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South Bay Circles Spring Celebration

Saturday, April 1, 2023 3PM – 6PM

Cupertino Odd Fellows Lodge 20589 W Homestead Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014

Join us to welcome the coming of Spring, a playful celebration of growth and renewal, and a chance for in-person socializing with assorted Pagans. Wear fun and comfortable clothing for moving around indoors. Looking forward to seeing you!

Please bring food to share for our potluck (main dish or salad or dessert or juice/tea). Donation of $5-$10/person requested to help pay for venue rental. There’s a big parking lot behind the building and a Safeway across the street.

SBC Imbolc Ritual

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Gather at 6:30PM, Ritual a 7:00PM

First Unitarian Church of San Jose

160 North Third Street, San Jose, CA, 95112

Come join South Bay Circles for our annual Imbolc ritual to honor Celtic Goddess Brigid!

Enter in through the side door up the ramp/steps.

No post ritual potluck.

Suggested donation of $10 to cover space rental but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Limited street parking available but there are several parking garages in the area.

South Bay Circles Yule

With the end of 2022 and the beginning of the New Year, this is a great time to work on personal growth. The waxing half of the year is traditionally a time to manifest new changes into our lives. We will come together and ask for the blessings of the Goddess and the God to help bring about our personal growth in 2023.

January 7, 2023
Doors open at 5:30PM, Ritual at 6PM
Potluck afterwards in the dining hall

Cupertino Odd Fellows Lodge
20589 Homestead Road, Cupertino, CA 95014

Samhain 2022 Presented by South Bay Circles

Saturday October 29, 2022

Gather at 7PM, ritual at 7:30PM

In the community building at Fair Oaks Park

540 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085

As the veil between the Worlds thins, come join the Dark Goddess as she descends into the Underworld, the Land of the Dead.

Ritual followed by Potluck and social time. Please bring a food item to share.

If you feel drawn to do so, you may bring photos or small items for the ancestor altar.

Suggested donation of $10 per person, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Harvest Home with South Bay Circles

September 17, 2022

3PM to 5PM

Murphy Park: 250 N Sunnyvale Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Come join and celebrate the height of the harvest as the Grain Lord dances with the Crone to bless his people.

We will gather in the amphitheater of Murphy Park for this Sabbat celebration.
We hope to see you there. Happy Harvest and Blessed Be!

Amphitheater is between the rec building and Central Expwy, behind the building if coming from the parking lot. In front of the horseshoe pit).

Parking: There is a small parking lot. The entrance is near the SW corner of N. Sunnyvale Avenue and E. California Avenue. Also available is neighborhood parking surrounding the park on 3 sides.

Food: No communal food will be served. Eat lunch beforehand and bring a snack for yourself as desired.

Covid: SBC Covid policy evolves as the situation does. Currently, for in-person, outdoor rituals, we ask that you be vaccinated (please bring proof), masks are optional but preferred. Please don’t come if you feel unwell.

Fall Equinox Ritual 2021

Image of a table with a counucopia of fruit, multi-colored ears of corn, and fall flowers

When:
Saturday, September 25, 2021
4:00pm to 6:00pm
(UTC-07:00) America/Los Angeles
Where: On Zoom – scroll down for info

Join us to Celebrate Autumn and Turn the Wheel

Be sure to have with you something you enjoy drinking (can be water)

It’s also good to have some food you like and basic altar/circle casting supplies (water/salt/incense/athame).

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Imbolc: Shine a Light

South Bay Circles with Jason Mankey and the Oak Court present Imbolc, “Shine a Light.”

February 1, 2020
Odd Fellows Cupertino Lodge 70
20589 Homestead Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014

Gather at 7 PM
Ritual starts at 7:30 PM

Please bring a dish to share for the potluck and a suggested donation of $10-20 (no one will ever be turned away for lack of funds).

Guidelines for Potluck:

Please bring food that is ready to serve. There will not be anyone there to cut up a whole chicken or slice a loaf of bread. Assume you will not have access to a refrigerator or stove on site.
Please mark your platter/bowls/serving utensils and remember to take them with you when you leave. If there is leftover food, please take it with you.
If possible, please label your food so those with food restrictions will know what’s in it.
Bring something you like and will want, that way you are guaranteed to like something.
Most of our potlucks are meals (unless the invite says otherwise) so main dishes, salads, side dishes, desserts, non-alcoholic beverages to share are all welcome.

Ritual Etiquette:

Be polite, friendly, and considerate of others.
Use common sense.
Ask the owner before touching items (drums, altar item, jewelry, etc.)
Stop chatting and turn off your phone when the ritual is about to start.
Rituals are participatory, so please join in when asked.
A cast circle is a sacred space so don’t be disruptive.
Assist in the post-event clean-up – please take care of your own trash.
Be discreet if you run into people elsewhere, not all Pagans are public about it.
The requested donations are used to pay for our insurance and site rental fees. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but these contributions are essential to our continued existence.

South Bay Circles (SBC) is an association of several local groups, covens, and solitaries who come together for the specific purpose of presenting shared ritual celebrations of the Eight Sabbats of the year in the San Francisco South Bay Area.

Yule 2019 – A Modern Saturnalia

Hosted by South Bay Circles and presented by TABS.

WHEN:
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Gather at 6:30ish for the pre-ritual-preparation activity.
Ritual starts at 7:00.

WHERE:
Odd Fellows Cupertino 70 Lodge, 20589 
Homestead Rd, Cupertino, California 95014

The Feast: Drinks will be provided; please bring a contribution to the potluck.

The Entertainment
This is a highly participatory event. There will be singing, dancing and a game. In the spirit of Saturnalia fun, you are invited and encouraged to offer an entertainment to the God and the coveners, such as a generic seasonal toast, a song, poem, magic trick, joke, bad impersonation of Chewbacca/Elvis, a demonstration of your jump–rope abilities… Creativity is welcome and appreciated. Because of time constraints, please limit your entertainment to less than 60 seconds. You do not have to sing all 300+ verses of “Old Time Religion”; 2 verses and a rousing chorus will do. This activity is optional on your part, but it’s more fun if you share something. Feel free also to simply sit back and enjoy.

Other Stuff: It was customary to wear a red hat for Saturnalia. If you want to wear something red on your head, please do! A Santa hat…bandana…feathers…flowers…it’s all good.

Oh – did we tell you about the dares? No? Well, you’ll find out when you get there. It will be fun, we promise.

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Please bring a dish to share for the potluck and a suggested donation of $10-20 (no one will ever be turned away for lack of funds).

Guidelines for Potluck:

Please bring food that is ready to serve. There will not be anyone there to cut up a whole chicken or slice a loaf of bread. Assume you will not have access to a refrigerator or stove on site.
Please mark your platter/bowls/serving utensils and remember to take them with you when you leave. If there is leftover food, please take it with you.
If possible, please label your food so those with food restrictions will know what’s in it.
Bring something you like and will want, that way you are guaranteed to like something.
Most of our potlucks are meals (unless the invite says otherwise) so main dishes, salads, side dishes, desserts, non-alcoholic beverages to share are all welcome.

Ritual Etiquette:

Be polite, friendly, and considerate of others.
Use common sense.
Ask the owner before touching items (drums, altar item, jewelry, etc.)
Stop chatting and turn off your phone when the ritual is about to start.
Rituals are participatory, so please join in when asked.
A cast circle is a sacred space so don’t be disruptive.
Assist in the post-event clean-up – please take care of your own trash.
Be discreet if you run into people elsewhere, not all Pagans are public about it.
The requested donations are used to pay for our insurance and site rental fees. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but these contributions are essential to our continued existence.

South Bay Circles (SBC) is an association of several local groups, covens, and solitaries who come together for the specific purpose of presenting shared ritual celebrations of the Eight Sabbats of the year in the San Francisco South Bay Area.

WINTER SOLSTICE CRAFT FAIRE 2019

Picture used with permission by Anne Stokes

November 30, 2019
11AM – 7PM
Odd Fellows Cupertino 70 Lodge, 20589
Homestead Rd, Cupertino, California 95014

Announcing South Bay Circle’s 2nd Craft Faire! We had such a fun time last year that we’re doing it again, but for longer and with more vendors! Stop by for unique Holiday Items you won’t find anywhere else! We’ve gathered wonderful crafters from around the Bay Area just in time for your holiday shopping. Come and support our community and local artisans.

Handmade Candles, Exquisite Jewelry, Goat-Milk Soaps, Custom Oils, Gorgeous Paintings, Fantastic Book Accessories, and so much more! While shopping, treat yourself to a soothing massage and get your Tarot Cards read, maybe even get a picture of your aura!

If you are interested in speaking with someone about selling your own craft(s) at this event, please leave a message at 408-768-8186 or send an email to thespiralmom@gmail.com.

Find more information about this event on the event facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/839722433092645

This is a fundraiser for South Bay Circles (SBC).

Samhain 2019

South Bay Circles & Luna Circa Present Samhain 2019
“An Evening with the Dark Goddess”

Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 7 PM – 10PM
Odd Fellows Cupertino 70 Lodge
20589 Homestead Rd, Cupertino, California 95014

Gather at 7 PM
Ritual at 7:30 PM
Potluck following ritual.

The year draws to a close and the veil is thin between the worlds. It is a time for remembrance, shedding of the old and setting intention for the New Year. Join us as we honor our Beloved Departed, release the sorrows, grief, and losses of the past and set goals for our future selves, community and Earth Herself.

Please bring a photo or memento of your loved ones who have departed this world and your intention to learn from them and carry this into the coming year for the healing of self, relationships,
community, both local and national, and our Mother Earth.

Attire: This is, in some traditions, the Highest of Holy Days so we invite you to don your finest Witch, Wiccan, Pagan, Heathen, or Native Magical garb if you wish. The Goddess loves formality.

Please bring a dish to share for the potluck and a suggested donation of $10-20 (no one will ever be turned away for lack of funds).

Guidelines for Potluck:
Please bring food that is ready to serve. There will not be anyone there to cut up a whole chicken or slice a loaf of bread. Assume you will not have access to a refrigerator or stove on site.
Please mark your platter/bowls/serving utensils and remember to take them with you when you leave. If there is leftover food, please take it with you.
If possible, please label your food so those with food restrictions will know what’s in it.
Bring something you like and will want, that way you are guaranteed to like something.
Most of our potlucks are meals (unless the invite says otherwise) so main dishes, salads, side dishes, desserts, non-alcoholic beverages to share are all welcome.

Ritual Etiquette:
Be polite, friendly, and considerate of others.
Use common sense.
Ask the owner before touching items (drums, altar item, jewelry, etc.)
Stop chatting and turn off your phone when the ritual is about to start.
Rituals are participatory, so please join in when asked.
A cast circle is a sacred space so don’t be disruptive.
Assist in the post-event clean-up – please take care of your own trash.
Be discreet if you run into people elsewhere, not all Pagans are public about it.
The requested donations are used to pay for our insurance and site rental fees. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but these contributions are essential to our continued existence.