ETC: Enfield Town Circle – Pagan Moot in North London (13th Nov’14)

Enfield Town Circle - pagan moot-2014Enfield Town Circle- Pagan Moot.    This is Pagan pub moot (monthly social) that takes place in Enfield, North London (well, almost north London).  Established by April..way back in 2006, it’s a good social opportunity for new people to come meet & socialise indoors.

Originally held in another pub, ETC is now at Crown & Horseshoes- a lovely waterside pub. We often sit by the sofas near the large fire place (front, right) or by the cosy round tables in the rear dinning area). We tend to have debates & discussions on current pagan matters or topics of interest to members…and mostly socialise.

Here’s a video where April talks about the Moot

When: 2nd Thursday of every month

Upcoming dates:  13th November’14,   11th December 2014

Time: 7.30pm till about 11pm

Where: Crown & Horseshoes pub.15 Horseshoe Lane, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 6PZ.

facebook group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/EnfieldTownCircle/   Please note –  It is mainly for those who actually atted the ETC moot.  In the interest of `keeping it real & keeping it personal’ , Spammers, lurkers and promoters of other events are discouraged from joining the facebook group :-)

Witchfest International – Wiccan Convention in London (15th November 2014)

Witchfest is an annual Gathering/ Indoor Festive event/ convention (in it’s 11th year). It is currently the largest Witchcraft Event held in the World, and takes place in Croydon, (South London) on the Saturday 15th November 2014. These events are organised by `Children of Artemis’. I started attending these from about 10 years ago – having been going to monthly pub moots and conventions- either as a  Speaker/ Workshop facilitator, or just as an ordinary paying attendee.  Few years ago, I co-manned a stall for `Pagan Federation London’  at the Witchfest.

Gossipers & Nay-sayers have in the past branded Witchfest events as `jumping in on the witchy bandwagons of popular TV shows such as Charmed & Buffy the Vampire Slayer of the 90′s. Others have smirked at it as just being full of teen wannabe-witches coming in their crushed velvet fancy dresses.

However, a look at any (past and present) scheduling will show – Witchfest hosts some very impressive talks and workshops by many of the leading and experienced Magicians, Ritualists, Authors..and Wiccan Craft Elders!!  Not only that, it also puts on a jolly good show of pagan and esoteric bands/ music groups (often in 2 different stages). And then there is the big New age/ Occult/ Esoteric market – shops and stalls – selling everything from magic wands, crystals, cloths, art works and more. The whole of Fairfield Hall (big place) in Croydon is booked for this annual Witchy extravaganza – and if you do down to Croydon town on that day, you are bound to see lots of Witchy-looking people out and about :-)    There’s also usually the protesting Christian groups (handful) outside the Hall – presumably fearing for all the witchy souls and wanting too rescue us all.

It’s always been a great festive event, and I shall be going with my friends..:-)

So here’s a quick look at what’s going on and some details

-Mani Navasothy  (Wiccan High Priest, London)

———-Info taken from public facebook page for this event———

Witchfest International 2014

WITCHFEST INTERNATIONAL 2014   (15th November 2014)

There are more talks and workshops than ever before given by the most famous Witchcraft/Wiccan authors and experts in the world. This page will be updated regularly with the latest confirmed speakers, artists and workshops.

Speakers:

  • Prof. Ronald Hutton
  • Pete Jennings
  • Phillip Heselton
  • Vivianne and Chris Crowley
  • David Wells
  • Christina Oakley-Harrington
  • James Bennett
  • Tylluan Penry
  • Tam Campbell
  • Kevin Groves
  • Barbara Meiklejohn-Free
  • Phiona Hutton
  • Damh the Bard

Entertainment:

  • Wolf’s Head & Vixen Morris
  • The Dolmen
  • Damh the Bard
  • Daughters of Gaia
  • Spriggan Mist
  • Love Street
  • Kitty Hudson


Workshops:

  • Wand Workshop -Learn to make your own magical wand.
  • Tam Campbell - Teacher of the renowned Moving Magic
  • Muggle Magic

Plus many more to be confirmed…

Tickets Now Available!

  • FULL DAY Witchfest International 2014 Non Members Ticket ONLY £26.00   (10am to 2am)

EVENING ONLY TICKET £10 – Saturday 15th November 6pm – 2am.  (This ticket is valid for entry to the evening entertainment only and admission is after 6pm)

Venue:

  • Fairfield Hall, Park Lane, CR9 1DG Croydon, United Kingdom

Links for Event

Witchfest Website  

Other Wicca & Witchcraft Links by Mani

Wicca Witchcraft & Magic – website

Pagan Frontiers of London

Pagan & Magical Videos

Light Relief: The Blog-Attack from last year (response to `Cybergod Cometh’)

Last year (March 2013) I wrote a blog post called  `Cybergod Cometh- What lurks within the World Wide Web’ .    It was an amusing conjecture mixed with a sort of humour that I posses which few seem to get (unless people are used to the kind of dialoguing that the late Issac Asimov- father of Robotic Laws, and Russell T Davies – previous show runner of the `new’ Doctor Who – cos my style somewhat started similar to theirs).

Cybergod Cometh (c) Mani Navasothy 2013

Cybergod Cometh (c) Mani Navasothy 2013

Imagine when I got this very abusive, highly patronising response from some random person out there in the internet!!   Well,  the point of a blog IS to touch those random people out there …But his post was just plain ridiculous.  I sat on it for ages..  It was so clear that he was so full of his own self-importance, that he failed to grasp the finer points of blog posting..  that we can express our thoughts, ideas, facts, figures or just anything.   What he also seem to have not paid attention to ..was my credentials – I have a Physics Degree, I am a Pagan Priest with quite a bit of spiritual depth, I do science-fiction fantasy  both fiction and artworks!!

So anyway, as I am declutetring, deleting old drafts and such..  I thought I;d actually share that lunatic’s abusive post – with its infinite number of spelling mistakes and drivel..   I have no doubt he was actually projecting his own ego-wanking onto me, rather than make a sensible response to my amused blog post.   (Oh..did I just insult him?  How unprofessional of me :-)

So, here’s the precious contribution from him..  (an exact `cut n paste’ copy)  so you can enjoy his woks and have a light relief.

-Mani Navasothy

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“…….Are you aware of what some of us actually talks about at all, and beside, this childish rubbings of idiotic notions on issues you aparently dont know mutch about.

This article and you comment just underlines the lack of anything basicly, atleats the ability to think, outside the box, can you handle it.

This is what I putt inot the coscious equation against probbalilitys/posibillity.
The zero feild theory, and this site complelty parks the old dogmans and belife in the utterly simple Einstins mechanical world, where a bullet is all you have.
The old theory dont even come clse to this, witch I faind fare more accurate and describse the issue beyound what I have read for Years.

And beside, this drivel may impress yyour mother, but not me.

Do you know why I fand the shitt showelling is hillarious, and whats even wurse, the crittics are based on and comming from people not even knowing what the f… some of us are talking about, you have no f… clue.

Do you.

I was intending to be polite, but I forgott it, sorry but when new ideas are introduced, be shure that you actually know what you know your self, then talk.
To me qurious is good, this is just premature ejaqulation of oral smapms.

peace    “

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Links

Blog: `CyberGod Cometh – what lurks within the World Wide Web’ .

Blog: Making of a CyberSun mask (Doctor Who)

Blog:   Meditating Cyberman (Art – Doctor Who) 

Blog: Cyberhead, Colin Baker & Me (Convention)

Video

Doctor Who Fan Filming at Windsor, UK (Imaginarium Productions)

On 30th October 2014, my friends and I drove up to Windsor Town – yes, same place where Royal Windsor Castle is!    It was for filming scenes of one of our  fan DrWho video stories – previously called `CyberGenesis’   (I;ll come to that in a bit).    The story involves  `our’ Doctor  suddenly appearing (No TARDIS)  in Windsor, and getting caught up in a plot by a mysterious villain called The Shaman – who seems to have found the perfect way to blackmail the Doctor – and force him to steal an artefact from  Windsor Castle itself!!

We filmed outside the castle, and then went to the Windsor Great Park – that’s a great big forest!    To do more location shots..   Filming continued few days later in another woods..

Here’s a short fun video that my sister filmed of us  (cast and crew) on that day in Windsor. :-)

And now here’s the exciting bit..    We are almost close to wrapping up the filming for `this’ series…(7 stories)..and will soon start editing and uploading online- where you can watch it for free (from late November onwards!)

That’s not all..    We start pre-production on the `next series’ to be  filmed from Spring 2015 onwards and shown  from early Summer 2015.       I say `series’ but to be honest, it’s a rolling schedule..    We’ll fil, edit and show..and film..and onwards..   As and when our stories are complete.    We are entirely dependant on friends’ and fellow fans’ support, participation and even creative contributions..

Cyberhern cometh

Mani Navasothy (Exec.Producer of Imaginarium Productions, wearing the `Occult Cyberman’ costume…at Winter London Film & Comic Convention (and standing proudly next to a `classic’ 90′s Cyberman !)

WE are Looking for YOU to join us!!

So contact me..   via our website e-mail, or comments in our youtube channel, or by liking our facebook page..

-Mani Navasothy

ps.   The story we are filming is no longer to be titled as `CyberGenesis’. This is due to the shocking discovery that the BBC’s own Doctor Who story `Dark Water/ Death in Heaven’ starring Peter Capaldi as The Doctor – showed very similar concepts to our original version (which we had been writing/ working on since December 2013!!!     If we carried on the same ideas, fans would be  bored, or might say, they copied the BBC’..  So we have had a rethink and are changing some of the concepts..   and removing the emphasis on The Cyberman..and putting it on…Hern..  a horned God/ mythological figure that roams Windsor Great PArk..

Like  our page  http://www.facebook.com/ImaginariumPr…

Watch our  episodes http://www.youtube.com/DoctorWhoImagi…

Join meetup http://www.meetup.com/London-Doctor-W…

More blog posts on Doctor Who

World War Remembrance Day – 11th November (Gaian Times #6 feature)

April Jonquil – daughter of an Arm Gal – wrote an article in GaianTimes Magazine#6 (November 2012) ..as a featured piece to mark the Remembrance Day (11th November). In the article, April made many observations with regard to how her late mother had worked in the Land Army (UK) and then subsequently  held  that with a personal honor and regard.

GaianTimesMagazine6-Winter2012-cover2

 

 

<Mum was in the RAF and ‘our Vera,’ as mum would say, was the lady who sang of romance and hope that helped keep up the morel of the soldiers. She would visit our soldiers abroad and sing songs of love and peace to bring our boys home.  ‘And the Nightingales sang in Barkley Square…’ -Mum would often step into a moment of nostalgia and break into song.

Then l spotted an old tambourine that reminded me of The Salvation Army who would march down our street and wake us up on a Sunday morning, They were always led by a lady playing a tambourine, followed by the trumpet players and the drummers, all out of sync. By the time the elders had taken a deep enough breath to blow their trumpet they had gone out of tune. It was a right old racket but we loved them all the same. Well, a least mum did! And she so loved military brass bands and she had this thing of wanting to suck a lemon in front of one. They can’t get you for thinking,’ she would say. l guess it was the rebel in her.  Or maybe she just wanted them to sound home from home.

As I passed by my local supermarket on the way home l saw The British Legion out in force! Their poppies at the ready, made by volunteers who believe in the cause they stand for. The colour red spreading out across the nation, reminding us of what our battles and personal battles are all for. Our coins and hopefully notes are slipping inside those containers. The coins give off their own sound, while notes stay silent. We wait and watch to make sure the volunteers see it go in the box as we want nothing in return but that extra special smile! The smile that say thank you it is all worth standing, freezing my butt off hour after hour.

 Children are encouraged to take money into school to buy a poppy, as the word ‘donate’ seems to be fading. I remember one of the children l used to work with coming home from school with a flower she had bought from a charitable organisation. She couldn’t remember the charity for which it was for as that wasn’t important, just the fact that she had a flower the same as everyone else in the school. Her brother complained as to why she hadn’t bought him one too. ‘But l only had a pound,’ she said…>

 

We open up the GT archives, so you can re-read the FULL FEATURE.

Here is the Link http://www.gaiantimes.co.uk/html/poppy_thoughts.html   (this will expire in 1 month)

-Mani Navasothy

Chief Editor: Gaian Times Magazine

London Woodland Wicca- Full Moon Ritual- November 2014

These monthly Wicca & Witchcraft monthly Circles are ideal for YOU – if you have an interest and like to participate in an outdoor Wiccan ritual with like-minded magical people.

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How our event is organised

1. Meet n greet at a pre-fixed public place (Cafe/ Pub/ station – this may change so check each event carefully)
2. Walk together to the woods and to the exact ritual spot (this also changes depending on other factors on the day).
3. Set up altar & do ritual (see below for ritual format)
4. Feast & socialise
5. Tidy up & departure
6.Back to Cafe/ Pub for warm up and social and chats.

****** Please read the POLICY at the bottom ..about Photography/recording/ research /Journalists etc*******

The ritual (Wiccan format) 

• Sweeping
• Opening Prayer / Path working
• Consecrations with salt/water & incense
• Magic Circle Casting
• Calling of elemental quarters – with invocations & symbols
• Energy raising with chant . brief circle dance
• God & Goddess work (some times invocations)
• Magical work / spell-craft
• Blessing of cakes & wine
• Some training work/ wicca discussions (if time permits)
• Closing of energies
• Socialising / feasting
• Tidy-up & departure

These Wicca Circles are facilitated by Mani Navasothy (Wiccan High Priest with 19 years of Craft & Coven experiences in London). Some times we get assistance from other wiccan friends (initiated, solitary, hereditary etc).

Come and join us..! Please wear sensible outdoor (warm, waterproof) cloths, and shoes. Please bring some food & drinks/wine to share at the feast after ritual..
There will be opportunities to talk to Man and ask questions afterwards at social..

Meeting details

  • Date: Saturday 8th November 2014.
  • Meeting time (at Pub) – 4pm.
  • Meteing Venue: Woodman’s Pub. (This is 3-4 minutes walk from the nearest Tube station.. The Pub is on the main road..on corner of Archway Road & Muswell Hill).
  • Nearest Tube: High Gate (Northern line).
  • Ritual venue: Queen’s Woods (North London).


*We gather in the Pub and all walk together to the ritual spot. We regret we can not give extensive instructions to the ritual spot…because it is difficult to guide people to a spot in a wood full of trees.. We know it by sight ..so best join us at start ..in the pub..*

More details, training videos, wicca articles – on our website
http://www.WitchcraftAndMagic.org/ You can also join our e-mail list there for exclusive news, updates & more.

Bright Blessings

Mani Navasothy

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POLICY (PLEASE READ THIS):

-No audio/ video recording at any time!
-No photos during ritual (but before & after is okay..subject to individual permission)
-No photos of others without YOU asking them clear permission.
-No `observations’ or `note taking’ by research students/ Journalists.

-Mani (organiser/ Wiccan) has been in the public eye for over a decade, running many open pagan events – and has given personal & formal interviews etc for BBC, Channel 4, and others. Mani himself is an author/ publisher/ online Promoter & internet Marketer).
BUT – THESE woodland events .. are created for the sole purpose of teaching and sharing his Spirituality with other interested pagans/ beginners of the Craft.. So Mani is exceptionally protective of these events..and does not like media exploitation or intrusions…
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Tamesa the Dark- Samhain ritual by Thames 31Oct14

Join us on Halloween Night in Central London on…31st October 2014.. by Millennium Bridge (Tate Galley side). We will be facilitating our annual `Thames: River of Souls / Samhain’ Ceremony to honour the Spirit of Thames & Ancestors.

This is the actual Halloween night.. Mist of fun-people in London will be in fancy dress…So Wear Fancy dress…Masks.. Witchy Cloaks.. Wizard attire.. Ghostly look…Werewolves & Vampires welcome! Bring your carved Pumpkins… Lanterns with light or candle in it..!

Thames Halloween Walk -31Oct2014 temp

Meeting point/ Tube:
Nearest Tube station is St.Pauls (or Blackfriars). Then ask/find directions and get to the Millennium Bridge. Cross the bridge, and get to the `Tate Modern Gallery’ side .. We will gather by the seats near Tate Gallery entrance (next to the door / green space)..

Meeting time:
Please get there anytime from 5.45pm to about 6pm.

Cloths/what to bring:
-Wear warm/ waterproof comfortable cloths… Please check weather for London for friday evening and dress appropriate. Wear good footwear..as standing/ walking for longer duration can get hard on the feet.

Food/drinks:
-Please bring small picnic-style food and drinks to share.
-Bring things for self.. and if feeling generous, something to share with others..

Numbers:
We may have 5 -50 people. It’s unpredictable..

Media/ photography/ privacy:
-It’s all in the open, in a public place. Any passers-by may stop and take photos.. We can’t stop them.
-We will ask outsiders to be non-intrusive during ceremony (best we can do).
-If you don;t like being photographed by anyone.. best wear a mask / fancy dress! :-)

The plan (subject to changes on the evening):

1. We’ll meet n greet…so a bit of socialising.. share a sip of hot coffee and chalice / wine.
2.Then Mani (facilitator) will lead all to a nearby suitable spot along the Thames, to do the Ceremony for Samhain/ Ancestors. This is a serious but simple ceremony.. so children and non-pagans are all welcome.
3. After Ceremony (and more socials), we’ll have an informal candle-lit walk along the Thames-path (on pavement). The exact direction (towards Waterloo or towards London Bridge) will be announced at the meeting point.

Ritual content/ format:

-Simple consecration with salt/water & incense, followed by sacred-Magic circle casting, then calling the 4 elemental quarter energies.
-Invocation to the Dark Lord & Crone Goddess.
- All communing silently (meditative) with their deceased ancestors/loved ones who have passed away.
-Burning of regrets/ sorrows in Cauldron (small pieces of paper..)
-Blessing Cakes/ Wine and feasting (picnic)
-Offering coins to the spirit of Charon (ferryman) in the river Thames (to help dead spirits pass safely to underworld)
(At Samhain, circle & Quarters are not closed)

Our ceremonies are open to everyone, of all paths and religions. Children are allowed with parents or guardians supervision.

Bring some easy snacks & drinks to share on the way too..

Stay as long as you like.. and leave when you want to.

Safety note: No swords…no athames..or other `real’ weapons – or anything that might alarm the general public /police. We play safe and nice.. And you are responsible for your own good behaviour and health & safety!!

We do ask that you keep a watchful eye on your young children on the night. (If you bring your kids, that is).

With bright blessings
- Mani

link:
www.PaganFrontiers.com

Fundraising: Headstone for Eleanor Ray Bone – Matriarch of European Wicca

Fundraising initiative

Dear all, this matter has come to my attention.

We’ve all heard of Doreen Valiente – mother of Modern Witchcraft. Well, this one is about Eleanor Ray Bone – Matriarch of European Wicca, because most Gardnerian initiates in Europe trace their roots to Ray Bone’s coven.

Eleanor Ray Bone

Eleanor Ray Bone - Matriarch of European Wicca

 

“With Witchcraft, your happiness is completely in your hands…”  says Eleanor in one of the Documentaries.

This is the lady who hurried off to rescue the grave of Gerald Gardner and raised funds to have his grave moved to a safer place and a proper headstone (in Tunis).

And now the community would like to do the same for Eleanor.

Do visit the new website, and if able to, make a small or large donation towards this cause.

 

I do have a particular interest in this matter, as I of the same Wiccan Lineage of this lady!

 

Please visit this site and make your donations (by paypal or credit cards)

–> Eleanor Bone site  <–

The fundraising is managed by highly respected  Wiccan Elders and Scholars such as  Dr Vivianne Crowley, Chris Crowley, Professor Ronald Hutton, Dr Melisa Harrington,  Rufus Harrington,  Philip Heseltonand of course Sophia Boann who initiated this fundraising venture.  (I know 5 of these personally).

Bright Blessings.

Mani Navasothy   (Wiccan High Priest)

 

other Links

Video  showing Eleanor –   (a misconception by documentary makers, confusing Witchcraft with Satanism)

Doreen Valiente – Mother of modern Witchcraft (blog)