Brighton could become pilgrimage site following witchcraft memorial

Brighton could become pilgrimage site following witchcraft memorial

Brighton could become pilgrimage site following witchcraft memorial

First published in News

Brighton and Hove is to become a site for Pagan pilgrimages following the unveiling of a blue plaque to recognise the “mother of modern witchcraft”.

Doreen Valiente, who lived in the city for much of her life, is regarded as the most influential witch of the 20th century.

Along with publishing many of the religion’s teachings, she is credited with changing the public perception of witchcraft. Ashley Mortimer, from the Doreen Valiente Foundation, said: “People used to think of witchcraft as all strange satanic ceremonies and rituals. However, now people think of us as dancing around in fields for the summer solstice.

“This may not be wholly accurate but she did do a huge amount to change the public perception of witches and witchcraft.”

Mrs Valiente was born in London but little is known of her early life. She moved to Brighton in the 1950s and lived in a council flat in Tyson Place until her death in 1999.

As well as unveiling the plaque, members of the Doreen Valiente Foundation are also in talks with Brighton and Hove City Council about opening a museum to house her extensive collections and writings.

Mr Mortimer, who is one of the group’s trustees, said the city could become a pilgrimage for Pagans around the world.

He said: “Doreen is celebrated across the world and is regarded as the mother of modern witchcraft.

“It is one of the fastest-growing religions in the US with millions of members worldwide.

“It could be hugely beneficial for the city. I know that a few witches are travelling across the pond for the blue plaque ceremony.”

The event is being held on one of the religion’s most important days, the summer solstice on June 21. It will begin with a procession from the Old Steine and there will also be performances from bands and singers as well as the Hunter’s Moon Morris Dancers.

Mr Mortimer described modern witchcraft as a “part revival, part survival” of the ancient pagan religion.

Believers worship a variety of deities and celebrate special days throughout the year.

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3:11pm Fri 7 Jun 13

Ashles says...

"People used to think of witchcraft as all strange satanic ceremonies and rituals. However, now people think of us as dancing around in fields for the summer solstice.
This may not be wholly accurate but she did do a huge amount to change the public perception of witches and witchcraft."

So she changed public perception from something inaccurate to something else inaccurate?
"People used to think of witchcraft as all strange satanic ceremonies and rituals. However, now people think of us as dancing around in fields for the summer solstice. This may not be wholly accurate but she did do a huge amount to change the public perception of witches and witchcraft." So she changed public perception from something inaccurate to something else inaccurate? Ashles
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4:20pm Fri 7 Jun 13

Morpheus says...

Are they using broomsticks to "cross the pond"? If not, then I will not be converted.
Are they using broomsticks to "cross the pond"? If not, then I will not be converted. Morpheus
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6:01pm Fri 7 Jun 13

Greenmantle says...

Honoring Doreen Valiente is a wonderful idea. Those who do not understand witchcraft and paganism can learn much from her writings and dispel the cliches and ignorance of those who see only Macbeth-styled crones and Harry Potter-ish fantasies. We at Greenmantle Magazine are proud to be a part of the celebrations commemorating this great woman.
Honoring Doreen Valiente is a wonderful idea. Those who do not understand witchcraft and paganism can learn much from her writings and dispel the cliches and ignorance of those who see only Macbeth-styled crones and Harry Potter-ish fantasies. We at Greenmantle Magazine are proud to be a part of the celebrations commemorating this great woman. Greenmantle
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6:46pm Fri 7 Jun 13

whatevernext? says...

Guess by 21 June after a week of GMB strike action we'll have plenty of rubbish to burn.

What better way to spend a Friday evening than all holding hands together and dancing naked, anti-clockwise around a bonfire, muttering mystic chants as we go and burning effigies of Mr Kitkat and his council cronies.
Guess by 21 June after a week of GMB strike action we'll have plenty of rubbish to burn. What better way to spend a Friday evening than all holding hands together and dancing naked, anti-clockwise around a bonfire, muttering mystic chants as we go and burning effigies of Mr Kitkat and his council cronies. whatevernext?
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7:24am Sat 8 Jun 13

MikeyA says...

whatevernext? wrote:
Guess by 21 June after a week of GMB strike action we'll have plenty of rubbish to burn.

What better way to spend a Friday evening than all holding hands together and dancing naked, anti-clockwise around a bonfire, muttering mystic chants as we go and burning effigies of Mr Kitkat and his council cronies.
A real 'Bonfire of the Vanities'.....
[quote][p][bold]whatevernext?[/bold] wrote: Guess by 21 June after a week of GMB strike action we'll have plenty of rubbish to burn. What better way to spend a Friday evening than all holding hands together and dancing naked, anti-clockwise around a bonfire, muttering mystic chants as we go and burning effigies of Mr Kitkat and his council cronies.[/p][/quote]A real 'Bonfire of the Vanities'..... MikeyA
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8:32am Sat 8 Jun 13

Greenmantle says...

There will be much to celebrate on June 21st - a public ritual in the Old Steine gardens, Morris Dancers, music and much, much more. Come along and join the festivities!

www.https://www.face
book.com/DoreenValie
nteFoundation

www.greenmantle.org.
uk

http://centre-for-pa
gan-studies.com/
There will be much to celebrate on June 21st - a public ritual in the Old Steine gardens, Morris Dancers, music and much, much more. Come along and join the festivities! www.https://www.face book.com/DoreenValie nteFoundation www.greenmantle.org. uk http://centre-for-pa gan-studies.com/ Greenmantle
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8:15am Sun 9 Jun 13

BornInBrighton1968 says...

Greenmantle wrote:
There will be much to celebrate on June 21st - a public ritual in the Old Steine gardens, Morris Dancers, music and much, much more. Come along and join the festivities!

www.https://www.face

book.com/DoreenValie

nteFoundation

www.greenmantle.org.

uk

http://centre-for-pa

gan-studies.com/
Hopefully we will also be celebrating the collapse of the incompetent, spiteful, ultra politically-correct Marxist Green council
[quote][p][bold]Greenmantle[/bold] wrote: There will be much to celebrate on June 21st - a public ritual in the Old Steine gardens, Morris Dancers, music and much, much more. Come along and join the festivities! www.https://www.face book.com/DoreenValie nteFoundation www.greenmantle.org. uk http://centre-for-pa gan-studies.com/[/p][/quote]Hopefully we will also be celebrating the collapse of the incompetent, spiteful, ultra politically-correct Marxist Green council BornInBrighton1968
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10:18am Sun 9 Jun 13

Jetske Dumais says...

Not all wiccans are charmed by the idea of a pilgrimage site to worship a human as Doreen Valiente, "Mother of all witchcraft"(?) Seen from a historical perspective she is/was not.
And what is the difference between the Catholic church with her saints and paganism who rebelling against religious influences in this matter?
Not all wiccans are charmed by the idea of a pilgrimage site to worship a human as Doreen Valiente, "Mother of all witchcraft"(?) Seen from a historical perspective she is/was not. And what is the difference between the Catholic church with her saints and paganism who rebelling against religious influences in this matter? Jetske Dumais
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11:37am Sun 9 Jun 13

debasling says...

Well I will be there from the wilds of Lincolnshire to celebrate this amazing ladies life and achievements !
Well I will be there from the wilds of Lincolnshire to celebrate this amazing ladies life and achievements ! debasling
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8:37pm Mon 10 Jun 13

Rag_strap says...

Don't forget your familiars, though as a tip dogs aren't allowed on the beach this time of year, bring a toad or cat.
Don't forget your familiars, though as a tip dogs aren't allowed on the beach this time of year, bring a toad or cat. Rag_strap
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9:28am Tue 11 Jun 13

ThinkBrighton says...

They should site it at the cockney pie shop and then disappear in a poof
of smoke
They should site it at the cockney pie shop and then disappear in a poof of smoke ThinkBrighton
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