Yule Festivities

Friends, pagans, friendly non-pagans, those of an interested bent – or better still, of an interesting bent, fnerk – please lend us your winter-weary peepers for a moment or two, as we declare the announcement of the Yule Bash for 2015.

The aforementioned frolics will take place at the Eyre Chapel in Newbold at 19:30 hours (that’s half past seven in the evening), on the 19 December. In 2015. That’s this year – so, ooh! Not far to go, yay!

Many of you will be familiar with the venue, but if not, it’s the chapel behind the Nag’s Head pub off the B6051 Newbold Road in Chesterfield. If you’re sat-navving, the postcode is S41 8RJ.  Just go up the side of the pub and you’ll find a car park with some gates at the far end. Beyond those gates is another car park, for parking. Then, out of car, follow the path with the twinkly lights twinkly twinkly – and then: revels and merriment.

There will be a ritual, handfasting – and it’s open season on entertaining turns. If you have a talent (family friendly, for preference), and would like to flaunt it brazenly in front of everyone, we’d love to see it, so please let us know.

Elsewise, we’ll see you there. :o)

Did you know? Witchipedia

Lovely folks,

Did you know about a lovely free online encyclopedia made just for us pagan and occult types?  It’s called Witchipedia, and you can find it HERE so head on over and browse through their content, ask a question, or answer someone elses!  Add to their articles or create ones of your own, find answers to your research questions or just generally  have a browse round.

Samhain Greetings

Hail to you and your ancestors and spirits this Samhain day (and night!) stepping into the dark half of the year, with as much reverence for the blustery, wet and cold days of autumn leaves, as our appreciation of the first flowers of Spring, or Summer’s colourful extravagance.  Sure, we might just need to dig out an extra jumper, and think to finding out exactly where our mittens went after last winter, but these wild days have a beauty of their own.

Samhain Ritual and Celebration 2015

It’s getting dark out there.  The leaves are going their shiny bronzey-gold-y sort of shades, and it’s all getting very autumnal. Some might even say it’s nudging towards the wintery bit.  And with the grain and the fruit harvests safely gathered in, the livestock start looking a bit edgy.

And our thoughts turn traditionally towards reflection on the fading year, the things that are ending, and those who have moved on to other realms, and we may perhaps think, “Damn, but it’s gloomy. Shall we have a knees up?”

Samhain – Summer’s End – the Third Harvest.  It’s a time of sober contemplation, of due attention paid to the ancestors, and for the parting of ways.  It’s a time of preparation for the deepest, darkest winter still to come.  But it’s also a time of warmth and comfort: of closeness to our friends and family still with us, of hope and inspiration, and a time to renew connections we might have lost.

With all that in mind, then. Chesterfield Pagans would like to announce our forthcoming Right Good Old Samhain Bash.

Please feel free to join us, beginning at 19:30 hours on 30 October 2015, at the Eyre Chapel in Newbold, Chesterfield – behind the Nag’s Head pub off Newbold Road. The postcode, for them using the satellitey steering magics, is S41 8RJ.

We intend – should weather allow it – to begin with an outdoor ritual to mark the Turn of the Wheel and to honour the ancestors (inside if sloshing down, blowing a gale or just too cold).  After the ritual, the party.  There will be a fancy dress competition, a pumpkin-carving competition (adult and child sections in both competitions), and a food share – bring a little something along if you’d like to participate; it needn’t be big or expensive.

There will be drumming during the ritual, so playable-while-standing-up drums suggested – and no doubt afterwards as well.

Let us know via the comments system if you’ve any queries, or visit the Facebook page HERE if you prefer.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Now that you’ve all recovered from this years Lammas camp, Tiro and  I have something for you to think about.

Oceans cover over 2/3 of the surface of our planet, from shallow sandy beaches to deep arctic waters, life can be found going down into the Challenger Deep, 10,916 metres, which equates to 35,814 feet below us.  Water varies in temperature, salinity, density and chemical composition to provide the most variable habitat on the planet.

So: here’s where you get to have a think:

What do oceans mean to you?  Do you have a favourite memory of an ocean, visiting the seaside, or perhaps diving or fishing?  Do you feel a spiritual connection to salt water, or a liminality when on the shore?  A sense of ‘between places’?  Or is your connection to a marine animal?  Given the choice and capability would you live underwater, either in an adapted habitat or in open water?  Would you study marine biology or oceanography if given the opportunity?

Send your answers on a starfish, frilled shark tooth or alternatively, leave us a comment :)


Lovely folks, if you’re anything like us, you’re still recovering from the fabulousness that was this years Lammas Camp.  I have sunburn on my feet.  Just thought you might want to know…

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