Friday, 19 September 2014

Autumn Equinox: Balancing the Sun and Moon


This weekend is the Autumn Equinox, when the hours of day and night are of equal length. It is a time in pagan Wheel of the Year to honour balance.

Pagan rites will often call to the God of the Sun and the Goddess of the Moon, with a commonly held view that the divine masculine corresponds with solar energy and the divine feminine corresponds with lunar energy. But, of course, in reality that isn't always the case and there are plenty of sun goddesses and moon gods.

Sun goddesses include Japan's Ama-Terasu; the Hesperides who are called "The Sunset Goddesses" in Greek mythology; Australian Gnowee, who holds the sun up as a torch in the sky each day to find her lost child; Catha, Etruscan goddess of the dawn and new beginnings; and Sulis, who was worshipped in England at Bath.

There are even more moon gods than there are sun goddesses. They include Sin, from Mesopotamian mythology (who I named a cat after), Tsukiyomi, a Japanese moon god and brother to Ama-Terasu; Mani, the Norse moon god; Kidili, an Australian moon god; and Chandra, the Hindu god of the moon.

I saw the wooden plaque in the photo above in a charity shop a couple of weeks ago and felt that it was perfect to hang above my altar for this Autumn Equinox - the God of the Moon embracing the Goddess of the Sun, in balance, in harmony and in love.

Previous related posts
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2010/09/words-for-autumn-equinox.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2009/01/cat-by-any-other-name.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2008/12/ama-terasu-goddess-of-week.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/09/an-alchemical-marriage-at-rosslyn-hill.html

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Back to Magic School: Hedgewitchery

Hedgewitchcraft is a form of witchcraft inspired by the magic of cunning folk, wise women and traditional witches. As well as being knowledgeable about divination, herb lore and magic spells and rituals, the hedgewitch gets her name from a form of shamanic journeying known as "crossing the hedge".

The hedge that the witch crosses represents the barrier between this world and the Otherworld. The art of journeying is often a quest for information from ancestors, faeries or spirits.

Hedge-Witchery, an online witchcraft training provider run by hedgewitch and author Lily Oak, has just announced that its first three online courses are complete and ready to study on its website, www.hedge-witchery.co . The course titles are Tarot Part 1: The Major Arcana, Introduction to Journeying, and Introduction to Magical Ritual.

Lily said: "There will be many more courses added as we build membership numbers."

These courses are all available to full members, and full membership starts at just £2.50 per month (based on a year's membership). There is no extra cost. You sign up and you can start as soon as you have access to the site. All the courses include;
  • More than an hour of bite-sized video tutorials.
  • Written resources.
  • Three assignments, with feedback.
Lily added: "There will be some other courses offered in the future, which have additional costs, but as you can see from the membership price, we are committed to keeping these costs as low as possible."

Below is a link to a short video about Hedge-Witchery and you can find out more information about membership here: http://hedge-witchery.co/page/membership-information




The photo at the top shows Lily Oak at the Hedge-Witchery stand at the Mind Body Soul Experience in London. You can win tickets to this years MBS event here: http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/09/competition-win-mind-body-soul-london.html

Links and previous related posts
http://hedge-witchery.co/
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2013/10/review-quick-and-easy-tarot-by-lily-oak.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/07/review-hedge-witchcraft-pagan-portals.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/08/review-hedge-riding-pagan-portals.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/09/competition-win-mind-body-soul-london.html

Pagan Eye: The Watchstone on Orkney, Scotland


As Scottish people vote today on whether they want Scotland to become independent or stay part of the United Kingdom, I thought I would post this picture I took when I was in Orkney earlier this year.

The picture shows an impressive monolith known as the Watchstone, which is on the bank where the Stenness and Harray lochs meet, close to the Standing Stones of Stenness. It is a beautiful place, full of amazing archaeological sites.

As much as I love Scotland, I'm not going to give my opinion on how the people of that country should vote today. That is up to them. Whatever is decided, I certainly plan to visit Scotland again in the future.

My Pagan Eye posts show photos that I find interesting - seasonal images, pagan sites, events, or just pretty pictures. If you want to send me a photo for a Pagan Eye post, please email it to badwitch1234@gmail.com Let me know what the photo shows and whether you want your name mentioned or not. For copyright reasons, the photo must be one you have taken yourself.

Links and previous related posts
http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/monoliths/watchst.htm
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/06/scotland-holiday-standing-stones-of.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/06/scotland-holiday-barnhouse-neolithic.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/07/pagan-eye-hidden-stone-circle-in.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/09/pagan-eye-last-witch-burnt-in-scotland.html

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Competition: Win Mind Body Soul London Tickets

The Mind Body Soul Experience organisers are kindly offering readers of A Bad Witch's Blog two pairs of free three-day passes for the next month's Mind Body Soul Experience in London - normally priced at £54 . All you have to do for a chance to win a free pair of tickets is enter a simple competition - the details of which are further down in this post.

This great prize gives you the chance to attend the Mind Body Soul Experience at London's Olympia Central absolutely free of charge - and have a great time while you are there.

You can engage your mind, indulge your body and nurture your soul at the three-day event from 24-26 October. With meditation, Bollywood dance and palm reading among many other activities, you’ll have a weekend to remember. Musical performances and crystal singing bowls will delight you as you soak up the multi-cultural atmosphere. Visitors come to the Mind Body Soul Experience to relax and unwind, and experience new ideas from ancient wisdoms.

This event aims to offer an experience like no other, and what’s more, this year there’s a big added benefit for all visitors – entry to the Mind Body Soul Experience allows you entrance into the OM Yoga show at no extra charge. Two shows for the price of one.

There are many free workshops at the show, but here are the details of how you could also win free entrance tickets:

Competition
To be in with a chance to win two pairs of tickets just answer the following question.

Which of the following will you be able to find at the Mind Body Soul Experience?

a) Crystal singing bowls
b) Wooden singing spoons
c) Paper singing cups

Email your answer to me, the Bad Witch, at badwitch1234@gmail.com by the closing time of midnight, Sunday 12th October 2014, to be in with a chance of winning. The two winners will be picked at random from the correct entries.

The Mind Body Soul Experience is at Olympia Central, London, on 24, 25 and 26 October, 2014.
Opening Times: Friday 11am - 6pm; Saturday 10am – 6pm; Sunday 10am – 5pm
Online admission costs per day: Adults £10; Concessions £8
On-the-door admission per day: Adults: £12; Concessions £10
Two and three-day tickets also available online.
You can find out more and register for a free show guide at: www.mbsevents.co.uk

Links and previous related posts
www.mbsevents.co.uk
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/09/mbs-experience-ten-healing-reasons-to.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2013/10/a-great-day-at-mind-body-soul-event-at.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/09/impressions-of-mind-body-soul-experience.html

Autumn Equinox Pagan Events in London and Nearby


Now to 2 October; Tales from the Autumn House art exhibition. Venue: The Belfry, St John on Bethnal Green, 200 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA. Open Thursdays and Fridays from 6pm to 9pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 5pm. You can find out more here: www.facebook.com/talesfromtheautumnhouse. Twitter: @theautumnhouse. Artist website: http://www.haslandgraphica.com/

Thursday 18 September; Sacred Walks and The Kingston ZodiacAdventure - walking the Virgo sign in Beddington. Meet at St Marys Church Beddington Church Road, Beddington SM6 7NJ at noon. Walk takes about 2 hours. Cost £10, advance booking required: http://www.meetup.com/Sacred-Walks-Kingston-Zodiac-Adventure/

Thursday 18 September; The Key Lessons to Spiritual Intelligence in Leadership. Talk and book signing by Sarah Alexander at Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 6.30pm. Free event. For more details Tel 020 7836 2182 or visit the website http://www.watkinsbooks.com/

Thursday 18 September; Book launch event for The Monster's Wife by Kate Horsley. Venue The Atlantis Bookshop, Museum Street WC1. Time: 7.30pm. To attend this event you must reserve a place in advance. Contact the Atlantis Bookshop on 020 7405 2120.

Thursday 18 September; Seidr and Sacred Sites In Sweden. A presentation by Imelda Almqvist. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT, Entrance is £10 Concessions and donations possible, pay at the door. Doors open at 7pm – all welcome. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sacred-Space-at-Steiner-House/104790729559515

Thursday 18 September; PFL Autumn Equinox Open Ritual facilitated by Hendon Heathens. Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn London. Time: 7.30pm for 8pm start. Ritual ends around 9pm followed by feasting until 10pm. Entrance: £6/£5 PF members. Please bring seasonal food and drinks to share at feast after ritual. For more details, visit http://london.paganfed.org/

Thursday 18 September; Croydon CoA Witches Gathering with talks and social activities at 1 Matthews Yard, off Surrey Street, Croydon. 8pm start. Entry: £1/£2. Event held on the third Thursday each month. For more details visit: http://www.witchfest.net/

Friday 19 September; The Path: Find, Forge and Following your Calling. Talk by Kathleen O’Hara and Rasheed Ogunlaru, organised by the London College of Spirituality. Venue: Westminster Quakers Meeting House, 8 Hop Gardens, off St Martins Lane, London WC2N 4EA, London. Time: 7pm. Cost: £10, booking essential. Details: http://www.meetup.com/londonspirituality/

Friday 19 September; Traditional Tibetan Medicine. Talk by Dr Nida Chenagtsang. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm-9pm. Cost: £14/£16 Advance booking advised. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Saturday, 20 September - 21 September; International Conference On Theosophical History. Venue: 50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA. Tickets: £30 per day (£25 concessions, £20 TS members) or £50 for both days (£40 concessions, £30 TS members). For full details: http://www.theosophicalsociety.org.uk/index.php/events/international-conference-on-theosophical-history

Saturday, 20 September; Goddess Workshop with Wendy Stokes, author of The Lightworkers' Circle Guide.Venue: Spirit of Isis, Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex. Time: 11am - 3pm. £15. Free parking in the Abbey Gardens car park. www.wendystokes.co.uk http://www.spiritofisis-healing.co.uk/circles-and-workshops.html

Saturday, 20 September; Autumn Equinox: Lore and Magic workshop with Suzanne Corbie. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 10.45am arrival for 11am start. Finishes 5.30pm. Tickets £45 (£25 deposit, balance on the day). Call 0207 419 8507. For further details: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Saturday, 20 September; Autumn Equinox Open Ritual at Avebury stone circle in Wiltshire. Celebration of the second harvest organised by Sue Dorney. Everyone welcome, please bring with you an apple, or any piece of seasonal fruit or veg. Starts at noon. https://www.facebook.com/events/1466597300280875/

Saturday, 20 September; Free and Open Gorsedd of Caer Abiri Autumn Equinox Celebraton. Druidic ceremony to celebrate the Autumn Equinox at Avebury stone circle in Wiltshire. Meet at the Red Lion pub from noon for ceremony around 1.30pm. The ritual should end at 3pm, then back to the pub. Offerings of bread, mead and song or poetry welcome. Overnight camping is allowed in the overflow car park.

Saturday, 20 September; Woodland Autumn Equinox Ritual and Celebrations with Hern’s Tribe 2014. Location: Woods behind Coombe Lane, Croydon. Meet at Coombe Lane tram stop for 4pm. Event goes on until 8pm. Free event but bring food and drink to share. To reserve a place contact Mani on 077689 41373. http://www.paganfrontiers.com/

Saturday, 20 September; Masterclass - Bardo with Dr Nida Chenagtsang. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 6pm-8.30pm. Cost: £14/£16 Advance booking advised. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Sunday 21 September; The Celtic Medicine Wheel with Lynn Gosney and Bruce Scott at Caer Corhain Shamamic Development Centre of the Isle of Sheppey, North Kent. For more details and information on how to book, visit http://www.touchtheearthuk.com/

Sunday 21 September; People’s Climate Multi-faith Gathering in London. A short period of prayer, reflection, meditation, contemplation before the People's Climate March and coinciding with International Peace Day. Location: Victoria Embankment Gardens, Temple Section (the little park next to Embankment tube). Time: 12.15pm - 1pm. More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/776690835721794/

Sunday 21 September; Myths and Mysteries of the Thames. Talks by City of London guide Robert Stephenson and Scott Wood, author of London Urban Legends.Venue: HMS President, Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0HJ. Time: 11am. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes. Tickets: £7.50 Adults - £5 Concessions. For more details and tickets: http://totallythames.org/events/info/londonist-afloat-terrific-tales-of-the-thames

Sunday 21 September; Southwark Mysteries - a walk with John Constable. Meet: Tabard Street Piazza, off Borough High Street, London SE1 1JA (Borough tube). Time: meet 1.45pm – depart 2pm. Walk lasts 90 mins. Tickets: £8 advance, £10 on day subject to availability. For more details and to book tickets, visit: http://www.southwarkmysteries.co.uk/#/walks-and-performances/4557067289.

Sunday 21 September; Painting your Sacred Space art meditation workshop. Venue: Islington Arts Factory, 2 Parkhurst Road, Holloway, London N7 0SF. Time: 11.30am – 4.30pm. Tickets £25, advance booking essential. For more details and to book tickets visit: http://www.cosmiclogic.co.uk/

Sunday 21 September; International Peace Day Picnic with Pagan Frontiers of London. Meet at the Italian Gardens in Hyde Park for a walk to the Peter Pan statue and the picnic. Time: Noon - 4pm. Free family friendly social event. For more details: http://www.paganfrontiers.com/

Sunday 21 September; Alban Elued / Autumn Equinox on Primrose Hill with the Loose Association of Druids. Open ritual hosted by Jeremy Morgan, the Druid of Wormwood Scrubbs. Venue: The Hawthorne Grove, Primrose Hill, Regents Park, London NW1. Starts at 12.45pm, ends at around 2.30pm. Nearest tube: Chalk Farm.

Sunday 21 September; Meetup for the Autumn Equinox with the London Wicca Meetup Group - a chance to meet the group and plan events for later in the year. Venue: Anchor pub, Bankside, 34 Park St, Southwark, London SE1 9EF. Time: 2pm - 5pm. For more details and to reserve a place, call The 07581 198380 or 07848 448669 or visit http://www.meetup.com/The-London-Wicca-Meetup-Group

Sunday 21 September; Londonist Afloat with London Dreamtime. Venue: HMS President Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0HJ. Price: £7.50/£5 concsTime: 3.30pm. For more details visit http://londondreamtime.com/calendar/

Sunday 21 September; Autumn Equinox Rite with The Cotswold Order of Druids at the Rollright Stones, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. Time: 3pm. Free event but donations welcome to cover site hire. http://www.rollrightstones.co.uk/

Sunday 21 September; Dawn of the Oak. Pagan moot on the third Sunday of each month. Venue: Upstairs at The Castle, 34-35 Cowcross Road, Farringdon, London EC1M 6DB (near Farringdon tube). Time: 3pm-6pm.

Sunday 21 September; Masterclass - Phowa with Dr Nida Chenagtsang. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 6pm-8.30pm. Cost: £14/£16 Advance booking advised. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Sunday 21 September; Celebration of the Autumn Equinox. Wheel of the Year ritual drawing from Celtic earth/pagan traditions at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, 3 Pilgrim's Place, London NW3 1NG. Time: 7pm. Tel: 020 7433 3267. http://www.rosslynhillchapel.com/

Monday 22 September; The Southwark Mysteries- a walk with author John Constable. Meet: Tabard Street Piazza, off Borough High Street, London SE1 1JA (Borough tube). Time: meet 6.45pm - depart 7pm. Walk lasts 90 mins. Tickets: £8 advance, £10 on day subject to availability. For more details and to book tickets, visit: http://www.southwarkmysteries.co.uk/#/walks-and-performances/4557067289

Monday 22 September; African Shamanism, Spirit Dreams and Indigenous Medicine. Talk by John Lockley, organised by Alternatives. Venue: St James's Church Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL. Time: 7pm - 8.30pm. Tickets £8/£12. For more details and to book tickets: http://www.alternatives.org.uk/

Monday 22 September; Conversations with Martians. Talk at The Salon of the Third Eye with Steve Wilson. Venue: The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London. E1 7EX. Time: 7.30pm. Entry £2.

Tuesday 23 September; Wheel of the Year Festival, Autumn Equinox at Chalice Well World Peace Garden, in Glastonbury. Gathering at the Well Head at 12pm for celebration and meditation until 12.30pm, then gather on the lower lawn for quiet conversation. Free admission from 10am until noon, then normal price admission. For more details about Chalice Well, visit the website http://www.chalicewell.org.uk/

Tuesday 23 September; Informal meeting of the London Hell Fire Club. Venue: The Fitzroy Tavern, Charlotte St, London. Time: from 6pm. Details about the HFC are in the ebook Secret Symbols of the Hell Fire Cluband basic information can be found at: http://www.hellfireclubbooks.co.uk/

Tuesday 23 September; Communicating with Animals - Interspecies Telepathic Communication. Lecture with Jane Summers. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm-8.30pm. Cost: £10/£12 Advance booking advised. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Tuesday 23 September; Crossbones Vigil to honour The Goose and the outcast dead of Cross Bones Graveyard. Bring a flower, a ribbon, a totem or memento to tie to the shrine. Gather from 6.45pm for a 7pm start in Redcross Way outside the Memorial Gates, SE1 1TA, opposite the Boot and Flogger pub, just north of the junction with Union Street. Nearest tubes Borough or London Bridge. The event is free, but donations are welcome. For more details, visit http://www.crossbones.org.uk/

Wednesday 24 September; Energy Workshop with Cobwebs at Cauldrons at Romford Shopping Hall. Cost is £20, deposit of £5. Time 10am-noon. http://www.cobwebsandcauldrons.co.uk/

Thursday 25 September - 11 January 2015. Witches and Wicked Bodies - an updated version of the exhibition about historic portrayals of witchcraft that was on in Scotland last year. Venue: the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Free event. For more details visit: https://www.britishmuseum.org/

Thursday 25 September; Paolo Viscardi of the Horniman Musuem: Interpreting the Unusual - explore examples and explanations of the weird and wonderful that may say more about us than the paranormal. Talk at the London Fortean Society. Venue: The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR. Time: 7.30pm - 10.30pm. Entry: £3/£2 concessions. For more details, visit http://forteanlondon.blogspot.co.uk/

Friday 26 September, William Burroughs Walk with Antony Clayton and William Redwood. The walk starts at 6pm from Westminster Reference Library. This event is free but booking is essential. Please book at the library, ring 020 7641 6200 (ext.2) or email referencelibrarywc2@westminster.gov.uk

Friday 26 September, Hidden Energy Fields Revealed. Lecture by Harry Oldfield at Rilko (Research Into Lost Knowledge). Venue: 50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA. Doors open 6.45pm, lectures starts 7.15pm. Entrance: £8/£6. http://www.rilko.net/EZ/rilko/rilko/home.php

Friday 26 September, A Skeptic's Guide to Ghost Hunting. Talk by Hayley Stevens at Greenwich Skeptics in the Pub. Venue: The Star and Garter, 60 Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NY. Time: 7.30pm. (Note, this is not the normal day of the month for this meeting) http://greenwich.skepticsinthepub.org/

Friday 26 September, Abraxas #6 Launch Party. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7pm start. Free event but advance booking essential. Call 0207 419 8507. For further details: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Saturday 27 September; Seriously Spooked - one-day convention about ghost investigations run by ASSAP. Venue: Conference Aston, Aston University, Birmingham city centre. Tickets £25. Details and tickets: http://www.assap.ac.uk/Spooked/

Saturday 27 September; Egyptian priests and priestesses of the last thousand years BC. Gallery Talk. Venue: Room 4, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 1.13pm-2pm. Free event, just drop in. For more details visit: https://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar.aspx

Saturday 27 September; Wicca Introduced. The Children of Artemis one-day introductory Wiccan course in London with an informal question and answer session at a local pub afterwards. Venue: Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. Time: 11am until 6.30pm. Ticket Price: CoA Members £22, non members £27. To book a place and for more details, visit: http://www.witchfest.net/wiccaintro.htm

Saturday 27 September; The 3 Lucks: the keys to live an abundant life and find your true calling. A talk by Laurent Langlais on Destiny, Chinese astrology and Feng shui. Venue: The King and Queen Pub, 1 Foley St, London W1W 6DL. Time: 2.30pm. Tickets: £13; £11 early bird. Paypal for early bird: Laurent.langlais@spacessential.com or at the door. http://www.laurentlanglais.com/

Saturday 27 September; London Dreamtime present… the sleeping ones. Venue: A secret location near Nunhead,. Price: £3. Time: 5.30pm. Early reservations essential. For more details visit http://londondreamtime.com/calendar/

Sunday 28 September; Holistic and Mystic Fair. Venue: The Arc, Caterham on the Hill, Surrey CR3 5XY. Time: 10am – 5pm. Tickets: Adults £3 or two for £5 if bought online in advance, accompanied children free, concessions £2. Details: http://holisticandmystic.com/

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Review: The Book of Faerie - Elves, Faeries & Goblins

There are an awful lot of books about faeries about these days and it can be hard to pick one that gives you the kind of information you are looking for. However, if you are a pagan who wants to find out about the genuine folklore of the faeries of the British Isles, The Book of Faery - A Guide to Faeries, Elves and Goblinsby Michael Howard is a book I would thoroughly recommend.

Publisher Capall Bann says about The Book of Faery on its website: "This is not a New Age work on cute, gossamer winged flower faeries. It is based on historical and folklore sources and personal experiences that reveal the truth about the realm of Faerie or faeryland and its inhabitants. This truth encompasses the dark side of faery lore as well as its bright aspects."

The first part of the book looks at the etymology of the word "faery" - deriving from the French and Latin terms for fate, but coming to mean "otherworldliness". It talks about how people have envisaged and depicted faeries over the centuries, differing suggestions as to their origins and perceived links between faeries and witches. Changelings, Arthurian faery legends, the Fairy Faith as a folk belief system, explanations of the nature of faeries and accounts of faery sightings right up to modern times are all covered.

After this, the much longer second part of the book is an A-Z of Faery Folk. This is full of superb folkoric research and is fascinating to read. As well as elves, goblins, gnomes, piskies and the like, it includes mythological figures with faery connections, such as the Irish goddess Aine, who is queen of the fairies as well as being the goddess of summer, and Cailleach, the Scottish goddess of winter who became demoted to being a faery hag. There are named faeries linked to specific regions - such as the hideous Nukelavee who terrorised Orkney islanders of bygone times - and even faery items, such as the Faery Flag of Dungevan Castle.

For those who are unsure whether faeries exist and are looking for help to understand the phenomena, here is what the book's introduction has to say: "Since prehistory the human race has believed in the existence of spirits cohabiting with it on this planet. Over the centuries a vast amount of myth and lore has built up about those known as faeries who are described in dictionaries as ‘small imaginary [sic] beings of human form with magical powers’. The fact that there is so much historical information available about these entities and even today people are still encountering them suggests they have a separate existence outside of the human mind and imagination."

However, the tone of the book is balanced  and based on solid research. Whether you are an academic interested in folk beliefs, a writer looking for inspiration for a fairy tale or someone who, like me, thinks they might have had a personal glimpse of faeryland, I am sure you will find The Book of Faery offers plenty to interest, inspire and help you come to a better understanding of elves, goblins and their kin.

Links and previous related posts
http://www.capallbann.co.uk/
The Book of Faery - A Guide to Faeries, Elves and Goblins
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2008/10/do-you-believe-in-fairies.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/01/review-fairies-magical-beings.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/12/review-wood-wisdom-guide-to-sacred.html

Monday, 15 September 2014

Events: Fulgur Esoterica Conference and Art Exhibition


Fulgur is running its annual two-week event celebrating esoteric art starting in October. Called I:MAGE, the event consists of an art exhibition, talks and a one-day conference. Here are some of the highlights:

I:MAGE at the Warburg Institute : A Special One Day Conference on Esoteric Art
When: October 25, 10am - 9pm
Where: Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0AB
Tickets: £60

Organised by Fulgur Esoterica, this one-day of lecture aims to offer an insight into the emerging category of esoteric art by focusing on what has been defined as one of its key aspects – the engagement between artists and spirit entities and what this means in terms of artistic expression. The I:MAGE day of lectures will take place at the Warburg Institute, one of the most renowned centres for the study of cultural, intellectual and art history.

Leading scholars in the field will present original research on the intersection between artistic currents such as Surrealism, modernism and abstraction and esoteric movements such as witchcraft, Spiritualism, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and Theosophy. By exploring a range of artists with different historical contexts and means of expression this event hopes to inspire artists and researchers working with these themes today and to develop the framework upon which further research, both historical and contemporary, can be carried out.

The lecture series will be followed by a relaxed evening of entertainment and music at Treadwell’s Bookshop a leading gathering point for Esotericism in London. Browse the books, meet new and old friends and share some food and drinks with us. Please note: this is a private event for the Warburg event attendees and speakers only. Treadwell’s Bookshop is located 5 minutes distance from the Warburg Institute.

Website: http://fulgur.co.uk/event/image-at-the-warburg/

The Colours of Western Esotericism: An Evening Workshop with Jesse Bransford
When: October 22, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Where: Cob Gallery, 205 Royal College Street, London, NW1 0SG
Tickets: £20

Colour has enormous potential for facilitating lateral thinking and free association. It is these qualities that make it such a powerful concept in esoteric thought, theory and practise.

As a history of the idea of colours from antiquity to the present, the workshop will rely primarily on colour ‘systems’ articulated in Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy and the work of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. As a hands on practium, the workshop will weave participants down a path towards an understanding of colour that will enable novel constructions and enhance one’s visual and/or esoteric practice.

No previous experience is necessary. Tempera paint, student grade paper and brushes will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own materials, provided they are water based. Note: No solvent based paints or thinners can be used in this workshop. For participants bringing their own materials, a minimum colour spread of red, blue, yellow, green black and white will be necessary for the workshop.

Jesse Bransford is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work has been exhibited internationally at venues including, The Carnegie Museum of Art, the UCLA Hammer Museum, PS 1 Contemporary Art Center and the CCA Wattis Museum, among others. Jesse is also Clinical Associate Professor of Art and Art Education and Director of Undergraduate Studies at NYU.

Website: http://fulgur.co.uk/event/colour-western-esotericism/

Goddess, Speak – Artist Interview, Caroline Wise in conversation with Liz Insogna
When: October 28, 7.30pm - 9pm
Where: Cob Gallery, 205 Royal College Street, London, NW1 0SG
Tickets: £7

Liz Insogna is a New York based artist who after 10 years in the fine art world has more recently began working with the Goddess through the self-initiatory path of art. Today, Caroline Wise inter-views her about her first magical experiences, about art as a magical practice and about the changes in perspective which occur after one begins to look at the world through magical symbols. Liz is currently conducting her first cycle of Goddess invocations and documenting her experiences on the I:MAGE blog. Several of her paintings will be exhibited at I:MAGE. Caroline Wise has been involved with the Goddess movement for 30 years, and works in esoteric publishing.

Website: http://fulgur.co.uk/event/colour-western-esotericism/

Embodied Spirits and Fetishes: An evening talk from David Graeber
When: November 1, arrive at 6.45pm, event 7pm - 8.15pm
Where: Cob Gallery, 205 Royal College Street, London, NW1 0SG
Tickets: £7

Anthropologists have always had a very ambivalent attitude towards magic. To some degree this is because they are heirs to the Enlightenment tradition which sees religion as a matter of humans foolishly bowing down before their own creations, confusing their own powers with exterior natural or supernatural forces. But magicians don’t really do that. So there’s always a creeping sense that in some way, they actually do get it right. What’s more, one has to ask: if what’s called ‘fetishism’ is, at root, our tendency to see our own actions and creations as having power over us, how can we treat it as an intellectual mistake? Our actions and creations do have power over us. Even for a painter, every stroke is a sort of commitment. It affects what she can do afterwards. In fact, this becomes all the more true, the less caught in the shackles of tradition one becomes.

Exploring Creativity, Magic, Nature and Spirits…
In tonight’s talk our speaker will explore the relationship between creativity, magic, nature and spirits, as well as how anthropologists could learn something from both artists and practitioners of magic, and perhaps vice versa. David Graeber is an American anthropologist, author, anarchist and activist who is currently Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics. David conducted fieldwork in Madagascar where he studied magic. David’s last publication, Debt, the last 5000 years has been translated in 14 languages and won the inaugural Bread and Roses Award for radical literature and the 2012 Bateson Award of the American Society for Cultural Anthropology. David is also a columnist for the Guardian.

I:MAGE 2014 Afterparty
Following the lecture, Fulgur invites you to say goodbye to the spirits who kindly presided over the two weeks of esoteric art with a party. The evening includes a collaborative art installation where guests will be given the opportunity to leave an offering to your spirits and to meet new ones. Light bites and drinks will be provided. The party is free but you need confirm attendance by emailing Livia at livia@fulgur.co.uk

Website: http://fulgur.co.uk/event/embodied-spirits-fetishes-david-graber/

And here is one more event linked to I:MAGE

Black Mirror Volume 0: Launch Party
When: October 30, 7pm - 10pm
Where: Cob Gallery, 205 Royal College Street, London, NW1 0SG
This is a free event but please register your attendance by emailing livia@fulgur.co.uk. Places are limited.

Fulgur and University Arts Bournemouth invite you to the first official event by Black Mirror, a re-search network exploring the relationship between modernism contemporary art and the occult. Tonight we launch Territory the first volume produced by the network and published by Fulgur. We will celebrate with a performance by Mark Titchner entitled The Fool. Contributors to this volume include Massimo Introvigne, Gavin Parkinson and Ulli Seegers amongst others. Speeches from the network coordinators begin at 7:30pm. Performance begins at 8pm.

Links
http://fulgur.co.uk
http://fulgur.co.uk/events/

MBS Experience: Ten Healing Reasons to Visit

The Mind Body Soul Experience is on at London Olympia on 24, 25 and 26 October in 2014 and one of its focuses this yeear is on healing.

Here are the details of ten types of healing that you could try out if you visit the event:

1. Healing through breathing with Conscious Breathworks
Air is precious and essential to your health and performance but apparently if you inhale too much, you may be creating problems for yourself. Visit Conscious Breathworks on Stand 05 to find out more.

2. Healing through Reiki
Reiki is a Japanese word meaning Cosmic Energy, and those who practise take this power and channel it through their bodies as healing energy. Parag’s Reiki Hut on Stand 48 takes this alternative therapy and helps to heal, relax and rejuvenate.

3. Healing through Reflexology
Reflexology is the art of healing through reflex areas and points found on the feet. It relaxes the whole body, and can bring about a general feeling of wellbeing. Visit Flourishing Feet on Stand 133 or Nature’s Touch Reflexology on Stand 104.

4. Healing through Sophrology
Created in Spain in 1960, Sophrology is about consciousness in harmony. It claims to help with stress, anxiety, self-confidence, insomnia, pain and chronic fatigue. The Sophrology Academy can be found on Stand 49.

5. Healing through light therapy
Light therapy healer Simon Hinton uses a combination of healing therapies, which he claims can reduce pain, heal tissue and increase the rate of wound healing. Visit Oracle Television on Stand 140.

6. Healing through Jyorei
Jyorei is a healing art that focuses spiritual light and gradually penetrates and dissolves the spiritual clouds that cause physical, emotional and personal dilemmas. It is practised by the adherents of Shumei, a Japanese religion. You can find out more on Stand 25 at the show.

7. Healing through aura imaging
Using an auracam, Therapies of Hope photographs and views the aura - the energetic body that surrounds all living things. Therapists can use this to try to determine whether your mind, body or soul are out of balance, and how to address any issues. Visit Therapies of Hope on Stand 67.

8. Healing through brainwaves
The Theta brainwave can be used to connect with the energy of everything to access the limiting beliefs and feelings stored within the subconscious mind, and change them into empowering ones. Visit Bourgeon on Stand 57 to find out more about changing what you believe, and how you feel.

9. Healing through massage
Massage can leave you feeling invigorated, relaxed and energised. It is a gentle and non-invasive treatment that is suitable for everyone. Visitors can take a break from the hustle and bustle of life to stop by Massage World at Stand 137.

10. Healing through energy therapy
Energy therapists are complementary healers who claim to channel healing energy. Healers bring health, balance and relaxation to those seeking help. Visit the Association of Energy Therapists on Stand 54 to learn more.

Whether you need healing on a physical or a spiritual level, or just want to try out complementary therapies to see what they are like, a visit to the Mind Body Soul Experience offers a huge variety of different treatments in one place. There are also a huge range of other talks, workshops, entertainment and stalls at the event and you can get a programme here: www.mbsevents.co.uk

The Mind Body Soul Experience is on 24, 25 and 26 October, 2014, at Olympia Central, London.
Opening Times: Friday 11am - 6pm; Saturday 10am – 6pm; Sunday 10am – 5pm
Online admission costs: Adults £10; Concessions £8
On-the-door admission: Adults: £12; Concessions £10
Two and three-day tickets also available.

Mind Body Soul Experience ticket will also gain you free access into the OM Yoga Show which will be situated in an adjoining hall so you get to see two shows for the price of one. You can register for a free show guide at: www.mbsevents.co.uk

Pagan Eye: Burial Chamber in Cornwall


This lovely picture of an Neolithic site was sent in by Sophie Mason who was on holiday in Cornwall.

Sophie said: "It is a burial chamber by the side of a road (actually the road goes over the top of the “back” half of it!) near Lamorna on the south coast of Cornwall, right down at the westerly end. It’s part of a group of four monuments including the “Merry Maidens” stone circle. The chamber is very well preserved, including having been strengthened by the addition of a steel girder inside, most likely to ensure it isn’t damaged by traffic on the road above, but this is very tastefully done and you can’t see the girder unless you crawl right inside the mouth of the chamber."

She added: "According to a helpful local bloke that we met, the stone at the entrance with multiple grooves on it is a concrete replica, the original being in a museum; it looked the same as all the other granite stones to me but then I’m no geologist. If it is a replica it certainly doesn’t spoil the experience. He thought the grooves might be axe sharpening marks.

"Other useful info about this site: the bus from Penzance to Land’s End goes right over the top of it and there is even a bus stop right outside the entrance to the Merry Maidens’ field. And the South West Coast Path runs about two miles away."

Thanks very much much Sophie for letting me post the photo on my blog.

My Pagan Eye posts show photos that I find interesting - seasonal images, pagan sites, events, or just pretty pictures. If you want to send me a photo for a Pagan Eye post, please email it to badwitch1234@gmail.com Let me know what the photo shows and whether you want your name mentioned or not. For copyright reasons, the photo must be one you have taken yourself.

The image is copyright Sophie Mason

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