Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at the Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, located at 2050 Yulupa Ave. in Santa Rosa.
The nearest cross street is Hoen, just up from Whole Foods. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Ritual begins around 8:15 p.m.
Donations of $10.00 to $5.00 suggested at the door. No one is turned away for lack of funds.
For 17 years it has been our privilege to hold our annual Witches' Ball and Samhain Celebration for the Pagan community of Sonoma County. Once again we invite you to come and celebrate and feast with us. Costume or ritual garb is encouraged.
This years evening festivities include:
RITUAL - In a place outside of Time, we visit with our Beloved Dead and celebrate!
We will feast and play, have a Witches Hat contest and, in sacred space, have the opportunity to connect w/our Beloved Dead. As part of connecting w/ Them, we'll share dessert.
The ritual will be done in the Reclaiming and Northern California eclectic manner. However, the invocations will all be shifted towards the Freefolk worldview and core beliefs, because the trance journey to visit our beloved dead will be done in the Freefolk style. The ritual will include the Witches Ball, so our Ancestors and Beloved Dead can celebrate with us.
Thermal, with the help of some of the other members, will be leading this year's ritual. Thermal grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, where he joined the Freefolk Pagan tradition in the early 1960’s. He wandered the U.S. for a decade or so, and finally settled in Northern California. He has studied and explored many other religions in the last half-century, and has always returned to the Freefolk way, as it is closest to his own beliefs and way of relating with the world. He is an Elder in that tradition.
The Freefolk tradition is not “out” (a publicly advertised tradition) so you won’t find data on it in the public or social media. Thermal is currently in the process of writing several books about the Freefolk tradition, one in the final editing phase and one about half-done.
Thermal has been a board member for the Sonoma County Pagan Network for more than a decade, and has been treasurer there for the last eight years. He is also friends with many of the people in the Northbay Reclaiming community, and often comes to their rituals.
ALTARS FOR SAMHAIN - Remembering that Samhain is about Honoring our Dead. Building Altars is part of that. And we can then support each other in that Honoring. What is Remembered, Lives. We will be co-creating the Altars for Samhain. So please plan on bringing something(s) to be part of this activity (and, of course, bring them back home with you for your own altar at home).
• BELOVED DEAD - An altar for those you are mourning/remembering.
• MIGHTY DEAD OF THE CRAFT / SPIRIT - these are our Ancestors of the Craft / SPIRIT - Those Who've paved the way for us witches/Pagans today.
• ANCESTORS OF CULTURE - Who are the writers, the composers/musicians, the activitists - These too are our Ancestors. Who has shaped the world, shaped you?
DINNER WITH THE DEAD - For the potluck, we invite you to bring food of your Ancestors (or Ancestry) and also something for the dessert table. Why not make one of Nonna's favorite recipes? Or share Grampa's favorite kind of cookies? Samhain feast a is not only a time to honor our dead, but we also mark the New Year and celebrate our abundant harvest. Let's enjoy a bountiful meal together in the midst of our dearly departed. We ask that you bring a potluck dish to share that serves 4-6 people and/or a non-alcoholic brew. Please bring your own place setting. There will be hot water available for tea.
WITCH AND WIZARD HAT CONTEST
We just can't wait to see what all the stylish witches and wizards are wearing this year. So if you have a hat that you made yourself or something you bought and embellished that you want to show off, bring it and wear it for a chance to win a prize.