Keep the Magic Secret? On Mandrake, Merlin and Gerald Gardner

Keep the Magic Secret (c) QuantumphoenixCan you keep a Secret?   Can you keep magic a secret?   And when I say magic, I don’t mean illusions and tricks you see as part of a stage show (or a TV show).  Those always have technical gimmickry to them – sleight of hands- where one hand distracts you while the other is working the trick, or smokes & mirrors! You get the picture.

When I say magic (and some purists like to use the word `magick’ with a `k’ at the end to differentiate), I mean the esoteric kind, the ritual type, the real psychic power of the mind, spells, witchy things, potions, hexes, curses, warts, eye of newt & leg of frog, venom of snake and..  (yes, poor things!) all that.  Of course these days `ritual magicians’ (better word) don’t do all that animal sacrifices…Instead they do deep meditative works, self development of psychic abilities arrived at by months if not years of personal study, hard work and trial and error practises! The kind that I may or may not have or am practising..  supposedly! :-p

Mandrake the Magician - comic book hero of 1934 (created by Lee Falk)

Mandrake the Magician – comic book hero of 1934 (created by Lee Falk)

Back when I was a small boy in the 3rd world country of Sri Lanka, (formerly Ceylone during the British Occupation), I used to read those comics – Adventures of Mandrake the Magician.  Created  by Lee Falk  in 1943 (who also created The Phantom Ghost who walks), Mandrake uses his legendary powers of hypnotism and illusion to combat crime.  (But he also had `real’ psychic abilities which he used from time to time).  With his companion Lothar, an African strongman, he fought evildoers ranging from gangsters to masters of disguise to aliens. He also had a twin brother who used his power for evil instead of good.

And there is one thing that Mandrake the Magician often says as a catchphrase when people ask him about how he managed certain things..  “A Magician never reveals his secrets!!”

Well, I  also used to read (if you are interested), Tarzan the Ape Man, Phantom the Ghost Who walks, Flash Gordon space hero..  And look how those have shaped my adult life.. All of those have woven into serious (!) aspects of my growth (!!).   I have a degree in Physics and avidly learn about space, time and quantum physics; I run an outdoor tribal ritual group called Hern’s Tribe; I campaign for many causes (my battles against evil), and I may or may not be a practicing ritual magician..!

Back to magic!

Merlin - TV show (c) BBC    (image taken from BBC website)

Merlin – TV show (c) BBC (image taken from BBC website)

Within the last decade, there came the BBC saturday night series for family viewing..  a retelling of the `early years’ of Merlin the Magician (British mythical person who supposedly lived at the time of the legendary King Arthur).  This TV series showed a young Merlin coming to live in Camelot.. where Magic was banned under pain of death.. a Camelot where Arthur was still a Prince.  So Merlin kept his budding powers and practices of Magic a secret!

And the tag line when BBC launched the series was..of course.. “Keep the Magic Secret..!”

Okay so those are comics and TV shows..   Well, aren’t they?

If you ask any serious ritual magicians, (and again, don’t go thinking that I am one..  I may or may not be one.. ), they will tell you.. there is some power and empowerment in holding secrets..especially the deeper practises of ritual or ceremonial magic itself. Why? well a) it has to do with the power of the mind..  which requires focus and development and it can not happen if people keep prodding it..  b)  secrecy keeps the practitioner safe.. as it did of many witches who during the witch trials of medieval times..  and c) in modern days, this secrecy avoids any possible negative perceptions  and judgemental or prejudiced behaviour by other people – like employers, co-workers, some family & friends, people of certain religions and so on.

In this day and age where we write (blogs like this) about magic, write books, create youtube videos, give talks or workshops, appear in TV shows / interviews / documentaries (most of which I may or may not have done)  and tell people  – keeping our magical practices secretive can be very very hard indeed.

It is often a balance of wanting to share knowledge, skills, expertise, to help people, aid them in their own personal development, or self-healing – against keeping our own safety and privacy!

So people  – who like to share what they know with others – struggle with this balance.

So if you are one of those good wise souls who wishes to share and help others, but like to preserve your privacy or safety, what do you do?  do you keep the magic secret?

Not quite!   You hide it in plain sight!!    Perhaps..!!!

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

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

After all, isn’t that what Gerald Gardner – father of modern Wicca & Witchcraft did,,,  back in early 1950’s, while Witchcraft was still illegal by law? Did he not write it all in a fiction adventure story called `High Magic’s Aid’?  And when the Witchcraft Act (law) was repealed in UK, Gardner openly started to share about wicca.   He was not the only one..  Others who have written about serious magic in fiction-form include Dion Fortune (her famous `Sea Priestess’ book which by sheer coincidence seems to contain so many of the Invocations and such now used by initiated Wiccans..).

But hiding in plain sight is not a luxury for people who have already declared themselves to be Practitioners of ritual or ceremonial Magic  – for google remembers everything..and so do people – who copy and save online pictures, articles, web links.. and blog or put status updates ..about what they know!  All these can be brought back…in weeks, months or years time ! Your revelations, once provided, can never be buried!

So what is the best way forward?

Selective revelations! In certain groups, forums, platforms – where there is a higher ratio of genuinely interested and sympathetic people..  people who will learn from you, but preserve and protect your privacy and safety..

That leads me to another blog on a topic of epic seriousness..   Who can we trust in this great big wide world of Magic??   Stay tuned..! (or subscribe to my blogs)

Mani Navasothy

Links

Mandrake the Magician (King Features) Official site

BBC (Official ) website for Merlin

Wicca Witchcraft and Magic – website for Articles, videos & courses

Blog on Gerald Gardner – father of modern Wicca 

Video

Video: Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh (nudity involved)

Beltane Fire Festival Video (c) Mani Navasothy 2011

Beltane Fire Festival Video (c) Mani Navasothy 2011

Beltane is one of the 8 festivals of the Pagan annual calendar. It is a fertility festival  mostly celebrated in the western european countries, taking place at the end of April and beginning of May (Eve of May), and marks the beginning of Summer.  Many pagan couples get married (Handfasting) on or near this time.

This topic came up while I was speaking to some friends about visiting the Festival in Scotland. So I decided to blog this video I made few years ago.

Wiccan perspective on Beltane: The veil between the world of men and fairy (or spirit) is said to thin twice a year, at Beltane and at Samhain, which are on opposite points of the year wheel. At Beltane (May eve) the land is at it’s most lush and green, and fertile. If Spring Equinox is the time of fertility and mating in the animal kingdom, then Beltane is one of courting couples making commitment to one another- and Handfastings! In the God-Goddess myths, this is when the playful God is said to commit to the Goddess – which is symbolised by the Sacred Marriage! The Maypole dance that is traditional at this time symbolises the fertile powers of the masculine, penetrating the land, and the ribbons danced and woven around it lock that power! A ring of flower at the tip of the Maypole signifies the feminine. Magical working with the Fay (Fairies) is an important feature at this time, in contrast to the magical work with the departed spirits at Samhain, the opposite point. (c) WitchcraftAndMagic.org

 

Here is a short video (filmed and edited by me) of the Edinburgh Beltane Fire festival.

Content for this informal video was filmed in 2011 (some photos used were taken in previous years).    Video Published on Apr 27, 2012 by Gaian2012 (my YT video channel).  Music tracks used in this are royalty free, and license purchased. All rights reserved (c)Mani Navasothy.

 

Links for further Info

Wicca, Witchcraft & Magic – Read about Wicca & other Pagan Festivals – such as Samhain/ Halloween, Yule, Imbolc, Spring, Summer, Lammas and Autumn Eqx.  This site also has info / articles on what is Wicca/ Witchcraft, Spells, magic, Horned God & Moon Goddess and invocations.

Gaian Times Magazine explores the science & Magic of the earth, and features thought-provoking articles in science, psychology, ecology, environment, astrology and social trends. It is a not-for-profit company registered in England & Wales. No: 07515903.

 Beltane Fire festival in Edinburgh takes place on the night of 30th April of each year, organised by Beltane Fire Society (registered charity in Scotland ). for details. In 2012, they celebrate 25 yrs of running this festival.

Gaian2012 – video Channel -   named after the Earth Goddess Gaia – this is the Eco-spiritual channel for videos on Pagan Spirituality, Ritual Magic, Wicca, Mini-documentaries, How-to guides on magical techniques & tool making, clips of rituals & festivals, and thought-provoking debates on Earth, Environment & Eco-Spirituality.

 

What is your Religion? Info from 2011 Census -England &Wales (interest to Pagans)

There was a big initiative by many Pagan groups and organisations – at the time leading to the Census 2011 – to encourage Pagans, Druids, Shamans, Wiccans, Witches to put their religion down as such. This was so that we can get a realistic numbers.  I did a blog a while back with early results. Well, here’s the latest publication from Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Adding the numbers for Pagan (56,620  ), Wicca (11,766), Druid (4,189), Heathen (1,958), Witchcraft (1,276), Shamanism (650), – which I can easily pick out as being `Pagan’   ..amounts to a total of 76,459. Of course others may also add Thelemite, Mysticism, Reconstructionist, Occult, New Age, Traditional African Religion, animism, shintoism too, and reach a number around 82,000+. [This is still only less than 0.4% of the declared population, with Christianity being 59.3%, and with Muslims being 4.8%).

Of course, not everyone would have actually declared their `Pagan’ religion on the National Census, so the real number is likely to be higher than these.

It is amusing to note that `Jedi Knight’ is the 7th largest religion in England & Wales..according to 2011 Census!!!   By looking at the numbers for each, I can say that Paganism is the 8th largest… Here’s the list (I compiled): 1.Christianity, 2. Muslim, 3. Hindu, 4. Sikh, 5.Jewish, 6.Buddhist, 7.Jedi Knight, 8.Pagan, 9. Spiritualist.  Interestingly, if I look at the `belief’ of Jedi, it is about `The Force’ – an energy that is around and within everything which the Jedi `work’..and this is akin to the spirit of things that Pagans believe and work with (`Magic’).

A personal note on Satanism vs Horned Gods :   Satanism is NOT ever considered to be a Pagan Religion.   It stems from Christianity (as Satan is a Christian biblical figure).  The Horned Gods such as Hern, Cernunnos, Pan are much older nature-based deities thought of as Pagan gods..(and wrongly thought of as `evil, devil, satan’ by ill-educated people who do not do their own research and just quote other people’s propaganda!

-Mani Navasothy

This infographic illustrates data on religion from the 2011 Census to provide a picture of the various faiths across England and Wales.

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`An it harm none..’ a blog on the full poem of The Wiccan Rede

Nearly all who practise Wicca & modern Witchcraft will have heard of the Wiccan Rede (An it harm none, Do as you Will’). But am sure not all know that there is a `longer poem’ related to it.   The longer version first made its appearance in 1974,  when it was published in a magazine `Earth Religion News’. Although people have claimed the longer version originates before 1950’s (before Gerald Gardner `created’ Wicca), some believe that the longer poem was created *after* Doreen Valiente spoke of the short Rede in 1964 in a public lecture. So in fact, original source is still disputed. There is a good article charting this in wikipedia (see links below)

Wiccan rede  An it harm none do as you Will .   art (c) Mani Navasothy

Wiccan rede “An it Harm none do as you Will”
 art (c) Mani Navasothy   http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net

`An it harm none Do what you Will’  is – many would agree, an `impossible’ one to follow 100%. Whatever we do will cause some sort of harm or distress to someone or thing elsewhere.. emotionally or psychologically, if not physically. (simple examples are when we attend a job interview and get the job, so the other candidates don’t get it…Another example is a nice happy country walk.. where just the walking alone probably kills insects and worms underfoot and new seedling plants!). The Wiccan Rede can only ever be an aspiration..and in particular, in the practice of personal magical workings and spell-casting.

I posted just the graphics (above) in a facebook page, and within 10 hrs it had been shared 22 times and reached 1,200+ people (and still going!). It tells me that this is a matter of great interest to many people.

One person  asked the question,  `at what point do you stop letting it [The Rede] harm you?’

It is an Interesting idea. Trying to be true to `it’ can cause the person harm because it ties the person’s hands from possibly doing what he/she can do to getting what he/she wants without worrying about other people. So the Rede needs to be factoring in a balance of needs and their fulfilment by many people..not just one. ..

Another comment made was, `and it harm none also applies to yourself’

My response to this is, in everyday world, people -while serving themselves- do (Will) countless `ordinary’ things that in some way cause harm/ stress/ distress to many other people or living things (animals, trees, environment)… That’s is them just going about their lives…without even being spiritual, religious or magical in any conscious way.. So this Rede is ..as said before.. an `impossible guideline’ to follow to the letter!. It can only be an aspiration.. and has to be balanced with everything else one does.. be it self-serving or selfless serving of others.

I shall add more to this as and when I hear of other questions/ comments and any related responses I give.

Below are 2 resources – A full version of Wiccan Rede poem, and a video by Stephen Cole (friend of mine) reciting the full poem in a video for his `One Man Theatre Company’

Bright Blessings

-Mani

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The Wiccan Rede  (Full Version)

Bide within the Law you must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust.
Live you must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give.

For tread the Circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out.
To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme.

Light of eye and soft of touch, speak you little, listen much.
Honor the Old Ones in deed and name,
let love and light be our guides again.

Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune.
Widdershins go when the moon doth wane,
and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.

When the Lady’s moon is new, kiss the hand to Her times two.
When the moon rides at Her peak then your heart’s desire seek.

Heed the North winds mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail.
When the Wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.

When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss you on the mouth.
When the wind whispers from the West, all hearts will find peace and rest.

Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.

Oak in the forest towers with might, in the fire it brings the God’s
insight. Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magic to flower.

Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.

Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.

Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.

Elder is the Lady’s tree burn it not or cursed you’ll be.
Four times the Major Sabbats mark in the light and in the dark.

As the old year starts to wane the new begins, it’s now Samhain.
When the time for Imbolc shows watch for flowers through the snows.

When the wheel begins to turn soon the Beltane fires will burn.
As the wheel turns to Lamas night power is brought to magic rite.

Four times the Minor Sabbats fall use the Sun to mark them all.
When the wheel has turned to Yule light the log the Horned One rules.

In the spring, when night equals day time for Ostara to come our way.
When the Sun has reached it’s height time for Oak and Holly to fight.

Harvesting comes to one and all when the Autumn Equinox does fall.
Heed the flower, bush, and tree by the Lady blessed you’ll be.

Where the rippling waters go cast a stone, the truth you’ll know.
When you have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.

With a fool no season spend or be counted as his friend.
Merry Meet and Merry Part bright the cheeks and warm the heart.

Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow.

Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you.

These Eight words the Rede fulfill:  An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will.

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Here also is a video by a friend of mine, Stephen Cole

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Links:

Wikipedia Article  on Wiccan Rede

Website : Witchcraft and Magic

Facebook page: Wicca Witchcraft and Magic

My Blogs on Wicca:

Hierarchy in Wiccan covens

Wiccan Journeys & High Priestly thoughts

Om-Charging your Pendant or Talisman (psychic work)

Do you have a talisman that you have created, or a ring, or a pendant that is to serve as a special protection for yourself?  Now here’s a thing- Unless the item was made by you (creatively, in a state of magical state over many hours or even days..while holding psychic focus), it is not going to be having any sort of `special powers’.  The only exception is if the item was made by another Priest / Priestess/ Ritual Magician or Witch..and charged with a special intention.

One further exception will be when the item or artefact n question is simply a natural object obtained from a magical or sacred place..  say  a pebble from the grounds of a Temple, a twig from a sacred site etc [Note: Do not willfully damage any part of said temple or sacred grounds for the purpose of obtaining such trinkets – for that’s what the item becomes no sooner had you obtained it in any such manner.  Whatever nature spirits or divine energy therein ..is not quite going to `come with you’ if you obtained the item by stealth or by damaging the source / venue.

So how then do you obtain the material?

Well – you obtain it- as I said – from the floor, from the grounds or nearby in an unobtrusive undamaging way..  (walk around nearby woods to find a pebble or twig!)  THEN take the item to the sacred place..to be cleansed and charged.  This way is much better..  In this manner, you are inviting the sacred and protective energies of that place to enter into the item and charge it for you :-)

Okay.. so you have your artefact or an item, or a ring or a pendant or a talisman (even one that is bought from a new age shop or a high street jewellery place.   as they make symbols and items…!)

Now  either visit a sacred place (woods, temple) or create sacred space in your room (using cleansing, then casting a circle and calling the quarters / 4 elements to be present and bear witness).

Familiarise your self with the word `Om’ (universally used by so many magical or esoteric people now all over the world..  though it originates from the Indian subcontinent, mainly from the Hindu religions).  There are different ways to draw `Om’ (depending on which language you use..  either Sanskrit or Tamil.  I have used the Tamil version in the photos here).

Practise making the sound `Om’ for several minutes.   Even the person who has `no concept of chanting’  can practise it for few minutes, and find that their breathing gets better, deeper, and the sound coming becomes clearer, crispy..).

Also familiarise your self with the actual symbol visually..   Look at it for several minutes…and try to copy it/ draw it on a piece of paper several times to get it right.   Remember that this is not just a random symbol.  It is a letter (well two) from a particular language. If someone who did not know the English Alphabet were to get a few strokes or curves incorrect, say for the letter R…it is not going to be an R.. :-) Get the symbol correct, for its powers to manifest better.

Om-charging your god-goddess talisman pendant (c) ManiN 2014

Om-charging your god-goddess talisman  or pendant (c) Mani Navasothy  2014

Now begin the magical task!

1. Hold the talisman/ item that is going to be charged – in the palm of your left hand. (left hand receives)

2. Clasp it with your right palm and close it.  (Right hand projects energy).

3. Close your eyes.

4. Chant `Om’ several times first (to surround your self with the divine energy it generates). Visualising the symbol `Om’ large and in front of you ..growing and glowing.

5. Now this next part is tricky.    Chant (it will be quite) `Om’ with an *In-breath*, while `breathing in’ the large `Om’ symbol that has been created in front of you (It’s all visualisation, with eyes closed). This energy now fills your lungs, body, head and mind..!

6. Now, with your out-breath, propel that `Om’ energy through your hands (from your body) into the Talisman clasped inside the closed palms. You can also propel the `Om’ energy into the talisman/ item  by projecting that energy out through your 3rd eye or Solar plexis chakra (or the heart chakra).    A variation is…to chant the name of a particular deity in the out-breath- whereby the in-drawn energy of Om is transformed into a particular Deity energy by the very calling of that deity name.

Repeat this whole process many times!

I have personally found this to be highly effective in charging talismans or pendants..

God & Goddess names have power in themselves..  whether they do exist or not no longer matters – because for thousands of years, millions of people have believed in them and thereby have created those very powerful god & goddess thought-forms. So when using such names, you are tapping deep into such collective energies (of the archetypes).

I shall share some more tools & techniques in these blogs soon.. (It is part of a `promise’ I have made with certain deities…to share such knowledge / experiences..  – well …call it a `Calling’ :-)

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Links to more psychic / magical techniques

Links to more psychic works (blogs by Mani)

Psychic development: 3rd eye charging & protection

Personal psychic cleansing using candle magic

Mirror meditation (traspersonal)

Love & Light- Sending healing

Letting Go ritual at Samhain  

 

 

Druids United against Islamaphobia – a new positive facebook group

Druids United Against Islamaphobia

Druids United Against Islamaphobia https://www.facebook.com/groups/1578899712341370/

Dear all,  it is a dark day for pagans when a bunch of ill-informed people (we are not even sure if they are actually wise Druids) have set up a very damaging entity that portrays negativity…towards Islam.  (I won;t even bother mentioning their full name here).

Many hundreds of us open minded and tolerant interfaith networking Pagans, Wiccans & Druids have reported that `other’ group to facebook…but we’ve had messages saying facebook did not find it breaching their policies of hate speech.

No wise Druid would ever say or support such a thing…so any vexative, shit-stirring people could have set up such a negatve group..   which would only give a bad name to the genuine and wise Druids..   (The Druid Network actually is recognised as a charity and has worked to gain `religion’ status in UK!  Link below).

A bunch of Druids and pagans have now set up their own Positive group..   which is called `Druids United against Islamaphobia’   – So I ask you who is open minded, wise and sympathetic – in the interest of unity & diversity, interfaith working and a peaceful future – to join this NEW GOOD Group…and show your support.

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Links

1. Druids United Against Islamaphobia  

2.  The Druid Network –    “The Druid Network aims, through connecting individuals and groups together, through coordinating efforts and initiative, and through actively interfacing with public bodies and the media, to Inform, Inspire and Facilitate Druidry as a Religion.”

3. Links to astrology in 2015

Indigo Moon & Blue Moon in 2015

Jupiter Retrograde begins (Dec 2014)

4. Links to Wicca & Witchcraft blogs

eBook:   Coven Guide to becoming an Initiated Witch

blog: Calling something Wicca – then, now and tomorrow

blog:  Hierarchy in covens

Witchfest International – Wiccan Convention in London (15th November 2014)

Witchfest is an annual Gathering/ Indoor Festive event/ convention (in it’s 11th year). It is currently the largest Witchcraft Event held in the World, and takes place in Croydon, (South London) on the Saturday 15th November 2014. These events are organised by `Children of Artemis’. I started attending these from about 10 years ago – having been going to monthly pub moots and conventions- either as a  Speaker/ Workshop facilitator, or just as an ordinary paying attendee.  Few years ago, I co-manned a stall for `Pagan Federation London’  at the Witchfest.

Gossipers & Nay-sayers have in the past branded Witchfest events as `jumping in on the witchy bandwagons of popular TV shows such as Charmed & Buffy the Vampire Slayer of the 90’s. Others have smirked at it as just being full of teen wannabe-witches coming in their crushed velvet fancy dresses.

However, a look at any (past and present) scheduling will show – Witchfest hosts some very impressive talks and workshops by many of the leading and experienced Magicians, Ritualists, Authors..and Wiccan Craft Elders!!  Not only that, it also puts on a jolly good show of pagan and esoteric bands/ music groups (often in 2 different stages). And then there is the big New age/ Occult/ Esoteric market – shops and stalls – selling everything from magic wands, crystals, cloths, art works and more. The whole of Fairfield Hall (big place) in Croydon is booked for this annual Witchy extravaganza – and if you do down to Croydon town on that day, you are bound to see lots of Witchy-looking people out and about :-)    There’s also usually the protesting Christian groups (handful) outside the Hall – presumably fearing for all the witchy souls and wanting too rescue us all.

It’s always been a great festive event, and I shall be going with my friends..:-)

So here’s a quick look at what’s going on and some details

-Mani Navasothy  (Wiccan High Priest, London)

———-Info taken from public facebook page for this event———

Witchfest International 2014

WITCHFEST INTERNATIONAL 2014   (15th November 2014)

There are more talks and workshops than ever before given by the most famous Witchcraft/Wiccan authors and experts in the world. This page will be updated regularly with the latest confirmed speakers, artists and workshops.

Speakers:

  • Prof. Ronald Hutton
  • Pete Jennings
  • Phillip Heselton
  • Vivianne and Chris Crowley
  • David Wells
  • Christina Oakley-Harrington
  • James Bennett
  • Tylluan Penry
  • Tam Campbell
  • Kevin Groves
  • Barbara Meiklejohn-Free
  • Phiona Hutton
  • Damh the Bard

Entertainment:

  • Wolf’s Head & Vixen Morris
  • The Dolmen
  • Damh the Bard
  • Daughters of Gaia
  • Spriggan Mist
  • Love Street
  • Kitty Hudson


Workshops:

  • Wand Workshop -Learn to make your own magical wand.
  • Tam Campbell – Teacher of the renowned Moving Magic
  • Muggle Magic

Plus many more to be confirmed…

Tickets Now Available!

  • FULL DAY Witchfest International 2014 Non Members Ticket ONLY £26.00   (10am to 2am)

EVENING ONLY TICKET £10 – Saturday 15th November 6pm – 2am.  (This ticket is valid for entry to the evening entertainment only and admission is after 6pm)

Venue:

  • Fairfield Hall, Park Lane, CR9 1DG Croydon, United Kingdom

Links for Event

Witchfest Website  

Other Wicca & Witchcraft Links by Mani

Wicca Witchcraft & Magic – website

Pagan Frontiers of London

Pagan & Magical Videos

London Woodland Wicca- Full Moon Ritual- November 2014

These monthly Wicca & Witchcraft monthly Circles are ideal for YOU – if you have an interest and like to participate in an outdoor Wiccan ritual with like-minded magical people.

a Wicca Full Moon 2014 -2

How our event is organised

1. Meet n greet at a pre-fixed public place (Cafe/ Pub/ station – this may change so check each event carefully)
2. Walk together to the woods and to the exact ritual spot (this also changes depending on other factors on the day).
3. Set up altar & do ritual (see below for ritual format)
4. Feast & socialise
5. Tidy up & departure
6.Back to Cafe/ Pub for warm up and social and chats.

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The ritual (Wiccan format) 

• Sweeping
• Opening Prayer / Path working
• Consecrations with salt/water & incense
• Magic Circle Casting
• Calling of elemental quarters – with invocations & symbols
• Energy raising with chant . brief circle dance
• God & Goddess work (some times invocations)
• Magical work / spell-craft
• Blessing of cakes & wine
• Some training work/ wicca discussions (if time permits)
• Closing of energies
• Socialising / feasting
• Tidy-up & departure

These Wicca Circles are facilitated by Mani Navasothy (Wiccan High Priest with 19 years of Craft & Coven experiences in London). Some times we get assistance from other wiccan friends (initiated, solitary, hereditary etc).

Come and join us..! Please wear sensible outdoor (warm, waterproof) cloths, and shoes. Please bring some food & drinks/wine to share at the feast after ritual..
There will be opportunities to talk to Man and ask questions afterwards at social..

Meeting details

  • Date: Saturday 8th November 2014.
  • Meeting time (at Pub) – 4pm.
  • Meteing Venue: Woodman’s Pub. (This is 3-4 minutes walk from the nearest Tube station.. The Pub is on the main road..on corner of Archway Road & Muswell Hill).
  • Nearest Tube: High Gate (Northern line).
  • Ritual venue: Queen’s Woods (North London).


*We gather in the Pub and all walk together to the ritual spot. We regret we can not give extensive instructions to the ritual spot…because it is difficult to guide people to a spot in a wood full of trees.. We know it by sight ..so best join us at start ..in the pub..*

More details, training videos, wicca articles – on our website
http://www.WitchcraftAndMagic.org/ You can also join our e-mail list there for exclusive news, updates & more.

Bright Blessings

Mani Navasothy

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POLICY (PLEASE READ THIS):

-No audio/ video recording at any time!
-No photos during ritual (but before & after is okay..subject to individual permission)
-No photos of others without YOU asking them clear permission.
-No `observations’ or `note taking’ by research students/ Journalists.

-Mani (organiser/ Wiccan) has been in the public eye for over a decade, running many open pagan events – and has given personal & formal interviews etc for BBC, Channel 4, and others. Mani himself is an author/ publisher/ online Promoter & internet Marketer).
BUT – THESE woodland events .. are created for the sole purpose of teaching and sharing his Spirituality with other interested pagans/ beginners of the Craft.. So Mani is exceptionally protective of these events..and does not like media exploitation or intrusions…
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Tamesa the Dark- Samhain ritual by Thames 31Oct14

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..!

Thames Halloween Walk -31Oct2014 temp

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)..

Meeting time:
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.

Food/drinks:
-Please bring small picnic-style food and drinks to share.
-Bring things for self.. and if feeling generous, something to share with others..

Numbers:
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
– Mani

link:
www.PaganFrontiers.com