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Beltane Rituals 2019 – by Woodland Witches, Pagan Future Fest, PF London & Druids of Primrose Hill

Beltane is a coming!!! 

`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 http://www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )

Beltane Rituals in London:

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Tomorrow Saturday 27th April, Belostra by Pagan Futurefest (whole day festival in Norwood),
https://www.facebook.com/events/1935110649942412/ 

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Sunday 28th April, Woodland Witches Beltane in Queens Wodos, High Gate,
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Thursday 2nd May, PF London Beltane at Conway Hall, Holborn.. facilitated by Loose Association of Druids,
https://www.facebook.com/events/2246384845678022/

(and not forgetting outdoor Druid Beltane on Sunday 5th May, at Primrose Hill.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1084973628357148/

Bright Beltane Blessings
-Mani

Devil Dancing: Rage at Islamic Terrorists, and thoughts on World Peace!

**Request: Please do not take or quote anything out of context. Please read fully **.
Context: During early morning Easter sunday service on 22nd April 2019, 6 churches in Colombo, Sri Lanka were bombed. Over 200 people have died. It is reported that a Islamic terror group is responsible for it. Few days on, it’s sunk in, and the following is my rage, slowly being brought under control.

So last night… may be because Pluto retrograde has started ..or maybe I finally had a moment of stillness for matters to sink in – I got very angry! Angry does’t even cut it.. I was enraged.. and bordering on utter racism, prejudice and hopping mad to start my own religious hate/ war!!!!!.

What’s triggered this? well ..the matter of many churches in my homeland..nay home town ..being blown up by some terrorist factions operating in Sri Lanka… potentially the Islamic terror group.. That’s what triggered it.

I mean the Muslim population is a tiny minority in Sri Lanka.. far below the Tamil minority .. If 50 years of guerilla fighting by Tamil Terror groups wasn’t going to give Tamil separatists a state of their own, what possible chance is there for an even smaller minority to engage in such acts?

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St.Anthony’s Church, Colombo, Sri Lanka – after Bomb Blast.

I can only conclude that it’s not instigated by people internally but by outside forces…militants hell-bent on trying to cause more wars, more deaths….all in the name of Allah and Islam.

“Death to all muslims!” – That was the raging reaction I felt last night.. for starting a terror campaign in a tiny tropical Island that has been dealing with its own internal racial shit for 50 years…the result of which was why my family & I ended up as refugees in UK some 35 yeas ago.

Sri Lanka is not the America that’s bombing Muslims in Syria or another Islamic country. Sri lanka has no international influences or wealth or power. As I said Sri Lanka is just a tiny little island with its own problems. It poses no threat to Islam or muslims!
The only war that’s been going on there was the racial one between Tamils-Hindu minority and Sinhalese-Buddhist majority! That ended in 2009.

Now the bombing of Churches – begins a new war fueled by rage and retaliation, despair, feelings of injustice and more.. The Christians have done nothing to anyone in Sri Lanka.
So when the church that I used to go and pray in, in my childhood days is bombed (and yes I am a Hindu but I am happy to be talking to Christian gods too….have done since my boyhood days)- it strikes a deep root..a nerve.. and suddenly, the war is at my doorstep.
I’m reasonably clever and manipulative and controlling.. Or maybe it’s Pluto retrograde bringing those qualities to the surface. But whatever it is, this morning that rage burns on.. I sat and thought about all the ways I was going to wipe out the Islamic pests who are are now bringing the world into mass war on so many violent fronts. What will happen is everyone else on the planet will get fed up, fueled by emotions, and start one massive war against Islam and Muslims.. and it will not end well..till all of them are wiped out.

Is that what the Islamic people want? A whole world at war against them? Are the terrorists honestly so stupid as to think their Allah is going to protect them all against such odds? Is this a mass self-inflicted extinction of Islamic people in progress?

Perhaps their God should be annihilated. Yeah, am not going to wage on people, I’ll take it to their god..and wipe that being out.. Well..not me..but my own Gods & Goddesses will.
These thoughts have raged through my head . Last night and this morning.. I could feel it twisting in me, turning me to the dark side of the force. .. I could possibly invoke every dark being out there and send it all their way..and more.. wipe them all out..
And that would make me the most evil man in history..with genocide of a kind under my belt…will it not?

This is what bombing a few churches so far away on a tiny island that I have not set foot on for 35 years does. It turns one good Witch into the worst witch possible.. undoing 2 decades of good community work and service I have done.

All gone in a flash.. if I let it.

Luckily for me.. Louisa is in my life…!  (She is my partner).

She listened patiently to my angry rants… and slowly started to feed positivity into my head.. She spoke of changing minds of people.. she spoke of working to bring world peace..for real…not just talking about it.

And a bit of sanity began to surface in me.. and I thought…Yes.. I’ll use magic.. to change minds (excuse me, am still under the influence of the Pluto-retrograde!). Then when she started talking more about Peace… I began to think of Earth day and how we held hands around a big tree and wished for Peace in all the worlds.. and of World Peace Day.. and what we can do…not just on that day..but at every event, every ceremony, every gathering, every social..!

We don’t need guns or missiles.  We have the ability to do Magic! Its power in our hands, hearts and minds. Lets use it..  before rage makes monsters of us all.

-Mani Navasothy

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St.Anthony’s Church, Colombo, Sri Lanka – as it was long before bomb blast. Photo (c) Vathani Navasothy

Links (news reports)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/isis-claims-the-easter-sunday-bombings-in-sri-lanka-heres-why-we-should-have-seen-them-coming?ref=scroll

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12224207

 

Earth Day 2019- Family friendly Gathering- Woodland Picnic & Eco ceremony

22nd April is `Earth Day’ – every year!
In 2019, this falls on a (easter) Bank holiday monday.
So join us on this special day.. for a woodland walk, family friendly social and 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.

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Venue: Trent Park, Cockfosters (Piccadilly line, north London)
Meeting Point: Trent Park Cafe, Barnet EN4 0JY, UK.
Google map link for meeting point: https://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 `Cockfosters 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.

schedule:

11.30am- Meet by Cafe area.
12pm – dancing, singing & blessing around a large Tree (front field). Globally synced event) at 12pm – to be facilitated by Lina-Star Spyrou.

12.30pm onwards -various activities
– small group walks through woods (optional)
– family-friendly picnic & socials (front field)
– drumming & songs
– Eco-ceremony

This is a family-friendly all abilities event – Bring your picnic . Bring blankets to sit on. Bring your drums and other acoustic musical instruments.

Exact location:
We will be gathering in the small field closer to the main gate (Cockfoster Gate, Cockfoster Road). Enter the park.. walk past a pond that is on your right. Then turn right into the field …We’ll be there. Look out for groups of people.. Earth flags etc.

Our Eco-statement:
We like to get people out into nature, but it can come at a cost of intruding too much in nature/ adding pollution/ disturbing wildlife etc. Please read our statement of intent in this matter. https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/pages/25196640/Our_Eco_statement/

Drug/ alcohol/ smoking policy:
Woodland witches events are 100% drug-free events. In addition this is a family friendly event. So please refrain from taking any drugs.. Wine as part of ceremony and picnic is fine. Smokers please be mindful of others who don’t like to inhale or are asthmatic. Thank you.
https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/pages/25196101/Safety%3A_Disability%2C_Harassments%2C_Drugs

Safety / Children:
Parents & Guardians are responsible for their own children’s’ safety. Please be aware, there will be dogs in the field. There will be strangers. There will also be ritual items on altar – so do not let children play with such items.

Photography / Privacy:
People will be taking photos and or making some mobile camera filming. We are in a public park, so total privacy can NOT be guaranteed. In general Woodland witches ceremonial events have restrictions on photography/video/recording. see policy statements https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/pages/21600513/Our_Media_Policy_-_filming_recording_sharing/

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. 🙂

History of Earth Day:
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 & Woodland Witches

Link to meetup event:

Earth Day 2019- Family friendly Gathering- Woodland Picnic & Eco ceremony

Monday, Apr 22, 2019, 11:30 AM

Trent Park (north london)
Cockfosters Gate, Cockfosters Road, Greater London, GB

17 Woodland Witches Attending

22nd April is `Earth Day’ – every year! In 2019, this falls on a (easter) Bank holiday monday. So join us on this special day.. for a woodland walk, family friendly social and 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. Venue: Trent Park,…

Check out this Meetup →

Extinction Rebellion: Possible pitfalls & personal concerns..

Right from the beginning..I have struggled intuitively to get behind this latest movement for saving the planet.

I’ve had some strong personal views which could be construed as rebelling against the rebels.. (bear in mind I’ve been doing eco-magic and campaigning, participating in eco-causes, protests, fundraisers – for many many years..). I’ve finally started to have dialogues with a few close friends on this matter, trying to understand – no this new movement for an existing cause – but my self, and why I intuitively feel detached or not involved in it.

I’ve studied the websites, the symbol, seen enough graffiti on walls of London, stuck postcard posters on bus stops.. read about it on articles, read friends’ facebook posts and personal accounts.. politely said no to their invites to go join these protest events and more.. (bit also magically welcomed and supported some of the XR participants at my ritual, and offered subtle advise on using magic.. for further their efforts for success).

Matters such as the very name `Extinction Rebellion’ and their symbol, and their urban vandal/gang-like activities bother me.

Maybe I am tired of it all after 20+ years of it, maybe my own personal life circumstances have changed my focus. Maybe my age itself and lacking physical stamina deters me?

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Chronian Tilt –  Visionary Art (c) Mani Navasothy . Painted 29May1996.  Shows how the modern world of industry and pollution are weighing down the planet more so than the past. Hour glass shows sands running out..  over a black and polluted water.

I’ve put off doing this write-up for a while.. knowing that once I do, my views become open to all to read, interpret, engage, align with or argue against! It will alienate people..my views.. people who thought I am one of them will see me in a different light.. be a bit shocked, annoyed, disappointed, disgusted, angry even. But strangers and friends who feel the same way as me but have been cautious or afraid to voice it will be relieved an get behind me..(that will make me a figurehead for a Rebel against Rebellion.. But it does not mean that I am opposing the desperate need for action to save the world.. That cause remains).

So let me get to some of my transpersonal and magical concerns about this XR movement.

1. Name “Extinction Rebellion”

Catchy and emotive.. and easy for the masses to get behind with. But what is it actually saying..? Unless someone explains it… what does it mean if you just heard the phrase `Extinction Rebellion’ ? What is the call for action? Are you a rebel calling for Extinction? Oh yes.. that meaning is there too.. Its ambiguous.. and can muddle up the subconscious mind.. like the example of someone shouting `DON’T Look’ (nearly anyone who hears it will turn and look…human nature). Blessings such as `May you never hunger’ subconsciously enforce the action words …and in this case, `You’ and `hunger’ . Never is a word that gets lost in the language of the emotive subconscious mind. A better blessing – one I campaign for – is `May you have good food’.

So now look at the phrase `Extinction Rebellion’ again.
What is it telling your deeper mind when you are not thinking about it consciously?! `Go get extinct’?

In my view, a better phrase could have been `Rebel against Extinction’ (yes okay that’s clunky.. but it is not ambiguous). Or better still..find a name that does not use the negative word `Extinction’ !! Take a leaf ..nay a whole tree from `Green Peace’.. no words in there that have any negative connotations..but they take action.. campaign..protest…(sometimes, not-peaceful protect!).

2. The Symbol.

At a first glance, when it first started to appear on social media etc, I ignored it…thinking it was some weird pop-band sign. It vaguely reminded me of the Rune Daeg (morning/ new dawn) sideways. I did not equate it to a hour glass…(and I am normally obsessed with time.. time travel…etc. It should have occured to me..but it did not).
Why?
An hour glass has an important feature missing from their symbol..the actual sands of time..!

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Gaian Times Magazine . website banner 2011 – used the same idea of Hour Glass over Earth, to show time running out for planet Earth.   Art (c) Mani Navasothy 2011.

Perhaps a little cross-line to indicate it would have made that clear. Or even 2 lines.. the bottom of the glass showing it full..and top of it showing it almost empty.. That would show that time is running out.

I bring 2 other previous use / misuse of magical symbols here to aid your pondering.

  • a) the CND peace symbol..(Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) shows what I can only see as an upside down Algiz (protection) rune. Whatever it may symbolise..it has a downfacing protection rune. Everytime it is used..in every flag and poster.. its’ enforcing thee idea of `no/ weak protection’ 😦
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Algiz (magical) protection rune of the Vikings  compared to the CND Peace symbol (reverse of the protection rune).
  • b) The swastika symbol- used by Hindus and Pagans…and appropriated by Hitler to be a magical power symbol for Nazi cause. None of us pagans and Hindus like it…but look at the evidence of how a magical symbol used can power a cause. That was used for evil.. But we in the here and now can use good magical symbols for important earth saving causes.

The hour glass of sand running out is not exactly a good magical symbol..  if it is going to keep reinforcing the idea of that.  Just like the upside down Algiz/ protection symbol used for world peace’ everywhere that still has not produced world peace, the time running out hour glass symbol is only going to enforce that ..and not actually giving the world more living time!  (note: I myself have used the Hour glass over Earth’ symbol in Gaian Times magazine I edit..  but started using hands holding Earth’ as a more positive eco-symbol.)

3.  The graffiti approach

As I started to see central london walls with the Extinction Rebellion symbol being graffitied, in amongst other ragged and seedy sex posters, it just all felt very dirty.. and only thing it was triggering in my educated mind was associations of gang signs and vandalism!   Gangs and Vandals are the ones who just go about defacing public places with such graffiti.   A proper `saving the planet from extinction’ movement should not be doing the same!

For the uneducated..  I don’t mean those without schooling- but those with no knowledge of who the Extinction Rebellion’ is,  these symbols on london walls are just going to look like dirty or scary gang symbols..  The people will just walk on…  quickly..away from such territorial gang spots’ lest they were intruding some inter-gang location wars.. !

And as for the masses of repeat  postcard sized posters ..with big symbol and some tiny writing’ being stuck to bus stops ..  again..all I could think about was `pop band promotions in Camden’  (Camden is a north london town where alternative lifestyle/ people…like goths, heavy metal guys and girls, tourists abound).

I mean, what sensible person standing on a bus stop is going to risk leaning over and read such a poster?  I would not..in case others think am reading about some gang or pop group..  and get judged’.  Okay I personally don’t care about that..  but others might nit want to be associated with unauthorised posters stuck on bus stops!

It’s about perceptions..  and judgements by our fellow man and fellow women.

Thus far, I’ve only written about the `problems’ I have perceived personally.. or rather how the XR movement’s publicity has intruded into my life..which I had kept a distance from.

Of course I am educated in the whole matter..  but so far its been me playing Devil’s advocate.  Why? Because that will be the line the Government & majority of  Politicians, and authorities and Media will be doing.

Now let me look at my worries..!

4.  possible Burn outs & Fad days

The Extinction Rebellion movement didn’t just rise over night!   There has been a slow deep development.   The organisers’ are not just dirty hippies’ ( a phrase a news paper referred to).  The organisers are clever, educated and well-organised people, who have been plotting and planning it all for months… maye years. And they have brought this to a global level of awareness, with methodical build up over many months.

I am pleased for that – that its all emotive and peaceful..and has got everyone –  many exhausted and despairing eco-carers, campaigners, protestors – all excited! Am happy that the fire of rebellion is spreading from the old activists (the converted) to envelope and gather others who have been uninvolved so far..(the non-converted).

But my worry is one of burn out.. and peaking too soon.. before the work is done.

Its easy to be a short term activist – jump on a cause or an eco-bandwagon, and run wild with others, and feel you are doing some good.  Or some may even do it as a `rite of passage’ – harking back to the 60’s and 70’s..  This is their Hippie days…  to be lived an then peel off and work on work, career and al that – where these XR days will be just a massive social media photo album to show off to their kids..?!

Yes the build up has been slow and steady…but  look at all the peace marches & protests that has already been?

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various Marches & protests – 2015 : Climate March, 2016: Stop Ivory Trade.  2016: Taiji Save Dolphin massacre.    photos (c) Mani Navasothy.

March for Climate Change!  ran for few years…still does…I think…But it’s stopped hitting my own awareness window.  Either I am a fraud who has left that bandwagon after few years, or maybe it’s just burnt out and I don’t hear much about it.. If so..  why?  Maybe because life is busier than ever..  and so many more causes are fighting for social media publicity spot in our awareness… that it all just blends into one hazy mass that we can’t relate to anymore.

What about the Occupy London movement?  I was there at St.Paul’s Cathedral..  in those days..  So were many of my friends. I went regularly..and many camped out..  But few years since then…  what has it achieved, other than as being a historical foot note or a small paragraph like this on a blog post?  Sad but a reality I must blast open.

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Occupy London protests 2011  -outside St.Paul’s Cathedral.  photos (c)Mani Navasothy

We..well I don’t want the Extinction Rebellion movement to become yet another foot note..of something that was just a  flash in the pan!   Even a year long activity is still a flash in the Historical pan of hundred years…!

The XR movement has to do better..   Okay yes it has punched a massive awareness hole in the hard wall of stagnating system… woken people up..made them passionate..and involved..  and maybe even confused.  But it has to have a long term plan.. to change the world – unless of course, creating a shock wave was the objective. In which case, XR has just about done it.  Well done.

But as a long term eco-carer, a magical practitioner, an earth Goddess (Gaia) worshipper and honorer of the planet, as an ongoing eco-magician who is working it in my own other ways, I want more.. much more.  I want to save the planet – for my own selfish reasons.. so that it can still be here for my nephews, and for my kids.

Will XR movement do that?

-Mani Navasothy

links to some of my blogs on past Eco-events

Gaian Times Eco-spiritual Magazine 

Save the Elephants 2019

Taiji Dolphins Massacre – save the Dolphins 2014

Climate march 2015

International Peace Day 2016

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Join us in being a part of this great tradition.

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

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

Gather from 12 midday
Parade starts at 1pm

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

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

Children welcome – Totally family friendly!

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

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

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

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

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

-Mani Navasothy

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~~~ The Fellowship of the Spring ~~~

The 5th Global March for Elephants and Rhinos – Saturday 13th April’19 (London)

Join me and thousands of other supporters in a Global March for saving Elephants & Rhinos!  This is taking place on saturday 13th April’19 – all over the world…and there is one in London.  here are the details taken from their facebook page (link below).  -Mani


GMFER March for Elephants 13april2019

The 5th Global March for Elephants and Rhinos will take place on April 13th with cities around the world joining in a huge day of action for endangered wildlife.

You can join the facebook event for this (organised by group `Action for Elephants UK events’) using this link
https://www.facebook.com/events/626994967732777/

date: Saturday 13th April 2019
meeting point:
Cavendish Square, 4 Cavendish Square, London, United Kingdom
Meeting time: 11am.

Following blurb taken from facebook event organised by `Action for Elephants UK’
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“GMFER2019 is timed to take place shortly before CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP18) in Sri Lanka on 23 May to 3 June. We will be calling for support for the CoP proposal to uplist elephants to Appendix I, the highest level of protection, and for the rejection of proposals to allow ivory trade and trade of the Southern White Rhino.

Our key domestic action will be to call for the government to ban the import of hunting trophies of endangered species to the UK. Around 2,500 gruesome trophies have been brought home by British hunters over the past decade – heads and other body parts of endangered wild animals including elephants, lions, zebras, hippos, giraffes, leopards – all killed for ‘sport’. Thousands of lions are raised on farms in South Africa for the brutal ‘canned hunting’ industry, where they are kept caged from birth and finally shot by trophy hunters. These cruel and barbaric practices continue to decimate already endangered species and drive them closer to extinction.

Trophy hunting is cruel and indefensible – it has no place in this day and age, when the ongoing ‘sixth extinction’ has already claimed 60% of the Earth’s fauna since 1970. We call on the government to take an unequivocal stand and permanently ban the import of hunting trophies from all endangered species.

The broader theme of the event is Save Our Wild World. Wild animals and their habitats are everywhere under threat. Without maximum protections by the global community and CITES, elephants, rhinos, lions, giraffes and other endangered megafauna will face certain extinction in the wild. Those protections include giving them Appendix I or II status, rejecting all proposals to downlist endangered species and reopen trade in ivory and other body parts, and getting countries to unite on banning hunting trophy imports.”
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note from Mani (Organiser of London Woodland Witches meetup):

There are global marches taking place on this date all over the world. The London march is organised by `Action for Elephants UK events’ – who are known well to myself and my sister, as we have been supporters and participants at these GMFER marches since 2013. Poster shows 5 photos taken at the Marches in 2013 and 2016.

A Tale of Two PFL’s : My journey in serving the Pagan Community

Before `Pagan Frontiers of London’ ..there existed and still does.. The Pagan Federation: London, where I held the post of Events Manager for some 7 years (2004 to 2012). I organised & ran open rituals, masked balls, Gaia conferences, created and ran PF: London website, and even started the facebook page & groups for PFL that still continues (just seen my old events art work in there that dates back to 2009 or something).

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After stepping down from the PFL Events Manager post ..to seek out new pagan worlds and boldly go to new magical frontiers (am a Star Trek fan), I started `Pagan Frontiers of London’ as a gateway site fit for the glitzy colourful event-driven social media era – to share info, events and my own service to the Pagan community.

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Even in the wilderness years (2013 to 2015), when I had minimal contact with PFL events, I was very much supportive of PF and PF: London (how can I not…half my friends and Elders are still within it).

In 2018, I re-joined the PFL events team again, and as of January 2019, now hold the post of `PF London Social Media Officer’. This is a great honour and a thrill.. to be part of the Pagan Federation (I’ve been a member since mid 90’s..). I cherish the knowledge that back in 1970’s several Wiccan Elders got together to start the Pagan Federation.. (and I am of their wiccan lineage). So the PF is `family’ to me in more ways than one.

And as always, I fondly remember the late Jean Williams, who was `my’ District Manager in those days, who taught me much about serving the community in PF, and tempered my wild ways (well a little). I remember her every week as I pass by the hospital in Highgate – even now- the place where I used to visit her in her last few days.

So many others have stood by my side or behind me and supported me since I began serving the PF in 2004. My ritual group Hern’s Tribe, late Maureen Brown (High Priestess), Chris Crowley (prev. PF President), Vivianne Crowley (High Priestess & my Craft Elder), Mike Stygal (prev. PF president), Rufus & Melissa (prev. PFL events managers), Caroline Westbury (High Priestess & friend), Christina Oakley (Treadwells bookshop), Geraldine Beskin (Atlantis bookshop), Luthaneal Adams (prev. DM for PFL), Paul Newman (PFL Treasurer since 2004), Andrew T (PFL events team), Jeremy Morgan (Druid path), Geoff Miles (Heathen path), Philip John Parkyn (Heathen path), my sister Vathani, my prev.magical partner April, Reggie, Paul Harvey, Rob T, Marcus Lee (technomage) …to mention but a few.

I have never been alone. And always stood on their strong shoulders, and been nurtured by their affections.

And beyond them, there are my Gods & Goddesses and my faith in them – and they do put me through my paces, but also offer inner-strength. Because this work is never easy.. being in spotlight, running events, accepting good & bad projections from people, and still finding the light within to help them.
So my admiration and respect goes to any and all people who stand in spotlight, take all the likes & hates, and still get on with serving the Gods, the land and its people.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

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Prince Charles is The Doctor ! (A personal Doctor Who story)

Everyone knows that I am a long term (35 yrs) fan of the BBC TV sci-fi show `Doctor Who’ – where a Time Lord called The Doctor steals a time ship called the TARDIS and runs away from his home plant / people..(Gallifrey /Time Lords).   I started watching it back in Sri Lanka, when i was very little..  probably about 10 yrs of age..  And it was Jon Pertwee as The Doctor, battling strange wax dummies and even stranger alien in armor  (Spearhead from Space & Time Warrior).  At the time I was totally unaware of who the Doctor was..(pardon the pun)..  or anything about his time ship..  I just saw a few scary stories.

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Prince Charles is The Doctor .  Fan art cover – just for fun!   art (c) Mani Navasothy.  http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net 

It was when i was back  in UK in 1985, that I picked up the thread again…to see Colin Baker as The Doctor in Trial of a Time Lord – where he was being tried for all his crimes of interfering on the affairs of other planets and people.. It was a stitch-up of course by the darker side of himself in another guise (The Valeyard) .

Stories?  No…my life has reflected many of these aspects too..  I was a little refugee boy aged 15, fleeing from my native land, fearing persecution, coming to UK and settling here as an alien (much like Jon Pertwee’s Doctor did in England in `Spearhead from space’).  I went on to do a B.Sc Physics degree.  And in the past 20 years I’ve gotten into all sorts of scrapes with all sorts of work, esoteric and eco communities – fighting for what I feel is right, and getting support often but also vilifications at other times..

About 5 years ago I finally bit the bullet, and started filming my own Doctor Who fan video stories..  ‘cos well I had always wanted to make my own films.. and now I could, what with digital cameras, affordable editing softwares, and good old youtube and social media to screen my videos.. Oh and friends who are so loyal that they’ll (reluctantly at times) agree to star in my videos!   Currently we are on our fan series#2, where we are telling the story of an ancient Time Lord called Lucifer who has fallen to Earth and has no mind or memory of his own.  (sounds familiar on both personal and mythological grounds ..right?) .  I also now have my own DrWho London meetup.

So when Prince Charles (next in line to be King of Great Britain! He is a radical and an environmentalist too), visited the BBC’s Doctor Who sets and they released some pictures, I was quite titillated.   And few days ago when a fan group I am in had a little caption competition with Prince Charles weilding a sonic screwdriver..  I could not resist doing a full on magazine cover with him.

Prince Charles takes my fancy – in a admiration sort of way.  He has been a rebel of the Royal Family for so long.. divorcing his wife Diana, marrying for love, putting his royal paws over issues that royals were supposed to stay impartial at, growing his own vegetables, speaking out about architecture of the past, being an avid environmentalist and all that. And so `Who’ knows, with a TARDIS at his disposal, he might make a bigger difference – that where he is now…forever on tow behind his mum HRM The Queen..  who really should have stepped down by now and let Charles be King.

So this special blog post goes in honour of Prince Charles – The Doctor!

-Mani Navasothy

Gallery of Charles at Doctor WHo studios (taken from google – no copyright breach intended)

 

Mani’s own Doctor Who link

Mani’s Doctor Who London UK Fan films (youtube channel) 

meetup London Doctor Whovians

facebook page  Doctor Who London

WP blog Doctor who London

 

First image of a Black hole (and Abstract & Conclusion of scientific paper, published by American Astronomical Society 10th April 2019)

Today the Scientific community and indeed the whole world (especially that of social media) is bubbling up with excitement of the release of photos – first images of a black hole.   I’ve tracked the various links to the original scientific letter published at IOPScience site. Without breaching their brilliant presentation (the Physicist in me struggles to decipher it all), here are some key sections..  like the actual images, Abstract and Conclusion.

-Mani Navasothy

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The following Images, Abstract & Conclusion are taken from the article titled:

First M87 Event Horizon Telescope Results. I. The Shadow of the Supermassive Black Hole .

(Published 2019 April 10 • © 2019. The American Astronomical Society- link at the bottom of the blog.

Eight stations of the EHT 2017 campaign over six geographic locations as viewed from the equatorial plane. Solid baselines represent mutual visibility on M87* (+12° declination).
Fig 1: Eight stations of the EHT 2017 campaign over six geographic locations as viewed from the equatorial plane. Solid baselines represent mutual visibility on M87* (+12° declination).
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EHT image of M87* from observations on 2017 April 11 as a representative example of the images collected in the 2017 campaign. The image is the average of three different imaging methods after convolving each with a circular Gaussian kernel to give matched resolutions. The largest of the three kernels (20 μas FWHM) is shown in the lower right. The image is shown in units of brightness temperature, ${T}_{{\rm{b}}}=S{\lambda }^{2}/2{k}_{{\rm{B}}}{\rm{\Omega }}$, where S is the flux density, λ is the observing wavelength, kB is the Boltzmann constant, and Ω is the solid angle of the resolution element. Bottom: similar images taken over different days showing the stability of the basic image structure and the equivalence among different days. North is up and east is to the left.
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three example models of some of the best-fitting snapshots from the image library of GRMHD simulations for April 11 corresponding to different spin parameters and accretion flows. Bottom: the same theoretical models, processed through a VLBI simulation pipeline with the same schedule, telescope characteristics, and weather parameters as in the April 11 run and imaged in the same way as Figure 3. Note that although the fit to the observations is equally good in the three cases, they refer to radically different physical scenarios; this highlights that a single good fit does not imply that a model is preferred over others

 

Abstract:

When surrounded by a transparent emission region, black holes are expected to reveal a dark shadow caused by gravitational light bending and photon capture at the event horizon. To image and study this phenomenon, we have assembled the Event Horizon Telescope, a global very long baseline interferometry array observing at a wavelength of 1.3 mm. This allows us to reconstruct event-horizon-scale images of the supermassive black hole candidate in the center of the giant elliptical galaxy M87. We have resolved the central compact radio source as an asymmetric bright emission ring with a diameter of 42 ± 3 μas, which is circular and encompasses a central depression in brightness with a flux ratio gsim10:1. The emission ring is recovered using different calibration and imaging schemes, with its diameter and width remaining stable over four different observations carried out in different days. Overall, the observed image is consistent with expectations for the shadow of a Kerr black hole as predicted by general relativity. The asymmetry in brightness in the ring can be explained in terms of relativistic beaming of the emission from a plasma rotating close to the speed of light around a black hole. We compare our images to an extensive library of ray-traced general-relativistic magnetohydrodynamic simulations of black holes and derive a central mass of M = (6.5 ± 0.7) × 109 M⊙. Our radio-wave observations thus provide powerful evidence for the presence of supermassive black holes in centers of galaxies and as the central engines of active galactic nuclei. They also present a new tool to explore gravity in its most extreme limit and on a mass scale that was so far not accessible.

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Conclusion and Outlook (first 2 paragraphs).

We have assembled the EHT, a global VLBI array operating at a wavelength of 1.3 mm and imaged horizon-scale structures around the supermassive black hole candidate in M87. Using multiple independent calibration, imaging, and analysis methods, we find the image to be dominated by a ring structure of 42 ± 3 μas diameter that is brighter in the south. This structure has a central brightness depression with a contrast of >10:1, which we identify with the black hole shadow. Comparing the data with an extensive library of synthetic images obtained from GRMHD simulations covering different physical scenarios and plasma conditions reveals that the basic features of our image are relatively independent of the detailed astrophysical model. This allows us to derive an estimate for the black hole mass of M = (6.5 ± 0.7) × 109 M. Based on our modeling and information on the inclination angle, we derive the sense of rotation of the black hole to be in the clockwise direction, i.e., the spin of the black hole points away from us. The brightness excess in the south part of the emission ring is explained as relativistic beaming of material rotating in the clockwise direction as seen by the observer, i.e., the bottom part of the emission region is moving toward the observer.

Future observations and further analysis will test the stability, shape, and depth of the shadow more accurately. One of its key features is that it should remain largely constant with time as the mass of M87* is not expected to change measurably on human timescales. Polarimetric analysis of the images, which we will report in the future, will provide information on the accretion rate via Faraday rotation (Bower et al. 2003; Marrone et al. 2007; Kuo et al. 2014; Mościbrodzka et al. 2017) and on the magnetic flux. Higher-resolution images can be achieved by going to a shorter wavelength, i.e., 0.8 mm (345 GHz), by adding more telescopes and, in a more distant future, with space-based interferometry (Kardashev et al. 2014; Fish et al. 2019; Palumbo et al. 2019; F. Roelofs et al. 2019b, in preparation).

Essential links to full scientific Paper:

Focus on the First Event Horizon Telescope Results –   Shep Doeleman (EHT Director) on behalf of the EHT Collaboration.  April 2019.  

First M87 Event Horizon Telescope Results. I. The Shadow of the Supermassive Black Hole .