William J. Kiesel

William J. Kiesel is the publisher and creative director of Ouroboros Press. The press works with contemporary scholars as well as translators to provide rare texts to the English speaking world. Ouroboros Press also hosts an international Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle during the Fall each year.

William Kiesel is a member of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism. Visit the ESSWE Website.

In addition to his work as a publisher and bookseller, William gives presentations on Alchemy and the Western Esoteric Tradition. His practical experience and historical knowledge of occult literature and culture spans two decades and draws from such diverse areas as Hermeticism, Neoplatonism, Qabalah, Thelema, Alchemy, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy, Near Eastern Esotericism and Ceremonial Magic. Esoteric symbol systems in religion, mythology and folklore are among his objects of continual study in historical and contemporary contexts. He is a natural teacher and good orator with the distinct talent of making the enigmas of esoteric symbolism clear to the curious.

A few presentations given in recent history:

  • The Royal Art: Introduction to Alchemical Symbolism
  • Atalanta Fugiens: Alchemical Music in Renaissance Hermeticism
  • Iconography in the Western Esoteric Tradition
  • The Alchemical Bestiary: Animal Symbolism in Renaissance Hermeticism
  • The Circle of Arte: Magic Circles in European Grimoire

Listen to an interview with William on the Occult of Personality website or read an interview with him on Reading Local Seattle. Emily Pothast wrote a few kind words on her blog Translinguistic Other as well.