Gather the Witches is proud to offer an ever growing list of witchy talent and wisdom to our event. The individuals below are some of the best and brightest minds in witchcraft today and we encourage you to get to know them and their messages.
Presenting Topic: Goddesses of Death
Author of Intuitive Witchcraft
Astrea Taylor is an eclectic/intuitive pagan witch whose life goals include empowering other witches and encouraging them to use intuition in their witchcraft. She’s the author
of Intuitive Witchcraft and the forthcoming book Air Magic (Llewellyn 2021). Astrea has presented workshops and rituals at various gatherings across the country. She blogs about the otherworld and pagan pop culture as Starlight Witch on Patheos Pagan, and she also writes rituals and new moon astrology for the Blessed Be Box. Her main message? “Your witchcraft is valid.” For more about Astrea visit her website at www.astreataylor.com
Presenting Topic: Cooking With the Dead: Dumb Suppers and Ancestor Offerings
Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Afro-Caribbean, Celtic, and Indigenous American spirituality. Their traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University, and the University of London, and their magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is also a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly, filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation,’ and choreographer/performer for jazz legend Dr. John’s “Night Tripper” Voodoo Show. They have long been committed to providing accurate and respectful information about the African Traditional Religions and are proud to be a published Black author of such titles as Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism, 55 Ways to Connect to Goddess, The African-American Ritual Cookbook, Love Magic, Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens, and the soon to be released Water Magic.
Presenting Topic: TBA
Author of Modern Witchcraft
Devin Hunter is the bestselling author of the Witch Power Series (Llewellyn 2016-2018), the creator of Modern Witch (Podcast, Blog, Magazine, ModernWitch.com), as well as a professional psychic medium and occultist. He is part owner of The Mystic Dream in Walnut Creek, CA, and an initiate of multiple occult orders, including his own, Sacred Fires and is the cofounder of the Black Rose Tradition of Witchcraft. He has been featured in multiple publications and is a frequent presenter and keynote at conferences, and festivals throughout the nation. His highly anticipated fourth book, Modern Witch: Spells, Recipes, and Workings(Llewellyn 2020), a pictorial spell book and grimoire, was released in February.
Presenting Topic: The Horned God of the Witches: Nature, Death, and the Devil
Jason Mankey read his first book on Witchcraft in the seventh grade, and dedicated his life to the Craft at age 22. Today, Jason is a third degree Gardnerian High Priest and helps to run two Witchcraft covens in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Ari. Jason is the author of several books including “Transformative Witchcraft” and “The Witch’s Wheel of the Year.”
Check out Jason’s thoughts on his Patheos blog Raise the Horns.
Presenting Topics – Saturday: Witching Herbs: Plants of Poison and Witchery | Sunday: Honoring our Ancestors of Land, Blood and Spirit
Annwyn Avalon is a Water Witch, Water Priestess, and the founder of Triskele Rose Witchcraft, an Avalonian witchcraft tradition. She has devoted her life to the study of art, witchcraft, and magic. She is an initiated Witch and Priestess, Reiki Master Teacher, award-winning Dancer, published author and has a BFA in sculpture, BA in Anthropology with emphasis on plant and human interactions and has received an apprentice certificate in Herbalism. She writes for the Magical Times Magazine in the UK and has contributed to other published works such as The New Aradia a Witches handbook for resistance. She is the author of Water Witchcraft: Magic and Lore from the Celtic Tradition and forthcoming Weiser book about Water (2020).
Visit her at www.WaterWitchcraft.com,
Presenting Topic: The Astrology of Samhain
Tenae Stewart is a practicing cottage witch, an astrologer, a self-love and empowerment coach, and a published author located in Northern California. She is on a mission to embody simplicity in magick, ritual, self-love and self-care and to empower modern witches to create rituals that fit effortlessly into their real, daily lives. Tenae’s first book, The Modern Witch’s Guide to Magickal Self-Care, is out October 2020!
Laura Tempest Zakroff
Presenting Topic: Sigils, Spirits, & Signs: Crafting Symbols to Connect with the Other
Laura Tempest Zakroff is a professional artist, author, dancer, designer, and Modern Traditional Witch based in New England. She holds a BFA from RISD (The Rhode Island School of Design) and her artwork has received awards and honors worldwide. Her work embodies myth and the esoteric through her drawings and paintings, jewelry, talismans, and other designs.
Laura is the author of the best-selling books Weave the Liminal and Sigil Witchery, as well as The Witch’s Cauldron, and the co-author of The Witch’s Altar. She blogs for Patheos as A Modern Traditional Witch, Witches & Pagans as Fine Art Witchery, and contributes to The Witches’ Almanac, Ltd. Her first oracle deck, The Liminal Spirits Oracle, was released this past June from Llewellyn Worldwide and has been receiving much critical acclaim.
Learn more about Laura and all her projects at www.LauraTempestZakroff.com.
J. Allen Cross
Presenting Topic: The American Haunting
J. Allen Cross is a hereditary witch living in Northwest Oregon. He owns and operates a small apothecary business and serves as both Psychic-Medium and Occult Specialist for his local Paranormal Investigation team out of the greater Portland area. He enjoys bringing magic to his local community in the form of spells, house blessings, charms, and of course, his writing.
Presenting Topic: Divination and the Thinning Veil
Hana O’Neill is known as Hana the Suburban Witch and is an intuitive Tarot reader, Astrologer and Eclectic Witch located in Australia. Hana’s goal is to make Witchcraft and alternative spirituality fun, informative and accessible to all. She blogs about Astrology with pop culture references to fandoms such as Disney and Harry Potter. She also hosts a YouTube channel with content from Spellcrafting, Tarot tutorials, Witchcraft basics and even details her own journey from Pentecostal Christian to proud Witch.
To find out more about Hana visit her website http://www.suburbanwitchery.com