Here are some of the events that pagans could enjoy in the week running up to Valentine's Day and over that weekend. Many are in London, a few are in other parts of southern England.
Sunday 9 February; Woodland Wicca Circle - an introductory-level Wiccan ritual with some basic instructions in Wicca, witchcraft and ritual magic, suitable for newcomers and beginners to the Craft. These rituals are part of a monthly training programme facilitated by Gardnerian HP Mani of Pagan Frontiers and take place outdoors at London locations including Richmond Park, Trent Park, Queen’s Woods, woods in Croydon, Hyde Park and riverside locations by Thames. The events are free but small donations to running costs are appreciated. For more details and to reserve a place, visit: http://www.witchcraftandmagic.org/html/wicca_full_moon_rituals.html
Saturday 8 February and Sunday 9 February; Mystical Arts - a new fayre and concert evening in Glastonbury with stalls, entertainment, talks, readings and workshops. Venue: The Town Hall, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9EL. Entry during the day is free, tickets for the evening entertainment are £10 each. For full details and to book, visit: http://www.mysticalarts.co.uk/
Sunday 9 February; Ghouls' Night Out - Do As Thou Wilt. An evening of comedy, film, live music and talks on the subject of British occultism in the 1970s. Venue: The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JB. Time: 7pm-10.30pm. Tickets £7 from More info: www.facebook.com/GhoulsNightOutLondon. Tel: 020 7837 5371.
Monday 10 February; Treadwell’s Open Circle – Deep Winter Ritual for solitary pagans led by Lisa Grace and Ellie Hughes. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. For further details, tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Monday 10 February; Love as a Spiritual Path. A night of stories, poetry, song and meditation with Robert Holden (author of Loveability),Lucinda Drayton (Letting Love In) and David Hamilton (Why Kindness is Good For You).Venue: Alternatives, St. James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL. Time: 7pm to 8.30pm. Tickets £12/£8 concs. Advance booking required. To book tickets and for more info visit the Alternatives website: http://www.alternatives.org.uk/Site/Talks.aspx
Monday 10 February; An Evening with Psychic Medium Tony Stockwell at The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm-8.30pm. Cost: £18/£20 Advance booking advised. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit http://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/index.html
Tuesday 11 February; Compassionate Intelligence Living Life The Lemurian Way. Lecture by Patricia Angove 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 http://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/index.html
Tuesday 11 February; Witches: A Tale of Sorcery, Scandal and Seduction. Talk by author Tracy Borman. Venue: Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road, London NW11 7SX. Tel: 020 8457 5000Time: 8pm. Tickets £12 in advance (£15 on the door.
Thursday 13 February; It's not a question of taste: cannibalism, songs and the Custom of the Sea. Talk by Paul Cowdell at South East London Folklore Society (SELFS). Venue: The Old King's Head, Kings Head Yard, 45-49 Borough High St, London SE1 1NA. Entry: £2.50 / £1.50 concessions. No need to book in advance. Meetings are the second Thursday of each month. http://www.selfs.org.uk/
Thursday 13 February; Involution: An Odyssey Reconciling Science to God.Talk and book signing by Philippa Rees at Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 6.30pm-7.30pm. Free event. For more details Tel 020 7836 2182 or visit the website http://www.watkinsbooks.com/
Friday 14 February; Amanda Roberts Presents Her Students. An evening of messages from the angels 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 http://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/index.html
Friday 14 February; Songs for the Geese. Valentine's Night vigil to honour The Goose and the outcast dead of Cross Bones Graveyard. Meet in the Boot and Flogger bar across the road from Crossbones Graveyard in Redcross Way, London SE1 1TA, for a drink at 7.30pm before going to the gates of the cemetery at 8pm to sing a few ballads and have a drop of gin to keep the cold out. Nearest tubes Borough or London Bridge. The event is free, but donations are welcome. For more details, visit http://www.crossbones.org.uk/
Saturday 15 February; Valentines Full Moon Dance Party and Tantric Dance and Ritual. Venue shown only to members of the meet-up group. Entrance at 6pm for 6.30pm instructions (no late admittance) - party starts at 8pm. Cost: £15 for one event, £20 for both events. http://www.meetup.com/london-ecstatic-dance
Sunday 16 February; Dawn of the Oak. Pagan moot on the third Sunday of each month. Venue: Upstairs at The Castle, 34-35 Cowcross Road, Farringdon, London EC1M 6DB (near Farringdon tube). Time: 3pm-6pm.