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Changes in classes

Posted by Azura Raenah on January 18, 2013 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Please note the changes in our class schedule for January. We will be cancelling the class on the 26th. Many of us will be attending another class offered by our member Bobbie Rice in Buffalo. Also note the change for classes in March. We will be in Minneapolis doing a public ritual with Dark Moon Coven at the convention.

Imbolc February 2, 2013

Posted by Azura Raenah on January 11, 2013 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This holiday is celebrated in February. Some traditionally always celebrate it on the 14th of the month. Christians call this holiday Candlemas. The Christian faith found it was easier to canonize Brigid then depict her as a demon. Brigid (Breed or Bride) is the triple goddess of poetry, healing and smith-craft. She is the goddess of fire and patroness of the forge. She was often called upon to aid women in child bearing. Imbold means “in the belly”, “in milk”. This celebration marks the return of spring. Imbolc was often observed by individual families instead of entire communities because the weather was still too harsh for travel. This is a time to plant as the days grow longer. Another traditional symbol of imbolc is the plough. A decorated plough is dragged from door to door with costumed children following asking for food, drinks or money. If they were refused the household is paid back by having their front garden ploughed up. Imbolc was a time of hope and promise for the coming spring. A tradition in the northern latitudes was to pour milk or cream onto the earth in thanks and offering for the return of fertile fields. Milk is a symbol of immortality and life among the Celts as well as many other people. It is one of the vehicles for attaining knowledge and life so it is linked to the moon and springtime. Another tradition was to light candles at dusk on Imbolc and place them in every window until they burned out. This is symbolic of lighting the way in to the future and the coming season of spring and renewal. Imbolc marks the center point of the dark half of the year. It is an important time for divination for the upcoming season, including weather divination. In Ireland, spring was close if the hedgehogs came out of their holes. Now we use the ground hog. If the ground hog sees his shadow, it foretells 6 more weeks of winter. This is a time to honor all virgin goddesses, all fire goddesses – Brigid, Atar, Aran, Gaia, Februa, Vesta and Selene to mention a few. This is a time to honor all fire gods – Bannik, Cupid, Essus and Pay to mention a few. Some things to do for Imbolc are spring cleaning. Clean your house and cast out all useless or unnecessary possessions. This does not necessarily mean your spouse or significant other. Some will use a sacred broom to sweep the house, symbolically clearing away old or useless energies. This is a good time to bless your house and any remaining Yule greens are taken out of the house and burned. Buy or make your candles for the new year and consecrate them. Clean your altar and ritual tools and consecrate them anew. You can do a self purification ritual with elemental tools. Cleanse your body with salt (Earth) Your thoughts with incense (Air) Your will with a candle flame (Fire) Your emotions with water (Water) Your spiritual body with a healing crystal (Spirit) Foods: dairy products, seeds, breads, cakes, pork, onion, garlic and herbal teas Colors: white, pink, pale green, yellow Stones: garnet, amethyst, bloodstone, onyx and turquoise

Solar Eclipse 11/13/2012

Posted by Azura Raenah on November 11, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Throughout the year, the sun waxes and wanes. At the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, the sun is only visible for a few short hours. Days become longer and at the Spring or Vernal Equinox, day and night are equal. At the Summer Solstice, the sun is visible for the longest period of time (the longest day of the year). Days start to become shorter and at the Autumnal Equinox, day and night are equal again. Finally, as the sun wanes, we are at the Winter Solstice again.

During a solar eclipse, we experience what might be called a “micro year”. The sun is whole, then partially or completely hidden, and then visible again. Within just a few minutes, an energy similar to a complete cycle of solstices and equinoxes can be felt.

In addition to this somewhat seasonal energy, we are aware of the Moon’s presence. Her shadow falls across the Earth as she appears between the Earth and the Sun. This adds the unification of solar and lunar energy, reinforcing the sense of wholeness, completion and cycles of a solar eclipse.

Consider this fact about solar eclipses: A solar eclipse can only occur during the day, on a new moon. This means that you are working with new moon energy (great for getting rid of things and letting go).

A solar eclipse does not have to be visible for you to work magic. You won’t be able to see every eclipse unless you can travel all over the world easily! Simply look at charts and almanacs to find the exact time of the eclipse, and work your magic then.

When an equinox occurs at the time of the waning year (from the Summer Solstice to Yule) it is a good time to rid yourself of unwanted energies, bad habits, unhealthy patterns of thinking and acting, negativity, and other baneful things in your life. You can work with both the new moon energy, and the waning year energy, in addition to the energy of the eclipse.

http://quinazagga.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/magick-and-the-solar-eclipse-2/

 

Here is also the NASA site for the Solar Eclipse will be visible in Australia.

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/TSE2012/TSE2012.html

 

Today's Coffee Clutch

Posted by kevinurbanczyk on November 4, 2012 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Just a couple of us met today but once again we accomplished alot. We have come up with the dates for the rest of the year for our meetings. We also came up with some other classes that would be good for initiates and those that are already on their path.  Please check out our calendar to see what is upcoming for November and December.

Samhain Weekend Events

Posted by Azura Raenah on October 30, 2012 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

We had a Samhain ritual at our house in Sartell. It was great to meet up with the Witches from Hutchinson and some new members from St. Cloud. Now that we know each other, we will continue to meet for sabbats and rituals throughout the year.


We also had our Pumpkin Carving yesterday. The kids really seemed to enjoy it and it gave the adults time to meet and eat. Sorry we did not make the event in Hutchinson. 


We also attended Sharon and Wayne's wedding on Sunday. I did the handfasting and Kevin did the official wedding recognized in the State of Minnesota. The reception was nice and the bride was beautiful. What bride isn't?  

Pagan Classes

Posted by Azura Raenah on October 30, 2012 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

We will be starting a Pagan class after the New Year.   

Here is the tentative List for the Intro year/initiation classes. The following year will be more in depth "path specific" classes. These classes will take 53 weeks (thus covering the standard 1 Year and a day) requirements for students

 

History of Pagan Paths

Mythical Beasts

Elements (Western/Eastern)

Herbalism

Aromatherapy

General Divination

Practical Divination

Correspondance work

Dreamwork/Meditation

Energy-work

Practical Energy work

Reiki

Basic Ritual Work

Ethics & Laws in Magic (1 week class)

**There will be a 1st year initiation. **  These classes will cover the basics for any path in paganism.


** We are still discussing final locations , but the classes will be held in Sartell or Hutchison depending on the class.**


The fee for the classes is $30.00 a class or $360 for the year. The reason for the charge is to ensure that the student is serious about their work.  

Meeting @ Caribou

Posted by kevinurbanczyk on October 20, 2012 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (3)

Had a great meeting today @ Caribou with Lynn Williams from Saint Cloud Pagan Center. We were also joined by Cindi, a new friend. We discussed several upcoming events that will be posted on the calendar. It is always good to expand and meet new folks.

Divination class

Posted by kevinurbanczyk on September 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Is anyone interested in having a divination class?  This would include Tarot, Rune, Stone and Bones, water divination, mirror divination.  We can all get together and learn and teach each other. 

Samhain

Posted by kevinurbanczyk on September 23, 2012 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I know this falls on a week day this year. We would definately like to get together for this sacred sabbat. We need a location for this event. I know at this time of year, an outside sabbat may not be possible due to the weather. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated. 

We do need to stay on top of this because the days fly by so quickly.

Clay Class

Posted by kevinurbanczyk on September 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (3)

We are organazing a clay class for around the Mid of October. This would be a good time to get together and make some tools and gifts for the Witche's New Year. Because we would be making tools, this would be a time when we would not want children present.  Our energy needs to be concentrating on the tools and gifst that we are making. I know this may be an inconvenience for some, but we would also like to have this at our home in Sartell. 

It will be a fun time and we can add herbs to the tools. If there is something specific you want to make or need a specific herb, let us know and we will check our pantry of herbs. If it is something we don't have, I am sure we can locate it.  If you  have an idea of what you want to make and are not sure of the herb needed, ask and we can research it for you or assist you in your research.

We will update you on the actual date of the class.


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