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!

Press release from CERN: Discovery of Higgs Boson

Here’s the formal press release from CERN’s website

<< CERN experiments observe particle consistent with long-sought Higgs boson

Geneva, 4 July 2012. At a seminar held at CERN1 today as a curtain raiser to the year’s major particle physics conference, ICHEP2012 in Melbourne, the ATLAS and CMS experiments presented their latest preliminary results in the search for the long sought Higgs particle. Both experiments observe a new particle in the mass region around 125-126 GeV.

“We observe in our data clear signs of a new particle, at the level of 5 sigma, in the mass region around 126 GeV. The outstanding performance of the LHC and ATLAS and the huge efforts of many people have brought us to this exciting stage,” said ATLAS experiment spokesperson Fabiola Gianotti, “but a little more time is needed to prepare these results for publication.”

“The results are preliminary but the 5 sigma signal at around 125 GeV we’re seeing is dramatic. This is indeed a new particle. We know it must be a boson and it’s the heaviest boson ever found,” said CMS experiment spokesperson Joe Incandela. “The implications are very significant and it is precisely for this reason that we must be extremely diligent in all of our studies and cross-checks.”

“It’s hard not to get excited by these results,” said CERN Research Director Sergio Bertolucci. “ We stated last year that in 2012 we would either find a new Higgs-like particle or exclude the existence of the Standard Model Higgs. With all the necessary caution, it looks to me that we are at a branching point: the observation of this new particle indicates the path for the future towards a more detailed understanding of what we’re seeing in the data.”

Preliminary evidence of Higgs boson

The results presented today are labelled preliminary. They are based on data collected in 2011 and 2012, with the 2012 data still under analysis.  Publication of the analyses shown today is expected around the end of July. A more complete picture of today’s observations will emerge later this year after the LHC provides the experiments with more data.

The next step will be to determine the precise nature of the particle and its significance for our understanding of the universe. Are its properties as expected for the long-sought Higgs boson, the final missing ingredient in the Standard Model of particle physics? Or is it something more exotic? The Standard Model describes the fundamental particles from which we, and every visible thing in the universe, are made, and the forces acting between them. All the matter that we can see, however, appears to be no more than about 4% of the total. A more exotic version of the Higgs particle could be a bridge to understanding the 96% of the universe that remains obscure.

“We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature,” said CERN Director General Rolf Heuer. “The discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson opens the way to more detailed studies, requiring larger statistics, which will pin down the new particle’s properties, and is likely to shed light on other mysteries of our universe.”

Positive identification of the new particle’s characteristics will take considerable time and data. But whatever form the Higgs particle takes, our knowledge of the fundamental structure of matter is about to take a major step forward.  >>

My Quantum-magical work & Discovery of the Higgs Boson

Hi all,

as ya know ..am a big science geek at heart! 🙂  And ever since I accidentally read Paul Davie’s book on Quantum / Particles (in my Advanced Level days at school.. 1988-ish) I have been hooked on the wonder of it all..  It’s one reason I had a `last minute change of heart’ from studying Engineering at Uni and going for Physics (applied to Oxford Uni…didn’t get A/L grades, so went for King’s College London (Uni) and finally finished the degree at Birkbeck College (thank Birkbeck for giving me a last chance!)

Part of my quantum-magical work (reality shifts) involved image-magic like this.

Some years ago, in my early `pagan awakening years’  I was at a Witchfest Event in Croydon Fairfields Hall (around 2003-4?) and gave a talk entitled `Quantum Magic’.  I thought I’d be lucky to get 3-4 people in my talk.  But the room was packed with about 30+ people..!   The talk then focused around how us Science-interested magicians can use those ideas in our magical work.. !   People who were chemists, engineers and others listened to my talk. They said we should explore more.  So I set up a yahoo e-group for it.  Nothing much came of it, and I deleted that group.   (then in 2004, I had differences of opinions with Witchfest organiser and left that community…).

But my interest in this field – both scientifically and magically has continued privately…in reading latest science journals, and using them in my own magical works. I think only 2 people knew what I was upto..  my sister , and a non-pagan friend in the civil service where I used to work (till 2004?).

About 2-3 years ago, at a Beltane Bash festival in London, I gave a new talk called `The God Particle’.. explaining how the mysteries of science is where us magicians can pluck ideas and manifest our magic! I touched on dark matter & dark energy as potential carriers or links to even psychic energies / powers.  The idea being, if there are these elusive quantum-particles’ that carry various known forces, and rest of the force-fields are speculated and assigned hitherto undiscovered particles, there exists the possibility that similar ones may exist for carrying psychic forces or energies..  The fact that quantum mechanics suggests that observation affects results and position/location of particles ..to me suggests processes very similar to magic.. where the Will of the person affects outcome!!

Few years ago I became more serious about it all..  and started having the idea of writing it all down.  I called it, `Quantum Magic’ of course 🙂  Even this blog `QuantumPhoenix.net‘  is an echo of my old username in an old pagan forum (Witchcraft.org run by Children of Artemis).

The book has been planned for release later in 2012, around the next set of Eclipses (as this first set of Eclipses in 2012 saw the launch of  my book on other major personal work, `Eclipse Magic workbook’.

And so when I heard..few days ago (4th July’12) that the Higgs Boson had indeed been discovered (or rather statistical evidence for it has been confirmed to the highest certainty possible within experimental error parameters!)..I knew we have turned a corner..  not just for Science all over the Earth.. but on esoteric levels too.   It is a sign that I personally have been `intuitively’ waiting for.

A word on this science-magic/religion conflict. No doubt many Scientists would distance themselves from others who believe in magic. But truth is, many Scientists who have given fantastic theories ..have all had some sort of esoteric or spiritual belief systems. Richard Feynman tended to spend time with tribes, playing his bongos; Einstein enjoyed travelling on light-beams (creative visualisation) that led to him developing his theories.. Benzene ring came about because the Chemist in question was day-dreaming of snakes that suddenly ate it’s own tail!!

So, never mind the fact that Cern announced it on 4th July (US independence day!) That’s political synchronicity 🙂  That this announcement comes just after a recent uranus-square-pluto  &  jupiter-square-neptune aspects astrologically (both point to radical changes, innovation, technological jump, elusiveness, fluidic matters etc)- is pure magic to me!

-Mani Navasothy  (Physicist & Magician)

Safety tips to avoid spams

Hi all,  lately, I’ve been getting so many spam e-mails …from my friends’ accounts.   Sad that their accounts have gotten hacked..   and it makes me protect my own accounts even more.

As they say..  your account getting hacked is not just a possibility..but a certainty.  It’s a matter of when!   (I got hacked a number of years ago..  PC was so corrupted..I lost 3-4 years of work..  Then started to back up everything…and also every year, invested in a proper firewall software!)

So here are some personal tips that I myself have thought about and think is valuable.   Ya know what..I have made these mistakes myself..and have learnt from them..  🙂

Be safe!

here are some steps I thought would be useful for us all:
(Not all these will be applicable to all).

1.  Keep your firewall & virus-protection softwares installed AND regularly (almost daily) updated. Hundreds of new trojan & viruses are created and released by hackers every day – for fun or to exploit or to make a statement.

2.  When using your own mobile devise (phones, ipads, e-book readers, blackberry etc)…and accessing the internet / e-mails/ social networks…from cafe’s, shops, global hot-spots, wi-fi etc in shopping centres etc… be very careful. Anyone with a half-decent scanning software can intercept and copy your codes/passwords.. !

3.  When actually using other computers – in shops, cafe’s, work-places… where you are using another computer on an open network, becareful. If you can, avoid using external computers to check your private e-mails.. and if you must, clear the browser of your browsing history/cookies/ passwords [some external networked computers don’t allow this…in which case you are bug***d!]

4. Always log in and LOG-OUT from any online e-mail and social network systems …after using them for the moment. [**even if it is your own home computer!**] This is where people go wrong more than half the time. Yahoo, hotmail, googlemail..etc and twitter/facebook are all online log-in sites that work on a browser software – such as internet explorer / netscape or Google chrome!
– The point is, longer you have your account logged in…more exposed your account is for hackers to have a go…and sooner or later ..they will crack it. (Applies when you log in to use it, then go off to watch tv, take a shower, cook, have long phone calls… or just leave it on and go out for the day..).
-It doesn’t matter if you have the best firewall… log-out when you have finished. Re-logging takes a few key-strokes and few seconds…but saves your account!!

5. Protect your self…and you are protecting your friends! Remember, in your address book, there may be many hundreds of e-mail lists. One vulnerable account can expose hundreds of other people’s accounts!

6. When sending mass e-mails to people, groups,….please `blind carbon copy’ (Bcc) all their e-mails.. so each person on that list knows it’s coming from you…but can not know who else you copied it to. And if their account gets hacked, they can’t expose all those other people.. (bit like witchcraft.. don’t expose your friends to the world).

7. Don’t buy cheap virus/firewall software… Get a decent one like..Norton or McAfey etc.. And regardless of what other `experts (?)’ say, don’t upload a free firewall..from the internet. Nothing in the world is truly free. Chances are those free softwares have some flaws, or don’t have support or daily updates. So they become out of date from the moment you start using them!!

8. If you see a strange e-mail, with no subject matter …or one that does not seem relevant, DON’T open it.. and if you have to open it… don’t click on any links!

9. Finally, Spammers are even setting up very clever paypal/bank/e-bay like domain names (with just one tiny spelling change…which on a quick look …seems like the genuine thing).
example:
http://www.e-bayi.com has an extra i at the end..which can seem like your eye is splaying tricks..so you ignore it. Those mails ask you to check your account…`because of a security issue’ etc (very clever in panicking you!). If you just HOVER over the link they show, you can see…on the bottom of the browser..what that link really is. This is because anyone can type a link address.. but put a real link to go somewhere else (often to a spam/harvest site).
Here’s an example
www.pflondon.org is a web address..but I have put a link in it to actually go to my blog (where this safety guide is also blogged). (just click it and you’ll see! 🙂
Spammers and hackers are 1000 times more clever than this!

Take care

-Mani

Quantum Magic – book by Mani Navasothy

Quantum Magic - book by Mani Navasothy

Quantum Magic – Book by Manivannan Navasothy.
Coming soon.

Teaser- Olympic issue of Gaian Times eco-magazine

Teaser- Olympic issue of Gaian Times eco-magazine

Here’s a teaser cover of the August issue of Gaian Times- features articles include `Promethian Legacy: The Olympian God who brought fire to mankind; Paganism in the 25th Century; Disability-Bionics & Paganism…and more!

Cover features Promethius bringing the secret of fire and giving it to Gaia, and about to suffer the wrath of Zeus.

Out on 4th August 2012.
-Mani

Pagan Pride PARADE in streets of London

This is a video mini-documentary filmed at last year’s pagan parade in London (Holborn) – an annual event that is no win its 18th year (previously organised by Jeanette Ellis who ran the Beltane Bash & Halloween festivals). Selina filmed and edited this, and I added the educational captions and annotations – explaining the use of masks, purpose magic etc.
This year’s parade is taking place on Sunday 24th June (in a few days). It assembles at Red Lion Square (Holborn) just outside Conway Hall, at 12noon, and will process through nearby streets, past British Museum, and end at a nearby park, where the fountain is…for a picnic. Being organised by the Atlantis Bookshop in London (oldest occult bookshop in London).

Hope to see pagans add friends there.
-Mani

Midsummer & Stonehenge Conflicts

The Sun’s entered the zodiac sign of Cancer..  11.09pm GM on 20th June..  which is 00:09 hrs on 21st June (British Summer Time).

Happy Solstice wishes to all.

These pictures were taken last year, when I went to Stonehenge for Summer Solstice, with my wife April and close pal Marcus. What struck us was the sheer amount of rubbish people were throwing about..  which came to light..once  the mass of crowds had greeted the Sun!

At the entrance, more or less each person is given a bin bag. And yet, out of the 20,000 or more people who turn up, probably about a handful of them actually keep the place tidy, and put rubbish in bin bags.  For our part, April, Marcus & I went around picking rubbish and filling almost 20+ bags, along with the `hired help’ who were also beginning to tidy up after Sun-rise.

Beer cans, bits of food, crisp bags, cigarette buts, plastic bags, glass bottles, clothing items..gooey stuff…you name it..it was all there!  How utterly disgusting!!  We had no gloves, yet were doing our best.

What’s mind boggling is, for 363 of the days of the year, English Heritage keeps the stones off-limits to all people, except those who pay hundreds to hire it in the early hours or late hours – before or after tourist times- for small group personal ceremonies.  No fires, incense, candles…not even flowers are allowed – lest they hard and erode the stones…in those private hires.  Yet, at Summer and Winter Solstices, thousands of people turn up and totally and utterly ABUSE the stones..  from sanding on top to throwing disgusting and dangerous rubbish. And the rest of us – who hold Stonehenge sacred – just have to watch in horror and despair.

Free access to he stones is something people fight for – `It’s our right’ many say. But the English Heritage is trying to protect a `world heritage site’- that is thousands of years old. They oblige the campaigns of pressure groups, Druids, pagans and New Agers – and open it up in a limited basis. And thousands abuse and destroy the stones in that shot window.

I recall, few years ago, when I first saw the horror of the rubbish, and ill-treatment of the place, that I went around the 4 Quarters, and did a `banishing & closing’ energy work. I actually wanted Stonehenge to be closed for public. But the following year, I felt the errors of my despaired and angered emotions, and did a grounding (not that in between anything changed).  I am now just neutral.  Yes, the Stones have been here for thousands of years, and yes hey were sacred and people did magical and spiritual works there..  but perhaps they have had their time…and now Stonehenge wants to truly fall apart, rot and be gone – and so the stones have brought about this  themselves?   Yeah, I know…funny way of looking at it..   – The Stones want to commit Euthanasia.

I’ve been lucky – I’ve been to Stonehenge on a few private early morning gatherings – a wiccan coven ritual, a handfasting.. and so on. And I”ve been to the mass gatherings of winter solstice and a few summer solstices too.

Sometimes we can’t deal with impending loss – of elderly grandparents about to die, or sacred trees slowly dying, or stone circles – that are being ll treated and will fall very soon.. And when we feel that way, sometimes, we cut ourselves off those things that are dear to our hearts – it’s a way of self-preservation …for us!  

And maybe I am going through that now..for the Stonehenge.

My best memory of it-  in the middle of clearing all that rubbish, right in the midst of trampling  drunken abusive condescending crowds, I saw a small bunny rabbit hiding right under the central (fallen) altar stone. I smiled, wished it well and safety..and went on. I know it would have stayed safe, and would have come out, once all the 20,000 of us have left!

Those stones will fall..and become rubble, dust to dust, and grass and bushes and moss will grow..  Nature will win!

Bright Summer Solstice wishes

-Mani

Ruby Summer Lee – a star is born!

Here’s Ruby Summer Lee.. the Gaian Times mascot.. who was named on 22nd April 2012.. EARTH DAY 🙂

Her own blog is at www.RubySummerLee.wordpress.com

Retrograde Venus transits the Sun: graphical explanation

Following on from the detailed  3-Dimensional graphics I created to `show’ the way Earth & Moon move around, and how their different positions create the shadows we we (Eclipses), I thought Venus transit deserved a graphics too 🙂

Every diagram in the internet shows `what we will see. .. a picture of the Sun-disc, and Venus as a black spot moving from top-left  across the sun to the right.  But no one has said why?

Normally – from our Earth’s point of view (if we take north pole as `up’) planets move `clockwise’  around the Sun.  If Venus moved that way too, then from our point of view- we will see the transit as going from right hand to left hand part across the Sun.

But of course, at the moment, Venus is `retrograding’. This means it’s going backwards. Not really but it `seems’ that way to us on Earth.  A good example is if you are in a train that’s just leaving the station, and you look out…and  you see another train leaving the station at next platform.  But if your train’s speed is faster than he other train, that one will suddenly look like it’s going `backwards’ – even though both train are going forward. This is an optical illusion of relative perspective of two objects. Same is happening with Earth going around Sun, and Venus.

(You can imagine the headache Albert Einstein must have had, trying to imagine light beams and other objects travelling in space..  as he came up with those Theories of Relativity!)

So Venus IS seemingly going backwards, and so we see the transit of venus across the Sun …from left to right- only for the 6th June 2012. 🙂

Enjoy

-Mani

Also read about Data for Venus transit

Lunar Eclipse: Explanation graphics of orbits & shadows

We often see so many `figures’ an `diagrams’ in science and technical books or websites..  But not many people actually try to explain what we see and why we see it that way.  So I have created this graphics to show the orbits of Earth around the Sun, and the orbit of moon around Earth (us)..

This clearly shows positions of the Moon around the Earth, what those positions of Moon mean in terms of Lunar phases (new moon, first  quarter, full moon, last quarter) etc.   This is a `view from space’ – if you like.

But in this graphics, I have tried to also show -in the 2 `box screens’   – what the flat-image will be of the Solar eclipse. Same for the lunar eclipse – except, you are looking at  the back of the `screen’ in this graphics.  From Earth, we’ll see the front of the `screen’ and that will be a reverse of the image.

Just take a few minutes to look at this graphics, put your finger on each object (Sun, Moon, earth) and move it in the orbit..  to get a feel of it.  That may help you work out what happens and what we see from Earth.

enjoy.

-Mani