“Cherry Hill Seminary: Education for Pagan Ministry” with Cosette
As the modern Pagan movement comes of age, it is important to set standards of excellence for ministry. Cherry Hill Seminary provides quality higher education and practical training in Pagan ministry. Cherry Hill Seminary offers online distance-learning classes, regional workshops and intensive retreats to train Pagans for ministerial services, counseling, chaplaincy, and community leadership. Come and discover more about Cherry Hill Seminary, the first and only graduate-level education for Pagan ministry in the world.
“Iron Witch” with Cosette
Based upon the Japanese cooking show Iron Chef, Iron Witch carries on the legend of Kitchen Stadium and the famed secret ingredient. Witches face off in a timed competition to create the ultimate spell and become the Iron Witch.
Cosette is a Georgian Wiccan in Beachfyre Coven in Miami and a member of the Everglades Moon Local Council of the Covenant of the Goddess. She is a writer for the Pagan Newswire Collective and Social Networking Coordinator of Cherry Hill Seminary. She is a daughter of the industrious warrior Ogun and loves technology, ritual, and taking naps.
“Ride the Night Winds: Working with Astral Temples” with Canu
Astral temples are a practical tool for both personal and group ritual use. This workshop will discuss the uses of astral temples in a Wiccan/Witchcraft practice. Additionally, participants will experience astral temple space and Canu’s technique for initiating astral travel for individuals or groups. Come dressed comfortably for inner ritual work, bring something to sit or lay on if you like, and be ready.
Canu is the High Priest of Beachfyre Coven and has been in the Craft for over 24 years. His practice includes experience with ceremonial magickal work, pathworking, and astral travel/temple work in a Wiccan setting. He is an Elder of the Georgian Tradition with an eclectic Wiccan practice, and has been active in the Covenant of the Goddess, serving as First Officer and Publications Officer on its national and local council boards. He has been active in 3 different local councils of CoG, and helped found CoG’s Florida presence, Everglades Moon Local Council.
“One True Goddess” with Sandra Cheryl Richardson
Are there many Goddesses or is there just one? Can the unity of Divinity be found within the Wiccan religion? How does Goddess work in our lives? What is creation? Can we know the will of Goddess? Is She fair? Why do bad things happen to good people? Do our thoughts really shape our reality? Why do some people seem more blessed than others? What is the true spiritual meaning behind Aliester Crowley’s statement “Love is the Law, Love under will?” These questions and more will be answered in this fascinating philosophical discussion on the nature of Goddess, the spirit, and the mind. Develop a closer connection to Her by gaining a clearer understanding of the Universe. Learn what you can do to improve your faith and your life with this knowledge.
Sandra Cheryl Richardson is an internationally known psychic consultant, author, paranormal investigator, and metaphysical teacher. For nineteen years, she has served as the Elder High Priestess for the Religious Order of the Circle of Isis Rising, a coven based in Miami, Florida. Sandra is also the internationally recognized author of the books, “Magicka Formularia” and “Journey of the Soul.” Over the years, she has appeared on numerous television and radio programs and been interviewed by many newspaper publications. The New Times named Sandra “Best Psychic” for the years 1992 and 1996. Miami high schools, universities, women’s groups, and attendees at various public events have enjoyed her lectures on the occult. The Miami Police Department also invited her to speak on two separate occasions before police officers from the United States and South America on the topic of Witchcraft. Serving the South Florida community as a consultant, lecturer, and priestess has been Sandra’s full time career for the past twenty years.
“Honey Jars and other Sweet Magic” with Coyote Morningstar
Learn to craft a Honey Jar Spell to sweeten someone to you. Whether for love, to soothe family relations, or for your boss before asking for a raise. The uses are as varied as your imagination.
A solitary sea witch from West Palm Beach, Coyote has been a Wiccan since 1996 and involved with Everglades Moon Local Council since it’s inception. His Art is shaped by Celtic wisdom, Faery lore and teachings, and American Hoodoo.
“Roundtable Discussion: Congregational Pagans. The Role of “Laity” in the Growing Pagan Community.” with Coral
As Paganism continues to grow and become increasingly visible in the media and pop culture, more and more seekers are coming to us with little desire to train, join formal groups, etc. Instead, these “congregational Pagans” seek to attend rituals and other community events either as observers or with minimal participation. What is their role in our movement? How best do we serve them, if at all? How does this affect the ways we view ourselves? Is this a local phenomenon or something more widespread? Is this really anything new? These are just some of the questions we will explore in an informal discussion format, so bring your questions and opinions. And yes, “congregational Pagans” are welcome!
Coral Bruce Harrington has been a practicing Witch for 25 years. He is a founding member of Spiraling Heart, an eclectic Feminist Coven in Tallahassee, FL; a member of Beachfyre Coven in Miami Springs; and a recent initiate in the Georgian Tradition of Wicca.
“The Care and Feeding of a Happy House Elf” with Rayna
House spirits can help keep your household safe or they can steal your keys, break light bulbs and cause no end of mischief! This workshop will explain some of the lore of European house elves, especially the Slavic domovoi and Celtic brownies, who both expect their house elf rights to be respected in exchange for their assistance keeping your home and possessions tidy, safe, and calm.
Rev. Rayna Ardren Owens is a daughter of the Ocean Mother and High Priestess of Beachfyre Coven in Miami, Florida. She has been an initiated Witch in the Georgian Tradition since 1984. She is now focused on building her relationship with the fae and recovering the techniques of her Slavic ancestors for interacting with land and domestic spirits.
“Runecraft- Beyond Divination” with Ash the Silent
In this interactive workshop we will discuss using Runes for purposes other than Divination. We will explore the creation of “Bindrunes” – which act as a talisman for our desires. We will create personal Bindrunes. Then, we will have a short meditation on “Binding the Wolf Within,” as we explore that which fetters us from attaining our goals. A bind-chant will be recited to seal our intent as we charge the newly crafted sigils with the blessed smoke of a sage- fire.
Ash the Silent /|, as she is known in the Pagan community, has been a visionary and rekindler of the “Old Ways” since she was a young Bard in the Druidic tradition. She is an active member of the South Florida magickal community; and very publicly a Pagan. As an Elder in the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans she often writes and functions as High Priestess in Sabbat rituals. Ash’s craft is Runecraft, and her elements are blood and fire. She is a Crone, with all the experience that comes with a lifetime of magickal practice. Ever interested in Occult studies, Ash now practices Chaos and is currently studying the works of Andrew Chumbly of the Cultus Sabbati.
“The Harvest of the Seeds” with Spelcastor
It’s the time of the Final Harvest. We shall examine the Five Seeds of Life: Wealth, Health, Knowledge, Relationships and Goddess. What we have sown has long been planted. We shall draw each from a corner of the Pentacle a seed and reflect upon our choices.
Spelcastor is a solitary who was welcomed as an Elder into Covenant of the Goddess in 2002. His learning comes from reading, practice, sharing, leading and ritual. He joined CUUPS, the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, in 1990 and serves as Gatekeeper in Fort Lauderdale. He enjoys ancient history and brings life to dry texts. Visit www.Spelcastor.org.
“Women’s Rite- Making of Ritual Cakes” with Kasha
The making of Ritual Cakes is a Rite taught orally to the women of the Blue Moon Wicca Tradition, and one that we may share with other women. The ladies of our Turning Tides
Community are invited to join the ladies of Circle of the Moonlit Sea on Saturday afternoon to preparing our Traditional Cakes for this evening’s Ritual. No exotic baking experience is necessary!
Kasha is an initiate of the Blue Moon Wicca Tradition and High Priestess of Circle of the Moonlit Sea. She currently serves as Second Officer of Everglades Moon Local Council. Her interests include herbs, Ancestors, Hoodoo, group dynamics, and the ever challenging quest to achieve balance.
“Mead Making, or – The Nectar of the Gods From Your Own Kitchen” with Ray
Fermented beverages have been around since the beginning of history. In this workshop, participants will discuss one method for making mead and together will stir up a batch, to be consumed at next year’s festival. One participant will take home a gallon of our magical must, to nurture to the birth of their own bottle of mead.
Ray has been an eclectic Pagan for over a decade and a mazer, or mead maker, for just as long. He is active in his local Witches and Tarot meetup groups, is on staff of the Florida Pagan Gathering, is a student of Hoodoo, a Faery Seer Apprentice, and a CoFreemason.
“Quantum Magic-Including Magickal Effects in the Physical World” with Corvus
This lecture intends to develop a model of physical systems that include magickal effects on probability of events in quantum mechanics. We will cover the development of quantum mechanics up to the Schrodinger equation, magickal cofactors from Chaos magick, and a new way of looking at mathematical operators that include magickal effects along with proposed experiments. This will include mathematics, physics and technical information in an effort to synthesize magick into a scientific framework.
Corvus did his BSc in Physics with 4 years of research lab experience in quantum optics, and has been published in several refereed scientific journals. He has also been involved in the Wiccan community since 1989, serving as high priest of his local coven for 12 years. He’s interests include physics, philosophy, primitivism and magickal systems.
“The Psychology of Ritual” with Lady Bridget
Each ritual has specific parts that are done in a specific order, and as Witches we recognize “ritual” when we experience it. But why does it work this way? Why is this particular
format so effective? What are we really getting out of group worship? If you are writing rituals or intend to do so in the future, this will help you to understand what works and why it works. There is no psychology degree necessary, this is a common sense and practical workshop.
Lady Bridget is an initiate of the Welsh Celtic Pantheist tradition, and has been writing and performing rituals for 20 years. She is the HPS of the Witch & Famous Coven, a member and Board officer of Everglades Moon Local Council for many years, and a teacher, mother and grandmother, singer / songwriter, needlework artist, and the author of the website “Lady Bridget’s Wiccan Ways”.
“Understanding Your Ascendant” with Fael
Most Pagans are familiar with their Sun sign and what it has to tell them about themselves, yet few are aware of what their rising sign is and what it means for them. In this workshop, we will take a look at the Ascendant (your rising sign) and what it means in a natal chart as well as how it serves as the first step in natal chart interpretation.
Fael has been a practicing pagan for over 10 years and a student of astrology for just over a year. He is currently studying under Jeffrey Brock, a noted South Florida astrologer, and is a certified professional astrologer having recently received his Level I certification from the NCGR (National Center for Geocosmic Research) Professional Astrologers’ Alliance.
“Sacred Sound” with Laertius
This workshop will explore the physical and metaphysical levels of the magical and healing aspects of voice, resonance and music for both solitary, group and ritual work. This will include a brief theoretical discussion of sound and correspondences (astrological, chakra, Tarot) as well as experiential applications of different sound exercises for individuals as well as groups. Participants will be invited to make sound, both in discussion as well as through intoning, chanting and singing. The use of simple instruments (what they do, when to use them, etc.) will also be explored. A handout with resources and notes will be given out at the end of the workshop.
Laertius is a 1st degree initiate of the Minoan Brotherhood since December 2009 but has been studying Wicca since 2007. The Minoan Brotherhood is a male Wiccan magickal mystery tradition, mostly composed of gay men. He belongs to a Minoan coven in Fort Lauderdale and is currently applying to EMLC as a solitary. Since early childhood Laertius has been playing various musical instruments (piano, trumpet, tuba, guitar) and singing. He has conducted several choirs and a band and performed with many different musical organizations, specifically choirs and instrumental bands. His interests include exploring the integration of sound into Pagan worship, Tarot, and Reiki. He is active in different local Pagan communities in Fort Lauderdale and enjoys learning about different magickal traditions.