Hymn to Pan is one of the most famous creations by the English Occultist & Ritual magician Aleister Crowley. He wrote this in 1913 (published in 1919). I had first seen this poem performed by the late Wiccan Elder Zachary Cox, at a Pagan Picnic in Queen’ Woods, High Gate, North London.. (2006?). I have seen it done by a friend few years ago (again in Queen’s Woods, at a Beltane Ritual I was facilitating for my `London Woodland Witches meetup group’ . Going as far back as 2008,
I’ve been organsing `Pan’s Picnic’ every year.. And it was now..during lockdown, while we are doing so many online zoom rituals, that I had the sudden idea to perform this poem myself. I began fully familiarizing myself with the poem at night. Each night I’d whisper it and practice..(‘cos others were sleeping in our household).
And on the night of 21st March 2021, after much delays and almost giving up.. I drove to the woods near Croydon – where I hold Hern’s Tribe rituals for some 16years. There I quietly set the camera up.. set up an altar – and heard the poem in my head as I danced with flame. When it was all done, I packed it all away …and finally set the voice recorder, and let loose reciting the poem!! And the Pan in me was fully Free!
(note: Apart from adding a little echo for the later section, no other voice manipulation was done. The throaty croaky snarly growly changes were as it happened live in 1 take of the voice recording…and almost in 1 long breath too. You can hear it once where I gasped for breath and continued!)
It’s now my quest to fully learn this glorious poem by heart.. and do it as a Self-invocation & Charge of the God Pan -in a woodland ritual, for that is what this poem is. If you study the words carefully,. you’ll see where it changes from `calling Pan’ to `being Pan’ !
This 2-evening *online* on Wicca is for all who like to learn the full foundations of Wicca in a down to earth, friendly manner…! It is aimed at Beginners or those who have read much about Wicca on their own but would now like to learn more . Once you have completed this course, you’ll be fully familiar with all aspects of a wiccan Ritual and be able to practise wicca at full moon/ new moon and all 8 sabbats (seasonal rituals). You’ll be confident enough to work as solitary witch, or in wiccan groups.
*This is an online live-video course. Tuotor will give live explanations, demonstrations, use slides & pre-recorded video to enhance your learning experience. You’ll be provided with some notes by e-mail few days after the course. (No video replay available so be sure to take notes). You’ll also participate in group pathworking, element calling, and Cakes & Wine blessing.**
The following will be covered (but not necessarily in the same order).
• Intro: Origins of Modern Wicca; Wiccan Law & principles; • Opening: 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). • Energy raising chants • Deities: Horned Gods; Moon Goddesses ; what are invocations & charges? Empowerment; Devocations; • Ethics , Magic & Spellcraft in Wicca; • Esbats & Sabbats- Wheel of the year – related seasonal myths. • Initiations & Coven life.
Tutor——– Mani Navasothy – Wiccan High Priest, published author & ritual magician. Has 25 years of Craft & Coven experiences in London,UK.
Course date/ times: -Session 1: Monday 22nd February 2021 (7.30pm to 9.30pm ) -Session 2: Tuesday 23rd February 2021 (7.30pm to 9.30pm)
Please log in 5 minutes early so we can start on time. Also please allow an extra 30 minutes at the end in case we over run and need to complete the topics.
Fee: £27 You pay a fixed fee in advance by secure paypal to book for this course. Full refund given if course is cancelled or postponed.
Zoom / video call —- – All who rsvp/ pay will be sent a private zoom link for this event by private message 2 days before the Course. Please do not share the link with anyone. It is only for the paid students. -We will have `waiting room’ open at start, and to monitor anyone who has to temporarily leave session and re-enter. Please log in with your proper name. We will not allow any `unknown’ users/names to enter this course as they could be spammers.
Notes will be send as 10-15 pages pdf document to the e-mail you use to pay (paypal). Please provide a reliable e-mail address. Your email will NOT be passed on to anyone!
If you have any other concerns.. please contact me via *private message only* and I will attend to your query.
Spellcraft for Beginners – an online 90min course! We ran this in November and was extremely popular and over booked, so here we are again in early Spring 2021! This is a live online course, with full introductions, demonstrations and video clips we have prepared ourselves. Mani & Freya – initiated Wiccans will facilitate this course.
– 8.30pm – Mani will give a brief Introduction on the many forms of spellcraft (Sex magic, Poppets, blood magic, Planetary magic, Sigil magic and more). Then he will take you through the basics of candle-magic, colour correspondences, preparations, and some tips.
– 9.00pm – Freya will introduce you to working with herbs & oils, give explanations, and then talk you through 2 actual spells that combine easy to obtain herbs & oils – and show you how to do a protection spell, and Banishing spell.
– 9.30pm – Mani will then demonstrate how to do a simple cord/ knot magic. And conclude the course with a quick talk through of some of the sigils and symbols you can use in candle magic.
Date: Thursday 4th March 2021.
Duration: 8.30pm to 10.00pm.
Please note- No video replay. Please take notes.
We will send zoom video link to all who pay/ book, 2 days before the actual course, with additional instructions/ what preparations you can have. (Candles, cords to have for practice).
Initiatory Wiccan covens have `rules’ or hidden protocols and boundaries. Not all are written down, but they are taught and passed on to new trainees and new initiated Witches who join covens. But some trainees & initiates, knowingly or unaware, breach these boundaries. Not just them, but even some Coven leaders are prone to smudging the lines.. fostering confusion with initiates. In my 25 year experience in The Craft (Wicca), either directly (my own initiate) or indirectly (other covens), I have seen these breaches occur. It has often led to disharmony, conflicts of loyalty, and even spelt the end of Covens, relationships and friendships.
When a trainee of mine recently asked me if s/he could continue to be part of another magical group …after having a wiccan initiation (from me!) I was reminded of this issue and thought it must be talked about, and addressed. So that all can be educated. Many things could have been addressed in this video.. but it’s a spontaneous informal video-blog.. not professional lecture. So do watch this, and take its message to heart ..!
Spellcraft for Beginners – online (zoom video) course facilitated by Mani Morningstar & Freya Witch – initiated Wiccans of the Gardnerian Tradition of the Craft. We have been running Spellcraft courses outdoors (in woods) and indoors (Atlantis Bookshop) for many years. Now with circumstances making us stay indoors, we’re designing this Beginners course to be held online. And for the first time, we are adding the Craft of doing Herbs & Oils in spells, to our existing line up of teaching you the basics of magic with Candles, sigils, cords & knots! (Rune magic is now one of our special extended course in its own right).
You’ll learn about 3 different techniques of doing ritual magic for your self. Using candles for magic, using Cords & knots for magic and using a selection of Herbs & Oils.
Mani will give an introduction to different types of spellcraft , and take you through the basics of candle-magic, colour correspondences, preparations, what sigils/ symbols to use. He will also cover cord magic (using knots on cords).
Freya Witch will introduce you to working with herbs & oils, give explanations, and then talk you through 2 actual spells that combine easy to obtain herbs & oils – and show you how to do a protection spell, and Banishing spell.
Date: Friday 13th November 2020.
Visit my meetup event to book for this. use link/ click this below
31st October 2020 is a Blue moon (2nd full moon in same month). 1st October – Full Moon in Aries (21:06 hrs GMT) 31st October – Full Moon in Taurus (14:49hrs GMT Note: On 31st October, there is a Sun-opposition-Uranus aspect around 15:53 hrs. This is a stressful aspect that requires opposing energies to be balanced or reach a compromise. As the full moon happens an hour before this aspect, it will most likely bring up additional tensions, stress and issues that day/ evening. -Mani
Back in 2001, when I was an Elected Equal Opps officer in the Home Office Union, we had a period of internal committee wrangles.. lots of frosty faces, and many internal e-mails flying about. Accusations, counter-accusations. Justifications. Rights and wrongs. And on one side the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and about 10 others…and on the other side was just me, and my mentor/ Branch Secretary Peter R.
Peter would say to me, `Mani, we are here to serve the members. So just do your duty to them’ And it took so much effort for me to park my ego aside, ignore the taunts by other officers, and keep working only on members’ cases!
Funnily enough, about the same time, as a newly made Wiccan High Priest, and a coven-free wiccan, I ended up as a Guest at the late Maureen’s coven.. and was eventually made the Coven High Priest.
And I can tell you …it’s not easy being part of an existing coven of super-transpersonally trained Witches, let along being their coven HP. Once there was an internal `trial by fire’ period that lasted 3 weeks (every Friday).. where I was throwing my `authority’ about, and Maureen and the whole coven spent hours and hours talking and debating and discussing with me.. (Ritual kept getting postponed 3 weeks in a row). Each Friday we’d gather at 7pm and the talks went on till early hours…Exhausted we’d either sleep over or go home.. at 2..3..4..5am and next Friday gather again..and it would carry on. None of us ran away.. None of us disrespected one another..but they all stayed…to help me understand some fundamentals.. of how to become a Good coven leader! And its never about exerting authority or teaching the highs and lows of magic. It’s about serving!!
In the end I learnt a valuable wisdom.. that a Coven leader does sit on the tip of a pyramid.. not at the top like a boss stepping on Initiates below. But the inverted pyramid tip at the bottom.. holding the weight of the entire coven and all the members.. and serving them!!
I once tried to offer my 1-2-1 ritual help to a wiccan and was told that am being possibly divisive and power-over. Another time a wiccan wanted my sword, and then wanted me to fight her. When I backed off, I was told by Maureen that I had dishonoured the member.. and as HP, I needed to heed her wish and battle her so she can work through her own issues ..
Coven running is never easy. Looking after initiates and trainees is never straight forward. Each person and indeed each event/ situation is unique.
And we struggle.. we struggle on and on .. to do what I often say.. `the right thing’ !!
I pick just these mere 2 situations to make a simple but profound point. That Since those days..I have worked really very hard… to serve!! Be it Pagans who contact me or wiccan initiates or trainees. Along the way, I have had to make sacrifices.. it has even once cost me a relationship.
And here I am again.. with a number of Wiccan initiations in the horizon, juxtaposed against the well-being of my personal life, the interest of family, partner, other initiates and more.
It’s painful at times.. times when the timing of crisis is never good.. Times when we have to put aside our breaking hearts and taunted minds, and reach for inner truths guided by our gods…and do the `right thing’. Yes we all agreed at our initiation that “we are willing to suffer to learn” but sometimes.. it’s just a near impossible situation. No one else will understand.. and everyone will try to criticise you or pull in different directions and loyalty-battles.
Do you know what… ? I’ve had this for over 20 years in my role as High Priest. This is not the first time… and this won’t be the last time. And I marvel at the Elders of The Craft who have been doing it for 30.. 40.. 50.. 60 years.
In Wicca, at initiation, we gain 2 titles.. Witch & Priest / Priestess. At first it may seem like some cool titles.. that we can flash about for added credibility on social media or some TV interview. BUT those titles come with heavy responsibilities.. The first part (Witch) is a magical one.. The other – `Priest / Priestess’ is one of service! Serving our Gods & Goddesses, serving people.. and serving the land.! In the 2 decades of my time as High Priest, since those Maureen coven days, I’ve never ever forgotten that.. !
Hey all.. here’s a snap shot of some key Open rituals, festive events and magical courses happening in january for my `London Woodland witches & Pagans’ meetup group. These events are open to all..regardless of membership of meetup. Just make a note of the event you like, and simply turn up and join in Only exception is the course..for which you need to pay fee in advance to book a space..)
Spellcraft for Beginners– evening course at The Atlantis Bookshop, Holborn. Wednesday 22nd January 2020. (6.45pm to 9.30pm). Fee: £20 early bird. (£25). Pay in advance to book. spaces limited to 13 people.
Woodland Imbolc – Festival gathering & Ceremony at Queen’s Woods, High Gate. Saturday 1st February 2020. (4pm to approx 7.30pm) . Fee :£5. Pay at event.
Please click on the links above, or the posters below, to be taken to relevant event on my meetup where you can read full details for each. (I’ll set up blog posts for each in january 2020). Bright Blessings. Mani
“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.
*** Fixed fee: £5 ***
Date (: Friday 20th December 2019.
Duration . 6.30pm meeting point for 7pm walk to woods and starting ritual.
Queen’s Woods (gather at Woodman’s pub first)
Meeting point: ——–
Gather in the Garden/patio area of `The Woodman’s pub’.
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**
-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.
We are excited to announce 2 major Samhain / Halloween events organised by London Woodland Witches & Pagans meetup group.
1. Woodland Witches Samhain
Sunday 27th October 2019
4pm to 8pm
SAMHAIN – the Pagan seasonal festival for honoring our ancestral spirits, seek wisdom from the spirits in the veil between worlds ! Our Outdoor Samhain is particularly intense because of the real dark (wet, windy) environment among trees and bushes that are already bare …! As evening falls, there is an eeriness that also becomes apparent.. Once at the ritual space, you will be immediately involved in the ritual – of the calling of the DarkLord, and communing with ancestors. Some divination work will commence before feasting.
This is an open ritual held in an outdoor park/woods with easy public access.. Out ritual Team will conduct the ceremony, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved in the actual ritual.
Fixed Fee: £5. Pay The ferryman at the beginning of the event.
Meeting point: Please meet at The Woodman’s Pub (Archway Road) from 4.00pm. You will be led to the woods at 4.30pm by The Ferryman, for ritual.
Media policy: Our media policy is quite firm – we allow NO filming, NO recording, No interviews at any of our events- for the sake of privacy of people attending and for them to celebrate/ worship without any such `performance’ pressures. We allow some photos *after* the ritual..for your own personal memories.. You may take pictures of altar and your self or your own friends, with permission. No photos / media may be used for any unauthorised use in books, websites or other forms of publications. If in doubt, contact me directly. Please help us keep these events a protected magical space for individual worship..as wicca and paganism are religious paths. Blessings. Mani (founder/ organiser)
central London by South Bank (start from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre)
It was the Night before Halloween.. Ghosts & Ghouls were stirring and not an undead soul was resting! Keeping to our tradition.. we are holding our pre-Halloween walk along south bank side of river Thames in central London. This time on wednesday 30th October!
This is a `fun’ event with an undertone of seasonal magic. So Gather ..with costumes & lanterns by Globe Theatre (near Millennium Bridge, south bank).. After a few sips of ginger wine via our drinking horns and tankards..we’ll amble along the path… We’ll stop near Oxo tower (green area) for our annual `Thames: River of Souls Ceremony’ to honour the Spirit of Thames & Ancestors. Then continue walking to Royal Festival Hall..
Bring snacks & drinks to share.
Bring pumpkins. Lanterns (no naked flames please for safety).
Bring battery operated lights.. costumes.. masks etc.
Stay as long as you like.. and leave when you want to.
Fees: Suggested Donations £3 welcome to the `Ferryman’ (for your underworld journey)!
Meeting point/ time:
Please get to outside steps of Shakespeare’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.
In Wicca & Witchcraft Covens, Ritual groups, Shamanic Circles and Groves, a member takes on a Magical name or a Witch-Name. This Witch/ Magical name is then used within those circles and Ceremonial groups. In fact in initiatory Covens, a Seeker adopts a new Witch name, is only known by that name within the Coven thereafter. Should any member accidentally speak their `worldly’ name, the person who spoke it is firmly and symbolically `punished’ gentle scourging by coven whip!) – – not to inflict pain but as a reminder and future conditioning.
In the old days, Witch names may have been essential survival tools. When and if a member of a coven is caught by Witchfinder generals, the caught Witch is only able ..even under torture.. to reveal Witch names of other members…so true identities are kept secret.
Of course nowadays, when Wicca & Witchcraft is no longer illegal or punishable by death, that sort of life-preserving secrecy no longer exists. So why use witch or magical names?
In this video, I speak about our own given names (ones we are given at birth by or parents/ guardians) , and why Witch names are important in our magical lives. I also explain how to go on about discovering your own Witch/ Magical name (few essentials), and how to magically declare them, where and when to use them. I also speak with some examples about the Do’s and Don’ts.. some of the dangers/ pitfalls to be avoided when choosing your own Witch or magical names.
Please share this video with any of your magical groups, friends or communities who might find this useful.