2018 Panels

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2018 Panels

We’ve picked these panels for this year. Remember, you can still speak from the audience as well as ask questions at panels, so we hope to see you there. Let us know if one of the panels you’d liked was eliminated and we’ll try to run it next year.

Please contact us if you would like to suggest a panel, we want this to be a conference of, by, and for the attendees.

The ABC’s of CBD Panel: moderator Steve B., panelists Willow D., Marita O.

For many of us there is so much information out there about Cannabidiol that it makes our head spin, and then we are told that CBD is even good for THAT! Let’s discuss the history of CBD, how and why it works, indications for humans (and pets, too), side effects, legalities, and important considerations. Panelists:

Ancestor Work and Aging Panel:

panelists Avee B., Jane S., Jose Q, Thor H

Our role as we get older is to become transitioners and mediators betwixt the worlds, and to help facilitate with crossing-over ceremonies, and to serve as historians: curators of our lineage, family stories and knowledge. Let’s talk about what strategies we’ve learned, and how personally our paths have changed (in direction and scope) over time. We may address the situation that our elders, our living representatives of the Ancestors, are “swept under the rug” and face actions of perceived obsolescence and devaluation. There seems to be a nearly total lack of awareness of Ancestry work in the general in the general population; how can we bridge the gap and educate the larger societal communities and ourselves?

Changing Symbols Panel:

panelists: Terence PW, AVee B, Tchipakkan, Sarah L

Can the Swastika be Rehabilitated?  Some groups that had nothing to do with Nazis, (First Nations to Hindus) have stopped using the solar symbol of the broken armed cross because it has become so linked to the Nazi Genocidal mindset. While hate groups still use it to symbolize their desire to oppress those who aren’t the “right” color and religion, do you think there’s any chance of it? Does a symbol have an intrinsic meaning, or is it totally a cultural construct?

Death  Plans Panel:

Panelists: Kathryn S, Sacredowl, Mary K

Do you avoid thinking about your death? Have you made a will, left instructions for your funeral, or burial? Do you have an Organ Donar card? a DNR?  Do you trust your family to know what to do with your books (who gets your Book of Shadows?) and magickal items? In this hour our panelists will share the plans that they  have made for their deaths, and help you decide what is important for you to do so that you have things turn out as well as you would like.

Divination Panel: Pointed Hats vs Lighted Screens

Panelists:Deb J, Kathryn S, Sarah L, Thor H

How has the prevalence of Apps and wide accessibility of information on the internet affected the divination field? How do we feel about of the self-taught readers who gleaned their training only from the internet? Divinatory technology evolves, like the machinery that evolved from industrial revolution to now. Both shape and influence our world. Our magical tools have gone mainstream (even Hollywood). There are apps that claim to replace or equal the seasoned experienced divination practitioners. How do we react to the devaluation of our skills & expertise against such affronts and technological shortcuts?  We may also discuss how fortunetelling laws have changed, and how new mythologies (from comics and film) have entered mythology symbolism, such as Tarot decks using images from Game of Thrones, or the Matrix.

Elders Panel:

Tchipakkan, Moderator, Panelists: Robert N, Cathrine K, Jane S

“I want to pass on whatever I can before it’s my turn for the Rainbow Bridge.“  A Sami man described their elders as their google. There are many things that our elders can teach community members, but how do you find those eager to learn? When we lived in villages of 200, you knew who the “weird ones” were, you knew who the elders were. How do you find your students or mentor?

Ghost panel:

Moderator: Willow T., Panelists: Willow D., Sarah L., Sacredowl, Tchipakkan

A medium tells you that your mother is always watching from heaven, people listen to hours of recordings at “haunted houses” to hear whispered voices through static, we leave flowers or a favorite food at a grave, you feel your pet dog curl on your feet in bed, although he died a month ago. There are many views of the experiences that convince us that the dead can contact the living. Heaven? Summerland? Reincarnation? Our panelists will share their views and the experiences that formed them.

Healers and Personal Responsibility Panel:  moderator – Maryalyce Merritt

Panelists: Lalani M, Jane S., Sacredowl

– As healing practitioners we often see clients redundantly for the same issues. How can we support clients who return to us with the same complaints when they are reluctant to take responsibility for their own healing? The basis of Holistic Healing is often that the practitioner is facilitating a modality that boosts the recipient’s ability to heal themselves. What happens when the healing requires lifestyle changes that the client refuses to implement or is in denial about? How can we best help them while witnessing, holding space, and using what’s in our healer’s’ “tool box”?

Myths/Mythology Panel:

Panelists:Coyote S., THor H., SEan K.

American Gods presented a very interesting premises basically that anything that we give energy to can “take a life of its own”, and can become a form of “gods”.. what do we think of that? Are we likewise facing a battle of relevance? Are we establishing a sustainable legacy and investing in the future, our next generations? How do we understand actions we take and were taken in most cultures in the past to benefit or please the gods and gain blessings from them? (this isn’t just referencing Christians here)?  Do we need to make reparations for the past, and can we heal the wounds of the ancestors in light of atrocities (seen by us, but not by them)? Is that an issue?

Occult and Spiritual Content in Fiction – Bane or Blessing?
Moderator: Kathryn S., Panelists: Coyoteskywoman, Lois F.
We love to read good fiction or watch good movies, which handle magical and/or spiritual topics well – meaning accurately, respectfully, ethically, and more. But there’s a ton of fiction and even more movies which are an embarrassment when they help form someone’s opinion of our activities. Even when it’s done well, the argument can be raised that by portraying it as FICTION it relegates real religion, etc. to the realm of fantasy in the mind of the uneducated. Yet it can also be the thing that catches the eye of a newcomer, and makes them look for more information from serious practitioners or books. What’s your position? Come hear our panelists make the case for theirs, whatever they may be.

Self-care in a Magical World Panel

Moderator: Tchipakkan, Panelists: Catherine K., Lailani M., Thor H.

We struggle between the worlds, often our spiritual life seems in conflict with our “mundane” life. How we reconcile our actions and daily demands on us with the spiritual connection we hope to achieve? How can we prevent burning out and losing heart/spirit, but instead find balance in our lives? The balance is in balancing the totally of care of our being in all ways, and practices, mundane & spiritual.

Shamanism panel : The World Around Us:

Panelists: Moderator Starwolf, panelists: Raven K., CoyoteSkywoman,Willow D.

Shamans experience the world as a living entity not an inanimate reactive climate. How do we move forward in an social climate where there are arguments over whether climate change is real? How do we deal with corporate encroachment and abuses, loss of song birds, insects, oceanic lives, temperate zone changes, ocean current changes? What can we do as a community to help build awareness and help to resolve balance? The earth itself, and nature know how to maintain and enact balance, it is we, humans, whom need to learn said balance within the living world.
(note- we’d love to attribute this artwork, if anyone can find the artists name, let us know)

“Sometimes a Stick is Just a Stick” Panel

Panelists: moderator: Starwolf, panelists: Lailani M., AVee B, Catherine K.
Sometimes the gods send omens to let us know we are on the right path, other times we can “see things” that are easily explained by mundane situations, but insist that it’s a “sign” or guidance from Spirit. How do you know if that there’s a ghost, pixie or another spirit to  messing with your electronics, or mood, or whether it’s just a low pressure system or some other “normal” reason. Let’s talk about how to figure out whether it’s our own sub-conscious reinforcing what we really want to do anyway, or a real message from the other side.

Symbolism Panel: The Hate among us:

Panelists: moderator Tchipakkan, panelists: Jane S., Thor H.

In our current climate of hate being given voice and continued battle between misappropriation of symbols by hategroups vs general practitioners, how do we strive for balance? Both sides argue heritage, and justify their beliefs on lore and texts (however skewed). Can we talk about how to talk with each other about symbols we give different meaning? Some meanings change with time- how does that work when you use symbols to express magickal and spiritual concepts?

Tricksters/chaos magic Panel:

Panelists: CoyoteSkywomn, Robert N., Thor H.

Some treat working with Tricksters like the wizarding community treated Vortemort, as a name banished to silence so as not to give it power, and admittedly, having a Trickster in your life does complicate it. Others champion the tricksters, understanding the roles they have in theirs and our world and practice. Laughter and hardship, character and pathwork, how have the tricksters helped in our lives, and what have you learned about them?

“You Shall Not Pass!” Defense against the Dark Arts Panel

Panelists: AVee B.SacredOwl, Catherine K, Sean K.

Some say that you cannot heal if you cannot curse. Is the best defense a good offense? What’s the difference between warding and shielding? Some of us use a bubble of white light while some of us call Cerberus to our side. How can we best determine what methods, charms, and tools to use for different circumstances? What are the repercussions? What about the “Threefold Law”?

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