Saturdays Classes

Workshop Spotlight: History of the Occult

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with Tchipakkan

The last 50 years has been exciting, with the 60’s called “the Occult Explosion”, and the New Age. But there have been “New Ages” in almost every generation since the “Enlightenment”, and before that Magick was simply one of the things people studied. Knowing how things began can be useful for directing your attention to what you want to learn next. I’ll run through magic from the beginning of written history to the present, mostly from the European and Mediterranean/ Middle Eastern areas, and leave time for questions.

Oh the stories we tell ourselves! Witches are evil women who eat babies and have sold their souls to the Devil! Witchcraft is a fertility religion that has survived unchained in secret since the Neolithic matriarchy! This is the New Age, the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius! No one has been as aware as we are now! The Ancients had mystical power beyond our ken and it’s been kept by secret societies in Tibet! The Tarot is based on symbols found in Egyptian Pyramids! (and so on ad nauseum)


OK let’s be honest, there’s no way to debunk all the stories we make up since we continue doing it, but Tchipakkan is going to try to hit some of the highlights of what we really know about magickal practices in history, so that maybe we don’t have to be embarrassed about the dumb stuff we pass along ten years from now.

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Ritual Spotlight: Norseworking with Jane Sibley

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This is a high-energy circle in the Norse tradition, in which we may do healing, fertility magic, charging of major tools, experimental magic, distance work, and whatever else needs doing. Once the ritual begins, the room will be sealed, so please come on time, fed and rested, and pottied. Due to the high energies we will be working with, we will have grounding and tuneup for anyone (no matter their expertise) who has never been to a Norseworking before.
You MUST be able to ground and center to participate. There will be instruction on this available during the day Friday, but be advised, unless you’ve been to one, you may never have experienced this much energy flow before.

Which is all to the good, because Norseworkings are credited with some amazing healings and a few “impossible” babies!

If you have a loved one who you’d like us to work on during the Norseworking, please contact them before we start in order to get permission for us to heal them.

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Lessons from the Kingdom of Freaks and Monsters: Real Diversity in Pagan Groups

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Raven Kaldera

As Pagans, we like to think that our groups are open to a wide variety of people … but are they really? How do we include and integrate the spiritual needs of people who are queer, transgendered, polyamorous or in other alternative relationships, physically or mentally disabled, non-neurotypical, legal minors, parents, god-bothered, or otherwise not the usual run-of-the-mill idea of a Pagan? Many groups today are moving away from the “initiatory mystery cult” model and embracing a more open, congregational format, and as such will be seeing more of the above sorts. How do we meet the needs of as many people as possible, and when do we have to say “I’m sorry, not doable” to people? This class will discuss real accessibility from the point of view of a very welcoming congregation.  

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Norseworking

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This is a high-energy circle in the Norse tradition, in which we may do healing, fertility magic, charging of major tools, experimental magic, distance work, and whatever else needs doing. Once the ritual begins, the room will be sealed, so please come on time, fed and rested, and pottied. Due to the high energies we will be working with, we will have grounding and tuneup for anyone (no matter their expertise) who has never been to a Norseworking before. You MUST be able to ground and center to participate. There will be instruction on this available during the day Friday, but be advised, unless you’ve been to one, you may never have experienced this much energy flow before. Which is all to the good, because Norseworkings are credited with some amazing healings and a few “impossible” babies! If you have a loved one who you’d like us to work on during the Norseworking, please contact them before we start in order to get permission for us to heal them.

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Workshop Spotlight: Transgender Spirituality with Raven Kaldera

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Transgender Spirituality with Raven Kaldera

We have been symbols of the sacred two-in-one for thousands of years. Come hear the ancient stories about us, and rediscover our sacred nature. For transgendered people of all stripes, and anyone who is just interested in more direct ways of spiritually balancing male and female. By the author of “Hermaphrodeities: The Transgender Spirituality Workbook”.

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