A source of safety and comfort, shelter from the elements and prowling predators of the night, our Homes as witches are often protected with magic, a place where magic occurs, but less commonly thought of as magical entities in their own right. As technology helps us keep the fire burning (in our stoves and ovens), to keep the water flowing (in our sinks and showers), it is easy to forget the soul of the house in our everyday chores and pursuits.
Drawing from traditional witchcrafts and folkloric traditions of Europe and the Americas, we will look at the House as a divine entity, a cult of which you, its owner or occupant, are a priest. How does this viewpoint change our magic? How do we serve the house? How can we truly make it a home?
There is a spirit to the each rafter, each hinge, each intersection of wall and floor. Fire brings the dead and the living together, the windows are liminal spaces where we might appease minor spirits; the walls have feelings, the doors are strong allies, and the House always has a name. Come join us as we dive into folklore and traditions to enliven our own relationship with where-we-live. Come join us as we look to honor the spirit of that great being that shares itself with us, a temple to the Land upon which it sits, and claim your rightful spot as its caretaker, emissary and priest.
About the Presenter:
Jesse Hathaway Diaz is a folklorist, artist and performer living in New York City. With initiations in several forms of witchcraft from Europe and the Americas, he is also a lifelong student of Mexican curanderismo, an initiated olosha in Lucumí, and 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 and magical art, a co-host on the Radio Free Golgotha podcast, and a co-editor on the Folk Necromancy in Transmission Series through Revelore Press.
For the safety and comfort of our presenters and attendees, we reserve the right to deny admittance to the Festival and its courses to any attendee whose presence might hinder the integrity and safety of the Festival.