The LBRP – Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram – is a ceremonial piece of magic performed at the start of any major magical work. It’s aim is to clear / banish *all* energies from a particular working space – so that the magician can then create sacred space, consecrations, and fill the space with energy of their own – for invoking Deities or angels or other works.
LBRP has 5 components/ stages:
1. Grounding & Reaching High to Deity.
2. Kabbalistic Cross.
3. Banishing Pentagrams & Circle.
4. Calling 4 Archangels at Quarters for Protection.
5. Kabbalistic Cross (again).
I’ve written detailed blogs and taught LBRP at courses. And finally, in this video I give a personal introduction, and give a demonstration on how to perform the LBRP. I’ve created graphics & short animations to help show you what to `visualise’. The video was filmed in a woods near my home in 2018.
In a forthcoming video (LBRP video2), I will be giving full explanations of each of the sections of LBRP, as well as verbal guide (like a guided pathworking), so that you can play it and practise the LBRP your self. Look out for my LBR video-2 soon. For now I hope this video gives you all the basics you need to learn about LBRP. It really is a short piece of magical work, but profound, nevertheless.
Back in 2001, when I was an Elected Equal Opps officer in the Home Office Union, we had a period of internal committee wrangles.. lots of frosty faces, and many internal e-mails flying about. Accusations, counter-accusations. Justifications. Rights and wrongs. And on one side the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and about 10 others…and on the other side was just me, and my mentor/ Branch Secretary Peter R.
Peter would say to me, `Mani, we are here to serve the members. So just do your duty to them’ And it took so much effort for me to park my ego aside, ignore the taunts by other officers, and keep working only on members’ cases!
Funnily enough, about the same time, as a newly made Wiccan High Priest, and a coven-free wiccan, I ended up as a Guest at the late Maureen’s coven.. and was eventually made the Coven High Priest.
And I can tell you …it’s not easy being part of an existing coven of super-transpersonally trained Witches, let along being their coven HP. Once there was an internal `trial by fire’ period that lasted 3 weeks (every Friday).. where I was throwing my `authority’ about, and Maureen and the whole coven spent hours and hours talking and debating and discussing with me.. (Ritual kept getting postponed 3 weeks in a row). Each Friday we’d gather at 7pm and the talks went on till early hours…Exhausted we’d either sleep over or go home.. at 2..3..4..5am and next Friday gather again..and it would carry on. None of us ran away.. None of us disrespected one another..but they all stayed…to help me understand some fundamentals.. of how to become a Good coven leader! And its never about exerting authority or teaching the highs and lows of magic. It’s about serving!!
In the end I learnt a valuable wisdom.. that a Coven leader does sit on the tip of a pyramid.. not at the top like a boss stepping on Initiates below. But the inverted pyramid tip at the bottom.. holding the weight of the entire coven and all the members.. and serving them!!
I once tried to offer my 1-2-1 ritual help to a wiccan and was told that am being possibly divisive and power-over. Another time a wiccan wanted my sword, and then wanted me to fight her. When I backed off, I was told by Maureen that I had dishonoured the member.. and as HP, I needed to heed her wish and battle her so she can work through her own issues ..
Coven running is never easy. Looking after initiates and trainees is never straight forward. Each person and indeed each event/ situation is unique.
And we struggle.. we struggle on and on .. to do what I often say.. `the right thing’ !!
I pick just these mere 2 situations to make a simple but profound point. That Since those days..I have worked really very hard… to serve!! Be it Pagans who contact me or wiccan initiates or trainees. Along the way, I have had to make sacrifices.. it has even once cost me a relationship.
And here I am again.. with a number of Wiccan initiations in the horizon, juxtaposed against the well-being of my personal life, the interest of family, partner, other initiates and more.
It’s painful at times.. times when the timing of crisis is never good.. Times when we have to put aside our breaking hearts and taunted minds, and reach for inner truths guided by our gods…and do the `right thing’. Yes we all agreed at our initiation that “we are willing to suffer to learn” but sometimes.. it’s just a near impossible situation. No one else will understand.. and everyone will try to criticise you or pull in different directions and loyalty-battles.
Do you know what… ? I’ve had this for over 20 years in my role as High Priest. This is not the first time… and this won’t be the last time. And I marvel at the Elders of The Craft who have been doing it for 30.. 40.. 50.. 60 years.
In Wicca, at initiation, we gain 2 titles.. Witch & Priest / Priestess. At first it may seem like some cool titles.. that we can flash about for added credibility on social media or some TV interview. BUT those titles come with heavy responsibilities.. The first part (Witch) is a magical one.. The other – `Priest / Priestess’ is one of service! Serving our Gods & Goddesses, serving people.. and serving the land.! In the 2 decades of my time as High Priest, since those Maureen coven days, I’ve never ever forgotten that.. !
Hi all.. here is an infographics showing full details of the dates/ durations / signs of all the Retrograde Planetary motions for 2020. Note I’ve omitted January’20 when Uranus ended its previous retrograde. But shown January 2021, when Uranus ends the upcoming retrograde motion. Feel free to keep a copy of this graphics in your devise for quick reference.
Dates of Planetary Retrogrades 2020
17th Feb (12’52 Pisces) – 28th March (28’13” Aquarius)
18th June (14’46” Cancer) – 12th July (5’30” Cancer)
14th October (11’39” Scorpio) – 4th November (25’57” Libra)
9th September (28’08” Aries) – 14th November (15’14” Aries)
13th May ( 21’50” Gemini) – 25th June (5’20” Gemini)
14th May (27’14” Capricorn) – 13th September (17’24” Capricorn)
11th May (1’57” Aquarius) – 29th September (25’20” Capricorn)
23rd June (20’58” Pisces) – 29th November (18’10” Pisces)
26th April (25’00” Capricorn) – 4th October (22’29” Capricorn)
Please give credit to me if using this in any of your shares/ works as I created this graphics manually using am art software. All data obtained from Raphael’s Ephemeris. Background (space) pictures from NASA site.
The World is in the grip of Corona-virus pandemic ..and the people are weighed down by those fears…of death! That it might get a loved one or a friend..or themselves. But as any ritual magician knows, being immersed in certain thoughts obsessively can actually end up manifesting that very thought as real. That after all is the `Secret’ of the `Law of Attraction’ .
So how can we negate this fear-inducing obsession…and how can we bring about positive manifestations at this time?
The answer of course is .. Life! Life is all around us.. Use it. Work it.. work with it.. work with the positive creative forces of life and nature!
In this motivational video blog, Mani Navasothy – Esoteric Author, Pagan Teacher and Wiccan High Priest – will explore these negative and positive ideas.. that can help you stay well.
It really is a case of following all the government guidelines, AND, having your own power of mind over matter…in easy steps.
ps. Do Share this with those who believe in Manifestations, `Secret’ and `Law of Attraction’ …cos us Wiccans have a good grasp of Nature magic!!
“So.. people are clapping….. 8pm on a thursday…3rd week in a row..
where people are clapping for the NHS staff.. ”
Last week I was doing gardening.. and heard the sound of clapping..
and I was overcome by an overwhelming feeling.
“..I thought about why.. we are clapping..
I know we are showing our appreciation for..
the NHS staff and all other staff..
and all the people working to keep Life going in the Country..”
“..All of us.. every single one of us is affraid..
..scared shit out of our minds..
and we are scared of Death!
That this disease (coronaVirus) might catch us..
or our loved ones, or our friends, or us..
and we might die..!
..We’ve been told to stay indoors.. in the safety of our houses..
lot of people are doing it.
literally holding on to our lives.. in our houses..
..and hoping that the medical staff of the country will save us
literally our lives.. all of our lives.. are in their hands.!
You might not feel like that.. but…
if anything happens to any one of us..
we are really want to go to the hospital..
and be at the mercy of one of these Medical staff members..
and we hope they are going to look after us…
and save our lives..!
And it is that scary
and it’s that thought
or lives.. every single one of ours.. depends
in the hands of the medical staff at the moment..
because we don’t have the capability to keep our selves alive
if something bad happens to us..
Hopefully it doesn’t..
I think if we really examine the deeper feelings..
it’s that overwhelming sense..
of charity that we want..
the fact that we are at the mercy..
of not just whatever is happening in the world but..
at the hands and mercy of the medical staff..
that we will deped of them to save our lives..
That is very scary and it’s a very dependant state
. An that’s why there’s overwhelming feeling
to know that each one of us feels it
whether we are aware of it or not
So when we are clapping
I suppose we are pleading to medical staff
to keep working
to keep us safe..
and to save us.. if that happens..
Those are my thoughts..
as to why we are clapping..
And it’s quite overwhelming feeling to know that..!
The Jupiter-conjunction-Pluto in Capricorn is happening three (3) times in this year 2020! Anyone who knows evening the slightest bit of astrology knows that (a) Conjunctions are really powerful and (b) when something involves Pluto, it’s going to be deep, intense.. and ultimately transformative. And there is a (c) too.. that when Jupiter is involved, there are beneficial forces at work! Let’s look at some details:
The Jupiter-Pluto-conjunction occurs on 5th April 2020, then the planets go retrograde. During this phase, they conjunct again, on 30th June. The planets slip far back in the sign of Capricorn… (Jupiter goes backwards to 17 degrees Capricorn, and Pluto back to 22 degrees). They slow and stop..and start to go direct. Pluto first then Jupiter. As Jupiter is a further back but a faster moving planet than Pluto, it eventually catches up to Pluto and conjuncts on 12th November for the 3rd time..
(note: Jupiter leaves Capricorn and enters Aquarius on 19th December.. where it then conjuncts Saturn in Aquarius on 21st December.. but that’s a stellar story for another blog).
The graphics shows exact dates when Jupiter & Pluto make certain `events’
Where? All of this is occuring in the sign of Capricorn the mystical sea-goat (ruled by Saturn). Capricorn is an Earth sign.. Jupiter is fiery and Pluto.. well, Pluto rules the deep, the unconscious, the underworld!
So who will these transits affect or influence? Short answer is…*everyone* Long answer.. Well, As all this is happening in Capricorn, that sign is the meeting-ground. Jupiter rules Sagittarius, and Pluto rules Scorpios. So those signs will be strongly affected too. But then, the position of Capricorn will be a particular house’ position for each individual. For some it will be their birth sign, for others it’s their 2nd house (wealth, values), 7th (relationships, partnerships), 10th house (Career, fame) and so on.. Capricorn will be one of the 12 houses for any one of you. So that particular sector of your life will be the one most transformed by these 3 repeated aspects.
Not only that – but on your own natal chart, look to see what house encloses the signs of Sagittarius & Scorpio. Those houses will be affected for you personally.
A conjunction blends and combines the energies of both planets involved. As Capricorn plays host to this conjunction, the energy of Capricorn will be added to the mix of Jupiter & Pluto.. Expansion, farsight, distant travel, higher learning, religion, law, Justice, gambling, impulsivity, risk taking, flirting & romance are some qualities to bear in mind for Jupiter. Intensity, secrets, probing, manipulation power, control, sexuality, others’ money, death and rebirth and ultimately transformations are the energies that Pluto brings to this conjunction. And as you can see…the combinations and permutations of these energies are very many indeed.
It all depends on what you are open to, how far you are willing to work with some of the energies, influences and issues that are surfacing..
You won’t just get one chance but three! The weeks and days leading upto the first occurence of this conjunction will raise up deeper issues. Rather than fearing them, start to acknowledge hem to your self..and work through them…resolve them.. integrate them.
By the time the conjunction has occurred a 2nd time (especially as both planets are retrograding), you may feel your best laid plans of dealing with these issues are all gone awry.. That may result in frustration, more fears, avoidance, obsessions, escapism, addictions, harming others or self-harming, destructive habits, manipulative habits and more. Or you may simply feel like or actually cut and run away.. avoid issues, take more risks, loose your temper.
Dabbling in the occult or dark magic may take you in unsafe directions.. and endanger self or others. Guard against falling prey to outside cult or occult influences.
Small things may trigger you into acting disproportionately, or exaggerate reactions, blow things out of proportions. The negative traits of Jupiter & Pluto may take hold. Usually during a triple-repeated conjunctions, the mid-point is very trying.. where nothing makes sense, and control and plans are gone.. and you may feel compelled to act in nonproductive ways..
That will be the time to work very hard at staying calm.. to stay grounded and centred.. to do more personal work of spirituality or psychology. Also a time to keep safe with tried and tested methods, people or places.. Stay safe.. but let go of expectations.
When such powerful planetary energies are at play, trying to become clever, trying to manage it, employing short cuts rather than working carefully and sincerely through the issues raised to surface is not going to work in the long term.
Between the 2nd and 3rd occurance of the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction..ie between 30th June and 12th November – Do The Work!! Be genuine.. and hold faith the fact that this is ultimately beneficial aspect and the transformation – once slowly and deeply achieved – will benefit you for decades to come.. for we will not live to see this similar aspect again in our lifetimes.
It may interest you to know, I myself will be strongly affected by these aspects.. (one of those planets rules my birth sign!). And there is one thing I have learnt about the influence of stars in my life. I can not cheat it by knowing about it in advance.. (I’ve tried in the distant past). So I myself will be trying to take some of this advise for me… And as more insights and far-sights surface, I’ll be sure to blog them/ add them here.
Magic & Spirituality
Of course there is one matter I have not mentioned so far.. Well I have in an indirect way. The cheating!
Many believe all of our lives and all that we do are `fated’ – that is to say predetermined by Fate or God or Goddess or universe, and we do not know but our futures are all set in stone. BUT an equal number of people believe that we humans have Free Will.. and that we are the Masters of our own destiny & futures. And certainly, those who practise Magic believe that we have the ability to influence and choose our future in a direct and esoteric way.. !
So I like to add a few suggestions..in the way of tackling the conjunctions coming, (well by the time you read this, the first of the conjunction will be happening.. I am writing this `under their influences already’ and that was intentional. I could have written this 2 months ago when i first mentioned it..but I wanted to get a better handle on the energies brewing..so I could write it better.. and I am. I trust that as the aspect brews, it’s inspiring me to write the most relevant words and thoughts.. The fact that I have never taken this style of writing an astrological blog is evidence of its influence.. as I didn not even think to add magic & spirituality to this blog.
To those suggestions then..
Work with some God forms and archetypes.. Learn about the gods and myths of Zeus and Jupiter.. and even a little of Thor and Vishnu (all are connected to Jupiter!) Learn and work with Pluto / Hades Lord of the Underworld.. Work with Shiva the dancing form (destroyer). And work with Saturn. Those are the energies at work here. and tuning into them more will help.
Though trying to control the outcomes of these aspects is likely to backfire.. doing some constructive planetary magical works can be productive.
It is a powerful time of transformation and expansion – though it may not seem that way. dig deep, or pierce the wounds .. clear the hole of clutter, and dross, and drain puss from old wounds.. Let it all heal.. and ready the ground and plant new seeds and dreams. These will grow into glorious new tall trees… Their roots will go deep..as their branches will spread far and wide.. beyond th small horizons you were ever used to before.
Bright Stellar Blessings
Author, Teacher, AstroMage.
ps. I will shortly begin to offer my support & services for High Magical talismans/ charms, as well as personalised astrological forecasts (3, 6, 9 or 12 months). Please keep an eye on my blog or my official website http://www.Mani.org.uk. Thanks.
Stop this Earth Re-boot bollocks! Life doesn’t stop-start!!
Folks..am hearing a lot of bull about planet booting up again. Do you hear the language and concepts you are using? It’ all tech-computer-machine-stuff. The planet and life are continuous.
As much as many can’t cope with the way things are and are secretly looking and wanting signs.. for some sort of global re-boot.. only machines can be rebooted. If you want that for life…it’s death and rebirth.. reincarnations .. There is no re-boot for Life. You are alive or dead.
Yes many processes and ways of our lives have come counter-productive and detrimental to Ecology & environment and whole of Earth.. Those things need to change. But no addict ever got better by going cold-turkey. Change that is sharp and sudden always has a potential for relapse. Only mindful gradual change can be sustained.
Secretly wishing that we are all some machines that need rebooting..is a stupidity that has been doing the new age/ spiritual circuits for some years now.. I get that the mind cam’t cope with some things and leaps into escapism.. And if you truly stop to examine this reboot phenomena.. that too is a whimsical escapist fantasy.
So stop this nonsensical way you are brainwashing yourselves.. Life is continuous on Earth. There is no re-boot. Yes we have crisis and catastrophes sometimes.. and even extinction-level events in the history of Earth.. like meteor strikes, super-volcanoes, polar-magnetic shifts, ice ages.. Plagues have never been extinction level events.. (but they do take a toll of millions or billions of lives).
Don’t let all this internet / tech-adapted talk infiltrate your mind and your human-thinking and feeling.. Don’t become human-machines. Don’t use machine/ technical language to subtly alter you. We are Life. We are not machines.
The world is reeling with thousands of deaths as a result of the current Corona Virus pandemic. No one is beyond reach of this virus.. Every aware human is facing this fear of death! Scientists & Health service professionals are beyond busy – doing their best to save lives and stop this pandemic. Many nations are in lock down to stop the spread of the virus. So what are we …Pagan priests & priestesses doing to help? Are we any good to anyone if we feel crippled by our own fears, shadows and the dark that’s lurking in human collective at the moment..? I have some reflections on these matters..and what we Priests & Priestesses should be doing! -Mani
On 28t March, my shamanic group Hern’s Tribe were to meet in our usual woodland space for ceremony and to observe Earth Hour. But due to corona virus and national Lockdown / isolation guidelines, our event did not go ahead. It bothered me. So few days later, i gathered enough Will power to go the woods (drove and avoided all people contact ..not many in woods anyway).. Set up a basic altar and did this brief magical work of healing.
It is based on the Caduceus / twin serpent/ ankh shield I had painted several years ago. I carved the same runes on the pink candle used too.. The magic was done without filming.. The did a spontaneous evocation.. while filming this bit… starting with the Opening Prayer (wicca) . The video ends with an adapted Healing words (on screen.. not spoken.. )
Hard to believe month of March is drawing to a close in 5 days.. Much has been happening. Just glancing at transits/ aspects.. I notice today we have had an aspect of Mercury-semisquare-Jupiter.. Perhaps some grumbles in thought processes or conversations about whats coming over the Horizon? Tomorrow Mercury-semisquares-Pluto.. I’d say despite initial stresses, listen to intuition, and especially for small things bubbling upto surface from deep within. Some secrets and manipulations might crack open.. which will be a good thing.
Then for 28th, 29th & 31st – some good aspects..
Venus-trines-Jupiter – most beneficial 2 planets forming the most beneficial d aspect. Please be ready to make use of potentials..rather than be stuck with negative-spirals.. or you’ll miss it. I can’t `stress’ this enough. Beneficial aspects are like lottery wins.. You have to remember to cash the ticket in..or that win is lost.
Venus-trine-Pluto is another brilliant one. Make or accept small changes that can have profound effects in relationships, partnerships, romance, wealth.. not to mention the arts and all things ruled by Venus. This is a highly transformative aspect.. Don’t waste it.
Mars-conjuncts-Saturn. : People or entities of authority will push forward with some assertive or militant plans. If you are the one in charge, push forward with your plans. It’s also a bit like a young warrior (mars) working with an old teacher/ politician. The future plans are in motion..
In early April, we come under the influence of the spectacular Jupiter-Trine-Pluto.. Well, it happens 3 times this year, and we are..as a collective, already under this brewing energy for some weeks now.. I’ll say more in another post ..soon.