Dr. Skye Stephenson:
Obsidian: Dark Portal Stone of Power and Protection
Despite its mundane appearance and easy accessibility, Obsidian is a powerful portal stone whose sacred energies can be respectfully engaged for protection, healing, divination and access to the underworlds (personal and planetary). A master teaching stone, Obsidian has long been used for utilitarian purposes (knife blade) and sacred initiatory rituals. In this session, you will learn three different ways to approach Obsidian – via the Toltec myth of Tezcatlipoca, through the divinatory mirror, and as a healing tool par excellence.
Obsidian plays a key role in the Toltec origin myth, which connects Obsidian with ancestral memory. Aztec leaders and spiritual initiates used obsidian for divinatory purposes and it is alleged that they foresaw the arrival of the Spaniard Cortez and his troops reflected in Obsidian.
Obsidian can also be used for various types of healing purposes, including psychic surgery. A brief overview of how this is done will be given in the session. By the end of the workshop you will have a greater understanding of the powers and legends around Obsidian, and walk away with suggestions of how you can deepen your own magickal workings and relationship with the spirit of Obsidian.
The Misfits of Avalon
The Misfits of Avalon play traditional and contemporary Celtic music featuring the hammered dulcimer at festivals and faires all over New England. Brian Weiland plays the hammered dulcimer, Celtic mandolin, and anything else he can get his hands on. Max Cohen is a guitarist capable of playing with both sublime delicate beauty and energetic powerful drive- often within the same song! The newest member of the group is Brian’s youngest son Aiden, a brilliant fiddler whose astonishing ability is the result of his being given his first violin not long after he first learned to walk!
With a swirl of silks and glitter of sequins, Akasha will entrance and captivate you with traditional Egyptian dance. Akasha began her dance training in ballet at the age of 4. At 14, she began dancing competitively in Irish step dancing - winning over 100 awards. At 19, she devoted herself to classic belly dance, studying for 9 years with internationally known dancer and instructor, Joynan. Akasha now teaches the movement as well as the history of this ancient dance form.
Divining with the Dead
The veils are thin and the ancestors draw near. Discover ways to partner with your ancestors to gain clearer insight, wisdom and guidance. Develop and deepen your connection to the dead through divination, mediumship and spirit communication. Explore approaches to honor the departed and support spirit work. Learn to partner with the dead to enhance your life. Know the wisdom of the bones!
Danielle Dionne is psychic medium, witch, writer and teacher. Danielle has been connecting to the dead since the age of six and reading professionally for over a decade. She runs Moth and Moon Studio, a spiritual education center located in Bedford, NH. Danielle’s eclectic practice draws upon a vast foundation in mediumship, healing arts, witchcraft, herbalism and rootwork.
Jeff Cerneson Cote:
The Energy Body, Dreaming, and the Arte of Enchantment
From shamanic practices to Chinese Qigong, and from Cunning Craft to the work of Franz Anton Mesmer, our ancestors have known the correlation between the energy body, the free and wild consciousness of the creative, dreaming mind and the power of enchantment. They say that all enchantment begins in self enchantment. Join Jeffrey Cerneson Coté as we learn to empower enchantment through the use of energy practices, and linking those practices into a cohesive process with the power of the dreaming mind.
In the course of seeking magic, Jeff has walked across many landscapes of spiritual endeavor. From the mountains and temples of China, to the plains of Mid-West America; from the deep woods and mountains of both Northern and Central Europe to the Desert of Central Mexico, Jeff sought hidden corners of culture where sorcerers might still linger, hiding in plain sight. Most of his teachers did not call it magic, but it was Magic that they all did. What has been common to all of them was the wise, and skillful handling of perception. And in this Jeff discovered the very heart of magic, sorcery, cunning craft or whatever you might choose to call it.
Honoring our Ancestors: Storytelling and Ritual
Samhain invokes a feeling of remembering our Ancestors. We embrace this time of year as an opportunity to awaken their memories through ritual. But what if we took it a step further? What if we incorporated their stories along with simple action to fully welcome them through the veil not only at this sacred time, but throughout the year? Join Robbi Packard, a modern witch, as she shares simple, effective rituals of connection to incorporate in your daily practice. Experience the stories of your Ancestors and welcome them home.
Robbi Packard is the Proprietress of The Robin’s Nest. A witch and High Priestess of the Craft, she has helped to foster a thriving pagan community by setting the example of kindness and compassion while walking in her Personal Power. A General Member of the Temple of Witchcraft and an initiate of the Ash, Birch & Willow Tradition. Robbi is an artist, craftswoman, community leader, charity organizer, and – most importantly – a proud rescue-puppy mom. She has obsessions with gardening, photography, fabric, yarn and coffee and strives to enjoy a combination of these things every day.
Herbs of Hecate
Hecate, the Goddess of witches, midwives and herbalism has an association with many plants. Her devotees and those under her patronage have the blessing of her powerful connection with herbs. These plant spirits become powerful allies in magic and life. Join Adam Sartwell, co-founder of the Temple of Witchcraft and Priest of Hecate as he reveals the modern and classical herbs associated with Hecate. In this class you will learn how to embrace the power of the Witch Queen’s plants to enhance your magical practice.
Adam Sartwell co-founder of the Temple of Witchcraft, Lead Minister of the Virgo Ministry, and an ordained minister. He is a reiki master, professional tarot diviner, and psychic healer. Award-wining author of "Twenty-one days of Reiki" and "The Blessing Cord". He has been published in anthologies such as Green Lovers, Ancestors of the Craft, and Foundations of the Temple.
Dr. Kevin Ross Emery:
Coming Out of the Closet
Most of us have encountered places or situations where we have been pressured to “fit in”; where we have been shamed into being silent about who we are, what we practice, or what we believe. Join author, psychic, international speaker, and spiritual catalyst, Dr. Kevin Ross Emery, for a motivating discussion on reclaiming our personal power. Now more than ever, the most important thing any of us can do is reclaim our power and come out of whatever closet we have been forced into. Empower your practice and your life.
Lyrion & Raven ApTower:
For over 27 years, Lyrion and Raven ApTower (HPS/HP, Wiccan, Granite Tower, Wilton, NH) have conducted rituals celebrating the cycles of Nature, life, death, and rites of passage. As Elders, both have represented this Earth-based spiritual path in a wide variety of contexts including civic, interfaith, academic, literary, and media venues. Most recently, Lyrion was one of the 25 Pagans included in Ellen Evert Hopman’s latest book, "The Real Witches of New England". Drawing on their lifelong interests and education in religions and environmentalism, Raven and Lyrion serve many spiritual communities as herbalists, counselors and teachers.
Returning to close Celebrate Samhain for an 11th year, the ApTowers, will conduct a moving ceremony to welcome and honor the sacred dead and the seasonal wisdom they bring to the Circle.
Singer, songwriter and harpist, Jenna Greene (“The Greene Lady”), is a weaver of musical myth and magic. With a voice that is both ethereal and soulful, she sings of ancient lore, finding wonder and following dreams. Interlacing Celtic, World Folk and New Age influences, Greene deftly weaves haunting ballads, drum-driven dance tunes, lilting harp and mythic story. She has released two albums of original music, Crossroads and Wild Earth Child. She has recently released her fifth studio album, “Wings”.
Myschyffe Managed is a New Hampshire-based a capella group specializing in medieval and renaissance madrigals. This motley crew was formed by a small herd of "Ren Rats" with a tenuous grasp on reality who also love to sing. Its members feel that a bit of authentic period music adds to the overall ambiance of the various renaissance faires gracing our region, and audiences appear to agree. Their material is drawn primarily from the madrigal masters of old from Italy, England, Spain, and France. Managed’s goal is to recreate a small part of the musical past for the entertainment and appreciation of the public. They can, however, readily shift from serious music to the, shall we say, ‘traditional’ songs of drunkenness and debauchery as sung by lords, wenches, and pirates the world over.
Ellen Evert Hopman:
Panel Discussion: The Real Witches of New England
While the Salem witch trials happened long ago, the prejudices and fears engendered by the witchcraft hysteria still live on in our culture. In her latest book, "The Real Witches of New England", author Ellen Evert Hopman weaves together history, sacred lore, modern practice, and the voices of today’s witches. Exploring how the perception and practices of witches has evolved and expanded over the centuries, Hopman features moving interviews with descendants of 13 New England witches persecuted during the witch trials as well as in-depth interviews with 25 modern-day practitioners from a variety of Pagan faiths, including Druids, Wiccans, Celtic reconstructionists, and practitioners of the fairy faith. Emerging from their insights is a treasure trove of practical information on the sacred calendar, herb lore, spells, and magical practices. Bringing together past and present, Hopman reveals what it really means to be a “witch,” redefining the label with dignity and spiritual strength.
Ellen Evert Hopman is a voice for Herbalists and Druids in modern society and the author of a growing number of books. A master herbalist and professional member of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), Ellen is a founding member of The Order of the White Oak (Ord Na Darach Gile) and currently serves as ArchDruid of Tribe of the Oak, an international Druid teaching order based in New England. Ellen has presented on Druidism, herbal lore, tree lore, Paganism and magic at conferences, festivals, and events across the United States and Europe.
Joining Ellen in the Real Witches Panel Discussion:
Sancista Brujo Luis
Terry von Meyers
Lyrion Ap Tower
Susan Marie Coté:
Poppets and Their Uses
When most people hear the word “poppet” they likely envision voodoo dolls made popular in movies and on TV, but poppets were used by our ancestors all across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the British Isles. Poppets are one of the most commonly used tools in sympathetic or imitative magic, based on imitation or correspondence where “like attracts like”. Poppets are quite effective magical tools which can be used in a myriad of workings; the possibilities are limitless. In this presentation by Susan Marie Coté, you will learn how to create your own poppets for whatever purposes you desire – whether you are looking for health and healing, protection, success in your studies or job, fertility, prosperity, forging positive relationships, or even removing negative influences from your life, this deceptively simple tool can be exactly what you need.
Susan is a practicing Herbalist, Pharmakeute, and Initiate of the Ash, Birch, and Willow Tradition founded by Raven and Stephanie Grimassi. Her additional training and practice includes Reiki, Classical Taoist Healing, and Western Herbalism. She is the Creator and Owner of Branwen’s Dreams.
Red faire favorites, The L.I.A.R.S. (The Ladies of Integrity, Aristocracy, Repute, and Society) are a performance troupe of 5 lovely ladies based out of central Massachusetts. They’re sultry songstresses who blend lilting harmonies, wry wit, and an unabashed love of terrible puns into amusing and upbeat musical stage shows. The L.I.A.R.S. who go by the names of Temperance, Modesty, Serenity, Grace, and Patience have stated their goal to spread lovely harmonies and a love and appreciation of traditional music and sea chanties wherever they go.