Hymn to Pan is one of the most famous creations by the English Occultist & Ritual magician Aleister Crowley. He wrote this in 1913 (published in 1919). I had first seen this poem performed by the late Wiccan Elder Zachary Cox, at a Pagan Picnic in Queen’ Woods, High Gate, North London.. (2006?). I have seen it done by a friend few years ago (again in Queen’s Woods, at a Beltane Ritual I was facilitating for my `London Woodland Witches meetup group’ . Going as far back as 2008,
I’ve been organsing `Pan’s Picnic’ every year.. And it was now..during lockdown, while we are doing so many online zoom rituals, that I had the sudden idea to perform this poem myself. I began fully familiarizing myself with the poem at night. Each night I’d whisper it and practice..(‘cos others were sleeping in our household).
And on the night of 21st March 2021, after much delays and almost giving up.. I drove to the woods near Croydon – where I hold Hern’s Tribe rituals for some 16years. There I quietly set the camera up.. set up an altar – and heard the poem in my head as I danced with flame. When it was all done, I packed it all away …and finally set the voice recorder, and let loose reciting the poem!! And the Pan in me was fully Free!
(note: Apart from adding a little echo for the later section, no other voice manipulation was done. The throaty croaky snarly growly changes were as it happened live in 1 take of the voice recording…and almost in 1 long breath too. You can hear it once where I gasped for breath and continued!)
It’s now my quest to fully learn this glorious poem by heart.. and do it as a Self-invocation & Charge of the God Pan -in a woodland ritual, for that is what this poem is. If you study the words carefully,. you’ll see where it changes from `calling Pan’ to `being Pan’ !
“People in public spotlight can never do wrong & never do right..! Both exists all the time. When it suits the masses or media or both, they will project all the goodness on the figure and put them on a pedestal .. and when it suits the masses or media or both, they project a group shadow on the figure and hang them mercilessly.
There is something to be said about how we treat others – it’s 90% of the time a shadow projection.. . (Effectively), People are loving or hating their own suppressed/ shadow self.. (and) They just project that onto public figures! I know many learned people know this.. but being in a mild objective mood for all of 20 seconds, I thought I’d actually spell it out. To say anything else will mean many people will just slam me for taking one side or another! “
I wrote the above in connection to a friend’s wall discussion about some couple in the media.. But this applies to ANYONE in the public eye!.. and I guess I put myself in there too, as I am in the public eye. I have been so for over 20 years now.. and I can tell you, it’s never ever been easy. Before anyone jumps and shouts, yes I chose this path of public services etc – my deeper motivations `can be’ argued as ranging anything between altruism to a need for love & validation from public because I am not empowered enough or don’t have it in my life. That’s for me to know and you to speculate.
Fact remains, I chose a path of public figurehood. That doesn’t mean I chose to be hated on purpose, or like being bullied. It also doesn’t mean I chose to be `owned’ by anyone – public service does not mean public ownership. It just means that – more so than others- I chose to give more of my time for other people in an open way. (many people do this, but they do so privately.. so you can’t call them public figures’).
Think about that for a moment too. Friends in communities and groups support one another behind the scenes but they don’t announce it or talk about it.. We call that being a friend. But when we set ourselves in a position to do that to any stranger who walks into our lives, we call that public service – be it on a paid manner a professional or a non-paid manner as a community service.
Now comes a deeper matter yet. Those is public eye aren’t all bitches or bastards.. Some of them are well-meaning politicians, priests & priestesses, teachers and facilitators! (like I am, and like my father was before me, and like my uncle in another country).
People in public service are humans too. They/we/I have feelings.. and not all have a thick skin to cope with abuse, hundreds of expectations, projections both good and dark. Many come into it with a genuine heartfelt motivation.. to simply want to help and make the community or world a better place.. It might all start well.. but as their `public profile’ and exposure increases, so does the reactions/ projections by others.
Sometimes the expectations of others just become too much, too overwhelming, to cope with. This can be blamed on lack of training, lack of preparation, over ambition, unrealistic expectations of the self, or being unable to balance the needs of the self and personal life against the needs of the public service … Or a number of hundred other things!
In such cases, I have 2 points to make- 1) Training & experience: Public service is not something suited to everyone, no matter what their best intentions are – and not everyone walks into it with proper training' . It's one of thoseon the job training’ situations.
(note: I’ve held official roles such as full time Union Rep/officer/charity project manager.. before I walked into pagan community leader/facilitator roles.. so it can be said I have had some `training’.. ). No two roles have ever been the same, and the training is not so much about learning to do the tasks.. but more about cultivating a deeper personality and/or inner strength that gives the person ability to face challenges!)
That brings me to the next point 2). Mentors and Support! No one stands alone. Don’t even try. Anyone serving in any public capacity needs mentors and support for themselves. If not they can loose perspective, or loose motivation or worse, project their own shadows (fears, wants, needs, loves & hates) and start to harm the very people and communities they are serving!!!
People on early stages / years of being public servants need to have mentors who have travelled further along that road, and know signs, pitfalls and dangers.. so they can pass that knowledge to the less experienced.
People offering themselves as servers sometimes also need to vent' (offload..) or more professionally speaking, be counselled about the transpersonal issues that their service is bringing up in themselves.. like being at the receiving end of being bullied, hated, loved, sought after.. etc. Egos, buried prejudices, shadow projections all are at play.. and need to be aired out and worked transpersonally so that they are not subconsciously projected back at their clients’, students or communities!
In simplest form, this `venting/ processing’ can be fulfilled by counsel/chat with a close personal friends / partners / colleagues / trusted peers. But that can cause other issues (too complex to go into here). It is always better to have someone slightly removed and is more able to be detached emotionally..
These are just `some’ matters that people need to think about before firing off a post… slamming or vilifying a person in public spotlight.
ps. some could argue that I myself am projecting. Am aware enough to understand it.. but also aware enough to use this as a teaching point. That after all is the best a public servant can hope to do! No one is immune to their human nature! 😉 8-|
Isidias Navigatum: Blessing of Wealth 2021 ceremonyfor London Woodland Witches meetup community.
This annual ceremony was held at the start of the Spring time in Ancient Egypt, to gain the blessings of Goddess Isis upon the ships and boats (Fleet) – so that they may go forth, find commerce, resources and wealth and bring them back.
–Monday 8th March 2021
–8.30pm to 9.30pm ONLINE (Free)see link below for meetup event.
This is our 9th annual event, and is being held online (due to social restrictions). However we are including newly filmed video clips of our ceremonial altar-ship being floated on river Thames at Richmond with Goddess Isis statue onboard!
This 2-evening *online* on Wicca is for all who like to learn the full foundations of Wicca in a down to earth, friendly manner…! It is aimed at Beginners or those who have read much about Wicca on their own but would now like to learn more . Once you have completed this course, you’ll be fully familiar with all aspects of a wiccan Ritual and be able to practise wicca at full moon/ new moon and all 8 sabbats (seasonal rituals). You’ll be confident enough to work as solitary witch, or in wiccan groups.
*This is an online live-video course. Tuotor will give live explanations, demonstrations, use slides & pre-recorded video to enhance your learning experience. You’ll be provided with some notes by e-mail few days after the course. (No video replay available so be sure to take notes). You’ll also participate in group pathworking, element calling, and Cakes & Wine blessing.**
The following will be covered (but not necessarily in the same order).
• Intro: Origins of Modern Wicca; Wiccan Law & principles; • Opening: 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). • Energy raising chants • Deities: Horned Gods; Moon Goddesses ; what are invocations & charges? Empowerment; Devocations; • Ethics , Magic & Spellcraft in Wicca; • Esbats & Sabbats- Wheel of the year – related seasonal myths. • Initiations & Coven life.
Tutor——– Mani Navasothy – Wiccan High Priest, published author & ritual magician. Has 25 years of Craft & Coven experiences in London,UK.
Course date/ times: -Session 1: Monday 22nd February 2021 (7.30pm to 9.30pm ) -Session 2: Tuesday 23rd February 2021 (7.30pm to 9.30pm)
Please log in 5 minutes early so we can start on time. Also please allow an extra 30 minutes at the end in case we over run and need to complete the topics.
Fee: £27 You pay a fixed fee in advance by secure paypal to book for this course. Full refund given if course is cancelled or postponed.
Zoom / video call —- – All who rsvp/ pay will be sent a private zoom link for this event by private message 2 days before the Course. Please do not share the link with anyone. It is only for the paid students. -We will have `waiting room’ open at start, and to monitor anyone who has to temporarily leave session and re-enter. Please log in with your proper name. We will not allow any `unknown’ users/names to enter this course as they could be spammers.
Notes will be send as 10-15 pages pdf document to the e-mail you use to pay (paypal). Please provide a reliable e-mail address. Your email will NOT be passed on to anyone!
If you have any other concerns.. please contact me via *private message only* and I will attend to your query.
Spellcraft for Beginners – an online 90min course! We ran this in November and was extremely popular and over booked, so here we are again in early Spring 2021! This is a live online course, with full introductions, demonstrations and video clips we have prepared ourselves. Mani & Freya – initiated Wiccans will facilitate this course.
– 8.30pm – Mani will give a brief Introduction on the many forms of spellcraft (Sex magic, Poppets, blood magic, Planetary magic, Sigil magic and more). Then he will take you through the basics of candle-magic, colour correspondences, preparations, and some tips.
– 9.00pm – Freya will introduce you to working with herbs & oils, give explanations, and then talk you through 2 actual spells that combine easy to obtain herbs & oils – and show you how to do a protection spell, and Banishing spell.
– 9.30pm – Mani will then demonstrate how to do a simple cord/ knot magic. And conclude the course with a quick talk through of some of the sigils and symbols you can use in candle magic.
Date: Thursday 4th March 2021.
Duration: 8.30pm to 10.00pm.
Please note- No video replay. Please take notes.
We will send zoom video link to all who pay/ book, 2 days before the actual course, with additional instructions/ what preparations you can have. (Candles, cords to have for practice).
Hi all. here’s the graphics (hand drawn with pencil and ink) for the full retrograde planetary motion / dates for this 2021. I’ll type up the dates later on here..but the graphics shows everything.
As I write this on 20th February 2021, on the eve of Mercury going direct, we are about to enjoy a full 2 months of NO RETROGRADE period (21st Feb to 27th April).
And heads up- from 20th August to 6th October, there’ll be 5 planets retrograding .. that’s Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto.. all of the transpersonal and generational / global planets.
***The most intense period will be when Mercury retrograde also joins those 5.. namely, 27th Sept to 6th October – when 6 planets will be retrograde!!! ***
A few more observations. There is NO retrograde for Mars this year! BUT Venus begins retrograde on 19th December and will end that on 29th January 2022. So bit of warning, Yule/ Christmas / New year time is going to be not so easy in 2021.. especially the days leading to Xmas, as the Uranus-square-Saturn culminates for the 3rd time on 24th Dec’21.
Below are some hard works that I manually go through to create these astrology blog posts.. (every time!). I don’t put it through some software. It’s all done by hand and with intuition & past observations guiding me as I write forecasts. Just so you know ..!
Please don’t copy my graphics and put it on your pinterest or some other places. I DO NOT give permission, and have NEVER given permission for any of my art/ graphics to be put anywhere.
TODAY on Thursday 11th February, the most beneficial planets Jupiter & Venus will be conjunct!! This is happening on a new moon day!! That’s a stellar opportunity for planetary magic that must not be missed!!!
So we’re setting this FREE online event at a special time at 12noon.. to go through step-by-step, and do this magic together!
The actual conjunction occurs at 3pm UK time.. so by teaching and going through it at 12pm, you’ll be attuning to it and `capturing’ the energies of this most auspicious joining of 2 planets.. !
I’ve been doing astrology & planetary magic for many decades.. and will be teaching & guiding you through this step by step.. This spell does not exist. It’s been created by me just for this occasion, adapted from my own private workings. Normally I keep this to myself, but as a Sagittarian ruled by Jupiter, I’ve been propelled by intuition to lead this today (hence the short notice). The world is very much in limbo with many intense difficulties.. There has never been a need for positivity more so than now.. to give people Hope, inspiration, and motivation.. to lift spirits and lives up!
Enough about all that.. If you are any it into astrology and planetary magic, you’ll want to do this with me. Even if you can’t get all the tools and ingredients together quickly (I’ve kept it so easy but keeping the essence intact).. at least join and observe… so you can learn a bit of planetary magic for Free (normally my courses have a fee around £20-30 for this sort of workshop/ course).
Preparations/ tools needed—–
1. A candle (for the spell) – At the most luxurious, you can use a large pillar candle, or a simple long dinner candle…or the very least, a tea-light candle. What colour? That’s up to you.. white is better. But red is better.. Blue or purple are good too. But don’t worry.. just have a new candle ready. [Real witches & magicians have to be able to do magic quickly with what they have. sometimes!]. — You’ll need a candle holder too to place this candle (if it’s tea-light or pillar candle it will stand on its own. –lighter/ matches (obviously).
2. A large White (A4) size blank paper (or card) & pen (any colour). This paper/ card is where you’ll be writing some key words to power up, and place the spell-candle. This paper/ card will then become a `sigil-talisman’ to keep. So try to find something that can last longer.
some sort of incense / sage for cleansing your working space – if you can manage something.
3. [optional] Altar candle(s). If you already have some altar candles.. Have them lit when we start this work. Light/ fame are magical and clear space and create a positive environment to do this magical work.
4. [optional] Sit and think about 5-10 key positive things you like in your life.. This is not a gratitude thing. This is a WISH spell. So think of the things you want, desire, need – to be fulfilled and have a happy life. (examples; Financial wealth, friendships, love, relationship, Job, career, work, good health, freedom, passing exams, happiness, loved ones being healthy/ happy, progress in life…all that!! )
Jupiter & Venus – between them are all about GOOD-FORTUNES & GOOD-LUCK. Their energies can help with all good things.
That’s it.. get your stuff ready…and log in at 12pm.. We won’t waste time.. we’ll get straight to it. I’ll give some brief explanations of the God/ Goddess we are drawing in, explain the magic, and off we go..!
Once zoom starts, I’ll lock the room to avoid distractions. There will be NO replay. You get one chance.. to take it!!
Bright Stellar Blessings -Mani Navasothy Author, Astromage, Wiccan High Priest
Love & Monsters? here comes help from Venus & Jupiter!
Hello everyone.. With so much stresses going on, lockdown restrictions, and some intense aspects…it’s not been an easy time of late. I myself have had so many challenges and struggles. But have had to keep the faith and trust ..and at times…take one breath at a time – so to speak. (Saturday/sunday was particularly difficult.. what with the sharp Venus-square-Uranus). Close friends and loved ones have been telling me about their nights of difficulty.. and internal struggles.
Well.. energies are shifting. On this thursday there’s a new moon in Aquarius.. AND the 2 most beneficial planets Venus & Jupiter conjunct (join energies) in Aquarius. That leads into the Valentine weekend.
I’ll be doing a series of magical workings/ online events to help with shifting energies, enhancing positivity (free events!)
The thing about human beings.. we have the capacity to fight.. fight and fight.. against all odds ..and even win! What kills many is not the condition but the loss of Will to fight on. I’ve seen this in some of the relatives who led extremely active lives and when retired and nothing to do…slump into darkness, where dis-ease and finally death takes them.. long before their old age.
And the thing about Magic is “the attempting to cause the Physically unusual” (Gerald Gardner) , and “..the control of the secret forces of nature” ( MacGregor Mathers). (and of course the well-quoted A.Crowley version ,”..causing change to occur in conformity with the Will”. My own version is `changing reality with the use of mind-powers’!
Why all this now? Well, we are leading to a powerfully positive Venus-conjunction- Saturn for tomorrow. Tonight is when you can do magic for a wonderful happy stable future! But by tomorrow noon, we’ll be heavily into the energy of a stressful Venus-squares-Uranus.. and that one you’ll have to brave while holding on to positivity.
Whilst people may think am talking out of my arse , they may not know that I battle a lot of conflicting forces on a personal level every day.. I have my own demons & shadows to battle every day.. some literally! But what underpins my ongoing survival is my faith in Gods, and my magic, and hope in a better future.
Stay positive, and stay consistent. And don’t ever ever give up on life.. yours and others’. Keep fighting, keep struggling, keep winning! In astrology some of the best aspects are the harsh ones.. the ones that stretch and stress us.. Energy is released when we smash up atoms together or pull the nucleus apart by firing particles at it. Salts and inert gases do nothing more than insulate and protect. But acids and alkalines, as dangerous as they are, eat and erode and heat and explode. They make things happen! Soil in a jar of water can be all muddy and cloudy. But stir it vigorously and let it be, and it settles into a strata of different layers!
Energy is now building for a larger disruptive aspect – the Saturn-square-Uranus – that will repeat 3 times this year!. This is the most over riding aspect(s) of 2021. Saturn holds, Uranus liberates. So this aspect is a battle between 2 opposing forces.. and a lot of things are about to be shaken to the core, and when it all settles, we’ll have that brilliant stable new future.
From time to time, I’ll give you little prompts, aspects to be careful of, and aspects to jump up and benefit from! Stellar Blessings-Mani Navasothy
Mercury Retrograde: Is this one a walk in the park.. finally? Heads up on the upcoming Mercury Retrograde through Aquarius. This infographics has all the info !!!!
I always consider ..not just the period of actual retrograde (in this case from 30th Feb to 21st feb), but also the date when the planet catches up to it’s previous advanced position.. for that’s when the issues brought up during the retrograde period are truly getting resolved so further progress can be made.
Between 30th Jan to 21st Feb-
— past issues are going to come up hard and fast. I note that at start and end of retrograde period, the effects are more disruptive.. and in between, we get a little calm but still have to be working on identifying those things bubbling (or rather erupting) up
— During this time, the retrograde Mercury forms various aspects with other planets (that’s normal). BUT what’s amazing about this particular one.. is that apart from the 10th Feb, when Mercury(R) squares Mars ( a volatile stressful day), there are NO negative or harsh aspects between Mercury and any other planets (excluding the moon – that’s a special case!).
-During this retrograde time, if anything, it forms beneficial aspects! On 8th Feb, it conjuncts The Sun; On 13th it conjuncts Venus, and on 14th it conjuncts Jupiter (which happens *again* later on 5th March , during it’s direct motion!! That in itself is a 2nd chance.
-warning: Saturn in Aquarius forms a square on 17th Feb.. a few days before Mercury goes direct. That may cause other deeper difficulties.. and may seem like it’s Mercury retrograde doing it. So please don’t always blame the `messenger of the Gods’ for everything
And finally Mercury leaves Aquarius on 15th March. So between 30th January and 15th March, Aquarians have a lot of work to do.. dig deep, go over older issues, explore and resolve them. I’ll have to write more specific forecasts on those matters another time, as this one is about Mercury retrograde.
Jupiter-square-Uranus is now imminent! Next 24-48 hrs may be tough..It affects everyone.. but more so for Sagittarians, Aquarians, and Taurus (where Uranus is currently).
Uranus is about to go direct but for few more days it’s retrograding in Taurus. Jupiter is in Aquarius (just arrived few weeks ago) ..the sign ruled by Uranus. So plotted on a chart, this would look like the 2 planets are heading towards each other!
Till then the stress will be building!!
It may rattle you ..taunt you.. irritate you.. cajole you into unproductive action. Use the sharp energy to break stagnations, and to clear pathways for widening your spheres.
Don’t be too impulsive or rebel for the sake of rebellion. Focus on the higher positive qualities of those 2 planets.. wisdom, justice, innovation, freedom.. !
Rest easy in the knowledge that this aspect happens only once this year.. (sunday 17th Jan’21). This is one of the 4 main major stressful aspects of 2021.
The Saturn-square-Uranus that is coming up next month will repeat in total 3 times..