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.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Balloon Flight over Webster Street, Group Vortex Healing, Dances of Shakti, Machine: A Fire Opera, Goddess/Angelic Healing, New Fire, 13 Moon Introductory Series, The Life and Work of Marija Gimbutas, Pagans and the Occupy Movement, The Lion In Winter, Edwardian World's Faire and Edwardian Ball, Winter’s Flame, Pagan Lunch and Social!, Melisabee Prosperity Dinner, Post-Holiday Healing Music, Way of the Rabbit Witchcraft, Initiation Into the Year of the Water Dragon, Rumi And His Soul Friends, Tarot Symbolism, Dianic Ritual Technique, Tea and Chanting with Rabbit, Shakti Collective

A Balloon Flight over Webster Street
Wednesday, January 18, 6:30-8:00PMPM
Stafford Meeting Room, Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak Street, Alameda

“Set your time machine to 1888 and join Eric J. Kos and Dennis Evanosky for a balloon flight over Webster Street. We'll fly over the south shore and view the beaches and resorts that came before Neptune Beach. We'll peek down at today's Croll's Building and learn about the Britt family who built the First Empire-style structure. Learn about the early business, the two railroads that served the street and the story of the street's extension over the marshlands to the Webster Street Bridge.  Eric and Dennis will share then-and-now photographs and stories about some of the early denizens of the street that defined Alameda's West End.”

Group Vortex Healing
with Dragonfly
Wednesday, January 18, 7:00PM
Body Energy Center, 2939 Summit Street, Suite 301, Oakland, 510-467-8841
Please RSVP to Dragonfly at 510-467-8841 or Exlibrys13@yahoo.com

Dragonfly says:
“Dear Ones,
This week we will be focusing on the Earth and Heaven bridge with a practice called the Two Pole Meditation, also known as the Pillar of Light, to strengthen our connection to universal conscious energy.  This balances, stabilizes and integrates the full body plus the central nervous system.
With Vortex  our core issues will have chance to get worked on, so  if you have something that is really stuck, this is a powerful way to make that change happen in a good way. This work complements other therapeutic modalities, supporting the individual's process, especially with what is known as spiritual awakening or embodiment.
This is a Merlin's Omega Level Healing that will deeply nurture the emotional and physical body.  
Vortex helps to move energy that maybe stuck in our systems and assists in the evolutionary process.
Come celebrate and let us enjoy our Year of the Dragon intentions together.”

Dances of Shakti
A Facilitated Dance Journey of Empowerment for Women
with Veenaa Saynana ‘Laughing Dolphin’
Wednesday, January 18, 7:00-9:00PM, and nine more Wednesdays through March 21
Seventh Heaven Yoga Body Awareness Center, 2820 Seventh Street, Berkeley
$230 for the whole series, drop-in price $25
please register in advance at website below
Women only
for more information, contact Veenaa Saynana at veenaasaynana@gmail.com

“Dances of Shakti include improvisation, dance, and authentic movement and opens doorways into the realms of endless possibilities. We start off with a theme that everyone is invited to explore and delve deeper if they choose. Each class starts with a short warm-up that includes breathing and gentle yoga stretches. The pace then picks up with up-tempo music. Each participant is encouraged to move at her own pace. A safe container is provided for each woman to explore her creative expression of her sensuality and sexuality, thereby allowing for her full expression of her feminine self. Participants will be guided to explore the creativity and wisdom within their bodies through facilitated paired dancing and group work that may include improvisation and authentic movement.
The class ends with a meditative piece which may include deep journeying, visualization, sound healing and more.

Provide an avenue for women to heal their femininity
Provide a safe container for women to express their sensuality freely
To help women get in touch with the wisdom of their bodies and their intuitive gifts
To teach powerful yet easy to learn tools to build confidence, self-esteem and trust”

Machine: A Fire Opera
Wednesday-Saturday, January 18-21, 7:30PM  
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland

“The Crucible proudly presents, MACHINE: A world premiere Fire Opera written, conceived and directed for The Crucible stage by Mark Streshinsky, who previously collaborated on Dracul and Firebird. The music of MACHINE is by Clark Suprynowicz who is well known in the Bay area for his Jazz and Rock infused compositions of opera and symphonic work.
Based on a short story by science fiction author Derek J. Goodman, MACHINE is set in a fiery industrial universe in which workers have sold themselves into a lifetime of servitude. When one worker regains his power of self-determination, the story ignites into an explosive brew of escape plots, alliances, and unlikely love interests. This spectacular performance features two opera singers, a rock singer and percussionists that “play” the scaffolding-like set. Visual effects including a molten metal pour, fire performers and industrial artists such as glass blowers and blacksmiths. MACHINE will deliver the kind of awe-inspiring performance that Crucible audiences have come to expect.
Composer Clark Suprynowicz has written a riveting score for this piece that incorporates seven percussionists alongside both classical and rock instrumentalists and directed by noted conductor, Barnaby Palmer. The musicians inhabit the machine and perform as the workers of the factory. Suprynowicz’ score reinforces the virile voice of baritone Eugene Brancoveanu who The SF Chronicle calls “extravagantly gifted with unforced charisma, vocal clarity and heft."
Sung in English, MACHINE is a stunning show that takes full advantage of the industrial surroundings of The Crucible’s 56,000 square foot education facility.
This project is based on the short story Deus Ex Machina by Derek J. Goodman and is being developed in collaboration with composer Clark Supynowicz and writer/director Mark Streshinsky with support from The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the East Bay Community Foundation’s Fund for Artists.”

Goddess/Angelic Healing: Having It All
with Chris Beals
Thursday, January 19, 10:30-11:30AM,
and one more third Thursday, February 16
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
$15 per session
Please pre-register by phone or at the website below

“Women, Money and Love. How to have a career and loving relationship at the same time. How does your relationship with yourself limit your ability to have it all? Chris will incorporate Angel Wisdom/Healing with powerful meditations to assist you in achieving ALL your goals. Come and attune with the loving, caring, prosperous, abundant woman that you truly are!

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!

Each week the topic and information will vary, attending all of the sessions is encouraged, but not required.”

New Fire
a play by Cherrie Moraga
Thursday-Monday, January 19-23, Thursday - Saturday and Monday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
plays through January 29
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
see website for ticket price details - some dates discounted

“In celebration of Brava's 25th anniversary, Brava is thrilled to have Cherrie Moraga, one of Brava's founding members, back for this inspiring tale. Theater and ceremony at once, New Fire follows the sacred geography of indigenous American ancestors to tell a post-modern story of rupture and return.”

13 Moon Introductory Series
Friday, January 20, 7:00-9:00PM (and the third Friday of every month)
Aphrodite’s Closet, 1201 Park Street, Alameda
Please call 510-521-3313 to pay and reserve your space

“Learn more about the 13 archetypes of the Divine Feminine and how to live and be seen as the Goddess you are! Go away with practical ways to connect with your authentic Divine self. This is a bite-sized taste of the 13 Moon Mystery School's journey into the Divine Feminine. Come add YOUR magic to the mix!”  

The Life and Work of Marija Gimbutas
with Joan Marler
presented by Sonoma County Pagan Network  
Friday, January 20, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$3-$5 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Lithuanian/American archaeologist Marija Gimbutas (1921-1994) is a pioneer in the investigation of the beliefs, ritual life and symbolism of the earliest agrarian societies of Europe. As a highly respected scholar on the Indo-European Bronze Age, her research became controversial when she turned her attention to the Neolithic period and discussed the significance of its prolific female imagery by using the word Goddess.

This presentation will present the scope of her dramatic life growing up in Lithuania, her life as a refugee, her emigration to the US, and her long and productive years as an archaeologist, professor and scholar. It will also include an overview of the extraordinary work she produced and its impact on the world.

Marija Gimbutas' books include, The Gods and Goddesses of Old Europe (1974), The Language of the Goddess (1989), and The Civilization of the Goddess (1991), among others.

Joan Marler worked closely with Marija Gimbutas from 1987-1994, and is the editor of The Civilization of the Goddess. Joan also edited, From the Realm of the Ancestors: An Anthology in Honor of Marija Gimbutas
(1997) and is the founder and executive director of the Institute of Archaeomythology.

Potluck   Feast

Since our gathering is at the dinner hour, we ask that you bring a potluck dish and/or non-alcoholic brew to share that serves 4-6 people. Let’s treat ourselves to a good meal. Please bring your own place setting. There will be hot water available for tea.

We ask non-members to make a donation of $5-$3 to help us cover operating costs. No one turned away for lack of funds.”

Pagans and the Occupy Movement
with Glenn Turner
Friday, January 20, 7:30-9:30PM
Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-3244

“I see many pagans when I go to various Occupy events. Young and old are coming together in civic centers to make their voices heard. Come to this meeting to discuss our experiences and view-points about the Occupy movement. How can we make it more relevant to our community? What place can we take in the local Occupy Interfaith group? Why was the Port strike done? What actions could make the voice of the 99% heard and understood? Bring  your ideas and light refreshments to share.”

The Lion In Winter
Friday-Saturday, January 20-21, Dinner at 6:30PM, show at 7:30PM
(plays through February 19)
The Belrose Theater, 1415 5th Avenue, San Rafael
$35 for dinner and show, $25 show only
for reservations, please call 415-454-6422

“Set during Christmas 1183 at Henry II of England’s chateau in Chinon, Anjou, Angevin Empire, the play opens with the arrival of Henry’s wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, whom he has had imprisoned since 1173. The story concerns the gamesmanship between Henry, Eleanor, their sons Richard, Geoffrey, and John, their guest, Philip II of France (the son of Eleanor’s ex-husband, Louis VII of France), and Philip’s half-sister, Alais, who has been at court since she was betrothed to Richard at age 8, but has since become Henry’s mistress.

The Lion in Winter is fictional; none of the dialogue and actions are historical, although the outcomes and the events leading up to the story are accurate.

Dinner Includes:
A wonderful Caesar Salad
Vegetarian (Artichoke) Lasagna
And we finish dinner off with a Delightful Strawberry and Cream Desert.
Beer and Wine Bar, coffee, tea, and soft drinks available.

The Belrose is a non-profit California Corporation, and has been in its current location, a historical landmark, since 1962.

The Dinner Theater is Marin County’s original.  A vast assortment of quality productions have been produced over the years including: Oliver, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, The Lion in Winter, just to name a few.  Many original productions have been presented over the years as well.  It was also voted Best Live Theater by The Pacific Sun.”

Edwardian World's Faire and Edwardian Ball
Friday - Saturday, January 20-21, 8:00PM
The Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Friday, January 20 - The Edwardian World’s Faire
“A little more rambunctious, a little more casual and certainly colorful, Friday night’s World’s Faire presents an interactive night of gaming, inventions, exploration, circus, cabaret, and even a bit of swaggering rock n’ roll, Edwardian style!
There are a host of “Friday Only” features such as bicycle-powered rides by Cyclecide, large-scale mechanical installations by Kinetic Steam Works, and a one-of-a-kind midway created by Edwardian hosts Vau de Vire featuring classic carnie games, a kissing booth, shooting gallery, and Gorey-inspired games of grim comedy. And don’t listen to what “they” say, here you CAN collect wooden nickels for fabulous prizes!
Visit Our extraordinary Vendor Bazaar (see complete vendor listings here!) will be open from doors til closing, the perfect opportunity to find that special something, perhaps for the next night’s Ball?”

Saturday, January 21 - The Edwardian Ball
“This is the night of The Ball itself, a slightly more formal affair where the games, rides, cabaret acts, and steam machinery are cleared away to make room for a costumed floor of ballroom dance, roaming performances, and the tales and characters of Edward Gorey brought to life on stage and throughout.
Each year, in the depths of the night, Edwardian Ball founders Rosin Coven and their co-hosts Vau de Vire Society bring a featured Gorey story to life onstage with original music, choreography, narration, circus acts, and many surprises. This year’s feature is “The Iron Tonic”.
The Vendor Bazaar is of course open this night as well, saunter down and peruse the delights, enjoy a hand of cards at the Gaming Parlour, sip an absinthe cocktail, and dance the night away…”

Edwardian period costumes!  Edward Gorey themed costumes!  The kind of stuff you expect from people who are into Edward Gorey and like to dress up!

Article about who the heck Edward Gorey was: http://archive.salon.com/people/bc/2000/02/15/gorey

Winter’s Flame
Friday-Sunday, January 20-22
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland
sliding scale $96-$166

“Winter’s Flame - light up the night!
Drum!  Dance!  Sing!  Celebrate!

Our first Winter’s Flame was so successful, that we’re thrilled to return for a second year!
Winter’s Flame is a new event in an old tradition. People have been dancing and drumming in the dark of night since the dawn of time. In recent years, there’s been a revival of this practice that consciously directs the experience toward personal transformation. Light up the night and enliven your spirit. Build community and travel deep inside yourself. Come celebrate life at the darkest time of the year.
This weekend aims to initiate personal reflection, strengthen our community, and plant a seed in the earth that can grow in the coming year. Winter’s Flame is committed to being affordable and accessible, so it will be held right here in Oakland and the sliding scale allows people of different means to attend.
Everyone is welcome: serious travelers on the path of the sacred fire and newcomers who want to dive in head first. Come dance with the Flame!”

Thanks to Heather King for letting me know about this event!

Pagan Lunch and Social!
with the Santa Cruz Pagan Moot
Saturday, January 21, 1:00PM
Erik's Deli Cafe, 222 Mount Hermon Rd, Ste G, Scotts Valley, CA, 831-438-4646

Event organizer Maenad says:
“Come join us for lunch at a local favorite! Erik's has lots of options for both omnivores and vegetarians. So join us for fellowship and fun!

Look for the Black Cat on the table.”

Melisabee Prosperity Dinner
Saturday, January 21, 6:30PM
private home in San Pablo, RSVP for exact location
Sliding scale $15-$30
please RSVP to Diana at melisabees@gmail.com or 510-295-7108

“Are you wanting to create more abundance in your life? Could you use a little prosperity? Come join us for an evening of great food, good company and prosperity magic to start 2012 off right!

Our menu will consist of:
Melisabee's ProsperiTea
Broccoli Beef or Black-eyed Peas for the vegetarian option
Saffron rice
Wealth Salad
Prosperity Pumpkin Cake

As always, there will be a presentation of foods with the meal, followed by some magic for the coming calendar year.

Seating is limited in the new space, so please RSVP to melisabees@gmail.com or call 510-295-7108 to save your space.”

Post-Holiday Healing Music
with Bruce Manaka and Karen Pittsley-Glenn
Saturday, January 21, 7:30-9:30PM
The Enlightened Mind, 409 East Campbell Avenue, Campbell
(upstairs from Moonfyre Metaphysical)
$30, for reservations call Moonfyre Metaphysical at 408-370-0333

“Known for channeling powerful healing sounds, Bruce Manaka and Karen Pittsley-Glenn invite you to come relax and recoup from the holiday season as they join their musical healing styles to bring you an evening of rest, relaxation and healing through music.

Using the sounds of Medicine Songs, Overtone Singing, Tibetan Singing Bowls, and the Didgeridoo, Bruce and Karen will work to relieve the stress and fatigue brought on by the holiday season. Let yourself be swept away, soothed, cradled, cleared, and returned re-energized, strengthened and ready for a new perspective on the new year.

Please sign in downstairs at Moonfyre Metaphysical before going upstairs to the concert.”

Way of the Rabbit Witchcraft
with Rabbit
Sunday, January 22, 3:00-5:00PM, and eleven more Sundays (typically third Sundays)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
$400 for all 12 classes, or $35 for any individual class
to register, call 510-444-9355

“Standing under the moon, staring up into infinity... how many times have I rooted here... dreaming... transfixed, gazing at the beauty of the heavens and contemplating the mysteries of the Universe? How many more moons will wax and wane above as I weave the web of my magical life below? Life is such a sacred journey! And this class is a journey into my personal philosophies and practices of witchcraft. The methods I share in this class come from my twenty years of experience in making magic that works for my own purposes, and for the good of the world.

This class is a year and a day training in witchcraft, employing my methods. Suitable for beginners on the path, but also satisfying for advanced practitioners who are curious about new perspectives and practices. Be prepared to laugh, to explore your own magic with affection and humor, to wield your power mindfully, and to open to the wonder and adventure of life as a witch.

January 22: Introduction: discovering the witch you have always been
February 19: Solitaries, covens, and circles
March 18: Sacred space and magical hygiene
April 15: Elements and directions”

New Moon 2012
Initiation Into the Year of the Water Dragon
Sunday, January 22, 6:00-9:00PM
Temple of Isis Grand Theatre, Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“Harness the energies of the New Moon and ride the creative waves of the Water Dragon to manifest your Highest intentions for 2012!

Ecstatic Embodiment Intention Ceremony

A Powerful Activation with:
Sacred Movement
Sonic Alchemy

Come play and pray with us in the highest Vibration of Creation Energy.  Raise your Frequency - Amplify the Light on this Potent Night!”

Great Night of Rumi And His Soul Friends
Sunday, January 22, 8:00PM
Freight and Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-644-2020
$20.50 advance, $22.50 at door

“A unique melange of theatre, improvised music, and poetry

The Great Night of Rumi celebrates the 13th Century Persian poet Jelaluddin Rumi along with fellow mystic poets Kabir, Hafez, and Rabindranath Tagore, bringing their moving works vividly to life through a richly woven tapestry of spoken word, music, and dance.

Dan and Dale Zola lead a multi-faceted exploration of these great mystics, expressing the passion and humor of their poems. Joining a diverse group of poetry presenters, musicians including Claude Palmer on oud (lute), Sheldon Brown on woodwinds, Arshad Sayeed on tabla, Gary Haggerty on saz (long-necked lute) and other Middle Eastern instruments, Bobby Eddins on bass, and Eric Oberthaler on keyboards improvise a musical setting for each poem. Rounding out the evening, Aziz, a Dervish, performs the ecstatic whirling dances that Rumi practiced.

Born in 1207 in what is now Afghanistan, Rumi was a brilliant spiritual master, founder of an order of Sufi mystics, and one of the world's greatest poets, composing over 70 thousand verses in his lifetime on themes of divine love, mystical passion, and ecstatic illumination. While he has had a profound historical influence on aesthetic expression in the world of Islam, Rumi only became widely known in the West over the past decade, as people discovered the great resonance of his poetry with its expressions of the universal longing for beauty, connection, and joy.”

Tarot Symbolism
with Thalassa
Tuesday, January 24, 7:00-8:30PM
Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-3244

“An ongoing exploration of symbolism, myths, archetypes and memes of the tarot. The class concentrates on looking at the cards from both a personal and historical viewpoint to help deepen understanding and expand the usefulness of the cards. Bring a deck, if you have one. All levels of interest and experience are welcome.”

Sisterhood of the Moon invites you to attend:
Dianic Ritual Technique
with Lady Jesamyn Angelica
Tuesday, January 24, 7:00PM
and three more Tuesday evenings, February 21, March 13 and April 3
private home in Hayward, RSVP for exact address
$30 per class, $100 for all classes paid at once
You must sign up for the entire series; each class builds upon the previous class.
Women only
Contact SisterhoodoftheMoon@gmail.com for more information or to sign up

“Blessings, Sister-Queens!

You are encouraged to join with us in a four-week exploration of Dianic Ritual.  This class is for women - both beginning Witches as well as more experienced Sisters.  If you are new, come and learn in a safe and supportive environment!  If you are adept, come and learn some new tools to add to your personal repository!

Topics will include, but will not be limited to:
Why your daily personal practice is so important, and how that translates into manifesting more during group ritual
How to properly prepare yourself for group ceremony
The use of ritual tools
How to “be here now” and why this is important
How to set your ritual intentions for maximum results
The how and the why of the different elements of Sisterhood of the Moon ritual.

Lady Jesamyn is the High Priestess of Sisterhood of the Moon and the founder of the Matriotism Foundation.  She is an ordained Dianic Priestess, certified Herbalist and Holistic Health Practitioner.  Lady Jesamyn has been leading group ritual for women since 1998, and has been formally teaching magickal technique since 2007.

Contact SisterhoodoftheMoon@gmail.com for more information or to sign up.  We ask for a commitment to attend all four classes in this series.  Class size is limited.  We do not offer refunds.”

Tea and Chanting with Rabbit
Tuesday, January 24, (and the fourth Tuesday of each month)
Meet for tea at 7:30PM, chanting begins at 8:00PM for 30 minutes
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$5 suggested donation

“Join Rabbit for an evening of "the herbal and the verbal." After sharing information about this month's unique, delicious herbal tea, and explaining this month's mantra, we will chant for approximately 30-50 minutes.  

Beginners are always welcome at every class. Join us to drop in, center, and recharge your batteries!”

Shakti Collective: A Women’s Support Group
with Veenaa Saynana ‘Laughing Dolphin’
Tuesday, January 24, 7:30-9:30PM,
and four more alternating Tuesdays, February 14 and 28, March 13 and 27
North Berkeley - exact location given upon registration
$150 for all five weeks
please register in advance at website below
Women only
for more information, contact Veenaa Saynana at veenaasaynana@gmail.com

“Shakti Collective
A Women’s Support Group that meets twice a month (2nd and 4th Tuesdays) to provide a platform for women to receive support be it verbal, energetic, physical or emotional, during their deep healing process in healing the feminine psyche.
The activities include journaling, meditation, visualization, creative therapy, group sharing and more. A safe container is created for women to ask for and receive support.

A commitment of 5 weeks is required to receive the full benefit from the group.”

Have a Healing, Dancing, Initiatory Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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