Sunday, September 27, 2009

Esotouric to offer Halloween tour with LA's white witch Maja

Take A Halloween Bus Adventure with Maja, the White Witch of Los Angeles

WHAT: Esotouric, L.A.'s most eclectic tour company, launches new Halloween bus adventure, the MAJA'S MYSTERIES spiritual history tour

WHEN: Saturday October 31, 12pm-4pm

WHERE: Tour departs from Clifton's Cafeteria at 7th & Broadway downtown

COST: $62/person

MORE: Get a free preview of the tour at Maja's Salon on "Prestidigitation" at the Art Walk on Thursday, 10/8 5:30pm,

INFO:, 323-223-2767

When your business model is taking natives (and a few savvy tourists) deep inside the dark and secret history of their own city, the stakes are especially high come Halloween. For Esotouric's first two Octobers, the bus adventure company took to the road with Crimebo the Clown on a grisly tour of Hollywood crime scenes. But with Crimebo playing San Francisco this year, Esotouric's fans demanded fresh Halloween entertainment.

On Saturday, October 31, a select crew of urban explorers will join Esotouric and their friend Maja D'Aoust, the White Witch of Los Angeles, for MAJA'S MYSTERIES, a metaphysical journey into history, faith and all kinds of magic in the Southland, with in-depth visits to some of the city's most compelling and seldom-seen spiritual sites.

Departing from Downtown's landmark Clifton's Cafeteria, a fanciful 1930s dining environment that looks like a redwood forest, the tour includes guided tours of three fascinating spiritual sites of similar vintage. At each site, Maja will introduce her passengers to members of the faith, lead a tour of the location, and put the group's history and beliefs into context in the histories of religion and Los Angeles.

Stop #1 is the Star Sapphire Lodge in La Crescenta, the local center of the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O), the esoteric fraternal organization and religion that, under the leadership of Aleister Crowley in the early 20th Century, was rededicated to the Law of Thelema, with its twin directives "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law" and "Love is the law, love under will." Discover the fascinating connections between the O.T.O. and manned spaceflight and how English ideas bloomed in the California sun.

Stop #2 is The Gnostic Society of Glendale (established 1928), where for more than 40 years our host Dr. Stephan A. Hoeller, the Bishop of the Ecclesia Gnostica and senior holder of the English Gnostic Transmission in America, has given Friday evening lectures exploring Gnosticism (the secret knowledge of the pre- and early-Christian world) as living religious practice.

Stop #3 is Downtown L.A.'s landmark 1927 Theosophy Hall, which is simultaneously an exquisite architectural time capsule and a thriving center for spiritual study, where all are welcome to explore the wisdom of the ages in leaderless gatherings for which no payment is ever asked.

The tour then returns to Clifton's, where passengers can mingle, snack on retro dessert selections or an early supper, and discuss their experiences on the outskirts of faith.

Tour host Maja D'Aoust says, "The mystery of magic in all its forms lives and breathes in us from the depths of our blood to the tips of our souls. From the Shamans of old to the modern day quantum physicists, the effect of our sheer will on the material world makes up a large part of what defines us as a species. Impacting reality with our consciousness, and conversely, reality's impact upon our consciousness lies at the base of every kind of magic from sympathetic voodoo to thaumaturgy. Making things happen with your mind, whether bringing the rain, healing a disease, invoking a God or prestidigitating an illusion, the art of conscious change is the very heart of the magical mystery of living."

Join us on the MAJA'S MYSTERIES tour for a one-of-a-kind Halloween adventure through the looking glass, and beyond. And get a free, sneak peek at Maja's tour at 5:30pm on October 8, when as part of the Downtown L.A. Art Walk's official Salon series, she leads a discussion of Prestidigitation (stage magic, which has surprising connections to spiritual magic) upstairs at Clifton's Cafeteria. For more info, visit

Upcoming Esotouric bus tour and event schedule
Thurs Oct 8- The Hippodrome (Downtown Art Walk Shuttle, free) & Maja's free Salon (Clifton's Cafeteria)
Sat Oct 10 - Wild Wild West Side
Sat Oct 17 ­ Raymond Chandler's Bay City
Sat Oct 24­ Raymond Chandler's L.A.
Sat Oct 31 ­ Maja's Mysteries spiritual L.A. tour (debut)
Sun Nov 1 ­ East Side Babylon crime bus tour (debut)
Sat Nov 7 - Charles Bukowski's LA
Thurs Nov 12 - The Hippodrome (Downtown Art Walk Shuttle, free)
Sat Nov 14 - The Real Black Dahlia
Sat December 5 ­ Pasadena Confidential
Thurs Dec 10 - The Hippodrome (Downtown Art Walk Shuttle, free)
Sat December 12 ­ Blood & Dumplings

For more info on Esotouric, visit

For Maja's Mysteries info, visit

For Maja D'Aoust info, visit

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