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.


Featured Event: Stories of the African Diaspora


Storytelling and oral tradition is the cornerstone of a living culture. This is especially true for the African stories whose webs unified kingdoms, and ultimately people who were caught up in the Transatlantic slave trade.  Bereft of physical, spiritual, and personal trappings only the stories of heroes and divinities remain.

       While these stories mayy change from continent to continent, island to island, even from plantation to plantation, their purpose and morals remain true.  These are stories that embolden mankind, humanize the spirits, and give courage to the listeners so that they can follow their ancestors in making good decisions, and extracting joy from sorrow.  Today these stories are back to contextualize the Black experience in the terms of its own high culture.

We will be exploring these themes through the examination of several stories from all over the African Diaspora.


About the Speaker

Keys to the Necropolis: Graveyard Work, Ancestral Altars, and Necromancy In Magical Practice


Feb. 17th, 6:00pm, 126 Baronne St.

     Join Matthew Venus of Spiritus Arcanum for an introduction to the magic of the cemetery, working with the dead, ancestral veneration, and relics associated with death that are common in Witchcraft and American folk magic. In this workshop we will discuss the cultural and magical relevance of the graveyard, as well as appropriate practices for both safely and respectfully working there. Further, we will discuss types of spell work often performed in graveyards, materials gathered or left there, and how to effectively work with the spirits encountered in the city of the dead. Our workshop will conclude with drumming up the dead and the ritual of The Red Meal to both call upon and honor the spirits of the dead.

About the Speaker

Our Campus

Académie Gnostique is head quartered at 126 Baronne St. 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

• Spring session is drawing near, classes start March 20th.  The schedule is still being posted, 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

• Stories of the African Diaspora, Alvar Library  Feb. 6th, 13th, and 20th

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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Drop us a line today and enquire about classes and scholarship opportunities.

Academy News

•  Our CBD campus is closed due to rennovations after June 30th.

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.