Keynote Speaker

Pagan Author, Jason Mankey

Jason Mankey read his first book on Witchcraft in the seventh grade, and at age 22 dedicated his life to the Craft. Today, Jason is a third degree Gardnerian High Priest and helps run two Witchcraft covens in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Ari. Jason is a popular speaker at Pagan and Witchcraft events across North American and Great Britain, and has been recognized by his peers as an authority on the Horned God, Wiccan history, and occult influences in rock and roll and heavy metal music. He is the channel manager at Patheos Pagan, the world’s most read Pagan blogging site, and writes there at Raise the Horns, and at the magazine “Witches and Pagans.” A true lover of holidays, Jason’s latest book is Llewellyn’s Little Book of Yule, which documents the holidays of Yuletide.

Other books written by Jason include:

The Witch’s Athame

The Witch’s Book of Shadows

Transformative Witchcraft: The Greater Mysteries

The Witch’s Altar (co-author with Laura Tempest Zakroff)

The Witch’s Wheel of the Year: Rituals for Solitaries, Circles, and Covens

PRESENTATION
The Fall & Winter Holidays: From Samhain to Christmas 
America’s real “Holiday Season” lasts from Halloween to New Year’s Day, and is a solid two plus months of activities, excitement, and magick! In this workshop we’ll explore the origins of some of America’s most treasured holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and how their origins are directly tied to ancient Pagan celebrations such as Samhain, Harvest Home, and Saturnalia! We’ll also peak into the histories of the traditions that make those holidays so special: trick or treating, costumes, Yule Logs, presents, and everything in between! We’ll also explore the links these various holidays share with one another.