Here are highlights of this week's pagan events in and near London for the week leading up to the Spring Equinox and after it. To find out about future events, click on the events link at the top of the page.
Monday 14 March; Hoaxes: Suspected and Proven. Talk by Gareth Medway 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, 15 March; Discover Our Ancestral Continuum. Lecture by counsellor Natalia O’Sullivan at The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm - 8.30pm. Cost: £5/£8. Advance booking essential. Tel: 020 7589 3292. http://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/index.html
Wednesday 16 March; Creative Meditation. Half-hour guided lunchtime meditation to experience the richness of our inner world in all its colours, shades and contrasts. Venue: Inner Space, 36 Short’s Gardens, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9AB. Time: 1pm-1.30pm. To register for a place visit http://www.innerspace.org.uk/
Wednesday 16 March, Talk by P.T. Mistlberger, author of The Three Dangerous Magi, with Q&A session at pagan forum The Moot with No Name, arranged through Atlantis Bookshop. Venue: Devereux public house, 20 Devereux Court, off Essex Street, London WC2R 3JJ. Meet from 7.30pm, event starts at 8pm. Admission £5/£3. You can read my review of The Three Dangerous Magi at http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2010/12/review-three-dangerous-magi.html
Thursday 17 March; Talk and book signing by P.T. Mistlberger, author of The Three Dangerous Magi, at 6.30pm at Watkins Bookshop and the Watkins Esoteric Centre, 19 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. For Watkins Online, visit http://www.watkinsbooks.com/. You can read my review of The Three Dangerous Magi at http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2010/12/review-three-dangerous-magi.html
Thursday 17 March; PFL Spring Equinox Open Ritual. Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London. Turn up by 7.30pm for pre-ritual social. The ritual starts at 8pm. Entrance: PF members/consc £5. All others £6. Please also bring seasonal food/home-made food and drinks to share at the feast after the ritual.
Friday 18 March; Dark Night of the Soul: Pagan Spirituality for Hard Times. Evening Workshop with Tonya Reynolds at Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Entry £10, booking essential. Tel: 020 7240 8906 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.treadwells-london.com/lectures.asp
Saturday, 19 March; Spring Equinox and Full Moon Celebration. Workshop about play, personal power, creativity and renewal in anticipation of spring at The Healing Studio, Creek Road, Greenwich SE10 (opposite Cutty Sark DLR station). Time: 8pm-10pm. Cost: £10 in advance or £15 on the night. For more information or to book a place contact the workshop organiser Doug Buckingham on 07979 750291, email email@example.com or visit http://www.dougbuckingham.co.uk/
Saturday, 19 March; Free and Open Gorsedd Vernal Equinox Rite/Alban Eilir at Avebury stone circle, Wiltshire. A druidic style ceremony to welcome in the spring and celebrate the reawakening of the land as the days lengthen. Meet at the Red Lion pub from noon for the ceremony at 2pm. Offerings of song, poetry, bread/cake and mead are welcome. This is a free, open ritual.
Sunday, 20 March; Anderida Gorsedd Spring Equinox open ritual at the Long Man of Wilmington, Sussex. Meet near the car park between 1.30pm and 2pm for a walk up to the chalk hill figure at 2pm. Afterwards back to the Giants Rest pub in Wilmington for a social drink together.
Sunday, 20 March; Understanding the Spring Equinox. An intensive one-day course on symbolism, folklore, custom and magic with Wiccan priestess and researcher Suzanne Corbie. Location: Treadwell's bookshop, 33 Store Street, London WC1. Time: 11am to 6pm. Price: £45 (£25 deposit, balance due on the day). For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Sunday, 20 March; Spring Equinox Ritual. Formal pagan open ritual with Marysia Kay and Friends at Treadwell's bookshop, 33 Store Street, London WC1. Price: £7. Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. To book, call 020 7240 8906. For more details email email@example.com or visit http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Monday 21 March; Stonehenge Spring Equinox 2011. English Heritage usually offers open access to Stonehenge stone circle, in Wiltshire, at dawn for the Spring Equinox. The details of open access at Spring Equinox 2011 have not been confirmed yet, but free access is likely to be allowed at dawn on 21 March, from approximately 5.45am to 8am. For more details, visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/ and http://heritage-key.com/event/stonehenge-spring-equinox-2011
Sunday, 27 March; The Eggs of Artha. Goddess workshop with priest of Avalon David Spofforth. Venue: Bonnington Centre, 11 Vauxhall Grove, London SW8 1TD. Time: 1pm for 1.30pm start. Ends at 5.30pm. Cost: £15 on the day, £10 in advance. For more details and to book places visit http://www.priestofavalon.com/
Please note: I try to keep my events page accurate, but if you do spot any errors, please let me know by leaving a comment. If you know of any other events you would like mentioned, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The photo at the top shows daffodils that are in bloom in my garden