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Columbia: America's Athena

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There's been a some buzz about the Sacred Space conference here in the magical Mid-Atlantic and the series of rituals/workshops that focused on Appalachian magic. I was lucky to get to go to a number of these and blogged about them over at

While it wasn't identified as part of the Appalachian thread, there was another workshop/ritual that focused on the Goddess Columbia (for whom the District of Columbia is named) as an American Athena. Along with the Appalachian sessions, it served to ground the conference in this specific landbase:  America, the East Coast, the Potomac River watershed. That's a development that I believe is hugely important and I am convinced that the magic that came out of this year's Sacred Space was a sum greater than the whole of its parts.

Prior to the Columbia workshop/ritual, I was chatting with one of the Priestesses about political magic that we've done in Columbia's District. She mentioned dropping charged stones around certain government buildings, often right in front of guards. I described workings where my circle had charged birdseed and then I'd gone off to play the harmless old woman, feeding the pigeons -- right outside the Supreme Court building. We both had a good cackle about doing magic in plain sight.

Do you ever do this?  How do you do it?  How has it worked?

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HecateDemeter is a woman, a Witch, a mother, a grandmother, an ecofeminist, a lawyer, a gardener, a reader, a writer, and a priestess of the Great Mother Earth.


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