NYC Reclaiming Lady Liberty

~~~~~NYC Reclaiming Community~~~~~

Welcome to our bare bones website

You can also connect with us through our facebook group

There, you'll see info about our monthly gatherings, public rituals and classes.

What's up?

We'll be at NYC Pagan Pride Sept 29th in Battery Park. Look for our virtual table (a flipchart) and a 4pm discussion on magical activism.

Join us for a public Samhain ritual on Oct 25th, 7pm at Union Theological Seminary (121st St and Bdway in Manhattan). We'll honor our Beloved Dead, visit with the Ancestors (of blood or legacy), and celebrate the Witches' new year, bringing forth a world of justice...and, hey, it's right before the elections: we'll ask the Ancestors to help make it so in the mundane realm! More soon. Join our fb group (above) for last minute details.

Our public rituals and gatherings are clean and sober. We strive for accessible venues and will note accessibility as we finetune venue logistics.

We welcome folks of any path who wish to participate in ritual with us. Emphasis on participate as these are not spectator sports! If you'll join us, please read and honor our Principles of Unity, below.

For all our rituals and gatherings: we ask that you bring snacks to share and your (non-alcohol) beverage of choice. Sustainable, reusable containers much appreciated.

We ask that you bring a donation for our wonderful hosting venues ($5+ recommended). No one turned away for lack of funds.

You are welcome to bring items for our altar. For Samhain, what will honor the Ancestors? What would you like to charge (with ritual energy) for the year ahead? You might also like to bring drums/percussion instruments, though not essential.

Starhawk will be in town in November.

She and BrightFlame will offer a weekend workshop, Earth Rise: Sacred Power, Sacred Action November 10-11th at Stony Point Center in Rockland County NY, accessible by mass transit. More details soon.  Hold the dates!

Starhawk will have an evening talk at Evolver's Alchemist Kitchen on Thursday Nov 8th, and a talk to benefit More Gardens on Friday Nov 9th.

Elements of Magic, Reclaiming’s first core class and prerequisite for others: we will hold one session early each month on a weekday evening TBD to work with Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Spirit (one element a month). These will be our monthly gatherings and if you attend all, you will have completed the class. We’ll work with Air in early December, ending with Spirit in early April, with a culminating ritual for the class in May near Beltane.

We will focus on honing our skills and creating effective rituals: skills you can apply to any spiritual or mundane setting. Set within ritual, activities include: sensing and moving energy, visualization, boundary setting, chanting, trance, spellcraft, magical activism, and structuring rituals that flow.

Join us whether new to Earth-based tradition or experienced—if you're inclined to circle with Reclaiming, we hope you'll take part in the monthly sessions to assure a solid foundation for our growing community.

BrightFlame will be teaching at Wild Maine Witchcamp for the week beginning October 7th. There's still room to join her. See her website for info about her teaching and writing: brightflame.com

What's Reclaiming?

Reclaiming is a feminist, non-hierarchic Witchcraft Tradition known for its ecstatic and organic way of working. We value spontaneity within the overall structure of our rituals and encourage people to create liturgy in the moment rather than script it beforehand to respond to the energy around us

We are a community of people working to unify spirit and politics. Our vision is rooted in the religion and magic of the Goddess, the Immanent Life Force. We each have access to the sacred and experience the divine in our own way, including as non-gendered deity. We see our work as teaching and making magic: the art of empowering ourselves and each other. In our classes, workshops, and public rituals, we train our voices, bodies, energy, intuition, and minds. We use the skills we learn to deepen our strength, both as individuals and as community, to voice our concerns about the world in which we live, and bring to birth a vision of a new culture.

Founded around 1980 in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Reclaiming tradition now includes several dozen regional communities across North America and in Europe and Australia. Find more about worldwide Reclaiming here.

What grounds our tradition?

Principles of Unity

"My law is love unto all beings..."
- from The Charge of the Goddess by Doreen Valiente

The values of the Reclaiming tradition stem from our understanding that the earth is alive and all of life is sacred and interconnected. We see the Goddess as immanent in the earth's cycles of birth, growth, death, decay and regeneration. Our practice arises from a deep, spiritual commitment to the earth, to healing and to the linking of magic with political action.

Each of us embodies the divine. Our ultimate spiritual authority is within, and we need no other person to interpret the sacred to us. We foster the questioning attitude, and honor intellectual, spiritual and creative freedom.

We are an evolving, dynamic tradition and proudly call ourselves Witches. Our diverse practices and experiences of the divine weave a tapestry of many different threads. We include those who honor Mysterious Ones, Goddesses, and Gods of myriad expressions, genders, and states of being, remembering that mystery goes beyond form. Our community rituals are participatory and ecstatic, celebrating the cycles of the seasons and our lives, and raising energy for personal, collective and earth healing.

We know that everyone can do the life-changing, world-renewing work of magic, the art of changing consciousness at will. We strive to teach and practice in ways that foster personal and collective empowerment, to model shared power and to open leadership roles to all. We make decisions by consensus, and balance individual autonomy with social responsibility.

Our tradition honors the wild, and calls for service to the earth and the community. We value peace and practice non-violence, in keeping with the Rede, "Harm none, and do what you will." We work for all forms of justice: environmental, social, political, racial, gender and economic. Our feminism includes a radical analysis of power, seeing all systems of oppression as interrelated, rooted in structures of domination and control.

We welcome all genders, all gender histories, all races, all ages and sexual orientations and all those differences of life situation, background, and ability that increase our diversity. We strive to make our public rituals and events accessible and safe. We try to balance the need to be justly compensated for our labor with our commitment to make our work available to people of all economic levels.

All living beings are worthy of respect. All are supported by the sacred elements of air, fire, water and earth. We work to create and sustain communities and cultures that embody our values, that can help to heal the wounds of the earth and her peoples, and that can sustain us and nurture future generations.

Reclaiming Principles of Unity - consensed by the Reclaiming Collective in 1997. Updated at the BIRCH council meeting of Dandelion Gathering 5 in 2012.

By Air, by Fire, by Water, by Earth

we bring forward a just, regenerating world . . . now!

Reclaim the Earth!