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.
What do we do?
Our society aims to celebrate all Pagan festivals, specifically the solstices and equinoxes of the Wheel of the Year but we always aim to accommodate a large range of festivals from a variety of beliefs.
Events will include information on the history, practices, astrological celebrations, herbal medicine and culture of different Pagan religions. As well as introducing our members to the basics of witchcraft with arts and crafts events such as making wands, candles and other accoutrements for your altar, we will also be holding events focused on understanding the types and uses of crystals, the divinatory meaning of runes and tarot cards, how to cleanse your home and aura and how different herbs, candles and natural items can be used in a multitude of spells.
We take part in many collaborative events with other green societies throughout the year and are planning fundraising events as well as trips to Stonehenge and beyond.
We also strive to improve people’s perceptions of Pagan beliefs, educate our members about the true essence of witchcraft and reduce historical prejudice.
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’re 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.
Activities Awards (April 2nd 2019)
When and Where?
Our Wheel of the Year festival celebrations are usually held at Bournemouth beach on the left side of the pier.
Our more regular events are usually held on Talbot Campus. Dates and locations TBA
President: Elaina Thomas
Communications: Tatiana Lütgens
Treasurer: Georgia Vigar
Equipment: Connor Howarth
Health & Safety: Anna Król
Events: Wren Blanks
Community Liaison: Annmarie Phillips