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Psychic Incense

What is it about incense that leads to reverie and launches a perceptual unframing, a breach in rationality that opens a smoky doorway to the imaginal realm?

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Mythical Beasts

in which I discuss sasquatch stank

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COLOR AND PERFUME

In this online talk, I lead us in a voyage from the vibrational worlds of late Victorian Theosophy and Ether Physics through the hypnotic fragrance experiments of Dr. Edouard Maurer.

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The Devil’s Dream Chamber

Count Robert de Montesquiou, author of “Le Chef des odeurs suaves,” reigned over fin-de-siecle Paris with his dandified salons featuring symbolic perfumes, seances and music. His hyperaestheticism was the inspiration for J. K. Huysmans’ decadent novel “Against Nature” and his philosophy was reborn in the psychedelic era with satanist Anton LaVey’s concept of “Total Environments” which advocate the creation of artificial personal spaces that use theatrical sensory materials to cultivate nostalgia as an occult tool. We will discuss the use of a scented sanctum as a means for creative isolation and reverie.

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Astrology and the Seven Scents

An exploration of scent as it relates to astrology—with a focus on seven planets and celestial bodies in this online talk for The Institute for Art and Olfaction.

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Lucky Lemon

Exploring the magical properties of lemons in this online talk for The Institute for Art and Olfaction.

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The Sorcery of Fire and Spice

Exploring the magic associations of spice in this online talk for The Institute for Art and Olfaction.