Last Updated: October 1, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
October 1, 2016 - Squirrelly Productions - Talking Pagan over Shade-Grown Coffee - Each month, we will suggest a topic of general interest for discussion. This month: As the veil thins, we ask ourselves what the veil really is and whether there are clues to its existence in science.
Location & Time: 11:00 a.m. ReBOOT Coffee Bar & Tech Services 501 South Thor Street, Spokane, WA (map)
October 13, 2016 - Spokane Stitch & Witch- Monthly Social
Location & Time: 6:00 p.m. Forza Coffee Company, Spokane South Hill 2829 E. 29th Ave, Suite B, Spokane, WA., Spokane, WA (map)
October 13, 2016 - Metaphysical Research Society - Featured Speaker: Susan C. Moyer, MSW - Susan Moyer will speak on Medicine Cards and how to use them. Medicine Cards are based in Native American traditions and lore. Susan's presentation will include a visualization to connect with an animal special to you. Knowledge of this animal and its gifts to you is a sacred message for you to take from this meeting.
Location & Time: 7:30 p.m. Center for Spiritual Living, 33rd and Regal, Spokane, WA (map)
October 14, 2016 - Emerging from the Shadows - Wicca Class -
Location & Time: 6:00 p.m. Location shown to invitees
October 15, 2016 - Squirrelly Productions - Annual Witches Ball -A Masquerade Ball including a buffet dinner, a free dance lesson, dancing, games and prizes!
event includes a buffet dinner, a free dance lesson, dancing, games and prizes. Tickets $25 or $40 per couple.
Location & Time: 6:00 p.m. Spokane Women's Club, 1428 W. 9th Ave., Spokane, WA (map)
October 15, 2016 - Metaphysical Research Society - MRS Holistic Health & Psychic Fair -There is a $20 entrance fee but all readings and body work are FREE! Vendors (artists and products) are available. Espresso Stand, too. We feature local psychics and healers who are available all year long.
Location & Time: 10:00 a.m. Unity Church
2900 S Bernard , Spokane, WA (map)
October 22, 2016 - Inland Empire Pagan Guild - Samhain Ritual, Potluck and Festivities - Frazer suggests that halving the year at 1 May and 1 November dates from a time when the Celts were mainly a pastoral people, dependent on their herds. In medieval Ireland the festival marked the end of the season for trade and warfare and was an ideal date for tribal gatherings. These gatherings are a popular setting for early Irish tales.
Location & Time: 2:00 p.m.Unitarian Universalist Church 4340 W Fort Wright Dr, Spokane, WA (map)
October 23, 2016 - Squirrelly Productions - Dream Dabbling - Each month we discuss and interpret dreams.
Location & Time: 11:00 a.m. ReBOOT Coffee Bar & Tech Services 501 South Thor Street, Spokane, WA (map)
October 29, 2016 - Witchy Rituals for Beginners - Samhain (Halloween) Celebration - Wear your best Robes Agenda 1. A short meet and Greet 2. Ritual for Samhain 3. Light dinner/snacks (everyone should bring a dish to share). 4. Social time....
Location & Time: 7:00 Location shown to Meetup Members
LOCAL PAGAN LOSES HOME TO FIRE, NEEDS HELP
Last night, the Holbrook family in Chewelah lost their home to a fire. They are currently in a Red Cross shelter, but have nothing left but the clothes on their back and their pickup truck. She is a retired nurse and an Avalonian Priestess. He is a disabled Vietnam vet. Both are long-time Pagans.
They need anything we can provide, They are also looking for a two bedroom rental anywhere (pets permitted). Right now a rental and clothing are the biggest needs, but once they have a place, I'm sure they will need furnishings, and lots of other things. They need the following clothing sizes: male; 34-32 38-40 shirt; female size 24; male 34-36 pants, xl shirt.
You can check out the damage on Ann's facebook page.
Money donated will go directly to Ann and her husband. We will make arrangements to pick up any donated clothing, but please hold on to any other type of donation until they find a place to live.
Village Commons, in conjunction with Squirrelly Productions and Aphrodite Events presents:
THE WILD HUNT MASQUERADE BALL!
Nearing Halloween, or Samhain, it seems easier to let your mind wander to darker things. Cooler nights, blustery winds, dry leaves breaking from the trees and rustling in the dark. Shapes and forms manifest where before there were only shadows. At the Cave of Cruachan in Connaught stands the Gate to the Underworld. At Samhain every year the gate opens and the Wild Hunt rides forth accompanied by ravens and hounds. To travel the nights alone at this time was considered to be extremely dangerous, and one had to be careful to protect against Fey.
Dress as your favorite member of the Wild Hunt and join Squirrelly as we shutter the west windows and celebrate the season!
Our event includes a buffet dinner, a dance lesson, dancing, games and prizes. Our event will be at the Spokane Women's Club, 1428 W. 9th Ave., Spokane, WA (map) Saturday, October 15 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. To buy tickets or back for details on the events, dances and dinner, go here or to the Squirrelly Meetup page!
Admission is $25/person; $40/couple until October 5, then $25/person, $50/couple thereafter. If not sold out, tickets will be available at the door. This event helps pay for this web page and domain name, plus Squirrelly's Meetup page. Help us fund the things that serve you, and have a good time too!
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!