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

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

Wiccan Apprentice Circle - feature QP

Initiatory process? 

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

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

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

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

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

 Personal background

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

But times have changed…!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wiccan Apprentice Circle Dates 

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

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

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

More details to follow soon  (check my MEETUP’ 

Bright Blessings
-Mani

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

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

Current Domains for sale from me:

www.  ChargeoftheGoddess  .com

www.  ChargeoftheGoddess  .co.uk

www.  ChargeoftheGoddess  .org

www.  ChargeoftheGoddess  .net

www.  ChargeoftheGoddess  .info

www. WitchcraftandWicca ..org

www. WitchcraftandWicca  .org.uk

www. WitchcraftandWicca  .London

www. HolisticEntrepreneur  .co.uk

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

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

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

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

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

Important Notes:  

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

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

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

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

Bright Blessings :-)

-Mani Navasothy

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Elements Invocation Pentagrams in Wicca explained with detailed astrology graphics.

Elements Invocation Pentagrams in Wicca explained with detailed astrology graphics.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.  Making Earth the Centre.

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

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

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

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

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

3.  Astrological Chart – a graphical representation of the Sky

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

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

4. Elements and Fixed nature of Zodiac signs

Zodiacs Elements and Fixed signs(c)Mani Navasothy 2015

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

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

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

here on it gets easy to do the invocation pentagrams.

5.  Fire invocation Pentagram using astrological chart 

Fire Invocation Pentagram explained (c)Mani Navasothy 2015

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

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

6.  Earth invocation Pentagram using astrological chart 

Earth Invocation Pentagram explained (c)Mani Navasothy 2015

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

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

7.  Air invocation Pentagram using astrological chart 

Air Invocation Pentagram explained (c)Mani Navasothy 2015

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

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

8.  Water invocation Pentagram using astrological chart 

Water Invocation Pentagram explained (c)Mani Navasothy 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

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

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

High Magic’s Aid – A Performance in Glastonbury (12th March’15)

Hi all,  it gives me great thrills ..as a Wiccan, and as a personal friend of Stephen Cole, to announce this.  -Mani

The One Man Theatre Company presents
HIGH MAGIC’S AID

This is an evening of storytelling & music performance by Stephen Cole, Actor/Director.   he has based this performance on the novel by Gerald B. Gardner (father of Wicca.. the modern form of Witchcraft).

  • Date: 12th March 2015
  • Time: Doors open 7.30pm
  • Venue:  Glastonbury Assembly Rooms, High St, Glastonbury BA6 9DU.   tel : 01458 834677
  • Tickets:  £4 on the door

Here’s a video preview:

Links:

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

Gerald Gardner – Father of Wicca (blog post)

Wicca & Witchcraft – (info website)

Spirit of Me – Celebrating Women in Paganism (by Pagan Federation London)

Dear all, for those in London, here’s a fab spiritual event.. `Spirit of Me’ – Celebrating the Divine Feminine.  Organised by `The Pagan Federation: London District’ , this event hosts a number of prominent Pagan Speakers and is held at Dragon Hall…a nice modern hall.. close to Holborn.. Details are below.   For tickets, follow link to PF-London’s site.  BB. Mani

ps. In case men are wondering, yes, men are allowed. Spirit of Me is about celebrating the feminine and exploring female spirituality. Men are welcome to be a part of that celebration.

banner Spirit of Me, Pagan Federation London

Spirit of Me :
Celebrating Women in Paganism

A day of presentations, focusing on and celebrating female spirituality, the divine feminine and women in Paganism.

Featuring talks by

  • Christina Oakley Harrington, of Treadwell’s Bookshop;
  • Fiona Mackenzie, lead Seidrkona for the Kith of Yggdrasil;
  • Philip Heselton, renowned author and expert in the history of Wicca;
  • Michelle Hawcroft and Avril Price, of The College of Psychic Studies.

Date:  Saturday, 7th March

Time: 12pm – 5pm

Venue / Address:   Dragon Hall,  17 Stukeley Street, London, WC2B 5LT

Tickets:    Pagan Federation members: £8, All others: £10

Free tea and coffee provided.

** For Tickets, please visit The Pagan Federation London- Spirit of me Event **

 

London Woodland Witches, Wiccans, Eco-Magicians & Outdoor Pagans (meetup group)

Hi all, I like to take a moment to publicise the meetup group I run.  Although I’ ve been organising rituals for over a decade, the meetup groups was only set up about 11 months ago.. where I now put all the different types of ceremonies & rituals I organise..as well as a few that I attend (Druid rituals).    Here’s the full info..  and the link is at the bottom.   If you are in London and like to attend these, do follow the link and join..  Most events can be accessed without actually joining..but joining means you get the automated reminder few days prior, so you’ll not forget :-) BB.   -Mani

meetup--  London woodland witches & outdoor pagans

meetup– London woodland witches & outdoor pagans

London Woodland Witches Druids Eco-Magicians & Outdoor Pagans

Welcome!   Join us for Rituals & Pagan Social gatherings in London – and explore  Paganism, Druidry, Wicca & Witchcraft,  and  Eco-Magical workings!  Our events are a friendly mixture of formal ceremonies &  informal socials. These events take place in various public Woodlands, parks and outdoor settings in London. We also add  indoor socials/ pagan moots. All of these are great for Beginner wanting a friendly introduction to Wicca & witchcraft, Pagan ceremonies, ritual magic, and for meeting like-minded people.

Connect with fellow Seekers, Magicians and Pagans!

Enjoy feasting & socialising after the ritual. (Bringing food, drinks & wine to share – Wiccans love the social as much as the rituals!)

Why Woods & Outdoors? On Weather & Power of Nature: 

If you are looking for the real energies and powers of nature – for personal empowerment, then being regularly outdoors, experiencing nature.. (no matter how challenging it gets at times!) is the best way. For our events, you can attend in ordinary outdoor cloths.. (warm and water-proof)  and/or put on cloaks & robes or other tribal cloths once you arrive at  the ritual area..!.  At times, it will be sunny and warm. Or wet, wild and stormy. And attuning to those energies, energises you, liberates you, empowers you!  That is magic…and that is what it means to know real untamed awesome power of nature!.

———————————- Types of Events we organise ————–

Woodland Witchcraft & Wicca Rituals  –(monthly, on the evening of Full moons, or evening before. If it falls on a weekend, we start earlier in the evening. If on a week/work day, we keep these punctual and to the point)

 Seasonal pagan Festivities ––  (8 times a year, on a saturday/ sunday  close to the Sabbat – Imbolc, Spring, Beltane, Midsummer, Lammas, Autumn, Samhain, Yule.   we organise our own Eclectic/shamanic gatherings under `Hern’s Tribe’.  We also visit our friends’ `Druid rituals’)

• River Thames-based   rituals – (started in 2006, we had 8-10 rituals a year, but now focus on special Thames-Isis rituals or other special ones ..about 3-4 times a year.  Some take place in central London, others near Richmond – but always by the river Thames, and often at low tides, so we can work on the banks of the river Thames..)

• Eco-magical explorations / Gaia Guardians– We believe in using magic & ceremony for the benefit & healing of not just us humans, but also the Earth, Environment & animals.  Eco-Magic is a ceremony or even a small part of another ritual that focuses on this kind of work.  We meet for special days such as Earth Hour, Earth Day, Peace Day.   We now plan to meet more often just for these events – Walking & exploring woodlands;  Meditation & Nature-spirituality;  Eco-art;  Nature photography

• Social Events, Pagan Moots, Trips and camps —   We are also very sociable.  Some of us attend Pagan moots (pub socials) that our friends organise;  In the Summer, we organize  a Pagan Camp in the Epping Camp site; And at various other times, we gather up our pagan friends and go for trips in or out of London – to festivals (Edinburgh Beltane, Hasting Jack O Green, Eastbourne Lammas, Carshalton Jack,  October Plenty, Notting Hill Carnival..and so on).

—————— What we do magically in or rituals —————

Being a Witch, Druid or Shaman is not about  power and control – but gaining mastery of inner forces, clarity and empowerment – while working with external forces.   It is about sharing that knowledge and wisdom with others (being a Wise-Man or Wise-woman), changing the world for better with your own magical skills – bit by bit!

• Consecrations, Magic Circle & 4 Elements –  We consecrate people and the space using candles, incense, bells, rattle; We cast a protective magic circle/ sacred space using a wand, staff or athame (witch’s knife), and open gateways to elements (Air, fire, water, Earth) in 4 directions – east, south, west, north.

• Chants, drums, dance –  we use chanting, drumming and circle / spiral dance at ceremonies to raise energy and to shift our focus before or during rituals;

• Spells & ritual Magic – Paganism & Witchcraft involve doing magic spells..  using symbols drawn on objects, visualising, lighting candles, tying knots on cords/strings, planting seeds, cooking food mindfully,  and so on.

• Masks, Ritual & Enactment – Wearing masks, robes & cloaks allows ritualists to shift perception – their own and others in the ritual; We also write a ritual (scripted like a play), allocate parts/ roles to volunteers, prepare/ memorise some of that in advance, and enact those rituals; Themes can be seasonal (harvest, birth of Sun child, marriage of God & Goddess), or mythological (Hero’s quest, Fool’s Journey, blessing of boats, birthday of Isis and so on).

• Gods & Goddesses and Magic:   We work with Pan (Fertility, lust), Aphrodite (Love & sensuality), Cernunnos (Lord of the animals), Hern the Hunter-god, Diana the Virgin-Huntress who can not be owned my any man, Gaia the mother goddess.. and other deities. We always aim to do some personal magical work (in the group), spells, chants, a bit of spiral dance.. and also put energy towards eco-magic to help protect environment & endangered wildlife in the world.  

If all this sounds too much – don’t panic!  We give you plenty of explanation and notes at the start, in an informal sociable way..    Our websites are full of information articles, videos and blog links to give you plenty of background. And you can always contact the Organiser/ facilitator and chat about any of these.

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Note to  Students/ Researchers / Journalists:  You are welcome to `genuinely participate’ in the ritual (NO note taking!!) .  But please understand these are real magical ritual explorations.  Being observed, probed with questions, photographed or analysed can completely destroy their magical experiences and spiritual purpose of these events.

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About the Organiser:

Mani Navasothy   – Sri Lankan Asian, brought up as a Hindu;  Wiccan High Priest (initiated in Gardnerian tradition in London);    20 yrs of Witchcraft, wicca & Coven experience;  11 years of running regular Open rituals indoors & outdoors in London; Previous Events Manager for `Pagan Federation London’ (7 yrs);  Has given numerous  Talks, workshops, media/radio interviews; Astrologer, published Esoteric author (6 books in KIndle),  Visionary Artist.   Mani integrates creativity, magic, eclectic shamanism, primal side of Witchcraft, as well as transpersonal psychology in most of the events.

London Woodland Witches Druids Eco-Magicians & Outdoor Pagans

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