A Virtual Experience
This year The WinterStar Symposium will be a
virtual happening via ZOOM
We'll be having workshops and musical performances February 11-14, 2021
Thursday - Meet & Greet
followed by A Bardic Concert featuring:
Garrick / Sinann Patricia / Thexalon Dave / Awen
Saturday - The WinterStar Ritual
Sunday Special Valentine Performance by Phat Man Dee
Be a part of a SubGenius Short Duration Marriage (tm).
Hillfolks Hoodoo: Appalachia’s Living Folk Magic Tradition
With its gnarly roots in the British Isles, the German Palatinate and in indigenous American tribal practice, Appalachian folk magic is characterized by its hands-on and practical approach, as well as its use of available materials. Though it has come down to us through a Protestant Christians filter, this system is easily adapted to modern Pagan sensibilities.
Freeing the Animalself with Werewolf Magick - Unleashing Our Authentic Selves as One with Gaia
Much of human suffering and crises in the physical, mental and spiritual realms are aspects of
unbalance and repression of the Self. Depression, self-destructive behaviors, the devastation of
our environment, excessive greed, poisoned food and water and an epidemic of modern mental
and physical disorders all point to serious imbalance between humans and Gaia.
We have been cut off from nature and been programmed by patriarchal religions and cultures to
believe that we are not the animals within Nature that we are. Through my work with Feral
Magick as expressed in my last book, Werewolf Magick, I dove deep into prehistoric and
authentic shamanic sources and realized that these problems began with a false separation of
‘humans’ from ‘animals.’ Pagan, Animist and other Earth-centered cultures see all humans and
animals as ‘people,’ but the monothiestic religious belief that we have ‘divine dominion over all
of nature’ has led us to the current ecological disaster as well as our own deep imbalance.
By remembering and invoking the ancient feral techniques of the ancient Shapeshifters and
Shamans, we can call up our sleeping imprisoned Animalself. The key is reactivating our
deepest links with the primal ‘animal brain centers’ as well as our DNA where all ‘animal spirits’
genetically reside. Our genes are 98% the same as chimpanzees!
With these basic techniques we can each free our innate Animalself and thus reconnect with the
ecosystem we exist in and thus with the heart of Gaia, as all other animals do.
Using the feral Wildness, Wyrd and Way we can regain our feral instincts, intuition and insight,
the core of my work. For the last four years I have spent all my time on this great work, have
rediscovered internal and external magickal techniques for unleashing, focusing and
utilizing the Animalself as a way to remove restrictions that allow us to open the way for truly
uniting within Nature, the goal of every Pagan and Animist tradition.
Open Hand Altered States
Some schools of magick talk about “open hand” magick, in which props, tools, and physical ritual are unnecessary. Did you know that, similarly, there are techniques for achieving useful, enlightening, even mind-blowing states of consciousness that involve no props, tools, drugs, or complicated movement? Come join this session in which we will practice simple, safe, and effective open hand methods of consciousness exploration. Philip H. Farber is a magician, a teacher, and the author of High Magick, Brain Magick and several other books on magical subjects. He has taught seminars and workshops throughout the USA and Europe and maintains a private practice in NLP and hypnosis. Philip lives in New York's Hudson Valley. Visit him online at www.Meta-Magick.com.
The Drum in Majick and Mysticism
Majick: The rhythms of an Order of Service calling the loa that evolved at the New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual Temple from over eight years of open services up to the year 2000 will be presented. This is a drum conjure based on birth and is of use in birthing spirits and conjures. A Confirmation in the playing of this Order of Service will be offered.
Mysticism: The interplay of sound and silence, doing and resting in the context of the drum will be explored. Cacophony will be presented as a Shadow Side of drumming.
Punk Magick In every art, we can find two trends of development. I like to name them after their manifestation in rock and roll: "prog" and "punk" . Elaborating on form, and striping down to basics to let the energy flow. An old cartoon in a punk magazine showed three chords and said "Now form a band." What's the equivalent for magick? We'll try to find it.
“Thriving In The Age Of Chaos”
A workshop that explores the opportunities and abundance that has been offered by the 2O2O Covid-19 Pandemic, while also delving into the manifestation work and intentions of the coming year. Yes!! You read that correctly - opportunities and abundance… all set to the backdrop of crisis. It may be hard to imagine such a thing is possible, but rest assured it IS, one just needs a perspective that supports such a notion, seeing with new eyes and an open mind. “Thriving In The Age Of Chaos” is a workshop that has you not only look back on the past year in an effort to identify the ways that you did or didn’t utilize this once in a lifetime experience, while also asking you to look ahead so you can further build upon your existing success OR turn the ship around and start maneuvering yourself into more satisfying waters for 2O21.
Conjuring Spirits; Beginning A Spirit-Based Magical Practice
After decades of modern Pagans and magicians calling our invocations into the air it seems as if, in our time, the spirits are answering. Where once we spoke of ‘energies’ many are now finding living spirits – spiritual beings who work with mortals in many ways. ‘Western magic’ is becoming more animist and more polytheist, and rediscovering roots of spirit practice that reach into antiquity. This introduction will offer practical strategies for modern people to begin work with spiritual beings. Based on traditional European spirit-lore, and informed by observation of world practices, we can create methods that fit into the lives our times require us to lead. Topics include: What do you mean ‘magic’?; Worship and Reverence; Notes on Pagan Spirit Hierarchies; A Private Priesthood; Pagan roots of Ritual Magic; Meeting the Gods; Calling the Spirits. Ian Corrigan is the author of The Book of Summoning, and the Grimoire of the Court of Brigid. He is a Senior Priest of A.D.F., and a founding member of the Starwood organizations.
Many people struggle with being more intuitive, psychic, or perceptive. In fact, most people see themselves either as “headblind” (not at all psychic) or too psychic–flooded with unwelcome perceptions that can be debilitating. This class is designed to help anyone be more psychic while also being able to manage the ability. We will talk about the barriers to being psychic and ways to overcome them. We’ll discuss specific techniques, both in a situation when being psychic is called for (like giving a reading) and on your own. We’ll delve into how using a divinatory tool such as tarot can help.
Lilith, Maman Brigitte and Pomba Gira : The Dark Goddesses of Your Dreams
The ancient and powerful Goddesses of the night have been honored for centuries, and in some cases millennia. There is Lilith, mistress of the dark, draped in sensuality and strength who has long been demonized by a male dominated society. Next we have Maman Brigitte, Queen of the Dead, who devotees turn to for justice and protection. Last, but certainly not least, this workshop will discuss the bare breasted and un-apologetically sexual Pomba Gira who can spin the world. In this class we will talk about giving respect and tribute to these sacred feminine forces with shrines, spells, and more.
'Decoding Dream Language'
Dreams speak the language of symbolism. Symbolism uses symbols, gestures, and sensation to convey meaning, and it can be decoded by finding parallels with written and spoken language. Dreams have nouns (settings, characters, symbols) verbs (actions, reactions), adverbs (things that modify actions) and adjectives (things that modify nouns). So for example, you dream you are in a house (a noun) and it's really big (an adjective), and you find (a verb) a hidden room (a noun). It means something personally to you when it's all strung together, and you can find the meaning by using simple decoding techniques. Learning the language of dreams gives a person a way to decode their meaning, even if they have no background in dream interpretation and psychology.
J.M. DeBord aka "RadOwl," is the author of three books about dreams including the best-seller, The Dream Interpretation Dictionary. DeBord began studying dreams in the early 1990s as a means to more deeply understand himself and life, and his teachings have reached millions of people worldwide through his books, online courses, media interviews, and popular websites. See jmdebord.com.
Take your ‘precious’ wherever you go…. Create a secret, sacred space for things that are dear to you. Photos, letters, or a book of inspiration can be encased in any simple ‘mint’ tin or small box. Think of what your finished shrine may be composed of and why. Jan, your virtual/visual Art Instructor, will help you craft a lasting memory using easily found items.
Racism and Cultural Appropriation in the Pan Spiritual Community
Join Lilith Dorsey, Alicia Lynn, and Phat Man Dee in a conversation on racism and cultural appropriation in the pan spiritual community. There is a difference between cultural appreciation, and cultural appropriation. Lets discuss the difference between respecting aspects of culture that are not of your own heritage, and outright thievery. We live, work, and play in a beautiful community of people who regularly practice religions, music, dance, and cuisine not of our own ethnic and cultural backgrounds, let’s have a conversation on how to respect and support the people whose cultures created the things we love so much. A big part of this conversation is the discussion of white supremacy and what we must do to dismantle white supremacy.
True Tales of the Occult
The workshop focuses on sharing amusing and amazing things that participants have experienced in esoteric communities and magical activities. We would love for you to share your experiences.
Join Ravenoir, a licensed Visual Arts Instructor in clearing some clutter and possibly “saving a tree”. Bring your recycled squares of paper for some traditional Origami bliss. Magazines, newspapers, post-it-notes (if you dare), wrapping paper, construction paper (not recommended) Origami squares (if you must). No scissors (unless you need scissors to make your squares), no glue, no tape. A minimum of two squares needed. We will ultimately utilize fine motor skills, sequencing skills, and mental concentration through Origami creation. The prize will be a Masu Box that can be used for a gift box or decoration as the Japanese Samurai Warriors did many moons ago when Origami served a ceremonial purpose. Realize peace and tranquility with repeated creation of Origami models.
Sade leads us in a guided Imbolg meditation that will take some back. We will visit Winterstars of yore, to some extent as they were but even more as they should have been. As the intentions we set at Yule begin to manifest, we encounter a goddess who helps us forge them into the reality we hope to manifest in the days and weeks to come.