31st of January/ 1st of February is when Pagans celebrate Imbolc – and honour the virgin Goddess Bride (Bridgett/ Breed). And London History tells us that the St.Bride’s church used to have a sacred well, and was a place of Bride worship (before Saint Bride’s work and it becoming a church). On this night we have a river-thames based full moon ritual ..and thought a candle-lit walk from St.Bride’s church doors along to Tate Modern Gallery area will be magical. So that we may take some of that healing energies and share it along the streets and bring it to river Thames.
(River Thames full moon ritual gathering is from 7,30pm – optional and set up as a separate event in our meetup. you may go home after candle-lit walk or stay for Tamesis full moon ritual).
The St.Bride’s church closes at 6pm. However, you can arrive at 5pm to have some quiet contemplation inside – if you personally choose to do so. You may visit the `Journalist/ media’ Altar, or stay in the main church area, look around, or even visit the crypt area and look at the exhibits & oldest part of the church. (They do 90min tours every tuesday. It costs £6 and is highly worth it – we’ll be doing an event for that another time..)
For our event, we gather at 6pm by the main gates of St.Brides church (enter from Fleet Street). Once we have everyone, we’ll be walking along the small alleyway to the left, go around the church clockwise, and find the open space behind the church – where you’ll find seats, as well as a circle of lights on the ground, around a pentagram drawn on concrete.
This is where we’ll begin our short ceremonial work..
Some poetry, blessing, and starting our candlelit walk.
We’ll complete the circle around the Church, back to main door..then to Fleet Street..and walk across Blackfriars bridge, turn left, and walk to arrive outside Tate Modern entrance facing river Thames.
Those interested may stay for our Tamesis Full moon ceremony (fee £3/£2).
The Path of Bride event is free.
Organiser/ Wiccan High Priest.
ps. In Spring, we’ll be organising a Diana ceremony in the area of St,Paul’s Cathedral – as history again tells us it used to be a place of worship for Diana the Greek Huntress- Goddess.
• What to bring
Please wrap up warm, and bring a jam jar/ lantern for candle-lit walk.. or battery operated lights are fine too. (I’ll have tea lights for lanterns).
• Important to know
Free event. This walk then links to our `Tamesis Full moon ceremony by river Thames at 7.30pm.
Link to meetup:
Path of Bride : Candle-lit walk – StBride Church to river Thames
Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018, 6:00 PM
St Brides Church, Fleet Street London EC4Y 8AU, GB
10 Witches Wiccans & Pagans Attending
31st of January/ 1st of February is when Pagans celebrate Imbolc – and honour the virgin Goddess Bride (Bridgett/ Breed). And London History tells us that the St.Bride’s church used to have a sacred well, and was a place of Bride worship (before Saint Bride’s work and it becoming a church). On this night we have a river-thames based full moon ritua…
This is the 2nd Full moon in January 2018 (falls on 31st January). There is also a Solar Eclipse on the same time. A potent magical time indeed. So we will be taking full advantage of the brewing energies on the eve (night before) the Blue Moon. These 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. Facilitated by Mani (Wiccan High Priest) & Ritual team.
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.
-Opening prayers and /or Meditation (chakra or other)
-Consecrations with salt & water, incense, candles
-Casting magic Circle
-Calling elemental quarters
-Invocations / prayers to Moon Goddess & Horned God
-Cakes & Wine blessing
-Closing & Grounding work
– Feasting, Socialising…
**fee : £3 ** —————
What to bring—————-:
***Please dress appropriate for weather!
*****Please DO bring food & drinks to share ( bread & cheese / humus are a good start) and any soft drink/wine that you like to share with others in circle.
** Our rituals start in twilight, but often end when it’s already nightfall.. So a torchlight is important.
** We sit on the ground! A simple ground sheet is effective (blankets get wet in winter). Or a stool.
– Your wand (if you have one)
– crystals, tarot etc.
– A robe/ cloak to wear (optional)
You may also wish to attend our New Moon rituals in North London, where we explore High Magic practise with a Wiccan ritual format.
Outdoors/ Elements & forces—————–:
These ritual circles take place in public Woodlands or parks. As they are outdoors, we are at the mercy of elements (sunshine, storms, snow, fog etc).. 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…
Policy on Bullying/ Harassment ——
We will not tolerate ANY bullying, Harassment or any form of sexual predatory behaviour. Please report such matters to Tutor asap.
Link to our meetup event:
1st Blue Moon Ceremony & Solar Eclipse magic (Woodland Wicca – January 2018)
Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018, 7:00 PM
Location details are available to members only.
24 Witches Wiccans & Pagans Attending
This is the 2nd Full moon in January 2018 (falls on 31st January). There is also a Solar Eclipse on the same time. A potent magical time indeed. So we will be taking full advantage of the brewing energies on the eve (night before) the Blue Moon. These are ideal for people interested in Wicca & Witchcraft. They provide an Introduction to Wicca, Witc…
Dear all.. apologies for the short notice on this.. Am facilitating the monthly Tamesa/ Wicca Full moon ritual by the banks of river Thames this evening in central London. For this and other upcoming open rituals that I facilitate in London, please visit my meetup group `London Woodland witches & Outdoor Pagans’ (link at the bottom).
Dear all.. following the previous full moon ritual by Thames, many have shown much interest. Also with much going on in London, there seems to be a need to do more positive, regular, magical workings in central London. So am scheduling a few more monthly full moon rituals in central london by the banks of river Thames. These will be held near the full moons in July, August & September, by the banks of river Thames in central London.
Ritual Date: Friday 7th July’17.
We’ll sweep away negativity, consecrate ourselves with blessed salt/water/ incense and candle, cast a magic circle, call on the 4 elemental quarters/guardians of the WatchTowers, seek support from the spirit of the place/ Tamesa, evoke the God & Goddess..and do our magic..and then share blessed cakes & wine.
No prior knowledge or experiences of wicca or ritual magic is necessary for you to attend this. Just come with an open mind. Be friendly and non-intrusive. Connect with others, and join in the ceremony.
Let us come together and honour the Lady of the Moon, and Father Thames, and Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and blend it all and do magic…
Let us work magic..at the Heart of London.
** donations (suggested ): £2 **
Gathering by Tate Modern Gallery entrance 7.30pm. Going down to river bank/ Setup and start 8.30pm. Expected end of ritual by 9.30pm.. with some social for sharing food/drinks back on ground level 9.30-10.30pm.
Gather outside the Green area of Tate Modern Gallery (main doors). We’ll walk down to the banks of Thames and do this ceremony.
The steps are slippery. bank of Thames after previous tide will be full of new things and sharp objects. Take extreme care with your own health & safety. You are responsible for your safety.
**No children allowed**
**Unfortunately the location is not suitable for anyone with walking disabilities**
Tamesa /Wicca Full Moon Ceremony – by river Thames, central London (July’17)
Friday, Jul 7, 2017, 7:30 PM
Tate Modern green It’s the area of green outside Tate Modern and Bankside Gallery London, GB
24 Woodland Witches & Pagans Went
Dear all.. following the previous full moon ritual by Thames, many have shown much interest. Also with much going on in London, there seems to be a need to do more positive, regular, magical workings in central London. So am scheduling a few more monthly full moon rituals in central london by the banks of river Thames. These will be held near t…
Join us to celebrate Midsummer 2017.. with ceremony & socials. We’ll drum, dance and make merry …after the ceremony to honour the Sun that’s reached the height of his power. We’ll also be marking/ celebrating our own personal achievements 🙂
date: Saturday 17th June 2017.
Duration: 2pm to 5pm. (meeting from 1.30pm)
`This marks the height of the Summer, and the longest day of the year. Astrologically, it is exactly the point when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer (which is the natural house of the Moon!). The new-born Sun of the midwinter (Yule) has grown to it’s fullest potential, and so pagans are mindful at Midsummer that the wheel turns. It is when the previously defeated Holy-King returns, challenges the Oak-King and wins. Thus at Midsummer, the rein of the Oak King ends and the one of Holy King begins. Midsummer games such as tug of war enact this battle between summer and winter forces. In terms of the God myths, it is a time for the God to become Sun-King, and take his place on the throne of responsibility for his people’
Out ritual *Team will conduct key aspects of the ceremony, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved in the actual ritual – ie with elements calling, chants, magical work and so on.
****suggested Fee: £3 per person***
RITUAL items to bring:
– Ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks / ground sheets / blankets
– Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks / flower crowns (No athame!! .. No swords!)
– Drums & musical instruments
– Lanterns / candles / lighter (all candles in lanterns only please, unless it’s large pillar-candles. Strictly No tea-lights on ground or trees!!)
– Crystals / runes / divination tools
– Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)
We ask no children / babies in prams etc to be brought.
Behaviour / alcohol/ drugs policy
This is in a public woodland/ park. We wish to make sure the good reputation/ credibility of our group/ members/ organisers are maintained. So please BE on good behaviour. No drugs/ substances allowed. Anyone found disrupting will be asked to leave.. and in extreme cases, organisers may call the Police for the safety & well-being of everyone else present. Don’t ruin it for all.. Be good! 🙂
Please do not take photos during set-up, run-through or ritual.. Other times, it’s fine. It’s in a public place so we can not stop the public walking through or taking pics. If worries about your privacy / identity, please wear a ritual mask to safeguard your identity in photos that others may take of the group.
Meeting place (Woodman’s Pub):
Gather in the Woodman’s Pub from 1.30pm.. Get to `High Gate’ Tube station.. come up to manin road. Turn right. Pub is just 30 seconds away.
After Ceremony & some socials in the woods, we will head back to the pub (woodmans) for more socials.
Wiccan High Priest & Founder of London Woodland Witches and Outdoor Pagans.
Link to meetup event
Woodland Midsummer Ritual by Hern’s Tribe – June 2017 (Queen’s Woods)
Saturday, Jun 17, 2017, 2:00 PM
Queen’s Woods Near Highgate Station London, GB
52 Woodland Witches & Pagans Went
Join us to celebrate Midsummer 2017.. with ceremony & socials. We’ll drum, dance and make merry …after the ceremony to honour the Sun that’s reached the height of his power. We’ll also be marking/ celebrating our own personal achievements :-)New date: Saturday 17th June 2017•***** Fee: £3 per person **`This marks the height of the Summ…
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).
Fee: suggested Donation £3 towards our costs and continued running of these rituals. (thank you).
Ritual outline : A statue of the Goddess will be carried to the water side. Women may offer mirrors so that Goddess Isis may see her beauty. We will pour milk on the banks then sprinkle the statue with precious perfumes & flowers. As the final part of the ritual, a small replica boat(s) will be filled with spices and other magical items, and placed in the river as an offering to the Goddess Isis. Smaller paper boats may also be placed in the river and let go off..
Bring your own small boats! Be it paper boats or small scale models – to either sail them on the river Thames afterwards, or to symbolically place them on our altar during ritual, to gain the blessings of Isis for your own ventures ahead in 2017.
Practical details / meeting point (edited on 28Feb17)
new meeting point / time: Hollyhock Cafe, Terrace Gardens, Petersham Road, TW10 6UX. Meet there by 1.30pm
( You can get to Richmond station by 1pm and you must walk/ take a bus to Terrace Gardens). We will cross the road to the riverside for ceremony.
Exact spot for ceremony may vary/change depending on how busy the riverside is . So please meet at the Cafe and we can all walk to the riverside.
Altar set up by 2pm. Ceremony will soon after that.. At the end of the ceremony our `ships’ will be set sail followed by Feasting. We expect to be back at station by 5pm .. and visit a cafe or pub to socialise (in warmth).
**Please wear absolutely sensible shoes, warm & water poof cloths** .. Our rituals go ahead whatever the weather.. and how ever many or few people attend. We do them for serious magical purpose! So no need to double check ..if its snowing or blowing storms! Just turn up and take a chance.. Magic is supposed to be wild and tied with nature!!
All are Welcome to attend these . Do contact us and contribute with your creativity, knowledge & magic for these new explorations..
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).
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.
Please bring Food & drinks to share. It can be a bottle of wine, soft drinks, hot drinks (in a flask), short eats, snacks, bread, butter, cheese, humus, cakes, salads, pasta and so on.
We ask that no photos are taken during the setting up of altar or ritual itself. Thank you 🙂
Link to meetup event for this ceremony
Isidias Navigatum- Goddess Isis Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony 2017 (Richmond)
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 …
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).
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.
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.
1. Isidias Navigatum- Blessing of the Fleet – Isis Ritual
Sunday 1st March 2015 @ Richmond
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)
2. Night of the Cradle- Birthday of Goddess Isis Ceremony
Thursday 16th July 2015 @ Embankment, Central London (Cleopatra’s Needle)
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.
3. Tamesa River of Souls (Halloween) & Full Moon Ritual
Tuesday 27th October 2015 @ Millennium Bridge area by river side, Central London
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.
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)
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 ..:-)
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! 🙂 )