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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

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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.

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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..

-Mani

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.

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Anway, big companies purporting to be adding to society do it on monu-Mental levels ..ie 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 ..here 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-| )
-Mani

My thoughts on Doreen Virtue denouncing New Age path and becoming a Christian

My thoughts on Doreen Virtue Denouncing New Age/magical path and becoming a Christian.
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Am actually fine with this.. just proves my belief that none of us stand still.. and our spirituality must and often evolves.. We know many Christians who become pagan/ wiccan/ witches…so why not other way… where a pagan/ New age person becomes a Christian?
Back in my younger days in Sri Lanka, while being brought up as a Hindu, I was aware that many members of my family would go to Shiva & Kali temples..and also pop down to the local St.Anthony’s church nearby.
Zip forward 40 years later to my life in UK..as an initiated Witch/ Wiccan/ shamanic practitioner.. and I have openly stated many times.. that once in a while when the mood takes me..I do go to churches…not as spectator but actually to be there in a spiritual context..
Why?
The divine is always within us.. Gods & Goddesses.. all of them, in any shape or form. They are both within and without.. I grew up believing this.. after learning about the Hindu 10 incarnations/ Avatars of Lord Vishnu.
When the demon-king aggressively asks his religious son Prahalathan to show where his God Vishnu is..and asks if he’s in a pillar…Prahalad says yes. And when the demon strikes the pillar down, Lord Vishnu appears in the form of Narashimar – half man-half lion..and kills the Demon-king and frees the kingdom from his evil rulership.
Further more, as a Pagan, I believes that there are many shapes, forms and pathways to the divine.. and that divine can be reached by worshipping it in any God or Goddess form we feel we can connect with.
By this token, I readily accept that Christianity is a path to the divine too.. and Jesus is a god-form.
I have no conflict of spirituality here at all.
Getting back to Doreen Virtue becoming Christian-
The biggest issue is that when a public figure goes through a religious shift…everyone notices.. and the person will face a lot of pressure.. as expectations of others built on them crumble and projections people have on that person breaks.. It happens in relationships.. when one partner grows and changes.. and the other has difficulty accepting that change which can change the relationship or end it :-/
Many thousands of people are going to feel this projection-breaking regarding Doreen Virtue. As evident already, pagans and new agers will be upset…and some Christians will use this as proof and propaganda for the ways of Jesus and Christianity.
And then will come the greatest service Doreen Virtue will have done for them.. that those who followed her New Age teachings and ways will all question their own paths & beliefs on their own merits..rather than on the words of someone else.. And then the people will go forward with their own divine beliefs..
My only concern with the Doreen Virtue matter is that it was wrong of her to suggest that people should not use her new age books/ angel cards etc. She must trust (or rather we must trust) that at that time..she was a divine channel.. and those creations came through her to help others.. Now she’s a channel for another energy.. and others will benefit from her.. when the dust has settled on the sensationalism of this story.
A final thought ? Nothing remains the same..even remains change. Everything is cyclic. That’s why we pagans honour and celebrate the wheel of the year. And as some elders & teachers pass away (from our world) others will be growing in wisdom & divinity and become Teachers to fill those gaps. When one mighty Oak tree falls.. in its place a new sapling will grow to become another big Oak!
In the past year or so I have become aware of many of my spiritual friends having connections with Angels..  My sister’s own channelling abilities are growing.. and I myself have become drawn into work with Archangels..
In short -and in a tongue in cheek way, I’d say the angels are now talking to us now.. instead of with Doreen Virtue!
Bright Stellar Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Mystic Mani – Magical Empowerment, Coaching & Consultancy

Notting Hill Carnival 2017

Held each August Bank Holiday since 1964, the Notting Hill Carnival is the largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe (and second only to the one in Rio). Every year the streets of West London come alive, with the sounds and smells of Europe’s biggest street festival. This year’s carnival is now taking place on sunday 27th & Monday 28th August 2017.  The one on bank holiday Monday is with the big parade!!

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Gather with fun-loving Pagans & friends, go attend this biggest festive event in London.. Wear a mask, a costume, bring food & drinks to share..and join in this free-flowing street festival!   It’s perfectly safe.. I’ve been there on my own and with friends many times.. 🙂  Last year I even did some fan filming for my own Doctor Who London fan series..and got to pose with some police & other revellers!

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Anyway ..keep your selves safe at all times.. don’t take silly risks.. but you can keep out of trouble and have a perfectly brilliant time..

Here’s useful info if you decide to go on your own or with others:

• Ladbroke Grove: closed on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday

• Latimer Road: closed after 11.30pm on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday

• Notting Hill Gate: on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, the station will be exit-only between 11am and 7pm and the Circle/District lines will not stop

• Westbourne Park: exit-only between 11am – 6pm and closed at 11.30pm on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday

• Royal Oak: exit-only after 11am and closed at 6pm on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday

• Bayswater: on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday between 11am – 7pm, you may want to use this station as Notting Hill Gate will be exit only and Circle/District line trains will not stop there

• Paddington (Hammersmith and City and Circle lines): on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday you may want to use this station instead of Notting Hill Gate or Royal Oak, as both these stations will have entry restrictions.

• Other nearby stations: High Street Kensington (Circle and District lines), Holland Park (Central line), Queen’s Park (Bakerloo line) and Shepherd’s Bush (Central line).

Mani

Folk event: Carshalton Straw Jack (2nd Sept’17)

This is an old folk custom..and in the area of south London (close to Sutton/ Wallington). .

“The Straw Jack is a harvest celebration held in September at Carshalton in Surrey. Jack is a male figure made from the last straw in the harvest and he is ceremonially burned after a full days revelry involving drummers and musicians, touring around the local pubs. If you’ve seen the Straw Bear at Whittlesea he’s not dissimilar (see entry for Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival). Characters such as the Sweepers, the Corn Dollies and the Reaper Man will be there and if you’re lucky you might get a piece of Jack to take home as a souvenir. Tree hugging takes place on the stretch of walk before arrival at the Hope on West Street!

In the evening Jack is dismantled, bundles of straw are handed around the crowd, and everyone takes turns to burn their bundle in a brazier in the beer garden at the Hope.”   (taken from http://calendarcustoms.com/)

Carshalton jack 2017 poster by Mani Navasothy

Approximate Pub venues (time Jack arrives & departs), the route to next pub.. –  info taken from their website http://www.strawjack.co.uk

1.  Racehorse: , West Street   Arrive  from 11:05 Depart 12:15
(then walk along  West Street, Festival Walk, Ponds  ..and arrive at..)

2. Woodman / Coach & Horses:   High Street   Arrive 12:35 Depart 13:30.      (Then walk along High Street, along to Charles Cryer Theatre, Grove Park, Mill Lane)

3.  The Sun, North Street :   Arrive 13:55 Depart 14:55
(then walk along North Street, Camden Road…)

4.  The Railway, North Street   Arrive 15:15 Depart 16:15  (then walk along North Street, West Street Lane..and finally arrive ..at..)

5.  Hope, West Street  Arrive 16:30

6. Burning of the Straws will take place around 19:30 dependant on weather.

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-Mani

Carrying a Kavadi at the Ealing Durga Chariot Festival (Aug2017)

Carrying a Kavadi at the Chariot Festival (at Ealing Kanaga Durga Amman temple, London):

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A year ago I decided and made an offering to do this `Kavadi dance’ at this year’s Chariot street procession at the Ealing Durga Goddess temple in London. That divine offering / prayer was fulfilled on 13/8/17.

The day started with a 5am wake up in my tent… and we got to Ealing temple for the big annual chariot festival by 7.30am. The Kavadi procession (dancing with this ritual `mountain’ prop) began around 10am and we returned to the temple after street procession and dancing throughout ..by 4-5pm (culminating with a final dance inside temple).

Personal history: long ago when i was little..I did this with a tiny version of it around a local temple (Sanathy Murugan temple, near Jaffna, Sri Lanka) .. which started my ritual dancing and drumming..which has evolved into my shamanic trance drumming & dancing.. So it’s apt that I’ve come full circle. It’s been a divine privilege..

Next year I will be constructing my own `Kavadi’ ..and hope to do this in 2 different temples (Wimbledon Ganapathy temple, and Ealing Durga Temple again).

Many thanks to my mother Rani Navasothy for accompanying me, providing me with water etc during this 6+ hours of procession and keeping me `safe’ as I completed my promise.. (and in and out of mild dance-trance). Am also grateful to Varathan Uncle for bringing the Kavadi and helping me with initial set-up & preparations.

-Manivannan Navasothy

 

How are the Stars treating you? (astrology)

How are the starry Heavens treating you?
 
We’ve already had the Aquarian partial Lunar Eclipse (7th Aug) & Perseid meteor showers (12th Aug). A total Solar Eclipse (in Leo) is coming on 21st August, and we are now 3 days into Mercury retrograde (started Sunday 13th Aug) in the sign of Leo..and will continue till 5th September’17.
 
Already I have witnessed quite a lot of energy & activation, disruptions & disharmony!
Am mindful that when major planetary transits bring about these sort of energies, they are merely pointing to areas in our lives that require willful attention & decluttering, and ultimately deconstructions of old Towers!
 
Only then can we move better towards goals, aims and fulfilment of our destinies, set by a blend of Fates & Free Will.
-Mani Navasothy
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Video Interview: March of the Mermaids

March of the Mermaids is an annual seaside event organised by Hannah Chilton and friends – now in its 5th year. It is a not- for-profit event that aims to raise awareness and money for sea life and marine conservation. People dress up as mermaids, pirates and other sea-related characters / creatures from myths and stories…for a fine summer day by the sea (Brighton, UK)..and to raise funds.
This video was filmed in July 2015 by Vathani Navasothy and edited by Mani Navasothy.

March of the Mermaids 2017 is happening in Brighton, on15th July’17). Facebook page for March of the Mermaids
https://www.facebook.com/mermaids.march/