Full Moon in the watery and misty sign of Pisces now.. on 9th Sept 2014, at 01:38hrs GMT (02:38hrs BST)
Happy to announce – a fellow Wiccan friend and Craft sister of mine is organising a special monthly Wiccan meetup event. here are the details..
Nova Stellar Wicca Meetup Group (london)
The aim of the Group is to provide an opportunity for genuine seekers to find out more about Wicca, meeting up with Initiates from a number of different covens based in London.
The meet-up will allow individuals to ask questions about the Wiccan tradition, inform expectations and help seekers ascertain if this is an appropriate path for them. It will help consolidate ideas and beliefs and (hopefully!) encourage further development in this beautiful Pagan Tradition.
We welcome those who have a genuine interest in Initiatory Wicca, who may wish to consider joining a formal group/coven in the future. If you have been working on a solitary basis and having trouble meeting established groups in the London area, this could be the Group for you!
If you wish to attend, please confirm on Facebook . so we can gauge numbers. The Castle is opposite Farringdon Tube Station which links to the Northern Line, making it reasonably easy to travel to from all other major tube lines. We hope to reserve an area in the upstairs Lounge Bar.
The Group will meet on the second Tuesday of each month in the future.
First meeting is on the Full Moon! Tuesday 9th Sept 2014
Venue: The Castle (Pub), Farringdon, 34-35 Cowcross Street,, EC1M 6DB London, United Kingdom
And don’t forget the monthly `Woodland Wicca Circle’ that I facilitate monthly .. is starting up after summer breaks…soon.
Wishing a very special Lady many happy returns.
Yes, It’s the day when Sky Goddess Nut gave birth to Goddess Isis. (also known as The Night of the Cradle)
I will be leading a special (2nd annual) Ceremony and social gathering to mark this event on this coming saturday (19th July) at Richmond..
Do join us. . Meet at Richmond Station by 4.30pm.. and we’ll be walking up to the ritual spot later. (it’s a 15 min walk.. so we may `process’ in a nice line, carrying ritual items, a banner and a 1 metre Isis Barge that will be sailed symbolically on the waters later..).
Outline of Event
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).
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.
**Venue**: Richmond Upon Thames- by River side.
This is normally finalised on the day by the Organiser, by judging the various factors. So please don’t ask for text/phone instructions .. We meet and go together and do the ritual. That’s the easiest way.
A decorative altar with Sky Goddess Nut and a concealed statue of Isis will be set up.
Element consecrations (incense, lantern, salt/water).
Isis called by her many names! This will be a chant led by Mani and all repeat.
Isis is revealed.
Milk & flower Ceremony – all bath statue in milk), followed by offering of flowers.
Food & drinks blessed and shared.
Collected Milk & flowers offered to river Thames in a small boat!
Sailing of the Isis Barge
What to bring:
Food & drinks to share.
As it is a public place, passers-by may take photos or watch. That is accepted by the organisers, in the spirit of celebrating the Birthday of Isis :-)
We ask all to be in good public behaviour.
Join us to mark the Sun at it’s height of Power! We are organising a Pagan Midsummer Camp at the great venue – Epping Forest (Debden) Camp site. (it has fire fields, cafe, showers, washing facilities and more).
Normal fee: £8 per person per night (tbc)
(we may ask for an additional donation to cover running costs)
Bring your own tents/ sleeping equipment and food – to cook on the communal fire.
There will be a small Midsummer woodland Ceremony* (Epping Forest is just a few yards behind the Campsite!)
All are welcome.. pagans, non-pagans, friends.. to participate in the Camp.. .
Remember to bring a bottle of wine, mead and some food to share at the Feast.
Main camp: Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th June l 2014.
(you may join us a night early from Friday 13th June…and settle in ).
Please see our website www.Hern-Tribe.org for guidelines on what to bring, how to be prepared for outdoor rituals in woodlands, and some health & safety instructions.
Please wear sensible outdoor cloths…waterproof is better..and good shoes to walk in slippery or muddy surface.
We will have a ritual fire…and if you stay near it…your cloths will smell of smoke. So don’t wear anything that’s going to be ruined by smoke..!!
(Founder of Hern’s Tribe & Events Manager at Pagan Frontiers of London)
our website- Pagan Frontiers of London
facebook page: Pagan Frontiers of London
Our last Pan’s Picnic took place in 2011 (ran for 3 years) but took a break, only to appear in pagan Pride Parade in 2011, and briefly in 2013 as part of the Hern’s Tribe Swearing n the Horns Ceremony.
But finally it is time.. This event will take place at Queen’s Woods – birth place of Pan’s Picnic, within the space of 13 Oaks known as The Witche’s Coven..It’s an afternoon affair – So bring your drums, your dreams, fun & frolics, food & drinks, and those you fancy.. Come to dance, to sing, to chant, to charm .. Bring masks, banners, picnic blankets & seats, sets, props, flowers & feasts..Come..rain or shine.. with love in your hearts, and laughter on your lips..
“I thought you You loved me..!” I heard her screech, as I got closer. She was in tears, and so was the guy walking besides her. It was long past midnight, and they were walking along a woody path, in pouring rain.
After a wonderful Earth day Picnic & Eco-Ceremony in Trent park, I was returning home. I had got the last bus from Modern, and still had a 10 minute walk – along a quiet path with trees on either sides and past a fat flowing stream. The couple walking infront of me must have got off from the same bus.. and I heard occassional loud screeches from the distance. It’s only when I got closer (I walk fast) that I realised they were having some sort of an emotional exchange. It seemed that he was not there at a particular event or place, and she had had a bad experience. All I could hear was silence and sobbing from him and few softly spoken words.
As I over took them, there was only one thought in my mind.
We all – you, me and everyone – want to be loved! (Is that why we call some people in our lives, `Beloved..’? :-)
And when we do, it puts us on top of the world!! And we are not, we are in hell.. !!
So, with whatever energy I had left of the wonderful Earth Day event, I spread a bit of magic their way – that they shall feel loved. And as I walked further, it came to me – that it’s a pretty good spell to cast on the whole world.
So on this Beltane Day, with the images of the Lord and Lady I caught in the flames last night, I wish you all fulfilment of Love.
ps. The image at the centre is a real photograph.. one of about 200 I took of the flames.. and I saw so many shapes ..and this one seem to show a lady on the left and a lord on the right :-) It seemed the perfect one to share on my 400th blog post. :-)
Hi all, so if you are looking to attend Beltane Rituals.. here are 3 big ones that are open to all.
1. Hern’s Tribe Woodland Beltane – Saturday 26th April- 4pm to 8pm (Croydon)
We are gathering at our more secluded Croydon woodland venue for an afternoon & evening – to mark Beltane .This ritual will be shamanic in nature, with drumming & chants, ceremony, animal spirit quarters and evocations of Cernunnos Lord of the Beasts – for protection of all endangered wildlife every where. We will also be doing seed-magic for planting new ventures in our lives.. Socials, celebrations will thread through the entire gathering.. Bring drums etc to join in..(if you have any)
All are welcome.. pagans, non-pagans, friends.. to participate in the ceremony and/or the social afterwards.
Date: Saturday 26th April 2014
Time: 4pm – 8pm
Meet by `Coombe Lane’ Tram stop (5 mins from East Croydon by Tram)
We’ll have the usual combination of ritual, with sacred shamanic space, some chant & Drumming, and magical work. A ritual fire will be carefully lit for this ceremony, and we’ll have home made bread & wine to share..
What to bring
Bottle of Wine / Mead, and seasonal food will be great. Or anything from French bread sticks, cheese, humus, butter to pre-cooked chicken, short-eats, fruits, home made items, salads, dips, pasta etc are all fine. If not possible, then feel free to donate a few pounds £2 ? towards our costs. :-)
Cutlery etc: Plastic cups, paper plates, forks & knives, spare bags (to pack items not eaten), bin bags – we usually bring these. But if you can bring some too – that will be good.
Torch light - Some evening gatherings finish in dark. So a torch light helps to find things when tidying up & packing.
Seating : Folding seats / ground sheet ( for your self to sit on) – optional.
wear sensible outdoor cloths. ps. sometimes we have a ceremonial fire.. and .your cloths are likely to smell of smoke
How to get to `Coombe Lane’ Tram stop
Outside East Croydon (train station), , take the `New Addington branch’ of the Tram. Travel 3 stops. Get off at `Coombe Lane’ … Please wait at this stop. We will come and collect you.
From Imbolc 2014 onwards, we will be adding regular Eco-Magic as part of our rituals & gatherings.. !
Official Website: Hern’s Tribe
2. Pagan Federation London – indoor Beltane – 1st May – facilitated by Christina & Friends from Treadwells Bookshop
Date/ Time: Thursday 1st May – 8pm (£6 fee)
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.
**No photographs or video are allowed during the ritual.**
**Please bring a little food & drink to share during the feast after the ritual**
Official Website: http://london.paganfed.org/
3. Druids Outdoor Open ritual – (Primrose Hill)- Sunday 4th May – 12pm onwards
Come and celebrate Beltane, part of a series of open rituals celebrated throughout the Celtic year on the Sunday nearest the appropriate date under the Aegis of the Loose Association of Druids
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.
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.
After the celebration, we will go to the Richard steele pub nearby. Looking forward to seeing you there! :-)
facebook page: Loose Association of Druids of Primrose Hill
I came across a post by a friend that started, “Claiming that things are Native American when they are not (or claiming that things are Wiccan when they are not) is a potentially harmful practice. It erases the real practices of the group in question. If the practice is harmful, it blames that group for originating it…”
I agree on the matter of the reputation of a particular group being ill-affected. However there is much I disagree. Can’t speak for Native American traditions..but I can for Wicca..as I have been practising Wicca for almost 20 years…
Wicca itself is a very young path (1950’s ) and has so many other religious and spiritual practices built into it.. (Gerald Gardner travelled parts of Asia, and picked up ideas before coming back to England.. and surfacing with `Wicca’ – Many already know he instilled naturism into it, as he was a follower of that).
So in fact, much of Wicca is actually `not wicca’ . And if within a short time of its `origins’, it can produce branches (Gardnerian, Alexandrian)…it follows that in a few more decades, Wicca will have produced ever more branches, and some of it may not even be called Wicca.
Think about all the other old religions..and how they have seeded and created sects, branches etc. And you can see that it WILL happen to Wicca too.. if it continues to grow as a religious path. That much of it, history assures us (comparison to other religions).
Why even go that far..! Wiccan Covens have autonomy and are governed by its Coven High Priest & High Priestess – who can and do `add’ their own practises and wisdom to the subsequent generation of Wiccans they cultivate (prepare, initiate and tran). So despite keeping the same copy of Book of Shadow (copying it and handing it down), potential and an avenue for slow change is already built int Wicca.
So I like to end this blog post by saying..
1) Spirituality will and does evolve.. and we should let it.. and evolve with it.. because that’s what nature does…!
2) No one owns spirituality or a religious path ..
If someone comes to us (individually) and asks for help or guidance, we can give it… That much is within our reach.. But if we observe something else going on out there, and no one has asked for our help.. we may intrude and offer our wisdom..but chances are it won’t be welcomed.. or valued.
So calling something Wicca, when it is not.. well, that;s neither here nor there..
Wiccan Apprentice Training – is a hands on, outdoor experiential Wicca Course -created by Mani Navasothy (http://www.WitchcraftandMagic.org). It comprises of 5 individual sessions, with 3 core Wicca modules & 2 Practical Magic workshops. Next course starts on 27th April 2014 in London.
Visit the website http://www.WitchcraftAndMagic.org to learn about special discounted fees and to book your place – on one or more of the sessions, or the full course. This course takes place on Sundays..
If you are interested in learning all aspects of Wicca in an experiential way over a period of 3 months, in a woodland setting, under the expertise & guidance of a Wiccan High Priest with almost 2 decades of Craft & Coven experience – this is the training for you!
You will learn
the foundations of Wicca, Principles & laws, Altars & Consecrations, Circle casting, Elemental Quarters & Energy Raising in a Circle, Invoking the Horned God & Triple Moon Goddess. You will also learn about doing Magic & crafting essential Wiccan tools (wand, Pentacle, Rune Magic & Cord Magic).
Wand-Making & Rune magic. You will learn about and make a spiral wand, then do a formal consecration of tool ritual for it. This is followed by learning about Runes, and carving bind-runes on your wand to energise it. The workshop concludes with a Wiccan ritual, where you will use your new wand to either cast a magic circle, or invoke one of the elemental quarters.
Wax pentacle making & Cord Magic. You will learn about the symbols Wiccans use on a pentacle, then create a Wax pentacle using a special technique devised by Mani for outdoors. Herbs & Crystals will be embedded into the Pentacle. You then do a tool consecration for the pentacle. This is followed by learning to do a Wiccan Cord Magic. Finally, you will use your pentacle in a consecration ceremony of salt & water, as practiced in covens.
Mani Navasothy, brought up as a Hindu in Sri Lanka, is an initiated Wiccan High Priest of many years, and has nearly 2 decades of The Craft & Coven experience in London, UK. Over the years, Mani has built up extensive experience running magical Training groups, running rituals & conventions for The Pagan Federation, , as well as promoting pagan spirituality in TV, Radio & news paper interviews. Mani Navasothy is the founder of Hern’s Tribe, co-founder of Tamesa London Circle, and Director/Chief Editor of Gaian Times eco-spiritual magazine.
Mani’s professional website
*NEW* Wiccan Apprentice Course in London – 3 month outdoor Training with 6 sessions – Starts on 27th April 2014!
One of the challenges newcomers, Seekers & Explorers of Wicca & Witchcraft traditions face is – they can’t either find or pin down an experienced Wiccan Coven Leader(s) – and learn The Craft in the traditional apprentice manner! People just about find `Intro Courses’ that are 4-5 hours long in an indoor hired venue – where a Tutor gives explanations and a few meditations.
This one is different. Why? Because it’s facilitated by a Wiccan High Priest (Mani) with nearly 2 decades of Craft & Coven experience. (There – no hiding!) And it’s facilitated by someone who has actually been not just running rituals (10 yrs), but outdoor Courses & Workshops regularly. What’s more, this is not just a sit-down-listen to explanations & go home course.
This takes place outdoors - out in the elements and whatever weather that nature may come up with on a day. (Been there many times!) It immerses the Student-Seeker in nature. Well – isn’t that what being a true Wiccan / Witch is all about?
This also is fully experiential, and spread over 5-6 sessions (session 6 is private and covers Covens & Initiations). You get to listen, learn, and practise – there and then! And this includes 2 full workshops – on making essential tools (Wands & Pentacles) and learning key magical techniques (Rune magic & Cord / Witches Ladder magic).
All this in a natural vast woodland in London- with plenty of other facilities (Car park, toilets, Cafe, 5 minute walk from a Tube station). So all that you are learning – Apprentice-style- is imbued with the energy of nature! You can’t escape it – even if you try!!
*For more informationand to Book your course, visit our website Witchcraft and Wicca.org.UK*
And – there’s a bonus! You get real Ritual experience. Some of the sessions take place on the same day as our `Woodland Monthly Wicca Esbat Ritual Circle’ - so Students can take a break after the afternoon session (1-2 hrs) and join the evening Ritual – and watch or get even more experience ( Well, isn’t that what Apprentices should do?!! :-) )
What Wicca essentials are covered:
You will learn the foundations of Wicca, Principles & laws, practise setting up Altars & Consecrate space, do Circle casting, invoke Elemental Quarters & raise energy in the group / Circle with Witches Rune/ Chants, learn Invoking the Horned God & Triple Moon Goddess. You will also learn about doing Magic and create essential Wiccan tools (wand, Pentacle, Rune Magic & Cord Magic).
Attendance Options (we offer various discounted fees for these)
- Attend all *5 sessions (includes 3 core & 2 workshops) [*Session 6 is free and by invitation]
- Attend just the 3 Core sessions
- Attend just the 2 workshops
- Attend any 1 Session or 1 workshop.
That’s quite a lot – for 5 sessions (each will be about 4 hrs)! *There is a 6th session, FREE but that’s by invite only, and to those who will have attended 3 or more sessions, or those who are doing our home study e-Witch Apprentice course by e-mails, or those who have purchased our `Cven Guide: Become an initiated Witch’ [well, we like to reward the Seekers & Students who are learning with us in other ways too ].
For more information, fees and for Booking, visit our website Witchcraft and Wicca.org.UK
As a Wiccan High Priest, I look forward to serving you – as you explore your wiccan path.