I had a great time at PantheaCon this past weekend. Unfortunately, my stomach troubles continued through Friday and I missed Pombagira other than the very beginning. Then my stomach troubles cleared up and I enjoyed the rest of the weekend.
I didn't go to much programming. Friday, of course, I was setting up the suite and the Pomba altar there. I must say, once again, the suite is wonderful for getting a bunch of people ready for a big ritual. Space to sit and mirrors galore ftw.
Saturday there was a full day of interfaith programming. In the morning I went to a program Rachael did on "the Eagle, the Serpent and the Condor" about interfaith networking with native peoples in this hemisphere. It was quite interesting. I wanted to go to the "Guadalupe River Healing Ceremony"
by Daniel Foor that was at the same time but I will have to check out what are doing a year of ceremony for the well-being of the Guadalupe Watershed. Hmm, or not. They want quite a bit of money. As much as I would love to send healing to our watershed, I'm uncomfortable with that model. Or at least those amounts. Just as well I didn't make their P'Con talk.
In the afternoon I went to a Pagans & Interfaith talk by Angie Buchanan. I do appreciate the work she does, esp. representing us on the CPWR board. But I'm afraid she just isn't a very dynamic speaker. Oh well. I showed the flag and supported her with my presence.
Then I went back up to the suite to get ready for our Afro-Diasporic Meet & Greet. I made two quatro leches cakes and cut up several pounds of cheese and summer sausage. I found I had left the sour cream for dip at home but Chris asked the hotel for some and I was able to make dip anyway. Huzzah for resourceful covenmates! And I made rum punch (and alcohol free juice too... but guess which one I had to refill 3x). Between 5pm and 7pm we had probably 40 people drop by to talk about the Orixa. Most were seekers but a few folks from a local Palo group came by as well. It was definitely as start!
Sunday I slept in and then went to breakfast with Kurt. The hotel has really cut back on restaurant service but the breakfast buffet was tasty if rather expensive. I tried to go to Don's talk on "Gobekli Tepe: The World's First Pagan Temple" but I was like 3 minutes late and the door was closed with "closed session" sign. Bah. So I hit the dealer's room and then back to the suite for lunch. I got Wendy Rule's new album, The Lotus Eaters
and a lovely pendant of a fox shaman.
Russell came by and I joined him for "Folklore as History? The View from Colleges and Cauldrons" by Raven Grimassi & Sabina Magliocco. I was disappointed they used up their time talking about themselves (well actually each other) instead of the data they were going to present. I may well give the Raven & Sabina show the miss in the future and just look for her writings.
I went back to the suite to rest up a bit before preparing for our 6pm call to ritual. There was an amazing array of juicy rituals scheduled for 7pm. I was in "A Walk in the Garden of Polarity" which was a guided meditation. We had perhaps 60 attendees as people opted for more high energy offerings. I thought it came off quite well. Everyone's altars were very beautiful.
Monday Kurt & I packed up with suite and got everything in my car. I had about an hour before my 11am panel on Pagans in International Interfaith and went to the restaurant again. My friend DJ invited me to join her and it was very nice to touch base. Then it turned out there were only so many seats at the panel and Glenn dis-invited me. I headed off to Orisha 201: Spiritual Elevation by Baba Esuwemimo of Ile Orunmila Oshun instead. It was mostly about how one progresses in their Ile system. Not my style at all. But I knew that already.
There were some interesting things scheduled for 1:30 but I decided I just didn't want to wait around another hour. I headed home to unpack my very full car and do some laundry. I popped into WoW and hit some guildies doing Violet Hold so I tagged along. Fun!
Then Russell got home and we ate dinner and watched CSI and Dollhouse. Not sure about Josh's latest. Very sexy/edgy/tittilating. The blatant "we're sexy, so make us your Friday night date" advertising was off-putting to me I must admit. I do like Eliza Dushku and I see Summer Glau is slated to appear in future episodes (wow, she has grown up/lost weight since Serenity!). We'll see.
And that is all the thoughts I have for now. :-) Dinner tonight with Russell at Spiedo for a belated Valentines. He gave me a beautiful amber & jet necklace for the holiday (made by Prudence with two jet owls and obsidian swans among the beads). I only managed cards. :-)