Category Archives: Events

Autumn/ Samhain/ Winter 2018 Seasonal rituals coming up

Hi all..   Am organizing the following seasonal festivities in the woods as usual.  Just click the links/ pictures  to visit the relevant events under my `London woodland witches’ meetup events.   Bright Blessings. -Mani

 

Autumn Equinox: Ritual & Seasonal Gathering 2018  (saturday 22nd September 2018)

Woodland witches Autumn eqx 2018

 

Samhain 2018 – Woodland Witches Ritual & Halloween Gathering (Sunday 28th October 2018)

Woodland witches Samhain 2018- sunday28th

 

Woodland Mid-Winter Ritual & Yule Celebrations – (Saturday 22nd December 2018)

Woodland witches Yule 2018

 

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Meeting Shani Oates : Matriarch of Cochrane Witchcraft Tradition (Nova Stellar Talks, London)

Last night, I had to pleasure and privilege to be there for a talk by Shani Oates at Nova Stellar!  `Nova Stellar presents..’  is a monthly gathering where newcomers to Paganism & Wicca can attend, gather, socialise and listen to Intro talks/ Life journeys by now famous and well known Pagan authors, speakers, ritualists, magicians and public figures.

nova stellar presentsShani Oates 11sept18

The event blurb gives the following info about her:

 “Shani is an occultist, mystic, Luciferian Pilgrim of the Forbidden Arts, Traditional Craft practitioner, researcher, historian and writer of the Craft, magic, ancestral tradition – particularly the Robert Cochrane Tradition – and the cultural folklore and folk-magicks of the UK and its Northern Heritage.

She is Spae-wife and Matriarch of The People of Goda, The Clan of Tubal Cain and a student of anthropology, Tantra, philosophy and the arcane ‘Other.’

She is also the author of several books that write informatively on the myths, gods and archetypes that imbue and inform the Cults and Crafts of Witchcraft and Folk-Traditions, shifting through the arcane to modern times.

Her written works include: ‘Tubelo’s Green Fire’, ‘The Arcane Veil’, ‘Star-Crossed Serpent’ (Volumes I-IV), ‘The People of Goda’, ‘The Robert Cochrane Tradition: CTC: Tubal’s Mill’ (revised edition – 2018), ‘A Paean for Hekate’ , ‘Crafting the Arte of Tradition’ and ‘The Devil’s Supper’ .

Her numerous articles in other Craft anthologies, periodicals and magazines over the last two decades include: ‘Pillars II: The Ebon Kteis’, ‘Scalding of Sapientia’, ‘Heritage’ A Clan of Tubal Cain Anthology’, ‘Genuine Witchcraft is explained: Secret Tradition of the Royal Windsor Coven and The Regency’, ‘Serpent Songs’, ‘The Wanton Green’, ‘The Silver Wheel’ and ‘Ancestors of the Craft’

I realised that Shani Oates holds the official position of Matriarch (Maid) in the Cochrane Tradition of (traditional) Wicca/ Witchcraft – and was the one to pass the responsibilities/ energies from the previous Magister  to the present one.. So this talk by Shani was very informative …not lest because she is closer to the source but is one of the source!  and on some levels, some of what she spoke about (re: Robert Cochrane and some practises of the Cochrane Craft) was quite earth shattering for me on a personal level!

Until now I had only had hearsay and scraps of info about the late Robert Cochrane and Cochrane witchcraft. Shani talked in good details about much of it. And I asked several questions that had puzzled me for ages, such as the position of the Magister (and learnt that at any time..there is only one for the entire Clan.   ( he was also at the talk, but kept humbly quiet as it was not his talk..  But I spoke to him briefly afterwards, especially on  some awkward political matters that I had heard about in the London Cochrane craft community’ – which turns out to be  not connected to the legitimate members of the Clan after all..  (straight from the mouth of the current real Magister of the Cochrane Craft clan!!)

In the talk’s Question time, I posed some questions to Shani..  on any possible old magical working connections between Gardnerians (my lineage) and Robert Cochrane/line.  It was useful to learn that Doreen Valiente – mother of modern Wicca (Gardner’s HPS) had been invited by Cochrane to go and work with him/ them at some point… but no other official or formal workings/ partnerships or any initiatory connections exist.  These put to rest many gaps and concerns I have had in my mind for many years…  and I am relieved, to say the least, and excited by some similarities I have with my own evolving organic practise of Open rituals I facilitate at Queen’s Woods. .   (For my personal record I took a photo with Shani – private for now – and perhaps one for my Biography).

There were references to the Regency group that spun out from some members who had worked with Cochrane.  I was interested in the Queen’s Woods connection, where I have been holding my own `London Woodland Witches Pagans & Ritual Magicians’  meetup events for over 4 years (and other open rituals there for even longer).

Always grateful to learn new things of the Craft and this has given me much to mull over..

-Mani Navasothy
Gardnerian Wiccan High Priest

ps.  Shani was kind enough to correct some errors in some of the matters I had written (I’ve deleted 2 sentences).   She provided the following via facebook message:

“There have been four Magisters of the Clan of Tubal Cain, but several others of the actual Tradition itself prior to Robert Cochrane. The image depicts Robert Cochrane, Evan John Jones, Robin-the-Dart and Ulric Goding., three I have known personally, and one to whom I was linked to through Evan John Jones. Two of later leaders of the Regency circa 1969 had once been in Cochrane’s Clan, but left just before his death in 1966. After 1969, those two were responsible for the outdoor rituals that many associate with the Regency – these were held in Queenswood. Cochrane, the Clan and the early Regency never worked there. ” – Shani Oates (via FB) 

Please note- all photos presented below ..taken at  the event (c) Copyright to Mani Navasothy.  Usual legal rules apply.

 

Wiccan Path for Beginners: 1-day course (Outdoors/London/Autumn 2018).

Wicca is a Pagan religious Path that includes honouring the divine, as well as the use of ritual magic for empowerment and bettering of our lives. This 1-day intensive course is for beginners & seekers – to all those interested or curious about Wicca & Witchcraft and like a simple, down to earth, friendly introduction…the whole lot in one day..!

Please attend with an open mind, and flexibility of time. We go into the woods to be away from the machinations of urban society, and to attune to the rhythms and energies of nature. Try to relax, ground, centre, earth and be open for the duration of the course. Allow a bit of time-buffer towards end for questions/ answers & conversations. Afterwards, we’ll go to the Woodman’s pub (indoors) and continue with some socials and carry on conversing about wicca and related matters.

1 day wicca course April 2018

FEE:

Early bird fee: £15 (advance, by paypal)
Use this secure paypal link below to pay £15.
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=S4C3DV5L6X6Q4

Standard Fee: £20 (cash on the day). .

VENUE: Course will be held in outdoor woodland setting (Queen’s Woods, where usually hold our outdoor Wicca rituals). we’ll meet at nearby Pub (Woodman’s) and walk together.

Nearest Tube: HighGate (northern line) – then 1 min walk to the pub.

Contents—————–

This is a basic introduction course. Brief explanations will be given as well as demonstration on consecrations, circle casting, calling elements; You’ll learn how to properly say/ pronounce wiccan words/items, as well as some work on invocations & God/Goddess charges;

• Intro: Origins of Modern Wicca; Wiccan Law & principles;
• Energy: Connecting to nature; Chakra & Tree meditation;
• Altar & Ritual tools – athame, wands, sword, scourge, pentacle etc
• Sweeping/ purifications; Consecrations with salt & water/ incense; casting magic circle (words/ demo);
• Elements & Quarters; Symbols & qualities of Air/fire/Water/Earth in wicca; pentagrams/ triangles; invocation words (demo); Transpersonal work (4 functions).
• God & Goddess in wicca: Horned Gods- Hern, Pan, Cernunnos; Moon Goddesses – Maiden/ mother/ Crone; what are God/Goddess invocations & charges? who can use the energies? Empowerment; Importance of devocations;
• Magic & Spellcraft in Wicca- healing spell; cord & candle magic;
• Esbats & Sabats- Wheel of the year – related seasonal myths & rituals explained (Imbolc, Spring, Beltane, MidSummer, Lammas, Autumn, Samhain, Yule); Full moon/ new moon rituals;
• Initiations & Coven life – brief outline of degrees, how to approach covens, hierarchy; who is suitable; rejections; non-initiatory covens; Projections & attractions to god/goddess energies; abuse of power (warnings);

NO Recording / photography—————— .
Tutor may take some photos with permission for publicity purpose. Your faces can be blurred on any photos to be used. Let Mani (Tutor) know)

Weather———————-
We can not predict weather ..but we can be prepared.
• Please wear plenty of warm clothing (it actually gets cold when you sit down on the ground for long). If it’s raining much, tutor will bring a tarpaulin sheet cover.. so we don’t get wet (too much)

What to bring———
• For your own comfort, please bring any food/drinks lunch (Please avoid eating during course delivery!). Bring flask of hot drinks. Bring comfortable cushion/ mat to sit on, as well as a blanket / throw to wrap up .. (or if it’s just cold). Please wear warm coats, socks scarf..
• We’ll have some wine for ceremonial parts of the course & for a bit of social after.

If you have any questions/concerns, please do contact me via private message on meetup. Thanks.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Gardnerian Wiccan High Priest / Author

Link to my meetup event: https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Pagans-Magicians/events/254038294/

Introduction to Runes- experiential workshop (outdoors/ London) -30sept18

Runes are used by many modern magical people for both divination/ fortune telling, as well as for ritual magical purposes. Runes come from the Norse (Viking) path, and were the alphabets for Norse-people. Our own English Alphabets come from derivations of Runes.. The one bit of rune magic people still do, without even realising is the `xxx’ we put as `kisses’ on cards and letters (and emails & texts now!). The `X’ is a rune (Gefu) that represents mutual support & gift!!

Intro to Runes by Aaron & Mani 30sept2018

At this workshop:

• You’ll be provided with a set of 25 blank rune-discs (wooden, hand cut by us) – to make your own Runes! (no extra fee. This is included in course fee.. a bargain!!)
• Full introduction to Runes – we’ll go through each Rune (24 of the Elder Futhark, as they are called), and show you the symbol, how to draw them, and how to pronounce each one correctly. (Runes are `sung in’ for magic)
• Introduction to Norse/ Viking Gods & Goddesses, and some of their mythology – This gives you important context and background upon which to base your own practise of Rune-craft.
• You’ll have time to carve/ colour in the Runes on the blank discs provided.
• Basics of Rune Divination – how to use some basic layout for reading/ fortune telling.
• Basics of how to do Rune magic with symbols. In previous years this was taught as a small sub-section in our `spellcraft workshop’ but here we go into details.

This is an experiential workshop, taught by Aaron Oxford ( Norse path/ Ritualist – recently led our Woodland Norse Lammas ceremony), and co-hosted by Mani (Wiccan High Priest & Ritual Magician).

FEE:

Fee: £25 (paypal or cash on the day). .
Use this secure paypal link below to pay £25.
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=N9ARJTD3637NY

VENUE: Course will be held in outdoor woodland setting (Queen’s Woods, where usually hold our outdoor Wicca rituals). we’ll meet at nearby Pub (Woodman’s) and walk together.

Nearest Tube: HighGate (northern line) – then 1 min walk to the pub.

NO Recording / photography—————— .
Tutor may take some photos with permission for publicity purpose. Your faces can be blurred on any photos to be used. Let Mani (Tutor) know)

Weather———————-
We can not predict weather ..but we can be prepared.
• Please wear plenty of warm clothing (it actually gets cold when you sit down on the ground for long). If it’s raining much, tutor will bring a tarpaulin sheet cover.. so we don’t get wet (too much)

What to bring———
• For your own comfort, please bring any food/drinks lunch (Please avoid eating during course delivery!). Bring flask of hot drinks. Bring comfortable cushion/ mat to sit on, as well as a blanket / throw to wrap up .. (or if it’s just cold). Please wear warm coats, socks scarf..
• We’ll have some wine for ceremonial parts of the course & for a bit of social after.

If you have any questions/concerns, please do contact me via private message on meetup. Thanks.

Skol/ Bright Blessings
-Aaron Oxford (Norse) & Mani Navasothy (Wiccan)

Link to meetup event:  https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Pagans-Magicians/events/254094003/

 

Wicca New Moon: Training & Healing Circles (Sept-Dec 2018)

Welcome to our Wicca New moon : Training & Healing Circles. These will run between September- December 2018. New comers , Seekers & Beginners to Wicca welcome. We meet in the pub, then walk together to Queen’s Woods for actual ritual.

Wicca New Moon 2018 - autumn

Ritual Format/ Content———-

1. Preparation:
-Altar set up, centering Meditation, energy working, Opening prayer
2. Scared space:
-Consecrations, Magic Circle & Calling elemental quarters.
3. Power raising & Deities:
Witches Rune/spiral dance, God/Goddess invocations.
4. Spell craft & Ritual Magic:
-General magic / Empowerment spells/ Healing & protection work.

Training Circle————-
These are Practical Wicca & magic training circles. Regulars will be firmly encouraged to take on roles and practise circle-craft. (Then experienced people can take roles in our other bigger seasonal rituals).

Healing/ protection magic requests——
Healing /protection work limited to 2 people each time. Contact me in advance to make the request with details for planning the magic carefully. Work will be done only for the person actually attending the ritual. We use Healing chant and Rune-chants. Please observe confidentiality & privacy at all times.

Is it a coven?————
This is NOT a coven.. but an open/ practise circle. Those interested in serious wicca training & initiations, should attend our autumn courses & workshops and follow it up with serious commitment. Make an appointment and talk to Mani in person.

What’s on the Altar?——
we shall start to be more careful of what we place on altar! Each ritual is prepared and has certain themes/ expectations. Some God/Goddess items are not always suitable in every ritual.

About Facilitator—-
These circles are facilitated by Mani – an initiated Wiccan High Priest, with over 22 years of Craft & Cove experiences in London, UK. Mani has published several books on Wicca, runs training courses, provides an e-Witch Apprentice course online, and writes extensive blogs on Astrology & magical topics.

———PRACTICAL DETAILS ——-

** fee £5.

Meeting point (Woodman’s Pub) ——-

address: 414 Archway Rd, Highgate, London N6 5UA*
Meet at 7pm in the heated patio area of the Pub. We leave at 7.30pm to go to woods.

Ritual venue (Queens woods)—-

This has been used by witches, covens, shamans, eco-groups & ritual magicians for many decades.

PSYCHIC SAFETY: crashing / breaking Circle—-

Please do not come late to woods and enter circle once it’s cast – it breaches magic protection inside, causes headaches for circle-caster and leaks built up energy, allows negative entities to enter our protected space!! In the same way, please do not just `leave’ the circle in the middle of a ritual in progress. On both occasions, please wait on the edge for a suitable moment for the Circle-caster to create a `door’ and let you in/ out and close that `magic gateway’ immediately. !!!

WHAT TO BRING——

-Please bring sensible food & drinks to share. (bred/ cheese/ wine/soft drinks).
-Please be prepared for different types of Weather. In the woods, it can get wet/cold quickly.. check weather reports.. and come dressed appropriately.
-A small plastic sheet to sit on.. Ground can be wet or damp.
-Cushion/ blanket and other items of comfort. we’ll be seated and be still for meditative parts;
-Torch light .. essential for walking about the woods in the dark.

Feasting & Magical thoughts —-

Circle will close after a few rounds of passing blessed Cakes & drink from the Altar. Then we will be seated for magical chats.. Share your experiences of what the ceremony has brought and clarify magical points, symbolisms and any questions that may have risen. It is important to remain in a tranquil state after ceremony..to allow magic energies to sink in and transform us.

Love & Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

FB- https://www.facebook.com/ManiNavasothy/
Blog – www.QuantumPhoenix.net

meetup event:  https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Pagans-Magicians/events/253809797/

 

Total Lunar Eclipse & Dragon Magic: Full moon Ceremony by river Thames (27July18 London)

This is the night of a TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE in the sign of Aquarius – realm of the mystical water bearer. Let us come together at the heart of London for our monthly `Tamesa London Circle’ (established in 2006), to honor the Triple Goddess of the Moon and do Dragon Magic for our own primal Serpent power of transformation, Healing and Empowerment!
full moon lunar eclipse ritual 27july2018
No prior knowledge or experiences of wicca or ritual magic is necessary for you to attend this. Just come with an open mind. Be friendly and non-intrusive. Connect with others, and join in the ceremony.

Facilitator: Mani Navasothy – Wiccan High Priest, AstroMage, Ritual Magician and author of `Eclipse Magic Workbook’ (published 2012).

Fixed fee : £3.
(collected at start).

Meeting point:
Gather outside the Green area of Tate Modern Gallery (main doors) by 7.30pm. We’ll walk down to the banks of Thames and do this ceremony.

Late entry/ safety note:
No entry into our ritual circle after circle is cast – for magical safety. So please attend on time to participate. Thank you.

Our rituals tale place on the actual river bank…just few meters away from the water, but in a secluded spot..where there is usually some sand. 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:

After the ritual circle on the river bank is completed, some people leave for home. Others stay behind to socialise. We tend to go back up to street level, to the grassy green area outside Tate Modern Gallery and socialise/ share food & drinks.. If it’s raining, we just go to the nearby Pub within sight.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

Organiser/ Wiccan High Priest

link to my meetup event: https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Pagans-Magicians/events/253030905/

 

 

 

Eclipse Magic Workbook – e.Book- for £9.99 and prepare for 3 Eclipses!

3 Eclipses are coming, and dare you miss this stellar opportunity to do some life-changing magical work??!!  There are 3 eclipses coming over the next 30 days!!!  Partial Solar Eclipse on 13th July, Full lUnar Eclipse on 27th July, and another partial Solar Eclipse on 11th August!!

 

Eclipse magic workbook - by Mani Navasothy - blog QuantumPhoenix
visit Eclipse Magic Workbook page to purchase eBook

 

Some magical works can be done with only 5 minutes of effort, and others take a few weeks or even a few months of preparation. But all create intense changes over longer periods of time in your life.

This innovative, easy to use e-book gives full introductions to the Science, Astronomy, Astrology, Esoterica & Magical core concepts useful to all who like to experiment with Eclipse Magical Techniques. Mani Navasothy has been personally exploring these for over 15 years, and is now sharing his own secret techniques of using Stellar energies for Balancing, Cleansing, Powering Up, as well as the highly specialist methods of using Dragon Magic & Portals and Cosmic Gateways

Eclipse Magic Workbook (kindle & pdf versions)

  • Author: Manivannan Navasothy
  • Publication Date:  May 2012 &  November 3, 2012
  • ASIN: B00A1HG58I
  • ISBN: 978-0-9560746-9-0 (Awakening Publishing)

Normal Price: £18.00  Special Offer  £9.99

Visit my Eclipse Magic Book page (here in my Quantum Phoenix blog site, for this exclusive limited time special offer and download your copy NOW at only £9.99).

Stellar Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

 

Photographing Sophie – Highs, lows and lessons!

My father’s body wasn’t even cold in the hospital body, but I ran up to the car, grabbed my camera, came back to the Intensive care unit and started taking a few `forensic’ photos of his torn ear, head injury – all through my tearful and blurry eyes!  That was one cold hour past midnight back in January 1990.  And here I am, on a Summer’s day in June 2018.  What’s that got to do with Sophie?   Well, the common thread.. is Photography! And  she’s very well, energised and happy that her photo’s going viral all over new sites around the world this morning, following our visit to Stonehenge yesterday – in case you were worried for her!

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Autumn Equinox ceremony- September 2017 – with Aaron as Hades and Sophie as Persephone . Photo (c) Mani Navasothy.        www.QuantumPhoenix.net

Sophie first attended one of my Woodland Witches & Pagan ceremony- back in Autumn 2017. She had glitter make up on her cheeks and a new agey jacket.   But that’s not what caught my attention (well that did catch my eyes).  I was asking for volunteers form the attendees to take on a ritual role of the Goddess, and Sophie  stepped forward.  Now normally only experienced or regular attendees volunteer..  so I was surprised, but she looked every bit like she could carry the beautiful and maiden Goddess Persephone who gets abducted by the Dark Lord Pluto/ Hades and taken to underworld..  So I accepted her offer..  And my friend Aaron took on the role of Hades!  The ritual went well, and their roles – symbolic – and directed and coached by me – went well too.

Since then, Sophie has attended many of our woodland ceremonies & socials, hung out with us, gone camping with us to Glastonbury, day trip to Hasting and sea side, and more recently (yesterday) an ver night drive out trip to Summer Solstice at Stonehenge and then Avebury.   She’s become a good magical friend of mine..  (and still remains awesomely beautiful like a Goddess!)

For me, Photography is not a hobby..!!

As the opening paragraph will have told you.. `taking photos’  is  a serious `interest’ of mine..  capturing real life moments and characters of people on photo – as I do that ..be it my father who had just died, or a sun set, or a Maypole Dance …or a mermaid like Sophie after a ceremony !)   Why ?  because life is precious, moments are magical and once past ..can never be lived again, and I have insecurities about loosing people that are dear to me.  So I snap away..  moment after moment.. trying to hold of to them all, lest I forget!   I have done since I was a little boy.  (Now am almost a 49 yr old middle-aged man!)

That said, one of my growing gripes / disappointments / irritations in modern times – is that of my creativity being hijacked or worse `stolen’ .

I see moments …character..  beauty ..  life..death..  and all inbetween..  and capture it..  Or compose it creatively and artistically.  If it’s people – friends – I direct them (be it a video production or a photoshoot).  Then I shoot the picture.  So it infuriates me, when someone standing next to me – swoops in – without so much as a polite request – and takes the shots that I line up and the people that I direct.  This happens a lot now.

On the one hand, I am happy for the person whose photos are being taken.  They are being `seen’ and their moment being recognised and captured.    But unlike me who honours, respects and uses it to empower people, others often seem to just steal a moment..  and that person’s soul!  They don’t seem to give acknowledgement or thanks to the subject at hand.  They don’t seem to celebrate them.  They don’t seem to offer them anything in return as a kind gesture.

This I realise happens a lot in the cut-throat world of Photography, Journalism, media, movie and celebrity culture we now live in.  If someone is in public eye, they are fair game?  Is that it? Is that right?

sophie photos - Baz Beltane
Sophie with Maypole  at Woodland witches Beltane Ceremony – May 2018.   Main photo shoot by Mani Navasothy (3rd photo by Baz).          http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net

Of course some of my other friends who swoop into copy or steal a shot that I line up or direct ..aren’t all like that.  They are part of my world, my friendship groups and my spiritual communities.  When they do too much that swoop & shot, I do hit back with a joke..  (or in the case of one friend, I actually did throw a light punch at his stomach ..with a smile on my face!  We hugged it out afterwards..  but I needed to make the point, and words were not sinking that message!)

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Hastings.  Sophie adoring Sea.    Main Photo shoot by Mani Navasothy (1st photo by David). http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net

Ever since a Hindu priest threw a bucket of water in my direction at a Temple chariot festival 2 years ago, and that blessed water splashing all over my camera, my equipment has not been its full self.  The view screen doesn’t work, and video image stabilizer malfunctions.  Currently I don’t have enough finances to buy the next gen DSLR.  So I make do with a wounded camera…

Well, half the time, I don’t even carry it..  because that’s not my work!  My work is Priesthood, and as a Magical /Pagan events Organiser and Teacher.  I can’t organise an event, take care of all the  related matters, and support, nurture and empower the people ..attendees.. if am clutching on to a camera.  So moments come and go..and others capture it..   and sometimes I take out my mobile phone and catch a part of it.  (well, effectively, I conjure the Event and others capture it..  Put it the media way, I make the News and others report it!)

I say I don’t worry about this..  but writing this blog indicates that I do!  In so much as if my artistry and creativity and Art directions are being used by other people, they should do the decent and honourable thing- of either paying me a proper fee – especially if they used such a shot and sold it to papers…and that got used by many news sites all over the world!

 

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Sophie at Stonehenge, Summer Solstice 2018.   This shows screen capture of pic that some other photographer swooped into steal and sold to media. (screen shot of DailMail news site).

Sophie was just walking away when I called her to stand by that stone, to put her head on that stone, to not look at camera, but look at the Sun, and to close her eyes.  That was my work…capturing a moment of my friend ..to give it back to my friend.  But the thief who stole that over my shoulder has sold his shot, and earned some money off my creativity ..and my friend.

Does that seem right to you?

There are two upshots to this whole experience.  1.  Sophie is feeling happy that her photos and her rune & glitter make up creativity – yes that’s her own magical creativity and her face ..is seen all over the world.  (How long before she gets a modelling contract?! Yeah!)    2.  I finally realise the value of my own Artistic talents…and it’s time I put my Photography services forward.

I’ll leave you with the exclusive shot of Sophie (test shoot) as an Antlered Goddess!!

-Mani Navasothy

Author Teacher Ritual Magician (and Photographer!)

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Sophie – Antlered Goddess .  photo (c) Mani Navasothy  http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net

 

Links:

London Woodland Witches – Outdoor pagan Rituals (meetup)

Quantumligh Photography & Videos by Mani Navasothy (facebook page) – 

Daily mail feature – Summer Solstice 2018 

Night of the Cradle- Birth of Goddess Isis Ceremony & Picnic (Richmond, London) 7th July’18

Our 6th annual Celebration of Birthday of Goddess Isis’ – to mark the Night of the Cradle’ where Sky Goddess Nut gave birth to the Egyptian Goddess Isis. It will take place as before, on the river banks of the Thames in Richmond (by river Thames).

Night of cradle Birthday of Isis 2018

meeting point- Meet us at the Hollyhock Cafe, Terrace Gardens, Richmond at 3.00pm. At 3.30pm we will go across to river bank..for ceremony.

The ceremony will use a blend of Wiccan & adapted Egyptian ritual outlines.

• (Note: My research indicates Birth of Isis was celebrated on 17th July.. but our ritual this year takes place a little early).

The ceremony is expected to be 45mins ..and then we’ll continue socials/ feasting.. (It’s a birthday party, after all). 🙂 So be sure to bring plenty of Wine & cakes.

** Fee £3 *****

——– 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).

————— 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

Privacy/Photos ————-:
As it is a public place, passers-by may take photos or watch. That is accepted by the organisers, in the spirit of celebrating the Birthday of Isis 🙂 However intrusive photography by professionals for purpose of outside publishing is prohibited.

Conduct——————:
We ask all to be in good public behaviour.

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!

***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 meetup event : 2018- Nigh of the Cradle: Birth of Goddess Isis ceremony & social 

Link to blog – Birth of Isis ritual 2017 

Rise of Sekhmet – A Solar Eclipse-magical Day (11th August 2018)

The partial Solar Eclipse of 11th August falls at 10.59am in the firey sign of Leo the Lion! And back in 2013, we created a Sekhmet statue from Thames clay and after ceremony, submerged her in the river. Finally we are keeping our promise..and on this Solar Eclipse Day in Leo, the submerged Sekhmet will rise!!!

Poster- Rise of Sekhment - solar Eclipse 11august2018

Join us for a variety of magical working & socials through out this day. It’s going to be tricky trying to run this ..as we travel around London from place to place.. so please `rsvp’ to this event (even if you have a mild interest in one of more of the activities).. and stay updated – as we lead up to this event, and also on the day, as we travel from place to place.. so you can figure out where to meet/ join us. (you can just join us for the man morning work during actual Eclipse, or the evening ritual by Thames at low tide!).

Schedules:

1. Morning Solar Eclipse meditation with Yantra & Chant – for personal internal shift. > 9am meeting at Richmond station.

This takes place (tbc) at Richmond Park.
We’ll be meeting at Richmond Train station ..ticket foyer at 9am-9.15am (no later) and take bus to Richmond Park.. for the actual meditative/ magical working in a quiet open-spot (regardless of weather!! As energies is what we are working at exact moment of Eclipse). We’ll enter meditative work at 10.45am and be immersed in it during Eclipse at 10.59am. Work will conclude around 11.15am (includes star meditation and opening of cosmic portal). After this, we’ll have a short picnic/ lunch.. either in park or in Richmond town.

Some of us will then be travelling to British Museum.. via tube to Earl’s court, then piccadilly line to Holborn and walk from there to British Museum.

2. Visit to Sekhmet Statues at British Museum. > 2.30pm.

We’ll be meeting by the road-entrance/ gates to the British Museum at 2.30pm. Gather anyone else ..and go in for a short visit directly to the ground floor (entry then turn left) Egyptian section, where the triple Sekhmet statues from Egypt are displayed. There we’ll have a silent personal few moments..(as there will be public visitors too). We can take photos with the Lady herself.. to mark the visit.

After this, those carrying on, will walk to Tottenham Court Road tube station. We may stop for a coffee break. also may stop for snacks. From there, taking Northern line to Embankment.

3. Visit to Cleopatra’s Needle (Embankment)> 6pm.

We’ll arrive at Cleopatra’s needle at approx 6pm. (check meetup for updates/ delays). Here we’ll just spend a short while, marking the moment with photos .. with Cleopatra’s Needle & the 2 Sphinxes. It’s purely a social visit.

Then some of us will continue – back to tube, travel to Blackfriars. There we’ll probably stop at nearby supermarkets (tesco / sainsbury) for provisions (food & drinks for evening ceremony). And continue walking to Millenium Bridge and Tate Modern Gallery area.

4. Rise of Sekhmet- Ceremony by river bank (Tate Modern area) > 8pm onwards. Donations (£3) welcome.

We’ll be gathering by the river-side seats outside Tate Modern Gallery from 8pm. When all are gathered, we’ll be walking down the steps to river bank, under the usual ritual spot/ concrete walkway.. set up altar, and do our main Sekhmet Ceremony.
(details of this ceremony will be updated here in due course).
Low tide is at approx 21:39hrs BST. so we’re safe..and will finish up by 10pm. A larger hand-made sculpture of Sekhmet will be `raised from the river’ and processed to the Altar space, where ceremony will take place.
Note: Sekhment is Lion-headed warrior Goddess, as well as a Solar deity. So she is perfect for this day of Solar Eclipse in Leo.

Please rsvp to stay updated on this major full day of activities. Update will be in comment sections.    Link to my meetup Rise of Sekhmet – Day of Eclipse-magical working 

Bright Stellar & Solar Blessings.
-Mani Navasothy
Author (Eclipse Magic 2012), Astrologer, Wiccan High Priest.