Between the Worlds: An Interfaith Esoteric Conference
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Author: Robin Fennelly [a WitchVox Sponsor]
Posted: December 30th. 2012
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Sponsored by: The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel
Location: Wilmington, Delaware
Event Date(s): December 13-16, 2012
Between the Worlds 2012: Calling Forth Change For the New Age --
I am an initiate and High Priestess within the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and also a former professional ballet dancer. Having this as background I have been able to look back on those rare performances when everything came together so seamlessly and with such grace that the effects of what was experienced not only touched those who witnessed the performance, but just as profoundly, those who helped to create and contribute to the final product. This past weekend was such a moment. I could interact from the perspective of member of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, workshop presenter and observe as participant at The Between the Worlds Interfaith Esoteric Conference 2012. Everything, coming together in a seamless and inspired way that touched me at a very deep level and will serve to inform my spiritual path and magickal practice in the years ahead.
The Between the Worlds conference, whose proceeds go towards The New Alexandrian Library Project, was held December 12 through December 16.2012 in Wilmington, Delaware. This is not an annual event; only being held in alignment and of support to specific astrological energies that are present and indicative that such a gathering is needed and favorable. The previous Between the Worlds Conferences were held in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2007. Each conference has included a powerful main ritual that has been focused on some aspect of preparing the way for the turning of the Ages. This was the fifth year and concluded this multi-year ritual cycle as we focused on the Turning of the Age into Aquarius. In keeping with this five-fold cycle, this year's conference created a safe and beautiful setting for many to experience its transformational effects and embrace the Turning of the Ages with more informed action and an awakened spirit.
The hosting organization was The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition, a legally recognized Wiccan non-profit religious organization based in the Mid-Atlantic region. The form of Wicca that the Assembly practices is syncretic and draws inspiration from Astrology, Qabala, the Western Magickal Tradition and the folk religions of Europe. And, true to this synthesis and weaving of spiritual and magickal practices, the conference was diverse and wonderfully rich in its offerings of presenters from various paths, practices and traditions.
A stellar list of teachers and authors including the Elders of the Assembly, Ivo Dominguez, Jr., Michael G. Smith and Helena Domenic moved as one steady stream of magickal knowledge. Featured presenters came from across the country and Internationally and included: Aeptha, Director of Light Haven; T. Thorn Coyle, Founder of Solar Cross Temple and Morningstar Mystery School; Dolores Ashcroft -Nowicki, Director of Servants of the Light; Katrina Messenger, Founder of Reflections Mystery School; Christopher Penczak of the Temple of Witchcraft Tradition; Grand Archdruid, John Michael Greer of the Ancient Order of the Druids in America; Sam Webster, Founder of the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn; Anaar, Grandmaster of the Anderson Feri Tradition; Author and Sorcerer, Jason Miller; Witch and Healer, Jackie Smith.
The classes offered held a unified and supportive underlying stream of intentional action towards moving us into a state of readiness and change as we continue the transition of the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. We were reminded to step into our full power as those who are awake and fully present in our day to day pursuits and to keep these always in alignment by drawing up and drinking deeply from a healthy spiritual practice and Path.
The Main ritual is a core component of the energy of the Conference and this year's ritual was powerful in intent and pulsing with palpable energy that moved in well constructed and informed manner. It is no easy task getting 150+ people of varying traditions to move through a complex ritual, but each individual who crossed into sacred space remained focused and engaged in contributing positively to the energy. This response speaks volumes to the power of the ritual intent and the energy of those who were responsible for each of the roles and nuances of a masterfully designed ritual by ASW Elder, Ivo Dominguez, Jr. Each participant courageously stepped through the Gates of Time as we shed what no longer served and made pledge to foster and grow what was needed for the transition into the Aquarian Age. For that moment in sacred space and time/no time we became the unified whole that was enlivened by the higher awareness of its individualized, fully present and fully connected parts.
Another of the highlights of this event is the Gala and Silent Auction. This provided the necessary down time and ability to simply enjoy each other, dance and socialize. The auction offered rare and unique treasures; with winners going home excited about their purchases and knowing that the funds raised were going towards the completion of a library that will serve all of the community. The dance floor was blessed and opened by one of the featured presenters, dancer and Grandmaster of the Feri Tradition, Anaar. Energy moved and flowed from every cell of her body as she moved across the floor and she truly walked between the worlds, bringing passion and energy to her performance of "the Chalice and the Blade".
This year in particular brought together an amazing cluster of talented, insightful and eager to learn participants. The conversations I had with many became learning and sharing exchanges as each respected the other's viewpoint and offered up their own particular insights and strengths. This energy expanded as the days progressed and I feel that none who attended will see the world in quite the same way again. New friendships were forged and those existing were deepened in the sharing of very profound work. The final day came much too soon and although you could see the exhaustion on many faces, you could see the radiance as well.
We are fortunate to have passionate, caring and committed people within our community. We are blessed to have those of varied paths who willingly offer up their knowledge and expertise so that all may benefit from the broader cup of deep wisdom. And, we are fortunate to have available to all who walk a magickal path and work towards re-enchanting the world, the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel to organize at the mundane level so all may soar at the spiritual.
The next Between the Worlds is scheduled for March of 2015. For more information please visit: www.sacredwheel.org in 2014 for details.
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