Calling something Wicca – then, now and tomorrow!

Calling something Wicca..

Calling something Wicca..

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..

-Mani Navasothy

(Wiccan HP)

 

Links

Wicca Witchcraft and Magic- website

Wiccan Apprentice Training Course in London 2014

Video

VIDEO – Introducing The Wiccan Apprentice – Training Course!

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..

1 wat outdoors 5 sessions

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).

Workshop#1
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.

Workshop#2
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.

Tutor info:
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

http://www.ManiNavasothy.com

*NEW* Wiccan Apprentice Course in London -Starts soon!

*NEW* Wiccan Apprentice Course in London – 3 month outdoor Training with 6 sessions – Starts on 27th April 2014!

Wicca & Witchcraft Apprentice Training Courses - Outdoors- London.  (April to June 2014)

Wicca & Witchcraft Apprentice Training Courses – Outdoors- London. (April to June 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.

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Wiccan Journeys & High Priestly thoughts on covens

I was giving a talk at one of the pagan moots in NW London last night (Staines Moot)..  The title was `Wiccan Journeys: There and back..and there again..!’.

It mainly outlined my (thus far) journey in the Wicca path..  how I became interested, how I became an initiated Wiccan, reaching my stage (and responsibility) as a High Priest, running training covens & groups, initiating new Seekers and so on.       The talk also covered my back and forth journeys – as I have not always felt like a `wicca’ (but always a `Witch / Magician’ !)  There are times when I have slipped out of the coven life and wiccan communities – and gone to do other magical things.. like starting `Hern’s Tribe- outdoor shamanic / eclectic group’   (the more recent one being the `woodland wicca rituals’  and the `Thames-Isis rituals) – see links at the bottom.

Talk at Ankerwycke - wiccan journeys - there and back and there again - mani navasothy 2014

Talk at Ankerwycke – wiccan journeys – there and back and there again – mani navasothy 2014

Well, this morning, I caught on to some debates that have been going on…about the good/ bad experiences, the ego and hierarcrhy of High Priests, High Priestesses, and coven leaders.

Needless to say, I have some deep thoughts on this ( I never like to hear anyone bad-mouth Wicca ..especially hard working Coven leaders..!)

Here are some of my responses:

Taking pot shots at Wiccan Hierarchy?

No one is forcing anyone into a particular tradition, path or system of beliefs.. But if one is entering a system, they should learn to be aware of its exiting form, structure, rules, guidelines.. – before criticising it, attacking it, or trying to change it. !

My HPS once told me, `walk in the footsteps f others..see what entails..before criticising what they do’ !

I appreciate that people may have had bad experiences from individuals or groups..but unless you have ever organised events, rituals, groups..and run things for long periods of time… no real wisdom is gained.

I get a little tired of people ranting on about Wiccan Hierarchy, and taking pot shots at the roles of High Priests & High Priestess. They are part of that path and system.. Learn it, understand why it’s there in the first place.. before tearing it apart. And if you are compelled to tear it apart.. I ask why? Is it because of a personal grudge, bad experience, or one;s own ego not being fed? -

The training of Coven Leaders:

 Leadership of anything is always a double-edged sword.. It is there to serve the people.. but abused, it can harm the people.. To quote a line from Spiderman, `With great power comes great responsibility’

Serious covens filter interested people .. work out their commitment, dedication, loyalty etc..before even taking anyone on as trainees…and then after a year or even many years…initiate them…(into their tradition and their coven!)

It takes many years of practice ..before those initiates reach a stage of taking good personal responsibility and also that of others..and the HP / HPS stats is a `teaching position’ – it’s NOT handed down like confetti.

Even after reaching that stage.. they then undergo more months / years of `on the job mentoring’ to become `good’ HP & HPS.. Anyone who’s got this far ..then goes out and starts their own coven..trains others..initiates others.. !

This is the long hard path in an ideal world.. Old ideals and standards are dying out with those people who held it.. They have tried to pass those on.. and that wisdom survives.. just about..!

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So there you have it..  just some immediate responses..  But no doubt, we shall all come to this topic..again and again…and again :-)

-Mani Navasothy

Links

Wiccan Hierarchy of Covens

Coven Guide: Becoming an initiated Witch (e-book)

Introduction to Wicca, Witchcraft and Magic

Woodland Wicca Circles 2014 (London)

Hern’s Tribe

Tamesa – celebrating birthday of Isis 

 

On this day, 50 yrs ago, Gerald Gardner – father of Wicca -died!

Wiccans & Witches might find this important.. 12th February is the day ..50 years ago, when Gerald Gardner, the `Father of Modern Witchcraft’ died.

Gerald Brosseau Gardner -father of wicca -art (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

Gerald Brosseau Gardner -father of wicca -art (c) Mani Navasothy 2014   http://www.ArtofMani.co.uk

I’ve been meaning to do some graphics..and this seemed the right time.. So here he is..in technic colour and amidst the stars.  Fairly quickly done art..  (

Bright Blessings.. (feel free to share).

-Mani Navasothy.

Links

Blue Plaque for Doreen Valiente – mother of modern Witchcraft

Hierarchy within Wiccan Covens

eBook:: Coven Guide to Becoming an Initiated Witch (by Mani Navasothy)

Pagan Britain.. Graphic new Flag?

Don’t get all hot up about this!  It’s not some big political topic am starting to split the Country into some intense debate! :-)    It’s just a fun thing..

Few days ago..following a link or trail on social media site, I came across an American Pagan group..What attracted my attention was their profile graphics.. a pentagram with the American flag design woven into it.. ! So I attempted to my own `British flag’ version..!  Except, because of the symmetry (8 lines conversing at the centre..where as the centre is non-existent if I put a pentagram) it does not work the same way.

So here’s what I came up with..  It’s still work in progress..or not..  Am not that bothered to be honest.

Pagan Britain - stag & Star flag (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

Pagan Britain – Graphics for a new badge with UK flag design (c) Mani Navasothy 2014 http://www.ArtofMani.co.uk

What I have done is use a Hern image in the Star at the centre..(that comes from a photo I took at Windsor Great Park..some 10 years ago!)

So here it is..just for fun..  The Pagan Britain badge..! :-)

Share..don’t share..  up to you..!

Best wishes

-Mani Navasothy

Video

Pan & Aphrodite Chants – for some Valentine Love magic!

Love spells.. not something every seasoned Witch or magician admits to ..or even approves of. But it is something more or less any novice starting out in magic –   or even those who don’t do magic – will have tried – at some point or other! :-)

Yes, you are not supposed to put a spell on the object (person) of your desires, and magically force them against their will, to fall in love with you!  That sort of thing is rather against the `rules’  (which does not mean you can’t break the rules and just do it anyway.. I mean who is watching?  The Magic police?  Your Guru?  God? Angels..?   Well, all of them probably! )

Leaving the politics out of this, lets see what you CAN do..  :-)   You can do a spell for love to find you..  or make yourself open to love..and new relationship..  you can ask for the blessings some of the Gods & Goddesses who watch and govern over this area.. of love & lust!

Yes, you read right..  lust too.  We are all ruled by our sexual desires..  and yet many hide it.   (That’s another topic for debate).

Pan & Venus - with Mars & venus joint symbols (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

Pan & Venus – with Mars & venus joint symbols (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

Few days ago, in our Woodland Wicca Circle (full moon, monthly), we did a themed ritual – and did a little bit of `love magic’.  I came up with some chants that were used to power-up and imbue pink candles with the energies of Aphrodite goddess of love and beauty, and Pan- woodland god of nature and lust!     So many people have been attracted to these two specific deities..  in so far as love is concerned.  But (warning)- in all mythologies, these two deities are often depicted as having many  love affairs and relationships – short term ones..  with gods and men, and even animals..(that’s Pan for you).

So it’s not quite the sort of deity I would personally pick for a love spell to find a life-long committed partner! But it is one I’d pick..for a titillating new relationship to come your way, or to open up the hearts that have lost the idea of free flowing and joys of loving, flirting, and sexual fulfilment. And if those lead to long term relationships, that’s all good..!

So..  the choice is yours!

This particular Valentine Day is astrologically special..  There is a full moon on that exact day..and it is in the sign of Leo.  Now full moons are known for frothing up a lot of feelings, increasing psychic awareness. Leo is a fire sign…one that is very generous, proud, leisure seeking, takes a risk / gamble.   So this heady mixture of full moon in Leo on a Valentine day is going to be one personal love storm being whipped up!

Tune in to that energy if you like..but be wise..and be safe!

Right then, here are those two chants..   How you can proceed is to hold  a candle in your hand, think of the deity and speak the chant over the candle..  put that energy into the candle..   Do this for both chants..thereby bringing both those energies in.

Pan Chant:

“Pan, Pan

Io Pan,

Pan, Pan, Pan

Woodland God

Horn-ed Beast

Come and join our Feast!”

Here is a the Venus / Aphrodite chant:

“Aphrodite from the Sea

Bring your love & joy to me.”

(or the group version)

“Venus, we love thee

Fill our hearts with glee..”

If you wish you can then carve a male-female symbol into the candle..for  uniting those energies..

Now have a think about what you want..  (and I am not putting any conditions or rules.. You can be the judge and moral compass of your own actions..). Now light a candle!  And let it do the magic!

Simple? Yes..  Magical.. At this time.. exceptionally so!

Love & Light wishes

-Mani Navasothy

My Links

An invitation: London Woodland Wicca Circle (monthly rituals)

website: Witchcraft, Wicca & Magic

Pagan events in London – Pagan Frontiers of  London

Day for Patricia Crowther (Conference by CFPS & Doreen Valiente Foundation

Day for Patricia Crowther - CFPS conference poster

Day for Patricia Crowther – CFPS conference poster

Hi all,  I received e-mail from CFPS & Doreen Valiente Foundation about their next annual conference..Here are the details for interested Pagans, Wiccans, Witches and Wizards.. :-)   I attended the first two some years ago in London ..  Day for Doreen Valiente , and Day for Gerald Gardner..  and they very good events.. (missed Day with Prof.Ronald Hutton though).    So this is bound to be equally good.  Bright Blessings-  Mani

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The Centre For Pagan Studies & The Doreen Valiente Foundation Presents:

“A Day For PATRICIA CROWTHER” – A Conference

Sunday 6th April 2014

10am-6pm

The Belgrave Rooms (Masonic Hall), Nottingham

with talks by:

Vivianne & Chris Crowley
Rufus & Melissa Harrington
Philip Heselton
John Harper

plus the best in Pagan stalls & historic exhibition of Witchcraft Artefacts

Tickets and further information:
http://www.doreenvaliente.org/conference

Other Wicca & Witchcraft links

Website: Wicca Witchcraft & Magic — Ritual events & courses (london)

Facebook page: Wicca Witchcraft & Ritual Magic

Invoking Cernunnos – Lord of the Beasts – for protecting Wildlife!

Invoking Cernunnos -Lord of the Beasts.. (c) www.ArtofMani.co.uk 2014

Invoking Cernunnos -Lord of the Beasts.. (c) http://www.ArtofMani.co.uk 2014

In view of recent Eco-protests and resulting connections with fellow supporters, I’ve been thinking about Eco-campaigns..  What gets us all down? 

It’s not the hardships of fighting..demonstrating.. campaigning.. that is the difficulty which many Eco-Warriors face.. BUT it is the despair of it sometimes.. that it might be a loosing battle.. as everything else seems overwhelming..!  

We make slow but sure progress..  some MP’s listen..  a government or a country bans wild life trade.. burns its stash of apprehended ivory and animal products..  sends  a clear message to poachers!

But despite this..  elsewhere.. poachers get in to protected wild life parks in African lands, and kill protected Rhinos..or Elephants.. That is sad, frustrating, and demoralising..    It can even loose hope in the hearts of the Campaigners!!

 

Eco-Magic?

While am at it, another point of despair for me personally is seeing the `lack of numbers’ of Pagans/Magicians who turn up at these protest & campaign events!    Yes, everyone says they worship nature, and they do magical work for the world and animals..   but I am not seeing much talk about it..or evidence of that kind of activity..  Raising a pint of beer and wishing for animal wellbeing is all nice and well..  but when do we re-start doing serious Eco-magical rituals..in parks and woods..and public places..  and start thrusting that energy deeper into the human collective? (Dragon eco-magical group, established by Dr.Adrian Harris have been doing it for decades.. But who else?) 

A magical call for Hope

So with that in mind, I shall call on my fellow pagan/ shamanic/ magical people…to do some eco-magical workings.. simply..to keep all us Eco-warriors positive..hopeful..and confident!!

So..We shall invoke Cernunnos.. an ancient shamanic/horned deity.. who is the `Lord of all beasts’ (animals).. !

May Cernunnos protect all the wild beasts, and instill power and strength in those of us who fight to protect those wild beasts!!

-Mani 

**(please share this post, if you can, to spread this message & image magic!)**

Links to Eco-Magical posts

Saving Oaken Wood in Kent

Ecoguradians vs Rainbow warriors – some ebolutionary thoughts

Hanging Earth- does it need saving?

We are the trees  (sanctuary Earth)

Time for Magic – as Venus goes Direct, and Goddess returns at Imbolc

This particular Imbolc is extra special.. because the currently retrograding planet Venus – symbol of the Goddess – has become stationary..and is about to go direct..  on the eve of Imbolc! It’s a case of ..(for once) the Heavenly objects following the earthly festivals that humans have created..! It is perfect for doing a spot of magic!!

Time for Magic- Venus goes direct on day of Imbolc - 31Jan'14

Time for Magic- Venus goes direct on day of Imbolc – 31Jan’14

31st of January has always been special – it’s Imbolc – one of the 8 pagan festivals !   Pagans consider it a time when the Goddess – who has been withdrawn and in magical dreaming time during winter.. in some deep caverns under ground..returns to the surface..  The sprouting of Snowdrops ..first plant to do so after snow..symbolises the first sign of life returning to the land.

Spring & Autumn equinoxes, and Summer/ Winter Solstices are celebrated on fixed points.. when the Sun reaches certain points..  So those 4 festivals are governed by the stellar objects..  but Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas & Samhain are thus far arbitrarily celebrated..on a human based calendar dates..(31st January, 1st May, 31st July & 31st October)..   except..this time, Venus direct date happens to coincide with Imbolc..which has to do with the Goddess returning.. (well, a planet going direct..is astrologically akin to energies of that planet positively enhancing all of us!)

Bit on the astrology – Venus rules Libra & Taurus…so these sun-signs are going to feel a big difference in the coming weeks..(if they have been feeling hard done by for the past month or so).   And as Venus goes direct in Capricorn, that sihn also stands to feel a positive shift..!

But it bodes well for all of us!!  (Or I will not be writing this good news!) :-)

So .. what can you do…spiritually ..and magically at Imbolc?

What you have always done at Imbolc..  celebrate the return of the Goddess..  for this time..it really is!

And if you have been having a tough time of life lately..  you are now best placed to do some highly positive sympathetic magic..  !

Traditionally, at Imbolc, the virgin Goddess Bride (Bridget) brings with her 3 gifts of the flame.,  spark of inspiration, spark of healing and spark of smithcraft.!  Knot magic is often used..

Here’s what I suggest..   do some magic..  for any or all of those areas in your life..   creativity, romance, healing..  Do magic for wealth, if that’s what you seek, for beauty to enter your life, for love that makes your soul sing to come in.. The energies are perfect for it..   Do magic with candles..  or knots!  Or even images!!

I warn you though..  the time leading upto it may be overshadowed by that other stressful aspect – intense – obsessive- the pluto-opposition to Jupiter . That may make your heart and mind wander astray ..and push you into focusing on other primal  or animalistic quests of power and such.. (sex even!)   Battle those urges.. for if you give into those, you miss a golden opportunity..to seek the blessings of Bride..the Goddess with the Golden hair!

Bright Blessings of Imbolc

-Mani Navasothy

(Wiccan High Priest, London)

my links

Wicca & Witchcraft website – for articles, videos, courses & rituals

e-Book:  Coven Guide: How to become an initiated Witch

e-Book: Eclipse Magic workbook- Stellar Engineer your life 

e-Witch Apprentice Course (online training)