Speaker Spotlight- Lois Fitzpatrick

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Lois FLois Fitzpatrick may look comfortably like someones grandmother- but under that unpretentious exterior, you’ll find the  experience, wisdom, and knowledge that has made Crone’s so formidable throughout history.

She heads up the Soothsayers Guild in the Society for Creative Anachronism’s East Kingdom (a group that thinks that history is fun!) , and not only reads Tarot and several other forms of divination, leads her students through studies on the ethics and practicalities of giving people readings. There’s a huge difference between telling someone what to do and providing them with the tools to make their own decisions.
Over the years of Changing Times Changing Worlds she’s done workshops on Tarot Spreads and new Decks, the Minor Arcana and this year the Major Arcana, as well as other techniques such as scrying. She also participates in panel discussions.
This year she’s also organizing our merchants, showing yet another way of helping our community.

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Finding others, finding explanations

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At some point most of us experience something that our friends (parents or teachers) say couldn’t possibly happen. We see a ghost or a vision, or have a dream come true, or interact with someone others can’t see. Far too many end up wondering if there’s something wrong with them. “Am I going crazy?” The lucky ones have families or a culture who recognize what’s happening and are able to tell them how to use their abilities, but even they are often told to keep the abilities “private” so that they don’t suffer from the prejudice of our modern parent culture.

What a joy it is when we find a friend or a group that is ready to listen, who understands that you are doing something normal, and wonderful! But depending upon where fate leads you, you may find yourself blessed with the company of mediums (like the Spiritualist Church over in Lily Vale). You may find modern Wiccans or Witches. You may find the American Society of Dowsers, The Institute of Noetic Sciences, or the Parapsychological Association, or Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E.. There are so many because everyone has these abilities. But different people interpret the same phenomenon in different ways. What one person may understand as a guide, another may see as a fairy, or a shamanic totem. The being who steps in to protect and aid you may be seen as an angel, or a god.

Sadly, in order to fit in with the parent culture, many of us fall into a pattern of joining them when they mock other believers than the ones we’ve joined. “Sure, I’m a witch, but I’m not a crystal sucking dolphin channeler! Those New Age types are crazy!” or “We heathens have our feet solidly on the ground and our practice is based in the Lore, unlike those silly pagans! We’re the religion with homework!” or “Those ghost hunters are so lame! They’re only in it for the publicity! Orbs are nothing but dust on their film!” etc. etc. etc.  If we are going to change the environment of the parent culture, we’re going to have to stop joining it when it makes fun of things we don’t understand. We all have filters through which we interpret our experiences, but surely there is enough reason to accept that what others experience is real. If we can get together and listen with respect, we can get past our words and our filters and bring a nonthreatening and more accurate view of a physical world integrated with the energy world.

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Shaping Inborn Fire

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Workshop Spotlight: A Touch of Acupressure

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Let’s get right to the point -a weekend convention is lots of fun, but too much fun can take its toll on your body. Basic acupressure (no needles involved) can help you regain your health and center, as well as strengthen your health in the long run. All in as little as one minute per issue per day. (Yes, you did read that correctly…).
In this class, learn simple points to relieve sinus and migraine headaches, give you an instant “burst of energy” (without a post-caffeine slump), relieve pain and other helpful applications. Practical, easy to learn skills that you can use immediately.

Catherine Kane is a professional psychic, a Reiki Master, a bard, a metaphysical Christian, and  a delighted student of the Universe (amongst other things). She brings creativity, an eclectic body of knowledge, and an attitude of fun to Catherine Kaneempowering people to find and live their best and brightest dreams. Her writing has been seen in magazines such as Thorn, the Door Opener, and Helix; and she is the author of “Adventures in Palmistry” and “The Practical Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better” and “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams“.  Visit her and husband Starwolf online as Foresight (the Information you need for the Adventure of Life) at www.ForesightYourPsychic.com and www.ForesightYourCtPsychic.wordpress.com

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Panel Spotlight: When Politics and Faith Mix

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Taller_Buddha_of_Bamiyan_before_and_after_destructionIn 313 the Roman Emperor Constantine made it legal for Christians to practice their faith openly (gave them property, some tax breaks, other support). Within two generations, they were making laws against practicing non-Christian religion. Traditionally Muslims allowed people of many faiths to practice, but taxed them differently according to which faith they followed, but the DAESH are destroying ancient temples because they represent the power of non Islamic faith. Some people still argue that the USA was created as a Christian nation, and our laws should be based upon Biblical laws. Historically, when one leaders with strong religious convictions have power- from Ahkenaten to Bloody Mary, it does not go well for those who follow other faiths. How much do people need to worry about this in the modern world? Pagan parents who come to a custody battle before a judge who thinks pagans are evil might argue it’s a problem. How big are the risks and what can we do to minimize them?

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