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Horns & Crowns – A Pagan Picnic in Richmond Park (SW London) 19May18

Something Royal is happening in Windsor.. And the media will be in full throttle about it. If you like to get away from it..and escape to one of the Royal parks in London.. and hang out with like-minded Pagan & Magical folks.. this is the event for you.

Richmond - Crowns & Horns picnic

Come dressed in your flower crowns..and Horned head-dresses..or just outdoor attires.. Bring your ground sheets, food, drinks and picnic.. Bring your sun lotions & insect sprays.. Flasks of coffee & Tea..or cash for the cafe where you can get snacks..

Free carpark & toilet facilities in Richmond  Park.

Hopefully we’ll spot some deer too..

  • Saturday 19th May 2018.
  • Duration: 12pm to about 4pm.
  • Venue : Richmond ParkThe plan (approx):1. We’ll meet at Richmond station foyer coffee shop.. (12pm). Take bus 371 to Richmond Gate. (stop at `American University’ then 3 min walk).2. At Richmond Gate (1.00pm), we’ll walk up to `Pembroke Lodge’ (car park/ cafe/ toilets) ..gather others coming by cars..then walk on to a spot for picnic. If you are coming by cars, you can park here and wait for us to arrive ..Safety with Deer / wild life:

    Observe a safe distance from any wild animals like Deer. This is NOT rutting season so they are usually not aggressive…But be safe. Also be less intrusive..and not spook them. After all Richmond park is a wild life sanctuary for them.

Historical note: We first ran a `Stag Watch’ event for Hern’s Tribe on 29th October 2012–

Bright Blessings . `May Hern protect us’

-Mani Navasothy

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TODAY: The Pagan Pride Parade London 2018 (20th anniversary)

This is the 20th Anniversary of the Pagan Pride Parade London!

Pagan Pride Parade London 2018 -event coverSunday, 13th May 2018.
12 midday – 6pm
Russell Square, London, WC1B 5, United Kingdom
Nearest Tube: Russell Square (Piccadilly Line)

This event is FREE
Join us to celebrate Paganism in all its forms, by marching in the oldest Pagan Pride Parade in the UK.

We will all gather in Russell Square from 12pm, where our team of organisers will be located by the central water fountain. Then, at 1pm we will begin the march of our parade.

With giants, dragons, drummers and dancers, we’ll take over the streets of London and let our Pagan banner fly high. Get dressed up in your finest Pagan attire, perhaps don a mask, bring a drum or another instrument. Whatever you want to show your Pagan spirit.

At the end of the parade, we will all return to Russell Square, where we will continue to make merry, with Morris Dancers, stalls and a picnic.
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Please bring your own food for the picnic, or alternatively, you can get lunch in the Russell Square café, located in the park, right next to where we’ll be.

This event is completely free, family friendly and a great day out where you can meet like minded people from all across London and further afield. So, be sure to join us for the 20th Anniversary of the Pagan Pride Parade London.

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-Mani, Hildegard, Luth, Phil, Geoff, Rebekah

The `Them & Us’ of Christians vs Witches?! (my personal views)

The whole thing of religious `Them & us’ has come up elsewhere on my wall. It relates in part to the old Witches being persecuted by Christians. So am writing this post (*1).
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The inference is that modern wiccans who practices Wicca & Witchcraft as a religious / neo pagan path.. are carrying some old `racially’ suppressed trauma of their ancestors being persecuted..and have an inherent `fear/ dislike/ apprehension/ animosity (take your pick’ or some similar feeling) against Christians!.
Truth of the matter is.. many modern witches and wiccans actually can’t prove their own lineage extends that far to the witches of the old.. I argue that there is no such `racial memory’ and that it’s just a fad..a presumed feeling.. because people love to have just historical clues and reasons for carrying causes.. (we can just believe in a cause and carry it.. we don’t’ need a historical justification or reason or validation).
Being an initiated Wiccan & Witch ( now pushing past 21 years of it..) sometimes I get the feeling I am expected to carry these `party lines’ of the `persecuted witches’.. a feeling of `them and us’ against Christians.
Am sorry to disappoint all.. but as Hindu I grew up not just going to the Temple with my family in my boyhood days, but also to adjacent Christian Churches. In fact we’d pick and choose what Gods we went to to pray for.. One example would be, when i had a strange mole on my finger, i was advised to go to the St.Anthony’s church for 7 weeks and pray, take a bit of salt & pepper, and crawl under the stand where a certain St.Anthony statue was. I did that and the mole disappeared long before the 7th week, though I completed the 7 weeks. It can be said that was my first practice of self delusion, prayer or heaven forbid.. Magic!(*2).
If anything I should have a prejudice against Buddhists..because it’s the Sinhalese people who were majority Buddhists who have caused racial violence against my Tamil / Hindu people..and murdered thousands.. back in Sri Lanka.. I’ve lived through not one but two of those episodes…running for our lives each time.
Yet I do my best to educate myself and weed out any hidden prejudices that may have developed as a result of those direct personal life and death episodes…which in theory should make me hate every Buddhist on the planet. So moral of my personal tale is.. enough of this `them and us crap’ !
I now don’t give a frack about what religion did to what other religion way before my time..
None of the `Witches’ living in our times have ever been persecuted to death enmass for their religions by another.. (save for a few individual harassment cases) .
As someone who actually has been persecuted for his religion, I think my perspective and aspirations should stand higher than these petty them-us arguments. As such, I do not ever want to see it or hear it in my presence from my open minded friends..
If I can be a hybrid of so many beliefs and not explode or go insane…then there is no excuse for anyone else(*3)!
-Mani Navasothy
Footnotes:
*1:  Am NOT a Ph.D in English, and nor do i have to worry about composing a thesis here that’s gotta hold water.. These are just my simple human sentiments.. typed in one go without editing (Thank you Mercury direct!). So please do see beyond the specifics and to the message I am trying to convey..
*2:   There are other incidents of Hindu priests advising the family of rope & water magic for finding out lost family dog, and one drunken father cursing someone with water ..and many a sessions with my grandmother who did all manner of potions, lotions, wafting of incense, flames and shamanic spitting to ward of evil eyes, o the local soothsayer lady who went into a trance and channeled Goddess Kali.. and advised devotees.
On the harsher side, I have as a boy just about sneaked a peep at a new Kali temple being consecrated with many animal sacrifices..and seeing their blood run in a small stream past me! (This is why it makes me extremely concerned when people purport to worship Goddess Kali in the west as if she’s some pussycat in their pocket.. Would they do so with the terrible Sekhmet who had an equal bloodthirsty mythical origin in Ancient Egypt? I think not.
*3:   Am sadden to hear that there’s even a divide of `Them & Us’ …from a Hereditary Witch’s point of view, towards rets of the Wiccans.

Pixelations: A Social Media overload for business & pleasure!

Am seeing this disillusionment all around me.. Perhaps it’s the Mercury-direct or the Saturn-retrograde just starting…but the pattern is too much to ignore. People with online business dreams are feeling deflated. Others feeling despair..dismay.. and a lot of other dis-something
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here’s what I wrote on a friend’s wall on this matter.
“..the whole `facebook network brings growth and business’ is a complete fallacy. Long ago I was telling people / pagan organisations to get with the times and get on FB.. Now I’m saying `FB is a waste for business’ and this too will come to pass. (meanwhile other things are growing and spreading in between the pixel-gaps!)
People use it as an escapism… a time passing devise.. Everyone will `like’ ..pages and groups will grow.. There’ll be lots of exchanges.. and everyone then forgets.
How can our brains cope with such an overload?
With overwhelming options and alternatives, what results is an option-paralysis and inactivity.. not more activity. There are now over 1 Billion accounts on FB (world population is 8 Billion for comparison)..and everyone is being `encouraged’ to sell on FB.. It’s an impossible scenario..doomed to fail as we go beyond saturation levels..
The dot-com bubble burst..So will FB selling & marketing fantasy.
I stopped `investing’ in FB growth about 1-2 years ago..and just play.
My advise..? build a website..and keep it alive.. It has a slightly better chance of being discovered when people actually have a need and search google for it..
But beyond that, Keep it all real and keep it physical.. make real impressions face to face.. That’s what’s going to work.. ad anchor in the mind. (I can’t remember 1000 people’s names, posts and lives, or the 600+ pages I am supposedly `liking’ and benefiting from. But a person I met 2 years ago, I remember easily, because there was dancing in the rain, sitting with others naked in a sauna, and songs of a rebellious form! That memory stayed firm in my mind for 2 years..and was instantly accessible. And this post you might forget..but the keys I just planted might linger in your minds 
Real physical impressions involving 5 senses are the key, especially when pixels will fade.. Afterall, everything we see online is coming to us as visual input and now a bit of sound too on videos.. Its not enough anymore…not when there’s an avalanche of them competing for our attention..and the best we can do it consume it and file it in our short term storage… and visual memory will fade sooner or later if not anchored in the brain .. That’s biology we can’t ever beat..!
So don’t look for an alternative social media..or an App that manages other Apps.. or better pixelation strategies. Marketers are clever and desperate for your custom.. Augmenting reality? What the actual f**k is that, for heaven’s sake? Something is real or not. So ..get real!
Mani Navasothy
v1- 18th April 2018
ps.  Me writing about this online on my blog, about social media, may seem like a man sitting on a branch up a tree and sawing off that very branch.  But while there is a certain facility for viewer-comments and writer-replies, websites & blogs are very much authority building top level google-searchable platforms.  These are formal exotic gardens where as social media is like the weedy forest floor.  Yes there’s valuable precious medicinal plant life there…but also a lot of rubbish that no one clears out…  if you catch my drift.

Untainted Apologies, Compliments & Blessings – aka – Don’t be lazy on social media!

Dont be lazy on social media

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.

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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 ..it’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 both..as I took my first steps towards a Physics degree.

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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!)

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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

Links:

  • 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)

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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.

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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