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Halloween 2017 – Lantern-lit walk & Tamesa river of Souls Ritual by Thames (London 31Oct17)

Join us on Halloween Night in Central London on  Monday …31st October 2017..  We will be facilitating our annual `Thames: River of Souls / Samhain’ Ceremony to honour the Spirit of Thames & Ancestors. This time we will begin with a ceremonial procession along river Thames (from outside the Globe Theatre, and walk along bankside, past Tate Modern, Blackfriars Bridge, Oxo Tower, Gabriel’s Wharf, and end just outside National Theatre (the circular concrete `performance’ area along the riverside).  We hope to do our ceremony in this space – subject to local circumstances / crowd etc.    (or do ceremony nearby).

This is the actual Halloween night.. In the midst of fun-people in London will be in fancy dress…So Wear Fancy dress…Masks.. Witchy Cloaks.. Wizard attire.. Ghostly look…Werewolves & Vampires welcome! Bring your carved Pumpkins… Lanterns with light or candle in it..!

Our ceremonies are open to everyone, of all paths and religions.

Bring some easy snacks & drinks to share..for the `Feasting with Death’ (tradition at Samhain).

Stay as long as you like.. and leave when you want to.

Fees:   suggested donation £2 to the `Ferryman’ (for your underworld journey)

Details (tbc) ————

Meeting point 

We will be gathering outside the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (riverside gate) / Bankside Pier area at 7.30pm.   After designating ritual roles, getting our lanterns & costumes setup, we’ll begin a slow and social walk along bankside..

We’ll be walking along south bank riverside walk… from Globe Theatre, past Millennium bridge (south side), Tate Modern Gallery,  Blackfriars overground station / bridge,  Oxo Tower, Gabriel’s Wharf, and finally end just outside National Theatre.  Our Halloween ceremony is expected to be held in the open public circular concrete `performance’ area along the riverside (see photo attached)- this is subject to local circumstances, other crowd etc.If it’s not possible there, we’ll be nearby so keep an eye out.

Meeting time/ shedule: 
Please get to outside steps of Shakespear’s Globe Theatre / Bankside pier by 7.30pm. We’ll get organised and begin walk at 8pm.   We hope the 1000m walk will only take us about 1 hour at an extremely leisurely procession/ festive walking speed. 🙂  So we’ll be gathering outside the National Theatre area (end of walk) by 9pm..and do a short Samhain ritual by about 9.15pm.   Then we’ll continue socialising.

Ritual:

Due to the public space, the ritual team will be organised in advance ..so we can arrive at end point and perform the ritual without much fuss.   There is bound to be general public watching..  so we’ll be asking experienced ritualists to help in advance ( 1 week before) to volunteer for parts and get ritual prepared.. and be in costume../  masks.

**More details of actual ritual near the time** (come back and check here near the time or join our meetup event Tamesa Halloween 2017

How to find us:   There’ll be a number of us ..gathering by the Globe Theatre area by river. We’ll already be in ceremonial clothing (robes, cloaks), wearing Samhain ritual masks, carrying lanterns, staff etc..  (strictly no swords…no knife!!)

Cloths/what to bring:

-Wear warm/ waterproof comfortable cloths… Please check weather for London for friday evening and dress appropriate. Wear good footwear..as standing/ walking for longer duration can get hard on the feet.

Food/drinks:
-Please bring small picnic-style food and drinks to share.
-Bring things for self.. and if feeling generous, something to share with others..

Safety notes: Everyone is asked to take extra care with their own personal safety as we’ll be in a busy public place.  Keep valuables with you at all times..  or with a trusted friend who is not playing a big role in ritual.   beware of thieves/ pickpockets, any silly protesters (who don’t like pagans) and may try to cause a wrangle.   If this happens..just step away from it..  do not be baited..  and just get out asap…and get far away to a safer place.

No swords…no athames..or other `real’ weapons – or anything that might alarm the general public /police. We play safe and nice.. And you are responsible for your own good behaviour and health & safety!!

With bright blessings

– Mani Navasothy

Join our Meetup for this event – Tamesa Halloween 2017

 

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Earth Day 2016 – Evening walk & candle-lit picnic in Richmond Park

Dear all, nearly all of you know.. am big on  Gaia, and Eco-matters.  And there’s nothing more significant a date that `Earth Day’ (happens every year 22nd April).    I’ve been holding outdoor ceremonies for Earth day for many years..   ever since i became aware of it via the late Jean Williams (more on her in another post).. Some know I have organised 3  `Gaia Conventions’ (via Pagan Federation London) many years ago..(and plan to hold one later this year).

Earth Day 2016- 21april16

For the past 2 years, we have been meeting in Richmond park on the Earth day itself – for meditative & magical work. This time, we’re scheduling in a later evening meeting.. to take a quieter walk in the wonderful Richmond Park.. We’ll stroll through.. take some sights of the Deers and oaks.. and settle down for a candle-lit picnic.. and if the mood takes us…perhaps a Full moon ceremony!

Update: This event takes place on the day *before* Earth day…ie on 21st April 2016.

This is a `quiet’ event.. no loud drums.. invocations etc. we’ll be mindful and unintrusive of the wild life and enjoy the stillness of evening..and the depth of magic.

Note: Main gates for cars close at dusk.. but pedestrian gates will be open..so we can walk out any time.

Activity:

Once initial meeting/ greeting is done, we’ll set off on a gentle exploratory walk..  Once we find a suitable spot,  we aim to use locally found organic items, twigs, branches, leaves..logs…to create an Earth Altar/ Eco art. There will then follow a meditative session (15 mins), followed by a late-evening woodland picnic of snacks & wine / drinks.

If we spot large groups of Deers (as often it happens), we will adjust our plans accordingly.. and flow with nature 🙂

What to bring:

• Please wear really sensible cloths – warm, water proof & shoes/boots.

• Bring some food & drinks to share

• Bring a rose quarts or clear quartz to hold during meditation.

• Bring any magical talismans, shields, dreamcatcher type items.. to place around altar area

• Any special Goddess images/ statues

(you will take your own items back home).

Directions / travel

We’ll meet meeting by `Richmond Gate’ (either get there by bus from Richmond town centre.  (Do not come by car as main gates close at dusk..and  any cars inside will be locked in.   Been there done that!! So take my word for it!)

Weather:

We can not know what the weather is going to be like..   Come fully prepared.   (Yes, it REALLY DOES get cold when you sit down and don;t move for 15 minutes.  ** Please take our experienced advise- wear warm cloths, no matter how `warm; it may be in the day/ afternoon!**

Check back few days before event for any changes / updates .

-Mani Navasothy

ps.  here is my meetup page at London Woodland Witches…for this Earth Day event. Feel free to join it and keep up to date with our plans.

EarthDay2016 – Evening walk, candle-lit picnic & full moon ritual -Richmond Park

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016, 7:00 PM

Richmond Park, Richmond Gate
Richmond Hill TW10 6RP Richmond (Surrey), GB

29 Woodland Witches & Pagans Went

For the past 2 years, we have been meeting in Richmond park on the Earth day itself – for meditative & magical work.   This time, we’re scheduling in a later evening meeting..  to take a quieter walk in the wonderful Richmond Park..  We’ll stroll through..  take some sights of the Deers and oaks.. and settle down for a candle-lit picnic.. and if th…

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Tamesa the Dark- Samhain ritual by Thames 31Oct14

Join us on Halloween Night in Central London on…31st October 2014.. by Millennium Bridge (Tate Galley side). We will be facilitating our annual `Thames: River of Souls / Samhain’ Ceremony to honour the Spirit of Thames & Ancestors.

This is the actual Halloween night.. Mist of fun-people in London will be in fancy dress…So Wear Fancy dress…Masks.. Witchy Cloaks.. Wizard attire.. Ghostly look…Werewolves & Vampires welcome! Bring your carved Pumpkins… Lanterns with light or candle in it..!

Thames Halloween Walk -31Oct2014 temp

Meeting point/ Tube:
Nearest Tube station is St.Pauls (or Blackfriars). Then ask/find directions and get to the Millennium Bridge. Cross the bridge, and get to the `Tate Modern Gallery’ side .. We will gather by the seats near Tate Gallery entrance (next to the door / green space)..

Meeting time:
Please get there anytime from 5.45pm to about 6pm.

Cloths/what to bring:
-Wear warm/ waterproof comfortable cloths… Please check weather for London for friday evening and dress appropriate. Wear good footwear..as standing/ walking for longer duration can get hard on the feet.

Food/drinks:
-Please bring small picnic-style food and drinks to share.
-Bring things for self.. and if feeling generous, something to share with others..

Numbers:
We may have 5 -50 people. It’s unpredictable..

Media/ photography/ privacy:
-It’s all in the open, in a public place. Any passers-by may stop and take photos.. We can’t stop them.
-We will ask outsiders to be non-intrusive during ceremony (best we can do).
-If you don;t like being photographed by anyone.. best wear a mask / fancy dress! 🙂

The plan (subject to changes on the evening):

1. We’ll meet n greet…so a bit of socialising.. share a sip of hot coffee and chalice / wine.
2.Then Mani (facilitator) will lead all to a nearby suitable spot along the Thames, to do the Ceremony for Samhain/ Ancestors. This is a serious but simple ceremony.. so children and non-pagans are all welcome.
3. After Ceremony (and more socials), we’ll have an informal candle-lit walk along the Thames-path (on pavement). The exact direction (towards Waterloo or towards London Bridge) will be announced at the meeting point.

Ritual content/ format:

-Simple consecration with salt/water & incense, followed by sacred-Magic circle casting, then calling the 4 elemental quarter energies.
-Invocation to the Dark Lord & Crone Goddess.
– All communing silently (meditative) with their deceased ancestors/loved ones who have passed away.
-Burning of regrets/ sorrows in Cauldron (small pieces of paper..)
-Blessing Cakes/ Wine and feasting (picnic)
-Offering coins to the spirit of Charon (ferryman) in the river Thames (to help dead spirits pass safely to underworld)
(At Samhain, circle & Quarters are not closed)

Our ceremonies are open to everyone, of all paths and religions. Children are allowed with parents or guardians supervision.

Bring some easy snacks & drinks to share on the way too..

Stay as long as you like.. and leave when you want to.

Safety note: No swords…no athames..or other `real’ weapons – or anything that might alarm the general public /police. We play safe and nice.. And you are responsible for your own good behaviour and health & safety!!

We do ask that you keep a watchful eye on your young children on the night. (If you bring your kids, that is).

With bright blessings
– Mani

link:
www.PaganFrontiers.com

Earth Hour 2014: Eco-Ceremony & Social in Central London – 29th March

Earth Hour .. only a few weeks to go.. Saturday 29th March.

We have our annual open event in Central London!    In the past I have facilitated a Candle-lit walk along the river Thames.   This time, we are simply gathering in one spot – outside  the Tate Modern Gallery (there are some patches of green area..with trees!! That is where we had our outdoor event in October’13)

Earth Hour 2014- central london ceremony & social - FREE
Earth Hour 2014- central london ceremony & social – FREE

So  come and join me and my Eco-friends ..from about 7.3pm onwards..  for meeting & greeting..and socialising.    And around 8.30pm, when the actual Earth Hour begins..  we will gently go  into a small meditation, followed by an Eco-Ceremony  (may last abut 20-3omins).   Then we shall continue with socials, an outdoor Picnic and merriment..

I feel it important, that while so many of us care about the Earth and eco-causes, and fight ever day to resolve make the problems of our World,  we also must create time for being Happy, to connect with like-minded humans, strengthen our ties,  power up one another’s motivations and  spread hope – that the World will get better!!

Those will be the focus of the Ceremony.  So people of any and all religions & faiths welcome.

There are no protests, no campaigns…no slogans..   Only a few evening hours of total positivity & peace.

All I ask is that those who come do so with an open & tolerant mind, and with peace & harmony in their hearts.

This is a family-friendly event.  So do bring your small children .(wrap up warm though!   It gets cold by the open spaces of the river Thames).

Do bring picnic food & drinks to share ..:-) 

-Mani Navasothy

ps.  Earth Day (22nd April) & World Peace Day (21st Sept) –   we also organise a Family Picnic for these. So  follow this blog, or keep an eye on my websites for details of those other events!  🙂 )

Links to my related websites/ communities

Gaian Times Eco-Spiritual e-Magazine 

Pagan Frontiers of London– Magical ceremonies & events

Tamesa London Circle- Rituals & Ceremonies by river Thames