What do you wish for?

Do you base our choices on what you want, or what you think you're supposed to want? Let yourself feel what you feel and want what you want, THEN engage your mind in the process. The best wishes are born from your heart.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Goddess and Unconditional Love Workshop, British Traditional Wicca 101, Call for Actors, Tarot Explorations, What Women Most Desire, Voices of Veterans, Keeping Time With Stargazer Li, Kali: Hindu Goddess of Endings and Beginnings, Celebrate 11/11/11 at Isis Oasis, Sacred Blue Lotus Ceremony, New Reality Transmission, Celebration of Craftswomen, Unification Celebration, Planting with Natives, Rainwater Harvesting, Victorian Fashion Fun for Children, Sacred Well Holiday Artisans Faire, Community Seed’s Open Circle, Le Bal des Vampires, Moonie and Broon - Foolish Mortals!, San Francisco Green Festival, Legends of the Celtic Harp, Choreomania, Mask-Making Workshop, Temple of Aphrodite, Samhain/Día de los Muertos Moot!, Shamanic Healing Clinic, Kozmik Kirtan, Dinner and Art at the Dream Institute, Women’s Empowerment Support Group, Tarot Salon, South Bay Pagan Salon

Goddess and Unconditional Love Workshop
with Chris Beals
Wednesday, November 9, 10:30-11:30AM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
$15 per session
Please pre-register by phone or at the website below

“We will be working on loving ourselves unconditionally. We will be looking at how you handle yourself and your emotions on a moment-to-moment basis. Are you critical of yourself and others? Do you judge and hurt yourself unnecessarily? Is it hard for you to just relax and enjoy each day? It can be joyful and loving all the time! This workshop combines wisdom, meditation, and introspection.

Chris Beals of Pathways is dedicated to facilitating and nurturing the inner spirit. Chris Beals has been a radio talk show host and meditation teacher in the SF Bay Area for 25 years. Chris also does clairvoyant readings by phone Monday, Tuesday, and Sundays noon-7:00PM! My personal goal is to empower every person I meet. I look forward to meeting you!”

British Traditional Wicca 101
with Lady Argante
Wednesday, November 9, 7:00-9:00PM, and 5 more Wednesdays through December 14
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$10 per class

“Lady Argante, a third-degree Gardnerian Elder and the High Priestess of the Coven Daoine Sidhe, comes to The Sacred Well to offer a class that will provide students with a spiritual and practical introduction to Wicca from a British Traditional perspective.

This 14-week course includes an introduction to British Traditional Wicca's history, cosmology and Wheel of the Year; meditations on the Goddess, the God, and the four elements; basic magical ethics and methods; and informal rituals for Samhain and Yule.

Class space is limited, so call The Sacred Well today at 510-444-9355 to sign up for the entire course, or for any individual class.”

Dream Theater
A Call for Actors
Wednesday, November 9, 7:00-9:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“Interested in participating in dream theater as ritual? “Diamonds of Light,” a dream-based performance piece written and presented here in 2009, will be offered again for the Solstice event on December 18th. If you would like to join in, come to this initial meeting to look over the script and consider ways it could be staged. Fresh dream material from participants on the seasonal theme to be added. No acting background necessary, only enthusiasm. Subsequent rehearsal dates to be arranged.

The Dream Institute is an experimental cultural center founded in 2003. It has come into being during this time known as the shift or the great turning. Our offerings include weekend workshops, daylong seminars, evening salons, film series, professional training, art exhibits, retreats, and dream-based performances. We are also the West Coast center for Culture Dreaming. Programs and events are open to the public; continuing education seminars are for professionals in the healing arts. We do not advocate any single philosophical, psychological, spiritual, or religious viewpoint toward dreams or personal growth.”

Tarot Explorations
with HiC Luttmers
Wednesday, November 9, 7:00-9:00PM (and the second Wednesday of every month)
Firefly Willows, 111 Main Street, Los Altos, 650-947-9300
register by phone at 650-947-9300 or by e-mail at workshops@fireflywillows.com

“This ongoing drop-in class is an opportunity to work with the Tarot through readings, exercises, spreads and techniques that allow us to grow, evolve and deepen our understanding of the Tarot and access the wisdom and magic for ourselves and others that the Tarot has to offer us.  Come and meet other Tarot enthusiasts and professionals.  Feel free to have questions about cards and readings you might like additional input and insight about.  Bring a Tarot Tip to share with others.  Try out new techniques, new spreads, new perspectives.  This class is recommended for anyone who has a beginner’s knowledge and greater of the Tarot and is wanting to expand and grow that knowledge.

HiC is a Tarot Conversationalist and Ritualist who has been working with the Tarot for over twelve years and has been reading professionally for the last decade.”

What Women Most Desire: Two Plays from Chaucer
Wednesday-Thursday, November 9-10, 8:00PM,
and every Wednesday and Thursday through November 17
Alcove Theater, 414 Mason Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco

“What Women Most Desire
Shipman’s Tale: A musical bedroom farce
Wife of Bath’s Tale: On management of husbands - of which she has had 5!!

Two of Chaucer’s most delightful tales - yes, in Modern English, so fear not, Lords and Ladies! Ah, marriage! Learn some tricks of the trade from experts in the marital arts, from those who know how to get exactly what they want. Women, ever wonder how to get what you want from the man in your life? Come find out. And men, do you wonder at that eternal mystery: but what exactly DO all women want? There is an answer to that question, too, and you’ll find out what it is at What Women Most Desire!

The mission of Geoffrey Chaucer & Co. is to bring the riches and depth of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and related works to the widest audiences possible through performances that exemplify the highest artistic qualities.
Geoffrey Chaucer & Co. is a not-for-profit organization.”

Voices of Veterans
A Welcome Home Ceremony
Thursday, November 10, 7:00PM
San Francisco Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco
Free for Veterans, everyone else $12

“This welcome home ceremony brings together veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the local community. It intends to help heal the distance between the warriors and those they protect, and to bridge the gaps between war and peace, trauma and renewal, pain and understanding. Such a welcome involves a courageous community conversation that moves beyond politics and goes deeper than the rhetoric of war. It begins with tragedy and loss- the aftermath of any war - and requires the language of poetry and story, as well as the dignity of ceremony.

Join author, Michael Meade, and veterans for an evening of poetry, stories, and cogent commentary on the realities of war and the difficulties returning from it.”

Keeping Time... with Stargazer Li
Thursday, November 10, 7:00-9:00PM
Dhyana Center Education Loft, Basso Building, 2nd floor, 186 N Main Street, Sebastopol
(use the Wilton Street entrance)
$10 suggested donation

“Come experience Stargazer Li weaving a blend of essence elixirs and stories that bring us deeper into conversation with the universe...”

In Her Name Circle: Kali, Hindu Goddess of Endings and Beginnings
with Joy Reichard
Friday, November 11, 7:00-8:30PM (and the second Friday of every month)
Ann Benner Room, UU San Mateo, 300 E Santa Inez Avenue, San Mateo, 650-342-5946
$10-$20 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

The voice of the Divine Feminine is re-emerging in human consciousness, bringing us a new vision of the sacredness and unity of life.
Her mythology from diverse cultures around the globe illustrates her many representations and rich symbolism offering role models and guidance to modern women and men. Her message is one of peace, compassion, and respect for all life.
If you are seeking to learn more about the Divine Feminine, then please join us on the second Friday of each month as devotees of the Goddess gather to celebrate her many manifestations with ritual, movement, myth, song, divination and guided visualization. A $10-20 donation is appreciated.

Upcoming dates:
December 9: Mother Mary, Queen of Heaven and Mother of Christ”

Celebrate 11/11/11 at Isis Oasis
Friday, November 11, 6:00PM
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville
$20 includes pizza, drumming, dances and movie
to RSVP, please call 707-320-3609

This is one of two events happening at Isis Oasis on 11/11/11.

“6:00PM Pizza cooked in the new cob Horus Oven
7:00PM Dances for Universal peace led by by Tui
9:00PM Premier showing of the movie Thrive
10:00PM Drum Circle led by Sahar with a Mother Drum - bring a drum if you have one
11:11PM Gong Bath”

Sacred Blue Lotus Ceremony
Friday, November 11, 8:00-10:00PM
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville
to RSVP, please call 415-407-5442 or e-mail aryshta@isisoasis.org

“Experience the Magical Medicine of the Egyptians.
Celebrate the Dawn of a New Age with the Activation of your Higher Self.
Feel the shift with the Blue Lotus and Crystal Bowls.

Isis Oasis presents
Reverend-Priestess Aryshta Dean
with Adi Das, Jerome and Kim

With over 20 years of psychic research and spiritual training, Rev. Aryshta presents the Egyptian Blue Lotus Sacrament, recreated at the Temple of Isis after 1600 years of absence.  This amazing psychic enhancement provides a slight euphoric feeling with an expanded state of consciousness.  The Blue Lotus was the key to the ancient Egyptians’ use of magic for over 3000 years!  Join us for this amazing evening ceremony that will change your life!”

New Reality Transmission
Friday, November 11, 11:00PM
Global Meditation - join from wherever you are!
http://www.newrealitytransmission.com (site plays music)

“Worldwide, more and more people are becoming aware that:
Earth is the mother of our existence
Earth as our base of life is increasingly endangered
We interact with mother earth through a permanent connection:
- not only regarding material things (food, oxygen, exploitation, environmental destruction
- but, also in non-material form through the exchange of qi. Information for example of love, harmony, respect.  Also, hatred and greed do not simply dissolve, but linger and spread into the entire atmosphere and Earth.
That means: We humans are able to influence these interactions positively by being grateful, harmonious, loving and respectful.
For many years Grand Master Wei Ling Yi (Sifu) has been devoting a major part of his work to re-harmonizing world wide energy-streams in order to prevent, reduce or diminish the impact of catastrophes. Thus the self regulation of the Earth will take place in a gentle way. Scientists from the US, who are working on this field too, prepared an American website for a global healing transmission for Mother Earth.
Through New Reality Transmission, all people, no matter which national origin, faith or spiritual belief, can participate together in a world wide meditation for our planet. This positive transmission of information will take place as follows:
1.  Meditation on the 11.11. 2010 at 11:00pm for 11 minutes (go in the quietude, let go, connect with the primal source).
2.  After those 11 minutes: with one thought and a loving heart send light, love, qi energy and peace to Mother Earth.
3.  Close with a mantra or a short prayer for Mother Earth; sing or recite (for example, Ma Ya Hai).”

This is from last year, but the idea is even more relevant this year!  There are updates on the Facebook page.

Thanks to Kian for letting me know about this event!

Celebration of Craftswomen
Friday-Sunday, November 11-13, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, Buchanan Avenue and Marina Boulevard, San Francisco
$9 adults, $7 students and seniors, children under 12 free

“The Celebration of Craftswomen is San Francisco’s largest holiday fine crafts retail fair, and the largest event celebrating the craft of women in the nation.  The event is sponsored by and is a benefit for the Women’s Building, a community service center serving women and girls in San Francisco.”

Unification Celebration
Friday-Sunday, November 11-13
CYO Retreat Center, 2136 Bohemian Highway, Occidental
see website for registration details

“Join us for our 4th Annual 11:11 Activation Gathering, where we will join together, in commUNITY co-creation, manifesting an EPIC event for conscious family!
Blending music, sacred movement, visionary art, performance, playshops and intentional ceremony to create a magical wonderland of love and light!
The power of 11:11 is a phenomenon that is becoming more prominent in our accelerated times.  There are numerous gatherings happening around the planet on 11/11/11, let us tap into the collective crystalline grid TOGETHER, co-creating a UNIFIED FIELD of POSITIVE INTENTION, EMPOWERMENT, PEACE AND LOVE!
This special weekend gathering blends festival-like elements and ceremony in a retreat environment.
Come stay in a heated cabin with your friends and enjoy home-cooked food with the whole family!
Nestled in an ancient redwood forest in Sonoma County, this is the perfect place to gather, relax, activate and have fun!”

Planting with Natives
with Brianna Schaefer
Saturday, November 12, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Garden for the Environment, 7th Avenue at Lawton Street, San Francisco

“Curious about what qualifies as a native plant? Want to attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds (oh my!) to your garden? Wonder just how low-maintenance gardening with natives can be? Join Brianna Schaefer, local native plant propagator, landscape designer and Presidio Native Plant Nursery Manager for a whirlwind tour of California native plants. Learn which plants will work best in your garden, how to keep them looking good year round and the many benefits native plants provide.”

Thanks to Pixie for letting me know about this event!

Rainwater Harvesting
part of EcoRanch Projects’ Sustainability Series
Saturday, November 12, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Sienna Ranch, 3232 Deer Hill Road, Lafayette, 925-283-6311
please register at the website below

“Simple, low-cost rainwater harvesting systems can lower your water bill, increase your backyard harvest, and reduce storm runoff. This course presents the basic principles of harvesting rainwater in tanks. Participants will install a large rain tank in the Sienna Ranch Learning Garden, and will also learn:
How to calculate roof catchment potential
Where to position a tank
Types of storage tanks
How to create “first flush” diversion
Uses for overflow rainwater
A low-tech system for gravity drip irrigation using stored rainwater
Methods for linking smaller 55 gallon barrels
Sources for tanks and materials and professional help if needed

Bring a plan view with dimensions of your home if you’d like to calculate how much rain you can harvest from your own roof.”

Victorian Fashion Fun for Children

Saturday, November 12, 10:00AM-4:00PM
McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward
$5 adults, $3 seniors/students; children under 10 Free

“Discover Victorian-era fashion. Learn about and try on fun costume pieces like a bustle and a top hat. Make your own paper dolls and imagine the fashion of the future. How do you think people will dress in 2050?”

Sacred Well Holiday Artisans Faire
Saturday, November 12, 12:00-5:00PM, and one more Saturday, November 19
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355

“Have you ever noticed that locally produced, handmade goods are the best gifts? Those special items that your family and friends keep talking about for years? Join us as we welcome some of our favorite artisans for our first annual Sacred Well Holiday Artisans Faire! Three Saturdays in November from Noon until 6pm, you'll have the chance to meet local artists and vendors as well as pick up some wonderfully unique holiday gifts! Each week we'll host a new group of artisans, so be sure to stop in!

Saturday, November 12
Emily Butterfly
Children's items for magical play: tooth fairy candles, wands, fairy pictures and more!

Raising Higher Awareness (Rha)
Stickers, key chains, art work with urban flair and spiritual geometries

Herbal tinctures and teas, handmade jewelry, and magical talismans

Saturday, November 19
Ars Fabrica
Homemade jam and preserves, knit and crocheted items, incense, and assorted artisanal objets d'art

From the Fig Tree
Handmade textile items and bath products

Stars in Jars
Personal and environmental gem and flower essences and sprays

Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, November 12, 2:00PM (and the second Saturday of each month)
Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz
$5-$10 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“We meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Gather at 2pm, begin ritual at 2:30pm. The intention of this circle is to provide a regular meeting place for Earth-Spirit, Pagan worship in Santa Cruz. New comers are welcome! Let us meet together in sacred trust to create closer spiritual bonds of love and understanding within our community and within our tribes. There is only one love. Following ritual will be a simple feast, and the opening of circle. (No potluck except on occasion). After circle has been opened, we invite you to stay to socialize, and perhaps have some tea and snacks.

What to bring?
Yourself, your open heart and mind. We ask for a small sliding scale donation to cover the costs of the hall rental ($5-$10 dollars). No one will ever be turned away for lack of money.

This month, Makai Powell and Skot Colacicco will lead us in our Monthly circle.”

PEERs presents
Le Bal des Vampires
Saturday, November 12, 6:30PM
Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda
Tickets must be purchased in advance - see website for details
$25 before October 30, $30 after
pictures from previous years’ events:

“Waltz the night away in a beautiful candlelit ballroom with the San Francisco Bay Area’s most glamorous Undead at the 18th Annual Le Bal des Vampires.

Suggested costume is evening dress of the century and country of your “rebirth.”  This may include dress uniform, period costume (authentic or fantasy), vintage attire, or modern evening dress.  There is no dress code for the ball (We certainly don’t expect Spike to attend in black tie!), but you will see some of the most gorgeous and creative costumes of the social season at Le Bal des Vampires.

For costume tips, you may want to visit the PEERS photograph gallery for the 2009 Le Bal des Vampires and Bill Watters' photograph gallery for the 2010 Le Bal des Vampires.

This year there will once again be simultaneous dancing on two separate floors:
Our band in the elegant upstairs ballroom is the stylish but always dashing chamber ensemble Bangers and Mash.  As usual, haunting waltzes dominate the program, but the evening will feature a variety of dance music from across the centuries – from 18th century Baroque contredanses to 19th century Victorian rotary and Viennese waltzes, polkas, and mazurkas; to elegant early 20th century tangos, blues, and fox trots and even some classic rock and roll Swing.  Please note that the band’s first dance set will start at 7:45PM sharp – 15 minutes earlier than usual.  The dance sets will be unusually long, even by Bangers and Mash’s high standards, so if you do plan to dance, please be certain to wear shoes or boots you can actually dance in.
For those preferring a more modern style of dance music and free-style dancing, join us downstairs in Le Bal des Vampires’ Nightfall Club for a wonderfully varied repertoire of music to stir the blood and spirit from 6:30 p.m. to Midnight.  Hosted by Dark Moon, the club also features a no-host (cash) bar.

As vampires do not eat ... food, there will be no food or snacks available at the bar, and the management does not allow any outside food or drink to be brought into the hall. We strongly suggest that you dine before the ball.  Fortunately, Alameda has a variety of excellent restaurants, especially on Park Street, which is within walking distance of the ball.
Our half-time show in the ballroom is a performance by the celebrated Le Theatre des Vampires. Not recommended for the faint of heart but highly recommended for fans of the genre.   
You may also enjoy quiet conversation, Tarot readings, and photography opportunities in the Victorian Parlor.”

Moonie and Broon - Foolish Mortals!
Saturday, November 12, 7:00PM
Del Valle Theatre, 1963 Tice Valley Boulevard, Walnut Creek

The jugglers/rope walkers/fire eaters/hilarious freaks who perform at the Renaissance Faire are performing indoors!

“Moonie and Broon present an improvisational comedy show using a variety of skills including music, juggling, escapes and sideshow stunts.”

San Francisco Green Festival
Saturday-Sunday, November 12-13, Saturday 10:00AM-7:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM-6:00PM
SF Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th Street, San Francisco
see website for admission details*

“Join thousands of like-minded eco-enthusiasts for food, drink, music - and lots of information on earth-friendly practices for your daily routine.

Think of the Green Festival as a walk through a sustainable community. You'll sample organic food and spirits, and browse the eco-fashion, fair-trade gifts and natural body products on display. Enjoy live music from a variety of acts as well as a Green Kids' Zone. Visit the brand new DIY Demo Area, a completely interactive space that relies on audience participation as much as presenter expertise. The list of inspiring events this year includes presentations from Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and author Frances Moore Lappé, as well as a memorial tribute to Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai (1940- 2011).”

*My mobile phone service provider, CREDO Mobile, has sent me two free tickets to the Green Festival, so if you want one or both of them, let me know - I’ll forward them to who ever asks first!

Legends of the Celtic Harp
featuring Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter
Sunday, November 13, 8:00PM
Freight and Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-644-2020
$22.50 in advance, $24.50 at the door

“Three of the world's premier Celtic harpists combine music with spoken word to take us deep into the myths, magic, and fabled history of this beautiful instrument.
In addition to being a top-flight Celtic harp player, Patrick Ball is a captivating storyteller in the Irish tradition, blending the glorious tones of the wire-strung harp and spoken-word magicianship into rich theatrical performances. He has appeared at the Freight over the years in original productions like "The Christmas Rose" and "The Fine Beauty of the Island".
Multi-instrumentalist Lisa Lynne composes and performs original music featuring the Celtic harp in gentle melodies and lush arrangements. Her lovely tunes appear on CDs from the Windham Hill and New Earth labels that have repeatedly placed in the Top 10 and Top 20 on the Billboard new age music charts. You can hear Lisa's music throughout the PBS special "Alone in the Wilderness," amongst many other soundtracks for commercial television and independent films.
Aryeh Frankfurter is a world-traveling multi-instrumentalist who explores a multitude of ethnic and international musical genres, from virtuosic progressive rock violin to intricate Swedish folk and Celtic music. His uncommon approach to the Celtic harp is passionate and evocative.”

a concert featuring  Canconier
Saturday, November 12, 7:30PM
Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington Avenue, Albany
Sunday, November 13, 3:00PM
Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, 20 University Avenue, Los Gatos
for more information, contact Music Sources at info@musicsources.org or 510-528-1685

“MusicSources presents:
Choreomania: Music for the Dancing Plagues of Medieval and Renaissance Europe
Cançonièr presents music for a fascinating and little-understood phenomenon: during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, certain areas (especially in Germany) experienced brief outbreaks of manic, “contagious” dancing that often afflicted dozens, or even hundreds. Otherwise ordinary people would succumb to a compulsion to dance furiously for days or weeks on end, some to their deaths. Many feared that they had been cursed by saints, and perhaps gave in to mass hysteria; the true causes are still debated.
Music was offered for the dancers in the hope that it would ease their suffering, or appease divine wrath. Instrumental and vocal dance music, flagellant songs, penitential prayers, tarantellas, and more!
With our special guest, Tom Zajac. Tom is a master multi-instrumentalist famed for his work with the Renaissance wind band Piffaro, as well as several other excellent early music groups. We are delighted to have him join us for both of our concerts this season!”

Mask-Making Workshop
with Sue Kearney of Magnolias West
Saturday-Sunday, November 12-13
private home in west Oakland, address will be given upon registration
pay what you wish, pay what you can, $80 deposit required in advance
for more information, contact Sue at Sue@MagnoliasWest.com

“In many mystical traditions the mask has been a powerful symbol of realization and promise. It has been used as a tool for connecting to collective wisdom, channeling protective energy, divination, restoring health, and sacred initiatory rites.

The ritual of mask-making, when done with focus and intention, is a powerful way to connect your everyday persona with your inner, more intuitive, higher self. It's also fun!

Join Sue for a mask-making workshop this fall, the weekend of November 12-13, at her home in west Oakland. This workshop will be small by intention: no more than seven participants.

*What is this Pay what you wish/what you can thing? you ask. Read on: Sculptors, shamans and coaches offer two-day mask-making workshops for $199–$225. For this workshop, you are invited to choose the fee that's the right fit for you. You won't be asked to pay your balance until the workshop is complete. A few words about the $80 deposit to hold your space: When you email Sue to reserve, you'll be asked to date your check for two days after the workshop (November 14, 2011).  This check won't be cashed until the workshop is complete. If you need to cancel and let me know up to two weeks before the workshop date, your check will be torn up. If you let Sue know by one week before, she'll return $40. If you cancel week of the workshop, you lose the deposit.”

Sue Kearney is also know as Raven of the Redwoods, Amazon High Priestess of Rhythmic Transformation!

Temple of Aphrodite
Sunday, November 13, 11:00AM-12:00PM, (and the second Sunday of each month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“Priestess Rabbit, devotee of Aphrodite, invites you to the monthly Temple of Aphrodite ritual, featuring activities dedicated to the benevolent Lady of Love. Aphrodite's power is found in beauty, grace, forgiveness, compassion, sensuality, sexual chemistry, and moments of pure joy.

Theme for November is: La petite morte - Love and Death

Men and women of all backgrounds are invited to participate in these services to help them tap into the ever-flowing fountain of love within, and to connect that love with their personal practices, work, relationships, and activities in the world.”

Samhain/Día de los Muertos Moot!
hosted by The Santa Cruz Pagan Moot

Sunday, November 13, 1:00PM
Taqueria Vallarta, 1101 Pacific Avenue, Suite A, Santa Cruz

“Join us for fellowship and fun! November’s Moot will be a celebration
of Day of the Dead. Bring a picture of your beloved dead, your
stories, and a few bucks for food. Taqueria Vallarta is a couple of
doors down from Logo’s bookstore on the Pacific Garden Mall.

Families are welcome! Look for the Black Cat on the table!”

Shamanic Healing Clinic
Sunday, November 13, 3:00-5:00PM (usually the second Sunday of every month)
in Santa Rosa - RSVP for exact location
To reserve your place, or for more information, call 707-570-0111
$20-$40 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Receive shamanic healing in a community setting
Feel the love and energy of the compassionate spirits
Socialize with shamanic healers and other participants
Experience non-dogmatic, non-religious, spirit based healing

We work in a community setting - everyone healing together.
We use drums and rattles to keep the beat of a trance state, plus bells and other sounds.
We bring you the healing of the compassionate spirits in whatever form that may take
We use appropriate touch, or the laying on of hands.
We remove negative energy and restore positive energy
We give people messages of hope and comfort from the spirits

All the clinic healers have studied shamanic healing with Stuart and Anne, and have developed deep relationships with the helping spirits.

Stuart Dole, PhD and Anne Hatfield both graduated from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies’ 3-year advanced training, where they studied directly with Michael Harner, author of Way of the Shaman, and Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval and How to Heal Toxic Thoughts. They pursued further studies, learning shamanic methods from Tuva (Siberia), Tibet, Hawaii, Brazil, Africa, and the Celtic lands. They were also trained by Sandra Ingerman as shamanic teachers.

Anne has heard messages from the spirits from the time she was a child. She worked in the alternative health field for 25 years. Currently she is a yoga teacher and therapist, a massage therapist and a shamanic practitioner. Her passion is helping others explore those places where body and spirit meet.

Stuart was born into a decidedly atheist family and pursued a career in mathematics and science, earning his PhD in biophysics. But he developed an interest in spirituality, then lived in an ashram and practiced meditation devotedly for more than 30 years. He has subsequently pursued a wide array of methods for developing awareness, or enlightenment, and eventually found his way to shamanism. He is currently a meditation teacher and a shamanic bodyworker. He specializes in helping people become more present in their lives, through embodied awareness.”

Kozmik Kirtan
with  the Kismat-Mahal Kirtan Ensemble (KSME)
Sunday, November 13, 7:00PM
Niroga Yoga Center, 1808 University Avenue, Berkeley
for information, contact Evelie S. Posch at 650-275-3884

“Chanting in many languages, honoring universal and world spiritual paths, our theme this month is Appreciation and Gratitude. With meditation, music, poetry, and circle dance. Please invite your friends to help grow our community.”

Dinner and Art at the Dream Institute
Monday, November 14, 6:00-8:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767
$20 includes dinner, or arrive at 7:30PM for dessert and presentation for $5
please call 510-845-1767 to make your reservation by Friday, November 11

“In the spirit of nurturing our own community, we will be having monthly dinners beginning this Fall. They will be informal and open to anyone, with plenty of time for conversation. Each month, there will be an art opening and our new presenters will also be on hand to meet people and speak briefly about their upcoming programs.

Food catered by Poulet in Berkeley will include chicken, vegetarian, and vegan options. If you can’t come for the dinner, you may drop in just for dessert and hear the presenters at 7:30 ($5).
Seating is limited to 20. Please call in your reservation by the preceding Friday.

November 14: Invited guests to be arranged

The Dream Institute is an experimental cultural center founded in 2003. It has come into being during this time known as the shift or the great turning. Our offerings include weekend workshops, daylong seminars, evening salons, film series, professional training, art exhibits, retreats, and dream-based performances. We are also the West Coast center for Culture Dreaming. Programs and events are open to the public; continuing education seminars are for professionals in the healing arts. We do not advocate any single philosophical, psychological, spiritual, or religious viewpoint toward dreams or personal growth.”

Women’s Empowerment Support Group
Tuesday, November 15, 7:00-9:00PM, usually the third Tuesday of every month
(December meeting will be the second Tuesday, December 13)
North Berkeley - exact location given upon registration
suggested donation $15-$20
Women only
To register, please call 510-213-3721 or e-mail veenaasaynana@gmail.com

“The aim of this group is to provide a forum for women to share their dreams and fears, and to receive support from the group, either energetically, verbally or physically.

The theme for November is Creating Magic in The World through Dream Weaving- Releasing Fear and Resistance in order to create the lives of our dreams.

This is a facilitated group. It is also strictly scent/fragrance free.
Healthy boundaries are set and respectful attentiveness is established.
There will be empowerment exercises, creative and expressive artwork, journalling and more.”

Tarot Salon
with Grey
Tuesday, November 15, 7:00-8:00PM (special date - usually the second Tuesday of each month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“This month's cards: Judgement and the Eight of Swords.

Maybe you have taken a class, perhaps tried to learn to read the Tarot from a book, or are just trying to piece it together on your own. Now you want to know how to really "dive in" to what specific cards are all about. This monthly discussion group is where you want to be.

Each month we will take two cards from the Tarot and spend time really getting to know them in a roundtable discussion where we can all learn, share insights and gain inspirations from one another. Bring your favorite Tarot deck with you, and be ready to share, learn (and maybe even teach) some new ideas!”

South Bay Pagan Salon
Tuesday, November 15, 7:30PM (and the first and third Tuesday of every month)
Firefly Willows, 111 Main Street, Los Altos, 650-947-9300
for more information, contact Jason Mankey at panmankey@gmail.com

Jason says:
“We'd like to formally invite you to join us the first and third Tuesdays of every month for the South Bay Pagan Salon. The SBPS is a discussion and networking group, dedicated to talking about "Pagan Things" and networking in the Bay Area. Generally we'll start each meeting with a specific topic to get the discussion rolling along, but after we get started it'll be rather open ended with the participants dictating where the discussion will go.

Upcoming Meeting Dates and Discussion Topics:
Tuesday, November 15: All About Her; A Discussion of The Goddess
December 6: What is Magick?  How do you use it in your life?
December 20:  Yule/Holiday Traditions

We hope you'll join us.

No donations required, heck, if you show up I just might buy you a cup of coffee.

If you've got questions, I might have answers. Email me (Jason) at panmankey@gmail.com

Have a Week of Unconditional Unity and Sacred Empowerment!

Molly Blue Dawn

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