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

Events: Woodland Witches Samhain 2019 & Thames Halloween Walk

We are excited to announce 2 major Samhain / Halloween events organised by London Woodland Witches & Pagans meetup group.

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 1. Woodland Witches Samhain

  • Sunday 27th October 2019
  • 4pm to 8pm
  • North London

SAMHAIN – the Pagan seasonal festival for honoring our ancestral spirits, seek wisdom from the spirits in the veil between worlds ! Our 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 the ceremony, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved in the actual ritual.

 Fixed Fee: £5. Pay The ferryman at the beginning of the event.

Meeting point: Please meet at The Woodman’s Pub (Archway Road) from 4.00pm. You will be led to the woods at 4.30pm by The Ferryman, for ritual.

Media policy:  Our media policy is quite firm – we allow NO filming, NO recording, No interviews at any of our events- for the sake of privacy of people attending and for them to celebrate/ worship without any such `performance’ pressures. We allow some photos *after* the ritual..for your own personal memories.. You may take pictures of altar and your self or your own friends, with permission. No photos / media may be used for any unauthorised use in books, websites or other forms of publications. If in doubt, contact me directly. Please help us keep these events a protected magical space for individual worship..as wicca and paganism are religious paths. Blessings. Mani (founder/ organiser)

Link to Woodland Samhain 2019  meetup event: https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/258740411/

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2. Thames Halloween Walk & ceremony

  • Wednesday 30h October 2019
  • 7.30pm to 10.30pm
  • central London by South Bank (start from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre)

It was the Night before Halloween.. Ghosts & Ghouls were stirring and not an undead soul was resting! Keeping to our tradition.. we are holding our pre-Halloween walk along south bank side of river Thames in central London. This time on wednesday 30th October!

This is a `fun’ event with an undertone of seasonal magic. So Gather ..with costumes & lanterns by Globe Theatre (near Millennium Bridge, south bank).. After a few sips of ginger wine via our drinking horns and tankards..we’ll amble along the path… We’ll stop near Oxo tower (green area) for our annual `Thames: River of Souls Ceremony’ to honour the Spirit of Thames & Ancestors. Then continue walking to Royal Festival Hall..

Bring snacks & drinks to share.
Bring pumpkins. Lanterns (no naked flames please for safety).
Bring battery operated lights.. costumes.. masks etc.

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

Fees:  Suggested Donations £3 welcome to the `Ferryman’ (for your underworld journey)!

Meeting point/ time:
Please get to outside steps of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre / Bankside pier by 7.30pm. We’ll get organised and begin walk. We hope the 1000m walk will only take us about 1 hour at an extremely leisurely procession/ festive walking speed.

Link to this Tamesa Halloween walk/ ceremony meetup event: https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/264870006/

 

 

 

 

Choosing and using your Witch name or magical name (with Video)

In Wicca & Witchcraft Covens, Ritual groups, Shamanic Circles and Groves, a member takes on a Magical name or a Witch-Name. This Witch/ Magical name is then used within those circles and Ceremonial groups. In fact in initiatory Covens, a Seeker adopts a new Witch name, is only known by that name within the Coven thereafter. Should any member accidentally speak their `worldly’ name, the person who spoke it is firmly and symbolically `punished’ gentle scourging by coven whip!) – – not to inflict pain but as a reminder and future conditioning.

In the old days, Witch names may have been essential survival tools. When and if a member of a coven is caught by Witchfinder generals, the caught Witch is only able ..even under torture.. to reveal Witch names of other members…so true identities are kept secret.

Of course nowadays, when Wicca & Witchcraft is no longer illegal or punishable by death, that sort of life-preserving secrecy no longer exists. So why use witch or magical names?

In this video, I speak about our own given names (ones we are given at birth by or parents/ guardians) , and why Witch names are important in our magical lives. I also explain how to go on about discovering your own Witch/ Magical name (few essentials), and how to magically declare them, where and when to use them. I also speak with some examples about the Do’s and Don’ts.. some of the dangers/ pitfalls to be avoided when choosing your own Witch or magical names.

Please share this video with any of your magical groups, friends or communities who might find this useful.

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Author, Teacher, Wiccan High Priest

http://www.WitchcraftAndMagic.Uk – info on wicca

http://www.Mani.org.uk – my magical services & consultations.

Video: Wicca Circle casting by Priestess and Priest (Woodland Witches)

In a Wiccan ritual or any pagan Ceremony, creating Sacred space includes the casting of a Magic Circle – for safety and protection, and to keep the powers that are being worked with..so that magic can happen. Here we demonstrate the casting of a Wiccan Circle, with easy to learn words.

Traditionally, in a group or coven, the Priest hands the casting tool (a wand, an Athame or a Sword) to the Priestess. He then either steps aside or stands beside her and connects with her psychically and adds his energy . The Priestess channels his energy as well as her own energy to visualise and cast the magic circle (sphere). Traditionally they start at the North, move through East, South, West and end back in the North.

The Circle can then be sealed with a Pentagram. (In this video in may seem like a Earth invoking pentagram, but from the point of view of the Circle-casting Priestess, it is a Fire invoking pentagram). Once the Circle is cast, the Priestess hands the Athame / wand to the assisting Priest with a Kiss. He then places it on the Altar.

Then the magical work begins inside the Circle such as calling elemental quarters, raising energy, and invocation of God & Goddess, and more. (** Remember to ground the Circle once the full ceremony is completed!!!**)

(more videos demonstrating those will be uploaded soon).

Bright Blessings. -Mani & Louisa.

For more Wicca & Witchcraft resources- info, tools, courses & workshops we run, please visit our websites:

e-witch Apprentice (Home study) course

e-Witch Apprentice course

e-book: How to become an initiated Witch (Coven Guide)

Coven Guide: Become an Initiated Witch

Full Wicca & Witchcraft website (articles, info, videos)
http://wwwWitchcraftAndMagic.uk

London Woodland Witches meetup (open rituals)

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Video:Chandi Homam Wimbledon Ganapathy Temple (October 2019)

This year’s annual Chandi Homan – fire ceremony – took place at Shree Ganapathy Temple, Wimbledon on SUnday 6th October 2019. It took place in the middle of the 9 days of Navarathri (9 nights of Goddess) auspicious festivities. Navarathri festivities honour the various forms of the Hindu Goddesses – mainly Saraswaty (Education & arts), Luxmi (Love & wealth) and Durga / Kali (warrior, victory, protection).

Explanation of fire ceremony & invocation of Goddess Durga:

During Chandi Homan, a form of Durga – called Chandika Devi is invoked into the fire, using mantras recited for several hours by the Hindu Priests (Ayars). This includes reciting the 13 chapters of the stories of Durga Goddess slaying various demons, and is said to be highly auspicious for all participating or even merely being present and witnessing the ceremony.

The Homan concludes when the energies of the Goddess are moved from fire to the Kumbams (blessed water vessels on altar) and those are taken to be poured over the statue of the Durga Devi. Remnants of the water poured over statue are highly sacred and blessed and have the energy of Durga Devi, and are sprinkled on all the devotees by the Priest later on.

Also to be noted is the special Blessing ceremony within the proceedings. This is when the lead Priest of the ceremony is pouring sacred oil over fire in a continuous form, and others are reciting numerous blessings. That section is filmed in entirety and is included here for devotees to watch and benefit its blessings.

Do take this seriously, and watch in a mindful, reverent and spiritual state of mind – so that you can attune to these blessings and gain benefit.

Om Shakthi!

-Mani Navasothy Author Teacher Astrologer Wiccan High Priest

http://www.Mani.org.uk (official site for Wicca & paganism) http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net (esoteric blogs includes Hindu topics

Beginners High Magic Course – at The Atlantis Bookshop

High Magic course at The Atlantis Bookshop, London: Kabbalistic Cross, LBRP & Archangels sigils.

We are extremely pleased to announce this 2 hour Introduction course in High Magic being held at The Atlantis Bookshop (Museum Street, Holborn) – a historic and well-known and loved magical venue. . Previously I have run this course in outdoor woodland venues as a 6hr long session. For the first time it will be run indoors, and streamlined to cover essentials.

High Magic workshop by Mani Navasothy at Atlantis Bookshop 20Nov2019
For serious space/ energy clearing before any important high magical or ritual work, LBRP is often used by ritualists. No tool is required other than the Self, and clear use of god names, energetic visualising, drawing energy, creating pentagrams and calling on archangels. So it can be done anywhere.

This is an indoor course You’ll be taught the basics of:

– Kabbalistic Cross – bringing down divine light and beaming it in all 6 directions over the body
– Banishing Pentagrams to clear energy, using Hebrew God names
– Calling on 4 Archangels as protection in the 4 quarters.
– The Rose Cross wheel used in Golden Dawn, the Hebrew names of the four Archangels, and how to write their names in sigil forms.

venue: The Atlantis Bookshop.

Standard fee :
£20. Spaces are limited as this is an indoor and historic venue. Attendance is by pre-booked/paid Registration only.

Date:
Wednesday 20th November 2019.

Duration:
Please arrive at 6.30pm for sharp 7pm start. Course ends at 9pm.

For more details/ registration/pay fee:

Visit meetup event:https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/265472503/

OR

Visit tutor’s website: https://mani.org.uk/high-magic-course-at-atlantis

Bright Stellar Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Author, Astrologer, Ritual Magician & Wiccan High Priest

Video: Wiccan Blessing of Wine by Priest & Priestess (Cup & Wand Ceremony)

In Wicca & Witchcraft rituals – both public or private ones in Covens, during the `Cakes & Wine’ part of the ceremony, a magical couple bless the Wine. This is usually done during the `Cakes & Wine’ section that follows the main ceremony.

During the Blessing of the Wine, the Priest kneels and holds the Chalice of Wine (female symbol), while the Priestess stands holding the Athame or wand (male symbol). The Priestess then speaks the words, and gently plunges the wand into the chalice – symbolic of a union of male and female energies. The blessed wine is then offered to the Priestess first, then the Priest partakes of it. Then if there is a circle or congregation, the Chalice of wine is shared with all.

Bright Blessings.

-Mani & Louisa.

Wicca Full Moon Ceremonies – by river Thames, London (Oct-Dec 2019)

On this night, we gather for our monthly `Tamesa Full Moon Ritual’ (Tamesa London Circle started in 2006), to Call upon the Triple Moon Goddess, Honour Father Thames & attune to Tamesa serpent energies, and do magic at the heart of London. These rituals are based on Wicca & Witchcraft format.. Hindu & Shamanic ceremonial elements may also be adapted/ included in these rituals. No prior knowledge or experiences is necessary for you to attend this. Just come with an open mind and join in the ceremony.

TLC full moon 2019 Autumn

Wicca Training & Coven:
If you are interested in Wicca Training / coven work with Mani (Initiated Gardnerian High Priest with 23 years Craft & Coven experience), please speak to him after ceremony or via a private message. (see below for links to Wicca & Spellcraft courses that Mani runs)

When: (links to meetup event)

Friday 11th October 2019  – 7.30pm

Tuesday 12th November 2019 – 7.30pm

Thursday 12th December 2019 – 7.30pm

Outline of Ceremony (varies) :

-Opening pathworking for personal attunement.
-Sacred space: Consecrations & Circle.
-Calling of Elemental quarters & their qualities
-Chants, drums & energy raising
-Goddess / deity invocations
-Group magic & spells – using healing chant/ runes.
-Blessing of food & drinks and sharing
-Closing of circle
-Social

Healing & spellcraft:

We tend to do group magical work / energy raising for general purposes such as Health, wealth, love, work and some basic psychic protection. In addition, time permitting, we may also group interested recipients at centre and do healing / rune chants around them.
**(Please note: serious work on psychic protection/ cord cutting are NOT done at these general circles, as it can affect other innocent attendees. That service is only done by Mani on a private basis for a professional fees. Ask Mani about these)**

Fee:

£5 (£3 concessions for students/ unemployed/ disabled).
Please have correct amount as we don’t always have change for £10/£20 notes! Please also don’t put in foreign coins or other items. We accept only British coins/ currency. Thanks.

Meeting point:

Gather by Seats near main door of Tate Modern Gallery (facing river) from 7.30pm. We walk down down to river bank, set up altar and start ceremony. If you arrive after 8pm, come down to river bank and find us (take care on slippery steps). Join the circle without interrupting ceremony. We’re usually under the concrete over-hang/ sheltered space.

Thames & Tides:

Our rituals tale place on the actual river bank…just few meters away from the water. We organise these Thames-rituals after checking Port of London authority Thames Tide time tables.. to take place at low tide.. (At high tide the entire river bank is under many meters of water!!).

Safety:
The steps are slippery. River bank full of gravel & sharp objects. Take extreme care with your own health & safety. You are responsible for your safety.
**No children allowed**
** location is not suitable for anyone with walking disabilities**

What to bring:

• Please dress appropriate for weather!
• Please bring food & drinks to share ( bread & cheese / humus/ soft drinks).
• a torchlight & Ground sheet (optional).

After the ritual circle on the river bank is completed, some people leave for home. Others stay behind to socialise.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Organiser/ Wiccan High Priest
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Useful wicca Resources:

1. e-witch Apprentice (home study) course.
£13 per module. Study at own pace.
http://mani.org.uk/e-witch-apprentice-course

2. e-book: Coven Guide: How to become an Initiated Witch.
http://mani.org.uk/coven-guide-become-an-initiated-witch

3. Spellcraft workshop (for Beginners) – Sunday 29th sept’19
£15. 12.30pm to 5.30pm.
https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/264312697/

4. Wicca for Beginners: 1-day course (Outdoors, London)
Saturday 19th Oct’19. (10.30am to 6pm); £20.
https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/264312468/

Wicca for Beginners: 1-day course (Outdoors, London) 19th Oct’19

This 1-day introduction course on Wicca is for New comers, Beginners & seekers – all those interested or curious about Wicca & Witchcraft, and like to learn it all in a down to earth, friendly, experiential manner…!

Wicca course Beginners-Autumn 2019- v2 by Mani Navasothy

Fee : Early Witch Fee £20. Standard cash £30 (cash payment at Course).

Contents—————–

This is a basic introduction course. Brief explanations will be given as well as demonstrations, use of pathworking, meditation, energy work, some practice;

• Intro: Origins of Modern Wicca; Wiccan Law & principles;
• Energy: Connecting to nature; Chakra & Tree meditation;
• Altar & Ritual tools – athame, wands, sword, scourge, pentacle etc
• Sweeping/ purifications; Consecrations with salt & water/ incense; casting magic circle (words/ demo);
• Elements & Quarters; Symbols & qualities of Air/fire/Water/Earth in wicca; pentagrams/ triangles; invocation words (demo); Transpersonal work (4 functions).
• God & Goddess in wicca: Horned Gods; Moon Goddesses ; what are invocations & charges? who can use the energies? Empowerment; Importance of devocations;
• Magic & Spellcraft in Wicca;
• Esbats & Sabbats- Wheel of the year – related seasonal myths.
• Initiations & Coven life.

Venue:——-
This course takes place in a secluded place in Queen’s Woods, High Gate. But we initially meet at The Woodman’s Pub, Archway Road.

meeting point / time:———
Gather in patio area of The Woodman’s Pub, Archway Road, High Gate from 10.00am. We’ll be going to the woods at 10.30am to start course..

What to bring:——-

-Bring your own snack/ drink / packed lunch.
-There’ll be logs to sit on. But bring cushions/ blankets for your own comfortable seating.
-RAIN: If it rains, we’ll have a tarpaulin cover put up over the course area.
-wear warm / water proof clothing/ coats and suitable shoes/ trainers/ boots.
-Bring note book/ pens to take notes. (some typed notes will be e-mailed to you after you attend the course).

How to Register / pay fee——–
Early Witch Fee £20. Standard cash £30 (cash payment at Course).
Pay £20 now via meetup event rsvp https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/264312468/

OR secure paypal at  tutor’s website ..
–> http://mani.org.uk/wicca-1-day-course

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Wiccan High Priest / Author / Teacher

Spellcraft workshop for Beginners- 5th Oct’19 (Queens Woods, London)

This is an experiential workshop where you’ll learn and do 3 different techniques of doing ritual magic for your self. Using candles for magic, using Cords & knots for magic and using Runes for creating sigils and magic. Other magical tools such as image magic, poppets, blood magic, sex magic will be briefly explained by tutor. New comers to Wicca and those interested in Spellcraft / Ritual magic will benefit from this workshop.

spellcraft workshop 1 candle cords rune magic by Mani Navasothy

Fee : £15.00.  You can  rsvp on meetup event (pay £15 at the same time) https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/264312697/

OR pay on the day at the course.

Revised date (due to rain forecast):
Saturday 5th October  2019.

Course duration:————–
12.30pm gathering at Woodman’s pub, Archway Road, High Gate. Course begins at 1.00pm in the Woods, and expected to end by 5.30pm. There will be a short 20 min tea/coffee break in the middle around 3pm.

Meeting point & Time:————
We meet in a nearby Woodman’s pub, Archway Road, High Gate. Meet from 12.30pm to 1.00pm.

Course contents——–

— Introduction to spellcraft & Magic (in Wicca – how we do magic; within-without principle; Basic requirements; safety & warning in spellcraft; Laws of return;

— Cord Magic – Using Cords, how you can do magic; demonstration & practice with a cord (you can actually use the opportunity to do a bit of magic) . ( 1 metre cords will be provided)

— Rune Magic – Basic introduction to Runes – symbols & meanings; How to do Rune magic; Bind Runes;

— Candle Magic – Preparing the candle- anointing/ consecrating; Intention setting; Using one of the Runes learnt (in same workshop), you’ll all do one candle -magic. (stick candles – white – will be provided).

— Additional- Mani is give a brief overview of some other magical tools & techniques (poppets, blood magic, sex magic, sigils /planetary squares, and some modern alternatives such as image/video magic from his own explorations).

What to bring—–

-Bring your own snack/ drink (no eating during actual course delivery please. Eat only at break time. thanks)..
-There’ll be logs to sit on. But bring cushions/ blankets for your own comfortable seating.
-RAIN: If it rains, we’ll have a tarpaulin cover put up over the course area.
-wear warm / water proof clothing/ coats and suitable shoes/ trainers/ boots.
-Bring note book/ pens to take notes. (some typed notes will be e-mailed to you after you attend the course).

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Wiccan High Priest / Author / Teacher

Experiential Tarot 1-day Course – (outdoors/ London)

This is a 1-day experiential Introduction Course in Tarot – intended for anyone with some or no experience of reading tarot. Learn preparations, attunement, meaning of major & minor carcan cards; basic spreads- divination readings; safety and etiquettes and of course ritual magical use of tarot.

Tarot workshop by Mani - v4

Course Content ——-

-Introductions: Tutor Intro & personal intro by all students… to become familiar with one another.
-Consecration and energy work to begin the sacred space were we will be running this course.
-Introductory Pathworking taking you into the realm of Tarot.
Tarot has vivid images of towns, country side, castles, Kings, Queens, magicians, Knights and Pages. we enter this realm at the start of the course.
-Introduction to the form of Tarot – major arcanas; minor arcanas; court cards;
-Elements and symbols in Tarot- The 4 suits have 4 elements (Pentacles, Cups, swords, wands). we connect to Elements and their symbolism; we also look at some other key symbols in magic that weave through the imagery of Tarot.
– Major Arcana – one by one we’ll look at all of the 22 cards – these are the major life processes and shifts.
-Minor arcana – 40 suit cards and their meanings in a reading. everything from beginning a process, to struggles, apprenticeship, heart aches, arguments, rest, rejoice, relationship…all are there!
-16 Court cards – who they represent.
-How to connect and care for your cards : Selecting / buying, cleansing, tuning in, storing storing
-Exploration of popular Tarot Spread.- How to do simple readings; How to have personal dialogues with your cards.
-Magical & ritualistic use of Tarot cards
-Reader / Querent etiquettes and ethics- when reading for other people.

Fee : £30.00.
You *must* pay in advance to attend this fully practical 1-day course.

Date:   Saturday 28th Sept’2019

VENUE:
Course will be held in outdoor woodland setting – Wimbledon Woods.

Course duration:
10.30am to 6.00pm (In the past we have had delays in starting or after breaks.. so covering the full course has been a challenge. so please arrive promptly at start and after breaks. The course will aim to finish by 5.30pm but we are leaving 30mins extra as a buffer). Please be at gathering point at 10.30am so that we can be all acquainted and walk to the course area, set up and start on time.

Nearest Train:
Wimbledon (District Line & railway) – then take bus and walk to Wimbledon Windmills Cafe.

meeting point/ Time/ Travel Details:
We meet At Windmill Tea room (outside seating area) by 11.00am. Then we will go to the woods to do the workshop. Workshop will end by approx 4.00pm. If it’s wet/ raining, I will put up a Tarp cover, as we have done in previous outdoor workshops.
From Wimbledon or Putney, take the bus No 93. Alight at bus stop `Parkside Hospital’. Go into `Windmill Road’ and walk about 5-10mins. Turn right towards car park and Cafe/ Tea rooms.
This place has free car park / toilet facilities. Car park fills up so get there early to park.

Cafe spending (windmill cafe):
It has most types of food/ breakfast / coffees etc. If using card payment, there is a minimum spend of £10 (I know!) BUT if paying for smaller amount, they will put a fee of 50p.

What to bring——–
-Bring your own snack/ drink / packed lunch (no eating during actual course delivery please. Eat only at break time. thanks)..
-There’ll be logs to sit on. But bring cushions/ blankets for your own comfortable seating.
-RAIN: If it rains, we’ll have a tarpaulin cover put up over the course area.
-wear warm / water proof clothing/ coats and suitable shoes/ trainers/ boots.
-Bring note book/ pens to take notes. (some typed notes will be e-mailed to you after you attend the course).

How to Register:
You must pay fee in advance to attend this course.

Join the meetup event for this ..pay fee £30 to rsvp https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/264312823/

OR

Pay via paypal at Mani’s website ..
–> http://mani.org.uk/beginners-tarot-course-london

Bright Blessings
Mani Navasothy