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Woodland Spring Equinox Ritual (25th Marc 2018)

Spring equinox is a time of new beginning and initiating enterprises. A time of reaching balance between Dark & Light.. day & night. It is a time of noticeable lengthening of daylight hours and quickening. Flowers blooming, trees sprouting buds and leaves. Astrologically, the Sun enters the firey sign of Aries. We work actively to balance the opposing forces in our lives, and a bit of personal `spring-cleaning’ internally, then explore the mystery of Spring, through the God-Goddess cycle. Mating and fertility rites are obviously being played out by all wildlife in nature at this moment.

Woodland Spring Eqx 2018-v2

RITUAL

-Creating sacred space with Consecrations, Circle casting & calling quarters.
-Energy raising – with chants & spiral dance.
-Invocations of Spring God & Spring Goddess.
-Seasonal magic & Blessing of Cakes & Wine.
-Close circle, Feasting & Socials.

Fee: £5 / £3 (concessions). Please behave sensibly during this gathering as we’re in a public woods; No photography/recording during set-up or ritual; After ritual you may take photos for personal use.
No use of photos or any recordings for any journalistic / student/media projects.

meeting point/ Time:

New date: sunday 25th March 2018 (moved from last week due to snow).

Gather in the garden-patio area of Woodman’s pub (Archway Road) from 2pm. we’ll be walking together to the woods for ceremony.

• What to bring
Please bring FOOD & DRINKS TO SHARE:
Here are some suggestions– Home made bread/cakes; salad; wine/ mead; soft drinks; vegan food; water; vegetarian food. You only need bring a small amount that can be added to our feasting and shared with all.

• Important to know
Please gather in Pub garden from 1pm. We will walk together to ritual spot (new location in park). While altar is set up, attendees will be guided through spring magical work in another part of the woods, then led into Ritual circle.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

link to meetup event

Woodland Spring Equinox Gathering & Open ritual 2018

Sunday, Mar 18, 2018, 1:00 PM

Queens Woods London N10, near Highgate Station
Meet at The Woodman Pub The Woodman , 414 Archway Road , Highgate , London , N6 5UA London, GB

15 Witches Wiccans & Pagans Attending

• What we’ll do Spring equinox is a time of new beginning and initiating enterprises. A time of reaching balance between Dark & Light.. day & night. It is a time of noticeable lengthening of daylight hours and quickening. Flowers blooming, trees sprouting buds and leaves. Astrologically, the Sun enters the firey sign of Aries. We work actively to b…

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Tamesis Full Moon Ritual & Isidis Navigatum Ceremony 2018 (Thames London)

Let us come together and honour the Lady of the Moon, Goddess Isis – mother of Mystery & Magic, and Father Thames, and Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and blend it all and do magic at the Heart of London.

Isias Navigatum - march 2018

We are beginning a new cycle of Thames-based rituals in 2018, following their popularity. This time, we’ll be adding more magical aspects to these easy-going rituals – bringing Goddess Isis as a focus (Thames-Isis) and Father Thames, as well as exploring some Serpent/ Dragon magic (Thames is often seen as a giant water-serpent snaking through heart of London), and we’ll be adding eco-magic for well-being of London. All these are elements we have explored before, but now as a regular component of these Thames-based rituals.

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.

Date: Friday 2nd March 2018

Duration:  8pm to 10.30pm

meeting point:

8.00pm by Seats near main door of Tate Modern Gallery (facing river). Ritual will be on river bank nearby (low tide at 21:04 so we must start ritual at 8.30pm). If you are late, come find us.

Outline:

-Preparing space & setting up Altar.
-Run-through- delegate any roles. Brief Q&A.
-Enter Ritual space with reverence.
-Opening prayers and /or Meditation
-Consecrations
-Casting magic Circle
-Calling elemental quarters
-Energy raising
-Invocations / prayers to Deities (Thames-Isis & Father Thames)
-Magical work (Serpents/ Dragons/ Eco-magic / personal)
-Cakes & Wine blessing
-Closing & Grounding work
– Feasting, Socialising…

Suggested donation : £3 appreciated. Thank you.

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, but in a secluded spot..where there is usually some sand. 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!!).
On this evening, low tide is at 9.04pm. Therefore we will get down to river bank and begin ritual at 8.30pm. It takes several hours for tide to come in.. so after ritual.. if we notice the tide turning ..we still have plenty of time to pack up and go up the steps to street level.

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

ps.————
am combining the `Isidias Navigatum ceremony with this one. we will be focusing on our hopes and wishes of good fortune and success as Spring approaches. A blue painted egg will be blessed by all and `planted’ into the soil as symbolic of Spring. elemental invocations will be said in Egyptian words. We will pour milk on the banks. 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. Bring your own small boats! Be it paper boats or small scale models – to either sail them on the river Thames (19Feb’18)

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

link to meetup event

Tamesis Full Moon Ritual & Isidis Navigatum Ceremony (Thames London)

Friday, Mar 2, 2018, 8:00 PM

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

8 Witches Wiccans & Pagans Attending

Let us come together and honour the Lady of the Moon, Goddess Isis – mother of Mystery & Magic, and Father Thames, and Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and blend it all and do magic at the Heart of London. We are beginning a new cycle of Thames-based rituals in 2018, following their popularity. This time, we’ll be adding more magical aspects to these…

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Wiccan Path for Beginners: 1-day Course (London, outdoors) Fee £13

Wicca is a Pagan religious Path that includes honouring the divine, as well as the use of ritual magic for empowerment and bettering of our lives. This 1-day course is for beginners & seekers – to all those interested or curious about Wicca & Witchcraft and like a simple, down to earth, friendly introduction…the whole lot in one day..!

1 day wicca course feb2018

Please attend with an open mind, and flexibility of time. 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.

Fee: £13 payable via paypal or cash on the day.
You can pay using this link   (when using paypal to book with this link, please put a note stating `wicca 1-day course’ )
1-day wicca course 25th Feb2018
VENUE: Course will be held in outdoor woodland setting (Queen’s Woods, where usually hold our outdoor Wicca rituals). we’ll meet at nearby Pub (Woodman’s) and walk together.

Nearest Tube: HighGate (northern line) – then 1 min walk to the pub.

Contents—————–

This is a basic introduction course. Brief explanations will be given as well as demonstration on consecrations, circle casting, calling elements; You’ll learn how to properly say/ pronounce wiccan words/items, as well as some work on invocations & God/Goddess charges;

• 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- Hern, Pan, Cernunnos; Moon Goddesses – Maiden/ mother/ Crone; what are God/Goddess invocations & charges? who can use the energies? Empowerment; Importance of devocations;
• Magic & Spellcraft in Wicca- healing spell; cord & candle magic;
• Esbats & Sabats- Wheel of the year – related seasonal myths & rituals explained (Imbolc, Spring, Beltane, MidSummer, Lammas, Autumn, Samhain, Yule); Full moon/ new moon rituals;
• Initiations & Coven life – brief outline of degrees, how to approach covens, hierarchy; who is suitable; rejections; non-initiatory covens; Projections & attractions to god/goddess energies; abuse of power (warnings);

NO Recording / photography—————— .
Tutor may take some photos with permission for publicity purpose. Your faces can be blurred on any photos to be used. Let Mani (Tutor) know)

Weather———————-
We can not predict weather ..but we can be prepared.
• 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..

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy  (Wiccan High Priest/  Facilitator)

Link to meetup event

Wiccan Path for Beginners: 1-day Course (London, outdoors) Fee £13

Sunday, Feb 25, 2018, 10:30 AM

Queen’s Woods
Near Highgate Station London, GB

18 Witches Wiccans & Pagans Attending

• What we’ll do Wicca is a Pagan religious Path that includes honouring the divine, as well as the use of ritual magic for empowerment and bettering of our lives. This 1-day course is for beginners & seekers – to all those interested or curious about Wicca & Witchcraft and like a simple, down to earth, friendly introduction…the whole lot in one d…

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Tamesis Full Moon Ceremony – London- river Thames (31st Jan’18)

Let us come together and honour the Lady of the Moon, Goddess Isis – mother of Mystery & Magic, and Father Thames, and Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and blend it all and do magic at the Heart of London.

We are beginning a new cycle of Thames-based rituals in 2018, following their popularity. This time, we’ll be adding more magical aspects to these easy-going rituals – bringing Goddess Isis as a focus (Thames-Isis) and Father Thames, as well as exploring some Serpent/ Dragon magic (Thames is often seen as a giant water-serpent snaking through heart of London), and we’ll be adding eco-magic for well-being of London. All these are elements we have explored before, but now as a regular component of these Thames-based rituals.

TLC full moon 2018

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.

Outline:

-Preparing space & setting up Altar.
-Run-through- delegate any roles. Brief Q&A.
-Enter Ritual space with reverence.
-Opening prayers and /or Meditation
-Consecrations
-Casting magic Circle
-Calling elemental quarters
-Energy raising
-Invocations / prayers to Deities (Thames-Isis & Father Thames)
-Magical work (Serpents/ Dragons/ Eco-magic / personal)
-Cakes & Wine blessing
-Closing & Grounding work
– Feasting, Socialising…

Suggested donation : £2 / £3 appreciated. Thank you.

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, but in a secluded spot..where there is usually some sand. 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!!).
On this evening, low tide is at 8.30pm. It takes several hours for tide to come in.. so after ritual.. if we notice the tide turning ..we still have plenty of time to pack up and go up the steps to street level.

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

link to meetup event:

Tamesis Full Moon Ceremony – London- river Thames (Jan’18)

Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018, 7:30 PM

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

9 Witches Wiccans & Pagans Attending

Let us come together and honour the Lady of the Moon, Goddess Isis – mother of Mystery & Magic, and Father Thames, and Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and blend it all and do magic at the Heart of London.We are beginning a new cycle of Thames-based rituals in 2018, following their popularity. This time, we’ll be adding more magical aspects to these…

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Blue Moon Ceremony & Solar Eclipse magic (Woodland Wicca – 30th Jan’ 2018)

This is the 2nd Full moon in January 2018 (falls on 31st January). There is also a Solar Eclipse on the same time. A potent magical time indeed. So we will be taking full advantage of the brewing energies on the eve (night before) the Blue Moon. These are ideal for people interested in Wicca & Witchcraft. They provide an Introduction to Wicca, Witchcraft & Ritual Magic – for all new comers and beginners, and Seekers of The Craft. Facilitated by Mani (Wiccan High Priest) & Ritual team.

Blue moon - january2018

Wiccan Ritual Outline—————:

-Preparing space & setting up Altar. (done by Ritual Team separately)
-Run-through- Lead facilitator Mani (High Priest) will explain outline of Ritual, delegate any roles. Brief Q&A.
-Enter Ritual space with reverence.
-Sweeping
-Opening prayers and /or Meditation (chakra or other)
-Consecrations with salt & water, incense, candles
-Casting magic Circle
-Calling elemental quarters
-Energy raising
-Invocations / prayers to Moon Goddess & Horned God
-Magical work
-Cakes & Wine blessing
-Closing & Grounding work
– Feasting, Socialising…

**fee : £3 ** —————

What to bring—————-:

***Please dress appropriate for weather!
*****Please DO 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.
** Our rituals start in twilight, but often end when it’s already nightfall.. So a torchlight is important.
** We sit on the ground! A simple ground sheet is effective (blankets get wet in winter). Or a stool.
– Your wand (if you have one)
– crystals, tarot etc.
– A robe/ cloak to wear (optional)

You may also wish to attend our New Moon rituals in North London, where we explore High Magic practise with a Wiccan ritual format.

Outdoors/ Elements & forces—————–:

These ritual circles take place in public Woodlands or parks. As they are outdoors, we are at the mercy of elements (sunshine, storms, snow, fog etc).. By being outdoors in nature regularly in a ritual setting, you’ll develop a real magical / psychic attunement & healthy respect to nature’s wild energies, as well as an inner confidence, outdoor ritual experience and dare I say.. empowerment and magical competence…

Policy on Bullying/ Harassment ——

We will not tolerate ANY bullying, Harassment or any form of sexual predatory behaviour. Please report such matters to Tutor asap.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

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1st Blue Moon Ceremony & Solar Eclipse magic (Woodland Wicca – January 2018)

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018, 7:00 PM

Location details are available to members only.

24 Witches Wiccans & Pagans Attending

This is the 2nd Full moon in January 2018 (falls on 31st January). There is also a Solar Eclipse on the same time. A potent magical time indeed. So we will be taking full advantage of the brewing energies on the eve (night before) the Blue Moon. These are ideal for people interested in Wicca & Witchcraft. They provide an Introduction to Wicca, Witc…

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Woodland Imbolc Ritual – 3rd February 2018

Join us on 3rd Feb’18, early evening to mark IMBOLC ceremony in the woods. “Imbolc is said to be the time when the Winter Goddess who has kept her grip on the land loosens her hold, so that the ice melts and waters break and flow again. It is when the Goddess Bride (Brigid) `returns’ to the land. Her path is lit by candles, symbolising the return of light and warmth which is imminent. Bride is a Goddess of poetry, inspiration, healing, knot-magic and weaving. With her, she brings the gifts of 3 flames!”

*** Fee: £5 (concession £4) – collected before ritual. **
Woodland Imbolc 2018

Meeting point:

From 3.30pm, gather in the back garden/ patio area of The Woodman’s pub..(corner of Archway Road) ..few minutes s from HighGate tube (north london). We’ll leave at 4pm in a candle lite procession to woods.. for ceremony.

RITUAL :
This is an open ritual held in an outdoor park/woods with easy public access..
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.

Outline:

• Wiccan Opening Prayer, sweeping & Consecrations
• Circle casting & Element quarters called
• Farewell to Winter Goddess
• Invocation of Virgin Goddess Bride / Bridget
• Bride arrives via a path lit by candles ..and blesses all with her 3 gifts of flames
• Cakes & Wine blessed & shared
• Close circle
• Feasting

Invocations;

Example: Plea to Winter Goddess to leave.
https://youtu.be/OODAXMvB1uI

Invocation to Bride – Virgin Goddess
https://youtu.be/jyxS8AZiOdk

RITUAL items to bring:

– Food & drinks to share at woodland feasting
– 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)

We’ll return to the Pub after ceremony in woods, to carry on socials as usual till late.

-Mani Navasothy
Author/ Pagan Teacher/ Wiccan High Priest

Link to our meetup event:

Imbolc Ceremony – Woodland Wicca 2017

Saturday, Feb 3, 2018, 3:30 PM

Queen’s Woods
Near Highgate Station London, GB

21 Witches Wiccans & Pagans Attending

Join us on 3rd Feb’18, early evening to mark IMBOLC ceremony in the woods.”Imbolc is said to be the time when the Winter Goddess who has kept her grip on the land loosens her hold, so that the ice melts and waters break and flow again. It is when the Goddess Bride (Brigid) `returns’ to the land. Her path is lit by candles, symbolising the return …

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Astrology: Jovial Transits in 2018 (part1)

Jovial Transits in 2018 (that’s Jupiter stuff!!) – part1
 
Well I meant to do this last week..but didn’t and have missed mentioning some brilliant Jupiter aspects / transits already..but here goes..
Basically looking at the ephemeris for any big aspects between social/ transpersonal / outer planets.. I noticed that in 2018, Jupiter is the one dominating it in this respect.
here’s an incomplete list..covering first few months.. (have’t completed my studies on this).
Jupiter transits
 
It all started when i was 7..
No ..with the 7th seal..
no..no..
On the 7th January 2018, the first of the Jupiter aspects took place.. (Mars conjunct Jupiter in Scorpio – which in the old days was ruled by Mars.. ). I managed to do some number-square-candle magic with a cauldron of natural spring water in it.. and it was actually very powerful.. (more on that another time).
 
8th jan- Sun sextiled Jupiter; 🙂 Venus sextiled Jupiter. 🙂
 
14th Jan- well..bit of a sharp one with Mercury semi-squirting Jupiter :-/
 
And this night (16th January) at 4:13am, Jupiter-sextiles-Pluto ..Yeap! And it’s going to repeat this (retrograde motion and all) on 14th April, and then for a 3rd and final time on 12th September..!!
 
25th jan- mercury sextiles Jupiter.
 
13th March – Jupiter Trines Sun. 🙂 Very good one.
But
14th March – Jupiter- semi-square-Saturn (only tough aspect in 2018 to occur between 2 larger planets).
 
zipping forward, 17th April- Venus trines Pluto (nothing t do with Jupiter.. but it’s a highly positive aspect).
 
20th May- BIG one.. Jupiter(R) trines Neptune (2nd time..as first time was in 2017). This will happen again for a 3rd time on 19th August (Jupiter is direct by then).
 
1st June- Venus- trines- Jupiter (yikes…can it get that good? 2 of the most benefic planets smoochin it up!)
 
What;s it all mean?
well. I only know what goes on when they hit me first.. about 24 hrs before it happens.. It’s why my forecasts are last-minute 😉 If they don’t talk to me..I don’t write forecasts..
Am more of an AstroMage.. I do ritual magic at astrologically opportune moments to stellar engineer my life..
(Damn it I’ve just given away my best secret…blooming Jupiter-Pluto thinggy!!)
 
so what will I be doing at 4.13am? it starts with an S..
Sex?…Sleep?..Star-Magic? have a guess! Am giving away all my secrets in one post ya know.. 8-|
 
-Mani
 
ps. below is an art work I painted using a graphics software 🙂

On Pradosham, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra & Rudraksha chanting beads

On Pradosham, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra & Rudraksha chanting beads:

Pradosham (Prathosham):

Today is Pradosham – a special day for worshiping the Hindu God Shiva.
This happens twice a month.. a few days prior to full moon and new moon.
It is a day to worship and pray to Shiva, and seek the clearing of our karma, and release from the ever going karmic cycles of life-death-reincarnation-life-death-and on.

Myth of Mrakandayar:

It is said in Hindu myths that when a boy (Markandeyan) was born, his parents were told he will die on his 16th year. While they were happy to have a child, they were sad to know what is to come. However Markandeyar began to grow and became a devotee of Lord Shiva, and learnt the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (among other things).. and used its power to seek Shiva’s help. And on his 16th birthday, when Lord of Death came for Markandeya, Lord Shiva appeared and warded off Lord of Death.and thus Markandeya was saved.

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra:

Here is that Maya Mrityunjaya Mantra / Tryambakam Mantra / Markandeya Mantra:

“Om tryambakaṃ yajāmahe
sugandhiṃ puṣṭivardhanam
urvārukamiva bandhanān
mṛtyormukṣīya mā’mṛtāt”

It means :
1.Om, We Worship the Three-Eyed One (Lord Shiva),
2.Who is Fragrant (Spiritual Essence) and Who Nourishes all beings.
3. May He severe our Bondage of Samsara (Worldly Life), like a Cucumber (severed from the bondage of its Creeper), …
4: … and thus Liberate us from the Fear of Death, by making us realize that we are never separated from our Immortal Nature.
(note: meaning taken from http://greenmesg.org/m…/sri_shiva-mahamrityunjaya_mantra.php

shiva

Rudraksha chanting beads/Mala:

Hindus often use the Rudraksha mala (necklace) to chant the Mantras and count the number of chants.. It can amount to 108 times.. or 1008.. or several hundred Thousand times.. which takes purity and discipline over many days..weeks..months to complete.

Rudraksha beads are seeds coming from the Rudraksha tree.. It is said that Shiva once thought of the suffering and plights of people on Earth, and he wept for their suffering. His tears fell to earth and where they had landed the special Rudraksha tree grew..and so the seeds from that tree became a divine symbol of Shiva’s compassion for humanity. The seeds have many `heads’.. either 1, 2, 4, 6 ..12 and are expensive depending on how they are harvested and sold. (fakes abound too in the market).

Do’s/ Don’ts on Rudraksha:

Although people wear these beads and walk about like they are models on a religious fashion show.. the power of the Rudraksha beads is in total secrecy. Wearing it gives protection to the wearer. It must not be seen or touched by anyone else.. or when you have not bathed or eaten meat of any kind. also not during sex.. or if you have touched your genitals then don’t touch the Rudraksha. Also during chanting, you must not use index finger. You must not wear it and go to the toilet ..or ever place it on Earth (if you do all the hundreds or 1000s of chant powers you accumulate on it will be gone immediately and you have to start again). It’s protective power comes from not the seeds or mala (necklace) itself.. but in the way you use it to chant mantras many hundreds or thousand times..

If you must wear a Rudraksha beads as fashion item..to show how spiritual you are..fine.. but keep that set for show..and keep a more private mala for actual spiritual/ magical work..and follow the rules I have stated above..

I once wore mine in public…(only time) when carrying a Kavadi at a Hindu Chariot procession…dancing along the Durga Chariot for 4-5 hours. No sooner had that event finished.. I was putting it away..and my mala fell to the ground. So almost a year of work was gone.. I then reconsecrated it in sacred temple waters ..and rededicated it to Shiva and began using it for chanting again.. (moral of this is that… Gods grounded any public energies..and I had to reset!)

(I have much more say on this.. but it is intensely private..so plan to share insights only in a face to face course or workshop).

Upcoming Pradosham dates (2017):
-3rd & 17th October
-1st & 15th November
– 1st & 15th December

I had wanted to write about these 3 items for over year and finally here it is. 🙂

Last year for Shiva Rathri (night of Shiva) I organised a woodland fire ritual & chanting..but this year I went straight to temple.. However I hope to organise a Pradosham ceremony/ and/or a Shiva rathri ritual in the future..for those who are very serious about this work.

Om Nama Shivaya.
-Mani Navasothy

connect with me on facebook  www.facebook.com/ManiNavasothy

ps. incidentally when I did not know any mantra’s I started chanting with just `Om Nama Shivaya’ and gained great & immediate relief/ benefits, which led me to the Maha Mantra (Hare Krishna), Gayatri Mantra (Om Bhur Buvasvana..) and to this Mrityunjaya Mantra ..and many more.

 

Halloween 2017 – Lantern-lit walk & Tamesa river of Souls Ritual by Thames (London 31Oct17)

Join us on Halloween Night in Central London on  Monday …31st October 2017..  We will be facilitating our annual `Thames: River of Souls / Samhain’ Ceremony to honour the Spirit of Thames & Ancestors. This time we will begin with a ceremonial procession along river Thames (from outside the Globe Theatre, and walk along bankside, past Tate Modern, Blackfriars Bridge, Oxo Tower, Gabriel’s Wharf, and end just outside National Theatre (the circular concrete `performance’ area along the riverside).  We hope to do our ceremony in this space – subject to local circumstances / crowd etc.    (or do ceremony nearby).

This is the actual Halloween night.. In the midst of fun-people in London will be in fancy dress…So Wear Fancy dress…Masks.. Witchy Cloaks.. Wizard attire.. Ghostly look…Werewolves & Vampires welcome! Bring your carved Pumpkins… Lanterns with light or candle in it..!

Our ceremonies are open to everyone, of all paths and religions.

Bring some easy snacks & drinks to share..for the `Feasting with Death’ (tradition at Samhain).

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

Fees:   suggested donation £2 to the `Ferryman’ (for your underworld journey)

Details (tbc) ————

Meeting point 

We will be gathering outside the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (riverside gate) / Bankside Pier area at 7.30pm.   After designating ritual roles, getting our lanterns & costumes setup, we’ll begin a slow and social walk along bankside..

We’ll be walking along south bank riverside walk… from Globe Theatre, past Millennium bridge (south side), Tate Modern Gallery,  Blackfriars overground station / bridge,  Oxo Tower, Gabriel’s Wharf, and finally end just outside National Theatre.  Our Halloween ceremony is expected to be held in the open public circular concrete `performance’ area along the riverside (see photo attached)- this is subject to local circumstances, other crowd etc.If it’s not possible there, we’ll be nearby so keep an eye out.

Meeting time/ shedule: 
Please get to outside steps of Shakespear’s Globe Theatre / Bankside pier by 7.30pm. We’ll get organised and begin walk at 8pm.   We hope the 1000m walk will only take us about 1 hour at an extremely leisurely procession/ festive walking speed. 🙂  So we’ll be gathering outside the National Theatre area (end of walk) by 9pm..and do a short Samhain ritual by about 9.15pm.   Then we’ll continue socialising.

Ritual:

Due to the public space, the ritual team will be organised in advance ..so we can arrive at end point and perform the ritual without much fuss.   There is bound to be general public watching..  so we’ll be asking experienced ritualists to help in advance ( 1 week before) to volunteer for parts and get ritual prepared.. and be in costume../  masks.

**More details of actual ritual near the time** (come back and check here near the time or join our meetup event Tamesa Halloween 2017

How to find us:   There’ll be a number of us ..gathering by the Globe Theatre area by river. We’ll already be in ceremonial clothing (robes, cloaks), wearing Samhain ritual masks, carrying lanterns, staff etc..  (strictly no swords…no knife!!)

Cloths/what to bring:

-Wear warm/ waterproof comfortable cloths… Please check weather for London for friday evening and dress appropriate. Wear good footwear..as standing/ walking for longer duration can get hard on the feet.

Food/drinks:
-Please bring small picnic-style food and drinks to share.
-Bring things for self.. and if feeling generous, something to share with others..

Safety notes: Everyone is asked to take extra care with their own personal safety as we’ll be in a busy public place.  Keep valuables with you at all times..  or with a trusted friend who is not playing a big role in ritual.   beware of thieves/ pickpockets, any silly protesters (who don’t like pagans) and may try to cause a wrangle.   If this happens..just step away from it..  do not be baited..  and just get out asap…and get far away to a safer place.

No swords…no athames..or other `real’ weapons – or anything that might alarm the general public /police. We play safe and nice.. And you are responsible for your own good behaviour and health & safety!!

With bright blessings

– Mani Navasothy

Join our Meetup for this event – Tamesa Halloween 2017

 

Wicca Course in London- (in 3 sessions) Outdoors in Woods (September & October 2017)

This is an outdoor experiential course (in 3 parts), covering all the basic principles, practices & ritual magic within Wicca – as it has been generally practised in the UK for the past 20 years (based on the form of Wicca founded/ propagated by Gerald Gardner, Doreen Valiente and many other elders of The Craft.

It is suitable for all beginners, but each subject is covered in greater depths,  and includes meditations, pathworking, and magical / ritual work – to embed what you are learning!

You may attend one or more.

• Part 1:   Sacred Space & Energy  (sunday 10th Sept’17)

• Part2:   Horned Gods & Moon Goddesses  (Sunday 24th Sept’17)

• Part 3:  Ritual Magic, Wheel of the year, Covens & Initiations (Sun 15th October’17)

 Course Fee:  £13   (previous fee£18)  per person per session.   Book in advance to confirm a space.   (discretionary discount available for those with financial challenges. Please contact Mani via private message)

Time:  10.30am to 5pm.

venue: Wimbledon Woods.

meeting point:   Wimbledon Windmill Tea Room,  Windmill Road, SW19 5NQ  (we then go into the woods for the course).

Getting there:    From Wimbledon or Putney, take the bus No 93. Alight at bus stop `Parkside Hospital’. Go into `Windmill Road’ and walk about 10mins to get to the Tea Rooms/cafe and meet us there. Tutor will be waiting by the outside seating area.

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

———– Course Contents (please DO NOT copy )—————–

Wicca Course outdoors London- Autumn 2017 - part 1 of 3 by Mani Navasothy

Part 1:   Sacred Space & Energy (10th Sept’17)-  

You’ll experientially learn about the following :

  • Chakra system of personal energy centres will be explained, with a practical meditation to experience this;
  • An energy attuning pathworking will be led by tutor (using 4 element imagery, as well as growing horns & branches, and connecting to the Earth centres using imagery of growing roots.
  • Consecrations – you’ll first see a demonstration of  purifying and blessing, using Salt & Water,  incense and Candle / lantern,  the tools to use, and the usual wiccan words; Then each student will get a chance to practise the consecrations;
  • Circle casting:   Using your own wand, athame or the tutor’s wand,  you will learn the visualisation, energy work and practise casting a magic circle.
  • Elements & Quarters:     The reasons and methods of calling/ invoking the elementals at the quarters inside a magic circle will be explained and demonstrated with words and symbols (invoking pentagrams, and element triangles) to be drawn;  You will then practise this;
  • Transpersonal qualities:   There will be further explanations of the qualities invoked with elements, colour and symbolic correspondences.  An exercise will also be  undertaken by us – for internal elemental exploration and transpersonal balance.
  • Witches Rune:   Often used in Circles for energy raising (creative poetry written by Doreen Valiente – mother of modern Witchcraft).   We will allocate some time to exploring the Witche’s Rune, the symbolism inherent in it, and have several practice chants of it.

 

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Wicca Course outdoors London- Autumn 2017 - part 2 of 3 by Mani Navasothy

Part 2:   Working with God & Goddess in Wicca (24th Sep’17):  

You’ll experientially learn about the following :

  • God forms in Wicca:   This includes Cernunnos, Hern, Pan, Green Man, Dark Lord (Death), Sun God, Odin, Osiris …amongst others.   The symbology of Horns, hooves, antlers are explained, as well as some discussion on the demonising (Pagan god seen as satan/ devil) of the god by non-pagans. We’ll deal with any hidden fears, old conditionings and prejudices, and work transpersonally to reconnect with the Horned God of Wicca and his empowering wildwood energies. Chants will be taught and used.
  • Goddess form in Wicca:   We’ll explore the Triple-Goddess imagery used in Wicca- maiden, mother and crone, as well as the various examples – Dianna the Huntress, Isis , Cailleach, Hecate, Gaia and more…
  • The God & Goddess cycle in Wicca explained with diagrams and notes- ie the maiden Persephone’s abduction at Autumn,  motherhood, rejuvenated Bride arriving back to land at Imbolc;  Marriage of God & Goddess at Beltane;  the sacrifice of the God at Lammas; coming of Dark Lord at Samhain; Birth of Sun-child at Yule and more.
  • Invocations, evocations and Charges of God & Goddess :  What happens after circle is cast and energy raised in a coven?   How are the god & Goddess brought into the Circle?  Who carries those energie?  What is the Drawing down of the Moon?   And Sun?  How does working with God & Goddess empower Witches?   All will be explained with brief demonstration of postures.
  • We’ll go through some invocations and learn to use them.  (which you can use in your own or group rituals).
  •  Charge of the Goddess – the poetry work created by Doreen Valiente – mother of modern witchcraft will be looked.
  • Cup and sword pathworking – to meet the God and Goddess.
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Wicca Course outdoors London- Autumn 2017 - part 3 of 3 by Mani Navasothy

Part 3:   Ritual Magic, Wheel of the year, Covens & Initiations in Wicca (15th Oct’17)  

You’ll experientially learn about the following :

  • Principles of Magic & Divination explained using the hexagram;
  • Main forms of ritual magic practised in coven-wicca explained and demonstrated.
  • Use of magical tools –  brief explanation of main tools & their uses in a circle will be covered ;
  • Wheel of the Year – 8 main seasonal festivals (Imbolc to Yule) explained with their themes and main magic.
  • Coven structures,  initiation degree systems; some preparations and quests that seekers of initiation must undergo (no oathbound coven secrets will be divulged! But published materials will be talked about, and any misconceptions/ fears you have will be addressed as long as it does not breach wiccan secrecy oaths.
  • All about your Witch-Name :  What is it? Why?  How do you go about choosing one?  When is it used? and more.
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What to bring ————————————

For your own comfort, please bring any food/drinks lunch (Please avoid eating during course delivery, unless otherwise stated on the day !);

  • bring flask of hot drinks.
  • ***Bring comfortable cushion/ mat to sit on, as well as a blanket / throw to wrap up ..during meditative work (or if it’s just cold).
  • Please wear warm coats, socks (those ankle socks are pointless…as gnats and mosquitos will get you !), scarf..
  • We’ll have some wine for ceremonial parts of the course & for a bit of social after
  • Strictly no exotic substance/ drugs etc!
  • Note books/ pen .

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  • Recording / photography policy  :  No Photography during course delivery & practise, or any private recording by phones/ dictaphones.
  • Course notes  by Tutor:    Some printed notes will be provided.
  • Rain cover:  If the weather proves changeable / wet on the day, a tarp cover will be set up.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
(Gardnerian Wiccan High Priest)

Wicca course Tutor - Mani navasothy

A copyright note:  I’ve been running these (particularly woodland-based) `Wiccan Apprentice’ courses for many years, as 1-day courses, 3-part courses and 5-part courses (since 2006), and as e-witch Apprentice course (9 modules) since 2012.   While the subject and contents of Wicca do not exclusively belong to me or anyone, I am an initiated Gardnerian Wiccan High Priest with authority to teach and train others, and  this particular way of grouping Wicca topics and delivering them has been my own `innovation’ since 2006, as evidenced by records (flyers, blogs, website publicit & course notes)  that I am able to produce!  Anyone embarking on teaching Wicca should start from ground up and devise their own form syllabus/ grouping.

A note on charging a fee:   While for decades the teaching and running of courses on Wicca has been done by hundreds of established Wiccans/ Elders of the Craft (for a fee), the process of actual Initiating someone (properly prepared) into a Coven has always been done freely and without any fee, by all respectable Coven leaders including myself. The fees we charge are for the preparation of courses, organising an event and giving our time as Teachers.