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 2018-19, 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/
Articles in the July 2020 issue have a summer theme that looks forward to Lughnasadh.
We continue our new series about animal spirit guides with the rabbit, a First Nation tale of the Thunderbird, environmental pictures from the Sussex Wildlife Trust, a piece on soul tribes and soul mates, harvest traditions, poetry, a profile of King Cnut the Great, cosmic energy articles on the Atlanteans and Schumann Resonances, herbal healing with allium cepa and our crystal of the month is moonstone. Also, we have an extract from our current project on Gerald Gardner.
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.
The name for the summer solstice in Druidry is Alban Hefin, which means The Light of the Shore. A seashore is a good example of a place, where the three realms of earth, sea and sky are all one. This is the time of the longest day, the maximum amount of daylight - from 20 June 2020, the hours of light decline until the winter solstice on 21 December.
Midsummer's Day, the middle of summer, falls on 24 June, after the summer solstice. Why are Midsummer's Day and the summer solstice not on the same day? Well, the longest day in the northern hemisphere is usually 20-21 June, whilst Midsummer's Day is traditionally on 24 June. This discrepancy was caused by the changes between the Julian Calendar and the Gregorian Calendar. Before the change of calendars, Midsummer's Day fell on 5 July.
In astronomical terms, the summer solstice is the moment in time when the Earth's tilt towards the Sun is at its maximum and the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky. For many, the idea of solstice evokes the image of Stonehenge and people greeting the dawn, albeit this year, this will be a live-streamed event rather than a mass gathering. In fact, the solstice starts at sunset on 20 June and ends at sunset on 21 June.
Solstice means the standing of the sun and we can connect to the great turning point in the earth’s annual cycle to stop, be still and reflect on our progress since Yule. It is a time to count our blessings, celebrate our achievements and pass on the spirit of goodwill to all we encounter. From now until Yule, everything will be drawing in and we can use this time to develop ourselves during the time of darkness. The day after the summer solstice was often a time for carnivals, fairs and processions.
No doubt, there will be pagan worshippers at solstice dawn in small groups, in open spaces around the UK at high points or forest groves. And there are many solstice traditions to be observed, wherever you are on the day – the list below gives some examples, within the current distancing restrictions.
Here’s something to say, whenever you decide to celebrate the solstice itself.
Glory of the Day-Star, hail!
Lifter of the Light, Burnisher of the Sky.
Gifts of love to earth are bringing,
Summer’s shimmer, dew’s delight.
Dancing be the heart within us,
Open be our souls to bliss,
Courage vanquish every shadow,
Greet Midsummer with a kiss.
(Greeting to the Summer Solstice from Celtic Devotional – Daily Prayers and Blessings, © Caitlín Matthews 2010)
Solstice eve sunset
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.