A Lammas / Hanged-Man meditation

The following guided Meditation was written by me, for use in an Open Lammas ritual in London (for Pagan Federation London seasonal event ..on 30July’15).      I decided to share it here for the benefit of others. The art work herein was done specially for this.

Sacrificial Kings (c) Mani Navasothy 2015

 

“In myth & legends, the concept of personal sacrifice occurs again and again.   It is often coupled with some quest and a reward to gain something important. Here are some examples:

-The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who was crucified,  was to remove the sins of the people.

-The Sacrifice of Odin / the God who hung upon the World Tree –  was to gain the secrets and mysteries of the Runes.

-The sacrifice of the Corn King / Barley Corn is for harvest and to renew the energies of the land.

-And on the darker side, Hern sacrificed himself on a Windsor Oak tree, for vengeance and Justice.

Now think about your own lives.  Think about your own struggles and challenges and quests, and the sacrifices you keep making..over and over.. again and again..  day after day…  months..and months..year after year.

Q:  Take a moment to think about these personal sacrifices..   The Card you picked at the start may offer some divinatory focus.

Q:  Have they produced the rewards? Have you got the results you were seeking?   If not, why not?

Q:   Sometimes, more often, in order for magic to happen, you must do the  spell and then let go..  totally let go…

Close your eyes now..and  imagine yourself as the being that is hanging by the feet upon the World tree..like Odin and the Hanged Man.  You dangle above the Earth..  neither rising, nor falling..  between worlds..  and not part of the world.  You have hung long enough.  You have suffered long enough.  It is time to drop back into the world and be part of it, so that your magic can materialise in your life!

Get ready to count from 10…down to 1.  On the count of 1, you are going to let go, and drop..and glide back to the Earth.

10.. 9..8.. 7.. 6.. 5..4..3..2..

1-   drop!”

Bright Lammas Blessings

(c)  Mani Navasothy

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Join us for Pagan Pride Parade (London) 2015

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

-Mani  Navasothy

———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’)

Pagan Pride Parade London  - photos (c) Mani Navasothy 2012

Pagan Pride Parade London – photos (c) Mani Navasothy 2012

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!

Nearest Tube:
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  

Route for Pagan Pride Parade London – 28 June 2015

Links

Pagan Pride Parade London 2014

Pagan Pride Parade London 2013 – Giants return

Website – Pagan Pride Parade

 

Sacred Journey -PF London Conference 2015  & Hindu-Magic Talk

Sacred Journey -PF London Conference 2015 & Hindu-Magic Talk

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).

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

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Here’s the official Flyer for the event & Schedules of talks etc

Pagan Federation London- Sacred Journey Conference flyer June 2015

Pagan Federation London- Sacred Journey Conference flyer June 2015

 

PF London Sacred Journey conference schedule

PF London Sacred Journey conference schedule

 

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”.

Speakers include:
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*

 

Related Link

Pagan Federation London Website

Blog post  -Looking back at Gaia Conventions 2007-2009 

Gaian Times Magazine

Esoteric Expert – eBooks by Mani Navasothy

Website for Wicca & Witchcraft UK

 

*NEW* Wiccan Apprentice Circle 2015 (London, woodland)

Wicca is an Initiatory path! It is also one of the `Mystery religions’.

Wiccan Apprentice Circle - feature QP

Initiatory process? 

What this means is that, from the moment you begin your `mild interest’ or `serious exploration/ study’ of Wicca & Witchcraft, the initiatory process(es) begin taking effect in your life! Consciously or subconsciously, you begin to undertake / undergo spiritual & psychic quests and challenges. You’ll face obstacles.. progress and set-backs..

 Many will give up or drift off..to explore other paths or something else.

What is important is to keep the faith..and discipline..and the journey in sight! (not just the destination).

Mystery Religion:
You are probably wondering what real mystery is left in Wicca, after pretty much everything about it has been (apparently) published in books and websites..?

Reading or talking does not give you a personal experience of the God or Goddess, but their powers being invoked on you might! Talking does not give you true insight about elements, but standing in the woods in a storm and trying to invoke the opposite element of Fire might!

 Personal background

Many people know that we have been running `woodland Wicca Rituals’ for 2-3 years now.. What you may not know is that, several years ago, I ran an outdoor Wiccan Apprentice Circle, and 3 of the regular attendees (of the 10+) went on to become Initiated Witches. That said, about 4 years ago, I stopped working in any sort of indoor Wicca Covens. Since then my path has been one of solitary (in so far as my own Craft & magic is concerned) and one of service (in so far as facilitating outdoor open rituals for people).

But times have changed…!

I am now preparing to facilitate a monthly Wicca Training Circle (The Wiccan Apprentice Circle), where all the foundations of Wicca & Witchcraft will be taught – to seriously interested and committed individuals.

In these Apprentice Circles, You will learn – and practise- the basics:

-Laws of Wicca
-Consecrations & Circle casting
– Working with Quarters & elements
– working with God & Goddess)
– Charges & invocations
– Magic & spell craft
– Transpersonal Psychology (helps with `Know thy self’ and much more).

We will also cover the following magical matters:
– Writing Rituals – for self, for group and public events
– Working with ArchAngels
– Psychic development & protection
– Divination (Tarot, Runes)
– Creating Magical tools (wands, pentacle, scourge etc)
– Talismans & Charms
– Healing work These Circles will be initially open for 3 months (May, June, July) so that we may form a core group, and then become *private* (where new people can join by request/referrals/ invitation only).

It is envisaged that a formal closed working Coven of Witches will evolve from these circles, as we head in to into 2016. (we shall see…as I know that `Man may propose..but Gods dispose!’ :-)

Please note – that I have actively chosen to work outdoors, for reasons of Magic & Empowerment. So all Circles & Rituals will be held outdoors (in quiet areas of public woods, or parks). In case of rain/ storms etc, we’ll simply work with the elemental forces of nature…! (a tarpaulin cover sheet stretched between trees also helps to give us cover from rain!! :-)

However, we will be organising additional social-meetings (in a local pub or coffee shop) on a regular basis, for members of this `Apprentice Circle’ and new comers to meet and have social time, bond, ask questions and go forward.

Wiccan Apprentice Circle Dates 

  • Sunday 18th May 2015
  • Sunday 14th June 2015
  • Sunday 12th July 2015

These dates are usually the  Sunday closer and before a New Moon.

During May, June & July, we will not have our *Wicca Full Moon rituals* (they have been running since Feb’15) ..but those will recommence in September’15.

More details to follow soon  (check my MEETUP’ 

Bright Blessings
-Mani

For Sale – Witchy Domains `Charge of the Goddess’ and `Witchcraft and Wicca’

Charge of the Goddess - domain for sale - feature QPCharge of the Goddess- domain names (6 different extensions such as .com, .eu, .info, .co.uk and more) are for sale. Am also putting up some other wichy domains…some well sought after – such as the new .London domain (WitchcraftandWicca.London). You can purchase one or more of these directly from me, and only me!

Current Domains for sale from me:

www.  ChargeoftheGoddess  .com

www.  ChargeoftheGoddess  .co.uk

www.  ChargeoftheGoddess  .org

www.  ChargeoftheGoddess  .net

www.  ChargeoftheGoddess  .info

www. WitchcraftandWicca ..org

www. WitchcraftandWicca  .org.uk

www. WitchcraftandWicca  .London

www. HolisticEntrepreneur  .co.uk

I `created’ and registered these web-domain names a few years ago, to develop some new magical community projects. And as we all know, the biggest obstacle for any  creative person..is having too many ideas.  So, as the Sun enters Taurus (Earthy), time to cut loose and consolidate my projects.  So I went through the 40-50 websites/ domains I own, and have deleted some and am selling some.

If anyone knows anything about domains, you’ll know that they can either be created & registered,  or purchased from someone else who already has them.  To this date, (and I have been doing it for 10+ years now..) I have never `bought’ a domain name from anyone.  I have always tried name/word combinations, and if it did not exist before, I have created- and thus- registered those domains to my name, through the Hosting company I deal with.

 Anyway,  if you do like any of the domains advertised, well, get in touch with me via the  Contact Form  (am only taking written communication on this matter, for legal reasons.). I am fully aware of the value of these domain names, so make me a decent offer or two, and we’ll negotiate. :-)

  You can purchase one or more.  Here’s how it works..

  1. You  Contact Me to make an offer for one or more domains
  2. I accept or we negotiate.
  3. We reach an agreement.
  4. You make a successful payment to my Paypal account.. (you can pay using your debit/credit cards).
  5. You also provide (privately) the host company where you want  the domain you purchased to be transfered to. You give me a few days.
  6. I sort it with my Hosting i provider, and authorise transfer.

Important Notes:  

`Charge of the Goddess’ is a work of poetry written by the late Doreen Valiente (Mother of Modern Witchcraft), based on other works (eg : Aradia Gospel of the Witches, etc).  It has been informally passed on in `Book of Shadows’ to Initiated Witches of Doreen’s lineage for many decades. It is used by Witches to invoke the Goddess in rituals, and during Wiccan Initiations.  The copyright for the poem `Charge of the Goddess’ was passed on by Doreen Valiente, to John Belham-Payne and the Centre for Pagan Studies. International copyright rules apply for use of the poem. However, no copyright or trademark ownership exists for the domains or the words `Charge of the Goddess’ respectfully.  So as long as you are not unlawfully publishing said poem in said domain in a website, you can do pretty much anything with the domain names.  (look up the internet legal stuff on `passing off’).

Deadline:  Initially this sale offer is being made directly from me, as I like them to be bought by a magical person who will develop a good online project or two.   However, after mid-June, I will put these up on competitive Domain sale sites (eg. Sedo) where anyone out there may purchase it.

Sale is non-refundable.  You are buying the domain name..  What you do with it afterwards is your choice.  I may have several negotiations going on with others.

** Warning**  It has been known for Fundamentalist Christians to buy Pagan/ witchy domains and tie it up or attach their own anti-pagan propaganda to it.   (I’ve seen it before, and pointed it out before). 

Bright Blessings :-)

-Mani Navasothy

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Elements Invocation Pentagrams in Wicca explained with detailed astrology graphics.

Elements Invocation Pentagrams in Wicca explained with detailed astrology graphics.

How many initiated Wiccans or otherwise, have been using the so called `invocation and devocation’ pentagrams in wiccan/ witchcraft or magical circles? Quite many thousands, I imagine. Back in my early `initiate/ first degree’ days (almost 2 decades ago now), I was taught those invocation pentagrams, and used them (still do) when standing in one of the quarters (North, East, South or West) and calling a respective element (Earth, Air, Fire or Water).

To be honest, it was hard trying to remember which way to `draw’ those pentagrams, as they differed for each quarter/element. One easy solution was taught to me – that for Air and Water (East and West), one started drawing the pentagrams `towards’ the altar. But for Earth and Fire, this was not possible..

Well, last year, while talking about this in a shamanic ritual, I was doing a fire invocation pentagram with an actual flaming torch (outdoors, in the woods).. and explaining it to someone. An astrology friend said, `well, you know why don’t you? it’s because Leo is there!’. That’s all he said, and that’s all he needed to say. In a flash the whole thing clicked in my head, as I worked / visualised the related images. And as soon as I got home I drew it all up and looked at it to make sure – and then wondered – `why on earth had no one told me about this in my old coven days? and why have I not read about this full explanation for some 15-20 years?’

And I resolved to share what I had learnt/ worked out openly. hence this blog post. (but even this took me months to get down and actually do.. because of my laziness of having to sit and do all that explanation *fully*).
It’s not just this stuff that is lurking in my mind as one of many `do blogs’ ..There are plenty more magical things I have learnt, worked out, reverse engineered or just created by trial and errors or experimentations (magical).. that require sharing.
This morning, I woke up and had (out of the blue) just one thought.. that my subconscious had surfaced.. and it was.. to begin that sharing!
(ps. I had since then learnt, some of this stuff comes from or practised by the `Golden Dawn’ western magical tradition practitioners).
So here it is..the full explanation…starting with astrology.. (there are still some questions..which I will pose and hope someone can answer).

1.   The 3-Dimensional view of our Earth & the Sun.

3D look of Earth Sun and zodiacs (c) Mani Navasothy 2015

3D look at Sun-Earth & zodiacs. Wiccan Elements Invocation Pentagrams explained (c) Mani Navasothy 2015. http://www.quantumphoenix.net

Above is a graphical representation of what the Earth & Sun will look like, if viewed from space, from a point of vie `above’ the plane of the ecliptic (ie the orbital plane of planet Earth around the Sun).   As you can see, the Zodiac signs are star systems far away, but they can be `projected’ onto a sheet in each of the 12 directions where those systems exist.

2.  Making Earth the Centre.

3D look of Earth Sun and zodiacs- Earth in centre (c) Mani Navasothy 2015

3D look at Sun-Earth & zodiacs. Earth as centre of heavens. Wiccan Elements Invocation Pentagrams explained (c) Mani Navasothy 2015. http://www.quantumphoenix.net

In astrology, we draw charts of the Sky, as if they are seen from the Earth.  So Earth is placed in the centre.  You can see from above graphics, how – slightly shifting the Sun-Earth pair gives rise to this. And because the zodiac systems are so far away in relative terms to the Sun-Earth distance, the view of them do not change.    In this graphics, watched from the Earth,  the Sun will appear to be set against the Zodiac sign of Aries.  (ie Sun in Aries).

Chart as a graphical representation of an earth-centred view (c)Mani Navasothy 2015

Astrology Chart as representation of Earth view of heavens.   Wiccan Elements Invocation Pentagrams explained (c) Mani Navasothy 2015. http://www.quantumphoenix.net

3.  Astrological Chart – a graphical representation of the Sky

In the pic above, I have `got rid of’ the details and 3-dimensional elements, and only left-in the Earth, Sun and the positions / directions where Zodiacs are.  This is a `view from the `top’ (above the Ecliptic plane).  And this is what it means when we see or draw an astrology Birth chart. Note:  The fist sign of the Zodiac – Aries- is drawn in the `rising sign’ position at Spring Equinox.

Note: This is the starting point now, for the invocation pentagrams!

4. Elements and Fixed nature of Zodiac signs

Zodiacs Elements and Fixed signs(c)Mani Navasothy 2015

Zodiac Fixed signs & Elements. Wiccan Elements Invocation Pentagrams explained (c) Mani Navasothy 2015. http://www.quantumphoenix.net

In astrology, each sign of the Zodiac is assigned one of the 4 elements (Air, Fire, Water, Earth).  I’ve grouped and shown these in the 4 corners of the diagram.  (not in any order or direction).  In astrology, there are qualities that are assigned to signs.  The qualities are Cardinal, Mutable and Fixed.   I have highlighted the `fixed’ signs.

As you can see, Leo is the fixed Fire sign.   Taurus is the fixed Earth sign, Aquarius the fixed Air, and Scorpio the fixed Water sign.  Note that I kept their positions in the astrological chart.

here on it gets easy to do the invocation pentagrams.

5.  Fire invocation Pentagram using astrological chart 

Fire Invocation Pentagram explained (c)Mani Navasothy 2015

Fire Invocation Pentagram in Wiccan ritual explained (c) Mani Navasothy 2015. http://www.quantumphoenix.net

The fire invocation pentagram is drawn, by starting the first arm of the pentagram from the `midheaven’ position, and `into’ Leo, the fixed Fire sign, thereby activating the element of fire. The pentagram is then completed by carrying on the other 4 arms of it as shown in diagram above.

6.  Earth invocation Pentagram using astrological chart 

Earth Invocation Pentagram explained (c)Mani Navasothy 2015

Earth Invocation Pentagram in Wiccan ritual explained (c) Mani Navasothy 2015.  www.quantumphoenix.net

Here, for the invocation of Earth energy, we start from the same (midheaven) position,, then drawn the first arm of the invoking pentagram `into’ Taurus, the fixed Earth sign.

7.  Air invocation Pentagram using astrological chart 

Air Invocation Pentagram explained (c)Mani Navasothy 2015

Air Invocation Pentagram in Wiccan ritual explained (c) Mani Navasothy 2015. http://www.quantumphoenix.net

For the Air invocation pentagram,  the first arm of the pentagram is drawn such that it `enters’ the fixed sign of Air..ie Aquarius (as shown above).

8.  Water invocation Pentagram using astrological chart 

Water Invocation Pentagram explained (c)Mani Navasothy 2015

Water Invocation Pentagram in Wiccan ritual explained (c) Mani Navasothy 2015.  www.quantumphoenix.net

The first arm for the water invoking pentagram is drawn such that it enters the fixed water sign, ie Scorpio.

Note: I have shown these  (Fire, Earth, Air water) `not in the order’ of invocation, but in a way that initially shows you the symmetry of them.

Of course in Wicca / Witchcraft circles,  the order of invocation, is

  • Air/ East,
  • Fire/South
  • Water/ West
  • Earth/ North

I hope you found these full visuals useful and finally can see why the invocation pentagrams are drawn the way they are done.  It is purely based on astrological convention of drawing the chart, relative zodiac positions on that chart, and where on that chart the fixed signs for each of the elements are situated.

The most important thing to have in mind is that it’s all just `conventions’ created by a magical system, and that in space there are only relative positions…  there are no ups, downs left and rights;  And that in magic, you – as the practitioner who is exercising the Will- has the choice and say in how and what you do!

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

 Copyright /sharing note:  As an artist, magician and an educator, I work very hard to create these visual aids to  help others.   Am happy for anyone to share this on social media/ reblog above blog, provided   copyright note   (c) Mani Navasothy / http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net  remains.  No publication of these  graphics in any book /course / training allowed without express written (and magical) permission from myself. Thank you.

.Link:

Angelic Magic: Writing Archangel names in sigil form for the 4 major Archangels 

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

Here’s a video preview:

Links:

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

Gerald Gardner – Father of Wicca (blog post)

Wicca & Witchcraft – (info website)