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Night of the Cradle- Birth of Goddess Isis Ceremony & Picnic (Richmond, London) 7th July’18

Our 6th annual Celebration of Birthday of Goddess Isis’ – to mark the Night of the Cradle’ where Sky Goddess Nut gave birth to the Egyptian Goddess Isis. It will take place as before, on the river banks of the Thames in Richmond (by river Thames).

Night of cradle Birthday of Isis 2018

meeting point- Meet us at the Hollyhock Cafe, Terrace Gardens, Richmond at 3.00pm. At 3.30pm we will go across to river bank..for ceremony.

The ceremony will use a blend of Wiccan & adapted Egyptian ritual outlines.

• (Note: My research indicates Birth of Isis was celebrated on 17th July.. but our ritual this year takes place a little early).

The ceremony is expected to be 45mins ..and then we’ll continue socials/ feasting.. (It’s a birthday party, after all). 🙂 So be sure to bring plenty of Wine & cakes.

** Fee £3 *****

——– Ceremony outline —–

• A decorative altar with Sky Goddess Nut and a concealed statue of Isis will be set up.
• Opening prayers and /or Meditation (chakra or other)
• Consecrations with salt & water, incense, candles
• Casting magic Circle
• Calling elemental quarters
• Energy raising
• Invocation : Isis called by her many names! Printed sheets provided. Each attendee may utter 10-20 names.
• Goddess Isis (statue) is revealed.
• Milk & flower Ceremony – all bath statue in milk, followed by offering of flowers. These are then offered to the river Thames.
• Magical work (optional)
• Cakes & Wine blessing
• Closing & Grounding work
• Feasting, Socialising… Food & drinks blessed and shared.
• Birthday Party !! (Birthday of Isis).

————— What to bring————————

— Please Wear ceremonial robes / masks (Egyptian style if possible).
— Musical instruments (drums, systrum, bells)
— Food & drinks to share.
— Poetry / your own Invocations to honour Goddess Isis

Privacy/Photos ————-:
As it is a public place, passers-by may take photos or watch. That is accepted by the organisers, in the spirit of celebrating the Birthday of Isis 🙂 However intrusive photography by professionals for purpose of outside publishing is prohibited.

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

Safety of Thames water—————
Though the water is cleaner to paddle, it is NOT suitable for drinking!! Avoid handling the Thames water.. and if you do by chance, then please use anti-bacterial hand-wash/ wipes to sterilise your hands before handling any food!

***Please dress really appropriate for weather! *** Good water-proof coats, proper boots/ shoes / trainers..that are not going to get soaked in mud/ rain. Gloves, scarf. hats; possibly a bag/ ruck sack to put all your belonging and set aside (on the ground, when doing ritual).

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

link to meetup event : 2018- Nigh of the Cradle: Birth of Goddess Isis ceremony & social 

Link to blog – Birth of Isis ritual 2017 

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Rise of Sekhmet – A Solar Eclipse-magical Day (11th August 2018)

The partial Solar Eclipse of 11th August falls at 10.59am in the firey sign of Leo the Lion! And back in 2013, we created a Sekhmet statue from Thames clay and after ceremony, submerged her in the river. Finally we are keeping our promise..and on this Solar Eclipse Day in Leo, the submerged Sekhmet will rise!!!

Poster- Rise of Sekhment - solar Eclipse 11august2018

Join us for a variety of magical working & socials through out this day. It’s going to be tricky trying to run this ..as we travel around London from place to place.. so please `rsvp’ to this event (even if you have a mild interest in one of more of the activities).. and stay updated – as we lead up to this event, and also on the day, as we travel from place to place.. so you can figure out where to meet/ join us. (you can just join us for the man morning work during actual Eclipse, or the evening ritual by Thames at low tide!).

Schedules:

1. Morning Solar Eclipse meditation with Yantra & Chant – for personal internal shift. > 9am meeting at Richmond station.

This takes place (tbc) at Richmond Park.
We’ll be meeting at Richmond Train station ..ticket foyer at 9am-9.15am (no later) and take bus to Richmond Park.. for the actual meditative/ magical working in a quiet open-spot (regardless of weather!! As energies is what we are working at exact moment of Eclipse). We’ll enter meditative work at 10.45am and be immersed in it during Eclipse at 10.59am. Work will conclude around 11.15am (includes star meditation and opening of cosmic portal). After this, we’ll have a short picnic/ lunch.. either in park or in Richmond town.

Some of us will then be travelling to British Museum.. via tube to Earl’s court, then piccadilly line to Holborn and walk from there to British Museum.

2. Visit to Sekhmet Statues at British Museum. > 2.30pm.

We’ll be meeting by the road-entrance/ gates to the British Museum at 2.30pm. Gather anyone else ..and go in for a short visit directly to the ground floor (entry then turn left) Egyptian section, where the triple Sekhmet statues from Egypt are displayed. There we’ll have a silent personal few moments..(as there will be public visitors too). We can take photos with the Lady herself.. to mark the visit.

After this, those carrying on, will walk to Tottenham Court Road tube station. We may stop for a coffee break. also may stop for snacks. From there, taking Northern line to Embankment.

3. Visit to Cleopatra’s Needle (Embankment)> 6pm.

We’ll arrive at Cleopatra’s needle at approx 6pm. (check meetup for updates/ delays). Here we’ll just spend a short while, marking the moment with photos .. with Cleopatra’s Needle & the 2 Sphinxes. It’s purely a social visit.

Then some of us will continue – back to tube, travel to Blackfriars. There we’ll probably stop at nearby supermarkets (tesco / sainsbury) for provisions (food & drinks for evening ceremony). And continue walking to Millenium Bridge and Tate Modern Gallery area.

4. Rise of Sekhmet- Ceremony by river bank (Tate Modern area) > 8pm onwards. Donations (£3) welcome.

We’ll be gathering by the river-side seats outside Tate Modern Gallery from 8pm. When all are gathered, we’ll be walking down the steps to river bank, under the usual ritual spot/ concrete walkway.. set up altar, and do our main Sekhmet Ceremony.
(details of this ceremony will be updated here in due course).
Low tide is at approx 21:39hrs BST. so we’re safe..and will finish up by 10pm. A larger hand-made sculpture of Sekhmet will be `raised from the river’ and processed to the Altar space, where ceremony will take place.
Note: Sekhment is Lion-headed warrior Goddess, as well as a Solar deity. So she is perfect for this day of Solar Eclipse in Leo.

Please rsvp to stay updated on this major full day of activities. Update will be in comment sections.    Link to my meetup Rise of Sekhmet – Day of Eclipse-magical working 

Bright Stellar & Solar Blessings.
-Mani Navasothy
Author (Eclipse Magic 2012), Astrologer, Wiccan High Priest.

Raise your Witch Power! -Friday 13th July 2018 – special New Moon Ritual in London

Friday 13th July 2018 is a day of New Moon and partial Solar Eclipse in the psychic & intuitive water sign of Cancer! And we are gearing up for a special ritual – to aid the removal of blockages, reclaiming your primal magical currents within, and raising your Witch-powers! This new moon/ solar eclipse time is just perfect for beginning this work!

We’ll set up a wicca circle, and proceed with a meditative & transpersonal work for stage 1, then work ceremonially for clearing blockages, and finally do ritual magical work for your own energy raising and creation of a witch-charm.

event- friday 13th july- wicca new moon

Facilitator———–

These circles are facilitated by Mani – an initiated Wiccan High Priest, with over 21 years of Craft & Cove experiences in London, UK. Mani has published several books on Wicca, runs training courses, provides an e-Witch Apprentice course online, and writes extensive blogs on magical topics.

** fee £3.

  • Time:  7pm to 10.30pm
  • venue: Queen’s Woods, High Gate, North London  (meeting point is the garden area of The Woodmans Pub, Archway Road. Nearest tube: High Gate).

Basic format—————–.

-meeting & greeting (7pm)
-walk to woods (7.15pm)
-Altar Set up.
-Intro & run-through of ritual and magic
-Ritual commences .
-Ritual concludes .
– Sharing cakes/wine/ experiences
-Tidy up/ pack
-Leaving woodland site – 10.30pm latest.

Meeting point/ What to bring————

Please meet in the heated patio area of The Woodman’s Pub, Archway Road by 7.00pm. We *really* like to run these weekday rituals on time.

PSYCHIC SAFETY: Late comers/ crashing Circle———-

Please do not come late to woods and enter circle once it’s cast – because it breaches magic protection inside, causes headaches for circle-caster and leaks built up energy, allows negative entities to enter our protected space!! In the same way, please do not just `leave’ the circle in the middle of a ritual in progress. On both occasions, please wait on the edge for a suitable moment for the Circle-caster to create a `door’ and let you in/ out and close that `magic gateway’ immediately. !!!

WHAT TO BRING:

Please be totally prepared for different types of Weather – as it can change within an afternoon. Also once in the woods and standing in one ritual spot, it can get cold quickly.. So please check weather reports.. and come dressed appropriately.
–A small plastic sheet to sit on.. Ground can be wet or damp from previous rains.. Cushion/ blanket and other items of comfort. we’ll be seated and be still for meditative parts;
–Torch light .. essential for walking about the woods in the dark.

AFTER RITUAL : Sharing Food & Drinks and Magical thoughts —————-

Circle will close after a few rounds of passing blessed Cakes & drink from the Altar. Then we may have time to be seated and have some communal magical chats.. (avoid mundane chats immediately after ritual please.. Allow magic to sink in.. Don’t become chaotic or noisy after ritual. Avoid worldly gossips, politics, promotions for other events.. Keep all thoughts positive and be in the moment.. If anything, share your experiences of what the ceremony has brought and clarify magical points, symbolisms and any questions that may have risen. It is important to remain in a tranquil, magical-mode after ceremony..to allow magic energies to sink in and transform us.

LEAVING the site—————

Once formal ritual & magical work is complete, Organiser will need 20mins to recharge and pack up Altar items before leaving around 10.30pm. If anyone wishes to leave immediately after ritual, alone or in groups, you are responsible for your own way back to the road.

Near the time please check `comments’ section of this event.. for any additional info/ preparations.

Love & Bright Blessings
-Mani

Link to meetup event for  Witch-Power Friday 13th July New Moon ritual

Alex Sanders & Maxine Sanders events in London (May & June 2018)

Dear all..  we wait for one of these and suddenly two come along!!     We have 2 very special events..   Alex Sanders & Maxine Sanders are the Witches who founded one of the two main wiccan lineages (the Alex Sandrian wicca, and Gardnerian wicca being the other line).  Anyone interested in or following the Wicca & Witchcraft magical paths will find these events highly important.. So don’t miss it and miss out!!

here are the links to their respective facebook events.

evening with maxine sanders 25th may18

 

An Evening with Maxine Sanders – to celebrate the publication of the `Alex Sanders notebook’   ..taking place on this friday 25th May’18 (free event) at The Atlantis Bookshop in London.

The ‘Alex Sanders Notebook’ is a remarkable survival of the career of the famed King of the Witches, Alex Sanders. The notebook was kept by him over a number of years and contains both traditional witch lore and a fusion of arcane and modern occult teachings. Alex Sanders tore up the notebook (as he often did with his private writings) but the pages were taped together by a student and preserved by Maxine for over thirty years (info taken from facebook event page).


 

evening with alex sanders 9june18

Then on 9th June’18, Evening with Alex Sanders & friends- A Celebration of the Life of the King of the Witches (6 June 1926 – 30 April 1988). being held at Mary Ward House, London…an event led by Maxine Sanders, and organised by Geraldine Beskin of The Atlantis Bookshop, Darren V Strongman & Sharon Day. .  (tickets £17.50.  ust be purchased in advance).

The Evening will start with a very special Alexandrian Rite ‘led by Maxine Sanders. It is extremely rare for Maxine to be doing any kind of public working – which makes this even extra special and not something you would want to miss out on. This may be the only chance many Alexandrians will have. During the 1960s Alex met Maxine, whom he initiated into the Craft and made his high priestess. In 1965 they handfasted, and lived in a basement flat near Notting Hill Gate in London, where they ran their coven and taught classes on Witchcraft.

event will include speakers, a film, and filming of the event itself..  (info / extracts taken from facebook event).

facebook event: Evening with Alex Sanders & friends  9th June 2018

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy  (Wiccan High Priest).


Interested in wicca & Witchcraft?   

I run regular woodland based Ceremonies, workshops and courses in Wicca, Paganism and more recent additions of High Magic.   My events can be directly found in my meetup group London woodland Witches Pagans & Ritual Magicians. 

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TODAY: The Pagan Pride Parade London 2018 (20th anniversary)

This is the 20th Anniversary of the Pagan Pride Parade London!

Pagan Pride Parade London 2018 -event coverSunday, 13th May 2018.
12 midday – 6pm
Russell Square, London, WC1B 5, United Kingdom
Nearest Tube: Russell Square (Piccadilly Line)

This event is FREE
Join us to celebrate Paganism in all its forms, by marching in the oldest Pagan Pride Parade in the UK.

We will all gather in Russell Square from 12pm, where our team of organisers will be located by the central water fountain. Then, at 1pm we will begin the march of our parade.

With giants, dragons, drummers and dancers, we’ll take over the streets of London and let our Pagan banner fly high. Get dressed up in your finest Pagan attire, perhaps don a mask, bring a drum or another instrument. Whatever you want to show your Pagan spirit.

At the end of the parade, we will all return to Russell Square, where we will continue to make merry, with Morris Dancers, stalls and a picnic.
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Please bring your own food for the picnic, or alternatively, you can get lunch in the Russell Square café, located in the park, right next to where we’ll be.

This event is completely free, family friendly and a great day out where you can meet like minded people from all across London and further afield. So, be sure to join us for the 20th Anniversary of the Pagan Pride Parade London.

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Join our group/ community to stay connected at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PaganPrideParadeLondon/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/104953780319859/

-Mani, Hildegard, Luth, Phil, Geoff, Rebekah

Beltane Blessings to all! (art works)

Beltane Blessing (c) Mani Navasothy 2018

Beltane Blessings - Mani

Happy Beltane - art by mani navasothy 2018

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

The `Them & Us’ of Christians vs Witches?! (my personal views)

The whole thing of religious `Them & us’ has come up elsewhere on my wall. It relates in part to the old Witches being persecuted by Christians. So am writing this post (*1).
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The inference is that modern wiccans who practices Wicca & Witchcraft as a religious / neo pagan path.. are carrying some old `racially’ suppressed trauma of their ancestors being persecuted..and have an inherent `fear/ dislike/ apprehension/ animosity (take your pick’ or some similar feeling) against Christians!.
Truth of the matter is.. many modern witches and wiccans actually can’t prove their own lineage extends that far to the witches of the old.. I argue that there is no such `racial memory’ and that it’s just a fad..a presumed feeling.. because people love to have just historical clues and reasons for carrying causes.. (we can just believe in a cause and carry it.. we don’t’ need a historical justification or reason or validation).
Being an initiated Wiccan & Witch ( now pushing past 21 years of it..) sometimes I get the feeling I am expected to carry these `party lines’ of the `persecuted witches’.. a feeling of `them and us’ against Christians.
Am sorry to disappoint all.. but as Hindu I grew up not just going to the Temple with my family in my boyhood days, but also to adjacent Christian Churches. In fact we’d pick and choose what Gods we went to to pray for.. One example would be, when i had a strange mole on my finger, i was advised to go to the St.Anthony’s church for 7 weeks and pray, take a bit of salt & pepper, and crawl under the stand where a certain St.Anthony statue was. I did that and the mole disappeared long before the 7th week, though I completed the 7 weeks. It can be said that was my first practice of self delusion, prayer or heaven forbid.. Magic!(*2).
If anything I should have a prejudice against Buddhists..because it’s the Sinhalese people who were majority Buddhists who have caused racial violence against my Tamil / Hindu people..and murdered thousands.. back in Sri Lanka.. I’ve lived through not one but two of those episodes…running for our lives each time.
Yet I do my best to educate myself and weed out any hidden prejudices that may have developed as a result of those direct personal life and death episodes…which in theory should make me hate every Buddhist on the planet. So moral of my personal tale is.. enough of this `them and us crap’ !
I now don’t give a frack about what religion did to what other religion way before my time..
None of the `Witches’ living in our times have ever been persecuted to death enmass for their religions by another.. (save for a few individual harassment cases) .
As someone who actually has been persecuted for his religion, I think my perspective and aspirations should stand higher than these petty them-us arguments. As such, I do not ever want to see it or hear it in my presence from my open minded friends..
If I can be a hybrid of so many beliefs and not explode or go insane…then there is no excuse for anyone else(*3)!
-Mani Navasothy
Footnotes:
*1:  Am NOT a Ph.D in English, and nor do i have to worry about composing a thesis here that’s gotta hold water.. These are just my simple human sentiments.. typed in one go without editing (Thank you Mercury direct!). So please do see beyond the specifics and to the message I am trying to convey..
*2:   There are other incidents of Hindu priests advising the family of rope & water magic for finding out lost family dog, and one drunken father cursing someone with water ..and many a sessions with my grandmother who did all manner of potions, lotions, wafting of incense, flames and shamanic spitting to ward of evil eyes, o the local soothsayer lady who went into a trance and channeled Goddess Kali.. and advised devotees.
On the harsher side, I have as a boy just about sneaked a peep at a new Kali temple being consecrated with many animal sacrifices..and seeing their blood run in a small stream past me! (This is why it makes me extremely concerned when people purport to worship Goddess Kali in the west as if she’s some pussycat in their pocket.. Would they do so with the terrible Sekhmet who had an equal bloodthirsty mythical origin in Ancient Egypt? I think not.
*3:   Am sadden to hear that there’s even a divide of `Them & Us’ …from a Hereditary Witch’s point of view, towards rets of the Wiccans.

2nd Blue Moon Ritual by river Thames (31st March 2018)

This is the 2nd and final Blue Moon for this year.. and for several years to come. So let us come together and honour the Lady of the Moon, and do magic at the Heart of London. At the start of March’18, we did a full moon ritual by river Thames, so we are going to do this to complete the magic we started.

No prior knowledge or experiences of wicca or ritual magic is necessary for you to attend this. Just come with an open mind. Be friendly and non-intrusive. Connect with others, and join in the ceremony.

2nd and final Blue Moon for this year
2nd and final Blue Moon for this year  http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net

 

Outline:

-Preparing space & setting up Altar.
-Run-through- delegate any roles. Brief Q&A.
-Enter Ritual space with reverence.
-Opening prayers.
-Consecrations
-Casting magic Circle
-Calling elemental quarters
-Energy raising
-Invocations / prayers to Deities (Moon Goddess)
-Magical work
-Cakes & Wine blessing
-Closing & Grounding work
– Feasting, Socialising…

Suggested donation : £3/£2 appreciated. Thank you.

Meeting point:

Gather outside the Green area of Tate Modern Gallery (main doors). We’ll walk down to the banks of Thames and do this ceremony. If you are late, just find the steps, walk down to river bank, and join us. We’re usually under the concrete over-hang/ sheltered space. Thames & Tides:

Our rituals tale place on the actual river bank…just few meters away from the water, but in a secluded spot..where there is usually some sand. We organise these Thames-rituals after checking Port of London authority Thames Tide time tables.. to take place at low tide.. (At high tide the entire river bank is under many meters of water!!).
On this evening, lowest tide is at 9.40pm after which point water level begins to rise. Therefore we will get down to river bank and begin ritual at 8.30pm. It takes several hours for tide to come in.. so after ritual.. if we notice the tide turning ..we still have plenty of time to pack up and go up the steps to street level.

Safety:
The steps are slippery. bank of Thames after previous tide will be full of new things and sharp objects. Take extreme care with your own health & safety. You are responsible for your safety.
**No children allowed**
**Unfortunately the location is not suitable for anyone with walking disabilities**

What to bring:

• Please dress appropriate for weather! (we carry on Rituals regardless of weather).
• Please bring food & drinks to share ( bread & cheese / humus are a good start) and any soft drink/wine that you like to share with others in circle.
• a torchlight is a good idea. Feasting/ sharing food & Drinks:

After the ritual circle on the river bank is completed, some people leave for home. Others stay behind to socialise. We tend to go back up to street level, to the grassy green area outside Tate Modern Gallery and socialise/ share food & drinks.. If it’s raining, we just go to the nearby Pub within sight.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

Organiser/ Wiccan High Priest

ps.————
In January 2018, there were 2 full moons, and the 2nd one being a Blue moon was marked with our woodland ritual in Wimbledon.

Revelations of a Refugee: Wisdom from faraway lands

It sometimes puzzles me.. that holistic and spiritual people go out to visit other lands..away from UK, and post revelations, discovery of magic, beauty, art and deep wisdom! Puzzled is a generous word. Irked is the word I would have used. Why do people do that..? Go away to find deeper truths? Isn’t it already here? It could be that when people go away from the norm, they shift internally and become open to both inner and external wisdom. Or that they are reaching that state of inner-shifts, and that is what precipitates their journey to other lands and other places…and their transitions show up more.
One key factor for me is that I’ve always thought and felt how wonderful and deep this land (UK) is..how magical London is.. and how much I gain from it and how my own pagan spirituality has grown and thrives here in UK.

Racial violence in Sri Lanka – forced my family to flee our homeland in 1985 (art work i did for a news paper )
Then it struck me.. that I am not native to this land.. Not only was I a visitor but a refugee arriving in UK some 33+ years ago.. and I am still finding so much magic here. So like my friends who have to leave their homes in UK and go out to far away lands to find wisdom, I have been doing the same.. Just that I never got back `home’… where as those friends will be coming back to UK (well, I hope.. as otherwise I’ll miss them much).
Okay so that’s a bit tongue in cheek of me to say that.. I started by wanting to make fun of the whole situation..but along the way stopped to think..and that in itself has given me a new truth.
That truth is this is my home.. and all I need and want to learn is here.
33 years of exploring and living here is not nearly enough ..so I guess I’ll stay a bit longer..few more decades won’t kill me.. but death will, and like my father and grandparents and a few uncles.. who all came here and died and became part of this land, so will I. That’s not me being morbid or anything. Rather, am just marvelling at how fate has engineered all this.. I was not a seed who fell on the soil of this land and put roots and grew. I was a transplanted little twig.. who put new roots down here and grew into a big old tree (well.. 48 isn’t exactly `young’) .
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So here I am today..making a resolve.. embarking on a quest to show more of the spiritual mystery and magical beauty of London and Uk… But Wait..wait wait..! This is no new quest.. it’s been already my journey for decades.
-Mani Navasothy
London, UK. 2018