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Friday, March 16
 

1:00pm

String Magic
String and Knot spells are an historic method of attracting and binding energy for various magical uses such as, blessings, protection and prosperity, using simple handspun threads- so why not learn to spin your own? In this workshop we will explore the history of fiber arts and eliminate the fear and mystery of creating your own yarns from exotic fur and wool, methods of dyeing and using the drop spindle to make "craft" yarns for mystical and mundane use. Presenter Heidi Johnston has been spinning ,weaving and teaching the drop spindle for 25 years.



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

2:30pm

The Duality of Tarot
Tarot is not just one thing or way or deck. Tarot is a beautiful spectrum of ways to read, types of decks, and connections we make with it. In this panel, Ragabash and Wave will discuss various aspects and sides to tarot, focusing on the dual nature of the cards. We'll explore upright vs reverse, binary vs non-gender in the court cards, light vs shadow readings, RWS vs Thoth, and more. You'll even leave with a couple of original spreads to use on your own! All skill levels are welcome, though it is encouraged you have some knowledge about tarot to get the most out of this session.


Speakers
avatar for Ragabash Halcon

Ragabash Halcon

Fireborn Alchemy, LLC
Ragabash Halcon is a tarot reader and Usui Reiki Master. She has been an avid diviner since she was 10 and first started learning about palmistry. Since then, her personal divination style and methods have changed, but she has been deeply influenced by divination for most of her life... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Terrace 1 Panels

4:00pm

Hekate & Yahweh: the Gnostic Connection
Discover the overlooked connection between Hekate and of the Abrahamic god as revealed in the Sethian Gospels and the Greek Magical Papyri. This intensive review of Hekate's resurgence in the Gnostic cosmology will deepen the devotee's understanding and strengthen her praxis by providing fresh insights into traditional Greco-Egyptian techniques of magic and devotion.


Speakers
avatar for Jack Grayle

Jack Grayle

Jack Grayle lives in Springfield, Illinois, where he writes, teaches and practices Hekatean devotion and sorcery. A founding member of the eclectic group Springfield Area Pagans, he leads a monthly public Prairie Moon Ritual beneath the stars in a beautiful nature reserve near his... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Terrace 1 Panels

6:00pm

Opening Ceremony
Friday March 16, 2018 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Park 1 Music
 
Saturday, March 17
 

9:00am

Getting Your Pagan Book Published
Thinking of getting published? Don’t miss this workshop! Get all your questions answered, including: where and how to submit your proposal, the timeline and the process, the money question, the agent question, covers and titles, working the publicity machine, and much more. Authors Jhenah Telyndru and Tiffany Lazic will join Elysia Gallo, Senior Acquisitions Editor at Llewellyn Worldwide, and Kat Sanborn, Senior Publicist, to provide information on the acquisitions and editing process as well as publicity and marketing. We'll save time for Q&A and announce a time and place for book pitches following the panel.

Speakers
avatar for Elysia Gallo

Elysia Gallo

Senior Acquisitions Editor, Llewellyn Worldwide
Elysia is Senior Acquisitions Editor for Llewellyn Worldwide, where she's been polishing manuscripts and providing authors with guidance since 2005. Her specialty topics there are witchcraft, Paganism, magic, and more. She was a board member of Paganicon and Twin Cities Pagan Pride... Read More →
avatar for Tiffany Lazic

Tiffany Lazic

Owner/Founder, The Hive and Grove Centre for Holistic Wellness
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with a background in Spiritual Psychotherapy, author of The Great Work: Self-Knowledge and Healing Through the Wheel of the Year, originator of Hynni Energy Healing and a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. I also welcome conversations on topics of... Read More →
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 9:00am - 10:15am
Terrace 1 Panels

10:30am

A Panel on Paganistan: Contemporary Community in Minnesota’s Twin Cities
Panel Of Reviewers: Volkhvy, Penny Mixau, and Nels Linde. Respondent: Murphy Pizza, Ph.D
Here it is. You watched her work, were subjected to her analysis, the dissertation passed, the academic monograph came out – and it’s too expensive to buy. Lucky for you, not only is the book now available via inter-library loan from your local library (ahem! FREE!), but we have a panel of readers from the Pagan community to review and analyze her work for you.
Paganistan, based on and expanding Murphy’s dissertation, is an ethnography and critical analysis of community processes among the Pagans of Minnesota. While she has been getting good critical reviews in academic anthropological and religious studies journals, she has most been in need of feedback on her work the community who so generously allowed her to study them. These panelists have graciously agreed to do so. They will provide what they deem important critique for Murphy, and Murphy will respond to their insights and questions. If you have read Murphy’s book and wish to contribute feedback during Q&A, please do so! Attendees who haven’t read the book can come to hear what scholarship can provide to a community, what community can provide to scholarship – and learn of the remarkable history and contributions of the Twin Cities Pagans.


Speakers
avatar for EmrysAnu

EmrysAnu

Ethics Maven, Emrys Anu's Ethics Playground
EmrysAnu, Wiccan priestess, legal clergy, mother, healer, cat lover, writer, speaker, activist, and ethics nerd. Passionate about all things spiritual, she demands intellectual integrity while honoring Truth in personal experience.
avatar for Nels Linde

Nels Linde

Organizer / Priest, Sacred Fire Circle in Paradise
30 years as Community Organizer through Harmony Tribe, Inc,, Upper Midwest Pagan Alliance, Sacred Fire Circle in Paradise, and festival events. Author and High Priest of Sweet River Blue Coven.
avatar for Murphy Pizza

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 →
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 →


Saturday March 17, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Terrace 1 Panels

1:00pm

Pagan Enough-The Dance Between Individualism and Community
The individual is made up of various parts: thoughts, feelings, actions, dreams, memories, and physiology. You could also say the individual is the personality, the genetics, the environment, and the history of the person. However, the whole is always more than the sum of its parts and we are all social beings who seek to belong, to find our relationship with “the group." We are all active participants in our lives striving to feel positively about ourselves.

Come join us for another lively discussion when we explore the dance of our individual selves and our parts as we seek connection and identity within the larger Pagan community. How do our past stories of being/feeling like an outsider expand and contract within community. Can we give time and space for the first ripple of our anxiety or depression to react with community, allowing healing to occur or does it flood our cauldron with explosive results? Does our identification with other communities (GLBTQ, PoC, Poly, Kinkster etc) impede our sense of safety or our ability to be seen?


Speakers
avatar for Sherry L.M. Merriam, MA, LPCC, TCHI

Sherry L.M. Merriam, MA, LPCC, TCHI

Counselor & Psychotherapist, Sherry Merriam Counseling
Sherry L.M. Merriam, MA, LPCC, TCHI, is a licensed psychotherapist practicing in Minneapolis, MN, specializing in counseling Geeks, Pagans, practitioners of BDSM/Kink, Non-monogamous/Polyfolk, and other underserved members of our greater tribe. Sherry is also a certified instructor... Read More →


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

2:45pm

Keeping It Real: Expectations as You Enter Non-Wiccan Pagan Paths
Join a panel of practitioners of non-Wiccan paths in a discussion surrounding how to work with traditionally non-Wiccan deities in a way that honors the deity and does not water down the practice.

Speakers
avatar for Clio Ajana

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 →
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Arxontas DNMI

Arxontas DNMI (Άρχοντας ΔΝΜΙ) is a Hierophant-Archmagos of Hellenic Alexandrian Witchcraft & Spiritual Tradition, and also practices as a Balkan Heathen & a Greco-Buddhist.  He currently lives in Jacksonville, FL and serves as the Secretary for NE Florida Pagan Leadership... Read More →
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 →


Saturday March 17, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Terrace 1 Panels

4:15pm

Creating Safe Communities - Abuse, Predation, Coercion, and Addressing Complaints Ethically
How do we, as a community, evaluate and make decisions around allegations of toxic or predatory people, groups, or traditions? What defines toxic or predatory? Do allegations automatically equate to “guilty”? How can we create safety for our members? What processes do other faith communities use and are the applicable to us? How do social media and the court of public opinion shape our current processes for better or worse? And how do we avoid victim shaming while recognizing the phenomenon of mass hysteria?

Once again, Paganicon favorites EmrysAnu and Mark Reese bring the hard conversations to the Playground, this time with a star studded panel of experts. Together we’ll explore the questions above, hear from Paganicon attendees, and continue the work of creating safer spaces for our community.


Emrys Anu - Inadvertently poised in the eye of the storm, EmrysAnu headed the investigation into a recent high profile and provocative case of alleged misconduct in our community. She grew up in a Catholic cult, lived with a Scientologist for seven years, was attacked by the Church of Scientology, and currently teaches and writes on the topics of critical thinking and cult awareness. EmrysAnu has been an active member in Paganistan since 2002 and holds a third degree in two traditions. She is a member of the Coven of Misfit Toys and serves on the Executive Board for the Wiccan Church of Minnesota.

Mark Reese - Mark is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in St. Louis Park, MN and a researcher at the University of Minnesota. He has a special focus on healing from trauma and has presented on mental health challenges and healing strategies for the Pagan community at several prior Paganicons. Mark has been involved in the local pagan community since 2000 and holds a third degree in two local traditions. He is a member of Earth Conclave and Paganistan Reclaiming.

Chris Shelton - Chris was a member of the Church of Scientology for 27 years the last couple right here in the Twin Cities. He appeared in the first season of Leah Remini’s Emmy award winning docu-series “Scientology and the Aftermath” as an expert guest. After escaping from Scientology he spent the last several years educating on cultic and abusive behaviors in organizations and relationships, undue influence, and how important critical thinking is in creating safety. His youtube channel has helped millions of people from all walks of life. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF326xyA0QHI7Z5xAwKQDJg https://mncriticalthinking.com/

Moderated by Cara Schulz - Cara is a Senior Writer for The Wild Hunt, a news organization covering topics of interest for the Pagan community. She has reported on many controversial stories involving allegations of criminal and/or predatory behavior within the Pagan community.



Speakers
avatar for EmrysAnu

EmrysAnu

Ethics Maven, Emrys Anu's Ethics Playground
EmrysAnu, Wiccan priestess, legal clergy, mother, healer, cat lover, writer, speaker, activist, and ethics nerd. Passionate about all things spiritual, she demands intellectual integrity while honoring Truth in personal experience.
avatar for Cara Schulz

Cara Schulz

Writer/Reporter, The Wild Hunt
I'm married, have an adult son, and no tattoos. Author of "Marshmallows & Martinis: A Field Guide to Luxury Tent Camping" and "Almost Foolproof Mead Making."
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 4:15pm - 6:15pm
Terrace 1 Panels
 
Sunday, March 18
 

9:30am

Artist's Eye & Witch's Heart: Exploring the Intersection of Art, Magick, & Spirituality
Artists give form to ideas and energies that few can see, touch, or imagine. From ancient cave paintings to recognized modern art movements like Surrealism and Symbolism, humankind has had a long history of manifesting the mysterious through visual art. On this panel, listen to how artists in our community make their work while negotiating the spiritual, metaphysical, and mundane worlds. 

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avatar for Laura Tempest Zakroff

Laura Tempest Zakroff

Laura Tempest Zakroff is a professional artist, author, dancer, designer, and Modern Traditional Witch residing in Seattle, WA. Her art explores the realm of Myth and the Esoteric and has been featured in numerous publications and shows across the world. She blogs at "A Modern Traditional... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
Lower Level Art Programming

9:30am

MN Heathens Panel
Hear about the rich history of Heathen, Asatru, and Nordic Roots groups in our region. For over 20 years, kindreds and other organized Heathen groups have built on the strong folk traditions present in Minnesota. Leaders representing kindreds, guilds, study groups, and statewide organizations will talk about their history and contributions to Heathenry, as well as opportunities for people to build relationships and become involved in this vibrant community.

Moderators
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 →

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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 →
avatar for Bethany Jacobson

Bethany Jacobson

Bethany is a member of the Völva Stav Guild who teaches Völva Stav in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. As a Staff Carrier, Flower Essence Practitioner, SoulCollage Facilitator, and Health Care Administrator, she endeavors to do healing work that her ancestor's can be proud of.
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 →


Sunday March 18, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
Terrace 1 Panels

11:00am

Walking Separate Paths Together
Couples and their practices can be as polarizing as fire and ice, yet somehow they can make it work. In this panel, we will have multiple couples discuss their successes and struggles working in varying paths. Our goal is to examine the challenges that multi-faith couples face and strategies for overcoming them. There will be a panel of presenters, but this will also be interactive. Bring your partner(s) and come discuss with us!



Speakers
avatar for Ragabash Halcon

Ragabash Halcon

Fireborn Alchemy, LLC
Ragabash Halcon is a tarot reader and Usui Reiki Master. She has been an avid diviner since she was 10 and first started learning about palmistry. Since then, her personal divination style and methods have changed, but she has been deeply influenced by divination for most of her life... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Terrace 1 Panels

1:00pm

Diverse Perspectives on Tarot
Tarot has long been used as a tool of divination and inspiration, but is there a "right" way to read the cards? What if you intend to read for money? What are the ethical concerns of reading? Does the deck itself matter? With panelists ranging from apprentices to published professionals, join the Twin Cities Tarot Collective for a panel discussion on all things Tarot!




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

4:30pm

An Introduction to Filianism: Approaching God as Mother
It has become increasingly accepted that the original form in which humanity conceived God was feminine. In some corners such traditions have come down to the present day, but in most of the world, and particularly the West, they have been lost, and there is now a great seeking for them again. The Goddess spirituality movement, modern Paganism, depth psychology, neo-Gnosticism, and a dozen like upswellings attest to this widespread desire to once more embrace God as Mother.

Amidst the intellectual ferment of 1970s Oxford, a small group of women students, deeply immersed in Greek and Roman classics, Roman Catholic Marian devotion, British feminist Witchcraft, Shakta Hinduism, Guénonian Traditionalism, and the work of Marija Gimbutas, articulated teachings which they saw as the interpretive key to this vast diversity of doctrines—a simple, pure devotion to Our Mother God which has come to be called Filianism, and which can now be found among scattered devotees throughout the English-speaking world.

In this presentation, you will hear the history of a movement that influenced the Fellowship of Isis, inspired the (in)famous lesbian subculture of Aristasia, and disproved Ronald Hutton's thesis that Wicca is "the only religion which England has ever given the world". More importantly, you will also become acquainted with the beauty of its Scriptures, the ingenuity of its synthesis of Abrahamic, Pagan, and Dharmic thought, and the potential of its teaching to respond to the environmental, political, and social challenges of our own time.



Speakers
avatar for Race MoChridhe

Race MoChridhe

Race MoChridhe is an Ovate in the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, and a widely-published independent scholar of religion. His recent work has focused on intersections between the practice of literary writing and manifestations of contemporary spirituality, particularly in LGB... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Terrace 1 Panels