Pagan Spirit Gathering (PSG) is a week long annual gathering of Pagans in the mid-west in the month of June. Rev. Selena Fox and the community of Circle Sanctuary have hosted this event for the last 32 years in varying different locations around the mid-west region. This years PSG festival was a gathering of over 1,000 registered participants of the Pagan community at Stone House Park in Illinois.
This years event hosted three native Californians as the featured guests this year; Crystal Blanton, Patrick McCollum and Ruth Barrett. In addition there were guests and musicians such as Margot Alder from New York, Damh the Bard from England, Celia, Spiral Rhythm, Arthur Hinds and Tuatha Dea.
The event held record heat from Sunday through Wednesday, peaking at about 96 degrees during that time. The rest of the week saw cooler temperatures in the 80′s and supported a more enjoyable time with less health concerns for the PSG medic staff. While the heat was intense, so were the incredible amounts of activities and rituals happening on this magical festival grounds. Many events and rituals around varying rites of passage included the crone ritual, women mystery rite, young women rite, an honoring of veterans, candle light labyrinth and nightly drum circles.
More articles and information regarding this event will unfold throughout the next several weeks, including the discussions around transgender inclusivity at PSG. Stay tuned for more information and insightful glances at Bay Area Pagans involvement in one of the largest Pagan events in the country.
Crystal Blanton reporting for Pagan Newswire Collective Bay Area