Vendor Spotlight: Akasha’s Journey

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Akasha's Journey LogoAkasha’s Journey is a alternative healing center (brick and mortar home at 191 Poplar Hill Rd, Wassaic, NY 12592   (845) 729-8999) who will be a dealer (selling from her room off the atrium) at CTCW.

Akasha’s Journey offers a variety of hand crafted and magickally charged products including Reiki tools, crystal sets, black scrying mirrors, mojo bags, candles, and custom altar cloths.  You’ll be able to get Aura Photography, Reiki, Tuning Fork Therapy, Integrated Energy Therapy, Crystal Healing, reflexology with tuning forks, Aromatouch Essential Oil Therapy, Wellness Consultations, healing crystals including clusters, specimen pieces, crystal skulls, hearts, rune sets, hand crafted healing packs for the microwave/freezer, Tarot cards, books, meditation CDs, hand crafted jewelry, pendulums, scrying mirrors, metaphysical oils, essential oils, hand crafted tea infusers, and lots more.

“I have a line of “Portable Pagan” items that include mini altars and mini altar tool sets.  I also have a line of “Pagan Pet” items that include pet healing mojo bags and magickally charged pet bandanas.  I offer Esoteric Consultations including Natal Chart casting & interpretation, chakra crystal energy therapy, power animal retrieval, Medicine Card, & Tarot readings.  I am also overjoyed to over a variety of healing modalities including Reiki, IET, and Run Valdr.  All healings are offered for both humans and their pets or familiars.”crystal skulls

Highlights include Crystal skulls and Aura Photography. maryalyce aura

Maryalyce, aside from teaching and selling also runs our healing/quiet room. She also put together the lovely welcome bags this year, and if she’s teaching or healing, don’t worry, Sister Alice will be at Akasha’s Journey to help you. (Her daughter Gabriel will be in the vendors, running the Cabochons tables!
Maryalyce is an ordained minister/ priestess, healer and  teacher. In previous years she has taught second and third degree Reiki, although not this year as she wants to share some of her other many skills which include IET, RúnValdr, herbal, sound and crystal healing. She also teaches Tarot and Medicine Cards, Witchcraft, and Witch-Crafting (making magickal tools).  Her path and passion is to to feed, educate, and empower the world community. She’s also a dog lover, and you may encounter her lovely rescued Bouvier de Flandres dog, Bear.  Part of Maryalyce’s dream is to make healing & learning how to heal accessible to the community and the people who truly desire it, and of course, the beautiful animals who cannot ask for it themselves.  www.akashasjourney.com

“She changes everything she touches and everything she touches changes”

 

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Workshop spotlight: Mansions of the Moon

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Mansions of the Moon with Christopher LafondCelestial_map,_signs_of_the_Zodiac_and_lunar_mansions.

Most of us are familiar with the waxing and waning cycles of the Moon.  But for thousands of years, a parallel system of Lunar Mansions has existed, and been the basis of Lunar Magic.  When combined, these  cycles can be extremely powerful for beginning work or projects or making talismans. Come find out the basics and dive into this rich world of magic. No previous astrological knowledge necessary.

CLaFondChristopher LaFond is a Master Astrologer in the Society of Astrologers, and works, teaches, and lectures throughout the Eastern USA. He has lectured at local, national and international astrology conventions. He specializes in classical and medieval astrological method of prediction and is available for private readings and for private or group classes.

Also do not miss his concert Friday evening! As a performer on harp and guitar, Chris both delights and rouses the spirit with a mix of traditional and modern Celtic music. Jigs, reels, airs, ballads and folks songs reconnect us both to Celtic heritage and to the Earth. Chris performs on Cape Cod as part of the Pilgrim Celtic Harp Trio, whose CD “Garden Concert” is available from Chris or at cdbaby.com; he mainly performs solo at pagan and folk events throughout the region. Chris is the music director of MotherTongue, the ritual performance troupe of the EarthSpirit community. Their CDs are also available through Chris or at cdbaby.com.

You will probably also enjoy: Chris Lafond’s Medieval Astrology Blog    and  Astroharp

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Panel Highlight: Sex and Gender Panel

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Join us in the atrium for panels. Panels are where we get to talk to others who may approach spiritual and metaphysical topics from another perspective. We hope to bring together those with valuable information and ideas to compare notes, experiences, and make each other aware of what people approaching the same problem from another direction have learned. We don’t expect to get agreement or even consensus , but to challenge each other with new thoughts and approaches. Held in the atrium, we try for discussions you would expect at an informal social gathering with mixed participants. Audience participation is vital, please ask questions and share your perspectives!

Sex and Gender in Ritual Panel

Do sex and or gender have a place it determining who may participate in a ritual? Historically, it often has done, but in the modern world, we are more careful to be sure that any restrictions are based on something more than what we are used to doing. We’ll discuss real and imposed differences sex and gender may have on ritual as well as spiritual or magickal practices.

Male and Female can represent two sides of dualistic forces in the world, creating natural balances and complementing each other. In polytheistic cultures it is often considered natural to have priest for gods and priestesses for women, but when dealing with modern GLBT issues, is imposition of birth gender any more valid than suggesting that the gods may not call to someone born far distant from where they were traditionally worshiped?  And there is the observation that powerful shaman often embrace “Two Natures” (and if it can be an advantage, is it necessarily a requirement?).

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Speaker Spotlight: Larry Obern

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Larry hides his keen wit and massive knowledge under an unassuming image of “just one of the guys” and a sarcastic sense of humor.  This lack of flash is based on a conservation on energy. Why be dramatic when you can get things done by simply doing them?

Larry Obern has been a pillar of Changing Times Changing Worlds since 2011, teaching the most basic energy work: Centering, Grounding, Shielding. He keeps people safe, because large amounts of energy whether electric or psychic are often really useful, but not always safe. This year he’s presenting his Psychic EMT- Metaphysical First Response (when you work in a group and may need to deal with other people’s mess ups) and Psychic Self Defense (for yourself).

Larry ObernLarry Obern is a third generation Family Traditionalist.  He has worked with Ecumenicon as a teacher for several years.  He was ordained as a priest by the following Organizations:  ULC, Nomadic Chantry of the Gramarye, and Ecumenicon Fellowship.  He continues his clergy under the auspices of the ULC, and Nomadic chantry of the Gramarye.  He has taught basic level classes, as well as the more advanced forms of the same classes.  He offers a wide variety of classes usually at each conference he attends, and allows the Organizers to fit his classes into their Conference.

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