And welcome to the PaganFM! almanac for the week of October 12, 2008.

 

Taking a look at the weather ….

 

Today is Sunday, October 12, 2008. It’s the 286th day of the year.

It is also the birthday of Aleister Crowley, who was born on this day in 1875.

Crowley is perhaps one of the most notorious figures in the world of the occult, even if only in reputation rather than in deeds. Crowley, known, often with pride, as “The wickedest man alive” was a member of the Ordo Templi Orientis, the Golden Dawn, and the founder of Thelema. It is from Crowley that Wicca derived “An it harm none, do what thou wilt”. In his teachings, Crowley wrote “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. Love is the law, Love under will.”

 

On Monday, the 13th, the moon will be void of course at 1:02 am, and enters Aries at 3:07 am.

Monday is the day that Columbus Day is observed in the United States. Christopher Columbus reach Land in this hemisphere on October 12, 1492 (which would be October 21 if using the modern calendar).

 

It is also the day a number of French Templars were arrested in 1307. Among these was Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar.  October 13, 1307 was a Friday, and this is believed to be the origins of Fridays, falling on the 13th being unlucky. Demolay was forced to sign a confession saying that as part of his initiation, he had denied Christ and trampled on a cross. He then was compelled to write a letter saying all Templars did the same, which brought about the downfall of the Knights Templar. His name lives on today in the Order of DeMolay which is a fraternal order for young men, sponsored by the Masons.

 

The full moon, known as the Hunter’s Moon or Blood Moon appears on Tuesday, the 14th at 4:02 pm. Tuesday is also the beginning of the Jewish period of Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles, during which they are instructed to eat in temporary structures with roofs of organic material from the ground, reminding them of their temporary dwellings during the 40 years spent in the desert.

 

Wednesday sees a void moon at 3:36 am, which enters Taurus at 5:31 am.

 

On Friday, the 17th, the moon is void at 3:33 am, and enters Gemini at 6:25 am.

 

Saturday, the 18th is the anniversary of the birth of Nicholas Culpeper. Culpeper was a man of many talents, but his most important contributions were to the art of medicine. As an herbalist, Culpeper eschewed the traditional methods of herbalism which relied on tradition without explanation. Culpeper wished to know why certain herbs were beneficial for certain conditions and thus gave rise to more modern methods of pharmacology.

 

Looking at our list of upcoming 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


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


 


On October 16, The Gwiddon de Bedwin Stryd class 2008 will hold a Full Moon Circle (Blood Moon in Taurus) at Gardenia's in Derry.

This is a Full Moon open circle, led by the class of 2008.

Gardenias is located at 11 Birch Street in Derry
Please arrive by 7:45, and teh circle starts at 8:00 pm.

Directions: on website http://mygardenias.com
Phone:  (603) 432-3977 


OPEN CIRCLE: Sunday, 10/19/08 - 7PM
Join members and friends of the MoonPool Coven for our Bi-Monthly
Celebration and Discussion group. This is a wonderfully enriching,
educational and fun circle. Learn about different ways of celebrating the
turns of the Wheel of the Year, meet new people and learn to share
personal experiences, stories, laughter and joy in the spirit of the
seasons! You can find a link to the Moon Pool Coven on our PaganFM! links page for more information or directions.


 

STUDY GROUP: Sunday 10/19/08 - 6PM (before Open Circle) ? Beginner
meditation class, designed to give a broad introduction to meditation,
teachings, and practice. The classes combine guided meditation with
practical spiritual advice that you can immediately apply as a method for
solving the stress and problems in your life. In these classes, you will
learn how to meditate, how to establish a daily practice, how to
concentrate, and how to overcome distractions. You will also learn
different meditation techniques that help you cultivate positive states of
mind, such as patience and love.

Located at the Universalist Unitarian Church at 15 Kenoza Ave, Haverhill,
MA
near the NH border.
Evening begins at 7PM with a meet-and-greet,
followed by a Celebration Circle and ending with a Cakes & Ale Discussion
Group.

Free-will donations and non-perishable food items for the Church are
appreciated as are appropriate snacks to share with the group.


Oct. 30th. 2008 Manchester, New Hampshire

Samhain! All Hallow's Eve Ritual

All Hallow’s Eve is upon us as the Wheel of the Year winds down. This is a night where we traditionally honor our ancestors and contemplate the lives of past loved ones. Come. Join us and honor your loved ones, your ancestors as we learn about Innana, the Queen of Heaven and her journey into the Underworld. Discover why and how she made the descent down to the Land of the Dead. Find out how her journey can be interpreted as lesson that teaches us that death is but a passageway to a new cycle of life. Join us for a powerful, special ritual of the Wheel of the Year: We will be entering the Darkness - metaphorically and literally as we work toward balance.

Uncanoonuc Circle is an open, eclectic Neo-Pagan group. We gather to celebrate the eight Sabbats in the Wheel of the Year with rituals open to the public. Since we are an eclectic group, each ritual we do is unique with a different focus as we try to hit upon the variety that exists. All the topics of the Sabbats are family friendly. Uncanoonuc CUUPS also performs serious energy work at the Esbats.

If you are looking for a new home, come and visit. If you wish to remain solitary yet need a connection with others or if you simply do not have the energy to celebrate on your own, then come! You will be welcomed.

Event Location: 669 Union Street in Manchester
Event TIME Details: 7:00 pm

 


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 


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


Sunday, December 21, we'll celebrate Yule, or the Winter Solstice. In honor of that day, we'll celebrate the solstice, here at PaganFM! You're invited to attend a solstice ritual right here at the station. We'll have the ritual, then cakes and ale (non-alcoholic), fellowship, and then start the radio program as usual, at midnight. Consider joining us, and send us an email at dee@paganfm.com so that we can know how many people to expect and plan accordingly.

 

Look, as the landscape turns from green to brown

From the color of life to the color of the ground.

The earth, from whence live begins

Reclaims all.

For I, the Earth, am the mother and the undertaker.

I bring life in birth, and take back unto myself in death.

Not love, but purpose brings forth life.

Not retribution, nor destiny brings death.

Purpose brings forth life, purpose brings death,

And once more, purpose returns life.

Rejoice and be glad!

For sadness and despair are but choices.

 

© 2008, Deirdre A. Hebert