I’ve been going to Pantheacon in San Jose, CA over President’s Day weekend in February off and on for many years. Meanwhile, oh so quietly, another conference of interest has been putting down roots to the north: Many Gods West. It’s specifically a polytheist conference, so should be a good fit for my interests. This will be the third year for MGW, and I think it’s time I register and check it out.
Here’s the link to the conference website. I’ll probably stay at the conference hotel to keep the access simple. If we cross paths at Many Gods West, please come over to say hello.
Today I celebrated Winter Solstice in ritual with a close friend and long-time priestess. We worked with the Dagda, Brigid, and a number of the land spirits at Bru na Boinne, where the most exquisite thing happens at every winter solstice. A shaft of winter sunrise sunlight makes its way down the narrow stone passageway to Newgrange and floods the chamber with light. It happens only for a few days on either side of Winter Solstice each year, making it a rare and special event.
And so we traveled there to work magic for personal and political ends. It is the house of the Dagda, so we sought his permission for our visit, as well as consulting the land spirits. It was a potent ritual for both of us, and has left us with a number of ideas, visions, and further ritual work to explore.
If you’d like to learn more about the Winter Solstice alignment at Bru na Boinne, this video provides further information.