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.

 

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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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Birthday of Isis Ceremony (video of 2013 event)

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.

Here’s the event blog.

Hail Thames-Isis (Tamesis!)

-Mani Navasothy

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Lightening Strikes Video clips (England)

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!

-Mani Navasothy

Birthday of Goddess Isis – Night of the Cradle-17th July – all over the Universe!

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)

Birthday of Goddess Isis - 17th July - everywhere!

Birthday of Goddess Isis – 17th July – everywhere!

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).

c) Ritual

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.
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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

Feasting
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What to bring:
Food & drinks to share.

Privacy/Photos :
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 :-)

Conduct:
We ask all to be in good public behaviour.

Bright Blessings.

-Mani Navasothy

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Sun-square-Neptune ends, Venus into Taurus & Mercury into Cancer

As I write this (1am British Summer Time) on 29th May’14, the challenging Sun-Square-Neptune has culminated.  I wanted to warn people of this aspect brewing..but kept delaying and quite simply was feeling a lack of motivation and lethargy (if that is the right word, and it’s not). Or perhaps procrastinating is a better word. No, feeling confused and a bit lost is even a better description.

astrology-forecasts-monthly by Mani Navasothy -QuantumPhoenix-net

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Why am I rambling about my own predicaments?  Well, those are the very things you may also have been feeling for the past few days – due to this very challenging aspect.  It’s not one that causes a lot of stress by conflicting stimuli.  No..this one is more about confusion, inner chaos, juggling a variety of avenues and options and loosing the energy to do anything along the way.

When Neptune aspects are involved these are likely to be the case..and when the Sun is the other astrological influence, well, that’s about the Self  and personal energies, identity, health and so on.

Thankfully, it’s finished.. and I write this, after a bit of time in the garden, doing some quiet breathing of the cold, still midnight air, while standing barefoot on damp grass and earth!

Why?

Were you not reading the above?  It’s about confusion and lack of energy.

And what better way than to re-attune with the stellar energies, ground and recharge the self, and gain an inner sense of calm and balance :-)

There, not only are you getting an astrology blog, but also an esoteric one with magical/ meditative suggestions..    and I;ve done that by talking about me, as an example.

And now the good news..   In  a few hours, Venus is arriving at Taurus – and for those not clear, let me say Venus is coming into one of the signs that she rules..  And we all know some qualities of Venus, don’t we..?  Yes, affection, love, bit of wealth, social niceties..  And we also know a bit about Taurus don’t we..   ? Yes, affection, luxury, bit of stubbornness,  sensuality..   So all in all, that’s going to be good for..  affectionate things, loving encounters, bit of wealth making or reveling in luxury.   :-)

(Not quite the style of astrology forecast you had come to expect from me, is it?) :-) That;s because things must change, and I am making an effort.

Remember that Sun-square-Neptune?  That represents personal chaos and confusion.  And if you are to come out of that with wisdom, you have to make changes – do things different, reduce your multitude of options by either actioning some, or letting go of some options and avenues..

There is one further god news..  Mercury is arriving in Cancer soon.. (hours).  Sign change for Mercury means a bit if mind-change for us all..   And this one focuses our minds on sensitive issues, homely ones or ones that nurture young people.

One slightly bad news..(sorry)..  In a few days, Mercury will begin retrograding..

So watch the patterns and problems that may brew in the next 5 days..and then remain calm for a further 3 weeks..  and then, take wise action on those issues that surface..

I’ll do another specific blog just on the Mercury retrograde coming up.

There is another good news..The month ends with  a fortunate trine between the Sun and Mars.  Geminis’ Leos, Aries and Librans stand to become energised by this directly..  Rest of you will be presented with good opportunities..   Use your head, think not with your heart but follow the Gut instincts ..and to quote one superhero, `Flame on!”

-Mani Navasothy

Jupiter trines Saturn TODAY! (and that’s good!!)

Good news to everyone.. Jupiter is trine with Saturn today!

So by the time you are reading this, guess what..  you are already under that very positive influence of these stellar objects.

This aspect last took place in December 2013 (last year) and at that point, Jupiter was retrograding and Saturn was going direct. This time, however, Saturn is retrograding in Scorpio, and Jupiter is going direct in Cancer.

Jupiter trine saturn May2014 - 5.47pm (gmt)

Jupiter trine saturn -on 24th May2014 at 5.47pm (gmt)   (c) http://www.ManiNavasothy.com

So Jupiter’s expansive and jovial powers combine harmoniously with Saturn’s authoritative and foundation laying energies.  As always this is very good for making future plans – especially ones that involve laying foundations with a view to expanding your horizons, undertaking higher studies and deeper learning!  

Sagittarians (ruled by Jupiter) , Capricorns (ruled by Saturn), Cancerian (Jupiter is in Cancer) and Scorpios (Saturn is in Scorpio) get the full blast of this great energy ..but all of you have access to this in one area or other of your life..  depending on where these two planets are currently positioned in your personal chart.

One observation is that both of these planets are in water signs currently, so focus on watery things – emotions, empathy, love, intuition, nurturing, sex & lust are all possible.

Remember that as Jupiter rules a fire sign, and Saturn rules an earth sign,  one way to harness the energies of this would be to work with fire and earth…

Personally I was doing a lot of gardening yesterday, tidying up the clutter that had built up over winter, and then sat with a bon-fire burning some of that clutter..  Not only that, I was also moved to do a flame cleansing and consecration of my Magical sword..   At the time I had not been aware of this aspect brewing..  – yes even us Astrologers forget sometimes..  :-)   But it looks like my intuition was spot on and I was doing just about the right thing anyway.. !

So look back at the past 24-48 hours to see what sort of activities you have been involved in.. to work out where the focus has been..   remembering that because of the Scorpio factor, there may have been intensity of some sort too..)

-Mani Navasothy

ps. How did you do with magical work at Eclipses?  That was last month, when we had the Solar & Lunar Eclipses.  If you are interested, you can visit my Eclipse Magic website and download a free 33 page e-Book that gives you the foundations of doing Magical work at Eclipses.   The next set of eclipses are due in October’14..   So why not get started now?    Visit Eclipse Magic

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