And welcome to the PaganFM! almanac.

 

Taking a quick look at the weather this week, …

 

Today is the 27th of July, 2008. It’s the 209th day of the year.

The moon will be void –of – course in just a few minutes … 12:52 am and enters Gemini at 11:55 am.

 

On this date in 1612, Jennet Preston was tried for Witchcraft and found guilty by Sir James Altham and Sir Edward Bromley in York Assizes in England, in relation to the death of Thomas Lister. Preston was one of twelve who stood trial in what are called the Pendle Witch Trials. Of these twelve, only one was found not-guilty. The rest were hanged.

 

On Tuesday, the 29th, the moon will be void-of-course at 11:25 am and enters Cancer at 1:11 pm.

Also, on this day, Agnes Waterhouse was tried and hanged under the witchcraft statute of Elizabeth 1. Her daughter also stood accused and testified against her mother to save her own life. A Microfilm of the original documents recording the trial begins : “The Examination and confession of certaine wytches at Chensforde in the countie of Essex before the Quenes Maiesties judges, the xxvi daye of July, anno 1566, at the assise holden there as then, and one of them put to death for the same offence, as their examination declareth more at large.

Wednesday, the 30th marks the death of Conrad of Marburg, who was the confessor of Saint Elizabeth of Thuringia, and a papal inquisitor. Being called a Magister, he seems to have finished a course of university studies in Paris or Bologna. Having been given papal authority to deal with heretics as he saw best, he became a harsh and severe inquisitor who was quite feared.

Failing to convict the  Count of Sayn of heresy on July 23, 1233, Conrad undertook crusade against heretic nobles. On July30, 1233, He, and his companion, Franciscan Gerhard Lutzelkolb were murdered.

 

Thursday, the 31st marks the birth, in 1831 of H.P. Blavatsky, who founded the Theosophical Society. While Blavatsky had little “traditional” education, she came to be one of the best respected occult authors whose works are read by mostly intrepid readers. The theosophical society continues Blavatsky’s work to this day. You can find them at http://www.theosophical.org

On Friday, August 1, we’ll have a New Moon at 6:13 am. There will be a total solar eclipse at 6:22 am, which will follow a line from Northern Canada, Northern Greenland, the Arctic, Russia, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Friday is also Lammas or Lughnassadh, depending on your tradition, and is also the birthday of Edward Kelly, who was the medium for Dr. John Dee in 1555.

 

Saturday, August 2 marks the birth of Henry Steele Olcott, who co-founded the Theosophical Society with Madam Blavatsky.

 

Looking at local events …

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

Monday Night Meditation 6-7pm-
This is a relaxation exercise followed by a guided meditation
along with Spirit message work. It is open to the public. Donations graciously accepted. No meditation on holidays.

Tuesday Night Tarot

Every Tuesday Evening, 7-9pm

A place to learn, talk and practice the sacred art of divination through the Tarot. Guided by Gardenias Premier Psychics. Donations accepted.
Join our Tarot Email Group- Gardenias Open Tarot

11 Birch Street
Derry, NH 03038

603-432-3977


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


August 2, 2008

New England Pagans & Witches Lughnasadh Celebration at
Sunpoint Farms in Derry, NH

12:30 - 1:30 pm, Kids Games
2pm, ritual hosted by Triple Circle of Magick Coven
3pm Potluck dinner - bring foods in the spirit of the season / sabbat

Bread cook-off, with a prize for the best bread.

3:45 - 4:15 pm
Drum circle; drums, chants, Lughnassadh / Lammas stories that anyone might wish to share.

websites:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nepagansandwitches
http://www.myspace.com/nepagansandwitches


August 16, 2008 at Myths & Maidens

The Full Moon will be at its peak on this night with bright, cleansing, illuminating moonlight surrounding us. A perfect time to open ourselves to her silvery healing energy.

Everyone needs healing - whether it is physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. True healing is holistic ... it involves all aspects of who you are.

During this ritual, we will be invoking the Triple Goddess and will be asking for help from the Mother to channel her energy - the energy of the full moon, to pour through us for true healing.

Uncanoonuc CUUPS invites you to join us - come to this special healing ritual which will be held at Myths & Maidens at 189 Kelly Street in Manchester, at 7:00 pm on Saturday, August 16.

For more information, you can contact Myths & Maidens at 603-641-6043


 

August 15-17, 2008

WHITEOAK (Ord na Darach Gile) Lughnasad Druid Conclave East

A primitive camping event (bring your solar shower, water, tent, potluck food, cooler, bug stuff, etc.)

In Western MA. There is a grill for cooking. NO DOGS ALLOWED.

Musical instruments, poetic offerings encouraged. There will be a poetry and a craft competition!

A gathering for members of all Druid Orders and their friends. Formerly known as the "Druid Summit", it is a place in the forest where Druids from all paths come together to share and discuss issues of common relevance.

This year we will feature a bardic competition and a craft competition as well as a ritual in the forest. It is a primitive camping event on the weekend of August 15-17, 2008 in the hills of Western Massachusetts.

The food and drink are potluck, bring your own solar shower (and extra food and water), dried or fresh herbs and flowers (to offer to trees), silver coins (dimes and quarters) (to offer to water) and butter or oil (to offer to fire).

Plan to arrive Friday after 5 PM. Saturday we will do ceremony and Sunday morning we will have a blueberry pancake feast. We ask that you bring the bounty of the season to share with everyone (including pancake mix, blueberries, eggs, milk, bacon, etc. Please bring organic ingredients). Applicants will also be asked for a small donation to cover the rental of sanitary facilities. *Please note* this is not a Pagan gathering or a gathering for the general public. It is for Druids and close friends and family only.

To sign up please write to membership@whiteoakdruids.org

FOOD:

Each meal is a "family style", that is, we all eat together at each meal. Plan to bring enough to feed yourself and several more at each meal (even if you are vegan, for example, you can bring extra veggies!). Some folks are volunteering to bring "extras".


September 13, 2008 Southern New Hampshire Pagan Pride Day

This event will be held at Victory Park, 119 Concord Street in Manchester, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The event details, such as presenters are incomplete at this time, but I'll ad them as they become available.

Visit the web site at: http://snhppd.moonfruit.com/#


The Art Of Magick with Christopher Penczak

When: Oct. 15th. 2008 - Oct. 29th. 2008
Where: Manchester, New Hampshire

Christopher Penczak - Art of Magick Series

Event Details: Candle Magick: The Art of Magick Part One
Wednesday, Oct 15
7-9:30 PM, $25 or $60 if you register and pay for all three by Oct 1.
Myths & Maidens189 Kelley Street, Manchester, NH 03102
(603) 867-8465
Candles have long been used as a beacon of light in the spirit world, to send prayers, spells and blessings out to manifest. The candle contains all the powers of the elements. Candle magick is one of the most effective methods of magick and healing, used for emergencies, long term goals and religious ceremonies. Learn the techniques of effective candle magick taught from a modern witchcraft perspective with leaning of American folk magick, including color and candle selection, carving, dressing, rolling , packing and reversals.

Potion Magick: The Art of Magick Part Two
Wednesday, Oct 22
7-9:30 PM, $25 or $60 if you register and pay for all three by Oct 1.
Myths & Maidens189 Kelley Street, Manchester, NH 03102
(603) 867-8465
The image of the witch or magician brewing a potion is ingrained in all seekers of the magick, and the art of potion making has be preserved, adapted and reinvented in the light of modern witchcraft. They are used to banish unwanted forces and draw in the energies of love, prosperity and healing. Learn potion making techniques using herbs, oils, stones and mummia. Topics including brews, tinctures, fluid condensers, oils, incense, spygerics, essences and philters. Craft your own potions of power, based upon your own needs, desires and spiritual path.

Talisman Magick: The Art of magick Part Three
Wednesday, Oct 29
7-9:30 PM, $25 or $60 if you register and pay for all three by Oct 1.
Myths & Maidens189 Kelley Street, Manchester, NH 03102
(603) 867-8465
People all over the world, in every time, religion and culture carry charms, talisman and amulets to protect them from harm and bring the blessings of the gods and spirits. Learn about the art of talismans, including how to empower ones you already have, and craft new ones in the time honored traditions of magick. Natural charms of stone, metal, herb and animal will be covered, along with geometric talismans from planetary rituals, kameas and the use of sacred alphabets to empower your objects.

Event Location: 189 Kelley Street in Manchester
Event TIME Details: 7 pm to 9:30 pm

Directions: From North of Manchester:From the I-293 S toward Manchester. Take Exit 6 toward Amoskeag St / Goffstown Road. Take the ramp toward West Manchester. Turn LEFT onto Eddy Rd. Turn Right onto Bremer St. Turn Left onto Hevey St. Turn Right onto Kelley St. Go 30 yards and end at 189 Kelley St on the right hand side.From South of ManchesterFrom the I-293 N toward Manchester. Take Exit 5 toward Granite St. Turn Left onto Granite St. Turn Slight Right onto Main St. Main St. becomes McGregor St. Turn Left onto Amory St. Turn Slight Right onto Coolidge Ave. Turn Left onto Kelley St. Go 0.2 miles and end at 189 Kelley St on the right hand side.

Phone: (603) 867-8465


Workshops with Raven and Stephanie Grimassi

When: Oct. 17th. 2008 - Oct. 18th. 2008
Where: Manchester, New Hampshire

Workshops with Raven and Stephanie Grimassi

Event Details: Raven Grimassi & Stephanie Taylor-Grimassi
at Myths and Maidens

Fairy Stone Workshop

Friday, October 17th 6 pm to 8 pm $25 per class

Learning to sight and work with the Faery Race

Do you feel a presence in the woods? Do you see signs of mystical beings around you? Perhaps you need a fairy stone to help focus in on the Hidden Ones. Join authors Raven Grimassi & Stephanie Taylor for a workshop to learn about the Fey and to use a traditional fairy sighting stone. The workshop will include a talk about old fairy lore, and how to make and use a fairy stone to call forth fairies as well as how to use it as a “sighting stone” . Also, learn about how the Kindred Race interface with witches to work in common cause for both worlds. Attendees receive a clay fairy stone with cord along with instructions handmade and charged by Raven and Stephanie.

Your Path to Oracle Power

Saturday, October 18th 6 to 8 pm $25 per class

Do you desire a deeper exploration of the Inner Mysteries? When you see certain symbols and images does something stir within you? Join authors Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor for a workshop using their oracle systems known as the Well Worn Path, and the Hidden Path. Raven and Stephanie will teach you about their oracle cards filled with mystical teachings and new insights presented through imagery and symbols that explore the inner mysteries of Wicca, Witchcraft, and Paganism. The decks are created for divination, teaching, ritual, spell crafting and path working. The workshop includes a guided meditation in which you can encounter the mystical folkloric figure known as the Crone of the Cottage. She will bestow a gift upon you that can enhance your divination skills.

Each deck of 40 cards comes with a full length book that includes divination spreads expressly created for the Craft, an alignment journey that takes you on the path of the seeker through all 40 cards, our suggested divination meanings, individual mystery tradition teachings and a Full Moon ritual template that can be expanded to include Sabbats and spell work. The Well Worn Path deck and the Hidden Path can be combined to form an 80 card system, but each deck is also designed to stand alone as a separate oracle systems.

Meet and Greet - one hour before workshops - Please book early as space is limited.


Directions: From North of Manchester:From the I-293 S toward Manchester. Take Exit 6 toward Amoskeag St / Goffstown Road. Take the ramp toward West Manchester. Turn LEFT onto Eddy Rd. Turn Right onto Bremer St. Turn Left onto Hevey St. Turn Right onto Kelley St. Go 30 yards and end at 189 Kelley St on the right hand side.From South of ManchesterFrom the I-293 N toward Manchester. Take Exit 5 toward Granite St. Turn Left onto Granite St. Turn Slight Right onto Main St. Main St. becomes McGregor St. Turn Left onto Amory St. Turn Slight Right onto Coolidge Ave. Turn Left onto Kelley St. Go 0.2 miles and end at 189 Kelley St on the right hand side.

Phone: (603) 603-867-8465


Starting October, 2008

Introduction to Herbal Healing and Self Care

When: October to April, 7-9 PM
Where: Belchertown, MA
Cost: Call for details

Details: A six-month intensive. Covers Western herbal Materia Medica, formula making, case taking, Chinese Five Element Theory, Homeopathic First Aid, Flower Essence Counseling, plant identification, ethnobotany, and hands on herbal techniques such as poultices, tinctures, salves, etc.
Over 400 pages of handouts are included with the course. A certificate of completion is offered at the end.

MA NURSES CAN GET CEUS BY TAKING THIS COURSE

CALL FOR DETAILS OR TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE (413) 323-4494

I was out of town for a bit the past few days, and apologize that I didn’t have an opportunity to select an appropriate poem for this evening, but for you Leos out there, …

 

© 2008, Deirdre A. Hebert