Community Quibbler- April 2012

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April 1, 2012 by Lain

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April 2012

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Hello Everyone! We hope you are doing well!  I’ve got cabin fever over here and can’t wait until the weather decides to even out and get warmer.  I’m looking forward to the numerous pagan activities that will be happening in the spring and summer.  Hope to see you all there!

Calendar-New Events

Pagan Choir

Edmonton Pagan Choir is accepting new members.  Everyone can sing, so come and join us!

Date: Thursday, April 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Where Faeries Live
Contact: Ed at 780-454-0187; or Erin atfairy_wings@hotmail.com

Edmonton Tarot Group

Learn the tarot through group exercises with the cards, practice readings and tarot discussion.

Date: Wednesday, April 11th
Time: 6:00pm late comers are welcome!
Contact: Jason at edmontontarot@gmail.com for more information!

Asatru and the Ancient Runes with Dan

Few things invoke a sense of mystery in the Indo European soul like the ancient Runes! Six days of the week are NAMED after our ancient gods – yet few people are even aware of this simple fact! In an age where so many people are going back to their roots and rediscovering the cultural spiritual heritage of their ancestors, let those of Indo European roots not be left out of this profound experience! There are 40,000 years of pre-Christian history to the experiences of our ancient tribes. Those of Indo European descent, or who feel the call in their soul of the ancient gods of the North need to make time for themselves to attend the sessions!

Date: Saturday, April 14th
Time:1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Where Faeries Live
Cost: $30.00 (includes coffee and tea!)
Contact: For more information and to register please go to http://northern-runes.blogspot.com

Witch’s Craft Drop In Classes

This series of drop-in classes is designed to give you a basic education in Witchcraft.  You will be introduced to concepts that will enhance your personal practices and have things explained that you may have read about but was unsure how would work in real life. You will be able to explore options and try new formulas in a safe environment, meet and talk to others who are exploring and working on there own practice, and have a chance to compare notes.

Upcoming classes:

April 13th – Using Crystals in Your Magickal Practice
April 27th – Choosing Stones/Crystal Cleansing and Empowering

Date: April 13th & April 27th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Where Faeries Live
Cost: $5.00 per class
Contact: Ed at 780-454-0187

Edmonton Astrological Society

EAS Conference

Featuring Alan Oken, master astrologer and teacher of the Ancient Wisdom. Special lecture Friday evening ~ “How to be Conscious in an Unconscious World” ~ is open to everyone. No knowledge of astrology is necessary. So, if you are a healer, facilitator, intuitive or just interested in your own spiritual development, please join us. For more information about the conference, go to www.astrologyedmonton.com. For more info about Alan Oken, visit: www.alanoken.com.

Date: Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Wingate by Wyndham Edmonton West, 18220 – 100 Avenue
Cost: $100.00for members; $125.00 for non-members
Contact: http://www.astrologyedmonton.com/eventscoming.htm

Rattle Making Ceremony – Part 1

1) People start to gather and get comfortable.
2) Smudging and prayer ceremony is offered to the group.
3) A talking stick is passed around the group A question is asked “How are you going to honour the rattle?”
4) The group sews the rattle hide together.
5) Once the group is finished sewing, then rattles are stored for drying.
6) Closing rattle making ceremony.
7) Homeward bound.

Date: Sunday, April 14th
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Where Faeries Live
Cost: $88.00 (for part 1 & part 2)
Contact:For more information and to register please go to http://www.bangthedrum.ca/rattle/rattle_faeries1.html.  Payment must be received by April 12th.

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.

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.

** 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.

Topics: April 14th Duality in Gods – male/female, oneness of both, body is your templeassignment: this will be focused on the different aspects of the divine and how you use the male and female energies of both in keeping your mind, body andspirit involved.

April 28th : Directs, Elements, Quarters, Guardians
  assignment: prepare information about how you work with the directions or elements or such in your practice.

Date: Friday, April 14th & 28th
Time:7 pm -9:30 pm 15 minutes to set up, two hours for work, and 15 minutes to clean up.
Location: TBA
Cost: By donation – requests will be made if specific items are needed

Rattle Making Ceremony – Part 2

While the rattles have dried out over the week, The teachings begin.

1) People start to gather and get comfortable.
2) Smudging and prayer ceremony is offered to the group.
3) Rattles are blessed in ceremony.
4) Teachings begin.
5) Closing rattle making ceremony.
6) Homeward bound.

Date: Sunday, April 22nd
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location:Where Faeries Live
Cost: $88.00 (for parts 1 & 2)
Contact: For more information and to register please go to http://www.bangthedrum.ca/rattle/rattle_faeries1.html.  Payment must be received by April 12th

Edmonton Pagan Pride

Would you like to volunteer or contribute to the Greater Pagan Community? Edmonton Pagan Pride is a great way to volunteer. We are a non-partisan group and our goal is to provide:  education to the non-Pagan community; an event that includes a food drive; and an open ritual for all attendees.  Best of all it’s free for everyone to attend.

Date: Saturday, April 24th
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Where Faeries Live
Cost:Free
Contact: Ed @ Where Faeries Live

Beltaine Faire 2012

This is the spring gathering of Pagans and friends of pagans from Edmonton and beyond for this annual one day event. The Faire represents a diverse cross section of community as presenters, vendors, performers, and contributon. It is open to all who wish to attend. So come and feel free to bring some of your friends. Come as you are or dress up in your finest robes for this event.

This year, along with past presenters, we are adding new programs and presenters to grow the Faire. This year will once again feature a potluck supper supported by the community at large. There will be an evening of drumming and we hope to have two sets of large crystal bowls to add a bit of a chance to feel the amazing healing power of sound.  We hope to see you there!

The program is still in the finishing stage as we add venders and presenters while moving closer to the final phase of printing posters.

Date: April 28th
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Ritchie Hall, 7727-98 Street
Contact: Anyone wishing to volunteer, present or vend please contact Monty at beltainefaire@gmail.com.

Spirit Lantern Learning Circle

Belteine (from Gaelic teine=fire and Bel=Sun God) is one of the two spokes of the Great Wheel of the Year (the other being Samhain on October 31) when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest.  At Belteine, the Goddess is at the peak of her fertility and lays with the God that the land may be fruitful by their joining.  Come and join us while we celebrate this great union by leaping the Bel-fire and dancing about the Maypole!

Date: Sunday, April 29th
Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the rite begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Unitarian Church on 108^th Avenue and 119 Street.
Cost: $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.

CWAA Shining Star Temple’s Open Beltane Ritual

The event is open to all adults 18+ and minors accompanied by a parent.   Please bring a contribution for a potluck snack to follow.

Date: Sunday, April 29th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Clearview Community Hall (93 Cornett Dr.) in Red Deer
Cost: There is no cost to attend, but donations are accepted to cover the cost of hall rental.

Gaia Gathering: Canadian National Pagan Conference

We are very pleased to be able to inform you that Gaia Gathering, the Canadian National Pagan Conference will in Toronto for 2012.
Our theme this year is Building the Mosaic and will have six featured speakers offering lectures from their unique traditions and histories. As well as our Mosaic of Speakers there will be panel discussions, workshops, ritual and entertainment.
If you are interested in sitting on a panel, or offering a workshop please contact Pam atpfletcher@patientnews.com. The list of suggested panel discussions will be following soon. We are always interesting in what you would like to have discussed, so please also forward any suggestions along as well.

Date: May 18-21st
Location: NEW COLLEGE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, 40 Willcocks Street, Toronto, ON
Cost: Pre-Registration: $90 until March 23rd, 2012; Registration: $110
Contact: http://www.gaiagathering.ca/

Sun Wheel Festival

We have a lineup of Pagan singers and song writers:  we have the divine SJ Tucker who will be preforming on Saturday evening.  SJ Tucker “provides musical storytelling at its mythpunk finest.”  Check her out athttp://www.sjtucker.com/index.php. The Albertan band, Raven’s Call, is playing on Canada Day.  “Wigglian Way” from BC will be there doing their podcast, and Mojo of  “Blade and Chalice” fame will be performing a set on Saturday afternoon.  Kriket (www.changingwoman.ca) is going to be hosting the drumming circle on Saturday and Sunday nights.  Dianne Morrison will be doing a Sacred Dance and Movement workshop, Sokende will be leading the Women’s Mysteries again this year. Hopefully we have a great mix of music and workshop and we will be doing a pancake breakfast on Cananda Day.  This year some of the best Pagan oriented merchants in the business will be attending.  This a camping event located on a secluded and peaceful area so we can make as much noise as we want. Don’t even bother bringing socks – they’ll just get knocked off!

Date: June 29th  – July 2nd
Location: 45 minutes northwest of Edmonton
Cost: TBA
Contact: Ed at 780-454-0187 or visitwww.sunwheelfestival.com for more information.

Yule Market 2012

An awesome collection of Pagan artisans will come together on December 1, 2012 (location to be announced) for a one day holiday Market.   Looking for that perfect, one-of-a-kind Christmas/Yule present?  The Yule Market is the place to be!  All vendors are juried and are committed to selling only their hand-created, highest quality Pagan/metaphysical creations.  This ain’t your Gramma’s craft sale!  For more information or to apply to be a vendor, please contact Chris c/o Where Faeries Live at 780-454-0187 or by e-mail atyulemarket@wherefaerieslive.com.

Date: December 1st
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Contact: Chris at Where Faeries Live – 780-454-0187, or by e-mail at yulemarket@wherefaerieslive.com

Supplies

A Sense of Serenity

10342-81 Avenue N.W. Edmonton

The sales at Sense of Serenity are as follows:

1.  The Nordic statutes still will be 50% off!
2.  The 2 shelves of books have 30% off have lots of new titles, decks, and cds and the 50 percent rack has lots of new stuff as well

What’s New?!

A Sense of Serenity has many new stones including Shungite and Shattakite and Blue jade.  Visit their website (http://www.asenseofserenity.ca/) or Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Sense-of-Serenity/175183457028) for more information.

Calendar – Ongoing Events

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, April 1st
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, April 6th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Where Faeries Live
Admission: $10.00
Contact: Robert & Sylvia at tpc@trilogy2003.com

Robert is also available for psychic readings, either individually or in a group setting.  Please contacttpc@trilogy2003.com for more information or to book your reading.

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. Our intention is to provide sacred space for people to explore and share their spiritual practice.

Date: Friday, April 6th & 20th
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 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, April 7th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Where Faeries Live
Admission: $5.00

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, April 8th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ritchie Hall (7727-98 Street)
Admission: By donation
Contact: cwaalberta@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, April 21st
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: 3808-119 Avenue
Cost: By donation
Contact: Kaldra & Lupine
E-mail: EdmontonPaganLearningCircle@gmail.com
Website: www.eplc.webs.com
Phone/Text: 780-994-6373
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.

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, April 21st
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Where Faeries Live
Admission: $5.00

Prairie Faeries Edmonton

Prairies Faeries Edmonton is a group who intent is to help GLBT people explore the sacred for a body and soul that is Gay.  Currently we are hosting A Faeries coffee and a Faeries Heart Circle.  We are working on meeting to share ritual.  If you have question or would like to contact us go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/206050672778989/ orhttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/prairiefaeries/

April Moon

April Moon is also known as Chaste Moon, Growing Moon, Hare Moon, Maiden Moon, and Planting Moon. This was the time of year when the days began getting longer. The men could hunt longer in the evenings again. This has been associated with the return of the Maiden. It is time to look at your life and restore its’ balance. The zodiac association is Aries.

Reference: http://www.angelfire.com/de2/newconcepts/wicca/moonsexp.html

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