Last updated 11/30/2017 at 4:30 p.m.
November 30, 2017 - Spairfiterea Group- General Gathering -
Location & Time: 6:00 p.m. 6447 Kootenai St, Bonners Ferry, ID
December 2, 2017 - Squirrelly Productions - Talking Pagan - Come in for coffee or lunch, or a cider. Or something else! This month's topic:
Location & Time: 11:30 a.m. Scotty's Dog House, 1305 N. Hamilton St.
December 2-3, 2017 - Buffalo Trace Society - A continuation of Native American philosophy discussion
-This is a continuation of a discussion of the value of the old ways in our modern manufactured lifestyle. The old wisdom and truths are still relevant, we are invited to embrace them for a better way to be. Buffalo Trace Society (BTS) holds the old way and teaches those who are called. These sessions are presented to all who are interested or called to study further. Come and ask all the questions you have been wanting to about Native American ways.
Location & Time:
Saturday, December 2, 2017 10:30 AM Coeur d'Alene Public Library 702 East Front Avenue, Coeur d'Alene, ID (map)
Sunday, December 3, 2017 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Spokane Valley Library 12004 Main Street, Spokane, WA (map)
Sunday, December 3, 2017 1:00 PM North Spokane Library 44 East Hawthorne Road, Spokane, WA (map)
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 3:00 PM Cheney Library, 610 1st Street, Cheney, WA (map)
December 2, 2017 - Buffalo Trace Society - Long Snows Moon - Welcome to our ancient ceremony to recognize and celebrate the new moon cycle. Bring a drum or rattle and your positive energy to honor grandmother moon. We will be celebrating inside this month.
Location & Time: 6:00 p.m. 2210 North Long Road, Spokane Valley, WA (map)
December 6, 2017 - Moon Lake Gathering - Yule Gathering -
Location & Time: 6:00 p.m. Kress Gallery, River Front Mall Spokane
December 14, 2017 - Spokane Stitch and Witch - Monthly Social - Come join us for crafting and chatting!
Location & Time: 6:00 p.m. Forza Coffee Company, Spokane South Hill 2829 E. 29th Ave, Suite B
December 16, 2017 - Buffalo Trace Society - Winter Solstice Celebration - Buffalo Trace Society will celebrate the Winter Solstice in a traditional Native American spirit at the North Unity Center in Spokane. We ask you to consider a $ donation for our use of the space. We come together as a community and welcome everyone to join. You are invited to join us with children, family and friends. Gather to enjoy a pot luck dinner, fellow-shipping, a little music, and take this moment to gather for some crafting. This is when we usually assemble our feather prayer ties, grind sacred blue cornmeal and prepare to welcome and acknowledge the coming year of healing, wisdom, and safety for us all. We honor our Spirits and guides through ceremony and drumming before returning to our private homes and lives.
Location & Time: 2:00 p.m. North Unity Center 4123 E. Lincoln Rd, Spokane, WA (map)
December 23, 2017 - Squirrelly Productions - Pagan Pizza - Pizza, salad and stimulating conversation with like-minded people.
Location & Time: 6:00 p.m. Round Table Pizza
1908 West Francis Avenue, Spokane, WA
The God Element
February 3, 2017 / Pagans and Witches in Spokane, WA
This is when things can get a little dicey so stay with me. These thoughts are not to be taken as the one true way but are indeed my experience and findings throughout my days as a practitioner of the old and new ways of Paganism/Wicca. ! First, let us discuss the ‘God Element’ in Paganism and Wicca. The God, born of the Goddess on Winter Solstice or Yule, is the role of masculinity within the faith. A balancing opposition to the powerful Goddess’ feminine energy, which in my experience is quite dominating in our community. It is, after all, a Goddess Religion.
If you were to look at the symbol of the Yin-Yang you see the constant state of balance between Darkness (the Goddess) and Light (the God). Much is the same throughout our Akashi Element of Spirit. These two are swirling within each of us trying to gain ground somewhere in our lives when we least expect it. Think about the last time you were out of balance with those two halves of yourself, the masculine and feminine. You probably felt more manly or ladylike when this event occurred. You shouldn’t feel one way or the other when you are in balance. You should be able to move in and out of your Projective/Masculine side and Receptive/Feminine side with ease. continue reading
What Makes A Ritual Great
Reposted from Kylara's Musings, July 20, 2016, used with permission.
Ritual comes in all shapes and sizes. We can do ritual by ourselves, with our family, with our social group, with the larger community or (with the many digital options) with people across the globe! And yet I think there are some qualities that make rituals great that are often overlooked.
It is lovely to attend a ritual where everything goes smoothly, where everyone who has a part plays it perfectly, and where the group meshes together towards the common focus seamlessly. And yet, I absolutely don't feel that is necessary to have a great ritual. I've been to quite a few rituals where a lot has gone 'wrong', but I walked away deeply moved and had a great time.
So what is the purpose of ritual? I think that rituals can have many different goals, but ultimately they all help renew us. They touch a part of us deep inside, that connects to the sacredness of life, and help us to keep that spark nourished and healthy! Even when the ritual is exploring our darker aspects or perhaps it is a light and humorous ritual that encourages silly play, both can replenish our inner resources that get drained through the stresses and activities of life.
I think one of the very basic 'rules' of ritual is that it is a safe place. Everyone at the ritual should feel that they are safe, not only on a purely physical level, but also on an emotional one. This isn't to say that deep and serious topics can not be touched, but simply that the other people at the ritual are there to support you and not to tear you down. It can not be a great ritual if people are mocking or judging others, especially when sharing personal details.
Ritual is often a place where we push our own boundaries, and sometimes we need other people to help us, but ultimately, we should feel like we can say no to the things we are truly not ready for. We should never feel pressured at ritual to do something we are not comfortable with, no matter how simple that act may be. continued
by Wytcher, July 11, 2016
Sometimes we forget the things we say. Sometimes we forget how we say them. Sometimes we say whatever we want because we have the right. But when was the last time you reflected on the words you say? When was the last time you thought about how your words affect those around you? As witches, everything we say has impact. As people, everything we say has an impact.Words have Power. Real tangible power. Look at the news. Listen to the radio. Watch videos online. All of these sources have words flying out into the universe waiting to be empowered by the reactions and emotions of the ones who hear them. I say a word and feeling is attached to it. Slanderous words, created to be harmful, have power. Affirmations are designed to combat, and strike down, negativity with personal power and fulfillment. All of these words have an impact.
I could say I perform Hexes on a regular basis and you, the reader, are already forming an opinion. I haven’t told you how I hexed my wallet to never be empty. I haven’t told you I hexed the grounds outside of my home against intruders. But that word has an emotional tie to each of us in a different format. Words carry our thoughts, and emotions, giving them voice; and we direct that through prayers, fights, wooing in acts of love, and in acts of hate. read more
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Volcanoes and Dreams
The subject of volcanoes came up in a recent Squirrelly Dream Dabbling session. A volcanic eruption figured prominently in a dream one of the participants had.
So what does a volcano in a dream mean? It is usually associated with a conflict scenario. Dreams about earth-based dangers like volcanoes (or tsunamis, earthquakes, etc.) generally point to inner turmoil or emotional conflict in the dreamer's world. It is a warning from your subconscious that there is something going on in your waking life that needs your attention: a conflict that must be resolved. The volcano represents strong emotions held in check but bubbling just beneath the surface, ready to erupt. The usual emotion being held in check is anger: usually it is the anger the dreamer is bottling up, but it could be fear of someone else’s anger.
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Gargoyles: a subject that feeds the intellect and fires the imagination. The word Gargoyle conjures images of fantastic creatures, cast in stone, perched atop European cathedrals and spouting water or a Saturday morning cartoon show or even a Hollywood TV show or horror movie.
Gothic-era Gargoyles generally resemble a demon, devil, dragon, half-human=half-animal creatures, or a caricature of real people or classes of people. Their original purpose was as a device used to shed rainwater from buildings primarily cathedrals and castles in Europe. Another purpose was to frighten off evil and protect those that it guards, such as a church’s parishioners. Unlike grotesques, gargoyles are usually part of the drainage system of a building. learn more
The Spokane Area Pagan Business Directory
The Village Commons has assembled a list of pagan-owned and pagan-friendly businesses. Check it out! If you have a pagan-owned or pagan-friendly business, or service, contact us to be included!