536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610   510-444-WELL
Open Tue-Fri, Sun 12-8 & Sat 11-8; Closed Mon

Classes & Events

At The Sacred Well, we aim to share our wide knowledge of different spiritual traditions and practices by presenting classes and events to our community. Classes commonly offered cover topics such as tarot, astrology, wicca, herbs, crystal healing, candle magic, and rituals to increase abundance or attract love. We also regularly host monthly spiritual services, tea and chanting evenings, Reiki healing shares, art shows, and musical performances.

Current Events

Tuesday, July 8th (second Tuesdays), 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Tarot Salon - with Grey
Donations gratefully accepted

This month's cards: the Pages of the Minor Arcana

Come join this monthly Tarot discussion group for beginners and experienced readers alike. Maybe you have taken a class, perhaps tried to learn to read the Tarot from a book, or are just trying to piece it together on your own. Now you want to know how to really "dive in" to what specific cards are all about.

Bring your favorite Tarot deck with you, and be ready to share, learn (and maybe even teach) some new ideas!

Thursday July 17th, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm astrobarry's Astrology Salon
suggested donation $10-20

Join a lively astrology discussion led by astrobarry in this informal interactive group experience. Topics covered in each Astrology Salon will vary, based on who attends and what's going on in the sky.

The Salon is intended to provide burgeoning astrologers with a chance to practice their chart interpretation skills in a safe, fun environment. Attendees should have a good working knowledge of the astrological language.

Please bring 5-10 copies of any astrology chart you'd like us to discuss (free charts available at www.astro.com).

Friday July 18th, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm ​Magical Transformation & Group Energy Healing
with Dragonfly and Justin
$35 for the group healing

Please register in advance to reserve your place for this event.

The focus this month is: 'Moving on from the past, and release from negative attachments.' Moving into a sweet, heart centered and stress-free space.' You can also ask for whatever you want help with.

We sometimes hold on to stories or trauma from our past. This old energy can hold us back, unground and move us out from being in our center. This group healing will help to bring you back to your higher truth, to what is, in the Here and Now. And with a little magic, awaken hidden potentials.

Bring the mysteries of Merlin and the Lady of the Lake into your life. Join Dragonfly and Justin K. Prim, for an evening of shared magic and healing. Together these modern wizards will present an introduction to the current deep healing modalities formed from the lineage of Merlin and the Lady of the Lake, followed by a powerful transformational group healing.

This is your chance to begin to clear emotional blockages, help relieve stress, and nurture your spirit as you open your heart to the wonder of your life and deepen your spiritual connection by empowering your own magical path.

6 Saturday classes: June 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, and 26th, 10:00 am - 11:30 am ​Art of Tarot with Rabbit
$35 per class or $200 for all 6 classes

Please register in advance to reserve your place for this event.

Rabbit brings one of her most popular classes online, specifically designed to help you learn to tune in and trust your own intuition as a reader.

Sure, you can look in the books at the traditional meaning of the cards, but in order to truly be a reader you must learn to listen carefully to the whispered secrets that underpin the surface meanings. This class will get you OFF the book and help you turn ON your own personal intuition.

Rabbit's self-styled methods will help you offer accurate, compassionate, helpful readings after your very first class, as long as you are willing to develop the ability to listen to your inner voice. Practical exercises and demonstration readings take place in each class, so you have the opportunity to give and receive practice readings, trouble-shoot areas of insecurity, and begin to build your internal reference library of tarot symbolism.

Sunday July 27th, 3:00 - 5:00 pm Witch's Garden with Rabbit
$35 registration

Herbs for Purification and Protection

Make your own magical, natural home remedies in our Witch's Garden workshops. Each session is a fun, casual, interactive, hands-on lesson in one facet of practical and magical herbalism. As a general rule, please wear clothes that you can get dirty in as we play with herbs, oils, tinctures, salts, and and other potions, and bring a clean, empty glass jar to class so you can bring home some of whatever we have made.

The astrological loop-de-loops over the past few months have left, for some, a goopy residue that threatens the fragile bloom of happiness just beginning to peek out and stretch its petals to the light of hope. In this class, we will prepare an herbal bath, an herbal wash, and an herbal talisman to banish the blues, to cleanse and purify psychic stickiness, and protect the good that we are growing in ourselves and in our lives.

Sunday, July 27th, 5:30 pm Lake Merritt Pagans!
Free Event

A group for Pagans of all stripes who live near and/or want to commune spiritually with Lake Merritt. Activities may include: full moon lake walks, altar building, and other ideas you bring!

Monthly Spiritual Services at The Sacred Well

Monthly within the three day Dark Moon window, 8:00 pm Dark of the Moon Practice
for Hermes and Hekate

Next: Saturday, July 26th
Donations gratefully accepted

Sam Webster (founder of the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn, author of Tantric Thelema, and Priest of Hermes and Hekate) hosts an open Dark of the Moon practice at The Sacred Well each month, making offerings to Hermes and Hekate.

The large wooden representation of Hermes, classically called a Herm, was consecrated and worshipped at PantheaCon 2013 by Pagans, Magickians, and spiritual practitioners from many different backgrounds in a large ceremony that drew heavily on classical Greek material. The Herm now resides at The Sacred Well, and each month we gather to continue this sacred work with Dark Moon ritual for Hermes and Hekate, who were frequently honored at the crossroads together in ancient Greece.

The practice that Sam shares in this circle is one he has maintained without fail since the Dark Moon of January 1992. Study with Sam and more formal training in the Priestcraft of Hermes for those who desire to keep this rite are available. Please speak with Sam about this directly when you attend.

Sunday, July 13th, 6:00 pm Temple of Aphrodite - Aphrodesia Festival!
Paint it Gold Fundraiser: 6:00-8:00 pm
$20 donation
Regular Temple service at 8:00 pm
Donations gratefully accepted

The Temple of Aphrodite is holding our first annual Aphrodesia Festival!

We are kicking it off in 2014 with a "Paint it Gold" Fundraiser for our Temple. Please bring a donation of $20 or more, and an item you want to paint gold. We will provide gold paint, painting supplies, and light refreshments. From the wild to the wacky to the wonderful, we look forward to seeing what you choose to gild with gold!

Immediately thereafter we will have our monthly Temple Service at 8 PM. Please bring a love poem (written by you or someone else) to read aloud during the service.

The Temple of Aphrodite in Oakland was founded in 2010 at The Sacred Well, where Priest/esses maintain a monthly liturgy and support space for those who wish to experience the mysteries of the goddess in Her many forms.

Our monthly liturgy is an exploration and celebration of the many ways love, beauty, desire and pleasure shape our decisions, choices, actions, and lives.

We research and study historical aspects of Aphrodite, such as praise hymns, epithets, and classical symbolism. We also recognize Aphrodite in the world around us today, in Her contemporary guises with modern sensibilities.

In-person on the Fourth Tuesdays of each month, 8:00 pm
On-line on the First Sundays of each month, 11:00 am
Tea & Chanting Sangha
Next on-line: Sunday, July 6th at 11 AM (4th Sundays)
Next in-person: Tuesday, July 22nd at 8:00 pm (1st Tuesdays)

Donations welcome

Over the course of the year we are progressively learning a Dharma-Pagan ritual designed to awaken and purify all the spirits of creation in the many directions, to confer blessings of relief and happiness upon all beings throughout all space and time, and to magnify our sangha's collective aspiration toward the enlightened liberation of all beings. Open to beginners as well as current sangha members.

For those of you who are at a distance, or find that meeting on Tuesdays is difficult for you to attend in person, Yeshe Rabbit has set up a monthly online Google Hangout version of the Tea & Chanting Sangha to be held on the 4th Sunday of each month at 11:00 am. If you are interested in participating, contact her by email at: rabbit@sacredwell.com to get all the important details.

Fourth Fridays of each month, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Goddess of the Month
with Phoenix LeFae and Ella

Next: Friday, July 25th
Donations gratefully accepted

Goddess for this month: Arianrhod

Each month we will learn about and dive into the energy of a different Goddess from around the world. Our hope that is by meeting these different energies you will find one that resonates with your heart and you will walk away with the potential for a greater relationship with a Divine One.

This July we invite the Celtic Star Goddess Arianrhod. Mother of the Silver Wheel, whose home is in the Aurora Borealis, we invite Her in to show us our connection to the energy of the stars, moon, and deepest recesses of space.

Friday, August 1st 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Orisha Celebrations: Shango
with Lou Florez

Donations gratefully accepted

Come and join in our celebrations of the Orisha- elevated divinities- who come from the Yoruba traditions of Nigeria and whose worship has spread throughout West Africa and throughout the diaspora. These divinities work on behalf of all humanity to not only avert negating energies, but to help manifest our greatest hopes, dreams, and lives.

Shango is the spiritual force associated with the power of lightning in Orisha traditions world wide. He stands as both a historical figure and fourth Alafin of Oyo, as well as, the spiritual force of courage, justice, soverignity, music, and wealth. These concepts form the essence of Shango's role in the spiritual realms and are the foundation for the process of spiritual transformation. It the bolt of lightning that manifests from the realm of the ancestors to the earth that reminds us of the awe inspiring power of nature. Join us for a night of ritual drumming, dancing, and storytelling in honor of Shango!

Offerings: red or white candles, red and white cloth, dark rum, cigars, money in denominations of 6, plantains, okra, apples, red roses, mangos, and palm oil.