536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610   510-444-WELL
Open Sunday-Friday 12pm-8pm & Saturday 11am-8pm

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

Saturday, January 3rd 2:00 - 3:30 pm Discover Your Power Animal
Registration $25

Power animals are spirit guides in animal form. Connect with your personal power animal, through guided imagery. Animals are a source of protection and power. A discussion of a familiar and positive connection to your familiar will also be explored. Readings will be given using a Ted Andrew's deck.

Agate has a Masters in Counseling Psychology and has worked as a Counselor with children and their families in Elementary schools. She has taught classes on the Goddess in every woman, numerology, and faeries.

Wednesday, January 7th, Feb 4th, March 4th 8:00 -9:00 pm RUNE WORKSHOP: An Intro to the Elder Futhark
$25 per class

In this 3 part introduction to the Elder Futhark rune alphabet, we will focus mainly on the symbolism and interpretation of each symbol and its practical esoteric applications starting with the First Aett. History, bind runes, and basic runecasting techniques will be covered throughout. Attendees are invited to bring their own rune set for our workshop activities!

Sunday, January 11th 2:00 -3:00 pm Tarot, Astrology, and More!
Let's explore the Court Cards
donations gratefully accepted

Let's get together and explore the Court Cards! We will delve into the magic of the Page, the Knight, the Queen, and the King. Together we will explore the meanings of these cards and the role that they play in our lives.

Carolina Amor is the Presiding Priestess of Circulo de Isis, an international Lyceum devoted to the Goddess Isis with almost 2000 members. She was ordained Priestess Hierophant and ArchDruidess by Lady Olivia Robertson and is a member of the ArchDruid Union under the Fellowship of Isis. Carolina has a radio segment in "Pagans Tonight" called School of Magick where she teaches topics related to witchcraft and divination. She has also participated in Café Pagano and has spoken in The Goddess Temple of Orange County. Carolina participated in the Symposium of Infinite Possibilities and the Isis Convocation in October 2014 where she presented two workshops. Carolina is currently translating the Fellowship of Isis Liturgy to Spanish and working on offering the College of Isis in Spanish in her Lyceum. Carolina is also the founder of Tienda Roja, a virtual Red Tent for Spanish speaking women who are looking for information on how to create a red tent in their countries and also participate in a women-only community.

Please visit www.circulodeisis.org for more information about Carolina´s work.

January 13th (second Tuesdays) 6:30 -8:00 pm Tarot Salon with Grey
$10 suggested donation

This month's cards: the Fool and the Magician

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, January 15th 7:30 -9:30 pm astrobarry's Astrology Salon
$10-20 suggested donation

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, January 16th 8:00 -10:00 pm Sonic Alchemy with Sharon Knight
$45 pre-registration space is limited

Sonic Alchemy is a gently guided journey through our inner landscaped. Using sound as our catalyst, we will open, deepen, confront road blocks. We will release, discover and commit to our deepest desires. Sound resonates deep in our bodies, bringing insight to light in a visceral way helping us to gain perspective where we may not have seen clearly before.

We will sing, drum, journal, and work with acutonics tuning forks and Tibetan bowls to create a symphony of sound that moves stuck energy and reconnects us to our deepest truths.

Sharon Knight is an internationally touring musician who has been working with music and magic for over 20 years. Before embarking on the path of pro musician, she was a healer working as a massage therapist. She learned the acutonics system of sound healing at this time. In Sonic Alchemy, Sharon combines select techniques from music, healing, and magickal practice to bring you an afternoon of creative flow and opening to rekindle inspiration.

Saturday, January 17th 2:00 -3:00 pm Using Charms with the Tarot to Deepen Divination
$35 registration

Sometimes when we deal out the cards in a reading, it takes a little while to figure out what they're trying to say. With so many potential meanings available to us for each card, especially if we read reversals, it can be challenging to know which meaning is intended at which particular draw, and how those meanings relate with other cards. This class will teach you to use charms with your cards to help narrow things down a bit, give a little extra direction, provide additional clarity, and maybe even give you a new way of seeing the cards themselves. Charms are an increasingly popular form of divination in which symbolic items, or even everyday hum-drum items, are infused with meaning and cast across the cards. Using charms in this way can help provide clarity and add an extra layer of depth to your readings, whether you're reading for yourself or for others. Please bring your favorite tarot deck with you. If you have charms, please bring them to the class as well. But never fear if you don't. Little everyday items will be provided that you can use as charms to get you started. Come join us and have fun casting charms!

Karen Krebser is a psychic medium and card reader, and also a poet and writer and all-around creative person. She's been living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area all her life, and has been engaged in spiritual

Karen Krebser is a psychic medium and card reader, and also a poet and writer and all-around creative person. She's been living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area all her life, and has been engaged in spiritual practices for about as long (or longer ;-) ). She's actively been studying the Tarot for almost twenty years, and has been providing insightful and creative readings publicly for over ten years. Her Tarot and cartomancy studies are continuing, as are activities and explorations in several different ancient spiritual traditions that have brought her into a closer relationship with her ancestors. She's recently begun casting charms with the Tarot, and has discovered new ways to read cards and charms together and how they speak to and through one another to deepen readings and add layers of meaning and enchantment.

Wednesday, Jan 21st, 28, Feb 11, 18th 7:00 -8:15 pm Magic of Crystals with Yeshe Rabbit
$25 per session or $90 for entire series

Explore how to select, empower, cleanse, and use crystals in your workings and personal meditation. We will examine individual specimens and learn their meanings as well as studying methods of preparing elixirs, spells, and altar layouts in alignment with these sacred witnesses of the ages of the Earth.

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: Tuesday, January 20th
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, January 4th - 8:00pm Temple of Aphrodite
Donations gratefully accepted

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.

Jan 4: Online Sangha Retreat 11 am-4 pm PST
Theme: SPACE
Tea & Chanting Sangha: A Coven for Dharma Pagans
Online every Tuesday: 7pm
Online every Sunday
White Conch & Skull Cup Ritual: 7 pm
Donations welcome

Now in its 5th year, the Tea & Chanting Sangha is both a local and a national/international group, with members from California to Newfoundland. This sangha, led by Yeshe Rabbit, brings together elements of Tibetan Buddhism and Western Paganism in our weekly online video conference sessions, and at our Online Elemental Retreats. Curious? Join us for any or all of the following special events or regular practice sessions. You can join using a computer, Smartphone, or dial in using a telephone.

Online:
Jan 4: Online Sangha Retreat
11 am-4 pm PST
Theme: SPACE


How can we make space for practice in 2015? How does practice create spaciousness in our lives, minds, and hearts?

Join in to enjoy fellowship and learn more about the Sangha from the comfort of your own home. This retreat will feature two practice sessions of our original sadhana White Conch & Skull Cup, a bring-your-own-lunch social hour, and planning for the year ahead.
Free of charge, donations gratefully accepted.
Email yesherabbit@gmail.com to register.

Weekly 21 Tara Tuesdays
Tuesdays, 7 pm PST, starting Jan 6
ONLINE
- sign up for mailing list to receive the weekly link here.
A series of sessions honoring the Goddess Tara in her 21 different manifestations. Each Tuesday for 21 weeks, we will learn about one of Tara's forms, perform a brief ritual for her, learn and chant her mantra, perform mudra offerings, and welcome the Divine Feminine into our hearts. Tara is said to dispel enemies and obstacles, open us to compassion, rid us of poisons, protect us from harm, and help us manifest health, wealth, and wellness.
Free of charge, donations gratefully accepted.

Weekly White Conch & Skull Cup Ritual
Sundays, 10 am PST, starting Jan 11
ONLINE-
sign up for mailing list to receive the weekly link here.
In this weekly session, we gather to practice our original sadhana, including mantra recitation, deity visualizations, and and mudras. This sadhana, or ritual, helps us learn about the Tibetan deities and generate peace, compassion, heart-centeredness, courage, transformation, and love in our everyday lives.
Free of charge, donations gratefully accepted.


In-store:

Some of you have mentioned wanting to do more in-person practice. If this sounds good, and you'd like to gather in-person locally in the Bay Area for any of the above online sessions, let Yeshe Rabbit know by emailing her at yesherabbit@gmail.com. If enough people wish to do this, we will gather together in-person at the same place where the computer is set up, or at TSW, for these sessions.

January 23rd (4th Fridays) 7:00- 8:30pm Goddess of the Month
with Phoenix LeFae and Ella

Goddess of the Month: Hecate
Donations gratefully accepted

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.

Join us for Goddess of the Month in January when we meet the dark Goddess of the crossroads Hecate. We will call on the Queen of Witches to teach us her mysteries, show us the path to the Underworld, and discover our connection to what it is to be witch and wiseone.