Tuesday 17 September 2019

Pagan Events In & Near London Over Autumn Equinox

The Autumn Equinox, when the day and night are in balance, is on September 23, but celebrations of the festival are taking place this week and next. Here is a listing of events that could be of interest to pagans and witches. Most of the ones I list are in or near London, because that's where I live, but I also mention a few things taking place in other parts of England.

Now - 27 October, Secret Rivers: discover the secrets of London's historic waterways. Exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands. Venue: No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL. Free entry. https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands

Now - 31 October; Betwixt and Between: Isobel Gowdie, the Witch of Auldearn - the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic's summer exhibition. Venue: The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle, Cornwall. Entry with museum ticket. https://museumofwitchcraftandmagic.co.uk/

Now - Friday 4 October, Icons. Art exhibition by Sharon Seager. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop, 49a Museum Street, London, Eng WC1A 1LY. Time: 11am-6pm. For more details, call 020 7405 2120 or visit http://theatlantisbookshop.com/

Now - 2 February 2020; William Blake exhibition. Venue: Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG. Entry: £18/£17/Free for members. https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/william-blake-artist?

Tuesday 17 September; Ithell Colquhoun Private View of new exhibition and book launch. Venue: The Last Tuesday Society and the Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, 11 Mare Street, London E8 4RS. Time: 6pm. Tickets are free but you must register in advance: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ithell-colquhoun-exhibition-booklaunch-tickets-68684411925?

Tuesday 17 September; Book launch: Sophia's Tale by Sarah Walton. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop, 49a Museum Street, London, Eng WC1A 1LY. Copies of the book cost £4.99. Time: 6.30pm. For more details, call 020 7405 2120 or visit http://theatlantisbookshop.com/

Tuesday 17 September; Experiencing the Future: Precognition, Time and Consciousness; Altered or Otherwise. Talk by Dr David Luke. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, Kensington, London, SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £13/£15. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Tuesday 17 September; 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/ or https://www.facebook.com/coawitchesoflondon/

Wednesday 18 September; Forest Bathing in Queen's Wood, Highgate. Meet in the cabin behind Queen's Wood Cafe, Highgate. Time: 9.30am. Price: £25. https://www.meetup.com/London-Forest-Bathing-Nature-Connection-Meetup/

Wednesday 18 September; Free Guided Tour of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology (takes place every Wednesday). Venue: UCL, Malet Place, London, WC1 6BT. Time: 2pm. Free, but you must book in advance: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/booking?

Wednesday 18 September; 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 18 September; 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 19 September; Preview: Damien Hirst - Mandalas exhibition. Venue: White Cube, 25 – 26 Mason's Yard, London, SW1Y 6BU. Time: 6pm.  The exhibition itself runs from 20 September to 2 November. Details: https://www.whitecube.com/exhibitions/exhibition/damien_hirst_masons_yard_2019?

Thursday 19 September; The Way of Effortless Mindfulness. Talk and signing with Loch Kelly. Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 6.30pm. Free event. For more details visit the websites http://www.watkinsbooks.com/  or https://www.meetup.com/WatkinsBooks/

Thursday 19 September; PFL Autumn Equinox Open Ritual with London Woodland Witches. Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Time: 7.30pm for 8pm start. Entry: £6/£5 (PF members and concessions). https://www.facebook.com/groups/pflondon/

Friday 20 September; Meditation and Om Healing. (Weekly event, usually on a Friday). Venue: The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place, London, W1U 8EA. Time: 7pm. Entry free. http://theosophicalsociety.org.uk/#

Friday 20 - Sunday 22 September; 43rd SPR International Annual Conference. Venue: The Society for Psychical Research (SPR), 1 Vernon Mews, West Kensington, London, W14 0RL. https://www.facebook.com/events/497017650705335/

Friday 20 September; Autumn Equinox Drum Ceremony Hosted by Seán Ryan. Venue: Aho Studio, 13 Prince Edward Rd, London, E9 5LX. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £20. www.aho.community

Saturday 21 September; Talking Peace Festival 2019, for the International Day of Peace. Venue: Flat Iron Square, London, SE1. Noon-10.30pm. Free event, but you must register in advance. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talking-peace-festival-2019-tickets-71381785843?

Saturday 21 September; Sisters of the Stones of Caer Abiri Meeting for Autumn Equinox. Venue: Avebury Stone Circles, Marlborough, Wiltshire. Time: 1pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/1322401231269282/

Saturday 21 September; Autumn Equinox Ceremony 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. Bring a picnic. https://www.facebook.com/events/425917814682811/

Saturday 21 September; Woodland Autumn Equinox 2019: Seasonal Ceremony and World Peace Day Magic. Venue: Queen's Woods, Highgate, North London. Meet at The Woodmans pub patio area at 4pm to walk to the outdoor site, bring food and drnk to share. Fee: £5/£3. Details: https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Pagans-Magicians/

Sunday 22 September; Ely's Pagan and Alternative Fayre. Richard Levy will be speaking about The Bones of Witchcraft, plus other talks, stalls and entertainment. Venue: Centre E, 24 Barton Road, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4DE. Starts 10am. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2246773698921900/

Sunday 22 September, 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 22 September; Shamanic workshop. Venue: Woodford Church at 9 Grove Crescent, South Woodford London, E18 2JR. Time: 11am-4pm. Cost: £10 pay at door.  http://woodfordchurch.com/

Sunday 22 September; Druidic Alban Elued/Autumn Equinox Celebration on Primrose Hill with the Loose Association of Druids. Gather in the Hawthorne Grove at Primrose Hill, London, NW1 8YH, between 12.30pm and 12.45pm to prepare the site ready for a prompt 1pm start. Nearest tube: Chalk Farm. Free event, but bring a small contribution of food and drink to share. All are welcome. https://www.facebook.com/events/828276627566944/

Sunday 22 September;  Autumn Equinox Movement Medicine Cacao Ceremony with London Movement Medicine Women's Circle. Venue: 100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ. Time: 4.30pm to 9.30pm. Cost: tbc. https://www.meetup.com/Movement-Medicine-Womens-Circle/

Sunday 22 September; Autumn Equinox Rite at Luna Iter for Pagan and Wiccan Seekers. Pub moot followed by a ritual (usually close to each full moon). Venue: Pembury Tavern 90 Amhurst Rd, London E8 1JH. Moot usually starts at 5pm, then at 6pm moving to a historic site for the ritual. Fee: £4/£5. https://www.facebook.com/events/2374358309519375/

Sunday 22 September; The Circle of Ankerwycke Mabon ritual beneath a beautiful and sacred Ankerwycke Yew, which has stood on this site for millennia (pic by ImranC). As we enter the darker months, you are invited to join the ceremony and honour its powerful energies. Meet at 7.30pm at the car park in Magna Carta Lane, Wraysbury, TW19 5AG. This is a free event but bring share food and drink to share afterwards. For more details, contact Gina 07806714165 brockwitch@yahoo.co.uk

Monday 23 September; Earth Festival: Wheel of the Year Meditation - Equinox, gather at the well head for meditation at noon, followed by conversation on the lower lawn. Venue: Chalice Well World Peace Garden, in Glastonbury. Free admission to the gardens from 10am to noon. For more details, visit the website http://www.chalicewell.org.uk/

Monday 23 September; Free Beginners Astrology Class by Astrological Lodge of London. (Every Monday evening). Venue: 50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA, Time: 6pm-6.50pm. Tickets: Free. https://astrolodge.co.uk/

Monday 23 September; Autumn 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/

Monday 23 September; Young Urban Witches - Celtic Goddesses. Evening mini-workshop with Rebecca Beattie. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 6.30pm start. Tickets £20. Book online at https://www.treadwells-london.com/ or reserve a place by visiting the shop.

 Monday 23 September; Night and Day: Autumn Equinox storytelling with Lucy North and Jill Urwin, organised with She's Lost Control. Venue: The Stratford Hotel, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 20 International Way, London, E20 1FD. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £35. www.sheslostcontrol.co.uk

Wednesday 25 September; Drumming up your Heart with Melonie Syrett and Steve Altman. Venue: Aho Studio, 13 Prince Edward Rd, London, E9 5LX. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £25. www.aho.community

Wednesday 25 September; Resurgence Talks: The Healing Voice and Healing the Family and Ancestors with Jill Purce. Venue: 42 Acres, 66 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LW. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £12. For more details visit: https://www.42acresshoreditch.com/events/

Wednesday 25 September; Psychedelic Gong Bath with Sound Mysterium. Venue: Round Chapel
1D Glenarm Road, London E5 0LY. Time: 7.45pm. Tickets: £13/£16. https://www.tickettailor.com/events/thepsychedelicsociety/292292?

Wednesday 25 September; Interview with a Wiccan priestess at Hertford and Ware Moot Moot. (Usually the last Wednesday of each month.) Venue: The White Horse, 33 Castle Street, SG14 1HH Hertford, Hertfordshire. Time: 8pm. Entry: £3. https://www.facebook.com/groups/104788436218047/

Wednesday 25 September; Victorian Pleasure Gardens. Lecture by Historian Lee Jackson, author of Palaces of Pleasure, at London Fortean Society. Venue: The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX. Time: 7.45pm. Tickets: £4/£2. http://forteanlondon.blogspot.com/

Thursday 26 September; The Next Step: Insights into Group Work and the Masters Today with Cyrus Ryan. Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 6.30pm. Free event. For more details visit the websites http://www.watkinsbooks.com/  or https://www.meetup.com/WatkinsBooks/

Thursday 26 September; New Moon in Libra Priestess Circle with Lucia Healing. Venue: She's Lost Control, 42 Valentine Road, London E9 7AD. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £35. www.sheslostcontrol.co.uk

27 September - November; Waking the Witch. Touring exhibition curated by Legion Projects and supported by Arts Council England. Venue:  Bonington Gallery, Nottingham. http://www.wakingthewitch.uk/#

Friday 27 September; New Moon Eve Gong Bath with Diana Vernon. The day before a 'Super New Moon', tune into this renewed energy in the cycle of life and relax in a candlelit hall where the resonance of gongs will help you recharge your spiritual self. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, Kensington, London, SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm. Tickets: Members £22/non-members £25. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Friday 27 September; Michaelmas Festival. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35, Park Road, London, NW1 6XT. Time: 7.30pm. http://www.rsh.anth.org.uk/ and https://www.meetup.com/rudolf-steiners-spiritual-science/

Saturday 28 September; Experiential Tarot One-Day Outdoor Course. Venue: Woodland location in Wimbledon (full details after registering). Fee: £30. Time: 10.30am-6pm. Details: https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Pagans-Magicians/

Sunday 29 September; NWK Moot. Venue: Chistlehurst caves.  Time: 11am. You must be a member of the group to attend. https://www.facebook.com/groups/445487428816887/

Sunday 29 September, Dragons - connect to your healing dragon to heal yourself and others. Workshop with Anthea of  Shamanism and Evolving Consciousness. Neal's Yard Meeting Rooms,
14 Neal's Yard Covent Garden, London WC2H 9DP. Price: £75, all materials included. Time: 10.15pm-5.30pm. https://www.meetup.com/Shamanism-and-Evolving-Consciousness/

Sunday 29 September; 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 29 September; The folklore of wild plants, Venue: Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, The Soanes Centre, Southern Grove, London E3 4PX. Time: 2pm. Tickets · £11.43. https://www.facebook.com/events/2253436948013034/

Sunday 29 September;  Tea Ceremony and Women Circle with T-Lovers. Venue: Globe House Yoga, The Tanneries, Crucifix Lane, London SE1 3JW. Time: 6pm. Tickets: £20. https://t-lovers.com/tea-ceremonies/

Please note: I do not organise any of these events. I try to make sure all details are correct, but please contact the organisers of any event you are interested in for more information before turning up. 
If you know of something you want listed, please email the details to me at badwitch1234@gmail.com.

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