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Iron Star

by Abel Gomez

Sex, Pride, Self, Power, Passion

I reclaim myself
I reclaim the land
I reclaim my body
I reclaim the tribe

Class logo ©2009 Michael Starkman
Click here for Iron Pentacle photos

Men's Iron Pentacle Class

San Francisco - Spring 2009

Text by George Franklin / Photos by Luke Hauser

In early 2009, 16 men joined in a seven-week Men's Iron Pentacle class in San Francisco.

Iron Pentacle, a Reclaiming core class based on tools from the Feri Tradition, works with the pentacle points Sex, Pride, Self, Power, and Passion.

In a circle where all of us identified as men, our gender-diversity emerged: the circle included gay, bi, straight, and trans men.

We explored both the light and shadow of the pentacle points. For example, when focusing on Passion, we worked with releasing our own passion while also exploring ways that men's passion can be frightening or disturbing.

We looked at the ways we could be more supportive of each other "in all our parts," embracing our diversity and our unity.

For many of us, the class was a welcome place to look at our participation in a community and a tradition whose leadership is primarily female, and whose practices are shaped by a feminist consciousness.

Where are the growing edges of men's work in our community? What are the unique contributions that men (of various genders) can make to Reclaiming tradition and practice?

The Men's Iron Pentacle class was taught by Gwydion, Alphonsus, and George. Some members of the class plan to continue meeting occasionally, and probably to organize another class in the near future.

For more information on men's organizing in Reclaiming, email RQ.

Gathering for the final class/ritual in the shelter of San Francisco's Corona Heights (aka Red Rock), above the City's Castro District.

Corona Heights - so named for the "crown" of rocks at the peak - has seen many rituals, including the annual "Sing Up the Sun" on the morning of Winter Solstice.

A large pentacle was inscribed with flour.

Dancing in the center of the pentacle.

The calm before the ritual begins.

And the rest remains shrouded in mystery

Once the ritual began, the camera and pencil were set aside, as at most Reclaiming classes and rituals.

For information on Iron Pentacle and other classes, visit for links to many local groups offering classes and rituals.

For more information on men's organizing in Reclaiming, email RQ.

Luke Hauser (aka George Franklin) is a freelance parajournalist in the service of the Goddess and planetary revolution. His photo-filled book Direct Action is an historical novel about Bay Area protests.
Photos ©2009 by RQ. Please do not copy, reproduce, fold, spindle, mutilate, or otherwise use them without written permission. Thanks!

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