Woodland Beltane Gathering & Maypole Dancing 2017

Woodland Beltane Gathering & Maypole Dancing 2017

 

Join us  to celebrate BELTANE 2017..  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..  !  (just look at a few photos (below) of what we did. That’s when our ritual `team’ organically came together.  So this year it’s bound to be more festive, more frolics.. and more magic!!

Mayday falls on a Monday and no doubt mny will have coven & other events to attend that whole weekend (Fire festival in Edinburgh,  Hastings Green Man festival etc).  So we have staggered our own woodland festivities to the following weekend..  It extends the Beltane festivities..and gives all something to look forward to (without clashes) and have a final big event.. !!   🙂

• ***** Fee: £3 per person **

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 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 reduced by being included in a public ceremony as a `side-event’.  It also detracts from the focus of everyone else.   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..

No Children:

We ask no children / babies in prams etc to be brought.

Behaviour / alcohol/ drugs policy

This is in a public woodland/ park.    We wish to make sure  the good reputation/ credibility of our group/ members/ organisers are maintained.   So please BE on good behaviour.    No drugs/  substances allowed.  Anyone found disrupting will be asked to leave..  and in extreme cases, organisers may call the Police for the safety & well-being of everyone else present.  Don’t ruin it for all.. Be good!  🙂

Photos/ privacy:

Please do not take photos during set-up, run-through or ritual..   Other times, it’s fine.  It’s in a public place so we can not stop the public walking through or taking pics.   If worries about your privacy / identity,  please wear a ritual mask to safeguard your identity in photos that others may take of the group.

Meeting place (Woodman’s Pub):

Gather in the Woodman’s Pub from 1.00pm..  Get to `High Gate’ Tube station..  come up to manin road. Turn right.  Pub is just 30 seconds away.

Map (High Gate tube/ pub & Queen’s Wood)

After Ceremony & some socials in the woods, we will head back to the pub (woodmans) for warmth and more drinks/ socials.  It all depends on how long we all hang out in the woods with lanterns / candles..

-Mani Navasothy

Wiccan High Priest & Founder of  London Woodland Witches and Outdoor Pagans.

Our meetup event for this:

Woodland Beltane Gathering & Maypole Dancing 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 1:00 PM

Queen’s Woods
Near Highgate Station London, GB

33 Woodland Witches & Pagans Attending

Join us  to celebrate BELTANE 2017..  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..  !  (just look at a few photos (below) of what we did. That’s when our ritual `team’ organically came together.  So this year it’s bound to be more festive, m…

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*NEW* Wiccan Apprentice Circle 2015 (London, woodland)

Wicca is an Initiatory path! It is also one of the `Mystery religions’.

Wiccan Apprentice Circle - feature QP

Initiatory process? 

What this means is that, from the moment you begin your `mild interest’ or `serious exploration/ study’ of Wicca & Witchcraft, the initiatory process(es) begin taking effect in your life! Consciously or subconsciously, you begin to undertake / undergo spiritual & psychic quests and challenges. You’ll face obstacles.. progress and set-backs..

 Many will give up or drift off..to explore other paths or something else.

What is important is to keep the faith..and discipline..and the journey in sight! (not just the destination).

Mystery Religion:
You are probably wondering what real mystery is left in Wicca, after pretty much everything about it has been (apparently) published in books and websites..?

Reading or talking does not give you a personal experience of the God or Goddess, but their powers being invoked on you might! Talking does not give you true insight about elements, but standing in the woods in a storm and trying to invoke the opposite element of Fire might!

 Personal background

Many people know that we have been running `woodland Wicca Rituals’ for 2-3 years now.. What you may not know is that, several years ago, I ran an outdoor Wiccan Apprentice Circle, and 3 of the regular attendees (of the 10+) went on to become Initiated Witches. That said, about 4 years ago, I stopped working in any sort of indoor Wicca Covens. Since then my path has been one of solitary (in so far as my own Craft & magic is concerned) and one of service (in so far as facilitating outdoor open rituals for people).

But times have changed…!

I am now preparing to facilitate a monthly Wicca Training Circle (The Wiccan Apprentice Circle), where all the foundations of Wicca & Witchcraft will be taught – to seriously interested and committed individuals.

In these Apprentice Circles, You will learn – and practise- the basics:

-Laws of Wicca
-Consecrations & Circle casting
– Working with Quarters & elements
– working with God & Goddess)
– Charges & invocations
– Magic & spell craft
– Transpersonal Psychology (helps with `Know thy self’ and much more).

We will also cover the following magical matters:
– Writing Rituals – for self, for group and public events
– Working with ArchAngels
– Psychic development & protection
– Divination (Tarot, Runes)
– Creating Magical tools (wands, pentacle, scourge etc)
– Talismans & Charms
– Healing work These Circles will be initially open for 3 months (May, June, July) so that we may form a core group, and then become *private* (where new people can join by request/referrals/ invitation only).

It is envisaged that a formal closed working Coven of Witches will evolve from these circles, as we head in to into 2016. (we shall see…as I know that `Man may propose..but Gods dispose!’ 🙂

Please note – that I have actively chosen to work outdoors, for reasons of Magic & Empowerment. So all Circles & Rituals will be held outdoors (in quiet areas of public woods, or parks). In case of rain/ storms etc, we’ll simply work with the elemental forces of nature…! (a tarpaulin cover sheet stretched between trees also helps to give us cover from rain!! 🙂

However, we will be organising additional social-meetings (in a local pub or coffee shop) on a regular basis, for members of this `Apprentice Circle’ and new comers to meet and have social time, bond, ask questions and go forward.

Wiccan Apprentice Circle Dates 

  • Sunday 18th May 2015
  • Sunday 14th June 2015
  • Sunday 12th July 2015

These dates are usually the  Sunday closer and before a New Moon.

During May, June & July, we will not have our *Wicca Full Moon rituals* (they have been running since Feb’15) ..but those will recommence in September’15.

More details to follow soon  (check my MEETUP’ 

Bright Blessings
-Mani

Woodland SPRING EQUINOX 2015 Ritual Gathering in Richmond Park – London (21st March 2015)

Hi All, here is the Spring Event that I will be personally facilitating, with Hern’s Tribe (woodland ritual group I founded some 11 yrs ago).    So come Join us for the the afternoon/ evening in Richmond Great Park, where the Deer roams freely (living symbol of Hern the Horned God).. for celebrate Spring Equinox. It’s when the daylight hours equal the night hours… time of balance.. and when the Sun enters Aries – first sign of the Zodiac. We’ll be marking these magically in our ceremony, and do empowering magical work for the coming year!! – Bright Spring Blessings. – Mani

Woodland Spring Equinox 2015

Woodland Spring Equinox 2015

Date: Saturday 21st March 2015
Venue: Richmond Great Park.
Time: Meet-up by Richmond Gate (entrance to Richmond Park) by 2 pm.   (post code : TW10 6RR)

Google map link:   https://www.google.com/maps/@51.4504099,-0.2953595,18z?hl=en

Transport:
Please get to Richmond Station (British Rail / Tube). Outside the station, take the bus 371 (going towards Richmond Hill). This goes past Richmond Gate/ Star & Garter Home. After about 10 minutes in bus, get down at the `American University’ stop…and walk forward (5 mins) to Richmond Gate..

Those driving by car can park inside the park (closest car park to Richmond Gate). It’s free parking. Then walk back to the gate and meet us.

Duration: 

Hern’s Tribe woodland rituals are `gatherings’ and generally organic. It’s best to arrive and flow with events..or even go exploring the woods. It is best to allow 4-5 hours for these events, so that you can have the best magical & communal experience.

WHAT HAPPENS – General details for HT events   (some changes occur for specific events/ venues).

We’ll have the usual combination of social, setting up altar/ sacred space, seasonal ritual, chants & Drumming, magical work (including eco-magic and sometimes healing work). -Experienced HT members set up altar/ quarters, some prep for ritual fire, any cover sheets (if raining).
-You can ask to help.. 🙂

RITUAL  (this will be adapted for individual events):

Basic format——-

-Generally, we begin with clearing the space (sweeping, tidying up)
-Hern Call (chanting `Hern’ nine times)
-Shamanic consecrations (Incense, rattle, drums, salt-water, essential oil)
-Creating magical circle (words/ wand/ staff)
-Calling of Elements & animal quarters / spirits.
-Invoking Horned God / Goddess energies
-Variation of seasonal myth (sometimes)
-Magical work ( group work, personal, eco, healing etc)
-Blessing of Food & Drinks
-Feasting & Socials.
– Drumming & Chants & Dancing
-Any trance work (this is unpredictable.)

RITUAL items to bring:
– Your ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks
– Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks
– Drums & musical instruments
– Lanterns / candles / lighter
– Crystals / runes / divination tools
-Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)

** Please make sure you take these back immediately after ritual is over, so they don’t get misplaced in the dark
** Items placed on altar may get handled or photographed by others. Plans for 2015—
In the past we have ritually explored various myths & legends. In 2015, we’ll continue this – by working with various Horned Gods & Goddesses, woodland spirits etc.

ALL WELCOME:
-All Pagans of any spiritual are welcome..
-Non-pagans, friends/ families & children of pagans are welcome.

FOOD & DRINKS TO SHARE:
Here are some suggestions–

-Home made/ baked items are exceptionally welcome (Bread, cakes, buns, salads, soup, pre-cooked potatoes).
-Wine & Mead are popular for the pre-ritual social and for feasting & socials afterwards!
– shop-bought items (sausage rolls, short-eats).
-Cheese / ham/ butter/ crisps/ dips
-Chicken (cooked pieces)
– Water / soft drinks/ tea & coffee in flasks
-vegetarian food/ vegan food
(Basically any items that add towards a sensible feast/ meal).
BE MINDFUL / Interruptions / Phone calls:
-At all times, we ask you to be mindful of any serious ceremony / meditation/ trance/ healing/ magical works going on, and not interrupt or be intrusive.
-Please don’t use mobile phones etc during ritual. (may not work in woods anyway!)

PHOTOS/ Recordings:
-These are semi-private events (even though they are in public woods/Park).
-Not everyone may like being photographed by a stranger!!
-No recording during ritual please.
-Feel free to take pics of altar, of your self in ritual setting, and of your friends there.. (If you are going to put them in blogs/ facebook etc..ask others in them..before tagging anyone you are not too familiar with.. It’s basic privacy etiquette!)

OUTDOOR PREP:
Please see our website  for guidelines on what to bring, how to be prepared for outdoor rituals in woodlands, and some health & safety instructions.

BAGS in the Park :
-Please keep space tidy.. and your own belongings/ bags at a suitable place. It gets dark.. So ensure you can find them easily afterwards. But also ensure they are not in the way that others may trample over it in the dark!
-If you put anything on the altar, please remember to take it back..(and not anyone else’s item by mistake).
-Please don’t leave things behind.. we don;t always find them..when tidying up in dark..

HELP with tidying up/ taking rubbish back to  bins is greatly appreciated.

CLOTHES / BLANKETS / SEATS:
-Please wear sensible outdoor cloths…waterproof is better..and good shoes (always) to walk in slippery or muddy surface. If you have a walking stick/ Magical Staff, do bring it, as it helps with walking in the woods – and you can use it in the ritual..!!
-Feel free to bring picnic blankets/ sheets to sit on (ground may be wet)
-Bring small light camping-style stool or chair to sit on (be mindful of carrying bulky objects while walking up slopes/ wet ground).

-Mani Navasothy
(Founder/ Hern’s Tribe)

Link

Hern’s Tribe –  www.Hern-Tribe.org

Meetup:  London Woodland Witches, Druids, Outdoor Pagans

Doctor Who Fan Filming at Windsor, UK (Imaginarium Productions)

On 30th October 2014, my friends and I drove up to Windsor Town – yes, same place where Royal Windsor Castle is!    It was for filming scenes of one of our  fan DrWho video stories – previously called `CyberGenesis’   (I;ll come to that in a bit).    The story involves  `our’ Doctor  suddenly appearing (No TARDIS)  in Windsor, and getting caught up in a plot by a mysterious villain called The Shaman – who seems to have found the perfect way to blackmail the Doctor – and force him to steal an artefact from  Windsor Castle itself!!

We filmed outside the castle, and then went to the Windsor Great Park – that’s a great big forest!    To do more location shots..   Filming continued few days later in another woods..

Here’s a short fun video that my sister filmed of us  (cast and crew) on that day in Windsor. 🙂

And now here’s the exciting bit..    We are almost close to wrapping up the filming for `this’ series…(7 stories)..and will soon start editing and uploading online- where you can watch it for free (from late November onwards!)

That’s not all..    We start pre-production on the `next series’ to be  filmed from Spring 2015 onwards and shown  from early Summer 2015.       I say `series’ but to be honest, it’s a rolling schedule..    We’ll fil, edit and show..and film..and onwards..   As and when our stories are complete.    We are entirely dependant on friends’ and fellow fans’ support, participation and even creative contributions..

Cyberhern cometh

Mani Navasothy (Exec.Producer of Imaginarium Productions, wearing the `Occult Cyberman’ costume…at Winter London Film & Comic Convention (and standing proudly next to a `classic’ 90’s Cyberman !)

WE are Looking for YOU to join us!!

So contact me..   via our website e-mail, or comments in our youtube channel, or by liking our facebook page..

-Mani Navasothy

ps.   The story we are filming is no longer to be titled as `CyberGenesis’. This is due to the shocking discovery that the BBC’s own Doctor Who story `Dark Water/ Death in Heaven’ starring Peter Capaldi as The Doctor – showed very similar concepts to our original version (which we had been writing/ working on since December 2013!!!     If we carried on the same ideas, fans would be  bored, or might say, they copied the BBC’..  So we have had a rethink and are changing some of the concepts..   and removing the emphasis on The Cyberman..and putting it on…Hern..  a horned God/ mythological figure that roams Windsor Great PArk..

Like  our page  http://www.facebook.com/ImaginariumPr…

Watch our  episodes http://www.youtube.com/DoctorWhoImagi…

Join meetup http://www.meetup.com/London-Doctor-W…

More blog posts on Doctor Who

London Woodland Wicca- Full Moon Ritual- November 2014

These monthly Wicca & Witchcraft monthly Circles are ideal for YOU – if you have an interest and like to participate in an outdoor Wiccan ritual with like-minded magical people.

a Wicca Full Moon 2014 -2

How our event is organised

1. Meet n greet at a pre-fixed public place (Cafe/ Pub/ station – this may change so check each event carefully)
2. Walk together to the woods and to the exact ritual spot (this also changes depending on other factors on the day).
3. Set up altar & do ritual (see below for ritual format)
4. Feast & socialise
5. Tidy up & departure
6.Back to Cafe/ Pub for warm up and social and chats.

****** Please read the POLICY at the bottom ..about Photography/recording/ research /Journalists etc*******

The ritual (Wiccan format) 

• Sweeping
• Opening Prayer / Path working
• Consecrations with salt/water & incense
• Magic Circle Casting
• Calling of elemental quarters – with invocations & symbols
• Energy raising with chant . brief circle dance
• God & Goddess work (some times invocations)
• Magical work / spell-craft
• Blessing of cakes & wine
• Some training work/ wicca discussions (if time permits)
• Closing of energies
• Socialising / feasting
• Tidy-up & departure

These Wicca Circles are facilitated by Mani Navasothy (Wiccan High Priest with 19 years of Craft & Coven experiences in London). Some times we get assistance from other wiccan friends (initiated, solitary, hereditary etc).

Come and join us..! Please wear sensible outdoor (warm, waterproof) cloths, and shoes. Please bring some food & drinks/wine to share at the feast after ritual..
There will be opportunities to talk to Man and ask questions afterwards at social..

Meeting details

  • Date: Saturday 8th November 2014.
  • Meeting time (at Pub) – 4pm.
  • Meteing Venue: Woodman’s Pub. (This is 3-4 minutes walk from the nearest Tube station.. The Pub is on the main road..on corner of Archway Road & Muswell Hill).
  • Nearest Tube: High Gate (Northern line).
  • Ritual venue: Queen’s Woods (North London).


*We gather in the Pub and all walk together to the ritual spot. We regret we can not give extensive instructions to the ritual spot…because it is difficult to guide people to a spot in a wood full of trees.. We know it by sight ..so best join us at start ..in the pub..*

More details, training videos, wicca articles – on our website
http://www.WitchcraftAndMagic.org/ You can also join our e-mail list there for exclusive news, updates & more.

Bright Blessings

Mani Navasothy

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POLICY (PLEASE READ THIS):

-No audio/ video recording at any time!
-No photos during ritual (but before & after is okay..subject to individual permission)
-No photos of others without YOU asking them clear permission.
-No `observations’ or `note taking’ by research students/ Journalists.

-Mani (organiser/ Wiccan) has been in the public eye for over a decade, running many open pagan events – and has given personal & formal interviews etc for BBC, Channel 4, and others. Mani himself is an author/ publisher/ online Promoter & internet Marketer).
BUT – THESE woodland events .. are created for the sole purpose of teaching and sharing his Spirituality with other interested pagans/ beginners of the Craft.. So Mani is exceptionally protective of these events..and does not like media exploitation or intrusions…
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Be Loved..! (A Beltane Blessing)

“I thought you You loved me..!” I heard her screech, as I got closer.  She was in tears, and so was the guy walking besides her. It was long past midnight, and they were walking along a woody path, in pouring rain.

After a wonderful Earth day Picnic & Eco-Ceremony in Trent park, I was returning home. I had got the last bus from Modern, and still had a 10 minute walk – along a quiet path with trees on either sides and past a fat flowing stream.   The couple walking infront of me must have got off from the same bus..  and I heard occassional loud screeches from the distance. It’s only when I got closer (I walk fast) that I realised they were having some sort of an emotional exchange. It seemed that he was not there at a particular event or place, and she had had a bad experience.  All I could hear was silence and sobbing from him and few softly spoken words.

As I over took them, there was only one thought in my mind.

We all – you, me and everyone – want to be loved!  (Is that why we call some people in our lives, `Beloved..’? 🙂

Beltane Blessings - Lord and Lady (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

Beltane Blessings – Lord and Lady (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

And when we do, it puts us on top of the world!!  And we are not, we are in hell..  !!

So, with whatever energy I had left of the wonderful Earth Day event, I spread a bit of magic their way – that they shall feel loved. And as I walked further, it came to me – that it’s a pretty good spell to cast on the whole world.

So on this Beltane Day, with the images of the Lord and Lady I caught in the flames last night, I wish you all fulfilment of Love.

Be Loved..

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

ps. The image at the centre is a real photograph..  one of about 200 I took of the flames..   and I saw so many shapes ..and this one seem to show a lady on the left and a lord on the right 🙂  It seemed the perfect one to share on my 400th blog post. 🙂

NEWS: Stag found in Surrey Garden

NEWS flash – just  in..  Stag found in a garden in Surrey..   and it took 4 of me to tame it a bit..well, long enough for a Photo shoot…  The animal was released without harm, but decided to stay on 🙂

Stag Lord found in Surrey Garden - photo- Mani Navasothy 2013

Stag Lord found in Surrey Garden – photo- Mani Navasothy 2013

Here’s the story of this garden sculpture..   Last year, summer time, due to various wrangles…I had the extreme misfortune and sadness to prune/ cut large amounts of the Willow Tree and other tall ever green trees in the  garden. But I promised myself every piece cut off will be used.. So these sculptures are now surfacing .. 🙂

Stag sculpture - Art of Mani-co-uk

Stag sculpture – Art of Mani-co-uk

and here are the photos I used for the composite image above. 🙂  I used the software `Photoimpact 11′  (no longer supported by Correl I think.. I really must get going with Photoshop Elements..  It’s been in my laptop for 3 years..)

stag lord in surrey - photos used for composite graphics (c)MN13

stag lord in surrey – photos used for composite graphics (c)MN13

 

check more of my art & eco sculptures at www.ArtofMani.co.uk