Director of the Temple
My name is Benjamin Turale, I am the Director of the Temple of Mercury. I’m not an immortal, I don’t have any special powers that other people don’t already have lying within them. But I have walked the Hermetic labyrinth. I have also done a lot of personal work to integrate and be at One with what I am. Whether I'm crafting herbal tinctures, extracting metals, practising ceremonial magic or running workshops for the temple, every day I live and breathe the Hermetic tradition.
I also proudly serve the International Alchemy Guild (a not-for-profit charity) as Director of Education and also work to organise events like the 2018 Alchemy Conference. I give energy to projects where people from different branches of the western mysteries can come together and share in its rich spiritual tradition.
In addition to these commitments I work part time as a transpersonal psychotherapist, counselling supervisor and university lecturer. I have been involved in teaching in one way or another for over 15 years now. I also enjoy electronic music production and spending time with my wife and my cat.
My alchemical lineage comes through from studying with two primary teachers - Robert Allen Bartlett (Spagyricus Institute) and Dr. Dennis William Hauck (Rosicruician FRC & past President of the International Alchemy Guild), through which I earned my Diploma of Alchemy and Hermetic Science. My lineage of ritual magic has a distinctly British flavour, drawing on the guidance of English sorcerer (and alchemist) Gary St. Michael Nottingham and the grimoire tradition.