THE COMMUNITY QUIBBLER-SEPTEMBER 2012 by Dina Hendzel

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September 2, 2012 by Lain

The Community Quibbler

Connecting You to Community Events

August 31 – September 29

Welcome to The Community Quibbler!

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the BLUE MOON addition to the Quibbler!  Something new to the Quibbler – a number of authors have asked to have their books showcased via the Quibbler, and we thought it a great idea.  While not everyone has gotten back to me, we do have one author who submitted his published works, and we are pleased to have them included in this edition.

Whether you mark this day as a great magickal occurrence or treat it as just an ordinary day, we hope that your blue moon is magaickal and we will see you next month.

Calendar of Events

CWAA Meet and Greet

The CWAA is holding a meet & greet barbeque to help us welcome new CWAA High Priest, Sam Wagar, to Edmonton. I hope everyone will come out to socialize and to introduce yourselves, so that Sam can start making new friends and getting settled in his new home.  Bring hot dogs or whatever you want to barbeque; we will supply the fixings for s’mores.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there

Date: Saturday, September 1st
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Capilano Park (at the northern tip of 50th street on the south side of the river)
Admission: none
Contact: cwaalberta@gmail.com

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 to share our lives, joys, griefs, triumphs, and challenges. Participants need to be 18 years of age unless accompanied by a parent.  Please bring a snack to share.

Date: Sunday, September 2nd
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Where Faeries Live
Cost: by donation
Contact: Where Faeries Live at 780-454-0187

Women’s Drumming and Goddess Chanting Circle

This month we celebrate Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth, Goddess of descent, death and rebirth, She who teaches us the lessons of spiritual transformation. Our drumming and singing will honour Her. Please come and join us — newcomers are always welcome. No drum or drumming/singing experience is needed.

Date: Wednesday, September 5th
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: West Edmonton; phone for address
Cost: Voluntary donation
Phone: Debra at (780) 483-7310

Edmonton Pagan Pride Day

Edmonton Pagan Pride is happening once again! The day will start off at 10 am and will conclude with a Mabon ritual done by The Spirit Lantern Learning Circle at 5 pm. During the Day there will be workshop and Pagan Vendors.   Edmonton Pagan Learning Circle will be hosting their Labyrinth and there will be a drumming circle for those who want to attend.  There will also be kids’ activities and a food drive with the benefits going to the Youth Emergency Shelter Society.  Please bring a non-perishable food item or a cash donation for the Youth Emergency Shelter Society.

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.(ish)
Location: McIntyre Park (a.k.a. Gazebo Park) – 8331-104 Street
Cost: free
Contact: Ed at Where Faeries Live – 780-454-0187

The Witches Craft Class

Where Faeries Live is pleased to present The Witches Craft class again this year! This series of drop-in classes is designed to give you a basic education in Witchcraft.

There is no admission fee though donations will be gratefully received. You can bring supplies from home or buy them at Where Faeries Live.

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 their own practice, and have a chance to compare notes. Examples: how to cast your circle, making magical incense, using herbs, your Books of Light and Shadow, and using the energy you raise. These and other topics will be discussed.

The topics for September are:

Sunday, September 9, 2012: Introduction to Neo-Paganism: Wicca, Witchcraft, Druidism, Shamanism, Ásatrú and more.

Sunday, September 23, 2012: Mabon/Fall equinox Casting the circle. Bring your Book of Shadows and a three ring binder.

Date: Sunday, September 9, 2012 & Sunday September 23, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM till 4:30 PM.
Location:  Where Faeries Live (10991-124 Avenue)
Cost: By donation
Contact: Ed at Where Faeries Live at 780-454-0187

For the full schedule of classes this year, check out the Where Faeries Live website.

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 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ritchie Hall (7727-98 Street)
Admission: By donation
Contact: cwaalberta@gmail.com

Doumbek Drumming Classes with Steven Byrne

There will be the option available to borrow drums in class. If you are a beginner and have some interest in the class as well, the class may be multi-level.

Date: Sundays, starting September 9th (for 10 weeks)
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Rebel Hips Belly Dance Studio – 14214 Stony Plain Road
Admission: $200.00
Contact: 780-756-6975

Magickal Languages’–CWAA Shining Star Temple (Red Deer)

CWAA Shining Star Temple (Red Deer) will have it’s first workshop on ‘Magickal Languages’. Space will be limited. Until further notice, all workshops for the Red Deer Temple will be available to anyone in the community, member or not. More workshops will be announced in the future. Pre-registration is required. You can register by sending an email tocwaashingstartemple@gmail.com.

Date: September 14, 2012
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Contact the organizer
Admission: $10.00
Contact: cwaashingstartemple@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 non-denominational pagan learning.  The EPLC invites everyone to join the monthly circles and annual events to meet other pagan peers and their families, learn and share various paths within pagan spirituality, while fostering growth in the Edmonton Pagan Community. 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, have fun and teach our children acceptance for different spiritual paths. EPLC offers pagans a safe place to start or continue their spiritual journey with a group of accepting and like minded individuals. Each month members cast an interactive circle, with a 1 hour presentation on a topic chosen by the group, and kids are given pagan friendly coloring sheets, actvities or crafts to keep them occupied. EPLC is proud to host meetings at the Pride Centre of Edmonton, 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.

In September we will have a planning meeting.  Come out and help plan topics for the next year.  Everyone welcome ~ See you there.

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: 10608 – 105 Avenue (across 105 Ave from MacEwan University)
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.

CWAA Shining Star Temple’s Open Mabon 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, September 16th
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.

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.

September’s circle will be an “Equinox Circle”.  We are so excited to be back for another season of drumming and journeying.  Join us to celebrate the Equinox shamanic drumming style. Woot!

Bring: Drums/rattles, blanket, pen & paper, water & anything you care to add to the altar.

Date: Friday, September 21, 2012
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

How to Found a Ritual Group or Coven

Practical workshop on finding people, leadership, basic organization
and ideas of coven and moon circle work. References for follow-up.

Workshops are available to CWAA members only. For more information, or
to inquire about membership in the CWAA, please contact
cwaalberta@gmail.com.

Date: Saturday, September 22nd
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Please contact the CWAA
Cost: $10.00
Contact: cwaalberta@gmail.com

Water Ceremony

Signs like the one here are being found across the water ways of our lands… We are being reminded that this resource is in danger, we are remembering not to take it for granted. That each and everyone of us need it to survive…

So what can we do, how may each of us as individuals and communities change our impact physically; and energetically what do we need to heal within our selves that this imbalance with water is mirroring to us.

This event is intended to explore our collective relationship with water through sharing of scientific facts as well as using Shamanic journeys to explore alternative solutions.

Date: Saturday, September 22nd
Time: 2:00 p.m. – Sundown
Location: Pigeon Lake, Alberta
Admission: by donation and all proceeds will go to Pigeon Lake Water Shed Association
Contact: http://www.sarahsalterkelly.com/events.html780-362-4122

Basics of Meditation

Several basic meditation practices both explained and demonstrated.  The importance of meditation as a foundation for spiritual practice.

Workshops are available to CWAA members only. For more information, or
to inquire about membership in the CWAA, please contact
cwaalberta@gmail.com.

Date: Saturday, September 29th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Please contact the CWAA
Cost: $10.00
Contact: cwaalberta@gmail.com

Edmonton Pagan Pride Spirit Award

The first Pagan Pride Day Award is for someone who has volunteered in the Pagan community and has worked to make it better.  Working in the pagan community is key but we also live in the greater Edmonton community, so please include any and all volunteer work and explain why the person you are nominating deserves the award.

It has been decided that we will have a second “Long Term Service Award” (active in the community for 10 years or more) for those who have been in the community working to create what is probably one of the more vibrant communities in Canada.  Building the Pagan Community in Edmonton has been a long term effort, and we like to recognize the people who continually do the work to keep the community vibrant.  The award is for those who have built or help run organizations, events or other “behind the scenes” work.  When you nominate someone for the Long term service award please describe who they are and what they have done to make Edmonton the vibrant community it is today.

There are also people who don’t live in Edmonton but live their Pagan values and are an inspiration for all who know them.  There will be a third award called “The Edmonton Pagan Pride Day Alberta Spirit Award”.  This award is for pagans who live in Alberta (pagans who may live just outside the Alberta may be considered if they contribute to the Pagan Community).  Please send us information about them, and the great work they are doing.

There will be many people that qualify for the awards and we honour them for the doing the work with no reward.  These awards are a small gesture to publicly acknowledge all the work that has gone on though all the years.  The winners of the awards will win two tickets to the Witches Ball, and be given a bottle of mead or wine as a token of our appreciation, and a certificate to acknowledge their contribution to the Pagan community. We are looking forward to your Nominations

Date: submission deadline is October 14th.  The awards will be awarded at the Witch’s Ball.
Time: End of day on the submission deadline day
Location: send all submissions to Ed atedmonton.pagan.pride@gmail.com.
Cost: Nothing
Contact: Ed at edmonton.pagan.pride@gmail.com or at 780-454-0187

Active Medicine Wheel

By connecting with the different faces of nature we can help ourselves heal from grief, loss, divorce, depression and other wounds.

Through simple diagrams and poignant discussion we will explore how to tap into modern and ancient prayers, beliefs and practices as a way of entering into the Grace of Healing.  Presented by Kriket.

Date: Tuesday, October 16th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Strathcona County Library, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park
Cost: Free
Contact: Register online www.sclibrary.ab.ca, in person or call780-410-8600

Witches Market

What a great way to celebrate and prep for Samhain! Come on out and shop for that special something. A variety of vendors and services for your perusal and enjoyment. Charity to be announced.

Confirmed vendors thus far:
The Herbwalker’s Apothecary
Woodland Botanicals
Mind Body and Sprit (Tarot Reading)
Wellness & Wisdom (Readings)
Pottery Verve
Night Garden
Tiffany Kent (reading)
Baking
AudreyLynn-Dream Weaver Sound Therapy
Golden Lady Wholistics
Creations by Elsie

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please contact Monique.

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Acacia Hall (10433-83 Avenue)
Cost: Free to attend the event, for vendor tables, please contact the organizer
Contact: Monique – sqwirp@yahoo.ca

Prairies Faeries Edmonton 

Prairie Faeries Edmonton is a local group exploring Gay Spirituality. We believe that a Gay person has a Gay spirit, and that spirit needs to be addressed with a gay spirituality.

Date: Please contact the organizer
Time: Please contact the organizer
Location: Please contact the organizer
Cost: Please contact the organizer
Contact: Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/206050672778989/members/, or you can Call Ed at (780) 454-0187.

Edmonton Pagan Choir

Edmonton Pagan Choir is a 3-part choir made up of pagan community members who love to sing! If you have a desire to sing pagan songs and socialize with other pagans interested in singing, please join!

Date: To be announced
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location:  To Be announced
Cost: Free!
Contact: http://www.facebook.com/groups/219454421458595/
or Ed at Where Faeries Live at 780-454-0187

Supplies

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

The sales at Sense of Serenity are as follows:

  1. Jewellery, Norse statues and stones over $100.00 will be 50% off
  2. 25% off Egyptian statues, angel statues, and red leather journals
  3. Salt lamps will be 35% off
  4. Don’t forget to check out the clearance racks as well!

Visit A Sense of Serenity’s website (http://www.asenseofserenity.ca/) or Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Sense-of-Serenity/175183457028) for more information.

Where Faeries Live
10991 124 Street Edmonton Alberta

Visit Where Faeries Live’s website (www.wherefaerieslive.com) or Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/WhereFaeriesLive) for more information.

Samuel Wagar’s writing frenzy – three published books this year

Creating Lore, Writing Ritual

Deals with the creation of a body of lore – “the things everyone knows,”
common reference points – in Wicca, ritual theory in broad terms, and
crafting ritual for different occasions and different sizes and types of
groups. Although there are a number of sample rituals and numerous pointers,
it is not a paint-by-numbers instant Priestess book, but a theoretical and
practical guide. Bibliography, Suggested reading for future research into
lore, and index. 200 pp $15

Growing Wiccan Temples and Leaders

A guidebook to starting a Wiccan Temple and church, and evaluating,
recruiting and training both clergy and lay leadership. Considers both the
theology and the practical nitty-gritty details of bylaws and organization
on the ground, the types of services offered and the usefulness of larger
scale associations of Temples. This book is informed by the exchange theory
of Stark and the practice theories of ritual of Bell among others. A solid
piece of work. Unfortunately bound to ruffle a few feathers…. $10

The Uses of Ecstasy

Wicca is descended from a Mystery religion centred on ecstatic trance
experiences. Priestesses and Priests are mystics as well as clergy.
Describes the rituals of Wiccan mysticism – Drawing Down the Moon / Sun and
the Great Rite in detail, others in less detail – and how mystical
experience is taught and integrated into the religion on both the group and
individual levels. Distinguishes between several stages of trance and
includes first hand accounts of Wiccan mystical experience as well as
scripts and theoretical discussion. Includes a useful bibliography for
follow-up research. $12

All three books are available through www.amazon.com and through www.createspace.com.

Spiritual Farmer’s Market

if you have spiritual abilities, businesses, or wares and want to register, please email Melanie for more information atmelanie@vitalitycrystals.com

There will be many amazing and gifted wares and healers – not to miss for Central Alberta!

Blue Moon 

A “Blue Moon” is the second full moon in any given month.  This month there will be another full moon on August 31.  This type of phenomena happens roughly every 2.7 years (July 1 & 31, 2015).  The term “Once in a Blue Moon” means “something very rare” and the term has been around since 1824.

Is there any Magickal significance to a Blue Moon?  Exploration on the Internet does not turn up any SPECIFIC magickal significance to this type of phenomena, except that it is a bonus lunar cycle for magickal workings.  There are a number of spells that you can do during a Blue Moon – however, they really are no different in intent than regular spells during regular full moons (in this writer’s opinion).

Regardless as to whether the Blue Moon holds any magickal significance to you or not.  We hope you have a good one!

Reference: http://www.space.com/15455-blue-moon.html

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