WinterFolkloricInstaI have long been fascinated by bonfire season in England, and all of those quirky, arcane celebrations of the winter season from the Celtic regions of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.  This year, a few of us are seeking other Celtic polytheists with similar interests to establish some local traditions, including caroling, wassailing, and even a visit from the Mari Lwyd.  If you are interested in bringing your zeal and magical eye to such events, please get in touch.  You might be just whom we’re looking for.  This is also, of course, an opportunity to make new Celtic polytheist friends in the local Portland metro area.  Email Talasyn @ to express interest.

Celtic Polytheist Death Conference:  Saturday, 16th October, 2021

RoundhouseEventbriteFitzI’m part of a small group that is organizing a Death Conference for Celtic polytheists to be held on Zoom in Fall, 2021. Our plan is to create an inclusive event for members of the community to learn about and share information on preparing for a good death, both practically and spiritually. Please CLICK HERE to take our survey to share your input, and to register your interest. We are building a mailing list, and are seeking to hear from people interested in attending, presenting or volunteering at this not-for-profit conference.  This conference is brought to you by Corvin (Portland, Oregon), Talasyn (Portland, Oregon), and Laurel (Kingston, Ontario).

(photo of Belas Knap Long Barrow, Gloucestershire, UK, taken by Talasyn, 2016)

Death Salon
Tuesday, Oct. 13th, 7:00pm-8-ish pm
This is a private gathering for members of WitchSpiral PNW, our Discord channel for Celtic Polytheists in the Pacific Northwest.  It’s not too late to join!
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Forming a Witchcraft Group
Tuesday, Sept. 29th:  7:30pm-9:00pm

Cost:  free, but you must preregister. Workshop held on Zoom. Email Talasyn to register.  
Space is limited. Must be 18+ to register.

Forming a Witchcraft Group
Have you hungered to work with a group, but don’t know how to begin?  So many witches are group-curious, and either throw themselves into the first available group, or hang back, uncertain of what to expect.  This free workshop is for all of you.  I’ll share my experience on how to find or form a group that is likely to be a good fit, and how to approach a group you might want to join. We’ll talk about different kinds of groups, and how they function.  
I’m Talasyn, a Celtic Polytheist witch and seer with about three decades of experience working with circles, covens, and collectives. I currently run a Celtic polytheist witchcraft training circle in Portland.  
There’ll be opportunities to share information and ask questions.  Bring your witchy hopes and aspirations!  

Dark Moon Conjurings with the Magical Activist Group

Dark Moon Conjurings
This is a private group of witches from the WitchSpiral PNW Discord group who are conducting a major spellworking over the course of the summer and fall. 
Upcoming dark moon dates:  Sunday, July 19th, 2020; Tuesday, August 18th, 2020; Wednesday, Sept. 16th, 2029; Thursday, October 15th, 2020.

Mabinogi Study Group

Every other Thursday, Summer & Fall 2020, from 7:30-8:30pm
Location:  on Zoom, with conversations continuing on WitchSpiral PNW group (Discord channel)
Next meeting dates: Thursdays:  Aug. 6th, Aug. 20th, Sept. 3rd, and Sept. 17th, 2020
  • Learn about the mysterious Four Branches of the Mabinogi, an ancient Welsh set of tales. Discover the tales of Rhiannon, sit atop a faery mound and encounter a wonder, learn about Branwen and enchanted birds, come along on a boar hunt, and meet Bloddeuwedd, Gwydion, and Llew Llaw Gyffes.  We are a small, friendly group of Celtic polytheist witches who’ll make you feel welcome.  The study group will include reading together, identifying magical themes, and some ritual interaction with the text. NOTE: We are using the Patrick Ford translation of the Mabinogi. Click the graphic above to apply to join the WitchSpiral PNW Discord channel, or contact Talasyn.
CauldronFire Witchcraft Circle:  Meet & Greet
Tuesday, July 9, 2019, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location:  inner SE Portland (to be announced upon RSVP’ing)
As you may know, I am organizing a new witchcraft circle for women who are serious about their witchcraft, and who work intensively with Celtic deities and lore. Several people have reached out to express interest in being part of this newly forming circle, and a core group is about to form.

If you are a match with the description above, and would like to learn more about CauldronFire, please RSVP for this meet and greet. Before you RSVP, please take a few moments to be sure that you have read this information about the goals and purpose of the group:

Once you RSVP, I’ll send you the location information so we can meet and talk at a friendly, safe location in SE Portland. Thank you for your interest.

Witching Up the Power:  Raising Energy to Fuel Your Magic
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@ The Raven’s Wing Magical Co., 7927 SE 13th Ave in Portland

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Would you like more power, flow, and intensity in your rituals? Learn to light a fire under your magic by using ecstatic techniques. In this ritual, we’ll practice using toning, chanting, and rhythm to raise and sustain power around a simple magical intention. Then we’ll build a cone of power with instructions and a debrief so you have some new skills to take with you. Whether you work alone or with a group, learning these skills can transform your witchcraft.

Please bring a piece of jewelry or a small ritual object to place on the altar and charge with your intent, and be prepared to have fun, sing, move, and build your ritual power! All ability levels are very welcome.

IMPORTANT:  Please RSVP to The Raven’s Wing to save a spot at this event:  503.946.8951.

(image adapted from Witch of the Woodlands woodcut, 1655.)

Beltane Witchery on Mt. Tabor
Saturday, May 4, 2019 @ 8pm

Witches!  You are invited to come together on the dark moon at Mt. Tabor Park, an extinct volcano in southeast Portland.  We will sing, chant, and hold a twilight ritual procession through the park. At nightfall, we’ll circle under the trees, and make offerings to the land and its spirits.   Please share this information with your witch networks.

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Who should come: Witches of all genders, ages and backgrounds, and those who love and support us are welcome.
What to bring: Please bring a safe source of soft illumination, whether a lantern, a solar light, or other enclosed and gentle light source.   Bring small, organic, biodegradable offerings for the land spirits.  This might be a tiny bottle of cream, spirits, or simple things that the birds and animals may consume, or can compost safely in the ground.
What to wear: Dress comfortably for the weather, including good shoes for walking outdoors on earth pathways.  Wear your witchy finery, and feel free to wear a veil or a mysterious mask.
Physical logistics:  The procession will involve about 30-40 minutes of slow but hilly walking on trails and paths.
RSVP:  Please contact me to let me know you are coming.  It will help to know how large the group will be.

Getting to the site: Meet at the bend in the road near the reservoir indicated by the red dot on the map shown below. It’s about 8-10 minutes on foot from the #15 Belmont St. bus stop at SE Belmont and SE 60th. Enter through the Salmon St. park entrance. We’ll gather at the hairpin turn in the road next to the oval reservoir. Look for a group of witches!


How do you find Mt. Tabor Park? Here’s a link to the Google Map.
Bus # 15, the Belmont St. bus, stops at SE Belmont and SE 60th.  There is also parking in the park, along the sides of the road, and near the top of the park in a lot.

If you have questions, please contact Talasyn.
I look forward to meeting more of the witches of Portland.

Full Moon on the Labyrinth
Saturday, April 20, 2019:  7-8:30pm

Come walk an 11 circuit labyrinth under the gaze of the full moon. We’ll visit a local labyrinth off Stark Street, and will be outdoors for the whole time. Please dress for the LabyrinthCCweather, and come prepared to take a problem or question into the labyrinth in search of answers or insights. You are especially welcome if you’ve never walked a labyrinth before.

We’ll be walking as the sun sets, and will finish up in the liminal time of twilight. This can be a contemplative, mystical experience.

When we finish walking, we may step across the street for a glass of beer or cider afterwards at Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark St. (21+ required).

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.  I’m particularly interested in meeting you if you are a woman interested in the CauldronFire Witchcraft group that is forming.