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Georgia Events 1/6 through 1/13

There is always a lot going on in Georgia; here are some of the events in the next week:

Friday 1/6

  • “A Year of Full Moons” workshop at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation Gwinnett, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, as a one day (12 hour) intensive. $75/person, which still covers all meals and snacks. This intensive will give you the tools, experience, and knowledge you need to work with the moon cycle for a full lunar year. Labyrinth walks to help integrate what you are learning. To register or with any questions, email paigevarner@gmail.com.

Saturday 1/7

  • Public Esbat ritual Milledgeville 7:00 pm at at Walter B Williams Park at the gazebo by the recreational lake. This park is located at the corner of highways 212 and 22. earthhealerstemple@yahoo.com or call 478- 451- 0139 for directions. This is a public ritual. Visitors welcome and expected.
  • Lake Claire Drum Circle This is an open drum circle held just outside L5P in the Lake Claire area of Atlanta, 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm
  • Athens Area Pagans weekly meeting: 5 to 6 pm every Saturday at Trapeze, 269 West Washington Street Athens, GA (except UGA home game dates, then at Hendershot’s Coffee to avoid the traffic)

Sunday 1/8

  • Grove of the Red Earth Discussion Group 1p to 3p Manuel’s Tavern
  • Forever & a Day – House of Ravenstone free open house 2pm to 6pm For a broad overview of their beliefs, House of Ravenstone provides this monthly Open House where individuals can meet with initiates from the House and have questions answered in a relaxed and informal setting. No charge. http://foreverandaday.biz

Monday 1/9FULL MOON

  • Monday Night (Border) Pagans — East Cobb/Marietta WHOLE FOODS at Merchants Walk in East Cobb [inside the cafe] 8pm to 10pm

Tuesday 1/10

  • Occupy Atlanta Interfaith Prayer Hour 4 pm, Bennett Hall in the Morehouse School of Religion building on the campus of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC). 700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30314-4143 Pagans are emphatically welcome.

Wednesday 1/11

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Thursday 1/12

  • PAGE: Pagan Atlanta Gay Exchange Conversation Thursday: NEW LOCATION the Pagan Atlanta Gay Exchange, a group for Metro Atlanta area GLBTs that seek like minded individuals for brother- and sisterhood surrounding our Pagan beliefs and heritages and how these truths may be impacted by our daily GLBT lives. Every Thursday night at 8pm at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta GA. 1100 South Marietta Parkway Marietta, GA 30060 at the S. Marietta Entrance, Student Center Room A214 Main Level http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pageglbtgroup/

Friday 1/13

These are just some of the events happening in Georgia. If you’re event wasn’t mentioned it’s probably because we don’t know about it yet. Please send your press releases, event announcements, Rites of Passage notices and community news to pncatlantabureau@gmail.com.

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Georgia Events 12/2 through 12/09

It seems I got caught up in the holidays last week and didn’t get a post up; I apologize. There is always a lot going on in Georgia; here are some of the events in the next week:

Friday 12/2 Moon at First Quarter

Saturday 12/3

  • Holiday Open House Body, Mind & Spirit metaphysical store in Athens. 11 am -5 pm. One day special sales, readers, holistic practitioners and more. 3701 Atlanta Highway, Bogart, GA 30622
  • Lake Claire Drum Circle This is an open drum circle held just outside L5P in the Lake Claire area of Atlanta, 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm
  • Athens Area Pagans weekly meeting: 5 to 6 pm every Saturday at Trapeze, 269 West Washington Street Athens, GA (except UGA home game dates, then at Hendershot’s Coffee to avoid the traffic)

Sunday 12/4

  • Wicca 101: Lady Kyairthwen shares the basics of Wicca – what it is, and what it isn’t. Learn about Circles, Sabbaths, Es bats, Rituals, and the Deities involved in the religion of Wicca. $15 per class. Class will be held every other Sunday and is setup where you can miss a class and not fall behind! http://trilogybookstore.com for details.

Monday 12/5

  • Monday Night (Border) Pagans — East Cobb/Marietta WHOLE FOODS at Merchants Walk in East Cobb [inside the cafe] 8pm to 10pm

Wednesday 12/7

  • Psychic Development Classes Psychic Development Class will be a series of two hour, bi-weekly classes for individuals wanting to discover, develop, and hone their natural psychic abilities. Each class is set up so that,  if you miss one, you can come to the next one and not be behind. Every other Wednesday – $15 per class http://trilogybookstore.com for details.

Thursday 12/8

  • PAGE: Pagan Atlanta Gay Exchange Conversation Thursday: the Pagan Atlanta Gay Exchange, a group for Metro Atlanta area GLBTs that seek like minded individuals for brother- and sisterhood surrounding our Pagan beliefs and heritages and how these truths may be impacted by our daily GLBT lives. Every Thursday night at 8pm at the Whole Food Market in Marietta GA. 1311 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta GA 30068 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pageglbtgroup/

Friday 12/9

  • Milledgeville Paranormal Society meets at 7pm at the Blackbird Cafe at 114 West Hancock Street in Milledgeville.

These are just some of the events happening in Georgia. If you’re event wasn’t mentioned it’s probably because we don’t know about it yet. Please send your press releases, event announcements, Rites of Passage notices and community news to pncatlantabureau@gmail.com.

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Georgia Events 11/18 through 11/25

Thanks to everyone who has been letting us know what events you are holding! Here are some of the events in the next week:

Friday 11/18 MOON AT LAST QUARTER

  • Pagan Pub Night – Third Friday of each Month PPN is a casual gathering of Pagan & Pagan friendly people. Come join a relaxing evening of conversation. There’s no topic, it’s just a chance to hang out with people whom you know you will at least have 1 thing in common with. 8pm to 10pm-ish Hudson Grille – Brookhaven 4046 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30319

Saturday 11/19

  • Monthly Potluck Monday Night discussion groups monthly potluck is this Saturday. 7pm Serendipity Household, 2425 Arbor Hill Rd.
    Canton, Georgia
  • Atlanta/ Sandy Springs Psychic Fair 6800 Roswell Rd Unit 1 A in Atlanta/Sandy Springs, Saturday 10-8:00 Sunday 12:00-6:00 http://www.theinnerspace.com
  • GA DC40 RESPONSE call to mass ritual in defense of the Goddess Columbia http://witchescupboard.info/activism/40-days-of-peace-event-a-response-to-the-dc40/
  • Grove of Draconis Thanksgiving Dinner 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Nov 19, 2011 Contact silver.hawk67@yahoo.com for details
  • Athens Area Pagans weekly meeting: 5 to 6 pm every Saturday at Trapeze, 269 West Washington Street Athens, GA (except UGA home game dates, then at Hendershot’s Coffee to avoid the traffic)
  • Introduction to Numerology Taught by Rhonda Smith, this class will address what numerology is, how the individual sets it up and the basic aspects of a numerology chart. Class Fee: $35 if paid in advance, $40 the day of class Limited to 10 people. At Forever and a Day in Woodstock GA

Sunday 11/20

  • Earth Healers Temple services Millepede– 3PM at Walter B Williams Park at the gazebo by the recreational lake. This park is located at the corner of highways 212 and 22. Possible bad weather location at Rev. Pratus and Hillary’s home email earthhealerstemple@yahoo.com or call 478- 451- 0139 for directions.
  • Trilogy Bookstore – Wicca 101 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Lady Kyairthwen shares the basics of Wicca – what it is, and what it isn’t. Learn about Circles, Sabbaths, Esbats, Rituals, and the Deities involved in the religion of Wicca. First Class is Sunday May 22nd 1-2:30pm. $15 per class. Class will be held every other Sunday and is setup like our Psychic Development Class, where you can miss a class and not fall behind! http://trilogybookstore.com
  • Coven of the Southern Fires Monthly Meetup Jesup GA This is designed for the coven to meet and discuss Wicca with new comers and for the coven members to schedule the events for the next month http://www.witchvox.com/vn/vn_detail/dt_ev.html?a=usga&id=64455

Monday 11/21

  • Monday Night (Border) Pagans — East Cobb/Marietta WHOLE FOODS at Merchants Walk in East Cobb [inside the cafe] 8pm to 10pm

Tuesday 11/22

  • Milledgeville Paranormal Society investigation at battleground for the Griswoldville Civil War battle. Details to be announced. For more information or directions: earthhealerstemple@yahoo.com

Wednesday 11/23

Thursday 11/24

  • THANKSGIVING
  • PAGE: Pagan Atlanta Gay Exchange Conversation Thursday: the Pagan Atlanta Gay Exchange, a group for Metro Atlanta area GLBTs that seek like minded individuals for brother- and sisterhood surrounding our Pagan beliefs and heritages and how these truths may be impacted by our daily GLBT lives. Every Thursday night at 8pm at the Whole Food Market in Marietta GA. 1311 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta GA 30068 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pageglbtgroup/

Friday 11/25

These are just some of the events happening in Georgia. If you’re event wasn’t mentioned it’s probably because we don’t know about it yet. Please send your press releases, event announcements, Rites of Passage notices and community news to pncatlantabureau@gmail.com.

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Georgia Events 11/11 through 11/18

Here are some of the events in the next week:

Friday 11/11

  • Veterans Day

Saturday 11/12

  • Athens Area Pagans weekly meeting: 5 to 6 pm every Saturday at Trapeze, 269 West Washington Street Athens, GA (except UGA home game dates, then at Hendershot’s Coffee to avoid the traffic)

Sunday 11/13

  • Dogwood Local Council Holly King Event at The House of Oak Spring. Holiday pictures with the Holly King http://dogwooddlcorg.ipage.com/?q=spring_picnic2011
  • Grove of the Red Earth Discussion Group at Fudruckers Marietta, 3000 Windy Hill Rd 1 pm to 3 pm
  • House of Ravenstone free open house atForever And A Day in Woodstock GA. 2Pm to 4 pm. For a broad overview of their beliefs, House of Ravenstone provides this monthly Open House where individuals can meet with initiates from the House and have questions answered in a relaxed and informal setting. No charge.

Monday 11/14

  • Monday Night (Border) Pagans — East Cobb/Marietta WHOLE FOODS at Merchants Walk in East Cobb [inside the cafe] 8pm to 10pm

Tuesday 11/15

  • UGA Pagan Studen Association Gnostic Gnovember UGA Campus, Tate Student Center #144 7pm to 9pm throw down upon the fascinating intersections between Paganism and Gnosticism. The format will be a no-holds-barred panel discussion, so bring along your questions, your ideas, and most importantly a friend or three! https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=194194023993824

Thursday 11/17

  • Pagan Family Reunion (PFR) 2011Gathering Thursday thru Sunday http://www.witchvox.com/vn/vn_detail/dt_ev.html?a=usga&id=75517
  • PAGE: Pagan Atlanta Gay Exchange Conversation Thursday: the Pagan Atlanta Gay Exchange, a group for Metro Atlanta area GLBTs that seek like minded individuals for brother- and sisterhood surrounding our Pagan beliefs and heritages and how these truths may be impacted by our daily GLBT lives. Every Thursday night at 8pm at the Whole Food Market in Marietta GA. 1311 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta GA 30068 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pageglbtgroup/

Friday 11/18 LAST QUARTER

These are just some of the events happening in Georgia. If you’re event wasn’t mentioned it’s probably because we don’t know about it yet. Please send your press releases, event announcements, Rites of Passage notices and community news to pncatlantabureau@gmail.com.

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Annual Witches Brewfest this Saturday in Sandy Springs

Sandy Springs- Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore, 5 Seasons Brewing and House of RavenStone are hosting the Annual Witches Brewfest on Saturday, October 23rd in Sandy Springs. As at previous Brewfests, the beer has been specially brewed for the occasion; this year features a heather beer. There will be costume contests, a raffle and musical entertainment by Carly Gibson.

The press release, which may be found in it’s entirety on the RavenStone website, gives the details:

In keeping with this year’s theme, “What Manner of Witch Be Ye?” come dressed as your favorite witch and join us in celebrating the season with a beer brewed for the occasion!  Or just come out as you are and join the fun! The event will include costume contests, raffles, and live music provided by the lovely and talented Carly Gibson as well as a canned goods drive to benefit the Atlanta Food Bank.  A single admission includes One (1) Beer Ticket for the Witches’ Brew and One (1) Raffle Ticket. Although you must be at least 21 years of age to enjoy the brew, everyone is welcome to attend! T-shirts commemorating the evening are also for sale.

The event begins at 7 pm and is held at 5 Seasons Brewing in the Prado shopping center in Sandy Springs, just across from the Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore on Roswell Rd. Attendants are encouraged to donate canned goods to the Atlanta Food Bank. Advance tickets may be purchased from the  front desk at the Phoenix and Dragon or from the House of RavenStone website. For more information please see the House of RavensStone website.

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Rites of Passage: A Day of Initiations for RavenStone

Atlanta-based House of RavenStone announces several initiations will be taking place today. They are extending an invitation to all Ravenwood tradition initiates to attend:

All Initiates of the appropriate degree
are summoned to the Circle that these seven
may be welcomed and honored in the manner of the Old Ways
and begin their work under the guidance and blessings
of the Ancient Gods, the Mighty Ones, and their Craft Elders.

Let all of their brothers and sisters, teachers, and students gather afterwards
to break their fast and celebrate in love, joy, peace and honor.

For more information read the rest of the announcement at the RavenStone website.

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Pagan/Christian Relations in North GA Better, Still Need Improvement

In Dawson County last Sunday church members gathered to learn to make brooms. Wearing religious jewelry, the class gathered broom straw by hand, cleaned it of weeds and short scraps, then stopped for a cold drink in town before binding the straw to the broomsticks on a shady back deck. A diverse group of congregants, from different backgrounds, ethnicities and sexual orientations, they followed the instructor’s directions on how to tie and trim the brooms: an art she’d learned from her Christian grandmothers and aunts.

The matriarchs of her family also taught her how to tie-in love-knots and to be careful who makes your broom lest they tie-in matrimonial intentions for you to keep in your home. The instructor also mentioned that she had been taught that certain parts of broom-making were supposed to be done by men, and other parts by women, but  explains “we’re not that prejudiced” as she taught both men and women to make their brooms from start to finish. This broom-magic lore from long-passed Christian women suits this church class just fine.

They’re Wiccans, members of House of Ravenstone Church and Seminary of the Old Religion and it’s daughter group, Grove of the Willow Wood. This happy synthesis of Pagan and Christian beliefs suits the current vibe between those religions in the northern half of the 400 corridor here in GA. Though Forsyth, Dawson and Lumpkin counties haven’t been known for diversity in the past they are currently home to a wide range of people of different backgrounds and religious persuasions, including many Pagans.

In Cumming, GA, Simple Strands is a new age/metaphysical shop that caters to Wiccans, Pagans, Buddhists, and Catholics. Marion, the shop owner explains, “I don’t carry Christian stuff because people can get that anywhere, but people don’t seem to like Catholics here so I carry things for them.” Most of her customers are thrilled she’s here but Marion says she has had some tension with Christians in the area. From her observations, most of her shoplifters are people who identify as Christian. “Pagans know better than to steal from my store” she explains.

Sometimes the interaction of the different belief systems is amusing. “A Christian woman asked me what the dragons mean” recalled Marion, referring to the display table of brightly colored fantasy dragon figurines by the door. “I told her they’re dragons, they don’t mean anything.” The woman persisted, wanting to know what it meant that one was labeled King of Dragonia. “It means he’s king of the little fantasy dragon world the figurines are from” Marion recounts with a look of exasperated amusement.

Simple Strands has a large iconic gargoyle nicknamed Josh that can be found dressed in silly costumes by the front door. “I wanted him in the parade dressed as Santa. I sponsor Toys for Tots and thought it would be cute. But they said no.” Marion just shrugs her shoulders.

At the broom-making class Southern sweet tea is passed around, and after the post-crafting meal has been blessed, the discussion turned to how the area has changed and on being open as a Pagan. Each person in the class is open about their faith to different degrees. One young woman states “I’ve been told you can’t be publicly Pagan in my town but, I mean, I don’t wear a lot of (Pagan) bling or anything but I’ve never had any problems.” One gentleman states he told his employer he needed a couple of days off for his ordination and they simply assumed he’s now a Christian minister. He decided it was probably best to just leave the assumption alone. Some Pagans in Georgia still have to remain closeted at work from fear of losing their jobs. There was some speculation around the table that perhaps the perception of intolerance for Pagan faiths outweighed the reality.

At the end of the day, each bearing fully-functional, albeit non-flying, brooms, the church members hugged each other and agreed they looked forward to seeing everyone at church next weekend.  Plans to bring dishes to the potluck meal were discussed. It’s a scene that’s familiar to Dawson County, only the religion that brought people together in fellowship was a bit different than the norm. Along with the Saks 5th Avenue outlet store, Starbucks Coffee and morning traffic from people rushing into the Atlanta metro area for work, it’s just another sign of change in this growing county.

For information on Wicca.

For a partial listing of Pagan groups and events in Georgia.

**The names of the class members are withheld  for privacy reasons as I did not receive express permission to print them.**

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