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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)

 

Who on Earth was Doreen Valiente?

Doreen Valiente -art (c) Mani Navasothy for QuantumPhoenix-net
Doreen Valiente -art (c) Mani Navasothy for QuantumPhoenix-net

Who on Earth was Doreen Valiente?   I know what most Witches & Wiccans are thinking..`Are you serious? Doreen Valiente IS the mother of modern Wicca (Witchcraft). Call your self a Wiccan High Priest. You must know this..”  Well, actually, I do now..  But I didn’t have a clue…when I actually did meet her.. way back in 1997 or 1998 (must check my old records!)

It had been a few years after I had been initiated into a Coven (yes, one of the covens with a lineage that goes back to Gerald Gardner!).. and our Coven members went on a day trip.. to Brighton..for a Workshop.. where Doreen Valiente was present – rather fragile!

I remember getting there early.. and as far as I was concerned, it was a nice day out with my fellow coven members… and so I had said yes to attending the workshop. Buy I had no idea about the facilitators. It didn’t matter much.

It seems to matter a hell of a lot to thousands of people nowadays… lineage   name-dropping, who they know, who initiated them, who they initiated, and all the similar stuff (let’s leave the who slept with, and who broke which coven ..when..out …for now.  I’ll save that for `my’ autobiography..shall I ? )

I got all my spirituality, loyalty, kinship, brotherhood & sisterhood, nurturing High Priestess, kind and friendly High Priest..and a close bunch of Witches to be with…all in coven life. So the past, or the future didn’t matter. In fact, I actually didn’t know how lucky I had been, about my lineage, about my elders and all that.. I didn’t know any of it..  much..for the first 4 years of Coven / wiccan life.  Somehow it mattered less..

It was long after my 2nd Degree, and the closing of our original coven.. (amicably!) ..when I started to guest at other covens.. that I started to get exposure of the politics, powerplay, history and all that . That was when the innocence truly broke..  and I fell from Garden of Eden  (pardon me for using a Christian concept here. perhaps I should say `from Garden of Gaia?)

So the day I met Doreen Valiente, all those years ago, I didn’t know how `important’ she was.  I was happy being with my craft brothers & sisters..and during lunch break, couldn’t wait to get to the sea-front and play with the waters…and made the most magical find to this date! (Apart from the gold ring with diamonds on it that I had found in Hastings a few years ago…that is..or the actual first kiss with my partner some 7-8 years ago).

So few years ago, while pondering about Doreen’s books, April (my wife) and I decided to explore some places for real.. and we made our way to the Chanctonbury Ring..

That’s for another blog.. 🙂

Bright Blessing ..on this day of Midsummer…

-Mani Navasothy

ps.  Note of Art:   The Doreen graphics used her was graphically `painted’ by me, using Photoimpact 11 software . I used soft brushes to block out shapes, then charcoal brushes..to do texture / skin.. and then use smudge ..and finally a small brush to put lines..and then used the `burn’ tool to darken areas…(and finish with more smudging & blurring). I’ve used this technique style before of course ..to create graphics of Prince Charles, Margaret Thatcher and Lady Diana in the past. Expect more such art of other people 😉

pps. Coming soon:   A video of our trip to Chanctonbury Rings, famous for the Doreen Valiente’s `Chanctonbury Charge’ (found in all Book of Shadows) .