Jason Mankey

Jason Mankey has been a popular lecturer on the national Pagan scene for over a decade now. Mixing humor and a scholar's attention to detail, Jason is always entertaining and informative no matter what he is talking about. Jason is a longtime Priest of Pan, Disciple of Dionysus, and the Head of the (Jim) Morrison Clan. He loves mixing rock and roll with his scotch and rituals. A long time Michigander, he now lives in Northern California, soaking up the sunshine and as much Pagan culture as he can. He lives with his wife Ari and two cats, Summer and Evie.

A Highly Opinionated History of Pagan Music

Co-presented with Kenny Klein.

Kenny and Jason are arguably the two greatest historians of Pagan music, from the music played in the Pagan festival circuit for the last thirty years, to the history of the occult in Rock and Roll. Join Jason and Kenny for a look at the bands, the themes, and the audiences that shaped the music made by and listened to by Pagans, from the occult bands of Maxine Sander's English rock scene, to the festival bands that carved out a niche in modern American Pagan practice.

Drawing Down the Moon: The Mechanics of Invoking Deity

The ritual of "Drawing Down the Moon" has become one of the most important and essential parts of Modern Wicca, but how did the concept and ritual develop, and what is really going on when you "draw down" deity? Mankey explores the history of the Drawing Down ceremony, focusing on its alleged origins in Ancient Greece and how the ceremony has developed in modern times. The differences between invoking and evoking will also be discussed, and what types of energy are associated with each. This workshop also provides information for performing your own "drawing down" ceremonies. One of the major differences between Modern Paganism and other living religions is how close we (Pagans) get to our deities, "drawing down" is the most powerful way to celebrate that closeness.

Led Zeppelin and the Occult

Magickal and mysterious, the band called Led Zeppelin has been the subject of a great deal of speculation the past three decades. From the start they were accused of selling their souls to the devil, and while that's probably not true, the band was definitely involved in some occult and Pagan things. From song lyrics to album covers to Jimmy Page's fascination with Aleister Crowley, we'll take an in depth look at what made the Zeppelin soar. Jason has worshipped at the altar of the Zeppelin since he was 18 years old and he has no plans to quit now. Find out why Zeppelin has steered so many people into modern Paganism!

Mojo and Magic in Blues Music

Co-presented with Kenny Klein.

Blues is an American musical culture with roots in African, Irish and English folklore. Kenny Klein talks about the origins of Blues music, its roots in voodoo lore and Southern magic, the essential Blues rhythms derived from Afro-Cuban drum patterns, and the magic and tribal origins of chant-and-dance traditions like the Mardi Gras Indians and Talking Blues, which evolved into Rap and Hip-Hop. Jason Mankey speaks of how the Blues influenced a generation of rock-and-rollers and led them into Ceremonial Magic and other occult practices.

The Dionysus/Jim Morrison Ritual

For one night, allow yourself to be swept up in the mystery, might and magick that is Dionysus! Celebrate life through music, dance, love, and drink as we gather to worship the god of bards and bars. This is an interactive ritual, all set to the music of the Doors, full of poetry and motion. We'll also celebrate the bride of Dionysus, beautiful Ariadne - truly a Goddess and worthy of praise. Join us as we update the ancient rites for use in the 21st century.

The Horned God

Few archetypes in modern Pagan practice are as revered and as misunderstood as the Horned God. At this workshop Mankey traces his lineage back to the cave painters of stone-age times, to how horns and phalluses were used in religious rites and rituals before the advent of cities and agriculture. Find out how the Ancient Greeks worshipped the Horned God as Pan, and how the Celts honored him as Cernunnos. Witness his rebirth in the Modern World and see just what his role is in Modern Paganism

















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