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Video: Wicca Circle casting by Priestess and Priest (Woodland Witches)

In a Wiccan ritual or any pagan Ceremony, creating Sacred space includes the casting of a Magic Circle – for safety and protection, and to keep the powers that are being worked with..so that magic can happen. Here we demonstrate the casting of a Wiccan Circle, with easy to learn words.

Traditionally, in a group or coven, the Priest hands the casting tool (a wand, an Athame or a Sword) to the Priestess. He then either steps aside or stands beside her and connects with her psychically and adds his energy . The Priestess channels his energy as well as her own energy to visualise and cast the magic circle (sphere). Traditionally they start at the North, move through East, South, West and end back in the North.

The Circle can then be sealed with a Pentagram. (In this video in may seem like a Earth invoking pentagram, but from the point of view of the Circle-casting Priestess, it is a Fire invoking pentagram). Once the Circle is cast, the Priestess hands the Athame / wand to the assisting Priest with a Kiss. He then places it on the Altar.

Then the magical work begins inside the Circle such as calling elemental quarters, raising energy, and invocation of God & Goddess, and more. (** Remember to ground the Circle once the full ceremony is completed!!!**)

(more videos demonstrating those will be uploaded soon).

Bright Blessings. -Mani & Louisa.

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London Woodland Witches meetup (open rituals)

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Wicca workshop: Altar, Magical tools & Broom Making (12th March’17)

Dear all,  am starting the 3rd cycle  of our Wimbledon Wicca rituals & Training group – with half-a-day outdoor training workshop.This is an experiential session, covering the following:

• Importance of Altar in Wicca – how to create one ; indoor/outdoors; formal/ informal; directions; seasonal variations/ themes

• Magical tools of wicca – Introduction to —  Athame, sword, white handled knife, (*)wands, scourge, staff, (*)pentacle and more; where to place them on altar; which ones to use, when not to use some tools, (**)Book of Shadows..

• Broom – Why the broom is important.   Followed by an introduction work on making your own brooms using materials we find around in the woods.

All photos taken at our Rituals & workshops taken place in 2016.  All photos (c) London Woodland Witches & Outdoor Pagans – meetup group.  Not to be used by anyone without written permission of Mani Navasothy (owner/  facilitator of `London Woodland Witches & outdoor Pagans).

——Other Wicca Training workshops coming soon)—

(*) I will be running a wand-making workshop & pentacle making workshop in this series  in Spring/ summer, covering details, symbology, uses etc for each one.

(**) I will be covering Book of Shadows  &  creating/Writing Rituals, deity/elemental invocations / devocations and carrying those energies within –  in Spring/Summer.

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No need to bring anything..   we’ll find all we need in the woods..

What you may wish to bring are any special cords / strings you may wish to use to make the broom, as well as any garden secateurs!

Please bear in mind that ..we’ll do this in an informal, playful way..  using whatever twigs/ branches we can find..(most will be wet and possibly feeble..so it may be hard to find nice sturdy pieces..) .  But this is practise.

I will also bring a full set of altar tools..  and go through them properly, and lay out a standard wiccan altar..  You may take notes, photos etc for personal use (don’t put them up on meetup or facebook etc ..as they are my magical tools..   They are for teaching..not for showing on social media).

Fee: £9   (you can pay online via paypal/credit/debit card Now..(keeps a space for you)

or 

rsvp now ..and pay in person at the workshop by cash – (please only rsvp if you are 100% serious..and not just on half whims.  Magic is all about making an intention and carrying it through!!)

meeting point/ Time/ Travel Details: 

*New Date – Sat 12th March 2017

We meet by the cafe / tea room at `Wimbledon Tea rooms’   and will go into nearby woodland area for workshop. If it’s wet/ raining, I will put up a Tarp cover, as we have done in previous outdoor workshops.

Please be at Tearooms by 11.00am latest..so we can go into the woods, setup and start this workshop at 11.30am…and end at 3pm.

Address: Windmill Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 5NQ

This place has free car park / toilet facilities.

What to wear / bring:

***Please dress really appropriate for weather! ***  Good water-proof coats, proper boots/ shoes / trainers..that are not going to get soaked in mud/ rain.   Gloves, scarf. hats; possibly a bag/ ruck sack to put all your belonging and set aside (on the ground, when doing ritual).

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Link to Join / book event (via meetup)

 Altars, Wiccan tools & Broom making

Introduction to Wicca- One day Course for Beginners in London (woodland based)

Join me in this one-day outdoor course, suitable for beginners & seekers of Wicca!

As a nature-based religion, the best way to explore Wicca is in a natural setting! So I have run these since 2006 in various woods & pars of London. Yes at times it’s cold or it rains… but we prepare (that too is part of being a Nature-Witch!)

Who is this course for?

This course is  to introduce Wicca & Witchcraft to beginners & seekers!  I often see so many people stumbling or making some mistakes or are nervous at rituals- so here it is – a full introduction.  This is for any and all those interested or curious about Wicca & Witchcraft and like  a simple, down to earth, friendly introduction…the whole lot in one half a day..!

Who is this course NOT for?  If you are already initiated or fully aware of wicca and been in other training groups for many years / months, then this is NOT for you.   Those interested in Advanced Wicca can join me for other courses in summer!

Course contents:

• Origins of Modern Wicca  (notes given.  Brief verbal outline)

• Wiccan Law & principles (notes given.  Brief verbal outline)

• Altar setup & Wiccan Ritual tools

• Consecrations, sacred space & magic circle

• Working with Elements & Quarters

• Horned God & Moon Goddess

•  Magic & Spellcraft in Wicca

• Wheel of the year – related seasonal myths & rituals explained

• Initiations & Coven life – brief outline

Fee:  £27 (per person).   

To book for this please visit the meetup event    Meetup event- Complete Wicca : A One day woodland course in London

**Concessions available. Please message me for detail.   

**You must pay in advance to confirm a space.  

**Cancellations must be done 24 hrs prior or no refunds will be given**.   

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 ..during meditative work (or if it’s just cold).

• Please wear warm coats, socks (those ankle socks are pointless!), scarf..  ***(I say this every time, and 1-2 people still attend with unprepared attire and shiver at our events,.  It is uncomfortable to look at and distracts others.  So please heed this advise.  Thanks. )**

• We’ll have some wine for ceremonial parts of the course & for a bit of social after/

• Strictly no exotic substance/ drugs etc!

• Note books/ pen   (printed notes will be provided).

Recording / photography policy

No private recording by phones/ dictaphones.

No photography during course delivery & practise. .

Practical Details for the Day (venue/transport).

Course space will be set-up in advance by Organiser

You may bring packed lunch or buy at nearby Cafe (affordable cakes/food & coffee etc ).

You can arrive by public transport (train to Wimbledon, then a quick bus trip of 10 mins..and a gentle walk of 10 mins to the meeting spot)..or drive in and park your cars for free.

Once all are gathered, we’ll all walk up into the space set up for the course (close to where we held the course in February 16).

Please gather from 11.00am by the outside seats at Windmill Tea room.   we’ll get walking into the woods.

We will break for lunch and short tea/coffee breaks. And we shall aim to finish by 6pm..

To book for this and/ or keep up to date with info, please visit the meetup event page for this.    Meetup event- Complete Wicca : A One day woodland course in London

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
(Gardnerian Wiccan High  Priest)

 

Woodland Wicca Full Moon Rituals (monthly) in London-2016

Our Wicca Full moon Rituals  are ideal for people interested in Wicca & Witchcraft.  They provide an Introduction to Wicca, Witchcraft & Ritual Magic – for all new comers and beginners, and Seekers of The Craft.  Consisting of friendly and informal introductions, they then move on to a formal Wiccan Ritual – facilitated by me – Mani Navasothy (Initiated Wiccan of 20 years, Gardnerian  High Priest).

Note- Our Wicca Full moon Ritual gatherings are returning after a month gap, by popular request.   Those interested in joining our closed training coven should first attend  these wicca full moon rituals and gain some practical experience.

Full moon- Woodland Witches London March 2016

Wiccan Ritual Outline:

-Preparing space & setting up Altar. (done by Ritual Team separately)
-Run-through-  Lead facilitator Mani (High Priest) will explain outline of Ritual, delegate any roles.  Brief Q&A.
-Enter Ritual space with reverence.
-Sweeping
-Opening prayers and /or Meditation (chakra or other)
-Consecrations with salt & water, incense, candles
-Casting magic Circle
-Calling elemental quarters
-Energy raising
-Invocations / prayers to Moon Goddess & Horned God
-Magical work
-Cakes & Wine blessing
-Closing & Grounding work
– Feasting, Socialising…

————**Admission fee:   £3  (new from May’16) **—————

What to  bring: 

***Please dress appropriate for weather! ***  We are tired of seeing people who attend with thin / minimum clothing, and then become cold quickly.  (a)  If you are cold, you can not focus on the ritual / magic , and (b), Seeing someone else being cold  severely distracts the others from focusing on their own magical work.

**Please DO bring some food (sensible snacks..  bread & cheese / humus are a good start)  and any soft drink/wine that you like to share with others in circle.   Social element/ feasting together is an important aspect of Wiccan rituals.

** Our rituals may start in twilight, but often end when it’s already nightfall..   So a torchlight is a great tool to have as `standard’ in your travel bag for woodland rituals, as well as a blanket / small ground sheet to sit on.

What ritual tools / items to bring

– A wand a or athame – if you have one. Please make sure you observer the law on carrying knives (any such item must be packed during transport, so that it can not be quickly `pulled out’ and used.

-your own magical items – crystals, tarot etc.

-A robe/ cloak to wear

What NOT To BRING

– please DO NOT bring used candles, or candles that already have magical work done on them.

-do not bring pre-made charms/ talismans for the purpose of `charging them up’ ..

Training & Personal Magical development:

These are training circles.  Introduction & explanations of many aspects of the ritual are given through out, and you’ll be given opportunities to take certain minor or major roles in the ritual. Major roles will need preparation and learning beforehand, so will be offered to those attending regularly and training with this group.

If you attend these regularly, you can build up a sound practical experience of all aspects of Wicca & Witchcraft.  Remember it is traditional for new Seekers to be trained for a year and a day in Wicca – before undergoing any Coven initiations.  On a personal level, You may use that as a sensible yard stick, and aim for a year worth of ritual attendance, study and exploration – to become a self-sufficient Wiccan. Along the way, you will either develop your own magical / psychic skills, or fine tune any existing abilities.

Outdoor working with primal forces:

These ritual circles take place in public Woodlands or parks.   As they are outdoors, at the mercy of elements (sunshine, storms, snow, fog etc)..  it can be hard at times to gather motivation to attend, or while attending, keep focus (if you are cold and getting soaked).  But remember..  we `real’ wiccans & Witches do have to work hard .. (but take no foolish risks), push our own personal / Psychological boundaries..  in order to gain Mastery of the Self.. and towards a respectful relationship with elements, entities and world around us!

By being outdoors in nature regularly in a ritual setting,  you’ll develop a real magical / psychic attunement & healthy respect to nature’s wild energies, as well as an inner confidence, outdoor ritual experience and dare I say..  empowerment and magical competence… on top of learning/ practising Witchcraft & wicca in the natural wild way it is intended.

Future dates of our Wicca Full moon rituals (in 2016) – tbc

Please always check relevant `events’ near the time in case of changes.

  • Friday 20th May
  • Monday 18th July
  • Wednesday 17th Aug
  • Fri 16th Sept
  • Sat 15th Oct
  • Monday 14th Nov
  • Tues 13th Dec

Note: I  also organise  Wiccan Sabbats  – Imbolc, Beltane,  Lammas & Samhain,  and Shamanic Solstices & Equinoxes.   Join the meetup to stay updated.

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy (Gardnerian High Priest)

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E-Witch Apprentice – Correspondence course in Wicca

The Great Serpent of the Earth (visionary art)

Great Serpent (c) Mani Navasothy 2013
Great Serpent (c) Mani Navasothy 2013

`The Great Serpent’ is possibly my first proper visionary / pagan art work..! I painted it sometime in 1995,  water colours on A3 paper.. (the picture here is a photo of it, digitally enhanced to compensate for the faded colour).

It was possibly following some attendances to pagan wotkshops, and after me having a vivid dream about being bitten by a snake, that I had the idea for this painting – which features a Goddess-like female figure at the centre of the planet. Her top half is human, while bottom half is that of snake- whose tail wraps around her torso. She holds a crystal sphere in one hand and a black handled knife in the other (magical tool of a Witch, called an `Athame’).  From her body emanates snakes that are `flowing’ to the bottom. The top part of the Earth (rocks) have a very slight hint of a dragon! It all shows the waters of life flowing!

I suppose in some ways there’s resonance of the Hindu deity Ganga Devi (goddess of the River Ganges…sacred to all Hindus)..who needed to flow from heavens onto the had of Lord Shiva, before flowing down to the Earth. She was also the deity who had 7 babies, 6 of which she drowned at birth for mystical reasons ..in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. [more on another blog].

-Mani Navasothy

Link

Chinese New Year of the Snake

Tamesa Serpent ritual in River Thames

Art of Mani – Visionary & Fantasy art works