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Join us for Pagan Pride Parade (London) 2015

Dear all, join me for this great annual event in Central London! I have been attending these for many years, and have helped out/ carried Giants/ been appointed as one of the `Guardians’ of this event by original organiser Jeanette Ellis. So it thrills me to announce the ongoing success of this.

• Bring your drums

• Bring Banners

• Wear masks & Colourful Pagan costumes

• Carry Staffs (no sharp weapons/ swords!!)

• Make `Giants’ and bring them..

See you there

-Mani  Navasothy

———info below from the PF-London event page—-

Pagan Pride Parade London 2015!!!!

Gather with us in London, for this year’s Pagan Pride Parade. (organised by `Pagan Federation London’)

Pagan Pride Parade London  - photos (c) Mani Navasothy 2012
Pagan Pride Parade London – photos (c) Mani Navasothy 2012

Break out your broomsticks, don your floral crowns, hold the heathen hammer high and bang your drums proudly – because we’re taking to the streets to fly the Pagan flag and celebrate the freedom of our faiths.

Drummers, Banners Holders, Parade Giants, Fairies, Floats and Pagans of all stripes, join us for a day of fun and festivities.

We’ll be gathering in Russell Square and then marching our parade through the streets, before returning back to Russell Square for a communal picnic and frivolity.

Gather at Russell Square from 11.30am for the start of the parade at 12 midday.

This event is FREE!

Nearest Tube:
Russel Square (5 minutes)
Holborn (10 minutes)

Bring your own food and drink for the picnic or get your food on the day from the Russell Square cafe.

Russell Square is in the heart of Bloomsbury, close to the British Museum. It has a central plaza and water feature, which has become a popular place for Pagans to dance and make merry, year after year.
There is a cafe which is open all year round and expansive lawns and vibrant floral displays.

Here is a route of the Parade  

Route for Pagan Pride Parade London – 28 June 2015

Links

Pagan Pride Parade London 2014

Pagan Pride Parade London 2013 – Giants return

Website – Pagan Pride Parade

 

Stonehenge Debate – Has it gone past the Fall-by Date?

Some sharp thoughts here… so be seated firmly.. 🙂

Some years ago..after a visit to Stonehenge I was devastated by the rubbish & people standing on stones etc. My friends & I collected about 20 bags of rubbish ourselves that time.

Mani Navasothy at Stonehenge - for Summer Solstice 2015   (photo (c) MN)
Mani Navasothy at Stonehenge – for Summer Solstice 2015 (photo (c) MN)

I even went around so angry that I set about doing some `closing pentagrams’. Months later I realised the ego of my self.. and went again to do an open-pentagram at quarters. (for my own peace sake.if nothing else).

Am at a place in life right now..where ..while I do respect ancient things/ material things.. I also feel that none of it matters in a deeper sense of our spirituality. Mine is no longer so tied to material things..and I begin to see the magic that people add ..when they make much merriment at a place like this..

Preserving something that is falling apart by the passing of time amounts to a death/ decay cult..

Ancient man built whatever he / she could with whatever cutting edge technology he had;     Great!!

Humankind has so much technology NOW to erect / build such magnificent monuments & temples… of OUR times..  yet all we see are giant skyscrapers.. NO NEW magnificent Temples..    What does it say about us?   (0and a few thousand people pinning about stones that are past their fall-by-dates..  Those old decaying monuments are kept up by concrete & metal under it.. There is no undisturbed magical continuity.   Modern technology has already permeated and polluted it ..  ).

Sp I’d rather see mass merriment at stonehenge… let people experience it…let them drum, dance, smoke whatever, eat. let them enjoy it..

If the stones really are magical and powerful.. then they will do their magic on the people attending..and those people’s live be transformed..

And the stones will survive..   But if there is no magic in them…  then they are just old artefacts..art pieces …  magical husks..   What’s feeding them is the power of people who are dancing about them..  not the other way around..

So I say.. Let the stones fall.. grind to rubble and dust.. let stars and people burn and be ashes..

That is what every religion says..    They all say  reaching God/ Goddess is more important than worshipping material things.. (and stonehenge is a material thing…magnificent..but still a material thing.  The moss / lichen on it is not 100s of years old…  it’s organic..  it’s new growth..   just like every bits of the human body regenerates every 3-5 months..  There ae no 50 year old cells in the body of a 50 year old human!)

Nothing lasts forever…nothing should..   Only Souls & Spirits matter 🙂

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

ps. I posted this `Note’  on my facebook wall and created a storm of a debate. I shall select a few responses (preserve the identity of postee) and share below under `comments’  in a day ..

-Mani