Drug, Paganism, Healing

Tonight we had a fantastic discussion on the uses of drugs in magick and the practice of Paganism. We talked specifically about the use of alcohol during ritual as seen in both the Wiccan and Heathen traditions. The differences between the two, and what sacred drink ment. From that discussion we trailed into a heated discussion about genetic modification of plants and animals. Some interesting sites and ideas that we spoke of can be found at the following links.

http://www.grandmotherscouncil.org/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/30/daan-roosegaarde_n_5044578.html

Hope to see everyone next week at the Heildburg Down Town Columbia. Meet and Greet the local Pagans at a local landmark.

Earth Day Columbia MO

Earth Day in Columbia, Missouri is this Sunday. We, at Hearthfires, will be sharing our space with Mid-Missouri Pagan Pride. Tonight’s meeting is all about planning for our booth at the event. Come by and say hello on Sunday, April 19, 2015 in Peace Park. Our booth is located on 8th Street.

Hearthfires is a proud sponsor of Mid-Missouri Pagan Pride and their out reach educational program. Stop by their website at www.midmopaganpride.org to find out more information.

Sex, Sexuality, and Paganism

This hot topic was the theme of of our evening. What is it about Sex that sells? How does being Pagan affect how you would describe your sexuality? One of our patrons said that they would “have to give careful consideration in what it means to embody the Goddess in my intimacy with another person.” Another person said, “Being Pagan is at the root of my sexual expression. I am the whole of the Divine, both God and Goddess, this means that I express both sides, finding what is right for me is about balance.”  —– Just a snippet from our fantastic discussion tonight.

New Meeting Location and Date; Also, All-New Topic Discussions and Workshops!

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We’re off to a great start in 2015! Although our previous meeting location, Freebirds, has closed, we’re back and having lots of fun!
Our current meetup location is the Hy-Vee deli at 3100 W. Broadway(corner of Broadway and Fairview) on the west side of Columbia, MO. We’ve also changed our meeting time to Mondays at 7 PM (except on the second Monday of the month, when the business meeting starts at 6:30).
We’ve revamped our format to include topic discussions and workshops—in Taz’s words, folks can look forward to “a fantastic writer who is going to talk about the Power of Words and Magick, an Amazing Stone worker who is going to talk about crystal gridding, a well known Heathen that is going to talk about his path, and so many more to come. Stay tuned…. for further updates” here and on our Facebook page: Hearthfires: Mid-Missouri Pagan Spiritual Alliance.
Our events are open, and the general public is welcome to attend and learn more about our community. Feel free to invite your friends, and we hope to see you there!

New Year, New Meeting Spot, Same Hearthfires!

mirror-ballsIt’s true, we’ve moved!

Downtown Panera has closed, but after a couple of false starts we’ve found our new meetup location: Freebirds World Burrito on Broadway. Our meeting time remains the same (Wednesdays at 7 PM except on the second Wednesday of the month, when we start the business meeting at 6:30).

We hope to see you there!

Pagan Pride: Thanks for Coming to See Us!

pagan prideJust wanted to post a big thank you to everyone who came out this weekend, either to help with the booth or to attend the festival. Sunday was an excellent time, and could not have been without everyone who made it so!

Also, big thanks to everyone who stopped by the Hearthfires booth to check out the items in our “Pagan yard sale” collection, and for supporting Hearthfires. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do the things we do!

If you missed us this weekend and want to support our work, please consider clicking the Donate button. Every little bit helps!

Get ready for Mid-Missouri Pagan Pride!

mid-mo-logoLooking for something to do this Equinox weekend? Why not swing by Peace Park in downtown Columbia for this year’s Mid-Missouri Pagan Pride celebration?

This year’s line-up includes workshops on ritual, women in paganism, green issues, Germanic Heathenry, modern Druidry, and more! Live music (including sets by Elven Drums, Brian Greenway, Quercus, and the Irish Ragtag Band) begins just before 1 PM and runs all day. Pagan Pride also brings a variety of local and visiting vendors and info booths.

Don’t forget to pop by and say hello to us at the Hearthfires booth, maybe and check out some of the items we’ll have on sale as part of our “Pagan Yard Sale” fundraiser!

Post Earth Day Thank You!

earth dayThanks to everyone who came by to chat with us on Earth Day, offered a donation, picked up something from our booth, got a reading, or volunteered to help with set-up or sit the booth! We love being part of the Columbia community, and being a part of Earth Day is always a wonderful time.

If you didn’t get a chance to drop by and want to support us, our online spring fundraiser continues until May 1. We’re also planning and preparing to be a presence at this year’s Pagan Pride in September. We look forward to seeing you!

Free Public Rite at Oak Spirit Sanctuary

WICAOur friends at Oak Spirit Sanctuary have announced that the Missouri Conclave of the First Temple of the Craft of WICA will be offering a free public rite at OSS entitled “Celebration of the Pink Moon; Walking in Balance.” From the announcement:

“This event is a wholly participatory event. All ritual parts will be handed out to those that attend the event through our tradition’s “Cauldron of Sticks.” Come join us in demonstrating and learning about the First Temple of the Craft of W.I.C.A’s style of celebration and ritual.”

As with most Oak Spirit Sanctuary lunar events, there will also be a potluck at 6:30pm. The ritual begins at 8:00pm. For more info, or for directions, visit Oak Spirit Sanctuary’s website, or their Facebook event.

The Hearthfires Spring Fundraiser is Here!

That’s right! Our 2013 Spring Fundraiser is live!

This has been an exciting few months for Hearthfires! We’ve brought in some new faces, revamped our weekly public Pagan Forum meet-up, and redesigned our website. We’ve also sponsored Mid-Missouri Pagan Pride, joined forces to raise awareness about human trafficking, and worked with the local media to promote awareness about pagan spirituality in general and within our local community.

We’re looking forward to keeping up that good work, and we’d like YOU to be a part of it!

Between now and May 1st, we’ll be raising funds on Indiegogo to help upgrade our booth set-up. Some of the things we’re hoping to buy include a new 10×10 canopy, some tables, and some folding chairs. Any funds left over will go directly toward promoting the aims of our organization: networking, education, and support within our community. Plus, we’ve got goodies for donors, including Hearthfires membership, tarot and ogam readings, and art!

So if you’ve been wondering what you can do to support Hearthfires, or if you’ve been putting off renewing a membership, this is a great opportunity to help us continue our efforts here in Mid-Missouri. And, of course, please do spread the word. Every little bit helps!