The New Jersey IRON GARDEN was resurrected in 2014 by:
Madame X, Finna Beruthiel DeElf, Herr Wulfsunus, Blueeyesoulfof Ra Horakhty, Traveler Asura-MacPhee & Asif Murad
Greetings, I am Madame X Primus and Producer of The Iron Garden and elected Prince of the Skylands-Gateway Halo.
It is an honor to serve our Nightkind Community and a pleasure to be able to produce a social, educational and fun event for all New Jersey Nightkind at my second home, QXT’s.
While I travel quite a bit and was born in Western Europe, it is New Jersey I call my home. You may know me as the Matriarch of House of the Dreaming, co founder of Dark Nations, or as the Chapter Head of New Jersey Bloodlines.
Decades ago I hosted the New Jersey Goth Challenge with NJ luminaries like Lord Vahmp and Myke Hideous and used to run the "The Rift Arts Forum", a New Jersey based creationist's guild. I also collaborated on "Vampyre Dreams" and "Vampyre Lounge”, hosted "The Collective" YouTube program and have been published in several anthologies like “Vampires in their Own Words”, and most recently “The Gotham Archives”. I do love Our Community!
I also took part in the conception of several vampyre societies, including: The Original "Iron Garden" (NJ), "The Court of Lazarus" (NY), "Black Atlantis" (GA), “Black Oaks” (GA), the Club Illuminati events also in GA...and today still inspired by a desire to motivate others to the same path of self-discovery and evolution, my good friends and I have resurrected and once again bring you New Jersey’s own Nightkind Haven, the Iron Garden.
I am Herr Wülfsunus Therian, Elder and Mradu of The Dreaming and here to serve the Iron Garden as Lector and however else I am needed.
Beside my fondness for motocross and herpetology, I am a published poet and perhaps you have met me as I hosted poetry and arts events for "The Rift" throughout the New Jersey Tristate area. Some of my favorite New Jersey hangouts have been (and a few still are) The Edge, Aldo’s, Connections, Dressing for Pleasure, The Loop Lounge, Mexicali Live and of course QXT’s.
In the past I have participated in the original Iron Garden, as well as in Lazarus, was involved in the New Court of Gotham in NYC as Keeper of the Veil, and am currently the Ambassador for the House of the Dreaming Embassy within Dark Nations.
Knowing that this kind of sharing can only help in my spiritual and terrestrial journeys, I delight in the nexus that occurs when savoring being alive, processing, the way insightful minds connect in community such as the one I hope to help build here within the New Jersey Iron Garden.
Lord Blueeyesoulfof Ra Horakhty
I am Blueeyesoulfof Ra Horakhty, Marshall of this Haven.
I am a Vampire, Pagan and a Witch that lives a drama-free life and I expect the same standards for our Haven. I enjoy being a "Ronin", and I have met some very interesting folks of the night back in the late 80's and early 90's from the BDSM scene, and have been to a few equally interesting private parties.
I love music, poetry, motorcycles, awesome people, and growing both mentally and spiritually.
I am excited to be part of an awesome society of like-minded creatures of the night who have come together with common goals. I trust the resurrection of the New Jersey Iron Garden will continue to be one of warmth, networking and friendship for all of us to enjoy and grow without the in-differences. I am honored to part of the Iron Garden and know it will continue to be an awesome experience for all Citizens, Guests and Presenters.
As Marshall it will be my duty to ensure that we remain a respectable, peaceful and drama free Haven for all Nightkind.
Lady Finna Beruthiel DeElf
I am Finna Beruthiel DeElf, who proundly held the position of Iron Garden Scribe for a year an a half.
I have always been drawn to the influences of the Night, not as a Vampire, but as an Elf. Magic, paganism, renaissance fairs, music, theater, and haunted places inspire me; I am glad I am not alone in my beliefs or inspirations. I find that the Norse values help me get thru this world and help me understand why. The Way of the Norse is my blood and ancestry; I am part of The Corvid Clan.
I have been reading metaphysics for over 20 years, which led me down many paths of spirituality. I enjoy studying the different faiths and traditions of many cultures. I am an actor for the Heathen Hearth Gathering Re-enactors Group that you may remember from the New York Renaissance Fair. I have also acted at the New Jersey Renaissance Fair and at The Forest of Fear and you can often find me working at New Jersey conventions, like the Kinky Geeks Con and the Necrocomicon.
I am here to help organize balance and welcome everyone. Of course, I am also here to socialize and meet the many talented and interesting people that walk in the Night in New Jersey.
Asif Murad Emeritus 10/2014-10/2016
Lord Traveler Asura-MacPhee Emeritus 10/2014-7/2018
[Ronin] - First Involvement 1/2015
I am a Jersey Shore native Fae who spent my childhood playing in the oceans, beaches, forests, and snowstorms. I was brought to science fiction and fantasy conventions by family, and was told at an early age that witches harnessing the powers of nature were real. Having lived in California in my teens through my twenties, I often participated in rituals with Dianic and Reclaiming Pagans, regularly falling into trouble with the law while protesting social inequality and attempting to redirect resources to the less fortunate, while also periodically moonlighting as an actor and portrait artist.
As an adult, I found myself back in the New York City area, studying creative arts therapies, and working as a part-time companion to the elderly, while still occasionally moonlighting as an actor, artist and model, often helping to coordinate larger art events. Having grown up as a pagan artist in New Jersey, I share the vision of otherkin, vampires, shamans, witches, and other alternative practitioners pooling together our skills, experiences and resources. It is with this vision that I have been participating and collaborating with the Court of the Iron Garden since its inception, having served as Scribe and as Amanuensis. Over the past few years I have been doing lot more international travel and studying deeper concepts, so my itinerary is very much a work in progress; but I am here to assist and to study with you in any way that I can.
Trismegistus AgaKhan O’Mallie Asotus
[House Asotus] - First Involvement 5/2015
I identify as a Therian (Ailuranthrope) Jaguar/Panthera Onca and Elder of House Asotus. In addition to my many community roles with and outside the Iron Garden, I am part of the Knights Templar/York Rite Freemasonan, as well as an amateur astronomer with various NJ Astronomical Associations.
The Court of the Iron Garden NJ has been a great value to my personal evolution and transformation of what I view as my higher-self. The Education and Personal Training plus Friendship of Primus Madame X, and other IG Founders, has been nurturing and truly pivotal to the development of my new paradigm. Its been an honor to have served the Iron Garden as Seneschal, Regent, Ambassador & Marshal, and I am looking forward to assist in the continued success, outreach and growth of our Nightkind Haven in the Skylands-Gateway Halo region in the State of NJ. We are shinning a positive light on the thriving Nightside Community of musicians, artists, poets, magick practitioners (of all traditions) and providing that Safe Haven for those that search, identify and love to sojourn to our lifestyle. I am so proud to have found this Haven, to have found myself, and desire to be here in the future for those who are looking for this very same thing. A new paradigm of evolution in lifestyle! Dark Blessings I'm here for you.
[House of the Dreaming] - First Involvement 11/2014
Dependable and trustworthy, Gavin of the Dreaming, has been a constant supporting presence since before Iron Garden's inception in the fall of 2014. Offering his keen eye as photographer and graphic artist for our monthly event posters, Court participation in community events, and social outings, he continually leaves his footprints on our winding path thru history. Through the years, Gavin has exhibited his photographic works at the Iron Garden, graciously contributed as a generous sponsor, as well as represented our Court at other community events not only as a photographer, but also in discussion panels and creative exhibitions.
Empathy, lightheartedness and sense of humor “like a honey badger on spring brake”, are only some of his most endearing qualities. Gavin is a lover of obscure French films, good spirits and coffee, as much as a good conversation on psychology, philosophy, pedagogy and ‘la raison d’être’.
[Ronin] - First Involvement 1/2015
Creative mistress of artful imagery, Lady Talon is first and foremost a teacher and a muse. She has been a valuable source of nurturing inspiration for the Iron Garden since its very beginnings. Lady Talon frequently conveys her visionary expressions on our event posters, exhibitions and as a merchant of artful wears and imaginings at the Iron Garden, and at many Community festivals. Always interested in discovering new voices, new talent and new students, she relentlessly offers her talent, experience, and sage wisdom to those who desire growth and evolution of their souls.
Lady Talon is a dark music lover, taloned creature of the night, who soars above the tree-line under the full moon and dares to look into the deepest recesses of the abyss.
[Ronin] - First Involvement 12/2015
Transforming from iron ore to Damascus steel with fire and hammer in fist, Sir Dario is a champion of self-mastery and sophistication. Elegant gallant, cosmopolitan adventurer, and hard-core fighter to the bone, Sir Dario has heralded the Iron Garden since our humble beginnings with his strength, vibrance, and charismatic social graces. Lector, conclave leader, public relations, documentator and historian of our Court, always at the ready with his cameras at hand; Sir Dario has been part of the NY/NJ Nightside community for decades, and quickly became an indispensable part of the Iron Garden. Always available to offer his sagacious counsel, a hearty push, or a helping hand; it is all things goth - like music, film, motorcycles, travel, cryptids, top hats, and romance that make Sir Dario smile and bare his fangs the most.
Iron Garden Elders:
Madame X, House of the Dreaming
Herr Wulfsünus, House of the Dreaming
Lady Finna Beruthiel DeElf, Clan Corvid
Lord Blueeyesoul of Ra, Ronin
Lady Louisa Ashe, Ronin
Lady D, Ronin
Sir Dario, Ronin
Lady Talon, Ronin
Lord Kuriak Isepeth, Ronin
Lady Raven Halliwell, Ronin
Lord Trismegistus AgaKhan O'Mallie Asotus, House Asotos
Lord Reverend Eddie Massey (currently out of State)
In Honor And Recognition:
In recognition of the founders of The Original Iron Garden (1998-2003)
We give honorable mention to its Original Founding Elders by offering distinguished mention and Senior Advisory positions on our Organizational Committee:
Original Iron Garden Founder Lord Vahmp of House LIDEIM*
Original Iron Garden Founder Lord Kage of House GANGREL*
Original Iron Garden Founder Lord Ramirez of House RAMIREZ*
Original Iron Garden Founder SCORPIO of House DRACONUS*
Original Iron Garden Founders Lord Vailen Moon and Madame X Ronin Elders.
Also with contributions by
Lady Gwen of House Ramirez*
* As many years have passed, it is understandable that scene-names and alliances may have changed.
This serves as a document in recognition of what it was then.