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)

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

Introduction to Wicca- one day Course -at Atlantis Bookshop London (June 2017)

Intro to wicca - day course - Atlantis Bookshop 17June2017 by Mani Navasothy

Join me in this one-day Indoor course, `Introduction to Wicca’   at the oldest occult shop in London, The Atlantis Bookshop.  This is a rare occasion –  as there are no wicca courses running in central London for many years (last one was run by us several years ago).

Who is this course for?

This course is  for beginners, students & seekers who are interested in  Wicca & Witchcraft!  No previous knowledge or experience is necessary.  You only need an open mind, patience and willingness to learn what Wicca is all about – as it has been since Gerald Gardner’s time in the 1950s in England to what its evolving now all around the world..  in private initiatory covens & public groups.


Date:   Saturday 24th June 2017

Time:   10.30am Intro for 11am start.  Course ends at 5pm.

Fee:   £27   Pay Now (secure link)

•  Attendance is only by pre-booking & paying course fee.  You may book online here (meetup), on our website (see link at bottom) or in person by visiting Atlantis Bookshop.

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Course Delivery :

This one-day course will use explanations, photos/videos/ power point presentation,   pathworking and some practical demonstrations of certain parts of wiccan ritual.  Full notes of topics covered will be given so you can just focus on listening & learning (rather than busy making notes).

Contents: 

Origins of Modern Wicca;  Wiccan Law & principles ;  Basic Energy work;  Altar & Wiccan Ritual tools; Consecrations, sacred space & casting magic circle;  Working with Elements & Quarters;  Power raising & witches Rune; Horned God & Moon Goddess;   Magic & Spellcraft in Wicca ;   Wheel of the year – 8 major Sabbats/  Festivals, their related seasonal myths & rituals; Initiations & Coven life.

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Facilitators:

• Lead Tutor:   Mani Navasothy – initiated Wiccan High Priest.

• Assistance:  April Jonquil – initiated Wiccan Priestess.

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Duration /  format /  Breaks:

• 10.30am  – Arrival /  Greetings /  Intro /  Tea & Coffee    

• 11am   – Main course delivery.

• There will be a 45min lunch break (bring your own sandwiches or visit nearby cafes/shops)

• Course formally ends at 5pm.  After packing, you may stay for chats with Tutors.  we mostly likely will go to a nearby coffee shop / pub for a bit of socialising & chats.

Recording / photography policy

No recording by phones/ video/ dictaphones.

No photography during course delivery & practise.

Venue / transport:

• address:   Atlantis Bookshop, 49A, Museum Street, WC1A 1LY, London

• nearest Tubes :  Tottenham Court Road / or Holborn (then 10 min walk).

The Atlantis Bookshop is one of the oldest Occult bookshops (2nd most oldest) in London that is still open.  It is owned and run by Gerladin & Bali and has been in their family (except for a brief period in the middle).  It has been frequented by many historically significant pagan, magical & occult figures (such as Aleister Crowly!)

• The shop sells magical tools, art & artefacts, as well as thousands of books!

• Our course takes place in the downstairs room (again historical for the many things that have taken place there).  There is a small toilet & kitchen area.

• We have been running our indoor Wicca courses at Atlantis Bookshop since 2006 (and few times at Conway Hall).

• British Museum is about 5 mins walking distance from here!

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

–> Pay for – 1 Day Wicca Course in London – June 2017 (secure paypal method)

Candles, Cords & Rune Magic – woodland Spellcraft workshop (London, April 2017)

Dear all, this half a day experiential session is part of our  Woodland Wicca workshops.  New comers to Wicca and those interested in joining our private wicca Ritual group will benefit from these short but informative introduction workshops – that brings you on to the `same page’ as everyone else.

This is an experiential session, covering the following:

Introduction to spellcraft & Magic in Wicca –  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).

——Other Wicca Training workshops coming soon)—

(*) We will be running a wand-making workshop & pentacle making workshop in this series  in Spring/ summer, covering details, symbology, uses etc for each one.

(**) We will be covering Book of Shadows  &  creating/Writing Rituals, deity/elemental invocations / devocations and carrying those energies within –  in Spring/Summer.

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Attendance: Limited to 13 people –   Attendance must be finalised by all 2 day prior so that workshop materials can be bought.

meeting point/ Time/ Travel Details: 

We meet by the cafe / tea room at `Wimbledon Tea rooms’   and will go into nearby woodland area for workshop. If it’s wet/ raining, I will put up a Tarp cover, as we have done in previous outdoor workshops.

  • *revised* Date: Saturday 8th April 2017
  • *revised* Time: Please be at Tearooms by 11.30am  latest..so we can go into the woods and begin at 12pm.   Workshop ends at 4pm.
  • Address: Windmill Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 5NQ

This place has free car park / toilet facilities.  Carpark fills up fats..so get there early and park.

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).

Bright Blessings

-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

Richmond Riverside
Richmond, Surrey TW9 1EJ, GB

17 London Woodland Pagans Attending

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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Wicca workshop: Altar, Magical tools & Broom Making (12th March’17)

Dear all,  am starting the 3rd cycle  of our Wimbledon Wicca rituals & Training group – with half-a-day outdoor training workshop.This is an experiential session, covering the following:

• Importance of Altar in Wicca – how to create one ; indoor/outdoors; formal/ informal; directions; seasonal variations/ themes

• Magical tools of wicca – Introduction to —  Athame, sword, white handled knife, (*)wands, scourge, staff, (*)pentacle and more; where to place them on altar; which ones to use, when not to use some tools, (**)Book of Shadows..

• Broom – Why the broom is important.   Followed by an introduction work on making your own brooms using materials we find around in the woods.

All photos taken at our Rituals & workshops taken place in 2016.  All photos (c) London Woodland Witches & Outdoor Pagans – meetup group.  Not to be used by anyone without written permission of Mani Navasothy (owner/  facilitator of `London Woodland Witches & outdoor Pagans).

——Other Wicca Training workshops coming soon)—

(*) I will be running a wand-making workshop & pentacle making workshop in this series  in Spring/ summer, covering details, symbology, uses etc for each one.

(**) I will be covering Book of Shadows  &  creating/Writing Rituals, deity/elemental invocations / devocations and carrying those energies within –  in Spring/Summer.

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No need to bring anything..   we’ll find all we need in the woods..

What you may wish to bring are any special cords / strings you may wish to use to make the broom, as well as any garden secateurs!

Please bear in mind that ..we’ll do this in an informal, playful way..  using whatever twigs/ branches we can find..(most will be wet and possibly feeble..so it may be hard to find nice sturdy pieces..) .  But this is practise.

I will also bring a full set of altar tools..  and go through them properly, and lay out a standard wiccan altar..  You may take notes, photos etc for personal use (don’t put them up on meetup or facebook etc ..as they are my magical tools..   They are for teaching..not for showing on social media).

Fee: £9   (you can pay online via paypal/credit/debit card Now..(keeps a space for you)

or 

rsvp now ..and pay in person at the workshop by cash – (please only rsvp if you are 100% serious..and not just on half whims.  Magic is all about making an intention and carrying it through!!)

meeting point/ Time/ Travel Details: 

*New Date – Sat 12th March 2017

We meet by the cafe / tea room at `Wimbledon Tea rooms’   and will go into nearby woodland area for workshop. If it’s wet/ raining, I will put up a Tarp cover, as we have done in previous outdoor workshops.

Please be at Tearooms by 11.00am latest..so we can go into the woods, setup and start this workshop at 11.30am…and end at 3pm.

Address: Windmill Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 5NQ

This place has free car park / toilet facilities.

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).

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Link to Join / book event (via meetup)

 Altars, Wiccan tools & Broom making

Welcoming Bride Virgin Goddess – Woodland Wicca Imbolc Ceremony in N.London (Jan2017)

Join us for the afternoon/ early evening to mark IMBOLC (Candlemas).

“Imbolc is said to be the time when the Winter Goddess who has kept her grip on the land loosens her hold, so that the ice melts and waters break and flow again. It is when the Goddess Bride (Brigid) `returns’ to the land. Her path is lit by candles, symbolising the return of light and warmth which is imminent. Bride is a Goddess of poetry, inspiration, healing, knot-magic and weaving. With her, she brings the gifts of 3 flames!”   (taken from my site  www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )

*** Fee: £3 **

We now have a formal ritual team. Also many requested us to carry on doing rituals in north london. (But organiser lives in South London!) So to cover various meetup running costs & ritual expenses, we now have a fixed fee of £3 per person.

Practical Details:

  • Date: Saturday 28th Januar 2017
  • Time: 2pm meeting at Woodman’s pub (Patio garden) for walking to woods and 3pm ritual start (ritual start time is approx due to organic nature of setting up)
  • venue:  Queen’s Woods, Wood Lane (nearest tube: High Gate – Northern line).
  • Meeting point: Woodman’s Pub, Archway Road –   Meet us in the back garden – patio area of The Woodman’s pub..(corner of Archway Road) ..2 mins from HighGate tube (north london). We’ll leave at 2.30pm .. walk *together* to the woods, set up altar and do ritual.

RITUAL :

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.

Outline:

  • Wiccan Opening Prayer, sweeping & Consecrations
  • Circle casting & Element quarters called
  • Farewell to Winter Goddess
  • Invocation of Virgin Goddess Bride / Bridget
  • Bride arrives via a path lit by candles ..and blesses all with her 3 gifts of flames
  • Cakes & Wine blessed & shared
  • Close circle
  • Feasting

Invocations (video examples)

  • Plea to Winter Goddess (video by Mani Navasothy)

  • Call to Bride – Virgin Goddess (video by Mani Navasothy) 

 

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)

To stay in touch with the woodland rituals I organise, please visit my meetup group (free to join) London Woodland Witches & Outdoor Pagans’ 

-Mani Navasothy

(Esoteric Author, events Organiser & Wiccan High Priest)