Category Archives: Witchcraft & Wicca

Choosing and using your Witch name or magical name (with Video)

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.

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Author, Teacher, Wiccan High Priest

http://www.WitchcraftAndMagic.Uk – info on wicca

http://www.Mani.org.uk – my magical services & consultations.

Video: Wicca Circle casting by Priestess and Priest (Woodland Witches)

In a Wiccan ritual or any pagan Ceremony, creating Sacred space includes the casting of a Magic Circle – for safety and protection, and to keep the powers that are being worked with..so that magic can happen. Here we demonstrate the casting of a Wiccan Circle, with easy to learn words.

Traditionally, in a group or coven, the Priest hands the casting tool (a wand, an Athame or a Sword) to the Priestess. He then either steps aside or stands beside her and connects with her psychically and adds his energy . The Priestess channels his energy as well as her own energy to visualise and cast the magic circle (sphere). Traditionally they start at the North, move through East, South, West and end back in the North.

The Circle can then be sealed with a Pentagram. (In this video in may seem like a Earth invoking pentagram, but from the point of view of the Circle-casting Priestess, it is a Fire invoking pentagram). Once the Circle is cast, the Priestess hands the Athame / wand to the assisting Priest with a Kiss. He then places it on the Altar.

Then the magical work begins inside the Circle such as calling elemental quarters, raising energy, and invocation of God & Goddess, and more. (** Remember to ground the Circle once the full ceremony is completed!!!**)

(more videos demonstrating those will be uploaded soon).

Bright Blessings. -Mani & Louisa.

For more Wicca & Witchcraft resources- info, tools, courses & workshops we run, please visit our websites:

e-witch Apprentice (Home study) course

e-Witch Apprentice course

e-book: How to become an initiated Witch (Coven Guide)

Coven Guide: Become an Initiated Witch

Full Wicca & Witchcraft website (articles, info, videos)
http://wwwWitchcraftAndMagic.uk

London Woodland Witches meetup (open rituals)

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Video: Wiccan Blessing of Wine by Priest & Priestess (Cup & Wand Ceremony)

In Wicca & Witchcraft rituals – both public or private ones in Covens, during the `Cakes & Wine’ part of the ceremony, a magical couple bless the Wine. This is usually done during the `Cakes & Wine’ section that follows the main ceremony.

During the Blessing of the Wine, the Priest kneels and holds the Chalice of Wine (female symbol), while the Priestess stands holding the Athame or wand (male symbol). The Priestess then speaks the words, and gently plunges the wand into the chalice – symbolic of a union of male and female energies. The blessed wine is then offered to the Priestess first, then the Priest partakes of it. Then if there is a circle or congregation, the Chalice of wine is shared with all.

Bright Blessings.

-Mani & Louisa.

Wicca Full Moon Ceremonies – by river Thames, London (Oct-Dec 2019)

On this night, we gather for our monthly `Tamesa Full Moon Ritual’ (Tamesa London Circle started in 2006), to Call upon the Triple Moon Goddess, Honour Father Thames & attune to Tamesa serpent energies, and do magic at the heart of London. These rituals are based on Wicca & Witchcraft format.. Hindu & Shamanic ceremonial elements may also be adapted/ included in these rituals. No prior knowledge or experiences is necessary for you to attend this. Just come with an open mind and join in the ceremony.

TLC full moon 2019 Autumn

Wicca Training & Coven:
If you are interested in Wicca Training / coven work with Mani (Initiated Gardnerian High Priest with 23 years Craft & Coven experience), please speak to him after ceremony or via a private message. (see below for links to Wicca & Spellcraft courses that Mani runs)

When: (links to meetup event)

Friday 11th October 2019  – 7.30pm

Tuesday 12th November 2019 – 7.30pm

Thursday 12th December 2019 – 7.30pm

Outline of Ceremony (varies) :

-Opening pathworking for personal attunement.
-Sacred space: Consecrations & Circle.
-Calling of Elemental quarters & their qualities
-Chants, drums & energy raising
-Goddess / deity invocations
-Group magic & spells – using healing chant/ runes.
-Blessing of food & drinks and sharing
-Closing of circle
-Social

Healing & spellcraft:

We tend to do group magical work / energy raising for general purposes such as Health, wealth, love, work and some basic psychic protection. In addition, time permitting, we may also group interested recipients at centre and do healing / rune chants around them.
**(Please note: serious work on psychic protection/ cord cutting are NOT done at these general circles, as it can affect other innocent attendees. That service is only done by Mani on a private basis for a professional fees. Ask Mani about these)**

Fee:

£5 (£3 concessions for students/ unemployed/ disabled).
Please have correct amount as we don’t always have change for £10/£20 notes! Please also don’t put in foreign coins or other items. We accept only British coins/ currency. Thanks.

Meeting point:

Gather by Seats near main door of Tate Modern Gallery (facing river) from 7.30pm. We walk down down to river bank, set up altar and start ceremony. If you arrive after 8pm, come down to river bank and find us (take care on slippery steps). Join the circle without interrupting ceremony. 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. River bank full of gravel & sharp objects. Take extreme care with your own health & safety. You are responsible for your safety.
**No children allowed**
** location is not suitable for anyone with walking disabilities**

What to bring:

• Please dress appropriate for weather!
• Please bring food & drinks to share ( bread & cheese / humus/ soft drinks).
• a torchlight & Ground sheet (optional).

After the ritual circle on the river bank is completed, some people leave for home. Others stay behind to socialise.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Organiser/ Wiccan High Priest
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Useful wicca Resources:

1. e-witch Apprentice (home study) course.
£13 per module. Study at own pace.
http://mani.org.uk/e-witch-apprentice-course

2. e-book: Coven Guide: How to become an Initiated Witch.
http://mani.org.uk/coven-guide-become-an-initiated-witch

3. Spellcraft workshop (for Beginners) – Sunday 29th sept’19
£15. 12.30pm to 5.30pm.
https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/264312697/

4. Wicca for Beginners: 1-day course (Outdoors, London)
Saturday 19th Oct’19. (10.30am to 6pm); £20.
https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/264312468/

Wicca for Beginners: 1-day course (Outdoors, London) 19th Oct’19

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…!

Wicca course Beginners-Autumn 2019- v2 by Mani Navasothy

Fee : Early Witch Fee £20. Standard cash £30 (cash payment at 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.

Venue:——-
This course takes place in a secluded place in Queen’s Woods, High Gate. But we initially meet at The Woodman’s Pub, Archway Road.

meeting point / time:———
Gather in patio area of The Woodman’s Pub, Archway Road, High Gate from 10.00am. We’ll be going to the woods at 10.30am to start course..

What to bring:——-

-Bring your own snack/ drink / packed lunch.
-There’ll be logs to sit on. But bring cushions/ blankets for your own comfortable seating.
-RAIN: If it rains, we’ll have a tarpaulin cover put up over the course area.
-wear warm / water proof clothing/ coats and suitable shoes/ trainers/ boots.
-Bring note book/ pens to take notes. (some typed notes will be e-mailed to you after you attend the course).

How to Register / pay fee——–
Early Witch Fee £20. Standard cash £30 (cash payment at Course).
Pay £20 now via meetup event rsvp https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/264312468/

OR secure paypal at  tutor’s website ..
–> http://mani.org.uk/wicca-1-day-course

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

Spellcraft workshop for Beginners- 5th Oct’19 (Queens Woods, London)

This is an experiential workshop where you’ll learn and do 3 different techniques of doing ritual magic for your self. Using candles for magic, using Cords & knots for magic and using Runes for creating sigils and magic. Other magical tools such as image magic, poppets, blood magic, sex magic will be briefly explained by tutor. New comers to Wicca and those interested in Spellcraft / Ritual magic will benefit from this workshop.

spellcraft workshop 1 candle cords rune magic by Mani Navasothy

Fee : £15.00.  You can  rsvp on meetup event (pay £15 at the same time) https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/264312697/

OR pay on the day at the course.

Revised date (due to rain forecast):
Saturday 5th October  2019.

Course duration:————–
12.30pm gathering at Woodman’s pub, Archway Road, High Gate. Course begins at 1.00pm in the Woods, and expected to end by 5.30pm. There will be a short 20 min tea/coffee break in the middle around 3pm.

Meeting point & Time:————
We meet in a nearby Woodman’s pub, Archway Road, High Gate. Meet from 12.30pm to 1.00pm.

Course contents——–

— Introduction to spellcraft & Magic (in Wicca – how we do magic; within-without principle; Basic requirements; safety & warning in spellcraft; Laws of return;

— Cord Magic – Using Cords, how you can do magic; demonstration & practice with a cord (you can actually use the opportunity to do a bit of magic) . ( 1 metre cords will be provided)

— Rune Magic – Basic introduction to Runes – symbols & meanings; How to do Rune magic; Bind Runes;

— Candle Magic – Preparing the candle- anointing/ consecrating; Intention setting; Using one of the Runes learnt (in same workshop), you’ll all do one candle -magic. (stick candles – white – will be provided).

— Additional- Mani is give a brief overview of some other magical tools & techniques (poppets, blood magic, sex magic, sigils /planetary squares, and some modern alternatives such as image/video magic from his own explorations).

What to bring—–

-Bring your own snack/ drink (no eating during actual course delivery please. Eat only at break time. thanks)..
-There’ll be logs to sit on. But bring cushions/ blankets for your own comfortable seating.
-RAIN: If it rains, we’ll have a tarpaulin cover put up over the course area.
-wear warm / water proof clothing/ coats and suitable shoes/ trainers/ boots.
-Bring note book/ pens to take notes. (some typed notes will be e-mailed to you after you attend the course).

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

Woodland Witches Moot (Pagan social)

Welcome to London Woodland Witches’ very own Pagan pub moot – a monthly social! Pagans of any path – wicca, witches, Druids, Heathens, Shamans- all are welcome.

London Woodland witches moot sept2019.jpg

Our meetup is growing..and is popular… and before major rituals and afterwards… we end up at the Woodmans pub..socialsing . We don’t get enough time to converse.. chat ..lounge about.. get to know one another more.. and form more friendships. And especially for some attendees, our rituals might not give enough of a moment to talk to us and others.

Then there’s the case of Wicca..and all the questions you ask me.. just before a ritual.. or during setting up altars.. or just when am packing up.. or just when am ..exhausted and have to run and get my last train!!
And I really love to be in a better position to answer your questions..!

After considering all this.. we are starting our very own Pub moot.. to give all of us and new comers plenty of time..to chat, socialise and even get some crazy magical plans and projects going..

we are currently not hiring the room..so it’s an open pub environment..
If it gets popular..we’ll think about that sort of thing.. It also means there’s no fee. We just gotta turn up.. grab a large table and seats and ait for more of you to arrive.. 🙂
And you have between 7pm to about 11pm to arrive and socialise…(and beyond..but organisers will leave around 11pm).

So just come along… bring some money for your own drinks.. (wine, beer, tea/ coffee, snacks, soft drinks, dinner, crisps – whatever you fancy buying at the pub for your self).

Meeting point (Woodman’s Pub) —-
address: 414 Archway Rd, Highgate, London N6 5UA*
Meet in the heated patio area of the Pub. Usually by table 505 or 500.

Date : Thursday 5th September 2019

Duration: 7pm to 11pm

We look forward to seeing you
Love & Bright Blessings
-Mani & Louisa

Link to our meetup event for this London Woodland witches Moot – sept 2019

Rumours of a Cochrane connection?!! My real Wiccan Background (by Mani Navasothy – Wiccan High Priest)

Few weeks ago, one attendee came up to me and said that someone outside of this meetup – had claimed they were the ones who trained me (Mani) in wicca.  I did not know whether to burst out laughing or take my magic wand and smite them!!   :-p

profile pic- Woodland Witches London sept 2016

The following is a direct e-mail message I have written to all the members of my meetup group `London Woodland Witches Wiccans & Pagans’ .  A copy is being blogged here for info purposes.

I’ve been in the work of creating magical community events, running rituals, covens, training etc for over 2 decades now.   My lineage is strictly Gardnerian, and I studied Wicca ..originally in WSG- Wiccan Study Group – run by world renowned Wiccan Author/ Psychologist / Wiccan High Priestess Vivianne Crowley & her husband / High Priest Chris Crowley. I’ve also been trained by and worked with the late Maureen Brown (High Priestess & Counsellor/ Therapist), and I have been mentored by the late Jean Williams  (another of the great Wiccan Elders).  Other elders (Laura, Mike, Rufus, Melissa, Caroline) have trained and coached me much over the years. Morgan, Heather and April have been my magical partners in the past.

Since my own initiation in 1996, then my reaching 2nd degree/ High Priest status in 2001, I have trained wiccans, initiated others and run several covens in the past.  I have also been running outdoor/ woodland rituals in London since 2004.

On a wider level, I have 2 decades of connection with The Pagan Federation in various key Organiser roles (PF London Events Organiser for 7 years, now PFL Media Officer), and I am well-known to  Wiccan Elders in UK,  and to Pagan communities & organisations in London & Uk.  (Owners of The Atlantis Bookshop, and Treadwells Bookshop know me well!).

I am trained in Transpersonal psychology & Counselling skills, and I work to empower everyone using these magical events that I run..  and indeed via any interactions/ conversation opportunities I get.  Am quite know n for making personal disclosures when making real-life points..if it helps others.  I do not ever hide behind fame names or abstract / 3rd person conversations. Those are my strengths..not weaknesses. (Not everyone can pull that off and still run a decent magical ritual – and work hard and earn the appreciation of those attending).

Now to the rumours– I have never been trained by anyone else other than the people I have stated above.. and have no connection whatsoever with any Traditional, Cochrane or other lines.  Anyone else claiming to have trained me or magically worked with me is simply seeking their own fame or authority ..via my own 23 years of hard work, and should be taken with a pinch of unconsecrated salt..to be thrown out of a magic circle. 🙂

Until now (5 years of running this meetup) I have **never** needed to write something as direct or extraordinary as this message… I’ve simply let my hard work and my ritual team’s hard work speak for itself. People come…  enjoy our events…speak highly of it..  Some stay and chat and become friends.  Others find other friendships. and they go home. And tired but happy, the me and my team goes home too!!  .  (Running events for the biggest most active wicca/pagan meetup is never a walk in the park!  It;s more a crawl in the woods!! 🙂   That’s that.   No grand plans..  !!   I am certainly not into testimonials, TV interviews ( i reject so many), fancy over the top costumes, photo shoots, aggressive or underhanded recruitment tactics etc etc..   but recent events have made me realise it’s time to address this matter…set some records straight . And I now have!

If you have any questions or concerns…well.. you don’t need to bribe my  team mates to get access to me…  You already know my name..  You know my events and where I’ll be.. and you know my e-mail. And some of you even know my number!  So..come find me..and we can talk ..face to face..  down to earth!

And if anyone approaches you with my name/ my authority…just walk away. They are NOT legit.   Because  I do all my own work..writing emails.. and communications.

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

ps.  In another e-mail I will be writing about wicca training coven we are setting up, and some group boundary issues…that some people are blurring . There are those who keep enjoying my kindness ..wisdom and hospitality….and then vilify me elsewhere..  Time has come to set those matters straight too!

Link to London Woodland Witches wiccans & Pagans meetup

Contact me:

 

Lammas Blessings to all (photos)

Lammas Blessings to all.
Here are Some wonderful pics of our Woodland Witches – Lammas Altar – 2019. Corn Goddess image, and Corn King mask for ceremony.


Join our meetup and stay updated for our upcoming  Ceremonies. https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/

We are open to new people joining our ritual team…people who show sincerity, some long term commitment, and willingness to be patient and work well with existing team. If that interests you..first stop is to com to some of our rituals and see how we do things.  2nd stop is to come to the smaller full moon / new moon training circles and start  taking on smaller roles.. 🙂

Next Wicca new moon circle is tomorrow Friday at Queen’s woods.

https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/262670055/­

Bright Blessings

-Mani

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

Lammas Sacrifices 2019 v1

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