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ETC: Enfield Town Circle – Pagan Moot in North London

Enfield Town Circle- Pagan Moot.    This is Pagan pub moot (monthly social) that takes place in Enfield, North London (well, almost north London).  Established by April..way back in 2006, it’s a good social opportunity for new people to come meet & socialise indoors.

Enfield Town Circle - pagan moot-
Enfield Town Circle – pagan moot-

Originally held in another pub, ETC is now at Crown & Horseshoes- a lovely waterside pub. We often sit by the sofas near the large fire place (front, right) or by the cosy round tables in the rear dinning area). We tend to have debates & discussions on current pagan matters or topics of interest to members…and mostly socialise.

Here’s a video where April talks about the Moot

When: 2nd Thursday of every month

Upcoming dates 2014:  13th November’14,   11th December 2014

Dates for 2015:  8th January,  12th Feb,  12th March,   9th April,   14th May,   11th June,   9th July,   13th Aug,   10th Sept,   8th Oct,   12th Nov,  10th Dec (tbc)

Time: 7.30pm till about 11pm

Where: Crown & Horseshoes pub.15 Horseshoe Lane, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 6PZ.

facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/EnfieldTownCircle/

 I’ve just done a quick plan view of the pub.. We are usually in the back area..(go straight in…past the bar..then turn right at the back section.. We’ll be at the large round sofa seated area..

Enfield Town Circle- plan view of pub

Healing hugs from Pets

Healing hugs from Animals
Healing hugs from Animals.
Ruby at Enfield Town Circle

Few days ago at Enfield Town Circle (a monthly Pagan social gathering), I had first hand experience of  what can be called a Healing Hug from a dog – in particular, Ruby Summer Lee (my friend Marcus’ pet dog ..a Golden Retriever).

I’ve known Ruby for almost a year now..and she is a year old – in fact few weeks ago, my partner and I made a special trip to south london to visit Ruby, and to go for a celebratory walk in local woods! (what else do you do to celebrate a dog’s birthday – give jewellery?   No don’t answer that. I know some people do 🙂

Anyway, last week had been difficult ..for various personal reasons, and by the time I go to the Enfield Moot, I was pretty low on morale and energy. And the first few attendants to the gathering were Marcus and Ruby. And after initial (slightly reserved) petting of the dog (it was in a pub), we sat down. But Ruby would not settle – as she normally would. So I sort of crouched down to pet her and calm her down a bit. But of course she must have had other ideas.  No sooner had I crouched down to her level, she stood up on he hind legs – which brought her to my full (crouched) head height. And she was literally able to put both her front legs (and any mud on her paws) onto both my shoulders, and nuzzle-gently bite my neck.

It was a hug by any other name – no doubt about it. Soon she settled on the floor, and we got on to conversations, and other friends started to arrive. And somewhere in between, I was starting to feel better – and it took me a while to realise the shift – thanks to Ruby’s hug!

It’s nothing new of course to many millions of pet-owners and people who cherish contacts with animals. They’ve all experienced the personal healing touch of their animals.  I’ve had such contact..  stroking cats, dogs. But I believe this was the first time I have had a proper hug from one of them 🙂

More about Ruby Summer in future posts .. as we have lots of interesting events and photos to share 🙂

-Mani Navasothy

 

 

Flower crowns & NEWS articles

Few weeks ago, a Journalist for the local News Paper in Enfield contacted my wife April. She was tracked down through the pagan monthly social gathering that April has been running in Enfield for over 3 years (Enfield Town Circle).

April Jonquil & Mani Navasothy in Enfield Gazette News March 2012

The Journalist wanted to interview us about the upcoming Christian Festival `Easter’ and wanted our view on older pagan festivals that take place at this time.  So we had some phone calls, and we told them about Spring Equinox and about Beltane, and the older festival of Ostara – all the symbols of which seem to have been nicely muddled up (cooked?) and fashioned into the `Easter’ celebrations of Christ’s death and resurrection!

Within few days of the call, we had an early morning photo-shoot in Enfield, by the canal, just near the Registry office. Few people who walked past us thought we had just got married – and wished us well.  Well, we were in bright cloths and were both wearing flower crowns 🙂  The photo shoot took place a midst newley bloomed Daffodils!

I must say, for April & my handfasting (pagan wedding ceremony that took place in Epping forest few years ago), the flower crowns were somewhat  lacking! We had wanted natural flora, but at the time, our friend who created a flower crown had made just one..  and what was natural in her harden at the time was a rose and a few flowers.  It had often upset my wife April to look at those photos – one large rose on her forehead.

So this time, I made a big effort- I used ivy and new strands of Willow, and wove some red roses, with an original red ribbon used in our handfasting ceremony to make the crown.  And I am pleased to say, April was happy. And being wished by passers-by, we almost allowed ourselves to believe that is was our wedding day!  But that of course, is yet to come! 🙂

-Mani

The article in Enfield Gazette 28march2012