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Wicca 101 for the Fall

Posted by Sable Aradia on July 6, 2013 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (3)

Due to popular demand, we will be sponsoring a Wicca 101 series starting in September.  This will be overseen by me (Sable) and organized by my Second Degree initiate Anari (Zapphira) who is also my coven Maiden.  To register, contact me here or at the shop or phone.  All welcome, costs limited to expenses (ie. photocopies etc.)

Blessed be,

Sable

Eight Paths of Power Classes in 2011

Posted by Sable Aradia on January 4, 2011 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Starting in February, I will be offering my "Eight Paths of Power" series once again.  These classes have been well received by people in the community and I think they have something valuable to offer any Pagan, Witch or practitioner of magickal arts.  I have been actively practicing magick for a long time and this is the result of my work.  I will be offering this series in Vernon, Kelowna, and Nanaimo; please contact me for details about the Nanaimo dates.

 

Here's my write-up that I have put in my brochure:

 

The Eight Paths of Power:

Also known as the "Eightfold Way," are a series of 8 different techniques used in Wicca to perform magick. As detailed in Gardner's Book of Shadows, they are:

• Meditation or Concentration. Called for short, "Intent".

• Trance, projection of the Astral.

• Rites, Chants, Spells, Runes, Charms, etc.

• Incense, Drugs, Wine, etc. "Intoxicants".

• The Dance, and kindred practices.

• Blood control (the Cords), Breath Control, and kindred practices.

• The Scourge.

• The Great Rite.

Each of the 8 Paths will be instructed in a 6 hour intensive workshop.

Intent

The first and most important element in creating magick is forming your Intent. This clearly focuses your magickal efforts towards a specific goal. All magick (Power of Intention, Law of Attraction, or whatever name you want to call it) flows from the essential ability to focus your Intent. This intensive workshop will include:

• Visualization skills

• Concentration exercises

• Meditation exercises

• How to learn your True Will

• How to beat the “I Can’ts” and “That’s Impossibles!”

• How to clearly request what you actually want from the Universe - and get it!

~ February 6 (Vernon,) February 13 (Kelowna) ~

Trance

Inducing a trance state, an altered state of consciousness, is where most major experiences of magick, mysticism, and psychic ability begin. T intensive workshop in Trance, including:

• Definition of a trance state and how it works

• Examination of altered states of consciousness

• Examination of levels of trance

• How to induce trance states

• How to access psychic ability from a trance state

• Lucid dreaming and shamanic work

• Preparation for mediumship and Drawing Down the Moon or Sun

• Accessing different levels of reality and astral projection

~ March 13 (Vernon,) March 27 (Kelowna) ~

Rites, Chants, Spells, Runes & Charms

This is the most familiar form of Witch’s magick; what people usually think of when they hear the word “Witchcraft.” This intensive workshop in The Craft will include:

• Basic elements of ritual writing

• The art of spell construction

• The Witches’ Rune and its meaning

• Magickal correspondence tables to aid in your spellcraft

• How to use time to aid your magickal Work

• Commonly used chants in group ritual

• The bardic art of memorization

• Archetypes and their relevance to magick

• A study of symbolism and metaphor

• Accessing your creative abilities to create rituals, chants, songs, charms and spells

~ May 7 (Vernon,) May 29 (Kelowna) ~

Intoxicants

Intoxicants have been used throughout history to induce trance and create magick. This intensive workshop in the safe use of these substances will include:

• The safe use of incense in magick

• Particular uses for particular incenses

• The safe use of herbs and spices to induce altered states, psychic abilities, and certain physical effects (such as aphrodisiacs)

• The effect of various commonly-used drugs (marijuana, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine) on your spirit, aura, and psychic senses

• The effect of various prescription drugs on magick

• Safe recipes for magickally-oriented Intoxicants

~ June 12 (Vernon,) June 26 (Kelowna) ~

Dance & Sacred Movement

Dancing is among the most ancient methods by which power was raised and gods were worshipped. This intensive workshop in Dance and Sacred Movement will include:

• Basic yoga poses and movements for meditation

• The Five Tibetans or Five Rites

• How to use dancing to raise and direct energy

• Symbolic dance to represent forces of nature, totems and spirits

• Basic belly dancing as sacred art

• Ecstatic dance as worship of the Divine

• Circle dances commonly used in Wiccan ritual

• How to perform (and lead) a Spiral Dance

All levels of physical ability are welcome! Please wear loose and comfortable clothing.

~ July 17 (Vernon,) July 24 (Kelowna) ~

Blood and Breath Control

Mystics from ancient times have used the breath and blood flow to induce meditative states. Lady Sable Aradia will instruct you in an intensive workshop in the use of these techniques, including:

• The importance of proper breathing

• Basic Pranayama and Yogic Breathing

• Introduction to the chakras and chakra breathing exercises

• Postures to alter blood flow

• Basic biofeedback techniques

• Binding and sensory deprivation as meditation methods

• The Breath of Fire to raise energy

No one will be asked to participate in anything that makes her uncomfortable or puts her at risk.

~ September 11 (Vernon,) October 9 (Kelowna) ~

The Scourge

The Scourge is the most misunderstood and controversial magickal technique used in Wicca. More than just a tool, it is a symbol of suffering as a path to enlightenment. This workshop will include:

• A discussion and debate as to the necessity of pain and suffering

• A discussion of near death experiences, disability and Rites of Passage, and how they awaken shamanic power

• Examining how your times of suffering have improved your character and personal power

• Ritual to release limiting attachments

• Guided meditation to meet and come to terms with your Shadow Self

• Creating minor discomfort to induce trance states

• The traditional, proper technique of Scourging in Wicca and why it works.

~ October 16 (Vernon,) October 23 (Kelowna) ~

The Great Rite

The Great Rite, or Sacred Marriage, is an ancient and powerful magickal technique to commune with the Divine. Lady Sable Aradia will instruct you in an intensive workshop on all aspects of the Great Rite, including:

• The theory behind the Great Rite

• Balancing polarities of yin and yang energy

• Sex magick theory and a discussion of how to practice it

• A moving meditation to honour the Divine forces of Creation

• Tantric breathing exercises

• Drawing Down the Moon and Sun

• Performing a Symbolic Great Rite and how to perform an actual Great Rite

~ November 27 (Vernon,) December 4 (Kelowna) ~

 

I am offering these classes to CWABC members at $25 each; $50 each for non-CWABC members.  If you register for all the classes by January 31st, you will get all eight classes at $150 (members) or $300 (non-members,) which is basically getting two free classes!  I hope you will consider checking them out.  Vernon classes will be at my shop, The Threads That Bind Us, and the Kelowna classes will likely be at Quality Greens or Alternative Pathways.  I will have more information closer to the date.  Please email the Temple for details using the Contact Us link.

 

Blessed be,

Sable

April 2010 Temple Update

Posted by Sable Aradia on April 4, 2010 at 12:29 PM Comments comments (0)

You're going to notice as you read through that most of our events seem to be taking place at my shop.  Well guys, the fact is that the Temple kitty was bankrupted at Yule due to low turnout and donations not matching the hall rental, and my store is set up for events and I donate the space for free.  I don't see this as a bad thing; our community seems to be growing because it's starting to build around the hub of my little store, which is really the only Pagan store in the Okanagan Valley, and it's bringing us together quite well!  Vernon is an excellent nexus point; an hour and a half from Kamloops, 45 minutes from Salmon Arm and Cherryville, 30 minutes from Lumby, 20 minutes from Winfield, 45 minutes from Kelowna, and an hour and a half from Penticton.  Holding events there leaves almost no one out; it makes it a realistic trip to make, no matter what side of the Valley you're on.  I even have people coming out from Edgewood on Highway 6; 2 hours down a winding road!  The only drawback is that we can't do things outside, but one of the community members has a lovely home in Winfield, which isn't that far out of the way either, and she often offers up her home for outdoor events!  This might be the plan for Beltane.

 

We had a really great turnout at our Ostara ritual, bringing together old friends and new faces from as far away as Kelowna and Kamloops!  Plans haven't really materialized for Beltane yet, though there was some talk of a camping event; but I'm likely to be out of town, having promised my friends that I would come to their Beltane gathering on the Coast back at Samhain.  I will keep you posted of what transpires here in the area, however!  The idea at Ostara was to combine the efforts of the local CWA Temples, the Druid's Hearth, and the Women's Circle that meets at the Unitarian church in Kelowna, to create a Pagan Beltane for everyone in the Valley!  I hope this will still come to fruition and will be working to faciitate it.

 

Our Witches' FAQ night is tonight, at my shop, The Threads That Bind Us, 3004 B 31st St., starting at 6 pm.  Come on out to chat about Wicca and Wtichcraft, and ask whatever questions you feel the need to ask!

 

We're considering starting up a new women's group, since several people have been asking me about it.  If you are interested, please contact me via email or phone.  We would likely meet about once every two weeks on Monday nights at the store.

 

My first workshop in the Eight Paths of Power (The Eightfold Way of Wiccan Magick) on Intent was very successful; we had eight students turn out for the class and I've heard a lot of very positive feedback!  The second of the Eight Paths of Power Workshops - Trance, will start at noon on Saturday, April 24, and go to about 4 - 5 pm, at my store.  The store will be CLOSED that day to facilitate the workshop!  Please bring pillows, chairs or whatever you need to be comfortable, as much of the class will be spent in trance and meditation.  CWABC members free, or $25 per person, and please preregister!

 

I'm also participating in an event at the store that isn't officially a Temple event, but might still be of interest to the membership of the Temple.  On the third Wednesday night of each month, "The Medium, the Witch and the Shaman" meet for a discussion panel, featuring a variety of metaphysical and spiritual topics.  This month's topic is "Opening to Channel (a.k.a. Drawing Down the Moon)" and that will be on April 21 at 6 pm.  Admission is by donation.

 

I'm also continuing my Practical Magick classes on alternate Wednesday nights.  This month we're meeting on the 7th for "Practical Earth Magick," and April 28th for "Moon Magick" (in honour of the full moon.)  There are some prerequisites for the Earth Magick class so please come talk to me SOON if you wish to attend!  $5 - $20 sliding scale per class; the Earth Magick class requires a $5 materials fee as well.  I will be updating our Temple website calendar today to add all the upcoming events, including a complete Practical Magick cirriculum for 2010.

 

On April 22, my store will be holding our 3rd annual Earth Day "Reduce Reuse Recycle Sale".  We're asking people to bring us their recycling in return for great savings!  All pop cans and bottles donated will be used to fund Okanagan Pagan Pride Day (August 21.)   See my store website for the details.

 

For those who may not know, our Temple also has a Facebook group!  Look for "CWA North Okanagan Temple of Mirth and Reverence".

 

Last but not least, plans are actively underway for the CWABC's first Pagan festival, "Starfall PaganFest!"  This will be in Cherryville, BC, from July 2 - 4.  This is the first Pagan festival in our area and we really hope you'll come on out and support our efforts!  Contact me for details via email or phone 250-540-0341.  That pretty much goes for any event we're doing.  I'm really excited and I just can't wait!

 

I guess that's it for now.  I will update you all as to the Beltane plans when I know for sure what they are.

 

Happy Spring,

Sable

Eight Paths of Power Workshops

Posted by Sable Aradia on March 10, 2010 at 2:13 AM Comments comments (0)

The First Path: Intent

 

 

1) Meditation or Concentration. This in practice means forming a mental image of what is desired, and forcing yourself to see that it is fulfilled, with the fierce belief and knowledge that it can and will be fulfilled, and that you will go on willing till you force it to be fulfilled. Called for short, "Intent"

– from Gardner’s Book of Shadows

 

 

The first and most important element in creating magick is forming your Intent. This clearly focuses your magickal efforts towards a specific goal. All magick (Power of Intention, Law of Attraction, or whatever name you want to call it) flows from the essential ability to focus your Intent.

 

Lady Sable Aradia will instruct you in an intensive workshop in Intent, including:

 

 

• Visualization skills

• Concentration exercises

• Meditation exercises

• How to learn your True Will

• How to beat the “I Can’ts” and “That’s Impossibles!”

• How to clearly request what you actually want from the Universe - and get it!

 

 

Future workshops in the series will include:

 

 

#2 - Trance and Astral Projection

#3 - Rites, Chants, Spells, Runes, and Charms - using words and charms to create magick

#4 - Intoxicants; Incense, Wine, Herbs and Drugs, or how to create altered states of consciousness with artificial aid (no illegal substances used, no underage students accepted)

#5 - The Dance and Sacred Movement

#6 - Blood Control and Breath Control

#7 - The Scourge; using pain and discomfort, rhythm and submission to create altered states of consciousness (no underage students accepted)

#8 - The Great Rite - Drawing Down the Moon & Sun, Tantric energy work, sex magick theory (no underage students accepted)

 

 

Sponsored by the CWABC. Ostara ritual to follow at 6 pm.

Cost: $25 per person, CWABC members FREE.

Please preregister as space is limited.

 

 

Lady Sable Aradia (Diane Morrison) has been a practicing Witch for 20 years and is an Initiated 3rd Degree High Priestess in the Star Sapphire and Pagans for Peace traditions. She is licensed through the CWABC to perform legal Pagan marriages. Lady Sable also teaches workshops in Practical Magick and offers public Sabbat rituals throughout the year.

Wicca 101 Cancelled

Posted by Sable Aradia on March 10, 2010 at 2:12 AM Comments comments (0)

Wicca 101 was cancelled due to insufficient registration.

Wicca 101 Series Starts in March!

Posted by Sable Aradia on February 13, 2010 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Sable and Erin are offering a Wicca 101 course for all who are interested on Monday nights through March and April. This basic Wicca series includes thealogy, the essentials of Wiccan rituals, Sabbats, Esbats and tools, and some basic magickal practice skills, and is not specific to any particular Wiccan tradition, though it is founded in Sable and Erin's own experience. Cost is $50 per person for 9 lessons. Preregistration and prepayment is required. Please note that there is no profit made on this course series, your fee is strictly to cover costs! No drop ins permitted; registered students only. Thank you and blessed be.   Email [email protected] or phone 250-540-0341.


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