At FaerieCon, we strive to bring you an engaging and unique blend of programming options. Opportunities to deepen your experience and enrich the magic of this weekend. In addition to our lineup of best-selling authors and amazing artists, our MYTHIC TRACK explores ancient wisdom, esoteric studies and metapysical philosophies. We are pleased to announce our MYTHIC TRACK headlining speakers for FAERIECON EAST 2014.
Raven Grimassi is a celebrated author and scholar who offers unique insights into the traditional Italian folk magic, mystical and Strega teachings, as well as Wiccan and Pagan philosophies and practice. He is the author of seventeen books on Wicca and Witchcraft, including “The Wiccan Mysteries,” which was awarded Book of the Year and First Place – Spirituality Book by the Coalition of Visionary Retailers in 1998, “Ways of the Strega” (re-released as “Italian Witchcraft”), “Wiccan Magick”, “The Cauldron of Memory”, “The Book of Ways I and II”, “The Book of the Holy Strega,” and “Old World Witchcraft”. His most recent book is “Grimoire of the Thorn-Blooded Witch: Mastering the Five Arts of Old World Witchery.”
Stephanie Taylor-Grimassi is a 3rd degree initiate of a Celtic Traditionalist system of Wicca, and is a 3rd degree initiate of Italian Witchcraft (the Arician Tradition). She is a legally ordained clergy of Witchcraft. Stephanie has studied, taught, and used the magical arts as tools of transformation throughout her lifetime. She is also a professional Tarot reader, astrologer, and a teacher of Old World Witchcraft through the Fellowship of the Pentacle. Stephanie is the co-author and co-creator of the divination and teaching systems The Well Worn Path Oracle kit (2005) and The Hidden Path Oracle Kit, (2007).
H. Byron Ballard, a popular blogger and essayist, is a western North Carolina native whose work has appeared regionally and nationally. Her new book “Staubs and Ditchwater” is part memoir and part instructional primer— an entertaining introduction to southern Appalachian folk magic. Ballard leads local and regional workshops on these traditional practices and techniques. After much thought and conversations with a wide range of people, she decided to share some of this information from, in her words, the fading traditional cultures of the southern Highlands. She found that there is a hunger in both the dominant culture and in her spiritual community for authentic information on this subject. She did some research, talked to some home-folks and created a series of workshops based on what she’s learned and practiced over the years. This little book—drawn from the workshop series– gives the student a good over-view of techniques, history and a glimpse into the culture from which they all flow. Learn more at: http://www.myvillagewitch.com/
Ivo Dominguez, Jr. is a visionary and a practitioner of a variety of esoteric disciplines. He has been active in Wicca and the Pagan community since 1978 and has been teaching since 1982. Ivo was a founding member of the first coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a Wiccan Tradition where he currently serves as one of its Elders. He is the author of “Casting Sacred Space: The Core Of All Magickal Work”; “Spirit Speak: Knowing and Understanding Spirit Guides”, “Ancestors, Ghosts, Angels, and the Divine”; “Beneath the Skins” with other books in the pipeline as well. Ivo is also a professional astrologer who has studied astrology since 1980 and has been offering consultations and readings since 1988. In addition, he is also one of the creative forces behind “Awakening The Dream” and “A Dream Whose Time Is Coming” two chant CDs that are fundraisers for the New Alexandrian Library Project . Ivo lives in Delaware, where he is one of the owners of Bell, Book, & Candle. Find out more at: http://www.ivodominguezjr.com/
Michael Smith, Gwydion Stormcrow, has been practicing Wicca, Magick, and various esoteric disciplines since 1989. He has been active in the pagan community since 1993 when he became a member of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel (ASW), a Wiccan organization in the Mid-Atlantic region. He is an Elder of the ASW and is currently serving as High Priest of Coven of the Rowan Star, a coven in that Tradition. He is also involved with the Tradition’s New Alexandrian Library. He is a Priest of both Horus and Bast, and works extensively with the Egyptian deities in his personal practices where he uses a syncretic array of esoteric disciplines from Wicca and the Western magickal and shamanic traditions, and is inspired and sustained by his studies of Astrology, Qabalah, Ritual, and Natural Magick. He lives in southern Delaware where he works, loves, and teaches, and is one of the stewards of Seelie Court, 102 acres of pagan-owned land dedicated to the growth and evolution of the pagan paths. Learn more at: http://www.michaelgsmith.net/
These speakers, and more, will be joining us at FaerieCon East! We hope we’ll see you in our MYTHIC TRACK rooms his November!