Report from the Esoteric Book Conference

It was a pleasure to participate in the Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle last weekend. I was able to help with the event set-up and hide behind the registration booth and vending table for my time there; watching participants faun over the hundreds of beautiful books available was definitely the highlight of my experience. It was wonderful to see publishers small and great working together to create such a magical event. 

 

Personal favorites:

Joseph Uccello's  Occlith 0 and Occlith 1 are the two books that I proudly brought home with me. His design and artistry are both inspired and inspiring and the second volume features newly-translated Paracelsian texts by the talented editor and astrologer Jennifer Zahrt, PhDNumen Naturae interviewee Eric Purdue, and others. 

It was lovely to see Verdant Gnosis Volumes 1 & 2 by Rubedo Press alongside Numen Naturae on the vending table. Customers looking for "something about plants and magic" where excited to find to those volumes, which have so much depth but remain very accessible to the reader. If you haven't had the chance to explore them or the Viridis Genii Symposium, I encourage you to do so. They are not to be missed!

The beautiful and slightly creepy illustration of Tin Can Forest captured my interest. I made the mistake of visiting their table at the end of my visit after I had spent all of my money, much to my dismay! Their pieces are rich, dark, and fanciful comic-meets-occult storybooks and I can't wait to order every single one.

 

If you want to order one of the first copies of Numen Naturae: The Magician's Wand with the accompanying limited-edition letterpress Tarot print there are still a few copies left here. Many thanks to William Kiesel (you can get acquainted with him here) and the Esoteric Book Conference folks for welcoming House of Hands; I am already excited for next year's event!

 

Casandra Johns, House of Hands

 

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Casandra Johns