Thursday, 25 August 2016

London Pagan Events over the Bank Holiday Week


Here are events in London and a few in other parts of the UK over the Bank Holiday weekend and the week ahead that could be of interest to pagans. If you know of an event that you want listed, please email the details to me at badwitch1234@gmail.com.

Now - 11 September; Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings Summer Showcase. Exhibition at The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN. Tickets £9, free for members. Details: http://courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/what-on/exhibitions-displays/georgiana-houghton-spirit-drawings

Now - 1 September; The Ballad of British Folklore - Exhibition about the history of the Museum of British Folklore (MoBF). Venue: Christie’s South Kensington, 85 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LD. Open: Monday: 9am–7.30pm, Tuesday–Friday: 9am–5pm, Saturday–Sunday: 11am – 5pm. Details: http://www.christies.com/exhibitions/2016/the-ballad-of-british-folklore

Now - 31 August; Akhenaten: Heretic, Visionary, Icon Exhibition at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL Malet Place, London WC1E 6BT. Lunchtime tours: 1.15pm-1.45pm. For more details, email events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk or phone 020 7679 4138.

Now - 12 September; Austin Osman Spare - A Retrospective. Venue: The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art and Natural History, 11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP. http://www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org/

Now to 30 September; Folklore, Magic and Mysteries: Modern Witchcraft and Folk Culture in Britain - exhibition of artefacts, manuscripts and documents from the Doreen Valiente Foundation. Venue: Preston Manor, Preston Drove, Brighton BN1 6SD. Time: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 2-5pm. Free entry to exhibition with Preston Manor admission (adult £5.85, child (5-15) £3.15). Details: http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/prestonmanor/

Now to 27 November, Sunken Cities - Egypt’s Lost Worlds. Major exhibition at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Tickets £16.50. For more details visit: https://www.britishmuseum.org/

Thursday 25 August; Manifestation, Boosting Your Ability to Manifest - Talk with Himesh and the London College of Spirituality. Venue: Columbia Hotel (Regency Suite), 95 - 99 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3NS. Time: 7pm. Details and reservations: http://www.meetup.com/londonspirituality/

Thursday 25 August; TS Eliot, Magic and Mysticism. Lecture by Dr Allan Johnson. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Ticket price £8. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Friday 26 August - Sun 4 September Festival of the Dark Arts - Second Coming. Ten days of live art, performance, music, films and games celebrating and exploring the influence of cults and the occult. Venue: The Underdog Gallery, Arch 6 Crucifix Lane, London SE1 3JW. Time: 6.30pm. Details and tickets: http://www.guerrillazoo.com/second-coming.html

Saturday 27 August; Lecture: Greek Myths in the Enlightenment Gallery, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 1.15pm-2pm. Free, just drop in. For more details visit: https://www.britishmuseum.org/

Saturday 27 August; Meet and greet with sonic magickians 3TEETH. Venue: Treadwell's, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 6pm-7pm start. Tickets free but advance booking required. For further details: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Saturday 27 August; 3TEETH music performance. Venue: Electrowerkz, 7 Torrens Street, Islington, EC1V 1NQ. Time: 7pm start. Tickets: £15.75. Details and booking: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/WID2708

Saturday 27 - Monday 29 August; Hendon Heathens Summer Thyng 2016.  Camping festival with ceremony, song and storytelling on Saturday then talks and workshops on Sunday. Venue: Moat Mount Outdoor Centre, London NW7. Tickets £5 per night, £10 for Sunday's events. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1156846921048192/

Sunday 28 August, Meditation at Russell Brands Trew Era Cafe, 30 Whitmore Road, London N1 5QA. Starts 10.15am. Free event. Details: http://www.meetup.com/meditation-trust-london/

Sunday 28 August; Sunday Talk – Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings, Venue: Room 15, The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN. Time: 3pm - 3.45pm. Entry is free with gallery admission, which is £9. Details: http://courtauld.ac.uk/event/sunday-talk-georgiana-houghton-spirit-drawings-11

Sunday 28 August; Cults and the Occult Pub Quiz. Venue: The Underdog Gallery, Arch 6 Crucifix Lane, London SE1 3JW. Time: 6pm. Tickets are £5 for solo players, £20 for teams of up to 6 players. Details and tickets: http://www.guerrillazoo.com/second-coming-tickets.html

Monday 29 August; A Tour of Southwark Cathedral Herb Garden with Julie Wakefield, a museum curator and medical historian specialising in historic herbalism and folk medicine. Organised by South East London Folklore Society. Venue: Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SE1. Cost £1.50. Time: 11am. Email georgehoylefolkmusic@gmail.com to book a place. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/512152615660920/

Monday 29 August; British Witchcraft Documentaries of the 1970s at Festival of the Dark Arts. Note, the entire festival runs from Fri 26 August - Sun 4 September. Venue: The Underdog Gallery, Arch 6 Crucifix Lane, London SE1 3JW. Time: 6.30pm. Details and tickets: http://www.guerrillazoo.com/second-coming.html

Monday 29 August; Witches Gathering (was Croydon Children of Artemis Gathering). It meets on the last Monday of each month. Venue: downstairs in the cellar of the Cittie of Yorke, 22 High Holborn, London WC1V 6BS. Starting for 7.30pm. onwards. For any questions email coacentral@witchcraft.org or visit http://www.witchfest.net/ (Photo by Ewan Munro from London, UK - Cittie of Yorke, Holborn)

Tuesday 30 August; Healing Energy Workshop: Opening the Flow of Abundance with the Sensing Energy and Intuition Development Meetup Group. Venue: St Stephen's Church Hall, 48 Emperor's Gate, London SW7 4HJ. Tickets: £15. Time: 7pm. Details and booking: http://www.meetup.com/Sensing-Energy-and-Intuition-Development/

Tuesday 30 August; Leave Something Witchy - dark arts life drawing class. The Underdog Gallery, Arch 6 Crucifix Lane, London SE1 3JW. Time: 7pm. Details and tickets: http://www.guerrillazoo.com/second-coming.html

Tuesday 30 August; Huichol Cosmology and the Renovation of the World. Venue: The Hive, 260-264 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4DG. Time: 7pm. Tickets £8. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1741931306080876/

Tuesday 30 August; 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

Wednesday 31 August; Let's Talk About Love! Talk by Scott Stabile organised by Alternatives. Venue: The Columbia Hotel, 95-99 Lancaster Gate, LondonW2 3NS. Talk starts: 7pm. Tickets £10/£15 online, advance booking essential. For more details and to book tickets: http://www.alternatives.org.uk/

Wednesday 31 August; 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 1 September; Surrealist Art and the Occult. Lecture by Professor ME Warlick. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Ticket price £8. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Friday 2 September; “London’s Burning” - storytelling with Vanessa Woolf of London Dreamtime and White Rabbit on the anniversary of the Great Fire of London. Rooftop location in Deptford. Starts 8pm. Booking essential. For details email vanessa@londondreamtime.com or visit http://londondreamtime.com/calendar/

Saturday 3 September; The Edge of Consciousness Conference with Maggie La Tourelle, Dr Penny Sartori and Anthony Peake. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2EB. Time: 9.30am to 5pm. Cost: £75/£95. For details and bookings call 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Saturday 3 September; London Folk Festival. Venue: Cecil Sharp House, 2 Park Road, London NW1 7AY. Time: 11am-10.30pm. Tickets: £25. Details: http://www.cecilsharphouse.org/

Saturday 3 September; 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.

Sunday 4 September, Meditation at Russell Brands Trew Era Cafe, 30 Whitmore Road, London N1 5QA. Starts 10.15am. Free event. Details: http://www.meetup.com/meditation-trust-london/

Sunday 4 September; Wiccan Apprentice Course Part 1/3 - Sacred Space and Energy (outdoor course) with London Woodland Witches Wiccans Ritual Magicians and Pagans. Run by Mani Navasothy. Meet at Windmill Museum, Windmill Road, Wimbledon Common, London SW19 5NR before walking to the outdoor site. Time: 11.30am-5pm. Cost: £13. You must reserve a place in advance. Details: http://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/

Sunday 4 September; Tarot for Absolute Beginners. Workshop with Suzanne Corbie. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 11am to 5.30pm. Ticket price £70 (£40 deposit in advance). Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Note: I am not responsible for any of the events listed here. Do check with the organisers about tickets and timings before turning up to any event. I try to keep my listings accurate, but do not always know of late changes, cancellations or ticket availability.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Mapping London: Curiocity Launch at Stanfords

The picture to the right shows Henry Eliot and Matt Lloyd-Rose at the launch event of their new book Curiocity: In Pursuit of London at Stanfords map store in London last night.

Curiocity is a large and beautifully illustrated book based on the small, fold-out Curiocity maps of unusual things you can find in London that Henry and Matt produced a few years ago.

Each issue of their earlier map magazine had a different theme based on a letter of the alphabet, which unlike the familiar A-Z guides to London's streets featured the weird and wonderful rather than the mundane. Their new book, which is published by Particular Books - an imprint of Penguin - is very much the same kind of thing. It has lots of strange maps designed by various artists to show London re-imagined according to themes including dystopia and utopia, time travel, trade, the wyrd and even waste and sewage.

At the event at Stanfords, which was called Mapping London, Matt and Henry gave an illustrated talk about the maps and what inspired them. I have a copy of the book and I am looking forward to reading it. I'll be reviewing it on A Bad Witch's Blog in the future.

You can buy Curiocity at Stanfords, 12-14 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9LP or order it via Amazon.

Links and previous related posts
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2013/07/review-curiocity-d-london-dissected.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2013/03/curious-city-unusual-evening-in-london.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/05/london-walks-curiocity-and.html
https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/280503/curiocity/

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Review: The Secret People: Parish-Pump Witchcraft

A book about witchcraft is coming out next month that is a real treat. It is The Secret People: Parish-Pump Witchcraft, Wise-Women and Cunning Ways and is all about the home remedies and folk magic of the past, but updated for the modern day.

As well as traditional spells, charms and potions used by witches, it also includes everyday magic used by ordinary people as well as a lot of good old common sense advice about making do, mending and using things from the home and garden rather than buying everything from shops.

I actually read The Secret People a few months ago because its author, Mélusine Draco, asked me to write an endorsement to go on the back cover. This is what I said:
The Secret People is all about the kind of practical folklore our grandmothers and great-grandmothers would have used in their daily lives when planting a cottage garden, foraging for herbs in the hedgerows, treating family ailments and making the most of what was around the house. It is also about the secret folklore they would have known, from love charms and fortune-telling to protection spells and magical cures. The book is both really useful and a delight to read. Mélusine said that it would take me on a trip down memory lane, and it certainly did.
The Secret People is published by Moon Books and this is what its says on its website:
Much of what passes for ‘witchcraft’ today was everyday knowledge to our forebears, especially those who lived and worked in the countryside. Here were to be found practical household hints, remedies and family recipes that had been handed down from generation to generation, some still existing in the form of treasured journals and notebooks. There is, however, nothing fanciful or far-fetched about this information - in fact, The Secret People is a remembrance of times past and a preservation of ‘parish-pump witchcraft, wise-women and cunning ways’ adapted for use in the 21st century. It may also go a long way in helping those present-generation pagans in search of an identity and answer the questions: Who ... what am I?
The Secret People can be ordered from Amazon.

Mélusine's previous books include By Spellbook and Candle - Cursing and Binding, Aubry's Dog: Power Animals in Traditional Witchcraft and also the Traditional Witchcraft series.


Links and previous related posts
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2011/02/review-mean-streets-witchcraft.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/03/review-traditional-witchcraft-for.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/10/review-by-spellbook-and-candle-cursing.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2013/02/review-aubrys-dog-power-animals-in.html
http://www.moon-books.net/

Monday, 22 August 2016

Bastet Candle - Shopping at the PF London Conference

I bought this lovely Bastet goddess candle and annointing oil in the market at the PF London Conference on Saturday. Both the candle and oil were handmade by esoteric herbalist Cristina Pandolfo of Domina Lunae Apothecary Witchcraft Emporium.

I will burn the candle in memory of my lovely cat Pharaoh who died just over a week ago, after a sudden illness.

Domina Lunae Apothecary specialises in creating and selling handmade supplies for magical practices, healing processes, feminine witchcraft and women’s spirituality. I was very impressed with all the lovely products on the stall, which I was told are made with natural ingredients and magical intent, following lunar magic and esoteric herbalism principles.

The stall had a range of goddess candles and if I could have afforded to on the day I would have bought several.

You can find out more at the Domina Lunae Apothecary website: http://domina-lunae-magical-lunar-apothecary.pswebshop.com/en/


Links and previous related posts
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2016/08/pf-london-conference-in-memory-of-jean.html
http://domina-lunae-magical-lunar-apothecary.pswebshop.com/en/
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2016/08/my-cat-pharaoh-died-in-night.html

PF London Conference - In Memory of Jean Williams


This year’s Pagan Federation London Conference was in honour of Jean Williams, an inspirational woman and high priestess who worked for the pagan community tirelessly throughout her life. She was a lovely person with a great sense of humour. I am glad to have met her on a few occasions, but wish I had known her better. She died last year shortly after launching her book The Play Goes On, and is very much missed.

At the conference, Morgana of PF International (pictured left) gave a talk about Jean Williams' life and legacy, including her work with Pagan Pathfinders and The Rainbow Bridge. The picture at the top shows a slide from Morgana’s talk with a photo of Jean and one of Morgana's memories of her.

Although the title of the conference was Magic and Mind, I made a comment to a friend on the day that it might have more aptly been named Death and Darkness. As well as the eulogy to Jean, there were talks by Lyn Balis on home funerals, Philip Shallcrass on death and Cat Treadwell on inspiration in darkness.

Yet none of these talks were gloomy – they all showed that death at the end of a long life is natural and not to be feared, while the “long dark night of the soul” can be a path to personal insight and growth. Philip Shallcrass’ talk was actually called Death: The Ultimate Tickle. He described his ability to see the spirits of some of those who have died and that in his experience death in some of its forms as a psychopomp, like the characters from Neil Gaiman’s comics and Terry Pratchett’s books, can have a sense of humour.

The programme wasn’t entirely about the darker side of life. I sadly missed the chance to go to workshops on animal spirit guides and the tarot, which were running alongside my own talk on candle magic. After that I went to a fascinating workshop on goddess oracles run by Caroline Wise. Other talks included Rebecca Beattie on 20th century literary pagans, Astrid Haszprunarova on spiritual alchemy, Amie Summer on conservation medicine and Jonathan Woodley on coming of age rites. There was also a chance to try belly dancing with Sascha Cooper and the day ended with music from Spriggan Mist.

There was a wonderful esoteric market, including stalls run by The Atlantis Bookshop, London Wildlife Trust, Domina Lunea Apothecary, Gemini Aspect pagan suppliers, Fox and Hare wand makers (pictured bottom right), Hendon Heathens, and Goddess in London (pictured above  right). I bought a lovely candle, which I am going to blog more about later, and I won a book called The Avalonians in the tombola.

But for me, the best bit of the day was meeting up with old friends and making a few new ones.

Links and previous related posts
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2016/08/pagan-eye-geraldine-and-bali-at-pf.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2015/08/launch-party-for-play-goes-on-at.html
http://london.paganfed.org/
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2016/08/who-will-be-at-pf-london-conference.html

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Pagan Eye: Atlantis Books at Magic & Mind


Here is a photo I took yesterday at the Pagan Federation London's Magic and Mind Conference. The picture shows Geraldine and Bali of The Atlantis Bookshop holding up a copy of my book Pagan Portals - Candle Magic.

There was a bit of a last minute panic getting stocks of my book to the Atlantis stall at the event because the order Bali and Geraldine had put in to the distributor was late arriving. Luckily I had a few copies myself that I was able to hand over before I gave my talk on candle magic in the morning.

Copies of my book are now also available to buy at the shop at 49a Museum Street, Bloomsbury, London, near the British Museum.

I'll be blogging more about the PF London conference either later today or tomorrow.

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.

Links and previous related posts:
http://www.theatlantisbookshop.com/
http://london.paganfed.org/
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2016/08/who-will-be-at-pf-london-conference.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2015/12/atlantis-bookshop-decked-for-saturnalia.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2011/11/pagan-eye-autumn-plane-tree.html