Woodland Imbolc Open ritual (London) 31Jan16

Dear all.. It’s Imbolc now.. time for the virgin Goddess Bride to appear again in our lives..bringing with her the 3 flames…gifts of purification, creativity & Healing.. (that’s been going on already in my life.. thanks to not one but a few lovely Goddesses .

Wicca Imbolc 2016.jpg

Anyway…I will be with my woodland ritual friends tomorrow at Queen’s woods (High gate) for our open Wiccan Imbolc ritual.. So if you are that way inclined ..do come join us.. All are welcome.. Below is the link to my meetup event for it..

Bright Blessings.

-Mani Navasothy

Imbolc 2016 – Woodland Wicca Seasonal Ritual

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016, 3:00 PM

Queen’s Woods
Near Highgate Station London, GB

35 London Outdoor Pagans Attending

Join us for the afternoon/ early evening to mark IMBOLC (Candlemass).”Imbolc is said to be the time when the Winter Goddess who has kept her grip on the land loosens her hold, so that the ice melts and waters break and flow again. It is when the Goddess Bride (Brigid) `returns’ to the land. Her path is lit by candles, symbolising the return of lig…

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Mercury Direct tonight – some details (25Jan16)

Hoorah! Mercury goes direct tonight around 21:50hrs gmt! :-)

It started retrograding on 6th January, at 1’Aquarius, slipped back into Capricorn and got to 14’Capricorn.. Tonight he goes direct..and will reach Aquarius again on 14th Feb..and back to where it was on 15th Feb.

Mercury retro details jan-feb2016 - Mani Navasothy

So the review & re-discovery time is now concluding…and renewing and re-directing begins for the next 20 days..

Where were you (internally, mindfully) on 5th January? Think back to it…and do things different now.. so that when that same turning point happens in 20 days time…it’s not your path anymore..and that you are on a parallel route (for a short while) but heading in a different motorway

Good Fortune !

-Mani Navasothy

SongBird by Joie de Winter – the making of a music video

Songbird – written & performed by Joie de Winter – a wonderful friend of mine!

I first saw one of her songs/ other videos (Butterfly Belly)  in early January (yes, not long ago)..  and immediately fell in love with that song..It reached deep.  So nervously I wrote to her on facebook, and offered to do a music video for her.  I had met Joie a few times before in person at OneSpirit dance event  (New Year’s eve)  and at friends home, few months ago. But to all intents we were just passing acquaintances.

I then captured her online home video, did a bit of fancy fades/ editing..and posted it back to show her (kind of a `trying to show what I can do and impress her’  cos I really was compelled to work with her… and nervous she may think I am some random guy who’s trying out a flirty line).

But she was thrilled by the video..and said yes!  And I was elated!

So last week, we met in London, went to St.James park..and filmed her performing many of her songs and poems..  What a bonus..I was only expecting just one song..and a few hours.. But we were there from 11am till about 6pm I think..  There were so many little synchronous magical moments..  conversations and such..  There was that moment of her offering crunched up stingy nettle leaves for me to chew! And another of her munching on Daffodil flower stalk..  after strumming guitar with it..and doing a spontaneous song for a word I just blurted out!). It was a journey of discovery and friendship..and filming and co-creating..  Hard to pin in all down .

Other things kept us busy..but few days ago, we met again – at my home..   to watch all the clips/ video we had filmed..   Had lots of teas, snacks…my mother & sister popped in and out of the sitting room..  Mum offered more snacks..   We plays some of her music..  Well, Joie sang and played guitar and I just sat mesmerised..and drummed a bit to it..  (and she was okay with that)..    Then we began editing..    And by the evening, we had worked on the first 50 seconds of a 4min song!  It was kind of late so I dropped her off. (same local town!)

The next day she arrived  I told her to tell me to shut up if I talked too much..  and we had a spontaneous plan to go to local park..  But half way that changed too…and we ended up in a local nature place..  It had been frosty..and cold..and waters had frozen..  Steam was coming off our breaths!

And we filmed more of her wonderful performances – as she climbed up a fallen large tree stretched over a frozen small pond!   (there were some nervous moments for me..when I thought she was going to slip and fall in!  Primary Camera- set up further away- was already rolling ..so it caught many of our funny, tricky slippery moments – and yes, we are saving all that for some `behind the scenes’ videos to share later!

We got home..  she made me nettle tea  (yeah..  I went from chewing nettle leaf to drinking it in tea..It was okay  –  for my first time!).   Day 3 was different now..   we were not strangers any more..  It’s a different kind of familiarity.. that comes of conversations that go deep into our pasts..and acknowledging one another’s journeys in life.. trials, pains, lessons and triumphs!

So more editing…this time…late into the night..  !

I don’t normally edit with others…am more of a solitary video editor.. have been so for many years (apart from fan videos that I have done ..worked with my sister)..  but I offered to edit together, and Joie was thrilled to experience the process…and I think it drew her in more..added to the whole process of singing, filming, creating.

I had stressed many times the importance of her being fully involved (if he wants to) and having creative control..  It’s her song, her performance..her soul that we are showing to the world..  So she should have the full say in how it’s done.

And it was better that I expected.  I showed her all the editing functions..  She’s already an experienced graphics artist/ 3D animator so she just got involved with the editing..  Formalities were thrown out the sofa ..and creativity flowed..   She’d work the mouse-pad on my laptop and I would work the mouse.. so at times I think the poor cursor on my laptop didn’t know which way to go..  But it was all good…

And then just before midnight the video was done..   she typed the `message’ at the end of it herself..  all her energy..   and we hit render…and then we watched it all.. the first full version..  and were just blown away by it..  and 5 mins to midnight, we began uploading it to her youtube channel.. (she hit the upload button… cos that’s how it’s gotta be!)

Outside it was cold…night sky was clear ..stars were bright..  all the ground and car windows covered in frost!   I sort of told her off for using her hands & oyster card to scrape the ice off car  windscreen..   There’s a scraper for that and it’s my job..  Hands that play so beautifully the guitar should be kept safe and warm..  :-)  (not that she is weak or anything.  She has strong hands.. but I just got protective!) 

By the time I had dropped her home, and back to mine, the video was done uploading..   and ready for the world to see..

And this is it!  First of many more to come..!

Thank you Joie, for your gifts of Heartsongs. 20 days ago I didn’t know you…and now I can’t ever forget you! 

-Mani Navasothy  (the fan!)

5-planets alignment – (Astro chart & visual graphics for 20th January 2016)

Okay so here is the `astrological positions’ of the 5 planets that are `visually’ lining up (2nd graphics shows the line-up.. Remember the vast space between East and West…and so this is spread across almost half the sky!

I keep seeing fancy graphics of beautiful planets all lined up over Pyramids and such..  It displeases me when social media sexes-up astrology… or astronomy.  Reality is not so..   It’s hard to see all of the planets ..just little white dots… even on a clear sky.  I would not like people to get seduced by all this glamorizing of what they might see..and go out and find it not so.

So here’s the charts (basic) showing positions (signs) where these planets are tonight, and a graphics I screen captured to show visually what it might look like at around 6.30am.. (London, gmt)

5 planet line up 20Jan2016

`Rare’ 5-planet line up (`Alignment’) 20Jan2016.  (c) Mani Navasothy 2016 http://www.Quantumphoenix.net

They sort of spreads across a third of the sky.. in an arc…visually. They **do not** line up astrologically .. Jupiter is in Virgo, Mars in Scorpio, Saturn & Venus in Sagittarius..and if you can seen it….Mercury is in Capricorn.. (so is Pluto..but can’t see it …need a Telescope!). So you see..many are not in the same sign.. It’s a kind of visual line up.. Good light show…but no astrological significance.

sky view- 5 planet line up 20Jan2016

sky view- 5 planet line up 20Jan2016 (c) Mani Navasothy 2016     http://www.Quantumphoenix.net

Go out and actually look up.. Jupiter is up almost all night.. and quite a bit away to the left of it..is mars..and further left is Saturn & Venus…not so visible till 5am…and Mercury will be rising by the horizon… But then Sun comes up and brightens horizon so much all of them more or less disappear ..(around 6.50am..when all planets will be above Horizon..and visible.. for a short while.. )

Enjoy.

-Mani Navasothy

Astrology: Retrograde Planets in 2016 (dates & signs)

Hi all, here is the infographics I have created to show  Retrograde motion of all the planets – their  Zodiac positions & dates.

Retrograde planets in 2016 & signs affected by it (c) Mani Navasothy 2016.jpg

Notes:

Mercury has 4 retrograde periods in 2016, with the 4th one just starting in late December.

Venus makes No retrograde motion in 2016 (compare to Mars that had no retro motion last year in 2015).

A total of 5 planets will be retrograding at the same time between 28th April to 8th May (of course some of them start or end their retrograde motion before or after these dates..). Those planets are Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & Pluto.   We can expect quite a lot of challenges at that time.. as normally we only  get 4 planets retrograding at one point or other.  That said, next year in 2018, there will be a few weeks where 6 planets will be retrograding !

I’ll type up the actual dates for all the planetary retrograde motions (same info on graph..but typed here) in a few days so come check again soon.

I have used data from `American Ephemeris 2000 to 2050′  (2nd ed. ACS Publications).

Stellar wishes

-Mani Navasothy

Snow spiral & the Coming of Bride

We are at that pause..the point between Yule and Imbolc..

Amazing how just in the course of even one day our moods can change.. forming, merging, dividing, re-merging, emerging, undulating.. What turbulence our hearts make.. while the mind watches it all.. We are now about a week into the Mercury-retrograde.. Things will unravel.. and would seem like chaos.. the more one tries to pin down reality, more it will slip away.. And it is exactly at these times, that  you must  hold dear your faith in the Stars..and Fates..

..and  that all will be well!

In a few weeks, the Goddess Bride shall arise from her wintery place of mysteries, and walk into our lives again.. her path illuminated by a hundred points of light.

And she’ll bring with her the 3 gifts – the flames of inspiration, purification and that of healing..

Poetry, creativity and hope will abound…

..and the anguish of the artists, the pangs of the lovers and longings of the lost shall be fulfilled.. !

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Snow spiral & coming of Bride (c) Mani Navasothy 2016.jpg

Snow Spiral & The coming of Bride   – photo & art (c) Mani Navasothy 2010 / 2016.  

Meteor Shower Guide for 2016 (Earthsky)

Hi All,  am bit behind with all this astronomy stuff…Will get it sorted and blog info/ details..   But for now, here’s the info from EarthSky site.

Follow the links below to learn about meteor showers in 2016! Remember that, for most showers, you can watch for several nights around the shower’s peak.

January 3-4, 2016 Quadrantids

April 21-22, 2016 Lyrids

May 5-6, 2016 Eta Aquarids

July 28-29, 2016 Delta Aquarids

August 11-12, 2016 Perseids

October 7, 2016 Draconids

October 20-21, 2016 Orionids

November 4-5, 2016 South Taurids

November 11-12, 2016 North Taurids

November 16-17, 2016 Leonids

December 13-14, 2016 Geminids