Mike Mones is a martial arts practitioner and assistant instructor hailing from Moonlit Path Martial Arts of Branford, CT. An active member of the Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan Association, Mones holds over 7 years of martial arts experience. A second-degree blackbelt in Tang Soo Do, Mones also studies Chon-Tu Kwan Hapkido, and has cross-trained in other Chinese, Japanese, Okinawan, and Filipino arts.
Laura Lenhard: I was raised in Southern California and brought with me to Connecticut a lifelong fascination with the metaphysical world, along with a deep-rooted belief in the concept of Universal Spirituality. This respect for all spiritual paths and love for the natural world combined with my vision for a unique shop filled with all things mystical, magical and natural. My dream was realized when Talisman and Cauldron, located in Derby CT, opened in April of 2007. I now work to educate and share information regarding the metaphysical and spiritual realms through my day-to-day interactions with patrons at the shop, guest appearances, articles, Talisman’s monthly newsletter and Hearst Publications’ “Metaphysical Musings” blog (since 2009) as well as leading workshops and lectures.
Frater xvarnah is an initiate of Ordo Templi Orientis (“OTO”) and a practitioner of ritual magick; a brother Master Mason; and an admitted attorney in Connecticut. As an active member of Mithras Oasis, OTO, he has lectured on ritual and meditative practices, Christian Mysticism, German Romanticism, Bhakti Yoga, the Indian Philosophy of Samkhya, and solar symbolism in prayer/poetry & Tarot. He co-hosts a monthly round table discussion group in Southington (Five within Six Thelema Study Group). In addition to exploring magickal practice from his own individual perspective of the meaningful, the practical, and the beautiful, Frater xvarnah is an avid fan of underground electronic dance music, enjoys painting with oils on collage, Hebrew Calligraphy, horror movies, and reading poetry alongside his two cats, Indiana & Mugsy -- who enjoy flipping through the pages randomly.
Gina Martini has been a working pagan since 1986. Since then she has expanded her studies and workings to include various systems of Wicca and European Witchcraft, Neo-Druidism, Ceremonial and Ritual magic, Kabbalah, Thelema, Mongolian Shamanism, various forms of Wisewoman/Medicinewoman works, trance and ritual dance, Buddhism, Norse and Astru, Christianity, Judaism and nature worship/reverence. From her vast background she has developed her own form of paganism, Walking in Magic.
She still confesses to know no thing…
Jimmy Clark has been a music industry professional his entire adult life. He owns and operates his business
JC Music & WellnessLLC, where he has provided teaching, mentoring, or for-hire services for 26
years. He is an active performer, appearing annually at large scale benefit events, and a prolific music
producer. In 2017 alone, Jimmy recorded 33 Pagan songs (originals and covers), and he is an active
community member, spending time with Pagans from Nevada, Ohio, Connecticut, Massachusettes,
New York, and beyond.
Jimmy has released many albums, toured nationally and internationally, and he works with a wide array
of music professionals to create Neo-Pagan rock and folk music.
For the last 6 years, Jimmy has been a member of Hands Of Change, a coven based out of New jersey
that celebrates a 21 year tradition. He is currently in his Priest training.
Jimmy is also a certified yoga instructor, holding a 300 hour certification, as well as certifications as an
Usui Reiki master teacher, all skills he applies to his business as a musician and healing arts practioner.
In 2017 Jimmy and his songwriting partner Josh Kobel began the process of creating a Tarot Card
music collection, where they intend to write and fully produce a song for each card in the deck.
This is a massive project and one that is very much managed with magickal practices such as the ones
to be explored in Jimmy's Magick In Music class. As of December 2017, the duo have completed 11
out of 21 cards/songs from the Major Arcana.
Georgeanna Piazza has been a student and performer of dance for the past 25 years. Her studies have included ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, several styles of ballroom dance, American Cabaret Style Belly Dance, Raqs Sharqi, and American Tribal Style® Belly Dance. She was awarded the title of FCBD® Sister Studio and certified teacher, by her master dance teacher and creator of American Tribal Style® Belly Dance, Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman, in 2011.
In addition to being trained in dance, Georgeanna is a classically trained soprano, plays zils (finger cymbals), and derbekke (Middle Eastern Hand Drum). In her daily life, she facilitates the path towards healing for her clients, as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Georgeanna enjoys incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupressure/Cupping into her Massage Therapy practice. She achieved her Associate Degree in Occupational Studies from The New York College of Health Professions. Georgeanna is currently a student of The Silver Broom Ministries in Sayville, NY and is studying to become a professional tarot card reader under Rev. Mark A. Lyons.