Category Archives: Paganism & Magic

Hymn to Pan – a video performance

Hymn to Pan is one of the most famous creations by the English Occultist & Ritual magician Aleister Crowley. He wrote this in 1913 (published in 1919). I had first seen this poem performed by the late Wiccan Elder Zachary Cox, at a Pagan Picnic in Queen’ Woods, High Gate, North London.. (2006?). I have seen it done by a friend few years ago (again in Queen’s Woods, at a Beltane Ritual I was facilitating for my `London Woodland Witches meetup group’ . Going as far back as 2008,

I’ve been organsing `Pan’s Picnic’ every year.. And it was now..during lockdown, while we are doing so many online zoom rituals, that I had the sudden idea to perform this poem myself. I began fully familiarizing myself with the poem at night. Each night I’d whisper it and practice..(‘cos others were sleeping in our household).

And on the night of 21st March 2021, after much delays and almost giving up.. I drove to the woods near Croydon – where I hold Hern’s Tribe rituals for some 16years. There I quietly set the camera up.. set up an altar – and heard the poem in my head as I danced with flame. When it was all done, I packed it all away …and finally set the voice recorder, and let loose reciting the poem!! And the Pan in me was fully Free!

Hymn to Pan – performance by Mani Navasothy – Spring Eqx 2021

(note: Apart from adding a little echo for the later section, no other voice manipulation was done. The throaty croaky snarly growly changes were as it happened live in 1 take of the voice recording…and almost in 1 long breath too. You can hear it once where I gasped for breath and continued!)

It’s now my quest to fully learn this glorious poem by heart.. and do it as a Self-invocation & Charge of the God Pan -in a woodland ritual, for that is what this poem is. If you study the words carefully,. you’ll see where it changes from `calling Pan’ to `being Pan’ !

Io Pan!

-Mani Navasothy

Isidias Navigatum 2021 : Spring & Blessing for Wealth Ceremony (online)

Isidias Navigatum: Blessing of Wealth 2021 ceremonyfor London Woodland Witches meetup community.

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.

–Monday 8th March 2021

–8.30pm to 9.30pm ONLINE (Free)see link below for meetup event.

This is our 9th annual event, and is being held online (due to social restrictions). However we are including newly filmed video clips of our ceremonial altar-ship being floated on river Thames at Richmond with Goddess Isis statue onboard!


https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/276785469

Wicca & Spellcraft Courses -feb/March 2021 (London Woodland Witches)

This 2-evening *online* on Wicca is for all who like to learn the full foundations of Wicca in a down to earth, friendly manner…! It is aimed at Beginners or those who have read much about Wicca on their own but would now like to learn more . Once you have completed this course, you’ll be fully familiar with all aspects of a wiccan Ritual and be able to practise wicca at full moon/ new moon and all 8 sabbats (seasonal rituals). You’ll be confident enough to work as solitary witch, or in wiccan groups.

*This is an online live-video course. Tuotor will give live explanations, demonstrations, use slides & pre-recorded video to enhance your learning experience. You’ll be provided with some notes by e-mail few days after the course. (No video replay available so be sure to take notes). You’ll also participate in group pathworking, element calling, and Cakes & Wine blessing.**

Course link (takes you to meetup): https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/276085708/

What is covered in this course—————–

The following will be covered (but not necessarily in the same order).

• Intro: Origins of Modern Wicca; Wiccan Law & principles;
• Opening: Connecting to nature; Chakra & Tree meditation;
• Altar & Ritual tools – athame, wands, sword, scourge, pentacle etc
• Sweeping/ purifications; Consecrations with salt & water/ incense; casting magic circle (words/ demo);
• Elements & Quarters; Symbols & qualities of Air/fire/Water/Earth in wicca; pentagrams/ triangles; invocation words (demo); Transpersonal work (4 functions).
• Energy raising chants
• Deities: Horned Gods; Moon Goddesses ; what are invocations & charges? Empowerment; Devocations;
• Ethics , Magic & Spellcraft in Wicca;
• Esbats & Sabbats- Wheel of the year – related seasonal myths.
• Initiations & Coven life.

Tutor——–
Mani Navasothy – Wiccan High Priest, published author & ritual magician. Has 25 years of Craft & Coven experiences in London,UK.

Course date/ times:
-Session 1: Monday 22nd February 2021 (7.30pm to 9.30pm )
-Session 2: Tuesday 23rd February 2021 (7.30pm to 9.30pm)

Please log in 5 minutes early so we can start on time.
Also please allow an extra 30 minutes at the end in case we over run and need to complete the topics.

Fee: £27
You pay a fixed fee in advance by secure paypal to book for this course.
Full refund given if course is cancelled or postponed.

Zoom / video call —-
– All who rsvp/ pay will be sent a private zoom link for this event by private message 2 days before the Course. Please do not share the link with anyone. It is only for the paid students.
-We will have `waiting room’ open at start, and to monitor anyone who has to temporarily leave session and re-enter. Please log in with your proper name. We will not allow any `unknown’ users/names to enter this course as they could be spammers.

Notes will be send as 10-15 pages pdf document to the e-mail you use to pay (paypal). Please provide a reliable e-mail address. Your email will NOT be passed on to anyone!

If you have any other concerns.. please contact me via *private message only* and I will attend to your query.

Spellcraft for Beginners – an online 90min course! We ran this in November and was extremely popular and over booked, so here we are again in early Spring 2021! This is a live online course, with full introductions, demonstrations and video clips we have prepared ourselves. Mani & Freya – initiated Wiccans will facilitate this course.

Link to Spellcraft course (meetup): https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/276088748/

Contents (approx time/ order):

– 8.30pm – Mani will give a brief Introduction on the many forms of spellcraft (Sex magic, Poppets, blood magic, Planetary magic, Sigil magic and more). Then he will take you through the basics of candle-magic, colour correspondences, preparations, and some tips.

– 9.00pm – Freya will introduce you to working with herbs & oils, give explanations, and then talk you through 2 actual spells that combine easy to obtain herbs & oils – and show you how to do a protection spell, and Banishing spell.

– 9.30pm – Mani will then demonstrate how to do a simple cord/ knot magic. And conclude the course with a quick talk through of some of the sigils and symbols you can use in candle magic.

Date:
Thursday 4th March 2021.

Duration:
8.30pm to 10.00pm.

Fee: £20.

Please note- No video replay. Please take notes.

We will send zoom video link to all who pay/ book, 2 days before the actual course, with additional instructions/ what preparations you can have. (Candles, cords to have for practice).

Related websites—–:

www.mani.org.uk
www.FreyaTheVillageWitch.com

Wicca book by Mani ——–

Coven Guide: Become an initiated Witch £13
https://mani.org.uk/coven-guide-become-an-initiated-witch

Training videos by Mani :——-

Choosing & using your Witch name (Video)
https://youtu.be/Jcp-mtZyv1k

Why do you want a Wiccan Initiation? (video)
https://youtu.be/TkkzURxs5kE

Coven Loyalties – How many covens can you join/ be in?
https://youtu.be/SWYZb1U1qh4

video: LBRP- Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram – Introduction & Full easy demonstration

The LBRP – Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram – is a ceremonial piece of magic performed at the start of any major magical work. It’s aim is to clear / banish *all* energies from a particular working space – so that the magician can then create sacred space, consecrations, and fill the space with energy of their own – for invoking Deities or angels or other works.

LBRP has 5 components/ stages:

1. Grounding & Reaching High to Deity.

2. Kabbalistic Cross.

3. Banishing Pentagrams & Circle.

4. Calling 4 Archangels at Quarters for Protection.

5. Kabbalistic Cross (again).

I’ve written detailed blogs and taught LBRP at courses. And finally, in this video I give a personal introduction, and give a demonstration on how to perform the LBRP. I’ve created graphics & short animations to help show you what to `visualise’. The video was filmed in a woods near my home in 2018.

11 minute video showing how to do LBRP – Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. (c) Mani Navasothy. http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net

In a forthcoming video (LBRP video2), I will be giving full explanations of each of the sections of LBRP, as well as verbal guide (like a guided pathworking), so that you can play it and practise the LBRP your self. Look out for my LBR video-2 soon. For now I hope this video gives you all the basics you need to learn about LBRP. It really is a short piece of magical work, but profound, nevertheless.

Stellar Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Esoteric Author, Teacher, Wiccan High Priest

(youtube upload on 15th May 2020, London UK)

Video: Coronavirus Pandemic, Global Fears & the Role of Priests and Priestesses.

The world is reeling with thousands of deaths as a result of the current Corona Virus pandemic. No one is beyond reach of this virus.. Every aware human is facing this fear of death! Scientists & Health service professionals are beyond busy – doing their best to save lives and stop this pandemic. Many nations are in lock down to stop the spread of the virus. So what are we …Pagan priests & priestesses doing to help? Are we any good to anyone if we feel crippled by our own fears, shadows and the dark that’s lurking in human collective at the moment..? I have some reflections on these matters..and what we Priests & Priestesses should be doing! -Mani

Video: A Healing rite in Hern’s Tribe space

On 28t March, my shamanic group Hern’s Tribe were to meet in our usual woodland space  for ceremony and to observe Earth Hour.  But due to corona virus and national Lockdown / isolation guidelines,  our event did not go ahead.   It bothered me.   So few days later, i gathered enough Will power to go the woods (drove and avoided all people contact ..not many in woods anyway)..  Set up a basic altar and did this brief magical work of healing.

It is based on the Caduceus / twin serpent/ ankh shield I had painted several years ago. I  carved the same runes  on the pink candle used too..   The magic was done without filming..  The did a spontaneous evocation..  while filming this bit… starting with the Opening Prayer (wicca) . The video ends with an adapted Healing words (on screen.. not spoken.. )

Blessings. -Mani

High Magic: Planetary Kameas Sigils & Seals (Atlantis Bookshop)

High Magic course at The Atlantis Bookshop, London:
Planetary magic with Kameas, sigils & seals

High magic 2 planets 26 feb at Atlantis

We are extremely pleased to announce the second of our Introduction course in High Magic being held at The Atlantis Bookshop (Museum Street, Holborn) – a historic and well-known and loved magical venue. . Previously I have run this course in outdoor woodland venues as a 6hr long session. For the first time it will be run indoors, and streamlined to essentials.
These subject matters are left as hard mysterious and rarely taught face to face. Students have to read whole books to learn. We are the only one who have been teaching them in London in recent years, and making it easier for all beginners to understand.

You can practise Planetary magic we teach in this course immediately with knowledge you gain at this course.

Date:
Wednesday 26th February 2019.

** Attendance is strictly by prior-booking only**

Venue:
The Atlantis Bookshop (a historic pagan. occult venue where the likes of Gerald Gardner and other ritual magicians of their time had gathered for their events/ magical works). venue has toilet small kitchen. Owners kindly provide us with Tea/ coffee facilities and biscuits.

Duration:
Please arrive at 6.45pm for sharp 7pm start. Course ends at 9.30pm.

COURSE OUTLINE / CONTENTS——-

This is an indoor course You’ll be taught the basics of:
– Planetary symbols & qualities..
– Brief intro to Astrological aspects between planets (for picking good moments to do magic or when to avoid doing magic).
– Introduced to Planetary Hours, and what day/ what hour precisely to do planetary magical spells for better results.
– System of planetary squares (Kameas) and how to use them to create specific sigils for your own magical working (health, wealth, love, work etc).
-How to block negative planetary influences with special sigils.

Taking notes:
You may take notes.. but NO audio/ video recording of any kind allowed. Some support notes will be sent by e-mail to all students afterwards. So remember to leave your e-mails with tutor.

Fee :
Early booking £25 ( From 13th feb’20, Fee £30).
Spaces strictly limited to 12 students. 4 spaces booked already. Our Atlantis-based courses fill up fast. Rsvp will close as soon as we reach attendance limit. So please book asap to avoid disappointment

Link to booking this course (takes you to Tutor’s website mani.org.uk)

**** Once booked via meetup, please look out for any updates via meetup comments/ meetup direct e-mail to attendees. You may contact the Tutor via private message for additional communications. ***

Bright Stellar Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Author, Astrologer, Ritual Magician & Wiccan High Priest
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Mani is the author of `Eclipse Magic workbook’ – world’s first book dedicated to magical works exploring Lunar & Solar Eclipse. You can access `Eclipse Magic Workbook’ at Tutor’s website. https://mani.org.uk/eclipse-magic-workbook

Woodland Witches in January 2020

Hey all..   here’s a snap shot of some key Open rituals, festive events and magical courses happening in january for my `London Woodland witches & Pagans’ meetup group.  These events are open to all..regardless of membership of meetup.  Just make a note of the event you like, and simply turn up and join in  Only exception is the course..for which you need to pay fee in advance to book a space..)

Full Moon Ceremony & Magical working  (central London by River Thames). Friday 10th January 2020.    (7.30pm to 10pm).    Fee : £5/  £3 concessions. Pay at event.

Spellcraft for Beginners– evening course at The Atlantis Bookshop, Holborn.  Wednesday 22nd January 2020.    (6.45pm to 9.30pm).  Fee: £20 early bird. (£25). Pay in advance to book.  spaces limited to 13 people.

Woodland Imbolc – Festival gathering  & Ceremony at Queen’s Woods, High Gate.   Saturday 1st February  2020.   (4pm to approx 7.30pm) .  Fee :£5.   Pay at event.

Please click on the links above, or the posters below,  to be taken to relevant event on my meetup where you can read full details for each.  (I’ll set up blog posts for each in january 2020).   Bright Blessings.   Mani

TLC full moon 2019 -dec2019
Full Moon Ceremony & Magical working  (central London by River Thames).

spellcraft workshop at Atlantis - Jan2020 candles cords rune magic by Mani Navasothy
Spellcraft for Beginners- evening course at The Atlantis Bookshop, Holborn.

Woodland witches Imbolc 2020
Woodland Imbolc – Festival gathering  & Ceremony at Queen’s Woods, High Gate

 

 

Woodland Mid-Winter 2019- Gathering & Yule ceremony

“Winter approaches.. nights are long. Day light is short. And in the deep caverns below the Earth, the great Goddess gives birth to the Sun-Child! We gather to mark this sacred event and celebrate Winter Solstice”.

Out ritual Team will conduct key aspects of the ceremony, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved in the actual ritual – ie with elements calling, chants, magical work and so on.

*** Fixed fee: £5 ***

Woodland witches Yule 2019 - v2

Date (: Friday 20th December 2019.
Duration . 6.30pm meeting point for 7pm walk to woods and starting ritual.

venue:——-
Queen’s Woods (gather at Woodman’s pub first)

Meeting point: ——–
Gather in the Garden/patio area of `The Woodman’s pub’.

Magical Safety ————-
** Once Circle is cast, we do not allow anyone to enter the sacred space..or leave without an appointed Priest/Priestess opening a doorway in the circle. If you arrive late or must leave at any point, please seek the appointed Priest/Priestess for this. Please do not Crash the circle – as it can cause magical weakness for the whole ritual and let outside energies enter or leak our own built up energy**

RITUAL items to bring:———-
– Your ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks
– Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks
– Drums & musical instruments
– Lanterns / candles / lighter
– Crystals / runes / divination tools
-Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)

ALL WELCOME————–
-All Pagans of any spiritual are welcome..
** This event is NOT suitable for children.**

What to bring/ Food & drinks to share ——————-
-Home made/ baked items are exceptionally welcome (Bread, cakes, buns, salads, soup, pre-cooked potatoes).
-Wine & Mead are popular for the pre-ritual social and for feasting & socials afterwards!
– shop-bought items (sausage rolls, short-eats).
-Cheese / ham/ butter/ crisps/ dips
-Chicken (cooked pieces)
– Water / soft drinks/ tea & coffee in flasks
-vegetarian food/ vegan food
(Basically any items that add towards a sensible feast/ meal).

Cutlery etc: Plastic cups, paper plates, forks & knives, spare bags (to pack items not eaten), bin bags – we usually bring these. But if you can bring some too – that will be good.

Torch light – Some evening gatherings finish in dark. So a torch light helps to find things when tidying up & packing.
Seating : Folding seats / ground sheet ( for your self to sit on) – optional.

**wear sensible outdoor cloths***.

Bright Blessings
Mani

Link to our meetup event: https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/258740317/