Dear all.. It’s Imbolc now.. time for the virgin Goddess Bride to appear again in our lives..bringing with her the 3 flames…gifts of purification, creativity & Healing.. (that’s been going on already in my life.. thanks to not one but a few lovely Goddesses .
Anyway…I will be with my woodland ritual friends tomorrow at Queen’s woods (High gate) for our open Wiccan Imbolc ritual.. So if you are that way inclined ..do come join us.. All are welcome.. Below is the link to my meetup event for it..
Imbolc 2016 – Woodland Wicca Seasonal Ritual
Sunday, Jan 31, 2016, 3:00 PM
Queen’s Woods Near Highgate Station London, GB
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Join us for the afternoon/ early evening to mark IMBOLC (Candlemass).”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 lig…
Hi all.. here are some of the photos of our ceremony earlier today..doing a river Blessing! We’ll be doing more river-thames rituals this year (in addition to the Thames-Isis rituals that we’ve been doing for past 3 years!) Bright Blessings. -Mani
Dear all.. Happy New Year!
Let’s start the year with a bang.. some magical work for the City, and then a jolly celebration!!
This is a blend of 2 events – my own `River Thames Blessing’ (literally by the river banks..) and then, attending the Lions Part annual event `12th Night Celebrations’.
1. Blessing of the Thames (12pm to about 1.30pm)
We’ve been dong river-thames based rituals since 2006 (check our www.Tamesa.info for records). In 2015, we did NOT do the `Tamesa River of Souls Halloween’ (but did do the Isis rituals earlier).
I wanted to shift the emphasis…and decided that `Blessing the river’ is the way to go…for us Londoners.. cos the `River runs through our city’ 🙂 So join me around 12noon….for a very friendly and short `river blessing ceremony’ –
Details: Please get to Millennium Bridge (St.Pauls side).. and meet us ..at the beginning of the Millennium Bridge (end of `Peter’s Hill’). We’ll then walk down to the river banks (slippery… so do this at your own risk) for the ceremony.
ps. Low tide is at 1.33pm.. so we’ll be perfectly safe on the river banks just before that..!
Nearest tube: BlackFriars station or Mansion House. Then walk about 10minutes along Queen Victoria Street (one comes from left, other from right) to `Peter’s Hill’ (name of a small road). and head to Millennium Bridge.
2. Bankside 12th Night Celebrations. (2pm onwards)
This is an annual event facilitated by the Theatre company `Lionspart’ (in Autumn they run the `October plenty’ where we actually get to go into Shakespear’s Globe Theatre!).
Here’s some extracts about this event..
1. Holly Man arrives by boat along Thames.
2. The Ban Wassails – various blessings
3. The Mummers play (in the street )
4. Then then “lead the people in procession through the streets to the historic George Inn in Borough High Street for a fine warming up with Storytelling, the Kissing Wishing Tree and more Dancing.”
It’s all friendly and great fun.. (Just wrap up very warm..and bring raincoat in case in is a bit wet! This is England!!).
If you are joining only for this..(it’s a public event.. we are just attending it..) you can go ahead to the Globe Theatre area..or join us for river Blessing..and then continue to hang out with us..
Link to my meetup event
River Thames Blessing Ceremony & visit to Bankside 12th Night Celebrations
Sunday, Jan 3, 2016, 12:00 PM
Millennium Bridge- North end Peter’s Hill, EC4V London, GB
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Dear all.. Happy New Year! Let’s start the year with a bang.. some magical work for the City, and then a jolly celebration!!This is a blend of 2 events – our very own `River Thames Blessing’ (literally by the river banks..) and then, attending the Lions Part annual event `12th Night Celebrations’.1. Blessing of the Thames (12pm to about 1.3…
The practise of wicca & Witchcraft is seen as one of the neo pagan paths of religion and spirituality – for personal / psychic development, higher self as well as celebration, honouring of nature and worship of the divine!
Join me in this one-day outdoor course, suitable for beginners & seekers of Wicca!
As a nature-based religion, the best way to explore Wicca is in a natural setting! So I have run these since 2006 in various woods & pars of London. Yes at times it’s cold or it rains… but we prepare (that too is part of being a Nature-Witch!)
Who is this course for?
This course is to introduce Wicca & Witchcraft to beginners & seekers! I often see so many people stumbling or making some mistakes or are nervous at rituals- so here it is – a full introduction. This is for any and all those interested or curious about Wicca & Witchcraft and like a simple, down to earth, friendly introduction…the whole lot in one half a day.. so you can decide if it’s worth going further!
There are not many courses of Wicca run in London these days.. Sometimes my own mentors (Vivianne & Chris Crowley) run them in indoor venue. Sometimes I run them in indoor venues. Children of Artemis / Witchfest people run them once a year .this time in Glastonbury!!
So don’t miss this opportunity!
Who is this course NOT for? If you are already initiated or fully aware of wicca and been in other training groups for many years / months, then this is NOT for you. Those interested in Advanced Wicca can join me for other courses in summer!
(note: People with much prior Wicca experience tend to be disruptive because they nudge the focus to higher levels to suit them, and it leaves others in these beginners baffled and feeling inadequate. That is not what I want for them).
• Origins of Modern Wicca
• Wiccan Law & principles
• Structure & Ritual formats
• Consecrations, sacred space & magic circle
• Working with Elements & Quarters
• Horned God & Moon Goddess
• Magic & Spellcraft in Wicca
• Esbats (full moon) and Sabats (seasonal festivals)- Wheel of the Wicca Year
• Initiations & Coven life
Fee: £13 (per person)
Later in spring/ summer, I will resume more of the courses – Practical Magic workshops, deeper exploration of Initiatory Wicca and so on.. But the journey begins here…with a friendly introduction in a natural setting.. (no one has been doing that in London except me for 10 years!!)
For FULL DETAILS ..visit the meetup event I have set up for this (and you can pay fees/book there by Paypal).
Wiccan Path for Beginners – A one day Course in the Woods!
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016, 10:30 AM
Location details are available to members only.
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The practise of wicca & Witchcraft is seen as one of the neo pagan paths of religion and spirituality – for personal / psychic development, higher self as well as celebration, honouring of nature and worship of the divine!Join me in this one-day outdoor course, suitable for beginners & seekers of Wicca!As a nature-based religion, the best way to…
Dear all, advance notice on a series of 4 `energy’ based magical workshops taking place in London in January/february 2016. My friend Swati (Global Wicca) and I are running these together. You can either join the course here (all 4) or join the individual events for each one. *[Scroll below to read about our Wicca/ Magical expertise in India & London]. Bright Blessings . -Mani Navasothy
This course comprises of a series of 4 workshops. They are designed to equip you with these skills to heal yourself. Certification available to those who do all the four workshops.
1. Magickal Energy Healing Skills (Energy, Chakras, Aura and Energy Spells) 23 Jan 2016 from 11.30am to 1.30pm
2. Wand Magick (Wandwork, Thoughtforms and Wand Spells)30 Jan 2016 from 1130am to 1.30 pm
3. Past Life Healing (Past Life regression and inner transformation) 6 Feb 2016 from 11.30am to 1.30 pm.
4. Future Life Progression (Choosing future life path, destiny and life purpose) 13 Feb 2016 from 11.30am noon to 1.30pm.
About the Fees/ discounts ———————–
Walk in price £25 per workshop. (Full course value £100).
However book for all four at a discounted price of £60 (works out at £15 each).
Alternatively, you can pick ones you prefer, and book each workshop in advance, and pay £20* per workshop (advance booking only).
Also those who complete all four will receive a signed book by the facilitator on the above subjects free of cost in addition to the workshop kits and instructions.
* If you wish to join one or more of the above workshops and not the full set please browse the individual meetup events by clicking on Upcoming Meetups on the left of this meetup group page, select the appropriate dates and read the individual workshop contents there to pay and register for the individual class.
About the facilitators—————————
One of the leading authorities in magick and healing she has conducted these workshops for hundreds of students in India and presented leading TV shows as spiritual healer over the last over a decade before moving to London. She has mastery in Reiki, is a trained Past Life Regression Therapist, initiated as well as born witch, Vedic Astrologer and Tarot expert, author of magickal magbooks and tarot cards.
Is one of the well known and friendliest Wiccan leaders in London, a Gardnerian High Priest, author of several magickal books and editor of Gaian Times magazine. He is a western astrologer and pagan eco-magician who has trained hundreds of students in the magickal arts as well as Wicca. He is a multi-faceted artist and eco-campaigner and founder of the Herne’s Tribe and Woodland Wiccan and Outdoor Pagans group
The Library room is at The Victoria pub, 10a Streathearn Place very close to Hyde Park (a short walk from Lancaster gate being the nearest tube). You can also order food and drinks at your own cost and convenience should you like to have a bite together after this workshop.
There will be plenty of opportunities and future meetups to practice the skills acquired during the workshops above.
How to Book———
Join our Meetup event and pay via Paypal at a discounted amount of £60 for all 4 (advance booking rate), or attend each workshop separately, and pay for each (either walk-in fee of £25 or advance fee of £20)
A Course in Energy Magick – 4 Workshops in Central London
Saturday, Jan 23, 2016, 11:30 AM
The Victoria 10a Strathearn Place, London, GB
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Dear all, advance notice on a series of 4 `energy’ based magical workshops taking place in London in January/february 2016. my friend Swati (Global Wicca) and I are running these together. You can either join the course here (all 4) or join the individual events for each one.*[Scroll below to read about our Wicca/ Magical expertise in India & Lo…
Dear all.. Am facilitating 2 outdoor (woodland) Yule- Winter Solstice open rituals this coming weekend.. On saturday we’re in Croydon, with Hern’s Tribe.. from 2pm onwards for a shamanic ceremony & social, and on Sunday we’ll be at Queen’s Woods (north London), for our outdoor wiccan Yule open ritual from 3pm onwards. Here are short details. For full details, do visit my Meetup event links../ subscribe etc..Hope to celebrate Yule with you. Bright Blessings. -Mani
Hern’s Tribe MidWinter Gathering (croydon)
Winter approaches.. night-hours 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.
Inspired by the TV series `Robin of Sherwood’ and stories of the Windsor-Hern myths, I started Hern’s Tribe- a pagan ritual & self-development group in Spring 2004. Drumming, masks, pre-ritual socials, feasting after ceremony, ceremonial fire..are all part of what we do. Now in its 12th year, Hern’s Tribe continues to evolve…exploring and experimenting with friendly down to earth shamanic, eclectic ritual styles for the gatherings.
Date: Saturday 19th December 2015
Time: 2pm – 8pm (this is a `gathering’ so includes pre-rite socials, ritual, and feasting/ socials/ drumming / chants etc ..)
venue: Meet at Coombe Lane Tram stop (please do NOT go into the woods looking for us.. we change location.. Stay at tram stop so we van come get you..and lead you to the ritual spot).
We are combining the Wicca Full moon & Wicca Winter Solstice rituals and running it as one event at Queen’s Woods.
“Winter Solstice is the time when the Sun is at it’s lowest (nadir), resulting in the longest night and darkness appears to be enveloping all. Inwardly, it’s a time when hope and faith may be ebbing low and the future looks bleak. It is precisely at this point that the festive energy is needed to shift the magic within, and to celebrate the birth of the Sun Child! From here onwards, the night time starts to reduce, and daylight grows.. to a point of balance between dark and light (at Spring) and to the long days at Summer! As a symbol of hope and life, celebrants decorate the Altar and indoors with bright objects and keep greenery (ever Greens.. ie Yule tree and of course holly etc). A Yule log is also burnt in the ire, symbolising the coming of warmth and fire.” (taken from http://www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )
Date: Sunday 21st December 2015
Venue: Queen’s Woods, North London (nearest tube: High Gate – northern line)
Time / meeting place: Please gather in the Woodman’s Pub..on Archway Road from 3pm..in the garden area. We’ll be having pre-rite drinks, ** talk-through* of ritual, assign roles…*before* going to the woods.
Eclipses are intense.. They amplify other energies. And they are perfect cosmic accelerators & Course-Correctors!
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The following guided Meditation was written by me, for use in an Open Lammas ritual in London (for Pagan Federation London seasonal event ..on 30July’15). I decided to share it here for the benefit of others. The art work herein was done specially for this.
“In myth & legends, the concept of personal sacrifice occurs again and again. It is often coupled with some quest and a reward to gain something important. Here are some examples:
-The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who was crucified, was to remove the sins of the people.
-The Sacrifice of Odin / the God who hung upon the World Tree – was to gain the secrets and mysteries of the Runes.
-The sacrifice of the Corn King / Barley Corn is for harvest and to renew the energies of the land.
-And on the darker side, Hern sacrificed himself on a Windsor Oak tree, for vengeance and Justice.
Now think about your own lives. Think about your own struggles and challenges and quests, and the sacrifices you keep making..over and over.. again and again.. day after day… months..and months..year after year.
Q: Take a moment to think about these personal sacrifices.. The Card you picked at the start may offer some divinatory focus.
Q: Have they produced the rewards? Have you got the results you were seeking? If not, why not?
Q: Sometimes, more often, in order for magic to happen, you must do the spell and then let go.. totally let go…
Close your eyes now..and imagine yourself as the being that is hanging by the feet upon the World tree..like Odin and the Hanged Man. You dangle above the Earth.. neither rising, nor falling.. between worlds.. and not part of the world. You have hung long enough. You have suffered long enough. It is time to drop back into the world and be part of it, so that your magic can materialise in your life!
Get ready to count from 10…down to 1. On the count of 1, you are going to let go, and drop..and glide back to the Earth.
10.. 9..8.. 7.. 6.. 5..4..3..2..
Bright Lammas Blessings
(c) Mani Navasothy
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It pleases me to announce our 3rd annual Celebration of The Night of the Cradle. The `Birth of Goddess Isis’ ceremony will take place on the New Moon (in watery sign of Cancer) on Thursday 16thJuly 2015. We gather by the banks of river Thames for a special Ceremony in the evening…to mark the Night of the Cradle’ where Sky Goddess Nut gave birth to the Egyptian Goddess Isis.
Date: Thursday 16th July 2015 .
Venue & time: Richmond (riverside) by the riverside passage/gate to Terrace Gardens (looks like a cave!).
Meet at Richmond station by 6.30pm and walk with me to the ritual spot (20 mins). I will be prompt, and this `walking together’ is a symbolic and informal `procession’ part of the ceremony!
Or follow the google map and arrive at the ritual spot (Terrace Gardens area..but by the river) at 7pm onwards.
As this is a `Night of the Cradle- Birth of Isis’ , we are starting this ceremony later in the evening, so that we may perform the rite after sunset..(night). We’ll be using the `cave-like’ space by the riverside.. and will fix `stars’ on the ceilings .. to recreate a `body of the Sky Goddess Nuit’ (mother of Isis).
The ceremony itself is expected to be 30mins ..and then we’ll continue socials/ feasting.. (It’s a birthday party, after all). 🙂 So be sure to bring plenty of Wine & cakes.
Ceremony outline (subject to changes) —————–
A decorative altar with Sky Goddess Nut and a concealed statue of Isis will be set up.
Element consecrations (incense, lantern, salt/water).
Isis called by her many names! This will be a chant led by Organisers.
Goddess Isis (statue) is revealed.
Milk & flower Ceremony – all bath statue in milk, followed by offering of flowers. These are then offered to the river Thames.
Food & drinks blessed and shared.
Birthday Party !! (Birthday of Isis).
What to bring:
Food & drinks to share.
As it is a public place, passers-by may take photos or watch. That is accepted by the organisers, in the spirit of celebrating the Birthday of Isis 🙂
We ask all to be in good public behaviour.
If you do an internet search for the Archangel names, firstly many variations come up, and second, you’ll see a whole lot of shops selling talismans & pendants with all sorts of symbols and sigils, with a mixture of Hebrew writing included and all sorts of squiggles.
The question is, how far do you trust them? How accurate do you think those sigils are – and how do you even test to ensure they are accurate? (unless you are already an expert at those matters).
Am not saying anyone out there is deliberately trying to mislead anyone. But my own extensive internet (and hard printed books) searches have shown me that there’s a lot of smudging and confusion in this matter… People are sometimes just copying one another’s websites/ blogs or info..and the mistakes/ misinformation is either spreading or getting amplified (like Chinese whispers).
There are worlds, realms and beings out there – magical, etherial and the supernatural – that are best left alone. Because once you disturb them, or open a door to their realms, or if they happen to disturb you.. life is *never* going to be the same.
Years ago, I had dabbled…all so briefly..with some sigils.. just playful.. for a day or so.. and the psychic reaction I got from that was so shocking and intense, that it scared me. I erased all traces of that experiment..and put it away for years! Until last year! When I had cause to open it up again.. But this time it’s different. I’m being extremely careful.. and double..triple checking every detail..
It started as a personal need to know what I can trust ..and then it became an interest…and then it became a promise.. that what I know I must share with others.. Because there are those amongst you.. who are seeking.. out of curiosity, interest or worse…desperation..!
That’s why this is being written.. To help those who are seeking.
Is it my place to help? Do I know enough to help? Possibly No..for both questions. But I have a new philosophy that I have been living by now..for almost half a year.. If you are working with Angels, how ever small or large an involvement, you have to live by some high ideals and standards.. There is no faking it…or suppressing it or denying it.. They will know. So you have to simply start being it…your best self.. your noble self.. your angelic self!
So with those disclaimers / warnings in mind, let’s begin.
1. The Rose Wheel
I won’t go into the full history or detail of it.. You can look it up on wikipedia .. or the `Golden Dawn’ (for first hand knowledge/ reading). I will say this.. if you don’t know it,, and you were looking for it …it will have been one hard journey. Information online is fragmented..and bits seem to be kept apart.
I eventually found it…and suddenly it all made sense.. So am writing about it first..(so that it saves you the trouble). It’s a key that practitioners of `Golden Dawn’ western magical tradition used in their ceremonies, rituals and magical work.
I have re-created only the central section here. Not only that, I have also combined the Hebrew letters/ sounds that match the english letters/ sounds as near as possible..
2. Arch Angel names
Am only referring to the four Archangels used in the `Ritual of the lesser banishing of the Pentagram’ – mainly, Raphael, Michael, Gabriel and Uriel… for East, South, West and North directions respectively.
These names were originally said in Hebrew, and were written in that langage. So their pronounciations are slightly different.I have gone back to the Hebrew forms (given in example)..
3. How to write Archangelnames in sigil form
Start by writing the specific name in Hebrew (or find a hebrew version online!). Remember Hebrew is written from right to left..
Then Take out a pre-drawn Rose Wheel. Yes, you’ll need one. And above I ave provided one version. Just print it off, orr copy it using geometric accuracy..or view it enlarged, stick a paper on your screen, and trace over it carefully (don’t press too hard and end up damaging the screen.. so be very careful)
Mark out the letters of the name on the Rose Wheel.
Now in sequence, trace over the letters, thereby drawing the sigil of the Archangel name.
Here are fully illustrated examples I have created.
With these 4 examples, and the Rose Wheel diagram above, you now have the tools and techniques to start creating sigils of other Arch Angel and Angel names in sigil forms..