Wednesday, 22 February 2017

News Stories: Witches, Witchcraft and Warts

"Meet The Women In Modern Covens" - story at The Debrief: http://www.thedebrief.co.uk/news/opinion/meet-the-women-in-modern-covens-20170266582

"You Can Change Your Hair Color With Your Mood, Thanks To This Witch's Invention" - story at Refinery29: http://www.refinery29.com/2017/02/141715/witch-color-change-hair-dye

"Inside the macabre witchcraft museum displaying 'corpse trousers' made of human skin" - story at Mirror.co.uk: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/inside-macabre-witchcraft-museum-displaying-9842057

"How to find anti-witch evil averting marks in your house that could indicate it was once believed to be haunted" - story at NEWS.com.au: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/how-to-find-antiwitch-evil-averting-marks-in-your-house-that-could-indicate-it-was-once-believed-to-be-haunted/news-story/682818790b216970d1f82a86493b24a4

"Making Sense of Medicine: Warts don't happen only to witches" - story at The Daily News of Newburyport: http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/lifestyles/making-sense-of-medicine-warts-don-t-happen-only-to/article_4ff59c68-813d-5852-9009-a5da20f2b843.html

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

First Copies: Every Day Magic - A Pagan Book of Days


In this photograph you can see the very first copies to be printed of a book that I spent most of last year working on. It is called Every Day Magic - A Pagan Book of Days and contains contributions from nearly 50 pagan authors and practitioners from many different traditions across the world, including Caroline Wise, Elen Sentier, Ellen Evert Hopman, Geraldine Beskin, Melusine Draco and Rachel Patterson.

As publisher Moon Books says on its website:
Every Day Magic - A Pagan Book of Days contains 366 spells, rituals, meditations, Pagan prayers, divinatory techniques, poems to read and recipes and craft projects to try out, along with the details of festivals that take place throughout the year. All the activities are intended to be easy to follow so you can pick up the book, open it to a day and find something you can do. There are festivals from the ancient world and modern Pagan celebrations as well.
As well as coming up with the idea for Every Day Magic, I edited and contributed to it. However, as it is a community book I will not be receiving royalties - I asked for any money raised from it to be used to help bring more pagan writers' works into publication.

The book isn't due to be officially launched until November 24, but you should soon be able to put in pre-orders. The RRP for the paperback is £8.99 in the UK and $14.95 in the US, while the e-book should be £3.99 / $5.99. The ISBN is 978-1-78535-567-7.

The photo shows a few early copies I was sent as samples of the printing.

Links and previous related posts
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2017/01/the-bad-witchs-10-new-years-resolutions.html
http://www.moon-books.net/books/pagan-portals-pagan-book-days
http://www.moon-books.net/books/pagan-portals-candle-magic

Monday, 20 February 2017

Pagan Eye: Totality - Solar Eclipse Art in Exhibition


This is a photo of Totality, an art installation by Katie Paterson. It is part of an exhibition called A Certain Kind of Light that is on at Eastbourne's Towner Gallery at the moment.

A Certain Kind of Light explores how artists have responded to light, its materiality, transience and effect. Katie Paterson's glitterball is made with images of almost every solar eclipse that has been known to humans. The images move across the room, reflecting the progression of an eclipse. It is pretty stunning to see - although all of the exhibits were impressive.

There is due to be a real solar eclipse on 26 February. It will be an annular eclipse, meaning the sun will look like a ring of fire around a dark central circle. The eclipse should be visible from the southern tip of South America to Angola in Africa. Sadly it will not be visible at all in London, but you could pop down to Eastbourne and see Totality to make up for that.

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.townereastbourne.org.uk/
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/05/pagan-eye-solar-eclipse.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/05/solar-eclipse-this-sunday-may-20-my.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/10/pagan-eye-blood-moon-in-october-2014.html

Friday, 17 February 2017

Review: Hay House Basics - Astrology

Astrology is one of those things I've always wanted to be able to do - particularly because my grandma was an astrologer. Back before the First World War she worked for Alan Leo, who is often called The Father of Modern Astrology. Sadly, my grandma died when I was a child and so never taught me the skills of constructing a birth chart or interpreting one.

Over the years I've read several books with the intention of teaching myself the skills of astrology, but still didn't get the hang of it. In general I found they were either too superficial or too complicated for me to get beyond the basics of what the various zodiac signs and planets symbolise.

However, I am very pleased to say I have finally got over that hurdle. The book that did it for me was Astrology: A Guide to Understanding Your Birth Chart by Yasmin Boland. It is in  the Hay House Basics series, which is a range of reasonably priced books teaching mind, body, spirit subjects in a clear and concise way so that anyone can understand them. I'm a big fan of the series and Hay House Basics - Astrology is possibly my favourite so far.

Right from the start the book gets you working on your own birth chart with practical exercises that you can either fill in on the pages or in a notebook. (I did the latter, as I don't like to deface books.)
It takes everything slowly and explains the principles in easy-to-grasp terms. By the end I felt I was finally able to look at my chart and understand what the lines, rings and symbols on it mean.

Of course, it is a beginner's book, aimed at giving a ground in the subject. Reading it and doing the exercises can only be the first step in actually learning to be an astrologer. And, as Yasmin Boland says in the conclusion, the best thing to do when you have finished is read the entire book all over again - perhaps using it to work on the birth chart of a friend, loved one or family member. I expect I'll be doing that, too.

You can order Astrology: A Guide to Understanding Your Birth Chart via Amazon.

Links and previous related posts
http://www.hayhouse.co.uk/
http://charts.allstarastrologers.com//form/YB/FREECHART/
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2015/12/review-hay-house-basics-numerology.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2015/01/review-angels-lead-new-series-of-basics.html
https://www.facebook.com/yasminboland
@HayHouseUK
@hayhouse

Thursday, 16 February 2017

This Week's Pagan Events In and Near London


Here are events over the next 10 days or so that could be of interest to pagan. Most are in London, because that's where I live, but I often mention a few that are in other parts of southern England. If you know of an event that you want listed, please email the details to me at badwitch1234@gmail.com.

Thursday 16 February; Start of four-week shamanic course - Walking the Medicine Wheel with Giselle. Venue: Wicca Moon, 50 Well Hall Rd, London, SE9 6SH. £80.00 per person for the entire course. Time: 12.30pm-2pm. For details or to book a place email shirlee@wiccamoon.org.uk or call 020 8850 7803. You can also visit the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Wicca-Moon-101700123226695/

Thursday 16 February; The Thin Veil of London. Two-hour walk around Holborn and Bloomsbury, interwoven with mysteries from the stories of Arthur Machen, with Minimum Labyrinth. Tickets:  £17.50 (£12.50 concessions). Time: 6pm-8.30pm. Details and booking:  www.minimumlabyrinth.org.

Thursday 16 February; The Heart of Life. Talk and book signing by Jez Hughes. Venue: 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 16 February; Wisdom of the Body - movement class with live drumming with Behind the Veil Shamanism. All welcome, Venue: The Hall, St Philips Church, Earls Court Road, London W8 6QH. Time: 7pm for 7.15pm start. Entry: £18, you must reserve a place in advance. Details: http://www.meetup.com/Behind-The-Veil-Shamanism/

Thursday 16 February; South London Wicca Meetup. Initiatory Training - Qabala. Venue: Tooting Bec, London - a private house. Time: 7pm. You must be a member of the meetup group to reserve a place on this event: http://www.meetup.com/South-London-Wicca-Meetup/

Thursday 16 February; LDN Talks @ Night, The Science of Paranormal Activity. Talk by Professor Chris French organised via Funzig. Venue: Hoxton Square, London, N1 6QT  (Exact address will be provided after booking). Time: 7pm. Tickets: £10. http://uk.funzing.com/funz/8357

Thursday 16 February; Divine I Am Inner Child Healing and Shadow Work at the London College of Spirituality. Venue: Columbia Hotel, 95-99 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3NY. Time: 7pm. Tickets £25/£30. http://www.londoncollegeofspirituality.co.uk/ev13february2017

Thursday 16 February; The Circle of Ankerwycke moot on the third Thursday in each month. Venue: Function room at the back of the Two Rivers Pub, 43 Church Street, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4EN. Time: 8pm.

Thursday 16 February; House of Heron Drum Circle to Shamanic Journey. Venue: Caer Corhrain, 1 Southleas farm cottages, Lower Road, Minster, Sheppey, ME12 3SW. Time: 7.30pm. This takes place on the third Thursday each month. For more information visit http://www.touchtheearthuk.com/

Friday 17 February; Ascension Intelligence: Attaining Wholeness in a World of Delusion. Talk by William Henry. Venue: College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm. Cost: £14/£18. Advance booking recommended. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Friday 17 February; Colour between Light and Darkness Seminar with Georg Schad. Rudolf Steiner House, 35, Park Road, London, NW1 6XT. Time: 7pm. Details: https://www.meetup.com/spiritual-science-at-rudolf-steiner-house/

Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 February; Palmistry/Hand Analysis Conference 2017. Hosted by the London School of Astrology. Venue: Friends Meeting House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ. Time: 10.30am Saturday to 4.45pm Sunday. To book your place, call the LSA on 020 8402 7772, email  admin@londonschoolofastrology.co.uk or make payment to ‘LSA’ and post to: LSA, BCM Planets, London WC1N 3XX. Cost: £55 per day (in advance), £60 on the door, or £100 for the weekend. https://www.facebook.com/events/1247200538696544/

Saturday, 18 February; Labyrinth – Gateway to the Infinite Self. Workshop with Tony Christie. Organised by Alternatives. Venue: The Columbia Hotel, 95-99 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3NS. Doors open 10am, runs to 5pm. Tickets £65/£50 online. For more details and to book tickets: http://www.alternatives.org.uk/

Saturday, 18 February; Exorcism: A one day seminar with David Goddard at Atlantis Bookshop. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop, 49a Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LY. Time: 11am-5pm. Tickets: £50. Tel: 020 7405 2120 or email atlantis@theatlantisbookshop.com.

Saturday, 18 February; Religion, Myth and Superstition in London's History - guided tour at the Museum of London. Venue: Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN. Time: 2pm. Tickets: £12.50/£10. Booking and details: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london

Saturday, 18 February; Within Walls: the archaeology of magical house protection. Talk by Brian Hoggard. Venue: Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG. Time: 4.30pm-5.30pm. Tickets £5. http://www.lauderdalehouse.org.uk/

Sunday 19 February; Meditation at Russell Brands Trew Era Cafe, 30 Whitmore Road, London N1 5QA. Starts 10.15am. Free event. Details: https://www.meetup.com/meditation-trust-london/

Sunday 19 February; Ageless Wisdom for Everyone - talk about Theosophy. Venue: The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place London, W1U 8EA. Time: 2pm. Details: https://www.meetup.com/Theosophical-Society-in-London/

Sunday 19 February; Practical Sigil Magic. Afternoon Class with Mark Vincent. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 1pm - 5.30pm. Ticket price £40. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Sunday 19 February; 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. https://www.facebook.com/events/759478640871356/

Monday 20 February; Short Talks, Big Message. Series of short talks organised by Alternatives. Venue: St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL, Doors open 6.30pm. Event starts: 7pm. Tickets £15/£10 online. For more details and to book tickets http://www.alternatives.org.uk/

Tuesday 21 February; Healing Energy Workshop: Connecting to your Intuition with the Meditation, Sensing Energy and Intuition Development Meetup Group. Venue: St Stephen's Church, Gloucester Road, London SW7. Time: 7pm. Price: £15. Details and booking: https://www.meetup.com/Sensing-Energy-and-Intuition-Development/

Tuesday 21 February; Unveiling the Sushumma: The New Navigating System. Lecture by David Manning. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm-8.30pm. Cost: £14/£18. Advance booking recommended. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Wednesday 22 February; “The Wild Hunt and the Witches” lecture by Ronald Hutton. Talk at The Folklore Society. Venue: The Senate Room, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Time: 5pm-6pm. Tickets £5. http://folklore-society.com/events/the-wild-hunt-and-the-witches

Wednesday 22 February; Let's Meditate - group meditation. Venue: Buddha on a Bicycle, Covent Garden, London. Starts 6pm. Donations of £3 recommended. Details: http://www.meetup.com/meditation-trust-london/

Wednesday 22 February; Hertford Pagan Moot. Interview with Gardnerial HP Tam Campbell. Venue: White Horse Pub, 33 Castle Street, Hertford, Herts SG14 1HH (45 mins from central London). The pub does not have disabled access. This moot meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 8pm. contact via Facebook page Hertford Pagan Moot.

Thursday 23 February; Moments. Talk and book signing by Laura Lovehearts. Venue: 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 23 February; 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 (pictured at the top of this post). Gather from 6.45pm for a 7pm start in Redcross Way outside the Memorial Gates, London SE1 1TA. For more details, visit http://www.crossbones.org.uk/ The new website is: http://crossbones.org.uk/

Thursday 23 February; Wilhelm Reich and the Occulted Body Lecture. Lecture by Dan Lowe. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pmstart. Ticket price £8. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Thursday 23 February; Killer Clowns: Moral Panic and Urban Myth - talk at London Fortean Society by Scott Wood, author of London Urban Legends. Venue: The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7EX. Tickets £4/£2 plus online booking fee. Time: 7.45pm. Bookings: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/383003 Details: https://www.facebook.com/LondonForteanSociety/

Thursday 23 February; The Art House and the Crick Crack Club Present Others from the Other Side. Performance storytelling by Clare Muireann Murphy live on the Arthouse stage. Venue: ArtHouse Crouch End, 159A Tottenham Lane, N8 9BT. Time: 8.30pm. Audience: 14 (or thereabouts). Tickets £8/10. http://www.arthousecrouchend.co.uk/crickcrackclub/

Friday 24 February; Perpetual Choirs. Talk by Giles Bryant. Venue: Rilko (Research Into Lost Knowledge). Public lecture. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35, Park Road, London, NW1 6XT. Time: 6.45pm, lecture starts 7.15pm. Entrance: £8/£10. http://www.rilko.net/EZ/rilko/rilko/home.php

Friday 24 February; Gerrie March presents her Students. Venue: College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm. Cost: £10/£12. Advance booking recommended. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Friday 24 February; Earthstars Group Meeting. Merlin, Thresholds and the Fatherless Child. A presentation by Elen Sentier, author of Pagan Portals - Merlin: Once and Future Wizard. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Rd, London NW1 6XT. Time: doors open 7pm, talk at 7.30pm. Entry £12.  https://www.facebook.com/Earthstars-Sacred-Space-104790729559515/ or www.elensentier.co.uk

Friday 24 February; London Dreamtime: Haunted Hampstead. A wintery walk through Hampstead’s narrow alleyways, picturesque streets and dark woodlands. Venue: Meet in a secret location. Time: 7.30pm. Price: £9 tickets. For details email vanessa@londondreamtime.com or visit http://londondreamtime.com/calendar/

Sunday 26 February; South London Red Tent Meetup. Women-only event and you must be a member of the group to attend. Venue: The Horse and Groom, 60 Streatham High Road, South London. Time: 11.30am. Details and booking here: https://www.meetup.com/South-London-Red-Tent/

Sunday 26 February; Children of The Wild Wood - Initiatory Study Circle: Stone Magic organised by Grove of the Green Goddess. Venue: The Goat Pub, Carshalton Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 4HJ, Near Mitcham Junction train Station/tram link. Time: 2pm. Donations of £3 welcome. https://www.meetup.com/Grove-of-The-Green-Goddess/

Sunday 26 February; The Thin Veil of London. Two-hour walk around Holborn and Bloomsbury, interwoven with mysteries from the stories of Arthur Machen, with Minimum Labyrinth. Tickets:  £17.50 (£12.50 concessions). Time: 4pm-6.30pm. Details and booking:  www.minimumlabyrinth.org.

Sunday 26 February; Remote Rite: Dark Moon Banishing Rite with the London Pagan Community and the Grove of the Green Goddess. You must be a member of the meetup group to book for this event and take part. Time: 7.30pm https://www.meetup.com/Londonpagancommunity/

Sunday 26 February; New Moon Circle of Sisterhood -Journey to the Dark Goddess - Women Only with Behind the Veil Shamanism. Venue: The Hall, St Philips Church, Earls Court Road, London W8 6QH. Time: 7.30pm. Entry: £18. Details: http://www.meetup.com/Behind-The-Veil-Shamanism/

Note: I do not organise any of these events. Although I try to make sure the details on my listing are accurate, I do not always know about late changes or ticket availability etc. Please contact the organiser before attending any event.