SEASON OF THE WITCH: OCTOBER 2016
CLASSES AND EVENTS
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SATURDAY OCTOBER 1: CRAFT YOUR OWN BROOM: SAMHAIN 12-4PM
Part of our Season of The Witch Celebration and taught by Hedgewitch extraordinaire and First Degree Witch and Priestess of The Temple of The 13 Moons, Rue Crowley, this exciting class will feature the history of the broom and information on its various uses for The Season of The Witch and The Samhain Sabbat. Students will then craft their own brooms with materials provided - branches, herbs, sticks, twine/rope, various crystals and charms, and tons of other items.
Please note: You do not have to stay the full 4 hours to participate (but we'd love to have you hang out with us) as this is on going until 4pm. Those who can't make it exactly at 12pm, no worries, you are still welcome as Donna will be giving a brief history of The Witch's Broom throughout the day :) and we will still have cool stuff for you too work with.
Stay Late and join us for Tea Magick at 4pm !
Celebrate Samhain with a beautiful handcrafted besom
This class is $30 and all materials are provided.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 1: TEA MAGICK 4-6 PM
Tea is Magick with Every Sip and Tea is the Creation of the Divine. It is the oldest beverage on Earth besides water. It has a fire energy that can be imbued with all other elements and the Spirit of the drinker. It can be a Potion all on its own.
Tea has many Magickal properties and many health benefits.
Learn the mysteries of this ancient beverage and the alchemy of blending your own tea, in this hands on, two part workshop.
Student's will blend their own loose leaf tea at New England's first Tea Blending Bar, in Lady Tara's Tea Room and then Enchant their blend by combining their energy with the fire energy of the tea and the plant Spirit of the Tea Leaves,
Students will then enjoy their special Brew together as they experience the Ritual of Tea, while learning The Art of Tasseomancy (Tea Leaf Reading).
Cost for this entire class, that includes:
Tea Alchemy and Blending
Is only $35 per person. Bring a friend and it's only $30 each.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 4: POISON GARDEN OF THE MIGHTY DEAD
w/CHRISTOPHER PENCZAK: 7PM
The Mighty Dead are the enlightened ancestors of Witchcraft, those who have walked the path before us and lead the way. They are teachers, healers, guides and masters dancing at the eternal sabbat found in dream, myth and vision. There they tend the garden of plant spirit familiars, the poisonous plants that teach us the mysteries of life and rebirth. They are the classic plants of the Witch’s Flying Ointment – Belladonna, Datura, Henbane, Hellebore, Hemlock, Monkshood and Mandrake. These plant spirits initiate us in the ways of Witchcraft, and to fly forth in vision to and from the sabbat grove. Listen to teachings on the Mighty Dead and these plant allies, and experience a guided vision ritual to the sabbat grove to meet these spirits for yourself. Drawn from the books The Plant Spirit Familiar (2012) and The Mighty Dead (2013). Please bring a small cup or chalice.
Cost per student is $30 until October 1.
$35 thereafter and on the day of class.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 9: WHEEL OF THE YEAR: SAMHAIN: 2-4PM
Each year on October 31, Pagans and Witches worldwide pay homage to our ancestors on Samhain (promounced Sow-en NOT Sam Hayne). This day is also The Witches New Year .What exactly is Samhain? What does it mean?
How do we celebrate it?
What is The Dumb Supper?
Learn of this time honoured tradition in this thought provolking workshop that is part lecture, part discussion and part ritual.
Students are encourage bring a photo or memento of a departed Loved One to place upon the memorial altar.
Cost is $20 per person.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 15: ESBAT RITUAL AND POT LUCK: 7PM
This is our monthly Esbat Gathering open to everyone from the Novice to The Experienced Practitioner.
Ritual begins at 7:30 pm, followed by a Pot Luck meal, provided by Temple of The 13 Moons.
Please arrive on time as we close circle at 7:30.
Please dress appropriately for ritual.
We ask all participants for a $10 Spiritual donation.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 16: DINNER WITH THE DEAD 6PM
A Dinner Party with Spirit, hosted by Maynard's Happy Mediums, Charles Grant and Michelle Guillemette (and a few Surprise Guests from the other side), on the Night of The Full Moon in October!
This gathering includes a three course meal with dessert, at Welly's Restaurant in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
To view the menu for the evening, please visit: www.charmedpsychics.com
Price for the evening, including tax and tip for the dinner $59**
$59 until October 9. $64 thereafter. There will be no tickets at the door.
**When purchasing your ticket(s), please make sure to include your email and phone number so we can contact you for your menu selections or special needs you may have.**
**Beverages, including alcoholic beverages, not included**
Learn more about Welly's on their website: www.wellysrestaurant.com
SATURDAY OCTOBER 29: THE ART OF CRONING CEREMONY: 4-7PM
"And the Day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. “Anais Nia
Crone. That old, wise female we grow to be. Yet, as women we have been taught to fear her. She is depicted as an ugly, old hag, and in that fear we have been taught by society to ‘slow down the signs of aging’ with every cosmetic, gadget,and surgery to known to and to appease MAN. When women go through Menopause, whether naturally or surgically, we are never truly prepared for “The Change”. No one tell us that our bodies will defy us, literally overnight after a full hysterectomy. Many of us stare blankly in the mirror, trying to recognize the face looking back. Yet, there is Magick amidst these changes….a very subtle yet Powerful surge that starts to go through us. We realize our own needs and potential. As our physical being changes, our Spiritual Being takes shape and grows. In this Powerful Workshop, dedicated to all women in all phases of Menopause, we will discuss, in an open format, our tear, fears and experiences. Then we will learn how to take back our personal Power, embrace all we are and learn to Love and accept this new self, ‘witch’ emerges when we give MEN A PAUSE and ourselves a well-deserved break!
On this night of The Dark Moon and at the conclusion of this workshop, We will Follow Ancient Feminine Tradition, and via this Croning Ceremony, we will celebrate Women stepping into The Crone's Wisdom, at Sunset. Please bring 2 gifts found in nature to present to the other New Crones.
Taught by Lady Tara Morgan Pagan High Priestess, Proud Crone and Menopause Thriver.
Assisted by Hedge Witch Rue Crowley.
Cost per woman is ONLY $15 and the above 2 gifts found in nature. Examples: stones, rocks, river/sea water, flowers, herbs, branches, fruit, vegetables, crystals
SUNDAY OCTOBER 30: VICTORIAN MOURNING TEA 1PM-3PM
The Victorians had an obsession with death. The results of their obsession produced some of the most ornate, unusual, and beautiful examples of funerary ritual, mourning ornaments, cemeteries, and sepulchral monuments ever created. The Victorian era (1837-1901) was one of great formality. There were formal rituals for every one of life’s milestones, holidays, birthdays, weddings, but by far the most elaborate rituals were reserved for funerals, mourning and death.
Step back in time to the lush and extravagant mourning traditions of the Victorian era, when music filled the air with sweet sorrow, cherished ornate lockets held the hair of the dearly departed and paying homage to the somber beauty of the final waltz of death was a part of daily life.
Victorian High tea complete with traditional tea
sandwiches, scones, lemon curd and desserts.
Share stories and photos of your ancestors and the beloved souls that have touched your life, as you are the result of thousands of Loves.
Enjoy the beuatiful music of The Victorian Era, taking you back to to a time when the ritual of death was revered as much as the ritual of life.
Divine the messages from the shapes of tea leaves in your cups 'witch' Lady Tara will help you to interpret.
Add photos and mementos to our Memento Mouri, a book of honour and memory to be cherished for years to come.
What to Wear
Wear what is appropriate mourning clothing to your family traditon or culture. You may choose to wear Victorian garb, gothic attire, or simply all black. Whatever you feel most honours your loved ones is acceptable.
What to Bring
At least one photo of your loved one(s). A single page, handwritten or printed out, with a message of Love, Devotion or memory about your loved one(s). If you would like your memento to be placed into the Book, the photo and text combined should not exceed 8.5 x 11 inches. We will also have some supplies on hand for inspiration during the tea.
The most important thing you can bring to this Victorian Mourning Tea is an open heart and open mind without expectation along with the love you hold in your heart for those that have moved across the veil. The memories we share together, will give strength and unity to all attendees, and bring about comfort and Peace in the knowing that our Loved Ones will Live on forever in our hearts, in our minds and in our Lives, via this ancient tradition.
Cost is $20 per person.
Everything mentioned above is included.
The process women had to endure during mourning was incredible. They could not leave their house for a year and a day (with the exception of church) in addition to wearing all black for at least 2 1/2 years.
These clothes were specially made, and were specific to mourning. They would not be worn for any other occasion, and were to be burned after the mourning period. New mourning attire would need to be purchased for every death. Even the style, cut, and types of fabric and trims used on them had complex etiquette rules. Women had the heaviest social burden when it came to mourning. A widow would have to wear what was referred to as deep mourning for the period of at least a year and a day. Everything down to her stockings had to reflect her social status. “If she lifts her skirts from the mud, she must show by her frilled black silk petticoat and plain black stockings her grief has penetrated to her innermost sanctuaries” The Gentlewoman’s Book of Dress (c.1890. qtd. In The Victorian Undertaker 19). After the year and a day, certain other fabrics in dark purples or grays could be included in the wardrobe, but again there were complex social rules that applied. Basically it was not proper for a woman to spend less than two full years in mourning. The socially acceptable rules about what was proper to be worn in the time of mourning also included jewelry.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 30: SAMHAIN SABBAT CELEBRATION: 6PM
The fields are bare and the leaves have fallen from the trees. The skies are going gray and cold. It is the time of year when the Earth has died and gone dormant. Every year on October 31 Samhain presents us with the opportunity to once more celebrate the cycle of death and rebirth. For many Pagan traditions, Samhain is a time to reconnect with our ancestors and honor those who have crossed over.
On Samhain, the veil between our world and the Spirit Realm is wide open and the perfect time of year to make contact with our ancestral dead. The veil remains open through November 2nd.
Please arrive at 6 PM. Ritual will begin promptly at 6:30 PM. Once ritual has begun, the store doors will be locked and latecomers will not be permitted out of respect for The Gods and other attendees.
The Temple Ministry will provide all foods for The Sabbat and Esbat Celebrations.
Lady Tara and The Temple Ministry wil provide the food for the ritual feast. As such, we ask all attendees for a Spiritual Donation of $10.
Help will also be needed for clean up after and any volunteers would be much appreciated!
As this is Samhain, we ask all participants to wear ritual attire or black clothing and encourage participants to bring a photo or memento to place upon the memorial altar.
All classes and events are held at Charmed, Lady Tara’s Tea Room or the Magick School Classroom, 60 Main Street, Maynard, Massachusetts 01754, unless otherwise noted. Call: 5082639491 or toll free 8664112525
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