Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Imbolc, 2019


Happy Imbolc, everyone.  As promised, my Calgary Pagan Resource Guide has been updated, and posted separately to the blog this month; just scroll down.  So we can move right on to...

February Events:
 Note these events are listed for information purposes only; no endorsement should be necessarily implied. Dates and locations may be subject to change; see the source for details. If I’ve missed anyone and you’d like to add to this listing, please contact me. All times MST.

Feb 1-2:  Traditional Imbolc.
Feb 1, 7:00 pm:  Circles of Rhythm Drum Circle at Inglewood Community Centre.  https://www.meetup.com/The-Calgary-Drum-Circle-Meetup-Group/
Feb 2, 7:00 am:  Groundhog Breakfast at Blue Grass Nursery and Garden Centre, south of Crossiron Mills.  Balzac Billy prognosticates at sunrise (8:10 am).
Feb 2, 6:45 pm:  Tantric Speed Dating at Scarboro Community Hall, hosted by Numinous Creations.  https://www.facebook.com/events/846737595670715/
Feb 3, 2:00 pm:  Calgary Witches' Meetings Meetup at the CORE Food Court. https://www.facebook.com/groups/692050160816070/
Feb 4, 2:04 pm:  New Moon.  Lunar Month of Luis/Rowan begins.
Feb 5:  Chinese Year of the Earth Pig begins.
Feb 8, 7:00 pm:  Circles of Rhythm Drum Circle (see Feb 1).
Feb 9, 7:00 pm:  Cuddle Party at Scarboro Community Hall, hosted by Numinous Creations.  https://www.facebook.com/events/339382580200166/
Feb 9, 7:00 pm:  Paranormal Investigation at Imperial [Hunter] Hotel, Bassano, presented by Ghost Hunt Alberta.  https://www.facebook.com/events/300003740662273/
Feb 11, 7:00 pm:  “Journey to the Third Eye” Workshop hosted by Samaria’s Chakradance.  https://www.facebook.com/events/274614563234059/
Feb 14:  Valentine’s Day.
Feb 15:  Traditional Roman Festival of Lupercalia.
Feb 15, 7:00 pm:  Circles of Rhythm Drum Circle (see Feb 1).
Feb 18:  Family Day (Alberta) and various other provincial holidays.
Feb 18:  Celtic Tree-Month of Nion/Ash begins, according to Graves and Llewellyn.
Feb 19, 8:54 am:  Full (Snow) Moon.
Feb 22, 7:00 pm:  Circles of Rhythm Drum Circle (see Feb 1).
Feb 23, 7:00 pm:  Calgary Heathens Meet and Greet.
Feb 24, 6:30 pm:  “Rhythm Cradle: A Night of Musical Healing” hosted by Circles of Rhythm.  https://www.facebook.com/events/2182980862017502/

Calgary Pagan Resource Guide February, 2019


Note: This is frequently being updated; if you know of anyone I’ve forgotten, please let me know.  These are provided for informational purposes; I do not necessarily endorse all those listed, and some may be inactive.

Groups:
Heathen – Calgary Heathens:  Facebook
Pagan – Calgary Pagan Pride Society: http://www.calgarypaganpride.ca
Pagan/Wiccan – Calgary Witches Meetings:  Facebook
Wiccan – Cochrane Wiccan Meetup, on Facebook. 
Wiccan - Evergreen Tradition (my group):  http://evergreenwicca.com

E-groups:
Calgary_Pagan_Network:  Facebook
Calgary Pagan Pride Society:  Facebook
COGCOA-Public:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cogcoa_public/ (archive only)
One World Drum Co, Drum Circle Meetup:  http://drumcircle.meetup.com/222
The Witches’ Voice:  http://www.witchvox.com



Books and Craft Supplies
Divine Mine:  222, 11566 – 24 Street SE http://www.divinemine.com
Friends and Gems Inc., Crossroads Market, 1235 – 26 Avenue SE: http://www.friendsandgems.com
Nurture Health and Wellness, 63 Crowfoot Cres. NW http://www.nurturehealth.ca
Red Moon Curios: Crossroads Market
The Silver Leaf: http://www.thesilverleaf.ca
Son of the Pharaoh:  1512 - 17 Ave. SW  http://www.sonofthepharaoh.com



Gemstones:
Earth Gems: 201, 1022 – 17 Avenue S.W.  http://www.earthgems.ca
Green’s Rock and Lapidary: #6, 3220 – 5 Avenue NE http://www.greenslapidary.com
Komarevich Originals Ltd.:    http://www.komarevichoriginals.com
Soul Food Crystals and Books:  213 - 19 Street NW   http://www.soulfoodcrystals.com/


Herbs and Incense:
Ascention Aromatics: 808 Edmonton Trail NE  http://www.aromaticlife.com
Community Natural Foods: 1304 – 10 Avenue SW  http://www.communitynaturalfoods.com
Community Natural Foods: 202 – 61 Avenue SW

Music:


Ritual Blades:
Cutting Edge Cutlery Co.: North Hill Centre, 1632-14 Avenue NW  https://store.cuttingedgecutleryco.com/

Other:
The Art of Tarot:  921 – 17 Ave. SW  http://www.theartoftarot.co/
Calgary  Witches’ Brew:  Facebook
CAPI:  Calgary Association of Paranormal Investigations:  Facebook
Celts and Vikings Store:  http://www.celtsandvikings.com
D.I.C.I.B. (Does It Come in Black?):  Facebook
Elemental Illusions [leather masks]:  http://www.elementalillusions.com
Ghost Hunt Alberta:  http://ghosthuntalberta.vpweb.ca/
The Home of Om, 2312 – 4 St. SW:  http://www.thehomeofom.ca/
Light Cellar [ferments}:  6326 Bowness Road NW  http://thelightcellar.ca/
Mystic Spirit Design: http://www.mysticspiritdesign.com
One World Drum Co., 3415b – 26 Avenue SW  https://www.oneworlddrum.com/
Samaria’s Mystical Group:  https://samariasspiritual.guru/

Out of Town:
Airdrie: The Spirit Within and Forever Keepsakes Ltd., 117 Main St. N.  http://thespiritwithin.me
Black Diamond:  Bohemia:  112 Centre Ave.  http://www.blackdiamondbohemia.com/
Cochrane:  Earth Rocks! Crystals and Gifts:  505 – 1 St W.  http://www.spiritofoneness.ca
Cremona:  Fallentimber Meadery:  http://fallentimbermeadery.ca
Millarville:  Spirit Hills Honey Winery:  http://spirithillswinery.com
Okotoks:  Chinook Honey Company:  http://chinookhoney.com
Okotoks:  Tribal Connection Market, 41 McRae St.:  https://tribalconnectionmarket.com/


Saturday, 29 December 2018

My "State of the Union" 2019


Happy 2019, everyone!   Again, although I’ve listed a lot of events this month, there are not a lot of specifically pagan events going on per se. 

Local pagan history has been on my mind lately as I prepare for a private presentation, so I again have to acknowledge that we’ve been in a lull period the last few years.  Several of us who have been around since the 1990s have either retired from public practice, or become focused on our own groups or other interests.  The Covenant of Gaia still does Sabbats and coffees if you can find it, and Jane still hosts occasional Sabbats and other events through the Calgary Witches’ Meetings Facebook group, in addition to running her MoonFire teaching circles. The Stone Circle Teaching Path, so far as I know, still continues to take students.  Evergreen Tradition continues to educate through its teaching circles, and its initiates – by default, I have to emphasize – are active in the Calgary Pagan Pride Society, working on organizing next September’s event.  Volunteers and contributors from other paths are always welcome.  The Calgary Heathens continue to be very active with their monthly meet and greets, discussion groups, and other activities.

The pub moots put on by the new Witches of Alberta Facebook group here can be useful for people seeking a social outlet.  However, I’m aware that pubs may not be the environment for everyone, particularly those with small children or recovery issues.  Monthly coffees at a consistent location may be more useful for some.  Many of you will remember that I hosted monthly coffees/dinners through the Calgary Witches’ Meetup for ten years, as well as Esbats and other events, but they took their toll on me through my late wife Margarian’s illness and passing.  I’d still be happy to see someone take these on, perhaps under the banner of the Calgary Pagan Network (which I moderate) or Calgary Witches’ Meetings, which Jane now organizes – so please check with her before posting new events in that group.

I really need to update my Calgary Pagan Resource Guide, which can be found in the Files section of some local Facebook groups, so look for that here next month.  In the meantime, Witchvox (a.k.a. “The Witches’ Voice”) is a good venue for posting events.  They did a general culling a few years ago, so the Alberta community page is a bit sparse, particularly where Calgary is concerned.  Still, several seekers continue to find their way to us by that route.

Calgary is still largely a community of solitaries with busy lives, so don’t be frustrated if you see a shortage of public events.  Teachers in the community continue to train students to take on leadership roles, and no one is preventing solitaries from all paths from stepping up and hosting events.  Perhaps in 2019, it will even be you!

January Events:
 Note these events are listed for information purposes only; no endorsement should be necessarily implied. Dates and locations may be subject to change; see the source for details. If I’ve missed anyone and you’d like to add to this listing, please contact me. All times MST.

Jan 1:  New Year’s Day.  New Horizons spacecraft reaches Ultima Thule.
Jan 3:  Earth at perihelion.
Jan 4, pre-dawn:  Peak of Quadrantid meteor shower.
Jan 4, 7:00 pm:  Circles of Rhythm Drum Circle at Inglewood Community Centre.  https://www.meetup.com/The-Calgary-Drum-Circle-Meetup-Group/
Jan 5, 6:28 pm:  New Moon.  Lunar Month of Beth/Birch begins.
Jan 11, 7:00 pm:  Circles of Rhythm Drum Circle (see Jan 4).
Jan 12:  Cuddle Party at Scarboro Community Hall, hosted by Numinous Creations.  https://www.facebook.com/events/339382580200166/
Jan 14, 7:00 pm:  Tantric Women’s Circle at Scarboro Community Hall, hosted by Calgary Tantra with Rovena Skye.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1013800068744560/
Jan 18, 7:00 pm:  Circles of Rhythm Drum Circle (see Jan 4).
Jan 19, 12:00 pm:  Women’s March to City Hall hosted by Women’s March Canada - Calgary and March On Canada - Calgary, at Banker’s Hall (or Famous Five monument).  Info: http://www.womensmarchcanada.com
Jan 20, 8:34 pm:  Lunar eclipse begins; totality at 9:41 pm.
Jan 20, 10:16 pm:  Full (Wolf) Moon.
Jan 21:  Celtic Tree-Month of Luis/Rowan begins, according to Graves and Llewellyn.
Jan 25, 7:00 pm:  Circles of Rhythm Drum Circle (see Jan 4).
Jan 26, 6:30 pm:  Tantric Cacao Journey of Love (Heart Chakra) at Scarboro Community Hall, hosted by Numinous Creations.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1144007915757565/
Jan 27, 7:00 pm:  Calgary Heathens Meet and Greet.