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 .

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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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Photos- Thames Blessing Ceremony of 3rd Jan 2016

Hi all..   here are some of the photos of our ceremony earlier today..doing a river Blessing!  We’ll be doing more river-thames rituals this year (in addition to the Thames-Isis rituals that we’ve been doing for past 3 years!)  Bright Blessings.  -Mani

River Thames Blessing Ceremony (3rd Jan2016)

Dear all.. Happy New Year!
Let’s start the year with a bang.. some magical work for the City, and then a jolly celebration!!

This is a blend of 2 events – my own `River Thames Blessing’ (literally by the river banks..) and then, attending the Lions Part annual event `12th Night Celebrations’.

1. Blessing of the Thames   (12pm to about 1.30pm)

We’ve been dong river-thames based rituals since 2006 (check our www.Tamesa.info for records). In 2015, we did NOT do the `Tamesa River of Souls Halloween’ (but did do the Isis rituals earlier).
I wanted to shift the emphasis…and decided that `Blessing the river’ is the way to go…for us Londoners.. cos the `River runs through our city’ :-) So join me around 12noon….for a very friendly and short `river blessing ceremony’ –

Details: Please get to Millennium Bridge (St.Pauls side).. and meet us ..at the beginning of the Millennium Bridge (end of `Peter’s Hill’). We’ll then walk down to the river banks (slippery… so do this at your own risk) for the ceremony.

ps.  Low tide is at 1.33pm..  so we’ll be perfectly safe on the river banks just before that..!

Directions:

Nearest tube:  BlackFriars station or Mansion House. Then walk about 10minutes along Queen Victoria Street (one comes from left, other from right) to `Peter’s Hill’ (name of a small road).  and head to Millennium Bridge.

2. Bankside 12th Night Celebrations.   (2pm onwards)

This is an annual event facilitated by the Theatre company `Lionspart’ (in Autumn they run the `October plenty’ where we actually get to go into Shakespear’s Globe Theatre!).

Here’s some extracts about this event..
1. Holly Man arrives by boat along Thames.
2. The Ban Wassails – various blessings
3. The Mummers play (in the street )
4. Then then “lead the people in procession through the streets to the historic George Inn in Borough High Street for a fine warming up with Storytelling, the Kissing Wishing Tree and more Dancing.”

It’s all friendly and great fun.. (Just wrap up very warm..and bring raincoat in case in is a bit wet! This is England!!).

If you are joining only for this..(it’s a public event.. we are just attending it..) you can go ahead to the Globe Theatre area..or join us for river Blessing..and then continue to hang out with us..

Best wishes
-Mani

Link to my meetup event

River Thames Blessing Ceremony & visit to Bankside 12th Night Celebrations

Sunday, Jan 3, 2016, 12:00 PM

Millennium Bridge- North end
Peter’s Hill, EC4V London, GB

20 London Outdoor Pagans Attending

Dear all.. Happy New Year! Let’s start the year with a bang..  some magical work for the City, and then a jolly celebration!!This is a blend of 2 events – our very own `River Thames Blessing’ (literally by the river banks..) and then,  attending the Lions Part annual event `12th Night Celebrations’.1. Blessing of the Thames   (12pm to about 1.3…

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A Wiccan Path for Beginners – one day woodland course in London (Feb’16)

The practise of wicca & Witchcraft is seen as one of the neo pagan paths of religion and spirituality – for personal / psychic development, higher self as well as celebration, honouring of nature and worship of the divine!

Join me in this one-day outdoor course, suitable for beginners & seekers of Wicca!

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As a nature-based religion, the best way to explore Wicca is in a natural setting! So I have run these since 2006 in various woods & pars of London. Yes at times it’s cold or it rains… but we prepare (that too is part of being a Nature-Witch!)

Who is this course for?

This course is  to introduce Wicca & Witchcraft to beginners & seekers!  I often see so many people stumbling or making some mistakes or are nervous at rituals- so here it is – a full introduction.  This is for any and all those interested or curious about Wicca & Witchcraft and like  a simple, down to earth, friendly introduction…the whole lot in one half a day.. so you can decide if it’s worth going further!

There are not many courses of Wicca run in London these days.. Sometimes my own mentors (Vivianne & Chris Crowley) run them in indoor venue. Sometimes I run them in indoor venues. Children of Artemis / Witchfest people run them once a year .this time in Glastonbury!!
So don’t miss this opportunity!

Who is this course NOT for?  If you are already initiated or fully aware of wicca and been in other training groups for many years / months, then this is NOT for you.   Those interested in Advanced Wicca can join me for other courses in summer!

(note: People with much prior Wicca experience tend to be disruptive because they nudge  the focus to higher levels to suit  them, and it leaves others in these beginners baffled and feeling inadequate. That is not what I want for them).

Course contents:

• Origins of Modern Wicca

• Wiccan Law & principles

• Structure & Ritual formats

• Consecrations, sacred space & magic circle

• Working with Elements & Quarters

• Horned God & Moon Goddess

•  Magic & Spellcraft in Wicca

• Esbats (full moon) and Sabats (seasonal festivals)- Wheel of the Wicca Year

• Initiations & Coven life

Fee:  £13 (per person)    

Later in spring/ summer, I will resume more of the courses – Practical Magic workshops, deeper exploration of Initiatory Wicca and so on..   But the journey begins here…with a friendly introduction in a natural setting.. (no one has been doing that in London except me for 10 years!!)

For FULL DETAILS ..visit the meetup event I have set up for this (and you can pay fees/book there by Paypal).

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
(Wiccan HighPriest)

link

Wiccan Path for Beginners – A one day Course in the Woods!

Sunday, Feb 28, 2016, 10:30 AM

Location details are available to members only.

3 London Outdoor Pagans Attending

The practise of wicca & Witchcraft is seen as one of the neo pagan paths of religion and spirituality – for personal / psychic development, higher self as well as celebration, honouring of nature and worship of the divine!Join me in this one-day outdoor course, suitable for beginners & seekers of Wicca!As a nature-based religion, the best way to…

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Passing of Jean Ellen Williams – Wiccan High Priestess (Dec2015)

Passing of Jean Ellen Williams – Wiccan High Priestess (Dec2015)

Jean Williams - Wiccan HighPriestess & Pagan ElderIt saddens me to announce that a great Elder of the Craft & Pagan communities in London, and a Wiccan High Priestess – Jean Ellen Williams- has passed away few days ago – on Christmas day 25th December 2015.

As Fates would have it, I was writing about another dear HPS Maureen Brown who passed away on 25th December, 11 years ago, when news of this came. I have had to wait till news was given to Jean’s family & close friends, before it could be made public here.

Christina Oakley Harrington (of Treadwell’s Books in London) and a very  close friend of Jean Williams, posted the following few days ago:

“We sadly announce that Jean Williams, a much loved member of the Pagan community, died yesterday afternoon. She died peacefully, from heart failure, with her husband Zach at her side. Jean had been involved in paganism since the early sixties – she founded and ran Pagan Pathfinders for thirty five years, co-founded the Companions of the Rainbow Bridge, was a core member of the Pagan Federation since 1988 — and made many friends through her European summer holidays. Gracious, sociable and non-dogmatic, she relished the variety of paths and personalities in paganism. Also in some ways a very private person, in her personal spiritual life she was a Wiccan high priestess of the Gardnerian tradition, with a quiet and close-knit coven who are very much her intimate family. She leaves her husband (Zachary Cox), her brother, and many treasured friends and colleagues. We will be announcing arrangements in about a week’s time. .. Blessings, Ruth, Peter, Sylvia and Christina”

And I posted the following on my facebook wall and community pages:

Jean Williams with Mani Navasothy at PF London Conference (c) Mani“The news has been now openly announced elsewhere so I can write a little about it – Jean Ellen Williams – Wiccan Elder and High Priestess – has died yesterday (yeah on Xmas day) due to heart failure.

About 2 weeks ago I went to see her in hospital, and had some chats.. We were told she was getting better and even moved back home. I spoke briefly on the phone with her on Yule (22nd December)..and was planning to go see her (as soon as my dreaded cold was gone..I did not want to infect an unwell lady).. but sadly it is not to be.

She’s been a great magical friend & mentor for me – and held my hands and supported me so much when in 2004, I took the responsibility of being Events Organiser for Pagan Federation London, and continued to do so till I stepped down in 2012. Jean is also the lady who introduced me to Earth Day.. In hospital I was telling her that she’ll be my honoured Guest for the Gaian Times (eco-magical) conference am planning for 2016… (it will now be in her honoured memory..for she cared so much about the Earth!).

In hospital, she spoke of magical things… quantum things.. and her new book being almost complete..and gave me some things to read about. There is much more to say.. but now is not the time..

I am deeply grateful to one dear friend who was kind enough to keep me informed. I have hundreds of old photos…which I will share privately with relevant people.. For now, Jean, may you rest in eternal peace..and awaken unto the divine realms! ps. please find Maureen and Madge and Harry ..and have some tea & cakes! ..”

Bright Blessing

-Mani Navasothy

Links/  Blogs

Jean Williams Memorial Page(facebook)

Remembering Maureen Brown- Wiccan High Priestess (blog)

Who on Earth was Doreen Valiente? (blog)

 

Remembering Maureen Brown – High Priestess of Wicca

Maureen Brown Wiccan High Priestess

Maureen Brown Wiccan High Priestess

Maureen Brown was a High Priestess of Wicca, and a qualified Counsellor, Psychotherapist, mother and grandmother- when she passed away into the arms of the veiled Isis, on this day, 11 years ago (25th December 2004). Since then Christmas day has never been the same.

I met her in the year 2000, at a Wiccan summer gathering of many covens, in a Glastonbury camping site. I didn’t know at the time that she had had surgery in her stomach and was recovering..  but she danced wildly with me in the barn that evening during the party / socials.. And later we spoke about magic and psychology and how she could help me with some of my issues (I didn;t tell her..she had just inferred!) It awed and impressed me so much..  She said to go and visit her in Croydon. I said I will.

But I did not.   I thought I could do it myself..  you know.. sort myself out.  I figured that if all else fails, I can always go to Maureen.  And a year or so passed – until I was Pan in an Open ritual, and at the end of it, 2 Witches – a man and a woman, waited to give me an invite to their coven ritual.. at Maureen’s biding ofcourse!

So I went a few days later, and thus began a great friendship, admiration, and learning. There’s much more of course ..but that can all wait for some future write up.

What was important was..  few years later, she was diagnosed with cancer..terminal..and we all gathered around, as she spent weeks ..nay months preparing..  not just her life..but all her students & friends  .. Well, she’s the psychologist, what else was she going to do?

And on the Christmas day, 2004, a fellow Wiccan Priestess Hazel and I went to the Hospice, and we just the two of us did a passing ceremony to aid Maureen who was already comatose.   And within hours, she passed away.  I ofcourse got home lit some candles..  and began to do some art work, titled, `passing of a Priestess’ – and after finishing the art, I called the Hospice, to hear the news that Maureen Brown has passed away..  just 15 minutes prior!

That Christmas time was special..  where few weeks prior, we had the most biggest party in her house, fire works, table for 30+ ..and passing her white wig around ..all of us taking photos ..making merry and light of what’s to come. It was one last glorious party she organised…for all of us!  (she’s a Counsellor..  she prepared us all well).

This morning I woke up all still ..feeling rather quiet..   possibly as we are just coming out of a cancerian full moon..  and over coffee, I looked on internet to find that apart from my blogs, and a PF document, no mention exists of Maureen Brown or her work..  How sad..  And what an honour.  And I’ve spent hours digging through my computer files, looking for photos, rituals, key dates..piecing dates together..(like the `Sea Priestess ritual Requiem’ that we Wiccans gathered to do at Brighton where Maureen’s ashes were scattered in the sea on an Autumn day in 2007!)

There is much more to say..so much more.

But for now..  I remember Maureen Brown, the Extraordinary High Priestess & friend who changed my life..  and empowered it.   As she often said, the work never ends.,  and some of us carry it on…even now!

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

London Woodland Yule / Winter Solstice Rituals this weekend (19Dec15)

Dear all.. Am facilitating 2 outdoor (woodland)  Yule- Winter Solstice open rituals this coming weekend..  On saturday we’re in Croydon, with Hern’s Tribe.. from 2pm onwards for a shamanic ceremony & social, and on Sunday we’ll be at Queen’s Woods (north London), for our outdoor wiccan Yule open ritual from 3pm onwards.  Here are short details.   For full details, do visit my Meetup event links../ subscribe etc..Hope to celebrate Yule with you.  Bright Blessings.  -Mani

 Hern’s Tribe MidWinter Gathering (croydon)

Winter approaches.. night-hours are long. Day light is short. And in the deep caverns below the Earth, the great Goddess gives birth to the Sun-Child! We gather to mark this sacred event and celebrate Winter Solstice.

Inspired by the TV series `Robin of Sherwood’ and stories of the Windsor-Hern myths, I started Hern’s Tribe- a pagan ritual & self-development group in Spring 2004. Drumming, masks, pre-ritual socials, feasting after ceremony, ceremonial fire..are all part of what we do. Now in its 12th year, Hern’s Tribe continues to evolve…exploring and experimenting with friendly down to earth shamanic, eclectic ritual styles for the gatherings.

Date: Saturday 19th December 2015

Time: 2pm – 8pm (this is a `gathering’ so includes pre-rite socials, ritual, and feasting/ socials/ drumming / chants etc ..)

venue: Meet at Coombe Lane Tram stop (please do NOT go into the woods looking for us.. we change location.. Stay at tram stop so we van come get you..and lead you to the ritual spot).

Meetup event link

http://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/events/222436490/

 

 

Yule – Woodland Wicca Seasonal Open Ritual

We are combining the Wicca Full moon & Wicca Winter Solstice rituals and running it as one event at Queen’s Woods.

“Winter Solstice is the time when the Sun is at it’s lowest (nadir), resulting in the longest night and darkness appears to be enveloping all. Inwardly, it’s a time when hope and faith may be ebbing low and the future looks bleak. It is precisely at this point that the festive energy is needed to shift the magic within, and to celebrate the birth of the Sun Child! From here onwards, the night time starts to reduce, and daylight grows.. to a point of balance between dark and light (at Spring) and to the long days at Summer! As a symbol of hope and life, celebrants decorate the Altar and indoors with bright objects and keep greenery (ever Greens.. ie Yule tree and of course holly etc). A Yule log is also burnt in the ire, symbolising the coming of warmth and fire.” (taken from http://www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )

Date: Sunday 21st December 2015

Venue: Queen’s Woods, North London (nearest tube: High Gate – northern line)

Time / meeting place: Please gather in the Woodman’s Pub..on Archway Road from 3pm..in the garden area. We’ll be having pre-rite drinks, ** talk-through* of ritual, assign roles…*before* going to the woods.

Meetup link:

http://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/events/222917023/