Thanks to everyone – attendees, presenters, and vendors – for coming and making our 10th Anniversary so special. We’re already making plans for next year’s conference. More details coming soon!
Changing Times Changing Worlds 2019 took place on
November 15 – November 17, 2019
Honor’s Haven Resort
1195 Arrowhead Road, Ellenville, NY 12428
In case you weren’t able to join us, here’s what you missed:
And don’t forget about our 10th Anniversary E-book, Facets of the Flame (link will open in new window)
Come on over to the facebook group to see what we are up to.
Cromniomancy – In some parts of the world, the first day of December is the traditional time for young girls to perform the ancient art of cromniomancy (divination by onion sprouts) to find out the name of their future husband.
To find out who your future husband will be, take some onions and upon each one carve or write a different man’s name. Place the onions near a fire and the man whose name is on the onion that sprouts first will be the one.
Crystal Skull World Day is held the Sunday of 4th week of November.
When I was a kid I loved the stories about “the Crystal Skull”, a unique artifact with unknown mystical properties. As I got bigger I discovered there were more than one. These days crystal skulls are available in many shops, and yet they still are said to have amazing occult properties.
According to the Crystal Skull World Day website “Crystal Skull World Day is an event created by a group of dedicated guardians in order bring together people who share the same profound passion for crystal skulls. All the members are volunteers and have given their time and effort to put together this fantastic event.”
The reproduction skulls are said to be healing, and are popular among New Age and other enthusiasts. After all, like so many other energetic affects, how one will interact with someone’s energetic field depends on the person and the skull. Different materials like amethyst or jade, also result in different properties, although carved stone skulls are still referred to as ‘crystal’ as a group.
We perhaps don’t even need to mention how popular skulls are in the rest of the world, whether from the last Indiana Jone movie, or as jewelry, Halloween and Day of the Dead decor, or just weird stuff like using it as a Vodka bottle or cups.
Fun is fun, but CTCW attendees are generally more interested in what we can do with the ones we can use to improve our lives.
It’s not just us. The world knows that there’s an energetic part of reality. International Aura Awareness Day was established in 2002 to create awareness of this. Aura Day takes place the fourth Saturday in November.
There’s a reasonable agreement on what an aura is, although there’s a huge range of theories about how it works, and what knowing about it can do. Early Spiritualists, Swedenborgians, and others mentioned the “subtle emanation around living beings”, medieval Christians as well as Hindus and Buddhists represent holy people surrounded by light, which indicates that some people have always been able to perceive auras. In Greek, the word aura means breeze or upper air, in Latin or breeze or breath.
Some people can see auras, others can’t. I know I don’t, but we used to annoy my sister because her aura was palpable by almost everyone, and we would play with it.
We think of auras as surrounding people, but all living things have energy fields: plants, animals, and perhaps other things we would consider inanimate. Certainly no one doubts that a magnet is surrounded by an energy field. But auras aren’t magnetic, they’re something else, and this field responds to physical, psychological and spiritual changes. Some humans can see them, some cameras and other devices can record them. They can be used to diagnose and sometimes affect moods and illnesses. Some say fixing holes in your aura can keep energy from leaking out. Similarly, some emotions can taint your aura, causing physical illness, which clears up when the aura is energetically cleansed.
As energy within the body is said to run through meridians, it is also said to radiate out from the body in layers, sometimes described as etheric, emotional, mental, astral, celestial, spiritual, and other terms used to explain how that layer interacts with different parts of the aura. Each layer seems to serve a different function. Some are tight to our body- and may be the energetic component of the physical body, while other parts can extend yards out from us. These fields also change in size and shape (and color).
Those who read auras say that certain colors can tell us what’s going on in our energy field. With the advent of aura technology, we can all get a peek at what our auras are doing- before and after meditation comparisons are fun.
Red – fearless and passionate
Pink – Deeply sensitive and gentle in nature
Orange – creative and full of emotion
Yellow – Confident and happy with high self-esteem
Tan – Practical and detail-oriented
Green – Natural born self-healers who are drawn to nature and animals
Blue – Caring, nurturing, and protective
Purple – Charismatic with a powerful personality
White – Spiritually motivated, positive, and uplifting (These descriptions are from the National Day Calendar holiday description.)
Over on the facebook group post- conference we are expressing how very good it is to see each other again. Although we only see some of our friends once a year, and although we are often running around from class to panel to class…, it is still soul-nourishing to be surrounded by those who understand, who grok, what we are doing. It happens at CTCW.
Sometimes at work, school, or even in our birth families, we have to constantly self-edit, self-censor, to try and guess whether saying something about what we do is going to suddenly make others see us as foolish, or dangerous, or simply too different to trust. It’s not simply hiding that we are pagans or witches from those who are ignorant about how normal pagans and witches are; some CTCW attendees are devout Christians. It’s not that we have learned herbalism, Reiki and other Complementary healing techniques; those are gradually becoming more accepted. It’s not hiding that we see ghosts, or do divination, or dowse; other people experience all these things. (They do also learn to not talk about them freely.)
You never know. You don’t know who might make some bizarre connection, some leap of illogic, whether from popular fiction, or a story told by a friend, or a personal experience that tno one could explain to them. Tehy might assume that if you believe X, you must be Y. Since they probably won’t say anything about it, you won’t even know that they’ve decided you may attend satanic orgies, or, less dramatically, that you are too gullible to make important decisions at work. We live with this sort of hidden prejudice all the time, and learn to ease into occult topics carefully. “I have a friend who…”
Oh, what a relief it is to be with people who you can tell about the spirit you talked to when you were a kid, or the magickal technique you use to get a parking space, and not worry! Like taking off a pair of shoes that don’t quite fit at the end of a long day, being about to speak without worrying about the audience is so wonderfully comfortable! We hope that, in time, (is a generation too soon?) that this will be possible everywhere, for everyone. Step one is to understand that it is possible.