Presentations by Phaedra Bonewits

Workshops Available as of 05/20/05

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General Occultism:

Internal Tarot (1-2 hours)
The Golden Dawn said that divination was the lowest form of using the Tarot. Leaving hierarchy aside, there is more than one way of dealing a deck. Focus on Tarot as a tool for personal growth, using exercises and meditation.

Participating in Ritual (1-2 hours)
From the premise that ritual is a participatory activity not a spectator sport, explore ways to intensify your ritual experience.

Candle Magick (1-2 hours)
Shed a little light on casting spells. Explore techniques for spellworking with candles suitable for either individual or group settings. If you desire, bring your own white candle and an intention.

First Steps to Real Magic:

What Are Correspondences and Why Should I Care? (1 hour - 1 weekend)
Explore the realm of magickal correspondences and learn how to apply them in ritual and magickal work.

Magickal Energetics (1-2 hours)
When they tell you to “ground and center” do you ever wonder what they really mean? Explore the use of your own body’s energies in ritual and magickal work.

Entranceable You (2-6 hours)
Focused concentration is a cornerstone of magickal work. Learn techniques for entering trance and other out-of-the-ordinary states of consciousness.

Joint Presentations with Isaac Bonewits:

Cat Herding for Dummies--Creating Healthy Pagan Groups (1-2 hours)
Phaedra and Isaac share stories both horrific and humorous about what does (and more importantly, doesn’t) work in creating and maintaining Neopagan groups, from covens to international organizations.

Sex Magic for Seniors (1 hour--or as long as they can last!)
Rule #1: Don’t try to pretend you’re still 20! Isaac and Phaedra discuss how traditional and modern methods of magical and mystical sex need to be modified to accomodate maturity. Children over sixteen and under thirty permitted.

Aphrodite and Eros: Returning the Pleasure Principle to Paganism (1-2 hours, adults only, private space required)
Between the “Women’s Anti-Sex League” on one side and the glorifiers of BDSM on another, much of the Neopagan movement seems to have lost touch with joyous, playful sexuality. Isaac will discuss how ancient Gnostic dualism has poisoned Western attitudes about sexuality and sensuality, driving us always to think in supposedly airtight categories and act in dualistic extremes, instead of following a pleasure-affirming and polymorphous pluralism. Phaedra will discuss what the ancient deities of love and pleasure have to teach us today, and will lead exercises to restore our connections with one of the forgotten roots of modern Paganism.

Ritual Skills: Participation (1 hour)
The priest, priestess, or ritual facilitator in your magical or religious ceremonies can’t do everything themselves! Starting from the premise that ritual is a participatory activity, not a spectator sport, Phaedra and Isaac will lead an exploration of the ways you can intensify your ritual experience. Something for everyone, whether they’ve been to five-hundred rituals or none.

Ritual Skills: Propping up the Magic (1 hour)
Are ritual tools, scenery, and costumes really necessary? Are they sometimes more of a hinderance than a help? Phaedra and Isaac will teach how to use ceremonial tools effectively and how to do powerful ritual with or without them.

Ask about our special Unitarian Universalist Weekend packages:

  • A Friday night lecture
  • A Saturday workshop
  • A Sunday morning church service (many seasonally appropriate service scripts already prepared), and
  • A Sunday afternoon continuation of Saturday's workshop or an additional workshop on a separate topic.

The focus can be on liturgical techniques, the polytheology of Earth Religions, and/or Aphrodisian consciousness!

Standard Speaker Bio for program booklets and promo materials:
[Phaedra Bonewits, Neopagan teacher, writer, and initiate of several traditions of Wicca, Witchcraft and Hermetic Magic, thinks of herself as just another occult generalist who insulates her house with books. In addition to her scholarly pursuits, Phaedra was a pioneer in public Pagan worship in Chicago where she was a founding member of Panthea Temple, was an active public Pagan in North Carolina, and served as national vice president of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS). She been a presenter on the topics of magic, Tarot, and ritual at events throughout the US, has published many articles, and was a contributor to Llewellyn's 2010 Witches' Companion. Phaedra spent most of the '00s in New York Druid-wrangling her late husband, Isaac Bonewits, with whom she co-authored Real Energy: Systems, Spirits, And Substances to Heal, Change, And Grow (New Page, 2007).]
[To obtain Phaedra’s services, visit her Fees and Arrangements page.]

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