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(

 

 

Pocono Witches Festival 2020: Tickets Now on Sale!!

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October 23rd – 25th 2020

Split Rock Resort, Lake Harmony PA

The Pocono Witches’ Festival & Ball is three days in October that celebrates Halloween and the Witches’ New Year, known to Witches as Samhain. The event will be held at the Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, PA.  The Weekend Festivities include a Paranormal Investigation, Psychic breakfast, and a Witches’ Masquerade Ball and Samhain Ritual.

 

EXPERIENCE THE LARGEST HALLOWEEN WITCHES FESTIVAL IN EASTERN PA

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Tickets and Information can be found at

www.poconowitchesfestival.com

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

A Witch at Home: A little on Witchcraft in the Kitchen

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Although, my last blog post had me in a position of sharing my practices, once again my guides have taken me off one path and on to another. Sometimes I think they are just as lost as I am. However, I do understand why they are having me jump around. It’s like looking through old photo albums to understand where I have been and to where I will be heading. Good and bad memories need to be left in the past to allow oneself to be in the moment. This post came from one of those moments, in how I was conversing about how cooking can be just as a magickal act as casting a spell.

The kitchen has been the heart and hearth of many homes, past and present. When you have a gathering in your home, where do most of your guests end up? The kitchen, of course! The kitchen is like an old pair of sweat pants. It’s comfortable. It’s warm. It’s where you watched your mom make your favorite meals and ate cake batter off your grandmother’s spoon. It’s a familiar place to be, even if you’re in unfamiliar surroundings. This connection to the kitchen is the same as our ancestors had with the hearth of the house. The hearth was the center of the home, it provided heat on cold winter nights, and it was where the meals of the day were cooked. The hearth was also the focal point for many magickal and spiritual practices. It acted much like a household altar. Many of today’s fireplace traditions can be traced back to the days of the hearth’s predominance in the home.

Magick in the kitchen and hearth goes back thousands of years and is practiced across cultures. Fire and stone ovens were thought to be magickal because of their transformative powers. As society progressed, a large iron cauldron hung regularly over the fire of the hearth. In many households, this is where dinners were cooked and laundry was washed, and medicines were made, all in the same pot. What we consider old world Witchcraft, folk magick, and superstitions today was a common practice that could be found in the days of the hearth. Many of which can now be seen in two paths or traditions in modern Witchcraft, known as Kitchen and Green Witchcraft.

Kitchen Witchcraft is a unique tradition of many solitary practitioners. It is about finding sacredness in everyday simple acts such as cooking and cleaning. Kitchen Witches make the simple chores of everyday life a sacred and magickal act, and for many, this is also how they honor their gods and goddesses.  Kitchen witchery can be seen as one of the oldest forms of Witchcraft in that it follows the tradition of the wise women of ancient times.  Even if you do not practice any sort of kitchen magick, the power of food and how it sparks emotions and memories is almost magick in itself. Is there a meal or dish that creates a feeling of happiness or love? It is this magick that can be shared with anyone. From cooking a meal for a significant other on Valentine’s Day to making a pot of chicken soup for a sick friend, everyone adds a little magick to their cooking. It’s about the intent and emotion behind the cooking. For Witches and non-Witches alike, we all add a little magick to what we prepare. Then there is also the concept of using food itself within spell work. Spells that use food or those that are focused within the kitchen are some of the oldest practices in Witchcraft. This may be due to the easy access and commonality of food in our lives. Witches of old did much of their practices around the hearth. Where today this can be seen as a stove and what has become known as kitchen witchery. From baking bread with bay leaves to egg divination, kitchen-based spells can be found in every tradition.

A few years ago, there was a TV commercial that would show someone drawing a heart in peanut butter before making a sandwich and then presenting it to someone. I immediately could see the potential of a spell happening to the unsuspecting mothers coping this act. Kitchen witchery is about transforming the ordinary and mundane tasks and making them sacred and magickal. Cooking is no exception; even simple morning toast can be a magickal act. Bon appetit!

Back to the Basics: The Beginning

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This last Full moon had an interesting effect on me, In the middle of my personal ritual I started reciting and performing a few of my older parts of ritual that I have not done in years. Many of which come from my earlier Wiccan/Witchcraft days and some even further from my learning years. It was though I had forgotten my current practices and my mind filled in the blanks with the ones that were embedded from the beginning.

After I was done, I had to pull out my first BOS just to verify that what I had just automatically did was in fact from that time period. It was! For most of the following day I pondered what to do with this and why it happened. Was there a reason I went back to these basics, was there something I needed to learn from this? The truth is these practices do not resonate with me anymore, or so I thought.

I decided to use the remaining night of the Full moon to experiment and do another ritual only utilizing these past practices. I even dusted off a few of my older tools, which surprisingly still held their energies. What I discovered was more than I had expected. I felt more connected, more in the moment and even better yet, more on the threshold of being between the worlds. As much as I feel that my belief systems have changed or evolved, I felt that certain something I haven’t felt in a long time, excitement. It was like the first time discovering a new practice or being shown a new way of doing something from your guides. The only downfall to all this was this raised a lot more questions.

What followed next was what led me to this blog post. I needed to find out why and what this was all about. So, what is a Witch to do? Well… meditate of course. I sat in meditation for over 3 hours conversing with my guides, ancestors and the various Deities I keep in high regard. In their typical fashion, no one would give me straight answer. Which then lead me to realize this is something I need to figure out for myself. It wasn’t until I figured that out, that Hekate shed some light on a few things that I started to see the bigger picture. My path was to change direction again, but before that I needed to close out a few past receipts that I had and cash in on some that I have been neglecting.

I will not disclose all of these here as many are personal. However, there are few that I can share and plan to keep sharing, right here. As many who have been to my classes and signings know, I have always stated that I never wanted to be an author, it was my guides who led me to do so. From that I found myself down a path I never would have thought I would be on. From running successful events like the Pocono Witches Festival to owning my own store. Unfortunately, the one thing that took a back seat was my writing, that’s not to say I haven’t been writing, I just haven’t done a whole lot, especially here on the blog. Well, that was until now. So, the plan is to go through my old BOS and “re-live” my past rituals and practices and share them here. This will keep me writing and also fulfill another aspect that is needed, routine and structure!

With so much going on, keeping the routine and structure in my practices has declined. That’s not to say I do not have them, I have just gotten side tracked with everything else. Over the years I have followed less of the structured rituals most often found in many wiccan based traditions that I had started with. I feel this event of going back to my roots that was presented is guiding me to put more structure into my practices. However, I have to figure out how this will flow into my current spiritual beliefs. I hope you will join me on this new and exciting curve of my path. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing many of my past personal rituals and practices, as well as my journey as I return to the beginning.