Wicca is a Pagan religious Path that includes honouring the divine, as well as the use of ritual magic for empowerment and bettering of our lives. This 1-day intensive course is for beginners & seekers – to all those interested or curious about Wicca & Witchcraft and like a simple, down to earth, friendly introduction…the whole lot in one day..!
Please attend with an open mind, and flexibility of time. 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.
Standard Fee: £20. You can pay using this link.
Concession fee £15 (low/unwaged). Please use this link.
**You can also let me know via meetup (just go to my meetup event and rsvp), and pay by cash to tutor on the day** (for planning purposes, this facility will be phased out soon).
VENUE: Course will be held in outdoor woodland setting (Queen’s Woods, where usually hold our outdoor Wicca rituals). we’ll meet at nearby Pub (Woodman’s) and walk together.
Nearest Tube: HighGate (northern line) – then 1 min walk to the pub.
This is a basic introduction course. Brief explanations will be given as well as demonstration on consecrations, circle casting, calling elements; You’ll learn how to properly say/ pronounce wiccan words/items, as well as some work on invocations & God/Goddess charges;
• 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- Hern, Pan, Cernunnos; Moon Goddesses – Maiden/ mother/ Crone; what are God/Goddess invocations & charges? who can use the energies? Empowerment; Importance of devocations;
• Magic & Spellcraft in Wicca- healing spell; cord & candle magic;
• Esbats & Sabats- Wheel of the year – related seasonal myths & rituals explained (Imbolc, Spring, Beltane, MidSummer, Lammas, Autumn, Samhain, Yule); Full moon/ new moon rituals;
• Initiations & Coven life – brief outline of degrees, how to approach covens, hierarchy; who is suitable; rejections; non-initiatory covens; Projections & attractions to god/goddess energies; abuse of power (warnings);
NO Recording / photography—————— .
Tutor may take some photos with permission for publicity purpose. Your faces can be blurred on any photos to be used. Let Mani (Tutor) know)
We can not predict weather ..but we can be prepared.
• 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 & for a bit of social after.
If you have any questions/concerns, please do contact me via private message on meetup, or a public comment below this event.. or via text on 07768941373. Thanks.
Gardnerian Wiccan High Priest / Author
Meetup event link for rsvp:
Join us to celebrate BELTANE 2018.. with ceremony & Maypole Dance. We’ll drum, dance and choose a May King & May Queen. And feast and frolic! (sensibly!)
You will not want to miss this.. ! This year it’s bound to be more festive, more frolics.. and more magic!!
** Fee: £3 per person **
`The veil between the world of men and fairy (or spirit) is said to thin twice a year, at Beltane and at Samhain, which are on opposite points of the year wheel. At Beltane (May eve) the land is at it’s most lush and green, and fertile. If Spring Equinox is the time of fertility and mating in the animal kingdom, then Beltane is one of courting couples making commitment to one another- and Handfastings! In the God-Goddess myths, this is when the playful God is said to commit to the Goddess – which is symbolised by the Sacred Marriage! The Maypole dance that is traditional at this time symbolises the fertile powers of the masculine, penetrating the land, and the ribbons danced and woven around it lock that power! A ring of flower at the tip of the Maypole signifies the feminine. Magical working with the Fay (Fairies) is an important feature at this time, in contrast to the magical work with the departed spirits at Samhain, the opposite point’ (taken from http://www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )
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.
****Fee: £3 per person***
RITUAL items to bring:
– Ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks / ground sheets / blankets
– Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks / flower crowns (No athame!! .. No swords!)
– Drums & musical instruments
– Lanterns / candles / lighter (all candles in lanterns only please, unless it’s large pillar-candles. Strictly No tea-lights on ground or trees!!)
– Crystals / runes / divination tools
– Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)
Handfasting / confirming Pagan marriage vows:
In the past, couples have asked organiser about this. Handfasting is a big event in itself, and we do not wish it to be included in a public ceremony as a `side-event’. However, after Blessings of Cakes & Wine (and while still within our magical circle/ sacred space), we may consider couples who are already bonded, to declare their vows / re-affirm their vows by our altar.
**(please message Mani- Wiccan High Priest- in private in advance to arrange this – or simply to arrange your own separate day for handfasting!)**
Adult themes :
As this is a fertility festival, there is bound to be jokes, flirtatious behaviour, adult humour throughout the event.. You are asked to be open minded about these. However do note that we expect all to show respect to one another. Any unwanted advances/ harassment will not be tolerated. Check our policy on these matters. (link below)
We ask no children / babies in prams etc to be brought. This is strictly for ages 18+ only.
Behaviour / alcohol/ drugs policy
This is in a public woodland/ park. please BE on good behaviour. No drugs/ substances allowed.
Please do not take photos during set-up, run-through or ritual.. After ritual, with permission, you may take photos – for private use. If worries about your privacy / identity, please wear a ritual mask to safeguard your identity in photos. Check our policy (link below).
Woodland Witches Media Project:
We are starting to create our own features & documentaries about Paganism, wicca, ritual magic & related communities. This is a `not-for-profit’ project with strict educational purpose. We will film the ritual team during certain sections, and with permission, interview & film some of the willing attendees before & after event. *Unauthorised people are NOT permitted to film or record* (see below for link to our policies).
Meeting place (Woodman’s Pub):
Gather in the Woodman’s Pub from 2.00pm.. Get to `High Gate’ Tube station.. come up to main road. Turn right. Pub is just 30 seconds away.
Esoteric Author/ Teacher/ Wiccan High Priest
Our policies (About us, Eco-statement, Safety, Media & filming) :
Books by Mani Navasothy
This is the 2nd and final Blue Moon for this year.. and for several years to come. So let us come together and honour the Lady of the Moon, and do magic at the Heart of London. At the start of March’18, we did a full moon ritual by river Thames, so we are going to do this to complete the magic we started.
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.
-Preparing space & setting up Altar.
-Run-through- delegate any roles. Brief Q&A.
-Enter Ritual space with reverence.
-Casting magic Circle
-Calling elemental quarters
-Invocations / prayers to Deities (Moon Goddess)
-Cakes & Wine blessing
-Closing & Grounding work
– Feasting, Socialising…
Suggested donation : £3/£2 appreciated. Thank you.
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, but in a secluded spot..where there is usually some sand. 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!!).
On this evening, lowest tide is at 9.40pm after which point water level begins to rise. Therefore we will get down to river bank and begin ritual at 8.30pm. It takes several hours for tide to come in.. so after ritual.. if we notice the tide turning ..we still have plenty of time to pack up and go up the steps to street level.
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.
Organiser/ Wiccan High Priest
In January 2018, there were 2 full moons, and the 2nd one being a Blue moon was marked with our woodland ritual in Wimbledon.
Earth Hour 2018 – saturday 24th March 2018. Your local time 8.30pm to 9.30pm.
Do something good to help Gaia!
Switch off unwanted lights.
get out to nature.. have a picnic / ceremony in candle light.
do Eco-magic and pour positive energy into the Earth.
Few days ago I heard the sad news .. that Professor Hawking had passed away at the age of 76. What a great man .. yes for all the scientific theories & theoretical physics discoveries and contributions he had made, but also because he lived on for decades.. despite being told he was going not going to make it.. and living with a degenerating motor neurone disease..and creating a hugely successful presence.. in the science world, and in television too.
Professor Stephen Hawking – Theoretical physicist
Born: 8 January 1942, Oxford
Died: 14 March 2018, Cambridge.
Crossing the road in Cambridge
I met him briefly in cambridge ..while crossing the road .. way back in early 90’s . I was a Physics undergraduate at the time (studying in London King’s College) but on a social a day trip to cambridge University with my friends at the King’s Malaysian & Singaporean Society. I must have got off the hired coach and following my friends into one of the college buildings.. when i saw The iconic figure in the Wheelchair further down the street. So I ran to catch up ..and stood panting.. and overwhelmed ..not knowing what to do or say. I think I eventually managed a `Hello ..it’s very nice to meet you’.. Then I stood.. wondering what to do.. and was about to turn and walk ..when his assistant/ nurse/colleague stopped me. she said he was going to say something. And he did.. And as much as I like to make a great mystery of it.. i can’t recall what it was. It was a simple social nicety. But it made my century. A Physics undergrad meeting a Physics Genius-Celeb!
Hawking Radiation story
Crazily enough.. in my A?Level school days, when i applied to Oxford for doing a Physics degree, I had no knowledge of who Stephen Hawking was….but anyone about to apply to Oxford University to do Physics degree should have known!! All my life my parents were nudging me to be an an Engineer..and after accidentally reading about the contents of Physics degree in a Uni handbook..I changed my mind overnight and put it on my application form.. which rather threw all my family and teachers at school .. To my family I gave some crazy answer about how doing Physics degree is going to be better career move than Engineering.. though at that time..i so desperately wanted to learn about particles and space-time.. that I had no plan about a career at all…
So as I was getting Mr Lewis Had of 6th Form in our school (Graveney school in Tooting) to sign my application, he asked me `so you know about Hawking radiation then?’
I had no clue of neither Professor Hawking or Hawking Radiation. That was the first I heard of both..as I took my first steps towards a Physics degree.
In those days I was a shy introvert with about 2 friends.. (hard to believe how I turned out now.. ). The Library was my refuge.. both at school..and all the local ones.. Tooting, Colliers woods, Mitcham.. even Sutton & Croydon. So I went and eventually found out about Hawking Radiation ofcourse – theoretical process by which ..due to quantum effects, a matter and anti-matter particle pair are formed out of `borrowed energy’ ..and where one falls into the black hole..and other escapes…thereby taking half the borrowed energy into the Universe… Only at the edge of a black hole can this happen.. where `borrowed energy’ is not fully returned to the vacuum of space.
Years later this idea would surface again ..but in my esoteric explorations.. and I learnt using the principles of science, I can cheat the universe and borrow some energy.. (That’s for a book am still writing in the future – sequel to my `Eclipse Magic workbook’ which actually has quite a bit of science in it…for magical use!!)
Big Bang Theory
In recent times (!), we’ve come to see Stephen Hawking many times.. on many popular TV shows, where Hawking has played himself 🙂 Star Trek: Next Generation, Simpsons, Futurama, Big Bang Theory.. but a few to name (link below). Being a Science nerd/ sci-fi geek, i have enjoyed all those shows and doubly so for seeing my Physics-hero in them. (well my 2nd Science Hero..after the late Issac Asimov!)
So.. RIP Stephen Hawking. Thank you for the inspirations. May you forever sit on the edge of a supermassive Black Hole and be radiating your essence in the imaginary and the real worlds.
- Hawking has appeared in many sci-fi shows.. playing himself 🙂
- funny interview.. Last week Tonight https://youtu.be/T8y5EXFMD4s
- HAwking Radiation explained
- Hawking – Life in pictures
- Some cartoons I found in the internet (I hold no copyright)