I'll go with you, I told my friend Lola over dinner when she mentioned her desire to do El Camino. Struggling with recurring cancer, Lola was courageous and confident about taking on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. My hometown priest used to talk about El Camino during Catechism class. Your sins will be pardoned when you arrive at the Santiago Cathedral, he used to say. As a child, I questioned whatever the clergy said, earning their accusations of being a Doubting Thomas. Even though I did not believe the sin absolution story, the idea of walking El Camino intrigued me. But I did not know why. Did I have a secret sin that needed forgiveness?
Years before my dinner with Lola, my best childhood friend Nayda invited me to do El Camino. The pilgrimage was to be in honor of our sisterhood. I loved the idea--spending time with my sister-friend always brought me joy. But, as life happened, Nayda became home-bound taking care of her ill mother. I can't do El Camino right now, she said. So, when Lola mentioned her wish to do the Way of St. James, I jumped at the idea.
Nona Sabbata is my Latin jargon for "The Ninth Sabbat."
For over five years now our Coven has been providing open public [Wiccan] community rituals a minimum of twice a month. In all that time, of all of those rituals, we only cancel one of them each year. Because we're at PantheaCon. And by "we're" I mean over eight of us. We all load up one very large van, and pile into one very nice hotel suite. It's like a non-stop four day slumber party with your best friends, at your favorite intergalactic spiritual space station. Which no one seems surprised to find located in California's Silicon Valley.
Our events are an opportunity to disseminate important information in our community. We are always promoting articles from Witches & Pagans, Newly released books, news and current events via The Wild Hunt or the Newswire Collective and anything else we can remember. We start promoting PantheaCon at our circles fairly early in the season, read off some the the events when the schedule is released and keep reminding everyone that "we won't be here that weekend."