March 2nd, 2013
Brighten the Flame of Magic Within You!
A spark of magic burns within each of us. As we deepen our work, the embers catch and begin to glow more brightly, drawing the light into the world. The flame of our work warms tempers our lives, forging us into new paths and new outlooks on life. This seminar is designed to help you fan those flames through an understanding of the magic available to you.
One of the most important parts of modern paganism is the use of magic. While there are many books that have been written on the subject, however they can only take you so far. Direct, personal training is often hard to find, as many magical systems are taught one-on-one or in small groups after the seeker has been vetted. These groups have their place, and they have been important throughout our history. Yet, for those who do not have access to them, enhancing their magical skills necessitates a trial-by-error approach.
The work of the solitary magician is not the only setting in paganism. Often small or large groups of pagans, witches, magicians, and druids come together to effect change magically. These groups can have people with various levels of expertise, and the ritual leaders must be able to weave these energies together to achieve the group’s goal. When things go well, the energy raised can not only achieve the goal desired, but can transform and empower all the participants as well.
This seminar is designed to be a bridge between two shores. We want to breach the gap between private magical practice, and working magic with pagans in small and larger groups. We also want to give an opportunity to move beyond learning through reading and provide an arena where we can learn magic by actually doing magic with people who have proven experience.
Three Cranes Grove, ADF, is proud to present our second seminar: an all-day set of workshops, discussions, and exercises open to the entire Pagan community! The theme of this seminar is "Private Practice to Public Ritual: Magic!" We will be focusing on developing skills and practices that can take you from a pagan who does magic to a pagan where magic is an integral part of your spiritual life, whether you choose to work alone or with a group.
The seminar is presented by Three Cranes, but the content is not only applicable to Druidry: indeed, anyone who works magic, whether public or private, will benefit from this event! We will discuss methods of making your personal work more effective, provide instruction for beginners and old hands alike, and talk about ways to deepen your experiences, even if you aren't leading the work.
The primary aim of the seminar is to help Pagans of all traditions, paths, and philosophies develop their personal practice, for it is through the work done at your personal altar that you can build the experience and knowledge to do work on a public stage. The seminar is strongly focused on this personal practice, and is "non-denominational" in terms of its theology: we will not be teaching "Druid-specific" work, and believe that many of the principles we discuss will be broadly beneficial to the larger Pagan community, regardless of path. Our goal is to teach each person how to rely on their inner power to better connect with the power of other people, and with the spirits that surround us.
See last year's schedule for information on topics we've covered before
The schedule is still under development but some discussions may be: "Crafting a Magical Working," "Creating a Talisman to Bless Your Home," "Ethical Sorcery: The Power of Pretty Words," and others. There will also be several exercises that you can do to improve your work in these things.
Location, Date, and Time
Location: The Seminar will be at the Cedar Lodge at Batelle-Darby Creek Metropark near Columbus, OH (seen at right). It is heated, has a fireplace, and has plenty of parking.
Date and Time: The seminar will be held on March 2, 2013. The site will open at 8 AM with a continental breakfast for attendees. The actual seminar will run from 9 AM until 7:30 PM, with breaks for lunch and dinner and several additional breaks throughout. We have the site until 10 PM, and our Senior Druid has promised that we'll go "as long as the magic lasts."
What should I bring?
Generally, you will be able to show up and you will have everything that you need. Still, it is suggested that you consider bringing the following items:
Do you want to take the information home so you can share it with members of your local group, re-teach it to your community, or simply refer back to the topics and exercises in greater detail? We are providing a workbook for the participants to help highlight the things we'll be discussing!
Meals, Accommodations, and Transport
Hungry? Lunch and dinner are included in the seminar cost: if you have any special dietary concerns or restrictions, please let us know in advance. We cannot promise to accommodate all dietary restrictions, but we can let you know in a timely manner if we will be unable to do so.
We will have a continental breakfast beginning at 8 AM at the workshop site if you would care to join us.
If you prefer to eat on your own, you can of course bring a lunch.
Flying in? The nearest airport is Port Columbus (CMH), which is less than 20 miles from the park. The airport provides full services, including car rental and hotel reservations, if you have not already arranged for these things.
Staying overnight? Three Cranes Grove, ADF, is generally unable to provide free overnight accommodations for out-of-town individuals, but if you already know a Crane and want to stay with them, please don't hesitate to ask them! If you are seeking information on nearby hotels for one or both nights, please check back: we may request a block of rooms in a nearby hotel if there is enough interest. There are several hotels a mile from the lodge.
Need transport from the airport to the site? If you need picked up at the airport, please let us know. We will arrange some form of transportation if necessary. If a block of hotel rooms is reserved in the future, we will run a shuttle in the morning and the evening to that hotel at no charge.
So, how do I Register?
Please visit our registration page for electronic registration and confirmation.
Three Cranes Grove, ADF, and Pagan Fire Seminars reserve the right to substitute or remove any books or speakers as a result of curriculum changes, illness or inability to attend on the part of a presenter, or other issue beyond their control. Both 3CG and PFS will make a good-faith effort to ensure that registrants receive similar or better value if such changes must occur. 3CG and PFS are not responsible for weather-related cancellations, but will work to refund a portion of funding after supplies (such as books) or any other costs are deducted if a cancellation occurs. In the event of a cancellation, books may be shipped or offered for pickup by the registrants. The organizers reserve the right to refuse any registration by providing a refund (minus PayPal fees).