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Jo Carson to be a Keynote - Jan 15, 2022 Pagan Studies Conference

I am looking forward to being the Saturday keynote speaker at the 18th Conference on Current Pagan Studies! I will present Dancing with the Goddess: Cultivating Positive Future Visions with Feraferia on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 12:45.

Sunday's keynote will be the irrepressible Steven Posch on The Star at the Heart of the Apple:  How a British Teen Novelist and a Pack of Crazed Midwesterners Imagined a Rite, a Tribe, and a World into Being

You can register at https://www.paganconference.com/

There's a great line-up of speakers; the schedule is at: https://www.paganconference.com/event-schedule.html




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Ariadne and Dionysus at PantheaCon Feb 18, 2019



Before Mount Vesuvius covered Pompeii with ash, a spiritual center flourished near the city. Women experienced profound initiations there, similar to those of Eleusis, but focused on womanhood. Gorgeous murals in the Villa of Mysteries illustrated the journey. Linda Fierz-David's book "Women's Dionysian Initiation" shows how this supported individuation in the Jungian sense, and is as relevant now as it was 2,000 years ago. We will discuss the literature, explore the murals, and use trance to go there and experience the initiation ourselves. Jo Carson will present. February 18, 2019, 11:00 to 12:30 in the San Jose Room, PantheaCon, Doubletree Hotel, San Jose. Please allow time to park and register; for more info, see www.pantheacon.com



Pied Piper to the Goddess- Recalling Fred Adams, 10 Years Later

The evening was surprisingly blustery, so our members and friends retreated from the Henge to the quiet, wood-paneled living room. We had gathered earlier this month, the first weekend in August, to celebrate Lammas, evoke Fred's spirit, and exchange blessings with him.  Lammas is very much a celebration of the first harvests, so we started by making corn dollies out of husks. Eating the yummy corn-on-the-cob later was sweet!

Each of our corn-dollies came out different.


We wanted to honor and remember Fred, so we brought some of his favorite things, including Almond Butter (thank you Barbara!), cigarettes courtesy of Chris, and fresh fruit. We had a selection of Fred's writings here - all the Korythalia newsletters, plus a quirky ode he wrote on a box-top (below) the year before he died. Chris brought some of his ashes, too. Several of us shared memories of Fred, and for those who hadn't met him, we showed a few minutes of video of Fred teaching his landscape yoga at a pagan festival in Georgia.  Then we did a trance to open up to whatever Fred might want to share with us...  Each person had their own experience of that, and we talked about it afterwards. Mine (Jo) was about moving more strongly toward getting a paradisal sanctuary established!

It felt right to check in with Fred; we have done a lot since he passed, what with getting "Dancing With Gaia" out (gaiadancing.com), then two editions of Celebrate Wildness: Magic, Mirth and Love on the Feraferia Path. The next project is Earth's Green Pulse: A Celtic Oracle of the Seasons. This is still in the works, having gotten more complex once we realized it actually integrates all the 72 Tarot cards, not just the Major Arcana. More soon on this!


Here is the box-top Ode to Her by Fred Adams:

Chasms and caverns of the mystic Body

The Grand Rite of writhing and twisting in sexual rapture!

She is a soprano, a coloratura sapphire with hummingbird wings of gold...

Traveling back and forth from coast to coast, spanning continents in a twinkle...

the Timeless Instant of Delight (TID)!

The impalpable yet surpassingly sensual queen of trees and stars gently pulsing through the universe

The hidden rose of transcendental sensuality

Transcendental dentistry

The rose of transcendental sensuality, trance n dental sensuality

In the paradisal sanctuary: highest priority!


© Frederick Adams/Feraferia 2007


Jo Carson to discuss Feraferia on The Hermetic Hour

Tonight,  June 29, 20178 - 9pm PST, I will be on Carroll Poke Runyon's radio show; the program will focus on 'Assumption of Goddess/God Form,' and I will talk about the Feraferia approach. I hope you tune in! Here is the blurb:

On Thursday June 29th, 2017 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a symposium on the topic of Assumption of God and Goddess Forms in magical ceremonies. Call in guests will include Frater Heracles John Sheffield whose new rituals and articles suggested the topic, Soror Urania Ann Finnin whose Celtic Church, the Roebuck, has been doing these operations for years, Soror Ariel Jo Carson of Feraferia who will be presenting a Lamas Rite at Rivendell in August, and Frater Isa of Ubar Hermitage in Dallas, so if you would like to attend this meeting of the minds on the subject of being God and Goddess-like, tune in and we shall bring the heavens down to Earth.

All of the shows on this program are usually available for listening starting about 2 weeks after initial broadcast; so if you miss it live, just check back!

Green Pulse Oracle on the Hermetic Hour with Poke Runyon

You can listen to the show any time at:


Hermetic Hour with Poke Runyon interviewed Jo on The Green Pulse Oracle

Here is the show description:

On Thursday June 23rd, 2016 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon and
guest Jo Carson will present a preview- review of her forthcoming book:
"The Green Pulse Oracle - A Tool for Eco-Psychic Insight." Lady Jo
Carson is the President of Feraferia, America's First Goddess-centered,
Ecology-oriented Neo-Pagan religion founded in 1967 by Artist and
philosopher Frederick Adams (1928-2008). Jo Carson is the leader of
Feraferia and dedicated to preserving
and continuing the work of Fred Adams and his consort Lady Svetlana
Butyrin. As a film maker Jo has produced and directed "Dancing with
Gaia" (2009) a documentary DVD on ancient and modern Paganism centered
on Fred Adams and Feraferian activities. She is the author of "Celebrate
Wilderness" (2014) a portfolio book of Feraferian art, text and photos.
She is presently readying "The Green Pulse Oracle" for publication. This
is a system of divination similar to Geomancy and I-Ching. It is based
on Fred Adams' further development of Robert Graves' Tree Alphabet from
his modern classic "The White Goddess." Adams delineated and extended
Graves' twenty Celtic Ogham glyphs into a twenty-four letter system that
he mounted on a series of Hermetic Enneasphere mandalas coordinating
them with the Trees, the Tarot Trumps, astrological and planetary signs,
and myth themes. Jo Carson reconstructed the system from Fred's
rudimentary publications, notes and graphics. We have experimented with
the Oracle and found it to be remarkably accurate and inspiring. So join
us as we explore the divinatory magick of an American master as revealed
by his worthy successor.

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