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Pantheacon Is Here!! Come visit us in room 966!! #pantheacon @pantheacon

Woo Hoo!! Pantheacon is finally here! And if you haven’t heard already, we’re once again hosting a hospitality suite in room 966 (which we affectionately say is the “upstairs neighbors of the Beast”)! Click here to see our full schedule of events! We will have snacks (gluten/nut free choices available), drinks, games, workshops, and discussions…

PantheaCon 2016: Rejoice!

My previous two posts about PantheaCon 2016 dealt with some of the problematic things I encountered. But, that’s not to say that the P-con was a downer overall. It wasn’t. After all, the whole thing started with Anne’s second degree initiation, using a script I wrote. Since she faced the ordeal of kidney failure, her heart stopping, and a stroke, there was no need to have any ritualized ordeal in the ceremony. To be able to do this with our coven, on the weekend of our first anniversary, was a blessing in and of itself.

First, there was the fact that Anne and I were able to even attend the con this year. With her unemployment after a critical illness and my persistent underemployment, we were just presuming we wouldn’t be able to attend this year. But, friends paid for our registration and helped us fix our car so we could be there.

There’s always so much happening at P-con, that I’m never able to attend everything that sparks my interest. But what I do attend is usually awesome, even if I find something problematic. I’m still being made to think and reflect on how my religion really is my way of life. And, there are those lovely persons whom I usually see only at the con. It can get to the point that my face gets tired from all the smiling.

So, don’t let my musings on the problematic things I’d encountered mislead you. I thoroughly enjoyed PantheaCon and am already looking forward to next year.

Problematic PantheaCon: Classism in the Kitchen

Another of the workshops I attended at PantheCon 2016 was “Goddess in the Kitchen: The Making and Magic of Food.” One of the presenter’s key points was that food is one of the primary ways in which we are sustained and comforted. She even used the image of babies feeding at the breast, which to me was the first problematic statement. #NotAllMothers breastfeed, and those who don’t aren’t any less for not doing so. Some don’t breast feed by choice, and others are unable for various reasons, including that they might have been designated male at birth.

But also, it seemed that the word “food” was used in a very specific way in this workshop: things that have not been heavily processed. The concept of “energy code” was described as foods that are in their most natural state have a higher code while the more something is processed the lower its code becomes. The presenter did qualify this, however, by indicating the way even processed foods are prepared can raise the energy code. Opening a candy bar means nothing. But lovingly preparing a low energy code pre-packaged dinner can uplift it. Intention figured prominently in this workshop. So, if one derives comfort from eating a can of spaghetti rings, then that’s food magick and the energy code is modified by the comfort to an extent.

What I’ve noticed from my experience with food banks, is that processed foodstuffs that keep for a long time is what’s often given out. These things would be considered to have low energy code. But because of the intent of the act of giving, and the presumed gratitude of those receiving the food, the energy code is raised. This was not mentioned in the workshop, but could be inferred by what was said by the presenter. The only reason Anne and I was at PantheaCon was because friends paid for our registration and to replace the battery in our car. We could not afford to be there this year. Likewise, we regularly cannot afford to buy high energy coded foods. A whole, cut-up fried chicken at my local grocery store is about $7. A whole raw chicken, by contrast, is about $11 to $13. A whole head of cauliflower is $3 whereas a 1-pound bag of frozen cauliflower is $2. These differences might seem minor, but when one only has a limited amount of money on one’s EBT account for food, restricting every cent matters.

There was additional classism in the presenter’s encouraging of us to use the best quality tools when preparing food, as doing so will raise the energy code. Seriously? Our discount store and second-hand tools aren’t good enough? Judas Quincy Priest, people, think it through! If the intent is what’s important, and intention was mentioned a great deal in this workshop, then that should defeat the need for quality expensive tools.

I hear a lot of talk about how the various forms of Paganism stand against the elitism of major religions, Christianity in particular. And then, presenters and their attendees say these things. Holier than thou can occur in a variety of religions.

Kuan Yin Oracle presentation notes from #PantheaCon 2016

Hi everyone, Here is a link to the Kuan Yin Oracle handout from my presentation at this year’s PantheaCon. Also, links to where you can buy supplies and different versions of the oracle: Bamboo divination sticks and crescent moon discs Kuan Yin Temple Oracle by Marina Lighthouse The Kuan Yin Oracle by Stephen Karcher Oracle of Guan…

Problematic PantheaCon: The Outer Circle

One of the workshops I attended at PantheCon 2016 was “The Outer Circle: Marginalization within Paganism.” At the start, we were invited to give our names, pronouns, and the ways in which we are marginalized. I gave both Connie and Antinoë as my names, she/her/hers/herself and e/em/eir/emself as my pronouns, and pansexual and transgender as my marginalizations.

  • One person mentioned curiosity regarding why people are “making rainbows out of everything,” specifically gender and orientation. And, yes, this person was indeed a white, (seemingly) cisgender, gay man.
  • A white woman defended her interest in Brazilian native spirituality based on the call she received from the gods. She journeyed there and study such traditions before embracing them, but it does seem to raise the following question: How does a perceived call from the Divine affect what could be regarded as cultural appropriation?
  • What does it mean to call one’s ancestors, especially for those of us who are white and have been told that our ancestors are universally colonizers and destroyers? What does it specifically mean to call those ancestors for a ritual to “heal the land” here in North America, where the land was stolen from Indigenous Peoples?
  • The assembled agreed that “tolerance” is not what we’re after. We want more than that. And yet, the antipathy for Christians was profound. Looking back, I should have included being a Christo-Pagan who works with the Adversary among the ways in which I’m marginalized.
  • There was criticism for Western — particularly white — Buddhists, even among these Americans practicing European religions. In one way, this doesn’t seem so odd. But, I’ve been told in no uncertain terms that unless and American is a first generation European-American, it’s appropriation to embrace the traditions of our ancestries.
  • And what of the word “shaman?” What of those white persons who have been trained by shamans and now refer to themselves as “shamanic practitioners?” What of mutlicultural/multiethnic persons?
  • One person, a white trans woman, asked that others “own their shit” and “not get triggered.” This was offered in a room where folks did included PTSD among their marginalizations. I fail to see how I need to own my shit when others are marginalizing and oppressing me, sometimes with malicious intent.