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the Laughing Cat - Past Discussion Topics

Topics we have covered in the past are:

in 2009
Jul 23 - Here and Hereafter
Jul 9 - Creation and Art as Magic
Jun 25 - Body Art in Ritual and Meditation
Jun 11 - Lore of the Fey
May 28 - Field Trip - PUF Gathering
May 14 - Movie Night - The Wicker Man (orig.)
Apr 23 - Discordian Chocolate Ritual
Apr 9 - Open Ritual 101
Mar 26 - Privilege and Assumption
Mar 12 - Ask A Witch - Question and Answer
Feb 26 - MacGyver Magic - Working with What is at Hand
Feb 12 - Sex and Craft
Jan 22 - MythShare - Personal Mythos and Story Sharing
Jan 8 - SongShare and Bardic Circle

in 2008
Dec 25 - No Meeting - Christmas / Yule Holidays
Dec 11 - Signs and Symbols
Nov 27 - No Meeting - Thanksgiving
Nov 13 - Current Reads - BookShare
Oct 23 - 4th Thursday Workshop
Oct 13 - Ancestor Honor and Beloved Dead
Sep 25 - 4th Thursday Workshop
Sep 11 - What Makes a Witch?
Aug 28 - 4th Thursday Workshop
Aug 14 - Discordanism
Jul 24 - 4th Thursday Workshop
Jul 12 - Tolkin's 'On Fairy Stories'
Jun 26 - 4th Thursday Workshop
Jun 12 - Kipling's Puck Stories
May 22 - 4th Thursday Workshop
May 8 - Early Romantic Poets and Lore
Apr 24 - 4th Thursday Workshop
Apr 10 - Mother Goose and Folk Rhymes
Mar 27 - 4th Thursday Workshop
Mar 13 - Folk Charms
Feb 28 - 4th Thursday Workshop
Feb 14 - Love Magic
Jan 24 - 4th Thursday Workshop
Jan 10 - Topic Series Discussion

in 2007
Dec 27 - No Meeting (Yule/Christmas Holidays)
Dec 13 - Family Traditions and Lore
Nov 22 - No Meeting (Thanksgiving)
Nov 8 - Seasons and Cycles
Oct 25 - BYOT (Bring Your Own Topic)
Oct 11 - Honor and Oaths
Sep 27 - Critical Reading
Sep 13 - Pagan Bullies and Trolls
Aug 23 - How to Find a Teacher or Group
Aug 9 - BYOT (Bring Your Own Topic)
Jul 26 - Leaders, Elders, Clergy... What's the Difference?
Jul 12 - Degrees and Traditions
Jun 28 - Wicca 101 (Quiz and Q/A)
Jun 14 - Witchcraft Today 13 - Recapitulation
May 24 - Taboos and Limits
May 10 - Witchcraft Today 12 - Who is the Devil?
Apr 26 - The Long View
Apr 12 - Witchcraft Today 11 - Some Other Matters
Mar 22 - Language and Definitions
Mar 8 - Witchcraft Today 10 - What are Witches?
Feb 22 - BYOT (Bring Your Own Topic)
Feb 8 - Witchcraft Today 9 - Irish Witchcraft
Jan 25 - Marvelous Masks
Jan 11 - Witchcraft Today 8 - Out of the Land of Egypt

in 2006
Dec 28 - No Meeting (Yule/Christmas Holidays)
Dec 14 - Witchcraft Today 7 - The Witches and the Mysteries
Nov 23 - No Meeting (Thanksgiving)
Nov 9 - Witchcraft Today 6 - How the Little People Became Witches...
Oct 26 - BYOT (Bring Your Own Topic)
Oct 12 - Witchcraft Today 5 - The Little People
Sep 28 - Ritual Meaning and Function
Sep 14 - Witchcraft Today 4 - Witch Practices
Aug 24 - Sourcing Mythology
Aug 10 - Witchcraft Today 3 - Witch Beliefs
Jul 27 - BYOT (Bring Your Own Topic)
Jul 13 - Witchcraft Today 2 - Witches in All Ages
Jun 22 - Labyrinth Presentation (with guest facilitator)
Jun 8 - Witchcraft Today 1 - Living Witchcraft
May 25 - Series Intro and Open Discussion
May 11 - No Meeting (They Might Be Giants outing)
Apr 27 - BYOT (Bring Your Own Topic)
Apr 13 - Book Discussion - Witchcraft Today by Gerald Gardner
Mar 23 - BYOT (Bring Your Own Topic)
Mar 9 - Critical Reading
Feb 9 - Hidden Gems (Hidden Truths in Fiction)
Jan 12 - BYOT (Bring Your Own Topic)

in 2005
Dec 8 - Wrapping It Up (Topic Series Final Overview)
Nov 10 - Going On From Here
Oct 27 - The Dark Side of the Witch
Oct 13 - Weaving the Web
Sep 22 - Magic in Pop Culture
Sep 8 - Rites of Passage
Aug 25 - Leaders, Elders, Clergy... What's the Difference?
Aug 11 - Divination Theory
Jul 28 - Magical Damage Control
Jul 14 - Basic Spellcraft
Jun 23 - Basic Magical Theory
Jun 9 - Guest Speaker Castalia - Carl Jung, Myers-Briggs and Magic
May 26 - Open Circle 101
May 12 - Basic Elements of Ritual
Apr 28 - Ritual Tomes (Book Discussion)
Apr 14 - Overview of Alters and Tools
Mar 24 - Symbols and Symbology
Mar 10 - Overview of Circle
Feb 24 - Divination Discussion
Feb 10 - Energy Overview
Jan 27 - BYOT (Bring Your Own Topic)
Jan 13 - Elements and Other Worlds

in 2004
Dec 23 - No Meeting (Yule/Christmas Holidays)
Dec 9 - Basic Psychic Development
Nov 25 - No Meeting (Thanksgiving Holidays)
Nov 11 - Seasons and Cycles
Oct 28 - Halloween
Oct 14 - Archetypes and Deities
Sep 23 - Book Share
Sep 9 - What We Believe
Aug 26 - The Long View (Where are we going from here?)
Aug 12 - Who We Are, Past and Present (History/Who's Who)
Jul 22 - BYOT (Bring Your Own Topic)
Jul 8 - Topic Series Introduction and Overview
Jun 24 - Group vs. Solitary Practice (the pros and cons of each)
Jun 10 - Leaders, Elders, Clergy... What's the Difference?
May 27 - Pagan Etiquette and Pagan Bullies
May 13 - How to Find a Group or Teacher
Apr 22 - The Role of Eco-Awareness in Craft
Apr 8 - Degrees and Traditions
Mar 25 - What Makes a Witch?
Mar 11 - Critical Reading
Feb 26 - No Meeting (Borders closed due to storm)
Feb 12 - the Ethics of Love Magic
Jan 22 - Lunar Cycles and Moon Lore
Jan 8 - Views of Deity (the "-isms" of Wicca)

in 2003
Dec 25 - No Meeting (Christmas)
Dec 11 - Family Traditions and Yule Lore
Nov 27 - No Meeting (Thanksgiving)
Nov 13 - the Role of "Dark" in Balance
Oct 23 - The Real History of Halloween
Oct 9 - Witch Crafts (magic in handcrafts, handcrafts in magic)
Sep 25 - Developing our Spirituality (exercise beyond the gym)
Sep 11 - Book Discussion: A Grimoire of Shadows by Ed Fitch
Aug 28 - The Purpose of Practice (Why are we doing this, anyway?)
Aug 14 - Book Discussion: Spiral Dance by Starhawk
Jul 24 - Definitions and Labels (Which witch is which?)
Jul 10 - Book Discussion: Heart of Wicca by Ellen Cannon Reed
Jun 26 - MacGyver Magic (kitchen witchery and simple magics)
Jun 12 - Why Magic? (What do we really do with magic?)
May 22 - The Rede (A good idea, or the law?)
May 8 - Signs and Symbols (What "represents" you?)
Apr 24 - Fiction in Craft (modern mythologies)
Apr 10 - Pagan Etiquette and Pagan Bullies
Mar 27 - What's Everyone Laughing At? (the role of humor in practice)
Mar 13 - Solitary vs. Group Practice (the pros and cons of each)
Feb 27 - What Makes a Witch? (dedication and training methods)
Feb 13 - Degrees and Traditions
Jan 23 - No Meeting (ice storm)
Jan 9 - Critical Reading

in 2002
Dec 26 - No Meeting (Christmas)
Dec 12 - Family Traditions and Yule Lore
Nov 28 - No Meeting (Thanksgiving)
Nov 14 - How to Find a Group or Teacher
Oct 24 - Divination Tools
Oct 10 - Communities - Positive and Negative
Sep 26 - Books: Good, Bad and Current Reads
Sep 12 - Kids and Ritual
Aug 22 - Pantheism, Duotheism and Polytheism
Aug 8 - Guest Hosts (Ky and Ori)
Jul 25 - No Meeting (Seven Nations outing)
Jul 11 - Auras and Shielding
Jun 27 - How Our Paths Affect Our Lives
Jun 13 - Views on Wiccan Training
May 23 - The Broom Closet
May 9 - Kitchen Witchery
Apr 25 - Beltaine Lore and Traditions
Apr 11 - No Meeting (PUF outing)
Mar 28 - Wiccan History and Myth
Mar 14 - Modern Pagan Press (Are there any good books out there?)
Feb 28 - Definitions: Witch, Wiccan and Pagan
Feb 14 - Ethics of Love Magic
Prior to February 2002... we didn't keep records...

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