Category Archives: Religion & Spirituality

Shadows shitting & maladjusted Magicians dancing !!

Shadows shitting & maladjusted Magicians dancing !!
(aka. get your head sorted before you do magic and hurt anyone).

Divorce, splits or separations are hard and emotionally chaotic for anyone. In my experience ..anything that ends badly has a fall out on friends and families connected to the people. More so for magical people connected to magical groups or communities. I’ve seen elders who have been together for decades and then split and one party gets all crazy and abusive….leaving the rest of us utterly shocked..!!

One such person was even heard to have said he suspected me as some opposing force and hell-bent on cursing me.. He possibly did.. There also followed (independently..or perhaps connected) some other nasty online bullying by other magical / pagan people I had known. It was not a happy time in my life.. Many things fell apart.. I almost lost my credibility…many communities…and much more. All I could do was appeal to my Gods for Justice.

Years later..I have heard that justice has been served.. All those who had bullied me at that phase of my life have had their lives unravelled.. Some fled the country on other issues. Some lost their acquired riches…some suffered splits…Some turned in on themselves and became shambolic.

They may have cursed me hastily..without knowing all the facts…that does not make them innocent! It makes them magically irresponsible and emotionally stupid. I on the other hand was the innocent who suffered,.and wisely I only appealed to my Gods.. I did no sit down and curse anyone in return. I would never risk that.. without knowing all the facts.

Before anyone gets all hot-up, let me say again.. that I did not do any magic. I live by magic.. and truly by my gods. I don’t pretend values and ideals like some do and get hypocritical behind the scenes ( like those people did). I merely spoke to my gods and called for Justice. Gods took their time..but justice was served.

I’ve learnt much since those days.. My own magical knowledge and skills has grown since my nappy-naive days of 2012. These days, anyone accusing me of anything should be very careful of what they are saying. Be sure of your facts.. Be equally sure of your own sanity.. Don’t go chasing shadows and project them on to me.. or anyone else.  I do not take kindly to that kind of shit anymore. I follow my own ideals, heed my own gods, and warrior-priest codes. Am a Priest if you want my spiritual help. Am a warrior if you try to claw me down! Simple! (It took me decades to work this truth out..that I can be a Priest and a Warrior).

Another word of wisdom:

Too much magic without Earthly practical grounding can imbalance the mind. Your own Shadows will run amuck and grow and take you prisoner. You will loose your judgement. you will accuse others  of taking sides ..rather than seeing others as trying to help a vulnerable 3rd party/ persons. You’ll see everyone who does not agree with you ..as `friend of your enemy’ … and if you are a (maladjusted) magician / witch/ wizard, you may even do some unkind / dangerous magic to attack someone else.. where by you are attacking an innocent individual…!

I say one thing for anyone falling down this kind of shadowy path – “Frack-off off and get your heads & hearts sorted.. ! And until you do, please take your selves off any public positions of authority you hold…”

-Mani Navasothy

Author Teacher Wicca-Priest

ps. recently an old Witch friend who is going through a messy split tried to draw me into their issues. It prompted me to write this. But the matter can also apply to other people in power / authoritative positions who are using their community platforms as personal propaganda platforms. Not cool!

Woodland Witches Moot (Pagan social)

Welcome to London Woodland Witches’ very own Pagan pub moot – a monthly social! Pagans of any path – wicca, witches, Druids, Heathens, Shamans- all are welcome.

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Our meetup is growing..and is popular… and before major rituals and afterwards… we end up at the Woodmans pub..socialsing . We don’t get enough time to converse.. chat ..lounge about.. get to know one another more.. and form more friendships. And especially for some attendees, our rituals might not give enough of a moment to talk to us and others.

Then there’s the case of Wicca..and all the questions you ask me.. just before a ritual.. or during setting up altars.. or just when am packing up.. or just when am ..exhausted and have to run and get my last train!!
And I really love to be in a better position to answer your questions..!

After considering all this.. we are starting our very own Pub moot.. to give all of us and new comers plenty of time..to chat, socialise and even get some crazy magical plans and projects going..

we are currently not hiring the room..so it’s an open pub environment..
If it gets popular..we’ll think about that sort of thing.. It also means there’s no fee. We just gotta turn up.. grab a large table and seats and ait for more of you to arrive.. 🙂
And you have between 7pm to about 11pm to arrive and socialise…(and beyond..but organisers will leave around 11pm).

So just come along… bring some money for your own drinks.. (wine, beer, tea/ coffee, snacks, soft drinks, dinner, crisps – whatever you fancy buying at the pub for your self).

Meeting point (Woodman’s Pub) —-
address: 414 Archway Rd, Highgate, London N6 5UA*
Meet in the heated patio area of the Pub. Usually by table 505 or 500.

Date : Thursday 5th September 2019

Duration: 7pm to 11pm

We look forward to seeing you
Love & Bright Blessings
-Mani & Louisa

Link to our meetup event for this London Woodland witches Moot – sept 2019

Rumours of a Cochrane connection?!! My real Wiccan Background (by Mani Navasothy – Wiccan High Priest)

Few weeks ago, one attendee came up to me and said that someone outside of this meetup – had claimed they were the ones who trained me (Mani) in wicca.  I did not know whether to burst out laughing or take my magic wand and smite them!!   :-p

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The following is a direct e-mail message I have written to all the members of my meetup group `London Woodland Witches Wiccans & Pagans’ .  A copy is being blogged here for info purposes.

I’ve been in the work of creating magical community events, running rituals, covens, training etc for over 2 decades now.   My lineage is strictly Gardnerian, and I studied Wicca ..originally in WSG- Wiccan Study Group – run by world renowned Wiccan Author/ Psychologist / Wiccan High Priestess Vivianne Crowley & her husband / High Priest Chris Crowley. I’ve also been trained by and worked with the late Maureen Brown (High Priestess & Counsellor/ Therapist), and I have been mentored by the late Jean Williams  (another of the great Wiccan Elders).  Other elders (Laura, Mike, Rufus, Melissa, Caroline) have trained and coached me much over the years. Morgan, Heather and April have been my magical partners in the past.

Since my own initiation in 1996, then my reaching 2nd degree/ High Priest status in 2001, I have trained wiccans, initiated others and run several covens in the past.  I have also been running outdoor/ woodland rituals in London since 2004.

On a wider level, I have 2 decades of connection with The Pagan Federation in various key Organiser roles (PF London Events Organiser for 7 years, now PFL Media Officer), and I am well-known to  Wiccan Elders in UK,  and to Pagan communities & organisations in London & Uk.  (Owners of The Atlantis Bookshop, and Treadwells Bookshop know me well!).

I am trained in Transpersonal psychology & Counselling skills, and I work to empower everyone using these magical events that I run..  and indeed via any interactions/ conversation opportunities I get.  Am quite know n for making personal disclosures when making real-life points..if it helps others.  I do not ever hide behind fame names or abstract / 3rd person conversations. Those are my strengths..not weaknesses. (Not everyone can pull that off and still run a decent magical ritual – and work hard and earn the appreciation of those attending).

Now to the rumours– I have never been trained by anyone else other than the people I have stated above.. and have no connection whatsoever with any Traditional, Cochrane or other lines.  Anyone else claiming to have trained me or magically worked with me is simply seeking their own fame or authority ..via my own 23 years of hard work, and should be taken with a pinch of unconsecrated salt..to be thrown out of a magic circle. 🙂

Until now (5 years of running this meetup) I have **never** needed to write something as direct or extraordinary as this message… I’ve simply let my hard work and my ritual team’s hard work speak for itself. People come…  enjoy our events…speak highly of it..  Some stay and chat and become friends.  Others find other friendships. and they go home. And tired but happy, the me and my team goes home too!!  .  (Running events for the biggest most active wicca/pagan meetup is never a walk in the park!  It;s more a crawl in the woods!! 🙂   That’s that.   No grand plans..  !!   I am certainly not into testimonials, TV interviews ( i reject so many), fancy over the top costumes, photo shoots, aggressive or underhanded recruitment tactics etc etc..   but recent events have made me realise it’s time to address this matter…set some records straight . And I now have!

If you have any questions or concerns…well.. you don’t need to bribe my  team mates to get access to me…  You already know my name..  You know my events and where I’ll be.. and you know my e-mail. And some of you even know my number!  So..come find me..and we can talk ..face to face..  down to earth!

And if anyone approaches you with my name/ my authority…just walk away. They are NOT legit.   Because  I do all my own work..writing emails.. and communications.

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

ps.  In another e-mail I will be writing about wicca training coven we are setting up, and some group boundary issues…that some people are blurring . There are those who keep enjoying my kindness ..wisdom and hospitality….and then vilify me elsewhere..  Time has come to set those matters straight too!

Link to London Woodland Witches wiccans & Pagans meetup

Contact me:

 

video- Wimbledon Ganapathy Temple – chariot Festival 2019

Short 3 min video clip of the Chariot procession in Wimbledon this morning.

Lammas Blessings to all (photos)

Lammas Blessings to all.
Here are Some wonderful pics of our Woodland Witches – Lammas Altar – 2019. Corn Goddess image, and Corn King mask for ceremony.


Join our meetup and stay updated for our upcoming  Ceremonies. https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/

We are open to new people joining our ritual team…people who show sincerity, some long term commitment, and willingness to be patient and work well with existing team. If that interests you..first stop is to com to some of our rituals and see how we do things.  2nd stop is to come to the smaller full moon / new moon training circles and start  taking on smaller roles.. 🙂

Next Wicca new moon circle is tomorrow Friday at Queen’s woods.

https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/262670055/­

Bright Blessings

-Mani

Thames Full Moon Ritual & Honouring Sekhmet for Protection (Aug 2019)

On this Aquarius Full Moon night, we’ll be gathering for our monthly `TLC: Full Moon Ritual’ (Tamesa London Circle started in 2006). This particular ceremony honours Sekhmet the In 2013, we did a `submerging Sekhmet’ and last year in 2018, performed `Rise of Sekhmet’. So what follows now is the honouring of this great Lion Headed Egyptian Warrior Goddess – for her blessings of power and protection.
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.

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Fee: £5.

Magic: protection/ spellcraft:

On this full moon, once we invoke the powers of Sekhmet, we’ll be creating protection magic for us all – charms that you may take home for your own psychic and magical protection.

Date/ Time:

Thursday, August 15, 2019
7:00 PM
 to 10:30 PM

Meeting point:

Gather outside the Green area of Tate Modern Gallery (main doors). Organiser (Mani) & others will by the outdoor seats. 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. 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!!).

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

Link to meetup event:  https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/262984676/

 

Birth of Goddess Isis & Full moon/Lunar Eclipse Ceremony (London) -16th July2019

Our 7th annual Celebration of `Night of the Cradle- Birth of Goddess Isis’ – where Sky Goddess Nut gives birth to the Egyptian Goddess Isis, falls on the night of a Full moon/ partial Lunar Eclipse!! A magical night of deep Transformation awaits us all!! This event will take place on the river banks of the Thames in Central London (near Tate Modern Gallery & Millennium Bridge).

The ceremony will use a blend of Wiccan & adapted Egyptian ritual outlines. (Note: My research indicates Birth of Isis was traditionally celebrated on 17th July.. so we are a day early this time).

** Fee £5 (Concessions £3). Children under 16 **FREE *****

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——– 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).

-Duration

–7.30pm to 10.30pm

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

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. 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!!).

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

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!

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

link to meetup event.  https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/258872651/

 

 

 

Woodland Witches Midsummer Open ritual – 22nd June 2019

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TODAY!!! (Saturday 22nd June..in the Woods)!
Come join the London Woodland Witches Midsummer open ritual gathering in Queens woods…Gather at Woodman’s pub (Archway Road) garden at 2pm..
-Mani
 

Spellcraft workshop: Doing magic with Candles, Cords & Runes (Wimbledon woods)- June 2019

This experiential session is part of our Woodland Wicca workshops. New comers to Wicca and those interested in Spellcraft / Ritual magic will benefit from this workshop.

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This session covers the following:

  • Introduction to spellcraft & Magic (in Wicc – how we do magic; within-without principle; Basic requirements; safety & warning in spellcraft; Laws of return;
  • Cord Magic – Using Cords, how you can do magic; demonstration & practice with a cord (you can actually use the opportunity to do a bit of magic) . ( 1 metre cords will be provided)
  • Rune Magic – Basic introduction to Runes – symbols & meanings; How to do Rune magic; Bind Runes;
  • Candle Magic – Preparing the candle- anointing/ consecrating; Intention setting; Using one of the Runes learnt (in same workshop), you’ll all do one candle -magic. (stick candles – white – will be provided).

All materials & printed notes will be provided.

Date : Saturday 8th June 2019

Duration:  11.00am to 4.30pm inclusive of breaks.

Venue: Wimbledon woods  (but initial meeting point is Wimbledon windmill cafe)

Fee: £15.   You can pay by cash on the day.

meeting point/ Time/ Travel Details:

We meet At Windmill Tea room (outside seating area) by 11.00am. Then we will go to the woods to do the workshop. Workshop will end by approx 4.00pm. If it’s wet/ raining, I will put up a Tarp cover, as we have done in previous outdoor workshops.

From Wimbledon or Putney, take the bus No 93. Alight at bus stop `Parkside Hospital’. Go into `Windmill Road’ and walk about 5-10mins. Turn right towards car park and Cafe/ Tea rooms.

This place has free car park / toilet facilities. Car park fills up so get there early to park.

Cafe spending: It has most types of food/ breakfast / coffees etc. If using card payment, there is a minimum spend of £10 (I know!) BUT if paying for smaller amount, they will put a fee of 50p.

What to wear / bring:

  • ***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).
  • Bring a soft cushion to sit on (as we’ll be seated on logs or the ground).
  • Bring a blanket to wrap up for your comfort.
  • Bring a hot flask of drink for your self and any snacks for breaktime.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Wiccan High Priest / Author / Teacher

You can join the meetup event for this and interact with others who are planning to attend, or simply arrive on the day at meeting point.

Spellcraft workshop: Doing magic with Candles, Cords & Runes (Wimbledon woods)

Saturday, Jun 8, 2019, 11:00 AM

Wimbledon Woods (meet outside Windmill Tea Room)
Windmill Road, London, SW19 5NQ Wimbledon, GB

3 Woodland Witches Attending

This experiential session is part of our Woodland Wicca workshops. New comers to Wicca and those interested in Spellcraft / Ritual magic will benefit from this workshop. This session covers the following: Introduction to spellcraft & Magic (in Wicc – how we do magic; within-without principle; Basic requirements; safety & warning in spellcraft; Laws…

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Fall of Jack of London, and the (re)birth of Mani! (an amusing account of PPPL2019)

Fall Jack of London, and the (re)birth of Mani!
(an amusing account of Pagan Pride Parade London 2019)

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At first look, it brought everyone a laugh, and at 2nd look it made me feel a bit disappointed – that after all that dancing on Church steps, Jack of London was fine…but some dancing with ladies in the fountain ended in the fall of Jack.

And at 3rd look, as I sat in the garden sipping coffee, the whole magic of it finally sunk in…! It was no a fall ..but a watery birth..for me!! And Jack of London is now ehhh ..my `mother’ 

A full week before Pagan Pride Parade London 2019, I started to make the `Jack of London’ (that’s the name I’ve given him..as he’s not quite a full Jack..nor a full horned god..both are seen in him). As any serious magicians would do, I did a quick tarot reading for the significance of this `Jack’. I drew 2 cards.. one his significance in my life, and one..his significance for people of London..as he is supposed to be heading the parade. got The Tower fr me, and Chariot for Londoners. And I was quite happy with it..though had no idea how it was going to unfold.

And I spent the next 6 days and nights making the Jack that can be lightweight and easy flat-pack to carry by me in trains/ tubes..but also had to be quick and easy to assemble …and must be good enough for both me and Ian to carry..as I had already asked him to help. (he is always partially carrying other Jacks in other festivals..so I wanted to give one with his name on it..and one designed magically with him in mind as much as me..).

On the day all went well.. (well..I finished Jack by 5.30am that morning…had 3 hrs sleep and was at Russell square by 11am to start assembling him. My Rochester Witchy friends came to visit. Reggie bought me coffee. Long missed friends Peter & Hannah came to say hi..and many others. It started to get crowdy..and i moved away to focus..

My partner Louisa arrived 10 minutes to spare.. after settling her 3 kids with babysitter. So no time for making her a beautiful crown.. or one for me.. it took 30 seconds to twist some ivy and willow from my garden and make us quick crown. Magic won more than magnificence or pageantry. Clock was ticking,.

Then came the parade.. Louisa & Rachel kept Jack’s sides from hitting things.. Ian led Jack…so through a small window..from inside Jack.. I could just about see his head..and had to trust him .. and follow…in the streets of London.
What a thrill and joy it was.. dancing freely, shagging trees and lamp-posts, Jack went on his merry ways of fun and frolic. (he is a symbol of fun and fertility and magic.. I had no control of him…he even went up on some church steps and danced..and tried getting in the road and smirk at buses and people).

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Pagan Pride Parade London 2019.  photo (c) David Weeden

For a third of the journey in the middle of the route, from Atlantis Bookshop to Treadwells bookshop, my (Hern’s Tribe) Tribal brother Ian carried the Jack in the streets.. and I had the honour of carrying his sacred Bridie doll.. (that has magical echoes in this tale too..as you’ll see). And my partner Louisa carried Ian’s special staff with a Hare on it.. (fertility anyone?!)

Then the return to fountain..and dancing..
And I was initially not going into the Fountain. I didn’t know if Jack was going to peel off his paper-mache face in the water  But he did go in.. nudged and pushed by a bevy of pagan maidens wanting to frolic with him.. (disclaimer: any ensuing pregnancies are not the fault of Jack!! 

Then from inside I could feel water gushing up all over me.. and pressures in different directions…and I could feel me slipping..(Jack is heavy and bulky.. and at best of conditions hard to carry / manage…,so imagine in a fountain with all those people pushing and pulling..and the water too..playing its forceful part).

I had a choice of resist and get hurt..or trust and let go.. I trusted and let go and fell.. Lucky no bamboo broke and pierced my legs or my heart (note t self: Health & safety assessment next year on carrying Jack!)

And David and others seem to have caught the fall of Jack in the fountain..

Looking at this photo and mulling over it.. a remarkable and amusing realisation came over me.

It was Jack of Green who fell.. and aided by a few ladies and gent, I was pulled out.. The whole thing happened in the Fountain… It was a magical watery birth..by any other name..and right out in the open, in front of all those Londoners. 

Jack stood up and stayed in the fountain a bit longer.. then dried up in the Sun…recovering from all that birth pain no doubt.

As for the question of paternity… I created Jack with greens and Antlers..after my God Hern and Green man. and Jack rebirthed me.. I am father and the Son..and Jack is Son and mother. Yeah …bit complicated..right?
That’s paganism for you.  

-Mani `McJack’ (Son of Jack)