Wyoming Attracts Druids, Wiccans, And Pagans For Eclipse

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It isn’t just scientists and astronomers looking to flock to Wyoming for the solar eclipse on Monday.  Pagans, wiccans, and druids are also en route to the Equality state for the “transition” and energy surrounding the eclipse.

Wyoming has a population of 585,000 and during the eclipse, that is expected to double. While natives in Wyoming prepare as they would for a winter storm and food sells out around the path of totality, many more people are still expected to descend upon the state for the solar eclipse.  Among them is Ken Biles, a Colorado man who goes by the name Greyhart. A solar eclipse is a transition, and transitions are powerful moments both for cultures and individual people, Biles told the Casper Star-Tribune.

“Greyhart” plans to conduct a ceremony near Glendo Reservoir during the eclipse.“There is an energy that surrounds everything and at this point in time, we don’t have the technology to detect or measure it,” Biles said. “We are going to take that energy from the eclipse and manipulate it to our own desires.”

Greyhart isn’t the only one making his way to Wyoming for ceremonies during the eclipse. Others include California author and wizard Oberon Zell Ravenheart. He plans to congregate at Beartrap Meadow on Casper Mountain. Ravenheart has experienced three other previous eclipses with other pagans, and this one won’t be much different.

“I tell people who don’t believe in magic, I ask them, ‘Do you believe in love?’ Love is universally regarded as the most powerful form of magic,” he said. “One definition of magic is simply ‘The science we don’t yet understand because we don’t yet have a theory for it.’”

While there are dozens of different rituals someone can perform, such as taking a ritual bath, astrologer Sarolta DeFaltay says the most important aspect of any given ritual is that it’s personal to the one performing it. Jaya Saxena, co-author of the Basic Witches: How To Summon Success, Banish Drama, And Raise Hell With Your Coven, agrees. But instead of meditation and candles, she uses crystals.

“People consider eclipses time of just great energy,” she says. “Even if you’re a totally rational person and you know exactly what’s happening in terms of how the planets are moving, it’s still really unsettling to see the sky turn black in the middle of the day.” Saxena will be charging her crystals during the eclipse. She says that crystals are often used to focus someone’s thoughts and energy on a particular outcome, idea or goal. You can charge them by holding them and thinking of that exact idea during periods of intense sunlight or moonlight, according to Saxena.

While all of these rituals may seem odd to some of us, others are going to use their time during the eclipse to perform ceremonies that are right for them.  As long as people are happy and it harms no one, perform all the rituals you want.  Everyone should enjoy the eclipse in their own way,

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  • Right to the Point

    And so just like Oregon and Washington, the whack jobs are going to colonize Wyoming.

    • jimmy joe

      they are already here. There are fuel tankers parked at the airport just to make sure everyone goes home on tuesday!

      • Right to the Point

        Watch out, because a certain amount of them will see the beauty in your state and decide they should consume it themselves.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      Interestingly enough – the biggest whackjobs just sit at their computers and talk shit about things they don’t and can’t understand.

      • Right to the Point

        You seem to talk plenty Draco. Including yourself or just needed a sparring session today?

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          I don’t say anything unless I know whereof I speak.

          You vomited nonsense, you got told off. Easy solution – I wonder if you can figure it out all by your onesies?

          • Right to the Point

            I’m sure that your Play Station joystick knowledge base has served you well up to the ripe age of 30, but there’s more to life. While you’re at it Draco, release the other joystick so you can exercise your larger mind…

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            Keep diarrhetically spewing nonsense Junior.Gives me a chuckle.

  • lee ho fook

    hey– pagans have rites too!!!

  • Laurence Almand

    What on earth is all this fuss about the eclipse? It is just a shadow, and nothing more. It will not harm or help anyone (except dorks who look at the sun without proper protection). Let’s put things in perspective, and stop making all this hullaballoo about a common occurrence.

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    “One definition of magic is simply ‘The science we don’t yet understand because we don’t yet have a theory for it.’”

    That’s a pretty sensible explanation – after all, much of what is now understood through science was once considered “magic.”

    • Stewpedaso

      Except that the electric universe theory actually explains alot of what he is talking about, his response seems amateur

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        I guess it only makes sense if one understands science.

    • The Tuna Fairy

      “90% of most magic merely consists of knowing one extra fact.” -Terry Pratchett

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        I’ve heard that name before. . . what book(s) did he write?

        • The Tuna Fairy

          The Discworld series, weird humor/social commentary/fantasy stuff. VERY hard to describe. Some deep thoughts, some laugh out loud humor, always worth reading. I am currently about 4 books short of the full set of them 🙂 It’s hard to describe his style, I have never found anyone comparable, English has no words for his style. Well worth trying a few, you might get hooked 🙂 Dive in, ignore things that make no sense right off (it’s a world, with it’s own history and culture, just looks… sort of… like ours) and read them for fun, then go back later after reading more, and you’ll find you missed 1/2 of the book the first time through. Very few writers of his caliber.

          If you want to try more political ones: Night Watch and Jingo are possibly best, for religious commentary: Small Gods is a great one.

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            Thanks – been a while since I’ve found a new series to delve into.

  • NoLookTour

    And there’s this..

    “Peasant 1: We have found a witch, may we burn her?
    Vladimir: How do you known she is a witch?
    P2: She looks like one!
    V: Bring her forward
    Woman: I’m not a witch! I’m not a witch!
    V: ehh… but you are dressed like one.
    W: They dressed me up like this!
    All: naah no we didn’t… no.
    W: And this isn’t my nose, it’s a false one.
    (V lifts up carrot)
    V: Well?
    P1: Well we did do the nose
    V: The nose?
    P1: …And the hat, but she is a witch!
    (all: yeah, burn her burn her!)
    V: Did you dress her up like this?
    P1: No! (no no… no) Yes. (yes yeah) a bit (a bit bit a bit) But she has got a wart!
    (P3 points at wart)
    V: What makes you think she is a witch?
    P2: Well, she turned me into a newt!
    V: A newt?!
    (P2 pause & look around)
    P2: I got better.
    P3: Burn her anyway! (burn her burn her burn!)
    (king walks in)
    V: There are ways of telling whether she is a witch.
    P1: Are there? Well then tell us! (tell us)
    V: Tell me… what do you do with witches?
    P3: Burn’em! Burn them up! (burn burn burn)
    V: What do you burn apart from witches?
    P1: More witches! (P2 nudge P1)
    P3: Wood!
    V: So, why do witches burn?
    (long pause)
    P2: Cuz they’re made of… wood?
    V: Gooood.
    (crowd congratulates P2)
    V: So, how do we tell if she is made of wood?
    P1: Build a bridge out of her!
    V: Ahh, but can you not also make bridges out of stone?
    P1: Oh yeah…
    V: Does wood sink in water?
    P1: No
    P3: No. It floats!
    P1: Let’s throw her into the bog! (yeah yeah ya!)
    V: What also floats in water?
    P1: Bread
    P3: Apples
    P2: Very small rocks
    (V looks annoyed)
    P1: Cider
    P3: Grape gravy
    P1: Cherries
    P3: Mud
    King: A Duck!
    (all look and stare at king)
    V: Exactly! So, logically…
    P1(thinking): If she ways the same as a duck… she’s made of wood!
    V: And therefore,
    (pause & think)
    P3: A witch! (P1: a witch)(P2: a witch)(all: a witch!)
    V: We shall use my largest scales.
    (V jumps down)
    (walk over while cheering)
    (push her into scale)
    V: Right, remove the stops!
    (wait while scales remains still)
    All: A witch! burn her burn her!!”

  • dave

    I live in Idaho and am going to Weiser this morning. It is in the lower area of the zone but the total eclipse is on 5 seconds shorter than max. Then have a good lunch.

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