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, February 26, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Living as an Empath in a Troubled World, Wicca Wednesdays, Practical Money Magic! Banishing Poverty, 3rd Thursday Music for Good Forum, Bones Quigley, Healing and Puja for 2013 Year of the Snake, Youssoupha Sidibe and Mama Crow, My Recollect Time, Othello, Left After Not, Jennybach Arts Reception, Stirring the Cauldron: A Roundtable Discussion, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, BarBot 2013, Victorian By Design: The Social and Cultural Meaning of Objects, Introduction to Tantra and Erotic Communication, Magical Basics: Exploring the Basic Principles of Magick, Introduction to Beekeeping, Dreams About Others: How to Recognize Them, Two Documentaries - Ancient Civilizations, A Jane Austen Ball In Bath, A Memory A Monologue A Rant and A Prayer, CAYA Fun For Everyone: Burnal Equinox, San Francisco History Expo, Introduction to the Shamanic Journey, Conscious Goddess Temple Service, Conscious Goddess: Priestesshood In The New Age, The Witch's Garden, Being-In-Dreaming, A Course In Modern Conjure, NorCal Trans Partners Family and Friends Support Group, South Bay Pagan Salon, Kuan Yin Rite, The Farm

Living as an Empath in a Troubled World
led by Evalena Rose
Wednesday, February 27, 7:00-10:00PM
LoveJourney Temple in Sebastopol
exact address will be given upon registration
Register by phone at 707-824-1117 or e-mail katie@evalenarose.com, or use the link below.

“Being an empathic person is rarely easy in a tumultuous world. Learning skills to stay free of others’ chaos or clients’ pain takes practice.

Join us in accessing tools for staying safe, clear, and sovereign in your body.

Caring for your sensitive nature
Maintaining strong boundaries
Learning to shield as you work
Clearing toxic energies
Channeled guidance for your specific concerns with the Council of Twelve.”

Wicca Wednesdays
with Didi
Wednesday, February 27, 7:30-8:30PM,
and four more Wednesdays through March 27
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
$28 per class module or $300 for the series ($65 savings with advance registration)
for more information or to register, please call 831-423-5477 or e-mail mail@serpents-kiss.com

“I am very excited to share my knowledge and experience with you.
The series is structured as a 13 week course, culminating with a Full Moon ritual on the 13th week.

Wicca 101 with Didi

Module 9: Connecting with Deity - a discussion about pantheons, honoring, invoking and working with Deity.

Module 10: The Wheel of the Year - Sabbats and Esbats

Module 11: Spellcasting - constructing intention, doing work on behalf of others, corresponding days, lunar influences.

Module 12: Circle Etiquette - Perfect Love and Perfect Trust - What it means to create Magick with others.

Module 13: Esbat Ritual - Honoring the first Full Moon of spring.”

Practical Money Magic! Banishing Poverty
A workshop with Briana Cavanaugh
Thursday, February 28, 6:30-9:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355

“Briana Cavanaugh is a priestess of money. She came of age magically in the Reclaiming community while simultaneously being a bookkeeper and helping creative folks and artists grow their businesses and increase revenues.

In this experiential workshop, she will cover:
Finding and Releasing Blocks to Banishing Poverty
The One Thing you must do to be successful
Workshopping as many of your spells as we have time for!

Please bring a spell or working that you've tried that failed or went awry and a notebook and writing utensil.”

3rd Thursday Music for Good Forum
presented by PartyCorps
Thursday, February 28, 7:00-9:00PM
Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission Street, San Francisco
$5-$20 suggested donation

“Join us on February 21 for our 3rd Thursday Music for Good Forum featuring The Stone Foxes, Ghost Town Jenny, and Laura Inserra! All proceeds will benefit Little Opera, a non-profit organization dedicated to putting opera back in the hands of children.

3rd Thursday Music for Good Forums feature monthly curated conversation between musicians and members of Party Corps' Good Cause Directory - followed by a live musical performance. Join us for rare insights into the causes and issues your favorite artists are passionate about.

Party Corps is committed to partnering with grassroots, non-profit organizations working on behalf of children and youth, economic development, community and society, education, health and human services, the environment, art and culture and animal welfare.”

Bones Quigley in concert
featuring Albert Robles
Thursday, February 28, 7:00-10:00PM
Double Barrel, 2086 1st Street, Livermore

This band features Albert Robles, the gifted drummer who livens up many CAYA rituals!

Healing and Puja for 2013 Year of the Snake
with Bhavya Jessica Theissen and Dragonfly Adularia
Thursday, February 28, 7.30PM
Solas Brigid Studio, 403 Burk Street, Oakland

“The Year of the Snake and a New Year's Healing and Puja
According to Chinese Astrology we entered the year of the black water snake (yin) on the New Moon of February 10, 2013. This is a year of transformation, gestation, regeneration and the return of the Divine Feminine. Read more at mystic mamma: http://www.mysticmamma.com/year-of-the-female-water-snake-begins-february-10th-2013/

This intention for this Puja-Healing is to bring you into Wuwei with the field and unfolding possibilities, expand your vision for 2013, smooth your path, open doors, clear obstacles, drop into your heart and follow your bliss, operating from a place of inner knowing and trust. This will increase ease and flow in all of your endeavors and relationships, magnetize the right opportunities and people to you. In this session you will be receiving guidance and energetic support from the angelic realm, feel supported by nature, Gaia and the natural realms, ground in your center and your place of power; it will harmonize you to cosmic influences and access divine consciousness for your highest potential and reprogramming at a cellular and on a subconscious level. This a great attunement, which will also align you to better navigate the upcoming Mercury retrograde period from 2/24 through 3/17.”

Youssoupha Sidibe and Mama Crow
in concert
Thursday, February 28, 8:00PM
ClouD9, 1320 9th Street, Berkeley

“Grammy nominated Youssoupha Sidibe is a Senegalese West African Kora (African Harp) player. Throw out all your ideas of what a harpist is, Youssoupha breaks out of traditional Kora styles many hundreds of years old, still predominant in Kora players, to create a new style blending aspects of Reggae, and western music creating a new style that has never been heard before.

Youssoupha has performed at some of the most famous festivals and venues in the world including :The Hammerstein Ballroom NYC, The Warfield Theatre SF CA, The African Festival of the Arts Chicago, Reggae on the River CA, Stanford University, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues British Columbia, to name a few.

Mama Crow:
1. a musical group based in the Bay Area of California.
2. the nickname of Carmen Marie Gutierrez (New York born singer/songwriter and mastermind of group).
3. an acoustic neo soul, world, hip hop band with flava like you've neva tasted
Carmen Gutierrez aka MAMA CROW is a New York born, Bay Area based musician, healer, activist and singer/songwriter. With a unique fusion of funky rhythmic guitar picking, lyrical story-telling through a profoundly large and soulful voice, MAMA CROW can capture any audience.”

My Recollect Time
presented by Inferno Theatre
Thursday, February 28, 8:00PM
playing through March 3
South Berkeley Community Church, 1802 Fairview Street, Berkeley
Sliding Scale $12-$25, for reservation please e-mail infernotheatrecompany@gmail.com

“Jamie Greenblatt’s play tells the inspiring story of the historical figure Mary Fields, a former slave, and the transformations she undergoes as she struggles to live a free and authentic life after Emancipation.  Her life journey takes her from Tennessee to Montana via the Mississippi as a riverman (she passed as a man) and includes her close friendship with the charismatic Ursuline nun, Mother Amadeus.”

adapted for Butterfield 8 by Maureen-Theresa Williams
Thursday-Saturday, February 28-March 2, 8:00PM
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord
Thursday preview $18
Friday Opening Gala $25
Saturday $20

“Shakespeare's tragedy of falsehood, jealousy, and revenge is given the Butterfield 8 treatment in this gender-reversed casting, where all male roles are portrayed by women, and the female roles are played by men. The production will examine the culture of men, as interpreted by women.

Be sure to join us on March 1 for our special Opening Night Gala! Your $25 ticket price includes the opening night performance, and a post show reception where you can mingle with the cast and enjoy an open bar and complimentary food!  

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.”

Left After Not
Inspired by Farid Ud-Din Attar’s Conference of the Birds
presented by The Imaginists
Thursday-Sunday, February 28-March 3,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
playing through March 16
The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Avenue, Santa Rosa
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday $18
Friday, March 1 Opening Night Gala $40

“Left After Not
They wait. They're tired, angry, despairing, sick, comfortable, and stuck. Though terrified, they band together and leap. They soar, driven to it by a mysterious desire. Only one of them has ever made this trip, and, after all, he might be mistaken: their glorious destination may be a bottomless pit. Here are the dark, sweltering valleys, and there are the storming skies. You have to go through everything to find your true home. Everything - including these strange birds around you... and yourself.

Farid Ud-Din Attar was a Persian mystic poet who was born in the 12th century.  He was a maker and seller of medicines and perfumes and is believed to have held the young Rumi on his knees. His poetry includes The Conference of the Birds, The Book of the Divine, The Book of Affliction, and The Book of Secrets.

Appropriate for ages 13 and up.  Contains language and adult situations.

Opening Night Gala:  March 1, 2013
Special price of $40 for this evening's performance.  Includes wine, food and merriment!
Opening Night Gala sponsored and catered by Whole Foods Market Coddingtown, Criminal Baking Co. and Noshery, and Rockroom Winemaking Cooperative.”

Jennybach Arts Reception
Reception Friday, March 1, 6:00-9:00PM
show continues through March 31
Blue Danube Coffee House, 1333 Park Street, Alameda
Rideshares available from CAYA Fun For Everyone - see below

Jennybach, aka Jenny Wilde, aka Doyenne Rowan Nightshade of the Bloodroot Honey Priestess Tribe, has an art show on exhibit at The Blue Danube Coffee House.

“Featuring cut-paper collage on panel and mixed-media shadowboxes, Jenny's art delves into the surreal realm of dreams, tarot archetypes, and women's history.”

Jenny says:
“When I close my eyes and sit very still, I can feel the ebb and flow of the perpetual motion of life. It pulses in all of us, but we generally do not choose to observe it. That is unfortunate - a great loss. Tiny pieces of matter and energy are continually swirling around and through us: great waves and tiny ripples. We spend most of our lives oblivious to them, yet, quantumly, we are always penetrating and being penetrated by people, rocks, cats, freeways, thoughts, light.

I don’t have any answers, or, rather, I have many answers, but they may or may not apply to the question at hand. The question that my existence answers is not one I know. However, I enjoy that mysterious conundrum - it pleases me greatly. I don’t need an answer; I am gratified by the process of seeking. The exploration of the question is its own reward. My work does not provide answers either, but, I hope, it poses a great many questions. Some of them are more obscure than others, but there is beauty in regarding the unknowable, as well.”  

Rideshares available from CAYA Fun For Everyone!
Cross Sidhe has 3 seats available.
To arrange a ride, please contact him at cayafunforeveryone@gmail.com

Stirring the Cauldron: A Roundtable Discussion
with Elayne Lockhart
Friday, March 1, 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.”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, March 1, 8:00PM, and the first and third Friday of each month
meet at 90 First Street, Benicia
$25, reservations required.
Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult.
For more information, please call 707-745-9791

“Paranormal history of Downtown Benicia are revealed on this exciting, interactive and fun Ghost Walk led by paranormal investigator Devin Sisk. Each tour is limited to 20 people and lasts approximately 2 hours, depending on what entity you encounter along the way! Walking shoes and flashlight recommended. No children under ten years of age permitted on tours. Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult. $25 per person. Prepaid reservations required by calling (707) 745-9791.”

BarBot 2013
Friday-Saturday, March 1-2, 8:00PM-Midnight
SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco
$20, 21+

“In a world where robots and humans struggle together in the fight against boredom... Only one event ends up with the robots dancing ‘The Human’ while the meat puppets (you) end up singing the praises of RoboBartenders.

This March, come hang out with some alternate life-forms at BarBot:Automatic - our annual festival of Cocktail Robotics and robot art!  

BarBot is a celebration of cocktail culture and man-machine interface. Get a drink from an actual robot. Chat up a snarky electronic bartender. Listen to some graceful tunes being played by robotic music makers. And, after downing your sixth martini, you can finally admit that it's the geeks who shall inherit the earth.

These robots don't clean the carpets. What they will do is much, much better. They make you a drink! Let your roommate do the vacuuming. These bots have got better programming on their mind.”

Victorian By Design: The Social and Cultural Meaning of Objects
Saturday, March 2, 10:00AM
McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward
$10 Adults, $5 Seniors/Students
Registration required, please call 510-581-0223

“The historic McConaghy House offers a unique opportunity to experience first-hand a wide collection of objects from the late Victorian period. What makes the study of these objects exciting is the ways in which their design, construction, and imagery convey the priorities of the era.

In this guided tour, visitors will learn to ‘read’ the visual and design elements of late Victorian objects. They can be interpreted as expressions of the values of those living in late nineteenth-century Hayward, but also Victorians living throughout the United States. Along the way, we will also consider how design principles subsequently changed during the modern period, signaling a shift in cultural and social priorities.

The tour will be led by Kevin R. Muller, Ph.D. in Art History.”

Introduction to Tantra and Erotic Communication
with Evalena Rose
Saturday, March 2, 11:00AM-4:00PM
LoveJourney Temple in Sebastopol
exact address will be given upon registration
$40 per person or $70 per couple
for women and men

“We explore arts of connection and passion through spiritual practices and safe, heart-centered interactions, do a meditation of reclaiming our sexuality, demonstrate Tantric breathing, share one-on-one exchanges:

We'll look at what makes communication erotic and how to ask for what you want and give feedback in ways that increase the erotic charge between you.
Enjoy spiritual practices that enhance eros and passion
Deepen contact with your beloved within
Release patterns of connecting that impede closeness.
Honor your Divine essence and see it in others
Learn to ask for what you want in ways that enhance eros and passion.
Enjoy a gentle ritual and safe, sacred exchanges
Enjoy this experiential day led in safety and sacredness, clothes on.
Open your heart to greater love.

People leave happy and more at peace. Many people repeat these amazing days for the joy of connecting heart-to-heart and soul-to-soul.”

Magical Basics: Exploring the Basic Principles of Magick
a 5-session course with J’te Argent
Saturday, March 2, 11:00AM-1:30PM
and four more Saturdays, March 16 and 30 and April 13 and 27
Great Redwood Grove at Dragondale in Boulder Creek (Santa Cruz area)
private home, exact address given upon registration
$125 plus $10 lab fee
for more information or to register, please contact J’te Arfgent at jteargent@gmail.com

“Topics: the Ethics of Magick; the Wiccan Rede and the Three-fold Law in depth; short History of Wicca and other Magickal Traditions; The Web of Life with its connections, responsibilities and privileges; many basic magickal symbols and their uses. Intent: to develop a working knowledge of the basic precepts of daily magical living.
This course includes a workbook with informational handouts and approximately 3-5 hours of study each week between classes.  This course is taught at several public sites.
All enrolled students must commit to the full course and pay the full fee. Payment arrangements can be made with site manager.

Required reading:
please purchase this book before the first class!
True Magic by Amber K

Recommended reading
Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler

J’te Argent is a Feri Priestess in Santa Cruz County. She teaches Witchcraft and has been active in the Craft community for more than fifteen years. She is a visual artist, illustrator and owner of Argent Art and Wytchwood School.

Student requirement
This course must have 6 enrolled students to begin as scheduled. The Maximum number of students for this course is 13.”

Introduction to Beekeeping
with beekind
Saturday, March 2, 12:30-3:30 PM
Sebastopol Subud Hall, 234 Hutchins Avenue, Sebastopol
free,  please RSVP

“At beekind,  we beelieve that responsible beekeeping starts with educating yourself and others. We hope that offering free and low cost classes, and free year round support via phone, email and in our store, will help people do the best for their bees.”

Dreams About Others: How to Recognize Them
with Meredith Sabini
Saturday, March 2, 1:00-4:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“The predominant view of dreams today emphasizes that they concern mainly the dreamer and only the dreamer can determine their meaning. A large percentage of our dreams are, of course, inward-facing. But just as we can observe others, think about them, and imagine how they feel, so too the dreaming mind can focus outwardly on people we know, situations, and the world around us. Sometimes such dreams give us a fresh perspective of an objective nature; sometimes they show us mainly how we perceive people and situations.

In this program, you’ll hear examples of dreams that are outward-facing and learn the characteristics that distinguish them. We will talk about how to tell when a known dream figure represents an aspect of your own personality and when it relates to the actuality of another.”

Two Documentaries - Ancient Civilizations
film screening
Saturday, March 2, 5:00-7:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“We’ll be watching and discussing two documentaries from the DVD series Ancient Civilizations:

The Lost Empire of Genghis Khan, produced in 2008 by the International Masters Publishers AB. The History Channel: Ancient Mysteries.  The host is Josh Bernstein.

Terracotta Army: Secrets of an Ancient Dynasty. This film is also produced in 2008 by the International Masters Publishers AB. (MMII Cicada Films Limited.) The film tells the story dated back to the 1st millennium BC city of Xi’an (in ancient times, Chang’an) that was the easternmost point of the celebrated Silk Road and where the world’s most important archeological finds have ever been made beginning 1974. The excavations are still in progress. There are several professors in Chinese history - Dr. Jeffrey K. Riegel, UC Berkeley, Dr. Robin D. S. Yates, McGill University, Dr. Hugh Baker, University of London, and Dr. Wang Tao, University College London, who are commenting these amazing discoveries in the film offering certain fascinating hypotheses.

Running time: approximately 50 minutes each film.  

Both films are in English.

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

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

A Jane Austen Ball In Bath
presented by PEERS
Saturday, March 2,
Doors Open 6:45PM, Dance Lesson: 7:00PM, Dancing Begins: 8:00PM
Masonic Lodge of San Mateo, 100 N Ellsworth Avenue, San Mateo

“Join us for an elegant assembly ball set in the world of Jane Austen. Set at the Bath Assembly Rooms and inspired by Jane Austen's Bath novels, our assembly includes a full evening of Regency dancing, cards, and a very pleasant light buffet.

Bangers and Mash, capital in their country dances, will play English country dances popular in the time of Jane Austen as well as some earlier country dance classics and a number of exquisite early 19th century waltzes and waltz country dances. All country dances will be briefly taught and called.

Don't know a hey for four from an allemande? Never fear! From 7:00 to 8:00PM, there will be a pre-ball workshop in Regency country dance with Mr. Alan Winston of the Bay Area English Country Dance Society. Partners are not required, either for the dance class or the ball and we will be happy to make introductions.

Early 19th century costume (1800 - 1820) is admired, but not required, and modern evening dress is a perfectly acceptable alternative to period costume.

As always at PEERS, role-playing is very welcome. The PEERS Flying CirCUS performers will be re-creating characters from Persuasion and Northanger Abbey, but if there is a historical character or a character from Jane Austen's other novels that you would enjoy playing, please let us know by emailing peers@peers.org (to avoid duplication!). This should be a character who could feasibly be in Bath in 1814 (so Napoleon is right out!).

Like any proper assembly ball, the Ball at the Crown will include card tables, and instruction in both Whist and the popular round game of Speculation will be provided. At intermission there will also be a splendid musical entertainment with some of our most distinguished local artists from the Royal English Opera, arranged by Artistic Director Miss Moira Greyland, with narration by Miss Anne Elliot.  

Punch and a light snack buffet will be served throughout the evening (as usual, potluck finger food contributions to the kitchen will be greatly appreciated).”

A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer
a V-Day event presented by Center For Sacred Feminine
Saturday, March 2, 7:00-9:00PM
Sofia University, Auditorium, 1069 East Meadow Circle, Palo Alto, 650.493.4430
$25 in advance, $27.50 at the door
For more information, please call 650-493-4430 xt284 or e-mail sacred_feminine@sofia.edu

“In honor of V-Day, Sofia University and the Women's Spirituality Program invite the public to attend a live benefit performance of ‘A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer: Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls,’ a groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, commissioned by V-Day.

All proceeds for the event will go to the following organizations:

Impact Bay Area:  Impact Bay Area’s mission is to reduce violence and promote healing by teaching self-defense, personal safety, violence prevention, and empowerment to adults, young adults, teens, and kids.   

The Art of Yoga Project:  The Art of Yoga Project is on a mission to lead teenage girls in the California juvenile justice system toward accountability to self, others and community by providing practical tools to affect behavioral change.”   


CAYA Fun For Everyone Ride Share And Outing
Burnal Equinox
Saturday, March 2, 7:00PM-3:00AM
Public Works, 161 Erie Street, San Francisco
$20, $15 with donation of art supplies

Cross Sidhe says:

“Three seats open for Burnal Equinox.  Door to door pick up and drop off is possible.  Confirmation for seats in my ride share will be sent out by email/FB,  Must pay for admission.  Donations for gas/toll are not required but gladly accepted.  If you would like to form another CFE ride share please contact me at cayafunforeveryone@gmail.com

Arrival Time:  Will Be Arranged

Exodus:  Late”

“Burning Man presents…Burnal Equinox  2013 Flambe Lounge art salon and mixer!

Art - Music - Performance - Theme Camps - Video Artistry - Technology - You!

21+ over venue
$20; just $15 with donation of art supplies for Hospitality House art program
(*see needed supplies below)
Dress: Anything from Abacus to Cyber-Absurd!
Come at 7:00PM for special ROBOT Happy Hour mixer + drink specials!

Burnal Equinox is our first community salon and mixer of the year and we look forward to YOUR participation! Ramp up your Radical Self-Expression and join a wide variety of performers, artists, theme camps and friends at this creative salon to encourage arts collaboration in the Bay Area.

Our Theme: Technology As Savior!
Through a multitude of technological devices we have expanded our sense of what is real, what is possible, how we relate and what we find gratifying. We can text one another instantaneously across oceans, meet and converse online with groups of strangers at any given moment about the trajectory of asteroids, express our opinions to political leaders via e-mail, and expand our social network of ‘friends’ seemingly without limit! We watch reality shows about other’s lives and create better virtual versions of ourselves as we fly through the Interwebs in enhanced real-time. Miraculous devices have become so ingrained in who we are, how we work, think and relate that we could not imagine life without them or the immediacy and satisfaction they offer. And why would we?! Technology is SAVING our economy and way of life, even as it reinvents everything!

It is magic AND salvation! Or is it an addictive form of social euphoria? Maybe both.

We encourage you to embody and interpret this theme as you feel inspired, to bring some form of technology - whether an eggbeater or a mainframe; and merge with Technology to create a living altar to technologies - past, present and future!

…And if we can’t save the day, well… at least we’ll make a good night of it!

So, whether you come as a GIZMOpolitan, a GADJETarian, a Technopheliac…or skip all the BITS and BYTES and come as you truly are - we look forward to seeing you and creating a most unusual immersive social environment TOGETHER!

*Art Supplies To Bring For Discount: Supplies especially needed are watercolor brushes and paints, watercolor 140’ paper, quality marker sets, canvases, working sewing machines with all necessary parts included, and craft and jewelry supplies. These materials are provided to homeless and poor artists as a means of self-expression and economic support. Thank you for your generosity!

Interested in using this event to share your artistry or find creative collaborators for your projects? email:flambelounge@burningman.com

San Francisco History Expo
Saturday-Sunday,  March 2-3,
Saturday 11:00AM-5:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM-4:00PM
The Old Mint, 88 Fifth Street, San Francisco
Free, donations gratefully accepted

“If San Franciscans seem a bit smug about their city, consider this: In less than seven generations, San Francisco has gone from a dusty little port city to a commercial and cultural giant, a city with natural beauty, economic viability and cultural diversity, as evidenced in its many ethnic neighborhoods. Here, native-born melded with those arriving from other countries to create this colorful patchwork we call San Francisco.

The San Francisco History Expo brings local and neighborhood history groups together under one roof. This is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about - and participate in - San Francisco history through presentations, photographs, artifacts, children’s activities, and historical reenactments.

Since the first Expo in 2011, more than 7,000 people have rediscovered their own history through artifacts, photographs and oral histories. Many have also added their own oral histories to their neighborhood archives.

This year, look for the antique fire trucks in front of the Old Mint to start your adventure into our history.

Returning after an absence of one year is F. Alan Zimmerman, the talented artist and historian, whose oil-on-wood paintings of Gold Rush San Francisco created so much interest and admiration in 2011.

New for this year: beverages will be sold in the Courtyard by a new SFMHS group, Flipside, a group of young professionals interested in San Francisco history. Food trucks from Off The Grid, the popular roaming food trucks, will be selling food on Mint Street behind the Mint.
Exhibitors will fill the first floor of the Old Mint and with additional organizations in the historic vaults on the ground floor. This is also the location of the Expo Theater where, last year, standing-room-only crowds marveled at films showing so many of the long-past San Francisco attractions. This year, the Expo Theater will host presentations and films throughout the weekend.”

Introduction to the Shamanic Journey
with Anne Hatfield and Stuart Dole
Saturday-Sunday, March 2-3
exact location in Santa Rosa given upon registration
$132 for both full days, Saturday morning session is free
for more information, please call 707-570-0111 or e-mail info@annehatfield.com.

“What is shamanism?
Shamanism is the world’s oldest system of spiritual healing and divination, practiced by indigenous peoples all over the world. The shaman makes ecstatic flights into the world of the spirits to obtain information and bring back healing.  Shamanism is an effective way to expand your awareness and access spiritual guidance directly for yourself.

What will I learn?
What shamanism is and how it works, including an overview of the spirit worlds
How you can travel safely to the worlds of the spirits, using gentle drumming
Who your power animals and spirit teachers are - and how to work with them
How to expand your consciousness and obtain direct spiritual guidance
How to increase power, creativity, and humor in your life - and how to help your friends do the same

We will use the traditional sounds of repetitive drumming to facilitate the journeys. There will be ample time for background discussion, practical instruction, journey exercises, and questions.
Note that this workshop (or equivalent experience) is required for many of the other workshops that we teach.

About the Workshop
The Journey Initiation Class is taught in four sessions - the mornings and afternoons of a weekend.  During the first session, we cover the basics of what shamanism is, and how to journey - including a practice journey to the lower world to actually meet your power animal. This part is FREE! It will give you a taste of what shamanism is, and help you decide whether you want to take the rest of the workshop or not. (Almost everyone takes all four sessions.)”

Conscious Goddess: Temple services for She of 10,000 Names
(formerly Goddess Awakening)
with Rabbit, Iris, and guest Priestesses
Sunday, March 3, 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 our spiritual circle for an empowering start to your day, bringing alive the wisdom of the Goddess within!

We are a holy community of sacred sisters, encouraging one another through our challenges and celebrating our triumphs.

March Theme: The Holy Temple”

Conscious Goddess: Priestesshood in the New Age
series of Sunday afternoon classes
Sunday, March 3, 12:30-2:00PM, and nine more Sundays
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 per class
Women only

“This class also has a free Temple Service, open to all women, from 11:00AM-12:00PM on the days above. Come just for the Temple, or stay and take the class!

Conscious Goddess is a monthly class for women who feel the power of the Goddess surging through their lives, for women who know themselves to be ready to live, breathe, and dance the Goddess Incarnate, with a creative eye toward sharing their unique gifts with their loved ones and the world. This class is especially suited for mothers, artists, and professional women who wish to experience and exude Goddess energy at a more profound and life-changing level.”

The Witch's Garden
with Rabbit
Sunday, March 3, 3:00-5:00PM, and the first Sunday of every month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 per class

“Classes for the budding herbalist! 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!”

facilitated by Meredith Sabini and Richard Russo
Sunday, March 3, 3:00-5:00PM, and the first Sunday of each month
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“Being-in-Dreaming adapts our Culture Dreaming process for a contemplative group experience. We envision this as the next step in the evolution of the Culture Dreaming sessions we’ve conducted here for the past eight years. Being-in-Dreaming approaches dream sharing as a spiritual practice. It will begin with a light trance to open dreamspace; participants then may tell dreams that come to them when so moved. Our hope is that the emergent energy field of the group will enhance each person’s experience of interiority for a deeper connection with others, with the sacred, with life.

Being-in-Dreaming is an immersion process, and the discussion that follows the dream sharing will be non-interpretive, akin to the creation of a group collage. Each meeting will include dream re-entry for meditation on selected images. We consider Being-in-Dreaming to be an experiment, opening the way to a more soulful use of the Culture Dreaming method. We hope you will join us.”

A Course In Modern Conjure
with Chas Bogan
Sunday, March 3, 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.”

NorCal Trans Partners, Family and Friends Support Group
Monday, March 4, 7:30-9:00PM, and the first Monday of each month
Billy DeFrank LGBT Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose, 408-293-3040

“Having a family member, child, spouse, partner, or other loved one go through transition can be difficult and comes with a unique set of challenges that most folks don't really comprehend. Come join the Northern California Trans Partners and Family support group at the DeFrank Center the first Monday of each month from 7:30-9:00PM.

To communicate between meetings, we also have a Facebook page and a Yahoo mailing list.”

South Bay Pagan Salon
Tuesday, March 5, 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

Kuan Yin Rite
Presented by The Fellowship of the Spiral Path’s Gateway Circle  
Thursday, March 7, 7:30-9:00PM  
BFUU Main Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
$5 donations requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Objects may be charged on the altar during the rite. Wheelchair accessible (let us know if you need someone to hold the door for you.) Family and child-friendly. Incense will be used in this ritual, unless requested in advance.

A small donation ($5.00+) is humbly requested to attend this ritual to defray the costs of renting the hall, although NO ONE will be turned away for lack of funds.”

The Farm
and adaptation of George Orwells’ Animal Farm
presented by Laney Fusion Theater
Thursday-Saturday, March 7-9, 7:00PM
playing through March 23
The Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center, Laney College, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland
$10 suggested donation

“Fusion is the theater company at Laney College, created and directed by Michael Torres. Fusion Theater is the voice of our local community - telling Oakland's story through the stage. Michael Torres has revitalized the Laney Theater Arts program since he came to the school in 2004. He was a co-founder the innovative theater company, campo santo, in San Francisco, and an award-winning actor over his 25-year acting career.

This summer, Fusion was invited to perform at the prestigious International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, one of only eight colleges in the country to be invited. Fusion raised $71,000 to send fourteen students to perform. It was a beautiful near-miracle in these difficult economic times - and it was accomplished through hundreds of small donations from faculty, students, staff, friends, family, and fundraisers over the last year. It was a community rising up to support their own, the arts, and these young people’s dreams. As a result, the students - some of who had never left Oakland, let alone the country before - had an opportunity to perform on an international stage with the best in the world.

Fusion Theater is the voice of the community. The Community Voices Theater Project began with a grant from the Carnegie Foundation. The first CVTP project, The Miseducation of Oakland, staged interviews about education with students, teachers, and parents in moving monologues and scenes - providing a portrait of what's right and wrong with Oakland schools. Another original CVTP production, Souly Oakland, tells Oakland history through its people, places, and stories in a humorous yet emotionally gripping blend of vignettes, poems, spoken word, dance, and video projection.

Fusion also takes original new writers, rarely before heard, allowing these brave new voices an audience. Legacy for Loeshe, for example, was a spoken word play written by Oakland high school students after the drive-by shooting of an innocent friend, Loeshe Lacy. In addition, Fusion Theater re-imagines classic works of drama, from Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream set in the Bay Area of the 1960s to Lysistrata, as well as staging edgy contemporary plays, such as Naomi Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories.”

Many graduates of Fusion Theater have gone on to pursue successful acting careers. Several students have performed professionally at campo santo, Shotgun Players, the Magic Theater, Kasier Theater Tour, African American Shakespeare Theater Company, and in the George Lucas film Red Tails. Come see the next generation of actors at Fusion! You can say you knew them when!”

Have a Consciously Dreamy, Magically Healing Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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  1. DATE CHANGE: Spiral Gateway Kuan Yin Ritual now scheduled for Sunday, March 3, 7:30PM

    Kuan Yin Rite
    Presented by The Fellowship of the Spiral Path’s Gateway Circle
    Sunday, March 3, 7:30-9:00PM
    BFUU Main Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
    $5 donations requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

    “This year, the Fellowship of the Spiral Path will be honoring Kuan
    Yin, bodhisattva of mercy and compassion, on Sunday, March 3rd, at the
    beginning of the month in which Her traditional birthday celebration

    Kuan Shih Yin, the One Who Hears the Cries of the World, is one of the
    most powerful figures in Buddhist tradition. Originating as the god
    Avalokiteshvara in India, upon reaching China He became the female
    Kuan Yin, incarnating in avatars like the princess Miao Shan. Her
    worship spread throughout Asia, and from there She followed Asian
    immigrants to North America. She is one of the most active Powers, and
    continues to bless and interact with all those, whatever their
    religion, sexual identity, or status, who need her today.

    Because Kuan Yin transcends the genders, She is the special protector
    of trans men and women. Because She was originally a male who
    exhibited qualities culturally defined as feminine, She can be seen as
    a patron of men and women who accept both male and female qualities as
    part of their identity. Because She now does Her work as a female in
    patriarchal cultures, She is a strong symbol of female power.

    In this ritual we will learn about the powers and folklore of Kuan
    Yin, honor Her, and participate in a meditation in which we open
    ourselves to Her blessings.

    This ritual is part of the Gateway series of the Fellowship of the
    Spiral Path (moved from the first Thursday to Sunday because of a
    scheduling conflict with BFUU)."