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Video Interview: March of the Mermaids

March of the Mermaids is an annual seaside event organised by Hannah Chilton and friends – now in its 5th year. It is a not- for-profit event that aims to raise awareness and money for sea life and marine conservation. People dress up as mermaids, pirates and other sea-related characters / creatures from myths and stories…for a fine summer day by the sea (Brighton, UK)..and to raise funds.
This video was filmed in July 2015 by Vathani Navasothy and edited by Mani Navasothy.

March of the Mermaids 2017 is happening in Brighton, on15th July’17). Facebook page for March of the Mermaids
https://www.facebook.com/mermaids.march/

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Intro workshop : Healing & Transformation with Serpent power (19Oct at Atlantis Bookshop, London)

Serpents & Dragons have always symbolised Hidden Wisdom, personal energy (Kundalini rising), sexuality, protection, fertility, Healing and transformation.

From Python the Dragon who guards Gaia the Earth Goddess, NagaPooshani the Hindu Snake Goddess who removes Dhoshas & curses, to Wadjet the Egyptian snake goddess who adorns the crowns of Pharos & deities, Minoan Snake Goddess of Knossos, Cernunnos Lord of the Beasts, Myths and religious stories are full of deities who wield serpent power!

 

This is a first in a series of workshops that introduce working with the new energies of 2016 and onwards, embracing change and facilitating self-transformation.

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Topics covered / explored (tbc):

  • Snake Goddesses
  • Wisdom
  • Kundalini energy
  • Fertility & Sexuality
  •  Sacred Dance
  • Healing
  • Personal Transformation

There will be an opportunity to have contact with a real Colombian Rainbow Boa (snake) during this Introductory Workshop, as well as witness an example Fusion/ belly dance with snake (performed by Melanie).  Workshop will culminate with a ritual invocation of serpent Goddess, brief oracular reading  (akin to Priestess of Pythia), and a small snake-skin gift for your own personal work.

Book NOW  £18 (booking now closed 19/10/16) 

Venue.  The Atlantis Bookshop, 49a, Museum Street, London.

Time  Please arrive by 6.30pm for 7pm start.

** warning** Real snake in workshop

There will be a real live snake in this workshop. It will be in a secure container in the room, during workshop, and will be brought out for parts of the workshop.
Those who have severe fears / phobias may wish to discuss their attendance with Melanie first before deciding.. 1-2-1 phobia dealing sessions / consultations are offered privately.Profile 2 Pythian Temple London.jpg

Further workshops will be aimed at exploring, healing,empowering and initiating transformations – in the realms of personal energies, Kundalini & sexuality. These will involve working with real snakes in rituals & ceremonies, sacred dance, meditation & pathworking and transpersonal explorations. In Spring 2017, there will be exclusive workshops to be held at a private venue for small-groups and 1-2-1 consultations that will include extended contact with one or more snakes.

 

Facilitators 

** Melanie Philippides – Life Coach, Fusion Belly Dancer & Snake Charmer.

**Mani Navasothy – Wiccan High Priest, Hindu-Magician, Esoteric Author & Astrologer.

Links:

Facebook page:   Pythian Temple London

website – Pythian Temple London

Serpent Power – Magical Workshops coming soon! (London)

Okay..I can’t contain this excitement so am going to just blurt it.. Melanie Philippides and I have been planning a set of rather powerful workshops involving.. ( take a deep breath).. snakes! Pythons in fact. She has 2.. and is looking after a 3rd one.. one of them is very large indeed..(twice as big as this one in photo).. whom I met yesterday evening.. for ..shall we say, `getting attuned’ before working on the details of workshops..!) 🙂

Mani & Melanie serpent power workshops coming soon .jpg

I met Melanie first at the Birthday of Goddess Isis ritual by Cleopatra’s Needle, Embankment, in 2013.. but lost touch for a few years but was facebook friends. The photo below was taken at one of Melanie’s snake / fusion Belly dance performance in a venue in Croydon last October’15 where I met her again (and Shiva). We seem to have all that Game of Throne, snakes & Dragons magical explorations in common..and the result now of course are these magical joint workshops..

watch out for full details in a few days..  and then ..book fast…as spaces will be limited!

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

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/
http://www.maninavasothy.com/

Enormous Elephant Run 2016 (London) raises over £50,000!

The Enormous Elephant Run- Fundraiser 10km run took place earlier this morning at Clapham Common.  `Elephants’ & Supporters started gathering from 10am onwards (organisers were there from much earlier..setting up!).  The run started at about 10.35am… and consisted of 5Km, 10Km and 15Km runs   (1 lap, 2 lap or 3 lap of the path that zig-zagged in the Band-stand area of Clapham Common, South London).

This is the 3rd annual such fundraising event, organised by  `The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’ – which embraces all measures that compliment the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife. These include anti-poaching, safe guarding the natural environment, enhancing community awareness, addressing animal welfare issues, providing veterinary assistance to animals in need, rescuing and hand rearing elephant and rhino orphans, along with other species .

  • Many Congratulations to my sister Vathani Navasothy for raising over £750+ .
  • The team she’s part of (Team Mama Afrika) raised over £3,000 (offline donations still being counted).
  • The `Enormous Elephant Run- London’ has raised over £50,000 of funds.

Enormous Elephant Run - raised at 11june16

I was thrilled to have been there for the last 3 years in a row when my sister has been doing this charity Run. Vathani has raised £612 (in 2014), £444 (in 2015) and £750 (2016).. totalling £1,806+.

Vathani Elephant run 2016 - funds raised at 11june16
Am very proud indeed and will be putting together a video/photo montage of her 3 annual runs for this worthy cause that we both are passionate about. 🙂

Team Mama Africa raised at 11june16

 

I will be adding photos & videos of this event in due course in a blog very soon.

-Mani Navasothy

Gaian Times – Eco-Magazine #11 (Beltane/Summer 2015) published!

Hi all,   it gives me great pleasure to announce the publishing (online) of the latest Gaian Times eco-spiritual e-Magazine.

Take a look at  the new  mobile friendly site    www.GaianTimesMagazine.com

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Regulars may know, previous issue#10 came out in Feb’2014, and the one for May’14 never manifested.  So this latest magazine is coming out after a year-long gap. ..and all the more reason to celebrate it!   🙂

My big thanks to the following Writers/ Contributors of this issue:

Ann Tomlin, David Rankine, Durlabh Singh, Jo Rowland, Kumar Devasan, Lisa De Fresne, Renard the Fire Druid, Rose Dixon, Vathani Navasothy

Contents (GT#11):

  • Editorial
  • Longtime Lover Returns (spring poem)
  • Aphrodisiacs – Food for Lovers
  • Aromatherapy for Beltane
  • The Catcher in the Sky – Swift Gifts
  • Animal Communications
  • Williams Syndrome Awareness month
  • Experiences of an Elder Pagan
  • Response to `Making Money’ article
  • Reiki : Personal path to divine healing energy
  • Sacred Geometry – Language of Relationship
  • Pagan Activism
  • Rome (Gallery)
  • Hollow Earth thoughts – Review of Earth Hour & Earth Day 2015
  • Taiji Terror Tales 2015 : London Demo at Trafalgar Square
  • Bhai Sehna (short story)
  • Beneficial Vitamins
  • People: Art of David Rankine
  • Chief Seatle (poem)
  • Astrology: Retrograde Planets in 2015
  • Sacred Journey – Pagan Federation London Conference 2015
  • Entertainment: Dalek-Om in Glastonbury
  • Gallery1 : Climate March London 2014
  • Gallery 2: Peaceful Demo Japanese Embassy – Stop the Ivory Trade
Contents of Gaian Times #11
Contents of Gaian Times #11

Best Wishes

-Mani Navasothy  (Director / Chief Editor)

TODAY: Earth Day 2015 – Eco-Ceremony & Earth-Healing meditation in Richmond Park

Earth Day is TODAY – on 22nd April,  and I am holding a special outdoor Eco-Spiritual event in Richmond Park, SW London.

Earth Day 22April2015-walk meditation

Activity/ Details :
Meeting Time / venue:   4pm meeting by Richmond Gate, Richmond Park.

• Once initial meeting/ greeting is done, we’ll set off on a gentle exploratory walk.. (I know most of the terrain well ..near the area we’ll be, so will lead the way).

• We’ll arrive at a suitable spot..by the 2 large lake/ponds.

• Following this, we aim to use locally found organic items, twigs, branches, leaves..logs…to create an Earth Altar/ Eco art.

• Then sit down to do basic consecration, and then a guided Earth-Healing Meditation.

• Then we’ll have a short feast (please bring food and drinks to share) and socialise.

What to bring:

• Please wear really sensible cloths – warm, water proof & shoes/boots.

• Bring some food & drinks to share

• Bring a rose quarts or clear quartz to hold during meditation.

• Bring any magical talismans, shields, dreamcatcher type items.. to place around altar area

• Any special Goddess images/ statues

(you will take your own items back home).

Directions / travel
We’ll meet meeting by `Richmond Gate’ (either get there by bus from Richmond town centre, or arrive by car. The car park in Richmond park is free..).

Weather:
We can not know what the weather is going to be like.. If it is extreme, then this event may be cancelled (ie gale force winds, storms). But if it’s just a bit of rain, we’ll carry on.

On the day, you can `text’ me to double check.. (only if it’s `extreme’ weather please. I’ll most likely be working till 2pm before getting going to the park myself).

Full updates on our meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/events/221165737/

-Mani

Eco: Time to Act – National Climate March – London (7th March 2015)

This is the 2nd big event of this type in London.  The first one took place on 21st September 2014 (last year), which I joined with a number of friends..(and met ever more numbers of other friends along the way).

People's climate march  - Sept 2014.    photo (c) Mani Navasothy 2014
People’s climate march – Sept 2014. photo (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

  This year (2015), it’s taking place on saturday 7th March’15, and gathering in London from 12.30pm.  Here’s the details – taken from the facebook page for this event.

-Mani Navasothy

Event: Time to act National Climate March (London)

Date: Saturday 7th March 2015

Time:  Gather by 12.30pm

Gathering venue:  Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3 London, United Kingdom

—————-Info from official Facebook Page ——————————-

The People’s Climate March last September was huge. With around 40,000 people marching in London, 400,000 in New York and many thousands more taking part across the world, together we made history.

2015 needs to be even bigger. The climate talks in Paris this December are crucial if we’re going to protect all that we love. Our movement is growing, and we’re more diverse and determined than ever before.

Across the UK people are already building change – from divestment of funds which prop up the fossil fuel industry, to front-line communities fighting unsustainable energy extraction and fracking, through to those paving the way for a transition towards a 100% renewable energy future which would bring about an estimated one million new climate jobs in the UK alone.

As with the People’s Climate March, individuals and groups have set up ‘blocs’ on the march – a chance to join with others who are passionate about particular issues related to climate change. See below for a list of blocs (not exhaustive!)

And visit www.timetoact2015.org to find out more about how you can get involved, including details about coaches from around the countryhttp://bit.ly/18YKYU6

Join us on March 7 to bring a message of urgency which cannot be ignored.

And together let’s continue to power up and celebrate our movement – locally, nationally and internationally – throughout 2015, and beyond.

************** Blocs update ********************

Join with others to walk together in solidarity on the day. Two weeks before the march we’ll pop up a bloc map.

Fossil Free/Divestment – on.fb.me/1JG9j1j
No war, no warming bloc – on.fb.me/1xRcybj\
Kids, parents, families bloc – on.fb.me/1vyCBJf
Frack-free UK bloc – on.fb.me/1v52RoE
Elders for Future Generations bloc: on.fb.me/1A1p7Hz
Multi-faith bloc – on.fb.me/1zfF6KZ
Anti-austerity/pro-climate jobs: on.fb.me/1zoiNaV
Art Not Oil bloc: on.fb.me/1Ky7qyO
Student bloc: on.fb.me/1D5oE68
Climate & human rights bloc: on.fb.me/1yQA74J
Energy Justice / Stop TTIP bloc: on.fb.me/1ELSYos
Flooding bloc: on.fb.me/1IhAgrw
Food Justice bloc: on.fb.me/1akXiOY
Women’s rights bloc: on.fb.me/1zFMu6d
Time To Cycle bloc: on.fb.me/1v51KVS
Transitions Towns bloc: on.fb.me/1KCpQhS
Nature and Conservation bloc: on.fb.me/1AIuyLg
LGBTQ for the climate: http://on.fb.me/17jjFCI
Solar bloc: on.fb.me/1LUEnJm
Transport bloc (including No New Runways): http://bit.ly/1LkNW37

End the Ivory Trade – Peaceful demo at the Chinese Embassy in London- 24Jan2015

CHINA CAN SAVE AFRICA’S ELEPHANTS FROM EXTINCTION..!!!!

Hi all, here’s an eco-demo that I will be actively participating …on this coming Saturday 24th January’15, outside the Chinese Embassy in London.  (I was there last year also, in my `Elephantom Eco-Hero costume). Do join `Action for Elephants UK’  and myself and many friends…on this important Demon. Nearest tube station is `Regent’s Park.    Below you can see facebook event link..  But just get there and find us..:-)   -Mani

Action for Elephants - Peaceful Demo outside Chinese Embassy, London (photo ~V)
Action for Elephants – Peaceful Demo outside Chinese Embassy, London (photo ~V)

———————– info below taken from FB event page——-

Join us in at a protest outside the Chinese embassy in London to call on China to take urgent steps to help stop the slaughter of elephants for their ivory.

We call on China to close its ivory-carving factories, to close its ivory retail outlets, and to end its domestic ivory trade. As the world’s leading consumer of ivory (over 70% of illegal ivory makes its way to China, to be carved into trinkets for affluent Chinese), China has the biggest role and responsibility in ensuring the survival of elephants in Africa.

Unless China’s leaders take these urgent steps, we will soon be witnessing the last days on earth of these majestic, supremely intelligent and emotionally sentient creatures, who are being wiped out by poachers at the rate of around 100 EVERY DAY.

If China takes the lead to save them, it will gain the respect and gratitude of people the world over. Also, it would be the single most important move to stop the trans-national criminal networks of poachers and ivory traffickers, and to halt the involvement of terrorist groups which are funded in part by ‘blood ivory’.

We are pleased to have as speakers at the event Dominic Dyer from Care for the Wild International and Dr Trevor Jones from Southern Tanzania Elephant Project.

Date: Saturday 25th January 2015

Time:   12.30pm to 2.30pm

venue: Outside Chinese Embassy, London   (Address:  Chinese Embassy, 49-51 Portland Place, W1B 1JL London, United Kingdom)

Nearest Tube: Regent’s Park

———————

Links

Facebook Event page- Peaceful Demo outside Chinese Embassy 24Jan2015

March for Elephants UK – facebook GROUP

Elephantom- Eco-Hero (cartoon eco-book)

 

Advance Notice/ other Demos:

20th Feb Protest outside Japanese Embassy : Stop killing Taiji Dolphins (blog soon)

7th March Climate Change – National Demonstration, London (blog soon)

13th March Global March for Lions – Ban Can hunting (blog soon)

 

 

Rutting Stag Video (Richmond Park, London) by Mani

Have you heard the Hern-call?   Here it is – Stag Lord (Deer) rutting..  gruntin, scratching the ground, squirting his semen to mark his territory ..herding the female deers together (he can never have enough of them in his harem!)..and occasionally locking horns (antlers) with intruders (other Stags) and chasing them out  (that’s in my next video).

Enjoy this one..  no gimmicks..  no flashy edits…The idea was to quietly capture the moment…  so you can watch and experience it.  as if you were there.

I am planning to have a few `Stag watch’ events in Richmond Park over the next coming weeks.. (did that few years ago).  So if you are interested, watch this blog..  Or subscribe / follow mt tweets @ManiQuantum  so you’ll know when I announce those dates/ times..  (It will be short notice ..with just few days notice ..or even 1).

You can also join my `London Woodland Pagans Meet-up group’ and keep an eye on my `spontaneous’ events..  🙂

(Am sort of stepping away from doing long term planned events now..  10 yrs of it is enough..  I seek more spontaneity and freedom.. to have quick plans, change plans..  So yeap..  follow my tweets…:-)

-Mani Navasothy

Meetup Group : London Woodland Wiccans & Outdoor Pagans

Mani’s Twitter @ManiQuantum