2021 Presenters

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Bint Al-Shalabiya

Bint is an interdisciplinary folk artist, witch-mage and experimental musician exploring contemporary applications of traditional esoteric + cultural technologies. Her most recent work uses folk crafts, sound and astrological magic to create multimedia talisman installations. Across all mediums, her work heavily incorporates motifs, methods and materia informed by early childhood training in Islamic art as well as her Egyptian, South Asian and Moorish ancestries. Bint is also founder and podcast host of the Barzakh, a collective aimed at the education and reclamation of Islam’s rich occult heritage.

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McCalla Ann

An avid student of the occult, McCalla Ann sparks conversations through her tarot readings, occult education, art, and poetry . She works with her clients and students to explore magic, and how cognition, psychology, and philosophy affect our daily lives. McCalla has an extensive background in Kabbalistic studies, and has degrees in both Biblical Study as well as Buddhist Philosophy. McCalla's current specialty is the promotion of Ashera worship, as well as a deep an unabashed love for any Hieros Gamos tradition and Bridal Mysticism.

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Vex Blòðstjarna

Vex Blòðstjarna has been a long-time esoteric practitioner and hermit, focusing on totemic animal spirits and the Northern mysteries. His practice ties indigenous animism from his surroundings and from familial roots of Scandinavian hunting rituals. Vex is a Mead Brewer, distiller, aspiring herbalist, wild crafter. Vex is an artist of the bones, flesh, roots and flowers of the animal and plant spirits that he venerates, as well as a crafter of Neolithic stone tools. Vex likes fire, exploring chthonic and hidden places (for goblin treasure) and enjoying the company of his four-legged companions.
 

Chloe Ann Carroll

Throughout my BA and MA I have pursued studies of magical women, film and television, and their histories. My current PhD research involves the image of the witch throughout film and television, and how the gendered identity has existed in waves and is currently undergoing a new transformation. My MA thesis, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale from Ronald to Donald: A Feminist Analysis’, led me to further discussions on equality and the persecution of women revived from history to serve a renewed purpose for the screen. My research interests focus on the cultural value of monsters and their representations.

Troy Chambers

Troy Chambers is one half of Wolf & Goat (the Wolf half), and in addition to his involvement in several ATRs, including Ocha, Obeah and Quimbanda, is dedicated to bridging the gap between the various examinations of weirdness in the world.

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Dr. Alexander Cummins

Dr Alexander Cummins is a contemporary cunning man and historian. His magical specialties are the dead (folk necromancy), divination (geomancy) and the grimoires.  He received his doctorate on early modern magical approaches to the passions. Dr Cummins gives classes and workshops online and in person in the US and the UK, and co-hosts the podcast Radio Free Golgotha and co-convenes Speakeasy of the Dead. 

Nick Dickinson

Nick Dickinson is a spell-born witch from a family where witchcraft, yoga, and folk magic were being practiced and discussed daily. He has over 35 years of experience as a professional oracle, spell crafter and ritual artist. He continues to craft new magic based on the classical teachings of tantric yoga, American witchcraft, and European and Middle Eastern folk magic.

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Danielle Dionne

Danielle Dionne is a psychic medium, herbalist, and witch. She is the author of Magickal Mediumship: Partnering with the Ancestors for Healing and Spiritual Development (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2020). She runs Moth and Moon Studio, a spiritual education center. Her eclectic practice draws upon a vast and deep foundation in mediumship, Spiritualism, occultism, healing arts, witchcraft, herbalism, and folk magic. Danielle is an initiate in the Temple of Witchcraft Tradition and serves as Scorpio Deputy Minister for death, dying and bereavement and ancestral connections. She enjoys hospice volunteering and co-facilitates Mortal Musings helping people discuss death from a pagan perspective and make the most of their finite lives. Danielle tends Crossroads Farm a small, spirited homestead honoring ancestral connections through farming practices, partnering with the plants for magick and herbalism, and raising heritage breed livestock.

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J.W. Dotson MD

James is a psychiatrist with a fascination for the strange borderlands of fragrance. His interests include ethnobotany, alchemy, classical astrology, archaic and traditional medicine. He is a lecturer at the Institute for Art and Olfaction in Los Angeles.

Justin Crockett Elzie

Justin Crockett Elzie is a Archetypal Astrologer, Druid, Spiritualist Medium, teacher and published author based out of Seattle and New York.  His background is in Occult Studies and History which he brings into his practice of Norse magic (Seidr), his Astrological work and Mediumship.  His consultations with clients and his workshops are in-depth, and engaging.  Justin teaches workshops/classes on Runes / Seidr (Norse magic), Astrology and Mediumship and has conducted Seances in Salem, New York and Seattle.

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Dr. Jack Grey

Dr. Jack Grey is both a scientist and witch, two streams which draw from the same well -- a deep love for and curiosity about the wilds and their denizens. He’s a plant ecologist, who completed his doctoral work in the misty spirit-haunted forests of the southern Appalachians, as well as an initiate of a lineage of Old Craft, dedicated to establishing relationships with the living spirits of the land. Additionally, Jack is an Appalachian folk magician who is devoted to preserving and maintaining mountain magical and healing traditions. He is also an herbalist and half of Otherworld Apothecary, a shop specializing in botanicals and materia magica, in operation since 2004.
 

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J.M. Hamade

J.M. Hamade is a talismanic artist, florist, diviner, writer, and educator, currently residing in New York City. Specializing in various traditions of 'Image Magic,’ with a focus on astrology, star lore, and talismanic craftsmanship, his work seeks to bridge contemporary aesthetics with time tested magical techniques rooted in astrological magic. Possessing a keen interest in craft, he has apprenticed in the ways of butchery, the funerary arts, and most recently, the art of floristry. To this he has also received a BFA in Printmaking with a focus in the arts of metal engraving, intaglio, and works emphasizing etching and line. He currently offers courses as well as divination on these related subjects through The Cauldron Black. His blog, his contact, and news can be found at starnightdwell.com

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Jesse Hathaway Diaz

Jesse Hathaway Diaz is a folklorist, artist & performer living in New York City. With initiations in several forms of witchcraft from Europe & the Americas, he is also a lifelong student of Mexican curanderismo, an initiated olosha in Lucumí, & a Tatá Quimbanda. For the last decade he has been a member of Theatre Group Dzieci, an experimental ensemble based in NY dedicated to the search for the sacred through the medium of theatre. He is half of Wolf & Goat, a store specializing in both Traditional Craft and Quimbanda materia magica & magical art, a co-host on the Radio Free Golgotha podcast, & a co-editor on the Folk Necromancy in Transmission Series through Revelore Press.

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Aerinn Hodges

Aerinn Hodges is an artist, magician, and animist excavating the role of women and trans
feminine people in magic, religion, and healing. Her work is inspired by the embodied
mysticism of medieval visionaries, the community-based sorcery of early modern
cunning folk, and the haunted medicine of charming traditions.

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Kadmus

Kadmus is a practicing ceremonial magician and pagan. He recently published the book True to the Earth: Pagan Political Theology through Gods and Radicals Press, presented his paper "True to the Earth and a Pagan Conception of the Self" at the conference Rewriting the Future: 100 Years of Esoteric Modernism and Psychoanalysis, and taught classes at the Salem Summer Symposium in 2019 and the Salem Witchcraft and Folklore Festival in 2020. Most recently Kadmus taught two classes on Teiresias and Medea for The Cauldron Black Mighty Dead series.
 

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Kelden Mercury

Kelden (Minnesota) has been practicing Traditional Witchcraft for more than a decade. His writing has appeared in The Witch's Altar, The New Aradia: A Witch's Handbook to Magical Resistance, and This Witch magazine. Additionally, Kelden is the cocreator of The Traditional Witch's Deck and he authors a blog on the Patheos Pagan channel called By Athame and Stang.

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Aria Michaels Paradise

Aria Michaels Paradise, MA, MSW, LICSW, SC-C embodies the ethereal and protean realm of air, shapeshifting with the creative current. As a licensed psychotherapist, certified spiritual counselor, astrologer, medium, tarot diviner, paranormal investigator, visual and performance artist, Aria is peripatetic; inhabiting the realm of dream, myth, possibility, and paradox.

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Chris Morris

Chris Morris is an astrologer who blends modern practice with insights from traditional and Hellenistic approaches. A graduate of the Temple of Witchcraft mystery school, he resides in southern New Hampshire pursuing interests in history, star lore, and astrological magic.
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Denise Oliver-Velez

Denise Oliver-Velez is an activist, anthropologist, community organizer, editor and blogger, and a priestess of Yemaya in the afro-Cuban Lucumi Orisha tradition. She was a central committee member the Young Lords Party, an AIDS activist, and a member of the Black Panther Party. She was program director and co-founder of WPFW-FM in Washington DC, Pacifica’s first minority controlled radio station, and was the executive director of the Black Filmmaker Foundation. A former adjunct Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies at SUNY New Paltz, she is currently a Contributing Editor for Daily Kos.

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Ron Padrón

Ron Padrón (he/him/his) is a gay Cuban-American folk witch from the swamps of Florida now living in the mid-Atlantic with his husband and their small cryptid dog. He has been a member the pagan community for nearly two decades with specific interests in divination, Queer Ancestor veneration and necromancy, hedge witchery, and social justice activism. He is the creator of White Rose Witching through which he manages a blog sharing Queer Ancestor Spotlights and rituals, and hosts workshops across a variety of topics. He has been a contributor to CoffeeTable Coven magazine sharing reflections on the politics of colonial witchcraft and examples of his personal practice of queer ancestor veneration. He has also presented locally at Hallowed Homecoming and as a guest speaker for local pagan groups, historic sites, and small museums.

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Fio Gede Parma

Fio Gede Parma is a Balinese-Australian hereditary spirit-worker, seer, diviner, and initiated witch. Fio has been a dedicated, passionate, and purposeful mentor of witches and spirit-workers for 15 years and serves with love in Wildwood, Reclaiming, and Anderson Feri Traditions. They are the award-winning author of several books and anthologies including Ecstatic Witchcraft, Magic of the Iron Pentacle (with Jane Meredith), and Elements of Magic (with Jane Meredith). Fio has taught Witchcraft and Spirit-work in five continents.

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Katarina Pejović

Katarina Pejović is a doctoral graduate student at the University of Toronto, researching the legends and grimoires of the sorcerer saint Cyprian of Antioch. In addition to her work on St. Cyprian, she writes on various topics including grimoire history, folk Christianity, Western occultism, and traditions of divination and witchcraft in Eastern Europe. Her lifelong passion for the unique folklore, sorcery, and spirits of the Balkans form the roots of her personal praxis; watered by ancestral veneration, enflamed by Quimbanda and dragon-fire, and nourished with an endless curiosity of mystery.

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Siri Vincent Plouff

Siri Vincent Plouff (they/them) works to queer Nordic witchcraft. They are a Nordic witch, rune reader, and tarot reader based in Minneapolis, MN. As an unabashedly queer person, they are constantly interrogating runes and Nordic practices through a unique lens of gender identity. They see witchcraft as a way to break out of expectations, and live outside of society. They are in training with Kari Tauring, a modern-day völva, and Johannes Gårdbäck, a Trollkunning and professional folk magician. Siri teaches about the runes, tarot, and witchcraft. Their signature courses are the Radical Runes Course and the Witchcraft Immersion.

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Professor Charles Porterfield

Professor Charles Porterfield is an old-fashioned, no-nonsense, Old Testament reader and rootworker. He is the co-author of Hoodoo Bible Magic, the author of A Deck of Spells and The Sporting Life, and has been published in Volume 5 of the Verdant Gnosis. A well-known cartomancer, he regularly lectures and teaches on cartomancy, cartomantic methods, hoodoo, and conjure to help preserve and pass on the roots of the work as well as consults, prescribes, and divines work for those in need. He currently lives in Denton, Texas with his wife and two cats.

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David Rankine

David Rankine is an author, esoteric researcher and magician who lives in England with his partner, artist and tattooist Rosa Laguna. He has been making major contributions to the modern occult revival since the 1980s, through lectures, workshops, presentations, articles and books. His esoteric expertise covers a wide range of topics, including the Western Esoteric Traditions, especially the Grimoire tradition, Qabalah, Greco-Egyptian magic and Ceremonial Magic, as well as British Folklore and European Mythology. He has authored thirty-one books, numerous essays in various anthologies, and hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, international part-works and websites.

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Sasha Ravitch

Sasha Ravitch is a professional astrologer, educator, folk-necromancer, and counselor based in New Orleans, LA. She strives to support her students and clients in cultivating magical and mundane lenses of seeing and healing, with deep respect and passion for connecting to the familial dead and their daemons, and a tenderness and affection, in particular, for Saturn.

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Shige Sakurai

Shige Sakurai (they/them) is a social justice leader with international and national accolades. They are a Unitarian Universalist with atheist, Shinto, Buddhist, and Christian heritages, and involvement in Druidry. Shige has presented workshops on Shinto to pagan and Asian American communities, and they have forthcoming publications on multi-religious identity, transgender issues in Shinto, and a ceremony for affirming names and pronouns. Shige has conducted hundreds of speaking engagements in dozens of cities globally, including at or for 40+ universities, such as UCLA, Georgetown, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, NYU, University of Southern California, and University of Michigan. Sakurai has been interviewed by media around the world, including USA Today, Washington Post, Associated Press, CNN, CBS News, MTV, El País, NHK, and France Télévisions.

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Dr. Tom Sharp

Dr. Tom Sharp is an ethnobotanist, spatial ecologist, and witch. Originally from West Virginia, his practice of witchcraft and magic is rooted in the history, folklore, and spirits of the Appalachian Mountains and is shaped by an ecological understanding of place and process. Tom is an initiate into an old craft lineage and has taught classes and workshops on magic and herbalism for over two decades. Together with his husband, Jack, he has run Otherworld Apothecary, a shop specializing in the materia magica used in their craft, since 2004.
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Doc Beverly Smith

Beverley Smith is a mother and a wife, a yogi, a social justice advocate, and a two-headed “conjure doctor” who enjoys living in the mountains in Southern California with her family and two cats. She specializes in Sangoma-style Bone Reading and intuitive divination. Beverley Smith enjoys West African and Caribbean literature & folklore, and the ancient art of storytelling - both as a listener and a storyteller. She is an old-style Rootworker, an empath, an organic gardener, and a relentless advocate for racial and restorative justice.

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Matthew Venus

Matthew Venus is a folk magician, artist, writer, and witch located in Salem, MA. He is the co-founder of the Salem Witchcraft & Folklore Festival and the owner and lead apothecary of Spiritus Arcanum, an online and event based supplier of handcrafted occult wares. 

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Brandon Weston

Brandon Weston is a healer, writer, and folklorist living in the Arkansas Ozarks. He is author of "Ozark Folk Magic: Plants, Prayers, and Healing" and owner of Ozark Healing Traditions, a collective of articles, lectures, and workshops focusing on traditions of medicine, magic, and folklore from the Ozark Mountain region. As an active healer, his work with clients includes everything from spiritual cleanses to house blessings and all the weird and wonderful ailments in between. He comes from a long line of Ozark hillfolk and works hard to keep the traditions that he’s collected alive and true for generations to come.
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Sarah Jezebel Wood

Sarah Jezebel Wood is an artist, dancer, educator, and Sorceress with a penchant for ceremonial magic(k), whose work explores the ephemeral nature of the liminalities of life and death through the interactions of time, place, objects, and moments. Her current work focuses through the lens of her camera or that of a boiling pot of hot wax. Sarah has worked with such artists as Alex & Allyson Grey at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors as one of the original inhabitants of CoSM upstate where she was performer, producer, and financial officer. In 2016 Sarah wrote and produced SVB ROSA, a multidisciplinary performance exploring the initiatory path in Brooklyn, NY with her troupe LUNARIS. She is currently launching her brand Lovi (pronounced LOWVEE) Artes, that specializes in planetary spell candles among much else. She can be found at www.sarahjezebelwood.com, and www.loviartes.com.