Taliesin Govannon

Taliesin Govannon has been a student of the occult since 1986, studying a potpourri of topics ranging from hauntings and poltergeists to UFOs, demonology, tarot, ceremonial magick and beyond. He has followed the path of Witchcraft since 1991, partaking in everything from solitary practice to Celtic Traditional Craft; as well as leading a myriad of eclectic open circles along the way. He's a dedicated humorist, author of the now-infamous original set of redneck Pagan jokes, as well as former humour-columnist for "The Witches Brew" magazine. Taliesin is the Writer/Director/Producer of "Dark of Moon", the first film made with 100% realistic Pagan/Wiccan characters. He's also serving as the "Pagan Pundit" every month on the Desperate Housewitches internet radio show, where he explains complex political topics in ways anyone, even Michele Bachmann, can understand.

The "Fam Trad": Paganism's Urban Legend

This year marked the 25th anniversary of the death of Alex Sanders. Aside from starting the "Alexandrian" tradition of modern Wicca, Alex inadvertently gave us another legacy that refuses to die... that of the "Family Tradition", or "Fam Trad", where people claim to be a part of Paganism separated from the rest of the Earth Spiritual community. While such claims are ultimately debunked as frauds, the idea of a shadowy magickal tradition that holds otherwise unknown wisdom is too tantalizing to give up, and so people keep falling for it. In this workshop, Taliesin will go over the history of the "Fam Trad" and give warning signs for frauds.

The Pagan Pundit

In this workshop, Taliesin will take what he does every month on internet radio and bring it to Starwood: answering questions people have about politics in a way anyone can understand. What is a "chained CPI", and do I want to try it in the bedroom? Why do politicians vote for laws that they actually hate (besides money)? Why should we stop calling idiot politicians "douchebags"? Taliesin will answer all of these questions and more in this informative and humorous workshop.

The Rainbow Ally

LGBTQ rights are on the march! With three states passing marriage equality measure in a single month, more protections and equal rights being acknowledged every year, and an upcoming generation (the future of the country) that is more relaxed and tolerant of gender/sexual diversity than ever, it's an exciting time for those who have been fighting for so long. LGBTQ people were born this way, and more and more people are singing along. What do you do, however, if you were born straight, yet feel passionately about LGBTQ rights? How can you help? How can you be supportive? Where are the lines between being an ally and being overbearing? In this workshop Taliesin will talk about his own history in the LGBTQ movement, and what he's gleaned as a person who's straight but not narrow. This will be an interactive workshop, however, and we want to hear from both LGBTQ and straight people their thoughts and feelings on how to be the best ally you can be.

















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