2016 CAYA COMMUNITY events

Online Events:
The Wisdom & Compassion Temple of CAYA offers weekly online Kuan Yin meditation sessions via video conference every Monday at 6:30 pm PST, co-sponsored by the SkyDancer Sangha. Free of charge, open to all. Click here for the practice text and the link to join the video call.

Local Events:
All CAYA-sponsored events are open to all unless they are intended for a specific audience, clearly indicated below. Ritual locations and addresses are also linked below. We strive to provide ceremonies and rituals in locations that are easily accessible by car, bicycle, and public transportation. Google works well for detailed directions from your location. Please arrive a few minutes early to get a good seat.

$10-20 DONATION REQUESTED for each ceremony or ritual. No one turned away for lack of funds.

January

1/23 - Full Moon Circles: Yearning Moon
7:00 pm

What desires, deep within, are yearning to be fulfilled, and how might we begin to take steps toward fulfilling them?
*Grove of the Goddess Women's Circle: Home of Truth Sanctuary
*Brotherhood of the Moon Men's Circle: Home of Truth Cottage

1/29 - Goddess Sabbat: Rite of the Sacred Maiden (clothing optional ritual for women only): Home of Truth Cottage 
7:00 pm
We restore our virginity in the classical sense via washing hands, feather fans, burning a single word associated with first blood, brushing with flowers, etc. All young women with first blood are honored at the center of the circle.

1/30 - Sabbat for All: Festival of Prophecy & Initiation: Home of Truth Sanctuary
7:00 pm
What messages do we need to remember as we embark on the journey of this coming calendar year? What needs to be initiated within us? This is the time when we welcome new Dedicants and Initiates.

February

2/12- 2/15 - PantheaCon: Annual Bay Area Pagan Gathering in San Jose

2/27 - Full Moon Circle: Rite of Becoming
7:00 pm

*Rainbow Moon Circle for Mxgender People

March

3/19- Sabbat for All: Equinox of Joyful Vows: Home of Truth Sanctuary
7:00 pm
At the first balance point of light and dark in the Wheel of the Year, we assess our commitments. What good work brings us joy in the world? How can we bring more joy into our difficult or seemingly mundane work? We honor the Earth and her creatures, but no deity in specific, at this ritual. This is the ritual where we Ordain new Wildflower Priest/ess/xes.

3/25 - Goddess Sabbat: Equinox of the Divine Creatrix (clothing optional ritual for women only): Home of Truth Cottage
7:00 pm
Crafting of talismans of fertility, honoring the source of your power. Pregnant women, women wishing to become pregnant, and all those who have current or recent major projects in the arts or creative endeavors are especially honored.

April

4/23 - Full Moon Circles: Trickster Moon
7:00 pm
Where do life's lessons sneak up on us/surprise us, and how can we greet these lessons with receptivity instead of resistance?
*Grove of the Goddess for Women - Home of Truth Sanctuary
*Brotherhood of the Moon for Men - Home of Truth Cottage
*Rainbow Moon Circle for Mxgender People - Qulture Collective

4/29 - Goddess Sabbat: Rite of the Dancing Flowers (clothing optional ritual for women only) -
7:00 pm
Receive wisdom and guidance from the holy of holies. Reach your hand into a yoni pillow and receive a divination. All women receive blessings and talismans that their lives be filled with pleasure.

4/30 - Sabbat for All: Festival of Bliss & Blessings: Home of Truth Sanctuary
7:00 pm
How can we create environments and actions of love, harmony, creativity, sensuality, and joy, and then share them with others? What blessings do we each have to bestow upon the world? At this ritual, we honor our ceremonial May King, Queen, and Nymph.

May

5/6 - Hecate, Queen of Crossroads: The Sacred Well
8:00 pm
Carrying the keys and torches.

5/19 - Temple of Aphrodite: The Sacred Well
8:00 pm
Devoted to love.

5/21 - Full Moon Circles: Loving Moon
7:00 pm

How might we remember the importance and meaning of love/passion/pleasure in our lives?
*Grove of the Goddess for Women - Home of Truth Sanctuary
*Brotherhood of the Moon for Men - Home of Truth Cottage

5/22 - CAYA Sprouts Family Circle May 2016: South Bay Adventure in the Woods
11:00AM-4:00PM

CAYA Sprouts invites families of all sorts, with children of all ages to our May gathering, where we will embark on a magical adventure to the Uvas Waterfalls.

June

6/5 - Nature Walk in Honor of the Greenman
3:15-5:00PM

In honor of the Greenman, you are invited to join His Priestx Melissa ra Karit on a nature walk in the wild woods of Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley.

6/5 - Hecate, Queen of Crossroads: The Sacred Well
8:00 pm
Carrying the keys and torches.

6/18 - Sabbat for All: Solstice of Light Triumphant: Home of Truth Sanctuary
7:00 pm
At this high point in the solar cycle, we honor that which shines forth to light the way: good character, skillful leadership, caring acts of generosity, and the triumph of love over hate.

6/20 - Temple of AphroditeThe Sacred Well
8:00 pm
Devoted to love.

6/24 - Goddess Sabbat: Solstice of the Fertile Mother (clothing optional ritual for women only): Home of Truth Cottage
7:00 pm
Each woman's womb or womb space is blessed and anointed with red paste as an acknowledgement of her place in the lineage of all the Mothers who have given birth to bring us into the Now, and all women who are/have been mothers receive a special blessing.

July

7/5 - Hecate, Queen of Crossroads: The Sacred Well
8:00 pm
Carrying the keys and torches.

7/16 - Full Moon Circles: Fury Moon
7:00 pm

What is worth fighting for or defending in our lives? What is worth our blood/sweat/tears?
*Grove of the Goddess for Women - Home of Truth Sanctuary
*Brotherhood of the Moon for Men - Home of Truth Cottage
*Rainbow Moon Circle for Mxgender People - Qulture Collective

7/19 - Temple of Aphrodite: The Sacred Well
8:00 pm
Devoted to love.

7/29 - Goddess Sabbat: Rite of the Abundant Queen (clothing optional ritual for women only): Home of Truth Cottage
7:00 pm
All women are crowned with diadems of their own or ones we provide. Women who serve as matriarchs for their families, jobs, or a community organization are especially celebrated and honored at this ritual.

7/30 - Sabbat for All: Festival of Heart & Harvest: Live Oak Park 
5:00 pm (please note earlier time than usual)
How might we pour forth from our hearts a rain of goodness that yields an abundant harvest of love, harmony, and mutuality in our communities? What kinds of generosity are needed, inspired, or spring forth from within us as we journey together? What sacrifices are required of us to bring our goals to fruition?

August

8/1 - Hecate, Queen of Crossroads: The Sacred Well
8:00 pm
Carrying the keys and torches.

8/13 - Full Moon Circles: Laughing Moon
7:00 pm

How might we honor the transformative power of laughter in our lives to get us through hard times/drudgery/toil?
*Grove of the Goddess for Women - Home of Truth Sanctuary
*Brotherhood of the Moon for Men - Home of Truth Cottage
*Rainbow Moon Circle for Mxgender People -Qulture Collective

8/18 - Temple of Aphrodite: The Sacred Well
8:00 pm
Devoted to love.

September

9/1 - Hecate, Queen of CrossroadsThe Sacred Well
8:00 pm
Carrying the keys and torches.

9/16 - Temple of AphroditeThe Sacred Well
8:00 pm
Devoted to love.

9/30 - 10/2 - Hexenfest at Isis Oasis (CAYA co-sponsors this event)

October

10/1 - Hecate, Queen of Crossroads: The Sacred Well
8:00 pm
Carrying the keys and torches.

10/15 - Full Moon Circles: Poison Moon
7:00 pm

What needs healing/purification/transmutation in our lives?
*Grove of the Goddess for Women - Home of Truth Sanctuary
*Brotherhood of the Moon for Men - Home of Truth Cottage
*Rainbow Moon Circle for Mxgender People— Qulture Collective

10/16 - Temple of Aphrodite: The Sacred Well
8:00 pm
Devoted to love.

10/28 - Goddess Sabbat: Rite of the Underworld Crone (clothing optional ritual for women only): Home of Truth Cottage 
7:00 pm
We perform a collective tribal divination, as well as individual divinations. All Elder women and sacred crones are honored at the center of the circle in this rite.

10/29 - Sabbat for All: Festival of Death & Wisdom: Home of Truth Sanctuary
7:00 pm
This is our ritual honoring those who have gone beyond, who have built the cultures we have inherited, who innovated, dared, led, and served with honor, who lived in ways we admire, and who brought forth ideas that have shaped us or educated us. At this ritual we honor our ceremonial Winter King, Queen, and Fool.

10/30 - Hecate, Queen of Crossroads: The Sacred Well
8:00 pm
Carrying the keys and torches.

November

11/12 - Full Moon Circles: Graveyard Moon
7:00 pm

What are the messages our Ancestors want to offer us at this darkening time of year?
*Grove of the Goddess for Women - Home of Truth Sanctuary
*Brotherhood of the Moon for Men - Home of Truth Cottage

11/14 - Temple of AphroditeThe Sacred Well
8:00 pm
Devoted to love.

11/19 - Trans Day of Remembrance Ritual: Rite of Release & Remembrance
7:00 pm

*Rainbow Moon Circle for Mxgender People - Qulture Collective

11/29 - Hecate, Queen of Crossroads: The Sacred Well
8:00 pm
Carrying the keys and torches.

December

12/17 - Sabbat for All: Solstice of Eternal Renewal: Home of Truth Sanctuary 
7:00 pm
During the longest night of the year, when all is plunged into darkness, we kindle the flames within and ignite the hearthfires of community. We celebrate the long night, and we also look at its fearsome sides. We embrace the lessons of the past year, and greet the year to come.

12/23 - Goddess Sabbat: Solstice of the Goddess Rising (clothing optional ritual for women only): Home of Truth Cottage
7:00 pm
We sweep our homes, lives, minds, and hearts clean, preparing for the new year, the New Now. The cycle of life begins anew. Please bring your practical and/or ceremonial broom to this ritual to be blessed.

12/29 - Hecate, Queen of Crossroads: The Sacred Well
8:00 pm
Carrying the keys and torches.

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