It shows how busy I've been that it's taken three weeks to write a response to the Mapping the Occult City event.
The entire day was wonderful - Jason Winslade's students were charming and the morning panel was thought provoking.
Jason and I put together a last minute walking tour of places of occult interest in the Loop, and to be honest didn't expect anyone to take us up on it. When we arrived, there were 22 people waiting to walk around the city with us. How flattering!
It was great to finally hear Michael Bertiaux speak. The evening panel was lively and interesting. Unfortunately I had to leave before the Terra Mysterium performance, but I've heard nothing but good things.
I had an opportunity to sit and talk with David Metcalfe, who wrote this great article about the day's events for the website Teeming Brain: http://www.teemingbrain.com/2012/11/29/awakening-the-esoteric-spirit-mapping-the-occult-city/
Chas Clifton wrote another article for his personal blog: http://blog.chasclifton.com/?p=4718
The entire event was enlightening and uplifting. While there were people from various different backgrounds, there was still a wonderful sense of community that I'm not used to feeling. I was able to talk with people that I knew, spend time in conversation with those that I'd only had online interactions with and meet fascinating new people. I was given great suggestions for material for Occult Chicago, and hope to start posting some of it soon.
I know that there are a few other accounts of the day's events online. Feel free to send them my way!
Thank you to Phoenix Rising Academy, everyone who came, who asked me to participate and otherwise made the day amazing.