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TLC: Full Moon Ceremony by river Thames (23rd Nov’18, London)

On the eve of the Full moon in the air sign of Gemini, we gather for our monthly `Tamesa London Circle’ (established in 2006), to honour the Moon Goddess.. Horned God, Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and do magic at the Heart of London.

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.

Note: This will be the last Full moon ceremony by Thames in 2018…as the one in December falls on same day as our Winter/Yule gathering in Queen’s woods. 

TLC full moon 2018-autumn bg2

Fee: £3 .

Meeting point:

Gather outside the Green area of Tate Modern Gallery (main doors). We’ll walk down to the banks of Thames and do this ceremony. If you are late, just find the steps, walk down to river bank, and join us. We’re usually under the concrete over-hang/ sheltered space.

Thames & Tides:

Our rituals tale place on the actual river bank…just few meters away from the water. We organise these Thames-rituals after checking Port of London authority Thames Tide time tables.. to take place at low tide.. (At high tide the entire river bank is under many meters of water!!).

Safety:
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**

What to bring:

• Please dress appropriate for weather! (we carry on Rituals regardless of weather).
• Please 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.
• a torchlight is a good idea. Feasting/ sharing food & Drinks:

After the ritual circle on the river bank is completed, some people leave for home. Others stay behind to socialise. We tend to go back up to street level, to the grassy green area outside Tate Modern Gallery and socialise/ share food & drinks.. If it’s raining, we just go to the nearby Pub within sight.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

Organiser/ Wiccan High Priest

Go to our meetup event to rsvp and begin your magical preparations.

TLC: Full Moon Ceremony by river Thames (Nov’18, London)

Friday, Nov 23, 2018, 7:30 PM

Seats outside Tate Modern gallery (grass area opposite main door)
Bankside, London SE1 9TG London, GB

24 Witches Wiccans & Pagans Attending

On the eve of the Full moon in the air sign of Gemini, we gather for our monthly `Tamesa London Circle’ (established in 2006), to honour the Moon Goddess.. Horned God, Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and do magic at the Heart of London. No prior knowledge or experiences of wicca or ritual magic is necessary for you to attend this. Just come with a…

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TLC: Full moon Ceremonies by river Thames, central London (April, May, June 2018)

We’ve been holding Full moon ceremonies & other rituals by the banks of river Thames – in central London, Hammersmith, Putney & Richmond – since 2006! (Under the group name `Tamesa London Circle’).  Five years ago these evolved into Thames-Isis rituals (Isidias Navigatum in March, Birthday of Goddess Isis in July, Quests of Isis in October, Submerging Sekhmet and so on).

We continue to hold monthly full moon ceremonies by the river banks in central London, as it seems easily accessible to many and popular.  The dates for TLC full moon rituals are now set for April, May & June 2018 (In July, it is an eclipse, so the ceremony will be different).  Events are already set up for my meetup group `London Woodland Witches Pagans & Ritual Magicians’ (link at the bottom).


TLC: Scorpio / Beltane Full Moon Ceremony by river Thames (29Apr18, London)

TLC full moon 2018

Ginger up some love spells before Beltane!! This is the eve of a Scorpio full moon (known as Beltane moon, Honey moon) and we’ll be gathering literally in the potent 7 hours prior to the Full moon! (Full moon is this night at 00:58hrs). The Thames tide is lowest at 9.15pm. So Let us come together and honour the Lady of the Moon, Father Thames, and Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and blend it all and do magic at the Heart of London.

Link to meetup event TLC Scorpio Full moon April 2018


 

TLC: Sagittarius Full Moon Ceremony by river Thames (29may18, London)

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Farsight! Aim your sights to distant Horizons This is the night of Full moon in the firey sign of Sagittarius – half man half horse, the archer, warrior!
Let us come together for our monthly `Tamesa London Circle’ (established in 2006), and honour the Lady of the Moon, Father Thames, Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and blend it all and do magic at the Heart of London. and do magic within for setting intentions of expanding our personal horizons with farsights.

Link TLC Sagittarius Full moon May 2018


 

TLC: Capricorn Full Moon Ceremony by river Thames (28June18, London)

TLC full moon - 28June2018

This is the night of Full moon in the Earthy sign of Capricorn – realm of the mystical Sea-Goat!! Let us come together for our monthly `Tamesa London Circle’ (established in 2006), and honour the Lady of the Moon, Father Thames, Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and blend it all and do magic at the Heart of London. and do magic within for setting intentions of expanding our personal horizons with farsights.

Link TLC Capricorn Full Moon – June 2018


 

Basic details

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.

Outline: 

Creating sacred space with consecrations, circle, calling of elemental quarters, energy raising with chant & circle dance, invocations of deity & tamesa serent, full moon magical work, blessing of food & drinks, feasting/ social, tidy-up, visit to local pu if time permits.

Fee: Suggested donation : £3 appreciated. Thank you.

Meeting point:

Gather outside the Green area of Tate Modern Gallery (main doors). We’ll walk down to the banks of Thames and do this ceremony. If you are late, just find the steps, walk down to river bank, and join us. We’re usually under the concrete over-hang/ sheltered space. Thames & Tides:

Our rituals tale place on the actual river bank…just few meters away from the water, but in a secluded spot..where there is usually some sand. We organise these Thames-rituals after checking Port of London authority Thames Tide time tables.. to take place at low tide.. (At high tide the entire river bank is under many meters of water!!).

Safety:
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**

What to bring:

• Please dress appropriate for weather! (we carry on Rituals regardless of weather).
• Please 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.
• a torchlight is a good idea. Feasting/ sharing food & Drinks:

After the ritual circle on the river bank is completed, some people leave for home. Others stay behind to socialise. We tend to go back up to street level, to the grassy green area outside Tate Modern Gallery and socialise/ share food & drinks.. If it’s raining, we just go to the nearby Pub within sight.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

Organiser/ Wiccan High Priest

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Blue Moon Ritual by river Thames (31st March 2018)

This is the 2nd and final Blue Moon for this year.. and for several years to come. So let us come together and honour the Lady of the Moon, and do magic at the Heart of London. At the start of March’18, we did a full moon ritual by river Thames, so we are going to do this to complete the magic we started.

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.

2nd and final Blue Moon for this year
2nd and final Blue Moon for this year  http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net

 

Outline:

-Preparing space & setting up Altar.
-Run-through- delegate any roles. Brief Q&A.
-Enter Ritual space with reverence.
-Opening prayers.
-Consecrations
-Casting magic Circle
-Calling elemental quarters
-Energy raising
-Invocations / prayers to Deities (Moon Goddess)
-Magical work
-Cakes & Wine blessing
-Closing & Grounding work
– Feasting, Socialising…

Suggested donation : £3/£2 appreciated. Thank you.

Meeting point:

Gather outside the Green area of Tate Modern Gallery (main doors). We’ll walk down to the banks of Thames and do this ceremony. If you are late, just find the steps, walk down to river bank, and join us. We’re usually under the concrete over-hang/ sheltered space. Thames & Tides:

Our rituals tale place on the actual river bank…just few meters away from the water, but in a secluded spot..where there is usually some sand. We organise these Thames-rituals after checking Port of London authority Thames Tide time tables.. to take place at low tide.. (At high tide the entire river bank is under many meters of water!!).
On this evening, lowest tide is at 9.40pm after which point water level begins to rise. Therefore we will get down to river bank and begin ritual at 8.30pm. It takes several hours for tide to come in.. so after ritual.. if we notice the tide turning ..we still have plenty of time to pack up and go up the steps to street level.

Safety:
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**

What to bring:

• Please dress appropriate for weather! (we carry on Rituals regardless of weather).
• Please 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.
• a torchlight is a good idea. Feasting/ sharing food & Drinks:

After the ritual circle on the river bank is completed, some people leave for home. Others stay behind to socialise. We tend to go back up to street level, to the grassy green area outside Tate Modern Gallery and socialise/ share food & drinks.. If it’s raining, we just go to the nearby Pub within sight.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

Organiser/ Wiccan High Priest

ps.————
In January 2018, there were 2 full moons, and the 2nd one being a Blue moon was marked with our woodland ritual in Wimbledon.

Tamesis Full Moon Ceremony – London- river Thames (31st Jan’18)

Let us come together and honour the Lady of the Moon, Goddess Isis – mother of Mystery & Magic, and Father Thames, and Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and blend it all and do magic at the Heart of London.

We are beginning a new cycle of Thames-based rituals in 2018, following their popularity. This time, we’ll be adding more magical aspects to these easy-going rituals – bringing Goddess Isis as a focus (Thames-Isis) and Father Thames, as well as exploring some Serpent/ Dragon magic (Thames is often seen as a giant water-serpent snaking through heart of London), and we’ll be adding eco-magic for well-being of London. All these are elements we have explored before, but now as a regular component of these Thames-based rituals.

TLC full moon 2018

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.

Outline:

-Preparing space & setting up Altar.
-Run-through- delegate any roles. Brief Q&A.
-Enter Ritual space with reverence.
-Opening prayers and /or Meditation
-Consecrations
-Casting magic Circle
-Calling elemental quarters
-Energy raising
-Invocations / prayers to Deities (Thames-Isis & Father Thames)
-Magical work (Serpents/ Dragons/ Eco-magic / personal)
-Cakes & Wine blessing
-Closing & Grounding work
– Feasting, Socialising…

Suggested donation : £2 / £3 appreciated. Thank you.

Meeting point:

Gather outside the Green area of Tate Modern Gallery (main doors). We’ll walk down to the banks of Thames and do this ceremony. If you are late, just find the steps, walk down to river bank, and join us. We’re usually under the concrete over-hang/ sheltered space. Thames & Tides:

Our rituals tale place on the actual river bank…just few meters away from the water, but in a secluded spot..where there is usually some sand. We organise these Thames-rituals after checking Port of London authority Thames Tide time tables.. to take place at low tide.. (At high tide the entire river bank is under many meters of water!!).
On this evening, low tide is at 8.30pm. It takes several hours for tide to come in.. so after ritual.. if we notice the tide turning ..we still have plenty of time to pack up and go up the steps to street level.

Safety:
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**

What to bring:

• Please dress appropriate for weather! (we carry on Rituals regardless of weather).
• Please 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.
• a torchlight is a good idea. Feasting/ sharing food & Drinks:

After the ritual circle on the river bank is completed, some people leave for home. Others stay behind to socialise. We tend to go back up to street level, to the grassy green area outside Tate Modern Gallery and socialise/ share food & drinks.. If it’s raining, we just go to the nearby Pub within sight.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Organiser/ Wiccan High Priest

link to meetup event:

Tamesis Full Moon Ceremony – London- river Thames (Jan’18)

Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018, 7:30 PM

Seats outside Tate Modern gallery (grass area opposite main door)
Bankside, London SE1 9TG London, GB

9 Witches Wiccans & Pagans Attending

Let us come together and honour the Lady of the Moon, Goddess Isis – mother of Mystery & Magic, and Father Thames, and Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and blend it all and do magic at the Heart of London.We are beginning a new cycle of Thames-based rituals in 2018, following their popularity. This time, we’ll be adding more magical aspects to these…

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Blue Moon Ceremony & Solar Eclipse magic (Woodland Wicca – 30th Jan’ 2018)

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.

Blue moon - january2018

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.
-Sweeping
-Opening prayers and /or Meditation (chakra or other)
-Consecrations with salt & water, incense, candles
-Casting magic Circle
-Calling elemental quarters
-Energy raising
-Invocations / prayers to Moon Goddess & Horned God
-Magical work
-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.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

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…

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Tamesa (Thames) Wiccan Full moon Ritual tonight (7th July’17)

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 **

Event duration: 
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.

Meeting point: 
Gather outside the Green area of Tate Modern Gallery (main doors). We’ll walk down to the banks of Thames and do this ceremony.

Safety: 
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**

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Links:

London Woodland Witches & Outdoor Pagans meetup group

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…

Check out this Meetup →

So you want a Wiccan Initiation?! (full article by Mani Navasothy)

So you want to get Initiated?  

Article  (c) Mani Navasothy  – Wiccan High Priest
Article originally written on 9th March 2012.   eBook `Coven Guide: How to become an initiated Witch’  published on 13th November 2012.

 

Wicca Initiations
So you want to get initiated? Here are important elements of preparations to bear in mind.

If you are reading this article, then I imagine you belong to one of the following categories:

  • You are seeking initiation, or are just interested or curious about initiations (non-initiate).
  • You are against initiations and want materials to argue against (non-initiate).
  • You have been initiated already (or you have initiated others) and want to know what I may have to say.

All of these supposes that the `initiation’ we are talking about (about to) is one of those formal, human engineered initiations. That is to say – one that is created by one or more Priests/ Priestesses for the purpose  of an individual going through them. It can be pat of a solitary working, or as part of joining a Wiccan/Witch coven.  (Discussions and thoughts about differences between  Wicca & Witchcraft are found in another article, so I will use those terms loosely here).

Let  me address the second category first! Whatever I am writing in this article comes from my personal experiences of about 15 years of participating in initiatory Wiccan covens in the UK. I have also initiated a number of people into Wicca. I am qualified to write about my experiences and thoughts, and opinions. And before anyone jumps on the matter of me revealing `secrets’ of initiations, they really should just visit a big bookshop (for real) and browse through the shelf on wicca / occultism – because hundreds of other people have written about it all. Even novices who have never run a coven or initiated others and taken responsibility for guiding others, seem to write about Wicca these days.

If you are one of those who has been initiated recently, then this article may have additional insights for you.  You really should book time with your initiator(s) soon to go through your experiences, insights, questions and thoughts on your personal experiences. It is a valuable meeting that will benefit you, and them! Gone are the archaic days where initiators act like walking-gods (or Dictators) and `ride’ their initiates hard. We don’t put up with that sort of behaviour in the modern world. Ancient or modern, initiations and the people involved reflect and must also move with the times. Hierarchy that worked 200 years ago in ancient Greece or even covens in 1950’s just won;t be applicable in the modern era.

Coven leaders used to `give’ the `witch name’ to their initiates at initiations in the early covens of  1950’s, 60’s (or even in recent times). But this is something I personally do not agree on!  Leaving aside arguments and logic-chopping about Fatalists and what’s `fated’, my insights on the matter is that- the first conditioning we human beings ever get from the moment of birth (or even before)  is our very name! We don’t choose it. Our parents, relatives, guardians, foster-parents, social service officers, adopters and others name us! And we grow up with the energy of that name that has been given. And unless you are one who chose to change your name legally by deed-poll, you are still bound by that conditioning.  And choosing your own `witch name’ or identity is possibly the most liberating and empowering act one could ever do! So if an initiator is going to give you a name, then they are not giving you freedom, but more slavery! And in any case, freedom can not be given. It is a right, and when it fails, it must be taken!

Let’s get back to initiations!  And the first category of people reading this:  You are interested in, or are about to go through a Wiccan initiation.

If you are about to go through one that a coven or individual is preparing for you, then I hope you have had  plenty of time to think about and explore your reasons for this.

  • Why do you want to be initiated?
  • Are you fully aware of the expectations the coven or that initiator has from you, once you go through it?

Practising Witchcraft and/or Wicca does not require one to be initiated into a coven or wicca by others! Once you embark on that path, or awaken to that path by a series of coincidences and synchronous events, initiatory experiences start happening for you! I guarantee that!!  It may be little things or big life-splitting events! There will be challenges, hardship and difficulties, in equal measure to all the harmony, depth, spiritual insights and rewards.  (but most humans tend to only notice the `problems’ ).  What I am trying to say here is that fate itself (and the Gods and Goddesses) will put you through initiatory experiences! You don’t need a man or a woman in a Priest/ Priestess /leader/ guru role to do that.

And here’s an important thing to be aware of:  even of you are going through an initiation that is devised by a coven leader or a High Priest/ High Priestess, they can not engineer the experiences. The initiatory experiences will either being to build up –before- you have your initiation, or it will stat to happen –after- you formal initiation ceremony or ritual.  A word of warning – sometimes you might go through weeks or months before these start to happen. It’s like a lit-fuse. You don’t quite know when it will explode and start to manifest.  Another word of warning: the `euphoric’ experiences you may get during a coven initiation, while giving you a feeling of spiritual well-being, are not always going to be the only things you will experience. Don’t fall into a false sense of spiritual security. There will be challenges ahead- and every single oath you have taken will come back to test you in the months and years ahead! In fact, you will always be challenged and tested. It’s not a done deal. It’s an ongoing partnership – with the deities!! (You have been warned!)

So why do you want to get initiated? To learn more; to get deeper wisdom; To serve the world; To teach others…  Ah, the responses are endless and many. Trust me, I’ve given many of them myself (I went and looked at my old magical diaries of pre-initiation days!).  Some of those responses make me shrink with shame and embarrassment. Oh, no one else has seen them, but I know. It’s amazing how I was trying to pull the wool over those Gods of mine!  Oh, they knew all along, am sure, like a parent who can see through the lies of a young child.

So I ask again – Why do you want to get initiated? Be utterly honest with your self now.  Write it down. And them read what you wrote, and burn it if you have to. But be honest 100% with your self. Then, if you have to, go ahead and create those `other’ reasons which everyone else will accept and applaud you for!

Am I being harsh? Yes, probably. Okay so let me ease up a bit.

Reasons – real ones – for initiations vary. Here are some perfectly valid personal reasons.

  • Initiation is attractive and scary at the same time. (mystery of the Craft).
  • Initiation is (currently) the only way for you to join a coven or a magical group (joining a group). (there are training groups you can join and explore spirituality & magic, without getting initiated, by the way! I know, because I myself have run many of them).
  • It’s a deep-rooted calling and you just can’t explain it (intuitive).
  • Serious magic can only be learnt after initiation (or so you believe).
  • Your friends / partner have been initiated – and they either want you to be initiated, or you don’t want to be left behind.
  • You are writer / Journalist, looking to learn some things and then write about (this has happened many times!). Warning: Many who start off this way have ended up `really’ being pulled in to the mysteries and become `genuine’. Initiation is a door and anyone who walks through it –be in genuine  Seeks or  attention seeking Fools – are going to find their lives transformed sooner or later for real! Gods can wait a very long time!!

There’s plenty of other reasons, but I wanted to highlight some, to give you a feel of the cross-section of reason. Whatever your own reasons, know that they are valid for you! (That applies even the journalists, and wannabe get-rich Gurus !)

Expectations of your initiator is something you must be fully aware of – so please have a good long genuine discussion. Coven leaders and initiators are not gods or goddesses (unless you fancy them that way, in which case, you should read my  article on `Sexuality in Wicca & Paganism’). You should be able to sit and talk to them freely. By all means, learn from them, and respect them, (and even love them), but for Heaven’s sake, don’t get into the pit-fall of putting them on a pedestal  (even if they want that!).

So talk to them – about what they expect from you, once they have initiated you into Wicca and/or their coven.  Initiations have many purposes – one of them is joining individuals into the group-mind magically. Initiations are not to be treated as one-night-stands in wicca! It’s a long-term committed relationship – between you and the coven.

  • Most initiators in Wicca will expect you to attend coven and coven socials regularly, and for long periods. We are talking about at least the 8 festivals, a number of full moon/ new moon rituals (total of between 12- 20 rituals per year), training sessions and/or meetings (once a month – either in coven set-up or as one-to-one with your initiators) and of course coven/group socials – where members meet together at coven-home, or meet-up and go to pagan events, moots, festivals etc.
  • These things may not be exclusively stated or even expected – but trust me – there is highly likely to be these expectations. Initiators expect the people they initiate to stick around, working magically with them  and coven for a good 3-4 years. In that time, they not only teaching and training them, but also investing their magic, hopes and ideals in their initiates. It is all about passing on knowledge and wisdom. That is part of the magical contract. And that is also how the wiccan lineage and magical current continues.

Not many people actually talk about this, possibly for fear of new Seekers becoming afraid of commitment and never joining.  But it’s best all around to be clear from the start. No point joining a group, then giving the coven and initiators the run-around with excuses and explanations as to why one could not attend a meeting. Once pr twice is fine, but when ongoing, it shows a deeper lack of commitment.  And there is that magical axiom – As within- So without.  If life keeps throwing distractions at you and stops you going to coven, then, the question to ask is – is it fate that’s manifesting those distractions, or something deep within you?!

That brings me to another core ideal in magical traditions. Know Thyself!   And be mindful of what you are thinking- feeling – doing – sensing – at all times. It’s not easy. It’s hard at first. It may feel like you mind doesn’t stop. And that you are `on-call’ all the time. But this phase will pass, and you’ll learn to be `normal’ about being so mindful. For example, as a Physicist, I am always aware of forces and material limitations of the objects around me. And as a magician, I am aware that I am sensing (esoteric) energy all the time, but learning to either ignore some or tune into to some more actively. It’s a bit like noise in our world. If you are in towns and cities, you hear what we call `background noise’ – it’s a collection of all the sounds that are going on.  We learn to ignore them, but can also choose to listen to specific sounds. (Mothers are well-tuned to crying babies. Their own, or even other babies).  So returning to the point- Know thyself & Mindfulness are important.

We’re just scratching the surface – but am sure you can begin to see the depth and seriousness of initiations. Initiations are not just rituals you do, it applies to articles and books too. In these  preceding  sections, I’ve been preparing you for the main matter of initiation. Taking you through all sorts of hoops!! Well done for sticking with the reading. And if you just skim-read this, you really should know. I write non-fiction like fiction. I plant clues, and I write like a mystic, in cryptic clauses too.  So you should read this article at least a few times, to gain maximum insights from this.

That said, let’s get back to initiations.

Your approach & relationship with would-be-initiator(s):

Here are some serious considerations and questions you may (and should) be asking your self, once you’ve decided that Wiccan / witch initiation is for you. I’ll also add the insights for each one.

  1. Did you ask for it?   This may seem the most ridiculous of all questions.  But in Wicca and in any initiatory mystery pagan traditions, a Seeker must take personal responsibility for his or her own path. And if you want to be initiated into a coven, or by someone who is an experienced Witch/priest/ priestess, you have to approach them – and ask for it! Most self-governing and honourable Coven leaders/ Initiators will not approach you and `offer to initiate you’. (If they do – run!). No matter how well you know someone, and no matter how much hints you drop, or how many hints they may drop, the clinching point is – you must gather your wisdom about you, and ask them to initiate you.
  1. Did you get to know your would-be initiator? Don’t just walk up to a would-be initiator or a coven leader, and ask for initiation! Those days probably existed, but not now. You really must spend many months getting to know them – not just as pagan friends, or acquaintance, but as a `would-be initiator-of-you’! You may have known someone for years, and they may even have talked about their coven and such. But the moment you decide that you may like to join their coven as a trainee/ initiate, the relationship shifts magically, and it must shift! A teacher-apprentice connection suddenly forms. You have to get to know that part of them from scratch. (and if you do know them well, don’t try to pull emotional strings to get initiated. Remember that the Gods are watching!)
  1. Is it about you or the initiator? Short answer- the moment a seeker decides to go down the path of formal initiation, it becomes about that Seeker- ie you! The would-be-initiator may give you all sorts of explanations, but ultimately, even though they are the initiator(s), the journey, the need and quest is all about you! And they are then-onwards there, in your life, to aid your learning.
  1. How do you get to know the would-be-initiator(s)? This is the easiest one to answer, yet hardest to achieve. It’s got to be a gradual process, and you have to make the effort, unconditionally! You have to ask for either time with them – formal appointments to go and chat with them, or invite them to socials (group social and/or personal) where you can converse. In addition, you have to `hang-out’ with them, by going with them to some pagan festivals, events, conferences, pub socials, open rituals etc.  Don’t end up stalking them by finding out about where they are going and always turning up to the same events. Everyone needs a bit of personal space. Even would-be-initiators.  So just go to a few of the events. Once you have expressed a desire to `work magically with them’  they would know you are going to do this, so don’t get too sneaky about it. Be open. You don’t have to turn up every where they go. But you are best advised to turn up at least to the Open rituals, socials and other events that they may actually organise, or publicise, as one they are going to.  It’s likely a hint that they are giving you an opening to socialise with them. Be genuine and civil with them (but no bribes of excessive gifts!).
  1. Do they have experience? This may seem obvious, but – do they? These days anyone can `gain knowledge’ by reading a number of books, and set themselves up us some sort of coven leaders or initiators. But a genuine Initiator should have had a certain number of years experience being in a coven to learn and train to be a Wiccan, and ten undergone further training to become a self-contained coven leader (and an Initiator). In the old days (30-40 years ago), in some wiccan lineages, Witches spent a year as Initiates, and then were given their `2nd degree’ – as a High Priest or High Priestess, and thus were `validated’ as Initiators who are qualified to teach, train and initiate other seekers. In my opinion, this is not enough time. It’s like a novice learning to drive. Even after learning and passing a driving test, they the  need `real life’ driving experience for a long period – before gaining expertise to be able to drive in motorways, highways and especially teach others. So why and how could someone become so competent in just 1 year to be able to teach or initiate? People generally go through a plethora of psychological and magical processes in their own rights. Sometimes time must pass, for experiences to sink in and become wisdom.  As with would-be-initiators. Not only must they have `done time’ as seekers and initiates, but they mist also have spent time learning to teach, train, mentor and ultimately initiate.  And here’s a pearl- someone who is very good in managing a team of 20 people in a business is not necessarily going to be good in training a seeker in magic. An expert in looking after pets isn’t necessarily an instant-expert in looking after a young child. The approach and psychology will be different.

The Initiation contract:

 Not many talk about this, but once a person indicates they are seeking training and/or initiation from an Initiator (coven leader), and that initiator agrees, a magical contract exists!  Dating is possibly a good analogy to explain this. In early stages (when one is footloose, wild and single), one may socialise with many would-be romantic partners, and at a certain stage, may even go-out with more than one person to explore compatibility. But then comes the committed relationship stage- where the person develops a relationship with only one person (unless they were `promiscuous’).  In Wicca, when one has asked for training and a coven leader(s) have agreed, it’s a committed relationship. In romantic life, often committed relationships lead to marriage, so in wicca, a training relationship  leads to initiation.  Of course, relationships can fail, and engagements can break. Same in wicca. Sometimes, after a while, training relationships can break, because the Seeker and would-be initiator may find that they can not work together magically in the long term.  There are many reasons why this can happen.

  • Their personalities do not gel better, and one or neither are willing to work to over come this.
  • The Seeker looses interest, or can not maintain commitment and exclusivity in working magically with the Coven leaders.
  • One or both parties move residence – to a location too far for travel and training in the long term.
  • The boundary between Seeker and trainer is breached, and quite possibly dependency, projections, or worse a sexual relationship may have developed – which in turn makes the training relationship incredibly difficult for both.

So assuming you traverse all these issues well and carefully, you will be on course for your initiation. Of course there are many more stages in between this and actual initiation.  We’ve only been covering the psychological and logistical aspects here, so far. There is the whole magical development to consider – the Quests, knowledge, practise, preparations, tools, name, interactivity with would-be-coven members (or other initiates), where it all takes place, and the secrecy itself!  Yes, there is the issue of secrecy!

What next?  I can’t tell you, not because I am bound by some secrecy (well that too), but because what follows will be unique between you and your would-be-initiator(s).

If you have any questions, feel free to write to me – either as comments below, or as private messages .  I’ll answer – as much as I am allowed to answer.. (without breaching the Wiccan secrecy oaths I have taken).

May your path be full of challenges you can conquer, and wisdom you can uncover. And may your deities always watch over you.

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

 

Note:  This article was written on 9th March 2012.  It was then fully developed as a book `Coven Guide: Become an initiated Witch’ (published 13th November 2012; 144 pages; ISBN: 978-0-9560746-4-5 (Awakening Publishing).    You can buy the pdf version from me (this blog) directly by visiting the page here .   page:    Coven Guide: Become an initiated Witch’ e-book  

 

Note: (17th May 2018).

Wicca New Moon & Wicca New Moon circles in London:

From this summer onwards, I’ll be getting back to holding Wicca New Moon’ training circles in a woods in North London.. you may wish to attend those for some practical experiences of foundations of wicca..    There are also my monthly Wicca full moon circles’ in central London by river Thames  Link to my meetup is here https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Pagans-Magicians/

Wicca Full Moon Rituals in London for 2013

Wicca & Witchcraft - Monthly Full Moon Rituals 2013 - London
Wicca & Witchcraft – Monthly Full Moon Rituals 2013 – London

Wiccan Full Moon Rituals in 2013.

If you have a strong interest in Wicca as a pagan religious path, and like to practise wiccan ritual & full moon magic in an outdoor setting, very much under the building energies of a full moon every month, then this is a great opportunity. These ritual gatherings will be outdoors in quiet parts of woods & parks we choose (mostly in north London). Our aim is to really connect with lunar energies, build trust with each other, and so do deeper magic.

The rituals will have a standard Wiccan form – mainly consecration and creation of sacred space (magic circle, elemental quarters), energy raising, meditative & invocative work with god & goddess, ritual magic and feasting. Our website will show the full ritual, and as we will use the same format each time (with only slight full moon variations), you can learn the fundamentals of practical Wicca quite easily – if you attend regularly. The presence of initiated Wiccans in these rituals will give you additional opportunities to build trust and so converse, discuss and learn more.

Because some of the Full moons coincide with few of the seasonal festivals, there will be 10 full moon rituals in total for this year (2013). Those interested in the seasonal festivals are welcome to attend our non-wiccan seasonal rituals (also in woods & parks).

Dates of the Full Moon/ rituals  (January-June 2013)

Full Moon  Ritual      –Saturday 26th January
Full Moon  Ritual      — Sunday 24th February
Spring Gathering & Earth Hour Ceremony – Sat 23rd March.

update (Aug’13) :   Please see website for all future dates :

http://www.witchcraftandmagic.org/html/full_moon_wicca_rituals.html

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 Those interested in Wiccan covens and Initiations can read `Coven Guide: Become an Initiated Witch’ – published by us.   Read about Coven Guide: Become an Initiated Witch

-Mani Navasothy

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