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..
Happy New Year, dear friends & followers of my blog! 🙂
It’s been such a busy start and..I feel it’s going to become an energetic and explosive year. I haven’t checked the transits/ astrology yet (other than knowing that Mercury just started retrograding 2 days ago, and Jupiter starts retrograde tomorrow and will do so till early May’16).
Will do a proper few blogs on astrology / analysis..but here’s to you all feeling bright, and going out into the world and shining like the Stars ..whose dusts we are made of!
The following guided Meditation was written by me, for use in an Open Lammas ritual in London (for Pagan Federation London seasonal event ..on 30July’15). I decided to share it here for the benefit of others. The art work herein was done specially for this.
“In myth & legends, the concept of personal sacrifice occurs again and again. It is often coupled with some quest and a reward to gain something important. Here are some examples:
-The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who was crucified, was to remove the sins of the people.
-The Sacrifice of Odin / the God who hung upon the World Tree – was to gain the secrets and mysteries of the Runes.
-The sacrifice of the Corn King / Barley Corn is for harvest and to renew the energies of the land.
-And on the darker side, Hern sacrificed himself on a Windsor Oak tree, for vengeance and Justice.
Now think about your own lives. Think about your own struggles and challenges and quests, and the sacrifices you keep making..over and over.. again and again.. day after day… months..and months..year after year.
Q: Take a moment to think about these personal sacrifices.. The Card you picked at the start may offer some divinatory focus.
Q: Have they produced the rewards? Have you got the results you were seeking? If not, why not?
Q: Sometimes, more often, in order for magic to happen, you must do the spell and then let go.. totally let go…
Close your eyes now..and imagine yourself as the being that is hanging by the feet upon the World tree..like Odin and the Hanged Man. You dangle above the Earth.. neither rising, nor falling.. between worlds.. and not part of the world. You have hung long enough. You have suffered long enough. It is time to drop back into the world and be part of it, so that your magic can materialise in your life!
Get ready to count from 10…down to 1. On the count of 1, you are going to let go, and drop..and glide back to the Earth.
10.. 9..8.. 7.. 6.. 5..4..3..2..
Bright Lammas Blessings
(c) Mani Navasothy
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Lammas…time of willing sacrifices.. for better quests! So, here’s a disturbing thought – will you survive without facebook/twitter/ instagram and all the other online worlds?
How much has it taken root and changed (trapped) your every day life? Do you have a fulfilling life outside it..or even when you are off-line, do you think in terms of updating your status, posting, sharing with others..?
We now have to fight this fallacy that `if we are not on online worlds, then we don’t matter, or that we are missing the best slice of bread life has to offer..’
It’s what the Transpersonal psychologists call `womb-world’ – being stuck in a place that initially provides us with protection, sustenance and warmth. Clubs, societies, communities, religious sects & cults…are all `womb-worlds’ of differing scales and magnitudes.. So is an alliance to a Nation or a flag!
There comes a time we have to get out..or be pushed out.. and be born ..as painful as that process of birth is.. into the real world.. into light!!
Have a think.. and make the right changes & sacrifices for Lammas!
Some photos of the waxing Moon (taken last night on 28th June’15) and Jupiter almost conjunct Venus (taken this evening 29th June’15). I will try to take photos of the Jupiter-Venus conjunction over the next few days (wish us astro-photographers clear skies). 🙂 -Mani Navasothy
These exam pieces (art works) were apparently not allowed to be exhibited in a school. Am not usually one to share stuff from facebook onto my blogs..but as an Artist, Magician, Radical, Magician…I feel this deserves attention. -Mani
Martha Armitage says on her FB account:
“I CANNOT believe my paintings are not allowed to be displayed around my school as ‘it’s Ramandan and they involve breasts’. I’m disappointed in Tapton school. I believe the close bond breast feeding gives a mother and child should be celebrated and exposed to my school, not hidden away!! #freethenipple
Hi all, here’s a photo of the night sky last night.. As you can see, Jupiter (left) and Venus (right) are edging closer to a Conjuntion 🙂 Well, the actual date /time of this most auspicious conjunction is on 1st July 2015, at 07:51am GMT (when both planets will be on the 21’39” Leo position. Well, I shall take regular photos when possible (when skies are clear!!) and visibly track this event..
Just by chance I happen to glimpse a bright `star’ from my bathroom window..almost at low horizon in the west..and I knew instantly what it was..so ran out to garden with my Digital SLR ..and started clicking.. and then I looked to the SW sky and saw an equally bright object and knew ..that’s gotta be Jupiter.. Of course both were confirmed by me using my SKy-eye app on the mobile..(by pointing it / centering on object). So here we are..:-)
This blog shows 2 photos. Here are a few photos I took just hours ago (5th May 2015.. around 22:17hrs GMT) from my garden in South London area…in between fast moving clouds, using my DSLR (sony DSC-HX300).
This shot was taken (hand-held) using the 3D viewable function of the DSLR.
This shot was taken using the `superior auto’ function (low light).
It’s notable that currently Jupiter is at 13’41” Leo, and Venus is 27’17” Gemini. These two planets are of course called the beneficial planets.. So to capture them both in one frame is a great thrill for me.. 🙂 (no trickery.. it’s why I didn’t even stamp a `copyright’ note on the photo.. lest anyone thought I `graphixed’ it 🙂
Beltane is one of the 8 festivals of the Pagan annual calendar. It is a fertility festival mostly celebrated in the western european countries, taking place at the end of April and beginning of May (Eve of May), and marks the beginning of Summer. Many pagan couples get married (Handfasting) on or near this time.
This topic came up while I was speaking to some friends about visiting the Festival in Scotland. So I decided to blog this video I made few years ago.
Wiccan perspective on Beltane: The veil between the world of men and fairy (or spirit) is said to thin twice a year, at Beltane and at Samhain, which are on opposite points of the year wheel. At Beltane (May eve) the land is at it’s most lush and green, and fertile. If Spring Equinox is the time of fertility and mating in the animal kingdom, then Beltane is one of courting couples making commitment to one another- and Handfastings! In the God-Goddess myths, this is when the playful God is said to commit to the Goddess – which is symbolised by the Sacred Marriage! The Maypole dance that is traditional at this time symbolises the fertile powers of the masculine, penetrating the land, and the ribbons danced and woven around it lock that power! A ring of flower at the tip of the Maypole signifies the feminine. Magical working with the Fay (Fairies) is an important feature at this time, in contrast to the magical work with the departed spirits at Samhain, the opposite point. (c) WitchcraftAndMagic.org
Here is a short video (filmed and edited by me) of the Edinburgh Beltane Fire festival.
Content for this informal video was filmed in 2011 (some photos used were taken in previous years). Video Published on Apr 27, 2012 by Gaian2012 (my YT video channel). Music tracks used in this are royalty free, and license purchased. All rights reserved (c)Mani Navasothy.
Links for further Info
Wicca, Witchcraft & Magic – Read about Wicca & other Pagan Festivals – such as Samhain/ Halloween, Yule, Imbolc, Spring, Summer, Lammas and Autumn Eqx. This site also has info / articles on what is Wicca/ Witchcraft, Spells, magic, Horned God & Moon Goddess and invocations.
Gaian Times Magazine explores the science & Magic of the earth, and features thought-provoking articles in science, psychology, ecology, environment, astrology and social trends. It is a not-for-profit company registered in England & Wales. No: 07515903.
Beltane Fire festival in Edinburgh takes place on the night of 30th April of each year, organised by Beltane Fire Society (registered charity in Scotland ). for details. In 2012, they celebrate 25 yrs of running this festival.
Gaian2012 – video Channel – named after the Earth Goddess Gaia – this is the Eco-spiritual channel for videos on Pagan Spirituality, Ritual Magic, Wicca, Mini-documentaries, How-to guides on magical techniques & tool making, clips of rituals & festivals, and thought-provoking debates on Earth, Environment & Eco-Spirituality.
ArchAngel Cometh! Here’s a rather quick bit of graphics I did recently.. (bridge, clouds, Temple Pillars).. I decided to add an old art work I did (The Angel). So.. how many of you believe in Archangels? Do you work magically with them.. such as Raphael, Gabriel, Michael or Uriel? They are called upon to protect the elemental quarters in the `Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBRP). Feel free to share…. Bright Blessings – Mani#