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Why do you come? To Kill the King?! – Lammas Magic in a world of powermad Politicians & Villains!

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Sacrifice of the King / John Barleycorn

“Here we stand at the edges of Lammas – time of Harvest of the corn. Time of enjoying the rewards of all our hard works so far. Time of celebration, and rejoicing for all the good that we already have.

It is also the time of the Harvest God. The seeds of the sacrificial Corn King must fall to the ground so that the land can be fertile again next year.. In farmlands, the first ear of corn from the first harvest is symbolically kept at this time, and ploughed into the land after winter.. the following year!

Why do you come? We ask the people gathering at Lammas.
`To Kill the King,’ people usually answer,

Why the Kill? The Harvest Queen will ask. `To feed the land..,’ the people will say.

`What feeds the land?’ Harvest Queen asks.   King’s party answer: `The blood and Honour of the King’.

“Is the King pure of heart? Does the fire of courage run through his veins? And does he love the land?”

“Yes, yes, yes..!” King will reply.
And the Harvest Queen will say `Then the King is welcome!’

What then ensues is a ceremony, and at the end of which..the `King’ or rather John Barleycorn will kneel at the sacred altar, offering his energy to the land, and the Harvest  Queen/ Goddess *symbolically* cuts him down!!!    John Barleycorn’s body is covered up.  Everyone praised his deeds and mourns his passing. Then he is resurrected.  All then feast and celebrate the Harvest festival.

That’s the old fashioned traditional ceremony.

BUT….!

In these modern times, those old ways, custom and traditions..don’t quite work.. mainly because it’s very hard to find a true responsible, honourable King or Queen. Sad but it’s rare! And we are tired of making painful sacrifices.. again and again.. for the good of the people we love, while outsiders and power-mad villains and politicians benefit from our sacrifices!

For our Lammas ceremony, we have begun to make adaptations!

Sacrificial Kings (c) Mani Navasothy 2015

Do we have to be Jesus..or Odin.. over and over again?

Gone are the symbolic sacrifice of one Volunteer ritualist dressed up in corn and wheat and hay and looking like John Barlycorn.  It’s not his responsibility to accept the projections of all of us..and be the symbolic sacrifice.  Because we all do offer so many of our own sacrifices…day in day out.

What we want is release from all that… It’s all rather very `christian’ and we have to move on from that mindset …that we have to keep suffering in order for other people we love..to live happily..or even ourselves to live well in the future.

(I really don’t see millionaire bankers and corrupt politicians doing all that..do you?!)

So..what we do in our ritual is the following..

corn-king2Magic-1: Personal sacrifice

In this first magic, You will acknowledge all your own painful personal sacrifices of the past – and let them go.   Close your eyes…and be still.

In myth & legends, the concept of personal sacrifice occurs again and again. It is often coupled with some quest and a reward to gain something important.

-The Sacrifice of Odin / the God who hung upon the World Tree – was to gain the secrets and mysteries of the Runes.

-The sacrifice of the Corn King / Barley Corn is for harvest and to renew the energies of the land.

-And on the darker side, Hern sacrificed himself on a Windsor Oak tree, for vengeance and Justice.

Now think about your own lives. Think about your own struggles and challenges and quests, and the sacrifices you keep making..over and over.. again and again.. day after day… months..and months..year after year.

-Take a moment to think about these personal sacrifices..
-Have they produced the rewards?
-Have you got the results you were seeking? If not, why not?

Sometimes, more often, in order for magic to happen, you must let go..
For some new good to come in, the old must be sacrificed.
It must be a willing sacrifice.. You must willingly let go.

  • Take a stone..any stone (that you are willing to loose or let go off).   Hold it in your hands.
  •  Put the energies and memories of all your past  personal sacrifices into this stone. Take your time.  Remember all the key moments..  moments where you gave up something for the well-being or trade-off for something else…(and worse..found it didn’t happen anyway).
  •  Now go to some natural place- a woodland, a flowing stream, sea side, a deep lake..  And throw away this stone..

Magic-2:  Power to Mankind  (Mannaz rune)mannaz rune

Lammas  is a time when the person in power for too long realises their time on the Throne must come to a natural end.  They must step down and let the next good Ruler take that responsibility.   In return the previous ruler can now enjoy personal time – and reel in the service he has given..

BUT there are those who would hold on to power longer for selfish reasons – the Dictators, Conspirators, Manipulators, selfish Kings, Queens, Rulers & corrupt Politicians.

When that happens, it’s the time for people to rise up and depose of those.

So this magic is about us empowering  the people..  here and every where in all the lands.. all over the world!!

This work is simple-  chant the rune that symbolises Mankind –  `Mannaz’.

  • Think of the power of ancient witches and wizards flowing to all the people in difficult circumstances..
  • Let that power permeate all the people.
  • Let the people of the world be strong and empowered, as you chant the Mannaz rune.

Note:   The above are extracts from a community Lammas ritual that my ritual team and community have performed several times in past years, and will be doing so again in a few days at time of Lammas.   Yesterday I was writing it all up (updated) yesterday, writing invocations to Harvest Goddess, and Harvest God. This morning I had a private Hindu ceremony of fire and purification.  And then i thought…why not share this with everyone? So here I am..

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Links

Lammas- Hanged man meditation

 

Thames Full Moon Ritual & Honouring Sekhmet for Protection (Aug 2019)

On this Aquarius Full Moon night, we’ll be gathering for our monthly `TLC: Full Moon Ritual’ (Tamesa London Circle started in 2006). This particular ceremony honours Sekhmet the In 2013, we did a `submerging Sekhmet’ and last year in 2018, performed `Rise of Sekhmet’. So what follows now is the honouring of this great Lion Headed Egyptian Warrior Goddess – for her blessings of power and protection.
No prior knowledge or experiences of wicca or ritual magic is necessary for you to attend this. Just come with an open mind. Be friendly and non-intrusive. Connect with others, and join in the ceremony.

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Fee: £5.

Magic: protection/ spellcraft:

On this full moon, once we invoke the powers of Sekhmet, we’ll be creating protection magic for us all – charms that you may take home for your own psychic and magical protection.

Date/ Time:

Thursday, August 15, 2019
7:00 PM
 to 10:30 PM

Meeting point:

Gather outside the Green area of Tate Modern Gallery (main doors). Organiser (Mani) & others will by the outdoor seats. We’ll walk down to the banks of Thames and do this ceremony. If you are late, just find the steps, walk down to river bank, and join us. We’re usually under the concrete over-hang/ sheltered space.

Thames & Tides:

Our rituals tale place on the actual river bank…just few meters away from the water. We organise these Thames-rituals after checking Port of London authority Thames Tide time tables.. to take place at low tide.. (At high tide the entire river bank is under many meters of water!!).

Safety:
The steps are slippery. bank of Thames after previous tide will be full of new things and sharp objects. Take extreme care with your own health & safety. You are responsible for your safety.
**No children allowed**
**Unfortunately the location is not suitable for anyone with walking disabilities**

What to bring:

• Please dress appropriate for weather! (we carry on Rituals regardless of weather).
• Please bring food & drinks to share ( bread & cheese / humus are a good start) and any soft drink/wine that you like to share with others in circle.
• a torchlight is a good idea. Feasting/ sharing food & Drinks:

After the ritual circle on the river bank is completed, some people leave for home. Others stay behind to socialise. We tend to go back up to street level, to the grassy green area outside Tate Modern Gallery and socialise/ share food & drinks.. If it’s raining, we just go to the nearby Pub within sight.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

Link to meetup event:  https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/262984676/

 

What is LGBTQIAPD?

LGBTQIAPD

“L is for lesbian, a girl who likes girls, the G is for gay, someone who likes the same gender, the B is for bisexual, a person who likes both or all genders, and the T is for transgender, a person who’s sex assigned at birth does not match their gender identity. For information on how to use these words it is always best to ask a person you know in one of these categories, and recognize that not everyone will agree with every definition or on what is alright and what is not. The full acronym, or at least the most complete one that I found, was LGBTQIAPD. That’s another whole 5 letters that need to be defined and discussed, and there may still yet be more.

The Q stands for questioning, which is kind of self-explanatory, or it can more commonly stand for queer. This, next to the word gay, is one of the most broad and used terms for the entire community as a whole. If you don’t want to say the whole acronym, or the abbreviated version, then simply saying ‘queer’ is fine in most cases. However, this is one of those words that has been reclaimed. This means that it used to be a slur that invoked violence and very negative connotations, and used to be a very harsh insult. In general people in the community have reclaimed it and don’t see the usage of it as a problem, but older members of the community may still see it as a slur and would prefer it not to be used. This should be respected, and if someone tells you not to use it then you should never use it around them if at all. People have many different opinions on this word, so take the word of the people around you rather than this article if the opinions conflict. This is a general rule.

I stands for intersex. This is a biological sex similar to male or female, but cannot be categorized into either of those. It is not necessarily a gender identity, but rather something that is assigned at birth. This happens when sex characteristics don’t line up perfectly, and may have mixtures of both male-typical and female-typical anatomy. Besides anatomy, people can also have mixed up chromosomes, which people don’t get tested for unless there is an actual problem. This means that anyone could be intersex and live their whole lives without knowing it, which happens surprisingly often. The term for intersex used to be hermaphrodite, but this has fallen out of fashion for being offensive and inaccurate. Hermaphrodite means that a person is born both fully male and fully female. The sad thing is that if a baby is born obviously intersex, doctors will oftentimes perform surgery to ‘correct’ them, and this can cause lasting issues for the child both medically and mentally. It’s especially terrible if the child turns out not to identify with the sex they were medically altered to be.

The A in the acronym stands for asexual. It can also stand for aromantic or agender, but something that it does not stand for is ally. Allies are not a part of the community, and shouldn’t call themselves so, because they are straight and cisgender. Anyways, being asexual is to experience no sexual attraction to any gender. If you are straight or gay, for example if you are a straight girl, consider how you aren’t attracted to girls and what this feels like. This is how asexual people feel, just with all genders. It doesn’t mean that they are celibate, it doesn’t mean they can’t have relationships or fall in love, and it doesn’t mean that they will die sad and alone. Another important thing to note is that asexual is not a gender, as is, for some reason, a common misunderstanding. Asexual is often paired with aromantic, which is a romantic orientation. Romantic orientations were first explored with asexual people, because sometimes it is possible that a person will have no sexual attraction but will have romantic attraction. So an asexual person can be asexual and also biromantic, for example, if they are romantically attracted to multiple genders. However, many asexual people are also aromantic, which means they also don’t experience romantic attraction at all. Agender, mentioned earlier, is a gender identity that means basically having no gender, feeling like neither a boy or a girl, and not leaning in any way towards either.

The P stands for pansexual. The latin prefix ‘pan’ means all, so this orientation means that a person is attracted to all genders. From my understanding, it is a more modernized way of saying bisexual, acknowledging that there are more than two genders. However, many people choose to identify themselves as bisexual, either because they are only attracted to two genders or don’t want to go through the trouble of explaining what pansexual is every time they come out. Many people use this to mean they are attracted to people’s personalities, regardless of what they look like or what gender they are. The P can also stand for polysexual, which is when a person is attracted to more than one gender, but not all genders. Since there are many genders, being polysexual is not hard as people don’t have to be attracted to all genders.

The D stands for demisexual. This sexuality is kind of similar to being asexual, in that there is generally not a lot of sexual attraction. However, it is different in that attraction can develop over time, but before a strong platonic connection is formed there just isn’t any. This can be after two people have become close friends, and a demisexual person might suddenly develop attraction. A demisexual person wouldn’t look at strangers, for example, and become attracted to people in the way many others do. People can also be demiromantic, and have that paired with any other sexual orientation.”

via What is LGBTQIAPD?

A message to Trump – Art by Akse (Battle of the Birds)

I found the following street art by Akse (lives in Manchester) quite brilliant.  So sharing the art/photo.   No copyright breach intended..  only frustration at Trump.  -Mani

pic taken from Manchester Evening News (online)

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/donald-trump-uk-visit-america-16368321

TRUMP-mural-by artist AKSE
`Battle of the Birds’   – Manchester street artist Akse’s work – showing US President Trump facing Martin Luther King.

 

I am Gaian – and I am against Brexit & Trump!

I am Gaian and I am against Brexit and against Trump. Here once and for all is my explanation:

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(first published on my facebook wall on 3rd June 2019).

1) On Brexit————:
I do not like Brexit…because on a long term scale..it’s about isolation..not unity (UK peeling off from a local group of countries s how I see it…regardless of all the shitty finances and logic chopping. That’s politics..Am an idealist thinking about far far long term effects of the world).

2) Trump’s fear-mongering, the Wall & Hitler ideologies——–:

And I don’t like a wall being built to keep people off..because that’s also about separation and isolation instead of integration and Unity. That argument of illegal immigrants/ refugees coming in to mess up America is utter bollocks. ( I am a refugee who came to UK.. and look at the sheer contributions I have give to various communities in UK?! )

  • Divide (by fear) and conquer (by promises):

If a bunch of Americans have been `influenced’ (election propaganda) into hating others and want their segregation and have voted for a fool (Trump) who is stoking their fears… I don’t have to like it..! It’s classic divide and conquer tactics.. Stoke fears between people ro communities or nations, .. Say you are on their (one) side to protect them..and that side of people will like, listen and support you.

Hitler rose in power because he played on German people’s fears (Jews are getting all the wealth, Jews have power, etc etc).

  • Trump the Fool-idiot and tantrum throwing child:

Donald Trump is an ill educated moron..who makes so many stupid intellectual mistakes..(just sift through his statements and media `shows’.. ) And everyone laughs.. on a global scale.. at him! That makes him angry instead of embarrassed. So he gets his revenge by doing more stupid things.. playing with power he has been given. Imore Executive orders..more rolling back laws and initiatives..). This has been the pattern.

In short.. Trump is influencing the world towards destruction and isolation.. he is doing nothing short of making Americans the new master-race..

3) I am Gaian———–:

I have said before and I say it again a thousand times.. I am GAIAN.. I am of Earth.. and anything that moves away from unity is something I do not like.. ! The changes we sleepwalk into will kill the world…maybe not in our generation…but by the next or one after. As an idealist and one thinking about the very long term future of the Earth, I am against anyone and anything that creates segregation..instead of world Unity.

-Mani Navasothy

shattered earth

graphix: Fractured Earth (c) Mani Navasothy

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,…

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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