bartlett also explains what the ancients really meant when they used the term “Philosopher’s Stone” and describes several very real and practical methods for its achievement.

Bob Smith of Sixty Skills

The Outer Planets in the Magic of Franz Bardon

Join SixtySkills as he discusses his experience meditating on the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) with Bardon’s Kabbalah as the unifying theme. Their primary functions, relationship to industrialization, what happens when you leave the solar system, and specific dangers associated with this work. Also, extra-solar work will be discussed from the perspective of leaving the solar system without going to the constellations. The nature of your internal mirrors and what you get will be a major theme. And finally, the primary meditation in what can only be described as Planetary Kabbalah.

Bob Smith’s Biography

Bob as studied with many teachers over the last 25 years. Mark Rasmus provided his greatest training in Hermetics. In addition he studied Taoist, Sant Mat master, Gary Clyman of Chicago, Linhai of Bob experienced a Kundalini awakening care of Glenn Morris’ seminal work Path Notes of an American Ninja Master, studied Dr. Nida’s Six Yogas of Naropa, James McNeil, and has interviewed John Michael Greer and practiced his work Circles of Power. Bob is the owner/operator of the website, the associated coursework and the SixtySkills app and is the co-author of the book Initial Experiences with the Kabbalah.

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