Author Chris Aldridge to attend this year’s Midsummer Gather (One Day Only)

Author Chris Aldridge will be joining us this year’s Midsummer Gather on Saturday the 24th

Chris Aldridge

Chris Aldridge is an American Hellenist, published writer, priest, hymn, prayer and ritual composer, historian, mythologist, theologian, philosopher and an environmentalist. He was born on November 4th, 1984 in Asheboro, North Carolina, living in nearby Thomasville before moving to Illinois in his late 20s. He attended Davidson County Community College in Lexington, NC and Columbia College of Missouri from 2007-2015. He was raised a Christian but converted to Hellenic Polytheism in 2009. Chris has been writing ever since elementary school, and now devotes his literary endeavors, in large part, to the service of his religious community. He publishes many of his own works, and in the past, has been featured in popular Pagan publications such as Circle Magazine and Neos Alexandria/Bibliotheca Alexandrina Incorporated. He is also the founder and Head Priest of his own Hellenic religious organization called Temple Of The Greek Gods, and has been its leader and a student of ancient Greek religion and culture since 2010.

Art Contest Winner – 2017 Midsummer Gather – Celestial Fire

Congratulations Beckah, winner of the Art Contest for the 2017 Midsummer Gather – Celestial Fire!

Celestial Fire by Beckah


The Earth House Gather Committee is proud to present the winning submission for the art contest for the 2017 Gather. With Celestial Fire as the theme, the entries were varied in their interpretation. Judging between the submissions was a difficult task, but Beckah’s entry was ultimately chosen as the artwork to represent the 2017 Earth House Gather Community.

Many well-deserved congratulations, Beckah! Enjoy your well earned title of ‘Artist Guest of Honor’ and special privileges at the 2017 Midsummer Gather.

Ernest “Wolfie” or “Skywolf Singing Heart” Stephens

The 2017 Eathhouse Gather is privilleged to have not one, but two Special Guests of Honor. Wolfie will also be one of our SGHs with many presentations to share with the group.

An Eclectic Wiccan, with deep spiritual roots, Ernest “Wolfie” Stephens is a world traveler (India, Indonesia, the Yucatan, and Egypt), and a critical thinker. He’s a member of the Rockford, IL UU Church, and has extensive experience in event coordination, ministry, ritual design and ritual presentation. He is a veteran, a motorcycle enthusiast (Ancient Riders Motorcycle Association – ARMA – an international pagan group active primarily in the US), a craftsman and merchant.

He has his Ministerial Credentials and has worked with Circle Sanctuary as Merchant Coordinator for several years.

His “Tribes” (extended family-of-choice) include Earth House, ARMA, and Harmony Tribe, and carries the title of “Honorary Mainer” with with the Maine Pagans. Infected with insatiable wanderlust, his schedule typically includes travels all over the US and occasionally beyond.

He has attended Earth House’s Midsummer Gather for many years and have contributed to Drummings (he’s addicted to drumming!), classes, Merchanting, and being a general source of Mirth, Merriment, and Mischief [!] wherever possible.

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An Eclectic Wiccan, with deep spiritual roots, Ernest “Wolfie” Stephens is a world traveler (India, Indonesia, the Yucatan, and Egypt), and a critical thinker. He’s a member of the Rockford, IL UU Church, and has extensive experience in event coordination, ministry, ritual design and ritual presentation. He is a veteran, a motorcycle enthusiast (Ancient Riders Motorcycle Association – ARMA – an international pagan group active primarily in the US), a craftsman and merchant.

He has his Ministerial Credentials and has worked with Circle Sanctuary as Merchant Coordinator for several years.

His “Tribes” (extended family-of-choice) include Earth House, ARMA, and Harmony Tribe, and carries the title of “Honorary Mainer” with with the Maine Pagans. Infected with insatiable wanderlust, his schedule typically includes travels all over the US and occasionally beyond.

He has attended Earth House’s Midsummer Gather for many years and have contributed to Drummings (he’s addicted to drumming!), classes, Merchanting, and being a general source of Mirth, Merriment, and Mischief [!] wherever possible.

Ivo Dominguez Jr

Ivo Dominguez Jr

For those of you who were not at this year’s Midsummer Gather, Ivo Dominguez Jr will be joining us for Midsummer Gather 2017! If you attended Paganicon, you may have had the opportunity to attend one of Ivo’s workshops and know what a great teacher he is. For those of you who haven’t, be prepared to be enthralled with his presentations!

Ivo Domínguez, Jr. is a visionary, and a practitioner of a variety of esoteric disciplines. He has been active in Wicca and the Pagan community since 1978, has been teaching since 1982. Ivo was a founding member, and a past High Priest, of Keepers of the Holly Chalice, the first coven of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel a Wiccan Tradition. He currently serves as one of the Elders of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a Wiccan syncretic tradition that draws inspiration from Astrology, Qabala, the Western Magickal Tradition and the folk religions of Europe. His techniques and insights are rooted in a synthesis of traditional metaphysical teachings, modern science, and memories from past lives. He has taught at many gatherings, conferences, and venues across the United States and abroad. Ivo is also a professional astrologer who has studied astrology since 1980 and has been offering consultations and readings since 1988.

Ivo has been published in numerous periodicals and is the author of Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans: Using the Planets and the Stars for Effective Spellwork, Rituals, and Magickal Work; Casting Sacred Space: The Core Of All Magickal Work; Spirit Speak: Knowing and Understanding Spirit Guides, Ancestors, Ghosts, Angels, and the Divine; and Beneath the Skins. There are several other books in the pipeline as well.



Ivo’s website
Ivo’s brief biography and a list of workshops that he hosts

Shauna Aura Knight

Shauna Aura KnightGOOD NEWS! We’re still working on our schedule, but we have recently learned that Shauna Aura Knight has accepted our invitation to appear.

An artist, author, ritualist, event organizer, and spiritual seeker, Shauna travels nationally offering intensive education in the transformative arts of ritual, community leadership, and personal growth. She is passionate about creating rituals, experiences, spaces, stories, and artwork to awaken mythic imagination.

She is the author of the The Leader Within, Ritual Facilitation, Dreamwork for the Initiate’s Path and Spiritual Scents. She’s also a columnist on ritual techniques for Circle Magazine, a regular blogger for Pagan Activist, and her writing appears in the anthologies Stepping in to Ourselves: An Anthology of Writings on Priestessing (Goddess Ink), A Mantle of Stars (Biblioteca Alexandrina), and Calling to our Ancestors (Asphodel Press).

She’s also a fantasy artist and author, including the paranormal romances A Fading Amaranth, The Truth Upon Her Lips, Werewolves in the Kitchen, Werewolves with Chocolate, A Winter Knight’s Vigil , and the urban fantasy The White Dress, the Autumn Leaves .