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PEN Ways Gateway to the Pagan Communities

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Open Ways Gateway to the Pagan Communities Issue 179 Summer Solstice 2015 Open Ways is published online eight times a year, on the Quarters and Cross-Quarters, by The Nine Houses of Gaia, Inc. Circulation 3400+. Newsletter Staff Editor— Angel Webmaster — Angel Advertising— Angel Proofreaders— Kate / Ali E-media—Ali Submissions Articles, letters, poetry, artwork, etc., are solicited from the community. We reserve the right to edit for length and content. Email or send self-addressed stamped envelope for Writers’ Guidelines. Type-written (single-sided) or word processed manuscripts are welcome, electronic submissions via e-mail preferred. Send submissions to: Open Ways Editor PO BOX 33182 Portland, OR 97292 E-mail: editor@ninehouses.org openwayseditor@gmail.com World Wide Web: http://ninehouses.org Please do not send the original copy of your work! Manuscripts unaccompanied by a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope will not be returned. All submissions will be accepted at our discretion. Advertising Ads must be camera-ready. Payment must accompany ad. No credit card payments. Deadlines (page 3) apply. E-mailed ads and their payments must be received by the deadlines. No black backgrounds please! Email Editor for more info. Rates & Sizes (W x H) $15 for a business card size (3.5’ x 2”) $30 for quarter-page (3.5” x 4”) $60 for half page (7” x 4.5”) $120 for full page (7” x 9”) Discount for one-year, pre-paid ads. $10.00 for business name and phone number or email address in Directory for 1 year.

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Our Mission Statement The Nine Houses of Gaia is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1992 to sponsor the Northwest Fall Equinox Festival and publish Open Ways. Open Ways serves as an introduction to, and, an anchor for pagan communities in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest; a forum for the exchange of scholarly, practical, or experiential information, knowledge, and wisdom; a tool for instruction and communication; a “journal” of events, announcements, ideas, poetry, prose, illustration — anything of benefit or interest to Pagans, Wiccans, or other Nature Spiritualists. Copyright © 2011 All rights remain the property of contributing authors and artists. For reprint information, please contact Open Ways. Inquiries will be forwarded to appropriate parties. Statement of Confidentiality Open Ways honors the right to privacy. Information regarding our contributors or subscribers will not be made available under any circumstance. Our mailing lists and email lists are not for sale or trade. Contributors are encouraged to use pseudonyms. Open Ways and The Nine Houses of Gaia are not responsible for any content on other sites.

Cover Art: Unknown Flower By Blue Capucian Back page Art: By Chad Fenlon

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Submission Deadline January 5 February 21 April 3 May 23 July 4 August 23 October 1 November 21

Brigid Spring Equinox Beltane Summer Solstice Lughnasadh Fall Equinox Samhain Yule

Available By January 19 March 6 April 17 June 6 July 18 September 6 October 14 December 8

Submission deadlines are 4 weeks before the Sabbats and publication dates are 2 weeks before the Sabbats.

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Letter from the Editor

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Moon Mandala Coloring Pages

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Call for Submissions

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A Warrior Princess

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Advertising in Open Ways

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Ongoing Festivals

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North West Fall Equinox festival Information

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Pagan Picnic

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Dancing With the Moon Workshop

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Let’s not wait.

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Pagan Community Directory

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The Hero’s Journey

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Thorne’s Lessons #3

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Pagan Business Directory

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Moon Gazer Coloring Page

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Pagan Serenity Prayer

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North West Fall Equinox Festival Registration Information

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Open Ways Letter from the Editor Wow! Summer Solstice already. This year is flying by. We are having beautiful weather here in the Pacific Northwest. Anyone who knows what the plant is in the picture on the front cover please let us know. Blessed Be, Angel

It Takes a Village to Raise... a Village Do you have knowledge and spiritual gifts to share with your community? Volunteer to present a workshop at the Northwest Fall Equinox Festival 2014! Please email a description of the workshop you wish to present to nwfef@ninehouses.org. Be sure to include the length of the workshop and any preferred accommodations it might entail.

Do you have BIG MAGICK to share with your community? We are accepting proposals for NWFEF 2015 main ritual! The purpose of NWFEF is to celebrate the harvest. The main theme, ritual, and workshops differ from year to year depending on selection from proposals submitted by community members (you!). Your ritual proposal must have a complete outline; please contact nwfef@ninehouses.org to request "Tips and Tricks", a "rubric" to assist you in composing your proposal. Ritual proposal submission may be emailed to nwfef@ninehouses.org or mailed to PO Box 33182, Portland, OR 97292.

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Open Ways Submissions for Open Ways ! Open Ways Gateway to the Pagan Communities is a newsletter for the community by the community. We NEED your contributions! Guidelines for All Contributors We welcome articles up to 3,000 words of a scholarly, historical, news/event, or how-to–nature; letters; music; poetry; rituals for group or solo-practitioners; personal experience; interviews; artwork; etc. Please honor plurality and diversity. Address issues of interest to pagans, Wiccan’s, polytheists, Buddhists, or nature spiritualists. Where appropriate, include bibliographic references, sidebars, and graphics. Manuscripts will be accepted in any readable form; however we prefer articles via email if possible. Manuscripts and letters selected for publication may be edited for clarity, brevity, accuracy, or editorial consistency. Always include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you wish your work returned. Never send your only copy! The editorial staff reserves the right to accept or reject any manuscript or work of art submitted for publication. Contributing Columnists (reoccurring) Column writing offers a lot of flexibility as well as a wide-ranging variety of topics on which to expound. Submit a proposal stating the intention of the column and frequency. Contributors that commit to being a reoccurring contributor to 4 or more issues will be given a complementary business card size advertisement. Contributions may be: • Regular features with the same by-line, title, and/or premise. • Of a subject matter that is by nature practical (how-to), historical, literary, ethical, philosophical, educational, social, moral, political, inspirational, magical, or whatever happens to stoke your bellows. • In a style appropriate for the subject matter, the author’s personal taste, and the editors guidelines of this publication. Book reviews We welcome and encourage your written book reviews. These do not need to be scholarly critiques of the material by someone with a lifetime of experience with the subject matter; often the best, most useful reviews are written by those with whom the readership can identify. The book you are reviewing does not need to be a new release. Readers are interested in your reaction to the book: did you enjoy it? Did it provoke any new ideas or change for you? Was it useful? Artwork Open Ways encourages submissions of all kinds of artwork: Larger pieces for the cover, smaller works for illustration, and even smaller ones to accent and fill in. Please be sure your images are high quality jpeg or tif files with 300dpi. Need help, just ask! Poetry We regularly run poetry in each issue, and plan to continue this as long as we have the poems to do so. Poems should be of reasonable length and on Pagan/Wiccan topics. Ones that reflect your personal thoughts and experiences are preferred. Reporting Open Ways needs your stories of events, speakers, and public festivals in your area to share with our readers. Or maybe you went for a walk in the woods and had an interesting experience. These are stories you would share around the circle.

Send submissions to: editor@ninehouses.org openwayseditor@gmail.com World Wide Web: http://ninehouses.org Please DO NOT send the only copy of your work! All submissions will be accepted and/or edited for content at the discretion of the editorial staff.

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Open Ways Advertising in Open Ways Advertising is a great way to market your business, organization, festival or anything else that you want people to know about. Our rates are extremely affordable and now that we are an online magazine, ads can be full color at no additional charge. Where does Open Ways get seen? www.issuu.com is an incredible “flip page” viewer that is just like paging through a magazine. This site will also have a “library” of archived issues. www.ninehouses.org is our website where we will have both an embedded min-version of the issuu.com reader as well as a pdf document for those with low-technology computers. Individuals can also embed the publication into their own websites, which we encourage. Social Networks: Facebook, Witchvox etc. Email – we will send an email to our entire network with a link to view it. Local Pagan friendly Shops – Posters will be distributed with an announcement of where to find our publication Please follow these guidelines when placing an ad: Please do not use a lot of black background. Payment must accompany ads. Deadlines apply. E-mailed ads and their payments must be received by the deadlines. Copyright and Permissions All rights remain the property of the author or artist. Inquiries for reprint information/permission are forwarded to appropriate parties. Rates and Sizes (per Issue) $15.00 for business card size (3.5"x2") $30.00 for quarter-page (3.5"x4") $60 for half page (7"x4.5") $120.00 for full page (7"x9") 25% Discount for one-year, pre-paid ads. $10 for one year Business Name and Phone Number or email address in our Bussiness Directory

OPEN WAYS DEADLINES This deadline schedule includes all articles, artwork, announcements, events and advertisements.

Open Ways Issue Brigid Spring Equinox Beltane Summer Solstice Lughnasadh Fall Equinox Samhain Yule

Submission Deadline January 5 February 21 April 3 May 23 July 4 August 23 October 1 November 21

Available By January 19 March 6 April 17 June 6 July 18 September 6 October 14 December 8

Submission deadlines are 4 weeks before the Sabbats and publication dates are 2 weeks before the Sabbats.

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Northwest Fall Equinox Festival 2015 Dancing with the Moon When: September 17-20, 2015 Where: Magnificent Forested Setting Fall Equinox festival celebrating the harvest! Event Details: This festival has been happening for over 20 years and continues to evolve and change. The main purpose is celebrating the harvest time. Cabins available... each sleeps 4-8 people, you must bring your own bedding. There will be a Craft corner for parents and their children as well as the young at heart to participate together creating a festival craft. Families are strongly encouraged to come. There will also be some awesome drum circles going on. Please bring your drums and other musical instruments for some wonderful community building time together. If you are interested in being a vendor email vender@ninehouses.org with a description of what you will be vending so we can list you in our festival packet. Workshop Proposals: Anyone wishing to present free workshops at the upcoming Fall Equinox Festival please email a description of the workshop you wish to present. Please include the length of the workshop. Email proposals to: NWFEF@ninehouses.org.

Ritual Proposals for 2016: The purpose of the NWFEF is to celebrate the harvest. The main theme, Ritual and workshops differ from year to year depending on who is doing the main Ritual. We accept Ritual submissions via email to NWFEF@ninehouses.org or by mail to PO Box 33182 Portland, OR 97292. The Ritual proposal must have a complete outline, if we feel there is not enough to get a clear picture it will be sent back to you with a request for more refining. Registration information and forms are at the back of the newsletter and for download on our website www.ninehouses.org .

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Open Ways Pagan Picnic Sunday July 19, 2015 Noon to 4 pm Creston Park Site B

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Come join us for the Gathering of the Tribes! This is a family event to take the time to reacquaint with each other and meet new people. It is POTLUCK STYLE!! So bring a dish to share with everyone! Bring your own dish utensils. We will have utensils, napkins, plates and cups available. Where: Creston Park Site B – 4476 SE Powell Blvd. Portland, OR 97206 When: Sunday July 19, 2015 Time: 12:00 – 4:00 pm Bring drums, musical instruments to enjoy!

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COME JOIN US FOR THE WORSHOP DANCING WITH THE MOONS!! The workshop is to build up the Main Ritual at Northwest Fall Equinox Festival at Silver Falls 2015. Each ritualist will share some information about their Moon Phase. If there is time available there will be a guided meditation for their phase of the moons cycle. This is a fundraiser for the Ritual; there will be a donation of $10.00 at the door. Please contact NWFEF@ninehouses.org if this is too much of a financial burden. There will be snacks provided. We’ll also have tickets available to buy for the raffle at the Festival. You will see one of the pieces at the workshop that will be raffled off and used in Ritual. Where: The Catalyst- 4810 NE Garfield Ave. Portland, OR When: Sunday- August 30, 2015 Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm

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Open Ways Let's Not Wait By: Lord Ansur We will meet again my friends, A hundred years from today Far away from where we lived And where we used to play. We will know each others' eyes And wonder where we met Your laugh will sound familiar Your heart, I won't forget. We will meet, I'm sure of this, But let's not wait till then . . . Let's take a walk beneath the moon And share this magic again. Original publish date 5/2015 on Facebook.

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The Hero’s Journey: The Chariot By Chrissy Lavielle

This is the card of victory and success. The chariot was the transportation of choice for kings and emperors. In the Roman Empire, victorious generals rode them through Rome in huge parades to celebrate their victories abroad. All the top gods rode in chariots. Thor had a chariot pulled by two goats,

Jupiter (Greek:Zeus) rode in a chariot pulled by eagles, and Indra, the head of the Hindu pantheon, had a chariot.

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But most impressive of all, Freya, the Norse Great Mother, but also goddess of love, beauty, fertility and war, traveled in a chariot pulled by two black cats. Getting two cats to go in the same direction, let alone pull a chariot is a feat worthy of a goddess. Phaeton talked his father, Helios, the Titan solar diety, into letting him drive the chariot of the sun across the heavens. He wasn’t up to the job. The horses ran out of control and Phaeton crashed and burned.

Phaeton Driving the Chariot of the Sun And then there was Boudicca, the Warrior Queen of the Iceni, who nearly succeeded in driving the Romans out of Britain in 61 AD. The British love her and placed a statue of her and her daughters racing along in a chariot right across from Parliament. It’s one of my favorites.

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Queen Boudicca and Her Daughters So what’s the big deal about a chariot? In the ancient world it symbolized wealth, power and mobility. If you had a chariot, you could afford to keep horses. You also had the skill to stand upright in a tiny box as it streaked along, bouncing over ruts and rocks, and the strength to control the team of mettlesome horses racing ahead of you. Quite frequently, you did this as you fought enemy chariots carrying men with swords and javelins intent on killing you and wrecking the fragile thing you were standing in. Charioteers probably had even more prestige than professional football players do today.

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A Roman Chariot

The watery sign of Cancer, which is ruled by the Moon, is associated with the Chariot. But what does the cautious, intuitive, home-loving sign of Cancer have to do with chariots? The invention of the chariot was a giant step forward in the art of war. A charioteer (unopposed, of course, by enemy charioteers) could wreak havoc among foot soldiers and remain relatively safe, the chariot serving as a sort of armor. This is the

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Cancer modus operandi: go forth if you must, but remain safe. And Cancers will do almost anything to protect their homes and families, which is what wars and chariots are supposed to be for. The United States of America, with it’s monstrous defense budget, was born on July 4th, which makes it a Cancer. The other key words for Cancer are feelings and intuition. I’ve never driven a chariot, but I would guess that to remain balanced on that tiny platform and in communication with your horses requires amazing amounts of intuition and a close empathy between the driver and his team. To be continued…. JANUARY 19,2011 — 9:44AM

The Major Arcana and the Hero’s Journey: The Chariot, Part II

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chariot is resting on the ground and is made of what looks like a block of stone. The two

sphinxes that are supposed to be pulling it look as unlikely to be up to the job as Freya’s cats. They are lolling serenely in front of the chariot, playing with their tails. One is black and the other is white, which suggest that one has a yin temperament and the other is yang—not an ideal pairing for two steeds that are supposed to pull together. They aren’t even harnessed to each other or to the chariot, and the charioteer has no reins to guide them. This vehicle is doomed to failure, and yet the meaning of key VII is victory, success. Clearly, the driver must have another way of making the chariot move. To completely understand the symbolism that explains this other way, we need to look back at the previous keys. Some readers find it useful to arrange the major arcana in three rows of seven, with The Fool, 0, or spirit above them. The layout looks like this: O 1234567 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Paul Foster Case, in The Tarot, A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages, suggests that the top row, keys 1 – 7, describe “powers or potencies”, and keys 8 – 14 describe “laws” and forces at work within us and around us. The last row describes “conditions” overcome or “effects” caused by the first two rows. The Chariot is the final key in the “powers and potencies” row. The first six cards are pairs of opposites that complete each other.

The yang Will of The Magician, combined the yin of The High priestess’s innate knowledge make a well balanced practitioner of the magical arts.

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The bounty and abundance of The Empress combined with the control, discipline, and farsightedness of The Emperor makes for a successful kingdom or household.

The Heirophant card is about the word of God as voiced by the leaders of earthly religions. This, combined with The Lovers, which is about choices inspired by out higher selves, serves to keep us on the path to spiritual enlightenment. The Chariot is the symbolic shorthand for all of the previous pairs. To make this ever so obvious, the picture ech-

oes all of the first six cards. The houses (Beth) and windows (Heh) of the city remind us of The Magician and The Emperor. The chariot itself is shaped like The Magician’s altar and the High Priestess’s throne. The river that runs from the High Priestess’s cloak flows behind the chariot and the black and white sphinxes remind us of the black and white pillars behind her. The park-like area behind the chariot is like the Empress’s garden. The charioteer and the two sphinxes in front of him echo the tableaus of both Hierophant and The Lovers, the yin-yang of the human psyche listening to either his/her higher self or the voice of God. The card is also loaded with union-of-opposites symbols: *The yin-yang duality of the sphinxes *The chariot body representing the earth and wisdom, surmounted by a canopy representing the starry heavens of divine inspiration *The red lingam-yoni, typifying life force, the union of positive and negative energies *The golden disk of self consciousness (The Magician) born aloft by the intuitive wings of The High Priestess, symbolizing aspiration

*The waxing and waning moons on the charioteer’s shoulders *The solar-lunar symbolism of the star on his crown and the moons *The lingam-yoni symbolism of the chariot wheels and their axles

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The way the charioteer drives his chariot is by harnessing the dualities of the first three pairs of keys, positive to negative, yin to yang, feminine to masculine, earthly to divine, into potent action, and directing it outward with his scepter. The Chariot teaches the value of wholeness. Once we create wholeness within ourselves by recognizing and integrating the conflicting parts of our psyches and then link our psyches to the divine (the goal of most spiritual practices), anything is possible and we are victorious. To be continued…. JANUARY 23,2011 —2:55 PM

The Major Arcana and The Hero’s Journey, The Chariot, Part III Paul Huson, in The Devil’s Picture Book , mentions in passing that the “mysterious Merkabah….of the medieval Cabalists” fits in perfectly with the symbolism of The Chariot. The Merkabah, the throne/chariot of God, is mentioned 44 times in the Old Testament. It is a four-wheeled vehicle driven by “the likeness of a man” who is surrounded by four living creatures, each of which has four wings and the four faces of a man, lion, ox, and eagle. It is further surrounded by several other layers or angels. This was the vehicle Jewish scholars assume Ezekiel saw in his famous wheels within wheels vision, although the word merkabah isn’t mentioned in that particular text. Rabbis typically forbid the study and discussion of Ezekiel 1 and the merkabah to all but the most advanced Jewish scholars because it can be so easily misinterpreted. (Wikipedia, Merkabah entry).

Hasidic philosophy is more relaxed about the issue and explains that the Merkaba is “a multi-layered analogy that offers insight into the nature of man, the ecosystem, the world, and teaches us how to become better people……Ultimately, we should strive to realize how all of the forces in the world, though they may seem to conflict can unite when one knows how to use them all to fulfill a higher purpose, namely to serve God.” (Wikipedia, Merkabah entry).

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According to Jewish mystics, Chet or Cheth, the Hebrew letter assigned to The Chariot, means light, life, or God hovering over His creation. This is an apt description of the Hebrew Merkabah, the throne/chariot of God.

Some modern esoteric schools of thought drop all pretense of allegory. They teach that each of us has a Merkabah or vehicle of divine light that can carry us through the dimensions. The word itself spans cultures. It is Hebrew (merkavah-chariot, or Merkabah-throne chariot), Egyptian (Mer – light; Ka – spirit; Ba – body) or Zulu (Merkabah, space/time/dimension vehicle). Two good Internet sources for Merkabah are Drunvalo and Crystalinks. The MerKaBa is formed of two interlocking tetrahedrons of light, a three dimensional Star of David. The tetrahedron pointing up rotates clockwise, and the one pointing down rotates counterclockwise. When an adept aligns with the rest of the universe and spins the tetrahedrons at precisely the right speed, he/she transforms into a saucer shaped energy field about 55 feet across which can move through space, time, and every dimension. Could all those UFOs be the ultimate chariots, carrying ascended masters to the divine?

In a reading, The Chariot means: Victory or success through self-control or self-discipline.

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Mentors are often Charioteers, like Jedi Master, Obi-wanKenobi, with his famous line, “Use the Force, Luke.” Darth Vader, the Jedi

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knight who went over the Dark Side, is a perfect shadow charioteer. In the movie, Speed, Annie Porter, the reluctant driver of a bus that can’t go slower than 50 mph without exploding, is a Charioteer who is an ally.

The Chariot can also be a physical thing that challenges the characters and forces them to spiritually and sometimes literally move forward, overcome obstacles, and/or become better people. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the raft and the Mississippi River are The Chariot.

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In the book Into Thin Air, Mt. Everest is The Chariot.

The Chariot is also the Journey itself.

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Thorn’s Lessons By Thorn 3. Minor perceptual shifts

This lesson consists of making a perceptual shift away from the senses themselves, to the rest of the body as a whole. This shift allows for the beginnings of detachment of the self from the body, and is as much a conceptual and paradigm shift as it is a perceptual one. People unconsciously hold their awareness in different parts of their bodies. Most people hold it in their heads, but some interact with the world through their hands, or focus their awareness mainly through one sense. Usually the sense used is the strongest of their senses. This lesson focuses on breaking that location of self from being dedicated inside the body, towards becoming a being inside a body, much like the previous meditation lesson focused on separating the thoughts from the thinker. The simplest method to do this is to take the first lesson given here, and apply the methods of the second. This lesson begins with meditation, breathing and feeling your heartbeat as previously done. As the student's awareness of the blood moving through their veins and arteries sharpens, the student should focus on the pulsation of one of the various parts of their body, as the blood is forced through that particular part, following that blood to the next part, until they have learned to “follow their blood� through their entire body, and back to the heart from any given point on their body. The student's perception of themselves in their body should shift as they follow the blood, from what their externally tuned senses tell them, to what their body itself is telling them. The awareness the student is attempting to achieve is similar to what happens when you bend over and try to pick up a coin off a smooth surface, when there is difficulty getting a hold of the coin. In fact, the act of picking up a coin can be used to illustrate the shift for students having difficulty grasping this lesson. When starting to pick up the coin, the student bends over, from the waist, and their balance (and concentration) shift for at least a moment from seeing something on the floor to remaining on their feet. Summer Solstice 2015

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Open Ways Once they are bent over and reaching for the coin, they have difficulty picking it up, and must shift their concentration from remaining upright, to their fingertips (or fingernails) grasping at the coin. If there was no trouble with attaining the coin, their perception would remain at maintaining their balance until they stood upright again, because they are well versed in using their hands to pick things up. As they have difficulty, their perception narrows, as they focus on their fingers' purchase on the coin instead of on balancing. This exercise of following the blood can be used in conjunction with the meditation exercise to help achieve calmer states of deeper meditation for longer periods of time. It will also allow for using the rhythm of the “housekeeping� functions of the body as a focus point for meditation, making the need for an external focus point redundant.

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Pagan Serenity Prayer

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Open Ways A Warrior Princess Surrounded By Fairies By Spyder Me And my beautiful Little fairy sisters. What a delightfully Odd family We make. Their dance is light, As they flit to and fro about my head. My dance is fierce, The earth between my toes, I fly with my feet on the ground, The sweat upon my brow, The burn of strength in my muscles. They glitter and sparkle, They delight in this. My pride I wear in my Battle Scars. My sword They use for a mirror. Their bell-like laughter In wonderment – Shiny! Summer fields, Warms sun on our skin, Soft cool breeze through Our hair. Moon Smiles lovingly upon us As we adore her Together. Stars twinkling. We dance With the fire Together. The light In their eyes, The flame In my heart.

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Open Ways Their joy remains Carefree. Because I watch To ensure that the Eyes leering from the Dark cover of the trees are Always Friendly ones. PROTECT MY SISTERS I have wanted to be a fairy Before. To join my sisters In their fairy ways. Ridiculous. I am What the Goddess and the God Made me. I love My fairy sisters And Take joy in Their beings, their ways, their energy. But I am comfortable Being What I am And Who I was made to Be. Me And my beautiful sisters. What a delightfully Odd family

We make.

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ONGOING FESTIVALS Northwest Fall Equinox Festival: A celebration of the harvest. Sponsored by The Nine Houses of Gaia. September 13-16th 2012. For more information visit http://www.ninehouses.org. Pagan Picnic: A potluck gathering sponsored by The Nine Houses of Gaia. The third Sunday in July. For more information visit http://www.ninehouses.org. Turning of The Wheel: Turning of the wheel is a festival created to take an earth based approach to celebrating the changing of the seasons while empowering and sustaining our diverse and talented community of artists, healers, organizations, and local businesses. We have woven together sacred ritual with entertainment, joyous celebration, abundance, fun, laughter, and love to create a beautiful family friendly festival that we hope to make a seasonal tradition. Our vision: Weaving community, celebrating the earth, and sharing our gifts. www.turningofthewheel.net Pagan Faire: Now in its 22nd year! It's always in March, on a weekend day close to Spring Equinox, and is an allday merchant faire with entertainment and workshops followed by a Spring Equinox ritual. Open to the whole community, sponsored by SisterSpirit. For more information visit http://www.paganfaire.org.

Spring Mysteries Festival: A recreation of the Eleusinian Mysteries help is April and is presented by Aquarian Tabernacle Church. For more information visit http://www.aquiriantabernaclechurch.org. Spiral Rhythms Festival: Magick and music for Mother Earth sponsored by M.A.G.I.C. Usually held in June. For information visit http://www.spiralrythms.org The Mother Earth Gathering: A “green living” celebration – an earth awareness festival, held in June for information visit http:// www.owow.org Pagan Campout: A campout for Pagans! Held in June. For information visit http://www.pagan campout.com Sunfest: A summer Solstice celebration sponsored by OWOW, held in June. For more information visit http://www.owow.org Summerstar Pagan Gathering: A starwood celebration, held in July. For more information visit http://www.summerstar.org Faerie Worlds Festival: A celebration of music, art and imagination inspired by the realm of Faerie. Held in July/August. For more information visit http://faerieworlds.com Beloved: Open air sacred art and music festival. Held in August. For more information visit http://www.belovedfestival.com The Middle Earth Gathering: A fall Equinox celebration, and earth awareness gathering, held in September. For more information visit http://www.earthgathering.org Hekates Sickle: Walk the paths between the worlds and meet and Goddess and Gods learning the lessons of your ancestors and interacting with the divine. For more information visit http://www.aquiriantabernaclechurch.org Beltane in the Grove hosted by Spiral Grove Coven For more information visit www.spiralgrovebeltaine..org.

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Open Ways Pagan Community Directory Listing various kinds of resources for the Pagan Community, including circles (both open and closed), church groups, meeting places, study groups, and event organizers. Please, no retail outlets. A listing here does not necessarily mean a specific group can or will help you. To be included in this directory, please send information (limit 50 words which includes name and contact information) to Open Ways, PO Box 11183 Portland, OR 97211 ; or email openwayseditor@gmail.com or editor@ninehouses.org

ADF Druids of Portland

Www.cedarmountaincoven.com.

Our study group meets on the last Friday of every month at Essential Elements Apothecary and up to 8 times a year for Public Ritual. Affiliated with ADF (Ar nDraoicht Fein), adf.org. We are in pursuit of authentic scholarship and modern practices. See our website at pdx-druids.org.

Coven Caer Wy’east

Aquarian Tabernacle Church Serving the PNW since 1979. An interfaith church of Wicca and Earth Religions recognized and accredited worldwide. All are welcome at Open Circles near Seattle at NM & FM. Info and schedule : 360-793-1945, classes : 425-821-7246, Pagan Youth Group: Spiral Scouts International.360-793-9427. www.spiralscouts.org Black Hat Society Get out of the broom closet and knock off the cobwebs from your hat! The witchy gals in Central Oregon have formed a social network for fun, friendship and support. Many traditions are represented and welcomed. Get on our mailing list or upcoming activities. blackhatsociety@yahoo.com Cedar Mountain Coven We are an eclectic Celtic coven, with some Native American influences. We meet for Sabbaths, Esbats, laughter and support throughout the Portland/ Vancouver area. Closed to new members Samhain to Beltane, we do keep a waiting list for anyone interested. Summer Solstice 2015

A traditional Gardnerian Coven, sponsors a non-oath bound, British Traditional Wiccan Outer Court for seekers of traditional training.. We prefer to work with seekers 30 years or older. New training cycles usually begin each spring. For more info contact Steward Creace 503-622-1381 or Steward _Creace@msn.com.

For more info, or to volunteer, please contact jfallenstar@gmail.com http://www.goddesstempleashland.com/ Hermetic Fellowship

Meets 7:30 pm, 3rd Thursday of every month for talks, sometimes ritual, in the Western Esoteric Tradition. We focus on 8 main Paths: Theurgy & Holy Magic, Qabalah, the Ancient Mysteries, Grail Quest, NeoPaganism & Wicca, Alchemy, Gnosticism, and Rosicrucianism. Please email for location and to introduce your“Coven Call” self. email: isidora.forrest@gmail.com Small Milwaukee-based coven seeking web: www.hermeticfellowship.org new members, age 18-30 willing to meet bi-monthly. Our group is very eclectic and Indigo Lights Circle Online Teen tends to focus on energy work. Teaching Group available. Please email us for an interview A place for uniquely gifted teens to celeat Avery.Nachelle@yahoo.com brate and explore the gifts the :Lord and Lady granted us with. Site address: http:// The Earth Gatherings www.geocities.com/jinksjustjinks/ An eclectic spiritual group with frequent get - together’s to discuss various spiritual Lyceum of Trees paths. Sponsors of The Mother Earth Gathering and The Middle Earth Gathering We are an educational coven located in Portland, Oregon. The group’s humble spark began to glow (June and September), Earth Awareness during Samhain 2000, and caught fire the following Festivals, honoring diversity and creating Yule. Lyceum focuses on classes for people beginbalance between wilderness and civiliza- ning to explore Paganism. Members are encouraged to offer classes and form study groups for deeper tion. 503-503-1415 bladu@hotmail.com www.earthgatherings.org PO Box 19655 explorations of areas of interest. For more information visit Portland, OR 97280. http://www.lyceumoftrees.com/ Oakmist Grove is accepting applications for our Portland training coven.* The Goddess Temple of Ashland is a sanc- Please see our website at tuary for the nurturance of the divine femi- www.oakmistgrove.com for more infornine in all people. Jackson Wellspring, mation. 2253 Highway 99, Ashland, Oregon. Goddess Temple of Ashland

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Open Ways Learn the Craft of the Wise A gathering of heathens, pagans, wiccans, witches, and magickal thinkers in the Portland and Salem areas. This group hosts monthly circles in Portland and Salem, joins in the celebration of the Moon Cycles and the Sabbats, and is a teaching coven. We make it easy for new pagans, providing an open and friendly atmosphere and instruction at the beginning of each gathering. We also offer group classes, private instruction, and an exciting year and a day program. Find us at www.meetup.com/ltcpdx M.A.G.I.C. A Vancouver/Portland based group that holds four gatherings a year, teaches classes in metaphysics, and provides ordaining of clergy, and sponsors the Spiral Rhythms Festival. Call 360-693-7349 or Email sienna@spiralrhythms.org and Www.spiralrhythms.org/magic for more information. Nine Houses of Gaia (9HOG’S) A non-profit organization incorporated to facilitate networking among pagans in the Pacific Northwest. Sponsors of Open Ways Newsletter as well as Northwest Fall Equinox Festival. The NWFEF celebrates the great harvest, begun at Lammas and ending at Samhain. Contact info for Open Ways editor@ninehouses.org. Officers of Avalon, Inc A non-profit benevolent organization representing Wiccans and other Pagans who work as police officers and other professionals in the emergency services members $15/yr for associate members. Membership dues $25/yr for full Newsletter The Dispatch. Registration forms available at www.officersofavalon.com. PO Box 22 Baraboo, WI 53913-0022. 34

Open Doors Center for Healing Arts We at Open Doors believe that healing is a collaborative process with practitioner, client and source. We believe that each individual has a journey of healing that is unique. Our goal is to provide assistance for realigning, re-connecting and restoring the natural state of vibrational well being. Our Practitioners are experienced in many varieties of healing modalities that help with this process. Visit www.opendoorscenter.com for more information about our energy-work and other events.

PDX Pagan Tribe This tribe is for heathens, pagans and free thinking individuals residing in or around Portland, OR, or other metro areas who want to communicate with other like minded folk. Please no political rants, there are other tribes for that. A person has to sign up with Tribe.net for free in order to join this tribe. The tribe is moderated in order to keep out hate mongers and spammers. Web address - http://tribes.tribe.net/ pdxpagans.Portland

Pacific NW Pagans Yahoo Group An online community for Pagans in the Pacific Northwest, including Oregon Washington, Idaho, Alaska and British Columbia. When posting announcements for events in this group, please be sure they're in PNW. http://groups.yahoo.com/ group/pnwpagans.

Sacred Oak Grove A Druid Grove in the Arthurian/CelticWiccan tradition. For those seeking a true Druidic path of knowledge, truth, justice, spiritual fellowship, and community service. Esbats, Sabbaths and tutorials. Members commit to both group and individual studies for spiritual growth. Now offering an outer circle. For information call 503235-5774 or oakgrove@teleport.com.

Polyamory Circle A gathering for folks exploring options beyond monogamy. Discussions include Other Worlds of Wonder (OWOW) open relationships, extended families, and A corporation organized to operate exclu- intentional communities. Everyone intersively for charitable purposes, including, ested is welcome to join us. For information but not limited to serving the Pagan com- and location Laury 503-285-4848. munity through sponsoring the Sun Fest festival and purchasing land to be held in Red Cedar Circle (Church of Si. Si. Wiss) trust for the Pagan community. Northwest Coast Medicine Johnny Moses Email address: owoworg@hotmail.com teachings to all. Portland/Vancouver area Website: www.owow.org Address: P.O. Box 68803, Portland, OR meetings. For information and location call 503-245-5660 or rlouis@hctc.com. 97268

PACT A democratic, eclectic teaching/training coven in three parts: A semi-private outer circle - by invitation only, two inner-core circles for PACT initiated. Lessons, degrees, and clergy training by PACT university. For info and a waiting list: email lordansurpact@yahoo.com

Seattle Goddess Group A new site dedicated to worship of the Seattle based deity (As first seen in the “Summer of 2008 art book) “Let your love grow” is her prayer. http:// groups.yahoo.com/groups/seattle.godess/ or SeattleGoddess@yahoogroups.com.

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Eclectic coven that emphasizes increasing the power of the individual through strength of our Gestalt, focusing on diversity in beliefs and the practice of Magick Members range from Portland to Hood . River and Mt. Hood. Please send letter of intent to HPS Belle Evergreen at belleevergreen@yahoo.com.

Our order exists to serve the religious, spiritual and educational needs of its members within the Druidic, Wiccan and Pagan We are a circle of women committed to Community. If you are drawn to a Celtic healing, education ritual and service. (HERS) We celebrate the eight holy days path and aspire to study with the Druids, we of the wheel: Solstices and Equinoxes are welcome you. for all genders and families; Cross quarters Contact us at forestdruids@yahoo.com are for women only. For information: http://www.sophiasancuary.org or http:// groups.yahoo.com/group/SophiaSancuary. SpiralGrove Coven- an eclectic coven focusing

Silver Star Circle

The Ancient and Honorable Order of the Sacred Oaks

Shadowluz

A Celtic Pagan circle meeting for Sabbats, full and new moons, weekly class and more. Located in Battle Ground Additional. info: email slvrstarcircle@yahoo.com.

Sister Spirit Eclectic women's spirituality group founded in 1985. Sister Spirit's purpose is to create a place where women of all spiritual backgrounds and traditions can celebrate women’s spirituality. Through female imagery we celebrate our connections with nature. We come together to explore our own spirits, and learn, grow, and expand to fully realize the divinity within. Website: www.sisterspiritportland.com. Email/Phone: sisterspirit .portland@gmail.com/ 503-7363297. Address Mailing: PO Box 9246 Portland, OR 97207. Physical address: 3430 SE Belmont #102, Portland, OR. (Office, library, and small group space)

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Sophia Sanctuary Women’s Temple

on the Wheel of The Year as a path of Personal Growth. We circle in the Portland area. We host a festival, Beltaine In The Grove, for the Rites of May. Please see our website, www.spiralgrovebeltaine.org or contact Seanachai at seanacahi.moonfyre@gmail.com for more information

A Druidic order in the Arthurian/Celtic tradition, chartering groves meeting established criteria and dedicated to authentic Druidic principles and traditions. For those who aspire to the excellence of Druidry, Inc. in OR and 501(c)3. 503-235-5774 The Sorcerers Guild www.sacred-oak-grove.org. Dedicated to the enhancement of Magickal work within its membership. Public meetup at the Dancing Beans 1615 SE 12th Ave The Saint James Project Portland, OR held monthly. Email theA shamanic Arm of the Red Witch Tradi- binder7@yahoo.com for date and time. For tion. Includes Indigenous Shamanic train- m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n : h t t p : / / ing, pilgrimages and extensive her story/ s o r c e r e r s g u i l d . t r i b e . n e t o r history from the first century CE to the pre- http:www.sorcerersguild.com, or sent. Prerequisite: Reiki 3 and 3 years of http://groups.myspace.com/sorceryguild magickal hands-on experience. Meets at Toad House in McMinnville Oregon. Con- The Well of Diancecht tact info is worldtree1@verizon.net. Provides free sacred energy healing to veterans, active duty military and their families. We also list practitioners offering sliding The Sacred Cascade Grove scale services to serve members, veterans and their families. Info: The Sacred Cascade Grove of The Sacred diancecht@yahoo.com Order of Gnostic Druidism offers a Druidic college in Central Oregon.

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West Hills Covenant of UU Pagans WHCUUPS/ (WICCA) (WHCUUPS ): As a growing, eclectic pagan community, we welcome new members! We meet bimonthly on 2nd and 4th Monday evenings, 6:30-8:00pm during the school year, and 7:30-9:00pm during the summer months), for structured thematic discussions/ activities and socializing. Together we also celebrate all eight Sabbats throughout the year. We also offer a Year and a Day class for aspiring Pagan (esp. Wiccan) Clergy. Contacts for the group are as follows: Rachel Walaskay (Moderator) taramathea@yahoo.com or (503) 935-7795; Mary McGar (Co moderator) daraileen@yahoo.com or (971) 242-1321. Feel free to visit our website and join the group to receive updates and information About upcoming events: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/

Women coming together to celebrate the Goddess in Her many forms. Weekly meetings: Wings-Retreats (called Forwards) Summer Gathering. Rituals email/ phone: normahp@iglide.net/ 541-4853654. Address, PO Box 5296, Eugene, OR 97405 Women of the Goddess Women of the Goddess is a Pagan community in the Dianic tradition. Our purpose is to mark the eight Sabbats of the year in ritual with like-minded women, to strengthen the Goddess connection within ourselves, to share this connection with others, and to bring wholeness to the world and to our journey in it as the Wheel of the Year turns. Location Seattle, WA. Contacts: janicevc@seanet.com or 206-322-

Witches of Westwi ck Paranormal Society Centered in the beautiful foothills of the Columbia River Gorge. Specializing in Esoteric research and Theology. Dedicated to tribal rites of passage as well as the Major and Minor Pagan Holidays & Festivals. We love to explore the enchanted as well as the chilling. Contact Leanna at devasdelight@yahoo.com or 541-490-5718

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Open Ways The Nine Houses of Gaia Presents:

The Thirty first Annual Northwest Fall Equinox Festival Dancing with the Moon September 17-20, 2015

Important Information – Please read! REGISTRATION: Space is limited! Your BEST CHANCE TO ATTEND FESTIVAL is to REGISTER EARLY, by sending a fully paid registration to the address listed. COMPLETED REGISTRATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN MONDAY 9/1/14! If we are full when we receive your registration, we will return your check with a letter of apology, hoping to see you next year. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW IF WE ARE ACTUALLY FULL! PLEASE DO NOT BELIEVE RUMORS, as only the registrar will know that information, and even she won’t know the exact status at every moment. If you are accepted, a confirmation email will be sent to the Main Registrant soon after receiving the registration. A detailed Festival Program will be emailed to that same registrant a couple weeks before the Festival. It is recommended that you review the ENTIRE packet, as park rules may change year to year and print at least the festival schedule and bring it with you. CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS/EXCHANGE POLICIES: ANY and ALL CHANGES to your registration must be made through the Registration Goddess! If you need to cancel part or all of your registration, we will issue refunds for cancellations before Wednesday, 9/10/2014. Registrations are NOT exchangeable at the gate! Please contact the registrar about ANY changes or questions immediately, and absolutely no later than midnight Wed., 9/10/14 by email, nwfef@ninehouses.org or mail, PO Box 33182, Portland, OR 97292. WORKSHOPS: Please let us know if you would like to conduct a workshop or mini-ritual by attaching a separate, brief description and appropriate age recommendation with your registration, or emailing nwfef@ninehouses.org . Impromptu workshops are welcome, but advance notice will get you into the Festival Program! VENDORS: Please email your booth name, wares/services offered, etc. to nwfef@ninehouses.org. Be descriptive, as vendors will be listed in the Festival Program! The vending fee is $35 plus an item donated to our raffle. Your raffle item will be collected from you on site. Contact nwfef@ninehouses.org for assistance with registration. Contact vendor@ninehouses.org for questions/concerns regarding onsite matters. VOLUNTEERING: We expect the community to help before, during and after the festival. If you are interested in helping with festival preparations prior to the festival, please contact us via email (nwfef@ninehouses.org) or PO Box. Everyone will be asked on site to contribute at least two hours to help with the many tasks, such as ritual site preparation, clean-up, firewood hauling and especially in the kitchen! When you arrive, we will still be in the process of setting up temples and other activity areas. Please do your part by checking in with coordinators of setup projects to offer your assistance. A community builds a festival. And building it together is part of the experience. CONTINUE TO NEXT PAGE FOR MORE---------à

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Open Ways CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES: There will be rituals, workshops, and other fun activities for children. Parents are asked to help out with these events. Ideas and suggestions are welcomed. There will be no child care service provided. Parents are responsible for making any child care arrangements. LOCATION: Rustic wooded campsite in the mountains, approximately 1½ hours from Portland. (Specific site information available only to registrants). Cabins available (sleep 4-8: be prepared to share). A few wheelchair accessible accommodations available. A limited number of tent-camping spots are available; you must reserve one with the Registration Goddess pre-festival, preferably with your registration. PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED! Please do not ask for special exceptions! PARKING: Park Rules state that no RVs are permitted onsite. Vendors (1 vehicle per booth) and vehicles displaying a valid handicapped parking tag have on-site parking available. Please email nwfef@ninehouses.org if you qualify. Parking onsite for regular attendees is limited. Vehicles over capacity are required by the park to be in a designated offsite parking area. If upon arrival you are notified by a staff member that we have reached vehicle capacity, please follow this procedure: After unloading your vehicle, you will need to return to the gate where a shuttle driver will follow you as you drive to the offsite parking area and drive you back to the site. On Sunday, we will shuttle you back to your car so you can return to the site and load your gear. We have been assured that the offsite lot is secure and patrolled. And, as always, we encourage you to carpool to the Festival. ARRIVAL: Check the festival program for the gate opening time on Thurs. evening, do not expect to enter the grounds before then. Cars lining up outside the gate will not be permitted to do so until a certain time as well, please refer to your festival packet for this time and do not show up before then. Your cooperation will ensure a continuing amicable relationship with the park and its staff. The gate will close on time on both Thursday and Friday nights, and remain closed until Sunday. Please plan your arrival accordingly! T-SHIRTS: Our new fundraiser! Please support Open Ways & NWFEF by purchasing a T-shirt to commemorate your festival experience. Pre-order only. $15.00 each, $3 add’l for sizes XL & greater. Pick up your T-shirt order at the gate when you check in. CONTACT US: With any food allergies, special accommodation needs, questions, or concerns at nwfef@ninehouses.org or NWFEF PO Box 33182, Portland, OR 97292. Please allow 1-2 day response time for basic registration questions, 3-5 days for issues requiring consultation with other festival departments.

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Open Ways The Nine Houses of Gaia Presents:

The Thirty-First Annual Northwest Fall Equinox Festival September 17-20, 2015 Registration Form REGISTRATION FEES:

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ADDITIONAL DONATIONS ARE WELCOMED & APPRECIATED! *MEALS: Our Kitchen staff will provide 8 delicious meals: breakfasts, lunches, & dinners Thursday night thru Sunday, in the dining hall. For our Friday evening potluck. we will provide at least one vegetarian and one meat dish. Please participate in the spirit of harvest by bringing Friday dinner potluck food to share (to serve 6-8 people). Beverages, fruit, and other treats will be available throughout festival. Only the Main Registrant will receive a confirmation email, a .pdf Festival Program, and a .pdf subscription to Open Ways. Please fill out separate registrations for adults with different emails who wish to receive these.

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Plus $15.00 per T-shirt, $3 add’l each for XL or TOTAL Please make payment by check or money order IN FULL to ‘Northwest Fall Equinox Festival’ and mail it to Nine Houses of Gaia, P.O. Box 33182, Portland, OR 97292. Contact nwfef@ninehouses.org if you are interested in a payment plan. Registration confirmed ONLY with full payment.

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