Set Sail

by Starhawk and Mara June Quicklightning
Listen to SetSail

Set sail, set sail
Over the waves where the spray blows white
Into the night, into the night

Set sail, set sail
Turn your face where the veil grows thin
Beyond the rim, beyond the rim

Set sail, set sail
Follow the twilight to the West
Where you may rest, where you may rest

Set sail, set sail
Make of your heart a burning fire
Build it higher, build it higher

Set sail, set sail
Pass in an instant through the open gate
It will not wait, it will not wait
Set sail, set sail
One thing gives way to another
In the Mother, in the Mother

Set sail, set sail
Back through the deep where life comes undone
And is begun, and is begun

Set sail, set sail
Over the dark of the sunless sea
You are free, you are free

Set sail, set sail
To the shining isle where your heart is led
We meet the dead, we meet the dead

Set sail, set sail

Copyright © Michael Rauner

Copyright © Michael Rauner

  • 2016 Intention


    In the Presence of our Beloved Dead, we dance, create community and wield Love to effect change.

  • Admission

    This ritual is Bay Area Reclaiming’s largest fundraiser for the year, and supports many of our other activities, courses, ritual, and resources.

    Tickets must be purchased from the YBCA Box Office –Visit the TICKETS page on this site for details.

    Early Bird Prices Through August 31st, 2016

    Donor - Suggested Donation $100.00

    Supporter – Suggested Donation $50.00

    Regular Admission – $20.00

    Special Needs – $18.00

    Youth (12-17) – $18.00

    Senior (65+) – $18.00

  • When and where

    The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is located at 701 Howard Street in San Francisco.

    Doors open at 5 PM. Ritual starts Promptly at 5:30 PM We encourage you to arrive between 5:00 PM and 5:30 PM so you can view the altars, hear the prelude music, and listen as the names of the Beloved Dead are read aloud.

    The Ritual begins promptly at 5:30 PM


  • Photography on this site

    Clicking on photographs will bring up a larger version. Please do not use the images you find on this site without permission. We are grateful to the amazing photographers who have allowed us to use their work here, please visit them online at:

    Richard Man, ImageCraft

    Michael Rauner Photography

    Michael Starkman Photography