The Seventh Time with WitchsFest USA- A Pagan Street Faire. July 14 and 15.
The event and workshops are free and will end with a closing Summer Blessing ceremony ritual. The will be performed by Rev. Starr RavenHawk HPs and Rev. Luna Roja HPs, both Elders and Benefactors of the NYC Wiccan Family Temple.
Witches and pagans are not devil worshippers, but they can throw a mean block party – and that in Hell’s Kitchen. Magic will flourish in Manhattan from downtown to midtown when the 7th Annual WitchsFest USA- A Pagan Street Faire comes back to New York for two days in two locations. On Saturday, July 14th they are able to ply their trade at Astor Place between Broadway and Lafayette Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p. m. and on Sunday, July 15th they are able to stir up Hell’s Kitchen when they simmer their suds on West 39th Street between 9th and 10th Streets from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m.
Rev. Starr RavenHawk has been serving the New York City Pagan Community since 1995. Her bonafides stem from having qualified under Elder Laurie Cabot, the most famous witch of Salem since Tituba. She completed the second severity in the Cabot Tradition in 1995. She founded the NYC Wiccan Family Temple, and WFT Academy Of Pagan Studies and Dragan Academy in 2007. As a strong intuitive witch, she has actively worked as a tarot advisor, candle healer and charm crafter. She founded WitchsFest USA In 2012. That same year, NYC Wiccan Family Temple was granted 501 c3 status and grew the first pagan synagogue allowed to ordain priests and priestess in the New York.
Things To Do
Several shops will be fun and interesting. Such as Lilith Dorsey’s own spiritual room here in Brooklyn – The House of Maman Brigitte dedicated to providing accurate and respectful information on the religion as well as performing practices, rites, clairvoyant service and open feasts for the community.
Dorsey will be presenting the workshop Art and Altars of Africa and Beyond on Saturday. And on Sunday she will present the workshop Warrior Goddesses and Queens of Africa and Beyond. Topics will include both the historical significance and modern rule encircling Oshun, Yemaya, Yaa Asantewa, Queen Nandi, Oya, and Marie Laveau.
Dorsey is a specialist practitioner of Haitian Vodou, New Orleans Voodoo, and Santeria, and is a respected voice for Afro-Diasporan Pagan beliefs. She is the author of several books, the most recent being Love Magic: Over 250 Trances and Concoctions for Getting it, Continuing it, and Concluding it Last-place. She also served up The African-American Ritual Cookbook. Dorsey is also the writer and publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly.
The “Witch Queen of New York” Lady Rhea will have two workshops. On Saturday her Sons and Daughters of the Moon class will focus on altars, rituals, and goddesses of the moon. Good for both personal and group craft. And on Sunday, she presents the seminar The Enchanted Formulary: Blending Magickal Oils For Love, Money, and More.
Rhea, a Wiccan High Priestess, is the author of the 2004 journal The Enchanted Candle and The Enchanted Formulary: Blending Magickal Oils for Love, Prosperity, and Healing, which came out in September 2006.
Sharon Day will present two classes at WitchsFest.
Other presenters include Rhonda Choudry, Donald Lewis, Christopher Penczak, Elizabeth Ruth, Kenya Coviak, Gregg Sicari, Starr RavenHawk, Dr. Mariliza Maza and Eddie Massey.
The Witchmaster tribal belly dance troupe will welcome visitors entering from Broadway. Witchmaster is a NYC based group of fusion belly dancers that honors and shares their obsession and magick through dance. This will be their fourth time performing at WitchsFest.
Dance performances include Tandava Arts Whimsical Hips NY and The Kandake dance-theatre collective, combining social activism and community engagement. The original Kandake were the queens of old Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia and parts of Egypt. The Kandake persists the legend by standing active in the community by hosting free registers, street art, shops and hideaways.
And they will have much to dance to. Metamorph duo Margot Day and Kurtis Knight mix music, desire and mysticism to bring transformation through their lyrics. Day, who was an integral part of the 80 s NYC underground music crowd while fronting the Goth band The Plague, is a songstress and pagan. Kurtis Knight is a producer and multi-instrumentalist adding guitar, keyboard, loops, soundscapes and electronic jig licks to Day’s vocals and flute.
Of All Time is a two-piece, rock folk psychedelic band and will also be performing. Well worth a visit!
WitchsFest also asks for subscriptions for Witches Giving Back, to provide non-perishable meat for pantry organization City Harvest, on Saturday, and are raising funds for No Kids Go Hungry NY.
The seventh annual WitchsFest happens July 14 and 15.