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Earth Day Picnic & Earth Healing Eco-Ceremony – 21st April’14- London

Join us on bank-holiday Monday 21st April 2014, in Trent Park – one of London’s biggest woodland areas open to all.. for our annual `Earth Day Family Picnic event – with an Earth Healing Eco-Ceremony!!

Earth Day Picnic 21april2014 at Trent park- north London, with Earth Healing Ritual
Earth Day Picnic 21april2014 at Trent park- north London, with Earth Healing Ritual

Date: Bank Holiday Monday 21st April 2014 (Easter weekend)

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

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

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

There’ll be the following Activities :

*Drumming, Chanting & dancing
*Family Picnic (bring own food…or bring some to share)
*Egg hunt (for the kids!)
*Face painting (for kids and adults !) – need reliable volunteer !!
*Earth-Healing Ritual – (details soon)

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
(Director/Chief Editor- Gaian Times Eco-Spiritual Magazine)
www.GaianTimes.com

Looking back at Gaia Conventions of 2007,2008 & 2009!

When the Pagan Federation discontinued its National Conferences after the one of 2004, many wondered what will happen. Many of the districts of the PF began to hold local district conferences. Following suit, PF London also held its district conference in 2007. Instead of calling it just a district conference, I took the initiative (as the then PFL Event Manager) and gave it a name and an identity – `Gaia3 convention’ and a tag-line, `Earth, Environment, Kinship’, for that’s what the Convention was all about! This was done to bring additional awareness to ecological matters, because I had observed, at the time, that pagans in London seem to talk a lot of honouring and worshiping the Earth and natural world, but didn’t seem to put the kind of emphasis on such ecological matters – that far less earth-centred companies or other non-pagan groups were doing. It was crazy that there had never been an Earth-themed conference of any sort – not at least in the previous 12-15 years (to my knowledge).

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I was new to convention organising, but did my best, with the help of the PFL Events Team and my District Manager Jean Williams! PF London didn’t have more than a few hundred pounds of funds, so an idea was conjured up – to seek temporary `loans’ of small amounts (£25-£50 ) per person from willing volunteers of the pagan community. And we raised over £500 – enough to put a deposit for the hiring of a large hall at ULU (University of London Union). The PF itself saw our efforts and gave us an equal amount as a loan also. Needless to say, we had a good ticketed turn-out of attendance, and covered all costs, and paid all the people back their `loans’. It was all informally and efficiently done. In essence, it was a Convention funded by the people!

At Gaia3 convention of 2007, we had several interactive features, such as a `Wyrd-Wall’, `Walking Witches & Wizards’ and `Pandora’s Box’. In the first, convention goers tied a small string with their thoughts/ intents, onto a `wall’ to make a random and complex web of strings. (These were used in the 4th Convention in `Wyrd-i’ in 2010). The Walking Witches were Stewards who went around befriending new comers and making them comfortable, and the Pandora’s box was a feed-back box ( a reverse of the concept!). There was also the `Copper exchange’ where each person had 5 small coins (1 penny coins) and through out the day, each person would `exchange’ his or her coins with another convention-goer. All coins were collected and magically committed to the river Thames at the end of the Convention. It symbolised the exchange of energies (and a reason to interact with one another).

There followed 2 further annual conventions. In 2008, we had the `Gaia-Fortuna Convention’ probably another first (using a double-barrel name of 2 Goddesses). It took place around the Autumn (harvest) time, and concentrated on Harvest and good Fortunes; The 3rd in the series was at Midsummer in 2009, and suitably named `Gaia-Sol convention’ , with a focus of integrating the masculine fiery energy of the Sun wit Gaia.

Year 4 saw the idea of kinship and interconnectedness evolve- and there was only one way it possibly have moved towards – to the concept of Wyrd. This is the magical web of Fates that connect all of us. So it was called `Wyrd-i convention’. People asked me what the `i’ stood for, and wondered if it meant the roman numeral 1? Maybe, or maybe it stands for `imagination’, because creative imagination is key to the working of magic!

Last year, there were no Gaia-related conventions, because the Pagan Federation held a national major conference in London to celebrate its 40th anniversary! However, last year, on the new moon of Aquarius (star sign with humanitarian qualities), we finally formed `Gaian Times’, to continue the magical and sociological work initiated by the Gaia Conventions.

Below are a full list of Speakers, Experts, Workshop facilitators and Performer – who participated in the 3 Gaia conventions, and supported its objectives.

PFL-Gaia3 convention 2007
PFL-Gaia3 convention 2007

Contributions to Gaia3 Convention 2007

Contributor Activity Theme
Adrian Harris & Jacqui Woodward Smith Opening Attunement
Jean Williams. Talk What’s special about the PF?
Christina Oakley Talk Magical London in the Victorian, Edwardian and Inter-War Years of the Twentieth Century
Jacqui Woodward Smith & Hilde Workshop The Sacred in the City- workshop
Mike Stygal Talk Interfaith
Jack Gale Talk Shamanism, Gardening and the Earth Spirits
JOHN CROW performance & talk Urban Shamanism- Goose and Crow and the Cross Bone Portal
Adrian Harris talk Us and Them: Listening to the more-than-human majority
Ric Kemp talk The Deer Goddess
Orianna & Indigo workshop Court cards- Tarot
Alan & Mani workshop Drumming workshop
`Temple of the Four winds’ Closing Ritual
PFL--Gaia-Fortuna Convention 2008-sept2008
PFL–Gaia-Fortuna Convention 2008-sept2008

Contributions to Gaia-Fortuna Convention 2008

Contributor Activity Theme
Caroline Wise Opening/ talk Fortuna Opening Ceremony & Talk’
Kenneth Rees Talk 35 years and counting! – positive changes in the pagan/witchcraft communities since the 1970s
Vivianne Crowley talk Goddess Fortuna
Mark McCann workshop Making friends with fortune: how to weave the thread of fate and change your destiny
Sascha talk, demo and mini-workshop Gothic Bellydance (Raqs Gothique!)-
Hilde workshop Spirit in the City – The Earth We Walk On
Marielle workshop Ritual Dance within the Temple
Caroline Robertson Talk “All Acts Of Love And Pleasure Are My Rituals”
Mark Jeoffroy Talk/poetry The Poet as Magician
Bachus Border Morris Performance
Ed & April Richardson workshop Sounding the Runes
Meredith Talk with video clips ‘Gods of the Future?’
Michael Bingas Talk HISTORY MYSTERIES
Jacqui workshop The Bee Goddess: the Hive of Community and Justice in the Workplace
John Constable aka John Crow Talk/Performance The Goose, The Crow and the Cross Bones Portal
Geraldine Beskin Talk Aleister Crowley
Phyllis Pointer Talk ‘Hoodoo, The Blues and Robert Johnson
Hern’s Tribe & Tribe of Avalon Closing Ceremony
PFL- GaiaSol Convention 2009
PFL- GaiaSol Convention 2009

Contributions to Gaia-Sol Convention 2009

Contributor Activity Theme
Tribe of Avalon & Jacqueline Anne Woodward-Smith Opening ceremony
Jeanette Ellis Talk The Stag Horned God’
Steve Wilson Talk Paganism and Sex’
Emma Restall Orr Talk Paganism in a Modern World’
Chris Crowley Talk Myths and legends of Midsummer’
members of the PF committee Presentation PF: “Story Time: How the PF Bug Got Me.”
Simon Michel Workshop ‘Dancing hands, dancing drums
Neeraj  Davis. Meditation Chakra sounds meditation’
Bacchus Border Morris performance & workshop
Marielle Holman workshop Gaia, the Goddess of nourishment and Earthiness’
Sasha Cooper workshop `Getting in touch with your inner Goddess/God through Gothic Bellydance’
`WolfTurtle’ (Mani) & Friends Closing Ritual

Gaian Times calls these wonderful individuals, to support the work of Gaian Times, and contribute feature articles, and share with us their ongoing Earth-centred works.

(c) Mani Navasothy. Gaian Times.  January 2012,

(The above is an extract from the January 2012 (issue#3) of Gaian Times e-Magazine)

Gaian Times eco-magazine
GT issue#3 (January 2012)

Thoughts of Hern… Hunter, Warrior and..Teacher?

Hern's Tribe- shamanic rituals in london

Good question from a friend is there an aspect of Hern & his legend that shows a Teacher side of him?  I thought my answer (or ponderings) below might open up a debate from others too.. so here it is…raw..  and it reveals some personal things ..perhaps for the first time openly..But it’s all in the interest of sharing experiences.. So I’ll brave it.. 🙂 

“I attended a talk at Treadwells few months ago ..on the myths of Hern…and you know what the researcher said? The ONLY real fact of Hern.. is the ONE line that appears in Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor story..!! So everything else we think of as Hern myth is things that are made up by modern story tellers.. interpreting..and re-interpreting.. (Richard Carpenter did so much in Robin of Sherwood).

In many ways I was happy to hear this..because I have been doing my own interpreting and experiencing.. just an idea of a powerful god that I hung on to..embraced.. some 10 yrs ago..before starting Hern’s Tribe.. (I keep meaning to write my journey in the `Books of Hern’ …).

The work with Hern energies…empowered me..at that time when I was feeling low, rejected (got dumped by then partner..in Avebury no less after staying there a night in a B&B within the circle).. And in Hern’s Tribe, it has helped so many people find their own confidence, power, try things..then get rebellions against me..and they go off.. I still smile at that..

People have to challenge their teachers sooner or later.. it’s the child rebelling against parent.. and they go off into the big world..

I have ongoing dialogues..here and there..with Hern.. I have not kept all my promises..and life gets hard and I think I must get to it soon.. (Those `Books of Hern’, and children’s books `Adventures of Little Hern’ ).

Working energetically with Hern empowers me.. at times of low energy..I use it like a shot in the arm.. get into shamanic hern state within..so I can pull off whatever hard tasks am doing..

But the whole process is teaching me.. all sorts of things..

I do see Hern at times as a father figure (not least because my dad died 25 yrs ago.. he was an Aries…and I have projected that `father role’ onto Hern.. )

So it’s all our own interpreting.. and working with whatever is coming through our ways..our minds.. Because there are no solid myths and facts.. we are free to make it what it is for us.. and in doing so.. we are creating and extending the Myth of Hern for these modern times..”

I have a lot more to say of course..(well, I am writing a `Book of Hern’ after all)..  but the above was a `quick’ reply to my friend..  🙂

“May Hern protect us”

-Mani Navasothy

personal link

Hern’s Tribe- outdoor shamanic ritual group in London

Hern’s Tribe facebook page

Treadwells Bookshop in London

Indoor & Outdoor Imbolc Rituals coming up (in London) 2014

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!   (Read more about Pagan Festivals)

Imbolc 2014  banner- pagan frontiers of london -Mani Navasothy 2014

Here in London, we are fortunate to have so many pagan open rituals and ceremonies, organised by several groups or organisations.. Here are some that are taking place over the next few days..

Click on each one to visit the relevant group/ organisation’s event page…to read more.

1.  Thursday 30th January 2014– Indoor Imbolc Ritual ..organised by Pagan Federation London District..

Pagan Fed London rituals

  • Facilitated by Catuvellauni Druid Grove
  • 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.
  • Visit event page (facebook)

2.   Saturday 1st February 2014-  Woodland Imbolc Ritual by outdoor shamanic group Hern’s Tribe..

HT Imbolc  2014-1

These have been taking place for almost 10 years, in the woods near Croydon. Gather at Coombe Lane tram stop by 3pm..to be guided to the ritual spot in the woods.. FREE.. (dress fully appropriate for snow or rain or cold, and slippery, muddy steep woodland floor!!

  • Not entirely suitable for anyone with walking disability..
  • Family friendly.. children with parents welcome..
  • All are welcome.. pagans, non-pagans, friends.. to participate in the ceremony and/or the social afterwards.
  • Time: Meet-up at Tram stop (Coombe Lane) by 3 pm.
  • We’ll have the usual combination of ritual, with sacred shamanic space, some chant & Drumming, and magical work. A ritual fire will be carefully lit for this ceremony, and we’ll have home made bread & wine to share.. 
  • Link to Ht Imbolc event page
  • Link to Hern’s Tribe website

3.  Sunday 2nd February 2014– Druid Imbolc Ritual facilitated by Jeremy Morgan & Loose Association of Druids..

Druid Open Rituals - London Primrose Hill

  • Come and celebrate Imbolc, part of a series of open rituals celebrated throughout the Celtic year on the Sunday nearest the appropriate date under the Aegis of the Loose Association of Druids
  • 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
  • Link to Event page

We have the Wiccan Woodland Monthly Circle coming up in a few weeks time..  I’ll give details next week..  But if you can’t wait till then, here’s a previous blog on Woodland Wiccan Circles.

**Click here for my Meetup Group with full details of Open Rituals**

-Mani Navasothy

Gaian Times Video: Speeches at Protest outside Chinese Embassy (Action for Elephants UK)

Here’s a special video.. 22 minutes ..filmed by Gaian Times , showing highlights of what happened at the Peaceful Protest outside Chinese Embassy, London…to stop the Ivory Trade.. (Event by Action For Elephants UK).

Maria Mossman, the founder and organizer of this successful organisation and peace protest is the face behind the passion, armed with many hundreds of UK & international supporters!

If You would like to take part and show your support to the wild elephants of Africa, currently killed for their ivory – visit : Action for elephants uk :
http://www.ActionForElephantsUK.org
Join them via their facebook group : March For Elephants UK.

Gaian Times like to acknowledge the following speakers at the event:

Policy Advisor, Dominic Dyer from Care for the Wild,
Mary Rice – the Executive Director from the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) ,
Will Tavers , OBE- Chief Executive Officer from Born Free &
Philip Mansbridge, Chief Executive Officer of Care for the Wild.

Gaian Times also wishes to give a special thank you to: Elephantom – Eco Hero, for all his infectious enthusiasm, energy and support.

Link

Photos & Report of the Protest 

Kill the ivory trade – not the Elephants! Action for Elephants UK Protests outside Chinese Embassy!!

Can you imagine an outside being coming to hack away human bodies..  just so that they can carve out human skulls and bones as trophy for their collection…or worse..  powdered human bones for their tasty meals..or medicines?  (well, this was already imagined and filmed as `The Predator’ starring Arnold Schwarzenegger)!

Luckily, we don;t have aliens who come to Earth to do this..  But we humans are quite happy to do it to other animals..  Elephants massacred for their tusks, Rhinos killed for their horns.. Tigers for their tooth,  fur and testicles..Whales & Dolphins..and more beasts ..all for our human greed and consumption!

elephantom & many friends outside Chinese Embassy (London)  - photo (c) Vathani Navasothy 2014
elephantom & many friends outside Chinese Embassy (London) – photo (c) Vathani Navasothy 2014

I was feeling tired yesterday, ..and going to be a rather low-key presence at the Peaceful Protest outside Chinese Embassy, London..to band ivory trade..  Showing up and adding a body of support was more important, than not showing up because of personal circumstances..

But  I kept thinking about why I am doing it..  ? for me.. for the Kudos..just like some celebrities and politicians do..  to say they support some eco-campaign..?   Or to really make a difference…and really save the Elephants?

Personal tiredness is one thing..and is often self-inflicted due to the kind of life styles we lead..   But life or death..  the situation those Elephants face..are not life-style choices for them..is it?    They have no power or control over that one..  An external force (the madness of mankind) takes away that. …and their lives too..  Because their tooth is somehow `valuable’   – for medicinal reasons, or just purely as status symbols or art and craft..  !

So I got off my tired back-side, grabbed the Elephantom mask, and got into London..  to join fellow decent eco-warriors, campaigners, protestors and carers…  to be outside the Chinese Embassy in London, to send out a physical message…that we do not approve..  that we want them to get their government to stop the ivory trade in their lands…so that somewhere in other lands (Africa & India) poachers won’t have a reason to kill Elephants.. to supply ivory to the Chinese people..!

My Elephantom (Eco-Hero) mask  had the desired result..  in attracting a bit of entertaining attention from passers by, as well as Media people..  (well, they want something more than slogans, banners and placards to photograph..  Entertainment sells papers!!  So shamelessly some of us exploit that to put our messages across!)

My fellow protesters made sure they stood with their slogans and placards ..right besides me or behind me..  so those will come in photos too 🙂

Well, it was a great success..  Already initial search reveals so many big news papers in Uk have covered the event.. (links blow).

And for a first event of a new eco-(elephant) activist group, Acton for Elephants UK have done very well indeed.. Maria Mossman, who pulled us all together and started this deserves a huge hug..(never mind the pat on the back..organising this sort of thing takes a lot of guts..apprehensions, stress..and a hug will go a long way ..than a pat on the back..in soothing all that stress ! 🙂  

We’ve had incredible support from Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) with Mary Rice Executive Director participating and giving speeches, as did ..Dominic Dyer from `Care for the Wild’, and Will Tavers from Born Free..

Watch video here of all the speeches

Needless to say, we are going to keep up the good work..and the pressure..  We’ve only just begun!!

Mani Navasothy

(Director/ Chief Editor of `Gaian Times- Eco-spiritual Magazine’)

ps. Special thanks to my sister Vathani  for carrying my bags, taking loads of photos, networking with others..while I paraded half blindingly about..   (hard to see through an Elephant Mask)!

News Report of this event 

The Times  http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/asia/article3986020.ece

The Evening Standard  http://www.standard.co.uk/panewsfeeds/protesters-demand-ivory-trade-ban-9084774.html

Demotix  http://www.demotix.com/news/3750468/action-elephants-protest-chinese-embassy-london/all-media

The Express http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/456033/Let-s-stop-this-SAVAGERY-Chinese-embassy-swarmed-with-protesters-to-ban-ivory-trade

http://www.itv.com/news/london/story/2014-01-25/china-ivory-ban-protest-in-london/

The Independent  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/protesters-lock-horns-with-china-over-ivory-as-campaigners-look-into-buyers-9085506.html

The Belfast Telegraph  http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/uk/protesters-call-for-china-ivory-ban-29949705.html

Daily Echo  http://m.dailyecho.co.uk/news/national/10963499.Protesters_demand_ivory_trade_ban

Local Guardian http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/national/news/10963499.Protesters_demand_ivory_trade_ban/

Other links

Elephantom Origins: Birth of an Eco-Hero (eBook on Amazon)

Adventures of Elephantom (website)

Gaian Times Eco-spiritual Magazine

Chinese New Year 2014 (Year of the Green Horse)

Chinese New Year 2014, the Year of the (Green) Horse  (element: Wood) , falls on 31 January 2014 (usually the first New moon in Aquarius).

Chinese New Year 2014- Year of Wooden Horse- art by Mani Navasothy (www.QuantumPhoenix.net)
Chinese New Year 2014- Year of Wooden Horse- art by Mani Navasothy

As usual, festivities will be taking place on the nearest Sunday, which is  Sunday 2 February’14..  in central London, taking in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue.

The event will start with a parade along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue starting at around 10am. The main stage in Trafalgar Square will feature visiting artists from China. There will also be lion teams circulating around Chinatown, local artists performing on a stage at the end of Dean Street and traditional food and craft stalls.

I have been visiting these festivities in London ..on and off..for a number of years, on my own or with friends..  As an astrologer , I have an interest in  chinese astrology, and as an Esoteric Practitioner of magic , I find their energy systems (Feng Shui) quite interesting and akin to the various ones I explore or follow..  (My sister knows far more about both these than I do!).    This is notwithstanding the fact that from my University days to present day,  my closest friend and fellow Physics Graduate is of Hong Kong Chinese origins;  another closest friend from my Civil service work years is of Vietnamese Chinese origins, and a close Pagan friend is also of Hong Kong Chinese origins..  (Effectively along with 2 others, they form my most dearest, trusted and closest friendship group! ) 🙂

Anyway, if you like to see what it’s going to be like in China Town (London), here’s a Video I filmed and put together few years ago.  Chinese New Year video 2012  (I seem to have misplaced the video footage from 2013)!

-Mani Navasothy

ps. Here are the *Dates of the forthcoming Chinese New Year symbols (2015 to 2030)

2015-02-18 Sheep (2015-02-1 –2016-02-08)
2016-02-08 Monkey (2016-02-0 — 2017-01-28)
2017-01-28 Rooster (2017-01-2 –2018-02-15)
2018-02-15 Dog (2018-02-1 — 2019-02-05)
2019-02-05 Pig (2019-02-0 — 2020-01-25)
2020-01-25 Rat (2020-01-2 — 2021-02-12)
2021-02-12 Ox (2021-02-1 — 2022-02-01)
2022-02-01 Tiger (2022-02-0 — 2023-01-22)
2023-01-22 Rabbit (2023-01-22 — 2024-02-10)
2024-02-10 Dragon (2024-02-10 — 2025-01-29)
2025-01-29 Snake (2025-01-29 — 2026-02-17)
2026-02-17 Horse (2026-02-17 — 2027-02-06)
2027-02-06 Sheep (2027-02-0 — 2028-01-26)
2028-01-26 Monkey (2028-01-2 — 2029-02-13)
2029-02-13 Rooster (2029-02-13 — 2030-02-03)
2030-02-03 Dog (2030-02-03 — 2031-01-23)

(*Dates info taken from   http://www.chinesenewyears.info/chinese-new-year-calendar.php)

Peaceful Protest to Ban ivory trade (25th Jan’14 London)

Action for Elephants UK will be holding a peaceful demonstration outside the Chinese Embassy in London on 25 January 2014.  This demonstration will be conducted in a peaceful and respectful way towards China.

Peaceful protest 25Jan2014 to ban ivory - Outside chinese embassy (London)
Peaceful protest 25Jan2014 to ban ivory – Outside chinese embassy (London)

China is the world’s main consumer of ivory, with demand soaring in the last decade as more and more Chinese have acquired the means to buy it. The result of this escalating demand is a huge rise in poaching elephants for their tusks, to the point where the killing has reached unprecedented levels and threatens to wipe out elephants forever.

China have the ability and power to ban the trade in ivory, causing the demand for ivory to decline, giving elephants a fighting chance to recover in their numbers.

This event will be to welcome positive steps that China have taken in recent weeks and ask them to do more. To be world leaders in banning ivory and saving elephants.

Please join us on January 25th to add your voice at this event. We will provide placards that you can download and use on the day.

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Getting there – where and when
The closest underground station is Regent’s Park, about 8 minutes’ walk from the Embassy.

The demonstration will start at 11:00am. Everyone should start gathering at the embassy at 10:45am and we will remain there until 2:30pm.

Please wrap up warm; there are toilets and facilities close by for food and drinks.
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These details are copied (edited) from the official `event page’ for this protest, in order to give it more publicity..

You can join the group page – March for elephants uk at https://www.facebook.com/groups/626607120724176/
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-Mani Navasothy
(Pagan Frontiers of London)

 

Link  (26 Jan’14) :  Read my account of the Protest and check out some photos   Kill the Ivory Trade, not the Elephants, cries of Action for Elephants Uk group at protest outside Chinese Embassy, London

O, to be a Man in modern times (Male Mysteries)

O, to be a Man in modern times:

So Brad Pit talks about standing by his woman (Angelina) when she lost 30 pounds and went through a low of all time.. and Dustin Hoffman emotionally explains the interesting thing about being a woman in Tootsie ..(`That was never comedy for me’..*tears*) ..

Do you think it’s time the rest of us men started to speak of our discoveries, our emotions, our hopes, sacrifices, dreams and nightmares.. and about the women who lifted us up.. and those who used us, abused us, envied us, feared us, toyed with us, loved us, hated us, and wanted to put us on planes and shoot it down?

Or shall we speak of those who could only see a threat and the large monstrous shadows the small boys within us cast? Shall we ordinary men speak of the darkness and light we have found in the hearts of the women in our lives?

Why must a man be praised only when he shows sensitivity to a woman or a child?
Why must he tuck his tooth, tail and claws, and submit or be vilified?

Why can’t a man’s voice be as strong as thunder and as sharp as a sword, as well as his touch be as gentle as feather and eyes soft and smokey as mist? Do we not worrhip Odin & Thor, Hern and Ares, as well as Pan and Sol and Osiris too? What of Chiron the mortally wounded warrior-Healer-Teacher? And Prometheus bringer of fire?

Isn’t it time.. for men to educate the world that we have more than just testosterone and beer flowing in our veins.. ?
There are moon-huts and red tents for women.. So isn’t it time for some Weyland-Huts and Sun-Circles..for men??

Males Mysteries in London - coming soon in 2014 (by Mani Navasothy / Hern's Tribe)
Males Mysteries in London – coming soon in 2014 (by Mani Navasothy / Hern’s Tribe)

Being a modern-man is not just about a pussy-kiss, a cock-rub or a bunny-tail dabbing on our faces and arses..
It is more than a spear to the Cauldron..
Deeper than a lance to the boil, more joyous than a wand to the Chalice.

It is not about the guilt of not being sensitive or strong, providing or not, or carrying the shame of men gone before and what they have done to other women..

Being a man is about the dance of light and life in all our dark places… turning war into peace, and peace into prosperity, with Sun in our hearts, moon in our brows, and Stag-horns adorning our Crowns..

It is much much more.. !
Background :

Back in 2002, in `Unicorns’ (my then-coven), a small group of men studying transpersonal psychology with the late Maureen Brown, began to meet monthly for `Male Mysteries’ discussions, prompted by Maureen. It lasted only few months. Some years later, I went on to start Hern’s Tribe, with ideas of it being a male mysteries group..but it evolved in a different way, encompassing men and women. For a long time, I have thought about these. A few years ago, Chris Crowley mentioned something about a Wiccan Male mystery meeting..that never materialised. With the guys of Hern’s Tribe, I’ve made some explorations (closed) on this subject.. exploring fire, using animals (road kills), tool making and so on (I once had to `procure’ a dead-Stag head using only a sharp edge of a branch..and later clean it all up only with craft knife to the bone..! So let’s just say Ia m no longer `squeemish’)

The NEWS: (Male Mysteries is coming to London)

So..in 2014, look our for one or two new things.. as preparations have been already underway..for few months on the exploration of `Male Mysteries (London). A facebook page & group are already set up (secret for now)..and additional pages in my Hern’s Tribe website are being developed too.. Dates for meeting are set.. and all will surface soon 🙂

Bright Solar Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Winter Solstice 2013

Gaian Times: Eco-Spiritual Magazine #9 out now!

You know what..in all the excitement of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary event, I totally forgot to blog the fact that last week, the issue#9 of the Gaian Times e-Magazine was published online 🙂

Cover- Gaian Times #9 Nov2013
Cover- Gaian Times #9 Nov2013

Editor’s Letter

“…Gaian Times Magazine just keeps getting better – as more and more professionally published authors, experts and beginner-writers join our ever growing team of contributes!

In this issue, we are joined by Kenny Klein, who writes about a very Wiccan Samhain, Amber Agha sharing her shamanic perspectives on Releasing the past held by the land, Julie Dollman writes about Re-Engaging with Living Energy, and Christ Street focuses on the mystical nature of London – be it a city of revelations, planetary chakra or a Stargate!

That’s not all! John Dray, Andrew Durling & Maria Mossman contribute eco-themed reports on the Declining Bee population, the Fracking issues & movie, and the March for Elephants, UK – a new group set up to campaign for saving Elephants!

Something I had always wanted to know- and as if my magic- Bruce Nixon’s feature on how money is made by banks and the impact of monetary reform – covers my curiosity!

Gordina Steckert from Germany writes about spiritual concepts to keep us emotionally stable; Vathani Navasothy not only writes about Herbs fo ruse at Halloween, but gives us photo-blogs about the Dartmoor Stones – which rather nicely resonate with our mini-author profile on Rebecca Beatie who has written books on those very west country landscape-inspired fiction.. !

Wendy Stokes has once more contributed with a Book Review, and also written about the troubles caused by those `Teenage Exorcists from USA’.

My own interview / video follows up the matter, by giving an opportunity to Maria Savva -owner of Spirit of Isis. Interestingly, Maria’s son George Eralclides – whom I met during that event turned out to be a fashion blogger, and has contributed GT’s first fashion column!

And that’s not all.. By now you’ve seen the titillating images of that `Angel’ on the cover..and will know that we are starting some new features.. into the many worlds of alternative cultures. We start with a report on Erotica 2013!

Well, things are certainly going to warm up, as we head towards winter in western hemisphere, and summer in the southern hemisphere.

Earlier in 2013, GT took a few extra months to surface (April’13). But we are going to make up for it… with a special edition next month! (Oh yes, more work for me..I’ve only just finished with this issue!)

As it’s coming up closer to Christmas / Yule, and New Year, we’ll go with those themes..as well as our usual columns. Am already looking forward to `The Muse that got away’ (ahem, that will be a Burlesque feature on a good friend of mine who is very successful now in Canada!). We hope to have features from the alternative/ goth scene in Brighton; A persona profile of a Glastonbury Priestess of Avalon.. Astrology, and more!

So hurry up and finish reading this issue…before the next one gets here quickly!!

Best Wishes

-Mani Navasothy (Editor / Director – Gaian Times)

November 2013, London, UK…”

Contents : 

Feature articles

  • A very Wiccan Samhain
  • Death by Words
  • Releasing the past, held by the land- a Shamanic Perspective
  • Re-Engaging with Living Energy
  • Five spiritual concepts to keep you emotionally stable.
  • Samhain Herbs: Insights into Seasonal Herbs
  • London city of Revelations, Chakra or Stargate?
  • Making Money – A word on monetary reform

Ecology & Campaigns

  • Honey Bees Decline;
  • Gasland pt2: A Fracking Film Event & Review
  • March for Elephants – Reviews & New Initiatives in UK
  • International Peace Day- Family Picnic in London

Esoterica:

  • Storm Magic & Psychic Techniques
  • Wicca Full Moon Rituals in London

 Events & Reviews

  • The Country Writer’s Craft: Writing for Country;
  • The Warrior’s Call to Glastonbury
  • International Peace Day
  • Quests of Isis (Thames Ritual)
  • Woodland Autumn with Romuva & Hern’s Tribe

People & Community:

  • Author feature: Rebecca Beattie –
  • Right of Reply: Spirit of Isis speaks to Teenage Exorcists

 Photo & Video blogs:

  • Ancient Stones of Dartmoor
  • Notting Hill Carnival
  • Closing Down Kew Gardens!
  • Thames Halloween Ritual

Culture, Fashion & Entertainment:

  • Travelling Talesman;
  • A Rosey Winter; Halloween fashion;
  • All Acts of Love & Pleasure: A Day at Erotica 2013

Magical Bookshops & Sites

  • Atlantis spiritual Centre (Enfield)-
  • Atlantis Bookshop – oldest occult shop in London
  • Treadwells-London
  • Clearly Destiny – based near Euston, London
  • Crystal Delights Emporium (website created under Gaian Times Social Enterprise Initiative!)
  • Pagan Frontiers of London – established in 2005, this Community platform now serves over 50,000 visitors a year!

Enjoy..  Just click the picture…visit the website…opt-in to become FREE subscribers..and we’ll send all the links to you to star reading..  BUT hurry..  next issue#10 comes out in m id-December..

Best wishes

-Mani

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