Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Pagan Events over Imbolc in London & Elsewhere


It is nearly the festival of the first stirrings of spring. Here is a listing of pagan events over Imbolc in London plus a few in other parts of southern England that could be of interest to pagans. If you know of an event that you want listed, please email the details to me at badwitch1234@gmail.com.

Now to February 1; Exhibition: St Brigid’s Day. Women's art relating to folk customs and traditions. Venue: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU. Time: 10am-6pm. Free admission. https://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/events/exhibition-st-brigid%E2%80%99s-day_en

Now to Sun 17 Mar; Cats on the Page - free exhibition that includes a section on witches' cats. Venue: The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB. https://www.bl.uk/events/cats-on-the-page

Now – Tuesday 19 February 2019; Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War. Exhibition at the British Library. Venue: PACCAR Gallery, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB. Full price tickets £16. https://www.bl.uk/events/anglo-saxon-kingdoms

Now - 24 February. I am Ashurbanipal, King of the World, King of Assyria. Exhibition at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. For more details visit: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar.aspx

Now - Sunday 27 January; Wiltshire B4 Christ. Art exhibition with a pagan theme. Venue:  The Store X, 180 The Strand, London. Free entry. Open from 12pm-7pm. https://thevinylfactory.com/news/aries-jeremy-deller-david-sims-wiltshire-b4-christ-store-x/

Wednesday 23 January; Time to Meditate - group meditation (every Wednesday). Venue: Buddha on a Bicycle, Covent Garden, London. Arrive 6pm for 6.10pm start. Donations of £3 recommended. Details: http://www.meetup.com/meditation-trust-london/

Wednesday 23 January; Portal to Imbolc to Honour Brigid: Vigil for the Outcast at Crossbones 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. For more details, visit  http://crossbones.org.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/GooseandCrow/

Wednesday 23 January; Leo Full Moon Gong Bath. Venue: She's Lost Control, 42 Valentine Road, London E9 7AD. Time: Sessions at 7-8pm and 8.30-9.30pm. Tickets: £20. www.sheslostcontrol.co.uk

Wednesday 23 January; Talk about Aldous Huxley on creating a more transcendent societ, hosted by London Philosophy Club. Venue: Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Compus, London E1 4NS. Time: 7pm. Tickets: · £14.21. https://www.facebook.com/events/1982142945206312/

Thursday 24 January; Aleister Crowley's Final Years. Lecture by Antony Clayton. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets £9. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Friday 25 January; A Demonstration of Trance Mediumship with Sarah Tyler-Walters. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, Kensington, London, SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm - 8.30pm. Tickets: £13/£15. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Friday 25 January; Secret Garden storytelling around the fire with Vanessa Woolf of London Dreamtime. Venue: a secret garden on the Peckham/Bermondsey borders. Time: 7pm. Tickets: Tickets: £5 - pay cash on the night- book in advance by email (essential), For more details email vanessa@londondreamtime.com or visit https://londondreamtime.com/calendar/

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 January; Morning tour: an introduction to ancient Egypt. Venue: Room 4, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 8.50am. Tickets £30. For more details visit: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar.aspx

Saturday 26 January; Fire and Ice' Imbolc Ball and Esoteric Market hosted by Woman Witch and Goddess. Stalls, workshops, readings and entertainment by Spriggan Mist, Jadoo's Jingles, Pentacle Drummers and Soluna. Supporting the charity Families for Autism. Venue in Herstmonceux, East Sussex.  Time: 10am – 11 pm. Tickets £22.50 per person payable via paypal to Imbolc-Ball@outlook.com. https://www.facebook.com/events/269414943781143/

Saturday 26 January; An Introduction to Ancient Assyria - study day. Venue: British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 10.30am. Tickets: £28. For more details visit: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar.aspx

Saturday 26 January; Ritual: Its Relevance and Resonances - part two. Saturday course with Kenneth Rees. Venue: The Mary Ward Centre, Queen Square, London WC1 (nearest tube stations – Holborn, Russell Square). Time: 10.15am – 5.30pm. Course No: 450. Fees: £56/£20. Enrolment: 0207 269 6000 (or online). Enquires: 0208 671 6372. Website: www.marywardcentre.ac.uk

Saturday 26 January; Witches' Tea Party. No need to book, just pop in to have a nice cup of tea and cake. Readings (£20 per reading) are also available. Venue: Wicca Moon, 50 Well Hall Road, London SE9 6SH. Time: noon-5pm. Contact Shirlee@wiccamoon.org.uk, call 0208 850 7803 or visit https://www.facebook.com/WiccaMoonEltham/

Saturday 26 January; Hidden Goddesses of London walking tour with Ross Norman. Two and a half hour walk, starting at St Pauls and ending at Crossbones Graveyard near London Bridge. Free event, but you must reserve a place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hidden-goddesses-of-london-walking-tour-tickets-54854150240?

Saturday 26 January; Scrying by Candlelight. I am running a four-hour afternoon workshop on divination with crystal balls, mirrors, water and flame. Venue: Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS. Time: 1pm-5.30pm (with a break in the middle). Cost: £40 per person. You can reserve a place by calling 020 7419 8507, emailing info@treadwells-london.com, visiting the shop or online: https://www.treadwells-london.com/

Saturday 26 January; Peter Ackroyd's Monstrous East End. Walk with Footprints of London. Starts at: Limehouse Town Hall, 646 Commercial Road, London E14 7HA. Time: 2pm. Tickets: £9/£12. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/peter-ackroyds-monstrous-east-end-tickets-53555727623?

Sunday 27 January; Archetypes, Dreams and Trauma: A Day on Depth Psychology hosted by The Weekend University. Venue: University of Greenwich Stockwell Street Library, 10 Stockwell Street, Greenwich, London SE10. Time: Sunday at 9.30 – 5pm. Tickets: £21/£43. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-day-on-depth-psychology-tickets-53539048736?

Sunday 27 January; Max Meditation class with Lisabetta every Sunday. Drop-in class suitable for beginners and more experienced meditators. Venue: The Little Escape Therapy Centre, 4 Paxton Mews, off Westow St, London SE19 3RW. Time: 10am-11am. Cost: £12 per class, £30 for 3 classes. https://harmonious-healing.com/

Sunday 27 January; Hermeticism. Venue: The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place, London, W1U 8EA. Time: 10.30am-4pm. Tickets: £7.50/£5. http://theosophicalsociety.org.uk/

Sunday 27 January; North West Kent Green Pagan Circle Moot. (Normally meets first Sunday of the month.) Venue: Chislehurst Caves, Bromley, BR7 5NL. Time: 11am. https://www.facebook.com/groups/445487428816887/

Sunday 27 January; The Kith of the Tree and the Well heathen moot. Venue: The Horseshoe Inn, 26 Melior Street, London SE1 3QP. Time: 2pm. https://www.meetup.com/The-Kith-of-The-Tree-and-The-Well/

Sunday 27 January 2019 (tbc); Goddess ceremony.  All welcome. Monthly ceremony led by Lisabetta Vilela. Venue: Training Points Fitness and Therapy, 5-6 Coopers Yard, Crystal Palace, SE19 1TN. Time: 6pm-8.30pm. Tickets: £30. harmoniousshiatsu@ymail.com https://harmonious-healing.com/

Sunday 27 January; Evening Gathering: Live Music and Meditation with Rev Kate Dean and John Evans. Venue: Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, 3 Pilgrim's Place, London NW3 1NG. Time: 7pm. http://rosslynhillchapel.org.uk/

Monday 28 January; Ways to Go Beyond. Talk by Rupert Sheldrake at Alternatives. Venue: St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL. Doors open 6.30pm. Event starts: 7pm. Tickets £15/£20. http://www.alternatives.org.uk/

Monday 28 January; The Female Body in the Study of Esotericism. Lecture by Georgia van Raalte . Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets £9. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Wednesday 30 January; Resurgence Talks: Earth as Teacher, Earth as Client with James Thornton. Venue: 42 Acres, 66 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LW. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £12. For more details visit: https://www.42acresshoreditch.com/events/

Wednesday 30 January; Imbolc Goddess Circle with Lucy North. Venue: She's Lost Control, 42 Valentine Road, London E9 7AD. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £32. www.sheslostcontrol.co.uk

Wednesday 30 January; Aleister Crowley and the Cinema of Magick. Venue: Helgi's, 177 Mare Street, London E8 3RH. Time: 7pm.Tickets £6. https://www.wegottickets.com/event/460228?

Thursday 31 January; Path of Bride: An Imbolc Ceremony Outside St Bride's Church with London Woodland Witches and Pagans. Venue: Outside St Brides Church, Fleet Street, · London EC4Y 8AU. Meet by the main gate at 6pm. Details: https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Pagans-Magicians/

Thursday 31 January; Imbolc Goddess Circle with Lucy North, Venue: She's Lost Control, 42 Valentine Road, London E9 7AD. Time: Sessions at 7pm. Tickets: £32. www.sheslostcontrol.co.uk

Thursday 31 January; Carl Jung and the Red Book: An Occult Journey. Lecture by Dr Vivianne Crowley. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets £9. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Thursday 31 January; PFL Imbolc Open Ritual facilitated by Circle of The Four Winds. Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Time: 7.30pm. Entry: £6/£5 (PF members and concessions). https://pflondon.info/

Thursday 31 January; Methods from Madness: Magic, Ghosts and Experimental Psychology. Storytelling and demonstrations by Dr Matt Tompkins at London Fortean Society. Venue: The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.. Time: 7.45pm. Tickets: £4/£2. http://forteanlondon.blogspot.com/

Thursday 31 January; Hertford and Ware Moot Moot. (Usually last Wednesday of each month - but do check before going.) Venue: The Brewery Tap, 83 High St, Ware SG12 9AD. Time: 8pm. Entry: £3. https://www.facebook.com/groups/104788436218047/

Friday 1 February; First Stirrings Festival: Wheel of the Year Meditation and Singing. Venue: 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/

Friday 1 February; The Library of Ashurbanipal. Gallery talk. Venue: Room 55, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 1.15pm. Free event For more details visit: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar.aspx

Friday 1 February; Wiccan Moot - Lenten Moon. Venue: Souk Medina, 1a Shorts Gardens, London WC2H. Time: 6.15pm. Advance booking recommended. https://www.meetup.com/London-Wicca/

Friday 1 February; History of Witchcraft at the British Museum. Talk organised by the Wicca Meetup Group. Meet by the Lion of Knidos at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 7pm. https://www.meetup.com/The-London-Wicca-Meetup-Group/

Friday 1 February; Celtic Drum Circle to celebrate Imbolc. Venue: Aho Studio, 13 Prince Edward Rd, London, E9 5LX. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £10. www.aho.community

Friday 1 February; Intuitive Tarot Readings Night with the Tarot and Esoteric Discovery Group. Beginners welcome. Venue: The Light Zone, Apt B, 61 Compayne Gardens, London NW6 3DB. Time: 7pm. Cost: £12/£15. https://www.meetup.com/Tarot-and-Esoteric-Discovery-Group/

Saturday 2 February; AnderidaFest 2019 hosted by Damh the Bard. Venue: Southwick Community Centre, 24 Southwick St, Southwick, West Sussex, BN42 4TE. Time: 10:.30am–10pm. Tickets · £20. https://www.facebook.com/events/299171927582880/

Saturday 2 February; Woodland Imbolc Celebration with London Woodland Witches and Pagans. Location: Queen's Woods, Near Highgate Station. Meet at the Woodman pub at 2.30pm to walk to the woods. Tickets: £5/£3. Details: https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Pagans-Magicians/

Saturday 2 February; Celtic Traditions of Creativity. Bardic workshop with Jonathan Woolley. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 1pm-5.30pm. Tickets £40. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Saturday 2 February; Imbolc: Celtic Spring Festival. Venue: Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane, PO8 0BG Petersfield. Time: 1pm. Tickets: £15. http://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/2088-2/?

Saturday 2 February; Free And Open Gorsedd For Imbolc - Druidic ceremony at Avebury Stone Circle, Marlborough, Wiltshire. Time: 1.30pm. Free event. https://www.facebook.com/events/479431542463307/

Saturday 2 February; Watchers of the Old Ways Imbolc Ceremony at the Rollright Stones, Chipping Norton, Off A3400, OX7 5QB. Time: 2pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/396203097817885/

Saturday 2 February; Heart Beat - an evening of drumming and song with Gong Master Olaf Nixon. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, Kensington, London, SW7 2EB. Time: 6pm - 7.30pm. Tickets: £21/£23. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Sunday 3 February; Imbolc on Primrose Hill with the Loose Association of Druids. Open ritual hosted by Jeremy Morgan, the Druid of Wormwood Scrubbs. Venue: The Hawthorne Grove, Primrose Hill, Regents Park, London NW1. Starts at 1pm, ends at around 3pm. Nearest tube: Chalk Farm. https://www.facebook.com/events/312053652749091/

Sunday 3 February; Imbolc Celebration with Cassi Grove to celebrate the beginning of Spring and the new life that Bridget brings. Venue: North London in an ancient Druid Grove. Time: Meet at 1.45pm for 2pm start. Event is free and all are invited to refreshments afterwards. For more info email: crystalawen@icloud.com

Sunday 3 February; Diverse Multi-Dimensional Beings Gathering hosted by Spiritual Connections Workshops. Venue: Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PT. Time: 2pm. https://www.zoeowl.com/

Sunday 3 February; Women's Ritual Circle: Celebrating Imbolc, the First Light of Spring. New women's circle hosted by Traditional Witchcraft Collective. Venue: London Scottish Golf Club, Windmill Rd, · London SW19 5NQ. Time: 4pm-7pm. Tickets: Price: £25. https://www.meetup.com/TraditionalWisdomCollective/

Sunday 3 February; New Moon Tea Ceremony and Women's Circle. Venue: Crucifix Lane, London, SE1 3JW  (Exact address will be provided after booking). Time: 6pm. Tickets: £25. https://uk.funzing.com/funz/new-moon-tea-ceremony-and-women-s-circle-7446

Sunday 3 February (tbc); Imbolc/Candlemas Wheel of the Year ritual drawing from Celtic earth/pagan traditions at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, 3 Pilgrim's Place, London NW3 1NG. Time: 7pm. http://rosslynhillchapel.org.uk/

Sunday 3- Saturday 9 February; Patient 4620. Immersive theatre production premiering as part of London Lovecraft Festival. Venue: Royal Museum Of Contemporary Art London, Hoxton, East London. Various times each day, performances last 45 mins. Tickets £20. Details and tickets: https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/London/Royal-Museum-Of-Contemporary-Art/

Please note: I am not responsible for any of these events except my scrying workshop at Treadwell's on January 26. I try to make sure my listings are accurate, but please contact the organiser of any event before turning up.

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