-Last updated: 6/9/ 2019 at 9:00 pa.m. Hint: click on group name to go to their home page for more information.
June 9, 2019 - Spokane Magickal Moot - Projective Energies, Fire & Air - Hosted by Fiona Earthsong! We'll be discussing and working with the elements of Fire and Air! Things to bring could include: a treat to share, a candle you may want to energize, incense. Water provided.
Location & Time: 5:00 p.m. Holmberg Park
9651 N Wall St. Under the pavillion.
June 9, 2019 - Squirrelly Productions - Dream Dabbling - Ever wonder what your dreams mean? Do you feel like you're missing the point? Well, come join SoNGS's Dream Dabbling, where we discuss, share, and interpret our dreams (and you can, too). We encourage you to write down your dreams and the emotions you experienced during them for group discussion and interpretation
Location & Time: 11:00 Forza Coffee 2829 E. 29th Ave, Spokane
June 13, 2019 - Spokane Stitch and Witch - Monthly Social - We are a Pagan and Pagan friendly group for those who stitch! If you sew, knit, crochet, spin, or some other craft you are welcome to join us! We will be in the food court at the tables closest to the Victoria's Secret and Earthbound area
Location & Time: 6:00 p.m. NorthTown Mall 4750 N Division St
June 13, 2019 - Buffalo Trace Society - Sacred Medicine Pipe Circle - This is an opportunity to connect, heal, energize and commune with Spirit in the Native American tradition. Using sacred herbs, we call on spirit and guardians to teach us, heal us, guide us. Bring yourself, an open heart and intentions to respect, energize and heal as you need.
Location & Time: 7:00 p.m. 1311 S Westcliff Pl · Spokane
June 15, 2019 - Buffalo Trace Society - Strong Sun Moon Ceremony - Weather holding we hope to celebrate outside this time of year. Please bring drums and rattles if moved to do so, well behaved children are always welcome. We celebrate the old ways in the Native American tradition, all are welcome.
Location & Time: 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 2210 N Long Rd · Spokane Valley
June 20, 2019 - Buffalo Trace Society - Sacred Medicine Pipe Circle - This is an opportunity to connect, heal, energize and commune with Spirit in the Native American tradition. Using sacred herbs, we call on spirit and guardians to teach us, heal us, guide us. Bring yourself, an open heart and intentions to respect, energize and heal as you need.
Location & Time: 7:00 p.m. 1311 S Westcliff Pl · Spokane
June 22, 2019 - Squirrelly Productions -
Pagan Pizza - Come socialize with a group of like-minded people! This is the Feast of the Fey Goddesses, so make an offering to Them before you come!
Location & Time: 6:00 p.m. Round Table Pizza, 1908 W Francis, Spokane
June 23, 2019 - Buffalo Trace Society - Summer Solstice Ceremony at Sacred Wheel - We will do ceremony outside at the wheel, followed by a short pot luck of light refreshments to share with each other. We celebrate the season's changing in the Native American tradition, and recognize the wonders of Earth Mother at this moment. Family, friends and well behaved children are welcome. Please dress for the weather, we wil be outside all of the time. Feel free to bring drums and rattles if you are so moved and a small token for Earth Mother as part of our ceremony.
Location & Time: 3:30 p.m. 41104 S Old Hwy 195 · Rosalia, WA
June 23, 2019 - Hectic Eclectic - Java Ramble - Lets have another chit-chat. This time I have a plan and I've got some candles. Tell your friends about us and invite them all to come out! well see you soon!
Location & Time: 3:00 p.m. Starbucks (477100 N Hwy 95, Suite E, Ponderay, ID)
June 29, 2019 - Squirrelly Productions - Pagan Picnic! Squirrelly is having a bring your own everything picnic Pak it in, Pak it out. There is a playground, ladder golf, and plenty of shade trees. No organized activities planned, but we may do a speed friending activity if lots of new people show up. Bring your own food and beverages, blankets or lawn chairs and chill out with fellow pagans! 1We'll set up in the shade near the playground and porta-potty.
Location & Time: 1:00 p.m. Hays Park, off Crestline between Providence & Gordon
June 30, 2019 - Spairfiteria - Monthly Meeting - Up coming topic and discussion will be "dreams" Bring your dream journal if you keep one, questions you may have, information, dreams of past you are curious about, and knowledge of dreams.
Location & Time: 1:00 p.m. Boundary County Extension Office, 6447 Kootenai St., Bonners Ferry, ID
July 1, 2019 - Squirrelly Productions -
Mythology Monday - We'll finish the First Battle of Magh Turedh and introduce the Joseph Campbell lectures if there is time.
Location & Time: 6:00 North Branch Library, Hawthorne Street, Spokane.
July 7, 2019 - Spokane Magickal Moot - Tanabata, A Festival of Stars -
Location & Time: 4:00 p.m. Sullivan Park, 1901 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley Donations requested to cover costs.
July 11, 2019 - Spokane Stitch and Witch - Monthly Social - We are a Pagan and Pagan friendly group for those who stitch! If you sew, knit, crochet, spin, or some other craft you are welcome to join us! We will be in the food court at the tables closest to the Victoria's Secret and Earthbound area
Location & Time: 6:00 p.m. NorthTown Mall 4750 N Division St
July 14, 2017 - Spokane Magickal Moot - Receptive Energies: WATER and EARTH -
*clothes you don't mind getting wet in/bathing suit, towels,sunscreen, a treat to share
We'll be recording parts of the Moot and may be doing a ritual as well.
Location & Time: 5:00 p.m.,Coeur d'Alene Park,
between 2nd and 4th avenue (and Spruce and Chestnut)
2019 Beltane: A LOOK BACK
It would be fair to say that the 2019 Beltane season was the best series of Pagan celebrations in the Spokane area so far! Over 120 people from Washington, Idaho and Montana gathered at the two separate celebrations to welcome the returning warmth of the sun.
The season started with Burning Man at Greyhaven near Loon Lake on April 28 and ended with Community Beltane at Medical Lake on May 11. In our climate, predicting the onset of Spring weather is a bit difficult. Burning Man was a bit too cold, while Community Beltane was a bit warm! Nevertheless, both events were successful with a number of newcomers present at each event. It is exciting to see our community growing!
Burning Man is held annually at Greyhaven, on private land near Loon Lake. It is hosted by Squirrelly Productions and includes a Wishing Willow, Maypole, Ritual and Burning Man.
Community Beltane at Waterfront Park in Medical Lake is hosted by the active covens in the area: People of the Woods (POTW), People of the River (POTR), Children of the Crossroads (COTC), and Shadows of Nature: Guardian Steading (SoNGS). Each group contributed something to the event and the results are truly amazing! After an opening "Speed Friending" session led by SoNGS, which is likely to become a tradition, there were workshops, then the pot luck feast with POTW providing hamburgers and hot dogs and POTR doing the cooking. After the feast there were more workshops and finally a ritual put on by COTC. The ritual led right into a Maypole dance that concluded the celebration. Lola Starr was the energy behind this year's Community Beltane - a huge round of applause to her!
Thank you to all the local groups, vendors and workshop leaders that made this year so successful. And thank you to all who came out and made these events a success. Y'all come back now, y'hear!
Lots of Facebook pages have pictures of both events. Check them out if you wish.
THE SPACES BETWEEN
Follow Paisley Wilde on The Spaces Between as she journeys on her own Pagan Path. Paisley is a solitary Eclectic Pagan in north Idaho. The banks of Lake Pend Oreille is her home. Her radio show explores what is is to be a Pagan in today’s society, what is Paganism and how it is different from Shamanism. She invites you to join her journey and learn together. You can follow her on her YouTube Channel, or catch her live radio program "The Spaces Between "on TruthFrequency Radio, IHeart Radio, Tune In, Spotify, Apple Podcasts Google Play Podcasts, and Talk Stream Live, Friday Nights at 11:00.
Paisley is a real neat lady and just bursting with information and the desire to share it!
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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