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is a Pagan/Wiccan group based in Victoria, B.C.,
is an acronym for 'KAirosean
LAbyrinth - Vancouver Island', and is part
of the Kairosean Kithen
tradition (a form of Pagan/Wiccan
tradition is based on the concept of Kairos
a Greek word meaning 'ripeness of time'.This
also includes respect for all religions
(Universalism) within the evolution of
humyn spirituality, and active midwifing into
its next stage (as a 'young adult'
species - see Tradition).We
honour the polaric nature of the Universe
including the symbolic modality of the New Cosmology/science,
and our 'kith/kin'-ship with all existence.Each
ritual (especially Sabbats)
is developed as a 'full journey' experience to
progressively explore our relationship with/in
the Godde and the Universe (past,
present and future).
This tradition is different from some other Pagan/Wiccan
traditions, in that
it makes active use of science (particularly
the new cosmology), psychology and nature
considering them equal to ancient mythology in
as a source of useful poemagogic imagery for our
it is futuristic
in the sense of being more concerned with the
present and future of Nature worship than with
ancient myths and traditions.On
the other hand, it also searches for ways to give
new meaning to ancient imagery, using what modern-day
people actually know about Nature.
a major focus is 'polarity'
viewing the different aspects/elements of Nature
as at times apparently opposite, but nonetheless
collaborative and necessary, sides of a single
Wholism', rather than 'dualistic' (opposite
and essentially antagonistic to one another. -
i.e., 'one must always eventually win over the
often abbreviate that concept, to indicate a choice
to see things as 'both/and' rather than 'either-or'.
the actual form of ritual is explored for creative
interpretations, in both style and content.We
do use a fairly traditional Wiccan structure,
including some sections that are repeated in many
Kairosean Kithen rituals (such
as two different, but standardized, Wine Blessings).However,
we rarely do the same ritual more than 2 or 3
times, as considerable time/energy is put into
finding new ways to interpret the fundamental
myths, poemagogic imagery, etc.
is open to new members who are committed both
to long-term membership and to doing their share
of the work involved in studying and in creating
new members will also have experience with some
form of Pagan rituals and tradition.We
recommend that they attend at least one public
Kala-vi ritual first, to find out for themselves
whether our form of ritual speaks to them.
operates on the traditional Wiccan principle that
'a person must ask 3 times before the teacher
decides to take them on as a student'.After
the 'third asking' and meeting with the Elders,
the applicant will be asked to meet with the whole
group, to determine is all feel comfortable becoming
a spiritual family.The
purpose of this
tradition is to ensure that the student is prepared
to make a long-term commitment and understands
the principles of the tradition they would be
you are interested in Kala-vi, please contact
us for further information.
are three major streams of activity Kala-vi engages
first stream is studying.The
Kairosean Kithen tradition is specifically a 'teaching
tradition' (see Tradition).
To a large extent we use the lessons originally
written by Pashta MaryMoon
which are organized into year-themes, based on
the myths and imagery evoked by each Sabbat-time
in the wheel of the year.These
lessons have been used as the primary study program
for almost two decades, with students in Canada
and the U.S.We
also study other written material that augments
a Kairosean Kithen approach.
are currently held every second week
plus whatever extra group time is needed to write,
rehearse, and review rituals collectively.
of the lessons often range far afield, but the
core of them is always: how does this resonate
How has this, or something like it, played out
in your life?Does
this mesh with your beliefs or not, and in what
points that come up in our discussions are connections
with other spiritual traditions
Christian, Hindu, Egyptian, Norse and any others
that Kala-vi members may be familiar with.We
ask: what is similar between these traditions?
In what ways are they different?
How do these similarities or differences speak
that the Kairosean Kithen tradition is not an
itself has strong Pagan roots, which it has developed
and refined in ways that worked
and still work
for millions of people.We
have as much to learn from Christianity as from
any Pagan mythology.Indeed,
in many ways we may have more to learn from Christianity,
because our whole society is permeated with Christian
its myths and traditions, for better and for worse
and it is both for better and for worse.
second stream of Kala-vi activity is the performance
of public rituals.We
put on up to three rituals a year;
for many years now, these have been Beltaine (around
May 1), Samhain (around
November 1), and Yule (the
Winter Solstice, around December 21).The
rituals themselves are generally held on a weekend
near the actual date of the sabbat in order to
allow as many people as possible to attend.
are widely publicized in the Victoria community
at places where Pagans or Pagan-curious people
may be likely to encounter the notices.These
public rituals are always, in some way, teaching
and although intensive, are intended to help participants
explore their own Pagan ideals.
is committed to whole/full-journey rituals
ones in which a central theme, image, or myth
is explored from a beginning to an end, allowing
each participant to experience their own meaning
or interpretation of it.Each
ritual ends with a feast that honours the Nature
of that season and its life-giving qualities,
so participants are asked also to bring healthy
and season-appropriate food to share.
also does private rituals amongst its members,
which tend to be more focused on a single concern/etc.
operates as an extended family - caring for its
own members and 'friends of Kala-vi' (those
who frequently attended Kala-vi public rituals,
but are unable to make the timecommitment to studying
with the group).
of our members, Pashta, our primary Elder, is
also a Prison and Hospital Elder with, and co-director
Pastoral Outreach; she is also registered
as "visiting clergy" with VIHA.She
was a co-founder of Songs
a community organization that uses vocal music
to easing the process of dying and contracts with
the Victoria Hospice Society's Royal Jubilee hospital
is presently the founder and director of
similarly uses song both to aid the dying and
to support the labour/delivery process of birthing
Beyond mediation services; and Journeying
Beyond ('end of life'
affairs consultant and Death Midwife).
of our members are co-directors of CINDEA
(Canadian Integrative Network for
Death Education and Alternatives).
also offers (non-legal)
Handfastings, Trimesters, Requiems and other major
rites of passage, and are actively involved with
a variety of Pagan, inter-faith and/or related
organizations and projects.
about our approach
tenets and operating principles
the concept of Kairos and its relevance to the
modern-day 'stage of evolution'
the 4-fold concept of the Goddess, the Year God
, development of the concept of the Godde, etc.
the foundational nature of the Universe as polaric
some examples of Kala-Vi rituals, and what is
meant by a 'full journey' ritual.
standard liturgy within the Kairosean Kithen tradition
Poetic Text page
prose, poetry, chants and/or songs from a Kairosean
Kithen perspective, written by members and used
in various rituals
short definitions of Pagan terms, including the
more unusual words we use within the Kairosean
updates on public sabbat rituals, Wicca 101 classes,
etc.; Please use 'contact us' to request address
to receive notifications of public events
information on rites available to the general
Wiccan/Pagan community, basic approach, requirements,
services/activities, by Kala-vi members and friends,
to aid the community of Gaia and Her children.
links to various e-groups in the island area, 'kith'
websites, recommended reading list, etc.
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done in the next while.
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