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, October 30, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, October 31, 2012

All Hallows Read, Celebrate Samhain/Halloween/All Hallows Eve at The Sacred Well, A Spirited Evening, Halloween Sing-A-Long Fundraiser, Wearable Art Halloween Ball, Within The Wheel, The Raven: A Musical, The Grimaldis: A Musical Ghost Story, Movember, The Vagina Monologues, Zombie Vixens From Hell, Dia de los Muertos Community Festival, Dia de los Muertos Craft Workshop, Dia de los Muertos Berkeley, Evening with Owls, Introduction to Wild and Edible Mushrooms, Witches Ball and Samhain Celebration, Stirring the Cauldron: A Roundtable Discussion, Dia de los Muertos San Francisco, Feast of the Mighty, Rhythmix Island Arts Festival, Alameda Holiday Boutique, Women's Dream Quest, Where History and Hauntings Meet, BAILOUT!, herconference, Hula Festival, She Stoops to Conquer, Adam Ant's Birthday, Barry and Maya Spector's Day of the Dead Ritual, Earth Energy Walk, Dreaming for the Great Turning, Fratello Marionettes and Asheba, Farmhouse Harvest Festival!, Day of Renewal, Fused Plastic Workshop, Le Bal des Vampires, Community Seed Samhain, Daylight Savings Time Ends, Goddess Awakening, Letting Go Ritual, Goddess Clothing Exchange, A Course In Modern Conjure, Election Day, Spiral Samhain, South Bay Pagan Salon, Caya Fun For Everyone: San Francisco Chinatown, Peacemaking in Practice Workshop, Exploring Dark Moon Magick and Divination

All Hallows Read
Wednesday, October 31
wherever you please!

“All Hallow’s Read is a Hallowe’en tradition. It’s simply that in the week of Hallowe’en, or on the night itself, you give someone a scary book.
Scholars have traced its origins as far back as this blog post. http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2010/10/modest-proposal-that-doesnt-actually.html

Neil Gaiman says (well, said, in the aforementioned blog post):
“I propose that, on Hallowe'en or during the week of Hallowe'en, we give each other scary books. Give children scary books they'll like and can handle. Give adults scary books they'll enjoy.

I propose that stories by authors like John Bellairs and Stephen King and Arthur Machen and Ramsey Campbell and M R James and Lisa Tuttle and Peter Straub and Daphne Du Maurier and Clive Barker and a hundred hundred others change hands - new books or old or second-hand, beloved books or unknown. Give someone a scary book for Hallowe'en. Make their flesh creep...

Give a scary book.

If you don't know what kinds of books there are, or what would be appropriate for the person you're giving a book to, talk to a bookseller. They love to help, most of them. (The ones that don't tend not to be booksellers for long.) Talk to librarians. (Do not plan to give away their books though, unless they are having a library sale.)

That's it. That's my idea.

Scary book. Hallowe'en.

Who's with me?



In celebration of All Hallows Read, Audible is running an offer ending today, October 31.
A new scary short story, written and read by Neil Gaiman, is available for free download as an audio file from Audible - for each download of the story, Audible will donate $1 to charity, up to a total of $100,000.  

More details here:

Download the story Click Clack The Rattlebag here:

This free download will no longer be available after today, October 31!

Celebrate Samhain/Halloween/All Hallows Eve
at The Sacred Well
Wednesday, October 31, 6:00-8:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Free Event - open to all!

“Come in costume or street clothes for a mug of apple cider, some Halloween candy, and a free sample of incense to help you connect with those who have gone beyond the Veil.”

A Spirited Evening
with Irish Medium Sandra O’Hara
and Loyd Auerbach
Wednesday, October 31, 7:30PM
Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School Street, Lafayette

“A Spirited Evening features a look at both sides of the paranormal coin - the unreal and the real. Mentalist Professor Paranormal (in reality, parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach) will amuse and amaze with feats of mindreading and prediction with audience members, getting everyone ‘in the spirit’ for actual contact with the Other Side. Renowned Irish psychic medium Sandra O'Hara will bring the audience in close contact with friends and loved ones across the veil, providing a more personal connection with those who have passed on. Don't miss this Halloween evening of fun, mental mystery and true paranormal experience. Come in costume, and you might win a surprise.”

Halloween Sing-A-Long Fundraiser
with San Francisco Renaissance Voices
Wednesday, October 31, 7:30PM
Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco

“Ever wonder what it would be like to sing with San Francisco Renaissance Voices? Well, here’s your chance!!  Join us and our host as Artists-in-Residence, Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, on Halloween for a All Saints/All Souls Days Sing-a-Long of Tomas Luis de Victoria’s Missa O Quam Gloriosum and O Quam Gloriosum motet with readings of remembrance for the dead. A limited number of both scores will be available at the event for $20; however we recommend you print a free score of both the motet and mass here:

This is no trick!  Entrance to the event is free, however a free-will offering will be taken; and we hope you will treat us with a donation at the concert that benefits San Francisco Renaissance Voices and the music programs at Seventh Avenue.  All are invited to a post-event reception featuring Halloween treats.”

Wearable Art Halloween Ball
Wednesday, October 31, 8:00PM-Midnight
Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz

“Come join us at the MAH during the most creative Halloween costume party in Santa Cruz. Drape yourself in art and come down to the museum for a night of music, dancing, costume contest and unearthly delights.”

Within The Wheel
an immersive performance inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead
Ragged Wing Ensemble’s Third Annual Fall Festival
Wednesday-Saturday, October 31-November 3, 6:00-8:00PM, last entrance at 7:30PM
Final week!
Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

"When did you last encounter death? How did it look, smell, taste, feel? What is it like on the other side of the wheel, just beyond where we can see? Will we let ourselves go there?

Within the Wheel is an original, immersive performance event inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead and interviews with hospice patients and workers that provides an encounter with death in a thoughtful, artful and meaningful way. The show will be an interactive journey through the great between and a reflection on the cycle of life, featuring original live music, theatrical performances and striking visual design.

Six interactive art and performance installations run continuously from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Audience members travel at their own pace, but we recommend at least an hour to experience the entire show.  Come early to see it in the light or later to see it with darkness and illumination.

Ragged Wing Ensemble’s Mission is to catalyze a deep cultural shift where artistic action is at the center of vital social change. We aim to connect artists and audiences through the ritual of live performance, exploring universal questions that span the ancient and contemporary.  We engage in the study and practice of Ensemble, collaboratively creating new, interdisciplinary works and activating the next generation of artistically engaged citizens.

We are the do-ers. The shape-shifters, the great adapters, mythic storytellers and visionaries. We make the rules and break the rules. We roll up our sleeves. Take on big questions.  Design the world we want to live in and then build it. We walk into the mouth of fear. We cultivate a discipline of courage.”

The Raven: A Musical
Wednesday-Sunday, October 31-November 4
Wednesday-Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 3:00PM and 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
The Historic Victoria Theatre, 296116th Street, San Francisco

“Brothers, Edgar and Allan, both fall in love with Lenore.  She chooses one brother and then requests something fashionable as a gift for her wedding day.  This choice sets in motion the unfolding of events, in gothic, karmic fashion with a live musical soundtrack that covers the wide range of expression available to the rhythm and blues based artist.  The songs were actually written with the history of American pop music in mind.  The Raven utilizes an evolution of styles, from the mid-50's sound of the Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly to late-70's punk, that shadows the arc of the storyline.

Other Elements:  Lost Love, Karma, Obsession, Reincarnation, Hilarity, Murder, Love Triangle, Betrayal, Dancing, Redemption, Madness, Truth, Revenge, Hope, Jealousy, Bliss

We're certain that you'll enjoy this new voice in musical theatre!”

The Grimaldis: A Musical Ghost Story
Wednesday-Sunday, October 31-November 4,
Wednesday-Saturday 7:45PM, Sunday 2:30PM and 7:45PM
Firehouse 8, 1648 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco
$75 includes dinner and immersive theatrical experience
Buying tickets early is a good idea - this will sell out!

“The Story

For generations, the Grimaldi family has thrilled audiences the world over. From the opera houses of old Europe to America's silver screen, they were the quintessential showbiz family. Now the last surviving member of the Grimaldis is dead and the auction house of Sutter and Son is liquidating their estate.

As our show begins, we meet Walter Sutter, a friendly and somewhat awkward young man who is the block clerk for the auction house and the son in Sutter and Son. The auction business bores Walter and he dreams of a life in show business, a dream discouraged by his rather gruff and overly practical father Hirum Sutter.

When the ghosts of the Grimaldis start to haunt the auction house with their dazzling performances, Walter not only learns what it really means to be in show biz, but he also uncovers dark secrets about his own destiny.

The Grimaldis may be dead, but the show must go on.

The Show

The Grimaldis is a new story written by Dane Ballard and Ady Abbot and directed by Christian Utzman. The script celebrates the triumphs and tragedies of a life in show business from the eerie perspective of a family of performing ghosts.

Featuring original songs by John Woods, The Grimaldis is a mix of cabaret, circus, improv and musical theatre. The experience is immersive with the audience finding performances happening all around them. With the absence of the fourth wall, the characters interact directly with the guests, mingling with the audience throughout the show. Even the food and drink is presented as part of the story, a sort of ‘theatre amuse bouche’ to pull the audience further into the experience.”

throughout the month of November
between your nose and your mouth

“During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

Once registered at www.movember.com, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.”  

You don’t have to grow one - you can make one!

The Vagina Monologues
be Eve Ensler
presented by Independent Cabaret Productions
Thursday-Friday, November 1-2, 7:30PM
and one more performance November 8
BFUU Event Space, 1606 Bonita Avenue, Berkeley

“The Vagina Monologues

An Obie Award-winning whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone,The Vagina Monologues introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices, including a six-year-old girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist happy to have found a man who ‘liked to look at it.’

The Vagina Monologues has been translated into over 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries.”

Zombie Vixens From Hell
by Virago Theatre
Thursday-Saturday, November 1-3, 8:00PM
Final week
The Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason Street, San Francisco
See ticket website for prices

“In the not so distant future, a biochemist will unlock a noxious contagion that frees the minds of women from the corset bonds of society! And on that bright day, the color of the world will be Armageddon, dripping with sex and romance and passion and one perfect little black dress! We are the Zombie Vixens From Hell!!

‘Zombies’ introduces us to Agnes, a mousy yet strikingly intelligent biochemist who is destined to unleash a contagion upon the world, causing men to open their hearts and delicious brains to their ladies who for God's sake just want a tasty snack (best enjoyed with a crazy straw). The dashing but conceited Professor wants to claim Agnes' work as his own, and you won't believe what lengths he'll go to just to make THAT happen! A campy, hilarious pop/rock musical reminiscent of Rocky Horror Picture Show and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, ‘Zombies’ will definitely give you a great time and leave you wanting more!

Special Events!
Saturday, November 3  Closing Night Brain Eating!
Thursdays  Half-Price tickets, plus zombies get free libation”

Dia de los Muertos Community Festival
part of the Free First Fridays series at Museum of Art and History
Friday, November 2, 4:00-9:00PM
Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz

“Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with an evening of festive fun at the MAH. Bring your friends and family to craft calaveras (skull) masks with artist Noelle Correia,  cut papeles picados (paper banners), groove to music by ZunZun, enjoy colorful dance performances by Grupo Los Mejicas, ‘It’s a Dead Man’s Party’ visual presentation by artist Gregory Scott, food by Tía Bere of the Farmer’s Market, crafting, face painting, and much more. Bring a photo or memento to place on the community ofrendas in the MAH Atrium. This year’s community ofrendas were created collaboratively by Gateway School, Gault Elementary and Ann Soldo Elementary. Perfect for all ages. This year’s festival falls Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on Free First Friday this year.”

Dia de los Muertos Craft Workshop
with the Hayward Area Historical Society
In Partnership with Tu Tienda Azteca and Pancho Villa Event Center.
Friday, November 2, 5:00-8:00PM
At Pancho Villa Event Center, 1026 B Street, Hayward
$15 includes all materials

“Join us for a fun, hands-on workshop and create your own shadowbox and magnet to celebrate Days of the Dead. Bring small photos to personalize your shadowbox. All ages are welcome, and you will take home your own work of art at the end of the day.”

Dia de los Muertos Berkeley
Friday, November 2, 5:00-9:00PM
1400 block of Shattuck Avenue, North Berkeley

“Community Altar 5:00-7:30PM
Candle Light Procession 7:45-9:00PM

Mariachis * Aztec Dancers * Fire Dancers * DIY Art Projects  
Free Face Painting * Food Trucks * Beer and Wine Garden”

Evening with Owls
Friday, November 2, 6:30-9:30PM
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

“Evening with Owls benefitting the Hungry Owl Project

Live Owls - Many live owls, hawks and even bats will be on display
Paul Bannick - Award Winning Photographer and Author of the Owl and the Woodpecker
Joe Mueller - Biologist, College of Marin Professor and Notorious Comedian
Wine Tasting - Hosted by Marin Vineyards and other local vineyards.

Evening With Owls 2012 will be a night to remember! Meet many species of live owls, hawks and even live bats, enjoy highly entertaining speakers, wildlife artists, appetizers, savories and sweets, wine, beer and soft drinks, a silent auction, raffles and more! This event sells out every year so get your tickets early to secure your spot!”

Introduction to Wild and Edible Mushrooms
with David Rust, Co-Founder of Bay Area Mycological Society
Part of the First Friday Lecture Series at Alameda Natural Grocery
Friday, November 2, 7:00PM
The Beanery, Alameda Natural Grocery, 1650 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-1500

“David Rust presents an engaging and educational look at the strange and wonderful world of fungi. His talk includes an introduction to the role of mushrooms in ecology, cautions on safely foraging for mushrooms, photos of the beautiful fungi we find in nature, and a short primer on cultivated mushrooms.”

Witches Ball and Samhain Celebration
presented by the Sonoma County Pagan Network
facilitated by Leeanen Sidhe
Friday, November 2, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$5-$10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

"Honor for the Dead, Blessings for the Earth

The doors open at 7:00; Ritual will begin at 7:45. Costume or ritual garb is encouraged.

Our Samhain ritual will be guided by Leeanen Sidhe. The focus of the ritual will be on honoring those who have passed through the veil this year, opening ourselves to the wisdom of our ancestors, and then sending a blessing spell for the Earth.

The loss of a loved one or friend is never easy. For those of us who are left behind and especially for those of us who held the hand of the dying, death and the grief that follows can be very painful and cause us to sometimes feel angry or leave us with a sense of great emptiness. But if those of us left behind could see things from the perspective of the dying, perhaps it might bring us comfort.

The wisdom of our ancestors is vast and goes back to the time when humans were more in touch with the cycles of the earth. This time of year in many cultures marked the end of the old year and the beginning of the new. But this is more than just a new year that is coming. We stand on the cusp of a time of great change and our Mother needs us and our love more than ever. For all that she gives to us, let us give Her something in return in the form of a blessing for enlightenment, healing, and change.

There will be an altar for the beloved dead. Everyone is invited to bring something (a picture, trinket, etc.) from a loved one who has passed-on from this life, (whether human or animal), to place on the altar during the event (to be taken home, of course).

Dinner With The Dead
Samhain is not only a time to honor our dead, but we also mark the New Year and celebrate our abundant harvest. Let's enjoy a bountiful meal together in the midst of our dearly departed. Why not make one of Nonna's favorite recipes? We ask that you bring a potluck dish to share that serves 4-6 people and/or a non-alcoholic brew. Please bring your own place setting. There will be hot water available for tea.

Hat Contest
Once again this year, we will be holding a contest for the best Witch's or Wizard's hat. Whether it's something you make yourself or purchase and embellish, bring it, wear it, have it judged and maybe win a prize!”

Stirring the Cauldron: A Roundtable Discussion
with Elayne Lockhart
Friday, November 2, 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.”

Dia de los Muertos San Francisco
Friday, November 2, 7:00PM
Parade starts at 22nd Street and Bryant Street, San Francisco
and leads to 26th Street and Harrison Street
ending at the Festival of Altars in Garfield Park, 6:30-10:30PM

“As We Close The Sacred Ritual Cycle
We Welcome You, 2012
A New Era,
An Era Of Enlightenment,
And Blossoming,
As A Stronger Global Consciousness
And Collective Evolution

November 2, 7:00PM, meet with community members, artists and activists including Francisco X. Alacaron, Starhawk and traditional Aztec dancers following the traditional 13 Standards and the various creatures large and small.

Ritual assembles at 22nd and Bryant 6:00-7:00PM, on Friday November 2, 2012
STARTS at 22nd and Bryant at exactly 7:00PM, and moves along Bryant to 24th St.
CONTINUES along 24th St. to the corner of 24th St. and Mission
CONTINUES along Mission St. to 22nd St and turns on 22nd St.
CONTINUES along 22nd St. to Bryant St.
CONCLUDES at the corner of 22nd and Bryant St.

Help keep Day of the Dead Alive!
Let's ensure that Day of the Dead SF remains a true community supported event. Please consider making a donation via our chip-in page. Every dollar counts and no donation is too small. All proceeds go to securing park permits and artistic expression at Garfield Park.

About Day of the Dead:
Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both death and the cycle of life. In Mexico, neighbors gather in local cemeteries to share food, music, and fun with their extended community, both living and departed. The celebration acknowledges that we still have a relationship with our ancestors and loved ones that have passed away.

In San Francisco, Day of the Dead has been celebrated in the Mission district since the early 70s with art, music, performances and a walking procession, which help us contemplate our existence and mortality - a moment to remember deceased friends and family, and our connections beyond our immediate concerns.

Day of the Dead is an alcohol free event with no vendors or booths of any type. Please honor this tradition and do not attempt to sell goods on the premises of Garfield Park.”

Feast of the Mighty
Friday, November 2, 7:00-11:00PM
doors open at 7:00PM, Feast/Ritual begins at 8:00PM
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland
see below for ticket details
“A Celtic Samhain Feast with the Gods, Ancestors and Mighty OnesPresented by the Coru Cathubodua, a Priesthood dedicated to the Morrigan.

Come join us at the turning of the year to celebrate the great Celtic feast of Samhain! Share a Celtic-style feast of ancient foods as we dine with the Otherworldly host. Raise a glass in honor of your Ancestors, Gods and those who are to come after us. Join in the tale as the myths of the mighty heroes of old are brought to life to inspire our lives. Lend your spirit as we renew the Sovereignty of the land at the turning of the year.

You may opt to attend as a ritual participant with or without partaking in the feast.
ADVANCE PURCHASE REQUIRED for feast tickets, by Friday October 26th. Feast seating is limited so we recommend early purchasing. Non-feast tickets may be purchased at any time or at the door.
Adults (12 and up) with feast - $39
Children (under 12) with feast - $20
Adults, no feast (includes a complimentary glass of mead for toasting) - $18 advance or $20 at the door
Under 18, no feast - free

Feast Details:
An ancient period-style Celtic feast will be laid out in three courses, providing the structure for the evening's ritual. We have selected recipes for the feast that closely match the kinds of foods our ancestors would have eaten, relying as much as possible on fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, with an eye to what would have been available to the ancients.

Appetizer: Oat cakes with fresh apples and honey
First course: Blackberry and sweet pea salad; medieval leeks and mushrooms
Main course: Celtic pork and apple stew with hazelnuts and mushrooms (and meat-free version for vegetarians) ; Iron Age creamy peas; fresh barley bread
Dessert course: Seasonal fruit and berries with cream, honey, hazelnuts and rose petals

Mead, cider, and ale will be available as well as a non-alcoholic cider. A complimentary glass of mead or cider will be included with all tickets (including non-feast tickets) ; additional beverages will be available for purchase.

Please note menu may be subject to change based on availability of ingredients, and updates will be posted to the Facebook event page.

Ritual Details:
The Samhain ritual will be enacted in three parts: the first dedicated to the Ancestors, the second to the Gods and the Fey, and the third dedicated to the Descendents, those who will come after us. We will open the Otherworld gateway and invite the Mighty Ones to join us in feast and celebration as we enact the ancient stories of their heroic deeds: Brave warriors who ventured out to meet the host of the Sidhe on the haunted eve of Samhain. The Morrigan's gift of prophecy and blessing for the mighty Dagda, on the eve of Samhain, when the Tuatha De Danaan prepared to fight for the sovereignty of Ireland. And the untold story of our own generation's heroes, and those to come after us.

An altar will be set up where you are welcome to place pictures and mementos of your own Ancestors and beloved Dead, and places will be set at the tables where we may feed them.

Sovereignty Rite at Lake Merritt
Saturday, November 3, 11:00AM
Meet at the gazebo inside Lakeside Park (just past Children's Fairyland) , Bellevue Ave off Grand Ave, Oakland, CA

During the course of the evening Samhain feast and ritual, a special sword will be charged with a blessing for Sovereignty, by the power of the Ancestors, Gods and Mighty ones, and our own prayers and blessings of all participating. Those who wish can rejoin us the following morning on the shore of Lake Merritt, to dedicate this sword of Sovereignty, and cast it into the lake as a sacrificial offering for the renewal of sovereignty for our land and people, following the ancient tradition of Celtic peoples who deposited sacrificial offerings of armor, weapons and jewelry into lakes and sacred wells throughout Europe.

We are seeking a sword to dedicate for this purpose! If you or someone you know would be willing to donate a sword for the noble purpose of restoring sovereignty to your land and people, please contact us on the Coru Cathubodua Facebook page, or by email to mara.rua@gmail.com. “

Rhythmix Island Arts Festival
featuring Gamelan Sekar Jaya: Music and Dance of Bali
Friday, November 2, 7:30PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda

“Enjoy an evening of sparkling melodies, shimmering timbres, refined beauty and tempestuous drama with Balinese gamelan and dance. Gamelan Sekar Jaya and world-renowned Balinese artist I Made Subandi, will lead three unique gamelan ensembles - gamelan angklung; gender wayang quartet; and Bali's most famous gamelan, the gong kebyar - complete with gongs, flutes, and drums. Luh Andarawati will lead the ensemble in beautifully choreographed traditional and contemporary Balinese dance.

Rhythmix Cultural Works brings people together to share high quality culturally diverse arts experiences. Rhythmix is committed to bringing people of all ages together through a wide range of affordable art offerings in dance, music, theater, exhibitions and arts education. Rhythmix also seeks to promote cultural awareness, encourage participation in the arts, support artists in the presentation of work and be a resource for community gatherings and events.”

Alameda Holiday Boutique
Friday-Saturday, November 2-3,
Friday 12:00-8:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Veterans Memorial Building 2203 Central Avenue, Alameda

“34th Annual Holiday Boutique
Arts and Crafts - Gifts - Food - Antiques/Vintage Collectibles

Over 50 crafters will display their homemade and handcrafted items on two floors, including Alameda Unified School District parents and students, Scout Troops and Youth Groups
Free Admission!
Donations Will Also Be Appreciated For Alameda Meals On Wheels And Friendly Visitors

Proceeds benefit the Leisure Club, a Recreation Program for Developmentally Disabled Teens and Adults; a non-profit organization sponsored by the Alameda Recreation and Park Department.”

Women's Dream Quest: Dreaming Transformation
with Judith Tripp
Friday-Saturday, November 2-3, 7:00PM Friday - 11:00AM Saturday
Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco

“The format of the Dream Quest is quite simple. We gather as a large group- usually about 100 women. We learn several beautiful chants that we will use throughout the experience. We spend time greeting each other and preparing to enter the sacred space of the Quest. We then move to the Labyrinth and do a ceremony with song, movement and guided meditation that sets the tone and creates a safe and expansive environment for each woman to have her dream as well as a warm and nurturing environment for us all to experience a community of heart.

We then move into small groups facilitated by able women in the community. We choose these groups by randomly drawing a card representing a quality that creates a theme in each group. The small groups are an essential part of the experience. Here women are invited to share their stories and to be witnessed as they quest for their dreams. We encourage women to consider all their experiences in the event as part of their dream.

After an hour of small group interaction, it is time for walking the Labyrinth, receiving healing, meditating, praying, journaling, singing, creating art or dolls, or even going to sleep. We want women to feel free to follow their hearts and experiences. This period lasts until the lights dim, but some women choose to walk the Labyrinth during the night or continue their vigil or meditation.

In the morning, the women are awakened with a song, and spend the first morning hour in meditation, body prayer, (movement, Yoga stretches etc.), or journaling. They then meet in the small groups again. A final large group ceremony is held on the Labyrinth and the process of taking what we've learned back into the world is begun.

We meet in the same small groups over breakfast and prepare a skit to communicate the message each group wants to share. After the performance, each woman receives a gift and we dance and sing a final closing.”

Where History and Hauntings Meet
Halloween Tours of Rengstorff House
Friday-Saturday, November 2-3, Friday 7:00-10:20PM, Saturday 7:00-10:40PM
Tours leave every 20 minutes
The Rengstorff House, 3070 N. Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View
$11 in advance, $15 at the door
for more information, call 650-903-6392 or e-mail friends@r-house.org

“Come join the Friends of R House for a fun and spooky event. Are you interested in 19th century history? Are you intrigued by all things spooky? If either of these appeal then please come spend an evening with us. Experience a mummy unwrapping, a seance, a lugubrious house of mourning and much much more at The Rengstorff House in Mountain View. Relive the eerie happenings that have been reported over the decades since the last Rengstorff descendants vacated the house in 1959. Treat yourself to a guided tour of one of California’s favorite haunted houses.

When purchasing tickets, please make sure to purchase the correct ticket for the date and time of your reservation(s). Tickets are nonrefundable so choose carefully. Do note, there are only 10 tickets available for each tour time, so plan ahead if you have a large group. While this is considered a family event it is not recommended for children under 8. Thank you for your interest and we hope you enjoy the event. Remember, Halloween Never Ends at the Rengstorff House.”

or Can you picture this prophecy? The temperatures are too hot for me.
a multi-disciplinary performance work by NAKA Dance Theater
Friday-Saturday, November 2-3, Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 3:30PM and 8:00PM
Eastside Arts Alliance, 2277 International Boulevard, Oakland
Donations Appreciated!

“NAKA’s latest multi-disciplinary performance work addresses humanity's relationship with the oceans and how we cope in the face of disasters such as tsunamis, oil spills, nuclear fallout, and endangered ocean species. We focus a lens on the 3/11 Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Disaster in Northern Japan.

With Adria Otte (composer) and Ricardo Rivera (multimedia).”

herconference 2012
Friday-Sunday, November 2-4
please see website for detailed schedule
herchurch 678 Portola Drive, San Francisco

“Where faith traditions and Goddess meet
Feminist, Womanist, Mujerista, Minjung, Native American  Perspectives

2012 theme: Earth herbody: spirituality, politics  and praxis  for a sustainable world

Registration is $195  which includes keynote presentations, two workshops, musical, two lunches, two breakfasts, Saturday dinner, coffee hours and receptions, materials and conference activities.”

Hula Festival
Friday-Sunday, November 2-4
see Facebook page for detailed schedule
Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton
see website for ticket details

“Presented by the Kuma Hula Association of Northern California
Features: Solo and Group competition. Groups from Hawaii, Nevada, Washington and California. Arts and Craft vendors from Hawaii and California. Food booths serving Kalua pig, lomi salmon, chicken long rice, poi, laulau, teriyaki, beef or chicken, saimin, and shave ice.”

She Stoops to Conquer  
presented by Butterfield 8
Friday-Sunday, November 2-4, Friday and Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
Final week
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord

“What happens when you combine a practical joker, an ‘arranged’ courtship, and a secret romance? You have She Stoops to Conquer, Oliver Goldsmith's comedy of  miscommunication and mistaken identities. Audiences responded favorably to the ‘new style’ comedy when it debuted in 1773, and have continued to do so ever since.  She Stoops to Conquer remains one of the few 18th century plays to be regularly performed for modern audiences.

The Mission of Butterfield 8 Theatre Company is to provide audiences a fresh take on classic plays, and foster the creation of new works.

Our Vision is to present audiences with examples of both ends of the theatrical spectrum: new productions of classic works, focusing in particular on text-driven plays (such as the works of Shakespeare), and new works devised by the company or written by local playwrights.  Our work often examines perceptions of gender, both within the context of the play and the larger context of society as a whole.  We strive to create an immersive environment, believing the audience’s experience starts when they buy the ticket, and shouldn't end when they leave the theatre. We honor that the audience has come for a live theatre experience to engage with a story or an idea; to be taken on a journey. This is our responsibility, and our craft.”

Adam Ant's Birthday
Saturday, November 3
Wherever truth, beauty, art and sex are appreciated

Do something appropriately Plutonic/Scorpionic.
Gaze deeply into the darkest corners of your own soul.  Re-invent yourself and rise, Phoenix-like, from the ashes of your previous life.  Or perhaps take a bath in really good, really dark, molten chocolate.

Just don't you ever lower yourself, forgetting all your standards.

Barry and Maya Spector's Day of the Dead Ritual
Saturday, November 3, 9:00AM-6:00PM
Hillside Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito
$30 if paid in advance, $50 if paid at the door.
Pre-registration required. No one refused.  Work scholarships available.
Contact Barry Spector at 650-329-1415 or shmoover@comcast.net for more information

"Whether or not we have recently lost loved ones, we all carry a heavy load of grief and stress simply by living in these times. When we can’t find ways to drop the weight of this emotional burden, we can become hopeless, bitter or numb. Letting it go makes room for a new kind of imagination to enter. The release of these emotions requires a safe space and a caring community.

We will take a full day to help each other remember our ancestors and our personal and collective losses. In some traditions, this is the time of year when the veil between our world and the unseen world is thin; it is an opportune time to complete any unfinished business that prevents us from fully participating in life.  This will be a day of mourning and remembrance, but also of great beauty and celebration. There will be poetry, storytelling, drumming, altar-building and chanting from African, Celtic, Mexican and other traditions."

Earth Energy Walk
with Community Seed
Saturday, November 3, 9:45AM-1:00PM (and first Saturday of every month)
Natural Bridges State Park, Swanton Boulevard and Delaware Avenue, Santa Cruz
see link below for directions to meeting place

“Join us on our monthly walks, and feel the power of the Earth.  
Walks are on the first Saturday of each month!

Gather at 9:45AM
Departure: 10:00AM
Return: around 1:00PM.

Our walk is usually about 2-3 hrs round trip with a stop for meditation half way in. We will walk rain or shine, however... if the forecast is very stormy, call ahead to verify. 831-469-0336
Before beginning our walk together, we will take a moment to center our minds and bodies. Once we are all fully present, we will begin our journey, all the while tuning in, listening, and absorbing the energies of the elements, plants, and animals. Halfway into our walk we will sit for meditation, a guided visualization, and to share food.

Before beginning our walk together, we will take a moment to center our minds and bodies. Once we are all fully present, we will begin our journey,walking in silence, all the while tuning in, listening, and absorbing the energies of the elements, plants, and animals. Halfway into our walk we will sit for meditation, a guided visualization, and to share food.

Drinking water
A small snack
Hiking Shoes
Comfortable Clothes
Money for Parking (Several parks)
If the location is not listed... please call or email us.  831-469-0336, info@communityseed.org

Dreaming for the Great Turning
Saturday, November 3, 10:00AM-1:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“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.”

Fratello Marionettes and Asheba
part of the Patchwork Series
Saturday, November 3, 11:00AM
Freight and Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-644-2020

“Don’t miss the November edition of our Saturday morning Patchwork Series of kids’ concerts, a special treat featuring the astounding Fratello Marionettes and the Bay Area’s beloved Trinidad-born musical storyteller, Asheba.

You may have caught one of their ultra-popular performances in local libraries or art festivals, in which case you already know it: run, don’t walk to see the Fratello Marionettes work their magic! Using the traditional American cabaret style of manipulation (in which the puppeteer performs in full view of the audience), Kevin Menegus and Fred C. Riley III write and perform with intricately handcrafted marionettes in shows geared for children of all ages. Today’s performance, set to Camille Saint-Saens’ fanciful Carnival of the Animals, interweaves three classic fables, The Three Little Pigs, The Tortoise and the Hare, and The Ugly Duckling.

Asheba is a musical storyteller who specializes in calypso, the musical and folkloric oral tradition of his homeland, Trinidad. Stories of hope and happiness are the focus of his songs, which range from original lullabies to up-tempo tunes to remakes of classics such as Itsy Bitsy Spider and You Are My Sunshine. Any Asheba show also features children and parents alike joyfully singing, clapping, and dancing along! Now based in Oakland, Asheba has been performing at children's play spaces, museums, schools, hospitals, and festivals for the past 11 years.”

Farmhouse Harvest Festival!
Saturday, November 3, 12:00-6:00PM
Kenwood Farmhouse, 9255 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma

“Let’s Celebrate the Harvest with Live Music, a Fresh Harvest fashion Show, Vendors, Silent Auction, and of course...
Cobernet Pizza Oven firing!  Experience the Oven built during a workshop last month.

Bring a favorite topping for pizzas!

Brought to you by the Bamboo Lounge serving Herbal Elixirs and screening short films.”

Day of Renewal
Honoring Ancestors and OurSelves!
Saturday, November 3, 12:00-7:00PM
Terra’s Temple, 654 Oakland Avenue, Oakland

“On this particular day, we will honor our ancestors, lineage and magical time of year through gentle attention and self-care! Feel free to bring an item to place on our altar!
PLUS we are so excited to have recently launched our Indiegogo campaign. Terra's Temple is spreading its wings. Your support will help us to fly!

Our Healing Days of Renewal offer you the opportunity to attend to your most sacred space- yourself. Drink from the well of source and take the time to simply be, in your body, with others, and with the divine. We have a variety of practitioners ready to assist 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, connect with others, and rejuvenate yourselves!

PLEASE bring a snack to share!

Take advantage of this fabulous opportunity and arrive early (at noon) 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.“

Fused Plastic Workshop
Saturday, November 3, 1:00-4:00PM
Redux Gallery,  2315 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda
For more information or to register, call 510-865-1109 or e-mail astore@­svdp-­alameda.­org

“Do you have millions of plastic grocery bags you've been collecting but don't know what to do with them? With just a few supplies, you will learn how to transform a pile of old grocery bags into a useful journal or handy pouch. Create eco-green handy bags for yourself and your friends and never throw away a plastic bag again!

Supplies will be provided, but if you have an iron and bags, be sure to bring them!
Children 8 and over welcome with Parental supervision.”

PEERs presents
Le Bal des Vampires
Saturday, November 3, 6:30PM
Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda
Tickets must be purchased in advance - see website for details
$25 before October 20, $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 19th 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), or vintage 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.

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 as well as partner dancing, join us downstairs at the Nightfall Club for a wonderfully varied repertoire of music to stir the blood and spirit from 6:30 p.m. to Midnight.  Hosted by our principal DJ Dark Moon and guest DJ Persephone, Nightfall also features a no-host (cash) bar.
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.

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.”

Community Seed Samhain: Through the Portal
Saturday, November 3, gather at 7:00PM, ritual at 8:00PM
Masonic Temple, 828 North Branciforte Avenue, Santa Cruz
Suggested donation $7-$13, no one turned away for lack of funds
for more information call 831-469-0336 or e-mail info@communityseed.org

“The Veil is very thin. Let’s go to it, shall we?

Santa Cruz Masonic Temple and Lodge: 828 Branciforte Avenue, Santa Cruz, 95060 This is on Branciforte, just on the Ocean side of the Branciforte and Water Street intersection.
The Masons website: http://www.sc-slv38.org/default.aspx

If you wish, bring a copy of a picture of a loved one (or some other reminder) who has passed on. We will be creating a portal through which the Spirits of the Dead may come across and visit for a time. Small offerings will be available for you to bless your photos and trinkets. PLEASE do not bring original photos or irreplaceable artifacts - this is a public ritual and we cannot guarantee the safety of your offerings. If possible, please label your offering with a name and phone number.

This one looks like it will be too intense for children. Sorry!

A dessert buffet will be provided by Community Seed.

No pets, please, and no photography during the ritual. Thank you!

All CS events are clean and sober.”

Daylight Savings Time Ends
Sunday, November 4, 2:00AM (which then immediately becomes 1:00AM, I think...)

Set your clocks back one hour.  Or don't, and just be early for everything from now on.

Goddess Awakening - Temple services for She of 10,000 Names
with Rabbit, Iris, and guest Priestesses
Sunday, November 4, 11:00AM-12:00PM, (and the first Sunday of every month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted
Women only

"Women! Join Rabbit and Iris as they share myths that explore and validate the many different experiences of womanhood, from the precious to the painful and back. We all find a Mother, Healer, and Queen in the Goddess, and She can help us honor the lessons of our own experiences.”

Samhain Celebration: Letting Go Ritual - Ancestor Reverence
with Sarah Astarte
Sunday, November 4, 2:00PM
Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland

“Samhain is the time of letting go of grief that we are holding on to, and honoring our ancestors and loved ones that have crossed over. We will be releasing things into the cauldron of creation. Mementos of loved
ones may be brought to be placed on the altar. Ritual prayers will be offered to ancestors.”

Goddess Clothing Exchange
Sunday, November 4, 2:00-4:00PM
LoveJourney Temple in Sebastopol
(RSVP to pegasusjj@sbcglobal.net or for address)
women only

“Please sort through your wonderful stuff and bring only your best items - those you think your fellow Goddesses will love!

We expect a big turn-out, so all the help we can get is much appreciated.  If you can commit even an hour or two as volunteer, it will help us sooooo much.  It will be a fun atmosphere of women trying on all kinds of new things and taking home special treasures.

For those who are new to an exchange, here's the basics: Sort through your clothes to create a give-away pile. Bring the best of those to share: clothes that either no longer fit or just aren't your style and are in good repair.  Come try on stuff, hang out with your sisters, enjoy the hot tubs, & go home with great new clothes, purses, shoes, jewelry, books, etc.   Take only what calls to you of what others bring, and only for yourself or your child.

Bring clothes and shoes in good condition that you think others would be excited to receive
Bring clothes on hangers, if possible
Goddess music, jewelry, shoes, purses, and other finery welcome
Make sure garments are freshly laundered and shoes are clean
Let us know ahead of time if you have clothing racks we can borrow
As always carpool if at all possible, and bring your "sisters"

Start looking through your closets now and getting excited! It will be here soon! We'll all play dress up and have the joy of watching other women's faces light up when they find some great outfit, perhaps one you brought.”

A Course In Modern Conjure
with Chas Bogan
Sunday, November 4, 3:00-6:00PM, and the first Sunday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
$30 per session
This year-long series began in June.

“Learn new and traditional practices for American folk magic, known also as Hoodoo, Rootwork, Hedge Witchery and Conjure.

Discussions and training will include the following topics:
Conjuring energy and spirits from herbs, stones, minerals, and animal curios.
Working with the ancestors and the use of graveyard dirt and bone curios.
Techniques and uses for psalms, seals and personal sigils.
Formularies and hands on instruction on concocting oils, powders, baths and other magical apothecaries.

This class plots a course intended to help you evolve as a Rootworker, covering history, spiritual cleansing, psychic development, the arts of hexing and healing, building relationships with the divine world around us, and much more.

For this class we will examine how to conjure the power found in herbs. As a foundation for making our own apothecary products throughout the class we will work with herbal allies to create an herb blend used for money drawing. We will approach this work according to the Doctrine of Signatures and shamanic exploration of the spirits within herbs. We will also examine various other methods traditionally used for money drawing.

Chas Bogan is an artist and mystic, having studied and practiced many diverse forms of metaphysics for the past 25 years. That experience is reflected in his art, which ranges from the design of unique divination tools to various other forms of sacred expression. His shamanic talents have lead him to create various collections of spiritual supplies crafted for Modern Conjure Brand, such as baths; oils; powders; waters; and more. He is available for consultations and spiritual work by appointment Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; during which
he may be serving my clients in my capacity as a Reiki Master Teacher; Rootworker; Tarot Reader; Conjure Doctor. He teaches various magical arts including the Feri Tradition of which he is an initiate.”

Election Day
Tuesday, November 6, 7:00AM-8:00PM
your local polling place

There are a lot of propositions and ballot measures included in this election, as well candidates for many important offices.  Please take the time to inform yourself and make decisions in alignment with your own personal integrity.  

Please vote!

Spiral Samhain
Presented by The Fellowship of the Spiral Path’s Gateway Circle
Tuesday, November 6, 7:30-9:00PM (and the first Tuesday of every month)
BFUU Main Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Donations gratefully accepted

“Join the Fellowship of the Spiral Path for Samhain

The ritual will start as close to 7:30 PM as possible. Please be prompt.

All are welcome to this open public outreach circle sponsored by the Fellowship of the Spiral Path.”

South Bay Pagan Salon
Tuesday, November 6, 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

CAYA Fun For Everyone: San Francisco Chinatown  
Saturday, November 10
For more details and to RSVP, contact Cross Sidhe at cayafunforeveryone@gmail.com

Cross Sidhe says:
“This will be a RAIN OR SHINE adventure! We will be taking BART into SF.

More details TBA. However, I would like suggestions on a meeting spot. Please post here (on the Facebook page) for suggestions and discussions on a meeting spot. Also, message me if you are interested in coming on this adventure.”

Peacemaking in Practice Workshop
with Paul Raphael
Saturday-Sunday, November 10-11, 9:00AM-5:00PM
David Yearsley Heritage Center, Steamer Landing Park, 6 Copeland Street, Petaluma
For more information, please call 707-763-7756

“Weaving Earth and Friends of the Petaluma River are grateful to host a weekend workshop with Paul Raphael an Odawa Peacemaker and internationally respected mentor in cultural repair.  In this experiential workshop, Paul will share indigenous wisdom and teaching from his traditions.  These vital teachings help us to; cultivate inner peace,gracefully navigate conflict, build resilient families and communities as well as live fully and experience our gifts!”

Exploring Dark Moon Magick and Divination
with Lady Jesamyn Angelica (High Priestess, Sisterhood of the Moon)
and Lady Carolina Amor (Presiding Priestess, Circulo de Isis)
Tuesday, November 13, 6:30-10:00PM,
and two more Dark Moon evenings, Friday, January 11, and Monday, March 11
Bay Area location given upon registration
For more information or to register, e-mail Info@SisterhoodoftheMoon.org
You must sign up in advance for the entire series; each ritual-class builds upon the previous.
Class limited to 11 women, registration ends today, October 31
Whole series paid in advance $100, or $40 per class ($40 in advance holds your spot)

“Awaken the psychic within and open up your personal doors of perception.  In this hands-on, experiential ritual-class series, we will create a sacred container together to explore the Mysteries of the Dark Moon and the Shadow/Hidden Self through ritual and divination arts such as scrying, tarot, astrology, and Enneagram.  This class is limited to 11 women and is intentionally constructed for both beginning and accomplished Practitioners.

We will gather together on the three evenings noted above, and will continue our communication and explorations on a private email list in-between gatherings. You will also create and perform a Solitary Dark Moon ritual the evening of Thursday, December 13.  To continue flowing with our collective magick, you are highly encouraged to attend our annual Sisterhood of the Moon Dedication/Imbolc ritual on the Dark Moon/Lunar Imbolc on Saturday, February 9.

Gathering time and informal potluck dinner begins at 6:30PM for each meeting; class/ritual begins promptly at 7:00PM.  Our intention is to end class and open the circle by 10:00PM.

This class is for all women, no matter her level of experience with group ritual or Dark Moon magick.  Please email us with your questions or to sign up. Registration ends at Samhain, October 31, so that you have time to prepare yourself for our first gathering on November 13.  A list of materials and a syllabus will be emailed to you by Samhain.  We ask for a commitment to attend all three classes in this series.

Lady Jesamyn Angelica is the Presiding Priestess of Sisterhood of the Moon. She is an ordained Dianic High 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.

Lady Carolina Amor (also known as Morgana Ariel) is the Presiding Priestess of the Circulo de Isis and a Reiki Master who loves Astrology, Tarot, Runes, and bellydance.  She enjoys connecting with people and helping them to find their purpose in life.

*This class is worth 3 Sisterhood of the Moon Skill credits.”

Have a Reverent and Raucous Samhain Week!

Molly Blue Dawn