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Call for Performers for Pagan Pride Day LA/OC 2016

We are in the midst of planning for the big event and  I’m looking for entertainment acts to grace our stage for this year’s Pagan Pride Day LA/OC! This year’s festival will be held on Sunday October 2th from 10am to 5:30pm.

If you’re interested in entertaining us, please select the link below and fill out the form. I will be notified and will contact you as soon as I can.

PAGAN PRIDE LA/OC ENTERTAINMENT FORM

Here are some photos from the previous year’s performers:

Performers from Pagan Pride Day LA/OC 2015  ©Yvonne Conway-Williams
Performers from Pagan Pride Day LA/OC 2015
©Yvonne Conway-Williams
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Today’s Earworm – The Burning Times

You know how some days a song just sticks in your brain? I blame this on my buddy Scott. We played this song after class on Tuesday and it’s made it’s way back into the forefront of my mind.
The song was written by Charlie Murphy. This version is Rumors of the Big Wave.

In the cool of the evening, they used to gather
‘Neath the stars in the meadow circling an old oak tree
At the times appointed by the seasons
Of the earth and the phases of the moon

In the center, stood a woman
Equal with the others and respected for her worth
One of the many we call the witches
The healers and the teachers of the wisdom of the earth

And the people grew through the knowledge she gave them
Herbs to heal their bodies, spells to make their spirits whole
Can’t you hear them chanting healing incantations
Calling forth the wise ones, celebrating in dance and song

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Innana

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Innana

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Innana

There were those who came to power, through domination
And they were bonded in their worship of a dead man on a cross
They sought control of the common people
By demanding allegiance to the church of Rome

And the Pope declared an inquisition
It was a war against the women, whose power they feared
In the holocaust against the nature people
Nine million European women died

And the tale is told of those, who by the hundreds
Holding together chose their death in the sea
While chanting the praises of the Mother Goddess
A refusal of betrayal, women were dying to be free

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Innana

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Innana

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Innana

Now the Earth is a witch, and the men still burn her
Stripping her down with mining, and the poisons of their wars
Still to us the Earth is a healer, a teacher, a mother
The weaver of a web of life that keeps us all alive

She gives us the vision to see through the chaos
She gives us the courage, it is our will to survive

Call for Performers for Pagan Pride Day LA/OC

It’s that time of the year again! I’m looking for entertainment acts to grace our stage for this year’s Pagan Pride Day LA/OC! This year’s festival will be held on October 4th from 10am to 5:30pm. If you’re interested in entertaining us, please select the link below and fill out the form. I will be notified and will contact you as soon as I can.

PAGAN PRIDE LA/OC ENTERTAINMENT FORM

Here’s some photos from the previous year performers:

Performers from Pagan Pride Day LA/OC 2014

What a Difference a Year Makes!

Alone-wallpapers (6)Last New Year’s Eve I was at a party being held by one of my geek Meetup groups. Even though the party had many of my friends in attendance, some of my closest friends were elsewhere at other gatherings. My boyfriend (at the time) was spending the evening with his kids and their mother. I was feeling hurt and disappointed. Spending some time without him gave me the opportunity to re-examine our relationship. I had some hope we could make things work, but I believe I was just in denial. I really couldn’t see how things would be able to work out for us.

He and I have actually known one another my entire life. He was about 5 years old at the time, but he says remembers the day my parents brought me home. We grew up in the same neighborhood a few doors down from each other. We’d also dated for a short time previously, 20 years ago.

Frankly, I was anxious, hurt, and generally unhappy when 2012 came along. 2011 had not ended well with the loss of our baby. After the miscarriage we spent less and less time together and were often at odds with each other. It wasn’t a real surprise that we broke up by the end of January. I have to say, though I was hurt, I was also very relieved. I felt stressed and anxiety-ridden through the whole of our very topsy-turvy relationship.

In February, despite having split up it was clear we still missed one another. I would still wait for his phone calls or text messages. I was still “hooked” and it drove my friends nuts. To say they disliked him is a bit of an understatement. They were actually very glad when we broke up and felt it was ok at that moment to tell me, sometimes in great detail, how much they disliked him and why.

I remember driving up to San Jose with Megumi to go to Pantheacon over President’s Day weekend and getting occasional text messages from the ex asking how the drive was or telling me what he was up to, but the communications were sporadic and inconsistent so that just annoyed me and would leave me feeling distracted and on edge. Thankfully by the time we got to Pantheacon I was able to let go and enjoy time with my friends and the greater pagan community.

Bobby Hill
Bobby Hill

By the time Chris came along in March I was definitely not looking. In fact, when we met I wasn’t even interested in him. His head was shaved, he was wearing a Slayer t-shirt and shorts, and he looked much older than he actually is. To me he looked like a life-sized older version of Bobby Hill from King of the Hill.

Chris, however, says he was interested in me the moment he saw my smile. That has got to be one of the sweetest things any man has ever said to me.

Somewhere between March and April he managed to change my mind. May 1st was our first date and by May 13th we’d been on 7 dates and decided to make our relationship exclusive.

The rest of the year kind of flew by after that. By November we got engaged and it’s been holiday season since then so lots of parties and events with family; a whirlwind of activity.

newyearschampagneThis time I spent this New Years Eve at a small dinner party hosted by one of my dearest friends. The guest list was primarily good friends, many of whom are a part of our bridal party. We had a delicious dinner then got silly playing Xbox Kinect games. Chris spent much of the night sitting next to me, being attentive and ridiculously sweet. Everyone was engaged in sparkling conversation over a cacophony of laughter and obviously having a delightful time. Such a sharp contrast to how I rang in the previous year.

So, here it is now the 1st of January 2013, a year filled with hope, potential, and opportunity. It reminds me of reading a good book for the first time. You’re not sure where the adventure might take you, but hopefully it will be an enjoyable one. I’m looking forward to it!

RANDOM MUSIC

Omnia is a self-described “neoceltic pagan folk” band based in The Netherlands and whose members over the years have had Irish, Dutch, Cornish, Belgian and Persian backgrounds.

This song was originally intended to be called “the Bilbo Boogie” but due to copyright law they decided to call it Fee Ra Huri instead. This video was filmed in Köln (D) during the “OMNIA I don’t Speak Human Tour”.

OMNIA – Fee Ra Huri

Yule Celebration with TLC CoG

Tonight Chris and I drove 75 miles east to a town called Calimesa where Touchstone Local Council of the Covenant of the Goddess was hosting their annual Yule celebration.

Calimesa, CA
Calimesa, CA

I have known TLC since they were founded in 2000 and served with some of their members on the National board of directors for CoG as well in conjunction with my time on the board of directors for the Orange County Local Council of CoG. Many of them have become like family to me.

Touchstone Local Council of the Covenant of the Goddess
Touchstone Local Council of the Covenant of the Goddess

Being able to attend their Yule Celebration with their local pagan community is something I try not to miss. Tonight was a wonderful experience and a really good event for Chris’ first time to meet all of them. They had nearly 100 people attending, lots of Yuletide décor, cheer, and a fabulous feast!

The drive, when traffic is good, is just over an hour. However, as it always seems to be, there was traffic all the way until we got out of Orange County just as we reached Riverside County. Once we got past the county line the drive was easy. Unfortunately, it took us about an hour and a half to get past the crummy traffic. Over all it took us about 2 hours to get there and we made it just in time, just before ritual began. *Whew!*

Once we got inside we were immediately greeted with warm happy welcomes from my friends. Chris, once again, got to experience more fandom as my friends went on about how happy they were to finally meet him, that they’d been watching our romance blossom online through Facebook and were quite excited about our impending nuptials. He’s always taken aback by their reaction to him. From his perspective he has zero clue, he doesn’t know them, never met them before, and no idea why they’re so happy to meet a virtual stranger. It doesn’t mean he doesn’t like it, I think he doesn’t really understand how truly wonderful he is. If only he could see himself the way I see him.

Their ritual was quite elaborate; there were many players of parts. Each quarter had three people as well as members in the cross quarters. Instead of a single priest and priestess they had narrators and a lord and lady at each quarter.

santaluciaIt was also quite the light show! They utilized a Christmas lights within key components of their costumes to highlight key attributes (such as a lighted wreath on the head of Lucia) as well as various ways they lit the quarters by colors, the cross quarter’s music stands, and the holiday décor for the venue.

After each cross quarter and quarter representatives were introduced we were then asked to visit each quarter for a blessing. I also stopped along the way at the cross quarters and got hugs. Why not? Hugs are blessings too! 🙂

After everyone had their turn they asked all the kids and “those who are young at heart” to come to see one of the quarters to receive a Yule present. Once they were finished with giving out gifts the members of each quarter took their turns exciting the circle while the song, “Return to Innocence” by Enigma played. Once all the main facilitators exited ritual space one of the members, dressed as an elf, started dancing along to the song in the middle of the ritual space while we sat there enjoying her happy cheerful dance. When she was done we all cheered and laughed!

We then proceeded to stuff ourselves full of delectable home-made food everyone brought to the potluck. Oh, so delicious! One woman made the most tender brisket I’ve ever had the privilege to enjoy. Someone made these amazing happy cookies, but I only had one, they were almond flavored cookie dough wrapped around a maraschino cherry, baked, rolled in powdered sugar and decorated with tiny frosted holly leaves at the base of the stem that stood out of the cookie. I thought it was cute so I took one. I sat there pondering how they made it and wondered what they used to make the “stem” not realizing a real cherry was hidden inside! Oh, such a wonderful surprise!

Many of my friends in TLC are also very active with the Renaissance Pleasure Faire here in Southern California. Faire Folk, as they’re affectionately termed. One of them sat with Chris and I and told us a very fun tale in his best Irish accent, had us on the hook through this silly long tale only to end in a naughty punch line. It was good. When I remember the whole thing I’ll put it up sometime.

While we were listening to the story everyone else was playing Holiday Bingo. It’s regular bingo, but instead of numbers it has pictures, such as “G Ice Skates”. It was cute, but we opted not to play.

Frankly it was already 10pm and we were waiting for the raffle! Chris had bought me a few tickets to use and I placed them all on hopes of getting an Egyptian Hieroglyphics book. Of the 50 different items they had it was the one thing I liked the best. Unfortunately, I didn’t win, but a nice lady did.

Chris and I helped clean up before taking the long drive back home. All in all I had a wonderful time sharing in a delightful evening and catching up with everyone! Thank you Jack, Stachia, Christine, DarkMoon Wolf, Penn Dragon, Glenn, Zenah,  and everyone in TLC for a fantastic evening!

Oh, oh, oh! I almost forgot… One of my friends, who’s clearly been out of the loop on my most recent news asked if Chris was my SON! Granted, he’s 14 years younger than me, but unless they know better, most people assume I’m at least 10 years (sometimes more) younger than I actually am (I’d like to take this moment to thank my Asian heritage for passing along those age-defying genes). The weird part is that Chris is often mistaken for being older than he actually is. I laughed and then corrected him.

Spreading germs

Also, I’d like to make a Public Service Announcement… If you’re sick, STAY HOME! Don’t come to these events and infect everyone around you. It’s rude and aggravating.

This PSA has been brought to you by The People Who Are Tired of Catching Your Yucky Germs! Thank you!

RANDOM MUSIC

Ok, perhaps it’s not really so random…

A pagan song seemed fitting at this point. This is a song I enjoy singing in circle (or out).
“One Spirit” by Spiral Rhythm

One spirit / In the dark/ Like a candle/  Wavers
Many spirits/ Joined as one/ Burn with the power/ Of the blazing sun
There is strength in/ Community/ A circle empowering/ You and me
The circle binds/ Yet sets us free/ In the Goddess name/ So mote it be