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Witches' Sabbat 2020 | A Review

By: Brittany “Pagan” Adkins


After our interview with the amazing Laura Tempest Zakroff, she came back to us with press passes to an event that she was hosting, the Witches' Sabbat. We were thrilled to be able to attend this event. The Sabbat was a three-day virtual conference filled with amazing presenters, access to a community discord for all attendees to get to know each other and form lasting connections and friendships, and an exclusive grimoire. I am excited to tell you about all the wonderful experiences we had during this event.



On the first day, we were greeted by our hosts Devin Hunter and Laura T. Zakroff. They welcomed us warmly to the event before introducing us to our first presenter, Storm Faerywolf. Storm is the author of Forbidden Mysteries of Faery Witchcraft and Betwixt & Between: Exploring the Faery Tradition of Witchcraft. I was lucky enough to already know Storm from Instagram and I have been a fan of his work for quite some time. I knew we were all in for a treat.


Storm began his presentation by informing us what a Sabbat was before taking us all on a trance journey through the astral realm. I personally already do a lot of trance work in my meditations and witchcraft, so this was exciting for me. It was by far one of the best trance experiences I had ever experienced. The trance was what one would call an open-ended trance to allow us to experience the magick of it all weekend. After the trance, Storm graciously answered questions about working in trance and working with magickal plants often used in trance work.


The next morning, we started on day two of our magickal journey with Laura and Devin welcoming us back. They welcomed in the first presenter of the day, Misha Magdalene, author of Outside the Charmed Circle: Exploring Gender & Sexuality in Magical Practice. Misha was an author I was unfamiliar with until this event, but a knowledgeable one. Misha helped us explore the roles of genders and sexuality within our magical practices. In our modern world, it was an outlook many practitioners do not investigate. Many practitioners of witchcraft and Wicca only seek the traditional path in regards to gender roles, but Misha discussed that these traditions may not be as ‘set in stone’ as we have been led to believe. It was valuable to hear a new outlook on traditions so long ingrained in our minds.


Laura Tempest Zakroff was the next presenter in the line up discussing the business of witchcraft. As many of you know we have had Laura on our show a couple of times now and each time is more enchanting than the last. We were thrilled to hear her presentation. Laura is the author of Sigil Witchery: A Witches Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols and Weave the Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft. Laura gave us insight into practices for a magickal business, but also aspects that can be applied to daily life. She beautifully showed us everything from valuing ourselves and our work to manifesting our goals to self-care. Often, we get so caught up in the daily living of our lives and mundane tasks that we forget we should also see the bigger picture of manifesting our goals and dreams to live our best lives.


We were then introduced to the wonderful and down to earth, Najah Lightfoot, author of Good Juju: Mojos, Rites & Practices for the Magical Soul. Najah’s presentation was a fascinating look into the people of color who are often not mentioned in traditional witchcraft, such as Tituba from the Salem witch trials, or Marie Laveau from New Orleans. Najah gave us a wonderful way to connect to these two historical influencers of witchcraft. She also went on to discuss ways we can connect to our ancestors and honor them. Her presentation was a wonderful investigation into witches of old who deserve to be honored and remembered.


Before this conference, I had never heard of Devin Hunter, though I am quite happy to know of him now. Devin is the author of The Witch's Book of Power, Modern Witch: Spells, Recipes & Workings, The Witches Book of Spirits, and The Witches Book of Mysteries. His presentation taught us all about familiars and how to work with them. I know many practicing witches out there have been informed that familiars often are in the form of animals, such as cats or dogs, but Devin showed us that was not always the case. This presentation gave us a bounty of knowledge in familiar workings that I had never come across before and I am happy I did.


The last aspect of day two was the award ceremony, The Witchies. These awards were for authors to musicians to podcasters and vloggers in the pagan community. I will attach a link below to the video for winning results.


We returned the next morning for our final day of the conference. We were introduced to Temperance Alden, author of Year of the Witch: Connecting with Nature's Seasons through Intuitive Magick. The presentation by Temperance was wonderful and easy to connect with as she talked about working with nature spirits. We found this to be a wonderful addition to the information on our ever-growing study of nature spirits and elementals through our work. Temperance presented a warm wealth of knowledge about working with the spirits and growing our relationship with the Earth.


As many of you know, I often use astral projection in my magickal workings, but it was wonderful to hear all the amazing information that Mat Auryn brought to his presentation. Mat Auryn is the author of Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick & Manifestation. Mat discussed ways to practice lucid dreaming and astral projection. He also provided us with some of the science behind these practices. It was a wonderful chance for those to learn techniques in how to practice and hone this aspect of our magickal workings.

The final presenter of the conference was the wonderful and knowledgeable Judika Illes. I was thrilled to hear her presentation since I own and often reference one of her books, Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells. Judika is also the author of The Encyclopedia of Spirits, The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, The Big Book of Practical Spells: Everyday Magic That Works, and many more! Judika provided a wealth of knowledge on how to summon spirits and create as well as maintaining summoning altars. I had known of aspects of this, but until recently I had never put it into use. To hear all the different ways we could honor spirits and deities was exciting and wonderful.


For the closing of the weekend Storm Faerywolf returned to close out our trance. Devin and Laura provided a wonderful closing ceremony for the amazing weekend.


My overall review of this weekend was a wonderful A+ rating! The wealth of knowledge and information provided was like taking a class from each of these wonderful authors, yet at the same time, it was as comfortable as sitting down with them for a cup of coffee. Each was down to earth and warm as they invited you into their space for a sharing of knowledge. I urge each person to take the time to explore the authors and their above-mentioned works. Finally, there will be more Witches’ Sabbat conferences in the future, and I hope you will consider joining next time as we take another trip into the realms of magick together.


Links:


The Witchies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sR4GTxrrXI&feature=youtu.be


Witches' Sabbat: http://witchessabbat.com/


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