Monday, 2 March 2015

Soul and Spirit Awards: Nominate Your Favourite Blog

Soul and Spirit magazine has just launched the Soul and Spirit Awards 2015 and is looking for nominations. One of the categories is most inspiring spiritual blog, so I am rather hoping that anyone who reads and enjoys A Bad Witch's Blog might consider nominating me.

The awards aim to find the best experts and brands in the spirituality industry, trusted and loved by thousands of people within the spiritual community and across the UK. Celebrating all things spiritual and holistic, from life coaches and psychics to retreats, workshops, websites and blogs, readers and online visitors will be voting to award a Gold, Silver and Bronze Award in each of the following categories:

• Best-loved psychic
• Best-loved astrologer
• Best-loved angel expert
• Most inspiring life coach
• Favourite mind, body, spirit author
• Best spiritual book of the year
• Most entertaining haunted event
• Best spiritual course/workshop provider
• Most-loved natural/organic beauty brand
• Best mind, body, spirit experience
• Best retreat/healing centre
• Most inspiring spiritual blog
• Favourite spiritual website
• Favourite online shop

The Soul and Spirit editorial team will also be awarding individual Diamond Awards for:
• Columnist of the year
• Outstanding contribution to the spirituality industry

Online visitor nominations are live now and close on April 19. You can nominate your favourite brands, places, products, writers and spiritual experts by filling in a form in the magazine or via the Soul and Spirit website. All entries will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win Stella and Dot prizes worth more than £500.

The magazine will reveal which spiritual experts and brands have been shortlisted in the July issue (on sale June 19) and when the voting stage will then begin. The voting period closes on 20 September and results will be published in the November issue 2015, (on sale 16 October 2015).

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Saturday, 28 February 2015

News: I've Been Quoted in a Feature on Wicca

The other day I was briefly interviewed by a journalist and have been quoted in the feature she wrote. You can read the story: "Are More 20 Something Women Turning To Witchcraft? We Asked An Expert" on The Debrief website: http://www.thedebrief.co.uk/2015/02/are-more-20-something-women-turning-to-witchcraft-we-asked-an-expert#.VPCx-fmsWSo

Friday, 27 February 2015

This Week's Pagan Events In and Near London


Now until 15 March: From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia. Art exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, London, SE21 7AD. It is open every day except Mondays. Tickets: £10/£5. http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/

Friday 27 February; Yoga and Gong - Vauxhall Gong Bath. Venue: Bonnington Centre, 11 Vauxhall Grove, London SW8 1TD. Time: 7pm. Cost: £15. Details and booking: http://www.meetup.com/Vauxhall-Gong-Bath/events/219503831/

Friday 27 February; Springtime - The Morning Of The Year. Talk by Louise Coe at Rilko (Research Into Lost Knowledge). Venue: 50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA. Doors open 6.45pm, lectures starts 7.15pm. Entrance: £8/£6. http://www.rilko.net/EZ/rilko/rilko/home.php

Friday 27 February; Spirit and Channelling Circle run by Shamanic Spirit at a venue in New Addington, Croydon, South London. Starts 7.30pm. Cost £10. For more details and to book places call 07952 041477. For more information, visit http://shamanicspirit.co.uk/

Saturday 28 February; Winter Goddess Ancestral Women's Workshop at Caer Corhain Shamamic Development Centre of the Isle of Sheppey, 1 Southleas farm cottages, Lower Road, Minster, Sheppey ME12 3SW. Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm. Cost: £35. For more details and information on how to book, call 07885682295 or 01795 874542 or visit;http://www.touchtheearthuk.com/

Saturday 28 February; The London Medieval Society Colloquium: Magic and Miracles. Speakers: Sophie Page, author of Magic in the Cloister,Hilary Powell (Hearing the Voice); Jacqueline Borsje, and Hetta Howes. Venue: Lock Keeper's Cottage, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End London E1 4NS. Time: 11am to 5pm. Free registration. http://londonmedievalsociety.com/

Saturday 28 February; Tantra: A journey into the senses with Mahasatvaa Ma Ananda Sarita, organised by Alternatives. Venue: Colet House, The Study Society, 151 Talgarth Road , London, W14 9DA. Time: 10.30 am - 5pm. Tickets £65/£55. Details: http://www.alternatives.org.uk/

Sunday 1 March; Tarot Workshop - The Fools Journey. Workshop at Cobwebs at Cauldrons at Romford Shopping Hall. 10am-4pm. Cost is £40. http://www.cobwebsandcauldrons.co.uk/

Sunday 1 March; Walks in Nature: Rickmansworth Lakes with the Family of Light Spiritual Community. Meet at Rickmansworth station, Station Approach, Rickmansworth WD3 1QY at 11.30am. For more details and to reserve a place visit: http://www.meetup.com/familyoflight/

Sunday 1 March; Sacred Geometry: Hidden Patterns And Awareness Of Eternity. Talk by Malcolm Stewart. Venue: 50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA. Starts at 6pm. Tickets: £7, £5 concessions, £4 TS members. For full details: http://www.theosophicalsociety.org.uk

Monday 2 March; Tarot Meditation: Justice, with Marysia Kolodziej. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £10. Advance booking required. Call 0207 419 8507. For further details: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Monday 2 March; Psychic Circle run by Shamanic Spirit at a venue in Croydon, South London. The circle is held on Mondays fortnightly starting at 7.30pm. Cost £5. For more details and to book places call 07952 041477. For more information, visit http://shamanicspirit.co.uk/

Monday 2 March; Antibiotics and Life’s Toxins: how to repair the inner damage! Talk by Shann Nix Jones, author of Secrets from Chuckling Goat.Venue: Alternatives. Venue: St James's Church Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL. Time: 7pm - 8.30pm. Tickets £12/£8 online. For more details and to book tickets: http://www.alternatives.org.uk/

Monday 2 March; Qi Gong: Awaken Your Creative Power with Lidija of the London College of Spirituality. Venue: Latvian House, 72 Queensborough Terrace, London, W2 3SH. Time: 7pm. Cost: £10. Details: http://www.meetup.com/londonspirituality/

Tuesday 3 March; Cobwebs and Cauldrons Moot. Sarah Arkle will be speaking on Imbolc and Brigid. Venue: White Horse Pub, Chadwell Heath, Essex. Moot takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. 7.30pm start.

Tuesday 3 March; What is Destiny Learning?. Talk by Malcolm Daniels at The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm-8.30pm. Cost: £10/£12 Advance booking advised. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Tuesday 3 March; The Karma of Human Relationships in Steiner's Mystery Dramas. Talk by Adrian Locher. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT. Time: 7.30pm – 9pm, Cost: £3.50 (£1 concessions, students and under 25s), No bookings required, just turn up. http://www.rsh.anth.org.uk/

Wednesday, 4 March; Workday at Crossbones Garden - help tidy up Crossbones for its crowdfunding launch event at Crossbones, Union Street, London SE1 1TA. Time: 10am—2pm. All Welcome, just turn up. For more information contact Bankside Open Spaces Trust info@bost.org.uk or call 020 7403 3393 or visit www.bost.org.uk.

Wednesday, 4 March; Interpreting the Unusual. Talk by Paolo Viscardi at Greenwich Skeptics in the Pub. Veue: The Star and Garter, 60 Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NY. Time: 7.30pm. http://greenwich.skepticsinthepub.org/

Wednesday, 4 March; The Witches' Inn. Pagan moot at The Feathers Hotel, 42 High St, Merstham, Redhill, Surrey RH1 3EA. Starts at 8pm. Moots are on the first Wednesday of each month. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Witches-Inn/1568424150049437

Thursday 5 March; Sacred Walks and The Kingston Zodiac Adventure - walking the Pisces Walk in the The Kingston Zodiac.Meet at Cranford Countryside Park, The Parkway, Hounslow TW5 9RZ at noon. Cost £10/£5, advance booking required: http://www.meetup.com/Sacred-Walks-Kingston-Zodiac-Adventure/

Thursday 5 March; Screening of the film Sea Without Shore. Venue: The Barbican, Cinema 2 Beech Street, London. Time 7pm. Tickets: Standard £9.50. http://www.barbican.org.uk/film/event-detail.asp?ID=17724

Friday 6 March; Shakespeare and Self-Knowledge with Elizabeth Crofts. Venue: Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA. Starts at 7pm. Tickets: £5, £3 concessions, £2 TS members. Later in the day, at 6pm. http://www.theosophicalsociety.org.uk

Friday 6 March; Demonstrations of Mediumship plus question and answers session with Anthony Kesner. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm-8.30pm. Cost: £10/£12 Advance booking advised. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Saturday 7 March; Seriously Possessed Conference co-organised by ASSAP (the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena) and the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Venue: Goldsmiths College, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW. Time: 10am - 7pm. Advance tickets booked online £15, regular tickets £30. More details and ticket booking: http://assap.ac.uk/Possessed/

Saturday 7 March; Digital workshop - Ancient Egyptian journey to the afterlife. Venue: British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 11am-4pm. Free event, just drop in. For more details visit: https://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar.aspx

Saturday 7 March; Spring Goddess Temple at Treadwell's Books, 33 Store Street, London WC1E 7BS. Various events taking place from 10am-5pm. Caroline Wise will be offering a mini-Goddess workshop on Elen of the Ways and the Return of the Sun from 11.30am - 12.45pm. The cost for this is £10 and advance booking is required, contact info@londontemplecreative.co.uk to reserve a space. At 3.30pm there will be a spring celebration Ritual. Cost: Free, but donations appreciated. For the rest of the day people can come in to meditate with the Divine Feminine free of charge. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/294267320783471/ or http://www.londontemplecreative.co.uk/

Saturday 7 March; Spirit of Me - Celebrating Women in Paganism. Organised by the Pagan Federation London with talks by Christina Oakley Harrington of Treadwell’s Bookshop; Fiona Mackenzie, lead Seidrkona for the Kith of Yggdrasil; Philip Heselton, author of Witchfather: A Life of Gerald Gardner;Michelle Hawcroft and Avril Price, of The College of Psychic Studies. Venue: Dragon Hall, 17 Stukeley Street, London WC2B 5LT. Time: Noon-5pm. Tickets £10/£8. For details and tickets: http://london.paganfed.org/spirit-of-me/

Saturday 7 March; Wicca: The elements of Wiccan ritual and practice - South London Wicca Meetup meeting at a private house in Tooting hosted by Wiccan High Priestess Caroline Westbury. Start time 7pm, ends 10pm. Free but you must reserve a place in advance. Details at: http://www.meetup.com/South-London-Wicca-Meetup/

Saturday 7 March; 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 8 March, Spring Goddess Temple at Waltham Forest International Women's Day Hosted by London Temple Creative. Venue: Walthamstow Assembley Hall, London E17 4JD. Admission is free and for women only. Time: noon - 6pm. For more details visit: http://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/Pages/Events/International-Womens-Day-Waltham-Forest.aspx

Sunday 8 March, Beginners' Tarot - part of a series of six classes with Cobwebs at Cauldrons at Romford Shopping Hall. Time: 1.30pm - 4pm. Cost £20 per session, £20 deposit to secure place on course. http://www.cobwebsandcauldrons.co.uk/ Email: cobwebsandcauldrons@gmail.com

I do not organise any of these events myself and am not responsible for them. Although I try to be as accurate as possible, it is always worth checking the details if you want to go to an event. If you know of an event that you want listed, please email the details to me at badwitch1234@gmail.com.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

News: Eclipse, Witchcraft, Haunted Dolls, Doctor Who

I've not posted a news update for a while, so to remedy things here are links to some interesting recent news stories about Wicca, witchcraft, haunted dolls, Doctor Who and a solar eclipse:

"Next UK solar eclipse: Country will be plunged into darkness next month in biggest blackout since 1999" - story at the Mirror: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/next-uk-solar-eclipse-country-5223674

"Season of the witch: why young women are flocking to the ancient craft" - story at The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/24/witch-symbol-feminist-power-azealia-banks

"What's With Wicca and Witches?" - story at The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yolanda-shoshana/whats-wwith-wicca-and-witches-_b_6725690.html

"'You can buy a doll and the spirit comes with it': Mother spends thousands on toys she claims are HAUNTED... and even hires a babysitter to watch them when she's out" - story at the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2958303/Mother-spends-thousands-pounds-HAUNTED-toys.html

"Guest Cast Confirmed For The Magician’s Apprentice/The Witch’s Familiar" - Doctor Who news at Kasterborous: http://www.kasterborous.com/2015/02/guest-cast-confirmed-magicians-apprentice-witchs-familiar/