Headliners: Ed Fitch, Aaron Leitch, Ann Moura
Also appearing: Ann Marie Augustino, Grey Ghosthawk, Dru Ann
Music: Spiral Dance, Also: Shiny Happy People Drum Tribe
One of the fastest growing movements in the occult scene today is the revival of the Old Magick. That is, magick as it was done before the rise of the 19th century magickal lodges (Golden Dawn, Thelema, etc) and modern Neopaganism and Wicca. The Old Magick comes in many forms - from "fam-trad" witchcraft to the African Traditional Religions (Santeria, Palo, Voodoo), indigenous folk traditions (Hoodoo, Hexcraft, Stregheria) to native shamanism, and of course the medieval European spell books called "grimoires" that form the backbone of the Solomonic tradition (the Key of Solomon the King, Lemegeton, Heptameron, etc).
For the past one hundred years, the Solomonic grimoires have been conflated with the later lodge systems like the Golden Dawn, and are therefore often classified as "ceremonial magick." However, as outlined in Aaron Leitch's "Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires", the magick of the grimoires is much more akin to sorcery, shamanism or folk magick. If you are Pagan, you might be surprised by how familiar a Solomonic ritual will feel.
And now you have a rare opportunity to witness (or participate in) such a ritual for yourself! FPG has invited grimoire masters Aaron Leitch and Carrie Mikell to perform a Solomonic Invocation of the Elementals. We will be invoking the presence of the four classes of Elemental spirits (Salamanders, Undines, Sylphs and Gnomes) through the authority of the four "demon" Kings of the compass points. They will be invited to partake of four Elemental offerings and in return will be asked to protect the festival grounds and guide all attendees in their own personal spiritual journeys.
While this will not be a full "evocation to visible appearance", the spirits very likely will make their presence known to those who are sensitive enough to see or hear them. Therefore we will be inviting any and all skryers to attend and participate in the invocations. Also, ALL who attend will be welcome to write their own private petitions to the spirits.
Have you ever noticed the distinct separation between modern Western occultism (i.e. Wicca, Thelema, Golden Dawn, Theosophy, the New Age, etc.) and the indigenous occultism practiced by the rest of the world? Our techniques are different in fundamental ways, and (historically) both sides have suffered from various amounts of disdain for one another. Non-Western conjurors and shamans often describe our magick as more fantasy than reality.
This is because, during the Renaissance and the following Age of Enlightenment, the West left "superstition" behind and decided that everything could be viewed through the lens of science and psychology. Consequently, that is what their magick became, and it is why to this very day Western systems are accused of being "purely mental."
Of course, Western magick is hardly completely ineffective. That is merely a negative stereotype. But we can still learn new (or, better, re-learn very ancient) techniques to make our magick even stronger. So, if you are struggling with your magick and would like to know why you aren't achieving the results you desire, or you simply want better results than you've attained in the past, or even if you are simply always seeking to expand your practice with powerful techniques that really work — then this is the lecture for you.
Bring your questions, as this will be an open discussion!
For hundreds of years, the Western grimoires have been decried as evil texts full of appeals to Satanic entities, by which magicians sell their souls to the Great Enemy in return for temporary wealth or power here on Earth. In recent decades, these texts have re-emerged into our culture - this time viewed in a more egalitarian light. After all, there are grimoires full of angels and nature spirits who have no connection to the infernal realm. There is really nothing "Satanic" about these books. However...
While it is true most of this negative reputation is thanks to aggressive anti-occult propaganda from the Church, the grimoires themselves must bear some of the blame. While there are plenty of angelic grimoires out there, it cannot be denied there are countless examples of grimoires that really do call upon Satan, Lucifer, Leviathan, Belial, Asmodeus, Baal, Lilith and hundreds (maybe thousands) of other denizens of hell. This made it very easy for the Church to hold the texts up as proof that they are, in fact, devilish at heart.
Yet the European medieval/renaissance grimoires were primarily produced by devout Christians. The image of the de-frocked priest performing Satanic Masses behind closed doors is not only the stuff of urban legend, but nothing remotely like it appears in the grimoires. Even the spells that call exclusively upon the rulers of Hell still make prayers and appeals to the Highest God to accomplish their goals. So these people weren't Satan worshippers or even demonolaters - but that leaves us to question: why in the world would devout Christian mystics even include Satan or anything hellish in their grimoires? And, of course, what does that mean for those of us using the same texts today?
You might find the answer surprising - but more importantly you will see how the answer is vital to the Western mysteries, and to all of us attempting to revive the Old Magick in the modern world. This lecture might just change how you think magick works!
Ann Moura talks about the structure of the Tarot, what the cards can represent, how they can be related to the Witch's Craft, and offer tips on how to give meaningful readings for yourself and others. She will have her own Green Witch Tarot deck and book set, newly published by Llewellyn Worldwide, available for purchase at a special FPG 20% discount. If time permits, a practice session will follow the talk and utilize 2 easy card spreads. (2 hours)
Powerful, ancient legends of the North. Viking magic and shamanism. Portals into other dimensions. Theories of face-changing and shape-changing. Animal totems. The Wolf mothers. The Elder races. Shamanic spirituality. Healing. Introduction to rune divination and magic. Viking ritual will be held at the conclusion of this evening.
Magick and spells used by sailors (and pirates) for three thousand years. Defensive spells. Seafarers' divinations for seeking out good fortune and avoiding troubles. African hand-magick. Storm magick,. Whistling up the wind. Mermaid magick. Gunpowder magick. The voices of the sea. Inner-plane journey to visit the Sea Queen.
Why study the Hecate aspect? What does it take to seek the Dark Path? Legends. Hazards and rewards. Explore and understand the difference between "Dark" and "Evil". The final reality at the end of all things. She is powerful, so use care! Three aspects of the Dark Goddess. What does She look like? Study and meditation to learn more of the Dark Goddess.
Learn the secret magical methods of ancient Northern Europe, and how the Vikings could predict the future with their spiritual writing. Workshop: Practice these techniques!
Come and learn about the history of crystal singing bowls. Experience the calm and serenity that is the bowls.
Featuring all 7 chakra bowls and the Ohm bowl, this meditation session will send you into a
beautiful trance. Come be reenergized and revitalized. There is a 20 minute introduction and
Q&A, 15 minute bowl meditation, 10 minute break to discuss the experience and a final 15
minute bowl meditation. Attendees may want to bring a mat or blanket to lie down on.
Chromatherapy is the study of healing with color. Acoustics is basically sound. When you combine sound with color you get
Chromacoustics. In this workshop, attendees will use a pendulum together with color and crystal singing bowls to balance chakras with issues. Attendees may want to bring a pendulum and a mat or blanket to lie down on.
In 2007 Dru Ann started a journey of allowing Spirit to communicate with her and light her path. She developed the Spirit Guidance Oracle Cards to help her along the way. This workshop introduces you to ways to reach into your heart space for guidance as well as ways to use the cards or companion book to seek guidance. The book and deck will be available for purchase at the workshop.
We will craft an oil and dream pillow to aid our dream work. Following crafting these items we will charge them to work our magick.
Dreams come to us on the wings of the night and can leave before dawn leaving us vaguely aware that something happened. Important things can happen in dreams, some frightful, some prophetic and many things in between and you can craft your dreams to get what you want and need. We will review the ways that we can create our dreams with herbs, oils, candles and timing. There will be a dream workbook for everyone who attends the full workshop.