COMMUNITY QUIBBLER-August Edition

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August 1, 2011 by Lain

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The Community Quibbler

The Community Quibbler

Welcome to The Community Quibbler!

Hello Everyone!  I hope you are doing well and enjoying your summer.

We have some good news!  The Quibbler is going to be posted on the Northern Tribes blog on the first of every month. Thank you Northern Tribes!  We’re feeling pretty popular over here 😀

Also, we are starting to become successful in promoting ourselves in B.C. We will be posting circle dates from the CWABC – Vancouver Area Temple and a new store in North Vancouver, “Utopia – the Mystical Sanctuary”.  How exciting!

Mark Your Calendars!: Yuletide Craft Market

The Editor of the Quibbler and a few of her pagan friends are organizing a Yuletide Craft Market for the fall.  This is a perfect opportunity to find those unique and special hand-made items for your Yule celebration.  We are currently looking for vendors!  If you are interested please contact us.

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2011
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Glenwood Community League, 16430 – 97 Avenue
Contactcommunityquibbler@shaw.ca

From Our Supporter: Where Faeries Live (10991-124 Street)

You can now shop for many of your Pagansupply needs from the comfort (and warmth) of your own home!  Check out the online store at Where Faeries Live at:http://www.wherefaerieslive.com/shop.php.

In the store there are a few new things that you might like to check out:

Essential oils are back in stock: Lemongrass, Lavender, Altar, Clove, Tea Tree and new Balsam Fir.

There are new wands at the store.  The wands are made of rosewood and have sterling silver mounts and semi-precious gemstones set into them. They are made in India and are ethically traded by a Canadian based company.

Calendar

Fireside Chatshave been discontinued.  As of Sept 9, 2011 Where Faeries Live will be running Witch Craft 101 and on Sept 23 Witch Craft 201. These will be taking the place of Fireside and will be repeating in Oct, Nov, and in Dec.  Witchcraft 101 and 201 are intended for Beginners and intermediate practitioners, and the program is designed to give the participants the equivalent of a dedicant class and somewhat beyond.  Witch Craft 101 will be discussion and Witch Craft 201 will be the practical application of the discussion. Cost is $5.00 each class and does not include the materials used for spell craft in Witchcraft 201.

Women’s Mysteries

Women’s Mysteries is a monthly meeting of Pagan and Pagan-friendly women.  We meet to celebrate the Wheel of the Year together and to discuss a variety of topics.  Our purpose is to create a community of women and share our lives, joys, grief, triumphs, and challenges.  Participants need to be 18 years of age unless accompanied by a parent.

Date: Sunday, July 31strd
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Panfest
Admission: By donation
Facilitator: Sokende Sanndru

The Psychic Connection

The Psychic Connection is a group dedicated to the understanding, sharing, learning and the passing of knowledge on all matters psychic, mediumship, clairvoyance, sensitive and empathic abilities.

Robert and Sylvia will lead members through a series of exercises, events, psychic workshops, and discussion groups that will help develop their abilities. We will cover such areas as: meditation, astral projection, dreams, visions, spirit guides, animal spirits, the universe, energy work, communication with spirits and many other topics.

By working together, whether you are just starting or an experienced psychic, you will find the experience enjoyable and challenging, yet very rewarding.

In August the topic is Astral Projection or Travelling. How to astral travel. Where can we go when we travel? Are there other places or realms that we can go to? Do I actually travel while sleeping? Can I astral travel while awake?

Date: Friday, August 5th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Where Faeries Live
Admission: by donation
Contact: Robert & Sylvia at tpc@trilogy2003.com

Edmonton Paranormal Interest Club (EPIC)

This group meets every first and third Saturday of every month. Its main goal is to provide a physical social network of people who have an interest in the unexplained. The meetings are always free to attend and every opinion is always respected. This group also works in co-operation with other divisions of Edmonton Paranormal Society to give members an opportunity to learn and even go on ghost-walks and investigations! Also it will give help to people dealing with paranormal activity, want to share experiences, or even wish to teach lectures! Everyone is always welcome, so come and enjoy the future of paranormal exploration!

Hot drinks are provided by Edmonton Paranormal Society. 
Baked goods are always welcomed.
Hope to see you all there!

Date: Saturday, August 6th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Where Faeries Live
Admission: $5.00

EPIC Presents: Interactive Clairvoyant Understanding

This is a group started by the Edmonton Paranormal Society to help people with paranormal sensitivities learn, progress, and cope with their abilities.  It is a peer to peer networking club dedicated to connecting people with psychic, clairvoyance, clairaudience, claircognitive, clairsentience, clairalience, and clairgustance abilities.

The Edmonton Paranormal Society will be working closely with this group to create a confidential environment where sensitives can learn from one another without public access.  It will also allow for people who wish to help the paranormal world by being verified and certified to work with paranormal investigational groups.

Hot drinks are provided by the Edmonton Paranormal Society.  Baked goods are always welcome.

Also the Edmonton Paranormal Society will be accepting donations in the form of money or Canadian Tire money.  Don’t forget to help us add to our community social board that will be set up at each EPIC and ICU meeting.

Date: Saturday, August 20th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Where Faeries Live
Admission: $5.00

Community Events

Women’s Drumming and Goddess Chanting Circle

This month at our August Circle, we will celebrate the ancient Mayan Goddess Ixchel in Her Mother aspect. Please come and join us — newcomers are always welcome! There’s no need to have a drum or any drumming/singing experience.

Date:Wednesday, August 3rd
Time:7:30 p.m.
Location:West Edmonton (phone for address)
Cost:voluntary donation
Contact:Debra at (780) 483-7310

Congregationalist Wiccan Assembly of Alberta

The Congregationalist Wiccan Assembly of Alberta hosts monthly Open Circles on the second Sunday of each month from 6-8 p.m.  These events are open to all adults with an interest in Wicca/Paganism, and to minors accompanied by a parent.  There is no cost to attend, although donations are accepted to help cover the cost of space rental.  Please bring a contribution for a potluck snack to follow.

Date: Sunday, August 14th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ritchie Hall (7727-98 Street)
Admission: By donation
Contactcwaalberta@gmail.com

Edmonton Pagan Learning Circle Fellowship (EPLC)

Edmonton Pagan Learning Circle Fellowship – EPLC, is an interactive pagan spiritualist discussion group that is family friendly, focusing on shared pagan learning, The EPLC invites everyone to join the monthly circles and annual events to meet other pagans and their families, while sharing different traditions within pagan spirituality. The EPLC is not a coven, nor is EPLC a religious society; the EPLC is a fellowship dedicated to pagan spirituality and fostering growth within pagan family traditions. The EPLC exists to share experiences, learn from others, build community, havefun and teach each other and our children acceptance for different spiritual paths and lifestyles. EPLC offers pagans a safe place to start or continue their spiritual journey with a group of accepting individuals. Each month members cast an interactive circle, participate in a presentation on a topic chosen by the group, and children are given pagan friendly activities to keep them occupied during circle time. EPLC is proud to host meetings at the Pride Centre of Edmonton, 9540 111 avenue, the 3rd Saturday of each month as a way to foster acceptance in all people regardless of culture, race, religion or sexuality. Everyone is asked to please bring a snack to share during social and clean uptime; please bring enough for at least 15 people.

Date: Saturday, August 20th
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Location: Pride Centre of Alberta (9540-111 Avenue)
Admission: By donation
Contact: Kaldra & Lupine
E-mailEdmontonPaganLearningCircle@gmail.com
Websitewww.eplc.webs.com
Phone/Text780-994-6373
Wheelchair Accessible Location

Kaldra is also available for “talking stones” divination sessions ($40.00/session).  “Talking stones are a unique divination tool that tell a story about the questioner and can offer guidance on life issues.”  Contact Kaldra at the above for details.

EPLC Study Group August Sign Up  – September Start Up

EPLC members discussed the idea of an EPLC learning/study group -a more indepth and structured/scheduled learning group that is a self directed year and a day pagan course that can be flushed out to fit the group dynamics based on who is interested in attending and how often the group can meet or how much commitment would be expected. The cost would be free,as are all EPLC activities, however there would be a donation request for those taking part to cover supplies or operational costs for study group participants as needed. It will be a self guided path with facilitated topics and discussions and interactive group activities – this is different from EPLC Fellowship Circles where the EPLC Study Group will be more formal in the structure and the commitment required by individuals attend and work together to intentionally make a group like this work.

Purpose: to learn from others and share knowledge to further a personal path of spiritual choices

Concepts: Allowing all participants to ~Think out loud ~Share ideas ~Learn from one another by charting a learning plan for the group and taking one topic at a time say for a week/month and each member try and give their input on that subject and topic.

The objective would be for each person to further their own spiritual path but have a reason to further push their personal growth; in other words, participants would have to be accountable to the group for assignments, tasks and HOMEWORK in order to ensure that everyone is contributing to group education but is furthering their personal path.  People interested in this ongoing commitment to spiritual learning should send a email indicating interest in the group with their contact information. We have a beautiful location, and its kid friendly, to work from and will be hosting a planning meeting in August with hopes of a start up in September 2011; please let Kaldra know in a private message if you are interested in the EPLC Fellowship Study Group and we will keep you in the loop of updates.

Date: TBA – Friday evening – at least once a month perhaps weekly or twice a month depending on what the group wants.
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Suite 217, 11520 100 Ave., Academy Place, Edmonton
Cost: By donation

EPLC Meet & Greet

EPLC has had a request from the community to help people meet other people, be it for personal connections such as getting a date, finding a coven, or meeting someone to do a divination reading.

We are looking for people who would like to post classifieds for the local Edmonton area in various categories of an online directory. Watch the website for more information as EPLC hopes to arrange a live meet and greet for singles in September or October depending on interest generated.  If you would like to be part of the online directory as a business please send your information via email.  If you would like to be part of the singles meet and greet – please send a private email to EPLC and we will arrange to have someone contact you with further details about the singles meet and greet as information is available.

Shaman’s Journey Drumming Circle

We are a Shamanic Drumming Circle, exploring connection to, and building relationships with, the seen and unseen worlds around us through drumming and shamanic journey.  Drumming circles have stopped for the summer but will start again in September.  Have a great summer!

Edmonton Astrological Society

The Edmonton Astrological Society meets from September to June.
The next meeting will be held on Friday September 9th at 7:30 PM at 3880-74Avenue.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.  Or check out our site at www.astrologyedmonton.com

We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful summer.

British Columbia Events

CWABC – Vancouver Area Temple

Vancouver-Burnaby Temple is one of three full member temples in the Congregationalist Wiccan Association of BC, and the oldest. It has been offering public Wiccan rituals and services on a varying schedule for seven years. Now on the Saturday near every Full Moon, open to anyone, free of charge, wheelchair accessible, children-friendly. The Priest, Sam Wagar, is licensed to perform legal weddings in BC. For information on CWABC visit our website www.cwabc.org.

Date: Saturday, August 13th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Metrotown Mall Community Room, Burnaby, B.C.
Admission: by donation
Contactsamwagar@shaw.ca

Other Events

Sales

A Sense of Serenity
10342-81 Avenue N.W. Edmonton

The sales at Sense of Serenity are as follows:

1. The Nordic and Egyptian items are 25% off.
2.  Jewellery is 50% off.
3. All stones and crystals over $100.00 are 50% off.
4. The wood jewellery will be 50% off.
5.  The Himalayn salt lamps will be 40% off.
6.  The Kryon series and Ringing Cedars of Russia will be 30% off.
7.  The Singing bowls will be 30 % off.
8.  Also as per usual the 2 racks of books and cd and decks are now full of stuff that is new and the store has lots of new items in. Hopefully the 50 percent table will be outside and we can get that going as well too.

Workshops

Development Meditation

Development meditation is a class on Wednesday nights to help you develop your inner spirit and intuition.

Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Unique Perceptions (78 Oswald Drive, Spruce Grove)
Cost: $20.00
Contact: Anne @ 780-960-2166

Essential Oil Blending

Essential oils release extraordinary scent and offer potent therapeutic effects.  Come learn the basics of blending multiple essential oils together and see how they change when added to different bases.  In this class we will be making a combination in a cream base, a therapeutic roll on oil, a solid perfume, and an Eau de Toilette.  Mingle logic, intuition, and enjoy!

Date: Thursday, August 4th
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Earth’s Aromatique (#2, 7115-109 Street)
Cost: $75.00
Contact780-432-7955

Home Spa

As the world around us becomes more and more hectic, creating blends of spa products for home can be the most comforting remedy… Come in and learn how to make the most wonderful face cleanser, cocoa butter bath truffles, a botanical face mask blend, and an aromatic shower gel.  Of course a spa night is never complete without a perfect and personalized body oil, so we make one of those too.

Date: Sunday, August 7th
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Earth’s Aromatique (#2, 7115-109 Street)
Cost: $75.00

Body Balms

There are many ways to moisturize the body, but nothing beats the silky intensity of pure oil, beeswax and botanical butters.  In this class you will create 4 variations of waterless moisturizers that vary in consistency from light to heavy.  By the end of the class you will have a comfortable understanding of how changing the ratios of ingredients create very different products.

Date: Wednesday, August 10th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Earth’s Aromatique (#2, 7115-109 Street)
Cost: $75.00
Contact780-432-7955

Body & Face Exfoiliants

Use natural ingredients such as salt, oatmeal, sugar and pumice to create the perfect exfoiliant to remove dead dry skin.

Handcraft:
- Salt body scrub
- Green coffee cellulite polish
- Honey scrub
- Pumice foot scrub
- Gentle face exfoiliant.

Date: Friday, August 12th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Earth’s Aromatique (#2, 7115-109 Street)
Cost: $75.00
Contact780-432-7955

Lotions, Toners, & Face Serums

Learn various ways to mix carrier oils, essential oils, floral waters and nutritive botanicals to promote healthy skin.  In this session you will handcraft light lotion emulsifiers, moisturizing toner, nutritive serum, thick cream only using whole botanicals

Date: Sunday, August 14th
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Earth’s Aromatique (#2, 7115-109 Street)
Cost: $75.00

Melt & Pour Soap Making

Learn how to make various soaps that do not use lye, or take a month to cure.  An absolutely fun and creative class.  In this class you will handcraft soaps using the following techniques:  embedding charms, soap on a rope, layering colours, infusing a botanical exfoliant, and creating and embedding soap cut outs.
*Note: The price includes a soap and mold of your choice.

Date: Thursday, August 18th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Earth’s Aromatique (#2, 7115-109 Street)
Cost: $75.00

Earth Magic Energetic Studies
Presented by:  Brenda Walsh, Soul Searchers Intuitive Counselling
Join me for an inspiring evening of Animal Spirit Guides.  This exciting class will connect you with your Animal Spirit Guide.

Learn how to assimilate the essence of their energies, shape shift and how to apply these teachings to your daily life.

This will be a moving experience, deepening your understanding of the Animal Kingdoms.

(We will be going outside so please bring walking shoes, bug spray, journal and pen)

Date: August 24th
Time:  7:00pm – 9:30pm   Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Location:  Ritchie Community Hall, 7727-98 Street
Cost:  $25.00/class (Cash Only)
Contact: To register contact Brenda Walsh 780-449-6862 or email soulsearchers@shaw.ca

Essential Oil Blending

Essential oils release extraordinary scent and offer potent therapeutic effects.  Come learn the basics of blending multiple essential oils together and see how they change when added to different bases.  In this class we will be making a combination in a cream base, a therapeutic roll on oil, a solid perfume, and an Eau de Toilette.  Mingle logic, intuition, and enjoy!

Date: Wednesday, August 31st
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Earth’s Aromatique (#2, 7115-109 Street)
Cost: $75.00
Contact780-432-7955

Avalon College Wiccan Seminary

Avalon College Wiccan Seminary is offering two courses by distance education, beginning in October. Both are reading and discussion courses in our academic stream, at the introductory level, roughly equivalent to first year university.

Rit 101: Introduction to Ritual Theory. Students will work through Catherine Bell’‘Ritual: Perspectives and Dimensions’(Oxford U Press, 1997) and some supplemental material, reading and discussing one chapter every two weeks. Participation in discussion, on Skype, will be required. Students will be given a series of exercises to perform privately and be required to write short reports on their performance and experience of them.

Theology 101: Introduction to Philosophy of Religion. Students will work through William Rowe’s “Philosophy of Religion; an introduction”  (Wadsworth, 1993) and some supplemental material, reading and discussing roughly one chapter every two weeks. Participation in discussion, over Skype, will be required. Students will be required to write a paper of some substance dealing with a theological problem or issue in modern Wicca, approved by the instructor.

These courses will both be limited to confirmed maximum enrollments of six students with a minimum of three. Local students will be welcome to participate in in-person discussions as well.

In the Spring 2012 term one course will be offered, also by distance education.

Rit 601: Graduate Seminar on Ritual Theory. This will be a revised version of the seminar from 2011 and will be a reading and discussion seminar at an advanced level. This challenging seminar will involve reading one book every two weeks (13 books in total) and discussing it, writing three short book reviews and an original paper on some aspect of ritual applying these theoretical models to some real-world problem or idea. Participation in discussion is required. There are no pre-requisites but it is highly recommended that students have a background in ritual and some background in theory. Some post-secondary education would also be helpful.

The course will be limited to confirmed maximum enrollments of six students with a minimum of two and will begin in April 2013.

$200 fees will be charged for the general public and $100 for members of CWABC and CWAA.  This project is not formally affiliated with CWABC or CWAA.

The Dean of the Seminary, Sam Wagar, is a Wiccan 3rd degree since 1985, holds an MA in History from Simon Fraser University, and has a solid record of academic publications as well as a history as a community organizer.

The Red Moon

Those lazy days of summer when the moon is watched in its fullness and widens herself to the admiring sun. This is the month when summer kisses the moon most tender and we most often see a blush-colored or reddish hued moon. To the tribes of the Great Lakes it is a Sturgeon moon because this is when they are caught most.

Referencehttp://www.whats-your-sign.com/native-american-full-moon-names.html

Don’t forget to put your crystals, stones, and tools out in the moonlight this evening!

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