CURRENT EVENTS, SUMMER / EARLY FALL 2022
Ancestor Veneration Study Group (on Zoom)
Early-Mid Fall, 2022
Join one or more Zoom sessions to talk and learn about a whole range of ancestor veneration practices. This is not a class or a workshop series, but instead, an interactive and participatory gathering of people who are coming together for a guided conversation. Interested in being contacted when we begin to schedule this Zoom series? Contact me at the email on the graphic posted above.
How to Form a Witchcraft Group
Saturday, July 16th @ 3pm in SE Portland (an outdoor event)
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 workshop is for all of you. Don’t wait until Samhain, and then wish you had gotten started earlier. 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 with about three decades of experience working with circles, covens, and collectives. There’ll be opportunities to share information and ask questions. Bring your witchy hopes and aspirations!
Location and details will be shared with registered participants. Participants must be over 18 years of age to attend.
Cost: Participants will be asked to make a donation to Planned Parenthood of Portland. This is a tiny fundraiser for the organization.
Register: Please CLICK HERE to email Talasyn. Space is limited.
More workshops/events coming this summer–please check back.
Witches’ March for Body Sovereignty
Sunday, July 3rd, 2022 @ 7pm sharp
Sewallcrest Park/Edwards School, SE 32nd Ave. and SE Market St., Portland
The Witches’ March for Body Sovereignty is open to all witches and their close allies who are concerned about the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade. As witches, let’s gather for a powerful, peaceful march on Hawthorne Blvd., followed by a short ritual to gather our strength and focus our intent moving forward. We have community in one another, and it’s time to identify our allies, and summon our strength as witches. We’ll finish up by 8:30pm.
WHERE: Meet in the paved driveway adjacent to the Edwards School at the intersection of SE 32nd Ave. and SE Market St. in Portland. There’s parking throughout the neighborhoods, and TriMet bus #14 stops a few blocks away. Here’s a map:
This is a LINK TO A GOOGLE MAP of the location.
DETAILS: Please bring your witchy allies and friends, musical instruments, signs and banners. Dress comfortably for walking about 30-40 minutes on fairly flat, paved sidewalks. Parents are welcome to bring children if they are closely supervised throughout the event.
IMPORTANT: This is a wholly peaceful and nonviolent protest. Absolutely no drugs or alcohol. Everyone who attends is responsible for maintaining the safety and integrity of the group. We can vent our anger but still be a safe and unified group.
SEEKING MAGICAL ALLIES?: Witchy magical activism looks and feels different, and it IS different. I’m considering the formation of a magical activism group to participate in some focused ongoing actions. Interested? Contact me.
Celtic Polytheist Summer Meetup
Thursday, June 30th, @ 7:30pm
Would you like to meet other Celtic polytheists in a relaxed outdoor setting? I’m hosting an informal gathering in Laurelhurst Park, SE Portland on Thursday, June 30th @ 7:30pm. Anyone who identifies as a Celtic polytheist and is over 18 is welcome to attend. Please bring a chair or a blanket to sit on. Everyone may wear a mask or not as they choose. We’ll be sitting in lawn chairs in a circle outdoors, which should provide plenty of space. No smoking or vaping please, and this is a clean and sober event. Laurelhurst is a huge park, so please RSVP by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org for the specific location. Otherwise, you’ll have a difficult time locating the group. See you there!
Holiday Caroling in December, 2021
I 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 @ email@example.com to express interest.
Celtic Polytheist Death Conference: Saturday, 16th October, 2021
I’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).
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!
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.
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
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.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: inner SE Portland (to be announced upon RSVP’ing)
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: https://cauldronfire.org/circle
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
Recommended $10 donation
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.
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 weather, 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.