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- Tipping Cows, Yuri’s night, the 3-fold Law, pleasure, and more! Recent Episodes of THE WONDER podcast, by Mark GreenThe concept behind THE WONDER—named, of course, for the awe and reverence we feel as we contemplate the magnificent Universe—is that it will be an ongoing resource for non-theist Pagans to inform and inspire our practices and stimulate our thinking.
- Welcome to the Resistance (US)With the leak of a draft opinion overturning the pivotal Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed all people with uteruses the right to an abortion through the first trimester of pregnancy, shock waves are rippling across the United States. It won’t stop here. This Court has revealed its radical, reactionary and activist nature. …
- Happy Spring Equitherm (Beltane)!Celebrations Attraction! Our world reawakens, and we see beauty around us! How fitting for the planet named after the goddess of sexual attraction is giving us a special show in the sky for Beltane. Venus and Jupiter approach within less…
- Pagan Eye: Countryside Bluebell Wood or City Park?
Where do you think I took this photo of bluebells – out in the countryside on a woodland ramble, or in a tiny urban park?
It was the latter. I saw the swathe of bluebells when I was taking a shortcut through my local recreation ground to drop off handcrafted things for a May Day Market stall in aid of Ukraine. I’ve often heard pagans say you have to get out of the city to enjoy the beauty of nature, but it isn’t true at all. You have to keep your eyes open a bit more to spot it in urban areas – but nature is everywhere.
My Pagan Eye posts show photos that I find interesting – seasonal images, pagan sites, events, or just pretty pictures. If you want to send me a photo for a Pagan Eye post, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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- Pagan Eye: A Tiny Spider Among the May BlossomI spotted this hawthorn tree just coming into blossom in a small courtyard near where I live. Hawthorn has white or pink blooms by early May in England, which is why it is also called the “May tree”. In the wild, most have flowers with five petals but some varieties – like this one – have double flowers. I’m sharing it here as part of my Floralia flower photo series of posts.Hawthorn boughs are traditionally cut and used to deck places for May Day celebrations, and are often put across doorways or other entrances in English customs. According to Irish folklore specialist Morgan Daimler, in their book Where the Hawthorn Grows, an Irish tradition is to put a “May bush”, often hawthorn, outside the front door for luck. It’s decorated with flowers, ribbons and eggshells. On May 1st people dance around it, lighting candles or a bonfire as night approaches. The decorations can be left up until the end of the month or until they get tatty.Hawthorn twigs have spines, which are really modified shoots that emerge from leaf axils. These “thorns” can be collected and used in the pricking of poppets if you are so inclined. You might have also spotted the little spider on the hawthorn blossom in my photo. I didn’t notice it when I took the picture – only when I posted it on my blog! Well, April 30th, or May Eve, is Walpurgis Night and a time when things a little creepy are supposed to come out to play.You can view Where the Hawthorn Grows on Morgan’s page at Moon Books. You can also see my own book on poppets on my page at Moon Books.My Pagan Eye posts show photos that I find interesting – seasonal images, pagan sites, events, or just pretty pictures. If you want to send me a photo for a Pagan Eye post, please email it to email@example.com 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.Other previous related posts
- Magickal Events for Beltane Online and in London
Beltane and May Day are this weekend! Here’s a list of talks, workshops, rituals and other events for pagans, witches and those with similar interests over that time and the week ahead. As well as online activities, I also in-person things taking place in or near London – and a few larger events further afield. If you know an event you want included, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions-eventsNow – Saturday 30 April; Original artworks from the Beowulf Oracle by Joe Machine on exhibition. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop, 49a Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LY. Time: During shop hours. Free. http://theatlantisbookshop.com/Every Wednesday and Friday; Open 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/Now – Friday 29 April; Seiðr/Fornsed and Norse Shamanism introductory course with Imelda Almqvist, author of North Sea Water in my Veins. Online course with 2-3 sessions a day plus tasks set for working at home on your own. Tickets: £595. https://pregnant-hag-teachings.teachable.com/coursesWednesday 27 April; CACAO Ceremony Outdoors, on Hampstead Heath, with Freya via London Woodland Witches, Wiccans and Pagans. Meet at Hampstead Heath near Parliament Hill, London, N6 6JS). Time: 11am. Tickets: £11 pay cash on the day. https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/Wednesday 27 April (tbc but usually weekly); W!tchy B!tchy Sisterhood Bookclub: Reading group session. Venue: Princess Louise, 208 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EP. Time: 6.30pm. Free. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/43585355653https://www.treadwells-london.com/eventsWednesday 27 April; The Witch Wavelength Workshop. Join author Sheena Cundy for an elemental workshop of personal development for the magical self. Venue: Crystal Shack, 14 Edwards Walk, Maldon CM9 5PS. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £30. https://www.facebook.com/events/4894516163995590/Wednesday 27 April; Witchcraft series 3 of 4 – Living Witchcraft. Online event by Heritage Lincolnshire. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £7.06 – £9.21. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/heritage-lincolnshire-20095110961Wednesday 27 April (every Wednesday); The Witching Hour on the Witches Inn YouTube channel. Time 8pm. Free. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw4Kl-MbdjsApFvodCnvANAWednesday 27 April: Cornish Bards and Witch Hunting in Cornwall in the early 20th Century. Lecture by Jason Semmens via Zoom through The Last Tuesday Society. Time: 8pm. Tickets · from £5.82. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-viktor-wynd-museum-amp-the-last-tuesday-society-12203346619https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/Thursday 28 April; Dante’s Divine Comedy. Online talk by Mark Vernon via Watkins Bookshop. Time: 5.30pm. Tickets: free. https://www.meetup.com/WatkinsBooksThursday 28 April; Inspired by Stonehenge and its world. Online event by the British Museum. Time: 5.30pm. Tickets free but you must reserve a place. https://www.britishmuseum.org/events/inspired-stonehenge-and-its-worldThursday 28 April; The Curious History of Labyrinths and Mazes with Dr Julie E Bounford. Online event by Heritage Lincolnshire. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £7.06 – £9.21. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/heritage-lincolnshire-20095110961Thursday 28 April; 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 http://www.assap.ac.uk/.https://www.magickalwomenconference.com/eventsFriday 29 April (every Friday); Friday Live Chat hosted by Rachel Patterson, author of the Kitchen Witch series of books. Time: 9am. Free. https://www.facebook.com/RachelPattersonbooks/Friday 29 April; Moonology Dark Moon Ceremony with Yasmin Boland. On Facebook Live. Time: 4pm. Free. https://www.facebook.com/yasminbolandmoonologyFriday 29 April to 2 May; Hastings Jack-in-the-Green Festival – traditional annual event to celebrate May with music, a procession, Morris Dancing, a May Queen and Jack-in-the-Green. Full four-day festival programme culminating on Bank Holiday Monday with the parade. https://hastingstraditionaljackinthegreen.co.uk/Friday 29 April to 2 May; Space to Emerge. Family-friendly Lake District festival. Venue: Newby Bridge, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8NN. Tickets: 4-day adult £220/ 1-day £70. https://www.spacetoemerge.com/Friday 29 April; Dark Moon Ceremony with Yasmin Boland. On Facebook Live. Time: 4pm. Free. https://www.facebook.com/yasminbolandmoonology/eventshttps://www.facebook.com/events/503821648049044Friday 29 April; Goddesses of Beltane. Second part in 2-Friday online event by Tatum Christina/Owner of Akashic Alchemy. Time: 6pm. Tickets: free. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/goddesses-of-beltane-tickets-322139787777Friday 29 April; Beltane Moot with the Wonky Witch. Venue: Kallima Wellbeing Centre, 8A Adam Business Centre, Cranes Farm Road, Basildon, SS14 3JF. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £17.84. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/kallima-wellbeing-centre-15972923230Friday 29 April; Yoga with Gobal Fusion Music and Arts Free Stuff. Time: 7.30pm. Free online event. https://www.meetup.com/freestuffandfreeevents/www.aho.communitySaturday 30 April;Writing and Rewriting Fairytales. Weekend online course with 2 sessions by Helen Cox via City Lit. Full fee: £69, Senior fee: £69, Concession: £28. Course Code: HW566 To enrol call: 020 7831 7831 or visit the City Lit website: https://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/weird-and-wonderful-city-litSaturday 30 April – 2 May; Rochester Sweeps Festival 2022. Folk music and folk dance festival, including lots of traditional May Day customs and Spiritual Alley. Free to attend. https://www.visitmedway.org/events/rochester-sweeps-festival-2022-79679/Saturday 30 April; Meditation Session Global Fusion Music and Arts Free Stuff. Time: 10am. Free online event. https://www.meetup.com/freestuffandfreeevents/Saturday 30 April; Working with Animal Spirit Guides. Online class with Hernan Cotroneo via the College of Psychic Studies. Time: 11am. Tickets: £105. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/Saturday 30 April; Free And Open Gorsedd For Beltain – Druidic ritual. Venue: Avebury Stones, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1RF. Time: 1.30pm. Free. https://www.facebook.com/events/386450312951568/https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/Saturday 30 April: Beltain Festival – Burning of the Wickerman. Venue: Butser Ancient Farm, Petersfield, Hampshire. Starts: 4.30pm. Early tickets £25 Adult, £18. https://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/whats-on/beltain-festival-2022Saturday 30 April: Evening Sound Bath Meditation with Molly Anne Chinner. Venue: She’s Lost Control, Valentine Road, London. Two Sessions: 6pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: £15. https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-events
Saturday 30 April: The OBOD Online Bealtaine Ceremony. Free online event. Time: 7pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/1039043000355668/https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walpurgisnacht-stories-of-the-witches-night-tickets-262774795487?Saturday 30 April: Solar Eclipse Star Wisdom. Online meditation workshop via Zoom by The Henge Shop in Avebury, Cosmic Classroom and Sue Coulson . Time: 8.30pm. Tickets £21.28. www.cosmicclassroom.co.uk/eclipse-meditation-workshop-s2022Saturday 30 April: New Moon Eclipse Ritual (Taurus) with Yasmin Boland. On Facebook Live. Time: 9pm. Free. https://www.facebook.com/yasminbolandmoonologyhttps://www.facebook.com/events/502541981355497/Sunday 1 May; Mythic London Super-Walk. Three hour walk with Caroline Wise, co-author of The Sceret Lore of London. In-person event via Treadwell’s. Meet outside St Clement Danes, Strand, St Clement Dane Church, Strand, Temple, London WC2R 1DH. Time: 11.20am start. Tickets: £30. https://www.treadwells-london.com/eventsSunday 1 May; May Day 2022: Fowlers Troop will be processing in Deptford with Jack in the Green. Timetable: Noon: Dog and Bell, 116 Prince St SE8 3JD;12.30: Sail Loft, 11 Victoria Parade, SE10 9FR; 13.15: Duke, Creek Road; 14.00: Birds Nest, Church Street; 15.00: Royal Albert, New Cross Road; 15.45: Market Yard/Job Centre; 16.20: Villages Brewery, Resolution Way; 17.10: Dog and Bell, 116 Prince St. https://www.deptford-jack.org.uk/mayday2022.htmSunday 1 May; Beltane New Moon Circle with Tree Carr. Venue: She’s Lost Control, Valentine Road, London. Tickets: £45. Time: noon. https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-eventshttp://minimumlabyrinth.org/Sunday 1 May; Story Co-Operative (Theme: Celebration). Organised by London Dreamtime. Venue: The Electric Elephant Cafe, 186A Crampton Street, London, SE17 3AE, Time: 3pm. Free but you must reserve a place. https://www.londondreamtime.com/calendar/Sunday 1 May (and other dates); Women’s Circle by Kate.Venue: Sanderstead Road, South Croydon, CR2. Time: 5.30pm. Tickets: £16.76. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-circle-tickets-264032828297?Sunday 1 May; Woodland Bard Online – Oak. Event by Walkwithtrees. Time: 6pm. Tickets: £7. https://www.eventbrite.com/o/jonathon-huet-at-walk-with-trees-30650264428Sunday 1 May; Women’s Circle – Beltane. Part of the Women’s Circles collection by The Reformed Bohemian. Online event. Time: 6pm. Tickets: £15. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-circle-beltane-tickets-241411256567https://www.eventbrite.com/o/cunning-folk-7829505560Sunday 1 May; Beltane Wheel of the Year ritual at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, 3 Pilgrim’s Place, London NW3 1NG. Time: 7pm. http://www.rosslynhillchapel.com/Sunday 1 May; Goddess Temple Beltane Ceremony (Online): Opening to Her Pathway Ahead by Glastonbury Goddess Temple. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £5. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/glastonbury-goddess-temple-30131715820Sunday 1 May; The Spiritualism Symposium: Spiritualism, Science of Crime. Lecture by Cathy Gutierrez by Zoom through The Last Tuesday Society and The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities. Time: 8pm. Tickets · from £5.82. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-viktor-wynd-museum-amp-the-last-tuesday-society-12203346619Monday 2 May; ‘Birth of the Greek Gods’ IV. Part of 4-session course with Sasha Chaitow via Treadwells Online. Time: 7pm start. Tickets: £100. https://www.treadwells-london.com/eventsTuesday 3 May; The Sound and Touch of Summer. Venue: The Mandrake, 20-21 Newman Street, London W1T 1PG. Time: 6.30pm. Tickets: £45. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-mandrake-17825575648Tuesday 3 May; Lucid Dreaming Workshop. Start of 4-week evening class course with Sarah Janes via Zoom through The Last Tuesday Society and The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities. Time: 7pm. Tickets · from £52.84. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-viktor-wynd-museum-amp-the-last-tuesday-society-12203346619Tuesday 3 May (first Tuesday each month); Talk on Dr John Dee. Romford Pagan Moot. Venue: The Golden Lion, 2 High Street, Romford. Time: 7.30pm. Entry £4. https://www.facebook.com/Romford-Pagan-Moote-634178063700381Tuesday 3 May; The Last Witches of England: the Bideford Witches. Talk by John Callow. Venue (tbc as might move online): The Miller, 96 Snowsfields, London Bridge, London SE1 3SS. Time: 7.45 Tickets: £5 / £2. http://forteanlondon.blogspot.com/Tuesday 3 May (tbc but usually first Tuesday each month); The Witches’ Inn Moot. Venue: The Pavilion, Plough Road, Smallfield, Horley, RH6 9JL. Time: 8pm. Free event. https://www.facebook.com/The-Witches-Inn-1568424150049437https://www.facebook.com/TazThorntonOfficial#Wednesday 4 May; Drum Healing Session. Venue: She’s Lost Control, Valentine Road, London. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £25. https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-eventsWednesday 4 May; Old Magic and Lore of May Day. Workshop with Hannah Sanders via Treadwells Online. Time: 7pm start. Tickets: £20/£18. https://www.treadwells-london.com/eventsWednesday 4 and 11 May; Intro to Chaos Magick 1: Spells and Sigils . Two-evening workshop with David Lee via Zoom through The Last Tuesday Society and The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities. Time: 7pm. Tickets · from £5.82. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-viktor-wynd-museum-amp-the-last-tuesday-society-12203346619https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-eventsWednesday 4, 11, 18 and 30 May; Effective Spells II: Servitors and Godforms. Start of Mark Vincent Smith’s new four-week course on applying chaos magic to a real-life issue. Dates: May 4th, via Treadwells Online. Time: 7pm start. Tickets: £100. https://www.treadwells-london.com/eventsWednesday 4 May; The Mythologies of Death: Psychopomps, Liminal Spaces. Start of 6-evening class course with with Joanna Ebenstein via Zoom through The Last Tuesday Society and The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets · from £99.86. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-viktor-wynd-museum-amp-the-last-tuesday-society-12203346619Thursday 5 May; Earth Alchemy Oracle Card Deck. Talk by Katie-Jane Wright and Nikki Strange. Venue: Watkins Bookshop, 19-21 Cecil Court, · London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 5.30pm. Tickets: free. https://www.meetup.com/WatkinsBooksThursday 5 May; Fertility – Listening to Spirit Baby event with Chloe Isidora. Online and in-person event via She’s Lost Control. Address: She’s Lost Control, Valentine Road, London. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £25. https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-eventshttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/kallima-wellbeing-centre-15972923230Saturday 7 May; SPR Study Day with talks on physical and psychical research in the late nineteenth century, Phantasms of the Victorians, mediumship 1880s-1930s, archives, Looking to the future. Via Zoom through the Society for Psychical Research. Starts 10am.. Tickets £25/£20/£15. https://www.spr.ac.uk/Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 May; A Festival for Pagans and Witches. Venue: Campsite at Meriden, Coventry. Tickets: £30. https://www.covenofgaia.co.uk/https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beltane-fire-and-feast-festival-tickets-273499643797Saturday 7 May; Scrying Skills and Ancient Divination. Online workshop with Ann Théato via the College of Psychic Studies. Time: 11am-5pm. Tickets: 105. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/Saturday 7 May; Sweat Lodge Ceremony organised by Aho Studio. In-person event. Venue: Berkeley Farm, a few miles outside London. Time: 1pm-6pm. Tickets: £80. www.aho.communityhttps://www.facebook.com/events/992452978316547/Saturday 7 May; The Unburied Corner of London – a guided walk by Minimum Labyrinth in the environs of the Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN. Time: 3.30pm. Tickets: from £9.50. http://minimumlabyrinth.org/Saturday 7 May; Introduction to Welsh Folk Magic and Cunning Traditions. Online event with Mhara Starling by Sisterhood of Avalon. Tme: 5pm. Tickets: $30. https://www.eventbrite.com/o/sisterhood-of-avalon-32592136039Sunday 8 May; Beginner’s Guide to Crystals with Gemma Petherbridge. In-person event via She’s Lost Control. Venue: She’s Lost Control, Valentine Road, London. Time: Morning. Tickets: £35. https://sheslostcontrol.co.uk/collections/all-eventshttps://www.facebook.com/groups/4032235040150960Sunday 8 May (tbc); Luna Iter Ritual. In-person ritual in Hackney, East London for members of the group. Time: afternoon. Entry: £8/£6. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1230392930656154Notes: I am not responsible for the content of any of these events except my own scrying workshop. Contact the organisers directly if you have any questions or to check any changes or cancellations. Where a practitioner is offering information about magical wellbeing and healing, this is *not* medical advice.
- Festival of the Week: Floralia and the Goddess Flora
Flowers, especially lupins, were scattered over the crowds enjoying the festivities to promote fertility – but it was also a celebration of sex for pleasure as well as procreation. There were games, theatrical performances and ceremonies in which sacrifices were made to the goddess. According to historian Ed Whalen: “Some scholars believe that the Floralia was the inspiration for the May Day Festival.”
Flora’s origin storyis told by Ovid: Zephyrus, the West Wind, kissed the nymph Chloris who as a result became deified as Flora. The goddess later helped Juno become pregnant with Mars by giving her a magical flower.
A bit of folklore in Every Day Magic – A Pagan Book of Day also links the end of April to May with weather and flower lore: “Sweet April showers/Do spring May flowers. (From a poem written in 1610)”
Over the last week or so I’ve beeng posting pictures of spring blooms on my blog, and this carries on the theme. If you have a photo of flowers you’d like to share, please leave a comment. In particular, it would be great to see some pictures of lupins if you spot any growing!
The picture at the top is a Jill in the Green I created from flowers and leaves from my garden a couple of years ago.
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- GUEST POST: A Moon Ritual to Dispel Imposter Syndrome (Plus: Added Imposter Syndrome!), Pt. 2A guest post by D. J. Smith As I was going through the motions, I started to wonder if this was going to be one of those spiritual lessons where I needed to just learn to forgive myself for being imperfect and not always having the right answers. I started working a mantra, getting into …