Thursday, 19 January 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.

Now to 3 Feb. Exhibition - Art and Consciousness, by Peter Miles. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35, Park Road, London, NW1 6XT. http://www.rsh.anth.org.uk/

Thursday 19 January; 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, London . Time: 7pm for 7.15pm start. Entry: £18. Details: http://www.meetup.com/Behind-The-Veil-Shamanism/

Thursday 19 January; 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 19 January; Drum Circle to Shamanic Journey. Venue: Caer Corhrain, 1 Southleas farm cottages, Lower Road, Minster, Sheppey ME12 3SW. Time: 8pm. This takes place on the third Thursday each month. For more information visit ;http://www.touchtheearthuk.com/

Friday 20 January; How to Break Free from the Herd. Talk and book signing by Wendy Treynor. 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/

Friday 20 January; Spiritual Alchemy and the Philosophers Stone. Talk by Edwin Courtenay. 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/

Friday 20 January; Being Deep Awake. Talk by Tim Freke at the London College of Spirituality. Venue: Columbia Hotel, 95-99 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NS. Time: 7pm. £10. Details and reservations: http://www.londoncollegeofspirituality.co.uk/events

Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 January; The Search for the Meaning of Life - two days of talks on subjects such as shamanism, mysticism and other aspects of spirituality, part of a year-long festival called Belief and Beyond Belief about what it means to be human. Elen Sentier is part of the panel on Saturday afternoon. Venue: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Saturday tickets £15, weekend tickets £25. More details and booking: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/festivals-series/belief-and-beyond-belief

Sunday 22 January; 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 22 January; 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 22 January; Zodiac Perfume Oils Workshop with Tanya Moulding. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 11am - 5.30pm. Ticket price £70. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Monday 23 January; Hand Magic Class: Water Energy with the Meditation, Sensing Energy and Intuition Development Meetup Group. Venue: St Stephen's Church,
Gloucester Road, London SW7. Time: 6pm. Price: £10. Details and booking: https://www.meetup.com/Sensing-Energy-and-Intuition-Development/

Monday 23 January; Water and the Age of Aquarius. Talk and book signing by Timothy Shieff. Organised by Alternatives. Venue: St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL, Doors open 6.30pm. Event starts: 7pm. Tickets £12/£8 online. For more details and to book tickets: http://www.alternatives.org.uk/

Monday 23 January; 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, London SE1 1TA. For more details, visit http://www.crossbones.org.uk/ The new website is: http://crossbones.org.uk/

Monday 23 January; British Witchcraft Documentaries of the 1970s hosted by the London Fortean Society. Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets £5 plus booking fee. http://forteanlondon.blogspot.co.uk/

Tuesday 24 January; Creating paranormal drama for film and TV. Talk by Stephen Volk. Part of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit Invited Speaker Series at Goldsmiths. Venue: Room LG01, Prof Stuart Hall Bulding, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW. Time: 6.10pm. Free entry, no need to book. Details:http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/apru/speakers

Tuesday 24 January; Spirit Circle: Connecting with the Spirit World, with Tim Braun. 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/

Tuesday 24 January; Healing Energy Workshop: Healing the Future with the Meditation, Sensing Energy and Intuition Development Meetup Group. Venue: St Stephen's Church Hall, 48 Emperor's Gate, London SW7 4HJ. Time: 7pm. Price: £15. Details and booking: https://www.meetup.com/Sensing-Energy-and-Intuition-Development/ or http://www.mariasuniverse.com/

Wednesday 25 January; 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 25 January; 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. contact via Facebook page Hertford Pagan Moot.

Thursday 26 January; Connect with Source: Crown Chakra Healing Journey with Sound with Himesh of the London College of Spirituality. Venue: Columbia Hotel, 95- 99 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3NS. Time: 7pm. £20/£25. Details and reservations: http://www.londoncollegeofspirituality.co.uk/

Thursday 26 January; The Art House and the Crick Crack Club Present Cinema of the Imagination! Rebranding Beelzebub. 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/

Thursday 26 January; Oscar Wilde's Supernatural Lecture - Nina Antonia. 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/

Friday 27 January; Shamanistic Healing. Talk by Francesca G. Rossetti. 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/£6. http://www.rilko.net/EZ/rilko/rilko/home.php

Friday 27 January; Ancestral Healing. Lecture by Jez Hughes. 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 27 January; Earthstars Group Meeting. Chris Street will speak about the Earthstars Healing Chant, where it comes from and how it fits with the geometry of the Earthstar. Venue:  Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Rd, London NW1 6XT. Time: doors open 7pm, talk at 7.30pm. Entry by donation.  https://www.facebook.com/Earthstars-Sacred-Space-104790729559515/ or http://www.earthstars.co.uk/

Saturday 28 January; Introduction to shamanism, shamanic journey and healing with Behind the Veil Shamanism. All welcome, Venue in Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London. Time: 11am. Entry: £85. Details: http://www.meetup.com/Behind-The-Veil-Shamanism/

Saturday 28 January; Herbal Magic with Macbeth's Witches Afternoon Intensive with Trefor Wickens. 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/

Saturday 28 January; South London Red Tent Meetup - welcoming the new year. Make a vision board for the year ahead. 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: 11am-1pm. Details and booking here: https://www.meetup.com/South-London-Red-Tent/

Saturday 28 January; 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: 11am. Tickets: £12.50/£10. Booking and details: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/event-detail?id=90610

Saturday 28 January; Imbolc Ceremony in Queens Wood, Highgate, with London Woodland Witches Magicians and Outdoor Pagans. Meet in the back garden of The Woodman's pub near Highgate tube, North London at 2pm to walk to the woods shortly after that, set up an altar and do ritual. Cost £3. You must reserve a place in advance. Wear outdoor clothes and bring food and drink to share. Details and bookings:  https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/

Saturday 28 January; Wassail in South London with Pagan Future Fests. Time: 2pm. Details: https://www.facebook.com/Pagan-FutureFests-352385661439366/ and  https://www.meetup.com/Londonpagancommunity/events/235506706/

Sunday 29 January; South London Wicca Meetup.  Imbolc Celebration, Venue: Tooting Bec, London - a private house. Time: 3pm. You must be a member of the meetup group to reserve a place on this event: http://www.meetup.com/South-London-Wicca-Meetup/

Sunday 29 January; Consciousness Expanding Talks, Yoga, Meditation, Sound and more! Event with Steve Nobel. Venue: Brady Arts and Community Centre, 192-196 Hanbury St, London, E1 5HU. Time: noon-6pm. Tickets £12. Details: http://www.ourgom.com/event/consciousness-expanding-talks-yoga-meditation-sound-and-more/

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.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The Madness and the Magic ~ Morrigans Path


I really love this music video from Morrigans Path - all about witchcraft, love spells and binding magic. It is inspired by lead singer Sheena Cundy's book The Madness and the Magic. Enjoy!

And here is a link to my review of book: http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2015/11/review-madness-and-magic.html


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Review: The Urban Ovate by Brendan Howlin

There's a big demand these days for intermediate and advanced books on pagan traditions. That's hardly surprising, as many of us following druidic or witchcraft paths have been doing so for several years and are not only beyond the basic 101 material, but are also beyond the stuff in books a little bit beyond that - Bardic level druidry or first degree initiation for a Wiccan, for example.

A new book by Brendan Howlin, The Urban Ovate, is aimed at just that market.  As Brendan says in the introduction: "The first stage of Druid training is called the Bardic level... The next step on the Druid journey is called the Ovate stage, which is basically finding out what makes you do the things you do."

The Urban Ovate has the subtitle The Handbook of Psychological Druidry, because the key to spiritual advancement in most pagan traditions is that after looking inwards and learning about ourselves - how our minds and emotions work. "Know thyself", which was inscribed above the entrance to the temple of Apollo at Delphi in Ancient Greece and also in Luxor in Ancient Egypt, is as a guiding maxim of paganism today as well as in the pagan past. And that is what The Urban Ovate is about.

Chapters encourage the reader to examine the factors that influence them including culture, environment, the pressure of expectations from others, the legacy of history and inheritance from those who have gone before us. There are also chapters on facing our fears - death perhaps being the biggest fear for many.

These are, by their nature, darker and more difficult subjects than those in Brendan's earlier book on Bardic studies, but his style of writing makes The Urban Ovate easy to read and also enjoyable.

I'm a witch rather than a druid - I'm a second degree Gardnerian Wiccan to be precise - and I found the teachings in The Urban Ovate to be very similar to be about the kind of introspection and self knowledge required in my own training. You really don't have to be on the path of druidry to learn from this book.

As publisher Moon Books says on its website: "Presenting Druidry in an easy-to-understand way, making the concepts open to everyone, Pagan Portals - The Urban Ovate continues the process started by Brendan Howlin in The Handbook of Urban Druidy by moving deeper into the life of an urban ovate."

Brendan Howlin is a Druid grade member of the order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD). He lives in Guildford, England.

You can order The Urban Ovate from Amazon or Moon Books


Links and previous related post
http://www.moon-books.net/
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/05/review-handbook-of-urban-druidry-modern.html

Monday, 16 January 2017

Folklore Podcast on Witches and Fairies


I really need to plug the current edition of Mark Norman's Folklore Podcast, which is called Fairy Lore and the Witch Trials. In the 55-minute episode Mark talks to Jon Kaneko-James, who has extensively researched historic witch trials that mentioned contact with fairies and who gave a fascinating talk on the subject at Assap's Seriously Enchanted last March.

Jon has also written his own blog post to accompany the episode: https://jonkanekojames.com/2017/01/15/im-talking-about-fairies-and-the-witch-trials-on-the-folklore-podcast/

New episodes of the Folklore Podcast are available twice a month, on the 1st and 15th. They are free to listen to online or download. You can find the podcast here: http://www.thefolklorepodcast.com/

Here is the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheFolklorePodcast/

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Magic School: Scrying, Divination and Candle Magic


Here are the details of workshops on candle magic and scrying (divination using things like crystal balls) I am running in London this spring:

Scrying by Candlelight at The Atlantis Bookshop in Central London

On Saturday, 4 February 2017, I'm running an afternoon workshop called Scrying by Candlelight in the lovely basement temple at The Atlantis Bookshop, which is near the British Museum. The workshop will teach the techniques of scrying using crystal balls, dark mirrors, candles and water. It is a practical afternoon with lots of opportunity to develop your psychic senses to see the past, the future and the answers to questions in reflective surfaces, flames and smoke. All materials, as well as tea, coffee and biccies, are included.

The workshop runs from 2pm to 5pm, with a break for refreshments in the middle. The cost is £20 per person. To book a place, email atlantis@theatlantisbookshop.com, phone 020 7405 2120 or pop in to the shop at 49A Museum St, London WC1A 1LY. The shop is in between Tottenham Court Road and Holborn tube stations.

Candle Magic Afternoon Workshops at Treadwell's in Bloomsbury

I am running a session of my popular candle magic workshop at Treadwell's Bookshop in Central London on Saturday 4 March. This workshop runs from 1pm to 3.15pm. It covers the basic techniques for candle spells and rituals - and a few advanced ones too. Everyone gets a chance to prepare a candle or two to take home with them, with all materials supplied.

The workshop costs £20 per person and you can find out more details here: https://www.treadwells-london.com/events/ You can book online or reserve a place by calling 020 7419 8507, emailing info@treadwells-london.com or visiting the shop at 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS.

You can also buy copies of my book Pagan Portals - Candle Magic at The Atlantis Bookshop, Treadwell's or online via Amazon. You can find out more about the book on publisher Moon Books' website: http://www.moon-books.net/books/pagan-portals-candle-magic