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Jupiter-Pluto Conjunctions of 2020

 

The Jupiter-conjunction-Pluto in Capricorn is happening  three (3) times in this year 2020!    Anyone who knows evening the slightest bit of astrology knows that (a) Conjunctions are really powerful and (b) when something involves Pluto, it’s going to be deep, intense.. and ultimately transformative.   And there is a (c) too..  that when Jupiter is involved, there are beneficial forces at work!  Let’s look at some details:

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Astrology Forecast: Triple Jupiter-Pluto Conjunctions in 2020  (c) http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net   Esoteric blogs by Mani Navasothy

When? 

The Jupiter-Pluto-conjunction occurs  on 5th April 2020,  then the planets go retrograde.  During this phase, they conjunct again, on 30th June.   The planets slip far back in the sign of Capricorn… (Jupiter goes backwards to 17 degrees Capricorn, and Pluto back to 22 degrees).   They slow and stop..and start to go direct.  Pluto first then Jupiter. As Jupiter is a further back but a faster moving planet than Pluto, it eventually catches up to Pluto and conjuncts on 12th November for the 3rd time..

(note: Jupiter leaves Capricorn and enters Aquarius on 19th December.. where it then conjuncts Saturn in Aquarius on 21st December..  but that’s a stellar story for another blog).

The graphics shows exact dates when Jupiter & Pluto make certain `events’

Where?   All of this is occuring in the sign of  Capricorn the mystical sea-goat (ruled by Saturn).  Capricorn is an Earth sign..  Jupiter is fiery and Pluto.. well, Pluto rules the deep, the unconscious, the underworld!

Who? 

So who will these transits affect or influence?  Short answer is…*everyone*   Long answer..   Well, As all this is happening in Capricorn, that sign is the meeting-ground.  Jupiter rules Sagittarius, and Pluto rules Scorpios.  So those signs will be strongly affected too.  But then,   the position of Capricorn will be a particular house’ position for each individual.  For some it will be their birth sign, for others it’s their 2nd house (wealth, values),  7th (relationships, partnerships), 10th house (Career, fame) and so on..  Capricorn will be one of the 12 houses for any one of you.  So that particular sector of your life will be the one most transformed by these 3 repeated aspects.

Not only that – but on your own natal chart, look to see what house encloses the signs of Sagittarius & Scorpio.  Those houses will be affected for you personally.

How? 

A conjunction blends and combines the energies of both planets involved.   As Capricorn plays host to this conjunction,  the energy of Capricorn will be added to the mix of Jupiter & Pluto..   Expansion, farsight, distant travel, higher learning, religion, law, Justice, gambling, impulsivity,  risk taking, flirting & romance are some qualities to bear in mind for Jupiter.    Intensity, secrets, probing, manipulation power, control, sexuality, others’ money, death and rebirth and ultimately transformations are the energies that Pluto brings to this conjunction.   And as you can see…the  combinations and permutations of these energies are very many indeed.

It all depends on what you are open to, how far you are willing to work with some of the energies, influences and issues that are surfacing..

You won’t just get one chance but three!   The weeks and days leading upto the first occurence of this conjunction will raise up deeper issues.  Rather than fearing them, start to acknowledge hem to your self..and work through them…resolve them..  integrate them.

By the time the conjunction has occurred a 2nd  time (especially as both planets are retrograding),   you may feel your best laid plans of dealing with these issues are all gone awry..   That may result in frustration, more fears, avoidance, obsessions, escapism, addictions, harming others or self-harming, destructive habits, manipulative habits and more. Or you may simply feel like or actually cut and run away..  avoid issues, take more risks,  loose your temper.

Dabbling in the occult or dark magic may take you in unsafe directions..  and endanger self or others.   Guard against falling prey to outside cult or occult influences.

Small things may trigger you into acting disproportionately, or exaggerate reactions, blow things out of proportions.  The negative traits of Jupiter & Pluto may take hold.   Usually during a triple-repeated conjunctions, the mid-point is very trying..  where nothing makes sense, and control and plans are gone..  and you may feel compelled to act in nonproductive ways..

That will be the time to work very hard at staying calm.. to stay grounded and centred..  to do more personal work of spirituality or psychology.  Also a time to keep safe with tried and tested methods, people or places..  Stay safe..  but let go of expectations.

When such powerful planetary energies are at play, trying to become clever, trying to manage it, employing short cuts rather than working carefully and sincerely through the issues raised to surface is not going to work in the long term.

Between the 2nd and 3rd occurance of the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction..ie between 30th June and 12th November  – Do The Work!!    Be genuine..  and hold faith the fact that this is ultimately beneficial aspect and the transformation – once slowly and deeply achieved – will benefit you for decades to come..  for we will not live to see this similar aspect again in our lifetimes.

It may interest you to know, I myself will be strongly affected by these aspects..  (one of those planets rules my birth sign!).  And there is one thing I have learnt about the influence of stars in my life.  I can not cheat it by knowing about it in advance..  (I’ve tried in the distant past). So I myself will be trying to take some of this advise for me… And as more insights and far-sights surface, I’ll be sure to blog them/ add them here.

Magic & Spirituality

Of course there is one matter I have not mentioned so far..  Well I have in an indirect way.   The cheating!

Many believe all of our lives  and all that we do are `fated’ – that is to say predetermined by Fate or God or Goddess or universe, and we do not know but our futures are all set in stone.    BUT an equal number of people believe that we humans have Free Will..  and that we are the Masters of our own destiny & futures.   And certainly,  those who practise Magic believe that we have the ability to influence and choose our future in a direct and esoteric way..  !

So I like to add a few suggestions..in the way of tackling the conjunctions coming, (well by the time you read this, the first of the conjunction will be happening..  I am writing this `under their influences already’ and that was intentional.  I could have written this 2 months ago when i first mentioned it..but I wanted to get a better handle on the energies brewing..so I could write it better..  and I am.   I trust that as the aspect brews, it’s inspiring me to write the most relevant words and thoughts..   The fact that I have never taken this style of writing an astrological blog is evidence of its influence..  as I didn not even think to add magic & spirituality to this blog.

To those suggestions then..

Work with some God forms and archetypes..   Learn about the gods and myths of Zeus and Jupiter..  and even a little of Thor and Vishnu (all are connected to Jupiter!)   Learn and work with Pluto / Hades Lord of the Underworld..  Work with Shiva the dancing form (destroyer).   And work with Saturn.   Those are the energies at work here.  and tuning into them more will help.

Though trying to control the outcomes of these aspects is likely to backfire..  doing some constructive planetary magical works can be productive.

It is a powerful time of transformation and expansion – though it may not seem that way.   dig deep, or pierce the wounds ..  clear the hole of clutter, and dross, and drain puss from old wounds..  Let it all heal..  and ready the ground and plant new seeds and dreams.  These will grow into glorious new tall trees… Their roots will go deep..as their branches will spread far and wide..  beyond th small horizons you were ever used to before.

Bright Stellar Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Author, Teacher, AstroMage.

ps.   I will shortly begin to offer my support & services for High Magical talismans/ charms, as well as personalised astrological forecasts (3, 6, 9 or 12 months). Please keep an eye on my blog or my official website http://www.Mani.org.uk.  Thanks.

 

Rebooting Earth? Life is continuous!!

Stop this Earth Re-boot bollocks! Life doesn’t stop-start!!

Folks..am hearing a lot of bull about planet booting up again. Do you hear the language and concepts you are using? It’ all tech-computer-machine-stuff. The planet and life are continuous.

As much as many can’t cope with the way things are and are secretly looking and wanting signs.. for some sort of global re-boot.. only machines can be rebooted. If you want that for life…it’s death and rebirth.. reincarnations .. There is no re-boot for Life. You are alive or dead.

Yes many processes and ways of our lives have come counter-productive and detrimental to Ecology & environment and whole of Earth.. Those things need to change. But no addict ever got better by going cold-turkey. Change that is sharp and sudden always has a potential for relapse. Only mindful gradual change can be sustained.

Secretly wishing that we are all some machines that need rebooting..is a stupidity that has been doing the new age/ spiritual circuits for some years now.. I get that the mind cam’t cope with some things and leaps into escapism.. And if you truly stop to examine this reboot phenomena.. that too is a whimsical escapist fantasy.

So stop this nonsensical way you are brainwashing yourselves.. Life is continuous on Earth. There is no re-boot. Yes we have crisis and catastrophes sometimes.. and even extinction-level events in the history of Earth.. like meteor strikes, super-volcanoes, polar-magnetic shifts, ice ages.. Plagues have never been extinction level events.. (but they do take a toll of millions or billions of lives).

Don’t let all this internet / tech-adapted talk infiltrate your mind and your human-thinking and feeling.. Don’t become human-machines. Don’t use machine/ technical language to subtly alter you. We are Life. We are not machines.

-Mani Navasoth

http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net

Sex: Entering a Wom(b)an

I found the following to be incredibly sacred..  it has spirituality & psychology all woven in. Transpersonal psychology indicates that we all have a desire to return to the womb.. and this often has numerous connections of how we can interpret our quest for the union with the divine, the original safety, Utopia, the birthing experience/ white light at the end of the tunnel and so much more.  So when this post caught my eye on facebook I was deeply interested, only to learn that it gets taken down.. (the author has posted it before). So am being  little clever and posting it as a blog entry with all the tags to facebook intact, and then share it on facebook.   Bright Blessings.  Mani.  (ps. The blog title is entirely of my fashioning.  The author had  `Dear Men’  as the title).

Sex - sacredness of entering a woman
sex: Sacredness of entering a woman.   Art Credit:  Chanel Baran and model Shona Keeli

 DEAR MEN 

Do you know…

That when you enter a woman, you are actually INSIDE of another human being, you are inside of her?

Have you ever realized how sacred this is?

That this is the closest thing to oneness that you will ever experience, and that she holds this gift for you…

That you can return to the womb and to the point of creation…

That you can plant the seeds of creation as well…

That when you leave her, she feels the separation as you physically pulls out and leave her empty…

That being allowed inside of her is a gift, an honoring, something sacred, and that it is your job to know, respect and honor this…

That her heart is connected to her sex, and when you want to enter her sex, you enter her heart as well…

That she feels everything when you enter her, as all of your energy is being passed on and into her. Therefore you have a responsibility of entering with transparency of your intentions, as she will feel all the ways you might use her to avoid feeling your own pain or emotions. You need to be mindful and aware about why you are entering her, and what you are filling her up with…

That “sex” is the cosmic union of the feminine and the masculine energy, a sacred meeting of polarities, and that it has nothing to do with reaching an orgasm, lasting long enough, the size, another number for your collection, or your worth…

That truly opening up a woman, is about going deep, but not going deep within her, going deep within yourself, knowing yourself, and the deeper you are able to enter yourself, the deeper you can enter a woman as well…

Author: Zoe Johansen
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Update upon the intention of this post:
– It is equally directed towards men and women 🙏
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Art Credit: (with facebook links) Chanel Baran and modelShona Keeli byWomb Illumination by Divine Flow.

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A Theory of Evil: On the Collective, murderous instincts, Angels, Demons and Entities in between!!

Everything living has a survival instinct..and when a moment comes – to be killed or be killed, each must make a choice. That’s just biology. I also believe in the Collective unconscious, where all the minds are linked.. And that when we humans don’t deal with our emotions, repress them, we sink those shadows deep into the collective..adding to its murky waters..
It follows that every killing instinct everyone has all adds up.. every hurt person who wants to lash out at their offender.. can seek revenge by hurting back or repressing or dealing with that (process it and transform it).
Now I think that some of us are strong willed enough to sink our repressed feelings and instincts…and get on with life. But some poor sod (person) out there who has no strength of Will…but is connected to the human collective…will have a weak `flooring’ through which the repressed collection of harmful instincts will erupt out.. !!
In short, what we repress comes out in someone else.. and they become the villain…the abuser..the killer..the rapist..the murderer!
This much I have formulated/understood and believed for over a decade and a half..(since 2001 when i started learning transpersonal psychology and blending it with my own spirituality and beliefs). ps. I call this my `Volcano theory of human shadows!’ (that the visual I get).
When we are faced with such a villain, it’s easy to brand him/ her as utterly evil.. It’s humanly impossibly not to hate or vilify that person. I personally would fall for that every time.. ! We would even call that person `Evil’ . But i try to accept that…that person is only a conduit for the sum of all our own darkness and shadows!
As for Evil.. I actually don’t think there is such a thing.. shockingly!!
But there is a selfish drive in all of us..all beings..including the spirits..that were once human or animal..or were never born as such. I don’t think that dying somehow removes some of these selfish or self-preserving drives.
It is my belief now (after the last 4 years of various psychic experiences)..that the spirit world is full of creatures.. entities.. everything from ghosts of a dead worm and insects to humans..and some forces we come to call angels.. even Gods! everything wants to survive..to go on..to keep its identity. They will do this however way they see fit.. unless some altruistic feelings stop them from hurting other beings. The dead worm’s spirit will keep on trying to scour for `food’ (energy).. and that can be coming from vampiristic / leeching from humans who are living..
And the `Angels’ won’t steal from us..but try to aid.. As for Demons.. they are probably larger beings who act on their drive for energy and power ..and may temporarily `work’ to aid some humans..but in the end ..their motives are entirely self-serving.
Well..this is the grand theory/ belief I have constructed for myself over years.. and this is probably the first time I have put it all in one go..in one place.. (these exist in copious hand written notes in paper…and spill out when i give talks or workshops..in pieces)
-Mani Navasothy
–version 1: 11th April 2018
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The above was written in answer to a friend’s question about do I believe people can be evil or who they become by following a path.
That question arose in answer to my post :
Angels & Demons in our minds and magical works:
It puzzles me.. why, when we have so many hundreds if not thousands of Godforms, Angelic forces, fairies, dragons and nature spirits.. do some people leap off and seek Devils & Demonic forces to work with?
I don’t accept the explanation that they are working with their shadows. If that’s the case, the first option is a Therapist, a counselor or a Psychiatrist!
The only explanation I can think of is…those others believe that their work with `demonic forces’ is somehow more fundamental or more powerful …than any other forms or forces..such as Gods & Angels!
Millions if not billions of people around the Globe get on with their lives, without it, and at best they call on a God or Angel…more so than a demon!
Never mind them…I myself have got this far in life.. by working with Gods and Goddess forms, and perhaps some angelic energies. When certain entities are trying to intrude, a simple `Om Shivaya’ chant has been more than enough to stop it. Perhaps it’s the Gods..perhaps its my belief in the Gods.. that gives me this advantage over unknown forces. It’s safe to say, my work will always be with the light, while I carry on illuminating my own transpersonal shadows.
-Mani

Sinking into Cyberspace..!!

You all know I have a Physics degree/ tech background and into all the multi-media stuff. Am also very much about nature & spirituality..and striving for tech-free time/ balance in life.

Everything is becoming hyper-real and accelerated these days.. What’s the hurry..? where do we have to get to so fast? Mars? Uranus? Death? Reincarnation? Oblivion?!

We are tumbling through our lives, transplanting & embedding our minds and emotions more and more into Cyber realms.. living our lives there too..and forgetting the shadows taking shape in the Collective.. Am not talking hypothetical. Am talking thought-forms, spirits, wraith and cyber-psychic entities (there I just invented a word).

Yes people are supposed to be connected..but NOT to 100’s or 1000’s.. however superficial that might be. At those levels, individuality blurs and gets lost. If that’s what you want..fine. :-/

There’s another danger too!! When any more than 1-2 people gather in a group, a group shadow forms within that small collective subconscious.. and it gets projected out onto its members and outsiders.. One becomes the hero another the black sheep.. Have we forgotten `Lord of the Flies’ that we all read in primary school English?! Imagine the fears, phobias, whims, wants, power-struggles, egos and other secret obsessions within each of our minds..spilling into social media..along side our posts and pictures and status updates…sliding past any obvious `filters’ and privacy settings. It’s all gathering..coalescing..in the darkness of cyber-realms that we can’t see.. And it’s reaching out tendrils to feed.. !

Those of you energy-sensitive must have realised the shifts and tremors by now surely?!!

It is really time to slow it down.. and not fall for multimillion dollar companies’ strategies, marketing and the euphoria of quick adrenalin fixes (event junkies!). Yes I know, the fear is of not getting left behind. The curiosity is in wanting to know everything. But instead of food & drinks ..we are now consumers of pixels and info bytes. It’s feeding mass amounts of useless junk into our minds on a daily basis.. Yes humans have some 80-90% brain space unused. But it;s not a hard drive to be filled with junk.. is it? There are mysteries of the mind that we can be working to unlock.. That all requires silence and stillness ..not more electronic pixellated noise!

So.. take stock now.. as I am.. !! It’s not a static process.. We’re going to have to regularly take stock and balance our cyberlives with physical lives.

-Mani

ps. I totally welcome real personal relationships and connections. 🙂 Happy to have hours of sit-downs, informal lounging and tons of teas, coffees and wines.

Gaslighting: Know It and Identify It to Protect Yourself (psychology)

What’s Gaslighting?  A manipulative tactics employed by  a person, organisation or entity to gain more power!   Here’s a copy of article blog  found, written by Stephanie Sarkis Ph.D. Stephanie Sarkis Ph.D. (link at the bottom).-Mani


Gaslighting is a tactic of behavior in which a person or entity, in order to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality. It works a lot better than you may think. Anyone is susceptible to gaslighting. It is a common technique of abusers, dictators, narcissists, and cult leaders. It is done slowly, so the victim doesn’t realize how much they’ve been brainwashed. In the movie Gaslight (1944), a man manipulates his wife to the point where she thinks she is losing her mind.

People that gaslight use the following techniques:

1. They tell you blatant lies.

You know it’s an outright lie. Yet they are telling you this lie with a straight face. Why are they so blatant? Because they’re setting up a precedent. Once they tell you a huge lie, you’re not sure if anything they say is true. Keeping you unsteady and off-kilter is the goal.

2. They deny they ever said something, even though you have proof.

You know they said they would do something…you know you heard it. But they out and out deny it. It makes you start questioning your reality – maybe they never said that thing. And the more they do this, the more you question your reality and start accepting theirs.

3. They use what is near and dear to you as ammunition.

They know how important your kids are to you, they know how important your identity is to you. So that is one of the first things they attack. If you have kids, they tell you that you did a disservice by having those children. They will tell you that if only you weren’t _____________, you’d be a worthy person. They attack the foundation of your being.

4. They wear you down over time.

This is one of the insidious things about gaslighting – it is done gradually, over time. A lie here, a lie there, a snide comment every so often…and then it starts ramping up. Even the brightest, most self-aware people can be sucked into gaslighting – it is that effective. It’s the “frog in the frying pan” analogy – the heat is turned up slowly, so the frog never realizes what hit it.

5. Their actions do not match their words.

When dealing with a person or entity that gaslights, look at what they are doing rather than what they are saying. What they are saying means nothing. It is just talk. What they are doing is the issue.

6. They throw in positive reinforcement to confuse you.

This person or entity that is cutting you down, telling you that you don’t have value – is now praising you for something you did. This adds an additional sense of uneasiness. You think, “Well maybe they aren’t so bad.” Yes, they are. This is a calculated attempt to keep you off-kilter – and again, question your reality. Also look at what you were praised for – it is probably something that served the gaslighter.

7. They know confusion weakens people.

Gaslighters know that all people like having a sense of stability and normalcy. Their goal is to uproot this and make you constantly question everything. And humans’ natural tendency is to look to the person or entity that will help you feel more stable – and that happens to be the gaslighter.

8. They project.

They are a drug user or a cheater – yet they are constantly accusing you of that. This is done so repetitively that you start trying to defend yourself – and are distracted from the gaslighter’s own behavior.

9. They try to align people against you.

Gaslighters are masters at manipulating and finding the people they know will stand by them no matter what – and they use these people against you. They will make comments such as “____________ knows that you’re not right”, or “___________ knows you’re useless too”. Keep in mind it does not mean that these people actually said these things. The gaslighter is a constant liar. When the gaslighter uses this tactic it makes you feel like you don’t know who to trust or turn to – and that leads you right back to the gaslighter. And that’s exactly what the want. Isolation gives them more control.

10. They tell you or others that you are crazy.

This is one of the most effective tools of the gaslighter – because it’s dismissive. The gaslighter knows if they question your sanity, people will not believe you when you tell them the gaslighter is abusive or out-of-control. It’s a master technique.

11. They tell you everyone else is a liar.

By telling you that everyone else (your family, the media) is a liar, it again makes you question your reality. You’ve never known someone with the audacity to do this, so they must be right, right? No. It’s a manipulation technique. It makes people turn more to the gaslighter for the “correct” information – which isn’t correct information at all.

The more you are aware of these techniques, the quicker you can identify them before you fall into the gaslighter’s trap.

Copyright 2017 Sarkis Media.   http://www.stephaniesarkis.com


article taken from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/here-there-and-everywhere/201701/gaslighting-know-it-and-identify-it-protect-yourself


 

 

Serpent Power – Magical Workshops coming soon! (London)

Okay..I can’t contain this excitement so am going to just blurt it.. Melanie Philippides and I have been planning a set of rather powerful workshops involving.. ( take a deep breath).. snakes! Pythons in fact. She has 2.. and is looking after a 3rd one.. one of them is very large indeed..(twice as big as this one in photo).. whom I met yesterday evening.. for ..shall we say, `getting attuned’ before working on the details of workshops..!) 🙂

Mani & Melanie serpent power workshops coming soon .jpg

I met Melanie first at the Birthday of Goddess Isis ritual by Cleopatra’s Needle, Embankment, in 2013.. but lost touch for a few years but was facebook friends. The photo below was taken at one of Melanie’s snake / fusion Belly dance performance in a venue in Croydon last October’15 where I met her again (and Shiva). We seem to have all that Game of Throne, snakes & Dragons magical explorations in common..and the result now of course are these magical joint workshops..

watch out for full details in a few days..  and then ..book fast…as spaces will be limited!

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

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
….
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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

Divine Battles within

Divine Battles within:

As much as I like to `resign’ from Life, Universe and the internet :-p there’s just too much crap going on in the world…for me and anyone with Gaia-consciousness to stay on the sidelines and look for Himalayas to retreat to.

THIS is our battle.. to keep the divine faith in our souls, hopes in our hearts, stay cautiously optimistic, unconditionally positive, challenge any and all ill-doings elsewhere and everywhere.. and stand up for a better world – no matter how gloomy things may look.. and how close the Four Horsemen seem to be. This is where our warrior-energies are need… not to fight, to hurt, maim or kill a fellow human..but to put to flight the welling darkness and rising illusions and delusions.

This battle is not fought with side-arms & arrows, mace or missiles – but with patience, endurance, inner strength and a strong belief within.. Doesn’t matter what god or goddess or divine being you believe it…but believe it.. and make him/ her/ it be your peaceful power and strength.. !

The inner child may be afraid.. and throws tantrums, seeking attention. But it is seeking safety, support and love. Not just yours or mine..but all the Inner-Children of the billions of people on Earth! As adults, we can exude positivity, assurance, offer support, emotional acceptance and understanding.

This is the time for all of our Love, light and compassionate, nurturing, empowering thoughts, feelings and deeds to rise to the surface and spread.

Bright Stellar Blessings!
-Mani Navasothy

Remembering Maureen Brown – High Priestess of Wicca

Maureen Brown Wiccan High Priestess
Maureen Brown Wiccan High Priestess

Maureen Brown was a High Priestess of Wicca, and a qualified Counsellor, Psychotherapist, mother and grandmother- when she passed away into the arms of the veiled Isis, on this day, 11 years ago (25th December 2004). Since then Christmas day has never been the same.

I met her in the year 2000, at a Wiccan summer gathering of many covens, in a Glastonbury camping site. I didn’t know at the time that she had had surgery in her stomach and was recovering..  but she danced wildly with me in the barn that evening during the party / socials.. And later we spoke about magic and psychology and how she could help me with some of my issues (I didn;t tell her..she had just inferred!) It awed and impressed me so much..  She said to go and visit her in Croydon. I said I will.

But I did not.   I thought I could do it myself..  you know.. sort myself out.  I figured that if all else fails, I can always go to Maureen.  And a year or so passed – until I was Pan in an Open ritual, and at the end of it, 2 Witches – a man and a woman, waited to give me an invite to their coven ritual.. at Maureen’s biding ofcourse!

So I went a few days later, and thus began a great friendship, admiration, and learning. There’s much more of course ..but that can all wait for some future write up.

What was important was..  few years later, she was diagnosed with cancer..terminal..and we all gathered around, as she spent weeks ..nay months preparing..  not just her life..but all her students & friends  .. Well, she’s the psychologist, what else was she going to do?

And on the Christmas day, 2004, a fellow Wiccan Priestess Hazel and I went to the Hospice, and we just the two of us did a passing ceremony to aid Maureen who was already comatose.   And within hours, she passed away.  I ofcourse got home lit some candles..  and began to do some art work, titled, `passing of a Priestess’ – and after finishing the art, I called the Hospice, to hear the news that Maureen Brown has passed away..  just 15 minutes prior!

That Christmas time was special..  where few weeks prior, we had the most biggest party in her house, fire works, table for 30+ ..and passing her white wig around ..all of us taking photos ..making merry and light of what’s to come. It was one last glorious party she organised…for all of us!  (she’s a Counsellor..  she prepared us all well).

This morning I woke up all still ..feeling rather quiet..   possibly as we are just coming out of a cancerian full moon..  and over coffee, I looked on internet to find that apart from my blogs, and a PF document, no mention exists of Maureen Brown or her work..  How sad..  And what an honour.  And I’ve spent hours digging through my computer files, looking for photos, rituals, key dates..piecing dates together..(like the `Sea Priestess ritual Requiem’ that we Wiccans gathered to do at Brighton where Maureen’s ashes were scattered in the sea on an Autumn day in 2007!)

There is much more to say..so much more.

But for now..  I remember Maureen Brown, the Extraordinary High Priestess & friend who changed my life..  and empowered it.   As she often said, the work never ends.,  and some of us carry it on…even now!

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy