Askion: The Oracle of the Underworld


Course Enrollment is Currently Open!

Course Start Date: September 20, 2021

Course Instructor: Robin Artisson

This is an Online Course that allows you to work at your own pace!

Learn to create, empower, and perform divinations with your own lot-system oracle connected with the ancient words of power “Ephesia Grammata.”  Course taught by Robin Artisson, author of An Carow Gwyn and other books on premodern British sorcery.

This course has a strong text component augmented by photographs of the lot system. The course is conducted through readings and direct interaction with the instructor in the FaceBook group for the course.


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Askion is a six week course in the historical art of gaining oracles and casting lots, utilizing the ancient words of power called the “Ephesia Grammata” by historians and scholars of the occult. These special words were used in ancient times as a means of divination; the history behind the words themselves, and the doorways of mystical communication they open, are both profound topics waiting to come to life again in the minds and souls of people today.

This is a comprehensive course covering every aspect of theory and practice in gaining messages from the Unseen World, using a special form of the Ephesia Grammata sacred to the Queen of the Underworld and the spirits who serve her.

An entire complete system of divination using special lot-sticks, along with complete and detailed instructions in their creation and use, will be offered to those who engage this course.

Robin Artisson will be joining the course participants in six weekly lessons including dozens of photographs and illustrations, question-and-answer discussions, and lengthy, informative essays regarding the topics of Astragalomancy, the nature and use of oracles, trance induction, the use of the body in sensing and contacting spirits, the special rituals required to enliven and awaken oracles, the history and esoteric meanings of the Ephesia Grammata, the many ancient and esoteric alphabets that can be used to create the lots or slats of wood or bone used in divination (along with the letters from each alphabet needed for them), the use of blood in empowering lots and oracles, and the use of oracles not only as divination methods, but as means of devotion to the invisible forces that influence all human affairs.

Those who attend this course and engage its work fully will each create a powerful talismanic set of lot-sticks that will serve them for the rest of their lives as a means of gaining divinatory messages from the Unseen world.

This course’s content will be shared via written modules, online Q&A sessions, photo demonstrations, and online discussions in a private FaceBook group. Enjoy the benefits of Robin’s direct guidance and instruction in this rare opportunity to create your own sorcerously enlivened oracle.

To register for the course, we ask that students have at minimum some experience in sorcery or witchcraft as well as prior experience with divination. Please contact The Blackthorne School if you have questions as to the appropriateness of fit of the course with your level of experience.

The Blackthorne School aims to make courses financially accessible to a variety of people.  We have options to pay the tuition in full or use a payment plan of $76.50 every two weeks for a total of four payments. To sign up for the payment plan, click on “Pay Deposit” at the top of the page. There is a slightly higher cost totaling $306 for the payment plan option due to additional processing costs. Payments begin the date you sign up for the course.

Photos & Images: Copyright Robin Artisson 2019.

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Instructor Bio

Robin Artisson has been studying folklore, mythology, and the interior metaphysics of sorcery and pre-modern European preternaturalism for over 20 years. His specialty areas of knowledge include spiritual ecology, prehistory, herbalism and wortcunning, divination, and soul-flight or trance induction, along with a vocational interest in the extraordinary exploration of the hidden dimensions of the mind, the soul, and the world.

Robin is one of the founders of Covenant DeSavyok, a sorcerous society devoted to the practice of early modern witchcraft and spiritual-ecological exploration of the hidden reaches of the living world, and the Unseen. He is the author of many works on the subjects of Traditional Witchcraft, as well as ancient and early modern sorcery, including An Carow Gwyn: Sorcery and the Ancient Fayerie Faith

Robin lives in the countryside of downeast Maine, near the craggy coast, under the shadows of the mountains and their forests. There, he carries on the relationships he has with the spirits he has allied with over the years, and watches his daughters grow with much joy.

Course Requirements

In order to offer the most comprehensive and effective learning process, we ask that students have at minimum some experience in sorcery or witchcraft as well as prior experience with divination. Please contact The Blackthorne School if you have questions as to the appropriateness of fit of the course with your level of experience.

Payment Options

One Time Payment, Bi-Weekly Payments