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The Annual Pagan Family Reunion  
04:57pm 21/02/2012
 
 
Diana L. Paxson
I'm home from Pantheacon, one of the more remarkable phenomena of the Pagan Revival--2300 people from every possible pagan or alternative religious tradition in a hotel. Kabbalism, Strega, Heathenry, Umbanda, Wicca, even the occasional mystical Christian. Pantheacon started as a local (Northern California) celebration, but these days people come from all over the country, and I get to see folks I've met at other festivals. This year they included Margot Adler and Ivo Dominguez, among many others. It's worthwhile for the people-watching alone. Masks and wings, hats, jewelry, tattoos, robes--you name it, somebody is wearing it. It's a great opportunity to explore spiritual options, and what you don't get from the workshops you can find out at the hospitality rooms sponsored by various groups. This year I actually was able to spend some time in the Heathen Hospitality Hof and the room sponsored by the Fellowship of the Spiral Path.

One of the differences between this and other events I attend is that at Pantheacon so many from my home community come too. This means I can do things that need a full team. This year it was a ritual play on the death of Baldr, with 7 speaking parts and a chorus. Herding all those cats was exciting, but the result was worth it. Ritual theater is a way to convey information and insights in a way that reaches people's souls. And there's nothing like the high when it's successfully done! I'm very grateful to the wonderful people in Hrafnar kindred for working with me on this.

This year was especially fun because Weiser books brought a box of advance copies of /The Way of the Oracle/. People snapped them up and I got a lot of positive feedback. After 20 years of doing the work, it is good to be able to share this harvest at last.
mood: accomplishedaccomplished
 
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 pombagira
 
01:40am 22/02/2012 (UTC)
 
 
Mistress Polly
enjoyed your book transportaton, thus am looking forward to The Way of The Oracle and maybe on of these years will get to pantheacon.. one day.. *smiles*
 
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 dragonhearth
 
04:27am 22/02/2012 (UTC)
 
 
Ariadne
I'm looking forward to reading it! Still recovering from our Seidh. Most everyone got their questions answered but we were 90 minutes under! Too long!
 
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 dpaxson
 
06:40pm 22/02/2012 (UTC)
 
 
Diana L. Paxson
I am very glad that you were there, since due to a programming mixup our session was truncated and we only had time for 15 questions. I am delighted to realize that oracle work is now an accepted part of the pagan scene with multiple variations.

--DLP
 
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 apel
 
05:13am 22/02/2012 (UTC)
 
 
Apel Mjausson
2300 is a lot of people. No wonder I couldn't deal.

I pre-ordered your book from Amazon. It should arrive tomorrow. Really looking forward to it!

Oops, Amazon say that the book is out of stock now. On the other hand, they've enabled pre-orders for the Kindle version. It's only $9.99 for the tree-friendly version.
 
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 dpaxson
 
06:42pm 22/02/2012 (UTC)
 
 
Diana L. Paxson
Hmm. Either that means they simply haven't received the books yet (the official pub. date is March 1), or they got so many pre-orders the first batch is sold out. If so, I'm sure Weiser will reprint promptly.
 
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 apel
 
08:17pm 22/02/2012 (UTC)
 
 
Apel Mjausson: star_thoth
They've got them. I know that because my copy arrived yesterday. :-)
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