Full Moon in the watery and misty sign of Pisces now.. on 9th Sept 2014, at 01:38hrs GMT (02:38hrs BST)
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 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
Venue: The Castle (Pub), Farringdon, 34-35 Cowcross Street,, EC1M 6DB London, United Kingdom
And don’t forget the monthly `Woodland Wicca Circle’ that I facilitate monthly .. is starting up after summer breaks…soon.
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
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)
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.
- 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.
All content take from Pagan Federation London
Mani Navasothy- Esoteric Entrepreneur (professional Services)
Link to timetable: Magical pathways Conference 2014 (30Aug’14)
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!!:
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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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.
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!
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 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..
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!!:
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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In honour of the Birthday of Goddess Isis (which was historically celebrated on 17th July), we did river Thames based a ceremony last year (2013). Here is a short video of that event which took place by Embankment, Central London (at the base of Cleopatra’s Needle!).
This year (2014) we are doing this ceremony & social by the river Thames in the Richmond area.. on saturday 19th July’14, for ease of every one to make it.
The Isis-Boat that was begun and briefly used in the Isis-Navigatum (Blessing of the Fleet) ceremony in March’14, has been developed further. It will be briefly floated in the river Thames at the end of the Ceremony.
Hail Thames-Isis (Tamesis!)
Watch the Lightening Strike clips (compiled) filmed by me last night (on 18th July 2014) in London – between 3am and 4.45am. Sound take from same films, edited/ cropped and added back so will not correspond to those specific strikes.. but all recorded on same night!
Wishing a very special Lady many happy returns.
Yes, It’s the day when Sky Goddess Nut gave birth to Goddess Isis. (also known as The Night of the Cradle)
I will be leading a special (2nd annual) Ceremony and social gathering to mark this event on this coming saturday (19th July) at Richmond..
Do join us. . Meet at Richmond Station by 4.30pm.. and we’ll be walking up to the ritual spot later. (it’s a 15 min walk.. so we may `process’ in a nice line, carrying ritual items, a banner and a 1 metre Isis Barge that will be sailed symbolically on the waters later..).
Outline of Event
Our Gatherings normally take the following form
a) Meeting at the Richmond Station, at appointed place, and then walking together to the selected Ritual area.
b) Pre-Ritual Social & setting up altar / getting into ritual cloths and explanation of ritual (delegating some ritual roles to people who are interested).
d) Feasting & Social
e) Taking down altar, packing & tidy-up, and departures (Individuals make their own way back).
*Some people leave as soon as Ritual is complete. Others stay longer to enjoy socials & bonding with our friends.
**Venue**: Richmond Upon Thames- by River side.
This is normally finalised on the day by the Organiser, by judging the various factors. So please don’t ask for text/phone instructions .. We meet and go together and do the ritual. That’s the easiest way.
A decorative altar with Sky Goddess Nut and a concealed statue of Isis will be set up.
Element consecrations (incense, lantern, salt/water).
Isis called by her many names! This will be a chant led by Mani and all repeat.
Isis is revealed.
Milk & flower Ceremony – all bath statue in milk), followed by offering of flowers.
Food & drinks blessed and shared.
Collected Milk & flowers offered to river Thames in a small boat!
Sailing of the Isis Barge
What to bring:
Food & drinks to share.
As it is a public place, passers-by may take photos or watch. That is accepted by the organisers, in the spirit of celebrating the Birthday of Isis :-)
We ask all to be in good public behaviour.