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News & Updates 02.05.2019

Here we will feature news stories, events and updates of interest every Thursday. If you are part of an organisation based in Paganism, witchcraft or related subjects, please get in touch and we can share your events!


Treadwell’s Books are hosting a storytelling workshop on 28th May focused on the so-called ‘Lost Gods’ of England. This workshop looks into subjects such as how the names of the week were established, along with revealing the folklore, mythology and old folk practices which contain traces of the pagan English gods.

The evening is held by Andreas Kornevall, a mythographer and storyteller. He will talk about the main myth cycles throughout Northern Europe. He will also talk about the old English gods and their magic, including runes and charms. The evening will conclude with a short ceremony.

You can find out more about the event by clicking here. Alternatively, follow all of Treadwell’s events by clicking here.


ISON released their second full-length album on May 1st, Beltane. They also released the first music video from the album for the song Stranger79.

Unison, their second album, features 8 tracks of haunting, experimental music. Their music video for Stranger79 is a mysterious narrative, and I recommend you check it out!

You can find out more about ISON by clicking here. You can get their new album via Amazon here, via Google Play here, via iTunes here and listen on Spotify here.


Porthilly Spirit – as part of the Porthilly Spirit festival, there will be a talk about Cornish Tales of Witchcraft and Magic by Simon Costin, the director of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle, Cornwall.

Simon will be speaking about the history of the museum, its founder Cecil Williamson and its unique collection of over 3000 magical objects and over 7000 books. The museum will celebrate being in Boscastle for 60 years next year and this talk will illustrate, what is the largest public collection in the world of occult and magical objects.

From their website: “Porthilly Spirit was born out of a dream to create a space to unplug, reconnect and be curious. Porthilly Spirit opens the farm’s first chapter by throwing open the gates and inviting you to join the celebrations for a long weekend of outdoor adventures, music, sumptuous feasting and inquisitive conversation.” Find out more via their website by clicking here.


Satanic Temple – though not all witches are Satanists, some are. The Satanic Temple is not a federally recognised church in the USA, a huge move for religious freedom.

From the official statement of the Satanic Temple:

“The Satanic Temple (TST), the world’s most eminent modern Satanic religious organization, is celebrating their recent approval – recognition as a legally protected Satanic church, receiving 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS. This status, elevated beyond the previous designation as a religious non-profit, is a culmination of years establishing itself as a constitutionally protected class, completely encompassing all attributes designated to churches that are uniquely distinct from other charities and/or religious groups.”

The satanic temple, april 2019

You can read the full statement from them here (opens in a new window). There is a more in-depth article here focused around the history of the temple, as well as looking at people’s reactions in the United States.


Remember, if you run a pagan event, own a pagan shop with events coming up, or something has happened in the pagan scene that you want us to write about, let us know!

News and Updates: 25.04.2019

We missed out last week on news and updates, as we were out of the office on a much-needed long weekend. We hope you enjoyed the long weekend, whatever you did with it!


HekseCast aims to bring you news and updates of interest every Thursday. If you are involved in an organisation which is relevant or know of any events, please do get in touch to have your news/event featured here.


ISON are releasing their second official studio album next week. Called Unison, they will also be releasing their newest music video for one of their brand new songs, Stranger79.

ISON was born in autumn 2012 after a trip to 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 and their music by clicking here.


Circle of Spears Productions are set to start performing their play WITCH from 5th May at the Boscastle Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.

Promotional poster for the WITCH performances

I wanted to be able to combine my knowledge of history with my love of theatre and came up with the idea of dramatising actual transcripts from English witch trials in order to explore the social issues which contributed to accusations of witchcraft. I also wanted to find a performance space that was both intimate and evocative.
Where better to perform a play about witch trials than in the library at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic?

Tracy Norman, writer of Witch

You can find out more about the performance company can be found here, and you can purchase tickets via their shop which you can find here.


Ravenzcraft Arts has their latest interview live on their site. This one is with the artist and creator behind the musical project Gealdýr.

The interview is with Jonathan Barendsma, and was released on 20th April 2019. You can find the interview by clicking here.

The next interview from Ravenzcraft Arts is due out on May 10th with Blòt heathen. There is an official event set up for this so you can stay up to date with the updates and the discussion. You can find the event by clicking here.


Remember, if you run a pagan event, own a pagan shop with events coming up, or something has happened in the pagan scene that you want us to write about, let us know!

News & Updates 11.04.19

Every Thursday we scour the internet for news and updates of interest to you! If you run a pagan event, own a pagan shop with events coming up, or something has happened in the pagan scene that you want us to write about, let us know.


SHIREEN are releasing the music video for their song So Human of You on 12.04.2019. It has taken a little longer than they anticipated, but they are extremely proud to share this new video. We are very much looking forward to seeing it!

You can see their previous video for UMAI by clicking here. Their very first music video was for their song Unmarked. You can also find that by clicking here.


Vikingecenter Fyrkat begins their new season from the 18th to 22nd April. There are many events over the days, including seeing how old bronze casting worked, and hear all about the myths and truths surrounding the Viking age jewellery, as well as hearing about the local finds in the area. You can find more via their Facebook event here, or head over to their website here.



As well as the new season, the Vikingecenter Fyrkat have their Viking market a little later this year. July 6-7th is the Viking market based in Hobro, North Jutland. You can find the event for that by clicking here.


Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic is a new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London. This exhibition aims to break down and look at various aspects of magic – from performance magic to the more supernatural kind – and how different factors can influence our perception. Entry is free, and the exhibition runs from 11th April until 15th September 2019.
Find out more about the exhibition and also the Wellcome Collection by clicking here.


STRANGE ENCOUNTERS: THE HORSE IN BRITISH FOLKLORE is an upcoming workshop talking about everything related to the horse in British folklore. The workshops are a combination of folklore, storytelling and creating small silver talismans, exploring and respecting the traditions of the islands of Britain and their place in the landscape.

This workshop is on Saturday 25th May from 10am – 4.30pm at the Museum of Witchcraft & Magic in Cornwall. You can find out more about the event by clicking here.


Remember, if you run a pagan event, own a pagan shop with events coming up, or something has happened in the pagan scene that you want us to write about, let us know!

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