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We're celebrating Beltane by dancing the Maypole Dance!
Beltane

May 1

Beltane, (BEL-teyn, -tin), also known as Bealtinne (Caledonii), Festival of Tana (Strega), Walpurgisnacht (Teutonic), Roodmas (ROOD-mass) and May Day, begins sundown on April 30st and continues to sundown May 1st. Astrologically speaking, Beltane begins when the Sun enters 15 degrees Taurus which is in fact closer to May 5th. Some traditions celebrate on this date, calling it “Old Beltane”. Beltane marks the end of the planting season, and the beginning of pastoral summer. Beltane is celebrated by modern pagans as one of four fire festivals representing the waxing, light half of the Year.

The great central bonfire known as the “Balefire” was an integral part of this holiday. Often complex patterns were formed with the layout of the bonfire, special magickal symbols being used to help bind the magick to the land and ensure that the Years harvest would be a good one. The Balefire was also used to purify and consecrate. One custom involved herding all cattle in a procession through the smoke of the balefire to purify and bless them with fertility and health for the coming season. Newlyweds would jump over the balefire for luck and to consecrate and seal their vows. The next day, coals were taken from the remains of the fire and carried home to light hearth fires, thereby bringing the magick of the fire to bless their homes.

Another tradition of Beltane, one that has survived to this day, is the Maypole Dance. Believed to be originally a fertility rite intended to bless the land with a prosperous growing season, the dance involved the erection of a long wooden pole with varicolored ribbons tied to the top. Celebrants would then dance around the pole with ribbon in hand, winding and weaving the ribbons together. The resulting weaving was kept as a talisman until Samhain, at which time it was ritually burned.

Beltane was also a time to celebrate love, both physical and marital. Though full year and a day handfastings were quite common at this time of the year, marital vows were relaxed during Beltane. In addition to traditional handfastings, one night “Greenwood Marriages” were common during which couples would sneak off during the feasting, dancing, and singing of the festival to spend the night together under the stars and trees. Then next day, they would gather the dew that had formed during the night. It was believed that the dew of the first morning of May was magickal, and anyone who bathed their face in it would be blessed with beauty for the rest of the year.

The memory of winter has faded, and the air is warm and thick with pollen. Birds of the sky and beasts of the land begin the ecstatic mating ballet. The now mature God and Goddess consummate their sacred marriage, taking love and comfort with each other and in doing so bringing love and fertility to the world.




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Friday May 11

Shamanic Goddess Circle

With Air Magic we address the most subtle, and powerful, natural Element. Symbolic of Spring, Air blows in changes from the lightest, highest plane of energy that can bring about deep shift all through our 3D world.

How is the Air Element balanced in your life?

Out of balance: Spacey. Often late. Headaches. Shallow breaths. Shaky manifestation.

In balance: Confident. Deep breathing. Balanced daily activities. Manifestor!

We'll create our own Shamanic Ceremony you can take home and continue on your own. Bring a symbol of the Air to use for your home altar:

•Feather

•Dried flower/herbs

•Scent carrier (incense, oil)

•Sound maker (bell, rattle, flute)

Together we’ll turn our scattered thought tornadoes into gently effective breezes! Call in your magic, change your life-weather and come into right relationship with the Air Magic! Inspired by my own experiences, teachers and wise advice from The Goddess.

About the Shamanic Goddess Circle

Reawaken the Divine Feminine within you and reclaim your natural, wildish nature. Did you forget you were a Goddess in order to survive through the chaos of this world? Sink your roots into the ground and feel into the life-giving energy available to us all as women.

Every month is different - just like we are. Join in this open Circle and journey down the powerful rivers of feminine intuition and healing magic. You’ll learn and experience shamanic techniques for personal growth and healing and discover your own personal Goddess self.

Who is Mara Clear Spring Cook?

Mara is a Shamanic Healer, Teacher and Reiki Master. She leads the Shamanic Goddess Circles, Fire Ring Drumming Circles and Shamanic Sound Journey and teaches people how to follow the path of the shaman in five-month courses. Along with group work she sees private clients for soul retrieval, shamanic healing, energy healing, guided journey and more – both in person and distance. She also teaches and installs the Nine Rites of the Munay-Ki as taught by Dr. Villoldo and the Four Winds Society.



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Wednesday May 16

New Moon Magic and Movement

Want to manifest a goal but feeling stuck? You've come to the right place. Together we will clear barriers with gentle stretching and set a new intention with meditation and candle magic. May's theme is removing obstacles that stop you from being the most karate kicking awesome Boss Lady/Man we all know you are. In this class we will:

•Get in touch with our higher self

•Work with the god Ganesh to identify and blast though obstacles

•Enjoy light yoga that will leave you relaxed, recharged and ready to make things happen

•Connect with like-minded community

Wear comfortable clothing. Bring a mat, water, journal and your awesome self.

Stephanie is a certified yoga teacher and her goal is to bring more fun into people’s lives with the classes she teaches.



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Wednesday May 30

Public Full Moon Ritual and Celebration


Winning love by daylight,
Never running from a real fight,
She is the one named Sailor Moon.”
Celebrate your awesome self this full moon Sailor Moon style. In tonight’s ritual, we will:

•Embrace and transform our "faults"
•Feel empowered to make steps toward our goals
•Dance! Yes we are going to bust a move!



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Friday June 22

The Art of Sigil Witchery


Are you intimidated by the idea of Sigil Magick? Do you think it's only for Ceremonial Magicians? Afraid you may make a mistake or aren't an artist? Fear not! Ancient civilizations from around the globe have harnessed the power of the drawn line to make their mark on the world. We'll look at the basic elements that make up all symbols, what they can mean for you, and how to safely and respectfully incorporate them into your own personal practice.

Book signing to follow event.


About the Author:

Laura Tempest Zakroff is a professional artist, author, dancer, designer, teacher, and Witch. She holds a BFA from RISD (The Rhode Island School of Design) and her artwork has received awards and honors worldwide. Her work embodies myth and the esoteric through her drawings and paintings, jewelry, talismans, and other designs. As Tempest, she has been a major pioneer of fusion bellydance for nearly 20 years. Her fascination with sacred and ritual dance lead her to bellydance, and she strives to help others connect mind, body, and spirit through movement.

Laura has been a practicing Modern Traditional Witch for over two decades and revels in the intersection of her various paths with witchcraft. She blogs for Patheos as A Modern Traditional Witch, Witches & Pagans as Fine Art Witchery, and contributes to The Witches' Almanac, Ltd. She has two books published by Llewellyn Worldwide: The Witch's Cauldron: The Craft, Lore & Magick of Ritual Vessels (May 2017) and Sigil Witchery: A Witch's Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols (January 2018) with two more on the way - The Witch's Altar (co-authored with Jason Mankey - November 2018) and Weave The Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft (January 2019). Laura resides in Seattle, Washington, with her partner Nathaniel Johnstone and at least three cats.
Find out more at www.lauratempestzakroff.com



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Friday June 29

Rose Medicine

Roses are so much more than a beautiful flower! Considered a powerful energetic force in the plant world, come learn all the lovely ways that roses can bring joy, magick and healing into your hearts and home.

In this yummy session, we will be learning about rose medicine, how it is used for healing and natural beauty, not to mention a slew of delicious samples from various types of rose products - that you’ll get to learn how to make! This class will also include a demonstration of the traditional, indigenous Mexican ritual called a “limpia” or an energetic cleansing, using... you guessed it, roses.

This class is jam packed with amazing scents, tastes and exploration!

Well prepared students will bring a notebook, a pen, and a spoon that you can use to sample! Bring a lovely spoon so we save the planet from the plastic stuff.

Starlight Mundy is an enthusiastic playmate on the metaphysical playground. She leads classes to explore the Cosmic Playground. Her background includes education in traditional healing, indigenous medicine, crystal healing, rose readings (from the Berkeley Psychic Institute), Theta Healing®, and western herbalism. An herbalist, light worker and tech nerd, Starlight loves reveling in big peachy bites of life and has the singular goal of sharing those moments with the likeminded.



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