The closest airport to fly to/from is Washington Dulles (IAD). Reagan National (DCA) is closer to DC and much further away.
We have entered into an agreement with the TRU by Hilton - Manassas for a discounted rate of $129.00/Night. This hotel is less than 7 minutes from the Conference Site, and offers a wide range of amenities including free WiFi and free Breakfast! The Discount Code if you call is ETC, or you can reserve your room at this link HERE
Another option for accommodations is the Home-Style Inn, which is less than 0.5 miles from the Conference Site. More information can be found HERE.
The general schedule will be:
- Friday, June 10, 2022 - Brew Night in Old Town Manassas
- Saturday, June 11, 2022 - Conference at Manasseh Lodge
- Sunday, June 12, 2022 - Fun Event in VA/DC area
- Book sales from speakers and vendor arrangements will be released soon!
- Meals and snacks will be served on-site
- Add on events during the day will be added to the schedule as they get confirmed.
Take a look below to learn about the schedule for Esotericon. If you have any questions about specific activities or event timing, please don’t hesitate to get in touch - we’ll be happy to help.
Parking and Registration - Front Entrance
INTRODUCTIONS & WELCOME
Your hosts welcome you to the 2022 conference and get things kicked off!
SESSION 0 - CONTEMPLATIVE EXERCISE
A contemplative exercise conducted by Joe Martinez and Robert Johnson, from the Masonic Legacy Society, to get the minds in the perfect place for the day's activities!
SESSION 1 - JAIME PAUL LAMB
Solomon-Magus - Magician and Exorcist. In this presentation, we will trace the appearance of King Solomon through the ancient, medieval, Renaissance and early modern grimoire traditions, highlighting the King's extra-regal roles as a magician and an exorcist. We will show how Solomon was variously described as being a controller of demons, angels, and djinn, as well as being a user of magical talismans and pentacles. Get ready to see a side of the King that is often purposefully neglected - Solomon the Magus
SESSION 2 - ADAM GOLDMAN
Astrotheology & Freemasonry - An overview of Astrological concepts and how they have been concealed in the allegories and symbols of the Masonic degrees
SESSION 3 - ROBERT JOHNSON
Legend of Adam’s Grave: In this lecture, we explore the literal interpretations of Adam from Genesis, his relation to Freemasonry and have an exploration of just where his body could be found today!
Lunch break to refresh and recharge. Provided by Mission BBQ and served by the Masonic Youth at Manasseh Lodge
SESSION 4 - P.D. NEWMAN
Parmenides, Empedokles, and De Nerval’s Masonic Legend - An alternative version of Freemasonry’s Hiramic legend, first recorded in Gérard de Nerval’s book, Voyage en Orient (1851), is shown to possess a number of structural and symbolic similarities to a) legends surrounding certain of the Presocratics—most notably the death of Presocratic philosopher and poet, Empedokles—and b) De Nerval’s own decline
SESSION 5 - THE HOSTS
Esotericism 101 - By popular request, this year the organizers of Esotericon will have a shared panel/presentation on the foundations of a variety of esoteric schools of thought. Don't know where to start? Don't worry! This Esotericism 101 panel will cover the basics of Western (and some Eastern) philosophies and mystery schools. The overview and ensuing discussion will sure to be an enlightening conversation!
SESSION 6 - KEYNOTE - RICHARD SMOLEY
The Future of Esotericism - What role will esoteric ideas play in the civilization of the future? How do they relate to current trends? How will they help shape religious belief and practice? Most importantly, how can present- day practitioners participate so that they can have the maximum effect in the world? In this engaging, informative lecture, author, editor, and speaker Richard Smoley will explore these topics.
Closing remarks by the hosts!
Clean up, hugs and kisses, well wishes to be come back together soon, etc.