the CMS Level 1 students as they explore the Elements through their 6
senses. Learn the correspondences to these elements. Discover the altar
tools that are associated with them. We will look at the meanings of
various related symbols and the magic of colors.
If you have been pondering joining us for the new session, we have extended registration thru to February 4th, 2018.
Due to a conference, teachers will be away for the first weekend of February and the class will begin on February 11th, 1-4pm.
Also open will be the possibility to attend just a selection of the classes for $20 each.
- Feb 11th, 2-3pm: Energy Basics (centering, grounding, breathwork, relaxation, meditation)
- Feb 11th, 3-4pm: Intro to Pagan History I (magic, paganism, witchcraft, wicca, people, beliefs, practices)
Or maybe you would like to attend the symposium after the class.
Feb. 11th, 4-5pm: Symposium about Love Magic and Valentines Traditions
Yule Fair: Sunday December 3rd, 10am - 5pm, at the Montreal-West Curling Club
This year is exciting with new vendors you have never seen before and spirituality themed FREE talks all day. Come check out the Fairs Page for more details.
Crescent Moon School is preparing its new sessions for the 2018 year in a new location: Atelier Fiber Arts. On the horizon for the new year will be: Open House for CMS & Maplestone Academy, a monthly discussion over tea, workshops, and possibly even the rekindling of the Dark Moon Esbats.
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As the Fall Equinox approaches, we are reminded that this is the second and LARGEST of the harvest festivals (at least for the Montreal region of Quebec). Food is such an important part of rituals, especially sabbats like this one.
Sabbats are intended to be celebration days for the season and the gods (like the birthday of the gods related to that time of year), and thus not intended to be "magical working" days. Magical work is best saved for esbasts where they are intended. Who wants to work on their birthday anyhow!?! That said, we often celebrate with food. Within celebratory rituals is an aspect known often as "cakes and ale" (tho does not mean literally cake and ale). This is a part of the ritual where we commune with the gods. We offer them food and drink and share this with them.
Another important food-related aspect of ritual is the feast after a ritual. This is when everyone brings potluck food and drink to share. In our community, we also bring our feast gear (our own plates/bowls, cups/chalices, and utensils) as we are environmentally aware and perfectly capable of taking our own dishes home to wash rather that pollute Nature with our trashy disposables. This feast is critical energetically to help ground and rebalance everyone after a ritual. It is also a time for socializing and networking among community members.
Mabon (Autumn/Fall Equinox) is when we harvest the majority of the grains (wheat, barley, oats), later vegetables (beans, early squashes, eggplant, zucchini, and root vegetables like: onions, radishes, carrots, potatoes, turnips, beets), early tree fruits (plums, pears, nectarines, peaches), late berries (currents, gooseberries, elderberries), nuts of all kinds, lettuces, cabbages, spinach, and grapes for wine. There are so many things that can be made with such a HUGE harvest!
When planning your next attendance to a Mabon sabbat ritual, consider the harvest foods related to the holiday and try your best to put some effort into making something hearty.
PS. My plan for Mabon (which I will celebrate on Saturday) is to make buttered nuts and barley (with some mushrooms on the side because the hubby hates mushrooms), roasted garlicky mixed root veggies, beef/potato hash with onions.
We are revving up for the new sessions! The room is getting an
overhaul and we are opening up for new registrations for all levels.
Level 1 provides a foundation. Level 2 builds on that foundation and gives the needed correspondences. Level 3 pulls together the knowledge of levels 1 & 2 for application in magic and spellcrafting. Level 4 delves deeper for those looking to deeply walk their spiritual path or lead others.
If you think you can skip level 1 or level 2, there is an exam that you
can take for each level for $50. If you do not pass the exam, then that
$50 will be applied to that level's tuition.
Contact us to register or to take an exemption exam.