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Spellcraft workshop: Doing magic with Candles, Cords & Runes (Wimbledon woods)- June 2019

This experiential session is part of our Woodland Wicca workshops. New comers to Wicca and those interested in Spellcraft / Ritual magic will benefit from this workshop.

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This session covers the following:

  • Introduction to spellcraft & Magic (in Wicc – how we do magic; within-without principle; Basic requirements; safety & warning in spellcraft; Laws of return;
  • Cord Magic – Using Cords, how you can do magic; demonstration & practice with a cord (you can actually use the opportunity to do a bit of magic) . ( 1 metre cords will be provided)
  • Rune Magic – Basic introduction to Runes – symbols & meanings; How to do Rune magic; Bind Runes;
  • Candle Magic – Preparing the candle- anointing/ consecrating; Intention setting; Using one of the Runes learnt (in same workshop), you’ll all do one candle -magic. (stick candles – white – will be provided).

All materials & printed notes will be provided.

Date : Saturday 8th June 2019

Duration:  11.00am to 4.30pm inclusive of breaks.

Venue: Wimbledon woods  (but initial meeting point is Wimbledon windmill cafe)

Fee: £15.   You can pay by cash on the day.

meeting point/ Time/ Travel Details:

We meet At Windmill Tea room (outside seating area) by 11.00am. Then we will go to the woods to do the workshop. Workshop will end by approx 4.00pm. If it’s wet/ raining, I will put up a Tarp cover, as we have done in previous outdoor workshops.

From Wimbledon or Putney, take the bus No 93. Alight at bus stop `Parkside Hospital’. Go into `Windmill Road’ and walk about 5-10mins. Turn right towards car park and Cafe/ Tea rooms.

This place has free car park / toilet facilities. Car park fills up so get there early to park.

Cafe spending: It has most types of food/ breakfast / coffees etc. If using card payment, there is a minimum spend of £10 (I know!) BUT if paying for smaller amount, they will put a fee of 50p.

What to wear / bring:

  • ***Please dress really appropriate for weather! *** Good water-proof coats, proper boots/ shoes / trainers..that are not going to get soaked in mud/ rain. Gloves, scarf. hats; possibly a bag/ ruck sack to put all your belonging and set aside (on the ground, when doing ritual).
  • Bring a soft cushion to sit on (as we’ll be seated on logs or the ground).
  • Bring a blanket to wrap up for your comfort.
  • Bring a hot flask of drink for your self and any snacks for breaktime.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Wiccan High Priest / Author / Teacher

You can join the meetup event for this and interact with others who are planning to attend, or simply arrive on the day at meeting point.

Spellcraft workshop: Doing magic with Candles, Cords & Runes (Wimbledon woods)

Saturday, Jun 8, 2019, 11:00 AM

Wimbledon Woods (meet outside Windmill Tea Room)
Windmill Road, London, SW19 5NQ Wimbledon, GB

3 Woodland Witches Attending

This experiential session is part of our Woodland Wicca workshops. New comers to Wicca and those interested in Spellcraft / Ritual magic will benefit from this workshop. This session covers the following: Introduction to spellcraft & Magic (in Wicc – how we do magic; within-without principle; Basic requirements; safety & warning in spellcraft; Laws…

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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.

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

Link: Wicca 1-day Course   6th April 2019

Meetup event link for rsvp: https://quantumphoenix.net/2019/03/08/wicca-1-day-experiential-course-outdoors-london/

 

 

Calling something Wicca – then, now and tomorrow!

Calling something Wicca..
Calling something Wicca..

I came across a post by a friend that started, “Claiming that things are Native American when they are not (or claiming that things are Wiccan when they are not) is a potentially harmful practice. It erases the real practices of the group in question. If the practice is harmful, it blames that group for originating it…”

I agree on the matter of the reputation of  a particular group being ill-affected.  However there is much I disagree. Can’t speak for Native American traditions..but I can for Wicca..as I have been practising Wicca for almost 20 years…

Wicca itself is a very young path (1950’s ) and has so many other religious and spiritual practices built into it..   (Gerald Gardner travelled parts of Asia, and picked up ideas before coming back to England.. and surfacing with `Wicca’  – Many already know he instilled naturism into it, as he was a follower of that).

So in fact, much of Wicca is actually `not wicca’ .  And if within a short time of its `origins’, it can produce branches (Gardnerian, Alexandrian)…it follows that in a few more decades, Wicca will have produced ever more branches, and some of it may not even be called Wicca.

Think about all the other old religions..and how they have seeded and created sects, branches etc.  And you can see that it WILL happen to Wicca too..  if it continues to grow as a religious path.   That much of it, history assures us (comparison to other religions).

Why even go that far..!  Wiccan Covens have autonomy and are governed by its Coven High Priest & High Priestess – who can and do `add’ their own practises and wisdom to the subsequent generation of Wiccans they cultivate (prepare, initiate and tran).  So despite keeping the same copy of Book of Shadow (copying it and handing it down), potential and an avenue for slow change is already built int Wicca.

So I like to end this blog post by saying..

1) Spirituality will and does evolve.. and we should let it.. and evolve with it.. because that’s what nature does…!

2) No one owns spirituality or a religious path ..

If someone comes to us (individually) and asks for help or guidance, we can give it… That much is within our reach..  But if we observe something else going on out there, and no one has asked for our help..   we may intrude and offer our wisdom..but chances are it won’t be welcomed.. or valued.

So calling something Wicca, when it is not..  well, that;s neither here nor there..

-Mani Navasothy

(Wiccan HP)

 

Links

Wicca Witchcraft and Magic- website

Wiccan Apprentice Training Course in London 2014

Introduction to Wicca, Witchcraft & Ritual Magic

Are YOU a seeker of The Craft?  Are you looking for an introduction to the world of Wicca & Witchcraft?  Perhaps curiosity of the mild kind, because you hear it everywhere now..or maybe it’s a serious calling..?!  You just have to go deeper, seek to understand Wiccan ideas, theories and more importantly, practical experiences?   Oh yes, practical experience ..with real Wicca people..  So invaluable for your magical development..  and yet..that’s like looking for needles in haystack.. These Wiccan are everywhere, but no sooner had you caught wind of their possible presence, and start to approach them, they vanish in to the woodworks!  ( that should be `into the Woodland’ 🙂

Introduction to Wicca Witchcraft Ritual Magic in London
Introduction to Wicca Witchcraft Ritual Magic in London  *click for Details*

Serious Wiccans – the initiated and experienced kind- are a bit hard to find. They don’t want to give away their identity, or locations..  just in case the old WitchHunt resurfaces..?  No not really.   But it’s all these media sensationalism..  Satanising serious Wiccans..  megalomanising (?) confident and outspoken Magicians..  It just makes us want to hide..  ! But some of us…just a few..  like to dance not just in moonlight naked..but in Daylight..  semi-naked..  No ..that’s not true..  We wear weird and interesting masks, flower crowns, or just plain old jeans and jumpers, and pretend-Dracula-leather-Jackets..and hide in plain sights..  pubs, street corners, woodlands, parks..  old people’s homes.. !   Eh, strike the Street-Corners and Old People’s homes ..that part is not true. 🙂

Right, enough about my wit.   More about Witchcraft! Let’s get serious !

Your search is almost over! You have come to the right place..  well, one of them..!

So here below, am reproducing (! No don’t go there) part of an article from my website Wicca, Witchcraft & Ritual Magic..  that covers numerous resources for Seekers of The Craft!

Brief overview of Wicca

What is Wicca (modern Witchcraft)?

Wicca is one of the modern pagan paths, based on several of the old nature worshiping religious practices in western countries (Druidism, Shamanism, Heathenism are some of the other paths!). Wicca is considered to be a religion by thousands of people, and it involves certain ideals, incorporates mythologies, male and female forms of the divine in the shape of a Horned God and Moon Goddess, and works with th energies of the Elements (Air, Fire, Water, Earth). It also includes divination work, psychic development, and the practise of Magical rituals and spells.. for attaining wishes, or seeking changes in one’s life.

Wicca was `founded’ or put-together by Gerald Gardner in the 1950’s in UK, using components and aspects borrowed from other western, eastern and ancient / classical magical practices. It is a mystery tradition (meaning that it has to be practised or experienced in an immersed and practical way to be fully understood! It means that no amount of theoretical reading, researching, dialogues & conversations with other people ..is going to give You that understanding! You simply have to do it, and live it.

Wicca is believed to be the modern equivalent of the old Craft of the Wise, or Witchcraft! And as such it also suffers quite a lot of discrimination… not the least from Christian and other religious (non-pagan) people.. who believe Wicca to be harmful, evil and so on.

 The rest of the article covers the following.. (you have to read it on the website..  If I put all of it here, google spiders will slap my wrist!)

  • Wiccan Ideals & Rules
  • Wiccan / Witchcraft Covens & Initiations
  • Rituals, naked rites and sexuality:

That’s just one article..and the website itself has even more articles.. some sharp (or blunt..depends on how you look at my words.. I don’t pull my punches!)  Some are controversial (you’ve read my blog posts..  you know my style!)

  • Consecrations
  • Energy Raising
  • Invoking Elements
  • Blessing Cakes & Wine
  • Ritual Magic
  • Covens
  • Sexuality in Wicca
  • Wiccan Principles
  • Initiations
  • God& Goddess
  • Paganism vs Satanism
  • Anti-Witchcraft Laws of old England

Before you jump to some conclusion.. (the one that I’d rather you didn’t..), let me just say..  

“Wicca is best learnt experientially. It is gritty, muddy, wet & wild in untamed nature, and requires dedication & discipline. Working with *blood, bones, knots & spells are part of that, as well as the exploration of deities, transpersonal elements and cycles of nature.. from the fertile energies of spring to the solem shadows of Samhain, leading to the light of Yule & Imbolc”.

For more information on the Woodland Wicca Rituals, Seasonal Ceremonies, e-Witch Apprentice Training, and other Courses I run (through out the year!)  please visit my  website    Witchcraft And Magic.

Look forward to making your Witchy Acquaintance.

Bright Blessings.

-Mani Navasothy (Wiccan High Priest, London, January 2014)

ps. Google Spiders! Don’t you just love those little ones.. scuttling about.. pulling strands ..weaving..this and that?   It’s almost too Wyrd..!!