Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Pagan Spring Equinox Events In London & Elsewhere


Spring Equinox is on 20 March in 2019 - it is the pagan festival to mark the time of balance, when day and night are equal. Here are some of the events over the Spring Equinox that could be of interest to pagans. Most of the ones I list are in London, because that's where I live, but there are a few things taking place in other parts of England. If you know of an event that you want listed, please email the details to me at badwitch1234@gmail.com

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 - 2 June; The Lore of the Land. Exhibition exploring our deep-rooted relationship with the natural world. Venue:  The Studio, Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ. https://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/the-lore-of-the-land#image-0

Now - October; Waking the Witch. Touring exhibition curated by Legion Projects and supported by Arts Council England. Venues: (Until 23 March) 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe; (1 May - 8 June) Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury; (September - October 2019) Bonington Gallery, Nottingham. http://www.wakingthewitch.uk/#

Now - 22 June; Magical Exhibitions in York: Magic and Mystery. Exhibition exploring the fine line between science, religion and magic in medieval society. Venue: Barley Hall, 2 Coffee Yard, York, YO1 8AR. Open 9am-5pm daily. Normal admission costs. https://barleyhall.co.uk/whats-on/magic-mystery/

Tuesday 12 March; Your Creative Self - spiritual art workshop with Patricia McNally. Venue: Woodford Church at 9 Grove Crescent, South Woodford London, E18 2JR. Time: 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Entry: £6/£5. Contact:  YourCreativeSelf@outlook.com. Details: https://artfromtheheart1.blogspot.com/2019/02/and-north-wind-will-blow.html

Tuesday 12 March; Ancestral Healing and Receive a Gift from your Ancestors with the Shamanism and Evolving Consciousness group. Venue: Neal's Yard Meeting Rooms, 14 Neal's Yard, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9DP. Time: 6.40pm. Tickets: £35. https://www.meetup.com/Shamanism-and-Evolving-Consciousness/

Wednesday 13 March; 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 13 March; Dream Visits from the Dead. Lecture by Rosemary Ellen-Guiley. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, Kensington, London, SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £13/£15. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Thursday 14 March; Dreams: The Unconscious Revealed - An Interactive Workshop with Laura Smith. Venue: 20 Maresfield Gardens, London, NW3 5SX. Time: 2pm. Tickets: £12. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dreams-the-unconscious-revealed-an-interactive-workshop-with-laura-smith-tickets-55082551394?

Thursday 14 March; Tea Ceremony and Labyrinth at St. Augustine's Tower with Sound Mysterium. Venue: St. Augustine's Tower, Hackney, London E8 1HT London, United Kingdom. Time: 7.15pm. Tickets: £25. https://www.facebook.com/events/388899435177005/

Thursday 14 March; Myths and Mysteries of the Thames. Talk by Robert Stephenson 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: £5/£1.50 concessions. Time: 8pm. (Meetings are normally the second Thursday of each month.) https://www.facebook.com/groups/2438110887/ To guarantee a seat, email cunningfolkmusic@gmail.com

Friday 15 March; Wake us up and Lead us to Realisation. Lecture by Alistair Appleton. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, Kensington, London, SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £13/£15. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March; 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 16 March, Marseille Tarot II: Minor Cards. Full-day class with Adrien Mastrosimone. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 11am-5pm. Tickets £75. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Saturday 16 March, Creative Tarot. Part Two: The Mysteries of the Major Arcana. Second of two workshop with Julia Phillips Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop,  49a Museum Street, London, Eng WC1A 1LY. Time: 2pm, Tickets: £69.88 – £107.19. More information: call 020 7405 2120. http://theatlantisbookshop.com/  Book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-tarot-tickets-54343230064?

Sunday 17 March; Working with the Goddesses of the Spring Equinox. One-day workshop with Sarah Jane Dennis. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, Kensington, London, SW7 2EB. Time: 10am-5pm. Tickets: £85/£105. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Sunday 17 March; Sunday 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 17 March; March Red Tent: Womb Based Past Life Regression at South London Red Tent. Venue: Private address in London, SW16. Time: 11.30am-3pm. Cost: £10 https://www.meetup.com/South-London-Red-Tent/

Sunday 17 March; Hidden Goddesses of London walking tour with Ross Norman. Two and a half hour walk, starting at St Pauls Cathedral and ending at Crossbones Graveyard near London Bridge. Starts at noon. Free event, but you must reserve a place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hidden-goddess-of-london-tickets-54697044332?

Sunday 17 March; Alban Eilar, Spring Equinox, 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/LooseAssociationOfDruidsOfPrimroseHill/

Sunday 17 March; Anderida Gorsedd Druid group Spring Equinox open ritual. Venue: The Long Man of Wilmington, East Sussex. Meet from 1.30pm to 2pm near the Long Man of Wilmington car park, for a walk up the hill at 2pm. Afterwards, retiring to the Giants Rest pub for a social drink. https://www.facebook.com/groups/anderidagorsedd/

Sunday 17 March; Dawn of the Oak. Pagan moot (normally on the third Sunday of each month). Venue: The Sir John Oldcastle, Farringdon Road/Greville Street, London EC1M 3JF. Time: 3pm-6pm. https://www.facebook.com/groups/dawnoftheoak/

Sunday 17 March: Luna Iter - Journey of the moon - for Pagan and Wiccan Seekers. Pub moot followed by a ritual close to each full moon. Venue: Pembury Tavern 90 Amhurst Rd, London E8 1JH. Moot usually starts at 4.30pm, then at 6pm moving to a historic site for the ritual. Fee: £4/£5. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1230392930656154/

Monday 18 March; Aldous Huxley and Mysticism for the Masses. Talk by Jules Evans at Alternatives. Venue: St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL. Doors open 6.30pm. Event starts: 7pm. Tickets £20. http://www.alternatives.org.uk/

Monday 18 March; Discovering the Lost Gods of England. Evening storytelling and workshop with Andreas Kornevall. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7pm. Tickets £20. Book online at http://www.treadwells-london.com or reserve a place by visiting the shop.

Monday 18 March; Study Group: The Temple Legend - looking at the picture language of myth. (Group meets every fortnight) Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 6XT. Doors open 7pm. Entry £3. https://www.meetup.com/rudolf-steiner-spiritual-science/

Monday 18 March; Spring Equnox with Pagan Pathfinders. Meeting suitable for all pagans in Finchley, London N3. Time: 7.30pm. (Meeting is usually on the 3rd Monday each month.) Free, but bring food and drink to share. Contact Pagan Pathfinders for more details: https://www.facebook.com/PaganPathfinders/

Tuesday 19 March; Spring Equinox Goddess Circle with Lucy North. Venue: She's Lost Control, 42 Valentine Road, London E9 7AD. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £32. Details: www.sheslostcontrol.co.uk

Tuesday 19 March; Stories of the Vikings: Creation, Destruction, Magic with Jason Buck. Venue: TT Liquor, 17B Kingsland Road, London, E2 8AA. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £15/£17.50. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stories-of-the-vikings-creation-destruction-magic-london-tickets-55174713052?

Tuesday 19 March; Book launch event for One Truth and One Spirit, Aleister Crowley’s Spiritual Legacy, by Keith Readdy. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop,  49a Museum Street, London, Eng WC1A 1LY. Time: evening. Free event, but you must reserve a place in advance. The book costs £31 if you want to buy a copy. Call 020 7405 2120. http://theatlantisbookshop.com/

Tuesday 19 March; Witches of London Gathering. Venue: front bar of the Cittie of Yorke, 22 High Holborn, London WC1V 6BS. Starting 7.30pm. Meets on the third Tuesday of each month. For any questions email coacentral@witchcraft.org or visit http://www.witchfest.net/  https://www.facebook.com/coawitchesoflondon

Tuesday 19 March; Diagnosis: Unexplained. Lecture by Thomas Morris at London Fortean Society. Venue: The Miller, 96 Snowsfields, London Bridge, London SE1 3SS. Time: 7.45pm for 8pm. Tickets: £5/£2 (advance tickets). http://forteanlondon.blogspot.com/

Wednesday 20 March; Spring Equinox Festival: Wheel of the Year Meditation. 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/

Wednesday 20 March; 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 20 March; Libra 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 20 March; Wiccan Full Moon Ceremony by the river Thames with London Woodland Witches Magicians and Outdoor Pagans. Venue: Meet outside Tate Modern and Bankside Gallery, London SE1 at 7.30pm for a Wiccan circle ritual on the banks of the Thames. Cost: £3 You must reserve a place in advance. Wear outdoor clothes and bring food and drink to share. Details and bookings: https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Pagans-Magicians/

Wednesday 20 March; More Mead Moot with Pagan FutureFests. Venue: Hope Pub, 48 West Street, Carshalton SM5 2PR. Time: from 7.30pm. Meets on the third Wednesday of each month.  http://www.meetup.com/Londonpagancommunity/

Thursday 21 March; Atlantis Bookshop's 97th birthday celebration. Pop in any time during the day until 5pm for a cup of tea and some cake. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop,  49a Museum Street, London, Eng WC1A 1LY. More information: call 020 7405 2120 or visit http://theatlantisbookshop.com/

Thursday 21 March; Peace Fires for the Full Moon. Light a candle or fire for peace wherever you are in the world, for just for 10 minutes or an hour or longer and state the intention: “Let there be peace on earth and love for one another.” Details: http://peacefires.org/

Thursday 21 March; Sex and Empire: The Cannibal Club's Edward Sellon. Lecture by Phil Hine. 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 21 March; PFL Open Ritual for Spring Equinox led by Luna Iter. Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Time: 7.30pm for 8pm start. Entry: £6/£5 (PF members and concessions). https://pflondon.info/

Saturday 23 March; Passing on Our Cultural Traditions to Future Generations. One-day conference organised by ICOMOS-UK. Venue: Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, London, SW18 4ES. Time: 9.30am-5.30pm. Tickets: Full price: £75. Students £15. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/passing-on-our-cultural-traditions-to-future-generations-tickets-56283747203?

Saturday 23 March; One-Day Ghost Hunting Workshop run by the Ghost Club and SPR. Venue: Society for Psychical Research HQ, 1 Vernon Mews, London, W14 0RL. Time: 10am-5.30pm. Tickets: £25/£20. Copies of the new book Guidance Notes for Investigators of Spontaneous Cases, Apparitions, Hauntings, Poltergeists and Similar Phenomena will be available on the day at £7.50. https://www.spr.ac.uk/

Saturday 23 March; Pagan Federation South West (Glastonbury). Venue: Glastonbury, Somerset, United Kingdom. Time: 10am-5.30pm. Tickets: £8/£12/£15: www.paganfederationsouth-west.com

Saturday 23 March;  The Wisdom of the Fool - part one of a two-Saturday workshop with Ken Rees. Venue: The Mary Ward Centre, Queen Square, London WC1 (nearest tube stations – Holborn, Russell Square). Time: 10.15am – 5.30pm. Fees: £56 Cons: £20. Course No: 452. Enrolment: 0207 269 6000 (or online): www.marywardcentre.ac.uk

Saturday 23 March; Ostara Goddess Workshop Honouring Kuan Yin Goddess of Love and Compassion. Venue: Wicca Moon, 50 Well Hall Road, London SE9 6SH. Time: 11am-5pm. Tickets £45 in advance, £55 on the day. For more details contact Shirlee@wiccamoon.org.uk, call 0208 850 7803 or visit https://www.facebook.com/WiccaMoonEltham/

Saturday 23 March; Soul Awareness to Intuition. Workshop using dominoes for divination with Michael Redwin. Venue: Friends Meeting House, Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LL. Time: 1.30pm. Tickets: £20, includes tea and coffee and a raffle. For information ring 07927 288904 or email YourCreativeSelf@outlook.com.

Saturday 23 March; Free and Open Gorsedd of Caer Abiri Spring Equinox Rite at Avebury stone circle, in Wiltshire. Time: 1.30pm. Bring food and drink to share. https://www.facebook.com/events/597306494058997/

Saturday 23 March; Woodland Spring Equinox 2019. Seasonal festival gathering with London Woodland Witches and Pagans. Location: Queen's Woods, Near Highgate Station. Meet at the Woodman pub at 2pm to walk to the woods. Tickets: £5, wear outdoor clothing and bring food and drink to share. Details: https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Pagans-Magicians/

Saturday 23 March; Crystal Attunement and Workshop to Make a 7-Stone Chakra Bracelet with the Tarot and Esoteric Discovery Group. Venue: The Light Zone, Apt B, 61 Compayne Gardens, London NW6 3DB. Time: 1pm. Cost: £12.50. https://www.meetup.com/Tarot-and-Esoteric-Discovery-Group/

Saturday 23 March; Spring Equinox at the Rollright Stones. Public ceremony with Watchers of the Old Ways. Venue: Rollright Stones, Little Rollright, Warwickshire, OX7 5. Time: 2pm-3.15pm. No entry fee but donations towards the upkeep of the stones welcome. https://www.facebook.com/events/2395555517339500/

Saturday 23 March; Spring Equinox 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/

Sunday 24 March; The Old Gods. Full-day event with Kieron Morgan. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, Kensington, London, SW7 2EB. Time: 10am-5pm. Tickets: £85/£105. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Sunday 24 March; Spring Equinox Open Ritual in Kent organised by So Moot It Be. Venue: RSPB North Ward Hill Cooling, Medway, Kent, ME4 4. Time: 3pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/1252136611604159/

Sunday 24 March; Edgar Cayce, The Sleeping Prophet - Sunday Lecture. Venue: The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place, London, W1U 8EA. Time: 4pm. Tickets: £10/£7. http://theosophicalsociety.org.uk/

Please note: I do not organise any of these events except my poppet workshop at Treadwell's on March 17. I try to make sure that the details on my listings are accurate, but I do not always know about changes, cancellations or ticket availability. If you spot anything that needs correcting, do email me at badwitch1234@gmail.com

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