Woodland Midsummer Ritual by Hern’s Tribe – 17thJune 2017 (North London)

Join us  to celebrate Midsummer  2017..  with ceremony & socials.  We’ll drum, dance and make merry …after the ceremony to honour the Sun that’s reached the height of his power.  We’ll also be marking/ celebrating our own personal achievements 🙂

 date:  Saturday  17th June 2017.

Duration: 2pm to 5pm.  (meeting from 1.30pm)

`This marks the height of the Summer, and the longest day of the year. Astrologically, it is exactly the point when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer (which is the natural house of the Moon!). The new-born Sun of the midwinter (Yule) has grown to it’s fullest potential, and so pagans are mindful at Midsummer that the wheel turns. It is when the previously defeated Holy-King returns, challenges the Oak-King and wins. Thus at Midsummer, the rein of the Oak King ends and the one of Holy King begins. Midsummer games such as tug of war enact this battle between summer and winter forces. In terms of the God myths, it is a time for the God to become Sun-King, and take his place on the throne of responsibility for his people’

RITUAL :  

Out ritual *Team will conduct key aspects of the ceremony, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get  involved in the actual ritual   – ie with elements calling, chants, magical work and so on.

****suggested Fee:  £3 per person***

RITUAL items to bring:

– Ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks / ground sheets / blankets
– Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks / flower crowns (No athame!! ..  No swords!)
– Drums & musical instruments
– Lanterns / candles / lighter  (all candles in lanterns only please, unless it’s large pillar-candles.  Strictly No tea-lights on ground or trees!!)
– Crystals / runes / divination tools
– Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)

No Children:

We ask no children / babies in prams etc to be brought.

Behaviour / alcohol/ drugs policy

This is in a public woodland/ park.    We wish to make sure  the good reputation/ credibility of our group/ members/ organisers are maintained.   So please BE on good behaviour.    No drugs/  substances allowed.  Anyone found disrupting will be asked to leave..  and in extreme cases, organisers may call the Police for the safety & well-being of everyone else present.  Don’t ruin it for all.. Be good!  🙂

Photos/ privacy:

Please do not take photos during set-up, run-through or ritual..   Other times, it’s fine.  It’s in a public place so we can not stop the public walking through or taking pics.   If worries about your privacy / identity,  please wear a ritual mask to safeguard your identity in photos that others may take of the group.

Meeting place (Woodman’s Pub):

Gather in the Woodman’s Pub from 1.30pm..  Get to `High Gate’ Tube station..  come up to manin road. Turn right.  Pub is just 30 seconds away.

After Ceremony & some socials in the woods, we will head back to the pub (woodmans) for more socials.

-Mani Navasothy

Wiccan High Priest & Founder of  London Woodland Witches and Outdoor Pagans.

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Woodland Midsummer Ritual by Hern’s Tribe – June 2017 (Queen’s Woods)

Saturday, Jun 17, 2017, 2:00 PM

Queen’s Woods
Near Highgate Station London, GB

55 Woodland Witches & Pagans Attending

Join us  to celebrate Midsummer  2017..  with ceremony & socials.  We’ll drum, dance and make merry …after the ceremony to honour the Sun that’s reached the height of his power.  We’ll also be marking/ celebrating our own personal achievements :-)New date:  Saturday  17th June 2017•***** Fee: £3 per person **`This marks the height of the Summ…

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**NEW** Wicca New Moon: Gaia-Selene Healing Circles in London (monthly, outdoors)

Dear all..

As of the coming new moon, we are starting a new monthly ritual circle in the woods.. Wicca New Moon : Gaia-Selene Circles. If the full moon is for bubbling cauldrons and magic brimming to the surface, then new moons are for seeds, intents, going deeper within for magical & psychic development, Healing & transformative work.

These Wicca New Moon Circles are not our usual flamboyant, energetic, noisy rituals – but involve taking time to connect to Gaia/Earth & trees, reaching inner stillness, peace and flow of magic, and the use of that magic for healing and empowerment.

Facilitator:

These circles are facilitated by Mani Navasothy – initiated Wiccan High Priest, with over 21 years of The Craft & Coven experiences including training and initiating Wiccans.

Fee: £3

The tutor travels from south London to run these events, by popular requests for events in North London. Fees collected therefore go towards travel & costs of running this event (candles, spell craft items, cakes & wine for blessing etc).

At these events, the following will be covered : 

• Gaia meditations.

• Personal Energy work (varies)

• Wicca New Moon Ceremony

• Some Wicca Basics practise  (Consecration, Circle, Elemental quarters)

• Healing & spell craft (Subject to development)

Your attendance:

You may attend once or regularly and gain benefit for your self, and/or do healing work for your friends & loved ones (ask them permission first please..).

Or you may simply attend and gain grounding, centre the self, and energising your self.

These monthly gatherings will open with a basic wiccan consecrations & circle set-up, then extend into meditation, chant, and finally extended Magic & Healing works at hand; Be also open to working intuitively.

Attend with an open mind and a trusting heart.

As these are evening events in the woods, please dress warmly, possibly with water-proof clothing.

Bring a blanket for wrapping as there will sections where we’ll be seated and be still for meditative parts;  Also bring a cushion and a small picnic blanket to sit on for comfort (often the ground can be damp.. ). Bringing a small flask of hot drink for your self will be an added bonus.

Note: Initially, these monthly Wicca New moon Gaia-Selene circles will run from  May’17 for 3 months and continue into Autumn/ Winter,  subject to further interests.

Meeting point  (may differ each time):

Please be in the garden area of The Woodman’s Pub, Archway Road – Please arrive and be ready to go by 7pm.  We will all walk together (10 mins) to a suitable spot in woods for the Wicca Circle. (exact woodland location may change on the night. So please meet at pub garden).

Note to Late arrivals:

Because we have to set-up, do ceremony and return by 10pm, we regret we can not wait for late-comers.

Love & Bright Blessings

-Mani

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Wicca New Moon: Gaia-Selene Healing Circle

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 7:00 PM

Queen’s Woods
Near Highgate Station London, GB

6 Woodland Witches & Pagans Attending

As of the coming new moon, we are starting a new monthly ritual circle in the woods.. Wicca New Moon : Gaia-Selene Circles. If the full moon is for bubbling cauldrons and magic brimming to the surface, then new moons are for seeds, intents, going deeper within for magical & psychic development, Healing & transformative work.These Wicca New Moon Ci…

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Pagan Pride Parade London 2017 – TODAY

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.

******Family Friendly  & Free event*****

• 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

Pagan Pride 2017!!!!

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

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 12:00noon for preparations, dressing up, etc .  Parade starts at 1pm.

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.

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Pagan Pride Parade London 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017, 12:30 PM

Russell Square Gardens
Woburn Place London , GB

53 Woodland Witches & Pagans Attending

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.******Family Friendly  & Free event*****• Bring …

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Gaia Guardians: The Next Generation! (and all Good things..)

In 2006, I was introduced to Earth day by the now late Jean Williams, Wiccan HPS & pagan elder. It was a park tidy up and eco ceremony in Queen’s Woods. I took up the cause, thinking, surely we have to do more..and bring more awareness and celebrate it. The following year (2007) I organised the first `Gaia convention’ (called Gaia-3) for PF-London. It was followed by PFL Gaia-Fortuna, and PFL Gaia-Sol conventions in 2008 & 2009. Friends & I also started `Gaian Times Magazine’ 5 years ago.

And so this year..2017 marks 10 years of me organising and facilitating Earth day events..in various guises 🙂 Thank you Jean Williams.

Earth Day 2017 Trent park- composite (c)Mani

And it is with mixed feelings that I now announce that this is where I bow out on these big Earth day events. I had that feeling when i set off yesterday morning carrying lots of heavy bulky things.. feeling tired, saying to my self (like that hobbit Frodo once said..), `I can’t do this anymore..’ . And last night I got home and did a quick tarot to ask some divine advise.. and indeed my original intuition was correct. The cards say it is time.

But I am content and happy that we have had the highest number of children attend an Earth Day.. but there was no Eco ceremony. I felt that ..as I watched everyone socialise and play.. that `Life itself on the body of Gaia is a divine ceremony’ (so long as we are aware and mindful of it).

Am also aware that now in London.. others are organising big Earth Day events (indoors). It remains my cause to keep getting Pagans out into the parks and woods.. which I will carry on in other ways and other events.. such as meditative events, walks in woods, and Eco-Healing work..

Thank you all who have come to the many Earth Day & Earth Hour events I have facilitated and participated. Thank you to all my friends, family & Tribe who have helped me with organising these events and supporting them. And thank you wonderful humans, children, and animals ..for attending and enjoying the events. Together we are Gaia.

EarthLight Blessings of Gaia.
-Mani

Woodland Beltane Gathering & Maypole Dancing 2017

Woodland Beltane Gathering & Maypole Dancing 2017

 

Join us  to celebrate BELTANE 2017..  with ceremony & Maypole Dance.  We’ll drum, dance and choose a May King & May Queen.  And feast and frolic!  (sensibly!)

You will not want to miss this..  !  (just look at a few photos (below) of what we did. That’s when our ritual `team’ organically came together.  So this year it’s bound to be more festive, more frolics.. and more magic!!

Mayday falls on a Monday and no doubt mny will have coven & other events to attend that whole weekend (Fire festival in Edinburgh,  Hastings Green Man festival etc).  So we have staggered our own woodland festivities to the following weekend..  It extends the Beltane festivities..and gives all something to look forward to (without clashes) and have a final big event.. !!   🙂

• ***** Fee: £3 per person **

About 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’ (taken from www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )

RITUAL :

Out ritual *Team will conduct key aspects of the ceremony, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get  involved in the actual ritual   – ie with elements calling, chants, magical work and so on.

****Fee:  £3 per person***

RITUAL items to bring:

– Ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks / ground sheets / blankets
– Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks / flower crowns (No athame!! ..  No swords!)
– Drums & musical instruments
– Lanterns / candles / lighter  (all candles in lanterns only please, unless it’s large pillar-candles.  Strictly No tea-lights on ground or trees!!)
– Crystals / runes / divination tools
– Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)

Handfasting / confirming Pagan marriage vows:

In the past, couples have asked organiser about this.   Handfasting is a big event in itself, and we do not wish it to be reduced by being included in a public ceremony as a `side-event’.  It also detracts from the focus of everyone else.   However, after Blessings of Cakes & Wine (and while still within our magical circle/  sacred space), we may consider couples who are already bonded, to declare their vows / re-affirm their vows by our altar.

**(please message Mani- Wiccan High Priest-  in private in advance to arrange this – or simply to arrange your own separate day for handfasting!)**

Adult themes : 

As this is a fertility festival, there is bound to be  jokes, flirtatious behaviour, adult humour throughout the event..

No Children:

We ask no children / babies in prams etc to be brought.

Behaviour / alcohol/ drugs policy

This is in a public woodland/ park.    We wish to make sure  the good reputation/ credibility of our group/ members/ organisers are maintained.   So please BE on good behaviour.    No drugs/  substances allowed.  Anyone found disrupting will be asked to leave..  and in extreme cases, organisers may call the Police for the safety & well-being of everyone else present.  Don’t ruin it for all.. Be good!  🙂

Photos/ privacy:

Please do not take photos during set-up, run-through or ritual..   Other times, it’s fine.  It’s in a public place so we can not stop the public walking through or taking pics.   If worries about your privacy / identity,  please wear a ritual mask to safeguard your identity in photos that others may take of the group.

Meeting place (Woodman’s Pub):

Gather in the Woodman’s Pub from 1.00pm..  Get to `High Gate’ Tube station..  come up to manin road. Turn right.  Pub is just 30 seconds away.

Map (High Gate tube/ pub & Queen’s Wood)

After Ceremony & some socials in the woods, we will head back to the pub (woodmans) for warmth and more drinks/ socials.  It all depends on how long we all hang out in the woods with lanterns / candles..

-Mani Navasothy

Wiccan High Priest & Founder of  London Woodland Witches and Outdoor Pagans.

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Woodland Beltane Gathering & Maypole Dancing 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 1:00 PM

Queen’s Woods
Near Highgate Station London, GB

33 Woodland Witches & Pagans Attending

Join us  to celebrate BELTANE 2017..  with ceremony & Maypole Dance.  We’ll drum, dance and choose a May King & May Queen.  And feast and frolic!  (sensibly!)You will not want to miss this..  !  (just look at a few photos (below) of what we did. That’s when our ritual `team’ organically came together.  So this year it’s bound to be more festive, m…

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Earth Day 2017:  An Eco-magical gathering in Trent park, London (22April 2017)

Earth Day 2017: An Eco-magical gathering in Trent park, London (22April 2017)

22nd April is  `Earth Day’  – every year!

So join us on this special day..  for a family friendly social, picnic, drums, dances, facepaints..and that all important Eco-ceremony !   Takes place in Trent Park- one of London’s biggest woodland areas open to all..  with acres of space, free car park, cafe, toilet facilities.   We are usually within easy reach, at our `usual spot’ to the left open ground area of the `Cockfosters Gate entrance!

Time: 1pm onwards (car park gate shuts at 5pm..but people can stay much later).

Venue: Trent Park, Cockfosters (Piccadilly line, north London)

Meeting Point: Trent Park Cafe, Barnet EN4 0JY, UK.

Google map link for meeting pointhttps://goo.gl/maps/NJwkrwNDMiF2

Facilities: There is a proper toilet & cafe and car parks. Children can play in play area.Location: From Cockfosters tube, the `Cocfosters Gate of Trent park is only 5 minutes walk. We will be in the field immediately to the right..when you enter the park.. Cafe etc is further ahead.Event details

Our Activities  (tbc) :

• Drumming, Chanting & dancing

• Family Picnic (bring own food or bring some to share)

•  Face painting (for kids and adults !)  need reliable volunteer !! or bring own paints & share/ create activity

• Earth-Healing /  Eco-ceremony

Please Bring:

• Drums & Musical instruments

• Bring family & friends (all religions welcome. This is about Earth).

• Bring eco-magical banners & posters to showcase and charge up with energy for your campaigns

• Bring crystals & ritual items for altar

• Bring plenty of Food & Drinks to share

• Bring ground sheet / blanket or folding stool (for yourself)

What you can do:Please share this event and promote Earth day & Eco-Activities.

Weather: We can’t predict the weather  but we’ve  always carried an event, no matter what nature decides to do on that day. We will have some cover 🙂

History: Earth Day  22nd April- has been celebrated and marked by people of the world for over 40 years (since 1971). It provides a focus for hundreds of initiatives and activities.. from Eco-based fundraising, environmental campaigns, creating educational activities for those unaware of Earth’s  ecological & environmental problems.. to magical or spiritual ceremonies to connect with Gaia“ the earth goddess/ spirit!

– Mani Navasothy

London is Defended!   (my reaction to terror attack on Parliament, London 22March 2017)

London is Defended! (my reaction to terror attack on Parliament, London 22March 2017)


I have loved this country!  The refuge, the safety, the shelter and belonging –  it has afforded me and my family all that for the past 30+ years! And I love London, and all the glorious and wonderful treasures it has and continues to offer!!  And on a pagan- spiritual- new agey sort of way, I worship and honour this land.  People who know me well..know this already.

Imagine my shock – when this evening (last night, as I’ve not been to sleep yet) – when my sister barged into my room and told me about a terror attack on the British Parliament (I was putting the finishing touches to a community website that I’de been neglecting but finally updating..  and it actually has on the banner a picture of me wearing a mask and posing right outside the Parliament!)

My initial thoughts were sheer shock – thinking this is going to unravel London, and the terror-threats that have shown their ugly hands in other countries (USA, France, Germany) have touched us too here in London..   I immediately checked astrology transits – a few stressful ones for friday.. (mercury opposing Pluto is the worst I could find) followed by few great transits on saturday and sunday.   Nothing catastrophic like Mars-Uranus agitations..  but still it can plant shadowy seeds (park that for now).

I checked on the internet for quick news update – and sadly learnt that few people (including a Police man who was defending the Parliament) had died.  These deaths will have ripples..  That is for sure. (My father dying caused decades of ripples in our family..  so I don’t ever underestimate a husband/father’s death on his kids & family).

But a part of me was unperturbed and I even smirked  at the sheer stupidity of the attacker!!

What was he thinking – that a car and a knife was going to get him into Parliament? Our Parliament?!

I am the kind of guy who worries that if I walk slightly awkward, the police & cameras by Parliament might take me away  – My paranoia aside ( childhood fears from Sri Lanka..story for another blog)..  I have a huge amount of faith and trust in the Police, the security services and intelligence people who protect this country ( that’s England am talking about).

So I did smirk at the idiocy of some man who tried this attack.  Surely he must have known he’s bound to fail..  and even at the cost of his life? Perhaps, alarmingly worrying, is the thought that maybe he did know..  but causing an even symbolic  disturbance – albeit a failed attack – still show cases a point – that an attack is possible…and it can disrupt and spread fear and doubts amongst our people..

But London is strong..  as a place, as a collection of people, as a multicultural community, a sparkling city of dark and light, steel and glass and water (Thames), and as an old land itself.

There are Gods & Goddesses watching over our city – they have and they continue to do so.  I know, because I am one of those Pagan / Hippie / New Age/ spiritual type who worships London and invokes ancient deities to watch over it.

My magical friends & I have done many rituals in the past…for that safety purpose – The Thames-Isis rituals by the banks of river Thames and Cleopatra’s needle (Embankment), the Sekhmet ritual by Waterloo bridge/banks, the Hern rituals in Windsor Great Park, Croydon, Queen’s Woods, and dare I say ..even the submerging of Hindu Ganesh sculptures into the Thames!

For years, nay, decades now, I have personally been attuning to the energies of London – the city and the woods and the Palace of Westminster.   River Thames and Big ben are in the background of very much all the logos of all the pagan websites I have created and maintain since about 2006..  Every time I go past it, I take photos of the Parliament – be it a casual trip, a Doctor Who fan filming / photo shoot, or intentional visit to go see the statue of Boudicca – ancient Warrior queen of this land!

Perhaps, the attunement is too much..  because I did wake up today at 12noon with such bad headache that could not be shifted by breathing, massaging neck or coffee…that I had to take nurofen painkillers..  I now wonder if that was a sort of psychic alarm bell ringing on my clairsentient mind.. (because around 2.45pm the attack took place).  This might sound crazy..but I’ve been sleeping in a tent in garden for many months..  and sometimes when am in the house..I get a certain feeling..and later when i get to my tent for sleeping, i had found that fox has been in my tent..(front store area) peeing and marking territory.  Somehow that act of invasion rings my psychic alarms.  So  an attack on London was bound to have had some pre-effect on me.  (After all I have walked and marked London as `my realm’ for years!)

Whatever it is..  I am heading into London tomorrow..  for a leisurely wander – to visit the old favourite places.. river Thames, Trafalgar square, Millennium Bridge..and if the police open it up..  Parliament square  itself!  And I’ll be sure to spit, scratch and stomp out any traces of terror.

London is my City..it’s my realm..  my friends and families and communities live here..  and  I’ll defend  it with all my might and magic!!

-Mani Navasothy