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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.
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.
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.
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“The Voudon Gnostic Workbook: Expanded Edition” by Michael Bertiaux
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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
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!
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.
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?
Thanks for the positive feedback! I’d love to interview David again at some point…
David Beth is appearing at The October Gallery on 5th July 2014 as part of an event on Voudon
check above link for details.
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.