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Pre-PantheaCon Rituals - or -Where is my cool hat?

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You should see my bedroom right now. It looks as if all of the magical clothing from every magical clothing store decided to leave the comfort of their lovely racks and shelves and start a squatter's collective in the middle of my bed. Apparently they also called the "make-up" fairies and the "don't forget all of these accessories" gnomes and said, "hey you should all come over here and see what Gwion is trying to stuff in his suitcase. It's a laugh riot!"

In all seriousness, I love going to PantheaCon and there's a certain amount of ritual that goes into preparing for this one of a kind, four day event. 

I thoroughly enjoy getting the program schedule months in advance, and going through the list of presenters, workshops, rituals, panel discussions and meet & greets to see what piques my interest. There are usually half a dozen offerings that speak to me immediately and I spend the months leading up to P-Con wondering how the discussions will go, or how the priestesses will choose to hold this particular ritual. Invariably, as the dates for P-Con get closer, I go back through my schedule and realize that there are always events that I somehow missed the first time around and I'm faced with the agonizing task of choosing which one of the two events that are happening at the same time, I just can't live without.

There's also the community ritual of "Who's going to PantheaCon this year?". This high ceremony usually involves invoking the "car pool" deities, the Guardians of "can I share a room with you?" and the drawing down of "are you going to be wearing that bodice/leather jacket/dress/hat I saw you wearing at Yule and if not, can I borrow it?"

I also practice a lesser known, very repetitive ritual know as the Great Rite of "oh my Goddess, I forgot to buy dog food, arrange for someone to check on my teenagers, and I don't know where my car keys are, wait, where's my bodice/leather jacket/dress/hat"

But in just a few hours, literally just a few hours, I'll be packing everything into my car and heading down to San Jose, California to witness the best ritual of all - 2500 Pagans coming together to talk, to commune, to break bread with one another, to discuss, to debate, to simply be in each other's presence and to revel in the right/rite to do so.

Oh Crap! Where's my cool hat with the feather in it?


Oh yeah! There it is. Right in front of me. 

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I've been a practicing witch and ritualist within the Reclaiming Tradition since 2003. I love being in service with this community of witches and world changers.   My own practice, my own way of changing the world is through devotional practice. It's my belief that we can re-enchant our lives by re-framing the so-called "mundane" as sacred and divine. By imbuing the familiar with a sense of wonder and infusing daily life with acts of magic, we choose to consciously make all of life devotion. Whether we engage in large, public rituals or sink sumptuously into the pure ecstasy of eating a delicious meal by ourselves or meditating at sunrise, our daily rituals can draw us back into harmony with the world and each other.  


  • Annika Mongan
    Annika Mongan Wednesday, 18 February 2015

    Of course I didn't get around to reading this because I was too steeped in my own pre-Pantheacon ritual which involved a romantic date during which I kept chanting the mantra "almost done I will be with you soon" and tried to put spells on the dryer so my clothes would be ready to get packed...

  • Gwion Raven
    Gwion Raven Wednesday, 18 February 2015

    Wait, you were reciting a mantra to end your romantic date so you could go to Pcon? Oh Annika

  • Peggy Frye
    Peggy Frye Wednesday, 18 February 2015

    I loved meeting you (for the first time) at PCon! Thank you for your kind (tattoo) comments!

  • Gwion Raven
    Gwion Raven Wednesday, 18 February 2015

    Oh Peggy! The pleasure was all mine. Thank you for sharing your amazing ink and the stories that go with them.

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