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 11, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, September 12, 2012

British Traditional Wicca 101, National Heirloom Exposition, Red Tent Temple for Women, The Road To Ife, Murales Pintados, In Her Name Circle: Shekhinah, Wild Imaginings, Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery Lamplight Tours, Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show, Creek to Bay Day, Beach Picnic and Clean Up, Dreaming for the Great Turning, Beads of Courage, BBQ To Die For, Creating A Vision Board, Seeds of Wisdom, Pirate Band and Movie Night, Kathmandu Fall Festival, Talk Like a Pirate Weekend, Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire, Savor the Season, Sprouts Fall Equinox, Comedy Day, The Witch's Garden, Way of the Rabbit Witchcraft, A Cup of Tea with Spirit, Intuitive Development, The Healing Phenomena Spirituality and the Traditions, Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams, Tarot Salon, Divine Presence: A Circle for Women, Berkeley Morris Workshop, South Bay Pagan Salon, Talk Like a Pirate Day, Sherehe Ya Mwedzi: A Ceremony for the Harvest Moon, Fundamentals of Astrology

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.”

National Heirloom Exposition
Wednesday-Thursday, September 12-13, 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!”

Red Tent Temple for Women
Thursday, September 13, 6:45PM
Terra’s Temple, 654 Oakland Avenue, Oakland
$5-$15 donation

We will gather on the horn of the New Moon to watch a very special movie about our moon cycles and our periods.

Wear shades of red to enter the realm of our blood. PLUS bring a friend or two.  Terra's Temple welcomes anyone called to the Red Tent.  We open our doors monthly for these gatherings.  Each circle is a drop-in and we are growing each month.

Bring popcorn, or other easy movie snacks to share.”


The Road To Ife
Friday, September 14, 6:30-8:00PM (and the second Friday of each month)
East Bay Healing Collective, 1840 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley
$11 per single class.  Discounts available for blocks of classes - see website for details

“These classes will share the traditions of Ifa, a West African spiritual and life tradition and the progenitor of the Orisha/Santeria tradition.  The wisdom and intelligence of Ifa includes cosmology, philosophy, science, ethics, poetry, folktales, proverbs, sacred scripture and song.  The values inherent in the Ifa tradition (consistent with values across most indigenous and spiritual traditions) provide an approach to life that can lead to greater satisfaction and alignment with our personal and collective destinies as humans.

September 14: A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far: Levity and Laughter as Obatala’s Medicine

Open to the Public - You do not need prior knowledge nor to be a practitioner of the tradition to benefit from the teachings.  Each class provides a discrete teaching; you do not have to take the classes in order.  Please note that each class is limited to 20 participants, so while drop-ins are welcome, we encourage you to pre-register.”

Murales Pintados
Cuban Street Art Exhibition
Reception Friday, September 14, 7:00-9:00PM
exhibition continues through September 30
Philz Coffee, 1600 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

“Firehouse Art Collective presents Murales Pintados: painted walls and the painters, a unique collaboration with The Muraleando Project, Havana, Cuba and Morgan Alexander and Kate Mack of Ojai, California, will be on exhibit August 1 to September 30, 2012 at Philz Coffee.
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30AM-8:30PM, Saturday-Sunday 7:00AM-8:30PM.

The exhibit will include Around Havana, additional photographs of the community art and the street.
Artist receptions Friday, September 14, 7:00-9:00PM

This ‘exposicion colectiva’ between artists in the United States and Cuba first opened on April 11, 2011 in Lawton, Havana, Cuba in ‘El Tanque’ a 100-year-old water storage tank that was refurbished by the Muraleando Art Collective for a new community center, workshop, office and art gallery.

Each artist was asked to create a piece of art in response to one of the photographs of Havana street art. This exhibit is the result of that collaboration, a creative conversation between the photographs of two American documentary photographers and artwork by Cuban painters. The original project in Havana was sponsored by Council of Municipal Administration, 10th of October District, DMC, the Directorate of Municipal Culture, 10th of October, Paradiso: Turismo Cultural (Cultural Tourism) and Aventura, Havana.

In this world of strife between two neighboring countries, this is an unusual and much-needed collaboration between artists and citizens of Cuba and America.”

In Her Name Circle: Shekhinah, The Feminine Face of God
with Joy Reichard
Friday, September 14, 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:
October 12 - Tara, Tibetan Goddess and Bodhisattva
November 9 - Hecate, Queen of Witches or Wise Crone?
December 14 - Guadalupe, Mother of the People”

Wild Imaginings
Art exhibition
opening reception Friday, September 14, 7:00-9:00PM
exhibition continues through November 6
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385

"Wild Imaginings
critters, robots, heroes and nerds emerge from the sketchbooks of seven inspired minds

The Artists:

Maria Barci
I originally started drawing because I had a suspicion, a hunch that there was something inside of me that needed expressing. I had no idea that these critters and people were sitting inside of me waiting for a stage... The drawings mostly come out of "nowhere" and are expressions of my pain, moods, and states of being --whether happy or sad, elated or crushed, or whatever. I try always to put a positive spin on whatever I create as I do not like to dwell on the negative, even when I'm dealing with it. Drawing makes me happy and were it to cease to do so, I would stop.

Adam Davis
The short answer: I like to draw robots, dinosaurs, zombies and skulls. The long answer: Illustration is my number one focus artistically these days. I've also done a fair amount of painting (I did one project where I painted one hundred robots, and another where I'm painting one hundred dinosaurs) and recorded a considerable amount of music. I think I'm still just doing what I did as a teenager: I'm trying to bring things into the world that I want to see/read/hear.

Patrick O'Connell   
Patrick O'Connell is an artist currently living in EastBay area. His work of late has been largely in sketchbooks, but occasionally he paints in acrylic. His favorite subject matter is himself, as he is constantly drawing an autobiographical character self, aggrandizingly dubbed "Our Hero" in situations that blur the lines between fact and fiction.

Kataclysmic Comics
by Kat Johnson
Comic scenes from the life and mind of Kat Johnson who always feels like the world is ending.
Formerly a Julie's tea slinger. Kat is currently a ceramic, comic and clothing artist in Asheville, NC. She strives to take it all in with a pen and paper, and a grain of salt.

also featuring:
Joe Connolly
Sandra Carnero”

Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery Lamplight Tours
Friday-Saturday, September 14-15, tours leave every 20 minutes, 7:30-9:30PM
tours start at Franklin Gate, 1600 Franklin Avenue, Santa Rosa
For additional information, please call 707-543-3292

“Walk at night through Santa Rosa’s oldest cemetery to see and hear all new dramatic portrayals of some of our city’s early settlers. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a flashlight. Participants welcome to wear period costumes (1850 - 1950). Tours leave from the McDonald Gate.”

Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show
Friday-Sunday, September 14-16,
Friday and Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Alameda County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton
Adults $9, Students and Seniors $7, Ages 13-17 $4, children under 12 free
One ticket is good for all three days, coupon available on website

“Find Something Amazing Around Every Corner!

Shop The Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show with 24,000 handmade American art and crafts in hundreds of booths, all day entertainment, and kids activity center. Each Harvest Festival features hundreds of artisans exhibiting American handmade items including beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, original art, hand-turned wood, music, ceramics and much more.

Enjoy three fun-packed days of shopping, stage and strolling entertainment, and festival food all for the price of one ticket. Remember to get your hand stamped to return as many times as you want without paying again.

There’s something for everyone in the family, including Kidzones with craft activities for the little ones in most venues - make a day of it, you won’t find a better bargain!”

Creek to Bay Day
Saturday, September 15, 9:00AM-12:00PM
see website for locations where events are planned

“Mark your calendars for Oakland's 17th annual Creek to Bay Day!

Creek to Bay Day, a volunteer-based cleanup and beautification event, will take place on Saturday, September 15th from 9am to noon at more than 20 creek and waterway locations citywide.

Volunteers are needed at numerous creek sites, Lake Merritt and the Oakland Estuary to pick up litter, remove non-native invasive plants and plant California native species. There is no registration necessary to volunteer. If you are part of group with over 10 people, we would appreciate you letting us know where you plan to volunteer so the coordinator of that site can plan accordingly. If you would like a site recommendation from our staff, please contact us via email creektobayprotection@oaklandnet.com or call 510-238-7630.

Participants of this event, which is held as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day, join thousands of volunteers throughout the United States and over 100 countries around the world in
taking part in the largest waterway and beach cleanup of the year.”

Beach Picnic and Clean Up
with Community Seed
Saturday September 15, 9:00AM
Bonny Doon Beach, Bonny Doon Road at Highway 1, Santa Cruz
(see website for directions)

“September’s  Beach Picnic and clean up, coincides with the International Coastal Clean Up Day!!

Coastal Clean Up Day is organized by Save Our Shores, there will be a sign in table at the top of the bluff where they will hand out tally cards and trash bags.

This event begins at 9:00AM and ends at noon.  Those who are still there at 12:00 can gather for a picnic and share some time in the sun.

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to serve your community and your planet. (Not to mention socialize and have fun!)

Bonny Doon Beach is located on Highway 1, near Bonny Doon Road. This beach has ample parking, which is free.

Bring leather gloves if you have them. Please bring a lunch, or food to share, your own water supply, and be advised that there are No Bathroom Facilities and it is a steep hike down to the beach, so come prepared.”

Dreaming for the Great Turning
Saturday, September 15, 10:00AM-1:00PM,
and one more Saturday, November 3
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767
$35 per session

“The year 2012 may be pivotal in the historic process known as the Great Turning, a global transition from an ethos of conquest and domination to one of cooperation and interdependence. Join us in exploring this epochal moment using Culture Dreaming, a method likened to a group shamanic journey or active imagination. Participants tell individual night dreams that emerge in a light trance; these are then woven into a new, big dream or co-created narrative, which is explored for its collective implications. The session includes a period for dream re-entry to obtain guidance on questions of personal meaning. In addition to opening a window into the vast, often hidden dynamics of cultural transformation, Culture Dreaming provides participants with a living experience of deep interconnectedness.

Meredith Sabini, PhD, Director of The Dream Institute, is a licensed psychologist who specializes in dream consultation and training.

Richard Russo, MA, past president of the IASD and editor of its publication, DreamTime, is an artist and dream educator with over thirty years experience. He is Creative Advisor at The Dream Institute.”

Beads of Courage Bead Challenge
Saturday, September 15, 10:00AM-6:00PM
The Crucible,1260 7th Street, Oakland, 510-444-0919
Free Admission

“A fundraiser for Beads of Courage, Inc, hosted by The Northern California Society of Glass Beadmakers

The Northern California Society of Glass Beadmakers are Firing up their Torches!
Beads of Courage has challenged the talented bead artists of The Northern California Society of Glass Beadmakers to fire up their flaming hot torches and melt colorful glass into meaningful symbols of COURAGE! These one-of-a-kind glass beads will be given to children coping with serious illness to help them RECORD, TELL and OWN their story of COURAGE. We hope to see you there!

Talented Artists - Flaming Torches - An Amazing Cause
FREE to Attend - BEad Amazed!

You can make a difference by participating in the following activities:
Make a beaded bracelet ($5)
Make a COURAGE clip ($5)
Sponsor a bead for a child in treatment ($5)
Win Door Prizes!
Purchase unique items at the Beads of Courage Store

Beads of Courage, Inc. is proud to partner with Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland, Kaiser Permanente Oakland, Kaiser Permanente Sacramento-Roseville, UC Davis Medical Center, Sutter Medical Center and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford to provide the Beads of Courage Program.

Thank you for your support and for helping make healing happen!”

BBQ To Die For
Saturday, September 15, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Meek Park Picnic Grounds, 240 Hampton Road, Hayward
$30, for tickets, please call Alison at 510-581-0223

“Fundraiser for San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery

Join us for the second annual BBQ to Die For, a fundraiser for the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery. There will be a barbecue, a raffle and a tour of the cemetery.  All proceeds support the restoration of the cemetery.”

Creating A Vision Board
with Brittney Andrews
Saturday, September 15, 4:00-6:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Create Your Vision Journal, a hands-on workshop also known as treasure-mapping, star-mapping, manifestation, vision boards, the law of attraction.  Let the designer of WonderRapt help you create a vivid and effective journal for nurturing your highest dreams into reality.

Who: Dreamers age 13 to 100
Why: to create and hold a vision for your best and highest self
What: Cost of class includes your journal, materials and instruction
What to bring: yourself (optional: pieces of inspiration)

My name is Brittney Andrews. I have a degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. My interest and work in personal growth has lead me to conduct a workshop on the magic of manifestation journaling.”

Seeds of Wisdom
workshop and book signing
with author Elka Eastly Vera
Saturday, September 15, 6:00-7:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355

“Spiritual seekers, open the doorway to your own wisdom and intuition and get to know your true self. Come celebrate the blossoming of Seeds of Wisdom, a new guidebook and deck of oracle cards.

The author will be signing books and leading a creative process for discovering the oracle in you!

Seeds of Wisdom draws elements from many spiritual paths to enrich your own. It is a contemporary take on the time-honored practice of consulting a priestess, prophet, or village wise-woman on questions that concern the soul. Let your inner wisdom blossom in the garden of your soul.”

Pirate Band and Movie Night
Saturday, September 15, 7:30PM
Historic Bal Theater, 14808 East 14Th Street, San Leandro

“Come dressed as a Pirate and join our crew as we celebrate all things Pirate! We will have  Pirate band Skip Henderson and Starboard Watch playing tunes before a Treasure Island, then More Music... then another Classic Movie.

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.”

Kathmandu Fall Festival
Saturday-Sunday, September 15-16, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Veterans Memorial Hall, 126 First Street West, Sonoma
$10 suggested donation

“Step into another world and experience the exotic sights, sounds and flavors of Nepal and the Himalayas at the 8th Annual Kathmandu Festival.

The Kathmandu Festival celebrates the diverse cultures of Nepal, Tibet and India through traditional Himalayan music and lively dance performances throughout both days. Stroll through a colorful marketplace to shop for jewelry, clothing, art, antiques and crafts. Savor mouth-watering momos and other traditional fresh-cooked cuisine. Take a virtual tour of Nepal at the Photo Gallery and video show.

New this year: Get ready to to immerse yourself in the extraordinary culture of Nepal! Children’s Medical Aid Foundation is presenting A Nite in Nepal, to be held Saturday, September 15, 7:00-10:00PM during the Kathmandu Festival weekend at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Sonoma, 126 1st Street West. A Nite in Nepal features celebrated musician and singer Sukhawat Ali Khan, a scrumptious banquet prepared by A Taste of Himalaya, and cultural dance performances by local Nepalese. Come dance, eat and enjoy a wonderful Nite in Nepal!

Tickets for the Festival are $10 per person, with free admission for children age 12 and under. The Saturday evening banquet and show tickets are $35 per person, and include free admission to the Kathmandu Festival on Sunday. There will be a silent auction and hourly raffles for fine dining, weekend getaways and other prizes from some of the Sonoma Wine Country’s best venues.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Children’s Medical Aid Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing corrective surgery for Nepalese children with birth defects, and building medical clinics to serve impoverished families in rural areas of Nepal.”

Talk Like a Pirate Weekend
at Playland-Not-At-The-Beach
Saturday-Sunday, September 15-16, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Magic performances at 1:00PM and 3:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
see website for admission details

“Playland has been boarded by the most ahr-r-riginal pirates to sail the seven seas. Come dressed as a pirate and win a special reward. We'll be hosting the biggest and best treasure hunt ever!

Nick Magick
Saturday, September 15th Only , 1:00PM and 3:00PM
Performing since he was in the third grade, Nick Magick originally became interested in magic when he saw Christian Cagigal's amazing one-man show Now and In the Hour. Nick loves to showcase close-up and stage magic and he has studied under Christian Cagigal, Alain Choquette, and other well known prestidigitators. Nick is a member of The International Brotherhood of Magicians and Oakland Magic Circle and recently competed in their close-up competition.

An admirer of Criss Angel, Mac King and Penn and Teller, Nick uses his stage presence and techniques combined with his youthful enthusiasm to Wow! his audiences. Recently while demonstrating a card trick to Teller (of Penn and Teller), the renowned magician told Nick ‘I've never seen a kid your age handle a deck of cards so well.’ He has performed at numerous office, holiday and private parties and is one of the youngest magicians to perform at Playland-Not-At-The-Beach. In Fall 2012, Nick Magick will enter the sixth grade.

Magician Mike Della Penna
Sunday, September 16th Only, 1:00PM and 3:00PM
Magician Mike Della Penna is a transplanted New England illusionist who also teaches second grade in the Berkeley School System. Mike perfected his entertainment skills as a standup comic in Boston but developed an early love for children's magic. His live shows are extraordinary as he involves make believe and interactivity which embraces every child's dream of what just might be possible. His assistant is Clara the Clarevoyant Duck who has amazing powers even when blindfolded. Mike taught Playland's 2010, 2011, and 2012 sold out Magic Camps (where he got raves from his students). Don't miss this amazing performer.”

Playland at the Beach is a fun part of San Francisco history,
now being kept alive by people in El Cerrito who are obsessed with fun and history!

Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire
Saturdays-Sundays, September 15-16, 10:00AM-6:00PM,
and every weekend through October 14
10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy 152, Gate 6, Hollister (south of Gilroy)
$25 Adults, Children under 12 Free!  Parking $5
Discounted tickets available through the website

The theme for this weekend is Two-for-One:
“Our first weekend we would like to thank our loyal customers with a special Two-for-One Opening weekend offer.  Download the Two-for-One Coupon and present it to the Box Office when you purchase your tickets.”

This year, there are Celtic rock concerts scheduled for 6:00 each Saturday evening in the jousting arena!
The band for Saturday, September 15, is Tempest:
"Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy folk rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 22 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release twelve critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,000 gigs. It's also enjoyed an evolving line-up that's enabled its musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member-something highlighted by the group's current roster.

Tempest is regularly featured at prestigious festivals including The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Denmark's Skagen Festival, Britain's Cropredy Festival and The Winnipeg Folk Festival in Canada. The band is also a mainstay at countless American Celtic festivals. Tempest also hosts an annual festival of their own, called Karfluki Fest, in Northern California.”

Savor the Season
Benefitting the Alameda County Food Bank
Sunday, September 16, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Wente Vineyards, 5050 Arroyo Drive, Livermore
$125 includes luncheon and wine
For information, please contact Kathryn Weber at 510-635-3663 xt328 or kweber@accfb.org

“10th Annual Savor the Season

Join us for a celebration of California-grown food and wine in a world-class vineyard setting.

Live music including the Silverwood Jazz Quartet
Gourmet seasonal food and estate wines from Wente Vineyards
Silent and live auctions
Hope Not Hunger Award honoree: Target
Hosted by Dave Clark of KTVU Channel 2 Morning News
Proceeds from Savor the Season go directly toward hunger relief efforts in Alameda County.

Also, we are proud to announce another way to help us this season.
Thanks to the generous support of Ms. Rhoma Young and an Anonymous Friend of the Food Bank, any contributions made through Savor the Season will be matched dollar-for-dollar-up
to $25,000-to provide food and hope to families in need.”

Sprouts Fall Equinox
September 16, 12:00-3:00PM
East Bay location given with RSVP to hvnwalker@yahoo.com
Please label your email SPROUTS RSVP.

“The time has come for the wheel of the seasons to turn towards the Autumn. The Fall Equinox is the pagan Thanksgiving, and we celebrate, harvest, abundance, and Community. To celebrate the Fall Equinox we will make Stone Soup to symbolize the magic of sharing what we have with others. The more we give, The more we receive.

What to Bring: A chopped fresh vegetable or thawed out vegetables to put in the Stone Soup.

DIETARY NOTE: The stone soup will be Vegan and contain no traces of peanuts, or tree nuts.”

Comedy Day
Sunday, September 16, 12:00-5:00PM
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

“It was 1975, and comedian Jose Simon had a dream. Barbra Streisand did it. A number of rock 'n' roll bands had done it, too. Even the symphony gave it a go. Free outdoor concerts were becoming more commonplace in music. So, why not one featuring comedians? A free outdoor performance in The City that is considered the cradle of civilization for comedy would be a great way for local comedians to say thank you to their fans.

It took a few years and a lot of cooperation from a lot of people to make it happen, but since 1981 more than 600 of the world's funniest comedians have performed free-of-charge for over a half-million people at the original outdoor comedy concert, Comedy Day. It started in the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse (affectionately known as the Band Shell), moved to the Polo Fields in 1987 to accommodate larger crowds and, for the past few years, has found a home in Sharon Meadow.”

Check the website to see if one of your favourite comedians will be there!

The Witch's Garden
with Rabbit
Sunday, September 16, 12:30-2:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 for any individual class

“The Witch's Garden is a 12-month series of classes for the budding herbalist. If you have been studying or practicing on your own, or if you are curious and seeking to deepen your knowledge of how to use herbs magically and for personal healing, this class is for you!

Theme for September 16: herbs for cold and flu season

Each session is a fun, casual, interactive, hands-on lesson in one facet of practical and magical herbalism. As a general rule, please wear clothes that you can get dirty in as we play with the plants and make our potions!”

Way of the Rabbit Witchcraft
with Rabbit
Sunday, September 16, 3:00-5:00PM   
and four more Sundays (typically third Sundays)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
$35 per 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.

September 16: Magic of Abundance and Prosperity”

A Cup of Tea with Spirit
with OwlSnake
Sunday, September 16, 4:00-5:00PM, and the third Sunday of every month
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
suggested donation $5-$10

“Esoterica Shamanic Center invites you to join OwlSnake (Medicine Woman/Shaman Lineage) for...

A Cup of Tea with Spirit

We will sip tea,  and eat tasty treats as we connect and receive messages from Spirit and the Ancestors to guide us in our daily lives. We will Journey, Chant and Listen within, and be Inspired. A relaxing afternoon gift to yourself and others.

Who is OwlSnake?

Born into a long lineage of Medicine Men/Women, Spiritual Healers, Seers, and Shamans, on both her maternal and paternal ancestral lines, she was first called to this sacred path at the age of 4 years old from her Great Aunt. She was chosen to continue the family tradition of Spiritual Medicine work, some would call Shamanism. Through the years she would experience many of life's challenges and growth opportunities that have allowed her to learn and experience firsthand some of the greatest issues that plague this world today. From those experiences, along with her direct connection with Great Spirit, Guides, Angels, and Ancestors, OwlSnake has awakened into being a compassionate healer that is willing to be used as a ‘Hollow Bone’ for Spirit to assist all those that seek healing and inspiration on their journey.”

Intuitive Development
with Devin Hunter
Sunday, September 16, 4:00-6:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“In this workshop we will explore psychic development techniques that will not only give you a better sense of how to development your own intuition but also ways to become comfortable with it. Topics will include- meditation for psychic awakening, grounding, clearing mind chatter, 5 minute breathing techniques for intuitive development, and more.

Devin Hunter has been a professional psychic for 10 years, an active teacher and writer who teaches classes and hosts students from all across the world via his unique long-distance training. As a medium Devin specializes in spirit-guide communication, intuitive development, and empowerment.”

The Healing Phenomena, Spirituality and the Traditions
with Jose Figueroa Garcia
Sunday, September 16, 5:30-7:30PM
The Enlightened Mind, 409 E Campbell Avenue, Suite 220, Campbell

“Discover the Buddhist , Shinto, Taoist and Shamanic Magic behind Reiki! Forever change the way you see it and practice it!

This lecture will take a look at the healing phenomena in general, its historical context and spiritual dimension. Enter the world of mysticism and the esoteric traditions of East and West. Discover its hidden trans- personal connections and the traditions behind Reiki.   

Jose Figueroa Garcia was first introduced to healing in 1986, spirituality and esoterism in 1984 and has been researching these subjects ever since. During the mid 90's he worked as an investigative health journalist in London for British, Spanish and Japanese television. He teaches Reijukido as the unified, intuitive and esoteric path to Reiki. As a Unified Reiki teacher and Bach flower Specialist he is a firm supporter of the integration of natural therapies into the medical world. He has introduced and helped provide Reiki and Bach Flowers therapy to Breast Cancer, Fibromyalgia and Rare Disease Associations as well as health institutions around the world since 2006. Jose is dedicated to the training of health professionals and those seeking their own personal/ transpersonal development.”

Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams
film screening
Sunday, September 16, 7:00-9:00PM,
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767
$15 general, $10 students

“The film Dreams by Akira Kurosawa is a visually stunning work, a montage of short timely films based on the famous director’s own dreams on the theme of spirits and our relationship with nature. Discussion follows.”

Tarot Salon
with Grey
Tuesday, September 18, 7:00-8:00PM - please note special date
(typically the second Tuesday of each month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“Cards for this month: The Tower and the 6 of Wands

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!”

Divine Presence: A Circle for Women
with Eve Crowe and Christine Tulis
Tuesday, September 18, 7:15-9:00PM
Birth Keepers, 2130 4th Street, San Rafael

“Gather with us to explore the ancient, sacred arts of anointing, flowing dance, singing, music, poetry and ceremony to support you in expanding and nourishing your Divine Presence.

Learn how to manifest your heart's desire, access, trust and follow your inner wisdom and nurture your Divine connection. Come away with valuable tools you can rely on to spiritually sustain you in your daily life.”

Berkeley Morris Workshop
Tuesday, September 18, 7:30PM - final workshop
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 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!

South Bay Pagan Salon
Tuesday, September 18, 7:30PM (and the first and third Tuesday of every month)
Cafe at Books Inc, 301 Castro Street, Mountain View
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.

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

Talk Like a Pirate Day
Wednesday, September 19
on board your vessel, somewhere on the Seven Seas

Avast, me Hearties!

If ye would not be mistaken fer a scurvy dog, remember to talk like a Pirate today!  Even a land lubber can learn!

Sherehe Ya Mwedzi: A Ceremony for the Harvest Moon
Thursday, September 20, 7:30PM
Bay Area location given upon RSVP
for more information or to RSVP, please e-mail iyamahea@thesacredforest.org

“Inspired by African spirituality, our Full Moon Ceremonies honor the Moon and the Water Spirits. The ritual commemorates hope and renewal through song, healing movement and mbira meditation. Participants are encouraged to bring their own symbol of renewal to place on the altar upon arrival. No fee for admission, and all are welcome. Directions forwarded upon our receiving your RSVP.”

Fundamentals of Astrology 1: Learning the Language
with astrobarry
Thursday, September 20, 7:30-9:30PM,
and three more Thursdays, September 27, October 4 and 11
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$140 for all 4 classes (registration required)

“In Part One of astrobarry's 4-part astrology course, we will master the essential building-blocks of astrology. In addition to covering the different facets of what astrology is, we'll conduct in-depth interpretive explorations of each of the zodiac signs, the planets, the houses, and the aspects (geometric angles between planets).

This class provides a wonderful entry into the world of astrology, introducing the archetypal symbols which comprise this centuries-old system of divination and celestial insight.”

Have a Wild, Visionary, Original yet Traditional Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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