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Sacred Space Conference
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Free Spirit Gathering 2013: Many Paths
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Between the Worlds: An Interfaith Esoteric Conference
Sirius Rising & Summerfest 2012
Starwood 32--Review by Oberon Zell
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Spring Mysteries Festival XXVII
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Summer Solstice Ritual, SF Ocean Beach
Summerland Spirit Festival 2012
Toon Town’s Pagan Summer Fest: A Ten Year Long Dream
Mabon with Blackberry Circle
Salem, Oregon Celebrates Its First Pagan Pride Day (2012)
NorthWest Fall Equinox Festival (NWFEF) 2012 (Review)
Michigan Midwest Bazaar and Witches Ball
Year: 2011 ...
Starwood Festival 2011 (A Review by Oberon Zell)
Sacred Space Celebrates Twenty-one Years!
The New Orleans Witches' Ball
"New Fire in Deep Winter: Oimelc in Minnesota"
St. Louis Pagan Picnic
Celebration of the Divine Feminine and Religious Freedom
Summerland Spirit Festival 2011: The Initiation of a Community
2011 Midwest Witches Ball and Bazaar
Through the Looking Glass Midwest - Michigan's 2011 Witches Ball:
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Sacred Space Conference
Review: Sirius Rising
Free Spirit Gathering
43rd Annual Gathering of the Tribes
Summerfest 2010 (Festival Review)
Midwest Witches' Ball 2010
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The Sacred Space Conference and Winterfest Banquet
Toon Town's Pagan Summer Fest.
Sacred Harvest Festival 2008
The Land Institute Prairie Festival 2008
Sacred Harvest Festival 2008; The Fool's Journey, Breaking the Hermetic Seal
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4th of July Pagan Religious Rights Rally and Ritual and Chesapeake Pagan Community Summer Gathering
Sirius Rising 2007: Making Connections
The 12th Annual Halloween Festival London UK
Louisville Pagan Pride Day
Central Vermont Lughnasadh Festival
2nd Annual Children's Camp
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Harvest Home Gathering 2006 (picts added Oct. 18)
Southeast Women's Herbal Conference
Toronto Pagan Conference
Canadian National Pagan Conference
Sirius Rising 2006
Rally for Religious Freedom
Brazilian Mabon Celebration in Săo Paulo
Chesapeake Pagan Community Gathering: Dancing with Devas 2006
WitchFest Wales, 2006
Pagan Pride Day - Metro Detroit
Rochester Pagan Pride Day
The 2006 Between the Worlds Men's Gathering
Hellfire Caves Ritual
Beltaine 2006: A Pagan Odyssey
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Tara Summer Solstice 2005
Starwood XXV: Feelin' the Love
Persephone's Masquerade: The 4th Annual OHF Spring Ball
Pictures from New Orleans
Sirius Rising 2005: Restoring the Balance
Harvest Home 2005: Magick, Imagination, and Love
Spirit's Haven in the Woods
Inner Mysteries Intensive with Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone
People of Beauty, People of Peace: CPC Summer Gathering 2005
Mid-Atlantic Pagan Alliance’s Wicked Awesome Lugh Beach Party
WES Raises Funds for Katrina Victims
Adirondack Pagan Pride Day
The 2005 Between The Worlds Men's Gathering
WytcheHaven Weekend 2
Midsummer's Haven in the Woods
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The 2005 Between The Worlds Men's Gathering
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Author: Garan du
Posted: October 9th. 2005
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Sponsored by: The Green Faerie Grove
Location: Southeastern Ohio
Event Date(s): September 14-18, 2005
Alchemy is a mystical process wherein elements are combined and transmuted through various steps with the end goal of attaining an elevated state of Being. From the athanor’s fires of late summer to a tempering in the quenching waters of spirit, we saw a mystic transformation within this loving community. This year marked the 4th anniversary of the Between the Worlds Men’s Gathering (BTW), our largest and most diverse gathering to date. We were fortunate to have 77 men present in community with us from 14 different states, some from as far away as Oregon. They represented many spiritual paths, including eclectic Wicca, Buddhism, Shamanism, Druidry, Heathenry, Minoan Brotherhood, Gardnerian and Alexandrian Wicca, Radical Faerie, Chaos Magick, OTO/OAI, and Traditional Witchcraft.
BTW is designed to provide a safe place for men who love men to explore spiritual practices such as Pagan and Earth-centered paths. This year offered a mix of rituals and workshops, with social events, musical performers, vendors, and drumming and dancing. We joined together for 5 days in the beautiful hills of southeastern Ohio to forge a community amongst groves of shagbark hickory, burr oak and sassafras with rafts of wild turkeys and the sun, moon, and stars as our witnesses. This year was sunnier and much warmer than our first 3 years. How strange to worry about sunburn and heat exhaustion in mid-September! As if remembering what time of year it was, Mother Nature compensated at the halfway point with a series of quick, hard downpours that cooled things off a bit and lofted spirits (and a few tents!) .
The Opening Ritual kicked off the event, with men from the diverse paths represented at BTW invoking our queer ancestors to watch over us, and with each member of the community bestowing blessings and good wishes for the gathering. The No Talent Show broke the ice with poetry, stories, jokes, and bawdy lyrics, and Todd Alan graced us with a performance that included the debuts of several new songs as well as many old favorites. The week was a whirlwind of 26 workshops, 13 rituals, social events, and concerts. The workshops ran the gamut from Heathenry and runes, to plant spirit allies and incenses, to candle magick, psychic defense, tantric massage, meditation, queer spiritual history, Buddhism and compassionate activism, drumming, and Chaos Magick. The rituals included a Wiccan celebration conducted completely in ASL, a midnight crossroads ritual to Hekate, a Minoan Brotherhood ritual, an Ergi Norse blot and sumbel, a healing and protection ritual, and a journey through the eight faces of the queer God. We touched on both the tragic and the joyous within our community, honoring the life of our dear departed brother, CrystalBear, who passed away last November, and celebrating the joyous handfasting of our brothers Daystar and SpiritWolf.
The community this year, as in every year, outdid itself with the potluck. An auction raised funds to help The Green Faerie Grove participate in a GLBT interfaith conference. The Tea Dance saw a cross section of the community, men from their late teens to early seventies, dancing and having a great time together. This year’s keynote speaker was Toby Johnson, author and contributing editor to White Crane Journal. Toby enchanted the community with his gentle humor and reflections on his friend and mentor Joseph Campbell, while giving us the message that we are a part of the mysteries and myths of humanity, and that we have a purpose in this world. The gathering culminated in the Rites to Dionysos, where the entire community came together to celebrate who we are, shouting, chanting, and dancing around the fire, egged on by the madly twirling God of Ecstasy. Queer men often don’t get the opportunity to be queer men in an environment that is free of the attitudes and hurts that exist in everyday life. It is amazing how transformative something like this can be when they are finally given the chance to drop the masks and live and celebrate who they are. In that alchemy lays a true magick.
Copyright: Copyright (c) 2005 by Garan du.
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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