Our Special Guests will be offering workshops and leading rituals. Stay tuned for more info!
Christopher Penczak will be teaching the following classes at Beltania 2013:
The Plant Spirit Familiar
Many witches, magicians and shamans work with the concept of the animal familiar, the totem or fetch beast, but many are also allied with spirits from the plant world. The spirits of herbs, flowers and trees can act as divine guides, protectors and tutors in magick, healing and transforming the witch. Each one has its own spiritual medicine, that is in harmony with magickal work and purpose in the world. Survey many of the traditional plant allies of the witch, including the spirits of Nightshade, Monkshood, Thorn Apple, Mandrake, Oak, Apple, Hazel, Birch, Rose, Mugwort, Wormwood, and Angelica. Learn how to find your own plant familiar from the green world, and develop a strong connection. Based upon Christopher's new book, The Plant Spirit Familiar.
The Gates of Witchcraft: Twelve Paths of Power, Trance and Gnosis
Traditionally witches use a variety of methods to enter trance or raise power. In the original Gardnerian Book of Shadows, Eight Paths of Power are listed. Modern witches explore all of these paths and more. Join us in a survey of the paths of power, including meditation, breath work, music, dance, isolation, intoxicants, sexuality, ordeals, location, timing, vestments and dreams. Through experimentation in class, experience the trance inducing and energy raising effects of several of these paths.
The Mighty Dead
Traditions across the world honor and recognize the sanctified dead-not just the ancestors of flesh and blood we knew in life - but the ancestors of our spiritual traditions, who died in a state of alignment and union with the divine. Known as the Boddisattvas, Saints, Secret Chiefs, Ascended Masters and Inner Plane Adepts in other traditions, Witches know our ancestors as the Hidden Company, the Mighty Dead of our Timeless Tradition in the Nameless Art. In truth, they are the guiding principles of our modern tradition, as inner world priests and priestesses to the gods. They consist of our elders in the modern and ancient world, united in the ecstatic dance of the Witch’s Sabbat. Understand the nature of the Mighty Dead and how to work directly with them for your own healing and evolution, and your work in the worlds of flesh and spirit. Work with ancestral altars, oracular skulls, and spiritual merging. Learn to find guides, teachers, healers and partners within the order of the Mighty Dead.
Dedicated to a life of spiritual growth and healing, world renowned Pagan Songstress Wendy Rule has combined her passions of Witchcraft and music for over twenty years. Sharing her insights and wisdom through her beautifully deep and visionary songs, Wendy has released thirteen albums and toured internationally over twenty times. Alongside her music, Wendy is also celebrated as an international mentor and teacher of Spiritual Self Developement. Her online course, Living a Life of Magic, which she presents with her husband and Magical Partner Timothy Van Diest, is the culmination of her many years of Spiritual practice as a Witch.
Wendy will be leading the Saturday Evening Main Ritual at Beltania. She will also offer one or more Workshops. Descriptions Coming Soon!
SJ Tucker provides musical storytelling at its mythpunk finest. She weaves deft guitar work and unforgettable melodies around poetic lyrics. Many of her compositions evoke mythic lore and faerie tales, respun for modern ears. SJ Tucker will help lead the Friday Evening Main Ritual with Joy Burton of Living Earth. She'll also present one or more workshops. Descriptions coming soon!