What we're about
Paganism is a growing spiritual path in London the UK and across the world its a way of life rooted in nature religions of old - Witchcraft, Wicca, Druidry, Celtic paganism, Heathenry and Shamanism.
The London Pagan Community operates as a voluntary organisation founded by The British Witchcraft Society - Traditionals of Albion.
to act as a resource providing information on paganism and pagan events run within London and surrounding areas.
The LPC aims to:
Promote and run events for pagans in and around London
Become a point of contact for support and friendship for all pagans
To establish communication between pagan groups through the promotion of events and gatherings
Sacred Sites of London and Surrounding Areas
Being rich in ancient sites and history makes London a fantastic place to live, visit, explore as well as learn about our ancient traditions and pagan people.
Writing in Prehistoric London (http://www.artisanpublishers.com/bk_prehistoric_london.html) in 1925, E O Gordon said there was traditional evidence of two stone circles and at least 4 mounds in London. Research by other writers since then, has led to speculation that London had at one point many Standing Stones and other places of worship, which presumably were destroyed or had Churches built on them from the time after the Saxon invasion of Britain in the 4th century AD, and the subsequent Saxon capture of the city in the 6th century AD. This is a summary of some of the most commonly accepted sites:
Stone Circles/Standing StonesThe Temple of the Stag Goddess, Diana, Central London
Built on the site of the present St. Paul's cathedral, a lunar site traditionally recognised as being ruled by the Moon Goddess and Goddess of Hunting, Diana. Consequently it has also been closely associated with the worship of the Stag and the Horned God. According to legend, as recorded by in 1136, seventy years after the Norman Conquest of England, a Welsh cleric named Geoffrey of Monmouth completed a work in Latin which he titled Historia Regum Britanniae, or History of the Kings of Britain. This a detailed narrative which begins with the Trojan diaspora which followed the fall of Troy. Geoffrey said that King Brutus (who gave his name to Britain), was guided by the goddess Diana to lead Britain's first inhabitants to the island, arriving around 1100 BC. Thus, it is worth speculating whether Brutus (Brwth) himself was connected with the Pagan site which once stood on St. Paul's Cathedral.
The site is also connected with the King Lud, who gave his name to the present day Ludgate Circus and Ludgate Hill, on on which St. Paul's Cathedral stands. Heli (Beli Mawr in the Welsh) in about the year 113 BC. Lud, the son of Heli (Beli Mawr), became King in 73 BC. Lud rebuilt the city of London that King Brutus had founded and had named New Troy, and renamed it Caerlud, the city of Lud, after his own name. The name of the city was later corrupted to Caerlundein, which the Romans took up as Londinium, hence London. At his death, Lud was buried in an entrance to the city that still bears his name, Ludgate. My intuition tells me that Ludgate Hill was a scared site for the Celts, probably because of it's connections with Brutus and Lud.
The destruction of the Pagan temple at Ludgate Hill happened in 597 AD, when this sacred site of the Celtic Britons had the first St. Paul's Cathedral on Ludgate Hill - bulit by the Saxon King Aethelbert of Kent. However, after Aethelbert and one of his subordinate Kings Saeberht of Essex both died in 616 AD, the people of London reverted back to Paganism, and leading Christian clerics such as Mellitus where forced to flee the city. It would be another fifty years before Christianity once more took hold - meaning that London was a Pagan city up until the 7th century AD.
Apparently when the building of the present St. Paul's cathedral began in 1675, architect Sir Christopher Wren, discovered remains of the Stag Goddess temple in the foundations of the previous Catherdral destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666.
The site of the the Maze at Maze Hill, Greenwich has many geomantric and shamanistic sites, the original Maze Hill, for example, was a almost certainly an initiation centre, probably dating from pre-Christian times. Such sites once existed all over the island of Britain. According to Jack Gale writing in Other Meridians, Another Greenwich, Morden College in Blackheath is believed to have built a on maze "not unlike that on the slopes of Glastonbury Tor". (1) One author E O Gordon described after visiting the area, how the Maze is still visible in what looks like a natural basin in which Morden College nestles. She concluded that the physical features and the basins contours indicated the site of the Maze:
Now the site of the White Tower in the Tower of London. This ancient and sacred site is said to have been the burial site of Bran's Head. As Bran was the crow god in Celtic mythology, the Raven's in the Tower are all that remains of the worship of the sacred head of Bran. It was thought that as long as Bran's Head was buried in the White Hill facing France, Britain would always be safe from invasion. However, in the 6th century AD, the Celtic chieften Arthur Pendragon disinterred it claiming only he would guarantee the safety this island. He removed Bran's Head, and as had been predicted by Merlin, Celtic rule started to collapse under Saxon invasion and was finally wiped out in Cornwall and Wales by the 16th century. (The White Goddess, Robert Graves).
Curtesy of London's Sacred Sites
For more information on events were running please message or email our organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are a few links and resource sites we also organise worth checking out:
BRITISH WITCHCRAFT SOCIETY - TRADITIONALS OF ALBION
PRACTICAL WITCHCRAFT THEROY AND PRACTICE
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In much love and light I wish you many bright blessings
Clive (Representing The London Pagan Community)