Archives for 2005

Radio Paganistan Live! The CD Release Party

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Minneapolis, MN. – September 2, 2005 – Welcome to the Pagan Heartland of Minnesota! Steven Posch makes his long-anticipated debut as a recording artist with a CD collection of stories and songs called RADIO PAGANISTAN, from Omnium Records.

Radio Paganistan CDTo celebrate, Eye of Horus is hosting “Radio Paganistan Live – The CD Release Party.” On Saturday, September 24th starting at 6 p.m., Steven will perform his storytelling magic, with musical interludes provided by Drew Miller of Boiled in Lead. Refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public. Eye of Horus is the eclectic mix of metaphysical store, garden labyrinth, and mythic art gallery on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis.

EVENT: Radio Paganistan Live! The CD Release Party
DATE: Saturday September 24
TIME: 6 – 9 pm
COST: Free
VENUE: Eye of Horus Metaphysical Store, Labyrinth & Gallery
2717 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
612.872.1292

http://www.EyeofHorus.biz

Tune in to seven stories, two songs, one poem.

Download the story The Three Gifts from the Omnium Website: http://www.omnium.com/index.html — the first one’s free!

RADIO PAGANISTAN
includes everyone’s favorite song about everyone’s favorite Yule ogress “Mother Berhta’s Coming to Town.” Other stories include The Bride of the Forest (the Brothers Grimm meet the Rite of Spring, in the Great North Woods), The Descent of Anat (take the old Canaanite winter solstice festival, give it a bris, and voila: Hanuka!). And at last you will know who would win if Mother Berhta and Santa Claus got into a fight. Tracks include:

1 The Three Gifts 6:31
2 Moon, Loon, and the Neckring 6:48
3 The Bride of the Forest: the Story 5:31
4 If the People Keep Samhain, Samhain Will Keep the People (The First Jack o’ Lantern) 13:14
5 Witch’s Work is Turning the Wheel 0:49
6 The Descent of Anat: A Hanuka-shpiel 10:48
7 Her Name is Mother Berhta (song) 1:31
8 Mother Berhta’s Coming to Town: The Story 4:41
9 Mother Berhta’s Coming to Town: The Song (Lounge Version) 1:44
10 How Winter Came to Minnesota (or) Mother Berhta and the Mosquitoes 11:04

The two songs Steven sings here are backed up by bass from Drew Miller of Boiled in Lead and percussion from Renée Bracchi of Felonious Bosch.

Steven Posch’s life is a tribute to the danger presented by books. At age 14 he read Robert Graves’ White Goddess, and hasn’t looked back. In 1979 he came to the Twin Cities in search of Paganistan and, except for brief stays in Britain and the Middle East, has lived there ever since. Storyteller, ritualist, heortologist and Semiticist, he has been called “the Pagan Rabbi.”

Radio Paganistan CD“Storyteller Steven Posch is a true Pagan treasure. In his wacky and appealing style, he tells us of how the loon got the ring around his neck, (and) how various geological features of Minnesota came to be… He introduces new listeners to Mother Berhta and her goat Gnasher Skeggi, much beloved of the children of Paganistan. He also reveals new sides to the personalities of ancient Semitic gods like Anat. This is contemporary American Pagan culture at its most creative and its best. I join all Steve’s listeners in affirming, ‘So mote it be!’” M. Macha NightMare, author of Witchcraft and the Web, co-author of The Pagan Book of Living and Dying

CONTACT: Thraicie at 612.872.1292
[email protected]

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August 3 Newsletter

Greetings! A joyous Lughnasadh to all.

Contents:
Events
Featured products
Labyrinth Project

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EVENTS

Tarot readings are available at Eye of Horus. Call ahead to schedule an appointment, or simply walk in.
Thursdays, 1pm – 5pm = Amanda Horton
Fridays, 5pm – 9pm = Emily Keizer
Saturdays, noon – 5pm = Amanda
Cost is approx. $1 per minute (please allow 20 minutes).

Kent Madden is now offering his astrology services, at Eye of Horus. Kent specializes in personal natal charts, transits, and couple’s charts. Cost is $90 per hour. Please allow a minimum of 1 hour per person (2 hours per couple). We will need to know the date, time, and location of your birth. Please call to make an appointment 612-872-1292.

Fridays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm = Reiki Healing by Maggie & Jamie. Cost is $1 per minute, please allow a minimum of 20 minutes.

Daily 07/19 – 10/21 = “Journeys Through the MiddleKingdom & Other Mythic Places”: The water color paintings of Kent Hansen will be featured during this exhibit.

Sunday 08/07/2005, 2pm – 4pm = Lammas Celebration: This is an open event, so don’t be shy. We will be casting a Wiccan circle, and celebrating the holyday also known as Lughnasadh. You do not need to be Wiccan to attend this event. There are two requirements: 1) Please don’t be late. Once the circle is cast it is disruptive to bring late-comers in. 2) Please think of a project or task you’ve been working on lately, which you would like to see come to fruition. This can be as personal & private as you like, since it will not be shared with others.

Tuesday 08/09/2005, 5pm – 6pm = Meet the author: Christopher Penczak. Join us as we welcome the award-winning writer, Christopher Penczak, author of new books “Sons of the Goddess” and “The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft”. Join us for an informal discussion and booksigning. Refreshments will be served.

Friday 08/12/2005, 6:30pm -8:30pm = Hellenic Paganism/Recon. Discussion Group. The first hour will be devoted to book discussion, and second hour will be reserved for ritual. Donations to cover costs are cheerfully accepted.

Saturday 08/27/2005, 3pm – 5pm = Reconstructionists’ meet-up

Saturday 09/10/2005, 2pm – 4pm = Intro to Astrology: by Kent Madden. The study of astrology can be as intimidating as a foreign language, for those who are truly starting out. Kent will guide you through the basics, and provide pointers to get you on your way. Advanced registration of $15.00 is required.
Kent recommends “Astrology of Beginners”, by William Hewitt

Interested in renting our gallery space for your group’s meeting or ceremony? Or how about leading a class/workshop here at the Little Shoppe of Horus? Our gallery space can be booked by calling (612)872-1292. Our fee of $13/hour includes tea & cookies.

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FEATURED PRODUCTS

Music: “Eight Seasons” CD by Saami vocalist Mari Boine

Books: Christopher Penczak’s “Sons of the Goddess; a young man’s guide to Wicca”, paperback = $15.95

Calendars: Several of Llewellyn’s 2006 calendars have arrived. If you have a favorite calendar, let us know, and we’ll make a point of carrying it.
Please note that Jim Maynard’s astrological calendars are not yet available, but we are keeping watch on the situation.

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LABYRINTH

The Labyrinth is open!
The walls of our building are currently being painted, but the Labyrinth is available for use, and the garden space is lovely. Stop by for a meditative stroll, if you haven’t already. Many thanks to all who have contributed money, labor, plants, etc.!

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Blessed be!

Meet Author Christopher Penczak

Join us on Tuesday, August 9th from 5-6 p.m. as we welcome the award-winning author, Christopher Penczak, who will be in town to speak about his new books “Sons of the Goddess” and “The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft.” He will be joining us in the Gallery for an informal discussion and booksigning in our shop. The event is free and open to the public. Call 612-872-1292 for more details.

About the Author

Penczak, Christopher (1973 – ) Christopher Penczak is the author of the books City Magick (Samuel Weiser, 2001), Spirit Allies (Samuel Weiser, 2002), The Inner Temple of Witchcraft (Llewellyn 2002), Gay Witchcraft: Empowering the Tribe (Weiser Books, 2003) and The Outer Temple of Witchcraft (Llewellyn, 2004). He is an eclectic witch, healer and teacher in the New England area.

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts on May 10, 1973, Christopher was raised in an Italian/Polish family while living in Salem, NH. After twelve years of Catholic school and becoming an avowed agnostic, he initially pursued an interest in chemistry, stemming from a childhood fascination with alchemy and herbalism. As a youth, he had an out of body experience, passing out in a fourth grade science class, but observing the whole scene in spirit, from above the room. While in high school, he was visited by an apparition of his recently deceased great aunt. These two experiences made him question his dedication to science and pursue a study of the mystical and occult, as well as his artistic pursuits. He attended the University of Massachusetts as a vocal major, earning a Bachelor of Music Performance/Music Business in 1995 and set his sights on becoming a full time performer. While studying classical voice, he founded a band called Doctor Soulshine that fused mystical imagery and shamanic concepts to traditional rock music.

While in college, a long time friend and teacher introduced Christopher to the principles of witchcraft, meditation and spell work. At first he was skeptical, but his experience with a healing spell at a full Moon ritual was enough to convince him that there was truth to these ideas and he sought to understand more. He took classes with Laurie Cabot, in her Witchcraft As A Science tradition. He was fascinated with the science and philosophy of her teaching, grounding witchcraft in sound thinking and personal experience. A psychic healing experience left him with a sense of empowerment and spiritual connection. After this initial training, he studied with an assortment of witches, shamans, yogis, psychic readers and healers in the New England area, developing an eclectic path of personal witchcraft. He later focused on the healing arts, completing training as a Reiki Master (Teacher) in the Usui-Tibetan and Shamballa traditions and certification as a flower essence consultant.

After graduation from college, Christopher began work at the A&R department of Fort Apache, a recording studio and record label in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He soon found himself leading meditations and ritual groups for friends seeking to know more about the Craft. During his time in the Boston area, Christopher experimented with the ideas he later wrote about in his book City Magick: Urban Rituals, Spells and Shamanism.

Although having no real interest in teaching formally, Christopher received a message during a meditation in 1998 to start teaching more and begin writing. Thinking it was his imagination, Christopher ignored it, saying to himself and the universe, “I’m too busy with my music career. If you want me to teach, give me the time.” The next week he was laid off from his job and had plenty of time. Although with a booming economy and many job opportunities, Christopher had no luck finding a position in the music industry, or a more traditional office job. When he posted a few flyers about meditation and witchcraft classes at a local shop, the response was immediate and he began teaching classes in his home. Soon he was asked to present workshops at local new age stores and centers. Christopher’s practice focuses on introspection, encouraging others to find their own path and create their own traditions while having a solid foundation in the art, science and spirituality of witchcraft.

Christopher published The Second Road Newsletter, A Journal of Alternative Spirituality (1997 ­ 2002) as a quarterly community forum for not only paganism in New England, but also for other traditions of spirituality and healing.

In 2000, Christopher Penczak was ordained as a minister by the Universal Brotherhood Movement, Inc. He is also a part time faculty member at the North Eastern Institute of Whole Health and a founding member of the Gifts of Grace Foundation, a non-profit organization in New Hampshire made up of individuals from diverse spiritual backgrounds dedicated to joyful service to the local communities.

Continuing with his writing, Christopher has since penned Spirit Allies, The Inner Temple of Witchcraft and Gay Witchcraft. In 2002, City Magick won Best Magic book from the Convention of Visionary Retailers. In 2003, he won the same award for The Inner Temple of Witchcraft.

Currently Christopher continues to write books and articles while holding a teaching and healing practice in New Hampshire, where he lives with his husband, science fiction/fantasy author Stephen Kenson.