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Events: Woodland Witches Samhain 2019 & Thames Halloween Walk

We are excited to announce 2 major Samhain / Halloween events organised by London Woodland Witches & Pagans meetup group.

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 1. Woodland Witches Samhain

  • Sunday 27th October 2019
  • 4pm to 8pm
  • North London

SAMHAIN – the Pagan seasonal festival for honoring our ancestral spirits, seek wisdom from the spirits in the veil between worlds ! Our Outdoor Samhain is particularly intense because of the real dark (wet, windy) environment among trees and bushes that are already bare …! As evening falls, there is an eeriness that also becomes apparent.. Once at the ritual space, you will be immediately involved in the ritual – of the calling of the DarkLord, and communing with ancestors. Some divination work will commence before feasting.

This is an open ritual held in an outdoor park/woods with easy public access.. Out ritual Team will conduct the ceremony, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved in the actual ritual.

 Fixed Fee: £5. Pay The ferryman at the beginning of the event.

Meeting point: Please meet at The Woodman’s Pub (Archway Road) from 4.00pm. You will be led to the woods at 4.30pm by The Ferryman, for ritual.

Media policy:  Our media policy is quite firm – we allow NO filming, NO recording, No interviews at any of our events- for the sake of privacy of people attending and for them to celebrate/ worship without any such `performance’ pressures. We allow some photos *after* the ritual..for your own personal memories.. You may take pictures of altar and your self or your own friends, with permission. No photos / media may be used for any unauthorised use in books, websites or other forms of publications. If in doubt, contact me directly. Please help us keep these events a protected magical space for individual worship..as wicca and paganism are religious paths. Blessings. Mani (founder/ organiser)

Link to Woodland Samhain 2019  meetup event: https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/258740411/

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2. Thames Halloween Walk & ceremony

  • Wednesday 30h October 2019
  • 7.30pm to 10.30pm
  • central London by South Bank (start from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre)

It was the Night before Halloween.. Ghosts & Ghouls were stirring and not an undead soul was resting! Keeping to our tradition.. we are holding our pre-Halloween walk along south bank side of river Thames in central London. This time on wednesday 30th October!

This is a `fun’ event with an undertone of seasonal magic. So Gather ..with costumes & lanterns by Globe Theatre (near Millennium Bridge, south bank).. After a few sips of ginger wine via our drinking horns and tankards..we’ll amble along the path… We’ll stop near Oxo tower (green area) for our annual `Thames: River of Souls Ceremony’ to honour the Spirit of Thames & Ancestors. Then continue walking to Royal Festival Hall..

Bring snacks & drinks to share.
Bring pumpkins. Lanterns (no naked flames please for safety).
Bring battery operated lights.. costumes.. masks etc.

Stay as long as you like.. and leave when you want to.

Fees:  Suggested Donations £3 welcome to the `Ferryman’ (for your underworld journey)!

Meeting point/ time:
Please get to outside steps of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre / Bankside pier by 7.30pm. We’ll get organised and begin walk. We hope the 1000m walk will only take us about 1 hour at an extremely leisurely procession/ festive walking speed.

Link to this Tamesa Halloween walk/ ceremony meetup event: https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/264870006/

 

 

 

 

Choosing and using your Witch name or magical name (with Video)

In Wicca & Witchcraft Covens, Ritual groups, Shamanic Circles and Groves, a member takes on a Magical name or a Witch-Name. This Witch/ Magical name is then used within those circles and Ceremonial groups. In fact in initiatory Covens, a Seeker adopts a new Witch name, is only known by that name within the Coven thereafter. Should any member accidentally speak their `worldly’ name, the person who spoke it is firmly and symbolically `punished’ gentle scourging by coven whip!) – – not to inflict pain but as a reminder and future conditioning.

In the old days, Witch names may have been essential survival tools. When and if a member of a coven is caught by Witchfinder generals, the caught Witch is only able ..even under torture.. to reveal Witch names of other members…so true identities are kept secret.

Of course nowadays, when Wicca & Witchcraft is no longer illegal or punishable by death, that sort of life-preserving secrecy no longer exists. So why use witch or magical names?

In this video, I speak about our own given names (ones we are given at birth by or parents/ guardians) , and why Witch names are important in our magical lives. I also explain how to go on about discovering your own Witch/ Magical name (few essentials), and how to magically declare them, where and when to use them. I also speak with some examples about the Do’s and Don’ts.. some of the dangers/ pitfalls to be avoided when choosing your own Witch or magical names.

Please share this video with any of your magical groups, friends or communities who might find this useful.

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Author, Teacher, Wiccan High Priest

http://www.WitchcraftAndMagic.Uk – info on wicca

http://www.Mani.org.uk – my magical services & consultations.

Video: Wiccan Blessing of Wine by Priest & Priestess (Cup & Wand Ceremony)

In Wicca & Witchcraft rituals – both public or private ones in Covens, during the `Cakes & Wine’ part of the ceremony, a magical couple bless the Wine. This is usually done during the `Cakes & Wine’ section that follows the main ceremony.

During the Blessing of the Wine, the Priest kneels and holds the Chalice of Wine (female symbol), while the Priestess stands holding the Athame or wand (male symbol). The Priestess then speaks the words, and gently plunges the wand into the chalice – symbolic of a union of male and female energies. The blessed wine is then offered to the Priestess first, then the Priest partakes of it. Then if there is a circle or congregation, the Chalice of wine is shared with all.

Bright Blessings.

-Mani & Louisa.

Wicca Full Moon Ceremonies – by river Thames, London (Oct-Dec 2019)

On this night, we gather for our monthly `Tamesa Full Moon Ritual’ (Tamesa London Circle started in 2006), to Call upon the Triple Moon Goddess, Honour Father Thames & attune to Tamesa serpent energies, and do magic at the heart of London. These rituals are based on Wicca & Witchcraft format.. Hindu & Shamanic ceremonial elements may also be adapted/ included in these rituals. No prior knowledge or experiences is necessary for you to attend this. Just come with an open mind and join in the ceremony.

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Wicca Training & Coven:
If you are interested in Wicca Training / coven work with Mani (Initiated Gardnerian High Priest with 23 years Craft & Coven experience), please speak to him after ceremony or via a private message. (see below for links to Wicca & Spellcraft courses that Mani runs)

When: (links to meetup event)

Friday 11th October 2019  – 7.30pm

Tuesday 12th November 2019 – 7.30pm

Thursday 12th December 2019 – 7.30pm

Outline of Ceremony (varies) :

-Opening pathworking for personal attunement.
-Sacred space: Consecrations & Circle.
-Calling of Elemental quarters & their qualities
-Chants, drums & energy raising
-Goddess / deity invocations
-Group magic & spells – using healing chant/ runes.
-Blessing of food & drinks and sharing
-Closing of circle
-Social

Healing & spellcraft:

We tend to do group magical work / energy raising for general purposes such as Health, wealth, love, work and some basic psychic protection. In addition, time permitting, we may also group interested recipients at centre and do healing / rune chants around them.
**(Please note: serious work on psychic protection/ cord cutting are NOT done at these general circles, as it can affect other innocent attendees. That service is only done by Mani on a private basis for a professional fees. Ask Mani about these)**

Fee:

£5 (£3 concessions for students/ unemployed/ disabled).
Please have correct amount as we don’t always have change for £10/£20 notes! Please also don’t put in foreign coins or other items. We accept only British coins/ currency. Thanks.

Meeting point:

Gather by Seats near main door of Tate Modern Gallery (facing river) from 7.30pm. We walk down down to river bank, set up altar and start ceremony. If you arrive after 8pm, come down to river bank and find us (take care on slippery steps). Join the circle without interrupting ceremony. 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. River bank full of gravel & sharp objects. Take extreme care with your own health & safety. You are responsible for your safety.
**No children allowed**
** location is not suitable for anyone with walking disabilities**

What to bring:

• Please dress appropriate for weather!
• Please bring food & drinks to share ( bread & cheese / humus/ soft drinks).
• a torchlight & Ground sheet (optional).

After the ritual circle on the river bank is completed, some people leave for home. Others stay behind to socialise.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Organiser/ Wiccan High Priest
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Useful wicca Resources:

1. e-witch Apprentice (home study) course.
£13 per module. Study at own pace.
http://mani.org.uk/e-witch-apprentice-course

2. e-book: Coven Guide: How to become an Initiated Witch.
http://mani.org.uk/coven-guide-become-an-initiated-witch

3. Spellcraft workshop (for Beginners) – Sunday 29th sept’19
£15. 12.30pm to 5.30pm.
https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/264312697/

4. Wicca for Beginners: 1-day course (Outdoors, London)
Saturday 19th Oct’19. (10.30am to 6pm); £20.
https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/264312468/

Wicca for Beginners: 1-day course (Outdoors, London) 19th Oct’19

This 1-day introduction course on Wicca is for New comers, Beginners & seekers – all those interested or curious about Wicca & Witchcraft, and like to learn it all in a down to earth, friendly, experiential manner…!

Wicca course Beginners-Autumn 2019- v2 by Mani Navasothy

Fee : Early Witch Fee £20. Standard cash £30 (cash payment at Course).

Contents—————–

This is a basic introduction course. Brief explanations will be given as well as demonstrations, use of pathworking, meditation, energy work, some practice;

• Intro: Origins of Modern Wicca; Wiccan Law & principles;
• Energy: Connecting to nature; Chakra & Tree meditation;
• Altar & Ritual tools – athame, wands, sword, scourge, pentacle etc
• Sweeping/ purifications; Consecrations with salt & water/ incense; casting magic circle (words/ demo);
• Elements & Quarters; Symbols & qualities of Air/fire/Water/Earth in wicca; pentagrams/ triangles; invocation words (demo); Transpersonal work (4 functions).
• God & Goddess in wicca: Horned Gods; Moon Goddesses ; what are invocations & charges? who can use the energies? Empowerment; Importance of devocations;
• Magic & Spellcraft in Wicca;
• Esbats & Sabbats- Wheel of the year – related seasonal myths.
• Initiations & Coven life.

Venue:——-
This course takes place in a secluded place in Queen’s Woods, High Gate. But we initially meet at The Woodman’s Pub, Archway Road.

meeting point / time:———
Gather in patio area of The Woodman’s Pub, Archway Road, High Gate from 10.00am. We’ll be going to the woods at 10.30am to start course..

What to bring:——-

-Bring your own snack/ drink / packed lunch.
-There’ll be logs to sit on. But bring cushions/ blankets for your own comfortable seating.
-RAIN: If it rains, we’ll have a tarpaulin cover put up over the course area.
-wear warm / water proof clothing/ coats and suitable shoes/ trainers/ boots.
-Bring note book/ pens to take notes. (some typed notes will be e-mailed to you after you attend the course).

How to Register / pay fee——–
Early Witch Fee £20. Standard cash £30 (cash payment at Course).
Pay £20 now via meetup event rsvp https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/264312468/

OR secure paypal at  tutor’s website ..
–> http://mani.org.uk/wicca-1-day-course

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

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

profile pic- Woodland Witches London sept 2016

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