Magical Pathways- Pagan Federation London Conference 2014

Hi all,  I’ll be at this Conference tomorrow..with a stall, promoting my own professional Esoteric & Holistic consulting and other services (eBooks, ePublishing for you, Video promotions, courses, events, Art/graphics & craft products).   So come say hello if you are going.. here’s the full details..taken from the PF website (all links at the bottom). – Mani Navasothy

PFL conference 2014 London

PF-London 2014 Conference Programme- Magical Pathways. 

  • Date: Saturday, 30th August
  • Time: 10.00am – 9.30pm
  • Tickets will be available on the door.
  • Address/ Venue:  Leytonstone Business and Enterprise Specialist School, 159 Colworth Rd, Leytonstone, London, GB (Nearest Tube: Leytonstone (10 minute walk) – Central Line)

Opening Ritual
Facilitated by Heathen organisation The Kith of Yggdrasil.

Talks & Workshops

Liz Le Comber (priestess and PF volunteer)

  • – Pagan Prison Ministry
    Priestess of the Fellowship of Isis and longstanding supporter of the Pagan Federation, Liz Le Comber, discusses her work in the Pagan Prison Ministry and how others can get involved.

Lucya Starza (author of ‘Bad Witch’s Blog’)

  • – Psychogeography
    In paganism, the natural landscape of the countryside is often seen as more inherently magical than the built environment of towns and cities. The psychogeographer, by contrast, finds just as much wonder and mystery in the urban landscape. Lucya Starza talks about the tools of psychogeography and what they offer the spiritual quester in London.

Kenneth Rees (lecturer on esoteric traditions)

  • – Magical Pathways Pursued – an autobiographical account over four decades
    A look at a variety of esoteric ways Ken has explored both personally and professionally since the 1970s. This overview will highlight each path’s strengths and weaknesses (for him) concluding with a demonstration that a wheel can turn full circle to where it first began.

Carrie Kirpatrick (psychic, tarot reader)

  • – Crossroads Magic
    Carrie Kirkpatrick is a priestess of Crossroads Magic and will take you on a journey to meet Hecate and Papa Legba, Goddess and God of the Crossroads from the Ancient Greek and Voodoo traditions respectively. Through guided pathworking, a connection will be made and attendees invited to make offerings at the Crossroads.

Yvonne Aburrow (author and poet)

  • – Gender and sexuality in contemporary Paganism: how we got to where we are, and where we might go next.
    A look at the historical dimensions of gender and sexuality in Paganism, and how we can become more inclusive towards gender variance and sexual diversity.

Andrew Rea (poet and researcher)

  • – Magic in Anglo-Saxon England
    Andrew has for some years been conducting his own research into Anglo-Saxon England and writing historic, rhythmic, rhyming poetry against this. ‘Magic in Anglo-Saxon England’ is a talk about the use of ritual, charms and magic in Anglo-Saxon England drawing from various surviving manuscripts, including the presentation of a reconstructed charm and the first public presentation of a translation of a heating charm. The talk will also include some of Andrew’s historical poems.

Katie Gerrard (author)

  • – Runes Workshop
    The runes are most often associated with divination, but that’s not all they can be used for. The author of Odin’s Gateways introduces you to the energies of the runes and shows you how you can start to work with them.

Marielle Holman (dance teacher)

  • – Shamanic trance & dance workshop.   (Please note: there is a participant limit due to limited space).  Dance is a doorway to the spirit within, and to dance oneself into a state of trance is to connect completely to the healing powers of spirit.

Caroline Wise (author)

  • – Elen of the Ways
    This presentation will include an illustrated talk on the figure of Elen, her ways, shrines and mysteries, and her aspects as goddess, guide, and nature spirit. This will be followed by a visualisation experience and talisman making, where each participant can create and charge their own magical artefact of Elen of the Ways.

David Benton (ritual magician)

  • – Kabballah’s Tree of Life
    The Tree of Life is one of the most important concepts in Hermetic magick. This talk will explore its origin and structure and show how it can be used for meditation and ritual.

Richard Levy (PF LGBTQ officer)

  • – LGBTQ Paganism
    The history and present of LGBT people and forces in pagan and magical paths.

Mary Rands (priestess)

  • – Bereaving a magical partner
    Experienced priestess Mary Rands discusses the impact of losing someone significant with whom you shared your magical path and how to deal with such a loss.

Mark Vincent (chaos magician & hypnotherapist)

  • – The path of Chaos
    Belief as a tool – How to create new paradigms for magical use.

Jim Bennett (author)

  • – Egyptian Magick & Religion
    This talk outlines the basic principles of Egyptian Magick and its application to the practice of ritual today.

James Head (author, philosopher)

  • – The Olympic religion
    Freedom, Responsibility, Know Thyself and Some Other Basic Ideas.  For many believers the Olympic Religion is very much a more personal path to the divine. In this talk James explores some of the basic ideas of this more personal religion and suggests that along with greater personal freedom comes also an ethical personal responsibility. ”Know Thyself” was written above the doors of Apollo’s temple in Delphi – but what does this really mean? Socrates suggests one possible answer for us to consider and James will outline why Socrates thought it so important to “Know Thyself” before starting any spiritual path such as the Olympic Religion.

Music

  • Paul Mitchell
    Paul Mitchell is a satirical pagan folk musician. For several years he’s been playing his stuff around campfires and a conference here or there. His songs are about ‘the Pagan Community’ and his experiences of them. In the past audiences have laughed, danced, cried, and shuffled with amused embarrassment at the words he offers. Don’t go along to listen if you have no sense of humour and think paganism is frightfully serious. Do go along if you can laugh at yourself.
  • Love Street
    LOVE STREET – a five piece, multi-instrumental and vocal band, described as, ‘a unique combination of everything from wailing rock guitar to beguiling fiddle and mandolins, resulting in a musical experience that both draws from the past and yet has something new and fresh to say’.

A Special Performance of Aleister Crowley’s.  The Rite of Jupiter

The Eleusinian Mysteries were initiatory ceremonies held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis in ancient Greece. Of all the mysteries celebrated in ancient times, these were held to be the ones of greatest importance. The rites, ceremonies, and beliefs were kept secret and consistently preserved from a hoary antiquity. The initiated believed they would have a reward in the afterlife. Since the mysteries involved visions conjuring of an afterlife, some scholars believe that the power and longevity of the Eleusinian Mysteries came from psychedelic agents.

The lesser mysteries were probably held every year, the greater mysteries only every five years. This cycle continued for about two millennia. Under Pisistratus of Athens, the Eleusinian Mysteries became pan-Hellenic and pilgrims flocked from Greece and beyond to participate. This led to a vast increase in the number of initiates. The only requirements for membership were freedom from ‘blood guilt’, meaning never having committed murder, and not being a ‘barbarian’ (being unable to speak Greek). Men, women and even slaves were allowed initiation.

From this Aleister Crowley developed The Rites of Eleusis, a series of seven plays, each centred on one of the classical planets of antiquity. They were dramatically performed by Aleister Crowley, Leila Waddell (Laylah), and Victor Benjamin Neuburg in October and November 1910, at Caxton Hall, London. The Rite of Jupiter is the second in the series, but even in this rite, when the Supreme Power is declared, He is too exalted for anyone to approach him; it is only by the Divine Spirit that He is made manifest; and this manifestation only takes place in the God-man whom some call Iacchus (Dionysus). Sometime in November 2011 our producer (playing CICT) became inspired, after a chance conversation in a pub, to perform the Rite of Jupiter at a private celebratory event in 2012.

Permission for the public performance of the Rite was sought from, and granted by, Ordo Templi Orientis, holders of the Aleister Crowley copyrights.

 

Links

All content take from  Pagan Federation London

Mani Navasothy- Esoteric Entrepreneur (professional Services)

Link to timetable: Magical pathways Conference 2014 (30Aug’14)

Esoteric Enterprises Network for Business people in Holistic & Spiritual Communities

The experiences, knowledge, services and products YOU possess are exactly what so many other people are seeking – for their own use, their own well-being and their growth – be it spiritual, emotional or physical.

Esoteric Enterprise Network  - on facebook

Esoteric Enterprise Network – on facebook

Offer them genuine quality and value to their life, and they will return the favour – either as a reasonable fee or reciprocal product or service. That is just human nature! It is the `Law of return’ in just another form. Energy is given in one form and is received in another form for universal balance.

`Esoteric Enterprises Network’ – is for Holistic & Spiritual People who are developing their own home-based or startup businesses. So, if you have a business in the following areas, this is the group for you-

  • Holistic Therapies,
  • Healing arts,
  • Tarot /Astrology/ Psychic readings,
  • Writing Books & guides,
  • creating/selling Art & Crafts,
  • Event organising,
  • Community building,
  • online Promotions & Marketing,
  • and other products & services connected with Esoteric, Holistic & spiritual industries.

Aim of this group is to….

  • share personal tips, tools & techniques.
  • learn about e-Commerce & enterprises.
  • offer encouragement & moral support.
  • promote / publicise one another’s products & holistic services.
  • start joint ventures, partnerships & projects.

Come Join in and network on matters of wealth creation, publicity for launches of businesses, brands, shops, sales etc.
Remember – earning a living & creating personal financial wealth – is as much a part of life, as is spirituality and holistic well-being.

We started this facebook group on 8th January 2013 (Esoteric Enterprises was launched in October 2012)- to be a Network for either Esoteric & Holistic people..or people who provide products and services to the Esoteric, Holistic & Spiritual Communities.  It’s now time to shift the group towards more growth .. internally.. so that some of that sharing & support can take place.  If you have esoteric Business ventures…  take the time to tell the rest of us what it’s about, and where you are heading with it..and what are your hopes for it. Think of it like the `Elevator pitch’.. If you have made sales / promotional videos, slides etc.. do share them within the network / group (facebook).

And for my part, Over the coming weeks, I will also be sharing a number of business strategies, tools, techniques I have learnt and practise in my own ventures.. (all freely).

Why? Because my personal aim has always been to promote Esoteric Enterprises… so that we can all be proud and be successful in what we do.. !

 

Come join the Esoteric Enterprises Network

Best wishes.

-Mani

 

Egos, Expertise & Enterprises – issues faced by an Esoteric Entrepreneur

Issues faced by an esoteric Entrepreneur within magical communities 

Esoteric Enterprises - Issues faced by the Entrepreneur.  visit www.ManiNavasothy.com

Esoteric Enterprises – Issues faced by the Entrepreneur. visit http://www.ManiNavasothy.com

One of the ongoing strands of myths and misunderstandings, difficulties and despairs, appreciations and accusations – that I observe in the lives of any Spiritual, magical or Esoteric Enterprising person is this very matter!

In the Esoteric world, many are `taught’ or pressured into being `humble’ and there is also a big push towards being seen as non-materialistic. Too much Charisma can be interpreted as sleeziness. Self-Importance can be mistaken for Ego. Ambition is mistaken (often) for Greed!!

Where as in the enterprising & business realms, one has to show confidence, self-assurance, charisma, ambition. This is especially true to stand-alone self-employed Entrepreneurs. They have no one to stand on but their own tools, experiences and expertise. After all that is what they `sell’ – as a product or as a service to others.

The Esoteric Entrepreneur does not talk about other people, products or services (unless that is what he/she is selling).
The Esoteric Entrepreneur simply comes at it from a confident, self-assured, personal experience point of view.. he or she lives by example. He or she has to live by example, using the very products and services s/he is promoting and selling.

And as I said, this often mistakenly comes across as `Egotistical, Self-obsessed’.

It is not the Esoteric Entrepreneur – the one selling a crystal wand, a new age shop, a tarot reading, a self-help magic book or other such things – who needs to change. S/he already has. – in taking that brave step to make a living out of these subjects.

It is the Esoteric, pagan, holistic & magical communities that need to change – and start differentiating between these issues.

-Mani Navasothy  (Esoteric Entrepreneur)

 

my Links

Esoteric Enterprises – Tips, Tools & Techniques for Esoteric / Holistic business people

Esoteric Expert -e-Publishing your magical books & guides

Eco-Weaver – Websites & video promotions for Holistic ventures

Mani Navasothy – Esoteric Business Support & Holistic Services

 

 

5-FREE websites (Gaian Times Social Enterprise Promotion)

Gaian Times Magazine- Free website offer -Sept 2013

Gaian Times Magazine- Free website offer -Sept 2013

Are you in need of a FREE website..to get your community or personal venture started?

Well.. Gaian Times  e-Magazine (registered not-for-profit) is providing FREE brochure websites..  to / group venture..or to show case their art & Craft/ product/ services..

But Hurry ..and get in touch..as we start work on this in a few weeks..and all must be ready by end of October..    Deadline for  applying to this free Offer: 21st September 2013..    But it’s bound to be popular…so get in touch soon.    (Normal professional website costs lots fo create and host..    and registering your domain name has other costs..   If you take up this GT offer, it costs you NOTHING..   for a whole year!!)

Here’s more info.. Don’t Delay,.just get in touch ..via the contact form in  here..–>   http://gaiantimes.com/html/gt_social_enterprises.html   (also more details, T & C).

(Gaian Times will choose the 5 projects/ ventures that are most akin to the nature of Gaian Times itself…ie  Eco-spirituality, Earth, environment, kinship, personal enterprise, art, community support and so on.    If in doubt, just contact GT anyway…you never know if your venture qualifies !)

-Mani Navasothy

 

Introducing ECO-WEAVER!

EcoWeaver online services- websites graphics illustrations & internet promotions

EcoWeaver online services- websites graphics illustrations & internet promotions

An internet presence is essential – for any business, organisation, venture, club, society, group or other entity! In the modern era, websites & Social Media pages are your piece of `virtual land’.  Registering, owning and regularly managing these `online properties’ is an absolute `must’ for anyone and everyone establishing a small or large business venture, or creating an online platform for a Community!

`EcoWeaver’  aims to help and support small pagan & esoteric related businesses, and have kept our fees quite affordable for those starting up.

EcoWeaver has 3 major areas of provisions..

Ecoweaver -art & illustrations1

Art & Graphics Services

  • Book Covers – for eBooks & books
  • Logos & Banners – for all your online branding
  • Art & Illustrations – for  eBooks, Event posters  and presentations

 EcoWeaver- Video creation & youtube set-up

Promotion & online Marketting

  • Video creation (profiles, publicity, launches)
  • Setting-up  WordPress blogs (websites)
  • Setting up facebook Pages & groups
  • Set-up Your YouTube Channel, Your Twitter & Flikr platforms

EcoWeaver- Webmastering services

Webmastering Service

  • Registering a domain name
  • Providing webspace
  • Creating a basic  `*Brochure’ web site (1-5 pages)
  • Provide banner art
  • Add social media links

 

Our Affordable Fees start from £5 (for creating quick Logos & banners, using photos you provide).   Website packages start from £89 for a 5-page site (creation and one-time upload to your site).

Check out our extensive galleries, website examples, and web pacakge details.. at EcoWeaver

NEWS:   As part of our launch, we’ll be offering our `brochure website’ services FREE  to 3  lucky  Clients..     Look out for more news soon!   (Subscribe to this blog to keep updated!)

-Mani Navasothy

(Esoteric Entrepreneur!)

 

 

GaianTimes Magazine #6 Winter2012 (3 special covers)

 

 

 

Gaian Times eco-spiritual Magazine #6 came out back in November 2012, and had 3 special `covers’ (well, being an e-magzine, we can have as many covers as possible).  Each cover gave attention to a special feature or a cause.

The Formal Cover had Rose Dixon in her `Urban London Witchy’ look, holding the Earth in her hand. The original photo was taken by the banks of river Thames in London, after a `Thames: River of Souls’ Samhain (Halloween) ritual, where about 30+ interested pagans attended.

Gaian Times #6   Formal cover featuring Rose Dixon (Photo (c)ManiNavasothy

Gaian Times #6 cover-1 featuring Rose Dixon (Photo (c)ManiNavasothy

 

Pamela Harvey, Rose Dixon, Vathani Navasothy, April Jonquil, Beth Murray, Debbie Galllagher, and Mani Navasothy (Editor/ Director) contributed features to Issue#6 of Gaian Times.

The Magazine featured the following special articles:

  • Witches in London
  • Disappointing Death at 16 (personal account)
  • Stag Watch: A bit of a Crush
  • Atheism
  • Love the Badger Dance
  • GBH: Goddess Bodily Harm  (discussing eating habbits of Pagans)
  • Books and failed Ideas (on creative writing)
  • Poppy Thoughts of an Army Gal’s daughter
  • NEWS on Australia creating largest Marine reserve
  • Poem: Island Earth
  • Soorna Por: Demon War (Hindu festival)
  • Gaian Times Social Initiative: Esoteric Enterprises
  • African Elephant Massacre
  • Magic & Meditation to protect the Taiji Dolphins from annual massacre
  • Major Pagan Festivals in 2013

Cover 2 of GT#6

 

Cover 2 highlights the `Remembrance Day’ article  (Remembrance Day in Uk takes place on the 11th day of 11th month every year!)

April Jonquil wrote a special feature article for this  titled `Poppy Thoughts from an Army Gal’s daughter’,  reminiscing about her late mother Jean who had been in UK’s Land Army during the war.

Cover 3 of GT#6

 

Cover 3  featured the `Badger Dance’   – a protest event that took place right outside the Houses of Parliament in London, where Eco-activists held a good-natured `Badger Dance’ to protest against the Government move to cull mass amounts of Badgers in UK country side because of TB disease  found in some Badger population.   Rose Dixon wrote a special feature article  on Badger Dance.

 

Issue#6 (above) will be taken off-line in a few weeks, so if you are interested in any of the articles mentioned above, visit Gaian Times NOW to read them. 

 

By the way Rose Dixon (one of the Key contributors to GT) has a magical / eco blog at  http://RoseDixon.net

The next issue of GT is due to be published in March 2013, (subsequent issues will be in June, September & December (tbc).   But before march’13, Gaian Times Special Volume#1 will be coming out later in Feb’13 (in a few weeks).

-Mani Navasothy

 

 

Blast from the past: Pagan Dawn Magazine No164 (Autumn 2007)

Pagan Dawn autumn 2007 -No164 (published by The Pagan Federation)

Pagan Dawn autumn 2007 -No164 (published by The Pagan Federation).
ISSN No: 1357-5147

I was just writing about moving hose..  and sifting through old documents in the shed (and the Garage is still untouched .. 😦  )  Well, here’s another thing I found downstairs, in the corner of a bookshelf in the dinning room, burried under a lot of old videos (yeap, they all have to be either given to charity shops or thrown out!)

As some may know, I started organising Open rituals & events for the London District of The Pagan Federation, from December 2004, till recently (Spring 2012). But of course, apart from the hundreds of documents, web entries, e-mails and flyers and programmes that I myself had created for all those events, there is no `external’ evidence (Am going by the strict wikipedia guidelines!  For any claim to be valid, some entry bya  3rd party publication needs to be provided).  This is a key principle for all budding Esoteric Entrepreneurs – especially Authors, Writers, Tutors, Public Figures etc.

So me finding this Magazine is  quite valuable indeed.

Pagan Dawn autumn 2007 -No164- contents(art work by Mani Navasothy)

Pagan Dawn autumn 2007 -No164- contents
(art work by Mani Navasothy)

This single issue was edited by Kitty McIntyre before Sheena Morgan took over as Editor in the subsequent Samhain/Winter 2007 Issue of Pagan Dawn. In this the following items appeared that were relevant to me.

  • Art works (on Content page3, page 23, page 27)
  • Credit to Artists / Artists profiles (page 49)
  • Outline of the events I had been organising in PF-London (page 14) – in `Around the Federation’
  • Jean Williams’ account of the `Gaia3 Convention’ that I had conceived and organised (page 32 & 33) – where my then title as `London Events Organiser & Deputy District Manager’ is stated in print.

Such published  documents (3rd party) where one’s works are credited / cited – are important  for any and all Authors, Artists & Experts. These all fall under`professional validations’ – and we do need them in the modern worlds, where trust & credibility building are important for our every ventures.

So here are those pages I just mentioned.

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Pagan Dawn autumn 2007 -No164- artists profile for Mani Navasothy

Pagan Dawn autumn 2007 -No164- artists profile for Mani Navasothy

In the Artist profile for my entry, I  begin by saying,

`Art is very sacred to me. I often paint long into the night and get lost in it. In the morning what I see seems surprisingly alien and amazing to me.’   I go on to say, `I’d categorise my art as fantasy, science fiction and visionary. The human elements, environment and magic are the themes.’   Interestingly, I finish by saying, `I hate selling or loosing my work – it makes me wonder how a spider would feel when we break its webs!’

I say interestingly, because, that was 2007, and this is me now on the eve of 2013 – where I am planning to sell some of my old and new art works. Well, reality is, we all have to do something to earn a living – and to use the Spider analogy, we have to use our own resources to make that living..  A spider spurts its resin and spins a web – to catch its vital food. Likewise, we must use our skills and talents to create or provide things which in turn bring us an earning.

Pagan Dawn autumn 2007 -No164- p32- gaia3 convention

Pagan Dawn autumn 2007 -No164- p32- gaia3 convention

Here, then District  Manager Jean Williams, says of the Gaia3 Convention for PF-London,

“Suitable venues in central London are expensive so we were very nervous about embarking on this venture, but the vision and infectious enthusiasm of Mani Navasothy, London Events Organiser and Deputy District Manager, soon attracted a team of eager helpers determined to make it a success.”

I shall do a detailed blog – another time- under Esoteric Enterprises – on the now chiseled in stone event, Gaia3 Convention’ – how I conceived it, named it, came up with innovative ways of funding it (we had no money to begin with!) and how its unique themes and activities evolved. (Feature `Wyrd wall’ threaded through and became the 4th PF-London convention some 3 years later..  after Gaia-Fortuna & Gaia-Sol conventions).

-Mani Navasothy

related  stories / links

Memory Lane: Workshops at Witchfest Uk 2003 

My cleaning up work on Wikipedia entry for The Pagan Federation (examples of editing & citing references)

Image magic: Creating the PF-London logo