Friday 12 July 2024

Green London: Bee-Friendly Flowers Beside a Road


Here's a bee enjoying some red dead-nettle beside a road in my home patch of south-east London. The local council has allowed wasteground below advertising hoardings to grow into a mini-wildflower meadow. I photographed the bee in the picture at the top, and other wildflowers in the picture below, yesterday.

I've been blogging about green London over the past year or so. My aim is to point out that the city and suburbs are places where nature thrives as well as where people live and work. I started doing this after having several conversations with pagans who believe  London is all concrete. In fact, London has lots of areas filled with grass, trees, flowers, and other plants. It became the world's first National Park City in 2019. The london.gov.uk website says:

"Around 20 per cent of London is public green space. And almost 50 per cent of London is green and blue from above, including trees, green roofs, road verges and private green space."

Many of my posts on this topic have been about parks, gardens, and urban woodland. I feel it's also important to look at spots like this, often overlooked as people drive by in cars or pedestrians hurry past on their way to the shops or to catch a bus, as they all make London greener.

Previous related posts
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2024/06/green-london-keeping-city-cool-in-summer.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2024/06/green-london-south-norwood-country-park.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2023/09/green-london-riverview-walk-river-pool.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2023/09/green-london-richmond-park-national.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2023/11/green-london-victoria-park-in-autumn.html

Thursday 11 July 2024

Magic of Houseplants for Wellbeing and Creativity

I'm sure most witches and pagans have long known the benefits of havng plants around our homes. It seems others are catching up with us. New study shows more than half of Britain use houseplants to improve wellbeing. 

In fact, it's such a growing trend that a luxury bedroom retailer, Feather and Black, did a study via OnePoll to find out how people like indoor greenery. It found that on average people have 6.5 houseplants in their home, with over a third of the population owning between three and five. One person in 20 has more than 20 plants indoors.

What's even more interesting is that the survey data also revealed that more than half of us have houseplants to promote wellbeing and relaxation. Houseplant therapy is especially popular among Gen Z with 36 per cent claiming to use houseplants for mindfulness. Forty-seven percent of people feel the desire to incorporate nature into their home, while 38 per cent of respondents said they incorporate houseplants into their decor for aesthetic purposes only. Air purification (29 per cent) and mood boosting (25 percent) rounded out the top five main reasons for having houseplants.

The poll also indicated that one in ten men use plants to boost creativity. Apparently fewer women get plants to boost creativity with only 5 per cent claiming to do so. Millennials and Gen Z are the age groups are more likely to do so.

The Magic of our Favourite Houseplants

The orchid was voted the UK’s favourite plant, followed by cactus, peace lily, spider plant and aloe vera. So, I thought I'd check what magical properties they have:

  • Orchid: Spirituality, love, abundance.
  • Cactus: Courage, enduring adversity, protection.
  • Peace lily: Peace, sympathy, cleansing energy. (Please note that most lilies are toxic to cats)
  • Spider plant: Fertility, creativity, prosperity.
  • Aloe vera: Healing, protection, boosts psychic work.

The poll showed that 13 percent of adults talk to their plants, and younger people do so more than older generations. One in 10 value their houseplants the same way they would a pet. As a witch and animist, I would say that's a good way of building a relationship with the spirt of your houseplants. Talk to them and ask them to help you with your life, goals and overcoming problems.

Feather and Black credit for the research: https://www.featherandblack.com/inspiration/the-houseplant-aesthetic

You can find seasonal flower and plant lore in my book Rounding the Wheel of the Year.

Wednesday 10 July 2024

Magical Online & London Events in the Next Weeks

Here's a list of events for pagans, witches and those with similar interests. There are online things you can do anywhere plus in-person talks and workshops in or near London, and some conferences and festivals further afield.

Now to 12 July, The Witch Burns. Exhibition by Tin Man Art. Venue: Fitzrovia Chapel, Fitzroy Place, 2 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF. Time: 11am-6pm, free entry. https://www.tinmanart.com/

Now to 30 July; Seeing Beyond the Veil: Exhibition of Artworks by Clare Ormerod. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2EB. Starts: 11am. Free entry. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Now - 12 July; Reclaiming Divinity: Ari Wisner – an Exhibition. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop, 49A Museum St, London WC1A 1LY. Time: 11am-6pm. Free entry. https://theatlantisbookshop.com/

Now – 26 July; Ithell Colquhoun. Elemental art exhibition. Venue:  44 Duke Street St James, London SW1Y 6DD, Open weekdays 1am-5pm.   https://www.artrabbit.com/events/ithell-colquhoun-elemental

Every Wednesday and Friday: Pop-In Days at the College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2EB. Time: 11am - 4pm. Free, just pop in. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk

Wednesday 10 July; Tea with a medium. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop, 49a Museum Street, Bloomsburyo, London, WC1A 1LY. Time: 2.30pm  Cost £55 https://theatlantisbookshop.com/

Wednesday 10 July; Space for Storytelling. Venue: The Bridge St John, Waterloo. Time: 6.30pm.  Free (crowdfunded) workshops guest-hosted by Crafting Longer Storytelling Shows with London Dreamtime. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/space-for-storytelling-crowdfunded-workshops-free-to-access-tickets-678030446317 or https://www.londondreamtime.com/calendar/

Wednesday 10 July; Bibi's Circle - Witchy Wednesdays. Venue: Ron's Coffee House, Holdrons Arcade, 135a Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST. Time: 6pm. Tickets: £4.50. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/bibis-circle-56277271483

Wednesday 10 July;  Astro Workshop: Cancer, the Moon and 4th house plus cacao. Venue: Fire and Alchemy Spiritual Sanctuary, 52 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3EP. Time: 7pm Tickets: £41.88. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/fire-alchemy-58665271283

Wednesday 10 July;  Wolf Wisdom: Archetype, Deity and Empowerment. Start of 2-session workshop with Rachel S Roberts online via The College of Psychic Studies. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £80. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Wednesday 10 July;  7 Essential Flowers for Witches. Witchcraft class with Hannah Sanders via Treadwells Online. Time: 7pm start, delayed viewing available. Tickets: £10. https://www.treadwells-london.com/events

Wednesday 10 July; Let Me Be Mad! Launch Party for London's First Absinthe Exhibition. (Exhibition runs until September with various themed talks) Venue: Viktor Wynd's Museum of Curiosities, 11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP. Time: 7pm. Tickets free but reserve a place. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/let-me-be-mad-launch-party-for-londons-first-absinthe-exhibition-tickets-904344748487?

Wednesday, 10 July (every Wednesday); Sound Bath. Venue: She's Lost Control, 42 Valentine Road, London. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £15.  https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-events

Wednesday 10 July; Tibetan Sound Bowl Meditation - online meditation class with Spiritual Tiik. Time: 8.30pm. Tickets from £11.11. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/spiritual-tiik-29294295627

Wednesday 10 July; Kitchen Kundalini. Talk on Plant lore and mythology by Xanthe Gresham Knight on Zoom via The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities and Last Tuesday Society. Time: 9pm. Tickets · from £5.49. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-viktor-wynd-museum-amp-the-last-tuesday-society-12203346619

Thursday 11 July; Theosophy. In-person study group. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Rd, London · NW1 6XT. Time: 10.30am. Tickets £3 https://www.meetup.com/rudolf-steiner-spiritual-science/events/

Thursday 11 July; Dog Friendly Parkbathe in Cator Park. Venue: Cator Park, Aldersmead Road, Beckenham BR3 1NA. Time: 11am. Free. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/parkbathe-34393467709

Thursday 11 July (and other dates); Psychic Development Workshop - part of series of classes. Venue: Wicca Moon, 50 Well Hall Road, London, SE9 6SH. Time: noon. Tickets: £15 per class. https://www.facebook.com/events/1014032267002954/1014032273669620/

Thursday 11 July; Midweek Meditation with the College of Psychic Studies. Online event. Time: 3pm. Tickets: free for members/£7.50 non members. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk

Thursday 11 July Venue: Opening event for Swedenborg's Lusthus: Objects of Memory and Imagination exhibition with complimentary glass of Pimm's and discount on books. Venue: Swedenborg House, The Swedenborg Society, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH.  Time: evening. Free but book a ticket https://www.swedenborg.org.uk/

Thursday 11 July - Friday 20 December. Lusthus—Swedenborg's Lusthus: Objects of Memory and Imagination exhibition. Venue:  Swedenborg House, The Swedenborg Society, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH. Open from 10am but book a ticket https://www.swedenborg.org.uk/

Thursday 11 July;  9D Breathwork - The Origin. Venue: Fire and Alchemy Spiritual Sanctuary, 52 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3EP. Time: 6.30pm. Tickets: £62.46. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/fire-alchemy-58665271283

Thursday 11 July; Jamie Reid's Punk and Druidry – Art Lecture in-person at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS. Time: 7pm. Cost: £10 for the talk and party, £22 with book as well.  https://www.treadwells-london.com/ or reserve a place by visiting the shop.

Thursday 11 July; South East London Folklore. Talk by Cunning Folk at South East London Folklore Society. Venue: The Electric Elephant Cafe, 186A Crampton Street, London, SE17 3AE. Time: 8pm, Free but £5/£8 donations welcome. Turn up on the night or email cunningfolkmusic@gmail.com to book a space.  https://www.eventbrite.com/o/cunning-folk-7829505560

Thursday 11 July (usually every Thursday); Crimson Circles. Livestream by Halo Quin, author of Crimson Craft. Time: 8pm. Tickets: various options including Patreon membership. https://www.facebook.com/HaloquinAuthor

Friday 12 July; Shamanic Drums and Drum Birthing Workshop with Lynn Gosney. Venue: Shamanic Centre Caer Corhrain, Minster, Kent. Starts 8.45am. Tickets £225/£250. https://www.facebook.com/shamaniccentrecaercorhrain

Friday 12 July (every Friday); Live Chat hosted by Rachel Patterson, author of the Gods and Goddesses of England and the Kitchen Witch series of books. Time: 9am. Free. https://www.facebook.com/RachelPattersonbooks/ 

Friday 12 July; Strumpets and Harlots Walking Tour with Maria Beadell's organised by Treadwell's Bookshop. Meet at Covent Garden Tube Station, Long Acre, London WC2E 9JT. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £18.50. https://www.treadwells-london.com/

Friday 12 July; Bored Gay Werewolf at Kirkdale Bookshop! Lupine enlightenment with Tony Santorella. Venue: Kirkdale Bookshop, London, SE26 4RS. Time: 7.30pm. https://kirkdalebookshop.com/events/

Saturday, 13 July; A Deep Dive into Shamanic Healing. Venue: Shamanic Centre Caer Corhrain, Minster, Kent. Starts 10am. Tickets £35. https://www.facebook.com/shamaniccentrecaercorhrain

Saturday, 13 July; Akashic Records for Alchemy Transformation. Workshops in  4 weekends over 4 months with Vicky Sweetlove . Venue: College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2EB. Time: 11am Tickets:  £760.00. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk

Saturday, 13 July; Sweat Lodge organised by Aho Studio. In-person event. Venue: farm in Hainault, on the Central Line near London. Time: noon Tickets: £90. www.aho.community 

Saturday, 13 July; An Introduction to Witchcraft with Rachel Patterson, author of Kitchen Witchcraft and Moon Magic, online via The College of Psychic Studies. Time: 1pm. Tickets: £80. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Saturday, 13 July; A Journey to Know Yourself Through the 7 Hermetic Principles with Pixie P Carney online via The College of Psychic Studies. Time: 2pm. Tickets: £80. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Saturday 13 July;  The Angel Blessings Affirmation Deck. Talk and signing by Iaysha Salih. Venue: Watkins Bookshop, London, 19-21 Cecil Ct, London WC2N 4EZ, UK. Time: 2pm. Free but reserve a place https://www.watkinsbooks.com/events

Saturday, 13 July; The Witches Social Venue: Royal Albert, 460 New Cross Road, London SE14 6TJ· Time: 6:30pm - 10pm. Tickets from £38.62 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-witches-social-tickets-907922489607

Saturday, 13 July -Tuesday 16 July; Storytelling: Secret Garden Stories St John’s Church, Waterloo. A free London Dreamtime storytelling event at St John's gardens, featuring seven storytellers and hosted by Emily Hanna and Aaron Oliver. Venue: 73 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets free but booking needed. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/storytelling-secret-garden-stories-tickets-920803617407?

Sunday 14 July;  Writing and rewriting fairytales. Online class with Helen Cox via City Lit. Time: 10.30am. Tickets: £69. https://www.citylit.ac.uk/

Sunday 14 July; Breath Alchemy for Transformation. Venue: She's Lost Control, 42 Valentine Road, London. Time: 10.30am. Tickets: £30.  https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-events

Sunday 14 July; Shamanic Group with Les Fuller. All welcome Venue: Woodford Church at 9 Grove Crescent, South Woodford, London E18 2JR. Time 11am-3pm. Tickets: £10. http://woodfordchurch.com/

Sunday 14 July (and other times and dates); Soul Restore Sound Healing. Venue: The Mandrake, 20-21 Newman Street, London W1T 1PG. Time: 11am. Tickets: £35. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-mandrake-17825575648

Sunday 14 July; Mythic London – Walking Tour with Caroline Wise organised by Treadwell's. Time: 11.20am. Meet outside St Clement Danes, Strand, London WC2R 1DH. Nearest tube is Temple. Tickets: £35. https://www.treadwells-london.com/events

Sunday 14 July (date tbc); North West Kent Pagans Moot. Organised by NWK Pagans for members of the group. Venue: Chislehurst Caves. Time: 11.30am. https://www.facebook.com/groups/445487428816887

Sunday 14 July;  Womens Sister Circle South London. In Person Circle. Venue: Tooting, South London. Time: noon. Tickets:  £30/ £25. https://www.meetup.com/south-london-womens-circles/events/

Sunday 14 July;  The Art of Using and Interpreting Oracle Cards with Geoffrey Beitz online via The College of Psychic Studies. Time: 1pm. Tickets: £80. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Sunday 14 July; Witches Learning Circle - Sacred Space. Venue: Fire and Alchemy Spiritual Sanctuary, 52 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3EP. Time: 2pm Tickets: £33.22. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/fire-alchemy-58665271283

Sunday 14 July; Saints and Sinners of Southwark – Walking Tour with Maria Beadell organised by Treadwells. Meet at Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SE1 9DA. Time: 3pm.  Tickets: £17.50. https://www.treadwells-london.com/events

Sunday 14 July (second Sunday of the month); Ritual in the Tower (Luna Iter). In-person ritual in Hackney, East London for members of the group, guests and seekers on the path. Meet at the Pembury Tavern, 90 Amhurst Rd, London, from 4.30pm, moving on to a historic site to start the ritual at 6pm. Entry: £8. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1230392930656154

Sunday, 14 July, Women's Circle in West London. Venue: School Of Meditation, 158 Holland Park Avenue London W11 4UH. Time: 6pm. Tickets:  £11.55  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-circle-in-west-london-tickets-830947003857?

Sunday 14 July; Sound Bath Meditation. Venue: Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, 3 Pilgrim's Place, London NW3, 1NG. Time: 7pm. Free, but donations welcome. https://www.rosslynhillchapel.org.uk

Monday 15 July; Witchcraft's Big Ideas. Talk by Dr Rebecca Beattie, author of Nature Mystics, Wheel of the Year and Planetary Magic, via Treadwells Online, delayed viewing available. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £10. https://www.treadwells-london.com/events

Monday 15 July (most Mondays); Astrology talks/events. 6pm - discussion. 7.15pm  -  Jews and Astrology: “Born under a Lucky Star” talk by Helen Jacobus. 8.15pm - Chart Discussion. Online via the Astrological Lodge of London. Tickets £9 per talk or event for non members/£6 members. https://astrolodge.co.uk/

Monday 15 – Saturday 20 July; The Witching Hour performance. Venue: Bridewell Theatre, 14 Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8EQ.  Time: 7.30pm Monday - Thursday with two performances on Friday and Saturday. Tickets: £22.50-£29.50 https://www.thewitchinghourlive.com/

Monday 15 July; The virtues of the Middle Way: a new approach to psi research.. Online talk by Dr Mario Varvoglis via the Society for Psychical Research. Time 8pm. Tickets £5 for non-members. https://www.spr.ac.uk/

Monday 15 July (tbc but usually every Monday); Tea With a Druid. Free online event by the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. Time 8pm. https://druidry.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/druidry

Monday 15 July; Art of The Solomon Islands. Talk by Kevin Conru on Zoom via The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities and Last Tuesday Society. Time: 8pm. Tickets · from £6.72. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-viktor-wynd-museum-amp-the-last-tuesday-society-12203346619

Tuesday 16 July (every Tuesday); Ceremonial Yoga. Venue: Fire and Alchemy Spiritual Sanctuary, 52 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3EP. Time: 12.15pm Tickets: £12. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/fire-alchemy-58665271283

Tuesday 16 July; The Stargate Conspiracy 25 Years On - a Real Life X-Files talk by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince. Venue: The Gardner Room at The Atlantis Bookshop, 49a Museum Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1A 1LY. Time: 2.30pm  Cost ££15 https://theatlantisbookshop.com/

Tuesday, 16 July; Through the Looking Glass: What is a Doppelg√§nger? Online talk by Sophia Kingshill via the Folklore Society. Time: 6pm. Tickets: £6. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-folklore-society-32190494089

Tuesday 16 July; Yoga for Mind, Breath and Body. Venue: Beckenham Place Mansion, Place Park,  Beckenham BR3 1SY. Time: 6.15pm. Tickets: £12. https://www.beckenhamplace.org/whatson/

Tuesday 16 July; Cunning Folk Archive Hour - Folk Music. Venue: Dash The Henge Store, 348 Camberwell New Road, London SE5 0RW. Time: 7pm, Free.  https://www.eventbrite.com/o/cunning-folk-7829505560

Tuesday 16 July; Fortnightly Men's Circle. Venue: Fire and Alchemy Spiritual Sanctuary, 52 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3EP. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £11.55. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/fire-alchemy-58665271283

Tuesday 16 July; Create Your Own Magical System. Start of 2-part workshop with Mark Vincent  via Treadwells Online. Time: 7pm start, delayed viewing available. Tickets: £50. https://www.treadwells-london.com/events

Tuesday 16 July;  Aleister Crowley’s Magic. Workshop with Julian Vayne via Treadwells Online. Time: 7pm start, delayed viewing available. Tickets: £15. https://www.treadwells-london.com/events

Wednesday 17 July (usually 2nd Wed each month but later in July due to football on telly); Enfield Town Circle Moot. Venue: Crown and Horsehoes, Enfield  Time: 6pm. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EnfieldTownCircle/

Wednesday 17 July; Full Moon Gong Bath - Sound Meditation in the Mansion. Venue: Beckenham Place Mansion (Old Dining Room), Place Park, The Mansion, Beckenham BR3 1SY. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £30. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/theresa-royle-18442369190

Wednesday 17 July (every Wednesday); Sound Bath. Venue: She's Lost Control, 42 Valentine Road, London. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £15.  https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-events

Wednesday 17 July, The Scriptorium - Tree Spirits Tree Lore Writing Workshop with Bernadette Russel via Treadwells Online. Time: 7pm start, delayed viewing available. Tickets: £15. https://www.treadwells-london.com/events

Wednesday 17 July (3rd Wednesday each month);  The More Mead Moot. Venue: The Hope pub, Carshalton, Surrey. Time: 7.30pm. Free. https://www.facebook.com/Pagan-FutureFests-352385661439366/

Wednesday 17 July (3rd Wednesday each month); Witches of Zoom CoA Gathering with House of Kia. Free online event. Time: 7.30pm.  https://www.facebook.com/ZoomWitches 

Wednesday 17 July; Greek Flower Power. Talk by Robin Herne on Zoom via The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities and Last Tuesday Society. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets · from £6.72. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-viktor-wynd-museum-amp-the-last-tuesday-society-12203346619

Thursday 18 July;  Nature, My Teacher. Talk and signing by James Thornton. Venue: Watkins Bookshop, London, 19-21 Cecil Ct, London WC2N 4EZ, UK. Time: 5pm. Free but reserve a place https://www.watkinsbooks.com/events

Thursday 18 July; Poetry Evening. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Rd, London · NW1 6XT. Time: 7pm. Tickets free but donations welcome https://www.meetup.com/rudolf-steiner-spiritual-science/events/

Thursday 18 July;  Astral Binaural Soundbath. Venue: She's Lost Control, 42 Valentine Road, London. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £30.  https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-events

Thursday 18 July; New Ways to Interpret the Celtic Cross in Tarot. Start of 2-part workshop with Laetitia Barbier online via The College of Psychic Studies. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £75. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Thursday 18 July; Full Moon Circle. Venue: The Lodge Space, 120a Lower Road London SE16 2UB. Time: 8pm. Tickets:   £22.38. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-lodge-space-18313710842

Thursday 18 July; Potions, Elixirs, and Magical Brews. Talk by Melissa Madara on Zoom via The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities and Last Tuesday Society. Time: 8pm. Tickets · from £6.72. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-viktor-wynd-museum-amp-the-last-tuesday-society-12203346619

Friday 19 July (1st and 3rd Friday each month); The Pagan Portal Podcast by Moon Books. Time: noon (or listen to recording later). Free event. https://open.spotify.com/show/11N4kNj65tTz9NFUcZTMa7?

Friday 19 July; The Clerks Well Hybrid Talk. In-person venue: Shoe Lane Library, 1 Hill House, Little New Street, London, EC4A 3JR. Time: 1pm. Tickets: free https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/events/the-clerks-well

Friday 19 July; Women of Tarot  -  webinar with Cat Willett via Watkins Bookshop. Time: 5.30pm. Free but reserve a place https://www.watkinsbooks.com/events

Friday 19 July;  Peace Fires Full Moon Event. Online event or light a candle wherever you are and wish for peace and healling throughout the world. Free.  http://peacefires.org/

Friday 19 July; Queer Spirit Drum Circle with a Reiki-Share. Venue: Wheatsheaf Hall, Wheatsheaf Lane, London, SW8 2UP. Time: 7pm. Tickets £10. https://www.facebook.com/events/783006447277533/

Saturday, 20 July; Decoding Spirit Portraits: Learn to Draw Loved Ones and Spirit Guides. Workshop with June-Elleni Laine. Venue: College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2EB. Time: 11am Tickets:  £115. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk

Saturday, 20 July; Afternoon with Aphrodite.Venue: Wicca Moon, 50 Well Hall Road, London, SE9 6SH. Time: noon. Tickets: £45. https://www.wiccamoonuk.com/shop/events-and-workshops/an-intimate-afternoon-with-aphrodite-sat-20th-july/

Saturday 20 July; Inner Alchemy Oracle. Signing by Sabra Kadabra. Venue: Watkins Bookshop, London, 19-21 Cecil Ct, London WC2N 4EZ, UK. Time: noon. Free but reserve a place https://www.watkinsbooks.com/events

Saturday 20 July; Butterfly and Moth Walk at Dulwich Woods, South London. Time: 2pm. Tickets: free. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/london-wildlife-trust-7357843879

Sunday, 21 July; Return Home to Self Wellness Retreat. Venue: Light Centre Monument, Idol Lane, London EC3R 8DU. Time: 9.30am. Tickets: £79. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/return-home-to-self-wellness-retreat-tickets-928537670167?

Sunday, 21 July; Introduction to Crystals and Chakras with Rain McManus. The Upminster Sanctuary, Pea Ln, Upminster, RM14 2XH. Time: 10am. Tickets: £87.38. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/mamma-moon-magick-86955355293?

Sunday 21 July; Poppets and Magical Dolls. In-person practical magic workshop with me, Lucya Starza. Venue: Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS. Time: 1pm. Cost: £22 per person.  https://www.treadwells-london.com/ or reserve a place by visiting the shop.

Sunday 21 July; Drum Circle with Emma Hewitt of Salamay Tarot and Healing Arts. Venue: Hilly Fields Park - meet at the back of the cafe - Pistachios in the Park London SE4. Time: 3pm. Tickets  £6,13. https://www.eventbrite.com/o/emma-hewitt-salamay-tarot-healing-arts-38061527643

Sunday 21 July; Dawn of the Oak. Pagan moot. Venue: The Sir John Oldcastle, Farringdon Road/Greville Street, London EC1M 3JF. Time: 3pm. https://www.meetup.com/the-kith-of-the-tree-and-the-well/events/

Sunday 21 July;  Wicca Themed Guided Meditation with Hannah. Venue: Crystal Wicca, 4a Station Buildings, Station Approach, Hayes BR2 7EN. 2 sessions: 6pm and 8pm. Tickets: £20. https://crystalwicca.co.uk/shop-events-1

Sunday 21 July (every full and new moon); Moon Space online ritual with Tree Carr via She's Lost Control. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £15.  https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-events

Sunday 21 July (date tbc);  Monthly Online Full Moon Meditation Circle via Fire and Alchemy Spiritual Sanctuary. Time: 7.15pm. Tickets: £22.38. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/fire-alchemy-58665271283

Sunday 21 July; Alexander Pope to Goethe. Talk by Prof Evans Lansing Smith on Zoom via The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities and Last Tuesday Society. Time: 8pm. Tickets · from £6.72. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-viktor-wynd-museum-amp-the-last-tuesday-society-12203346619

For activities after these dates please visit my events page

Please note that I am not responsible for the content of these events except my own talks and workshops. Contact organisers directly if you have questions or to check ticket availability. Where a practitioner is offering information about magical healing, this is *not* medical advice. If you're running an event you want included, please email me at badwitch1234@gmail.com Also please note I earn commission from advertisers for some links.

Tuesday 9 July 2024

Book Review: Goblin Queens and Qualia Knights

I had to look up what the word "Qualia" meant when I read this curious new book by Phil Smith, author of earlier titles including On Walking and Living in the Mode Magical.

Qualia, I discovered, are qualitative properties of experiences - how it feels to hear a musical note or see a red rose, for example. Goblin Queens and Qualia Knights: A Guide to Xisting in a Time of Catastrophes is a delightful and imaginative call to get out and experience what the real world has to offer. See, touch, and smell those roses. Listen to the sounds of birds singing. It's a kind of magical quest to free ourselves from the wasteland of fake news, click-bait, and online AI.

The quest is framed in the manner of chivalric romances. It suggest  envisaging ourselves as goblin queens sending our knights in search of things magical, spiritual or personal, to save us from sloughs of despond. Phil states that goblin queens and knights are not gendered concepts, and we can find both within ourselves if we want to.

Publisher Triarchy Press says of Goblin Queens and Qualia Knights:

"Repurposing the codes of chivalry and courtly love in an existential crisis, Goblin Queens and Qualia Knights is a little book of comfort for people who are troubled by the way that life is being hollowed out by: social media, life on the phone, climate change, populist politics, banality, hyper-capitalism, AI and so on.

"It suggests clever and simple ways to remain true to yourself, even to be yourself, in the face of a thousand pressures to become someone else. It makes life into a pilgrimage of purpose, humour, awareness and compassion. It offers a contemporary myth and initiation and a range of simple somatic practices that could change your life."

I really enjoyed reading this book. It sent me on my own quest, or pilgrimage, to revisit a country park and feel in touch with the land and nature. You can read that post here. Triarchy Press suggests the book can be used by anyone who wants to lessen their digital dependence and deepen their connection with their surroundings, including therapists, artists, writers and anyone who enjoys getting out and about.

About the Author: 

Dr Phil Smith is a performance-maker, writer and academic researcher, specialising in work around walking, site-specificity, mythogeographies, web-walking, somatics and counter-tourism. With artist Helen Billinghurst, he is one half of Crab and Bee. He is also a member of site-based arts collective Wrights and Sites and an Associate Professor (Reader) at the University of Plymouth.

Where to find Goblin Queens and Qualia Knight

You can view the book on Amazon as well as find it on the Triarchy website

Please note I earn commission from some links.

Other previous related posts

http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2021/06/walking-bodies-seeking-chaos-chance.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/07/psychogeography-full-circle-walking.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2023/09/green-london-riverview-walk-river-pool.html

Monday 8 July 2024

Rounding the Year: Hollyhocks With Minds of Their Own

Hollyhocks are among my favourite flowers of summer. They appear in my garden every year, but have a mind of their own where they want to grow. 

The one in the photo self-seeded by the back wall of my house near the kitchen door. I've tried collecting seeds and sowing them in flowerbeds, but they rarely take root there. Instead I find them popping up through cracks in paths. I let them flourish even if it means I have to walk around them. This isn't only because I like them, it's also because the bees love them too. 

What's in bloom in your area that you love?

Share your seasonal photos!

I recently started prompts to share seasonal pictures, art, crafts, words and other creativity. I'll continue this over the months ahead. I'd love to encourage readers to record what's happening in nature in various ways including photographs, journalling, drawing or painting and crafting.

Here are ways to share the things you're doing or what you see out and about as the wheel turns:

  • Leave a comment on this post about what you're up to
  • Find my prompts to share on my Facebook Page: Lucya Starza Pagan Portals Author
  • Share on Instagram or X (formerly Twitter) with the tag #RoundingtheYear

Where to find my book

My book Pagan Portals - Rounding the Wheel of the Year offers more ways to acknowledge and celebrate the seasons in ritual, magic, folklore and nature. You can view the book on Amazon, find it at estoeric bookshops including Treadwell's at 3, Store St, London, WC1E 7BS, or via my publisher Moon Books: https://www.collectiveinkbooks.com/moon-books/our-books/pagan-portals-rounding-wheel-year

(Note: I earn commission from some links.)

Previous related posts
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2024/06/rounding-year-brief-flowering-of-wild.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2024/05/rounding-year-english-bluebells-in.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2024/02/rounding-year-camelia-forsythia-blossom.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2024/06/rounding-year-elderflower-and.html