Since Friday, I’ve been at PantheaCon 2014, the largest indoor Pagan conference in North America. I’ve been attending for the last 5 years, and it is both exhausting and invigorating as an experience. It is also, in my opinion, a very good place to key into issues, trends, and events that will ripple through our broader community in the months that follow. This year, I’m lucky in the fact that The Wild Hunt is no longer my solo venture, and that I work with a highly talented team of writers and columnists. So expect a number of different write-ups and perspectives in the coming weeks.
If I were to sum up what I thought the spirit of PantheaCon this year was, I think it would be the overarching question: What kind of community, what kind of religious movement, do we want? Who do we want to include? Who do we want to exclude? What do we look like? Are we prepared to examine our flaws? Our privilege ? Do we want to build new institutions? Are the ones that we have serving us? Everywhere I turned, it seemed to be a year of transition (albeit with a number of parties and the usual large, transformative, public rituals).
For me, and I will expand on this in the coming week, it was a weekend where I solidified future plans for The Wild Hunt, plans that I hope will make us stronger and able to thrive in the years to come. It was also a weekend where if had the honor of DJing at the Hexenfest party, connecting to a piece of myself from my own past, while helping build a new Pagan music and arts festival that will hopefully have a great impact for years to come. Finally, it was a year where I witnessed first hand the vibrant Pagan media community that has emerged over the last ten years, and knew that whatever the future brings, it will not happen without strong commentary, investigation, and reporting.
So, for now, forgive this truncated post, I hope you’ll see it as a promise of things to come.
Photos by the talented Tony Mierzwicki, first photo of a Llewellyn authors gathering, the second of LaSara Firefox and Oberon Zell.