Ever see a bonfire rise a hundred feet into the night? Lit by the full moon, a thousand people dancing around it? It is, I assure you, a spectacular sight.
As I do each year, I performed and presented workshops at the two festivals held at the Brushwood Folklore Center in Sherman, New York; Sirius Rising, and Summerfest (whose name will be changed next year).
This has been a busy time for your Village Witch...mostly because she keeps leaving the village and hitting the road.
I've only just returned from the Pagan Unity Festival in Burns, TN and am pondering the differences between festivals and conferences, since I was fortunate enough to be included in the Cherry Hill Conference several weeks ago.
All these gatherings. What draws us into these artificial communities? And are they really so artificial?