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Jeremy Corbyn awarded Peace Prize in Geneva (December 2017)

IPB – International Peace Bureau awarded the Séan MacBride Peace Prize to Jeremy Corbyn  on 8th December 2017.   The  Ceremony was  organized in cooperation with the World Democratic Forum and the City of Geneva.

Mainstream media silent as Jeremy Corbyn wins International Peace Prize

“Jeremy Corbyn is awarded – for his sustained and powerful political work for disarmament and peace. As an active member, vice-chair and now vice-president of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the UK he has for many years worked to further the political message of nuclear disarmament. As the past chair of the Stop the War Campaign in the UK he has worked for peace and alternatives to war. He has ceaselessly stood by the principles, which he has held for so long, to ensure true security and well-being for all – for his constituents, for the citizens of the UK and for the people of the world”

The event took place on 8th December 2017,

PROGRAMME

Opening
by Lisa Clark and Reiner Braun, IPB Co-Presidents

Welcome
by Rémy Pagani, Mayor of Geneva

Presentation of Award to Jeremy Corbyn

Laudatio to Jeremy Corbyn
by Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Speech
by Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party UK

Closing Remarks

Reception

 

The above is taken from the official website of International Peace Bureau.

http://www.ipb.org/events/macbride-peace-prize-to-jeremy-corbyn/

One other site who reported this is:

https://evolvepolitics.com/mainstream-media-silent-as-jeremy-corbyn-wins-international-peace-prize/

-Mani Navasothy

 

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Gaia Guardians: The Next Generation! (and all Good things..)

In 2006, I was introduced to Earth day by the now late Jean Williams, Wiccan HPS & pagan elder. It was a park tidy up and eco ceremony in Queen’s Woods. I took up the cause, thinking, surely we have to do more..and bring more awareness and celebrate it. The following year (2007) I organised the first `Gaia convention’ (called Gaia-3) for PF-London. It was followed by PFL Gaia-Fortuna, and PFL Gaia-Sol conventions in 2008 & 2009. Friends & I also started `Gaian Times Magazine’ 5 years ago.

And so this year..2017 marks 10 years of me organising and facilitating Earth day events..in various guises 🙂 Thank you Jean Williams.

Earth Day 2017 Trent park- composite (c)Mani

And it is with mixed feelings that I now announce that this is where I bow out on these big Earth day events. I had that feeling when i set off yesterday morning carrying lots of heavy bulky things.. feeling tired, saying to my self (like that hobbit Frodo once said..), `I can’t do this anymore..’ . And last night I got home and did a quick tarot to ask some divine advise.. and indeed my original intuition was correct. The cards say it is time.

But I am content and happy that we have had the highest number of children attend an Earth Day.. but there was no Eco ceremony. I felt that ..as I watched everyone socialise and play.. that `Life itself on the body of Gaia is a divine ceremony’ (so long as we are aware and mindful of it).

Am also aware that now in London.. others are organising big Earth Day events (indoors). It remains my cause to keep getting Pagans out into the parks and woods.. which I will carry on in other ways and other events.. such as meditative events, walks in woods, and Eco-Healing work..

Thank you all who have come to the many Earth Day & Earth Hour events I have facilitated and participated. Thank you to all my friends, family & Tribe who have helped me with organising these events and supporting them. And thank you wonderful humans, children, and animals ..for attending and enjoying the events. Together we are Gaia.

EarthLight Blessings of Gaia.
-Mani

London is Defended! (my reaction to terror attack on Parliament, London 22March 2017)


I have loved this country!  The refuge, the safety, the shelter and belonging –  it has afforded me and my family all that for the past 30+ years! And I love London, and all the glorious and wonderful treasures it has and continues to offer!!  And on a pagan- spiritual- new agey sort of way, I worship and honour this land.  People who know me well..know this already.

Imagine my shock – when this evening (last night, as I’ve not been to sleep yet) – when my sister barged into my room and told me about a terror attack on the British Parliament (I was putting the finishing touches to a community website that I’de been neglecting but finally updating..  and it actually has on the banner a picture of me wearing a mask and posing right outside the Parliament!)

My initial thoughts were sheer shock – thinking this is going to unravel London, and the terror-threats that have shown their ugly hands in other countries (USA, France, Germany) have touched us too here in London..   I immediately checked astrology transits – a few stressful ones for friday.. (mercury opposing Pluto is the worst I could find) followed by few great transits on saturday and sunday.   Nothing catastrophic like Mars-Uranus agitations..  but still it can plant shadowy seeds (park that for now).

I checked on the internet for quick news update – and sadly learnt that few people (including a Police man who was defending the Parliament) had died.  These deaths will have ripples..  That is for sure. (My father dying caused decades of ripples in our family..  so I don’t ever underestimate a husband/father’s death on his kids & family).

But a part of me was unperturbed and I even smirked  at the sheer stupidity of the attacker!!

What was he thinking – that a car and a knife was going to get him into Parliament? Our Parliament?!

I am the kind of guy who worries that if I walk slightly awkward, the police & cameras by Parliament might take me away  – My paranoia aside ( childhood fears from Sri Lanka..story for another blog)..  I have a huge amount of faith and trust in the Police, the security services and intelligence people who protect this country ( that’s England am talking about).

So I did smirk at the idiocy of some man who tried this attack.  Surely he must have known he’s bound to fail..  and even at the cost of his life? Perhaps, alarmingly worrying, is the thought that maybe he did know..  but causing an even symbolic  disturbance – albeit a failed attack – still show cases a point – that an attack is possible…and it can disrupt and spread fear and doubts amongst our people..

But London is strong..  as a place, as a collection of people, as a multicultural community, a sparkling city of dark and light, steel and glass and water (Thames), and as an old land itself.

There are Gods & Goddesses watching over our city – they have and they continue to do so.  I know, because I am one of those Pagan / Hippie / New Age/ spiritual type who worships London and invokes ancient deities to watch over it.

My magical friends & I have done many rituals in the past…for that safety purpose – The Thames-Isis rituals by the banks of river Thames and Cleopatra’s needle (Embankment), the Sekhmet ritual by Waterloo bridge/banks, the Hern rituals in Windsor Great Park, Croydon, Queen’s Woods, and dare I say ..even the submerging of Hindu Ganesh sculptures into the Thames!

For years, nay, decades now, I have personally been attuning to the energies of London – the city and the woods and the Palace of Westminster.   River Thames and Big ben are in the background of very much all the logos of all the pagan websites I have created and maintain since about 2006..  Every time I go past it, I take photos of the Parliament – be it a casual trip, a Doctor Who fan filming / photo shoot, or intentional visit to go see the statue of Boudicca – ancient Warrior queen of this land!

Perhaps, the attunement is too much..  because I did wake up today at 12noon with such bad headache that could not be shifted by breathing, massaging neck or coffee…that I had to take nurofen painkillers..  I now wonder if that was a sort of psychic alarm bell ringing on my clairsentient mind.. (because around 2.45pm the attack took place).  This might sound crazy..but I’ve been sleeping in a tent in garden for many months..  and sometimes when am in the house..I get a certain feeling..and later when i get to my tent for sleeping, i had found that fox has been in my tent..(front store area) peeing and marking territory.  Somehow that act of invasion rings my psychic alarms.  So  an attack on London was bound to have had some pre-effect on me.  (After all I have walked and marked London as `my realm’ for years!)

Whatever it is..  I am heading into London tomorrow..  for a leisurely wander – to visit the old favourite places.. river Thames, Trafalgar square, Millennium Bridge..and if the police open it up..  Parliament square  itself!  And I’ll be sure to spit, scratch and stomp out any traces of terror.

London is my City..it’s my realm..  my friends and families and communities live here..  and  I’ll defend  it with all my might and magic!!

-Mani Navasothy

Partial Lunar Eclipse – 7th August 2017 – what you’ll see & where

Hi all.. getting some advance info out for the next Lunar Eclipse (due in August 2017).  Here’s some graphics, based on NASA’s data.

useful astronomical data (from NASA):

  • Penumbral Eclipse duration : from 16:50hrs to 21:50hrs (BST).
  • Umbral eclipse duration: 18:22hrs to 20:18hrs (BST).
  • Greatest Eclipse is at 19:20hrs BST.
  • Ecliptic conjunction : 19:11hrs BST.

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The following is a world map showing  where this Partial Lunar Eclipse can be seen from (map by Fred Espenak of NASA).   Some parts of the world will see all of it.  Others will see only parts of it …either during their local moon-rise or moon-set moments.  It’s shown in the map.

Explanations about P1, P4, U1, U4 etc  (scientific terms):

The moment when an eclipse starts/  ends are given special names / tags in astronomy..   (they are moments of time..  ie Universal time/  GMT etc)…  and they are labelled P1, P2, P3, P3  for penumbral shadow sections of the eclipse, and U1, U2, U3, U4 for Umbral shadow parts of the Eclipse.

P1 is when Moon starts to enter the Penumbral shadow of the Earth.  Moon is seen as a reddish colour (aka The Blood moon)…but still fully visible.

U1 is when Moon further enters the darker Umbral shadow of the Earth..  This is where part of the moon will actually go black.. (This one is a partial Lunar Eclipse…So only a part of the full moon will disappear).

U4 is the moment when the moon fully comes out of any Umbral (dark) shadow of the Earth…but some parts of the moon will still be in the lighter penumbral shadow so will be seen as reddish.

P4 is the moment when the moon fully comes out of penumbral shadow..ie ..final contact…  and end of the eclipse!

(note: Sometimes   the eclipse is only Penumbral..  so the data will be just P1, P2, P3, and P4).

Global Visibility of Partial lunar Eclipse 7Aug2017 (c) Mani Navasothy  .jpg

Of course we still have a annular Solar Eclipse to come on this month – on 26th Feb 2017 (and then a Total Solar Eclipse, in August 20117).   I’ll provide diagrams/ details soon.

Eclipse Magic workbook

Eclipse Magic Workbook (c) MN2014Meanwhile..if you are interested in reading about ritual magical work you can do at Eclipse-times.. to tap into those hidden powers and potentials (more so than just a new moon or full moon)…then take a look at my book `Eclipse Magic workbook’  (it’s the world’s first book exclusively written on eclipse Magic!)

First few chapters give easy introduction for beginners to try eclipse magical work.  Later chapters give much more involved work..  that requires days of pre-planning.. (If you start now..  you’ll be ready to do the advanced work for the next set of eclipses!  There are at least 4 Eclipses (2 sets) every year!!

Click this link to visit my blog post/ buy the e-book (pdf)  Look at Eclipse Magic Book

-Mani Navasothy

Time, location & Visibility of Penumbral Lunar Eclipse – 11th February 2017

Hi all..  I’ve taken the data from NASA (Fred Espenak) and created some graphics of my own (and  enhanced the 2nd one showing world locations where it can be seen – mostly Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia)

In a few days,  I’ll provide chart & similar data for the upcoming annular solar Eclipse on 26th Feb 2017 (and also the coming partial Lunar eclipse (7th aug’17) and total solar eclipse (21st aug’17 – the big one!!)

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Eclipse Magic Workbook by Mani Navasothy-ad
Eclipse Magic Workbook – by Mani Navasothy. Stellar Engineer your life!

 

For those amongst you who are interested in esoteric work/ magic/ ceremony/ personal development ..Eclipses are said to provide great stellar opportunities for those works.  You can read more about them at my Eclipse Magic website.

You can also purchase my Eclipse Magic workbook  here.

Stellar wishes

-Mani Navasothy

Alternative Truth.. Alternative USA!

Following the News footage where a Rep spoke of the `Alternative Truth’ ..I’ve realised USA has gone alternative…Hoorah!!   :-p    (sarcasm intended).  Here’s some art for you  to enjoy ..and spread about..!  -Mani

 

Enormous Elephant Run 2016 (London) raises over £50,000!

The Enormous Elephant Run- Fundraiser 10km run took place earlier this morning at Clapham Common.  `Elephants’ & Supporters started gathering from 10am onwards (organisers were there from much earlier..setting up!).  The run started at about 10.35am… and consisted of 5Km, 10Km and 15Km runs   (1 lap, 2 lap or 3 lap of the path that zig-zagged in the Band-stand area of Clapham Common, South London).

This is the 3rd annual such fundraising event, organised by  `The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’ – which embraces all measures that compliment the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife. These include anti-poaching, safe guarding the natural environment, enhancing community awareness, addressing animal welfare issues, providing veterinary assistance to animals in need, rescuing and hand rearing elephant and rhino orphans, along with other species .

  • Many Congratulations to my sister Vathani Navasothy for raising over £750+ .
  • The team she’s part of (Team Mama Afrika) raised over £3,000 (offline donations still being counted).
  • The `Enormous Elephant Run- London’ has raised over £50,000 of funds.

Enormous Elephant Run - raised at 11june16

I was thrilled to have been there for the last 3 years in a row when my sister has been doing this charity Run. Vathani has raised £612 (in 2014), £444 (in 2015) and £750 (2016).. totalling £1,806+.

Vathani Elephant run 2016 - funds raised at 11june16
Am very proud indeed and will be putting together a video/photo montage of her 3 annual runs for this worthy cause that we both are passionate about. 🙂

Team Mama Africa raised at 11june16

 

I will be adding photos & videos of this event in due course in a blog very soon.

-Mani Navasothy

100,000 views of my Gaian2012 YT channel

Back in November 2011, after a particularly negative experience of giving a Pagan / Wiccan interview for an on online Radio, I got home very mixed up and angry – for having been taken advantage again by a Journalist. (I’ve appeared / given interviews for various lot like BBC, Channel 4, Guardian etc..).

That was when i decided the only way to share/ put out my message ..without it being edited out by others – is to do my own work. So as it was a month before the much anticipated year 2012 was coming, I started my youtube channel `Gaian2012′.

Gaian2012 channel - 100000 views 28May2016Visit Gaian2012 – Esoteric Channel

It is an Esoteric Channel – with videos I personally make ..about Paganism, Wicca/Witchcraft, Magical Training videos, spirituality, astrology, New age / holistic events, Pagan/ Hindu festivals, Ecology & Environment, protests/ marches, picnics and so on.

I’ve been making videos / editing/ producing/ doing my own features, covering events, interviews etc since then.. Along the way I have been learning so much about digital video / film making, sharpening my editing skills and so on.

Four and a half years on, today, my channel has reached 100,000 views (well, 100, 006 to be exact!). The esoteric / holistic work continues.. but I think I can take a few minutes to mark this happy occasion 🙂

here’s the channel (my own unique url):
https://www.youtube.com/c/ManiNavasothy

-Mani

Passing of Jean Ellen Williams – Wiccan High Priestess (Dec2015)

Jean Williams - Wiccan HighPriestess & Pagan ElderIt saddens me to announce that a great Elder of the Craft & Pagan communities in London, and a Wiccan High Priestess – Jean Ellen Williams- has passed away few days ago – on Christmas day 25th December 2015.

As Fates would have it, I was writing about another dear HPS Maureen Brown who passed away on 25th December, 11 years ago, when news of this came. I have had to wait till news was given to Jean’s family & close friends, before it could be made public here.

Christina Oakley Harrington (of Treadwell’s Books in London) and a very  close friend of Jean Williams, posted the following few days ago:

“We sadly announce that Jean Williams, a much loved member of the Pagan community, died yesterday afternoon. She died peacefully, from heart failure, with her husband Zach at her side. Jean had been involved in paganism since the early sixties – she founded and ran Pagan Pathfinders for thirty five years, co-founded the Companions of the Rainbow Bridge, was a core member of the Pagan Federation since 1988 — and made many friends through her European summer holidays. Gracious, sociable and non-dogmatic, she relished the variety of paths and personalities in paganism. Also in some ways a very private person, in her personal spiritual life she was a Wiccan high priestess of the Gardnerian tradition, with a quiet and close-knit coven who are very much her intimate family. She leaves her husband (Zachary Cox), her brother, and many treasured friends and colleagues. We will be announcing arrangements in about a week’s time. .. Blessings, Ruth, Peter, Sylvia and Christina”

And I posted the following on my facebook wall and community pages:

Jean Williams with Mani Navasothy at PF London Conference (c) Mani“The news has been now openly announced elsewhere so I can write a little about it – Jean Ellen Williams – Wiccan Elder and High Priestess – has died yesterday (yeah on Xmas day) due to heart failure.

About 2 weeks ago I went to see her in hospital, and had some chats.. We were told she was getting better and even moved back home. I spoke briefly on the phone with her on Yule (22nd December)..and was planning to go see her (as soon as my dreaded cold was gone..I did not want to infect an unwell lady).. but sadly it is not to be.

She’s been a great magical friend & mentor for me – and held my hands and supported me so much when in 2004, I took the responsibility of being Events Organiser for Pagan Federation London, and continued to do so till I stepped down in 2012. Jean is also the lady who introduced me to Earth Day.. In hospital I was telling her that she’ll be my honoured Guest for the Gaian Times (eco-magical) conference am planning for 2016… (it will now be in her honoured memory..for she cared so much about the Earth!).

In hospital, she spoke of magical things… quantum things.. and her new book being almost complete..and gave me some things to read about. There is much more to say.. but now is not the time..

I am deeply grateful to one dear friend who was kind enough to keep me informed. I have hundreds of old photos…which I will share privately with relevant people.. For now, Jean, may you rest in eternal peace..and awaken unto the divine realms! ps. please find Maureen and Madge and Harry ..and have some tea & cakes! ..”

Bright Blessing

-Mani Navasothy

Links/  Blogs

Jean Williams Memorial Page(facebook)

Remembering Maureen Brown- Wiccan High Priestess (blog)

Who on Earth was Doreen Valiente? (blog)