Fears & Phobias of Eclipses

As we head towards an annular Solar Eclipse on 20th May, and then a lunar eclipse on the 4th of June, 2012, I am aware that there are many people in the world – of certain religions – for whom this is a time of  fear and trepidation!

For example, Hindu scriptures of ancient times, advise people not to eat or drink anything for the actual duration of any eclipses.  In the case of Solar eclipses, this is usually few minutes, but I remember from my own (Hindu) childhood days back in Sri Lanka, how long the lunar eclipses used to take, and how my grandmother used to say not to eat anything.

In fact I recall that we were not even allowed to look at a Lunar eclipse at night – directly- and had to look at its reflection in a bowl of water!  Yes, Solar eclipses should never be looked upon with naked eyes ) nothing short of high strength welders glass is safe!). That’s the Science. But not even scientists worry about lunar eclipses damaging people’s eye sights!

Then there’s the other fact that quite often, Indian astrologers (and others) have predicted violence and all sorts of turmoil across the world after eclipses. (They did for the triple eclipses in same month, last year. But no such major world unrest came to pass, apart from the usual middle-eastern wars, and a number of long term dictators or terrorist leaders being `captured, killed or taken down’!

It’s well known that in certain cultures, pregnant women are advised to stay indoors and avoid looking at Eclipses, to prevent their babies developing defects. Such cultures seem to advise prayers, fasting and ritual bathing, particularly in holy rivers.

Recently, this month, in the United Kingdom, Channel 4 television broadcast  – as part of their `Body Shock’ series – the plight of a 6 year old Colombia boy called Deider, who had a mole on his back so large that it was like a `shell’ and he was nick-named the `Turtle boy’ by some prejudiced people of his community. Those people had also held the belief that during pregnancy, Deider’s mother had one day gone to get the washing from the cloths line, and happen to have accidentally witnessed a full solar eclipse – which according to her culture’s beliefs would result in exposed mothers giving birth to disfigured babies. (Good news is various medical surgeons have operated on the boy and removed the large mole, so he now leads a normal life).

I do not know if my mother was exposed to Eclipse light when she was pregnant with me. But I do remember that when I was young, my father took me out to show me a solar eclipse, by holding some strong filters (film negatives).  This is not sufficient at all – by the way, and never should be tried !  The same one, we watched via a reflection being projected on to an inside wall.

In one of his books.  the late Issac Assimov – a brilliant Science-fiction writer- write a story called `Nightfall’  and later expanded it as a full novel. It depicts an alternate human society in another planet, where they had not witnessed a Solar Eclipse for centuries. There are religious classes and scientists amongst them, and the novel explores the panic, preparations and unravelling of a whole society, when they face their first ever eclipse! It was very much an end of the world scenario. (which is something we ourselves supposedly face at the end of 2012! That’s another matter).
In my view, Hindu culture – one of the oldest religions of the world (12,000 yrs or more) – does have very good vedic astrological techniques that seem to be highly accurate in its predictive powers. So there may well be some truth in avoiding drinking or eating food, especially when it says Eclipse is better for cleansing, forgiving, prayers and meditative work. As far as science is concerned, there is absolutely no reason why eclipses – solar or lunar – should be feared by anyone!  Our Sun & Moon have been getting eclipsed several times, every year, for as long as they have been in existence. I imagine a sudden blockage of the Sun in the middle of the day would alarm any primitive life form – birds, animals and members of neolithic tribes. For Sun worshiping cultures like the ancient Aztecs & Mayas of the South americas, eclipses would have had terrible and intense meanings. But I also imagine they would have worked out the stellar patterns and learnt to forecast when it would occur.

 

I have been drawn to Eclipses, and been doing all sorts of magical works during and based on eclipses – for a good 15 years now. I personally see them as comic accelerators, and course-correctors. A recent magical work with my partner during an eclipse started to produce such noticeable behavioural changes between us, that any lingering doubts as to the power of eclipses is far gone- from my mind. Which was one reason I began to write it all in a book, `Eclipse Magic’.

As far as fears and phobias are concerned – on eclipses – it had never really occurred to me to fear them.

-Mani Navasothy (Astrologer, Esoteric Tutor, Author)

Ps.   Learn to do Eclipse Magical work – accelerate or course-correct life issues, cleanse, recharge and balance the forces of Sun & Moon in your life..       Visit Eclipse Magic  website for free resources and video & webinar tutorials.  FREE DOWNLOAD - How to do Eclipse Magic- Beginners Guide (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

How I made the video: `Solar Eclipse 2012 – StarGate opening’

One of the key magical works that I have been doing personally and developing over the last decade…is working with cosmic portals & gateways.. Well, that’;s what I have been calling it ..until now.. the concepts and imagery for these portals have been quite abstract and intuitive in my mind- psyche. It is only when it comes to writing about it, and teaching it to others that made me think `how can I put this in a better way’? And suddenly I saw a photo of an annular eclipse, and the writing was literally in the Stars. So this video was made to `show ow people exactly what the Star Gate in eclipse magic looks like 🙂

By the way, the `sound track’ for this was entirely created by me..   It’s actually a bit of drumming and a set of small bells. I fed that through a music editing software, adding echo, time-stretch, flanger etc..   and kept  treating it..till it sounded like this.    I was going for some sort of space- eerie music with a twinge of horns or a a `giant’ feel..

Ps. It will be great to hear views from other people who make videos / edit / do graphics / mix sound etc. All graphics used here was done by me.. (for animations, I was feeding frames into windows movie maker..  🙂

Visit website Eclipse Magic for more info 🙂

-Mani

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 🙂
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 – written by Mani Navasothy, Astrologer, Wiccan High Priest, Psychologist and a Physicist, and above all – a secret practitioner of Eclipse-Magic for over a decade.  The time is now – for sharing that real, personal, experiential knowledge!!   visit www.EclipseMagic.co.uk to find out more!

Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh

Hi all, I just finished editing this video…of the clips filmed at last year’s Beltane Festival in Edinburgh. – warning> It has nudity in it. Don’t look if you get offended by such things.
That said,..
Beltane is one of the 8 festivals celebrated by Pagans. It is also a fertility festival, where many pagan couples get married.

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Beltane Fire festival in Edinburgh takes place on the 30th April of each year, organised by Beltane Fire Society (registered charity in Scotland). Visit their website http://www.beltane.org for details. In 2012, they celebrate 25 yrs of running this festival.

-Mani

Song for this Land (Earth Day 2012) – it will make you tearful!

This one made my sister & my wife both tearful! Yes, it was quite emotive – the song, coupled with the landscape pictures of trees, water..industry, and fallen trees!

The song used here was recorded at Occupy London Camp on 13th Nov’11, and pulls at the heart-strings of anyone even remotely concerned about the state of the Earth and eco-disasters we are facing!

Photos (mostly of UK) are merely an accompaniment for you to experience the Song!
Ps. If you know the lady who guided us all to sing this song on that Remembrance Sunday night outside St.Paul’s Cathedral, please let me know, or let her know – that many of us cherish that night and her contribution. We’d love to have an interview with her on our next issue of Gaian Times. contact via  editor@gaiantimes.com  Thanks. And enjoy Earth Day (22nd April’12).

For more Earth related features, visit Gaian Times eco-magazine (Opt-in to read free magazine quarterly!)

-Mani

Eclipse Magic – workbook coming soon

Eclipse magic – a workbook by Mani Navasothy – coming soon before the next Eclipse!

“Eclipses offer us unique and sometimes rare opportunities for doing special magical or psychic work that can be life-changing. For it to have full benefits, the undertaking requires detailed knowledge, planning, preparations and then finally a fortnight-long personal magical working. You don’t do magic every day in that fortnight, but these magical workings should only be done  within that fortnight, precisely on certain times.

Eclipse Magic - a workbook by Mani Navasothy
How to use the esoteric energies of Eclipses for personal magical power and growth

You can still gain much benefit by doing these magical works just on those moments of Eclipses, but that’s the equivalent of jumping in the water when there is a flood – hoping your swimming skills and tides will take you to great destinies (or drown you). Preparations and proper work at these stellar accelerating events is more like knowing the time of a storm much in advance, polishing up your swimming skills, building a safe sea-faring vessel with safety features, stocking up equipment, then when it finally hits, sailing in an engine powered vessel into the storm – letting its electrical energies not only charge up your huge engines, but letting it lift you and propel you to a destination miles away in a matter of few minutes!    Either avoid the storm, or go in fully prepared

Did I say Eclipses are Cosmic accelerators? Well, now I have!

Normally we – here on planet Earth-  live through the influences of Solar and Lunar Eclipses, and don’t even realise we are getting buffeted about in the weeks and months that follow. The effects are chaotic and do affect us over 4-5 months of duration.

Eclipse Magic workbook shows how to use the esoteric energies of Eclipses for power and personal development

The purpose of this course is to educate, train and prepare – so that we enter mindfully into those times of Eclipses, and harness their powers, and use it to propel us in a certain direction we actually want to go. Thus we can minimise the chaotic influences ( it will still be there!) and make it work for us – at least partially.  If that suddenly makes you lose heart don’t be.  As humans we only use less than 10% of our brain power. Even if as individuals we start to tap into an extra 2-3%, we are suddenly possessing skills and abilities that is going to make  big difference – compared to others who don’t.  Same with Eclipses! Using even a portion of it’s powers, gives us better opportunities and makes huge differences in our lives..”

  (~Above extract is part of the Introduction   from the forthcoming Book).

-Mani

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 🙂  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 – one 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! 🙂

-Mani

The article in Enfield Gazette 28march2012

K.Navasothy: Our Father who art in Heaven

If there is a Father who is in Heaven, it’s most likely `our father’ (mine  & my 2 sisters’ that is!), and not some bearded deity!

That said Hindus (people who follow Hinduism) do deify their dead ancestors and relatives. Well, not just Hindus, so do a number of other religious people – like the Chinese, Japanese, Africans and so on. So I am quite okay to make such a statement.

Today is the 71st birthday of my father – Mr Kanapathippillai Navasothy – had he still been alive.  He had a road accident – way back in 1990 (4t

Kanapathippillai Navasothy. M.A
K Navasothy in Australia 1984

h January 1990) and passed away in hospital following head injuries, and being in a coma for a few hours. The accident took place, in the streets of `Elephant & Castle’ in SW London, when he was returning from his civil service work (as one the then-Poll-Tax officers!!).

He wasn’t always that of course. Educated to degrees – well, a B.A and then an M.A in Sri Lanka, he was working on his Ph.D thesis while in London when he died, so his work was never finished. We have stacks of all that research in cupboards – and at one point, both my sister Vathani & me vowed to finish his work – but life took us in different directions. It’s not our cause!. We have our own paths and works.. my sister in the direction of Psychology & Counselling (B.SC & M.Sc), and me in Physics (B.Sc) and esoteric and paganism. (We do have another sister, who went in the direction of Education, working with kids in schools, sign language etc until she got married and has now a baby boy – who incidentally is the same star-sign as my father. Magicians with soul-considerations will make what you will of this.  Well, that;’s not all. All 3 of us – me and my 2 sisters have spouses who are all Aries- the same start sign as my father!  Psychologists will have a field day on this, am sure!)

Back to my father – Navasothy – for that was his first name – meaning `Nine-lights’.  In Tamil culture, the first name of one’s father / husband becomes one’s Surname. So his name `Navasothy’ became my surname and now that we are in a western country, that has become our family surname for ever! So in some ways, my father’s name lives on!

He was a Tamil Scholar, reading and writing so much on folklore and cultural matters. He’s written and published many books – and here I am proud to say, his children’s novel `Odiponavan’ (tamil  for `(boy) who ran away’) became the first Children’s fiction book to be read in Tamil classes in schools – back in Sri Lanka. His next book was on folklore & poetry. He had attended many international Tamil conferences (last one was in Mauritius); his articles appeared almost every week on newspapers, and his voice was heard on tamil radio stations. We grew up with all that as `normal’ occurrences  (he took me to a children’s radio `story telling’ programme recording, and I got to say a few words once !)  I recall his first TV session ( a 15 min talk). And here in London, he started up one of the first Tamil Sunday Schools in Tooting Broadway, as well as a Monthly magazine.

He was hardly home, but when he was, he’d be writing, or gardening!   Those times with him (having tropical fish!), stalking lizards that ate our vegetables, or going for a walk in the forest (and trying to get me a `pet monkey’ ) are ones I still cherish – as well as the fact that he believed in my creative talents. He took my comic books to try and publish them (alas I now know they were not good or original).

I’ve been following in his footsteps for decades now- writing, art works, community events organising, public speaking, teaching..  even interests in books (he worked as a Government Archivist back in Ceylone), and archaeology (first few months in UK, he did some volunteer work in the roman town of St.Albans). Many of my writing projects have started to culminate, so I think that’s my best homage to him.

I must mention, it was his sudden death (I was just starting my Physics in University when that happened) that set me initially on an atheist path and then spun me  around topsy-turvy – and finally into Paganism & spirituality.

It is time, 22 years after his death, that a memorial is built for him – for the world has almost forgotten him. But in true modern fashion, a website and online is where I’m building his memorial.

In Tamil, I call my  father `Appa’ .. So here’s to you – `Happy Birthday Appa’. 🙂

Your son

-Manivannan

Banners, particles & Bubble chambers

Finally got a new `theme’ sorted for my WordPress blog `quantumPhoenix’ – This theme has flexibility for background pic and banner…and here it is – a backdrop of `Stars’ that I created (from scratch), and the newly created `quantum phenix’ banner.. Just what I had always wanted it to look.. 🙂

It’s go the Phoenix bit (created from photos of a bonfire in garden), a cosmic `magic wand’ (that has stars, earth, Sun and moon) and of course the Quantum / atom bits..


Particles & Bubble chambers:

The spiral/lines are what comes up in  bubble chambers in particle detection systems – bit old – and the tracks are where high pressured `steam’ condenses ..as sub-atomic particles pass through them (and a magnetic field). Some particles – charged curve this way or that.. some that have no charge go straight…so we get straight lines.. 🙂    Actually this is a subject so close to my heart (particle physics , quarks, quantum, Higgs boson etc) that I’ll be writing on that in another post – when I have the time to enjoy writing it.

DrWho language of squiggle

My one annoyance on this matter is – ever since the `new DrWHO’ came back, they have been `using’ these symbols as the `language’ of planet Gallifrey. While it’s possible that such symbols can be used as a created language, I think if you are in a hurry, you’d write quick squigles…not complex particle decay patterns to express your thoughts, especially if Daleks etc are chasing you..right?   Hmm.  Ok, there ya go, I’ve got it out of my system.

-Mani

Blue & Indigo Moons of 2012

Hi all,  just when I thought I’d finished writing about astrological events (for now!) I remembered this thing.

There is a traditional Blue moon later in the year – I use the phrase traditional to mean the usual trend of having 2 Full moons in the same calendar month – It is the second full moon which everyone calls a Blue moon.   Well, we will be having one of those.. at the end of August 2102.   The first full moon, falls on 2nd of August’12 and is in the sign of Aquarius (at 3.27hrs gmt)  . The second Full moon of that month is on 31st August, and in the sign of Pisces (at 13:58hrs gmt).  So this one on the 31st is a traditional Blue moon!!    (technically it may not fall on 31st of August for some parts of the world..  I imagine for people in Australia, it will be the next day..  and so falls not on the `same calendar month’.

Astrological Full moon:

But here comes more tech info.   A true `astrological blue moon’ is one where two consecutive full moons fall in the `same star sign’.  We had one of those last year in 2011.  Note, when that happens, the first full moon of the `pair’ may be in one calendar month (say 15th December) at ..say 1degree Gemini, and 2nd of the pair on 14th January (following year)..in 30degrees Gemini, that’s what we call an Astrological Full moon..   both in the sign of Gemini (It’s an example I just made up…so don;t go looking for it 🙂

Now for the other bit-

Indigo Moon:  

This is a phrase I coined up few years ago when talking about this subject online an with friends.  If we have `blue moons’ at full moons, I thought about `new moons/ dark moons’ happening in same calendar months or in same star signs in consecutive months… I felt that deserved a name, so called it `Indigo moon’   – basically it’s the 2nd New moon in the same calendar month or same astrological sign!

Well, we have one of those this year too..   20th May’12 i a new moon in Gemini (0’21” degrees at 23:47hrs gmt) , and 19th June is also a New moon in Gemini (28’43” degrees at 15:02 hrs gmt).   So in my book, that’s an astrological Indigo moon 🙂

Now here is a fab extra news..  the first of those `Indigo moon’ pairs (20h May) is also a Solar Eclipse!!

I’ll write about those another time..  and also will do a free Webinar on these 🙂

-Mani

ps. Photo of moon taken by me few years back, using zoom function of a hand-held DVD camera’s still photo function.. I was amazed I could get such photos. 🙂

Mani Navasothy : Author, Teacher, Ritual Magician

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