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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!

Horns & Crowns – A Pagan Picnic in Richmond Park (SW London) 19May18

Something Royal is happening in Windsor.. And the media will be in full throttle about it. If you like to get away from it..and escape to one of the Royal parks in London.. and hang out with like-minded Pagan & Magical folks.. this is the event for you.

Richmond - Crowns & Horns picnic

Come dressed in your flower crowns..and Horned head-dresses..or just outdoor attires.. Bring your ground sheets, food, drinks and picnic.. Bring your sun lotions & insect sprays.. Flasks of coffee & Tea..or cash for the cafe where you can get snacks..

Free carpark & toilet facilities in Richmond  Park.

Hopefully we’ll spot some deer too..

  • Saturday 19th May 2018.
  • Duration: 12pm to about 4pm.
  • Venue : Richmond ParkThe plan (approx):1. We’ll meet at Richmond station foyer coffee shop.. (12pm). Take bus 371 to Richmond Gate. (stop at `American University’ then 3 min walk).2. At Richmond Gate (1.00pm), we’ll walk up to `Pembroke Lodge’ (car park/ cafe/ toilets) ..gather others coming by cars..then walk on to a spot for picnic. If you are coming by cars, you can park here and wait for us to arrive ..Safety with Deer / wild life:

    Observe a safe distance from any wild animals like Deer. This is NOT rutting season so they are usually not aggressive…But be safe. Also be less intrusive..and not spook them. After all Richmond park is a wild life sanctuary for them.

Historical note: We first ran a `Stag Watch’ event for Hern’s Tribe on 29th October 2012–

Bright Blessings . `May Hern protect us’

-Mani Navasothy

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TODAY: The Pagan Pride Parade London 2018 (20th anniversary)

This is the 20th Anniversary of the Pagan Pride Parade London!

Pagan Pride Parade London 2018 -event coverSunday, 13th May 2018.
12 midday – 6pm
Russell Square, London, WC1B 5, United Kingdom
Nearest Tube: Russell Square (Piccadilly Line)

This event is FREE
Join us to celebrate Paganism in all its forms, by marching in the oldest Pagan Pride Parade in the UK.

We will all gather in Russell Square from 12pm, where our team of organisers will be located by the central water fountain. Then, at 1pm we will begin the march of our parade.

With giants, dragons, drummers and dancers, we’ll take over the streets of London and let our Pagan banner fly high. Get dressed up in your finest Pagan attire, perhaps don a mask, bring a drum or another instrument. Whatever you want to show your Pagan spirit.

At the end of the parade, we will all return to Russell Square, where we will continue to make merry, with Morris Dancers, stalls and a picnic.
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Please bring your own food for the picnic, or alternatively, you can get lunch in the Russell Square café, located in the park, right next to where we’ll be.

This event is completely free, family friendly and a great day out where you can meet like minded people from all across London and further afield. So, be sure to join us for the 20th Anniversary of the Pagan Pride Parade London.

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-Mani, Hildegard, Luth, Phil, Geoff, Rebekah

Beltane Blessings to all! (art works)

Beltane Blessing (c) Mani Navasothy 2018

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Happy Beltane - art by mani navasothy 2018

TLC: Full moon Ceremonies by river Thames, central London (April, May, June 2018)

We’ve been holding Full moon ceremonies & other rituals by the banks of river Thames – in central London, Hammersmith, Putney & Richmond – since 2006! (Under the group name `Tamesa London Circle’).  Five years ago these evolved into Thames-Isis rituals (Isidias Navigatum in March, Birthday of Goddess Isis in July, Quests of Isis in October, Submerging Sekhmet and so on).

We continue to hold monthly full moon ceremonies by the river banks in central London, as it seems easily accessible to many and popular.  The dates for TLC full moon rituals are now set for April, May & June 2018 (In July, it is an eclipse, so the ceremony will be different).  Events are already set up for my meetup group `London Woodland Witches Pagans & Ritual Magicians’ (link at the bottom).


TLC: Scorpio / Beltane Full Moon Ceremony by river Thames (29Apr18, London)

TLC full moon 2018

Ginger up some love spells before Beltane!! This is the eve of a Scorpio full moon (known as Beltane moon, Honey moon) and we’ll be gathering literally in the potent 7 hours prior to the Full moon! (Full moon is this night at 00:58hrs). The Thames tide is lowest at 9.15pm. So Let us come together and honour the Lady of the Moon, Father Thames, and Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and blend it all and do magic at the Heart of London.

Link to meetup event TLC Scorpio Full moon April 2018


 

TLC: Sagittarius Full Moon Ceremony by river Thames (29may18, London)

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Farsight! Aim your sights to distant Horizons This is the night of Full moon in the firey sign of Sagittarius – half man half horse, the archer, warrior!
Let us come together for our monthly `Tamesa London Circle’ (established in 2006), and honour the Lady of the Moon, Father Thames, Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and blend it all and do magic at the Heart of London. and do magic within for setting intentions of expanding our personal horizons with farsights.

Link TLC Sagittarius Full moon May 2018


 

TLC: Capricorn Full Moon Ceremony by river Thames (28June18, London)

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This is the night of Full moon in the Earthy sign of Capricorn – realm of the mystical Sea-Goat!! Let us come together for our monthly `Tamesa London Circle’ (established in 2006), and honour the Lady of the Moon, Father Thames, Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and blend it all and do magic at the Heart of London. and do magic within for setting intentions of expanding our personal horizons with farsights.

Link TLC Capricorn Full Moon – June 2018


 

Basic details

No prior knowledge or experiences of wicca or ritual magic is necessary for you to attend this. Just come with an open mind. Be friendly and non-intrusive. Connect with others, and join in the ceremony.

Outline: 

Creating sacred space with consecrations, circle, calling of elemental quarters, energy raising with chant & circle dance, invocations of deity & tamesa serent, full moon magical work, blessing of food & drinks, feasting/ social, tidy-up, visit to local pu if time permits.

Fee: Suggested donation : £3 appreciated. Thank you.

Meeting point:

Gather outside the Green area of Tate Modern Gallery (main doors). We’ll walk down to the banks of Thames and do this ceremony. If you are late, just find the steps, walk down to river bank, and join us. 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, but in a secluded spot..where there is usually some sand. 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. bank of Thames after previous tide will be full of new things and sharp objects. Take extreme care with your own health & safety. You are responsible for your safety.
**No children allowed**
**Unfortunately the location is not suitable for anyone with walking disabilities**

What to bring:

• Please dress appropriate for weather! (we carry on Rituals regardless of weather).
• Please bring food & drinks to share ( bread & cheese / humus are a good start) and any soft drink/wine that you like to share with others in circle.
• a torchlight is a good idea. Feasting/ sharing food & Drinks:

After the ritual circle on the river bank is completed, some people leave for home. Others stay behind to socialise. We tend to go back up to street level, to the grassy green area outside Tate Modern Gallery and socialise/ share food & drinks.. If it’s raining, we just go to the nearby Pub within sight.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

Organiser/ Wiccan High Priest

 

 

 

 

 

Wicca Course: Working with Horned God & Moon Goddess for Magical Empowerment (London, outdoors)

An outdoor experiential course suitable for all beginners, and those following the Pagan or Wiccan path, with an interest in ceremonial / ritual working with Horned God forms and Moon Goddess forms. Such work is transformative and deeply empowering.

Horned Gods, Moon Goddess, wicca, empowerment, ritual magic, invocations
1 day course -Ceremonial work with Horned God & Moon Goddess for magical empowerment – 2nd June 2018 – by Mani Navasothy

 

New date:  Saturday 2nd June 2018

Course Contents

• God forms in Wicca: 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.

• Moon Goddess in Wicca: We’ll explore the Triple-Goddess imagery used in Wicca- maiden, mother and crone, as well as the various other significant examples used in wiccan wheel of the Year.

• Wheel & The God-Goddess cycle of the Year : 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 energie? What is the Drawing down of the Moon? And Sun? How does working with God & Goddess empower Witches? All will be explained.

• Examples of invocations (use on your own at home or group rituals).

• Use of masks/ crowns/ horns & props – for working with wildwood God & Goddess energies.

• Divine Masculine & Feminine pathworking with various symbolisms (transpersonal created to work with intuition & subconscious mind for empowerment) – to meet the God and Goddess.


Respect & Confidentiality:

During the course, Please refrain from chit-chats or constant interruptions. All personal matters shared in our sacred space must be kept confidential. please avoid using mobile phones during course delivery.

Fee:
Use these secure paypal links to pay for your confirmed spot:

wicca God & Goddess 12may18- Standard fee £18 per person.

wicca God & Goddess 12may18- Concession fee: £13 per person.

Alternatively you may RSVP now ..send a message to tutor to reserve a space…and pay fee by cash at the course at start.

 

**new** Date :   Saturday 2nd June 2018

venue:  Queen’s Woods   (Tube: High Gate – northern line)

Meeting point:  Woodman’s Pub patio/ garden. ( Archway Road).

meeting Time:  11.00 am meeting at Woodman ‘s pub garden. Please arrive early for coffee/ snack and some meet and greet with fellow students. Course begins at 11.30am in woods..

Lunch:
Please bring packed lunch. Or you can walk to `Queen’s Woods cafe’ (this is about 5 mins walk from our course-spot in woods). Lunch break is 45 mins. There will be 2 other short breaks. **Please arrive quickly after breaks so we can re-commence the course**

Rain/ weather:
Course will run with tarpaulin cover over our seating area. Come dressed appropriately for (insects abound in summer time).
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What to bring (optional)

• Please bring food/drinks/ lunch (Pls avoid eating during course delivery);
• Bring comfortable cushion/ blanket / throw to wrap up ..during meditative work (or if it’s just cold).
• Please wear outdoor appropriate clothing/ shoes.
• Strictly no drugs any time!
• Note books/ pen .

Recording / photography policy :
-Not allowed during course delivery & practise.

Course notes :
-Do take notes!! Some printed notes will be provided. e-mail additional notes sent afterwards.

Attending the course indicates you will abide by all guidelines set here in.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
(Gardnerian Wiccan High Priest)

——  Links to meetup events for my  Courses / workshops ———-

 

 

High Magic Workshop 2: Planetary Kameas, Seals & Element pentagrams (London, outdoors)

We begin a series of workshops for teaching tools, techniques needed for psychic protection, safety, making sigils, talismans & charms and doing deeper level High Magic rituals.. These are often kept `secret’ or students have to read hundreds of pages of books (Golden Dawn, Keys of Solomon), or end up trawling internet for not so well-thought out blogs. People often copy what they see, without checking for mistakes which then get propagated..and don’t produce the results they want in their magic.. or worse ..the mistakes create magical side-effects that can cause more psychic problems with supernatural beings, entities, spirits. One tiny mistake can easily cause someone many years of problems. (been there done that!)
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High Magic Golden Dawn Planetary squares Kamesa seals Sigils Psychic protection
High Magic workshop 2 – Planetary kameas & seals – 9th June 2018 – by Mani Navasothy

In this practical workshop, you’ll be taught:

-The Element invoking pentagrams for Air, Fire, Water & Earth (and banishing pentagrams), and explained how they derive from the astrological chart (High Magic).
– Introduced to the system of Planetary Hours, and what day/ what hour precisely to do planetary magical spells for better results.
– System of magic squares (Kameas) and their planetary connections, that further enhance planetary magic; How to systematically create/ draw them for initial invocation of those energies; What metals to use;
– Use of Planetary seals (sigils/ symbols) used to create talismans and charms.
– How to create deeper sigils for specific spell-casting, using Kameas (this is often never explained in online blogs. And neither am I going to blog it).

Unlike our other courses/ workshops, teaching High Magic requires much more organisation & attention, efficiency and practise. Teaching these require clear step by step progress, less chit-chat or social distractions, learning tools that then help with further tools and techniques. So all students will be given a `workbook’ at start of course, for taking notes & doing exercises.
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Date :  Saturday 9th June 2018

Duration:  12pm – 5pm

Venue:  Queen’s Woods, High Gate, North London

meeting point:   Woodman’s Pub (garden / patio area, 12pm;  Archway Road, High Gate)

Book now (secure paypal):
The cost of this course is valued over £40. But as an introductory offer, fees are kept at £20/£15.

Standard fee : £20

Concession fee: £15

You may RSVP by all means (( meetup link at the bottom of this blog), but please complete payment for a confirmed space. Spaces are kept strictly limited for purpose of teaching subject matters efficiently. After the course, you’ll have access to video tutorials by Tutor for viewing and practice.
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Preparation:
(This is an outdoor course, so please attend with proper weather-appropriate clothing, pack lunch, note book, and attend after a good night’s sleep for focus. I do my best to teach in a down to earth, easy to understand manner, but some concepts and work still require good focus and attention on your part. Understanding principles is important in high magical work so that there are no doubts or uncertainties, through which `problems’ can creep in).

Personal note:
Until now, I have kept all my teaching to Wicca, paganism and what i call `low magic’ work that involves chants, candles, cords. However, behind the scenes, when people have contacted me via websites & pages privately, i have done my best to advise them. But as with many things, prevention is better than cure, when you are upto your eye balls in psychic attacks, hexes and entities. So am starting these workshops to help others and share important magical works in psychic protection & magical safety!

Bright Stellar Blessings

-Mani Navasothy
Author, Astrologer, Ritual Magician & Wiccan High Priest
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Links to Meetup for workshops in this series:

High Magic Workshop 1: Kabbalistic Cross, LBRP & Creating Archangel sigils (London, outdoors)

We begin a series of workshops for teaching tools, techniques needed for psychic protection, safety, making sigils, talismans & charms and doing deeper level High Magic rituals.. These are often kept `secret’ or students have to read hundreds of pages of books (Golden Dawn, Keys of Solomon), or end up trawling internet for not so well-thought out blogs. People often copy what they see, without checking for mistakes which then get propagated..and don’t produce the results they want in their magic.. or worse ..the mistakes create magical side-effects that can cause more psychic problems with supernatural beings, entities, spirits. One tiny mistake can easily cause someone many years of problems. (been there done that!)

High Magic Golden Dawn LBRP Archangel sigils Psychic protection
High Magic1 course – LBRP, Kabbalistic Cross, Archangel sigils 20th May 2018 – by Mani Navasothy

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 clear use of god names, energetic visualising, drawing energy, creating pentagrams and calling on archangels. So it can be done anywhere.

In this practical workshop, you’ll be taught LBRP step by step, showing:

– 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.
In addition to teaching this in slow step by step, and all students then practicing it in a group several times (so that you can go home and do this on your own with full confidence), we’ll also be covering:
– The Rose Cross wheel used in Golden Dawn, the Hebrew names of the four Archangels, and how to write their names in sigil forms. This technique can then be used by you to write all other angelic names in sigil forms for your own talisman making and ritual magical calling of angels.

Unlike our other courses/ workshops, teaching High Magic requires much more organisation & attention, efficiency and practise. So all students will be given a `workbook’ at start of course, for taking notes & doing exercises. You will practice LBRP under supervision.

Date :  Sunday 20th May 2018

Duration:  12pm – 5pm

Venue:  Queen’s Woods, High Gate, North London

meeting point:   Woodman’s Pub (garden / patio area, 12pm;  Archway Road, High Gate)

Book now (secure paypal):
The cost of this course is valued over £40. But as an introductory offer, fees are kept at £20/£15.

Standard fee : £20

Concession fee: £15

You may RSVP by all means ( meetup link at the bottom of this blog), but please complete payment for a confirmed space. Spaces are kept strictly limited for purpose of teaching subject matters efficiently. After the course, you’ll have access to video tutorials by Tutor for viewing and practice.
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Preparation:
(This is an outdoor course, so please attend with proper weather-appropriate clothing, pack lunch, note book, and attend after a good night’s sleep for focus. Understanding principles is important in high magical work so that there are no doubts or uncertainties, through which `problems’ can creep in).

Personal note:
Until now, I have kept all my teaching to Wicca, paganism and what i call `low magic’ work that involves chants, candles, cords. However, behind the scenes, when people have contacted me via websites & pages privately, i have done my best to advise them. But as with many things, prevention is better than cure, when you are upto your eye balls in psychic attacks, hexes and entities. So am starting these workshops to help others and share important magical works in psychic protection & magical safety!

Bright Stellar Blessings

-Mani Navasothy
Author, Astrologer, Ritual Magician & Wiccan High Priest
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Links to Meetup for workshops in this series:

High Magic Workshop 1: Kabbalistic Cross, LBRP & Creating Archangel sigils
https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Pagans-Magicians/events/250138099/
High Magic Workshop 2: Planetary Kameas, Seals & Element pentagrams
https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Pagans-Magicians/events/250161896/

AstroGlossing: What Uranus did next – End of war mongering & a return to Free Love?

We’ve already had 2 Blue Moons this year..one of them an Eclipse too..and it’s been only 3 and a half months since 2018 started! In just under a month (15th May’18) there’s a huge shift about to happen…as the shocking, disruptive and innovative planet Uranus moves from fiery Aries to earth Taurus!

astroGlossing - May to November 2018 by Mani Navasothy

Uranus arrived in Aries back on 12th Match 2011… started to travel through Aries…had a retrograde motion and came almost to the early degrees of Aries by 10th December 2011…and so all that end of the world stuff, all the wars we have seen since then… with hot headed army and political boys playing with weaponised tech-toys.. intensified as we started 2012.. when Uranus started its proper and irreversible motion through Aries! Well..that’s the energy that’s coming to an end now.. (I’ve always said, Aries/Mars is like the fuse that lights the Uranus-fuel of volatile rebelliousness!).

So 15th May onwards, that energy becomes embedded in the luxury-seeking sensual earth Taurus. Definitely less war.. more love (Uranus rules Aquarius.. so I wonder if we’ll return to a new phase of `free love’..and if this is the phase 2 of the `Age of Aquarius’?! You read it here first folks! What do I know? Am just reeling it off intuitively as it comes into my mind).

Then of course we have the triple-set of Eclipses!!
13th July (new moon/partial Solar Eclipse in Cancer), 27th July (Full moon/Total Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius), and 11th August (new moon/ partial solar eclipse in Leo). I’ll be writing about that in extensive details later in a blog ( hey I wrote the first proper book on `Eclipse Magic’ back in 2012! I gotta give Eclipses some proper attention).

The other big shift is on 8th November, when fiery expansive Jupiter..currently travelling through deep & watery Scorpio, leaves Scorpio, and finally…after 12 years, arrives in the fiery Sagittarius.. a sign ruled by Jupiter! Yes Jupiter completes a 12 year zodiac tour of duty and comes home!! And Sagittarians all over the cosmos..okay just all over the World…will throw a party that will last 12 months!! (If you want to get invited to that, now is the time to get on their good side.. though being gregarious and kind and generous…they’ll invite you nearer the time anyway.. But as they are going through the `an elephant never forgets’ phase now.. it might be good to stay on their good side now..!

As for me..? I’m holding grudges this year and throwing a party in November ! 😉 :-p

-Mani Navasothy
Author Astrologer Ritual Magicial

A Theory of Evil: On the Collective, murderous instincts, Angels, Demons and Entities in between!!

Everything living has a survival instinct..and when a moment comes – to be killed or be killed, each must make a choice. That’s just biology. I also believe in the Collective unconscious, where all the minds are linked.. And that when we humans don’t deal with our emotions, repress them, we sink those shadows deep into the collective..adding to its murky waters..
It follows that every killing instinct everyone has all adds up.. every hurt person who wants to lash out at their offender.. can seek revenge by hurting back or repressing or dealing with that (process it and transform it).
Now I think that some of us are strong willed enough to sink our repressed feelings and instincts…and get on with life. But some poor sod (person) out there who has no strength of Will…but is connected to the human collective…will have a weak `flooring’ through which the repressed collection of harmful instincts will erupt out.. !!
In short, what we repress comes out in someone else.. and they become the villain…the abuser..the killer..the rapist..the murderer!
This much I have formulated/understood and believed for over a decade and a half..(since 2001 when i started learning transpersonal psychology and blending it with my own spirituality and beliefs). ps. I call this my `Volcano theory of human shadows!’ (that the visual I get).
When we are faced with such a villain, it’s easy to brand him/ her as utterly evil.. It’s humanly impossibly not to hate or vilify that person. I personally would fall for that every time.. ! We would even call that person `Evil’ . But i try to accept that…that person is only a conduit for the sum of all our own darkness and shadows!
As for Evil.. I actually don’t think there is such a thing.. shockingly!!
But there is a selfish drive in all of us..all beings..including the spirits..that were once human or animal..or were never born as such. I don’t think that dying somehow removes some of these selfish or self-preserving drives.
It is my belief now (after the last 4 years of various psychic experiences)..that the spirit world is full of creatures.. entities.. everything from ghosts of a dead worm and insects to humans..and some forces we come to call angels.. even Gods! everything wants to survive..to go on..to keep its identity. They will do this however way they see fit.. unless some altruistic feelings stop them from hurting other beings. The dead worm’s spirit will keep on trying to scour for `food’ (energy).. and that can be coming from vampiristic / leeching from humans who are living..
And the `Angels’ won’t steal from us..but try to aid.. As for Demons.. they are probably larger beings who act on their drive for energy and power ..and may temporarily `work’ to aid some humans..but in the end ..their motives are entirely self-serving.
Well..this is the grand theory/ belief I have constructed for myself over years.. and this is probably the first time I have put it all in one go..in one place.. (these exist in copious hand written notes in paper…and spill out when i give talks or workshops..in pieces)
-Mani Navasothy
–version 1: 11th April 2018
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The above was written in answer to a friend’s question about do I believe people can be evil or who they become by following a path.
That question arose in answer to my post :
Angels & Demons in our minds and magical works:
It puzzles me.. why, when we have so many hundreds if not thousands of Godforms, Angelic forces, fairies, dragons and nature spirits.. do some people leap off and seek Devils & Demonic forces to work with?
I don’t accept the explanation that they are working with their shadows. If that’s the case, the first option is a Therapist, a counselor or a Psychiatrist!
The only explanation I can think of is…those others believe that their work with `demonic forces’ is somehow more fundamental or more powerful …than any other forms or forces..such as Gods & Angels!
Millions if not billions of people around the Globe get on with their lives, without it, and at best they call on a God or Angel…more so than a demon!
Never mind them…I myself have got this far in life.. by working with Gods and Goddess forms, and perhaps some angelic energies. When certain entities are trying to intrude, a simple `Om Shivaya’ chant has been more than enough to stop it. Perhaps it’s the Gods..perhaps its my belief in the Gods.. that gives me this advantage over unknown forces. It’s safe to say, my work will always be with the light, while I carry on illuminating my own transpersonal shadows.
-Mani

The `Them & Us’ of Christians vs Witches?! (my personal views)

The whole thing of religious `Them & us’ has come up elsewhere on my wall. It relates in part to the old Witches being persecuted by Christians. So am writing this post (*1).
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The inference is that modern wiccans who practices Wicca & Witchcraft as a religious / neo pagan path.. are carrying some old `racially’ suppressed trauma of their ancestors being persecuted..and have an inherent `fear/ dislike/ apprehension/ animosity (take your pick’ or some similar feeling) against Christians!.
Truth of the matter is.. many modern witches and wiccans actually can’t prove their own lineage extends that far to the witches of the old.. I argue that there is no such `racial memory’ and that it’s just a fad..a presumed feeling.. because people love to have just historical clues and reasons for carrying causes.. (we can just believe in a cause and carry it.. we don’t’ need a historical justification or reason or validation).
Being an initiated Wiccan & Witch ( now pushing past 21 years of it..) sometimes I get the feeling I am expected to carry these `party lines’ of the `persecuted witches’.. a feeling of `them and us’ against Christians.
Am sorry to disappoint all.. but as Hindu I grew up not just going to the Temple with my family in my boyhood days, but also to adjacent Christian Churches. In fact we’d pick and choose what Gods we went to to pray for.. One example would be, when i had a strange mole on my finger, i was advised to go to the St.Anthony’s church for 7 weeks and pray, take a bit of salt & pepper, and crawl under the stand where a certain St.Anthony statue was. I did that and the mole disappeared long before the 7th week, though I completed the 7 weeks. It can be said that was my first practice of self delusion, prayer or heaven forbid.. Magic!(*2).
If anything I should have a prejudice against Buddhists..because it’s the Sinhalese people who were majority Buddhists who have caused racial violence against my Tamil / Hindu people..and murdered thousands.. back in Sri Lanka.. I’ve lived through not one but two of those episodes…running for our lives each time.
Yet I do my best to educate myself and weed out any hidden prejudices that may have developed as a result of those direct personal life and death episodes…which in theory should make me hate every Buddhist on the planet. So moral of my personal tale is.. enough of this `them and us crap’ !
I now don’t give a frack about what religion did to what other religion way before my time..
None of the `Witches’ living in our times have ever been persecuted to death enmass for their religions by another.. (save for a few individual harassment cases) .
As someone who actually has been persecuted for his religion, I think my perspective and aspirations should stand higher than these petty them-us arguments. As such, I do not ever want to see it or hear it in my presence from my open minded friends..
If I can be a hybrid of so many beliefs and not explode or go insane…then there is no excuse for anyone else(*3)!
-Mani Navasothy
Footnotes:
*1:  Am NOT a Ph.D in English, and nor do i have to worry about composing a thesis here that’s gotta hold water.. These are just my simple human sentiments.. typed in one go without editing (Thank you Mercury direct!). So please do see beyond the specifics and to the message I am trying to convey..
*2:   There are other incidents of Hindu priests advising the family of rope & water magic for finding out lost family dog, and one drunken father cursing someone with water ..and many a sessions with my grandmother who did all manner of potions, lotions, wafting of incense, flames and shamanic spitting to ward of evil eyes, o the local soothsayer lady who went into a trance and channeled Goddess Kali.. and advised devotees.
On the harsher side, I have as a boy just about sneaked a peep at a new Kali temple being consecrated with many animal sacrifices..and seeing their blood run in a small stream past me! (This is why it makes me extremely concerned when people purport to worship Goddess Kali in the west as if she’s some pussycat in their pocket.. Would they do so with the terrible Sekhmet who had an equal bloodthirsty mythical origin in Ancient Egypt? I think not.
*3:   Am sadden to hear that there’s even a divide of `Them & Us’ …from a Hereditary Witch’s point of view, towards rets of the Wiccans.