SaturdayAugust 27, 2022

9:00 am
Rituals

Opening Ritual

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10:00 am
Workshops

The Bard and The Witch

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Presented by Dawn Marie Costorf

When we think of the modern version of Bards – who do we think of? We might think of songwriters or actors – people with charisma and charm. But did they write their own pieces of music or do they just recite someone else’s? Could a lawyer in this day and age be thought of as a Bard? What about a reporter? Or an archivist or a librarian? There are so many aspects to what a Bard was and what could be conceived in this day and age…but here is a thought, Is a Witch a Bard?

In this workshop Dawn will delve into the history of the Bard and who they were in their time. She will help you to find your own unique voice to speak out as a Bard would – to find your inspiration and magick.

10:00 am
Lecture

Aperges Me Hyssopo: Folk practices for spiritual cleansing and protection

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Presented by Matthew Venus

Keeping ourselves and our homes clear of misfortune and miasma is the first step towards creating an environment where prosperity, good health, and joy might thrive. In this class we will discuss practical folk magical approaches towards spiritual hygiene including the blessing and protection of our thresholds, the preparation of washes and baths, the use of smoke and sacred suffumigations for exorcism, and the crafting of amulets against misfortune and the evil eye.

10:00 am
Workshops

Spill the Tea: Reading the Leaves

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Presented by Sandra Maria Wright and Leanne Marrama

Want to know the real deal about Tea Leaf Reading? Sandra Mariah Wright and Leanne Marrama, authors of Reading the Leaves, demolish the stuffy image of Tasseomancy in a relaxed class designed to have you quickly reading your own tea leaves and anyone else’s you care to know the 411 on.

  • Explore some of the time-tested meanings of symbols
  • Learn methods of determining timelines
  • Read a few sample cups from photos

No hot water to get into—just a bit of back story, an easy-to-understand system, and some fun with two of Salem’s most notoriously sassy Witches!

1:00 pm
Keynote

Visual Alchemy: From Creation to Connection

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Presented by Laura Tempest Zakroff

Since the beginning of time, humanity has made art as a way to affect, influence and seek order in the seen and unseen world. In turn, art has initiated civilization, crafted community, and created culture. Art is (and should be) accessible to all, helping us to explore ourselves while collaborating with others. In this lecture we’ll explore art as essential magic – not only as a tool for tapping into our own power, but also how we can connect and collectively build common ground together.

2:30 pm
Workshops

Connecting with Plant Spirits with Essential Oils

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Presented by Dan Lupacchino

As witches and magickal weavers, our plant allies come in many forms. In this class, we will learn how essential oils can help enhance our perception of the Green World, and gently open us to deepen our connections with the plant kingdom. Explore in Divine communion as we anoint ourselves with oils and experience a deep meditative exchange with these powerful beings.

2:30 pm
Workshops

Crystal Grid Meditative Journey

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Presented by Sue Ustas

Join Sue Ustas as she guides you on a meditative journey into a crystal grid portal and deep into the Earth where ancient crystal caves hold gifts for those willing to visit with an open heart. Feel free to bring a yoga mat or blanket so that you can get comfortable on the ground sitting or laying down.

2:30 pm
Lecture

Figures of Transformation: Geomantic Divination & Spellcraft

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Presented by Dr. Alexander Cummins

Considered a “sister” to astrology, the system of divination known as geomancy was an incredibly popular and well-regarded form of divination in Renaissance Europe. It was not simply a divination system however. The talismanic use of geomantic figures – ‘betwixt images and characters’ – was considered by many Renaissance magicians to bridge a divide between divination and operative sorcery: offering a range of elemental, planetary and zodiacal magical techniques.

These and other examinations of how early modern geomancer magicians worked their Arts begins to demonstrate the ceremony, invocation, spell-craft, evocation, spirit-work, and theurgy underlying this once-popular art of divination. Much more than a party-trick of simple fortune-telling, geomancy apprehends, interrelates and articulates grounded lived realities fundamentally dependent upon occult cosmological meaning and the conscious sorcerous manipulations of ritual magic.

This class will guide those both new to and experienced in geomancy and astrological magic through the options geomantic magic presents – from the sorceries emergent from sortilege, the image magic of characters and letters, talismanic spell-craft, and simple but potent folk magics of candle, bath, prayer, and charm, as well as techniques for working a variety of tutelary elemental, planetary, and necromantic spirits of geomancy.

4:00 pm
Keynote

The Gifts of the Cosmic Sea

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Presented by Christopher Penczak

Something arises from nothing, and the sea is the form of the cosmic void giving birth to all things. Life arises from the sea, and in this teaching tale from the Temple of Witchcraft, we explore the rise of the Witch Soul as the First Coven of Aphrodite Luciferia. From the stirring of the Dragon of the Moon and the turning of the Mill by the Eight Winds, rises the astrological spirits bearing the Powers of the Witch as the Gifts of the Goddess. Together they bear the sacred tools and teach the ways of magick to the world. The evening ritual, The Rite of the Royal Stars will embody the Cosmic Sea teachings in our current age.

5:00 pm
Social / Entertainment

Suddenly Southpaw

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Nathaniel Johnstone in Concert

During the pandemic, Nathaniel suffered a nerve injury that prohibited him from playing violin. In the course of therapy he figured out that he can play finger-style as a left-handed guitarist without aggravating his arm. Since the start of 2022, every week he unveils a brand new tune, playing it to the best of his ability at the time. By the end of the year he hopes to end up with a document of his progress as a southpaw guitarist – 52 new songs, 52 new shows, and a brand new perspective on learning how to play an instrument.

6:00 pm
Workshops

Serpent Magick

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Presented by Matooka Moonbear

Working with snake as a spirit ally for shedding what we are ready to release, taking in what we desire as a whole and digesting the magick to manifest our best life. Meditation and journey skills are a must for this work.

6:00 pm
Lecture

Ancestral Living

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Presented by Danielle Dionne

The ancestors and spirits of the dead still walk with us. When we forge healthy connections with our dead, their presence can provide us with guidance, healing, and empowerment. Yet many of us live in a busy world filled with convenience, dis-ease, and distraction. Understanding their messages can be challenging and sometimes we miss them completely. In this class, we’ll discuss Ancestral Living shining light upon areas where we may feel disconnected from ancient ways of living and offer opportunities to seek the support of the ancestors to reflect, explore, experiment, and embrace forgotten wise ways.

Explore ways beyond maintaining typical ancestral practices to engage and commune with the dead. Learn ways to listen to your own spirit and the whispers of those who came before you as you explore traditions, rituals, crafts, primitive skills, homesteading, healing, nourishment, cleaning, and celebrating the seasons of life using patterns taken from the past. Remember and reroot yourself and spiritual practice in the ancient ways and live a more fully present existence with the ancestors at your side.

6:00 pm
Workshops

Thread of Destiny

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Presented by Sellena Dear

Ananke is the personification of inevitability, compulsion, destiny, and necessity. She is the mother of the Fates. Her spindle drives the rotation of the heavens. Together with her consort Chronos she cracked the cosmic egg and birthed all of creation. Learn how Ananke has influenced poets and philosophers throughout history. Ananke has much to teach us about true Will, destiny, and necessary action in our own practices today. Journey to the spindle of Ananke and touch the threads of Destiny for even the gods don’t fight against Ananke.

8:00 pm
Rituals

The Baptismal Rite of the Royal Stars

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Presented by The Temple of Witchcraft Community

The four royal stars of the night – the Eye of Taurus, the Heart of Leo, the Lord of Seeds, and the Mother of Fish – are the Watchers of the Witch stationed in the four corners of heaven. Come gather by the fire and hear the tale of the Gifts of the Cosmic Sea, the thirteen tools of the Witch, and the thirteen powers the Great Lady bears in our world. Dance and revel among the stars of the Witch Soul. Receive your blessing and your work from the four Watchers to fully embody your sovereignty for yourself, the people, and the world. (You may get wet).