The Changing Times Changing Worlds conference is pleased to present the planned list of speakers for this year’s conference!
Anthony Ragonese is a writer who explores the erotic and esoteric, intersecting various topics pertaining to spirituality, sexuality, magic, and the occult. He is currently working hard on a book about his multifaceted spiritual and magical philosophy called Autoerotic Phallicism. His work can be found through his blog and website, strokingthesoul.com
He started have supernatural experiences when he was 2. His grandfather, who passed 2 weeks earlier,
came back to say good bye when he was 7.
These and many other experiences made up in him a passion to study and develop
psychic skills, understand magic and practices from around the world. He was apprenticed to a shaman with various formal indigenous practices and much more. He was not taught any indigenous practices that are cultural. His teacher was glad to have him for finishing school.
Bill facilitated, in Albany, NY, the Wizard’s Workshop bimonthly meetings on psychic development. He has been a professional psychic, and a resource for RPI Student Pagan club. He has taught classes at Ecumenicon, several Pagan Gatherings and Mystic South which include:
meditation, Energy Management, Defense against the Dark arts, Spiritual Healing, energy with materials.
He is a founder and elder of People Embracing Change.
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Reach him via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ariel Malachi Sirocco
Ariel Malachi Sirocco is an Integrative Hermeticist following the Corpus Hermetica and related writings; as such, he is a hardcore Panentheist. He frequently teaches ancient Hermetic history and traditions and has taught at several esoteric conventions along the Northeast and at countless private gatherings. Ariel has an academic background in biology (Queens College, NY) and 15 years with the American Museum of Natural History. To this day, he weaves his scientific knowledge with his ritual.
Ariel has been a practicing occultist since 1983 and was initiated as a High Priest of the Minoan Temple, Inc. of New York in 1998. During this time, he realized that the scientific and the esoteric were two sides of a coin named “Ritual” and thus began his true pursuit and calling: Hermetics.
He moved to Connecticut for several years where he started Coven Quiddity (2006). It grew into the Akashic Temple (2009) and ran monthly meetings and a few major events during the year. In 2007, he joined the Masonic fraternity and his attentiveness quickly raised him through the ranks reaching Master Mason in 2008. In 2012, he became a 32nd-Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and Washington Council Princes of Jerusalem, and was appointed Master of Ceremonies (2012-2013) of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Bridgeport, CT. In 2015, Ariel was granted an encampment charter from the Ordo Templi Astartes (OTA) for the New York City area. In 2017, Ariel became the Worshipful Master of Union Lodge No.5 in Stamford, CT.
During this time, his passion with Hermetics led him to reach out across the United States and abroad to Amsterdam, NE in search of Elders. In Amsterdam, he reached out to and visited the world-renowned University of Hermetics (University of Amsterdam). To this day, he keeps academic, fraternal, and magical ties with like-minded occultists in Amsterdam and the UK.
It is Ariel’s belief that this “New Age of Esotericism” deserves academic exploration without sacrosanct or circular defenses. If this does not happen, the entire family of “pagan and esoteric traditions” will fall into disrepair, ill repute, and eventually be dismissed as merely fanciful.
Contact at: email@example.com
Brandon E. Hardy
Brandon is a queer fish who took some vows years ago and spends most of his time in transit. He swims along with Jesus as much as he is able through a polytheistic river of puns and madness. Sometimes he even writes about it.
Catherine Kane is a professional psychic, a Reiki Master, a bard, a metaphysical Christian, a New Age chick and a delighted student of the Universe (amongst other things). She brings creativity, an eclectic body of knowledge, and an attitude of fun to empowering 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” “The Practical Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better“, “The Lands That Lie Between“, “Magick for Pennies“, “Living in Interesting Times”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams“, “The Swans of War” and “The Song of Dreams and Shadows”, and is hard at work on her 12th book.
.You can also find Foresight on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Foresight-172408108291
Rev. Christopher LaFond
Rev. Christopher LaFond is a Master Astrologer in the Society of Astrologers; he has lectured at local,
national and international astrology conventions. He specializes in classical and medieval astrological
methods of prediction and is available for private readings and for private or group classes.
Chris is a ritualist who has designed and led Earth-centered rituals and gatherings as the Coordinator of Western MA Pagan Pride Day and as part of the EarthSpirit Community. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the EarthSpirit Community.
As a performer on harp and guitar, Chris both delights and rouses the spirit with a mix of traditional
and modern Celtic and American folk music that reconnect us both to Celtic heritage and to the Earth.
“Garden Concert” by his group the Pilgrim Celtic Harp Trio, is available from Chris at celticharper.net.
Chris is also an ordained pagan clergy member, a certified Death Midwife, a homesteader, and
beekeeper. He lives in the woods of western MA with his wife and two children. lafond.us
A Certified Tarot Master, psychic medium, teacher, and ordained minister, Corbie Mitleid has been reading for 50 years, and is a full-time intuitive counselor with clients worldwide. Robert Schwartz features her work as a channel and past life expert in his breakthrough series on Karma and pre-birth planning, Your Soul’s Plan, Your Soul’s Gift and Your Soul’s Love.
As an author, her self-help volume Clean Out Your LifeCloset encourages you to write your own story of change based on your history, your life experiences, and your personal goals. Her books The Psychic Yellow Brick Road and You’ve Got The Magic, Who Needs A Genie? deal with how to use psychic counseling wisely and be a successful part of the holistic expo community from the professional side of the aisle.
Corbie’s abilities include Tarot and oracle card readings, spiritual/intuitive counseling, past life retrieval and analysis, mediumship, and spirit guide conferences (including speaking with one’s Soul or Higher Self).
Diana L. Paxson
DIANA L. PAXSON has been a practicing priestess since 1982 with experience in several traditions, but she is best-known as founder of the Fellowship of the Spiral Path and as an Elder in the Troth, an organization dedicated to the reconstruction of the old Germanic religions, whose journal, Idunna, she edits.
She pioneered the recovery of “high-seat” seidh, the oracular tradition of ancient Scandinavia, leads a Heathen kindred and a Women’s Spirituality circle in Berkeley, and teaches classes on trance-work, the Runes and Old Norse lore. She is a frequent presenter at pagan conferences and festivals. Paxson is also the author of numerous short stories and novels on legendary themes, including the Wodan’s Children trilogy about the Siegfried legend and the Chronicles of Westria, and non-fiction such as Taking up the Runes, Trance-Portation, Essential Asatru, The Way of the Oracle, and Odin, Ecstasy, Runes and Norse Magic. She is currently working on Carrying a Torch for Liberty, a book on political magic.
Feather Stych loves to try new ideas to mix with her regular practices as a reader of tarot, pendulum dowser, and animal medium. Her latest interest combines a childhood joy in Cat’s Cradle and string figures with creating new ways to work magick. Her ghost rat familiar, Lola, would approve! Feather lives in Syracuse, NY with her husband, Gryphonbrook, and their feline familiars, Toaster and Callie.
Rev. Gretchen A.L. Schork OCL:AL
Rev. Gretchen A.L. Schork, OCL:AL is an international speaker on ceremonial magic and creator of the Abcedrian System, a planetary approach to the magics of the American alphabet. Drawing on 40 years of experience in esoterica, she has worked beside the Aurum Solis, Golden Dawn, OTO, Correllian and runic traditions.
Raised on Roman Catholic ceremony, she found her own practice through the 20th century explosion of hermetic literature. She is supported by academic degrees in education, adult training, and a Masters in Organizational Leadership. Her writing is characterized by targeted exercises that assure all activities are purposeful, achievable, and yield measurable progress. This encourages students through a methodical approach to the learning process.
Jane T. Sibley, one of the founders of CTCW, also created the New England Conference on Mithraic Studies (Mithracon), happening in New Haven this weekend. Jane and Tchipakkan met in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval recreation group, where Jane’s persona is that of a Norsewoman from the pre-Viking period, Arwen ferch Rhys (Tchipakkan’s
is an Anglo-Saxon, also from the 7th century). That was where Jane created Auntie Arwen’s Spices, where she sells herbs and herb mixes both culinary and healing. If you can’t wait until the conference check them out on line.
In the SCA she worked with Lois Fitzpatrick in the Soothsayer’s Guild,
being awarded the Order of the Laurel for historical divination. Among
the techniques she shared in this medievalist group were reading
runes, casting seeds, and her work in utiseta (oracular seidhr).
She was taught a lot of this by her Norwegian grandmother, and, being
an historian, is hesitant to claim that these techniques go back
farther than can be documented; however, these are traditional
techniques, and really work. Jane passes them along outside the family
because they shouldn’t be lost, and none of the next generation has
shown interest. Among these is the very intense Norseworking healing ritual, which she’s done for a few years. (If you come, be sure you know how to ground your energy!)
Jane earned her doctoral degree in History/Comparative Religion, focusing on the Indo-European thunder/lightning god from antiquity into modern times., and has worked with an electron microscope- as with much of CTCW, she combines mind and spirit, history and science, healing, divination, myth and humor, each informing our understanding of the others.
Her books are:, “Norse Mythology…According to Uncle Einar”, “The Hammer of the Smith”, “The Divine Thunderbolt: Missile of the Gods”, and “A Different Dragon” and The Way of the Wise (Traditional Norse Folk Medicine and Magic.)
Known for her uplifting songs and workshops on positive affirmations, you may be surprised to see Jenna presenting on the subject of shadow work. She writes, “If you’ve met me, you know that I am wild about mantras and positive psychology. But there’s much more to healing on all levels. I spent so many years focused on lightwork and affirmations that, when I came to a dark time in my life, I threw false positivity at it. Traumatic events soon followed, and my own patterns kept me from breaking free.
While at The Morrigan’s Call retreat several years ago, I encountered the stories, symbols, and strength of the goddess Badb, who is an aspect of the Morrigan. This event began my passion for shadow work. I went on to study the dark goddesses Kali, Hela, and Hekate. I began to experience “lighter” goddesses, like Frigga, on a deeper, darker level. Through this work, I created songs, meditations, and daily rituals. I learned deep lessons on facing fears. This event – part guided meditation, part musical, part ritual – is an introduction to that journey. I’ve created this musical in a way where each participant gets to be the star and make this their very own empowering story.”
Jenna’s website: www.greeneladymusic.com
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Lailani (The Grey Goddess) is a Healing Facilitator, Diviner, Espiritista, Magickal Practitioner and Educator with over 23 years of experience.
As a Diviner, she connects with Spirit, spirit guides, ancestors, past lives, and the subconsciousness of her clients to assess their current situation and offer practical guidance. Her style is straightforward, yet compassionate; serious, yet humorous; real, yet unbelievable. In order to establish a strong connection with the client’s Spirit guides, Lailani uses “Tactile Perception” in her readings.
A current member of Gladsheim Kindred and the Reclaiming Collective, and a former member of Brigid’s Fire Hrafnar Kindred, Laurel Mendes has been in continuous practice of Witchcraft and Heathenry and their various magical arts for more than 30 years. Starting in 1989 she was a part of Hrafnar’s work to recreate the Spae rite, the oracular tradition ancient Northern European/Scandinavian kin of faith. She has been practicing, teaching, and learning ever since. Today, she lives in Baltimore with her husband and her beloved cats, and spends her spare time doing what she loves most cooking, reading, writing poetry, and singing
I’m an Author, Priestess, and world traveler. In late 2021, after living in the Pacific Northwest for more than 25 years, I retired from the workforce and moved to Portugal along with my husband to create a new life. It was the fulfillment of a dream long held — to travel Europe, experiencing the culture, history, art, and food(!) in a slow, deeper fashion.
I am the author of many books: CyberCoven.Org (self-published, 2004 [oop]), The Virtual Pagan (Red Wheel/Weiser, 2002 [oop]), and Magickal Connections: Creating a Healthy and Lasting Spiritual Group (New Page, 2007). In early 2021 I re-published The Virtual Pagan 2.0 after a massive revision. My newest book, A Witches’ Guide to Crafting Your Practice, is due out from Llewellyn Worldwide in October 2022.
Over the years I have contributed articles to several magazines, including Witches & Pagans, SageWoman, PanGaia, newWitch, and The Blessed Bee. I have contributed to several Llewellyn annuals and several anthologies, including Magic on the Edge (Immanion Press, 2006), the Pop Culture Grimoire (Immanion Press, 2008), and The Pagan Leadership Anthology (Immanion Press, 2016).
After coordinating the Review Circle for The Beltane Papers magazine for seven years, I used that as a model to create Facing North: A Community Resource, in 2006. There I and my Review Circle have published hundreds of reviews of items we think the Pagan/New Age/Spiritual community would find interesting.
Since 2000 I have led JaguarMoon coven. Together we teach the Art of Ritual class, a year long course of “witchcraft 101”. Together we celebrate the seasons, work magick, and share the Mysteries in a unique, mentor-based setting.
Mary Kimball, better known as Mama Kimball, has been a practicing pagan for over 28 years. Mary has been involved with the CWPN from the time of its conception by participating on the Board of Directors as well as doing public rituals and classes as well as other organizations. Mary has been a Birth Couch for over 20 years with 10 births attended and is working on her certification as a Birth Doula and is also practicing certified End of Life Doula.
Mary has been an adult educator in both Danbury and New Milford and volunteers on many community projects especially providing hospitality to attendees. Besides being a craft person and seamstress, she is also a Justice of the Peace and Notary Public in the State of Connecticut and owns her own business named Mama Kimball’s Emporium. Mary has been married for over 40 years with 2 wonderful children, 3 cats and 2 dogs and believes that family is not only by blood but also by the heart.
Following a lifetime of study with her seashell partners, Michelle has learned to translate the language of the shells. The enlightenment she has received has transformed her life as well as many clients. In her desire to share this wonder with you,
Michelle created the Ocean Oracle divination system. She is the international author of Ocean Oracle; What Seashells Reveal About Our True Nature, and Ocean Wisdom; Lessons From The Seashell Kingdom. Her popular on-line seashell divination classes have reached a world-wide audience. She is presently working on a third book, SEE SHELLS: Visionary Messages From The Seashell Kingdom , as the shells continue their revelations. For more details, please visit http://www.oceanoracle.com
Orion Foxwood is a traditional witch, conjure-man and faery seer; author of “The Faery Teachings” (RJ Stewart Books), “The Tree of Enchantment”, “Mountain Conjure and Southern Rootwork (Formerly, “The Candle and the Crossroads”), “The Flame in the Cauldron” (Weiser Books); founder of the House of Brigh Faery Seership Institute; and, a co-founder of Conjure-Craft; and, Witches in the Woods gatherings in CA. Lover of cats, rocks, plants, trees, faeries, creeks, ancestors, graveyards, earth, life!!
Raven Kaldera is a Northern Tradition shaman, herbalist, astrologer, polyamorous transgendered intersexual, homesteader, and founding member of the First Kingdom Church of Asphodel. He has been a practicing shaman for almost two decades now, and is an activist for everything he
believes in. He is the author of 44 books, including the Northern-Tradition Shamanism series, MythAstrology, Pagan Astrology, Dealing With Deities: Practical Polytheistic Theology, and Hermaphrodeities: The Transgender Spirituality Workbook. ‘Tis an ill wind that blows no minds.
Sara Mastros, author of Orphic Hymns Grimoire and Big Book of Magical Incense, is Pittsburgh’s leading Witch for Hire. She teaches tarot, witchcraft, Greek and Near Eastern mythology, Pan-Levantine folk magic, and practical sorcery online and at festivals all over the east coast. Additionally, she’s a co-owner of The Fool’s Dog Tarot, a leading tarot app for Apple and Android devices. You can download a free sampler app at www.FoolsDog.com, check out courses and lessons at www.WitchLessons.com, sign up for her newsletter at www.MastrosZealot.com, or follow all her witchy shenanigans on facebook at Facebook.com/Sara.Mastros
Sidney Eileen is a nonbinary, transgender, asexual, animistic, polytheist witch, and an artist, blogger, writer, and teacher. They acknowledge divinity and unique natures in not just deities, but in all manner of ephemeral and supernatural beings, spirits, living beings, and the souls that embody the physical objects and spaces around us. Their practice is lifelong and of an intuitive nature, seeking fulfillment through mutable asymmetrical balance. Their perspective as a witch and an artist influences everything they do.
Stewart Blackburn is a writer and teacher whose focus is on helping and encouraging people’s journey home to themselves. He is the author of The Skills of Pleasure: Crafting the Life You Want; It’s Time to Come Home: With Kindness and Compassion We Come Back to Ourselves, and dozens of articles on shamanism, pleasure, and consciousness. He maintains a healing and teaching practice at his home in the jungle on the island of Hawaii.
Stewart is a trained professional chef with a Master’s Degree in Food Science who has transitioned into a teacher, counselor, and mentor to those seeking more peace in their inner world. He draws upon his extensive studies of shamanism, tantra, Buddhism, the mystical paths of the world, and genuine wisdom from anywhere.