21 Days to BODYLOVE – Starts October 1!

August 22, 2014 in Latest News! by Lasara Firefox Allen

love-your-body1Ready to LOVE YOUR BODY? Stretch marks, beauty marks, laugh lines, curves, rolls, dimples, scars and ALL? 21 Days to BODYLOVE will set you solidly on the path to a sweet and nourishing relationship with your body as it is right now.

This is the second time I will be offering 21 Days to BODYLOVE. It was so potent and lively the first time around, some of our BODYLOVE sisters will be joining for a second time around. BODYLOVE is a great gift to give yourself anytime of the year, and October is a perfect time to get good with your bodylove before the holidays hit.

After 21 Days to BodyLove, I not only felt comfortable in my own skin, but grew to love my body for the first time in a very long time (perhaps since before puberty and that was about 30 years ago for me). Lasara is a wonderful, caring, attentive coach throughout this process. Plus she has innovative ways to show us how to take care of, appreciate, honor and show off our bodies to each other in the group and if we’re ready, the world! I highly recommend working with Lasara.
– D.C., San Francisco Bay Area

In this sweetly, powerfully transformation course, you will:

  • learn some completely life-changing techniques that will help put you solidly on the path to body love and acceptance, at exactly the size you are right now
  • be surrounded by a community of women who are as dedicated to reclaiming, reconfiguring and repatterning their relationships with their bodies as you are
  • embark on a lifelong commitment to true health and self care

21 Days to BODYLOVE includes:

  • 21 daily invitations to reflection and action
  • an online support group, available 24/7
  • four facilitated telephone gatherings where we will share our process
  • PLUS, a bonus gift of a month enrollment in Sisterhood of the Red Queen group coaching cohort – valued at $150.

 

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Coaching with Lasara

August 4, 2014 in Coaching with Lasara, Latest News! by Lasara Firefox Allen

Are you ready to invite rapid and lasting change into your life?

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Coaching allows you to define and reach your personal goals, accelerate your growth, and achieve deep healing, and move toward the life you most desire. Wherever you choose to focus your coaching sessions, this work will impact your life globally, rapidly, and with powerful, positive, and lasting results.

“Lasara has developed powerful techniques for helping others to create new positive frameworks of thought. Her techniques are accessible and they work. I know that so many would benefit greatly from her teachings. She’s masterful.”
– Bridget C. McBride, Montessori teacher, artist, and mother of two

“Changing the focus of my career was super scary, and something I had to just jump into. I jumped into the wild blue of changing, and was delighted to be caught by Lasara’s net. I have made such wild progress–beyond what I imagined. Quick new ways of thinking about things–like; this isn’t hard, I can just DO this!”
- Ariel Gore, www.arielgore.com, author of the bestseller, Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness

My coaching services are designed to help you move forward. NLP is an excellent resource set that allows forward momentum without the need for retraumatization or dwelling on old stories. Trance work, intuitive practices, and deep embodiment and empathy practices allow you to find your path into empowerment, using the tools you have already developed, while also assisting you in resourcing new techniques for personal transformation.

I’m a seasoned coach with a great track record and excellent references. My coaching services are phone-based, so location and distance are not an issue. My coaching clients are hand-picked, and I only work with four one-on-one, on-going coaching contracts at any one time. This allows me to give you my complete attention.

For more information, contact me now at info@lasarafirefoxallen.com, or read more below.

“Lasara is patient and insightful. I did a kick-start session with her that helped me clarify some of my hopes and fears, and move forward into manifesting solid results.”
- T. Thorn Coyle author of Evolutionary Witchcraft and Kissing the Limitless

“LaSara is a master! I had gotten bogged down in day-to-day tasks and e-mails, losing sight of my vision and becoming disillusioned with everything I was doing. In just one short session with LaSara, I began to feel excited about my work and my life again. LaSara is extremely skilled – working with her has the potential to change your life.”
- PJ Van Hulle, Real Estate Investor

Areas you may want to seek coaching in:

Work and Career:

  • embarking on or shifting your career path
  • changing careers
  • personal business values and integrity
  • alignment with your true, soul purpose

Mindful Relationships:

  • loving partnerships, friendships and connections
  • finding the relationship(s) you want
  • maintaining passion and love in long term, committed relationships
  • personal and shared relationship values alignment
  • marriages, values, and marriage preparation
  • self as primary partner
  • conscious parenting
  • family alignment
  • skills for community building

Life Direction:

  • turning points
  • alignment with personal values
  • Health and Wellness (see below for more info)

Health and Well-Being

  • living with, and transforming, chronic pain
  • mental health and wellness
    • accepting your diagnosis (or that of a loved one)
    • learning to live with awareness of strengths and vulnerabilities
    • living gracefully within your spectrum of the possible
  • physical health
  • spiritual health (see more below)

Spirituality

  • entering into and committing to your spiritual inquiry
  • spiritual contemplation and alignment
  • learning to listen for and hear the divine in your life
  • inquiring into the role that faith and spiritual dedication may play in informing your path
  • the role of meditation, contemplation, and prayer in your spiritual practice

My Coaching Certifications:

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP):

  • NLP Trainer Certification, NLP International – Richard Bandler and John LaValle, 2007
  • NLP Master Practitioner Certification, Hawk Ridge Institute – Phil Farber, 2006
  • NLP Practitioner Certification, The NLP Institute of California – TIm Hallbom, 2003

Reiki:

  • Reiki I Certification, Terrie Wolfe-Lee, 2008

Other modalities and influences drawn upon include:

  • cognitive behavioral therapy
  • trance work
  • meditation techniques
  • embodiment, breath, and presence practices
  • ritual and ceremony

Contact me at info@lasarafirefoxallen.com, and we’ll set up a session.

Rates and Coaching Options:

I have currently have openings for three-month/six-session, personally tailored coaching and mentoring programs. The three month package is a sliding scale of $375 – $650. You pay according to your means. Compare this to other one-on-one coaching packages if you need to, and you will find that the rate is very reasonable.

Multiple-session packages include between-session action steps designed specifically for you that will help you ground your growth in your day-to-day life. Packages also include between-sessions email support.

I’m available for single-session commitments as well. Single sessions are a sliding scale of $75 – $130 for an hour session – again, please pay according to your ability.

The potential for massive shift and accelerated growth is amazing when you put yourself in a place of solid commitment to your growth.

I also offer coaching and personalized retreats for individuals, couples, families and groups. In this option interests you, please inquire about availability.

Sisterhood Coaching Cohort

August 4, 2014 in Coaching with Lasara, Latest News! by Lasara Firefox Allen

 Estelle Carol, a feminist and activist, designed this poster. She was a member of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union

Estelle Carol, a feminist and activist, designed this poster.

Join the
Sisterhood Coaching Cohort!
Deepen your process in an intimate circle of sisters.

Sisterhood Coaching Cohort is an ongoing, month-to-month group coaching cohort which includes:

  • two interactive, web-based gatherings a month – first and third Tuesdays, 6:30PM Pacific time
  • ongoing facilitation and guidance with Lasara
  • access to a secret virtual “room” where you will receive support from your sisters and your facilitator, and create a circle of intimacy and accountability
  • action steps to keep you moving forward between gatherings
  • limited cohort size
  • bonus videos, recordings, and articles

The beauty of cohort coaching (group format) is that the circle of women creates a synthesis of change and growth in a that is it’s own kind of magick. Cohort coaching is also wonderful support for one-on-one coaching. (Talk to me about a package rate for combined one-on-one and group coaching.)

The Sisterhood Coaching Cohort
will cover a variety of topics.

Topics covered will be responsive to the needs of the cohort at any given time. Basic focus for August and September are as follow:

  • Healthy is Beautiful – Creating Health-Based “Fitness” and Lifestyle Goals
  • Loving Your Body is a Revolutionary Act: Radical BodyLove


Some possible future themes we will focus on are:

  • Devotional Self Care
  • Creating Support in Your Life
  • Deepening Your Personal Practice
  • Defining Your Values – Idealized and Pragmatic

ONE MONTH FREE TRIAL! And only $50 a month for each month following. (No strings attached – if you do not want to continue on after your free trial, just cancel your subscription. You will need to register with paypal to qualify for the free trial, but no payment will be taken until a month after the day you sign on. If you cancel sooner than that, no charges will be incurred.)
All women welcome.
Group coaching gatherings are on the first and third Tuesday of the month.





Lammas Magick!

August 4, 2014 in Latest News! by Lasara Firefox Allen

1279205955Ready for some seasonal guidance and insight?

Astrological Lammas occurs at Sun 15° Leo, on August 7th. And I’ve designed a special tarot spread just for Lammas.

The Harvest Heart reading is designed specifically to capture a personal snap-shot for you of this transition of the wheel of the year. Harvest Heart includes five cards; ground, crown, immediate past, immediate future, and HEART.

With my Changes of Fortune techniques included, this is an incredibly deep and flexible reading that offers you insight, coupled with rapid change. You will leave your reading with new doorways ready and waiting.

This reading is available via skype or other video options, is available only through the 7th, and costs only $50!





The Sexy Witch Virtual Cohort Series, 2014 – Teleclass and Online Classroom!

November 30, 2013 in Latest News! by Lasara Firefox Allen

Sexy WitchThe Sexy Witch Workshop Series

A LIFE-ALTERING OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN!

(LOCAL to the WILLITS AREA? Interested in a face-to-face series?

PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK FOR LASARA’S LOCAL CLASS SERIES!)

Enter in to a journey with a circle of sisters, wherever you are. Utilizing the amazing technological world of electronic connection, we will create a shared experience of sitting in circle. Together, we will work the path of Sexy Witch.

“For any woman who wants to understand, enhance, reclaim or heal her sexuality, this book is a must.”
-Anodea Judith, Ph.D., author of Wheels of Life and Eastern Body, Western Mind.

The book Sexy Witch is part self-help guidebook, part self-esteem workbook, and part mystery initiation into the hidden secrets of Self Empowerment. Addressing self-referential sexual and spiritual power, Sexy Witch promises to bring you home to your deepest truth.

This eight-week course is based on the book Sexy Witch, and lead by author Lasara Firefox Allen.

“LaSara Firefox is a genius! You couldn’t ask for a better guide to take you on this emboldening and engaging adventure. Whether or not you consider yourself a witch, Sexy Witch is a fabulous book full of serious fun.”
-Ariel Gore, author of Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness.

In this course, you will:

•    Claim your body as your own territory.
•    Claim your sexuality through self-agency.
•    Look at and overcome condition that fosters disempowerment.
•    Complete exercises, magickal acts, and rituals that liberate and empower you.
•    Tear down old forms that aren’t serving you, and build new ones that do.
•    Examine our collective historical past as women, and heal through it.
•    Find empowerment through redefinition of self.

“I did the Sexy Witch teleclass series with Lasára a few years ago and the impact it had on my life, my view of myself and my whole world was and is still profound. Going through it with a group gave it power I don’t think would have come from working the book individually. I am blessed and so grateful that I had the opportunity to do the Sexy Witch group.
-Sage Fae Wolf, social worker, CA

Included in this interactive format:
•    Once-weekly teleclasses, PLUS interactive videocasting on spreecast, where you will have facetime with Lasara and your other circle-sisters. During weekly virtual gatherings, we discuss our process, progress, challenges, and realizations.
•    In between gatherings everyone does the work from the chapters of Sexy Witch. None of the exercises are compulsory, or required. You do the amount of work on each chapter that works for you. (Order your copy of Sexy Witch from me, and get it signed!:) )
•   An online fb-based classroom/living room so you can stay in touch with your circle sisters between weekly in-person circles.
•    You can have a Sexy Witch Sister with whom to share and receive support with as the course goes along. (If you don’t join with someone you’re already close with, I will match you up with another participant.)
•    Meditations in the book are available as recordings to those who take the course.

The course will culminate in a group initiation based on the final initiation in Sexy Witch, near the date of spring equinox, 2014. Teleclass gatherings will be Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30 PM Pacific, followed by interactive webcasting  via spreecast for weekly facetime with Lasara and your circle sisters. Session starts January 27 and  completes March 24 (no class on Feb 17, due to PantheaCon!).

The rate for the entire 8-week course is $295. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $275! Seating is limited! Register ASAP.

Time commitment:

        There’s a once a week teleclass and intereactive videocast gathering on Mondays, from 6:30 until about 8:30 PM, Pacific time. The course runs for eight weeks.

 

 


Deposit, or early bird rate available. Register now!



Not familiar with Sexy Witch? Sexy Witchis Lasara’s best-selling book on women’s self-referential sexuality and empowerment. It was published by Llewellyn Worldwide in 2005. Sexy Witch is available in four languages, has been reviewed all over the globe, and has hit bestseller lists in two countries.

“This witty and smart, well-researched gem of a book has the power to transform the feminist movement at the radical roots – women’s bodies and their sexuality. For any woman who wants to understand, enhance, reclaim or heal her sexuality, this book is a must. It will serve to liberate your sisters as well as the men and women who love them.”
-Anodea Judith, Ph.D., author of Wheels of Life and Eastern Body, Western Mind.

 

“I worked through Sexy Witch with Lasara and a small group of women in 2008, and am so happy I did! The work I did, and we did together, still reverberates in my life years later. My relationship with my body and my partner is richer and clearer, and I feel much more certain about my communication with my kids about what love and beauty is in the world. Lasara’s book is more than an educational read, it’s an experience offered to know yourself on very deep levels. To work through this material with Lasara herself is an experience not to be missed.”
-Durga Fuller – TheCookAwakening.com, nutrition expert, coach, and mom, OR

“Lasára’s insightful work with Sexy Witch will stimulate you to question the reality within which you have chosen to live. In accepting her invitation to the path of transformation you can discover a rich reality which exists within.”
-Liesl, O.T.O Priestess, CA

“I was in the last class and it’s so much more than the book… And the group got together weekly on the bridge line and brought very thought provoking discussions to the table.”
-Apolla, Financial Systems Consultant, VA


 

For more details, get in touch with me via facebook, or drop a note at info@lasarafirefoxallen.com.

Notice; this may be the last time I offer the Sexy Witch series as a virtual experience.

Interested in upcoming course offerings? Subscribe to Lasara’s Lists!

Face-to-Face Sexy Witch Series, 2014 – Willits, CA – REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!

November 30, 2013 in Latest News! by Lasara Firefox Allen

Sexy WitchThe Sexy Witch Workshop Series

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR LOCAL WOMEN!

(NOT LOCAL? PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK FOR LASARA’S ONLINE/TELECLASS SERIES!)

“For any woman who wants to understand, enhance, reclaim or heal her sexuality, this book is a must.”
-Anodea Judith, Ph.D., author of Wheels of Life and Eastern Body, Western Mind.

The book Sexy Witch is part self-help guidebook, part self-esteem workbook, and part mystery initiation into the hidden secrets of Self Empowerment. Addressing self-referential sexual and spiritual power, Sexy Witch promises to bring you home to your deepest truth.

This eight-week course is based on the book Sexy Witch, and is lead by local author, Lasara Firefox Allen.

“LaSara Firefox is a genius! You couldn’t ask for a better guide to take you on this emboldening and engaging adventure. Whether or not you consider yourself a witch, Sexy Witch is a fabulous book full of serious fun.”
-Ariel Gore, author of Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness.

In this course, you will:

  • Claim your body as your own territory.
  • Claim your sexuality through self-agency.
  • Look at and overcome condition that fosters disempowerment.
  • Complete exercises, magickal acts, and rituals that liberate and empower you.
  • Tear down old forms that aren’t serving you, and build new ones that do.
  • Examine our collective historical past as women, and heal through it.
  • Find empowerment through redefinition of self.

“I did the Sexy Witch teleclass series with Lasára a few years ago and the impact it had on my life, my view of myself and my whole world was and is still profound. Going through it with a group gave it power I don’t think would have come from working the book individually. I am blessed and so grateful that I had the opportunity to do the Sexy Witch group.
-Sage Fae Wolf, social worker, CA

Included in this interactive format:

  • Once-weekly face-to-face class at Lasara’s home in Brooktrails
  • An fb-based private “classroom/living room” environment where you can stay in touch with your circle sisters between classes.
  • You’ll be teamed up with a Sexy Witch Sister with whom you may share and receive support with as the course goes along. (If you don’t join with someone you’re already close with, Lasara will match you up with another participant.)
  • Meditations in the book are available as recordings to those who take the course.

The course will culminate in a group initiation based on the final initiation in Sexy Witch on March 18, 2014, near spring equinox. Gatherings will be Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, January 28 to March 18, and will take place at Lasara’s home in Willits. The rate for the entire 8-week course is $295. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $275! Seating is limited! Register ASAP.

FAQs:

Time commitment:

    This is a nine-week series.
    There’s a once a week gathering on Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. During the gatherings we discuss our process, progress, challenges, and realizations.
    In between gatherings everyone does the work from the chapters of Sexy Witch. None of the exercises are compulsory, or required. You do the amount of work on each chapter that works for you.

 

Scroll to the bottom of the page for more endorsements from former participants.


Deposit, or early bird rate available. Regsiter now!



Not familiar with Sexy Witch? Sexy Witchis Lasara’s best-selling book on women’s self-referential sexuality and empowerment. It was published by Llewellyn Worldwide in 2005. Sexy Witch is available in four languages, has been reviewed all over the globe, and has hit bestseller lists in two countries.

“This witty and smart, well-researched gem of a book has the power to transform the feminist movement at the radical roots – women’s bodies and their sexuality. For any woman who wants to understand, enhance, reclaim or heal her sexuality, this book is a must. It will serve to liberate your sisters as well as the men and women who love them.”
-Anodea Judith, Ph.D., author of Wheels of Life and Eastern Body, Western Mind.

“I worked through Sexy Witch with Lasara and a small group of women in 2008, and am so happy I did! The work I did, and we did together, still reverberates in my life years later. My relationship with my body and my partner is richer and clearer, and I feel much more certain about my communication with my kids about what love and beauty is in the world. Lasara’s book is more than an educational read, it’s an experience offered to know yourself on very deep levels. To work through this material with Lasara herself is an experience not to be missed.”
-Durga Fuller – TheCookAwakening.com, nutrition expert, coach, and mom, OR

“Lasára’s insightful work with Sexy Witch will stimulate you to question the reality within which you have chosen to live. In accepting her invitation to the path of transformation you can discover a rich reality which exists within.”
-Liesl, O.T.O Priestess, CA

“I was in the last class and it’s so much more than the book… And the group got together weekly on the bridge line and brought very thought provoking discussions to the table.”
-Apolla, Financial Systems Consultant, VA

For more details, get in touch with me via facebook, or drop a note at lasara.allen.mpnlp@gmail.com.com.

Notice; this may be the last time I offer the Sexy Witch series.

Interested in upcoming course offerings? Subscribe to Lasara’s Lists!

Thanks and Thanksgiving – Gratitude is a Gift, and So Is Remembrance

November 28, 2013 in Articles by Lasara Firefox Allen

Reprint, with slight edits. First posted on November 21, 2010

Most of us know something about the abysmal history that follows from that first, mythical “Thanksgiving Day”.

I will not belittle the horror and carnage that followed the “founding of a new land” (new to whom?) as “manifest destiny” was used as an ideological weapon that allowed the settlers to push westward, killing people and destroying cultures, and irrevocably changing the fabric of a nation forever.

The inarguable atrocities occurred for hundreds of years, and continue to this day. The Trail of Tears (or, “Nunna dual Tsuni” in the Cherokee language; The Trail Where They Cried). “Americanization” of Native peoples. Broken treaties.

784px-the_first_thanksgiving_jean_louis_gerome_ferrisHowever, perhaps it isn’t essential to get attached to the negative political connotations of this holiday. To have Thanksgiving become Guiltfest.

Perhaps in all of this, we can also believe – or at least hope against hope – that there was, once upon a time, that first gathering of thanksgiving, where the newcomers, out of a deep sense of gratitude and recognition, invited the native people to share a feast with them in thanks for the help that had allowed the settlers to survive their early days in a new land.

This coming together of openhearted and grateful sharing is the spirit I attempt to enter into the holiday with. This, and the belief that it’s worth dedicating at least one day out of the year to the practice of gratitude.

Thanksgiving day does not need to be a political statement. I’ll go even further and say that though the institutionalization of the federal holiday may have originally been a political move, the observation of the holiday has become one of that is patently apolitical. And while the original wording of the proclamations that the Thanksgiving holiday is built upon were Christian in intent, the observation has become more or less secular.

Today, for most Americans, the spirit of Thanksgiving is one of inclusion. Pagans, and even Atheists celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s a chance to take inventory of our lives, an opportunity to consciously reflect upon and share the things we are truly grateful for with friends and family. And a time to indulge in the fruits of our harvests – literal or metaphoric – by way of a large feast, often brought together in a stone-soup or potluck manner.

Like so many of the celebrations of the darkening season, this feast is both a recognition of bounty, and a practice of faith. Faith that through shared abundance, there’s no winter that will be hard enough that we don’t get through it. And at the basic, beautiful, mundanely rooted nature of it, the actual bounty is in no way metaphoric, but is wholly celebratory.

Perhaps somewhere in these days leading up to the holiday you’ll take some time to reflect on the history of the native people of these lands, because this dark side of the history of this nation should never be forgotten – and all too often, it is.

1280px-Bia-map-indian-reservations-usaPerhaps you will educate your children about the shadows that dwell behind the images of Pilgrims and turkeys that adorn their classrooms, because their teachers are not going to. Maybe you’ll take a moment of silent prayer, or maybe even shared prayer, in recognition of the hidden history of the Indian Wars and the cultural genocide of the native peoples of this country before (or even at) your Thanksgiving gathering – because until there’s a federally recognized Indigenous People’s Day proclaimed, this is one of the few days out of the year that reminds us of our national shadow history.

And, maybe the awareness of what you’re grateful for will serve as a reminder to offer what you can to those who have less.

And, I hope you’ll begin counting your blessings. Because once you begin counting, you won’t be able to stop.

On Thanksgiving, you have an opportunity to recognize not just the bounty of your table piled high and your cup running over, but also the wealth of community, family, and abundance of all forms. And the more conscious you become of what it is that you’re grateful for, the deeper your experience of the holiday of Thanksgiving will be.

 

Some Thanksgiving Games:

Get GRATIGORIES! Get grateful.

(Click link above for a gift of a card game, from me to you.)

A Gratitude Round Robin – Gratitude Games * A Grateful A to Z – A Gratitude Game for Kids of All Ages

A Gratitude Game – Gratitude Round-Robin
Posted on November 21, 2010

Definition of Terms

a. Round is a go-around where everyone in a group gives their answer.

b. Round-Leader is the facilitator of the round. This position transitions at the conclusion of each round. The role of round leader can go to the person who wants it next, or you can pass the role in the round, either to the left or right. If a player does not want to be a round leader, they can pass.

Basic Guidelines:

a. Never force, “cajole” , or pressure any player into responding to any prompt. “Pass” is always an acceptable response.

b. The main rule is: Answer from gratitude. BE GRATEFUL!

c. Always give the person who is offering their gratitude the floor. Do not interrupt them, question them, or quiet them. If you’re playing this as a family, it’s especially important that you allow one another the full range of voice.

Round-Robin:

Sitting in a circle, or around a table, one person starts with a statement of gratitude, then everyone else in the group follows one-by-one. The group can set guidelines as desired.

Some possibilities:

  • Stay within a theme for each round.
  • No repeats per round. (For example, if someone says they’re grateful for family, someone else may say they’re grateful for a person IN their family, but not repeat the more general idea.)
  • Staying with one idea for every round (like, the round-leader says they’re grateful for apples, then everyone in the round says why they’re grateful for apples).

A Grateful A – Z — A Gratitude Game for Kids of All Ages
Posted on November 17, 2010

When I was a kid, we played alphabet games in the car to pass the time on long drives or road trips. I’ve recreated one of those games, with a gratitude theme. A Grateful A to Z includes players of all ages – from talking age up.

A Grateful A to Z is an adaptable game. Variations are listed below. For young players, A Grateful A to Z serves two purposes; it teaches both language skills and gratitude! And, with older players, there are ways to make A Grateful A to Z more complicated.

You can choose a category, or allow A Grateful A to Z to be free-form. Free-form is recommended for younger players, and is easier than working with a category. Themes or categories are recommended for more advanced players.

1. Definition of terms:

a. “Round” is a go-around where everyone in a group gives their answer to the category, or passes.

b. “Round-Leader” is the facilitator of the round. This position transitions at the conclusion of each round. The role of round leader can go to the person who wants it next, or you can pass the role in the round, either to the left or right. If a player does not want to be a round leader, they can pass.

2. Basic Guidelines:

a. The main rule is: Answer from gratitude. Be GRATEFUL!

b. Never force, cajole, or pressure any player into responding to any prompt. “Pass” is always an acceptable response.

c. Always give the person who is offering their gratitude the floor. Do not interrupt, question, or quiet them. If you’re playing this as a family, it’s especially important that you allow one another the full range of voice.

Remember, you can print out these directions, or you can upload them to your palm-top and not print at all. Please keep your “footprint” in mind when considering your options.

Variations and Detailed Guidelines:

A Grateful A – Z, Freeform:
The round leader starts a round with the phrase “I’m grateful for…”, and chooses anything starting with an A. The round leader can pass the prompt either to the right or left. The round ends when the alphabet ends. You can make it more complicated by offering a “no repeats” guideline.

A Grateful A – Z, with Themes:
Round leader comes up with a theme – people you’re grateful for, things you’re grateful for, inventions you’re grateful for.

Enjoy your family this holiday season!

The Witchy Origins of Hallowe’en – with fun family activities!

October 18, 2013 in Articles by Lasara Firefox Allen

Fairy-Magic-Halloween-Fairy-Cards-1Samhain: The Witches’ New Year
In Gaelic, the Celtic language, the word Samhain (and variations of it) means “summer’s end”. The Celts divided the year up into two parts; the Winter Half, or Dark Half, and the Summer Half, or Light Half. Samhain was the advent of the Dark Half of the year.

The Celts considered day as starting with evening instead of midnight or morning, and so it was with the year. As the Celts recognized the beginning of the dark season, they celebrated their new year.

Many traditions of modern Witchcraft have roots in the Celtic cycle of the year, and Samhain – which coincides with Hallowe’en – is also known as the Witches’ New Year.

Samhain was one of four yearly Fire Festivals celebrated by the Druids of the Celtic lands. Each of these festivals lasted three days. They were celebrated on the seasonal turning points between equinoxes and solstices, also known as the cross-quarters.

During the Samhain festival, and at it’s seasonal polarity, Beltane, a single community fire was built on the top of a nearby hill. Once the fire was built all the hearth fires in family homes were let to go out so the flame could be rekindled from the shared fire. These were the only times during the year that hearth fires were extinguished.

On the final morning of the festival, the head of each household would take embers from the community fire and restart the fire in the family hearth.

In ancient Celtic tradition the day before Samhain was considered the last day of the old year, and the day after was considered the first day of the new year. Samhain itself was considered a time between times, a day between years, and a world between worlds. It was the time of the year where the veil between the world of spirit and the world of the living was believed to be thinnest.

The Celts believed that Samhain was a time when spirits of the dead and the not yet born, faeries, and other supernatural beings would walk among the living. During the three days of celebration people dressed in costumes to make the wandering spirits feel at home.

During this time the poor of the community were given license to beg for food in the guise of supernatural beings. Homesteaders, not wanting to bring disfavor upon themselves by acting selfishly, would feed the hungry spirits. In this way, the living and dead were fed on Samhain. It was believed that the ancestors would bring blessings to those who had been generous.

The Celts lived by strict rules, but during Samhain the usual rules were laid aside. Mischief was made, fortunes were told, and revels were had. Men dressed as women, women dressed as men, and bands of young people would wander for miles seeking food and drink from the farmsteads in return for the entertainment they offered.

This is where one of the American traditions of Hallowe’en came from. Trick-or-treating was once called mumming, and was a time where groups of people, adults and children alike, would go from door to door in costume singing, jesting and posing as spirits. The people they visited would offer treats such as soul cakes and cider in exchange for the entertainment, and in order to create goodwill with the spirits.

The closeness of the different worlds during Samhain made it an especially easy time to catch a glimpse of the future, and many would play games of divination on Samhain eve. Apple bobbing descended from one of these games.

Ancient people had an intimate relationship with death. With the coming on of the winter season, Samhain was a time of getting ready to face the possible losses that were to be expected. Samhain was considered the third, and last, harvest of the season. Called the Red Harvest, this harvest was the harvest of meat. Herds of livestock were culled; the weak and old animals were slaughtered, so that there would be enough food for the healthy livestock to survive the winter.

Some of the meat was salted, cured, and saved for winter. Some of the meat was eaten during the festival. Some of the meat, and all the bones, were burned on the bone-fire (possibly the origin of the word bonfire) in offering to the spirits. The bone ash was used to nourish the fields where crops would be grown the next year.

Jack-o-lanterns were originally carved from turnips and other tubers, and were made as a warding to keep unfriendly spirits, mischievous faeries and hungry souls from stopping over. The bonfires built on hilltops were there to light the way for the wandering dead, and to give them warmth and comfort in the darkness.

If loved ones had died in the previous year, family members would place a lighted candle in the window to lead the spirit home. The living would leave doors and windows unlatched, and set a place at the supper table for their beloved dead. The family would eat in silence in honor of the dead, from whom death had taken voice. This tradition lives on in many traditions of Witchcraft as the “dumb supper”, which is part of many ritual observances of the Witches’ New Year.

Modern American Traditions:
In the United States, many celebrate Halloween by dressing in costume, transforming ourselves into our dearest dreams or our scariest nightmares. We get to go out into the world as someone other than we usually are.

The tradition of mumming lives on in the guise of trick-or-treating. Though perhaps some of the artistry of the mummers plays has been lost along the way, trick-or-treating is still an opportunity to be out in the community with friends and family, sharing an experience with others of revelry with friends and strangers alike.

With some intention you can transform Halloween into a heartfelt and personal experience of the beauty of life and death.

This Halloween you, your family and friends could make an altar to your beloved dead. You could host a dumb supper. Or create a play with your friends and perform it at each house you visit on Halloween.

Or, perhaps the idea of giving generously at this time of year sounds good. With the help of a teacher in your school, you could set up a canned food drive for those in your community who do not have what they need to be warm and happy. It’s very likely, your ancestors will bless you for your acts of good will.

Recipes: Magickal Mulled Cider and Spirit Cakes

This Magickal Mulled Cider is made of apples, one of the most popular of traditional Halloween treats, and spices – which are full of magick! Listed below are some powers that certain spices are believed to have. However, this Witch believe it is also important to know that these powers change, sometimes from person to person.

The most important thing to remember when working magick of any kind, is that your intention (what you want to make happen) is the most important tool you have for any spell-working. So, as you work with this magickal recipe see if you can intuit what magickal properties each spice holds. To do this, hold spices in your hand one at a time, and let your body tell you what each one is good for.

You can also give something a meaning. This may be considered a superstition by many, but this Witch solidly believes that what you intend holds power. You can create meaning, a new reality even, just by Willing it to be so.

Here are some traditional powers the spices you will use today are believed to have:

  • Cloves are considered helpful to those in mourning, and they bring prophecy and offer protection.
  • Nutmeg brings dreams, vision and wealth.
  • Cinnamon is good for strengthening magickal acts, bringing success, wealth and health, bringing the second sight – the sight of prophecy – and it warms the spirit and the body.
  • Allspice is for strengthening a community.
  • Ginger warms, energizes and purifies.
  • Lemon is for purification.
  • Orange is for love and vision.

If you hold the intention for it, this Magickal Cider will bring visions, comfort, warmth, health, wealth, love and a strong sense of community to all you share it with. It is great for a Halloween party, a Samhain night ritual, or anytime you feel the need for some warm, sweet magick.

Magickal Mulled Cider
Serves: Many revelers

Ingredients:
1 gallon apple cider
3 cinnamon sticks for the pot,
Additional cinnamon sticks, one each per mug (optional)
1 Tablespoon whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, or 1/8 teaspoon dry, powdered nutmeg
5 pieces whole allspice
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger, or 1/4 teaspoon dry, powdered ginger
1 pinch ground cinnamon per mug
1 tablespoon dried orange peel, or the peel of one fresh (ideally organic) orange
Pieces of fresh orange peel cut into stars and other shapes, one per mug (optional)
1 lemon, juiced and pulped

Equipment:
Large (6 Quart) saucepan
Small muslin spice bag, cheese cloth, or a tea strainer
Spice grater
Small plate
Cutting board
Paring knife
Wooden mixing spoon
Ladle
Mugs all around

How-to:
1. Heat cider to a simmer in the sauce pan.
2. While cider heats, grate ginger and nutmeg onto plate.
3. If using fresh orange peel, cut peel into small pieces. (You can cut designs if you like. Stars, pumpkins, spirals, circles. Especially good for pieces to put into mugs.)
4. If you don’t like to have to strain the cider, put spices and peel into a spice bag, or tie in cheese cloth. (I prefer to leave the spices loose, and don’t mind straining. If you are the same, skip this step.)
5. Using your wooden spoon, mix the cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, orange peel, lemon juice and pulp into the cider.
6. Allow to simmer on medium-low heat for at least 1.5 hours.
7. Serve hot. Ladle into mugs, and place a fresh cinnamon stick (optional) and/or fresh piece of orange peel in each mug.

If the cider is too spicy, you can add more cider to water it down. If it’s not spicy enough for your tastes, add more of the seasonings you like most and simmer for longer.

Soul Cakes
These cakes are kind of sweet, kind of savory, kind of biscuit-like, and hearty. And they have lots of stories. One thing you can be sure of is that they will fill the tummies of hungry visitors, spirit and living alike.

All parts of this recipe are magick in some way. Here are a few of the magickal properties of some of the ingredients:

This recipe includes rosemary for remembrance and good will, and salt for cleansing, protection, and resurrection of the pure spirit. Oat is useful for increasing the wealth of your home, sustenance (a good thing for the coming darkness), and in lifting a bad mood (also good for those of us who experience low spirits in the darker part of the year). Wheat is for fertility, and is a wonderful way to recognize the relationship between life and death at this time of year as the seeds are plowed under in the fields, awaiting the springtime warmth to sprout and grow again.

Add spices at Will. What kind of magick do you want in these cakes? And, perhaps as importantly, which spices do you think would taste good? (Sometimes our more subtle senses know better than our conscious minds what is needed.) As with the cider recipe, feel your way into the magick of the spices you want to put into these cakes. Some ideas: cardamom, allspice, nutmeg, ginger,

While oat flour may not be the easiest to find, you can make it yourself by grinding oats (like the kind you make oatmeal with) in a food processor, coffee grinder (that you don’t grind coffee in!), or blender. Using different flours will offer a different type of cake. Whole wheat will be hearty, savory, and somewhat rough. Pastry flour will deliver a more light and delicate cake.

Equipment:
Mortar and pestle
Two large mixing bowls
One smaller bowl
Flour sifter
Measuring cup
Measuring spoons
Wooden mixing spoon
Electrical egg beater
Baking sheet
Knife for cutting shapes into cakes, if desired

Ingredients:
1.5 sticks of butter, softened
1 cup fine, granulated sugar
3 egg yolks
1 lb. flour; unbleached wheat, whole wheat, oat, or a mixture.
NOTE: The number of cups of flour will vary depending on flour used. 1 lb = 3 1/3 cups wheat or all purpose flour, or 5 cups oat flour. If you are mixing types of flour, a good mix would be 2 cups wheat or all-purpose to 2 cups oat.
1 pinch of salt
1 generous pinch of saffron
1 tablespoon half and half or cream
1 teaspoon of ground allspice, OR mixed spices.
1 teaspoon of fresh rosemary, finely chopped.
3 tablespoons currants (optional)
Milk to feel (explained later)
Extra butter for baking sheet

How-to:
1. Set oven to 350ºF.
2. Crush saffron in mortar and pestle.
3. Add cream and mix with pestle, crushing saffron into the cream.
4. Let sit
5. In one of the mixing bowls, sift together the flour, salt and spices.
6. In the other mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. You may do so by hand, or with your egg beater.
7. In the smaller bowl, beat in the egg yolks until creamy.
8. Add the egg yolks to the sugar and butter bit by bit, whipping until smooth after each addition.
9. With your mixing spoon, fold the currants, flour, salt and spice combination into the egg, butter, cream and sugar mixture.
10. Add saffron/cream combination and mix it in.
11. Add milk bit by bit, to form a soft dough.
12. Divide into pieces and form into flat cakes of 1.5 – 2 inches in size.
13. Place on a buttered baking sheet.
14. If desired, gently cut designs into the top of cakes; stars, hearts, moons, spirals.
15. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.
16. Allow to cool on cookie sheet for about then minutes, and then move to cookie rack.

And finally…from our family tradition;
Don’t forget to leave a treat out for the Pictsies on All Hallow’s Eve. They may be small, but they are mighty. It’s always good to know that the little guys have your back. So don’t forget to show them that you’ve got theirs. And in our family we have more than a minor interest in keeping the wee folks happy; we trace our lineage directly back to the slight and flight of foot, woad-covered, elusive, rebels of the old country.

In our family we leave out cream and cookies. Or, nice, fresh soul cakes.

Get Gratigories – Get Grateful!

October 15, 2013 in Latest News! by Lasara Firefox Allen

gratigories_advance_cardToday I got a note asking if I’m still selling Gratigories. Some of you may remember Gratigories! – the game I designed a few years back. For those of you who don’t, here’s the story:

Gratigories – the game that inspires you to get grateful!

Gratigories is a fun way to practice gratitude with your loved ones. A wonderful game for Thanksgiving – or any other day! You can play Gratigories! with your kids, your parents, your friends. Even your colleagues and clients.

Gratigories comes with three sets of cards; basic, advanced, and adult. And it can be played in three different ways. Cultivating gratitude takes practice. Gratigories helps you work your gratitude muscle. Play Gratigories, and get grateful!

gratigories_cards_imageGratitude Games are green; no packaging, no shipping and handling = zero waste! Visit this link to download the games. The file is large, so please allow ample time to download in full.

The answer to the question of whether I’m selling Gratigories anymore is this; no. I’m not selling them. However, I’m inspired to put Gratigories out as a “love offering”. While you may download the games, previously available at $16.99, for free, donations are gratefully accepted. You may donate any amount you feel moved to at the PayPal link below.





Gratigories was developed by Lasara Firefox Allen. The card sets were designed by our friends at Bubonic Media. They’re vibrant, colorful, and full of heart! ENJOY! With gratitude.

My Open Letter to Miley…and You.

October 8, 2013 in Articles by Lasara Firefox Allen

Miley Cyrus Attends Mackapalooza In South BeachDear World,

I have yet to weigh in here on my blog/site about the Miley situation. Partially because I am in a learning place regarding the racism angle, and how the VMA performances brought up issues of white supremacy, issues of intersectionality, sexuality, prejudice, and cultural appropriation.

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However, my attention was brought back to Miley and feminism by the very-recent deluge of open letters ostensibly meant for Miley, but really written to us all.

READ THE REST HERE!