PaganFM! almanac for the week of September 21, 2008




It’s Sunday, September 21, 2008. It’s the 265th day of the year.


Monday marks the Autumn Equinox, or Mabon.

The moon enters the 4th quarter at 1:04 am, is void of course at 1:04 am, and enters Cancer at 1:48 am.

And, The Sun enters Libra at 11:44 am.


On Tuesday, the moon will be void of course at 5:15 pm and enters Leo on Wednesday at 5:13 am.


Thursday, the 25th, marks the anniversary of the passage of the “Helms Amendment” in 1985. This

Amendment, reading in part: “No funds appropriated under this Act shall be used to grant, maintain, or allow tax exemptions to any cult, organization, or other group that has as a purpose, or that has any interest in, the promoting of satanism or witchcraft: Provided, That for purposes of this section, "satanism" is defined as the worship of Satan or the powers of evil and "witchcraft" is defined as the use of powers derived from evil spirits, the use of sorcery, or the use of supernatural powers with malicious intent.” was attached to the 1986 budget.

In the arguments, Helms posited that Wicca led to illegal and dangerous behavior, equating it to Satanism, and saying that the founding fathers never intended with freedom of religion, to promote cults, witchcraft or Satanism”.

In the end, the amendment was removed from the budget because it was not “appropriate to the bill to which it was attached.”


On Friday, the 26th, the moon will be void of course at 7:20 am, and enters Virgo at 9:52 am.

On this date in 1645, Joan Wilford was hanged for witchcraft at Faversham in England.


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:

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

There are a few Mabon Rituals available tonight, so if you're looking for a place to celebrate the Solstice, you might try one of these:

The Concord UU Earth Centered Spirituality Group will hold a Mabon Ritual at the UU church in Concord, at 7:00 PM, at 274 Pleasant St. in Concord.

The Gwyddon De Bedwin Stryd, (The Witches of Birch Street) in Derry will hold a Mabon circle and celebration. The circle is at 8:00 PM, so please show up by 7:30 to prepare beforehand. This is at Gardenias at 11 Birch Street in Derry. You can reach tehm at  603-432-3977  for more information.


For a different take on the Autumn Equinox, the Uncanoonuc Circle will hold a High Magick Autumn Equinox on Thursday, the 25th. They'll be doing the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, the Hermetic influenced calling and releasing of the quarters, and the Middle Pillar Ritual. If you'd like to understand a bit of ceremonial magick, this will certainly be a good introduction.

This event will take place at 669 Union Street in Manchester, at the UU Church, at 7:00 PM.

Eastern Massachusetts Pagan Pride day is Today!

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:

  • Vodou Love Magic, Kenaz Filan
  • Vodou Money Magic, Kenaz Filan
  • The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, Scarlet Magdalene
  • The Modern Worship of the Gods of Ancient Greece, Hercules Invictus

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

Christopher Penczak will be at Borders Bookstore in Nashua for a lecture and book-signing on Sept. 30 for the Metaphysical Mix. Borders is at 281 Daniel Webster Highway, and this event takes place at 7:00 PM.

You can find more information at or


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, at
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

Talisman Magick: The Art of magick Part Three
Wednesday, Oct 29
Event Location: 189 Kelley Street in Manchester
Event TIME Details: 7 pm to 9:30 pm
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 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 Meet and Greet - one hour before workshops - Please book early as space is limited.

Phone: (603) 603-867-8465 for cost and availability, to register or for more information

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.



Keep your calendar open for November 2. Wendy Rule will be in Manchester, sponsored by New England Pagans and Witches.

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© 2008, Deirdre Hebert