High Magic’s Aid – A Performance in Glastonbury (12th March’15)

Hi all,  it gives me great thrills ..as a Wiccan, and as a personal friend of Stephen Cole, to announce this.  -Mani

The One Man Theatre Company presents
HIGH MAGIC’S AID

This is an evening of storytelling & music performance by Stephen Cole, Actor/Director.   he has based this performance on the novel by Gerald B. Gardner (father of Wicca.. the modern form of Witchcraft).

  • Date: 12th March 2015
  • Time: Doors open 7.30pm
  • Venue:  Glastonbury Assembly Rooms, High St, Glastonbury BA6 9DU.   tel : 01458 834677
  • Tickets:  £4 on the door

Links:

High Magic’s Aid- event page (One Man Theatre Company on facebook)

Gerald Gardner – Father of Wicca (blog post)

Wicca & Witchcraft - (info website)

 

Spirit of Me – Celebrating Women in Paganism (by Pagan Federation London)

Dear all, for those in London, here’s a fab spiritual event.. `Spirit of Me’ – Celebrating the Divine Feminine.  Organised by `The Pagan Federation: London District’ , this event hosts a number of prominent Pagan Speakers and is held at Dragon Hall…a nice modern hall.. close to Holborn.. Details are below.   For tickets, follow link to PF-London’s site.  BB. Mani

ps. In case men are wondering, yes, men are allowed. Spirit of Me is about celebrating the feminine and exploring female spirituality. Men are welcome to be a part of that celebration.

banner Spirit of Me, Pagan Federation London

Spirit of Me :
Celebrating Women in Paganism

A day of presentations, focusing on and celebrating female spirituality, the divine feminine and women in Paganism.

Featuring talks by

  • Christina Oakley Harrington, of Treadwell’s Bookshop;
  • Fiona Mackenzie, lead Seidrkona for the Kith of Yggdrasil;
  • Philip Heselton, renowned author and expert in the history of Wicca;
  • Michelle Hawcroft and Avril Price, of The College of Psychic Studies.

Date:  Saturday, 7th March

Time: 12pm – 5pm

Venue / Address:   Dragon Hall,  17 Stukeley Street, London, WC2B 5LT

Tickets:    Pagan Federation members: £8, All others: £10

Free tea and coffee provided.

** For Tickets, please visit The Pagan Federation London- Spirit of me Event **

 

Eco: Time to Act – National Climate March – London (7th March 2015)

This is the 2nd big event of this type in London.  The first one took place on 21st September 2014 (last year), which I joined with a number of friends..(and met ever more numbers of other friends along the way).

People's climate march  - Sept 2014.    photo (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

People’s climate march – Sept 2014. photo (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

  This year (2015), it’s taking place on saturday 7th March’15, and gathering in London from 12.30pm.  Here’s the details – taken from the facebook page for this event.

-Mani Navasothy

Event: Time to act National Climate March (London)

Date: Saturday 7th March 2015

Time:  Gather by 12.30pm

Gathering venue:  Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3 London, United Kingdom

—————-Info from official Facebook Page ——————————-

The People’s Climate March last September was huge. With around 40,000 people marching in London, 400,000 in New York and many thousands more taking part across the world, together we made history.

2015 needs to be even bigger. The climate talks in Paris this December are crucial if we’re going to protect all that we love. Our movement is growing, and we’re more diverse and determined than ever before.

Across the UK people are already building change – from divestment of funds which prop up the fossil fuel industry, to front-line communities fighting unsustainable energy extraction and fracking, through to those paving the way for a transition towards a 100% renewable energy future which would bring about an estimated one million new climate jobs in the UK alone.

As with the People’s Climate March, individuals and groups have set up ‘blocs’ on the march – a chance to join with others who are passionate about particular issues related to climate change. See below for a list of blocs (not exhaustive!)

And visit www.timetoact2015.org to find out more about how you can get involved, including details about coaches from around the countryhttp://bit.ly/18YKYU6

Join us on March 7 to bring a message of urgency which cannot be ignored.

And together let’s continue to power up and celebrate our movement – locally, nationally and internationally – throughout 2015, and beyond.

************** Blocs update ********************

Join with others to walk together in solidarity on the day. Two weeks before the march we’ll pop up a bloc map.

Fossil Free/Divestment – on.fb.me/1JG9j1j
No war, no warming bloc – on.fb.me/1xRcybj\
Kids, parents, families bloc – on.fb.me/1vyCBJf
Frack-free UK bloc – on.fb.me/1v52RoE
Elders for Future Generations bloc: on.fb.me/1A1p7Hz
Multi-faith bloc – on.fb.me/1zfF6KZ
Anti-austerity/pro-climate jobs: on.fb.me/1zoiNaV
Art Not Oil bloc: on.fb.me/1Ky7qyO
Student bloc: on.fb.me/1D5oE68
Climate & human rights bloc: on.fb.me/1yQA74J
Energy Justice / Stop TTIP bloc: on.fb.me/1ELSYos
Flooding bloc: on.fb.me/1IhAgrw
Food Justice bloc: on.fb.me/1akXiOY
Women’s rights bloc: on.fb.me/1zFMu6d
Time To Cycle bloc: on.fb.me/1v51KVS
Transitions Towns bloc: on.fb.me/1KCpQhS
Nature and Conservation bloc: on.fb.me/1AIuyLg
LGBTQ for the climate: http://on.fb.me/17jjFCI
Solar bloc: on.fb.me/1LUEnJm
Transport bloc (including No New Runways): http://bit.ly/1LkNW37

Earth Hour 2015 – Eco Ceremony & Candle-lit Social in London (28th March’15)

Our annual eco-event in  London to observe Earth Hour! The idea is to switch off all non-essential electric appliances, lights..  So what better than to get to the park…some green space..and be in candle-light…with like-minded friends? !!

Earth Hour 2015 – Eco-Ceremony & Candle-lit social in Central London (28March2015)

 

In the past we have facilitated a Candle-lit walk along the river Thames. This time, we are planning to gather in a local park – and have a circle of Candles around us, as we observe Earth Hour.

So come and join me and my Eco-friends ..from about 7.3pm onwards.. for meeting & greeting..and socialising. And around 8.30pm, when the actual Earth Hour begins.. we will gently go into a small meditation, followed by an Eco-Ceremony (may last abut 20-3omins). Then we shall continue with socials, an outdoor Picnic and merriment..

Venue: St.James Royal Park  (open to public till 12 midnight!)

Transport: see park info : https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/st-jamess-park/visitor-information/opening-times-and-getting-here

Meeting point:   `Inn the Park’ (outside this Restaurant in St.James Park).

Meeting time:   Please be outside the `Inn the Park’ by 7.30pm, so we can gather walk up to a suitable spot in the park and do the eco-ceremony at 8.30pm.   After that we can socialise (candle-lit picnic!!)

Earth Hour Shield( - created in 2014 for rituals (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

It is important, that while so many of us care about the Earth and eco-causes, and fight ever day to resolve make the problems of our World, we also must create time for being Happy, to connect with like-minded humans, strengthen our ties, power up one another’s motivations and spread hope – that the World will get better!!

Those will be the focus of the Ceremony. So people of any and all religions & faiths welcome.

There are no protests, no campaigns…no slogans.. Only a few evening hours of total positivity & peace.

All I ask is that those who come do so with an open & tolerant mind, and with peace & harmony in their hearts.

This is a family-friendly event. So do bring your small children .(wrap up warm though! It gets cold by the open spaces of the river Thames).

Do bring picnic food & drinks to share ..:-)

-Mani Navasothy

 

Links

Gaian Times Eco-Spiritual Magazine (free online)

London Woodland Witches Druids Eco-Magicians & Outdoor Pagans (Meetup group)

Isidias Navigatum- Goddess Isis Blessing of the Fleet – Ritual in London (by river Thames)

It gives me great magical honour to invite you to this  3rd annual ceremony in London, by the river Thames.  Originally it 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).

Date: Sunday 1st March 2015

Time: 1.30pm onwards (allow 4+ hrs)

Location: Riverside area, Richmond Upon Thames, London

Meeting point:  Meet us at Richmond Train Station between 1.15pm – 1.30pm. We’ll get walking (takes 15-20mins) to the ritual spot by the riverside.

Isidias Navigatum Blessing the Fleet ritual 2015 London

Isidias Navigatum Blessing the Fleet ritual 2015 London

Code of conduct:
While there is a social element to these gatherings, many of us do take these magical rituals seriously. We ask that you observe the `atmosphere’ and be mindful of when to be sociable and when to be serious (usually when the ritual starts!). Organisers do use humour to lighten the mood at times (and to make newcomers feel at ease).
We ask all to be in good public behaviour, as we will be in a public place.

Fee: A donation of £2 is welcome towards our costs and continued running of these rituals and our meetup group.

Ritual outline :

A statue of the Goddess will be carried to the water side. Women may offer mirrors so that Goddess Isis may see her beauty. We will pour milk on the banks then sprinkle the statue with precious perfumes & flowers. As the final part of the ritual, a small replica boat(s) will be filled with spices and other magical items, and sent (out to sea) as an offering to the Goddess Isis.

Bring your own boats for this ritual..

 

Bring your own small boats!

Be it paper boats or small scale models – to either sail them on the river Thames afterwards, or to symbolically place them on our altar during ritual, to gain the blessings of Isis for your own ventures ahead in 2015.

Practical  details

Meet us at Richmond Train station (just by coffee shop inside the main foyer!).  Meeting 1.30pm.. We’ll walk together to the ritual spot by the river..for ceremony & feasting.  We expect to be back by station at 4.30pm-5pm..  and visit a cafe or pub to socialise (in warmth).

**Please wear absolutely sensible shoes, warm & water poof cloths** ..  Our rituals go ahead whatever the weather.. and how ever many or few people attend. We do them for serious magical purpose!   So no need to double check ..if its snowing or  blowing storms! Just turn up and take a chance..  Magic is supposed to be wild and tied with nature!!

All are Welcome to attend these . Do contact us and contribute with your creativity, knowledge & magic for these new explorations..

Gathering Format: 

Our Gatherings normally take the following form

a) Meeting at the Richmond Station, at appointed place, and then walking together to the selected Ritual area.

b) Pre-Ritual Social & setting up altar / getting into ritual cloths and explanation of ritual (delegating some ritual roles to people who are interested).

c) Ritual

d) Feasting & Social

e) Taking down altar, packing & tidy-up, and departures (Individuals make their own way back).

*Some people leave as soon as Ritual is complete. Others stay longer to enjoy socials & bonding with our friends.

Please bring Food & drinks to share. It can be a bottle of wine, soft drinks, hot drinks (in a flask), short eats, snacks, bread, butter, cheese, humus, cakes, salads, pasta and so on.

Privacy/Photos :
As it is a public place, passers-by may take photos or watch from a distant. That is unavoidable.  If you do not wish to be identified, you may bring a ritual mask and wear it.   Members of our ritual group may also take photos.  But we ask that no photos are taken during the setting up of altar or ritual itself.  There will be plenty of opportunities after the ritual..  to pose with the altar and others. Thank you :-)

Students/ Researchers / Journalists:   You are welcome to `genuinely participate’ in the ritual (no note taking or filming!!) .  But please understand these are real magical ritual explorations – for the organisers, ritual group,  and for participants attending these.  Being observed, probed with questions, photographed or analysed can completely destroy their magical experiences and spiritual purpose of these events.

**A quick self-check is not to do anything you won’t do in a Church, Hindu temple or Islamic Mosque.   These pagan rituals are similarly important to the pagans doing them..!! **

Bright Blessings

Mani Navasothy

 

Join Our Meetup:  

London Woodland Witches Druids Eco-Magicians & Outdoor Pagans

Solar Eclipse – 20th March 2015 – Full Astronomy & Astrology data

People get excited about Eclipses – only when they can actually see them!  Otherwise these wonderful stellar Events just pass many people by – it just happens `somewhere else’ (ie visible in another part of the world, but not where `you’ live). But for astronomers & astrologers, no matter where they are and where the actual eclipses are visible from- it’s always of great interest and importance.  And me?  I am both an amateur astronomer and a full on astrologer. Here in England, it’s hard to plan observing one (safety in mind!) because of unexpected clouds and rain..but i have always marked them on my diary and always taken the opportunity to do personal spiritual & magical work.   (I wrote a book some years ago, called `Eclipse Magic Workbook’ it’s on kindle for sale and on my own websites! See links below)

I see that the internet and social media is beginning to saturate already .with lovely *fantasmagraphical..graphics and such.  So many of them are so very inaccurate. Astronomers would cringe..and erm..so would astrologers.

So as usual, I have spent a great deal of time either creating or compiling the useful data for the upcoming Solar Eclipse of 20th Match 2015.  It’s visible from UK (over 90%).

Here are all the useful stuff

Astrology / Planetary chart for Solar Eclipse 20th March 2015 

This is drawn for exactly 9.45am Universal Time (pretty much same as GMT)..and uses just sun signs only (no house positions shown as that depends on geography). But for those interested, if a Placidus chart is drawn for this event, using coordinates of where greatest Eclipse is visible (Lat 64′ N;  Long 6’W), then Ascendant is in Cancer, and Midheaven is in Aquarius).

Chart  for Solar Eclipse 20 March 2015 (c) Mani Navasothy / www.QuantumPhoenix.net

Chart for Solar Eclipse 20 March 2015 (c) Mani Navasothy / http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net

NASA diagram with full astronomical data 

Earth enters the Umbra of the Lunar shadow at 9.09am (UT)..

Greatest Eclipse of the Sun occurs at 9.45am (UT).

Earth leaves the umbral shadow at 10:21am (UT).

The duration of greatest eclipse is 2 min 46 seconds!!   

NASA diagram - astronomical  Data of Solar Eclipse - 20 March 2015

Astronomical Data of Solar Eclipse – 20 March 2015     (created by Fred Espenak, NASA)

Where is this visible?

This is visible from Iceland, Europe, N.Africa,  N.Asia .

Total Eclipse is visible from  N.Atlantic, Faeroe Is, Svalbard.

Solar Eclipse 20March2015 -NASA animation

Solar Eclipse 20March2015 -NASA animation

I’ll be uploading some video-graphics I found and edited together, showing actual visibility (where this eclipse can be seen from) in another blog post, as well as to my youtube channel, and my `Eclipse Magic’ facebook page

-Mani Navasothy

Links

Eclipse Magic- stellar Engineer your life (esoteric website)

NASA site for Eclipses 

Time and Date (for visibility data, clocks )

London Woodland Witches, Wiccans, Eco-Magicians & Outdoor Pagans (meetup group)

Hi all, I like to take a moment to publicise the meetup group I run.  Although I’ ve been organising rituals for over a decade, the meetup groups was only set up about 11 months ago.. where I now put all the different types of ceremonies & rituals I organise..as well as a few that I attend (Druid rituals).    Here’s the full info..  and the link is at the bottom.   If you are in London and like to attend these, do follow the link and join..  Most events can be accessed without actually joining..but joining means you get the automated reminder few days prior, so you’ll not forget :-) BB.   -Mani

meetup--  London woodland witches & outdoor pagans

meetup– London woodland witches & outdoor pagans

London Woodland Witches Druids Eco-Magicians & Outdoor Pagans

Welcome!   Join us for Rituals & Pagan Social gatherings in London – and explore  Paganism, Druidry, Wicca & Witchcraft,  and  Eco-Magical workings!  Our events are a friendly mixture of formal ceremonies &  informal socials. These events take place in various public Woodlands, parks and outdoor settings in London. We also add  indoor socials/ pagan moots. All of these are great for Beginner wanting a friendly introduction to Wicca & witchcraft, Pagan ceremonies, ritual magic, and for meeting like-minded people.

Connect with fellow Seekers, Magicians and Pagans!

Enjoy feasting & socialising after the ritual. (Bringing food, drinks & wine to share – Wiccans love the social as much as the rituals!)

Why Woods & Outdoors? On Weather & Power of Nature: 

If you are looking for the real energies and powers of nature – for personal empowerment, then being regularly outdoors, experiencing nature.. (no matter how challenging it gets at times!) is the best way. For our events, you can attend in ordinary outdoor cloths.. (warm and water-proof)  and/or put on cloaks & robes or other tribal cloths once you arrive at  the ritual area..!.  At times, it will be sunny and warm. Or wet, wild and stormy. And attuning to those energies, energises you, liberates you, empowers you!  That is magic…and that is what it means to know real untamed awesome power of nature!.

———————————- Types of Events we organise ————–

Woodland Witchcraft & Wicca Rituals  –(monthly, on the evening of Full moons, or evening before. If it falls on a weekend, we start earlier in the evening. If on a week/work day, we keep these punctual and to the point)

 Seasonal pagan Festivities --  (8 times a year, on a saturday/ sunday  close to the Sabbat – Imbolc, Spring, Beltane, Midsummer, Lammas, Autumn, Samhain, Yule.   we organise our own Eclectic/shamanic gatherings under `Hern’s Tribe’.  We also visit our friends’ `Druid rituals’)

• River Thames-based   rituals - (started in 2006, we had 8-10 rituals a year, but now focus on special Thames-Isis rituals or other special ones ..about 3-4 times a year.  Some take place in central London, others near Richmond – but always by the river Thames, and often at low tides, so we can work on the banks of the river Thames..)

• Eco-magical explorations / Gaia Guardians– We believe in using magic & ceremony for the benefit & healing of not just us humans, but also the Earth, Environment & animals.  Eco-Magic is a ceremony or even a small part of another ritual that focuses on this kind of work.  We meet for special days such as Earth Hour, Earth Day, Peace Day.   We now plan to meet more often just for these events – Walking & exploring woodlands;  Meditation & Nature-spirituality;  Eco-art;  Nature photography

• Social Events, Pagan Moots, Trips and camps —   We are also very sociable.  Some of us attend Pagan moots (pub socials) that our friends organise;  In the Summer, we organize  a Pagan Camp in the Epping Camp site; And at various other times, we gather up our pagan friends and go for trips in or out of London – to festivals (Edinburgh Beltane, Hasting Jack O Green, Eastbourne Lammas, Carshalton Jack,  October Plenty, Notting Hill Carnival..and so on).

—————— What we do magically in or rituals —————

Being a Witch, Druid or Shaman is not about  power and control – but gaining mastery of inner forces, clarity and empowerment – while working with external forces.   It is about sharing that knowledge and wisdom with others (being a Wise-Man or Wise-woman), changing the world for better with your own magical skills – bit by bit!

• Consecrations, Magic Circle & 4 Elements -  We consecrate people and the space using candles, incense, bells, rattle; We cast a protective magic circle/ sacred space using a wand, staff or athame (witch’s knife), and open gateways to elements (Air, fire, water, Earth) in 4 directions – east, south, west, north.

• Chants, drums, dance -  we use chanting, drumming and circle / spiral dance at ceremonies to raise energy and to shift our focus before or during rituals;

• Spells & ritual Magic - Paganism & Witchcraft involve doing magic spells..  using symbols drawn on objects, visualising, lighting candles, tying knots on cords/strings, planting seeds, cooking food mindfully,  and so on.

• Masks, Ritual & Enactment - Wearing masks, robes & cloaks allows ritualists to shift perception – their own and others in the ritual; We also write a ritual (scripted like a play), allocate parts/ roles to volunteers, prepare/ memorise some of that in advance, and enact those rituals; Themes can be seasonal (harvest, birth of Sun child, marriage of God & Goddess), or mythological (Hero’s quest, Fool’s Journey, blessing of boats, birthday of Isis and so on).

• Gods & Goddesses and Magic:   We work with Pan (Fertility, lust), Aphrodite (Love & sensuality), Cernunnos (Lord of the animals), Hern the Hunter-god, Diana the Virgin-Huntress who can not be owned my any man, Gaia the mother goddess.. and other deities. We always aim to do some personal magical work (in the group), spells, chants, a bit of spiral dance.. and also put energy towards eco-magic to help protect environment & endangered wildlife in the world.  

If all this sounds too much – don’t panic!  We give you plenty of explanation and notes at the start, in an informal sociable way..    Our websites are full of information articles, videos and blog links to give you plenty of background. And you can always contact the Organiser/ facilitator and chat about any of these.

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Note to  Students/ Researchers / Journalists:  You are welcome to `genuinely participate’ in the ritual (NO note taking!!) .  But please understand these are real magical ritual explorations.  Being observed, probed with questions, photographed or analysed can completely destroy their magical experiences and spiritual purpose of these events.

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About the Organiser:

Mani Navasothy   – Sri Lankan Asian, brought up as a Hindu;  Wiccan High Priest (initiated in Gardnerian tradition in London);    20 yrs of Witchcraft, wicca & Coven experience;  11 years of running regular Open rituals indoors & outdoors in London; Previous Events Manager for `Pagan Federation London’ (7 yrs);  Has given numerous  Talks, workshops, media/radio interviews; Astrologer, published Esoteric author (6 books in KIndle),  Visionary Artist.   Mani integrates creativity, magic, eclectic shamanism, primal side of Witchcraft, as well as transpersonal psychology in most of the events.

London Woodland Witches Druids Eco-Magicians & Outdoor Pagans

Hanuman – The Monkey God in Hind Epic `Ramayanam’

Here is the extended version of what I recently wrote on my facebook wall, about Hanuman.  He is a monkey – who is supposedly an incarnation of Lord Shiva.  Hanuman is the  son of of Vayu (God of Air) and a mortal Lady Anjana.    He can also fly.. well he’s a monkey and is able to leap over mountains and stay up in the air.. (Son of Vayu..god of Air). Another ability that Hanuman has is to grow into a giant form.

Photo is from facebook page Astro Ulagam . Photo Credits : Justin Tiew

Photo is from facebook page Astro Ulagam . Photo Credits : Justin Tiew

In the epic story Ramayanam,  Lord Raman and his brother travel through the various forests looking for Rama’s wife Sita who has been abducted by a Demon King called Ravanan.     Raman comes across a Monkey-Prince who is living in fear in a cave with his close ministers and confidants (one of whom is Hanuman).   Once the brutish and most powerful Monkey Lord Vali has been defeated by Rama,    Hanuman and other monkeys choose to help Rama help with the search for Sita.

It is Hanuman who leaps across the oceans, lands in Lanka (kingdom ruled by the demon King Ravanan) and eventually finds Sita ..who is imprisoned in a forest prison.     Hanuman manages to meet Sita, pass message from Raman, takes a message from Sita, and eventually returns to Rama..  Great war ensues and Raman & his army defeat Ravana and free Sita.

Three events that are worth highlighting..  

1.  Burning of Lanka:  After secretly meeting Sita in the forest prison, Hanuman causes problems and is caught (he allows himself to be caught) by Ravana.  When his tail is wrapped in fabric and it is set on fire by the demons,  Hanuman escapes…takes up his giant form..and using the lit tail as a burning torch, he sets flame to many parts of Lanka…  before leaving….(to go back to Rama & Lakshman and tell them he has located Sita).

2. Carrying the healing mountain:  During the war itself, at one point, due to magical trickery, both Raman & his brother Lakshman are mortally hurt and appear to fall in battle and die.    A special healing herb was required to help them..  So Hanuman leaps off to find the herbs that only grow in a certain mountain range.  As he was unsure which was the correct her, he uproots the entire mountain..carries it to the battle zone…where upon the essence of the herbs waft over the fallen Raman & Lakshman…and they awake.  (Hanuman then returns the mountain to its proper place).

Hindus  worship Hanuman as a powerful demi-god in his own right, and Hanuman is often depicted as flying with the mountain in his hands.

3. Giant Chariot in War:  In another moment during the war,   Raman’s chariot is destroyed by the demon king Ravanan.    And Raman is left standing on the grounds of the war zone.   Hanuman immediately assumes his giant form, and carries Raman and Lakshman on his shoulders, so that they may continue to fight the war on equal footing.who helped Raman & Lukshman win the war against Ravanna the Demon. In one of the stories, Hanuman opens up his chest to reveal his heart..where an image of Rama & Sita could be found. Hanuman is the Son .

Hanuman and Sani (Shani) or Saturn:

It is also said that Hanuman rescued Sani (Saturn) from the clutches of Ravana (when Hanuman was bound up by Ravana and set fire to his tail..)

Perfect Devotee of Raman :

In one of the chapters of Ramayanam, Hanuman opens up his chest to reveal his heart..where an image of Rama & Sita could be found.   In another section, (after Raman & Sita return to their kingdom),  Hanuman is given a gift of pearl necklace.  He then set about pulling the necklace apart, and breaks each pearl.  When asked why he was destroying the pearls, Hanuman answers that he was merely looking to `see’ if he can find Raman & Sita inside each pearl.

These two incidents illustrate Hanuman’s devotional nature towards Raman & Sita.  All he wanted to do ..during and after the war was to worship and serve Raman & Sita.

Tale of monkey tail (meeting Beeman) 

In the other great epic Mahabharatham,,   one of the pancha-pandavas (5 brothers on the side of good) was going through the forest when he comes upon an old monkey sleeping on the side of the path..with his tail across the path.  Beema (being the strongest man in that story) demands the monkey move.   The monkey refuses but says that Beeman may pass if he can move the tail aside.  Aggravated,  Beeman tries to brush aside the monkey’s tail..then lifting it..  He fails…and realises his own ego..  And the monkey reveals himself to be none other than Hanuman.  It transpires that Beeman is also the son of Vayu (God of Air). So the brothers embrace.    Beeman then asks Hanuman to help the pandavas in the coming war.  Hanuman says he is tired of wars and will not fight again, but promises to watch over their welfare.

Monkey Flag:

The lead archer Archunan (one of the 5 brothers, the Pandavas) rides in a chariot (piloted by none other than Lord Krishnan himself..another long story). This chariot flies a flag that has the image of Hanuman..   and this is the `blessings’ that Hanuman had promised Beeman.

Well,  I grew up reading the Hindu epics Ramayana (and Mahabaratham) ..so Hanuman is one of my favourite Gods.. The above are things I have written from a long term memory ..(it’s been over 30+ years since I read the hindu epics).

It is worth saying, that I am now starting work on an art/ writing project  connected to hindu epics, and so will be re-reading Ramayanam & Mahabharatham (in tamil) soon..  Watch my blog for updates in the coming months :-)

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

ps.  I have used when possible, the Tamil pronunciations for the various Hindu epics and characters. Tamil versions usually end with an `m’ or an `n’..where as the Hindi / English way of writing ends with an `a’.  For example,  Ramayanam (Ramayana), Mahabharatham (Mahabharatha), Raman (Rama), Ravanan (Ravana).

Links

Hinduism – links to all my blogs & write-ups

Hindu ritual dates & festivals in 2015

My Hindu-Pagan path

Facebook: Astro Ulagam

Avatars of Vishnu

youtube video: Hanuman chants

Imbolc Rituals in London (Jan/Feb 2015)

Imbolc (Candlemass) is one of the 8 nature based festivals that pagans celebrate – and it 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 light and warmth which is imminent. Bride is a Goddess of poetry, inspiration, healing, knot-magic and weaving. With her, she brings the gifts of 3 flames!

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Here are some Indoor & Outdoor Open Rituals for Imbolc…taking place in London this week ..

1. Pagan Federation: London’s  Indoor Imbolc Ritual 

Thursday 29th January 2015.       7.30pm for 8pm start  at Conway Hall.

Facilitated by Goddess Enchantment.

GENERAL INFORMATION

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.

HOUSEKEEPING:  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.

2.  Outdoor Druid Imbolc ritual 

Facilitated by The Loose Association of Druids of Primrose Hill

Sunday 1st February 2015.  — 1pm start —

Venue:  Hawthorne Grove at top of Primrose Hill (Primrose Hill, London NW1 8YH (entrance opposite Rothwell St),

Gathering time: 12.30pm onwards…for 1pm prompt start!!

Jeremy & friends provide a certain number of hard copies of the ritual..which is followed through out.. (many parts are read..so no need to memorise lots of words). Blessing of food & drinks follows then ritual continues into `closing ceremony’, and Astrology/ divination reading by a member there.

After Ritual, many attendees walk about 15 min to our regular pub for further drinks & socials

Info—-

We gather in the Hawthorne Grove between 12.30 & 12.45pm in order to select the concelebrants & to prepare the Site ready for a prompt 1 o’clock start.

Nearest Tube: Chalk Farm or Swiss Cottage
Nearest Overground: South Hampstead or Chalk Farm

Please bring a small contribution of picnic food & drink to share.

All are Welcome.

Celebrating the Three Druidic Freedoms: of Thought; of Speech; & of Association Called for by John Tollund in 1716, & assembled by Iolo Morgannwg in 1792.

DIRECTIONS

If you’re coming by tube to Chalk Farm,turn RIGHT on leaving the station & cross Adelaide Rd to get to Regents Park Rd into which you turn RIGHT (admiring the Banksy stencil graffiti of a uniformed maid sweeping dust under a wall) & go uphill to the cycle/pedestrian only bridge over a railway & turn LEFT over it.

Confronted by 3 roads take the middle one (still R P Rd) & continue past the trendy shops & coffee-houses full of minor celebrities as it curves very slightly to the left, until you reach the Queen’s Head pub on the corner opposite the gate into Primrose Hill.

Enter the Park thro’ this gate & take the steepest path in front of you to the top of the hill where you will find a viewing platform overlooking most of the old City of London to the South & East, & a Memorial to Iolo Morganwg.

To the WEST & just below the brow of the hill you will see a small copse of hawthorn trees which is where we meet. Do please come & join us & make yourself known.

And remember, we’ll be meeting up in the pub afterwards! :-)

If you’d like to be alerted to when our next event will be, please “like” the page :-) https://www.facebook.com/LooseAssociationOfDruidsOfPrimroseHill

Please do note the caveat concerning photography listed in our “about” section describing the LADS meetings:
“Please contact us first if you would like to take pictures, and please be sure that you obtain consent first. Thank you”

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**Click here for my Meetup Group with full details of Open Rituals**

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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.

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Best Wishes

-Mani Navasothy

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