Keynote Speakers 2017

Keynote Speakers 2017


Ivo Dominguez, Jr

                                      The Future is Esoteric, Exoteric, and Secular

       In the last several decades there has been a rapid increase in the size of the Pagan community and in its diversity of beliefs and practices. This is not the first time in Western history that there has been a resurgence of a focus on and interest in the mysteries, occult philosophy, and magic. In the past these waves have risen and then subsided. There are good reasons to believe that at this juncture in history that this wave will do more than simply subside. It is my position that we have crossed a critical threshold that will result in the Pagan community becoming a continuing feature within the context of broader cultures rather than being a transient movement. It is as if the seeds of certain ideas, cast into the winds and seas of history, have found their way to an island that is fertile of soil but barren of life. This island of unmet needs and inchoate longings for a world full of spirits and wonder is now growing green. With each generation, the land is filling with new life that is diversifying and evolving to fill every niche. The work of the next several decades is the cultivation of esoteric, exoteric, and secular approaches to paganism. It is my contention that unless all three of these expressions of Paganism are tended, we will subside. If these three are embraced, then will flourish.

       Ivo Domínguez, Jr. is a visionary, and a practitioner of a variety of esoteric disciplines. He has been active in Wicca and the Pagan community since 1978, has been teaching since 1982. Ivo was a founding member, and a past High Priest, of Keepers of the Holly Chalice, the first coven of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel a Wiccan Tradition. He currently serves as one of the Elders of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a Wiccan syncretic tradition that draws inspiration from Astrology, Qabala, the Western Magickal Tradition and the folk religions of Europe. His techniques and insights are rooted in a synthesis of traditional metaphysical teachings, modern science, and memories from past lives. He has taught at many gatherings, conferences, and venues across the United States and abroad. Ivo is also a professional astrologer who has studied astrology since 1980 and has been offering consultations and readings since 1988. Ivo is also one of the key organizers for the New Alexandrian Library Project.

Ivo has been published in numerous periodicals and is the author of Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans: Using the Planets and the Stars for Effective Spellwork, Rituals, and Magickal Work; Casting Sacred Space: The Core Of All Magickal Work; Spirit Speak: Knowing and Understanding Spirit Guides, Ancestors, Ghosts, Angels, and the Divine; Beneath the Skins. His next book is Keys to Perception: A Practical Guide To Psychic Development.
                                                        Second Keynote TBA