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Earth Hour 2018 (on 24th March 2018)


Earth Hour 2018

Earth Hour 2018 – saturday 24th March 2018. Your local time 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

Do something good to help Gaia!

Switch off unwanted lights.

get out to nature.. have a picnic / ceremony in candle light.

do Eco-magic and pour positive energy into the Earth.

Bright Blessings.

-Mani Navasothy


Why did the undergrad cross the road? A Stephen Hawking tribute!

Few days ago I heard the sad news .. that Professor Hawking had passed away at the age of 76. What a great man ..  yes for all the scientific theories & theoretical physics discoveries and contributions he had made, but also because he lived on for decades.. despite being told he was going not going to make it..  and living with a degenerating motor neurone disease..and creating a hugely successful presence..  in the science world, and in television too.

hawking BBC
Professor Stephen Hawking  (c) BBC

Professor Stephen Hawking – Theoretical physicist
Born: 8 January 1942, Oxford
Died: 14 March 2018, Cambridge.

Crossing the road in Cambridge

I met him briefly in cambridge ..while crossing the road ..  way back in early 90’s .  I was a Physics undergraduate at the time (studying in London King’s College) but on a social a day trip to cambridge University with my friends at the King’s Malaysian & Singaporean Society.    I must have got off the hired coach and following my friends into one of the college buildings.. when i saw The iconic figure in the Wheelchair further down the street.   So I ran to catch up ..and stood panting..  and overwhelmed ..not knowing what to do or say.   I think I eventually managed a `Hello’s very nice to meet you’..   Then I stood..  wondering what to do..  and was about to turn and walk ..when his assistant/ nurse/colleague stopped me. she said he was going to say something.  And he did..   And as much as I like to make a great mystery of it..  i can’t recall what it was.   It was a simple social nicety.  But it made my century.   A Physics  undergrad meeting a Physics Genius-Celeb!

Hawking Radiation story

Crazily enough.. in my A?Level school days,  when i applied to Oxford for doing a Physics degree, I had no knowledge of who Stephen Hawking was….but anyone about to apply to Oxford University to do Physics degree should have known!!  All my life my parents were nudging me to be an an  Engineer..and after accidentally reading about the contents of Physics degree in a Uni handbook..I changed my mind overnight and put it on my application form..  which rather threw all my family and teachers at school ..  To my family I gave some crazy answer about how doing Physics degree is going to be better career move than Engineering.. though at that time..i so desperately wanted to learn about particles and space-time..  that I had no plan about a career at all…

So as I was getting Mr Lewis Had of 6th Form in our school (Graveney school in Tooting) to sign my application, he asked me `so you know about Hawking radiation then?’

I had no  clue of neither Professor Hawking or Hawking Radiation.   That was the first I heard of I took my first steps towards a Physics degree.


In those days I was a shy introvert with about 2 friends..  (hard to believe how I turned out now..  ).  The Library was my refuge.. both at school..and all the local ones..  Tooting, Colliers woods, Mitcham..  even Sutton & Croydon.   So I went and eventually found out about Hawking Radiation ofcourse – theoretical process by which ..due to quantum effects, a matter and anti-matter particle pair are formed out of `borrowed energy’ ..and where one falls into the black hole..and other escapes…thereby taking half the borrowed energy into the Universe… Only at the edge of a black hole can this happen.. where `borrowed energy’ is not fully returned to the vacuum of space.

Years later this idea would surface again ..but in my esoteric explorations..  and I learnt using the principles of science, I can cheat the universe and borrow some energy.. (That’s for a book am still writing in the future – sequel to my `Eclipse Magic workbook’ which actually has quite a bit of science in it…for magical use!!)

Big Bang Theory

In recent times (!),  we’ve come to see Stephen Hawking many times..  on many popular TV shows, where Hawking has played himself 🙂 Star Trek: Next Generation, Simpsons, Futurama, Big Bang Theory..  but a few to name (link below). Being a Science nerd/ sci-fi geek, i have enjoyed all those shows and doubly so for seeing my Physics-hero in them. (well my 2nd Science Hero..after the late Issac Asimov!)


So..  RIP Stephen Hawking. Thank you for the inspirations. May you forever sit on the edge of a supermassive Black Hole and be radiating your essence in the imaginary and the real worlds.

-Mani Navasothy


  • Hawking has appeared in many sci-fi shows.. playing himself 🙂
  • HAwking Radiation explained
  • Hawking – Life in pictures
  • Some cartoons I found in the internet (I hold no copyright)

Happy Thai Pongal wishes to all!

Happy Thai Pongal wishes to all my friends, fans and family around the world. Pongal is technically the first day of the Tamil new year.

Happy Thai pongal 2018

Traditionally On this day we honour the Sun god, bless crops and fields..and symbolically do work in the fields. Following day is Mattu-Pongal.. (Madu / Mattu means Cow in Tamil.. and it is a day to honour the 2nd most important thing for a farmer, next to The Sun.. which is cows/ cattle).

Those celebrating will be getting up early, have a shower, wear clean / new cloths, visit temple, and also cook milk-rice in the light of the Sun.. offer it to the Gods..then share in the meal with family and friends. `Pongal’ is the act of the boiling milk-rice frothing to the surface in the pot.. and it also is the name of the milk-rice dish itself.. It is the act of the auspicious cooking completion (as food is sacred and a blessing).

Thai is the Tamil name of the first month of the year.
so it all means the first boiling and cooking of the meal on the first day of the first month of the new year.

-Mani Navasothy

links to other Tamil/ Hindu festive blogs

Happy Diwali (Deepavali)



Jupiter conjuncts Venus – 13th Nov’2017

Jupiter & Venus are said to be the most beneficial planets of all..and they conjunct today at 08:15am (GMT / UT) in the sign of Scorpio.

Internet is buzzing with posts about observing this – here’s some clear info.

Jupiter & venus will be rising very close in the East at 5:58am GMT.   (if you are facing East, it will be to the right of East).   They will be very close to one another but the actual conjunction is at 8:15am.    So you might think you have from 5:58 am to 8,15am to watch this.  But No!     Sunrise (in London) is at 7:11am.  That’s also in the East and even before the sun rises..the light of brightening eastern horizon will start to be so string that compared to this pre-sunrise light, the little dots of Jupiter & venus will not be seen. (you don’t see stars in day time for same reason..  sunlight drowns it out!)

So to be safe, I’d say you have between 5.58am and about 6.30am   to spot the Venus & Jupiter conjunction.

Jupiter conjuncts venus 13nov2017.jpg


As you know Jupiter rules Sagittarius , and Venus rules  Taurus & Libra.  So people of these signs will have the biggest impact from this beneficial aspect.   Oh..and Scorpios…whose sign is where all this is happening.

To be honest..because 2 of the most beneficial planets are involved, everyone is going to be positively aided by this stellar blessings…if you are open, optimistic and willing to receive that (traits of sagittarius there!).

Check your own birth charts..and look at the spot of 7’32” Scorpio..  that’s where this is happening..  See what house that falls in..that’s the sector of your life that will feel gain the most from this..(ie health, self, wealth, work, romance, career, friends etc..).

Blue Moon & Total Lunar Eclipse (31Jan’2018)

Another major astrology news..very excited to tell you that 31st January 2018 happens to be a Blue moon (2nd full moon in same calendar month) AND also a total Solar Eclipse in the sign of Leo.  More details & analysis/ forecasts will be added here in this same blog post so come back and check in a few weeks.

ps. the second Blue moon in 2018 occurs on 31st March 2018.  More on that and eclipses soon.

Please do share this news so magicians & ritualists can take full stellar advantage of this.

Stellar Blessings.    -Mani Navasothy

Blue moon & lunar eclipse 31 January 2018 (c) Mani N

The Horned Goddess – photoshoot project (2017-2018)

The Horned Goddess – photoshoot project!
Horned Goddess photoshoots
Hi all.. Horns & Antlers are a power symbol in nature for many animals.. and used for protection. It’s not just sported by male animals.. The deer may only have males (stags) having elaborate Antlers.. but Cows, goats, sheep, Bulls..
also have horns..
In pagan spirituality, we honour and worship many horned God figures.. (Herne, Pan, cernunnos).. but few horned/ antlered Goddesses are seen.. (Elena, Baast).

I saw the art work that my friend posted on facebook ..(of a Horned Goddess image)..and it reminded me of my long term wish to create some new photographic images of Horned Goddess..

As you can see from attached pics, I’ve worn Antlers many times over the past 13-14 years ..(since my eh.. obsession(!) with Hern the Hunter started ..resulting in the founding of woodland ritual shamanic group Hern’s Tribe in 2004). But what I really like is to do now is build up plenty of images of women in Antlers & Horns..! So.. am hereby launching this project!

So what am I looking for?

1. Ladies who are interested in being `Horned Goddesses’ 
(ie dress up, put make up, wear costumes, shamanic props..and pose for photos in natural settings.. woodland..parks..riversides.. hills.. forts.. neolithic sites.. by castles..caves…etc).
–Age/ acting ability – all welcome.
–Magical/Pagan? – nope.. if you are happy to pose as Antlered Goddesses..then am not complaining. long as you can take artistic directions.

2. Crew / Team of creative people – to get involved and help me co-create this. I have a vision..but need help. Make up artists, costume creators / lenders, prop-makers, drivers with cars, supporters! Location scouts..

3. Costs – let’s be creative and innovative..and keep costs to minimum.. Everyone involved can come out of this project with brilliant works for their portfolios, experiences. Unless we have someone who can be a generous Benefactor, or unless we set up a crowdfunder to cover costs.. we just have to cover our own expenses, own travel cards. Only exception will be if I drive out, then i can take 3 people (essential to that shoot) in my car.. (Crowd funding, some 2018 calendar sales are all possibilities.. but I like to get started with shoots soon).


While some planning/ development is needed, am not one for delaying this any longer.. Of course it will be ongoing throughout Autumn/ Winter and into Spring/Summer of 2018..but it starts NOW! 🙂 Let’s aim to get some of this Autumn.. before all the leaves change colour and drop.. 🙂

If you are working with me..then be ready to run with the Horses & Stags.. or plod on with the Turtles.. My policy is …`shoot fast..and think later’ :-p

So don’t think too much.. Follow your intuition/ gut.. and jump in ..if interested..!
Reply to this message and I’ll start coordinating..or send me a private message ..or to one of my pagan `pages’ and we’ll take it from there.

Bright Earthy Blessings
-Mani Navasothy.

ps.  I posted this on my facebook wall on 5th October 2017.  It’s been a while but have been getting 15+ interested people/ ladies already.  So it’s time to plan further.

Contact me by sending me a message using form below please so I can communicate directly with you via e-mails etc.  You have to be able to get to London or nearby so I can get to you..(1-2 hrs by car).

Astrology part 2: Jupiter enters Scorpio!

Major shift coming up (astrology forecast):

Jupiter enters Scorpio - Astrology forecast by Mani Navasothy

Jupiter is changing sign (after a year of being in Libra) and moving into Scorpio. That’s going to have a major impact on Scorpios & Sagittarians.. Librans will have enjoyed the positive influences, gifts and blessings that Jupiter (higher benefic) brings for a whole year.. And now it’s the turn for Scorpios to enjoy those benefits for the next 12 months 🙂

As for Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter- they will have felt the energies and qualities of Libra in their lives..striving for balance, harmony, beauty. But as Jupiter enters Scorpio…weelll.. Sagittarians are going to get all intense, go through some deep transformations, will be sorting out their powerbase, and generally gain authority and be in positions of power.. (if all that Saturn influences for the past 3 and a half years has been duly processed by them).

A little warning to others.. You know how you always are wary of Scorpios.. ? 😉 Well.. for the next year, give Sagittarians the same cautious respect..or you’ll find yourself in complex power & manipulative games you can not hope to win with them.. unless of course you are a Scorpio that is :-p

Bright Stellar Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

Astrology forecast 1 (squares coming up)

Astro-Alert for next few days!!!

We have a number of squares taking place..and it may prove to be initially stressful..So just hold it together. Squares generally create energies and influences that can only be resolved by taking action, rather than holding it in.

Here’s a quick note on these.
1. Mercury in Libra -squares- Pluto in Capricorn (affects Gemini, Libra, Scorpio, Capricorn).
2. Sun in Libra-squares-Pluto in Capricorn (affects Leo, Libra, Scorpio, Capricorn).
3. Mars in Virgo- squares-Saturn in Sagittarius (affects Aries, Virgo, Capricorn, sagittarius).

Although these zodiac signs are directly affected.. (because that’s where the planet is currently transiting through or those are the signs that are ruled by said planets), generally everyone is influenced by any aspects.. First rule of *astrology – everyone is influenced.


You’ll need to be aware of the following areas / aspects of your everyday lives..Bear in mind, in general,
-Mercury rules the mind & communications;
-Pluto is scorpionic and governs transformation, sex, intensity, power & control;
-Sun governs our whole being, soul, energy, health;
-Mars affects energy, masculine issues, new ventures, fights/ wars; and
-Saturn gives us hard lessons, governs long term stability, authority issues, shadows, fears, limitations.

*(ps. am not entering into debates here about if astrology is real or not.. That’s for you to decide..and discus elsewhere. I write these for those who belief and follow it..and can do with some advance notice).

There is also a major shift coming.. Jupiter is changing sign (after a year of being in Libra) and moving into Scorpio. More on that in another post:

Bright Stellar Blessings
-Mani Navasothy


Private Hells & Public projections – keeping safe & sane on Social media (personal)

Private Hells & Public projections
(keeping safe from social-media-mobs):

Facebook is an unsafe place to talk about loved ones. people can turn into a lynch mob in a matter of minutes on facebook.. and rip out someone’s 40+ year life . Eventual Apologies don’t fix that kind of trauma a mob can cause in one life.. (Trust me..I’ve been a victim of that sort a few times in the last 10 years). Nowadays I see it coming..and get tough.. before the slime wave hits my life. If that looks at times like am over-reacting, ranting or being silly – well.. see it however you like. Am protecting me and my loved ones at whatever costs.

And then there’s the jealousy & envy types… a whole load of people out there who resent me.. because they think I am carefree and don’t work hard on my own future security (like they do on theirs in some obsessive mental way!! see I can judge too!!) They snipe at me, or ridicule me or try put-downs at every turn.. They see me as some Peter-Pan… utterly unaware of the private fears, tears, struggles or agonies I have in my life. (actually some are worse..because they *do* know me..and still go down this route!).
So I’ve grown tired of trying to be reasonable with unreasonable people.
I neither need them nor their festering energies in my life..

My rule is simple: My community profile is in the public eye…not my private life, not my loved ones and not my family. So I don’t write about my own future, my own families..or share photos. Only real friends who have stood the test of time and have stood by me through my hellish-years have that priviledge..of knowing about my private life..


Self-serving Corporate entities & Community builders (part 1)

The real agenda of these corporate `community builders’ and `social media strategists’ is always about positioning themselves to make money… Individuals do it to some degree.. not a problem. On a primal level, every living creature competes for resources to keep itself nurtured and safe. (Just saw a squirrel in garden looking for spots to hide a nut). And we human are no different. We all have to earn a living afterall.

self serving corporate entities - blog.jpg

Anway, big companies purporting to be adding to society do it on monu-Mental levels power-positioning themselves, They use us `members of community’.. we use them `providers of platforms’. They try to get us to spend on them and on their partner/ Affiliates’ products and services. .. we try to save by looking for short cuts and gimmicks..!

Guess what? They give us short cuts & gimmicks that look like its making our lives thrilling easy and better…but they got there by studying social psychology and patterns of our behaviour, and created those very short cuts & gimmicks. They would say it’s about providing solutions to our every problem or cause or concern. But in a blunt world, we know it as `cornering the market’!

If it’s not money, then it’s fame, or authority, or followers that are the real end results for those initiatives. And even if someone starts with the most altruistic or spiritual intentions.. they either get lost in the ocean or get swamped, stamped on, swallowed..or worse..have to start selling their souls (ie ideals) to survive and keep their altruistic ventures going..!

Everything costs and that cost has to and often does come out of us!!

I wrote this on a friend’s wall about social media..and this is the extended version.

That said, I’ll be saying more about individuals who purport to build or serve communities but again have the self-serving components that are much bigger than the social serving parts of their plans..

Trouble is.. you are doing it..and I am doing it.. we are doing it.. to some degree. So this sort of conversations put out are usually double-edged swords..that cut both ways. Then again.. it’s all about degrees.

One of the saddest problems I observe is that those of us here on the grass root levels.. swipe and snipe at one another ..for trying to earn a few hundred pounds a month.. to pay bills.. to provide for our loved ones – while the big guns out there are bulldozing the world to make millions of pounds/ dollars! We are powerless to stop them.. we are pawns in their hands.. so we helpless people take our bitterness and frustrations out on our selves and one another on the grass root levels. Tell me that this is not the truth of it? !

So by NOT addressing this schism, we are letting the big ones get away..
So having a little scratch wound by our own swords is a small price to pay for opening up these topics . (and you all know that I have enough scars and bloody noses to show for it.. and am not stopping any time soon..) :-/

Part 2 / Video soon. 8-| )