Some photos of the waxing Moon (taken last night on 28th June’15) and Jupiter almost conjunct Venus (taken this evening 29th June’15). I will try to take photos of the Jupiter-Venus conjunction over the next few days (wish us astro-photographers clear skies). :-) -Mani Navasothy
Dear all, join me for this great annual event in Central London! I have been attending these for many years, and have helped out/ carried Giants/ been appointed as one of the `Guardians’ of this event by original organiser Jeanette Ellis. So it thrills me to announce the ongoing success of this.
• Bring your drums
• Bring Banners
• Wear masks & Colourful Pagan costumes
• Carry Staffs (no sharp weapons/ swords!!)
• Make `Giants’ and bring them..
See you there
———info below from the PF-London event page—-
Pagan Pride Parade London 2015!!!!
Gather with us in London, for this year’s Pagan Pride Parade. (organised by `Pagan Federation London’)
Break out your broomsticks, don your floral crowns, hold the heathen hammer high and bang your drums proudly – because we’re taking to the streets to fly the Pagan flag and celebrate the freedom of our faiths.
Drummers, Banners Holders, Parade Giants, Fairies, Floats and Pagans of all stripes, join us for a day of fun and festivities.
We’ll be gathering in Russell Square and then marching our parade through the streets, before returning back to Russell Square for a communal picnic and frivolity.
Gather at Russell Square from 11.30am for the start of the parade at 12 midday.
This event is FREE!
Russel Square (5 minutes)
Holborn (10 minutes)
Bring your own food and drink for the picnic or get your food on the day from the Russell Square cafe.
Russell Square is in the heart of Bloomsbury, close to the British Museum. It has a central plaza and water feature, which has become a popular place for Pagans to dance and make merry, year after year.
There is a cafe which is open all year round and expansive lawns and vibrant floral displays.
Here is a route of the Parade
PF London Lammas Ritual 2015 (by Hern’s Tribe)
`Why do you come? To kill the King. Why? His blood feeds the land! ‘ And so begins many a traditional ceremony for Lammas.
The Hanged Man of Tarot – Odin’s sacrifice, the cutting down of Corn King, and the ritual suicide of Hern the Hunter all get played out one way or another in our lives. Join Hern’s Tribe on the eve of a Blue Moon, for resolving these painful cycles, and come together for a joyous celebration of Lammas – time of great Harvest and for reaping the rewards of your hard work. Bring your masks & drums and join in this tribal jollities.
Hern’s Tribe has facilitated several Open rituals for PF London in the past (between 2005- 2012). And we are thrilled to have been invited by PF London to facilitate this ritual. It’s a welcome return after a 3 year gap.
May Hern protect us
——–Info by PF London————-
Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London.
Entry fee: £5 (for PF members & concessions), £6 for all others.
Time: 7:30 – 10:00 PM Arrive from 7.30 pm for pre-ritual socialising in the foyer. Ritual starts at 8 pm and usually concludes before 9 pm. Feasting and socialising follow the ritual until 10 pm.
Please do not arrive before 7:30 PM. If you are early, please utilise one of the nearby pubs, cafes or gardens to sit and socialise in.
Please switch off mobile phones before going into the ritual.
No photographs or video are allowed during the ritual.
Please bring a little food & drink to share during the feast after the ritual.
Dear all, this year’s PF-London conference has the theme of `Sacred Journey’.. and is taking place tomorrow (27th June 2015) from 10am till 10pm in London (Leystonstone area). There are many and varied talks, workshops, festivities and such scheduled for this. I will be attending, and hope to post a review/ photos afterwards.
I’ll also be giving a talk. Here’s the blurb/ info :-)
Hindu-Magic. Mani Navasothy – Hindu & Wiccan High Priest – briefly talks about how both religions have woven together in his life, touch on the mysteries of Shivarathree & Navarathree, and shares his blend of Hindu-magical practises that you can use.
Some older attendees may remember, that I used to hold the position of `Events Organiser’ for PF London for some 7+ years and ran open rituals, annual Gaia Conventions (see link below)) and Masked Balls etc.. I stepped down back in May 2012, to pursue my own esoteric ventures (Publishing books, Gaian Times e-Magazine, Wicca & Witchcraft events etc).
Here’s the official Flyer for the event & Schedules of talks etc
The conference will be held on Saturday, June 27th at The Leytonstone Business & Enterprise Specialist School
Doors open at 10.00 am.
An all day conference hosted by The Pagan Federation London, featuring talks and workshops from 16 renowned speakers, live music, esoteric market, The Goddess Temple of London, food & bar, prizes to be won, and much more!
Featuring talks and workshops on Wicca, Tarot, Paganism & Hinduism, Pagan history, Magic, Sacred Places, Hoodoo, Storytelling, Deities, Pagan Britain, Scrying, ReWilding and a selection of talks exploring this year’s conference theme of “sacred journey”.
Philip Carr-Gomm, Ashley Mortimer, Geraldine Beskin, Peter Knight,
King Arthur Pendragon, Caroline Wise, Mani Navasothy, Jacqueline Woodward-Smith, Richard Levy, Jamie Alexxander, John Callow, Michelle Hawcroft, Abbie Palache, Jason Drew and more!
Our keynote speaker will be Mike Stygal, president of The Pagan Federation.
The Goddess Temple of London will be at the conference. They will be erecting a temple space for people to use through out the day, for private meditation, contemplation and honoring.
Visit the Family Corner – step outside away from the hubbub to meet other pagan families, and try your hand at some Summer Solstice crafts 10am-1pm.
Standard Tickets: £10 PF Members, £12 General Public
Tickets on the Door: £12 PF Members, £14 General Public
*Under 16’s get in free*
Some sharp thoughts here… so be seated firmly.. :-)
Some years ago..after a visit to Stonehenge I was devastated by the rubbish & people standing on stones etc. My friends & I collected about 20 bags of rubbish ourselves that time.
I even went around so angry that I set about doing some `closing pentagrams’. Months later I realised the ego of my self.. and went again to do an open-pentagram at quarters. (for my own peace sake.if nothing else).
Am at a place in life right now..where ..while I do respect ancient things/ material things.. I also feel that none of it matters in a deeper sense of our spirituality. Mine is no longer so tied to material things..and I begin to see the magic that people add ..when they make much merriment at a place like this..
Preserving something that is falling apart by the passing of time amounts to a death/ decay cult..
Ancient man built whatever he / she could with whatever cutting edge technology he had; Great!!
Humankind has so much technology NOW to erect / build such magnificent monuments & temples… of OUR times.. yet all we see are giant skyscrapers.. NO NEW magnificent Temples.. What does it say about us? (0and a few thousand people pinning about stones that are past their fall-by-dates.. Those old decaying monuments are kept up by concrete & metal under it.. There is no undisturbed magical continuity. Modern technology has already permeated and polluted it .. ).
Sp I’d rather see mass merriment at stonehenge… let people experience it…let them drum, dance, smoke whatever, eat. let them enjoy it..
If the stones really are magical and powerful.. then they will do their magic on the people attending..and those people’s live be transformed..
And the stones will survive.. But if there is no magic in them… then they are just old artefacts..art pieces … magical husks.. What’s feeding them is the power of people who are dancing about them.. not the other way around..
So I say.. Let the stones fall.. grind to rubble and dust.. let stars and people burn and be ashes..
That is what every religion says.. They all say reaching God/ Goddess is more important than worshipping material things.. (and stonehenge is a material thing…magnificent..but still a material thing. The moss / lichen on it is not 100s of years old… it’s organic.. it’s new growth.. just like every bits of the human body regenerates every 3-5 months.. There ae no 50 year old cells in the body of a 50 year old human!)
Nothing lasts forever…nothing should.. Only Souls & Spirits matter :-)
ps. I posted this `Note’ on my facebook wall and created a storm of a debate. I shall select a few responses (preserve the identity of postee) and share below under `comments’ in a day ..
These exam pieces (art works) were apparently not allowed to be exhibited in a school. Am not usually one to share stuff from facebook onto my blogs..but as an Artist, Magician, Radical, Magician…I feel this deserves attention. -Mani
Martha Armitage says on her FB account:
“I CANNOT believe my paintings are not allowed to be displayed around my school as ‘it’s Ramandan and they involve breasts’. I’m disappointed in Tapton school. I believe the close bond breast feeding gives a mother and child should be celebrated and exposed to my school, not hidden away!! #freethenipple
Dear all, it gives me great thrills to announce the launching of a new meetup group – one that I have been thinking about and planning for almost half a year. Well, now seems the right time! I’ve named it `Hindu Magicians’ as it’s a blend of many things – the devotional activities that Hare Krishnas often do (chants, jubilant, devotional singing), my roots in Hinduism, Vishnu worship, and recent 20 years of Western Magical/ Pagan ritual magical practices. I’ve scheduled 4 great special events/ socials to start us off.. and will add / develop more… Some events will be meditative, walks in parks, simple ceremonies of worship & celebrations, while others will be extensive (I have some friends who are experienced in Sanskrit, Yoga and a variety of Eastern / Hindu matters). The first one is on 31st July – a Social on the date of the Blue Moon (because this is the first group of it’s kind, as well as the most obvious one of colour Blue being associated with Lord Krishna of course) :-) Below are graphics for each of the events (so far).
The current blurb for this meetup says..
“This is a very new meetup group for all interested in Hare Krishna & Hindu Magic as the focus. It’s envisioned as a relaxed group gathering for enjoyable socials & spiritual work – such as picnics, meet & greet, drumming & chanting in parks – simply for the joy of it. The Hindu- Magic part of this is about exploring some of the myths, adapting special Hindu festivals & Rituals such as Navarathree, Shivarathree, Luxmi pooja and such – and perform lighter adapted version of them in natural places (woods, parks) practices, creating yantras / charms for personal empowering purposes. You can effectively think of them as mini-poojas in parks & woods.
(Important note: It is NOT the intention to have an intense group that is steeped deep in sanskrit ceremonies – we leave that to trained and highly experienced Priests & Brahmins in Temples and Ashrams all over the world.. Instead, we are down to earth explorers adapting ceremonies, mantras, interpretations).
Hindu spirituality has been around for thousands of years, and in the modern world, it has spread and permeated into many civilisations, countries and cultures and other mystery traditions. It’s now common for a wiccan/ witch to do a `chakra opening’ before doing a full moon ritual, millions doing Yoga workouts in fitness centres, thousands exploring Tantric rituals & sexual unities. Also common are many a Western psychic to wear a turban, trendy youngsters with some earth spiritual affinities sporting `Om T-shirt’, and millions of psychics & mystics to light an incense stick bells that were made in India or Nepal.
It is pleasing that Hinduism has spread so far and wide – even if many don’t realise it. But it’s also sad there is quite a bit of the underlying depth getting `lost in translation & interpretations’.
I’ve been a Hindu all my life, and have lived in London for some 35 years. I am experienced (20 years) in Western Pagan / Magical religions and practises. I’ve been re-exploring Hindu ceremonies and realising the magic within much of it..and am on a personal journey of blending the two together in my own life. Last time I checked, there seems to be nothing like this in Meetup (not for 100 miles around me in London). So I’ve started this.
Let us meet & greet – as equals with extraordinary souls, in the parks, in the woods, in the forests, gardens, by rivers and streams.. at dawn, at dusk, at noon and nights, in rain and shine, to be..just be.. and if we must do something.. to praise, sing, drum, dance, chant and be merry – in the names of the divine Gods & Goddesses, the Great Spirit within us all..
Let’s meet, and see where it takes us..
*Om Shakthi * Hare Krishna * Bright Blessings
So if you like the sound of all this, and like to join in.. either as beginners or as experienced person looking to do more of these with like-spiritual-souls.. You do not have to be heavily involved in Hare Krishna or steeped in Hindu cultures or religion to be part of this. This is not a study group or missionary one that aims to preach or convert. If you are a fan of the great Hindu epics – Mahabharatham & Ramayanam – if you are new to it or have been interested for years / decades…all that is fine.
Here’s the link to the meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/Krishnas-and-Hindu-Magicians/
Bright Blessings -Mani Navasothy