Tuesday, 24 May 2022

More Faerie Festival Photos - Wish You'd Been There!

Isn't this little dog in faerie wings adorable?  

Yesterday I promised more photos from the Faerie Festival and here are some of my favourites. I snapped both the photo above and the one to the right - showing the Raven Drummers - while sitting on the grass in front of the main marquee on Saturday afternoon. 

It was a glorious day to relax in the sunshine and listen to music. I also enjoyed a pint of cider or two from the Amber Beer Bus after I'd finished running a session on poppet-making in the workshop tent at the other end of the market. 

You can see some pictures I took of a few market stalls below. 

I like the photo above because it shows the bright colours you could see everywhere at the festival. People were wearing colourful clothing and there was even more lovely colourful things to buy or to just feast your eyes on.

You didn't just have to feast your eyes - the cupcakes stall sold the best tasting cupcakes I've ever had.


It was my birthday on the Friday of the festival - May 20th - and my husband bought me a wonderful present from Fabled Fern. Do you see the notebook in a blue-green handmade cover in the middle of the photo above?  Well, that's now my treasured possession, and I absolutely love it.


Earlier I mentioned the Amber Beer Bus, well you can see here, together withg the pizza seller and the curry stall. I took the picture quite early on the Sunday morning, which is why there aren't many people in the shot - it was much busier as the day went on!

I really enjoyed the Faerie Festival and, if you weren't there, I wish you had been. However, there's always next time. The Faerie Festival will be back from 19th-21st May 2023 in Alfriston, East Sussex. There'll be more info at https://www.magicalfestivals.co.uk/

Monday, 23 May 2022

Pagan Eye: A Big Group Hug at the Faerie Festival


Isn't it wonderful that we can hug strangers again? Yeah, I know we've been able to hug strangers for a few months, but this is the first time since the pandemic I've been invited to take part in a big group hug.

I spent the weekend at the Faerie Festival in Alfriston in the Sussex Downs -  a lovely pagan-friendly music festival in gorgeous countryside at a campsite with hot showers. I genuinely believe some magic happened there too as despite the weather forecast being uninspiring, after rain early on Friday the skies cleared and we had gorgeous sunshine and blue skies. I also believe that magic was made possible by the people there and the performers such as Damh the Bard. You can see him on stage in the photo after he invited the audience to hug each other and sing along. 

This was just one photo I took at the event. Although it doesn't show those blue skies and beautiful countryside, it summed up for me what makes the Faerie Festival so special. I intend to be back next year - but tomorrow I'll be sharing more photos and memories from this May's event so you can see the views I enjoyed. 

On each Pagan Eye post, I show a photo that I find interesting, with a few words about it. It can 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.

Friday, 20 May 2022

My Talks & Workshops on Poppets, Scrying & Goddesses


Here's details of the talks, workshops and other events I'm running from this weekend until the end of July. There's a mixture of online and in-person events. Some are free.

Saturday 21 May; I'm running a poppet-making workshop at 2pm this Saturday as part of the activities at Sussex Faerie Festival in Alfriston in the Sussex Downs. The festival itself runs from today until Sunday 22nd May, but you can just come along on the Saturday. One-day tickets cost £30 but my workshop and all the entertainment are free once you get inside.  http://www.magicalfestivals.co.uk/

Saturday 11 June; In-person scrying workshop. I'll be teaching the visionary practice of gazing on water, mirrors, flames and crystal balls, based on my book Pagan Portals - Scrying at Treadwells, 33 Store St, London WC1E 7BS, UK. It's a 2-hour workshop with a 1pm start. Tickets: £22. https://www.treadwells-london.com/events

Saturday 2-Sunday 3 July is MoonCon 22 - a free online two-day conference with talks from Moon Books authors. I'll be giving a 45-minute talk on divination practices at 2pm on Saturday 2 July https://www.facebook.com/events/287887610155224

Tuesday 5 July; I'll be giving an online talk called Scrying: Crystals Balls, Dark Mirrors and Vessels of Water as part of the Doreen Valiente 100th Year Celebration collection by the Doreen Valiente Foundation.  Time: 6.30pm. Tickets: £5.98 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/cc/doreen-valiente-100th-year-celebration-141779

Saturday 9 July, Laura Daligan and I will be teaching a one-day workshop on goddesses as part of the Feminine Power: The Divine to the Demonic exhibition at the British Museum in London. More details will follow. You can find out about the exhibition and events here: https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions-events

Saturday 16 July; This is another chance to do my in-person scrying workshop at Treadwells, 33 Store St, London WC1E 7BS, UK. Time: 1pm start. Tickets: £22. https://www.treadwells-london.com/events

Saturday 23 July, Another chance to do the goddess workshop being run by Laura Daligan and myself as part of the Feminine Power: The Divine to the Demonic exhibition at the British Museum in London. More details will follow. You can find out about the exhibition and events here: https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions-events

I'm Lucya Starza and as well as writing A Bad Witch's Blog I'm the author of  books in the Pagan Portals series on Candle Magic, Guided Visualisations, Poppets and Magical Dolls, and Scrying. I also edited Every Day Magic. You can buy my books at Treadwell's Bookshop, via Amazon, and at other bookshops. You can find more about me at my author page at publisher Moon Books, and on my Amazon author page.

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Launch Party Pics: Feminine Power at the British Museum


Probably the most exciting thing I've done in the past year is be part of the consultation team for the British Museum's latest exhibition: Feminine Power: the Divine to the Demonic. The best bit of all was attending the opening event earlier this week. It was invitation only, and I felt extremely honoured to be invited! Pictured at the top is the reception in the Great Hall, where people mingled, enjoyed wine and canapes as well as hearing inspiring speeches about the exhibition's themes. Pictured next to this is the first thing you see when you enter the gallery - enigmatic female forms modelled in ancient times.

Feminine Power takes a innovative cross-cultural look at the influence of female spiritual beings within global religions. It explores the significance of goddesses, demons, witches, spirits and saints in shaping how we view the world.

The invitation I was sent explained the way the exhibition explores female authority figures in cultures ancient and modern: 

"From wisdom, passion and desire, to war, justice and mercy, the diverse expression of female spiritual powers around the world prompts us to reflect on how we perceive femininity and gender identity today. Worship of Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes, reveals how her destructive capacity is venerated alongside her ability to create. The Buddhist bodhisattva of compassion, who transcends gender and is visualised in male form in Tibet and female in China and Japan, uncovers the importance of gender fluidity in some spiritual traditions. And the terrifying Hindu goddess Kali, depicted in art carrying a severed head and bloodied sword, is honoured as the Great Mother and liberator from fear and ignorance."

An important part of the British Museum's official research for Feminine Power was via engagement with contemporary worshippers and faith communities as well as insights from high-profile figures Leyla Hussein, Mary Beard, Elizabeth Day, Rabia Siddique and Deborah Frances-White. 

On the pagan community panel were members and associates of the Children of Artemis, including myself. The picture below shows the bit in the exhibition detailing who we are, and the photo to the left shows five of us outside the British Museum as we met up to go in together. Laura Daligan and myself were also asked to visit the museum to record our impressions of two of the paintings on show. Laura talked about Circe Offering the Cup to Ulysses by John William Waterhouse, while I discussed Ithell Colquhoun's Dance of the Nine Maidens. You can see the image and listen to my words at www.britishmuseum.org/maidens and hear Laura's words at www.britishmuseum.org/circe 

The Citi exhibition Feminine Power: The Divine to the Demonic runs from 19 May to 25 September in The Joseph Hotung Great Court Gallery at the British Museum. Tickets are £15 for adults, free for children, and concessions and group rates available. You can find out more and book here: https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions/feminine-power-divine-demonic

To coincide with the exhibition, an illustrated catalogue, Feminine Power: The Divine to the Demonic, written by Belinda Crerar has been published by the British Museum Press

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Magical Online & London Events in the Next Weeks

 Here's a list of magical events over the next week or so with a mixture of online things you can do anywhere and in-person events in or near London - with some festivals further away. 

Now to 17 July; The World of Stonehenge. Exhibition at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Tickets: £20/£10/free for members. https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions-events
Every Wednesday and Friday; Open Days at the College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2EB. Time: 11am - 4pm. Free, just pop in. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Wednesday 18 May; The Musical Fairytale Forest. Family friendly and inclusive entertainment as part of the Dulwich Festival. Venue: Peace and Riot, 12 Croxted Road, London, SE21 8SP. Time: 2pm. Tickets: £9.21 – £13.52. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-musical-fairytale-forest-tickets-298285258237?

Wednesday 18 and 25 May; Tarot Series - Cards of Challenge. Online workshop with Kasia Gwilliam via She's Lost Control.  Time: 7pm. Tickets: £25.  https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-events

Wednesday 18 May; Night Sky of the Vikings part 3. Part of online course with Imelda Almqvist, author of North Sea Water in my Veins. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £120 for the entire course. https://pregnant-hag-teachings.teachable.com/courses

Wednesday 18 May (every Wednesday); The Witching Hour on the Witches Inn YouTube channel. Time 8pm. Free. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw4Kl-MbdjsApFvodCnvANA

Thursday 19 May; 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 19 May - 25 September. Feminine Power: The Divine to the Demonic. Exhibition at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Tickets: £12/£10.40/free for members. https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions-events

Thursday 19 May; Talk on a paranormal subject for ASSAP members. Time: 7pm. Free event, with Zoom link details emailed out to members. To join ASSAP, for £5 per year, visit http://www.assap.ac.uk/.

Thursday 19 May - 30 June; Recognise and Clear Negative Energy. Online 6-session evening class with Martha Brett via the College of Psychic Studies. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £160. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Thursday 19 May; Knights Templar Series: The Templar Heresy Trials. Online event by Dr Nicholas Morton via Heritage Lincolnshire. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £7.06 – £9.21. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/heritage-lincolnshire-20095110961

Thursday 19 May; A Flood of Ancestral Memory – Landscape Magic and the Eagle’s Eye. Online lecture by Caroline Wise, author of Finding Elen: The Quest for Elen of the Ways, via the Magickal Women Conference. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £10. https://www.magickalwomenconference.com/events

Thursday 19 May - 28 July; A Journey with Spirit. Online 10-session evening class with Gary Wright via the College of Psychic Studies. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £220. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Thursday 19 May; Thelema, Qabalah and Thoth - A Magical Conversation. Lon Milo DuQuette talks with Julian Vayne via Treadwells Online. Time: 7pm start. Tickets: £10/£8. https://www.treadwells-london.com/events

Thursday 19 May;  Ancient Egypt - Pyramid Power with Katie Jane Wright. Venue: She's Lost Control, Valentine Road, London. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £35.  https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-events

Thursday 19 May - 14 July; Norse Mythology: The Grove of Hidden Roots. Online 8-session evening class with Andreas Kornevall via the College of Psychic Studies. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £200. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Thursday 19 May; Poetry Evening. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London · NW1 6XT. Time: 7.30pm. Entry: Free. https://www.meetup.com/rudolf-steiner-spiritual-science/events/

Thursday 19 May; Vodou and Art: Between the altar and the market. Lecture by Leah Gordon on zoom via 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

Thursday 19 May; The Trickster: An Online folklore talk with Cunning Folk. Online event. Time: 8pm, Free but donations welcome. https://www.eventbrite.com/o/cunning-folk-7829505560

Friday 20 May (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 20- Sunday 22 May; Sussex Faerie Festival with camping, live music, a market, workshops, yoga, drumming and hot showers. At 2pm on the Saturday I will be running a free poppet-making workshop as part of the activities. Venue: Alfriston in the Sussex Downs. Tickets: £65 for 3 days' camping, and £30 for one day.  http://www.magicalfestivals.co.uk/

Friday 20 May; Meditation Session Global Fusion Music and Arts Free Stuff. Time: Time: 6.15pm. Free online event. https://www.meetup.com/freestuffandfreeevents/

Friday 20 May; Yoga with Gobal Fusion Music and Arts Free Stuff. Time: 7.30pm. Free online event. https://www.meetup.com/freestuffandfreeevents/

Friday 20- Sunday 22 May; Visionary Company presents 'Albion, Awake! William Blake Live on Stage'. Venue: Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £16.76. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/albion-awake-william-blake-live-on-stage-tickets-315303550407

Saturday 21 May; Goddess Day with Goddess Enchantments. An experiential day on the Goddess Diana led by Caroline Wise and Carrie Kirkpatrick. Venue: Highgate, North London, near the tube. Time: 10.45am - 6.45pm. Price: £65. https://www.goddessenchantment.com/WORKSHOPS

Saturday 21 May - 28 July; Weaving Celtic Wisdom. Online 10-session class with Gary Wright via the College of Psychic Studies. Time: 11am-1pm. Tickets: £230. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Sunday 22 May; Waking the Dragons. Online class with Andreas Kornevall via the College of Psychic Studies. Time: 11am-5pm. Tickets: £105. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Sunday 22 May; Legends of Ancient Egypt. Online event by Jason Buck Storyteller. Time: 6pm. Tickets · £2.50-£9.50 www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/318362008337

Sunday 22 May; The Spiritualism Symposium: Nature, Enchantment, Paranormal. Lecture by Jack Hunter by 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

Monday 23 May (every 23rd of the month); Crossbones Vigil to honour the outcast dead of Crossbones Graveyard, Southwark. Location: Redcross Way, London, SE1 1TA. Time: 6.45pm for 7pm. Free. Details here: http://crossbones.org.uk/category/events/ 

Monday 23 and 30 May; Candlelit Lunar Yoga. Venue: She's Lost Control, Valentine Road, London. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £15 per session.  https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-events

Monday 23 May; Psychic Development Circle. Venue: The Mandrake, 20-21 Newman Street, London W1T 1PG. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £40. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-mandrake-17825575648

Monday 23 May; The Archetype of Uranus and the Evolution of Consciousness. Online talk on astrology by Rabekah Hirsch via the Astrological Lodge of London. Time: 7pm. Tickets £10. https://astrolodge.co.uk/events/

Monday 23 May; Witch Bottles. Workshop with Rebecca Beattie, author of Nature Mystics, via Treadwells Online. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £20/£18. https://www.treadwells-london.com/events

Monday 23 May; Psychophysiological investigation of trance mediums. Online talk by Dr Marco Bastos Jr via The Society for Psychical Research. Time: 8pm. Tickets free for members, £5 non-members. https://www.spr.ac.uk/

Monday 23 May; Free Webinar on House Clearing and Home Portals with Goddess Awakening. Online. Time: 8pm. https://www.meetup.com/GoddessAwakening/

Monday 23 May; Branwen, daughter of Llyr. Lecture by Dr Mark Williams as part of the Celtic Myth collection 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

Monday 23 May; Dignities and Debilities in Nativities (1). Online astrology talk by Wanda Sellar via the Astrological Lodge of London. Time:  8.30pm. Tickets: £10. https://astrolodge.co.uk/events/

Tuesday 24 May (and other dates); Sensual Awakening Tea Ceremony and Feminine Embodiment. Venue: The Mandrake, 20-21 Newman Street, London W1T 1PG. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £45. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-mandrake-17825575648

Tuesday 24 May; Remembering Your Voice: A Voice Reclamation Workshop with Jasmin Harsomo. Venue: She's Lost Control, Valentine Road, London. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £45.  https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-events

Tuesday 24 May; Damh the Bard in Conversation with Julian Vayne via Treadwells Online. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £10/£8. https://www.treadwells-london.com/events

Tuesday 24 May; Gerald Gardner and Doreen Valiente. Online talk by Professor Ronald Hutton. Part of the Doreen Valiente 100th Year Celebration collection by The Doreen Valiente Foundation. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £7.06. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/cc/doreen-valiente-100th-year-celebration-141779

Tuesday 24 May; The Andean Cosmovision. Online class with Puma Quispe via the College of Psychic Studies. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £75. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Tuesday 24 May; Gong Bath/Sound Meditation for Relaxation - with Sara Ubaldi. Venue: Carnegie Library, Herne Hill, 192 Herne Hill Road, London, SE240AG. Time: 7.45pm. Tickets: £22.15- £32.93. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/sara-ubaldi-39861137343

Tuesday 24 May; The Fragrant Garden: Aromatherapy and Gemstones for Prosperity. Free online event with Llewellyn Worldwide. Starts: 10.45pm. https://www.facebook.com/LlewellynBooks/

Wednesday 25 May; Meditations and Mantras to Open the Heart. Online class with Gemma Bliss via the College of Psychic Studies. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £25. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Wednesday 25 May; Goddess Crowns and Pagan God Circlets. Workshop with Hannah Sanders via Treadwells Online. Time: 7pm start. Tickets: £20/£18. https://www.treadwells-london.com/events

Wednesday 25 May; A History of Delusions. Talk by Victoria Shepherd, in-person and online. Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Time: 7.15 Tickets: £8 / £5. Also livestreamed tickets £5. http://forteanlondon.blogspot.com/

Wednesday 25 May (tbc but usually last Wednesday every month); Talk at Hertford Moot. Venue: The White Horse, 33 Castle Street, Hertford, Time: 8pm. https://www.facebook.com/groups/104788436218047

Wednesday 25 May (tbc but usually 3rd Wednesday every month); Witches of Zoom Gathering. Online event by Witches of Zoom CoA Gathering and Children of Artemis. Time: 7:30pm. Free. https://www.facebook.com/events/682463096291315

Thursday 26 May; Heresy, Sorcery, Royalty and a Witch. A history of Margery Jourdemayne by Deborah Hyde. Online talk via  Skeptics in the Pub. Time: 6.45pm https://www.facebook.com/Skepticsinthepubonline

Thursday 26 May; Magical Qabalah Introduced. Evening class with Julian Vayne  via Treadwells Online. Time: 7pm start. Tickets: £20/£18. https://www.treadwells-london.com/events

Thursday 26 May; Demystifying Tantra with Henika Patel. Venue: She's Lost Control, Valentine Road, London. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £35.  https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-events

Thursday 26 May;  An Evening with…Catharine Allan author of A Little Bit of Intuition. Venue: The Gardner Room at The Atlantis Bookshop,  49a Museum Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1A 1LY.  Time: 7pm. Cost £10. http://theatlantisbookshop.com/

Friday, 27 May Drum Taster Workshop with Ras Prince by Way Wive Wordz. Venue: 65-67 High Street Colliers Wood - London SW19 2JF. Time: 7pm. Tickets: Free https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/drum-taster-workshop-tickets-331387156907?

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May; Exploring Celtic Plants, looking at their properties and making oils, ointments, teas and tinctures from them. Weekend workshop by Angela Paine, Venue: St Luke’s Therapy Centre, 53 Cainscross Rd, Stroud, GL5 4EX. Time: 10am-4pm. Bring and share lunch. Teas provided. Tickets: £70. Contact Angela on 44 7477 583232 by 30th April to ensure a place. https://www.facebook.com/events/267700088907474/?
 
Saturday 28 May; Witchfest Midlands 2022. Venue: Staffordshire University, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 2DF. Starts: 10am. Tickets: · £28/£21. https://witchfest.net/

Saturday 28 May; Fertility Series: Conscious Conceiving With Ayurveda. In-person event via She's Lost Control. Venue: She's Lost Control, Valentine Road, London. Time: 10am. Tickets: £45.  https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-events

Sunday 29 May (and other dates); Drury Lane - a guided walk by Minimum Labyrinth. Meet at Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5QD. Time: 11.30am. Tickets: from £19.50. This includes a lunch stop but the cost of food is not included in the ticket price. http://minimumlabyrinth.org/

Sunday 29 May; Moonology Dark Moon Ceremony with Yasmin Boland. On Facebook Live. Time: 5.30pm. Free. https://www.facebook.com/yasminbolandmoonology

Sunday 29 May; Erotic Witchcraft's Legacy and Practice. Lecture by Gabriela Herstik  via Treadwells Online. Time: 7pm start. Tickets: £10. https://www.treadwells-london.com/events

Sunday 29 May; Cacao Connection Circle by Bare Necessities Yoga. Online event. Time: 7pm. Tickets: by donation. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/bare-necessities-yoga-41889386393

Sunday 29 May; Moonology Dark Moon Ceremony with Yasmin Boland. On Facebook Live. Time: 8.30pm. Free. https://www.facebook.com/yasminbolandmoonology/events

Notes: I am not responsible for the content of these events except my own poppet workshop. I don't always know about changes or cancellations - tbc means to be confirmed. Contact event organisers directly if you have questions. I generally list things in the UK, especially in or near London as well as festivals and conferences further afield and some online things outside that time zone. Where a practitioner is offering information about magical wellbeing and healing, this is *not* medical advice.