Story Submissions are OPEN!

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The Reclaiming Pittsburgh ritual cell is currently accepting story/theme submissions for the 2019 ritual year!

Myths are stories that have never happened and yet, are always happening. They are tales that have a life and energy of their own. We feed their magical power by telling them over and over again. Myths appeal to us because we are able to relate to them: each initiation of a quest, every test of character, our hero’s journey speaks to our own challenges in life.

Reclaiming witches recognize a myth’s ability to inspire our actions and spark fresh insight. We honor and channel this energy by using it in our sacred rituals to create change in all of the worlds: seen and unseen. We believe that everyone has a right to be a part of this magic, which is why we are asking our local community to tell us which tales are Calling to them. Together, we carve our realities and shape history.

What is the magic that Pittsburgh needs in 2019? Will we invoke Loki‘s bravery and tell our leaders what we think of their actions in the Lokasenna? Is it time to do what we love and learn the true meaning of Sacrifice in The Red Shoes? Do we need to Reclaim Snow White’s body autonomy and make an example of that white knight by embracing consent culture? Only time, creativity and YOU will tell!

Submit your ideas, concepts and/or stories to us by October 14th. We can’t wait to weave a new world with you.

Reclaiming Pittsburgh website is live!

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We're now on the web!

Media Cell has taken this new moon to plant the foundation of Reclaiming Pittsburgh’s website! In the coming weeks, we’ll be adding resources and letting you know how you can join the guest blogging team.

This new moon is in Virgo: the sign of service. This cycle’s full moon will be in Aquarius: the sign of community. Therefore: we offer the seed of our website to grow a thriving community of empowerment and shared leadership in Pittsburgh. We hope that we’ve spun a web that reaches you!

Moon Wizarding Festival

Events, Tarot

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Join Aurora as she performs readings at the Moon Wizarding Festival in Moon Township from 1:00pm – 4:00pm on Saturday, September 8th. Your readings will help fund Pittsburgh’s Annual Pagan Pride Day on Sunday, October 7th Come out for some fresh insight and magical fun!

POSTED FROM EVENT PAGE:

Witches, Wizards and Muggles – Please join us for the first Moon Wizarding Festival. This amazing event is brought to you by Moon Parks and Recreation and will feature artisans, crafters, music, games, Quidditch, crafts, food, drink, costume contests, trivia tournaments, and much much more! Save the date – this is going to be bigger than the Quidditch World Cup!

**Our EventBrite pre-registration ticket system is closed but that was only to enter the contest and help our event planners. This festival is free and open to the public, no registration or RSVP required! All are welcome!

For further details and up to date event information, please visit the Moon Wizarding Festival event page on Facebook.

 

Naming Transformation

Mundane Magic, Updates

I have changed. Four and a half years of deeply personal, magical work has crested to become a wave of change that I cannot reverse. It signifies both an end and a beginning. In my tradition, we call it: Initiation.

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What is it?

Initiation is a sacred contract with the Universe: a declaration that one is willing to sacrifice their comfort and perception of the worlds as they know them. These things are handed over to carefully chosen initiators and The Powers That Be in exchange for deep Wisdom and a customized journey to one’s own source of Personal Power. This is done so that these witches can be reborn and give back what is needed in the world in their own unique, authentic way. It is done knowing that this evolutionary Work is never finished and serves as a commitment to being challenged to change over and over again in this lifetime and the next.

In the Reclaiming tradition, initiation is not a requirement. Many witches who attend our rituals and have their own daily practices are not initiated; contentment can be found in maintaining one’s own spiritual hygiene through Reclaiming’s Principles of Unity and connecting with others in our communities. It is not a badge of honor that shows superiority or a “deeper dedication” to Reclaiming, but a personal choice that one makes on their own if they feel Called to it.

Why I chose Initiation:

My desire for initiation came in the form of a wish: to love myself and be proud of my life. It arose during a time where I felt lost… where the choices I was making were unhealthy and everything felt disastrously unmanageable. I could not have fully understood what I was in for at the time when I asked to be initiated. All that I Knew was that deep transformation was necessary and that Reclaiming witchcraft was the way that I felt it needed to happen so that my Soul could be truly revived.

Choosing initiators:

My experience of choosing initiators was a two-fold task of vulnerability. First, I needed to find the witches that possess the qualities that I aspired to have within myself. Then, I had to ask them for their consent and help in shifting my energy so that I could become empowered and, in turn, a spiritual leader.

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I chose two bold, powerful people who still intrigue, bewilder and deeply move me.

Independently, they are two enchanting women who call themselves witches: an oracular rose within a patch of briar and a weaver of bones that reveals deep Truth. Together, they are a facilitation team that compassionately revealed to me What Must Be Done. I admired their integrity, active resistance to codependency, ability to be fully present with others and balance of self-care with community service.

They began as my guides. Now, they are my family and I am eternally grateful.

Doing the Work:

Transformation requires a willingness to grow: and growth is often painful.

In order to shift my energy toward that of a priestess, my initiators gave me challenges to address problematic behavior, ignite awareness through first-hand experiences and directly confront my fears . Some challenges required repetition to incorporate magical Will power into my daily habits. Others challenged me to break out of my comfort zone. For me, this Work meant investigating the root of my wounds, choosing which relationships to nourish and serving my communities with humility.

What made this process so unique for me was that I was not always directly told to do these things. I was just told to cast a circle every day for a month, shovel snow for my neighbors without being asked, and make very conscious choices about physical intimacy. It was performing these tasks of growth that allowed for experimentation with support and coming to my own realizations about why they were so necessary in my Becoming.

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The contract for initiation is at least one year and a day. For some (myself included) it takes much longer. A revolution-from-within does not come with it’s own egg timer: time, trust and commitment eventually reveal when a priestess is ready to become initiated.

Initiation Day:

Initiation rituals are secret Workings and vary per line of witches. What I will say about this very special day that happened on the 4th of August, 2018 is that: I felt completely supported. I was fully present. The transformative energy was incredibly potent, yet tender the entire day. And I will never, ever forget it.

This experience was a Rite of Passage that signified the end of my life as I knew it. It was also the birth of a priestess with a new legacy riddled with it’s own challenges to be experienced and fulfilled. This transition becomes official when this priestess accepts her new name and says goodbye to the old one that no longer suits her or her Work.

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It is with great pride and honor that I reveal:

Vasalisa is dead,
and
Aurora has been born.

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The other side:

In the weeks after my initiation into the Bone and Briar line, I can say that things feel very different. I am in the process of reassessing what still feels important in my life. I am also realigning my priorities and discovering how I may best be of service in all of my communities. I don’t have clear answers about a lot of these things so far, but one thing that I can say for sure is that nothing feels certain…. which is intimidating, confusing, thrilling, and empowering.

My Work now:

Vasalisa ventured into the darkness to find her light. It was that brave adventure which caused her to become the light: bringing the dawn, with it’s brightness and magnificent color, back to the place where she once lived. I can’t say that I fully understand the magnitude of what it means to Be the light, but I know that Aurora is here to stay for now and very excited to meet you.

ReclaimingPGH’s Summer Ritual and Community Meeting

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WHAT: Reclaiming Pittsburgh’s Summer Ritual
WHEN:  Saturday, August 25th from 3:00 – 9:00pm
WHERE:  Schenley Park, Pittsburgh
COST:  Donation

Intention: ​“Celebrating abundance, we share the fruits of our labors.

Things to bring:
Yourself!
Locally available food (either prepared yourself, or store-bought)

PLEASE NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT BRING PEANUTS OR PEANUT PRODUCTS – WE HAVE A PARTICIPANT WITH AN AIRBORNE PEANUT ALLERGY. PLEASE DO NOT BRING SHELLFISH – WE HAVE A FACILITATOR WITH A SHELLFISH ALLERGY.

Blankets (if desired, to lay on the ground)
Charcoal/Lighter fluid (assuming a charcoal grill adjacent to shelter)
Things to grill
Condiments
Paper plates/napkins/cutlery
Drums/Maracas/Other Percussive Instruments

 

For more about this event, up-to-date information, and the address to the specific spot where the ritual will be held: https://tinyurl.com/rpgh-summer-ritual-2018

 

Saturdays in Point Bay

WHAT: Reclaiming Pittsburgh’s Summer Community Meeting
WHEN:  Sunday, August 26th from 1:00 – 4:00pm
WHERE:  Swissvale, Pittsburgh
COST:  Donation

Join us for our Summer 2018 Community Meeting where we check in with what has been buzzing around in the cells of ReclaimingPGH and talk about what’s on the mind’s of our local hive of witches!

Want to make sure something is on the agenda? Fill out the form: FORM CLOSED

Our agenda (view only)

We use community consensus practices for group decision, which prioritizes all voices, feelings and concerns of the group. For more about how consensus Process works,  click here. A helpful flow chart can be found below:

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We welcome all newcomers to our events! We would love to meet you and our Reclaiming Pittsburgh team is available to answer questions you have prior to either these events. Just send us a message   Hope to see everyone this weekend!

 

People’s Pride March 2k18

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Join sisTers PGH, ReclaimingPGH and many more local organizations that support intersectional queerness in the heart of downtown on Sunday, June 10th from 12:00pm – 4:30pm to march for equality that does not exploit Pride for monetary gain and gives wind to the voices that are so often silenced in our country. Vasalisa and Echo (ReclaimingPGH Activism Cell Anchor) will be representing the Pittsburgh chapter of Reclaiming witchcraft by hosting a table at the finish line of the march. We are honored, grateful and committed to being participants in and allies to sisTers PGH’s event. The following has been posted from their event page:

And now, from the black femmes who brought you Peoples Pride 2k17 – Peoples Pride 2k18!! ​Pride​ has always been ​an​ ​act​ ​of​ ​resistance​ on behalf of LGBTQIA+ persons, ​and​ last year ​we​ ​marched​ ​to​ ​bring attention​ ​to​ this history.

This year, we are thrilled to bring you even more liberation with People’s Pride 2k17, where the focus shall remain on the People. This​ ​March​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​historic​ ​third,​ ​honoring​ ​the​ ​independently​ ​organized​ Roots Pride Pittsburgh ​from​ ​2015 and 2016, which​ ​was organized​ ​by​ ​the​ ​black​ ​trans​-​led​ Garden of Peace Project.​ ​The ​march​ ​is​ ​the​ ​continuation​ ​of​ ​this​ ​legacy to honor our black and brown roots, and follow in the footsteps of incredible women such as Marsha P. Johnson, Mary Jones, Lucy Hicks Anderson, and Miss Major, and all those who paved the way for our efforts today.

We also must ​hold​ those ​accountable​ ​for​ ​the ​historical​ ​exploitation​ ​and​ ​negligence​ ​towards​ the black​ ​and​ ​brown​ ​and​ ​trans​ ​people of Pittsburgh. The Delta Foundations Pittsburgh Pride Knowingly signing a 3-year contract with EQT Natural Gas Company amounts to selling our Pittsburgh Pride, with no regard to the lives which corporations affect!!

Therefore, we​ ​march​ ​as​ ​an​ ​act​ ​of​ ​resistance, with focus on the most marginalized LGBTQIA community of Pittsburgh, its black and brown trans people.

We​ ​march​ ​to​ ​include​ ​local​ ​nonprofits, unions​ ​and​ ​community​ ​members!

We march to oppose ​to​ white​-, ​cis-,​ ​gay​-centered ​pride​ ​parade​ ​and​ ​extravagant​ ​parties​ ​which​ ​are​ ​too​ ​expensive​ ​for​ ​many​ ​non-profits and​ ​communities​ ​to​ ​participate​ ​in!

We​ ​march​ as led by ​black​ ​and​ ​brown​ ​and​ ​trans​ ​leaders​ ​and​ ​community​ ​members,​ ​to​ ​bring attention​ ​to​ ​compulsatory​ ​tokenization​ ​of​ ​black​ ​and​ ​brown​ ​and​ ​trans​ ​populations​ ​which meets​ ​their​ ​quotas​ ​and​ ​increases​ ​their​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​secure​ ​grants!

We​ ​march​ ​alongside​ the disabled, the elderly, veterans, and other ​vulnerable​ ​and​ ​marginalized​ ​people​!

We​ ​will​ ​march​ ​with​ ​little​ ​cost​ ​and​ ​without​ ​sponsorship​ ​from​ ​exploitative​ ​corporations,​ ​to​ ​criticize​ ​and hold​ ​accountable​ those who ​commit ​to​ ​corporate​ ​funds​ ​from​ ​fracking​ ​companies​ ​which​ ​pollute our​ ​land,​ ​our​ ​water,​ ​and​ ​our​ ​people.

Finally, we march to offer another opportunity to feel what being at a true Pittsburgh Pride is like! People’s Pride will set an ​example​, ​and​ ​appoint ​black​ ​and​ ​brown​ ​and​ ​trans​ ​professionals​ ​who ​prioritize​ the most ​marginalized​ ​LGBTQIA+​ ​populations​, ​and​ ​who​ are ​concern​ed ​for​ ​the​ ​health​ ​and​ ​well-being​ ​of​ our ​local​ ​communities.

Special​ ​thanks​ ​to​ ​our​ ​community​ ​members,​ ​leaders,​ ​and​ ​organizations​ ​for​ ​their​ ​assistance, conversations,​ ​and​ ​historic​ ​acts​ ​of​ ​resistance​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​organize​ ​these​ ​statements​ ​of​ ​resistance led​ ​by​ ​trans​ ​women​ ​of​ ​color​ ​and​ sisTers PGH,​ ​a​ ​community​ ​organization​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​advocacy, safety,​ ​shelter,​ ​and​ ​permanent​ ​housing​ ​for​ ​our​ ​transgender​ ​and​ ​non-binary​ ​community​ ​in​ ​Western Pennsylvania.

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For further details including the schedule of events on that day, as well as up to date event information, please visit the People’s Pride March 2k18 event page on Facebook. You can also support SistersPGH and purchase a teeshirt with the Pride image featured above here.

ReclaimingPGH’s June Skill Share – Runes for Beginners

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WHEN:  Sunday, June 3rd from 2:00 – 4:00pm
WHERE:  Garfield, PA
COST:   Free

Join Ravensong and Vasalisa as they host ReclaimingPGH’s June Skill Share on the topic of Runes for Beginners!

Skill shares are volunteer-based workshops in the Pittsburgh area that are facilitated by Reclaiming witches and practitioners on a variety of magical topics. They are offered at little to no cost so that these trades can be made accessible to all who are looking to learn.

To keep costs low for this event, it will be held at a private residence in Garfield and space will be limited. If you would like to attend, please RSVP with a private message to VasalisaTheWitch on Facebook to reserve your spot! You can also find up to date information about this event on the Runes for Beginners event page.

Stay tuned for more monthly Skill Shares with ReclaimingPGH in 2018!