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Celto-Cherokee Pagan, Priest, Frater of the Church of the Hermetic Sciences, sometime writer, astrologer.

Birmingham to host Eighth Annual Witches’ Ball

The ball will be held at Das Haus located at 2318 2nd Ave North, Birmingham Alabama, 35203, on October 20th, 2012, from 7:00 pm until 2:00 am.

The Witches’ Ball in Birmingham has been steadily growing in popularity. The event is held at a downtown club. Due to community fund-raising, the event has no cover charge.

Organizers estimated attendance at the 2011 Ball at 1,600.

This year, six DJs have been engaged, and a costume contest with multiple categories will highlight the evening.

The Witches’ Ball is hosted and presented by Books, Beans, and Candles in association with Euphoria Nights, Magick City Pagans, and Sexy Ink.

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Auburn, Alabama Pagan Pride Day

Auburn Pagan Pride Day was held on September 23 at the Davis Arboretum on the University campus. The event, the first such in a number of years, was sponsored by the Church of the Spiral Tree of Columbus, Georgia, supported by Dogwood Local Council of the Covenant of the Goddess and the Auburn Pagan student association, Pantheon.

There were vendor and informational booths, presentations and classes, crafts, hula-hoops, and horseback rides for “children of whatever age.” Donations were collected for animal rescue and for the East Alabama Food Bank.

The event ran very smoothly and was well-received by the several hundred attendees.

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Birmingham’s Beltaine Ball

Birmingham’s Beltaine Ball is April 30th at Das Haus (aka The German Club, 2318 2nd Ave N), beginning at 7:00pm.

It is a masquerade ball; dress is formal (from any time period, or Pagan Formal). Tickets are $25 per person. Dinner and music are included, and the usual cash bar will be operating.

The event is produced by Books, Beans, and Candles MS. Tickets are available in person or on the web, but not at the door.

This is one of the two major annual Pagan community social events in Birmingham, the other being the Witches’ Ball in October. We expect to provide a review of the event during the first week of May.

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Steve Collins / Lord Senthor of Ravenwood Tradition Passes On

Another Pagan Elder Passes

(Birmingham, Alabama) by Freeman Presson via PNC-Georgia 3/17/2011
[Note: We will be updating this article daily as more information is received.]

Steve Collins, widely known for his years playing joyous Pagan music, both solo and with the band he founded, Moonstruck, passed away on the afternoon of March 14th, 2011.

Known within the Ravenwood Church of Wicca as Lord Senthor, he was a 3o High Priest who served the tradition in various capacities for over 30 years, most recently as High Priest of his local coven, Children of the Cauldron.

He was also a member of a Cherokee bloodline tribe, the Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama. He always honored his American Indian roots alongside his Pagan spirituality.

Plans for a public memorial service in the Anniston, Alabama, area were under development at press time.

Many people remember him fondly. His FaceBook wall is filling up with tributes, and the response to our request for remembrances follows:

“He was a pioneer in the world of Pagan music. He started when there were very few folks singing songs for the Old Ones and he inspired many others to walk that path. Everyone in pagan music owes him a debt. I will miss him.” — Arthur Hinds, Emerald Rose

“He could play nearly any instrument at all, and had been performing professionally since age 11. The festivals, mine and others, just won’t be the same without him and his music. The sound of his flute at drum circle will especially be missed. He first played music for my festival, Moondance, in 1994, and played at nearly every one of my festivals since then. Moondance 2011 will be dedicated to him, and we will honor him during the weekend.” — Linda Kerr, Church of the Spiral Tree and organizer of Moondance and FallFling Pagan festivals

“I knew him from the local Pagan music scene. He supported local Pagan music, was very generous about letting other bands use his equipment, and often organized music for gatherings. — Sara aka Sarsen, member of the band Medieval Funk

“Lord Senthor was very devoted to his land, particularly the circle space. An excellent musician and host, he managed to be warm and formal at the same time. His graciousness and warmth exemplified what every Craft leader should be.”
— Lord Peregrine, Sage Moon Grove, California

My Craft name is Tabhorian [tavorian], though some know me by my older name, Earendil. My wife’s is Sidhogi na Crannah [shee-og na craw-na]. My lineage is via Lady Artanis to Lord Merlin, and Susan’s is via Lord Adrianne to Lady Sintana.

L. Senthor and L. Epona were introduced to me by my then HP Ossian Gillebert in Gainsville (aka Lord Adrianne to the older folks) at Samhain after I had broken off with my Carrollton coven in 1991. Senthor and Epona lent a sympathic ear.

Our new Gainsville coven where I met Susan and others attended a few rituals with the Children of the Cauldron in Alabama, and also with their subgroup in Atlanta, and we were all good friends. When Susan and I were handfasted down at ‘The Mill,’ they gave us a really nice terracotta bas-relief of Demeter, that we have kept above our altar from that day to this.

Ossian died of cancer about 6 years ago and had his wake down at Limerick Junction Pub. Senthor came at the same time and we all sat down together and talked the whole night. It was a wonderful wake. When I say he was a man of peace, and a consoler, I refer to this night. We were excellent to each other. The last time I saw Senthor was at the Lady’s (Sintana) memorial last fall. He spoke to us all, and sang several of the old songs afterwards.

Lord Celeborn and Lady Brighid and their group and Lady Artanis and her sons and I are all pretty bummed and shocked about this. It is through our faith in the Lady and Lord and a belief that we will all meet again and love and be reunited with the Hidden Children that gets us through tough times like this.
— Tabhorian of Ravenwood Tradition

“As a vendor at Pagan Festivals, I often set up right across from the stage and heard his Southern-Pagan songs so many times I can still hear them in my head now (years later). We would both arrive early and stay late, so I had many nice late-night conversations around the fire with him during these times. He was a good man, a worthy priest of the Goddess, and I am glad to have known him.” — Zebrine Gray, Trustee of Tara Dhatu

“We knew Steve for many years, both individually and through working with him at various Pagan gatherings. Not being ‘Trad’ I never worked with him in Circle, but as small as the Pagan music world used to be we all worked our own brand of collaborative magic (Pagan music) for years: shared sound systems, did setup and takedown, coordinated music and the like. We spent many weekends camping and making music over the years. He’ll definitely be missed.” — Clyde Gilbert, Emerald Rose

“I am very thankful for his years of service to the Pagan Community through his teachings, his music, and his leadership. I, like many others, mourn his passing, but take comfort in knowing that he lives on in our memories and in the many lives he has blessed.” — Selena Fox, Circle Sanctuary


Edited to distinguish Ravenwood Tradition from Ravenwood Coven 3/17/2011:18:02

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Birmingham Witches’ Ball 2010 a Huge Success

Birmingham, Alabama (PNC) — Members of Magick City Pagans (MCP), including the staff of Books, Beans, and Candles MS (BBCMS) and members of Circle of the Sacred Spirit (CSS) worked and raised funds for months to prepare for the Seventh Annual Witches’ Ball, which was held on October 23 at adjacent downtown clubs: FDSK “Das Haus” (the German cultural club) and the Rogue Tavern. Volunteers decorated both clubs earlier in the day.

Both venues provided food, reduced drink prices, and some special drinks for the occasion. Two DJs, Kristoph and Seth, played nearly continuously. Tarot readings were available at Das Haus for part of the evening.

According to Mitchell Hagood of BBCMS, the principal impresario of the event, at least 1200 people were there for some part of the evening, completely eclipsing previous attendance figures.

Costumes were a mad whirl. There were, unsurprisingly, many witches, along with various movie characters, vampires, some fruit, the Goddess Gaia, and enough fetish wear for a separate dungeon party. No one tried to pull off Harry Potter, but there was a very convincing if overgrown Dobby. Three prizes were offered for the best individual costume and one for best couple. Best couple was won by a master and slave in vinyl and mesh; Gaia, a beautiful geisha, and a very detailed Avatar Na’avi workup took the individual prizes (in that order). Everyone’s honorable mention was a professional-looking full-body Alien, but Alien didn’t register for the contest.

Birmingham is also home to smaller Pagan socials at Yule and Beltane.

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Events in Birmingham Area

Magick City Pagans (MCP) Meeting – Reiki Class — Sept. 10

Magick City Pagans meets the second Friday evening of every month at
Books, Beans and Candles MS, 1620 Richard Arrington Blvd.,
Birmingham. Social time from 6:00 pm, meeting runs 7:00 – 9:00.

Hallowed Oaks Grove (ADF) Mabon/Autumn Equinox — Sept 18

The FaceBook event page is set up again this year for this Mabon ritual & feast.

Date: Sept 18, Saturday
Time: Ritual at 12 noon with potluck feast immediately following. We plan on being finished by 4 pm.

Witches’ Ball — Oct. 23
7:00 pm – 2:00 am at Rogue’s Tavern and FDSK Das Haus (2nd Ave. N. and 18th Street, Birmingham)
Details here.

Contact for events not otherwise specified: Mitchell Hagood at BBCMS, 205-453-4636.

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