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Friday, March 16
 

1:00pm

Foundations for Planning Your Own Event
Have you thought about starting your own Witches Ball or Pagan Pride, but do not know where to start? At the Foundations for Planning Your Own Event lecture you will learn about keys details to think about when planning your own event including insurance, permits and community relations. I will share my experiences from my years with Greater Chicagoland Pagan Pride to my beginnings at Renaissance Fairs and hospitality. Come and learn about the foundations that you will need for creating and planning your own event.

Speakers
avatar for Twila York

Twila York

Coordinator, Greater Chicagoland Pagan Pride
Born and raised in Michigan, Twila York discovered her love of event production while working with the Silver Leaf Renaissance Faire, where she spent four years as a volunteer. She has worked in the hospitality industry with Marriott for the past 13 years, where she has trained and... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Park 1 Music

1:00pm

Manipulating Energy To Help Yourself
How can you use your own energy or God quality to influence other energies around you. Using it to heal or to help.

Speakers
avatar for Jo deRuiter

Jo deRuiter

Raised in witchcraft by my Grandmothers I have learned over the years how to manipulate my energy to accomplish what I want in life and to accomplish and live in harmony with what the universe and my gods want for me. In other words my destiny.


Friday March 16, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Terrace 3

1:00pm

Stepping Out of Religion into a Way of Life
Stepping Out of Religion into a Way of Life
What is the purpose of life? Life!
Do we dare to awaken, to open our senses and then open them again? Is it time to step out of religion and into a way of life?
What might it smell, look, feel, taste, and sound like if we chose to move through our days and nights daring to consciously live fully integrated lives? What would it be like if we chose to walk in a world where the mystical freely intermingles with the domestic? What would it be like to embrace the everyday magics of shaping-with, the multiversal secrets hidden in plain site, and the deep songs of life, death, and rebirth as if they were as plainly present in our lives as our own breath, the rhythm of our own beating hearts, the call of our own hungry bellies? What would it be like to live life as a fully conscious human being, celebrating ourselves as primal apes, as primates born of this sacred living planet, Eartha?
Let us explore these notions together through a Heathen lens using art, music, poetry, ritual, and conversation. Let us consciously choose to be informed by the lore, not ruled by lore.
May we all dare to dwell in beauty, balance, and delight!
Bless the Bees!
Bless the Bears!
Bless the Cherry Trees!


Speakers
avatar for Donald Engstrom-Reese

Donald Engstrom-Reese

I am, among other things, an artist, gardener, Heathen Witch, and vitki. I have been consciously involved with Mystery and the Spirit Peoples for over thirty years. My life is an active every changing balance between the wild, the domestic, art, gardening, the runes, Queer Spirit... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Terrace 4 AV

1:00pm

We Are Nature: The Gods, The Myths and the Runes
Interpreting familiar texts of the Prose Edda on how they relate to the natural world.
 

Speakers
avatar for Shane Orthman

Shane Orthman

Gothi, Daughters and Sons of Yta
Shane Orthmann is an artist, story teller and spiritual leader, serving as Gothi with the Daughters and Sons of Yta since 2010. From fall 2015-Spring 2016 Shane Orthmann was an artist in residency at the Creek, retelling the Norse Myths with an emphasis on their place in the seasons... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Terrace 2

2:30pm

Gateways to Other Worlds
Communicating with your neighbors, in this and other worlds, is possible, but requires caution, care and effort. The main topics to be covered are:
• Recognizing gateways
• Communication thru gateways
• Practices for opening and closing gateways
• Passing thru the gateway
• Transactions, manners, and other hazards
• Societal conventions — yours and others
• Managing expectations

Speakers
avatar for Volkhvy

Volkhvy

kannushi, shi-yaku-jin no hokora
With over 50 years of experience in various Neo-Paganisms, Volkhvy is a poly-atheistic poly-affiate, with a foot in each the following communities: minzoku NEO-shintô, zen, Daoist, Slavic and Germanic Heathenry, Shamanic, Old Craft, Wiccan, and Druidic. Kind of a Sleipnir with a... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Terrace 3

2:30pm

Parliament of World Religions Presentation
What is Parliament of World Religions
Why should I go? How to go affordably and I'll share my experience at the last Parliament

This lecture is done as part of the Ambassador program with Parliament.

Speakers
avatar for Runora

Runora

Sámi Old Ways practitioner. Nordic Heathenry.


Friday March 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Terrace 4 AV

2:30pm

Psychic Self Defense, An Intro to Shielding
Learn the basic techniques for energetic/psychic shielding. Discover and combine skills to establish and maintain personal energetic boundaries that prevent forms of energetic overload that occur in instances such as large crowds, high energy areas, or areas containing sufficient concentrations of negative energy."


Speakers
avatar for Bo Jacisin

Bo Jacisin

Owner, Practictioner, First Light Spirit Services
I have been studying and practicing energy work since 2007. During this time the focus of my study has been on cultivating a psychic self defense practice for the protection of individuals and the spaces they occupy. This practice evolved into a system that can be taught and practiced... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Terrace 2

4:00pm

Exploring Heathenism Through a Queer Lens
Exploring Heathenism Through a Queer Lens
Entering this conversation with the understanding that Heathenism is a living, vital way of life, embracing the notion that the purpose of life is Life while holding the idea that ‘We are informed by the lore, not ruled by the lore.’, let us taste the sacred waters springing up from the roots of Yggdrasil, opening our Queer hearts and souls to their nourishing wisdoms and queer ways. Bring your runes. We will be engaging in a bit of kitchen table magic as we muse upon our experiences together. All who wish to participate in an honorable, celebratory, and enquiring manner are welcomed.



Speakers
avatar for Donald Engstrom-Reese

Donald Engstrom-Reese

I am, among other things, an artist, gardener, Heathen Witch, and vitki. I have been consciously involved with Mystery and the Spirit Peoples for over thirty years. My life is an active every changing balance between the wild, the domestic, art, gardening, the runes, Queer Spirit... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Terrace 4 AV

4:00pm

Staving off Ragnarok
Some say the world will end in fire, some, in ice. Actually, if you look at Norse mythology, it will be both, when those giants who wield the unbalanced elemental forces battle the gods at Ragnarok. But when will that be? Many cultures, including Germanic, believe the earth has gone through many ages, but in cosmic terms, our Holocene Age, in which our current ecosystem,t our civilization and our religion evolved, has barely begun. The gods call us to fight for the earth now, so that Ragnarok will not come before its destined time.



Speakers
avatar for Diana Paxson

Diana Paxson

Diana Paxson is an author of fiction and non-fiction, an elder, teacher and leader in the Heathen and Pagan Communities.Diana became a pagan in the early 70s. She founded Darkmoon Circle in 1978 and was ordained as a priestess in 1982. This work led to founding the Fellowship of the... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Terrace 2

4:00pm

Wyrd 101: A Look at the Heathen World View
The heathen world view is similar, and also strikingly different, than that of most other pagan groups.  Here, Patricia Lafayllve will discuss many of the aspects of this world view.  She will go over the cosmos and creation myth, the Norse concept of time, and will speak about some of the wide variety of heathen concepts in the modern world.  Included will be a discussion of wyrd and orlog, and how they directly impact our lives.

Speakers
avatar for Patty Lafayllve

Patty Lafayllve

Patricia Lafayllve is the author of two books, “A Practical Heathen’s Guide to Asatru” and “Freyja, Lady, Vanadis: an Introduction to the Goddess.”  She has also written several journal articles, and the first part of a modern retelling of Njal’s Saga.  She has been pagan for more thirty years, and a practicing heathen twenty.  As a life time member of The Troth, Patricia has served as Steward... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Terrace 3

10:30pm

Amethyst Circle
Pagan Recovery Meeting.

Whether you are a alcoholic, addict, overeater, Alanon member or maybe you are someone who needs some help in areas of vices and need a positive place to speak about it.
This is the place for you.



Speakers
MB

Margret Blaylock

Margret Blaylock has been performing on stages all over the state of Minnesota.


Friday March 16, 2018 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Terrace 3
 
Saturday, March 17
 

9:00am

Civilization/Savagery: The Binary that Influences Perceptions of Indigenous Peoples' Teachings
Since the time of "First Contact", Indigenous peoples have been positioned in a place of oppression from European explorers. The idea espoused by "thinkers" such as Amerigo Vespucci classified Indigenous peoples as lacking in moral character, having no redeeming qualities, and not worthy of attention and inherent human rights. Based of notions of "Civilization" and "Savagery", European ideas on Indigenous peoples still exist today, even within Pagan circles. This lecture will examine the binary of "Civilization" and "Savagery", how it influenced colonization and dehumanization of Indigenous peoples, and examine the effect of these things on Indigenous Spiritual Traditions.




Saturday March 17, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Terrace 3

9:00am

Political Magick
More people are being called to do magick to affect the state of our culture, communities, and systems of governance. For operative magick to be effective when applied at this scale and to these categories, modi cations must be made to both the planning and to the execution of the magick. The methods
for analysis and implementation will be a mixture of mundane practices in combination with Low, Middle, and High magick. I will also talk about the ethics and consequences of political magick.

Speakers
avatar for Ivo Dominguez Jr

Ivo Dominguez Jr

Assembly of the Sacred Wheel
Ivo Dominguez, Jr. is a visionary and a practitioner of a variety of esoteric disciplines. He has been active in Wicca and the Pagan community since 1978 and has been teaching since 1982. Ivo was a founding member of the first coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a Wiccan Tradition... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Park 2 Movement

9:00am

The Caduceus
The term "caduceus" generally describes the figure of one or more snakes intertwined around one another or a pole. This beloved symbol which holds great mystical and magickal wisdom is rooted in a curious and often misunderstood history. In order to understand the caduceus we must understand the serpent. This class will explore the appearance the caduceus in various cultures and why the serpent is the key to unlocking its deeper mystery and power.


Speakers
avatar for Aeptha J. Jennette

Aeptha J. Jennette

Director, Light Haven
Aeptha is a teacher, ceremonialist, cosmic mediator and practitioner of a variety of esoteric disciplines. Light Haven, established in 1993, is a contacted mystery school and houses a magickal lodge based on the Solar Traditions. Their work includes extensive training in the ritual... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Terrace 4 AV

9:00am

What comes next? Beyond the Divine Uterus.
Paganism has evolved significantly in the last several decades, and new conversations are guiding our future expansions. Please join me for a discussion around relating to Goddess as we move beyond her (and our) uterine-utility. I'll present ideas, concepts, and themes that allow us to interact with the Divine Feminine through a 5-archetypal model, unpacking assumptions of procreation & biological requirements.


Speakers
avatar for Grace Kilpatrick

Grace Kilpatrick

I'm a Minister in Training and regular volunteer with Circle Sanctuary here in Madison, WI and a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon since 2012, as well as a Board Trustee with that organization. I'm also a blogger over at Pagan Bloggers, writing on the blog Anxious Bookdragon.


Saturday March 17, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Terrace 2

10:30am

Good Research Eats Unverified Personal Gnosis for Breakfast: Pagan Research 101
Are you afraid that you are only using resources that are solely based on unverified personal gnosis and don't want to look uninformed? Are you thinking of writing an article or book about your Pagan path? Are you new to Paganism and want to learn more from reputable sources? We will delve into finding reliable sources for all your Pagan Research needs and even make it fun. You will learn some of the best free and affordable resources for those starting out, and you will get tips to gain credibility in your writing.


Speakers
avatar for Heather Biedermann

Heather Biedermann

Head Librarian, South Central College, North Mankato
Heather Biedermann fights for intellectual freedom every day as a librarian at South Central College in North Mankato. She also hosts a live online radio show/podcast called "Liberty Librarian" that discusses intellectual freedom news, libraries, authors, and independent thinkers... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Terrace 3

10:30am

Introduction to Skrying
Come learn about how to gain information by skrying into flame, water, crystal balls, or mirrors. Skrying is the general term for the use of a tool as a projection screen for the inner sight. Ivo will also be sharing tips for opening the inner sight specifically tuned for the use of such tools. The class will offer instructions for the creation, care, and protection of tools for skrying. After the sharing of theory and techniques we will also have a practical demonstration.


Speakers
avatar for Ivo Dominguez Jr

Ivo Dominguez Jr

Assembly of the Sacred Wheel
Ivo Dominguez, Jr. is a visionary and a practitioner of a variety of esoteric disciplines. He has been active in Wicca and the Pagan community since 1978 and has been teaching since 1982. Ivo was a founding member of the first coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a Wiccan Tradition... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Terrace 2

10:30am

Reclaiming Rhiannon
Rhiannon of Wales is a beloved Goddess with many modern devotees, even though the lore never identifies her as a divinity. Together, we will engage in some mythic archaeology and trace her divine lineage through history in order to explore the truth of Rhiannon’s nature. We will then journey to connect with Rhiannon herself, in order to deepen or initiate a relationship with the Divine Queen of the Celtic Britons.


Speakers
avatar for Jhenah Telyndru

Jhenah Telyndru

Jhenah Telyndru is the founder and Morgen of the Sisterhood of Avalon, and has been walking a Pagan path for over 30 years. Her published works include "Avalon Within: A Sacred Journey of Myth, Mystery, and Inner Wisdom", "The Avalonian Oracle”, and “Rhiannon: Divine Queen of... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Terrace 4 AV

1:00pm

Practicing Safe Sects
What is a destructive cult? How does one operate and how is this different from a non-cult religious group? Why are such groups destructive to one's personal rights and liberties? Is it possible your group has red flags? What does critical thinking have to do with identifying and leaving such a group? In this talk, I will share my experiences in the Church of Scientology and what I learned about destructive cults after leaving this group, and how this information applies broadly to any sect or non-mainstream groups. I will also go over specific points of critical thinking that assist in dealing with and recovering from cultic experiences. This applies to anyone who is interested in not being conned or fooled or taken advantage of and also to group members who want to be in a safe environment to practice freely and openly. 

Speakers
avatar for Chris Shelton

Chris Shelton

Chris Shelton is an author, professional YouTuber, public speaker and former cult member turned activist. He was part of the Church of Scientology and worked at its highest levels for 17 years before leaving in 2013.He has been an outspoken critic ever since, speaking around the country... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Terrace 3

1:00pm

Will the Real Odin Stand up, Please?
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.

Speakers
avatar for Diana Paxson

Diana Paxson

Diana Paxson is an author of fiction and non-fiction, an elder, teacher and leader in the Heathen and Pagan Communities.Diana became a pagan in the early 70s. She founded Darkmoon Circle in 1978 and was ordained as a priestess in 1982. This work led to founding the Fellowship of the... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Terrace 2

1:00pm

Women in Heathenry: Story, Craft, and Lived Experience
Popular stereotypes of Heathenry or Asatru often call up images of bearded Viking warriors, but both the cosmology/mythology and the lived reality of today’s Heathens reveal multiple roles and spiritual pathways for people of all genders. In particular, many of our old stories feature strong women characters, which is mirrored in the strong women leaders in Heathenry both locally and nationally. This session will use storytelling, visual imagery, and traditional crafting to talk about the role of women in Old Norse mythology, cosmology, and society, and the lived experiences of women in Heathenry. Participants will have the opportunity to try spinning and card weaving, two of the traditional “women’s crafts” that are metaphors for Wyrd and Ørlög, central concepts within Heathen cosmology, which hold important teachings for deep healing.



Saturday March 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Terrace 4 AV

2:45pm

Cree First Nation and Norse first contact
Presenting the stories from the Cree and Iceland of first contact in North America.

Speakers
avatar for Shane Orthman

Shane Orthman

Gothi, Daughters and Sons of Yta
Shane Orthmann is an artist, story teller and spiritual leader, serving as Gothi with the Daughters and Sons of Yta since 2010. From fall 2015-Spring 2016 Shane Orthmann was an artist in residency at the Creek, retelling the Norse Myths with an emphasis on their place in the seasons... Read More →
avatar for Daphi Pooyak

Daphi Pooyak

In her professional life Dpahie Pooyak Yeomans is a well respected cultural leader traveling across Canada to many First Nations events and gatherings where she is featured as a story teller and ceremonial woman. Daphie is a repsected youth worker who leads summer camps on traditional... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Terrace 3

2:45pm

Freyja, Lady, Vanadis, A Ritual to Honor Freyja
Freyja is one of the most well-known Norse deities. Her range encompasses love and war, sex and death, magic and seidhr, and her worship was among the last of those left post-conversion.  Here, Patricia Lafayllve will lead a guided meditation designed to help facilitate an initial connection to this fascinating goddess.



Speakers
avatar for Patty Lafayllve

Patty Lafayllve

Patricia Lafayllve is the author of two books, “A Practical Heathen’s Guide to Asatru” and “Freyja, Lady, Vanadis: an Introduction to the Goddess.”  She has also written several journal articles, and the first part of a modern retelling of Njal’s Saga.  She has been pagan for more thirty years, and a practicing heathen twenty.  As a life time member of The Troth, Patricia has served as Steward... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Terrace 2

2:45pm

The Creative Force of Dynamic Tension: Saturn in Capricorn approaches Pluto
Through story, astro-drama, and experiential astrology we’ll share the year’s major transits, then take you on a journey to consider your personal choices at this crossroads. Over the next three years the planets call for profound change in the foundations of our country and a reorganization of the basic structures of our life. As people of spirit in relationship to the Earth, we ask “How can we manifest the best possible outcomes for the good of the whole?


Speakers
avatar for Heather Roan Robbins

Heather Roan Robbins

astrologer/ceremonialist, starcodes-heartcodes
Heather Roan Robbins, Astrologer, Counselor and ceremonialist with 35+ years experience in MN, NM, NYC, and MT writes Starcodes: astrology by day, not sign, for WeMoon Calendar, the Santa Fe New Mexican, and roanrobbins.com (for 25+ years), Mercurial Messages for The Edge magazine... Read More →
avatar for Teri Parsley Starnes

Teri Parsley Starnes

astrologer, Starsdance Astrology
I have been a Witch since the mid-80s and a professional astrologer since the mid-90s. My spiritual roots come from many sources. One primary source is the Reclaiming Tradition. I love to teach about astrology and my spiritual journey. I am a life-long seeker. My practice of astrology... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Terrace 4 AV

2:45pm

Viking Encampment Shield Wall Demonstration
Shield Wall
Combining several historically documented examples of the shield wall, the Viking Encampment recreates what it may have looked like on the battle fields of northern Europe and western Asia in the early 10th and 11th centuries. Using decorated shields personalized to the individual Viking, the reenactors will create several formations including but not limited to the single rank line abreast formation, the double rank shield wall, and the Boar's Snout to demonstrate how they could defend against mounted cavalry. This demonstration is accompanied by loud shield and weapon clattering and war cries sure to fire up a crowd.

Speakers
avatar for Viking Encampment

Viking Encampment

Background/History:With a renewed interest in Vikings with the History Channels’ Vikings, the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, Capitol One commercials, 13th Warrior and Thor films, Vikings have been making an appearance is everyday media and entertainment.In 2014, the Viking... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Park 1 Music

4:15pm

Death Midwifery: Caring for the Actively Dying

This presentation's mission is to provide holistic, non-medical, emotional, spiritual, and practical support for the dying and their families. Learn from North Dakota's only registered Death Midwife.  In this lecture you will learn the following:
•Learn tools and techniques for midwifing the dying 

-Understand the differences between Policy and Law with the Funeral Industry

-The Funeral Industry and know what to look for in price gouging
 •Consider family dynamics that occur as someone dies
 •Experience the practice of dying; visioning our own death before we die

We will have a short meditation to go through the process of dying for better understanding of ourselves, our loved one who is going through it and our families. This Lecture is intended to educate as well as put the Home Funeral Movement back into our own hands. Due to the sensitive nature of this workshop, you may bring your own tissues, pillow and blanket for the meditation portion. All things discussed together will be considered of a private nature and will not be disclosed to the public unless prior permission is granted.
 


Speakers
avatar for Duvessa Sarrat Irkalli

Duvessa Sarrat Irkalli

Owner, Moon Sisters Apothecary
HPS of Covenant of the Moon in Fargo, ND. Part of the Spiral Tree Tradition. If you want to know more, just come up to me and ask!


Saturday March 17, 2018 4:15pm - 6:15pm
Terrace 2

4:15pm

Healing Roots: Reconnecting to a healthy sense of cultural identity
Western culture has been called the only non-indigenous culture in human history. How does this influence our relationship to spiritual practices? How can rebuilding connections to ancestors, culture, and a sense of place transform the way we approach spirituality, and help to heal whiteness and our system of race? Come join this conversation about the characteristics of western culture, and how deepening our connections to root culture creates healing and balance.


Saturday March 17, 2018 4:15pm - 6:15pm
Park 2 Movement

4:15pm

People of the Entire Earth: Clearing Up Confusion About Pagan Cultural Adoption and Appropriation.
A peculiarly American preoccupation, and even more an American Pagan one, our attempts to adopt practices from both our mixed cultural heritages and those that surround us have resulted in a lot of confusion, finger-pointing, and accusations of “cultural appropriation”, “theft”, “ownership”, “Inheritance”, and “rights” for identifying with a cultural religion – often times unfounded, often times correct. This workshop – which means work, not simply discussion – will put you to task to engage with the definitions of cultural studies terminology, notions of identity, and hard questions that need to be addressed about what we Americans of mixed heritage who practice culturally-informed new religions actually have the right to, and what processes – syncretism, adaptation, appropriation, and healthy relationships – we need to understand better.
Facilitator: Murphy Pizza, Ph.D
Anthropologist, Author, and Witch Doctor


Speakers

Saturday March 17, 2018 4:15pm - 6:15pm
Terrace 4 AV

4:15pm

Puerto Rican Espiritismo and Mesa Blanca as practiced in Puerto Rico, Cuba and other parts of Latin America.
History of Espiritismo Criollo (Creolle Spiritism) as practiced in rural Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Cuba. Who are the Spirit Guides and the difference between them and one's Ancestors. How to set up a simple Ancestral Altar and an altar to one's spiritual guides.   Sancista Brujo Luis will be discussing his own history and life experience and how he developed and learned his Spiritual Faculties with the aid and teachings of his Grandmother, other Mediums and later his Godfather.   How Espiritismo was an integral part in the health and development of the rural people of Puerto Rico and it's European, African and Native Taino Indian influences.
 

Speakers
avatar for Sancista Brujo Luis

Sancista Brujo Luis

Sancista Brujo Luis has been professionally practicing various traditions of Caribbean Brujeria Witchcraft for over 20 years, since his late teens. He was taught by his grandmother who was a Presidente de Mesa in Puerto Rican Mesa Blanca Espiritismo. He has also been reading Tarot... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 4:15pm - 6:15pm
Terrace 3
 
Sunday, March 18
 

9:30am

Basic Grounding and Shielding
Before Meditating, before Ritual and before Spell work one must learn to ground, center and shield. This practice has become lost in " common knowledge" that it is no longer taught. We will go through the importance of each of these as well as step by step instruction to perform each technique. El McCoy has studied magic and witchcraft for over a decade and developed his own techniques to assist new practitioners in understanding the necessary basic skills.


Speakers

Sunday March 18, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
Terrace 3

9:30am

Mental State of Magick
Do you live with depression, anxiety, bipolar or any other life altering mental disorder? How do you feel your disorder affects your magick? Do you notice a difference on medication vs. not? Do you experience discrimination or hardships from neurotypicals because of your disorder?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then please join us in an open discussion on the Mental State of Magick. Come together with souls who share in and understand your struggles.

If you answered no to all of these questions then we invite you to come and learn more about your community members living with these struggles and the positive and powerful impact we can have in our community.

This is an open but controlled forum where we can come together to share our thoughts, experiences and techniques for creating magick. Find companionship and maybe learn something new about yourself and your amazing magickal potential.

Forum hosted by Winter Nyx who lives with Bipolar I and a few other disorders on the side for flavor. She is an ordained Priestess of Hekate and has actively practiced magick in all of her various mental states. She is eager to meet you and share in your story.


Speakers
avatar for Vickie Greenbush

Vickie Greenbush

Priestess of Hekate, Oracle and Witch. Life is about the journey and the many paths we choose along it. It is my calling to help others explore the many potential paths before them, spiritually or otherwise.


Sunday March 18, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
Terrace 2

9:30am

Palmistry as portal
As our hands conduct our energy to the world, they record the flow of our mind, heart, and physical energy, and this map offers a window into how a person reacts to the slings and arrows of fortune, where they have unused potential, and what might bring their life into balance. Palmistry’s practical, teachable map can act as scaffolding for our compassionate intuition. In this orientation we’ll cover the lines, shapes, proportion and how to approach the hand with outer and inner eyes, and practice upon one another. Bring your hands.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Roan Robbins

Heather Roan Robbins

astrologer/ceremonialist, starcodes-heartcodes
Heather Roan Robbins, Astrologer, Counselor and ceremonialist with 35+ years experience in MN, NM, NYC, and MT writes Starcodes: astrology by day, not sign, for WeMoon Calendar, the Santa Fe New Mexican, and roanrobbins.com (for 25+ years), Mercurial Messages for The Edge magazine... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
Terrace 4 AV

11:00am

Construction of Acenstral Shrines
What is the difference between a Shrine to the Ancestors for veneration and what is a working shrine. How to construct simple Shrines to the Ancestors, what do the objects on the shines represent and when to attend to the them and how to clean them and when. How to cleanse the Shrines and how to cleanse yourself in front of the shrine. How to spwak to ones ancestors and when to offer libations or gifts to the Ancestors and Spirit Guides.

Speakers
avatar for Sancista Brujo Luis

Sancista Brujo Luis

Sancista Brujo Luis has been professionally practicing various traditions of Caribbean Brujeria Witchcraft for over 20 years, since his late teens. He was taught by his grandmother who was a Presidente de Mesa in Puerto Rican Mesa Blanca Espiritismo. He has also been reading Tarot... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Terrace 2

11:00am

Saami Traditional Beliefs: Finding My Umbilical Cord
This lecture covers some milestones being called to a path including:
The Awakening of the Ancestors
Finding your own Umbilical Cord (Phrase attributed to Paula Lookinghorse
Rebuilding lost knowledge
Introduction to Saami Cosmology


Speakers
avatar for Runora

Runora

Sámi Old Ways practitioner. Nordic Heathenry.


Sunday March 18, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Terrace 4 AV

1:00pm

Alexandria Reborn: Pagans and Polytheists in a Multicultural Society
More ethnically diverse than New York. A greater center of learning than Oxford or Cambridge. Cutting-edge technology, science, and the best schools of Western philosophy and religion rivaling Athens and Rome. Pagans, Christians, Jews, and others practicing their religions peacefully together, not only in the same neighborhoods, but sometimes even the same temples. Alexandria, Egypt was a massive, successful city: a shining multicultural gem on the northern shore of Africa for more than ten centuries. What can modern pagans and polytheists learn from the Alexandrian example? What parts of the Alexandrian legacy remain with us, in fact and legend, and what parts can we rediscover as we, too, find ourselves citizens in a multicultural global village?



Speakers
avatar for Tamara L. Siuda

Tamara L. Siuda

House of Netjer Kemetic Orthodox Temple
Rev. Tamara L. Siuda is an author and the founder and spiritual leader (Nisut) of Kemetic Orthodoxy and the House of Netjer. Since 2000, she is also a priestess of Haitian Vodou as Mambo Chita Tann. Tamara is active in issues and causes concerning indigenous communities and spirituality... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Terrace 2

1:00pm

Creating Affirming Goddess Spirituality Spaces
The presence of trans exclusionary feminists (TERFs), as well as the cisnormative and heteronormative nature of much Goddess literature and liturgy, often makes Goddess Spirituality spaces and communities unwelcoming and even hostile or dangerous for trans women, nonbinary femmes, and anyone else who is not a cisgender woman. This session explores ways in which we can co-create a Goddess Spirituality (aka "Feminist Spirituality") that not only includes but welcomes and affirms a diversity of gender identities. Drawing on the Dr. Harper's own experiences as a cisgender facilitator of woman- and femme-centric Goddess Spirituality spaces, and the collaborations she has made with trans and nonbinary members of her community, this session will discuss ways in which cisgender ritual facilitators and teachers can ensure that they create spaces and materials that welcome and affirm all those who find their homes in Goddess Spirituality spaces. We will also discuss ways in which ritual and thealogy can be co-created to move Goddess Spirituality beyond its historically cis- and heteronormative past, enabling it to become a site for healing, growth, and empowerment for all.


Speakers
avatar for Susan Harper

Susan Harper

Susan Harper, Ph.D., is an educator, activist, advocate, and ritual specialist living, loving, making magick, and agitating for change in the Dallas, TX area. She holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Southern Methodist University, where her doctoral research focused on the intersections... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Terrace 3

1:00pm

Spiritual Decluttering
At this time of the year, we are lagging from winter's doldrums and looking forward to spring. Often, we need to pause and look at what matters to us on a spiritual level. In this hands-on workshop, you will gain insight into various methods of Spiritual Decluttering using your own tradition or path, how to keep track of your decluttering journey, and how to address the "stuck" spots that inevitably arise.


Speakers
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Clio Ajana

Archehierea, House of Our Lady of Celestial Fire
I’m Clio Ajana, a lesbian Hellenic Orthodox High Priestess and member of the House of Our Lady of Celestial Fire, E.O.C.T.O. I lead services, welcome newcomers, and revel in spreading knowledge of our path to those who are drawn to us, including our prison ministry. Our tradition... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Terrace 4 AV

2:45pm

Birthing Healthy Covens: Thriving with Purpose
Forming a healthy, vibrant coven (or any spiritual group) that promotes growth and evolution of individuals and the group is never as easy as people think it is going to be. The proper preparation - on all levels - can truly increase the odds that your group will thrive long-term. Lasting only matters, though, if the purpose and practice of the group is meaningful and serves to evolve its members - and that has to be developed from the very beginning.

We will discuss creation of the thought-form, seeding the group mind, developing guiding principles and practices, creating core traditions, successful leadership structures, calling for patrons, and what to expect in the first couple years (the good, bad, and ugly). You will learn a structured approach that works - from the beginning or as 'rehab' for a struggling group - while fostering the creativity needed to grow spiritual development.

While I will present from the context of a wiccan coven (a consistent framework helps every presentation), most of what is going to be shared truly can be adapted to nearly any kind of group with a spiritual focus. And I'm more than happy to help you do that, if desired.



Speakers
avatar for James Dickinson

James Dickinson

High Priest/3rd Degree Initiate, Assembly of the Sacred Wheel
Jim Dickinson (Gaelan) is a 3rd Degree initiate and a founding member of Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, serving as a High Priest for 25 years. He founded Coven of the Rowan Star (1992) and Guardians of the Windsword (2002) - both still vibrant, healthy covens. He is particularly valued... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Terrace 1 Panels

2:45pm

Bringing Earth Religions Back to Earth: A Historical and Critical Call to Rid Paganism Again of Fantasy, Pseudo-Science, Conspiracy Theories, Immature Theologies, and Other Ridiculous Substitutes for Knowledge.
The first writings, teachings, and cultural/legal victories in our communities came at a time when the general public, filled with fantasy-laden superstitious beliefs, accused us of being dangerous – to which we responded with evidence that we were Earth-reverent, natural people, not reared on fantasy and popular culture, and we presented the earliest sophisticated attempts at contemporary theologies created by modern people enculturated in science, gnosis, and contemporary cultural studies. Recently, this has been shelved in favor of arguing for the importance of conspiracy theories, cosplay, popular culture, and fantasy fiction to inform Pagan identity and practice, -- and now the general public is rightly accusing *us* of being loaded down with superstition, sci-fi scenarios, and an unwillingness to grow up and face reality. This is a growing culture-wide problem.
Those of us who joined Paganism back when it was a collection of religions that engaged intellectual rigor, realistic relationships with the world, and genuine experiential knowledge miss the days of when it was a path that rebelled against blind faith, belief in superstitions, and theological control. Murphy will provide an initial historical presentation of this cultural shift and its components, then open it up to a vigorous critical discussion to generate solutions to help prevent Paganism’s descent into superstitious silliness, and restore its appeal as a mature collection of religions. In short, leave the dragons and sci-fi scenarios for playtime – it’s time to deal with the real, truly magical world as Earth people again.
Facilitator: Murphy Pizza Ph.D
Anthropologist, Author, and Cantankerous Witch Doctor.


Speakers
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Murphy Pizza

Unapologetic eclectic Pagan practitioner for nearly 25 years and academic expert on new religions, occultism, new religions and folks traditions. My book, "Paganistan: Contemporary Pagan Community in Minnesota's Twin Cities", is an ethnography this vibrant Minnesota tradition palette... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Terrace 4 AV

2:45pm

Invoking our American Ancestors

In most traditional cultures, the ancestors and heroes are honored as guardians of the living. In Wicca we have the Mighty Dead and in Heathenry the altar and disir. In America, the monuments on the Capitol Mall honor some of those who set forth the ideals of liberty, equality and justice for all in this land. For over two centuries, other heroes and heroines have worked to expand and apply those ideals and understand what they truly mean. They were not perfect—neither are we— but they wait to work with us to defend the rights they fought for. In this ritual we will call on them and invoke their inspiration and their power.


Speakers
avatar for Diana Paxson

Diana Paxson

Diana Paxson is an author of fiction and non-fiction, an elder, teacher and leader in the Heathen and Pagan Communities.Diana became a pagan in the early 70s. She founded Darkmoon Circle in 1978 and was ordained as a priestess in 1982. This work led to founding the Fellowship of the... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Terrace 3

2:45pm

Using The Symbols Of The 7 Elder Planets For Empowering Your Magick
Even if you don’t know much Astrology you can use the symbols and glyphs of the 7 Elder Planets to give added power to your spells and rituals. There will be a brief introduction to the powers of the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn from a perspective on their use in workings, rituals, and meditation. We will then proceed with an attunement exercise and the creation of bind-glyphs for practical purposes.


Speakers
avatar for Ivo Dominguez Jr

Ivo Dominguez Jr

Assembly of the Sacred Wheel
Ivo Dominguez, Jr. is a visionary and a practitioner of a variety of esoteric disciplines. He has been active in Wicca and the Pagan community since 1978 and has been teaching since 1982. Ivo was a founding member of the first coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a Wiccan Tradition... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Terrace 2

4:30pm

Grith and Frith - Boundary Setting in Nordic ways
Grith and Frith - Boundary Setting in Nordic ways 
Drawing clear boundaries for ourselves is extremely important whether we are working with gods, spirits, ancestors, community members, or our own family of origin. The Old Norse words and runes Grith and Frith, Utgård and Ingård, Nauthiz, Gifu, and Mannaz teach us about healthy boundary setting and community building. 
 
In this workshop we will deepen our understanding of these concepts by working with two tools I call the Garden Fence and the Tree Within. These tools help us recognize, organize, and speak our truth in a healing way. They help us listen and hear other people's truth without personalizing it. They help us remain in our bodies when we are emotionally triggered and give us a framework to stay safe. I will hand out worksheets for each tool. Bring something to write with and extra paper for note taking.
 

Speakers
avatar for Kari Tauring

Kari Tauring

Kari Tauring, völva - spiritual leader in the Nordic folk community and founder of the Völva Stav GuildVolva Kari grew up in Minnesota with summers spent on her family farm in Wisconsin. Nature spirituality was infused with her Norwegian Lutheran upbringing and music played a central... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Park 1 Music

4:30pm

Mythbusters: Vikings Edition
Horned helmets? Drinking from skulls? Blood sacrifice?

Come learn about some of the realities behind the myths of the ancient Norse, as we discuss cultural and historical practices of the ancient Norse, commonly known today as the Vikings.



Speakers
HH

Heather Honeycutt-Wyne

Vice President of Twin Cities Pagan Pride


Sunday March 18, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Terrace 4 AV

4:30pm

Prophecies and the Natural Law
Creator Gods laws of life,  laws that apply too all life four legged,  winged ones,  insects,  water creatures,  plants,  trees,  rocks,  human beings.  There is only one law for all life.  Stories too help understand more clearly natural law,  laws of the universe.  The energy that carries us,  how too release n bring forth order within ourselves too contribute too order within all creation is too take our natural place in all creation as human beings.   Spiritually safe practice that is guided and honoring natural law through prophecies.

Speakers
avatar for Daphi Pooyak

Daphi Pooyak

In her professional life Dpahie Pooyak Yeomans is a well respected cultural leader traveling across Canada to many First Nations events and gatherings where she is featured as a story teller and ceremonial woman. Daphie is a repsected youth worker who leads summer camps on traditional... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Terrace 3

4:30pm

Tarot & Social Activism
Tarot can be a powerful tool for those looking to find their voice, renew their passion, or unblock their energy in social activism. We'll discuss what activism means to many of us personally, as well as where our energies currently lie. Then, we'll walk through a spread specifically designed to enlighten, ground, and energize both reader and querent.

All levels of social engagement and experience with Tarot are welcome. Bring a deck if you'd like, and your desires for social justice.




Sunday March 18, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Terrace 2

4:30pm

The Pagan Future
What will paganism look like in 20, 50, 500 years? Will it be as it is now? Will we be a 'mainstream' religion? Hiding in the shadows? The future of our faith/religion/path will be only what we make it to be. So, what are we going to make it into? The purpose of this workshop will be for folks to gather and talk about what we want our future to be and what we are going to do to make that future a reality.



Speakers

Sunday March 18, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Lower Level Art Programming