Podcast 55 – David Beth

Originally published on January 20, 2009

Tau David Beth is a Gnostic Bishop, mage, teacher, writer, philosopher, esoteric explorer, and head of La Société Voudon Gnostique. His book is entitled Voudon Gnosis.


I highly recommend Voudon Gnosis by David Beth, as it is a fascinating interpretation of various aspects of this complex syncretic system by an adept and learned practitioner. By providing his perspective, David builds upon esoteric Voudon philosophies and practices that were initially introduced to the greater public by Michael Bertiaux in the Voudon Gnostic Workbook. We then discuss the practice of esoteric Voudon, as well as Fraternitas Borealis, described as a “Hyperborean” Mystery school focusing on magickal experimentation, and Ecclesia Gnostic Aeterna, a Gnostic church with Apostolic succession.

Fraternitas Borealis

Our conversation covers the concepts of the “merciless path,” esoteric love, and the Soror Mystica. David provides advice for those interested in the practice of esoteric Voudon and describes potential pitfalls. We review the usefulness of archetypes and myths and note that they provide deep lessons and then discuss the combination of mage and priest.

Percival Grail Dove

David also explains how occult practices inform one’s worldview. Finally, he discusses the importance of spiritual work and philosophy, practical aspects of esoteric information, and hopes for the future.

Veve Legba

La Société Voudon Gnostique

ATUA: Voices from La Société Voudon Gnostique

Occult of Personality podcast 129 – Craig Williams

The Voudon Gnostic Workbook: Expanded Edition” by Michael Bertiaux

Kosmic Gnosis

Ecclesia Gnostica Aeterna

Fraternitas Borealis

David Beth: interview summary” by Star of Seshat

Review of “Voudon Gnosis” by Freya Aswynn

Hyperborea” Wikipedia entry

René Guénon” Wikipedia entry

Julius Evola” Wikipedia entry

Ludwig Klages” Wikipedia entry

intro music by HipGnosis

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  • Hecata satanis December 14, 2009, 7:34 PM

    Nice podcast,and nice site over all. I would like to know if you feel that Voudon is a magic all its own,with its own type of power,entities,demons,etc. Or is it just magic with just another name but basically all boils down to one force!
    “The magician or practioner is only as powerful as the power it summons”
    I would love to discuss the world of magic with you sometime!

  • rochester92 January 3, 2010, 3:06 PM

    Thank you!

    IMO, the simplest answer is ‘yes’. Voudon is a distinct form, but the principles are universal. The magician is the conduit, the source of the power lies elsewhere.

  • Nox August 14, 2010, 1:24 PM

    Amazing interview. I have been following David´s work now for a while and must say that to me he is one of those very few contemporary magicians who lives what he teaches. If you have the chance, catch one of his talks, a very charismatic man who is able to unlock things in you. Any chance of a follow up interview?

    • rochester92 August 18, 2010, 2:51 PM

      Thanks for the positive feedback! I’d love to interview David again at some point…

  • Beverley Marsland May 16, 2014, 7:01 AM


    David Beth is appearing at The October Gallery on 5th July 2014 as part of an event on Voudon
    check above link for details.

  • Robert Angelo Dalla Valle March 12, 2020, 6:26 PM

    David’s work is truly a necessity particularly at this “time”, here.
    Good things come to the patient. For far too long so many may have been lost upon their paths and David explores many mysteries which until now were previously unknown or grossly misunderstood by most. The information he reveals is essential, very educational, scholarly and profound for the seeker within these modern times.

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