In 2006, I was introduced to Earth day by the now late Jean Williams, Wiccan HPS & pagan elder. It was a park tidy up and eco ceremony in Queen’s Woods. I took up the cause, thinking, surely we have to do more..and bring more awareness and celebrate it. The following year (2007) I organised the first `Gaia convention’ (called Gaia-3) for PF-London. It was followed by PFL Gaia-Fortuna, and PFL Gaia-Sol conventions in 2008 & 2009. Friends & I also started `Gaian Times Magazine’ 5 years ago.
And so this year..2017 marks 10 years of me organising and facilitating Earth day events..in various guises 🙂 Thank you Jean Williams.
And it is with mixed feelings that I now announce that this is where I bow out on these big Earth day events. I had that feeling when i set off yesterday morning carrying lots of heavy bulky things.. feeling tired, saying to my self (like that hobbit Frodo once said..), `I can’t do this anymore..’ . And last night I got home and did a quick tarot to ask some divine advise.. and indeed my original intuition was correct. The cards say it is time.
But I am content and happy that we have had the highest number of children attend an Earth Day.. but there was no Eco ceremony. I felt that ..as I watched everyone socialise and play.. that `Life itself on the body of Gaia is a divine ceremony’ (so long as we are aware and mindful of it).
Am also aware that now in London.. others are organising big Earth Day events (indoors). It remains my cause to keep getting Pagans out into the parks and woods.. which I will carry on in other ways and other events.. such as meditative events, walks in woods, and Eco-Healing work..
Thank you all who have come to the many Earth Day & Earth Hour events I have facilitated and participated. Thank you to all my friends, family & Tribe who have helped me with organising these events and supporting them. And thank you wonderful humans, children, and animals ..for attending and enjoying the events. Together we are Gaia.
Join us to celebrate BELTANE 2016.. with ceremony & Maypole Dance. We’ll drum, dance and choose a May King & May Queen. And feast and frolic! (sensibly! ‘cos this is a family-friendly event).
`The veil between the world of men and fairy (or spirit) is said to thin twice a year, at Beltane and at Samhain, which are on opposite points of the year wheel. At Beltane (May eve) the land is at it’s most lush and green, and fertile. If Spring Equinox is the time of fertility and mating in the animal kingdom, then Beltane is one of courting couples making commitment to one another- and Handfastings! In the God-Goddess myths, this is when the playful God is said to commit to the Goddess – which is symbolised by the Sacred Marriage! The Maypole dance that is traditional at this time symbolises the fertile powers of the masculine, penetrating the land, and the ribbons danced and woven around it lock that power! A ring of flower at the tip of the Maypole signifies the feminine. Magical working with the Fay (Fairies) is an important feature at this time, in contrast to the magical work with the departed spirits at Samhain, the opposite point’ (taken from www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )
Gather in the Woodman’s Pub from 1.30pm.. Get to `High Gate’ Tube station.. come up to manin road. Turn right. Pub is just 30 seconds away.
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.
After Ceremony & some socials in the woods, we will head back to the pub (woodmans) for warmth and more drinks/ socials.
(Wiccan High Priest)
ps. Here’s the link to my meetup `London Woodland Witches’ where you can join in and find more up to date info..
Woodland Beltane Ceremony & Maypole Dancing 2016
Sunday, May 1, 2016, 1:00 PM
Queen’s Woods Near Highgate Station London, GB
38 Woodland Witches & Pagans Went
Join us to celebrate BELTANE 2016.. with ceremony & Maypole Dance. We’ll drum, dance and choose a May King & May Queen. And feast and frolic! (sensibly!)`The veil between the world of men and fairy (or spirit) is said to thin twice a year, at Beltane and at Samhain, which are on opposite points of the year wheel. At Beltane (May eve) the la…
Pan – the woodland God of Fertility- returns after a gap of 3 years, to grace us with his energy of fun & frolics!
Our last Pan’s Picnic took place in 2011 (ran for 3 years) but took a break, only to appear in pagan Pride Parade in 2011, and briefly in 2013 as part of the Hern’s Tribe Swearing n the Horns Ceremony.
But finally it is time.. This event will take place at Queen’s Woods – birth place of Pan’s Picnic, within the space of 13 Oaks known as The Witche’s Coven..It’s an afternoon affair – So bring your drums, your dreams, fun & frolics, food & drinks, and those you fancy.. Come to dance, to sing, to chant, to charm .. Bring masks, banners, picnic blankets & seats, sets, props, flowers & feasts..Come..rain or shine.. with love in your hearts, and laughter on your lips..
Date: Saturday 9th August 2014
Time: Afternoon to Evening
Venue (tbc) : Queen’s Woods, North London (nearest tube: High Gate on Northern Line)
Fees: Totally FREE
More details here soon.. (but what more do you need? Pack a picnic.. invite your friends…turn up and and join the festivities..)