Join us on Halloween Night in Central London on…31st October 2014.. by Millennium Bridge (Tate Galley side). We will be facilitating our annual `Thames: River of Souls / Samhain’ Ceremony to honour the Spirit of Thames & Ancestors.
This is the actual Halloween night.. Mist of fun-people in London will be in fancy dress…So Wear Fancy dress…Masks.. Witchy Cloaks.. Wizard attire.. Ghostly look…Werewolves & Vampires welcome! Bring your carved Pumpkins… Lanterns with light or candle in it..!
Meeting point/ Tube:
Nearest Tube station is St.Pauls (or Blackfriars). Then ask/find directions and get to the Millennium Bridge. Cross the bridge, and get to the `Tate Modern Gallery’ side .. We will gather by the seats near Tate Gallery entrance (next to the door / green space)..
Please get there anytime from 5.45pm to about 6pm.
Cloths/what to bring:
-Wear warm/ waterproof comfortable cloths… Please check weather for London for friday evening and dress appropriate. Wear good footwear..as standing/ walking for longer duration can get hard on the feet.
-Please bring small picnic-style food and drinks to share.
-Bring things for self.. and if feeling generous, something to share with others..
We may have 5 -50 people. It’s unpredictable..
Media/ photography/ privacy:
-It’s all in the open, in a public place. Any passers-by may stop and take photos.. We can’t stop them.
-We will ask outsiders to be non-intrusive during ceremony (best we can do).
-If you don;t like being photographed by anyone.. best wear a mask / fancy dress! :-)
The plan (subject to changes on the evening):
1. We’ll meet n greet…so a bit of socialising.. share a sip of hot coffee and chalice / wine.
2.Then Mani (facilitator) will lead all to a nearby suitable spot along the Thames, to do the Ceremony for Samhain/ Ancestors. This is a serious but simple ceremony.. so children and non-pagans are all welcome.
3. After Ceremony (and more socials), we’ll have an informal candle-lit walk along the Thames-path (on pavement). The exact direction (towards Waterloo or towards London Bridge) will be announced at the meeting point.
Ritual content/ format:
-Simple consecration with salt/water & incense, followed by sacred-Magic circle casting, then calling the 4 elemental quarter energies.
-Invocation to the Dark Lord & Crone Goddess.
– All communing silently (meditative) with their deceased ancestors/loved ones who have passed away.
-Burning of regrets/ sorrows in Cauldron (small pieces of paper..)
-Blessing Cakes/ Wine and feasting (picnic)
-Offering coins to the spirit of Charon (ferryman) in the river Thames (to help dead spirits pass safely to underworld)
(At Samhain, circle & Quarters are not closed)
Our ceremonies are open to everyone, of all paths and religions. Children are allowed with parents or guardians supervision.
Bring some easy snacks & drinks to share on the way too..
Stay as long as you like.. and leave when you want to.
Safety note: No swords…no athames..or other `real’ weapons – or anything that might alarm the general public /police. We play safe and nice.. And you are responsible for your own good behaviour and health & safety!!
We do ask that you keep a watchful eye on your young children on the night. (If you bring your kids, that is).
With bright blessings
Dear all, this matter has come to my attention.
We’ve all heard of Doreen Valiente – mother of Modern Witchcraft. Well, this one is about Eleanor Ray Bone – Matriarch of European Wicca, because most Gardnerian initiates in Europe trace their roots to Ray Bone’s coven.
“With Witchcraft, your happiness is completely in your hands…” says Eleanor in one of the Documentaries.
This is the lady who hurried off to rescue the grave of Gerald Gardner and raised funds to have his grave moved to a safer place and a proper headstone (in Tunis).
And now the community would like to do the same for Eleanor.
Do visit the new website, and if able to, make a small or large donation towards this cause.
I do have a particular interest in this matter, as I of the same Wiccan Lineage of this lady!
Please visit this site and make your donations (by paypal or credit cards)
–> Eleanor Bone site <–
The fundraising is managed by highly respected Wiccan Elders and Scholars such as Dr Vivianne Crowley, Chris Crowley, Professor Ronald Hutton, Dr Melisa Harrington, Rufus Harrington, Philip Heselton, and of course Sophia Boann who initiated this fundraising venture. (I know 5 of these personally).
Mani Navasothy (Wiccan High Priest)
Video showing Eleanor – (a misconception by documentary makers, confusing Witchcraft with Satanism)
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