Woodland Beltane Gathering & Maypole Dancing 2017

Woodland Beltane Gathering & Maypole Dancing 2017

 

Join us  to celebrate BELTANE 2017..  with ceremony & Maypole Dance.  We’ll drum, dance and choose a May King & May Queen.  And feast and frolic!  (sensibly!)

You will not want to miss this..  !  (just look at a few photos (below) of what we did. That’s when our ritual `team’ organically came together.  So this year it’s bound to be more festive, more frolics.. and more magic!!

Mayday falls on a Monday and no doubt mny will have coven & other events to attend that whole weekend (Fire festival in Edinburgh,  Hastings Green Man festival etc).  So we have staggered our own woodland festivities to the following weekend..  It extends the Beltane festivities..and gives all something to look forward to (without clashes) and have a final big event.. !!   🙂

• ***** Fee: £3 per person **

About Beltane: 

`The veil between the world of men and fairy (or spirit) is said to thin twice a year, at Beltane and at Samhain, which are on opposite points of the year wheel. At Beltane  (May eve) the land is at it’s most lush and green, and fertile. If Spring Equinox is the time of fertility and mating in the animal kingdom, then Beltane is one of courting couples making commitment to one another- and Handfastings! In the God-Goddess myths, this is when the playful God is said to commit to the Goddess – which is symbolised by the Sacred Marriage! The Maypole dance that is traditional at this time symbolises the fertile powers of the masculine, penetrating the land, and the ribbons danced and woven around it lock that power! A ring of flower at the tip of the Maypole signifies the feminine. Magical working with the Fay (Fairies) is an important feature at this time, in contrast to the magical work with the departed spirits at Samhain, the opposite point’ (taken from www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )

RITUAL :

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.

****Fee:  £3 per person***

RITUAL items to bring:

– Ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks / ground sheets / blankets
– Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks / flower crowns (No athame!! ..  No swords!)
– Drums & musical instruments
– Lanterns / candles / lighter  (all candles in lanterns only please, unless it’s large pillar-candles.  Strictly No tea-lights on ground or trees!!)
– Crystals / runes / divination tools
– Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)

Handfasting / confirming Pagan marriage vows:

In the past, couples have asked organiser about this.   Handfasting is a big event in itself, and we do not wish it to be reduced by being included in a public ceremony as a `side-event’.  It also detracts from the focus of everyone else.   However, after Blessings of Cakes & Wine (and while still within our magical circle/  sacred space), we may consider couples who are already bonded, to declare their vows / re-affirm their vows by our altar.

**(please message Mani- Wiccan High Priest-  in private in advance to arrange this – or simply to arrange your own separate day for handfasting!)**

Adult themes : 

As this is a fertility festival, there is bound to be  jokes, flirtatious behaviour, adult humour throughout the event..

No Children:

We ask no children / babies in prams etc to be brought.

Behaviour / alcohol/ drugs policy

This is in a public woodland/ park.    We wish to make sure  the good reputation/ credibility of our group/ members/ organisers are maintained.   So please BE on good behaviour.    No drugs/  substances allowed.  Anyone found disrupting will be asked to leave..  and in extreme cases, organisers may call the Police for the safety & well-being of everyone else present.  Don’t ruin it for all.. Be good!  🙂

Photos/ privacy:

Please do not take photos during set-up, run-through or ritual..   Other times, it’s fine.  It’s in a public place so we can not stop the public walking through or taking pics.   If worries about your privacy / identity,  please wear a ritual mask to safeguard your identity in photos that others may take of the group.

Meeting place (Woodman’s Pub):

Gather in the Woodman’s Pub from 1.00pm..  Get to `High Gate’ Tube station..  come up to manin road. Turn right.  Pub is just 30 seconds away.

Map (High Gate tube/ pub & Queen’s Wood)

After Ceremony & some socials in the woods, we will head back to the pub (woodmans) for warmth and more drinks/ socials.  It all depends on how long we all hang out in the woods with lanterns / candles..

-Mani Navasothy

Wiccan High Priest & Founder of  London Woodland Witches and Outdoor Pagans.

Our meetup event for this:

Woodland Beltane Gathering & Maypole Dancing 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 1:00 PM

Queen’s Woods
Near Highgate Station London, GB

33 Woodland Witches & Pagans Attending

Join us  to celebrate BELTANE 2017..  with ceremony & Maypole Dance.  We’ll drum, dance and choose a May King & May Queen.  And feast and frolic!  (sensibly!)You will not want to miss this..  !  (just look at a few photos (below) of what we did. That’s when our ritual `team’ organically came together.  So this year it’s bound to be more festive, m…

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Earth Day 2017:  An Eco-magical gathering in Trent park, London (22April 2017)

Earth Day 2017: An Eco-magical gathering in Trent park, London (22April 2017)

22nd April is  `Earth Day’  – every year!

So join us on this special day..  for a family friendly social, picnic, drums, dances, facepaints..and that all important Eco-ceremony !   Takes place in Trent Park- one of London’s biggest woodland areas open to all..  with acres of space, free car park, cafe, toilet facilities.   We are usually within easy reach, at our `usual spot’ to the left open ground area of the `Cockfosters Gate entrance!

Time: 1pm onwards (car park gate shuts at 5pm..but people can stay much later).

Venue: Trent Park, Cockfosters (Piccadilly line, north London)

Meeting Point: Trent Park Cafe, Barnet EN4 0JY, UK.

Google map link for meeting pointhttps://goo.gl/maps/NJwkrwNDMiF2

Facilities: There is a proper toilet & cafe and car parks. Children can play in play area.Location: From Cockfosters tube, the `Cocfosters Gate of Trent park is only 5 minutes walk. We will be in the field immediately to the right..when you enter the park.. Cafe etc is further ahead.Event details

Our Activities  (tbc) :

• Drumming, Chanting & dancing

• Family Picnic (bring own food or bring some to share)

•  Face painting (for kids and adults !)  need reliable volunteer !! or bring own paints & share/ create activity

• Earth-Healing /  Eco-ceremony

Please Bring:

• Drums & Musical instruments

• Bring family & friends (all religions welcome. This is about Earth).

• Bring eco-magical banners & posters to showcase and charge up with energy for your campaigns

• Bring crystals & ritual items for altar

• Bring plenty of Food & Drinks to share

• Bring ground sheet / blanket or folding stool (for yourself)

What you can do:Please share this event and promote Earth day & Eco-Activities.

Weather: We can’t predict the weather  but we’ve  always carried an event, no matter what nature decides to do on that day. We will have some cover 🙂

History: Earth Day  22nd April- has been celebrated and marked by people of the world for over 40 years (since 1971). It provides a focus for hundreds of initiatives and activities.. from Eco-based fundraising, environmental campaigns, creating educational activities for those unaware of Earth’s  ecological & environmental problems.. to magical or spiritual ceremonies to connect with Gaia“ the earth goddess/ spirit!

– Mani Navasothy

Introduction to Wicca- one day Course -at Atlantis Bookshop London (June 2017)

Intro to wicca - day course - Atlantis Bookshop 17June2017 by Mani Navasothy

Join me in this one-day Indoor course, `Introduction to Wicca’   at the oldest occult shop in London, The Atlantis Bookshop.  This is a rare occasion –  as there are no wicca courses running in central London for many years (last one was run by us several years ago).

Who is this course for?

This course is  for beginners, students & seekers who are interested in  Wicca & Witchcraft!  No previous knowledge or experience is necessary.  You only need an open mind, patience and willingness to learn what Wicca is all about – as it has been since Gerald Gardner’s time in the 1950s in England to what its evolving now all around the world..  in private initiatory covens & public groups.


Date:   Saturday 24th June 2017

Time:   10.30am Intro for 11am start.  Course ends at 5pm.

Fee:   £27   Pay Now (secure link)

•  Attendance is only by pre-booking & paying course fee.  You may book online here (meetup), on our website (see link at bottom) or in person by visiting Atlantis Bookshop.

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Course Delivery :

This one-day course will use explanations, photos/videos/ power point presentation,   pathworking and some practical demonstrations of certain parts of wiccan ritual.  Full notes of topics covered will be given so you can just focus on listening & learning (rather than busy making notes).

Contents: 

Origins of Modern Wicca;  Wiccan Law & principles ;  Basic Energy work;  Altar & Wiccan Ritual tools; Consecrations, sacred space & casting magic circle;  Working with Elements & Quarters;  Power raising & witches Rune; Horned God & Moon Goddess;   Magic & Spellcraft in Wicca ;   Wheel of the year – 8 major Sabbats/  Festivals, their related seasonal myths & rituals; Initiations & Coven life.

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Facilitators:

• Lead Tutor:   Mani Navasothy – initiated Wiccan High Priest.

• Assistance:  April Jonquil – initiated Wiccan Priestess.

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Duration /  format /  Breaks:

• 10.30am  – Arrival /  Greetings /  Intro /  Tea & Coffee    

• 11am   – Main course delivery.

• There will be a 45min lunch break (bring your own sandwiches or visit nearby cafes/shops)

• Course formally ends at 5pm.  After packing, you may stay for chats with Tutors.  we mostly likely will go to a nearby coffee shop / pub for a bit of socialising & chats.

Recording / photography policy

No recording by phones/ video/ dictaphones.

No photography during course delivery & practise.

Venue / transport:

• address:   Atlantis Bookshop, 49A, Museum Street, WC1A 1LY, London

• nearest Tubes :  Tottenham Court Road / or Holborn (then 10 min walk).

The Atlantis Bookshop is one of the oldest Occult bookshops (2nd most oldest) in London that is still open.  It is owned and run by Gerladin & Bali and has been in their family (except for a brief period in the middle).  It has been frequented by many historically significant pagan, magical & occult figures (such as Aleister Crowly!)

• The shop sells magical tools, art & artefacts, as well as thousands of books!

• Our course takes place in the downstairs room (again historical for the many things that have taken place there).  There is a small toilet & kitchen area.

• We have been running our indoor Wicca courses at Atlantis Bookshop since 2006 (and few times at Conway Hall).

• British Museum is about 5 mins walking distance from here!

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

–> Pay for – 1 Day Wicca Course in London – June 2017 (secure paypal method)

Candles, Cords & Rune Magic – woodland Spellcraft workshop (London, April 2017)

Dear all, this half a day experiential session is part of our  Woodland Wicca workshops.  New comers to Wicca and those interested in joining our private wicca Ritual group will benefit from these short but informative introduction workshops – that brings you on to the `same page’ as everyone else.

This is an experiential session, covering the following:

Introduction to spellcraft & Magic in Wicca –  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).

——Other Wicca Training workshops coming soon)—

(*) We will be running a wand-making workshop & pentacle making workshop in this series  in Spring/ summer, covering details, symbology, uses etc for each one.

(**) We will be covering Book of Shadows  &  creating/Writing Rituals, deity/elemental invocations / devocations and carrying those energies within –  in Spring/Summer.

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Attendance: Limited to 13 people –   Attendance must be finalised by all 2 day prior so that workshop materials can be bought.

meeting point/ Time/ Travel Details: 

We meet by the cafe / tea room at `Wimbledon Tea rooms’   and will go into nearby woodland area for workshop. If it’s wet/ raining, I will put up a Tarp cover, as we have done in previous outdoor workshops.

  • *revised* Date: Saturday 8th April 2017
  • *revised* Time: Please be at Tearooms by 11.30am  latest..so we can go into the woods and begin at 12pm.   Workshop ends at 4pm.
  • Address: Windmill Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 5NQ

This place has free car park / toilet facilities.  Carpark fills up fats..so get there early and park.

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).

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Annular Solar Eclipse- full details – Sunday 26th February 2017 (and deciphering scientific diagram)

Annular Solar Eclipse- full details – Sunday 26th February 2017 (and deciphering scientific diagram)

As you know we’ve already had the penumbral Lunar Eclipse a week and a half ago, and the counterpart ..  the Solar Eclipse will be occurring in a few days(Eclipses always occur in pairs, separated by 2 weeks).

I’ve downloaded the detailed Eclipse-diagram of visibility / location data from NASA website (Eclipse diagram/data (c) Fred Espenak – link at the bottom).

Ring of Fire & Diamond ring :

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photo credit-  wikipedia.  Annular Eclipse – Nevada- 20th May 2012 by user smrgeoh

Annular Solar Eclipse is when the Moon eclipses the Sun (as viewed from Earth by us)..  but moon does not fully cover the Sun.  So at the greatest Eclipse, the Moon covers the central disc of the Sun..but there is a ring of Sun showing around it – the so called Ring of Fire.  During the progress of this Eclipse (while its getting into the `greatest Eclipse’ position slowly..and also afterwards, there is also an effect called the Diamond Ring .. that can be seen on the edges of the moon..  (called Baily’s Beads- caused by light shining through valleys on the Moon’s surface).

 

 

 

Annular Solar Eclipse (26Feb2017) Details:

How long is this Eclipse?

Important point to remember is that, at any one location on the Earth, the actual Solar Eclipse is only visible for few minutes at most.   BUT it will be seen at different parts of the world at various times..  and at each part ..for slightly different duration.

Maximum Eclipse duration:

This happens around 13:16hrs UT,  and for a duration of  1 min 22 seconds..  and will be visible only for those at South pacific ocean…off the coast of Chile!  (Note: Although the Sun is Eclipsed for the longest at this point, it is not covered the most amount at this point.  That happens later..but for a shorter duration).

Greatest Eclipse and its duration:

This is when the largest amount of the Sun is covered by the Moon..  and  takes place at 14:53 hrs  (Universal Time), and will be visible for 44 seconds, from a point in South Atlantic Ocean.   (note: sometimes the Greatest Eclipse happens for lesser duration).

Penumbral start & end of Eclipse:

There are two types of shadows formed by the Moon when it comes in front of the Sun..  ie the shadow that Earth Passes through.  Umbral shadow is the darkest part, where from under it, we see nothing of the Sun.  Penumbral shadow is a more lighter part, and we will see the Sun through it..

  • P1 : The Penumbral part of the eclipse will be first visible at  12:10hrs   UT  (seen from South pacific ocean…off the coast of Chile as Sun rises for them locally).
  • P4:  The penumbral part of the Eclipse will be last visible at 17:36 hrs UT (seen from Africa – Zambia/  Botswana – before night falls locally there)

The Umbral  Eclipse data:

This is when the Sun is actually visibly blocked by a dark disc (Moon coming between us and the Sun).  In scientific  notations, we give this 4 sets of readings..  when it first starts (first contact/ start of Umbral Eclipse; 2nd contact;  when Eclipse begins to end; when final umbral eclipse fully ends.

  • U1 : 13:15 hrs UT
  • U2 : 13:16 hrs UT
  • Greatest Eclipse :  14:53 hrs UT
  • U3 : 16:30 hrs UT
  • U4 : 16:31 hrs UT

Here are the NASA diagrams created/provided  by Fred Espanak, where all this data has been taken from:

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Below, for those interested in scientific notations and wanting to learn, is an annotated diagram showing sections  where the Eclipse Data can be obtained.  All annotations (c) Mani Navasothy) .

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Annotations on an Eclipse Data diagram .  Annotations (c) Mani Navasothy  feb2017

I’ll be adding a general astrological chart (drawn for the moment of greatest Eclipse and it’s location) later.  (going to take a bit of work) .

-Mani Navasothy

ps.  If you are interested in doing Esoteric / ritual magical work / energy work, during the Eclipses, I have written a workbook (probably the world’s first book on Eclipse Magic).  here’s the link to buying it.

BUY – Eclipse Magic Workbook   £18

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Eclipse Magic: Intro workshop for Total Solar Eclipse of 21st August 2017 (London)

Eclipse Magic: Intro workshop for Total Solar Eclipse of 21st August 2017 (London)

This is a special workshop (first time) & Ritual, scheduled to tap into the energy of Total Solar Eclipse coming up on Monday 21st August 2017.

No previous experience of Eclipse magical working necessary. Eclipse Magic rituals are quite unique and separate ..and use practical tools (some modern ones such as a plasma-wand), astrological symbols/ names, some transpersonal work and magical visualisations.  These are all uniquely explored by Mani for many years (almost 20 years).

• Date:  Sunday 20th August 2017

• Time: Gather from 12.30pm at Wimbledon Tea Rooms

• Workshop :   1pm to 5pm.  (includes ritual at exact time of Eclipse)

  • Venue: Workshop takes place in the Wimbledon Woods.   But meeting point is at `Wimbledon Tea Rooms’
  • How to get there:  From either Wimbledon or Putney, take bus 93. Alight at `Parkside Hospital’ stop, and walk along Windmill Road to `Wimbledon Windmill Tea room’ and meet us there. We’ll go into the woods to do workshop/ ritual.

About Eclipse-Magic

The stellar forces of Eclipses are comparable to chaotic stormy seas – and knowing when Eclipses take place and what types of personal magic you can do, enables you to tap into those powers to accelerate, course-correct, enhance and empower your life!

Every Year there are at least 2 pairs of Eclipses (Solar & Lunar) – which means you can do Eclipse Magical works 4 or more times in a year! Some works can be done with only 5 minutes of effort, and others take a few weeks or even a few months of preparation. But all create intense changes over longer periods of time in your life.
This innovative, easy to use e-book gives full introductions to the Science, Astronomy, Astrology, Esoterica & Magical core concepts useful to all who like to experiment with Eclipse Magical Techniques. Mani Navasothy has been personally exploring these for over 15 years, and is now sharing his own secret techniques of using Stellar energies for Balancing, Cleansing, Powering Up, as well as the highly specialist methods of using Dragon Magic & Portals and Cosmic Gateways.

Watch a Video explanation: 

You can watch a previous video filmed by Mani, explaining some general work/ principles of Eclipse Magic.

Visit website for Charts / data /  Free webinars: 

You may explore backgrounds to Eclipse Magic by visiting Mani’s free website dedicated to this subject matter…where charts, free webinars, videos and intro  e-books are all available..

• Visit www.EclipseMagic.co.uk

Buy the full workbook

You can purchase the full `Eclipse Magic Workbook’   here for £18.00, and /or the Introduction books on Amazon kindle for $2.99 only (search Amazon books for Eclipse magic!)

see you there.

Bright Stellar Blessings

-Mani Navasothy  (AstroMage)

Wicca workshop: Altar, Magical tools & Broom Making (12th March’17)

Dear all,  am starting the 3rd cycle  of our Wimbledon Wicca rituals & Training group – with half-a-day outdoor training workshop.This is an experiential session, covering the following:

• Importance of Altar in Wicca – how to create one ; indoor/outdoors; formal/ informal; directions; seasonal variations/ themes

• Magical tools of wicca – Introduction to —  Athame, sword, white handled knife, (*)wands, scourge, staff, (*)pentacle and more; where to place them on altar; which ones to use, when not to use some tools, (**)Book of Shadows..

• Broom – Why the broom is important.   Followed by an introduction work on making your own brooms using materials we find around in the woods.

All photos taken at our Rituals & workshops taken place in 2016.  All photos (c) London Woodland Witches & Outdoor Pagans – meetup group.  Not to be used by anyone without written permission of Mani Navasothy (owner/  facilitator of `London Woodland Witches & outdoor Pagans).

——Other Wicca Training workshops coming soon)—

(*) I will be running a wand-making workshop & pentacle making workshop in this series  in Spring/ summer, covering details, symbology, uses etc for each one.

(**) I will be covering Book of Shadows  &  creating/Writing Rituals, deity/elemental invocations / devocations and carrying those energies within –  in Spring/Summer.

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No need to bring anything..   we’ll find all we need in the woods..

What you may wish to bring are any special cords / strings you may wish to use to make the broom, as well as any garden secateurs!

Please bear in mind that ..we’ll do this in an informal, playful way..  using whatever twigs/ branches we can find..(most will be wet and possibly feeble..so it may be hard to find nice sturdy pieces..) .  But this is practise.

I will also bring a full set of altar tools..  and go through them properly, and lay out a standard wiccan altar..  You may take notes, photos etc for personal use (don’t put them up on meetup or facebook etc ..as they are my magical tools..   They are for teaching..not for showing on social media).

Fee: £9   (you can pay online via paypal/credit/debit card Now..(keeps a space for you)

or 

rsvp now ..and pay in person at the workshop by cash – (please only rsvp if you are 100% serious..and not just on half whims.  Magic is all about making an intention and carrying it through!!)

meeting point/ Time/ Travel Details: 

*New Date – Sat 12th March 2017

We meet by the cafe / tea room at `Wimbledon Tea rooms’   and will go into nearby woodland area for workshop. If it’s wet/ raining, I will put up a Tarp cover, as we have done in previous outdoor workshops.

Please be at Tearooms by 11.00am latest..so we can go into the woods, setup and start this workshop at 11.30am…and end at 3pm.

Address: Windmill Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 5NQ

This place has free car park / toilet facilities.

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).

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Link to Join / book event (via meetup)

 Altars, Wiccan tools & Broom making