Magical Woman in Modern Times

Monday, June 13th, 7-9pm
$20 WCCW Member / $25 regular
Led by Krista Schwimmer

Magical women have existed in every culture, throughout every time. Yet, their influence and teachings still go overlooked in today’s modern world. Many of these women followed arduous, spiritual disciplines that required time and effort not always possible for today’s busy woman. In its most distilled form, however, magic is a state of consciousness. There are simple and effective ways to cultivate such a consciousness and lead a life full of magic on a day to day basis.

In the first part of the evening, Krista Schwimmer will share methods from both Eastern and Western modalities to help you live a magical life. From the Eastern traditions, Krista will teach you how to work with mantra, using the Tara mantra as an example. From the Western Occult magical movement, she will draw inspiration and methods from the lives of such luminaries as Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, co-founder of Theosophy, and author of Isis-Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine; Lady Frieda Harris,artist to the re-known Thoth tarot deck, conceived by Aleister Crowley; and Florence Farr, writer, actress, and Adept in the original Golden Dawn.

In the second part of the evening, Krista will share ways that the magical mind intersects with the external world to send messages and to reflect genuine, spiritual progress. Dreams, synchronicity, and totems are three examples she will discuss.

Whether you are new to the magical path or a longtime practitioner, please join Krista for an evening dedicated to helping more women from all paths lead full magical lives in modern times.

Krista is a full-time, professional tarot card, palm, and animal totem reader, having given well-over 20,000 readings to clients from all walks of life. She is an activist, writer, and photographer, whose work has appeared in the Poughkeepsie Newspaper, Densal Magazine, Witches and Pagans Magazine, and the Free Venice Beachhead. Her metaphysical background is in both Eastern and Western modalities. Her training on the Eastern path includes Tibetan Buddhism and Tai Chi Chuan. For over a decade, she studied with a variety of Karma Kagyu masters, such as His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Lodre Thaye, and her root teacher, Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Abbott at KTD Monastery in Woodstock, New York. She is also a practitioner of the Long Form of the Classical Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan & Tai Chi Knife, as taught by Tim O’Connor, a 4th generation instructor from the Yang Ch’eng Fu lineage.Her training on the Western path includes over a decade serving in the Order of the Eastern Star, a Freemasonic appendent body open to both men and women, as well as all faiths. She has appeared on international TV as an expert; hosted the popular, Nova Scotian, pagan radio show, “The Witching Hour;” and lectured for diverse audiences, including the Los Angeles Opera Company.

She resides in Venice with her magical husband, Michael Wamback, and their four birds.


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