DRAFT

2020 Preliminary Class Schedule

  1. Elements of Magic – San Diego – Weekend Intensive – March 14 & 15
  2. Elements of Magic – LA-area Location TBD – April 4 & 5
  3. Pearl Pentacle – LA-area Location TBD – Weekend Intensive – April 25 & 26
  4. Pentacle of Community – LA-area Location TBD – Weekend Intensive – May
  5. Iron Pentacle – LA-area Location TBD – Weekend Intensive – September

Elements of Magic is a prerequisite for all other Reclaiming classes.
Pentacle of Community prerequisites include Elements of Magic and Iron Pentacle


Ostara Ritual

Beloved Reclaiming Los Angeles Community,

We present to you the following ritual to deepen in your craft and with the local spirits at these times of Great Change.

Our ritual intention for this joint working:

Weaving a web of power with local spirits, we sprout the seeds of change.

May you all be well and stay well.

Blessings,
The Ritual Planners

Simple Outline

Below is a simple outline for those who prefer to weave magic as they will. Following this outline is one with more details for those who seek them.

Before the work, establish who the caretakers of the land are. The site, Native Land, can be helpful.

  1. Acknowledge whose land you are on, honoring the peoples who have survived colonialism.
  2. Cleanse yourself for the work.
  3. Ground your roots into the Earth.
  4. Cast your circle to create the container.
  5. Acknowledge the elements and welcome their magic.
  6. Connect with the spirits of the land on which you live.
  7. Embark on the trance journey and magical working prepared for you.
  8. Feel into whether anything else is needed to make your ritual complete.
  9. Thank the spirits of the land and the elements and release them the work.
  10. Open your circle.

Blessed be!

Detailed Outline

Below is a more detailed ritual outline for those who are interested or those who seek to create the magic in synchrony with the other witches.

Before the work, establish who the caretakers of the land are. The site, Native Land, can be helpful.

  1. Acknowledge whose land you are on, honoring the peoples who have survived colonialism.
    • When we begin our working we acknowledge the first peoples of the land we are on. We acknowledge that they cared for the land long before the colonialists who committed genocide against the first peoples, and we acknowledge that the first people are still here and not gone. This is not the end of the colonialist journey; merely a first tiny step.
  2. Cleanse yourself for the work.
    • You may choose to cleanse with sound, salt, or saining. Whatever calls to you.
  3. Ground your roots into the Earth.
    • Breathe deeply into your body, feeling the whole of your body. Breathe deeply into your root and as you breathe let your root sink deeper and deeper into the earth. When your root has been sunk as deep as you need, begin to breathe up the rich earth energy. Breathe up the earth energy into your body filling your arms, legs, torso, head, and crown.
  4. Cast your circle to create the container.
    • You can cast your circle with a wand, athame, or even your hands. The key is to move the energy into a delineated space. We typically cast starting in the North and moving to the East, South, West, back to North to complete the circle, then above and below.
  5. Acknowledge the elements and welcome their magic.
    • We typically welcome the elements starting with Air in the East, then Fire in the South, Water in the West, Earth in the North, and Spirit at the Center. This acknowledgement can be a welcoming with words of poetry or song, or and a breathing into your circle with your breath. Or simple an honoring bow, acknowledging the elements are always there and always sacred.
  6. Connect with the spirits of the land on which you live.
    • Honor the local spirits of the land. This may require a deep listening and stillness to get to know them. Perhaps there are small spirits in your garden or on your balcony. Perhaps you hear the spirit of the mountain in the distance. Perhaps you already know the spirits of where you live through years of deep work with them. Honor the presence and thank them for letting you do the work.
  7. Embark on the trance journey and magical working prepared for you.
    • Make yourself comfortable for a trance journey in whatever way works best for your body, and when ready, you can play the audio file prepared.
  8. Feel into whether anything else is needed to make your ritual complete.
    • After emerging from the trance, you may sense the need to move your body or breathe energy up through your grounding cord. Feel into what is right for your ritual in this moment. You may feel your ritual is already complete.
  9. Thank the spirits of the land and the elements and release them the work.
    • Honor all the beings and mysterious ones you welcomed at the start of your ritual, including the elements. Typically we thank the energies in reverse order, though sometimes a ritual calls for a different order. Thank them and wish them farewell in the order that feels most right to you.
  10. Open your circle.
    • We can open our circle by sweeping it away to go be with our local spirits. You can start by sweeping that which is below, then going to that which is above, then start sweeping in a counterclockwise direction starting the West, then going to the South, East, and ending in the North.
    • Your circle is open, but unbroken! Blessed be!

Elements of Magic – San Diego Weekend Intensive

When
Saturday, March 14brighid-the-flaming-arrow-helena-nelson-reed
10:00 am – 8:00 pm

and

Sunday, March 15
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where
A private residence in San Diego. Address shared upon registration.

Taught by Rebecca, Poppy and Rainy

$120 – $250 (self-determined sliding scale)
(a limited number of partial scholarships are available for those in need)

Pre-Register Now via PayPal, or email info@reclaimingla.org for other registration options:

Email poppywalksedges@gmail.com to pre-register.

Come join is around Brigid’s cauldron as we drink from the sacred well of our divinity and connection to all things, and stoke the hearth fires to re-forge our hearts.

EARTH – AIR – FIRE – WATER – SPIRIT

Elements of Magic is the first of the Reclaiming Tradition core classes. Journeying together through earth, air, fire, water and spirit, we will work with tools including grounding, creating sacred space, invocation, sound, movement, divination, trance and more. Each class segment is structured as a participatory ritual including practical tips and magical tools.

This workshop provides an opportunity to explore and practice the foundational magical skills of the Reclaiming Tradition and is a great way to connect with other people exploring magic and witchcraft and build community. Group experience follows feminist consensus process. We aim to provide a fair and nurturing environment for all participants and are committed to creating an inclusive environment aligned with the Principles of Unity.

 PREREQUISITE
Please read the first six chapters of The Spiral Dance by Starhawk. We kindly ask that students commit to attending the full weekend, or let us know in advance if not. (Elements of Magic is a prerequisite for all other Reclaiming classes.)

Questions? Email: poppywalksedges@gmail.com


Community Class: The Mycelial Pentacle

In the Forest, not a single organism survives entirely on its own. The mycelium in the forest floor supports and links every thing rooted in it. The trees provide shelter for all, reducing the temperature and wind-flow within the forest while also bringing moisture down from the sky. Every creature in every ecosystem is interconnected. We too are interconnected. In community, we grow together, we thrive together just like all creatures in the Forest. In Reclaiming, community is the capstone of our tradition. And therein lies both our blessings and our challenges.

In this class, we rise to our challenges and embrace our blessings as we work magic with the Pentacle of Community: Collaboration, Honor, Common Good, Empowerment, and Service. We will also work with Collectivism as the circumference of this pentacle. Through the Pentacle of Community, we weave a network that supports our living, working, and being together; we build a radical alternative to the destructive domination and isolationism of the over-culture. We will examine our relationships with each other, learn from indigenous and earth wisdom, perform radical self analysis, and empower tools that help us continually move from isolationism to standing together, supporting ourselves and each other as creatures of this brilliant and magical forest.

When

Saturday, May 16, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm – and – Sunday, May 17, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Where
Greater Los Angeles area, details TBA

Taught by Robin and Caduceus

Fees and Registration

Pre-requisites

  • Elements of Magic and either Iron Pentacle or Pearl Pentacle.
  • Alternative pre-requisites include equivalent experience.

Community Class: The Mycelial Pentacle

When
Saturday, May 16
10:00 am – 8:00 pm

and

Sunday, May 17
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where
Greater Los Angeles area, details TBA

Taught by Robin and Caduceus

$120 – $250 (self-determined sliding scale)
(a limited number of partial scholarships are available for those in need)

In the Forest, not a single organism survives entirely on its own. The mycelium in the forest floor supports and links every thing rooted in it. The trees provide shelter for all, reducing the temperature and wind-flow within the forest while also bringing moisture down from the sky. Every creature in every ecosystem is interconnected. We too are interconnected. In community, we grow together, we thrive together just like all creatures in the Forest. In Reclaiming, community is the capstone of our tradition. And therein lies both our blessings and our challenges.

In this class, we rise to our challenges and embrace our blessings as we work magic with the Pentacle of Community: Collaboration, Honor, Common Good, Power, and Service. We will also work with Collectivism as the circumference of this pentacle. Through the Pentacle of Community, we weave a network that supports our living, working, and being together; we build a radical alternative to the destructive domination and isolationism of the over-culture. We will examine our relationships with each other, learn from indigenous and earth wisdom, perform radical self analysis, and empower tools that help us continually move from isolationism to standing together, supporting ourselves and each other as creatures of this brilliant and magical forest.

Pre-requisites: Elements of Magic and either Iron Pentacle or Pearl Pentacle. Alternative pre-requisites include equivalent experience.


Drawing Down the Moon: The Art and Practice of Aspecting

When
Saturday, August 10
11:00 am – 7:00 pm

and

Sunday, August 11
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Where
Greater Los Angeles area, details TBA

Taught by Laura Wyrd and Caduceus

$160-$350 (self-determined sliding scale)
(a limited number of partial scholarships are available for those in need)

Aspecting is a pathway to personal encounters with the Gods/Divinity. It is beautiful and transformative. It can lead us to the deepest, most intimate relationships with the Divine. In the practice of Aspecting, we bring the energy & messages of the deities through our bodies, energy fields, and our voices.

In this playshop we will safely explore the techniques and the practice of Aspecting as it’s done in the Reclaiming Tradition. We’ll step into the practice by anchoring, grounding, releasing our inflated/deflated tendencies, and creating a strong container. For those new to Aspecting this class will offer you a safe gateway into this magical experience. For those more experienced, it will be a chance to deepen your practice and share the wisdom of the gods with others.

Laura & Caduceus are longtime dedicants to this practice and have succeeded through trial and error with the Gods, who are often patient and always forgiving.

Prerequisites:

  • Reclaiming’s Elements of Magic and
  • 1 additional Reclaiming Core class or Reclaiming Witchcamp.
Registration:
  1. Contact Laura Wyrd at either lynxmagic@hotmail.com or (310)869-5766.
  2. Pay in full now, OR submit a deposit of $80. (Deposit amount is nonrefundable after 7/27; all cancellations must be submitted in writing prior to the 7/27 deadline.)
  3. Pre-registration required.
  4. Space is limited, register with a deposit to reserve your spot.

Pearl Pentacle – Weekend Intensive

WhenPearl Pentacle
Saturday, June 1
10:00 am – 8:00 pm

and

Sunday, June 2
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Where
At a private home in the Studio City area. Address shared upon registration.

Taught by Caduceus and Rainy

$120 – $250 (self-determined sliding scale)
(a limited number of partial scholarships are available for those in need)

Along with the Iron Pentacle, the Pearl Pentacle is one of Reclaiming Tradition’s core tools for self-transformation, adapted from the Anderson Feri Tradition. This Pentacle provides a framework for developing self and group awareness, building intuitive skills, and for stepping into one’s power in the world.

Each point of the Pearl Pentacle radiates through us and into the world, offering the powerful and visionary qualities of Love, Wisdom, Knowledge, Law and Liberty. Using magical tools including ritual, trance, divination and aspecting, we will delve into the myriad ways these powerful forces can be shaped and channeled in our internal growth, our actions, our relationships, and our work in community.

The energy of this Pentacle is full of depth and healing, the ability to turn wounds into jewels. Pearl Pentacle is a great companion tool in times of challenge.

Pre-Register Now via email info@reclaimingla.org; please include information about when you took Elements of Magic and who your teachers were. 

Some Pearl Pentacle articles are available in the Reclaiming Quarterly archives.

PREREQUISITE
Reclaiming Elements of Magic is a prerequisite for this class.

Beltane Ritual

Join Reclaiming LA to celebrate BELTANE, also known as May Eve, a cross-quarter holiday celebrating the height of Spring. Beltane is a festival of flowers, fertility, sensuality, and delight. It’s the time when the Earth Mother opens up to the fertility god and the Faeries are afoot.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019

4:30 PM: Gather & Drum Jam
5:00 PM: Ritual Start

Location

Gathering Location:
Griffith Park
Merry Go Round Lot Two
Los Angeles, CA 90027

(To get to Merry Go Round Lot Two, drive through Merry Go Round Lot 1 and out the back of that parking lot, continuing up the hill to the next lot. Lot 2 does not have any signage.)

Ritual Location:
Old Los Angeles Zoo
4801 Griffith Park Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Suggested Donation: $5-$20 (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Accessibility

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All Genders Welcome!
Children welcome with adult supervision

What to Bring

To support those in recovery, all of our rituals are clean and sober.


Elements of Magic Six-Week Class

“Magic is art — that is, it has to do with forms, with structures, with images that can shift us out of the limitations imposed by our culture in a way that words alone cannot, with visions that hint at possibilities of fulfillment not offered by the empty world.”

—Starhawk, Dreaming the Dark

This transformative 6-week course is the first of several core classes taught in the Reclaiming Tradition, an anarchist, ecofeminist, non-hierarchical strand of Witchcraft that was born in the California Bay Area in the early 1980’s. With the five sacred Elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit, we begin the practice of Magic: the art of changing consciousness at will, empowering us to act in our lives, our community, and our world, for greater personal sovereignty, justice and liberation.

Each Element is a participatory ritual through which you will learn technologies and tools to create sacred space, honor divinity, and focus your will to manifest change for the good of all. These tools and technologies include the altar, the blade, the wand, the cone of power, the chalice, the pentacle, the cauldron, dance, drumming, chanting, trance, visualization, wish birds, sensing & projecting energy, spellcraft, and creating and structuring rituals.

This class is a great way to connect with other people exploring Reclaiming Tradition magic and witchcraft. Group experience follows feminist consensus process. We aim to provide an accessible, fair, and nurturing environment for all participants.

PREREQUISITE
Please read the first six chapters of The Spiral Dance by Starhawk. We kindly ask that students commit to attending the full weekend. (Elements of Magic is a prerequisite for all other Reclaiming classes.)

WHEN
6 Sundays beginning 2/10/19 from 1-5pm.
Tentative Schedule: 2/10, (possibly skipping 2/17), 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, (possibly skipping 3/17), 3/24, and concluding 3/31.

WHERE
A private home in the Hawthorne in the greater Los Angeles area. Exact location will be shared with registrants or upon request.

TEACHERS
Taught by Rebecca and Kirke

COST
$120 – $250 (self-determined sliding scale) with a limited number of partial scholarships available for those in need.

Questions and registration: rebeccafowler825@yahoo.com


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Elements of Magic – Weekend Intensive

When
Saturday, April 22
10:00 am – 8:00 pm

and

Sunday, April 23
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where
A private residence in West Hollywood. Address shared upon registration.

Taught by Urania and Caduceus

$120 – $250 (self-determined sliding scale)
(a limited number of partial scholarships are available for those in need)

Pre-Register Now via PayPal, or email info@reclaimingla.org for other registration options:

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We’re excited to offer Elements of Magic in a weekend intensive format in Los Angeles! In this class taught in the Reclaiming Tradition, we begin the practice of Magic, Witchcraft, and Goddess spirituality by working with the Elements of Magic: Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit. Learn how to deepen your vision and focus your Will – empowering yourself to act in the world!

Each class is structured as a participatory ritual including practical tips and magical tools. You will learn ritual technologies used in Reclaiming to create sacred space, honor divinity, and wield magical tools, such as the sword, the wand, the cone of power, the chalice, the pentacle, the cauldron, and our own bodies and breath.

We’ll explore and learn techniques including dance, drumming, chanting, trance, visualization, wish birds, sensing & projecting energy, working boundaries and Will, spellcraft, and creating and structuring rituals. Elements of Magic allows us to explore these skills in a supportive group setting.

This class is a great way to connect with other people exploring Reclaiming Tradition magic and witchcraft. Group experience follows feminist consensus process. We aim to provide a fair and nurturing environment for all participants.

Questions? Email: info@reclaimingla.org

PREREQUISITE
Please read the first six chapters of The Spiral Dance by Starhawk. We kindly ask that students commit to attending all sessions of the class. (Elements of Magic is a prerequisite for all other Reclaiming classes and Reclaiming LA’s Ritual Planning Cell.)


Elements of Magic

“Magic is art — that is, it has to do with forms, with structures, with images that can shift us out of the limitations imposed by our culture in a way that words alone cannot, with visions that hint at possibilities of fulfillment not offered by the empty world.”

Starhawk, Dreaming the Dark

This transformative weekend intensive is the first of several core classes taught in the Reclaiming Tradition, an anarchist, ecofeminist, non-hierarchical strand of Witchcraft that was born in the California Bay Area in the early 1980’s.  With the five sacred Elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit, we begin the practice of Magic: the art of changing consciousness at will, empowering us to act in our lives, our community, and our world, for greater personal sovereignty, justice and liberation.

Each Element is a participatory ritual through which you will learn technologies and tools to create sacred space, honor divinity, and focus your will to manifest change for the good of all. These tools and technologies include the altar, the blade, the wand, the cone of power, the chalice, the pentacle, the cauldron, dance, drumming, chanting, trance, visualization, wish birds, sensing & projecting energy, spell craft, and creating and structuring rituals.

This class is a great way to connect with other people exploring Reclaiming Tradition magic and witchcraft. Group experience follows feminist consensus process. We aim to provide an accessible, fair, and nurturing environment for all participants.

PREREQUISITE
Please read the first six chapters of The Spiral Dance by Starhawk. We kindly ask that students commit to attending the full weekend. (Elements of Magic is a prerequisite for all other Reclaiming classes and Reclaiming LA’s Ritual Planning Cell..)

WHEN
Saturday, February 24, 2018
10:00AM to 7:00PM
-and-
Sunday, February 25, 2018
10:00AM to 6:00PM

WHERE
In the Los Angeles area. Address shared upon registration.

Taught by Laura Wyrd and Rebecca

COST
$120 – $250 (self-determined sliding scale) with a limited number of partial scholarships available for those in need

Questions and pre-registration: laura@lauramorganhypnotherapy.com or (310)358-5018


Iron Pentacle – Weekend Intensive

When
Saturday, April 20
10:00 am – 8:00 pm

and

Sunday, April 21
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Where
At a private home in Irvine. Address shared upon registration.

Taught by Rebecca, Rainy and Kirke.

$120 – $250 (self-determined sliding scale)
(a limited number of partial scholarships are available for those in need)

Pre-Register Now via email rebeccafowler825@yahoo.com; please include information about when you took Elements of Magic and who your teachers were.

Join us for an Iron Pentacle class! The Iron Pentacle is one of Reclaiming Tradition’s core tools for self-transformation, inherited from the Anderson Feri Tradition.

Using our magical skills, along with moving and shaping energy, we’ll explore the five points of the Iron PentacleSEXPRIDESELFPOWER, and PASSION. These points are our birthright as free human beings. The Iron Pentacle can help us reclaim these energies and integrate them into our lives.

During this intermediate class we will explore the power and majesty of the Iron Pentacle through exercises and techniques, including ritual, trance, energy work, self-awareness, communication, journaling, and song. We’ll also develop areas where growth and balance are required, learning tools to take into our daily lives. Although the Iron Pentacle can be challenging, it is a powerful tool for personal transformation, which is the work of a lifetime.

Questions? Email: rebeccafowler825@yahoo.com

PREREQUISITE
Reclaiming Elements of Magic is a prerequisite for this class.


Pearl Pentacle – Weekend Intensive

When
Saturday, October 14
10:00 am – 8:00 pm

and

Sunday, October 15
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where
In the Los Angeles area. Address shared upon registration.

Taught by UraniaCaduceus, and Ravenna 

$120 – $250 (self-determined sliding scale)
(a limited number of partial scholarships are available for those in need)

Pre-Register Now via email info@reclaimingla.org; please include information about when you took Elements of Magic and who your teachers were.

Each point of the Pearl Pentacle radiates through us and into the world, offering the powerful and visionary qualities of Love, Law, Wisdom, Liberty/Power and Knowledge. We become the conduit through which the Pearl can flow into the world, as we honor and celebrate the sacredness of life and the Earth. This pentacle provides a framework for developing self and group awareness, building intuitive skills, and for stepping into one’s power in the world.

Within the container of class we will use ritual, movement, meditation, trance, chants, and drumming to explore the points and connections of the Pearl Pentacle and how its powerful energy can be shaped and channeled into our lives.

The energy of this Pentacle is full of depth and healing, the ability to turn wounds into jewels, a great companion tool in times of challenge.

Some Pearl Pentacle articles are available in the Reclaiming Quarterly archives.

Questions? Email: info@reclaimingla.org

PREREQUISITE
Reclaiming Elements of Magic is a prerequisite for this class.


The Sound of Ritual: Soundscaping and Sacred Noise

WhenRitual Soundscaping Flyer
Saturday, March 10
10:00 am – 7:00 pm

and

Sunday, March 11
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where
Los Angeles. Address shared upon registration.

Taught by Gwion and Rainy

$120 – $240 (self-determined sliding scale)
(a limited number of partial scholarships are available for those in need)

Email gwionraven@gmail.com to pre-register; $50 deposit required to hold your spot.

Let us be still and listen for the sounds of ritual. Are we shaping a call for justice? Are we crafting a chant song for community healing? Does our ritual play long for a kaleidoscope of sounds and rhythms cascading together to make a beautiful noise that supports the magic we create?

Gwion and Rainy cordially invite you to join us as we explore the art of ritual soundscaping. Together we will delve into the mysteries of our collective voice, using it as a tool for enhancing ritual experiences. Together we’ll find the “just right” sounds as they emerge and fold them seamlessly into the rich tapestry of ritual technology, honing and developing our musical skills together.

Let us explore crafting magical, musical intentions, using our voices, drums, bodies and the instruments that Nature provides us to nurture and support life enhancing change and action.

No musical experience required. Bring a drum if you have one or shakers or a kazoo or just your hands and a voice. This is not a drumming workshop, but it is a sound playshop and drums might be used.

Questions? Email: info@reclaimingla.org

Facilitator Bios:
Gwion has been a practicing witch and ritualist within the Reclaiming Tradition since 2003. He loves being in service with this community of witches and world changers and has taught Reclaiming Core classes, week-long witchcamps, and embodied devotional work across the U.S and Canada. As a drummer and musician, Gwion draws inspiration from music and improvisational theatre. He has a willingness to embrace and explore the power in the Shadow. Gwion has studied Tibetan Buddhism with his beloved Ven. Segyu Rinpoche, Druidry and adores myths, especially those from the British Isles. He is often found conversing with Ravens, running through the redwoods, and drumming with the Unseen Ones. Gwion is dedicated to Ceridwen and the transformation She brings through her cauldron of Initiation. You can follow Gwion at www.tobeawitch.com

Rainy – I’ve known I was a witch since my college days (nearly 30 years ago now), practicing mostly as a solitary until I found my home in Reclaiming. Since 2004 I’ve attended six Witchcamps (California Witchcamp and Tejas Web in TX) and one Tejas Dandelion Gathering, returning from each camp more in love with this tradition and with a deepening commitment to nurturing community at home. I’m currently serving on the Reclaiming LA Ritual Planning Cell and have helped to craft and priestess many public rituals in the last three years. My personal practice includes restorative yoga, meditation, divination, and journaling. You can often find me at the community garden or curled up with my two cats and a good book.