By Tony Sokol
It’s never too early to start planning a magical summer. For New Yorkers, that means day trips to the shore, night visits to tar beach and block parties. The NYC Wiccan Family Temple will bring a cooling wind with the 6th Annual WitchsFest USA, a Pagan Street Faire. The Sixth Annual WitchsFest USA will take place at Astor Place, between Broadway and Lafayette, starting on Saturday July 14th and running to the 16th. The magick runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free.
The idea was inspired by WitchFest International in the United Kingdom, which the WitchsFest USA founders hope may put in an appearance in, oh maybe 2018.
Starr RavenHawk, Luna Rojas and Arlene Fried promise a “day charged with magickal energy in the heart of New York City’s East Village. We invite you to come dressed in your favorite costume of the woodland creatures of the Realms of the Fae, Nymphs, Satyrs.”
The wise Manhattan mystics will present “a Magickally Witchey day of workshops meant to expand your knowledge of the Arts of Practical Magick and Witchey performances that will keep you spell bound throughout the day, culminating with a Summer Blessing Ritual. Feel the Magick, feel the power, feel it here as it begins with the Gathering of Witches, Voodoo Priestess, Warlocks, Psychics, Pagan Information Groups and other teachers of their own Crafts, from within New York and around the United States as they share their wisdom with us. Celebrity psychic and Hollywood Witch Marie Bargas, fresh from predicting an Oscar win for “Moonlight” among other things, predicts that this will be the Summer Festival of the year. “I usually don’t expect much over the Summer until HexFest in New Orleans which opens in August. Witchfest promises to be a fun event right when the season is hot and hopping. Best of luck to the producers and presenters.”
The Wiccan Family Temple expects 50 vendors and 300 people to attend their event.
The weekend will feature esteemed magical scholars like Starr RavenHawk, Teacher of Pagan Theology; author teachers Rev. Donald Lewis, Christopher Penczak, Rhea Rivera, Courtney Webber, Qumran Tajm Lexa Rosean and voodoo priestess Lilith Dorsey. Also featured will be Olga El, a North African folk and contemporary dancer, and psychic and teacher Rhonda Harris Choudry.
The featured performers will be Global Pop Songstress Shakti Thara, Indian Folk and Contemporary Fusion Dancer Lalitha Cosme, The Coven of Mima Good, the WitchMaste Dancers and the band Dragons head.
9 amazing workshops to partake of for $31.00.
“Visit Your Past & Remove Attachments” with Starr Ravenhawk, for a session of Past life Regression and Past Life Revoking.
JUDIKA ILLES will offer Spirits and Successful Spellcasting. (http://judikailles.com)
KRYSTAL MADISON will offer a Container/Bottle/Jar Magick class. (http://www.krystalmadison.com)
LADY RHEA will present The Enchanted Formulary Workshop: Blending Magickal Oils For Love, Money, and More. (http://www.magickalrealms.com)
LEXA ROSEAN will teach Astrology and Tarot Clasp Hands: Joining Divination Techniques. (http://lexarosean.com/).
LILITH DORSEY will teach a class on Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism.
QUMRAN TAJ will talk about the 3 BEST Methods for Conjuring Spirit Allies. http://www.occultrealms.com.
QUEEN MOTHER IMAKHU will explains Ancient Egyptian culture and mysticism in “Understanding Khametic Myticism.” www.queenmotherimakhu.info
RHONDA HARRIS CHOUDRY will teach How to Customize Your Magick to Work Specifically For You
There will be a silent auction with items being completed and distributed at the event.