Wednesday, 7 June 2017
Pagan Events for the Summer Solstice & Midsummer
The Summer Solstice in 2017 is at 5.24am on Wednesday, 21 June but there are lots of things to do over the next couple of weeks to mark the moment when the sun appears to stand still before the lengthening days turn into lengthening nights. The Summer Solstice is most celebrated festival of the pagan Wheel of the Year, while traditional midsummer is a few days later on 24 June.
Here is a list of pagan events taking place over that time. Many of the ones I list are in London, because that is where I am based, but some are in other parts of England including the famous stone circles at Stonehenge and Avebury. If you know of an event that you want listed, please email the details to me at email@example.com.
Now to 31 December; The London Stone on Display. Venue: Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN. Free exhibition during museum opening ours. http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london
Now to 30 September; Austin Osman Spare exhibition at the Last Tuesday Society. Venue: Viktor Wynd's Museum of Curiosities, 11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP. http://www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org/
Wednesday 7 June; Let's Meditate - group meditation. Venue: Buddha on a Bicycle, Covent Garden, London. Starts 6pm. Donations of £3 recommended. Details: http://www.meetup.com/meditation-trust-london/
Wednesday 7 June; Shift into Freedom. Talk and book signing with Loch Kelly. Venue: Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 6.30pm. Free event. For more details Tel 020 7836 2182 or visit the website http://www.watkinsbooks.com/
Wednesday 7 June; Vulnerability and Power in the Shaman’s World. Talk by Ya’Acov Darling Khan organised by Alternatives. Venue: Regent's University, Inner Circle, Regents Park, London NW1 4NS, Time: 7pm. Tickets £20/£25. http://www.alternatives.org.uk/
Wednesday 7 June; Tune Up - Tune In with Sense and Spirit. Call Your Power Back. Venue: She's Lost Control, 42 Valentine Rd, London E9 7AD. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £25. http://www.sheslostcontrol.co.uk/
Thursday 8 June; Foundation course: Altered States of Consciousness. First class in four-week series of lessons. Venue: Wicca Moon, 50 Well Hall Rd, London, SE9 6SH. Tickets: £80 for the entire course. Time: 12.30pm. For details or to book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8850 7803.
Thursday 8 June; The Magic of Medicine: Faith and Healing - A History: Walking Tour by Discover Medical London / Royal College of Physicians Museum. Time: 2pm-4pm. Tickets £10. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-magic-of-medicine-faith-and-healing-a-history-walking-tour-tickets-33434428275?aff=es2
Thursday 8 June; What is Mindfulness? Talk and book signing with Tamara Russell. Venue: Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 6.30pm. Free event. For more details Tel 020 7836 2182 or visit the website http://www.watkinsbooks.com/
Thursday 8 June; The Druid Order Open Meeting. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.30pm. Entry £5. http://druidorder.macmate.me/meetings.html
Thursday 8 June; Museum Street Irregulars! Talk at Folklore Society (SELFS). Venue: The Old King's Head, Kings Head Yard, 45-49 Borough High St, London SE1 1NA. Entry: £3/£1.50 concessions. Time: 8pm. (Meetings are normally the second Thursday of each month.) http://www.selfs.org.uk/ To guarantee a seat, email email@example.com
Friday 9 June; Meetup with Lee Morgan and talk about Traditional Witchcraft. Lee will discuss the vision that underlies his interconnected works known as ‘the haunted books’ which began with A Deed Without a Name. Venue: Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 6pm. Free event. For more details Tel 020 7836 2182 or visit the website https://www.meetup.com/WatkinsBooks
Friday 9 June; Crystals and the Earth's Higher Vibrational Chakras. Lecture by Judy Hall at the College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm. Cost: £14/£12. Advance booking recommended. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/
Friday 9 June; Earthstars Group Meeting. From Sickle to Cyberspace: thoughts on contemporary Druidry. Talk by Penny Billington. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Rd, London NW1 6XT. Time: doors open 7pm, talk at 7.30pm. Entry £12. https://www.facebook.com/Earthstars-Sacred-Space-104790729559515/
Friday 9 June; Oasis of Sound - Sound Bath and Mantra with Anne Malone. Organised by the Oasis of Sound Meetup Group. Venue: The Life Centre Islington, Brittania Row, London. Tickets £15. Time: 7.30pm. Details: https://www.meetup.com/Oasis-of-Sound-Sound-Bath-n-Sound-Scape/
Friday 9 June; Perceiving the spirit within ourselves and others. Lecture by Dr Peter Gruenewald. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35, Park Road, London, NW1 6XT. Time: 7.30pm. Entry £5/£3. http://www.rsh.anth.org.uk/
Friday 9 June; Alexandrian Witchcraft Soirée in London.Venue: contact organisers for details. Time: 8pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/223891508099104/
Saturday, 10 June; Upminster Sanctuary Open Day with free mini treatments. Venue: The Upminster Complementary Healing and Teaching Sanctuary, Pea Lane, Upminster, Havering, RM142XH. Time: 11am-4pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/414554278926428/
Saturday, 10 June; Crossed Palms Psychic Fayre hosted by Crossed Palms. Stalls, readers, talks and workshops. This is an event run in tandem with The Witches Inn. Venue: Brooklyn Bar and Billiards, 9 Queensway, Redhill, RH1 1QT. Time: Noon - 5pm. Free admission. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/832653606897734/
firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 020 7405 2120 or pop in to the shop. You can also buy copies of my book, Pagan Portals - Candle Magic at Atlantis Bookshop.
Sunday 11 June; Meditation at Russell Brands Trew Era Cafe, 30 Whitmore Road, London N1 5QA. Starts 10.15am. Free event. Details: https://www.meetup.com/meditation-trust-london/
Sunday 11 June; Hatha Yoga and Self Care with Lily Silverton. Yoga and self-massage. Venue: She's Lost Control, 42 Valentine Rd, London E9 7AD. Time: 11am. Tickets: £25. http://www.sheslostcontrol.co.uk/
Sunday 11 June; Discovering the Tarot (The Mythic Tarot deck). Event with the Tarot and Healing Group. Venue: The Crosse Keys, 9 Gracechurch Street, London. Time: 12.30pm-4pm. Tickets £8, advance reservation necessary. https://www.meetup.com/Tarot-and-Healing-Group/
Sunday 11 June; The Ageless Wisdom For Everyone. Venue: The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place London, W1U 8EA. Time: 2pm. Entry: Donations welcome. Details: https://www.meetup.com/Theosophical-Society-in-London/
Sunday 11 June; Symbols in Witchcraft. Workshop and Social with Leatherhead and Guildford Pagan and Witchcraft Group. Venue: The Britannia Pub, Millmead, Guildford. Time: 2pm. Free talk for 60 - 90 mins, followed by a natter. Details on Meetup.com or contact Rekifiredancer@gmail.com
Tuesday 13 June; South London Wicca Meetup. Nova Stellar Presents an Evening with Magician turned Yoruba priest Odebitola. Venue: The Castle, 34-35 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6DB. Time: Doors open 7pm, talk starts at 8pm. Entry £3. You must be a member of the meetup group to reserve a place on this event: http://www.meetup.com/South-London-Wicca-Meetup/
Tuesday 13 June; The Forgotten God of the Ancients. Lecture by Andrew Gough at the College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm. Cost: £14/£12. Advance booking recommended. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/
Wednesday 14 June; Let's Meditate - group meditation. Venue: Buddha on a Bicycle, Covent Garden, London. Starts 6pm. Donations of £3 recommended. Details: http://www.meetup.com/meditation-trust-london/
Wednesday 14 June; Angelic Healing Circle with Katie-Jane Wright. Venue: She's Lost Control, 42 Valentine Rd, London E9 7AD. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £35. http://www.sheslostcontrol.co.uk/
Thursday 15 June; Witchcraft of Enchantment for the Solitary Witch: Moon 3 with the London Wicca Meetup Group. Venue: South East London location - more details given to those who book a place. Time: 7pm. Details: https://www.meetup.com/The-London-Wicca-Meetup-Group/
Thursday 15 June; Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft - Launch Event with Author Presentations. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.30pm. Free event but advance booking essential. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: email@example.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Thursday 15 June; House of Heron Drum Circle to Shamanic Journey. Venue: Caer Corhrain, 1 Southleas farm cottages, Lower Road, Minster, Sheppey, ME12 3SW. Time: 7.30pm. This takes place on the third Thursday each month. For more information visit http://www.touchtheearthuk.com/
Thursday 15 June; PFL Summer Solstice Open Ritual with Kith of the Tree and the Well hosted by The Pagan Federation London. Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL/, Time: 7.30pm. Entry £5/£6. https://www.facebook.com/events/903563746451902/
Thursday 15 June; The Circle of Ankerwycke moot on the third Thursday in each month. Venue: Function room at the back of the Two Rivers Pub, 43 Church Street, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4EN. Time: 8pm.
Friday 16 June - 18 June; Pentacle Drummers Summer Solstice Festival 2017. Venue: Langney Sports Club, Priory Lane, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN23 7QH. Tickets: Weekend £10, Evening or day only £6. www.thesummersolstice.co.uk
Friday 16 June; The Magdalene. Talk and book signing with Lars Muhl. Venue: Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 6pm. Free event. For more details Tel 020 7836 2182 or visit the website http://www.watkinsbooks.com/
Friday 16 June; Magicians in the Matrix. Lecture by Andrew Martin at the College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm. Cost: £14/£12. Advance booking recommended. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/
Saturday 17 June; Free and Open Gorsedd Summer Solstice Rite at Avebury Stone Circle in Wiltshire. Open Druidic style ceremony to celebrate the Summer Solstice. Meet at the Red Lion pub from Noon for ceremony at 1.30pm until 3pm. Free event - offerings of song, poetry, cake, mead are welcomed. https://www.facebook.com/events/1890402041207576/
Saturday 17 June; Woodland Midsummer Ritual by Hern's Tribe with London Woodland Witches Magicians and Outdoor Pagans. Venue: Outdoor location Queen's Woods, Highgate. North London. Meet at The Woodmans' pub garden from 1pm then go to the woods at 2pm. Cost: £3 You must reserve a place in advance. Wear outdoor clothes and bring a blanket to sit on. Details and bookings: https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/
Sunday 18 June; 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.
Sunday 18 June; Summer Solstice Celebration. Evening service led by the Wheel of the Year Group at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, 3 Pilgrim's Place, London NW3 1NG. Time: 7pm. http://www.rosslynhillchapel.com/
Monday 19 June; Energy Tune-Up. Talk by Lee Harris organised by Alternatives. Venue: St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL, Talk starts: 7pm. Tickets £10/£15 online. http://www.alternatives.org.uk/
Monday 19 June; Personal Power for the Young Urban Witch. Evening Mini-Workshop with Rebecca Beattie. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 6.30pm. Tickets £20. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Tuesday 20 June; West Byfleet and Woking Monthly Moot. Venue: The Station Pub next to West Byfleet Station. Time: evening, but check before turning up as this might be cancelled due to people going to Litha events elsewhere. More details can be found on NW Surrey Pagans meetup group, or West Byfleet and Woking Moot's Facebook page. Alternatively email Westbyfleetmoot@gmail.com
Tuesday 20 June; Witches Gathering. Venue: front bar of the Cittie of Yorke, 22 High Holborn, London WC1V 6BS. Starting for 7.30pm. onwards. Meets on the third Tuesday of each month. For any questions email email@example.com or visit http://www.witchfest.net/
Wednesday 21 June; Wheel of the Year Festival - Summer Solstice at Chalice Well World Peace Garden, in Glastonbury. Gather at the well head for midday meditation until 12.30pm, followed by conversation on the lower lawn. Free admission to the gardens from 10am to noon. For more details, visit the website http://www.chalicewell.org.uk/
Wednesday 21 June; Stillness and Meditation at Mandeville Place. Venue: School of Economic Science, 11-13 Mandeville Place, London. Free lunchtime event starting 1pm. https://www.meetup.com/Light-in-London/
Wednesday 21 June; Lake District event: The Birkrigg Druids' Standing Stones Summer Solstice Ritual. Birkrigg stones are on Birkrigg Common near Bardsea between Ulverston and Barrow, off the coast road. All paths are welcome; the circle is hosted by Paul the druid and supported by Libra Crystals Ulverston (contact Anne). You will be given a very warm welcome. Time: 12 noon. Bring a picnic to share, your drum/guitar/flute etc and check the weather.
Wednesday 21 June; World Peace and Prayer Day with Peace Fires. Venue: Wherever you are in the world. Details: http://peacefires.org/
Wednesday 21 June; Summer Solstice. Talk and book signing with John Awen. Venue: Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 6pm. Free event. For more details Tel 020 7836 2182 or visit the website http://www.watkinsbooks.com/
Wednesday 21 June; Summer Solstice Gong Immersion with Gong Master Olaf Nixon at the College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm. Cost: £44/£40. Advance booking recommended. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/
Wednesday 21 June; More Mead Moot promoted by Pagan FutureFests. Venue: Hope Pub, 48 West Street, Carhsalton SM5 2PR. Time: from 7.30pm. Meets on the third Wednesday of each month. https://www.facebook.com/Pagan-FutureFests-352385661439366/ http://www.meetup.com/Londonpagancommunity/
Wednesday 21 June - Thursday 22 June; Stonehenge, the 5,000-year-old megalithic monument on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, is the most famous place in England to celebrate the solstices. English Heritage, which manages the site, will be providing "managed open access" to Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice. English Heritage allows individuals and groups to conduct their own ceremonies and rituals during the opening times, from 7pm on 21 June until 8am on 22 June. No camping is allowed. There is a car park and buses run from Salisbury railway station. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/plan-your-visit/summer-solstice/
Thursday 22 June; Music Gig: Gallows Ghost - Acoustic Performance. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 8pm. Tickets £12. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Friday 23 June; Crossbones Vigil to honour The Goose and the outcast dead of Cross Bones Graveyard. Bring a flower, a ribbon, a totem or memento to tie to the shrine. Gather from 6.45pm for a 7pm start in Redcross Way outside the Memorial Gates, London SE1 1TA. http://crossbones.org.uk/
Saturday 24 June; Midsummer meanders, meditation and munch in Woking, Surrey. Meet in Woodham Common car park, just off the 6 ways Roundabout, on Monument Road, Woking, at 10.30 am, for a meander to the two longbarrows. The group will then go on to The Peace Garden, which is the former Muslim burial ground for a guided meditation, before retiring to Sands at The Bleak House for refreshment. This is close to the sand pits which HG Wells used as the landing point for his martians in War of The Worlds.
Saturday 24 June; Gallery Talk - Greek mythology on Greek vases. Venue: Room 69, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 1.15pm. Free, just turn up. For more details visit: https://www.britishmuseum.org/
Sunday 25 June; Meditation at Russell Brands Trew Era Cafe, 30 Whitmore Road, London N1 5QA. Starts 10.15am. Free event. Details: https://www.meetup.com/meditation-trust-london/
Sunday 25 June; Tarot Reading for Intermediate Students. Day Workshop with Sue Merlyn Farebrother. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 11am-5.30pm. Tickets £70 (deposit £40). Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: email@example.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Sunday 25 June; The Secret Journey of Doctor Dee - Mortlake with London Dreamtime. Venue: Secret Location in Mortlake. Time: 3pm. Price: £4 per person - advance booking essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://londondreamtime.com/calendar/
I am not responsible for any of these events except my scrying workshop and I recommend checking with the organisers before turning up to any of them. If you know of an event that you want listed, please email the details to me at email@example.com.