Samhain-ish Events 2017

The Samhain season is so rich with witchy, magic-y, fun, spooky (and sacred) events that I have created a list of all the ones I know about for this year.  Some are scary, some are not - if it includes costumes or pumpkins or honouring the Beloved Dead, I've probably included it!


CAYA Sprouts Family Circle October 2016: Honoring our Beloved Dead

CAYA Sprouts invites families of all sorts, with children of all ages to our October circle, where we will honor and celebrate our Beloved Dead.

Sunday, October 23rd 10:00AM-1:00PM
(or later if you wish to go to Fairyland afterwards)

Location: Lake Merritt, Oakland
(Please RSVP for gathering location)

RSVP (by October 19th):*
*Note: If you are not yet a member, you will need to request to join the Google Group before you can RSVP.

This month, we will gather together to craft small shoebox altars in remembrance of our Beloved Dead, followed by a sweet and heartfelt celebration sharing stories, songs and snacks to welcome and honor the presence of our Beloved Dead in our hearts and our lives.

After circle, anyone who wishes to stay is welcome to join us for an afternoon of fun next door at
Children’s Fairyland!

Please come (and have your kids come) prepared with pictures (photo or hand drawn) of any one of your/their Beloved Dead to be honored in this way. This may be an ancestor of blood or affiliation, deceased pet, etc. Charms, stickers, glue, scissors, paper and other crafty materials will be provided, but feel free to bring any additional items or relics that you or your kids would like to include in your altars.  Note: We will have a few extra shoeboxes, but if you have one at home please bring that as well.

Snacks will be provided. $10-$15 materials donation requested - no one turned away for lack of funds.

Come As You Are Pagan Congregation’s Sprouts Family Circles are monthly gatherings of eclectic, interfaith families with a desire to co-create safe, fun, loving, magical, child-centric spaces where kids and their caregivers can come together to deepen their relationship with Nature, Mother Earth and each other. We honor all spiritual paths and strive to create a mutually supportive environment in which to explore and develop our own unique practices to integrate Earth-based spirituality and parenting.

Families of all sorts, with children of all ages are welcome. Activities can be shortened or modified to make them suitable for even the youngest child, and the older children are encouraged to deepen their practice and develop their leadership skills by assisting adults with the planning and facilitation of structured activities, as well as assisting with caregiving and mentoring during the kids free-play/adult discussion time.

Rainbow Moon Circle Autumn 2015

Come As You Are to…

The Rainbow Moon Circle presents the Moon of Release; A Full Moon Circle Honoring the Full Spectra of Gender Diversity
November 21, 2015
Attendees are welcome to assemble at 7pm, circle is cast at 7:15 (no one is admitted after the circle is cast).

The Home of Truth
1300 Grand St Alameda, CA
Fruitvale BART to 51A
*not wheelchair accessible

Suggested donation $10—no one turned away for lack of funds. A portion of our collection will be donated to Trans Lifeline

People of any gender identity or none are welcome to join us to recognize and honor our Beloved Dead of non-conformist gender identities, calling in the creative friction of the gender-fluid deity; Paneris, of the Tetrad++, to transform our losses into raging beauty. We shall offer special remembrance to Trans people whose lives were taken—by the hands of others or by their own hands—in the past solar cycle. Held the evening after the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, at the end of the weeklong Transgender Ancestor Rite of Elevation, our intention is to charge our collective grief with fierce love and RELEASE it from all toxic bonds so that we may all move forward in our full powers. Bring names and photos of your Beloved Dead, small scraps of fabric, ribbons, feathers, and a treat to share for cakes and ale.

The Rainbow Moon Circle is a safe and sacred space for all to explore the spectrum of gender and identity. We honor the holistic experience of self-determined identity and its infinite intersections. We celebrate the glittering prism of Divine existence that is powerful, delightful,  enthusiastic, playful, transformative, magickal, compassionate, and reverent.
Live the Spectra!

The Rainbow Moon Circle offers rituals and sacred services which honor and celebrate the full spectra of gender diversity. Mark your calendars for our Winter ritual: February 27, 2016.

The Rainbow Moon Circle
And on FB: RainbowMoonCircle & G+

REMINDER: 2015 Festival of Death and Wisdom

This Hallowed time of year, as the veil grows thin, CAYA Coven welcomes you and your Beloved Dead to join us in a...

Festival of Death and Wisdom

Saturday, October 31st, 2015
Doors to the Cottage open at 7pm, Ritual begins at 7:15pm*.

The Home of Truth, Main Sanctuary
1300 Grand Street
Alameda, CA 94501

*Note: Please join us in the Cottage for ritual and initiatory preparations, after which we will journey together to the Sanctuary in silent procession.

$10-$20 donation requested
Cakes & Ale immediately following

As with last year's Festival of Death & Wisdom, our main altar will be focused around a large black mirror that is being charged as a portal for the Ancestors in a 24-hour continuous chanting working leading up to the main ceremony. All are invited to bring an Ancestral photo or item to add to the altar (please remember to take it home with you as well).


As a capstone for this year's theme of “Embrace the Mystery”, this Festival of Death and Wisdom will be a re-visioning of The Eleusinian Mysteries, the most famous of the secret religious rites in Ancient Greece, celebrating the “Myth of Demeter and Persephone”, and held yearly for the Cult of Demeter.  Although paintings, pieces of pottery, and "second hand accounts" depict various aspects of the Mysteries, they are forever shrouded in secrecy.  We have no exact record of these rites and rituals, as the initiated were subject to pain of death if they revealed any of the details. Furthermore, as the myths of Ancient Greece have been transcribed, filtered and passed down to us through the distorted lens of the patriarchy, we also have no exact record of the "true" details of these stories. The one thing that we know for certain from historical records and testimonials-- those who participated in these mysteries were forever changed...and no longer feared death.

In CAYA, we believe that, at least to some degree, we construct the world through our fictions and the stories that we choose to tell ourselves...both consciously and unconsciously.  Therefore, in alignment with CAYA's matriarchal and consent-culture values and goals, we choose to tell “The Myth of Demeter and Persephone” as both the way we envision it was originally intended to be told and the way that reflects the world we wish to inhabit---A beautiful story of love, family and relationships, following our paths with courage and conviction (even in times of fear), and the choices we make (and risks that we take) as we travel the sacred journey of life, death, and rebirth.

We look forward to standing at the edge of the world with you as we “Embrace the Mystery” together.