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Ganesh in the river – Hindu Ceremony in London

Dear all, I am organising this ritual tomorrow in Richmond..  Details below..  All welcome.. No prior knowledge of Rituals or Hindu ceremony / magic required as I will give a full explanation .. Best wishes & Blessings.  Mani

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Ganesh Chathurthi is a special festival that honors the birth of the Hindu elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha (Ganapathy, Vinayagar). He is said to remove obstacles and bring good fortune.

Ganesh in river Thames – Hindu Magic ceremony in London

This year, the festival begins on 17th September and culminates on Sunday 27th Sept, which seems ideal for us to meet for our own outdoor special event.

I had previously witnessed participated in `Durga in the water’ event in London (Putney) over a decade ago, and was inspired to start river Thames-based seasonal rituals (Tamesa London Circles). Those then evolved into Thames-Isis rituals (and still continue.. ).

However it’s been a long term wish to return to the the roots…and do a Hindu ceremony.. so here we are! 🙂 For this ceremony of `Ganesh in Water’, I will be creating a new Ganesh sculpture out of Willow tree branches & bio-degradable strings..

It (he) will then be used in our special water-side ceremony by the river Thames. It will take place in a `clean/ clear’ section of the river Thames (Richmond area).

I will begin making a Ganesh figure tomorrow morning and will bring the figure (probably 1′ x 1′ x 1′ – bulky to carry).

On the day, `he’ will be placed on the altar..and we can all add items, leaves, twigs and other bio-degradable decorations.. while Chanting & prayers take place.

Then we will place Ganesh in the Thames and send him on his way.. 🙂

Event details

  • Date: Sunday 26th Sept’2015
  • venue:  Riverside at Richmond, London   (closest landmark:  Terrace Gardens, Richmond)
  • Time: Please gather at ritual spot by 3pm.

Map to ritual spot

Bright Blessings
-Mani

ps. This is a mirror event from my `London Hindu Magicians’  meetup group. All are welcome of course. 🙂

http://www.meetup.com/London-Hindu-Magicians/

 

 

Woodland Autumn Equinox 2015- Seasonal Ritual in London (Wiccan format)

Join me and my Tribal & wiccan friends in the Woods  for a Wiccan based celebration of AUTUMN Equinox.

“This is the time when the wheel turns once more, from summer to winter.  A time when the dark equals the light, and the night times begin to increase.  Trees begin to shed their leaves in preparation of the coming winter, wildlife collects seeds and stocks up for winter and animal migrations begin.  We celebrate the second harvest of the year- the harvest of the fruits.  We also mark the balance of dark and light.  In Wicca we re-enact the mythology of Hades and Persephone – her abduction, entry to the underworld, Demeter’s anguish and the withdrawal from the land, eating of pomegranate seeds by Persephone and her stay in the underworld.  We use a spiral path-working to enter the inner-world, and plant seeds of our future ventures, so that we may nurture them during the winter months. In this ritual, coven members take on the symbolic journey of Persephone.”  (taken from www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )

Outdoor Autumn Equinox ritual in London woods - sept 2015
Outdoor Autumn Equinox ritual in London woods – sept 2015

As we are very close to International Peace Day, we shall also be doing eco-magical work towards World Peace.

Date: Saturday 19th September 2015

Venue:   Queen’s Woods (nearest Tube: High Gate on Northern Line)

Meeting arrangements:  Please meet at The Woodman’s Pub (on Archway Road, just 2 mins from High Gate station).. from 4.00pm for meet & greet, and ritual talk-through. We’ll start walking to the woods around 5pm, set up altar and begin ceremony.

Weather / what to wear:   Please remember this is England :-p   Weather changes fast..  We always carry on the ritual..so come fully prepared with warm clothing (rain proof).  It may seem warm..but when standing in a woods  for more than 10-15min, you get cold very quickly.. (take my advise..I’ve been organising woodland rituals doing it for 12+ years !!)

RITUAL : 

This Seasonal ritual will follow Wiccan format and include Witchcraft & Wicca mythology as often practised by covens.  This is an open ritual held in an outdoor park/woods with easy public access..

Out ritual Team (those studying/ part of Wicca Training Circle & experienced friends) 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.

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)

More details in my meetup event  at London Woodland Witches Autumn Eqx 2015

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

(Initiated Wiccan High Priest)

Birth of Goddess Isis: Night of the Cradle Ritual in London (July 2015)

It pleases me to announce our 3rd annual Celebration of The Night of the Cradle.   The `Birth of Goddess Isis’ ceremony  will take place on the New Moon (in watery sign of Cancer) on Thursday 16thJuly 2015. We gather by the banks of river Thames  for a special Ceremony in the evening…to mark the Night of the Cradle’ where Sky Goddess Nut gave birth to the Egyptian Goddess Isis.

Birthday of Goddess Isis - July 2015 ritual in London
Birthday of Goddess Isis – July 2015 ritual in London

-Meeting Details——————-

Date: Thursday 16th July 2015 .
Venue & time: Richmond (riverside) by the riverside passage/gate to Terrace Gardens (looks like a cave!).

Meet at Richmond station by 6.30pm and walk with me to the ritual spot (20 mins).  I will be prompt, and this `walking together’ is a symbolic and informal `procession’ part of the ceremony!

Or follow the google map and arrive at the ritual spot (Terrace Gardens area..but by the river) at 7pm onwards.

Google map link to ritual spot:    https://goo.gl/maps/6wUq2

As this is a `Night of the Cradle- Birth of Isis’ , we are starting this ceremony later in the evening, so that we may perform the rite after sunset..(night). We’ll be using the `cave-like’ space by the riverside.. and will fix `stars’ on the ceilings .. to recreate a `body of the Sky Goddess Nuit’ (mother of Isis).

The ceremony itself is expected to be 30mins ..and then we’ll continue socials/ feasting.. (It’s a birthday party, after all). 🙂 So be sure to bring plenty of Wine & cakes.

Ceremony outline (subject to  changes) —————–

A decorative altar with Sky Goddess Nut and a concealed statue of Isis will be set up.

Element consecrations (incense, lantern, salt/water).

Isis called by her many names! This will be a chant led by Organisers.

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.

Food & drinks blessed and shared.

Birthday Party !! (Birthday of Isis).

What to bring:
Food & drinks to share.

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 🙂

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

link to  meetup  http://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/events/218699585/

Join us for Pagan Pride Parade (London) 2015

Dear all, join me for this great annual event in Central London! I have been attending these for many years, and have helped out/ carried Giants/ been appointed as one of the `Guardians’ of this event by original organiser Jeanette Ellis. So it thrills me to announce the ongoing success of this.

• Bring your drums

• Bring Banners

• Wear masks & Colourful Pagan costumes

• Carry Staffs (no sharp weapons/ swords!!)

• Make `Giants’ and bring them..

See you there

-Mani  Navasothy

———info below from the PF-London event page—-

Pagan Pride Parade London 2015!!!!

Gather with us in London, for this year’s Pagan Pride Parade. (organised by `Pagan Federation London’)

Pagan Pride Parade London  - photos (c) Mani Navasothy 2012
Pagan Pride Parade London – photos (c) Mani Navasothy 2012

Break out your broomsticks, don your floral crowns, hold the heathen hammer high and bang your drums proudly – because we’re taking to the streets to fly the Pagan flag and celebrate the freedom of our faiths.

Drummers, Banners Holders, Parade Giants, Fairies, Floats and Pagans of all stripes, join us for a day of fun and festivities.

We’ll be gathering in Russell Square and then marching our parade through the streets, before returning back to Russell Square for a communal picnic and frivolity.

Gather at Russell Square from 11.30am for the start of the parade at 12 midday.

This event is FREE!

Nearest Tube:
Russel Square (5 minutes)
Holborn (10 minutes)

Bring your own food and drink for the picnic or get your food on the day from the Russell Square cafe.

Russell Square is in the heart of Bloomsbury, close to the British Museum. It has a central plaza and water feature, which has become a popular place for Pagans to dance and make merry, year after year.
There is a cafe which is open all year round and expansive lawns and vibrant floral displays.

Here is a route of the Parade  

Route for Pagan Pride Parade London – 28 June 2015

Links

Pagan Pride Parade London 2014

Pagan Pride Parade London 2013 – Giants return

Website – Pagan Pride Parade

 

PF London Lammas Open Ritual 2015 (by Hern’s Tribe)

PF London Lammas Ritual 2015 (by Hern’s Tribe)

PF London Lammas 2015 - indoor seasonal ritual facilitated by Herns Tribe
PF London Lammas 2015 – indoor seasonal ritual facilitated by Herns Tribe

 

`Why do you come? To kill the King. Why? His blood feeds the land! ‘ And so begins many a traditional ceremony for Lammas.

The Hanged Man of Tarot – Odin’s sacrifice, the cutting down of Corn King, and the ritual suicide of Hern the Hunter all get played out one way or another in our lives. Join Hern’s Tribe on the eve of a Blue Moon, for resolving these painful cycles, and come together for a joyous celebration of Lammas – time of great Harvest and for reaping the rewards of your hard work. Bring your masks & drums and join in this tribal jollities.

Hern’s Tribe has facilitated several Open rituals for PF London in the past (between 2005- 2012). And we are thrilled to have been invited by PF London to facilitate this ritual. It’s a welcome return after a 3 year gap.

May Hern protect us

-Mani Navasothy

 

——–Info by PF London————-

Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London.

Entry fee: £5 (for PF members & concessions), £6 for all others.

Time: 7:30 – 10:00 PM Arrive from 7.30 pm for pre-ritual socialising in the foyer. Ritual starts at 8 pm and usually concludes before 9 pm. Feasting and socialising follow the ritual until 10 pm.

HOUSEKEEPING

Please do not arrive before 7:30 PM. If you are early, please utilise one of the nearby pubs, cafes or gardens to sit and socialise in.

Please switch off mobile phones before going into the ritual.

No photographs or video are allowed during the ritual.

Please bring a little food & drink to share during the feast after the ritual.
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Related Links

Meetup group:  London Woodland Witches Magicians & Outdoor Pagans

Pagan Federation London

 

Stonehenge Debate – Has it gone past the Fall-by Date?

Some sharp thoughts here… so be seated firmly.. 🙂

Some years ago..after a visit to Stonehenge I was devastated by the rubbish & people standing on stones etc. My friends & I collected about 20 bags of rubbish ourselves that time.

Mani Navasothy at Stonehenge - for Summer Solstice 2015   (photo (c) MN)
Mani Navasothy at Stonehenge – for Summer Solstice 2015 (photo (c) MN)

I even went around so angry that I set about doing some `closing pentagrams’. Months later I realised the ego of my self.. and went again to do an open-pentagram at quarters. (for my own peace sake.if nothing else).

Am at a place in life right now..where ..while I do respect ancient things/ material things.. I also feel that none of it matters in a deeper sense of our spirituality. Mine is no longer so tied to material things..and I begin to see the magic that people add ..when they make much merriment at a place like this..

Preserving something that is falling apart by the passing of time amounts to a death/ decay cult..

Ancient man built whatever he / she could with whatever cutting edge technology he had;     Great!!

Humankind has so much technology NOW to erect / build such magnificent monuments & temples… of OUR times..  yet all we see are giant skyscrapers.. NO NEW magnificent Temples..    What does it say about us?   (0and a few thousand people pinning about stones that are past their fall-by-dates..  Those old decaying monuments are kept up by concrete & metal under it.. There is no undisturbed magical continuity.   Modern technology has already permeated and polluted it ..  ).

Sp I’d rather see mass merriment at stonehenge… let people experience it…let them drum, dance, smoke whatever, eat. let them enjoy it..

If the stones really are magical and powerful.. then they will do their magic on the people attending..and those people’s live be transformed..

And the stones will survive..   But if there is no magic in them…  then they are just old artefacts..art pieces …  magical husks..   What’s feeding them is the power of people who are dancing about them..  not the other way around..

So I say.. Let the stones fall.. grind to rubble and dust.. let stars and people burn and be ashes..

That is what every religion says..    They all say  reaching God/ Goddess is more important than worshipping material things.. (and stonehenge is a material thing…magnificent..but still a material thing.  The moss / lichen on it is not 100s of years old…  it’s organic..  it’s new growth..   just like every bits of the human body regenerates every 3-5 months..  There ae no 50 year old cells in the body of a 50 year old human!)

Nothing lasts forever…nothing should..   Only Souls & Spirits matter 🙂

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

ps. I posted this `Note’  on my facebook wall and created a storm of a debate. I shall select a few responses (preserve the identity of postee) and share below under `comments’  in a day ..

-Mani

London Hindu Magicians (new meetup group launching)

London Hindu Magicians logo
London Hindu Magicians ( Krishnas)

Dear all, it gives me great thrills to announce the launching of a new meetup group – one that I have been thinking about and planning for almost half a year. Well, now seems the right time! I’ve named it `Hindu Magicians’ as it’s a blend of many things – the devotional activities that Hare Krishnas often do (chants, jubilant, devotional singing),  my roots in Hinduism, Vishnu worship, and recent 20 years of Western Magical/ Pagan ritual magical practices. I’ve scheduled 4 great special events/ socials to start us off..  and will add / develop more… Some events will be meditative, walks  in parks, simple ceremonies of worship & celebrations, while others will be extensive (I have some friends who are experienced in Sanskrit, Yoga and a variety of Eastern / Hindu matters). The first one is on 31st July – a Social on the date of the Blue Moon  (because this is the first group of it’s kind, as well as the most obvious one of colour Blue being associated with Lord Krishna of course) 🙂  Below are graphics for each of the events (so far).

The current blurb for this meetup says..

“This is a very new meetup group for all interested in Hare Krishna & Hindu Magic as the focus. It’s envisioned as a relaxed group gathering for enjoyable socials & spiritual work – such as picnics, meet & greet, drumming & chanting in parks – simply for the joy of it. The Hindu- Magic part of this is about exploring some of the myths, adapting special Hindu festivals & Rituals such as Navarathree, Shivarathree, Luxmi pooja and such – and perform lighter adapted version of them in natural places (woods, parks) practices, creating yantras / charms for personal empowering purposes. You can effectively think of them as mini-poojas in parks & woods.

(Important note: It is NOT the intention to have an intense group that is steeped deep in sanskrit ceremonies – we leave that to trained and highly experienced Priests & Brahmins in Temples and Ashrams all over the world.. Instead, we are down to earth explorers adapting ceremonies, mantras, interpretations).

Hindu spirituality has been around for thousands of years, and in the modern world, it has spread and permeated into many civilisations, countries and cultures and other mystery traditions. It’s now common for a wiccan/ witch to do a `chakra opening’ before doing a full moon ritual, millions doing Yoga workouts in fitness centres, thousands exploring Tantric rituals & sexual unities. Also common are many a Western psychic to wear a turban, trendy youngsters with some earth spiritual affinities sporting `Om T-shirt’, and millions of psychics & mystics to light an incense stick bells that were made in India or Nepal.

It is pleasing that Hinduism has spread so far and wide – even if many don’t realise it. But it’s also sad there is quite a bit of the underlying depth getting `lost in translation & interpretations’.

I’ve been a Hindu all my life, and have lived in London for some 35 years. I am experienced (20 years) in Western Pagan / Magical religions and practises. I’ve been re-exploring Hindu ceremonies and realising the magic within much of it..and am on a personal journey of blending the two together in my own life. Last time I checked, there seems to be nothing like this in Meetup (not for 100 miles around me in London). So I’ve started this.

Let us meet & greet – as equals with extraordinary souls, in the parks, in the woods, in the forests, gardens, by rivers and streams.. at dawn, at dusk, at noon and nights, in rain and shine, to be..just be.. and if we must do something.. to praise, sing, drum, dance, chant and be merry – in the names of the divine Gods & Goddesses, the Great Spirit within us all..

Let’s meet, and see where it takes us..

*Om Shakthi * Hare Krishna * Bright Blessings

So if you like the sound of all this, and like to join in..  either as beginners or as experienced person looking to do more of these with like-spiritual-souls..  You do not have to be heavily involved in Hare Krishna or steeped in Hindu cultures or religion to be part of this. This is not a study group or missionary one that aims to preach or convert. If you are a fan of the great Hindu epics – Mahabharatham & Ramayanam – if you are new to it or have been interested for years / decades…all that is fine.

Here’s the link to the meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/Krishnas-and-Hindu-Magicians/

Bright Blessings -Mani Navasothy

Outdoor BELTANE: Maypole dancing & Ceremony in Woods (Sat 2nd May’15)

Join us for the the afternoon/ evening to celebrate Beltane – the festival of fertility and sacred marriage between the Horned God and the Green Goddess! We’ll have much merriment, making flower crowns, face/ body painting, May pole dancing, drumming, singing, feasting and festivities. The evening will conclude with a small ceremonial fire for all to jump over.

Woodland Beltane 2015

Date:Saturday 2nd May 2015

Venue: Croydon: Woods behind Coombe Lane Tram stop.
Time: 2pm gathering – for set up, decorating altar, erecting Maypole and pre-rite socials.. Drumming/ face/body painting will generally commence; Ceremony will be around 4pm, followed by feasting; Fire jumping will be later in the evening. –

Meeting point: Please wait at the `Coombe Lane’ Tram stop to be collected. There will be a 10-15 min walk through woods (medium slopes!) to ritual spot. If weather wet, wear good grip boots.

DURATION:

Hern’s Tribe woodland rituals are `gatherings’ and generally organic. It’s best to arrive and flow with events..or even go exploring the woods. It is best to allow 4-5 hours for these events, so that you can have the best magical & communal experience.

WHAT HAPPENS – General details for HT events (some changes occur for specific events/ venues).

We’ll have the usual combination of social, setting up altar/ sacred space, seasonal ritual, chants & Drumming, magical work (including eco-magic and sometimes healing work). -Experienced HT members set up altar/ quarters, some prep for ritual fire, any cover sheets (if raining).
-You can ask to help.. 🙂

RITUAL (this will be adapted for individual events):

Basic format——-
-Generally, we begin with clearing the space (sweeping, tidying up)
-Hern Call (chanting `Hern’ nine times)
-Shamanic consecrations (Incense, rattle, drums, salt-water, essential oil)
-Creating magical circle (words/ wand/ staff)
-Calling of Elements & animal quarters / spirits.
-Invoking Horned God / Goddess energies
-Variation of seasonal myth (sometimes)
-Magical work ( group work, personal, eco, healing etc)
-Blessing of Food & Drinks
-Feasting & Socials.
– Drumming & Chants & Dancing
-Any trance work (this is unpredictable.)

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)

** Please make sure you take these back immediately after ritual is over, so they don’t get misplaced in the dark
** Items placed on altar may get handled or photographed by others. Plans for 2015—
In the past we have ritually explored various myths & legends. In 2015, we’ll continue this – by working with various Horned Gods & Goddesses, woodland spirits etc.

ALL WELCOME:
-All Pagans of any spiritual are welcome..
-Non-pagans, friends/ families & children of pagans are welcome.

FOOD & DRINKS TO SHARE:
Here are some suggestions–

-Home made/ baked items are exceptionally welcome (Bread, cakes, buns, salads, soup, pre-cooked potatoes).
-Wine & Mead are popular for the pre-ritual social and for feasting & socials afterwards!
– shop-bought items (sausage rolls, short-eats).
-Cheese / ham/ butter/ crisps/ dips
-Chicken (cooked pieces)
– Water / soft drinks/ tea & coffee in flasks
-vegetarian food/ vegan food
(Basically any items that add towards a sensible feast/ meal).
BE MINDFUL / Interruptions / Phone calls:
-At all times, we ask you to be mindful of any serious ceremony / meditation/ trance/ healing/ magical works going on, and not interrupt or be intrusive.
-Please don’t use mobile phones etc during ritual. (may not work in woods anyway!)

PHOTOS/ Recordings:
-These are semi-private events (even though they are in public woods/Park).
-Not everyone may like being photographed by a stranger!!
-No recording during ritual please.
-Feel free to take pics of altar, of your self in ritual setting, and of your friends there.. (If you are going to put them in blogs/ facebook etc..ask others in them..before tagging anyone you are not too familiar with.. It’s basic privacy etiquette!)

OUTDOOR PREP:
Please see our website http://www.Hern-Tribe.org for guidelines on what to bring, how to be prepared for outdoor rituals in woodlands, and some health & safety instructions.

BAGS in the DARK:
-Please keep space tidy.. and your own belongings/ bags at a suitable place. It gets dark.. So ensure you can find them easily afterwards. But also ensure they are not in the way that others may trample over it in the dark!
-If you put anything on the altar, please remember to take it back..(and not anyone else’s item by mistake).
-Please don’t leave things behind.. we don;t always find them..when tidying up in dark..

HELP with tidying up/ taking rubbish back to Tram stop/ bins is greatly appreciated.

CLOTHES / BLANKETS / SEATS:
-Please wear sensible outdoor cloths…waterproof is better..and good shoes (always) to walk in slippery or muddy surface. If you have a walking stick/ Magical Staff, do bring it, as it helps with walking in the woods – and you can use it in the ritual..!!
-Feel free to bring picnic blankets/ sheets to sit on (ground may be wet)
-Bring small light camping-style stool or chair to sit on (be mindful of carrying bulky objects while walking up slopes/ wet ground).

-Mani Navasothy
(Founder/ Hern’s Tribe)

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

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

Earth Day 22April2015-walk meditation

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

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

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

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

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

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

What to bring:

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

• Bring some food & drinks to share

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

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

• Any special Goddess images/ statues

(you will take your own items back home).

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

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

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

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

-Mani

Woodland SPRING EQUINOX 2015 Ritual Gathering in Richmond Park – London (21st March 2015)

Hi All, here is the Spring Event that I will be personally facilitating, with Hern’s Tribe (woodland ritual group I founded some 11 yrs ago).    So come Join us for the the afternoon/ evening in Richmond Great Park, where the Deer roams freely (living symbol of Hern the Horned God).. for celebrate Spring Equinox. It’s when the daylight hours equal the night hours… time of balance.. and when the Sun enters Aries – first sign of the Zodiac. We’ll be marking these magically in our ceremony, and do empowering magical work for the coming year!! – Bright Spring Blessings. – Mani

Woodland Spring Equinox 2015
Woodland Spring Equinox 2015

Date: Saturday 21st March 2015
Venue: Richmond Great Park.
Time: Meet-up by Richmond Gate (entrance to Richmond Park) by 2 pm.   (post code : TW10 6RR)

Google map link:   https://www.google.com/maps/@51.4504099,-0.2953595,18z?hl=en

Transport:
Please get to Richmond Station (British Rail / Tube). Outside the station, take the bus 371 (going towards Richmond Hill). This goes past Richmond Gate/ Star & Garter Home. After about 10 minutes in bus, get down at the `American University’ stop…and walk forward (5 mins) to Richmond Gate..

Those driving by car can park inside the park (closest car park to Richmond Gate). It’s free parking. Then walk back to the gate and meet us.

Duration: 

Hern’s Tribe woodland rituals are `gatherings’ and generally organic. It’s best to arrive and flow with events..or even go exploring the woods. It is best to allow 4-5 hours for these events, so that you can have the best magical & communal experience.

WHAT HAPPENS – General details for HT events   (some changes occur for specific events/ venues).

We’ll have the usual combination of social, setting up altar/ sacred space, seasonal ritual, chants & Drumming, magical work (including eco-magic and sometimes healing work). -Experienced HT members set up altar/ quarters, some prep for ritual fire, any cover sheets (if raining).
-You can ask to help.. 🙂

RITUAL  (this will be adapted for individual events):

Basic format——-

-Generally, we begin with clearing the space (sweeping, tidying up)
-Hern Call (chanting `Hern’ nine times)
-Shamanic consecrations (Incense, rattle, drums, salt-water, essential oil)
-Creating magical circle (words/ wand/ staff)
-Calling of Elements & animal quarters / spirits.
-Invoking Horned God / Goddess energies
-Variation of seasonal myth (sometimes)
-Magical work ( group work, personal, eco, healing etc)
-Blessing of Food & Drinks
-Feasting & Socials.
– Drumming & Chants & Dancing
-Any trance work (this is unpredictable.)

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)

** Please make sure you take these back immediately after ritual is over, so they don’t get misplaced in the dark
** Items placed on altar may get handled or photographed by others. Plans for 2015—
In the past we have ritually explored various myths & legends. In 2015, we’ll continue this – by working with various Horned Gods & Goddesses, woodland spirits etc.

ALL WELCOME:
-All Pagans of any spiritual are welcome..
-Non-pagans, friends/ families & children of pagans are welcome.

FOOD & DRINKS TO SHARE:
Here are some suggestions–

-Home made/ baked items are exceptionally welcome (Bread, cakes, buns, salads, soup, pre-cooked potatoes).
-Wine & Mead are popular for the pre-ritual social and for feasting & socials afterwards!
– shop-bought items (sausage rolls, short-eats).
-Cheese / ham/ butter/ crisps/ dips
-Chicken (cooked pieces)
– Water / soft drinks/ tea & coffee in flasks
-vegetarian food/ vegan food
(Basically any items that add towards a sensible feast/ meal).
BE MINDFUL / Interruptions / Phone calls:
-At all times, we ask you to be mindful of any serious ceremony / meditation/ trance/ healing/ magical works going on, and not interrupt or be intrusive.
-Please don’t use mobile phones etc during ritual. (may not work in woods anyway!)

PHOTOS/ Recordings:
-These are semi-private events (even though they are in public woods/Park).
-Not everyone may like being photographed by a stranger!!
-No recording during ritual please.
-Feel free to take pics of altar, of your self in ritual setting, and of your friends there.. (If you are going to put them in blogs/ facebook etc..ask others in them..before tagging anyone you are not too familiar with.. It’s basic privacy etiquette!)

OUTDOOR PREP:
Please see our website  for guidelines on what to bring, how to be prepared for outdoor rituals in woodlands, and some health & safety instructions.

BAGS in the Park :
-Please keep space tidy.. and your own belongings/ bags at a suitable place. It gets dark.. So ensure you can find them easily afterwards. But also ensure they are not in the way that others may trample over it in the dark!
-If you put anything on the altar, please remember to take it back..(and not anyone else’s item by mistake).
-Please don’t leave things behind.. we don;t always find them..when tidying up in dark..

HELP with tidying up/ taking rubbish back to  bins is greatly appreciated.

CLOTHES / BLANKETS / SEATS:
-Please wear sensible outdoor cloths…waterproof is better..and good shoes (always) to walk in slippery or muddy surface. If you have a walking stick/ Magical Staff, do bring it, as it helps with walking in the woods – and you can use it in the ritual..!!
-Feel free to bring picnic blankets/ sheets to sit on (ground may be wet)
-Bring small light camping-style stool or chair to sit on (be mindful of carrying bulky objects while walking up slopes/ wet ground).

-Mani Navasothy
(Founder/ Hern’s Tribe)

Link

Hern’s Tribe –  www.Hern-Tribe.org

Meetup:  London Woodland Witches, Druids, Outdoor Pagans