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.
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!
In keeping with the Frist Fridays tradition in Oakland, Sharon Knight offers an informal "Meet & Greet" style happy hour. From the hours of 6:00 - 8:00pm come bring and share a glass of wine or tea, as Sharon sings for you. Then join in! this will be part performance, part performance, part improv song jam, part Sonic Alchemy play, and part social gathering. Come sing and play as the spirit moves us.
Sharon Knight is an internationally touring musician during the summer months, traveling the land with her handsome prince, seeking to re-enchant the world with her neofolk romantique style celtic mythic music. She offers these first fridays as a way to reconnect with her home community.
Lake Merritt Pagans (LaMP) is gathering on Sunday March 8 at [6 PM] at the Sacred Well to honor the memory of Margot Adler's nonstop chanting workshop at Pantheacon. We'll be relocating either to the labyrinth or to an indoor location (depending on weather) to sing through the series of chants Margot led us in every year at Pantheacon. Lyrics sheets will be provided.
This month's cards: the Emperor and the Hierophant
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!
Rabbit brings back one of her most popular classes, specifically designed to help you learn to tune in and trust your own intuition as a reader of tarot.
Sure, you can just look in the book at the traditional meaning of the cards, but in order to truly be a reader you must learn to listen carefully when they whisper their secrets in your mind. This class will get you OFF the book and help you turn ON your own personal intuition.
Rabbit's unique method will have you able to offer accurate readings after your very first class, as long as you are willing to dare to believe yourself and trust 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. This class fills up quickly, and space is limited, so please call to reserve your spot today.
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).
A Story of Mother and Daughter Celebrations
Reading and Ritual
The Illustrated Archetypal Myth of Demeter and Persephone presents the story of the seasons, which is connected to the special bond between mothers and their daughters. This pre-classical version of the myth is significantly different from the "rape and abduction" Greek story which appears in textbooks. The pre-classical version is an interpretation that could be centuries older and sends an empowering message to young girls.
The Cult of Demeter, based in Eleusis, Greece was fundamental to ancient Greek spirituality, and its mysteries were practiced for 2,000 years, well into the Roman era. Celebrating the death and rebiirth of the seasons each year, women enacted this myth in secret ceremonies. We will join in a reading of the myth and create a ritual together in honor of Persephone's return each spring. Mothers and daughters of all ages will be especially welcome!
Marjorie Meyers Graham, M.A., taught community college English, Humanities and Women's Studies in MA, CA and IL for 23 years. She was also a volunteer docent at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Since retiring from college teaching, Marge has rediscovered her early love of making art and has developed a new career as a watercolor artist and instructor. In 2012, she and her husband moved to the East Bay and she has become an adult literacy tutor for the Oakland Public Library. She hopes to offer a seminar called "A Scholarly Look at Female Divine" in the near future.
Monthly Spiritual Services at The Sacred Well