Alchemeet Announced!

Spiralheart’s fifth Alchemeet will be hosted by James on Sunday, April 27th at 7pm EST on Tinychat, so block it off on your calendars! Feel free to signal boost, all are welcome.

"Working With Our Allies"

There are many different types of allies out there.  Some of us work with animal allies, community spirits, or spirits of the land. How do we form these relationships and open ourselves up to hearing their messages?  Maybe you have an ally you didn’t even realize was an ally?  Come join me as I share my experience working with allies and offer some ideas about how you can meet your own for the first time or deepen your connections and conversations with ones you already have. We will talk about how to tune in to your allies and rely on them for guidance, inspiration and insight.  

Join us for our once-a-month pagan meeting-of-minds! It should run about an hour, give or take, and is available to anyone who would like to join. Read more about Alchemeet.

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Growing Up Pagan: Issue 3: Strangers In The Night

Late night feedings have become a fact of life since Caiden was born. Stumbling bleary eyed and slack jawed into the nursery 6 and 7 times per night has started to feel almost normal.  It’s just another part of the gig. And generally speaking, while I do miss getting more than 2 hours of sleep at a time, I don’t mind it so much. The house is quiet- the world is quiet- and I get to sit in a rocking chair with my little boy at my breast, staring out through the window at the darkness. There are worse things I could be doing in the wee hours of the morning.

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So imagine my surprise when I walked into his room the other night at 5am to find the window open, and snow, gently sailing through the screen. It was one of the coldest nights we’ve had this winter (and in N.Y. we’ve had some doozies). The thermometer barely read 5 degrees Fahrenheit. I am not in the habit of leaving windows open overnight. Not in the summer, let alone during the winter, and certainly not in the room of a sleeping infant. And yet there I stood, barefoot, in my son’s increasingly cold room, staring at an open window. A window that I, most definitely, did not open.

After shouting for my husband, and running to the crib to ensure that Caiden was still inside, the requisite search of the house ensued. After all, if neither myself nor my husband opened the window, who did? Could they still be in the house? Yet as I sat, clutching Caiden in the semi-darkness, I started to notice things. I was barefoot, but my feet were not wet. There had not been any snow tracked onto the carpet. I looked at the window sill. There were no puddles or slushy snow trails. Nothing to indicate someone might have pulled themselves in from the cold. I examined the screen. No rips. No holes. And it’s the kind that has to be removed from the inside. I looked through the window out to the front yard— no footprints. In fact the snow remained pristine, still falling steadily, with the surface of its drifts completely untouched.

No one had broken into, or even been near, my house. So who opened the window?

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Alchemeet Summary: 2 (March 2014)

LEADING FROM THE EDGE 
Host: Amoret BriarRose
We had a great time at last night’s Alchemeet discussing leadership. We talked about the following topics:
- Leadership: what does it look like? How has it been modeled in the past for you and for your community?
- Everyone can lead, and everyone in a community is a leader - what do you naturally do well? What skills do you have that you can manifest easily? In turn, where is your growing edge? What skills are you working on?
- A community is a circle of intention - what is the focus of that intention? Is it a task, or the participants? How does our community change if we shift the focus of intention to inclusion and participant experience?
- The ingredients of leadership (from Diana’s Grove’s leadership philosophies):

          - Action: be willing to take action; if your first action wasn’t correct, be willing to act again to correct it. Keep responding.
          - Sensitivity to Others: leadership requires an awareness of your impact on others
          - Charisma: being 150% present
It would be wonderful to continue this conversation - do any of these ideas resonate with you? Are there any questions you have about any of the above statements? Any ideas to add?
Mar 23 : 2 notes Comments

“When people were in serious trouble they went to a witch.*

* Sometimes, of course, to say, “please stop doing it.”
- Terry Pratchett, Carpe Jugulum (via gottaquoteit)
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Days with Dee : Issue 4: Yule to Imbolc and onto Ostara

Another turn of the wheel.  Yule to Imbolc and heading onto Ostara.

At Yule I decided to make my following year’s intention to find balance in my life.  I have realized that my life has been crazy and all over the place.  I need to find that calm place and ride the river downstream.  Stop trying to paddle up the river.  

What is balance? It can be stasis. It can be peace. Often what balance means, is that all the forces at play are precisely matched. Balance may not be a place of calm at all, but a stillness created by incredible tensions.” 

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Alchemeet Tonight!

Join us tonight at 8pm EST on tinychat.com/spiralheart for our once a month pagan meeting of the minds! Tonight’s discussion will be lead by Amoret BriarRose on Leading from The Edge.

Tonight’s password: leaderfull

Mar 12 Comments

Iron Pentacle: The Power of Secrets; Consent and Consequences

Upcoming Iron Pentacle Workshop hosted by Bone & Briar, and facilitated by 2 of Spiralheart’s own path facilitators. Click through for registration info!

Iron Pentacle: The Power of Secrets, Consent and Consequences March 21-23, 2014 Private residence near Pittsburgh, PA The Iron Pentacle is a tool of self-integration using the points of Sex, Prid…

Mar 05 : 4 notes Comments

ALCHEMEET ANNOUNCED!

Spiralheart’s fourth Alchemeet will be hosted by Amoret on Wednesday, March 12th at 8pm EST on Tinychat, so block it off on your calendars! Feel free to signal boost, all are welcome.

"LEADING FROM THE EDGE: Leadership in the Whole Community"

We each have a sense of what leadership looks like - but what does a community of leaders look like? How can we foster a leader-full community while still standing in our authentic selves? This Alchemeet will be an opportunity to discuss the ways in which each community member can lead from the edge while standing in authenticity and the present moment.

Join us for our once-a-month pagan meeting-of-minds! It should run about an hour, give or take, and is available to anyone who would like to join. Read more about Alchemeet.

Mar 03 : 3 notes Comments

SPAKE IN RHYME

by: steward

SPAKE IN RHYME

by: steward

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Registration for this years summer witchcamp is now open!

Our online registration form is up and running. This year there are several pricing options for folks of all income levels, scholarships for those who need them, and a special price for anyone attending a Spiralheart camp for the first time. Scholarships are provided on a first-come, first-served basis, until funds are used up, so the sooner you register, the better! And remember too, that this is a limited space event. If you’re thinking of joining us, click through to register!

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