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The Horned Goddess – photoshoot project (2017-2018)

The Horned Goddess – photoshoot project!
Horned Goddess photoshoots
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).

when?

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
-Mani Navasothy.

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).

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A Prelude to Imbolc

Prelude to Imbolc - Mani Navasothy 2017.jpg

— 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..

So then..
’til the New moon.. !

(c) Mani Navasothy – Jan’17

Photos :Ther – Chariot festival at Ganapathy Temple – Wimbledon (7Aug16)

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!
-Manivannan

Melanie Ivy- Mother of Dragon (Game of Throne -fan belly dance video)

Dear all,  guess what?  It’s finally here – The Melanie Ivy – Mother of Dragon fan Video – that I filmed/produced with my friend Melanie!

Melanie Ivy -Throne with dragons - PR pic (c) Mani Navasothy 2016
Melanie Ivy – Mother of Dragons  (Game of Thrones)  Fan video produced by Mani Navasothy

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)

Link:

Melanie Ivy- Fusion Belly Dancer & snake charmer- facebook page

Melanie Ivy – Youtube channel 

Mani Navasothy – Gaian2012 Esoteric Videos

Doctor Who London Fan films by Mani Navasothy

Here be Dragon! Photos of Pagan Pride Parade London – 2016

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

 

Related links

Facebook group : Pagan Pride Parade London – support & promotions

blog post – Pagan pride Parade London 2016

meetup group:   London Woodland Witches & Outdoor Pagans

A Ceremony of Flow – Photoshoot with Melanie Ivy

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.

 

Jupiter-Conjunct-Venus (almost)

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

Jupiter conjunct Venus 29June2015
Jupiter conjunct Venus 29 June 2015 – Mani Navasothy
waxing moon 28june2015 (c) Mani Navasothy
waxing moon 28 june 2015 (c) Mani Navasothy

Last night in the Heavens (Nightsky photo of Jupiter & Venus)

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..

-Mani Navasothy

Jupiter & Venus  in Western sky at 21:33hrs
Jupiter & Venus in Western sky at 21:33hrs

 

Venus through my window (21:46hrs gmt)
Venus through my window (21:46hrs gmt)

 

After midnight.  Venus about to set in western horizon (13/5/15   at 00:18hrs)
After midnight. Venus about to set in western horizon (13/5/15 at 00:18hrs)

Photo: Jupiter & Venus in same frame (5th May2015 @ 22:17hrs gmt. S.London)

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).

Jupiter (top left) Venus (bottom right)  - Photo taken on 5thMay'15 @22:17hrs gmt from S.London  (c)MN
Jupiter (top left) Venus (bottom right) – Photo taken on 5thMay’15 @22:17hrs gmt from S.London (c)MN

This shot was taken (hand-held) using the 3D viewable function of the DSLR.

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Jupiter (top left) Venus (bottom right) – Photo taken on 5thMay’15 @22:16hrs gmt from S.London (c)MN

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 🙂

-Mani Navasothy

Video: Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh (nudity involved)

Beltane Fire Festival Video (c) Mani Navasothy 2011
Beltane Fire Festival Video (c) Mani Navasothy 2011

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.