Thorn Mooney is a Gardnerian priestess and coven leader operating in Charlotte, North Carolina. She writes about traditional forms of witchcraft and Wicca for Patheos Pagan and Llewelyn Worldwide. Look for her first book in 2018. In the meantime, find her at thornthewitch.com.
Archery as a Devotional Practice
The bow and arrow is one of humankind’s oldest weapons, developing throughout the world and giving rise to myriad traditions from hunting to warfare to spiritual practice. Many of the gods and spirits popular in contemporary Pagan communities hold archery to be sacred, and taking up the art may aid us in connecting with them. Come join Thorn to discuss the role that archery can play in the worship of some of these deities and how to develop a personal meditative practice through archery. Then let us teach you to shoot! (18+)
[Teacher provides archery equipment; venue provides clear space away from people, cars, or buildings. Attendees shoot low-poundage bows at close range targets, with assistance.]
Out past Cabin 20 – Thursday 10:30 am Adults 18+, Friday 10:00 am Young Adults 12-17
How to Start and Run (and Not Ruin) a Pagan Group
Have you ever wanted to start your own coven? Or maybe you’ve been looking for an open circle, grove, or study group and just haven’t found one? Join two successful group leaders with different backgrounds as we share tips, tricks, horror stories, and wild successes. Whether you want to take over a coven or just start a book club that survives its first meeting, let us help you get it off the ground! Appropriate for teens and adults.
[Co-taught with Corvus. No supplies or special accommodations required.] Healer’s Pavilion, Wednesday 1:30 pm
Wicca has been around for decades and everyone’s been there, done that, and moved on. Right? As other forms of witchcraft come to the fore, Wicca has not only taken a backseat, but has also developed a reputation for being shallow, weak, stuck in the past, and even socially problematic. But is what you see and hear on social media all there is? In this workshop, we take a second look at Wicca through the lens of 2018. Does Old Gerald’s new religion have anything left to offer a community that’s seen it all? Appropriate for teens and adults.
[No supplies or special accommodations required.] Healer’s Pavilion, Wednesday 1:30 pm
Do you have beautiful blank book on your shelf that you’re afraid to write in because you think you might ruin it? Have you never started a personal book of shadows because you want to make sure you get things just right? Do you start a new book every few months because you just can’t commit? In this class, we reconsider the purpose of a book of shadows. We discuss strategies for inspiring more writing, consistent record keeping, and creativity in your personal magical books. Appropriate for teens and adults.
[No supplies or special accommodations required.] Tin Can A Saturday 5:00 pm
Many of us have a tarot deck (or three) stashed on a shelf or under an altar, abandoned because we just couldn’t get the hang of it. With seventy-eight cards (and reversals!), there’s just too much to memorize. The cards don’t speak to us. In this no-frills, hands-on workshop, Thorn gives you a series of strategies for reading the cards—for yourself and for others—without reaching for that little white book. If you have a deck, bring it! If you don’t, we have some to lend! Appropriate for teens and adults.
[No supplies or special accommodations required.] Tin Can A, Friday 3:30 pm