EVENT UPDATE: WitchFest USA Now LIVE Online

The Organizers of WitchFest USA just announced that WitchFest USA 2020 will now be LIVE online.

COVID 19 VIRUS UPDATE REGARDING WITCHSFEST:
DO HOPE YOU ARE ALL STAYING SAFE AND WELL.
The City of NY has informed us that every event going forward now through to the end of June has been cancelled. Also, that they are not sure as yet for July or going forward other than from July on no congregating of more than 10 people is allowed and still with Social Distancing.

In the interest of all our health and safety, I quite agree and would not feel comfortable and so would many of you to be able to get back out there in a crowd. So we are forging forward and taking this event LIVE ONLINE and ….. taking it Global…
Let’s help one another by raising our spirits and energies collectively and come together online and look forward to seeing this event as something we can all experience together… our Global Community coming together, after all the World is our Stage. And we would love to have you all join us and raise our spirits together… on that Global Stage….

This is unchartered territory, but we will get through this together. We can only say no matter what, we will keep standing strong, keep standing together, and continue to help one another if we can, Keep checking in on each other and be there when and if we can.

Don’t lose sight of who we are as a people, and continue to
Stay true to yourself
Continue being kind
Continue being proactive
Every now and then continue to send out healing energies.
Keep breathing slow deep regenerative breaths…
Take care of yourselves and then you can take care of others.
Do continue Being Well and Staying Safe
And Blessed Be to you all and much love! )O(

Despite not being able to see friends and fellow Witches, moving online will pose to be an amazing event. The organizers have added much that could not have been done in its original format. check some of the new presenters.

CHECK OUT SOME OF WHAT WITCHSFEST USA 2020 has instore for you all:

9th Annual WitchsFest USA – A Pagan Street Faire
July 10 – 12th 2020

BROADCASTED LIVE ONLINE GLOBALLY
From: New York City

A FULL WEEKEND beginning on Friday July 10th at 12 noon – Sunday July 12th at 9pm for your enjoyment.

REGISTER AND JOIN IN THE MAGICK!

45 MAGICKAL WORKSHOPS TO ACCESS LIVE

MAGICKAL MYSTICAL VENDORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD…

PAGAN PANEL, DANCE PARTY & SUMMER BLESSING RITUAL

PRESENTING AN AMAZING LINE UP FOR YOU ALL:

FEATURING PRESENTERS OF SUCH ESTEEMED CALIBER:
Starr RavenHawk Rev., Priestess & Teacher
Rev. Donald Lewis Author & Teacher
Christopher Penczak Author & Teacher
Lady Rhea Author & Teacher
Lilith Dorsey Author, Voodoo Priestess & Teacher
Rhonda Choudry Psychic, Author & Teacher
Krystal Madison Psychic, Writer & Teacher
Hoodoo Sen Moise Author, Haitian Vodou Priest, Padre Nganga & Conjure man
E. Massey Author & Teacher
Kenya Coviak Pagan Journalist & Teacher
Laurie Cabot Author, Teacher & HPs (based on her health – keep fingers crossed Witches)..
Rev. Phoenix Teacher & High Priest
Hercules Invictus Author & Teacher
David Shi Shaman, Author & Teacher
Elhoim Leafar Author, Urban Shaman & Psychic
Laura Templest Zakroff Author & Teacher
Fiona Horne Author, Teacher & Dancer
Brian Cain Author, Teacher & HP
Amy Blackthorn Author & Teacher
Utu Witchdoctor Author, Teacher & Musician
Starr Casas Author, Teacher & Hoodoo Practioner
Elizabeth Ruth Teacher & Hoodoo Practioner
Christine Stephens Teacher & HPs
Courtney Weber Author, Teacher & HPs

DJ’S : Ian Ford & Xtine
PERFORMERS:
Tandava Arts Whimsical Hips NY
Witchmaste
Metamorph
Dark Moon Spirit
D’Raven Ashly
Erika Lieberman
Wendy Rule
Dragon Ritual Drummers
Fiona Horne Author, Teacher & Dancer

AND MORE COMING… )O(

 

 

Event: E. Massey at WitchFest USA

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So excited to be returning to WITCHFEST USA again this year.

9th Annual WitchsFest USA – A Pagan Street Faire

July 10 – 12th 2020 Astor Place (bet. Broadway & Lafayette Streets)
Manhattan, New York City

HOSTED by: NYC Wiccan Family Temple.

55 PLUS VENDORS, MAGICKAL MYSTICAL WORKSHOPS & SUMMER BLESSING RITUAL

FEATURING PRESENTERS OF SUCH ESTEEMED CALIBER:
Starr RavenHawk Rev., Priestess & Teacher
Rev. Donald Lewis Author & Teacher
Christopher Penczak Author & Teacher
Lady Rhea Author & Teacher
Lilith Dorsey Author, Voodoo Priestess & Teacher
Rhonda Choudry Psychic, Author & Teacher
Krystal Madison Psychic, Writer & Teacher
Hoodoo Sen Moise Author, Haitian Vodou Priest, Padre Nganga & Conjure man
E. Massey Author & Teacher
Kenya Coviak Pagan Journalist & Teacher
Rev. Phoenix Teacher & High Priest
Hercules Invictus Author & Teacher
Mat Auryn Author & Teacher
David Shi Shaman, Author & Teacher
Elhoim Leafar Author, Urban Shaman & Psychic
Lucky Cabral Teacher & Psychic

DJ’S : Ian Ford & Xtine
PERFORMERS:
Tandava Arts Whimsical Hips NY
Witchmaste
Metamorph
Dark Moon Spirit
D’Raven Ashly
Erika Lieberman

$25.00 – FRIDAY NIGHT PASS – for July 10th with an Opening Ceremony Ritual & Dance Party, Performers, DJ, includes light snacks, (drinks & full food menu for sale at bar) 6pm – 10pm: Penny Farthings 103 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10003

SATURDAY **FREE** TO ATTEND WitchsFest USA ALL DAY ON July 11th, 10am – 5pm St. Faire on 10 Astor Place, between Broadway & Lafayette MANHATTAN NYC, with Vendors, Performers, DJ, Silent Auction, Free Magickal Workshops all day long and Summer Blessing Ritual. JUST RSVP.

SUNDAY JULY 12th 9am – 7pm FOR EVERYONE: Held INDOORS at 76 East 13th St., NY, NY with Performers, DJ, the Magickal Market of Vendors, Raffle, Workshops, Pagan Panel Meet & Greet and light eats, (drinks for sale at bar), a FULL Witchy Day for your enjoyment of magicks, followed by a Closing Ceremony where we bid you all adieu until 2021!

$10.00 – SUNDAY ATTENDEE PASS **THIS PASS DOES NOT INCLUDE ACCESS TO WORKSHOPS ON SUNDAY.**
$60.00 – SUNDAY VIP ALL DAY ACCESS PASS – EARLY BIRD SPECIAL until Feb. 29/20 then $80.00. This TICKET includes to full access on Sunday, Performers, DJ, Vendor, Workshops, Pagan Panel, Witches of NY Exhibit, light snacks (drinks for sale at bar).

$90.00 – VIP WEEKEND ALL ACCESS MULTIPASS – EARLY BIRD SPECIAL until Feb. 29/20 then $120.00 for : This TICKET includes full access to Opening Ceremony Ritual & Dance Party on Friday July 10, Performers, DJ, Vendor, Workshops, Pagan Panel, Witches of NY Exhibit, light snacks (drinks for sale at bar).
WitchsFest USA is open to EVERYONE.

HOTEL rooms are blocked off under WitchsFest 2020 at St. Marks Hotel and must be booked separately in advance at their http://stmarkshotel.net.
Or you are welcome to join us to book HOTEL rooms at a discounted Group rate for our Attendees etc. at St. Marks Hotel to do so please go to this link: http://www.witchsfestusa.org/services/hotel-group-bookings/

All WitchsFest USA 2020 REGISTRATION BOOKINGS ARE FINAL AND NON-REFUNDABLE. We do not issue refunds for any reason other than event cancellation. Presenters are subject to change without notice due to unforeseeable circumstances, but the event will go on as scheduled, RAIN OR SHINE.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS:
AT OUR WEBSITE www.witcshfestusa.org
or EVENTBRITE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/witchsfest-usa-a-pagan-st-faire-tickets-87779784699

PLEASE BRING YOUR RECEIPT TO PICK UP YOUR EVENT PASSES AT THE REGISTRATION DESK.

ALL APPLICATIONS ARE UP. TO BE A PART OF THIS GREAT EVENT… : www.witchsfestusa.org

• Dress theme – Summer Solstice type costumes and mode of dress, fairies, genies, pixies, sprites, wood nymphs, satyrs etc.

• Free Saturday Workshops – many interesting topics by Authors and experts in their particular fields.

• Vendors consisting of Pagan, Witchy, New Age, Gothic, Steampunk etc. oriented merchants

• Psychic Court – with readers of all types.

• Pagan Information Groups/Temples/Covens etc. are welcome to join us

• ‘Magickal Wishing Wells’

• SUMMER BLESSING RITUAL

• Children’s Court – face painting, pagan stories and much much more….
• Donations and sponsors are welcome.

TRANSPORTATION NEAR BY: The trains are N, R, – 8th St., 6 Train to Astor Place, Buses M1, M2, M3, M101, M102, M103 to Astor Place.

News: This Old Witch Podcast Launches

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I am so excited to announce the launch of our first episode of THIS OLD WITCH, the brand new podcast radio show with my co-host Rev. Alexander Cabot. Despite a few glitches and growing pains, we pulled it off. Starting off with a few introductory episodes before we go to a full out LIVE show and hit the radio waves. We have big plans for upcoming shows including some amazing and well-known guests.

THIS OLD WITCH can currently be found on Spreaker, Youtube, Spotify, Soundcloud, Deezer, Podcast Addict and Podchaser and soon to I Tunes, IHeart Radio, Castbox, Goodgle Podcasts and Facebook LIVE as well. Once we get the go ahead from the radio network we will announce the radio station and LIVE syndication.

This Old Witch Podcast

Ever wonder what happens when a country Witch crosses paths with a city Witch? We did too. This Old Witch Podcast brings two known Witches from two very different environments together to share their perspectives on Witchcraft, spirituality, and Magick. Will they agree on everything? probably not, but there is only one way to find out.

This Old Witch Podcast is a bi-weekly organically open radio show that follows no script or planned focus. Join E. Massey (the country Witch), and Alexander Cabot (the city Witch) and the occasional special guest, as they come together via the magic of technology from their dissimilar locations to explore a new subject every episode. This Old Witch Podcast proves that no matter how different our surroundings and backgrounds are…. we can always find a common ground.

Listen to the First Episode

Hekate: Our Lady of Liberty and The Detained Children

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The inscription at the base of the Statue of Liberty reads “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”

These lines come from a poem called “The New Colossus”, which was written by Emma Lazarus in 1883 as a donation to help raise money for the base of the statue. The entire sonnet that was written reads as:

“Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
MOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Now, it’s rare that I will post about anything political on my blog, if at all, and I am still not going to, but this one is more about the simple humanity and the treatment of children. For the last few days I’ve been having this ringing in my ear to petition Hekate about the children being detained at the Mexican border without their families. Then upon waking this morning and reading a post on Facebook by fellow Witch, Mat Auryn, who had posted a prayer to Hekate concerning the same subject matter (as well as Emma Lazarus’ poem, which I saw after starting this post, coincidence, think not). At that moment I knew what I had to do. So, I lit her candles and spoke away. After reciting Mat’s prayer (with a few personal alterations), she gave me this message:

“We are all, I am all, go forth and stand behind my blade and I will light the torch of freedom.”

Although, I am a devotee of Hekate and much of my practice revolves around her, I don’t claim to be an expert or even come close to the knowledge, scholarly or otherwise that others may have. I let her guide me to where I need to be at particular times and when working with her it’s not until after that I find out that what she has guided me to is within tradition, history, and practice. She also tends to not let me sway from things that she wants me to do or needs me to do. Point in case the petition for the children being separated from their families, which has also led me to writing this post and how the Statue of Liberty can be seen as a modern depiction of Hekate in these distressed times we find ourselves. This of course is not to deter from the artists’ inspiration from the Roman Goddess of freedom, Libertas, but to help refocus our collective minds to Hekate’s message via common symbol of hope and freedom.

Over the years, I’ve come across a few mentions that the Statue of Liberty is reminiscent of the image of Hekate. Whereas, both carries a torch, are adorned with a rayed crown, and are dressed in a traditional Roman/Greek gown. The similarities are not only in appearance but in meaning as well. Hekate is known as a guiding light to those lost, the opener of doors, and as the guardian of the threshold, all of which is also can be seen in the symbolism of the Statue of Liberty as well. The Statue of Liberty was at the threshold of America, where she opened the doors to wealth and happiness and became the light to many in the search of freedom. This makes “Our Lady of Liberty”, Our Lady Hekate who “will light the torch of freedom”.

“Hail unto the many named mother of the gods whose children are fair!

Hail unto Hekate of the Threshold!

Kourotrophos, comfort the children!
Phylakê, watch and protect them and their families!
Propylaia, open the gates and cell doors!
Propolos, guide them back to reunion!
Enodia, ensure that the journey is safe!
Phôsphoros, unite your torch with Libertas’!
Damnodamia, oppress the oppressors and remove them from positions of power!
Brimo, show your wrath against those who would demand or enforce ripping children from their parents to put them in cages!

Hail unto the many named mother of the gods whose children are fair!

Hail unto Hekate of the Threshold!

Prayer Written by Mat Auryn used by permission.

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Event: Witchfest USA July 14 – 15th 2018

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I am excited to announce that I will be a featured presenter at 2018’s Witchfest USA in NYC. A FULL WEEKEND OF MAGICK… WORKSHOPS, MAGICKAL VENDORS & RITUAL.7th Annual WitchsFest USA – A Pagan Street Faire
July 14th 2018 Astor Place (bet. Broadway & Lafayette Streets) AND
July 15th 2018 Hell’s Kitchen Market West 39th (bet. 9th & 10th Avenue)
Manhattan, New York City

HOSTED by: Rev. Starr Ann RavenHawk HPs, Rev. Luna Roja HPs & Rev. Hectuba Hestia HPs

2 FULL FAIRE DAYS OF FREE MAGICKAL WORKSHOPS, VENDORS & RITUAL..

55 VENDORS ON SATURDAY 10am – 4pm WORKSHOPS, VENDORS & SUMMER BLESSING RITUAL

AND MORE VENDORS ON SUNDAY 9am – 5pm WORKSHOPS & VENDORS

AMAZING VENDORS, SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCES, INFORMATION GROUPS, and just plain fun…..

CULMINATING WITH A CLOSING CEREMONY! To give thanks and bid you all adieu until 2019. ♥ ♥ ♥

This amazingly unique Pagan Street Faire…

• Dress theme – Summer Solstice type costumes and mode of dress, fairies, genies, pixies, sprites, wood nymphs, satyrs etc.

• Free Workshops – many interesting topics by Authors and experts in their particular fields.

• Vendors consisting of Pagan, Witchy, New Age, Gothic, Steampunk etc. oriented merchants

• Psychic Court – with readers of all types.

• Pagan Information Groups/Temples/Covens etc. are welcome to join us

• ‘Magickal Wishing Wells’

• SUMMER BLESSING RITUAL

• Children’s Court – face painting, pagan stories and much much more….
• Donations and sponsors are welcome.

Come enjoy the fun of just being us…..

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2nd Annual Witch Pride Parade will take off again..

WE ARE PLEASED TO PRESENT AN AMAZING LINE UP FOR YOU ALL!:
FEATURING PRESENTERS OF SUCH ESTEEMED CALIBER:
NEW for 2018:
Queen Mother Imakhu Author & Teacher
Elizabeth Ruth Priestess & Teacher
Sharon Day Priestess & Teacher
Gregg Sicari Priest & Teacher
Kenya Coviak Priestess & Teacher
E. Massey Author & Teacher

RETURNING:
Starr RavenHawk Priestess & Teacher
Rev. Donald Lewis Author & Teacher
Christopher Penczak Author & Teacher
Lady Rhea Author & Teacher
Rhonda Choudry Psychic & Teacher
Lilith Dorsey Author & Teacher
Krystal Madison Writer & Teacher

PERFORMERS:
Tandava Arts Dancers
The Kandake Dance Theatre
Witchmaste
Metamorph duo Margot Day & Kurtis Knight

TRANSPORTATION NEAR BY: The trains are N, R, – 8th St., 6 Train to Astor Place, Buses M1, M2, M3, M101, M102, M103 to Astor Place.

You can RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/267453750294628/

News: Casting Creative Magickal Circles North East Book Tour

I am so excited to announce a north-east meet the author and book signing tour. This was something not originally planned when this book was first released as a short read e-book. However, now that it has been brought into print distribution, more people have become interested in Casting Creative Magickal Circles, and I couldn’t be happier. This tour will only be within the North Eastern states.

First stop will be at Practical Magick In Staten Island NY, where I will be joined with foreword writers and owners of this amazing shop, Mark Eadicicco and Richie Drawneek, “The Staten Island Witches”.

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