Category Archives: London

Dawn of the Oak Moot (Pagan)

Dawn of the Oak is a monthly pub meet-up in London for pagans, witches,Heathens druids and other interested people. . Usually takes place on the 3rd Sunday of every month.

dawn of the oak

The aim is to provide a casual, safe and friendly environment for pagans to meet and learn from each other. Whether you’ve just started learning about paganism or you’re an old hand, you’re welcome to come along and have a friendly chat and a pint or just a coffee..

venue:
The Sir John Oldcastle
29-35 Farringdon Road, EC1M 3JF London, United Kingdom

Time: 3pm to 6pm

Organisers : Geoff Miles

……………PLEASE NOTE……….
This Moot is open and accessible to all who are disabled, and is also Wheelchair friendly.

………….SPECIAL NOTICE…………….
THIS MONTH’S MOOT WILL BE A WEEK EARLY DUE TO MOST OF US BEING AT THE ASGARDIAN FESTIVAL ON THE 3RD SUNDAY..

facebook event for moot on 11th August

video- Wimbledon Ganapathy Temple – chariot Festival 2019

Short 3 min video clip of the Chariot procession in Wimbledon this morning.

Lammas Blessings to all (photos)

Lammas Blessings to all.
Here are Some wonderful pics of our Woodland Witches – Lammas Altar – 2019. Corn Goddess image, and Corn King mask for ceremony.


Join our meetup and stay updated for our upcoming  Ceremonies. https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/

We are open to new people joining our ritual team…people who show sincerity, some long term commitment, and willingness to be patient and work well with existing team. If that interests you..first stop is to com to some of our rituals and see how we do things.  2nd stop is to come to the smaller full moon / new moon training circles and start  taking on smaller roles.. 🙂

Next Wicca new moon circle is tomorrow Friday at Queen’s woods.

https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/262670055/­

Bright Blessings

-Mani

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.

TLC 15aug19 honouring sekhmet.jpg

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..

Woodland lammas 2019 -v2

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: 4pm for 4.30pm walk to woods..  Ends at 9pm.

Meeting point/ walk to woods:

Please meet at the Garden area of `Woodmans Pub’ on Archway Road at 4.00pm. At approx 4.30pm 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 *****

Night of cradle Birthday of Isis 2019-v2.jpg

——– 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.

wicca new moon- training circle 2019- spring

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

Woodland Midsummer 2019- v2

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