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PantheaCon Reflections and Leaping into Spring!

Merry almost-spring, everyone. We here in the CAYAverse are at the point in the year when everyone in our community is in transition at once: We have Hive 16 ordaining over the weekend, and a fresh new group of Initiates in Hive 17 beginning their journey (under the capable tutelage of a member of Hive 15). One of my esteemed colleagues on the newsletter team puts it beautifully: “Whenever a new Hive is ordained, many/most of the already ordained Clergy attend the Ordination Retreat and experience a lot of the same things we did at our original ordinations. In a sense, we all level up with the new Ordains, individually and collectively. This year is especially a recognition of a lot of ways that CAYA has evolved as a whole, in both obvious and esoteric ways. We are ordaining our first hive of one. It’s a new thing in the world.”

With PantheaCon just behind us, it's no surprise that the current blog round-up has several looks back at con. I don't know about you, but post-con wrap-ups always leave me all at once nostalgic for the event that has just passed, thankful that there's almost a year between me and the next one, and excited to do it all over again. I hope that everyone made it safely back into the world after con, and I wish you a gentle re-entry. But PantheaCon isn't all that's going on; let’s also look at Leap Day. Once every four years we are presented with an opportunity to stop and notice a moment to pause. With everything going on in our lives, both shared and private, a leap into something new can be exhilarating, and terrifying.

As a quick administrative aside, this is the first newsletter from the hands of the 2016 team! Please pardon any dust while we figure out how everything works. We’re very happy to be here, and we’re excited to see where we go!

Jaina Bee shares the Panprosdexia Devotional Chant that was sung at the Rainbow Moon Circle on Saturday February 27th. Ash reflects on the burden of obligation vs. the love found in joyful service while stepping up to new responsibility. Melissa ra Karit reflects on the necessity of connection to inspiration and that we may never know how our movement in the world inspires someone else. Presiding High Priestess Yeshe Rabbit muses on the Leap Year and Leap Day & the specialness of every day that we only notice sometimes.

For our Pantheacon round up, Kitsune reflects on transitions of life from the perspective of a Priestx also working directly for the event while Ash reflects on the feeling of coming full circle and discusses how his role as Priest has changed him and his relationship to the con community. And Temperance muses on the necessity of seeing to one's own needs in a high-pressure environment.

May you leap with courage. May you land with both feet solidly underneath you. May you succeed in all the new things. May the joy outweigh any trepidation. Blessed be.

 


Celebrate the Dark Moon in Pisces with the Fathers of Change

Tuesday, March 8, is the Dark Moon in Pisces, a time to dive deep into the waters of our inner emotional landscape, facing the monsters and finding the treasures which we contain, establishing a more coherent and authentic sense of self as we keep swimming towards the future we are consciously co-creating.

During this week, I invite you to join or support the Fathers of Change in their 2016 Dark Moon working.

If you would like to share more of your experience with the Fathers of Change, you may join the Google+ community.

Our Breath Is The Change

 
Molly Blue Dawn's Specially Curated List of Events for 3/3 to 3/17/16
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The Goddess Coloring Book: Talk and Presentation 
with Craig Coss
Thursday, March 3, 7:30PM
Many Rivers Books and Tea, 130 S. Main Street, Sebastopol
Suggested Donation $5
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Festival Martishor: A Celebration of Moldavian Culture
Saturday, March 5, 2:00PM-Midnight
Platinum Palace, 11076 Coloma Road, Rancho Cordova
Adults $25 in advance, $35 at the door, Under 21 $10, Under 12 Free
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Chinese New Year Parade - Year of the Fire Monkey
Saturday, March 7, 5:15-8:00PM
San Francisco’s Chinatown
see website for parade route and viewing locations
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Hecate, Queen of the Crossroads
Tuesday, March 8, 8:00-10:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Free, donations gratefully accepted
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TreeSisters: a New Moon Call for Women
with TreeSisters
Thursday, March 10, 11:00AM
online
Free, registration required
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Living World of Faery II: The Way We Live Now
with R.J. Stewart & Anastacia J. Nutt
Saturday-Sunday, March 12-13, 10:00AM-5:00PM
The Barn at Steiner College, 9200 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Fair Oaks
$195 through February 12, $225 February 13-March 12
To register, please contact Eric Sciullo at emsciullo@yahoo.com
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Sunday Crafternoon: Magical Fairy Dolls
with Niki Baker of Foreignspell
Sunday, March 13, 12:00-2:00PM
Modern Mouse, 2223 South Shore Center, Alameda
$10 includes materials, supplies, and snacks
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Pi Day Free Day at the Exploratorium
Monday, March 14, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco 
Free
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Persian New Year Festival - Chahar-Shanbeh Souri
Tuesday, March 15, 6:00-10:00PM
Persian Center, 2029 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, 510-848-0264
Free

 
Eight of Wands


"Don't underestimate the power of your vision to change the world. Whether that world is your office, your community, an industry or a global movement, you need to have a core belief that what you contribute can fundamentally change the paradigm or way of thinking about problems."

Leroy Hood
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