Month: October 2019

Speaker Spotlight: Kirk White

Posted on Updated on

Kirk White, M.A., L.Ac., is a healer, teacher and author. He has been a practicing Witch and Magician since 1973, a psychotherapist for 22 years, and a licensed oriental medical practitioner since 1994. A past co-president of Covenant of the Goddess (North America’s oldest and largest association of Witches and Wiccans), and past director of the University of Vermont’s Parapsychology Program, he also founded Cherry Hill Seminary, a professional Pagan ministry program with faculty and students worldwide, and Standing Stone Academy, a Pagan healer training program.
In 2006, Wildhunt.org named him one of the “25 most influential modern living Pagans today.” In addition to working as a consultant with Pagan seminaries nationwide such as the Aquarian Tabernacle Churches’ Woolston Steen Theological Seminary, he is a licensed acupuncturist/ Chinese herbalist, registered psychotherapist, legal Pagan minister, Freemason, and adept in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. His skills and interests include traditional healing modalities, various magickal and spiritual traditions, and models of Pagan leadership and ministry.

Kirk is the author of the books Adept Circle Magick: a Guide for the Advanced Wiccan Practitioner, Advanced Circle Magick: Essential Spells and Rituals for Every Season, rEvolutions: The Elements of Mastery, Operative Freemasonry: A Manual for Restoring Light and Vitality to the Fraternity, and Masterful Magick: A Guide for Advanced Wiccan Practice.
Or you can listen to some previous workshops:

Ritual Triage with Kirk White aka “How to Avoid the Ford Pinto Ritual” or Diagnostic Skills for Energy Healers – Kirk White.

This year: Freemasonry & the Golden Dawn:  Old Men’s Mysteries for Modern Men (and Women too!)
This class is an exploration of the history, activities and practices of these two ceremonial groups. We’ll debunk myths, give away “secrets”, talk about magick, and explain how these groups can be used to transform one’s self and one’s world. 

Introduction to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
The Golden Dawn has had the single largest influence on Western occultism in modern history. The concepts, associations and practices of almost every subsequent magical group, including Wicca, modern Paganism and Thelema, were inspired by the Golden Dawn. Through study of hermetic qabalah, astrology, tarot, alchemy, theurgy, astral travel and other spiritual/ personal development tools they became the “gold standard” of ceremonial groups. Join us as we explore some of the history, beliefs and practices of past and current Golden Dawn temples. There will be some “show and tell” and a chance to experience GD ritual firsthand. Prerequisites: An alternative to the Freemasonry and the Golden Dawn talk.

Witching Wellness  with Kirk White
The witch walks the line between the worlds, weaving the forces of the plants, the stars, the elements, the spirits, magic and medicine, mind and body, to bring healing (or harm when necessary) to themselves and their communities. Placed into the magical worldview of medieval European folk medicine and magic, yet also drawing on Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Greek humoral medicine, we will begin to explore how these forces are woven together and can be used for health, happiness, growth, and balance. We will cover basic theory, learn and practice assessment/diagnostic methods, and learn how to choose or create the right treatment strategy based on those findings. Beginners will leave with a firm foundation on which to begin growing while more advanced healers will gain strategies and skills to better define, refine, and deepen their current skill set. (90 min)

Share this!
Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Vendor Spotlight: Sensitive Earth Healing Arts

Posted on Updated on

Sensitive Earth offers custom and potent energy healing sessions which include the modalities of Reiki and stone, sound, and plant medicines. Visit the ‘Services’ tab or visit https://sensitiveearth.com/healing-sessions to learn more.We also offer an online & traveling apothecary as well as classes focused on plant medicine and energy healing in the Hudson Valley.For more information, to shop the apothecary, and to join the mailing list to stay updated, visit https://sensitiveearth.com/ (mailing list sign up is on the bottom of home page)

Share this!
Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Vendor/Reader Spotlight: Raven’s Own

Posted on Updated on

Kahina Stones are a divination system based on the symbolism and culture of the Kabyle. “Kahina” is the Kabyle word for “Wise Woman,” as the symbols are traditionally women’s magic. The Kabyle are a subgroup of the Imazighen, commonly known as the Berbers, and is part of a North African culture originating from Egypt and Ethiopia some 10,000 years ago. The word Berber is derived from the term Barbary, a word used to describe the Maghreb coast and stemming from the Greek “barbaria” (barbarian). Barbary sailors and pirates were Berbers, as were the Moors who ruled southern Spain for 800 years. Today the symbols are still used in tattoos women wear, the textiles women weave, the pottery women make, and they adorn the central structural pillar of many homes (which is also called “the woman”).
Falling somewhere between Tarot and runes, Kahina Stone readings can offer simple answers or detailed descriptions, depending upon the layout used and the question asked. Stones fall into three base categories: Akeffadh (fruitful), Ilelli (neutral), and Ilem (drought). These determine which aspect the symbol falls into, and what general tone the tile can take. However, where the tile falls in the chosen layout can also cast its own emphasis on the meaning of the tile. For example, an Ilem tile in a position of assistance still means the drought tile is uncomfortable, but whatever the discomfort, getting through it or addressing it will be the most helpful thing for the situation. Tile meanings are both practical and magical, like the Kabyle themselves, and readings are informed by history, practical life, and the guidance of an ancestor on the Kabyle side of the family.
Rebecca also works with metal, traditionally viewed as men’s magic. A decorative chain-mailler for nearly a decade, she weaves intricate jewelry, meditation tools, pendulums, and decorative items. Cherif works with polymer clay to create adorable and creepy critters based on mythology, sci-fi/horror, and his own imagination. They also offer original paintings, prints of their original pieces, and both the Kahina Stones and the instruction books, both at events and at ravensown.storenvy.com
Photos can be viewed and downloaded here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=13oxyQUKX960jV0A2IZUq-GWdG6eBwctI
Thank you so much for your patience, and let me know if you have any questions!
Raven’s Own
Curios for the Curious
ravensown.storenvy.com
ravensown@gmail.com

Share this!
Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Lighting our fires in times of Need

Posted on Updated on

This may be a higher latitudes problem, since fire may not be so obviously necessary where it doesn’t get so cold, and where winter nights aren’t so long sd up here, but even in the tropics, fire is needed for the transformation of raw materials to cooked food, and to light the nights. A single candle transforms a dark room into a dim room, and a dim room can be navigated more safely.

Often we worry that our efforts are too small to make a difference; why bother since what we are doing is such a small impact in the huge mass of “everything going wrong at once” But this post is your reminder: every difference, however small is a difference. In a great mass of blackness, a candle shines forth like a beacon. A few degrees make huge differences in a human’s internal temperature, or in climate. Impact is often cumulative. We are not alone. When we work to help the planet, we are part of a great effort being made by millions, all of whom are motivated by love of our planet and fellow humans (and animals…). The god that inspires you may also be whispering to thousands of other people. And on this plane, not only is each effort part of a greater movement, but when someone else sees your effort, you often inspire them to join you by showing that improvement is possible.

In the Disney movie Antz, when the grasshoppers belittled the efforts of ants, Hopper demonstrated that there were so many of them that together they were able to take out the individually more powerful grasshoppers. We need to remember that normal human beings may seem weak when facing those with more power and money, but evolution has lead most humans to be good, and care for others in their group, or even strangers. Empathy is built in, and needs to be trained out. When we work together we have huge impact. Rejoice in being a small part of a great movement. Combined, our many candles will illuminate our world and meet our needs.

Share this!
Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Workshop Spotlight: The Abcedrian System

Posted on Updated on

with Gretchen Schork
This system focuses on the planets and the American Alphabet for use in 21st Century magic. The alphabet is assigned to the traditional symbols, making it compatible with other systems, and uses the Triple Septagram as the system’s central diagram. This is a fully useful system, including numeration, sigil design, magical time, and virtually all other aspects of magic presented in other systems (examples: Qabalah and Runes).
This presentation includes a whirlwind tour through the history of the alphabet, uses of alphabets in magic, and how this system is constructed, as well as a few examples of its particular applications to the philosophy of the magician’s place in the magical universe.

Share this!
Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail