Reclaiming String Theory

What: Reclaiming String Theory
When: Saturday April 1, 2017

Come. Be enchanted. Play with string and your Fetch. Learn a new skill. Weave magic into utilitarian corners of your life. Bring string or not, bring snacks or not (if you feel inclined), bring other magical tools or not (think arts and crafts). We’re Reclaiming String Theory. It’s ours now. So mote it be.

This is a crafting group. We will be doing arts and crafts.

For more information or to attend, information is available on AZ Reclaiming’s Facebook group.

Timbers and Stars

Among the timbers and the stars, I looked upon the lights of the city and wondered what tomorrow would bring. 

I thought of the concrete temples which we’ve built in the image of the gods of civilization and materialism, toiling in caves of perpetual daylight. Information streams in to us at speeds previously unmatched, tomorrow obsoleted. We have conquered nature say our songs. Even Death Itself has taken a step back to watch us live twice as long, and some would say, half as brightly. 
The element fire rules this time, electricity governing all of our lives from rising until setting, controlling the climate in our dwellings, bringing water to the desert, food to the farthest corners, fruit in midwinter, and even footfalls upon the face of Luna. 
Violence increases. Scientific discovery increases. Medical advance increases. Human population increases. The amount of information which we have stored increases. The speeds at which data can travel increases. Mass species extinction increases. Inflation increases. Disease resistance increases. Dissatisfaction increases. Depression increases. The global CO2 level increases. The number of massive storms increases. The effects of global warming increases. The drain on our attention increases.
I continued to feel all of this, even through the quiet of that night. A quiet breeze whispered through the trees. The city lights twinkled softly down below. 
Among the timbers and the stars, I looked upon the lights of the city and wondered what tomorrow would bring.

Syrian Sweets Bake Sale March 26

When:  March 26, 2017 10am to 1pm
Where: St. Bernard Catholic Church 10755 N. 124th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85259

Syria is famous throughout the Middle East for its food – particularly its sweets. Arizona is home to more than 300 Syrian families in both the Phoenix and Tucson areas. Bake sales are being held to help generate income for the bakers and introduce our new Syrian families to the wider community.

Please come and show your support and solidarity with the Syrian members of our community! You will enjoy delicious sweets and a wonderful cultural experience.

All proceeds from the bake sales go directly to the families of the bakers to help them pay for rent, utilities, transportation, etc.

Information About the Reclaiming Tradition

by Darrell Sennich

Reclaiming tradition is an eclectic tradition of what I would call American Witchcraft. Although it is a tradition that is celebrated globally, the roots grew in California as a group formed that was heavily inspired by these things:

Feminism. The analysis of power structures including privilege, hierarchy, and a thorough questioning of status quo authority and rule. The continued struggle towards equal rights and responsibilities regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or other traits. Empowering ourselves and each other is the goal. We seek power within and power with, and we tend to undermine power over. Eco-feminism follows in the vein that the way that we treat our planet is closely linked to the way we treat each other. We do not worship the Goddess in nature as much as we are all aspects of the Goddess in nature. We must be stewards of our planet and our communities.

Anarchy. Insomuch as we are a tradition of many, no one person is in charge. At the same time, we are all responsible for the well-being of the group. Initiation and other titles are not automatically converted to privilege. The structure is loosely formed cells. The principles of unity are the closest thing to a working definition of what Reclaiming is. You can read those on the Reclaiming site. Anything goes is relatively true except in the case that it undermines or compromises the safety, empowerment, integrity, and sovereignty of ourselves, one another and the planet. Political activism is common among our witches as we perceive the political arena, our community well-being, our personal wellness and the well-being of our planet as interconnected. Prayer, picking up trash, voting, chanting, social work, ritual endeavors, and so on are all seen as crucial elements of magical process, with practical tangible results sometimes seen as more effective. We can pray for world peace, but better if we build our lives and actions towards that end. Our decisions are often made by consensus.

The psychology movement. Our rituals and practices are as much ritual magic as they are theatrical expressions and gestalt dynamics. We are unapologetic in our seeking to do this work.

The Feri tradition. Originating through Victor and Cora Anderson, the deep and powerful Current of Feri flows through our ritual spaces. I would say the artful, poetic and charismatic expressions in our practices are reflections of and derivatives of the many inspired witches who studied with the Anderson’s and who continue to explore and perpetuate the ever dynamic spirituality of the Feri tradition.

Our ritual spaces are as safe and as accessible as we can make them. All of our rituals are clean and sober. There is a strong presence of folks in recovery and following 12 step programs. All genders, races, sexual orientations are welcome. It follows that topics of recovery from addiction, trauma, oppression, and disempowered situations may occur. As well the human figure is not perceived in an unclean or shameful way; our rituals may include nudity, or any other aforementioned subjects which may be considered sensitive (or rated R in muggle speak), although these are mostly uncommon. Still, depending on the consensus of the group and the venue, if you are concerned with such things, be advised.

We are, each of us, our own spiritual authority. We are dedicated to the perpetuation of empowering practices, and shun power over, displays of violence, coercion or other means of aggression and control when they are within our abilities to prevent them.

For more information about Reclaiming, please click here.

Happy Ostara Everyone!

Even though we had our circle on Saturday night,  Arizona Reclaiming wishes everyone a Happy Ostara.

Our ritual was wonderful, and we would like to thank everyone who made it possible from our Ritual Muses to all of our participants.  Special thanks go out to Andrea and Amanda for working up to the 11th hour gluing feathers for our sparrow, Craig.

The Best Bunny Award goes to Barbie
The Best Sparrow Award goes to Craig

and we couldn’t have done it without our expert storyteller, Sunshine.

Until Beltane everyone!

Ostara Ritual

Saturday, March 18 at 5 PM – 8 PM

This Ostara we invite ourselves to…

***Reincarnate Love***

Join us this Saturday March, 18th, for Arizona Reclaiming’s 2017 Ostara ritual where we will work spring magic using the ritual tools of storytelling, sacred theater, trance journeying, shared art and energy raising.

Step into a story of love, loss, prayer, choice, change and love. Step into a story of your life.

Please wear clothing that is as skin-baring as you dare… purely with permission and respectful boundaries our bodies may become canvases to the goddess.

Gathering time, open drum circle & labyrinth walk: 6:00pm
Ritual Conspiracy (pre-ritual important talky part): 6:30pm

Please bring the following if possible (all optional):
*drums, rattles, and other music makers, bring extras to share!
*a potluck dish to share (potluck feast immediately following ritual)
*a folding chair
*cash for our donation baskets
*donations of firewood always welcome
*your own potluck blissware – plate/bowl/cup/utensils (we strive for a green potluck aftermath)

The specific address will be sent in a separate message–we’re off of Crismon and Southern in Mesa.

Please note, all Reclaiming events are dry- alcohol and drug free. Let us know if you have any questions at all… thank you!