Sunday, 22 October 2017

Pagan Eye: Soul Stones at Mind Body Soul London


These amazing painted stones were on my favourite stall at the Mind Body Soul Experience, which I went to yesterday. The event is on all this weekend at Alexandra Palace, in north London and the stall where I photographed these stones is 127a, if you want to go and have a look yourself.

They are hand-painted by Alexis and each one has a unique message. This is just a small selection - the themes cover love, friendship, travel, nature, the sun and moon and various other things. They are really tactile as well as beautiful and I spent ages turning each one over and examining them before picking one to buy for myself. Alexis also runs workshops where you can learn the techniques involved to create your own soul stone.

I'm going to be writing more about the Mind Body Soul Experience later, but I wanted to share this photo first. The event is on today until 5pm at Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY. Day tickets cost £12 online.

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.soulstones.co.uk/
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2015/10/a-wonderful-day-at-mind-body-soul.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2017/09/indulge-yourself-at-mind-body-soul.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2013/08/pagan-eye-sand-sea-and-sky-through.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/03/pagan-eye-shabaka-stone-at-british.html
https://london.mbsevents.co.uk/

Friday, 20 October 2017

A Fantastic Day with Harry Potter: A History of Magic


Harry Potter: A History of Magic, the exhibition that started today at the British Library, is fabulous. Whether you are a fan of the Harry Potter books or interested in the history of real-world magic, you will not be disappointed.

I was very lucky to get tickets for the day it opened and had been looking forward to going for a long while. Sometimes, when you are eagerly anticipating something, the event itself is an anti-climax. Not this time.

The exhibition is gorgeous. It has been designed to make you feel as though you might be walking through somewhere in Hogwarts. Separate rooms are themed on subjects taught at Hogwarts, JK Rowling's fictional school for witches and wizards. These cover potions, alchemy, herbology, charms, astronomy, divination, defence against the dark arts and care of magical creatures.

A central magnificent artifact is on display in each room. For example, the potions room has the Battersea Cauldron, for alchemy there is the superb Ripley Scroll and Care of Magical Creatures has a historic bestiary with life-size colour pictures of birds.

Some of the display cases around the walls show genuine occult books, items and pictures; some show pages from JK Rowling's original manuscripts and notes for novels; some have interactive screens where you can do things like potion-making or tarot reading. There are also beautiful drawings and paintings used for illustrations in the books.

What I also liked about the exhibition is that it didn't feel particularly crowded, even though all tickets for the day were sold out. This was at least partly because everything was set out very well so people weren't channelled along a single route in each room. If there was a crowd in front of one cabinet I could go and look at another one, then come back when the first one was less busy.

It was pitched at just the right level to appeal to Harry Potter fans of all ages as well as those interested in history and magic. I loved it.

There are also two books accompanying the exhibition, Harry Potter - A History of Magic, which is aimed at adults, and Harry Potter - A Journey Through A History of Magic, which is more of a children's book.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic is on from now until 28 February 2018 at The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB. There are timed slots every day. Tickets are £16 adults, £8 children. https://www.bl.uk/

You aren't allowed to take photos inside the British Library, so the photo at the top is of the outside and the other shows a book cover.

Previous related posts
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2017/10/reviews-news-british-library-harry.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2017/04/i-got-tickets-for-london-harry-potter.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2015/05/harry-potter-and-bricket-wood-coven.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2013/02/the-art-of-alchemy-and-philosophers.html

Reviews & News: British Library Harry Potter Exhibition

Today I am off to the British Library in London to see the Harry Potter and the History of Magic exhibition. Before I go, I thought I'd see what the press has to say about it. Here are some links:

"A sneak peek at the British Library's Harry Potter exhibition" - story at The Bookseller: https://www.thebookseller.com/booknews/harry-potter-british-library-exhibition-657271

"Broomsticks and dragon bones in British Library's Harry Potter magic show" - story at The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/18/broomsticks-and-dragon-bones-in-british-librarys-harry-potter-magic-show

"Harry Potter at the British Library: Five magical objects you need to see" - story at The Evening Standard: https://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/arts/harry-potter-at-the-british-library-five-magical-objects-you-need-to-see-a3662866.html

"Harry Potter: A History of Magic, British Library review - weirdly wonderful" - story at The Arts Desk: http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/harry-potter-history-magic-british-library-review-weirdly-wonderful

"Harry Potter in real life: An actual philosopher's stone, mythical beast and other items that inspired JK Rowling" - story at mirror.co.uk: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/harry-potter-real-life-actual-11367579

Tickets are now on sale at www.bl.uk.

Harry Potter, a Journey Through the History of Magic, is on at the British Library, London, from today until 28 February 2018. Next autumn it will be on at the New York Historical Society. You can also see a TV documentary, Harry Potter: A History of Magic on BBC2 on 28 October at 9pm.

The pictures show Harry Potter - A History of Magic: The Book of the Exhibition, viewable on Amazon and Harry Potter - A Journey Through A History of Magic, viewable on Amazon too.



Thursday, 19 October 2017

London Necropolis: Temple Church


Before Samhain - or Halloween - for the past several years I've been posting photos of London's burial grounds in a series I've called London Necropolis. A Necropolis is a city of the dead. These are photos from London's Temple Church.

Temple Church is in the City of London, between Fleet Street and the Thames. It was built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century and was used as their headquarters in England. It is a round church, modelled on the circular Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

There are stone effigies inside the church, which are not actually tombs even though they look like it. They represent knights ready for battle. Several people have been buried in Temple Church though - so it does count as part of my London Necropolis; just not under the effigies.

Those interred there include William Marshall, who is buried in the nave next to his sons. He served as a negotiator during a meeting in the Temple between King John and the barons, who demanded that the king should uphold the rights enshrined in the Coronation Charter of his predecessor and elder brother King Richard I. This led to the signing by the king of the Magna Carta in 1215.

There are many legends associated with Temple Church. It is supposedly on the same ley line as nearby St Bride's Church, which I blogged about as another London Necropolis. The site is also reputedly haunted by a ghost of a Knight Templar. However, perhaps the church is better known these days for being one of the places visited by Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu in Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code, as they search for clues to the whereabouts of the Holy Grail. (You can view The Da Vinci Code on Amazon.)

Whether you are on your own ley line walk, ghost hunt or grail quest or just enjoy wonderful old buildings, Temple Church is worth visiting - although do check in advance if it is open. The rest of the area around Temple is also great to explore as it is full of historical buildings associated with the legal profession. Just outside the church you can also see the sundial I blogged about some time ago.

You can find the Temple Church website here: http://www.templechurch.com/


Links and previous related posts
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/10/london-necropolis-st-brides-church-of.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2010/10/shadows-we-are-and-like-shadows-we.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2016/10/london-necropolis-tower-hamlets.html
http://www.templechurch.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Church

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Halloween Pagan Events in London and Outside


Halloween - or Samhain, as many pagans call it - is on 31 October, and it is now such a huge festival in the UK that most people celebrate it in some way. Here is a list of events taking over the next few weeks in London plus a few in other parts of the UK that could be of interest to pagans. Many of them have a Halloween or Samhain theme. If you know of an event that you want listed, please email the details to me at badwitch1234@gmail.com.

Now - 29 October; London Month of the Dead - series of talks, performances and workshops hosted by A Curious Invitation. Venues include Brompton Cemetery, Nunhead Cemetery, Kensal Green Cemetery, St Brides Church and the Petrie ;Museum. Tickets from £10/£12. Details and Bookings: http://www.londonmonthofthedead.com/

Now - Friday 27 October; Exhibition - 'Perception has Nothing to do with your Eyes'. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35, Park Road, London, NW1 6XT. http://www.rsh.anth.org.uk/ and https://www.meetup.com/rudolf-steiners-spiritual-science/

Now to 31 December; The London Stone on Display. Venue: Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN. Free exhibition. http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london

Now - Sunday 5 November; Certaine Wytches: Fear, Myth and Magic - exhibition by Anne Jackson. Venue: Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stratford Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 4AF. Entry: Free. There is also a series of talks and other events running alongside the exhibition, tickets £5/£7/£3. Details: http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk/certaine-wytches/

Now to the end of 2017; Poppets, Pins and Power - an exhibition on the craft of cursing at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle, Cornwall. http://museumofwitchcraftandmagic.co.uk/

Wednesday 18 October; Time to Meditate - group meditation. Venue: Buddha on a Bicycle, Covent Garden, London. Arrive 6pm for 6.10pm start. Donations of £3 recommended. Details: http://www.meetup.com/meditation-trust-london/

Wednesday 18 October; More Mead Moot promoted by Pagan FutureFests. Venue: Hope Pub, 48 West Street, Carshalton SM5 2PR. Time: from 7.30pm. Meets on the third Wednesday of each month. https://www.facebook.com/Pagan-FutureFests-352385661439366/ http://www.meetup.com/Londonpagancommunity/

Thursday 19 October; Death Is Not the End. Talk and book signing by Ines Beyer. 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 19 October; Wicca New Moon Circle: with Lesser Banishing Ritual of Pentagram. Meet in the garden area of The Woodman's Pub, Archway Road. Highgate, North London by 7.30pm to walk to Queen's Woods. You must reserve a place in advance. Wear outdoor clothes and bring a blanket to sit on. Tickets: £3. https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/

Thursday 19 October; 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 20 October - Sunday 22 October; The Mind Body Soul Experience London. Venue:
Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY. Time: 11am Friday - 5pm Sunday. Day tickets £12/£13, 3-day tickets £26. https://london.mbsevents.co.uk/

Friday 20 October - Wednesday 28 February 2018; Harry Potter: A History of Magic. Venue: PACCAR Gallery, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB. Timed slots every day. Tickets £16 adult, £8 child. Enquiries: 01937 546546. https://www.bl.uk/

Friday 20 October; Paranormal Discussion Night with Spooky London Pubs. Venue: King and Queen Hotel, 1 Foley St, London W1W 6DL. Time: 7pm. Entry: £2 donation to Macmillan Cancer Support https://www.meetup.com/spookylondonpubs/

Friday 20 October; Transhuman Technology and the Soul. Talk by William Henry. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm. Cost: £12/£14. Advance booking recommended. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Friday 20 October; Samhain Festival - Traditional Storytelling and Live Music at Butser Ancient Farm. Venue: Butser Ancient Farm Chalton Ln, Chalton, Clanfield, Waterlooville, Hampshire PO8 0BG. Time: 7pm. Tickets £15 per head. Tel: 023 9259 8838. www.butserancientfarm.co.uk

Friday 20 October; Om Healing for body mind and soul. Venue: The Dhyana Centre, 50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA. Time: 8pm. https://www.meetup.com/Light-in-London/

Saturday 21 October; Discover the Tarot (One day classroom based workshop) with the Tarot and Healing Group. Venue: Wanstead House, 21 The Green, Wanstead E11 2NT. Time: 9.30am. Entry: £20. https://www.meetup.com/Tarot-and-Healing-Group/

Sunday, 22 October; October Plenty. Autumn harvest celebration combining ancient seasonal customs and contemporary festivities with The Lion's Part. Venue: Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside and Borough Market, Southwark, London, SE1 9DT. Free event from noon. For details visit http://www.thelionspart.co.uk/octoberplenty/

Sunday, 22 October; Gothic London. Talk by Clive Bloom. Venue: Kensal Green Cemetery, 364 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5AB. Time: 1pm. Tickets £12. Details and Bookings: http://www.londonmonthofthedead.com/

Sunday, 22 October; The Ageless Wisdom for Everyone study class. Venue: The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place, London, W1U 8EA. Time: 2pm. Free entry but donations welcome. https://www.meetup.com/Theosophical-Society-in-London/  and http://www.theosophicalsociety.org.uk/

Sunday, 22 October; Psychic and Spiritual Development Class. Venue: Violet Hill Studios , 6 Violet Hill, St Johns Wood, London, NW8 9EB. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £15. https://www.meetup.com/London-NW8-Psychic-and-Spiritual-Development-Group/

Monday 23 October; Wicca Moon Halloween Week - Day 1. Candle Magic Workshop. Venue: Wicca Moon, 50 Well Hall Rd, London, SE9 6SH. Cost is £15. Time: 2pm-5pm. 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/

Monday 23 October; Crossbones Vigil to honour The Goose and the outcast dead of Cross Bones Graveyard and the dead and wounded of the London Bridge attacks. 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, London SE1 1TA. For more details, visit  http://crossbones.org.uk/

Monday 23 October; Making the Impossible Possible. Talk by Michael Neill. Organised by Alternatives. Venue: St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL, Starts: 7pm. Tickets £20/£15 online. http://www.alternatives.org.uk/

Monday 23 October; The Calendar of the Soul - Meditations that connect us to rhythms of nature. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35, Park Road, London, NW1 6XT. Time: 7pm. http://www.rsh.anth.org.uk/ and https://www.meetup.com/rudolf-steiners-spiritual-science/

Monday 23 October; Moonlight Goddess Gathering - monthly event organised by Anoushka through Funzing. Venue: Clifton Gardens, London, W9 1DT. Time: 7.15pm. Tickets: £20. https://uk.funzing.com/funz/-moonlight-goddess-gatherings-2940

Monday 23 October; Samhain at Pagan Pathfinders. Venue in Finchley, North London. Time: 7.30pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/1914078065579399/

Tuesday 24 October; The Day of the Dead in Mexico. Gallery talk. Venue: Room 27, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 1.15pm. Tickets: free. For more details visit: https://www.britishmuseum.org/

Tuesday 24 October; Wicca Moon Halloween Week - Day 2. Seance. Venue: Wicca Moon, 50 Well Hall Rd, London, SE9 6SH. Cost is £15. Time: 2pm-5pm. 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/

Tuesday 24 October; Halloween Seance at the Last Tuesday Society. Venue: Viktor Wynd's Museum of Curiosities, 11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP. Time: 6.30pm. Tickets: £21. http://www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org/

Tuesday 24 October; Meeting Aleister Crowley and his Magick. Evening Mini-Workshop with Marco Visconti. Venue: Treadwell's, 33 Store Street, Bloohttp://www.treadwells-london.com/msbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7pm. Ticket price £20. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com

Tuesday 24 October; Conscious Embodiment. Talk by Victoria More. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm. Cost: £12/£14. Advance booking recommended. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Wednesday 25 October; Gallery talk: Ancient Egyptian Gods, Goddesses and Sacred Animals. Venue: Room 4, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 1.15pm. Free, just turn up. For more details visit: https://www.britishmuseum.org/

Wednesday 25 October; Wicca Moon Halloween Week - Day 3. Make a charm to protect your home. Venue: Wicca Moon, 50 Well Hall Rd, London, SE9 6SH. Cost is £15. Time: 2pm-5pm. 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/

Wednesday 25 October; Time to Meditate - group meditation. Venue: Buddha on a Bicycle, Covent Garden, London. Arrive 6pm for 6.10pm start. Donations of £3 recommended. Details: http://www.meetup.com/meditation-trust-london/

Wednesday 25 October; Hertford Pagan Moot. 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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/104788436218047/

Wednesday 25 October; The Cage St Osyth: Media Frenzy or Haunting to be Taken Seriously? Talk at The London Fortean Society. Venue: The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX. Time: 7.45pm. Tickets: £4/£2. http://forteanlondon.blogspot.co.uk/

Thursday 26 October; Wicca Moon Halloween Week - Day 4. Make a poppet. Venue: Wicca Moon, 50 Well Hall Rd, London, SE9 6SH. Cost is £15. Time: 2pm-5pm. 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 26 October; How to Read the Cards for Yourself and Others. Talk and book signing by Tori Hartman. 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/

Friday 27 October; Wicca Moon Halloween Week - Day 5. Drumming for the ancestors. Magical workshop. Venue: Wicca Moon, 50 Well Hall Rd, London, SE9 6SH. Cost is £15. Time: 2pm-5pm. 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/

Friday 27 October; Working with the Elemental Landscape. Lecture by John Gordon at Rilko (Research Into Lost Knowledge). Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35, Park Road, London, NW1 6XT. Doors open: 6.45pm. Entrance: £8/£10. http://www.rilko.net/EZ/rilko/rilko/home.php https://www.facebook.com/rilkotrust/

Friday 27 October; The Goddess and the Divine Feminine. Venue: The Upminster Complementary Healing and Teaching Sanctuary, Pea Lane, Upminster, RM14 2XHTime: 7pm. Entry: £15 per session. http://www.healingandteaching.co.uk/

Friday 27 October; Angelic Energies in a Time of Change. Talk by Chrissie Astell. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm. Cost: £12/£14. Advance booking recommended. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Friday 27 - Sunday 29 October. Samhain: A festival of Life and Death with Intothewild. Weekend camping festival with music, workshops, ritual and feasting. Venue: Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5JX. Tickets £80. www.intothewildgathering.com

Saturday 28 October; Introduction to Shamanism and Shamanic Journey. Venue: The Music Room, The Tabernacle Notting Hill, 35 Powis Square, London W11 2AY. Time: 10.45am to 5.30pm. Price: £125. https://www.meetup.com/Behind-The-Veil-Shamanism/

Saturday 28 October; Wicca Moon Halloween Week - Day 6. Hecate workshop and ritual. Venue: Wicca Moon, 50 Well Hall Rd, London, SE9 6SH. Cost is £20. Time: Noon-5pm. 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/

Saturday 28 October; Free and Open Gorsedd of Caer Abiri Samhain Rite at Avebury stone circle, in Wiltshire. Time: 1.30pm. Bring food and drink to share. https://www.facebook.com/events/716507118549068/

Saturday 28 October ;Samhain 2017 - Woodland Wicca Seasonal Ritual and Halloween Gathering. Venue: Queen's Woods, Near Highgate Station, North London. Meet at The Woodman's Pub, Archway Road, from 3.00pm. You will be led to the woods at sunset, 4.40pm exactly, where you will pay the `ferryman' your fee, and enter ritual space!. Time: 3pm to 7pm. Fee: £3. You must reserve a place in advance. https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/

Saturday 28 October; “Once Upon a Midnight Dreary” Halloween Ball hosted by A Curious Invitation inspired by the works of Edgar Allen Poe. Venue: The Century Club 61 - 63 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6LQ. Time: 9pm. Price: Tickets start at £15./ https://curious-invitation-balls.designmynight.com/

Sunday 29 October; 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 29 October; Seeds, Berries and Roots - Autumnal Foraging, with The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. Venue: Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, The Soanes Centre, Southern Grove, London E3 4PX. Time: 10am-1pm. Tickets: £15. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/seeds-berries-and-roots-autumnal-foraging-tickets-37818564344

Sunday 29 October; 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 29 October; Samhain outdoor Sabbat with the London Wicca Meetup Group. Meet at The Woodman, 414 Archway Road, Highgate, London at 2pm to walk to nearby woods for a ritual at 3pm. Wear outdoor clothes and bring food and drink to share. https://www.meetup.com/The-London-Wicca-Meetup-Group/

Sunday 29 October; Astronomy with Maggie Aderin-Pocock. Hogwarts Curriculum Lecture - part of a series running alongside the Harry Potter Exhibition. Venue: British Library Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB. Time: 2pm-3.15pm. Tickets: £15/£10. Visit https://www.bl.uk/events/hogwarts-curriculum-lectures? or call 01937 546546

Sunday 29 October; Hypnosis and Reincarnation. Talk by Charles Caruana. Part of the London Month of the Dead series of talk. Venue: Dissenters' Chapel, 364 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5AB. Time: 5pm. Tickets £12. Details and Bookings: http://www.londonmonthofthedead.com/

Monday 30 October, The Eight Sabbats: A Seminar Series. I: The Folk Roots of Halloween Seminar Evening with Will Hunter and Ellie Hughes. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7pm. Tickets £20. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Monday 30 October; Science and Spiritual Practices. Talk by Rupert Sheldrake. Organised by Alternatives. Venue: St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL, Starts: 7pm. Tickets £10/£15 online. http://www.alternatives.org.uk/

Tuesday 31 October; Wheel of the Year Festival - Resting at Chalice Well World Peace Garden, in Glastonbury. Gather at the well head for midday meditation until 12.30pm, followed by conversation on the lower lawn. Free admission to the gardens from 10am to noon. For more details, visit the website http://www.chalicewell.org.uk/

Tuesday 31 October; Heaven Is Calling You. Talk and seance with Theresa Cheung and Claire Broad. Venue: Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Entrance: 6pm, talk starts 6.30pm. Free event. For more details Tel 020 7836 2182 or visit the website http://www.watkinsbooks.com/

Tuesday 31 October, Death, DMT and Discarnate Entities. Venue: October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester St, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AL. Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start. Entry £8 /£6. https://www.facebook.com/events/933916663443127/

Tuesday 31 October, Embracing the Darkness: A Cultural History of Witchcraft Halloween Book Launch: Talk and Soiree Dr John Callow (IB Tauris Press). Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7pm. Free, but you must reserve a place in advance. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Tuesday 31 October, The Highgate Vampire at Burgh House, including storytelling by Vanessa Wood of London Dreamtime. Venue: Burgh House New End Square, Hampstead, London NW3 1LT. Time: 7pm start. Price: £18. Details: http://www.burghhouse.org.uk/whats-on/events/the-highgate-vampire/event-type/recitals/page/20 or https://londondreamtime.com/calendar
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Tuesday 31 October, Brooms, Wands and Cauldrons: Instruments of Magic. Talk by Simon Costin. Venue: Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB. Time: 7pm Full Tickets: £12/£8. https://www.bl.uk/events/brooms-wands-and-cauldrons-the-instruments-of-magic-with-simon-costin

Tuesday 31 October; Halloween lantern-lit walk and Tamesa river of Souls Ritual by the Thames  with Woodland Witches and Outdoor Pagans. Gather by the Bankside Pier, next to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Bankside, London SE1 9DT at 7.30pm for a procession along the riverbank and a ritual. Wear fancy dress and bring food and drink to share. Cost £2. You must reserve a place in advance.  https://www.meetup.com/The-London-Wicca-Meetup-Group/

Wednesday 1 November; Wicca for Absolute Beginners. First session in five-week evening class course taught by Suzanne Corbie . Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7pm. Deposit £90 for entire course. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Wednesday 1 November; Honouring and Remembering the Dead with Behind the Veil Shamanism. Venue: English National Ballet School, Hortensia Rd, London SW10 0QS. Time: 7.15pm Tickets: £25. https://www.meetup.com/Behind-The-Veil-Shamanism/

Thursday 2 November, Private view of The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic: An exhibition dedicated to Cornwall’s most magical Museum, featuring photographs from Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic by Sara Hannant and Simon Costin (View Of Shadows on Amazon). Last Tuesday Society. Venue: Viktor Wynd's Museum of Curiosities, 11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP. http://www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org/

Thursday 2 November; PFL Samhain Open Ritual hosted by The Pagan Federation London and guests. Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL, Time: 7.30pm for 8pm start. Entry £5/£6. https://pflondon.info/

Thursday 2 November; Earthstars Group Meeting: Samhain - a celebration of the Dead and our Ancestors. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1 4SH. Time: Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Entry by donations. https://www.facebook.com/Earthstars-Sacred-Space-104790729559515/

Starting 3 November, The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic: An exhibition dedicated to Cornwall’s most magical Museum, featuring photographs from Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic by Sara Hannant and Simon Costin. Last Tuesday Society. Venue: Viktor Wynd's Museum of Curiosities, 11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP. http://www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org/

Friday 3 November; The Shamanic Path - Healing the Stories that Define Us. Talk by Jez Hughes. (View his book The Heart of Life on Amazon.) Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm. Cost: £12/£14. Advance booking recommended. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Friday 3 November; Wicca Full Moon Ceremony (Taurus) by the Thames with London Woodland Witches Magicians and Outdoor Pagans. Meet at Tate Modern green, outside the Tate Modern, London SE1 at 7pm to walk to the ritual site. Donations of £3/£2 welcome. You must reserve a place in advance. Wear outdoor clothes. Details and bookings: https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/

Saturday 4 November; Dragons! From China to Alchemy to Medieval England, Afternoon Lecture by Ruth Clydesdale Coinciding with the British Library Harry Potter Exhibition. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 3pm. Tickets £8. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Saturday 4 November; Launch party for Every Day Magic - A Pagan Book of Days. This is a Moon Books community book, which I edited. There will be a cream tea and Geraldine and Bali will make the place look lovely and twinkly and snuggly as it will be dark outside. There will be early copies of the book available and I will do some readings from it. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop, 49A Museum St, London WC1A 1LY. Time: 4pm to 7pm. The party will be free to attend, but you will need to reserve a place in advance. Tel: 020 7405 2120. Website: http://www.theatlantisbookshop.com/

Sunday 5 November; Druidic Samhain/Hallowmas Celebration on Primrose Hill with the Loose Association of Druids. Gather in the Hawthorne Grove at Primrose Hill, London, NW1 8YH, between 12.30pm and 12.45pm to prepare the site ready for a prompt 1pm start. Nearest tube: Chalk Farm. Bring a small contribution of food and drink to share. All are welcome. https://www.facebook.com/notes/loose-association-of-druids-of-primrose-hill/kalendar-of-rituals-for-2017/1402901283113536/

Sunday 5 November; Candle Magic Workshop - I am running another session of my candle magic workshops based on my book Pagan Portals - Candle Magic. Venue: Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS. Time: 1pm. Cost: £20 per person. You can book online at https://www.treadwells-london.com/events/ or reserve a place by calling 020 7419 8507, emailing info@treadwells-london.com or visiting the shop. (View my book at Treadwell's)

Note: I am not responsible for any of these events except my candle magic workshop and the launch party for Every Day Magic. I try to make sure my listing is accurate, but do not always know of late changes or ticket availability. Please contact the organisers of any event before turning up.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Occult London: The Devils of Cornhill


If you are walking along Cornhill, in the City of London, do look up when you get to the office building at numbers 54 and 55. Perched on the roof you will see a fine group of devils.

Most tourist guides say there are three Cornhill Devils - two large ones and a small one - but actually there are others hidden among the cornices and decorative features of the building. They are best described as gargoyles and the three main ones are made of terracotta, but no one knows exactly why they are there.

One London legend has it that back in Victorian times, there was a disagreement between the architect Ernest Augustus Runtz, who was designing the office building, and the vicar of St Peter-upon-Cornhill, which is next door. The vicar said that the planned offices were slightly encroaching on Church land and forced the design to be changed to prevent it. In retaliation, the architect placed devils on the roof after the building was constructed, staring at the church, to get his own back.

It is a good story, but might just be that.

Links and previous related posts
http://hidden-london.com/the-guide/cornhill-devils/
https://www.london-walking-tours.co.uk/secret-london/cornhill-devils.htm
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2017/07/occult-london-london-stone-myths-and.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/09/occult-london-barbers-physic-garden.html