And welcome to the PaganFM! almanac for the week of February 15, 2009


Please note that all times are listed in United States Eastern Time zone. Please correct appropriately for your own time zone.


Today is Sunday, and it’s the 46th day of the year.

The moon is currently waning Gibbous


It was on this date in 1521 that Pope Leo X issued his Papal Bull “Honestis” which "ordered the excommunication of any officials, and the suspension of religious services in any community, that refused to execute, without examination or revision, the sentences of the inquisitors."


Monday, February 16 sees a 3rd quarter moon at 4:37 pm. At which point it squares the Sun and is void of course.

The moon then will Sagittarius at 7:53 PM.


Monday is also the celebration of President’s day in the United States.


On Tuesday, the 18th, the moon sextiles Neptune and is void of course at 8:36 pm.


On Feb 19 at  8:25 AM  the moon enters Capricorn


On Feb 21 at 4:01 AM  the moon will sextile Uranus and is void of course at 9:06 PM       it enters Aquarius. The Sun enters Pisces on this day.


February 21 also marks the date of the passing of Lord Ted, or Theodore Parker Mills, who died on this day in 1996. He was a well-loved and influential leader in the early days of modern American Witchcraft, a frequent contributor to “The Witches Almanac, and a teacher of witches from Massachusetts to Arizona.


Taking a look at events, near and far,


If you would like me to list an event, please email me at

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Description of event,

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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.

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:

First Tuesday Drum & Chant Circle

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


7:30-9 PM

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



News about S. J. Tucker's schedule:

Sunday February 22, 2009 doors open at 6pm, music from 7-10pm
SJ's Birthday House Concert
hosted by Stephen and Anna
12297 Prinster Dr
St Louis, MO 63146
$6-$15 donation, please

After these two concerts, Kevin and S. J. head north--way north, for one hell of a party.
Many of you know that she's been collaborating yet again with author Catherynne M. Valente on some new music, based on Cat's novel Palimpsest, which will officially be released on Tuesday February 24th--two days after S. J's birthday, on Mardi Gras and the New Moon. On February 25th, they celebrate Ash Wednesday off the map and beyond our dreams. I'll debut the new music inspired by Palimpsest, and we celebrate the book's release in Brooklyn, NY, with a coast-to-coast tour to follow.

Wednesday February 25, 2009 7-11pm
Palimpsest Ash Wednesday Book and Album Release Gala
Brooklyn Lyceum
227 4th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

(718) 857-4816
with author Catherynne M. Valente, and
a host of dance, suspension, and bondage artists

Saturday February 28, 2009 evening
Palimpsest Release Event
Between Books
2703 Philadelphia Pike
Claymont, Delaware 19703
with author Catherynne M. Valente

After celebrating Palimpsest in the Philly area, they will take our show to Boston, Salem, Concord New Hampshire, Cleveland, Chicago, New Orleans, Seattle, and Portland. She's working on booking Palimpsest-themed shows in St. Louis, Denver, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles as well. If you would like to suggest a suitable place for a show in those cities, please contact me as soon as you can.

Thank you all for being part of this journey, as always.
The three shows for this weekend, and everything else I currently have confirmed for this year, are listed on the schedule page here:


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
, 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
, 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:

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:

Palimpsest relevant links:

Catherynne M. Valente relevant link:

SJ Tucker relevant link:

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. 603-742-1133 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

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


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

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

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 for more details.

When: February 7, 2009 2:00 PM

Where: UU Church of Haverhill
15 Kenoza Avenue
Haverhill, MA 01830


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 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,
. 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

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

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


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

The Aquarian Tabernacle Church will hold its' Spring Mysteries Festivle XXIV

April 9 - April 12 in Nordland, Washington.

The Spring Mysteries Festival is a recreation of the Eleusinian Mysteries, the ancient initiatory rites of classical Greek Paganism which were conducted in secrecy for over two thousand years before the common era. The ATC brings you this continuing initiatory cycle, now in its 24th year of continuous presentation, including the Rites of Passage for youngsters coming into their adulthood in our community; the Purification Parade to the Sea , with the priestesses making cleansing offerings to the sea on behalf of the Mystai (The Greeks’ name for the participants) , all who will undergo the Lesser Mysteries.

Location: Fort Flagler State Park in Nordland
Site opens at 3 PM

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 409, Index, WA 98256-0409


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

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

GypsyRoses.Org presents...

the 5th Annual NH Renaissance Faire

May. 16th. 2009 - May. 17th. 2009
Fairies, Rennies and Bards will be coming, again, to Kingston, NH for the fifth annual NH Renaissance Faire. The First, Second, Third and Fourth Annual NH Renaissance Faire & Samhain Celebrations had some wonderful things going on and this year , besides changing to warmer weather, (May) , we'll have even more; from shopping for handcrafted goods by local artisans to bellydancers, marshmallow-shooting crossbows to wonderful performances of the musical and theatrical kind. Lots of free activities for kids and adults all for about the price of a movie ticket!

The New Hampshire Renaissance Faire is a not-for-profit event with partial proceeds going to local charities. Please visit the web site for more details!

for more information, call: (603) 755-9587

or visit:
or: http://www.GypsyRoses.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:


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

© 2009 Deirdre A. Hebert