Autumn Descent & The Eleusinian Mysteries: A Ritual Workshop with Pam Grossman

Remedios Varo “Arquitectura Vegetal” 1962

Date: Friday, September 27th
Time: 7:30-9ish pm

Admission: $20

Presented by Phantasmaphile

***You must RSVP to phantasmaphile [at] if you’d like to attend, as space is limited

Persephone’s descent into Hades, and Demeter’s subsequent mourning, were celebrated in late September in ancient Greece via a 9-day long series of elaborate rites called the Eleusinian Mysteries.  Though relatively little is known about these rituals to this day, they mirrored the changing of the seasons, and allowed initiates to reflect deeply upon the cycle of birth, death, and resurrection.

So shall we celebrate this time when the world turns dark and our thoughts turn inward.  This evening will be filled with myth, ritual, and meditation to prepare us for the colder months.  We will journey to the underworld, and return with messages to help guide us in the coming seasons.  Themes will include harvesting, giving thanks, honoring shadow, and letting go.

Please bring:

-Any altar objects you like.  These can be decorative (Thanksgiving and autumnal decor of any kind is welcome), and/or personal objects which you’d like to have charged

-A candle and holder

-A cushion, pillow, or fabric, as we will be sitting on the floor (chairs will be available for those who need).

Note-taking is welcome.  This workshop is open to men and women, novices and advanced practitioners alike.

Pam Grossman is a writer, independent curator, and teacher of magical practice and history.  An initiate in the wise woman tradition, she is a graduate apprentice of the green witch, Robin Rose Bennett.  She is the creator of Phantasmaphile, a blog which specializes in art and culture with an esoteric or fantastical bent, and Associate Editor of Abraxas Journal.  She lectures on such topics as “The Occult in Modern Art 101,” teaches classes on herbalism and ritual, and is the co-organizer of the Occult Humanities Conference at NYU.

Her writing has appeared in numerous mediums, including The Huffington Post,, the Etsy blog, Sciences Occultes magazine, and various Fulgur press publications.  As a featured guest on The Midnight Archive web series, Expanding Mind radio, and the C-Realm, Psychonautica, and Labyrinth podcasts, she has discussed the role of magic in contemporary life.  Her group art shows, Fata Morgana: The New Female Fantasists, VISION QUEST, Alchemically Yours, and Sigils & Signs have been featured by such outlets as Art & Antiques Magazine, Boing Boing, CREATIVE TIME, Time Out New York, Reality Sandwich, Juxtapoz, Arthur, 20×200,, and Neil Gaiman’s Twitter.   She is a co-founder of Observatory, where her programming aims to explore mysticism via a scholarly yet accessible approach.

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