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, September 4, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Freddie Mercury’s Birthday, Intermediate Tarot with Rabbit, astrobarry’s Astrology Salon, Clausen House Art Show, Science Set Free, Stirring the Cauldron, Dancing Priestess and Snake Yoga Retreat for Women, Paint the Campbell Historical Museum, A Day at the Races, Day of Renewal, Community Seed’s Open Circle, Luna Papa, Fun-raiser for Art In Nature, East Bay Waltz, Ray Harryhausen Tribute, Solano Stroll, Temple of Aphrodite, Victorian Tea, Shamanic Healing Clinic, The Power of Self-Healing, American Sabbats with Rabbit: September 11, Berkeley Morris Workshop, National Heirloom Exposition, British Traditional Wicca 101

Freddie Mercury’s Birthday
Wednesday, September 5

Put on your craziest hat and pay tribute to this avatar of my own patron God!
2011 tribute video:
Best Google Doodle Evar!!!!!

If you want to get him a gift, please make a donation in his name to one of these charities:

Or have even more fun and raise money by becoming Freddie for a day! http://www.freddieforaday.com

(You could be Mercury for a Day, but it’s just not the same...)

Lover of Life, Singer of Songs!
Intermediate Tarot with Rabbit
Wednesday, September 5, 7:30-9:30PM - final session
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 per class  

“If you have taken Rabbit's Art of Tarot Class, and you'd like to take the next step as a reader, consider taking Intermediate Tarot.

This class is designed to help the student of tarot begin to explore creativity, shift the internal landscape, and integrate the wisdom of the tarot more fully into daily life choices.

September 5: Tarot Rituals: shaping your life with the tarot”

astrobarry’s Astrology Salon
Thursday, September 6, 7:30-9:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Suggested donation $10-$20

“Join a lively astrology discussion led by astrobarry in this informal interactive group experience. Topics covered in each Astrology Salon will vary, based on who attends and what's going on in the sky. The Salon is intended to provide burgeoning astrologers with a chance to practice their chart interpretation skills in a safe, fun environment. Attendees should have a good working knowledge of the astrological language. Please bring 5-10 copies of any astrology chart you'd like us to discuss (free charts available at http://www.astro.com ).”

Clausen House Art Show
Friday, September 7, 6:00-8:00PM
Clausen House, 650 Grand Avenue, Oakland

“Clausen House is a non-profit organization that serves developmentally disabled adults in Oakland.  

The show will exhibit works by the Clausen House Artists and Instructors.  Refreshments provided.”

Science Set Free: Dispelling Dogmas and Opening New Frontiers
with Rupert Sheldrake
presented by CIIS
Friday, September 7, 7:00-9:00PM
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco

“This is the national book launch for Rupert Sheldrake's ground-breaking new work Science Set Free: 10 Paths to New Discovery (Random House, 2012). See below for details about companion workshop.

Many scientists believe that science already understands the nature of reality, in principle. The fundamental questions are answered, leaving only the details to be filled in. The impressive achievements of science seem to support this confident attitude. But recent research has revealed unexpected problems at the heart of physics, cosmology, biology, medicine, and psychology. In his new book, launched at this event, Rupert Sheldrake shows how the sciences are being constricted by assumptions that have hardened into dogmas. Should science be a belief system, or a method of inquiry? Sheldrake shows that the ‘scientific worldview’ is moribund. Increasingly expensive research is reaping diminishing returns. In the skeptical spirit of true scientific inquiry, Sheldrake turns the ten fundamental dogmas of science into questions, opening up startling new possibilities. The universe may be alive. Nature may not be purposeless. The total amount of matter and energy may be increasing. Children may inherit characteristics acquired by their parents. Science Set Free will radically change your view of what is possible.

Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and 10 books, including Science Set Free (September 2012). He was educated at Cambridge and Harvard Universities, and was a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, a research fellow of the Royal Society, principal plant physiologist at ICRISAT (the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics) in Hyderabad, India, and from 2005-2010 the director of the Perrott-Warrick Project for research on unexplained human abilities, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge University. He is a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences.”

Stirring the Cauldron: A Roundtable Discussion
with Elayne Lockhart
Friday, September 7, 7:00-8:30PM, and the first Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Join us on the first Friday of each month for a round table discussion. Each month a topic is selected in regards to paganism, witchcraft, or the esoteric arts. This is a moderated group; strong discussion is welcomed, however respect for diverse opinion and tolerance of other people's beliefs is a must.

Elayne Lockhart is a 4th generation witch living in the East Bay, where she works to educate the public on paganism and the esoteric arts. She has appeared in various live and print media regarding witchcraft and is the former moderator of Witchy Wednesdays. You can reach Elayne by phone at 925-935-3808, by e-mail at elaynelockhart@yahoo.com.”

Dancing Priestess and Snake Yoga Retreat for Women
with Le’ema Kathleen Graham
Friday-Tuesday, September 7-11
Isis Oasis Temple, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville
includes accommodation at Isis Oasis, organic meals, spa day at Harbin Hot Springs
For more information or to register, please call Le’ema at 415-479-3892 or 888-442-4497

“Shed that old skin for 2012 and prepare to walk through the portal of rebirth a whole new you!

Relish four magical days and nights at Isis Oasis Temple including one full spa day at Harbin Hot Springs. We'll be immersed in the Divine Feminine and also immerse ourselves in the unsurpassed healing waters of Harbin.

This year's retreat includes new classes in the sacred, silly or sexy Art of Burlesque as well as Sufi Meditation practices and Whirling! Also we will have an eclectic ART surprise!”

Paint the Campbell Historical Museum
Saturday, September 8, 9:30AM
Campbell Historical Museum, 51 N. Central Avenue, Campbell, 408-866-2758
For more information, please call Karen Lange, Museum Director, at 408-866-2758

“Many people have no idea that the Campbell Historical Museum was once the City of Campbell's first public building, the old Firehouse Station 1.  And now, it's going to look like one... and you can help!

Thanks to the generosity of the Campbell Home Depot and Behr Paint, the Campbell Historical Museum will get a vibrant new look with a burgundy and gray color scheme typical for the exterior of a 1950s building.  In August, the hose tower (the tall part of the building) will be restored and painted.  Then in September, Campbell Rotary will organize volunteers to paint the rest of the building on September 8 and 15.

If you'd like to volunteer to help Campbell Rotary paint the building in September, please meet at the Campbell Historical Museum on Saturday, September 8 at 9:30AM. (Be sure to wear your old paint clothes!)“

A Day at the Races
Saturday, September 8, 10:00AM-4:00PM
McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Boulevard, San Lorenzo
$2 program fee per child, $3 tour fee for adults

“Children's program
Ride a pony around the house, and explore the Carriage House with all the historic livery tools inside of it. Play games like 'Pin the Tail on the Horse' and 'Horse Shoes.'
Pony rides from 11:00AM-3:00PM only.

*Pony riders must wear enclosed shoes.”

Day of Renewal
Nourish the Body, Mind and Spirit
Saturday, September 8, 12:00-7:00PM
Terra’s Temple, 654 Oakland Avenue, Oakland

“In service to the well-being of ourselves, our communities and the world, Terra’s Temple invites you to a Day of Renewal. Join us for a day of wonderful healing, connecting to source and replenishing.

Our Healing Day offers you the opportunity to attend to your most sacred space - yourself. Drink from the well of source and take the time to simply be - with yourself, in your body, with others and with the divine. We have a host of new practitioners ready to help you in your healing journey. Come receive various sessions in massage, energy work, counseling, life coaching, intuitive readings, tarot and much more. Tend to your own well-being, listen to and make music, connect with others, sip our special Temple Tea and rejuvenate yourselves!

Become a member on Renewal Day and get in free!

Bring a snack to share!

Take advantage of this fabulous opportunity and arrive early to allow yourself the time to fully embrace the healing that Terra’s Temple offers.

*a gentle wink here*
Given the ever-growing popularity of this event, we ask everyone to be mindful of their session sign-ups. This will ensure that everyone has an opportunity to partake in the day of renewal. Maximize your experience with potent sessions of quality not merely quantity. Allow time to meditate and integrate”

Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, September 8, 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 2:00PM, 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. Newcomers 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, Skot and Alissa will lead our Monthly circle.  The theme of this Circle will be
Preserving Your Personal Harvest. We hope you will join us, this ritual is going to be wonderful!"

Luna Papa
film screening
Saturday, September 8, 5:00-7:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“Luna Papa (Moon Father)

This 1999 film by Bakhtiyar Khudojnazarov (born 1965 in Tajikistan, since 1993 works in Berlin) received numerous awards, including a Nika Award for best director.

In this hilariously eccentric adventure through Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, the story of a 17-year old Tajik girl is narrated by her unborn child.

Running time: 107 min. In Russian with English subtitles.

The screening will be introduced and commented on by Alma Kunanbaeva.

Silk Road House events are sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation.”

Fun-raiser for Art In Nature
Saturday, September 8, 5:00-9:00PM
Garden Gate Creativity Center, 2911 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley

“Join us for the Art in Nature Festival FREE Fun-raiser event with live music, performances, inter-activities and artists offering treasures donated for your Auction fun!

If you can not come you can make a contribution using the IndieGoGo campaign:

Thank you for helping in making this unique community based festival accessible to everybody!

There will be various items offered by local and international artists, like music or dance lessons, a house concert or performance, a painting, a sculpture, a create in your back yard, two free tickets to event, a picture, a poem, a free workshop, an astrology reading and more extravaganza!

Our mission in producing the Art in Nature Festival is to utilize the power of nature and art to bring people closer together, to draw out our innate creativity, to provide a model for collaborative, innovative action, and to inspire future generations.

We are optimistic that the social, economic, and environmental challenges are surmountable through creative collective action. We believe art is a gift to be shared with everyone, just like nature shares her beauty with us all.

The challenges of putting together such an extraordinary festival are numerous and varied. We rely on the generosity of our donors and our volunteers to be able to share this event with all members of the community regardless of their financial situation. By providing a free festival, we reduce those embracing financial barriers.

The festival is wheelchair accessible, admission is free, there are no vendors, and nothing is sold at the sites. Just an immersion into art and nature.”

East Bay Waltz
Saturday, September 8, Lessons: 7:00-9:00PM, Dancing: 9:00PM-Midnight
Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley
$12 for lesson and dancing, $8 for dancing only

“East Bay Waltz is a monthly casual social dance featuring mostly waltz and cross-step waltz, with polka, swing, schottische, and latin dances thrown in to mix things up.

Every month, there is a class for beginners and a class for more experienced dancers, from 7:00-9:00PM. Then, there's DJ'd social dancing and fun times from 9-midnight. $12 gets you the lesson and dance, or $8 for just the dance.

Come by yourself, or with a friend, or a crowd. People of all ages are welcome. Dress in jeans and a t-shirt, or dress up all fancy-like if you'd like.

Kathy Lowy will be teaching introductory rotary waltz. No experience or partner necessary!
The intermediate class will be on country two-step (SF style) and line dance, taught by Alan Kline.
Our DJ from 9-midnight will be Bob Galloway.”

Thanks to Ivy for letting me know about this event!

Ray Harryhausen Tribute
film screening double feature
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Documentary
and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
Saturday, September 8, 7:30PM
Historic Bal Theater, 14808 East 14Th Street, San Leandro

“Bay Area Film Events presents a tribute to one of the true pioneers of special effects in the movies, the phenomenal Ray Harryhausen. Join us for the US premiere of a brand new documentary, Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad.
Producer Tony Dalton will be with us live from London with local award-winning special effects technicians live in theater as guests. We will also have a special screening of one of Ray’s most famous films as a co-feature, rare clips, prizes and more. This event is a benefit for the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation! So come out and support the preservation of Ray’s amazing creations while paying tribute to the creator of many of our cinematic dreams!

The Historic Bal Theatre is the East Bay’s home for family entertainment, special events, live music, comedy, magic, documentaries, lectures, sci-fi and horror films, foreign films, independent films, Spanish and classic films and so much more.”

Solano Stroll
Sunday, September 9, 10:00AM-6:00PM
along Solano Avenue in Albany and Berkeley

“26 blocks of free fun!

Since 1974, The merchants, restaurants, and professionals, as well as the twin cities of Albany and Berkeley, have hosted the Solano Avenue Stroll, the east bay's largest street festival! The Solano Avenue Merchants Association invites you to come and see what makes Solano Avenue such a wonderful place.

Over five hundred vendors, non-profit organizations, food booths and entertainers!
Participants and the event guests visit from everywhere throughout California; as well as neighboring states from Nevada to Maine.

The fun begins at 10:00AM with the opening of Solano Avenue businesses and Stroll booths and the kick-off is the theme parade with about 100 groups.

After the parade, you can visit one of 75 entertainers, 50 food booths, 150 juried arts and crafters, games, wacky art cars, and almost 200 community non-profit and government organizations, not to mention the unique and popular professional services, restaurants, and shops already here on Solano Avenue.

You will hear the best in local music, dance and other performances and absolutely stunning costumes from all over the globe!

This is a family event! We feature a special area set aside just for kids that offer giant slides, carnival games, clowns, jugglers, stilt walkers, face painters, magicians, and maybe even wizards and elves - come and see for yourselves...

Stop by the Green Zone on the east end of Solano Avenue where you can find tips about simple changes you can make at your home or business to reduce global warming, displays of green technology - such as solar panels, tank-less water heaters and current composting techniques, and environmental experts ready to answer your questions about what you can do to check climate change.”

Temple of Aphrodite
Sunday, September 9, 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 September 9: Aphrodite's Aphrodisiacs  

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.”

Victorian Tea
at Forest Home Farm
Sunday, September 9, 1:00-4:00PM
Forest Home Farm, 19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard, San Ramon
$35 per person
Pre-registration necessary - please see website

“In 1997, Ruth Boone donated the remaining 16 acres of Forest Home Farms to the city of San Ramon. Her desire was for this property, the buildings, and the trees to be preserved forever in the memory of her husband, Travis Moore Boone, and to be open for public enjoyment.

After her death on July 5, 1998, friends decided to have a tea in her memory. Ruth’s favorites - chocolate and black currant tea - were served, and everyone wore a hat. A great time was had by all, and it was decided to have an annual tea, open to everyone.

Join us this year as we celebrate Ruth Quayle Boone by enjoying sparkling champagne, delicious treats and tea, and a fashion show by Moda Mi of Danville.

Come in dazzling Victorian period costume and compete for Best Costume and/or Best Hat.
You may also try your hand at a selection of Opportunity Baskets filled with donations from local businesses - true gems.

On hand will be our shining SRHF volunteers selling Victorian hats, a video of Ruth Boone telling her own story, etched ornaments, and other gift items from the Gift Shoppe.

We hope you will join us for a fanciful afternoon!”

Shamanic Healing Clinic
Sunday, September 9, 3:00-5:00PM (and 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.”

The Power of Self-Healing
an Emotional Freedom Technique class
with Andrea (Courage) Johnson, MA
Sunday, September 9, 7:00-8:00PM, and the second Sunday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$10 per class

“Even though we’ve spent a lot of money on retreats and therapists looking for inner happiness, we still wonder why we aren’t feeling better about our lives. While we were able to change the world, being at peace with ourselves wasn’t as easy.  

What if the key to life’s richness was already inside of you, and so was a life filled with transformation and change? What if long lasting change meant:
Making peace with yourself, and learning to accept your body as it is now.
Having the courage to meet new people, and enjoying more positive relationships.
Having longer periods of peace and calm.

Theme for September: Removing negative feelings, and limiting beliefs for a successful life.

Andrea’s comprehensive approach to healing will help you to achieve the lasting change you have always wanted! Come join Andrea Johnson, a spiritual devotee and transformation coach, to learn more about these powerful steps to a successful life!”

American Sabbats with Rabbit: September 11 discussion and ceremony
Tuesday, September 11, 7:00-9:00PM, ritual begins at 8:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“Rabbit invites believers of all faiths to join her in a series of Round Table discussions and Interfaith ceremonies in celebration of secular American holidays. These holidays drum up a tremendous amount of energy and cross the borders of many different spiritual traditions, but to what purpose? How can we, as Keepers of the Old Ways and Creators of New Traditions, channel this energy toward the highest good for all?

Rabbit will offer a brief presentation on the history of each holiday, its cultural meanings in the US, and then will open a dialogue around how spiritual practitioners might choose to observe these days in sacred ways, engage with them critically and intellectually, and invest them with a deeper personal sense of meaning. The evening will conclude with a ritual to focus the energy around the holiday toward healing and well-being for our nation and our world.”

Berkeley Morris Workshop
Tuesday, September 11, 7:30PM  
Christ Church of Berkeley, 2138 Cedar Street, Berkeley

"Every year Berkeley Morris hosts a series of FREE workshops in morris and related dance traditions. No experience is needed, and all are welcome! Workshops are taught by members of Berkeley Morris, or friends of ours from the local (or not so local) dance community. Come to one, or attend all four. Join us afterwards at the Jupiter Pub at 2181 Shattuck Avenue in downtown Berkeley.
The particular styles and dances taught vary from year to year. If you attended last year, come back for something new!

Workshops for 2012 will be held on the following dates (all are Tuesdays beginning at 7:30PM):
September 11
September 18

Come and learn the basics of Morris Dancing at a series of free workshops in Berkeley. Each Tuesday we will teach a different variation and begin at the beginning, so come to as many as you want.  No partner needed; this is danced in a group rather than with a partner.

Morris Dance is a traditional English performance dating back hundreds of years, typically done in the spring by a team of dancers and musicians who have practised together over the winter months.  Berkeley Morris was founded in 1977. We perform throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Our team members cover a wide range of locations, professions, ages and genders.”

These are the Morris Dancers who make the sun come up at Tilden Park on Beltane!

National Heirloom Exposition
Tuesday-Thursday, September 11-13, 9:00AM-9:00PM
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa
Adults $10 for one day, $25 for all 3 days, children 17 and under free

“The National Heirloom Exposition is a not-for-profit event centered around the pure food movement, heirloom vegetables, and anti-GMO activism. Our inaugural event held mid-September 2011 in Santa Rosa, California drew more than 10,000 people from around the country and beyond. With more than 70 speakers and 250 natural food vendors, the event was the largest gathering in pure food history! The Heirloom Expo has gained incredible interest among home growers, farmers, school groups and the general public–so much so that it is being called the World’s Fair of the pure food movement!”

British Traditional Wicca 101 with Lady Argante
Wednesday, September 12, 7:00-9:00PM,
and 12 more Wednesdays through December 19
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
$10 per class

“Join Lady Argante, a third-degree Gardnerian Elder and the High Priestess of the Coven Daoine Sidhe for a 12-week spiritual and practical introduction to British Traditional Wicca. Classes will include basic history of the Tradition, cosmology and Wheel of the Year; meditations on the Goddess, the God, and the four elements; basic magical ethics and methods; and includes informal rituals for Mabon and Samhain.

Class themes for September:
September 12:
Introduction, History, Mythos, and Traditions        
September 19:
The Wheel of the Year and Mabon feast
September 26:
Tools/Correspondences/The Coven, Trance and Psychic States/Safe Space Meditation

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.”

Dance, Race, or Stroll Your Way through a Fun, Free Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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