Conjuring the myths & mysteries with AvalonCon

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Creating a powerful and memorable presence

What is AvalonCon?

AvalonCon is a brand new conference, held for the very first time in the summer of 2021, which aims to bring together some of the biggest names and brightest minds in the worldwide magick, occult and paranormal research communities. Hosted in Glastonbury, UK, which is also the mythical Isle of Avalon from the Arthurian legend and conjured and organised by ceremonial magician, Marco Visconti.

Marco asked me if I would like to work on AvalonCon as part of their marketing team, and I was delighted to assist as not only is Marco my magickal mentor (and flesh and blood encyclopedia of mystical knowledge), but these communities hold a very dear place in my heart as a practitioner and lover of the esoteric mysteries.

Services provided;

  • Logo Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design & Development
  • Merch Design
  • Illustration

Identifying the intention

As this conference was created during the COVID-19 pandemic, AvalonCon decided to offer a very limited number of in-person tickets to the conference, and an unlimited number of online tickets for streaming the event. This meant that AvalonCon’s online presence needed to be strong and bold as this is where the majority of the hype would build and where a community would form.

Marco had already been working on a branding concept when he asked me to join the team, and he had created a logo idea featuring a beautiful illustration of St. Michael’s Tower, drawn by the multi-talented artist, Madeline Sinclaire.

My job was to refine this concept into a vibrant brand identity for AvalonCon, as well as producing promotional graphics for their social media accounts, creating a few pieces of merchandise, and building a website to allow the public to read about the conference, learn about the speakers on the lineup, and purchase tickets to the event.

Adding a little fun to arcane imagery

Inspired by the spirit of the place

The most prominent part of this logo is the illustration of St. Michael’s Tower.

This is a landmark tower on the Glastonbury Tor hill which is known for being one of the most spiritual sites in the country. And since the conference is held in Glastonbury, and named after its ancient name of Avalon, this addition to the logo immediately communicates where this conference is located and its tie to the spiritual traditions.

St. Michael is also a very important and prominent force in the western esoteric traditions. He is Archangel Michael, perhaps the most well known of all Archangels. Archangel Michael is associated with the element of fire in ceremonial magick, which is also associated with the colour red. Fire (and red) is passion, will and action, and what better colour to represent magick, which was defined as “the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will” by the late English occultist, Aleister Crowley.

The colour red is also commonly associated with the Goddess Babalon, who is the Great Mother Goddess and the image of the divine feminine in the occult system of Thelema, of which many of the speakers and attendees of the conference practice. Babalon is also known as The Scarlet Woman, and her other symbols include the heptagram (or seven-pointed star) which is used throughout the website design and the social media graphics, and the Holy Grail which is also an important motif in the Arthurian legend.

For a bit of fun and to tie in the paranormal, we also added a ghost and goblin illustration. Fairy lore is also a huge part of the UK’s spiritual history, but in order to not crowd the already detailed logo too much, we decided to use a more ethereal blackletter font for the AvalonCon type to represent this. It also creates some nice contrast against the lines and structure of the tower, bringing in some flowing feminine elements with the strong masculine imagery.

The collaborative logo created for AvalonCon.

Fig 01; A logo collaboratively designed for AvalonCon, concept originally formulated by Marco Visconti, and featuring an illustration of St. Michael’s Tower by Madeline Sinclaire

Adding in more angelic magick

The diagram behind the tower in the logo design is called the Sigillum Dei Aemeth.

This magickal diagram appeared in the middle ages is composed of a circle containing a pentagram, heptagons, and a heptagram, labelled with the names of God and the planetary angels. These geometric shapes all have mathematical signficance in the occult traditions, and this diagram in particular is used for contacting angelic intelligences.

But that’s not all, because while we were working on AvalonCon, ceremonial magician and speaker on the lineup, Damien Echols, gifted Marco with the Talisman of Chokmah, which has been charged to add Divine power and momentum to the thoughts and actions of those who look upon it. Marco had the blessing from Damien to use this talisman in any way he wished in order to get it in front of as many people as possible to bring some good energy into the world.

Chokmah is the second sephira on the Tree of Life and its name means “Wisdom”. Archangel Raziel is the angelic intelligence behind this sephira and we decided to take this talisman which was created with parchment and ink, and recreate it digitally into a graphic which we then used to create merchandise, and animated to use on the AvalonCon website.

Fig 02; The Talisman of Chokmah; created, charged and gifted to Marco by fellow ceremonial magician Damien Echols, then vectorised and animated by myself

Projecting the message far and wide

A banner I designed for AvalonCon’s Facebook profile.

Fig 03; I created a set of branded header images for AvalonCon to use on their various social platforms

A graphic I designed to announce Damien Echols as a speaker at AvalonCon.

Fig 04; I also created graphics for AvalonCon to promote and announce the event speakers online

A black t-shirt featuring a distressed Talisman of Chokmah design.

Fig 05; A distressed Talisman of Chokmah t-shirt I designed for AvalonCon

A black t-shirt featuring the front and back of a festival-style t-shirt I designed for AvalonCon.

Fig 06; A t-shirt I designed for AvalonCon featuring the 2021 lineup, inspired by music festival t-shirts

Fig 05; The marketing website I designed and built for AvalonCon