Our Magical New Year

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Recently, Reclaiming Pittsburgh hosted our annual community meeting to decide what magic we wanted to Work in 2020. This is a great opportunity for personal and community work that blossoms from a theme or story in mythology. The best part? Anyone can submit their idea!

After a potent experience I had at the Carnegie Science Center a couple months ago, I was struck by the healing wonders of mushrooms. I submitted a proposal with my feelings about how and why adding to the energy of mycelium networks would change all of the worlds… after some discussion and voting, it was chosen! I am delighted that others felt the same way about these transformative (and highly magical) creatures!

Here it is (you can also read the same copy of my vision on ReclaimingPGH’s website):


“Life depends on an extension of generosity.”

Fantastic Fungi: The Magic Beneath Us

As we learn more about the mysteries of mushrooms and expansive networks of mycelium, we discover that their natural way of Being serves BOTH the creature itself and our planet collectively: oyster mushrooms cleaning up oil spills (while reproducing at a rapid rate to the point of thriving); symbiotic fungi and tree seeds being crafted into shipping boxes (that can be composted into new trees and fresh life after use); mutant strains being cultured to eliminate invading termites and destructive pests (in turn creating safe spaces that support life) and more.

Our culture and planet is toxic, both require composting of a drastic nature. It’s our responsibility as earth-loving magic-workers to do something: but this undertaking must also nourish us personally as human beings that have only so much energy to give… or else exhaustion and hopelessness are imminent. 

I believe that Mycelium is a natural Teacher with great technical and magical wisdom in the realms of: creating vast networks for action-oriented teamwork, serving the Collective while also nourishing the Self, transforming toxicity into resources for the future, and modeling resilience in ways we have yet to comprehend. These necessary skills can be channeled into our awareness if we choose to allow Them to guide us.

Healing change for our dying planet, decaying society, and personal baggage is possible if we consciously form an ally ship with the most resilient organism on this planet (that will survive no matter what) and allow them to co-facilitate this transition.


Our community seems to have sparked the attention of lots of new people! I am excited to meet other witches from around the area and transforming all of the worlds.

Are you also called to feed and channel the transformative wisdom of mycelium networks this year?

Elements of Magic: The Art of Alchemy

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Mainstream society has become intrigued by witchcraft in recent years. The increase of popularity in crystals, spells, and books on the Craft are signs that we as a collective are ready for a more personalized spirituality. The choice to create change made empowered practitioners is important now more than ever in this time of social upheaval and climate change, but how does one start? Where can the curious discover what they believe and what works for them in the realm of witchcraft? Who are the witches doing this Work with integrity and without ego-driven agendas?

While there are many varied answers to these questions, my answer is: right here in Pittsburgh, this January for Elements of Magic: The Art of Alchemy workshop!

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These three fun, knowledgeable, experienced witches of Reclaiming Pittsburgh will host a beginner- friendly weekend intensive that reveals how Reclaiming priestesses do magic. All levels of experience are welcome, as the framework allows space for newer witches to learn the basics and experienced witches of Reclaiming and other traditions to bring fresh life to their own personal practices.

From the event description:

Elements of Magic is a Reclaiming core class that explores the elemental Pentacle through a Reclaiming ritual structure. We will use art and ritual to discover and begin a personal transformative experience with tools often used in the Reclaiming tradition such as visualization, sensing energy movement, divination, music, trance, creating magical space, and ritual design. This class is experiential in nature.

The cost of this event is a sliding scale of $100 to $200, to be chosen by each participant without question or judgement from facilitators. There are also two “work -study” positions available where those who are not able to pay the minimum amount on the scale may attend the workshop as long as they are willing to help facilitators maintain the space during the weekend. A reduced fee is also available for people of color and/or indigenous people our of respect for minorities.

Space is limited and the deadline to register is quickly approaching on December 30th. To find out more information about this event, visit the Facebook event page. Will you join them in nourishing the foundations of a magical practice?

 

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

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!

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.