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.
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Curios for the Curious
Wandering Paintbrush Studio Sophia Kelly Shultz
Author of The Stone Circle Oracle and upcoming Promethean Oracle, Sophia Kelly Shultz specializes in spiritual and mythological art. Working primarily in watercolor or colored pencil, she spends much of her time working out of doors, giving her finished paintings a strong feeling of color and light.
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At Earth Treasures you will find hand-crafted dreamcatchers, smudge
feathers, smudge kits, genuine gemstone jewelry, bookmarks,
keychains, & pendulums, and retail items such as tumbled gemstones,
white sage, palo santo, & incense holders.
We use as many local, natural materials as possible in our hand-crafted items and search for high quality in our retail items. There is something here for everyone so come take a look!
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
Magic Cat Designs
Magic Cat Designs features a mix of hand-made treasures, ranging from jewelry to to hair accessories to sewn items, in styles from quirky to classic. Most will be one-of-a-kind, while others may be few-of-a-kind. Whatever it is, it will have been made with joy in the Magic of creating something special and beautiful.
Everything sold is hand-made by the owner. Nothing is mass-produced. Each item is created individually, with care and concern for quality.
Items made in the past have included braided wire and bead circlets, folding coronets (for SCA or cosplay ) and minister’s stoles, customized for differing religious/spiritual paths.
You can find Magic Cat Designs online at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/magiccatdesigns. or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org