Our 2018 Tennessee Folk Magic festival was held on Saturday, October 13th, 2018 from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm. This year saw an increase in attendance over last year by over 100 people!
Approximately 300 people were in attendance this year.
143 people attended classes throughout the day!
Folk Magic Fest is a celebration of American and Southern Folk Magic and is sponsored by Nashville’s Conjure Shop. Conjure Shop is your source for all things metaphysical and magical. Specializing in handmade products of hoodoo, conjure, and rootwork by Papa Gee and Doctor Bastian. Located in the Hip Donelson area of Nashville, ConjureShop’s home is INSIDE the aromagregory soap and tea shop, our main company for over 15 years.
11:45 am – Tony Kail & Jack Montgomery –
Minkisi to Nation sacks: charms from their African origins to contemporary Hoodoo.
Description: Various systems of American folk magic including Hoodoo/Root-work, Powwow/Braucherei and Appalachian Granny-Magic incorporate the use of amulets, talismans and hand-made charms to provide a material vehicle for a magical working. Authors Jack Montgomery and Tony Kail will bring the history of these magical vehicles alive in this interactive presentation. Beginning with the use of charms in African traditional Religious cultures to plantations in the Mississippi Delta and Carolina/Georgia coasts, this class explores Magical religious material culture through lecture, slides and hands-on demonstrations.”
1:30 pm – Iajahnni –
Crystal Conjuration: How to use crystals and stones our Ancestors didn’t have access to in contemporary Folk magic.
Lodestones, pyrite and magnetic sand (Magnetite) have been a staple in Hoodoo for years but now so many more minerals are available to us to help empower our magic! Join Iajahnni Von as we explore how to infuse traditional hoodoo spells with the power of crystals. He’ll discuss how to intuitively chose stones for specific workings as well as do a group “Road Opener” Crystal grid spell for the workshop participants.
3:00 pm – Papa O –
Running the Unwinnable Marathon
Has your life been a marathon of frustration? Has your past been filled with tragedy and chaos, and your future looks like more of the same? Walk with Papa O as he teaches you how to manage the Unwinnable Marathon of Life Learn how to change your past, live your present, and prepare for your future. By following some simple Rootwork truths, you can live a successful life and turn your marathon into a walk in the park.
4:30 pm – Charity Pilkinton –
Introduction to la Santa Muerte
La Santa Muerte is an enigmatic folk saint cloaked in mystery. She is feared by many but venerated by many more. This class serves to educate and enlighten us: in the devotions to The Skinny Lady, Her history and why Her following has exploded in the past 20 years. We will discuss misconceptions about Her and practical ways to work with Her, including Her many colors and symbols. Charity has been working with Señora de las Sombras for 18 years. As her experience with and understanding of la Dama Poderosa has grown.She now wants to share what she has learned with you.
6:00 pm – Papa Gee –
Appalachian Folk Magic.
The people that settled in the Appalachian mountains were influenced by their Celtic heritage and folklore that blended with the magic of the Cherokee people. These healers of wounds, tellers of fortunes, bee charmers, and water witches didn’t bother to take on grand names or titles. To them, their divine gifts came from God above and was used in everyday life to heal the sick, soothe the soul, and protect your family from those who meant you harm. They knew how to get spirits out the house, to watch the stars to determine when to plant their crops, and were master herbalists and midwives. In this class we will explore the everyday magic of these mountain people and how their ways were influenced by other traditions as well as how they contributed to other well-known paths. This is a slideshow presentation / lecture-style class.
7:15 pm – Roy Hamilton –
Join Roy as he leads you on a shamanic journey with part guided meditation and through frame drumming.The shamanic journey is the art of using rhythm and intention to enter an altered state of consciousness in order to connect with the spiritual dimension of reality. The slow repetitive rhythm shifts the individuals consciousness and awareness so that he or she can journey.
2018 EVENT READERS:
Gina Griffiths – Channeler-Psychic-Clairvoyant
Animal Psychic Communicator
Gina is a gifted and professional intuitive with 25 years experience. During a reading she does not use any cards. She hears words directly from the guides and angels about you and your questions, as well as psychic information.
Wondering what colors are in your aura? Gina can see the colors and tell you what they mean about you and your life.
Curious about what your pet has to say? An animal lover at heart, Gina can communicate telepathically with animals with pictures and feelings. She is also able to communicate with loved ones who have crossed over, including animals too.
Heather Meyernick – Heather arrived in Nashville about 10 years ago when a life lesson gave her a second chance. This divine guidance allowed her to gain a connection to the angels, her guides, and Brighid, her patron deity.
She is now a Tarot and Oracle reader, an avid student of the Celtic Pantheon, and has proudly received her Croning in February of 2016, as well as becoming a Reiki Master in the same year. Her connection to the angels, her guides, and Brigid allow her to assist women who have begun a path to healing and empowerment, which is something she especially enjoys.
Vesna Adaeze – Vesna hails from Bosnia with a strong gypsy lineage.
“Generations of Magic, knowledge, and tools have been passed to me. This enables me to assist you with guidance and root work to live your best life.”
She uses pendulums, Tarot /Oracle cards, Beans, and Runes with spiritual insight, to give you a candid view of your situation and genuine guidance for your path. She provides you an honest and straight forward picture, as well as, potential solutions to your dilemma.
She is well versed in the elements of candle magic, footwork, gypsy magic, necromancy and more.
Deb Randolph – Deb has brought mystical education and training, together with professional intuitive and healing services to the public for over 30 years. Her wide variety of knowledge, experience, and gifts combine for a unique and individual session.
Intuitive readings with Deb often begin with tarot and/or oracle cards. Spirit will tailor your session with Deb by having her incorporate techniques such as Shamanism, Reiki, crystals and quantum energies. She is a conduit who will channel, convey, and interpret messages from your Guides, Angels, deceased loved ones, and other divine entities/energies not in the current realm of your physical presence.