Welcome to the PaganFM! almanac for the week of February 8, 2009. It’s the 39th day of the year.

 

Please note that any times given, unless otherwise stated, are in Eastern, US time.

 

Today is Sunday, February 8, and is just nearing full.

It’s the birthday of Evangeline Smith Adams, who was born on this day in 1868, in Jersey City, NJ, at 8:30 am. She was perhaps the most well-known astrologer of her time, ran an astrological consulting business, and authored and co-authored a number of books, including her autobiography, “The Bowl of Heaven”, and “Principles of Astrology.

 

While living in Boston, she was arrested in 1908 and 1914 for fortune-telling. She was acquitted in 1914. While astrology was still not legal, she used an accurate astrology reading to describe the death of the judge’s son. The judge later remarked that she “raised astrology to the dignity of an exact science.”

 

Monday, February 9 sees a full moon, and a very partial eclipse at 9:49 am. It will oppose Neptune and become void of course at 2:29 pm.

 

On Tuesday, the moon will enter Virgo at 12:38 am.

Tuesday is also the anniversary of Zsusanna Budapest’s arrest for fortune telling in 1975.

 

Wednesday, Feburary 11 the Moon trines Mercury and is void of course at 11:17 pm.

 

On Thursday, February 12, at 3:33 am, the moon will enter Libra.

This is also the anniversary of the death, in 1964, of Gerald Gardner. Returning home from Lebanon, on the ship The Scottish Prince, he suffered a heart attack at breakfast. His funeral, attended only by the ship’s captain was in Tunisia, at the next port of call.

 

He had left all his artifacts and the copyright to his books to his High Priestess, Monique Wilson. Wilson and her husband sold the collection to Ripley’s Believe it or Not, who then dismantled the collection.

 

Saturday, February 14, sees a the moon square Mercury and void of course at 9:46 am. The moon then enters Scorpio at 9:51 AM.

This is also St. Valentine’s day, or, if you strive for accuracy and historical perfection, Lupercalia. Originally, a petition to keep shepherds and sheep safe from wolfs, part of the celebration involved girls placing their names on slips of paper, to be picked by boys. The boy and the girl would remain a couple throughout the feast. Banned, but not entirely suppressed, this holiday, which took place on the 15th of February, remains today as St. Valentine’s day. Rather than an actual religious holiday, it is now simply a way to sell an estimated Billion greeting cards.

 

Upcoming events:

If you would like me to list an event, please email me at dee@paganfm.com

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I will not post any event that I'm unable to confirm, nor events that I don't believe would be of interest to PaganFM! listeners. The earlier that you can get an event to me, the better.

 

Ongoing, weekly:

Prayer Requests

Every Sunday
Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Your own home
Notes: Please answer this request post stating your reason for healing energy and/or prayers sent your way. Prayer requests can be asked for other than healing and for other than yourself.
A white candle will be lit for you on Sunday unless you request another color to be used. This is a group event so the more people involved the better. Feel free to join sending out energy. Always keep in mind that requests are always done for the highest good of all concerned. This may mean the outcome may be different than we hope for. The spiritual healing work we do is designed to work in harmony with other treatment modalities, not as a subsitute.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NEPagansAndWitches


Repeating event:
2nd Saturday of each month
New Hampshire Seacoast Pagans have their monthly meeting at Karnan House in Portsmouth, from 2:00 to 6:00.
This is an informal gathering for Pagans. Most of us are from the Portsmouth Seacoast area, but all are welcome. We provide free coffee and tea, and usually somebody will bring some food. There’s no agenda – just hanging out, networking and good conversation.
For more information about this event, visit:
http://nhspagans.numachi.com


First Tuesday Drum & Chant Circle

Meets the First Tuesday of each month
in the
Misty Meadows Learning Center

TIME CHANGE: 

7:30-9 PM

Misty Meadows Herbal Center
183 Wednesday Hill Rd.
Lee, NH 03861

603-659-7211

 


Fun and enlightenment for the entire family. The 6th annual Brighid's
Fire festival on February 13-15 at All World Acres in the Tampa Bay
area.

Workshops and activities will include; Mnemonic Tarot, Dream
Interpretation, Introduction to Auras, Songs for Ritual and Magick,
The Goddess Brighid, Making Brighid's Crosses, Circle Etiquette,
Vegetarian Workshop, Tai Chi, Native Healing Modalities, Pagan
Alternatives to Global Warming, Trade Blanket, Sweat Lodge, Main
Ritual, and nightly drum circles.

The admission donation for this event is only $10 per person in
advance for the full event. This includes all workshops and
activities and camping. Come for one day or camp for the entire
weekend. Children 10 and under are free.

For more info please visit: http://healingtoday .com/news. htm

All World Acres is a not for profit sanctuary supported by the
community it serves.


Moon Pool Coven Event:

Feb 15 OPEN CIRCLE: 7PM - Lupercalia (Valentines Day)
Those looking for the origins of Valentine's Day inevitably encounter
the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia. Traditionally, this was
believed to be the day when the birds would begin to sing again. In
medieval calendars, this was a day of love, when all nature found a
mate. In Modern times we look forward to the coming season, and pray
that all our hopes and plans will be "fertile".

Class 6PM: Tools and Supplies

A wide variety of tools are found in Wicca. While the objects used in
making magick are essential, they are just tools and hold no inherent
power within themselves, but focus and refine the power within you.
That being said, properly chosen and constructed tools can greatly
enhance your Magickal experience.

Where: UU Church of Haverhill
15 Kenoza Avenue
Haverhill, MA 01830
978-372-5173


This comes to us from K' Wiley, SJ Tucker's assistant.

We would like to officially announce an amazing new project that SJ
Tucker is undertaking.

We are launching a nationwide adventure, woven throughout dozens of
cities and countless points on the internet, culminating in a train
ride that will not be forgotten. You could -be- on that train with SJ
Tucker, Catherynne M. Valente, and a few other special guests, as they
ride The City of New Orleans.

Find out more about the train, below...

This "Off the Map" adventure is based on Catherynne M. Valente's
upcoming urban fantasy novel: Palimpsest. You may recall SJ's work
based on Ms. Valente's previous books (The Orphan's Tales), and she's
doing it again, but in an entirely different fashion.

Participants in the adventure will be party to a number of unique and
exclusive 'finds' throughout the next couple months. Expect to
discover new original music by SJ Tucker, special recordings of
readings from the book, and beautiful artwork from a variety of
fabulous artists. Keep your eyes peeled on the various websites,
blogs, forums, podcasts, and social interaction sites where you have
heard or seen SJ Tucker or her music in the past. Clues for the
adventure could appear anywhere - even in your own city... even in
this e-mail.

The game will begin with the new year and is expected to extend into
mid-summer 2009. The highlight of this adventure, however, takes
place on the weekend of March 19th to March 23rd, 2009.

We're telling you about this NOW, because it's a huge event and you'll
have to act soon to get involved and because there are advantages to
getting a head start over everyone else in the country.

SJ Tucker and Catherynne M. Valente invite you to join them as they
Ride the City of New Orleans.

Expect a beautiful train ride from Chicago (or Memphis) to New
Orleans
, a dramatic Friday night about town with SJ Tucker and
Catherynne M. Valente, a full Saturday to explore the city, and an
exclusive, super-special musical performance on Saturday night.

This trip package includes round trip tickets on AMTRAK's City of New
Orleans
, two nights stay at the group destination hotel, and a VIP
pass to the weekend's entertainment.

Your VIP pass will also apply at a special event in Chicago on
Wednesday the 18th, if you happen to be in town. It may -also- be
applicable at other special events that we have in the works.

More details will be revealed according to the needs of our upcoming adventure.

Ticket pre-sales have now begun. Space is very limited, so let us
know if you're interested in attending and we'll try to reserve a
ticket for you.

Sign up for the trip at: http://www.skinnywhitechick.com/neworleans.php

Special advance pricing for tickets purchased before December 26th, 2008

* $295 per person, for participants starting in Memphis
* $395 per person, for participants starting in Chicago

Standard pricing for tickets purchased before January 16th, 2009

* $395 per person, for participants starting in Memphis
* $495 per person, for participants starting in Chicago

All of these prices are based on double occupancy. Please purchase
tickets in pairs or let us know whom you would like to share your
accommodations with.

Discounted sleeper rooms may be available. Please let us know if you
are interested, and we will include you in our block rate request.

Contact K' Wiley for more details: kwiley@skinnywhitechick.com

Palimpsest relevant links:
http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl/9780553385762.html
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0553385763

Catherynne M. Valente relevant link:
http://www.catherynnemvalente.com/

SJ Tucker relevant link:
http://www.sjtucker.com/


Lion’s Tooth Herbals Classes
 
Introduction to Ayurveda: "The Science of Life"
Thursday March 12 th 6-8pm @ The Eighth Chakra, Dover NH
Thursday March 19th 6-8pm @ Blue Moon Imports, Dover NH
Class fee: $25

Come learn about this amazing 5000 year old system of health and healing. Having started in India this is the oldest system of health known and it is believed that it influenced all other forms of medicine & healing around the world. Ayurveda incorporates diet, lifestyle, spirituality and exercise according to a persons "dosha" or body type. Find out what it all means and how you can benefit from it too!

What the class will entail:
*a brief history of ayurveda
*find out your body type
*learn about the elements & the cycles of life according to this tradition
*diet, herbs & lifestyle according to the tradition
*learn simple ways of including ayurveda in your everyday life

Natural Body & Skincare Health
Sunday March 22nd 1-3pm@ The Eighth Chakra Dover, NH
Thursday March 26th 6-8pm @ Blue Moon Imports Dover, NH
Class fee: $25, materials $10

Did you know that whatever you put in your skin, you may as well be putting it in your mouth?
Come learn about why skin is so important, how to take care of it and products that will pamper it!

What the class entails:
*skin health, what the skin can tell you
*products on the market, how to read labels, pro's and con's
*paraben/preservative safety/vitD & sunblock "controversy"
*herbs, supplement & diet for skin health
*learn how to make your own products, see & participate in demonstrations, and bring some products home with you!
*bring your own questions and concerns to discuss.

**Call or email to sign up today! Space is limited.
eighthchakraonline.com 603-742-1133
bluemoondover.com 603-749-5430
 
*please feel free to pass this email along to anyone who may be interested!
 
*If you would like to be removed from this mailing list, just respond with "remove". Thank you!

Amanda Komisarek
Lion's Tooth Herbals
603-969-4603
lionstoothherbals.com


Avi Magidoff, from the Acupuncture Medical Group, here in Portsmouth will be offering an

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation
at South Church (Karnan House, 206 Court Street in Portsmouth):

Saturday, February 28, 10am to 12:30pm

You can reach the Acupuncture Medical Group at 603-531-3130 or at www.acupuncturemedical.org

 


Myths&Maidens and Uncanoonuc CUUPS will host

As Within, So Without: Transformation Ritual

on Mar. 7th. 2009
At Myths & Maidens, 189 Kelly Street in Manchester, New Hampshire at 7:00 pm

The Event Details: ~
This ritual asks you to take upon the Charge of the Star Goddess:

"...And you who seek to know me,
Know that the seeking and yearning will avail you not,
Unless you know the Mystery:
For it that which you seek, you find not within yourself,
You will never find it without.
For behold,
I have been with you from the beginning,
And I am that which is attained at the end of desire."

"As Within, So Without" This is one of the Laws of Magick. According to this Law, who you are within is reflected upon your external life. If you have stability, love and security within you, then your life will mirror that around you. If your internal world is filled with old tapes of judgements and impatience, then the world around you will reflect that back . So how do we break the chains that we ourselves have created? The first step is to know who you are.

In the various disciplines of spirituality throughout the world, they all recommend the same first basic step: Know Thyself. This was written in ancient times on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. To become what you are meant to be, you need to know and accept who you are. Only then can you make true, lasting changes within your life.

Do you know who you are? Do you know where you are going? Is your life how you want it to be? This ritual will help guide you to make positive changes in your life. Let us begin to unlock the door within, and take upon ourselves the task of transforming - so that we may one day reach our full potential.

As Within, So Without: Transformation.
________________________________________

Uncanoonuc CUUPS celebrates the eight Sabats of the Wheel of the Year. We are an eclectic, Neo-Pagan group with Sabat rituals open to the public. Since we are eclectic, all of our rituals are unique with a different focus as we explore the variety that exists. People of all traditions and experience levels are welcome to join us.

Uncanoonuc CUUPS also performs serious energy work at the Esbats - many are open to the public, and a few are closed. Join us!

You can find Myths and Maidens at http://mythsandmaidens.com

They can be reached at 603-867-8465


Avi Magidoff, from the Acupuncture Medical Group will offer the Buddhist class:

Love, Joy, Compassion and Equanimity

on
Monday, March 9, 7pm to 9pm

At South Church's Karnan House located at 206 Court Street in Portsmouth, NH

For more information, contact the Acupuncture Medical Group, here in Portsmouth, at 603-531-3130


March 22 OPEN CIRCLE: Time and Place TBA - Ostara
Celebrate the arrival of Spring, when light and darkness are in
balance but the light is growing stronger. The forces of masculine
energy and feminine energy are also in balance and this day paves the
way for the coming lushness of summer. Ostara is a time when all
elements within and without us are brought into harmony. A time of new
life and rebirth, as well as the end of Winter!

Please note: Weather permitting our Ostara celebration is usually a
Sunrise ceremony to welcome in the spring at an outside location.
Please check www.MoonPool.org for more details.

When: February 7, 2009 2:00 PM

Where: UU Church of Haverhill
15 Kenoza Avenue
Haverhill, MA 01830
978-372-5173


 

Sunday, March 29, 2:00 - 6:00 pm.

The Center Path Practical Magick series kicks off with its first class, Symbolism for talismanic magick.

In this class, you'll learn how to create and use symbols in order to create your own talismans for talismanic magick. This will be an informative class in its own right, but may also be used as preparation for the April class in which we'll create our own talismans.

The class will take place at the Picker Building, One Washington Center in Dover.

preregistration is required.

Please visit www.thecenterpath.org for more information.

 

The annual meeting of the Order of the Pentacle will be held at the Pagan
Spirit Gathering, June 14-21, 2009 at Camp Zoe in Salem, Missouri, in the
center of the US. We hope you will join us this year!

Please help us get the word out about this year's PSG and its site change to
others you know -- forward this email to friends, post to blogs, websites,
e-lists -- thanks much!!!


Pagan Spirit Gathering 2009 will be held June 14-21 at Camp Zoe in Salem,
Missouri
. This new site for PSG is a beautiful, private 330 acre campground
and concert venue in a valley in the magical Ozark region of south central
Missouri, surrounded by thousands of acres of national forest and private
timberland reserves.

In addition to its beautiful setting, Camp Zoe has the best facilities of
any of our four previous PSG sites. There are more shaded camping areas,
plus a large general store on site, large professional stages, and even some
indoor toilet facilities! Camp Zoe also has more options for refreshing
dips and swims -- a beautiful, spring-fed and clear Sinking Creek runs
through the entire camp and includes wading areas, beaches, and swimming
holes. Camp Zoe has more electricity, including electrical outlets for many
vendors, plus indoor spaces with electricity for PSG administrative staff
and Safety/First Aid services. Campground staff are friendly, skilled and
experienced in providing support for a variety of events, which have
included large concert gatherings as well as Pagan events.

Pagan Spirit Gathering, one of America's oldest and largest national Pagan
festivals, is a celebration of Summer Solstice that brings together Wiccans,
Druids, Heathens, Witches, Wizards, Pantheists, Shamanic Practitioners,
Unitarian Universalist Pagans, Goddess Folk, and other Nature religion
practitioners. Sponsored by Circle Sanctuary, PSG includes rituals,
concerts, workshops, leadership training, youth activities, merchanting,
bonfires, all night drumming and dancing, firespinning, and more. More
info: http://www.circlesanctuary.org/psg

Additional information about PSG 2009 & its new site will be posted on-line
soon.


Avi Magidoff, from the Acupuncture Medical Group will be offering a Buddhist class on

Total Relaxation and Touching the Earth
Saturday, April 4, 10am to 1pm

and

Understanding Karma
Wednesday, April 29, 7pm to 9pm

At the Karnan House of South Church.

For more information, contact Avi at 603-531-3130 or at www.acupuncturemedical.org


 

The Shamanic Pathways Healing Center will host a Women's Shamanic Retreat.

This is an ocen-front retreat on May 2nd, and 3rd, at The Lord's Guest House in Moody Beach, maine.

Women, stand up and take your power. Give back to yourself the nurturing, unconditional love and compassion you are bringing to your loved ones, family, friends, work and the universe.

The time is now, and that time is for you.

Space is limited.

For more information, call Ann Sousa at 978-479-1335, or email annsousa@yahoo.com


Avi Magidoff, from the Acupuncture Medical Clinic, here in Portsmouth, will offer the Buddhist class

Deep Listening as Deep Healing
Wednesday, May 6, 7pm to 9pm

At the Karnan House of Portsmouth's South Church.

For more information, contact Avi at 603-531-3130 or at www.acupuncturemedical.org


National Pagan Leadership Skills Conference

Thursday, July 23 - Sunday, July 26, 2009

Holiday Inn Select Koger South Conference Center in Richmond, Virginia.

The Pagan Community has grown in numbers in recent years, but more importantly, we've grown up. As we've grown, our needs have changed; The Pagan Community needs leadership, organization, and action.There are specific and straight-forward skills that are needed to get past the excuses and get the work done.

The Pagan Leadership Skills Conference is a collaborative effort by four Pagan Community Organizations designed to address the growing need for practical skills in the Pagan Community. Since 2004, we have been hosting an annual conference in Richmond, Virginia, providing intensive instruction on such subjects as Event Planning, Non-Profit Accounting, Publicity and Public Relations, Conflict Resolution, and Pastoral Care. We are open to all who are interested in shaping the future of the Pagan Community.Many present and future leaders have joined us for intensive, "nuts and bolts" training in the skills needed to create, maintain, and strengthen local Pagan Community Organizations ... perhaps you and other leaders in your home organization will join us in 2009. Please visit our website for full details: www.PaganLeadership.org.

 


A Women's six-month Shamanic Apprenticeship will be taking place from April to September, 2009.

This event is hosted by Shamanic Pathways Healing Center, and space is limited to 18 women.

It includes a number of weekend overnight sessions and covers such topics as:

West African Shamanic cosmology,
Journeying with spirit teachers,
Talismanic Magic,
Self empowerment from the womb of the Earth Mother
and much more.

20% of the cost of the apprenticeship cost is donated to "Adopt An Elder" program in West Africa, in partnership with Malidoma Some, a West African Shaman.

For more information, contact Ann Sousa at 978-479-1335, or email annsousa@yahoo.com

This week’s poem:

Coppice

 

I see you looking at me

I see the wonder in your eyes

How old, you wonder, might I be?

Please, sit a while, and let me tell you.

 

I am old … very old.

But not so old that I no longer remember.

And while I may not be one who counts years,

I do remember them.

 

I remember that day

When first my sprout broke from the Earth,

And first met the gaze of the Sun

And breathed of the air.

 

The two-leggeds were there

But their numbers were few.

They lived with the others,

Took what they needed, and gave back what they could.

 

I grew tall

And the two-leggeds grew in number.

They trimmed me down to keep themselves warm

And always, I grew back.

 

In time, more two-leggeds came

Borne in great ships from across the sea.

These were different – pale

And with conquering spirits.

 

They brought with them

A new language, new words, new ideas

They spoke of property and ownership and borders

They brought war.

 

And like the others, they cut me down

To keep them warm

To keep them safe,

And still, I grow back.

 

But the growing now is not so easy.

The earth no longer sustains as it did.

And the two-leggeds no longer give back

And I grow weak, And I grow tired.

© 2009, Deirdre A. Hebert