This is one of the panels that didn’t get enough people signing up to happen- I’ll be posting a few more of them to “hold space” until we start posting new panel ideas for next year. There is no reason to think we might not run one of these- or re-run great panels that are still discussion worthy. But please, send in your suggestions if you have ideas for a panel topic you’d enjoy hearing discussed.
Global Warming (Weirding) Panel
Climate Change (“you’re soaking in it”). Our take on the debate over climate change, politics vs scientific community, including our role as custodians of this earth and our spiritual paths. Climate change refers to the warming of our climate’s global temperatures, with effects include the melting of the ice caps, worsening of storms, changes in the jet-stream and currents in the ocean, the salinity level of the oceans, affecting life in the ocean. How does the spiritual community see these changes? Do you accept the Gaia Hypothesis? How do they affect the magical workings we do? Does it likewise affect our balance as well? What do we already do, or can we do to do our part to inform, educate, and enact actions to help resolve this imbalance?
To Hex or not to Hex, The Wiccan Rede, the 9 Nobel Virtues and other wisdom lore address ethics of using magick. Some people believe in the Rede, others do not, and follow a more eye-for-an-eye approach to magic retaliation. Some believe in the threefold law. Some belief in nature having its own balance, and so law of conservation dictates matter cannot be created nor destroyed, is that true with Magic? When we put our energy out there, does intent and purpose change us? Them? Have you personally suffered or seen a curse in action? What do you believe and why?
House Spirits Panel
Our panelists will talk about their experiences with house spirits/ Brownies, what they’ve seen personally or heard second hand, how do you contact them? Support / feed them/ attract them if your house or apartment doesn’t seem to have one? How do you get them to come along when you move? Where do they stay(under the sink like a house elf in Harry Potter)? Come if you have questions or stories to share.
What do you do if your dead relatives are assholes? Well, hopefully it’s not all of them. If you need a familial intermediary, you go back another generation or you go to the next closer relative. But… sometimes that jackenape of a relative is meant to work with you… that, is where it gets tricky… because they are a byproduct of their lifetime, they have baggage and biases etc. it may be that you and (s)he have synergistic issues, and you need to deal with your problem to heal him, or vice versa. Our families, living and dead, are not unmixed blessings, but they are a great resource. Let’s talk techniques for coming to terms with when family pushes buttons.
Magickal practitioners are often depicted as white bearded wizards or crones. Does this tradition come from magick taking a long time to learn, or does using magick age us? As we get older we often get weaker, slower, and sometimes forgetful. If magick works, why are we not all better looking, healthier, and richer? Are we better at it, or do we lose capacity for magick along with physical and mental strength? Do we use magick less or more as we age? Has it become so natural that we do it all the time and don’t notice it, or like many other efforts, do we not bother when their are better ways to achieve our ends? How does aging influence how people use magick? How do we pass along what we’ve learned to the next generations?