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Gaian Times: Eco-Spiritual Magazine #9 out now!

You know what..in all the excitement of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary event, I totally forgot to blog the fact that last week, the issue#9 of the Gaian Times e-Magazine was published online 🙂

Cover- Gaian Times #9 Nov2013
Cover- Gaian Times #9 Nov2013

Editor’s Letter

“…Gaian Times Magazine just keeps getting better – as more and more professionally published authors, experts and beginner-writers join our ever growing team of contributes!

In this issue, we are joined by Kenny Klein, who writes about a very Wiccan Samhain, Amber Agha sharing her shamanic perspectives on Releasing the past held by the land, Julie Dollman writes about Re-Engaging with Living Energy, and Christ Street focuses on the mystical nature of London – be it a city of revelations, planetary chakra or a Stargate!

That’s not all! John Dray, Andrew Durling & Maria Mossman contribute eco-themed reports on the Declining Bee population, the Fracking issues & movie, and the March for Elephants, UK – a new group set up to campaign for saving Elephants!

Something I had always wanted to know- and as if my magic- Bruce Nixon’s feature on how money is made by banks and the impact of monetary reform – covers my curiosity!

Gordina Steckert from Germany writes about spiritual concepts to keep us emotionally stable; Vathani Navasothy not only writes about Herbs fo ruse at Halloween, but gives us photo-blogs about the Dartmoor Stones – which rather nicely resonate with our mini-author profile on Rebecca Beatie who has written books on those very west country landscape-inspired fiction.. !

Wendy Stokes has once more contributed with a Book Review, and also written about the troubles caused by those `Teenage Exorcists from USA’.

My own interview / video follows up the matter, by giving an opportunity to Maria Savva -owner of Spirit of Isis. Interestingly, Maria’s son George Eralclides – whom I met during that event turned out to be a fashion blogger, and has contributed GT’s first fashion column!

And that’s not all.. By now you’ve seen the titillating images of that `Angel’ on the cover..and will know that we are starting some new features.. into the many worlds of alternative cultures. We start with a report on Erotica 2013!

Well, things are certainly going to warm up, as we head towards winter in western hemisphere, and summer in the southern hemisphere.

Earlier in 2013, GT took a few extra months to surface (April’13). But we are going to make up for it… with a special edition next month! (Oh yes, more work for me..I’ve only just finished with this issue!)

As it’s coming up closer to Christmas / Yule, and New Year, we’ll go with those themes..as well as our usual columns. Am already looking forward to `The Muse that got away’ (ahem, that will be a Burlesque feature on a good friend of mine who is very successful now in Canada!). We hope to have features from the alternative/ goth scene in Brighton; A persona profile of a Glastonbury Priestess of Avalon.. Astrology, and more!

So hurry up and finish reading this issue…before the next one gets here quickly!!

Best Wishes

-Mani Navasothy (Editor / Director – Gaian Times)

November 2013, London, UK…”

Contents : 

Feature articles

  • A very Wiccan Samhain
  • Death by Words
  • Releasing the past, held by the land- a Shamanic Perspective
  • Re-Engaging with Living Energy
  • Five spiritual concepts to keep you emotionally stable.
  • Samhain Herbs: Insights into Seasonal Herbs
  • London city of Revelations, Chakra or Stargate?
  • Making Money – A word on monetary reform

Ecology & Campaigns

  • Honey Bees Decline;
  • Gasland pt2: A Fracking Film Event & Review
  • March for Elephants – Reviews & New Initiatives in UK
  • International Peace Day- Family Picnic in London

Esoterica:

  • Storm Magic & Psychic Techniques
  • Wicca Full Moon Rituals in London

 Events & Reviews

  • The Country Writer’s Craft: Writing for Country;
  • The Warrior’s Call to Glastonbury
  • International Peace Day
  • Quests of Isis (Thames Ritual)
  • Woodland Autumn with Romuva & Hern’s Tribe

People & Community:

  • Author feature: Rebecca Beattie –
  • Right of Reply: Spirit of Isis speaks to Teenage Exorcists

 Photo & Video blogs:

  • Ancient Stones of Dartmoor
  • Notting Hill Carnival
  • Closing Down Kew Gardens!
  • Thames Halloween Ritual

Culture, Fashion & Entertainment:

  • Travelling Talesman;
  • A Rosey Winter; Halloween fashion;
  • All Acts of Love & Pleasure: A Day at Erotica 2013

Magical Bookshops & Sites

  • Atlantis spiritual Centre (Enfield)-
  • Atlantis Bookshop – oldest occult shop in London
  • Treadwells-London
  • Clearly Destiny – based near Euston, London
  • Crystal Delights Emporium (website created under Gaian Times Social Enterprise Initiative!)
  • Pagan Frontiers of London – established in 2005, this Community platform now serves over 50,000 visitors a year!

Enjoy..  Just click the picture…visit the website…opt-in to become FREE subscribers..and we’ll send all the links to you to star reading..  BUT hurry..  next issue#10 comes out in m id-December..

Best wishes

-Mani

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Storm-Spells & some techniques for psychic work

storm magic (c)ManiN2013“Severe storms are battering Britain with 90mph winds” the media is reporting about 15 minutes ago..  just about the time I was up the big Willow tree in my back garden..holding my sacred & magical Sword up to those winds at 2.30am!

Why? For magic, of course!

Those who’s read my previous blogs are no strangers to the facts that a) I love climbing up the Willow tree at night especially for magical works (yes, Witchcraft!) and, b) I love extreme stormy weather conditions..and tend to run to the sea sides at midnight or some similar hours…to witness the awesome and dangerous powers of nature in this form!

Many witches, Wiccans and witches..and indeed pagans speak about reverence and worship of nature, and call upon air, fire, water and powers of Earth in magic circle as elemental quarter guardians after casting a circle, and before invoking the Horned God and Triple moon Goddess. Often they deal with gentle forms of these elemental forces.. candles, bonfires, spring showers and flowing streams, summer breezes. 

Not for me those summer breezes..  I like gale force winds, and take the risk of climbing trees to experience the forces..  where one is at the mercy of them.. and the tree..

So what can you do? (There’s still time..  these winds are predicted to keep going all night ..here in southern part of UK, and towards morning too!)

Here’s some psychic or magical tips and techniques for you:  (You are responsible for your own Health & Safety!)

  1. Get out there and experience these forces of nature.   It isn’t always gentle…and it clearly eliminates the misconception that we humankind are in control of nature!    But keep your self safe! tell someone else if you are going out..!!
  2. Do an aura cleansing exercise while you are out there standing in the storms.     In Wiccan Circle, we use incense (air/ smoke) and a feather-fan to cleanse and consecrate our auras .in a gentle meditative sort of way.  Let the storm do that for you..  Just stand with your feet firmly in the ground (bare-feet if possible for that connection with earth)..and have your arms raised to the side..or to the heavens.. Let the strong winds blow all over you and blow away the hindrances..and stagnant energies about you.
  3. Breath deeply and with intent.   Face the direction from which the winds are blowing….Breath it in deeply..  let its energy fill you..  and permeate your lungs, blood, and cells..  !  And breath out…letting out all the negativity and stagnant energies or psychic impurities that have accumulated in your body. Let the storms take all that and transform that.  Keep breathing in and out for as long as you can.. Do fire-breatg work if you know how.   You may feel light-headed…so be firmly standing on the ground.   (If you are up a tree like me, then make sure there’s safety ropes there that you have set up to keep your self anchored.
  4. Charging magical objects- The most obvious one is the magic sword!  Take it securely up to the tree..(ensure the storm has no lightening! Sword can act as a conductor and attract it…Do this only in a non-lightening storm).  Hold the word with both hands if possible (while being secured with ropes etc).. Hold the sword up to the strong winds..  and cleanse it first..then `breath in’ the storm through the sword, thereby charging it!   Alternatively, you can also hold a Crystal, a dream catcher or other such items to the wind to let it cleanse first then charg eit with raw elemental energies.

Well, hope these tips give you ideas..to get creative and do your own magical work in stormy weather.

Good Luck..Keep Safe..and bright blessings

-Mani Navasothy

(High Priest, Wicca/ Garderian Tradition).

International March for Elephants – Today 4th Oct’13

One elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory. At this rate, none will walk the earth in 2025. Help make a stand and join the March.

Organised by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the International March for Elephants will take place in 15 cities across the globe on one day with one message `Ban ALL trade in ivory’

Join us for the peaceful march on Friday 4th October and unite for the protection of elephants in asking our Governments to work together in tackling the illegal ivory trade.

Meeting Time & Location: 10:45 – 11:00

Meet at Forum Magnum Square (SE1 7GL)

Begin March over Westminster Bridge to Parliament Square 11:30 – 13:30 & Peaceful protest in Parliament Square.

And guess what?

Elephantom is going 🙂

-Mani

March for Elephants london 2013
March for Elephants london 2013

World Peace Day TODAY..Join our Picnic in Hyde Park!

Dear all,

To mark and Celebrate the International Peace Day (today, 21st September) Gaian Times Eco-spiritual Magazine is calling all friends for a  gathering at Hyde Park for a family-friendly picnic – by the `Peter Pan Statue’ area.

Peace Day at Hyde Park - 21Sept2013
Peace Day at Hyde Park – 21Sept2013

It is very close to the `Italian gardens’ and about 10 minutes walk from Lancaster Gate Tube station.

Here is the google map link   http://goo.gl/maps/B1WMx   ( From Lancaster Gate Tube station to Peter Pan Statue Picnic area, Hyde Park)

Bring some picnic food…bring family & friends..  🙂

History of Peace Day

Peace One Day - founder Jeremy Gilley at a London Event in October 2012 .
Peace One Day – founder Jeremy Gilley at a London Event in October 2012 .

In 1999, filmmaker Jeremy Gilley founded Peace One Day, a non-profit organisation, and in 2001 Peace One Day’s efforts were rewarded when the member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September – Peace Day.  Peace One Day’s objective is to institutionalise Peace Day 21 September, making it a day that is self-sustaining, an annual day of global unity, a day of intercultural cooperation on a scale that humanity has never known. Peace One Day is impartial and independent of any government, political persuasion, corporation or religious creed. Through a multi-platform approach, Peace One Day utilises different tools to raise awareness, advocate for Peace Day and engage the global community in its broad observance.

Links

http://www.PeaceOneDay.org    (Peace One Day website)

http://gaiantimes.com/   (Gaian Times eco-spiritual Magazine / organisation)

https://www.facebook.com/GaianTimes   (Gaian Times Facebook Page)

https://quantumphoenix.net/2013/03/26/early-thoughts-on-international-peace-day-21st-september/    (Early thoughts on Peace Day – meeting Jeremy Gillley)

Peace
Peace

Best Wishes

-Mani Navasothy

Frack Off..! An Elephantom Cartoon

Here’s a quick cartoon…using my favorite Eco-Hero…Elephantom!   -Mani

Elephantom- Frack Off (c) Mani Navasothy 2013
Elephantom- Frack Off (c) Mani Navasothy 2013

Alien Gods & Paganism in the 25th Century (GT#8 Out NOW)

“The telephone, invented in 1870, has evolved into a global wireless network communication array of mobile phones..that are already on its way to sub-dermal implanted chips!  The Car invented in 1672 has evolved too to become engines & rockets that have already taken a man-made object outside the Solar system!! And computers – originating as concepts only in 1822 – now rule almost every aspect of our lives on Earth and continue to evolve in the direction  of Artificial Intelligence!!

What about Pagan spirituality – that of nature worship, and of Gods & Goddess entities?..”

To read more..  You’ll have to visit GAIAN TIMES – Eco-spiritual e-Magazine (FREE to read if you join the mailing list!!)

Issue #8 has just been uploaded and ready..  for your explorations 🙂

-Mani Navasothy

(Director/ Chief Editor of Gaian Times)

Alien gods -banner (c) Gaian Times & Mani Navasothy 2013
Alien gods -banner (c) Gaian Times & Mani Navasothy 2013

Coming soon: Issue#8 of Gaian Times e-Magazine!

Am very excited to share the front cover of the upcoming (issue#8) of Gaian Times eco-spiritual Magazine. 🙂

We have a huge number of features on many eco-matters, campaigns, as well as pagan and spiritual festivals and such..

OUT SOON:  Gaian Times eco-Magazine -issue 8   (Aug 2013)
OUT SOON: Gaian Times eco-Magazine -issue 8 (Aug 2013)

Take a look …and more importantly…visit the website www.GaianTimes.com to read previous issues, or opt-in now..and be ready to read the latest magazine…Out in a few days!!

-Mani Navasothy

(Chief Editor/ Director of Gaian Times)

ps. Gaian Times is a registered not-for-profit Company limited by Guarantee. Registered in England & Wales.  GT Issue #8 marks the beginning of year  3 for Gaian Times !

Eco-Magic to protect Oaken Wood in kent, UK

Eco-Magic- Protect Oaken Wood
Eco-Magic- Protect Oaken Wood

You must have heard already – that the UK government has give the go ahead for commercial quarrying to take place at Oaken Wood, Kent..an ancient woodland!  The woodland trust have been running a campaign to save the Oaken woods ..but seem to have lost the first rounds…But that doesn’t mean the fight is over!

Apart from more consultations and procedures (all that formal legal channels) there is always Eco-magic!

Eco-Magic is when a group of pagans, magical, spiritual or New Agers gather together…to perform a magical working, ritual, prayer or spell-casting..  to save and protect an ecology, environment, plant, animal, species!   There have been many such activities, saving woods in other areas from being hacked for sake of roads, by-passes etc.  Dragon Eco-magical group is one such popular group, led by Adrian Harris and friends.. (still active in many ways!)

Well, my friends and I are taking the train from London (Victoria) today (Sunday 21st July’13) to travel to travel to Oaken woods.. and do an Eco-Magical working. Do join us if you can..in person..  or by adding positive protective thoughts to saving this woodland.

Warning:

If we let this one go, chances are it will set a legal precedents for the UK government to make similar `use’ of other 300 ancient woods in UK.   So this (pardon the pun) has to be nipped in the bud.

While others work hard via legal and formal paths, we pagans and magicians are free from bureaucracy and red tape  ..to act now!!

Meet us at Victoria train station at 12pm..  by WH Smith bookshop entrance…(look for me, Mani  (Hindu-Wiccan), and my friends Jacqui  (Priestess of Avalon) and Rose (Psychic & Wiccan).. Others are joining us on the site itself..

Thank you.

-Mani Navasothy

links

Save Oaken woods (website by group)

Article on News paper – Independant

Gaian Times Eco-Magazine (online)

Gaian Times-Facebook group

Earth Healing Ritual, Activities & Affirmations (Earth Day feature)

Earth Day 22nd April - every year (c) Mani Navasothy 2011Earth Day is on 22nd April.. every year. It is declared by the United Nations, and celebrated by everyone on our planet – everyone who is aware of it, that is. Many Eco-groups and Organisations focus several of their ecology & environment related campaigns, and so do magical and spiritual people who consider the Earth to be a living entity (Gaia). Here is some background and lots of eco-spiritual activities you can do.

Gaian Collective explained

The Earth is our home in space. Thousands believe it is a living entity, built up of not just the physical bodies of millions of humans, animals, plans and other inanimate objects (rocks, rivers, mountains). It is believed that all the minds of the living creatures on planet Earth are connected, and give rise to `Gaia’ the living Collective consciousness-being who is self-regulating. It is akin to our bodies, where each cell is living and has a function, but collectively gives rise to a single human or animal being. We each one of us think each one of us is a `I’ or `me’ – but within us are billions of living cells.. (and all the symbiotic and parasitic creatures that live inside our bodies).

So, by each of us becoming consciously aware that we are part of a larger collective, and tying to reconnect to that Collective, we are in fact strengthening that Gaia Collective – spiritually an magically. And if Gaia is strong and well, that can only benefit the whole world..

 What can you do on Earth day? Some simple ideas and suggestions:

Go for a walk in the wild, a park or woods to be reconnected to Earth – on a conscious, physical or magical level. You don’t need to make it grand or specific – just go for a nice long walk, without any usual distractions such as internet, ipods, phone calls, personal every day problems ( we all have them!)  Yes, they are products of human intellect and genius, and so in a round about way, `natural’ – but purpose of this exercise is to de-clutter our conscious mind and reach a sort of meditative state.

Hold a celebration or picnic – with family or friends. Gather other like-minded eco-aware people and mark the day. We all celebrate or mark (or remember) our birthdays in some way of form.. This is Gaia’s special day (not exactly birthday but closest special day). So celebrate it as such.  Yes, why not have a cake and cut it in honour of Gaia / Earth?

Earth `Heart beat’ Meditation – group or personal:   A more spiritual approach is to actually do an Earth meditation (on your own, or as part of a group).  It does not have to be a big complicated activity. Just 5 minutes will do (but 20-30 minutes is ideal). All you do is sit in a pleasant natural place if possible (woodlands, by a garden tree, by a small pond, river, stream, cave etc). Sit by a natural place, be comfortable, close your eyes – and let go of every day thoughts. Then try to visualise the Earth in space.. a planet, full of billions of life forms within it.  Think of each one of those creatures having a heart, and heart beat. Try to `hear’ that heart beat. Different animals have different rates of heart beats – but for this meditative purpose, it is okay to visualise all the heat-beats being slowly becoming synchronised..  and the Earth beating as one heart!

Healing work:  One magical activity that some may consider doing is Earth Healing. For this, it is perhaps good to be in  very calm and peaceful state of mind. Keep a rose quartz or other green crystals with you (in your hands or pockets). Then think of love and peace, an send that energy to the Earth.. into the ground. You can also visualise green light coming from your heart – pure and sincere of well-intentions- and pour that unconditionally to the Earth.  One meditative way is to visualise the Earth in space..  and pour your light and bath the whole of the Earth with it..!

Eco-activities: Think of real tangible ways you may b able to help protect, preserve and nurture the ecologies and environment of the World.   Some suggestions are – raising awareness by writing  & blogging (as I am doing), getting your fiends together and doing some litter-picking and tidying p a natural spot (like a local river side or woodland), creating a group or charity and doing eco-work, raising money / funds and donating it to other eco-organisations that do good genuine work.

Affirmations- Oaths, vows and personal Declarations: This one is for those who feel very spiritually inclined. Get to a natural place – and do some meditative work, as suggested, or a ceremony. Then lay your hands on a living Tree or the ground itself, and make your promises, affirmations or eco-related vows to the Earth it self. Think of this as important as a marriage vow that people make (and try to keep), or the equivalent of formal declarations and oaths people make when they take on a position in community (like MP’s, Solicitors, Police, etc. It is akin to swearing a real loyalty and allegiance to the Earth…and should be taken as magically binding).

Sharing: After Earth day, remember to share what you have done, by writing about it, sharing any related photos, poetry and other thoughts – with people, internet social groups & forums etc. That way, the positive regard ad energy spreads…and can add to the next year’s Earth Day!

Feel free to share this post..  more people are aware and do these, the better for Gaia. 

-Mani Navasothy

Links

Watch a video: This land is all (song for the Earth)

Read about Earth Hour ceremony

Visit Gaian Times Eco-spiritual magazine

Attend an Earth-Walk in London