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Tamesa (and Thames-Isis) London rituals in 2015

Greetings all.  I have finalised the dates and venues for the annual rituals I facilitate by the river Thames in this coming cycle.  Tamesa London Circle (started by April & myself in 2006) was doing 8-10 rituals a year but for the past 2 years had been focusing on Thames-Isis ceremonies (call it a Calling).

After 2 years I was thinking to conclude them (at last year’s Birthday of Isis event).  Why?  Well, working these mythology based rituals are not always easy – especially on one’s own personal life.  So many people forget that when we do magical ceremonies and rituals, those energies – both the aspects we want and the aspects we were not fully aware of- work through our lives.  (I;ll write more about this in another blog post).  So I was planning to wrap up the Thames-Isis rituals in 2014.

However, as the saying goes, Man may propose but the Gods (and Goddesses) dispose! 🙂

And so here we are..   beginning the 3rd cycle of these Isis (Thames-Isis) ceremonies, with the `Isidias Navigatum- Blessing of the Fleet’ in March, Birthday of Isis in July (on a new moon!) and the 3rd ritual (not Isis related) the `Tamesa river of Souls Samhain / Halloween’ in October (on the full moon closer to Samhain).

They all have `meetup’ events already setup in the meetup group I run. (link at the bottom of each section)..  I shall of course post blogs here as reminder, nearer to each Ceremony. These are approximately 3+ months apart.

Here are the Tamesa rituals for this year 2015.   I hope those of you in London will attend ..  to honour, worship and gain magical and spiritual experiences from these.  As my own spirituality evolves, so must the work I do and so these rituals will incorporate some new elements to them.

Bright Blessings

-Mani

 

1. Isidias Navigatum- Blessing of the Fleet – Isis Ritual

Sunday 1st March 2015   @ Richmond

Isidias Navigatum Blessing the Fleet ritual 2015 London
Isidias Navigatum Blessing the Fleet ritual 2015 London

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)

Meetup link to Blessing of the Fleet Ritual 2015

 

2. Night of the Cradle- Birthday of Goddess Isis Ceremony

Thursday 16th July 2015 @ Embankment, Central London (Cleopatra’s Needle)

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

Our 3rd annual Celebration of The Night of the Cradle: Birth of Goddess Isis’ will take place on the New Moon (In watery sign of Cancer) in July 2015. We gather by the banks of river Thames (Cleopatra’s Needle, by Victoria-Embankment) 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. For July 2015,  we return to the original spot- The Egyptian themed `Cleopatra’s Needle’  with 2 large Sphinx – in Central London.

Outline: 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 Mani and friends. 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.

Meetup link to Birthday of Isis ritual

 

3. Tamesa River of Souls (Halloween) & Full Moon Ritual

Tuesday 27th October 2015 @ Millennium Bridge area by river side, Central London

Tamesa Halloween Ritual 2015
Tamesa Halloween Ritual 2015

Every year, near Samhain (Halloween.. traditional day of honoring our ancestors) we hold a small ritual/ceremony by the river Thames in Central London. This year (2015), the tide is low in the evening on the night of the full moon ..of Tuesday 27th October’15. That is when we will be holding, `Tamesa River of Souls’ Halloween Ritual- right on the banks of river Thames.

Part of our ceremony involves creating a small altar on the sandy foreshores of Thames (at low tide!), lighting candles, placing any bones we find nearby. Some silent pagan prayers, blessing, consecrations, and a small picnic (feasting with the dead!).. and returning the bones back to the river immediately. On occasions, we throw coins in to the river, symbolic of payment to the `Ferryman’ who (Greek mythology) ferries dead souls to the underworld, and requires a small fee.

Meetup link to Tamesa Halloween ritual 2105

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Additional links

You can watch some brief promotional and/or celebratory videos of our past Tamesa rituals, filmed and edited by my sister  link to the Tamesa events videos (playlist):

Link to Tamesa London Circle website – Details and records of all the past rituals (2006 to present)

Link to Pagan Frontiers of London website – Gateway site for all major pagan events in London

 

Winter Solstice 2014 at Stonehenge – details

Winter Solstice is one of the 8 major festivals celebrated by Pagans, Witches, Ritual Magicians, and generally Esoteric & New Age people!   And in the UK, Stonehenge (ancient neolithic stone monument) is one of the places where people of all beliefs gather to mark this festival.. thanks to English Heritage – who owns and allows access to people..  Normally visitors are allowed to only walk around the Stonehenge (after gaining entry by paying a ticketed fee)…But at Summer Solstice & Winter Solstice, they allow people to enter into the stones.. to worship, commune, attune, mark and celebrate the event.

Stonehenge  photo (c) Mani Navasothy
Stonehenge photo (c) Mani Navasothy

Here is the info, taken from English Heritage website, pertaining to the coming Winter Solstice event.

Note: Sun enters the Sign of Capricorn at 23:00hrs on 21st December 2014, so the nearest morning for celebrating Winter Solstice (Pagan festival of Yule) is on Monday 22nd December 2014…when Stonehenge access is open.

Bright Solar Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

———Info———–

English Heritage will once again welcome people to Stonehenge to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Sunrise is just after 8am on Monday 22 December and visitors will be able to access the monument as soon as it is light enough to do so safely. Please be aware that parking is very limited and there is a thirty minute walk, in low light, from the parking areas to the monument.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY FOR WINTER SOLSTICE

These conditions of entry are written to ensure enjoyment and public safety for everyone. Contravention of any of these conditions may result in entry being refused or your removal from Stonehenge. English Heritage reserves the right to refuse entry. Stonehenge is a sacred site to many. Please respect it and please respect each other.

Managed Open Access
English Heritage is pleased to be providing managed open access to Stonehenge for the Winter Solstice. Please help us to create a peaceful occasion by taking personal responsibility and following the conditions of entry and guidelines. We have a duty of care to ensure public safety and are responsible for the protection of Stonehenge and its surrounding monuments. If we are to ensure that future access is sustainable, it is essential that everyone observes and abides by these conditions of entry.

Admission to Stonehenge
Monument Field opens 07:45 (7.45am) Monday 22nd December (approximately, depending on light levels)

Monument Field closes 10:00 hours (10am) Monday 22nd December

Parking is extremely limited and the area you park in may be a 30 minute walk/1.5 miles from the monument

Please Be Aware

Stonehenge is situated in a field and the weather will be cold and possibly wet. Sensible footwear and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.

Toilets in the Monument Field will only be available once the access period begins.

There are no catering facilities.

Conditions of Entry

Stonehenge is a world renowned historic monument and it is seen by many who attend as a sacred site. Amplified music is inappropriate and will not be permitted

Only small amounts of alcohol for personal use will be permitted on site.
Drunken, disorderly, and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. Offenders will be ejected by security staff or police, with no re-admission.

Illegal drugs are prohibited at Stonehenge. The police will be on site during the access period and will take immediate action against anyone breaking the law.

Glass is not allowed at the Monument as many people walk barefoot and livestock and wildlife graze in the area. Any glass items will be confiscated.

Do not climb or stand on any of the stones. This includes the stones that have fallen. This is in the interests of safety, the protection of this special monument and respect for those attending.

Camping, fires, Chinese lanterns, fireworks, candles, tea-lights or BBQs are prohibited at Stonehenge, in the parking areas, and anywhere in the surrounding National Trust land.

Yule Rites by Mani Navasothy  -
Yule Rites by Mani Navasothy –

Links

English Heritage – Winter Solstice 2014

Condition of entry to Stonehenge

Yule Rites – eBook by Mani Navasothy 

All about BLACK-FRIDAY (quick explanation)

In a friends’ FB post I put this explanation up..and thought why not share it with everyone.  So here it is..  (open to corrections, if I have got it wrong).-Mani

`My american-grown friend explained it to me.. In America, Thanksgiving is the big `public/open/ all inclusive’ festival.. where everyone is invited to the meal.. (in comparison to X’mas where only close family is invited).. Both are equally big.. And their tradition is that until Thanksgiving is finished, no X’mas sales, decorations. trees or other initiatives even start! (unlike in UK when shops start selling xmas stuff in August!). Thanksgiving is the last Thursday of the month in November….and so the friday following it is where they start their big sales..(our equivalent of Boxing day).. It ‘s also when their first Xmas related sales start.

Black Friday

The reason for `black’ Friday..instead of pink friday or green friday or whatever is …until this point.. most shops are in the red with their accounts…and as sales start..they go from red to black So it’s actually a description in favour of the sellers and shops…

So there you go 🙂

-Mani Navasothy

-Mani Navasothy

ETC: Enfield Town Circle – Pagan Moot in North London

Enfield Town Circle- Pagan Moot.    This is Pagan pub moot (monthly social) that takes place in Enfield, North London (well, almost north London).  Established by April..way back in 2006, it’s a good social opportunity for new people to come meet & socialise indoors.

Enfield Town Circle - pagan moot-
Enfield Town Circle – pagan moot-

Originally held in another pub, ETC is now at Crown & Horseshoes- a lovely waterside pub. We often sit by the sofas near the large fire place (front, right) or by the cosy round tables in the rear dinning area). We tend to have debates & discussions on current pagan matters or topics of interest to members…and mostly socialise.

Here’s a video where April talks about the Moot

When: 2nd Thursday of every month

Upcoming dates 2014:  13th November’14,   11th December 2014

Dates for 2015:  8th January,  12th Feb,  12th March,   9th April,   14th May,   11th June,   9th July,   13th Aug,   10th Sept,   8th Oct,   12th Nov,  10th Dec (tbc)

Time: 7.30pm till about 11pm

Where: Crown & Horseshoes pub.15 Horseshoe Lane, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 6PZ.

facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/EnfieldTownCircle/

 I’ve just done a quick plan view of the pub.. We are usually in the back area..(go straight in…past the bar..then turn right at the back section.. We’ll be at the large round sofa seated area..

Enfield Town Circle- plan view of pub