Every so often, a story arc reaches its conclusion. Such is the case for Fires of Venus as it had evolved over the first five years of its existence. 2012, with its reduced attendance, showed us that it was time to make a major change, shifting away from the big ritual team and large, showy rites. The only question was, what would it become. Over the fall and winter, at THE, we worked to find the answer, and eventually we found it growing from a seed planted at last year's event.
This seed was a simple thought: What if we built the rituals right there at the event based on what those of us there wanted and needed? Instead of planning out the rituals for months ahead of time and putting on a big show, what if we were to come together as a community and do the Work together? For all that we might lose polish and high production values, we might gain the spontaneity and democratic rituals that might better serve our community!
For those of you who've never been to an FoV, it is an event devoted to the celebration of Love in all of its guises. Because sexuality can be a part of love, we restrict the event to 18+. We are very sex-positive at our event, encouraging participants to celebrate their relationships openly if they so desire. But it's not a sex-event! It's a Love event that allows public sexuality. Our focus is truly on Love. People come to FoV alone, with partners, with friends, with relatives. Heck, my mom came one year! It was great! THE's most affordable event, this is a great way to get in touch with your heart, and maybe someone else's, too, if you like.