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Woodland Witches Moot (Pagan social)

Welcome to London Woodland Witches’ very own Pagan pub moot – a monthly social! Pagans of any path – wicca, witches, Druids, Heathens, Shamans- all are welcome.

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Our meetup is growing..and is popular… and before major rituals and afterwards… we end up at the Woodmans pub..socialsing . We don’t get enough time to converse.. chat ..lounge about.. get to know one another more.. and form more friendships. And especially for some attendees, our rituals might not give enough of a moment to talk to us and others.

Then there’s the case of Wicca..and all the questions you ask me.. just before a ritual.. or during setting up altars.. or just when am packing up.. or just when am ..exhausted and have to run and get my last train!!
And I really love to be in a better position to answer your questions..!

After considering all this.. we are starting our very own Pub moot.. to give all of us and new comers plenty of time..to chat, socialise and even get some crazy magical plans and projects going..

we are currently not hiring the room..so it’s an open pub environment..
If it gets popular..we’ll think about that sort of thing.. It also means there’s no fee. We just gotta turn up.. grab a large table and seats and ait for more of you to arrive.. 🙂
And you have between 7pm to about 11pm to arrive and socialise…(and beyond..but organisers will leave around 11pm).

So just come along… bring some money for your own drinks.. (wine, beer, tea/ coffee, snacks, soft drinks, dinner, crisps – whatever you fancy buying at the pub for your self).

Meeting point (Woodman’s Pub) —-
address: 414 Archway Rd, Highgate, London N6 5UA*
Meet in the heated patio area of the Pub. Usually by table 505 or 500.

Date : Thursday 5th September 2019

Duration: 7pm to 11pm

We look forward to seeing you
Love & Bright Blessings
-Mani & Louisa

Link to our meetup event for this London Woodland witches Moot – sept 2019

KTW – Kith of The Tree and The Well Moot

A friendly open meeting for all interested in the old Heathen beliefs of Scandinavia and Northern Europe.

Kith of the Tree and The Well moot
The meeting opens at 2pm with all the usual chat about everything from food to religion to football! There will be a short talk and introduction at 3pm, followed by a seasonal ceremony starting about 3.45pm. This will be about 40 minutes after which we will continue the social side until about 7pm.

The meeting is held in an upstairs room with no wheelchair access. We are currently looking for a more convenient venue. There is a 2 pounds fee to cover hire of the room.

when:

This moot is part of Hendon Heathens – and is held on the last Sunday of January, March, May, July, September and November. Includes a ceremony and occasional guest speaker.

Join Hendon Heathens (facebook) to keep updated with this moot and other events.

Dawn of the Oak Moot (Pagan)

Dawn of the Oak is a monthly pub meet-up in London for pagans, witches,Heathens druids and other interested people. . Usually takes place on the 3rd Sunday of every month.

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The aim is to provide a casual, safe and friendly environment for pagans to meet and learn from each other. Whether you’ve just started learning about paganism or you’re an old hand, you’re welcome to come along and have a friendly chat and a pint or just a coffee..

venue:
The Sir John Oldcastle
29-35 Farringdon Road, EC1M 3JF London, United Kingdom

Time: 3pm to 6pm

Organisers : Geoff Miles

……………PLEASE NOTE……….
This Moot is open and accessible to all who are disabled, and is also Wheelchair friendly.

………….SPECIAL NOTICE…………….
THIS MONTH’S MOOT WILL BE A WEEK EARLY DUE TO MOST OF US BEING AT THE ASGARDIAN FESTIVAL ON THE 3RD SUNDAY..

facebook event for moot on 11th August

video- Wimbledon Ganapathy Temple – chariot Festival 2019

Short 3 min video clip of the Chariot procession in Wimbledon this morning.

Birth of Goddess Isis & Full moon/Lunar Eclipse Ceremony (London) -16th July2019

Our 7th annual Celebration of `Night of the Cradle- Birth of Goddess Isis’ – where Sky Goddess Nut gives birth to the Egyptian Goddess Isis, falls on the night of a Full moon/ partial Lunar Eclipse!! A magical night of deep Transformation awaits us all!! This event will take place on the river banks of the Thames in Central London (near Tate Modern Gallery & Millennium Bridge).

The ceremony will use a blend of Wiccan & adapted Egyptian ritual outlines. (Note: My research indicates Birth of Isis was traditionally celebrated on 17th July.. so we are a day early this time).

** Fee £5 (Concessions £3). Children under 16 **FREE *****

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——– Ceremony outline —–

• A decorative altar with Sky Goddess Nut and a concealed statue of Isis will be set up.
• Opening prayers and /or Meditation (chakra or other)
• Consecrations with salt & water, incense, candles
• Casting magic Circle
• Calling elemental quarters
• Energy raising
• Invocation : Isis called by her many names! Printed sheets provided. Each attendee may utter 10-20 names.
• Goddess Isis (statue) is revealed.
• Milk & flower Ceremony – all bath statue in milk, followed by offering of flowers. These are then offered to the river Thames.
• Magical work (optional)
• Cakes & Wine blessing
• Closing & Grounding work
• Feasting, Socialising… Food & drinks blessed and shared.
• Birthday Party !! (Birthday of Isis).

-Duration

–7.30pm to 10.30pm

What to bring——–

— Please Wear ceremonial robes / masks (Egyptian style if possible).
— Musical instruments (drums, systrum, bells)
— Food & drinks to share.
— Poetry / your own Invocations to honour Goddess Isis

Meeting point———-

Gather outside the Green area of Tate Modern Gallery (main doors). We’ll walk down to the banks of Thames and do this ceremony. If you are late, just find the steps, walk down to river bank, and join us. We’re usually under the concrete over-hang/ sheltered space.

Thames & Tides——-

Our rituals tale place on the actual river bank…just few meters away from the water. We organise these Thames-rituals after checking Port of London authority Thames Tide time tables.. to take place at low tide.. (At high tide the entire river bank is under many meters of water!!).

Safety—–
The steps are slippery. bank of Thames after previous tide will be full of new things and sharp objects. Take extreme care with your own health & safety. You are responsible for your safety.
**No children allowed**
**Unfortunately the location is not suitable for anyone with walking disabilities**

What to bring——:

• Please dress appropriate for weather! (we carry on Rituals regardless of weather).
• Please bring food & drinks to share ( bread & cheese / humus are a good start) and any soft drink/wine that you like to share with others in circle.
• a torchlight is a good idea. Feasting/ sharing food & Drinks

Safety of Thames water—————
Though the water is cleaner to paddle, it is NOT suitable for drinking!! Avoid handling the Thames water.. and if you do by chance, then please use anti-bacterial hand-wash/ wipes to sterilise your hands before handling any food!

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

link to meetup event.  https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/258872651/

 

 

 

Spellcraft workshop: Doing magic with Candles, Cords & Runes (Wimbledon woods)- June 2019

This experiential session is part of our Woodland Wicca workshops. New comers to Wicca and those interested in Spellcraft / Ritual magic will benefit from this workshop.

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This session covers the following:

  • Introduction to spellcraft & Magic (in Wicc – how we do magic; within-without principle; Basic requirements; safety & warning in spellcraft; Laws of return;
  • Cord Magic – Using Cords, how you can do magic; demonstration & practice with a cord (you can actually use the opportunity to do a bit of magic) . ( 1 metre cords will be provided)
  • Rune Magic – Basic introduction to Runes – symbols & meanings; How to do Rune magic; Bind Runes;
  • Candle Magic – Preparing the candle- anointing/ consecrating; Intention setting; Using one of the Runes learnt (in same workshop), you’ll all do one candle -magic. (stick candles – white – will be provided).

All materials & printed notes will be provided.

Date : Saturday 8th June 2019

Duration:  11.00am to 4.30pm inclusive of breaks.

Venue: Wimbledon woods  (but initial meeting point is Wimbledon windmill cafe)

Fee: £15.   You can pay by cash on the day.

meeting point/ Time/ Travel Details:

We meet At Windmill Tea room (outside seating area) by 11.00am. Then we will go to the woods to do the workshop. Workshop will end by approx 4.00pm. If it’s wet/ raining, I will put up a Tarp cover, as we have done in previous outdoor workshops.

From Wimbledon or Putney, take the bus No 93. Alight at bus stop `Parkside Hospital’. Go into `Windmill Road’ and walk about 5-10mins. Turn right towards car park and Cafe/ Tea rooms.

This place has free car park / toilet facilities. Car park fills up so get there early to park.

Cafe spending: It has most types of food/ breakfast / coffees etc. If using card payment, there is a minimum spend of £10 (I know!) BUT if paying for smaller amount, they will put a fee of 50p.

What to wear / bring:

  • ***Please dress really appropriate for weather! *** Good water-proof coats, proper boots/ shoes / trainers..that are not going to get soaked in mud/ rain. Gloves, scarf. hats; possibly a bag/ ruck sack to put all your belonging and set aside (on the ground, when doing ritual).
  • Bring a soft cushion to sit on (as we’ll be seated on logs or the ground).
  • Bring a blanket to wrap up for your comfort.
  • Bring a hot flask of drink for your self and any snacks for breaktime.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Wiccan High Priest / Author / Teacher

You can join the meetup event for this and interact with others who are planning to attend, or simply arrive on the day at meeting point.

Spellcraft workshop: Doing magic with Candles, Cords & Runes (Wimbledon woods)

Saturday, Jun 8, 2019, 11:00 AM

Wimbledon Woods (meet outside Windmill Tea Room)
Windmill Road, London, SW19 5NQ Wimbledon, GB

3 Woodland Witches Attending

This experiential session is part of our Woodland Wicca workshops. New comers to Wicca and those interested in Spellcraft / Ritual magic will benefit from this workshop. This session covers the following: Introduction to spellcraft & Magic (in Wicc – how we do magic; within-without principle; Basic requirements; safety & warning in spellcraft; Laws…

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Fall of Jack of London, and the (re)birth of Mani! (an amusing account of PPPL2019)

Fall Jack of London, and the (re)birth of Mani!
(an amusing account of Pagan Pride Parade London 2019)

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At first look, it brought everyone a laugh, and at 2nd look it made me feel a bit disappointed – that after all that dancing on Church steps, Jack of London was fine…but some dancing with ladies in the fountain ended in the fall of Jack.

And at 3rd look, as I sat in the garden sipping coffee, the whole magic of it finally sunk in…! It was no a fall ..but a watery birth..for me!! And Jack of London is now ehhh ..my `mother’ 

A full week before Pagan Pride Parade London 2019, I started to make the `Jack of London’ (that’s the name I’ve given him..as he’s not quite a full Jack..nor a full horned god..both are seen in him). As any serious magicians would do, I did a quick tarot reading for the significance of this `Jack’. I drew 2 cards.. one his significance in my life, and one..his significance for people of London..as he is supposed to be heading the parade. got The Tower fr me, and Chariot for Londoners. And I was quite happy with it..though had no idea how it was going to unfold.

And I spent the next 6 days and nights making the Jack that can be lightweight and easy flat-pack to carry by me in trains/ tubes..but also had to be quick and easy to assemble …and must be good enough for both me and Ian to carry..as I had already asked him to help. (he is always partially carrying other Jacks in other festivals..so I wanted to give one with his name on it..and one designed magically with him in mind as much as me..).

On the day all went well.. (well..I finished Jack by 5.30am that morning…had 3 hrs sleep and was at Russell square by 11am to start assembling him. My Rochester Witchy friends came to visit. Reggie bought me coffee. Long missed friends Peter & Hannah came to say hi..and many others. It started to get crowdy..and i moved away to focus..

My partner Louisa arrived 10 minutes to spare.. after settling her 3 kids with babysitter. So no time for making her a beautiful crown.. or one for me.. it took 30 seconds to twist some ivy and willow from my garden and make us quick crown. Magic won more than magnificence or pageantry. Clock was ticking,.

Then came the parade.. Louisa & Rachel kept Jack’s sides from hitting things.. Ian led Jack…so through a small window..from inside Jack.. I could just about see his head..and had to trust him .. and follow…in the streets of London.
What a thrill and joy it was.. dancing freely, shagging trees and lamp-posts, Jack went on his merry ways of fun and frolic. (he is a symbol of fun and fertility and magic.. I had no control of him…he even went up on some church steps and danced..and tried getting in the road and smirk at buses and people).

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Pagan Pride Parade London 2019.  photo (c) David Weeden

For a third of the journey in the middle of the route, from Atlantis Bookshop to Treadwells bookshop, my (Hern’s Tribe) Tribal brother Ian carried the Jack in the streets.. and I had the honour of carrying his sacred Bridie doll.. (that has magical echoes in this tale too..as you’ll see). And my partner Louisa carried Ian’s special staff with a Hare on it.. (fertility anyone?!)

Then the return to fountain..and dancing..
And I was initially not going into the Fountain. I didn’t know if Jack was going to peel off his paper-mache face in the water  But he did go in.. nudged and pushed by a bevy of pagan maidens wanting to frolic with him.. (disclaimer: any ensuing pregnancies are not the fault of Jack!! 

Then from inside I could feel water gushing up all over me.. and pressures in different directions…and I could feel me slipping..(Jack is heavy and bulky.. and at best of conditions hard to carry / manage…,so imagine in a fountain with all those people pushing and pulling..and the water too..playing its forceful part).

I had a choice of resist and get hurt..or trust and let go.. I trusted and let go and fell.. Lucky no bamboo broke and pierced my legs or my heart (note t self: Health & safety assessment next year on carrying Jack!)

And David and others seem to have caught the fall of Jack in the fountain..

Looking at this photo and mulling over it.. a remarkable and amusing realisation came over me.

It was Jack of Green who fell.. and aided by a few ladies and gent, I was pulled out.. The whole thing happened in the Fountain… It was a magical watery birth..by any other name..and right out in the open, in front of all those Londoners. 

Jack stood up and stayed in the fountain a bit longer.. then dried up in the Sun…recovering from all that birth pain no doubt.

As for the question of paternity… I created Jack with greens and Antlers..after my God Hern and Green man. and Jack rebirthed me.. I am father and the Son..and Jack is Son and mother. Yeah …bit complicated..right?
That’s paganism for you.  

-Mani `McJack’ (Son of Jack)

Devil Dancing: Rage at Islamic Terrorists, and thoughts on World Peace!

**Request: Please do not take or quote anything out of context. Please read fully **.
Context: During early morning Easter sunday service on 22nd April 2019, 6 churches in Colombo, Sri Lanka were bombed. Over 200 people have died. It is reported that a Islamic terror group is responsible for it. Few days on, it’s sunk in, and the following is my rage, slowly being brought under control.

So last night… may be because Pluto retrograde has started ..or maybe I finally had a moment of stillness for matters to sink in – I got very angry! Angry does’t even cut it.. I was enraged.. and bordering on utter racism, prejudice and hopping mad to start my own religious hate/ war!!!!!.

What’s triggered this? well ..the matter of many churches in my homeland..nay home town ..being blown up by some terrorist factions operating in Sri Lanka… potentially the Islamic terror group.. That’s what triggered it.

I mean the Muslim population is a tiny minority in Sri Lanka.. far below the Tamil minority .. If 50 years of guerilla fighting by Tamil Terror groups wasn’t going to give Tamil separatists a state of their own, what possible chance is there for an even smaller minority to engage in such acts?

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St.Anthony’s Church, Colombo, Sri Lanka – after Bomb Blast.

I can only conclude that it’s not instigated by people internally but by outside forces…militants hell-bent on trying to cause more wars, more deaths….all in the name of Allah and Islam.

“Death to all muslims!” – That was the raging reaction I felt last night.. for starting a terror campaign in a tiny tropical Island that has been dealing with its own internal racial shit for 50 years…the result of which was why my family & I ended up as refugees in UK some 35 yeas ago.

Sri Lanka is not the America that’s bombing Muslims in Syria or another Islamic country. Sri lanka has no international influences or wealth or power. As I said Sri Lanka is just a tiny little island with its own problems. It poses no threat to Islam or muslims!
The only war that’s been going on there was the racial one between Tamils-Hindu minority and Sinhalese-Buddhist majority! That ended in 2009.

Now the bombing of Churches – begins a new war fueled by rage and retaliation, despair, feelings of injustice and more.. The Christians have done nothing to anyone in Sri Lanka.
So when the church that I used to go and pray in, in my childhood days is bombed (and yes I am a Hindu but I am happy to be talking to Christian gods too….have done since my boyhood days)- it strikes a deep root..a nerve.. and suddenly, the war is at my doorstep.
I’m reasonably clever and manipulative and controlling.. Or maybe it’s Pluto retrograde bringing those qualities to the surface. But whatever it is, this morning that rage burns on.. I sat and thought about all the ways I was going to wipe out the Islamic pests who are are now bringing the world into mass war on so many violent fronts. What will happen is everyone else on the planet will get fed up, fueled by emotions, and start one massive war against Islam and Muslims.. and it will not end well..till all of them are wiped out.

Is that what the Islamic people want? A whole world at war against them? Are the terrorists honestly so stupid as to think their Allah is going to protect them all against such odds? Is this a mass self-inflicted extinction of Islamic people in progress?

Perhaps their God should be annihilated. Yeah, am not going to wage on people, I’ll take it to their god..and wipe that being out.. Well..not me..but my own Gods & Goddesses will.
These thoughts have raged through my head . Last night and this morning.. I could feel it twisting in me, turning me to the dark side of the force. .. I could possibly invoke every dark being out there and send it all their way..and more.. wipe them all out..
And that would make me the most evil man in history..with genocide of a kind under my belt…will it not?

This is what bombing a few churches so far away on a tiny island that I have not set foot on for 35 years does. It turns one good Witch into the worst witch possible.. undoing 2 decades of good community work and service I have done.

All gone in a flash.. if I let it.

Luckily for me.. Louisa is in my life…!  (She is my partner).

She listened patiently to my angry rants… and slowly started to feed positivity into my head.. She spoke of changing minds of people.. she spoke of working to bring world peace..for real…not just talking about it.

And a bit of sanity began to surface in me.. and I thought…Yes.. I’ll use magic.. to change minds (excuse me, am still under the influence of the Pluto-retrograde!). Then when she started talking more about Peace… I began to think of Earth day and how we held hands around a big tree and wished for Peace in all the worlds.. and of World Peace Day.. and what we can do…not just on that day..but at every event, every ceremony, every gathering, every social..!

We don’t need guns or missiles.  We have the ability to do Magic! Its power in our hands, hearts and minds. Lets use it..  before rage makes monsters of us all.

-Mani Navasothy

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St.Anthony’s Church, Colombo, Sri Lanka – as it was long before bomb blast. Photo (c) Vathani Navasothy

Links (news reports)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/isis-claims-the-easter-sunday-bombings-in-sri-lanka-heres-why-we-should-have-seen-them-coming?ref=scroll

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12224207

 

Earth Day 2019- Family friendly Gathering- Woodland Picnic & Eco ceremony

22nd April is `Earth Day’ – every year!
In 2019, this falls on a (easter) Bank holiday monday.
So join us on this special day.. for a woodland walk, family friendly social and 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.

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Venue: Trent Park, Cockfosters (Piccadilly line, north London)
Meeting Point: Trent Park Cafe, Barnet EN4 0JY, UK.
Google map link for meeting point: https://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 `Cockfosters 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.

schedule:

11.30am- Meet by Cafe area.
12pm – dancing, singing & blessing around a large Tree (front field). Globally synced event) at 12pm – to be facilitated by Lina-Star Spyrou.

12.30pm onwards -various activities
– small group walks through woods (optional)
– family-friendly picnic & socials (front field)
– drumming & songs
– Eco-ceremony

This is a family-friendly all abilities event – Bring your picnic . Bring blankets to sit on. Bring your drums and other acoustic musical instruments.

Exact location:
We will be gathering in the small field closer to the main gate (Cockfoster Gate, Cockfoster Road). Enter the park.. walk past a pond that is on your right. Then turn right into the field …We’ll be there. Look out for groups of people.. Earth flags etc.

Our Eco-statement:
We like to get people out into nature, but it can come at a cost of intruding too much in nature/ adding pollution/ disturbing wildlife etc. Please read our statement of intent in this matter. https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/pages/25196640/Our_Eco_statement/

Drug/ alcohol/ smoking policy:
Woodland witches events are 100% drug-free events. In addition this is a family friendly event. So please refrain from taking any drugs.. Wine as part of ceremony and picnic is fine. Smokers please be mindful of others who don’t like to inhale or are asthmatic. Thank you.
https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/pages/25196101/Safety%3A_Disability%2C_Harassments%2C_Drugs

Safety / Children:
Parents & Guardians are responsible for their own children’s’ safety. Please be aware, there will be dogs in the field. There will be strangers. There will also be ritual items on altar – so do not let children play with such items.

Photography / Privacy:
People will be taking photos and or making some mobile camera filming. We are in a public park, so total privacy can NOT be guaranteed. In general Woodland witches ceremonial events have restrictions on photography/video/recording. see policy statements https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/pages/21600513/Our_Media_Policy_-_filming_recording_sharing/

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. 🙂

History of Earth Day:
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 & Woodland Witches

Link to meetup event:

Earth Day 2019- Family friendly Gathering- Woodland Picnic & Eco ceremony

Monday, Apr 22, 2019, 11:30 AM

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

17 Woodland Witches Attending

22nd April is `Earth Day’ – every year! In 2019, this falls on a (easter) Bank holiday monday. So join us on this special day.. for a woodland walk, family friendly social and 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. Venue: Trent Park,…

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Extinction Rebellion: Possible pitfalls & personal concerns..

Right from the beginning..I have struggled intuitively to get behind this latest movement for saving the planet.

I’ve had some strong personal views which could be construed as rebelling against the rebels.. (bear in mind I’ve been doing eco-magic and campaigning, participating in eco-causes, protests, fundraisers – for many many years..). I’ve finally started to have dialogues with a few close friends on this matter, trying to understand – no this new movement for an existing cause – but my self, and why I intuitively feel detached or not involved in it.

I’ve studied the websites, the symbol, seen enough graffiti on walls of London, stuck postcard posters on bus stops.. read about it on articles, read friends’ facebook posts and personal accounts.. politely said no to their invites to go join these protest events and more.. (bit also magically welcomed and supported some of the XR participants at my ritual, and offered subtle advise on using magic.. for further their efforts for success).

Matters such as the very name `Extinction Rebellion’ and their symbol, and their urban vandal/gang-like activities bother me.

Maybe I am tired of it all after 20+ years of it, maybe my own personal life circumstances have changed my focus. Maybe my age itself and lacking physical stamina deters me?

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Chronian Tilt –  Visionary Art (c) Mani Navasothy . Painted 29May1996.  Shows how the modern world of industry and pollution are weighing down the planet more so than the past. Hour glass shows sands running out..  over a black and polluted water.

I’ve put off doing this write-up for a while.. knowing that once I do, my views become open to all to read, interpret, engage, align with or argue against! It will alienate people..my views.. people who thought I am one of them will see me in a different light.. be a bit shocked, annoyed, disappointed, disgusted, angry even. But strangers and friends who feel the same way as me but have been cautious or afraid to voice it will be relieved an get behind me..(that will make me a figurehead for a Rebel against Rebellion.. But it does not mean that I am opposing the desperate need for action to save the world.. That cause remains).

So let me get to some of my transpersonal and magical concerns about this XR movement.

1. Name “Extinction Rebellion”

Catchy and emotive.. and easy for the masses to get behind with. But what is it actually saying..? Unless someone explains it… what does it mean if you just heard the phrase `Extinction Rebellion’ ? What is the call for action? Are you a rebel calling for Extinction? Oh yes.. that meaning is there too.. Its ambiguous.. and can muddle up the subconscious mind.. like the example of someone shouting `DON’T Look’ (nearly anyone who hears it will turn and look…human nature). Blessings such as `May you never hunger’ subconsciously enforce the action words …and in this case, `You’ and `hunger’ . Never is a word that gets lost in the language of the emotive subconscious mind. A better blessing – one I campaign for – is `May you have good food’.

So now look at the phrase `Extinction Rebellion’ again.
What is it telling your deeper mind when you are not thinking about it consciously?! `Go get extinct’?

In my view, a better phrase could have been `Rebel against Extinction’ (yes okay that’s clunky.. but it is not ambiguous). Or better still..find a name that does not use the negative word `Extinction’ !! Take a leaf ..nay a whole tree from `Green Peace’.. no words in there that have any negative connotations..but they take action.. campaign..protest…(sometimes, not-peaceful protect!).

2. The Symbol.

At a first glance, when it first started to appear on social media etc, I ignored it…thinking it was some weird pop-band sign. It vaguely reminded me of the Rune Daeg (morning/ new dawn) sideways. I did not equate it to a hour glass…(and I am normally obsessed with time.. time travel…etc. It should have occured to me..but it did not).
Why?
An hour glass has an important feature missing from their symbol..the actual sands of time..!

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Gaian Times Magazine . website banner 2011 – used the same idea of Hour Glass over Earth, to show time running out for planet Earth.   Art (c) Mani Navasothy 2011.

Perhaps a little cross-line to indicate it would have made that clear. Or even 2 lines.. the bottom of the glass showing it full..and top of it showing it almost empty.. That would show that time is running out.

I bring 2 other previous use / misuse of magical symbols here to aid your pondering.

  • a) the CND peace symbol..(Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) shows what I can only see as an upside down Algiz (protection) rune. Whatever it may symbolise..it has a downfacing protection rune. Everytime it is used..in every flag and poster.. its’ enforcing thee idea of `no/ weak protection’ 😦
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Algiz (magical) protection rune of the Vikings  compared to the CND Peace symbol (reverse of the protection rune).
  • b) The swastika symbol- used by Hindus and Pagans…and appropriated by Hitler to be a magical power symbol for Nazi cause. None of us pagans and Hindus like it…but look at the evidence of how a magical symbol used can power a cause. That was used for evil.. But we in the here and now can use good magical symbols for important earth saving causes.

The hour glass of sand running out is not exactly a good magical symbol..  if it is going to keep reinforcing the idea of that.  Just like the upside down Algiz/ protection symbol used for world peace’ everywhere that still has not produced world peace, the time running out hour glass symbol is only going to enforce that ..and not actually giving the world more living time!  (note: I myself have used the Hour glass over Earth’ symbol in Gaian Times magazine I edit..  but started using hands holding Earth’ as a more positive eco-symbol.)

3.  The graffiti approach

As I started to see central london walls with the Extinction Rebellion symbol being graffitied, in amongst other ragged and seedy sex posters, it just all felt very dirty.. and only thing it was triggering in my educated mind was associations of gang signs and vandalism!   Gangs and Vandals are the ones who just go about defacing public places with such graffiti.   A proper `saving the planet from extinction’ movement should not be doing the same!

For the uneducated..  I don’t mean those without schooling- but those with no knowledge of who the Extinction Rebellion’ is,  these symbols on london walls are just going to look like dirty or scary gang symbols..  The people will just walk on…  quickly..away from such territorial gang spots’ lest they were intruding some inter-gang location wars.. !

And as for the masses of repeat  postcard sized posters ..with big symbol and some tiny writing’ being stuck to bus stops ..  again..all I could think about was `pop band promotions in Camden’  (Camden is a north london town where alternative lifestyle/ people…like goths, heavy metal guys and girls, tourists abound).

I mean, what sensible person standing on a bus stop is going to risk leaning over and read such a poster?  I would not..in case others think am reading about some gang or pop group..  and get judged’.  Okay I personally don’t care about that..  but others might nit want to be associated with unauthorised posters stuck on bus stops!

It’s about perceptions..  and judgements by our fellow man and fellow women.

Thus far, I’ve only written about the `problems’ I have perceived personally.. or rather how the XR movement’s publicity has intruded into my life..which I had kept a distance from.

Of course I am educated in the whole matter..  but so far its been me playing Devil’s advocate.  Why? Because that will be the line the Government & majority of  Politicians, and authorities and Media will be doing.

Now let me look at my worries..!

4.  possible Burn outs & Fad days

The Extinction Rebellion movement didn’t just rise over night!   There has been a slow deep development.   The organisers’ are not just dirty hippies’ ( a phrase a news paper referred to).  The organisers are clever, educated and well-organised people, who have been plotting and planning it all for months… maye years. And they have brought this to a global level of awareness, with methodical build up over many months.

I am pleased for that – that its all emotive and peaceful..and has got everyone –  many exhausted and despairing eco-carers, campaigners, protestors – all excited! Am happy that the fire of rebellion is spreading from the old activists (the converted) to envelope and gather others who have been uninvolved so far..(the non-converted).

But my worry is one of burn out.. and peaking too soon.. before the work is done.

Its easy to be a short term activist – jump on a cause or an eco-bandwagon, and run wild with others, and feel you are doing some good.  Or some may even do it as a `rite of passage’ – harking back to the 60’s and 70’s..  This is their Hippie days…  to be lived an then peel off and work on work, career and al that – where these XR days will be just a massive social media photo album to show off to their kids..?!

Yes the build up has been slow and steady…but  look at all the peace marches & protests that has already been?

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various Marches & protests – 2015 : Climate March, 2016: Stop Ivory Trade.  2016: Taiji Save Dolphin massacre.    photos (c) Mani Navasothy.

March for Climate Change!  ran for few years…still does…I think…But it’s stopped hitting my own awareness window.  Either I am a fraud who has left that bandwagon after few years, or maybe it’s just burnt out and I don’t hear much about it.. If so..  why?  Maybe because life is busier than ever..  and so many more causes are fighting for social media publicity spot in our awareness… that it all just blends into one hazy mass that we can’t relate to anymore.

What about the Occupy London movement?  I was there at St.Paul’s Cathedral..  in those days..  So were many of my friends. I went regularly..and many camped out..  But few years since then…  what has it achieved, other than as being a historical foot note or a small paragraph like this on a blog post?  Sad but a reality I must blast open.

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Occupy London protests 2011  -outside St.Paul’s Cathedral.  photos (c)Mani Navasothy

We..well I don’t want the Extinction Rebellion movement to become yet another foot note..of something that was just a  flash in the pan!   Even a year long activity is still a flash in the Historical pan of hundred years…!

The XR movement has to do better..   Okay yes it has punched a massive awareness hole in the hard wall of stagnating system… woken people up..made them passionate..and involved..  and maybe even confused.  But it has to have a long term plan.. to change the world – unless of course, creating a shock wave was the objective. In which case, XR has just about done it.  Well done.

But as a long term eco-carer, a magical practitioner, an earth Goddess (Gaia) worshipper and honorer of the planet, as an ongoing eco-magician who is working it in my own other ways, I want more.. much more.  I want to save the planet – for my own selfish reasons.. so that it can still be here for my nephews, and for my kids.

Will XR movement do that?

-Mani Navasothy

links to some of my blogs on past Eco-events

Gaian Times Eco-spiritual Magazine 

Save the Elephants 2019

Taiji Dolphins Massacre – save the Dolphins 2014

Climate march 2015

International Peace Day 2016