Personal Cleanliness and Purification in Ancient Egypt

The Greek historian, Herodotus, admired the health of the Egyptians, writing that they were among the healthiest people in the world.  Health and cleanliness were of paramount importance to the Egyptians.  Personal names contained such phrases as “I possess health” or “let your father be healthy.”  All letters, addresses, salutes and travel recommendations ended with wishes for good health. (Ghalioungui: 150)

Travelers from Greece remarked on the Egyptian custom of washing hands (and the dishes) before a meal.  The Egyptians were also in the habit of using purgatives and emetics on a monthly basis. (Ghalioungui: 155)

Personal hygiene was considered extremely important.  Although the Egyptians did not have soap, they used body scrubs made of powdered calcite, natron[i] (soda), and honey. Rich and poor alike washed twice daily, usually before meals.  Ointments and aromatic oils were used to keep skin soft.  Deodorant was made from ground carob pulp or a mixture of incense and dry porridge. (Reeves:18)

For the most part, both women and men shaved their bodies, and often their heads, with bronze razors, or plucked with tweezers. (White: 89) There was also a popular recipe for a depilatory made from crushed bone (of birds), fly dung, oil, sycamore juice, gum and cucumber. (Reeves: 18)

In this, ordinary Egyptians were emulating the rituals of cleanliness practiced by priests. (Ghalioungui: 155)

Those who were permitted to enter temples or other holy sites were expected to fulfill certain conditions of physical purity.  This included bathing twice daily and twice nightly in cold water, usually in the sacred lake adjoining the temple, or if there was none then in a stone basin and sprinkled themselves with water before attending to their morning and evening services.  Water, of course, was the original element from which life emerged, so there was symbolic significance to this ritual.  Further, they had to rinse their mouths with natron-water before speaking sacred words. Although many Egyptians shaved their head and body hair, it was a requirement for priests. (Sauneron: 36-37)

Priests were also obligated to fast or follow very restricted diets.  For example, priests of certain deities were prohibited from eating cattle, other mammals or sometimes certain parts of animals. (Sauneron: 38)

Although priests could be married, they were also required to observe periods of sexual abstinence.  They were also prohibited from wearing wool and required to wear linen. (Sauneron: 40)  All this was to ensure the priests were ritually pure enough to enter sacred ground.

Visitors also remarked on how the Egyptians were different than other peoples in that they took their meals outside yet tended to bodily needs indoors (apparently the opposite of the rest of the world). (Ghalioungui: 157)

During the New Kingdom period (sixteenth century BCE to eleventh century BCE, covering the Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth dynasties) there were bathrooms supplied with water tanks (presumably in wealthier homes) with drains for excess water. Some temples and palaces even had indoor pipes as far back as 2700 BCE.  (Ghalioungui: 157) 

Many settlements did not have wells, so water had to be brought from the Nile.  In Dier el-bahra, for example, village water was stored in large jars, but later a community reservoir was built.  In ordinary Egyptian homes, the lavatory consisting of a wooden stool over a small sand pit.  However, in finer houses, there were bathing rooms where water was drained out of the house through a covered gully into a tank.  All refuse was removed to areas away from the houses. (Reeves: 12-13)

In modern times, most of us have day jobs and we cannot follow the requirements of Egyptian priesthood as the ancients did.  Our modern world does not really allow for that.  Nevertheless, to the extent we can, or as seems reasonable, those of us who follow an Egyptian spiritual bath should remember the importance the Egyptians placed on cleanliness.

Maatkara Sit-Heteru has been following an Egyptian magical path after receiving training from Church of the Eternal Source three decades ago.

References:

Ghalioungui, Paul. 1973. The House of Life (Per Ankh): Magic and Medical Science in Ancient Egypt. Amsterdam, B.M. Istrael.

Reeves, Carole. 1992. Egyptian Medicine. UK, Shire Publications Ltd.

White, Jon Manchip. 1963. Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt. London, B.T. Batsford Ltd.

Sauneron, Serge. 2000. The Priests of Ancient Egypt. Ithaca, NY, Cornell University Press.


[i] Natron is a naturally occurring mixture of sodium carbonate decahydrate and sodium bicarbonate. Modern substitutes are made by baking a quantity of baking soda in an oven until the resulting powder is exceptionally dry.

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9 Fun Facts About Janus

By Jack Stagg

9 FUN FACTS ABOUT JANUS

Compiled by Jack Stagg

I.)  THE AGE OF JANUARIUS

Janus is the Roman god of beginnings / endings and change. It’s after Janus that the first month of the year, Januarius ‘January’, is named. The kalends (the 1st) of each month may also have been dedicated to Janus (thoughtco.com). Originally the Roman New Year corresponded with the vernal equinox, but years of tampering with the solar calendar, and by decree from Julius Caesar, the holiday was established on its more familiar date of January 1. Janus was seen as symbolically looking back at the old and ahead to the new, and this idea became tied to the concept of transition from one year to the next (History.com).

II.)  TWO-FACED GOD

Janus is usually depicted with two faces, one on each side of the head. He was one of the earliest gods of Rome, sometimes referred to as the “god of gods” or diuom deo. He is often shown with beards on both faces, but originally, Janus was depicted with one bearded face and another one clean-shaven, which may have symbolized the moon and the sun, or age and youth. Occasionally he was depicted as four-faced – as the spirit of the four-way arch. (thevintagenews.com)

III.)  THE ORIGINAL JANITOR

Janus was proudly venerated as a uniquely Roman god, rather than one adopted from the Greek pantheon. All forms of transition came within his purview – beginnings and endings, entrances, exits, and passageways. The name Janus (Ianus in Latin, as the alphabet had no j) is etymologically related to ianua, the Latin word for door. Janus himself was the ianitor, or doorkeeper, of the heavens. His symbols were a porter’s staff or virga and a set of keys. Janus assumed an important role in all Roman public sacrifices, receiving incense and wine first before other deities. This was because, as the doorkeeper of the heavens, Janus was the route through which one reached the other gods, even Jupiter himself (theconversation.com).

IV.)  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It was Roman tradition at the New Year to give the god Janus honey, cakes, incense and wine to buy favorable signs and a guarantee of good luck. Gold brought better results than baser coins (thought co.com). This day was seen as setting the stage for the coming year and it was common for friends and neighbors to make a positive start to the year by exchanging well wishes and gifts of figs and honey with one another, as well. According to the poet Ovid, most Romans also chose to work for at least part of New Year’s Day, as idleness was seen as a bad omen for the rest of the year (History.com).

V.)  SHUT THE DOORS, PLEASE

The festival dedicated to Janus took place on January 9th, called the Agonium. There were several important temples erected to Janus, and it is assumed that there was also an early cult on the Janiculum, which the ancients took to mean “the city of Janus” (britannica.com). The most famous temple to Janus in Rome is called the Ianus Geminus, or “Twin Janus.” When its doors were open, neighboring cities knew that Rome was at war. Plutarch quips: “The latter was a difficult matter, and it rarely happened, since the realm was always engaged in some war, as its increasing size brought it into collision with the barbarous nations which encompassed it round about.” When the two doors were closed, Rome was at peace (thoughtco.com).

VI.)  NO JANUARY…OR FEBRUARY

There were only 10 months at first. According to tradition, Romulus, the legendary first king of Rome, oversaw an overhaul of the Roman calendar system around 738 BCE. The resulting calendar, whose structure borrowed heavily from the ancient Greek calendar system, had only 10 months, with March (Martius) being the first month of the year. The winter season was not assigned to any month, so the year only lasted 304 days, with 61 days unaccounted for in the winter (timeanddate.com).

VII.)   THEN THERE WERE TWELVE

Following another calendar reform, which later Roman writers attributed to Romulus’ successor, Numa Pompilius, the Republican calendar was instituted. To account for the days of winter between the years, two additional months were introduced: Ianuarius and Februarius. This meant that some of the month names no longer agreed with their position in the calendar. For example, September means “the 7th month,” but it was now the 9th month of the year—an inconsistency that was preserved and is still part of the Gregorian calendar we use today. A common year was now divided into 12 months of different lengths: 4 “full” months with 31 days, 7 “hollow” months with 29 days, and 1 month with 28 days (timeanddate.com).

VIII.)  JANUS SPEAKS !

Ovid has Janus saying: “The ancients (since I’m a primitive thing) called me Chaos. Watch me sing events long ago. This lucent air and the other three elements, fire, water and earth, were a single heap. Once the dissension of its matter had split the mass, which departed in fragments for new homes, flame headed for the heights, and next place took the air, earth and the ocean settled in mid-ground. Then I, who had been a ball and faceless hulk, got the looks and limbs proper to a God. Now, as a small token of my once confused shape, my front and back appear identical … Whatever you see around, sky, ocean, clouds, earth, they are all closed and opened by my hand. The world’s safekeeping belongs to me alone; only I have the right to turn its hinge … I sit at heaven’s doors with the gentle hours: Jupiter goes and comes through my office. Hence I am called Janus [Ovid, Fasti, 1 January]. (http://romanpagan.blogspot.com/2016/02/18th-century-herm-of-janus.html)

IX.)  AND THEN THERE’S THIS

It is conventionally thought that the month of January is named for Janus but according to ancient Roman farmers’ almanacs Juno was the tutelary deity of the month (H.H. Scullard, Festivals and Ceremonies of the Roman Republic, Cornell University Press, 1981, p. 51). Should it really be the month of Junoary ?

Jack Stagg is a past contributor to Southland Pagan Press.

Post Yule – Stress Reduction – Time to Get Grounded

By Jean Duranti, LCSW therapist and Wiccan teacher

In non-pandemic times, the end of year is filled with preparations, presents, parties and family time.  It’s stressful but productive and enjoyable.  This year, a 360-degree  turnaround, made all these usual events and preparations take a dive into a rabbit hole of trepidation, fear, solitude, loneliness and frustration for many. Now that it is passed, it’s time to ground ourselves and rebalance as we come into a new year, filled with hope and possibilities.  Time to get rid of those stressors, but how?

The following are relaxation techniques to help modulate your breath and brighten your mood and reduce anxiety. 

The first technique is the five-finger breathing exercise:

Hold your power hand out and palm facing away from you. Now spread your fingers apart slightly.  Using the forefinger of your other hand, place your fingertip at the base of your thumb, on the outside of your finger. With a light touch, bring your forefinger up the side of your thump until it reaches your fingertip. As you do this, breathe in slowly and the finger goes up the side of your thumb. Hold your breath when you get to the top of your thumb. As you bring your finger down the inside of the side of the thumb, exhale. Repeat with the other 4 fingers till you get to the outside of your pinky.  You can reverse the exercise and move back to the thumb.  You may feel a slight tingle as you move your fingertip over the sides of your fingers, this is normal. The physical sensation and the breath refocus the bodies energies.

Variation breathing exercise – prayer hands:

Put your hands together in prayer position with fingers and palm pressing against each other.  Inhale and then exhale as you slowly spread your fingers and then intertwine them and bring the fingers down to a clenched position. As you do this, you will finish your exhale and the fingers come down. You can inhale and bring the fingers back to a prayer position and repeat the motions as needed.

Mindful visualization – the candle flame:

Sit comfortably, close your eyes and inhale slowly.  As you do this, focus on a picture of a white candle in the darkness.  The flame gets brighter as you inhale. Hold your breath, and as you exhale, the flame goes down. You can repeat this part as many times, and you want. On your final breath, allow the flame to extinguish. As the flame goes out and the wisps of smoke float away, imagine your stressors and anxieties floating away with the smoke.

Bright Blessings to you all.

Jean Duranti is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and graduate of UCLA’s MSW program. She has been with Wellqor since February 2018. Her specialty is Gerontology, a focus of working with older adults, and she works with adult clients of all ages.  In the past, she has done therapy with: Veterans at the VA Nursing Home, Los Angeles County Psychiatric Hospital and at various Assisted Living Communities in Los Angeles, in addition to independent clients. Her clinical philosophy is to focus on client’s goals by being their advocate and ally, walking down their path to help them be successful. In her spare time, and for the last 30 years, she have been studying and performing Central Asian folk dances with her dance partner. Since 1991, she has explored Wiccan and Ancient Egyptian Spiritual Paths and has been teaching through DragonStone for the last 4 years. 

Favorite Holiday Baking

By Morgana RavenTree

I’m not much of a cook, but I enjoy baking, especially around the holidays.  For the past 3 years, I’ve baked a pistachio crust pumpkin pie with whipped cream and a pistachio brittle (https://www.redbookmag.com/food-recipes/recipes/a35139/pumpkin-tart-pistachio-crust-brittle-recipe-rbk1112/ ) at Thanksgiving and the December potlucks and feasts.  This year, I had no reason to bake anything so elaborate.  There were no potlucks, ritual feasts or any other occasions to show off my baking skills.

Holiday baking is something my mother did every year.  Some of my fondest memories were of making Xmas cookies out of a Betty Crocker cookbook.  In my 20s, I even baked holiday gifts for friends.  I stopped baking for a while, then took it up again around 2013.  I had some health issues in 2012 and baking was a kind of therapy for me.  Unfortunately, I was also diagnosed with Diabetes type 2 and a couple of years ago I was diagnosed with liver disease.  Needless to say, I’m not supposed to eat what I bake.  In fact, I mainly enjoy baking for others and often don’t eat what I bake.  In 2020, that is no longer possible (for now). 

Nevertheless, holiday baking is something you can still do.  Those of you with families can still enjoy this activity together.  Its a great way to get the kids involved in holiday preparations, regardless of which holidays you celebrate. For those of us who live alone, we can still bake in moderation and freeze our baked goods.  Someday you will be able to share them again.

If you’re wondering why so many of these sites are for Xmas-themed baked goods, don’t be put off by that.  Almost all symbols associated with Xmas were originally Pagan, before they were appropriated by Xtians.

Here are some of my recommended favorite baking sites, including diabetic-friendly and Vegan:

JOY OF BAKING (https://www.joyofbaking.com/breads/FruitBread.html)

Recommended: Fruit Bread, not to be confused with Fruit Cake, this type of bread is eaten throughout Europe.

BROWN-EYED BAKER (https://www.browneyedbaker.com/yule-log-buche-de-noel-with-espresso-mascarpone-filling-and-ganache-icing)

My favorite baking site! Recommended: a step-by-step guide to making a simple “Buche de Noel” or Yule Log (it’s really just an iced jellyroll).

SALLY’S BAKING ADDICTION (https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/gingerbread-house) or 75 recipes for Xmas cookies. https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/75-christmas-cookies

My second-favorite baking site!  Recommended: step-by-step guide to making a gingerbread house (something you can do with the kids!)

YOUR CUP OF CAKE (https://www.yourcupofcake.com/easy-christmas-wreath-cookies) or (https://www.yourcupofcake.com/easy-to-make-snowman-cupcakes)

Originally a site devoted to cupcakes, it now covers other baked good as well.  Recommended: Snowman Cupcakes or Xmas wreath cookies. 

SPECIAL NUTRITIONAL NEEDS

Diabetic Friendly – EATING WELL (http://www.eatingwell.com/gallery/11564/diabetes-friendly-christmas-cookie-recipes)

For those of you with diabetes of other health issues, check out Eating Well, but look over the ingredients carefully.  Eating Well is also published as a magazine.  While it claims to be diabetic-friendly, sometimes their recipes contain some sugar, so feel free to replace that with the sugar substitute of your choice. 

If you’re Vegan, finding holiday recipes can be a bit challenging.  While there are many Vegan baking sites, I am rarely able to make those recipes work.  Here are some sites to try:

MINIMALIST BAKER https://minimalistbaker.com/20-vegan-holiday-dessert-recipes

GATHERING DREAMS https://gatheringdreams.com/vegan-christmas-cookies/

THE GREEN LOOT https://thegreenloot.com/vegan-christmas-desserts-treats-recipes-egg-free/

Don’t be afraid to experiment a bit.  I’m going to try some of the cookie recipes, replacing sugar with monkfruit (a natural sweetener), applesauce or Vegan butter for dairy butter, and maybe even try a Vegan egg substitute.

HAPPY SOLSTICE BAKING!

Morgana RavenTree is the current President of Pagan Pride Los Angeles, Inc. (aka Pagan Pride LA/OC).

The Long Barrow at All Cannings

by Jack Stagg

Photo credit: Wikipedia

In 2014, Tim Daw built something on his Wiltshire farmland that had not been done in Britain for thousands of years. He built a long barrow. Long barrows are  above ground megalithic chambers of stone and earth built to house the dead.                

Dating from the beginning of the Neolithic period in Britain, around 5,500 years ago, long barrows are the earliest structures to permanently impact the landscape in Britain (1). Of the 260 long barrows known to exist in Britain, 148 of them can be found in Wiltshire County (2). Wiltshire is also home to Stonehenge, the Avebury Henge Monument, Silbury Hill, and the nearby East and West Kennet Long Barrows. The East Kennet Long Barrow (still unexcavated) is Britain’s largest long barrow, at 350 ft. long by 100 ft. wide and 20 ft. high, and is dated to 3,500 BCE.

It took Mr. Daw, a farmer and onetime steward at Stonehenge, and his team nine months to build the Long Barrow at All Cannings. Within the chalk mound there are four chambers (plus a “hidden” smaller fifth chamber) arranged off the passageway that begins at an entrance made of local Sarsen stone. The chambers, or columbaria, each have 55 niches for cremated remains built into walls of traditionally handcrafted Cotswold stone, and feature corbelled ceilings . The niches are for single, double, or up to six urns (3).

The Long Barrow lies within the Marlborough Downs area of outstanding natural beauty, near the town of All Cannings (between Pewsey and Devizes) and is situated midway between Avebury and Stonehenge. Like many of the ancient Neolithic barrows, it is aligned with the winter solstice sunrise, the sun illuminating the internal stone passageway.

According to their website, ” the long barrow is for anyone. It is for those of any religion or none. Because of its design it is a place of worship for pagans, especially at the solstices but the use of the columbarium and the barrow for contemplation is for everybody and no link to paganism is assumed (4).”  In 2018 the barrow became only the second structure registered by the UK Home Office “for the purpose of worship” for Druids.

“For the winter solstice, the sun lights up the whole passageway and we get around 30 to 50 druids and people coming along for the view. I’m not a druid myself but the barrow was built as a temple, copying the ancient long barrows and aligned to the mid-winter sunrise,” said Mr. Daw in an interview with BBC News (5). The barrow usually hosts four services a year at the solstices and equinoxes, but is now unfortunately halted for the present due to the pandemic.

All of the niches at the Long Barrow have been reserved.

For more information, including a gallery of great photos, please visit: 

The Long Barrow at All Cannings (Wiltshire)  https://www.thelongbarrow.com/

Other barrows have now followed, including:

Willow Row Barrow (Cambridgeshire) https://www.sacredstones.co.uk/locations/cambs-willow-row-barrow

Soulton Long Barrow (Shropshire)                                     https://www.sacredstones.co.uk/

Mid-England Barrow ( Banbury)                                                                         https://www.mid-englandbarrow.co.uk/

The Round Barrow, Higher Ground Meadow (Dorset)  http://www.theroundbarrow.co.uk/ Notes:                                                                                                                           

(1)Hadingham, E. ( page 31) Circles and Standing Stones. Walker & Company, 1975.                                    

(2)stonepages.com                                                                                                                                   (3 & 4) thelongbarrow.com  

(5) BBC NEWS Published 23 November 2018

WELCOME TO VIRTUAL PAGAN PRIDE LA/OC: A Message From the President

By Morgana RavenTree

No, not THAT president, the President of Pagan Pride LA/OC, of course. This has been a very strange year. I am beginning to think of 2020 as the “Year that Never Happened”.

This year we have said good-bye to two past contributors to Pagan Pride LA/OC – Greg Harder, our former official photographer (see the September edition of Southland Pagan Press), and Linda Fox, our former Board member and President. Linda contributed so much to the continuation and expansion of this organization. Even after she stepped down as President and from the Board, she continued to contribute as a volunteer, a vendor at our swapmeet fundraisers, and most importantly, stuffing our ever-popular mystery bags for our live event. She will be greatly missed.

This would have been our 22nd annual Pagan Pride Day LA/OC at Rainbow Lagoon in the City of Long Beach, but in early Summer, we made the hard decision that we could not hold our live event this year. Instead, we decided to go virtual for the first time. While we do not have the energy and congeniality of a live event this year, going virtual has turned out to have a silver lining – Pagan personalities who would not normally be able to travel to our event are able to join us this time, thanks to Facebook Live and other social media outlets. This year, travel distance is not an issue. This means entertainers like Livia from the UK, Tommie Starchild, Orion Foxwood, Hexeba Theaux and many other can present workshops, ritual and entertainment for the first time. We have familiar friends returning this year, too.

We are also able to expand our program to two days this year – Saturday, October 24th from 10:00am to 9:00pm and Sunday, October 25th from 10:00am to 9:15pm.

This amazing event would not have been possible without our wonderful Board – Brian Ewing, the founder of Pagan Pride Los Angeles, Inc. and currently our Vendor Coordinator and Webmaster, Kimberley Berger, our Volunteer Coordinator, Tammye McDuff Kline, Press and Vendor Promotion. We can’t forgot Chaw Moon-Starwell, our outstanding Programming Coordinator, who made this program possible, and finally a special thank you to PashurBodyArt for designing this year’s beautiful artwork.

Check our website http://www.paganpridela.org for our schedule of events and don’t forget to check out this year’s commemorative tee shirts by Infinity Prints Unlimited. We hope you enjoy this new way to experience Pagan Pride Day 2020!

Morgana RavenTree is the current President of Pagan Pride Los Angeles, Inc.

VIRTUAL PAGAN PRIDE LA/OC: New Faces

A Crooked Path with Robert Ravnar – 10:30am Sat. October 24th

In this discussion we will touch on life’s ebbs and flows. The importance of the inner work, self love, self acceptance, and the maintenance of the temples that we ARE!

We will also be doing a brief path working to visit our inner temple and return with a help tool or friend to aid us on our journey.

Bio: Robert Ravnar is a practicing witch and healer and has been an active member of the Pagan community for the past 8 years providing healings, readings, and continues to share the knowledge he has attained thus far.

Conjure Basics an Introduction to Rootwork with Hexeba Theaux – 2:00pm Sat. October 24th

This talk covers what Hoodoo/Conjure/Rootwork is and whatit is not. How products are used (and what those products are.) Come learn whyall the powders look the same and how you would use powders, why some washes smell nice and others are pungent. This class will look at how to use Hoodoo Waters and Salts as well as how Wiccan Candle magic differs from Hoodoo Candle Magic. We will also cover some history of Hoodoo and Conjure and how they are similar and how they are different. 

Hexeba Theaux is a Louisiana bred Cajun with a special interest in Hoodoo. She has been a Rootworker for more than 40 years. Her business “Cajun Conjure” was born of this passion. She began studying witchcraft and Wicca as a teenager, learning from wonderful teachers (and a few bad ones); reading everything she could get her hands on; working solitary and/or with groups for many years. She has belonged to circles or covens in Spain, California, and Nevada; been initiated into three Central Valley Wicca Traditions, and is a Gardnerian third degree. Hexeba taught Village Witchery© and Hoodoo/Conjure at Pantheacon for many years. She has also been a popular speaker at Metaphysical Stores and at several Pagan Pride events. Her Hoodoo/Conjure products can be found online at CajunConjure.com as well as Lightweavers Academy in Citrus Heights, California, Crossroads in Shingle Springs, California and at The Open Eye in Clovis, California. For more information on classes and products please refer to www. CajunConjure.com, there you will find a schedule of upcoming Zoom classes, description of products and Hexeba’s Blog.

Paganism and Earth Centered Spirituality and Magic: An Ancestral Calling for a Current Need with Orion Foxwood – 11:00am Sun. October 25th


Orion Foxwood is a traditional witch, conjure-man and faery seer; and, the author of “The Faery Teachings” (RJ Stewart Books), “The Tree of Enchantment”, “The Candle & the Crossroads” and “The Flame in the Cauldron” (Weiser Books). Born with the veil in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia- he was exposed to faith-healing, root-doctoring, faery lore and of southern and Appalachian folk magic which he teaches in workshops and other forums. He is the founder of the House of Brigh Faery Seership Institute; and Foxwood Temple to pass on the traditional witchcraft of his elders. He holds a Master’s Degree in Human Services. Website: orionfoxwood.com.


Wards and Protection Spells with Hexeba Theaux – 2:00pm Sun. October 25th

One can never have too many protection spells in their magical arsenal. Protection is one of the “big four” in Hoodoo. The “big four” consist of magic used for Love, Health, Protection and Money. This class will focus on Protection. Do you feel the need to protect your loved ones? Is your child being bullied at school? Do you indulge in works that leave you feeling in need of protection? Do you just want to protect your home from negative energy? Whether you are keeping negative energy at bay, blocking access to your home, or raging full on war against an evil entity, this class is not to be missed. All of these conditions will be covered in this class. 

Hexeba Theaux is a Louisiana bred Cajun with a special interest in Hoodoo. She has been a Rootworker for more than 40 years. Her business “Cajun Conjure” was born of this passion. She began studying witchcraft and Wicca as a teenager, learning from wonderful teachers (and a few bad ones); reading everything she could get her hands on; working solitary and/or with groups for many years. She has belonged to circles or covens in Spain, California, and Nevada; been initiated into three Central Valley Wicca Traditions, and is a Gardnerian third degree. Hexeba taught Village Witchery© and Hoodoo/Conjure at Pantheacon for many years. She has also been a popular speaker at Metaphysical Stores and at several Pagan Pride events.

Her Hoodoo/Conjure products can be found online at CajunConjure.com as well as Lightweavers Academy in Citrus Heights, California, Crossroads in Shingle Springs, California and at The Open Eye in Clovis, California. For more information on classes and products please refer to www. CajunConjure.com, there you will find a schedule of upcoming Zoom classes, description of products and Hexeba’s Blog.

Growing Right Relationship with Self with Tommy StarChild – 8:00pm Sunday, October 25th 

The art and craft of magic and witchery have become one of the fastest growing religious/spiritual practices over the last decade. Many books have been written on the subject of how to, and classes can be found all over the world. One thing that is often not found is the foundational practice vital to working the craft. “Growing Right Relationship with Self” will dip into this practice of fostering a relationship with self; who is self, and the difference between the ego-self and the authentic-self. We will take a look at the Spiritual, Mystical, and Magical steps of becoming a co-creator of ones reality, and how growing right relationship with self is the Spiritual step that is the foundation on which a sound magical practice is built.

Tommie StarChild, a spirit worker, witch, and an initiate in the Anderson Feri mystery tradition. He was born with faerie companions (Simms), gifted with spirit sight, and comes from a family of conjure workers. StarChild is also a teacher, presenter, published writer/artist, owner of My Authentic Self, and founder of Sacred Moon, Sacred Self – Temple of the Old Ways. He has over 29 years experience as a witch, over 16 years as a Feri initiate, professional spirit worker for the past 12 years, and has been an apprentice, for the past 10 years to present, at the House of Bright Faery Seership Institute with Orion Foxwood. Tommie StarChild has worked for the past 12 years to present – as a spirit worker, reader/spiritual counselor, intuitive and Reiki healer, and preforms services of conjure and witchcraft. Now the proud owner of Moonshine Magic, located in Julian CA. For more information you can go to MoonshineMagicJulian on Instagram, and/or, MoonshineMagic on Facebook (website is in production).

Other new faces include:

The Awakening of Consciousness with Evah Cerhus – 10:30am Sun. October 25th

Hermetic Mysticism in the Process of Creativity with Solar Greye – 1:00pm Sun. October 25th

The Foundation of Sense: Porto Rican Vodou with Jennifer Medway – 3:00pm Sun. October 25th

Note: All dates and times are subject to change. See the Virtual Pagan Pride Day LA/OC schedule on http://www.paganpridela.org.