Woodland Wicca – Yule / MidWinter Ritual 2017 (17th Dec’17)

“Winter approaches.. night-hours are long. Day light is short. And in the deep caverns below the Earth, the great Goddess gives birth to the Sun-Child! We gather to mark this sacred event and celebrate Winter Solstice”.

Practical Details —————–

*** Fee: £3 ***

Date : Sunday 17th December 2017

venue: Queen’s Woods  (gather at Woodman’s pub first)

meeting point: Please gather in the beer garden of `The Woodman’s pub’ (Archway Road, High Gate) between 2pm- 2.30pm. We will be walking together to the woods (15 min walk) to do ritual..

Duration : 2pm to 6pm (includes meeting at pub first).

Ritual——————–

Details near the time.

Out ritual Team will conduct key aspects of the ceremony, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved in the actual ritual – ie with elements calling, chants, magical work and so on.

Magical behaviour———–

**From the moment you arrive at sacred space in woods, you are kindly asked to observe stillness and reverence throughout the ceremony. All willing are expected to participate – during which moments, you are asked to be calm and not disruptive of their inner-work. **

Magical Safety ————-

** Once Circle is cast, we do not allow anyone to enter the sacred space..or leave without an appointed Priest/Priestess opening a doorway in the circle. If you arrive late or must leave at any point, please seek the appointed Priest/Priestess for this. Please do not Crash the circle – as it can cause magical weakness for the whole ritual and let outside energies enter or leak our own built up energy**

RITUAL items to bring:

– Your ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks
– Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks
– Drums & musical instruments
– Lanterns / candles / lighter
– Crystals / runes / divination tools
-Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)

ALL WELCOME————–
-All Pagans of any spiritual are welcome..
** This event is NOT suitable for children.**

What to bring/  Food & drinks to share ——————-
Here are some suggestions–

-Home made/ baked items are exceptionally welcome (Bread, cakes, buns, salads, soup, pre-cooked potatoes).
-Wine & Mead are popular for the pre-ritual social and for feasting & socials afterwards!
– shop-bought items (sausage rolls, short-eats).
-Cheese / ham/ butter/ crisps/ dips
-Chicken (cooked pieces)
– Water / soft drinks/ tea & coffee in flasks
-vegetarian food/ vegan food
(Basically any items that add towards a sensible feast/ meal).

Cutlery etc: Plastic cups, paper plates, forks & knives, spare bags (to pack items not eaten), bin bags – we usually bring these. But if you can bring some too – that will be good.

Torch light – Some evening gatherings finish in dark.  So a torch light helps to find things when tidying up & packing.
Seating : Folding seats / ground sheet ( for your self to sit on) – optional.

**wear sensible outdoor cloths***.

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Join our meetup for this event   Woodland Yule/ MidWinter ceremony 2017 (London)

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Halloween 2017 – Lantern-lit walk & Tamesa river of Souls Ritual by Thames (London 31Oct17)

Join us on Halloween Night in Central London on  Monday …31st October 2017..  We will be facilitating our annual `Thames: River of Souls / Samhain’ Ceremony to honour the Spirit of Thames & Ancestors. This time we will begin with a ceremonial procession along river Thames (from outside the Globe Theatre, and walk along bankside, past Tate Modern, Blackfriars Bridge, Oxo Tower, Gabriel’s Wharf, and end just outside National Theatre (the circular concrete `performance’ area along the riverside).  We hope to do our ceremony in this space – subject to local circumstances / crowd etc.    (or do ceremony nearby).

This is the actual Halloween night.. In the midst 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..!

Our ceremonies are open to everyone, of all paths and religions.

Bring some easy snacks & drinks to share..for the `Feasting with Death’ (tradition at Samhain).

Stay as long as you like.. and leave when you want to.

Fees:   suggested donation £2 to the `Ferryman’ (for your underworld journey)

Details (tbc) ————

Meeting point 

We will be gathering outside the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (riverside gate) / Bankside Pier area at 7.30pm.   After designating ritual roles, getting our lanterns & costumes setup, we’ll begin a slow and social walk along bankside..

We’ll be walking along south bank riverside walk… from Globe Theatre, past Millennium bridge (south side), Tate Modern Gallery,  Blackfriars overground station / bridge,  Oxo Tower, Gabriel’s Wharf, and finally end just outside National Theatre.  Our Halloween ceremony is expected to be held in the open public circular concrete `performance’ area along the riverside (see photo attached)- this is subject to local circumstances, other crowd etc.If it’s not possible there, we’ll be nearby so keep an eye out.

Meeting time/ shedule: 
Please get to outside steps of Shakespear’s Globe Theatre / Bankside pier by 7.30pm. We’ll get organised and begin walk at 8pm.   We hope the 1000m walk will only take us about 1 hour at an extremely leisurely procession/ festive walking speed. 🙂  So we’ll be gathering outside the National Theatre area (end of walk) by 9pm..and do a short Samhain ritual by about 9.15pm.   Then we’ll continue socialising.

Ritual:

Due to the public space, the ritual team will be organised in advance ..so we can arrive at end point and perform the ritual without much fuss.   There is bound to be general public watching..  so we’ll be asking experienced ritualists to help in advance ( 1 week before) to volunteer for parts and get ritual prepared.. and be in costume../  masks.

**More details of actual ritual near the time** (come back and check here near the time or join our meetup event Tamesa Halloween 2017

How to find us:   There’ll be a number of us ..gathering by the Globe Theatre area by river. We’ll already be in ceremonial clothing (robes, cloaks), wearing Samhain ritual masks, carrying lanterns, staff etc..  (strictly no swords…no knife!!)

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..

Safety notes: Everyone is asked to take extra care with their own personal safety as we’ll be in a busy public place.  Keep valuables with you at all times..  or with a trusted friend who is not playing a big role in ritual.   beware of thieves/ pickpockets, any silly protesters (who don’t like pagans) and may try to cause a wrangle.   If this happens..just step away from it..  do not be baited..  and just get out asap…and get far away to a safer place.

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!!

With bright blessings

– Mani Navasothy

Join our Meetup for this event – Tamesa Halloween 2017

 

Woodland Wicca Samhain 2017 – Seasonal Ritual & Halloween Gathering (28Oct17)

Join us for the evening to mark SAMHAIN – the night for honoring our ancestral spirits! Outdoor Samhain is particularly intense because of the real dark (wet, windy) environment among trees and bushes that are already bare …! As evening falls, there is an eeriness that also becomes apparent.. Once at the ritual space, you will be immediately involved in the ritual – of the calling of the DarkLord, and communing with ancestors. Some divination work will commence before feasting.

• This is an open ritual held in an outdoor park/woods with easy public access..  Out ritual Team will conduct key aspects of the ceremony, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get  involved in the actual ritual. 

Please read this info section fully to get a good idea of what is involved, so that you are better magically prepared. Thank you. 

• There is a Fee of £3 which you pay The ferryman at the beginning of the event.

About samhain: 

“Samhain is a festival for the dead and ancestors. Death is seen as a transition from one phase of life to another (The Death Card in Tarot has similar meaning), or from one incarnation to the next. This rite invokes the God an Goddess of the underworld. The Dark Lord opens the gateway between our world and the underworld and invites all to feast (commune) with the dead. At Samhain the veil between world is thin, and so it is perfect time for the art of divination and mediumship.”  www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )

*new date* Date: Saturday 28th October 2017.

Fee: £3

venue: Queen’s woods.

Meeting point:  Woodman’s Pub (garden area), Archway Road, High Gate.

Please meet at The Woodman’s Pub (Archway Road) from 3.00pm. You will be led to the woods at sunset (4.40pm exactly) where you will pay the `ferryman’ your fee, and enter ritual space!

schedule:  

  • Pub meet & greet  3.00pm to 4.00pm
  • Walk to woods : 4.00pm
  • Ceremony begins at 4.40pm  (at Sunset).

***This event is organic – and is expected to last 90 minutes  including meditative & stillness, ritual drama, an audience with The Dark Lord, and Samhain magic (communing with Ancestral spirits & rebirth work) .  There will be slow chanting, drumming at various sections, and a small ritual flame in a cauldron **  After the formal end, there will be some feasting in sacred space/ circle by the Altar, and a return to the Woodman’s pub for more socials..**

Magica behaviour:

**From the moment you arrive at sacred space in woods, you are kindly asked to observe stillness and reverence throughout the ceremony.  All willing are expected to participate – during which moments, you are asked to be calm and not disruptive of their inner-work. **

Magical Safety: 

** Once Circle is cast, we do not allow anyone to enter the sacred space..or leave without an appointed Priest/Priestess opening a doorway in the circle.  If you arrive late or must leave at any point, please seek the appointed Priest/Priestess for this.  Please do not Crash the circle – as it can cause  magical weakness for the whole ritual and let outside energies enter or leak our own built up energy**

RITUAL  outline  (subject to changes) 

• Opening, Sweeping  & Consecration

• Circle casting & calling quarters

• energy raising chant/ spiral dance

• Invocations of Crone Goddess & Dark Lord

• Crone Goddess magic-  burning of regrets.

• DarkLord Magic –  Seasonal magic – Opening of Gateway to Underworld, communing / honouring the dead & ancestors.

• Audience with Dark Lord (tbc) – attendees go and meet  the Dark Lord 1-2-1 in a separate space for few minutes each (optional).

• Blessing of Cakes & Wine

•  *devocations  (* At Samhain, circle is NOT closed)

• Feasting & Socials

RITUAL items to bring: 

– Your ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks
– Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks
– Drums & musical instruments
– Lanterns / candles / lighter
– Crystals / runes / divination tools
-Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)

ALL WELCOME: 
-All Pagans of any spiritual are welcome..
-Non-pagans, friends/ families & children of pagans are welcome.

FOOD & DRINKS TO SHARE: 
Here are some suggestions–

-Home made/ baked items are exceptionally welcome (Bread, cakes, buns, salads, soup, pre-cooked potatoes).
-Wine & Mead are popular for the pre-ritual social and for feasting & socials afterwards!
– shop-bought items (sausage rolls, short-eats).
-Cheese / ham/ butter/ crisps/ dips
-Chicken (cooked pieces)
– Water / soft drinks/ tea & coffee in flasks
-vegetarian food/ vegan food
(Basically any items that add towards a sensible feast/ meal).

Halloween Costume

You are welcome to dress up in your Halloween best cloaks, robes, shamanic attires etc.    Bring pumpkins, masks, glow-lights, food & drinks to share…

-Mani Navasothy   (Author, Teacher, Wiccan High Priest )

—————Wicca Resources/ books /courses by Mani———–

If you are interested in Wicca & Witchcraft, formal coven work, initiation and training, personal study, then the following will be useful for you:

• Our websitewww.WitchcraftAndMagic.Uk   – check it out for extensive articles & videos on wicca & Witchcraft;

• eBook  `Coven Guide: Become an initiated Witch‘   – written by Mani (Wiccan High Priest with 20+ yrs of experience in craft, coven & initiation).

• eCourse – e-Witch Apprentice study course . (home study course in 9 modules. study at your own pace.  Contact with Tutor for e-mail support. Includes ritual work, transpersonal psychology, all wicca subjects, tool making).

Woodland Wicca – Autumn Equinox Seasonal Ritual 2017 (17sept17)

Join us in the Woods  for magically marking the start of the dark half of the year, to walk the journey (spiral) of Persephone, and a celebration of AUTUMN Equinox.

“This is the time when the wheel turns once more, from summer to winter.  A time when the dark equals the light, and the night times begin to increase.  Trees begin to shed their leaves in preparation of the coming winter, wildlife collects seeds and stocks up for winter and animal migrations begin.  We celebrate the second harvest of the year- the harvest of the fruits.  We also mark the balance of dark and light.  In Wicca we re-enact the mythology of Hades and Persephone – her abduction, entry to the underworld, Demeter’s anguish and the withdrawal from the land, eating of pomegranate seeds by Persephone and her stay in the underworld.  We use a spiral path-working to enter the inner-world, and plant seeds of our future ventures, so that we may nurture them during the winter months. In this ritual, coven members take on the symbolic journey of Persephone.”  (taken from www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )

Date: Sunday 17th September 2017

Venue:   Queen’s Woods .

Fee: £3

**Please note – we will collect fee at start of ritual ** 

Meeting point:   Garden area of `Woodman’s Pub’  (Archway Road) at 3.30pm.

Schedule:   At 4.20pm you’ll be led by one of our ritual team members to the woods ( 10min brisk walk).  There you’ll be greeted by the facilitators and consecrated, and welcomed into ritual space.

Arrival & Spiral walking: 

This Seasonal ritual will follow Wiccan format and include Witchcraft & Wicca mythology as often practised by covens.  This is an open ritual held in an outdoor park/woods with easy public access..

Once you enter the woods, you will be given magical instructions on what is to follow.   Then there will be a 10min walk through woods to the ritual space – where you’ll be greeted, consecrated, and invited to walk the spiral of Persephone. At the centre, you may have a moment to contemplate the coming of dark half of the year, eat a few seeds of the  Pomegranate (as Persephone did in the myths).  Then you will can carry on and join the magic circle for other part of the ritual.

Ritual :

Details near the time.

Out ritual Team  will conduct key aspects of the ceremony, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get  involved in the actual ritual   – ie with elements calling, chants, magical work and so on.

Magical behaviour:

**From the moment you arrive at sacred space in woods, you are kindly asked to observe stillness and reverence throughout the ceremony. All willing are expected to participate – during which moments, you are asked to be calm and not disruptive of their inner-work. **

Magical Safety:

** Once Circle is cast, we do not allow anyone to enter the sacred space..or leave without an appointed Priest/Priestess opening a doorway in the circle. If you arrive late or must leave at any point, please seek the appointed Priest/Priestess for this. Please do not Crash the circle – as it can cause magical weakness for the whole ritual and let outside energies enter or leak our own built up energy**

RITUAL items to bring: 


– Your ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks
– Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks
– Drums & musical instruments
– Lanterns / candles / lighter
– Crystals / runes / divination tools
-Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)

ALL WELCOME:
-All Pagans of any spiritual are welcome..
** This event is NOT suitable for children.**

FOOD & DRINKS TO SHARE:
Here are some suggestions–

-Home made/ baked items are exceptionally welcome (Bread, cakes, buns, salads, soup, pre-cooked potatoes).
-Wine & Mead are popular for the pre-ritual social and for feasting & socials afterwards!
– shop-bought items (sausage rolls, short-eats).
-Cheese / ham/ butter/ crisps/ dips
-Chicken (cooked pieces)
– Water / soft drinks/ tea & coffee in flasks
-vegetarian food/ vegan food
(Basically any items that add towards a sensible feast/ meal).

-Mani Navasothy  (Wiccan High Priest & Holistic Coach/ Consultant)

—————–Wicca study resources by Mani Navasothy ———-

If you are interested in Wicca & Witchcraft, formal coven work, initiation and training, personal study, then the following will be useful for you:

• Our website: http://www.WitchcraftAndMagic.Uk – check it out for extensive articles & videos on wicca & Witchcraft;

• eBook `Coven Guide: Become an initiated Witch (http://witchcraftandmagic.uk/book-coven-guide-become-an-initiated-witch)’ – written by Mani (Wiccan High Priest with 20+ yrs of experience in craft, coven & initiation).

• eCourse – e-Witch Apprentice study course (http://witchcraftandmagic.uk/e-witch-apprentice-course) . (home study course in 9 modules. study at your own pace. Contact with Tutor for e-mail support. Includes ritual work, transpersonal psychology, all wicca subjects, tool making).

Private Hells & Public projections – keeping safe & sane on Social media (personal)

Private Hells & Public projections
(keeping safe from social-media-mobs):

Facebook is an unsafe place to talk about loved ones. people can turn into a lynch mob in a matter of minutes on facebook.. and rip out someone’s 40+ year life . Eventual Apologies don’t fix that kind of trauma a mob can cause in one life.. (Trust me..I’ve been a victim of that sort a few times in the last 10 years). Nowadays I see it coming..and get tough.. before the slime wave hits my life. If that looks at times like am over-reacting, ranting or being silly – well.. see it however you like. Am protecting me and my loved ones at whatever costs.

And then there’s the jealousy & envy types… a whole load of people out there who resent me.. because they think I am carefree and don’t work hard on my own future security (like they do on theirs in some obsessive mental way!! see I can judge too!!) They snipe at me, or ridicule me or try put-downs at every turn.. They see me as some Peter-Pan… utterly unaware of the private fears, tears, struggles or agonies I have in my life. (actually some are worse..because they *do* know me..and still go down this route!).
So I’ve grown tired of trying to be reasonable with unreasonable people.
I neither need them nor their festering energies in my life..

My rule is simple: My community profile is in the public eye…not my private life, not my loved ones and not my family. So I don’t write about my own future, my own families..or share photos. Only real friends who have stood the test of time and have stood by me through my hellish-years have that priviledge..of knowing about my private life..

-Mani

Self-serving Corporate entities & Community builders (part 1)

The real agenda of these corporate `community builders’ and `social media strategists’ is always about positioning themselves to make money… Individuals do it to some degree.. not a problem. On a primal level, every living creature competes for resources to keep itself nurtured and safe. (Just saw a squirrel in garden looking for spots to hide a nut). And we human are no different. We all have to earn a living afterall.

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Anway, big companies purporting to be adding to society do it on monu-Mental levels ..ie power-positioning themselves, They use us `members of community’.. we use them `providers of platforms’. They try to get us to spend on them and on their partner/ Affiliates’ products and services. .. we try to save by looking for short cuts and gimmicks..!

Guess what? They give us short cuts & gimmicks that look like its making our lives thrilling easy and better…but they got there by studying social psychology and patterns of our behaviour, and created those very short cuts & gimmicks. They would say it’s about providing solutions to our every problem or cause or concern. But in a blunt world, we know it as `cornering the market’!

If it’s not money, then it’s fame, or authority, or followers that are the real end results for those initiatives. And even if someone starts with the most altruistic or spiritual intentions.. they either get lost in the ocean or get swamped, stamped on, swallowed..or worse..have to start selling their souls (ie ideals) to survive and keep their altruistic ventures going..!

Everything costs and that cost has to and often does come out of us!!

I wrote this on a friend’s wall about social media..and this is the extended version.

That said, I’ll be saying more about individuals who purport to build or serve communities but again have the self-serving components that are much bigger than the social serving parts of their plans..

Trouble is.. you are doing it..and I am doing it.. we are doing it.. to some degree. So this sort of conversations put out are usually double-edged swords..that cut both ways. Then again.. it’s all about degrees.

One of the saddest problems I observe is that those of us here on the grass root levels.. swipe and snipe at one another ..for trying to earn a few hundred pounds a month.. to pay bills.. to provide for our loved ones – while the big guns out there are bulldozing the world to make millions of pounds/ dollars! We are powerless to stop them.. we are pawns in their hands.. so we helpless people take our bitterness and frustrations out on our selves and one another ..here on the grass root levels. Tell me that this is not the truth of it? !

So by NOT addressing this schism, we are letting the big ones get away..
So having a little scratch wound by our own swords is a small price to pay for opening up these topics . (and you all know that I have enough scars and bloody noses to show for it.. and am not stopping any time soon..) :-/

Part 2 / Video soon. 8-| )
-Mani

My thoughts on Doreen Virtue denouncing New Age path and becoming a Christian

My thoughts on Doreen Virtue Denouncing New Age/magical path and becoming a Christian.
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Am actually fine with this.. just proves my belief that none of us stand still.. and our spirituality must and often evolves.. We know many Christians who become pagan/ wiccan/ witches…so why not other way… where a pagan/ New age person becomes a Christian?
Back in my younger days in Sri Lanka, while being brought up as a Hindu, I was aware that many members of my family would go to Shiva & Kali temples..and also pop down to the local St.Anthony’s church nearby.
Zip forward 40 years later to my life in UK..as an initiated Witch/ Wiccan/ shamanic practitioner.. and I have openly stated many times.. that once in a while when the mood takes me..I do go to churches…not as spectator but actually to be there in a spiritual context..
Why?
The divine is always within us.. Gods & Goddesses.. all of them, in any shape or form. They are both within and without.. I grew up believing this.. after learning about the Hindu 10 incarnations/ Avatars of Lord Vishnu.
When the demon-king aggressively asks his religious son Prahalathan to show where his God Vishnu is..and asks if he’s in a pillar…Prahalad says yes. And when the demon strikes the pillar down, Lord Vishnu appears in the form of Narashimar – half man-half lion..and kills the Demon-king and frees the kingdom from his evil rulership.
Further more, as a Pagan, I believes that there are many shapes, forms and pathways to the divine.. and that divine can be reached by worshipping it in any God or Goddess form we feel we can connect with.
By this token, I readily accept that Christianity is a path to the divine too.. and Jesus is a god-form.
I have no conflict of spirituality here at all.
Getting back to Doreen Virtue becoming Christian-
The biggest issue is that when a public figure goes through a religious shift…everyone notices.. and the person will face a lot of pressure.. as expectations of others built on them crumble and projections people have on that person breaks.. It happens in relationships.. when one partner grows and changes.. and the other has difficulty accepting that change which can change the relationship or end it :-/
Many thousands of people are going to feel this projection-breaking regarding Doreen Virtue. As evident already, pagans and new agers will be upset…and some Christians will use this as proof and propaganda for the ways of Jesus and Christianity.
And then will come the greatest service Doreen Virtue will have done for them.. that those who followed her New Age teachings and ways will all question their own paths & beliefs on their own merits..rather than on the words of someone else.. And then the people will go forward with their own divine beliefs..
My only concern with the Doreen Virtue matter is that it was wrong of her to suggest that people should not use her new age books/ angel cards etc. She must trust (or rather we must trust) that at that time..she was a divine channel.. and those creations came through her to help others.. Now she’s a channel for another energy.. and others will benefit from her.. when the dust has settled on the sensationalism of this story.
A final thought ? Nothing remains the same..even remains change. Everything is cyclic. That’s why we pagans honour and celebrate the wheel of the year. And as some elders & teachers pass away (from our world) others will be growing in wisdom & divinity and become Teachers to fill those gaps. When one mighty Oak tree falls.. in its place a new sapling will grow to become another big Oak!
In the past year or so I have become aware of many of my spiritual friends having connections with Angels..  My sister’s own channelling abilities are growing.. and I myself have become drawn into work with Archangels..
In short -and in a tongue in cheek way, I’d say the angels are now talking to us now.. instead of with Doreen Virtue!
Bright Stellar Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Mystic Mani – Magical Empowerment, Coaching & Consultancy

Notting Hill Carnival 2017

Held each August Bank Holiday since 1964, the Notting Hill Carnival is the largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe (and second only to the one in Rio). Every year the streets of West London come alive, with the sounds and smells of Europe’s biggest street festival. This year’s carnival is now taking place on sunday 27th & Monday 28th August 2017.  The one on bank holiday Monday is with the big parade!!

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Gather with fun-loving Pagans & friends, go attend this biggest festive event in London.. Wear a mask, a costume, bring food & drinks to share..and join in this free-flowing street festival!   It’s perfectly safe.. I’ve been there on my own and with friends many times.. 🙂  Last year I even did some fan filming for my own Doctor Who London fan series..and got to pose with some police & other revellers!

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Anyway ..keep your selves safe at all times.. don’t take silly risks.. but you can keep out of trouble and have a perfectly brilliant time..

Here’s useful info if you decide to go on your own or with others:

• Ladbroke Grove: closed on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday

• Latimer Road: closed after 11.30pm on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday

• Notting Hill Gate: on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, the station will be exit-only between 11am and 7pm and the Circle/District lines will not stop

• Westbourne Park: exit-only between 11am – 6pm and closed at 11.30pm on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday

• Royal Oak: exit-only after 11am and closed at 6pm on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday

• Bayswater: on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday between 11am – 7pm, you may want to use this station as Notting Hill Gate will be exit only and Circle/District line trains will not stop there

• Paddington (Hammersmith and City and Circle lines): on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday you may want to use this station instead of Notting Hill Gate or Royal Oak, as both these stations will have entry restrictions.

• Other nearby stations: High Street Kensington (Circle and District lines), Holland Park (Central line), Queen’s Park (Bakerloo line) and Shepherd’s Bush (Central line).

Mani

Folk event: Carshalton Straw Jack (2nd Sept’17)

This is an old folk custom..and in the area of south London (close to Sutton/ Wallington). .

“The Straw Jack is a harvest celebration held in September at Carshalton in Surrey. Jack is a male figure made from the last straw in the harvest and he is ceremonially burned after a full days revelry involving drummers and musicians, touring around the local pubs. If you’ve seen the Straw Bear at Whittlesea he’s not dissimilar (see entry for Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival). Characters such as the Sweepers, the Corn Dollies and the Reaper Man will be there and if you’re lucky you might get a piece of Jack to take home as a souvenir. Tree hugging takes place on the stretch of walk before arrival at the Hope on West Street!

In the evening Jack is dismantled, bundles of straw are handed around the crowd, and everyone takes turns to burn their bundle in a brazier in the beer garden at the Hope.”   (taken from http://calendarcustoms.com/)

Carshalton jack 2017 poster by Mani Navasothy

Approximate Pub venues (time Jack arrives & departs), the route to next pub.. –  info taken from their website http://www.strawjack.co.uk

1.  Racehorse: , West Street   Arrive  from 11:05 Depart 12:15
(then walk along  West Street, Festival Walk, Ponds  ..and arrive at..)

2. Woodman / Coach & Horses:   High Street   Arrive 12:35 Depart 13:30.      (Then walk along High Street, along to Charles Cryer Theatre, Grove Park, Mill Lane)

3.  The Sun, North Street :   Arrive 13:55 Depart 14:55
(then walk along North Street, Camden Road…)

4.  The Railway, North Street   Arrive 15:15 Depart 16:15  (then walk along North Street, West Street Lane..and finally arrive ..at..)

5.  Hope, West Street  Arrive 16:30

6. Burning of the Straws will take place around 19:30 dependant on weather.

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-Mani

Astro-Potential is High! (forecast on Venus, Sun, Mercury,Jupiter & Saturn transits this weekend)

Hi all.. following the Solar Eclipse, I’ve decided to be more regular with my astrology forecast blogs…starting with this one.  No long spiels…no fancy graphics..Just simple words of suggestions 🙂   here goes:

Yesterday,  retrograding Saturn went DIRECT in Sagittarius.   No doubt Capricorns (ruled by Saturn) and Sagittarians (where Saturn is transiting now) will be very relieved to hear it.  After all it’s been going on since early Apri’17.  This saturn-direct is a very good news indeed for all ..and especially for those 2 signs. If you’ve felt held in place and as if your nose was rubbed against matters you rather not have given attention to..  and learn what needs learning..  you’ll now feel released to forge ahead forward with inner strength and stability gained over last 4-5 months.

Today  (26th August’17) Venus (love, romance, luxury, arts & beauty) has arrived in the flamboyant sign of Leo (which recently hosted 2 consecutive new moons and a total Solar Eclipse to boot!);

This evening Sun conjuncts retrograde-Mercury (in Virgo) – which might be a sharpness of the mind and welcome relief under the otherwise mercury-retrograde period – a case of mind & self being as one.

Tomorrow there’s a very good Jupiter-Sextile-Saturn taking place – powers of widening horizons bending with long term stabilising influences of Saturn (added factor of Saturn actually being in the sign of Sagittarius which is ruled by Jupiter).

All in all.. it’s gotta be a good few days..after the recent disruptions..especially of the venus-squaring-with Uranus disruption that probably clouded everyone on all day Thursday?!

Now is a good time to catch up on roads not taken..and checking or laying foundations…for better futures.

be brave…make those decisions you are stalling on.. and take those steps…!!

-Mani Navasothy
(Mystic Mani – Magical Empowerment, Coaching & Consultancy)

Blog of Mani Navasothy – Author, Astrologer, Pagan Teacher, Wiccan High Priest & Holistic Coach

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