Program Selections

Sacred Space Classes/Rituals (Rituals are in ITALICS)

ROBIN FENNELLY

A Tree of Light and Shadow

A cornerstone of the Hermetic Qabalah is the connection that is made to the development of the personality and individual spiritual growth through its study and application.  Each component of the Tree has a vice and a virtue and the tension between the two is the place of the greatest transformation. This workshop will explore the Qabalistic Tree of Life as a tool for refining the Light and Shadow aspects of our being. We will explore the dynamics of involution and evolution within the Tree as metaphor for our own cycle of individualization and the development of a spiritual practice that will support its cycles. A brief introduction to the concepts of the Qliphotic Tree (The Dark Tree) will provide another layer of awakening.  Please note that prior knowledge of Qabalistic studies is not required. The material will be presented in a way that is accessible to all seekers. 

The Alchemy of the Hermetic Tree of Life: AKA Practical (and painless) Qabalah

The study of Qabalah can be daunting in the sheer scope of information, the complex principles presented and outdated concepts of gender, polarities and philosophies not always compatible with the modern perspective. And, knowing how to adapt and bring these concepts into practical and daily application can be the greatest mystery of all. This workshop will offer rudimentary ways to apply the “Life” of the Hermetic Tree to our daily life experience in a way that synthesizes the mystic and the mundane.

This workshop will provide an overview of the Tree and the application of its mysteries for spiritual self-development and expansion of consciousness. Discussion of correspondences including the Alchemical Elements, Color, Numbers, Astrological components, and more will provide the keys of connection for personal growth, adaptability and transformative change. Please note that prior knowledge of Qabalistic studies is not required. The material will be presented in a way that is accessible to all seekers. 

Ritual: The Temple of Rebirth

What will you surrender to the Ancient One? What will you seek to restore the harmony of your Self in death and re-formation? Who will you become when form falls away? What greater knowledge of self will become the womb of your rebirth?

This ritual uses the structure of the Hermetic Qabalistic Tree of Life and the principles of death and rebirth as the underpinnings of transformation. We arise from the world of manifest form and enter the abode of Lilith, the Destroyer and the Creatrix. Having surrendered to the dismantling of form, we pass through the veil of illusion and seek the counsel and wisdom of Ma’at calling forth the balance of chaos and harmony. As the illusion of form falls away we come to stand within the Temple of Isis and receipt of the re-membering of our divinity in light and shadow, form and formless. When all have found their path of return, we arise as a whole, fully integrated in all of our parts, Light and Shadow, using ecstatic energy and movement as the vehicle of manifestation and rebirth.  Please bring a bottle of water to remain hydrated. 

JASON MILLER

Strategic Sorcery for the Financially Stuck (ie: Broke)

Every now and then someone gets really mad at me because I won’t take their last few dollars. That sounds weird but its true. If someone is in a desperate situation, they are looking for any way out and having someone else do magic for them seems like a great way to escape their problem. When people hear that I not only do not want their money, but I don’t think that they should spend money that they clearly need for rent or food or child-care on magic, they get really mad because it destroys a hope that they had. This is understandable. I have felt desperate myself, so I know what it’s like.

In this class I will share advice both magical and mundane that has been garnered from not only my own climb out of a financially downward spiral but from dozens of students that have been kind enough to share their field reports of how they did the same. Any materials or books mentioned in this talk will cost under $20, because the first thing to do when you are financially wounded is to stop the bleeding…

St. Cyprian the Sorcerer Saint

St Cyprian of Antioch is a figure who, until recently, was almost unknown in the English speaking world, yet has been celebrated by witches and occultists from the Iberian penninsula in the south, to Scandanavia in the north, and everywhere from Brazil to Mexico in the new world. He stands at the crossroads between Heaven and Hell, Living and Dead, and Christian and Pagan. In this class I will talk about the origins and spread of Cyprians loose lore, how the sacraments can be exploited for sorcery, and share my own 12 year journey with this great Saint who is taking on increased importance for so many. 

Spirits and Sensibility: A Sane Approach to Having Invisible Friends

Unfortunately much of the discussion about spirits in the magical community is driven by extremes: go strictly by the book or exercise wild freedom, spirits are just parts of your brain or they are as ego bound and specific as we are, we must guard against any intrusion from spirits or we must accept what they say as gospel. I reject all of these extremes and prefer a sane approach that is has multiple levels of contact. In this class I will talk about the essentials of consorting with spirits and most importantly, how to evaluate and deepen that contact. 

DIANA PAXSON

Nine Faces of Odin: Past and Present Images of the God

 For some, the Germanic god Odin is the Wanderer, for others, the leader of the Wild Hunt. For Wagner he was king of the gods, for Neil Gaiman he is Mr. Wednesday. Rune-winner, magician, giver of battle-fury or ecstatic wisdom, Odin wears many faces, but who is he really, and why is he so active? We seek answers in the stories and the history and the experiences of those who are encountering him today. 

Ancestors, Appropriation and Affinity: In Search of a Pagan Identity

 For over two centuries, American ancestors have worked to expand and apply our ideals and understand what they truly mean. We need to honor heroes from all the ethnic groups that built this land. How can we develop a relationship based on spiritual affinity without misappropriation?  How can we work with all the ancestors to make our country a place of liberty and justice for all?

Oracular Seidh

Now, as in the time of the Vikings, seers and seeresses journey to the spirit world to find answers to your questions. This practice comes from the heathen tradition, but all are welcome as we support each other with our energy and learn what wyrd has woven. This session is limited to 60 people.  

 H. BYRON BALLARD

Living Under the Tower

Environmental and cultural challenges surround us and it is tempting to fall into despair or apathy. In this time of destruction, we can choose to live bigger, noisier and more engaged lives. Creating activities and putting protocols in place for and with our communities can lead to more resilience and stronger links in an increasingly isolated world. We’ll brainstorm what is already working in our local groups and consider how we move into this deepening time of possibility.

Sex and the Art of Magical Maintenance

Humans are physical beings and our bodies are our selves as much as our spirits are. Following the success of the sex magic workshop (Honey on the Stones), Sex and the Art invites us to go to the borderland between the physical and the spiritual, to dive into the esoterics of the physical.  Participants are urged to wear comfortable clothing and bring their water bottles.

AMY BLACKTHORN

Advanced Self Care: Battling Burnout for Pagans And Leadership

The more tumultuous the times, the more our friends, family and other practitioners need us. And the more likely that we are stretching ourselves too thin. If the solution were as simple as a bubble bath or a glass of mead, we’d have done that by now. Join folk herbalist and aromatherapist Amy Blackthorn in looking at the root of the issue and how strategies for self care used by our non-Pagan friends may not be appropriate. How the needs of the priesthood differ from solitary practitioners as well as crafting solutions that work for the long haul with magical squares, astrological petitions and more. 

Scion of Scent- Aromatic talismans and sigils

Witches have worked with aromatic plants since time immemorial. In this offering by aromatherapist and author of ‘Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic,’ we will journey together to design aromatic talismans combining magical properties, musical associations, and astrological correspondences. Learn to make a scent sigil and how to work with the thoughtforms of these intentions in ritual. 

RAVEN EDGEWALKER

Courage

Our dominant culture holds a false illusion, that to be courageous one must be visible, big, brave and bold as a roaring lion. Not all of us can embrace that image, finding instead that our courage lurks in the shadows, the courage of a small mouse scurrying across a field at night.  Join us to explore what courage means to you in this experiential workshop. Using tools of sacred discussion, trance-work and spell-work we will explore courage as individuals and as a group, charging ourselves with the energy of courage to take back into the world with us.

Wands: Not just for witches?  

The wand in neo-paganism has become one of the archetypal tools of Wiccans and witches, but it has a much more diverse history to explore, from the mysterious wands of the Viking völva burials to their entry into occult magic via the Key of Solomon and thence into Wicca via Gerald Gardner.  This workshop will explore some of the history of wands, their uses in magical practice, types of wands and how the materials that we use in wands can impact their use in our magical practice.  Raven has been using and making wands for more than 20 years, and is thrilled to share some of her knowledge.

CHRIS FARMER

Chi Kung

Chi Kung is an ancient exercise to gently stretch the body and invigorate the meridians. By gently moving and twisting our bodies, we can find better bodily function and peace of mind. This form is from the Tung Family, which I have been teaching for almost twenty five years.  This form does not have much footwork and can be done standing or sitting, depending on your abilities. Please wear loose comfortable clothing. 

ORION FOXWOOD

The Refined Seven-Fold Alignment: Technique for Co-Creating an Intentional Future

A response to the “Co-creative call to action for the restoration of wellbeing for Earth and her life”. As magic workers, we must rise to a higher level of clarity, purpose, accountability and skills than many of our magical ancestors. The impact of our ever- expanding technological development on the current and future state of the planet’s ecology is a growing concern. Those who devote their work to the elevation of human consciousness and the sacred guardianship of earth and her life must act with immediacy and impact.  As embodied agents of the planet’s “co-creative call” -we are conscious creators of our lives, our future and a new state of well being for our world. Orion will share and engage everyone in a potent Faery Seership technique and introducting us to the “Wisdom Keepers of the Underworld” as those who walk in Grace; the 7-fold Alignment for aligning to the 7 directions to attune to the forces that uphold and sustain us.

Healing and the River of Blood: Ancient Lore and a Healing Practice for Resolving Conflict on Both Sides of the Veil 

We cannot curse the roots and bless the fruits. Much of the future of our species is contingent upon its relationship to its past. All of us (human and other) partake of a great stream of life called the River of Blood. Yet, sadly few of us have a living awareness of it and how to access, navigate and mediate it for the good of the past, present and future. In this workshop, Orion will discuss the nature of what he calls “life’s undercurrent” and its influence on the quality and potentials of our current lives. This current is both a source of great nourishment, wisdom, power and support but also the origins of many subtle and overt paradoxes, and problems in our lives. We are the inheritors and sometimes the perpetrators of these qualities. To heal ourselves and our world, we must heal what ancient ancestors knew as the River of Blood. 

IRENE GLASSE

All Levels Vinyasa Yoga 

Connect breath, body and spirit through movement.  This class features an accessible pace of foundational yoga poses with focused guidance and alignment cues. Stretch, strengthen and de-stress with this stabilizing, focused practice.

Making the Darkness Conscious: Guising Through Shadow

Deep within our psyches dwell our shadows: repressed thoughts, emotions, behaviors and memories.  These pieces of ourselves are pushed into the psychological closet for many reasons, but they don’t stay hidden well.  Our shadow behaviors – responses that are out of proportion, actions and words that are actively harmful to ourselves or others – are rooted in that shadowy realm.  Guising or Aspecting as a tool for shadow work allows us to approach our hidden and repressed selves, examine our shadow behaviors, and integrate our full magickal and personal power.  This workshop includes a lecture, journeying and interactive exploration/integration. 

HAELERON

Reforging The Inner Self; Healing Traumatic Events

As we move through life, emotional trauma, abuse, and loss cause our inner selves to fracture. In this ritual, we identify a personal, traumatic event, and using the power of the astral forge, rebuild the inner self to bring separated parts of ourselves back together. The re-forging process involves travel to the Realm of Elemental Fire. The 5 elements of the body – earth, air, fire, water, and spirit, are aligned so they focus and work towards the same goal.

GALE HAMBY

Build Your Own Tarot Layout

Whether you are a new reader or a seasoned veteran, sooner or later you will want a question answered for which there is no perfect Layout. What do you do? You make one up that works. This class will give ideas on how (and why) readers can (and should) put their cards on the table in any way they find useful! If you have a deck you like, feel free to bring it. We will be looking at layouts I use personally, particularly 3 card spreads and the Celtic Cross. You will leave this class with permission to do what feels right for you and your clients!

MONIKA HEALING COYOTE

Healing the Soul Loss of the American Egregore– Medusa enters the Fight

The Battle is here. Many of us answered The Call to join our spirits in the fight for the soul of our country. Maintaining our faith, hope, humor, and joy is an ongoing struggle, especially for those of us working on the front lines of the current magical battles. We are experiencing trauma on a massive scale, and many of us feel overwhelmed and burnt out. Medusa has come forward as an embodiment of the sacred, sovereign antithesis of American patriarchal overculture. This workshop will give attendees an overview of the philosophies of Medusa’s evolution as a god-form, Her theories on the current battles within the United States, and Her ideas on how to help humanity endure and survive this painful evolution. Attendees will receive guidance for healing techniques at both the personal level and the cultural level. *

*This workshop is a helpful pre-requisite for the Ritual, but not mandatory.

The Labyrinth of Statues, a healing ritual with Medusa

Monika Healing Coyote will lead a Druid-style ritual to communicate with Medusa for personal healing and soul retrieval. While it is helpful to have attended the explanatory workshop beforehand, it is not a mandatory pre-requisite for this ritual (Monika will give a short review of the previous lecture, see program for more details).  This ceremony will include a guided pathworking for attendees in order to facilitate the collective understanding of personal wounds from broken patriarchal structures, victimization from our government, and soul loss as a result of compassion fatigue/secondary trauma. Attendees are encouraged to bring their journals, ritual garb, and any protective items they wish to include. A synopsis of the ritual will be given as part of the pre-ritual briefing, as well as an explanation of Medusa’s role as Guardian of the Labyrinth of Statues.

LITERATA

Source to Spell: Magic and Fiber Arts

Work through the process of turning natural fibers into finished objects, learn how to infuse magical choice and intention at each stage, and discuss examples of fiber arts being used for magic from the simple to the complex. From spinning a yarn to cutting a cord, handcrafts and magical Craft have been intricately intertwined throughout history; we will discuss this historical context and the importance of fiber arts in folk magic as well as how these arts offer ways to bring our magic into physical existence and live out our values in the present day. Whether you are an experienced crafter or simply fiber curious, come discuss examples and share ideas for weaving together fiber and magic. 

Charges of the Powers

The Charges of the Powers are a responsive reading adapted from Doreen Valiente’s Charge of the Goddess. The Charges of the Powers let two celebrants connect to spirit in diverse forms and raise energy, which can then be directed into another working or into a modern form of the public Great Rite for blessing food and drink in a group ritual. Come explore this contemporary take on a core Wiccan practice and discuss how it can be used in a variety of settings.

DIOTIMA MANTINEIA

Integrating Science, Magic, and Spirit

Though we may commune with gods and spirits and/or work magic and believe in its efficacy, we can’t ignore the science that underlies our everyday lives. And mainstream science tells us that magic and spirits don’t exist. Oh. But for all its accomplishments, mainstream science has often been wrong before, will no doubt be wrong in the future, and, Diotima argues, is wrong now about magic and the world of spirit.  Sticking closely to the basic tenets of science, we’ll look at why that might be, and how cutting-edge science, magic, and the world of spirit are converging.

Working with the Stations of the Sun

In these rapidly changing times, one thing that doesn’t change is the yearly rotation of the Earth around the Sun. The solstices, the equinoxes, and the midpoints between don’t just represent, they are the cause of the Earth’s shifting seasons. They offer a solid, powerful foundation for a personalized spiritual and magical practice.We’ll look at the astronomy and the magic of the Sun’s ecliptic — its apparent path around the Earth — as well as the scientific and esoteric reasons for working with certain points on the ecliptic as anchors for both magic and spiritual development.

SARA MASTROS

The Orphic Hymns and Their Use in Magic

The Orphic hymns are one of the largest and most important collections of Greek sacred invocational poetry from late antiquity.  Legendarily written by Orpheus, the great bard-hero, the hymns are the liturgy of an ancient Dionysian mystery religion, and also an amazing collection of practical magic.  We’ll talk about the history of the hymns both in antiquity and in English translation. We’ll discuss several hymns in detail, and finish the class with a group invocation of Tyche, the spirit of Luck and Fortune.  During that rite, we’ll be blessing gold (colored) dollar coins as talismans. Please bring you own, or buy one or $1 at class.

Hekataion: Protective Door Guardians of Hekate

Throughout the classical world, shrines and statues of Hekate wereplaced by gateways; the gates of cities and temples.  At Lagina, as well as in Miletus, Thasos, and in Rhodes, Hekate had shrines at the city gates.  At the Acropolis of Athens, a large statue called Hekate Epipyrgidia (Hekate of the Tower) guards the entrance.  Great Greek houses very often had small marble statues of Hekate (called Hekataion) at the doorways.  More modest homes also had Hekataion, likely of wood which rarely survive to the modern day. In this “make and take” workshop we’ll make and bless our own!  Ours are two dimensional ikons that we’ll paint. Bring your own paints and brushes, or you will be able to purchase a set in class for $10.  

ANGELA RAINCATCHER

Wisdom of the Animals Ritual

What can we learn from settling into watchful stillness and listening to the voices of the animal spirits that live in our ecosystems? What wisdom can we glean from the smallest and most unlikely of creatures? In a world increasingly paved and tamed, humans have to go out of their way to establish relationships with non-human life and ways of being. In this ritual, we will journey in trance to connect with potential animal spirit allies and bring back their messages to our human community.

GWENDOLYN REECE

Apotheosis – Becoming a God

Ancient Hellenic religion holds out the possibility of apotheosis—that a human may transcend their current state and become a God—yet also warns against the dangers of hubris.  What do the ancient sources tell us that might inform our evolutionary path?  What can we glean about the process of becoming a God?  Is striving to become a God a worthwhile endeavor?  What are the dangers?  Gwendolyn is obviously not an enlightened being…but is really deeply interested in figuring out how to become one and believes that the Theoi are clear that what They want is for us to grow and transcend our limitations, becoming like Them.  

Dissipating Glamour in Service of the Nation.  

Glamour, in this sense, is a delusion that occurs at the level of being in which cognition is mixed with emotion—the main place where humanity tends to function.  Because we are all part of group minds and group souls, glamour is highly contagious and can be extraordinarily detrimental.  This ritual will work to dissipate one of the main glamours that is inhibiting our ability to function well as a society.  This ritual was created and performed prior to the 2018 election to combat the glamour that “my vote doesn’t matter,” but can be used for any glamour.  The group will be given the group ritual and a solitary variant and the way to modify the working for any glamour will be explained.

Ritual Reading of an Ancient Hellenic Play

Hail Dionysos!  Ancient Hellenic theater was once performed in honor of the Great One of altered states of consciousness.  Together in ritual space we will read aloud one of the great plays from ancient Greece.  Gwendolyn will give some brief background information on the play and then we will pass the script among us, rotating lines.  The play is always given to Gwendolyn in trance based on what needs to be spoken in ritual space.  In 2017, we read Seven Against Thebes, in 2018 we read Lysistrata, and in 2019 we read Oedipus at Colonus.  We await to see what will be required by these times.  

ROBERT L. SCHREIWER

Urglaawe 320: Soul Construct

Pennsylvania Dutch magical and healing lore contains information about the complexities of the soul and what happens after death. The soul, as a construct of multiple parts rather than a singular entity, is much more complex than is usually depicted in media or in the dominant religions’ perceptions. In this workshop, we will discuss the Urglaawe understandings of the soul construct, the functions and manifestations of each part, and soul work and retrieval as passed down to us.

Death Midwifery

The topics of “a good death,” final preparations, respect for our religions, and the handling of the deceased are subjects that come up frequently in Pagan circles, particularly as more of our population ages. In this panel discussion, we will discuss Death Midwifery and other topics related to end-of-life planning. Featured topics will be document preparation, family and hospital interaction, counseling, funeral planning, and more. 

Panel Moderated by: Robert L. Schreiwer. Panel: Maggie Beaumont, Catalina Castells, Sabrina Chase, Larry Goble, Jr.,  Jessica Shoemaker, Vicki Lindstrom, Victoria Young

ARIEL MALACHI SIROCCO

Fireology

Fire has been an important part of all cultures and religions, from pre-history to modern day, and was vital to the development of Civilization.  With such a rich and wide landscape, are we placing “the idea of fire” in its proper mental, esoteric, and ritual framework?  In this lecture, we’ll look at the very roots of “Fire” and its Promethean legacy.  We’ll explore spiritual and cosmic fire, the “terrestrial fire” of the Tartarus, and how human evolution, both culturally and anatomically, was touched by this divine elemental.  In this lecture, we will take the swaddling clothes off our current western understanding of the “fire mythos,” taking these beliefs out of their modern infancy, pass the fantastic, and into the reality of the truly unbelievable where fact is always stranger than fiction.  

THE UNIVERSAL TEMPLE OF SPIRITS

Global Spirits Ritual for the Spirits of Unity

In this open circle, The Universal Temple of Spirits presents a service for the Spirits of Unity, honoring them in their manifestations through drumming, dance, song, and art. The service will begin with a sung litany prayer to set the space.  All are welcome to join in with this.  And then the drums start. The singing and dancing continues throughout, and we call our Spirits into ourselves to share our celebration. 

This is an open circle; you may join late or leave early (although you’ll probably miss some good stuff if you do). It is a Pantheistic working, so we will honor Spirits from around the globe and sing in their native languages, when possible. Please note that this is not an open drum circle; it is a possession-based working. The more active your participation, the more exciting the service, so… Please bring: A manifestation of a Spirit you wish to honor; A song for them, if you have one; A design for them, as we will all be drawing for our individual Spirits.; DrumsAltar objects, if you have them . You may wish to dress in the colors of the Spirit you’ll be honoring.