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Night of the Cradle- Birth of Goddess Isis Ceremony & Picnic (Richmond, London) 7th July’18

Our 6th annual Celebration of Birthday of Goddess Isis’ – to mark the Night of the Cradle’ where Sky Goddess Nut gave birth to the Egyptian Goddess Isis. It will take place as before, on the river banks of the Thames in Richmond (by river Thames).

Night of cradle Birthday of Isis 2018

meeting point- Meet us at the Hollyhock Cafe, Terrace Gardens, Richmond at 3.00pm. At 3.30pm we will go across to river bank..for ceremony.

The ceremony will use a blend of Wiccan & adapted Egyptian ritual outlines.

• (Note: My research indicates Birth of Isis was celebrated on 17th July.. but our ritual this year takes place a little early).

The ceremony is expected to be 45mins ..and then we’ll continue socials/ feasting.. (It’s a birthday party, after all). 🙂 So be sure to bring plenty of Wine & cakes.

** Fee ÂŁ3 *****

——– Ceremony outline —–

• A decorative altar with Sky Goddess Nut and a concealed statue of Isis will be set up.
• Opening prayers and /or Meditation (chakra or other)
• Consecrations with salt & water, incense, candles
• Casting magic Circle
• Calling elemental quarters
• Energy raising
• Invocation : Isis called by her many names! Printed sheets provided. Each attendee may utter 10-20 names.
• Goddess Isis (statue) is revealed.
• Milk & flower Ceremony – all bath statue in milk, followed by offering of flowers. These are then offered to the river Thames.
• Magical work (optional)
• Cakes & Wine blessing
• Closing & Grounding work
• Feasting, Socialising… Food & drinks blessed and shared.
• Birthday Party !! (Birthday of Isis).

————— What to bring————————

— Please Wear ceremonial robes / masks (Egyptian style if possible).
— Musical instruments (drums, systrum, bells)
— Food & drinks to share.
— Poetry / your own Invocations to honour Goddess Isis

Privacy/Photos ————-:
As it is a public place, passers-by may take photos or watch. That is accepted by the organisers, in the spirit of celebrating the Birthday of Isis 🙂 However intrusive photography by professionals for purpose of outside publishing is prohibited.

Conduct——————:
We ask all to be in good public behaviour.

Safety of Thames water—————
Though the water is cleaner to paddle, it is NOT suitable for drinking!! Avoid handling the Thames water.. and if you do by chance, then please use anti-bacterial hand-wash/ wipes to sterilise your hands before handling any food!

***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 meetup event : 2018- Nigh of the Cradle: Birth of Goddess Isis ceremony & social 

Link to blog – Birth of Isis ritual 2017 

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Night of the Cradle – Birth of Goddess Isis Ritual (Richmond, London) 16July17

Our 5th annual Celebration of Birthday  of Goddess Isis’ – to mark the Night of the Cradle’ where Sky Goddess Nut gave birth to the Egyptian Goddess Isis.  It will take place as before, on the river banks of the Thames in Central London!

  • Date:  Sunday 16th July 2017
  • Duration:  1.30pm to 5pm (approx)
  • Meeting point– Meet us at the Hollyhock Cafe, Terrace Gardens, Richmond at 1.30pm.  At 2pm we will ceremonially process and go down to river bank..for ceremony.

The ceremony will use a blend of Wiccan & adapted Egyptian ritual outlines.   (Note: My research indicates Birth of Isis was celebrated on 17th July..  but our ritual this year takes place on sunday 16th July).

Night of the cradle Birth of Isis 2017-v1

The ceremony  is expected to be 45mins ..and then we’ll continue socials/ feasting..  (It’s a birthday party, after all).   🙂  So be sure to bring plenty of Wine & cakes.

** Donation (suggested) ÂŁ3 *****

——– Ceremony outline  —–

  • A decorative altar with Sky Goddess Nut and a concealed statue of Isis will be set up.
  • Opening prayers and /or Meditation (chakra or other)
  • Consecrations with salt & water, incense, candles
  • Casting magic Circle
  • Calling elemental quarters
  • Energy raising
  • Invocation :  Isis called by her many names! Printed sheets provided. Each attendee may utter 10-20 names.
  • Goddess Isis (statue) is revealed.
  • Milk & flower Ceremony – all bath statue in milk, followed by offering of flowers. These are then offered to the river Thames.
  • Magical work  (optional)
  • Cakes & Wine blessing
  • Closing & Grounding work
  • Feasting, Socialising… Food & drinks blessed and shared.
  • Birthday Party !!   (Birthday of Isis).

————— What to bring———————— 

— Wear ceremonial robes / masks (Egyptian style if possible).

— Musical instruments (drums, systrum, bells)

— Food & drinks to share.

— Poetry / your own Invocations to honour Goddess Isis

Privacy/Photos : 
As it is a public place, passers-by may take photos or watch. That is accepted by the organisers, in the spirit of celebrating the Birthday of Isis 🙂

However intrusive photography by professionals for purpose of outside publishing is prohibited.

Conduct: 
We ask all to be in good public behaviour.

Safety of Thames water

Though the water is cleaner to paddle,  it is NOT suitable for drinking!!    Avoid handling the Thames water..  and if you do by chance, then please use  anti-bacterial hand-wash/ wipes  to sterilise your hands before handling any food!

***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 other rituals 

London Woodland Witches & Outdoor Pagans Meetup group

Tamesa (and Thames-Isis) London rituals in 2015

Greetings all.  I have finalised the dates and venues for the annual rituals I facilitate by the river Thames in this coming cycle.  Tamesa London Circle (started by April & myself in 2006) was doing 8-10 rituals a year but for the past 2 years had been focusing on Thames-Isis ceremonies (call it a Calling).

After 2 years I was thinking to conclude them (at last year’s Birthday of Isis event).  Why?  Well, working these mythology based rituals are not always easy – especially on one’s own personal life.  So many people forget that when we do magical ceremonies and rituals, those energies – both the aspects we want and the aspects we were not fully aware of- work through our lives.  (I;ll write more about this in another blog post).  So I was planning to wrap up the Thames-Isis rituals in 2014.

However, as the saying goes, Man may propose but the Gods (and Goddesses) dispose! 🙂

And so here we are..   beginning the 3rd cycle of these Isis (Thames-Isis) ceremonies, with the `Isidias Navigatum- Blessing of the Fleet’ in March, Birthday of Isis in July (on a new moon!) and the 3rd ritual (not Isis related) the `Tamesa river of Souls Samhain / Halloween’ in October (on the full moon closer to Samhain).

They all have `meetup’ events already setup in the meetup group I run. (link at the bottom of each section)..  I shall of course post blogs here as reminder, nearer to each Ceremony. These are approximately 3+ months apart.

Here are the Tamesa rituals for this year 2015.   I hope those of you in London will attend ..  to honour, worship and gain magical and spiritual experiences from these.  As my own spirituality evolves, so must the work I do and so these rituals will incorporate some new elements to them.

Bright Blessings

-Mani

 

1. Isidias Navigatum- Blessing of the Fleet – Isis Ritual

Sunday 1st March 2015   @ Richmond

Isidias Navigatum Blessing the Fleet ritual 2015 London
Isidias Navigatum Blessing the Fleet ritual 2015 London

This annual ceremony was held at the start of the Spring time in Ancient Egypt, to gain the blessings of Goddess Isis upon the ships and boats (Fleet) – so that they may go forth, find commerce, resources and wealth and bring them back. You will have heard the saying, `waiting for my ship to come in’ – a saying that indicates a person waiting for his /her good fortunes to arrive. Well, in order for ships to come in they must first be sent out – and with blessings and good plans. We are adapting the old ceremony to suit the times and place we now live it! In this ceremony, we will bless the `fleet’ and place our hopes and wishes of good fortune and success in the ventures we are starting as Spring approaches. We then set the ships to sail (some will be sent.. other larger models will be pulled back, so as not to litter river Thames)

Meetup link to Blessing of the Fleet Ritual 2015

 

2. Night of the Cradle- Birthday of Goddess Isis Ceremony

Thursday 16th July 2015 @ Embankment, Central London (Cleopatra’s Needle)

Birthday of Goddess Isis - July 2015 ritual in London
Birthday of Goddess Isis – July 2015 ritual in London

Our 3rd annual Celebration of The Night of the Cradle: Birth of Goddess Isis’ will take place on the New Moon (In watery sign of Cancer) in July 2015. We gather by the banks of river Thames (Cleopatra’s Needle, by Victoria-Embankment) for a special Ceremony in the evening…to mark the Night of the Cradle’ where Sky Goddess Nut gave birth to the Egyptian Goddess Isis. For July 2015,  we return to the original spot- The Egyptian themed `Cleopatra’s Needle’  with 2 large Sphinx – in Central London.

Outline: A decorative altar with Sky Goddess Nut and a concealed statue of Isis will be set up.  Element consecrations (incense, lantern, salt/water). Isis called by her many names! This will be a chant led by Mani and friends. Goddess Isis (statue) is revealed. Milk & flower Ceremony – all bath statue in milk, followed by offering of flowers. These are then offered to the river Thames.   Food & drinks blessed and shared.

Meetup link to Birthday of Isis ritual

 

3. Tamesa River of Souls (Halloween) & Full Moon Ritual

Tuesday 27th October 2015 @ Millennium Bridge area by river side, Central London

Tamesa Halloween Ritual 2015
Tamesa Halloween Ritual 2015

Every year, near Samhain (Halloween.. traditional day of honoring our ancestors) we hold a small ritual/ceremony by the river Thames in Central London. This year (2015), the tide is low in the evening on the night of the full moon ..of Tuesday 27th October’15. That is when we will be holding, `Tamesa River of Souls’ Halloween Ritual- right on the banks of river Thames.

Part of our ceremony involves creating a small altar on the sandy foreshores of Thames (at low tide!), lighting candles, placing any bones we find nearby. Some silent pagan prayers, blessing, consecrations, and a small picnic (feasting with the dead!).. and returning the bones back to the river immediately. On occasions, we throw coins in to the river, symbolic of payment to the `Ferryman’ who (Greek mythology) ferries dead souls to the underworld, and requires a small fee.

Meetup link to Tamesa Halloween ritual 2105

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Additional links

You can watch some brief promotional and/or celebratory videos of our past Tamesa rituals, filmed and edited by my sister  link to the Tamesa events videos (playlist):

Link to Tamesa London Circle website – Details and records of all the past rituals (2006 to present)

Link to Pagan Frontiers of London website – Gateway site for all major pagan events in London

 

Birthday of Goddess Isis – Night of the Cradle-17th July – all over the Universe!

Wishing a very special Lady many happy returns.

Yes, It’s the day when Sky Goddess Nut gave birth to Goddess Isis.  (also known as The Night of the Cradle)

Birthday of Goddess Isis - 17th July - everywhere!
Birthday of Goddess Isis – 17th July – everywhere!

I will be leading a special (2nd annual) Ceremony and social gathering to mark this event on this coming saturday (19th July) at Richmond..

Do join us. . Meet at Richmond Station by 4.30pm.. and we’ll be walking up to the ritual spot later. (it’s a 15 min walk.. so we may `process’ in a nice line, carrying ritual items, a banner and a 1 metre Isis Barge that will be sailed symbolically on the waters later..).

Outline of Event 

Our Gatherings normally take the following form

a) Meeting at the Richmond Station, at appointed place, and then walking together to the selected Ritual area.

b) Pre-Ritual Social & setting up altar / getting into ritual cloths and explanation of ritual (delegating some ritual roles to people who are interested).

c) Ritual

d) Feasting & Social

e) Taking down altar, packing & tidy-up, and departures (Individuals make their own way back).

*Some people leave as soon as Ritual is complete. Others stay longer to enjoy socials & bonding with our friends.

**Venue**: Richmond Upon Thames- by River side.

This is normally finalised on the day by the Organiser, by judging the various factors. So please don’t ask for text/phone instructions .. We meet and go together and do the ritual. That’s the easiest way.
—————–-Ceremony outline—-————-

A decorative altar with Sky Goddess Nut and a concealed statue of Isis will be set up.

Element consecrations (incense, lantern, salt/water).

Isis called by her many names! This will be a chant led by Mani and all repeat.

Isis is revealed.

Milk & flower Ceremony – all bath statue in milk), followed by offering of flowers.

Food & drinks blessed and shared.

Collected Milk & flowers offered to river Thames in a small boat!

Sailing of the Isis Barge

Feasting
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What to bring:
Food & drinks to share.

Privacy/Photos :
As it is a public place, passers-by may take photos or watch. That is accepted by the organisers, in the spirit of celebrating the Birthday of Isis 🙂

Conduct:
We ask all to be in good public behaviour.

Bright Blessings.

-Mani Navasothy

mob: 077689-41373

www.PaganFrontiers.com
facebook event page:  Birthday ceremony of Goddess Isis

 

 

 

Wiccan Journeys & High Priestly thoughts on covens

I was giving a talk at one of the pagan moots in NW London last night (Staines Moot)..  The title was `Wiccan Journeys: There and back..and there again..!’.

It mainly outlined my (thus far) journey in the Wicca path..  how I became interested, how I became an initiated Wiccan, reaching my stage (and responsibility) as a High Priest, running training covens & groups, initiating new Seekers and so on.       The talk also covered my back and forth journeys – as I have not always felt like a `wicca’ (but always a `Witch / Magician’ !)  There are times when I have slipped out of the coven life and wiccan communities – and gone to do other magical things.. like starting `Hern’s Tribe- outdoor shamanic / eclectic group’   (the more recent one being the `woodland wicca rituals’  and the `Thames-Isis rituals) – see links at the bottom.

Talk at Ankerwycke - wiccan journeys - there and back and there again - mani navasothy 2014
Talk at Ankerwycke – wiccan journeys – there and back and there again – mani navasothy 2014

Well, this morning, I caught on to some debates that have been going on…about the good/ bad experiences, the ego and hierarcrhy of High Priests, High Priestesses, and coven leaders.

Needless to say, I have some deep thoughts on this ( I never like to hear anyone bad-mouth Wicca ..especially hard working Coven leaders..!)

Here are some of my responses:

Taking pot shots at Wiccan Hierarchy?

No one is forcing anyone into a particular tradition, path or system of beliefs.. But if one is entering a system, they should learn to be aware of its exiting form, structure, rules, guidelines.. – before criticising it, attacking it, or trying to change it. !

My HPS once told me, `walk in the footsteps f others..see what entails..before criticising what they do’ !

I appreciate that people may have had bad experiences from individuals or groups..but unless you have ever organised events, rituals, groups..and run things for long periods of time… no real wisdom is gained.

I get a little tired of people ranting on about Wiccan Hierarchy, and taking pot shots at the roles of High Priests & High Priestess. They are part of that path and system.. Learn it, understand why it’s there in the first place.. before tearing it apart. And if you are compelled to tear it apart.. I ask why? Is it because of a personal grudge, bad experience, or one;s own ego not being fed? –

The training of Coven Leaders:

 Leadership of anything is always a double-edged sword.. It is there to serve the people.. but abused, it can harm the people.. To quote a line from Spiderman, `With great power comes great responsibility’

Serious covens filter interested people .. work out their commitment, dedication, loyalty etc..before even taking anyone on as trainees…and then after a year or even many years…initiate them…(into their tradition and their coven!)

It takes many years of practice ..before those initiates reach a stage of taking good personal responsibility and also that of others..and the HP / HPS stats is a `teaching position’ – it’s NOT handed down like confetti.

Even after reaching that stage.. they then undergo more months / years of `on the job mentoring’ to become `good’ HP & HPS.. Anyone who’s got this far ..then goes out and starts their own coven..trains others..initiates others.. !

This is the long hard path in an ideal world.. Old ideals and standards are dying out with those people who held it.. They have tried to pass those on.. and that wisdom survives.. just about..!

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So there you have it..  just some immediate responses..  But no doubt, we shall all come to this topic..again and again…and again 🙂

-Mani Navasothy

Links

Wiccan Hierarchy of Covens

Coven Guide: Becoming an initiated Witch (e-book)

Introduction to Wicca, Witchcraft and Magic

Woodland Wicca Circles 2014 (London)

Hern’s Tribe

Tamesa – celebrating birthday of Isis 

 

Celebrating Birthday of Goddess Isis (by river Thames) 17th July2013

Celebrating Birthday of Goddess Isis – by Cleopatra’s Needle, London..   All welcome!!    17th July is celebrated as the Birthday of Isis (Night of the Cradle). It is when Sky Goddess Nut gives birth to Isis. And we are holding an open celebration ritual in Central London on 17th July 2013 to mark this sacred event. (part of the `Thames-Isis rituals 2013 byTamesa London Circle. see below for links).

Gather at Cleopatra’s Needle, Victoria-Embankment at 7.00 pm on this day. The ceremony & social will take place at this location..which has the Obelisk that is over 2000 years old and has previous stood in Egypt, before being gifted to Great Britain in the 17th century.

Date: Wednesday 17thJu;y 2013
Time: Gather 7.00pm onwards (event ends by 8pm. we may stay and socialise afterwards).

venue: Cleopatra’s needle, Victoria-Embankment (nearest tubes – Embankment.. 5 min walk).

Ceremony outline:

A decorative altar with Sky Goddess Nut and a concealed statue of Isis will be set up.

Element consecrations (incense, lantern, salt/water).

Isis called by her many names! This will be a chant led by Mani and all repeat.

Isis is revealed.

Milk & flower Ceremony – all bath statue in milk), followed by offering of flowers.

Food & drinks blessed and shared.

Collected Milk & flowers offered to river Thames

Tide & Safety:

At the time of this ritual, river Thames will be in high-tide. So we will NOT go down the shores. We will not use the steps by Cleopatra’s needle as it will be very slippery. Organisers take no responsibility for anyone doing so!)

What to bring:
-Food & drinks to share (remember it’s a public place.. by the main road! Not sure about public consumption of alcohol. You are responsible for what you bring!).

-Flowers and any offerings (to keep on altar)

-Only flowers & milk will be offered to the Thames!

Privacy:

As it is a public place, there will be other passers-by, who may take photos or watch. That is accepted by the organisers, in the spirit of celebrating the Birthday of Isis 🙂

Conduct:
As we will be in a public place, and we will be seen as representing pagans / paganism, organisers ask all to be in good public behaviour. And not to get involved in other matters / conflicts which may disrupt the ritual. If our safety is deem to be at rik by circumstances, organisers will request all participating to move to another location on the evening.. (just follow Mani’s lead!)

-Mani Navasothy (facilitator)

Update: Birth of Isis ritual  for 2017

Night of the Cradle- Birth of Goddess Isis Ritual (Richmond, London)

Sunday, Jul 16, 2017, 1:30 PM

Hollyhock Cafe, Terrace gardens, Petersham Road, TW10 6UX
Richmond London , GB

28 Woodland Witches & Pagans Went

Our 5th annual Celebration of Birthday  of Goddess Isis’ – to mark the Night of the Cradle’ where Sky Goddess Nut gave birth to the Egyptian Goddess Isis.  It will take place as before, on the river banks of the Thames in Central London!New meeting point- Meet us at the Hollyhock Cafe, Terrace Gardens, Richmond at 1.30pm.  At 2pm we will ceremonia…

Check out this Meetup →

 

Link to related blogs (rituals)

Thames-Isis rituals 2013

Submerging Sekhmet Ritual

Swearing oath on Horns of Hern Ritual 

Birth of Isis (Night of the Cradle) – july 2017