All posts by Mani Navasothy

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

For the Love of Stars and planets!

Here is a photo – fresh off my digital camera – taken just over an hour ago. I’ve labeled the stellar objects you can see.   There’s Orion’s belt (of the Orion the Hunter), a waxing moon (1st quarter), Venus, and Jupiter (now lessening in brightness, and sets by about 21hrs GMT in London). [we are now in British Summer time..  so I have given GMT].

Remember, about few weeks ago (14march’12) there was a conjunction of Venus & Jupiter..  and few days ago, the moon had conjunctions with – first jupiter, then venus.  Moon moves fast ofcourse.  Yesterday it was practically next to (left of) Venus. You can see ho wmuch it has moved in just 1 day.  The distance between Jupiter & venus is also widening..

Moon-venus-Jupiter

I must confess, after tracking these objects (just oberving every day or so and taking photos) and watching their conjunctions (seeing them right next to one another), I am in a strange way, quite sad to see them drift apart. It’s quite a bizzare feeling.  I mean, they are just planets, right? They move about – that’s what they do.  It’s not like they were some close friends of mine who are now going away – or is it?   well, that’s the sort of feeling I have been getting, as I watch them obsessively every night, almost (as long as there’s no clouds – and we are so lucky that it’s very much cold cloudless skies these  nights!).

These photos (I’ll put more ) show just one thing-  all you need is a small tripod, a clear enough sky, and a digital (ordinary) camera that has either night setting, or manual setting, where you can adjust the exposure/ `film’ sensitivity  (ISO setting..  goes from about 100 or 200 for ordinary to 400 or more for fast moving or dim objects). Also you need a timmer setting.   I set these ones mostly for 2 seconds, or 10seconds…press the button, and move away…so that within 2 sec, the camera triggers, keeps one it’s shutter for about 5 seconds, and shuts again..   In that time, you don’t touch it!!   It avoids hand-shakes..  and trust me, otherwise, those tiny dots (stars) will look like blurry footballs..!!
I’ve been as astrologer, looking at horoscopes and start positions on a birth chart for over 2 decades. I have had an interest in science, technology, space etc for even longer – close to  3 and a half decades..   But I must admit – only now, that those have started to propel into a highly rewarding hobby. These past 2 months have bene thrilling..  tracking these stellar objects. Not only has it been rewarding to actually see the planets and know which ones they are, but also sitting out in the garden, setting up and taking photos..   has given me a sort of relaxation, as well as peace, and excitement about how it’s developing my photography skills..  Stargazing..  wow!

I have asked myself the question why? Well, knowing the theory is one thing. but to see with own eyes, and capture it all with own simple camera makes these things `really real’!!  It makes me feel that – yes – we humans are so tiny in a vast Universe, and if this is real, so are all the other things that we see in NASA/space photos..  Stars, constellations, black holes, supernovae, distant horizons – infinity, eternal and mystical beauty of it all.

Don’t take my word for it. Go out there and take a look.  It’s amazing..  and magical out there!!

-Mani Navasothy

ps. If you want the unmarked original of this photo.. just mail me and I’ll send it to you by e-mail. Stars belong to no one and everyone 🙂

 

Nature’s Fertility Dance: A Spring Equinox poem

Happy spring equinox wishes to all pagans, wiccans, witches, shamans, and magicians..

Technically, the Sun entered the sign of Aries at 5.15am (GMT) on 20th March’12…so it’s already equinox.. But traditionally everyone think sit’s 21st of March… Anyway, I was writing an invocation to the horned god, and this extra bit sneaked into my head..so wrote it off as a separate piece.. Am not used to doing `poems’ so go easy on me 🙂

-Mani

 

 

Nature’s Fertility dance

Nights are clear, stars sparkle bright
Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and Mars.
Potent planets of love, luck and Joy.
Sun rise at six o six, it’s Spring equinox,
Light grows strong, shadows sharp and long

Snowdrops now gone
Daffodils abound
Mighty Oak still asleep
But Willow sprouts green and weeps.

Cold Streams now trickle and flow
Meandering through grasslands low
Through mossy banks to muddy flaps
Housing freshwater shrimps and sticklebacks

Quacking ducks and squawking geese
Majestic Swans, moorhens and coots,
Weaving twigs and leaves
Into their floating nests with ease.

Birds, Bees, Toads and Trees
Dance, entranced to their primal needs
With racing hearts, pulsing groins.
Raging hormones, in their animal brains.

Wand to Cup, Male to Female
Dating, Courting, mating games
Ovum projects,
Phallus ejects
Sperm to the Egg,
Egg to the womb.
One cell into two, two into four
Four into eight, then sixteen and more
The embryo shall grow.
Encased in shell, skin, bark or brown scale
Feathered or finned, flesh, nail and claws
Spark anew, life it begins!

(c)Mani Navasothy.2012.

*Bright Blessings*

Photo of Jupiter-conjunct-Venus (13March’12)

Hi all,  skies have been cloudy in London all night…but just after sun-set, I remembered to dash out and take some photos of the venus-jupiter conjunction.   I used a fujifil digital camera, set on 3megapixel. Camera mounted on a simple tri-pod, then set on 2 second timer.. to avoid hand-shakes!.    Did some close up photos too.  Enjoy.   -Mani

(ps. these 2 planets form one tip of the grand-trine, with Pluto & Mars on the other 2 tips!)

Photo with Grand-trine data

Hi readers,

Here’s a graphics with all the useful information on the grand-trine taking place today/tomorrow, with times, so you can make use of it in your own esoteric / magical workings.    Good fortunes.  -Mani

How Mercury retrograde showed up last night

 

The Astrology webinar last night (Venus trines & transits) went …well, almost 🙂

I had been planning the slides all day (previous day) and yesterday started creating them on my graphics package.. The art & creative process is enjoyable and rewarding in it self for me.

All was well, till the evening, when at one point I picked up a sudden energy.. I shook it away and continued, but then things started to get frantic, and a bit disruptive with technology. I think that culminated much later – suddenly – when my phone-link (and the phone-link of webinar tech /host) both got cut off …just about 1 hr into the webinar.  Luckily we had covered all the basics relevant to the webinar, and were doing last sections and future topics.  My partner who was listening in live in north london via website also said she had experienced tech problems.

We did manage to recover..  I think the Hostess Ivy was off aiar for 30 seconds. She came online and explained some features, and texted me to re-log in. And I was online within 2 minutes and covered the missing bit before progressing with further 25+ minutes!

I could get all upset about this technical glitch (Ivy had never had one in 6 yrs she has been running webinars. This was the first it seem).

But thing is, I am actually smiling to myself.  Yesterday was when mercury started retrograde. While I had been pre-occupied with the trines, I had not paid much attention to this, so the universe reminded me in a sharp way. But more importantly, it was a real live `evidence’ of the mishaps that mercury retrograde can bring..  So in a way, during  an astrology webinar,  we actually got a bit of `real live demo’ of the astrology influence!

Okay jubilation of proof aside, we do have the next 3 weeks of mercury retrograde. So it’s good to double check agreements, plans, contracts, appointments, transport time tables, and ..back-up computer files etc.

Stellar wishes to all.

-Mani 🙂

 

Astrology webinar: Venus trines & transits

Invitation to : Astrology Webinar on 12th March’12.
http://instantteleseminar.com/?eventid=27265485

Venus trine & transit

February started with a Mars-opposition-Venus. On the 15th Feb, Venus-squared-Pluto!! That energy overshadowed Valentine’s day.. Guess what? 14th March is looking brilliant. Venus-trines-Mars! (good) Venus-conjuncts-Jupiter (auspicious). ..and Venus-trines-pluto (Hot n intense!)..and and..Mars-tines-Jupiter.. (project and expand!)…and following day (15th Match), Mars-trine-pluto (more heat and passion..and raw sex!!) That’s not all. We are building up the expectations of the Venus-transit of the Sun, due to take place on 6th June!

On the other hand, we have got an intense aspect of Uranus-square-Pluto and Jupiter-square-Neptune , taking place on 24th/ 25th of June. Squares in astrology are the most excruciating ones that agitate us into taking action on pain of internal stress (not even oppositions are that challenging. They just require compromises and balances).

I’ve been exploring western astrology for over 2 decades. I’ve written weekly forecasts for AgeNet in the mid-90’s, provided private Chart & interpretations, and have freely given transit advise for close family & pagan friends for many years. My personal interests are in forecasting, and in what I call Astro-magic (using charts and transits to do personal magical work – not quite chart-correcting, but similar in a magical way).

The upcoming *double-grand trines is one not to be missed for personal work… especially when beneficial planets are involved. Let’ be honest- we can all do with more fortunes, wealth, luck and love. (*grand trine happens between 3 planets, and a double-grand-trine is when 2 of these happening at the `same time’).

So I like to share my insights on these, on how you can tune into these stellar energies and benefit from them in your lives.
Join me in a special webinar – totally ** free! Post questions beforehand. Log-in, tune in, phone in ..and listen.. watch…and even interact via chat with other

listeners! (Why Free? because astrology is a private calling, and these very trines are compelling me to share them. There is plenty of energies and good fortunes in the known universe to benefit all lives – we don’t need to hog, hide or hijack any of it).

Here’s the link for the Webinar.. Just go take a look now..
And on the night, click in to `listen to webinar’ and …listen. It’s that easy.
http://instantteleseminar.com/?eventid=27265485
So, I hope to speak to you on the night in the net or via phone / skype.In case some of you are thinking that you don’t know astrology, transits, aspects.. Don’t panic. The webinar page has a link to an astrology article that gives all a simple beginners guide. In addition, I will spend a little but important time covering the basics of astrology in the webinar itself. Besides which, knowledge of astrology is not required at all, for you to benefit from it. Most of us drive a car but not all know how the machines work under the bonnet. Same with astrology. You can use it, without knowing the details of its mechanics.

Bright Blessings & great fortunes

-Mani Navasothy

 

Mars-Venus factor analysis for Valentine’s Day

Well, 14th of February..  Valentine’s Day, right?   How many singles are feeling lonely? And how many in relationships are feeling pressured to perform (not just in bed..  but in pleasing their lover / romantic partner).

astronomically, it’s not looking good am afraid.

February started with a Mars-opposition-Venus.   Mars is already (recently) begin to retrograde in the earth sign of Virgo (It will be doing this till 14th April  😦    One saving grace (not that planets do that) is ..Venus is in Aries at the moment..     So it may be a case of the Ladies feeling the heat, while the men are stuck in some earthy chores, duties, work..etc.

On the 15th Feb, Venus-squares-Pluto!!   That energy is going to overshadow Valentine’s day..  Arhhhgg!   Yeap, people.. expect all sorts of sexual mis-adventures, probes and power-struggles!   Expect little things to make things worse.  So measure what you say!   Mercury just entered Pisces.   Communication ain’t gonna be clear… and if anything might prove to be airy-fairy   (or poetic?!)

Guess what? 14th March is looking brilliant.    Venus-trines-Mars!   (good)    Venus-conjuncts-Jupiter (auspicious).   ..and Venus-trines-pluto (Hot n intense!)..and and..Mars-tines-Jupiter..  (project and expand!)…and following day (15th Match), Mars-trine-pluto (more heat and passion..and raw sex!!)

My advise..  postpone Valentine’s Day to 14th March 2012.  🙂

-Mani

This painting (watercolour) from

www.ArtofMani.co.uk

Trees as People

Recently on facebook, one person made a post, where Trees were refered to as `People’.    That got me thinking, and I made a reply, and I thought it important that I posted that reply as a `status update’ in my own profile:

“Nearly all the pagans work with trees in a magical way, and I must say trees have helped me in more ways than one. And when trees I love and am connected to have been cut down or hacked by people unexpectedly, I have had serious physical injuries to my own self within days! One thing I must say , however is that I think we humanise too many things around us. Trees range from dwarves to such giant magnificent entities.. but to me, they are not people! For people are flawed humans.. and trees, they are perfect creatures of nature.”

To this, some of my friends (F1, F2, F3..) responded  as follows.

F1:   “It rather depends what you mean by people… But I agree about the perfection of tree beings.

F2:  Perhaps referring to trees as Standing People points to an aspiration that one would hope would be a part of homo sapiens type people….. But it is interesting to reflect on the perfection of trees. The Yew, the sycamore and, no doubt other trees excrete a toxic substance that kills off anything that might attempt to grow in its shade. The Ash populates an area with such speed and in such great quantities that it is sometimes considered a weed in its denial of other species the space to develop a diverse range of flora. I can think of parallels in human society which we would criticise for such an approach. Food for thought, perhaps. 🙂   Nature, red in tooth and claw, green in leaf.

F3: I agree. We are all part of the same web and we are as perfect or as flawed as we allow ourselves to be. Of course humans are flawed but that is part of our journey. A tree that has grown in the wrong place, without enough light or food, could be said to be flawed too. We are all striving to grow and to be the best that we can be. The difference for me is one of speed…flowers are here and gone in the blink of an eye, we last a little bit longer, trees longer still and rocks the longest of all. We all have our place, our perfections and our flaws. I prefer not to reflect on the ‘perfection’ of something else by thinking about how imperfect humans are. We are young and trees are old. We are learning.

So I got thinking further, my mind provoked by these responses.  And here were my replies.
“To define `flawed’ I look to our way of thinking of machines or systems. Something that does not fully and efficiently serve its purpose for coming into existence ..is flawed. A faulty machine is either repaired or scraped. A weakling bird with health problems from birth, very quickly dies – by starvation, or by being thrown out of nest – by its own siblings sometimes! It is `flawed’ because somewhere n its genetic make-up, its programming became flawed ..resulting in a `weak’ fledgling. Come to think of it, am now thinking about humans …what’s the purpose of our programming? if we are serving it, we are fine.. if not, we are flawed? Hmm.. Quite frankly, survival drives me.. not poetry. Though am likely to use esoterica and poetry and anything else to ensure my survival, if need be. Harsh I know..but its part of human-nature, right? :-)”

“I guess we should define things – I’d call humans `people’ – the creature that has evolved out of apes. Esoterically and poetically we humans `humanise’ so many non-human living things and even non-living things (what would you say is the definition of `life’ by the way?) I agree that nature is harsh, hard, and utterly selfish and every creature fights for its own survival most of the time (exceptions are when one puts its offspring’s well-being first). Trees no exception (except trees don’t put their offspring’s needs above their own. An oak doe not keel over and ie just because its seed grows near it). No other living thing is flawed, but humans.. because we humans think humans are end all and be all.. and so we try to humanise everything. 🙂 (Of course we also have to define what we mean by flawed, for this to be a fully sensible pondering.. :-)”

So readers and pagans? what thoughts do you have?

I’ll leave you with this art work that I did a very long time ago..   as it seems rather relevant 🙂

-Mani

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Jupiter-Moon-Venus photo

Two days ago, I was out in the local park, doing some filming (some video tutorials for the e-witch course). And on my way back home, looked up and saw the crescent moon & venus, and a little further away the planet Jupiter.

I was able to identify them as such because the ephemeris gives planetary positions, as well as moon positions for every day. And on some occasions, when the moon moves closer to planets, it’s easy to work out which bright `dot’ is a planet and not one of the many hundreds of stars in the sky.

So here’s the Jupiter (top left)  1’5″ Taurus, and crescent moon (right) ..about 4′ Pisces and Venus ( closer to moon) at 13’37” Pisces.

Photo taken with just an ordinary digital camera, on 25th January 2012, around 5pm (GMT) from Beddington Park, South London.

You can still see these stellar objects in the night sky.

By the way, 14th March’12 is going to be very special…that’s when Jupiter and venus conjunct (9’37” Taurus).  Moon will be wanning then and in Sagittarius.  (On that day,  there is also a venus-trine-mars, venus-trine-pluto, mars-trine-jupiter…It’s going to be a very auspicious day… magically, astrologically).

ps. If you are going to use this photo, can you pls mention that it was taken by `Mani Navasothy’? Thanks.

pps. The Eclipse Magic e-workbook (with full transcript of the webinar added) is coming along..  Will be published in a few months, in time for the next set of Eclipses.  There ‘s also some info in it – magical workings, for the upcoming venus-transit of the Sun (happening on 6th June).

-Mani

Year of the water Dragon: Chinese New Year 2012

Wishing all  viewers and bloggers and followers …and friends and family…and especially my chinese friends…Raymond, Yin & their 2 children,   Ping & Christine and their soon to be born Son (who is going to be a Dragon.  Wow!!  And dearest pagan friend Reggie `Loose cannon’ Kwan… a fantastic New Year.

There is a fab article about this in the latest issue of Gaian Times, `Unleashing the mighty Dragon’  by my sister!.   Here’s the quick link.  http://www.gaiantimes.com/html/5__unleashing_the_dragon.html

Chinese New year is celebrated on the New Moon in the sign of Aquarius ..every year, and today is the aquarian new moon.   The other culture who base their religious festivals around lunar stations is Hindus.

The `postcard’ below is created using photos I took of China town, London, and a dragon statue I have.    By the way, the China Town’s New Year celebration in Central London takes place next Sunday 29th January’12 from 10am on wards.   Am hoping to go with friends from Hern’s Tribe.. 🙂

-Mani