PaganFM! almanac for December 21, 2008


Hazardous weather outlook.


Today is Sunday, December 21, 2008. It’s the 356th day of the year.

It’s Yule, and the Sun enters Capricorn at 7:04 am.

The moon will be void of course at 11:57 am, and will enter Scorpio at 6:36 pm.


Monday, the 22nd of December is the beginning of Hanukkah.


It was on this day in 1970 that Janet and Stewart Farrar started their first coven together in London.


On Wednesday, the moon will be void of course at 12:29 am, and enters Sagittarius at 6:13 am.

Wednesday is also Christmas Eve, and marks the beginning of the Celtic tree month of Birch.


Thursday, December 25th is Christmas Day. This is the day on which Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

For some, it is also the feast of Frau Holle, who is a Germanic goddess. She was reputed to leave gifts under spinning wheels.


On Friday, the 26th the moon will be void of course at 6:25 pm, and enters Capricorn at 6:56 pm.

Friday is also the beginning of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa was created by Ron Karenga in 1966 as a week-long African-American holiday – the first African-American holiday. It gave “Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday and gave Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society”.

The name “Kwanzaa” is derived from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “First fruits”.


On Saturday the 27th, the moon will be new at 7:22 am.

It’s the birthday of Gerina Dunwich, who was born on that day in 1959. Gerina is a well-known pagan author, occultist, astrologer and poet.


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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:



Dec. 21st. in Derry, New Hampshire

Yuletide Concert with Myschyffe Managed

Event Details: Myschyffe Managed is a New Hampshire-based acapella group specializing in medieval and renaissance madrigals. Their material is drawn primarily from the madrigal masters of old from Italy, England, Spain and France. Their goal is to recreate a small part of the musical past for the entertainment and appreciation of the public.

CDs will Available for sale.
This is a child friendly event.

This event takes place at Gardenias,: 11 Birch Street in Derry

visit the Website:

We did speak to Gardenias on Saturday, and even with the storm, they're still planning on having this concert. Still, many events are cancelled today, so if you're planning on attending, it might be a good idea to give them a call closer to the event time.

The Gwiddon De Bedwin Stryd presents...

New Moon Circle

When: Dec. 27th. 2008
Where: Derry, New Hampshire

New Moon Cirlce (Capricorn)

Event Details: The Circle begins at 8pm BUT, you are required to have arrived by 7:30 (Class 7pm) . Loose clothing is encouraged, but do remember to dress warmly.

This event takes p lace at Gardenia's, : 11 Birch Street in Derry
Arrive by 7:30 (Class 7pm) , Circle begins at 8pm.

ctions above.
Gardenias is located on Route 28


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
Orleans, 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
Orleans, 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:

Uncanoonuc CUUPS presents...

Imbolc: Festival of Light & Love Ritual

Jan. 29th. 2009, 7:00 pm
: Manchester, New Hampshire, 169 Union St.

Imbolc: Festival of Light & Love

In the midst of the dead of winter, the small signs of the return of spring glimmers forth. With the snow still surrounding us, let us celebrate the Festival of Lights by celebrating love.

Learn more about Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love as we stand together against the cold, longing for the warmth that awaits as the Wheel slowly turns. Uncanoonuc CUUPS invites you to attend this unique Mid-Winter Ritual. There is no fee to attend, but donations are accepted.

After the ritual, everyone is invited to socialize (let us make connections with each other!) and enjoy a potluck snack/desert. Mark your calendars - come and learn about the nature of love, come to celebrate the turning of the Wheel of the Year.

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.

Our poem today comes from Gerina Dunwicy, whose birthday is this week, from her web site.


by Gerina Dunwich


I am a Witch
With rhymes and reasons.
I am a changeling like the seasons.
My mother is the Moon,
My father is the Sun,
With Goddess Earth am I as one.

I am a Witch, a Pagan child.
Mother Nature's spirit wild
Grows within me, Flows within me,
Meandering like a spellbound stream,
Enchanting my every waking dream.

I breathe the air of liberation,
I tend the fire of transformation,
I drink the water of creation,
Earth-magick is my conjuration.

I am a Witch of shadow and light,
Of Avalon mists and ravens' flight.
I am a Witch, with pride say I,
For a Witch's soul does never die.



© 2008, Deirdre A. Hebert