Category Archives: Eco-Magic

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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Wyrd Island calling! (on creativity & community building)

Wyrd Island Earth - mani navasothy 24ap2017

A spider does not keep the same web for weeks! An otter does not build the one dam for ever.

Creative people are motivated by..nay.. driven by an instinct to create.. Other factors may play a part in that process – like whims, wants, needs, projections. But the deeper play is… that is who and what they are – creators.

They consume life’s experiences, thrive in emotional turmoils, observe the order and chaos around them and be moved by it, and get swept by social currents. At times they even seem to drown.

But then they find inspiration – the small log floating in all that torrents.. and they cling to it.. and fund another floating branch..and another.. Before you know it.. they’ve built a floating island around them.. It accrues width and depth..and settles down by the shores and banks.. safe harbour for others.

Sometimes the soul jumps.. back in the waters. Because it hears the call of new islands from the future.

-Mani Navasothy

Gaia Guardians: The Next Generation! (and all Good things..)

In 2006, I was introduced to Earth day by the now late Jean Williams, Wiccan HPS & pagan elder. It was a park tidy up and eco ceremony in Queen’s Woods. I took up the cause, thinking, surely we have to do more..and bring more awareness and celebrate it. The following year (2007) I organised the first `Gaia convention’ (called Gaia-3) for PF-London. It was followed by PFL Gaia-Fortuna, and PFL Gaia-Sol conventions in 2008 & 2009. Friends & I also started `Gaian Times Magazine’ 5 years ago.

And so this year..2017 marks 10 years of me organising and facilitating Earth day events..in various guises 🙂 Thank you Jean Williams.

Earth Day 2017 Trent park- composite (c)Mani

And it is with mixed feelings that I now announce that this is where I bow out on these big Earth day events. I had that feeling when i set off yesterday morning carrying lots of heavy bulky things.. feeling tired, saying to my self (like that hobbit Frodo once said..), `I can’t do this anymore..’ . And last night I got home and did a quick tarot to ask some divine advise.. and indeed my original intuition was correct. The cards say it is time.

But I am content and happy that we have had the highest number of children attend an Earth Day.. but there was no Eco ceremony. I felt that ..as I watched everyone socialise and play.. that `Life itself on the body of Gaia is a divine ceremony’ (so long as we are aware and mindful of it).

Am also aware that now in London.. others are organising big Earth Day events (indoors). It remains my cause to keep getting Pagans out into the parks and woods.. which I will carry on in other ways and other events.. such as meditative events, walks in woods, and Eco-Healing work..

Thank you all who have come to the many Earth Day & Earth Hour events I have facilitated and participated. Thank you to all my friends, family & Tribe who have helped me with organising these events and supporting them. And thank you wonderful humans, children, and animals ..for attending and enjoying the events. Together we are Gaia.

EarthLight Blessings of Gaia.
-Mani

Earth Day 2017: An Eco-magical gathering in Trent park, London (22April 2017)

22nd April is  `Earth Day’  – every year!

So join us on this special day..  for a family friendly social, picnic, drums, dances, facepaints..and that all important Eco-ceremony !   Takes place in Trent Park- one of London’s biggest woodland areas open to all..  with acres of space, free car park, cafe, toilet facilities.   We are usually within easy reach, at our `usual spot’ to the left open ground area of the `Cockfosters Gate entrance!

Time: 1pm onwards (car park gate shuts at 5pm..but people can stay much later).

Venue: Trent Park, Cockfosters (Piccadilly line, north London)

Meeting Point: Trent Park Cafe, Barnet EN4 0JY, UK.

Google map link for meeting pointhttps://goo.gl/maps/NJwkrwNDMiF2

Facilities: There is a proper toilet & cafe and car parks. Children can play in play area.Location: From Cockfosters tube, the `Cocfosters Gate of Trent park is only 5 minutes walk. We will be in the field immediately to the right..when you enter the park.. Cafe etc is further ahead.Event details

Our Activities  (tbc) :

• Drumming, Chanting & dancing

• Family Picnic (bring own food or bring some to share)

•  Face painting (for kids and adults !)  need reliable volunteer !! or bring own paints & share/ create activity

• Earth-Healing /  Eco-ceremony

Please Bring:

• Drums & Musical instruments

• Bring family & friends (all religions welcome. This is about Earth).

• Bring eco-magical banners & posters to showcase and charge up with energy for your campaigns

• Bring crystals & ritual items for altar

• Bring plenty of Food & Drinks to share

• Bring ground sheet / blanket or folding stool (for yourself)

What you can do:Please share this event and promote Earth day & Eco-Activities.

Weather: We can’t predict the weather  but we’ve  always carried an event, no matter what nature decides to do on that day. We will have some cover 🙂

History: Earth Day  22nd April- has been celebrated and marked by people of the world for over 40 years (since 1971). It provides a focus for hundreds of initiatives and activities.. from Eco-based fundraising, environmental campaigns, creating educational activities for those unaware of Earth’s  ecological & environmental problems.. to magical or spiritual ceremonies to connect with Gaia“ the earth goddess/ spirit!

– Mani Navasothy

Isidias Navigatum- Goddess Isis Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony 2017 (Richmond)

This annual ceremony was held at the start of the Spring time in Ancient Egypt, to gain the blessings of Goddess Isis upon the ships and boats (Fleet) – so that they may go forth, find commerce, resources and wealth and bring them back. You will have heard the saying, `waiting for my ship to come in’ – a saying that indicates a person waiting for his /her good fortunes to arrive. Well, in order for ships to come in they must first be sent out – and with blessings and good plans.

We are adapting the old ceremony to suit the times and place we now live it! In this ceremony, we will bless the `fleet’ and place our hopes and wishes of good fortune and success in the ventures we are starting as Spring approaches. We then set the ships to sail (some will be sent.. other larger models will be pulled back, so as not to litter river Thames).

Fee:   suggested Donation £3 towards our costs and continued running of these rituals. (thank you).

Ritual outline : A statue of the Goddess will be carried to the water side. Women may offer mirrors so that Goddess Isis may see her beauty. We will pour milk on the banks  then sprinkle the statue with precious perfumes & flowers. As the final part of the ritual, a small replica boat(s) will be filled with spices and other magical items,  and placed in the river as an offering to the Goddess Isis. Smaller paper boats may also be placed in the river and let go off..

Bring your own small boats!   Be it paper boats or small scale models – to either sail them on the river Thames afterwards, or to symbolically place them on our altar during ritual, to gain the blessings of Isis for your own ventures ahead in 2017.

Practical  details / meeting point (edited on 28Feb17)

  • new meeting point / time: Hollyhock Cafe, Terrace Gardens, Petersham Road, TW10 6UX. Meet there by 1.30pm
  • ( You can get to Richmond station by 1pm and you must walk/ take a bus to Terrace Gardens). We will cross the road to the riverside for ceremony.
    Exact spot for ceremony may vary/change depending on how busy the riverside is . So please meet at the Cafe and we can all walk to the riverside.
  • Altar set up by 2pm. Ceremony will soon after that.. At the end of the ceremony our `ships’ will be set sail followed by Feasting. We expect to be back at station by 5pm .. and visit a cafe or pub to socialise (in warmth).

**Please wear absolutely sensible shoes, warm & water poof cloths** ..  Our rituals go ahead whatever the weather.. and how ever many or few people attend. We do them for serious magical purpose!   So no need to double check ..if its snowing or  blowing storms! Just turn up and take a chance..  Magic is supposed to be wild and tied with nature!!

All are Welcome to attend these . Do contact us and contribute with your creativity, knowledge & magic for these new explorations..

Gathering Format: 

Our Gatherings normally take the following form

a) Meeting at the Richmond Station, at appointed place, and then walking together to the selected Ritual area.

b) Pre-Ritual Social & setting up altar / getting into ritual cloths and explanation of ritual (delegating some ritual roles to people who are interested).

c) Ritual

d) Feasting & Social

e) Taking down altar, packing & tidy-up, and departures (Individuals make their own way back).

*Some people leave as soon as Ritual is complete. Others stay longer to enjoy socials & bonding with our friends.

Please bring Food & drinks to share. It can be a bottle of wine, soft drinks, hot drinks (in a flask), short eats, snacks, bread, butter, cheese, humus, cakes, salads, pasta and so on.

Privacy/Photos :
We ask that no photos are taken during the setting up of altar or ritual itself.  Thank you 🙂

Bright Blessings

Mani Navasothy

Link to meetup event for this ceremony

Isidias Navigatum- Goddess Isis Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony 2017 (Richmond)

Sunday, Mar 5, 2017, 1:30 PM

Hollyhock Cafe, Terrace gardens, Petersham Road, TW10 6UX
Richmond London , GB

18 Woodland Witches & Pagans Went

This annual ceremony was held at the start of the Spring time in Ancient Egypt, to gain the blessings of Goddess Isis upon the ships and boats (Fleet) – so that they may go forth, find commerce, resources and wealth and bring them back.  You will have heard the saying, `waiting for my ship to come in’ – a saying that indicates a person waiting for …

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Invoking Tamesa Serpent for Protection of Water (Thames Ritual 14Dec2016)

A call to all Eco-Magicians – to invoke the Tamesa Serpent..
(Ceremony for protection of water / sacred land by Standing Rock, USA).

As many will know by now …the proposed oil pipeline to be built under the river (Dakota, USA) has now been stopped. After months of fighting, gathering, standing together at Standing Rock.. many are happy for this victory.

However we all know `the system’…we know `the authorities’…and we know all about the cleverness of the multibillion dollar corporate & commercial organisations!
They will not give up so easily!
Already there are reports that some of those oil companies are just declaring that they will pay the daily fine of $50000 and keep on drilling etc. And many fear that Donald Trump (USA President Elect) will reverse Obama’s decision..once Trump himself gets into power…because he has millions invested in those companies himself. Others fear this is just a stalling through winter..and the drilling etc will resume in full force…supported by more cunning backup plans.. in Spring 2017.

When i first proposed to do a `Tamesa invocation ritual’ on 14th December ( I said that on 24th November)..the battle at Standing Rock was still going on.

Now it seems to be over.. Victory seems to have been gained.

While not wanting to be negative about this.. as a Magician.. I also have to listen to my intuition.. It tells me that a) Magic is not linear…and b) we must stay on the cause…not just for sake of Standing Rock in USA..but for all the Fracking that’s proposed in UK..

So this ritual will go ahead..on wednesday evening 14th December 2016..by the banks of River Thames…in Central London.

The Tide will be low around 8.30pm…so That’s the perfect time for this water ceremony.. Whatever magic we do and add to the waters of Thames.. will then be there as Tide comes in..and takes it away that night..and spread through the oceans..! Water connects the whole world.. water *is* most of our bodies.. As part of the ceremony.. I will be using waters collected over the years from various parts of the world.. I have small amounts from Australia, Niagara Falls, River Nile, Glastonbury White spring.. Feel free to bring waters from your local areas… We are merely helping the water spirits from across the globe to connect and strengthen..

With it..we’ll invoke the powers of the Tamesa Serpent/ Dragon (I’ve been doing Dragon magic for 20 years, and working with Thames energies for 10 years…so I hope those will come to our aids magically).

The ritual will be simple..
But it will take our mental and magical focus..
This is NOT a social.. This is Magic..this is work for us Magicians!

Date: Wednesday 14th December 2016

Metering point:  Tate Modern Green   (Meet by the Green area outside Tate Modern Gallery from 7pm. 

Time: We’ll go down to river bank for Ritual at 8pm.  Event should end by 9pm..and we’ll conclude with a small social

What to bring:   Wear suitable outdoor warm/ dry clothing ..especially shoes/ boots with good grips as it gets slippery by river bank (als there may be sharp objects washed up).

Health & Safety:  You must take full responsibility for your own Health & safety.

This event is NOT suitable for children due to the slippery/ water environment at night.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

Link to meetup event for this

Invoking Tamesa Serpent for Protection of Water

Wednesday, Dec 14, 2016, 7:00 PM

Tate Modern green
It’s the area of green outside Tate Modern and Bankside Gallery London, GB

7 Woodland Witches & Pagans Went

A call to all Eco-Magicians – to invoke the Tamesa Serpent.. (Ceremony for protection of water / sacred land by Standing Rock, USA).As many will know by now …the proposed oil pipeline to be built under the river (Dakota, USA) has now been stopped. After months of fighting, gathering, standing together at Standing Rock.. many are happy for this…

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Last March of the Elephantom

Elephantom Yesterday at The March for Elephants & Rhinos (London). This is the 4th annual March I have been to … (since the very first one in 2013). And it’s the 3rd one my sister Vathani Navasothy has actively been involved.. alongside `Action for Elephants Uk’ group that was set up (by Maria Mossman, Denise Dresner & friends) after the first March was so successful. My sister has consistently involved in it…promotions, publicity, sales, and every year doing the sponsored 10K run ..raising literally several thousands of pounds. I should know..I’ve video’ed it. 🙂 This year she took up the role of marshalling the March.

It has been an absolute thrill, privilege and an honour to have stood shoulder to shoulder with my fellow eco-activists (saving Elephants, Rhinos, Whales, Dolphins).. 🙂 Nothing will take away that…or the camaraderie & friendships I have formed with fellow activists.

Elephantom & Vathani at march for Elephants & Rhinos 2016 London.jpg

And.. each year, my old creation Elephantom the Eco-hero has been involved in `his’ many guises.. at these marches 🙂 ( I wrote a children’s graphic novel of that character originally created by me in 1994. It’s published in Amazon as ebook & print book).

But ..sometimes all good things must end.. and this will be the `final’ appearance for me & Elephantom at these great `March for Elephants & Rhinos’.

Why? Well.. as the war-Doctor would say, `It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame.. and others to carry that on..’ .

Many of us have lent our passions and energies to bringing these to public awareness…turning up, doing huge amounts of blogging, videos (filming/ editing), promoting..etc.. I see now..that the Marches are huge…thousands are turning up.. Signatures are being taken and delivered into 10, Downing Street.. It’s going to be okay.. 🙂

And so.. (me and my sister) will be peeling off… to get on with other causes that are dear to our hearts..other matters that deeply need our energies and attentions..

I often say… nothing matters more than solving the heart-wrenching (for me) tragedy of 25,000 children dying *every day*. If humans can’t even save their own future..their own off-springs…then what good is saving the world or wild life?

The earth will carry on…none of us are in any doubt.. but it just won’t be habitable for us humans..and that’s fine.. Earth has done that many times over the Aeons.. Dinosaurs have come and sadly gone.. and I just hope humans who have come don’t go like the dinos! So.. there has to be a balance of causes.. for both humans, animals and the natural world.. !

As for me.. I have `Gaian Times’ to re-focus on.. A non-profit eco-company & magazine I started legally 5 years ago.. I will carry on working physically, spiritually and eco-magically in all my pagan / witchy rituals with people…to keep putting the energy of protection & peace for all living thing. (In fact, our Hern’s Tribe were out in woods last night doing just that eco-magic for peace & empowerment last night) 🙂

I also have my own ventures and earnings and life to worry about.. (and one of them is settling down in life..and having Children of my own.. though when finances are secure..I am more likely to adopt.. IfI can save just one of those 25,000 children dying every day in the world.. my life would have been fulfilled..

Best wishes
-Mani Navasothy

http://www.elephantom.co.uk/
https://quantumphoenix.net/
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Pan’s Picnic 2016 & Wicca Lammas Harvest Ceremony in Trent Park, London – 31July2016

Join us for Pan’s Picnic – to celebrate LAMMAS 2016. (Free outdoor/ woodland event – Family-friendly – to mark the Harvest time with Ceremony and social).

Lammas: “All that rise shall fall again.”. says the popular pagan poetry! The newborn Sun-child of Yule has grown to be a rampant and playful youth and lover at Spring, committed man and husband at Beltane and responsible Sun-King at Midsummer. And at the time of Lammas, at the height of his supreme power, the King steps down- or rather gives up his life force to the land! This is harvest time in the fields, where Corn and other such grain are harvested. John Barleycorn is `baked’ and sacrificed. In God mythology, the God willingly gives himself up and the Goddess cuts him down, so that his blood may feed the land. Though it may sound alarmingly gruesome, this is to be seen in terms of symbolism, and not actual! The spilling of his blood is in fact the falling of the grains and seeds to the ground, that they may produce next year’s crops! Just as the fallen seed sleeps safely within the soil, till winter passes and next spring, so the spirit of the Lammas-King enters the underworld.  (taken from www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk ).

Fees:   £3

RITUAL : 

**Ritual will be facilitated by our Team of Trainee-coven members**

This is an open ritual held in an outdoor park/woods with easy public access..

Out ritual *Team will conduct key aspects of the ceremony, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get  involved in the actual ritual   – ie with elements calling, chants, magical work and so on.

Video:

RITUAL items to bring: 

– Your ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks
– Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks
– Drums & musical instruments
– Lanterns / candles / lighter
– Crystals / runes / divination tools
-Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)

Directions:

1. Get to Cockfosters (north end of Piccadilly Line Tube station).  Come out of Tube station, and turn right onto Cockfosters Road. Stay on same side of road.   walk on Cockfosters Road for 5mins – go immediately past Petrol station, then Cemetry…  Then you will come to park Gate (big wall/ gate) called `Cockfoster Gate’

2. Enter Trent park..  Walk along the path / road…for 5 mins..  Go past a small monument..   and you will come to a Cafe & Car park areas (with toilet building nearby).

Meet us by the cafe tables.

3.  When ready we will walk a little back along the path, to a side field.

If you are late..you can just enter the park…walk 2- mins (past a pond on the right) and turn right into the field (without going on to the cafe).

Here is the aerial map.

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

 

link to our meetup event

Wicca Lammas 2016 & Pan’s Picnic at Trent Park

Sunday, Jul 31, 2016, 1:30 PM

Trent Park (north london)
Cockfosters Gate, Cockfosters Road, Greater London, GB

36 Woodland Witches & Pagans Went

Join us for Pan’s Picnic – to celebrate LAMMAS 2016. (Free outdoor/ woodland event – Family-friendly – to mark the Harvest time with Ceremony and social).Lammas: “All that rise shall fall again.”. says the popular pagan poetry! The newborn Sun-child of Yule has grown to be a rampant and playful youth and lover at Spring, committed man and husband…

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Night of the Cradle : Ritual for Birth of Goddess Isis (photos 19July16)

Our 4th annual event for `Birth of Goddess Isis’ was held by the river Thames in central London yesterday. The date was fixed to take advantage of the full moon & low tide..almost 6 months ago.. but who could have predicted it was going to be the hottest day so far in London? 🙂 Ah..that’s the Magic of the `real’ Isis. ❤

here’s some highlights.. 🙂

Hail Isis!

-Mani

The Journey of our Sun-Wheel

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

  1. Sun Wheel created at home on 16th June 2016
  2. At Midsummer ritual in London for Pagan Federation : London (conway hall, Holborn)- 16/6/16
  3. At Hern’s Tribe  MidSummer ritual in Richmond park – 18th June2016.
  4. At OneSpirit ecstatic dance event – 18th June’16
  5. In Avebury – by Witche’s Throne  – 20th June’16
  6. Avebury – Full moon
  7. Atop Glastonbury Tor – 21st June’16 … ritual
  8. Sun rise at Glastonbury – 21/6/16
  9. 10 & 11.  SunWheel finally committed to ritual fire at Glastonbury Tor (21June’16).

SunWheel Journey.jpg