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Comment by Valerie Voigt on September 24, 2014 at 8:30am

In case any of you are interested: The South Bay Pagan Meetup Groups are holding two Pagan singles picnics

Straight and Bi Pagan Singles Picnic on Saturday, September 27. and
Gay and Bi Pagan Singles Picnic on Sunday, October 12.

Both picnics will be 2-5 pm in Hoover Park, Palo Alto, California: 
2901 Cowper Street.

No charge, but donations gleefully accepted! Look for us in the picnic area first; if we don't get a table, we'll probably just spread our picnic blankets in the little redwood grove by the handball court. Check in with me (the lady in black) for a name tag.

Bring: food, drink, and a picnic blanket.

Hope to see folks there. Blessed Be!

Comment by Valerie Voigt on May 3, 2013 at 4:57pm

Hi, all!

Please feel free to share this announcement with interested friends:

Waxing Moon Circle's new Wicca 101 class begins in Santa Clara on Sunday, May 19.

The class will meet at 1:00 pm on the first and third Sundays of each month in Santa Clara and will last for approximately a year and a day.  Enrollment is limited.

This class will cover both Wicca as a whole, and also the Waxing Moon Circle approach to practice.  It will include traditional ethics and lore, related academic topics, and exercises.  There will be some discussion of other Pagan and Wiccan paths--partly for context, and partly for the benefit of students who are interested in studying them further.

There is no money being charged (though donations will be accepted to help cover costs of photocopying).  Instead, as is the custom in traditional Wicca, students will help with class/coven/community-related projects and activities.  These projects will typically average less than an hour per class meeting.

Homework will be assigned at each session.  Students should plan to attend every class session and do all of the homework, which will consist, variously, of reading, research, papers, projects, and practice.  Everyone will also participate in rituals outside of class time, such as community Sabbats with South Bay Circles, Esbats with Waxing Moon Circle.  Many varied opportunities for ritual will be available, to accommodate students' different personal schedules.

The class will be taught by two elders of Waxing Moon Circle, Valerie Voigt and Ivan Richmond, who, between them, have approximately 50 years of experience.  They will be assisted by WMC initiates and senior students.  The class will culminate in presentation of a community Sabbat ritual.

Class day schedule:

1:00:  Gather for tea and socializing.

1:30: Class begins.  First class will start with orientation and a preliminary assessment exam;  all remaining classes will start with homework quiz and discussion of the homework.

6:00:  Class dismissal time. 

Please note:  it is possible to flunk out of this class!  There will be a short quiz at the beginning of each class meeting.  Anyone who slows the class down by repeated failure to be prepared will be asked to leave.  Please register for this class only if you are committed to doing all the work.  Homework will, for most people, take between 3 and 7 hours a week.

All are expected to use the Internet and/or libraries as part of their studies, but not all books are available in libraries.  Students will provide their own books.  We have an open collection of study links which can provide a useful starting point:


Please have your lunch before arriving for class.

Please bring:

A journal-type notebook.  A regular school notebook is fine.

A three-ring binder (you will need this for handouts and other materials) 

Additional writing materials (notebook and pen/cil, tablet, or laptop)

For questions, or if interested in enrollment, please message me here, or email valerie_voigt@yahoo.com or irichmond@yahoo.com .

Comment by Valerie Voigt on March 10, 2013 at 3:43pm

Hi, everybody!  If anyone in the South SF Bay Area is interested, South Bay Circles is hosting an open Ostara celebration on March 23.  More info here:  http://southbaycircles.org We hosdt all 8 Sabbats a year.  Visitors from out of the area are welcome!  Blessed Be.

Comment by Green Sister on August 7, 2011 at 3:29pm
Hi, all! I have just returned to the Bay Area after many years away, and am SO very glad to be back! I'm a solitary "in the wild" practitioner, and am interested in meeting others of like spirit. I'm less interested in the formal aspects of the Craft--for me, that detracts from its organic, loving nature. I'm a healer, a sometime-herbalist and hedge-witch.
Comment by Sandra Bishop on February 26, 2011 at 1:15pm

Merry Meet.  My name is Amethyst.  I live in the Inland
Empire, San Bernardino County.  I have heen ffically studying Wicca for coming on 3 years in June.  I really want to earn my cords.  I read somewhere that that can be accomplished as a solitary.  Last year I started a year and a Day Class but los my transportation.  I was going to start over, but the instructot says she doesn't have enough interest?  I don'tknow what to do next, help?

Comment by Rowan Redthorn on December 3, 2010 at 8:16pm
Haha, the bay area is BEAUTIFUL! :) Oh it does? I never knew that, thats interesting to know, & since you've lived in Kansas, I was wondering, did you ever see fireflies there? & where I live, more in the Valley area, there are actually more Pagans here than I've ever expected, CA is a very interesting state :)
Comment by Valerie Voigt on November 24, 2010 at 8:08am
Nope. I was born in Selma, Alabama, and grew up in the South. After 7 years of snowy winters at the University of Kansas, I was happy to move to the Bay Area! I lived in several South Bay neighborhoods before moving to Palo Alto for the fine public schools. I like it here, in spite of the fact that some Palo Altans have so much money that they have a warped sense of reality. PA has a LOT of Pagans.
Comment by Rowan Redthorn on November 23, 2010 at 4:33pm
Oh thats a cool place to live Valerie Voigt. Have you always lived there?
Comment by Valerie Voigt on November 23, 2010 at 5:36am
I'm in Palo Alto, birthplace of Silicon Valley (the famous HP Garage is here).


Comment by Rowan Redthorn on November 20, 2010 at 9:40pm
I live in Hemet, used to live in Palm Springs as well. But soon moving :)

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