Can you change the weather? Should you? How do you do it? We’ll ask our panelists. Bring stories of times when you, or someone you’ve seen pushing fronts around, how it was done, and what effects it has. Weather is big- and if we push weather away from our picnic, we may be harming plants that need rain. There are not just how-to questions, but serious ethical issues as well. Another topic could be what we can do to help with issues that arise during Climate Change.
Is time linear or is that just a convenient way for us to organize it while we’re on this plane? If we have multiple lifetimes, do they travel in one direction along the time line? If we can negotiate the paths of time, can you change or heal the past? Can you reach into the past or the future? What does deja vu tell us about it? When we’re dead, how do we experience time? We may not settle any of these questions, but we can discuss them.
Have you read the book American Gods? If not, it’s a great summer read!
The “American Gods Affect” is how belief influences reality, or creates and maintains entities, as in the Tibetan tulpa tradition. Are the gods eternal as well as immortal, or do the change as they move through time. Does our belief change what gods, or fae, or other beings are?
Panelists will discuss how the power of belief influences reality, how made-up things become real, for example: the Tooth Faerie, or Santa Claus. They’ll also explore whether anything can become a “god” (how we’d define that in this context), given the time, space, and control over our lives.
Another fun exploration of the idea was seen in the Hell House episode of Supernatural, in which it was community belief- driven by social media- that created the entity. (Another, even sillier is in the episode of the Librarians where Bruce Campbell plays Santa Claus, discussing the trials of one’s persona being at the mercy of public conception.) When considering what’s real, what makes it real is a good follow up question. Fiction is a great non-threatening way to introduce a new concept to people unfamiliar with it. How do you feel about participating in creation? Creation of entities?
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?