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Faery Folk and Spirits Sidhe

Encounters with Spirit and Faery Folk with Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone

Since coming into the Craft; Janet in 1970 and Gavin in 1986, both have had encounters with various spirits forms. This seminar talks, often in a story telling format about these encounters, from working with deities in trance-possession, encountering the traditional nature spirits in Ireland; Faery Folk or Sidhé, to unexpected manifestations of ancestral spirits […]

Yvonne Aburrow and Bob Houghton

Yvonne Aburrow and Bob Houghton – Folk Magic

Folk Magic,​ presented by Yvonne Aburrow and Bob HoughtonAn exploration of the many aspects of folk magic which you might recognise from your own practice of magic – including healing, divination, weather magic, and communicating with spirits. Mini-bios Bob Houghton Bob Houghton has been a Pagan since 1975 and a Wiccan since 2004. With an […]

A Brief History of Magical Tools

A brief history of Magical Tools from ancient times to the present with Yvonne Aburrow and Bob Houghton

Yvonne Aburrow and Bob Houghton chat about magical tools and how they have developed over time. From the first lunar calendar to the latest crystal wand, humans have always used tools in their magical practices. We will consider why we need magical tools, and look at the development of magical tools through the ages, from […]

image of Irish girl on horse, with extract of prayer to GoddessEpona

Invocation to Epona December 18/2020

Hail! Mother EPONA Great Horse Goddess of my heart, ride swiftly and gather the lost souls unto You, You who hold the keys to the other-world. Enfold them all in your loving embrace, You who are the Mother of the world. Ancient One of the distant plains, Take thy kinfolk home, Let their spirits forever […]

Yvonne Aburrow at Wayland's Smithy

Interview with Yvonne Aburrow – Her books Dark Mirror and The Night Journey

An interview with our latest author, Yvonne Aburrow, whose new book, Dark Mirror: the Inner Work of Witchcraft is available for pre-order from the Doreen Valiente Foundation online shop. Emlyn:       What inspired you to write these second editions of your earlier works? Yvonne:      I had written more articles in the same vein as the […]

Dark Mirror: the Inner Work of Witchcraft, by Yvonne Aburrow

Dark Mirror – the inner work of witchcraft

This is a book about how to relate your witchcraft practice to everyday concerns; living comfortably in your body; how to be at peace with yourself so you can help others. It is about the inner work of ritual: what happens on an inner level while the outer forms of ritual (gesture, movement, and speech) are going on. It enables you to develop more effective rituals by thinking about how ritual works.

Triumph of the Moon by Ronald Hutton

The Triumph of the Moon

by Ronald Hutton We were honoured to have Ronald Hutton at our inaugural event at the Centre For Pagan Studies in 1995. At that time Ronald had been working on this book for a while and his presentation was based on work towards the book, which he had already decided to give the title “The […]

Newsletter 2020 Beltane to Midsummer Season

  GREETINGS FROM THE CENTRE FOR PAGAN STUDIES! We’re writing today with an update on the fast-approaching season of online “Kitchen Table Talks” and we’re very excited to announce the speakers and talks for the first block in the list. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to send us a proposal – we literally wouldn’t have […]

Pan for Doreen by Marc Potts

Building Bridges Between Different Practices & Traditions of Witchcraft By Thorn Nightwind

Building Bridges Between Different Practices & Traditions of Witchcraft By Thorn NightWind Horsa Tradition & Sacred Pentagraph Tradition “The most unexplained fact about witchcraft today is that it is a religion with a serious schismatic problem; there are almost as many causes for dissension here as in the Protestant faith.” -Sybil Leek, 1971. One of […]

The Powers of Witch Blog post #2 of 3

For part #1 please visit here Let’s start by dispelling the romance or fantasy, this is not going to be a list of powers from a dungeons and dragons manual or from a list of superhero powers. Though I feel this is another thing often not gone into too much. This is because as in […]