Thursday, March 22, 2012

Explore Hollywood's spiritual history with Maja and Esotouric April 28

White Witch Maja and Esotouric explore Hollywood's rich spiritual history on
Obscura Day 2012

WHAT: Maja D'Aoust, The White Witch of L.A., hosts a once-a-year Esotouric
bus adventure, "Maja's Mysteries: Rapture & Release." The tour is one of
hundreds of Obscura Day events happening worldwide on April 28, 2012, and
one of four LA events.

WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 10:30am-3:30pm

COST: $63/person, includes snacks

TOUR INFO: , 323-223-2767



For more than a century, the west coast of America has been a
hotbed of esoteric spiritual belief and cultural transformation. What we
call "The New Age" is an old concept built on the work of thousands of
passionate Southern Californian religious seekers and teachers, some serious
and scholarly, others daffy or even dangerous. Their stories offer
fascinating excursions into the lesser known history of this place, packed
with incredible characters, high drama and intense experiences both secular
and ethereal.

This April 28, one of Los Angeles' most fascinating spiritual historians and
modern cult figures, the lovely and brainy MAJA D'AOUST (pronounced MAH-ja
da-OO), THE WHITE WITCH OF L.A. pulls back her veil to host a once-a-year
Esotouric bus adventure, one of just four LA-area events among the hundreds
of happenings taking place worldwide on Obscura Day ("An International
Celebration of Unusual Places" organized by the Atlas Obscura website).
Maja's tour puts the poorly understood spiritual histories of California in
context, while offering sustenance to a new generation of seekers.

Maja's guests will gather in the lobby of the Biltmore Hotel (on the exact
site of the guru Yogananda's remarkable 1952 death during a banquet) for the
eagerly-awaited return of the once-a-year Esotouric bus adventure MAJA'S
MYSTERIES: RAPTURE AND RELEASE, a metaphysical journey into history, faith
and salvation, with in-depth visits to some of L.A.'s most compelling and
mysterious spiritual sites. At each stop, Maja and her co-host, Esotouric's
Richard Schave, will introduce passengers to members of the faith, lead a
tour of worship space, and put the group's history and beliefs into context
in the histories of religion and L.A. Stops include: THE AETHERIUS SOCIETY,
a center for cosmic consciousness and healing founded in 1955 by UFO
contactee Dr. George King, dedicated to promoting peace on earth and beyond.
KROTONA APARTMENTS, a former Theosophical retreat founded in 1914, where
guests will have a rare opportunity to visit the beautiful central courtyard
pond and view the Rosicrucian window of this now-private residence. SISTER
AIMEE SEMPLE MCPHERSON'S PARSONAGE, the beautifully restored private home
and museum to the life of the influential and charismatic founder of the
Foursquare Church on the edge of Echo Park. THE VEDANTA SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA, founded in 1930 to bring sacred Hindu philosophy to the West,
where guests will be given a presentation on the Society's history and
programming, and browse in its fine gift shop. (Details: $63 per person,
tour 10:30am-3:30pm, departs from the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 South
Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071, info 323-223-2767, )

Join us on the MAJA'S MYSTERIES tour for a one-of-a-kind adventure through
the looking glass, and beyond. And get a preview of Maja's spiritual
scholarship on Sunday, April 8, when she hosts her popular esoteric lecture
series at the Besant Lodge in Beachwood Canyon, MAJA'S MAGIC SCHOOL - Second
Sundays @ 6 for Sorcery. The topic of the debut lecture is " SYMBOL and the
Power of the Word." Tickets are $5, and more info is at

Upcoming Esotouric bus tour, Maja D'Aoust and LAVA special event schedule
(Maja's events starred)
Upcoming Esotouric bus tour and special event schedule
Sat April 7 - Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles (weekend pass available)
Sun April 8 ­ John Fante's Dreams from Bunker Hill (weekend pass available)
*Sun April 8- Maja's Magic School Lecture ­ SYMBOL and the Power of the Word
(info at
Sat April 14 - The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tour
Sat April 21 - Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits' L.A.
Sun April 22 - FREE! Open House at the historic Stendahl Galleries (info at
*Sat April 28 - Maja's Mysteries: Rapture & Release
Mon April 30- The LAVA Salon at Musso & Frank featuring John Buntin (info at
*Sun May 13- Maja's Magic School Lecture ­ Power in the Flesh, Internal
Nuclear Energy (info at
Sat May 19 - Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles
Sun May 20 ­ Blood & Dumplings crime bus tour
Sat June 2 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: The Lowdown on Downtown
Sun June 3 - Crime lab seminar: The Killer Behind the Camera (info at
Sat June 9 - Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice
Sat June 16 - The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California
Sat June 23 - Weird West Adams
Sat July 14 - Pasadena Confidential (weekend pass available)
Sun July 15 - Eastside Babylon (weekend pass available)
Sat July 28 - The Real Black Dahlia
Sat August 4 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: Route 66 (weekend pass
Sun August 5 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: South LA (weekend pass
Sat August 11 - Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles
Sat August 18 - Haunts of A Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles
Sat August 25 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: Boyle Heights & The San
Gabriel Valley

Maja D'Aoust and Esotouric's Richard Schave and Kim Cooper are proud members
of LAVA - The Los Angeles Visionaries Association.

For Maja's Mysteries Esotouric bus tour info, visit
For Maja D'Aoust lectures and Astrology readings, visit

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