Category Archives: Alabama

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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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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Atlanta Pagan Roundtable

“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”

~ Mike Jones

The Atlanta Pagan Roundtable is a cooperative group of Pagans active in their social and spiritual communities dedicated to education, leadership, activism, networking, outreach, and community building.

To assemble a group of pagan leaders together, as we all know, has been a difficult task in the past. When I was invited to an earlier meeting, I was hesitant to go, but I admire the people that want to make a difference and I decided to go on the adventure. The first meeting I attended there was a room full of well organized and delightfully serious pagans sitting in a large circle. That day proved to be invigorating, and I met interesting excited people from the Pagan community which was not what I had expected.

As for the next meeting, many emails and scheduling issues later, the next was a go and we were all planning on a visit to the Stone Mountain area. Due to an illness, an unfortunate circumstance, the original meeting place needed to be changed. “Oh Great, here we go!” I thought as I read my emails. To my surprise, Aislinn of Pagan Market Place jumped in and graciously offered up her house and the meeting was back on.

As per instructed, “Please be prompt” we were graciously invited into her beautiful home. The group organizers and creators were very well prepared to lead the discussion. There was a dry erase board set up listing the outline created by Oakthorne. We made our casual conversation and began on standard time.

The objective of the meeting was to discuss the topic of “What are some concrete ways we can bring our goals to manifestation?”, with a recap of previous meetings. We had brainstorm harvesting, open discussion and project organization, and finished with a dinner and open social time.

 

 

 

The meeting ran smoothly, and many groups were represented. Pagan Market Place of Ideas, North Georgia Solitaries, Pagan Assistance Fund, Wisdom of the Goddess School of Witchcraft, A Spritual Blend, Gryphon Song, Grove of Draconis, Temple of the Red Lotus, The Unicorn Tradition, Sylvan Forest, and Blue Lotus Grove. There are many other groups involved with Atlanta Pagan Round Table which were not able to attend.

All in all, the meeting was pretty interesting, productive, and what I would call successful. We discussed ideas, came to consensus, and decided on affirmative actions to move forward and create our future. I know one group that will hold a spot on my calendar from this point forward, and hopefully the gathering will be as personal and well attended in the future.  I now truly understand the purpose and meaning of the Roundtable meetings credo: “Community Without Walls”, and just what that means.

Check  out Pagan Roundtable on face book and Atlanta Round Table Yahoo group.

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Local Pagan Podcast

I’ve recently found a local Pagan podcast I enjoy. The podcast is insightful, it brings personal perspective, and has a balanced format. I’m entertained by this podcast and thought you might want to check it out…. it’s called Twitchy Tidbits with Taryn.

“I began recording my first podcast shortly after becoming hooked on them as a listener. I asked myself ‘Why not?’ Since then, I’ve evolved as a speaker, and I’m learning to be more savvy in the techy department. I record because I like to talk- obviously- and because I see things in the pagan community that mystify me, amaze me, and anger me.” – Taryn

It’s undoubtedly interesting and opinionated while the subject matter is not over exigent. You can truly feel her passion for the subject she is discussing and seems to be looking for feedback about her shows.

The show is generally well produced and follows relatively the same format every episode. The beginning episodes show the tell tale signs of a new podcast host, but as with anything new, there will be growing pains. She has seemed to work out many of the kinks in the tech department; this latest episode is a testament to that. The show really delivers fresh content each new episode.

“Now, I try to put into each episode segments that deal with things pagans are actually concerned about, and I believe in throwing into the mix segments about what I think pagans should be concerned about. For instance, I have a hard time identifying myself as a Wiccan while using the Rede as my spiritual backbone. I think it is incomplete and needs some updating without losing the history behind it. That’s a challenge I think is really important for modern pagans in general: practicing in a modern world without losing the history, ancestry, and tradition behind it.”

“I’m always trying to make the show better! In the near future, I will be bringing pagan music into the show, and on Episode 8 I will debut a listener submission opportunity, the winner being announced on air and having their piece posted on the website.” – Taryn

The show is not too long, with most of them around thirty minutes, which is great for a commute or listening while doing your mundane shopping. It’s the perfect podcast for those who want something to listen to besides the mundane news. So lie back, or go shopping and listen to Twitchy Tidbits.



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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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