Gylden Community is a magickal and spiritual group. We support, promote and organise pagan events within the Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and Berkshire areas. It's a place for all those who feel drawn to nature-based beliefs and for meeting like-minded folk. You’ll find us at spiritual events throughout Southern England, celebrating sabbats, publishing regular magickal help and having lots of laughter at gigs, picnics and socials too.
Gylden Community is not a traditional pagan group. We link to our friends in Basingstoke, Portsmouth, Bracknell, Farnham and anywhere else that hosts magickal or spiritual groups. We visit to share fellowship – and they can visit us too.
As a pagan library, we share knowledge and experience with others, not only via monthly publications or online files, but also at themed discussions or fayres where we can put aside time to show others what each of us can do or have learned along our specific pathways.
Gylden Community works with Surrey Faith Links, Woking Action for Peace and other Interfaith bodies to promote spiritual tolerance. We raise funds for charity whenever possible via our presence at public fayres. In 2019, we raised donations for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice and for Step By Step charities. See also www.http://surreyfaithlinks.org.uk/
Our regular monthly magazine is also on: www.facebook.com/groups/gyldenpaganfellowship/
Our November 2020 issue includes the following highlights:
Visit our Gylden Magick magazine archives for past issues.
Pagan/ spiritual groups in the Gylden Community area - all are listed on meet-up or Facebook.
Arun Traditional Witchcraft (Arundel)
Association of Sussex Pagans
Basingstoke Pagan Circle
Basingstoke Pagan Moots
The Circle of Ankerwycke (Staines)
CoA Mid-Sussex Pagans (Sompting)
CoA Southampton Witches
Colours of the Oak Moot (Bracknell)
Crawley and Horsham Pagan Moot
The Enchanted Market (Bracknell)
Godalming and Villages Moot
Guildford Mantra Meditation
Guardians of the Grove (Chichester)
Hampshire Pagans for Environmental Change (Southampton)
Holistic Chi (Portsmouth)
Horndean Positive Living Group
Horsham and West Sussex Pagans
Moon Rituals Portsmouth
North Surrey Pagan Circle (Weybridge)
Pagan Pride South (Southampton)
Rollright Circle of Friends (Chipping Norton)
Rowan & Thorn Druid Grove (Alton)
Seasons of Albion Moot (Farnham)
The Witches' Inn (Redhill)
Worthing Pagan Moot
Zen Holistics Group
Here is a list of past issues of Gylden Magick for you to browse.
Here is a list of past issues of Gylden Magick for you to browse.
Samhain (pronounced sow-wen) is a Celtic fire festival, at the mid-point between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It is both the end of one year and the start of the next - this year, it runs from the evening of 31 October to the evening of 1 November, but the Celtic festival lasted 3-6 days.
It was a community event for all in the Celtic settlements, both farmers and druids with ritual bonfires. Samhain marked the end of the harvest season (end of summer) and the beginning of winter – in fact, the Saxons described it as the Feast of Winter.
It is the time of year when the gates between this world and the next are open. It is a time both of communicating with the spirits (honouring the ancestors) and a time of divination or scrying, when the forebears could be asked for advice. For some pagans, Samhain is known as the Festival of the Returning Dead and it is common to find dumb suppers featured during personal ceremonies, a custom that originated in medieval times.
Our acceptance of this change is vital so that we can plan new ideas or seeds for the spring planting: winter is a time for all to rest, reflect and renew our energy for the future. This is a time for dreams, to remember the past and to build longer term visions. So, as the winter starts and the old year ends, we honour our ancestors and embrace our roots – seeking their wisdom and experience to guide us on our journeys.
In magickal terms, Samhain is the start of a new year and a time for releasing negative thoughts or closing matters or beginning new projects. It is the wisdom of the Crone that prevails at Samhain: asking for guidance, paying respects to departed ancestors and celebrating reincarnation.
A practical activity for Samhain could be to visit the place where your ancestor(s) is/ are buried or scattered. Afterwards, you could build a small ancestor altar in your home, decorated with photos of the person/ people that you wish to remember and any small keepsakes that remind you of them. And then, you can perform this little spell for remembrance.
What you will need: a small candle (any colour or a tealight) and a picture/ photo of the person for whom you wish to remember. Cast a circle of protection around the place where you perform your spell.
Ø Carve or write the person’s name on the candle.
Ø Set the candle alight.
Ø Visualise the person in the picture/ photo.
Ø The intention is to summon him or her and his/ her ancestors, to provide peace or strength to you.
Ø Say these words:
“Let this flame blaze through the night,
Bringing both wisdom and caring insight,
Let anger and hostility now depart,
As peace and harmony fill the heart.
At this special time and in my sacred space,
I request <your ancestor’s name> to share this place.
I welcome you upon this night,
With many blessings until the new day’s light.”
Ø Let the candle burn out and put the picture/ photo away.
Ø Blessed be.
The Blue Moon of Samhain 2020
All these articles are free - we hope you find them helpful on your path. All have been written and revised by members of Gylden Community.
Cromlechs and burial mounds (pdf)Download
Mother Shipton (pdf)Download
Witch archetypes in English folklore (pdf)Download
Catholics vs witches (pdf)Download
Three English witches et al (pdf)Download
Celtic art overview (pdf)Download
The Wild Hunt (pdf)Download
The Cottingley fae (pdf)Download
In-depth bulletins on all aspects of magickal practice - all free for you to download
Longer articles that apply to all aspects of paganism - again, all free for you to download
Here is some guidance from our Gylden River LRC Healing units. Most of this advice is easy to follow, but please contact us if something is not clear. Oh yes, you can find our Natural Healing stand at the Enchanted Market, Wandering Witches' Fayres and Godalming Spirit Fayres each year. If you would like to have one of our remedies, eg comfrey massage oil, calendula salve, anti-cough juice, etc, please let us know in advance of visiting our stand and we can reserve it for you.