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Académie Gnostique

New Orleans' premier school for occult science and traditional mystical education. We offer students peerless instruction in magick and esotericism.

Our Teachers

At Académie Gnostique, we take great pride in our teachers.  Each is at the pinnacle of practice in their respective fields.  Our teachers speak with the authority of tradition, experience, and care.

Our Mission

Our mission is to transmute the curiosity of anyone aspiring to the art of magic into a well informed practice.  Magic is the mystery of mysteries, alive in rhetoric, art, science, and the love of wisdom.  We aim to propagate and expound the mystery for all.


The Alchemical Palette: With Thomas Little

Workshop Description

Oct. 16th, 7:30pm, 3154 St. Claude Ave

Participants will learn how to create a palette using alchemical methods and substances, with a primary focus on the vitriols.  Methods of synthesis will be explained and demonstrated.  The cultural significance of pigment, both as material and color, will be discussed in the context of anthroposophic observations, mythological associations and its use in art.  Participants will receive a portion of material for their own experimentation.

About Thomas Little

Featured Event:

Flying Ointments & Baneful Herbs: With Coby Michael Ward

Oct. 28th 2019  7:30 PM
3154 St. Claude Ave
Traveling in spirit, journeying to the Other world, and changing one’s form are traditional practices of witchcraft, shamanism, and magic. By performing certain rituals, using strange plants, or by the intervention of spirits the traveler is free to commune with primal forces. Trafficking with spirits, attending the Witches’ Sabbath and nocturnal flight are feats that can be achieved through altered states resulting from the use of herbal ointments, oils and fumigations. One of the most infamous of these preparations is the Unguentum Sabbati, the witches’ flying ointment; known throughout the Middle Ages by its diabolical reputation and many superstitions. These preparations are rooted in truth, where medicine and magic collide. This class is an exploration of the history and myth of the Grand Sabbath of the Witches, it’s imagery and what that means for modern practitioners of witchcraft. We will look at some medieval recipes for flying ointments and analyze their ingredients. Also we’ll see how these plants are used by modern practitioners both chemically and esoterically to achieve altered states of consciousness and enhance their magic. This is a timely course, to start off the season right.
$20 at the door, no A:. G:. student will be turned away.
About the Speaker

Our Campus

Académie Gnostique is head quartered in New Orleans Louisiana, in the 19th century historic Medical Building.  The Medical Building was at one time the legendary Legendre alcohol dispensary, where Herb Saint was invented.  Today our alchemists brew stiff herb liquors in the very tradition of our hallowed forbearers.  

News and Information

Academy News

•Current and former students are encouraged to join the Academie Forum page on Facebook.
• The Academie is featured in a recent article in ViaNolaVie
•Registration is Open, and class updates are pending, for more info email:

Class Information

• Winter and Summer time are lecture times,  Académie Gnostique will be coming to a community center near you.  Please contact us to reserve a teacher for your next convention or event.  Check the calendar for live updates.
• There is one new teacher and three new courses.

-Qabalistic Tarot- 6 week course with Jedidiah F. Gainey

-Candle Magic- 3 week course with Demetrius Lacroix

-Haitian Vodou- 6 week course with Demetrius Lacroix

Sponsors and Affiliates


Botanica Macumba is a New Orleans based spiritual supply shop, event space, and cafe. While specializing in products serving practitioners of  Vodou, Lucumi, Candomble, and Quimbanda, Botanica Macumba also has products serving a variety of other traditions, devotions, and practices. Services are available upon request.


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Class News

• Winter and Summer time are lecture times,  Académie Gnostique will be coming to a community center near you.  Please contact us to reserve a teacher for your next convention or event.