Category Archives: Religion & Spirituality

Come join Pagan Pride Parade London 2019 (on 12th May’19)

London’s annual Pagan Pride Parade is the longest running Pagan Pride event in the world! Each year, Pagans of all paths, traditions and faiths, come together to make themselves known to the people of London and express their spirit of pride. With costumes, flags, banners, drums, and song, we march through the streets of London, celebrating Paganism.

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Feel free to wear your finest pagan attire, wear a mask, dress as magical creatures or come as you are and walk with us carrying banners and flags, singing or making some noise with the Drummers and Morris dancers.

We gather at the fountain at at 12 before setting off around 1 to parade the streets of London, Marshall’s will remain at the beautiful park ( with cafe and toilets) with those of you unable to walk the whole route, giving you chance to browse the stalls selling all manner of weird and wonderful items. The celebrations will continue when the parade returns to the Fountain at Russel Square Gardens

Join our Community group at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PaganPrideParadeLondon/

Join us in being a part of this great tradition.

Meeting point/ base:
Russell Square, London, WC1B 5EH

Find us in the middle of the park, by the fountain.

Gather from 12 midday
Parade starts at 1pm

Nearest Tubes:
Russel Square (Piccadilly Line)
Holborn (Central Line, Piccadilly Line)

Feel free to bring food to picnic with us, or there is a cafe in Russell Square.

Children welcome – Totally family friendly!

Those who want to celebrate, but don’t feel able to take part in the parade walk, can still join us in Russell Square to enjoy the day with everyone.

Crowd Funding ———
(please donate any amount you like using this secure link)
http://paypal.me/PaganPrideLondon

Uptill now we have just about managed to foot expenses ourselves but this year we are setting up a crowdfunding initiative, so that all other pagans can donate whatever amount you can, and help us pay for council applications, insurance and other running costs.

Click the paypal link, and donate any amount (£) you wish to donate.
Thank you.

About Organisers———:
Pagan Pride Parade London 2019 – is supported by The Pagan Federation: London, Atlantis Bookshop, and organised by a team of volunteers including Geraldine, Christalla, Hildegard, Rebekka, Luthaneal, Geoff, Philip and Mani. PPPL is also stewarded by numerous volunteers, and joined by ever increasing number of Drummers, Morris Dancers, and of course Pagan-folks from all around the Country.

-Mani Navasothy

The Fellowship of The Spring ~ London Water Pilgrimage (15th April’19)

Here is a marvelous magical event that I have just come across, and of course will be joining. – Mani


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On 15th April, the opening day of International Rebellion ~

We will be walking the ‘royal route pilgrimage’ from the Tower of London to Westminster Abbey via various sacred places, springs and wells along the way.

This was the coronation route which was made by numerous monarchs over the ages. In these times we are in – we remember we are all Sovereign to the Earth, as she awakens our hearts to work in an allegiance with her, as we make this pledge of beauty with her on this day.

No one ever thinks that there are springs in this city, but yes there are literally hundreds, and some of the most iconic buildings of London are on top of them.

Join us as we walk this route together in prayer, music and song. Blessing and making offerings of beauty at various springs along the way from the Tower of London to Westminster Abbey ~ as we remember and give thanks to the waters together.
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**PILGRIMAGE ROUTE: (3 miles)
Tower Hill > London Stone > St Paul’s Cathedral > St Brides Spring > Fleet Street Wells > Westminster Abbey
(see map in the below – for exact route)
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**START/WHERE:
~ We will gather at 10am, to start at 10:30am on Tower Hill, by Tower Pier (see pinned map for exact location).
~ Nearest Station: Tower Hill
~ We envisage the pilgrimage will take 4hrs. (We will break for lunch on the step of St Paul’s. To renew our energy.)

**BRING:
~ Waters from your local waterways & springs
~ Flowers & offerings that can go back to nature
~ Songs
~ Choirs
~ Instruments: sacred sound makers such as bells, rattles, singing bowls, drums, etc
~ Food and drink to eat along the way
~ Come dressed in Blue and/or Green if you can
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This Pilgrimage for the Waters is aligned with Extinction Rebellion, which is calling attention to the great imbalances present on this planet and the need for united and immediate action on a global scale to correct these imbalances and to bring Earth back on a life-sustaining trajectory for future generations.
https://extinctionrebellion.org

This pilgrimage will be dedicated to our deeply loved Polly Higgins and Mission LifeForce: Stop Ecocide

Also supported by @SOULand: Making the World of our Longing: www.souland.org/water

~~~ The Fellowship of the Spring ~~~

Earth Hour London 2019 – Candle-lit Walk & Eco-ceremony

Our annual eco-event in London to observe Earth Hour!The idea is to switch off all non-essential electric appliances, lights.. So what better than to get to the park…some green space..and be in candle-light…with like-minded friends? !!

Earth Hour walk 2019

In the past we have facilitated a Candle-lit walk along the river Thames. But since 2015, we have been in local woods for this. But nwo for Earth Hour 2019, we are back to candle-lit walk along river Thames! .

• Date: Saturday 30th March 2019
meeting point: at 7pm, Meet outside the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. We will be walking towards OXO Tower and Gabriel’s Wharf, where we’ll have a small Earth Hour Ceremony at 8.30pm.

*BRING LANTERNS & candles in jam-jars.
*Bring food & drinks to share for a night-picnic by Thames
*Bring sheets to sit on (we’ll be sitting on the ground/ grass).
*Be Ready to sing Earth Songs

Earth Song video:

-Mani Navasothy

Isidias Navigatum 2019: Goddess Isis Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony (Richmond, London)

This annual ceremony was held at the start of the Spring time in Ancient Egypt, to gain the blessings of Goddess Isis upon the ships and boats (Fleet) – so that they may go forth, find commerce, resources and wealth and bring them back.

Isias Navigatum - march 2019

This is a family friendly day-time ceremony by riverside. We will bless the `fleet’ and place our hopes and wishes of good fortune and success in the ventures we are starting as Spring approaches. We then set the ships to sail (some will be sent.. other larger models will be pulled back, so as not to litter river Thames).

Fee: £5 (£3 concessions). Children under 16 – FREE.

Ritual outline :

A statue of the Goddess will be carried to the water side. Women may offer mirrors so that Goddess Isis may see her beauty. We will pour milk on the banks then sprinkle the statue with precious perfumes & flowers. As the final part of the ritual, a small replica boat(s) will be filled with spices and other magical items, and placed in the river as an offering to the Goddess Isis. Smaller paper boats may also be placed in the river and let go off..

Bring your own small boats! Be it paper boats or small scale models – to either sail them on the river Thames afterwards, or to symbolically place them on our altar during ritual, to gain the blessings of Isis for your own ventures ahead in 2019.

meeting point:

Please gather by the Hollyhock Cafe , between 2.00pm to 2.20pm. (address: Hollyhock Cafe, Terrace Gardens, Petersham Road, TW10 6UX. )

We will cross the road to the riverside for ceremony, set up Altar on the model boat (group effort) and begin ceremony.

At the end of the ceremony our `ships’ will be set sail followed by Feasting. We expect to be back at station by 5pm .. and visit a cafe or pub to socialise (in warmth).

**Please wear absolutely sensible shoes, warm & water poof cloths** .. Our rituals go ahead whatever the weather..

All are Welcome to attend these .

Please bring Food & drinks to share. It can be a bottle of wine, soft drinks, hot drinks (in a flask), short eats, snacks, bread, butter, cheese, humus, cakes, salads, pasta and so on.

Bright Blessings
Mani Navasothy

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Isidias Navigatum 2019: Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony for Wealth (Richmond)

Sunday, Mar 10, 2019, 2:00 PM

Hollyhock Cafe, Terrace gardens, Petersham Road, TW10 6UX
Richmond London , GB

22 Woodland Witches Attending

This annual ceremony was held at the start of the Spring time in Ancient Egypt, to gain the blessings of Goddess Isis upon the ships and boats (Fleet) – so that they may go forth, find commerce, resources and wealth and bring them back. This is a family friendly day-time ceremony by riverside. We will bless the `fleet’ and place our hopes and wish…

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Hindu Magic: Shiva Yantra and Mantra

Shiva yantra FB Mani Navasothy 2019-v2

This graphics I created combines the most auspicious and powerful Markandeya mantra (also called Mrityunjaya mantra) and the Shiva Yantra. generally Yantras should not be shown to others …and just kept on sacred altar..  But this is a graphics I grabbed from internet…not an actual metal Yantra…so using it here for educational purposes..Interesting that it actually has a pentagram at the centre..

Yantras are Hindu versions of sacred Geometry …with God names and mantras written on them in Sanskrit and follow certain rules of how to create them.. when to create them..and how to work with them in Poojas and prayers / meditations etc.. In short they take several days or weeks of preparation to `install’ on an altar and thereafter treated as `God’ or `Goddess’.. and never to be handled disrespectfully.. (they are way more serious than just a statue or picture of a Deity.. They *are* Deity..once properly consecrated and installed.

No one should work with them or touch them if they have had meat of any kind.. They should not touch the ground.. They should on;y be handled after a shower.. etc (many such rules).

I have some yantras I obtained years ago..and they are still covered up and awaiting work.. as I am not yet of a certain high spiritual pure state to work with them.. That should tell you how serious this work is..

I’ll be running some key Hindu Magic ceremonies and workshops in late Spring 2019 onwards.. So keep your eyes peeled on this matter.

-Mani Navasothy
WIccan High Priest and Hindu & Shamanic practitioner

other posts in Hindu magic

On Pradosham, Mrityunjaya mantra and Rudraksha mala chanting

Maha Shiva rathri and the worship of Lord Shiva

Shiva rathri and suggested magical works

 

Wicca: 1-day experiential course (Outdoors, London)

Are you a natural Witch? Into magic & spellcraft? Or do you want to be a One? See if the impulses you feel inside you are more than just curiosity.. that it’s instincts.. a magical release.. an awakening? And do you want to become an initiated Wiccan & a Witch ? Be in a coven of Witches? Form your own coven perhaps? Is that even possible? Are you tired of reading books, trawling websites and social media – looking for connections, knowledge? Worried about whats the `norm’ these days? What’s right? What’s wrong? What’s safe.. and what’s magically dangerous?
So many thoughts and not enough starts?!!

Wicca course - april2019

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…!

This course held in the natural habitat of a real Witch – the woods! After all nature is where their power comes from- Light of the Stars, Flames of the Sun, Power of the Moon, Flow of rivers, strength and deep treasures of the Trees and Earth!

We go into the woods to be away from the machinations of urban society, and to attune to the rhythms and energies of nature. Try to relax, ground, centre, earth and be open for the duration of the course. Allow a bit of time-buffer towards end for questions/ answers & conversations. Afterwards, we’ll go to the Woodman’s pub (indoors) and continue with some socials and carry on conversing about wicca and related matters.F

Date : saturday 11th May 2019

VENUE: Course will be held in outdoor woodland setting – Queen’s Woods, where usually hold our outdoor Wicca rituals).

Nearest Tube: HighGate (northern line) –

Meeting point & Time:
We meet at in the patio/ garden area of Woodman’s Pub, Archway Road (1 min from Highgate tube). Meet from 10am to 10.30am. This is the time get a cup of tea/ coffee ..say Hi ..meet n greet fellow students and get warmed up! At 10.30am we all walk to woods for course.

Fee: £20 Early bird rate ( £30 after Spring Equinox 21st March’19)

Join meetup event to pay £30 and confirm your space (see link below)

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.

Breaks:
We’ll have short organic breaks.. There will also be a 1 hour lunch break.
Queens woods has a cafe/ toilet (10min walk from our course area).

NO Recording / photography———–
Tutor may take some photos with permission for publicity purpose.

Weather————
• Please wear plenty of warm clothing (it actually gets cold when you sit down on the ground for long). If it’s raining much, tutor will bring a tarpaulin sheet cover.. so we don’t get wet (too much)

What to bring
• For your own comfort, please bring any food/drinks lunch (Please avoid eating during course delivery!). Bring flask of hot drinks. Bring comfortable cushion/ mat to sit on, as well as a blanket / throw to wrap up .. (or if it’s just cold). Please wear warm coats, socks scarf..

• We’ll have some wine for ceremonial parts of the course.

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

Join meetup (free) and pay fees £30 to book this course

Wicca: 1-day experiential course, Outdoors.

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 10:30 AM

Queen’s Woods
Near Highgate Station London, GB

2 Woodland Witches Attending

Are you a natural Witch? Into magic & spellcraft? Or do you want to be a One? See if the impulses you feel inside you are more than just curiosity.. that it’s instincts.. a magical release.. an awakening? And do you want to become an initiated Wiccan & a Witch ? Be in a coven of Witches? Form your own coven perhaps? Is that even possible? Are you t…

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Ganapathy temple Homam – fire ceremony (pics)

Woodland Mid-Winter Ritual & Yule Celebrations 2018

“Winter approaches.. nights are long. Day light is short. And in the deep caverns below the Earth, the great Goddess gives birth to the Sun-Child! We gather to mark this sacred event and celebrate Winter Solstice”.
 
Out ritual Team will conduct key aspects of the ceremony, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved in the actual ritual – ie with elements calling, chants, magical work and so on.
Woodland witches Yule 2018- stars version
 
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*** Fee: £5/ £3 (Concessions) ***
 
Date : Saturday 22nd December 2018
 
venue:——-
Queen’s Woods (gather at Woodman’s pub first)
 
Meeting point: ——–
Gather in the Garden/patio area of `The Woodman’s pub’ from 2pm. You’ll be led to woodland spot for ritual at 2.30pm.
 
Duration : ————-
2pm to 6pm.
 
Magical behaviour———–
 
**From the moment you arrive at sacred space in woods, you are kindly asked to observe stillness and reverence throughout the ceremony. All willing are expected to participate – during which moments, you are asked to be calm and not disruptive of their inner-work. **
 
Magical Safety ————-
 
** Once Circle is cast, we do not allow anyone to enter the sacred space..or leave without an appointed Priest/Priestess opening a doorway in the circle. If you arrive late or must leave at any point, please seek the appointed Priest/Priestess for this. Please do not Crash the circle – as it can cause magical weakness for the whole ritual and let outside energies enter or leak our own built up energy**
 
RITUAL items to bring:———-
 
– Your ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks
– Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks
– Drums & musical instruments
– Lanterns / candles / lighter
– Crystals / runes / divination tools
-Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)
 
ALL WELCOME————–
-All Pagans of any spiritual are welcome..
** This event is NOT suitable for children.**
 
What to bring/ Food & drinks to share ——————-
 
-Home made/ baked items are exceptionally welcome (Bread, cakes, buns, salads, soup, pre-cooked potatoes).
-Wine & Mead are popular for the pre-ritual social and for feasting & socials afterwards!
– shop-bought items (sausage rolls, short-eats).
-Cheese / ham/ butter/ crisps/ dips
-Chicken (cooked pieces)
– Water / soft drinks/ tea & coffee in flasks
-vegetarian food/ vegan food
(Basically any items that add towards a sensible feast/ meal).
 
Cutlery etc: Plastic cups, paper plates, forks & knives, spare bags (to pack items not eaten), bin bags – we usually bring these. But if you can bring some too – that will be good.
 
Torch light – Some evening gatherings finish in dark. So a torch light helps to find things when tidying up & packing.
Seating : Folding seats / ground sheet ( for your self to sit on) – optional.
 
**wear sensible outdoor cloths***.
 
Bright Blessings
-Niall, Mani & The Woodland Witches Ritual Team
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TLC: Full Moon Ceremony by river Thames (23rd Nov’18, London)

On the eve of the Full moon in the air sign of Gemini, we gather for our monthly `Tamesa London Circle’ (established in 2006), to honour the Moon Goddess.. Horned God, Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and do magic at the Heart of London.

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.

Note: This will be the last Full moon ceremony by Thames in 2018…as the one in December falls on same day as our Winter/Yule gathering in Queen’s woods. 

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Fee: £3 .

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:

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

Go to our meetup event to rsvp and begin your magical preparations.

TLC: Full Moon Ceremony by river Thames (Nov’18, London)

Friday, Nov 23, 2018, 7:30 PM

Seats outside Tate Modern gallery (grass area opposite main door)
Bankside, London SE1 9TG London, GB

24 Witches Wiccans & Pagans Attending

On the eve of the Full moon in the air sign of Gemini, we gather for our monthly `Tamesa London Circle’ (established in 2006), to honour the Moon Goddess.. Horned God, Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and do magic at the Heart of London. No prior knowledge or experiences of wicca or ritual magic is necessary for you to attend this. Just come with a…

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1st Anniversary of my `Knighthood’ by King Arthur Uther Pendragon (Druid)

“To speak the Truth, to honour our spoken word, and to be Just & Fair in all our dealings..!”

mani navasothy knighted by King Arthur Pendragon 2017
Mani Navasothy being knighted by King Arthur Pendragon (Druid Leader) on 7th November 2017 at The Temple Church grounds, London.

I’ve followed (King) Arthur Uther Pendragon for a long time now.. and admired what he (sometimes single handedly) stands up for and injustices he stands up to! Had the privilege of inviting him to facilitate one of the rituals at PF London in 2005-6 when i was Events Organiser for PFL. Some years ago when he said to a group.. hold everywhere sacred..(not just Stonehenge) I took it to heart and have been keeping London as my sacred focus..instead of always running out of london to other spiritual places all the time.. And appreciate his sentiment that if we pagans want to keep Stonehenge sacred in the eyes of tourists etc at festive times, we should `robe up’ and be seen in our magical/ priest/ priestly appearance..

So it is finally my honour to be Knighted by Arthur at the Templar Church yard – this time last year (2017) in London… at the culminating ceremony of a day of rituals around London. (there were others.. warrior Priestesses & priests who were knighted at same event..and we stand together in fellowship). Sir John Crow was the first, followed by Jenny, Debbie, Donna and a number of us. Their photos are in my other album for this Sacred day of rituals’ 🙂

To the `uninitiated’ it may be seen as a curiosity, a gimmick.. but for some of us, this – done in a magic circle, on sacred grounds (Templar Church in London, on the spot where the old Lamb building stood before it was wiped by WW bombing in 1942).. this act matters.. and takes on deeply significant proportions.

“To speak the Truth, to honour our spoken word, and to be Just & Fair in all our dealings..!”
I’ve always done this.. so it isn’t so much a beginning of the journey but a recognition of what i have been doing for a decade and a half.. and I will continue to do so..

-Mani Navasothy

Druid prayer:
`We swear by peace and love to stand,
Heart to heart, and hand to hand,
mark O spirit and hear us now..
Confirming this our sacred vow!’

arthur pendragon LAW

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