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My Tentative PantheaCon schedule!

This isn't how it will look during the event, both because I haven't scheduled sufficient time to cover my Info Desk shifts (I'm pretty certain) and also because Mommy Eris, but it's close . . .

13:30, Cedar: “The Ephesia Grammata,” P. Sufenas Virius Lupus
Bio: P. Sufenas Virius Lupus is a metagender person, and one of the founding members of the Ekklesía Antínoou as well as a contributing member of Neos Alexandria and a practicing Celtic Reconstructionist pagan in the traditions ofgentlidecht and filidecht. E has written eight books, as well as numerous essays, articles, poems, and fiction contributions to a variety of anthologies and periodicals.
Description: The Ephesia Grammata or “Ephesian Letters” were said to have been written on the statue of Artemis of Ephesus, and consist of six (or occasionally seven) words that are somewhat like other voces magicae; they are often used in spell formulae in Graeco-Egyptian magic. They were also used in the ancient world for both protection, and possibly for divination. Learn about the system, and how it can be used for these purposes today. Bring at least six notecards, paper, pieces of wood, stones, or other small objects as well as writing materials appropriate to them to possibly make your own!

15:30, San Jose: “Introduction to Indigenous Ifa and Orisha,” Baba Esu OR Info Desk shift
Bio: Baba Esu ( is an initiated Priest of Esu and was initiated by Chief Luisah Teish & Ile Orunmila Oshun 12 1/2 years ago. Baba works as a Senior Financial Analyst and holds a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from San Jose State University and holds an A.S. in Culinary Arts. Baba is trained and accredited as a professional chef and is the CEO of Yummy Tummy Farms LLC in San Jose, CA.
Description: The Yoruba culture and language offers a deeply rooted unbroken lineage of spiritual knowledge and wisdom from which birthed Santeria, Lucumi, and Umbanda. In this talk, we will focus on an overview of Ifa cosmology, the creation story, and all of the well-known Deities or Orisha of the Yoruba Pantheon: Esu, Ogun, Osoosi, Oshun, Yemoja, Oya, Obatala, Aganju, Osain, as well as The Ancestors. The perspective of this talk will be highlighting spiritual elevation techniques through the ritual technology, beauty-filled, wisdom based tradition as it comes to us from West Africa, especially Nigeria.

c. 17:20, Pool Area, “Honoring of the New Sancta/e/i,” Ekklesía Antínoou
Description: [Not on the regular schedule!] Come for a short ritual honoring two of the most recent Sancta/e/i of the Ekklesía Antínoou, Rev. Eddy “Hyperion” Gutiérrez/Dr. E. Sanctus, and Lady Olivia Durdin Robertson Sancta. A modified form of the Ekklesía Antínoou’s rite of sanctification will be spoken in English for each, followed by the Latin form for both of them together, and then there will be time for those present to speak praising words and share memories in their honor.

19:00, Cedar/Pine, “The Guardians: A Ritual of Calling,” T. Thorn Coyle and the Morningstar Mystery School
Bio: Morningstar Mystery School is comprised of dedicated magic workers and long-time seekers of Mystery. The school is under the head of author and teacher T. Thorn Coyle.
Description: We invoke the Guardians of Matter, Space, and Time. We call them from their vast and distant realms, from the edges of the edgeless worlds. We invoke them from the chambers of our hearts, reflections of their vastness. We meet "as within, so without" unlocking Mystery. To summon the Guardians, we must summon the sparks that burn likes stars at the core of the soul. In summoning the Guardians, we find our place in the cosmos itself. What is our role? What will we risk? What becomes possible? Please join us as we chant the Names of Power. This ritual is for adults. Doors closed at start.

21:00, Santa Clara: “Experimental Reconstruction,” Finnchuill
Bio: Finnchuill is a polytheist who works primarily with Celtic and Hellenic pantheons. He is an ordained Druid of FoDLA, and a filidecht practitioner. He takes an experimental reconstructionist approach toward practice. A writer, poet, and educator with an MFA in creative writing and BA in History, he lives in San Francisco. He’s the author of From the Prow of Myth, and is on the review board of Air n-Aithescmagazine. Finnchuill blogs at finnchuillsmast at wordpress.
Description: Reconstructionism is often seen as something overly tied to a distant past, to ways of life that are far from our own. What are some ways we can use recon methodologies but in an experimental way: taking practices as far as we can understand them and then trying them out in our own context? Example: River goddesses were worshiped in ancient Celtic cultures–how to apply that here and now? Discussion meant to further participants’ own experiments. Applicable to various other cultural traditions too.

23:00, Cedar/Pine, “Pomba Gira 2.0: Red is the New Black!!!” American Magic Umbanda House
Bio: The members of the AMUH have been practicing our version of American Umbanda for over 20 years in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We are what is called a mixed house, meaning that we have a variety of pantheons that we work with, but our primary pantheon is the Orixa of West Africa, and Brazil. For more information, please contact Mama Maeva at:
Description: Come to the revamped Parlor Of Pomba Gira, and join us as we drum, sing, dance and bask in the power and hard earned wisdom goddess of love and lust. Pomba Gira teaches us self -confidence, love of thyself, acceptance of others and how to pay your bills. Wear your finest red and black and be ready to whomp up a mountain of energy to bless this Con! Remember street legal in the halls and beach legal on the floor, your figs and berries must be covered at all times. This Ain't your mama's Pomba!!! No Photography, No One Under 21 - ID required at the door.

8:45, Pool Area: “Inundation Ritual,” Ekklesía Antínoou
Description: [Not on the regular schedule!] After a year’s unintentional hiatus, the Inundation Ritual is back! Come participate in this purification-by-water ritual with the Ekklesía Antínoou; especially recommended if you plan to take part in any Ekklesía Antínoou events later in the con’. Wear a bathing suit and prepare to get wet after the preliminary prayers and exercises, and then hang out for a bit with us in the water afterwards!
11:00, Oak: “Sacrifice and Modern Paganism: A Panel Discussion,” Coru Cathubodua
Bio: Service, sovereignty, kinship and warriorship are the values that guide the Coru Cathobodua Priesthood. We are Pagan priests on the move, ready to take action to advance our mission to bring about sovereignty and kinship to the world through acts of community and individual service. Guided by our the matron the Morrígan, Celtic Goddess of sovereignty, prophecy, and battle, we welcome all who share this vision of service to bringing these values to life for all people. For information about Coru Cathubodua, visit
Description: From offering the best wine and grain to the finest animal or tribal member to the Gods, sacrifice was a central part of many ancient cultures. But as modern Pagans we must ask ourselves: what is the role of sacrifice today? Join us as we explore questions surrounding sacrifice with panelists Sam Webster (M. Div., author & blogger at “Arkadian Anvil”), Crystal Blanton (Wild Hunt and, Jeff Albaugh (Cherry Hill Seminary and Conference on Current Pagan Studies), and Amy Hale, Ph.D. (St. Petersburg College).

13:30, San Martin/San Simeon: “Lupercalia 2014!” Ekklesia Antinoou
Bio: The Ekklesía Antinoou (“Citizenry of Antinous”) is a queer, Graeco-Roman-Egyptian syncretist reconstructionist polytheist group dedicated to worship of Antinous, the deified lover of the Roman Emperor Divus Hadrianus, and related divine figures. This form of modern Antinoan practice has been functioning since 2002. P. Sufenas Virius Lupus will be conducting this session, with assistance from several other Ekklesia Antinoou members and friends.
Description: Ianus and Venus, Mars and Quirinus, Faunus, Silvanus, and Antinous Lupercus…As is Roman custom, on the Fifteenth of February, come and celebrate the holy day of Lupercalia–a festival of purification and communal integrity–by running with the wolves in all their milky-and-bloody glory! All (and all ages) are welcome to attend, but doors will close after the ritual begins.

15:30, Oak: “Pagans and Privilege: Let’s Talk About It,” T. Thorn Coyle, Crystal Blanton & a Kick-Ass Panel OR maybe OLT
Bio: T. Thorn Coyle moderates this panel of powerful and insightful teachers and activists: Crystal Blanton, Xochiquetzal Duti Odinsdottir, Charlie Glickman, and Elena Rose Vera.
Description: Privilege is the ability to not have to stare oppression in the face. Unexamined Privilege can make oppression hard to see & to talk about, sowing pain & discord. Can we compassionately examine racism, misogyny, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, or economic disparity within Paganism? Join our distinguished panelists in exploring the many different questions around privilege, intersectionality, & social justice. Let’s look at our differences & seek out common ground. Panelists are Crystal Blanton, Elena Rose Vera, Charlie Glickman, & Xochiquetzal Duti Odinsdottir. Moderated by T. Thorn Coyle.

19:00, Boardroom, “FFRASS: Garden Info, Social, & Seed Swap”, Ruth Temple OR Info Desk shift
Bio: Ruth Temple traces a multi-generational background in fiber arts and still wears her first scarf woven at age 10. Weaving guilds are strong keepers of the flame of all the fiber arts; good contacts for finding your local fiberistas include: in California,, and An avid gardener, Ruth is a member of the Flower, Fruit, Root, and Seed Society (FFRASS) found at with a widespread Pagan permaculture-gardening membership.
Description: Back by popular demand! Interested in gardening, in deepening your roots in permaculture design, ready to swap some seeds and maybe some starts for your Spring garden? The Flower Fruit Root and Seed Society (FFRASS) brings a spirited approach to gardening and our sacred relation with our dwelling places.

21:00, Suite 1060, “Pantheon Foundation Reception”, Pantheon Foundation
Announcing the Pantheon Foundation:
building 21st Century Pagan infrastructure.
We are a California non-profit religious corporation applying for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS. Our mission is to provide IRS group exemptions for Pagan organizations through fiscal sponsorship, develop Pagan ministry, study the history, promote the culture, and advance the social welfare of Pagans and the Pagan community.
Come to our reception at PantheaCon, Saturday night at 9pm in Suite 1060.

23:00, San Juan/San Carlos, “Skeletor Affirmations”,
Bio: was created by the Church of No Dead Saints to further their purpose of promoting Discordianism as the thinking prankster's religion. The Church believes that Discordianism will die without an influx of modern thought, semi-belief, and Erisian events. By creating this site with its writings and ideas, St. Mae and St. Fox hope to revitalize Discordianism as an intense, throbbing centre of laughter, defiance, and lunacy.
Description: The first step to healing the world is healing the self, and the first step to healing the self is conquering Castle Grayskull and using its ancient secrets to rule all of Eternia. The Skeletor Affirmations ritual inverts the Death/Life structure and offers new affirmations and hope that we can all use in our daily life. Some of us have skull faces, and some of us have dozens of oddly-themed incompetent minions, but we can all benefit from the wit and wisdom of Skeletor. All the power is yours!

9:00, Monterey, “Pagans and Institution Building”, Amy Hale
Bio: Dr. Amy Hale is an anthropologist specializing in contemporary Celtic cultures, with an emphasis on Cornwall and esoteric cultural history. She is the co-editor of New Directions in Celtic Studies (2000) and Inside Merlin's Cave: A Cornish Arthurian Reader (2000) in addition to over 30 other articles ranging from Neo Druidry to Celtic cultural tourism. She is past co-editor of the Journal of the Academic Study of Magic and is currently working on a biography of Ithell Colquhoun for Francis Boutle Press.
Description: What are Institutions? Do Pagans need them? How do we develop appropriate institutions that will reflect our values and meet our needs? There are many ways to build institutions depending what our communities require. After setting the terms of the discussion, we will open the floor and explore what it means to build meaningful, sustainable institutions, how they function both inside and outside the community, and why they are important to developing a strong and vibrant Paganism in the 21st century.

11:00, Pine: “Yes They Are! Meeting and Greeting the Queerest of the Gods,” Circle of Dionysos
Bio: The Circle of Dionysos is dedicated to the exploration and celebration of spiritual traditions that honor gender fluidity and sexual variance. We believe that universal diversity is purposeful, and thus that members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Community possess wisdom that is of vital importance to the community at large. Through public ritual performances, small study groups, and personal spiritual guidance, we seek to help both individuals and our community in discovering, developing, and expressing that wisdom. For More information about the Circle of Dionysos, please visit our website at
Description: After a two year hiatus, Yes They Are! returns to PCon with new performers, new Deities, and new messages. Yes They Are! is a rite of Out-rageous ferocity and fabulosity, giving voice to the gender shifting and same sex loving Deities found in Pantheons around the world. Join us as we play, rage, mourn, dance, and laugh our way through this rite celebrating the uniqueness found in each of us.

13:30, Carmel/Monterey: “Empowerment - Ideas from the Ancient Egyptians,” Tony Mierzwicki
Bio: Tony Mierzwicki is the author of "Graeco-Egyptian Magick: Everyday Empowerment" and a forthcoming primer reconstructing Classical Greek religion. He has contributed to various anthologies and magazines. He has presented workshops recreating ancient magickal practices in the United States and the east coast of Australia since 2001, drawing on his practice of ceremonial magick which he began in 1990. Tony's wife, Jo-Ann, has been co-facilitating his workshops since 2004. Tony completed three degrees at the University of Sydney - MA, BE and BSc.
Description: So you've been studying magick or witchcraft and want to improve your skills? Sometimes it helps to think outside the box. The ancient Egyptians were renowned as being powerful magickians, so why not apply their paradigm? The ancient Egyptians followed a code of behavior to assure themselves of a successful afterlife. This code involved aspiring to a state of balance through having a proper relationship with the divine and with humanity, as well as an awareness of their rights and responsibilities towards animals and the environment.

15:30, Boardroom: “Dismantling Gender,” Rev. Lee Whitaker OR Info Desk shift
Bio: Lee identifies as a Progressive Christian, Jewish, Wiccan transman. He is an ordained minister with the Progressive Christian Alliance. He will be completing his Masters of Divinity at Starr King School for the Ministry. He will also be receiving a Certificate in Sexuality and Religion from the Pacific School of Religion. Lee also serves on the Advisory Board for the Coalition for Welcoming Congregations. His ministry is about helping people overcome and heal their spiritual wounds. He also does a great deal of work in teaching groups of people around the issue of gender, sexuality and the gender spectrum..
Description: Talking with people who are not knowledgeable about gender variances is not easy. In this interactive workshop we will look at how views of gender, sexuality and sensuality are informed and biased by our own antiquated and unauthentic beliefs that come from a variety of places. By learning what we subconsciously know, we can begin to engage in creating a more welcoming world for everyone regardless of where they fall on the gender spectrum. Please bring a notebook or pad to this workshop.

19:00, Boardroom, “The Magic of Writing: how to use writing to manifest reality,” Taylor Ellwood OR Info Desk shift
Bio: Taylor Ellwood lives in Portland, OR with his magical Partner Kat, and his cats Sun Ce and Ember. He is the author of Pop Culture Magick, Space/Time Magic, Inner Alchemy, and Multi-Media Magic. Taylor is also the managing non-fiction editor of Immanion Press, which specializes in esoteric Non-Fiction. To learn more about him visit
Description: In this class, we'll explore writing as a magical tool, and how it can be used to manifest possibilities into reality. Even if you are a non-writer, this class can provide useful tips for learning how to use writing as a magical tool. We'll discuss journaling, sigils, and writing techniques you can use with your magical practice

21:00, San Martin/San Simeon, “Devotional Parade and Ceremony for Lady Inanna”, Temple of Inanna and Dumuzi
Bio: The Temple of Inanna and Dumuzi is a semi-reconstructionist, Mesopotamian temple dedicated to the ancient Sumerian Goddess Inanna (known to the Babylonians as Ishtar) and God Dumuzi (known to the Babylonians as Tammuz). The rituals are based on the ancient Mesopotamian (primarily Sumerian and Akkadian) texts, with both inspiration and consultation with the Deities as glue. All persons of good will are welcome.
Description: "The people of Sumer parade before you. The women adorn their right sides with men's clothing....The men adorn their left sides with women's clothing. The people of Sumer parade before you." So sings an ancient cuneiform hymn to Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth, to Whom belong all the arts and joys of civilization. We will parade for holy Inanna and celebrate Her and Her husband Dumuzi. All are invited. Glitz, glam, drag, semi-drag, and/or your most glorious attire suggested.

23:00, Pagans of Color Hospitality Suite, “Play Party”, PoC Caucus

9:00, Carmel/Monterey: “Beard Blessing Ritual,” Ekklesía Antínoou
Bio: The Ekklesía Antínoou (“Citizenry of Antinous”) is a queer, Graeco-Roman-Egyptian syncretist reconstructionist polytheist group dedicated to worship of Antinous, the deified lover of the Roman Emperor Divus Hadrianus, and related divine figures. This form of modern Antinoan practice has been functioning since 2002. P. Sufenas Virius Lupus will be conducting this session, with assistance from several other Ekklesía Antínoou members and friends.
Description: “These are the prohibitions of a beard…” So goes a medieval Irish text that tells the expectations of a mature adult. Hadrian was the first Roman Emperor to have a beard, and every Emperor after him followed suit. This ritual will involve the blessings and the injunctions of the bearded and the non-bearded as well. To be part of the beard blessing, one must have a beard (whether real or fake), otherwise one will be part of the non-bearded blessing. For absolutely anyone who has a beard, may have one in the future, or who doesn’t have one, regardless of gender or age!

]11:00, Carmel/Monterey: “Youth Blessing Ritual,” Ekklesía Antínoou
Bio: The Ekklesía Antínoou (“Citizenry of Antinous”) is a queer, Graeco-Roman-Egyptian syncretist reconstructionist polytheist group dedicated to worship of Antinous, the deified lover of the Roman Emperor Divus Hadrianus, and related divine figures. This form of modern Antinoan practice has been functioning since 2002. P. Sufenas Virius Lupus will be conducting this session, with assistance from several other Ekklesía Antínoou members and friends.
Description: The Ekklesia Antinoou recognizes the wisdom and blessings inherent in youth, and in this ritual will bless and protect youth (and all others present), and demonstrate the wisdom of youth by having those youths present (i.e. anyone under 20) help to create the ritual and bless others by doing so. The ritual will involve Antinous, as well as the family of Polydeukion and Herodes Attikos. For anyone to attend, but particularly for young people–and feel free to bring your parents or older friends along, too!

13:30, Fir: “Meet the Santa Muerte/Diga hola a la Santa Muerte,” Dr. Stephanie Rendino
Bio: Dr. Rendino earned her Doctorate in Sacred Theology at Universite de Montreal in 2008. She specialized in Mexican syncretistic religion. She splits her time between San Diego, CA and Tucson, AZ.
Description: Santa Muerte is a syncretistic deity (or angel, or saint) associated with the underside of Mexican and southwestern American society. Is this association fair or accurate, though? Dr. Rendino will unpack the origin and meanings of this controversial religious figure.
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