The Gratitude Project – wrap up

I faltered and fell off of this for the firsts time since starting. So here’s my quick wrap up:

August 
19th for my grandson who turned eighteen; 20th for family get togethers; 21st thru 31st, in varying order – for the medical people I encountered, for clear test results, for supportive loved ones, for otc meds, for Kratom, for my kids, for the extra oomph retirement has given the hubster, for example my dead mom, for my dead dad, for being able to hear the dead.

September 

For not dying, for really good meals, for the CSA, for clear sunny days, for the relief that clouds bring, for still loving mixing my essential oil blends, for art, for old forums in a new format, for 27 years with the hubster, for my social activist friends, for discovering someone long known was a social activist in his time, for traveling to colead a thing that got canceled, for rides from the bus station, for my drums, for discovering new paths, for the joy of being touched, for compassionate version, for a cat on the mend, for Nuero trauma units, for hospice, for kids with huge hearts, for Dale, and finally – for the hope that big love brings into my heart.
Next year I expect to be back on track.

Elements of Magic: Thru the Eyes of the Fool 

Elements of Magic: Thru the Eyes of the Fool 
Date: October 6 – 7, 2017 (Friday evening and all day Saturday)

Location: 2011 Noble Street Pittsburgh, PA 15218


Join us for the first of the Reclaiming core classes as we explore the elements of magic: air, fire, water, earth, and spirit. We’ll be using a variety of magical and ritual techniques and skills, including visualization, raising energy, divination, singing, trance, creating magical space, and ritual design. This class is experiential in nature.

In tarot the Fool card is number zero. It is the beginning and the end. The Fool embodies wonder, a free spirit, and a trust in the process. The Fool is adventure and unlimited potential. Come experience the Elements of Magic with the eyes (and heart) of the Fool!

The class hours are October 6th  Friday 7-10:30pm and October 7th Saturday 9am-10pm.

▶︎Cost for this intensive is sliding scale of $165-$75-you decide where you slide. If you are able to pay at the higher end of the scale please do as this allows us to maintain the lower end.

There are also 2 work study slots available for a discounted fee. If you’d like to apply for the work study write on your registration you’re applying for the work study. We’ll do a random draw of the applicants around September 8th.

▶︎Registration ends Sept 29th. $50 holds your slot, balance due by Sept 22nd. Anyone registering between Sept 22nd and Sept 29th must pay in full with their registration.

You can find the registration form here: https://tinyurl.com/elementsreg
PayPal: paypal.me/boneweaver
Please complete the registration and email it to spiritualfoundations@gmail.com.
Prerequisite: Reading of the first six chapters of The Spiral Dance by Starhawk.

Teachers: Boneweaver, Vasalisa, and Ravensong

▶︎Bios:

Boneweaver: I am a Reclaiming/Feri witch, a deathworker, a keeper of transitions, an artist. My rootwork, custom oil blends, and spellwork are based on American folk witchcraft traditions. I adore ritual and the structure behind it. Drumming and chanting are blessed things and I promise myself weekly to get better at both. I play with divination tools, but my access mostly comes thru the ether via beings who are largely Unseen, and in particular the Dead (who are quite chatty). I strive for healthy community. My superpower is direct speech delivered with kindness. I find Joy in the nooks and crannies of my life.
Ravensong: I am a witch with deep roots in Norse and Northern Appalachian folk traditions adopted by a Reclaiming coven five years ago which has become my spiritual home. Eternally bothered by Odin, Huginn, and Muninn, and pulled to my feet when I stumble by Thor, I am called by the magic of place, the songs of the Elder Futhark, and the spirits of native plants, particularly herbs. I embrace deep listening as a path to connection with all beings, including humans. I watch and guard the energies that flow underneath of collective process. I love to laugh. My superpower is intuition. I strive to understand and to be understood. I am a born and bred Pittsburgh native, a healer, a craftess, mistress of mead, and a mother of cats. I find joy and peace in sinking my hands into soil.
Vasalisa: I am an existential artist, soothsayer, challenger of reality, and thrift store magician with a fascination of Astrology and the stars above. Rooted in the Reclaiming and Feri traditions, my relationships with Aphrodite and Loki describe me best: I am constantly discovering beauty in the chaos of life. When inspiration strikes, my whole heart is woven into the task at hand. From witchcraft to jewelry craft, I believe in the merit of hard work, refinement of skills and follow through. As a Capricorn: organization is my super power. As a Gemini: I believe that honest communication leads to connection and authentic relationships. The energies of the Tarot have wooed me for many years and I love sharing their gifts with my community. It is my intention as a reader to empower all seekers to look within for the answers that are desired, embrace the unique and choose humor over fear when shadows arise. I have deep appreciation for magic and I am devoted to it’s healing powers of transformation.

Reclaiming Pittsburgh is a collective of Reclaiming and Reclaiming friendly folks who gather for activist based ritual about 8 times a year. You can find Reclaiming Pittsburgh on Facebook (website coming soon).

Our Mission Statement: 

Reclaiming Pittsburgh desires to create a growing body of workshops and classes in person and online for increasing personal and social power while building healthy community in the Pittsburgh area. We believe magic changes the world through changing our consciousness at will, and we commit to bringing that magical change into our community.
● We strive for relevance, honesty, and integrity

● We honour truth telling, deep & unflinching listening, and authentic emotion

● We empower ourselves, each other, and our community to action

We value shared overt leadership, and acknowledge that those who invest the most energy are the primary shapers of this community. We foster cooperation and interconnection and we welcome all faiths, genders, races, and ethnicities.

Our Rituals are Ecstatic, Improvisational, Ensemble, Inspired, and Organic 

Image: The Fool by Amoret 

The Gratitude Project, August 17th and 18th 

The 17th – for delicious mojitos and coconut shrimp!

The 18th – for blogging friends who alert me to things like this. From Elf:

PCAH Resigns

The entire Presidential Committee on Arts and Humanities a group created by Reagan, has resigned. Politico story, with image of the letter – the first letters in each paragraph spell out “RESIST.”

Text of the letter, because I couldn’t find any convenient spot online with the whole thing.

“Speaking truth to power is never easy, Mr. President. But it is our role as commissioners on the PCAH to do so. Art is about inclusion. The Humanities include a vibrant free press. You have attacked both. … This does not unify the nation we all love. We know the importance of open and free dialogue through our work in the cultural diplomacy realm, most recently with the first-ever US Government arts and culture delegation to Cuba, a country without the same First Amendment protections we enjoy here. Your words and actions push us all further away from the freedoms we are guaranteed.”

The Gratitude Project, August 15th -16th 

The 15th – we had dark skies yesterday morning and thick mist over the ocean all the way to the horizon. As the mist lifted and the horizon could be seen, clouds that looked they were sitting on the surface took shape. A weird thing happens then and I’ve seen it  multiple times before – it looks like folks are walking across the ocean toward me, toward the shore. Ancestors? The Loa?  Perhaps both.They feel known, and important, and it is always moving and a mystery.

The 16th – for my local vocal community and they’re excellent response to the Nazis in our midst. I love you guys!

The Gratitude Project, August 10th

Hey guys! I’m excited for the solar eclipse on the 21st! I didn’t remember to buy the glasses, though. The ones that are left are outrageously priced. We were only looking for the NASA certified ones. (There’s a list from NASA of certified vendors online and brick-and-mortar.) The only place that still has them? TOYS-R-US!!  That’s right! They fit everyone 8 years and up. And they were only $2.50 apiece! *bonus* If you’re looking call your local Toys-R-Us!