Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Things to do during Imbolc season for my Southeast Michigan Pagans

 The Wheel turns, and with it, it is time to turn our selves toward coming out of hibernation and enjoy fellowship.  As a service, your friendly neighborhood inkslinger is providing a little fun activity guide for you to consider as you welcome the fiery creativity of Imbolc.  New and familiar things to try and do await you.

Most of the readers of this blog, and the former column, know that one never knows what will be in these guides.  That is part of the fun.  But just know, that if they are in one of these lists, either they are put on by Pagans, are popular with Pagans, are geared toward Pagans, or are of interest to Pagans here  in Metro Detroit.  So you will not likely be alone.  We are everywhere.
Janurary 21, 2016, 7:10 PM - 9:00 PM
"Many have looked at the gods and see that many similar types of deity can be identified. In this class we will look at these similarities and how they have shaped modern paganism. We will also look at incorporating some of these energies into your own practice." $10.00 Temple donation.  The Pagan Pathways Temple, 28736 John R Rd Madison Heights, MI 48071.

 Essential Oils for the Immune System w/Janet Callahan
 January 27, 2016, 7 PM
"Learn about how to safely use essential oils to help support your immune system. I'll be creating a brand-free zone here (we all have our favorites) but will be speaking in more general terms than in terms of specific brands." $10 per person.  The Pagan Pathways Temple, 28736 John R Rd Madison Heights, MI 48071.

 Breaking Borders "Spellbound"!!! 
 January 30, 2016,  7 PM - 11:55 PM
 "A Celebration of Creativity through Art, Music, Performance, Fashion, and more!
18+, Voodoo priestess, Ms. Lambergiinnii, Snake Charming by Dani Dracaena, magical all Body paint Fashion show, and more. Proceeds from art sales will be donated to Burners Without Borders
 $15 Cover.  Tangent Gallery / Hastings Street Ballroom,715 E Milwaukee St, Detroit, Michigan 48202
Pagan Pathways Temple - Imbolc Ritual and Potluck Saturday, January 30, 2016, 5 PM - 8 PM.                                            "Join Pagan Pathways Temple as we celebrate Imbolc. Stay after Ritual for a potluck with the community. Please bring a dish to pass."  The Pagan Pathways Temple, 28736 John R Rd Madison Heights, MI 48071.

Shining Lakes Grove, ADF Imbolc Ritual
January 31, 2 PM - 5 PM
"Come join us as we honor Bríd, our Grove's goddess of inspiration. There will be a potluck and a raffle after the rite. All welcome." Ann Arbor Friends Meeting,1420 Hill St, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

Northern Mysteries Protogrove, ADF - Dísablót/Disting
 January 31,at 10 AM
"Dísablót is a celebration of the female ancestors and was traditionally held in conjunction with Disting, or the major social and political gathering of the Swedes. Join us as we remember our foremothers and honor the Earth (Hretha) as She prepares to wake from Her long winter slumber. " 
Columbus, Ohio (specifics shared with RSVP since it's at someone's home)

 IDEA's Frozen Heart Masquerade Ball
February 5, 8 PM - 2 AM
"Come one, come all! Ignite Detroit Entertainment association is taking over the Tangent Gallery for a masquerade ball. We will be doing things a little differently; Three stages, and one big dance floor. Masks and formal wear STRONGLY encouraged. Tickets $15, or two for $20 ." Tangent Gallery / Hastings Street Ballroom, 715 E Milwaukee St, Detroit, Michigan 48202

Imbolc Celebration and Rights of Rededication 
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 3 PM - 6 PM
"On February 6, 2016, please join us as we mark the turning of the wheel with a public Imbolc ritual encouraging the return of the sun; hold sacred space for those who choose to brave the Rites of Passage Re/Dedication (see below for more information on participating and RSVP details); followed by a potluck and fellowship. For more info about Imbolc, please visit- http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/imbolcfebruary2/p/Imbolc_History.htm.   For more information, or to RSVP as a dedicant in the re/dedication rites of passage, please contact Jack Mercer via phone at 810-919-0582, or via email at revjmercer@gmail.com. There is no need to RSVP for the open Imbolc ritual, but we do ask that you RSVP if you plan to participate in the re/dedication rites so that we may plan accordingly. We are looking very forward to sharing sacred space with you! Presented by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Flint Pagans. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Flint, 2474 S Ballenger Hwy, Flint, MI 48507

 February 6, 2016 Time TBD
"Please join us for our annual Imbolc rite. Set-up, prep, and ritual times TBD. The ritual site allows for the use of indoor facilities, so plans tentatively include a potluck feast following the ritual. Please check back mid-January for updates, or email herald@cedarsongadf.org for more information." 
 I.A.M.M., 5705 S. Washington, Lansing, MI 48911,

 Capoeira Angola for Healthy Living Workshop - w/Contra-Mestre Pequenininho
 February 6 - February 7,Feb 6 at 12 PM to Feb 7 at 4 PM
"Hello everyone come join us and share in the beauty which is Capoeira Angola through the use of everyday healthy practice. The following 2 days will be filled with fitness, laughter, music and growth through Capoeira Angola as taught by Contra-Mestre Pequenininho. This is a great opportunity to learn a new infinite workout to help those long winter days.  Location:
Fee: $20 per day $35 for both days."
Tabcat Detroit - Eastpointe,23051 Gratiot Ave, Eastpointe, Michigan 48021

The Smokey Crystal - Imbolc
February 7, 2PM
Go to their website for further details as they arise.

 Ferndale Mardi Bras 2016
 February 9,at 6 PM - 9 PM
Celebrate Mardi Bras by giving to women in need in our communities while celebrating Mardi Gras at The Loving Touch.

Please bring:
Bras (new)
Underwear (new)
Menstrual cups
Panty liners
Wet wipes/feminine wipes
Women's socks
Other toiletries or comfort items
One gallon Zip Lock bags

 The Loving Touch,22634 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, Michigan 48220

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