Why Join Us?
1) Connect with like-minded, non-judgemental, welcoming individuals.
2) Learn more about Paganism, witchcraft and yourself. Develop spiritually and emotionally and learn to live intune with nature.
3) Have fun and create amazing memories with a diverse and magical family.
Who are we?
PAWs is a diverse and welcoming society of Pagans, witches, and those interested in learning more about Paganism, witchcraft and spirituality. Although our members follow a variety of paths, we are always respectful of each other's differing views, accepting and supporting one another no matter what, just like one big, eccentric family!
What do we do?
Our society aims to celebrate all Pagan festivals, including the solstices, equinoxes and fire festivals of the Wheel of the Year, the Norse blots and Roman/Greek festivals, as well as a large range of other celebrations from a variety of beliefs.
Other events include Mythology Month, with talks focusing on the history, culture, mythology, pantheon and practices of different Pagan paths, Witchcraft Week, a workshop once a month focusing on different types of witchcraft, introducing the tools and techniques for practicing, as well as regular movie nights, themed club nights and wellbeing walks in natural settings like the New Forest. We also do arts and crafts events such as making wands, candles and other accoutrements for your altar and divination sessions using a multitude of techniques like tarot, runes, pendulum, aura and palm reading.
We take part in many collaborative events with other green societies throughout the year and are planning volunteering and fundraising events as well as the much-anticipated trips to Stonehenge and Glastonbury.
We also strive to improve people’s perceptions of Pagan beliefs, educate our members about the true essence of witchcraft and reduce historical prejudice by working closely with the Faith and Reflection team and holding numerous awareness events throughout the year.
What is Paganism and Witchcraft?
For those who are new to our faith, Pagan is an umbrella term for all Earth based, polytheistic religions. It includes Asatru (Norse gods), Druidism, Wicca, Slavic Paganism, Ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian Paganism and many more but there’s a similar theme of worshiping nature and multiple deities throughout.
Witchcraft is not a religion, it is a spiritual practice or craft that reveres nature and requires intention, belief and utilises ritual practices to effect positive change in your life. So you can be Atheist, Christian, Pagan, Buddhist or follow any other religion and be a witch.
Our members come from diverse backgrounds with an interest in everything from Celtic Paganism to Asatru, Slavic Paganism to Hellenismos and some are simply curious spiritual students looking for like-minded friends.
So no matter your experience with Paganism and witchcraft all are welcome in our society as long as you are respectful of other people’s beliefs. We are all happy to share our knowledge, learn and grow together; the more the merrier.
Mabon 21-24th September:
Our first Wheel of the Year festival and the autumnal equinox. Named after the Welsh God and son of Goddess Modron, Mabon is the second harvest and a time of reflection, gratitude and equilibrium as day and night once again reach equal length.
Samhain 31st October-1st November:
The ancient predecessor of Halloween, Samhain is the Gaelic festival celebrating the divide between the end of the summer and the beginning of winter. At this time the veil between worlds is at its thinnest and spirits of the dead are honoured. It is the beginning of the Celtic year and arguably one of the most important of the four Fire Festivals.
Yule 20-23rd December:
For those staying in Bournemouth over the holidays we will be celebrating Yuletide. This begins with the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year when darkness reaches its peak and lasts into the new year. From this time on the days grow longer and the light returns to the world with the return of the sun and rebirth of the Sun God.
Imbolc 2nd February:
This Sabbat marks the beginning of spring. It celebrates the Maiden Goddess, fertility and the birth of new life. It’s a good time for spring cleaning and welcoming new energies into your life whilst sweeping out the old. It’s also a celebration of the Irish Triple Goddess of fire, the hearth, healing, justice, inspiration and creativity, Brighid, also known in Voodoo as the death Loa Maman Brigitte and adopted into Christianity as St. Bridget.
Ostara 19th-22nd March:
The spring equinox, when day and night are of equal length again, is a celebration of the abundant life, fertility and growth that spring brings. It coincides with a Slavic tradition of burning and drowning a doll of the winter Goddess Morana to celebrate the end of winter and welcome the spring.
Beltane 1st May:
Is one of the Four Fire festivals celebrating fertility, vitality and passion. The Sun God, who has entered manhood, falls in love with the Goddess who becomes pregnant. A feast is held to celebrate their union and the Sun Gods coronation. We celebrate with a bonfire, making flower crowns and Maypole dancing.
Litha 21-23rd June:
The summer solstice, also known as Midsummer, celebrates the longest day and the time when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky. The Goddess is with child and the Sun God, also now God of the forests, is at the height of his power. After this point the light and Sun Gods power begins to wane as the nights get longer and the dark begins to return.
Lughnasadh 1st August:
Also called Lammas, this is the first of the harvest festivals. Lugh, the Irish name for the Sun God, begins to lose his strength as he enters old age. It’s a time for baking bread from the grain harvested, feasting and giving thanks for the abundance that summer has brought. This will be the last Wheel of the Year festival we celebrate for those who remain in Bournemouth for the summer.
If you miss an event, we'll be uploading recordings of our presentations to our social medias and we are working on making a shared, online Book of Shadows/Grimoire with our combined knowledge from several paths which all our members will have access to and giving our paid members access to our wonderful PowerPoints so you can read through the information even if you weren’t able to attend!
Starting the month of November we'll be having a divination fundraiser where we'll read your fortunes in Tarot, Runes, through pendulum, tea leaves, aura reading/painting, and in the palm of your very hands. So keep an eye on our socials for the when and where you can find us.
Rune reading - 12th by Wren
Palmistry & Tasseomancy - 19th by Magpie and Luci
Tarot, Pendulum and Aura - 26th by Elaina and Magpie
Wreaths & Besoms crafts, collaborated with the Permaculture society - 3rd by Luci
Volunteering at the permaculture allotment - 4th with Luci and the Permaculture Society
Yule Vs Christmas & Celebration - 10th by India
Gathering for those who stay over the holiday period - Date to be decided
Wassailing - 14th by Luci
Crystals - 21st by Wren
Norse Mythology & Thoroblot - 28th by Magpie
Celtic Mythology & Imbolc - 4th by Elaina
Lupercalia & Love spells - 11th by Elaina
Sex Dieties and Magic, collaborated with the Chainlink Society - 18th by Luci and Nathan (Chainlink)
Greek & Roman Mythology - 25th by Annmarie
Chakras Development & Meditation - 4th by Luci and Elaina
Shadow work and Grey Witchcraft - 11th by Elaina and Luci
Slavic Mythology & Ostara - 18th
Protection, Cleansing and Basic Banishing - 25th by Luci and Jay
Grimoire and Book of Shadows - 1st by Magpie
Witchcraft Health and Safety - 1st by Annmarie
Wand making craft event - 8th by Magpie
Spell Casting - 15th by Jay, Luci, and Magpie
Lucid Dreaming and Astral Projection - 22nd by Elaina
The Fae & Beltane Celebration - 29th by Elaina
Green Witchcraft - 6th by Luci
Friday the 13th and other superstitions - 13th by Luci and Magpie
Native American Mythology and Cultural Appropriation - 19th by Luci
Egyptian Mythology - 27th by Magpie
Angels and Demons - 3rd by Magpie
Kitchen Witchcraft - 10th by Jay
Candle and Incense craft event - 17th by Luci
When and Where?
Our Wheel of the Year festival celebrations are usually held at Bournemouth beach by the East Cliff zigzag (see individual fb event page for a map).
Our more regular events are usually held on Talbot Campus, room FG06 in the Fusion Building on a Friday evening.
President: India Dosanjh
Communications: Jay Adlam
Treasurer: Luci Phalp
Events & Equipment: Wren Banks
Health & Safety: Elaina Thomas
Community Liaison: Annmarie Gaskell
Keeper of the Grimoire: Connor (Magpie) Howarth