Friday, 24 October 2014

Samhain Pagan Events in London and Elsewhere


Here are some of the events over Samhain - or Halloween - in London and other parts of southern England that could be of interest to pagans:

Now - 2 November; IMAGE 2014, Travelling with Unfamiliar Spirits - two-week celebration of esoteric art with series of events at The Cob Gallery, 205 Royal College St, London NW1 0SG. To see the full list of events taking place over the two weeks, visit:http://fulgur.co.uk/events/

Now to 11 January 2015. Witches and Wicked Bodies exhibition at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Free event. For more details visit: https://www.britishmuseum.org/

Now to 20 January 2015; Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination. Exhibition at The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB. Tickets £10/£5 free for under 18s. http://www.bl.uk/whatson/exhibitions/gothic/

Friday 24 October; Songs for Samhain. Gig with folk musician Hannah Sanders. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £10. Advance booking required. Call 0207 419 8507. For further details: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Friday 24 October; Passage through the Spheres between Death and Rebirth as Preparation for the New Earthly Life. Talk by Sylvia Francke, author of The Tree of Life and the Holy Grail,
at Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT. Entry £3.50 (£1 concessions), no need to book, just turn up. Time: 7.30pm – 9pm. http://www.rsh.anth.org.uk/

24, 25 and 26 October; Mind Body Soul Experience London. Venue: Olympia Central, London. Opening Times: Friday 11am - 6pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm. Online admission costs: Adults £10, Concessions £8. On the door: Adults: £12, Concessions £10. Full information and tickets: www.mbsevents.co.uk

Saturday 25 October; Weekend Other World - A day of talks, music and screenings. Venue: Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road, London SE11 4TH. Time: 10am - 6pm. Cost: £7. Full details and ticket booking: http://www.english-heretic.org.uk/WeekendOtherWorld/

Saturday 25 October; I:MAGE - A One Day Conference on Esoteric Art. Venue: The Warburg Institute, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB. Time: 10am - 10pm. http://fulgur.co.uk/event/image-at-the-warburg/

Saturday 25 October; The Way of All Flesh - Rat Taxidermy in the Cemetery with Margot Magpie. Venue: The Dissenters' Chapel, Kensal Green Cemetery, London. Part of The London Month of the Dead curated by a Curious Invitation and Antique Beat. Time: 2.30pm. Tickets are £60. For more details and to book tickets, visit: http://www.londonmonthofthedead.com/

Saturday 25 October; Herbs for Winter Health Workshop run by Master Herbalist Jacqui Apostolides with Cobwebs at Cauldrons. Venue: Romford Shopping Hall. Cost is £50, deposit of £5. Time 10am start. http://www.cobwebsandcauldrons.co.uk/

Saturday 25 October; Hallowe'en: 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/

Sunday, 26 October; PFL Samhain family gathering - an informal get together for pagan families at the Horniman Museum Hallowe'en Fair. Venue: Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Rd, London SE23 3PQ. Meet around 11am by the bandstand (in the gardens) to enjoy family-friendly chat and activities. PFL website: http://london.paganfed.org/ Details of the Horniman Halloween Fair here: http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/horniman-halloween-fair

Sunday, 26 October; The World Without Us. A salon in the cemetery with Dr John Troyer and James Norris. Venue: The Dissenters' Chapel, Kensal Green Cemetery, London. Part of The London Month of the Dead curated by a Curious Invitation and Antique Beat. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Tickets are £12. For more details and to book tickets, visit: http://www.londonmonthofthedead.com/

Monday 27 October; What will Death be Like? Talk by Dr Brooke Magnanti. Venue: Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre in the Whitehead Building, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW. Talks start at 6.10pm. (Note: this is not the normal venue or day) Free event. For more details, contact Duncan Colvin on d.colvin@gold.ac.uk or visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/apru/speakers/

Monday 27 October; Miracles Now! Talk by Gabby Bernstein organised by Alternatives. Venue: St James's Church Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL. Time: 7pm - 8.30pm. Tickets £12/£8. For more details and to book tickets: http://www.alternatives.org.uk/

Monday 27 October; Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. Evening Workshop with Marysia Kolodziej. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.35pm start. Tickets £15. Advance booking required. Call 0207 419 8507. For further details: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Monday 27 October; Psychic Circle run by Shamanic Spirit at a venue in Croydon, South London. The circle is held on Mondays fortnightly starting at 7.30pm. Cost £5. For more details and to book places call 07952 041477. For more information, visit http://shamanicspirit.co.uk/.

Tuesday 28 October; Eat Right, Think Right. Talk and book signing by Mary Perigoe, author of Think Right, Eat Right, Move Right.Venue: Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 6pm. Free event. For more details Tel 020 7836 2182 or visit the website http://www.watkinsbooks.com/

Tuesday 28 October; Goddess, Speak - Caroline Wise in conversation with Liz Insogna as part of the I:Mage Esoteric Art Exhibition. Venue: Cob Gallery, 205 Royal College Street, London, NW1 0SG United Kingdom. Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm. Tickets: £7. http://fulgur.co.uk/event/goddess-speak-artist-interview/

Tuesday 28 October; Chertsey Moot. A social moot held on the last Tuesday of the month at the Golden Grove pub, Ruxbury Road, St Annes Hill, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 9EN. All welcome. From 8pm to 11pm. For more details, email: sian_ap_pysgotwr@yahoo.co.uk

Tuesday 28 October; Healing and Connecting with the Angels of the Essenes. Talk by Chrissie Astell at 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 28 October; Meaning, Myth, Magic and Mind-Bending Medicine. Talky by Danny Nemu at The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness salon. Venue: October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AL. Time: 6pm-9pm. Entry £7 /£5 Concessions, places must be reserved via Faceboo: https://www.facebook.com/events/1484463251833530/

Tuesday 28; Thursday 30 and Friday 31st October; Halloween Ghost Walk with John Constable - ghost stories, folklore and tales of the unexpected with performances from his own work inspired by a real-life encounter with a 'Winchester Goose' at Cross Bones graveyard. Meet: 6.45pm. Depart: 7pm sharp! Meet: Tabard Street Piazza, off Borough High Street, London SE1 1JA (Borough tube) Advance tickets: £10 plus £1 booking fee. £12 on day subject to availablility. Places limited. Advance booking recommended. please click: https://www.wegottickets.com/southwarkmysteries
then select your preferred date.

Wednesday 29 October; Introduction to Gardnerianism with The London Wicca Meetup Group. Venue will be a Central London pub in Zone 1 or 2. Time: 7.30pm. For more details and to join the group, visit: http://www.meetup.com/The-London-Wicca-Meetup-Group/

Thursday 30 October; Black Mirror Volume 0: Launch Party - part of the I:Mage Esoteric Art Exhibition. Venue: Cob Gallery, 205 Royal College Street, London, NW1 0SG United Kingdom. Time: 7pm - 10pm. This is a free event but you must register for a place by emailing livia@fulgur.co.uk. Places are limited.

Thursday 30 October; The Dead Can Dance - Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki talks about the Day of the Dead. Venue The Atlantis Bookshop, Museum Street WC1. Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start. Cost £10. To attend this event you must reserve a place in advance. Contact the Atlantis Bookshop on 020 7405 2120.

Thursday 30 October; PFL Samhain Open Ritual facilitated by Sorita d’Este and the Covenant of Hekate. 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 30 October; Fortean London Halloween: Ghost, Witches and Demons. Evening of talks: Roger Clarke, Queen Victoria and the Child Medium; Jessie Childs, Beware the Foul Fiend: An Elizabethan Exorcism in Hackney; Deborah Hyde, The Witch of Eye; Scott Wood, Ghosts and Demons of the City. Venue: 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 31 October; Wheel of the Year Festival - Resting Meditation at Chalice Well World Peace Garden, in Glastonbury. Gather at the Well Head at noon for celebration and meditation until 12.30pm, followed by a chance to chat around the fire on the lower lawn. Free admission to the gardens from 10am to noon. In the evening there will be an All Hallow’s Eve / Samhain event suitable for families, starting after 4.30pm and ending at around. The cost of that is £7.50 adults, £4.50 children. For more details and to book, visit the website http://www.chalicewell.org.uk/

Friday 31 October, Gallery talk: Witches and Wicked bodies. Room 90, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 1.15pm-2pm. Free, drop in. For more details visit: https://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar.aspx

Friday 31 October; Paranormal Photography. Talk by Harry Oldfield at 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/

Friday 31 October; Dowsing: Using The Past To Find Out The Future. Lecture by Michael Haxeltine 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 31 October; The Mastery: Master Your Craft and Live and Flow at One With Life. Talk 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 31 October, Tamesa River of Souls: Halloween / Samhain Ritual. Thames-side outdoor ritual in London. Annual event organised by Mani Navasothy and friends as part of Pagan Frontiers of London and Tamesa London Circle since 2006. Meet (usually) by the Millennium Bridge in Central London and get down to the river if the tide is low for the ceremony. For more details, visit http://www.paganfrontiers.com/Events_-_Socials/events_-_socials.html#Tamesa-riverOfSouls-Halloween2014 or http://www.tamesa.info/html/river_of_souls.html

Friday 31 October, Samhain Rite with The London Wicca Meetup Group. Meeting at 7pm at a pub in Tooting Bec, London, then moving to a private house at 7.45pm. For more details and to join the group, visit: http://www.meetup.com/The-London-Wicca-Meetup-Group/

Saturday 1 November; Shamanic Pathways Workshop with Cobwebs at Cauldrons at Romford Shopping Hall. Cost is £50. http://www.cobwebsandcauldrons.co.uk/

Saturday 1 November; London Dreamtime at Garden Museum - Six Story Saturdays. Venue: Garden Museum Lambeth, Lambeth Palace Rd, London SE1 7LB. Price: Free. Time: 11am-noon. For more details visit http://londondreamtime.com/calendar/ or http://www.gardenmuseum.org.uk/

Saturday 1 November; The Day of the Dead in Mexico: past and present. Gallery Talk. Venue: Room 27, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 1.15pm-2pm. Free event, just drop in.

Saturday 1 November; Free and Open Gorsedd of Caer Abiri Samhain Ritual at Avebury Sun Circle, in Avebury, Wiltshire. Open druidic style ceremony to mark Samhain, the end and beginning of times. Meet at the Red Lion Pub, Avebury, at noon for rite at 1.30pm, ending at around 3pm. Contributions of song, poetry, mead and cakes are welcome. There will be music and entertainment in the Red Lion pub in the evening. The overflow car park will be available for tent camping on Friday 31 October and Saturday 1 November.

Saturday 1 November; Embodied Spirits and Fetishes- An evening talk from David Graeber as part of the I:Mage Esoteric Art Exhibition. Venue: Cob Gallery, 205 Royal College Street, London, NW1 0SG United Kingdom. Time: 7pm - 8.15pm. Tickets: £7. http://fulgur.co.uk/event/embodied-spirits-fetishes-david-graber/

Saturday 1 November; Hendon Heathens Moot, Venue: Greyhound Pub, Church End, Hendon, London, NW4 4JT. Time: 6pm. Hendon Heathens meets at this pub the first Saturday of every month.

Saturday 1 November; Samhain Open Ritual at Avebury stone circle, in Wiltshire. Time: 7pm. Free event. Come dressed up warm and bring an apple. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1499416280335995/

Sunday November 2; Kali Puuja. A one day workshop to explore the wisdom of the Vedas at Caer Corhain Shamamic Development Centre of the Isle of Sheppey, 1 Southleas farm cottages, Lower Road, Minster, Sheppey ME12 3SW. For more details and information on how to book, contact Bruce at auberzone@yahoo.com or phone on 07928 149659 or visit;http://www.touchtheearthuk.com/

Sunday November 2; Anderida Gorsedd Samhain open ritual at the Long Man of Wilmington, Sussex. Meet near the car park between 1.30pm and 2pm for a walk up to the chalk hill figure at 2pm. Afterwards back to the Giants Rest pub in Wilmington for a social drink together.

Sunday November 2; Dulwich Picture Gallery Family Sunday with London Dreamtime. Venue: Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Rd, Southwark, London SE21 7AD. Price: Free with admittance to gallery. Time: 2pm. For more details visit http://londondreamtime.com/calendar/

Sunday November 2; Samhain 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. Meet by 12.45pm for a 1pm start, ends at around 2.30pm. Nearest tube: Chalk Farm.

Sunday November 2; Echoes Ever After. A salon in the cemetery with Mark Pilkington and Dr. Christopher Belshaw. Venue: The Dissenters' Chapel, Kensal Green Cemetery, London. Part of The London Month of the Dead curated by a Curious Invitation and Antique Beat. Time: 4pm - 6pm. Tickets are £12. For more details and to book tickets, visit: http://www.londonmonthofthedead.com/

Sunday November 2; Samhain Rite with The Cotswold Order of Druids at the Rollright Stones, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. Time: 4pm. Free event but donations welcome to cover site hire. http://www.rollrightstones.co.uk/

Sunday November 2; Music, Mathematics, Healing Sound, Spirituality. Concert/talk with Lawrence Ball Venue: 50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA. Starts at 6pm. Tickets: £7 (£5 concessions, £4 TS members). For full details: http://www.theosophicalsociety.org.uk

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Archaeology News: Celtic Map, Rock Art, Goddess

"The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe" - book review at The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/10372050/The-Ancient-Paths-Discovering-the-Lost-Map-of-Celtic-Europe-review.html

"Face of a Roman goddess unearthed for the first time in 1,800 years: Finely carved stone head depicts ancient idol Brigantia" - story at MailOnline: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2784990/Face-Roman-goddess-unearthed-time-1-800-years-Finely-carved-stone-head-depicts-ancient-idol-Brigantia.html

"Rock Art Panels May Be Linked to Hallucinogenic Plants" - story at Archaeology: http://www.archaeology.org/news/2638-141020-new-mexico-rock-art-water


Pagan Eye: Preview Party at I:MAGE 2014


I went to the opening night of the occult art exhibition I:MAGE on Tuesday evening. The photo above shows people enjoying the preview party in just one of the rooms at Cob Gallery, in Camden, where the exhibition is on until 2 November.

The theme is Travelling with Unfamiliar Spirits and is spread over three rooms, each with a different focus  - social spirits, local spirits and personal spirits. The pictures, photographs and sculpture on display are varied, fascinating and really thought-provoking - well worth visiting to have a look, especially as it is free to just browse.

A series of workshops and lectures is also running over the fortnight - some at the gallery in the evening and others at a one-day conference at the Warburg Institute this Saturday. You can find out more here: http://fulgur.co.uk/events/.

The Cob Gallery is at 205 Royal College St, London NW1 0SG.

On each Pagan Eye post, I show a photo that I find interesting, with a few words about it - a seasonal image, a pagan site, an event, or just a pretty picture. 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 and you must confirm that you are submitting it for A Bad Witch's Blog.

Links and previous related posts
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/09/events-fulgur-esoterica-conference-and.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/10/image-from-travelling-with-unfamiliar.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/10/pagan-eye-witches-wicked-bodies.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/07/pagan-eye-witchcraft-today-60-years-on.html

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

News: Witch Bottle, Witch Signs, Witch Play

"Witch bottle found during Newark Civil War Centre dig" - story at BBC Nottingham: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-29685608

"Halloween – 7 signs you’re probably a witch" - story at the Metro: http://metro.co.uk/2014/10/20/halloween-7-signs-youre-probably-a-witch-4913355/

"Eileen Atkins: ‘Even today there’s a resentment of old people’" - story about the actress cast as the The Witch of Edmonton in the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2014/oct/18/eileen-atkins-interview-q-and-a-woody-allen-witch-of-edmonton

Fun at Pagan Future Fests' Samhain Celebration


The photo above shows the drumout at  Pagan Future Fests' Samhain celebration last Sunday. Every who came to the event was invited to bring a drum and join in with a drumming procession around the building - inside and out - to raise energy. It looked great fun.

I would possibly have joined in except that I don't own a drum. I had one once, but a dog ate it at a pagan camp a few summers ago. I realise that sounds about as likely as dog eating anyone's homework, but it is true. Maybe there was a lesson to be learnt from it somewhere - perhaps that I needed a better drum.

Actually, two of the activities at last weekend's Samhain festival made me want to get a new drum. The first was the drumout and the second was a workshop on shamanism by Artura, in which he demonstrated his drum and the way it was used as a "horse" for shamanic journeying. He also explained how he made his drum and got me thinking that perhaps I should try to make my next one too rather than just buy something ready made.

The entire festival was really enjoyable with lots going on and the venue was superb.  It was at The Bedford Pub/Theatre, in Balham, which has an amazing round Shakespearean-style theatre next to the large main bar. As well as live music in the theatre there were talks and workshops in an upstairs room and another hall of stalls selling lovely things and people giving Tarot readings. Being at a pub, the bar was open throughout and it also served good food, including rather nice veggie burgers. I met up with several lovely friends and had a great time.

Mind you, although the festival was sufficiently well attended to be friendly, I expect the organisers were hoping a few more people had bought tickets. More seats could have been filled at at least one of the talks I went to - a fascinating look at Frau Holle, Frau Perchte, winter traditions and carnival, by Hildegard Maier. If you didn't go to this Samhain festival, make a point of buying a ticket next time Pagan Future Fests organises an event - you'll enjoy it.

For more details about Pagan Future Fests visit: http://www.paganfuturefests.org.uk/

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Review: The Woven Word - A Book of Invocations

Over the years I've collected quite a few books of pagan rituals that I look at when I'm asked to put together a ceremony. Some are better than others, of course, and these days I'm picky about buying any books to add to my collection. However, a new publication I'm really pleased I've got is The Woven Word: A Book of Invocations and Inspirationsby Romany Rivers.

Publisher Moon Books describes it as: "A creative compendium of invocations, inspirations and blessings for the novice or adept to design personal, unique and magical rituals."

The first part of the book offers simple poems, chants and prayers for specific purposes - such as purification, invocation or blessing. They can be easily slotted into rituals or used on their own. Some are relatively traditional, others less so. Take for example this elegant but simple "shower cleansing":
Wash away the stress and strain
Wash away the hurt and pain
Refresh and cleanse my tired soul
To reconnect, to make me whole
The second part of the book contains complete rituals. As well as ceremonies for the usual seasonal festivals, there are ways to honour rites of passage from baby blessings and handfastings to rituals at death. The latter include last rites when a person is dying and a requiem for someone who has died.

As we are approaching Samhain, and this month on my blog I have been looking at various aspects of death, here is a short quote from The Woven Word's passing over ritual:
Dearest Beloved, you are not alone
I am here to help guide you home
If your soul is ready now to depart
Then leave without a heavy heart
With forgiveness and without fear
For those you love will hold you dear
I wish I had had those words to say when I was sitting a bedside vigil for my father and then my mother before they died.

Moon Books says about The Woven Word on its website: "This is a pagan tome of poetry and prose designed for rituals, festivals and celebrations. Working with deities, Romany has chronicled invocations and evocations for many Gods and Goddesses, and created clear and crafty quarter calls, circle castings, celebratory prose and meditations. Ritual is broken into its component parts allowing for easy reference and personal adaptation."

What I would add is that Romany's words are beautiful, simple and powerful. As I read the book I could not only see myself using its rites without adaptation, I also felt that I wanted to use them. And to be honest that's rare for me. With most of the other books of rituals I own, I find myself changing the words quite a bit to suit my personal taste or simply using them for inspiration and writing my own invocations or whatever based on them. I know I will be using many of the refrains and rites in The Woven Wordin the years to come.


Links and previous related posts
The Woven Word: A Book of Invocations and Inspirations
http://www.moon-books.net/
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/03/review-ceremony-for-every-occasion.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2011/05/review-wiccan-celebrations.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2013/05/review-grimoire-of-kitchen-witch.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2011/03/book-dead-good-funerals-book.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2013/08/review-rituals-of-celebration-by-jane.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2010/11/one-covens-ways-book-of-rites.html

Monday, 20 October 2014

Pagan Eye: Pumpkins On Sale For Halloween


I saw this display of pumpkins on sale at Middle Farm, in Sussex, where I stopped off to buy a bottle of mead when I was visiting a friend at the seaside on Saturday. I felt I had to photograph them.

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.

Previous Related Posts
http://www.middlefarm.com/
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2013/08/pagan-eye-blackberries-city-harvest.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/08/pagan-eye-tempting-fruit.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/06/review-deliciously-conscious-cookbook.html

Looking for Work While the Sun's Zooming In...

When you are a freelance worker, it is either feast or famine. Don’t get me wrong – I love the flexibility and variety of freelance work, but when a few weeks go by and I haven’t earned any money I begin to start looking for other jobs to do.

For several years now I’ve been a freelance writer, copy-editor and proofreader. Summer is the busiest time as that’s when publishing companies need cover for staff holidays. Autumn is often quiet – and this year is no exception.

So, when someone sent me a link to a new job site I had a good browse. The site’s name particularly appealed to me – City Calling. It reminded me of a favourite song from my youth – London Calling by The Clash. Of course, we don’t quite live in the post-apocalyptic world of the punk anthem, in which the ice age is coming or war declared, but then City Calling is more about how to find a suitable job than advice on “zombies of death”.

I’m not really looking for a full-time, permanent role - just some temporary work or a part-time job that I could fit around my writing. City Calling gave me a few good ideas. I was quite tempted by a dog sitting agency advertising for animal lovers to walk people’s pooches while they are away from home. Christmas temporary work in a bookshop seemed appealing too.

But then I saw an advert that made me, in the words of that punk song, quit holding out and draw another breath - it seems a tourist attraction in London is currently recruiting for zombies...

Links and previous related posts
http://www.citycalling.com/
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2009/02/spells-to-find-new-job.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2011/06/should-i-stay-or-should-i-go.html