My name is Benjamin. From a young age, I was fascinated with the occult world. I was originally raised in the “goldfields” area, near Ballarat, Victoria. My father was a prospector and the early experiences I had finding gold with him proved to leave an indelible impression on me, I became an earnest seeker of gold (both inner and outer!) I dabbled as a teenager in western magical practices and from my own healing crisis in my 20s I encountered Buddhist meditation which I became engrossed with. Following this thread eventually led me to spend time temporarily as a buddhist monk, then studies and subsequent qualifications as a transpersonal therapist. Still, something was missing from my worldview as I sought to learn ways to become intimate with the archetypes of nature.
I re-discovered the western mystery traditions and alchemy through Jung and my transpersonal studies, however the turning point came when I encountered my first true alchemy teacher, Mr. Dennis William Hauck. After completing my alchemy studies through the International Alchemy Guild I became a certified teacher on the same program. I did a lot of travel to places of spiritual power and lived in different parts of the world, studying with alchemists and magicians from the USA and the UK, eventually completing additional studies in animal, mineral and metallic alchemy with Robert Allen Bartlett.
In 2017 I accepted a position on the Board of Directors for the Guild, serving as Director of Education. The International Alchemy Guild is an esoteric organisation that traces its origins back to the Renaissance and the Court of Emperor Rudolf II in Prague, you can find out more about it here.
I’m interested in the intersection between alchemy, ceremonial magic and astrology. These are the three parts of Hermes’ wisdom as outlined in the Emerald Tablet, an ancient document from Alexandrian Egypt. I serve to help the Great Work occur – that of matter realising itself as spirit and spirit incarnating into matter. I teach ancient techniques that help people live in alignment with reality so my clients can achieve change, integration and balance. This occurs on all three levels – Body, Soul and Spirit.
I also make alchemical products including tinctures, essences, elixirs and stones from the herbal, animal and mineral realm as well as a range of magickal tools. I’m particularly interested in the relationship between spiritual medicines and ritual. I run workshops in Hermetics which you can find out more about here, as well as organising bigger events such as the recent 2018 Alchemy Guild Conference in Glastonbury, UK.