Nashville Pagan Pride Day

Workshops

The Year the Earth Stood Still - Oberon Zell

Earth-centered spirituality has awakened in 60-year cycles going back at least to the Italian Renaissance of the 1480s. In each of these cycles, certain common themes emerged—foremost among them being a recurrent resurrection of classical Pagan elements in the arts, poetry, music, literature, drama, ritual and spirituality. And the Return of the Goddess was a major focus of artists and poets, who claimed Her patronage as Muse. Now, the first year of the next cycle in the 2020s is opening with a global pandemic, the Wheel is turning again, and consciousness of the Goddess is re-emerging throughout the world. What can we do to wake the world?


The Phoenix Arises - Oberon Zell

Part 1: The Apotheasis Project: Coming to you live from The Venusian Church Longhouse in Redmond, WA, an innovative new weekly internet variety show, hosted by Oberon Zell, conducted via Zoom, with a live “studio” audience as well as simulcast viewers. This will be a joint project of the Church of All Worlds and the Venusian Church. Show title: “Thou art God/dess!” Concept/theme: “What would you do if you were God (or Goddess)?” (inspired by the 2017 movie: “It’s Gawd” with Tommy Chong)


Part 2: The Song of Gaea: “Song of Gaea” is a children’s poem for all ages. As a soothing, rhythmically rocking, lyrical picture book, it presents cosmology and evolutionary ecology in a mythic framework and offers a sustainable vision of the future. “Song of Gaea” is a mystical paean to the Living Spirit in Nature with an uplifting message: a loving call for humanity to live in balance with the Earth. This presentation is a slide show of the spectacular art and poetry commissioned for the book.


Self -Esteem Building for Better Magic - Tish Owen

In order for the magick you work to work, you must believe you deserve the thing for which you have asked to come to fruition. Self-love is the key that makes magick work because emotion fuels magick. Unless you truly love yourself, your spell success rate will be far below average. You may have the best intentions in the world, you may do the most impressive rituals and spells ever seen in modern times, you may use every bell and whistle ever invented, but you will not reach your goals. Self-love is also the key for a successful life in general. This workshop includes a guided meditation..


I Am In Control – Alfred Willowhawk

Creating and maintaining balance in the 21st century can be difficult. Debts, job prospects, relationship issues all can distract us from following our own paths. The environment, family, friends, co-workers all seek to influence our decisions. You are truly in control of your own life. This workshop shares techniques to control the chaos all around you and within you to create good decisions for your own life.


Poseidon the “forgotten” Deity – Alfred Willowhawk

This workshop examines the ancient pre-classical mythology and rituals of Poseidon. Learn how connecting with Poseidon can assist you in maintaining a healthy attitude toward yourself and others. Learn the secret of Respect of Self and Others. This is only the second time this workshop has been presented and the first time outside of Southern Missouri, (http://whiteravenretreat.com). 


The Witch’s Garden – Willo’ Wellspring

What is a Witch’s Garden? Why are there so many “poisons” in that gardent, why is it set up in that “funny” symbol. How does the Witch’s Garden help in ritual, gardening, and personal practice. These and more questions will be answered.


The Vibrational Being- Resonating with the Chakras - Rowan FaeFire

Have you ever heard a song that you really jived with and then you just couldn’t get it out of your head for hours, days or weeks? Or you have a song stuck in your head and you just don’t know why? Perhaps the songs in your head are telling you something about your energy and vibrational pattern. This workshop will enhance you to   resonate with the chakras to heighten your energies.

Throwing the Bones Divination - Atalanta Moonfire

Throwing bones is a very personal form of divination as it helps us access psychic energy and improve intuition. It is a way for our Spirit Guides and especially our Ancestors to communicate and guide us for current and future events. This workshop is designed to give you an introduction to one of the oldest forms of divination. We will touch base on all aspects of this craft, including history; importance of ancestral altars; starter and deluxe bones sets and how to make your set your own; meanings and tools needed, and a demonstration on learning “how to throw bones”. Join us in learning this ancient art of divination!


The Stranger in the Cup: How to Read Tea Leaves - Papa Gee

Tasseomancy or Tea Leaf Reading is probably as old as the invention of drinking cups. Some claim it originated in China, but it seems to have been native to Scotland, Ireland, and England before trade with China developed, and came to America with the earliest settlers. In this workshop, we will learn the history of the tea trade, how tea leaf reading became a rage after the rise of the American tea room, the different parts of the cup and what they mean, tea leaf symbolism, and collector tea cups — reading marked cups.


Rise of the Technomage - In the year 2020, we see the rise of technology as the primary force of communication, commerce, and culture. As the decades come, the Magical world will manifest itself in a myriad of ways within the dimension we call cyberspace. Our worlds will merge and make the world automagical, and those who can command the code and language will see their own magic grow. From Digital Auras, cyberspirits, Ancestorial AI’s, Akashic Records manifest, Astral Projection, and even immortality of the mind, are all before us. Ed will speak on the concept and reality of Digital Paganism.


Presenters Biographies

Oberon Zell is a modern-day Wizard, and a leading Elder in the worldwide magickal community. Oberon is a true “Renaissance Man:” a psychologist, metaphysician, theologian, naturalist, artist, inventor, carpenter, sculptor, teacher, author, and Priest.


Inspired by Robert A. Heinlein’s prophetic science-fiction novel, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), Oberon co-founded the Church of All Worlds on April 7, 1962. An initiate in several different mystical traditions, he has founded and participated in many Pagan ecumenical groups and projects, including the Council of Themis, the Council of Earth Religions, the Universal Federation of Pagans, the Papal Apology Project, the Pagan Leaders Summit, the Grey Council, and the Sonoma County Pagan Network.


Oberon has played a major role in the founding and unification of the Pagan community, and in reclaiming the Earth/Nature-based spiritual heritage of pre-Christian Europe. In his award-winning magazine, Green Egg (1968-), he was the first to adopt the terms “Pagan” and “Neo-Pagan” to describe the newly-emerging Nature religions of the 1960s. The Neo-Pagan “Green Religion” is now considered to be one of the fastest-growing spiritual movement in the English-speaking world, claiming more than five million adherents worldwide. And Oberon is acknowledged as one of its founding Elders: “The Father of Neo-Paganism.”


For more than 50 years, Oberon has written and published countless articles and several books on mysteries of history, Gaean thealogy, magick, shamanism, mythology, anomalies, cryptozoology, archaeology, cosmology, and related topics. His best-selling Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard (New Page Books, 2004) is an essential basic reference work that will continue to serve as a resource throughout the reader’s lifetime. That book was followed by Companion for the Apprentice Wizard (2006), Creating Circles & Ceremonies (with Morning Glory; 2007), A Wizard’s Bestiary (with Ash DeKirk; 2007), and Green Egg Omelette (2008), an anthology of art and articles from 40 years of his legendary magazine.


Tish Owen is a mother, daughter, grandmother, wife, business owner, witch, candle maker, brewer, sailor, Pagan church leader, festival organizer, psychic and author. She was born and raised and still lives in Nashville, TN. It is the buckle of the so-called Bible Belt. Despite that she owned a metaphysical shop for 25 years, offersreadings and other services from her office, and runs the largest Pagan gathering in the southeast. She is a regular in the media, from print, to magazines, to radio and television, she admits to loving radio the best.


Her Pagan festival, Pagan Unity Festival has been running for 23 years and brings in Pagan celebrities to the South who have never been to the area before. The festival last four days, in the woods in the rolling hills of Tennessee.


Tish founded a local Pagan church, Serving Pagans in Religion and Life, under the umbrella of Aquarian Tabernacle Church. They celebrate full moons, new moons, the 8 Pagan holidays, offer classes and raise money for outreach to the Pagan community and Nashville community at large.


She is the author of Chasing the Rainbow a handbook for festival organizers, Spell It Correctly, a handbook for those who wish to know the nuts and bolts of spellcasting and A Death On Sunday and A Death in the Family, both are murder mysteries with a paranormal twist written in her trademark southern style.


Alfred Willowhawk, DMsc, DD is a 20-year veteran of spiritual counseling, coaching, and training. He is ordained as a metaphysical minister by theUniversity of Metaphysicswith a Doctorate of Metaphysical Science a traditionally trained 3rd-degree high priest and one of the co-founders of Wite Rayvn Metaphysical Church. He is a life long  kabbalah student who has spent time at the Kabbalah Center in New York where he studied the Lurianic kabbalistic system for 5 years.  He is currently enrolled at Grand Canyon University where he completed a Master of Science in Psychology, with a concentration in Life Coaching, July 2019 and is a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology at Grand Canyon University. His passion is to facilitate people to manifest their highest potential. He has also a Reiki Master and creator of the healing system Celtic Transformational Healing. His work with men and women to embrace theWarrior of Spiritwithin has assisted many people over the last 10 years. Alfred is the host of the weekly radio show Charge of the Millennial Warrior on WCAS-DB, The Cauldron.

Alfred is the author of Warriors of the Millennium, Shadow Relationships and How to Avoid Them, Manifesting True Desires: Learning from Arianrhod and the Tree of Life, I AM Healer, Storyteller, and Warrior Priest: Learning From Arianrhod, Creating Guided Meditations for Yourself and Others, and Hawk Sightings. 


Willo’ Wellspring is the HPS of a Welsh Family Tradition and Traditional coven. She has been in the craft for over 30 years. Willo’embraced the Craft in 1984, was initially trained in Celtic Eclectic, Gardnerian, and Alexandrian Wicca. Willo' also has a deep understanding of crystals and stones and utilizes them in a variety of ways. She is a Reiki Master, a Traditional third degree, a Spiritual Counselor and an accomplished teacher. She facilitates classes for seekers and degreed individuals. She is a Green Witch who’s love of everything outdoors, has led to her understanding of the usage of indigenous plants for medicinal purposes. Her knowledge of medicinal usages of plants has helped individuals devise natural remedies based on known properties for personal use. Based in Howell County Missouri she is the inspiration and driving force of the sustainable community in which she lives. She has created labyrinths, gardens, and groves re-introducing medicinal and indigenous plants on the retreat center property.  She is an artist and illustrator of children’s books as well as the ' creator one-of-a-kind crochet products and jewelry, utilizing her unique understanding of stones and crystals. 


She teaches workshops and classes on many topics year round. For more information onWillo' go to http://witerayvn.org


Rowan FaeFire is a 2nd-degree traditional priestess who teaches dedicant and 1st degrees for her traditional coven. She was born into the craft and has pursued her personal spirituality for over 15 years. She began official training in her traditional coven at 18 and became a 2nd-degree priestess at the age of 24. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, and a Massage Therapist. She is a budding author, as well as a Reiki Master and has expertise and professional credentials in other healing modalities. She has spent over 5 years researching and perfecting her usage of the nine-chakra system and sound to create and maintain a balanced and authentic life. 


Atalanta Moonfire is the author of "Throwing the Bones Divination for the Modern Practitioner" . She is an eclectic witch, who is also a diviner, musician, teacher, mother, grandmother, and lover of all types of spirituality. Born in Manassas, Virginia, she grew up moving frequently, which gave her the ability to be flexible and adaptable to change as well as diverse life experiences. At 51 years young, she has been pagan since the age of 14, practicing since she was 18, and specializing in divination at age 25. Always looking to expand her knowledge, she is a Reiki master, Ordained Minister, Spirit Walker, Hoodoo Practitioner, and High Priestess of Sacred Moon coven. She is currently studying Hecatean Witchcraft and continuing her studies in Hoodoo. Her goal in life is to expand her spiritual education and help others who share her desire of understanding this magnificent universe in which we live.


Papa Gee is a Tarot reader & Rootworker, offering his magical and spiritual services for over 20 years.  He is the author of 7 books. He and his husband own aromaG’s Botanica in Nashville, TN. This year he will lead a workshop on the history and practice of Tea Leaf reading, featuring information from his new book written with Catherine Yronwode entitled “Stranger in the Cup: How to Read Your Luck and Fate in the Tea Leaves."


Ed Hubbard, currently CIO of CEM Broadcasting, co-founder of WitchSchool.com, Pagans Tonight and Magick TV, as the many online projects he has manifested. His vision of a Ontological engineered world, has driven his seeking of technology over his life.