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Wiccan Apprentice Course (woodland based, in 3 parts) – starts 4th sept16 – Wimbledon

Many in my meetup group have asked for a deeper, extended covering of Wicca, so here it is – a course in 3 parts. It is still suitable for beginners, but each subject is covered in much greater depths, and includes meditations, pathworking, and magical / ritual work – to embed what you are learning!

This takes place over 3 consecutive Sundays in September. You don’t have to do all of them.. (but if you did, it will form a cohesive deeper and practical experience of Wicca). You may attend one or more.

• Part 1: Sacred Space & Energy (Sunday 4th Sept)

• Part2: Horned Gods & Moon Goddesses (sunday 11th Sept).

• Part 3: Practical Magic, Covens & Initiations in Wicca (Sunday 18th Sept)

Fee: £13 per session. You can book/ rsvp now for each course, and turn up and pay by cash on the day.

The following structure has been devised by me.


wiccan apprentice 1 of 3 (c) Mani Navasothy

Part 1:   Sacred Space & Energy –   (Sunday 4th September 2016)

You’ll experientially learn about the following :

Magical energy preparations/ work:

• Chakra system of personal energy centres will be explained, with a practical meditation to experience this;

• An energy attuning pathworking will be led by tutor (using 4 element imagery, as well as growing horns & branches, and connecting to the Earth centres using imagery of growing roots.

• Consecrations – you’ll first see a demonstration of  purifying and blessing, using Salt & Water,  incense and Candle / lantern,  the tools to use, and the usual wiccan words; Then each student will get a chance to practise the consecrations;

• Circle casting:   Using your own wand, athame or the tutor’s wand,  you will earn the visualisation, energy work and practise casting a magic circle.

• Elements & Quarters:     The reasons and methods of calling/ invoking the undertaken elementals at the quarters inside a magic circle will be explained and demonstrated with words and symbols(invoking pentagrams, and element triangles) to be drawn;  You will then practise this;

• Transpersonal qualities:   There will be further explanations of the qualities invoked with elements, colour and symbolic correspondences.  An exercise will also be  undertaken by us – for internal elemental exploration and transpersonal balance.

• Witches Rune:   Often used in Circles for energy raising (creative poetry written by Doreen Valiente – mother of modern Witchcraft).   We will allocate some time to exploring the Witche’s Rune, the symbolism inherent in it, and have several practice chants of it.


wiccan apprentice 2 of 3 (c) Mani Navasothy

Part 2:   Working with God & Goddess in Wicca:   (Sunday 11th September 2016)

You’ll experientially learn about the following :

• God forms in Wicca:   This includes Cernunnos, Hern, Pan, Green Man, Dark Lord (Death), Sun God, Odin, Osiris …amongst others.   The symbology of Horns, hooves, antlers are explained, as well as some discussion on the demonising (Pagan god seen as satan/ devil) of the god by non-pagans. We’ll deal with any hidden fears, old conditionings and prejudices, and work transpersonally to reconnect with the Horned God of Wicca and his empowering wildwood energies. Chants will be taught and used.

• Goddess form in Wicca:   We’ll explore the Triple-Goddess imagery used in Wicca- maiden, mother and crone, as well as the various examples – Dianna the Huntress, Isis , Cailleach, Hecate, Gaia and more…

• The God & Goddess cycle in Wicca explained with diagrams and notes- ie the maiden Persephone’s abduction at Autumn,  motherhood, rejuvenated Bride arriving back to land at Imbolc;  Marriage of God & Goddess at Beltane;  the sacrifice of the God at Lammas; coming of Dark Lord at Samhain; Birth of Sun-child at Yule and more.

• Invocations, evocations and Charges of God & Goddess :  What happens after circle is cast and energy raised in a coven?   How are the god & Goddess brought into the Circle?  Who carries those energies?  What is the Drawing down of the Moon?   And Sun?  How does working with God & Goddess empower Witches?   All will be explained with brief demonstration of postures.

• We’ll go through some invocations and learn to use them.  (which you can use in your own or group rituals).

• Charge of the Goddess – the poetry work created by Doreen Valiente – mother of modern witchcraft will be looked.

• Cup and sword pathworking – to meet the God and Goddess.


wiccan apprentice 3 of 3 (c) Mani Navasothy

Part 3:   Ritual Magic, Covens & Initiations in Wicca   (Sunday 18th September 2016)

You’ll experientially learn about the following :

• Principles of Magic & Divination explained using the hexagram;

• Main forms of ritual magic practised in coven-wicca explained and demonstrated (Candle magic, cord magic, healing work, rune magic).

• We’ll do one piece of practical magic.

• Making of tools and how to consecrate them in a circle will be covered, with an option for you to consecrate one of your tools (wand);

• Coven structures,  initiation degree systems; some preparations and quests that seekers of initiation must undergo (no oathbound coven secrets will be divulged! But published materials will be talked about, and any misconceptions/ fears you have will be addressed as long as it does not breach wiccan secrecy oaths.

• All about your Witch-Name :  What is it? Why?  How do you go about choosing one?  When is it used? and more.


What to bring

• For your own comfort, please bring any food/drinks lunch (Please avoid eating during course delivery, unless otherwise stated on the day !);

• bring flask of hot drinks.

• ***Bring comfortable cushion/ mat to sit on, as well as a blanket / throw to wrap up ..during meditative work (or if it’s just cold).

• Please wear warm coats, socks (those ankle socks are pointless…as gnats and mosquitos will get you !), scarf..

• We’ll have some wine for ceremonial parts of the course & for a bit of social after

• Strictly no exotic substance/ drugs etc!

• Note books/ pen .


Recording / photography policy

No private recording by phones/ dictaphones.

No photography during course delivery & practise. .


Course notes / voice recording  by Tutor:

Some printed notes will be provided

Parts of the Course will be recorded (voice only) by the Tutor, and uploaded to a private link, where students who attended the course can listen in a few weeks after the course to refresh their minds.  (only informative parts. Pathworking etc will not be part of this.


Practical Details for the Day (venue/transport).

Public transport:

You can get to Wimbledon (served by Train, buses, tram, tube).

From Wimbledon, take bus 93 going towards Putney.

Get down at `Wimbledon Tea rooms’ stop

Walk 5-10 minutes along a small road to Wimbledon Tea Rooms, inside Wimbledon Common.

By Car:

You can drive in and park your cars for free.

Meeting point:

Please gather at the outdoor seats of the Tea Room/ Cafe by 11.30am.   Once all are gathered, we’ll all walk up into the space set up for the course (close to where we held the course in February & July’ 16).

End time:

We will break for lunch and short tea/coffee breaks. And we shall aim to finish by 5pm..


Links to the Meetup events for these courses (where you can pay by paypal)

• Part 1:   Sacred Space & Energy  (Sunday 4th Sept)

 Part2:   Horned Gods & Moon Goddesses  (sunday 11th Sept).

• Part 3:  Practical Magic, Covens & Initiations in Wicca  (Sunday 18th Sept)

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
( Wiccan High  Priest & published Author)

In deeds may we be noble once more! (Solar oath)

In deeds may we be noble once more…! ( A Solar Oath):

Good morning all.. There is so much positive, creative, wonderful, affectionate, loving, kind, generous, divine things to be thinking about and doing in the world.. 🙂

Yes there are worries.. :-/ and sadly human nature is such that…there is a compulsion and need to want to talk about it. Simmer and fester..and chase our own tails..! 😦 (That’s actually not human nature.. It’s a wounded Inner-child behaviour).

One of the key magical principles.. – even by all that airy fairy quantum probability/ observer/ collapse wave function thingy! – is that what we think and pour energy into starts to manifest…!!

So make it a good thought eh? 🙂 Have a great day! 🙂

Am posting a part of the Solar-prayer/ invocation I wrote/ used at a recent Midsummer ritual:

“Great One of Heaven, Powers of the Sun
We worship thee in thy ancient names
Sooriya, Sol, Lugh, Ra and Horus
Rise up in our skies.. and illuminate our lands
….
….
Bring us clear Visions.
Illuminate our souls.
Set free all spirits that seek liberation.
In our dreams, may we soar to new heights.
And in deeds may we be Noble once more.
May our hearts be full of honour.
And may we forever shine in your splendour.”

-Mani Navasothy

Introduction to Wicca- One day Course for Beginners in London (woodland based)

Join me in this one-day outdoor course, suitable for beginners & seekers of Wicca!

As a nature-based religion, the best way to explore Wicca is in a natural setting! So I have run these since 2006 in various woods & pars of London. Yes at times it’s cold or it rains… but we prepare (that too is part of being a Nature-Witch!)

Who is this course for?

This course is  to introduce Wicca & Witchcraft to beginners & seekers!  I often see so many people stumbling or making some mistakes or are nervous at rituals- so here it is – a full introduction.  This is for any and all those interested or curious about Wicca & Witchcraft and like  a simple, down to earth, friendly introduction…the whole lot in one half a day..!

Who is this course NOT for?  If you are already initiated or fully aware of wicca and been in other training groups for many years / months, then this is NOT for you.   Those interested in Advanced Wicca can join me for other courses in summer!

Course contents:

• Origins of Modern Wicca  (notes given.  Brief verbal outline)

• Wiccan Law & principles (notes given.  Brief verbal outline)

• Altar setup & Wiccan Ritual tools

• Consecrations, sacred space & magic circle

• Working with Elements & Quarters

• Horned God & Moon Goddess

•  Magic & Spellcraft in Wicca

• Wheel of the year – related seasonal myths & rituals explained

• Initiations & Coven life – brief outline

Fee:  £27 (per person).   

To book for this please visit the meetup event    Meetup event- Complete Wicca : A One day woodland course in London

**Concessions available. Please message me for detail.   

**You must pay in advance to confirm a space.  

**Cancellations must be done 24 hrs prior or no refunds will be given**.   

What to bring

• For your own comfort, please bring any food/drinks lunch (Please avoid eating during course delivery!);

• bring flask of hot drinks.

• ***Bring comfortable cushion/ mat to sit on, as well as a blanket / throw to wrap up ..during meditative work (or if it’s just cold).

• Please wear warm coats, socks (those ankle socks are pointless!), scarf..  ***(I say this every time, and 1-2 people still attend with unprepared attire and shiver at our events,.  It is uncomfortable to look at and distracts others.  So please heed this advise.  Thanks. )**

• We’ll have some wine for ceremonial parts of the course & for a bit of social after/

• Strictly no exotic substance/ drugs etc!

• Note books/ pen   (printed notes will be provided).

Recording / photography policy

No private recording by phones/ dictaphones.

No photography during course delivery & practise. .

Practical Details for the Day (venue/transport).

Course space will be set-up in advance by Organiser

You may bring packed lunch or buy at nearby Cafe (affordable cakes/food & coffee etc ).

You can arrive by public transport (train to Wimbledon, then a quick bus trip of 10 mins..and a gentle walk of 10 mins to the meeting spot)..or drive in and park your cars for free.

Once all are gathered, we’ll all walk up into the space set up for the course (close to where we held the course in February 16).

Please gather from 11.00am by the outside seats at Windmill Tea room.   we’ll get walking into the woods.

We will break for lunch and short tea/coffee breaks. And we shall aim to finish by 6pm..

To book for this and/ or keep up to date with info, please visit the meetup event page for this.    Meetup event- Complete Wicca : A One day woodland course in London

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
(Gardnerian Wiccan High  Priest)

 

Sleeping in Light – 9 months of camping in garden

Back in August 2015, I began `sleeping in the garden’ for a few days – that extended to few weeks..It was okay because it was summer time..
But then a quest began.. I decided to stay a bit longer and enjoy being connected to nature, mark the cycles, be invaded by foxes, feel storms and rains shake my tent and so on..

Then I thought let’s test myself by being out there for Winter…and it worried me (am the weakling-guy who used to get sick all the time if i got wet or had a small injury)..

Now..well, winter has come and gone.. ! While mother Earth held me and sister willow watched over me, the elements have torn me and stripped me to the bone and soul, and re-built me.

Am constantly aware of the plights of homeless people in streets.. and surely will do something soon about it..

Summer is almost here.. along with a new threat …pollens.. and I’ve become `used’ to being out.. Used to getting, coming into the house, wash and go about my life.but at night finish up.. go into garden..see clear skies, planets (Jupiter is there every night).. see the moon wax..wane and wax again.. and go into my tent…set up candles (around tent) and inside.. put on my chanting music in earphones..wrap up and fall asleep..with gods and magical things in mind!

Slepeing in light- 9 months in garden (c) Mani Navasothy 2016

Yes there have been ups and downs.. moments of solitudes turning to loneliness..but that’s no so much a physical but a mental thing or one of the heart..

This has been quite an empowering thing.. grounding..connecting to nature.. going deeply within to face my own darkness and shadows, tuning into my own energies & power, finding more humility but also becoming more assertive & confident in a quiet way. I have nothing to prove..Am alive..and there are wonderful people in my life.. so many new people and things have entered my life…and much of the old has been reviewed, healed and transformed.. ..and life’s mysteries (and my-Story) is still unfolding..

There is so much to say about all the insights, learnings, ideas, thoughts and revelations that are flooding my hear & mind..  The work is ongoing (for now).  And I’ll share more of it over the coming weeks and months..

Bright Earthly Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

(Gardnerian Wiccan High Priest  & Shamanic Practitioner)

Moral Compass & Magic

Moral compass & Magic (pt1):
A friend was asking others about this.. Made me think.. and here’s my radical thoughts (`thought in progress’..I’ll come back to this later):

magic and moral compass

1. Magic..for those who work it..should be everyday stuff .. not something to use until till some pivotal, crisis or noble cause strikes. If you know it, use it as you would use your hand, legs, mind, heart, eyes!

2. Anyone on the planet can learn / practise magic.. So it’s not an exclusive `advantage’ or responsibility resting in the hands of some elite or select bunch of Gurus and Wizards. All can have access to it..

3. As for moral compass.. that’s just too cerebral.. way too many laws and rules.. made up by those ahead of us or gone before.. just disempowering, holier-than-thou, scaremongering-crap..

No moral compass is needed! `Do what thou Will’..full stop!

In wicca, there’s the `rule’  – `An it harm none, do what you will’.   Well, if we take magic as something that is possible (albeit, with some training & development for some..and more natural for others),  then it ceases to be a special case that requires special rules. The `an it harm none..’ applies to *anything* we do in life with any thing we have- … hands, gun, swords, words.  We should strive not to hurt or harm anyone or anything (an impossibility in itself..but that’s another debate).  

As I said, my radical thoughts.

Bright Blessings.
-Mani Navasothy

Be Brave of the Warrior within

Be Brave of the Warrior within  – Empowerment poetry by Mani Navasothy

Be Brave of the warrior within (c) Mani Navasothy 2016

Be Brave of the Warrior within

There is much in this crazy world that needs and deserves
the protection of the Warrior within.
It is a fire to be embraced,
not feared and banished or oppressed
out of shame,
Or a desire for the path of love.

Even Love..
even light
even peace
needs the protection..
of the sword and the staff at times
From those who would see it destroyed,
those who have their black hearts set on murder and mayhem
Death and destruction of love and light.
and in the face of such demons,
flowers and kisses stand no chance
Only tooth and claw can rise
and face such vicious oppressions

Only the Tiger in our eyes
Only the wolf in our arms
Only the bear within our bellies
can make a difference
in those moments of battle of breaking ideals and bones
Moments that pierce and want to scratch out our souls.

You speak of leading the wolves
and seek its company
Was it for its smile and a tender lick of the tongue
upon your face?
or the power and perseverance of its jaws?

You seek the company of Lions
Is it for the beauty of its beating heart
and the majesty of his mane
or the sharpness of his claws?

You peek at mother-bear in the forest
Is it for her style of walking
and the seeking of salmon
or the awesome strength of her body?

By all means, fly like an Eagle
sore to spiritual heights
Shout, hoot and see wisdom in the dark
like an Owl
But remember.
And please do remember..
The Owl and the Eagle..
They dismember their food so viciously too
They do tear out the flesh of little rodents,
and swallow whole the bleeding hearts of small birds!

There is a Warrior in all of us..
It is in..
..The fire that protects us
..The bone that stands us
..the muscle that moves us
There is a Warrior in all of us..
one that needs embracing..
One that stands with us..
Yes, even us..who are on a path of love!

(c) Mani Navasothy 2016

25th feb’16

Snow spiral & the Coming of Bride

We are at that pause..the point between Yule and Imbolc..

Amazing how just in the course of even one day our moods can change.. forming, merging, dividing, re-merging, emerging, undulating.. What turbulence our hearts make.. while the mind watches it all.. We are now about a week into the Mercury-retrograde.. Things will unravel.. and would seem like chaos.. the more one tries to pin down reality, more it will slip away.. And it is exactly at these times, that  you must  hold dear your faith in the Stars..and Fates..

..and  that all will be well!

In a few weeks, the Goddess Bride shall arise from her wintery place of mysteries, and walk into our lives again.. her path illuminated by a hundred points of light.

And she’ll bring with her the 3 gifts – the flames of inspiration, purification and that of healing..

Poetry, creativity and hope will abound…

..and the anguish of the artists, the pangs of the lovers and longings of the lost shall be fulfilled.. !

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Snow spiral & coming of Bride (c) Mani Navasothy 2016.jpg
Snow Spiral & The coming of Bride   – photo & art (c) Mani Navasothy 2010 / 2016.  

A Wiccan Path for Beginners – one day woodland course in London (Feb’16)

The practise of wicca & Witchcraft is seen as one of the neo pagan paths of religion and spirituality – for personal / psychic development, higher self as well as celebration, honouring of nature and worship of the divine!

Join me in this one-day outdoor course, suitable for beginners & seekers of Wicca!

Wiccan Path for Beginners - 28Feb2016 (c) Mani Navasothy.jpg

As a nature-based religion, the best way to explore Wicca is in a natural setting! So I have run these since 2006 in various woods & pars of London. Yes at times it’s cold or it rains… but we prepare (that too is part of being a Nature-Witch!)

Who is this course for?

This course is  to introduce Wicca & Witchcraft to beginners & seekers!  I often see so many people stumbling or making some mistakes or are nervous at rituals- so here it is – a full introduction.  This is for any and all those interested or curious about Wicca & Witchcraft and like  a simple, down to earth, friendly introduction…the whole lot in one half a day.. so you can decide if it’s worth going further!

There are not many courses of Wicca run in London these days.. Sometimes my own mentors (Vivianne & Chris Crowley) run them in indoor venue. Sometimes I run them in indoor venues. Children of Artemis / Witchfest people run them once a year .this time in Glastonbury!!
So don’t miss this opportunity!

Who is this course NOT for?  If you are already initiated or fully aware of wicca and been in other training groups for many years / months, then this is NOT for you.   Those interested in Advanced Wicca can join me for other courses in summer!

(note: People with much prior Wicca experience tend to be disruptive because they nudge  the focus to higher levels to suit  them, and it leaves others in these beginners baffled and feeling inadequate. That is not what I want for them).

Course contents:

• Origins of Modern Wicca

• Wiccan Law & principles

• Structure & Ritual formats

• Consecrations, sacred space & magic circle

• Working with Elements & Quarters

• Horned God & Moon Goddess

•  Magic & Spellcraft in Wicca

• Esbats (full moon) and Sabats (seasonal festivals)- Wheel of the Wicca Year

• Initiations & Coven life

Fee:  £13 (per person)    

Later in spring/ summer, I will resume more of the courses – Practical Magic workshops, deeper exploration of Initiatory Wicca and so on..   But the journey begins here…with a friendly introduction in a natural setting.. (no one has been doing that in London except me for 10 years!!)

For FULL DETAILS ..visit the meetup event I have set up for this (and you can pay fees/book there by Paypal).

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
(Wiccan HighPriest)

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Wiccan Path for Beginners – A one day Course in the Woods!

Sunday, Feb 28, 2016, 10:30 AM

Location details are available to members only.

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Eclipses are coming! Will you do magic?? (special book offer!)

Eclipses are intense.. They amplify other energies. And they are perfect cosmic accelerators & Course-Correctors!

If full moons & New moons are so powerful for magic, just imagine what Eclipses can do..!!  So why not learn all about Eclipse Magic??!  How, when, why, where.. and tap into their potential for you personal growth and development.. !!

Upcoming Eclipse-Magic Opportunities..!

Partial Solar Eclipse – 13th September 2015 (In Virgo).

Total Lunar Eclipse – * 28th September 2015 (in Aries).

*28th sept’15 is our last chance to experience a Full Lunar Eclipse. Then follows 2 years of Partial or Penumbral Lunar Eclipses, until 2018, when the next FULL Lunar Eclipse occurs..

Begin Course-correcting and Accelerating your life with Eclipse Magic!

Eclipse Magic Workbook by Mani Navasothy (pdf version)
Eclipse Magic Workbook by Mani Navasothy (pdf version)

This book packs a lot of practical knowledge in just 73 pages.

Step-by-Step instructional workbook.

Your one-stop resource – with basics of magic, astronomy and astrology – required to do Eclipse Magic.

Packed with walk-through exercises which are simply for any stellar seekers to do.

Suitable for complete beginner to start immediately.

Indepth work for experienced Magicians & Ritual practitioners.

Avoid the 8 pitfalls

Take my anniversary Promotional Offer..   My `Eclipse Magic Worksbook’ is on offer at £3.99 to the first 40 purchases online via my Eclipse Magic website (normal price £12).

Bright Stellar Wishes

-Mani Navasothy  (Eclipse Magician)

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Letting Go Ritual for Halloween/Samhain

For Samhain: A `Letting Go’ Ritual (taken from `e-Witch Apprentice Course’)

Halloween/ Samhain : A `Letting-go’ ceremony

 

This is a simple ritual that has an impact on a magical and transpersonal level. The act of doing the ritual is magical. The act also sends a strong message to your own subconscious mind, which in turn will begin a positive long term impact.

Usually people do these `letting go’ rituals at Samhain (Halloween) or on New Year’s Eve, as a way of letting go of their past issues and ties. However, as you embark on a new magical journey, it is equally appropriate to let go of the issues that weigh you down inwardly now.

There are those who will find this difficult to do, not the actual practical ritual itself but approaching the matter of making an effort to let go. Some people find it `comfortable’ to hold on to past issues, and cling to them as some sort of crutch. But letting go, even if this ritual is done half-heartedly, still creates the wonderful `avalanche effect’ of starting the process within.  You do not have to even believe it. Just do it!  (We are working in the realms of magic, after all!)

 

 

 

  1. You’ll need a large piece of blank paper, a pen, a small container to burn it in (a saucepan, if you do not have a cauldron), matches or lighter.
  2. On a piece of paper, write down the following (in no particular order or format): Worries and fears you currently have in your life; Problems you may face on health issues, financial, housing, career or work related. Issues on bullying/ harassment you may be facing, of politics, relationships, friendships, love, security; Matters of past guilt, shame, secrecy, fidelity, loyalty.
  3. Once writing is complete, hold the piece of paper to your chest and visualize those issues seeping out from your heart into the paper. You can also hold the paper to your forehead, and visualize the issues that have been worrying you, seeping from your mind and into the paper. For health issues, we suggest you hold the paper against your stomach and visualize those issues seeping into the paper. (You can do all 3 on the same paper).
  4. Now gently spit on the paper 3 times.
  5. Go to a ventilated location in your house – garden, veranda, balcony, or back-door (with door open). Slightly crunch the piece of paper into a loose ball. Light it with matches or lighter.
  6. Step back a little and watch it burn away completely. Let those energies that have tied you up till now be burned away by the powers of Fire, leaving you to begin an internal transformation. If there are any ashes left, you can bury them in the ground, or drop them into the toilet, urinate over and flush them down!!

-Mani Navasothy

link: Witchcrat & Magic