Category Archives: Paganism & Magic

Banners, particles & Bubble chambers

Finally got a new `theme’ sorted for my WordPress blog `quantumPhoenix’ – This theme has flexibility for background pic and banner…and here it is – a backdrop of `Stars’ that I created (from scratch), and the newly created `quantum phenix’ banner.. Just what I had always wanted it to look.. ūüôā

It’s go the Phoenix bit (created from photos of a bonfire in garden), a cosmic `magic wand’ (that has stars, earth, Sun and moon) and of course the Quantum / atom bits..


Particles & Bubble chambers:

The spiral/lines are what comes up in ¬†bubble chambers in particle detection systems – bit old – and the tracks are where high pressured `steam’ condenses ..as sub-atomic particles pass through them (and a magnetic field). Some particles – charged curve this way or that.. some that have no charge go straight…so we get straight lines.. ūüôā ¬† ¬†Actually this is a subject so close to my heart (particle physics , quarks, quantum, Higgs boson etc) that I’ll be writing on that in another post – when I have the time to enjoy writing it.

DrWho language of squiggle

My one annoyance on this matter is – ever since the `new DrWHO’ came back, they have been `using’ these symbols as the `language’ of planet Gallifrey. While it’s possible that such symbols can be used as a created language, I think if you are in a hurry, you’d write quick squigles…not complex particle decay patterns to express your thoughts, especially if Daleks etc are chasing you..right? ¬† Hmm. ¬†Ok, there ya go, I’ve got it out of my system.

-Mani

Hour of the Ram: Cernunnos (Spring God) invocation

In this original video (words,photos, graphics, animation – all by me – save for the music) – the process of growing horns, connection to star formations and energy, and a personal invocation to the Horned God are presented. ¬† I mean have we ever really wondered what it’s like if horns started growing on us? The weight, the itch, the pain.. the need for a scratch??!!! ¬†And really – where do those horns go..into space? where does the energy come from? ¬† (you know my interests in magic, astrology and science! ¬† Am fully aware of star formation, nuclear fusion of hydrogen etc).

I began working on the materials (taking photos) 2 weeks ago, but sudden ill-health (bleeding from the stomach for 2 days non-stop) stopped the process. After visits to Hospital Accidents & emergency, and  through recovery time, this is what kept me occupied, and away from pain.

The invocation came to me in a moment of fire, and rage and power .  It took me a day to edit the  voice-over with effects.    It took me a further few days to do the animations..   And about 8 hours to edit the video together.   The Am better now, and the video is complete. It stands as probably my most personally rewarding piece of magical in-vocation of the past 15 years. I now cast it into the net for all to take what they wish from it,and use, and enjoy.

-Mani.

Nature’s Fertility Dance: A Spring Equinox poem

Happy spring equinox wishes to all pagans, wiccans, witches, shamans, and magicians..

Technically, the Sun entered the sign of Aries at 5.15am (GMT) on 20th March’12…so it’s already equinox.. But traditionally everyone think sit’s 21st of March… Anyway, I was writing an invocation to the horned god, and this extra bit sneaked into my head..so wrote it off as a separate piece.. Am not used to doing `poems’ so go easy on me ūüôā

-Mani

 

 

Nature’s Fertility dance

Nights are clear, stars sparkle bright
Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and Mars.
Potent planets of love, luck and Joy.
Sun rise at six o six, it’s Spring equinox,
Light grows strong, shadows sharp and long

Snowdrops now gone
Daffodils abound
Mighty Oak still asleep
But Willow sprouts green and weeps.

Cold Streams now trickle and flow
Meandering through grasslands low
Through mossy banks to muddy flaps
Housing freshwater shrimps and sticklebacks

Quacking ducks and squawking geese
Majestic Swans, moorhens and coots,
Weaving twigs and leaves
Into their floating nests with ease.

Birds, Bees, Toads and Trees
Dance, entranced to their primal needs
With racing hearts, pulsing groins.
Raging hormones, in their animal brains.

Wand to Cup, Male to Female
Dating, Courting, mating games
Ovum projects,
Phallus ejects
Sperm to the Egg,
Egg to the womb.
One cell into two, two into four
Four into eight, then sixteen and more
The embryo shall grow.
Encased in shell, skin, bark or brown scale
Feathered or finned, flesh, nail and claws
Spark anew, life it begins!

(c)Mani Navasothy.2012.

*Bright Blessings*

Photo with Grand-trine data

Hi readers,

Here’s a graphics with all the useful information on the grand-trine taking place today/tomorrow, with times, so you can make use of it in your own esoteric / magical workings. ¬† ¬†Good fortunes. ¬†-Mani

Astrology webinar: Venus trines & transits

Invitation to : Astrology Webinar on 12th March’12.
http://instantteleseminar.com/?eventid=27265485

Venus trine & transit

February started with a Mars-opposition-Venus. On the 15th Feb, Venus-squared-Pluto!! That energy overshadowed Valentine‚Äôs day.. Guess what? 14th March is looking brilliant. Venus-trines-Mars! (good) Venus-conjuncts-Jupiter (auspicious). ..and Venus-trines-pluto (Hot n intense!)..and and..Mars-tines-Jupiter.. (project and expand!)‚Ķand following day (15th Match), Mars-trine-pluto (more heat and passion..and raw sex!!) That’s not all. We are building up the expectations of the Venus-transit of the Sun, due to take place on 6th June!

On the other hand, we have got an intense aspect of Uranus-square-Pluto and Jupiter-square-Neptune , taking place on 24th/ 25th of June. Squares in astrology are the most excruciating ones that agitate us into taking action on pain of internal stress (not even oppositions are that challenging. They just require compromises and balances).

I’ve been exploring western astrology for over 2 decades. I’ve written weekly forecasts for AgeNet in the mid-90’s, provided private Chart & interpretations, and have freely given transit advise for close family & pagan friends for many years. My personal interests are in forecasting, and in what I call Astro-magic (using charts and transits to do personal magical work – not quite chart-correcting, but similar in a magical way).

The upcoming *double-grand trines is one not to be missed for personal work… especially when beneficial planets are involved. Let’ be honest- we can all do with more fortunes, wealth, luck and love. (*grand trine happens between 3 planets, and a double-grand-trine is when 2 of these happening at the `same time’).

So I like to share my insights on these, on how you can tune into these stellar energies and benefit from them in your lives.
Join me in a special webinar – totally ** free! Post questions beforehand. Log-in, tune in, phone in ..and listen.. watch…and even interact via chat with other

listeners! (Why Free? because astrology is a private calling, and these very trines are compelling me to share them. There is plenty of energies and good fortunes in the known universe to benefit all lives – we don’t need to hog, hide or hijack any of it).

Here’s the link for the Webinar.. Just go take a look now..
And on the night, click in to `listen to webinar’ and …listen. It’s that easy.
http://instantteleseminar.com/?eventid=27265485
So, I hope to speak to you on the night in the net or via phone / skype.In case some of you are thinking that you don’t know astrology, transits, aspects.. Don’t panic. The webinar page has a link to an astrology article that gives all a simple beginners guide. In addition, I will spend a little but important time covering the basics of astrology in the webinar itself. Besides which, knowledge of astrology is not required at all, for you to benefit from it. Most of us drive a car but not all know how the machines work under the bonnet. Same with astrology. You can use it, without knowing the details of its mechanics.

Bright Blessings & great fortunes

-Mani Navasothy

 

Trees as People

Recently on facebook, one person made a post, where Trees were refered to as `People’. ¬† ¬†That got me thinking, and I made a reply, and I thought it important that I posted that reply as a `status update’ in my own profile:

“Nearly all the pagans work with trees in a magical way, and I must say trees have helped me in more ways than one. And when trees I love and am connected to have been cut down or hacked by people unexpectedly, I have had serious physical injuries to my own self within days! One thing I must say , however is that I think we humanise too many things around us. Trees range from dwarves to such giant magnificent entities.. but to me, they are not people! For people are flawed humans.. and trees, they are perfect creatures of nature.”

To this, some of my friends (F1, F2, F3..) responded  as follows.

F1: ¬† “It rather depends what you mean by people… But I agree about the perfection of tree beings.

F2: ¬†Perhaps referring to trees as Standing People points to an aspiration that one would hope would be a part of homo sapiens type people….. But it is interesting to reflect on the perfection of trees. The Yew, the sycamore and, no doubt other trees excrete a toxic substance that kills off anything that might attempt to grow in its shade. The Ash populates an area with such speed and in such great quantities that it is sometimes considered a weed in its denial of other species the space to develop a diverse range of flora. I can think of parallels in human society which we would criticise for such an approach. Food for thought, perhaps. ūüôā ¬†¬†Nature, red in tooth and claw, green in leaf.

F3:¬†I agree. We are all part of the same web and we are as perfect or as flawed as we allow ourselves to be. Of course humans are flawed but that is part of our journey. A tree that has grown in the wrong place, without enough light or food, could be said to be flawed too. We are all striving to grow and to be the best that we can be. The difference for me is one of speed…flowers are here and gone in the blink of an eye, we last a little bit longer, trees longer still and rocks the longest of all. We all have our place, our perfections and our flaws. I prefer not to reflect on the ‘perfection’ of something else by thinking about how imperfect humans are. We are young and trees are old. We are learning.

So I got thinking further, my mind provoked by these responses.  And here were my replies.
“To define `flawed’ I look to our way of thinking of machines or systems. Something that does not fully and efficiently serve its purpose for coming into existence ..is flawed. A faulty machine is either repaired or scraped. A weakling bird with health problems from birth, very quickly dies – by starvation, or by being thrown out of nest – by its own siblings sometimes! It is `flawed’ because somewhere n its genetic make-up, its programming became flawed ..resulting in a `weak’ fledgling. Come to think of it, am now thinking about humans …what’s the purpose of our programming? if we are serving it, we are fine.. if not, we are flawed? Hmm.. Quite frankly, survival drives me.. not poetry. Though am likely to use esoterica and poetry and anything else to ensure my survival, if need be. Harsh I know..but its part of human-nature, right? :-)”

“I guess we should define things – I’d call humans `people’ – the creature that has evolved out of apes. Esoterically and poetically we humans `humanise’ so many non-human living things and even non-living things (what would you say is the definition of `life’ by the way?) I agree that nature is harsh, hard, and utterly selfish and every creature fights for its own survival most of the¬†time (exceptions are when one puts its offspring’s well-being first). Trees no exception (except trees don’t put their offspring’s needs above their own. An oak doe not keel over and ie just because its seed grows near it). No other living thing is flawed, but humans.. because we humans think humans are end all and be all.. and so we try to humanise everything. ūüôā (Of course we also have to define what we mean by flawed, for this to be a fully sensible pondering.. :-)”

So readers and pagans? what thoughts do you have?

I’ll leave you with this art work that I did a very long time ago.. ¬† as it seems rather relevant ūüôā

-Mani

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Gaian Times eco-magazine

And here it is – issue#3, just out!!

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

The first issue of Gaian Times e-magazine – and the e stands for both electronic and ecology – came out in June 2011.

Gaian Times e-magazine explores the Science, Magic, Arts, Psychology and Social trends Рamong many other eco-centric subjects.  Is there such a word? Eco-centric? I have been using it for a while now.  Anyway GT offers thought-provoking articles, features, information on Eco events and initiatives, other charitable bodies and campaigns. GT also has counselling & psychology related columns- social observations and commentary really, by several regular writers (April Jonquil, Rose Dixon, Antara, Kelly).

Of course many others have already contributed articles / features – Marcus, Reggie, Hazel’O, Pete

GT magazine  was a natural progression to the 3 Gaian Conventions that I had created and managed for Pagan Federation London between 2007-1009.

Oh, almost forgot to say – Gaian Times is also a not for profit Company Ltd by Guarantee. Well, I like to call it an `organisation’ that is growing..

This year, am planning to focus quite a bit of my attention on Gaian Times. So watch this space.

-Mani Navasothy

Storm Chasing: Wind, me and the Willow

Here’s some exhilarating news ¬†about last night!

Parts of UK have been battered about by high winds last night (early hours of 5th Jan’12) and half of the following day. ¬† There have been gusts of winds reaching 60-70mph.

I was bust doing work on the laptop – and part of me kept wanting to go out in the garden and experience the stormy weather – cos I like doing that, and ave done so before (once went out by the coast at midnight to see the sea front in midst of ¬†70+mph winds. Then promptly went back to the B&B I was staying, got April out of bed, wrapped up carefully, and got her out too … just for few minutes! Wow)

Back to last night – well, the winds hadn’t ceased, and by 4.45am, I fully succumbed to the temptation – got out of pyjamas, put on proper outdoor cloths, coat, scarf, hat – promptly carried my magical Sword – and went out to the Willow tree in the garden! ¬† And climbed the long ladder that’s been kept there… to mid-section of the tree (to branches above height of a 1st floor roof, but big enough to carry my weight without snapping).

It was fantastic!   I stayed up there for a good 20 minutes, experiencing each wave of gusts Рdoing various visual and magical works , of clearing the cobwebs from my mind.   (I had not been up the tree since the Neighbours had cut parts of it one afternoon, without our permission, and against our express instructions! And of course, I have been suffering bad back-pains and getting treatment Рand it creates a slow-settling fear that itself can be debilitating).    So it was good to be up there Рto reconnect, and let go of that trauma, for me, and no doubt for the Willow tree too!

It must have been some sight – if anyone had seen me – standing up a tree at such night time, holding and waving a sword about, facing the winds!

At some points, I closed my eyes (after ensuring my foothold was secure and I wasn’t going to slip on damp tree-trunk or branches)- and just felt the tree sections move me about. ¬† It truly felt – if at all possible – like I was riding a Dragon in the sky!!

After such an experience Рlife looks different!  And all of today, I have been working fiercely, as if there is a storm-force inside me.

There probably is one!

Stellar Event of 2012 – Transit of Venus

TRANSIT of VENUS    (6th June 2012)

The biggest astronomical event of 2012 – that both Scientists and Astrologers are talking about – is the Venus transit of the Sun! ¬† This is where the planet Venus is going to be `seen’ passing in front of the Sun. ¬†(It’s like a Solar Eclipse – where the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun and blocks out the Sun temporarily.. ¬†But because of the stellar distances involved, Venus will be seen as a little spot moving across the width of the Sun. ¬†(Warning: do not look at this with naked eyes or any optical devices. It will blind you). It happens every 100+ years or so, and so is very unique. ¬†It happens in pairs – and what we are about to see in 2012 is the 2nd of the pair (first of this pair was in 2004, and lasted 6 hrs!). ¬†Next one will be in the year 2117 – and none of us alive today will see it again!!

“Transits of Venus are among the rarest of predictable astronomical phenomena. They occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, with pairs of transits eight years apart separated by long gaps of 121.5 years and 105.5 years¬†.” ¬†Says the Wikipedia article. ¬†http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transit_of_Venus

I am in the process of writing about the astrological symbology of this, as well as the Eclipse-Magic that can be done centered around the Transit of Venus. ¬†The `Eclipse-Magic e-workbook‘ will be published in early 2012. ¬† Keep an eye on my website ¬†http://www.craftandmagic.org/¬†for details of this in January.

-Mani

ps. Reminder: ¬† BBC Tv’s ¬†Astronomy show ¬†`Stargazing Live!’ ¬† ¬†returns in January 2012 ¬†– for 3 nights – 16th, 17th & 18th January (8pm on BBC2). It covers the surface of the Moon, our galaxy the Milky Way, and Planets beyond Solar system (is here life out there?!) ¬† I’ll do a reminder nearer the time.

Ghosts of the past – aiding the dead

On the eve of New Year.. and there is one thing I have been meaning to write about – before I can move on into the future!

It began with a dream on the morning of 25th December Рin which April and I visited a hospital, where I met her mother Рwho was dying! To cut a long dream short, in the dream, many things got resolved between all 3 of us. And then I saw the elderly lady (Jean) free of all the needles and tubes, glow and float, and fall! Bearing in mind, I once came very close to meeting her (who would be my mother-on-law) in a hospital few years ago Рbut never actually met her, and since then had only seen 1 photo of her РI think this was a remarkable dream. It had elements of magic Рof aiding a suffering person to pass through the veil.   Half a day later, when my back-pain issues started, I pushed this dream aside. But it was worth mentioning.

It wasn’t just in that dream that I had `performed’ a passing-through magical work. Few years ago, my sister and I did a very similar – albeit slightly Hindu version – ceremony for my uncle Sathyamoorthy who was suffering from cancer, and in a nursing home in Kent. That night he passed away. ¬†And going back about 7-8 years, the first time I did that sort of a ceremony was for Maureen Brown ¬†on Christmas Day ¬†(Wiccan High Priestess and Psychologist, who had taught me so much of magic and psychology). That evening, she passed away. Previously she and I had discussed portals and the voids.. ¬† and it suddenly came to the forefront of my mind that afternoon. A fellow coven member and HPS ¬†was part of the ceremony.

Some 20+ years ago, a few days after New Year, my father Navasothy (that was his first name, which in Tamil custom, become my Surname!) met with a road accident while crossing the road and died. It was a singular event that set me off – initially into a faithless spin- and brought me into the world of Paganism & Magical spirituality. ¬† And reaching further back, to when I was 5 years, I saw my paternal grandfather die, at home, in his bed, surrounded by family. I was in my father’s arms that moment, and I remember crying because I had seen my father cry!

To this day, even such things as very old bones I find on the banks of river Thames (in London) tend to have a strong psychic effect on me Рanything from tingles in the head, a burning sensation of the face, heaviness of the chest area, or head-ache that takes half  day to fade.  All I have to do is touch an old bone!   (This is a huge subject matter that I will write about another time).

My one regret is – I could not go and attend to a person who was pagan-hindu and dying – just about the time I was getting ready for my Handfasting¬†/ pagan wedding ceremony 2 years ago. ¬†Weddings are so hectic to organise, and I just could not bring my self to give up half a day that week. I am sorry that I did not. The guilt plagues me still- that I may have been able to help that Soul pass over easily and that I didn’t.

As I stand on the eve of the next year – 2012 – I shall remember the loved ones I have aided, other nameless dead-Souls , both human and animals, I have touched. I don’t only need to remember them on Samhain (pagan festival of honoring the ancestors), or on the day of their deaths, or on some special religious day (such as tomorrow when it is the day to do a special `moksha-pooja’ for my deceased father). I can remember them whenever I wish.

I once wrote a story titled, `Yesterdays’ Fathers..’. ¬†Time I dusted it, scanned it, and published it.