The folks at Lansing Pagan Pride Day sent us a great press release about their event on August 27, 2016. We are going to present it here so we can spread the word. Thank you, Tanya the PR Queen, for getting it to our writers so quickly. This is their event as a local chapter of the Pagan Pride Project.
It is with great pleasure that the Mid-Michigan Pagan Council is announcing the 2016 Lansing Pagan Pride Day Event. The event will be filled with vendors, classes, rituals, music, kid’s activities, swag and a food tent. The event will be held at the Valhalla Park in Holt, MI from 10am to 6pm. Free to attend which also includes classes and rituals!
Each year the Mid-Michigan Pagan Council adopts a theme that guides the climate of the event. This year the theme is Spiritual Transformation. This theme was inspired by the Elder Futhark rune Eihwaz. Eihwaz, pounced “Yew-was”, dates back to proto Norse. The meaning translates to “the axis or process of spiritual becoming.” This rune indicates change, transformation, confrontation of fears and assertive powers.
As part of this theme a public ritual will be performed by the Mystics of Rhea Lur coven. Mystics of Rhea Lur is based in Corunna – Owosso area. They are an eclectic based coven that has been practicing for approximately ten years. The coven is non-high priest/ priestess basis and is led by two elders – Helen Griffus and Cathy McQuillin. This will be their first public ritual. This is a participatory ritual and is open to anyone.
Education will be offered through several classes throughout the day. These classes are open to anyone seeking information, change or out of sheer curiosity. The classes will be taught by highly-regarded Michigan pagan community members such as: Helen Griffus from the Mystics of Rhea Lur coven, Stan Nunn and Geralyn Mystic from Pagan Pathway(s) Temple in Detroit, Melissa Hill from Cedarsong Grove and LeAnn Crouch a local solitary practitioner. These experienced teachers will provide the skills, tools and advices to achieve higher spiritual functioning.
Offering many wonderfully hand-crafted products and other goods to help create the Spiritual Transformation in your life, is our local vendors. The Lansing Pagan Pride Day open-air market vendors will offer a variety of goods that range from baked goods, oils, jewelry, altar supplies, books, divination tools to natural health and beauty products, home décor and clothing. Just some of our vendors are:
- GothicMoms DarkCharms
- Cedarsong Grove
- Living Roots Creations
- Moonlight Magic & More
- Tarot by Roz
- Archaic Circle
- The Enchanted Oak
- Body Hart and Soul
- Momento Mori
- Mother Moon
- Brady Street Bakery and Confectionery
- Copper Bear Creations
- Alex and Jayde Kids
- Children’s Activities Tent.
No event would be complete without food! Spending the entire day at this fun-filled community event will surely work up an appetite. Stop by the food court for a bit to eat. Reasonable prices with a wide range of foods to choose from that is friendly to most diets – including homemade five-star vegan veggie burgers!
While you’re there don’t forget to pick up some swag to let everyone know that you participated in the 2016 Lansing Pagan Pride Day! Show off your pagan pride by purchasing your very own official 2016 LPPD Spiritual Transformation tee-shirt! Shirts are available for pre-order – see the website listed for details.
And finally – stop by and say “hi” to the proud sponsors of the 2016 Lansing Pagan Pride Day: Dark Candles •. Universal Society of Ancient Ministries • Pagans In Need-Lansing. Their generous donations helped to make this event possible.
The Mid-Michigan Pagan Council is committed to the strength and growth of our Pagan community. We value all pagans, from the individual to the family, the solitaire to the coven, and the merchant to the store owner. The Mid-Michigan Pagan Council is without tradition, as we celebrate spiritual freedom, fellowship, and personal beliefs. We support an individual’s right to believe and practice what is true and right for them. We will strive to build a strong pagan community in the Mid-Michigan area that is supportive, and a topic of pride for all persons involved.
Having attended this event once, I can honestly say that I had a really good time and highly recommend it. They have been around for a few years now, and the staff are committed and have a lot of heart. The park is spacious and there if plenty of time for learning, contemplation, and family fun.
For more information about the Lansing Pagan Pride Day, you can contact Carrie Zay or Nichole Ellwagner at 517.402.1026 or 517.331.0771 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.