Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Magical Online & London Events in the Next Weeks

Here's a list of weird, wonderful and witchy events over the next week or so with a mixture of online and in-person things to do. I generally list events in the UK, especially in or near London, but some are outside that time zone. If you know an online or London-based event you want included, please email badwitch1234@gmail.com 

Now to 24  December; Supervision. An esoteric art exhibition by Cathy Ward. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop, 49a Museum Street, London WC1A. http://theatlantisbookshop.com/

Now to Monday 6 December; Alchemystic: An Exhibition of Paintings by Hazel Florez. Venue: Hackney Downs Studios, 17 Amhurst Terrace, London, E8 2BT.  Free. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alchemystic-an-exhibition-of-paintings-by-hazel-florez-tickets-200941289807?

Now to 12 December; Dream Sigil, Stone Portal. A labyrinth of ritual objects from Ayesha Tan Jones’ performances, paintings and installations. Exhibition open to the general public by appointment. Venue: Harlesden High Street, 57 High Street, Harlesden, London 

Wednesday 1 December (every Wednesday); Wellbeing Wednesdays with Nadine and Caitriona. Online event. Time: 12.30pm. Tickets: £22 per monthly subscription. https://behappiest.co.uk/ 

Wednesday 1 December; Crowleymass: Sadly The Atlantis Bookshop has cancelled its usual annual commemoration of the Greater Feast of the Prophet of the Aeon, Sir Aleister Crowley, due to the rising concern of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, you can raise a toast to Aleister Crowley in your own home and, if you like, purchase a Crowleymass Gift including a charity donation at £10. http://theatlantisbookshop.com/

Wednesday 1 December; Work in Progress - 'Silenus as a god of Nature in the art of Rubens'. Online talk by Elizabeth McGrath via the The Warburg Institute. Time: 2pm Free but you must reserve a place. https://warburg.sas.ac.uk/

Wednesday 1 December; Astrology and Compatability with Amanda Simon. Event by She's Lost Control online via Zoom. Tickets: £25. Time: 7pm. https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-events

Wednesday 1 December (tbc but usually first Wednesday of the month); Drumming and Meditation Online with Taz Thornton. Monthly event. Time: 7pm Price: free. https://www.facebook.com/TazThorntonOfficial#

Wednesday 1 December; Making Flower Essences with Bel Senlle. Event by She's Lost Control. Venue: She's Lost Control - Retail and Events, Broadway Market, London. Tickets: £35. Time: 7pm. https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-events

Wednesday 1 December (tbc); Witches of Zoom CoA Gathering. Time: 7.30pm. Free. https://www.facebook.com/ZoomWitches

Wednesday 1 December; Village Witchcraft and Magic. Zoom talk by Professor Ronald Hutton  through The Last Tuesday Society and The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities. Time: 8pm. Tickets · from £5.82. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-viktor-wynd-museum-amp-the-last-tuesday-society-12203346619

Wednesday 1 December (every Wednesday); The Witching Hour on the Witches Inn YouTube channel. Time 8pm. Free. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw4Kl-MbdjsApFvodCnvANA

Thursday 2 December; Midweek Meditation with the College of Psychic Studies. Time: 3pm. Tickets: free for members/£7.50 for non members. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Thursday 2 December; Astrologer Ana Leo will present her Astrological Diary for 2022 at this in-store event. Venue: Watkins Bookshop, 19-21 Cecil Court, · London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 6pm Tickets: Free. https://www.meetup.com/WatkinsBooks/events/282343504?

Thursday 2 December; Chiltern Nomadic Pagan Moot. Venue: The Full Moon pub, Hare Lane, Little Kingshill, HP16 0EE. Private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/283279686905667

Thursday 2 December; Rewilding our Hearts with shamanic authors Elen Sentier and Imelda Almqvist. Free online Zoom webinar. Time: 7pm. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9910674146

Thursday 2 December; Online ASSAP talk. Time: 7pm. Free event. Tickets available to ASSAP members. To join for £5 per year, visit http://www.assap.ac.uk/

Thursday 2 December (tbc but usually every 2 weeks); Shooting the Wild Witch Breeze. Facebook Live Chat with Rachel Patterson and Elen Sentier.  A new chat video usually every two weeks on a Thursday. Time: 7pm.  Free. https://www.facebook.com/MoonBooks

Thursday 2 and 15 December; Magic, Witchcraft and Paranormal Walk. Meet at Saint Paul's Churchyard, London. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £15. https://uk.funzing.com/funz/magic-witchcraft-paranormal-walk-17554

Thursday 2 December; Tom Chivers: London Clay: journeys in the deep city. Venue: The Wanstead Tap, 352 Winchelsea Road, London E7 0AQ. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £9.21. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tom-chivers-london-clay-journeys-in-the-deep-city-tickets-194555409467

Friday 3 December (every Friday); Friday Live Chat hosted by Rachel Patterson, author of the Kitchen Witch series of books. Time: 9am. Free. https://www.facebook.com/RachelPattersonbooks/

Friday 3, 10 and 17 December; Festive Fridays at the College - A chance to shop with 15% discount. Venue: College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2EB.. Time: 10.30am-4.30pm. Free. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Friday 3 December; Magic for the Month: December. A free talk by me on Facebook Live about magic for December, the Winter Solstice, Yule and New Year's Eve. Time: 4pm, but the video will stay up to be watched later. Free. https://www.facebook.com/events/599072997878843/

Friday 3 December; Lilith, Gender and Demonology. Talk by author Stephanie Spoto. Online via Watkins Bookshop. Time: 5.30pm. Tickets: free. https://www.meetup.com/WatkinsBooks

Friday 3 December; Cacao Ceremony and Women’s Circle by Goddess Healing within. Venue: The Life Centre Notting Hill, 15 Edge Street, London, W8 7PN. Time: 6pm. Tickets: £25. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cacao-ceremony-womens-circle-tickets-205075374967

Friday 3 December; Moonology Dark Moon Ceremony with Yasmin Boland on Facebook live. Time: 6pm. Free. https://www.facebook.com/yasminboland/events

Friday 3 December; Yoga Vinyasa Flow Workshop with Global Fusion Music and Arts. Free online event. Time: 7.30pm. https://www.meetup.com/freestuffandfreeevents/

Saturday 4 December; Grief Support, with Kim Murray. Digital event by She's Lost Control. Tickets: £15. Time: 10am. https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-events

Saturday 4 December; Super New Moon in Sagittarius Ceremony. Facebook Live event by Hay House and Yasmin Boland. Time: noon. Free.  www.facebook.com/hayhouse

Saturday 4 December; DM: London Dreamtime and Cunning Folk presents Baba Yaga. Venue: Grand Junction, Rowington Close, London W2 5TF. Time: noon. Tickets: up to £11.37. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dm-london-dreamtime-and-cunning-folk-presents-baba-yaga-tickets-166783956303

Saturday 4 December; Kallima Spiritual Centre Open Day. Venue: 8A Adam Business Centre, Cranes Farm Road, Basildon, SS14 3JF. Starts 4pm. Free entry. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kallima-spiritual-shop-centre-open-day-free-brilliant-shop-sale-tickets-164759643529

Saturday 4 December; Ancient Egypt: Death and immortality. Storytelling for Adults by Jason Buck. Online event. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: from 7.50. www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/161223563017

Saturday 4 December; Darkplaces. Zoom talk by Matthew Holness and Edward Parnell through The Last Tuesday Society and The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities. Time: 8pm. Tickets · from £5.82. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-viktor-wynd-museum-amp-the-last-tuesday-society-12203346619

Saturday 4 December; New Moon Circle, with Tree Carr. Digital event by She's Lost Control. Tickets: £15. Time: 8.30pm. https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-events

Sunday 5 December; Open Your Mind. Talk by Timmy Davis, the Psilocybin Rescheduling Project Manager at Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group. Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Time: 11am. Tickets by donation. https://conwayhall.org.uk/

Sunday 5 December; The Psychic Language of Colour. Online workshop with Daniel Pitt via the College of Psychic Studies. Time: 1pm. Tickets: £80. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Sunday 5 December; Woodspirits in December - Spirals. Venue: Lee Valley Park, London. Free event for members of the group. Time: 2pm. https://www.facebook.com/groups/4032235040150960

Sunday 5 December (tbc); Luna Iter Ritual. In-person ritual in Hackney, East London for members of the group. Time: 4.30pm. Entry: £8/£6. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1230392930656154

Sunday 5 December; Divine Instruments of Hathor: The Ancient Egyptian Menat and Sistrum. Online event with Dr Joanne Backhouse organised by Explorers Egyptology and Sarah Janes. Time: 6pm. Tickets £5. https://www.facebook.com/events/623287948680212

Sunday 5 December; Stories of Re-enchantment. Storytelling for Adults by Jason Buck. Online event. Time: 7pm. Tickets from £2.50. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stories-of-re-enchantment-tickets-169718826579? 

Monday 6 December; Crystal Yin, workshop with Lisa Hood. Digital event by She's Lost Control. Tickets: £15. Time: evening. https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-events

Monday 6 December; Fairytales and Therapy: Little Red Riding Hood. Online talk by DR Libby. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £25. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fairytales-and-therapy-little-red-riding-hood-tickets-170002695639?

Monday 6 December;  New Moon  Psychic Protection and Safety Magic Rite with Mani via London Woodland Witches, Wiccans and Pagans. Venue: Highgate Woods, North London. Meet at the Woodman pub. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £10. https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/

Monday 6 December; Healing in the Winter Months using Astrology. Online talk by Marielle Churaqui. Time: 8.30pm. Tickets: £10. https://astrolodge.co.uk/events/healing-in-the-winter-months/

Monday 6 December (every Monday); Mindful Mondays with Caitriona of Be Happiest. Online event. Time 7pm. Tickets: £6 per session or £20 per month. https://behappiest.co.uk/ 

Tuesday 7 December; Carl Jung and the Spiritual Quest. First in Vivianne Crowley's lecture series on the magical and esoteric side of Jung and his circle. via Treadwell's Online. Time: 7pm start. Tickets: £10. https://www.treadwells-london.com/events

Tuesday 7 December; The Art of Madge Gill: Myrninerest, Marconi and Mars. Online talk with Vivienne Roberts via the College of Psychic Studies. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £12. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Tuesday 7 December; Arthurian Legend. A Lecture by Elizabeth Archibald on Zoom through The Last Tuesday Society and The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets · from £5.82. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-viktor-wynd-museum-amp-the-last-tuesday-society-12203346619

Tuesday 7 December (first Tuesday each month); Crystals with Vickie. Talk at Romford Pagan Moot. Venue: The Golden Lion, 2 High Street, Romford. Time: 7.30pm. Entry £4. https://www.facebook.com/Romford-Pagan-Moote-634178063700381

Tuesday 7 December (first Tuesday each month); The Witches' Inn Moot.  Venue: The Pavilion, Plough Road, Smallfield, Horley, RH6 9JL. Time: 8pm. Free event. https://www.facebook.com/The-Witches-Inn-1568424150049437

Wednesday 1 December (every Wednesday); Wellbeing Wednesdays with Nadine and Caitriona. Online event. Time: 12.30pm. Tickets: £22 per monthly subscription. https://behappiest.co.uk/ 

Wednesday 8 - Thursday 9 December; Aphrodite's Flame Monthly Vigil. Join Aphrodite's Flame Keepers to tend a candle flame from for as long as you wish in your own home, from dusk to dusk. Venue: Worldwide. Details: https://www.facebook.com/aphroditesflame/

Wednesday 8 December; Rune Meditations Workshop with
Andre Henriques via Treadwell's Online. Time: 7pm start. Tickets: £20/£18. https://www.treadwells-london.com/events

Wednesday 8 December; The Ravenmaster - The Corvids of The Tower of London. Zoom Talk by Chris Skaife  through The Last Tuesday Society and The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities. Time: 8pm. Tickets · from £5.82. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-viktor-wynd-museum-amp-the-last-tuesday-society-12203346619

Thursday 9 December; Inform Seminar: ‘Transformations of Paganism – Identity and Practice’. Online event. Time: 5:30pm. Tickets by donation. https://inform.ac/upcoming-events/

Thursday 9 December; Divine Feminine Archetypes. Talk by Cassandra Eve online via Watkins Bookshop. Time: 5.30pm. Tickets: free. https://www.meetup.com/WatkinsBooks

Thursday 9 December; Mistletoe, Wrens and Mumming: British Christmas folklore and traditions. Online talk by Kirsty Hartsiotis. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £5. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mistletoe-wrens-and-mumming-british-christmas-folklore-and-traditions-tickets-167146123555?

Thursday 9 December; Spiritualism's Dark Tale: The Spirit Engineer. In-person event with AJ West. Venue:  Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store St, London WC1E 7BS, UK. Time: 7pm start. Tickets: £5 without a book, £11.99 with a book. https://www.treadwells-london.com/events

Thursday 9 December; The Sun at Midnight. A ceremonial and meditative approach to the midwinter, led by Julian Vayne via Treadwell's Online. Time: 7pm start. Tickets: £20/£18. https://www.treadwells-london.com/events

Thursday 9 December; Children of the Night: The History of the Wolf in Britain. Talk by Derek Gow on Zoom through The Last Tuesday Society and The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities. Time: 8pm. Tickets · from £5.82. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-viktor-wynd-museum-amp-the-last-tuesday-society-12203346619

Friday, 10 December; An Exploration of Intuition Through the Activities of Ancient Leaders of Humanity. Free online event via Rudolf Steiner - Spiritual Science. Time: 7.30pm. https://www.meetup.com/rudolf-steiner-spiritual-science/events/282378794

Saturday 11 December Ancestral Wounding and Healing. Workshop with Jez Hughes, author of The Heart of Life, via the College of Psychic Studies. Time: 10am. Tickets: £105. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 December; Back to Basics. Introduction to Ritual Magic with Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki via the Magickal Women Partnership. Online via Zoom. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £20. https://www.magickalwomenconference.com/

Sunday 12 December; The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas. Talk by Al Ridenour on Zoom through The Last Tuesday Society and The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities. Time: 8pm. Tickets · from £5.82. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-viktor-wynd-museum-amp-the-last-tuesday-society-12203346619

Notes: I am not responsible for the content of these events except my own talk on magic for the month. I don't always know about changes or cancellations to events I don't run - tbc means to be confirmed. Contact event organisers directly if you have any questions, and please let me know if you are aware of something that needs correcting. I generally list things in the UK, especially in or near London, but some are outside that time zone. Where a practitioner is offering information about magical wellbeing and healing, this is *not* medical advice.

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Yule Ghost Tales: The Mystery of the Penny Whistle

This is actually a bit of a mystery. Yesterday, quite out of the blue I found this penny whistle with my name on it. It was very dusty, but seems to work okay. Not that I'm particularly skilled at playing the penny whistle, but notes came out when I blew it and put my fingers over the holes. Maybe that was a mistake - I'm sure everyone's read the MR James horror story for Christmas, "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad".

In the tale, the main character is away at the coast on holiday. He finds a whistle, but after blowing it is relentlessly haunted by something clothed in "pale, fluttering draperies" and later by mysteriously tangled bed sheets. He escapes the ghostly creature by throwing the whistle into the sea.

Now, the curious thing is, yesterday I was staying at the coast. Admittedly I was staying in a bedroom that I've slept in before, but I have no recollection of owning that penny whistle. I guess it must be mine - it has my name on it - but I don't remember buying it or being given it or ever owning it. Most things have rational explanations, and I'm sure my discovery must have one too. Don't you agree?

Previous related posts
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2011/10/review-collected-ghost-stories.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2010/01/review-on-monsters-history-of-our-fears.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2013/12/yule-ghost-tales-most-haunted-house-in.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2011/05/spooks-and-spectres-at-michelham-priory.html

Monday, 29 November 2021

Yuletide Poem: Capturing the Mood of the Season


As December approaches and the lights of winter festivals are starting to appear, here's a poem I've written especially about this time of year. 

The Mood of Yuletide

How do you capture

The Mood of Yuletide?

For me, it is seeing

The lights go on

In other people's 

Windows,

And wondering 

What they are wishing

As I walk home

On dark streets.

This coming Friday, December 3, at 4pm I'll be giving a free online talk on Facebook Live about magic for December. I'll be talking about how we celebrate the start of winter and the festive season. There'll be folklore, spells, crafting and Yuletide inspiration. You can find the link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/599072997878843

The photo above is from Lightopia at Crystal Palace. You can find more about me and my books at my author page at publisher Moon Books, and on my Amazon author page.

Previous related posts:
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2021/11/pagan-eye-phoenix-at-crystal-palace.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2018/12/yule-tree-visualisation-for-winter.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2021/11/yule-season-planning-pukka-tea-advent.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2020/12/witchy-gifts-for-yule-books-pictures.html

Friday, 26 November 2021

Pagan Eye: Phoenix at Crystal Palace Lightopia

Last night I went to Lightopia at Crystal Palace Park and this is one of the pictures I took - a phoenix rising from the flames. Although I took lots of photos while I was there, I'm only sharing this one at the moment so as not to give too many spoilers. I absolutely loved the displays of lights and would recommend it. You can find out more here: https://london.lightopiafestival.com/

On each Pagan Eye post, I show a photo that I find interesting, with a few words about it. I'm not quite sure what I'll be including - it could be 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.

Previous related posts
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2016/03/pagan-eye-dragon-at-magical-lantern.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2019/06/happy-summer-solstice-from-crystal.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2021/06/weird-london-stonehenges-brutalist.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2015/12/pagan-eye-iggy-dinosaur-gets-some-tlc.html

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Egyptian Ushabti Figurines & Thoughts on Archaeology

Most museums that exhibit items from Ancient Egypt will have little effigies like this on display. They are coffin servants known as ushabtis or shabtis. Ancient Egyptians buried them in tombs to serve the occupant in the afterlife. They are often displayed with things like farming tools, indicating the role they were supposed to play.

I took this photo some time ago when I was at Maidstone Museum for a Terry Pratchett exhibition, but was reminded of it when I was reading the entries for November in the Moon Books community book Every Day Magic:
"November 26. Egyptian Book of the Dead: On this day in 1922, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon were the first people for 3,000 years to enter the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Look up The Egyptian Book of the Dead online and learn more about Ancient Egyptian funerary rites and afterlife beliefs."
While I think it's good to learn about the funerary customs of those who lived in the past, I also know that excavating people's graves is a controversial subject. I recently engaged in a heated debate in a pagan group about just that. Many pagans these days feel it is wrong to interfere with ancient burial practices, or remove bodies from the place in which they were laid to rest. Others feel that archaeological excavations and scientific examination of both bones and burial sites are the best ways we can learn about our ancestors from the distant past. To be honest, I'm in the latter camp, although I do believe human remains should always be treated with respect.

What are your thoughts on the subject? Please leave a comment.