Dawn of the Oak is a monthly pub meet-up in London for pagans, witches,Heathens druids and other interested people. . Usually takes place on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
The aim is to provide a casual, safe and friendly environment for pagans to meet and learn from each other. Whether you’ve just started learning about paganism or you’re an old hand, you’re welcome to come along and have a friendly chat and a pint or just a coffee..
The Sir John Oldcastle
29-35 Farringdon Road, EC1M 3JF London, United Kingdom
Time: 3pm to 6pm
Organisers : Geoff Miles
This Moot is open and accessible to all who are disabled, and is also Wheelchair friendly.
THIS MONTH’S MOOT WILL BE A WEEK EARLY DUE TO MOST OF US BEING AT THE ASGARDIAN FESTIVAL ON THE 3RD SUNDAY..
Join us for Pan’s Picnic – to celebrate LAMMAS 2016. (Free outdoor/ woodland event – Family-friendly – to mark the Harvest time with Ceremony and social).
Lammas: “All that rise shall fall again.”. says the popular pagan poetry! The newborn Sun-child of Yule has grown to be a rampant and playful youth and lover at Spring, committed man and husband at Beltane and responsible Sun-King at Midsummer. And at the time of Lammas, at the height of his supreme power, the King steps down- or rather gives up his life force to the land! This is harvest time in the fields, where Corn and other such grain are harvested. John Barleycorn is `baked’ and sacrificed. In God mythology, the God willingly gives himself up and the Goddess cuts him down, so that his blood may feed the land. Though it may sound alarmingly gruesome, this is to be seen in terms of symbolism, and not actual! The spilling of his blood is in fact the falling of the grains and seeds to the ground, that they may produce next year’s crops! Just as the fallen seed sleeps safely within the soil, till winter passes and next spring, so the spirit of the Lammas-King enters the underworld. (taken from www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk ).
**Ritual will be facilitated by our Team of Trainee-coven members**
This is an open ritual held in an outdoor park/woods with easy public access..
Out ritual *Team will conduct key aspects of the ceremony, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved in the actual ritual – ie with elements calling, chants, magical work and so on.
1. Get to Cockfosters (north end of Piccadilly Line Tube station). Come out of Tube station, and turn right onto Cockfosters Road. Stay on same side of road. walk on Cockfosters Road for 5mins – go immediately past Petrol station, then Cemetry… Then you will come to park Gate (big wall/ gate) called `Cockfoster Gate’
2. Enter Trent park.. Walk along the path / road…for 5 mins.. Go past a small monument.. and you will come to a Cafe & Car park areas (with toilet building nearby).
Meet us by the cafe tables.
3. When ready we will walk a little back along the path, to a side field.
If you are late..you can just enter the park…walk 2- mins (past a pond on the right) and turn right into the field (without going on to the cafe).
Here is the aerial map.
link to our meetup event
Wicca Lammas 2016 & Pan’s Picnic at Trent Park
Sunday, Jul 31, 2016, 1:30 PM
Trent Park (north london) Cockfosters Gate, Cockfosters Road, Greater London, GB
36 Woodland Witches & Pagans Went
Join us for Pan’s Picnic – to celebrate LAMMAS 2016. (Free outdoor/ woodland event – Family-friendly – to mark the Harvest time with Ceremony and social).Lammas: “All that rise shall fall again.”. says the popular pagan poetry! The newborn Sun-child of Yule has grown to be a rampant and playful youth and lover at Spring, committed man and husband…
Maureen Brown was a High Priestess of Wicca, and a qualified Counsellor, Psychotherapist, mother and grandmother- when she passed away into the arms of the veiled Isis, on this day, 11 years ago (25th December 2004). Since then Christmas day has never been the same.
I met her in the year 2000, at a Wiccan summer gathering of many covens, in a Glastonbury camping site. I didn’t know at the time that she had had surgery in her stomach and was recovering.. but she danced wildly with me in the barn that evening during the party / socials.. And later we spoke about magic and psychology and how she could help me with some of my issues (I didn;t tell her..she had just inferred!) It awed and impressed me so much.. She said to go and visit her in Croydon. I said I will.
But I did not. I thought I could do it myself.. you know.. sort myself out. I figured that if all else fails, I can always go to Maureen. And a year or so passed – until I was Pan in an Open ritual, and at the end of it, 2 Witches – a man and a woman, waited to give me an invite to their coven ritual.. at Maureen’s biding ofcourse!
So I went a few days later, and thus began a great friendship, admiration, and learning. There’s much more of course ..but that can all wait for some future write up.
What was important was.. few years later, she was diagnosed with cancer..terminal..and we all gathered around, as she spent weeks ..nay months preparing.. not just her life..but all her students & friends .. Well, she’s the psychologist, what else was she going to do?
And on the Christmas day, 2004, a fellow Wiccan Priestess Hazel and I went to the Hospice, and we just the two of us did a passing ceremony to aid Maureen who was already comatose. And within hours, she passed away. I ofcourse got home lit some candles.. and began to do some art work, titled, `passing of a Priestess’ – and after finishing the art, I called the Hospice, to hear the news that Maureen Brown has passed away.. just 15 minutes prior!
That Christmas time was special.. where few weeks prior, we had the most biggest party in her house, fire works, table for 30+ ..and passing her white wig around ..all of us taking photos ..making merry and light of what’s to come. It was one last glorious party she organised…for all of us! (she’s a Counsellor.. she prepared us all well).
This morning I woke up all still ..feeling rather quiet.. possibly as we are just coming out of a cancerian full moon.. and over coffee, I looked on internet to find that apart from my blogs, and a PF document, no mention exists of Maureen Brown or her work.. How sad.. And what an honour. And I’ve spent hours digging through my computer files, looking for photos, rituals, key dates..piecing dates together..(like the `Sea Priestess ritual Requiem’ that we Wiccans gathered to do at Brighton where Maureen’s ashes were scattered in the sea on an Autumn day in 2007!)
There is much more to say..so much more.
But for now.. I remember Maureen Brown, the Extraordinary High Priestess & friend who changed my life.. and empowered it. As she often said, the work never ends., and some of us carry it on…even now!
It was 14th March 1996- when I first did the sketch work for a painting called `Gaian Trinity’.
It featured the Horned God in a cloak in the back, Earth Goddess seated naked on a small hill, with a child on her lap.. There have been many other manifestations of that energy… 3 annual `Gaia conventions’ which I created for PF London in 2007,08,09…a new e-magazine Gaian Times launched earlier this year.
But the art work still awaits painting.. until late last night!
I did this `pin hole/ paper-cut’ mini-version of the Gaian Trinity.. scanned it and coloured it (animated it with colours, but that’s only for my beloved wife’s eyes only.. it’s her special Yule card..online..:-)
Here’s one of the frames from that animation..
I’ll let you know when the actual art work is done..
Winter Solstice – when the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn.. shortest day..longest night..!
This year it’s happening on Thursday 22nd December 2011.. at 5.30am (GMT). That’s the astrology.
Pagans, Wiccans, Druids and New-Agers celebrate this – and have done so for thousands of years – and consider the Sun-child being born. Makes sense as after this, the days get longer…Sun gets stronger ..growing its full force by Summer Solstice.
Of course this has been somewhat `acquired’ by Christianity, and repackaged as celebration fo the birth of Christ (baby Jesus!). Any decent effort at historical research will show that Christ was not born in December, but in earlier part of the year (if we can even consider the birth of Christ as `real’).
I have no problems with Christianity. Brought up as a Hindu, I also went to the nearby Church with family – once in a back in Ceylone in the early 70’s. No one would deny the `magic of this time’..
These days I look forward to the annual special show of Doctor Who on Christmas day.. and yes, I have a Yule tree in my home, and it has lights…and I think about those Christmassy feelings of childhood gone by..