Join our trans-tastic, t4t, trauma informed sewing class, hosted by Ilana Kapra of Queer Videography, to learn how to alter your own garments for that perfect, gender affirming fit.
This is a 3 week, 3 session class. Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm, Feb 10, 17, 24. Class size limited to 10 for this session. Masks required.
Join us for an in-depth, hands-on taxidermy workshop where participants will create a two-headed mouse of their very own to take home. Participants will learn how to skin, flesh, and create a form for taxidermy, as well as preservation techniques and how to care for a finished piece.
All needed materials and tools are provided in the class, however, participants are encouraged to bring their own props and anything they would like to use in their piece!
All specimens are legally and ethically obtained. No animals were harmed for the purpose of this class.
Melissa Gurr is an artist and licensed taxidermist based in Connecticut. Her skills in woodworking, painting, miniatures, and crochet allow her to create unique anthropomorphic and gaff taxidermy pieces. Melissa is a regular host of the Satanic Estate’s Dark Arts and Crafts after-service activities where she can be seen working on new projects on Tuesday nights.
Join Priestess Shiva Honey for Witches Weekend during Hexennacht 2022 at The Satanic Temple Salem! Witches Weekend is a celebration of the Satanic witch that will be hosted by artist and author Shiva Honey. During Witches Weekend Shiva will teach a small number of hands-on, intimate ritual-focused workshops to help you expand your skills and strengthen your power. She'll also host the release party for her latest book, The Devil's Death: Your Satanic Companion for Grief and Dying and Hexennacht celebration.
WITCHES WEEKEND SCHEDULE:
- 6:00-8:00pm - Satanic Smoke: An Introduction to Incense Making
- 9:00 - 11:00pm - Finding Your Flame: Cultivating Your Power Through Satanic Candle Ritual
The Devil's Death: Your Satanic Companion for Grief and Dying release party + Hexennacht Celebration - Join Shiva Honey in celebrating the release of her newest book, The Devil’s Death: Your Satanic Companion for Grief and Dying. Shiva will discuss her new book and past work, including The Anatole France award-winning The Devil's Tome: A Book of Modern Satanic Ritual and The Devil's Deck: A Tool for Satanic Enlightenment and lead a group ritual for grief and loss for Hexennacht.
- 6:00-8:00pm - The Devil’s Scent: Crafting Your Own Satanic Ritual Oil
- 9:00 - 11:00pm - The Sight: How to Sharpen Your Vision And Harness Your Inner MagicTickets for Witches Weekend Tickets for The Devil's Death Release Party + Hexennacht
Join Philadelphia-based rockstars HEAVY TEMPLE for an intimate and rare performance at The Satanic Temple!
Since their inception, HEAVY TEMPLE has made waves throughout the heavy rock underground, galvanizing their brain-melting attack over the course of tours with Corrosion of Conformity, Ruby the Hatchet, Ecstatic Vision, and Royal Thunder, and appearances at fests including Psycho Las Vegas, DesertFest New York, The Obelisk All-Dayer, Muddy Roots and Decibel Metal and Beer.
Fusing their strongest lineup into place just ahead of the coronavirus pandemic, Heavy Temple took advantage of the forced layoff from touring to craft their cosmic heaviness into the first official full-length, Lupi Amoris, which arrived in June 2021 on Magnetic Eye Records.
Ready for the return of a world that allows this well-oiled riff machine back onstage, the band proudly presents a heavy psychedelic expedition that seamlessly weaves from boogie van grooves to Candlemassian gravitas.
Your favorite yoga witches are coming back to Salem! Join us for another weekend filled with in-person alternative vinyasa yoga classes inside the beautiful @thesatanictemplesalem, 1/14-1/16! Classes are 60 mins and open to all-levels of experience, so spread the word! Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance (non-refundable). If we happen to get a bad snowstorm ❄️, classes will just be moved to the following weekend. We hope you’ll come get spooky with us—be sure to reserve your spot in advance at virtualstudio.daayaniyoga.com 🧙🏽♀️✨👻 **Please note, all participants must show either proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours of class date. We are required to wear masks while practicing.
There’ll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago…
- It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
The British tradition of telling ghost stories around the holiday season was already an old one when Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol. It was old when M.R. James began his yearly candlelit readings at King’s College, Cambridge. It was positively ancient when the BBC introduced the program A Ghost Story for Christmas in the 1970s, primarily as a yearly excuse to adapt James’ work. It’s a custom that never caught on here in the states, however, the Satanic Temple Salem would like to invite you to help us change that!
Join us on Tuesday, December 21 for SOLSTICE GHOST STORIES, featuring candlelit readings of two of James’ best works by local raconteur John Francis Bittrich and unique live audio created by Mikey Lee aka Coralcola aka DJ Poke Smot. Take in the gallery’s yuletide decorations, nibble on snacks, and sip on hot libations in a comfy, cozy setting that’s sure to offset the shivers and chills offered by these classic ghost stories.
John Francis Bittrich is a writer, DJ, and musician from Salem. His work has appeared in publications including Digboston, the Boston Phoenix, the Boston Hassle, the Boston Compass, and more. He’s worked as a ghost tour guide here in Salem and hosted a long-running radio program on WZBC at Boston College.
Nowadays most people know about Krampus - but there it's so much more. In fact, the history of Christmas monsters is richer than those of Halloween. Join us for a Satanic look at the darker side of the holiday season.
Thomas O'Brien Vallor is a seasoned Salem tour guide and host of The Satanic Tour! He has been educating the masses about Salem's history and the occult for nearly twenty years. His tours filter his extensive knowledge of local history through a lens of experience as an interfaith occult minister, practicing witch, and The Satanic Temple member.
He has been featured on numerous publications and networks including the Travel Channel and the Science Channel.
Since their youth, Caitlin and Nicole Duennebier have been creating foreboding landscapes and narratives. Both have grown to have wildly different styles, but their work still is commingled and speaks of the woods and stories made up from their childhood. Caitlin’s robust characters inhabit Nicole’s mystical, otherworldly landscapes—drinking, smoking cigs, laughing, and crying. The stark contrast creates a solid connection to the worlds that each artist creates, exemplifying what can be possible when their two techniques collide.
In each exhibition, the sisters attempt to use an entirely new medium; in Sister Season of Sorrow, they are experimenting with clockwork. Each clock is its own environment set around the strictures of the timepiece, but it is also sprawling and blithely unconcerned with being useful. The movements of each clock are attributed to the passing of time but they are swallowed up by the preoccupations of its inhabitants, or entirely ignored as they go about their private miseries.
Put the FUN in FUNeral Planning with New Orleans artist and activist Katrina Brees. Explore the creative possibilities of funeral practices from around the world and throughout history. Be inspired by the exciting possibilities as we create our own fantasy funerals. Learn your rights and options to undertake a fresh approach to death. Our journey will bring us to new understandings about death and ultimately teach us what we value about our lives and legacy.
The event is free but limited and registration is required.
Katrina Brees is a New Orleans-based parade artist and activist. Her background in creating colorful, community rituals informs her FUN in FUNeral approach to the death arts. Quilting together her talents for ritual and art, Katrina has been producing caskets to die for both for the interment of bodies and as public art to enliven the conversation around personal choice in funeral options. Undertaking a fresh look at our last rites has unearthed her calling to produce eco-friendly, allegorical caskets that celebrate the uniqueness of our lives.
Through her workshops, Katrina shares her passion, joy, and knowledge about funeral rituals and art in hopes of empowering other mortals to identify a legacy that aligns with their lives.
Join us for a mo(u)rning high-tea at The Satanic Temple in Salem, the headquarters of The Satanic Temple organization and former Funeral Home. Enjoy specially selected teas and treats in the luxurious Milton Hall surrounded by decadent flourishments near the world-famous 8 ½’ statue of Baphomet. Come wearing your dark- finest and bring your morbid curiosity for a special presentation
Come enjoy the beautiful lawn of The Satanic Temple Salem, carve pumpkins, and enjoy some family friendly libations.
Celebrate Devil's Night (October 30) with dark and nerdy EBM artists GOTHSICLES.
"It’s star-born sounds off the starboard bow with the electric concoction what now hails from Boston! Witness the squidness with these globetrotting gamer-goth electronaut animal-enthusiasts who play a high-impact mix of dance beats and geek speak! Catch the electronic body magic!"
** Regular Gallery Admission gets you into the show! **
The Gothsicles is an American industrial and electronic body music (EBM) band formerly based out of Chicago, Illinois before moving to Boston, Massachusetts in 2018. The group was formed in Wisconsin in 2002 by Brian "darkNES" Graupner, who handles vocals and synthesizers, and is the sole consistent member. The band has a rotating lineup of live musicians, including Matt Fanale of Caustic, Matt Slegel of Angelspit, and David Dodson of Abstinence. The band released its first LP, NESferatu, in 2006. Following albums included Sega Lugosi's Dead (2009), Industrialites & Magic (2011), Squid Icarus (2014), and I Feel Sicle, which was released on November 4, 2016. According to COMA Music Magazine, "The Gothsicles are one of the forerunners in Industrial Music for the Nerdy Masses.
Throughout time, the Black Mass has always been one of the most infamous and controversial religious rituals. Join us as we continue this dark tradition by confronting taboos, committing blasphemous acts, and liberating ourselves through a new Satanic covenant. This is an immersive event. All attendants will be given instructions prior to the mass to prepare for the event.
Join Adam Ostrofsky- The Satanic Chef for an unforgettable night of delectable debauchery, fine dining, sacrifice, and spirit cooking at The Satanic Temple. Guests will be part of a secret, surrealist, satanic soiree that will include a multi-course dinner, a burlesque performance by the legendary Szandora LaVey-The Devil's Debutante, and a satanic ritual based off Chef Adam's upcoming book. This is an immersive event. Come hungry, leave (hopefully). All guests will be participants in the ritual and are asked to dress in their best formal surrealist attire (think Marie-Hélène de Rothschild's party at Château de Ferrières on December 12th, 1972).
Join illusionist Evan Northrup for a magician’s look at the impossible, the inexplicable, and the supernatural. From classic demonstrations of mind-reading to modern interpretations of spiritualist feats, this evening of magic is sure to leave you questioning where the limits of the possible lie!
Join artist and educator Nathan Lewis for an exploration into the facts and fiction surrounding Spirit Photography. Whether a novelty or earnest peek beyond the veil, this unique facet of photographic history reflects the intersection of conflict, technology, and belief.
Nathan Lewis is a nationally exhibiting artist, curator, and educator. He has a fascination with the intersection of technology and faith and was a recipient of both a Jerome Foundation grant and MCAD grant to research facets of the subject. He is a frequent lecturer on all things related to Victorian Spiritualism and was a keynote speaker at the University of Minnesota's "Anthropology of the Supernatural" conference.
He has been involved in events at the Walker Art Center, Montserrat College of Art, Minnesota Historical Society, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Northern Spark, and more. He holds a BFA in Studio Art, MFA in Visual Studies, and MPS in User Experience Design. His personal work deals with the paranormal and uses the uniqueness of photographic processes to allude to the otherworldly
Peter Bebergal, author of "Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll", will discuss the relationship between theater, ritual, and popular music, with a look at the influence of ancient religious practice, turn of the century art, and occult lodge rites on the performance and culture of rock. From Robert Plant's Dionysian swagger to Bowie's alchemical transformations, Bebergal will reveal the gods under the masks of rock's most arresting moments.
We have teamed up with Salem Horror Fest for a six-day marathon of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD screenings to benefit Texas Abortion funds! SB 8 bans abortion as early as 6 weeks and put a minimum of a $10,000 bounty on anyone that helps someone obtain an abortion in Texas. This law specifically targets abortion funds, which help Texans pay for their procedure and get logistical help like a ride to the clinic. 100% of your donation will be evenly split among ten organizations: Texas Equal Access Fund, The Bridge Collective, Fund Texas Choice, Jane's Due Process, Support Your Sistah at the Afiya Center, the Lillith Fund, Frontera Fund, Whole Woman's Health Alliance, Inc., West Fund, and Clinic Access Support Network. Now more than ever, abortion funds need your support. Chip in to ensure Texans can get abortion care.
Alexander has lended his brush to many bands over the years, his album covers include Arch Enemy, Sabbath Assembly, Lungs, and Silver Talon. A full album cover discography can be found here. Reisfar was the artist in residence at the John Natsoulas Gallery in 2012, where he became a member of the Davis Mural Team. The artist’s murals can be found in Davis CA, Oakland CA, and Portland OR. His paintings, both brooding and elegant, have been featured across the U.S. and can be found in numerous collections and outsider exhibitions around the world.
From the morning of Friday, October 1st, through Sunday, October 3rd, we’ll practice yoga, magick, tarot, meditation, share delicious meals and drinks, and have fun activities planned during our wonderful weekend getaway! The BNB is about 35 minutes from Salem, and all yoga classes will be held at the Satanic Temple.
NYC Art Star, Reverend Jen visits the Satanic Temple where she will read from her salacious and wacky books, take questions and screen "Satan. Hold My Hand", a film she wrote and starred in that also features Faceboy, Robert Prichard and Janeane Garofalo. Reverend Jen is a Renaissance Elf, art star, painter, performer, filmmaker, “Anti-Slam” open mic host and author of six published books including “Elf Girl” (Simon & Schuster) and “Live Nude Elf” (Soft Skull.) Her various handcrafted art books can be found in collections that include the Whitney Museum of American Art, the MoMA Library and the Warhol Museum. Rev. Jen was also the founder of the world famous "Lower East Side Troll Museum" which was open from 2000-2016. The Troll Museum is now a "Troll Pantry" in Jen's Brooklyn abode where she lives and works as a full-time personal assistant to her cat.
In collaboration with Cinema Salem join The Satanic Temple Salem for a night out to the movies. This month's feature is the 1989 surrealist horror film SANTA SANGRE written by Alejandro Jodorowsky.
The film follows a former circus artist who escapes from a mental hospital to rejoin his armless mother - the leader of a strange religious cult - and is forced to enact brutal murders in her name as he becomes "her arms".
Enjoy a special NC-17 cut of this avant-garde masterpiece alongside Satanists and come dressed to impress in your favorite Jorodowsky inspired costume. Participate in Jodorowsky Trivia, TST swag raffle, and the best costume of the night wins a prize!
You can't atone for your sins with nightmares. - Concha, Santa Sangre
** COSTUMES WELCOME **
Purchase tickets at cinemasalem.com
*4K restoration courtesy of Severin Films and the American Genre Film Archive.*
Image design by Agatha Luz
In conjunction with We've Become What We Parody, join renowned writer, filmmaker, musician, academic, and artist Cevin Soling for a conversation about his process and practice, including a special musical performance featuring works from his band, The Love Kills Theory.
Soling's artistic and academic work is ultimately about transcendence. His debut film, A Hole in the Head, documented a subculture who drilled holes in their heads to expand their state of consciousness. The troubling aspect was not so much these people’s willingness to violate their own body in a dramatic manner. Rather, the procedure might work and the subsequent questions this raises about potentially improving brain function and how far one should go.
Between his musical, artistic, and film projects, Soling has been featured on MTV, HBO, BBC, Comedy Central, The Discovery Channel, and TLC, among others.
Additional projects include the following documentaries and animated shorts: Urine: Good Health, Boris the Dog, The Bill Johnson Show, Great Moments in Rock, Captain Stickman vs The Color Black, The War on Kids, Ikland, The Gilligan Manifesto, The War on the War on Drugs.
Soling is the author of several books including: Kierkegaard's Dilemma, The Bomb that Followed Me Home, The Disciples of Trotsky, The Land of Plenty, Tiffany Brittany Brooke, The Jolly Elf, Eldwyn the Laid Back Dragon, and The Student Resistance Handbook.
Chef Adam Ostrofsky will be talking about how professional cooking has been influenced by theoretical religions, including Christianity, to Judaism, to Taoism, Hinduism and Islam, how feminism has affected the kitchen dynamics, and how the dynamic of this diversity has changed the restaurant industry. He will also speak in regards to how the Satanic Panic affected the restaurant industry and still does to this day, making Satanism an obstacle for many of its practitioners.
Adam Ostrofsky aka The Satanic Chef is a long-time Culinary Artist who has worked at several restaurants such as MARE, Sel De LA Terre/L’Espalier Back Bay, JM Curley’s, Ripasso, Cafe Beatrice, Revival, and most notably Tavern Road.
He has currently written a cookbook entitled Devil’s Food, A Satanic Cookbook. The book contains original art by local artists Courtney Brooke aka Light Witch and illustrator Leigh Anita.
Artist Statement: The works serve as critiques of both ourselves and our culture designed to prompt unsettling questions. What kind of world have we created? What do we value, and what do we want to achieve? How do we suppress thoughts of our eventual demise and the specter of violence that surrounds us? Alienation plays a significant role – not as a subject as one might expect, but rather as an object. Alienation from selves, from others, from our culture and history, from the things we produce, and the things to which we aspire are ultimately what generate ironic humor in the dark landscape.