It is with a heavy heart, and after much consideration, that the board of Frederick Pagan Pride Day is canceling our 2021 festival originally slated for September 18th. Our highest priority is the safety and well-being of our festival attendees, staff, presenters, performers, and vendors. Due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, it is not possible to make our event safe enough for our wonderful community. We are heartbroken to miss you this year.
Next year’s Frederick Pagan Pride Day is slated for Saturday, September 17th, 2022. Most of our vendors are simply shifting their registration to that date. Many of our wonderful vendors offer online stores. If you can support them, please do so. A year with fewer vending opportunities is extremely hard on artists, artisans, and purveyors of beauty and magick. Visit our vendor page here: https://frederickpaganpride.com/vendors-groups/
Every year, Frederick Pagan Pride Day has been able to make a sizeable donation of food to the Frederick Food Bank and a donation of food and supplies to the Animal Shelter at Frederick Country Animal Control. If you are able, please donate to these wonderful organizations.
We hope you are well, safe, and continuing to practice good pandemic protocols. The whiplash of pandemic concerns is making late summer into autumn challenging, but we honestly believe that this strange time will pass. We will come together in community again. We will sing, drum, dance, learn, laugh, and grow with each other. By making the safe choices now, it ensures that we are all present for that bright future.
In love and service,
The Board of the Frederick, Maryland, Pagan Pride Day
2021 Workshops and Rituals
10 am: Opening Ritual with Frederick CUUPS
Led by Frederick CUUPS Members, our family-friendly Opening Ritual will establish Sacred Space for the duration of Frederick Pagan Pride Day. Members of local groups and Traditions are welcome to bring pennants to plant at the center of the circle representing their contribution to shared community.
11 am: Healing Ceremony with Monika Kojote
Please join Rev. Monika Kojote in a Druid-style healing ritual focusing on the grief & trauma of 2020. A small synopsis of the working will be given, as well as a short introduction to the revisionings of Medusa as a goddess of healing & sovereignty. Personal, familial, societal, and planetary forms of healing will be included, and attendees may bring a journal, ritual jewelry, and other honored objects of healing with them for support. LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC- inclusive.
11 am: Mischievous Mercurial Misfit – A Loki Workshop and Ritual with Sara Cochran
The breaker of worlds, walker of the liminal, and mother of monsters, Loki exists outside of the comfortable. It is no surprise that Loki is one of the most controversial deities among polytheist pagans and academics. In this workshop, we will look at Loki’s stories beyond the “Norse Satan” trope in order to forge a better relationship with chaos, change, and acceptance of hard truths. We will end by honoring our personal truths and the truths of others while also honoring Loki Himself. (art by IreneHorrors)
12 PM From Discomfort to Transformation: Trauma-Informed Spirituality with Ron Padron
This workshop will help participants create space for sustainable healing and radical change through trauma-informed spirituality. Together, we will discuss the danger of “spiritual bypassing” and the necessity of acknowledging trauma – especially that of marginalized communities. The discussion will center stories from the presenter’s experiences as a queer and disabled person. Participants will leave with steps on how to incorporate deeper healing and transformation in their personal and community practices.
12 PM: Hospitality, Obligations, and Expectations in the post-COVID age with Scott Mohnkern
“Fire is needed by the newcomer whose knees are frozen numb; meat and clean linen a man needs who has fared across the fells.“
As we begin to gather together in the “Post- COVID age,” hospitality
and frith are concepts that we haven’t had to deal with, but find are now
important. In this workshop and discussion we’ll talk about
hospitality in general and how things may have changed during the pandemic. We’ll also explore the rights and responsibilities of hosts and guests.
2 pm: Mabon Ritual with Stone Circle Wicca
Description coming soon.
3 PM: Dancing Around the Bonfire with Rowanne Wayland We’ve all been there – the main event is over, and it’s time to relax and celebrate with everyone. The music starts up, a bonfire is lit, and a handful of people get up to dance while everyone else suddenly has flashbacks to their 6th grade dance in the school gym where the center of the open floor was suddenly the most intimidating sight on the planet. This workshop, open to everyone regardless of prior dance experience or mobility level, will help you learn to overcome those nerves, find ways to move your body, and join your friends in dancing around the bonfire (or room).
3 PM: The Morrigan Teaches Consent: On Personal Sovereignty and Right Relationship with Marnie Twigg (they/them)
When many pagans picture the Morrigan, it is in her guise of the “Battle Crow” and the “Chooser of the Slain,” covered in blood, pants soiling shrieks, the whole DOOM enchilada. But these are not her only faces. She is also a goddess of sovereignty. In Her eyes, the land and all the creatures on it are sovereign, which means (among other things) that we all have the right of affirmative consent. In this session, we will talk about and meditate on what changes when we see consent through this perspective. What happens when sovereignty, consent, and right relationship are at the core of our magical practice– and essential to our magical power? How do our communities, our practices, and our interactions change? What if we only did magic with those we trust? What if that trust had to be earned rather than assumed? These questions have the potential to change so much more than whether we should ask before we hug someone (we should) or whether we should enable predatory behavior (we shouldn’t). I hope you’re as excited to consider these possibilities as I am. (art by IrenHorrors)
4 pm: Drum Circle & Fire Spinning
Connect with the rhythm and learn some new grooves with percussionist Strix from Kindred Crow. Our Drum Circle will begin with a brief workshop to help people get comfortable playing together. A drum circle is a celebration of life, community, and music-making in the moment. Please bring hand drums, shakers and other hand percussion. A few small hand drums will be available if you do not have your own. Dancers welcome. Fire Spinners welcome if you have your own Safety.
4 PM: “All These Are Your Kin”: An Animist Heathen Perspective on Interconnectedness and Justice with Cat Heath
Since the beginning of the modern Heathen revival, Heathenry in the United States has been plagued by harmful ideologies like rugged individualism, racialism, and outdated ideas on gender and sexuality. However, while the Heathen period was far from an equitable and tolerant utopia, we can still find timeless wisdom about the interconnected nature of our existence, justice, and living well in both our communities and the wider world.
This class will include a look at the troublesome roots of the modern Heathen revival and how they still shape Heathenry today, ideas of interconnectedness and justice found in Old Norse and Old English sources, and ways in which these ideas can not only inform the way we relate to our communities (both human and non-human), but also our politics and the battles we choose to fight.
4 PM: Traditional Austronesian Healing Culture, Open Practices, and Techniques
This workshop will provide a reframing of the ancient histories of the esoteric culture and healing traditions of Abularyo and shamanic Babaylan of the Pacific Islands in the Philippine Archipelago, specifically Luzon. We will focus our lens on decolonizing previous constructs and remembering our shared roots. Nique Jelen Dayrit (she/they) will instruct on traditional herb and oil medicine, palm massage, and meditation practices/rituals for ancestor re-connection and veneration. (Art is a Detail of Mural “History of Philippine Medicine” by Carlos “Botong” Francisco)
5 PM: Closing Ritual with The Potomac Valley Palladium
The Potomac Valley Palladium demos of Hellenion is delighted to present a ritual in honor of our patron deity, Athena. We will celebrate Athena primarily in her role as defender of cities, bringer of law and justice and savior of the downtrodden.
As a goddess instrumental in bringing democracy to the world, Athena’s importance cannot be overstated in this perilous time for America as we struggle to redefine and defend not only democratic principles but all that we have ignored and simply got wrong right from the beginning.
We will petition Athena to stand by us as we defend that which is shining and beautiful, face honestly the things that are unacceptable, and work to bring about positive and egalitarian changes to ourselves and our country to make all of us stronger, more ethical, more honest and more worthy.
All are welcome at this ritual, which will be a traditional Hellenic ritual, including a preamble to let all participants know what to expect as it is quite different from standard pagan structure. Feel free to bring physical offerings, songs, prayers or poetry. Everyone can participate or simply observe to the extent they feel comfortable.