Join us to celebrate Pagan Pride!
Sunday, September 20th, 2020
To join us, please register at this link.
Pagan Pride Day is a free event, but your host, Other Worlds Of Wonder, welcomes donations of any amount to help us make this event accessible. All other proceeds will benefit Esther’s Pantry, providing food to those living with HIV. Donations can be made at this link.
We thank you for your generosity!
Pagan Pride activities will include workshops on Magick and Pagan Living and vending by local stores and artists. Updates will also be posted on our Facebook page
By: Miss Remy Ilmatar-Hayden & Willow Ravenna, Sisters of the Moonlight
Workshop Schedule (bios and class descriptions are below).
Special thanks to Fingers Crossed Interpreting for providing ASL for all workshops.
10-10:50 a.m. PST: Prosperity Magick For Witches with Elhoim Leafar
11-11:50 a.m. PST: The Origins of Hekate with Sarah Bitner
12-12:50 p.m. PST: Tarot and ASL with Thorne Davis
1-1:50 p.m. PST: Kombucha Magick with Anjel
2-2:50 p.m. PST: Pagan Funeral Planning with Tomás Prower
3-3:50 p.m. PST: Fall Equinox Practices with That Witch Life Podcast (live audio recording)
4-4:50 p.m. PST: Water Magick with Annwyn Avalon
Workshop Descriptions and Presenter Bios:
Prosperity Magick for Witches with Elhoim Leafar (10a.m. PST)
Money is an energetic transaction, and the more we understand its function in our life and the way it moves, the better our relationship with it. In this class, we explore some of the drawbacks, that sorcerers and witches have most often in getting money and making use of it. Witches have the power to cast all kinds of spells, and with these, bring health, good fortune, love, healing, and protection, but when it comes to money, most of them have serious problems, so join us in this short workshop to explore your magical relationship with money.
Elhoim Leafar (the Urban Shaman) (he/him) is a resident of New York City. He is a tarotist, dowser, and magician from Amazonia, Venezuela. He is dedicated to teaching classes and workshops about practical magic, sorcery, pagan spirituality, healing work, and Afro-Caribean rituals. He is initiated in “Espiritismo Venezolano”, “Candomble”, and “Santeria”. Elhoim is also the author of “The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags”, published by Red Wheel Weiser in 2017, and other various books, and his new book on Magic is coming out at 2021.
The Origins of Hekate with Sarah Bitner (11-11:50 a.m. PST)
Learn about the Origins of Hekate – they might not be what you think! The Modern interpretations of Her symbols and many Epithets, including some that would make even Zeus blush, and finally take a journey to discover which parts of Her are most present in your life. Are you more of a Torch Bearer, Keyholder, or a Spinner? Or a combination of all three? Come find out how the energies and symbols of Hekate work and weave into the fabric of your life.
Sarah Bitner (she/her) is a Witch of 20 some years who got her start in the mountains of West Virginia, running barefoot through the creeks, forests, and rivers, and worshiping the rocks, trees and the Moon. She is an eclectic practitioner who focuses on worship of the Gods and ritual for groups and the betterment of the Self. Music forms a core aspect of her teaching. She has been a part of the NYC Pagan community for the last 8 years, under Courtney Weber with the Novices of the Old Ways. As a Priestess of Hekate, she has run a circle in the NYC area, in addition to other collaborative community efforts. After her Ordination, she began an internet based (COVID necessitated) working group, that meets for monthly Deipnon rituals and newly added Full Moon Rituals and discussions. Her personal practice is a blend of Hellenismos, Appalachian folk magick, and a healthy dose of respect for things we can’t physically see.
Tarot and ASL with Thorne Davis (12-12:50 p.m. PST)
Witch and Tarot reader Thorne Davis will be sharing a bit of their journey related to Tarot and ASL, sharing some ASL signs related to tarot as they’ve developed it from their working knowledge over the years. They will have some Q & A time open as well. One note: the ASL signs (related to tarot, etc) that Thorne uses aren’t necessarily the same signs that another Deaf magical person/being/practitioner/reader would and/or may use.
Thorne Davis (they/them) was born and raised native to Pacific Northwest, Portland Oregon, land acknowledged to have belonged to Cowlitz and Clackamas tribes. They are currently based at Portland, Oregon for time’s being. Their pronouns are they them/he him. Thorne’s paternal lineage/ancestry: Irish-Scot and Native American via east Cherokee band and Powhatan tribes. Maternal lineage: (adopted) – Western European / true ancestry/lineage currently unknown/tied to strong intuitions. Thorne is deeply connected to land, tree, plant, herb, earth, element, Star ancestors as well as Fae/magical ancestors. Thorne’s family of origin is hearing, religious. Their parents divorced when they were young… meaning they grew up with all the ism’s (homophobia, etc) among many things. Thorne was born deaf and grew up bi-lingual with both Sign Language and English. Thorne first came out around 22-23 ish years old; around the same time as where they were questioning a lot related to spirituality/organized religion etc. During the beginning to middle of their Saturn return, their innate magic started waking up in some pretty major ways. No turning back from there… their first stepping stone was tarot; received a goddess knowledge deck (no guide book) from a friend then from there, around probably 28-29 ish then onwards to different paths, modalities, etc since then and such… As it is, there’s a constant journey of unfolding, coming out, and discovery of self and who they are over the many years since…Thorne is a Gemini sun, Leo rising, and Cancer moon creature person. Several of their identity layers are: super Fey/Fae as they come, witchy/magical/Wootastical, Queer AF, poly-hearted, gender fluid, non-binary, trans masculine,Two Spirit, pansexual, etc. They are a total astro nerd among other things too 🙂 Thorne is active in a couple community intersecting spaces including the Queer, Deaf/ASL, and magical/Wootastical communities. Woo work website: http://www.spiritoracle.com Woo email: email@example.com Instagram: @heartofoak8 Video calls/sessions/consults available by appointments.
Kombucha Magick with Anjel (1-1:50 p.m. PST)
Learn about brewing kombucha, a fermented tea originally from Tibet that has been used by people all over the world as a tonic for health. Join wild witch Anjel as she gives a how-to about brewing kombucha at home and incorporating magickal intention and spell work.
Anjel (they/them) is a queer nonbinary eclectic witch hailing from the New Orleans area currently living in Salem, OR. They are one of the lead coordinators of the Wild Witches of the Willamette and co-host of the Science Witch Podcast. They practice an eclectic style of witchcraft that incorporates herbalism, yoga, feminism, astrology, social and racial justice, southern conjure, alchemy, ancestor reverence, Jungian theory and tarot, and is in a constant search for ways in which science and witchcraft intersect, interact and affirm one another. Anjel holds a Master’s of Science in Biology/Ecology and has been employed in scientific fields for most of their adult life and firmly believes that science and witchcraft are one in the same . They are an avowed myco-evangelist with the strong conviction that mushrooms will save the world. They have a spiritual connection to plants from a witchy and scientific perspective and enjoy identifying and teaching about plants we find on witch walks hosted by the Wild Witches. They also love to crochet, draw, and dance, and can be found calling down the Goddess at the monthly full moon drum circles. They also can be found in sci-fi, table top rpg and furry fandom circles and conventions. They are a scion of the Egyptian Goddess of writing and science, Sheshat, and feel their calling is to facilitate synergy between science and spirituality that will help humanity survive and evolve.
Pagan Funeral Planning with Tomás Prower (2-2:50 p.m. PST)
A class and discussion on WHY Pagans need to pre-plan for their death more than anyone if they want their religious traditions performed, and how to do it.
Tomás Prower (he/him) is a graduate of the University of California: Santa Barbara with degrees in Global Socioeconomics and Latin American Studies. With fluency in English, French, and Spanish, he has worked for the French Government as a cultural liaison throughout South America. Since then, he has been the External Relations Director for the American Red Cross of Nevada, LGBT+ Programs Director for entertainment productions in Los Angeles, and a licensed mortuary professional in California and Nevada. He is the author of “La Santa Muerte: Unearthing the Magic and Mysticism of Death”, “Queer Magic”, and “Morbid Magic”.
Fall Equinox Practices with That Witch Life Podcast–Live Audio Recording (3-3:50 p.m. PST)
Got questions about Witchcraft or celebrating the Fall Equinox? Join hosts of the hit podcast That Witch Life as they discuss living as a Witch in today’s world. Topics will include Magick, spells gone wrong, spells gone right, random 90’s nostalgia, and ice cream.
Kanani Soleil, Courtney Weber, and Hilary Whitmore (all she/her) are the hosts of That Witch Life podcast. Learn more about the hosts, here.
Water Magic with Annwyn Avalon (4-4:50 p.m. PST)
The element of water is diverse and holds within it a variety of spirits, practices, and magic. We will discuss working with the variety of different bodies of waters such as the ocean, lakes, rivers, canals, and the spirits that tend to dwell in these places. We will also talk about the science behind water magic, and how the Ancients practiced water-based rituals and spells. Finally, we will talk about how to work with water in your own practice through sacred bathing, folk practices, and working with items the water gives to us such as shells, driftwood, sea glass, stones, and bones.
Annywn Avalon (she/her) is a Water Witch, Water Priestess, and the founder of Triskele Rose Witchcraft, an Avalonian witchcraft tradition. She has devoted her life to the study of art, witchcraft, and magic. She is an initiated Witch and Priestess, Reiki Master Teacher, award-winning Dancer, published author and has a BFA in sculpture, BA in Anthropology with emphasis on plant and human interactions, and has received an apprentice certificate in Herbalism. She writes for the Magical Times Magazine in the UK and has contributed to other published works such as This Witch Magazine and The New Aradia: A Witches’ Handbook for Resistance. She is the author of Water Witchcraft: Magic and Lore from the Celtic Tradition and the forthcoming book The Way of the Water Priestess: Entering the World of Water Magic (2020).
Our Virtual vendors
Attention CWPPD Fans,
Many of you have heard Governor Brown’s announcement that all festivals and large gatherings are cancelled through September, 2020. Sadly we are announcing that Columbia Willamette Pagan Pride Day will not take place at Oaks Park in 2020. We will however, offer the workshops virtually on Zoom links scheduled throughout the day and are looking for a way to showcase our vendors online to help support our amazing pagan vendors during this difficult time.
We are excited to bring this event to the community in an entirely new way to adjust to our current circumstances. Please stay tuned via our website and Facebook page for updates on vendors and workshops. We will be back at Oaks Park the 3rd Sunday of September in 2021! Mark your calendars for 9/19/2021.
Paganism is defined broadly as earth-based and/or polytheistic faiths. Whether you’re new or seasoned to Paganism, or simply curious, you are invited for a day of celebrating our community.