Category Archives: Witchcraft & Wicca

Come join Pagan Pride Parade London 2019 (on 12th May’19)

London’s annual Pagan Pride Parade is the longest running Pagan Pride event in the world! Each year, Pagans of all paths, traditions and faiths, come together to make themselves known to the people of London and express their spirit of pride. With costumes, flags, banners, drums, and song, we march through the streets of London, celebrating Paganism.

Pagan PrideParade London 2019 - PFL.jpg

Feel free to wear your finest pagan attire, wear a mask, dress as magical creatures or come as you are and walk with us carrying banners and flags, singing or making some noise with the Drummers and Morris dancers.

We gather at the fountain at at 12 before setting off around 1 to parade the streets of London, Marshall’s will remain at the beautiful park ( with cafe and toilets) with those of you unable to walk the whole route, giving you chance to browse the stalls selling all manner of weird and wonderful items. The celebrations will continue when the parade returns to the Fountain at Russel Square Gardens

Join our Community group at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PaganPrideParadeLondon/

Join us in being a part of this great tradition.

Meeting point/ base:
Russell Square, London, WC1B 5EH

Find us in the middle of the park, by the fountain.

Gather from 12 midday
Parade starts at 1pm

Nearest Tubes:
Russel Square (Piccadilly Line)
Holborn (Central Line, Piccadilly Line)

Feel free to bring food to picnic with us, or there is a cafe in Russell Square.

Children welcome – Totally family friendly!

Those who want to celebrate, but don’t feel able to take part in the parade walk, can still join us in Russell Square to enjoy the day with everyone.

Crowd Funding ———
(please donate any amount you like using this secure link)
http://paypal.me/PaganPrideLondon

Uptill now we have just about managed to foot expenses ourselves but this year we are setting up a crowdfunding initiative, so that all other pagans can donate whatever amount you can, and help us pay for council applications, insurance and other running costs.

Click the paypal link, and donate any amount (£) you wish to donate.
Thank you.

About Organisers———:
Pagan Pride Parade London 2019 – is supported by The Pagan Federation: London, Atlantis Bookshop, and organised by a team of volunteers including Geraldine, Christalla, Hildegard, Rebekka, Luthaneal, Geoff, Philip and Mani. PPPL is also stewarded by numerous volunteers, and joined by ever increasing number of Drummers, Morris Dancers, and of course Pagan-folks from all around the Country.

-Mani Navasothy

Wicca Full Moon Ceremonies 2019 Monthly – (river Thames, Central London)

We gather for our monthly `TLC: Wicca Full Moon Ritual’ (Tamesa London Circle started in 2006), to honour the Triple Moon Goddess, Horned God, Father Thames, Tamesa serpent and do *magic at the heart of London.   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.

TLC full moon 2019 spring
Join our meetup for more of these rituals at London Woodland Witches & outdoor Pagans meetup

Fee: £3.

Outline:
-Opening pathworking for personal energy
-Consecrations & purifications and Magic Circle
-Group calling of Element quarters & their qualities
-Chants, spiral dance & energy raising
-Deity work : Moon Goddess & Horned God
– *Group magic
-Blessing of food & drinks and sharing
-Closing of circle
-Social

Healing/ protection/ spellcraft:

-Please note we do not generally have time to do individual healing, magic and protection work as these happen on a weekday evening. Our magic/spellcraft is more group-focused (ie everyone led into magic work at the same time). Individual healing, protection & spells work will be done in our quarterly Healing & Protection circle (half a day on a saturday..quarterly).

Dates of upcoming Thames Full moon Circles

Meeting Time/ point / duration:

From 7.30pm, gather outside the Green area of Tate Modern Gallery (main doors). We’ll walk down to the banks of Thames..once majority have gathered, 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.

What happens:

During set-up, attendees tend to talk to one another and socialise. Some help the facilitator with set up of altar and allocating rital roles.    Mani then has a run-through. explaining the key features of what happens, and starts ritual.    Ritual usually  last about 60 mins to 90 mins.  Afterwards, people take photos of altar and themselves with altar etc. 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.  The whole event wraps up around 10.30pm.
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:

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

Useful links for seekers of Wicca & Witchcraft:

Wicca 1-day Course in woodland   (6th April 2019)

Wicca course - april2019

book: Coven Guide: How to become an initiated Witch

Coven Guide to becoming an initiated Witch (c) MN2014Blog : So you want to become initiated?

Wicca Initiations

 

 

 

 

Wicca: 1-day experiential course (Outdoors, London)

Are you a natural Witch? Into magic & spellcraft? Or do you want to be a One? See if the impulses you feel inside you are more than just curiosity.. that it’s instincts.. a magical release.. an awakening? And do you want to become an initiated Wiccan & a Witch ? Be in a coven of Witches? Form your own coven perhaps? Is that even possible? Are you tired of reading books, trawling websites and social media – looking for connections, knowledge? Worried about whats the `norm’ these days? What’s right? What’s wrong? What’s safe.. and what’s magically dangerous?
So many thoughts and not enough starts?!!

Wicca course - april2019

This 1-day introduction course on Wicca is for New comers, Beginners & seekers – all those interested or curious about Wicca & Witchcraft, and like to learn it all in a down to earth, friendly, experiential manner…!

This course held in the natural habitat of a real Witch – the woods! After all nature is where their power comes from- Light of the Stars, Flames of the Sun, Power of the Moon, Flow of rivers, strength and deep treasures of the Trees and Earth!

We go into the woods to be away from the machinations of urban society, and to attune to the rhythms and energies of nature. Try to relax, ground, centre, earth and be open for the duration of the course. Allow a bit of time-buffer towards end for questions/ answers & conversations. Afterwards, we’ll go to the Woodman’s pub (indoors) and continue with some socials and carry on conversing about wicca and related matters.F

Date : saturday 11th May 2019

VENUE: Course will be held in outdoor woodland setting – Queen’s Woods, where usually hold our outdoor Wicca rituals).

Nearest Tube: HighGate (northern line) –

Meeting point & Time:
We meet at in the patio/ garden area of Woodman’s Pub, Archway Road (1 min from Highgate tube). Meet from 10am to 10.30am. This is the time get a cup of tea/ coffee ..say Hi ..meet n greet fellow students and get warmed up! At 10.30am we all walk to woods for course.

Fee: £20 Early bird rate ( £30 after Spring Equinox 21st March’19)

Join meetup event to pay £30 and confirm your space (see link below)

Course Contents-—————-

This is a basic introduction course. Brief explanations will be given as well as demonstrations, use of pathworking, meditation, energy work, some practice;

  • Intro: Origins of Modern Wicca; Wiccan Law & principles;
  • Energy: Connecting to nature; Chakra & Tree meditation;
  • Altar & Ritual tools – athame, wands, sword, scourge, pentacle etc
  • Sweeping/ purifications; Consecrations with salt & water/ incense; casting magic circle (words/ demo);
  • Elements & Quarters; Symbols & qualities of Air/fire/Water/Earth in wicca; pentagrams/ triangles; invocation words (demo); Transpersonal work (4 functions).
  • God & Goddess in wicca: Horned Gods; Moon Goddesses ; what are invocations & charges? who can use the energies? Empowerment; Importance of devocations;
  • Magic & Spellcraft in Wicca;
  • Esbats & Sabbats- Wheel of the year – related seasonal myths.
  • Initiations & Coven life.

Breaks:
We’ll have short organic breaks.. There will also be a 1 hour lunch break.
Queens woods has a cafe/ toilet (10min walk from our course area).

NO Recording / photography———–
Tutor may take some photos with permission for publicity purpose.

Weather————
• Please wear plenty of warm clothing (it actually gets cold when you sit down on the ground for long). If it’s raining much, tutor will bring a tarpaulin sheet cover.. so we don’t get wet (too much)

What to bring
• For your own comfort, please bring any food/drinks lunch (Please avoid eating during course delivery!). Bring flask of hot drinks. Bring comfortable cushion/ mat to sit on, as well as a blanket / throw to wrap up .. (or if it’s just cold). Please wear warm coats, socks scarf..

• We’ll have some wine for ceremonial parts of the course.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Wiccan High Priest / Author / Teacher

Join meetup (free) and pay fees £30 to book this course

Wicca: 1-day experiential course, Outdoors.

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 10:30 AM

Queen’s Woods
Near Highgate Station London, GB

2 Woodland Witches Attending

Are you a natural Witch? Into magic & spellcraft? Or do you want to be a One? See if the impulses you feel inside you are more than just curiosity.. that it’s instincts.. a magical release.. an awakening? And do you want to become an initiated Wiccan & a Witch ? Be in a coven of Witches? Form your own coven perhaps? Is that even possible? Are you t…

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Woodland Mid-Winter Ritual & Yule Celebrations 2018

“Winter approaches.. nights are long. Day light is short. And in the deep caverns below the Earth, the great Goddess gives birth to the Sun-Child! We gather to mark this sacred event and celebrate Winter Solstice”.
 
Out ritual Team will conduct key aspects of the ceremony, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved in the actual ritual – ie with elements calling, chants, magical work and so on.
Woodland witches Yule 2018- stars version
 
meetup event link:
 
*** Fee: £5/ £3 (Concessions) ***
 
Date : Saturday 22nd December 2018
 
venue:——-
Queen’s Woods (gather at Woodman’s pub first)
 
Meeting point: ——–
Gather in the Garden/patio area of `The Woodman’s pub’ from 2pm. You’ll be led to woodland spot for ritual at 2.30pm.
 
Duration : ————-
2pm to 6pm.
 
Magical behaviour———–
 
**From the moment you arrive at sacred space in woods, you are kindly asked to observe stillness and reverence throughout the ceremony. All willing are expected to participate – during which moments, you are asked to be calm and not disruptive of their inner-work. **
 
Magical Safety ————-
 
** Once Circle is cast, we do not allow anyone to enter the sacred space..or leave without an appointed Priest/Priestess opening a doorway in the circle. If you arrive late or must leave at any point, please seek the appointed Priest/Priestess for this. Please do not Crash the circle – as it can cause magical weakness for the whole ritual and let outside energies enter or leak our own built up energy**
 
RITUAL items to bring:———-
 
– Your ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks
– Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks
– Drums & musical instruments
– Lanterns / candles / lighter
– Crystals / runes / divination tools
-Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)
 
ALL WELCOME————–
-All Pagans of any spiritual are welcome..
** This event is NOT suitable for children.**
 
What to bring/ Food & drinks to share ——————-
 
-Home made/ baked items are exceptionally welcome (Bread, cakes, buns, salads, soup, pre-cooked potatoes).
-Wine & Mead are popular for the pre-ritual social and for feasting & socials afterwards!
– shop-bought items (sausage rolls, short-eats).
-Cheese / ham/ butter/ crisps/ dips
-Chicken (cooked pieces)
– Water / soft drinks/ tea & coffee in flasks
-vegetarian food/ vegan food
(Basically any items that add towards a sensible feast/ meal).
 
Cutlery etc: Plastic cups, paper plates, forks & knives, spare bags (to pack items not eaten), bin bags – we usually bring these. But if you can bring some too – that will be good.
 
Torch light – Some evening gatherings finish in dark. So a torch light helps to find things when tidying up & packing.
Seating : Folding seats / ground sheet ( for your self to sit on) – optional.
 
**wear sensible outdoor cloths***.
 
Bright Blessings
-Niall, Mani & The Woodland Witches Ritual Team
link

TLC: Full Moon Ceremony by river Thames (23rd Nov’18, London)

On the eve of the Full moon in the air sign of Gemini, we gather for our monthly `Tamesa London Circle’ (established in 2006), to honour the Moon Goddess.. Horned God, Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and do magic at the Heart of London.

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.

Note: This will be the last Full moon ceremony by Thames in 2018…as the one in December falls on same day as our Winter/Yule gathering in Queen’s woods. 

TLC full moon 2018-autumn bg2

Fee: £3 .

Meeting point:

Gather outside the Green area of Tate Modern Gallery (main doors). 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

Organiser/ Wiccan High Priest

Go to our meetup event to rsvp and begin your magical preparations.

TLC: Full Moon Ceremony by river Thames (Nov’18, London)

Friday, Nov 23, 2018, 7:30 PM

Seats outside Tate Modern gallery (grass area opposite main door)
Bankside, London SE1 9TG London, GB

24 Witches Wiccans & Pagans Attending

On the eve of the Full moon in the air sign of Gemini, we gather for our monthly `Tamesa London Circle’ (established in 2006), to honour the Moon Goddess.. Horned God, Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and do magic at the Heart of London. No prior knowledge or experiences of wicca or ritual magic is necessary for you to attend this. Just come with a…

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Introduction to Spellcraft, Psychic Safety & Protection. (half day course 17Nov’18)

This is half a day experiential Introductory Course on Spellcraft & Psychic protection.. New comers to Wicca and those interested in learning basics of Spellcraft / Ritual magic / Psychic safety and protection will benefit from this course.

spellcraft psychic safety course 17nov2018

This covers the following:

1. Introduction to spellcraft & Magic – Basic requirements; safety & warning in spellcraft; Laws of return;

2. Cord Magic – Using Cords, how you can do magic; Teaching chant used in wicca for cord magic. Quick demonstration

3. Rune Magic – How we use runes in spellcraft (we had a full day Rune magic workshop in September, so this one is brief intro only).

4. Candle Magic – Preparing the candle, Intention setting; you’ll all do one candle -magic. (stick candles – white – will be provided).

5. Psychic Protection: Entities, Spirits, Angels & Demons! Why ? where? how? Basics of Psychic hygiene, relevant tools, LBRP & Archangel work will be covered briefly. Note: Curses/ hex-breaking is not our expertise. For those we can only offer general advise.

Fee : £15 payable by paypal/ meetup to confirm a space.

Spaces limited to 12 people (now only 10 spaces available).

For more details and to book , visit meetup event page for this course.

-Mani Navasothy   (Wiccan High Priest/ Course Tutor)

Link:

Introduction to Spellcraft, Psychic Safety & Protection. (half day course)

Saturday, Nov 17, 2018, 11:45 AM

Queen’s Woods
Near Highgate Station London, GB

3 Witches Wiccans & Pagans Attending

This is half a day experiential Introductory Course on Spellcraft & Psychic protection.. New comers to Wicca and those interested in learning basics of Spellcraft / Ritual magic / Psychic safety and protection will benefit from this course. This covers the following: 1. Introduction to spellcraft & Magic – Basic requirements; safety & warning in sp…

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A Wiccan question: Why keep the Old ways secret?

This came up in one of my facebook community pages…so here’s the question and my answer.

Question:
With regard to Wicca, why keep the old ways a secret? Why keep the sacred truth to yourselves when it should be shared with the world?

keep wicca secrets

Our Answer:

To be honest.. so much of Wicca has now been talked about, blogged about, and more importantly written about extensively in thousands of published books..! So the World knows all about it…the initiation rituals, the seasonal ones, the tools, the oaths …all of it. There are no wiccan secrets as such now in the present day.

BUT..and it’s a big but.. the mystery of wicca remains..! It can only be experienced in an actual closed group ritual.. no matter how much of it has been written or talked about.

Why is it that way? Talking and reading is the equivalent of a pregnant lady watching a documentary on TV about giving birth, or a young man/woman watching a romantic film… However, the actual experience of giving birth to a new life (all that birth pain for mother, and risk of her own death!) … or falling in love with another person (the thrill, the chase, the apprehensions, the insecurities, the actual Union/ making love) …….those things can only ever be `known’ by actually experiencing it. The real mystery remains.. no matter how many books One reads or how many movies one sees!!

So yeah…no secrets in Wicca now.. but magical Mystery remains!!

Bright Blessings.
Mani

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London Halloween walk & Thames river of Souls Ritual – 31Oct2018

Join us on Halloween Night in Central London on Monday …31st October 2018.. We gather for a fun-filled Halloween walk ..with costumes * lanterns, then stop near Oxo tower (green area) for our annual `Thames: River of Souls Ceremony’ to honour the Spirit of Thames & Ancestors.

Woodland witches London Halloween walk & tamesa river of souls 2018

As for last year, We begin with a procession along river Thames (from outside the Globe Theatre, and walk along bankside, past Tate Modern, Blackfriars Bridge, Oxo Tower, Gabriel’s Wharf, and end at Royal Festival Hall… for a break and social (free to get inside and use their cafe/ seating areas).

Bring snacks & drinks to share.
Bring pumpkins. Lanterns (no naked flames please for safety). Bring battery operated lights.. costumes.. masks etc.

Our ceremonies are open to everyone, of all paths and religions.

Stay as long as you like.. and leave when you want to.

Fees: suggested donation £3 to the `Ferryman’ (for your underworld journey)

Meeting point/ time:
Please get to outside steps of Shakespear’s Globe Theatre / Bankside pier by 7.30pm. We’ll get organised and begin walk. We hope the 1000m walk will only take us about 1 hour at an extremely leisurely procession/ festive walking speed. 🙂

Cloths/what to bring:

-Wear warm/ waterproof comfortable cloths… Please check weather for London for friday evening and dress appropriate. Wear good footwear..as standing/ walking for longer duration can get hard on the feet.

Food/drinks:
-Please bring small picnic-style food and drinks to share.
-Bring things for self.. and if feeling generous, something to share with others..

Safety notes: Everyone is asked to take extra care with their own personal safety as we’ll be in a busy public place. Keep valuables with you at all times.. or with a trusted friend who is not playing a big role in ritual. beware of thieves/ pickpockets, any silly protesters (who don’t like pagans) and may try to cause a wrangle. If this happens..just step away from it.. do not be baited.. and just get out asap…and get far away to a safer place.

No swords…no athames..or other `real’ weapons – or anything that might alarm the general public /police. We play safe and nice.. And you are responsible for your own good behaviour and health & safety!!

With bright blessings
– Mani Navasothy

 

Link to our meetup event:

London Halloween walk & Thames river of Souls Ritual 2018

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018, 7:30 PM

Bankside Pier (end of New Globe Walk)
Bankside, SE1 9DT London, GB

28 Witches Wiccans & Pagans Attending

Join us on Halloween Night in Central London on Monday …31st October 2018.. We gather for a fun-filled Halloween walk ..with costumes * lanterns, then stop near Oxo tower (green area) for our annual `Thames: River of Souls Ceremony’ to honour the Spirit of Thames & Ancestors. As for last year, We begin with a procession along river Thames (from o…

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Autumn/ Samhain/ Winter 2018 Seasonal rituals coming up

Hi all..   Am organizing the following seasonal festivities in the woods as usual.  Just click the links/ pictures  to visit the relevant events under my `London woodland witches’ meetup events.   Bright Blessings. -Mani

 

Autumn Equinox: Ritual & Seasonal Gathering 2018  (saturday 22nd September 2018)

Woodland witches Autumn eqx 2018

 

Samhain 2018 – Woodland Witches Ritual & Halloween Gathering (Sunday 28th October 2018)

Woodland witches Samhain 2018- sunday28th

 

Woodland Mid-Winter Ritual & Yule Celebrations – (Saturday 22nd December 2018)

Woodland witches Yule 2018

 

Meeting Shani Oates : Matriarch of Cochrane Witchcraft Tradition (Nova Stellar Talks, London)

Last night, I had to pleasure and privilege to be there for a talk by Shani Oates at Nova Stellar!  `Nova Stellar presents..’  is a monthly gathering where newcomers to Paganism & Wicca can attend, gather, socialise and listen to Intro talks/ Life journeys by now famous and well known Pagan authors, speakers, ritualists, magicians and public figures.

nova stellar presentsShani Oates 11sept18

The event blurb gives the following info about her:

 “Shani is an occultist, mystic, Luciferian Pilgrim of the Forbidden Arts, Traditional Craft practitioner, researcher, historian and writer of the Craft, magic, ancestral tradition – particularly the Robert Cochrane Tradition – and the cultural folklore and folk-magicks of the UK and its Northern Heritage.

She is Spae-wife and Matriarch of The People of Goda, The Clan of Tubal Cain and a student of anthropology, Tantra, philosophy and the arcane ‘Other.’

She is also the author of several books that write informatively on the myths, gods and archetypes that imbue and inform the Cults and Crafts of Witchcraft and Folk-Traditions, shifting through the arcane to modern times.

Her written works include: ‘Tubelo’s Green Fire’, ‘The Arcane Veil’, ‘Star-Crossed Serpent’ (Volumes I-IV), ‘The People of Goda’, ‘The Robert Cochrane Tradition: CTC: Tubal’s Mill’ (revised edition – 2018), ‘A Paean for Hekate’ , ‘Crafting the Arte of Tradition’ and ‘The Devil’s Supper’ .

Her numerous articles in other Craft anthologies, periodicals and magazines over the last two decades include: ‘Pillars II: The Ebon Kteis’, ‘Scalding of Sapientia’, ‘Heritage’ A Clan of Tubal Cain Anthology’, ‘Genuine Witchcraft is explained: Secret Tradition of the Royal Windsor Coven and The Regency’, ‘Serpent Songs’, ‘The Wanton Green’, ‘The Silver Wheel’ and ‘Ancestors of the Craft’

I realised that Shani Oates holds the official position of Matriarch (Maid) in the Cochrane Tradition of (traditional) Wicca/ Witchcraft – and was the one to pass the responsibilities/ energies from the previous Magister  to the present one.. So this talk by Shani was very informative …not lest because she is closer to the source but is one of the source!  and on some levels, some of what she spoke about (re: Robert Cochrane and some practises of the Cochrane Craft) was quite earth shattering for me on a personal level!

Until now I had only had hearsay and scraps of info about the late Robert Cochrane and Cochrane witchcraft. Shani talked in good details about much of it. And I asked several questions that had puzzled me for ages, such as the position of the Magister (and learnt that at any time..there is only one for the entire Clan.   ( he was also at the talk, but kept humbly quiet as it was not his talk..  But I spoke to him briefly afterwards, especially on  some awkward political matters that I had heard about in the London Cochrane craft community’ – which turns out to be  not connected to the legitimate members of the Clan after all..  (straight from the mouth of the current real Magister of the Cochrane Craft clan!!)

In the talk’s Question time, I posed some questions to Shani..  on any possible old magical working connections between Gardnerians (my lineage) and Robert Cochrane/line.  It was useful to learn that Doreen Valiente – mother of modern Wicca (Gardner’s HPS) had been invited by Cochrane to go and work with him/ them at some point… but no other official or formal workings/ partnerships or any initiatory connections exist.  These put to rest many gaps and concerns I have had in my mind for many years…  and I am relieved, to say the least, and excited by some similarities I have with my own evolving organic practise of Open rituals I facilitate at Queen’s Woods. .   (For my personal record I took a photo with Shani – private for now – and perhaps one for my Biography).

There were references to the Regency group that spun out from some members who had worked with Cochrane.  I was interested in the Queen’s Woods connection, where I have been holding my own `London Woodland Witches Pagans & Ritual Magicians’  meetup events for over 4 years (and other open rituals there for even longer).

Always grateful to learn new things of the Craft and this has given me much to mull over..

-Mani Navasothy
Gardnerian Wiccan High Priest

ps.  Shani was kind enough to correct some errors in some of the matters I had written (I’ve deleted 2 sentences).   She provided the following via facebook message:

“There have been four Magisters of the Clan of Tubal Cain, but several others of the actual Tradition itself prior to Robert Cochrane. The image depicts Robert Cochrane, Evan John Jones, Robin-the-Dart and Ulric Goding., three I have known personally, and one to whom I was linked to through Evan John Jones. Two of later leaders of the Regency circa 1969 had once been in Cochrane’s Clan, but left just before his death in 1966. After 1969, those two were responsible for the outdoor rituals that many associate with the Regency – these were held in Queenswood. Cochrane, the Clan and the early Regency never worked there. ” – Shani Oates (via FB) 

Please note- all photos presented below ..taken at  the event (c) Copyright to Mani Navasothy.  Usual legal rules apply.