-Last updated: 12/2/ 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
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December 9, 2018 - Squirrelly Productions - Dream Dabbling- If you wish, write down your dreams and emotions they caused and the group will help interpret them..
Location & Time: 12:00 p.m. Forza Coffee Co. 1028 N. Hamilton
December 11, 2018 - Buffalo Trace Society - Sacred Prayer Pipe Circle - Light refreshments will be available afterward, with time to friendship. Anyone is welcome, come with an open heart, willingness to honor the old ways and any prayers you may be moved to offer to Spirit.
Location & Time: 2:30 p.m. 1311 S. Westcliff Pl, #306 · Spokane
December 13, 2018 - Spokane Stitch and Witch - Monthly Social -If you sew, knit, crochet, spin, or some other craft you are welcome to join us! Mostly we are sewing, knitting, and crochet, however. Children welcome!
Location & Time: 6:00 p.m. Northtown Mall 4750 North Division Street · Spokane, WA
December 15, 2018 - Buffalo Trace Society - Winter Solstice Celebration - We will be sharing a pot luck winter feast; creating ceremonial feather ties, corn meal preparations, and a ceremony marking this moment. Please bring a potluck dish, prepare to share wishes, enjoy the ceremonial marking of this season's moment, share a chant or two, and mark this month's moon cycle.
Everyone; BTS members, public, family, and children are most welcome. Please consider a voluntary donation for the use of the Unity facility.
Location & Time: 2:00 p.m. Unity Center Of North Spokane 4123 E Lincoln Rd · Spokane
In Memory- Candi Lysiak
Results of Survey
The Pagan Groups of the Spokane Area would like to thank all who participated in the survey. We received 39 responses, which is statistically significant, given our estimate of the number of Pagans in the community.
Obviously, the poll was geared such that people would respond with why they don’t go to events. The reason for that was if you don’t know what mistakes are being made, you cannot correct them!
On November 25, seven members representing five of the most active groups in the area met to discuss the results and determine how certain complaints can be addressed, and how the groups can move forward to create a more vibrant Pagan Community. You can download the results by clicking on the file below.
Village Commons would like to invite people to send us suggestions on how to improve our service to the Pagan community using the Contact Us tab in the main menu. Respondents and others need to be aware that there is only so much that the groups can do. They have time constraints as well, and there are no full-time Clergy members in Spokane. They are all volunteers, and may not be able to provide expertise in every area of community interest. The public groups cannot guarantee that they can adopt all suggestions, but all ideas are appreciated. That will be the subject of a later post.
In our recent sigil workshop with Laura Tempest Zarkoff, members of some of the local groups and a fair number of solitaries worked with Laura to create a sigil representing our community. The object of the sigil is to help create a sense of community among the groups and solitaries of Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Since that time, we have presented the sigil to many of the groups that were not present, and everyone seems to love it! Below is the sigil and the meanings of the components. Hope you like it too!
Children of the Crossroads
Children of the Crossroads is a local Wiccan coven dedicated to Hecate and Pan. They have started a neat project on YouTube called Witches and Wine. You can follow their discussions on YouTube or link through their Facebook page.
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
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