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Imbolc | Help me write my new book | The Shamanic Labyrinth Project would love your support | Reminder to sign up for classes in advance | Current energies | upcoming classes | and more!
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I'm sure this doesn't apply to you, but people, especially in Southern California, express interest in events and then don't show up, unless there is a monetary commitment, so most venues do not consider you as confirmed if you have not paid. It is also a courtesy to me, as my time and energy are valuable.
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The end of January into the beginning of February is the festival of Imbolc, dedicated to the goddess Brigid. It reminds us of the beginning of nature's fertility and the coming of spring. In secular American culture, this has become a festival where we thinking winter's going to be longer if a celebrity rodent sees his shadow. I'll stick with the goddess of water, healing, and writing. More info about the current energies a little farther down...

Speaking of which, I am writing a book! I have been talking about it a lot recently, because I'm very excited about it (and I just did a presentation on it at the Conference on Current Pagan Studies this past weekend). As part of the research for the book, I am conducting a survey to gather data. If you are someone who spends more than a little tie online, it would be super helpful to me if you filled it out, and please, by all means, share the link with your friends and family:

The Shamanic Labyrinth Project is coming along. We've had some changes happen in our core team, and we've extended our build weekends to three in March. You can sign up to help out with the build here, or you can help by donating.

Mercury has gone direct as of a few hours ago, but we are still in the wake of the retrograde until February 14th. The overarching energy of Jupiter in retrograde is still with us until May, though. When Jupiter is Retrograde, expansion or growth in your life stops abruptly. All sorts of external energies are sapped away from you that you need to look into your internal self for survival. You need to put in much energy and commitment than normally warranted for your projects. Certain things that have been clinging onto you would be removed and you need to continue your journey without that, but ultimately it would be for your general well-being only. Retrograde periods call us to look inward, to examine how we relate to the energy of that planet, and to re-examine how we work with those energies. Jupiter, to me, has always been rather Ghost-of-Christmas-Present. So questions to ask yourself might include:
  • Where and how do I expend my energy and resources?
  • Am I acknowledging the abundance in my life and sharing that with others?
  • Where am I allowing my fears to limit my experience?
  • How do I connect with joy?
In February, you can find me at Pantheacon, doing my Becoming the Goddess empowerment workshop, a singing bowl meditation, and a labyrinth workshop. New Moon is also Chinese New Year (Fire Monkey), which should be festive... I will be doing a lot of labyrinth walks during Lent, which starts on the 10th, including the Evening Meditation at the Crystal Matrix at the end of the month! My long-awaited Goddess Ensoulment class will begin on the 18th. And I am offering a one-day, hands-on class in Making Magickal Amulets on the 27th. As an advanced heads up, My Faery Shamanism class will begin later this spring...

May you be the Light of the World!
Upcoming Classes & Events
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for all the labyrinth walks during Lent

Wednesday, February 3rd 5:00-6:00pm
Meditation for Health
Kenneally Acupuncture at Beyond Harmony MedSpa | $20

Monday, February 8th 7:00pm
New Moon and Chinese New Year
private residence | $15

Tuesday, February 9th 7:30pm
Sound Bath
Kenneally Acupuncture at Beyond Harmony MedSpa | $20

Thursdays, 2/18-4/7 7:30pm
Goddess Ensoulment
Crystal Matrix | $264 ($33/week) or 20% discount if paid in full by 2/4/16

Wednesday, February 24th 7:00pm
Full Moon Sound Bath 
location tba | $15 donation requested

Saturday, February 27th 12noon-4:00pm
Making Magickal Amulets
Crystal Matrix | $55 includes all necessary materials
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