COMMUNITY QUIBBLER -DECEMBER 2011

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December 1, 2011 by Lain

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December 2011

Welcome to The Community Quibbler!

Hello Everyone!  We hope you are doing well and gearing up for Yule celebrations.

We would like to give a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Ron Ferguson for winning the Pagan Pride Spirit Award.

Thank you to everyone who wrote in to the Quibbler to give feedback on what you would like to see in the Quibbler.  All of your suggestions were taken into account and the result is the changes you see here.  Again, thank you for your feedback and thank you for your continued support!

Yuletide Craft Market

The Yuletide Craft Market is fast upon us and we have a number of fantastic vendors with items that will be perfect for your holiday needs.

We have a full house of vendors for this market:

Acscentuations
Dream catchers, lotions, bath salts, lip balm, and some crocheted items.

A Second Time Around
Steampunk pendant jewellery

Aureann and Lady Caven
Silver jewelry, energy/ crystal jewelry, hand rolled beeswax candles some magically energized

Askembla Sewing
Medieval headwear and dresses for girls, cloaks and various medieval accessories

Crowillows Creations
Quilted mats, aprons, and other sewn items.

Eris Publishing
The author will be there with 3 novels…Beyond the Threshold of Death, Resurrected, Awakened

Goodies by Chris and Jody
Homemade Pagan Xmas ornaments, semiprecious bracelets and necklaces, beaded glass Xmas balls

Levanah’s Workshop
Altar clothes, Wall hangings, Robes, Cloaks, Yule decorations, Tutus, Medieval garb, Fairy wings and leather masks and crowns.

Moondog Designs
Handmade bags and belt pouches from recycled materials, silver chains,
Jewelry

Sea Tyde Treasures
Sea glass necklaces, earrings, crocheted bead wire necklaces

Two Witches and a Glue Gun
Skin free oils, incense, meditation wands, Yule/Sabbath and comical cards, clay tablets and smudge fans

Wellness in Wisdom
Hand crafted jewelry (wirework, stone, beads, chain mail, glass and metal), hand painted wooden boxes, Yule themed chaplets (floral crowns), Yule themed wreaths, dream catchers, Tarot card bags, and crocheted beaded bags.

Woodland Botanical
Oregano oil, amazing Plai, 4 thieves plague oil/body oil, sick room spray, dust mite eraser, aromatherapy blends x 7, chakra oils

Zephyrs Wares 
Holiday planners, picture frames, card holders, gift bags, sock snowmen, sushi roller flower vases, exfoliate scrub, eye pillows, heat bags, bookmarks, closet organizers, potato bags, holiday stockings, kiddy handles, pot holders, and cloth wipes.

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2011
Time: 11:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.
Location: Glenwood Community League, 16430 – 97 Avenue
Contactnurse88@shaw.ca.  Please also see our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=154393924639013

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

What’s New?

Where Faeries Live is excited to let you know of some new products that have come in.  We have picked new stock just in time for your Yule celebrations.

We have received a new shipment of Witch and Fairy Balls!  Come and pick yours while we still have a large selection of colours and styles.

Check out the Metal Wall Art and express yourself using “Expressions”or create your own using the “Words”. We think you love them as much as we do.

Where Faeries Live is the first store in Edmonton to carry Robert Simmons’ “The Pocket Book of Stones”.  Luckily we have managed to procure some rather rare crystals (Guardianite, Rosophia, Bustamite, Azeztulite, and a great many others).  If you don’t see them at the store or on the website just ask; we most likely have it in stock.

Did you know that we do special orders of books and other items?  If we do not have the item you’re looking for let us know and we will bring it in for you.  Most special orders have a fairly quick turnaround time (if your item is going to be longer than 3 weeks we let you know.)

For those customers outside the greater Edmonton area we can do mail order for you.  Shipping is done by expedited parcel and usually takes 2-3 business days to get to you (depending on location.)

Where Faeries Live will close at 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and be closed during Christmas Day.

CalendarNew Events

Magick for Mystics Online Course

This is an online course to learn the fundamental building blocks for the practice of western magick, for the purposes of self-transformation. You’ll learn everything here from the very preliminaries of understanding symbolism and basic exercises to develop concentration and awareness, the pentagram and magical tools, right up to invocation, evocation and astral travel!

Work is done at the student’s own pace, with a combination of theory and exercises, and regular guidance and feedback being given on the work the student is doing.

Date: The current course is being offered from October 16, 2011 until December 21, 2011 for $50.00. You can start at any time within the period offered!
Cost: $50.00
Contact: If you are interested in taking this course, please contact Swami Anand Nisarg at swamiji_nisarg@yahoo.com.

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.

This month we will be an open discussion and (please bring an object with you – and keep it wrapped up!), weather permitting, a ghost walk.  Please dress warmly.

Date: Friday, December 2nd
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Where Faeries Live
Admission: By donation
Contact: Robert & Sylvia at tpc@trilogy2003.com

Shaman’s Journey Drumming Circle

This month we will be exploring trance postures.  These are body positions that have been used for thousands of years and when properly executed induce a deep trance state specific to the posture. Eg: Jaguar posture or Bear posture.

Date: Friday, December 2nd
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

Witchcraft 101 & 102

You will be introduced to concepts to enhance your personal practices and to explain things that you may have read about, but would be 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 their own practice, a chance to compare notes. At the end of the year you will have the equivalent of a year and day dedicate class

This month we will be talking about the Wheel of the Year, what it is all about, and ways to celebrate the Sabbats.  We will also look at the Esbats and ritual to celebrate the full Moon as a symbol of the Goddess.

Date: 101 – December 9th; 102 – There will be no class this month.  102 will resume in the New Year
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Where Faeries Live
Cost: $5.00 per class
Contact: Ed at 780-454-0187

Men’s Mysteries

Where Faeries Live is hosting Men’s Mysteries.  Join us as we examine “Sacred Paths for Modern Men”

Date: December 11, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Where Faeries Live
Cost: ??
Contact: Ed at 780-454-0187

Edmonton Tarot Group

Learn the tarot through Group Exercises with the cards, Practice Readings and Tarot discussion.

Date: Wednesday, December 14th (every second Wednesday of the month)
Time: 7:00 p.m., the 2nd Wednesday of every month.
Location: In the Millwoods area.
Contact: Jason at edmontontarot@gmail.comfor more information!

Shaman’s Journey Drumming Circle

As it is the time for gift giving, we will be journeying to our Spirit Kin to find out what kind of gifts they most want to receive from us.  What kind of care and feeding do our allies need?

Date: Friday, December 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.

This month we will be talking about Yule Traditions & Homemade Decorations and Pagan Gift Exchange ($5 – $10 limit) the kind where you steal the present from someone or take a new one.  We will also badly sing carols, colour Yule pictures, eat lots of goodies and exchange merriment with all the fellowship attendees. 

Date: Saturday, December 17th
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
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.

The Spirit Lantern Learning Circle

Yule, Midwinter, the Winter Solstice, The Longest Night, Christmas… All name the time when, all around the Northern Hemisphere, people of many disparate traditions celebrate the rebirth of the Sun. This is often mythologically associated with the (re)birth of the Son, the young God conceived at Beltane. Sol Invictus, Gwydion, even Jesus all represent the Sun being reborn to once again bathe the world with light. Join us this night as we bid farewell to the Holly King and celebrate the return of the Light with the rebirth of the Oak King!

Date: Sunday, December 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 119thStreet.
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.

Supplies

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

The sales at Sense of Serenity are as follows:

1.  The Capiz shell  for 10% off.
2.  The Jewellery will be 50 % off.
3.  The Kryon books will be 30% off.

Also, as per usual, the 2 racks of books and CDs.

We also have 18 different types of calendars in stock and 8 different types of datebooks, as well as Horus in our statuaries.

Silver Cove: From Rock 2 Gem

Look for Silver Cove’s kiosk in Bower Mall (Red Deer, Alberta) until December 31st!  We will be opening at another location in Red Deer in Parkland Mall on December 2nd.

Calendar – Ongoing Events

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: Thursday, December 1st
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Earth’s Aromatique (#2, 7115-109 Street)
Cost: $75.00
Contact780-432-7955

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, December 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, December 4th
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Where Faeries Live
Admission: By donation
Facilitator: Sokende Sanndru

Gift Ideas

To handcraft unique, personalized gifts for friends, family, kids or teachers. And, of course, it is always great to make them for yourself too.
Handcraft: 
- Soy candle scented with essential oils
- Herbal dream pillows
- Aromatic room spray
- Natural bath bombs
- Comforting Tea Blend

Date: Monday, December 5th
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Earth’s Aromatique (#2, 7115-109 Street)
Cost: $75.00
Contact780-432-7955

*This course is also being held on Thursday, December 15that 6 p.m. & Sunday, December 18th at 1:00 p.m.

Home Spa Class

Learn to make natural mixtures for a perfect spa night at home that relax, detoxify and nurture the skin.

Handcraft: 
- Cocoa butter bath truffles
- Botanical face mask
- Aromatic shower gel 
- Body oil infused with essential oils
- Clay based face cleanser

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

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, December 8th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Earth’s Aromatique (#2, 7115-109 Street)
Cost: $75.00
Contact780-432-7955

EPLC Study Group

This learning/study group is a self-directed year and a day pagan course. The topics and dates will be listed on theeplc.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 listed on the website www.eplc.webs.com
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, December 9th
Time:7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 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, December 11th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ritchie Hall (7727-98 Street)
Admission: By donation
Contact: cwaalberta@gmail.com

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, December 11th
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: Monday, December 12th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Earth’s Aromatique (#2, 7115-109 Street)
Cost: $75.00

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

Avalon College Wiccan Seminary

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 (14 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 enrolments of six students with a minimum of two. This course will begin in April 2013.

Academic courses will have fees of $200 each for the general public, $100 for members of CWABC and CWAA. The College is not formally affiliated with either CWABC or CWAA.
Blessed Be

Sam Wagar
Priest, Vancouver-Burnaby Temple
CWABC

The Cold Moon

This is the symbolic full moon name for December. Also known as the “Long Night Moon.” Coming full circle, we find ourselves again in the frigid realm of winter. This is the month when some of the coldest and the longest nights live. Hence the Native American full moon names for this full moon of December.

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

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