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Familiars vs. Totems: The differences, how to spot them, and how to use them in your everyday magical life, by Resha: What’s the difference between a totem animal and a familiar? How do you spot either one? This workshop will be an informal discussion forum intended to explain and educate those who are curious about totem animals as opposed to familiars. Folklore will be presented as well as personal experience on what they are, how to distinguish them, and the day to day benefits a witch can have from recognizing a totem and activating their familiar. All Ages
From Mundane to Mystical: Magick As A Daily Way of Life, by Benjamin Burr: When we were young the world was full of possibilities, lets discuss ways to turn the mundane blahs of life into a chance to practice your craft.. Magick, faeries, ghosts, witches, familiars, enchanted toys – all of it existed because our minds had not yet been warped by the world. No one had yet told us that these things were “make-believe”, and unfortunately with age often comes cynicism. Think of the things we could achieve if we saw magick as more than an action or a ritual; what if we saw the act of using magick or spells as a way of life? Whether it’s simple things like an incantation you create while you’re mopping the floor, a mojo bag made with die from a D&D board game, or turning everyday objects like sunglasses into a third eye shield, magick is in everything and can go as far as your imagination will take you. All Ages
Introduction to Bindrunes, by Jennilee Benda: Bindrunes can be powerful symbols to help protect, draw energy, or boost your own energy! Learn more about Bindrunes and how to create one for yourself. Ages 13+
Raising a Psychic Child, by Lena with Pagans in Touch: Does your child have “invisible” friends? Are they hearing voices or noises no one else hears? Seeing people or animals no one else sees? Do they have strong reactions to things like graveyards or seem to come alive in nature? Perhaps they are remembering being someone else, or having flashbacks of lives before the one they’re in right now? These and many more are common experiences of psychic children, and they can be as frightening or delightful for the parent as the child. Join in a discussion about how to handle these experiences and get tips on how the child can embrace and control their gifts, and how you can learn to protect them. Workshop is led by a hereditary witch who experienced many of the above listed examples, and who is raising two daughters who followed suit. All Ages
Self-Expression in the Name of the Gods, by Connie Bach: Beauty, fashion, and body art have long been incorporated into spirituality. How can we incorporate modern trends into our spirituality, while keeping the balance between cultural beauty norms and individual expressions. Our bodies are temples that deserve decoration, and we are gifted with the desire and ability to express ourselves. Topics will include individualized body art, separating our own interests from current beauty ideals, using makeup and accessories for magical purposes, personal power colors, and avoiding cultural appropriation. Ages 13+ Cancelled: Presenter unable to attend.
Sound Healing Journey and Gong Wash, Shaman Jay & The Thundersirens: Be transported with the sacred sounds of the flute, bells, singing bowls, hand-pan, drums, and Gong as you journey through tones, frequencies, and live sound healing. This immersive and meditative journey is designed to clear the energetic and physical body while bringing harmony to the system. Be immersed through this transient trans-formative auditory and vibrational experience that can facilitate a cleansing, clearing, calming and energizing effect. All Ages
Tools of the Trade, by Hedgehog: Ever see a picture of a witch with a broom or a knife and want to know what they’re using it for? Ever wanted to know what the difference is between a curved blade and a straight blade? Ever want to know about some of the more obscure tools used in lesser-known traditions? Come see and learn about the different tools that Pagans of different traditions use! All Ages
What is it about CUUPs?, by Sean-Thomas Gunnell with CUUPS: The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) is an organization dedicated to networking Pagan-identified Unitarian Universalists (UUs), educating people about Paganism, promoting interfaith dialogue, developing Pagan liturgies and theologies, and supporting Pagan-identified UU religious professionals. Come find out why CUUPs might interest you. Ages 13+
Witchcraft: The Male Perspective, by Joshua Hinkle: Witchcraft: the Male Perspective, come join us in an open dialogue about gender equality in witchcraft. Witchcraft has traditionally been seen as Goddess worship and a woman’s craft. Come discuss and explore the role men have played in witchcraft through the ages and find out what it is like to be a male witch in modern America, Men play different but vital roles within the covens come find out what those are. All Ages
Q & A with a Witch, by Lena & Ben with Pagans in Touch: Have you have had a question but been too shy to ask? Do you have a magickal stumbling block? Want to know if anything they did in Harry Potter is real? Need to know how to get a ghost our of your cupboard or bake a spell into a pie? Lena and Ben from Pagans in Touch will be hosting an hour long Q & A to start the day. Held in the discussion setting that all P.I.T. meetings are held, join them for conversation, discussion and commentary. All ages and all levels of experience welcome.
Voices in My Head, by Faith: Sometimes we have experiences that we can’t explain. We feel overwhelming feelings from objects or people and seem to know about things even though we have never seen them. In this workshop, we will talk about all the different psychic abilities that we can have & what we can use them for. Ages 13+
Universal Energy Practices, by John Markey with Circle Sanctuary: Techniques for enlivening our energy body are found in many world practices will be shared and experienced in this 1 hour session. References will be made to many Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and native sacred artwork, many of which are well known but not understood for what they show us about our own energy bodies. Open to any mature young adult and older wanting to experience some neat, simple and universal techniques for balancing and spiritual growth. John Markey is a lay leader with Circle Sanctuary. He teaches energy awareness to over 200 students per month at Great Lakes Naval Station north of Chicago. Ages 13+