Occulticon 2017

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I came across the ad for Occulticon on Facebook back in June.  Normally I don’t click on the adds, but look at that visual…how could I not?  So glad I did.

Part of my business plan is to start doing more vending, get out there and meet the customers, see what they like, what they don’t, and find out what they want.  However, my plan was to start vending in 2018, but Occulticon looked too good to pass up.

This was year one of Occulticon, so it was a bit of a gamble, especially since it meant a 16 hour drive both ways just to attend the event.  But I had a really good feeling about this, and the email communication I had with Ben, the vendor coordinator, added to my confidence that attending this festival would be very beneficial.

I’d love to be able to go on and on about how great the festival was.  I mean, I certainly can because I had an incredible time, but I missed all the good stuff because I was just that busy selling.  Of course, being a vendor, I’m there to sell, that’s my first priority, but there were a few lectures I would have liked to sit in on.  I was actually that busy that I missed everything I was hoping to participate in.  Thankfully, there were a few evening events that I got to experience because it was dark and pretty impossible to vend.  I experienced a Voodoo ritual, a High Magick ritual, and a seance.

I’ve never been to a Voodoo ritual, so that was a special treat, and an amazing experience.  I practice the Golden Dawn System of Magic, but solitary, so it was nice to take part in the High Magick ritual with other people, especially with those that know what they’re doing.

It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if this became the ‘must attend’ festival of the year.

Oh, I can’t forget to talk about the festival location.  It’s called Mythwood Campground & Private Retreat, and it’s probably one of the most amazing places I’ve ever seen.  It’s 60 acres, and filled with magic and imagery from familiar myths.

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The pictures don’t do the ground justice, but you can see more pictures here and here.

Lastly, the volunteer staff were beyond incredible.  They were the nicest, kindest, caring, most helpful people I have ever met.  Within a few short hours I felt like I was among friends I had known for years.

So…Occulticon 2017 was a great success.  I’m already planning for Occulticon 2018.

Blessings – Lailoken /|\

 

Maiden Post

So…here is my first blog post.  Hmm…Well, I guess the best place to start is at the beginning.

My name is Shawn, the owner of Lailokens Awen, and creator of the formulations of all the products I make available to you.

I’ve been a practicing Druid and Wiccan for over 25 years, as well as being a practitioner of the Golden Dawn system of magic.  In my professional life I am a Clinical Aromatherapist and Herbalist.

My introduction to the use of essential oils and herbs came with my first tentative steps on my Pagan path.  I learned of their energetic properties and associations, and how to incorporate them into ritual and spell work.  Nine years ago I began my education in aromatherapy and herbalism, and have studied extensively over the years not only their therapeutic properties, but also their energetic properties.  As well as compounding blends based on their energetic properties, I take the creation process one step further and utilize the energies of the universe around us by creating each product on the appropriate day, during the appropriate hour, and even during the proper phase of the Moon and time of the year.  This allows me to create the most potent, energetic products I can offer to you.

A good majority of the products I make are formulations that I had developed 10, 15, and even 20 years ago.  In addition to these formulations personally created by me, I also make available formulations taken from medieval and renaissance grimoires and from the golden age of the Western Mystery Tradition.  These are all tried and true blends.

If you found my blog from somewhere other than my website, you can visit it here to see and learn about all the products I make.

What I hope for this blog is a place where you can stay up-to-date on what is going on with Lailokens Awen, but also a place where I can talk about my process, and blog about things I think are important and/or interesting.  I’ll do my best to keep it interesting.

Blessings /|\

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This picture is of my little corner of the world where I do all of my work