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The Changing Times Changing Worlds Panel Selection Committee is pleased to present the possible panels for 2020!

If the workshops are the muscles of the conference, the panels are the bones. One of the goals of CTCW is to get people to discuss the many different approaches to the supernatural and paranormal that we’ve learned, to compare, and learn from each other. We pick panels that are meant to put forward topics that can be looked at in different ways: shamanism, symbolism, healing, ghosts, divination, magick, psychic abilities. We pick panelists who will probably approach the topic from different points of view, and different experiences.

We invite everyone to look at the list below and sign up to be on the paneks that interest you. You don’t need to be an expert on a topic to be on a panel; your experience makes you an expert on what you’ve seen. Perhaps you don’t know enough to do a workshop, but each panelist will probably only get about 10 minutes of speaking time, so this might be a great way for you to “get your toes wet” as it were, and share what you know “a little” about. It still may be something other people didn’t know about and will help them understand the overall subject. If four people are interested, you’ll get to hear at least four points of view (maybe more).

The committee reviewed submitted panel ideas for general suitability to the theme and ideals of the conference.
We’ll review the sign-ups as the conference program solidifies, and will run the panels which have gathered most participant interest. No matter how wonderful we think the topic is, we can’t hold a panel if no one wants to be a panelist.

Below is the list of panels we are considering for this year. Please do scroll through the whole list, which is alphabetical order by title.

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2020 Panel Sign Up

Event Chairs: Kathryn Smith, Maryalyce Merritt and Tchipakkan

Adapting Historic Magics to Modern Practice

We'd talk about how historic spells, such as those from the Greek Magical Papyri or the Galdrabók can be adapted to modern practice.

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All ghosts are Spirits, but not all Spirits are ghosts

Not having a consistent group of terms to speak about the disembodied entities (some of which think but perhaps not all do), it’s hard to talk about spirits. What makes that strange image on your photo: a spirit? A dust mote? Concentrated psychic energy? What are those apparitions seen in haunted houses and graveyards? Specters? Will-o-the-wisp? What’s moving the items in your house: A fairy? A ghost? A poltergeist? What’s that you feel: your dead brother? The woman who lived in this house in the 19th century? A nasty spirit who followed you home? Who’s running the planchet on the Ouija board: a demon, a spirit guide? Houdini? What took your book or scissors when you weren’t looking but no one else was there: a poltergeist? A pixi? Who fixed my screens, carried buckets of watter, and swept the sacred grove? A land wight? House elf? Hobgoblin? Let’s put our heads together and see if we can figure out what to call these creatures?

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Artificial life??

Discussion of the fascination with the artificial being somehow yearning to be human, and that flirtation Vs vexation at that fear that technology will one day replace us humans in jobs Etc.
We charge objects
We put our energy into things we make/craft
What constitutes what has a soul and what doesn’t?
And where does the magic reside as our world becomes even more intangible (in the cloud) what of heirlooms?

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Black and White, or Shades of Gray: Facing Ethical Issues

Beliefs and practices change over time, Actions which were once acceptable may not be any longer.

As Readers, Diviners, and Practitioners, we may deal with many different people. How do we handle the situations which arise? It could be anything from giving bad news during a reading (Yes? No? Why?) to How to respond to someone who sees what you are doing as wrong or even evil, Our panelists will discuss these and similar topics.

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Death and Grieving in the Time of Covid

Death and grieving customs have always been a big part of the human condition. They help us cope with our mortality, and our losses. Every culture and tradition has them. Now, suddenly, with COVID and the need to socially distance, many of these customs are difficult or impossible to follow safely. How do we adapt? What are we missing? Are the adaptations working for us?

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Distance rituals

How to safely guide new practicioners to conduct ritual from a distance?
Normally circle introductions are done in face-to-face meetups, allowing for "feeling: gut instinctual analysis of the person, their energy etc.. Now, online, with so many scams of personality & identity.. how??
How to make it accessible to folks who otherwise wouldn't?

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Enacting that Earth Warrior in the 21st century

Discuss permaculture, farm-to-table, ecological conservation, low carbon footprint etc, and how we weave that balance between working with society’s expectations or HOAs, and living our own ethics, values within our living spaces, homes, etc?

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In the world of BLM

Pagans VS police… Are we as safe as we think?

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Is NOW a safe time to come out of the broom closet?

There are real issues that make some people hesitant to let the public know that they are pagan or witches. Depending on the community, they could lose their jobs (it's easy to generate an unfavorable review while not mentioning the real reason is that the boss thinks everyone not in his church is a minion of Satan), lose their children in a custody battle, not get a loan, and other very real world repercussions. In a perfect world everyone would be allowed to see deity as they chose, but this world isn't perfect. If we discuss the problem, maybe we can come up with ways to help move toward a better, safer world for all of us.

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Magic beyond the Binary

There are numerous traditions that focus on the energy from binary contrasts – Male and Female, Giving and Receiving, Light and Dark, etc. But gender is a spectrum, not a simple binary condition. While some people align their gender identity with their assigned sex at birth, others have found their own way. Let’s explore what new magical approaches can be found when we approach sex and gender as the spectrum that it is.

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Masculinity in Paganism

While for the last millenium women, goddesses and witches have been pushed down, the last half century has seen the pagan movement push back. But this has left some men, allies of women and gays, feeling conflicted. How can they celebrate their masculinity without triggering the women they love and respect who may still be suffering after-affects of personal or cultural trauma? Is it possible to say "The way I am is GREAT!" without implying that it's better? How are we to raise the next generation of boys and men without unintentionally including toxic models?

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Practicing Healing and Divination in Pandemic Times

Many of us had stopped offering readings and healing sessions back in March when the world went into lockdown. Some have emerged slowly, and yet others long to get back to "normal" but are also fearful. We also see that different states have different protocol for reopening for these types of services. What has worked for you? What did you change? Let's collaborate and discuss protocols that we have implemented and methods that we have changed, and even possibly what has remained the same as we keep ourselves and our clients safe and reinvigorate our Spirit Journey.

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Preserving Our Histories

Some artists & authors within our field have passed on, and their works have their copyright renewed while others have not. Other works, due to demand, are unobtainable because of price inflation. With the internet, and no set entity that protects and maintains the lore & publications over time, save our own personal libraries & the Library of Congress. How do we prevent the stuff which we love & influenced us, from getting lost in the shuffle of time & availability?

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Ritual and the Internet

t this point we all agree that lecture style classes work over video conferencing. Interactive discussions are fairly common too. But how far can we stretch this? Can you do effective ritual over Zoom? Spells via Google Meet? Divination via GoToMeeting? What are the limits, if there are any?

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The Fair Folk – Tiny or Terrible?

For many of us, the first fairy we were shown was Tinkerbelle, or someone similar in the works of Disney studios. Yet, if we look at folklore we find they are frequently tall, lordly folk who are met with fear and/or veneration. Are they both? Are the tiny, cute beings of our childhood stories pure fiction? Or perhaps the older stories have grown in the telling? Our panelists will present their opinions on this curious transition in the lore

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Working with the Ancestors

A group discussion on working with ancestors, both recent and deep.

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