|Sampling of Classes Offered
Learn the language of energy—how it moves and flows—and apply these patterns and grids to your magic, to activism, and to life. These techniques for reading and shaping energy will help you act more effectively in the world. We will explore ways to identify an energy pattern and learn to use one pattern to alter another. We will also learn how to channel energy through grids and patterns of various shapes. Is the energy blocked and stagnant? Is the energy spilling away too quickly? building too rapidly or slowly? Is the action or activity not creating the outcome you wish? Learn to detect and shape energy patterns and grids that will aid your work. This workshop aligns well with the Occupy, Black Lives Matter, People's Climate and similar movements, and is powerful for those who would like to detect and shape energy in any setting.
Pentacle of Story
This pentacle is a powerful tool for creating change in the world, finding your path, and for storytelling. The magic of this five-pointed star pattern is that each point is connected with all other points. Navigating from Contentment to Challenge to Trust to Petitioning Allies to Right Action offers myriad teachings and insights, as does starting at any point on the pentacle and following its pathways. Find the secret knowledge embedded in this pentacle once you've followed its points back to Contentment and are transformed. This workshop offers a wonderful tool for writers to solve issues with their plot and character arcs.
Can you feel energy? Is it real, tangible? Through experiential exercises, we will play with energy so that you can learn to sense it, to feel it . . .to see it. And know it is real. This session is for those new to ritual and energy work, as well as those who seek advanced priestessing training.
Embodying the Pentacle
Working a pentacle is a wonderful way to experience energy flow within. It’s also a great tool for problem-solving, healing and getting to know your own patterns. Pentacle magic is one of the foundations of the Reclaiming (and Feri) Tradition, especially working with the Iron and Pearl Pentacles. It is an access point for shadow work, for balancing and sustaining your energy—and so much more. In this session we will work with an established pentacle, and you will have the opportunity to create and explore the Pentacle of You. This workshop aligns well with activism and finding inspiration.
EIEIO: Creating Ritual in the Reclaiming Tradition
Experience and help create ritual as BrightFlame takes us through visioning and components of ritual in her unique fashion. Whether new to the Craft or you have years of experience in Reclaiming or other paths, you will have an opportunity to grow your skills as we co-create a ritual. What is EIEIO? Come and find out!
Walking the Pentacle
Feel and read the energy of the pentacle with all your senses. If you have ever walked a labyrinth, you know the depth of experience walking a sacred pattern can hold. We will invoke a particular pentacle and enter its energy in a sacred way in order to know and to grow. Experience the meaning of being on- or off-point and use this wonderful tool to gain insight about ourselves and our shadow selves.
Join BrightFlame on a creative journey to find your core values--what you hold most sacred--and then step through the heart portal with us to create the world we most desire. This workshop aligns well with the Occupy movement, with magic, wonder and inspiration! It was inspired by Velcrow Ripper's film Occupy Love.
Elements of Magic
Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Spirit—we will work with the elements in sacred space, learning tools and techniques for creating effective rituals. This is the first class in the Reclaiming Tradition of Witchcraft (co-founded by Starhawk). We will work with energy sensing, trance, Goddess & God stories, visualization, chanting, spellcrafting, invoking and many other tools. This 6-week class is recommended for those who would like to learn to create sacred space and rituals in any tradition as well as those who want to work more intensively in the Reclaiming Tradition. (Can also be offered over a weekend or two.)
Labyrinths: Walking the Sacred Path
A labyrinth is a tool for Knowing, Willing, Daring and Healing. You will learn to create a labyrinth in this session. As we walk this ancient 7-circuit path, find its Sacredness and its message for you. Feel the heartbeat of the Earth as we trace Her moving patterns. BrightFlame will retell the myth of Theseus and Ariadne from a pre-patriarchal place as she moves us on a trance journey to the Center.
What do the Tall Ones have to say to us? Learn to sense the auras of trees and to communicate with them. Learn to drop and open your awareness, as well as other styles of perceiving and knowing. Part of this session will be a ritual where, through trance and actual contact with trees, we will bring their messages back to the circle.
Pentacle of Iron
The points of the Pentacle of Iron are our birthright. This class will forever change you. Using our magical skills, moving and shaping energy, transforming ourselves through trance, we will explore the five points of our inner pentacle Sex (primal energy), Self, Passion, Pride, and Power (effectiveness in the worlds). This class adds much depth to personal and magical work. It includes shadow work and working with inflated/deflated/core self. This is one of the Reclaiming core classes. Prerequisite: Elements of Magic class (or equivalent with instructor permission).
Journey to the Goddess
BrightFlame will lead participants on a trance journey to the Goddess. Who will call to us? Artemis of the woods and the wild? Brighid of the sacred well and flame? Sehkmet of the desert fire? Oshun of the waters? She Who Is Nameless? What message does She hold for you?
Finding the Horned God
Who is thrusting upwards and greening out? Feel His vitality and hear His messages. Connect with your wild and raw energy as we honor Him. Know when it is time for your energy to "die back" to yield to energy and activities yet unborn.
Through a guided trance we will immerse ourselves in the nature and energy of water. Once we feel water’s energy and properties, we will learn various ways we can use water in ritual, magick, divination, spellwork, healing, prayer. This hands-on session will explore water as a tool, water as an ally, and the qualities of the direction West as it represents emotional work, tidal work, feeling our feelings, ebb and flow.
Pentacle of Fire
Where do you store your embers? How do you get them to flame? Are you getting enough fuel? Working with the Pentacle of Fire will allow us to explore these and other questions as we learn to sense and work with energy, and feel the 5 aspects of fire moving in our bodies. Working with pentacles is a witch’s problem-solving tool. It helps her to sense and work with energy and find answers in a particular situation.
The Crone's Vulva
What happened when Baubo lifted Her skirts to Demeter? What magic transpired? What vision was gifted to Demeter? Together we will enter the Mysteries. Through trance and energy work we will learn the magic and the power of the crone’s vulva.
Breasts of Artemis: Nurturing the Land
Enter the Mystery of “many-breasted” Artemis. We will explore and immerse ourselves in the story of Artemis as life-giving tree, working with Earth energy to recharge and heal the land.