Here are some of the wonderful pagan events taking place in and around London over Yule - with a few notable open rituals taking place a little further away. To find out about future events, click on the events link at the top of the page.
Monday, 13 December; Surviving the holiday. Christmas is the most stressful ime in the year. This workshop explores how shamanism can help us prepare for the holiday season. Though journey and ceremony, discover what help and guidance the world of Spirit can offer.Facilitated by Zoë Brân of Shaman UK at The Open Centre,188 Old St, London, EC1V 9FR. Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm. £12. (£8 concs). Booking essential. For further information and to book places visit http://www.shaman.uk.com/, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07847 894453.
Tuesday, 14 December; Social meeting at London Earth Mysteries Circle. Venue: The Theosophical Society 50 Gloucester Place W1U 8EA. Time 7.15pm.
Thursday 16 December; The Greenwich Goddess Earth Mysteries. Talk by Jack Gale at Sacred Space, Rudolph Steiner House, 35 Park Rd, London NW1. 7.30pm start. Nearest tube Baker St. Email email@example.com for more details.
Thursday 16 December; Enfield Town Circle. PF London pub moot at a waterside family friendly pub with beer garden, which is a 5-min walk from Enfield Chase station or a 15-min walk from Enfield Market town centre and Enfield Town station). Starts at 7pm. For exact details of the address and more info about the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 17 December; Candle Light Vigil at Crossbones Graveyard, in London, to honour International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Time: from 7pm-8pm. The Crossbones Graveyard gates, a shrine hung with ribbons and mementos, are in Redcross Way, London SE1, opposite the Boot and Flogger pub, just north of the junction with Union Street. The nearest tubes are Borough or London Bridge, 5-minutes walk away. Further details are available openly on Facebook at:
Friday 17 December; Afternoon Tea and Tea Leaf Reading at Soho's Secret Tea Room, 29 Greek Street (above The Coach & Horses). With over 16 varieties of loose leaf teas to choose from, psychic and tea-leaf reader Amber Garnet (www.ambergarnet.co.uk) will interpret the patterns left at the bottom of your cup and use them to tell your fortune. From 2pm - 6pm. Afternoon Tea and Tea Leaf Reading costs £24.95 and booking is essential. Call 0207 437 5920 or email email@example.com
17 December - 19 December; The Midwinter Bear Feast 2010. A Pagan Animistic celebration of Midwinter combining moving ritual with games, entertainment and a wonderful fireside atmosphere. It is a not-for-profit event with reasonably priced tickets (considering they include entertainment, food and accommodation!) and all proceeds after costs go to Survival International and the ATC. Location: Cranborne Ancient Technology Centre. For more details and to buy tickets visit http://www.beartribe.co.uk/
Saturday 18 December; The Orishas in Cuba's Lukumi Tradition. Talk by Martin Tsang of Egbado Lineage at Treadwell's, 34 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London. Time: 2pm to 3.30pm. Tickets £7, advance booking essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7240 8906. Website: http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Saturday 18 December; Midwinter Gathering at Chilham Village Hall, in Kent. A not-for-profit celebration of Yule and all things Winter with Morris dancers, mummers and music. There will be an opening ritual, workshops and talks by Gail Duff, Rob Wilson and Graham Miller. Other events include a Wassail, a living history display from Caent Vikings, evening music with Camine and more. Tickets are £6 each for adults, children under 12 are free. Location: Village Hall, Chilham, Canterbury, Kent CT4 8DB. For details and to book visit http://www.kentpagansevents.org/ or email email@example.com
Saturday 18 December; Open public ritual to celebrate Yule with The Cauldron of Cerridwen at the stone circle of Avebury, Wiltshire. Every one is welcome regardless of path or beliefs. Families are welcome. The rituals starts at 12 noon For further information contact: Sian 07746365980 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 19 December; Mid-Winter Picnic and Yule Ceremony by Hern's Tribe at Richmond Park, London. The event takes place from 1pm to 4.30pm. Meet at 1pm at Richmond station coffee shop to take the bus together to Richmond Park. Wear clothing, bring a flask of coffee or mulled wine and a picnic. There will be a walk in search of deer before moving to a quiet spot by ancient oaks for a simple Yule ceremony. Sunset is around 4pm and there will be a tea-light procession, so please bring jam-jars for tealights. It is essential to confirm you are coming at least a day before the event, so call or text Mani on 077689 41373. Read more about Hern's Tribe at http://www.pflondon.org/html/groups.html
Sunday 19 December; Alban Arthuan (the Light of Winter) Winter Solstice open air ritual on Primrose Hill with the Druid of Wormwood Scrubs. The event starts at 12.45pm and ends at 1.45pm. Meet on Primrose Hill, London NW1 8YH at the entrance opposite Rothwell St. For more details, email email@example.com
Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 December: Tales of Winter Magic at Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane, Chalton, Hants. For more details, call 02392 598838 or visit http://www.butser.org.uk/
Monday 20 December; Saturnalia, with Sacred Songs, Holy Humour, Divine Dances, & Mystical Mummery, at pagan forum Secret Chiefs. Venue: Devereux public house, 20 Devereux Court, off Essex Street, London WC2R 3JJ. Meet from 7.30pm, event starts at 8.30pm. Admission £2. http://secretchiefslondon.wordpress.com/
Tuesday 21 December; Full Luna Eclipse and Sunrise Yule Open Ritual at Avebury Stone Circle, Wiltshire. At 8.18am the full moon zenith and the maximum totality of the luna eclipse will coincide with sunrise. This is a very rare event especially coinciding with the Yule festival, a moment of absolute balance, and the start of a very special 24 hours which culminates in the Solstice Sunrise on the morning of the 22nd. To mark this occasion there will be a formal but public ritual. Camping is available on the nights of December 20 and 21 in the overflow carpark. Meet at the southern entrance to the henge for a prompt 7.30am walk to the ritual site in the West Kennet Avenue, which should give a clear view of the setting moon in totality, and the sunrise. For more details, call 07746365980.
Tuesday 21 December; Winter Solstice and Full Moon: Reflection, Storytelling and Celebration from 7pm-9pm. Celebrate the shortest, darkest day and share your inner light with meditation, chanting and listening to an ancient Winter Solstice tale. Venue: The Healing Studio, Creek Road, Greenwich SE10 (opposite Cutty Sark DLR station). Tickets are £10 in advance or £15 on the night. To book contact Doug Buckingham on 07979 750291 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.dougbuckingham.co.uk/
Thursday 23 December; Cross Bones Vigil and Ceremony to honour The Goose and the outcast dead of Cross Bones Graveyard. Gather from 6.45pm in Redcross Way outside the Memorial Gates, SE1, opposite the Boot and Flogger, just north of the junction with Union Street. Nearest tubes Borough or London Bridge, 5 minutes walk away. The event is free and starts at 7pm. http://www.crossbones.org.uk/
If you know of any pagan events and want them listed on A Bad Witch's Blog, email me at email@example.com or leave a comment below.
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