The Community Quibbler – Connecting You to Community Events September 2011

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September 1, 2011 by Lain

The Community Quibbler

The Community Quibbler

Welcome to The Community Quibbler!

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Hello Everyone!  I hope you are doing well and enjoying your summer.  Thankfully we have had a number of warm days and can now appreciate the weather.

Here’s to hoping that the weather will hold out for the last few weeks of August so that we can truly enjoy the time of year before the school year starts.

Save the Date: 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
Contactnurse88@shaw.ca

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

Pagan Pride Spirit Award

Where Faeries Live is Proud and Pleased to announce The “Pagan Pride Spirit Award”.  This award is intended to recognize people who volunteer in the pagan community and contribute their time and energy in helping to create the vibrant Edmonton Pagan Community.  Please send your nomination, in the form of a letter to Edmonton.Pagan.Pride@gmail.com, with a deadline of October 21st.  This is intended to recognize one outstanding volunteer in the community on a yearly basis.  It is not a popularity contest and nominations must include the name or magical name of the individuals, a way to contact that person, and a list of volunteer activities.  Anyone can be nominated and anyone can nominate a person who volunteers in the Pagan community.  As the Edmonton community has been active for a long time if there are people who need to be recognized for their long time commitment to the community please include those people as well.  The 2011 Pagan Pride Spirit Award will be given out at the Witch’s Ball to allow enough time for people to send in their nominations.

You can now shop for many of your Pagan supply 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:

Now in stock! Canadian grown sweetgrass braids. They are this year’s crop (so they’re fresh and fragrant)!

Three Kings Charcoal disks are also in.  The price has dropped to $2.95 for each tube of 10 disks.

Calendar

Witchcraft 101 & 102

Witchcraft 101 and 102 will be starting on September 9, 2011 from 6:30 PM till 8 PM.  This series of drop-in class is designed to give you a basic education in Witchcraft.  The cost will be $5 per class and if you need supplies you will be told in Witchcraft 101 and you can bring them from home or buy them at Where Faeries Live.  You will be introduced to concepts to enhance your personal practices and to explain things that you may have read about, but would unsure how that would work in real life.  You will be able to explore options and try new formulas in a safe environment.  Meet and talk to other who are exploring and working on there own practice, a chance to compare notes.    Witchcraft 102 will start on September 23 and be more of the practical side. Examples: How to cast your circle, making magical incense, using herbs, your Books of Light and Shadow, using the energy you raise.  These and other topics will be discussed in Witchcraft 102.  At the end of the year you will have the equivalent of a year and day dedicate class.  For more info call Where Faeries live at780.454.0187

Date: 101 – Friday, September 9th and run on the 2ndFriday of the month; 102 – Friday, September 23rd
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Where Faeries Live
Cost: $5.00 per class
Contact: Ed at 780-454-0187

Witchcraft 201

Witchcraft 201 is a class on witchcraft and will give you the equivalent of a First degree. It will run on Third Sunday of the Month form 12:30 PM till 4:30 PM.  The cost per person is $250.00 and we required a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 15.  The Class is schedule to start October 16, 2011 for more info call Where Faeries live at 780.454.0187.

Witch’s Ball

The Witch’s Ball is coming up soon and will be happening on October 29, 2011.  The dance will be at the same Hall as last year with the same DJ.  For More info call Where Faeries live at 780.454.0187 or email Ed at Edmonton.Pagan.Pride@gmail.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, September 3rd
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Where Faeries Live
Admission: $5.00

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, September 4, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Where Faeries Live
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.

Date: Friday, September 2nd
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Where Faeries Live
Admission: by donation
Contact: Robert & Sylvia at tpc@trilogy2003.com

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, September 17th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Where Faeries Live
Admission: $5.00

Pagan Pride Day

Pagan Pride Day will be at the same location as last year – Borden park and Bellevue Hall located at 7308 112 Ave N.W. Edmonton.

We are still working on the details and would encourage anyone who like to help out to email Ed atEdmonton.Pagan.Pride@gmail.comWe have already confirmed some of those who presented from last year and are in the process of getting in touch with the rest of the groups and people.  The Labyrinth will be there again.  Children activities are in the planning stage.   This year we our hoping to do a Mabon ritual and after the Ritual we are going to serve up some chili, vegetarian chili and celiac friendly food.  As part of the Mabon celebration we would ask people to bring a non-perishable item or cash to donate to the food bank.   Vendors are as always welcome to attend our Pride Day and will have space in the hall.  Table fees are $50 and will include a table and a couple of chairs.  Space allotted will be basically a 10 x 10 space.

Date:Saturday, September 24, 2011
Time:TBA
Location:Borden Park and Bellevue Hall (7308-112 Avenue)
Contact: Edmonton.Pagan.Pride@gmail.com

Community Events

Women’s Drumming and Goddess Chanting Circle

Dike, the Greek Goddess of Justice, will be at the centre of our September Circle. Come and help celebrate Her with drumming and singing! Newcomers are always welcome. No drum or drumming/singing experience is needed.

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

EPLC Study Group – First Meeting

This learning/study group is a self directed year and a day pagan course. The topics and dates will be listed on the eplc.webs.com site and the cost would be free. This course is a self-guided path with facilitated discussions and to allow individuals to challenge their beliefs and gain a better understanding of daily spiritual living, offering ideas to other study group students. We ask that anyone interested in signing up for the study group, be committed to attending as many dates as possible, EPLC understands that people are busy and some study group meetings may have to be missed occasionally. There is a level of commitment and respect for the people who are committed to the group as well as for those facilitating and we believe everyone’s time is valuable, therefore please ensure that you really want to commit to a YEAR of personal learning for no other reason than to grow spiritually within yourself.

Purpose: to learn from others and share knowledge to further a personal path of spiritual choices and increase personal knowledge of inner beliefs and how to live a spiritual lifestyle
Topics: there is a tentative schedule of topics but until a group dynamic is finalized the topics of study won’t be finalized either will final dates
Concepts: allowing all participants to
~Think out loud
~Share ideas
~Learn from one another
~Charting a learning plan for the group
*one topic at a time where each member gives their input about their beliefs and traditions
~Confidentiality of personal experiences disclosed within the group

This course does not:
1. initiate or dedicate anyone to any specific pagan path
2. provide history of paganism or witchcraft or cater to one specific pagan path such as Wicca, Druid, Shaman or otherwise
3. initiate or designate anyone with a ‘degree’ of title of priest/priestess

Prerequisites: Commitment to attendance and group work
Families Welcome: as with all EPLC Fellowship activities – children are always welcome.

Date: Friday, September 9th. The current schedule is one meeting per month for the first half of the year and after that increased to twice a year if necessary.

Time:7 pm -9:30 pm 15 minutes to set up, two hours for work, and 15 minutes to clean up.
Location: Suite 217, 11520 100 ave, Academy Place, Edmonton
Cost: By donation – requests will be made if specific items are needed

** shared experiences are for learning from and discovering new paths and new choices, they are not to be shared outside Study Group**
As the intent of the EPLC Study Group is more formalized than an EPLC Fellowship Circle, minors aged 13 + will be asked to behave in a manner conducive to adult focused learning, open discussions – some that may not be family focused, as well as various types of presentations or activities with study group members or quest speakers.

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, September 11th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ritchie Hall (7727-98 Street)
Admission: By donation
Contact: cwaalberta@gmail.com

Shaman’s Journey Drumming Circle

Welcome to our second season of drumming!

Date: Friday, September 16th
Time: doors open at 6:30 p.m, and the event starts at 7:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.
Location: The Unitarian Church (10804-119 Street)
Admission: $5-10 you decide what you can afford in that range
Contact: Visit us on Facebook or send us an e-mail at shamansjourneydrumming@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.

September will be the start of Year 6, which is our annual planning & scheduling with a brown bag circle

Date: Saturday, September 17th
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 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 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.

E-mail: EdmontonPaganLearningCircle@gmail.com

Spirit Lantern Learning Circle

The Second Harvest is known by many names in the pagan community: Alban Elfed, (Light of the Sea) to the Druids; Mean Fomhair in the Irish Calenda  Harvest Home, the Feast Ingathering and Mabon among most Wiccans.  It derives its name from the name of the Welsh “Divine Child”, a part of the pair Mabon of the pair Mabon ap Modron (Son of the Mother) although the connection between the name and the purpose of the harvest remains obscure.

It is a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the winter months.  It is called the “Second Harvest because it is the second of three harvest festivals within the Great Wheel of the Year: Lughnasadh (August 1), Mabon (September 20), and Samhain (October 31).  It is a ritual of reflection, of reaping the rewards of the goals, ideas, and plans planted at Oestara and giving thanks for the fruits of our labours.

Date: Sunday, September 18th
Time: doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the rite begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Unitarian Church on 108th avenue and 119th street
Admission: $5.00 – to help pay for the rent of the facility and supplies

The Spirit Lantern Learning Circle is available for handfastings, baby blessings, home and business blessings, and energy clearing and protections.  For more information how you might receive these services, please contact Terry at 780-479-6744.

Terry is also available for psychic and tarot card readings from her home.  Please call her for more information.

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 atwww.astrologyedmonton.com

We hope everyone has had a safe and wonderful summer.

Call for Submissions

Northern Tribes, Edmonton’s Pagan News and Events site, is seeking a first hand account of this year’s Panfest. We are looking for a short-under 1000 words-first person account of your experience. If you love to write, tell a good story, or just plain talk a lot… we’d love to hear from you. If chosen, your article will be published on Northern Tribes, and as an affiliate member of the Pagan Newswire Collective, your words could potentially reach thousands of like minded Pagans around the world! As a bribe… the author of the chosen article will receive a $50 gift certificate to Where Faeries Live in Edmonton, winner to be announced at Pagan Pride Day-Sept 24th.

All submissions will be reviewed and responded to. Send your submission to mhaoillain@gmail.comby Sept 15, 2011. You can use any name you like, magical or mundane, and you can send in a headshot, if you like.  So, sharpen your pencils, and let’s tell the world how much fun you had at Panfest!!

… and a last minute submission, I couldn’t refuse…

Shapeshifter’s Embrace

Gasp!! What is that??

I assure you I have not gone to The Popular Culture. I am not talking about vampires and werewolves, our current societies obsession with shapeshifting ~ (hint: transformation).  Nope, I assure you we are discussing shamanic shapeshifting.  Have you ever heard the story of the Tibetan Shapeshifting Frog?? Well I know SOME of you have heard me tell the Tale.

Shapeshifting is Transformation.

Shamans have shapeshifted two ways: physically and energetically. I encourage everyone to try to physically shapeshift I really do. However… if you are expecting that in a weekend of shamanic work at Elk Island I hate to disappoint you;  physical shapeshifting takes much work, much patience and dedication that even I find challenging.  And is currently quite rare.  However I know a story…. 😉

This weekend we are going to explore energetic shapeshifting, a shamanic tool with the ability to lead us deeper into ourselves with the sole intention of getting out of ourselves.  Wait, that does make sense. Think about it, we have to enter into the chaos in order to exit into the transformation. But transformation through who and for what purpose?

Some of us are short readers so here is the information.
What:  Elk Island Shamanic Wilderness Camp
When: August 19 – 21, 2011
Where: Well Elk Island National Park of Course on Highway 16 East of Edmonton in Alberta no less
Cost: A whopping $120
Registration: contact Kriket 780-934-8222 orvixsin@hotmail.com.

Or send me a psychic message and if you are not at the gates Friday night by 8, I apparently didn’t hear you. However, everyone who has always meant to come has always found a way in!!

However, there will be a list of what to bring, it would behoove you to know what I expect you to have in order to have a transformational shapeshifting experience… just sayin’.

For those not too busy Read on…

We are all energy, and we are all one. This is the basic concept behind shapeshifting. It’s all about shifting energy, being rather than becoming. This Elk Island we will work on the barriers to shapeshifting such as grudges, distrust and denial… and these are not towards others, but to ourselves. We have to enter into the chaos of ourselves, transform ourselves before we can begin to extend the same courtesy to others.

To a certain degree we are all shapeshifting all the time because our thoughts and emotions affect our energy field – the energy we project and the energy others perceive. Sometimes we do this intentionally for a specific purpose and sometimes because something affected us greatly and we lost it. (This could be a hint for some of our work)

So how are we going to go about Shapeshifting? Well I can give you a hint, there is a Peregrine Falcon in there. Oh and some journeys.  Some drumming, well actually lots of drumming, some energy work, yup that. Oh and lest I forget some seton sitting. And I cannot disappoint anyone, a blindfolded walk.

There will be clans and ritual and… well lots of other things… you will have to come to find out more.

Call me: 780-934-822

I will know if you don’t… we shamans are a tad psychic.

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 websitewww.cwabc.org.

Date: Saturday, September 10th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Metrotown Mall Community Room, Burnaby, B.C.
Admission: by donation
Contactsamwagar@shaw.ca

Sales

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

The sales at Sense of Serenity are as follows:

1.  The singing Bowls for 30% off;
2.  The Ringing Cedar series are still 30% off;
3.  The table outside has many thing for 50% off;
4.  The Nordic statues will be 30% off; and
5.  The Yoga Pillows are 25% off.
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.

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

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: Thursday, September 1st
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Earth’s Aromatique (#2, 7115-109 Street)
Cost: $75.00

This class is also offered again on Friday September 30th at 6:00 p.m.

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: Friday, September 9th
Time: 6:00 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: Sunday, September 11th
Time: 1:00 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: Wednesday, September 14th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Earth’s Aromatique (#2, 7115-109 Street)
Cost: $75.00
Contact780-432-7955

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: Friday, September 23rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Earth’s Aromatique (#2, 7115-109 Street)
Cost: $75.00

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: Sunday, September 25th
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Earth’s Aromatique (#2, 7115-109 Street)
Cost: $75.00
Contact780-432-7955

Earth Magic Energetic Studies
Presented by: Brenda Walsh
Soul Searchers Intuitive Consulting

This monthly Class will focus on the awareness and development of our own natural intuitive nature in conjunction with developing an awareness and relationship to the natural worlds.

Some of the topics, just to name few:

  • Energetic Awareness: understanding, transforming, creating

  • Intuitive Understanding: awareness, development
  • Finding Aspects of Self: hidden away like treasures
  • Grounding: within ourselves and earth
  • Connecting with the Faeries Realms
  • What Animals Teach Us: pets and wild
  • What Nature Teaches: trees and other nature spirit
  • Creating Sacred Spaces: faery gardens, alters, offerings
  • Signs, Dreams, Visions

These informative classes are taught in a very simple and relaxed atmosphere with hands on, experiential learning. A variety of techniques and tools are used from guided/walking mediations, crystals, herbs, color.  Expect the unexpected…
Classes are once a month from March to December, Wednesday Evenings on the following dates:

March 23/11-April 20/11-May 18/11– June 22/11- July 20/11
August 24/11– September 21/11 – October 19/11 – November 23/11
December 21/11

Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm Doors open 6:30
Location: Ritchie Community Hall 7727-98St Edmonton, AB
Cost: $25.00/Class (Cash Only)
To register for class(es) contact:  Brenda Walsh 780-449-6862 or email soulsearchers@shaw.ca

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.  Classes will be limited to six students.

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.

For more information and to register, contact Sam atsamwagar@shaw.ca.

Other Events

!st Annual Grail Festival

Come and celebrate the spirit of giving at the Grail Festival – Quest for Goodwill a mystical event that brings a community together in support of Animals Rescue Societies and honors the special people who care for them.
Join us in a day filled with inspiration, magic and absolute delight. The event offers you an opportunity to share your generosity by purchasing festival tickets, with all proceeds going directly to the Rescue Societies. The festival tickets can be used for all activities at this special event. Step back in time and enjoy the captivating energy from the Knights of the Northern Realm. These 14th century knights have bridged time and space to champion our event, dressed in medieval period clothing they are sure to entertain.

Use your tickets to enjoy a mini oracle reading with one of our gifted readers, or shop at our mystical sale table filled with unique items. Treat yourself to fun body art, or share with the kids at the crafters table. Participate in our Silent Auction with incredible items up for bid.  In the afternoon you can also relax in the company of Dr. Jim Butler Ph.D. and listen to his inspiring presentation “Connecting to the Spirit of Nature in a World Gone Mad”.

There is something for everyone, with even more surprises!! Come dressed in your favorite mystical costume and remember to bring a gift donation from our wish list, great ways to receive even more festival tickets.

We are looking forward to celebrating in the Spirit of Giving with all of you!!

Date: Saturday, September 17th
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Ritchie Community League (7727 – 98 Street)
Admission: you can buy tickets to participate in the various activities
Contact: Brenda Walsh at: 780-449-6862, soulsearchers @shaw.ca; or Jodie Badry at: 780-217-2173, jbadry @telus.net

The Harvest Moon

The Native American full moon name of September is the famous “harvest moon.” It represents the most adventageous time-frame in which we can pick (harvest) crops from the garden. The Native Americans knew this – they knew they would have almost a half hour more time to harvest their bounty beneath the helpful luminosity of the moon.

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

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