Yesterday Weretoad and I went to Central NY’s Pagan Pride Day located at Long Branch Park in Liverpool, NY. We had a lovely time. In many ways, PPD has becoming a homecoming of sorts now that I’m living in Northern NY. I love seeing so many of my old Pagan friends from Utica as well as my grovies who I only see for High Days.
I was really happy with the presentations by Patricia Lafayllve. She gave an introductory lecture on Asatru and another on Freyja. I learned a lot and later thanked her for her presentations. The non-Pagan workshops were refreshing – especially since they focused on reconstructionist principals. When I try to explain such things to most people, they look at me like I have three heads, so the education that was offered at this event was the best it’s ever been. Lafayllve’s discussions on hard polytheism, blood magic/sacrifice, and UPG were a welcomed step in the right direction. Her humor, honesty, and open-mindedness made her approachable and fun to listen to.
Part of what I love about PPD is the shopping. Having just got paid, I went to town. Check it out!
I bought this beautiful tapestry featuring the tree of life as a Celtic knot. Surrounding it are the salmon of knowledge, a crane, a fox/hound, and a horse. I’m trying to figure out where to put it… This will probably result in me moving some furniture…
This was apparently a big year in home decor for Weretoad and me. We found a knight in shining armor to go along with our Medieval/Renaissance motif, a little plaque featuring Cú Chulainn, and a print of an ink greenman made by a local artist. We also got a print of a goblin which is difficult to see in this photo…
I also purchased several ritual and wildcrafting supplies. I had to get some incense (“sugar plum,” a scent I just couldn’t refuse, a spicy scent that reminded me of mulled cider for autumn and winter spellwork, and heather for general offerings). I also found dragonsblood resin that I plan to use when I attempt making my own incense, and nettles for healing work. There were representatives from a wolf and fox rehabilitation and education facility. They were selling things to raise money for their cause – including small bags of wolf and fox fur! Apparently the critters love to rub up against the fences and leave it there. It’s so soft… I couldn’t pass up humanely collected wolf and arctic fox fur! I also grabbed a small oak branch with leaves and a couple rowan branches.
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