Panel Spotlight: Fate, Destiny, Weird

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Hope you’ll be coming! The conference starts at noon! Day and evening passes (for the concerts) as well as full weekend rates available at the door!

Fate Destiny and Wyrd Panel
The Greeks would ask the Pythia, and the Romans the Sybil to tell them what their fate was, and while she would speak accurately, their words were often misunderstood and those attempting to escape their fate created it. The Norse felt that a man’s wyrd was set, and how he met it was the test of his character, yet a person’s luck could be taken from him and given to someone else. Palmists call the line running from your wrist to your fingers your Fate or Destiny line- but what is Fate/Destiny/Weird? If things aren’t predestined, how does prophesy work? Different Christian denominations consider the variations of the predestination question incredibly important articles of faith. How does your spiritual path (collectively or personally) view destiny?

Come to the Atrium and listen to several of our speakers and guests talking about various issues. (let us know if you’d like to be on a panel, you don’t have to be a speaker, just have something to say about the topic. Let us know with the form below, or come to the facebook group and join the conversation!)

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Speaker Spotlight: Chris Kimball

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We are excited to add Chris to our list of speakers in 2015. He’s a familiar face at the CWPN Harvest Gathering. He will be doing three workshops this year:

The Ancients, Their Names and NaturesChrisKimball

Talking to the World

Folktales: A look Backward

He can also be heard as a panelist on the topics of Magick in Gaming, and the Ancestor Panel. (Friends will also visit his lady Mary who’s running Hospitality this year.)

Christopher Kimball is a National Council of Geocosmic Research certified level 1 Astrologer, published fantasy author of “Battle Priest” and “Succession Wars” and has been a member of the Connecticut Pagan community for more than twenty-five years. Currently he is a Anglo-Saxon Heathen and lives a varied and geminian life, having fought in the SCA, learned equestrianism and fencing, white-water canoed the Pine River in Michigan, piloted a research vessel in the Atlantic, hiked the Grand Canyon and the lower Colorado River and grown up in the woods and fields of rural New England. Chris has also hiked the farms and undeveloped land of Connecticut for the better part of the last 50 years and has been the Hike Master for the CWPN’s hikes.

Can’t wait to hear him? He talked about Heathen Practice on the New Normal, that podcast is archived here.

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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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