Oh my stars! This year was the biggest and the best year ever! On Aug. 10, 2013, Pagan Pride Detroit put on Pagan Pride Day Detroit 2013 - Discovering New Worlds http://www.paganpridedetroit.org/. And I must say, it was a hit!
This year, there were more presenter, more events, and just more more! What did you miss if you missed it this year? Well, here is a break down:
- Hood Magic - Shetan Noir
- Health and Wellness as a Spiritual Practice by Shakti Love
- Magical Etiquette - Puck Shadowdrake
- Wicca: a Religious Exploration – Nashan
- Trapped in a Witch's Thread -Mistress O
- Divination Exploration -- Geralyn Mystic
- How to Use the Under the Roses Deck - Kendra Hurteau
- Pagan Permaculture by Tucka
- Shaping Your Energy - Enafae Moore
- Reclaim Your Sensuality through Belly Dance by Tene
- Ready, Wicca, Go! - by Becki NoPants
- Basics of Belly Dance by Daken
- Elementary Candle Magick - Mistress Bellona
- An Introduction to the Asatru Faith by Todd Keyser
- The Energy of Money - by Jane and Soulara
- Dream Catchers by Beautiful Storm
You may recognize a few names, if you are from the Land of the Fresh Water Seas, also known as Michigan. Shetan Noir and Puck Shadowdrake are published authors. Kendra Hurteau is the creator of the Under the Roses Oracle decks. Enafae Moore and Gerlayn Mystic are both accomplished energy workers, life coaches and thespians.
The day began with a opening ceremony by Sianna, which consisted of a welcoming, followed by an energy raising ritual. Yes, it is”true, the song “Edge of 17” was played, and yes, the pagan women spun in skirts with wild abandon! We loooooove Stevie!
The day also afforded the attendees the chance to attend public rituals. A new temple, Pagan Pathways Temple, held a public ritual that was both moving and open. This body counts as its priest Rev. Nashan, a well known and dedicated member of the local community. Known as a visionary, he also served as one of the coordinators for the event.
Later, the crew at Pagan Pride Detroit held a MidDay Ritual the likes of which I have never seen, insofar as four very different spiritual practices created sacred space within the quarters of the greater public circle. All who came to celebrate within the ritual were given tokens from each presenter/priest/priestess/dedicant/Holy Woman, in order to take with them a part of the experience.
In the afternoon, Stephanie conducted a Dragon Ritual, in where she properly prepared her students to enter the Dragon Meadow. She then led them through the experience, and blew some minds.
Another thing that happened at Mid Day that was truly unique this year was the Toon Day Raffle. This year, the community donated items in order to raise funds, and show its love, to two of their own. Our beloved Disc Jockey, Thomas Downey, a.k.a. DJ Tommytoony , and Kenn Day’s daughter Meghan http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/meghan-s-healing-fund-/58484. Gemini Moon, of Mount Clemens, Michigan, donated a $400.00 amethyst chamber to assist with the effort. It was an amazing day of generosity.
But all work and no play, you know how it goes, does not make a festival. The talented skills of Sarah Metzler supplied dazzling facepainting options for the festival goers. The enrapturing Stories from the landscape of the imagination...by Michael "Curly" Spaulding, professional storyteller, grabbed the hearts and minds of young and old.
Families were able to experience “Dr. Dale Presents - Avatar: Family Spirituality for the Whole Family” in the tree grove, a tradition for this festival that many look forward to each year. And of course, who could forget, Boffers! for adults and children, led by Silverwolf! Nothing like foamy combat on the field of honor.
Children’s programming got a boon this year with the addition of a shining star named Audra, whose classes engaged both children in years AND in heart. Her classes included:
Paint Your Own Trinket Box
The area was filled for the entire day, so you can be sure that the Amazing Audra shall be encouraged to return next year with more fabulousness!
And what is a Pagan Pride Day Detroit event without Belly Dancing? Motor City Belly Dance kicked off the first set, followed by Mistress Bellona, Daken Samara, Beautiful Storm, and Darkwinter. The artists presented costumes and styles that ranged from folkloric to modern in the extreme.
And the entire day was filled with music, with our Microphone Priestess and musical Bard-In-Residence, the ever beautiful, and talented, Kris McLonis. You should check out her witty Michigan based folk songs.
Remember that family fun is always a theme at Pagan Pride Day Detroit, and this year it expanded to include a new Harvest Games track. Participants were able to toss cherries, roll pickles, catch eggs (or throw them into their little sisters hair), pass sweet potato gourds, and much more. Fun was had by all, with a silver glitter star necklace awarded to the victors. Oooooh, shiney.
And what did this fun filled event cost? As always, a donation of nonperishable food items, or household goods for those in need in the community. These were collected and the generosity was astounding. It filled a very large truck. Way to go Metro Detroit!
Speaking of shiny things, vendors galore! The merchant guilds really came out in force to support the event, and they were as varied as the population itself. Smiles and sunshine provided the perfect backdrop for commerce and conversation. Even the local neighborhood resident could not resist the lure of the finely crafted curious goods present, and many received their first readings at this events, according to feedback.
For those who stayed until closing ceremony, there was a chance to witness a ritual drama, Matrix style - and with Korean action movie music in the background - wherein the outgoing coordinator dueled with the incoming one. Oak and Holly, getting real. Then at the end, a sweet service where Rev. Nashan was honored for his service and given a token of esteem by the board, who wished him well on his new adventure of starting an actual brick and mortar temple, coming in 2014. Check them out at http://www.paganpathwaystemple.org/, and if so moved, become a part of the dream made reality.
And guess what? The folks at Pagan Pride Detroit are gearing up to out do themselves again next year. August 9, 2014 in Green Acres Park, Hazel Park, MI, they are going to do it all again. Mark your calendars, save the dates, and collect those yummy foods. The theme will be - We Are All Family.
At the current time, the staff at Pagan Pride Detroit is seeking lively volunteers and presenters to help plan the next event. They are asking those interested to please contact the new board afters Jan. 1, 2014. Presenters and Entertainers are encouraged to submit their classes as soon as possible. Their motto, "Service Before Status" is ever kept in mind when they plan these events, therefore the bar is set very high when it comes to working for the community. Check back on their website for upcoming developments.
Hope to see you there.
(In the interest of full disclosure, I must state here that I am a member of the board of Pagan Pride Detroit)
For more information about Shetain Noir's writing, please go to http://shetannoir.wix.com/shetannoirsbooks.
To learn more about Puck Shadowdrake, go to http://paganmichigan.webs.com/apps/blog/entries/show/22011022-an-interview-with-author-puck-shadowdrake-magickal-manners.
Follow Enafae Moore, "HPs, Empowerment Coach, Personal Trainer, Yoga Teacher and Master Pilates Trainer" on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Enafae.