Centre For Pagan Studies http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com A Resource for Pagans Everywhere Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:03:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Calling all artists http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/calling-all-artists/ http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/calling-all-artists/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:49:51 +0000 http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/?p=4758 mural paint“A CALL FOR ART”

You are invited to participate in an open competition to provide the book cover art for the Centre For Pagan Studies latest publishing project.
Description of Project: The book is a novel set in the period just after the English Civil War (1640’s) and tells the story of a group of real witches trying to outwit the Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins, and thus avoid the gallows. The author had a previous version of the book with a favourite cover that showed a noose hanging from a ghostly black tree with the face of a serene but striking witch in the noose, the general colour theme was purple and black.  Feel free to use that idea loosely or come up with something totally creative of your own on the theme of Witches and Hanging.
The winner of this competition will be awarded Membership of the Doreen Valiente Foundation for 1 year, with the bag of goodies that comes with that, and will have his or her artwork appear on the book cover.  The terms and conditions of this competition are as follows:
Submit your original artwork created in response to our Call For Art competition.

You may enter for consideration paintings, photographs, graphic art, collage art, and other visual media by submitting a digital SUBMISSION file (in JPG or JPEG format) of the work. The FINAL artwork size needs to be at least 3,000 pixels tall, no compression, in jpg or TIFF format. The specs for initial submission can be maximum quality compression with a long dimension of at least 1000 pixels.  Please try to keep the SUBMISSION file size under 2 MB – we will make arrangements with the winner for receipt of the FINAL artwork file.

You may submit more than one entry.

All submissions are subject to the format guidelines and limits set forth in this document.

No submissions will be considered if they are defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane or otherwise offensive or in poor taste.  Anyone who participates in the competition in a disrespectful or unlawful manner, including making hostile or negative comments related to age, disability, race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity, will be disqualified.

The judging staff will select the winning submission.

By submitting your work to this competition, you are representing and agreeing as follows: (i) your submission is your own original artwork and, at the time of your submission, you have all ownership rights in the submission; (ii) if you are selected as the winner you will enter into a written agreement to authorise us to publish your submission and you will accept the Doreen Valiente Foundation membership in full compensation for all right, title and interest in any and all visual reproductions of your original work for all purposes related to the publication of the book.
This competition is being organized to support and nurture the work and careers of other artists. If you wish, the CFPS may also elect, in their sole discretion, to include your submission in a “gallery” of submissions interior to the pages of the book, allowing the book’s readers to see your work, read a brief biography about you, and link to websites displaying more of your work.

Any questions or disputes related to the terms, conditions or participation in this competition shall be resolved by the judges in their absolute discretion.

Deadline: Art will be accepted until 31st October 2014.  Please note that the administrators encourage early entries, as another prize category may be added to reflect higher numbers of submissions.  Finalists will be notified via e-mail by 30th November 2014.  The winner of the competition will be announced no earlier than November 15th date and no later than November 22nd date.  The winning artist will be notified via e-mail.
Please send your SUBMISSION entries to:


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Author – Yvonne Aburrow http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/speaker-and-writer-yvonne-aburrow/ http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/speaker-and-writer-yvonne-aburrow/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:55:09 +0000 http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/?p=4703 Yvonne Aburrow PortraitYvonne Aburrow is a Gardnerian Wiccan author and poet who lives in Oxford in a small cottage with her partner Bob and two cats, Morrissey and Ziggy. She has a MA in Contemporary Religions and Spiritualities from Bath Spa University. She is interested in archaeology, history, study of religions, folklore, landscape, and natural history.

She is a regular contributor to and volunteer moderator for the Centre for Pagan Studies Facebook group

Yvonne is on our list of speakers for conferences and events.
You can find her blog here



All acts of love and pleasure: inclusive Wicca, Avalonia Books, 2014
The Endless Knot, poetry collection, Birdberry Books, 2012
Many Names, poetry collection, Birdberry Books, 2012
The Magical Lore of Animals, Capall Bann Publishing, 2000.
A little book of serpents, Birdberry Books, 2012.
Auguries and Omens: the magical lore of birds, Capall Bann Publishing, 1994.
The Sacred Grove: mysteries of the forest, Capall Bann Publishing, 1994.
The Enchanted Forest: the magical lore of trees, Capall Bann Publishing, 1993.

Yvonne’s Latest Patheos Posts here:

  • - Art, Agriculture, and AncestorsEach year in October we move as pilgrims through the rural landscape, stopping at each station to read, consider, pause, interact, take pictures, try the food.
  • - Beloved deadWhy so few memories of my grandpa? Because my parents grew up in the Exclusive Brethren, and left that group in 1976. This meant that my grandparents were forbidden to have any contact with us after we had left. I only found out by accident in 1996 that my grandpa had died. I wonder what he would have thought of this blogpost.
  • - Joy at the Breakfast TableMaybe this is the best we can do for each other, ever: to keep a little space clear in all our relations to allow family, friends, colleagues, to be and become themselves.
  • - AncestorsThere are different types of ancestors - family members, ancestors of spirit, ancestors of place, the Beloved Dead, members of your tradition who have passed on. We honour them because they shaped us and our world, and without them it would be very different.
  • - When Storymaking Fails: Towards a Non-Narrative TheologyI distrust any religion that hands its followers too many answers. Answers close down the conversation, they take us from the journey to the idea of arrival, of finish line.

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Team Member – Sue Gardner http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/team-member-sue-gardner/ http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/team-member-sue-gardner/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:33:00 +0000 http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/?p=4677 sueGardnerHello, my name is Sue Gardner. I am a new member to the CFPS. I have been aware of the good work that the Centre does, and continues to do via Julie Weltch. So when I was asked if I would like to volunteer my services, I jumped at the chance.
My role at the moment is with the admin side of the Facebook group and pages, but this helps me to feel that I am helping the Pagan community in some way, albeit small at the moment. I will be promoting the good work the Centre is doing, and hopefully will maintain and gain more interest in future events.
As a Pagan I am still what I call new to the community thing. I have practiced for many years alone, Then I became more aware of what was going on around me within the Pagan world, and decided to attend the local moot – The Three Hares Moot, and really enjoyed the social side of getting together with like minded people, from the moot I have learnt so much more about my path, and gained new friends along the way.

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Team Member – Julie Weltch http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/team-member-julie-weltch/ http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/team-member-julie-weltch/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:53:00 +0000 http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/?p=4663 Julie Weltch

Julie Weltch

My name is Julie Weltch, I have only recently become a volunteer for the CFPS but I have been interested in and have supported the work that the Centre does for quite some time and I feel it is one of the most important organisations within Paganism at present. My role is a relatively small one at the moment, I am admin for the Facebook page but I value my role because keeping the social media side of the Centre is an important cog in the machine that keeps everything working smoothly and keeping the public up to date with what is happening in the Centre what projects are coming up, thus maintaining interest and hopefully stirring up new interest as well.

As a Pagan, I am involved in a few other projects as well, I help run a Pagan federation affiliated moot called the Three Hares moot in Portsmouth, I am also RC for the PF and I run a Lyceum (teaching group) affiliated with the Fellowship of Isis and offer celebrant and spiritual services to my local community.

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Team Member – Alison Jane Beer http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/team-member-alison-jane-beer/ http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/team-member-alison-jane-beer/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:49:49 +0000 http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/?p=4666 Alison Jane Beer

Alison Jane Beer

My name is Alison Jane Beer I live in Hertfordshire and although I have always followed a spiritual pathway I have only been a Pagan for 3 years . The most amazing journey of self discovery which culminated in the museum of witchcraft Boscastle and Sennan cove Cornwall. I joined the Chiltern Nemeton Grove and have completed my training as an Ovate . I am a solitary witch and happily study and love the serendipity of my path. I attend the many moots in Hertfordshire and have met the most amazing people, I find the Pagan pathway fascinating as the members are all so different the freedom to express oneself I feel empowered by the whole journey. joined the Centre for Pagan Studies to further my knowledge and for my love of Doreen Valiente her writings inspire me, and I feel that she talks directly to me from the page. Her writing is so clear and straight forward with humour and humanity, and as I was never lucky enough to meet her I was fascinated to see some of her tools that John bought to a pagan Federation conference a couple of years ago. So when volunteers for thought for the day were asked for I was happy to offer to help.

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Artemis Gathering 2014 3-day event in Oxford http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/artemis_gathering/ http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/artemis_gathering/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:12:37 +0000 http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/?p=4630 artemis_gath

The Artemis Gathering is a 3-day event organised by the Children of Artemis in honour of their patron Goddess. All information can be found here http://www.witchfest.net/artemis_gathering.htm

and it is to be held Horley Campsite, Wroxton Lane, Horley, Oxfordshire, OX15 6AU see the map.

This event is usually booked up very quickly, so get your tickets now from Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artemis-gathering-2014-tickets-9979634355

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BBC and Media about the Gerald Gardner Blue Plaque http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/bbc-and-media-about-the-gerald-gardner-blue-plaque/ http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/bbc-and-media-about-the-gerald-gardner-blue-plaque/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:05:25 +0000 http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/?p=4612 Media and Press on the Gerald Gardner Blue Plaque:

Link to BBC page on the Blue Plaque: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-27819164 `



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Gerald Gardner Heritage Plaque – Press Release 10 June 2014 http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/gerald-gardner-heritage-plaque-press-release-10-june-2014/ http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/gerald-gardner-heritage-plaque-press-release-10-june-2014/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:27:34 +0000 http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/?p=4608 A Blue Plaque to Honour the life of Gerald Brosseau Gardner, known as the Father of Modern Witchcraft. Gerald’s life was the subject of a recent television documentary, A Very British Witchcraft. Born on 13th June 1884 Gerald almost single-handedly re-introduced this ancient religious belief system. His first book High Magic’s Aid was published in 1949, 4 years before the repeal of the Witchcraft Act. Nowadays his form of Paganism known as Gardnerian Witchcraft is practiced by covens all over the world. On Friday the 13th (when else)?, a memorial Heritage Blue Plaque will be placed on the house he lived in during the war years and it was from this house he walked to his initiation into the New Forest Coven in 1939.

The day of events that will be held in Highcliffe, Christchurch in Dorset, which includes the unveiling of the Blue Heritage Plaque, has been organised by The Centre For Pagan Studies and founder John Belham-Payne says, ‘Gerald is recognised as the most significant Witch that was ever born’.

‘Gerald would have been 130 years old on Friday the 13th A full moon to boot!. This is only the second time that a Witch has ever been honoured in this way’ said Ashley Mortimer, Trustee of the Doreen Valiente Foundation, an organisation set up to protect the artefacts that were once owned by Doreen Valiente, one time High Priestess of Gerald. Amongst the artefacts that will soon be the subject of a new museum, is the Book of Shadows that Gerald Gardner wrote and is the most valuable document in the Pagan World.

Gerald, a former British Civil Servant working in the Far East, died on his way home from the Lebanon, where he had spent the winter in 1964. At breakfast on the Merchant ship The Scottish Prince, he had a heart attack and was buried in Tunis which was the vessels the next port of call. The only attendee at his funeral was the ship’s captain. Now, a colourful gathering of possibly hundreds of people will be turning up at his former home to celebrate his life with the Heritage Blue Plaque and followers from all over the world are traveling to see this happen.

Ashley Mortimer and Philip Heselton (Gerald Gardner’s biographer) will be available most time before the event. John Belham-Payne at present lives in Southern Spain, but will be available by Skype or telephone at most times between now and the unveiling. For radio or Television interviews, John will be in the Dorset/Hampshire area on Thursday 12th TV will be available at any time.

If you would like more details about the unveiling or the organisations involved or for interviews with any of those involved the contacts are as follows:

John Belham-Payne – Founder and Director of the Centre For Pagan Studies john@centre-for-pagan-studies.com

Philip Heselton – Gerald Gardner’s biographer Email: philip@amskaya.karoo.co.uk

Merlyn – Head of Children of Artemis: Email: dave@witchcraft.org

If you need to download the flyer for this event please visit: http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/squarepicweb.png

For information about the Centre For Pagan Studies and the Doreen Valiente Foundation visit:
http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com and http://doreenvaliente.org

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Gerald Gardner Commemorative Plaque Event June 13th 2014 http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/gerald-gardner-commemomrative-plaque-event/ http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/gerald-gardner-commemomrative-plaque-event/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:41:35 +0000 http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/?p=4528 GBGplaqueevent

Come and witness another great moment for the pagan community achieved by Doreen the Valiente Foundation and Centre for Pagan Studies and organised in collaboration with Children of Artemis. There will be the unveiling of a commemorative blue plaque for Gerald Gardner at his former home in Highcliffe. Updated on 23 May 2014 with details of timings etc.

  • 2 PM MEET AND GREET We will meet at the Clifftop Car Park, locally known as the Crow’s Nest, off Wharncliffe Road, by the Cliff Hanger Cafe. This will be where our journey begins.

  • 4 PM UNVEILING After we have gathered we will walk via the Mill House where he was initiated, you will have a clear view over the Mill as we pass it on the path. Then we will continue towards the house where Gerald Gardner lived for the unveiling of the blue plaque.

  • 4:30 PM REFRESHMENTS After the unveiling of the plaque for Gerald Gardner you will have time to have a look around the area and buy some refreshments and sample the so special Gerald Gardner cupcakes that will be made specially for the day. Food vendors will be ready outside the house for the gathered crowd.

  • 6:00 PM PROMPT MUSIC AND TALK We will move to Highcliffe Castle for the evening. The evening a the castle will start at 6PM so do not be late because tunes will be played by Damh the Bard. After the music a talk by Philip Heselton, author and expert on Gerald Gardner, Doreen Valiente and the history of Wicca, modern Witchcraft. EVENING EVENT CLOSE AT 8 PM

The event during the day is entirely free and is funded by donations to the  Doreen Valiente Foundation , and tickets for the evening cost £5 to cover the cost of the venue. This promises to be a great way to complete a perfect day.  With music to fill your heart and an amazing talk, that will teach you more about Gerald Gardner. The evening at the castle is a must after the glorious afternoon that we have planned for you.

To book your evening ticket just follow the link: www.geraldgardnerblueplaque.eventbrite.com



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Centre For Pagan Studies Publishing http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/centre-for-pagan-studies-publishing/ http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/centre-for-pagan-studies-publishing/#comments Sat, 08 Mar 2014 15:42:40 +0000 http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/?p=4507 The Centre For Pagan Studies has long wished for our own in-house publishing facility.  We have started with our very first publication ‘The Charge of the Goddess’ (Expanded Version) with many added pieces making the book nearly double the size of the now out of print ‘Charge of the Goddess’ All the proceeds go to the Doreen Valiente Foundation for their much needed museum. See here for details


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