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Friday, February 13, 2015

PantheaCon 2015

Mossy Dryad Girl by Plastik Stars

The Witches Have Arrived

Cars bearing bumper stickers proclaiming "My other car is a broom!" and other pagan sayings fill every available space in the parking lot at the Doubletree. Notices in employee areas warn workers to park elsewhere for the duration of PantheaCon. And the big crowds won't arrive until tomorrow.

Random observations
Electric pink may not be the best hair color choice for beards.
Spelling your name in runes on your badge is slightly annoying.
The witches from the Mystic Dreams in Walnut Creek always think big and create visually interesting rituals.

PantheaCon Begins
Weapons at PantheaCon must be “peace-bonded,” meaning a spell must be cast on them so they can only be used for nonviolent purposes. I suppose this makes sense since wands and athames (double-edged ceremonial daggers) are magical tools that, in the wrong hands, could become magical weapons. Remember the Deathly Hallows café wand fight? No, it didn’t appear in Rowlings’ book (that I can remember). But didn’t you love it?

Rite of the Grand Convergence
Did you know that during World War II witches cast a spell over England to protect it from invading forces? Tonight 13 covens from all over the United States joined together at PantheaCon to cast one of the largest protection spells in modern history. To speak of magic dilutes it power, so I won’t say what they were protecting.  But I hope the spell worked!

Handing out loads of Teen Wytche Saga badge ribbons!

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