Location Lake Roland Park 1000 Lakeside Drive Baltimore, MD
Time 3-6 pm for potluck picnic, 6-7 for sunset viewing Please note! the Activist Cell will be meeting in park at 2 pm! Come early and attend the cell meeting! Contact Romana for info on where they will be meeting! firstname.lastname@example.org and 443 458-2962
Meet We'll gather at a pavilion at the top of the hill on the west side of the dam (Pavilion #1 on the map: https://i1.wp.com/lakeroland.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/NEW-PENINSULA-MAP.jpg?ssl=1)
Intention & About the Event Intention: Gathering together during a time of great change, we turn towards the center of community.
For many of us, the world feels particularly topsy-turvy right now. Life is full of unknowns, uncertainties, mysteries grand and small. As we ride the Wheel of Fortune towards destiny, the ride can sometimes be bumpy. Being in community is one of the ways we can orient ourselves in the middle of the many ups and downs we will inevitably experience as we walk our path. For some of us, being at the center of community is easy. Others find it more comfortable to stay at the edges. Neither one of these is the "right" way.
On or near the Autumn Equinox, Baltimore Reclaiming traditionally skips an elaborate ritual in favor of a community building event. During this potluck picnic and sunset watching, we will turn into the center of our community - each other, with an event focused on building relationship. We honor Community as one of the things that can anchor us, and lend us a sense of stability and continuity through a time of great change. On this day we invite you to move in just a little closer. As the Wheel of Fortune spins, we find that the ride is less bumpy the closer you are to the center...
During this event we invite you to work with the energies of the tarot cards the Wheel of Fortune and The World. (See below for more information on our work with the Tarot this year).
Sunset Viewing This event traditionally includes a group sunset viewing. This year, we have chosen to rent a pavilion which means we are in the park as an "official permitted group." The park informs me that all permitted events MUST end by six. This means our official event WILL conclude by six. Reclaiming believes that all people are their own spiritual authority. To that end.... Past experience has taught us that the sun generally begins to dip below the trees in the park around 6 o’clock. Sunset on this day is a little after 7, and that is when the park officially closes. It may so happen that at the potluck picnic some renegade anarchists make a plan for sunset viewing as loosely affiliated individuals who sit near each other.
Parking We recommend parking at the Falls Road MTA Light Rail Stop and taking the boardwalk path through the woods into the park. The address is 2 Railroad Avenue, Baltimore MD 21209.
To bring Please bring food and drinks to share with others. There is a charcoal grill at the pavilion that can be used. Please bring instruments to play music (guitars, drums, shakers, etc. No amplification). Please bring tarot cards if you wish to give readings. Please invite children and partners!
There is no charge to attend this event. We want everyone to attend regardless of their ability to contribute financially. However we do have expenses and ask that those who can help cover the cost of this event, please do. We spent $200 renting the pavilion for this event. We ask that those who can contribute $10-20 towards the event. Please bring cash or send money ahead of time. You can send money via paypal or squarecash to email@example.com or via Venmo to 443-235-2007. Any funds raised are used to help the RPC fund accessible meeting spaces for our planning meetings, to pay for future ritual spaces and to cover future ritual expenses
All Baltimore Reclaiming events are clean and sober. We respectfully request that you do not use drugs or alcohol before or while attending our events. No alcohol is permitted in the park. We strive to accomodate people who have chemical and scent sensitivities. Please keep these people in mind as you make choices about wearing scented personal hygeine products.
At the Summer 2017 Community Meeting, Baltimore Reclaiming committed to a nine month working exploring the power of the major arcana of the tarot. We will step forward willingly to engage with powerful figures like the High Priestess, the Hermit, the Hierophant, Strength, Justice, the Star, the Tower, and more. This ritual arc begins at Lammas 2017 and continues until Beltane 2018. Participants are welcome to join at any point during this 7 ritual arc.
Lammas Gather at 6:30 pm, ritual begins at 7:00 AsanaRoots, 1707 N. Charles Street (2nd Floor). Wheelchair accessible location
Intention: We meet the Fool and prepare for the journey ahead.
“...We might describe the Fool as that within us which does not stop or get caught...this is that concept of being free, of being nothing...We so easily make the mistake of believing we are this thing or that thing. If I am creative, I am the Magician. If I am a boss, then I am the Emperor. If I feel trapped in some obsessive or abusive relationship, then the Devil controls me. The Fool is the vital and necessary answer to all this identification. Youare not that. You are free.” Rachel Pollack, Tarot Wisdom
“Emergence notices the way small actions and connections create complex systems, patterns that become ecosystems and societies. Emergence is our inheritance as a part of this universe; it is how we change. Emergent strategy is how we intentionally change in ways that grow our capacity to embody the just and liberated worlds we long for.” adrienne maree brown, Emergent Strategy
What does it take to become a world-changer? The belief that we could, with our collective will and work and vision, make a difference. Some call this foolish, and point to the overwhelming power of capitalism, of Empire, of white supremacy, and say that our dreaming hearts don’t stand a chance.
The dream of the Fool is more than a pretty dream. To step off the beaten path, to take only what is essential, to leap into the unknown… This is an awakening of our emergence. Our emergence as the change-makers who will weave the spells that will craft the magic that has the power to reshape the world. The emergence of our power as collective beings, as webs and networks of magic-makers and shapeshifters and visionaries.
As the Fool, we decide to look at the world with new sight. We choose to open our hearts to the world, to be moved by it and seduced by it. To fall in love with it. To come into relationship with it.
In this ritual, we will call forth the wisdom and power of the Fool and dance through the Tarot. We will open to the Major Arcana as we prepare for the Fool’s Journey. Let the riddles of the Magician come forth! Welcome to the whispers of the Hermit. Take heed of the arcane knowledge of the High Priestess, and the warnings of Justice. Hear the message of Temperance, and the mutterings of the Devil. Let the trumpets of Judgement come forth, and hear the singing of The World. Let them all be welcome as we receive their visions and record the oracle.
Join us, as we take these steps of reconciliation and (r)evolution. Come with your Foolish hearts, and freedom-loving feet, and help us set a new path. Our journey begins.
Please bring an item that represents something you will take on your Fool's Journey. This can be a skill, a quality, a talent, your allies - anything that feels particularly important to have along as you step into the unknown. We will use these items to build a shared altar. You will take this item back home with you. We will be doing a working in solidarity with the Baltimore Ceasefire prior to the ritual. Please bring a piece of nature from your home or favorite spot in the city. This could be a blade of grass, a leaf, a rock, a vial of water, some soil, etc. We will be building an altar to our city and adding our strength to the spell of peace and restoration that is being woven.