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Mobile media enquiry I received & responded: ‘ridiculous’ claims of Lammas Day abduction plan

Earlier today (2:50pm 23rd July’12), I had a call on my mobile..  from a lady in Epping Forest area.

She claimed there had been flyers circulating in their area – that pagans are coming to take a local ma and sacrifice in a ritual for Lammas festival.  I went a bit intense, and said how ridiculous, and went on to explain my ex-position in the PFL (ex-Events Coordinator) and current Webmaster. I also explained my educational qualification (Physics degree) and said I have a good head on my shoulder, and that we pagans don’t do anything crazy like sacrificing people!

Anyway here’s what she appears to have written – and as usual with Journalists (understandable), only parts of a 15 minute conversation seem to have been written about. But apart from one potential misunderstanding, it looks okay to me.

Funny thing is I have only just seen this online. I thought it was going to be a printed paper later on.   In any case, earlier this evening, I had a funny psychic sensation..  almost like an intrusion that I had sensed in the past… and it now makes sense..  It would be the time (4.30pm) when this would have been published online…  (I was doing my art blogs then!).     Yeap, my `Spider sense’ was tingling…and I now have it calibrated `exactly’ for this sort of thing that touches me!!   That’s the biggest favour this event has done for me.

-Mani

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‘ridiculous’ claims of Lammas Day abduction plan

4:29pm Tuesday 24th July 2012 in NewsBy Katie Bamber

PAGANS have dismissed ‘ridiculous’ claims they plan to kidnap a member of the public as part of festivities in Epping Forest next week.

An anonymous leaflet stuffed through letterboxes on Epping High Street on Monday (July 23) warns of a Pagan ‘plan to abduct a male member of the public for use as part of their rituals’.

Pagans traditionally celebrate Lammas Day, the wheat harvest festival, from July 31 to August 1 – the mid-point between summer solstice and autumn equinox.

Mani Navasothy is a Wiccan High Priest and representative of the Pagan Federation, which works with the Government to create guidelines on recognising Paganism.

The 42-year-old has led several Pagan camps at Debden campsite and staged his wedding on the edge of the forest.

He said: “That’s just ridiculous. Nobody is going to catch a man and abduct him. I have got a degree in physics, so I’m not an idiot. Practising Pagans just don’t do that sort of thing.

“I myself have led rituals in forests and I used to tell the police and council – we always do it very carefully and formerly. If anything we just go for walks in the wood.”

Contrary to the leaflet’s claim that next week’s celebrations will involve ‘public nudity, unauthorized fires, sacrifices and heightened risk of kidnapping’, Mr Navasothy said they were likely to entail a ‘drama’-like ritual, with worshippers in masks and costumes acting out the cutting of the first wheat.

“We don’t do animal sacrifices and definitely not people. That would be criminal.”

Simon Webb, the Loughton-based author of Unearthing London: The Ancient World Beneath the Metropolis , said Epping Forest had been used by worshippers of Pagan gods since the Neolithic period.

“The main road from the Neolithic flint mines in Norfolk to London passed straight through Epping Forest and straight through Waltham Abbey,” said Mr Webb, 58.

“Travellers worshipped half-human, half-horned goats and took symbols of their religion with them.

“There are old roads leading through the forest made by Celts. They’re called ‘green lanes’, and they were used as old trackways.”

Mr Webb confirmed Epping Forest was still a draw for practising Pagans: “Not far from the Wake Arms roundabout, there’s a clearing with lots of symbols carved into the trees. You’ll also find traces of fires that have been burning there.

“I don’t doubt for a moment that on Lammas Day there will be people lighting fires and dancing round naked in Epping Forest,” he added.

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My Quantum-magical work & Discovery of the Higgs Boson

Hi all,

as ya know ..am a big science geek at heart! 🙂  And ever since I accidentally read Paul Davie’s book on Quantum / Particles (in my Advanced Level days at school.. 1988-ish) I have been hooked on the wonder of it all..  It’s one reason I had a `last minute change of heart’ from studying Engineering at Uni and going for Physics (applied to Oxford Uni…didn’t get A/L grades, so went for King’s College London (Uni) and finally finished the degree at Birkbeck College (thank Birkbeck for giving me a last chance!)

Part of my quantum-magical work (reality shifts) involved image-magic like this.

Some years ago, in my early `pagan awakening years’  I was at a Witchfest Event in Croydon Fairfields Hall (around 2003-4?) and gave a talk entitled `Quantum Magic’.  I thought I’d be lucky to get 3-4 people in my talk.  But the room was packed with about 30+ people..!   The talk then focused around how us Science-interested magicians can use those ideas in our magical work.. !   People who were chemists, engineers and others listened to my talk. They said we should explore more.  So I set up a yahoo e-group for it.  Nothing much came of it, and I deleted that group.   (then in 2004, I had differences of opinions with Witchfest organiser and left that community…).

But my interest in this field – both scientifically and magically has continued privately…in reading latest science journals, and using them in my own magical works. I think only 2 people knew what I was upto..  my sister , and a non-pagan friend in the civil service where I used to work (till 2004?).

About 2-3 years ago, at a Beltane Bash festival in London, I gave a new talk called `The God Particle’.. explaining how the mysteries of science is where us magicians can pluck ideas and manifest our magic! I touched on dark matter & dark energy as potential carriers or links to even psychic energies / powers.  The idea being, if there are these elusive quantum-particles’ that carry various known forces, and rest of the force-fields are speculated and assigned hitherto undiscovered particles, there exists the possibility that similar ones may exist for carrying psychic forces or energies..  The fact that quantum mechanics suggests that observation affects results and position/location of particles ..to me suggests processes very similar to magic.. where the Will of the person affects outcome!!

Few years ago I became more serious about it all..  and started having the idea of writing it all down.  I called it, `Quantum Magic’ of course 🙂  Even this blog `QuantumPhoenix.net‘  is an echo of my old username in an old pagan forum (Witchcraft.org run by Children of Artemis).

The book has been planned for release later in 2012, around the next set of Eclipses (as this first set of Eclipses in 2012 saw the launch of  my book on other major personal work, `Eclipse Magic workbook’.

And so when I heard..few days ago (4th July’12) that the Higgs Boson had indeed been discovered (or rather statistical evidence for it has been confirmed to the highest certainty possible within experimental error parameters!)..I knew we have turned a corner..  not just for Science all over the Earth.. but on esoteric levels too.   It is a sign that I personally have been `intuitively’ waiting for.

A word on this science-magic/religion conflict. No doubt many Scientists would distance themselves from others who believe in magic. But truth is, many Scientists who have given fantastic theories ..have all had some sort of esoteric or spiritual belief systems. Richard Feynman tended to spend time with tribes, playing his bongos; Einstein enjoyed travelling on light-beams (creative visualisation) that led to him developing his theories.. Benzene ring came about because the Chemist in question was day-dreaming of snakes that suddenly ate it’s own tail!!

So, never mind the fact that Cern announced it on 4th July (US independence day!) That’s political synchronicity 🙂  That this announcement comes just after a recent uranus-square-pluto  &  jupiter-square-neptune aspects astrologically (both point to radical changes, innovation, technological jump, elusiveness, fluidic matters etc)- is pure magic to me!

-Mani Navasothy  (Physicist & Magician)

Teaser- Olympic issue of Gaian Times eco-magazine

Teaser- Olympic issue of Gaian Times eco-magazine

Here’s a teaser cover of the August issue of Gaian Times- features articles include `Promethian Legacy: The Olympian God who brought fire to mankind; Paganism in the 25th Century; Disability-Bionics & Paganism…and more!

Cover features Promethius bringing the secret of fire and giving it to Gaia, and about to suffer the wrath of Zeus.

Out on 4th August 2012.
-Mani

Pagan Pride PARADE in streets of London

This is a video mini-documentary filmed at last year’s pagan parade in London (Holborn) – an annual event that is no win its 18th year (previously organised by Jeanette Ellis who ran the Beltane Bash & Halloween festivals). Selina filmed and edited this, and I added the educational captions and annotations – explaining the use of masks, purpose magic etc.
This year’s parade is taking place on Sunday 24th June (in a few days). It assembles at Red Lion Square (Holborn) just outside Conway Hall, at 12noon, and will process through nearby streets, past British Museum, and end at a nearby park, where the fountain is…for a picnic. Being organised by the Atlantis Bookshop in London (oldest occult bookshop in London).

Hope to see pagans add friends there.
-Mani

Midsummer & Stonehenge Conflicts

The Sun’s entered the zodiac sign of Cancer..  11.09pm GM on 20th June..  which is 00:09 hrs on 21st June (British Summer Time).

Happy Solstice wishes to all.

These pictures were taken last year, when I went to Stonehenge for Summer Solstice, with my wife April and close pal Marcus. What struck us was the sheer amount of rubbish people were throwing about..  which came to light..once  the mass of crowds had greeted the Sun!

At the entrance, more or less each person is given a bin bag. And yet, out of the 20,000 or more people who turn up, probably about a handful of them actually keep the place tidy, and put rubbish in bin bags.  For our part, April, Marcus & I went around picking rubbish and filling almost 20+ bags, along with the `hired help’ who were also beginning to tidy up after Sun-rise.

Beer cans, bits of food, crisp bags, cigarette buts, plastic bags, glass bottles, clothing items..gooey stuff…you name it..it was all there!  How utterly disgusting!!  We had no gloves, yet were doing our best.

What’s mind boggling is, for 363 of the days of the year, English Heritage keeps the stones off-limits to all people, except those who pay hundreds to hire it in the early hours or late hours – before or after tourist times- for small group personal ceremonies.  No fires, incense, candles…not even flowers are allowed – lest they hard and erode the stones…in those private hires.  Yet, at Summer and Winter Solstices, thousands of people turn up and totally and utterly ABUSE the stones..  from sanding on top to throwing disgusting and dangerous rubbish. And the rest of us – who hold Stonehenge sacred – just have to watch in horror and despair.

Free access to he stones is something people fight for – `It’s our right’ many say. But the English Heritage is trying to protect a `world heritage site’- that is thousands of years old. They oblige the campaigns of pressure groups, Druids, pagans and New Agers – and open it up in a limited basis. And thousands abuse and destroy the stones in that shot window.

I recall, few years ago, when I first saw the horror of the rubbish, and ill-treatment of the place, that I went around the 4 Quarters, and did a `banishing & closing’ energy work. I actually wanted Stonehenge to be closed for public. But the following year, I felt the errors of my despaired and angered emotions, and did a grounding (not that in between anything changed).  I am now just neutral.  Yes, the Stones have been here for thousands of years, and yes hey were sacred and people did magical and spiritual works there..  but perhaps they have had their time…and now Stonehenge wants to truly fall apart, rot and be gone – and so the stones have brought about this  themselves?   Yeah, I know…funny way of looking at it..   – The Stones want to commit Euthanasia.

I’ve been lucky – I’ve been to Stonehenge on a few private early morning gatherings – a wiccan coven ritual, a handfasting.. and so on. And I”ve been to the mass gatherings of winter solstice and a few summer solstices too.

Sometimes we can’t deal with impending loss – of elderly grandparents about to die, or sacred trees slowly dying, or stone circles – that are being ll treated and will fall very soon.. And when we feel that way, sometimes, we cut ourselves off those things that are dear to our hearts – it’s a way of self-preservation …for us!  

And maybe I am going through that now..for the Stonehenge.

My best memory of it-  in the middle of clearing all that rubbish, right in the midst of trampling  drunken abusive condescending crowds, I saw a small bunny rabbit hiding right under the central (fallen) altar stone. I smiled, wished it well and safety..and went on. I know it would have stayed safe, and would have come out, once all the 20,000 of us have left!

Those stones will fall..and become rubble, dust to dust, and grass and bushes and moss will grow..  Nature will win!

Bright Summer Solstice wishes

-Mani

Gaian Times Eco-Magazine: Issue 4 – Coming Soon

Gaian Times eco-magazine issue #4 will be coming out very soon.

We’ve published the previous issues freely online in the Gaian Times website.

But from this issue onwards, though it’s still free, we’ll be sending a link to those who subscribe to GT magazine..by opting in with name & e-mail.   Please visit the Gaian Times website and opt-in.  Thanks.

-Mani

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Rahu & Ketu – The serpent demons who swallowed the Sun and Moon (Eclipses).

Rahu & Ketu swallow the Sun & Moon and cause the Eclipses, according to hindu myths. They represent the north & south nodes, and are given `planets’ designation in vedic astrology.
Eclipse Magic Workbook - use the power of Solar & Lunar Eclipses in Esoteric work (c) Mani Navasothy.2012
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Rahu & Ketu  are – according to Hindu mythologies – the  serpent demons who swallow the Sun and Moon! This occurrence is of course a Solar Eclipse or a Lunar Eclipse (`Sooriya Grahanam’  and `Chandra Grahanam’  in Tamil language).

These demons – one with a human head and snake tail, and the other with a snake head and human body – were not always 2 separate beings!  In fact they were one demon (Asuran).

What’ s the story?  Why did they split?  And why do they taunt the Sun and Moon ?

I’ll have to write it later.

-Mani Navasothy

Related topics:

Mythology of Ganesh – Elephant Headed Hindu God

Shivarathri – Long night of Lord Shiva

Avatars: Hindu myths & Hollywood movies (Avatars of Lord Vishnu)

Ganga Thevi: The goddess who drowned her babies (story from Mahabharatham – hindu epic) 

Psychic cleansing using candle & sacred inscribed symbol (advanced magical work)

Astrology Charts for Solar & Lunar Eclipses of 2012

Planetary positions (astrological) shown for the day of Solar Eclipse 20th May’12, using an equal house system, with Aries as 1st house.

Here are 2 Astrological charts drawn for the planetary positions – on the days of the upcoming Solar Eclipse (20th May’12) and Lunar Eclipse (4th June’12).

Normally a Chart is created for a particular person or an event – but with an exact location (town, country) and an exact time in mind.  In this case, I have made it an equal house system, and created it with Aries as the 1st house (this is usually what Astrologers do when looking at each Sun-sign for their weekly or daily forecasts!)

I’ll edit this blog entry and insert planetary positions later  (at what degree each planet is in a particular zodiac!) .

For now, here are the charts.

What you might like to do:  (for those following the `Eclipse Magical working‘ :      You can copy these charts, then print them and mark your own birth chart data .. to see what relationships (aspects) your natal planets are forming with the planets on these days.   – Mani

 

Planetary positions (astrological) shown for the day of LUNAR Eclipse 4th June’12, using an equal house system, with Aries as 1st house.

Fears & Phobias of Eclipses

As we head towards an annular Solar Eclipse on 20th May, and then a lunar eclipse on the 4th of June, 2012, I am aware that there are many people in the world – of certain religions – for whom this is a time of  fear and trepidation!

For example, Hindu scriptures of ancient times, advise people not to eat or drink anything for the actual duration of any eclipses.  In the case of Solar eclipses, this is usually few minutes, but I remember from my own (Hindu) childhood days back in Sri Lanka, how long the lunar eclipses used to take, and how my grandmother used to say not to eat anything.

In fact I recall that we were not even allowed to look at a Lunar eclipse at night – directly- and had to look at its reflection in a bowl of water!  Yes, Solar eclipses should never be looked upon with naked eyes ) nothing short of high strength welders glass is safe!). That’s the Science. But not even scientists worry about lunar eclipses damaging people’s eye sights!

Then there’s the other fact that quite often, Indian astrologers (and others) have predicted violence and all sorts of turmoil across the world after eclipses. (They did for the triple eclipses in same month, last year. But no such major world unrest came to pass, apart from the usual middle-eastern wars, and a number of long term dictators or terrorist leaders being `captured, killed or taken down’!

It’s well known that in certain cultures, pregnant women are advised to stay indoors and avoid looking at Eclipses, to prevent their babies developing defects. Such cultures seem to advise prayers, fasting and ritual bathing, particularly in holy rivers.

Recently, this month, in the United Kingdom, Channel 4 television broadcast  – as part of their `Body Shock’ series – the plight of a 6 year old Colombia boy called Deider, who had a mole on his back so large that it was like a `shell’ and he was nick-named the `Turtle boy’ by some prejudiced people of his community. Those people had also held the belief that during pregnancy, Deider’s mother had one day gone to get the washing from the cloths line, and happen to have accidentally witnessed a full solar eclipse – which according to her culture’s beliefs would result in exposed mothers giving birth to disfigured babies. (Good news is various medical surgeons have operated on the boy and removed the large mole, so he now leads a normal life).

I do not know if my mother was exposed to Eclipse light when she was pregnant with me. But I do remember that when I was young, my father took me out to show me a solar eclipse, by holding some strong filters (film negatives).  This is not sufficient at all – by the way, and never should be tried !  The same one, we watched via a reflection being projected on to an inside wall.

In one of his books.  the late Issac Assimov – a brilliant Science-fiction writer- write a story called `Nightfall’  and later expanded it as a full novel. It depicts an alternate human society in another planet, where they had not witnessed a Solar Eclipse for centuries. There are religious classes and scientists amongst them, and the novel explores the panic, preparations and unravelling of a whole society, when they face their first ever eclipse! It was very much an end of the world scenario. (which is something we ourselves supposedly face at the end of 2012! That’s another matter).
In my view, Hindu culture – one of the oldest religions of the world (12,000 yrs or more) – does have very good vedic astrological techniques that seem to be highly accurate in its predictive powers. So there may well be some truth in avoiding drinking or eating food, especially when it says Eclipse is better for cleansing, forgiving, prayers and meditative work. As far as science is concerned, there is absolutely no reason why eclipses – solar or lunar – should be feared by anyone!  Our Sun & Moon have been getting eclipsed several times, every year, for as long as they have been in existence. I imagine a sudden blockage of the Sun in the middle of the day would alarm any primitive life form – birds, animals and members of neolithic tribes. For Sun worshiping cultures like the ancient Aztecs & Mayas of the South americas, eclipses would have had terrible and intense meanings. But I also imagine they would have worked out the stellar patterns and learnt to forecast when it would occur.

 

I have been drawn to Eclipses, and been doing all sorts of magical works during and based on eclipses – for a good 15 years now. I personally see them as comic accelerators, and course-correctors. A recent magical work with my partner during an eclipse started to produce such noticeable behavioural changes between us, that any lingering doubts as to the power of eclipses is far gone- from my mind. Which was one reason I began to write it all in a book, `Eclipse Magic’.

As far as fears and phobias are concerned – on eclipses – it had never really occurred to me to fear them.

-Mani Navasothy (Astrologer, Esoteric Tutor, Author)

Ps.   Learn to do Eclipse Magical work – accelerate or course-correct life issues, cleanse, recharge and balance the forces of Sun & Moon in your life..       Visit Eclipse Magic  website for free resources and video & webinar tutorials.  FREE DOWNLOAD - How to do Eclipse Magic- Beginners Guide (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh

Hi all, I just finished editing this video…of the clips filmed at last year’s Beltane Festival in Edinburgh. – warning> It has nudity in it. Don’t look if you get offended by such things.
That said,..
Beltane is one of the 8 festivals celebrated by Pagans. It is also a fertility festival, where many pagan couples get married.

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Beltane Fire festival in Edinburgh takes place on the 30th April of each year, organised by Beltane Fire Society (registered charity in Scotland). Visit their website http://www.beltane.org for details. In 2012, they celebrate 25 yrs of running this festival.

-Mani