It’s day two of PantheaCon! It’s been a great festival so far.
Yesterday was fantastic and today was another great day. Although I went to bed last night at 2am, I woke up early today and attended the Shades of Faith: Minority Voices in Paganism Panel. It was a fine discussion with a panel of intelligent black women that I have great respect for including Crystal Blanton and Uzuri Amini. It was not as diverse as I would have liked. There were no men, Latinos, Asians, or Native Americans represented. That’s because we haven’t been great at forming relationships with culturally and linguistically diverse Pagans, which highlights the importance of the panel.
I went to the vendor room after that and admired a lot of goodies before settling on an amber and jet necklace. I also had a 30-minute tarot reading with Mary Greer. We followed up on my tarot reading from last year. It was insightful and she offered me good direction on dealing with the difficult emotions that will emerge. Homesickness can creep in silently, is not always immediately identifiable for what it is, and is often misunderstood and underestimated by people not experiencing it.
I had lunch with Jason Pitzl-Waters. It was great to catch up with him. After lunch, we visited some hospitality suites. Funny enough, we did that together last year also. This time we were joined by Teo Bishop who was really delightful.
Hospitality suites are a neat feature of PantheaCon. As if all the workshops and rituals on the official program weren’t enough, organisations such as ADF, Church of All Worlds, and Covenant of the Goddess (COG) book suites and host social hours, small rituals, mediation, and other events. I visited a few, joined the COG meeting for a little while (I’m a member), and had champagne and a red velvet cupcake at the Umbanda suite.
After a 20-minute power nap, I went out to dinner with a couple of my fellow covenors and Andras and Deidre Arthen. It was super catching up with them and nice to get out of the hotel for a while. Plus it’s a treat to have great Mexican food.
Back at the Con, I attended a workshop called Entering the Cauldron of Ceridwen: Walking the Path of Avalon. It was an overview of the Avalonian tradition by Jhenah Telyndru, the founder of the Sisterhood of Avalon, a women’s spiritual organisation that I’ve been on the fence about joining for years. After that, I went to Ivo Dominguez’s Divine Embodiment: Assumption, Drawing Down, Aspecting, Possession. It was very good. I think Ivo is one of the most brilliant minds in contemporary Paganism.
Now it’s time for bed and round three tomorrow.