The Arrival of Empress Zöe

Burning Man didn’t always have themes. For the first 10 or so Burns, the theme was “Burn The Man”, recreating the Wicker Man effigy burn rituals of the Druids.


Cult movie The Wicker Man, 1973


These Wicker Man burns had been going on in San Francisco for some time before the first Burning Man on Baker Beach.

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Snake Theater Beelzebub Burn, Sausalito 1979. Image: Bruce Forrester

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Timothy O’Neill (Gnosis Magazine) Wicker Man Ocean Beach burns, 1984-85. Flyer is for related art gallery exhibition, via Timothy O’Neill

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The Man looked a little different back in 1986

In 1995 Burning Man dipped a toe in the thematrical waters with “Good And Evil”, then doubled down on the Evil with 1996‘s “Helco: The Inferno”


The 1996 year of Hell was also the year that Burning Man had the first of what would unfortunately be many deaths to come during the annual radical ritual.

One of the big productions that year was a live opera by Argentinian artist Pepe Ozan.

photo of Pepe Ozan

Here’s a version of the above video narrated by Paradox Pollock, a seemingly close associate of deadly occultist Derrick Ion Almena:

It has never been disclosed what happened to the goat, but Paradox Pollack’s description makes it seem like it was quite a hassle for them having to keep it alive until the performance.

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Live animal sacrifices at Burning Man are still happening today. In this case I’m not talking about 2017’s terrible burning man tragedy or the crushing by Lucifer, but Google executives decision to fly live lobsters in from Maine to be killed at the Radical Ritual.

Screenshot 2017-09-18 12.57.31Almena got the lawyer of Hell’s Angels and Shrimp Boy (SF head of the Chinese Freemasons), Tony Serra – “the Hippie Atticus Finch”.

Serra, who took a lifelong vow of poverty on an LSD trip, said “he’s been made a scapegoat for persons or entities culpable for this tragedy…our client has been demonized

Demonized like a goat by entities, huh? Perhaps like the Kali Yuga? These people sure have a strange way of speaking and thinking, which happens to be Aleister Crowley’s way too…but I digress.

Paradox has sp(l)iffed up his social media image since pulling down the video with Derrick that can be glimpsed in the skull-infested screenshot above.

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Suit or not, he’s still promoting Evil:

He was the Master of Ceremonies and Emissary Coreographer of the 1996 Burning Man occult sub-ritual.

the music, magnificently composed and played by Chris Cunningham, was sung by Lili Oldfield, Pat Bregant, Sean Steward and Todd Nelson. The representation of this legendary true story was incarnated by Emissaries Justin Miller as Empress Zoe and by Steffanos X as the High Priest of Hell. The Devil was enacted by the goat Sussy, and His wife by WarriorGirl. Master of Ceremonies was Emissary Choreographer Paradox Pollack. The Graces of Hell were represented by CC, Shari Greenfield, Martha Thomson and Susanne Couture. Deployment Secret Services were executed by Emissaries Sculptors Morgan Raimond, Al Honig, Denzil Meyers, and Leo Nash. Messenger Coordinator was Julieta Ozan.


Here’s Ozan talking about his operas and how he was using these elaborate rituals to gather a Satanic sub-community of about 250 people out of the broader Burning Man group (1996 population: 8000):


This particular opera featured devils, demons and insects chanting the lyrics “devils’ delight, fire tonight” while dancing around a 40-foot towered sculpture with gargoyle heads called the City of Dis, named after one of the levels of hell in Dante’s Inferno. [Source: John Law]

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The Temple of Dis. Image: Burning Man Opera

This description of the Arrival of Empress Zöe is in the video itself:

“A tribal opera with a ballet of insects depicting the peculiar saga of a soul’s birth to death.

The hermaphrodite condition of Empress Zoe and her Lascivious Behavior in the Court has been revealed by Cardinal Petrocelli, one of her passive homosexual Lovers. Condemned by the Holy See to be drowned in the Bosphorous, the Empress manages to take to the waters the Light of the Casiksi Diamond which will assure her the favor of the Devils. Steffanos, the High Priest of Hell, is possessed by Desire at the sight of the Empress inciting the Jealousy of the Graces, who assist him in the Infinite Recreation of Fire.

Pretending to help in the production of the Dust of Darkness to spray the Empress out of Existence, the Graces plot the Destruction of their Rival, the Hideous Lil-llik to ascend in the Hierarchy of the Ninth Circle. Satan, embodied by a goat to please his Wife, seems amused by the events that threaten the very Balance of the Universe”

The wording has changed slightly from the original video to the official web site:

It is the year of ll58AD. The structure of power of the Fire Lingam Project has briefly shifted from Babylon to the Byzantine Empire in Constantinople. The hermaphrodite condition of Empress Zoe has been revealed by Cardinal Petroccelly, one of her passive homosexual lovers. Condemned by the Holy See to be drowned in the Bosphorous, the Empress managed to take to the waters the Light of the Casiksi Diamond which assured her the favor of the Demons. Steffanos, the High Priest of Hell, possessed by desire at the site of the Empress, incites the jealousy of the Graces who assist him in the Infinite Recreation of Fire. Pretending to help in the production of the Dust of Darkness to spray the Empress out of existence, the Graces plot the destruction of their rival, the hideous Lil-llik to ascend in the Hierarchy of the Nine Circles. Satan, embodied in a goat to please His wife, is amused by the events that threaten the very Balance of the Universe. As Chaos erupted, the Mantra singing of 50 devotees and 1000 participating audience helped to save the Universe

The seemingly minor changes – Devils to Demons, Ninth Circle to Nine Circles – could be dismissed as irrelevant, if there were no significance to them. If demons are vices, then we all have demons – even atheists. Devils is explicitly Luciferian.

As for the Ninth Circle, this is the name of a Luciferian Pedo Cult linked to Jimmy Saville, the Jesuits, the Vatican, and many world leaders which has been operating for at least 300 years.

Saturnalia was an ancient Roman orgiastic festival that encouraged gift-giving and continual partying. The god Saturn is associated with black rock.

Of course, this is all just a big farce of pan-ic art and coincidences, they’re not crazy for doing it but I’m crazy for pointing any of it out…go about your day.


BURNILEAKS: The Lucifer Cover-Up

By now we are used to attempts from the Propaganda-meisters at BMorg to control every narrative relating to their event. This latest incident had us wondering, WHY? What are they trying to hide?

Thanks to Anonymous Burner for sharing this via Pastebin

Hello all,

Please read and do not respond to anything on social media. We want to keep names out of the media and not give any details out. It’s turning into a witch hunt, but the authorities and lawyers have been involved since the beginning, which has not been reported.
We wanted to update you on an incident that happened Monday evening post-event. At approximately 8 p.m., a male participant was struck by a Burning Man staff vehicle near 5:30 and K. The man was treated on the scene, transported to the on-site medical facility and airlifted to a Reno hospital. We’ve been told he is out of the intensive care unit and beginning his recovery.  
The incident has received some media coverage but at this time we are not issuing a public statement. There is an investigation underway and we are cooperating with the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office. We will share more information as it becomes available.
We ask you to please give thought before commenting on the incident on social media, as reporters may interpret what you say to be an official statement by Burning Man


Really? Reporters may interpret comments on Facebook to be official statements from BMorg? Has that ever actually happened? In this case, there is no official statement from BMorg. We are forced to piece together what information we can about the incident from, yes, the dreaded “social media”. Which now includes leaks of internal BMorg memos.

Lucifer, the Lamplighters Staff Vehicle. Image: Pershing County Sheriff’s Department

Will the Org truly share more information as it comes available, like they promised? Based on past performance, this seems unlikely.

Anonymous Burner says:

The community deserves transparency. Even if this is found to be an accident, with Burning Man and potential staffers blameless, the silence, even if meant to insulate those involved from the spotlight as investigations occur, is concerning. It brings up the potential that other incidents were kept quiet in the past, or that incidents in the future could be kept quiet as well
The community should be in a position to know what happened in a timely manner when incidents like this occur so that they can understand event related risks (whether as volunteers, staff, patrons, or participants). They deserve to know so they can be more prepared to mitigate incidents on their own behalf, and to, if needed, demand accountability and action on the part of Burning Man, or other entities, to avoid such incidents in the future.


The idea of a “witch hunt” is an interesting choice of words by the BMorg official. There has been none of that at Burners.Me; where do others discuss such things? I can’t find anything at Reddit, ePlaya, Burn.Life, or the official Burning Man Facebook group. So why are they thinking about witches?

Here’s what we know:

  • the driver was female, 35
  • she was the tear down lead of the Lamplighters and a Burning Man employee
  • she was driving a 1970 Ford flatbed truck, the Lamplighters truck, a BMorg staff vehicle
  • she ran over a tent on Monday night (after The Temple burn) around 8pm – just 10 minutes after last light.
  • the tent was at 5:30 & K, the 45 year old man inside was sleeping
  • the vehicle went around a coned barricade and onto a non-roadway portion of the festival.
  • the tent was dark colored and had no lights (tents have lights?) – which should not have been a problem if the truck had its headlights on and the driver was paying attention to where they were going
  • according to Pershing County Sheriff Jerry Allen, the headlights of the truck were off
  • the victim received crushing injuries, placing him in a critical condition for 3 days. He was in severe pain when treated by the medical personnel
  • the victim was airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada
  • the driver flagged down medical assistance and has been co-operating with authorities in the investigation
  • she did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and submitted to a test
  • there is an investigation but as far as we know, no charges have been filed

Last year the Lamplighters set up manager was badly injured at Burning Man, requiring facial plastic surgery.

So – why the cover-up? Allow me to speculate as to the real reason:

Perhaps it is because at the Radical Ritual’s peak moment, thousands of Burners were forced to witness a public human sacrifice. This was bad enough in itself; but then another person almost died after being crushed by Lucifer. Exactly what sort of energies are being invoked with all these temples, shrines, and rituals?

The news of this accident was first broken by Rolling Stone, and since then there has been discussion of the story in People, Reno Gazette Journal, KTVN, Las Vegas Review Journal; most of these miss the detail that this was one of the Org’s workers driving a staff vehicle. All of them miss the detail that the truck was called Lucifer. It takes the fire from El Diabla (the Devil), the cauldron there to “cook the souls” of ritual participants.

Just another coincidence? Let’s take a look at some more coincidences this year.

The 2017 theme was Radical Ritual.

This year we will erect a temple that will commemorate the Golden Spike. Circles surrounding circles will converge immediately beneath the Man. We will mark this space with an omphalos, a sculpture that will represent the navel of our world, its central hub and gathering place. Passing through the spine of Burning Man, this axis will continue upward, emerging high above the temple as a golden spire. Participants are invited to contribute to this shrine, and to the hundred niches that will penetrate the temple’s walls.

In alignment with this theme, earlier in the year Burners in San Francisco hosted a session about it being OK that Burning Man is a cult

What are cults? Burning Man? Anusara? Landmark? One Taste? Heaven’s Gate? Hasidism? Are corporations cults? Is medicine a cult?

On-Playa events this year included “Not A Cult Initiation” (celebrating the “Radical Witchual”), A Sex Cult, Witches and Warlocks Teatime (brought to you by Servants of the Secret Fire), Sacrificial Altar to Dionysos, A Heathen Perspective On Ritual Slaughter.

For the first time, instead of standing free The Man was placed inside a temple-like structure.

Image: SFGate

The Man installation was called The Temple of the Golden Spike, signifying the moment that kicks off the construction of Black Rock City.

The Cauldron To Cook Their Souls is called El Diabla (The Devil), and is lit in a magickal ceremony

There were 30 additional shrines connected to The Man Temple.

At the center of Black Rock City, 20 Shrines will inscribe a circle around the Man base, known this year as the Temple of the Golden Spike. Throughout the week, the space will be energized with processions and rituals, inviting the denizens of BRC to explore what we as a community consider sacrosanct.

In addition to the 20 Shrines at the Man Pavilion, there will be 10 Shrines in the city Plazas, five in the 4:30 plaza and five at 7:30From traditional spirit houses offering protection to playful rituals; from shrines celebrating nature, water, and geographic regions to the exploration of dualities: mortal/divine, virgin/bitch, death/rebirth; from places of quiet reflection to those of simple action; from the importance of touch to the power within our own hands, all Shrines invite participants to engage with the sacred and leave offerings: written, thought, spoken, sung or secret. In the spirit of the sentiment, We don’t burn something to destroy it, we burn it to protect it,when the Man burns on Saturday night, these Shrines and the offerings made unto them will burn with it.

This year “The” Temple, which burns on the final Sunday night of the event, was itself made from dead trees “rising again” – see Dead Sierra Nevada Trees Rise Again in Burning Man Temple in Black Rock Desert (LA Times).

Image: IB Times

There was a Native American medicine Radical Ritual, bringing embers from the Standing Rock protest sacred fire, which caused controversy due to drugs, alcohol, and “bad medicine”

There were quite a few death-related art installations this year which received financial grants from Burning Man, including:

The Pyramid of the Dead

The Phoenix Rising

Image: Reddit

The Shrine of La Santisima Muerte: the Lady of Shadows, the Sacred Death.

Image: Stephanie Deveau, via Facebook

La Santisima Muerte is the Patron Saint of drug-trafficking cartels.

Looking out from her Shrine, she rejects none, for all will come to her in the end. She represents the universality of death that generates a fundamental equality amongst all of human kind. Her Shrine is covered in symbols and imagery of our innovation and folly, our greatness of spirit and failures of character, our precious love and our violent hate

Violent hate, huh? Sounds like the sort of thing Satanists worship. I note that Derick Ion Almena, currently facing trial for the death of 36 people in an Oakland warehouse party last December, said “I come from a family lineage of Santaria and Palo Monte and killing”. This is basically the same death cult religion as Santa Muerte, with its roots in African voodoo coming to the New World via Caribbean slaves.

The Tomb of Nahtaivel

Ancient stories tell of the Leviathan [backwards: Nathaivel], believed to be a great beast, a demon or one of the Four Princes of Hell. We believe that this branch of lore represents the individual struggle between right and wrong, physically manifested in the real world. Sometimes facing personal problems can feel like you’re battling a great beast. This temple is about the external and internal forces that bring people together to create the world in which we all participate whether it be good or evil.

OK, a Tomb of the Princes of Hell, a temple about creating a world of evil. Nothing Satanic about that or anything.

And we saw the return of “rowing skeletons zoetrope”, aka Charon

Image: Peter Ruprecht

A gigantic 30′ spinning wheel with posed human skeletons mounted on its inner edge, Charon is fully powered by a minimum of 12 people working in unison. Participants are invited to pull a series of 6 ropes which cause the wheel to rotate progressively faster. When the rope pullers are coordinated enough to get the wheel spinning at the correct speed, a strobe is activated, revealing the skeletons’ animation. The animation tells the story of Charon, the mythological gondolier and ferryman of Hades who carried the souls of the recently departed across the river Styx, the last right of passage on the way to the afterlife.

River Styx, skeletons, Hades, the underworld…nothing to see here, move along.

Then we had Múcaro, a giant, Bohemian Grove-like owl. Apparently somebody fell off it and was seriously injured.

Cremation of Care, the effigy burn ritual at Bohemian Grove

At the peak moment of Burning Man 2017, tens of thousands of horrified Burners witnessed a real life human sacrifice as Aaron Joel Mitchell, 41, got up from where he was sitting and ran into the fire, evading multiple Sandmen trying to stop him. He was airlifted to California, where he was pronounced dead at 6:30am the next day.

People that hung out with him reported that he was on LSD for over 3 days, of his own choosing. They also reported that it was a pre-meditated action. He talked about it, and wouldn’t change his mind.

[Source: Burn.Life, comments]

Despite the tragedy, the show must go on. Burning Man’s fire priestess Crimson Rose harrumphed to the media “we have a ritual to complete”. Did she mean “the” Temple burn on Sunday night, or something else? Regardless, there was even more horrific disaster to come.

After Burning Man officially ended and the sun went down on Monday night, Lucifer claimed another victim. Quite literally: the staff vehicle used by the Lamplighters to spread the fire from El Diabla (“the cauldron to cook their souls”) is named Lucifer. It nearly killed someone, running over their tent and sending them to the Intensive Care Unit for at least 3 days with critical crushing injuries.

In summary, we have rituals and shrines dedicated to death, in a pentagram, lit by the fire of the Devil from a truck named Lucifer. And people die or get seriously injured – is this really surprising? You get what you pray for.

Maybe instead of worrying about people discussing things on social media (which has never killed anyone), They should reconsider the use of occult black magick rituals. Just a suggestion…



Dear Burning Man…

This video highlights the cultural appropriation issues, showing how some Burners really just don’t give a shit if some First Nations people are deeply offended by their antics.

Read the comments at Facebook…people are pretty upset about this. I’m not sure BMorg can take their usual approach of issuing a statement saying “we’ve listened to all of your concerns and we take them seriously”, then proceeding to do nothing whatsoever.

See also:

We Will Shut Down The Roads To Burning Man – Alarm at Cultural Appropriation

Dear White People, Standing Rock Is Not Burning Man

Standing Rock Coming To Black Rock

“We Will Shut Down The Roads To Burning Man” – Alarm at Cultural Appropriation

BMorg were very proud that Standing Rock Water Protectors were attending this year, staying at the Red Lightning Camp. There was a big vision to unite the world’s tribes in the world’s biggest drum circle.

From Standing Rock to Black Rock – Unite with us as One Global Family for what may become the world’s largest synchronized drum circle. Hundreds of locations will Unify and tune into a live drum circle prayer broadcast from Red Lighting located at the heart of the Burning Man playa and amplified by the Mayan Warrior. Indigenous Wisdom Keepers will be at the center of this prayer leading the drum circle and uniting the world into one global heartbeat.

The idea may have backfired, with reports that some of the Water Protectors (indigenous leaders) were deeply offended by the drug abuse and cultural appropriation they witnessed: so much so that they have threatened to shut Burning Man down.

[Source: Facebook]

Here’s the link for the interview. There is quite a bit more discussion in the Burning Man Update at Digital Smoke Signals

This is the video (Part 1, Part 2) where Myron Dewey of Digital Smoke Signals first shared his overall impressions of Burning Man, saying that people should not bring children there and that the experience was perhaps similar to what his ancestors felt going to Washington DC for the first time.

BMorg has previously asked people not to wear headdresses and war bonnets, but they are not banned as they are at many festivals. has more specifics:

People across Indian country found themselves raising their eyebrows and scratching their heads as a viral Facebook video began making its way through pow wow circles everywhere.


Unless you live under a rock you’ve probably heard that there was a “powwow” held at the Burning Man festival hosted by none other than Standing Rock’s own attorney Chase Iron Eyes and his drum group…

In the video, Chase begins to explain his intentions with a comment that didn’t sit well with some Natives.

“We are all Indigenous, we need to transcend, and one way to do that is through the drum.”

Here’s that Facebook post. Apparently there is a satire video of this going around, anyone got a link for it?

Chase Iron Eyes explained himself

He spoke in his defense:

“Couple few things about Burning Man:

  1. I was not paid to go to Burning Man
  2. No one sold ceremony. [Please. BMorg sold Radical Ritual ceremony for up to $1200 a ticket- Ed.]
  3. I don’t do drugs or alcohol.
  4. We didn’t sing “going to a powwow.” That was a clever edit. Indigenous people came to share in good faith.
  5. I, along with others, went there to share the message of Water Protectors, to elevate this struggle, their current criminalization, into other platforms, and to share our truths.


Some facts and now some thoughts I hope you share with your network about my statements that “all are Indigenous.”

Everyone is Indigenous. All descend from the sacred waters, the land, the cosmos. Everyone has been subjected to the same forces of separation, abstraction, division. Spirit separated from mind, heart from intellect, being separated from relationships with food source, from relations with the waters, the star nations, from covenants with the sacred sites. All anyone has to do is go back far enough and there is a time when you were connected to the sacred.

Colonial forces asserted “dominion” over Mother Earth, over the older beings, the animals, the winged, and so forth. These forces declared themselves “superior”, instituted currency, the logic & institutions of capital, private property, the nation state, extraction. They are the purveyors of patriarchy, pop culture, of cool, of fashion, of beauty, of advertising and so forth. They are now the sources of this separation, fear, hate & division, from which we seek a liberation.

To liberate the spirit, to transcend the limits of body, language & perceived differences of race, religion is to take part in a great awakening, one which is evolving, which will compel us to civilize ourselves with divine order, to unite ourselves with the universe. Then our institutions of law, economy, energy, media, education and so for can reflect humanity’s pursuit of liberation and that of Mother Earth’s, more importantly because we will be morally and spiritually authorized to create that reality. We won’t let vampires destroy our planet.

Cultural appropriation is wrong, yes. Original Nations have survived genocide, slavery, holocaust, and an ongoing genocide, an ongoing deliberate attempt to undermine our dignity, liberation & self determination. For foreigners to prance around in a headdress is wrong. I have lived my life confronting objectification when I first learned of it at 19 years old from the Association of American Indian Psychology. I will continue to confront it and I thank those who fight that fight. Natives confronted people at Burning Man in teachable moments.

[Source] had some other examples of cultural appropriation by supermodels and fashion designers:

The tribal elders want these ladies banned from Burning Man. YMMV.
Huffington Post had some further thoughts.

Upon leaving the playa where there is no cell service, we arrived back in civilization to see social media on fire with the conversation about cultural appropriation. There was much ugliness and ridicule, as is common on social media, but for those genuinely interested in understanding what happened the information is available. Yes the issue of cultural appropriation was with us at Burning Man as it is with us outside of Burning Man. It is being addressed and all the conversations are part of that healing when people conduct themselves with respect.

Many have entitled themselves to say what is a “real Indian”, what is a “real ceremony”, what is a “real prayer”, what is a “real culture”, and each is welcome to their opinions. We all have a choice to be guided by a desire for healing and come from a place of love, or allow ourselves to fall into the division, anger, and hatred that is also part of humanity’s cultural heritage. Burning Man is a microcosm of humanity. It is important to remember that there is a deep wound and the anger about cultural appropriation needs to be heard if it is to be healed. Any path forward to unity will have to account for and include letting go of the wounds of the past. How do we reconcile?

It’s not just cultural appropriation; apparently there is a problem with gender dynamics and too many beautiful people as well.

Paris Hilton made an effort to be culturally appropriate while looking fabulous

So Indian head-dresses are a cultural faux pas…what about Viking Horns?

Image: NY Post

Burning Man Live Stream Raided By Pirates then Shut Down By YouTube Copyright Strikes

Wondering what happened to the Burning Man live stream? Take this as unconfirmed, the source is – hardly reliable.

But it does check out. The stream is down, and the pirate sites are up. Can you watch a stream live on this platform? Maybe somebody wants to spend the money and find out. Not me…Burning Man is over.


It’s highly ironic that Google, basically the owners of Burning Man, got their own stream shut down by their stupid strike system which is the bane of the YouTube truther community.

I note they’re selling supplements on ePlaya now, just like Alex Jones. Nice. Who doesn’t need some primal growth male enhancement with their burn?


When you click the link you get to this:

The stream was up when The Man burned Saturday night. Perhaps they took it down because of the tragic suicide/accident. Or perhaps the shrewd beancounters of Decommodification LLC have started doing deals with LiveNation for streaming rights.

This comes after mysterious goings-on in the last couple of weeks with the official live audio stream as well as the live video stream.