Dreams Made Manifest

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When you think of a “Mystery School” what comes to mind?

A common interpretation is “exclusivity”: a Hogwarts-style of admission that selects students based on how elite (or better) they are in one form of another. We, the facilitators of Starsdance Astrology online mystery school, do not consent to those minimizing and oppressive practices.

Mystery is NOT for the select, chosen few who are more destined for Wisdom, Right-Sized Pride and Power-From-Within than everyone else. Every single person living on this planet has the right to tapping into these energies, and if you want to be a part of our community: we want you with us.

This online mystery school is a collaborative effort. Tere and I have shared this dream for years, but this is the year that we have chosen to launch this grand experiment. We are not without help, though! Our team is growing before classes have even begun: Juniper Caldera as our spread-sheet wizard of a registrar and Cabra as our lightning-fast tech gremlin to guide all Discord n00bs. I am grateful to call these witches my cyber-circle that will help invoke this online academy of Queer Astrology.

We will be teaching five classes online during our first year, which will include: pages of our printer-friendly PDF workbook, at least one webinar per course, facilitated online discussion via Discord and limitless opportunities for introspection using this sacred science. You do not have to be an expert or even experienced in the realms of astrology or magic: just willing to explore, assess, learn and listen. We hope to reveal the complexity of astrology through simple, yet meaningful astrological concepts.

It is our intention to make this school as radically inclusive as possible. Our tuition options offers sliding scale prices as well as multiple tiers of involvement. If the prices that we have listed do not work for your budget, but you are still feeling called to join us in this deep, meaningful work: please contact our registrar at: starsdance.mysteryschool@gmail.com to discuss further options.

As astrologers, we know the risk of initiating registration during a retrograde. However, we feel that the refinement of our dream and spreading word of the Work that we have been doing for years. We do acknowledge and Respect the Will of Hermes (ie: Mercury) during this time of necessary pause, offering this prayer as we begin to collect our classroom:

“Hermes, be gentle with us as we are craft the beginning of a grand dream and experiment! May our efforts honor You and the other planetary godds who take such a curious interest in these human lives.”

Tere Parsley Starnes

Invocation Preparation

astrology, Events, Mundane Magic

I am finding myself thinking about preparedness more than usual. With the sun and half of the planets above in Capricorn right now (the sign of structure, long-term planning, responsibility and preparation) it feels like a worthy theme to explore.

In a world that is rapidly shifting shape: as a magician, what are my strategies to prepare for whatever comes next?

In the short-term, my magic is based on the moment: I notice what’s happening in my body without judgement so that I can feed it with what is actually needed (Do I need an extra hour of rest? A vegetable-centered meal? A treat that pleases my senses?) I reflect back on my actions from where I am now to make sure that I am living in line with my Truth (Am I taking care of my emotional needs? Do I need to make amends with someone? Have I been working too hard?) I choose to make authentic decisions that serve as reflections of my values (chatting with stranger to cultivate a friendly neighborhood, regularly showing up on time to maintain the trust of my employer, allowing my friend to vent without trying to manage their situation.) The only true power we have is in the moment, which is where the most potent magic is available to us.

Long-term strategies are more difficult. Our social, political and environmental landscapes are changing form: my five-year goals may not be options within the next six months, cause and effect seem less predictable, the practical planning that I was taught and have become used to might not be enough… I am a witch and my power is real but attempting to tailor the outcome of the future to my liking as one human being is not only unreasonable, but unmanageable. However, techniques are available to those who choose to utilize them.

There is invigorating magic that can be done to help prepare us for What’s Coming.

Astrologers are like meteorologists of the Higher Skies. For the same reasons that we might check a weather app before choosing an outfit or making plans for a picnic, astrology allows us to forecast how the interaction of the planets Above might impact our conversations, creativity, mood (or weather) of our day, week, month or year.

I use the sacred science of astrology as a mapping system. Each year on my birthday I treat myself to a transit reading with Tere Parsley Starnes, which helps me identify how the movements of the stars in the coming year might impact me personally based on my birth chart. An act of divination, counseling and numerical calculations of geometry, this reading reveals: when the best dates to start a new health-centered routine will occur, time periods that support radical self-expression, opportunities to heal old wounds, events that strive to inspire courage within us and so much more.

After the reading, I use the information discussed to influence my doings each month: observing each movement that was recorded then figuring out the best way to physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually approach it. These considerations (grounded by my short-term preparation magic of self care) help me to march my Capricorn hooves up the mountain toward my goals while remaining true to my Self and my needs. Even if the exact location of that goal changes or the parameters of the goal shifts, I know that I did my best to achieve it and have faith that it’s evolution is in unison with the pulse of our galaxy’s heartbeat.

Forecasts show me how I can make the most of the energy that Our Universe is providing for me to grow. It also serves as a reminder to release the temptation for me to try and dominate the happenings of my life or assert control over The Mysteries of being alive.

Many astrologers can help create customized calendars for their clients and translate the symbols into an arc of energy for the year. Good astrologers use these same skills to show their clients how they might make the most of the energy that’s on the way. Great astrologers empower their clients to explore what these transits might mean for them before they occur and inspire them to conjure the magic that works best for their lifestyle, while still surfing those same waves of energy.

I will be co-hosting a forecast webinar for 2020 with Tere Parsley Starnes this Sunday, January 5th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm EST. While this event will not serve as a custom made guide of how this year’s astro-weather will impact each attendee, it will serve as a general guide to the significant planetary movements in 2020, what those movements might mean for us and ideas for magic that support our individual and collective endeavors.

If this approach and evening appeals to you, make sure to register to save your spot!

We are being challenged to change as an initiation into the next era of life on this planet: how will you answer that call this year?

Spring Fling Spirit Fair

Events, Tarot

WHEN:  Sunday, April 7th from 11:00am – 5:00pm
WHERE: Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

Stems of the season are beginning to sprout, but what blossoms are yet to come? As the energy of spring begins to generate fresh life, it can be a great time to check in with Goals. Desires. Intentions. Direction. Join Journeys of Life (and me, Aurora) for their final Spring Fling Spirit Fair!

From the event page on Facebook:

“It’s that time of year – time for Journeys Spring Fling Spirit Fair! A day of tarot, palmistry, I Ching, intuitives, mediumship and more! RSVP to this page to stay up to date on all the details – we’ll be updating it with confirmed readers, vendors, services and more!

Amoret is not able to participate in the fair. However, we are excited to welcome Aurora. She is a talented tarot reader with a strong astrology background! You can learn more about Aurora on her website: aurorathewitch.com

For an up to date list of services and vendors, please visit the Spirit Fair event page on Facebook

Launching into 2019: Astrology forecast webinar

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IG FINAL Launching into 2019

Teri Parsley Starnes and I will be hosting our second annual New Year’s Forecast on the first Sunday of 2019! I am thrilled to announce that I am now an affiliated astrologer of Starsdance Astrology and we are both excited to reveal the Work we have planned in the coming year during this webinar.

From our event page on Facebook:

A bold new year is approaching fast. The planets have big plans for January and there is great momentum available to achieve our goals in 2019. While the darkness of rage and despair may have dampened our resilience in 2018, this new cycle reignites our focus and hope: to face our challenges will be a great adventure. What stirs inside you now? What are you hoping to learn and what are you able to teach others? Do you dare to take healthy risks in a world of unknowns? What holds you back from making an impact? Our Willpower playfully erupts, we are ready to take action.

Astrology is a powerful tool for mindful magic. This webinar combines astrological forecasting with magical/spiritual intention to help launch our hopes and dreams for 2019. As activists and lovers of the world, we come together to envision collective and personal magic. Aurora and Teri will share the major astrological influences of 2019, with a look towards the important transits of 2020. Participants will be invited to ask questions and share insights for the coming year. All levels of astrological and magical knowledge are welcome. Beginners are encouraged!

Teri and Aurora plan to offer continuing workshops throughout 2019 to support the intention discussed in this webinar. Get a start on this magic by attending.

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Space is limited and capped at 30 participants

Cost is $15 – $30 sliding scale –> Discounts available for POC and Indigenous People

Please visit the event listing on Eventbright to reserve your spot! Launching into 2019 webinar will be recorded and available for purchase if you are not able to participate in the live Zoom meeting.

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Teri Parsley Starnes is the founding astrologer behind Starsdance Astrology. Teri is a professional astrologer who approaches the craft with a Witch’s point of view. That means for them the sky is alive and we are in relationship. Through mindful awareness we engage in the magical act of changing our worlds.

Aurora is an astrologer affiliated with Starsdance Astrology who channels the wisdom from Above into opportunities for growth. Supported by her background in Evolutionary Astrology and Reclaiming Witchcraft, Aurora co-facilitates transformation in tandem with the Universe’s planetary transits. By allowing change to shape our souls, we expand the potential of future generations.

Find out more at www.starsdanceastrology.com

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To register, visit our event listing on Eventbright, we hope to see you there!

 

ReclaimingPGH Annual Community Meeting

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WHEN:  Saturday, December 22nd from 2:00pm – 5:00pm
WHERE:  Blvd of the Allies Panera Bread, Pittsburgh
COST:   Donation

Rescheduled and ready for action this December! Join ReclaimingPGH witches for their annual community meeting to discuss what’s going on in our cells, brainstorm about the future, choose the story/theme for the 2019 Ritual Year and more.

Story Bundle and Meeting Agenda links here!

Quorum guidelines: One member of each cell present at meetings so we could make informed, consensus-based decisions. No one is allowed to represent more than one cell, current minimum 7 people. Consensus 2/25/18 Community Meeting

Panera asks that those who book the community room as a group buy at least $50 worth of food. If possible, we ask that you get yourself a snack or drink from Panera while at the meeting.

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

Annual Pittsburgh Pagan Pride Day 2018

Art, Events, ReclaimingPGH, Tarot

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WHEN:  Sunday, October 7th from 11:00am – 7:00pm
WHERE:  Castle Shannon Memorial Hall, Pittsburgh, PA
COST:   FREE

ReclaimingPGH community members Critter and Juniper Caldera will be facilitating an Energy Raising workshop at this year’s Pagan Pride Day! Join them as they share the basics about Reclaiming Witchcraft, what our rituals are like and how we raise energy (also known as Cones of Power) with our bodies.

Pagan Pride Day is an annual celebration of Paganism in the Pittsburgh area! Complete with vendors, food, raffles and magical people of all kinds. The following has been copied from the event page on Facebook:

We have not one but TWO amazing keynote speakers coming in for our 2018 event:

Mary K. Greer AND Byron Ballard

HUGE Thanks to our 2018 sponsors!

Spirit Level:
Black Cats & Company
Elemental Magick
Journeys of Life
The Vegan Goddess
Wicked Wicc ‘N Candles

Air Level:
Green Mountain Energy

Fire Level:
Sassafras Grove, ADF

Vendors confirmed so far:
Amazing Ami’s Accoutrements
Angela Rocco Photography, Jewelry & Such
Apothecary Muse
Archaeotype Designs
The Artful Cricket
Arts & Crafts: Botanica & Occult Shop
Bella Moon Old World Metaphysics
Black Cats & Company
The BroomStick Bazaar
Crystal Dragon-Hawk Creations
Cybele’s
Dancing Dragonflies By Carolyn
Divine Scentsations Inc
The Dragon Guy
Dragon Wands
Elemental Magick
Gifts In Jars
Happy Hookers Detroit
Journeys of Life
Kesha’s Kingdom
Long Dogs Bakery
Maiden and Crone Adornments
Mastros & Zealot: Witches for Hire
Michele’s Menagerie
Phoenix Wynd Designs
Pretzel Crazy
Red Dragon Maille
The Rowan Grove
That Artist
Tintero – Custom Turnings
Twin Star Gifts
The Twisted Faerie
Jeff Watson
Wicked Wicc ‘N Candles
Witchy Crafts Corner
Wizard’s Emporium, featuring a selection from Portable Weirdness
Zedd’s Gifts

Readers confirmed:
Bellaire House Tours, LLC
Intuitively Tarot
PANARADIA
Readings by Ronda
Seriously Mythtaken

Groups/Organizations:
Golden Thread Camp OTO
Reclaiming Pittsburgh – a religious witchcraft tradition
Sassafras Grove, ADF


Be sure to check back on the Pagan Pride Day 2018 event page on Facebook for an up-to date list of vendors!

 

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.

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.

 

SpiralHeart Witchcamp 2018

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Join the collective of witches known as SpiralHeart for their annual Witchcamp in the depths of Artemis, PA from July 16th – July 22nd! Every year, community members vote on a myth to open together in sacred space that will allow for deep, meaningful transformation within each witch and all of the Worlds. Read on to find out more about this event from SpiralHeart’s event page:

2018 Intention: Transforming amidst forces greater than ourselves, we steadfastly turn the Pentacle for all the worlds.

GENERAL INFO

Spiralheart Camp is a week long, magical, intensive in the Reclaiming Tradition of Earth based spirituality. Participants spend a week in sacred space exploring, living, and participating in deep, powerful ritual with a supportive community. You will have the opportunity to study magic and ritual with like minded folks in a truly stunning setting. Camp is hosted in South Central Pennsylvania on the beautiful land of Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary. Witchcamp is offered to all persons (18 and over) at all levels of experience. Newcomers can learn the basic skills of magic and ritual, while those with more experience can deepen their practice and hone their skills. We aim to interweave intensive daily pathwork with evening rituals to facilitate the transformation of self, and world.

STORY

This year we are working with the story of Cerridwen and the Pentacle of the Great Turning. Our Ritual Arc Team (affectionately called the RAT) spends all year working with the story to craft the energetic arc, and evening rituals, of camp. Engaging with the camp story early in the year is a great way to begin sinking into the magic of camp. Once you’ve read the full story there are lots of ways to start connecting with others who will be sharing your camp experience. You can head over to our Facebook page to keep up to date on camp info, and join the discussion. In years past we’ve even had special Facebook groups for connecting with the energies of the story; this year, there may be one designed around connecting with Cerridwen! More details to come soon.

PATHS

Each year Spiralheart is privileged to offer a number paths of varying course material and skill level. In 2018 you will be able to choose from the following paths:

FACILITATORS

Spiralheart is proud to function as a Camper-Led Camp. This means that we believe in recognizing the skill inherent in our own community, and doing our best to invest in our community members. Most of our workshops and paths are facilitated by folks who volunteer to do so, and who are members of our own, local, community. Because we also believe in broadening our range of experience and skill base as much as possible, we also try to bring in mentors from outside of Spiralheart to act as Community Enrichment. This year one of our Guest Mentors will be facilitating a Ritual Energetics Path, while the other will help facilitate a path on Dispelling White Supremacy. Click on any of the names below to find out more about our 2018 Facilitation Team.

REGISTRATION & COST

Registration can be submitted online HERE and payment can be submitted via PayPal. The registration fee includes all lodging, workshops, activities and food for the week. We do our best to balance the individual needs of our community members with the necessity of remaining a financially viable non-profit organization. Every year the Spiralheart board meets and decides upon the fee for that year. In order to ensure camp is accessible to people of all economic levels, we offer a number of different options for those in need of financial assistance— including a limited number of scholarships, work-exchange, and discounted registration for those who qualify. Details are available on the registration form, which will open up in late March.”

Stay up to date regarding this camp, community meetings and all of their magical happenings by visiting Spiralheart’s Facebook page or Spiralheart’s website!

 

 

Casting Signs: Online Moon Magic Class

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Casting Signs: A Magical Online Course following the Moon through the Zodiac

Our intention for this course: Understanding the frame of the zodiac and the phases of the Moon, we anchor our journeys and our magic in the natural cycles of the year and the month.

A Witch pays attention. A Witch works with natural cycles and crafts Magic in relationship to the Earth. Witches have always had a natural affinity with the Moon. The Moon is core to our Magic. The Moon guides the way into magical and spiritual relationship with life.

This online course provides the opportunity to pay attention and form deeper relationship to Earth and Sky through following the Moon through two lunar cycles. The first cycle, we pay attention to each sign of the zodiac as the Moon moves through that sign for 2 ½ days. The following lunar cycle we will set intention and be guided by the Moon as our intention evolves through the wisdom provided by the 8 phases of the Moon.

Through these practices, participants will acquire a deeper understanding of the framework of the zodiac and the power of the lunar cycle for setting and manifesting intention. Magic requires intention. Intention requires action. Astrology’s framework helps us to align our actions with the energy present in the moment. Guided by the Moon we become aware of deeper patterns in our souls and deeper desires for our journeys. This framework helps us become part of the web of interconnection.
We join with rather than fight against the things life offers us.

As a participant you will receive:

Twelve documents timed to arrive via email to you when the Moon enters a new sign. Each document will give you an overview of the sign—both the gifts and challenges—and questions to help guide you in noticing how the Moon moves through that sign.

In the second month, you will receive 8 documents with information about each lunar phase and ways to explore your intention through the frame of the Moon cycle.

A place to share insights and ask questions through a private Facebook group.

Three opportunities to connect via online conferencing to ritualize our intentions and practices and to set the magic for the two months of learning and magic.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: March 20. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/castingsignsregistration


Teacher Bios:
TERI PARSLEY STARNES. Witchcraft and astrology found their way to me at the same time. It was the mid-80s and my recent involvement with feminist, Earth-based spirituality led me to my first astrology class. I wanted to know what astrology could teach me about the elements: air, fire, water, and earth. As it turns out, there was a lot that astrology could teach about the elements and a lot more too, like observing and engaging with natural cycles and intentionally working with energy for personal growth and magic. I practice an astrology that stays connected to the Earth and to our power to choose and influence reality. Magic has been defined in many ways. For me, magic is accepting that it matters what I choose and that my choices influence the web of connection that shapes worlds. Magic is consciously engaging with this connection. It is about relationship.

My study and fascination with astrology led me to becoming a professional astrologer in 1996. I love talking to people about their lives through the language of astrology. Every single consultation reminds me of the wonder that the sky holds. I don’t even know why astrology works but I continue to be delighted when it does. Astrology connects us to deeper meaning. It is an amazing tool of self-reflection. I consult with clients, teach astrology and magic, and write about the Moon’s cycles. You can find my lunar-based forecast, Follow the Moon, on my website at www.starsdanceastrology.com and on my Starsdance Astrology Facebook page.

I am excited to be working with Vasalisa on this class. We hope to create a container that will help participants deepen knowledge, be an opportunity to practice mindful attention, and increase our skills at following magical intention.

VASALISA THE WITCH. I am a methodical witch that is driven by a fierce love of knowledge. I believe that communication is the key to connection, which I embody as a writer and professional tarot reader. As resident at the Arts and Crafts Botanica, I empower my clients to talk about the challenges that are presenting themselves without judgement. Our conversation serves as a bridge between deep wisdom and conscious awareness: every idea an adventure. I also value unique self-expression, embracing the bizarre and the beautiful through my work as a custom jewelry maker, photographer and Reclaiming witchcamp ritualist. Six years of tarot study and a daily magical practice have taught me a great deal about myself, but it is astrology that has given me the language to put it into words.

My field of experience is in Evolutionary Astrology, a discipline that pairs well with witchcraft. Natal Charts contextualize one’s personal journey and development: coupled with the witch’s personal will, intent and responsibility, Natal Charts can be potent maps for transformation. I owe my gratitude to Steven Forrest and Teri Parsley Starnes for their guidance in helping create my astrological foundations.

It is my honor as a teacher to help students personalize their magic so that every day becomes a ritual. For up to date information about my workshops, classes and ReclaimingPGH’s magical happenings, visit my website: www.vasalisathewitch.com/events