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I’m still trying to wrap my head around Pantheacon 2015. It was a very different con for me, a strange mix of ups and downs. It started off incredibly when I got to watch my wife present for the first time. She got wonderful feedback on her work as a hypnotherapist. Throughout the con, and even after the con, a number of people expressed their appreciation for her session and for the work she did for them.

I got to help Shauna Aura Knight in her ritual facilitation workshop. By simply repeating a chant about Air as three others chanted the other elements, we raised some pretty amazing energy in a small space. I got a tiny glimpse of her ritual skills, and it left me wanting more. Much more.

I was the bad kid in a class on knot-tying, that poor student who wants to learn but needs the individualized attention from a teacher too busy to give it. There was important lesson there for this high school teacher to learn. My fellow witches and I sent protection to the witches of future at Devin Hunter’s Rite of Grand Convergence, and I worked to restore order in the world with Christopher Penczak. I met with men about men’s issues, talked with David Salisbury about establishing a Pagan lobbying day in the nation’s capital, and had the opportunity to meet Krampus, who was taking a break from his holiday season duties.

Krampus

Those were the ups, but then there were the downs.

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  • Tim Titus
    Tim Titus says #
    Thanks Piper. I agree with your thoughts. I felt that Jonathan Korman's letter was well done and the response from the PantyCon
  • Piper
    Piper says #
    Sorry I missed this year, I enjoyed last year alot, The POC suite was full of great people, and there were more offerings along my
PantheaConvergence prt3: The Black Rose Suite

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This year we decided to do something different and get a suite. We planned for months and worked our butts off to make it a fun and exciting atmosphere. The suite was decked out with halloween and witch inspired decor with altars, information, and ribbons everywhere! The entire weekend there was something going on in the room and we even had the honor of hosting two outside groups who each held events in the room. 

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PantheaConvergence prt2: The Rituals

The Rite of the Grand Convergence

 

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  • John Halstead
    John Halstead says #
    Devin, I was incredibly excited when I saw your ritual on the P-Con schedule, and immediately depressed when I realized I would ha
  • Devin Hunter
    Devin Hunter says #
    Wow! What an invitation! Please share and tag and let me know if there is anything else I can do. Many blessings.
  • John Halstead
    John Halstead says #
    Great, thanks! Did you use a ritual script or did was it more improvisational?

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PantheaConvergence prt1: Con in review

PantheaCon 2015 was the medicine the doctor ordered. I keep hearing from con-goers about the life affirming rituals and community bonding that took place over the long weekend. I had a similar experience in which I feel like I grew in so many ways as I saw our community grow right before my very eyes.

 

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  • Deborah Blake
    Deborah Blake says #
    It was a great con, wasn't it! And the Llewellyn suite was a great place to hang out (Elysia and Kat are fab).
  • Devin Hunter
    Devin Hunter says #
    They are exceptional! I was hoping to run into you at con, perhaps next time.

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The Sign of the Hoof

A mudra that links Star Trek, Orthodox Jewish liturgy, and the god of witches.

Fascinating.

The “Vulcan salute” premiered in 1967 during Star Trek's second season. Series creator Gene Roddenberry felt that the words of the newly-invented Vulcan greeting needed some sort of physical gesture to go with them. Actor Leonard Nimoy held up his hand, palm facing out, thumb extended, fingers divided between the second and third fingers. In that moment, a pop-culture icon was born. Live long and prosper, folks.

Nimoy knew the gesture from his childhood. Six times a year in the Orthodox synagogue that his grandfather took him to, the kohanim—men from priestly families—would face the congregation, raise both hands before their faces making the same hand-sign, and pronounce the ancient Threefold Blessing:

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Deus eduxit eum de Aegypto cuius fortitude similis est rincerotis. So, a god whose strength is like unto a rhino's. Well.
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Yikes. My first thought was, "they must have been working from a different underlying Hebrew text," which, given the difficulties
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    I would agree that your reading makes sense of 24:8 with its singular object, Brian, and would add that some MSS. read motsi'o for
  • Brian Niskala
    Brian Niskala says #
    One thing I find funny is the Septuagint's translation here: ὡς δόξα μονοκέρωτος αὐτῷ, taking the Hebrew's תוֹעֲפֹת רְאֵם as 'glo
  • Brian Niskala
    Brian Niskala says #
    I would question that translation of Number 23:20/24:8. That reading of 'lo' לוֹ as a possessive here doesn't quite work; I read i

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Apologies for the long time between posts--but I have some news to share: Llewellyn Worldwide is publishing my project--MAPPING THE MAGIC!

 


The book is about sacred sites in America (along with other related goodies) and will explore the magic of Washington, D.C. and the states of the Northeast: Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine--as you can see it will hopefully be the first of four books, each covering a different area of the country. HUGE thanks goes to Anne Niven at BBI Media who's been publishing my Wandering Witch feature at Witches & Pagans magazine since around 2007 ♥ 
 
To celebrate and spread the news about Mapping the Magic I'm hosting a GIVEAWAY! You can win a TWO year subscription to Witches & Pagans magazine or one of four copies of the current issue of the magazine. Click the link below to enter the rafflecopter giveaway (also on my blog at http://nataliezaman.blogspot.com):
 

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Please enter, share and spread the word :)
♥ Thank you so much for your support! ♥
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Sex. And Kitty Cats.

What do people really want to read about on the internet?

Well, Sex, of course.

And Kitty Cats.

So (Carnival's reputation being what it is) forthwith: a twofer. (In the long, twisted history of the Anguish Linguage, have ever those two words been used in the same sentence before?) A Mardi Gras tribute to Mr. Rudycat, the bad-most, pukin'-est kitty that ever missed the litter box. Sung, of course, to the tune of the immortal Dr. Longhair's classic Go to the Mardi Gras.

 Says the Rude: Aw, just pick me up, click the damn link, and dance, already.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Don't be deceived: it's all a ploy.
  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale says #
    Cute kitty.

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