Complex Trauma-informed holistic modalities, ritual and practice.
Don’t put a band aid on a gaping wound! Trauma fragments the self and conditions self-blame. Complex and sustained trauma conditions the brain in ways in which an individual may not be aware. People can “wake up” to their trauma history in their 50s and 60s after decades of consistent failure to thrive in their lives. This panel will discuss the most recent findings on how trauma affects the brain and the body. We will explore how holistic practitioners, ritualists and other practitioners can identify, support and modify modalities, ritual and practice to bring healing to complex trauma survivors.
Raising Psychic or Magic Children Panel
Is there anything we worry about more than what we’re teaching our children? They are born with so much potential, we want them to be as powerful as they can be, and still not be hurt. How do we help them develop their talents and abilities, to do what we do, or more than what we do, safely and respectfully. How do we protect them from the world that doesn’t want them to be extraordinary- and the dangers of the worlds that are? How do we teach them to keep things we know to be OK secret so they won’t be teased, yet let them know not to be ashamed? Let’s share what we’ve learned, and hope it will make all our children’s lives easier.
Most of us tend to think of paganism as a nature-based religion, but traditionally Cities all had their patron dieties (Athena and Athens, Atun and Amarna, Bath and Sulis), but modern cities have their patrons as well (like Lady Liberty for the USA). There are other spirits as well, less often considered but whose presence is clear if you seek them: the spirits of bridges, subways, skyscrapers, Squat- the giver of parking spots…(I don’t park 6 levels underground without leaving some change as an offering to whatever it is down there… just in case). Let’s talk about these spirits and the best ways to interact with them.
Rune Panel: the Aetts
The Futharc is organized into three rows Feoh’s aett, Hagal’s aett, and Tyr’s aett. (although there are variations in the names of runes and their positions, and the number in each family is different in the elder and younger futharc and there are more in the Anglo-Frisian variation). This organization provides a tool for rune users, sometimes used in doing readings or workings. Our panelists will discuss the ways they use the aetts.
Occult Jigsaw Puzzle Panel, Forcing Correspondences:
You can find books with lists and charts of correspondences to use in your magickal work: which tarot card represents the same energy as which rune or Sephirot, or chakra or astrological sign. This drives some of us crazy. There are many real correspondences out there- the Sun and the metal gold and fire, masculine energy, these are the correspondences on which alchemy is based. But when people see that there’s a sun and a moon in the tarot and then try to make the various runes match up to tarot cards or astrological signs, the systems break down and chaos reigns. Come and share in this discussion where panelists will try to figure out which correspondences work and which are forced. Often the problems with such meshing are due to the fact that these systems can be meshed without an understanding or care for the culture of which they originated. This is a form of misappropriation, because these systems are inseparable from the context of culture and language. And sometimes- they just don’t work.