Month: September 2019

Monday Vendor Spotlight: Auntie Arwen’s Spices

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Auntie Arwen, known in the “real world” as Jane T. Sibley,  has been a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) ever since the first Pennsic held at Coopers’ Lake.  Actually, she joined right after Pennsic 5, which was in 1975.  She started out selling tag sale items at Pennsic, and then graduated to crystals, tumble stones, crystal balls, and suchlike at science fiction cons as well as at SCA events.  This was successful for many years, but when the crystal fad began to die out, she switched over to spice blends.  Beginning with twelve blends, over the years the variety has increased to today’s over 300 blends, as well as salts, peppercorns, and more.  Arwen’s spices come in glass jars that were chosen for their exceptional sealing capability.  Our jars keep blends for well over 1yr, whole spices for grinding last easily 2yrs (and that is just what they say about spices in the plastic jars.)

Yes, this is the same Jane Sibley who started Changing Times Changing Worlds (with Tchipakkan and friends) nine years ago. She will be back this year, at the conference is often found at Hospitality, if not teaching or attending classes! (It’s SO good to have passed the chair on!) But don’t worry- Colleen will be holding the fort in the dealers room! Remember to bring back your spice jars for a discount on your next bottle!

An expert on Runes and Norse magic and folklore, she will be running a Norseworking Healing Circle again this year. And you may be able to find her books in the vendors. When the current book has been finished and the manuscript sent off to the publisher, she will start on the next one, and after

that, yet another one.  In between writing books she plans on getting back to another love that has been a part of her family history; painting.  Auntie is not bored.

Her on-line store is here since you can’t wait until November:
Auntie Arwen’s Spices
https://www.auntiearwenspices.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

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Just do it

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Simple thought this week: the prayer you don’t make, the spell you don’t cast, the ward or shield you don’t put up, these never work.
Stop wondering if it’s going to work, and just do it.

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Saturday Workshop Spotlight:

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Sociological scope: Two fold kiss of duality: Identity in the  21st Century with Thor Halvorsen
Discussion of the ever open book world of Social Media & Identity aspects, regarding the ever encroaching social media infusion, intrusion, and the balance of public vs private, but also the changing dynamics of society and the implications thereof to our communities.
Also discussed: The wrestling match with hate-group infiltration & propagation & ramifications via association. The importance of community, and how to strengthen that, safely. The need for building up the next generation, or else the legacies pass with our current generation. The aging Crones & Sages.. How we need to look out for each other as we can.

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Friday Panel Spotlight: Channeling Panel

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Channeling, Mediumship, and Possession Panel:
Sometimes we perceive others who live in other realities, and some can relay messages to those here who cannot. In some instances mediums will let other entities use their bodies, speak with their mouths, or even hop in and dance, eat, and enjoy this world, using blood and bones of a living human. How are these techniques the same, and how are they different? What do we need to know?
Panelists: Deb Jarvis, Sean Kane, Raven Kaldera

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Speaker Spotlight: Ariel Sirocco

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Ariel Malachi Sirocco is an Integrative Hermeticist following the Corpus Hermetica and related writings; as such, he is a hardcore Panentheist.  He frequently teaches ancient Hermetic history and traditions and has taught at several esoteric conventions along the Northeast and at countless private gatherings.  Ariel has an academic background in biology (Q.C.) and 15 years with the American Museum of Natural History.  To this day, he weaves his scientific knowledge with his ritual.


Ariel has been a practicing occultist since 1983.  He was initiated as a High Priest of the Minoan Temple, Inc. of New York in 1998 and The Temple of the Spiral Path-NYC in 2004. During this time, he realized that the scientific and the esoteric were two sides of a coin named “Ritual” and, thus, began his true pursuit and calling: Hermetics.
He moved to Connecticut for several years where he started Coven Quiddity (2006).  It grew into the Akashic Temple (2009) and ran monthly meetings and a few major events during the year.  In 2007, he joined the Masonic fraternity and his attentiveness quickly raised him through the ranks reaching Master Mason in 2008.  In 2012, he became a 32-Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and Washington Council Princes of Jerusalem, Master of Ceremonies (2012-2013) of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Bridgeport, Ct.  In 2017, Ariel became the Worshipful Master of Union Lodge No.5 in Stamford, Ct.
During this time, his passion with Hermetics led him to reach out across the United States and abroad to Amsterdam, NE in search of Elders.  In Amsterdam, he reached out to and visited the world-renounced University of Hermetics (@ U.o.A.).  However, he found his teacher on the West Coast – in California and in 2015, Ariel was granted an encampment charter from the Ordo Templi Astartes (OTA) for New York City area.
It is Ariel’s belief that this “New Age of Esotericism” deserves academic exploration without sacrosanct or circular defenses.  If this does not happen, the entire family of “pagan and esoteric traditions” will fall into disrepair, ill repute, and eventually dismissed as merely fanciful.

Contact at: arielsirocco@yahoo.com

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