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We are all very much looking forward to Janet and Gavin’s first ever visit to the museum and their day of talks. Tickets are still available so book now to …

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We are all very much looking forward to Janet and Gavin’s first ever visit to the museum and their day of talks. Tickets are still available so book now to avoid missing what promises to be a fascinating and insightful day. To buy a ticket simply use paypal with the museums email and use the reference ‘Janet&Gavin’.

museumwitchcraft@aol.com

 

The Evolution of Wicca:
The Changing Face of Witchcraft

A talk by Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone on the development of Witchcraft since the 1960’s
and how it is an evolving tradition. They examine the ‘patterns’ that have occurred over the
last few decades which show this process at work. They started running their first ‘progressive’
coven’ in 2001 based on these patterns, and have since been responsible for seeding similar
covens in the United States, UK, Belgium and Italy, based on the principle that all
traditions must evolve to suit their natural and social environments.
Part of this has included the integration of native trance practises, including trance-prophesy
and deity-connection. This talk includes discussions on traditions, solitary practise, initiation
(self and into covens), and the degree system, and the movement towards ‘deity-centred witchcraft’.
They come to the conclusion that the more witchcraft adapts to modern culture the more in
fact it returns back to its original roots – a Priesthood of service.

Sex, Death and Mysteries:
A multi-media presentation by
Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone

Janet and Gavin explore the relationship between witchcraft and magic with sexuality
and death. This look at both the psychological aspects and the mythic, exploring the theories
of the founding fathers of modern psychology and how they relate to the ancient mystery
practises of our pagan ancestors, drawing from Greek, Egyptian, Assyro-Babylonian and
contemporary and ancient Hindu mythology. Looking at their evolution in to the modern
fairy myths which hide many of the secrects of the ancient Mystery Schools. It comes to some
interesting conclusions regarding how both Eastern and Western culture draw form those same
intrinsic mysteries of the human mind and heart.

 

 

 

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Author: simon
Posted: March 19, 2019, 1:43 am

We received this nostalgic image via our Facebook page. It shows Cecil Williamson’s original painting of a witch on her broomstick which has now been reproduced on the exterior of …

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We received this nostalgic image via our Facebook page. It shows Cecil Williamson’s original painting of a witch on her broomstick which has now been reproduced on the exterior of the door behind the shrine.

‘Me, my Dad and my little brother in the early 80’s. We travelled around England for two weeks and my Mother had read about the Museum. Knowing my interest in the supernatural, she wanted us to visit. We will try to come back again some day… love from Sweden, Albin’.

Do you have any vintage images of the museum? We would love to see them and keep a copy in the museums archive.

 

 

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Author: simon
Posted: March 19, 2019, 1:23 am

Our May Conference is shaping up to be a really interesting weekend of talks. Subjects so far include- Diane Purkiss – The South Moray Witches: landscape and belief Heather Freeman …

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Our May Conference is shaping up to be a really interesting weekend of talks. Subjects so far include-

Diane Purkiss – The South Moray Witches: landscape and belief

Heather Freeman – Familiar Shapes: Early Modern Familiars and Social Bots

Emmy Vye – Witchcraft and The Archetype of the Medial Woman

Zoe Mitchell – A deed without a name: Witchcraft in modern poetry and the role of the witch in creative practice

Full details will be posted over the coming weeks.

Tickets are available at £25 for the weekend via PayPal – museumwitchcraft@aol.com

Please put ‘GOWDIE’ as an instruction/reference.

Price includes admission to conference as well as entry to the Museum on Saturday and Sunday.

Should you have any questions please email the museum. Times will be confirmed once the full list of speakers has been confirmed but we will start at 10am on each morning. Please try to book early as there were a lot of disappointed people last year when we sold out!

 

 

 

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Author: simon
Posted: February 23, 2019, 11:50 am

Getting ready for the new season always involves thinking about the museum window. This year, Simon and Marti, (it was Marti who created the Stag’s head which graced the window …

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Getting ready for the new season always involves thinking about the museum window. This year, Simon and Marti, (it was Marti who created the Stag’s head which graced the window for several years) combined their talents to create something in tune with this years new exhibition, Betwixt and Between. Isobel Gowdie, the Witch of Auldearn.

Marti has this to say about the Hare.
‘Hares have long held an association with witches and magic. Isobel Gowdie, the famous Scottish witch of Auldearn, spoke of being sent on an errand by the devil and her subsequent transformation into a hare to secretly traverse the countryside. To outwit a pack of dogs in pursuit, she ran from house to house until she had the opportunity to repeat the charm that would transform her back to human form. The bite of a dog, whilst not fatal to a ‘shape shifter’ in animal form, could result in ‘wound doubling’ upon the body of the witch, when the original human form was resumed.
Inspired by Isobel’s transformations and the old belief in the ‘otherworldly’ nature of hares, I have fashioned a hare as ‘nazarlik’, the protective tribal amulets found in Anatolia and Central Asia.
From protective blue-eye beads, to spectacular wall hangings constructed of shells, mirrors and tassels, nazarlik have been averting ill-wishing and evil influences for ages, their roots extending back to the pre-Islamic, shamanistic origins of Anatolia and Central Asia.
Nazarlik employ a range of devices to confound evil influences. Intertwining bright coloured beadwork attracts and dissipates evil influences in a similar way to tangled threads in a witch’s ball, or the swirls of colour in a glass cane.
Bright colours ward off the evil eye. Perhaps most notable is turquoise, long held as a protector and fortune bringer. Supreme in its powers of protection, it was worn by both the Ancient Egyptians and Persians.
Mirrors reflect back evil influence and send out beams of positive sunlight. The traditional Anatolian belief is that evil does not wish to look upon its own reflection. Mirrors are often included in nazarlik, whether created to protect the home or as the trappings of horses and camels.
Cowrie shells have been associated with good luck, protection and used as a currency by many ancient cultures. In nazarlik they form ancient protective motifs in combination with buttons and beads. Triangular forms, stars and flowers exemplify shapes associated with protection.
Small amulets and found objects add their own qualities of protective power to nazarlik. Blue glass eye beads, Egyptian scarabs, and the Hand of Fatima. Bound thorns, picked by a powerful enchantress and her familiar under a Blood Wolf Moon, pierce evil influences and offer their protection. Ancient arrowheads or ‘Elf- Bolts’, given to Isobel by the Devil, become symbols of defence and protection as part of this nazarlik’.

Simon worked with Ava Asaadi to produce a magical tree representing the four seasons, as a backdrop for the Hare. Each and everyone of the leaves were hand printed from a lino-cut that Simon made and then applied to the tree along with dried acorns.

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Author: simon
Posted: February 22, 2019, 8:53 am

On May 18th & 19th  the Museum will host its annual conference on the subject of Isobel Gowdie to complement our 2019 exhibition. It will be held in the Wellington …

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On May 18th & 19th  the Museum will host its annual conference on the subject of Isobel Gowdie to complement our 2019 exhibition. It will be held in the Wellington Hotel, Boscastle, Cornwall UK.

If you would like to present a paper please send an abstract of no more than 200 words together with a brief biographical note to: museumwitchcraft@aol.com 

Deadline for abstracts is March 11th 2019

The subject is vast so papers can be as broad or as specific as you wish. Themes to address include, but are not restricted to, the following:

– Shape-shifting in witchcraft and folklore
– The witchcraft trials in Scotland
– Misogyny in the 17thC and beyond
– Fairy Belief
– Isobel Gowdie’s influence on contemporary witchcraft practice
– Shamanism and Christianity
– Sex with the Devil
– Cunning Folk
– Flying salves and Witch Flight

Notification of acceptance – 18th March 2019

For any enquiries regarding the conference please contact:
museumwitchcraft@aol.com

We are unable to cover travel or accommodation expenses.

 

 

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Author: simon
Posted: February 15, 2019, 12:46 pm

We are delighted to announce that Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone will be making their very first visit to the museum on April 20th and giving a day of talks …

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We are delighted to announce that Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone will be making their very first visit to the museum on April 20th and giving a day of talks at the Wellington Hotel, Boscastle. Janet and Gavin are both keen supporters of the museum and have donated a number of important objects over the years. Janet is a British Wiccan Priestess and teacher who along with her first husband, Stewart Farrar, were hugely influential in the Pagan community. Janet and Stewart published numerous books on the subject of Witchcraft, Magic and Paganism.

Gavin Bone joined them in 1993 and worked with them on several publications including – The Pagan Path, a study of Paganism worldwide, The Healing Craft and The Complete Dictionary of European Gods and Goddesses. Since Stewart’s death in 2000, the two have continued their work together and published, Progressive Witchcraft:  Spirituality, the Mysteries and Training in Modern Wicca.

Tickets are expected to sell out quickly so do book via Paypal with the museums email address.

 

 

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Author: simon
Posted: February 12, 2019, 10:41 am

Hannah, Joyce and Gypsy recently enrolled on a First Aid course and all passed with flying colours! Gypsy will also be attending a 3-day Health & Safety course shortly so …

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Hannah, Joyce and Gypsy recently enrolled on a First Aid course and all passed with flying colours! Gypsy will also be attending a 3-day Health & Safety course shortly so that by the time we reopen on April 1st, the museum team should be up to speed on all the latest rules and regulations and ready to face the new season.

 

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Author: simon
Posted: February 1, 2019, 9:52 pm

We are pleased to announce the dates for this years candlelit evenings. Come along and experience the museum in a whole new way by atmospheric candlelight. We look forward to …

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We are pleased to announce the dates for this years candlelit evenings. Come along and experience the museum in a whole new way by atmospheric candlelight. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

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Author: simon
Posted: January 27, 2019, 3:16 pm

As many of you may know, whilst the sign on the door says closed, the museum team are far from taking it easy. The months when we close are vital …

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As many of you may know, whilst the sign on the door says closed, the museum team are far from taking it easy. The months when we close are vital for us. The building is checked over and any repairs needed are undertaken. The previous years temporary exhibition is taken down and the new one installed. Our online shop still has orders that need to be packaged and sent and emails and enquiries still need to be answered.

The new season is looking fantastic with a full programme of talks, workshops and events. Our annual May Conference is on the weekend of the 18th & 19th and also a new Autumn Equinox Conference – Pendle Witches. Our publication, The Enquiring Eye, will continue to be published twice a year and the season is set to end with the Dark Gathering on October 26th.

So even if you’ve visited us before, there will be plenty of reasons to return in 2019. The museum will reopen on April 1st.

 

 

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Author: simon
Posted: January 19, 2019, 9:53 pm

For all those who love the museum! Call for contributions Museum of Witchcraft and Magic Anniversary Book In December 2004, in the wrecked building of the Museum of Witchcraft, a …

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For all those who love the museum!
Call for contributions
Museum of Witchcraft and Magic Anniversary Book

In December 2004, in the wrecked building of the Museum of Witchcraft, a group of friends stood and reflected on their memories and experiences of the Museum. It was this that started the healing process the brought the Museum back to life.

During this event, Judith Noble suggested the idea of collecting these thoughts into a book to celebrate 60 years of the Museum of Witchcraft and 50 of those years being in Boscastle. Kerriann Godwin then edited a collection of thoughts and words, supported by the Museum of Witchcraft and Friends of the Museum of Witchcraft, and The Museum of Witchcraft: A Magical History, A Collection of Memories Celebrating 60 Years was published in 2011 with 51 contributors.

This year, at a meeting of the trustees of Friends of the Museum, Ben Verhaevert asked about availability of this book and possible reprint and then a discussion followed suggesting that we publish a new collection of thoughts and words to celebrate 70 years of the Museum, 60 years in Boscastle, and that is where we are now.

This is a call for contributions for the new collection (maximum 3 submissions per person).

1000 words of prose (NO POETRY PLEASE, as a .doc or .docx file)
An image (please compress for initial submission or use dropbox /sharing file)

We reserve the right to edit submissions.

It may not be possible to include all submissions into the printed version of the book, however, ALL contributions will be made available as a PDF on the website at a later date.

This will be a limited edition book.

Contracts will be issued to all selected contributors for the book; there will not be a payment for work selected, for the book or when published online. Contracts for online submissions will be sent after the initial book contracts. All contributors will be notified of the outcome of their submission after the deadline.

Please email your submissions to louise.fenton@wlv.ac.uk
If you have any questions, please email Louise Fenton (trustee) at this email address.

DEADLINE: 21st JUNE 2019

This is a project supported by Friends of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.

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Author: simon
Posted: December 18, 2018, 1:34 pm