Last night in the Heavens (Nightsky photo of Jupiter & Venus)

Hi all, here’s a photo of the night sky last night.. As you can see, Jupiter (left) and Venus (right) are edging closer to a Conjuntion :-) Well, the actual date /time of this most auspicious conjunction is on 1st July 2015, at 07:51am GMT (when both planets will be on the 21’39” Leo position.  Well, I shall take regular photos when possible (when skies are clear!!) and visibly track this event..

-Mani Navasothy

Jupiter & Venus  in Western sky at 21:33hrs

Jupiter & Venus in Western sky at 21:33hrs

 

Venus through my window (21:46hrs gmt)

Venus through my window (21:46hrs gmt)

 

After midnight.  Venus about to set in western horizon (13/5/15   at 00:18hrs)

After midnight. Venus about to set in western horizon (13/5/15 at 00:18hrs)

Not easy being Green! (UK Elections 2015) – fun graphics

Life’s not all about serious spirituality ..with humans heading for Enlightenment.   There’s also Elections!   Here’s a bit of fun graphics to help you highlight the key colours battling it out for the power seat of our nation. :-/  ps. No copyright breech or sullying of names intended on any muppet, superhero or villain…in the making of this graphics! :-)  #UkElections2015

UK Elections 7May2015 - fun muppet & superhero graphics.

UK Elections 7May2015 – fun muppet & superhero graphics.

Photo: Jupiter & Venus in same frame (5th May2015 @ 22:17hrs gmt. S.London)

Just by chance I happen to glimpse a bright `star’ from my bathroom window..almost at low horizon in the west..and I knew instantly what it was..so ran out to garden with my Digital SLR ..and started clicking.. and then I looked to the SW sky and saw an equally bright object and knew ..that’s gotta be Jupiter.. Of course both were confirmed by me using my SKy-eye app on the mobile..(by pointing it / centering on object). So here we are..:-)

This blog shows 2 photos. Here are a few photos I took just hours ago (5th May 2015.. around 22:17hrs GMT) from my garden in South London area…in between fast moving clouds, using my DSLR (sony DSC-HX300).

Jupiter (top left) Venus (bottom right)  - Photo taken on 5thMay'15 @22:17hrs gmt from S.London  (c)MN

Jupiter (top left) Venus (bottom right) – Photo taken on 5thMay’15 @22:17hrs gmt from S.London (c)MN

This shot was taken (hand-held) using the 3D viewable function of the DSLR.

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Jupiter (top left) Venus (bottom right) – Photo taken on 5thMay’15 @22:16hrs gmt from S.London (c)MN

This shot was taken using the `superior auto’ function (low light).

It’s notable that currently  Jupiter is at 13’41” Leo, and Venus is 27’17” Gemini.  These two planets are of course called the beneficial planets..  So to capture them both in one frame is a great thrill for me.. :-)   (no trickery..  it’s why I didn’t even stamp a `copyright’ note on the photo..  lest anyone thought I `graphixed’ it :-)

-Mani Navasothy

Gaian Times – Eco-Magazine #11 (Beltane/Summer 2015) published!

Hi all,   it gives me great pleasure to announce the publishing (online) of the latest Gaian Times eco-spiritual e-Magazine.

Take a look at  the new  mobile friendly site    www.GaianTimesMagazine.com

Gaian Times -11  May 2015 Cover-md

Regulars may know, previous issue#10 came out in Feb’2014, and the one for May’14 never manifested.  So this latest magazine is coming out after a year-long gap. ..and all the more reason to celebrate it!   :-)

My big thanks to the following Writers/ Contributors of this issue:

Ann Tomlin, David Rankine, Durlabh Singh, Jo Rowland, Kumar Devasan, Lisa De Fresne, Renard the Fire Druid, Rose Dixon, Vathani Navasothy

Contents (GT#11):

  • Editorial
  • Longtime Lover Returns (spring poem)
  • Aphrodisiacs – Food for Lovers
  • Aromatherapy for Beltane
  • The Catcher in the Sky – Swift Gifts
  • Animal Communications
  • Williams Syndrome Awareness month
  • Experiences of an Elder Pagan
  • Response to `Making Money’ article
  • Reiki : Personal path to divine healing energy
  • Sacred Geometry – Language of Relationship
  • Pagan Activism
  • Rome (Gallery)
  • Hollow Earth thoughts – Review of Earth Hour & Earth Day 2015
  • Taiji Terror Tales 2015 : London Demo at Trafalgar Square
  • Bhai Sehna (short story)
  • Beneficial Vitamins
  • People: Art of David Rankine
  • Chief Seatle (poem)
  • Astrology: Retrograde Planets in 2015
  • Sacred Journey – Pagan Federation London Conference 2015
  • Entertainment: Dalek-Om in Glastonbury
  • Gallery1 : Climate March London 2014
  • Gallery 2: Peaceful Demo Japanese Embassy – Stop the Ivory Trade
Contents of Gaian Times #11

Contents of Gaian Times #11

Best Wishes

-Mani Navasothy  (Director / Chief Editor)

*NEW* Wiccan Apprentice Circle 2015 (London, woodland)

Wicca is an Initiatory path! It is also one of the `Mystery religions’.

Wiccan Apprentice Circle - feature QP

Initiatory process? 

What this means is that, from the moment you begin your `mild interest’ or `serious exploration/ study’ of Wicca & Witchcraft, the initiatory process(es) begin taking effect in your life! Consciously or subconsciously, you begin to undertake / undergo spiritual & psychic quests and challenges. You’ll face obstacles.. progress and set-backs..

 Many will give up or drift off..to explore other paths or something else.

What is important is to keep the faith..and discipline..and the journey in sight! (not just the destination).

Mystery Religion:
You are probably wondering what real mystery is left in Wicca, after pretty much everything about it has been (apparently) published in books and websites..?

Reading or talking does not give you a personal experience of the God or Goddess, but their powers being invoked on you might! Talking does not give you true insight about elements, but standing in the woods in a storm and trying to invoke the opposite element of Fire might!

 Personal background

Many people know that we have been running `woodland Wicca Rituals’ for 2-3 years now.. What you may not know is that, several years ago, I ran an outdoor Wiccan Apprentice Circle, and 3 of the regular attendees (of the 10+) went on to become Initiated Witches. That said, about 4 years ago, I stopped working in any sort of indoor Wicca Covens. Since then my path has been one of solitary (in so far as my own Craft & magic is concerned) and one of service (in so far as facilitating outdoor open rituals for people).

But times have changed…!

I am now preparing to facilitate a monthly Wicca Training Circle (The Wiccan Apprentice Circle), where all the foundations of Wicca & Witchcraft will be taught – to seriously interested and committed individuals.

In these Apprentice Circles, You will learn – and practise- the basics:

-Laws of Wicca
-Consecrations & Circle casting
– Working with Quarters & elements
– working with God & Goddess)
– Charges & invocations
– Magic & spell craft
– Transpersonal Psychology (helps with `Know thy self’ and much more).

We will also cover the following magical matters:
– Writing Rituals – for self, for group and public events
– Working with ArchAngels
– Psychic development & protection
– Divination (Tarot, Runes)
– Creating Magical tools (wands, pentacle, scourge etc)
– Talismans & Charms
– Healing work These Circles will be initially open for 3 months (May, June, July) so that we may form a core group, and then become *private* (where new people can join by request/referrals/ invitation only).

It is envisaged that a formal closed working Coven of Witches will evolve from these circles, as we head in to into 2016. (we shall see…as I know that `Man may propose..but Gods dispose!’ :-)

Please note – that I have actively chosen to work outdoors, for reasons of Magic & Empowerment. So all Circles & Rituals will be held outdoors (in quiet areas of public woods, or parks). In case of rain/ storms etc, we’ll simply work with the elemental forces of nature…! (a tarpaulin cover sheet stretched between trees also helps to give us cover from rain!! :-)

However, we will be organising additional social-meetings (in a local pub or coffee shop) on a regular basis, for members of this `Apprentice Circle’ and new comers to meet and have social time, bond, ask questions and go forward.

Wiccan Apprentice Circle Dates 

  • Sunday 18th May 2015
  • Sunday 14th June 2015
  • Sunday 12th July 2015

These dates are usually the  Sunday closer and before a New Moon.

During May, June & July, we will not have our *Wicca Full Moon rituals* (they have been running since Feb’15) ..but those will recommence in September’15.

More details to follow soon  (check my MEETUP’ 

Bright Blessings
-Mani

Outdoor BELTANE: Maypole dancing & Ceremony in Woods (Sat 2nd May’15)

Join us for the the afternoon/ evening to celebrate Beltane – the festival of fertility and sacred marriage between the Horned God and the Green Goddess! We’ll have much merriment, making flower crowns, face/ body painting, May pole dancing, drumming, singing, feasting and festivities. The evening will conclude with a small ceremonial fire for all to jump over.

Woodland Beltane 2015

Date:Saturday 2nd May 2015

Venue: Croydon: Woods behind Coombe Lane Tram stop.
Time: 2pm gathering – for set up, decorating altar, erecting Maypole and pre-rite socials.. Drumming/ face/body painting will generally commence; Ceremony will be around 4pm, followed by feasting; Fire jumping will be later in the evening. –

Meeting point: Please wait at the `Coombe Lane’ Tram stop to be collected. There will be a 10-15 min walk through woods (medium slopes!) to ritual spot. If weather wet, wear good grip boots.

DURATION:

Hern’s Tribe woodland rituals are `gatherings’ and generally organic. It’s best to arrive and flow with events..or even go exploring the woods. It is best to allow 4-5 hours for these events, so that you can have the best magical & communal experience.

WHAT HAPPENS – General details for HT events (some changes occur for specific events/ venues).

We’ll have the usual combination of social, setting up altar/ sacred space, seasonal ritual, chants & Drumming, magical work (including eco-magic and sometimes healing work). -Experienced HT members set up altar/ quarters, some prep for ritual fire, any cover sheets (if raining).
-You can ask to help.. :-)

RITUAL (this will be adapted for individual events):

Basic format——-
-Generally, we begin with clearing the space (sweeping, tidying up)
-Hern Call (chanting `Hern’ nine times)
-Shamanic consecrations (Incense, rattle, drums, salt-water, essential oil)
-Creating magical circle (words/ wand/ staff)
-Calling of Elements & animal quarters / spirits.
-Invoking Horned God / Goddess energies
-Variation of seasonal myth (sometimes)
-Magical work ( group work, personal, eco, healing etc)
-Blessing of Food & Drinks
-Feasting & Socials.
– Drumming & Chants & Dancing
-Any trance work (this is unpredictable.)

RITUAL items to bring:
– Your ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks
– Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks
– Drums & musical instruments
– Lanterns / candles / lighter
– Crystals / runes / divination tools
-Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)

** Please make sure you take these back immediately after ritual is over, so they don’t get misplaced in the dark
** Items placed on altar may get handled or photographed by others. Plans for 2015—
In the past we have ritually explored various myths & legends. In 2015, we’ll continue this – by working with various Horned Gods & Goddesses, woodland spirits etc.

ALL WELCOME:
-All Pagans of any spiritual are welcome..
-Non-pagans, friends/ families & children of pagans are welcome.

FOOD & DRINKS TO SHARE:
Here are some suggestions–

-Home made/ baked items are exceptionally welcome (Bread, cakes, buns, salads, soup, pre-cooked potatoes).
-Wine & Mead are popular for the pre-ritual social and for feasting & socials afterwards!
– shop-bought items (sausage rolls, short-eats).
-Cheese / ham/ butter/ crisps/ dips
-Chicken (cooked pieces)
– Water / soft drinks/ tea & coffee in flasks
-vegetarian food/ vegan food
(Basically any items that add towards a sensible feast/ meal).
BE MINDFUL / Interruptions / Phone calls:
-At all times, we ask you to be mindful of any serious ceremony / meditation/ trance/ healing/ magical works going on, and not interrupt or be intrusive.
-Please don’t use mobile phones etc during ritual. (may not work in woods anyway!)

PHOTOS/ Recordings:
-These are semi-private events (even though they are in public woods/Park).
-Not everyone may like being photographed by a stranger!!
-No recording during ritual please.
-Feel free to take pics of altar, of your self in ritual setting, and of your friends there.. (If you are going to put them in blogs/ facebook etc..ask others in them..before tagging anyone you are not too familiar with.. It’s basic privacy etiquette!)

OUTDOOR PREP:
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.

BAGS in the DARK:
-Please keep space tidy.. and your own belongings/ bags at a suitable place. It gets dark.. So ensure you can find them easily afterwards. But also ensure they are not in the way that others may trample over it in the dark!
-If you put anything on the altar, please remember to take it back..(and not anyone else’s item by mistake).
-Please don’t leave things behind.. we don;t always find them..when tidying up in dark..

HELP with tidying up/ taking rubbish back to Tram stop/ bins is greatly appreciated.

CLOTHES / BLANKETS / SEATS:
-Please wear sensible outdoor cloths…waterproof is better..and good shoes (always) to walk in slippery or muddy surface. If you have a walking stick/ Magical Staff, do bring it, as it helps with walking in the woods – and you can use it in the ritual..!!
-Feel free to bring picnic blankets/ sheets to sit on (ground may be wet)
-Bring small light camping-style stool or chair to sit on (be mindful of carrying bulky objects while walking up slopes/ wet ground).

-Mani Navasothy
(Founder/ Hern’s Tribe)

TODAY: Earth Day 2015 – Eco-Ceremony & Earth-Healing meditation in Richmond Park

Earth Day is TODAY – on 22nd April,  and I am holding a special outdoor Eco-Spiritual event in Richmond Park, SW London.

Earth Day 22April2015-walk meditation

Activity/ Details :
Meeting Time / venue:   4pm meeting by Richmond Gate, Richmond Park.

• Once initial meeting/ greeting is done, we’ll set off on a gentle exploratory walk.. (I know most of the terrain well ..near the area we’ll be, so will lead the way).

• We’ll arrive at a suitable spot..by the 2 large lake/ponds.

• Following this, we aim to use locally found organic items, twigs, branches, leaves..logs…to create an Earth Altar/ Eco art.

• Then sit down to do basic consecration, and then a guided Earth-Healing Meditation.

• Then we’ll have a short feast (please bring food and drinks to share) and socialise.

What to bring:

• Please wear really sensible cloths – warm, water proof & shoes/boots.

• Bring some food & drinks to share

• Bring a rose quarts or clear quartz to hold during meditation.

• Bring any magical talismans, shields, dreamcatcher type items.. to place around altar area

• Any special Goddess images/ statues

(you will take your own items back home).

Directions / travel
We’ll meet meeting by `Richmond Gate’ (either get there by bus from Richmond town centre, or arrive by car. The car park in Richmond park is free..).

Weather:
We can not know what the weather is going to be like.. If it is extreme, then this event may be cancelled (ie gale force winds, storms). But if it’s just a bit of rain, we’ll carry on.

On the day, you can `text’ me to double check.. (only if it’s `extreme’ weather please. I’ll most likely be working till 2pm before getting going to the park myself).

Full updates on our meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/events/221165737/

-Mani