And welcome to the PaganFM Almanac for the week of September 7, 2008.


Today is Sunday, September 7. The moon is currently in Sagittarius, and the 2nd quarter will be at 10:04 am.


On Monday, the moon will be void of course at 12:43 pm, and wil enter Capricorn at 3:34 pm. Monday is also the anniversary of the founding of the Theosophical Society by H. P. Blavatsky, Henry Steele Olcott, among others, on this date in 1875.  In 1896, the Theosophical Society published its latest statement of objectives, being:

To form a nucleus of the universal brotherhood of humanity without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color.


To encourage the comparative study of religion, philosophy and science.


To investigate the unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in humanity.


On Wednesday, the moon will be void of course at 9:15 am.

Wednesday is also the anniversary of the birth of Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, who was born on September 10, 1930. Carl is the president and owner of Llewellyn Worldwide, which was formerly known as Llewellyn Publications. Llewellyn is probably the most popular publisher of occult literature world-wide.


Thursday, September 11, the moon enters Aquarius at 3:19 am. It is also the birthday of Silver Ravenwolf, who was born on this date in 1956. Ravenwolf is a both a popular, and often maligned author of pagan titles such as “To Ride a Silver Broomstick”, “To Stir a Silver Cauldron”, and “Hedge Witch”, which is the subject of tonight’s review.


On Saturday, the moon will be void of course at 9:19 am, and enters Pisces at 12:04 pm.


Our Upcoming events:


Ongoing, weekly:

Prayer Requests

Every Sunday from: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Your own home
You can go to: and create a 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:

The Moon Pool Coven offers ongoing instruction in Wicca in a teaching Coven environment. You can find out more about them at

If you enjoy the zodiac based music by Sylvia Guersenzvaig which graces the our show after the almanac, and you happen to be in the Hollywood area, check out:

What: The Zodiac Show

When: Tuesday, September 9th 2008 9:30pm doors. 10:30pm Show. 21+

Where: Avalon Hollywood 1735 Vine Street Los Angeles, CA 90028

The Zodiac show is a multi-genre, music driven, concert-style, Theatrical event. It unifies artists and performance from mainstream to avant-garde and everything in between. The Zodiac serves as a platform for diversity and music is the universal language that resonates and parallels the journey of our lives. From new talent to celebrities, everyone is a star on this stage we call life, where freedom of expression is a must! The Zodiac band, combined with its eclectic group of singers, dancers, and specialty acts, are sure to entertain and inspire. With 12 astrological themes driving each unique experience, no two shows are the same. The Zodiac Show is the next step in the evolution of entertainment!

For more info:


September 13, 2008 Southern New Hampshire Pagan Pride Day

This event has been moved. It will no longer be held at Victory Park, but has been moved to the Manchester UU church, which is located at 669 Union Street in Manchester. The management regrets the last minute changes, hopes to see everyone at the new location.

Currently the list of workshops includes:

Along with this will be drumming circles, stories, crafts, music and an open ritual.

Visit the web site at:

Eastern Massachusetts Pagan Pride day is September 21.

This is one of the largest Pagan Pride projects in the United States, and last year drew some 1500 attendees.

The principal musicians for Eastern Mass Pagan Pride will be the Gypsy Nomads. I've heard a few of their pieces, and we'll play a couple after the almanac for you. I'm certainly looking forward to getting down there and picking up a few albums, and bringing them back to PaganFM! for you!

Workshops at Eastern Mass Pagan Pride include:

and many others, along with events especially for kids.

For directions, more information or contacts, you can find them at:

The Wisdom of Inner Traditions: A Weekend Retreat
October 10-12, 2008
Omega Institute for Holistic Studies
Rhinebeck, New York
Register online at or call 800.944.1001

Join some of Inner Traditions . Bear & Company's most renowned authors for a
wide-ranging retreat at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. Designed to
explore both spiritual and healing traditions from around the world, The
Wisdom of Inner Traditions, is an experiential retreat with individual
sessions throughout the weekend.

Topics covered include indigenous cultures, perennial philosophy, Eastern
spiritual practices, sustainability, herbal remedies, shamanism, and systems
theory. As participants, we tap into these subjects as we rethink our values
and priorities, and shape the transformation of our culture in the direction
of a holistic worldview and global sustainability.

Omega Institute, the nation's most trusted source for wellness and personal
growth, is proud to be hosting The Wisdom of Inner Traditions. Located on
195 acres in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Omega welcomes more than 20,000
people to its workshops, conferences, and retreats in Rhinebeck, New York
and at exceptional locations around the world.

Register online at or call 800.944.1001.

The presenters are as follows:

Ervin Laszlo

Sarah Tomlinson

Ellen Evert Hopman

Marc Seifer, Ph.D.

Kenneth Smith

Susan J. Wright

Pam Montgomery

Nan Moss and David Corbin

Inner Traditions . Bear & Company is one of the oldest and largest
publishers devoted to the spiritual and healing traditions of the world. Our
books celebrate the Earth while seeding a new dream for humanity.

If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to either reply to this
message or email Inner Traditions at


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

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

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.




Rather than a poem this week, here are a few thoughts on the difference between religion and spirituality:


Religion highlights differences; spirituality breeds unity.


Immature religion is an angry child wielding a sword; mature spirituality is the ageing grandmother who welcomes children of all descriptions.


Religion commands; spirituality invites


Religion imposes rules and imparts knowledge; spirituality plants wisdom, fertilizes it with experience and waters it with tenderness.


© 2008, Deirdre Hebert