Tag Archives: 2015

London Woodland Yule / Winter Solstice Rituals this weekend (19Dec15)

Dear all.. Am facilitating 2 outdoor (woodland)  Yule- Winter Solstice open rituals this coming weekend..  On saturday we’re in Croydon, with Hern’s Tribe.. from 2pm onwards for a shamanic ceremony & social, and on Sunday we’ll be at Queen’s Woods (north London), for our outdoor wiccan Yule open ritual from 3pm onwards.  Here are short details.   For full details, do visit my Meetup event links../ subscribe etc..Hope to celebrate Yule with you.  Bright Blessings.  -Mani

 Hern’s Tribe MidWinter Gathering (croydon)

Winter approaches.. night-hours are long. Day light is short. And in the deep caverns below the Earth, the great Goddess gives birth to the Sun-Child! We gather to mark this sacred event and celebrate Winter Solstice.

Inspired by the TV series `Robin of Sherwood’ and stories of the Windsor-Hern myths, I started Hern’s Tribe- a pagan ritual & self-development group in Spring 2004. Drumming, masks, pre-ritual socials, feasting after ceremony, ceremonial fire..are all part of what we do. Now in its 12th year, Hern’s Tribe continues to evolve…exploring and experimenting with friendly down to earth shamanic, eclectic ritual styles for the gatherings.

Date: Saturday 19th December 2015

Time: 2pm – 8pm (this is a `gathering’ so includes pre-rite socials, ritual, and feasting/ socials/ drumming / chants etc ..)

venue: Meet at Coombe Lane Tram stop (please do NOT go into the woods looking for us.. we change location.. Stay at tram stop so we van come get you..and lead you to the ritual spot).

Meetup event link

http://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/events/222436490/

 

 

Yule – Woodland Wicca Seasonal Open Ritual

We are combining the Wicca Full moon & Wicca Winter Solstice rituals and running it as one event at Queen’s Woods.

“Winter Solstice is the time when the Sun is at it’s lowest (nadir), resulting in the longest night and darkness appears to be enveloping all. Inwardly, it’s a time when hope and faith may be ebbing low and the future looks bleak. It is precisely at this point that the festive energy is needed to shift the magic within, and to celebrate the birth of the Sun Child! From here onwards, the night time starts to reduce, and daylight grows.. to a point of balance between dark and light (at Spring) and to the long days at Summer! As a symbol of hope and life, celebrants decorate the Altar and indoors with bright objects and keep greenery (ever Greens.. ie Yule tree and of course holly etc). A Yule log is also burnt in the ire, symbolising the coming of warmth and fire.” (taken from http://www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )

Date: Sunday 21st December 2015

Venue: Queen’s Woods, North London (nearest tube: High Gate – northern line)

Time / meeting place: Please gather in the Woodman’s Pub..on Archway Road from 3pm..in the garden area. We’ll be having pre-rite drinks, ** talk-through* of ritual, assign roles…*before* going to the woods.

Meetup link:

http://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/events/222917023/

 

 

Woodland Midsummer Ritual – 20th June 2015 (South London)

Join us for a woodland Midsummer Open Ritual..in the woods near Croydon… to mark the height of the Sun in its journey through the skies. Is it all downhill from here onwards? No.. Midsummer celebrates the culmination of our personal energies.. the charging up of them..so that our inner wisdom and light can illuminate us through the coming autumn & winter months.

HT Midsummer 20June2015

In this simple yet deep magical woodland ceremony, we will create sacred space & altar in the name of Cernunnos – Lord of the Wild Beasts… weave the powers of the 4 elements (Air, Fire, Water & Earth).. work with some power (Solar) Runes to create talismans for personal use…and then join in some merriment, feasting, drumming & socials.

• All welcome..

• No previous Ritual/pagan experience needed.

Meeting arrangements:

Tram Stop: Coombe Lane. Please travel to East Croydon.. Then take the Tram to Coombe Lane.. Alight there and wait. We’ll come collect you and take you to a part of the woods where ritual will take place. (the spot may vary on the day..so please wait at the tram stop..Thanks).

Safety:  Please note the woodland path is NOT smooth..and has steep sections.. This is not suitable for anyone with bad backs, walking difficulty etc. There are no toilets/ cafes/ car parks.. So bring anything you will need..

Bring personal comfy items.. blankets/ rain coat/ cushion to sit on/ a small plastic or picnic ground sheet to sit on (if floor is cold/ wet).

Hern’s Tribe was founded in 2004 and has been doing these woodland rituals regularly. This Midsummer ritual marks a big turning point.. as we conclude an era of woodland seasonal rituals…and open the ways to other more unique monthly rituals & magical explorations..

May Hern protect us.
-Mani

Gaian Times – Eco-Magazine #11 (Beltane/Summer 2015) published!

Hi all,   it gives me great pleasure to announce the publishing (online) of the latest Gaian Times eco-spiritual e-Magazine.

Take a look at  the new  mobile friendly site    www.GaianTimesMagazine.com

Gaian Times -11  May 2015 Cover-md

Regulars may know, previous issue#10 came out in Feb’2014, and the one for May’14 never manifested.  So this latest magazine is coming out after a year-long gap. ..and all the more reason to celebrate it!   🙂

My big thanks to the following Writers/ Contributors of this issue:

Ann Tomlin, David Rankine, Durlabh Singh, Jo Rowland, Kumar Devasan, Lisa De Fresne, Renard the Fire Druid, Rose Dixon, Vathani Navasothy

Contents (GT#11):

  • Editorial
  • Longtime Lover Returns (spring poem)
  • Aphrodisiacs – Food for Lovers
  • Aromatherapy for Beltane
  • The Catcher in the Sky – Swift Gifts
  • Animal Communications
  • Williams Syndrome Awareness month
  • Experiences of an Elder Pagan
  • Response to `Making Money’ article
  • Reiki : Personal path to divine healing energy
  • Sacred Geometry – Language of Relationship
  • Pagan Activism
  • Rome (Gallery)
  • Hollow Earth thoughts – Review of Earth Hour & Earth Day 2015
  • Taiji Terror Tales 2015 : London Demo at Trafalgar Square
  • Bhai Sehna (short story)
  • Beneficial Vitamins
  • People: Art of David Rankine
  • Chief Seatle (poem)
  • Astrology: Retrograde Planets in 2015
  • Sacred Journey – Pagan Federation London Conference 2015
  • Entertainment: Dalek-Om in Glastonbury
  • Gallery1 : Climate March London 2014
  • Gallery 2: Peaceful Demo Japanese Embassy – Stop the Ivory Trade
Contents of Gaian Times #11
Contents of Gaian Times #11

Best Wishes

-Mani Navasothy  (Director / Chief Editor)

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..!) 🙂