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Friday, November 5th, 2010
4:54 pm
Puget Sound CR Schmooze offering focused study group this year
The Seattle CR Schmooze will be holding a year-long focused study group as an introduction to Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism. Our December meeting will be dedicated to an overview of the subjects we will cover and a brief introduction to the CR community. This once a month series of topical discussions will be open to everyone on a donation basis to help pay for photocopies of readings and resources.

We meet on the first Monday of every month from 7 to 9pm at Edge of the Circle.

You can join the Puget Sound CR yahoogroup here
Thursday, October 14th, 2010
10:13 pm
Diana Paxson book signing, now a free rune class! - Seattle, WA
Diana Paxson's book signing is now a free rune workshop! Edge of the Circle Books, Saturday, October 16th from 4-6pm.

“Runes wilt thou find,
and rightly read,
of wondrous weight,
of mighty magic…” (Havamál 142)

In the runes we read the meaning of our lives, but that is only the beginning of what they can do. Come hear Diana L. Paxson discuss the history and meaning of the magical alphabet of the North and demonstrate how the runes can be used for meditation, magic, and healing. Diana is an Elder in the Troth and author of /Taking Up the Runes/, /Trance-Portation/, and many novels with legendary themes She will be available for Rune Readings afterward.
Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
1:59 am
Ogam workshop in Everett, WA
An Introduction to Ogam
Thursday, August 21st, 6:00 to 7:00 PM
A Gathering Grove
2820 Oakes Avenue, Everett

What is ogam? Where did it come from? How do you use it?

Join Erynn Rowan Laurie, author of Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom for this hour-long workshop on ogam, an early Irish alphabet used much like Norse runes. We'll explore its origins, some of the myths about it, and the names and basic meanings of each letter. Erynn has studied and used the ogam for over twenty years and has written an in-depth book about its meanings and use. Relax in the cozy surroundings of A Gathering Grove for this fun and interesting workshop. Suggested donation $5.

Current Mood: working
Sunday, April 20th, 2008
4:57 pm
Question for others with formal study/interest in/background
I am only a selectively patient person, and when faced with things I have been putting off to long (in this case formal Druidic study) I tend to go a bit crazy. I have been trying to slow down in general, prioritize and the like. This year I plan to actually start some of the study I have been been denying myself for years. My problem is that now I want to sign up for all the courses I want to take *at once* and I'm pretty sure that that will be a bit over taxing. I have info on 4+ at this time.

For those of you who have participated in formal Druidic study programs how and why did you chose the ones you took or are planning on taking?

For those of you who are interested in taking one have taken more then one, did you take them one at a time, or more then one? Why did you take the programs in the order you did- because it was how you wanted to take them or for financial reasons or other?

Some of my concern too is that the ones I want to take the most or first are the ones that I can not quite afford yet.


Current Mood: creative
Friday, November 9th, 2007
8:35 am
Help!!! I'm getting married!!! :)
Greetings everyone.  I'm planning a wedding for me and my partner for May '08 and could use some help.

We are both spiritually connected (he a Druid and I of mixed spiritual beliefs) and would like to have our ceremony show that.  Spirituality is very important to both of us.

Currently what I'm having the hardest time at is finding someone who could/will work with us in our desires and conduct the ceremony.  I have no idea where to look for this person.  We'll be having the legal ceremony in Canada, since we can't be legally married in most of the US, but that is just for the legality of it all ... the ceremony that will mean the most to us, will be done here and will have much more meaning to us and our spirits.  This will be the ceremony that will truly be the connection between us and the Powers That Be.

Any suggestions?

I'm also looking for the right location.  We are located in Seattle, WA and it' has to be somewhere around the area ... it also has to be outdoors.  Someplace where everyone will forget that they are even near city life.  If it wasn't that most of our guests don't drive, we'd be having the ceremony up on Mt. Rainier.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007
5:16 pm
Excerpt: How to Heal Toxic Thoughts

I have permission from Sterling Publishing to share an excerpt from the new psychology/self-help book, How to Heal Toxic Thoughts, by Sandra Ingerman.

The excerpt is called "Words as Seeds" and contains a brief history of the power of words and a visualization exercise for cultivating a verbal garden of love.

The excerpt is available at the URL below or I can provide it in other formats -- PDF or TXT or DOC -- let me know.


With Love,
Monday, July 23rd, 2007
9:40 pm
Pre-ordering Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom
Because so many have asked, and because the August 1st release date (Lughnassadh!) is right around the corner, I just wanted to let folks know again that they can pre-order the book at this website via PayPal. Cost for the book is $22.49 plus shipping, and if you send a note about your name along with your order, I'll personalize it with my autograph to you. All pre-ordered copies will be signed!

Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom is about 300 pages of information about ogam, divination, ritual, and Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism as practiced by the author (that's me).

There will be a release party in Seattle, date to be announced, and I will most likely be appearing at Pagan Pride down in Beaverton, Oregon on September 8th as a featured speaker. I'm working out details with the organizers at the moment.

Thanks to everyone for their interest and support!
Sunday, February 19th, 2006
1:31 am
Greetings and Bright Blessings

I just discovered Livejournal today; introduced to it by my ADF Dedicant Program Buddy. I have been poking around here for hours and just came across this community. I'm North and East of Everett, up in the Cascades. I have been a practicing solitary pagan for several years now but I'm really feeling the need to get connected with the local Pagan community and perhaps find a local grove to hang with. Also, if anybody has info on local ren faires I'd like to hear about that as well.

- Owen Gwalchmai
Friday, February 3rd, 2006
11:34 am
Ogam workshop tomorrow
Ogam Workshop

Saturday February 4, 2006
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
This event does not repeat.
Event Location: Vision Quest, Everett
Ogam divination and magic, taught by Erynn Rowan Laurie at Vision Quest at 3602 Colby in Everett. Class will be from 10am to 6pm and cost is $100. Please call Vision Quest to reserve a place for this class at 425-252-1591.

Current Mood: hopeful
Monday, October 10th, 2005
6:16 pm
Samhain Feast: CASA Fundraiser
My apologies for the late notice. Between travel and personal stuff, I've not had time to get our notice ready.

This year, CASA will be sponsoring my semi-annual Samhain Feast. This event is usually private and invitation only, but this year I'm putting it on as a fundraisier for CASA. I would like to invite the community to celebrate with me and my friends in this season of the New Year, for purification, communion with the ancestors, and a look into the year ahead.

The Samhain Feast features work with the ancestors and with Celtic deities of the dead and of the Otherworld. We will provide the feast and divination for the ceremony. Please bring images or mementos of those who have gone before to place on the altar. Erynn will provide free ogam divinations for those who wish it.

When: Tuesday, November 1st from 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Where: Ballard Odd Fellows Lodge on Market Street in Ballard
Cost: $50 donation to CASA

PLEASE RSVP BY TUESDAY OCTOBER 25TH so that we know how much food to prepare.

Our tentative menu for the event:
appetizers (veggies, fruit, olives, cheese, crackers)
rose hip soup
Irish soda bread
baked mixed winter veggies with olive oil and rosemary
pork roast with apples and garlic
polenta with mushrooms and gruyere
baked pears in ginger sauce
chocolate raspberry mousse
cranberry juice
mulled cider
Saturday, September 24th, 2005
11:10 pm
I've been documentarized
This from my friend Corinne:

On October 15, 2005, my short film “MARC My Words” will premiere at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival - at the Cinerama (2100 4th Ave, Seattle) at 12:00 pm, as part of the “Local Shorts” program. The 11-minute short documentary profiles the activities and attitudes of the group MARC – the Multifaith Alliance of Reconciling Communities, an association of multifaith GLBT clergy, as well as the growth of the Religious Coalition for Equality, an issues-based coalition of clergy of all stripes and sexualities working for GLBT rights.

Ed Shields, gay ex-priest and one-time president of Dignity Seattle, and Erynn Laurie, bisexual druid priestess and respected pagan author and scholar, discuss the issues GLBT people face when they express their spiritual needs as well as the challenges that all people - gay, straight, bi or trans – face when working across cultural and religious lines. The film contains unique footage of the Marriage Equality Rally in Olympia on February 14, 2005, when hundreds of clergy and supporters (including the Seattle Men’s and Women’s Choruses) gathered on the steps of the Capitol in support of love and marriage for all. Since the press virtually ignored the rally, this is a rare opportunity for those who were not there to witness the full scope of the event, and for the rest of us to recall the beauty of the experience.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for Local Shorts through Three Dollar Bill Cinema (http://www.seattlequeerfilm.com)
I invite anyone and everyone to come and support the work of local queer filmmakers.

While you’re at it, don’t hesitate to check out the rest of the festival. It always has something for everyone.

Current Mood: hopeful
Tuesday, July 19th, 2005
3:54 pm
Lughnassadh in Everett
Does anyone want to come up to my place in Everett for a potluck, CR Lughnassadh ritual and lots of geeky discussion on Celtic religion and such? Drop me a note for phone number and directions. Sunday, July 31st in the afternoon. Ritual at dusk.

Current Mood: hopeful
Thursday, June 30th, 2005
2:24 pm
Puget Sound Celtic Reconstructionists
I've started up a local area yahoogroup for folks in the Puget Sound area. You can find a description of the group here. If you're interested in hooking up with local CR folks, please drop by!

Current Mood: busy
Wednesday, June 15th, 2005
2:40 pm
Ogam class in Everett
I will be presenting a day-long workshop on Ogam in Divination and Healing in Everett, WA on Saturday, July 2nd from 10 am to 7pm. For details on location, please email me. Cost for the workshop will be $100, with part of the proceeds to CASA, the Cascadia Alternative Spirituality Association. We will cover basic divinatory meanings of each of the primary 20 letters, and healing applications for each one. Divination techniques will be demonstrated, including design of ogam layouts and random casting methodology.

This is not your grandma's tree ogam -- my approach is based on the meanings of the letter names. We will be doing ogam letter meditations and learning ways of deriving our own associations from each letter for divinatory purposes. Please bring a notebook and an open mind. If you have an ogam set, please bring it. If not, I recommend picking up a copy of Caitlin Matthews' "Celtic Wisdom Sticks" so you'll have a set to work with. We won't be using her system, but the sticks are the ones I use for my divination. Materials will be available for creating your own set of ogams if you notify me in advance.

Payment can be made through PayPal or by check or cash in person on the date of the workshop. Pre-registration is required to get the location of the workshop. You can email me at inisglas (at) seanet (dot) com -- I hope to see you there!

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, May 31st, 2005
5:32 pm
Ogam workshop
I'm giving some thought to doing a day-long ogam workshop in Everett at Vision Quest bookshop during July. Part of the proceeds would go to CASA as a fundraiser. I'm thinking a Saturday in July, and will be covering ogam for divination and for healing work. I would like at least five people signed up in order to do the class, and since it will be an all-day thing (10am to 7pm with lunch and a couple of breaks, most likely), I'm thinking of asking $100 for the class.

Would there be any interest among the local Pagans and CR folks?

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, March 26th, 2005
2:51 pm
More on HB1515
The bill passed the Senate yesterday with an amendment that states that religious and sectarian organizations are exempt from the anti-discrimination laws. This, though, seems a reasonable compromise. It has gone back to the House, and if it passes with the amendment, will be passed on to Gov. Gregoire, who has already stated she will sign it into law.

Go us!

Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, March 25th, 2005
10:14 am
On equality in Washington State
There is currently a bill before the Washington State legislature, HB 1515, which would finally (after about 30 years of struggle) grant equal rights under the law to sexual minorities. We stand a good chance of passing it this year, as it has finally made it out of committee and to the floor of the Senate.

I am, unfortunately, represented by a fundamentalist Christian Republican, Sen. Dave Schmidt, who has no intention of supporting this bill. His office uses the usual specious "special rights" arguments and non-issues of "morality" to argue against equal rights for all. Presented below is my email correspondence with his office over the past two days, cut-tagged to preserve the blood pressure of some of my more volatile friends.

The correspondence below is, unfortunately, unsurprising to me but extremely disappointing. For reasons I still cannot fathom, despite all that has happened to me in my life, I still hope that people will see reason and make choices that act in the interests of freedom and happiness for everyone. Yes, I really am that stupidly optimistic.

Annoying Republican idiocy aheadCollapse )

So, as you can see, I have changed no one's mind, but I do hope that the argument I've presented can serve as a model for further public discourse, and that it will, perhaps, offer something to those who are on the fence regarding civil rights for sexual minorities.

Current Mood: annoyed
Saturday, March 5th, 2005
5:27 pm

Hello, I just joined this community..:)
I'm writing a paper about the ancient beliefs  in Britan, aka Druidism, celtic myths etc.
I was therefor wondering if anyone could help me out, direct me to some good sides or similar. I'm having trouble finding out exactly *what* they believed in, and how the myths/folklore was connected to their daily life.

If anyone here could help, I would be eternally grateful. ^_^


Monday, January 31st, 2005
4:08 pm
Druid Wedding
Hello, I have just disovered this community. I am a resident of Portland, OR. I have not been a part of any spiritual community for some time. My fiance and I are planning a Medieval Celtic Druid Wedding for October 2006. I am interested in learning more about wedding traditions and rites. Does anyone here know of any good links for researching this? Does anyone know of a Druid priest or priestess who performs ceremonies in the Portland area? We would love for our wedding to be held in the Columbia River Gorge, near a waterfall. I am in the early planning stages and would love any advice.
Sunday, January 23rd, 2005
12:21 pm
Local CR stuff
I'm giving some thought to sponsoring a monthly local CR discussion group of some sort. Since I'm in Everett, I figured it would either be in the north end of Seattle, or that we might do it in south Snohomish somewhere. I've had a few people say they'd be interested in such a thing. Would anyone be interested in co-sponsoring with me?

With this in mind, what kinds of things would people like to do at such a thing? I could see those of us who are fairly well along on our paths comparing notes and talking about what we're reading lately, as well as keeping up with each other's research and ritual work that's okay for group discussion. At this point, I don't see it particularly being a ritual group, as we all seem to have such diverse approaches, though we could certainly consider getting together from time to time to experiment with some group work.

For newer folks, it could present opportunities to talk to folks with more experience, get advice on reading lists, talk about their experiences, and ask questions or offer their own thoughts. It could also offer a place where newer folks could go if they're looking for somebody to help mentor them in their personal work.

At the moment, I'm sort of envisioning this happening at a cafe, for instance in a bookshop, like the meetups often do.

Any thoughts?

Current Mood: mellow
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