Magical Mountain Mabon 2014

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In the Manzano Mountains East of Albuquerque

September 11 – 14, 2014

The Magical Warrior

with Special Guest  Kerr Cuhulain

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  • Bring pictures and talismans of your Heroes and Warriors for the altar
  • Bring your magical weapons to be blessed in the Armoring ritual
  • Bring Donations for the Ardantane auction
  • Bring cash for the PPD breakfast  – and a non-perishable food item for tip
  • Mead makers bring mead!
  • Ardantane will have a giant book sale at their booth
  • Download full schedule

About Kerr CuhulainKerrCuhulain

Kerr is the Grand Master and founder of an order of modern Knighthood called the Order of Scáthach in Surrey, British Columbia. The Order was founded in October 2007 and is now a registered society in the province of British Columbia and the sponsor of Vancouver Pagan Pride 2011-2013. The Order of Scáthach embraces the philosophies, precepts and code of chivalry outlined in my books, focusing on empowerment, personal development and creative expression. The training focuses on the effective use of magickal energy and developing psychic skills. Our members are spread across the globe and connect through local preceptories and on line. Kerr posts daily affirmations which are followed by thousands on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Kerr’s latest nonfiction book, How to Be Glorious, is now a Smashwords eBook with a print version available from Amazon.com (Amazon Createspace). Kerr is the author of the Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca, Witch Hunts, Wiccan Warrior, Full Contact Magick, Modern Knighthood, Magickal Self Defense, and Pagan Religions: A Handbook of Diversity Training. Kerr has a column with 182 articles on anti-defamation issues and hate crimes on The Witches’ Voice web site called Witch Hunts. Kerr is the coauthor of a safety book for social workers and nurses: Safe Approach. He is also the author of Ancient Recipes for Modern Kitchens, a cookbook of ancient recipes (writing as Charles Ennis). Kerr is now a fiction author also. Writing as C. A. Ennis, he has just released the novel Ailchu’s Prophecy, the second book in the Purification Trilogy, a swords and sorcery epic which started with Fionuir’s Mural. Writing as Carrie Bryce, he wrote the Dark Man Trilogy, a paranormal romance trilogy starting with the book Dark Water. Both books are available as eBooks from SmashWords and as print books from CreateSpace. Kerr has been a Wiccan for 44 years and was involved in anti-defamation activism and hate crimes investigation for the Pagan community from 1986 to 2005. Kerr was awarded the Shield of Valor by the Witches League for Public Awareness. Kerr was the former Preceptor General of Officers of Avalon, an organization representing Neo-Pagan professionals in the emergency services (police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians). Kerr retired from the Vancouver Police Department in November 2005 after serving 29 years with them. He was awarded the Governor General’s Exemplary Service Medal. His past job assignments within the VPD include the Emergency Response Team, Hostage Negotiator, Child Abuse Investigator, Gang Crime Unit, and the Mental Health Emergency Services Unit. Kerr recently retired as a police dispatcher and trainer for ECOMM for Southwestern BC

More Writing by Kerr Cuhulain

Order of Scáthach web site: http://www.dunscathach.com/

Order of Scathách training blog: http://dunscathach.wordpress.com/

Kerr Cuhulain’s blog: http://kerrcuhulain.blogspot.com/

Kerr’s latest Smashwords book: How to Be Glorious-Step by Step

Empowerment: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/94453

Modern Knighthood: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/34975

Check out Kerr’s daily affirmations: Twitter: @warriorwitch

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/kerr.cuhulain

Google+: https://plus.google.com/?hl=en&tab=wX&gpcaz=c07915a5#

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4695872-kerr-cuhulain

YouTube channel for the Order of Scathách: http://www.youtube.com/user/goibhniu13?feature=mhum

Pagan Religions: A Manual for Diversity Training: http://www.amazon.com/Pagan-Religions-Handbook-Diversity-Shamanism/dp/0971005060/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1318954470&sr=1-1 C.A.

Ennis Fantasy blog: http://caennis.wordpress.com/ Carrie Bryce

Paranormal Romance blog: http:/carriebrycewriting.wordpress.com

Workshop and Ritual Descriptions

Full Contact Magick: A three hour course based on two of Kerr’s books (Full Contact Magick and Magickal Self Defence) and the Novice training of the Order of Scáthach that Kerr founded. This is an introduction to the magickal, energetic, and psychic work of the Order, focussing on raising and directing magickal energy. In keeping with the Precepts of the Order, specifically “minimal appearance, maximum content”, all you need for this class is yourself. If you’re an on line student of the Order, this is a great opportunity to practice all of the hands on techniques in person with Kerr. Presented by Kerr Cuhulain

Hope: This is on the impact of the modern Pagan community on the greater community, both actual and potential. We have the ability to make a great change in the world with our intent. This is how we can do it. Presented by Kerr Cuhulain

Modern Knighthood: This is on the place for chivalry and knighthood in the modern world and the effects that it can have. Kerr also outlines his own order of knighthood: The Order of Scáthach. Presented by Kerr Cuhulain

Armoring Ritual: This is an introduction to the warrior path that I’ve conducted all over North America for years now. The Armoring is a dual purpose ritual for the Order of Scáthach, as we use it both as a means of introducing non members to the warrior path and (with minor modifications) as a means of initiating a Novice to the rank of Squire within the Order. In this ritual you will be asked to identify something you don’t want in your life any more: This ritual will give you an opportunity to walk away from it, be done with it, whatever it is. Participants will then purify themselves and take the Armoring oath to move forward in strength. Participants will have an opportunity to magically charge any ritual jewellery, magickal weapons, or other ritual paraphernalia they wish to bring. Dress as you choose – robes, warrior garb, or come as you are. Presented by Kerr Cuhulain and members of the Chamisa Local Council. 

Dedication of Heroes and Warriors Altar: This year, we will honor our heroes and warriors, both the fallen and those still among us, with a special altar that will be dedicated immediately after the opening ritual and which will be used throughout the weekend. Anyone who would like to bring images or talismans of their personal heroes and warriors is welcome to place them on the altar. (Please be aware the altar will be outdoors without shelter, so don’t bring anything that could be harmed by cold or rain.) Presented by Ryan and Jackie Coe

Ground, Center, and Shield:  “Hands On” session demonstrating various personal energy tools: the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, Middle Pillar Meditation, the Tree Meditation and a simple Aura Sealing practice. Handouts. Join the workshop leaders for a practice session on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and maybe take a new practice home with you. Presented by AmberIsis and Tristan

Warriors for the Earth: Panel discussion on activism:  Political activism is one way the pagan warrior works to help the Earth and her children. Hear about activism around gender, wildlife, food sourcing, natural disasters, and other issues. Discussion will focus on how pagan warriors engage in activism from a spiritual perspective. What does this work bring to us, and what do we have to offer? Presented by Kamy, Jess, Falco, Brain R., and possibly other presenters to be announced

Amazons and Warrior Women: In every age and culture, a few bold women have chosen the warrior path; and a few whole nations have coalesced around entire armies of women warriors. Join us and hear the history, lore and legends of the Amazons and other extraordinary female soldiers, archers, generals, pirates, and huntresses. Note: Amnber and Azrael are writing a book about women of power (and how to become one) and will be sharing some of their discoveries. Presentation suitable for adults and teens, but not for younger children. Presented by Amber & Azrael 

Paleolympics: Atlatl throwing—Come throw spears! We will have spears, atlatls, targets and instructions on how to use and make this simple device. The atlatl (spear-thrower or woomera) is a device used since the paleolithic for increasing speed and accuracy in throwing a spear. The atlatl does not require strength or skill: just practice! (This is a child friendly activity). Bonus: Meet Earl, the teacup mammoth! Presented by  Cedar

Morning Martial Arts meditation: Katas are the slow moving meditations of martial art systems. Center, bring focused energy and create rootedness during ritual and while in festival space. No background in martial arts required. Presented by Ryan and Shane Coe

Retrofitting for Sustainability: A discussion of way to retrofit an ordinary house for environmental sustainability. Presenters will address grey water systems, solar panels, rain water harvesting, composting, insulation, and more. A panel discussion with Rowan, Pyramid, Jenny Rice and  Scott Adams

Early Risers’ Support Group: Join us for coffee and breakfast type munchies. Brought to you by and at  Our Lady of the Woods Hearth Camp

Ardantane Auction – Join us once again for the fun and treasure hunting of our favorite witch college’s fund-raising auction! Bring items to donate. Find your next magical treasures, and support a great cause!

Speaking Up and Speaking Out: Communication Strategies for the Warrior: You witness injustice, but fear to intervene. You hear cruelty, but hesitate to speak out against it. How can you develop your personal confidence and skill so that you can use your warrior’s voice effectively? We will discuss what makes it difficult, or easy, to speak in certain situations. We’ll discuss communication strategies to help you state your position boldly, clearly, and effectively. We’ll talk about the importance of advocacy and action. We’ll play some games, and practice our skills. We’ll leave feeling empowered to speak up! Presented by Robin Miller

Pagan Pride Day pancake breakfast – Benefit for Albuquerque Pagan Pride Day! Get fresh cooked breakfast and hot coffee or tea prepared by the hardworking PPD volunteers! Menus and details will be available at the gate. (There is a rumor that tent/camp delivery may be available for a small extra charge – though they are looking for non-perishable food for the food pantry as a tip! Be sure to check the signs at the gate!)

CLC Annual Meeting – The Chamisa Local Council of the Covenant of the Goddess meet quarterly to do our business. The Mabon meeting is “annual” because it’s when we choose our officers for the coming year, set the budget, and so forth. All are welcome! Come see consensus process in action.

Mead Makers’ Gathering: To take part, bring at least one bottle you’ve brewed yourself. Lead by Rick Winslow

Clothing Swap: All genders swap – bring the pretties that you are ready to pass along. Leave with new-to-you fashion treasures! Lead by Ali Ward

Workshop and Ritual Schedule

Drumming and dancing every night Thurs – Fri – Sat

THURSDAY

Gates Open – 12:00 noon

Opening ritual – 5:00pm

Dedication of Heroes and Warriors Altar – 5:30pm

Fire Circle/Drumming – 9:00pm

FRIDAY

Morning Martial Arts Meditation – 7:30am

Grounding and Shielding Workshop – 9:00am

Paleolympics: Atlatl Throwing – 9:00am

Modern Knighthood – 11:00 am -12:30 pm

Warriors for the Earth: Panel Discussion on Activism- 2:00pm

Amazons and Warrior Women – 2:00pm

Hope – 4 – 5:30 pm

Mead Makers Workshop – 5:30pm

Clothing Exchange – 5:30

Bardic – 8:00pm

Fire Circle/Drumming – 9:00pm

SATURDAY

Morning Martial Arts Meditation – 9:30

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Pagan Pride – 7:30 am – 9:30 am (more info)

LBRP/Middle Pillar Practice – 9:00am

CLC meeting – 10 am-12 pm

Ardantane auction – 12:30 – 1:45

Full Contact Magic –  2 – 4:45 pm – on the ritual ground, there will be a break

Armoring Ritual – 5 – 6 pm –  bring your magical weapons to be charged if you would like.

Wild Hunt  – 7:00

Fire Circle/Drumming – 9:30pm

SUNDAY

Morning Martial Arts Meditation – 7:30

LBRP/Middle Pillar Practice – 9:00am

Retrofitting for Sustainability: Panel Discussion – 10:00am

Speaking Up and Speaking Out: Communication Strategies for the Warrior – 10:00

Closing Ritual – 12:00