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As a small non-profit organisation, volunteers are the foundation of our organisation. From help at events to day to day activities there is a lot you can do to help. Below you can find a list of some of the current roles we would love to fill, if you have any other skills or are willing to learn a new one, please do contact us.

Current skills needed:

  • Event Stewards
  • Event CoA Stall Helpers
  • Proof Readers/ Editors(preferably with publishing experience)
  • Graphic Designers
  • Social Media Content Creators
  • Magazine Contributors
  • Local Gathering Organisers
  • Website Support and Developer
  • Sound Engineers and Stage Crew

If you think you can fill any of the roles above and want to know more please fill the application form below, and we will get in touch!

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Response to Media Inaccuracy

It is important to challenge media when they produce inaccurate or inflammatory articles or broadcasts regarding modern witchcraft, wicca, paganism or any other pagan or heathen path.

Article in The Sun on 30th April – Trouble Brewing

The article was inaccurate, sensationalist and highly offensive to any practising pagan or heathen. It has been claimed that it was satirical or meant as a joke, but no indication it was not factual reporting was included. It is cheap and lazy journalism, no research, no facts, and a  reporter/editors personal impression of pagans that looked like news, from people who it is almost certainly know nothing about our community, or if they do disguised it incredibly well.

Complaint to Press Standards Organisation as a Response

CoA in common with all members of the Pagan and Heathen Symposium have complained to IPSO (Independent Press Standards Organisation). This complain has been rejected, and organisations that are members of the Symposium together with other interested pagans are responding with a cross organisation coordinated appeal to the decision.

Appeal against the initial rejection of our complaint

All organisations that are members of the Pagan and Heathen Symposium have issued the following joint response to appeal against the rejection of our original independent complaints.
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“IPSO appeal statement

We find there are some key areas where we specifically disagree with the findings of IPSO, as follows:

“Many complainants also said that this article breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) as it stated that “Tonight is the Eve of Beltane. An important festival for many assorted oddballs”. Complainants said this was inaccurate as pagans and witches were not “oddballs” and this was unsupported by the text. As previously explained, the Editors’ Code makes clear that the press has the right to give its own opinion and to publish individuals’ views, as long as it takes care to distinguish between comment, conjecture and fact. In this instance, “oddballs” was clearly the columnist’s own characterisation of pagans and witches, appearing as it did in an opinion piece. It was not a statement of fact and there was therefore no possible breach of Clause 1 on this point.”

There does not appear to be any disclaimer on the Sun website indicating that the comments are solely the views of the columnist. Therefore, it might not be unreasonable to assume that those comments and views are also held by the editor, and The Sun, in general. The same might be assumed for all Comment pieces in the Sun, making it difficult to distinguish between pieces intended to be factual news items and those intended to be opinions of the columnist alone.
“Many complainants said that this article breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) as it stated that “Normally they would be stripped off and shagging goats around a blazing fire . . . or something”. Complainants said this was inaccurate as neither pagans nor witches engage in such activity. We again note that this statement appeared in the context of an opinion piece. We note that the phrase “…or something” distanced the author from the literal meaning of the claim and indicated that it was an attempt at humour or satire. For these reasons, we considered that this statement was clearly the hyperbolic and satirical opinion of the writer, rather than a statement of fact. Further, the Preamble to the Editors’ Code makes clear that the Code should not be interpreted in a way that infringes the right to challenge, shock, be satirical and to entertain. There was therefore no possible breach of Clause 1 on this point.”

The ‘shagging goats around a blazing fire’ allusion, is one that appears in works of fiction. However, it has also appeared in ill-informed accusations of animal abuse levelled against Pagans and occultists, and the ‘…..or something.’ addition could easily be interpreted by an ill informed public to allude to even worse crimes that have their roots in fiction and have been made as accusations levelled against Pagans and occultists. There is no clarity in the piece that the statement was intended as the hyperbolic and satirical opinion of the writer, or that the views opined in the piece were intended to challenge, shock, be satirical or to entertain.

Consequently, the piece might easily be perceived as a factual report. For academic points of reference on Beltane, we would suggest columnists might refer to the OED:

https://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/oi/authority.20110803095457866?fbclid=IwAR1ezND1rDBB4fZ9v75iqpAhXmDkmw7odmhUuI1Jv40KTfa4Ev51Ek6Ycmw

Encyclopaedia Britannica might be used as another source:

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Beltane

You may note, that in neither esteemed publication, is any reference made to sexual relations with animals.

A key concern for us, therefore, is that the comment piece is not clearly indicated as anything other than factual views held by both the columnist and the editor, and that the consequences of this might be that the general public, including their children, will believe the comments are factual and will react to Pagans and witches they may encounter in ways that express their views on animal abuse. We would hope to see some correction of any misunderstandings and false impressions readers might have made as a result of the column.

We would also like to offer some suggestions for modification of the editors code of practice:

1. Articles intended as satire or humour should be clearly indicated as such if they are not in a satirical publication.
2. Opinion pieces should be identified as solely the views of the columnist and not necessarily held by the editor.

3. Rule 12 Discrimination currently only covers individuals, this should be extended to cover groups and communities to more effectively to protect minorities.”

Local Events

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Children of Artemis – About Us

About Us - Children of Artemis Witchcraft and Wicca

The Objectives of The Children of Artemis

Children of Artemis is a UK Wicca & Witchcraft volunteer based non-profit organisation. We sponsor Witchfest to organise events throughout the year such as Artemis Gathering and Witchfest International. We also produce a magazine twice a year called Witchcraft&Wicca. These are our aims:

  • To promote an ethical approach to Wicca, in accordance with the wiccan rede “An it harm none, do what you will”
  • To present a truthful and accurate view of Wicca/Witchcraft to the outside world.
  • To promote understanding of the beliefs of Wicca & Witchcraft, which are:

  • We attempt to live by the Wiccan rede, not harming anyone or anything by our actions (or lack of them).
  • We take personal responsibility for our actions.
  • We always attempt to respect and live in harmony with nature.
  • We view divinity as both male and female, in the form of the Goddess and God. We extend this view of equality to our everyday lives.
  • We view magic as an intrinsic part of this world, a completely natural and neutral force.
  • We never seek to convert others, only providing information and assistance if they actively seek it.
  • We view Wicca or Witchcraft as one spiritual path chosen by some, other religions are equally valid for those that choose them. Hence we always attempt to practice tolerance to others beliefs.

Benefits of Membership of the Children of Artemis

  • A copy of the Children of Artemis Wicca/Witchcraft information pack.
  • Members will receive our Witchcraft & Wicca magazine giving information on Wicca/Witchcraft, forthcoming events and news on relevant subjects twice a year (issued at Beltane and Samhain).
  • Members will receive our Witchcraft Times newsletter giving information on Wicca/Witchcraft, forthcoming events and news on relevant subjects around once a month in email format.
  • Access to our information service, answering your questions on Witchcraft and Wicca in the UK. We regret that due to limited resources we have to limit this service to four letters a year.
  • Discount prices on occasional Children of Artemis events and workshops
  • All personal details you provide will be kept strictly confidential, unless you specifically authorise their release

By joining CoA you will be supporting our events, our magazine and our online communities, and all the projects we get involved in to better our community. We have helped film crews to create documentaries that shows Wicca and Witchcraft in the proper light, we have sponsored events all over the country and abroad. There is still plenty to achieve and a lot more work to do, and we hope that you can help us carry on. For more details on different types of membership just click here.

If you wish to make a donation to the organisation you can do so by clicking the Donate button.




Book and Music Reviews

Top 100 Most Popular Wiccan Books and DVDs

We always get so many books and CDs to be reviewed that we never have enough space in the magazine to review them all, so we will start posting the reviews here. We hope that you find it informative and helpful.

Witchfest Online!

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With all the help of our amazing speakers and performers we are not letting this virus defeat us completely. Although we had to postpone our physical events to 2021, that doesn’t mean we can’t still provide you with some great talks!! So we are introducing Witchfest Online!

We will be adding the speakers and scheduled release as they come in. On the day of the release we hope to have our lovely speakers on hand to answer questions over on a Facebook event we will create for the talk release, and after that they will live on our Youtube Channel, so you can watch each one of them how many times you wish!

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Rachel Patterson: Magical Herbs and Food – 11th of April 2020

Facebook Event for Video Launch

Link to Rachels Talk

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Lucya Starza: Magical Dolls – 25th of April 2020

Facebook Event for Video Launch

Link to Lucyas Talk

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Kevin Groves: Kemetic Storytelling – 2nd of May 2020

Facebook Event for Video Launch

Link for Kevins Performance

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Raegan Shanti – Movement Meditation – 16th of May 2020

Facebook Event for Video Launch

Link to Raegans Video

Jonathan Argento – Sigil Magic – 30th of May 2020

Facebook Event for Video Launch

Link to Jonathans Video

Ashley Mortimer – Witchcraft and the Wica plus special Performance – 13th June 2020

Facebook Event for Video Launch

Link to Ashleys Video

Prof. Ronald Hutton – Discovering the Goddess – 27th of June 2020

Facebook Event for Video Launch

Link to Prof. Ronald Huttons Video

Lesley-Anne Brewster – Dreams – 11th of July 2020

Facebook Event for Video Launch

Link to Lesley-Annes Video

Paul Mitchell – Performance – 25th July 2020

Facebook Event for Video Launch

Link to Pauls Video

Moira Hodgkinson – Cone of Power, Energy and Working in a Circle – 8th August 2020

Facebook Event for Video Launch

Link to Moiras Video

More to be announced!!!!

Spell of the Day

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Spell of the Day

Banishing Nightmares Spell

Take a naturally holed stone and place over the bedroom door/window or even the bed itself. Such ‘hag’ stones have been used for centuries to ward of the night hag that would ride horses at night and cause troubled sleep ‘night mares’. As you hang the stone chant:

Let waves of dreams bless
Let dreams not you stress,
Let the wings of night enfold
Let peaceful sleep you hold.
Bella

Why do we use Visualisation in our spells?

Visualisation is the ability to see in your mind pictures and images. It is vital for spell working that you have a clear vision of your desired result.

Why cast a circle?

When you are attempting any ritual it is important that you cast a circle. This is to create sacred space, which will give you protection from unwanted outside influences, and keep the power that you raise within it for you to use.

Make sure that you will not be disturbed.

Take the phone of the hook, and if possible turn the door bell off. Allow yourself plenty of time where you will not be disturbed, interruptions will ruin your concentration.

What is a Spell & how do they work

A spell is a ritual performed to achieve a desired goal. It works by the art of transforming, and influencing an undesired situation and changing it in your favour. It is accomplished by the use of willpower, visualisation and raised energy. Combine those with the forces of nature, the elements, the phases of the moon, and the Goddess and God. If you believe in yourself and have a positive outlook on life, you can perform a spell. Magic should be used for the good of all, always make sure in your mind that you are doing them for the right reasons.

Is there any payback?

The law of three fold return means very simply that what you do will come back to you three fold, whether for good or ill. This simple truth means that you should never perform any spell to harm or control as it will ultimately not only harm your intended victim but also yourself. In Wicca we have to accept responsibility for what we do. Magic and Spells do work and they always take the easiest and quickest route. Always make sure that you have tried your best on the material plane to resolve the situation before you even consider performing a spell.

When should you perform your spells?

Depending on your spell, you should aim to work them with the cycles of the moon to receive the most effective results. The three aspects of the moon are the Waxing (or New), Full and Waning.

  • The New Moon
    The Moon is waxing and growing. This should be a time to plan spells that introduce new beginnings and projects. A new career, house move, job, relationship, any new venture in life.
  • Full Moon
    This is a time when the Moon is at its most powerful, and the magic most potent. Performing any positive spell at this time will achieve good results. This is the ideal time for healing, guidance, and completion spells
  • Waning Moon
    The casting out of the old ways, banishing old habits, smoking, eating habits, the removal of troubles and worries.

Purification

Always take a bath or shower before any ritual. It will help you to unwind, remove unwanted stresses and worries, and allow purification of the body and mind. It should leave you feeling focused and refreshed for a circle.

Learn from Experts at Witchfest

There will be several workshops at each of the Witchfest events focusing on how to develop and successfully cast your own spells. Some of the biggest names in the Craft will be there to guide you, on techniques, ethics and spell formulation.. Click Here for more details on Witchfest.

Events

Events Organised and Sponsored by Children of Artemis

Artemis Witches Market – Frome – 27th February 2021

Join us for a Fundraising event for Children of Artemis!
Free Entry Esoteric Market at the popular Somerset venue The Cheese & Grain!
Doors will open at 9am and close at 3pm.

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Wicca Introduced 2021 – London

The Children of Artemis will be holding a weekend introductory Wiccan course at Treadwells Bookshop in London running from 10.30am until 6.30pm each day on the 27th and 28th of March.

With an option to socialise with new friends at a pub afterwards, the course will include a complete overview of this enthralling subject, expertly taught by experienced tutors from CoA Central.

More Info…

Witchfest Midlands 2021

Witchfest Midlands returns to Staffordshire University in 2020 on the 29th of May, bigger than ever. Filled with Talks and Workshops during the day, a bigger Esoteric Market than the year before and two amazing live bands to end the day the best way possible!

This event has sold out two years in a row, so do not delay and get your tickets booked asap!

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The Artemis Gathering 2021

In honour of our patron goddess, the Children of Artemis are holding a wonderful outdoor event in a friendly family atmosphere camped in 70 beautiful acres of the Staffordshire countryside from Friday the 27th until Monday the 30th of August.

The event has catering & bar facilities for vegetarians, & omnivores. Talks and workshops will be held in buildings and marquees on site, or in the open depending on the weather. Dogs are welcome, you need to pre-book at £3 per dog. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times and all mess must cleaned.
Please allow plenty of time for the journey as we are anticipating heavy traffic on some main routes to the site at this time of year.
Please remember to bring your own tent and camping equipment.
(The event opens Friday 4pm, and closes Monday 2pm)

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Witchfest International 2021

The largest Witchcraft festival held in the World within recorded history, is to be held on the 20th Nov 2021.

There are more talks and workshops than ever before given by the most famous Witchcraft/Wiccan authors and experts in the world. An amazing traders market will be waiting for you selling all kinds of different bits for your witchy needs. Some great entertainment, bands and late night rock disco also available for a full on experience.

More Info…

Witchfest Official Merchandise

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Witchfest Merchandise – T-Shirts, Hoodies, Sweat Shirts, Mugs, and Phone Cases

Quality items produced in the USA with original designs from Witchfest the festival organised by Children of Artemis every year in London.

Made in the USA – PLUS CHEAP INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

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What is Wicca

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What is Wicca

There is a lot of confusion between the terms Wicca and Witchcraft, many people, including famous authors, use them interchangeably, so is there a difference, if so what is it?

Classical Definition of Witchcraft

Is the practice of natural magic, and does not have to have any religious component. Natural magic is the simple magic connected with the world around us as opposed to the complex ritual or high magic practised by magicians. Both can be equally effective although natural magic is more commonly is used to solve everyday problems, whereas high magic often has more otherworldly goals. Someone of any religion can also be a Witch, however many faiths such as Christianity and Islam specifically ban the use of magic of any form, especially Witchcraft.

Classical Definition of Wicca

Is a religion with definable beliefs, which always includes the practice of Witchcraft. It is unique as a living western religion that explicitly embraces the female principal.

Wiccans believe in and worship a god and goddess,

the deities can vary according to the tradition, and group. This principle is extended to the everyday world, Wiccans believe duality, and equally value both males and females.

Wicca is connected to nature and the cycle of the seasons.

The 8 sabbats are essentially seasonal celebrations and allow Wiccans to have a real relationship with the Earth.

Magic is an essential part of Wicca, making every Wiccan a Witch.

Confusion with the meaning of “Wicca” from the USA

American author Scott Cunningham used the term Wicca, that was previously only applied to initiated coven Wiccans for his book for solitaries. His book was the best selling Witchcraft book of all time and its influence was massive, first in the US, then later in Europe too. It is likely there are now more solitary Wiccans than traditional coven based Wiccans. The arguments about who is a Wiccan still rage today with strong opinions on both sides. To reverse this trend is equivalent to King Canute attempting to turn the tide.

A Witch may be a Wiccan

Wicca is a both a magical system and a religion that includes Witchcraft in it’s core principles, however a Witch does not necessarily have Wiccan religious views. So a Wiccan is always a Witch, but a Witch is not always a Wiccan.

Unique amongst western religions

With its inclusion of female spirituality, magic, and affinity with nature, Wicca is unique among western religions. It truly is old ideas for the new world as its principles answer so many important modern issues

 Magic is an inseparable part of Wicca

Unlike other western religions Wicca always includes the practice of magic in the form of spells. The caster carries the entire responsibility for the results of a spell they cast, so while similar in concept to a prayer a spell is a far more personal force. See Wiccan Rede for restrictions on use of spells.

The Rede an essential limit on the use of spells

An it harm none, do what ye will . Is a deceptively simple positive morality, easy to understand, but hard to live up to. In a simple phrase it gives a moral blueprint for all of life’s decisions

Wicca balances reverence of both male and female

Wicca includes both a Goddess and a God, and gives equal status to females and males. This is both an important principle of Wicca, and one of its strongest attractions.