CTCW 2019

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Changing Times Changing Worlds
November 15 – November 17, 2019

Honor’s Haven Resort
1195 Arrowhead Road, Ellenville, NY 12428

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 The theme for 2019 will be about manifesting what we truly need.

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2019 is our tenth year. Favorite presenters from previous years will be returning, as well as exciting new ones, along with an expanded class offerings, new panel topics, vendors, readers, and a new venue.
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We have workshops, panels, discussions, healing sessions, psychic readers, and vendors, with time to talk, eat, and shop. We offer advanced material for experienced practitioners to expand their skills, as well as introductory classes for those just discovering new areas to explore. As beings of spirit and body, it’s time to stop dreaming about our non-physical abilities, and learn to use them safely, ethically, responsibly and practically.
The change we want to make in the world is the acceptance and integration of what has been seen as “other” (supernatural, metaphysical, paranormal) but is normal and natural.

Full conference Registration is only $99. This includes all classes, hands-on workshops, panels, rituals, concerts, and access to the vendor room, including readers, and healers’ services.
Discounts are available for volunteers, elders, students, groups, and earlier registrations, day rates are available. Contact us to find out more.

Remember you can save money by registering on line, and we have work exchange opportunities that can deepen discounts. This is a group labor and we’d love to have you join us in this act of creation. This is OUR conference!

This stuff is real!

Check archives to see what panels and workshops we’ve done in the past. You can download many workshops from previous years in our shop for $2.99 each!

Panelists Sign up here.

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Sunday theme blog: How do you get to Carnagie Hall?

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Here’s the thing I love best about the Harry Potter books: they make it really, really clear that using magick is like almost everything else. Some people have talent for it, and some don’t, but EVERYONE needs to be taught how to do it right, and everyone needs to practice! (You did know the answer to the title question, didn’t you?)
Having good working tools helps, as Ron would point out.

Wingardium Leviosa

When I was in high school I read the book Johnathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach (if you haven’t read it- do, and his other books are also great), and while the rest of the world was getting excited about the metaphysics, I was struck by the physics of the book. Johnathan learned that you didn’t need to believe you could fly to fly, you needed to learn HOW to fly. This struck me as the most important point in the book.
The sixties were the time of the “Occult Explosion”, and folks were exploring all the amazing things people can do from ESP to dowsing to energy healing. I was out there with the rest of them, talking to plants, and trying to have OOB (out of body) experiences. At the same time I was also diving into Science Fiction, and when they talked about people doing telekinesis or controlling their body temperature mentally I had to try it. The more I discovered that all these “crazy” things worked, the more excited I was to try the next thing.

My generation, as so many before, thought that we had discovered these phenomena. Although I discovered that while books on the “supernatural” were sometimes hard to find in the local library, I could find them in stores. I read Hans Holzer and Sybil Leek, and subscribed to Fate Magazine, checked out AMORC, read W. E. Butler, looked into folk magick (the Long-Lost Friend) and voudoo, Spiritualists, and Theosophists, everything I could find by Edgar Cayce and the A.R.E., the Society for Psychical Research, got Richard Cavendish’s Man, Myth and Magick, read Rossell Hope Robbins, Robert Anton Wilson, W. E. Butler, Israel Regardie, Jane Roberts, Dion Fortune, Max Freedom Long’s The Secret Science behind Miracles, Carlos Castaneda (of course), and Issac Bonewitts, Montague Summers, Murray and Gardner.
I learned to accept that books on developing psychic abilities were grouped with tales of UFOs, Vampires, Bigfoot and witchcraft. (This rather lengthy list is to show that there were plenty of books on magick out there, although some folkd say there weren’t.) I watched the occult sections of bookstores expand, and have watched them shrink again. I’ve watched the New Age explore The Secret and try to use the Law of Attraction because it’s so much less threatening than (cue spooky music) magick and witchcraft. I’ve also watched the media portray witches from old movies like I married a Witch and Bell Book and Candle, through Bewitched, Charmed, Sabrina, and Practical Magick and on to the Harry Potter series. They still seem to think that witches are a different race than humans. Go fig.

Still, no matter which direction you approach from, you are going to come down to the important bottom line. Wanting and Believing isn’t enough to make magick happen. You have to actually put in the hours and practice. You may well have to do an exhaustive search to find someone who can teach you HOW to do it right. (I have never found that when the student is ready the master appears.)

Some people have perfect pitch, and some are tone deaf. Some people are clumsy and some coordinated. They have finally admitted that there isn’t just one, but there are many types of IQ: musical, spatial, bodily, interpersonal, and they keep identifying more. The traditional IQ tests, in an attempt to get away from cultural information ended up testing for the ability to spot patterns. We all know that simply being good at math doesn’t make you good with words. I personally know that being good at one type of art doesn’t necessarily mean you’re good with other types. I can catch a likeness, but can’t draw a straight line with a ruler. I’ve also learned from my artistic endeavors (as well as my psychic ones) what any athlete or musician can tell you. You have to learn the technique, and you have to practice.

This is why I love Harry Potter and the other fictional depictions of magick that show people learning the how-to of magick. I haven’t seen the new Sabrina, but the old one ran almost every episode on the trope: “using magick to try to fix your problems will only make them worse”. This trope exists because what non-magick users think of as “magic” is getting something without working for it. (“flick and swish”) Magick users know that you have to work to do it, and that’s how it works. It may be able to accomplish things you couldn’t do with other means, but it’s not “something for nothing”.

So like Itzhak Perlman practicing scales every day, if you want to do magick, there will be daily exercises, and always something new to learn.

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Workshop Spotlight: Fireology

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Fireology: with Ariel Sirocco
Fire has been an important part of all cultures and
religions, from pre-history to modern day, and was vital to the
development of Civilization.  With such a rich and wide landscape, are
we placing “the idea of fire” in its proper mental, esoteric, and
ritual framework?  In this lecture, we’ll look at the very roots of
“Fire” and its Promethean legacy.  We’ll explore spiritual and cosmic
fire, the “terrestrial fire” of the Tartarus, and how human evolution,
both culturally and anatomically, was touched by this divine
elemental.  In this lecture, we will take the swaddling clothes off
our current understanding of the “fire mythos,” taking these beliefs
out of their modern infancy, pass the fantastic, and into the reality
of the truly unbelievable where fact is always stranger than fiction.
This is a TWO-HOUR CLASS with a PowerPoint presentation and handouts.

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Panel Spotlight:

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Masculinity Panel
Panelists will explore the double edged sword of toxicity & images/ archetypes and media’s depiction of masculinity, and how they form boy’s expectations, and reinforce negative images of men for everyone. Too often media portrays men as either abusive drunkards, sexual prowess prowlers, warriors, or passive, ineffective, and immature. Stereotyping does not serve us. How can we promote a positive view of masculinity in our speech and actions, in our rituals and daily lives? Definitions of masculinity are broadening and becoming more diverse than ever. We need to be aware of these changes, so we may choose what aspects we want to see fostered and carried forward.  
Panelists: Thor Halvorsen, Seán Pádraig O’Donoghue, Dione Marshall

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Speaker Spotlight: David Rea

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David “Tyr’s Dragon” grew up on a horse farm just outside Elk Neck State Park and spent most of his childhood wandering through the woods and exploring nature. The inherent balance of nature is what inspired him to seek out a spirituality that matched his observations of the wilderness. In 1996 he began exploring the Wiccan religion as a solitary practitioner. He is a 2nd degree priest in the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel and coven member of Fellowship of the Ancient White Stag coven in the Silver Spring, MD area. David graduated from the inaugural class of Gryphons Grove School of Shamanism (located in Silver Spring, MD) in 2012. Dave has been a board member of the Sacred Space Foundation, a Mid-Atlantic esoteric conference, for over 8 years. Dave’s extensive education in the sciences of math, physics, and animal husbandry continually inform and expand his innate spirituality. His experience leads him to no longer see a line between spirit and science; they are intertwined. Dave’s specialization in energy work and creation of sacred space is from combining numerous geometric and physical theories with energy/chi work. This work is useful during his shamanic work as the Guardian/Ward for Gryphons Grove. Dave also uses these skills when working on house clearings\warding.

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Reader Spotlight: Michelle M. Lorenzo

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Bone Readings w/ Michelle M. Lorenzo

     Join Michelle in working with the ancestors to help you resolve conflicts, remove blockages, and move forward on your path to personal fulfillment through a contemporary form of the ancient art of bone-casting. 

     During this session, Michelle will focus on your questions, call in the ancestors, and throw various bones and curios into a woven bowl to read and discuss the personal messages received for you.

     Michelle has a deep commitment to using her psychic ability and education in psychology, massage therapy, reiki, hypnosis, and genealogy to assist herself and others on their path of personal growth and well-being.

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