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The `Them & Us’ of Christians vs Witches?! (my personal views)

The whole thing of religious `Them & us’ has come up elsewhere on my wall. It relates in part to the old Witches being persecuted by Christians. So am writing this post (*1).
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The inference is that modern wiccans who practices Wicca & Witchcraft as a religious / neo pagan path.. are carrying some old `racially’ suppressed trauma of their ancestors being persecuted..and have an inherent `fear/ dislike/ apprehension/ animosity (take your pick’ or some similar feeling) against Christians!.
Truth of the matter is.. many modern witches and wiccans actually can’t prove their own lineage extends that far to the witches of the old.. I argue that there is no such `racial memory’ and that it’s just a fad..a presumed feeling.. because people love to have just historical clues and reasons for carrying causes.. (we can just believe in a cause and carry it.. we don’t’ need a historical justification or reason or validation).
Being an initiated Wiccan & Witch ( now pushing past 21 years of it..) sometimes I get the feeling I am expected to carry these `party lines’ of the `persecuted witches’.. a feeling of `them and us’ against Christians.
Am sorry to disappoint all.. but as Hindu I grew up not just going to the Temple with my family in my boyhood days, but also to adjacent Christian Churches. In fact we’d pick and choose what Gods we went to to pray for.. One example would be, when i had a strange mole on my finger, i was advised to go to the St.Anthony’s church for 7 weeks and pray, take a bit of salt & pepper, and crawl under the stand where a certain St.Anthony statue was. I did that and the mole disappeared long before the 7th week, though I completed the 7 weeks. It can be said that was my first practice of self delusion, prayer or heaven forbid.. Magic!(*2).
If anything I should have a prejudice against Buddhists..because it’s the Sinhalese people who were majority Buddhists who have caused racial violence against my Tamil / Hindu people..and murdered thousands.. back in Sri Lanka.. I’ve lived through not one but two of those episodes…running for our lives each time.
Yet I do my best to educate myself and weed out any hidden prejudices that may have developed as a result of those direct personal life and death episodes…which in theory should make me hate every Buddhist on the planet. So moral of my personal tale is.. enough of this `them and us crap’ !
I now don’t give a frack about what religion did to what other religion way before my time..
None of the `Witches’ living in our times have ever been persecuted to death enmass for their religions by another.. (save for a few individual harassment cases) .
As someone who actually has been persecuted for his religion, I think my perspective and aspirations should stand higher than these petty them-us arguments. As such, I do not ever want to see it or hear it in my presence from my open minded friends..
If I can be a hybrid of so many beliefs and not explode or go insane…then there is no excuse for anyone else(*3)!
-Mani Navasothy
Footnotes:
*1:  Am NOT a Ph.D in English, and nor do i have to worry about composing a thesis here that’s gotta hold water.. These are just my simple human sentiments.. typed in one go without editing (Thank you Mercury direct!). So please do see beyond the specifics and to the message I am trying to convey..
*2:   There are other incidents of Hindu priests advising the family of rope & water magic for finding out lost family dog, and one drunken father cursing someone with water ..and many a sessions with my grandmother who did all manner of potions, lotions, wafting of incense, flames and shamanic spitting to ward of evil eyes, o the local soothsayer lady who went into a trance and channeled Goddess Kali.. and advised devotees.
On the harsher side, I have as a boy just about sneaked a peep at a new Kali temple being consecrated with many animal sacrifices..and seeing their blood run in a small stream past me! (This is why it makes me extremely concerned when people purport to worship Goddess Kali in the west as if she’s some pussycat in their pocket.. Would they do so with the terrible Sekhmet who had an equal bloodthirsty mythical origin in Ancient Egypt? I think not.
*3:   Am sadden to hear that there’s even a divide of `Them & Us’ …from a Hereditary Witch’s point of view, towards rets of the Wiccans.
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Earth Day 2018 – woodland walk, family picnic & eco ceremony

22nd April is `Earth Day’ – every year!
 
So join us on this special day.. for a woodland walk, family friendly social and Eco-ceremony ! Takes place in Trent Park- one of London’s biggest woodland areas open to all.. with acres of space, free car park, cafe, toilet facilities.
Earth day 2018 Trent park
 
Venue: Trent Park, Cockfosters (Piccadilly line, north London)
Meeting Point: Trent Park Cafe, Barnet EN4 0JY, UK.
Google map link for meeting point: https://goo.gl/maps/NJwkrwNDMiF2
 
Facilities:
 
There is a proper toilet & cafe and car parks. Children can play in play area.
 
Location: From Cockfosters tube, the `Cocfosters Gate of Trent park is only 5 minutes walk. We will be in the field immediately to the right..when you enter the park.. Cafe etc is further ahead.
 
We have 2 key activities – join the one you prefer.
 
Part 1. (11.45am to 3pm)
 
Woodland Walk – from Trent Park Cafe to Camlot Moat & back. The `Enfield Town Circle’ of friends are planning this walk..but all welcome of course. There will be a 5-10 minute `Singing around a Tree’ (Globally synced event) at 12pm – to be facilitated by Lina-Star Spyrou.
 
Please be on time, as we begin with the 12noon sing-around tree, then commence long exploratory woodland walk to Camlot Moat and back. Expected to take 3hrs+. We will be going at a reasonable steady pace. May not be suitable for everyone as the terran can be difficult at some spots, where we may need to crawl through small spaces, as well as past bramble, muddy patches, roots and other woodland natural hazards. We are not sure if this is suitable for those with walking difficulties, breathing problems, push-chairs, wheel chairs.
 
Part 2: (3pm to 5pm+)
 
This is a family-friendly all abilities event – Bring your picnic . Bring blankets to sit on. Bring your drums and other acoustic musical instruments.
 
There will be a small Eco-ceremony at some point when all have gathered.
 
Exact location: We will be gathering in the small field closer to the main gate (Cockfoster Gate, Cockfoster Road). Enter the park.. walk past a pond that is on your right. Then turn right into the field …We’ll be there. Look out for groups of people.. Earth flags etc.
 
Drug policy:
This is a family friendly event. So please refrain from taking any drugs.. for the comfort and ease of everyone present. Thank you.
 
Safety / Children:
Parents & Guardians are responsible for their own children’s’ safety. Please be aware, there will be dogs in the field. There will be strangers. There will also be ritual items on altar – so do not let children play with such items.
 
Photography / Privacy:
People will be taking photos and or making some mobile cam filming. We are in a public park, so total privacy can not be guaranteed.
 
Please Bring:
 
• Drums & Musical instruments
• Bring family & friends (all religions welcome. This is about Earth).
• Bring eco-magical banners & posters to showcase and charge up with energy for your campaigns
• Bring crystals & ritual items for altar
• Bring plenty of Food & Drinks to share
• Bring ground sheet / blanket or folding stool (for yourself)
 
What you can do:
 
Please share this event and promote Earth day & Eco-Activities.
 
Weather: We can’t predict the weather but we’ve always carried an event, no matter what nature decides to do on that day. 🙂
 
History: Earth Day 22nd April- has been celebrated and marked by people of the world for over 40 years (since 1971). It provides a focus for hundreds of initiatives and activities.. from Eco-based fundraising, environmental campaigns, creating educational activities for those unaware of Earth’s ecological & environmental problems.. to magical or spiritual ceremonies to connect with Gaia“ the earth goddess/ spirit!
 
– Mani Navasothy
 link to meetup event

Wiccan Path for Beginners (outdoor 1-day course) – 21st April 2018

Wicca is a Pagan religious Path that includes honouring the divine, as well as the use of ritual magic for empowerment and bettering of our lives. This 1-day intensive course is for beginners & seekers – to all those interested or curious about Wicca & Witchcraft and like a simple, down to earth, friendly introduction…the whole lot in one day..!

1 day wicca course April 2018

Please attend with an open mind, and flexibility of time. We go into the woods to be away from the machinations of urban society, and to attune to the rhythms and energies of nature. Try to relax, ground, centre, earth and be open for the duration of the course. Allow a bit of time-buffer towards end for questions/ answers & conversations. Afterwards, we’ll go to the Woodman’s pub (indoors) and continue with some socials and carry on conversing about wicca and related matters.

FEE:

Standard Fee: £20. You can pay using this link.
https://paypal.me/ManiN/20

Concession fee £15 (low/unwaged). Please use this link.
https://paypal.me/ManiN/15

**You can also let me know via meetup (just go to my meetup event and rsvp),  and pay by cash to tutor on the day** (for planning purposes, this facility will be phased out soon).

VENUE: Course will be held in outdoor woodland setting (Queen’s Woods, where usually hold our outdoor Wicca rituals). we’ll meet at nearby Pub (Woodman’s) and walk together.

Nearest Tube: HighGate (northern line) – then 1 min walk to the pub.

Contents—————–

This is a basic introduction course. Brief explanations will be given as well as demonstration on consecrations, circle casting, calling elements; You’ll learn how to properly say/ pronounce wiccan words/items, as well as some work on invocations & God/Goddess charges;

• Intro: Origins of Modern Wicca; Wiccan Law & principles;
• Energy: Connecting to nature; Chakra & Tree meditation;
• Altar & Ritual tools – athame, wands, sword, scourge, pentacle etc
• Sweeping/ purifications; Consecrations with salt & water/ incense; casting magic circle (words/ demo);
• Elements & Quarters; Symbols & qualities of Air/fire/Water/Earth in wicca; pentagrams/ triangles; invocation words (demo); Transpersonal work (4 functions).
• God & Goddess in wicca: Horned Gods- Hern, Pan, Cernunnos; Moon Goddesses – Maiden/ mother/ Crone; what are God/Goddess invocations & charges? who can use the energies? Empowerment; Importance of devocations;
• Magic & Spellcraft in Wicca- healing spell; cord & candle magic;
• Esbats & Sabats- Wheel of the year – related seasonal myths & rituals explained (Imbolc, Spring, Beltane, MidSummer, Lammas, Autumn, Samhain, Yule); Full moon/ new moon rituals;
• Initiations & Coven life – brief outline of degrees, how to approach covens, hierarchy; who is suitable; rejections; non-initiatory covens; Projections & attractions to god/goddess energies; abuse of power (warnings);

NO Recording / photography—————— .
Tutor may take some photos with permission for publicity purpose. Your faces can be blurred on any photos to be used. Let Mani (Tutor) know)

Weather———————-
We can not predict weather ..but we can be prepared.
• Please wear plenty of warm clothing (it actually gets cold when you sit down on the ground for long). If it’s raining much, tutor will bring a tarpaulin sheet cover.. so we don’t get wet (too much)

• 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 .. (or if it’s just cold). Please wear warm coats, socks scarf..

• We’ll have some wine for ceremonial parts of the course & for a bit of social after.

If you have any questions/concerns, please do contact me via private message on meetup, or a public comment below this event.. or via text on 07768941373. Thanks.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Gardnerian Wiccan High Priest / Author

Meetup event link for rsvp:

Wiccan Path for Beginners (outdoor 1-day course).

Saturday, Apr 21, 2018, 10:30 AM

Queen’s Woods
Near Highgate Station London, GB

13 Witches Wiccans & Pagans Attending

Wicca is a Pagan religious Path that includes honouring the divine, as well as the use of ritual magic for empowerment and bettering of our lives. This 1-day intensive course is for beginners & seekers – to all those interested or curious about Wicca & Witchcraft and like a simple, down to earth, friendly introduction…the whole lot in one day..! …

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Woodland Beltane Gathering & Maypole Dancing (5th May2018)

Join us to celebrate BELTANE 2018.. with ceremony & Maypole Dance. We’ll drum, dance and choose a May King & May Queen. And feast and frolic! (sensibly!)

You will not want to miss this.. ! This year it’s bound to be more festive, more frolics.. and more magic!!

** Fee: £3 per person **

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About Beltane:

`The veil between the world of men and fairy (or spirit) is said to thin twice a year, at Beltane and at Samhain, which are on opposite points of the year wheel. At Beltane (May eve) the land is at it’s most lush and green, and fertile. If Spring Equinox is the time of fertility and mating in the animal kingdom, then Beltane is one of courting couples making commitment to one another- and Handfastings! In the God-Goddess myths, this is when the playful God is said to commit to the Goddess – which is symbolised by the Sacred Marriage! The Maypole dance that is traditional at this time symbolises the fertile powers of the masculine, penetrating the land, and the ribbons danced and woven around it lock that power! A ring of flower at the tip of the Maypole signifies the feminine. Magical working with the Fay (Fairies) is an important feature at this time, in contrast to the magical work with the departed spirits at Samhain, the opposite point’ (taken from http://www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )

RITUAL :

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.

****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)

Handfasting / confirming Pagan marriage vows:

In the past, couples have asked organiser about this. Handfasting is a big event in itself, and we do not wish it to be included in a public ceremony as a `side-event’. However, after Blessings of Cakes & Wine (and while still within our magical circle/ sacred space), we may consider couples who are already bonded, to declare their vows / re-affirm their vows by our altar.

**(please message Mani- Wiccan High Priest- in private in advance to arrange this – or simply to arrange your own separate day for handfasting!)**

Adult themes :

As this is a fertility festival, there is bound to be jokes, flirtatious behaviour, adult humour throughout the event.. You are asked to be open minded about these. However do note that we expect all to show respect to one another. Any unwanted advances/ harassment will not be tolerated. Check our policy on these matters. (link below)

No Children:

We ask no children / babies in prams etc to be brought. This is strictly for ages 18+ only.

Behaviour / alcohol/ drugs policy

This is in a public woodland/ park. please BE on good behaviour. No drugs/ substances allowed.

Photos/ privacy:

Please do not take photos during set-up, run-through or ritual.. After ritual, with permission, you may take photos – for private use. If worries about your privacy / identity, please wear a ritual mask to safeguard your identity in photos. Check our policy (link below).

Woodland Witches Media Project:

We are starting to create our own features & documentaries about Paganism, wicca, ritual magic & related communities. This is a `not-for-profit’ project with strict educational purpose. We will film the ritual team during certain sections, and with permission, interview & film some of the willing attendees before & after event. *Unauthorised people are NOT permitted to film or record* (see below for link to our policies).

Meeting place (Woodman’s Pub):

Gather in the Woodman’s Pub from 2.00pm.. Get to `High Gate’ Tube station.. come up to main road. Turn right. Pub is just 30 seconds away.

-Mani Navasothy
Esoteric Author/ Teacher/ Wiccan High Priest
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Our policies (About us, Eco-statement, Safety, Media & filming) :
https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/about/).

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Angelic Magic: Creating Archangel names in sigil form for Raphael, Michael, Gabriel & Uriel

If you do an internet search for the Archangel names, firstly many variations come up, and second, you’ll see a whole lot of shops selling talismans & pendants with all sorts of symbols and sigils, with a mixture of Hebrew writing included and all sorts of squiggles.

The question is, how far do you trust them? How accurate do you think those sigils are – and how do you even test to ensure they are accurate? (unless you are already an expert at those matters).

Am not saying anyone out there is deliberately trying to mislead anyone.  But my own extensive internet (and hard printed books) searches have shown me that there’s a lot of smudging and confusion in this matter… People are sometimes just copying one another’s websites/ blogs or info..and  the mistakes/ misinformation is either spreading or getting amplified (like Chinese whispers).

There are worlds, realms and beings out there – magical, etherial and the supernatural – that are best left alone.  Because once you disturb them, or open a door to their realms, or if they happen to disturb you..  life is *never* going to be the same.

Years ago, I had dabbled…all so briefly..with some sigils..   just playful..  for a day or so..  and the psychic reaction I got from that was so shocking and intense, that it scared me.  I erased all traces of that experiment..and put it away for years!  Until last year!  When I had cause to open it up again..  But this time it’s different.  I’m being extremely careful..  and double..triple checking every detail..

It started as a personal need to know what I can trust ..and then it became an interest…and then it became a promise.. that what I know I must share with others.. Because there are those amongst you.. who are seeking..  out of curiosity, interest or worse…desperation..!

That’s why this is being written..  To help those who are seeking.

Is it my place to help?  Do I know enough to help?   Possibly No..for both questions.   But I have a new philosophy that I have been living by now..for almost half a year..   If you are working with Angels, how ever small or large an involvement, you have to live by some high ideals and standards..  There is no faking it…or suppressing it or denying it..  They will know.  So you have to simply start being it…your best self..  your noble self..  your angelic self!

So with those disclaimers / warnings in mind, let’s begin.

1. The Rose Wheel

I won’t go into the full history or detail of it.. You can look it up on wikipedia .. or the `Golden Dawn’ (for first hand knowledge/ reading).  I will say this..   if you don’t know it,, and you were looking for it …it will have been one hard journey.   Information online is fragmented..and bits seem to be kept apart.

I eventually found it…and suddenly it all made sense..  So am writing about it first..(so that it saves you the trouble).  It’s a key that practitioners of `Golden Dawn’ western magical tradition used in their ceremonies, rituals and magical work.

The Rose Cross with English & Hebrew letters (c) Mani Navasothy 2015
The Rose Cross with English & Hebrew letters (c) Mani Navasothy 2015. Esoteric blogs at http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net

I have re-created only the central section here.  Not only that,  I have also combined the Hebrew letters/ sounds that  match the english letters/ sounds as near as possible..

2. Arch Angel names

Am only referring to the four Archangels used in the `Ritual of the lesser banishing of the Pentagram’  – mainly, Raphael, Michael, Gabriel and Uriel…  for East, South, West and North directions respectively.

These names were originally said in Hebrew, and were written in that langage. So their pronounciations are slightly different.I have gone back to the Hebrew  forms (given in example)..

3. How to write Archangelnames in sigil form

  • Start by writing the specific name in Hebrew (or find a hebrew version online!).  Remember Hebrew is written from right to left..
  • Then Take out a pre-drawn Rose Wheel.  Yes, you’ll need one.   And above I ave provided one version.  Just print it off, orr copy it using geometric accuracy..or view it enlarged, stick a paper on your screen, and trace over it carefully (don’t press too hard and end up damaging the screen..  so be very careful)
  • Mark out the letters of the name on the Rose Wheel.
  • Now in sequence, trace over the letters, thereby drawing the sigil of the Archangel name.

Here are fully illustrated examples I have created.

Writing ArchAngel Raphael in sigil form (c) Mani Navasothy 2015.   www.QuantumPhoenix.net
Writing ArchAngel Raphael in sigil form (c) Mani Navasothy 2015. Esoteric blogs at http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net
Writing ArchAngel Michael in sigil form (c) Mani Navasothy 2015
Writing ArchAngel Michael in sigil form (c) Mani Navasothy 2015. Esoteric blogs at  www.QuantumPhoenix.net
Writing ArchAngel Gabriel in sigil form (c) Mani Navasothy 2015.  www.QuantumPhoenix.net
Writing ArchAngel Gabriel in sigil form (c) Mani Navasothy 2015. Esoteric blogs at http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net
Writing ArchAngel Auriel in sigil form (c) Mani Navasothy 2015. www.QuantumPhoenix.net
Writing ArchAngel Auriel in sigil form (c) Mani Navasothy 2015. Esoteric blogs at http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net

With these 4 examples, and the Rose Wheel diagram above, you now have the tools and techniques to start creating sigils of other Arch Angel and Angel names in sigil forms..

As to how you use them..  I shall be writing several new blogs on these topics.. over the coming moths.

I have quite a bit to share.

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

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