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Circle of the Stag April News!

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No April Coffee Connections 

There will be no Coffee Connections this month due to the date falling on Easter.  Come see us at Beltane!

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Heartland Pagan Festival - The Unexpected Registration is still open!  

Click Here to Register

Heartland Info:

Heartland Pagan Festival is a five day, family-friendly festival held in McLouth, Kansas over Memorial Day weekend at Gaea Retreat Center, which provides opportunities for personal and spiritual growth to a growing regional community.  

The Sacred Experience Committee is responsible for the public magical events and experiences at the Heartland Pagan Festival, including the major public rituals, the vision quest, the sweat lodge, the labyrinth, and a great deal more.

There are usually three public rituals – Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.  The rituals adhere to the central theme of the festival: last year, “Elemental Excursions”; this coming year, “The Unexpected”.  They are public community events, in which festival attendees may participate or hang back to whatever degree best suits them.

The vision quest is an annual night-hike where attendees are confronted by a series of guides and antagonists, who ask them pointed questions to help direct them along their spiritual path.  The vision quests are organized around a strong central theme.  Previous years’ themes include The Odyssey, Animal Spirits, and The Lord of the Rings; the coming year’s theme is The Labyrinth.

The sweat lodge facilitates visionary experiences through drumming and intense heat. 

The labyrinth is a less intense visual experience created through complex repetitive motion.  

Tea with crones is an annual tradition where people meet with elders of the community for tea and conversation.

The Community Sand Mandala invites all participants to add to its colorful and meditative pattern.

The chair of this year’s Sacred Experience Committee is Jeffrey Groves, a Dionysiac witch with a decade’s experience running small public and private rituals.  This is his second year on the SEC, and his first year as chair.  Outside of the HSA, he is a jeweler, a novelist, a photographer, and an experimental sorcerer.  He can be reached through the Sacred Experience Committee’s public Facebook page.

 https://www.facebook.com/HPFSEC

SJ Tucker and Tuatha Dea are returning as honored guests and a new guest, Chas Clifton will be there!

Visit http://kchsa.org/ for more info.

This is the 32nd annual Heartland Pagan Festival!

HPF 2017 PRICING

REGULAR -3/8/17 through 5/15/17

• Adult - $125

• Teen - $55

• Child under 11 - Free

ONSITE - 5/16/17 through HPF

• Adult - $150

• Teen - $80

• Child under 11 - Free

 

PETS - $50 each

RV - $50 each (over 16 feet or 2 axles)

 

DAY PASS - 9 am through 9 am

• Adult - $50/day

• Teen - $25/day

• Child under 11 - Free

• Pet - $10/day

REGISTRATION HOURS

• Thursday   9am - 9pm (Closed 2pm - 230pm for administrative purposes)

• Friday   9am - 9pm (Closed 2pm - 230pm for administrative purposes)

• Saturday   9am - 2pm

• Sunday   9am - 2pm

 

**MUST HAVE PHOTO ID TO ENTER FESTIVAL**

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Beltane

Beltane is celebrated on the last evening of April or May 1st for us northern hemisphere folks. This is a time to shed the winter blues and celebrate the start of summer.  

It's the time when the earth mother opens up to the fertility god, and their union brings about healthy livestock, strong crops, and new life all around.

"At its core, Beltane is about planting. At Ostara we honored the readiness of the land to receive the seed; at Beltane we actually plant those seeds, be they literal or metaphorical. At Ostara we celebrated the potential fertility of the land, at Beltane we revel in its actuality"

-Galina Krasskova, April 26, 2011 -A Medidation on Beltane

Visit this link for full article:

http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Meditation-on-Beltane-Galina-Krasskova-04-27-2011

Themes for Beltane festivities are Maypole dances, abundance rituals of the land, weddings and handfastings, crowning a May King & Queen, planting rituals and purification by fire.

This is also a time of Fairies as this is the 2nd time of year the veil is thin (Other being Samhain). Beltane is a good time to leave out food and other treats for them in your garden or yard.

 

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Circle of the Stag is hosting an open Beltane!

• Saturday, April 29 at 7PM - 10 PM.  

• Bring a light snack

• Drinks or Wine will be provided

• Dress in your finest Beltane wear! (e.g bright colors, flowly materials, flowers, crowns)

Please follow our Facebook event for any additional details or discussions!

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Plans are in progress for the Wicca 101 class coming this summer.  Details to come!

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Next Coffee Connections is May 21st 2pm-3pm!

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