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Folk event: Carshalton Straw Jack (2nd Sept’17)

This is an old folk custom..and in the area of south London (close to Sutton/ Wallington). .

“The Straw Jack is a harvest celebration held in September at Carshalton in Surrey. Jack is a male figure made from the last straw in the harvest and he is ceremonially burned after a full days revelry involving drummers and musicians, touring around the local pubs. If you’ve seen the Straw Bear at Whittlesea he’s not dissimilar (see entry for Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival). Characters such as the Sweepers, the Corn Dollies and the Reaper Man will be there and if you’re lucky you might get a piece of Jack to take home as a souvenir. Tree hugging takes place on the stretch of walk before arrival at the Hope on West Street!

In the evening Jack is dismantled, bundles of straw are handed around the crowd, and everyone takes turns to burn their bundle in a brazier in the beer garden at the Hope.”   (taken from http://calendarcustoms.com/)

Carshalton jack 2017 poster by Mani Navasothy

Approximate Pub venues (time Jack arrives & departs), the route to next pub.. –  info taken from their website http://www.strawjack.co.uk

1.  Racehorse: , West Street   Arrive  from 11:05 Depart 12:15
(then walk along  West Street, Festival Walk, Ponds  ..and arrive at..)

2. Woodman / Coach & Horses:   High Street   Arrive 12:35 Depart 13:30.      (Then walk along High Street, along to Charles Cryer Theatre, Grove Park, Mill Lane)

3.  The Sun, North Street :   Arrive 13:55 Depart 14:55
(then walk along North Street, Camden Road…)

4.  The Railway, North Street   Arrive 15:15 Depart 16:15  (then walk along North Street, West Street Lane..and finally arrive ..at..)

5.  Hope, West Street  Arrive 16:30

6. Burning of the Straws will take place around 19:30 dependant on weather.

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-Mani

A Lammas / Hanged-Man meditation

The following guided Meditation was written by me, for use in an Open Lammas ritual in London (for Pagan Federation London seasonal event ..on 30July’15).      I decided to share it here for the benefit of others. The art work herein was done specially for this.

Sacrificial Kings (c) Mani Navasothy 2015

 

“In myth & legends, the concept of personal sacrifice occurs again and again.   It is often coupled with some quest and a reward to gain something important. Here are some examples:

-The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who was crucified,  was to remove the sins of the people.

-The Sacrifice of Odin / the God who hung upon the World Tree –  was to gain the secrets and mysteries of the Runes.

-The sacrifice of the Corn King / Barley Corn is for harvest and to renew the energies of the land.

-And on the darker side, Hern sacrificed himself on a Windsor Oak tree, for vengeance and Justice.

Now think about your own lives.  Think about your own struggles and challenges and quests, and the sacrifices you keep making..over and over.. again and again..  day after day…  months..and months..year after year.

Q:  Take a moment to think about these personal sacrifices..   The Card you picked at the start may offer some divinatory focus.

Q:  Have they produced the rewards? Have you got the results you were seeking?   If not, why not?

Q:   Sometimes, more often, in order for magic to happen, you must do the  spell and then let go..  totally let go…

Close your eyes now..and  imagine yourself as the being that is hanging by the feet upon the World tree..like Odin and the Hanged Man.  You dangle above the Earth..  neither rising, nor falling..  between worlds..  and not part of the world.  You have hung long enough.  You have suffered long enough.  It is time to drop back into the world and be part of it, so that your magic can materialise in your life!

Get ready to count from 10…down to 1.  On the count of 1, you are going to let go, and drop..and glide back to the Earth.

10.. 9..8.. 7.. 6.. 5..4..3..2..

1-   drop!”

Bright Lammas Blessings

(c)  Mani Navasothy

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Lammas – pagan festival of harvest & sacrifice of Corn King

Lammas Sacrifices..

“Is he pure of heart?”

“Does he love the land..?”

“Does the fire of courage run through him..?”

Questions we can all ask of ourselves..as we reach Lammas…personal and agricultural time of harvest..!

What powers of authority will you willingly relinquish as the time has come? Or will you hold on to it..and become a Dictator?

Lammas sacrifice (c) Mani Navasothy

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy  (Wiccan High Priest, Author, Teacher)

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