Meet our 2022 Headliners!

We are excited that the following presenters will be joining us at Mystic South Conference 2022. Be sure to register today so you can attend their presentations, workshops, and performances!

Each of these presenters brings their unique view of Southern Culture and Southern Magick to our conference. These headliners will offer presentations and performances throughout Mystic South.

David SalIsbury

David Salisbury is a witch, activist, and Feri initiate based in Baltimore and DC. With a background in various styles of advocacy and organizing work, David is passionate about applying magical techniques to help make the world a better place to live in. He is the co-organizer of The Firefly House, the largest witchcraft organization in the DC area, the founder of Baltimore Traditional Witchcraft, and an officer for William Blake Lodge O.T.O. He is the author of several books including Witchcraft Activism.

Thorn Mooney

Thorn Mooney is a Gardnerian priestess and covenleader working in the American South. The author of Traditional Wicca: A Seeker’s Guide–with new titles forthcoming–Thorn has been practicing witchcraft in one form or another since the nineties, which she maintains was the greatest decade for both music and magic. Thorn has worked professionally as a teacher, speaker, writer, and tarot reader, and is a dedicated student of the Western Mysteries. She holds a gradate degree in religious studies, practices Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), and makes her living in academic publishing. Thorn writes Oathbound for Patheos Pagan and is also a columnist for Witches & Pagans Magazine. You can visit her blog at

Follow Her Socially: @TarotSkeptic   Thorn.Mooney   Thornthewitch   Thorn Mooney


Carla-Elaine Johnson (Clio Ajana) is a faculty member in the English Department at Saint Paul College, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She holds a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Russian literature from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree  (M.A.) in Russian literature and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Russian Translation from the State University of New York (Albany), and a master’s degree (M.F.A.) in English – Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota. Her publications are in the area of memoir, essay, and poetry. Her academic research interests include spiritual memoir, the graphic novel, literary translation, images of motherhood in literature, religious expression in literature, and the intersection of aging, death, and spirituality in contemporary religious expression.

Musical Guest: Tuatha Dea

Tuatha Dea

Tuatha Dea: the Celtic, Tribal, Gypsy Rock Band (and family) from Gatlinburg TN has been called pure primal energy with a Celtic, World and ROCK twist. The band’s eclectic sound blends the tribal vibe of primitive drums with conventional and non conventional instruments to create a real evolutionary musical crossover that defies category and genre. The combined primal rhythms, melodic and ethereal ballads, with screaming guitar riffs and an underlying Appalachian/Celtic vibe delivers an authentic tribal and clannish feel that not only draws the audience into the music but into the moment as well.

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