Wiccan Apprentice Course (woodland based, in 3 parts) – starts 4th sept16 – Wimbledon

Many in my meetup group have asked for a deeper, extended covering of Wicca, so here it is – a course in 3 parts. It is still suitable for beginners, but each subject is covered in much greater depths, and includes meditations, pathworking, and magical / ritual work – to embed what you are learning!

This takes place over 3 consecutive Sundays in September. You don’t have to do all of them.. (but if you did, it will form a cohesive deeper and practical experience of Wicca). You may attend one or more.

• Part 1: Sacred Space & Energy (Sunday 4th Sept)

• Part2: Horned Gods & Moon Goddesses (sunday 11th Sept).

• Part 3: Practical Magic, Covens & Initiations in Wicca (Sunday 18th Sept)

Fee: £13 per session. You can book/ rsvp now for each course, and turn up and pay by cash on the day.

The following structure has been devised by me.


wiccan apprentice 1 of 3 (c) Mani Navasothy

Part 1:   Sacred Space & Energy –   (Sunday 4th September 2016)

You’ll experientially learn about the following :

Magical energy preparations/ work:

• Chakra system of personal energy centres will be explained, with a practical meditation to experience this;

• An energy attuning pathworking will be led by tutor (using 4 element imagery, as well as growing horns & branches, and connecting to the Earth centres using imagery of growing roots.

• Consecrations – you’ll first see a demonstration of  purifying and blessing, using Salt & Water,  incense and Candle / lantern,  the tools to use, and the usual wiccan words; Then each student will get a chance to practise the consecrations;

• Circle casting:   Using your own wand, athame or the tutor’s wand,  you will earn the visualisation, energy work and practise casting a magic circle.

• Elements & Quarters:     The reasons and methods of calling/ invoking the undertaken elementals at the quarters inside a magic circle will be explained and demonstrated with words and symbols(invoking pentagrams, and element triangles) to be drawn;  You will then practise this;

• Transpersonal qualities:   There will be further explanations of the qualities invoked with elements, colour and symbolic correspondences.  An exercise will also be  undertaken by us – for internal elemental exploration and transpersonal balance.

• Witches Rune:   Often used in Circles for energy raising (creative poetry written by Doreen Valiente – mother of modern Witchcraft).   We will allocate some time to exploring the Witche’s Rune, the symbolism inherent in it, and have several practice chants of it.


wiccan apprentice 2 of 3 (c) Mani Navasothy

Part 2:   Working with God & Goddess in Wicca:   (Sunday 11th September 2016)

You’ll experientially learn about the following :

• God forms in Wicca:   This includes Cernunnos, Hern, Pan, Green Man, Dark Lord (Death), Sun God, Odin, Osiris …amongst others.   The symbology of Horns, hooves, antlers are explained, as well as some discussion on the demonising (Pagan god seen as satan/ devil) of the god by non-pagans. We’ll deal with any hidden fears, old conditionings and prejudices, and work transpersonally to reconnect with the Horned God of Wicca and his empowering wildwood energies. Chants will be taught and used.

• Goddess form in Wicca:   We’ll explore the Triple-Goddess imagery used in Wicca- maiden, mother and crone, as well as the various examples – Dianna the Huntress, Isis , Cailleach, Hecate, Gaia and more…

• The God & Goddess cycle in Wicca explained with diagrams and notes- ie the maiden Persephone’s abduction at Autumn,  motherhood, rejuvenated Bride arriving back to land at Imbolc;  Marriage of God & Goddess at Beltane;  the sacrifice of the God at Lammas; coming of Dark Lord at Samhain; Birth of Sun-child at Yule and more.

• Invocations, evocations and Charges of God & Goddess :  What happens after circle is cast and energy raised in a coven?   How are the god & Goddess brought into the Circle?  Who carries those energies?  What is the Drawing down of the Moon?   And Sun?  How does working with God & Goddess empower Witches?   All will be explained with brief demonstration of postures.

• We’ll go through some invocations and learn to use them.  (which you can use in your own or group rituals).

• Charge of the Goddess – the poetry work created by Doreen Valiente – mother of modern witchcraft will be looked.

• Cup and sword pathworking – to meet the God and Goddess.


wiccan apprentice 3 of 3 (c) Mani Navasothy

Part 3:   Ritual Magic, Covens & Initiations in Wicca   (Sunday 18th September 2016)

You’ll experientially learn about the following :

• Principles of Magic & Divination explained using the hexagram;

• Main forms of ritual magic practised in coven-wicca explained and demonstrated (Candle magic, cord magic, healing work, rune magic).

• We’ll do one piece of practical magic.

• Making of tools and how to consecrate them in a circle will be covered, with an option for you to consecrate one of your tools (wand);

• Coven structures,  initiation degree systems; some preparations and quests that seekers of initiation must undergo (no oathbound coven secrets will be divulged! But published materials will be talked about, and any misconceptions/ fears you have will be addressed as long as it does not breach wiccan secrecy oaths.

• All about your Witch-Name :  What is it? Why?  How do you go about choosing one?  When is it used? and more.


What to bring

• For your own comfort, please bring any food/drinks lunch (Please avoid eating during course delivery, unless otherwise stated on the day !);

• bring flask of hot drinks.

• ***Bring comfortable cushion/ mat to sit on, as well as a blanket / throw to wrap up ..during meditative work (or if it’s just cold).

• Please wear warm coats, socks (those ankle socks are pointless…as gnats and mosquitos will get you !), scarf..

• We’ll have some wine for ceremonial parts of the course & for a bit of social after

• Strictly no exotic substance/ drugs etc!

• Note books/ pen .


Recording / photography policy

No private recording by phones/ dictaphones.

No photography during course delivery & practise. .


Course notes / voice recording  by Tutor:

Some printed notes will be provided

Parts of the Course will be recorded (voice only) by the Tutor, and uploaded to a private link, where students who attended the course can listen in a few weeks after the course to refresh their minds.  (only informative parts. Pathworking etc will not be part of this.


Practical Details for the Day (venue/transport).

Public transport:

You can get to Wimbledon (served by Train, buses, tram, tube).

From Wimbledon, take bus 93 going towards Putney.

Get down at `Wimbledon Tea rooms’ stop

Walk 5-10 minutes along a small road to Wimbledon Tea Rooms, inside Wimbledon Common.

By Car:

You can drive in and park your cars for free.

Meeting point:

Please gather at the outdoor seats of the Tea Room/ Cafe by 11.30am.   Once all are gathered, we’ll all walk up into the space set up for the course (close to where we held the course in February & July’ 16).

End time:

We will break for lunch and short tea/coffee breaks. And we shall aim to finish by 5pm..


Links to the Meetup events for these courses (where you can pay by paypal)

• Part 1:   Sacred Space & Energy  (Sunday 4th Sept)

 Part2:   Horned Gods & Moon Goddesses  (sunday 11th Sept).

• Part 3:  Practical Magic, Covens & Initiations in Wicca  (Sunday 18th Sept)

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
( Wiccan High  Priest & published Author)

Photos :Ther – Chariot festival at Ganapathy Temple – Wimbledon (7Aug16)

I attended the Ther (annual chariot festival ) at Ganapathy temple yesterday with my mother, and met a few relatives and friends🙂 Also managed to to Ganapathy mantra 1000+ times (counting on fingers ..without my chanting Rudraksha was a bit difficult at times.. as we’re all walking..and much was going on.. )

It was amazing, spiritual and absolutely festive as ever. This time around I was able to focus more on the different aspects (forever studying and decoding the intricate ritual aspects and their meanings.. much of it is not usually taught in schools..except to Brahmins who are training to be Hindu Priests).

So here are the tons of photos. You can see full explanations under each photo in my facebook album.. (it’s my intention to preserve the meanings, and share that with those interested).

Om Maha Ganapathy Nama!
-Manivannan

Hindu Chariot Festival at Ganapathy Temple (Wimbledon)

Dear all,

there are many who honour and worship the Hindu Elephant-headed God Ganapathy (Ganesh). He is a remover of obstacles! In London, this time of the year, the Ganapathy temple conducts their annual festival..which culminates after many weeks of celebrations and special poojas, with the Chariot Festival (Ther).
I will be attending this, and walking with the deities with the large chariots ..along the side roads.. to gain full divine blessings of Lord Ganapathy.
You are most welcome to do so.. (even if it is only for part of the journey).

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Directions:

Buses will be diverted in that area.. Please check TFL website for updates.

Nearest Tube: Wimbledon (District line)..Then bus 200 goes closer to Effra Road. `Colliers wood’ and `south Wimbledon’ are also nearby tube stations (Northern line) ..from which you will need to either walk 30 mins..or take buses to get to Effra Road.

Temple Address:
125-133 Effra Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 8PU.

Time:
The Chariot Festival will begin at 8.30am in the morning,.and conclude around 1pm…Then deities will be taken inside temple..fore more prayers / poojas..

(I aim to be at the temple by 8am. On this occasion, I will NOT be waiting to collect / organise anyone…as following early morning shower/ purification and meditations, I will be observing silence and get to the temple asap..to begin worship).

a temple roll.jpg

As some are already aware, last year (2015) in Autumn, I began organising/ facilitating `Hindu Magic Rituals’ in outdoor venues…

There has been a little gap. With this Ganapathy festival, I will be re-starting a full set of Hindu Magic rituals.

I will of course be sharing these events also in my other meetup  `London Woodland Witches & outdoor Pagans’ .

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

 

Pan’s Picnic 2016 & Wicca Lammas Harvest Ceremony in Trent Park, London – 31July2016

Pan’s Picnic 2016 & Wicca Lammas Harvest Ceremony in Trent Park, London – 31July2016

Join us for Pan’s Picnic – to celebrate LAMMAS 2016. (Free outdoor/ woodland event – Family-friendly – to mark the Harvest time with Ceremony and social).

Lammas: “All that rise shall fall again.”. says the popular pagan poetry! The newborn Sun-child of Yule has grown to be a rampant and playful youth and lover at Spring, committed man and husband at Beltane and responsible Sun-King at Midsummer. And at the time of Lammas, at the height of his supreme power, the King steps down- or rather gives up his life force to the land! This is harvest time in the fields, where Corn and other such grain are harvested. John Barleycorn is `baked’ and sacrificed. In God mythology, the God willingly gives himself up and the Goddess cuts him down, so that his blood may feed the land. Though it may sound alarmingly gruesome, this is to be seen in terms of symbolism, and not actual! The spilling of his blood is in fact the falling of the grains and seeds to the ground, that they may produce next year’s crops! Just as the fallen seed sleeps safely within the soil, till winter passes and next spring, so the spirit of the Lammas-King enters the underworld.  (taken from www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk ).

Fees:   £3

RITUAL : 

**Ritual will be facilitated by our Team of Trainee-coven members**

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   – ie with elements calling, chants, magical work and so on.

Video:

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)

Directions:

1. Get to Cockfosters (north end of Piccadilly Line Tube station).  Come out of Tube station, and turn right onto Cockfosters Road. Stay on same side of road.   walk on Cockfosters Road for 5mins – go immediately past Petrol station, then Cemetry…  Then you will come to park Gate (big wall/ gate) called `Cockfoster Gate’

2. Enter Trent park..  Walk along the path / road…for 5 mins..  Go past a small monument..   and you will come to a Cafe & Car park areas (with toilet building nearby).

Meet us by the cafe tables.

3.  When ready we will walk a little back along the path, to a side field.

If you are late..you can just enter the park…walk 2- mins (past a pond on the right) and turn right into the field (without going on to the cafe).

Here is the aerial map.

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

 

link to our meetup event

Wicca Lammas 2016 & Pan’s Picnic at Trent Park

Sunday, Jul 31, 2016, 1:30 PM

Trent Park (north london)
Cockfosters Gate, Cockfosters Road, Greater London, GB

35 London Woodland Pagans Attending

Join us for Pan’s Picnic – to celebrate LAMMAS 2016. (Free outdoor/ woodland event – Family-friendly – to mark the Harvest time with Ceremony and social).Lammas: “All that rise shall fall again.”. says the popular pagan poetry! The newborn Sun-child of Yule has grown to be a rampant and playful youth and lover at Spring, committed man and husband…

Check out this Meetup →

Night of the Cradle : Ritual for Birth of Goddess Isis (photos 19July16)

Night of the Cradle : Ritual for Birth of Goddess Isis (photos 19July16)

Our 4th annual event for `Birth of Goddess Isis’ was held by the river Thames in central London yesterday. The date was fixed to take advantage of the full moon & low tide..almost 6 months ago.. but who could have predicted it was going to be the hottest day so far in London?🙂 Ah..that’s the Magic of the `real’ Isis.❤

here’s some highlights..🙂

Hail Isis!

-Mani

Introduction to Wicca – outdoor course for Beginners (Wimbledon, sat 16th July 2016)

Join me in this one-day outdoor course, suitable for beginners & seekers of Wicca!

As a nature-based religion, the best way to explore Wicca is in a natural setting! So I have run these since 2006 in various woods & pars of London. Yes at times it’s cold or it rains… but we prepare (that too is part of being a Nature-Witch!)

Wiccan Path for Beginners -16july16 (c) Mani Navasothy

Who is this course for?

This course is to introduce Wicca & Witchcraft to beginners & seekers! I often see so many people stumbling or making some mistakes or are nervous at rituals- so here it is – a full introduction. This is for any and all those interested or curious about Wicca & Witchcraft and like a simple, down to earth, friendly introduction…the whole lot in one half a day..!

Times:

• Gather at Tea rooms : 10:30am-11am

• Course start: 11:15am

• Course ends: 5pm.

• Tidy up/ additional chats: 5pm onwards.

 

Course contents:

• Origins of Modern Wicca (notes given. Brief verbal outline)

• Wiccan Law & principles (notes given. Brief verbal outline)

• Altar setup & Wiccan Ritual tools

• Consecrations, sacred space & magic circle

• Working with Elements & Quarters

• Horned God & Moon Goddess

• Magic & Spellcraft in Wicca

• Wheel of the year – related seasonal myths & rituals explained

• Initiations & Coven life – brief outline

**Fee: £18.

You can also pay cash in person. Please rsvp `yes’ and then pay the fee in person *at the start* of the course. Thanks.

You may join my Meetup event for this and rsvp, or just turn up with preparations (see below), and pay in person at start of the course.

What to bring

• For your own comfort, please bring any food/drinks lunch (Please avoid eating during course delivery!);

• bring flask of hot drinks.

• ***Bring comfortable cushion/ mat to sit on, as well as a blanket / throw to wrap up ..during meditative work (or if it’s just cold).

• Please wear warm coats, socks (those ankle socks are pointless!), scarf.. ***(I say this every time, and 1-2 people still attend with unprepared attire and shiver at our events,. It is uncomfortable to look at and distracts others. So please heed this advise. Thanks. )**

• We’ll have some wine for ceremonial parts of the course & for a bit of social after/

• Strictly no exotic substance/ drugs etc!

• Note books/ pen (some printed notes will be provided).

 

Recording / photography policy

No private recording by phones/ dictaphones.

No photography during course delivery & practise. .

Practical Details for the Day (venue/transport).

Course space will be set-up in advance by Organiser

You may bring packed lunch or buy at nearby Cafe (affordable cakes/food & coffee etc ).

 

Arrival & meeting:

You can arrive by public transport (train to Wimbledon, then a quick bus trip of 10 mins..and a gentle walk of 10 mins to the meeting spot)..or drive in and park your cars for free.

Once all are gathered, we’ll all walk up into the space set up for the course (close to where we held the course in February 16).

Please gather at the garden seats at Windmill Tea room by 11am. We’ll walk 10 mins into the woods to the spot where course will take place.

We will break for lunch and short tea/coffee breaks.  We should be finished by 5pm…and it allows for tidy up/packing canopy, and some informal chats afterwards.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
(Gardnerian Wiccan High Priest)

Meetup event for this:   Oneday Wicca course Outdoors in Wimbledon for Beginners (London Woodland Witches meetup)

 

 

 

Hindu Auspicious Dates 2016 (July-Dec)

Hindu God Ganesh (Ganapathy)

 Hindu God Ganesh

Hindu  auspicious Dates 2016  (July – December).

Hi All, apologies for not doing this 6 months ago..  I have put together this list for Hindu auspicious dates/ rituals take place in 2016. (dates collected from various online sites, as well as the booklets published by some of the major Hindu temples in London that I frequent).  As many know, Hinduism is just full of so many events, fasting days, auspicious dates..  So this is just a part of that spectrum.. (one’s that are of interest to me at the moment..where I do Hindu magical works).  Note that this list is also published as a page under my main menu (submenu under Hinduism) so you can always find it there.  Bright Blessings.  -Mani  

 

1st July- Prathosham –  special day for Shiva worship (bi monthly)

7th July- Sathurthi – special day for Ganapathy (monthly)

15th July- Ekathasi – special day for Vishnu (monthly)

17th July- Prathosham

22nd July- Kodi etram at Ealing Durga temple (hoisting of flag- annual event)

24th July- Kodi etram at Wimbledon Ganapthy temple (hoisting of flag- annual event)

29th July- Ekathasi

31st July – Prathosham

6th August – Sathurthi

7th August – Wimbledon Ganapathy Ther festival (Chariot through streets)

12th August – Varaluxmi Pooja – sacred day for worshipping of Luxmi (Lakshmi) Goddess of Love & wealth (equivalent of Venus). She was born of the churning of the seas, and God Vishnu marries her.

14th August – Ekathasi

14th August – Ealing Durga Temple- Chariot Festival

15th Aug- Prathosham

25th Aug – Krishna Jayanthi 

28th Aug – Ekathasi

29th Aug- Prathosham

4th September– Vinayagar Sathurthi (Chaturthi) – Birthday of God Ganapathy / Ganesh celebrated .( It falls on the fourth day after new moon in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada)..The festival begins with the installation of huge elaborately crafted statutes of Ganesha in homes and podiums, which have been especially constructed and beautifully decorated.  It’s forbidden to look at the moon on this first night as legend had it the moon laughed at Lord Ganesha when he fell from his vehicle, the rat. On Ananta Chaturdasi (the last day), the statues are paraded through the streets, accompanied by much singing and dancing, and then immersed in the ocean or other bodies of water. (see below for blog).

12th Sept- Ekathasi

14th Sept- Prathosham

26th Sept- Ekathasi

28th Sept- Prathosham

1st October – Navarathri begins . Nine nights of the Goddess festival/ rituals for Durga, Luxmi & Saraswathy. (see below for blog)

2nd Oct- Wimbledon Ganapathy temple- Chandi Omam

4th Oct- Sathurthi

9th October- Saraswathy Pooja.

10th October- Vijayathasami (vijayadhasami) – the 10th day after Navarathri festivals is celebrated as a day of victory and special day (also said to be when Lord Raman returned to his kingdom, with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman, after having been exiled in the forest for 14 years).  see below for blog.

12th Oct- Ekathasi

13th Oct- Prathosham

26th Oct- Ekathasi

27th Oct- Prathosham

29th October – Deevali / Diwali  (Deepavali – Tamil for path of light) – major Hindu festival of light.

31st October –  kanthashashti fasting (viratham) begins – sacred time of worship for Murugan, god of war (brother of God Ganesh)

3rd Nov- Sathurthi

5th November- Kanthashashti  / *Sooran Por (demon war) – Murugan defeats the Demon.Sooran Por   (skanthashashti) – final day of the sacred rituals for Murugan.

6th November – Thirukalyanam– wedding of Murugan.

12th Nov – Prathosham

26th Nov – Prathosham

3rd Dec- Sathurthi

10th Dec- Ekathasi

11th Dec – Prathosham

12th  & 13th Dec-  Karthikai Villakeedu – Day of light for all hearth & homes. Homes are decorated with many small lamps on doorways, entrances.

24th Dec- Ekathasi

26th Dec- Prathosham

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