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Isidias Navigatum- Goddess Isis Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony 2017 (Richmond)

This annual ceremony was held at the start of the Spring time in Ancient Egypt, to gain the blessings of Goddess Isis upon the ships and boats (Fleet) – so that they may go forth, find commerce, resources and wealth and bring them back. You will have heard the saying, `waiting for my ship to come in’ – a saying that indicates a person waiting for his /her good fortunes to arrive. Well, in order for ships to come in they must first be sent out – and with blessings and good plans.

We are adapting the old ceremony to suit the times and place we now live it! In this ceremony, we will bless the `fleet’ and place our hopes and wishes of good fortune and success in the ventures we are starting as Spring approaches. We then set the ships to sail (some will be sent.. other larger models will be pulled back, so as not to litter river Thames).

Fee:   suggested Donation £3 towards our costs and continued running of these rituals. (thank you).

Ritual outline : A statue of the Goddess will be carried to the water side. Women may offer mirrors so that Goddess Isis may see her beauty. We will pour milk on the banks  then sprinkle the statue with precious perfumes & flowers. As the final part of the ritual, a small replica boat(s) will be filled with spices and other magical items,  and placed in the river as an offering to the Goddess Isis. Smaller paper boats may also be placed in the river and let go off..

Bring your own small boats!   Be it paper boats or small scale models – to either sail them on the river Thames afterwards, or to symbolically place them on our altar during ritual, to gain the blessings of Isis for your own ventures ahead in 2017.

Practical  details / meeting point (edited on 28Feb17)

  • new meeting point / time: Hollyhock Cafe, Terrace Gardens, Petersham Road, TW10 6UX. Meet there by 1.30pm
  • ( You can get to Richmond station by 1pm and you must walk/ take a bus to Terrace Gardens). We will cross the road to the riverside for ceremony.
    Exact spot for ceremony may vary/change depending on how busy the riverside is . So please meet at the Cafe and we can all walk to the riverside.
  • Altar set up by 2pm. Ceremony will soon after that.. At the end of the ceremony our `ships’ will be set sail followed by Feasting. We expect to be back at station by 5pm .. and visit a cafe or pub to socialise (in warmth).

**Please wear absolutely sensible shoes, warm & water poof cloths** ..  Our rituals go ahead whatever the weather.. and how ever many or few people attend. We do them for serious magical purpose!   So no need to double check ..if its snowing or  blowing storms! Just turn up and take a chance..  Magic is supposed to be wild and tied with nature!!

All are Welcome to attend these . Do contact us and contribute with your creativity, knowledge & magic for these new explorations..

Gathering Format: 

Our Gatherings normally take the following form

a) Meeting at the Richmond Station, at appointed place, and then walking together to the selected Ritual area.

b) Pre-Ritual Social & setting up altar / getting into ritual cloths and explanation of ritual (delegating some ritual roles to people who are interested).

c) Ritual

d) Feasting & Social

e) Taking down altar, packing & tidy-up, and departures (Individuals make their own way back).

*Some people leave as soon as Ritual is complete. Others stay longer to enjoy socials & bonding with our friends.

Please bring Food & drinks to share. It can be a bottle of wine, soft drinks, hot drinks (in a flask), short eats, snacks, bread, butter, cheese, humus, cakes, salads, pasta and so on.

Privacy/Photos :
We ask that no photos are taken during the setting up of altar or ritual itself.  Thank you 🙂

Bright Blessings

Mani Navasothy

Link to meetup event for this ceremony

Isidias Navigatum- Goddess Isis Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony 2017 (Richmond)

Sunday, Mar 5, 2017, 1:30 PM

Hollyhock Cafe, Terrace gardens, Petersham Road, TW10 6UX
Richmond London , GB

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This annual ceremony was held at the start of the Spring time in Ancient Egypt, to gain the blessings of Goddess Isis upon the ships and boats (Fleet) – so that they may go forth, find commerce, resources and wealth and bring them back.  You will have heard the saying, `waiting for my ship to come in’ – a saying that indicates a person waiting for …

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Ganesh in the river – Hindu Ceremony in London

Dear all, I am organising this ritual tomorrow in Richmond..  Details below..  All welcome.. No prior knowledge of Rituals or Hindu ceremony / magic required as I will give a full explanation .. Best wishes & Blessings.  Mani

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Ganesh Chathurthi is a special festival that honors the birth of the Hindu elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha (Ganapathy, Vinayagar). He is said to remove obstacles and bring good fortune.

Ganesh in river Thames – Hindu Magic ceremony in London

This year, the festival begins on 17th September and culminates on Sunday 27th Sept, which seems ideal for us to meet for our own outdoor special event.

I had previously witnessed participated in `Durga in the water’ event in London (Putney) over a decade ago, and was inspired to start river Thames-based seasonal rituals (Tamesa London Circles). Those then evolved into Thames-Isis rituals (and still continue.. ).

However it’s been a long term wish to return to the the roots…and do a Hindu ceremony.. so here we are! 🙂 For this ceremony of `Ganesh in Water’, I will be creating a new Ganesh sculpture out of Willow tree branches & bio-degradable strings..

It (he) will then be used in our special water-side ceremony by the river Thames. It will take place in a `clean/ clear’ section of the river Thames (Richmond area).

I will begin making a Ganesh figure tomorrow morning and will bring the figure (probably 1′ x 1′ x 1′ – bulky to carry).

On the day, `he’ will be placed on the altar..and we can all add items, leaves, twigs and other bio-degradable decorations.. while Chanting & prayers take place.

Then we will place Ganesh in the Thames and send him on his way.. 🙂

Event details

  • Date: Sunday 26th Sept’2015
  • venue:  Riverside at Richmond, London   (closest landmark:  Terrace Gardens, Richmond)
  • Time: Please gather at ritual spot by 3pm.

Map to ritual spot

Bright Blessings
-Mani

ps. This is a mirror event from my `London Hindu Magicians’  meetup group. All are welcome of course. 🙂

http://www.meetup.com/London-Hindu-Magicians/

 

 

A Lammas / Hanged-Man meditation

The following guided Meditation was written by me, for use in an Open Lammas ritual in London (for Pagan Federation London seasonal event ..on 30July’15).      I decided to share it here for the benefit of others. The art work herein was done specially for this.

Sacrificial Kings (c) Mani Navasothy 2015

 

“In myth & legends, the concept of personal sacrifice occurs again and again.   It is often coupled with some quest and a reward to gain something important. Here are some examples:

-The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who was crucified,  was to remove the sins of the people.

-The Sacrifice of Odin / the God who hung upon the World Tree –  was to gain the secrets and mysteries of the Runes.

-The sacrifice of the Corn King / Barley Corn is for harvest and to renew the energies of the land.

-And on the darker side, Hern sacrificed himself on a Windsor Oak tree, for vengeance and Justice.

Now think about your own lives.  Think about your own struggles and challenges and quests, and the sacrifices you keep making..over and over.. again and again..  day after day…  months..and months..year after year.

Q:  Take a moment to think about these personal sacrifices..   The Card you picked at the start may offer some divinatory focus.

Q:  Have they produced the rewards? Have you got the results you were seeking?   If not, why not?

Q:   Sometimes, more often, in order for magic to happen, you must do the  spell and then let go..  totally let go…

Close your eyes now..and  imagine yourself as the being that is hanging by the feet upon the World tree..like Odin and the Hanged Man.  You dangle above the Earth..  neither rising, nor falling..  between worlds..  and not part of the world.  You have hung long enough.  You have suffered long enough.  It is time to drop back into the world and be part of it, so that your magic can materialise in your life!

Get ready to count from 10…down to 1.  On the count of 1, you are going to let go, and drop..and glide back to the Earth.

10.. 9..8.. 7.. 6.. 5..4..3..2..

1-   drop!”

Bright Lammas Blessings

(c)  Mani Navasothy

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Birth of Goddess Isis: Night of the Cradle Ritual in London (July 2015)

It pleases me to announce our 3rd annual Celebration of The Night of the Cradle.   The `Birth of Goddess Isis’ ceremony  will take place on the New Moon (in watery sign of Cancer) on Thursday 16thJuly 2015. We gather by the banks of river Thames  for a special Ceremony in the evening…to mark the Night of the Cradle’ where Sky Goddess Nut gave birth to the Egyptian Goddess Isis.

Birthday of Goddess Isis - July 2015 ritual in London
Birthday of Goddess Isis – July 2015 ritual in London

-Meeting Details——————-

Date: Thursday 16th July 2015 .
Venue & time: Richmond (riverside) by the riverside passage/gate to Terrace Gardens (looks like a cave!).

Meet at Richmond station by 6.30pm and walk with me to the ritual spot (20 mins).  I will be prompt, and this `walking together’ is a symbolic and informal `procession’ part of the ceremony!

Or follow the google map and arrive at the ritual spot (Terrace Gardens area..but by the river) at 7pm onwards.

Google map link to ritual spot:    https://goo.gl/maps/6wUq2

As this is a `Night of the Cradle- Birth of Isis’ , we are starting this ceremony later in the evening, so that we may perform the rite after sunset..(night). We’ll be using the `cave-like’ space by the riverside.. and will fix `stars’ on the ceilings .. to recreate a `body of the Sky Goddess Nuit’ (mother of Isis).

The ceremony itself is expected to be 30mins ..and then we’ll continue socials/ feasting.. (It’s a birthday party, after all). 🙂 So be sure to bring plenty of Wine & cakes.

Ceremony outline (subject to  changes) —————–

A decorative altar with Sky Goddess Nut and a concealed statue of Isis will be set up.

Element consecrations (incense, lantern, salt/water).

Isis called by her many names! This will be a chant led by Organisers.

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.

Food & drinks blessed and shared.

Birthday Party !! (Birthday of Isis).

What to bring:
Food & drinks to share.

Privacy/Photos :
As it is a public place, passers-by may take photos or watch. That is accepted by the organisers, in the spirit of celebrating the Birthday of Isis 🙂

Conduct:
We ask all to be in good public behaviour.

link to  meetup  http://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/events/218699585/

PF London Lammas Open Ritual 2015 (by Hern’s Tribe)

PF London Lammas Ritual 2015 (by Hern’s Tribe)

PF London Lammas 2015 - indoor seasonal ritual facilitated by Herns Tribe
PF London Lammas 2015 – indoor seasonal ritual facilitated by Herns Tribe

 

`Why do you come? To kill the King. Why? His blood feeds the land! ‘ And so begins many a traditional ceremony for Lammas.

The Hanged Man of Tarot – Odin’s sacrifice, the cutting down of Corn King, and the ritual suicide of Hern the Hunter all get played out one way or another in our lives. Join Hern’s Tribe on the eve of a Blue Moon, for resolving these painful cycles, and come together for a joyous celebration of Lammas – time of great Harvest and for reaping the rewards of your hard work. Bring your masks & drums and join in this tribal jollities.

Hern’s Tribe has facilitated several Open rituals for PF London in the past (between 2005- 2012). And we are thrilled to have been invited by PF London to facilitate this ritual. It’s a welcome return after a 3 year gap.

May Hern protect us

-Mani Navasothy

 

——–Info by PF London————-

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.

HOUSEKEEPING

Please do not arrive before 7:30 PM. If you are early, please utilise one of the nearby pubs, cafes or gardens to sit and socialise in.

Please switch off mobile phones before going into the ritual.

No photographs or video are allowed during the ritual.

Please bring a little food & drink to share during the feast after the ritual.
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Related Links

Meetup group:  London Woodland Witches Magicians & Outdoor Pagans

Pagan Federation London

 

Hanuman – The Monkey God in Hind Epic `Ramayanam’

Here is the extended version of what I recently wrote on my facebook wall, about Hanuman.  He is a monkey – who is supposedly an incarnation of Lord Shiva.  Hanuman is the  son of of Vayu (God of Air) and a mortal Lady Anjana.    He can also fly.. well he’s a monkey and is able to leap over mountains and stay up in the air.. (Son of Vayu..god of Air). Another ability that Hanuman has is to grow into a giant form.

Photo is from facebook page Astro Ulagam . Photo Credits : Justin Tiew
Photo is from facebook page Astro Ulagam . Photo Credits : Justin Tiew

In the epic story Ramayanam,  Lord Raman and his brother travel through the various forests looking for Rama’s wife Sita who has been abducted by a Demon King called Ravanan.     Raman comes across a Monkey-Prince who is living in fear in a cave with his close ministers and confidants (one of whom is Hanuman).   Once the brutish and most powerful Monkey Lord Vali has been defeated by Rama,    Hanuman and other monkeys choose to help Rama help with the search for Sita.

It is Hanuman who leaps across the oceans, lands in Lanka (kingdom ruled by the demon King Ravanan) and eventually finds Sita ..who is imprisoned in a forest prison.     Hanuman manages to meet Sita, pass message from Raman, takes a message from Sita, and eventually returns to Rama..  Great war ensues and Raman & his army defeat Ravana and free Sita.

Three events that are worth highlighting..  

1.  Burning of Lanka:  After secretly meeting Sita in the forest prison, Hanuman causes problems and is caught (he allows himself to be caught) by Ravana.  When his tail is wrapped in fabric and it is set on fire by the demons,  Hanuman escapes…takes up his giant form..and using the lit tail as a burning torch, he sets flame to many parts of Lanka…  before leaving….(to go back to Rama & Lakshman and tell them he has located Sita).

2. Carrying the healing mountain:  During the war itself, at one point, due to magical trickery, both Raman & his brother Lakshman are mortally hurt and appear to fall in battle and die.    A special healing herb was required to help them..  So Hanuman leaps off to find the herbs that only grow in a certain mountain range.  As he was unsure which was the correct her, he uproots the entire mountain..carries it to the battle zone…where upon the essence of the herbs waft over the fallen Raman & Lakshman…and they awake.  (Hanuman then returns the mountain to its proper place).

Hindus  worship Hanuman as a powerful demi-god in his own right, and Hanuman is often depicted as flying with the mountain in his hands.

3. Giant Chariot in War:  In another moment during the war,   Raman’s chariot is destroyed by the demon king Ravanan.    And Raman is left standing on the grounds of the war zone.   Hanuman immediately assumes his giant form, and carries Raman and Lakshman on his shoulders, so that they may continue to fight the war on equal footing.who helped Raman & Lukshman win the war against Ravanna the Demon. In one of the stories, Hanuman opens up his chest to reveal his heart..where an image of Rama & Sita could be found. Hanuman is the Son .

Hanuman and Sani (Shani) or Saturn:

It is also said that Hanuman rescued Sani (Saturn) from the clutches of Ravana (when Hanuman was bound up by Ravana and set fire to his tail..)

Perfect Devotee of Raman :

In one of the chapters of Ramayanam, Hanuman opens up his chest to reveal his heart..where an image of Rama & Sita could be found.   In another section, (after Raman & Sita return to their kingdom),  Hanuman is given a gift of pearl necklace.  He then set about pulling the necklace apart, and breaks each pearl.  When asked why he was destroying the pearls, Hanuman answers that he was merely looking to `see’ if he can find Raman & Sita inside each pearl.

These two incidents illustrate Hanuman’s devotional nature towards Raman & Sita.  All he wanted to do ..during and after the war was to worship and serve Raman & Sita.

Tale of monkey tail (meeting Beeman) 

In the other great epic Mahabharatham,,   one of the pancha-pandavas (5 brothers on the side of good) was going through the forest when he comes upon an old monkey sleeping on the side of the path..with his tail across the path.  Beema (being the strongest man in that story) demands the monkey move.   The monkey refuses but says that Beeman may pass if he can move the tail aside.  Aggravated,  Beeman tries to brush aside the monkey’s tail..then lifting it..  He fails…and realises his own ego..  And the monkey reveals himself to be none other than Hanuman.  It transpires that Beeman is also the son of Vayu (God of Air). So the brothers embrace.    Beeman then asks Hanuman to help the pandavas in the coming war.  Hanuman says he is tired of wars and will not fight again, but promises to watch over their welfare.

Monkey Flag:

The lead archer Archunan (one of the 5 brothers, the Pandavas) rides in a chariot (piloted by none other than Lord Krishnan himself..another long story). This chariot flies a flag that has the image of Hanuman..   and this is the `blessings’ that Hanuman had promised Beeman.

Well,  I grew up reading the Hindu epics Ramayana (and Mahabaratham) ..so Hanuman is one of my favourite Gods.. The above are things I have written from a long term memory ..(it’s been over 30+ years since I read the hindu epics).

It is worth saying, that I am now starting work on an art/ writing project  connected to hindu epics, and so will be re-reading Ramayanam & Mahabharatham (in tamil) soon..  Watch my blog for updates in the coming months 🙂

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

ps.  I have used when possible, the Tamil pronunciations for the various Hindu epics and characters. Tamil versions usually end with an `m’ or an `n’..where as the Hindi / English way of writing ends with an `a’.  For example,  Ramayanam (Ramayana), Mahabharatham (Mahabharatha), Raman (Rama), Ravanan (Ravana).

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