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It is a joy as always to know that right down the hall is the Coru temple and hospitality suite.
As in other years I have been unable to make it down there but even just knowing that they are there, standing by their statement of inclusion and hospitality means that there is a balm on my heart because I know I am welcome and it is expressly stated.
My own thoughts on hospitality and the PoC Hospitality Suite/Room will be forthcoming. For now, these words will suffice.
Thank you, to the Coru and all who help your endeavor year after year!
This year was my fifth year attending Pantheacon, one of the largest Pagan gatherings in the world and one of the Coru’s most involved events of the year. Pantheacon is an overwhelming and powerful event. It’s a place to learn from brilliant minds and to attend rituals and ceremonies presented by an abundance of traditions and groups. It’s a gathering of tribes, covens, traditions, and families. It’s a bizarre concentration of potent and powerful people, spirits, and Gods set in a semi generic chain hotel in an corporate center next to a major airport. Pantheacon is overwhelming, an energetic minefield and a maelstrom of energy……and Pantheacon has a hygiene problem.
I don’t mean that Pantheacon is dirty, the hotel and the con staff do an extraordinary job of maintaining the event. The Doubletree is a decenthotel and the staff are excellent. The Pantheacon staff itself areabsolutely amazing as well and…
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Such a good way to start thinking about this from a modern non-academic experience. Thank you, Khi, for sharing your wisdom!
I opened my inbox a few weeks ago to find an invitation to a ritual from friends to celebrate the Apotheosis of Ariadne – the transformation of the mythical Greek princess into a deity, as per the stories told about her.
As I perused the invitation and the suggested guidelines for those who might wish to celebrate at home on their own time, my heart jumped into my throat upon reading the second of the three stages that mapped the goddess’s journey from the Mistress of the Labyrinth to her discovery and awakening by the god Dionysos.
Around midnight, in the darkest hour, “The theme is Ariadne abandoned on Naxos.“
It was just over a year ago that a Skype session with a friend jumpstarted my shaman sickness with her in California and me in my hostel in Athens, Greece. “Have you been out to the islands yet?”…
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Yes, happy Summer Solstice or Litha to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.
I, who am clearly not designed to work well in daylight, spent most of the day in dark dress, avoiding activity, drinking tea and then finally forcing myself into suitable outside clothes for the running of the errands BEFORE entering my hibernation phase.
Come Samhain, I will be up and running and full of energy. For now, please bear *hee* as I am feeling like a low-watt bulb in a much too high watt light socket. I’m just not up to the task, apparently.
But I will do my best to be here for those that need me. Caffeine is a friend, not a crutch in this time of year.
This year, I celebrated the return of Spring, marked the feast of the first Passover by attending two Seders, and went to two very different Easter services.
However, this is still my favorite way of marking the occasion.