Category Archives: Witchcraft & Wicca

Eclipse Magic workbook – teaser video

Here’s a new style video I’ve learnt to make- my first ever attempt at doing a `movie teaser’ style video. Graphics used have appeared in Eclipse Magic webinar (held in November 2011). The music was purchased (royalty free license). After trawling through 2 hours of samples, I picked this one.. because of the `News Flash’ feel.. and the high energy fun atmosphere ūüôā
There’s another video already made.. I’ll link that in another post. Enjoy the video..and the music.
-Mani

ps. Here’s the blurb for the upcoming `Eclipse Magic workbook’ .

Every year, there are at least 2 pairs of Eclipses taking place!¬† We all live through Solar and Lunar Eclipses, and yet few magicians ride the magical currents of Eclipses –¬† opportunities for doing powerful¬† magical or psychic work that can be life-changing.Next Solar Eclipse occurs on 20th May, and the lunar one on 4th June.¬†¬† Learn how to use their science & magic to stellar engineer your life!

This is a world 1st book on Eclipse magic Рwritten by Mani Navasothy, Astrologer, Wiccan High Priest, Psychologist and a Physicist, and above all Рa secret practitioner of Eclipse-Magic for over a decade.  The time is now Рfor sharing that real, personal, experiential knowledge!!   visit www.EclipseMagic.co.uk to find out more!

Flower crowns & NEWS articles

Few weeks ago, a Journalist for the local News Paper in Enfield contacted my wife April. She was tracked down through the pagan monthly social gathering that April has been running in Enfield for over 3 years (Enfield Town Circle).

April Jonquil & Mani Navasothy in Enfield Gazette News March 2012

The Journalist wanted to interview us about the upcoming Christian Festival `Easter’ and wanted our view on older pagan festivals that take place at this time. ¬†So we had some phone calls, and we told them about Spring Equinox and about Beltane, and the older festival of Ostara – all the symbols of which seem to have been nicely muddled up (cooked?) and fashioned into the `Easter’ celebrations of Christ’s death and resurrection!

Within few days of the call, we had an early morning photo-shoot in Enfield, by the canal, just near the Registry office. Few people who walked past us thought we had just got married – and wished us well. ¬†Well, we were in bright cloths and were both wearing flower crowns ūüôā ¬†The photo shoot took place¬†a midst¬†newley bloomed¬†Daffodils!

I must say, for April & my handfasting (pagan wedding ceremony that took place in Epping forest few years ago), the flower crowns were somewhat  lacking! We had wanted natural flora, but at the time, our friend who created a flower crown had made just one..  and what was natural in her harden at the time was a rose and a few flowers.  It had often upset my wife April to look at those photos Рone large rose on her forehead.

So this time, I made a big effort- I used ivy and new strands of Willow, and wove some red roses, with an original red ribbon used in our handfasting ceremony to make the crown. ¬†And I am pleased to say, April was happy. And being wished by passers-by, we almost allowed ourselves to believe that is was our wedding day! ¬†But that of course, is yet to come! ūüôā

-Mani

The article in Enfield Gazette 28march2012

Hour of the Ram: Cernunnos (Spring God) invocation

In this original video (words,photos, graphics, animation – all by me – save for the music) – the process of growing horns, connection to star formations and energy, and a personal invocation to the Horned God are presented. ¬† I mean have we ever really wondered what it’s like if horns started growing on us? The weight, the itch, the pain.. the need for a scratch??!!! ¬†And really – where do those horns go..into space? where does the energy come from? ¬† (you know my interests in magic, astrology and science! ¬† Am fully aware of star formation, nuclear fusion of hydrogen etc).

I began working on the materials (taking photos) 2 weeks ago, but sudden ill-health (bleeding from the stomach for 2 days non-stop) stopped the process. After visits to Hospital Accidents & emergency, and  through recovery time, this is what kept me occupied, and away from pain.

The invocation came to me in a moment of fire, and rage and power .  It took me a day to edit the  voice-over with effects.    It took me a further few days to do the animations..   And about 8 hours to edit the video together.   The Am better now, and the video is complete. It stands as probably my most personally rewarding piece of magical in-vocation of the past 15 years. I now cast it into the net for all to take what they wish from it,and use, and enjoy.

-Mani.

Ghosts of the past – aiding the dead

On the eve of New Year.. and there is one thing I have been meaning to write about – before I can move on into the future!

It began with a dream on the morning of 25th December Рin which April and I visited a hospital, where I met her mother Рwho was dying! To cut a long dream short, in the dream, many things got resolved between all 3 of us. And then I saw the elderly lady (Jean) free of all the needles and tubes, glow and float, and fall! Bearing in mind, I once came very close to meeting her (who would be my mother-on-law) in a hospital few years ago Рbut never actually met her, and since then had only seen 1 photo of her РI think this was a remarkable dream. It had elements of magic Рof aiding a suffering person to pass through the veil.   Half a day later, when my back-pain issues started, I pushed this dream aside. But it was worth mentioning.

It wasn’t just in that dream that I had `performed’ a passing-through magical work. Few years ago, my sister and I did a very similar – albeit slightly Hindu version – ceremony for my uncle Sathyamoorthy who was suffering from cancer, and in a nursing home in Kent. That night he passed away. ¬†And going back about 7-8 years, the first time I did that sort of a ceremony was for Maureen Brown ¬†on Christmas Day ¬†(Wiccan High Priestess and Psychologist, who had taught me so much of magic and psychology). That evening, she passed away. Previously she and I had discussed portals and the voids.. ¬† and it suddenly came to the forefront of my mind that afternoon. A fellow coven member and HPS ¬†was part of the ceremony.

Some 20+ years ago, a few days after New Year, my father Navasothy (that was his first name, which in Tamil custom, become my Surname!) met with a road accident while crossing the road and died. It was a singular event that set me off – initially into a faithless spin- and brought me into the world of Paganism & Magical spirituality. ¬† And reaching further back, to when I was 5 years, I saw my paternal grandfather die, at home, in his bed, surrounded by family. I was in my father’s arms that moment, and I remember crying because I had seen my father cry!

To this day, even such things as very old bones I find on the banks of river Thames (in London) tend to have a strong psychic effect on me Рanything from tingles in the head, a burning sensation of the face, heaviness of the chest area, or head-ache that takes half  day to fade.  All I have to do is touch an old bone!   (This is a huge subject matter that I will write about another time).

My one regret is – I could not go and attend to a person who was pagan-hindu and dying – just about the time I was getting ready for my Handfasting¬†/ pagan wedding ceremony 2 years ago. ¬†Weddings are so hectic to organise, and I just could not bring my self to give up half a day that week. I am sorry that I did not. The guilt plagues me still- that I may have been able to help that Soul pass over easily and that I didn’t.

As I stand on the eve of the next year – 2012 – I shall remember the loved ones I have aided, other nameless dead-Souls , both human and animals, I have touched. I don’t only need to remember them on Samhain (pagan festival of honoring the ancestors), or on the day of their deaths, or on some special religious day (such as tomorrow when it is the day to do a special `moksha-pooja’ for my deceased father). I can remember them whenever I wish.

I once wrote a story titled, `Yesterdays’ Fathers..’. ¬†Time I dusted it, scanned it, and published it.

Winter Rites: Coven Yule Vs Church Service

On the night of 23rd of December, I celebrated the Winter Solstice in a private coven (withchy) Yule ritual in south London.  Then on the night of 24th of December, I attended a small local Church service in north London. Quite a bizarre one for many pagans and Witches, am sure.  Many pagans have woken up to it, and have been previously unfulfilled or unsatisfied Christians. So when they hear about an initiated Wiccan / pagan going to a Christmas service ..it must raise questions such as Рhas he started to waver? is he going over to the other side?

Unusually for our coven, especially at Yule, we had 5 guys (Priests or male Witches) and 1 gal (High Priestess). Almost 5-6 of the other Priestesses had not turned up due to one or other personal circumstances.  Initially, when I turned up, the other 4 guys were almost at a point of giving the Yule ritual a miss and going straight on to the celebrations, feasting and sipping of the wines!  But after some discussions, we decided to do a rather informal ritual.. (which ended up having almost all the ritual components anyway, albeit in different order at places!).  Yule is about the birth of the Sun-child, so considering the numbers present, I suggested the Priestess holding a Cauldron, and the 5 Priests lighting (in turn) candles inside the Cauldron. That seemed a good symbolic ritual..  where the Cauldron is the birthplace of light!

Following day, I went to be with my partner for the Christmas / festive 3-4 days.. ¬†and we went to a local church for a short service. ¬†Some bus-driver talked about Jesus, sin, loving God, ¬†following the rule of the God (people who sinned can;t go to heaven) and Gods’s love and own sacrifice (God sent his only Son into mankind to take on all of our sins, so mankind can be free to enter heaven). ¬† ¬†Now this `sin’ part was not something neither my partner nor I ever accept or agree. ¬†Needless to say, we believe we are all born free and pure – no sin – full stop! ¬† It’s what we do there after that creates a sort of `good/ bad’ person. ¬† Sadly, seeing that this sin-issue is at the heart of Christianity makes it impossible for any pagan to digest.

We were not there to infiltrate, nor recruit, spy, disrupt or anything of the sort.  We were looking for a bit of rejoicing..  festive experience. Singing..!

To give it perspective, I must mention – ¬†few weeks back, we had both unexpectedly went to a Service at St.Paul’s Cathedral in Central London, and it had been hea

venly..the¬†ethereal¬†singing that echoed through that Cathedral. ¬†I guess we wanted a re-experience of that. ¬† It could also be that after many years of being¬†practicing¬†Witches/ pagans, we are feeling certain elements to be lacking. ¬†Christianity may have come only 2000 years ago, in contrast to Paganism that has existed for many thousand years, but at least in modern times – pagan celebrations of Yule does not seem to nearly even match the festive atmosphere and celebrations of Christmas, it’s choir and carol singing, the lights and decorations. ¬†And it is that festive element that we seem to miss, and sought in that Church service.

Another factor to add – ¬†one of my friend- a Christian – came to a pagan open ritual recently.. only few days prior to this – to see what it’s like. ¬†So I guess we were just completing the exchange – not that it was some contrived exchange. Truth is – we all seem to have did it for our own personal genuine reasons.

In the case of my partner and me, (despite my bad-back experience which started on Christmas day).. ¬†we had a quiet and personal few days together – sipping wine, watching period dramas on TV, Xmas films on old videos ¬†(Scrooged, Miracle of 34th street..) and having the Christmas meal for 2 evenings in a row – with a X’mas / yule tree and plenty of candles around us.¬†That in the end gave us what we had been searching for – which neither coven nor church seem to provide for us.

This all reminds me of the old pagan principle –¬† “If that which you seek you do not find within, you will never find it without!”

Neighbours from hell

My first proper rant..and it’s about my Neighbours!

Gotta say, the next door house and garden were quite for many years..¬†¬† lovely elderly coupled lived there before.¬†¬† They had a nice big apple tree which the gy used to trim …little bit¬†weekly.. with a very long pruner¬†mounted on a long stick-device.¬†¬†¬† Anyway the old guy¬† died, and his lovely wife was settled in a nursing home..

Section cut by Neighbour

So the house¬†got sold..and the current young couple bought it.. some 5-6 years ago..¬†¬†¬†¬† They’ve been a noisy irritating bunch.¬†¬† Apart from the regular domestic arguments, shouts and tantrums..(and resulting loud radio music the woman plays..) they also now have 2 young kids…4-5 year olds..¬† who also shout and cry all the time!!¬†¬†¬†They run and make noises like packs of animals!¬†¬†¬† Now I like kids..and get on very well..¬† I’m a regular Piped Piper when it comes to kids in family circles..¬†¬† but these ones… constant screams and shouts!¬† So much so I haven’t been able to get into my own garden in daylight..¬† for 5 years.

No peace!!   Only late at nights I get to go and sit and do some meditative work etc.

Few weeks ago the woman came to ask about cutting our Willow Tree that’s been leaning a few branches¬† (high above) into their garden.¬†¬† Only few days prior to that, I had climbed up and cut a huge branch!!¬† I told the woman that, ¬†I will¬†trim a bit more when I am ready.¬† Well, today I woke up to¬†heavy machine / grinding sounds..¬† and lo and behold, our door bell rang-¬†the guy dropped into ask us about the tree (As hey happen to have a tree surgeon with them?!¬† They don;t have any trees…They cut that apple tree years ago!!).¬†¬† We told them- no!¬† And later, I went to the garden, and realised…they had reached a good 2 foot in to our garden..7-8 metrs high..somehow..and cut many of the branches..and dumped the stuff back in (and I have all my outdoor candles and ceramic stuff..statues..right under there!).

I am just outraged!¬† Rage is not even a word that can describe my rage..if¬† that makes sense?!¬† There are 2 ways forward – for me that is!¬†¬†¬† Write a formal letter of protest to them..¬†¬† And the other option..¬†summon up the¬†devil, offer my soul in return for some peace, quiet and protection …from these neighbours from Hell..¬†¬†¬†¬†??

Excuse me while I make a private phone call ..