Hello, beautiful creatures. I know it’s been quiet around these parts lately. As mentioned before, I’ve been banging away on the book for the past several months, and doing not much else besides. Coming out from under the book, though, I’ve got a few things coming up which might be of interest to any of you reading this. Let’s do a little catching up, shall we?
If you listen to podcasts and you’re not following the delightful folks over at 3 Pagans and a Cat, I encourage you to remedy that deficit post-haste. Not only does their latest episode have some excellent discussion about issues of gender and sexuality in Paganism and polytheism, but it includes a quote from yours truly… which might possibly be a sneak preview of the aforementioned book.
Meanwhile, in the material world, those of you planning to attend PantheaCon a couple of weeks from now will have a non-zero chance of spotting the wild migratory Misha. I’m taking this show on the road, so if you’re on site, come say hi! I’ll be the slightly dazed-looking one in the silly occult-themed t-shirt.
I’ll also be co-leading two presentations at the convention:
Spirits of Place (with Phoenix Le Fae of The Witches Next Door)
North Western Circles Association Suite, room 955
Friday 15 February, 8:00-9:30pm
Most modern Witches and Pagans in America live on land our ancestors stole from the indigenous people of the land. How do we honor and work with the spirits of the places we live, while also respecting those indigenous people, both contemporary and ancestral? In workshop, we’ll explore the importance and challenges of developing relationships with the spirits of place, and the ways those relationships are complicated by our ancestral histories of colonization and genocide. Then, in ritual together, we’ll engage with this conflict through our bodies, voices, and spirits.
Embodiment as Magical Praxis (with Megan Langley)
Feri Hospitality Suite, room 963
Sunday 17 February, 3:30-5:00pm
Many magical practitioners and polytheist devotees spend far more time in our heads than in our bodies, but the work we do must ultimately be grounded in the physical and material if it’s to have any tangible effect. We’ll explore techniques for using your senses to re-seat your practice in your body, culminating in a meditative practice for solo or partnered work to engage your sensuality as a magical tool. This workshop is open to all ages and abilities, but will be limited to 14 participants.
Other things that have happened in recent days: for those of you who might’ve missed the Facebook or Twitter announcement, my devotional piece “A Prayer to Aradia, in the Wake of Charlottesville” (the original version of which appeared in the second post of this very blog) was published in the Revelore Press anthology The New Aradia: A Witch’s Handbook to Magical Resistance. This slim-but-dense volume of practical witchery, poetry, and political resistance includes contributions from Laura Tempest Zakroff, Mat Auryn, Phoenix LeFae, Kelden, and many others, and I’m honored to be a part of it.
Further updates will be forthcoming, as events and details warrant. In the meantime, dear ones, stay warm and safe out there, and take care of each other. ♥