Happy Winter Thermstice/Imbolc!

Hidden life beneath the snow and ice can take many forms and is preparing to burst forth!¬† What do you hold, which could empower your life?¬† Is it nearly time to bring it forward?¬† ¬† Celebrations The Winter Thermstice is…

No-Nonsense Paganism: Finding the fire again

First they decided they didn’t need the sacred fire. Then they did away with the words of the prayer. And then they forgot where the holy place was. And all they were left with was the story.

Magical Events For Imbolc Onwards Online & in London

Here’s a list of magical events over the next week or so with a mixture of online and in-person things to do, including celebrations for Imbolc and the first stirrings of spring. I generally list events in the UK, especially in or near London, but some are outside that time zone. If you know an online or London-based event you want included, please email¬†

Now to 19 February; Hieroglyphs: Unlocking Ancient Egypt. Exhibition at the Sainsbury Gallery at the British Museum, London. Find out more here:

Now to 28 February; Concerning an Idea About Place. Art exhibition at Swedenborg Gallery, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH. Time: 10am-5pm Mon to Fri. Free but booking required.
Now Р10 July; A Bestiary of Austin Osman Spare art exhibition. Venue: The Viktor Wynd Museum and The Last Tuesday Society, 11 Mare Street, London, E8 4RP.

Every Wednesday and Friday; Open Days at the College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2EB. Time: 11am Р4pm. Free, just pop in.

Wednesday 1 February; Mark St. Brigit‚Äôs Day with a pause for peace, called for by Solas Bhr√≠de, as part of the Kildare Brigit Festival. Keep a moment’s silence at noon, wherever you are in the world.¬†
Wednesday 1 February; Anglo-Saxon Pagan Gods. Talk by Professor Ronald Hutton. Hybrid event. In-person venue: David Game College, 31 Jewry Street, London, EC3N 2ET. Time: 6pm. To register for the free online viewing visit:
Wednesday 1 February (every Wednesdays); Evening Sound Bath Meditation. Venue: She’s Lost Control, 42 Valentine Road, London. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: ¬£15.¬†¬†
Wednesday 1 February; Magic of the Greek Magical Papyri. Start of four-week online course by¬†Lucia Segura via Treadwell’s. Time: 7pm. Tickets: ¬£100.¬†

Wednesday 1 February; Imbolc: free online celebration by
Cunning Folk. Time: 7pm.

Wednesday 1 February; Palm Reading for Beginners. Start of 10-session course run by Robin Lown via the College of Psychic Studies. Online event. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £240.
Wednesday 1 February; The Art of Tea Leaf Reading. Venue: Atlantis Spiritual Centre, Theobalds Park Road, Crews Hill, Enfield EN2 9DG. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets £10.
Wednesday 1 February; Borley Rectory: The Most Haunted House in England. Online talk by Sean O’Connor via¬†Zoom¬†through The Last Tuesday Society and The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets ¬∑ from ¬£5.82.¬†

Thursday 2 February (and other dates); Morning Meditation. Free online event via Mirthy. Time: 9am.

Thursday 2 February (and other dates); Midweek Meditation with the College of Psychic Studies. Online event. Time: 3pm. Tickets: free for members/£7.50 non members.
Thursday 2 February; A Dream Premonition in a Life Less Ordinary. Talk by Patricia Bailey. Venue:  Watkins Bookshop, 19-21 Cecil Court, · London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 5.30pm.

Thursday 2 February; Ancient Egypt and modern identities. Three short online talks chaired by Mary-Ann Ochota via the British Museum. Time: 5.30pm. Free but donations welcome and you must reserve a place.

Thursday 2 February (and other dates); Mind, Body Restore Online Yoga. Time: Time: 6.15pm. Free online event.
Thursday 2 February (every Thursday); Talk on a paranormal subject for ASSAP members. Time: 7pm. Free event, with Zoom link details emailed out to members. To join ASSAP, for £5 per year, visit

Thursday 2 February; Begin Again Imbolc Ritual. Venue: She’s Lost Control, Valentine Road, London. Time: 7pm. Tickets: ¬£35.¬†

Thursday 2 February; PF London Imbolc Open Ritual via Pagan Federation London. Venue: Pirate Castle, Gilbey’s Wharf Oval Road NW1 7EA London, UK Time: 7.15pm. Entry ¬£8 for PF members, ¬£10 for non-members (cahs only).¬†
Thursday 2 February (and other dates); Online Meditation Session. Time: Time: 7.25pm. Free online event, but donations welcome.
Thursday 2 February (tbc but usually every Thursday); Eimear Burke, Chief of the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, has an in-depth conversation with fellow practitioners on Facebook Live. Time: 8pm. Free.
Friday 3 February (every Friday); Friday Live Chat hosted by Rachel Patterson, author of the Kitchen Witch series of books. Time: 9am. Free.
Saturday 4 February; Sweat Lodge  organised by Aho Studio. In-person event. Venue: Berkeley Farm, a few miles outside London. Time: 11am. Tickets: £80.
Saturday 4 February; Beginner series: Intro to Spirituality with Gemma Petherbridge. Venue: Fire and Alchemy Spiritual Sanctuary, 52 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3EP. Time: 11.30am. Tickets: Free.
Saturday 4 February; The Shamanic Warrior: Action Whilst Facing Fear. Online workshop with Itzhak Beerye via The College of Psychic Studies. Time: 2pm. Tickets: £105.
Saturday 4 February; Past Life Regression Workshop with Gemma Petherbridge. Venue: Fire and Alchemy Spiritual Sanctuary, 52 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3EP. Time: 2.30am. Tickets: £35

Saturday 4 February; January РWalking The Wheel with Freya. Workshop. Venue: Wicca Moon, 50 Well Hall Road, London, SE9 6SH. Time: 3pm. Tickets: £20.

Saturday 4 February; Full Moon Peace Fires. 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: ‚ÄúLet there be peace on earth and love for one another.‚ÄĚ Free. Details:¬†
Sunday 5 February; NWK Pagans February moot. Venue: Chislehurst Caves, SE London. Time: 11am. Free.
Sunday 5 February; Brixton Orchard Wassail Рwith Urban Growth and Brixton Tatterjacks Morris. Venue: Brixton Orchard, 2 St. Matthews Road, London SW2 1RH. Time: 1pm. Free. 

Sunday 5 February; Herbal Magic: Spells That Really Work. Online class with the Seed Sistas, via the College of Psychic Studies. Time: 1pm. Tickets: £80.

Sunday 5 February (first Sunday of the month); Imbolc at Woodspirits. Meet at Cheshunt station before walking to Lee Valley Park. Time: 3pm. Free in-person event for members of Woodspirits group.
Sunday 5 February; Wisdom and Foolishness Story Co-operative. Organised by London Dreamtime. Meet at the Electric Elephant Cafe, 186A Crampton Street, London, SE17 3AE, storytelling at Pullens Yards Hall, entrance on Crampton Street. Time: 3pm, but earlier if you want to order food. Free but you must reserve  a place.

Sunday 5 February;¬†Woodland Witches Imbolc 2023 and Full Moon: Seasonal Gathering with Mani via London Woodland Witches, Wiccans and Pagans. Venue: Outdoors in Queen’s Wood, Highgate, North London. Meet at 3.30pm to walk to the site. Tickets ¬£5.¬†

Sunday 5 February (every Sunday); 30-Minute Mindfulness for people of all beliefs. Venue: Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, 3 Pilgrim’s Place, London NW3 1NG. Time: 6pm. Free, just turn up.¬†
Sunday 5 February;¬†¬†Moon Space Cyber Circle. Online event via She’s Lost Control. Time: 7pm. Tickets: ¬£15.¬†¬†
Sunday 5 February; Crimson Coven Collective online Imbolc and Full Moon ritual. Time: 7pm. Free, but you will need to joing the group.

Sunday 5 February; A Shire Spring. Online event by Jason Buck Storyteller. Time: 7.30pm.  Tickets ·from  £3.50.

Monday, 6  February; Gill Dorren on Orion and Gifts of Debilitated Planets and Wendy Stacey on Astrocartography (3). Two online talks on astrology via the Astrological Lodge of London.  Time: 7pm and 8pm. Tickets £10 each talk for non members.
Monday, 6¬† February (every Monday); Adult’s Workshop: Mindful Pottery. Venue: Old Spitalfields Market, 63 Brushfield Street, London E1 6AA. Time: 7pm. Tickets from ¬£24.30.¬†
Monday, 6  February; New Orleans Voodoo, A fully illustrated lecture by Dr Louise Fenton. Venue:  The Last Tuesday Society and The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities. Venue: 11 Mare Street, London, E8 4RP. Time: 7pm. Tickets · £15-£20.
Tuesday 7 February; Cleansing the Chakras. Start of 8-week online workshop with Anna Parkinson via The College of Psychic Studies. Time: 6pm. Tickets: £220.

Tuesday 7 February; ‘She could sit and spin those stories all night!’: The Midwife Effie Currie. A Folklore Society OÔĽŅnline talk by Dr Tiber Falzett. Time: 6pm. Tickets: ¬£6.¬†

Tuesday 7 February; Journeying Past Imbolc РShamanic Drumming and Plant Medicine Ceremony. Venue: Fire and Alchemy Spiritual Sanctuary, 52 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3EP. Time: 6.30pm. Tickets: £25.
Tuesday 7 February; Hidden Rivers of London. Performance based on memory, history and mythology, Venue: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, 21 University Street, London WC1E 6DE. Time:  7pm. Tickets £6
Tuesday 7 February (tbc but usually first Tuesday each Month); The Witches’ Inn Moot. Venue: Halt and Pull pub in Horley. Time: 8pm. Free event.¬†
Tuesday 7 February (tbc but usually first Tuesday each Month); Talk at Romford Pagan Moot. Venue: The Golden Lion, 2 High Street, Romford. Time: 7pm. Entry £4.

Tuesday 7 February; A Witch’s Guide to Ritual. Venue: She’s Lost Control, Valentine Road, London. Time: 7pm. Tickets: ¬£30.¬†¬†

Tuesday 7 February¬†¬†(and other dates); Love Magic: Absinthe Tasting and Cocktail Bitters Making Workshop with Devil’s Botany Absinthe at The Last Tuesday Society. Venue: The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, 11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP.¬† Various times from 7.30pm. Tickets ¬∑ from ¬£26.72.¬†
Tuesday 7 February; Dion Fortune’s Literary Initiations. Online talk by Georgia van Raalte via Zoom through The Last Tuesday Society and The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities. Time: 8pm. Tickets · from £5.82.
Wednesday 8 February; An Introduction to Witchcraft. Start of 8-session online class with Rachel Patterson, author of the Kitchen Witch series of books, via the College of Psychic Studies. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £220.
Wednesday 8 February; Cosmic and Sensory Sound Bath. Venue: The Mandrake, 20-21 Newman Street, London W1T 1PG. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £40.
Wednesday 8 February; Drum Healing Circle. Venue: She’s Lost Control, Valentine Road, London. Time: 7pm. Tickets: ¬£15.¬†¬†

Wednesday 8 February; Drumming and Meditation online with Taz Thornton. Time: 7pm Price: free.

Wednesday 8 February; Dowsing for a Healthy Home, Mind and Body. Start of 6-week online workshop with Vicky Sweetlove via The College of Psychic Studies. Time: 6pm. Tickets: £175.

Thursday 9 February; Cheating the Ferryman. Free talk by Anthony Peake. Venue:  Watkins Bookshop, 19-21 Cecil Court, · London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 5.30pm.

Thursday 9 February; A Wonderfully Witchy Panel at Waterstones Piccadilly, discussing witchcraft in fiction with authors Emilia Hart, Kirsty Logan and Chikodili Emelumadu. Venue: Waterstones, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD. Time: 6.30pm. Tickets ¬£6 ‚Äď ¬£8.¬†
Thursday 9 February; The Magic of Place: Psychogeography. Online lecture by¬†Julian Vayne¬†via Treadwell’s. Time: 7pm. Tickets: ¬£10.¬†
Thursday 9 February; Spirituality and Healing in Everyday Life. Start of 6-session online class with Lars Muhl and Naleea Landman, via the College of Psychic Studies. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £375.

Thursday 9 February; Love Spells – A Candle Making Workshop and Ritual. Venue: She’s Lost Control, Valentine Road, London. Time: 7pm. Tickets: ¬£45.¬†¬†

Thursday 9 February; King James VI: Witchfinder. Talk at South East London Folklore Society. Venue: Electric Elephant Cafe, 186A Crampton Street, London, SE17 3AE. Time: 8pm, but earlier if you want to order food. Free but you must reserve  a place.
Friday 10 February to 30 July; Labyrinth: Knossos, Myth and Reality. Exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Full tickets £15.30.
Friday 10 to Sunday 12 February; Char-Char, Witchy. Performance by Charlotte Gallagher. Venue: The Pit, Leake Street, London SE1. Time: 9pm. Tickets from £11.50.
Friday 10 and Saturday 11 February; Shift and Space – Abigail’s Adventures in Boston or: An Invocation of the Godde. Queer re-imagining of Arthur Miller’s classic play ‘The Crucible’. Venue: Theatre Deli, 107 Leadenhall St, London EC3A 4AF. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets from ¬£5.98.¬†
Saturday 11 February; Daemonologie: Witch Trials, Witch Hunting and the Scottish Reformation. One-day class with Ellen Carpenter via City Lit. Venue: Keeley Street, Covent Garden, London. Time: 10.30am. Full fee: £59, Concession: £38.
Saturday 11 February; Collective Joy Movement Spell. Hybrid event, online and in-person via She’s Lost Control, Valentine Road, London. Time: 11am. Tickets: ¬£20-¬£25.¬†¬†
Saturday 11 February; The Way of the Mystic Wizard. In-person workshop with Matthew Baker at the College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2EB. Time: 1pm. Tickets: £90.
Saturday 11 February; The Sacred Slut. Venue: She’s Lost Control, Valentine Road, London. Time: 6pm. Tickets: ¬£35.¬†¬†

Saturday 11 February (and other dates); Witches and Witchcraft History. Pay What You Can Walking Tour by Wonders of London. Meet at Tower Hill Station, Trinity Square Gardens, London EC3N 1JL. Time: 7pm. Tickets by donation.

Sunday 12 February; Psychedelic Light Bath. Venue: She’s Lost Control, Valentine Road, London. Time: 2pm. Tickets: ¬£99-¬£169.¬†¬†
Sunday 12 February (tbc but usually second Sunday of the month); Luna Iter Ritual. 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.
Sunday 12 February; Unlucky. Storytelling for adults with London Dreamtime. Venue: Secret location in Peckham. Time: 5pm. Tickets £10.
Sunday 12 February; The Erotic Folktales of Norway. Online talk by Lena Heide-Brennand via The Viktor Wynd Museum and The Last Tuesday Society. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £5.82.
Notes: I am not responsible for the content of these events. I don’t always know about changes or cancellations to events I don’t run – tbc means to be confirmed. Contact event organisers directly if you have questions. Where a practitioner is offering information about magical wellbeing and healing, this is *not* medical advice.

Imbolc Eve & Burning a Candle for Brigid for 19 Nights

This evening I will be lighting a flame for the goddess Brigid, the same candle that I’ve been burning for the past 18 days. In the picture at the top you can see it as it was yesterday on my altar.¬†

I began this devotional practice earlier this month with a group of pagan friends in the Woodspirits group, and blogged about it. We’ve been lighting our candles in our own homes, but sharing our thoughts and pictures on the group’s Facebook page. The idea was suggested using inspiration from “Nineteen Flames for Brigid” as described by Lunaea Weatherstone in her book Tending Brigid’s Flame. I marked a candle with 19 sections and burnt one each towards the end of the day. You can see what it looked like originally in the photo to the right.

Each evening our group focussed on a theme or area of life with which Brigid is associated. The first evening was dedicated to welcoming Brigid. Following that we focussed on fires of the hearth, the ancestors, Brigid’s sacred flamekeepers, poetry, courage, righteous causes, the oppressed, new beginnings, smithcraft, the Earth, animals, water, creativity, nourishment, peace and gratefulness. Tomorrow morning the group will discuss the words for the final night and Imbolc Eve.

Behind the candle I put cards representing Brigid from three different oracle decks. They also had words on them showing Brigid’s varied associations. The first card is from the Divine Feminine Oracle. The words on it are: “Brigid, Goddess of the Eternal Flame. I am the Eternal Flame and each day might light grows brighter.”

The second card is from the Legendary Ladies Goddess Deck and simply reads: “Brigit – Inner Peace.”

The third card is from Keepers of the Light Oracle Cards. The message on it is: Brigid – Inner Strength. Move back to wholeness. Recognise that you have the power.”

I’ve found it helpful and thought-provoking to consider all those different messages as I’ve sat in contemplation withy my candle burning. Some seemed more relevant to me than others, but the entire experience has been worthwhile. I look forward to any insights I will find when I light my flame and tend it tonight in Brigid’s name.

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Pagan Eye: Pigeon in a Tree for Big Garden Bird Watch

Yesterday, I took part in Big Garden Birdwatch and spent an hour watching the birds in my garden for citizen science. The RSPB asked people to watch birds in their garden or local park for one hour over the weekend and record what they saw. I mostly saw pigeons like the one in the photo, but also spotted magpies, parakeets, robins and great tits. Only the pigeons stopped long enough or near enough for me to get anything like a useable picture. They might be common garden birds in London, where I live, but I still enjoy seeing them.

On each Pagan Eye post, I show a photo that I find interesting, with a few words about it. I’m not quite sure what I’ll be including – it could be a seasonal image, a pagan site, an event, or just a pretty picture.

If you want to send me a photo for a Pagan Eye post, please email it to Let me know what the photo shows and whether you want your name mentioned or not. For copyright reasons, the photo must be one you have taken yourself and you must confirm that you are submitting it for A Bad Witch’s Blog.

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Witches’ Cats: More Photos of our Feline Companions

I got a huge response when I blogged about the start of the Year of the Cat and invited readers to send in photos of their feline friends. Ellen Evert Hopman, author of A Legacy of Druids and other books on druidry and herbalism, sent me the photo at the top. She wrote: “The Triple Goddess of the household (a calico). Her name is Brighid.”

Hazel Sargent emailed me with the second photo and said: “This is Boo who I adopted during lockdown and who was put to sleep on New Year‚Äôs Eve just gone. Miss him very much. Although I am still very sad I will look at adopting another cat when ready.”¬†

I know how sad it is to lose a much-loved moggie, and I am more than happy to commemorate Boo by sharing this beautiful photo. I’m sure he had a wonderful life with Hazel after his adoption.¬†¬† ¬†

Marc Sansum posted the pic at the bottom, of Binx. He said: “It’s a very apt name! He’s very vocal, especially when his bowl is empty!”

Thanks very much to Ellen, Hazel and Marc for letting me share these pictures on Saturday, which I like to think of as Caturday.

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Green London: Bloomsbury Square Gardens in Winter

I sometimes hear pagans complain that London doesn’t have green spaces. It simply isn’t true, which is why I’ve decided to start a series of posts on my blog specifically about Green London. I thought I’d start with Bloomsbury Square Gardens. It’s opposite Swedenborg House, which I visited earlier this week to see a brilliant esoteric exhibition about place and space.¬†

Although the exhibition was mostly about our perceptions of personal space and the built environment, it got me thinking about this idea that London has few green spaces or none. I suspect it’s more to do with the way people think about big cities, and perhaps what people mostly look at, rather than what’s actually there. I hope my posts will prompt people to look out for trees, flowers and grass as well as streets and buildings. Even on a cold January day, Bloomsbury Square Gardens had a display of winter blooms and benches where people could sit to unwind, rest and enjoy a little nature.

Bloomsbury Square dates back to the 17th century and was one of the earliest London squares, surrounded by posh houses. The gardens at the centre were first created in 1723 and redesigned at the start of the 19th century. There are other squares with gardens in the area including the larger park in Russell Square where London Pagan Pride often starts. 

As well as Swedenborg House, nearby¬†places with appeal to anyone interested in esoteric London include the British Museum as well as pagan shops Treadwell’s, The Atlantis Bookshop, Mysteries,¬†Buddha on a Bicycle and The Astrology Shop. I blogged with the details about these shops and more a couple of years ago. The info in that post hasn’t changed greatly. You can find out more about Bloomsbury Square Gardens on its own website, including details of events such as Big Garden Bird Watch, which is on today and over the weekend.

Occult London: Place in Exhibition at Swedenborg House

Concerning an Idea About Place is the name of an exhibition currently on in the gallery at Swedenborg House in London. The objects displayed force us to question our ideas about place, space and distance Рfrom how we look at the buildings we are in to how we experience being inside our own skulls. 

The objects range from photographs of corners of rooms in the building to a chair once sat in by a historical figure to a plaster cast of “the wrong skull”. Cast in 1908, it was supposed to be a replica of Swedenborg’s skull but the wrong skull was copied by mistake. On the walls around it are various writings which this unusual relic has inspired, including text by Iain Sinclair.

The exhibition description on the Swedenborg Society website says

“In a now famous passage from his Arcana Caelestia, printed in London between 1749-56, Emanuel Swedenborg wrote that our ‚Äėideas of place and distance‚Äô are not anything real but ‚Äėstates of thought and affection‚Äô. (¬ß1376) Since then, this idea has had a profound influence on philosophers, writers and artists alike, and has had a direct impact on Romanticism, Symbolism, Surrealism and Psychogeography. Curated by the Society‚Äôs Museum Director, Stephen McNeilly, this intimate exhibition draws together miscellaneous items from the Swedenborg Collection that explore this theme and confirm our experience of place as an ‚Äėinner sense‚Äô, linking the external world of things to our internal world of ideas and feelings.”

I popped along to see the exhibition yesterday and found it thought-provoking. I took some photos including the ones on this post. Concerning an Idea About Place is free to enter although reserving a ticket is recommended, which you can do here: It runs until the end of February.

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a London-based philosopher and visionary. The Swedenborg Society is a registered charity that publishes his works as well as hosting events and exhibitions. Swedenborg House and Gallery is at 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH. 

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Atheopagan Web Weaving Pagan Conference June 3 & 4 call for presentations!

Atheopagan Web Weaving 2023 will take place June 3-4 of this year: an opportunity for our community to gather online, see one another’s faces, interact and socialize, and see great presentations by our members…and we need your presentation to really make the schedule hum!