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.

VIRTUAL PAGAN PRIDE LA/OC: Returning Friends

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24TH

Magical Qi Gong with Rene Collins  – 10:00am Sat. October 24th

In this workshop you will learn specific movements and healing sounds to assist you in your own personal workings regardless of your magickal background. Learn how to increase your Qi such that you can actually feel it in and around your body and learn to project it out. Learn the 5 elements of the Chinese system and how to connect them with the Western elemental system. Learn how to apply Qi Gong practices to develop magical health!! For 5000 years ancient Taoist Masters scientifically researched the nature of “Qi” or the Life Force. They were the first to understand how certain herbs, foods and specific movements helped cultivate Qi for health and longevity. One of the exciting elements of Qi Gong is its ability to assist in magickal operations. A practitioner, whether a witch, magician, conjurer, etc could use Qi Gong to summon greater amounts of life force. This surplus of energy could be used for charging a symbol or magickal object, building a cone of power, spell casting and chanting.

Note: Rene will also provide an exclusive Pagan Pride LA/OC video performance at 6:00pm Sun. October 25th

Rene Collins, a magickal practitioner for over 30 years,. He is trained in both Western and Eastern traditions and has studied Qi Gong and the power of the life force extensively. Rene is also skilled in martial arts, mysticism, and meditation. Rene Collins is a founding member of the Wisdom Council of the Starlit Well, offering Full Moon ceremonies monthly at Topanga State Beach for the last 5 years.

Awakening Your Green Wisdom with Julie James – 11:00am Sat. October 24th

Green Wisdom tells us that we are in relationship, at all times, with our Green cousins, plants and trees and mosses and roots. The Wisdom comes from the recognition of this relationship, a deeper understanding of how that relationship manifests, and how to further develop that connection, and interpret what we learn. In this class we will learn how to understand the “language” of plants and how to expand that relationship. Bring a few plants (edible or not, living, or freshly cut or dried or made into medicine or food—all of it works) to the class with you so as to put our work into practice right away!

Julie James is an herbal practitioner and educator based in Long Beach. She has worked with the healing plants for over 35 years, and is the owner/director of Green Wisdom Apothecary Supply and School of Herbal Studies in Long Beach. For more information, visit www.greenwisdomerherbalstudies.com Green Wisdom Herbal Studies, 2023 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, Ca, 90806, United States (562) 591-8700julie@Greenwisdomherbalstudies.Com

The Mystery of Death: A Traditional Witchcraft Class by Griffin Ced & Carrie Wolf of The Green Man Store – 12:30pm Sat. October 24th

Dealing with Mortality is not something most people today spend a lot of serious time contemplating, outside of the occasional news of disaster, and the inhuman manner in which death is treated within our mainstream media entertainment arena.  But to a Traditional Witch, the relationship with Spirit is foundational, and our practices and cosmology reflect the importance of the comings and goings of spirit.  Many of our practices in life relate to a larger picture of eternity that includes the other realms and underworld, aka the Mound.

This class promises to address the subject from many contexts and bring what we consider a vital part of the Witch Lore that every “Craft” practitioner should be in possession of!

This is always an appropriate class during the Hallows Season Tide.  But this year, probably because of the Coronavirus and the tragic loss of life we have around the world, and the constant reminder of how Death stalks us all running on all media, we feel it is even more pertinent than normal.

Our classes are candid and straight to the point, with a goal to pass insight and understanding on subjects often skirted within the witching world of these times. The background and root of this class is from a British Traditional Craft (non-Wiccan) perspective and approach for those on a similar path but also as information for those not on a path such as ours. We hope this information may bring everyone some insight and strength in facing this daunting subject. We shall be pulling from a Witch’s Cosmology and practices as they pertain to the Death Realm and Legacy. If we have time or if people prefer, we hope to also be sharing personal insights and approaches to this subject of Death and Death Mysteries from our experience as Witches, spanning decades of experience.  Some of the material presented in this class may be received by some as challenging.  But it is our hope that this class and approach bring insight, clarity and liberation into the depths of the vast Legacy that awaits us within our Witch’s Blood when opening to the greater mystery of eternity!

Lady Liberty in the pursuit of democracy with Tony Mierzwicki – 1:00pm Sat. October 24th

This talk is about using Lady Liberty in the pursuit of democracy. This just focus on democracy in general. Incorporating stuff about Libertas the Roman goddess of liberty, Helios and Apollo the Greek sun gods. ***

Tony Mierzwicki is the author of “Graeco-Egyptian Magick: Everyday Empowerment” and a primer reconstructing Classical Greek religion, “Hellenismos: Practicing Greek Polytheism Today”. He has contributed to various anthologies and has been featured extensively in print, online and broadcast media. Tony developed a fascination for ancient religions in the early 1980s, which led him to immerse himself into ceremonial magick in 1990. He has been running regular workshops and rituals recreating ancient magickal and religious practices in the United States and on the east coast of Australia since 2001. See the Authors Booth after this event. For more details see http://www.hermeticmagick.net.

Celtic Otherworld with Muertagh AnDoile – 3:00pm Sat. October 24th

Join Murtaugh AnDoile in a short lecture on the Celtic Otherworld. Dive into the depth of Celtic mythology. 

Murtagh AnDoile is an independent scholar and researcher. He is a Drui and elder of the Tuatha De Danann Tradition (NECTW) and the group, Nemed na Morrigna. He is the Director for the Pagan History Project (currently on hiatus). He has a degree in Anthropology with specialties in Religion and mythology, and has worked as an archaeologist for Brown University. Tagh has been involved in the Pagan movement since 1968 and celebrating 51 years in same. Contact: tagh@att.net.

TechnoPaganism: Disk of Shadows, Virtual rituals, online degrees with Ann Finnin Hosted on Zoom – 4:00pm Sat. October 24th

TechnoPaganism: Disk of Shadows, Virtual rituals, online degrees.  The last thirty years have seen an uneasy alliance between modern technology and ancient pagan practices.  Are the two really compatible?  What are the challenges?  

Ann Finnin has been in the Craft for 46 years.  First initiated by Ed Fitch in 1974, she and her husband, Dave, founded the Roebuck Coven in 1976 which still meets today.  Ann has initiations in at least a half-a-dozen magical systems and groups.  Her first book, The Forge of Tubal Cain, was published by Pendraig Press in 2008.  Her second book, The Journey to the Castle, is scheduled to be published next year.

Settling into the Dark:  a nature meditation by Elizabeth TigerRose – 5:00pm Sat. October 24th

Come join Elizabeth TigerRose as she walks you through a wonderful nature meditation that will help you settle into the darkness of the wild. This mediation will go beyond reconnect you with natures and instead explore hidden unilluminated element of the green world we sprang from but now fear.

Elizabeth Rose is a High Priestess in the lineage of Tuatha de Danann, as well as one of three priestesses in our Lady of TriVia, which created public ritual after hours Agoura Renaissance Faire starting in 1985. She’s been engaged with meditation since 1972 and was trained as an MBSR facilitator in the first VA program to work with veterans using mindfulness techniques, in 2014. She is also an LCSW in both public and private practice.

Other Saturday Workshops with Returning Friends:

Workshop with Jymie Darling – 6:00pm Sat. October 24th

Workshop with Jenifer Morris – 8:00pm Sat. October 24th

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25TH

The Secrets of the Tarot with Georgia Ravenhawk & Lady Brenda – 12:00pm Sun. October 25th

Join Lady Brenda and Georgia for a peek into the secrets of the Tarot cards. Learn a brief history, symbolism and how the Tarot can change and enhance your lives. At the end of the discussion 5 people will be chosen to for mini readings by Lady Brenda. All attendees will be eligible for a 20% discount for our upcoming online Tarot class. We look forwards to seeing you and sharing our passion for the Tarot.

Lady Brenda is a professional Psychic and High Priestess of  The Grove of the Green Cobra. She is also a published author of metaphysical books including: The Wings of Isis, Tarot Secrets, Reiki for Witches. http://www.ladybbooks.com

Georgia (Ravenhawk) is a longtime consulting Astrologer, professional psychic and Reiki Master. She teaches numerous classes online and is the author of three books, including Tarot Secrets, Reiki for Witches and Reiki, Crystals and Chakras.

The Red Bones: The Experience of Initiation with Jeffrey Albaugh – 5:00pm Sun. October 25th via Zoom

The experience of initiation invokes a shift in relationships and the individual’s way of being in the world, regardless of whether this experience is earned through the process of study and achievement and enacted in ritual, or occurs spontaneously through dreams or other liminal experiences. The images accompanying initiatory experiences–death, dismemberment, transformation, transition, and rebirth—appear reflected in the myths, rituals, and dreams of all cultures.  This discussion with reflect on how we as Contemporary Pagans and Witches approach the notion of initiation.  Is initiation as important as once it was?  Should everyone be initiated?  How does initiation change the initiate?

Jeffrey Albaugh is an independent scholar and educator.  Jeffrey holds a Bachelor’s in Theatre, and a Master’s in Depth Psychology.  He has served on the Board of Directors for Cherry Hill Seminary, currently serves as Program Manager for the Conference on Current Pagan Studies, and is co-chair of the Pagan Studies Unit of the American Academy of Religion, Western Regional.  He is an initiate of the Gardnerian and Georgian traditions and studied the Anderson Feri Tradition with T. Thorn Coyle.

OTHER SUNDAY WORKSHOPS WITH RETURNING FRIENDS:

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

The Psychedelic Roots Of Religious Experience with Richard Merlin – 4:00pm 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.

VIRTUAL PAGAN PRIDE: Entertainment

LIVIA: an exclusive Pagan Pride LA/OC video Performance – 12:00pm Sat. October 24th

Livia has been enchanting audiences with her magically-infused music,
mystical melodies and distinctive lyrics since she started touring her
debut album ‘Journey Of An Empath’ in 2014. Blending pop, rock, folk,
latin, industrial and gothic sounds with elements of Pagan music and
Wiccan mysticism, she has created her own unique brand of ‘magick pop’. In 2010,
she was discovered by BRIT Award-winning producer Simon Ellis (The Spice
Girls, Britney Spears) and is currently working on her new record due out
next year. Livia developed serious anxiety, depression and OCD after
experiencing severe bullying at school and has dedicated her career to
highlighting mental health issues, writing songs with deep and diverse
subject matter. When Livia performs live, she is joined by her Elemental
dancers – a group of skilled performers and flow artists who represent
Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

Other Entertainment at Virtual Pagan Pride Day:

Rene Collins in an Exclusive Pagan Pride LA/OC Video Performance – 6:00pm 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.

VIRTUAL PAGAN PRIDE LA/OC: The Power of Ritual

Druid Hospitality Ritual with Raven’s Cry Grove, ADF – 7:00pm Sat. October 24th

Raven’s Cry Grove, ADF has been serving the L.A. Pagan community with public rituals for 21 years. We are a group of about two dozen Druids who present eight rituals a year in the Northern L.A. area at the modern Pagan high days, plus Pagan Pride Day. We are a member grove of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship which is based on ancient Indo-European traditions expressed through public worship, study, and fellowship. Our rituals are primarily devotional in nature, designed to strengthen the Three Kindred (Ancestors, Nature Spirits, and the Shining Ones) through our remembrance, praise and offering.

Pagan Pride LA/OC Presents: Pagan Pride LA/OC Presents a Community Ritual Pagans United for the Safety and Strength! by Griffin Ced & Carrie Wolf of The Green Man Store 7:00pm Sun. October 25th

 We call upon all Pagans form all paths and practices to unite as ONE! In unity we stand in out Power for Strength and safety in these uncertain times. As a majorly diverse community, we or the Pagan Path hold many different practices, beliefs, form of faith and traditions. We are of all colors, creeds, gender expressions, and sexual orientations. So let us then, with the power of our magics and ways, be an example of how a diverse county seems bent on division. For our safety, our strength, for our children and their Legacy for the future, let us secure our ways in the sanctuary of each other’s solidarity!

United we are Strong. Divided we are our ways are vulnerable. May the Blessings of our Gods and Ancestors bring us guidance and wisdom. SO mote it be.

Bio:

Griffin Ced is the Witch Father of the family line and Tradition of Ced. Hailing from Britain, Griffin comes from a mix of Hertfordshire Village folk, Romany Gypsy, Essex and London breeding. The Witchblood was passed onto him across the veil from his Great-Grandmother. He was raised with Spiritualism and good old fashioned British Craft, into which he was initiated in Essex back in 1975. After much trailing, he fell in love with California, making LA his home for the past 27 years! Griffin has been teaching Traditional Craft and leading public rituals for over two decades and is committed to Community-building for the future of our people. To this end, Griffin, as the Manager of The Green Man in North Hollywood, has helped create the magical experience people have come to love with that store. As well as at Crones Hollow in Salt Lake City, where, together with Rita Morgan, the Dame and Mother of the Ced Line, for over the past 25 years, they have lead the oldest running coven in Utah. Email:info@thegreenmanstore.com

Carrie Wolf Ced is the current Witch Mother and Dame of the Ced Tradition. She is also one of the owners of The Green Man Store. A self-described “recovering catholic”, Wolf was born with the Sight which runs in her family lines. Her desire to hone that ancestral gift led her to seek personalized training, which eventually led her to the study of witchcraft. In pursuit of that study, she found her way to the Ced Tradition, learning from Griffin Ced and Rita Morgan Ced and honing her craft. She was initiated into their EarthHaven coven in 2009, and was initiated into the Ced Clan in 2015. The mantle of Witch Mother and Dame of Ced was passed to her directly from Rita a few months before Rita’s death in 2019.

In 2010, she and her family members Jill & Joe Weiss opened The Green Man Store with the desire to build a pagan community, and brought Griffin Ced in as Manager. There she makes incense & oil blends, and crafts custom spell candles & mojo bags for customers and coveners alike. She is often found working with Griffin on classes, workshops, special events, and rituals for the pagan community, which has grown and flourished at the store. Outside of coven and store, Wolf is an animal lover and an accomplished Horsewoman. Horses, dogs, and cats all share in her life. A wolf lover for obvious reasons, she is a patron of Wolf Mountain Sanctuary for rescued wolves. Wolf is an avid reader and loves the works of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. She has a wry humor, a quick wit, and a sharp tongue that is almost always planted firmly in cheek.

Other Rituals at Virtual Pagan Pride LA/OC 2020:

Sound Healing Ritual with Havalah – 10:00am Sun. October 25th

Note: All dates and times are subject to change. See the Virtual Pagan Pride LA/OC 2020 schedule on http://www.paganpridela.org.