Astral Harvest Music & Arts Festival

Initiations in Magical Literature

Nix Nihil (Nicholas Beauchesne) is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. His field of study is esoteric and alchemical poetics in twentieth-century modernist and occult magazines and he teaches research and writing courses on Magical Literature (ENGL_103; ENGL_102). Nix has also been a vocalist and storyteller for over fifteen years and a Norse rune reader for five years. Combining all these skills, Nix facilitates entertaining and enlightening workshops that explore the nature of magic and alchemy and the philosophical application of these traditions in the craft of research and writing.

This workshop, entitled “Initiations in Magical Literature,” is geared toward helping novice seekers explore and strengthen their magical identities. Topics such as magical names and mottos, power animals, synchronicities, wizard’s tools, and esoteric symbolism will be discussed. The aim is to help those new to the magical path come away with a deeper understanding of their own intuitive abilities and a method for expressing them in the world through literature. Attendees will hopefully come away with a short poem that encapsulates these aspects of themselves—a source of affirmation, a mission statement, a mantra of one’s own inner power. Belief is no pre-requisite; people of all faiths and philosophies welcome.

Attendees can look forward to hearing a few magical poems and learning a trick or two about thinking and writing like a magician! Recommended for beginning and experienced writers and mystical seekers alike, though seasoned adepts may find this workshop elementary. Don’t forget to bring your spell books! Journaling is an important part of walking the magical path, and this workshop centers around writing as magical practice. Nix looks forward to meeting you!