Astro-climate: Next 3 weeks of thrills, spills and Towers falling!
We are currently under a few powerful astrological transits involving the shocks & surprises planet Uranus…who is retrograding..! On Monday Venus trine Uranus. Today Mars-trine-Uranus. On Friday few hours before new moon in Virgo, Sun trines Uranus. Then on sunday Mercury trines Uranus (while Venus trines Saturn).
Next 2 week there’s a mixture of trines, oppositions and squares.. So these coming 3 weeks is going to rattle us all over the place.. This weeks’ Uranus aspects are all trines..positive..but Uranus is going retrograde. So I get the feeling of Towers falling.. !!
In the immediate moment, what surfaces might feel shocking and painful…but because the aspects are trines, I do believe that it’s all going to be necessary evil/ good..for a better future. Lance to boil sort of thing..
I started to feel tremors in my own life some week back..and certainly…in last few days.. (aspects seem to hit me a few days in advance…probably cos I try to get ahead as an astrologer but they get me anyway…or maybe it’s their way of alerting me.. by putting me through the ringer first.. And what happens is I slowly `stabilise’ and can then hold the fort..for all around me..or write stuff like this..).
I’ll try and give it time to write about each of those aspects coming up over next few weeks.. (come back to this same blog post- I’ll edit it with more specific details soon).
Author Teacher Wiccan High Priest
Shadows shitting & maladjusted Magicians dancing !!
(aka. get your head sorted before you do magic and hurt anyone).
Divorce, splits or separations are hard and emotionally chaotic for anyone. In my experience ..anything that ends badly has a fall out on friends and families connected to the people. More so for magical people connected to magical groups or communities. I’ve seen elders who have been together for decades and then split and one party gets all crazy and abusive….leaving the rest of us utterly shocked..!!
One such person was even heard to have said he suspected me as some opposing force and hell-bent on cursing me.. He possibly did.. There also followed (independently..or perhaps connected) some other nasty online bullying by other magical / pagan people I had known. It was not a happy time in my life.. Many things fell apart.. I almost lost my credibility…many communities…and much more. All I could do was appeal to my Gods for Justice.
Years later..I have heard that justice has been served.. All those who had bullied me at that phase of my life have had their lives unravelled.. Some fled the country on other issues. Some lost their acquired riches…some suffered splits…Some turned in on themselves and became shambolic.
They may have cursed me hastily..without knowing all the facts…that does not make them innocent! It makes them magically irresponsible and emotionally stupid. I on the other hand was the innocent who suffered,.and wisely I only appealed to my Gods.. I did no sit down and curse anyone in return. I would never risk that.. without knowing all the facts.
Before anyone gets all hot-up, let me say again.. that I did not do any magic. I live by magic.. and truly by my gods. I don’t pretend values and ideals like some do and get hypocritical behind the scenes ( like those people did). I merely spoke to my gods and called for Justice. Gods took their time..but justice was served.
I’ve learnt much since those days.. My own magical knowledge and skills has grown since my nappy-naive days of 2012. These days, anyone accusing me of anything should be very careful of what they are saying. Be sure of your facts.. Be equally sure of your own sanity.. Don’t go chasing shadows and project them on to me.. or anyone else. I do not take kindly to that kind of shit anymore. I follow my own ideals, heed my own gods, and warrior-priest codes. Am a Priest if you want my spiritual help. Am a warrior if you try to claw me down! Simple! (It took me decades to work this truth out..that I can be a Priest and a Warrior).
Another word of wisdom:
Too much magic without Earthly practical grounding can imbalance the mind. Your own Shadows will run amuck and grow and take you prisoner. You will loose your judgement. you will accuse others of taking sides ..rather than seeing others as trying to help a vulnerable 3rd party/ persons. You’ll see everyone who does not agree with you ..as `friend of your enemy’ … and if you are a (maladjusted) magician / witch/ wizard, you may even do some unkind / dangerous magic to attack someone else.. where by you are attacking an innocent individual…!
I say one thing for anyone falling down this kind of shadowy path – “Frack-off off and get your heads & hearts sorted.. ! And until you do, please take your selves off any public positions of authority you hold…”
Author Teacher Wicca-Priest
ps. recently an old Witch friend who is going through a messy split tried to draw me into their issues. It prompted me to write this. But the matter can also apply to other people in power / authoritative positions who are using their community platforms as personal propaganda platforms. Not cool!
Welcome to London Woodland Witches’ very own Pagan pub moot – a monthly social! Pagans of any path – wicca, witches, Druids, Heathens, Shamans- all are welcome.
Our meetup is growing..and is popular… and before major rituals and afterwards… we end up at the Woodmans pub..socialsing . We don’t get enough time to converse.. chat ..lounge about.. get to know one another more.. and form more friendships. And especially for some attendees, our rituals might not give enough of a moment to talk to us and others.
Then there’s the case of Wicca..and all the questions you ask me.. just before a ritual.. or during setting up altars.. or just when am packing up.. or just when am ..exhausted and have to run and get my last train!!
And I really love to be in a better position to answer your questions..!
After considering all this.. we are starting our very own Pub moot.. to give all of us and new comers plenty of time..to chat, socialise and even get some crazy magical plans and projects going..
we are currently not hiring the room..so it’s an open pub environment..
If it gets popular..we’ll think about that sort of thing.. It also means there’s no fee. We just gotta turn up.. grab a large table and seats and ait for more of you to arrive.. 🙂
And you have between 7pm to about 11pm to arrive and socialise…(and beyond..but organisers will leave around 11pm).
So just come along… bring some money for your own drinks.. (wine, beer, tea/ coffee, snacks, soft drinks, dinner, crisps – whatever you fancy buying at the pub for your self).
Meeting point (Woodman’s Pub) —-
address: 414 Archway Rd, Highgate, London N6 5UA*
Meet in the heated patio area of the Pub. Usually by table 505 or 500.
Date : Thursday 5th September 2019
Duration: 7pm to 11pm
We look forward to seeing you
Love & Bright Blessings
-Mani & Louisa
Link to our meetup event for this London Woodland witches Moot – sept 2019
Few weeks ago, one attendee came up to me and said that someone outside of this meetup – had claimed they were the ones who trained me (Mani) in wicca. I did not know whether to burst out laughing or take my magic wand and smite them!! :-p
The following is a direct e-mail message I have written to all the members of my meetup group `London Woodland Witches Wiccans & Pagans’ . A copy is being blogged here for info purposes.
I’ve been in the work of creating magical community events, running rituals, covens, training etc for over 2 decades now. My lineage is strictly Gardnerian, and I studied Wicca ..originally in WSG- Wiccan Study Group – run by world renowned Wiccan Author/ Psychologist / Wiccan High Priestess Vivianne Crowley & her husband / High Priest Chris Crowley. I’ve also been trained by and worked with the late Maureen Brown (High Priestess & Counsellor/ Therapist), and I have been mentored by the late Jean Williams (another of the great Wiccan Elders). Other elders (Laura, Mike, Rufus, Melissa, Caroline) have trained and coached me much over the years. Morgan, Heather and April have been my magical partners in the past.
Since my own initiation in 1996, then my reaching 2nd degree/ High Priest status in 2001, I have trained wiccans, initiated others and run several covens in the past. I have also been running outdoor/ woodland rituals in London since 2004.
On a wider level, I have 2 decades of connection with The Pagan Federation in various key Organiser roles (PF London Events Organiser for 7 years, now PFL Media Officer), and I am well-known to Wiccan Elders in UK, and to Pagan communities & organisations in London & Uk. (Owners of The Atlantis Bookshop, and Treadwells Bookshop know me well!).
I am trained in Transpersonal psychology & Counselling skills, and I work to empower everyone using these magical events that I run.. and indeed via any interactions/ conversation opportunities I get. Am quite know n for making personal disclosures when making real-life points..if it helps others. I do not ever hide behind fame names or abstract / 3rd person conversations. Those are my strengths..not weaknesses. (Not everyone can pull that off and still run a decent magical ritual – and work hard and earn the appreciation of those attending).
Now to the rumours– I have never been trained by anyone else other than the people I have stated above.. and have no connection whatsoever with any Traditional, Cochrane or other lines. Anyone else claiming to have trained me or magically worked with me is simply seeking their own fame or authority ..via my own 23 years of hard work, and should be taken with a pinch of unconsecrated salt..to be thrown out of a magic circle. 🙂
Until now (5 years of running this meetup) I have **never** needed to write something as direct or extraordinary as this message… I’ve simply let my hard work and my ritual team’s hard work speak for itself. People come… enjoy our events…speak highly of it.. Some stay and chat and become friends. Others find other friendships. and they go home. And tired but happy, the me and my team goes home too!! . (Running events for the biggest most active wicca/pagan meetup is never a walk in the park! It;s more a crawl in the woods!! 🙂 That’s that. No grand plans.. !! I am certainly not into testimonials, TV interviews ( i reject so many), fancy over the top costumes, photo shoots, aggressive or underhanded recruitment tactics etc etc.. but recent events have made me realise it’s time to address this matter…set some records straight . And I now have!
If you have any questions or concerns…well.. you don’t need to bribe my team mates to get access to me… You already know my name.. You know my events and where I’ll be.. and you know my e-mail. And some of you even know my number! So..come find me..and we can talk ..face to face.. down to earth!
And if anyone approaches you with my name/ my authority…just walk away. They are NOT legit. Because I do all my own work..writing emails.. and communications.
ps. In another e-mail I will be writing about wicca training coven we are setting up, and some group boundary issues…that some people are blurring . There are those who keep enjoying my kindness ..wisdom and hospitality….and then vilify me elsewhere.. Time has come to set those matters straight too!
The Perseids are one of the most prolific meteor showers of the year. Born from the orbital debris of comet Swift–Tuttle, the Perseids produce spectacular fireballs and intense peaks. The meteor shower is active every year between mid-July and the end of August.
The annual shower is active between the nights of July 17 and August 24.
This year, astronomers expect the Perseids to explode in intensity on the night of August 12 and August 13.
Here in the UK, the Perseids will be best seen when the skies are darkest.
According to the Royal Observatory, this will be between midnight and 5.30am BST.
The Observatory said: “The radiant of the Perseids is actually alway above the horizon as seen from the UK, which means that observers in the UK should be able to see some meteors as soon as the Sun sets. Therefore it is worth looking up in the early evening.”
When viewed from Earth, the meteors will appear to break out into our skies from a single point or radiant in the constellation Perseus.
In reality, however, the meteors will come flying from a different part of space altogether.
In order to watch the Perseids on the night of the peak, look out for a dark and open space with an unobstructed view of the horizon.
Meteor showers are best observed if you can see the entire night sky at once.
The Royal Observatory said: “Meteors can appear in any part of the sky so the more sky you can see the better.
“Find an area with a clear view of the horizon and away from trees and buildings.
“Binoculars and telescopes are not necessary as they will restrict the size of the sky that will be visible to you.”
If you decide to watch the Perseids in the open next week, remember to dress appropriately for the weather and allow your eyes to adjust to the dark.
Article/ info source: The Express
A friendly open meeting for all interested in the old Heathen beliefs of Scandinavia and Northern Europe.
The meeting opens at 2pm with all the usual chat about everything from food to religion to football! There will be a short talk and introduction at 3pm, followed by a seasonal ceremony starting about 3.45pm. This will be about 40 minutes after which we will continue the social side until about 7pm.
The meeting is held in an upstairs room with no wheelchair access. We are currently looking for a more convenient venue. There is a 2 pounds fee to cover hire of the room.
This moot is part of Hendon Heathens – and is held on the last Sunday of January, March, May, July, September and November. Includes a ceremony and occasional guest speaker.
Join Hendon Heathens (facebook) to keep updated with this moot and other events.
Dawn of the Oak is a monthly pub meet-up in London for pagans, witches,Heathens druids and other interested people. . Usually takes place on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
The aim is to provide a casual, safe and friendly environment for pagans to meet and learn from each other. Whether you’ve just started learning about paganism or you’re an old hand, you’re welcome to come along and have a friendly chat and a pint or just a coffee..
The Sir John Oldcastle
29-35 Farringdon Road, EC1M 3JF London, United Kingdom
Time: 3pm to 6pm
Organisers : Geoff Miles
This Moot is open and accessible to all who are disabled, and is also Wheelchair friendly.
THIS MONTH’S MOOT WILL BE A WEEK EARLY DUE TO MOST OF US BEING AT THE ASGARDIAN FESTIVAL ON THE 3RD SUNDAY..
Short 3 min video clip of the Chariot procession in Wimbledon this morning.
Lammas Blessings to all.
Here are Some wonderful pics of our Woodland Witches – Lammas Altar – 2019. Corn Goddess image, and Corn King mask for ceremony.
Join our meetup and stay updated for our upcoming Ceremonies. https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/
We are open to new people joining our ritual team…people who show sincerity, some long term commitment, and willingness to be patient and work well with existing team. If that interests you..first stop is to com to some of our rituals and see how we do things. 2nd stop is to come to the smaller full moon / new moon training circles and start taking on smaller roles.. 🙂
Next Wicca new moon circle is tomorrow Friday at Queen’s woods.