Full Moon Masque

Starwood Carnivale on Thursday Night. Everyone wear a Mask. Dress outrageously, we dare you to go all out on this Full Moon 25th Anniversary of the first Thursday Night of Starwood! 25 years of collective vision and community. Host Parties at your camps. Bring your friends! You didn't want to run for public office anyway...

Fezzik: "Why do you wear a mask? Were you burned by acid, or something like that?"
Man in Black: "Oh no, it's just that they're terribly comfortable. I think everyone will be wearing them in the future."
Coming OM

At Midnight, we'll all Come 'OM' beneath the FULL MOON on Thursday Night, take a deep breath and let out with a long, campwide OM. Listen for it, and pass it on. Pause in what you're doing and join your voice into the many. Or start it yourself. Take a moment to realize how blessed we are for Starwood and the ability to take a moment to realize how blessed we are! Bless the world with peace and bounty and love. The Future starts now.

Midnight

Tuesday: Dionysus Ritual lead by Jason Mankey

For one night, allow yourself to be swept up in the mystery, might and magick that is Dionysus! Celebrate life through music, dance, love, and drink as we gather to worship the god of bards and bars. This is an interactive ritual, all set to the music of the Doors, full of poetry and motion. We'll also celebrate the bride of Dionysus, beautiful Ariadne - truly a Goddess and worthy of praise. Join us as we update the ancient rites for use in the 21st century.

Wednesday: THE MIDNIGHT MOMENT: Dreaming in the Dark, Dancing in the Light
Lead by Elders of the Church of All Worlds

Whether from the womb, the egg, or the earth, all life comes out of darkness as the place of dreams and visioning. This dark time in our world is actually a chrysalis in which the caterpillar turns to a butterfly. Let us extinguish the lights on the current ruling powers, enter the darkness of all possibilities and give birth to the dawn of the next era wherin we weave the gleaming web of our infinite potential. From the love of power to the power of love, help us turn the wheel toward the sacred realm of the heart in which our future can flourish.

Thursday: Wiccan Full Moon lead by Selena Fox

Celebrate the Full Moon with chanting, meditation, and making magic for personal and planetary transformation at this Wiccan Full Moon Ceremony. Bring a rhythm instrument to play if you have one.

Friday: Voodoo Rite lead by the Niagara Voodoo Shrine

The Niagara Voodoo Shrine and friends will be honouring the Spirits of the Undergroud Railroad and Harriet Tubman, the ledgendary conductor of the clandestine movement which saw slaves make it to Canada through remote marshes and trails, from West Virginia to the mouth of the Niagara River at Fort Erie.

Harriet Tubman resided in St. Catharines, Ontario, where the Niagara Voodoo Shrine is located. For many years while overseeing and making several trips durring the freedom trail, her runners would scout ahead for safe passage to the rendevous point and head back arriving in Niagara by late autumn. Many of her followers were bush healers, diviners and conjurers serving the ancestors. Harriet herself conjured and divined with the spirits enlisting their help for the trek. What's special about this is that the last stretch of the trail came right through the Chautauqua region, on maps that mark the trails in history books you will see a large arrow right in the vicinity of the Brushwood land. To this day in the era of urban sprawl and land consumption the stretch of land running along lake erie towards the border is still relatively remote for the North East United States, and there are markers along the interstate of the passage.

Come and join the celebration of an historic event and the promise that it brought, we will celebrate and call upon the spirits who made the journey and honour those who perished along the way.

Midnight

If you've never been to a Tuesday Starwood Opening Circle, it is simply one of the most energizing rituals on the planet, and the enormously popular spiral dance is not to be missed! The Closing Ritual on Sunday is a little more subdued, and provides an excellent sense of closure for those who have not bolted for home already.

Some of the other Rituals planned for Starwood this year include:

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It's Big. It's Hot. It's the culmination of hours of labor and preparation and practice. Join in the building, the procession, the dance. The largest magical ritual in North America!

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