Eco: Time to Act – National Climate March – London (7th March 2015)

This is the 2nd big event of this type in London.  The first one took place on 21st September 2014 (last year), which I joined with a number of friends..(and met ever more numbers of other friends along the way).

People's climate march  - Sept 2014.    photo (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

People’s climate march – Sept 2014. photo (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

  This year (2015), it’s taking place on saturday 7th March’15, and gathering in London from 12.30pm.  Here’s the details – taken from the facebook page for this event.

-Mani Navasothy

Event: Time to act National Climate March (London)

Date: Saturday 7th March 2015

Time:  Gather by 12.30pm

Gathering venue:  Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3 London, United Kingdom

—————-Info from official Facebook Page ——————————-

The People’s Climate March last September was huge. With around 40,000 people marching in London, 400,000 in New York and many thousands more taking part across the world, together we made history.

2015 needs to be even bigger. The climate talks in Paris this December are crucial if we’re going to protect all that we love. Our movement is growing, and we’re more diverse and determined than ever before.

Across the UK people are already building change – from divestment of funds which prop up the fossil fuel industry, to front-line communities fighting unsustainable energy extraction and fracking, through to those paving the way for a transition towards a 100% renewable energy future which would bring about an estimated one million new climate jobs in the UK alone.

As with the People’s Climate March, individuals and groups have set up ‘blocs’ on the march – a chance to join with others who are passionate about particular issues related to climate change. See below for a list of blocs (not exhaustive!)

And visit www.timetoact2015.org to find out more about how you can get involved, including details about coaches from around the countryhttp://bit.ly/18YKYU6

Join us on March 7 to bring a message of urgency which cannot be ignored.

And together let’s continue to power up and celebrate our movement – locally, nationally and internationally – throughout 2015, and beyond.

************** Blocs update ********************

Join with others to walk together in solidarity on the day. Two weeks before the march we’ll pop up a bloc map.

Fossil Free/Divestment – on.fb.me/1JG9j1j
No war, no warming bloc – on.fb.me/1xRcybj\
Kids, parents, families bloc – on.fb.me/1vyCBJf
Frack-free UK bloc – on.fb.me/1v52RoE
Elders for Future Generations bloc: on.fb.me/1A1p7Hz
Multi-faith bloc – on.fb.me/1zfF6KZ
Anti-austerity/pro-climate jobs: on.fb.me/1zoiNaV
Art Not Oil bloc: on.fb.me/1Ky7qyO
Student bloc: on.fb.me/1D5oE68
Climate & human rights bloc: on.fb.me/1yQA74J
Energy Justice / Stop TTIP bloc: on.fb.me/1ELSYos
Flooding bloc: on.fb.me/1IhAgrw
Food Justice bloc: on.fb.me/1akXiOY
Women’s rights bloc: on.fb.me/1zFMu6d
Time To Cycle bloc: on.fb.me/1v51KVS
Transitions Towns bloc: on.fb.me/1KCpQhS
Nature and Conservation bloc: on.fb.me/1AIuyLg
LGBTQ for the climate: http://on.fb.me/17jjFCI
Solar bloc: on.fb.me/1LUEnJm
Transport bloc (including No New Runways): http://bit.ly/1LkNW37

Winter Solstice 2014 at Stonehenge – details

Winter Solstice is one of the 8 major festivals celebrated by Pagans, Witches, Ritual Magicians, and generally Esoteric & New Age people!   And in the UK, Stonehenge (ancient neolithic stone monument) is one of the places where people of all beliefs gather to mark this festival.. thanks to English Heritage – who owns and allows access to people..  Normally visitors are allowed to only walk around the Stonehenge (after gaining entry by paying a ticketed fee)…But at Summer Solstice & Winter Solstice, they allow people to enter into the stones.. to worship, commune, attune, mark and celebrate the event.

Stonehenge  photo (c) Mani Navasothy

Stonehenge photo (c) Mani Navasothy

Here is the info, taken from English Heritage website, pertaining to the coming Winter Solstice event.

Note: Sun enters the Sign of Capricorn at 23:00hrs on 21st December 2014, so the nearest morning for celebrating Winter Solstice (Pagan festival of Yule) is on Monday 22nd December 2014…when Stonehenge access is open.

Bright Solar Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

———Info———–

English Heritage will once again welcome people to Stonehenge to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Sunrise is just after 8am on Monday 22 December and visitors will be able to access the monument as soon as it is light enough to do so safely. Please be aware that parking is very limited and there is a thirty minute walk, in low light, from the parking areas to the monument.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY FOR WINTER SOLSTICE

These conditions of entry are written to ensure enjoyment and public safety for everyone. Contravention of any of these conditions may result in entry being refused or your removal from Stonehenge. English Heritage reserves the right to refuse entry. Stonehenge is a sacred site to many. Please respect it and please respect each other.

Managed Open Access
English Heritage is pleased to be providing managed open access to Stonehenge for the Winter Solstice. Please help us to create a peaceful occasion by taking personal responsibility and following the conditions of entry and guidelines. We have a duty of care to ensure public safety and are responsible for the protection of Stonehenge and its surrounding monuments. If we are to ensure that future access is sustainable, it is essential that everyone observes and abides by these conditions of entry.

Admission to Stonehenge
Monument Field opens 07:45 (7.45am) Monday 22nd December (approximately, depending on light levels)

Monument Field closes 10:00 hours (10am) Monday 22nd December

Parking is extremely limited and the area you park in may be a 30 minute walk/1.5 miles from the monument

Please Be Aware

Stonehenge is situated in a field and the weather will be cold and possibly wet. Sensible footwear and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.

Toilets in the Monument Field will only be available once the access period begins.

There are no catering facilities.

Conditions of Entry

Stonehenge is a world renowned historic monument and it is seen by many who attend as a sacred site. Amplified music is inappropriate and will not be permitted

Only small amounts of alcohol for personal use will be permitted on site.
Drunken, disorderly, and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. Offenders will be ejected by security staff or police, with no re-admission.

Illegal drugs are prohibited at Stonehenge. The police will be on site during the access period and will take immediate action against anyone breaking the law.

Glass is not allowed at the Monument as many people walk barefoot and livestock and wildlife graze in the area. Any glass items will be confiscated.

Do not climb or stand on any of the stones. This includes the stones that have fallen. This is in the interests of safety, the protection of this special monument and respect for those attending.

Camping, fires, Chinese lanterns, fireworks, candles, tea-lights or BBQs are prohibited at Stonehenge, in the parking areas, and anywhere in the surrounding National Trust land.

Yule Rites by Mani Navasothy  -

Yule Rites by Mani Navasothy –

Links

English Heritage – Winter Solstice 2014

Condition of entry to Stonehenge

Yule Rites – eBook by Mani Navasothy 

Astrology: Jupiter retrograde begins (8th December 2014 to 7th April 2015)

Today begins Jupiter retrograde motion in the Sign of Leo!   This transit will go on from 8th December 2015 (about 22 degrees Leo) to 7th April 2015 (down to 12 degrees of Leo).   The influence of this will be deeply felt by all Leos (where this transit is taking place) and definitely for all Sagittarians (who are ruled by Jupiter..which is undergoing this retrograde motion).

Jupiter retrograde 8dec2014 to 7April2015

Jupiter retrograde 8th Dec 2014 to 7th April 2015 (c) Mani Navasothy

People become uneasy that everything is going to come to a standstill when a retrograde motion occurs (a visual observation from Earth…as the planets don’t `actually’ go backwards!).

In part, it is true that may new ventures may not take off as well as they could in these times…but many other roads not taken, opportunities untapped, plans that stunted, hopes that failed, doors that seemed closed…all change – during this period, for all of you!

I say all of you, because ..even though the key players here are Jupiter and the sign Leo..  that sign is going to be a house-position for everyone..   For some it will be the first house..or second, or third..and so on…one or the other,  to 12th house.  And so for you…even if you are not a Leo or a Sagittarian, it is still going to influence a particular part of your life  health, wealth, self-image, career, work, relationships, spirituality, social status, sex life, family life..and so on..  though not in that order).

Of course …on certain days when Jupiter makes other positive or difficult aspects with other planets (during this period) intense influences will take place..  And of course, other planets are going to be going retrograde..or forward too..  There’s always so much going on in the Heavens (astrology).

I’ll do my best to keep you abreast of these good and difficult aspects & transits..  (subscribe to these blogs so you don’t miss out)!

Bright Stellar Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

ps. Soon, I will be writing about the many aspects, transits and eclipses taking place in 2015.  I will also be doing my annual `Christmas astrology’ (forecasts for the next few weeks..!) 🙂

Jupiter trines Saturn TODAY! (and that’s good!!)

Good news to everyone.. Jupiter is trine with Saturn today!

So by the time you are reading this, guess what..  you are already under that very positive influence of these stellar objects.

This aspect last took place in December 2013 (last year) and at that point, Jupiter was retrograding and Saturn was going direct. This time, however, Saturn is retrograding in Scorpio, and Jupiter is going direct in Cancer.

Jupiter trine saturn May2014 - 5.47pm (gmt)

Jupiter trine saturn -on 24th May2014 at 5.47pm (gmt)   (c) http://www.ManiNavasothy.com

So Jupiter’s expansive and jovial powers combine harmoniously with Saturn’s authoritative and foundation laying energies.  As always this is very good for making future plans – especially ones that involve laying foundations with a view to expanding your horizons, undertaking higher studies and deeper learning!  

Sagittarians (ruled by Jupiter) , Capricorns (ruled by Saturn), Cancerian (Jupiter is in Cancer) and Scorpios (Saturn is in Scorpio) get the full blast of this great energy ..but all of you have access to this in one area or other of your life..  depending on where these two planets are currently positioned in your personal chart.

One observation is that both of these planets are in water signs currently, so focus on watery things – emotions, empathy, love, intuition, nurturing, sex & lust are all possible.

Remember that as Jupiter rules a fire sign, and Saturn rules an earth sign,  one way to harness the energies of this would be to work with fire and earth…

Personally I was doing a lot of gardening yesterday, tidying up the clutter that had built up over winter, and then sat with a bon-fire burning some of that clutter..  Not only that, I was also moved to do a flame cleansing and consecration of my Magical sword..   At the time I had not been aware of this aspect brewing..  – yes even us Astrologers forget sometimes..  🙂   But it looks like my intuition was spot on and I was doing just about the right thing anyway.. !

So look back at the past 24-48 hours to see what sort of activities you have been involved in.. to work out where the focus has been..   remembering that because of the Scorpio factor, there may have been intensity of some sort too..)

-Mani Navasothy

ps. How did you do with magical work at Eclipses?  That was last month, when we had the Solar & Lunar Eclipses.  If you are interested, you can visit my Eclipse Magic website and download a free 33 page e-Book that gives you the foundations of doing Magical work at Eclipses.   The next set of eclipses are due in October’14..   So why not get started now?    Visit Eclipse Magic

(or click the Book graphics at top right column of this blog post)

Pan’s Picnic 2014 – London (All welcome)

Pan – the woodland God of Fertility- returns after a gap of 3 years, to grace us with his energy of fun & frolics!
Pan's Picnic 2014 - London by www.PaganFrontiers.com

Pan’s Picnic 2014 – London by http://www.PaganFrontiers.com    Photos (c) Mani Navasothy

Our last Pan’s Picnic took place in 2011 (ran for 3 years) but took a break, only to appear in pagan Pride Parade in 2011, and briefly in 2013 as part of the Hern’s Tribe Swearing n the Horns Ceremony. 


But finally it is time.. This event will take place at Queen’s Woods – birth place of Pan’s Picnic, within the space of 13 Oaks known as The Witche’s Coven..
It’s an afternoon affair – So bring your drums, your dreams, fun & frolics, food & drinks, and those you fancy.. Come to dance, to sing, to chant, to charm .. Bring masks, banners, picnic blankets & seats, sets, props, flowers & feasts..Come..rain or shine.. with love in your hearts, and laughter on your lips..
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Details:
Date: Saturday 9th August 2014
Time:  Afternoon to Evening
Venue (tbc) : Queen’s Woods, North London (nearest tube: High Gate on Northern Line)
Fees: Totally FREE
More details here soon.. (but what more do you need?   Pack a picnic..  invite your friends…turn up and and join the festivities..)
-Mani Navasothy
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Beware: Jupiter opposition to Pluto (Astrology for 31st Jan’14)

Less than  3 days to go..for the culmination of an intense stressful aspect that has been influencing many of us for the past few weeks..! Yes, we have already been in the grips of this one.. !

Powerful yet small planet(oid) Pluto ..currently transiting the sign of Capricorn, is being opposed by usually jovial Jupiter which is retrograding in the water sign of Cancer!  This aspect will reach its intense culmination on Friday 31st January 2014..around about 9.15am (gmt) in the morning..  So the night of 30th is probably the one that we all have to ensure the most!!

Oppositions are stressful..  where energies of the opposing planets clash..!  It doesn’t matter which side you are on.. you are going to feel the opposition..from the other side.. !

The signs mostly affected will be Sagittarius & Scorpios.. and also Cancerians & Capricorns.

31jan14- Jupiter-opposition to Pluto.   Art (c) Mani Navasothy . www.QuantumPhoenix.net

31jan14- Jupiter-opposition to Pluto. Art (c) Mani Navasothy . http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net

In this case, energies of Jupiter-  expansions, wisdom, generosity, law, exploring distant horizons or cultures..are going to be challenged…as will that of Pluto – power, sexual urges, secret desires, compulsions, obsessions!  This intense jarring will result in side effects such as over-indulgence, gambling, need for exercising power and manipulating others, sexual obsessions or perversions, experimenting with the occult, magic or spells..and so on!

Do not gamble with other people’s money..  Do guard against secrets spilling out..  and do not probe into others’ secrets…!

How to navigate this difficult time?  Well, am sure you already have been..  as these frustrating energies have been building up..!   Oppositions can only be resolved by compromises and perhaps even some sacrifices..!   The saving grace can come from the beneficial qualities of the planets involved…such as farsight, wisdom, deeper understanding of human nature, and perhaps some travels..

Pluto symbolises transformation..  Jupiter symbolises higher learning.!  Use those key qualities for resolutions.. Also utilise the energies of the signs..where the oppositions are taking place..

Compromise means not just giving up a little of your own needs, wants and demands, but also understanding..and even taking on the qualities and suggestions of the opposing forces!  In other words, allow some of the opposing energies to permeate you…and become part of you.. !

Then, true transformation takes place!

There is one big good news..  On the same day, Venus ..which has been going retrograde, goes Direct!  That’s going to be good…for all things ruled by Venus..   from romances, relationships, arts and finances..! 🙂

Don’t forget to follow my blog, to keep up with my astrology posts 🙂 

-Mani Navasothy

Chinese New Year 2014 (Year of the Green Horse)

Chinese New Year 2014, the Year of the (Green) Horse  (element: Wood) , falls on 31 January 2014 (usually the first New moon in Aquarius).

Chinese New Year 2014- Year of Wooden Horse- art by Mani Navasothy (www.QuantumPhoenix.net)

Chinese New Year 2014- Year of Wooden Horse- art by Mani Navasothy

As usual, festivities will be taking place on the nearest Sunday, which is  Sunday 2 February’14..  in central London, taking in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue.

The event will start with a parade along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue starting at around 10am. The main stage in Trafalgar Square will feature visiting artists from China. There will also be lion teams circulating around Chinatown, local artists performing on a stage at the end of Dean Street and traditional food and craft stalls.

I have been visiting these festivities in London ..on and off..for a number of years, on my own or with friends..  As an astrologer , I have an interest in  chinese astrology, and as an Esoteric Practitioner of magic , I find their energy systems (Feng Shui) quite interesting and akin to the various ones I explore or follow..  (My sister knows far more about both these than I do!).    This is notwithstanding the fact that from my University days to present day,  my closest friend and fellow Physics Graduate is of Hong Kong Chinese origins;  another closest friend from my Civil service work years is of Vietnamese Chinese origins, and a close Pagan friend is also of Hong Kong Chinese origins..  (Effectively along with 2 others, they form my most dearest, trusted and closest friendship group! ) 🙂

Anyway, if you like to see what it’s going to be like in China Town (London), here’s a Video I filmed and put together few years ago.  Chinese New Year video 2012  (I seem to have misplaced the video footage from 2013)!

-Mani Navasothy

ps. Here are the *Dates of the forthcoming Chinese New Year symbols (2015 to 2030)

2015-02-18 Sheep (2015-02-1 –2016-02-08)
2016-02-08 Monkey (2016-02-0 — 2017-01-28)
2017-01-28 Rooster (2017-01-2 –2018-02-15)
2018-02-15 Dog (2018-02-1 — 2019-02-05)
2019-02-05 Pig (2019-02-0 — 2020-01-25)
2020-01-25 Rat (2020-01-2 — 2021-02-12)
2021-02-12 Ox (2021-02-1 — 2022-02-01)
2022-02-01 Tiger (2022-02-0 — 2023-01-22)
2023-01-22 Rabbit (2023-01-22 — 2024-02-10)
2024-02-10 Dragon (2024-02-10 — 2025-01-29)
2025-01-29 Snake (2025-01-29 — 2026-02-17)
2026-02-17 Horse (2026-02-17 — 2027-02-06)
2027-02-06 Sheep (2027-02-0 — 2028-01-26)
2028-01-26 Monkey (2028-01-2 — 2029-02-13)
2029-02-13 Rooster (2029-02-13 — 2030-02-03)
2030-02-03 Dog (2030-02-03 — 2031-01-23)

(*Dates info taken from   http://www.chinesenewyears.info/chinese-new-year-calendar.php)