The Horned Goddess – photoshoot project!
Hi all.. Horns & Antlers are a power symbol in nature for many animals.. and used for protection. It’s not just sported by male animals.. The deer may only have males (stags) having elaborate Antlers.. but Cows, goats, sheep, Bulls..
also have horns..
In pagan spirituality, we honour and worship many horned God figures.. (Herne, Pan, cernunnos).. but few horned/ antlered Goddesses are seen.. (Elena, Baast).
I saw the art work that my friend posted on facebook ..(of a Horned Goddess image)..and it reminded me of my long term wish to create some new photographic images of Horned Goddess..
As you can see from attached pics, I’ve worn Antlers many times over the past 13-14 years ..(since my eh.. obsession(!) with Hern the Hunter started ..resulting in the founding of woodland ritual shamanic group Hern’s Tribe in 2004). But what I really like is to do now is build up plenty of images of women in Antlers & Horns..! So.. am hereby launching this project!
So what am I looking for?
1. Ladies who are interested in being `Horned Goddesses’
(ie dress up, put make up, wear costumes, shamanic props..and pose for photos in natural settings.. woodland..parks..riversides.. hills.. forts.. neolithic sites.. by castles..caves…etc).
–Age/ acting ability – all welcome.
–Magical/Pagan? – nope.. if you are happy to pose as Antlered Goddesses..then am not complaining. ..as long as you can take artistic directions.
2. Crew / Team of creative people – to get involved and help me co-create this. I have a vision..but need help. Make up artists, costume creators / lenders, prop-makers, drivers with cars, supporters! Location scouts..
3. Costs – let’s be creative and innovative..and keep costs to minimum.. Everyone involved can come out of this project with brilliant works for their portfolios, experiences. Unless we have someone who can be a generous Benefactor, or unless we set up a crowdfunder to cover costs.. we just have to cover our own expenses, own travel cards. Only exception will be if I drive out, then i can take 3 people (essential to that shoot) in my car.. (Crowd funding, some 2018 calendar sales are all possibilities.. but I like to get started with shoots soon).
While some planning/ development is needed, am not one for delaying this any longer.. Of course it will be ongoing throughout Autumn/ Winter and into Spring/Summer of 2018..but it starts NOW! 🙂 Let’s aim to get some of this done..in Autumn.. before all the leaves change colour and drop.. 🙂
If you are working with me..then be ready to run with the Horses & Stags.. or plod on with the Turtles.. My policy is …`shoot fast..and think later’ :-p
So don’t think too much.. Follow your intuition/ gut.. and jump in ..if interested..!
Reply to this message and I’ll start coordinating..or send me a private message ..or to one of my pagan `pages’ and we’ll take it from there.
Bright Earthy Blessings
ps. I posted this on my facebook wall on 5th October 2017. It’s been a while but have been getting 15+ interested people/ ladies already. So it’s time to plan further.
Contact me by sending me a message using form below please so I can communicate directly with you via e-mails etc. You have to be able to get to London or nearby so I can get to you..(1-2 hrs by car).
— A Prelude to Imbolc —————–
Some stories end..
Sometimes sadness descends for no reasons known..
and shadows just rise and cloak us..and choke us..
MidWinter may have passed and Sun-child may be born..
But we are entering the deepest part of winter..this.. now..
And here we plea to the Winter-Goddess
to loosen her grip on the world..
And here we lament for the passing of the old…
And here, soon we’ll call on the renewed great Virgin
Goddess of Love & Healing to appear from her place of snow and Ice.. unto our world once more,
Lit by a path of light and flames.
And then snow will stop falling..
and snow drops will rise..
the land will turn from grey with hints of green..and yellow..
All that is yet to come..
But.. we are entering the deepest part of Winter..!
Remember the small gaps through which sands of time slip..
Remember too the face of the clown behind the mask..
Remember the tears never seen..
and the bleeding heart of the Knight behind armour..
And sorrows behind smiles..
’til the New moon.. !
(c) Mani Navasothy – Jan’17
I attended the Ther (annual chariot festival ) at Ganapathy temple yesterday with my mother, and met a few relatives and friends 🙂 Also managed to to Ganapathy mantra 1000+ times (counting on fingers ..without my chanting Rudraksha was a bit difficult at times.. as we’re all walking..and much was going on.. )
It was amazing, spiritual and absolutely festive as ever. This time around I was able to focus more on the different aspects (forever studying and decoding the intricate ritual aspects and their meanings.. much of it is not usually taught in schools..except to Brahmins who are training to be Hindu Priests).
So here are the tons of photos. You can see full explanations under each photo in my facebook album.. (it’s my intention to preserve the meanings, and share that with those interested).
Om Maha Ganapathy Nama!
The Sun-Wheel I made ..and it’s journey through several Midsummer rituals (June 2016), venues (London, Richmond park, Brixton, Avebury, Glastonbury), and finally being given to fire (atop Glastonbury Tor) so the wishes people made (tied knots) may be carried to the divine..and manifest! -Mani
Dear all, guess what? It’s finally here – The Melanie Ivy – Mother of Dragon fan Video – that I filmed/produced with my friend Melanie!
As some of you know, I have been venturing more into dance / music / story telling videos…(and not just Esoteric / magical videos, features or DrWho fan series!). And this is the latest in that creative stream!
We filmed this over 2 separate days (one in March’16, and one in April’16) in and around parks/ woods in Croydon (South London area). My sister Vathani helped a lot with day#2 of filming & support (when we had to set up a bonfire, as well as look after Melanie’s pet Python Shiva).
The editing took some time..but I did the `Editor’s cut’ (version 1) over a solid 2 day work.. Showed it to Melanie, had ideas and re-edited it (shorter, faster)..and here is the final work.
my big thanks & praise to Melanie (and Shiva the snake) for working hard with me on making this video.. It’s the sort of creative thing I had wanted to do for many years… and here we are!
There’ll be some behind the scenes clips up soon.. But for now.. enjoy this dance-story….and do visit her YT video channel and subscribe!!
-Mani Navasothy (digital film maker)
Hi all.. Here are some photos taken on my camera.. I was also carrying the dragon so my sister took photos too.. 🙂 If this all appeals to you…click the link at the bottom.. come join our facebook group… and get ready for next year’s 20th `London Pagan Pride Parade’ (in 2017). -Mani
Facebook group : Pagan Pride Parade London – support & promotions
blog post – Pagan pride Parade London 2016
meetup group: London Woodland Witches & Outdoor Pagans
Hi all, amongst other creative and esoteric things, I also enjoy taking photos, filming & producing videos. I have been working with the divinely delightful Melanie Ivy (to call her an important muse in my life is an under-statement). She is a Lifecoach, fusion Belly dancer and a snake-charmer (I’ve gently played with her pet Python). We’ve been doing some videos (more on that another time).
Earlier this afternoon, Melanie & I drove up to a rather important woodland and an actual Spring.. Here’s a few of the photos I took.. More soon. 🙂
Bright Blessings. -Mani
ps. Please head over to her professional facebook page and give it your support with a `like’ and share. Thanks .. https://www.facebook.com/melanieivyunplugged/
pps . If you like to work with me on magical photoshoot , please do contact me. Thankx.
Be Brave of the Warrior within
There is much in this crazy world that needs and deserves
the protection of the Warrior within.
It is a fire to be embraced,
not feared and banished or oppressed
out of shame,
Or a desire for the path of love.
needs the protection..
of the sword and the staff at times
From those who would see it destroyed,
those who have their black hearts set on murder and mayhem
Death and destruction of love and light.
and in the face of such demons,
flowers and kisses stand no chance
Only tooth and claw can rise
and face such vicious oppressions
Only the Tiger in our eyes
Only the wolf in our arms
Only the bear within our bellies
can make a difference
in those moments of battle of breaking ideals and bones
Moments that pierce and want to scratch out our souls.
You speak of leading the wolves
and seek its company
Was it for its smile and a tender lick of the tongue
upon your face?
or the power and perseverance of its jaws?
You seek the company of Lions
Is it for the beauty of its beating heart
and the majesty of his mane
or the sharpness of his claws?
You peek at mother-bear in the forest
Is it for her style of walking
and the seeking of salmon
or the awesome strength of her body?
By all means, fly like an Eagle
sore to spiritual heights
Shout, hoot and see wisdom in the dark
like an Owl
And please do remember..
The Owl and the Eagle..
They dismember their food so viciously too
They do tear out the flesh of little rodents,
and swallow whole the bleeding hearts of small birds!
There is a Warrior in all of us..
It is in..
..The fire that protects us
..The bone that stands us
..the muscle that moves us
There is a Warrior in all of us..
one that needs embracing..
One that stands with us..
Yes, even us..who are on a path of love!
(c) Mani Navasothy 2016
Dear all.. it may surprise some of you to know (unless you are my facebook friends) that I have been sleeping in the garden in a tent…for 5 months now.. rain or shine.. storms or summer breezes. It started on 7th August 2015..and today marks 5 months. (even when i have been out and about, like Glastonbury & Sussex, I had still only stayed out in a tent). Of course day time is spent on all sorts indoors (internet, socials, work, events, out and about, parties etc…but always I have returned to the tent at night…sometimes a bit hard..what with gale force finds and freezing temperatures).
I have had many thoughts, ideas, few insights… and some magical / psychic progress and personal developments..
Over the coming weeks, I will write more about those..and share my thoughts and experiences..
But for now…here’s a bunch of pictures I took of my garden as it is this morning. Be kind with these and me.. as I am now `exposing’ my personal space..