We welcome you to worship, meditate, attend classes and participate in other events at our sanctuary. Let us know if you'd like to help out at a puja, learn more about our tradition, or have ideas to share with us.
NEW for 2008: If you are not in the Bay Area and/or cannot attend the monthly meetings, please stay tuned for our unveiling of an online series of classes that you can work through independently or with your current worship circle.
We are now offering introductory Sanskrit classes/study groups, for those who wish to learn the devotional language of Kali Maa. The focus is on learning vocabulary and grammar in order to facilitate eventual readings of the scriptures in devanagari. Classes meet once a month at 11:00am on the day of puja. Cost is $45 for the hour. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
All Full and New Moon dates are based on Pacific Standard Time, and festival dates are based on Sha'can tradition observances.
2008 - July
*Guru Purnima (7/18) Honor your teachers on this full moon night by lighting a candle and dedicating your spiritual practice in thanksgiving for the gifts with which they have bestowed you. Remember not only your human teachers, but also your animal and spirit guides.
*Community Kali Puja (7/27) Join us for an evening of transformative and heartfelt devotion in San Francisco! See above for details. If you can't join us physically, join us in spirit by lighting a candle and practicing this month's mantra (5:30pm - 8:00pm).
*Daughters of Kali Open Circle (7/27) Come to an open circle to learn more about our year-and-a-day training program, Daughters of Kali. The circle is FREE and open to everyone.
2008 - August
*Lammas (8/1) The first of three harvest festivals in the Celtic tradition, it commemorates the self-sacrifice of the god Lugh for His people. Celebrate by feasting on seasonal fruits and corn dishes.
Amavasya (New Moon) (8/1) in Leo, 3:22 am (PDT)
Purnima (Full Moon) (8/16) in Aquarius, 1:20 pm (PDT)
*Raksha Bandhan (8/16) This is a festival celebrated throughout India (though sometimes by different names) that honors the sacred bond between brothers and sisters. The celebration involves sisters tying a thread, usually decorated, around their brother's wrist. The thread is a symbol of her love. The brother in turn promises to protect his sister and gives her a small gift. This is a time to celebrate those who are not only brothers and sisters by birth, but also those who share our most treasured values and heart's desires.
*Independence Day (8/15) While this isn't a Holy Day per se, it is a very important date in Indian history. Join in remembrance of those lost during the fight for freedom, honor the memory of those who made it possible, including Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi), and celebrate all that you love about Indian culture. Jai Bharat Mata!
*Krishna Janmashthami (8/24) Today we honor Lord Krishna's birthday. Celebrate Shyama (Black) Krishna in resonance with the Black Goddess Kali by chanting, "He Krishna Karuna!" to the Compassionate Krishna.
*Amavasya (New Moon) (8/30) in Virgo, 12:58 pm (PDT)
*Community Kali Puja (8/31) Join us for an evening of transformative and heartfelt devotion in San Francisco! See above for details. If you can't join us physically, join us in spirit by lighting a candle and practicing this month's mantra (5:30pm - 8:00pm).
*Daughters of Kali Open Circle (8/31) Come to an open circle to learn more about our year-and-a-day training program, Daughters of Kali. The circle is FREE and open to everyone.
2008 - September
*Purnima (9/15) Full moon in Pisces, 2:13 am (PDT)
*Autumnal Equinox (9/22) Celebrated in nearly all indigenous cultures, the Autumnal Equinox is a time between light and darkness. In Neo-Paganism, it is typically a festival of the Lord of the Vine and the second of three harvest celebrations.
*Community Kali Puja (9/28) Join us for an evening of transformative and heartfelt devotion in San Francisco! See above for details. If you can't join us physically, join us in spirit by lighting a candle and practicing this month's mantra (5:30pm - 8:00pm).
*Amavasya (New Moon) (9/29) in Libra, 1:12 am (PDT)
2008 - October
*Purnima (10/14) Full moon in Aries, 1:02 pm (PDT)
*SHARANYA's 5th Annual Kali Puja Festival (10/25)This is the big one! Come share in a special celebration of the Divine Mother on the night of Kali Puja during Navaratri, the Nine Nights of the Goddess.
*New Moon (10/28) in Scorpio, 4:14 am (PDT)
*Samhain (10/31) Also known as Halloween, Samhain is the Celtic celebration of the Underworld, the beloved dead, and all witchery. It is believed that the veil between the worlds is thinnest on this day, allowing us do delve into deep divination, the dark gods, and the faery realm.
*** A Blue Moon is the second full moon in a calendar month; a Black Moon is the second new moon in a calendar month. Both are considered particularly auspicious for ritual work in the Craft tradition.