Friday, 17 November 2017

Pagan Eye: Cakes and Magic at The Atlantis Bookshop


Here's another photo from the launch party for Every Day Magic - A Pagan Book of Days, which took place at The Atlantis Bookshop, near the British Museum, earlier this month. It shows a copy of the book on the wonderful buffet of cakes and scones that were provided by shop owners Geraldine and Bali.

The party took place in the temple space under the main shop, which has hosted many historic meetings in London's occult history. It was where Gerald Gardner held his coven when he was in London and was where Margaret Murray introduced him to Cecil Williamson, before the two men worked together to start up the Museum of Witchcraft. I like to think that, in a small way, this book is a part of a continuing tradition of people getting together to produce magical things.

Every Day Magic, which is published by Moon Books, contains contributions from nearly 50 pagan authors and practitioners from many different traditions across the world, including Atlantis' Geraldine Beskin, best-selling pagan authors Ellen Evert Hopman, Melusine Draco, Harmonia Saille, Rachel Patterson, Caroline Wise, Elen Sentier and other Moon Books writers. I edited it and also wrote several entries. It contains 366 spells, rituals, meditations, Pagan prayers, divinatory techniques, poems to read and recipes and craft projects to try out, along with the details of festivals that take place throughout the year.

In the UK, the book probably won't be sent out to Amazon customers until November 24, which is the official publication date, but you can buy early copies of the book at The Atlantis Bookshop, 49A Museum St, London WC1A 1LY. Some of the copies at the shop are signed by contributors too.
For more details email atlantis@theatlantisbookshop.com or call 020 7405 2120.

On each Pagan Eye post, I show a photo that I find interesting, with a few words about it. 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://www.moon-books.net/
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2017/11/pagan-eye-me-at-atlantis-bookshop-with.html

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Review: Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk

There are stacks of books on the market about fairy lore and how to interact with fairies as part of pagan spiritual practice. However, many of them simply aren't worth the paper they're written on, in my opinion. If you really want to know the truth about traditional fairy beliefs and folklore, particularly in Ireland, Morgan Daimler's books give you the real deal.

Her latest is called Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk. It is due out in early December.

Publisher Moon Books says on its website:
The subject of fairies in Celtic cultures is a complex one that seems to endlessly intrigue people. What exactly are fairies? What can they do? How can we interact with them? Answering these questions becomes even harder in a world that is disconnected from the traditional folklore and flooded with modern sources that are often vastly at odds with the older beliefs. This book aims to present readers with a straightforward guide to the older fairy beliefs, covering everything from Fairyland itself to details about the beings within it. The Otherworld is full of dangers and blessings, and this guidebook will help you navigate a safe course among the Good People.
Morgan Daimler is an author I respect most highly for the quality of her research and her writing style. I was lucky enough to read this book before it was published and I gave it this endorsement:
Impeccably researched and delightfully well written, Fairies - A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk is a book that every pagan who is interested in following the fairy path should read. Morgan Daimler is a leading expert on traditional Celtic fairylore and this is her finest work on the subject to date.
You can view Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk on Amazon

Links and previous related posts
http://www.moon-books.net/
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/10/review-morrigan-meeting-great-queens.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2016/03/review-pagan-portals-brigid-celtic.html

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

This Week's Pagan Events In and Near London


Here are events in London plus a few in other parts of the UK 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 - 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/
Now to 31 December; The London Stone on Display. Venue: Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN. Free exhibition during museum opening hours. http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london

Now - 8 April 2018; Exhibition: Living with Gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond. Venue: British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Tickets: £15 standard, members free but booking essential. For more details visit: https://www.britishmuseum.org/

Now - Wednesday 28 February 2018; 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/

Wednesday 15 November; Magic, Medicine and Esoterica. Bluestocking Bookshop Tours. Time: 2pm. Tickets: £10. https://www.bluestockingbooks.co.uk/

Wednesday 15 November; 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 15 November; Become the Force. Talk and book signing by Daniel M Jones. 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/


Wednesday 15 November; 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, 16 November; Interfaith Summit 2017. Venue: 110 Pennington Street, Unit 2, London E1W2BB. Time: 3.30pm - 9:30pm. Tickets: £5.80. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uk-interfaith-summit-2017-tickets-36682008876

Thursday, 16 November; Sacred Women Creative Circle "The 5 Elements", hosted by Women Who Dance With Their Souls. Venue: The Stress Project, 2 Shelburne Road, London N7 6DL. Time: 7pm. Price: £15. https://www.meetup.com/Women-Who-Dance-With-Their-Souls/

Thursday, 16 November; Women Who Run with Wolves Healing Circle. Venue: She's Lost Control, 42 Valentine Road, London E9 7AD. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £30. www.sheslostcontrol.co.uk

Thursday, 16 November; Demonology - talk by Scarlett Hayes and Alucard Keys hosted by Mimosa Love and Light Spiritual Centre. Venue Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch, Barking and Dagenham, RM11 1AX. Time: 7pm to 10pm.  Entry £5. https://www.facebook.com/mimosaspiritualexperience/

Thursday, 16 November; Arthur Conan Doyle and the Mysterious World of Light. Lecture by Matt Wingett. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets £8. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Thursday, 16 November; Spiritual Development Circle hosted by Mimosa Spiritual Experiences. Venue: Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch, RM11 1AX. Time: 7pm. Cost: £5. https://www.facebook.com/mimosaspiritualexperience/

Thursday, 16 November; Co-creation with Sacred Land. Talk by Emma Stow. Hosted by Earthstars Sacred Space. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1 4SH. Time: Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Entry £12. https://www.facebook.com/Earthstars-Sacred-Space-104790729559515/

Thursday, 16 November; 'Witchmas' Festival: Alchemical Snake Charming with Kamellia Sara McKayed. Venue: House of Hackney Flagship Store, 131-132 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £20. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/witchmas-festival-alchemical-snake-charming-with-kamellia-sara-mckayed-tickets-39190978271

Thursday, 16 November; Lucifer - Lightbringer or Sacrifice. Evening with Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop, 49A Museum St, London WC1A 1LY. Time: 7pm. Cost £15, advance booking essential. Tel: 020 7405 2120  or email atlantis@theatlantisbookshop.com. Website: http://www.theatlantisbookshop.com/

Thursday, 16 November; 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 17 November; Petrie Late: Curses Night Special. Venue: UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Malet Place, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 6BT. Time: 6pm, Tickets free but you must book in advance. http://events.ucl.ac.uk/event/event:vz8-j5s7f6va-k5rd0r

Friday 17 November; ‘Mindfulness and Beyond’ - A Free Introductory Workshop. Venue: Meridian fitness, 38 Creek Rd., Greenwich, London SE8 3FN. Starts 6pm. Free event. Details: https://www.meetup.com/meditation-trust-london/

Friday 17 November; The Pendle Witch - a play by Lexi Wolfe. Venue: The Spread Eagle Pub and Theatre, 39-41 Katherine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX Croydon. Time: 7pm Tickets will be available on the door. London Woodland Witches and Outdoor Pagans will begoing to see the play and having a social meet-up afterwards. https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/

Friday 17 November; Maxine Sanders Witchcraft Soiree hosted by Hell Fire Club Books Esoteric Publishers. Venue Art Workers’ Guild,  6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 3AT, Time: 7pm. Tickets: £13 in advance. www.hellfireclubbooks.co.uk

Friday 17 November; The Science Behind Mindfulness. Talk by Tamara Russell. 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/

Saturday 18 November - 16 December; Curses! by Bompas and Parr. Exhibition and immersive installation at the The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology UCL, Malet Place, London, WC1 6BT. https://www.ucl.ac.uk/culture/events/curses-bompas-parr

Saturday 18 November; Mirror Magic and the Power of Reflection. One day workshops with Dolore Ashcroft-Nowicki hosted by Lodge Mercurius of the Servants of the Light School. Venue: The Ecology Centre at Gillespie Park, 191 Drayton Park, London N5 1PH. Time: 9.30am start. Cost £80 (£150 for two courses if you also do the one on 19 November). Deposit of £40/£75. To reserve a place contact Maria-Teresa either via https://www.facebook.com/events/329379994169993/ or email mariateresaharmer@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday 18 November; The Haunted Landscape. Day of talks at London Fortean Society. Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Details: https://www.facebook.com/LondonForteanSociety/

Saturday 18 November; 'Witchmas' Festival: The Art of Manifestation Using Symbolic Objects
Held with Marc Peridis. Venue: House of Hackney Flagship Store, 131-132 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE. Time: 11am-1pm. Tickets: £20. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/witchmas-festival-the-art-of-manifestation-using-symbolic-objects-with-marc-peridis-tickets-39191131730

Saturday 18 November; South London Red Tent. Venue: Private address in south-west London. Time 12.30pm. Bring food to share  https://www.meetup.com/South-London-Red-Tent/

Saturday 18 November; Crystal Ball Workshop with Betty Jane Ware. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop, 49A Museum St, London WC1A 1LY. Time: 1pm-5pm. Cost £45, advance booking essential. Tel: 020 7405 2120  or email atlantis@theatlantisbookshop.com. Website: http://www.theatlantisbookshop.com/

Saturday 18 November; Gallery talk: Earth, wind and fire: Aztec deities. Venue: Room 27, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Tickets: free. Time: 1.15pm. For more details visit: https://www.britishmuseum.org/

Saturday 18 November; Crossbones Celebration - A special opening of Crossbones Garden - with guided tours, talks and promenade performances on the site of the outcasts' burial ground, with John Constable. Venue: Crossbones Graveyard; 18-22 Redcross Way, London SE1 1TA. Time: 2pm-6pm. Free event. http://www.crossbones.org.uk/

Saturday 18 November; Wicca New Moon : with Cauldron of Rebirth Magic in Highgate with London Woodland Witches Magicians and Outdoor Pagans. Meet a The Woodman's Pub, Archway Road, Highgate, from 2pm to walk to the woods at 3pm. The ritual ends at 7pm, then back to the pub for a social. Fee: £3. You must reserve a place in advance. Wear outdoor clothes. Details and bookings: https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/

Saturday 18 November; Making Monsters for Harry Potter. Afternoon Lecture by Madeleine Spencer 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 18 November; Online Shamanic Circle. Time: 5pm. Cost £1. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/127522325

Saturday 18 November; And the Beat Goes OM Tantric Trance Dance. A Tantric-Shamanic Dance Journey with Ecstatic Dance London. London venue, details shown to members of the meet-up group. Time: 6pm. Tickets: £15. https://www.meetup.com/london-ecstatic-dance/

Sunday 19 November; Talismanic Magic. One day workshops with Dolore Ashcroft-Nowicki hosted by Lodge Mercurius of the Servants of the Light School. Venue: The Ecology Centre at Gillespie Park, 191 Drayton Park, London N5 1PH. Time: 9.30am start. Cost £80 (£150 for two courses if you also do the one on 18 November). Deposit of £40/£75. To reserve a place contact Maria-Teresa either via https://www.facebook.com/events/329379994169993/ or email mariateresaharmer@yahoo.co.uk

Sunday 19 November; Shamanic workshop. Venue: Woodford Church at 9 Grove Crescent, South Woodford, London E18 2JR. Time 11am-4pm. Cost: £10. http://woodfordchurch.com/

Sunday 19 November; Being Your Own Muse Poetry Workshop with Cassy Ede. Venue: She's Lost Control, 42 Valentine Road, London E9 7AD. Time: 1pm. Tickets: £30. www.sheslostcontrol.co.uk

Sunday 19 November; 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 19 November; Dawn of the Oak. Pagan moot on the third Sunday of each month. Note change of usual venue for this date: Sir John Oldcastle, 29-35 Farringdon Road, London EC1M 3JF. Time: 3pm-7pm. https://www.meetup.com/The-Kith-of-The-Tree-and-The-Well/

Sunday 19 November; Nurture your Aphrodite - Clearing the Path for Love. Venue: Chisenhale Dance, 64-84 Chisenhale Road, London E3 5QZ. Time: 3pm. Cost: £12.88. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nurture-your-aphrodite-clearing-the-path-for-love-tickets-39771145567

Sunday 19 November; Psychic and Spiritual Development Class. North London venue, details shown only to members of the group. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £15. https://www.meetup.com/London-NW8-Psychic-and-Spiritual-Development-Group/

Monday 20 November; 'Witchmas' Festival: Tarot and the Elements: Water, Fire, Eart, Air. Venue: House of Hackney Flagship Store, 131-132 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £20. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/witchmas-festival-tarot-and-the-elements-water-fire-earth-air-tickets-39191151790

Monday 20 November; Four short talks for International Men's Day. Organised by Alternatives. Venue: St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL, Starts: 7pm. Tickets £20/£15 online. http://www.alternatives.org.uk/

Monday 20 November; Alchemical Symbolism in Shakespeare. Lecture by Paul Cowlan. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7pm. Tickets £8. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Monday 20 November; The Calendar of the Soul - Meditations that connect us to rhythms of nature, with Dr. Sue Peat and Adrian Hotten. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35, Park Road, London, NW1 6XT. Time: 7pm. http://www.rsh.anth.org.uk/ https://www.meetup.com/rudolf-steiners-spiritual-science/

Monday 20 November; Understanding the Court Cards. Afternoon workshop with the Tarot and Healing Group. Venue: Artillary Arms (private space upstairs), 102 Bunhill Row Nr Moorgate/Old St, London EC1Y 8ND. Time: 7pm. Entry: £6, but you must be a member of the meetup group and reserve a place in advance. https://www.meetup.com/Tarot-and-Healing-Group/

Monday 20 November; Pagan Pathfinders. Meeting suitable for all pagans in Finchley, London N3. Time: 7.30pm. (Meeting is usually on the 3rd Monday each month.) Contact Pagan Pathfinders for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/355637821529009/

Tuesday 21 November; Reincarnation: Any evidence for it? Talk by Professor Erlendur Haraldsson of the University of Iceland in Reykjavik. 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 21 November; Trance Lecture - Changing Your World, with Sarah Tyler-Walters. 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/

Tuesday 21 November; Witches Gathering. Venue: front bar of the Cittie of Yorke, 22 High Holborn, London WC1V 6BS. Starting for 7.30pm. onwards. Meets on the third Tuesday of each month. For any questions email coacentral@witchcraft.org or visit http://www.witchfest.net/

Wednesday 22 November; 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 22 November; Reclaim your Power through your Solar Plexus Chakra. Third session in the Chakra Series with Rachael of Welford Wellbeing. Venue: She's Lost Control, 42 Valentine Road, London E9 7AD. Time: 7pm. Tickets from £18 per session. www.sheslostcontrol.co.uk

Wednesday 22 November; Irving Finkel on Magic, Mesopotamia, and Ancient Board Games. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop, 49A Museum St, London WC1A 1LY. Time: 7.30pm. Cost £15, advance booking essential. Tel: 020 7405 2120  or email atlantis@theatlantisbookshop.com. Website: http://www.theatlantisbookshop.com/

Thursday 23 November; 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/

Thursday 23 November; Gwen Tate Memorial Lecture: Children's Experiences of Reincarnation, by Prof. Erlendur Haraldsson. Venue: Society for Psychical Research HQ, 1 Vernon Mews, London W14 0RL. Time: 7pm. Entry: Free for members, £5 non-members. https://www.spr.ac.uk/

Friday 24 November; Every Day Magic - A Pagan Book of Days, which I edited, officially launches today. You can order copies from Amazon, The Atlantis Bookshop or Treadwell's Books. You can also support the launch by joining in with a Thunderclap on social media: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/61034-every-day-magic

Friday 24 November; The Voice of the Gongs: Optimum Healing through the Fullness of Tone with Gong Master Olaf Nixon. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 6pm-9pm. Cost: £40/£44. Advance booking recommended. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Friday 24 November; The John Michell Memorial Lecture: Voices of the Ancestors: Adventures in Prehistoric Sound. Rilko (Research Into Lost Knowledge) lecture by Adam Steve Marshall. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35, Park Road, London, NW1 6XT. Time: 6.45pm. Entrance: £8/£10. Details: http://www.rilko.net/EZ/rilko/rilko/home.php or https://www.facebook.com/rilkotrust/

Friday 24 November; A Crowley Rite: The Star Ruby  (Liber XXV). Evening Mini-Workshop with Marco Visconti  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/

Friday 24 November; Haunted Hampstead - storytelling with London Dreamtime. Venue Place: secret location in London NW3. Time: 7pm. Price: £10 tickets must be bought in advance. https://londondreamtime.com/calendar

Friday 24 November; Introduction to Paranormal Detection Equipment - 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 24 November; Goddess and the Divine Feminine - Morrigan hosted by Mamma Moon Magick, Venue: The Upminster Complementary Healing and Teaching Sanctuary, Pea Lane, Upminster, Havering, RM142XH. Time: 7pm. Entry £15 in advance, £18 on the door. https://www.facebook.com/mammamoonmagick/

Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 November;  'Know Thyself' - Spiritual Psychology The Outer Personality and the Deeper Self. Two-day workshop with Vivianne and Chris Crowley. First of a series of three workshops. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 10am Saturday - 4.30pm Sunday. Tickets £130 - deposit £70. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Saturday 25 November; Pagan Future Fests Yule. A celebration of Yule – all traditions welcome! Live music, stalls, readings, talks and workshops. Venue: Stanley Hall, 12 South Norwood Hill, London SE25 6AB. Time: noon-10pm. Tickets £15 all day or £9 evening only (from 5pm). http://www.paganfuturefests.org.uk/  https://www.facebook.com/events/1945685695703740/

Saturday 25 November; 'Hecate's Wheel' - A day of Transformation and Magic dedicated to the Great Goddess Hecate. Facilitiated by Caroline Wise and Carrie Kirkpatrick in North London. Price £55, places limited. To book please contact carriedivinemedia@gmail.com or call 07957 000 974. https://www.facebook.com/GoddessEnchantment/

Saturday 25 November; Sekhmet ritual. Venue: Wicca Moon, 50 Well Hall Rd, London, SE9 6SH. Free event but donations welcome. Time: 2pm. 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/events/127437511301642/

Sunday 26 November; Introduction to Your Inner Divine Goddess. Workshop with Valerie Pitts. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 10am-5pm. Cost: £75/£95. Advance booking recommended. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Sunday 26 November; Meeting of Kith of The Tree and The Well. Venue: The Horseshoe Inn
26 Melior St, London SE1 3QP. Time: 2pm Entry £2. https://www.meetup.com/The-Kith-of-The-Tree-and-The-Well/

Sunday 26 November; Potions with Jane Pettigrew. 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 26 November; “The Snow Queen” beneath the winter branches - storytelling by Vanessa Wood of London Dreamtime. Venue: A secret location hidden in W1. Time: 3.30pm start. Tickets: £3, you must reserve a place by emailing vanessa@londondreamtime.com. Details: https://londondreamtime.com/calendar

Sunday 26 November; 'Witchmas' Festival: Gong Bath with Lani Rocillo. Venue: House of Hackney Flagship Store, 131-132 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £20. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/witchmas-festival-gong-bath-with-lani-rocillo-tickets-39191293213

Please note that I do not organise any of these events except the launch of Every Day Magic - A Pagan Book of Days. I try to make sure the details on my weekly events listing are accurate, but please contact the organisers before attending any event. You can also let me know if any corrections need to be made to any of the details on this page, by emailing badwitch1234@gmail.com

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Where to Buy Every Day Magic: A Pagan Book of Days


It is exactly a week until the official publication date for the new book I edited - Every Day Magic - A Pagan Book of Days. However, some shops already have copies in stock including The Atlantis Bookshop, at 49A Museum St, London WC1A 1LY, and Treadwell's Bookshop, at 33 Store Street, London WC1E 7BS.

Every Day Magic - A Pagan Book of Days contains 366 spells, rituals, meditations, Pagan prayers, divinatory techniques, poems to read and recipes and craft projects to try out, along with the details of festivals that take place throughout the year. All the activities are intended to be easy to follow so you can pick up the book, open it to a day and find something you can do.

There are contributions from nearly 50 pagan authors and practitioners from many different traditions across the world, including Atlantis' Geraldine Beskin (pictured at the top), best-selling pagan authors Ellen Evert Hopman, Melusine Draco, Harmonia Saille, Rachel Patterson, Caroline Wise, Elen Sentier and other Moon Books writers.

The pictures on this post show Every Day Magic on sale in The Atlantis Bookshop, a copy in the window of The Atlantis Bookshop and copies on sale at Treadwell's.

You can also view and pre-order Every Day Magic at Amazon - in the UK, copies should start to be sent out from Amazon on 24 November, which is the official launch date.


Monday, 13 November 2017

Magic School: Joseph Campbell: Master of Myth

A two-day Saturday course called Joseph Campbell: Master of Myth is taking place at the Mary Ward Centre, in London, starting on Saturday 25 November. Here is the description of the course supplied by tutor Ken Rees:
Joseph Campbell: Master of Myth

This two-day course looks at the achievements of the late Joseph Campbell in respect to his placing at the centre of the human condition the role of `mythological voices'. Among the numerous themes which occupied him over his lifetime was the great monomyth of the hero's journey and the importance of forging one's own path; the masks of deity enshrouding the various gods and goddesses found throughout the world, forming a bridge between East and West; and the need to `follow your bliss' in order to achieve a fulfilled life. His work infused a range of artistic expression including George Lucas's Star Wars franchise and the Grateful Dead rock band. His formative influences included H. Zimmer, A. Bastian, his students and his wife, the dancer Jean Erdman.

We look at the role of mythology in both reflecting and instructing humanity and the relevance of Campbell in developing this perspective. In analysing the similarities between myths we discover the archetypal significance of the `masks of God'. The course explores the various dilemmas of the modern world as identified by Campbell and his solutions, including the value of having a mythic awareness for today and the need for a new (ideally, global) mythology to replace the decline of key meta-narratives over the past century.
Ken said that if you can only attend one session then it is still worthwhile as the essence of Campbell's thinking is not too hard to grasp and any missed day can be compensated for by relevant handouts.

The classes will run at the Mary Ward Centre (pictured right), Queen Square, London WC1 on Saturday 25 November and Saturday 2 December from 10.30am to 5.30pm. Fees are £54 or concessions. For enquiries, call 020 8671 6372 or email kenrees@talktalk.net. For enrolment by credit/debit card call 020 7269 6000 or book online via www.marywardcentre.ac.uk. It is course no. 443.

You can view The Hero with A Thousand Faces, The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell, on Amazon.