Piedmont Pagan Pride Day

Piedmont Pagan Pride fund raiser

NCPCOW and the Big Beltane Brouhaha

 

North Carolina Piedmont Church of Wicca - "An It Harm None Do As Ye Will"

North Carolina Piedmont Church of Wicca – “An It Harm None Do As Ye Will”

The Neopagan “Wheel of the Year” is a modern creation. No historical culture included all eight of our Sabbats in their festival calendar, though each is built around a likely historical Pagan holiday. Principally, our holidays are drawn from either Celtic or Germanic sources. The four “cross-quarter” days are Celtic and usually come with somewhat more historical attestation than the other four. Though Samhain was arguably the most important festival to the Celts, Beltane (also written Beltian, Beltine, Beal-tine, or Bel-tien) was perhaps even more widespread in observance.

Beltane bonfireNeopagan Beltane celebrations are somewhat different from how the occasion would have been honored by its Celtic originators, though. In modern Paganism, Beltane’s most recognizable festive element is probably the dance around the maypole, but to the Celts, it would have been the ceremonial extinguishing and 
relighting of the fires of the tribe. This was kind of like hitting a metaphysical reset switch in order to ensure that the incoming summer season had a potent start. Cattle were often driven between a pair of the newly kindled bonfires as a rite of purification and to encourage fertility. The maypole itself is actually believed to be of Germanic origin.

In fact, our Beltane customs are really a mix of influences from multiple cultures and time periods. Like the Wheel of the Year itself, Neopaganism’s Beltane is a modern construct. But it’s not just a random assortment of bits and pieces. There is a unifying core theme, or characteristic, to Beltane, and that theme is fertility. Nearly everything that we associate with the holiday is linked to fertility in some way.

For Wiccans (and Wicca-derived Neopagan traditions) Beltane is seen as the marriage of the God and Goddess, often personified as the King and Queen of the May. English Mayday customs, like the traditional enactment of “The Marriage of Robin and Marian,” are a likely source for this association. The symbol of the Hieros Gamos (“sacred marriage”) is an old and powerful one, with examples appearing in both early Sumer and Ancient Greece. The union of Masculine and Feminine Divine principles is a central component of the religion of Wicca, where it is symbolized in the performance of the Great Rite. The Great Rite can be Maypole with wreath hangingseen as an expression of Wicca’s core Mystery, and Beltane’s Sacred Marriage can be seen as that Mystery cast into a grand mythopoetic context.

Of course, Beltane’s ubiquitous maypole carries obvious phallic symbolism, and the associated dance (in which tightening ribbons allow a floral wreath to gradually lower itself down the length of the pole) provides an unmistakable visual suggestion. This is an overt, though abstracted, enactment of sexual coupling. Because of its abstract nature, though, it lends itself to a more expansive symbolic meaning. The pole is not just a phallic representation; it can also be seen as the axis mundi, the center of all creation. The wreath passing along its length can be said to represent the creative principle achieving physical manifestation. In a Mythic sense, a maypole dance is not only recreational but “re-creational”, a symbolic re-making of the world itself. Just like those early Celts, snuffing and re-lighting their fires, modern Pagans still use Beltane as a time to hit a metaphysical reset switch to jump-start our creative juices (and promote fertility).

 


Beltane Brouhaha - 2017 Registration Now Open

Beltane Brouhaha – 2017 Registration Now Open

If you feel the need to reboot, please come join NCPCOW at our Beltane Brouhaha festival! We’ll have a bonfire, a maypole, a dramatized wedding of Lord and Lady, and so much more!

Visit our Website at http://www.churchofwicca.org/beltane


Tony Brown is a High Priest Emeritus of the North Carolina Piedmont Church of Wicca. He is proud to have been a founding member of NCPCOW. He has been an Eclectic Wiccan for about twenty years and has served as clergy for the last dozen or so of those.

Tony is a devotee of Dionysos, the Greek God of rebirth, transformation, tragedy, comedy, unresolved paradox and wine.


While you’re at the big Beltane Brouhaha, feel free to stop by the Piedmont Pagan Pride Day booth and purchase one of our new T-Shirts, find ways to get involved, or talk to volunteers. We will also have more information regarding our fundraisers, such as the upcoming Desserts and Divinations on June 3rd at Aries Moon and GenBenCon, our gender-bending contest coming up on July 1st!

Desserts and Divination at Aries Moon!

Desserts and Divinations - June 3rd - 3:30-9:30 - Aries Moon Mystical Gifts

Desserts and Divinations – June 3rd – 3:30-9:30 – Aries Moon Mystical Gifts

Piedmont Pagan Pride Day will be hosting a fundraising event at Aries Moon Mystical Gifts in Lenoir, NC (map below) called Desserts and Divinations on June 3rd from 3:30 PM to 9:30 PM! We’ll be offering pastries and other scrumptious desserts, as well as tarot readings (and possibly some other types of readings) from several of our community’s gifted readers. Our pastries will be individually priced, while the readings will be $20 for 15-minute readings! All proceeds will benefit Piedmont Pagan Pride Day! We look forward to seeing you at the event and sharing our talents with you, both in the kitchen and in the cards!

RSVP on Facebook at the below Event link or just stop by!

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The Goddess of Plenty, Harvest Challenge

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Piedmont Pagan Pride is Renewing it’s Efforts in Supporting
Local Charities,
particularly Second Harvest Foodbank by creating
The Goddess of Plenty Award.

What is this Award? We are Challenging Local Groups of any Faith
Community to enter into
a friendly competition. The Group to Collect
and Donate the Most Non-Perishable Food Items WINS.
Piedmont Pagan Pride is FREE to the public, yet we are asking for Your Help to Alleviate Hunger in our area. We are making this  Goddess of Plenty Award a point of Community Pride, a Coveted Trophy to be passed from One Competing Organization to another year after year based on who wins. The year Piedmont Pagan Pride Collected the most food was in excess of 800 pounds. We would like to see you, the extended community, beat this number. We believe that by coming together in this way, we can, and we will!!!!

If your Group or Organization is interested in Competing in
The Goddess of Plenty, Harvest Challenge

Please Contact us at Contact@PiedmontPaganPride
and we’ll send you all of the details!!

GOOD LUCK
AND HAPPY HARVESTING

Much Love to Laughingbrook Spellcrafting & Ancestral Arts
for Donating our Lovely Goddess of Plenty

Metaphysical Fund Raiser at the Enchanted Kitchen

Members of the community will be coming together offer readings and healing
Each appointment is $20 dollars for a 15 minute reading,
all proceeds go to the operation of Piedmont Pagan Pride Day.
If you would like to preregister for your appointment,
Please email at Contact@piedmontpaganpride.com

 

August 29th
The Enchanted Kitchen ”Ye Ole Apothecary”
46 Union St South, Concord NC 28025

 

 

 Meet our Fabulous Practitioners

 

 

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Susan Sterrett

Susan is an Intuitive Angel Communicator, Shamanic Healer
and a Reiki master. Through theses types of modalities
she is able to communicate with the Angels on your behalf.
She works with the Angel’s to heal, uplift your spirit,
and give you the information in which you may know your divine self.
She has worked with the Angelic Realm
for most of her life. Through her Angel Card readings,
Susan offers practical down to earth ideas and encourages
you to look at the blessings in your life


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10 am to 12 pm

Saidae Bee

With more than a decade of reading
for friends, family, and herself,
Saidae combines her knowledge
of Tarot with empathy to help others
find insight  and guidance
to the questions and situations
that they are seeking answers to.

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12 pm to 2 pm

Kiarah Crosier

Kiarah has ten years
of experience working
with the tarot and is a
primarily intuitive reader.
Using the story told
by the cards she can help provide
insight into career and
relationship situations.

Heather 12 pm to 2 pm
Heather Gaffney Darnell

Heather is a Reclaiming Witch, intuitive Tarot reader,
and energy healer from Charlotte, NC.
Heather’s role as a community Priestess
include creating ritual, and providing opportunities
for growth and transformation.
Her desire is to empower individuals to embrace
their Authentic Selves, with their roots deep and
feet firmly planted on the Earth.  She is available
for Tarot, Goddess and Faery oracle card readings.

 

 

 

 

2 pm to 4 pmScott
Scott Holbrook

Scott is an OBOD and ADF Druid from Baltimore, MD
with a passion for folk magic, comparative mythology,
and working with the spirits of the natural world.
Enraptured with the mysteries of the Norse runes
and with the spirit of Deer (of all kinds!) from an early age.
He reads by casting and communicating with a set of the Elder Futhark
carved into the antlers of a caribou. Scott has a deep love for the helping
and healing of others, and in addition to his study of Southern rootwork,
is certified in the second level of Reiki energy healing.
On the more practical side of things,
Scott is artist who works with pencils, pastels & paints to create sacred
and magical imagery. Commissions available upon request.

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2 pm to 4 pm
Christopher Annon

Christopher Annon (Rook Adair MacMorrighan)
will be providing Shamanic and Animal Guide card readings.
His readings are intended to guide you along your path
and assist in healing body, mind and spirit.
Christopher has been in martial art for over 25 years
who has recently stepped into the role as priest of the Morrighan.

Looking Forward to Seeing You There!!!!!

Merchant Spotlight

We are so excited about all of the Awesome & Unique Merchants
that
Piedmont Pagan Pride has in store for you this year.

Starting in June, at least once Weekly
We will begin Showcasing PPD 2015 Merchants

Stay tuned to our Facebook & Twitter  for Sneak Peaks
& Updates for this years Event

Contact us @ Vendors@piedmontpaganpride.com
for more info

We are really excited about Piedmont Pagan Pride 2015
and cant wait to see everyone out there. Thanks so much!!

Readings by Scott @ Pagan Pride Community Mixer

 

As part of our Fundraising Endeavors for
 Piedmont Pagan Pride 2015
Scott will offer Elder Futhark Runes Readings
at the reduced price of $20 for a 20 minute Reading
during the Pagan Pride Community Mixer
May 30th 4-8pm
@ Zoe’s Coffee House & Lounge
170 S. South Street,
​Gastonia NC

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Scott is an OBOD and ADF Druid from Baltimore, MD with a passion for folk magic,
comparative mythology, and working with the spirits of the natural world.
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nraptured with the mysteries of the Norse runes and with the spirit of Deer (of all kinds!) from an early age, he reads by casting and communicating with a set of the Elder Futhark carved into the antlers of a caribou. Scott has a deep love for the helping and healing of others, and in addition to his study of Southern rootwork, is certified in the second level of Reiki energy healing. On the more practical side of things, Scott is artist who works with pencils, pastels & paints to create sacred and magical imagery. Commissions available upon request.

Come Laugh, Talk, & Enjoy
As we get to Know Each Other a Bit Better

 

 

 

 

Silent Auction @ Pagan Pride Community Mixer


As part of our Fundraising Endeavors for Piedmont Pagan Pride

We will hold a Silent Auction during the Pagan Pride Community Mixer
for a One of a Kind Vessel, Created exclusively
for
Piedmont Pagan Pride 2014, Waters of the World Celebration
by Sacred Vessel Pottery
Make sure not to Miss Out on the Opportunity
to take this Unique Vessel home,
as well as Support Piedmont Pagan Pride

 


Everyone is Invited  to join us for a Fun Filled Evening

 May 30th 4-8pm
@ Zoe’s Coffee House & Lounge
170 S. South Street

​Gastonia NC

 

Come Laugh, Talk, & Enjoy
As we get to Know Each Other a Bit Better

 

 

 

APRIL FOOL’S DAY FORTUNE TELLING MARATHON!

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Join us for some April Fool’s Fun

While helping support Piedmont Pagan Pride 2015 
Wednesday, April 1,  10:00am – 6:00pm

Laughingbrook Spellcrafting & Ancestral Arts 
Half Hour Tarot & Stone Readings $20.
All Proceeds fund  Piedmont Pagan Pride 2015 
Held Annually to Educate and Connect
Piedmont area practitioners and their allies. 

Call 704-903-3527 to book your spot!!

We hope to see you there!!!

 

April Fool’s Day Divination

IMG_0872  Plan on joining us for some
April Fool’s Fun

While helping support
Piedmont Pagan Pride 2015 

Wednesday, April 1
10:00am – 6:00pm

Call 704-903-3527 to book your spot!!

Laughingbrook Spellcrafting & Ancestral Arts 
Tarot & Stone Readings
will be available for $20!

All Proceeds will go to the
Planning & Presenting
of Piedmont Pagan Pride Day 2015!

We hope to see you there!!!