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Beltane Rituals in London

Hi all, so if you are looking to attend Beltane Rituals..  here are 3 big ones that are open to all.

Pagan Frontiers of London - Beltane banner 2014
Pagan Frontiers of London – Beltane banner 2014

1. Hern’s Tribe Woodland Beltane – Saturday 26th April- 4pm to 8pm (Croydon)

We are gathering at our more secluded Croydon woodland venue for an afternoon & evening – to mark Beltane .This ritual will be shamanic in nature, with drumming & chants, ceremony, animal spirit quarters and evocations of Cernunnos Lord of the Beasts – for protection of all endangered wildlife every where. We will also be doing seed-magic for planting new ventures in our lives.. Socials, celebrations will thread through the entire gathering.. Bring drums etc to join in..(if you have any)

All are welcome.. pagans, non-pagans, friends.. to participate in the ceremony and/or the social afterwards.

Date: Saturday 26th April 2014
Time: 4pm – 8pm
Meet by `Coombe Lane’ Tram stop (5 mins from East Croydon by Tram)
We’ll have the usual combination of ritual, with sacred shamanic space, some chant & Drumming, and magical work. A ritual fire will be carefully lit for this ceremony, and we’ll have home made bread & wine to share..

What to bring 

Bottle of  Wine / Mead, and seasonal food will be great.   Or anything from French bread sticks, cheese, humus, butter to pre-cooked chicken, short-eats, fruits, home made items, salads, dips, pasta etc are all fine.  If not possible, then feel free to donate a few pounds £2 ? towards our costs.  🙂

Cutlery etc: Plastic cups, paper plates, forks & knives, spare bags (to pack items not eaten), bin bags – we usually bring these. But if you can bring some too – that will be good.

Torch light – Some evening gatherings finish in dark. So a torch light helps to find things when tidying up & packing.

Seating : Folding seats / ground sheet ( for your self to sit on) – optional.

wear sensible outdoor cloths. ps. sometimes we have a ceremonial fire.. and .your cloths are likely to smell of smoke

How to get to `Coombe Lane’ Tram stop

Outside East Croydon (train station), , take the `New Addington branch’ of the Tram. Travel 3 stops. Get off at `Coombe Lane’ … Please wait at this stop. We will come and collect you.

Eco-Magic:

From Imbolc 2014 onwards, we will be adding regular Eco-Magic as part of our rituals & gatherings.. !

Official Website:  Hern’s Tribe 

 

2. Pagan Federation London – indoor Beltane  – 1st May – facilitated by Christina & Friends from Treadwells Bookshop

Date/ Time: Thursday 1st May – 8pm  (£6 fee)

Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London.

Entry fee: £5 (for PF members & concessions), £6 for all others.

Time: 7:30 – 10:00 PM Arrive from 7.30 pm for pre-ritual socialising in the foyer. Ritual starts at 8 pm and usually concludes before 9 pm. Feasting and socialising follow the ritual until 10 pm.

**No photographs or video are allowed during the ritual.**

**Please bring a little food & drink to share during the feast after the ritual**

Official Website: http://london.paganfed.org/

 

3. Druids Outdoor Open ritual – (Primrose Hill)- Sunday 4th May – 12pm onwards

Come and celebrate Beltane, part of a series of open rituals celebrated throughout the Celtic year on the Sunday nearest the appropriate date under the Aegis of the Loose Association of Druids

We gather in the Hawthorne Grove between 12.30 & 12.45pm in order to select the concelebrants & to prepare the Site ready for a prompt 1 o’clock start.

Nearest Tube: Chalk Farm or Swiss Cottage
Nearest Overground: South Hampstead or Chalk Farm

Please bring a small contribution of picnic food & drink to share.

All are Welcome.

Celebrating the Three Druidic Freedoms: of Thought; of Speech; & of Association Called for by John Tollund in 1716, & assembled by Iolo Morgannwg in 1792.

DIRECTIONS

If you’re coming by tube to Chalk Farm,turn RIGHT on leaving the station & cross Adelaide Rd to get to Regents Park Rd into which you turn RIGHT (admiring the Banksy stencil graffiti of a uniformed maid sweeping dust under a wall) & go uphill to the cycle/pedestrian only bridge over a railway & turn LEFT over it.

Confronted by 3 roads take the middle one (still R P Rd) & continue past the trendy shops & coffee-houses full of minor celebrities as it curves very slightly to the left, until you reach the Queen’s Head pub on the corner opposite the gate into Primrose Hill.

Enter the Park thro’ this gate & take the steepest path in front of you to the top of the hill where you will find a viewing platform overlooking most of the old City of London to the South & East, & a Memorial to Iolo Morganwg.

To the WEST & just below the brow of the hill you will see a small copse of hawthorn trees which is where we meet. Do please come & join us & make yourself known.

After the celebration, we will go to the Richard steele pub nearby. Looking forward to seeing you there! 🙂

facebook page: Loose Association of Druids of Primrose Hill

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Indoor & Outdoor Imbolc Rituals coming up (in London) 2014

Imbolc (Candlemass) is one of the 8 nature based festivals that pagans celebrate – and it is said to be the time when the Winter Goddess who has kept her grip on the land loosens her hold, so that the ice melts and waters break and flow again. It is when the Goddess Bride (Brigid) `returns’ to the land. Her path is lit by candles, symbolising the return of light and warmth which is imminent. Bride is a Goddess of poetry, inspiration, healing, knot-magic and weaving. With her, she brings the gifts of 3 flames!   (Read more about Pagan Festivals)

Imbolc 2014  banner- pagan frontiers of london -Mani Navasothy 2014

Here in London, we are fortunate to have so many pagan open rituals and ceremonies, organised by several groups or organisations.. Here are some that are taking place over the next few days..

Click on each one to visit the relevant group/ organisation’s event page…to read more.

1.  Thursday 30th January 2014– Indoor Imbolc Ritual ..organised by Pagan Federation London District..

Pagan Fed London rituals

  • Facilitated by Catuvellauni Druid Grove
  • Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London.
  • Entry fee: £5 (for PF members & concessions), £6 for all others.
  • Time: 7:30 – 10:00 PM Arrive from 7.30 pm for pre-ritual socialising in the foyer. Ritual starts at 8 pm and usually concludes before 9 pm. Feasting and socialising follow the ritual until 10 pm.
  • Visit event page (facebook)

2.   Saturday 1st February 2014-  Woodland Imbolc Ritual by outdoor shamanic group Hern’s Tribe..

HT Imbolc  2014-1

These have been taking place for almost 10 years, in the woods near Croydon. Gather at Coombe Lane tram stop by 3pm..to be guided to the ritual spot in the woods.. FREE.. (dress fully appropriate for snow or rain or cold, and slippery, muddy steep woodland floor!!

  • Not entirely suitable for anyone with walking disability..
  • Family friendly.. children with parents welcome..
  • All are welcome.. pagans, non-pagans, friends.. to participate in the ceremony and/or the social afterwards.
  • Time: Meet-up at Tram stop (Coombe Lane) by 3 pm.
  • We’ll have the usual combination of ritual, with sacred shamanic space, some chant & Drumming, and magical work. A ritual fire will be carefully lit for this ceremony, and we’ll have home made bread & wine to share.. 
  • Link to Ht Imbolc event page
  • Link to Hern’s Tribe website

3.  Sunday 2nd February 2014– Druid Imbolc Ritual facilitated by Jeremy Morgan & Loose Association of Druids..

Druid Open Rituals - London Primrose Hill

  • Come and celebrate Imbolc, part of a series of open rituals celebrated throughout the Celtic year on the Sunday nearest the appropriate date under the Aegis of the Loose Association of Druids
  • Gather in the Hawthorne Grove between 12.30 & 12.45pm in order to select the concelebrants & to prepare the Site ready for a prompt 1 o’clock start.
  • Nearest Tube: Chalk Farm or Swiss Cottage
  • Nearest Overground: South Hampstead or Chalk Farm
  • Please bring a small contribution of picnic food & drink to share
  • Link to Event page

We have the Wiccan Woodland Monthly Circle coming up in a few weeks time..  I’ll give details next week..  But if you can’t wait till then, here’s a previous blog on Woodland Wiccan Circles.

**Click here for my Meetup Group with full details of Open Rituals**

-Mani Navasothy