Our Magical Ancestors – an essay

Luke Hauser’s new essay on alternative history – free download or read online

Who are these people who call themselves Pagans, Witches, and workers of magic? Where did they come from?

Join Luke Hauser for an illustrated, occasionally tongue-in-cheek journey through our magical lineages, from ancient Mesopotamia to Gardner, Valiente, and the Wiccan Revival of modern days.

Think of this as a pleasant excursion, not a treadmill.

Read what calls to you. Skip around as you wish. Feel free to ignore entire sections.

Just know that when you reach the Isle of Apples, you may be tested on this material.

Click here for free download | Click here ​to read online

“Erudite, good-humoured, generous, with that open-minded readiness to recognise merit in many different sources of inspiration that is one of the best features of the Reclaiming tradition.”

– Ronald Hutton, Professor of History, University of Bristol

“Presents an enormous amount of material in a very attractive and readable way.”

– Michael D. Bailey, Department of History, Iowa State University / Associate Editor: Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft

Graphic: Hieronymus Bosch

Spiral Dance Playlist – 2019!

Here’s the updated version of our 2019 Spiral Dance music, including Suzanne Sterling & Skyclad’s Elements song.

Spiral Dance playlist on youtube and Spotify

The youtube version also features a short Place of Power meditation – we need a recording of an ancestor trance complete with a journey to the Isle of Apples!

Youtube also includes both spiral dance promo videos – very fun!

Spiral Dance Playlist on Youtube and Spotify

Lotsa Reclaiming Playlists – click here!

Photo by Michael Rauner – Spiral Dance 2008.

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Dandelion Gathering Report & Key Documents

Organizers from the 2019 all-Reclaiming Dandelion Gathering and BIRCH (Broad Intra-Reclaiming Council of Hubs) have published a report on the September gathering, with links to key documents.

Summary: dandeliongathering.org/birch

BIRCH Meeting Notes (September 2019) – click here

Decolonizing Actions in Reclaiming (DARC) Statement – click here

Contact BIRCH & Dandelion Gatheringclick here

Pagan Cluster Joins Extinction Rebellion Actions – Photos

Several hundreds people gathered at San Francisco’s Civic Center on October 16, 2019 for a solemn procession punctuated by die-ins, as part of a day of Climate Justice protests.
The action, organized by Bay Area Extinction Rebellion as part of international protests during October 2019, included people from Red Rebels, Decolonization, Playful Animal Parade, Mindful Direct Action, the Climate Anxiety Tent, DAWG, and WICCA (Witches Invoking Creative Climate Action – our Bay Area Pagan Cluster!).
The actions focused attention on California government and Governor Newsom, and demanded that the state:
–  Declare a climate emergency
–  Commit to fossil-free California by 2025
–  Empower communities through citizen’s assemblies
–  Work for a just transition
Future Actions and Events: extinctionrebellionsfbay.org
WICCA/Pagan Cluster – contact and join our googlegroup
Photo by Luke Hauser.
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Pagan Cluster – Ritual for Climate Justice

Several thousand Bay Area activists shut down the central financial district of San Francisco, known as Wall Street West.

Click here for photos

The September 25 actions were part of international climate justice events, including the global student strike on September 20.

Reclaiming’s Bay Area Pagan Cluster – Witches Invoking Creative Climate Action, or WICCA – organized a ritual for mid-afternoon. We processed down California Street singing We Are the Rising Sun, then did a short Equinox ritual in the middle of the “mural district” of Montgomery Street, ending with a spiral dance to Our Hands Will Work for Peace and Justice (Harvest Chant).

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Global Youth Strike for Climate Justice

Young people around the world rallied, struck, and took direct action for Climate Justice on Friday, September 20.

Anchored by the Sunrise Movement, Extinction Rebellion, and other groups, this day of action challenged people and governments to take action now.

Photos from San Francisco youth march

For details, visit BayAreaClimateStrike.net and GlobalClimateStrike.net

Reclaiming’s Bay Area Pagan Cluster, WICCA (Witches Invoking Creative Climate Action!), will participate and support this day of actions in downtown San Francisco

Other Reclaiming folks will be active in other locales.

On Wednesday Sept 25, WICCA hosted an Equinox Ritual as part of a global day for Climate Justice.

See poster below for details, or email ReclaimingEastBay@gmail.com for info and to join our WICCA googlegroup!

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Spiral Dance 2019!

October 26, 2019 – Craneway Pavilion – Richmond CA

Doors Open at 6 for Altar Viewing
& Reading the Names of The Beloved Dead
Ritual Begins at 7

Information & Tickets: ReclaimingSpiralDance.org

For 40 years, the Witches of Bay Area Reclaiming have danced the spiral of rebirth at Samhain, Halloween. Join us as we celebrate four decades of magic, activism and healing.

The veil is thin — we mourn our beloved dead and energize the forces of renewal.

Our magical intention for this year’s ritual is: “To reclaim the golden thread of magic that spans time, and draw from the lessons of the past to weave a just and vibrant future.”

We welcome all ages, all genders, people of diverse physical abilities, people of color, LGBTQ+ folk, Witches, Pagans, non-Pagans, activists, seekers, and the respectfully curious.

Our rituals are clean and sober — and nonetheless ecstatic!  Help us keep the space accessible by avoiding scented products.

Volunteers – many volunteers are needed to create this amazing community event! Singers, dancers, techies, set-up & clean-up, publicity… Help create the magic! Email us – see below.

Spread the Word! – please pass along this information and website. Email us for promocards!

Email: SpiralDanceInfo@gmail.com

Let it begin now!

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