International Peace Day picnic -21st sept14

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21st September’14- Hyde Park  (nearest Tube: Lancaster Gate)

*FREE * Family Friendly * All Welcome

Meet us by the Italian Gardens, Hyde Park. 

Family Picnic / Social to Celebrate International Peace Day.
This is the 2nd annual event by Gaian Times, to be held in a central London park.

Venue: Hyde Park, London (we’ll be closer to the Italian Gardens & Peter Pan Statue. So nearest tube: Lancaster Gate).

**NEW Time: 3.00 pm- 6.00 pm**

(Note: On 21st Sept’14, there is a world-wide march for Climate Change. Many will be attending the March in London. In view of this, we are slightly moving the time of our Peace Picnic to 3pm onwards)

What to bring:
-Food and drinks to share.
-Ground sheets / cushions
-Small musical instruments…
-Spirit of FUN & openness
-Art work/ banners to display
-Face-paint & games for children
-Performances (short drama / theatre pieces)

More details nearer the time.
Event organised by http://www.GaianTimes.com

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People’s Climate March (London) on 21st Sept’14

People’s CLIMATE MARCH (London)

Peoples Climate March 21sep2014-londonOn September 21st, the eve of a historic summit on climate change, people across the world will take to the streets in their hundreds and thousands to inspire the world’s most powerful leaders to take ambitious action on the climate crisis.

With our future on the line and the world watching, we have the opportunity to meet this moment with unprecedented mobilisations in cities across the globe.

Together, we’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet. A world safe from the ravages of climate change. A world with good jobs, clean air, and healthy communities for everyone.

There is only one ingredient required: to change everything, we need everyone. Join us. – Sept 21st, 12.30pm Temple Place.(nearest Tube: Temple)

Link to facebook event

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Outdoor Autumn Equinox Rituals in London -Sept2014

Hi All, there are 2 outdoor Autumn Equinox rituals going on this weekend.

  • Hern’s Tribe Woodland Autumn Gathering – TODAY – 20th ept’14 in Croydon
  • Druid Alban Elued/ Autumn ritual – TOMORROW – 21st Sept’14 in Primrose Hill

Here are some details

Hern’s Tribe Woodland Autumn Gathering

autumn htWe are gathering at the Croydon woodland venue for n evening celebration of Autumn Equinox 2014. We’ll have the usual combination of ritual, with sacred shamanic space, some chant & Drumming, and magical work of balancing the inner Dark & Light.. as day and night become equal at this time. A ritual fire will be carefully lit for this ceremony, and we’ll have home made bread & wine to share..

All are welcome.. pagans, non-pagans, friends.. to participate in the ceremony and/or the social afterwards.

Remember to bring a bottle of wine, mead and some food to share at the Feast.

Date: Saturday 20th September 2014.
Time: 4pm  meetup at Coombe Lane Tram stop.

Outdoor preparations:

Please see our website http://www.Hern-Tribe.org for guidelines on what to bring, how to be prepared for outdoor rituals in woodlands, and some health & safety instructions.

Cloths:
Please wear sensible outdoor cloths…waterproof is better..and good shoes to walk in slippery or muddy surface.

Smoke smell:
We will have a ritual fire…and if you stay near it…your cloths will smell of smoke. So don’t wear anything that’s going to be ruined by smoke..!!

Druid Alban Elued/ Autumn ritual

autumn druids

Come and celebrate Alban Elued, our Autumn Equinox, as part of a series of open rituals celebrated throughout the Celtic year on the Sunday nearest the appropriate date under the Aegis of the Loose Association of Druids. If you’d like to be alerted to when our next event will be, please “like” the page :-) https://www.facebook.com/LooseAssociationOfDruidsOfPrimroseHill

We gather in the Hawthorne Grove between 12.30 & 12.45pm in order to select the concelebrants & to prepare the Site ready for a prompt 1 o’clock start.

Nearest Tube: Chalk Farm or Swiss Cottage
Nearest Overground: South Hampstead or Chalk Farm

Please bring a small contribution of picnic food & drink to share.

All are Welcome.

Celebrating the Three Druidic Freedoms: of Thought; of Speech; & of Association Called for by John Tollund in 1716, & assembled by Iolo Morgannwg in 1792.

DIRECTIONS

If you’re coming by tube to Chalk Farm,turn RIGHT on leaving the station & cross Adelaide Rd to get to Regents Park Rd into which you turn RIGHT (admiring the Banksy stencil graffiti of a uniformed maid sweeping dust under a wall) & go uphill to the cycle/pedestrian only bridge over a railway & turn LEFT over it.

Confronted by 3 roads take the middle one (still R P Rd) & continue past the trendy shops & coffee-houses full of minor celebrities as it curves very slightly to the left, until you reach the Queen’s Head pub on the corner opposite the gate into Primrose Hill.

Enter the Park thro’ this gate & take the steepest path in front of you to the top of the hill where you will find a viewing platform overlooking most of the old City of London to the South & East, & a Memorial to Iolo Morganwg.

To the WEST & just below the brow of the hill you will see a small copse of hawthorn trees which is where we meet. Do please come & join us & make yourself known.

And remember, we’ll be meeting up in the pub afterwards! :-)

Share and enjoy and remember – Please do note the caveat covering photography listed in our “about” section describing the LADS meetings:
“Please contact us first if you would like to take pictures, and please be sure that you obtain consent first. Thank you”

Staring today: Nova Stellar Wicca Meet-up Group in London

Happy to announce  – a fellow Wiccan friend and Craft sister of mine is organising a special monthly Wiccan meetup event. here are the details..

Nova Stellar Wicca Meet-up Group (London)

Nova Stellar Wicca Meet-up Group (London)

Nova Stellar Wicca Meetup Group (london)

The aim of the Group is to provide an opportunity for genuine seekers to find out more about Wicca, meeting up with Initiates from a number of different covens based in London.

The meet-up will allow individuals to ask questions about the Wiccan tradition, inform expectations and help seekers ascertain if this is an appropriate path for them. It will help consolidate ideas and beliefs and (hopefully!) encourage further development in this beautiful Pagan Tradition.

We welcome those who have a genuine interest in Initiatory Wicca, who may wish to consider joining a formal group/coven in the future. If you have been working on a solitary basis and having trouble meeting established groups in the London area, this could be the Group for you!

If you wish to attend, please confirm on Facebook .  so we can gauge numbers. The Castle is opposite Farringdon Tube Station which links to the Northern Line, making it reasonably easy to travel to from all other major tube lines. We hope to reserve an area in the upstairs Lounge Bar.

The Group will meet on the second Tuesday of each month in the future.

First meeting is on the Full Moon!   Tuesday 9th Sept 2014

Time:  18:30–22:00

Venue: The Castle  (Pub),  Farringdon, 34-35 Cowcross Street,, EC1M 6DB London, United Kingdom

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And don’t forget the monthly `Woodland Wicca Circle’ that I facilitate monthly ..  is starting up after summer breaks…soon.

-Mani Navasothy

Magical Pathways- Pagan Federation London Conference 2014

Hi all,  I’ll be at this Conference tomorrow..with a stall, promoting my own professional Esoteric & Holistic consulting and other services (eBooks, ePublishing for you, Video promotions, courses, events, Art/graphics & craft products).   So come say hello if you are going.. here’s the full details..taken from the PF website (all links at the bottom). – Mani Navasothy

PFL conference 2014 London

PF-London 2014 Conference Programme- Magical Pathways. 

  • Date: Saturday, 30th August
  • Time: 10.00am – 9.30pm
  • Tickets will be available on the door.
  • Address/ Venue:  Leytonstone Business and Enterprise Specialist School, 159 Colworth Rd, Leytonstone, London, GB (Nearest Tube: Leytonstone (10 minute walk) – Central Line)

Opening Ritual
Facilitated by Heathen organisation The Kith of Yggdrasil.

Talks & Workshops

Liz Le Comber (priestess and PF volunteer)

  • – Pagan Prison Ministry
    Priestess of the Fellowship of Isis and longstanding supporter of the Pagan Federation, Liz Le Comber, discusses her work in the Pagan Prison Ministry and how others can get involved.

Lucya Starza (author of ‘Bad Witch’s Blog’)

  • – Psychogeography
    In paganism, the natural landscape of the countryside is often seen as more inherently magical than the built environment of towns and cities. The psychogeographer, by contrast, finds just as much wonder and mystery in the urban landscape. Lucya Starza talks about the tools of psychogeography and what they offer the spiritual quester in London.

Kenneth Rees (lecturer on esoteric traditions)

  • - Magical Pathways Pursued – an autobiographical account over four decades
    A look at a variety of esoteric ways Ken has explored both personally and professionally since the 1970s. This overview will highlight each path’s strengths and weaknesses (for him) concluding with a demonstration that a wheel can turn full circle to where it first began.

Carrie Kirpatrick (psychic, tarot reader)

  • – Crossroads Magic
    Carrie Kirkpatrick is a priestess of Crossroads Magic and will take you on a journey to meet Hecate and Papa Legba, Goddess and God of the Crossroads from the Ancient Greek and Voodoo traditions respectively. Through guided pathworking, a connection will be made and attendees invited to make offerings at the Crossroads.

Yvonne Aburrow (author and poet)

  • - Gender and sexuality in contemporary Paganism: how we got to where we are, and where we might go next.
    A look at the historical dimensions of gender and sexuality in Paganism, and how we can become more inclusive towards gender variance and sexual diversity.

Andrew Rea (poet and researcher)

  • – Magic in Anglo-Saxon England
    Andrew has for some years been conducting his own research into Anglo-Saxon England and writing historic, rhythmic, rhyming poetry against this. ‘Magic in Anglo-Saxon England’ is a talk about the use of ritual, charms and magic in Anglo-Saxon England drawing from various surviving manuscripts, including the presentation of a reconstructed charm and the first public presentation of a translation of a heating charm. The talk will also include some of Andrew’s historical poems.

Katie Gerrard (author)

  • – Runes Workshop
    The runes are most often associated with divination, but that’s not all they can be used for. The author of Odin’s Gateways introduces you to the energies of the runes and shows you how you can start to work with them.

Marielle Holman (dance teacher)

  • – Shamanic trance & dance workshop.   (Please note: there is a participant limit due to limited space).  Dance is a doorway to the spirit within, and to dance oneself into a state of trance is to connect completely to the healing powers of spirit.

Caroline Wise (author)

  • – Elen of the Ways
    This presentation will include an illustrated talk on the figure of Elen, her ways, shrines and mysteries, and her aspects as goddess, guide, and nature spirit. This will be followed by a visualisation experience and talisman making, where each participant can create and charge their own magical artefact of Elen of the Ways.

David Benton (ritual magician)

  • – Kabballah’s Tree of Life
    The Tree of Life is one of the most important concepts in Hermetic magick. This talk will explore its origin and structure and show how it can be used for meditation and ritual.

Richard Levy (PF LGBTQ officer)

  • – LGBTQ Paganism
    The history and present of LGBT people and forces in pagan and magical paths.

Mary Rands (priestess)

  • – Bereaving a magical partner
    Experienced priestess Mary Rands discusses the impact of losing someone significant with whom you shared your magical path and how to deal with such a loss.

Mark Vincent (chaos magician & hypnotherapist)

  • – The path of Chaos
    Belief as a tool – How to create new paradigms for magical use.

Jim Bennett (author)

  • – Egyptian Magick & Religion
    This talk outlines the basic principles of Egyptian Magick and its application to the practice of ritual today.

James Head (author, philosopher)

  • – The Olympic religion
    Freedom, Responsibility, Know Thyself and Some Other Basic Ideas.  For many believers the Olympic Religion is very much a more personal path to the divine. In this talk James explores some of the basic ideas of this more personal religion and suggests that along with greater personal freedom comes also an ethical personal responsibility. ”Know Thyself” was written above the doors of Apollo’s temple in Delphi – but what does this really mean? Socrates suggests one possible answer for us to consider and James will outline why Socrates thought it so important to “Know Thyself” before starting any spiritual path such as the Olympic Religion.

Music

  • Paul Mitchell
    Paul Mitchell is a satirical pagan folk musician. For several years he’s been playing his stuff around campfires and a conference here or there. His songs are about ‘the Pagan Community’ and his experiences of them. In the past audiences have laughed, danced, cried, and shuffled with amused embarrassment at the words he offers. Don’t go along to listen if you have no sense of humour and think paganism is frightfully serious. Do go along if you can laugh at yourself.
  • Love Street
    LOVE STREET – a five piece, multi-instrumental and vocal band, described as, ‘a unique combination of everything from wailing rock guitar to beguiling fiddle and mandolins, resulting in a musical experience that both draws from the past and yet has something new and fresh to say’.

A Special Performance of Aleister Crowley’s.  The Rite of Jupiter

The Eleusinian Mysteries were initiatory ceremonies held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis in ancient Greece. Of all the mysteries celebrated in ancient times, these were held to be the ones of greatest importance. The rites, ceremonies, and beliefs were kept secret and consistently preserved from a hoary antiquity. The initiated believed they would have a reward in the afterlife. Since the mysteries involved visions conjuring of an afterlife, some scholars believe that the power and longevity of the Eleusinian Mysteries came from psychedelic agents.

The lesser mysteries were probably held every year, the greater mysteries only every five years. This cycle continued for about two millennia. Under Pisistratus of Athens, the Eleusinian Mysteries became pan-Hellenic and pilgrims flocked from Greece and beyond to participate. This led to a vast increase in the number of initiates. The only requirements for membership were freedom from ‘blood guilt’, meaning never having committed murder, and not being a ‘barbarian’ (being unable to speak Greek). Men, women and even slaves were allowed initiation.

From this Aleister Crowley developed The Rites of Eleusis, a series of seven plays, each centred on one of the classical planets of antiquity. They were dramatically performed by Aleister Crowley, Leila Waddell (Laylah), and Victor Benjamin Neuburg in October and November 1910, at Caxton Hall, London. The Rite of Jupiter is the second in the series, but even in this rite, when the Supreme Power is declared, He is too exalted for anyone to approach him; it is only by the Divine Spirit that He is made manifest; and this manifestation only takes place in the God-man whom some call Iacchus (Dionysus). Sometime in November 2011 our producer (playing CICT) became inspired, after a chance conversation in a pub, to perform the Rite of Jupiter at a private celebratory event in 2012.

Permission for the public performance of the Rite was sought from, and granted by, Ordo Templi Orientis, holders of the Aleister Crowley copyrights.

 

Links

All content take from  Pagan Federation London

Mani Navasothy- Esoteric Entrepreneur (professional Services)

Link to timetable: Magical pathways Conference 2014 (30Aug’14)

Vinayahar Sathurthi: Birthday of Ganesh the Elephant headed Hindu God

QuantumPhoenix:

This friday – 29th August 2014 when Vinayahar Sathurthi – highly auspicious birthday ceremony of the Elephant-headed God Ganesh (Hinduism) fall on.. Here’s the full blog with details.. -Mani

Originally posted on Mani Navasothy - Consorting with Stars and Magic!!:

Elephant-headed Hindu God Ganesh

There are many auspicious days pooja (prayers), fasting & festivals in the Hindu (religious) calendar. Today is one of them.

It is called `Vinayahar Sathurthi’  where Vonayagar is one of the names for the Elephant-headed Hindu God, also known as Ganesh and  Pillayar. Sathurthi’s are special days that happen every month, but the one on this month is the most sacred of all, and belongs to God Ganesh.

Myth of the Elephant-headed God Ganesh.

Ganesh, son of Parvathi (Shakthi) and Shiva (in a manner of speaking)  was not born with the elephant head! That came later. He was originally born as a human. Born is the wrong word, as he was `made’ or created by his mother – the great Goddess Shakthi  (which means `power’ amongst other things).

The mythology goes that Shakthi was fed up of being intruded by her husband the God Shiva, whenever…

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Path for the Inner-child (..as we head into Darkness)

Forget the planet for a minute!

Some of us..yes the real people..you and me.. we face our own darkness, shadows and demons..every single day.

InnerChild

InnerChild

Echoes of the dead, fears of the future, burdens of the past, failed promises, lost hopes, unfulfilled dreams and desires. Yes, those shadows.!

Anger, pain, despair and depressions – that darkness!!

Battles between wants for justice & vengeance, needs of the self and the selfless – those Demons!!!

And we get bombarded with gimmicks and promises, demands and commands..

Autumn and Winter are coming. I say..slow it all down.. forget a little of the atrocities out there .. draw apart a bit into your selves.. and evoke your own Spirit ..and the inner-child.. the silent one that’s suffering in the dark.. and take him or her for a happy walk.

Protect him /her from all the adult problems and projections of the outside world.

Because, no one in this entire universe can do this for your inner-child..what only you the grown-up adult can do..

So, as we go into darkness, forget Gods and Angels, Spirits of whatever that is wherever, and just.. light a guiding path for the child within!

-Mani Navasothy

Yesterday’s Heavens (and Personal fears of a blogger)

Well, hello there! :-)

Yes, it’s been a month since my last blog post..   much has been happening in my life, that somehow, writing regular blogs seem to have fallen off the agenda.

My sincere apologies..   I write astrology forecasts…not to make a name for myself..  not to earn   ..but to spread a kind of general esoteric hope ..for anyone who is having a difficult time..  or is in need of looking forward to things in life..  so it’s something I really should carry on..  But sadly, at times, I myself lack that very hope.. and end up in the pits of darkness and despair – and have to find my own way back to light again..   And during those phases, I am not in a place to help others..

The last few months have been that way- if you had not already noticed the erratic blogging. Infact the last year has been that way..perhaps longer.

In some forthcoming blogs, I will be ..not just sharing some of my `real’ personal plights and resulting insights, but I promise to `get real’ – and start tackling all the things I have meant to write about..but never could..   – why?

Fear!

Fear of being misunderstood. Fear of revealing too much personal things.  Fear of being rejected.  Fear of not being accepted.  Fear of exposing other people’s  woes and worries…their privacies..secrets and all that.

But without risk, there is no progress..  So I will be breaking my own rules…and talk about some things..  in the hope that it gives anyone reading these…hope!  Insight..   Faith..    well, not about my life..  (that too)..but about their own lives.

Okay..  so yesterday’s astrology  -

Yesterday 1) Mercury sextiled Mars

2) Mercury sextiled Saturn

3) Venus trined Uranus

4) Mars conjunct Saturn..

Now all those aspects are what we call `good, positive’.. Interestingly.. Mars & Saturn are in the powerful, probing, deeply intense sign of Scorpio (death and rebirth, transformation)..

Mars provides the sharp tools, Saturn is highlighting stability & structures… old forms even.. and lessons..

Mercury is in the earthy sign of Virgo now..and Venus in the firey sign of Leo. Uranus in Aries..

If I stop to think, I could analyse this and write a 10 page essay..That’s how much was going on.. Let’s not forget the New moon in Virgo too.

Intuition tells me..it was an important few days..! Crazily, no one is immune from the influence of stars and planets..not even astrologers..

It seems the advanced knowledge of it is kept away from those for whom the process needs to happen..

That’s not much of a forecast (well, it’s not..as it;s already happened).  And its not much of an analysis either..is it?

I am sorry ..  

But know that it’s stirred up energies and forces that are going to make things better..

I shall write again..soon.

Love n hugs to all..

-Mani Navasothy

Uranus Retrograde begins: Storm warning for Aries & Aquarians

QuantumPhoenix:

Uranus retrograde in Aries starts up again tomorrow (22nd July’14) and will go on till 22nd December 2014. Already you may be experiencing disruptions, irritations, unexpected Chaos, accidents, rebellions and sudden urge for social upheaval/ changes..! This is mainly due to this energy influence. My advise is.. remain calm…keep trying to gain perspective.. and where others are `dumping on you’ ..try to separate those issues as theirs… While you can be helpful, don’t let those energies enter into your own psyche..and upset you.. Be helpful ..but keep perspective.. Easier said than done I know.. But it is also going to be a period of some much needed changes…and they are a comin’..whether you like it or not. Manly affects Aris, Aquarians and well..all of us in some form or another. -Mani Navasothy

Originally posted on Mani Navasothy - Consorting with Stars and Magic!!:

Uranus retro in Aries -july2013

Uranus retro in Aries -july2013

Latest:  Uranus retrograde:  22nd July 2014 to  22nd December 2014.

I never know if I should blurt it out or be airy-fairy about upcoming tough times. And in the end I go with the advise my HPS gave me… `Don’t hide important news.. People are adults..and they have the capacity to deal with whatever comes their way’ (event the ones who think they can’t..to most extent!)

So I’ll say this..   as Uranus now starts retrograde motion in the sign of Aries..  and will now so for about 5 months..  it’s going to get difficult for Aquarius people (because Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius)..and it will also drag Aries people through some hard times.. (because Uranus is going retro in Aries).   It’s a bit like having a guest  (Uranus) in your home who is going through a rough patch..and that will affect…

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