Beltane with Sensual Taurus

Art, Design, Events, Poetry

To: the birds chirping from nests every morning

To: the bees gathering pollen from hidden plants

To: the petals of flowers that made it through storms

To: the underground creatures coming out to play

To: the tenderness shared between friends at a distance

To: the orgasms of release, had and to come

To: the vulnerability it takes to tend to basic needs

To: the awe of resilience in communities and at home


To: the commitment to keep going in hope and in faith

To: all you stunning creatures out there, everyday but ✨especially✨ today…

IMAGE: The Gender Spectrum Collection


We hope your experience of life on Earth is colorful, fresh, fun, weird, and blessed with good health 💛

In sweet, sweet queer-love,
The Starsdance Mystery School Team

composed by Aurora Dawning

Elements of Magic: The Art of Alchemy

Events, ReclaimingPGH

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?

 

“Animal You’ll Surely Become” Book Launch

Events, Tarot

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WHEN:  Saturday, October 20th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm
WHERE:  2918 Leander Street, Pittsburgh PA
COST:  FREE

In a time of #metoo movements and exhausting Brett Kavanaugh hearings, Brittany Hailer boldly debuts her published memoir: a work of poetry and nonfiction, exploring a broken family system, addiction, and sexual trauma.

Join Brittany as she launches “Animal You’ll Surely Become” with an evening of performers, tarot readings by Aurora the Witch and a celebration of her success: vulnerability as a radical act of courage.

From the Event page:

“Animal You’ll Surely Become is a blue collar fairy tale. A work of poetry and nonfiction, Animal explores a broken family system, addiction, and sexual trauma. This book with glimmer into existence October 9, 2018.

Come celebrate Brittany Hailer’s debut memoir/hybrid Animal You’ll Surely Become. The reading and event will be at the lovely residence of Molly and Paul Marks.

Readers/Performers Include:
Molly Marks
Jeffrey Bolden
Sarah Shotland
Sheila Squillante

Aurora the Witch will have a special tarot nook set up in the back yard!

Monique Combs is cooking 🙂

Books will be for sale as well, but you can pre-order a copy from Tolsunbooks.com. You can buy my book at the launch or online

Reviews:

‘Animal You’ll Surely Become is an honest, intimate, and unwaveringly compassionate look at our human vulnerability, especially the young, the disenfranchised, the addicted, and the innocent. These fierce essays sting, then sing. Brittany Hailer is a writer to watch, that’s for sure.’ – Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire

‘Animal You’ll Surely Become is a courageous and confident debut that juggles sorrow and fear, rage and love, hurt and triumph, all while balanced on an umbilical highwire tethered between memory and the moon. After reading this book, you will never see cherry blossoms or a tortoise shell or a collarbone or a wine bottle or a pile of clothes in the same way again. Angela Carter, Kate Bernheimer, and Lidia Yuknavitch fans, you heard it here first: Brittany Hailer is a writer to watch.’ —Molly Gaudry, author of We Take Me Apart and Desire: A Haunting


‘Animal You’ll Surely Become is a brutal and lyric shape-shifter of a book. It reinvents itself with each chapter, always turning on the reader. This book is an animal who is smart and soft, intuitive and vicious. It is a hybrid-myth of a beast with three faces pointing backwards, forwards, and most importantly: straight ahead, daring its reader, its prey, to blink. Hailer debuts with a lush and dirty book that is as adventurous as it is ambitious, and as I read it, I couldn’t look away.’ -Sarah Shotland, Author of Junkette

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!

 

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.

 

ReclaimingPGH’s June Skill Share – Runes for Beginners

Events

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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!