I have FOUR appearances scheduled over the next month and a half, and I would really love to see you at one (or all) of them.
Southern Indiana Druid and Heathen Event
July 18-20, 2014
Midian Festivals and Events -- Springville, IN
I'm organizing this one, but I am also on schedule to present. If you're into Celtic or Norse spirituality you will LOVE this event, but so will those with no particular ties to the Celtic or Nordic diaspora. We have rituals, workshops, games, and contests to delight and interest everyone.
I'll be presenting Mythic Role Play: The Arthurian Mysteries.
International Left Hand Path Conference
July 25-27, 2014
Marriott East Indianapolis
The line-up for this event is incredible, and I'm excited to be a part of this work. Don't see me as a LHP type? Depends on your definition, I suppose. We'll be getting into that in another blog post. SOON.
I'll be presenting two classes.
Lucifer-Azazel-Qayin: The Devil at the Crossroads -- The scapegoat of God, the bringer of enlightenment,
the master of magic and the forge. Join Laurelei Black, co-founder of
the American Folkloric Witchcraft tradition, in an exploration of the
mythos and symbolism of Lucifer, Azazel, and Qayin. American Folkloric
Witchcraft sees these names as three monikers of the same entity.
Explore the mark of Qayin and the red thread that links witches to the
potent and often misrepresented Man in Black -- the Golden Man, the Red
Siren, Succubus, Seductress: The Devil's Bride -- Come close. Closer. Let me whisper a secret in your
ear. It's a Mystery, my love. Are you ready? The God of alchemy, of
magic, of enlightenment, of witchcraft has a Bride -- and she is the
Lady of Love (and sacrifice). She is the golden star from whose iron he
crafts the blade. She is the whore to whom he tells his secrets. Of
old, she was Venus, Ishtar, Aphrodite -- the Morning and Evening Star.
Her daughters are the sexy and seductive women of magic -- witches,
succubi, sirens. Enticing, alluring, powerful ... and dangerous. Join
me (Laurelei Black) in an exploration of the mythological waters that
bore these temptresses and a discussion of the experience and
application of being such a woman in the world of magic.
Cunning Folk Faire
August 1-3, 2014
Midian Festivals and Events
Come join a band of witches in the woods of Southern Indiana for a Lammas fest! This is another that I'm organizing and also presenting two classes. We welcome witches from all Traditions to celebrate the Red Day with us, to learn about practical and esoteric magic, and perform transformative rituals in the limestone hills of Southern Indiana.
The Witch's Familiar --
Witches have a long and storied relationship with the Unseen World and
with spirits of many types, abilities, and personalities. Those spirits
with whom we are most familiar have a special place in our lives and our
magic. This discussion will cover historical familiars -- including
those found within the Legion and those named during witch trials -- as
well as the contact, care, and keeping of familiars for modern witches.
Flying Ointment and Sabbat Wine -- Learn the art of
herbal astral travel. Come and discuss with us the historical ways in
which the Witches of old flew to the Sabbat at the Mountain, leaving
their bodies safe at home -- or how they went out into the night as
hares. Laurelei will discuss the theory and history behind
the very toxic plant poisons used in the past and also explore some
safe (but effective) non-toxic alternatives for modern spirit flight.
Indiana Homesteaders Festival
August 15-17, 2014
Midian Festivals and Events
This is a completely secular -- and very practical -- event designed to educate and inspire folks about homesteading, self-sufficiency, and traditional arts/skills. Whether you just want to learn to rely a little less on the big box stores, reduce your carbon footprint by incorporating alternative energy into your home, or genuinely hope to prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse, this fest is for you!
I'll be presenting two classes -- Basic Quilting Techniques and ... Five Must-Have Herbal Teas for Health.