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Here is a round-up of recent news stories about witchcraft, magic, the occult and culture:

"Tate acquires art archive of Ithell Colquhoun, transferred by the National Trust" - WebWire press release: https://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=243866

"Tim Blanks: Why It's Time to Believe in Magic Again" - comment at anothermanmag.com: https://www.anothermanmag.com/life-culture/10900/marching-out-of-antiquity-tim-blanks-essay-writing-another-man-ss19

"Fife author to tell 'Weem Witch' story on BBC documentary" - story at Fife Today: https://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/people/fife-author-to-tell-weem-witch-story-on-bbc-documentary-1-4966591

"On the Permeable Place between Science and the Supernatural" - story at PopMatters: https://www.popmatters.com/physics-and-psychics-richard-noakes-2639209294.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1

'Waking The Witch' Author Pam Grossman On Why Witches Are Having Such A Huge Cultural Moment" - story at Bustle: https://www.bustle.com/p/waking-the-witch-author-pam-grossman-on-why-witches-are-having-such-a-huge-cultural-moment-18204873

"Woman who ‘married ghost of 300-year-old pirate’ says her beliefs are no different to believing in god" - story at the Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/pirate-ghost-marriage-amanda-teague-jack-sparrow-paganism-spirituality-a9004976.html?

"‘Joan of Arc in the English Imagination’: Girl, warrior, witch, myth, and more" - story at the Philadelphia Inquirer: https://www.inquirer.com/arts/books/joan-of-arc-english-imagination-gail-orgelfinger-20190719.html

The picture top left shows a picture by Ithell Colquhoun, copyright National Trust.

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Earlier this week I a lost a friend on social media after a disagreement, which I believe was based more on a misunderstanding than anything else. I think one problem with social media is that it is simply more impersonal than a face-to-face chat, and there is more chance of a misunderstanding when you can't see people's faces as they talk or hear their tone of voice.

While I was sad to lose a friend, a new study has found that a fifth of adults in Britain who have used social media in the past 12 months have experienced mental health issues directly as a result of using it.

The research, which was carried out by well-being brand Soul Analyse, and polled online by YouGov in June 2019, looked at the impact social media is having on people's mental health. Just over 2,000 British adults - 937 men and 1,067 women - were asked about their social media behaviour, and feelings surrounding it.

The study revealed that 20 per cent of adults feel depressed or anxious when using social media platforms. When looking at different age ranges, the results indicate younger people are more at risk of being negatively affected. More than three in ten 18-24-year-olds said they felt anxious or depressed when using social platforms, and more than half said that social media makes them more likely to notice their flaws.

I suspect the survey was concentrating more on social media that involves a lot of selfies, rather than simple text-only chats, as the survey found a correlation between those who use image filters and those who experience mental health issues. Of the people who said they felt anxious or depressed, 34 per cent of those said they filter photos of themselves. When looking at people who use image filters when posting photos of themselves, just 15 per cent stated they felt empowered when using social media.

Stephanie Dunleavy, co-founder of Soul Analyse, said: "With the invasion of filters, the pictures we see online are not representative of reality and it can be difficult to distinguish between what's real and what's not. This is no doubt causing body image issues, especially among young people.

She added: "The research shows that people are turning to filters to change the way they look but instead of fixing the problem, this is just going to give them more unrealistic standards to live up to. I believe the answer lies in changing the way we feel about ourselves through self-acceptance, rather than changing the way our body looks."

I think this is also true on pagan social media groups. I've recently noticed a few posts by people saying they felt that they didn't look pagan enough. That is, of course, silly, as anyone can be a pagan. A few groups have spotted the trend and tried to counter that by inviting people to share selfies showing that pagans can be any age, any ethnicity and any gender. They can wear any clothing they like and have a body of any shape or size. Being pagan is about what you believe, not how you look.

Time Spent Online
When looking at how much time people dedicate to social media, there is a link between time spent online and happiness. Of the people who spend six to ten hours a week viewing other people’s content online, 41 per cent reported being happy, compared to 33 per cent of those who spend 11-15 hours and 30 per cent of those who spend 16-20 hours.

From my own experiences, I know I am happier overall when I take a break from social media. A couple of years ago I made an effort to cut back my time on social media, and instead spend my breaks using a meditative colouring in book. I really noticed a difference in my stress levels and I probably ought to go back to doing that.

When analysing different social media channels, the survey found that SnapChat is the biggest culprit for negatively affecting the way people feel about themselves. More than a third of respondents who use the multimedia messaging app say they feel less confident as a result of using social media. Instagram was not far behind with 28 per cent, Twitter 24 per cent, whereas Facebook was 21 per cent.

Dunleavy said: "The survey results provide a snapshot view of how harmful social media can be. We have to acknowledge the fact that these hugely popular platforms are potentially very damaging to people's mental health."

But what do you think?  Do leave a comment.

Links and previous related posts
https://soulanalyse.com/
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2017/09/pagan-eye-my-attempt-at-colouring.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/11/spell-talisman-to-help-recover-stolen.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2017/06/not-much-of-blog-today-just-cat-picture.html
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There are a huge number of events taking place to celebrate the moon this month, including a festival with a street party, exhibition, talks and storytelling in South East London. Here are details of those activities plus others that might interest pagans over the next week or so. I mostly list events in and near London, as that's where I live, but I do include major things taking place in other parts of the UK. If you know of an event that you want listed, please email the details to me at badwitch1234@gmail.com.

Now - 15 September; Smoke and Mirrors - exhibition about the psychology of magic. It includes items from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic. There are also live performances of stage conjuring on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Venue: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE. Free admission. https://wellcomecollection.org/exhibitions/W_vuwBQAACoA_SY2

Now - 8 September; Museum of the Moon. Luke Jerram's artwork featuring NASA imagery of the Moon. Venue: The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD. Free to visit Various classes including meditation and yoga are bookable at an extra charge https://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/museum-of-the-moon.html

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 - 28 July; The Immeasurable: art exhibition on practice based research on care, female knowledge, slow practices, belief systems, healing and sharing. Venue: Thames-Side Studios Gallery, Thames-Side Studios, Harrington Way, Warspite Road Royal Borough of Greenwich, London, SE18 5NR. Time: noon-5pm, Thursdays to Sundays. Details: https://www.thames-sidestudios.co.uk/news/exhibitions/currentexhibs/the-immeasurable-curated-by-hannah-conroy-and-linda-persson-6-28-jul-2019

Wednesday 17 July; 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 17 July; 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 17 July; Capricorn Full Moon Gong Bath. Venue: She's Lost Control, 42 Valentine Road, London E9 7AD. Two sessions: Time: 7pm and 8.30pm. Tickets: £20. www.sheslostcontrol.co.uk

Wednesday 17 July; 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/

Monday 17 July; Village Witchcraft. Lecture by Professor Ronald Hutton. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm. Tickets £12. Book online at https://www.treadwells-london.com/ or reserve a place by visiting the shop.

Thursday 18 July; Reimagining the Out-of-Body Experience. SPR talk by Ross Bartlett and Matthew Smith. Venue: Society for Psychical Research HQ, 1 Vernon Mews, London, W14 0RL. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £2/£5. https://www.spr.ac.uk/

Thursday 18 July; The Art of Decision Making. Talk and book signing with Joseph Bikart. 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/

Friday 19-26 July; Moon Festival - celebrating people’s relationship with the moon across cultures, time and disciplines and coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in July 2019. Includes exhibitions, music performances, lectures, moon gardens, moonlit film screenings, night food markets and street parties. Venues mainly in Greenwich and Woolwich, London. Various ticket prices and some free events. https://moonfestival.co.uk/

Friday 19 July; Welcome to the Moon: Street Party, part of the Moon Festival. Venue: General Gordon Square, London, SE18. Time: 6pm. Free event. https://moonfestival.co.uk/product/moon-festival-street-party/

Friday 19 July; 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/#

Sunday 20 July; July Red Tent. Crafts and Dance, including making candle holders. Venue: Private address in London SW16. Time: 11am. Women's event, you must be a member of this group to attend. Donation of £3 for materials. https://www.meetup.com/South-London-Red-Tent/

Saturday, 20 July; Astrology Workshop. Venue: Wicca Moon, 50 Well Hall Road, London SE9 6SH.  Time: noon. Cost: £45 per person. For further details contact Shirlee@wiccamoon.org.uk, call 0208 850 7803 or visit https://www.facebook.com/WiccaMoonEltham/  Bookings here: https://www.wiccamoon.co.uk/ourshop/cat_1460861-Event-Workshops.html

Saturday, 20 July; Saxons, Romans and Druids in London - two-hour walking tour with Ross Norman. Meet outside  McDonald's Liverpool Street Station, The Concourse, London, EC2M 7PY. Time: 1pm. Free, but donations welcome and you must book a place in advance. https://www.facebook.com/events/876181292768178/

Saturday, 20 July; Maverick Women and the Moon hosted by Moon Festival. Venue: University of Greenwich, Stockwell St Academic Building, 11 Stockwell Street, London SE10 9BD. Time: 6.30pm. Tickets: £40. https://moonfestival.co.uk/product/maverick-women-and-the-moon/

Sunday 21 July; The Marseille Tarot Introduced. One-day workshop. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 11am-5.30pm. Tickets: £75, Deposit £40. Book online at https://www.treadwells-london.com/ or reserve a place by visiting the shop

Sunday 21 July; 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 21 July;  High Magic 2: Using planetary Kameas and Seals for Sigil Magic. Workshop with London Woodland Witches. Venue: Queen's Woods, Highgate, North London. Meet at The Woodmans pub patio area by 10.45am to be led to the woodland site for 11am. Cost: £20. Wear outdoor clothing and bring food and drink. Details: https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Pagans-Magicians/

Sunday 21 July; Rune Reading Workshop. Venue: Spiritual Gifts, 26 Millais Rd, Enfield, EN1 1EE. Time: 11am. Cost: £10. Phone Barbara on 07932667425. https://www.facebook.com/events/963112950549596/

Sunday 21 July; Mythic London Walking Tour with Caroline Wise organised by Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Starting place for walk: Ye Olde Cock Tavern,  22 Fleet St, Holborn, London EC4Y 1AA. Time: noon-3pm. Ticket price £22 includes programme. Book online at http://www.treadwells-london.com or reserve a place by visiting the shop.

Sunday 21 July; 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 21 July; The Moon: The Mother Of Us All - part of the Moon Festival. Venue: Tramshed Woolwich, 51 - 53 Woolwich New Rd, London SE18. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £15. https://moonfestival.co.uk/

Monday 22 July - Sunday 19 August; Lunation Exhibition, part of Moon Festival 2019. Individuals and communities in Woolwich, expressing what the Moon means to them through photography and words: photographs by Sara Hannant displayed alongside personal tales interpreted by the writer Nii Ayikwei Parkes. Venue: Charlton House, Charlton Road, London SE7 8RE. Free entry. https://www.greenwichheritage.org/whats-on/detail/lunation-exhibition

Monday 22 July; 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 22 July; Deeper into the Real: Sourcing our true power and joy. Talk by Danielle La Porte. Venue: St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL. Doors open 6.30pm. Event starts: 7pm. Tickets £35. https://www.alternatives.org.uk/

Monday 22 July; Lammas Witchcraft. Talk and workshop with Rebecca Beattie.  Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm. Tickets £20. Book online at https://www.treadwells-london.com/ or reserve a place by visiting the shop.

Tuesday 23 July; 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/

Tuesday 23 July; Sacred Sounds Monthly Gong Bath with Gong Master Olaf Nixon. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, Kensington, London, SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £22/£25.  https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Wednesday 24 July; Forest Bathing in the woods, 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 24 July; Witches Worshipping the Moon. Talk by Christina Oakley Harrington as part of the Moon Festival. Venue: Stockwell Street Building, University of Greenwich, 10 Stockwell St, Greenwich, London, SE10   9BD. Time: 7pm. Tickets £10. https://moonfestival.co.uk/

Wednesday 24 July; Lucid Dreaming Workshop with Tree Carr. Venue: She's Lost Control, 42 Valentine Road, London E9 7AD. Time: 7pm. www.sheslostcontrol.co.uk

Wednesday 24 July; Resurgence Talks: Elegant Simplicity with Satish Kumar. Venue: 42 Acres, 66 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LW. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £12. For more details visit: https://www.42acresshoreditch.com/events/

Thursday 25 - Sunday 28 July; Earthdance Summer Gathering 2019. Venue: The Clophill Centre, Shefford Road, Clophill, Beds., MK45 4BT. https://earthdance-om.com/

Thursday 25 July; London Goddess Pilgrimage with Out of the Norm Tours. Meet at Paternoster Square, St Paul's Cathedral London EC4M. Time: 6.30pm. Free event but donations welcome and you must reserve a place in advance. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-goddess-pilgrimage-tickets-64879367936?

Thursday 25 July; Introduction to Lucid Dreaming with Ricardo Goni and Mugwort. Venue: Aho Studio, 13 Prince Edward Rd, London, E9 5LX. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £30. www.aho.community

Thursday 25 July; Comix of Cult and Occult. Talk by Jason Atomic of Satanic Mojo.  Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm. Tickets £10. Book online at https://www.treadwells-london.com/ or reserve a place by visiting the shop.

Friday 26 July, A Demonstration of Crystal Reading with Edwin Courtenay. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, Kensington, London, SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £13/£15. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Friday 26 July; Summoning Spirits in Olde Englande. Talk on the techniques of necromancers, cunning men and ordinary magicians of the past 500 years, with Dan Harms  Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets £10. Book online at https://www.treadwells-london.com/ or reserve a place by visiting the shop.

Saturday, 27 July; Sekhmet Warrior Goddess Workshop. Venue: Wicca Moon, 50 Well Hall Road, London SE9 6SH.  Time: 11am-4.30pm. Cost: £55 per person. For further details contact Shirlee@wiccamoon.org.uk, call 0208 850 7803 or visit https://www.facebook.com/WiccaMoonEltham/  Bookings here: https://www.wiccamoon.co.uk/

Saturday, 27 July; Sigil Magic Day: From chaos sigils to grimoire seals, from bind-runes to cunning-craft symbols. Day Workshop with Julian Vayne. Venue: Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS. Time: 11am-5.30pm (with a break in the middle). Cost: £75. Deposit £40. You can reserve a place by visiting the shop or online: https://www.treadwells-london.com/

Saturday, 27 July; Lammas Rite at Luna Iter 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 5pm, then at 6pm moving to a historic site for the ritual. Fee: £4/£5. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1230392930656154/

Sunday 28 July; The Holy Fool - Embodied Archetype Workshop. Event aimed at women and non-binary people. Trans-inclusive. Venue: FH Space, 9 Havelock Walk Forest Hill, London SE23 3HG. Time: 11am-6pm. Tickets: £60. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-holy-fool-embodied-archetype-workshop-tickets-62595395513?

Sunday 28 July (tbc); NWK Moot. Venue: Chistlehurst caves.  Time: 11am. You must be a member of the group to attend. https://www.facebook.com/groups/445487428816887/

Sunday 28 July; Inside Out - A Documentary Exploring the Transformative Effects of Out of Body Experience as part of a Seminar/Conference with Jade Shaw. Venue: Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High St, Dalston, London E8 2PB. Time: 1pm. Tickets £25. https://www.alternatives.org.uk/

Sunday 28 July; The Kith of the Tree and the Well heathen moot. Venue: The Horseshoe Inn, 26 Melior Street, London, SE1 3QP. Time: 2pm. 
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I got a great view of the lunar eclipse from my living room window in South London last night. Sadly, I only managed to take blurry photos of it. Here's the best one I took. If you took a better one and want to share it, I'd happily post it on my blog.

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 http://www.blogger.com/badwitch1234@gmail.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.

Previous related posts
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2019/07/the-moon-odd-lunar-effects-what-do-you.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2015/09/pagan-eye-last-nights-blood-supermoon.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2010/08/pagan-eye-beautiful-moon-iii.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/05/book-of-magic-eclipse-magic-workbook.html
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Kate Fowler, from Dorset, sent me this diagram she had drawn of how the moon appeared when she saw it from her garden last night.

She described it as "unique" and said: "What I saw was the moon with a rainbow ..... but with code circle outside the moon with 2 addition moons inside..... I didn’t take a photo, but I memorised what I saw and drew what I see. It’s hard to describe but I’m gonna show you what I drew and hope you will help me with the answer.

"Why am I seeing it like that? I have attached a photo..... hope you can help me....."

Well, I don't know exactly what caused the effects, but I have some ideas. Rings around the moon are rare, but I have seen one myself in the past and posted a photograph of one taken by James Wallace. You can see that here. It is also possible to get moonbows, which are pretty much like rainbows seen in sunlight, but much rarer and fainter. Here's a link to the Wikipedia entry.

I'm not quite sure what the triple moon that Kate saw was, but it might have been the planets Saturn and Jupiter, which appeared close to the moon last night. Here's a link about that.

But I can't say I am absolutely sure any of those cause the effects Kate drew - what do you think? And what do you think it might mean?  Do leave a comment.

If you look at the moon tonight from moonrise onwards in the UK, you might see another odd lunar effect as there is an eclipse, or a blood moon, which will peak at about 10.30 British Summer Time. Here's a link to an article about the eclipse.

Previous related posts
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/11/pagan-eye-ring-around-moon.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2015/09/pagan-eye-last-nights-blood-supermoon.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/05/book-of-magic-eclipse-magic-workbook.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2011/06/i-see-bad-moon-rising.html
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Modern pagans celebrate the harvest festival of Lammas on August 1, just a couple of weeks away, but the history of harvest festivals is a little different to common perceptions. Below is an excerpt about Lammas and the Harvest Home from The Dictionary of Magic and Mystery, by Melusine Draco.

The reference book is not just another compendium or dictionary of occultism; it is a jumping-off point for further research. Readers will find the ancient and modern interpretation for magical and mystical terms, together with explanations for the differences between the varied (and often conflicting) approaches to magic. As well as common information, the book includes regional and obscure knowledge, because even popular usage can often distill the true essence from original meaning. There are historical and archaeological references that are useful putting the past into perspective, whether that concerns witchcraft, ritual magic, or the different paths and traditions from the East.

Added to all this information are some of the sacred sites associated with our pagan past; together with thumbnail sketches of the well-known (and sometimes dubious) personalities who have been associated with the pursuit of magical knowledge throughout the centuries. This is an example of one of the mini-essays that complement the entries:

Lammas and the Harvest Home
During the autumn of 1621 the settlers at Plymouth Colony gathered to give thanks for the harvest after their first year in the New World. That was America’s first Thanksgiving, but it has grown into probably the most important family occasion of the year, where everyone gathers to enjoy a meal of roast turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Its roots, however, have their origin in the traditional Harvest Supper – or Harvest Home – of the English farming community.

In truth, the practice of holding a Harvest Festival service was only established in the 19th century in an attempt to control the Harvest Home celebrations, which the Church of the time considered too raucously pagan!

Harvest celebrations were some of the holiest of the pagan year. Traditionally, the harvest continued for most of August from Lammas, when bread was made from the first corn to be cut; right through to the last fruits being gathered in early September. Any housewife worth her salt would be bottling fruit, making pickles and jams, drying herbs and preparing potions from the natural harvest in the hedgerows for the months ahead when the fresh ingredients would not be available.

There has always been a spiritual quality surrounding harvest time: a celebration of the good things that have happened during the year. A perfect time to gather friends and family together for a celebratory supper in a spirit of thanksgiving, whether we are urban or rural dwellers, market trader or stockmarket trader. And although the American celebration is held on the fourth Thursday in November, a Harvest Home should be around the Harvest Moon, or Autumn Equinox.

A typical 17th century Harvest Supper would have consisted of ‘… puddings, bacon or boiled beef, flesh or apple pies, and then cream brought in platters… hot cakes and ale…’ A Witch’s Treasury for Hearth and Garden brought the menu up to date with home-made soup, honey-glazed ham, apple pie with cream and a selection of cheeses, served with celery, accompanied by good beer, cider or robust red wine. To set the atmosphere, display any freshly prepared produce for decoration as this will be your own harvest festival. If you’ve made jams or pickles, give each guest a jar as a gesture of sharing.

Should your talents lean more towards the arty, give each guest a corn dolly to take home. Corn has long been regarded as the embodiment of productivity and fruitfulness; a simple plait of corn straw tied with ribbon can be hung in the kitchen to insure a productive year to come. It would also be nice to think that the modern ‘wheel of the year’ isn’t always driven by the need to use the festivals for spellcasting. Before the end of the meal, make sure everyone has a full glass and propose a toast to your own equivalent of the ‘bounty of the harvest’, and ask your guests to join you in pouring a libation on the ground outside. Even in financially-troubled times, we still have something to be grateful for and if we can reintroduce the spirit of thanksgiving at the turning of the year, we will be reconnecting with the simple faith of our forebears.

‘Thanksgiving’ isn’t about preserving ye olde pagan ways with copious amounts of cider swilling, accompanied by endless verses of John Barleycorn, it’s about bringing together family and close friends for the purpose of celebration. An annual pilgrimage back to our pagan roots, or to wherever our pagan roots have been transplanted. We can gather around the simple kitchen table, or set the dining room glistening with starched linen, crystal and silver. There is no preset formula of observance… just the willingness to enjoy each other’s company, count our blessings and reflect on our good fortune.

You can view The Dictionary of Magic and Mystery on Amazon. It is published by Moon Books.

Previous related posts
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/07/my-attempt-at-making-easy-corn-dolly.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2019/04/book-extract-natural-tides-in.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2019/01/folklore-hagiography-of-craft-by.html

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The truth can seem hard to find in this age of uncertainty, when our social media feeds are full of deliberate misinformation and even traditional news channels appear to offer highly nuanced angles on current affairs. How can we know what is true, and what is false?

I drew a card from John Matthews' Shaman's Oracle and it was Spirit of Truth. The meaning given in the book that comes with the deck says:
In a primitive world of fundamental instincts and elemental risks, there was little room for subterfuge. To survive was to live by timeless truths of body and spirit. In today's world, truth is one of the benchmarks by which we judge ourselves - and is a necessary ingredient in the evolution of civilized values.
I would say that, in recent times, the human race has slipped in its value of the truth. But each of us, as individuals, can at least try to be honest and truthful in our dealings with others. Meditating on the Spirit of Truth and inviting that spirit to walk with us in our daily lives can help. The Shaman's Oracle book continues:
The Spirit of Truth ennobles us in an aura of integrity. As we walk our chosen path, it helps us to measure our progress accurately, usefully punctures our delusions, and gives us a truer understanding of anyone en route who might offer us false security or seductive rewards.
May the Spirit of Truth help guide us all today.

One of my resolutions this year was to make use of oracle and tarot decks in my collection that aren't ones I frequently consult. I reviewed The Shaman's Oracle back in 2013, but have hardly used it since. It felt right to use it again now, and the card I picked feels most apt. I should add that this is not some ancient divinatory system, but uses images inspired by ancient cave art to try to offer timeless wisdom.

You can view the Shaman's Oracle on Amazon.

Links and previous related posts
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2013/11/review-shamans-oracle-cards-by-john.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2011/08/review-wildwood-tarot.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2019/02/book-excerpt-sacred-art-hollow-bone-for.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2019/06/tv-mystic-britain-and-ice-age-shaman.html

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A friend of mine, Angela, is raising money to start a sanctuary for goats in Wales. Part of what she is doing to get funds is make and sell personalised poppets. I have a soft spot for goats, as well as magical dolls, so I'm sharing the details.

Angela said: "I have always had a love of dolls and it was with great delight that I discovered poppets as a way to use dolls in a practical way. I love making things and have done for years so putting the two together seemed a natural progression.

"I am in the process of starting a goat sanctuary in Wales and as I need to fundraise, not least for the legal fees to start, this seemed the prefect opportunity to create some lovely things that will be of use and help."

Each doll is made individually. Angela said: "I put together what 'feels right' and there is someone out there who wants that particular combination, that could be you. Nothing in life should be undertaken lightly and everything we do has an impact on the world and other people in it. You will have an intent for your doll. If it is a gift then it is a gift of love and that love will be there constantly for the person who is given that great gift. If it is for a spell then that spell will have an impact on you and on anyone that the outcome of the spell has an effect."

She added: "Everything that I make has an unique number and a certificate of authenticity signed by me.  No two can be identical because they are hand sewn, even if they have the same charms and are the same colour they will always be slightly different."

All the poppets are handmade on Angela's smallholding, which is an old castle that is all-but forgotten. Angela said: "People know it is there, but it is just a motte. The place is ancient, the trees are ancient and I am now its guardian."

Angela is also creating a witch's garden so that she can provide dried herbs, fresh herbs and wild flowers and other necessary spell ingredients from a suitably prepared and used space.

Here is a link to Angela's website: https://www.edendream.co.uk/The-Broom-Cupboard.html? You can also view the doll pictured above on eBay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/133103524305

I am going to be writing regular features about poppets and dolls, so if you have one you would like featured on A Bad Witch's Blog, please email the photo and details to badwitch1234@gmail.com. I am also the author of the book Pagan Portals - Poppets and Magical Dolls.


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Here are events in London plus a few in other parts of England over the next week or so that could be of interest to pagans. If you know of an event that you want listed, please email the details to me at badwitch1234@gmail.com.

Now - 8 September; Museum of the Moon. Luke Jerram's artwork featuring NASA imagery of the Moon. Venue: The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD. Free to visit Various classes including meditation and yoga are bookable at an extra charge https://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/museum-of-the-moon.html

Now - 15 September; Smoke and Mirrors - exhibition about the psychology of magic. It includes items from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic. There are also live performances of stage conjuring on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Venue: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE. Free admission. https://wellcomecollection.org/exhibitions/W_vuwBQAACoA_SY2

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 - 28 July; The Immeasurable: art exhibition on practice based research on care, female knowledge, slow practices, belief systems, healing and sharing. Venue: Thames-Side Studios Gallery, Thames-Side Studios, Harrington Way, Warspite Road Royal Borough of Greenwich, London, SE18 5NR. Time: noon-5pm, Thursdays to Sundays. Details: https://www.thames-sidestudios.co.uk/news/exhibitions/currentexhibs/the-immeasurable-curated-by-hannah-conroy-and-linda-persson-6-28-jul-2019

Wednesday 10 July; 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 10 July; 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 10 July; Aleister Crowley on Drugs. Talk by Gary Lachman, hosted by A Curious Invitation and Antique Beat. Venue: Century Club, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D6. Time: 6.30pm. Tickets: £12. https://acuriousinvitation.com/aleistercrowleyondrugs.html?

Wednesday 10 July; Embodied Archetype Workshop - The Goddess Bridget. Workshop for Women. Venue: Aho Studio, 13 Prince Edward Rd, London, E9 5LX. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £30. www.aho.community

Wednesday 10 July; Eclipse Season Breathwork with Lucy North. Venue: She's Lost Control, 42 Valentine Road, London E9 7AD. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £32. www.sheslostcontrol.co.uk

Wednesday 10 July; The Mystic Kabbalah In Theory and Practise Meetup. Venue: Finchley, London, N3 2SP. Time: 7.30pm. Free event, but you must be a member of the group. https://www.meetup.com/London-Kabbalah-Group/events/262738207/

Thursday 11 July; The Great Wizards of Antiquity. Talk and book signing with Guy Ogilvy. 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 11 July; Shamanic Journeying with a Drum with Sarah Fox. Venue: Clearly Destiny, 12 Woburn Walk · London. (Every Thursday until July 11) Time: 6.30pm. Tickets: £12. https://www.meetup.com/Shamanic-Journeying-with-a-drum/

Thursday 11 July; The Mesmerist: How Hypnotism Came to London. Talk 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

Thursday 11 July; The Old Stones. Talk hosted by The Megalithic Portal and London Fortean Society. Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £5. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-old-stones-registration-63426935672?

Friday 12 July; 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/#


Saturday 13 July, Magic of the Elements - Day Workshop with Jane Meredith. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop, 49A Museum Street, London WC1A 1LY. Time: 10am-5pm. Tickets · £45. Call or email the bookshop to reserve your place on 020 7405 2120 or atlantis@theatlantisbookshop.com. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2322851591295953/

Saturday 13 July, Herb Magic: Spells, Lore, Workings. Afternoon Class with Rebecca Beattie. Venue: Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS. Time: 1pm-5.30pm (with a break in the middle). Cost: £40 per person. You can reserve a place by visiting the shop or online: https://www.treadwells-london.com/

Sunday 14 July; Nature's Medicine Chest: A talk on herbs for summer first aid and practical workshop. Venue: The Upminster Complementary Healing and Teaching Sanctuary, Pea Lane, Upminster, Havering, RM142XH. Time: 10am-2pm. Tickets: £50. https://www.healingandteaching.co.uk/courses/

Sunday 14 July;  High Magic 2: Using planetary Kameas and Seals for Sigil Magic. Workshop with London Woodland Witches. Venue: Queen's Woods, Highgate, North London. Meet at The Woodmans pub patio area by 10.45am to be led to the woodland site for 11am. Cost: £20. Wear outdoor clothing and bring food and drink. Details: https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Pagans-Magicians/

Sunday 14 July; 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 14 July; 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 14 July; London Goddess Pilgrimage with Out of the Norm Tours. Meet at Paternoster Square, St Paul's Cathedral London EC4M. Time: 1pm – 4pm. Free event but donations welcome and you must reserve a place in advance.https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-goddess-pilgrimage-tickets-64878525416?

Sunday 14 July; Menopause red tent. Time 2pm. Venue in Morden. You must be a member of this group to attend. https://www.meetup.com/South-London-Red-Tent/

Sunday 14 July; Forest Bathing in the woods, in Queen's Wood, Highgate. Meet in the cabin behind Queen's Wood Cafe, Highgate. Time: 6pm. Price: £25. https://www.meetup.com/London-Forest-Bathing-Nature-Connection-Meetup/

Monday 15 July; Full Moon Event with 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: “Let there be peace on earth and love for one another.” Details: http://peacefires.org/

Monday 15 July; 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 15 July; Practical Zen. Talk by Daizan Skinner Roshi. Venue: St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL. Doors open 6.30pm. Event starts: 7pm. Tickets £20/£15. https://www.alternatives.org.uk/

Monday 15 July; Young Urban Witches: Hecate. Evening mini-workshop for those under 30 with Rebecca Beattie. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7pm start. Tickets £20. Book online at https://www.treadwells-london.com/ or reserve a place by visiting the shop.

Monday 15 July (tbc); 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 16 July;  River Fleet - Harbour Deep. Storytelling walk with Rebecca Leach McDonald. Discover the myths and legends of early London; visit sacred wells and ancient ruins and hear stories of Gods and Goddesses. Starts at Blackfriars Pier, White Lion Hill, London EC4V 3QR. Time: 6.30pm. Tickets: Tickets: · £12.50 - £15. https://www.facebook.com/events/817161238657773/

Tuesday 16 July; Birth of the Goddess Isis and Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse Ceremony 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: £5/£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/

Tuesday, 16 July; 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/

Tuesday, 16 July; Remote Rite Calling Down The Moon - Candle Magic Spell, organised by The London Pagan Community Meetup Group. At your own private location. Time: 8.30pm. Details: https://www.meetup.com/Londonpagancommunity/events/261802164/

Wednesday 17 July; Capricorn Full Moon Gong Bath. Venue: She's Lost Control, 42 Valentine Road, London E9 7AD. Two sessions: Time: 7pm and 8.30pm. Tickets: £20. www.sheslostcontrol.co.uk

Wednesday 17 July; 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/

Monday 17 July; Village Witchcraft. Lecture by Professor Ronald Hutton. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm. Tickets £12. Book online at https://www.treadwells-london.com/ or reserve a place by visiting the shop.

Thursday 18 July; Reimagining the Out-of-Body Experience. SPR talk by Ross Bartlett and Matthew Smith. Venue: Society for Psychical Research HQ, 1 Vernon Mews, London, W14 0RL. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £2/£5. https://www.spr.ac.uk/

Friday 19-26 July; Moon Festival - celebrating people’s relationship with the moon across cultures, time and disciplines and coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in July 2019. Includes exhibitions, music performances, lectures, moon gardens, moonlit film screenings, night food markets and street parties. Venues mainly in Greenwich and Woolwich, London. Various ticket prices and some free events. https://moonfestival.co.uk/

Friday 19 July; Welcome to the Moon: Street Party, part of the Moon Festival. Venue: General Gordon Square, London, SE18. Time: 6pm. Free event. https://moonfestival.co.uk/product/moon-festival-street-party/

Friday 19 July; Eye of the Night. Storytelling with Laura Sampson and Sam Enthoven as part of the Moon Festival. Venue: Woolwich Centre Library, 35 Wellington Sreet, Woolwich, London,  SE18 6HQ. Time: 11pm. Tickets: £10. https://moonfestival.co.uk/product/eye-of-the-night-storytelling/

Saturday, 20 July; Astrology Workshop. Venue: Wicca Moon, 50 Well Hall Road, London SE9 6SH.  Time: noon. Cost: £45 per person. For further details contact Shirlee@wiccamoon.org.uk, call 0208 850 7803 or visit https://www.facebook.com/WiccaMoonEltham/  Bookings here: https://www.wiccamoon.co.uk/ourshop/cat_1460861-Event-Workshops.html

Saturday, 20 July; Maverick Women and the Moon hosted by Moon Festival. Venue: University of Greenwich, Stockwell St Academic Building, 11 Stockwell Street, London SE10 9BD. Time: 6.30pm. Tickets: £40. https://moonfestival.co.uk/product/maverick-women-and-the-moon/

Sunday 21 July; The Marseille Tarot Introduced. One-day workshop. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 11am-5.30pm. Tickets: £75, Deposit £40. Book online at https://www.treadwells-london.com/ or reserve a place by visiting the shop

Sunday 21 July; Mythic London Walking Tour with Caroline Wise organised by Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Starting place for walk: Ye Olde Cock Tavern,  22 Fleet St, Holborn, London EC4Y 1AA. Time: noon-3pm. Ticket price £22 includes programme. Book online at http://www.treadwells-london.com or reserve a place by visiting the shop.

Sunday 21 July (date tbc); 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/

Please note: I do not organise any of these events. Although I try to make sure the details on my listing are accurate, I do not always know about late changes or ticket availability etc. Please contact the organiser before attending any event. If you want an event listed on my blog, or spot anything that needs changing, please email badwitch1234@gmail.com
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A friend of mine who is an actor recently alerted me to a podcast called Kalila Stormfire's Economical Magick Services. The podcast is an on-going fantasy audio drama about a witch’s documentation of her clients and how she juggles complex clients and an anonymous critic hellbent on ruining her magic business. My friend, Karim Kronfli, plays the character Clarence Twinner, who appears in series two.

Kalila Stormfire's Economical Magick Services has actually been running since 2017, with new episodes released on the 1st and 15th of every month. I've listened to the first couple so far, and I'm enjoying it. If you like modern urban fantasy stories about witches, meddling love goddesses, and morally ambiguous spellcraft, you might enjoy it too.

You can find the link here: https://www.kalilastormfire.com/

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