Category Archives: London

Thames Full Moon Ritual & Honouring Sekhmet for Protection (Aug 2019)

On this Aquarius Full Moon night, we’ll be gathering for our monthly `TLC: Full Moon Ritual’ (Tamesa London Circle started in 2006). This particular ceremony honours Sekhmet the In 2013, we did a `submerging Sekhmet’ and last year in 2018, performed `Rise of Sekhmet’. So what follows now is the honouring of this great Lion Headed Egyptian Warrior Goddess – for her blessings of power and protection.
No prior knowledge or experiences of wicca or ritual magic is necessary for you to attend this. Just come with an open mind. Be friendly and non-intrusive. Connect with others, and join in the ceremony.

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Fee: £5.

Magic: protection/ spellcraft:

On this full moon, once we invoke the powers of Sekhmet, we’ll be creating protection magic for us all – charms that you may take home for your own psychic and magical protection.

Date/ Time:

Thursday, August 15, 2019
7:00 PM
 to 10:30 PM

Meeting point:

Gather outside the Green area of Tate Modern Gallery (main doors). Organiser (Mani) & others will by the outdoor seats. We’ll walk down to the banks of Thames and do this ceremony. If you are late, just find the steps, walk down to river bank, and join us. We’re usually under the concrete over-hang/ sheltered space.

Thames & Tides:

Our rituals tale place on the actual river bank…just few meters away from the water. We organise these Thames-rituals after checking Port of London authority Thames Tide time tables.. to take place at low tide.. (At high tide the entire river bank is under many meters of water!!).

Safety:
The steps are slippery. bank of Thames after previous tide will be full of new things and sharp objects. Take extreme care with your own health & safety. You are responsible for your safety.
**No children allowed**
**Unfortunately the location is not suitable for anyone with walking disabilities**

What to bring:

• Please dress appropriate for weather! (we carry on Rituals regardless of weather).
• Please bring food & drinks to share ( bread & cheese / humus are a good start) and any soft drink/wine that you like to share with others in circle.
• a torchlight is a good idea. Feasting/ sharing food & Drinks:

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

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

Link to meetup event:  https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/262984676/

 

Woodland Witches Lammas: Harvest Ritual Gathering 2019

Join us for an outdoor Harvest Gathering to celebrate LAMMAS 2019. This is an open ritual held in an outdoor park/woods with easy public access..

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About Lammas:

“Lammas is one of the 8 seasonal festivals celebrated by most Pagans, Wiccans/ Witches and druids in UK. At the time of Lammas, at the height of his power, the Corn King gives up his life force to the land! This is harvest time in the fields, where Corn is cut down and other such grain are harvested. John Barleycorn is `baked’ and sacrificed. In God mythology, the God willingly gives himself up and the Goddess cuts him down, so that his energy may feed the land. Just as the fallen seed sleeps safely within the soil, till winter passes and next spring, so the spirit of the Lammas-King enters the underworld.

On a personal note – we celebrate the harvest and rewards & results of all our hard works so far in the year.. honour the land & fields, and feast and celebrate with family and friends and community.

fee: £5 – now collected at start.

revised Date: Sunday 28th July 2019
revised duration: 3.30pm for 4pm start. Ends at 8pm.

Meeting point/ walk to woods:

Please meet at the Garden area of `Woodmans Pub’ on Archway Road at 3.30pm. At approx 4pm we’ll be processing to the woods, where ritual team will greet you and begin ceremony. **Please wait in the pub. Until a team member leads you to the woods**.

What you can bring:

This is a seasonal gathering with Magical ceremony & community social. So do bring your pagan/ shamanic/ witchy looks and tools:

• Your ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks
• Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks
• Drums & musical instruments
• Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)
• weather-proof clothing (no telling what weather will be).
• Ground sheets/ blankets to sit on..wrap up.
• Insect repellent oils/ sprays

See you there for a magical time. Bright Blessings.

-Mani & friends

Link to our meetup event https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/258740554/

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We are becoming aware of our increasing responsibilities as our group grows. So we have some policies in place.
Policy (brief notes):

1. NO filming/ recording/ photography during Ritual. You may take photos of altar and your selves/ team/ friends *AFTER* ceremony.
2. Strictly NO interviewing/ recording / questioning or prodding of other members for research purposes of any kind at any time!! We have NEVER allowed this!
3. Strictly No Drugs of any sort at any time. We only partake of wine/ beer mead at our ceremonies and in moderation. No drinking during ritual!
4. New comers / strangers attend our events. We can not screen them all. So please take your own safety seriously. Do not exchange phone / email/ whatspp etc without getting to know people well first. We do not authorise anyone other than ones clearly announced by Mani (organiser).
5. Children (under 16) are not allowed at our `witchy’ or any evening events (starting after 3pm). Please do not bring kids. We organise `family-friendly’ events (clearly marked as such) where you can bring anyone under 16yrs.
6. We are a community events group.. We regrettably do not have manpower or resources to look after those with disability. Anyone with such difficulty and attending must make their own independent care/ support arrangements.

Full media Policy –>
https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/pages/21600513/Our_Media_Policy_-_filming_recording_sharing/
Full safety/disability/drugs policy–>
https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/pages/25196101/Safety:_Disability,_Harassments,_Drugs
Full Eco-statement–>
https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/pages/25196640/Our_Eco_statement/

Birth of Goddess Isis & Full moon/Lunar Eclipse Ceremony (London) -16th July2019

Our 7th annual Celebration of `Night of the Cradle- Birth of Goddess Isis’ – where Sky Goddess Nut gives birth to the Egyptian Goddess Isis, falls on the night of a Full moon/ partial Lunar Eclipse!! A magical night of deep Transformation awaits us all!! This event will take place on the river banks of the Thames in Central London (near Tate Modern Gallery & Millennium Bridge).

The ceremony will use a blend of Wiccan & adapted Egyptian ritual outlines. (Note: My research indicates Birth of Isis was traditionally celebrated on 17th July.. so we are a day early this time).

** Fee £5 (Concessions £3). Children under 16 **FREE *****

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——– Ceremony outline —–

• A decorative altar with Sky Goddess Nut and a concealed statue of Isis will be set up.
• Opening prayers and /or Meditation (chakra or other)
• Consecrations with salt & water, incense, candles
• Casting magic Circle
• Calling elemental quarters
• Energy raising
• Invocation : Isis called by her many names! Printed sheets provided. Each attendee may utter 10-20 names.
• Goddess Isis (statue) is revealed.
• Milk & flower Ceremony – all bath statue in milk, followed by offering of flowers. These are then offered to the river Thames.
• Magical work (optional)
• Cakes & Wine blessing
• Closing & Grounding work
• Feasting, Socialising… Food & drinks blessed and shared.
• Birthday Party !! (Birthday of Isis).

-Duration

–7.30pm to 10.30pm

What to bring——–

— Please Wear ceremonial robes / masks (Egyptian style if possible).
— Musical instruments (drums, systrum, bells)
— Food & drinks to share.
— Poetry / your own Invocations to honour Goddess Isis

Meeting point———-

Gather outside the Green area of Tate Modern Gallery (main doors). We’ll walk down to the banks of Thames and do this ceremony. If you are late, just find the steps, walk down to river bank, and join us. We’re usually under the concrete over-hang/ sheltered space.

Thames & Tides——-

Our rituals tale place on the actual river bank…just few meters away from the water. We organise these Thames-rituals after checking Port of London authority Thames Tide time tables.. to take place at low tide.. (At high tide the entire river bank is under many meters of water!!).

Safety—–
The steps are slippery. bank of Thames after previous tide will be full of new things and sharp objects. Take extreme care with your own health & safety. You are responsible for your safety.
**No children allowed**
**Unfortunately the location is not suitable for anyone with walking disabilities**

What to bring——:

• Please dress appropriate for weather! (we carry on Rituals regardless of weather).
• Please bring food & drinks to share ( bread & cheese / humus are a good start) and any soft drink/wine that you like to share with others in circle.
• a torchlight is a good idea. Feasting/ sharing food & Drinks

Safety of Thames water—————
Though the water is cleaner to paddle, it is NOT suitable for drinking!! Avoid handling the Thames water.. and if you do by chance, then please use anti-bacterial hand-wash/ wipes to sterilise your hands before handling any food!

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

link to meetup event.  https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/258872651/

 

 

 

Wicca New Moon – Training Circle (Summer 2019) in London

Welcome to our Wicca New moon circle. New comers , Seekers & Beginners to Wicca welcome. These are Wicca training Circles. We meet at the Pub at 7pm for meet ‘n Greet, answer wicca related questions, discuss/delegate roles for this evening’s ritual, then walk to woods and perform a wicca ritual, where all can help set up altar and participate in the ritual.

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There will be a set of 3 training circles in Summer.
-4th July; 2nd August; 30th August (see bottom for links to others)

General outline —–
some sections may be adapted on the night.

1. Preparation: Involves Altar set up (help appreciated), centering Meditation, Tree/ Chakra energy working, Wiccan Opening prayer.
2. Scared space: Wiccan salt/water/incense Consecrations (help appreciated), Magic Circle cast & elements called at quarters.
3. Power raising: spiral dance, chants/ deity work.
4. Magic:
5. Food Blessings/ closing circle

Is this a coven?—-
This is an open/ practise circle. In autumn, regulars will be invited to join our training coven circles. In addition, those interested in wicca training & initiations, should attend our courses & workshops. Talk to Mani in person after events or by private messages.

Facilitator—-
Mani Navasothy – an initiated Wiccan High Priest, with over 22 years of Craft & Coven experiences in London, UK. Mani has published several books on Wicca, runs training courses, provides an e-Witch Apprentice course online, and writes blogs on Astrology & magical topics at www.QuantumPhoenix.net

** fee £3.

Meeting point (Woodman’s Pub) —-
address: 414 Archway Rd, Highgate, London N6 5UA*
Meet in the heated patio area of the Pub. ***MANI WILL WALK EVERYONE TOGETHER TO WOODS**

Ritual venue (Queens woods)—-
This has been used by witches, covens, shamans, eco-groups & ritual magicians for many decades.

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

Essentials – Food/ drinks/ weather——

– bring some food & drinks to share. (bread/ cheese/ wine/soft drinks).
– be prepared for different types of Weather.
– bring a small ground sheet/ cushion/ mat to sit on.
– Torch light .. essential for walking about the woods in the dark.

Feasting & Magical thoughts —-

Circle will close after passing blessed Cakes & drink from the Altar. Then depending on time, we can be open for magical chats.. where you may share your experiences of what the ceremony has brought.

Love & Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

Training circle 1 (4th july)-
https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/262607636/

Training Circle 2 (2nd August)
https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/262670055/

Training Circle 3 (30th August)
https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/262670068/

Woodland Witches Midsummer Open ritual – 22nd June 2019

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TODAY!!! (Saturday 22nd June..in the Woods)!
Come join the London Woodland Witches Midsummer open ritual gathering in Queens woods…Gather at Woodman’s pub (Archway Road) garden at 2pm..
-Mani
 

A message to Trump – Art by Akse (Battle of the Birds)

I found the following street art by Akse (lives in Manchester) quite brilliant.  So sharing the art/photo.   No copyright breach intended..  only frustration at Trump.  -Mani

pic taken from Manchester Evening News (online)

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/donald-trump-uk-visit-america-16368321

TRUMP-mural-by artist AKSE
`Battle of the Birds’   – Manchester street artist Akse’s work – showing US President Trump facing Martin Luther King.

 

I am Gaian – and I am against Brexit & Trump!

I am Gaian and I am against Brexit and against Trump. Here once and for all is my explanation:

mani gaian

(first published on my facebook wall on 3rd June 2019).

1) On Brexit————:
I do not like Brexit…because on a long term scale..it’s about isolation..not unity (UK peeling off from a local group of countries s how I see it…regardless of all the shitty finances and logic chopping. That’s politics..Am an idealist thinking about far far long term effects of the world).

2) Trump’s fear-mongering, the Wall & Hitler ideologies——–:

And I don’t like a wall being built to keep people off..because that’s also about separation and isolation instead of integration and Unity. That argument of illegal immigrants/ refugees coming in to mess up America is utter bollocks. ( I am a refugee who came to UK.. and look at the sheer contributions I have give to various communities in UK?! )

  • Divide (by fear) and conquer (by promises):

If a bunch of Americans have been `influenced’ (election propaganda) into hating others and want their segregation and have voted for a fool (Trump) who is stoking their fears… I don’t have to like it..! It’s classic divide and conquer tactics.. Stoke fears between people ro communities or nations, .. Say you are on their (one) side to protect them..and that side of people will like, listen and support you.

Hitler rose in power because he played on German people’s fears (Jews are getting all the wealth, Jews have power, etc etc).

  • Trump the Fool-idiot and tantrum throwing child:

Donald Trump is an ill educated moron..who makes so many stupid intellectual mistakes..(just sift through his statements and media `shows’.. ) And everyone laughs.. on a global scale.. at him! That makes him angry instead of embarrassed. So he gets his revenge by doing more stupid things.. playing with power he has been given. Imore Executive orders..more rolling back laws and initiatives..). This has been the pattern.

In short.. Trump is influencing the world towards destruction and isolation.. he is doing nothing short of making Americans the new master-race..

3) I am Gaian———–:

I have said before and I say it again a thousand times.. I am GAIAN.. I am of Earth.. and anything that moves away from unity is something I do not like.. ! The changes we sleepwalk into will kill the world…maybe not in our generation…but by the next or one after. As an idealist and one thinking about the very long term future of the Earth, I am against anyone and anything that creates segregation..instead of world Unity.

-Mani Navasothy

shattered earth

graphix: Fractured Earth (c) Mani Navasothy

Spellcraft workshop: Doing magic with Candles, Cords & Runes (Wimbledon woods)- June 2019

This experiential session is part of our Woodland Wicca workshops. New comers to Wicca and those interested in Spellcraft / Ritual magic will benefit from this workshop.

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This session covers the following:

  • Introduction to spellcraft & Magic (in Wicc – how we do magic; within-without principle; Basic requirements; safety & warning in spellcraft; Laws of return;
  • Cord Magic – Using Cords, how you can do magic; demonstration & practice with a cord (you can actually use the opportunity to do a bit of magic) . ( 1 metre cords will be provided)
  • Rune Magic – Basic introduction to Runes – symbols & meanings; How to do Rune magic; Bind Runes;
  • Candle Magic – Preparing the candle- anointing/ consecrating; Intention setting; Using one of the Runes learnt (in same workshop), you’ll all do one candle -magic. (stick candles – white – will be provided).

All materials & printed notes will be provided.

Date : Saturday 8th June 2019

Duration:  11.00am to 4.30pm inclusive of breaks.

Venue: Wimbledon woods  (but initial meeting point is Wimbledon windmill cafe)

Fee: £15.   You can pay by cash on the day.

meeting point/ Time/ Travel Details:

We meet At Windmill Tea room (outside seating area) by 11.00am. Then we will go to the woods to do the workshop. Workshop will end by approx 4.00pm. If it’s wet/ raining, I will put up a Tarp cover, as we have done in previous outdoor workshops.

From Wimbledon or Putney, take the bus No 93. Alight at bus stop `Parkside Hospital’. Go into `Windmill Road’ and walk about 5-10mins. Turn right towards car park and Cafe/ Tea rooms.

This place has free car park / toilet facilities. Car park fills up so get there early to park.

Cafe spending: It has most types of food/ breakfast / coffees etc. If using card payment, there is a minimum spend of £10 (I know!) BUT if paying for smaller amount, they will put a fee of 50p.

What to wear / bring:

  • ***Please dress really appropriate for weather! *** Good water-proof coats, proper boots/ shoes / trainers..that are not going to get soaked in mud/ rain. Gloves, scarf. hats; possibly a bag/ ruck sack to put all your belonging and set aside (on the ground, when doing ritual).
  • Bring a soft cushion to sit on (as we’ll be seated on logs or the ground).
  • Bring a blanket to wrap up for your comfort.
  • Bring a hot flask of drink for your self and any snacks for breaktime.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Wiccan High Priest / Author / Teacher

You can join the meetup event for this and interact with others who are planning to attend, or simply arrive on the day at meeting point.

Spellcraft workshop: Doing magic with Candles, Cords & Runes (Wimbledon woods)

Saturday, Jun 8, 2019, 11:00 AM

Wimbledon Woods (meet outside Windmill Tea Room)
Windmill Road, London, SW19 5NQ Wimbledon, GB

3 Woodland Witches Attending

This experiential session is part of our Woodland Wicca workshops. New comers to Wicca and those interested in Spellcraft / Ritual magic will benefit from this workshop. This session covers the following: Introduction to spellcraft & Magic (in Wicc – how we do magic; within-without principle; Basic requirements; safety & warning in spellcraft; Laws…

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Fall of Jack of London, and the (re)birth of Mani! (an amusing account of PPPL2019)

Fall Jack of London, and the (re)birth of Mani!
(an amusing account of Pagan Pride Parade London 2019)

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At first look, it brought everyone a laugh, and at 2nd look it made me feel a bit disappointed – that after all that dancing on Church steps, Jack of London was fine…but some dancing with ladies in the fountain ended in the fall of Jack.

And at 3rd look, as I sat in the garden sipping coffee, the whole magic of it finally sunk in…! It was no a fall ..but a watery birth..for me!! And Jack of London is now ehhh ..my `mother’ 

A full week before Pagan Pride Parade London 2019, I started to make the `Jack of London’ (that’s the name I’ve given him..as he’s not quite a full Jack..nor a full horned god..both are seen in him). As any serious magicians would do, I did a quick tarot reading for the significance of this `Jack’. I drew 2 cards.. one his significance in my life, and one..his significance for people of London..as he is supposed to be heading the parade. got The Tower fr me, and Chariot for Londoners. And I was quite happy with it..though had no idea how it was going to unfold.

And I spent the next 6 days and nights making the Jack that can be lightweight and easy flat-pack to carry by me in trains/ tubes..but also had to be quick and easy to assemble …and must be good enough for both me and Ian to carry..as I had already asked him to help. (he is always partially carrying other Jacks in other festivals..so I wanted to give one with his name on it..and one designed magically with him in mind as much as me..).

On the day all went well.. (well..I finished Jack by 5.30am that morning…had 3 hrs sleep and was at Russell square by 11am to start assembling him. My Rochester Witchy friends came to visit. Reggie bought me coffee. Long missed friends Peter & Hannah came to say hi..and many others. It started to get crowdy..and i moved away to focus..

My partner Louisa arrived 10 minutes to spare.. after settling her 3 kids with babysitter. So no time for making her a beautiful crown.. or one for me.. it took 30 seconds to twist some ivy and willow from my garden and make us quick crown. Magic won more than magnificence or pageantry. Clock was ticking,.

Then came the parade.. Louisa & Rachel kept Jack’s sides from hitting things.. Ian led Jack…so through a small window..from inside Jack.. I could just about see his head..and had to trust him .. and follow…in the streets of London.
What a thrill and joy it was.. dancing freely, shagging trees and lamp-posts, Jack went on his merry ways of fun and frolic. (he is a symbol of fun and fertility and magic.. I had no control of him…he even went up on some church steps and danced..and tried getting in the road and smirk at buses and people).

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Pagan Pride Parade London 2019.  photo (c) David Weeden

For a third of the journey in the middle of the route, from Atlantis Bookshop to Treadwells bookshop, my (Hern’s Tribe) Tribal brother Ian carried the Jack in the streets.. and I had the honour of carrying his sacred Bridie doll.. (that has magical echoes in this tale too..as you’ll see). And my partner Louisa carried Ian’s special staff with a Hare on it.. (fertility anyone?!)

Then the return to fountain..and dancing..
And I was initially not going into the Fountain. I didn’t know if Jack was going to peel off his paper-mache face in the water  But he did go in.. nudged and pushed by a bevy of pagan maidens wanting to frolic with him.. (disclaimer: any ensuing pregnancies are not the fault of Jack!! 

Then from inside I could feel water gushing up all over me.. and pressures in different directions…and I could feel me slipping..(Jack is heavy and bulky.. and at best of conditions hard to carry / manage…,so imagine in a fountain with all those people pushing and pulling..and the water too..playing its forceful part).

I had a choice of resist and get hurt..or trust and let go.. I trusted and let go and fell.. Lucky no bamboo broke and pierced my legs or my heart (note t self: Health & safety assessment next year on carrying Jack!)

And David and others seem to have caught the fall of Jack in the fountain..

Looking at this photo and mulling over it.. a remarkable and amusing realisation came over me.

It was Jack of Green who fell.. and aided by a few ladies and gent, I was pulled out.. The whole thing happened in the Fountain… It was a magical watery birth..by any other name..and right out in the open, in front of all those Londoners. 

Jack stood up and stayed in the fountain a bit longer.. then dried up in the Sun…recovering from all that birth pain no doubt.

As for the question of paternity… I created Jack with greens and Antlers..after my God Hern and Green man. and Jack rebirthed me.. I am father and the Son..and Jack is Son and mother. Yeah …bit complicated..right?
That’s paganism for you.  

-Mani `McJack’ (Son of Jack)

Beltane Rituals 2019 – by Woodland Witches, Pagan Future Fest, PF London & Druids of Primrose Hill

Beltane is a coming!!! 

`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 http://www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )

Beltane Rituals in London:

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Tomorrow Saturday 27th April, Belostra by Pagan Futurefest (whole day festival in Norwood),
https://www.facebook.com/events/1935110649942412/ 

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Sunday 28th April, Woodland Witches Beltane in Queens Wodos, High Gate,
woodland witches Beltane 2019

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Thursday 2nd May, PF London Beltane at Conway Hall, Holborn.. facilitated by Loose Association of Druids,
https://www.facebook.com/events/2246384845678022/

(and not forgetting outdoor Druid Beltane on Sunday 5th May, at Primrose Hill.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1084973628357148/

Bright Beltane Blessings
-Mani