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, December 24, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for January 2014 and beyond - Mark Your Calendars!

Mark your calendars for:

Epiphany Symposium
with Lady Loreon Vigne
Friday-Sunday, January 3-5
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747
$250 includes meals and accommodation
To RSVP, please call Loreon at 707-857-4747

“Celebrate your epiphanies… for surely you have experienced some but have never analyzed those magic moments that suddenly come to you in a flash!

These should never be forgotten and this is your chance to share your personal epiphany with others in a unique way.
This is also a perfect time to examine your New Years Revelations… a new way to make resolutions and by this method help create changes in your life for the better.  Bring a Journal with you and expect to have a wonderful and meaningful way to start the New Year.
Delicious Vegetarian Meals will be provided throughout this three-day retreat.  Two overnights, Six meals and all Epiphany events, only $250.”

Between Heaven and Earth: Uniting the Sacred Feminine and Masculine
with Ashanna Solaris and Claudia Weitkemper
Saturday, January 11, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Aquarianheart Center, 4920 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

“Join Ashanna Solaris and Claudia Weitkemper for a transformative and empowering day in Sacred Circle. Experience the profound benefits of Clarity Breathwork and Vajra-Yogini practice to unite the Sacred Masculine and Feminine within you and experience it mirrored more fully in your life!

Includes Dance, Movement, Prayer, Meditation, and being held in Loving Community.
Set the tone and align for an Amazing 2014!
Release what is holding you back from being Vibrantly Alive and living your Highest Potential
Be inspired and uplifted to live Fully Embodied in your Bliss
Learn to safely activate your Kundalini - your most powerful and creative energy
Dive deep inside and bring the light to the shadows with Compassion and Love
Renew and Replenish body, heart and soul
Fully step into your Soul's Purpose where nothing holds you back
Live your most Embodied Vision and Dream, because you can
Experience Vibrant Aliveness and Totality
Become a more Magnetic Woman or Electric Man”

Women's Visioning Circle
Two Days of Visioning and Manifesting
with Evalena Rose and Afia Walking Tree
Saturday-Sunday, January 11-12, Saturday 10:00AM-9:30PM, Sunday 10:30AM-5:30PM
$255 for whole weekend, Saturday only $155  
Sebastopol - RSVP for exact location

“Join us for enchanting rituals designed to manifest new realities in your life, using the magic inherent in a circle of powerful women to call them into being.

Women's Visioning Circle
Saturday, 10:00AM-9:30PM
Inspiring, delightful, and empowering, our first day of ritual creates a safe and sacred space in which we:
Dive deep to discover what blocks treasured goals from coming true.  Drum and chant as each woman releases her blocks to the fire.  Explore life purpose.  Share the pleasures of creating colorful Treasure Maps as you develop goals in nine areas of your life.  Experience the depth and awe of a circle in which peers and colleagues witness each woman breathing life and power into her fondest visions.  Co-create magic for ourselves and for the planet in sacred celebration.
Women report dreams coming true all year from this empowerment ritual!  Many return year after year, telling us the miracles of goals being realized in their lives. Some laminate their goals and post them to bring the visions into every day.

Moving Visions Into Reality
Sunday, 10:30AM-5:30PM
Building on Saturday's goals, Sunday focuses on:
Utilizing practical strategies and planning tools to move treasured goals toward effective action plans and time lines.  Translating goals into accomplishments through the use of mind maps and flow charts.  Releasing old patterns and fears of success.  Discovering tools to ground your plans in time and space so they truly support achievement of your fondest visions.  Energizing new ways of being as you enjoy the compassionate support of this powerful circle of women affirming your new steps with you.

This day deepens our commitment to letting our goals guide our actions.”

Edwardian World's Faire and Edwardian Ball
The Curious Sofa
Friday-Saturday, January 17-18

The Edwardian World’s Faire, Friday, 8:00PM-2:00AM
The Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Edwardian Vendor Bazaar Daytime Shopping, Saturday, 12:00-5:00PM
The Regency Sutter Room, 1270 Sutter Street, San Francisco

The 14th Annual Edwardian Ball, Saturday, 8:00PM-2:00AM
The Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

“What, pray tell, is The Edwardian Ball?

The Edwardian Ball is an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, music, theatre, fashion, technology, circus, and the beloved creations of the late, great author Edward Gorey. Set in our own version of ‘Edwardian’ times, this multi-media extravaganza has grown over the past decade from a small underground club night into an internationally recognized event, now operating with the blessing of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.

Costumed and enthusiastic attendees, traveling from as far as Australia, Japan, and the UK, flock to this San Francisco tradition for a delightful blend of ballroom dancing, live music, riveting stage shows, DJs, fine art galleries, a vending marketplace, absinthe cocktails, steam machinery, parlour games, sideshows, and more. All ages are welcome and appropriate in this darkly humorous and elegant setting, where literary aficionados rub elbows with insect-like creatures parading on stilts… where historically-accurate Edwardian recreationists waltz by a steam-powered tea garden… where the only guiding rule is that you join in on the fun!”

Science of Cocktails
Friday, January 24, 8:00-11:30PM
Exploratorium Lab, Pier 15, San Francisco, 415-528-4402

“Join us for an evening that celebrates the artistry of master mixology shaken with the science behind the craft. Taking an in-depth, hands-on look at the physics, chemistry, and biology of cocktails, engage in an exploration of your favorite libations in ways you've never experienced before.

Tickets include open bar, ample hor d'oeuvres, and special activities. VIP ticket holders also receive access to the Top-Shelf VIP Lounge with top-shelf spirits, special molecular mixology demonstrations, and a few surprises.

This program is for adults 21 years of age and over.”

Healing the Divide: A Reconciliation Ritual for Men and Women
with The Sacred Future Collective
Friday-Sunday, January 24-26
Sonoma County  location given upon registration

“Dominant culture has promoted an agenda for thousands of years of dividing men from the feminine energies, in women, in the Earth, and in themselves. Currently, human consciousness is taking a powerful turn towards the reclamation of the feminine. Women are stepping more into empowerment and men are stepping more into their hearts. Men and women are recognizing once again that we're more powerful together than apart. It's time to heal the divide. There are wounds on both sides, as the patriarchal paradigm has distorted and insulted both sexes through toxic shaming, promoting blame and feeding the realms of narcissism and victim consciousness.

The Sacred Future Collective is devoted to the uniting of the feminine and masculine energies on the planet on all levels. That is why we're hosting this three-day retreat focused on this crucial work, which is also deeply liberating and joyful!

At this retreat we will focus on:
Union between the inner male and female archetypes.
Men holding men through forgiveness and elevation.
Women holding women through forgiveness and elevation.
Daily Sacred Council circles.
A day-long ritual of reconciliation between women and men.
Visioning the potentials for planetary awakening and healing together! How can we help our communities heal through inviting men and women into reunion?

We Are Two Halves Of One Whole.
We Are Here To Be Each Other's Greatest Allies! Not Enemies.
Let's Lift Each Other Up And Elevate Consciousness Together.”

Baba Yaga’s House
crafting workshop with Ulla Milbrath and John B. McRae
Saturday-Sunday, February 1-2, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Castle in the Air 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley, 510-204-9801
$300 includes materials
register in advance - this class will sell out!

“Charmed by a classic Slavic folktale, John and Ulla bring you this unique class. Baba Yaga is sometimes a wise woman; at other times she is a frightful hag. She flies around in a giant mortar and lives in a hut that stands on chicken legs surrounded by a skull fence. She kidnaps children on occasion (like the witch in the Hansel and Gretel tale) but is also sometimes sought out for wisdom and guidance by heroes.

Here is an opportunity for you to learn from two masters of fairy-tale art, as Ulla and John jointly teach the construction and decoration of Baba Yaga’s woodland home. On the first day of class, you’ll learn how to construct her hut out of chipboard, thatch the roof, and how to wind and attach the magical chicken legs which support the structure. The next day you’ll make tiny furniture from found objects for the cabin. To complete your folktale, you can choose to dress a mouse Baba Yaga, fabricated from re-claimed vintage mink fur over an anthropomorphic manikin by John and Ulla for you, with fabric scraps provided in class.”

Musical Mindfulness
with Kate Janke and Betsy Rose
Saturday, February 8, 9:00AM-4:00PM
Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
$85 per person, 10% discount available for registering for multiple people

“A daylong event for parents, educators and therapists interested in using song, music, and mindful breathing techniques to help children focus, relax, and communicate.

No previous experience with mindfulness necessary.”

The Travertine Mysteries: Sacred Initiation Rites for Women
with Maria Owl Gutierrez
and Mira Wonderwheel
Friday-Sunday, February 14-16,
and four more weekends, see website for detailed schedule
various private residences and nature preserves throughout the Bay Area
see website for registration information

“Welcome to the Travertine Mysteries.

We are committed to supporting women in claiming their power and living
an embodied, awake, prosperous, authentic life.

We offer women two programs that can launch them into alignment with their destiny.

The first:
Travertine Mysteries Women's Initiation
This is a nine month process offered in Sonoma and Marin Counties, in the San Francisco Bay Area and North Bay. Women initiates will meet every other month for a weekend, plus one full day a month, in sacred ritual work/play. Initiates bring their own food and take care of their own lodging.
There is a circle forming now!  We will begin in February 2014.”

CAYA Fun For Everyone: FaerieWorlds 2014
Event: Friday-Sunday, July 25-27
Travel dates to be determined
Mount Pisgah, 34999 Frank Parrish Road‎, Eugene, OR
see website for admission and camping details
To be part of the CFE rideshare and camp, please contact Cross Sidhe at cayafunforeveryone@gmail.com

Cross Sidhe says:
“Hello everyone!

This will mark the third year of CAYA Fun For Everyone being at Faerie Worlds! This year we are planning a camp where we can all get together and be in one place. We will have a 12x12 canopy and a solar shower this year. Since we will have people coming from other states, I have setup a planning page so we can all get together and plan things:

CAYA Fun For Everyone Faerie Worlds 2014:


Blessed Be!

Cross Sidhe”

Redwood Magic Reclaiming Family Camp
Wednesday-Sunday, August 13-17
Campsite Three, Mendocino Woodlands, 39350 Little Lake Road, Mendocino
see website for registration information

“Share in four days of Reclaiming style, Earth-based spirituality, magic, and community!

Join us in the redwoods at Mendocino Woodlands as we weave a web that crosses the generations.

Redwood Magic is a do-it-ourselves family camp. During our time at camp, all of us will be responsible for creating a vibrant, magical experience!

This is a community retreat, not a festival or a drop-in camp. We ask that people plan to attend the entire event (unless advance arrangements are made) and be committed to creating camp culture.”

CAYA Fun For Everyone: Burning Man 2014
Monday-Monday, August 26 - September 2
Black Rock Desert, 120 miles north of Reno, Nevada
To be part of the CFE rideshare, please contact Cross Sidhe at cayafunforeveryone@gmail.com

Cross Sidhe says:
“That is right!!!!  I am going back to the Playa and I am taking you with me!!!  I will have 3 to 4 seats open.  Other drivers are most welcome.  Planning will start after Burning Man 2013.  Camp CAYA?  Dome?  Art?  Group Origami?  The possibilities are limitless.”

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Belrose Holiday Tea Party, Love Intensive Retreat, Twilight of the Star Vampires Free Book Download, No Goddess of the Month for December, East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet, Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, Vintage Invasion, Monthly Mindful Photography, Meditation Basics: Creating a Spiritual Practice, Tarot Social, Art In The Garden, Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha, Family Day at Sienna Ranch, Visioning Circle, SoulCollage, Tea and Tarot, Spiral Yuletide Celebration, Sing for Your Life, Happy New Year Charlie Brown!, Noon Year’s Eve, Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate, Josh Kornbluth Presents: Love and Taxes, Brava's New Year's Eve Comedy Fiesta 2013, A New Year’s Eve Public Service Announcement, New Year’s Day Visioning Ceremony, Epiphany Symposium

Belrose Holiday Tea Party
Mondays-Saturdays throughout December, 1:00-4:00PM
The Belrose Theatre, 1415 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael
$25 per person
reservations required, please call 415-902-5188 or e-mail 2TeaOrNot2Tea@att.net

“Tea Parties at The Belrose are Back!
Come enjoy four weeks of The Belrose Tea Party with family, friends, and co-workers.
Mondays through Saturdays, 1:00-4:00PM
$25 for this experience includes:
A Pot of Fine Tea
Tea Sandwiches
Petit Fours
Cookies and Scones”

The Belrose Theatre is a beautiful and truly magical place!

Love Intensive Retreat
with Jeremiah Jeff Love
Thursday-Sunday, December 26-29
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747
$500 for the whole weekend, $200 for one day
for more information or to register, please call 707-328-6517 or e-mail GaiaTrike@gmail.com  

“Three days of amazing food, connections, and exploring the ultimate question… What is Love?  
$500 Includes everything - Rooms, Food, Workshops
$200 One day pass Includes 3 meals, one day in the Love intensive.”

Twilight of the Star Vampires Free Book Download
by Paula Sunsong
Thursday-Monday, December 26-30

Paula Sunsong, a member of our CAYA community, has written a series of books!  
The whole trilogy will be available for free download this week.

“Twilight of the Star Vampires: A Parody of Star Wars, Twilight and Star Trek

What happens when Twilight Saga vampire Edward Cullen meets Darth Vader meets Vulcan Spock? That question is answered in this parody of the Twilight Saga, Star Wars and Star Trek.

It asks the age old questions: Can a Jedi knight find love with a Klingon vampire? What if Chewbacca was a werewolf? Will Edward defy his vampire instincts and satisfy his desire in a different way with Padma, Princess Leia’s and Luke Skywalker’s mother?

This is a New Adult Paranormal and Science Fiction Parody based on #1 Bestselling series.”

No Goddess of the Month for December

There will be no Goddess of the Month event in December.  The next event will be on January 24, when we will celebrate Cerridwen.

East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet
at The Mystic Dream
Friday, December 27, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
donations accepted

“Come and join other witches, warlocks, and pagans as we come together in community to some food, and maybe a few laughs. Come and meet some of the other magically minded people in the East Bay area. Coffee and tea will be served. Feel free to bring a small food item to share.”

Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk
Friday, December 27, 8:00PM, and the fourth and fifth Friday of every month
tour starts at Main Street Martinez, 649 Main Street,  Suite 106, Martinez

“Take the 90 minute guided walking tour through Historic Downtown Martinez to discover the hidden past, little known facts and tales of days-gone-by.

Tours conducted by Central Valley Paranormal.

Tours are limited to 25 people. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. No children under 12 years allowed. Teens 12-17 years must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a flashlight, wear comfortable shoes. Bring jacket and wear comfortable clothing.”

Vintage Invasion
Friday, December 27, 8:00PM-Midnight and the fourth Friday of each month
The Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, berkeley

“Vintage Invasion - where the old dances invade a new generation
Our crowd is growing and thriving... a really positive atmosphere!

Have you ever waltzed to Metallica or danced a polka to Lady Gaga? Yes?  Then you know what a great time it is, and we will see you there!  No?  Well it's never too late to start.  Since we have hundreds of years of waltz music to choose from, the variety makes a wonderful, festive evening.  This is a casual, neighborhood party: a chance to meet people, bounce around, and generally make merry.  We'll have a potluck; you are welcome to bring snacks if you like.  Your hosts always bring the punch and water.  No alcohol, please, as we sometimes have dancers under 21 attending.

All are welcome for the lesson, so we can get you moving and ready to sail across the floor.  If you're new to dancing we promise to be patient with you, and if you have waltzed before we will improve your technique.  After class, during the dance party, we will still be available to help you with what we taught you, and introduce you to some of our regulars.  They are well skilled, but don't be shy about asking them to dance with you too.  They'll probably be happy for the chance to show off. :)

8:00-9:00PM = Lesson in Vintage Waltz - no partner or experience needed
9:00PM-Midnight = Dance to Persephone and guest DJs playing lots of waltzes, and a little bit of many other partner dances.”

Monthly Mindful Photography 2013
with Dr. Marcus Lorenzo Penn
Saturday, December 28, 12:00-2:00PM, and the fourth Saturday of each month
The Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
$25-$50 sliding scale

“In this workshop series, participants  will:

1) Be guided thru a relaxing meditation incorporating natural imagery and colors, while activating the 5 senses and connect to their ‘photographic prescription’.

2) Be led through a gentle seated movement series to prepare and open their body and mind for photography.

3) Be taken out into natural surroundings to experience the vulnerability and openness of the
photographic process.

4) Use their own camera or camera phone to obtain images from their outdoor photographic experience.

5) Facilitated in a group wrap-up discussion of what was experienced and ‘seen’ during  their photographic experience.

Rev. Ouida and Dr. Marcus are hosting a new MONTHLY Mindful Photography workshop every 4th Saturday. There will be time for meditation, creating your own Photo Prescription, taking photos on THOT grounds, and then follow-up sharing. You can bring a notebook, water and your own camera or use your camera phone. Photos will be on display in June. $25-$50 (sliding scale). Please RSVP to Rev. Ouida or for more information: revouida@yahoo.com, 510-350-6249 or contact Dr. Marcus at ThePhotographerPhysician@gmail.com, 510-473-6861. We hope to see you there!”

Thanks to Lorelei Moon for letting me know about this event!

Meditation Basics: Creating a Spiritual Practice
with Storm Faerywolf
Saturday, December 28, 12:00-2:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Meditation is a basic starting point for any spiritual practice. We will discuss types of meditation, and experiment with various techniques for relaxation, grounding and centering, and manifestation work.”

Tarot Social
with Z Budapest
Saturday, December 28, 1:00-4:00PM
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
Sliding scale $55 -$75

“Learn the secrets of reading tarot with one of the most well known and respected readers of all time, Z Budapest.

Zsusanna Budapest is known to some as The Queen of Tarot and is celebrated for legalizing all forms of divination and prophecy. Having been arrested for tarot reading in California, she fought to overturn the laws, making divination legal in our state.

Z's Tarot socials are hands-on, with actual readings and skilled interpretations explained.
So what actually happens at her Tarot Socials? in Z's words....

‘We begin with holding a circle. We hold each other’s hands. We hum to unify ourselves, to open our psychic eye to the incoming wisdom.

A light smudging with white sage elevates our minds and creates a path for our guiding spirits to come through.

I hand you the sacred oil to anoint your hands with before handling the cards. We both inhale this scent, an instant transportation into the temple.

Next I give you the deck to shuffle.

A good reader is synthesizing the meanings of the cards. This part is where the person who is the reader plays a major role. How intelligent is she? How well read? Does she know more than the prescribed meanings? How much experience does she have? Is she good at stepping aside and allowing the spiritual take center stage? Can she leave her own attitudes aside, and see purely the divine advice? These are the most difficult tasks.

In the Tarot Socials, I explain why I have chosen to say what I did, based on what cards, very informative for somebody who wishes to learn this kind of divination.

The Goddess work needs all of us to do our part - see you at this next Tarot Social!
Blessed be,
Z Budapest’

Z‘s stunning accuracy at Tarot Reading is well known in the tarot and prophecy communities. We are honored to bring Z's talents to you at Serpent's Kiss.”

Art In The Garden
at Veggielution Community Farm
Saturday, December 28, 1:30-3:30PM, and the fourth Saturday of each month
Emma Prusch Park, 647 South King Road, San Jose
$10 includes materials

“Our resident artists, Pamela and Joseph, guide participants in an exploration of line, color, contour, and much more. With an exceedingly inspiring environment to draw from, artists of all caliber grow and cultivate their skills. We request a $10 donation to help cover materials and support our nonprofit farm. Come on out and get creative at the farm!

Veggielution is a 6 acre non-profit community farm dedicated to creating a more sustainable food system in San Jose. We empower people to change the way they think about food by getting their hands in the soil, connecting with the land, and tasting the fruits of their labor.”

Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha
Saturday, December 28, 3:00-4:00PM, and the fourth Saturday of every month
Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with Balclutha admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free
For more information, please call 415-447-5000.

“Learn a little about life at sea and make a maritime craft! Meet at the entrance to Hyde Street Pier.”

Family Day at Sienna Ranch
Sunday, December 29, 12:00-4:00PM, (and the last Sunday of every month)
Sienna Ranch, 3232 Deer Hill Road, Lafayette, 925-283-6311
$85 includes up to five people, advance registration required - see website

“On the last Sunday of each month, Sienna Ranch will open its doors for a special family and community day.  Come enjoy the activities, good company, healthy food, and the wholesome environment at Sienna Ranch.  Family Day is fun for all ages.  

Horse and pony rides, sustainability education and projects, archery, hayrides, survival skills activities, and more.  Bring your own picnic lunch or buy from one of our healthy food vendors.  

Family Days are on Sundays, 12:00-4:00PM.  
Family Day Pass is $85.

With the purchase of a family pass, you will get
admission to Sienna Ranch family day for up to 5 people
3 horse ride tickets
3 archery tickets
5 hayride tickets
participation in the featured hands-on sustainability or survival skill activity
unlimited animal visits to goats, sheep, chickens
special demonstrations, entertainment, or hands-on projects (vary from month to month)

Note: Food and special services offered at an additional cost.  For additional archery and horse ride tickets, please purchase a second family pass.

Family Days are limited to 40 families, so register soon!”

Visioning Circle
at The Home of Truth
Sunday, December 29, 12:30-1:15PM, and the fourth Sunday of each month
The Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
For more information, please contact Rev. Ouida at 510-350-6249 or revouida@yahoo.com

“The Visioning Process as founded by Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith allows us to tap into the Divine for insights, answers and awareness. As THOT is moving into this new phase, I invite the community to come together as we ‘catch the vision’ of what THOT is, and can be. What is the highest vision for THOT? What does that feel like? Who/what must we become? Visioning allows us to catch the highest possibilities.
We will also have time for personal visioning. What are you calling forth? What is the highest vision for your Life? This process is a meditative one that invites us to go within, listen, and receive insights about our Heart's desires.
Please join us!”

with Maya Spector
Sunday, December 29, 1:30-5:00PM
private home, 685 ½ Fairmount Avenue, Oakland
$15, all materials provided.  
Space is limited, please RSVP to Maya at 650-329-1415 or mayaspector@hotmail.com

“Please join me on Sunday, December 29 for this easy yet profound way to access intuition, have fun, and create your own set of collaged cards. Invite your friends!

SoulCollage is a process for creating and working with a set of cards that reflect your inner self.  SoulCollage is deeply satisfying and a lot of fun; it’s a fantastic creative exploration that anyone can do.  Although it is highly personal, it is wonderful and most insightful when done in small groups.”  

Tea and Tarot
with Charlie London and Chas Bogan
Sunday, December 29, 4:00-6:00PM, and the fourth Sunday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
Donations accepted to cover cost of tea

“Tarot lovers of every skill level will enjoy Tea and Tarot. Each month we will explore a new facet of working with the cards, examining multiple meanings, layouts, and learning how to express our insights with others.”

Spiral Yuletide Celebration
with Fellowship of the Spiral Path
Sunday, December 29, 5:00-7:00PM  
BFUU Main Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Donations gratefully accepted

Diana Paxson says:
“Light is Returning!

The World Grows Cold, The Year Grows Old, But Hearts And Hearths Are Warm!
Let’s Gather Here At End Of Year And Banish Every Harm!

This is our opportunity to come together as a community, to banish any negativity we’ve picked up during the year and recharge after the excitement of the holidays, to celebrate the sun’s first steps back toward warmth and light, and to congratulate each other on having made it through another year. Children are particularly welcome. Try to let me know if you will be bringing them, so we have the right number of goodies.

This is also the time for pagan carols to celebrate the season. Bring copies of your favorites, and I’ll bring the Spiral songbooks.

Everyone should bring holiday leftovers to share, and some canned or boxed food for the Alameda Food Bank.

If you’d like to help contact me at 510-658-6033 or spiral-announce@thespiralpath.org

Objects may be charged on the altar during the rite. Wheel-chair 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.”

Sing for Your Life
Monday, December 30, 12:00PM-12:00AM (Noon-Midnight)
First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland
Donations accepted (suggested $15), your voice welcomed!

“Sing in the New Year with SoVoSo's 12 hour Circlesong.  This wonderful group of vocal virtuosos will take turns leading the ever-changing crowd in a voice orchestra.

CircleSinging can be described lots of ways: vocal improvisation, vocal jamming, add-a-part/change-a-part, vocal orchestra, voicestra, a ‘drum circle’ for singers, or just plain ‘make it up’ singing.

This event is open to all (singers and non-singers alike). Drop in or stay the whole time. Sing or listen. Socialize or meditate. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to commune with your community.”

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!
Tuesday, December 31, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, 707-579-4452
Adults $10, Students, Seniors, Children 4-18 $5, Children Under 3 Free

“Ring in the New Year with Snoopy, hands-on crafts for kids, and Santa Rosa’s only Up-Down and Baby Balloon Drops at noon, and root beer toasts at noon and 3:00PM!”

Noon Year’s Eve
Tuesday, December 31, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos
$12 adults, $7 ages 5-17 and 65+, under age 4 Free (includes museum admission)

“Your invited to attend the Noon Year’s Eve Party on Tuesday, December 31 at the Hiller Aviation Museum. This annual event is the first New Year’s party of the year and is designed especially for kids.  

Join us for these exciting activities:
Count Down to 12:00 Noon - two Balloon Drops
Jumpers, Face Painting, Games and Fun
Cotton Candy Express Entertainment including Dance Shows and More!”

Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate
with Sam Webster
Tuesday, December 31, 6:00PM - please note different time than usual
and each month within the three day Dark Moon window
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations welcome
“Sam Webster (founder of the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn, author of Tantric Thelema, and Priest of Hermes and Hekate) hosts an open Dark of the Moon practice at The Sacred Well each month, making offerings to Hermes and Hekate.

The large wooden representation of Hermes, classically called a Herm, was consecrated and worshipped at PantheaCon 2013 by Pagans, Magickians, and spiritual practitioners from many different backgrounds in a large ceremony that drew heavily on classical Greek material.

The Herm now resides at the Sacred Well, and each month we gather to continue this sacred work with Dark Moon ritual for Hermes and Hekate, who were frequently honored at the crossroads together in ancient Greece. The practice that Sam shares in this circle is one he has maintained without fail since the Dark Moon of January 1992.

Upcoming dates:
January 30
March  1
March 30
April 27
May 28
June 26
July 26
August 24
September 24
October 22
November 22
December 21

Study with Sam and more formal training in the Priestcraft of Hermes for those who desire to keep this rite are available. Please speak with Sam about this directly when you attend.”

Josh Kornbluth Presents: Love and Taxes
Tuesday, December 31, two shows 7:00-9:00PM and 10:00PM-Midnight
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, 510-865-5060
7:00PM Show $35, 10:00PM Show $45, includes champagne toast at Midnight

“Come laugh in the New Year

Bring in the New Year with Josh Kornbluth’s comic storytelling. Josh weaves a masterful tale of love, despair and redemption into the stuff of laughter. This hilarious one man show encompassing crushing debt and a neurotic love affair at the mercy of the IRS has been a hit from coast-to-coast - and will soon be a major motion picture. Don’t miss it!”

Brava's New Year's Eve Comedy Fiesta 2013
Tuesday, December 31, 9:00PM
Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th Street, San Francisco

“The Mission District’s one stop destination to get your laugh and your dance on.
featuring Marga Gomez
with special guests Dhaya Lakshminarayanan and Micia Mosely  
and emcee Mario Montes

Doors and Bar open 8:00PM
$30 reserved seating, $50 VIP
All Tickets include Countdown Party

Immediately following the comedy performances, Brava's Countdown Dance Party with DJ Mark Mark, no-host bar, party hats and midnight champagne will run into the wee hours of 2014. Proceeds benefit Brava Theater Center.

After a sold out 2012 Comedy Fiesta - Brava's New Year's Eve Comedy Fiesta returns with more smart, joyous, feminist, and twisted stand-up. Returning headliner and show creator, Marga Gomez and special guests, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan and Micia Mosely  Mario Montes (Comedy Bodega) will emcee.”

A New Year’s Eve Public Service Announcement

“Had a bit too much to drink counting down to 2014 and now need a safe ride home?
AAA’s Tipsy Tow Program offers a free tow for drinking drivers in Northern California – members and non-members alike - from 6:00PM on New Year’s Eve 2013 (Tuesday, December 31st) until 6:00AM the next morning, in Northern California, Nevada and Utah.

For Tipsy Tow, call (800) 222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and tell the operator ‘I need a Tipsy Tow’ for a free tow of up to five miles. Service is restricted to a one-way ride for the driver and his or her vehicle to the driver’s home.”

Thanks to Pixie for letting me know about this!

New Year’s Day Visioning Ceremony
with Veenaa Saynana and Taya Shere
Wednesday, January 1, 4:00-6:00PM
East Bay Healing Collective, 1840 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley
Sliding scale $20-$25

“Come join us for a Visioning Ceremony on the first New Moon of 2014, where we will drum, chant, dance and create our deepest, wildest dreams for a sustainable collective vision for ourselves, humanity and Mother Earth. Participants will get to draw, collage and create their unique contributions in a humongous collective art piece.

There will be a sound activation with the specific intention of helping us to stay in balance, given that we'll continually need to adjust our center of gravity as we navigate the ongoing waves of change and ride them more effectively.

January 1st marks a SuperMoon, which is defined as a New Moon or Full Moon within 361,863 kilometers (224,851 miles) of our planet, as measured from the centers of the Moon and Earth.

Veenaa Saynana Laughing Dolphin is a creative powerhouse of shamanic magic, dance, prayerformance and ceremony. She is the author of Mary Magdalene Speaks: Gateway to Empowerment. She is well-known for her one-woman shows Spontaneous Combustion, performed in Eugene, OR and Kauai, HI, and Christmas Nipples, a Berkeley favorite. She has facilitated in centers in three continents, from Asia to Australia to North America. She does planetary healing at major sacred sites of the world. She is the founder of the AIYU Institute, which offers ongoing educational programs of spirituality and empowerment. Look out for her upcoming class on Sacred Burlesque: The Art of Prayerformance in early 2014.

Taya Shere plays passionately in the realms of transformative ritual and embodied vocalization.  Taya co-founded and co-directs the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, a modern day mystery school and ritual arts training for women embracing the Goddess in a Jewish context.  Her chant albums Torah Tantrika, Halleluyah All Night and Wild Earth Shebrew have been heralded as ‘cutting-edge mystic medicine music.’  She is co-author of The Hebrew Priestess (forthcoming, Ben Yehuda Press) and Siddur HaKohanot: A Hebrew Priestess Prayerbook.”

Epiphany Symposium
with Lady Loreon Vigne
Friday-Sunday, January 3-5
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747
$250 includes meals and accommodation
To RSVP, please call Loreon at 707-857-4747

“Celebrate your epiphanies… for surely you have experienced some but have never analyzed those magic moments that suddenly come to you in a flash!

These should never be forgotten and this is your chance to share your personal epiphany with others in a unique way.
This is also a perfect time to examine your New Years Revelations… a new way to make resolutions and by this method help create changes in your life for the better.  Bring a Journal with you and expect to have a wonderful and meaningful way to start the New Year.
Delicious Vegetarian Meals will be provided throughout this three-day retreat.  Two overnights, Six meals and all Epiphany events, only $250.”

Have an Intensely Loving, Freely Visionary Week!

Molly Blue Dawn