What is Alchemy?

Alchemy is an ancient practice that can be considered in part as a precursor to chemistry. However, like Freemasonry, it can be said to have both a speculative and an operative side. While “operative” alchemy deals with the transformation of base metals into gold, “speculative” alchemy uses similar symbolism, allegory, and language to speak of spiritual truths and a path to inner light and wisdom.

It’s October, which means that Hallowe’en is here! Many of you have been wondering when I’ll be doing more Tarot readings, and the answer is this month. Pairings Portland has invited me to read Tarot at their wine shop two nights this month. I will be there on October 27th and October 31st. We are still working out the details, so be sure to check back soon for Facebook events and more information.

Here are some things I do know about the events right now.

  • I’ll have new Tarot decks that you haven’t seen before!
  • Readings will cost $10 and I’ll be accepting Bitcoin.
  • There will be lots of wine.
  • Costumes are encouraged!
  • I think if you bring your Hallowe’en candy in on the 31st, you can get Jeff to pair a wine to it.

Upcoming Events

Oct 27, 2017
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Scorpio Week Tarot and Wine
Pairings Portland, Portland OR
Oct 31, 2017
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hallowe'en Wine and Tarot
Pairings Portland, Portland OR

A while back, I featured the Devil card as Card of the Week. In that post, I emphasized a few elements of the card’s symbolism that I find very poignant. In particular, the chains or rope binding the foreground figures is voluntary, meaning that the bonds can be thrown off. This symbolism isn’t consistent across all decks, however! Recently, Twitter user @mduduzii_98 asked me about the Devil card in the Hermetic Tarot, which made me think of how different decks present essential symbolism differently.

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Date(s) - Jun 17, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Scottish Rite Portland Valley


On Saturday, June 17th, I will be part of a panel discussion on grimoires. This panel is part of the quarterly speaker series at Esoterika Lodge #227 in Portland, Oregon. The three-person panel will consist of:

  1. Larry Roberts of Miskatonic Books
  2. Matt Turcotte, Senior Warden of Esoterika Lodge
  3. and me, Erik L. Arneson!

The panel will take place at the Portland Scottish Rite building at 709 SW 15th Ave. This is a big building. Make sure you use the Yamhill Street entrance! A $10 donation is requested. This donation goes toward supporting Esoterika Lodge’s quarterly speaker events.

For more details, visit the Facebook event page.

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On Saturday, June 3rd, I gave a lecture at the Sekhet-Maat OTO Lodge titled “The Magical Memory: The Art of Memory as an Occult Practice”. Below, please find a link to the slides and a list of references used while preparing the lecture.