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 September 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.
Doesn’t really seem like a year has passed since last writing about Mabon. Still, this festival is also known as Alban Elfed for druids (the light of the water) and represents the feast of the second harvest. This year, the autumn equinox starts at 2.30pm on 22 September, but many pagans have opted to celebrate Alban Elfed either just before or just after. Due to the current covid-19 restrictions, there are fewer group rituals, but small groups or family celebrations seem to be indicated.
The Wheel of the Year turns and the time of balance returns. Alban Elfed marks the autumn equinox, namely the balance of day and night before the darkness overtakes the light. The feast of the second harvest includes fruit that remained on the trees, cereals that ripened since Lughnasadh, the forest fruits and the fruits of the sea. Examples include orchard fruits, cider, stewed fruit, berries, mushrooms, barley, acorns, oysters and nuts.
It is this feast that comprises the central theme of the Alban Elfed ceremony - thanking the Goddess as Mother Earth for the second harvest in autumn. Leaves fall to make rich compost for new growth and trees let their life forces return to their roots. Livestock are brought back from the upland pastures, to be fed by the community during winter.
At a time of balance between light and dark, I hope that your Alban Elfed will be memorable and that your spirit will be overflowing.
Blessed be this season of Alban Elfed, time of the second harvest, the harvest of fruit and wine. At this time, all things are in balance: Goddess and God, Life and Death, light and dark.
September is the harvest moon (2 September was the full moon and 1 October marks the full hunter’s moon). The Sun God is preparing for his death at Samhain and the Goddess is starting to mourn her loss. From the equinox, the darkness will conquer the light, leading us deeper into the waning year until the Sun God’s rebirth at Alban Arthan (Yule).
Autumn is a good time to let go of problems that afflict one’s soul, to evaluate the seeds for the year to come and to imagine how the 2021 harvest is to be planted. Those pagans among us who follow a Wiccan, eclectic or solitary witchcraft path may also elect to perform a little magick involving apples, acorns, corn figures or other crafts. This pagan, who is pretty awful at handicrafts, tends to turn to herbal healing at Alban Elfed – that means plenty of syrups, cordials, salves and infused oils as plant medicines. Here is a simple mantra for your personal Alban Elfed – as you imagine the planting of new seeds.
We find our joy in the simple fruits,
Given to us by the earth.
We find our joy in the sun that shines,
And the breeze and river that sing to us.
So, we listen to the wind and to the water,
Hearing always what they say.
Let us never forget to give thanks and praise,
As we pledge to plant our Alban Elfed fruits in the soil for future growth.
The Feast of the Second Harvest
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.
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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.