Spring Equinox with Baltimore Reclaiming 6:30 pm Saturday March 21st, 2015 at Sunlight & Yoga 2000 Girard Avenue Baltimore MD 21211
Intention: We engage with sacred story to answer the question: what is our work in the world as witches, both as individuals and as a community.
We will be working in the world of fairy tales, so come ready to step into enchanted forests and encounter magical beings. All Reclaiming events are clean and sober. We will accept donations to Baltimore Reclaiming to help cover our costs - suggested contribution $10. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Intention: We witness, celebrate, and support each other as we each dedicate ourselves to our work of the coming year. It's that time of year again. Baltimore Reclaiming invites you to our annual candle dedication spellworking ritual.
As the light begins, slowly but perceptibly, to return, Imbolc is a traditional time for initiations and dedications. It's a wonderful time to get intentional about the year ahead. Over the time of the deep dark, we've been dissolving and dreaming, perhaps getting brief flashes or sweet foretastes of what's to come for us.
Now, as the light grows, we crystallize our vision into a short, pithy phrase and a set of images, and proudly declare and charge them together. Our ritual intention will be to witness, support, and celebrate each other as we each dedicate to our work of the coming year.
To form your dedication, you might ask yourself questions such as: Where's your passion right now? Your growing edge? The thing you're finally going to do, or stop doing? What are you committed to learning, becoming, beginning, focusing on, or developing a deeper relationship with?
For maximum clarity and effectiveness, you'll want to formulate your dedication into a short, pithy phrase (no more than six words, and ideally three or less) that can serve as power-packed seed.
The next step is to represent your dedication in imagery that speaks to all parts of your Self. Working with the growing light, and Brigid's flame, this is a candle-working spell. Bring to the ritual a candle decorated to represent your dedication. Generally we use 7 day candles -- the kind in glass jars -- with the glass painted, collaged, written on, glittered, etc., but you may bring any kind of candle you like that represents your working. Personally, I usually do collage, but there have been some beautiful ones done in paint, glitter, fabric, and metallic markers.
In sacred space, we will each declare our dedication to be witnessed and affirmed and celebrated by the group, and light our candles. Then we'll raise some energy to empower all of the workings. At the end of the ritual, we'll blow out the candles, take them home, and relight them to finish the spell. Some folks burn them all at once, over the next seven days (I find it actually usually takes about five and a half) to seal the spell. Others burn them throughout the year, as they work with their dedications.
Come with your decorated candle, drums, musical instruments, and your voice.
All Reclaiming events are clean and sober. We will accept donations to Baltimore Reclaiming to help cover our costs - suggested contribution $10. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Samhain with Baltimore Reclaiming November 2nd, 2014 at Sunlight & Yoga 2000 Girard Avenue Baltimore MD 21211
Intention: We visit the Cave of the Ancestors to find healing and explore what might be released from our past and nourish the future.
Join with us for a night of deep remembrance which will include ecstatic trance work and rites of devotion and contemplation with the Ancestors. As the Wheel turns towards the darker time of the year, we consider what it is we need to release and let return to the Earth so that it may nourish ourselves and those around us. What truths need to be reconciled? What questions do we, as a community, need to ask each other and need to be asked? This healing work may be for ourselves, but it is also about strengthening and clarifying our work in the world as healers, as artists, as activists, as mystics in the shared space of community-building.
Participants should bring Ancestor photographs or items to co-create the Ancestor Altar which may include ancestors of family, the Mighty Dead (Ancestors of the Craft), or inspirational Ancestors of Liberation. Please bring journals and any art-reflection materials you might choose to use after trancework.
Reclaiming Tradition rituals are participatory, and our events are clean and sober. Suggested donation is $10-$20 per person to help cover cost of space rental, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Autumn Equinox with Baltimore Reclaiming September 21st, 2014 at Federal Hill Park, Baltimore Maryland
Our traditional annual Autumn Equinox ritual and community meeting: Sunday, Sept. 21 gather at 5:45pm at Federal Hill park (sun setting side) for annual Bmore Reclaiming visioning meeting with sun set meditation beginning prior to as the 7:05sunset.
Agenda: 1. Community Ritual Visioning Activity: What kind of work do we envision for the year ahead? What priestessing skills would each of us like to develop, strengthen, and risk trying in the the service of group ritual and personal magic? How can we sustain and grow our work together? What is most important about Reclaiming Tradition practices and intentions, and how can we foster those intentions in our rituals?
2. Ongoing and Upcoming Offerings: Workshops, Women's Circle, etc.
3. Ritual Cell Proposal: Jes, Julia, and Sylvan have volunteered to anchor a Ritual Planning Cell that would also focus on priestess training. Given the changes in our community with recent moves of long term Baltimore Reclaiming members, we thought a more formal proposal would help clarify group work, contribute to a more transparent process, and build on the practices of the past years. Really the main difference is a specific intention for having ritual planning connected to skill-development and mentorship. Being a part of the Ritual Planning Cell is NOT the only way to participate in ritual development or to be taking on ritual roles. Julia will share the proposal online prior to the meeting.
4. Looking ahead. Reclaiming Core Classes, teaching practices, interest in specific classes needed, etc.