All posts by Mani Navasothy

Visionary Artist, published Author, Astrologer, Pagan Teacher, Wiccan High Priest & Ritual magician, Photographer/ Digital Film Maker; Sci-fi/ Doctor Who fan!

Jeremy Corbyn awarded Peace Prize in Geneva (December 2017)

IPB – International Peace Bureau awarded the Séan MacBride Peace Prize to Jeremy Corbyn  on 8th December 2017.   The  Ceremony was  organized in cooperation with the World Democratic Forum and the City of Geneva.

Mainstream media silent as Jeremy Corbyn wins International Peace Prize

“Jeremy Corbyn is awarded – for his sustained and powerful political work for disarmament and peace. As an active member, vice-chair and now vice-president of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the UK he has for many years worked to further the political message of nuclear disarmament. As the past chair of the Stop the War Campaign in the UK he has worked for peace and alternatives to war. He has ceaselessly stood by the principles, which he has held for so long, to ensure true security and well-being for all – for his constituents, for the citizens of the UK and for the people of the world”

The event took place on 8th December 2017,

PROGRAMME

Opening
by Lisa Clark and Reiner Braun, IPB Co-Presidents

Welcome
by Rémy Pagani, Mayor of Geneva

Presentation of Award to Jeremy Corbyn

Laudatio to Jeremy Corbyn
by Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Speech
by Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party UK

Closing Remarks

Reception

 

The above is taken from the official website of International Peace Bureau.

http://www.ipb.org/events/macbride-peace-prize-to-jeremy-corbyn/

One other site who reported this is:

https://evolvepolitics.com/mainstream-media-silent-as-jeremy-corbyn-wins-international-peace-prize/

-Mani Navasothy

 

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Jupiter conjuncts Venus – 13th Nov’2017

Jupiter & Venus are said to be the most beneficial planets of all..and they conjunct today at 08:15am (GMT / UT) in the sign of Scorpio.

Internet is buzzing with posts about observing this – here’s some clear info.

Jupiter & venus will be rising very close in the East at 5:58am GMT.   (if you are facing East, it will be to the right of East).   They will be very close to one another but the actual conjunction is at 8:15am.    So you might think you have from 5:58 am to 8,15am to watch this.  But No!     Sunrise (in London) is at 7:11am.  That’s also in the East and even before the sun rises..the light of brightening eastern horizon will start to be so string that compared to this pre-sunrise light, the little dots of Jupiter & venus will not be seen. (you don’t see stars in day time for same reason..  sunlight drowns it out!)

So to be safe, I’d say you have between 5.58am and about 6.30am   to spot the Venus & Jupiter conjunction.

Jupiter conjuncts venus 13nov2017.jpg

 

As you know Jupiter rules Sagittarius , and Venus rules  Taurus & Libra.  So people of these signs will have the biggest impact from this beneficial aspect.   Oh..and Scorpios…whose sign is where all this is happening.

To be honest..because 2 of the most beneficial planets are involved, everyone is going to be positively aided by this stellar blessings…if you are open, optimistic and willing to receive that (traits of sagittarius there!).

Check your own birth charts..and look at the spot of 7’32” Scorpio..  that’s where this is happening..  See what house that falls in..that’s the sector of your life that will feel gain the most from this..(ie health, self, wealth, work, romance, career, friends etc..).

Blue Moon & Total Lunar Eclipse (31Jan’2018)

Another major astrology news..very excited to tell you that 31st January 2018 happens to be a Blue moon (2nd full moon in same calendar month) AND also a total Solar Eclipse in the sign of Leo.  More details & analysis/ forecasts will be added here in this same blog post so come back and check in a few weeks.

ps. the second Blue moon in 2018 occurs on 31st March 2018.  More on that and eclipses soon.

Please do share this news so magicians & ritualists can take full stellar advantage of this.

Stellar Blessings.    -Mani Navasothy

Blue moon & lunar eclipse 31 January 2018 (c) Mani N

The Horned Goddess – photoshoot project (2017-2018)

The Horned Goddess – photoshoot project!
Horned Goddess photoshoots
Hi all.. Horns & Antlers are a power symbol in nature for many animals.. and used for protection. It’s not just sported by male animals.. The deer may only have males (stags) having elaborate Antlers.. but Cows, goats, sheep, Bulls..
also have horns..
In pagan spirituality, we honour and worship many horned God figures.. (Herne, Pan, cernunnos).. but few horned/ antlered Goddesses are seen.. (Elena, Baast).

I saw the art work that my friend posted on facebook ..(of a Horned Goddess image)..and it reminded me of my long term wish to create some new photographic images of Horned Goddess..

As you can see from attached pics, I’ve worn Antlers many times over the past 13-14 years ..(since my eh.. obsession(!) with Hern the Hunter started ..resulting in the founding of woodland ritual shamanic group Hern’s Tribe in 2004). But what I really like is to do now is build up plenty of images of women in Antlers & Horns..! So.. am hereby launching this project!

So what am I looking for?

1. Ladies who are interested in being `Horned Goddesses’ 
(ie dress up, put make up, wear costumes, shamanic props..and pose for photos in natural settings.. woodland..parks..riversides.. hills.. forts.. neolithic sites.. by castles..caves…etc).
–Age/ acting ability – all welcome.
–Magical/Pagan? – nope.. if you are happy to pose as Antlered Goddesses..then am not complaining. ..as long as you can take artistic directions.

2. Crew / Team of creative people – to get involved and help me co-create this. I have a vision..but need help. Make up artists, costume creators / lenders, prop-makers, drivers with cars, supporters! Location scouts..

3. Costs – let’s be creative and innovative..and keep costs to minimum.. Everyone involved can come out of this project with brilliant works for their portfolios, experiences. Unless we have someone who can be a generous Benefactor, or unless we set up a crowdfunder to cover costs.. we just have to cover our own expenses, own travel cards. Only exception will be if I drive out, then i can take 3 people (essential to that shoot) in my car.. (Crowd funding, some 2018 calendar sales are all possibilities.. but I like to get started with shoots soon).

when?

While some planning/ development is needed, am not one for delaying this any longer.. Of course it will be ongoing throughout Autumn/ Winter and into Spring/Summer of 2018..but it starts NOW! 🙂 Let’s aim to get some of this done..in Autumn.. before all the leaves change colour and drop.. 🙂

If you are working with me..then be ready to run with the Horses & Stags.. or plod on with the Turtles.. My policy is …`shoot fast..and think later’ :-p

So don’t think too much.. Follow your intuition/ gut.. and jump in ..if interested..!
Reply to this message and I’ll start coordinating..or send me a private message ..or to one of my pagan `pages’ and we’ll take it from there.

Bright Earthy Blessings
-Mani Navasothy.

ps.  I posted this on my facebook wall on 5th October 2017.  It’s been a while but have been getting 15+ interested people/ ladies already.  So it’s time to plan further.

Contact me by sending me a message using form below please so I can communicate directly with you via e-mails etc.  You have to be able to get to London or nearby so I can get to you..(1-2 hrs by car).

Retrograde Planets in 2018 – important news

Dear all, some staggering news – In 2018, there will be a phase during which no less than  6 planets will be in retrograde motion!  Yikes.  That’s going to be one intense period (7th -18th August 2018).  Of course there are many other 5-planets / 4 planets retrograde periods also taking place.

As in years before, I have created an extensive infograpics !  (took me 3 hrs doing this manually working out data and creating the graphics!  So please ..if you share this, kindly give my blog http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net a mention / credit).

And come back to THIS blog post, as I add more details & analysis of the retrograde motions/ dates/  forecasts.

Stellar Blessings

Mani Navasothy

ps.  In 2018, I will begin to offer my astrology chart / forecasting services to individuals

Astrology part 2: Jupiter enters Scorpio!

Major shift coming up (astrology forecast):

Jupiter enters Scorpio - Astrology forecast by Mani Navasothy

Jupiter is changing sign (after a year of being in Libra) and moving into Scorpio. That’s going to have a major impact on Scorpios & Sagittarians.. Librans will have enjoyed the positive influences, gifts and blessings that Jupiter (higher benefic) brings for a whole year.. And now it’s the turn for Scorpios to enjoy those benefits for the next 12 months 🙂

As for Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter- they will have felt the energies and qualities of Libra in their lives..striving for balance, harmony, beauty. But as Jupiter enters Scorpio…weelll.. Sagittarians are going to get all intense, go through some deep transformations, will be sorting out their powerbase, and generally gain authority and be in positions of power.. (if all that Saturn influences for the past 3 and a half years has been duly processed by them).

A little warning to others.. You know how you always are wary of Scorpios.. ? 😉 Well.. for the next year, give Sagittarians the same cautious respect..or you’ll find yourself in complex power & manipulative games you can not hope to win with them.. unless of course you are a Scorpio that is :-p

Bright Stellar Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

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Astrology forecast 1 (squares coming up)

Astro-Alert for next few days!!!

We have a number of squares taking place..and it may prove to be initially stressful..So just hold it together. Squares generally create energies and influences that can only be resolved by taking action, rather than holding it in.

Here’s a quick note on these.
1. Mercury in Libra -squares- Pluto in Capricorn (affects Gemini, Libra, Scorpio, Capricorn).
2. Sun in Libra-squares-Pluto in Capricorn (affects Leo, Libra, Scorpio, Capricorn).
3. Mars in Virgo- squares-Saturn in Sagittarius (affects Aries, Virgo, Capricorn, sagittarius).

Although these zodiac signs are directly affected.. (because that’s where the planet is currently transiting through or those are the signs that are ruled by said planets), generally everyone is influenced by any aspects.. First rule of *astrology – everyone is influenced.

astro

You’ll need to be aware of the following areas / aspects of your everyday lives..Bear in mind, in general,
-Mercury rules the mind & communications;
-Pluto is scorpionic and governs transformation, sex, intensity, power & control;
-Sun governs our whole being, soul, energy, health;
-Mars affects energy, masculine issues, new ventures, fights/ wars; and
-Saturn gives us hard lessons, governs long term stability, authority issues, shadows, fears, limitations.

*(ps. am not entering into debates here about if astrology is real or not.. That’s for you to decide..and discus elsewhere. I write these for those who belief and follow it..and can do with some advance notice).

There is also a major shift coming.. Jupiter is changing sign (after a year of being in Libra) and moving into Scorpio. More on that in another post:

Bright Stellar Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

 

On Pradosham, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra & Rudraksha chanting beads

On Pradosham, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra & Rudraksha chanting beads:

Pradosham (Prathosham):

Today is Pradosham – a special day for worshiping the Hindu God Shiva.
This happens twice a month.. a few days prior to full moon and new moon.
It is a day to worship and pray to Shiva, and seek the clearing of our karma, and release from the ever going karmic cycles of life-death-reincarnation-life-death-and on.

Myth of Mrakandayar:

It is said in Hindu myths that when a boy (Markandeyan) was born, his parents were told he will die on his 16th year. While they were happy to have a child, they were sad to know what is to come. However Markandeyar began to grow and became a devotee of Lord Shiva, and learnt the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (among other things).. and used its power to seek Shiva’s help. And on his 16th birthday, when Lord of Death came for Markandeya, Lord Shiva appeared and warded off Lord of Death.and thus Markandeya was saved.

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra:

Here is that Maya Mrityunjaya Mantra / Tryambakam Mantra / Markandeya Mantra:

“Om tryambakaṃ yajāmahe
sugandhiṃ puṣṭivardhanam
urvārukamiva bandhanān
mṛtyormukṣīya mā’mṛtāt”

It means :
1.Om, We Worship the Three-Eyed One (Lord Shiva),
2.Who is Fragrant (Spiritual Essence) and Who Nourishes all beings.
3. May He severe our Bondage of Samsara (Worldly Life), like a Cucumber (severed from the bondage of its Creeper), …
4: … and thus Liberate us from the Fear of Death, by making us realize that we are never separated from our Immortal Nature.
(note: meaning taken from http://greenmesg.org/m…/sri_shiva-mahamrityunjaya_mantra.php

shiva

Rudraksha chanting beads/Mala:

Hindus often use the Rudraksha mala (necklace) to chant the Mantras and count the number of chants.. It can amount to 108 times.. or 1008.. or several hundred Thousand times.. which takes purity and discipline over many days..weeks..months to complete.

Rudraksha beads are seeds coming from the Rudraksha tree.. It is said that Shiva once thought of the suffering and plights of people on Earth, and he wept for their suffering. His tears fell to earth and where they had landed the special Rudraksha tree grew..and so the seeds from that tree became a divine symbol of Shiva’s compassion for humanity. The seeds have many `heads’.. either 1, 2, 4, 6 ..12 and are expensive depending on how they are harvested and sold. (fakes abound too in the market).

Do’s/ Don’ts on Rudraksha:

Although people wear these beads and walk about like they are models on a religious fashion show.. the power of the Rudraksha beads is in total secrecy. Wearing it gives protection to the wearer. It must not be seen or touched by anyone else.. or when you have not bathed or eaten meat of any kind. also not during sex.. or if you have touched your genitals then don’t touch the Rudraksha. Also during chanting, you must not use index finger. You must not wear it and go to the toilet ..or ever place it on Earth (if you do all the hundreds or 1000s of chant powers you accumulate on it will be gone immediately and you have to start again). It’s protective power comes from not the seeds or mala (necklace) itself.. but in the way you use it to chant mantras many hundreds or thousand times..

If you must wear a Rudraksha beads as fashion item..to show how spiritual you are..fine.. but keep that set for show..and keep a more private mala for actual spiritual/ magical work..and follow the rules I have stated above..

I once wore mine in public…(only time) when carrying a Kavadi at a Hindu Chariot procession…dancing along the Durga Chariot for 4-5 hours. No sooner had that event finished.. I was putting it away..and my mala fell to the ground. So almost a year of work was gone.. I then reconsecrated it in sacred temple waters ..and rededicated it to Shiva and began using it for chanting again.. (moral of this is that… Gods grounded any public energies..and I had to reset!)

(I have much more say on this.. but it is intensely private..so plan to share insights only in a face to face course or workshop).

Upcoming Pradosham dates (2017):
-3rd & 17th October
-1st & 15th November
– 1st & 15th December

I had wanted to write about these 3 items for over year and finally here it is. 🙂

Last year for Shiva Rathri (night of Shiva) I organised a woodland fire ritual & chanting..but this year I went straight to temple.. However I hope to organise a Pradosham ceremony/ and/or a Shiva rathri ritual in the future..for those who are very serious about this work.

Om Nama Shivaya.
-Mani Navasothy

connect with me on facebook  www.facebook.com/ManiNavasothy

ps. incidentally when I did not know any mantra’s I started chanting with just `Om Nama Shivaya’ and gained great & immediate relief/ benefits, which led me to the Maha Mantra (Hare Krishna), Gayatri Mantra (Om Bhur Buvasvana..) and to this Mrityunjaya Mantra ..and many more.

 

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)

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