As we celebrate our 10th year, we wanted to bring back some of our former guests, as well as welcome some new friends to celebrate this milestone. We’re excited to welcome the following Guests of Honor for this year’s event:
Christopher is a modern Witch working in the Temple of Witchcraft tradition and community he helped co-found. His practice focuses on the intersection of Love, Will, and Wisdom as an ethos for today’s Witch, and focuses upon relationships with the plant realm, the patterns of astrology, and the use of trance in the Craft.
Christopher is the author of many books, including the Temple of Witchcraft series and The Mighty Dead. His vision is of an evolving Witchcraft culture making magick accessible to all, yet preserving the heart of the mystery.
Lilith Dorsey, M.A. hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University and the University of London. Her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria, also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo.
Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, She is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly, filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water: Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation, author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism and The African-American Ritual Cookbook, and choreographer for jazz legend Dr. John’s “Night Tripper” Voodoo Show.
Her films have been shown at Harvard University and her Alma Mater, NYU. Her written work can be found everywhere from The Witches Almanac to Parabola. She believes a good ritual should be fun and innovative; and to that end she led the first ever Voodoo Zombie Silent Rave Ritual in July 2013 complete with confused Thriller flash mob. Lilith is happy to announce the release of her new book Love Magic, with over 250 spells, rituals, and potions for getting it, keeping it, and making it last. This will be Lilith’s first time at Paganicon. You can find more about Lilith on her website https://lilithdorsey.com/
Michelle Belanger is an author, occult expert, presenter, singer, media personality, gifted psychic, and skilled energy worker. Exciting update: Michelle now offers small-group classes and paranormal retreats at Inspiration House, an 1870’s house in Oberlin, Ohio with “the coziest haunting” you could hope to find. Even if you can’t make it out in person, recordings of past classes (most including 2-5 hours of video) are available on Michelle’s website!
Michelle has written over thirty books on paranormal and occult topics. Popular titles include the Psychic Energy Codex (Weiser), the Dictionary of Demons (Llewellyn), Psychic Dreamwalking (Weiser), Summoning Spirits (KDP). The Shadowside series takes Michelle’s unique perspective on reincarnation, psychic ability, and soul identity into the realm of fiction – start with Conspiracy of Angels (Titan) and get your next urban fantasy fix!
Michelle is the founder of a group of energy workers known as House Kheperu, the House of Transformation. Their name comes from an ancient Egyptian root that means “to transform, to change, to become.” As a teacher, Michelle’s philosophy is to help students “explore many different ideas and beliefs, so they may ultimately discover the path that is most right for them.” The group has been coordinating and hosting Gather, a convention of energy workers in Oberlin, Ohio, for 20 years.
If that’s not enough to sell you on the enchantment that is Michelle, she’s also a musician! Michelle has performed with Nox Arcana as guest vocalist on their album Winter’s Knight (2005). In addition to writing the songs for Nox Arcana’s Album Blood of Angels (2006), Michelle has also performed with URN, appearing on their albums Desecrated Ashes (2003) and Dancing with the Demigods (2006).
This will be Michelle’s second visit to Paganicon and we’re so excited to have her return as a Guest of Honor. If you would like to learn more about Michelle or get in touch, you can find everything you were looking for and more at MichelleBelanger.com, or at twitter.com/sethanikeem.
Laura Tempest Zakroff
Laura is a professional artist, author, dancer, and designer. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her artwork has received awards and honors worldwide. Her work embodies myth and the esoteric through her drawings and paintings, jewelry, talismans, and other designs.