Friday, 27 January 2012
Pagan events for Imbolc in London and the UK
Here are some of the pagan events in London over the time of Imbolc - and some rituals in other parts of the UK to celebrate the first stirrings of spring.
Friday, 27 January; Demonstration of the Art of Palmistry and Tarot by Avril Price and Robin Lown and Reena Kumarasingham at The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm - 8.30pm. Cost: £8/12. Advance booking essential. Tel: 020 75893292.
Friday, 27 January; The Geometry of Creation. Talk by Milena Ivovic based on her book Memento 13: Remembering the Self Through the Geometry of God's Loveat Research into Lost Knowledge Organisation (Rilko). Venue: Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place, W1U 8EA. Admission £7 non-members, £5 members. Doors open 6.45pm, lecture at 7.15pm.
Friday, 27 January; The Story of Rebecca West and The Art of Crafts. Two plays about the witch craze of the 1640s. Venue: Colchester Castle Museum, Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ. Time: 6pm. Tickets: £5. To book, call 01206 282940 or visit Hollytrees Museum, Colchester. http://www.cimuseums.org.uk
Saturday 28 January; Free and Open Gorsedd of Caer Abiri Imbolc Rite at Avebury Sun Circle, in Avebury, Wiltshire (pictured). Open druidic style ceremony to celebrate the first stirrings of spring. Meet at the Red Lion Pub, Avebury, around noon for rite at around 1.30pm, ending around 3pm. Bring bread, cakes and drink to share, bring poetry to read.
Sunday 29 January; Mysteries of Imbolc: Intensive Day Course on Symbolism, Folklore and Magic with Suzanne Corbie. The one-day course aims to teach the customs associated with the pagan festival of Imbolc and culminates with a ceremony. Location: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Price: £35 (£20 deposit, balance due on the day). Time: 11am to 6pm. Advance booking essential. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Sunday 29 January; London's Chinese New Year festival to celebrate the start of the Year of the Dragon. Festivities start at 10am with New Year’s parade through Chinatown, Shaftsbury Avenue, Charing Cross Road and Rupert Street, ending at Trafalgar Square at 12pm for the official opening ceremony. Activities will continue with music, performances, a dragon dance and a lion dance until 6pm. This is a free, public event so just turn up and have fun. http://www.chinatownlondon.org/
Monday, 30 January; Dark Tantra Tarot. Talk by Mark Ramsden, former editor of Fetish Times, 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 31 January; Chertsey Pagan Moot. All welcome to this social event, which takes place on the last Tuesday of every month. Venue: The Golden Grove Pub, Ruxbury Road, St Annes Hill, Chertsey. Time: 8pm-10pm. email: email@example.com.
Tuesday 31 January; Out of Body Experiences and the Benefits of Controlling them. Lecture by Patricia Sousa 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 1 February; First Stirrings Festival at Chalice Well World Peace Garden, in Glastonbury. Gather at noon at the well head for a meditation on the lawn at 12.30. This is a free event, although normal admission prices to the garden apply from noon. For more details, visit the website http://www.chalicewell.org.uk/
Wednesday 1 February; Atlantis Bookshops Presents (formerly The Moot with No Name) An Evening With The Old Dowser. Talk on dowsing at Devereux public house, 20 Devereux Court, off Essex Street, London WC2R 3JJ. Meet from 7.30pm, event starts at 8pm. Admission £5. Visit http://www.theatlantisbookshopevents.com/
Thursday 2 February; Pagan Federation London Imbolc Open Ritual to honour the Goddess Bride. Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London. Doors open 7.30pm. Ritual starts at 8pm, feasting and social 9pm-10pm. Entrance: PF members/conc £5. All others £6. Please bring seasonal/home-made food and drinks to share at the feast after the ritual. For more information, visit the PFL website at http://www.pflondon.org/index.html
Thursday 2 February; An Evening of Serendipity and Calamity. Folk singer Nigel Of Bermondsey and storyteller Vanessa Woolf will be exploring the collection of folklorist Edward Lovett through words and music at The Cuming Museum, 151 Walworth Road, London SE17 1RY. Time: 6pm to 8pm. This free event is part of National Storytelling Week.
Thursday 2 February; Glastonbury: A Magical Site through the Twentieth Century. Talk by Dr Liz Williams at Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £7. Reserve a place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Friday 3 February; Healing all Life. Lecture by Elizabeth Whiter at The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: £10/15. Advance booking essential. Tel: 020 7589 3292.
Saturday 4 February; Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival. Famous annual event in Marsden, West Yorskshire. It usually features a procession, a fire 'circus', drama and music. The free event starts at noon and goes on until midnight. Meet at Marsden Information Point, 20-26 Peel Street, Marsden, Kirklees, HD7 6BW. For more details, call 01484 845595 or visit
Saturday 4 February; Outdoor Imbolc Ritual with Hern’s Tribe in woods in Croydon. For more details call 077689 41373 or visit http://www.hern-tribe.org/
Tuesday 7 February; Tribe of Avalon Imbolc Ceremony. Venue: Atlantis Bookshop, 49a Museum Street, London. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost - £5 to help cover room hire cost, bring a snack or drink to share. For more details visit http://www.tribeofavalon.co.uk/