In response to the need for social distancing at this time, all of SisterSpirit’s in-person events, groups and rituals have had to be suspended.
We know how hard this is for our community!
Many of us look forward to PaganFaire all year, and to monthly groups and rituals to see our friends and spiritual family. It’s a good time to remember that we are still here, connecting our energy across the miles!
Mother Earth has not cancelled Spring either—she is sending warm sun, healing rain (and even snow) and the trees have burst into flower. Birds are singing and nesting, and ecosystems are enjoying some recovery time from the stress our human activity places on them. There is no need to keep social distance from the trees, flowers, and animals! Like the trees, we can send messages to one another through the fungal network in the soil, nurturing each other to grow. Here are some recommendations:Call, email, or message one another, especially if you know someone is a Crone and/or lives alone. Call those you may know in care centers or locked-down senior facilities. Send energy and check in with those who are in other vulnerable groups, with health or immunity issues. Parents of children who are out of school, health care providers, and grocery store workers are also under stress right now. Hug a tree, plant your garden, spend time with your animal familiars. Go outside and enjoy the sunshine, keeping 6’ away from others but waving and smiling! Do rituals of healing for those affected by the virus. This is important! Our energy can be raised one-by-one just as it can be raised in circle.
Here is a simple ritual: Light a candle or virtual candle. Ground and center yourself. Invoke the directions: “Air I am, Fire I am, Water, Earth, and Spirit I am.” Call on the Goddess by the name(s) that most speak to you. “Goddess, I am calling on your presence. I know you are always present, but I want to be especially mindful of your energy surrounding me right now. Spread your cloak around me and around my community. Unite us with the whole world, everyone who is in need right now. I am asking for your healing. Heal our bodies, heal our fears, heal our communities! Let us be aware of our interconnection with you and with all the other beings. I place my trust in you.”
Sing: “I am the Circle”. If you have others with you, echo each line. Sing it 3 times. “I am the circle, I am healing you. You are the circle, you are healing me. Unite us, be as one. Unite us, be as one.” Spend a few moments holding the energy, feeling the interconnection and visualizing the light of healing spreading throughout the world to the places where it is most needed.
Say with energy, “So mote it be!” Then ground, thank the Goddess and the directions, blow out the candle and close circle. “Though the material flame be extinguished, yet the eternal flame burns on.”
Dear PaganFaire Community,
Given the Oregon Governor's ban on all events of over 250 people for the next 4 weeks, we have no choice but to cancel SisterSpirit's PaganFaire 2020 Sat. Mar. 21. This is to keep everyone as safe as possible at this time.
We would like to have rescheduled for later this Spring but given the uncertainty of the way the virus will spread and the need to not conflict with other community festivals, we don't think this is feasible.
We love you all and will keep you posted as soon as we get a date for PaganFaire 2021.
Spring is not being cancelled: it will come! May the energy of Spring bring healing to our community and to the world. Look at the sunshine, hug a tree, smell the flowers, and sing along with the birds today and send energy for a wonderful tomorrow!
Blessings and love, Frodo Okulam, SisterSpirit Coordinator
Vendor fee refunds will be sent out as soon as we can manage it. Your patience is appreciated. Blessed be, Jamie Okulam
SisterSpirit Calendar of Events March 2020
Mon. Mar. 2nd Nature’s Magick for women, 7:30 pm at our office, 3430 SE Belmont #102. All women (including transwomen) are welcome to come explore the connections between magick and the natural world! Office is wheelchair accessible.
SisterSpirit presents a monthly women’s spirituality ritual and Nature’s Magick group. More small groups may soon be forming.
Michelle’s Heart is an Emergency Fund for women and their families administrated by SisterSpirit. This is a last-ditch emergency fund designed to make the difference when emergency circumstances impact the ability to provide for basic needs.
PaganFaire is an all day artisan faire and talent stage.
"Michelle's Heart raffle, " to benefit SisterSpirit's emergency fund for women and children.
This year, you will be entertained by Renegade Rose, Treasa (Harp and vocals), "Frodo Okulam (Celtic Fiddle and vocals) and Jennifer Pratt-Walter (Harp and vocals), Portland's Dancing Witches, John Highcroft (sound, guitar, and vocals), and Tribal Heart Belly Dancers.
11 am to 5 pm, Oaks Park Dance Pavilion. $5 at the door kids under 12 are free.
At 5pm, (free to everyone) SisterSpirit's Spring Equinox Ritual, for the entire community:
"Seeds of Change – A rite of initiation, transformation, and magic. Guest ritual priest, Michael Agee!