Hi all, it gives me great thrills ..as a Wiccan, and as a personal friend of Stephen Cole, to announce this. -Mani
The One Man Theatre Company presents HIGH MAGIC’S AID
This is an evening of storytelling & music performance by Stephen Cole, Actor/Director. he has based this performance on the novel by Gerald B. Gardner (father of Wicca.. the modern form of Witchcraft).
Date: 12th March 2015
Time: Doors open 7.30pm
Venue: Glastonbury Assembly Rooms, High St, Glastonbury BA6 9DU. tel : 01458 834677
Dear all, for those in London, here’s a fab spiritual event.. `Spirit of Me’ – Celebrating the Divine Feminine. Organised by `The Pagan Federation: London District’ , this event hosts a number of prominent Pagan Speakers and is held at Dragon Hall…a nice modern hall.. close to Holborn.. Details are below. For tickets, follow link to PF-London’s site. BB. Mani
ps. In case men are wondering, yes, men are allowed. Spirit of Me is about celebrating the feminine and exploring female spirituality. Men are welcome to be a part of that celebration.
Spirit of Me :
Celebrating Women in Paganism
A day of presentations, focusing on and celebrating female spirituality, the divine feminine and women in Paganism.
Featuring talks by
Christina Oakley Harrington, of Treadwell’s Bookshop;
Fiona Mackenzie, lead Seidrkona for the Kith of Yggdrasil;
Philip Heselton, renowned author and expert in the history of Wicca;
Michelle Hawcroft and Avril Price, of The College of Psychic Studies.
This is the 2nd big event of this type in London. The first one took place on 21st September 2014 (last year), which I joined with a number of friends..(and met ever more numbers of other friends along the way).
This year (2015), it’s taking place on saturday 7th March’15, and gathering in London from 12.30pm. Here’s the details – taken from the facebook page for this event.
Event: Time to act National Climate March (London)
Date: Saturday 7th March 2015
Time: Gather by 12.30pm
Gathering venue: Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3 London, United Kingdom
—————-Info from official Facebook Page ——————————-
The People’s Climate March last September was huge. With around 40,000 people marching in London, 400,000 in New York and many thousands more taking part across the world, together we made history.
2015 needs to be even bigger. The climate talks in Paris this December are crucial if we’re going to protect all that we love. Our movement is growing, and we’re more diverse and determined than ever before.
Across the UK people are already building change – from divestment of funds which prop up the fossil fuel industry, to front-line communities fighting unsustainable energy extraction and fracking, through to those paving the way for a transition towards a 100% renewable energy future which would bring about an estimated one million new climate jobs in the UK alone.
As with the People’s Climate March, individuals and groups have set up ‘blocs’ on the march – a chance to join with others who are passionate about particular issues related to climate change. See below for a list of blocs (not exhaustive!)
Our annual eco-event in London to observe Earth Hour! The idea is to switch off all non-essential electric appliances, lights.. So what better than to get to the park…some green space..and be in candle-light…with like-minded friends? !!
In the past we have facilitated a Candle-lit walk along the river Thames. This time, we are planning to gather in a local park – and have a circle of Candles around us, as we observe Earth Hour.
So come and join me and my Eco-friends ..from about 7.3pm onwards.. for meeting & greeting..and socialising. And around 8.30pm, when the actual Earth Hour begins.. we will gently go into a small meditation, followed by an Eco-Ceremony (may last abut 20-3omins). Then we shall continue with socials, an outdoor Picnic and merriment..
Venue: St.James Royal Park (open to public till 12 midnight!)
Meeting point: `Inn the Park’ (outside this Restaurant in St.James Park).
Meeting time: Please be outside the `Inn the Park’ by 7.30pm, so we can gather walk up to a suitable spot in the park and do the eco-ceremony at 8.30pm. After that we can socialise (candle-lit picnic!!)
It is important, that while so many of us care about the Earth and eco-causes, and fight ever day to resolve make the problems of our World, we also must create time for being Happy, to connect with like-minded humans, strengthen our ties, power up one another’s motivations and spread hope – that the World will get better!!
Those will be the focus of the Ceremony. So people of any and all religions & faiths welcome.
There are no protests, no campaigns…no slogans.. Only a few evening hours of total positivity & peace.
All I ask is that those who come do so with an open & tolerant mind, and with peace & harmony in their hearts.
This is a family-friendly event. So do bring your small children .(wrap up warm though! It gets cold by the open spaces of the river Thames).
It gives me great magical honour to invite you to this 3rd annual ceremony in London, by the river Thames. Originally it 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).
Date: Sunday 1st March 2015
Time: 1.30pm onwards (allow 4+ hrs)
Location: Riverside area, Richmond Upon Thames, London
Meeting point: Meet us at Richmond Train Station between 1.15pm – 1.30pm. We’ll get walking (takes 15-20mins) to the ritual spot by the riverside.
Code of conduct:
While there is a social element to these gatherings, many of us do take these magical rituals seriously. We ask that you observe the `atmosphere’ and be mindful of when to be sociable and when to be serious (usually when the ritual starts!). Organisers do use humour to lighten the mood at times (and to make newcomers feel at ease).
We ask all to be in good public behaviour, as we will be in a public place.
Fee: A donation of £2 is welcome towards our costs and continued running of these rituals and our meetup group.
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 sent (out to sea) as an offering to the Goddess Isis.
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 2015.
Meet us at Richmond Train station (just by coffee shop inside the main foyer!). Meeting 1.30pm.. We’ll walk together to the ritual spot by the river..for ceremony & feasting. We expect to be back by station at 4.30pm-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..
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).
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.
As it is a public place, passers-by may take photos or watch from a distant. That is unavoidable. If you do not wish to be identified, you may bring a ritual mask and wear it. Members of our ritual group may also take photos. But we ask that no photos are taken during the setting up of altar or ritual itself. There will be plenty of opportunities after the ritual.. to pose with the altar and others. Thank you 🙂
Students/ Researchers / Journalists: You are welcome to `genuinely participate’ in the ritual (no note taking or filming!!) . But please understand these are real magical ritual explorations – for the organisers, ritual group, and for participants attending these. Being observed, probed with questions, photographed or analysed can completely destroy their magical experiences and spiritual purpose of these events.
**A quick self-check is not to do anything you won’t do in a Church, Hindu temple or Islamic Mosque. These pagan rituals are similarly important to the pagans doing them..!! **
Hi all, I like to take a moment to publicise the meetup group I run. Although I’ ve been organising rituals for over a decade, the meetup groups was only set up about 11 months ago.. where I now put all the different types of ceremonies & rituals I organise..as well as a few that I attend (Druid rituals). Here’s the full info.. and the link is at the bottom. If you are in London and like to attend these, do follow the link and join.. Most events can be accessed without actually joining..but joining means you get the automated reminder few days prior, so you’ll not forget 🙂 BB. -Mani
Welcome! Join us for Rituals & Pagan Social gatherings in London – and explore Paganism, Druidry, Wicca & Witchcraft, and Eco-Magical workings! Our events are a friendly mixture of formal ceremonies & informal socials. These events take place in various public Woodlands, parks and outdoor settings in London. We also add indoor socials/ pagan moots. All of these are great for Beginner wanting a friendly introduction to Wicca & witchcraft, Pagan ceremonies, ritual magic, and for meeting like-minded people.
Connect with fellow Seekers, Magicians and Pagans!
Enjoy feasting & socialising after the ritual. (Bringing food, drinks & wine to share – Wiccans love the social as much as the rituals!)
Why Woods & Outdoors? On Weather & Power of Nature:
If you are looking for the real energies and powers of nature – for personal empowerment, then being regularly outdoors, experiencing nature.. (no matter how challenging it gets at times!) is the best way. For our events, you can attend in ordinary outdoor cloths.. (warm and water-proof) and/or put on cloaks & robes or other tribal cloths once you arrive at the ritual area..!. At times, it will be sunny and warm. Or wet, wild and stormy. And attuning to those energies, energises you, liberates you, empowers you! That is magic…and that is what it means to know real untamed awesome power of nature!.
———————————- Types of Events we organise ————–
• Woodland Witchcraft & Wicca Rituals –(monthly, on the evening of Full moons, or evening before. If it falls on a weekend, we start earlier in the evening. If on a week/work day, we keep these punctual and to the point)
• Seasonal pagan Festivities –– (8 times a year, on a saturday/ sunday close to the Sabbat – Imbolc, Spring, Beltane, Midsummer, Lammas, Autumn, Samhain, Yule. we organise our own Eclectic/shamanic gatherings under `Hern’s Tribe’. We also visit our friends’ `Druid rituals’)
• River Thames-based rituals – (started in 2006, we had 8-10 rituals a year, but now focus on special Thames-Isis rituals or other special ones ..about 3-4 times a year. Some take place in central London, others near Richmond – but always by the river Thames, and often at low tides, so we can work on the banks of the river Thames..)
• Eco-magical explorations / Gaia Guardians– We believe in using magic & ceremony for the benefit & healing of not just us humans, but also the Earth, Environment & animals. Eco-Magic is a ceremony or even a small part of another ritual that focuses on this kind of work. We meet for special days such as Earth Hour, Earth Day, Peace Day. We now plan to meet more often just for these events – Walking & exploring woodlands; Meditation & Nature-spirituality; Eco-art; Nature photography
• Social Events, Pagan Moots, Trips and camps — We are also very sociable. Some of us attend Pagan moots (pub socials) that our friends organise; In the Summer, we organize a Pagan Camp in the Epping Camp site; And at various other times, we gather up our pagan friends and go for trips in or out of London – to festivals (Edinburgh Beltane, Hasting Jack O Green, Eastbourne Lammas, Carshalton Jack, October Plenty, Notting Hill Carnival..and so on).
—————— What we do magically in or rituals —————
Being a Witch, Druid or Shaman is not about power and control – but gaining mastery of inner forces, clarity and empowerment – while working with external forces. It is about sharing that knowledge and wisdom with others (being a Wise-Man or Wise-woman), changing the world for better with your own magical skills – bit by bit!
• Consecrations, Magic Circle & 4 Elements – We consecrate people and the space using candles, incense, bells, rattle; We cast a protective magic circle/ sacred space using a wand, staff or athame (witch’s knife), and open gateways to elements (Air, fire, water, Earth) in 4 directions – east, south, west, north.
• Chants, drums, dance – we use chanting, drumming and circle / spiral dance at ceremonies to raise energy and to shift our focus before or during rituals;
• Spells & ritual Magic – Paganism & Witchcraft involve doing magic spells.. using symbols drawn on objects, visualising, lighting candles, tying knots on cords/strings, planting seeds, cooking food mindfully, and so on.
• Masks, Ritual & Enactment – Wearing masks, robes & cloaks allows ritualists to shift perception – their own and others in the ritual; We also write a ritual (scripted like a play), allocate parts/ roles to volunteers, prepare/ memorise some of that in advance, and enact those rituals; Themes can be seasonal (harvest, birth of Sun child, marriage of God & Goddess), or mythological (Hero’s quest, Fool’s Journey, blessing of boats, birthday of Isis and so on).
• Gods & Goddesses and Magic: We work with Pan (Fertility, lust), Aphrodite (Love & sensuality), Cernunnos (Lord of the animals), Hern the Hunter-god, Diana the Virgin-Huntress who can not be owned my any man, Gaia the mother goddess.. and other deities. We always aim to do some personal magical work (in the group), spells, chants, a bit of spiral dance.. and also put energy towards eco-magic to help protect environment & endangered wildlife in the world.
If all this sounds too much – don’t panic! We give you plenty of explanation and notes at the start, in an informal sociable way.. Our websites are full of information articles, videos and blog links to give you plenty of background. And you can always contact the Organiser/ facilitator and chat about any of these.
Note to Students/ Researchers / Journalists: You are welcome to `genuinely participate’ in the ritual (NO note taking!!) . But please understand these are real magical ritual explorations. Being observed, probed with questions, photographed or analysed can completely destroy their magical experiences and spiritual purpose of these events.
About the Organiser:
Mani Navasothy – Sri Lankan Asian, brought up as a Hindu; Wiccan High Priest (initiated in Gardnerian tradition in London); 20 yrs of Witchcraft, wicca & Coven experience; 11 years of running regular Open rituals indoors & outdoors in London; Previous Events Manager for `Pagan Federation London’ (7 yrs); Has given numerous Talks, workshops, media/radio interviews; Astrologer, published Esoteric author (6 books in KIndle), Visionary Artist. Mani integrates creativity, magic, eclectic shamanism, primal side of Witchcraft, as well as transpersonal psychology in most of the events.
Imbolc (Candlemass) is one of the 8 nature based festivals that pagans celebrate – and it 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!
Here are some Indoor & Outdoor Open Rituals for Imbolc…taking place in London this week ..
Thursday 29th January 2015. 7.30pm for 8pm start at Conway Hall.
Facilitated by Goddess Enchantment.
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.
2. Outdoor Druid Imbolc ritual
Facilitated by The Loose Association of Druids of Primrose Hill
Sunday 1st February 2015. — 1pm start —
Venue: Hawthorne Grove at top of Primrose Hill (Primrose Hill, London NW1 8YH (entrance opposite Rothwell St),
Jeremy & friends provide a certain number of hard copies of the ritual..which is followed through out.. (many parts are read..so no need to memorise lots of words). Blessing of food & drinks follows then ritual continues into `closing ceremony’, and Astrology/ divination reading by a member there.
After Ritual, many attendees walk about 15 min to our regular pub for further drinks & socials
We gather in the Hawthorne Grove between 12.30 & 12.45pm in order to select the concelebrants & to prepare the Site ready for a prompt 1 o’clock start.
Nearest Tube: Chalk Farm or Swiss Cottage
Nearest Overground: South Hampstead or Chalk Farm
Please bring a small contribution of picnic food & drink to share.
All are Welcome.
Celebrating the Three Druidic Freedoms: of Thought; of Speech; & of Association Called for by John Tollund in 1716, & assembled by Iolo Morgannwg in 1792.
If you’re coming by tube to Chalk Farm,turn RIGHT on leaving the station & cross Adelaide Rd to get to Regents Park Rd into which you turn RIGHT (admiring the Banksy stencil graffiti of a uniformed maid sweeping dust under a wall) & go uphill to the cycle/pedestrian only bridge over a railway & turn LEFT over it.
Confronted by 3 roads take the middle one (still R P Rd) & continue past the trendy shops & coffee-houses full of minor celebrities as it curves very slightly to the left, until you reach the Queen’s Head pub on the corner opposite the gate into Primrose Hill.
Enter the Park thro’ this gate & take the steepest path in front of you to the top of the hill where you will find a viewing platform overlooking most of the old City of London to the South & East, & a Memorial to Iolo Morganwg.
To the WEST & just below the brow of the hill you will see a small copse of hawthorn trees which is where we meet. Do please come & join us & make yourself known.
And remember, we’ll be meeting up in the pub afterwards! 🙂
Please do note the caveat concerning photography listed in our “about” section describing the LADS meetings:
“Please contact us first if you would like to take pictures, and please be sure that you obtain consent first. Thank you”
Earth Hour 2015 approaches..in 2+ months time. But back in 2014, during Earth Hour 2014, I gathered some of my eco-friends on the banks of river Thames, between St.Pauls Cathedral & Tate Modern Gallery, for a special ceremony. And shortly afterwards, I made an appeal to all magical Communities – to all magical practitioners, Pagans, witches, Wizards, Shamans all.
“Please make Eco-Magic part of your rituals, Ceremonies, festivals and magical events! We have the power and the energy ..and we can change the World.. by making this conscious decision to give a tiny part of our magical practices towards Eco-Magic!”
Here’s an informal (and spur of the moment) video of that moment.. woven with a bit of friendly chaos from my fiends.
This year, (2015), we’ll be gathering again in a central venue in London.. to mark Earth Hour 2015 (takes place on saturday 28th March 2015…8.30pm to 9.30pm). Am drawing up plans, so watch this blog.. or better still, join my Meet-up group and participate.
Beltane is one of the 8 festivals of the Pagan annual calendar. It is a fertility festival mostly celebrated in the western european countries, taking place at the end of April and beginning of May (Eve of May), and marks the beginning of Summer. Many pagan couples get married (Handfasting) on or near this time.
This topic came up while I was speaking to some friends about visiting the Festival in Scotland. So I decided to blog this video I made few years ago.
Wiccan perspective on Beltane: The veil between the world of men and fairy (or spirit) is said to thin twice a year, at Beltane and at Samhain, which are on opposite points of the year wheel. At Beltane (May eve) the land is at it’s most lush and green, and fertile. If Spring Equinox is the time of fertility and mating in the animal kingdom, then Beltane is one of courting couples making commitment to one another- and Handfastings! In the God-Goddess myths, this is when the playful God is said to commit to the Goddess – which is symbolised by the Sacred Marriage! The Maypole dance that is traditional at this time symbolises the fertile powers of the masculine, penetrating the land, and the ribbons danced and woven around it lock that power! A ring of flower at the tip of the Maypole signifies the feminine. Magical working with the Fay (Fairies) is an important feature at this time, in contrast to the magical work with the departed spirits at Samhain, the opposite point. (c) WitchcraftAndMagic.org
Here is a short video (filmed and edited by me) of the Edinburgh Beltane Fire festival.
Content for this informal video was filmed in 2011 (some photos used were taken in previous years). Video Published on Apr 27, 2012 by Gaian2012 (my YT video channel). Music tracks used in this are royalty free, and license purchased. All rights reserved (c)Mani Navasothy.
Links for further Info
Wicca, Witchcraft & Magic – Read about Wicca & other Pagan Festivals – such as Samhain/ Halloween, Yule, Imbolc, Spring, Summer, Lammas and Autumn Eqx. This site also has info / articles on what is Wicca/ Witchcraft, Spells, magic, Horned God & Moon Goddess and invocations.
Gaian Times Magazine explores the science & Magic of the earth, and features thought-provoking articles in science, psychology, ecology, environment, astrology and social trends. It is a not-for-profit company registered in England & Wales. No: 07515903.
Beltane Fire festival in Edinburgh takes place on the night of 30th April of each year, organised by Beltane Fire Society (registered charity in Scotland ). for details. In 2012, they celebrate 25 yrs of running this festival.
Gaian2012 – video Channel – named after the Earth Goddess Gaia – this is the Eco-spiritual channel for videos on Pagan Spirituality, Ritual Magic, Wicca, Mini-documentaries, How-to guides on magical techniques & tool making, clips of rituals & festivals, and thought-provoking debates on Earth, Environment & Eco-Spirituality.
CHINA CAN SAVE AFRICA’S ELEPHANTS FROM EXTINCTION..!!!!
Hi all, here’s an eco-demo that I will be actively participating …on this coming Saturday 24th January’15, outside the Chinese Embassy in London. (I was there last year also, in my `Elephantom Eco-Hero costume). Do join `Action for Elephants UK’ and myself and many friends…on this important Demon. Nearest tube station is `Regent’s Park. Below you can see facebook event link.. But just get there and find us..:-) -Mani
———————– info below taken from FB event page——-
Join us in at a protest outside the Chinese embassy in London to call on China to take urgent steps to help stop the slaughter of elephants for their ivory.
We call on China to close its ivory-carving factories, to close its ivory retail outlets, and to end its domestic ivory trade. As the world’s leading consumer of ivory (over 70% of illegal ivory makes its way to China, to be carved into trinkets for affluent Chinese), China has the biggest role and responsibility in ensuring the survival of elephants in Africa.
Unless China’s leaders take these urgent steps, we will soon be witnessing the last days on earth of these majestic, supremely intelligent and emotionally sentient creatures, who are being wiped out by poachers at the rate of around 100 EVERY DAY.
If China takes the lead to save them, it will gain the respect and gratitude of people the world over. Also, it would be the single most important move to stop the trans-national criminal networks of poachers and ivory traffickers, and to halt the involvement of terrorist groups which are funded in part by ‘blood ivory’.
We are pleased to have as speakers at the event Dominic Dyer from Care for the Wild International and Dr Trevor Jones from Southern Tanzania Elephant Project.
Date: Saturday 25th January 2015
Time: 12.30pm to 2.30pm
venue: Outside Chinese Embassy, London (Address: Chinese Embassy, 49-51 Portland Place, W1B 1JL London, United Kingdom)