Hillfolks Hoodoo with Byron Ballard
Appalachia’s Living Folk Magic Tradition—With its gnarly roots in the British Isles, the German Palatinate and in indigenous American tribal practice, Appalachian folk magic is characterized by its hands-on and practical approach, as well as its use of available materials. Though it has come down to us through a Protestant Christians filter, this system is easily adapted to modern Pagan sensibilities.
Get to know Byron Ballard
- Byron Ballard, BA, MFA, is a western NC native, teacher, folklorist and writer. She has served as a featured speaker and teacher at Sacred Space Conference, Summerland Spirit Festival, Pagan Spirit Gathering, Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference, Glastonbury Goddess Conference, Scottish Pagan Federation Conference and other gatherings. She is senior priestess and co-founder of Mother Grove Goddess Temple in Asheville, NC.
Her essays are featured in several anthologies and she writes a regular column for Witches and Pagans Magazine. Her book “Staubs and Ditchwater” debuted in 2012 and the companion volume “Asfidity and Mad-Stones” was published in Oct. 2015. “Embracing Willendorf: A Witch’s Way of Loving Your Body to Health and Fitness” launched in May, 2017. “Earth Works: Eight Ceremonies for a Changing Planet” will be out Beltane 2018. Byron is currently at work on “Gnarled Talisman: Old Wild Magics of the Motherland”.
- Byron Ballard, MFA, BA, is a western NC native, teacher, folklorist and writer. She has served as a featured speaker and teacher at Sacred Space Conference, Summerland Spirit Festival, Pagan Spirit Gathering, Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference, Glastonbury Goddess Conference, Scottish Pagan Federation Conference and other gatherings. Her essays are featured in several anthologies, she blogs and writes a regular column for Witches and Pagans Magazine. Her book “Staubs and Ditchwater” debuted in 2012 and the companion volume “Asfidity and Mad-Stones” was published in Oct. 2015. Byron is currently at work on “Earth Works: Eight Ceremonies for a Changing Planet” and “Gnarled Talisman: Old Wild Magic of the Motherlands”.
Among her academic papers are—
“Hillbilly Hoodoo and the Question of Cultural Stripmining;” Forging Folklore Colloquium, Harvard University, 2007
“Gnarly Roots: Exploring the British Sources of Appalachian Folk Magic,” Appalachian Studies Association, 2012
“Elemental Appalachia: We Are All Water;” University of Southern Mississippi/Hattiesburg, 2014
“Circles Unbroken: Linking the Folk Magic of Southern Appalachia to the Scottish Borderlands;” Mystic South Conference, 2017
Living Pagan In A Modern World – Gaia Based Spirituality with Aranon C’ean
Anyone who feels a deep reverence and love for the Earth as a manifestation of the divine in the universe has at least one foot on the path to an earth-based spirituality.
Anyone who is moved by sunlight shining through the leaves of trees on an Autumnal evening, is awed by the roar of waves invading a beach, is breathless at the sight of a single daisy dancing in a summer’s breeze, and is grateful for the smell of damp earth in a freshly plowed field will understand those who sense that all aspects of life are sacred, even things which traditionally would not be considered “alive”, such as rocks, the ocean, the sun, the moon and the stars.
…has spent over 60 years wandering this earth and is a retired US Army officer, decorated soldier, world traveler and 38+ year student/practitioner of the Olde Ways. During this life he has earned six academic degrees among many other mundane/military/spiritual certifications and awards.
A Guardian of the Olde Ways, a Warrior/Priest and a Seeker, he strives to find new things to observe and see in the wonders of this world each day. An eternal Student of Life, The Olde Ways and the Archane, he is of Native American and Celtic European decent.
Once described in Pagan Media as… “a very interesting man”,
His self-description is such… “I am many things, yet nothing”.
As an author, his publication of “A Wytches Cookery” (a compilation of How to and recipies) in 2015, has since reached over 1000 people nationally and internationally.
He has also presented over 400 classes and workshops at various events from CO to NJ and MN to TX in the US and events in the UK, Can, Aus and FRG over the last twenty years.
He is a Terran (Gaia Based Spiritualist), a Senior Member of “The Order of the Dragon” (in the USA), and the “Father of Sancturary” (a multi-acre Tilth, Smallholding and Spiritual Retreat in the Foothills of the Ozark Mountains of Central Arkansas).
This is a 45 min interactive class.
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