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Once again it’s time for the Georgia Renaissance Festival. Those of you who have joined our coven for these yearly trips to the realm known as Fairburn, GA. for this yearly fest of fun, frolicking, fighting, and feudalism–and that’s just in the carriage ride up to the fairgrounds–know that this is a coven event not to be missed.

The fair runs on the weekends from April 16/17 through June 4/5. Advance ticket purchases (that means tickets bought by April 17) are $16.95/person or  $6.95 for children 5 to 12 years old. Children 5 and under are free (we plan to give away several ourselves.) That’s a savings of either $3 or $2 per ticket respectively. 

Another bargain is If we attend the opening weekend (April 16/17). On that weekend tickets are two for one. You’ll pay the full price of $19.95/ticket and receive one free adult admission or buy one child admission and receive another child admission ticket for free.

Given our past experiences I believe the best deal is the two-for-one opening weekend deal. Our coven went last year on opening weekend and had a great time.

If you’re interested in attending the Renaissance Faire, please get in touch with a coven member through our website by using our contact page at http://circleofthedarkmoon.org/contactus.asp or contact the site administrator via our wytcheboard forums. You should check the forums anyway and vote in the poll there for your choice of weekend and weekend day to attend the Renaissance Faire.

Even if you’re not a member of the Circle of the Dark Moon, but would still like to attend, contact us anyway–you’re more than welcome to join us and what better way to get to know our coven than to spend a day with some of our members.   

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Feb

Group Mind Exercises

   Posted by: Scrivener

Group mind exercises are another way the Circle of the Dark Moon distinguishes itself from the crowd of blessed-wannabes. Our tradition stresses the use of magick; and magick is hard work. Hard work requires that our bodies be in the best possible physical condition—or at least that we’re making strides in that direction. If indeed we are reflections of the Gods, or at the very least stewards of this human coil gifted to us by the Divine, then it certainly behooves us to take good care of our bodies. However, group mind exercises are more than just physical conditioning; otherwise, marines would be the most powerful wizards ever. Group mind exercises also cultivate mental and magickal harmony.

Have you ever been in a room with multiple tuning forks vibrating? The forks vibrate at perfect pitch filling the room with rich harmonics. Now imagine someone walks into the room and drops a glass. The glass shatters. A discordant crashing cacophony jangles and smashes the soothing tones until they, like the once whole glass, lie crushed and broken upon the floor. A similar discordant note in a magickal circle, either physical or mental, can be the difference between a successful working and working with a magickal dud.

I’ll admit that my physique could use a little bodywork too. I’ve gone from being in marathon shape to needing to lose 20 or more pounds. In keeping with leading by example, I’ve added supplemental workouts to my daily regime of 2 to 4 mile walks. These activities are in addition to a daily meditation. In fact, I usually use the daily walks with my dog, Gaia, as a type of moving meditation. Additionally, I do a sitting meditation each day.

The military calls it “team building,” social scientists call it “collective intelligence,” and the magickal community refers to it as “group mind.” No matter whether it’s bonding with squad members, or combining individuals into something larger than themselves to overcome social bias and groupthink, or standing inside a magickal circle during ritual or spell work, it is proven that those who share activities together perform better together. With that in mind, and some of those New Year resolutions as well, the Circle of the Dark Moon invites you join in its group mind exercises held each Saturday afternoon prior to the first-degree classes.

Tai Chi, gentle yoga (no pretzel poses), nature walks, and guided meditations are some of the proposed activities. We plan to rotate the type of activity in order to try to offer exercises that everybody likes. Sometimes, this activity may be combined with class time for field trips. However, you do not necessarily need to be a registered student to partake in the group mind exercises and are always welcome to remain afterward and take in a class.

In the future, we might expand the list of activities to include bike rides, runs, and physical training that is more strenuous. However, for now, we’re going to stick with less arduous exercises as the point to these exercises is to increase rapport among our members, thereby making you a more effective member of the Dark Moon Circle, and making you more successful in your own magickal practice, and not necessarily to raise your heart rate.

It is suggested that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes early so that we are ready to start precisely at 2:00 PM as classes start at 3:00 PM and there won’t be time for a delayed start of this activity.

It is recommended that you wear comfortable loose-fitting clothes. Bring whatever equipment and refreshments you feel you’ll need after the exercises, as spare equipment and refreshments may not be available since this a free activity.

The activity of the week will be announced beforehand via email. If you have any questions, contact the organizer of this event.