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The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic is open again for a new season. Featuring many new and old objects, they are back up and running ready for the late spring visitors. Some of the items on show include Patricia Crowther’s Goat of Mendes ritual mask, the Temple of Artemis candlesticks and Doreen Valiente’s chromed figurine featuring a hand-painted pentacle.

Image of the logo for the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic houses one of the world’s largest collections of items relating to witchcraft, the occult and magic. With over 3000 objects, a wise woman’s cottage, a herb garden and a shrine it is a memorable place. It has been in the picturesque Cornish coastal village of Boscastle since 1960 and is one of Cornwall’s most popular museums rated highly on Trip Advisor.

The Museum intrigues visitors with its collections of charms, curses, herbs and healing and sea witchcraft.
Some of the most popular items are magical tools such as glass knitting needles, objects which were used for scrying such as black mirrors, crystals and crystal balls and their collection of protection talismans made by soldiers in the trenches of World War One. The Museum also has an extensive library with other 7000 books and an archive of documents which can be viewed online or visited by appointment.
Find out more about the museum by clicking here.

Treadwell’s Books in London has a fantastic itinerary of events over the next few weeks. These events include a sold-out scrying workshop on April 14th, a magical performance called Through a Glass Darkly on April 12th (almost sold out), and a course on Western Esoteric Traditions this evening, April 4th. They also have workshops related to rune magic, as well as working magic in the city.

Treadwell’s Books is a special kind of bookstore – it features esoteric arts, great books, high culture, witchcraft, scholarship. Advanced degrees in the banned, the burned, the ridiculed. Open 7 days a week. It is a great place to learn new things, to explore the otherworldly contents of a great book, or to meet new people interested in the same things as you.

You can find out more about the shop, and visit their online shop too via their website. You can reach that by clicking here.

Celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2019 and having released 24 CDs during their impressive career, UK-based pagan/goth/folk rock band Inkubus Sukkubus have performed countless shows in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Russia, Lithuania, Finland, USA, Mexico, and Australia.

Image of the Inkubus Sukkubus 30 year anniversary artwork

Inkubus Sukkubus will be performing a live rock set on the evening of Saturday, August 24th, and are looking forward to performing, chatting with fellow pagans, signing CDs and generally partying at the wonderful Artemis Gathering. You can find out more about Inkubus Sukkubus via their Facebook by clicking here, or you can visit their website by clicking here.

ISON will be releasing their highly anticipated second album, UNISON in 4 weeks time. This is also to be accompanied by a music video from the new release.

ISON was born in autumn 2012 after a trip in the south of England, the period in which the comet with the same name was discovered. Alec and Daniele have created this experience by mixing the respective music peculiarities, finding a synthesis in the world of electronic music. Trip-hop, ethereal, ambient, darkwave and dream pop blend in mystic and dreamy atmospheres. Two voices in harmony merge with the soft and industrial sounds of the instrumental compositions: brass, strings and drums are geometrically tuned to the variety of synthetic noises.
You can find out more about ISON by clicking here.

Heilung have unleashed the first release from their upcoming album FUTHA.
The newly unveiled song, Norupo, is based on the poem known as “the Norwegian rune poem”.

Image of the upcoming album artwork from Heilung

The poem was preserved in a 17th-century copy of a now lost 13th-century manuscript. The Norwegian rune poem gives a complete description of all sixteen runes of the Younger Futhark, also commonly known as the “Viking runes”. These runes are also the foundation for the artwork of “Futha”.
Heilung is amplified history from early medieval northern Europe and should not be mistaken for a modern political or religious statement of any kind.

Find out more about Heilung by clicking here.

Cesair has added brand new merchandise to their website.
— New Merch —
We updated our website and webshop, which now includes many new items you might like!

Such as new zip-hoodies, shirts and canvas bags, sporting our new logo and the Yggdrasil artwork featured in our music video for Rúnatal.
We are particularly proud to let you know that our debut album, Dies Nox et Omnia, is finally back in stock after two years. This is the original album from 2013, with all original tracks, including Graeica, Canso, Mal Casada and Bergatrollets Friari. It has been remastered by Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer Darcy Proper and now comes in a new, different digipack with a separate 32-page booklet.
Click here to visit their shop and find out more about Cesair.

Spirit Music

Music is something that we all have in common. Everyone enjoys listening to a certain type of music or a certain song that appeals to them. The thing I have always wondered, however, is why people enjoy music so much. It’s everywhere; from adverts to on the radio in shops. Most of the time we don’t even notice that it’s there.

I’ve spoken to five different people to get their thoughts and views on why music is so close to our hearts. They’re all from different backgrounds and they all do different things in the world but they all enjoy music and the spirituality it brings for them.

I first wanted to look at the effect of music on the emotions and how it can alter them either positively or negatively and how this can help in the long term.

Niamh Ni Bhroin is a singer/songwriter who is known as the Singing Warrior. She had an abusive past that ran from childhood through to adulthood. She undertook a Shamanic exercise in 2010 and since then has become unstoppable, using music as a creative source of freedom and healing. She believes that the body and soul needs a creative output to make sure it functions correctly;

Our sub-conscious body-soul seems to react to the playing or experience of music. There is nothing more powerful than to experience feelings when listening to a certain song or creating music to help others. These gifts are paramount to helping us remain healthy on a spiritual level.

niamh ni Bhroin

Mike Stygal is a practising Pagan heavily involved in the Pagan Federation in London. He has explained that though some of the music he chooses is spiritual, he would be lying if he claimed it all were.

Some music I choose to listen to consciously because of the spiritual connection. Most music because it appeals to me. I could probably invent spiritual connections for all the music I listen to. But it would be pure invention.

mike stygal

So keeping this in mind, the spirit is something that needs to be fed happiness to keep the entire body satisfied. If you think about the example of watching a scary film, it’s more than likely the music which will put you on edge and make it seem scarier than it is; same as with a sad film. These things are put in there to appeal to all levels of your senses.

Musicians have a lot in common with the creators of films and movies- they piece together songs and lyrics to make the people listening take notice and understand what they’re saying. The urge to create is something which comes naturally to all humans and for most, music is an outlet of inner thoughts and emotions.

OMNIA, a PaganFolk band managed independently by Jenny and Steve Sic Evans van der Harten believe that the world needs more spirit and nature in it.

Our inspiration comes, as always, from nature and life. Most of our songs are written in a wooden chalet in the Belgian Ardennes, in the middle of a forest. The peace we find there brings us music and ideas… OMNIA grows like a tree, organically, and we never really know beforehand where the next branch is going to sprout from, or where the saplings take root.


Adam Broadhurst is the singer of Under A Banner, an alternative rock band from Wolverhampton with a very real message. He believes that music is a very good place for escapism, to lose yourself when things might get too much.

I have always found solace and escapism to be inherent in music… I’d much rather sing and play an acoustic guitar under a tree than sit in any kind of office and type or fill in a form; music is magic and I’m a hippy at heart…

Adam broadhurst, Under a banner

So that’s just music in general. When it comes to more spiritual-based music, such as shamanic drumming, it can all get a little different and intense. The shamanic drum is used as a vehicle or a ‘horse’ for the shaman to trance and go somewhere on a journey within themselves. Drumming techniques are a widely used method for this.

Mike Stygal uses different drumming methods for journeys;

Shamanic drumming can be an aid to entering into an altered state of consciousness…. a trance-like state that can enable me to enter into communication with the spirit realm.

Mike stygal

Once in the trance state Ross Heaven, a shamanic practitioner and leader of many courses in the ways of being a shaman; uses Icaros or medicine songs in plant ceremonies in Peru to heal and free the spirits of people who need it. Taken from an article he has written on he explains the use of the Icaros.

Icaros may be magical chants or a melody that is whistled, sung, or whispered into the ayahuasca brew. They may also be sung directly into the energy field of a person who is to be healed during a ceremony. An icaro can be regarded as an energetic force charged with positive or healing intent that the shaman stores inside his body and are able to transmit to another person or to the brew itself so that this positive energy is ingested when the mixture is drunk. There are precise and specific icaros for many different purposes – to cure snake bites, for example, or to clarify the vision during ayahuasca ceremonies, to communicate with the spirit world, or even to win the love of a woman…

Ross heaven, the four gates

Shamans are incredible healers with potent and powerful abilities to help anyone who needs it. Personal healing is another thing that most people in this 21st-century world are seeking. You can see it in the number of self-help books which are put out into bookshelves the world over- everyone wants to be happy because all their energy is being expended into someone else’s business or money without them thinking about it. If everyone were to get a job somewhere they love and sing along and dance to the songs they enjoy, they would be living a much happier existence.

Niamh believes everyone has a healing song that they should embrace and use whenever necessary.

We are all Wounded Warriors and the greatest tools that we can utilize in ‘holding our own medicine’ is through our creativity. It is imagination that helps us move beyond the world of the reality we have created in our Society…It is up to the individual to release the anchors of negative beliefs to move forward. Everybody has their own ‘healing song

Niamh ni bhroin

OMNIA also want to spread the idea of healing the world and therefore healing each other through that. When asked who they would like to spend an evening with, they chose Xavier Rudd; a wonderful musician and multi-tasker playing the didgeridoo, guitar, drums and all kinds of other instruments at the same time. He is indeed a one-man band.

He (Xavier) is for me the biggest solace, in knowing that there are people that think and feel the same way as we do, trying to open people’s eyes, and he is such a positive energy, not giving up hope, although the times are very trying and the mutant-monkey-world is really going berserk killing our Mother…We often feel very lonely and lost, and his music gives us the strength to go on and at least try to make a difference.


Adam from Under a Banner also feels that being able to interact with other musicians and the fans is a healing experience as it’s a unity of feelings;

…playing musical instruments, singing and feeding off the energy of others, who are either doing the same or being receptive to what you are doing, is definitely a very real form of spirituality; it is a way of tapping into the essence of what lies beyond.

Adam broadhurst – Under a banner

So after listening to what different people have to say, I believe that dancing and music is one of the best forms of therapy. So if you’re feeling low, get up and put on a song- or play one if you can!- and just enjoy the feeling. I’m sure it will help.

This article was originally featured in Indie Shaman Magazine

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