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February 14, 2019 - Spokane Stitch and Witch - Monthly Social - If you sew, knit, crochet, spin, or some other craft you are welcome to join us! Or just come to chat! Mostly we are sewing, knitting, and crochet, however. Children welcome! if you enter at the food court take a Left, and keep going to the corner that is across from Jamba Juice and Auntie Anne's
Location & Time: 6:00 p.m. Northtown Mall 4750 North Division Street · Spokane, WA
February 16, 2019 - Buffalo Trace Society - Native American Spirituality discussion, BTS information - We will be presenting a discussion of Native American Spiritual philosophy, ceremonial ways and information about Buffalo Trace Society. Join us for a discussion of the old ways, and some of your own questions. We are an organization in keeping the original traditions alive, everyone is welcome.
Location & Time: 10:00 a.m., Valley Branch Library 12004 E Main Ave · Spokane Valley, AND
2:00 p.m. Cd'A Branch Library 702 E Front Ave · Coeur d'Alene, ID
February 16, 2019 - Buffalo Trace Society - Celebrate Big Winds Moon - We honor Grandmother moon in the native way, asking and receiving what is necessary for ourselves and the community. Everyone is welcome.
Location & Time: 6:00 p.m. 2210 N Long Rd · Spokane Valley, WA
February 17, 2019 - Buffalo Trace Society - Native American Spirituality discussion, BTS information - We will be presenting a discussion of Native American Spiritual philosophy, ceremonial ways and information about Buffalo Trace Society. Join us for a discussion of the old ways, and some of your own questions. We are an organization in keeping the original traditions alive, everyone is welcome.
Location & Time: 10:00 a.m. Cheney Branch Library 610 1st St · Cheney, WA
February 23, 2019 - Squirrelly Productions -
Pagan Pizza - Come socialize with a group of like-minded people as we acknowledge the Lady of the Lake!
Location & Time: 6:00 p.m. Round Table Pizza, 1908 W Francis, Spokane
February 24, 2019 - Spairfiteria - General Gathering - We will be covering Crystal and stones. Bring information to share on three stones. One will be your birth Stone and the other two of your choice. ....Or any other stuff you would like to share.
Location & Time: 2:00 p.m. UI Extension, Boundary County, 6447 Kootenai Street, PO Box 267, Bonners Ferry, Idaho
March 2, 2019 - Squirrelly Productions - Talking Pagan - This month we will discuss Ostara, a.k.a. Spring Equinox - what it's origins might have been through how we celebrate it today. Be prepared to discuss how you celebrate Ostara or how you would like to see it celebrated!
Location & Time: 11:00 Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne Road, Spokane
March 10, 2019 - Squirrelly Productions - Dream Dabbling - Ever wonder what your dreams mean? Do you feel like you're missing the point? We encourage you to write down your dreams and the emotions you experienced during them for group discussion and interpretation.
Location & Time: 11:30 a.m. Spokane Valley Library 12004 E. Main Ave. Spokane Valley
March 14, 2019 - Spokane Stitch and Witch - Monthly Social - If you sew, knit, crochet, spin, or some other craft you are welcome to join us! Or just come to chat! Mostly we are sewing, knitting, and crochet, however. Children welcome! if you enter at the food court take a Left, and keep going to the corner that is across from Jamba Juice and Auntie Anne's
Location & Time: 6:00 p.m. Northtown Mall 4750 North Division Street · Spokane, WA
March 18, 2019 - Squirrelly Productions - Mythology Monday! - We continue our discussion of the Book of Invasions, focusing mainly on the Tuatha de Dannan.
Location & Time: 6:30 p.m. North Spokane Branch Library Meeting Room, 44 East Hawthorne Road, Spokane
Spiral Scouts Forming
citizens of the world. In order to foster these skills, we believe that the children should make as many of the decisions as possible when it comes to the activities they do and how Spiral Scouts works for them. Adult leaders should facilitate this process, not dictate it.
Sha Lee Schilthuis, has created a Facebook page, Inland Empire Pagan Parents, for those interested in joining her and her children in forming a Spiral Scouts circle. If you have children and are interested in starting a troop with her let her know! She would love to connect with other Pagan families in the area!
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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