Welcome to Arcanus

A Seeker's Guide to Health & Magick
The 'Mrs Darley' series of Pagan books.
Order your signed copy of the revised & expanded edition of the first in the Mrs Darley series - 'Mrs Darley's Pagan Whispers' - A Complete Guide to the Festivals and Sacred Days of the Pagan Year .
Please visit the 'Mrs Darley Books' page to order Kindle versions and/or paper back copies of the series.

The 7th in the Mrs Darley series is currently being written and is due for publication Spring 2018.

Pagan Workshops
If you are Pagan Curious, but are unsure where to go for guidance, our Pagan workshops could provide some of the answers you seek. Courses are held in the heart of the Wyre Forest  and include a delicious lunch. Subjects include: Introductory days, Creating Sacred Circles, Understanding Magick and Celebrating the Sacred Wheel of the Year.
Please note: Workshops can also be arranged in Cornwall for a minimum of 6 people - please enquire.


Reiki Courses
Discover the wonders of this Japanese healing art and begin your Reiki journey with Carole Carlton, a UK Reiki Federation registered Master Teacher.
From First Degree through to Reiki Master/Teacher, there will only be a maximum of four people on each course to ensure personal attention. All courses are held in the heart of the Wyre Forest and include a delicious lunch.

Talks for Groups & Conferences
Arrange a talk on a wide variety of subjects for your group or conference.
Choose from a wide variety of subjects - from the folklore and history of our annual festivals, to healing aromatics and from discovering who Mrs Darley really was, to the fascinating history of tea.

Pagan Arts and Crafts
Peruse our stock of beautifully handmade Pagan sticks, staffs, wall plaques, clocks, athames and carved skulls on the 'Arcanus Shop' drop down menu above,
or order your own bespoke items via our contact page.
Alternatively visit our shop, 'Mrs Darley's Herbal' in Bewdley Museum in Worcestershire

Fine Loose Leafed Teas and Herbal Tisanes
Buy delicious loose leaf teas and herbal tisanes from our lovely little shop in Bewdley Museum in Worcestershire.
In the museum shop we also stock beautiful tea ware, Star Child & Nag Champa Incense, pure Essential Oils, Bach Flower Remedies, Pagan art, ritual ware and gifts

We produce a FREE quarterly newsletter for seasonal news on Health, Spiritual Well-being, and Courses. To subscribe, please email us via the contact page.

Carole Carlton:

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by mystery and magick, by the
existence of a Divine essence & a belief in worlds unseen but, being brought up within the confines of an orthodox religion, I never considered the fact that all of these things could possibly sit comfortably together.

In the early 1990's, a career move to Cornwall led me to buy a tiny tin miners cottage on the south eastern edge of Bodmin Moor where, I had, as my neighbour, the mysterious & enigmatic Mrs Darley. From that very first meeting, there was a knowing, a stirring of a memory long since buried beneath a world of business meetings, sales targets and consensus truth and, from that very moment, I knew that my life would never be quite the same again.

Due to her influence, not only did Pagan spirituality become an important part of my life, but I also began to train in many aspects of complementary therapy, which eventually led me to run a clinical practice and also gave me the opportunity to teach in many parts of the UK, and the Middle and Far East.

That fateful meeting with Mrs Darley was almost 25 years ago now and, since then, I have continued to explore the magickal journey of life with celebrated teachers both within the Pagan community and complementary health world.

Today, I am a freelance writer and author of the 'Mrs Darley' series of Pagan books. I own 'Mrs Darley's Herbal', in Bewdley Museum, Worcestershire, teach Reiki for the UK Reiki Federation and offer workshops and talks in many aspects of Paganism, complementary medicine, tea and herbal tisanes.

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 William Wilson:

A native of Belfast, I met Carole nearly twenty years ago and was hooked - and who could blame me!

We have travelled the world teaching but have 'pulled our horns in' and now live in the midst of the Wyre
Forest. Nature abhors a vacumn, and as the teaching ebbed, the pagan and craft world developed.

I did not have the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Darley, but have been, and will for the foreseeable future, be subject to her influence through Carole.

We have a fine balance now, Carole with Mrs Darley, and me with my athames, decorative plaques, and sticks. I started my working life in the aircraft industry in Belfast, and it's fulfilling to be working with my hands again.

Our dream is eventually to return to, and continue our work in Carole's beloved wild and rugged Cornwall, and there, for us, the circle will be complete.


March  2018

The full Storm Moon is on the 2nd and was the moon beneath which the ancients drummed and rattled to keep the winter storms at bay - perhaps we haven't rattled hard enough this year!
The new Sap Moon is on the 17th, bringing hope as the sun begins to strengthen and waxes to full on the 31st, meaning that this is the second blue moon of the year - quite unusual and significant. Change is coming, and the heavens show us what is of real importance to us and what is not.
Both the Moon and Jupiter rise together around 1am in the south east around the 7th, whilst on the 15th the elusive Mercury can be seen around 6.30pm.
The 20th brings the welcome occasion of the Spring Equinox, where day and night are of equal length, but from this time on, the light will triumph until the autumn equinox in September.
May your journey into lighter times bring joy and happiness.