Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Shopping: Harry Potter Hogwarts Candle from Primark

I don't think it is a secret that I'm a bit of a Harry Potter fan.

When I was on my way home from teaching candle magic at Treadwell's earlier this month I couldn't resist popping into the big Primark on the corner of Tottenham Court Road because it has a massive department selling Hogwarts-themed items. I bought the candle on the right.

Primark currently has a range of various coloured/scented candles with the Harry Potter brand, which is pretty appropriate as Imbolc and Candlemas are coming up soon. Both of these festivals are often honoured by lighting candles to represent the first signs of spring returning and blessing candles for use throughout the year.

To be honest, I probably won't use my Harry Potter candle for any of my spiritual Imbolc devotions. There are two reasons for that. First, I already have a lovely ritual kit already. Second, I prefer to use unscented candles or ones that contain pure essential oils for my real magical work. Neverthless, this Harry Potter candle will still be a lovely thing to burn to cheer myself up on a cold dark evening.

My own book Pagan Portals - Candle Magic contains a variety of candle spells and rituals you can do for Imbolc or at other times of the year. You can buy copies at Treadwell's or view the book at Amazon.

Links and previous related posts

Monday, 22 January 2018

Catching Up With Witchcraft News & Occult TV

I've had the flu and been too ill to blog over the past week, but I'm on the mend now and catching up with things. Talking of catch-up, if you missed the BBC quiz show QI's episode on the occult at the weekend, you can still watch it via BBC IPlayer. Here are some links to news stories from the past few days about druids, witches, pagans more TV and movies:

"Rude Brittania! Top druid says Sky Atlantic's new Roman TV epic is an insult to peace-loving Celtic holy men" - story at the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5292737/Top-druid-says-new-insult-peace-loving-druids.html

"Witch-swinging: Tales of witchcraft and torture" - A look at attacks on women accused of witchcraft in colonial India. Story at Livemint: http://www.livemint.com/Sundayapp/svrJW51AYt8PNG9hkfWjUN/Witchswinging-Tales-of-witchcraft-and-torture.html

"Why is Papua New Guinea Still Hunting Witches?" - story at The Diplomat: https://thediplomat.com/2018/01/why-is-papua-new-guinea-still-hunting-witches/

"Highland Views: Witches, Wicca and a pagan view of the world" - A Protestant minister and interfaith chaplain's look at pagans and witches, at Asheville Citizen-Times: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/life/2018/01/19/highland-views-witches-wicca-and-pagan-view-world/1037899001/

"Crystals, potions and tarot cards: the mystical rise of new age businesses" - story at The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2018/jan/18/crystals-potions-and-tarot-cards-the-mystical-rise-of-new-age-businesses

"Mail-order magic: the rise of subscription witchcraft" - story at The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2018/jan/16/mail-order-magic-the-rise-of-subscription-witchcraft

"Movie Review – Curse of the Witch's Doll (2018)" - review at Flickering Myth: https://www.flickeringmyth.com/2018/01/movie-review-curse-witchs-doll-2018/

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Sorry - No Post Today, I Have the Lurgy

Sorry folks, I've been in bed feeling rough with a cough and a fever. Not up to blogging today. I've only just felt well enough to turn the computer on. Normal service will be resumed asap.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Esoteric London: Free Book on London's Pagan Events

This little printed booklet listing all the best regular pagan events taking place in London during 2018 is so delightfully old-school - and it is free!

Esoteric London, which was put together by Hendon Heathens, is described as: "A small guide to some of the public meetings, events and shops in the primary occult city in Europe."

It lists the dates for meetings and open rituals held by major pagan, heathen and druid groups in London for the year ahead. These include the Pagan Federation London, Nova Stellar, the Loose Association of Druids, Children of Artemis, London Fortean Society, Dawn of the Oak, South East London Folklore Society, Kith of the Tree and the Well, Hendon Heathens, Pagan Futurefests, Deptford Jack-in-the-Green and London Pagan Pride. The booklet also mentions Central London's best occult bookshops - Treadwell's, Atlantis and Watkins.

I'm also rather chuffed that my own blog gets a mention at the end. It says: "Also check out A Bad Witch's Blog at www.badwitch.co.uk who does a weekly events list of just about every esoteric meeting going on in London. Highly recommended!" I have a big smile on my face over that!

I was given my copy at Treadwell's bookshop yesterday and there was a pile of them by the front counter. They are free to take, so do pop in and pick up a copy if you are in the area soon as I suspect the booklets will all go quickly and probably end up being collectors' items.

Treadwells is at 33 Store Street, London WC1E 7BS. https://www.treadwells-london.com/

Saturday, 13 January 2018

News: Death Pose Druid, Paganism & Witchcraft

"Police called out to reports of dead body by motorway - only to find it was a druid doing yoga" - story at Manchester Evening News: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/police-called-out-reports-dead-14133817.amp

"Party like a Russian (peasant): Christmas festival mixes Orthodox and pagan rites" - story at RT: https://www.rt.com/news/415297-svyatki-pagan-festival-christianity/

"Giant squid and sexed-up druids: is Britannia Jez Butterworth's mad masterpiece?" - story at The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/jan/11/mackenzie-crook-druids-britannia-jez-butterworths-mad-masterpiece-tv-series

"Witch Hunts Today: Abuse of Women, Superstition, and Murder Collide in India" - story at Scientific American: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/witch-hunts-today-abuse-of-women-superstition-and-murder-collide-in-india/

"How Medieval Churches Used Witch Hunts to Gain More Followers" - story at History: http://www.history.com/news/how-medieval-churches-used-witch-hunts-to-gain-more-followers

"Self-proclaimed 'blood witch' smears period blood on her face to break stigmas around menstruation" - story at The Scottish Sun: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2069446/