Besides being incredibly busy and trying to stay sane, I’ve also been up to various projects for publication and scheduling workshops and rituals for 2013. After having a crazy day, I was more than delighted to find my copies of the new Witches & Pagans air issue in my mailbox. I wrote and illustrated an article for it titled “The Girl Who Found a Feather: A Journey into the Magic of Birds” exploring the mythology of birds and feathers as well as how to incorporate feathers into magic and ritual. Considering my bone collecting, you must have guessed my own feather and wing collection is quite massive… They are the ritual tool I use the most with my bear and deer drums running a close second.
I was also delighted to read the humourous article “The Magic of ’63: In which Goddess-palooza turns out to be a ‘civilized religion after all” by my good friend, local elder, and Pagan academic Fritz Muntean (some of you may remember him from The Pomegranate). He smashes preconceptions of early neoPaganism’s roots in North America (as he was there making our history) while also making us laugh at ourselves.
The Magick of Air issue is now available for purchase or download here: BBI Media Store
In other news I somehow managed to snag a presenter’s spot for next year’s Medicine of the People (formerly known as Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference) hosted by Kiva Rose in Arizona. It’s a wild celebration of Western herbalism, folk medicine, animism, music, and wonder. Two of my workshops were accepted and so I will be teaching a class on animistic herbalism and another on crafting bioregional incense.
I was invited to host the main ritual for The Witches’ Sabbat at Raven’s Knoll outside of Ottawa, Ontario July 2013. It will be a Luciferian-themed ritual in honour of the horned sabbat lord and fueled by wormwood — absinthe, ointment, and incense.
As if that weren’t enough, my workshop proposal for next year’s BC Shamanic Conference was accepted (after being voluntold to submit one). This year’s theme is “Return to the Forest” and I will be teaching a workshop and ritual called “Rediscovering Ancestral Plant Wisdom” (aka teaching the shamans how to use European psychoactive plants). Registration is already almost full for my class, so if you are interested – register now! It’s a pricey conference because it’s a week-long with heated cabins and fully catered, but you only need to pay $50 minimum to register and the rest can be done in installments. My friends Nikiah, Seb, Fritz, Mel, and Grant (aka “The Shaman”) will also be presenting workshops and rituals and the international presenters include Finnish bear shaman Christiana Harle and Michael Dunning of Yew Shamanism.
This weekend I’m off to the Western Gate Samhain Festival in Kelowna, BC to teach a workshop on ancestor worship and to host an ancestral ritual afterwards. Friday there’s a Celtic Concert and Jam with three talented performers and the rest of the weekend will be full of talks, rituals, and community magic. I hear there’s still a handful of tickets available, so if you’re within driving distance – go for it! Did I mention Brendan Myers and Morpheus Ravenna (from American Mystic) will be there?