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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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Timelines: Personalised Doctor Who graphics – Celebrating 50 years of Time-Travel!

Well, by now you can’t have failed to notice..that the whole World is heading for a cataclysmic event of epistopic proportions..  (epic is such a common word now..so am borrowing `epistopic’ from the Doctor Who series itself!).

Actually it’s not cataclysmic …but jubilant and utterly Celebratory!

No other TV show has been going on for 50 yrs – yes okay with a few years of break in the middle! But that’s like a person going all recluse for few years and returning to family & friends.. What matters is when it started..and if it’s still `alive’  🙂   Besides, in the `gap years’ there have been plenty of audio & video dramas of Doctor Who stories..  starring actual past `Doctors’ ..so I call that a good continuity!

Right..  I have much to say about a Hero and a show that has inspired me, seen me through personal hard times, propelled me to go on and do a Physics Degree, turn my hate of History & Sociology into deep interests and much more..

But ..bit busy right now..!

So I’ll start ..by sharing some of my recent art works/ graphics…modeled on the `Time Lord mythos’ ..as it becomes applicable to my own life. (not that you’ll know..unless you are a close friend ..)

-Mani Navasothy

The personal story so far…

Timelines (c) Mani Navasothy   - May2013
1.  Timelines (c) Mani Navasothy – May2013

The original TimeLine graphics  (above) shows me at various events..wearing masks (for Pagan ceremonies etc).. and key points..  with key people (partner, sister)..

But the one below is a variation on my original `TimeLine’ graphics…but with a Halloween Twist (with `Death’) in the middle..  It’s as if other forces have started to interfere with my timelines..  (bit like when the `Great Intelligence’ jumped into the Doctor’s  time-steam in `The Name of the Doctor’)

TimeLines (c) Mani Navasothy 2013
2. TimeLines2 (c) Mani Navasothy 2013

And below you can see a recent one I started to do..  called `Regeneration’ ..as a result of  personal stuff…!   (yes I really was going through difficult times in my life ..this whole year has been like that- sadly).

Regeneration (c) Mani Navasothy 2013
3. Regeneration (c) Mani Navasothy 2013

On an artistic level, this (above) shows two separate `worlds’ merging..  (the outdoor nature shot is taken in Euston, London, and the indoor shot is part of the Westminster tube station, London..   and the Tardis is a photo of the model that is outside Earl’s Court tube station, London)..and me..well, that’s a photo of me in my room.. ! 🙂  The `jacket’ of course is my 9 year old `tribal jacket’ (that I wear for rituals in woodlands..)

This then leads into the one below.. called `UnRegenerate’ ..  and it takes the concept of a Regeneration `going wrong’..  (as in the case of when The Master trying to regenerate beyond his 12th incarnation in the `Deadly Assassin’ (Tom Baker story set in Gallifrey).  I used the same background graphics as before..but used a new photo of me being in my comfy night robes at home..

UnRegenerate (c) Mani Navasothy 2013
4. UnRegenerate (c) Mani Navasothy 2013

This then leads me to a strange one in the middle.. `Shadow Hunter’.  The idea is that the `Regeneration’ has gone a bit warped..creating a fractured / splintered personality..  ie the Shadow.. of the Self.

Shadow Hunter (c) Mani Navasothy 2013
5. Shadow Hunter (c) Mani Navasothy 2013

And all this finally brings about a happy resolution..which is.. `Manifestations’   – where the process is complete, and a more settled `new’ self finally surfaces and..settles..  🙂 ..and about time too…’cos it’ll be my birthday soon.. !  ps. If I ever run a big magical empowering conference or something ( a festival)  I’d call it..  `Mani-Fest’ of course… a play on words..my name..and festival..but also about manifesting your own realities..:-)

Manifestations (c)Mani navasothy nov13
6. Manifestations (c) Mani Navasothy  – Nov13

And that brings me to something else that I shall blog later this evening.. something that will blow you side-ways..to know ab out the good Doctor Who.. !

-ManiNavasothy

links to my sites

Art of Mani – Fantasy, Visionary, Eco & Erotic arts of Mani Navasothy

Eco-Weaver – Graphics, websites & online Promotions

Esoteric Expert – Mani Navasothy- Author, Tutor, Artist, Esoteric Entrepreneur

Doctor Who blogs

Making of the Cyber-Sun mask

Tardis Tales0 Cyberhead, Colin Baker & me

My K9 – many X’masses ago

Doctor Who art- Ship-Wreck

12th Doctor- Peter Capaldi

Video: Spirit of Isis Healing Centre’s Right of Reply (to Teenage Exorcists!)

Spirit of Isis Healing Centre (Waltham Abbey, London) gives their Right of Reply to the `Teenage Exorcists’ and `BBC3′ who filmed outside the Spirit of Isis, declaring it and the Goddess Isis to be demonic!

The Centre offers Spiritual Guidance, Healing, Holistic Therapies, Counselling Services and various Psychic services to anyone of any religious or spiritual belief, and so takes the accusations of the `Teenage Exorcists’ very seriously – as not just offensive and ignorant but also as one that can ruin the good name and reputation of a legitimate tax & bill paying shop/business in the UK.

video - RoR from Spirt of Isis
video – RoR from Spirt of Isis

Maria Savva, owner of the Spirit of Isis Healing Centre, and her teenage son George have kindly taken the time to be interviewed by Mani Navasothy (Director of Gaian Times Eco-Spiritual e-Magazine).

This video is filmed & produced by Mani Navasothy as a special feature for Gaian Times eco-spiritual Magazine (free online) at Gaian Times

-Mani Navasothy

Would you like a promotional video created for you?

If you would like promotional websites or videos made for your new age, spiritual or holistic ventures/ businesses, contact me.- Mani

International March for Elephants – Today 4th Oct’13

One elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory. At this rate, none will walk the earth in 2025. Help make a stand and join the March.

Organised by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the International March for Elephants will take place in 15 cities across the globe on one day with one message `Ban ALL trade in ivory’

Join us for the peaceful march on Friday 4th October and unite for the protection of elephants in asking our Governments to work together in tackling the illegal ivory trade.

Meeting Time & Location: 10:45 – 11:00

Meet at Forum Magnum Square (SE1 7GL)

Begin March over Westminster Bridge to Parliament Square 11:30 – 13:30 & Peaceful protest in Parliament Square.

And guess what?

Elephantom is going 🙂

-Mani

March for Elephants london 2013
March for Elephants london 2013

Alien Gods & Paganism in the 25th Century (GT#8 Out NOW)

“The telephone, invented in 1870, has evolved into a global wireless network communication array of mobile phones..that are already on its way to sub-dermal implanted chips!  The Car invented in 1672 has evolved too to become engines & rockets that have already taken a man-made object outside the Solar system!! And computers – originating as concepts only in 1822 – now rule almost every aspect of our lives on Earth and continue to evolve in the direction  of Artificial Intelligence!!

What about Pagan spirituality – that of nature worship, and of Gods & Goddess entities?..”

To read more..  You’ll have to visit GAIAN TIMES – Eco-spiritual e-Magazine (FREE to read if you join the mailing list!!)

Issue #8 has just been uploaded and ready..  for your explorations 🙂

-Mani Navasothy

(Director/ Chief Editor of Gaian Times)

Alien gods -banner (c) Gaian Times & Mani Navasothy 2013
Alien gods -banner (c) Gaian Times & Mani Navasothy 2013

A Royal Blessing..for the new Windsor Child

Triple Blessings for the Royal baby (Windsor Child)
Triple Blessings for the Royal baby (Windsor Child)

It was a thrilling day…yesterday (22nd July 2013) when the new Royal baby (Boy who will be King..one day) was born!  As soon as I had heard (upon waking up) that mother Kate Windsor (Duchess of Cambridge) had started labour in the early morning..(and I knew there was a Mars-Jupiter conjunction in the morning.. ) I knew I must get to a place of focus and Celebration..  to personally experience this upcoming big event..

The wait by Buckingham Palace was long.. In fact those os us who were waiting to see the `public announcement’ in the form of a printed notice…got it about 2-3 hours late.  But no matter 🙂

Many have already said, `he’s just a boy..  many were born on this day’. But he’s not just a boy..is he?   He will be King one day ..  we can be 99% sure of that..  and many of us have a slim to none chance of that!   I believe that if blessed with positivity and our good wishes, he will grow up to make huge changes possible in the World (not just UK).  After all, he comes from the land that gave King Author (secret of the Grail is.. `The Land and the King are One’).. an unlike King Author, we know that this one is born under exceptionally brilliant astrological aspects!

I’ll share photos I took, and more of the experience in another blog …but for now..

Here’s a personal Blessings of well-being and protection for this new boy 🙂

“By the powers of Hern & Isis, may this Royal baby be protected..

By Sun & Moon, may he grow up with true wisdom..

and by the Strength of Stars, may he be a force for the good of this land and all its people..”

-Mani Navasothy

Eco-Magic to protect Oaken Wood in kent, UK

Eco-Magic- Protect Oaken Wood
Eco-Magic- Protect Oaken Wood

You must have heard already – that the UK government has give the go ahead for commercial quarrying to take place at Oaken Wood, Kent..an ancient woodland!  The woodland trust have been running a campaign to save the Oaken woods ..but seem to have lost the first rounds…But that doesn’t mean the fight is over!

Apart from more consultations and procedures (all that formal legal channels) there is always Eco-magic!

Eco-Magic is when a group of pagans, magical, spiritual or New Agers gather together…to perform a magical working, ritual, prayer or spell-casting..  to save and protect an ecology, environment, plant, animal, species!   There have been many such activities, saving woods in other areas from being hacked for sake of roads, by-passes etc.  Dragon Eco-magical group is one such popular group, led by Adrian Harris and friends.. (still active in many ways!)

Well, my friends and I are taking the train from London (Victoria) today (Sunday 21st July’13) to travel to travel to Oaken woods.. and do an Eco-Magical working. Do join us if you can..in person..  or by adding positive protective thoughts to saving this woodland.

Warning:

If we let this one go, chances are it will set a legal precedents for the UK government to make similar `use’ of other 300 ancient woods in UK.   So this (pardon the pun) has to be nipped in the bud.

While others work hard via legal and formal paths, we pagans and magicians are free from bureaucracy and red tape  ..to act now!!

Meet us at Victoria train station at 12pm..  by WH Smith bookshop entrance…(look for me, Mani  (Hindu-Wiccan), and my friends Jacqui  (Priestess of Avalon) and Rose (Psychic & Wiccan).. Others are joining us on the site itself..

Thank you.

-Mani Navasothy

links

Save Oaken woods (website by group)

Article on News paper – Independant

Gaian Times Eco-Magazine (online)

Gaian Times-Facebook group

Swearing oaths on the Horns – A Hern’s Tribe (London) Ritual for MidSummer

Hern's Tribe Summer gathering 2013 - Swearing on the Horns (adapted) ritual
Hern’s Tribe Summer gathering 2013 – Swearing on the Horns (adapted) ritual

It’s been known that an old custom of `Swearing on the Horns’ used to take place in the High Gate area every year between 17th and 19th Century.  For the most part  these proceedings seem to have a farcical element (if not all) to it.   However,  Hern’s Tribe began to re-interpret and  enact this Ceremony some years ago, at Queen’s Woods (along with the `Windsor Hern ritual’ – another old custom that is said to be done for the well-being of the Sovereignty of this land).

Join us for a special Summer event outdoors in North London, at Queen’s Woods, for this Ceremony. Participate in it, and swear on the Horns of Hern, for your well-being, and that of the land, and make an oath of your promise to Hern or the Green-Man of the land in return.. to do your honorable best for the land and it’s people!

Afterwards, join in with festivities, drumming & singing, and Summer feasting.. and perhaps some Story telling …as the evening approach… of Fairies, Dragons, and magical realms.

Bring drums, masks, horns (if you have any), food & drinks, and any poetry & songs to share!

Date: Saturday 29th June 2013

Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm (core ceremony). Socials ongoing afterwards till last person leaves!

Venue: Central clearing at Queen’s Woods, North London.

How to get there: Get to `Highgate tube station’ (northern line), then to main road ( Archway Road). Turn in to Wood Lane, which becomes Queen’s Wood Road half way through. On the left hand side, at this bend is a formal entrance (with sign board) to the park. We’ll have ribbons tied up to mark the way!

Map ref:  http://goo.gl/maps/DgYNY

-Mani

Link:  

Hern’s Tribe- Outdoor shamanic ritual group ( website)

Article online about the old Swearing on the Horns (on mysterious Britain website)

 

Deers of Richmond Park London (Photos & info)

As a Pagan and one who magically attunes with the `Horned God’ energies (of Hern the Hunter, Cernnunos Lord of the Beasts/ animals), I often find it enjoyable to visit Richmond park, and just wander through – and observe the Deer. Granted they are in a managed park (Richmond is one of the Royal parks of London), the deer are free to roam and do what they like!

Here are some hi-resolution photos of the Deers of London’s Richmond Park – taken about a month ago, a few hours before sunset.

to pose or not to pose
Deer in Richmond Park (photo~ Mani Navasothy)

Rutting stags

In early Autumn (September and October) they begin their rutting – where male deer (Stags) begin their courting behaviour – first eating a lot in the weeks leading to this period, putting on a lot of body mass, and then herding and rounding up a large number of female deer to mate with (his Harem).  During this time, the Stags do become highly agitated and can charge at people or animals (dogs) if they go anywhere near the herd. It’s a pure and simple territorial act!

Those other stags that do not have a harem of female deer do try to sneak into already rounded up female groups – when the Stag of that group is distracted or drifts out a few yards. But then the leading Stag will charge and antlers get locked.. and often the intruding stag(s) are chased out. During the rutting season, the leading Stags make a lot of growling sounds. They do not eat much, and expend their energy in mating and defending his herd.  (and by the end of the rutting season, his body mass goes down!)

Int the light
Into the Light? Deer in Richmond Park (Photo ~ Mani Navasothy)

Culling

In Richmond, towards the end of Autumn, planned and managed culling (killing) occurs – where Rangers and trained gunners select a percentage of deer to kill.. so that the park can continue to sustain the deer population. During the culling weeks, the park is closed early (culling takes place after hours!) People are not advised to be in the park lest they get shot by mistake!

How to get to Richmond Park

  • Richmond Park is in the South West part of London. There’s a main Railway station (Richmond) that has both british rail (from Clapham Junction take the trains towards Reading..)  and also the underground tube trains (District line going from London Victoria station)).
  • Once at Richmond station, come out, and within few steps, you’ll find bus stop (same side as station).
  • Take the Route Bus 371 from Stop: E  towards Kingston. (buses every 8-10 mins)
  • Travel  in bus for about 15 mins. Get out at `American University’ stop.
  • Walk forward on the same side for 3-5 minutes, and turn left at main junction (Land mark: Star & Garter nursing home)…and you’ll arrive at `Richmond Gate’ of the park. (The park has many `gates’ )

I’ll be adding more photos, video clips and sound clips soon ..  (ones I have been filming & recording for a number of years!)

-Mani Navasothy

links –

Hern’s Tribe – outdoor ritual group with Hern – Hunter-Horned God as main focus  All welcome to Hern’s Tribe seasonal rituals

Pagan God & Goddess – article in my Witchcraft & Magic website

Stag divisions
Stag Divisions! Deer in Richmond Park (Photo ~ Mani Navasothy)