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Earth Hour 2015 : An Eco-Magical Appeal to all Magical Communities!

Earth Hour 2015 approaches..in 2+ months time.  But back in 2014, during Earth Hour 2014, I gathered some of my eco-friends on the banks of river Thames, between St.Pauls Cathedral & Tate Modern Gallery, for a special ceremony.   And shortly afterwards, I made an appeal to all magical Communities – to all magical practitioners, Pagans, witches, Wizards, Shamans all.

“Please make Eco-Magic part of your rituals, Ceremonies, festivals and magical events! We have the power and the energy ..and we can change the World.. by making this conscious decision to give a tiny part of our magical practices towards Eco-Magic!”

Here’s an informal (and spur of the moment) video of that moment..  woven with a bit of friendly chaos from my fiends.

This year, (2015), we’ll be gathering again in a central venue in London..  to mark Earth Hour 2015 (takes place on saturday 28th March 2015…8.30pm to 9.30pm).   Am drawing up plans, so watch this blog..  or better still, join my Meet-up group and participate.

Video for Earth Hour 2015——————————-

Best Wishes

-Mani Navasothy

Link

Join Meetup group Event:  Earth Hour 2015 in London 

The Facebook Friendship Test (Don’t do it!)

The FRIENDSHIP TEST on FACEBOOK: (aka The EMOTIONAL BLACKMAIL).

This sort of thing does the rounds..like gypsies selling their aluminium wrapped paper flower and asking for money, or chain letters that say God & Angels saved them but will curse if you don’t spread it to 29 people…etc..

We HATE these friendship tests about `who’s reading my status’ and `copy this, leave 1 words etc.

facebook friendship test (c) Mani Navasothy 2015

facebook friendship test (c) Mani Navasothy 2015

NEWS FLASH.. facebook decides whom it shows your status updates to.. So fact is,  probably less than 30% of your `friends’ see your status updates ..(the rest of your friends don’t even know you are testing them!!).

And of you were thinking that ..well…your friends should mark your account for   `give me notifications’ – think again.  We’ll be needing 36 hrs a day to catch up on all of our friends’ status updates..  and liking, sharing or responding to them all.. .and we will never go to work, never sleep, never have sex, never do gardening..never vote and so on..

So here’s the deal…Wise up people…STOP posting those silly tests….!

Post an actual silly joke ..or a video of a kitten licking a fur blanket…or a gif of a grass hopper jumping into a cup of Soup (sorry, don’t know where that came from…probably from the lawn).. those might actually get a response from your other friends.. !!

And if you – like me – are one who gets annoyed and feels torn and partially inclined to respond but don’t like to….well, here’s your salvation trick –   You know how the USA & UK governments have a policy of non-compliance to any terrorist demands..  ?   Well, adopt same policy for self..   Don’t oblige any Emotional Blackmailers!

And if you are a friend who – for whatever difficult life reasons – wants to test your friends…   here’s a bit of advise..

Friends don’t test friendships!!    If  you do plan to, it is more likely that …your friends will unfriend you…if they are anything like me, who has that `non-negotiating with Blackmailers’ policy!!

-Mani Navasothy

Keep the Magic Secret? On Mandrake, Merlin and Gerald Gardner

Keep the Magic Secret (c) QuantumphoenixCan you keep a Secret?   Can you keep magic a secret?   And when I say magic, I don’t mean illusions and tricks you see as part of a stage show (or a TV show).  Those always have technical gimmickry to them – sleight of hands- where one hand distracts you while the other is working the trick, or smokes & mirrors! You get the picture.

When I say magic (and some purists like to use the word `magick’ with a `k’ at the end to differentiate), I mean the esoteric kind, the ritual type, the real psychic power of the mind, spells, witchy things, potions, hexes, curses, warts, eye of newt & leg of frog, venom of snake and..  (yes, poor things!) all that.  Of course these days `ritual magicians’ (better word) don’t do all that animal sacrifices…Instead they do deep meditative works, self development of psychic abilities arrived at by months if not years of personal study, hard work and trial and error practises! The kind that I may or may not have or am practising..  supposedly! :-p

Mandrake the Magician - comic book hero of 1934 (created by Lee Falk)

Mandrake the Magician – comic book hero of 1934 (created by Lee Falk)

Back when I was a small boy in the 3rd world country of Sri Lanka, (formerly Ceylone during the British Occupation), I used to read those comics – Adventures of Mandrake the Magician.  Created  by Lee Falk  in 1943 (who also created The Phantom Ghost who walks), Mandrake uses his legendary powers of hypnotism and illusion to combat crime.  (But he also had `real’ psychic abilities which he used from time to time).  With his companion Lothar, an African strongman, he fought evildoers ranging from gangsters to masters of disguise to aliens. He also had a twin brother who used his power for evil instead of good.

And there is one thing that Mandrake the Magician often says as a catchphrase when people ask him about how he managed certain things..  “A Magician never reveals his secrets!!”

Well, I  also used to read (if you are interested), Tarzan the Ape Man, Phantom the Ghost Who walks, Flash Gordon space hero..  And look how those have shaped my adult life.. All of those have woven into serious (!) aspects of my growth (!!).   I have a degree in Physics and avidly learn about space, time and quantum physics; I run an outdoor tribal ritual group called Hern’s Tribe; I campaign for many causes (my battles against evil), and I may or may not be a practicing ritual magician..!

Back to magic!

Merlin - TV show (c) BBC    (image taken from BBC website)

Merlin – TV show (c) BBC (image taken from BBC website)

Within the last decade, there came the BBC saturday night series for family viewing..  a retelling of the `early years’ of Merlin the Magician (British mythical person who supposedly lived at the time of the legendary King Arthur).  This TV series showed a young Merlin coming to live in Camelot.. where Magic was banned under pain of death.. a Camelot where Arthur was still a Prince.  So Merlin kept his budding powers and practices of Magic a secret!

And the tag line when BBC launched the series was..of course.. “Keep the Magic Secret..!”

Okay so those are comics and TV shows..   Well, aren’t they?

If you ask any serious ritual magicians, (and again, don’t go thinking that I am one..  I may or may not be one.. ), they will tell you.. there is some power and empowerment in holding secrets..especially the deeper practises of ritual or ceremonial magic itself. Why? well a) it has to do with the power of the mind..  which requires focus and development and it can not happen if people keep prodding it..  b)  secrecy keeps the practitioner safe.. as it did of many witches who during the witch trials of medieval times..  and c) in modern days, this secrecy avoids any possible negative perceptions  and judgemental or prejudiced behaviour by other people – like employers, co-workers, some family & friends, people of certain religions and so on.

In this day and age where we write (blogs like this) about magic, write books, create youtube videos, give talks or workshops, appear in TV shows / interviews / documentaries (most of which I may or may not have done)  and tell people  – keeping our magical practices secretive can be very very hard indeed.

It is often a balance of wanting to share knowledge, skills, expertise, to help people, aid them in their own personal development, or self-healing – against keeping our own safety and privacy!

So people  – who like to share what they know with others – struggle with this balance.

So if you are one of those good wise souls who wishes to share and help others, but like to preserve your privacy or safety, what do you do?  do you keep the magic secret?

Not quite!   You hide it in plain sight!!    Perhaps..!!!

Gerald Brosseau Gardner -father of wicca -art (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

Gerald Brosseau Gardner -father of wicca.   Art (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

After all, isn’t that what Gerald Gardner – father of modern Wicca & Witchcraft did,,,  back in early 1950’s, while Witchcraft was still illegal by law? Did he not write it all in a fiction adventure story called `High Magic’s Aid’?  And when the Witchcraft Act (law) was repealed in UK, Gardner openly started to share about wicca.   He was not the only one..  Others who have written about serious magic in fiction-form include Dion Fortune (her famous `Sea Priestess’ book which by sheer coincidence seems to contain so many of the Invocations and such now used by initiated Wiccans..).

But hiding in plain sight is not a luxury for people who have already declared themselves to be Practitioners of ritual or ceremonial Magic  – for google remembers everything..and so do people – who copy and save online pictures, articles, web links.. and blog or put status updates ..about what they know!  All these can be brought back…in weeks, months or years time ! Your revelations, once provided, can never be buried!

So what is the best way forward?

Selective revelations! In certain groups, forums, platforms – where there is a higher ratio of genuinely interested and sympathetic people..  people who will learn from you, but preserve and protect your privacy and safety..

That leads me to another blog on a topic of epic seriousness..   Who can we trust in this great big wide world of Magic??   Stay tuned..! (or subscribe to my blogs)

Mani Navasothy

Links

Mandrake the Magician (King Features) Official site

BBC (Official ) website for Merlin

Wicca Witchcraft and Magic – website for Articles, videos & courses

Blog on Gerald Gardner – father of modern Wicca 

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Video: Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh (nudity involved)

Beltane Fire Festival Video (c) Mani Navasothy 2011

Beltane Fire Festival Video (c) Mani Navasothy 2011

Beltane is one of the 8 festivals of the Pagan annual calendar. It is a fertility festival  mostly celebrated in the western european countries, taking place at the end of April and beginning of May (Eve of May), and marks the beginning of Summer.  Many pagan couples get married (Handfasting) on or near this time.

This topic came up while I was speaking to some friends about visiting the Festival in Scotland. So I decided to blog this video I made few years ago.

Wiccan perspective on Beltane: The veil between the world of men and fairy (or spirit) is said to thin twice a year, at Beltane and at Samhain, which are on opposite points of the year wheel. At Beltane (May eve) the land is at it’s most lush and green, and fertile. If Spring Equinox is the time of fertility and mating in the animal kingdom, then Beltane is one of courting couples making commitment to one another- and Handfastings! In the God-Goddess myths, this is when the playful God is said to commit to the Goddess – which is symbolised by the Sacred Marriage! The Maypole dance that is traditional at this time symbolises the fertile powers of the masculine, penetrating the land, and the ribbons danced and woven around it lock that power! A ring of flower at the tip of the Maypole signifies the feminine. Magical working with the Fay (Fairies) is an important feature at this time, in contrast to the magical work with the departed spirits at Samhain, the opposite point. (c) WitchcraftAndMagic.org

 

Here is a short video (filmed and edited by me) of the Edinburgh Beltane Fire festival.

Content for this informal video was filmed in 2011 (some photos used were taken in previous years).    Video Published on Apr 27, 2012 by Gaian2012 (my YT video channel).  Music tracks used in this are royalty free, and license purchased. All rights reserved (c)Mani Navasothy.

 

Links for further Info

Wicca, Witchcraft & Magic – Read about Wicca & other Pagan Festivals – such as Samhain/ Halloween, Yule, Imbolc, Spring, Summer, Lammas and Autumn Eqx.  This site also has info / articles on what is Wicca/ Witchcraft, Spells, magic, Horned God & Moon Goddess and invocations.

Gaian Times Magazine explores the science & Magic of the earth, and features thought-provoking articles in science, psychology, ecology, environment, astrology and social trends. It is a not-for-profit company registered in England & Wales. No: 07515903.

 Beltane Fire festival in Edinburgh takes place on the night of 30th April of each year, organised by Beltane Fire Society (registered charity in Scotland ). for details. In 2012, they celebrate 25 yrs of running this festival.

Gaian2012 – video Channel -   named after the Earth Goddess Gaia – this is the Eco-spiritual channel for videos on Pagan Spirituality, Ritual Magic, Wicca, Mini-documentaries, How-to guides on magical techniques & tool making, clips of rituals & festivals, and thought-provoking debates on Earth, Environment & Eco-Spirituality.

 

What is your Religion? Info from 2011 Census -England &Wales (interest to Pagans)

There was a big initiative by many Pagan groups and organisations – at the time leading to the Census 2011 – to encourage Pagans, Druids, Shamans, Wiccans, Witches to put their religion down as such. This was so that we can get a realistic numbers.  I did a blog a while back with early results. Well, here’s the latest publication from Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Adding the numbers for Pagan (56,620  ), Wicca (11,766), Druid (4,189), Heathen (1,958), Witchcraft (1,276), Shamanism (650), – which I can easily pick out as being `Pagan’   ..amounts to a total of 76,459. Of course others may also add Thelemite, Mysticism, Reconstructionist, Occult, New Age, Traditional African Religion, animism, shintoism too, and reach a number around 82,000+. [This is still only less than 0.4% of the declared population, with Christianity being 59.3%, and with Muslims being 4.8%).

Of course, not everyone would have actually declared their `Pagan’ religion on the National Census, so the real number is likely to be higher than these.

It is amusing to note that `Jedi Knight’ is the 7th largest religion in England & Wales..according to 2011 Census!!!   By looking at the numbers for each, I can say that Paganism is the 8th largest… Here’s the list (I compiled): 1.Christianity, 2. Muslim, 3. Hindu, 4. Sikh, 5.Jewish, 6.Buddhist, 7.Jedi Knight, 8.Pagan, 9. Spiritualist.  Interestingly, if I look at the `belief’ of Jedi, it is about `The Force’ – an energy that is around and within everything which the Jedi `work’..and this is akin to the spirit of things that Pagans believe and work with (`Magic’).

A personal note on Satanism vs Horned Gods :   Satanism is NOT ever considered to be a Pagan Religion.   It stems from Christianity (as Satan is a Christian biblical figure).  The Horned Gods such as Hern, Cernunnos, Pan are much older nature-based deities thought of as Pagan gods..(and wrongly thought of as `evil, devil, satan’ by ill-educated people who do not do their own research and just quote other people’s propaganda!

-Mani Navasothy

This infographic illustrates data on religion from the 2011 Census to provide a picture of the various faiths across England and Wales.

Editing Wikipedia entry – Shree Ganapathy Temple -Wimbledon

Few days ago, I went looking online for some upcoming rituals in Wimbledon Hindu temple. I found the temple’s official website. More importantly, I found the wikipedia entry..which had a notice of  `lack of notability and possible deletion’.   This was quite worrying.     Wikipedia as many know is a living entity, billions of people use it as reference, millions add entries (woffles, bables, chatty)..and possibly a select thousands work at making those wiki articles as professional and precise as possible..(with references, citations, proper formatting and all that).

Well, I spent a few hours digging stuff in google for any references to the Ganapathy Temple in Wimbledon, and found some great references – from BBC, Guardian, Scouts, Merton Council etc.. So I put them all in, as well as a few new sections, added external links and so on..   and the wiki entry started to look a bit better.  (still long way to go yet, and am sure many others can now add similar `good and notable contents’)

Already I see that another nice person has formatted the contents I put in and made it look better. So here is the entry as it looks at the moment.

 The point behind this ..to let people know that anyone with a basic internet technical skills can edit / add to wikipedia entries …for a subject they have an interested in and have experiences/ knowledge thereof.  It all adds to the content and quality of wikipedia.. modern repository of our knowledge.  :-)

Hindu Priests & omam fire

Wikipedia entry for Shree Ganapathy Temple, Wimbledon (on 20Jan2015) 

**** Note:  Sections in blue (below) are original before I added other content ****

Shree Ganapathy Temple, Wimbledon, is a Hindu temple in south-west London, England, that was established in the 1980s. The main deity in the temple is of LordGanesha. There are also deities of Goddess Durga (Parvati), Lord Hanuman, Krishna etc. The Sai Mandir was opened in 1981 and is a prayer hall dedicated to Sathyanarayana Raju.

During the temple’s early years, the realisation came that there was an urgent need to educate the younger generation about Hinduism. Furthermore, the temple wanted the children to fully understand the faith at a deeper level than previously. Therefore the Sai Mandir has been running classes for many years, teaching the children spiritual education, Sanskrit prayers, how to sing Bhajans (devotional hymns) in addition to learning about other religions too. Voluntary activities take place in affiliation with local authorities and Age Link groups.

The temple provides classes dwelling on teachings of Hinduism, music and dance classes, and yoga to name a few.

Contents

  • 1 Community
  • 2 Renovations
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Community

Shelter for Refugees: Refugees from Sri Lanka have been given temporary shelter at the Temple in 1986. The BBC recorded this info as part of their DomesDay Project in 1986.[1]

Scouts – 23rd Wimbledon:  This temple became Europe’s first Hindu temple in the UK to be home to a Scout Group. The 23rd Wimbledon [2] was established by Scout Leader, Geetha Maheshwaran in Autumn 2012 .

School trips – Religious Education The school is listed in Merton Council Directory[3] as providing Hindu religious, social and cultural services for all ages, especially for schools to visit as part of their teaching of Hinduism in their Religious Education Curriculum.

Renovations

The Ganesh temple has been using a building that was formally a Church and a Community Centre. Hence the interior has been a basic square shape. Reconstruction work began in early 2014,[4] and is nearing completion in January 2015. It will be based more on the style of the traditional South Indian temples.

References

  1. ^ “BBC Domesday Project 1986 entry”.
  2. ^ “Feature on Scouting Magazine (Uk)”
  3. ^ “School Visits at Temple”
  4. ^ “Young Reporter-Local Guardian – Wimbledon”.

External links

  • Ganapathy Temple
  • Family Service Community Directory – Merton Council
  • Local Guardian -January 2014- Wimbledon Hindu Temple renovation Article
  • Places of Worship – listing at Kingston University London
  • spiritual-scouting – Article in Scouting Website
  • Video of Omam at Ganapathy Temple (by London Hindu Temples)
  • Omam – Hindu fire ritual – blog by QuantumPhoenix
  • BBC site Domesday Reloaded article- Refugees housed in Hindu Temple

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-Mani Navasothy

ps.  Here are those actual links related to Ganapathy Temple :-)

 

End the Ivory Trade – Peaceful demo at the Chinese Embassy in London- 24Jan2015

CHINA CAN SAVE AFRICA’S ELEPHANTS FROM EXTINCTION..!!!!

Hi all, here’s an eco-demo that I will be actively participating …on this coming Saturday 24th January’15, outside the Chinese Embassy in London.  (I was there last year also, in my `Elephantom Eco-Hero costume). Do join `Action for Elephants UK’  and myself and many friends…on this important Demon. Nearest tube station is `Regent’s Park.    Below you can see facebook event link..  But just get there and find us..:-)   -Mani

Action for Elephants - Peaceful Demo outside Chinese Embassy, London (photo ~V)

Action for Elephants – Peaceful Demo outside Chinese Embassy, London (photo ~V)

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Join us in at a protest outside the Chinese embassy in London to call on China to take urgent steps to help stop the slaughter of elephants for their ivory.

We call on China to close its ivory-carving factories, to close its ivory retail outlets, and to end its domestic ivory trade. As the world’s leading consumer of ivory (over 70% of illegal ivory makes its way to China, to be carved into trinkets for affluent Chinese), China has the biggest role and responsibility in ensuring the survival of elephants in Africa.

Unless China’s leaders take these urgent steps, we will soon be witnessing the last days on earth of these majestic, supremely intelligent and emotionally sentient creatures, who are being wiped out by poachers at the rate of around 100 EVERY DAY.

If China takes the lead to save them, it will gain the respect and gratitude of people the world over. Also, it would be the single most important move to stop the trans-national criminal networks of poachers and ivory traffickers, and to halt the involvement of terrorist groups which are funded in part by ‘blood ivory’.

We are pleased to have as speakers at the event Dominic Dyer from Care for the Wild International and Dr Trevor Jones from Southern Tanzania Elephant Project.

Date: Saturday 25th January 2015

Time:   12.30pm to 2.30pm

venue: Outside Chinese Embassy, London   (Address:  Chinese Embassy, 49-51 Portland Place, W1B 1JL London, United Kingdom)

Nearest Tube: Regent’s Park

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Links

Facebook Event page- Peaceful Demo outside Chinese Embassy 24Jan2015

March for Elephants UK – facebook GROUP

Elephantom- Eco-Hero (cartoon eco-book)

 

Advance Notice/ other Demos:

20th Feb- Protest outside Japanese Embassy : Stop killing Taiji Dolphins (blog soon)

7th March- Climate Change – National Demonstration, London (blog soon)

13th March - Global March for Lions – Ban Can hunting (blog soon)

 

 

Tamesa (and Thames-Isis) London rituals in 2015

Greetings all.  I have finalised the dates and venues for the annual rituals I facilitate by the river Thames in this coming cycle.  Tamesa London Circle (started by April & myself in 2006) was doing 8-10 rituals a year but for the past 2 years had been focusing on Thames-Isis ceremonies (call it a Calling).

After 2 years I was thinking to conclude them (at last year’s Birthday of Isis event).  Why?  Well, working these mythology based rituals are not always easy – especially on one’s own personal life.  So many people forget that when we do magical ceremonies and rituals, those energies – both the aspects we want and the aspects we were not fully aware of- work through our lives.  (I;ll write more about this in another blog post).  So I was planning to wrap up the Thames-Isis rituals in 2014.

However, as the saying goes, Man may propose but the Gods (and Goddesses) dispose! :-)

And so here we are..   beginning the 3rd cycle of these Isis (Thames-Isis) ceremonies, with the `Isidias Navigatum- Blessing of the Fleet’ in March, Birthday of Isis in July (on a new moon!) and the 3rd ritual (not Isis related) the `Tamesa river of Souls Samhain / Halloween’ in October (on the full moon closer to Samhain).

They all have `meetup’ events already setup in the meetup group I run. (link at the bottom of each section)..  I shall of course post blogs here as reminder, nearer to each Ceremony. These are approximately 3+ months apart.

Here are the Tamesa rituals for this year 2015.   I hope those of you in London will attend ..  to honour, worship and gain magical and spiritual experiences from these.  As my own spirituality evolves, so must the work I do and so these rituals will incorporate some new elements to them.

Bright Blessings

-Mani

 

1. Isidias Navigatum- Blessing of the Fleet – Isis Ritual

Sunday 1st March 2015   @ Richmond

Isidias Navigatum Blessing the Fleet ritual 2015 London

Isidias Navigatum Blessing the Fleet ritual 2015 London

This annual ceremony was held at the start of the Spring time in Ancient Egypt, to gain the blessings of Goddess Isis upon the ships and boats (Fleet) – so that they may go forth, find commerce, resources and wealth and bring them back. You will have heard the saying, `waiting for my ship to come in’ – a saying that indicates a person waiting for his /her good fortunes to arrive. Well, in order for ships to come in they must first be sent out – and with blessings and good plans. We are adapting the old ceremony to suit the times and place we now live it! In this ceremony, we will bless the `fleet’ and place our hopes and wishes of good fortune and success in the ventures we are starting as Spring approaches. We then set the ships to sail (some will be sent.. other larger models will be pulled back, so as not to litter river Thames)

Meetup link to Blessing of the Fleet Ritual 2015

 

2. Night of the Cradle- Birthday of Goddess Isis Ceremony

Thursday 16th July 2015 @ Embankment, Central London (Cleopatra’s Needle)

Birthday of Goddess Isis - July 2015 ritual in London

Birthday of Goddess Isis – July 2015 ritual in London

Our 3rd annual Celebration of The Night of the Cradle: Birth of Goddess Isis’ will take place on the New Moon (In watery sign of Cancer) in July 2015. We gather by the banks of river Thames (Cleopatra’s Needle, by Victoria-Embankment) for a special Ceremony in the evening…to mark the Night of the Cradle’ where Sky Goddess Nut gave birth to the Egyptian Goddess Isis. For July 2015,  we return to the original spot- The Egyptian themed `Cleopatra’s Needle’  with 2 large Sphinx – in Central London.

Outline: 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 friends. Goddess Isis (statue) is revealed. Milk & flower Ceremony – all bath statue in milk, followed by offering of flowers. These are then offered to the river Thames.   Food & drinks blessed and shared.

Meetup link to Birthday of Isis ritual

 

3. Tamesa River of Souls (Halloween) & Full Moon Ritual

Tuesday 27th October 2015 @ Millennium Bridge area by river side, Central London

Tamesa Halloween Ritual 2015

Tamesa Halloween Ritual 2015

Every year, near Samhain (Halloween.. traditional day of honoring our ancestors) we hold a small ritual/ceremony by the river Thames in Central London. This year (2015), the tide is low in the evening on the night of the full moon ..of Tuesday 27th October’15. That is when we will be holding, `Tamesa River of Souls’ Halloween Ritual- right on the banks of river Thames.

Part of our ceremony involves creating a small altar on the sandy foreshores of Thames (at low tide!), lighting candles, placing any bones we find nearby. Some silent pagan prayers, blessing, consecrations, and a small picnic (feasting with the dead!).. and returning the bones back to the river immediately. On occasions, we throw coins in to the river, symbolic of payment to the `Ferryman’ who (Greek mythology) ferries dead souls to the underworld, and requires a small fee.

Meetup link to Tamesa Halloween ritual 2105

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Additional links

You can watch some brief promotional and/or celebratory videos of our past Tamesa rituals, filmed and edited by my sister  link to the Tamesa events videos (playlist):

Link to Tamesa London Circle website – Details and records of all the past rituals (2006 to present)

Link to Pagan Frontiers of London website – Gateway site for all major pagan events in London

 

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`An it harm none..’ a blog on the full poem of The Wiccan Rede

Nearly all who practise Wicca & modern Witchcraft will have heard of the Wiccan Rede (An it harm none, Do as you Will’). But am sure not all know that there is a `longer poem’ related to it.   The longer version first made its appearance in 1974,  when it was published in a magazine `Earth Religion News’. Although people have claimed the longer version originates before 1950’s (before Gerald Gardner `created’ Wicca), some believe that the longer poem was created *after* Doreen Valiente spoke of the short Rede in 1964 in a public lecture. So in fact, original source is still disputed. There is a good article charting this in wikipedia (see links below)

Wiccan rede  An it harm none do as you Will .   art (c) Mani Navasothy

Wiccan rede “An it Harm none do as you Will”
 art (c) Mani Navasothy   http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net

`An it harm none Do what you Will’  is – many would agree, an `impossible’ one to follow 100%. Whatever we do will cause some sort of harm or distress to someone or thing elsewhere.. emotionally or psychologically, if not physically. (simple examples are when we attend a job interview and get the job, so the other candidates don’t get it…Another example is a nice happy country walk.. where just the walking alone probably kills insects and worms underfoot and new seedling plants!). The Wiccan Rede can only ever be an aspiration..and in particular, in the practice of personal magical workings and spell-casting.

I posted just the graphics (above) in a facebook page, and within 10 hrs it had been shared 22 times and reached 1,200+ people (and still going!). It tells me that this is a matter of great interest to many people.

One person  asked the question,  `at what point do you stop letting it [The Rede] harm you?’

It is an Interesting idea. Trying to be true to `it’ can cause the person harm because it ties the person’s hands from possibly doing what he/she can do to getting what he/she wants without worrying about other people. So the Rede needs to be factoring in a balance of needs and their fulfilment by many people..not just one. ..

Another comment made was, `and it harm none also applies to yourself’

My response to this is, in everyday world, people -while serving themselves- do (Will) countless `ordinary’ things that in some way cause harm/ stress/ distress to many other people or living things (animals, trees, environment)… That’s is them just going about their lives…without even being spiritual, religious or magical in any conscious way.. So this Rede is ..as said before.. an `impossible guideline’ to follow to the letter!. It can only be an aspiration.. and has to be balanced with everything else one does.. be it self-serving or selfless serving of others.

I shall add more to this as and when I hear of other questions/ comments and any related responses I give.

Below are 2 resources – A full version of Wiccan Rede poem, and a video by Stephen Cole (friend of mine) reciting the full poem in a video for his `One Man Theatre Company’

Bright Blessings

-Mani

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The Wiccan Rede  (Full Version)

Bide within the Law you must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust.
Live you must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give.

For tread the Circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out.
To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme.

Light of eye and soft of touch, speak you little, listen much.
Honor the Old Ones in deed and name,
let love and light be our guides again.

Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune.
Widdershins go when the moon doth wane,
and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.

When the Lady’s moon is new, kiss the hand to Her times two.
When the moon rides at Her peak then your heart’s desire seek.

Heed the North winds mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail.
When the Wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.

When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss you on the mouth.
When the wind whispers from the West, all hearts will find peace and rest.

Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.

Oak in the forest towers with might, in the fire it brings the God’s
insight. Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magic to flower.

Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.

Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.

Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.

Elder is the Lady’s tree burn it not or cursed you’ll be.
Four times the Major Sabbats mark in the light and in the dark.

As the old year starts to wane the new begins, it’s now Samhain.
When the time for Imbolc shows watch for flowers through the snows.

When the wheel begins to turn soon the Beltane fires will burn.
As the wheel turns to Lamas night power is brought to magic rite.

Four times the Minor Sabbats fall use the Sun to mark them all.
When the wheel has turned to Yule light the log the Horned One rules.

In the spring, when night equals day time for Ostara to come our way.
When the Sun has reached it’s height time for Oak and Holly to fight.

Harvesting comes to one and all when the Autumn Equinox does fall.
Heed the flower, bush, and tree by the Lady blessed you’ll be.

Where the rippling waters go cast a stone, the truth you’ll know.
When you have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.

With a fool no season spend or be counted as his friend.
Merry Meet and Merry Part bright the cheeks and warm the heart.

Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow.

Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you.

These Eight words the Rede fulfill:  An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will.

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Here also is a video by a friend of mine, Stephen Cole

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Links:

Wikipedia Article  on Wiccan Rede

Website : Witchcraft and Magic

Facebook page: Wicca Witchcraft and Magic

My Blogs on Wicca:

Hierarchy in Wiccan covens

Wiccan Journeys & High Priestly thoughts

Video

On Love, Loss & Life (Or `how Life imitates Art that we create!’)

“Have you loved, loved someone or something so dearly ..and lost?..” So begins the monologue – something I wrote ..about 11 months ago…at a time when I was nursing my own broken heart.

The lines were for The Doctor – now in a female form, in a minisode that I wrote, directed, filmed and produced. It stars my friend Sandra Tena (published Writer, originally from Mexico) as the  world famous wanderer in Time and Space. I think, at the time, Sandra too was hiding an aching heart..    It was a case of two people with similar pains coming together to create art!  (Sandra and I are just friends, and remain so..  in case you were wondering..)

DrWho Love Loss & Life

Scene from DrWho Minisode `Love, Loss & Life’

 

The minisode was filmed by the Docklands area in London, way back in January of this year (2014)…but we only aired it on 23rd August (same day as when Peter Capaldi’s new Doctor Who episode aired on BBC TV).   Technically, that’s the launch date of `our’ own Fan video series…but full episodes are coming in January 2015 (we just finished filming all 7 stories).

So back to Love then.

I thought about the kind of pain that The Doctor might be feeling..about always loving people..and then loosing them to the passing of time…watching them age and die, or get killed..  or just them giving it up and leaving the life inside the TARDIS.    Yes, we’ve seen many glimpses of this sadness that the Doctor contains…and he does contain it..  (how could he not…he’s lived over 2,000 years old..    If he did let it sink too much..his heart will break..  both of them..   Well, I put that line in there too..  :-)

Sandra brought a real sense of inner vulnerability to that minisode when we filmed it..

And of course, a few days later, she was leaving London…and heading back to Mexico.. In a way that was a bit sad too..

But it gets better :-)

She left some of her suitcases with me in London for safe keeping..  And she came back to London in July..   and we filmed many more episodes… And guess what…she found Love.. !  And guess a bit more-    she found love with another friend of mine..   a guy who was also in my Doctor Who fan production..by the name of Stephen Cole..   (An actor who lives in Glastonbury..)  And go on..guess once more..   they met `on the set’  during our filming of his Doctor Who story (yes, we have two Doctors!).  And they `got together on `International Peace Day’ ..That was back in September’14.

I hear they are moving in together in 2015.. and going forward in life..  so good happy news..

Well there’s more to it..   Sometimes, when some hearts mend, other hearts get broken..   and that’s life too..  I think another friend of mine ended up with a heart ache..  But wait..  the other friend found love again..  So it’s all okay!!  Honest!!  :-)

As for me..   well..  looking back at my own last 2 years ..I wonder if `Am a good man?’  I  think I am  a fallen Angel..  or a rising Demon..  Am never sure.  Broken hearts can create all sorts of turmoils..and personality shifts..  make one bitter, depressed, reclusive, unable to go forward or backwards..   (well, isn’t this a joy…Actually it is to those who follow my blogs..  I rarely write about my personal life..  and often keep to just being astrological, spiritual and all that… So here you get a glimpse…And why ever not…It’s the last day..of 2014…the `Year of I’mPossible Dreams’  that I set off back in January..   How many of those became possible..am not sure..     )

All I can say is…my story is still unfolding..    and am sure a travelling Companion will walk into my TARDIS…I mean my life.. at some point.. Well, for that to happen, I need a TARDIS first…   And seeing I partially built one years ago..and then got fed up and burnt most of it..   Yes, I have plans to build a new TARDIS…both the inside console room..and the outside Blue Box..

Then a Companion can accidentally walk into it..  I’ll make sure the door is unlocked..and kept open..  Doors..?  Hearts… TARDIS?  Life?  All same thing..   Have you not figured it out..?  Did you think just  am not talking transpersonal psychology today? Why would I stop doing that??   :-)

Have you had a dream  or two..or hundreds…of a box, a bed, a room, a ship, a car, a hut or a house?  It’s all you..you  ..you..  symbolically..!  well, same here… Yeap, Psychology ya see!

Meanwhile..    watch this minisode…It’s Brilliant and bitter sweet..  I should know..  I wrote what I felt.. and I know that parts of those tears in her eyes were not acting at all..

-Mani Navasothy  (Executive Producer / Director/ Lead writer)

Doctor Who Imaginarium Fan Productions

London
31s December 2014

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Minisode Info:

Doctor Who Imaginarium Fan productions  presents..  starring Sandra Tena as The Doctor in `Love Loss and Life’.

Written, Directed, filmed & edited by Mani Navasothy.
Filmed on location in the Docklands area of London (in January 2014).
This minisode is a character piece that explores the pain and anguish of love lost.. especially for a Time Lady!
Enjoy the minisode.. Our full run of stories start in 2015, with a Prelude called `Lucifer’s Legacy’, and first full story, `Dragons of London’  and then `Shaman’s Game’.

We already have 7 stories to tell..ranging from the final days of the Dark Times of Gallifrey (That wasn’t even its name then).. to raging Cyberman wanting the God Upgrade..and old foes playing with The Doctor’s soul itself.. !! And another thing.. One of those Doctors is not Who he appears to be..!

Doctor Who (c) BBC. TARDIS (c) BBC.

No copyright breach intended. This is an entirely non-profit fan production..by fans for fans..just for fun!!

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Links

Doctor Who Imaginarium – website

Sandra Tenna’s Books on Amazon (in Spanish)

Inkwells & Daydreams – Sandra’s professional blogs

Sandra’s personal blogs – That Voice in my Head