I love PantheaCon. Ever year, thousands of witches, pagans, conjurers, and the like converge on the Bay Area for four days of workshops, magic, parties, and fun.
This was my fifth PantheaCon in the past six years — I missed one year — and it was a good weekend, though I was hit with some pretty powerful emotions to process at the end.
I managed a fairly good slate of workshops. Some practical things, which are often my favorite. Making natural incense, wheat weaving, a workshops on herbs and mojo bags, and Lou Florez’s amazing workshop on Queering Conjure were some of my favorite parts of the weekend.
Other stuff was a mixed bag. I had high hopes for a ritual on The Power of Love for Healing and Happiness that just totally missed the mark. Great idea, poor execution, though it’s given me some thoughts of my own for what I can offer the community. The Sekhmet Empowerment ritual, however, was a last-minute decision (I was literally half asleep in bed and got up and changed and ran downstairs with five minutes to start) that turned out to be exactly what I needed.
I also met some new people, which was always great, and found more things I’d like to check out. Of course, despite my best intention, I wandered over to the vendor room …
I actually exercised some restraint! My goal this year was to only buy things I would use, and to try to avoid being seduced by the shiny. I wound up coming home with the six incense cones I made in class, a Brigid’s cross and two wheat braids I wove in class, two mojo bags from workshops, a necklace from the Pomba Gira ritual, a dangly bit for my hair, a book on making incense, a cup and bowl from my favorite potter, a copper herb knife, and a set of glass runestones with a book on runes.
The knife and runes are both interesting. They’re gorgeous pieces and they called to me immediately. Only I don’t read runes and I haven’t had great luck with gardening — that didn’t matter, they clearly wanted to come home with me. So we shall see what comes of this! I haven’t been able to stop playing with the runes since I got home, they’re just beautiful and feel so good in my hands.
It was, as always, hard to leave. I want to stay around my people and be crafty and learn things all day, but it’s good to be home with my cats too. And I’ve brought a lot of things — material and spiritual — home with me to remember it.