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…

Check out this Meetup →

 

Earth Day 2017:  An Eco-magical gathering in Trent park, London (22April 2017)

Earth Day 2017: An Eco-magical gathering in Trent park, London (22April 2017)

22nd April is  `Earth Day’  – every year!

So join us on this special day..  for a family friendly social, picnic, drums, dances, facepaints..and that all important Eco-ceremony !   Takes place in Trent Park- one of London’s biggest woodland areas open to all..  with acres of space, free car park, cafe, toilet facilities.   We are usually within easy reach, at our `usual spot’ to the left open ground area of the `Cockfosters Gate entrance!

Time: 1pm onwards (car park gate shuts at 5pm..but people can stay much later).

Venue: Trent Park, Cockfosters (Piccadilly line, north London)

Meeting Point: Trent Park Cafe, Barnet EN4 0JY, UK.

Google map link for meeting pointhttps://goo.gl/maps/NJwkrwNDMiF2

Facilities: There is a proper toilet & cafe and car parks. Children can play in play area.Location: From Cockfosters tube, the `Cocfosters Gate of Trent park is only 5 minutes walk. We will be in the field immediately to the right..when you enter the park.. Cafe etc is further ahead.Event details

Our Activities  (tbc) :

• Drumming, Chanting & dancing

• Family Picnic (bring own food or bring some to share)

•  Face painting (for kids and adults !)  need reliable volunteer !! or bring own paints & share/ create activity

• Earth-Healing /  Eco-ceremony

Please Bring:

• Drums & Musical instruments

• Bring family & friends (all religions welcome. This is about Earth).

• Bring eco-magical banners & posters to showcase and charge up with energy for your campaigns

• Bring crystals & ritual items for altar

• Bring plenty of Food & Drinks to share

• Bring ground sheet / blanket or folding stool (for yourself)

What you can do:Please share this event and promote Earth day & Eco-Activities.

Weather: We can’t predict the weather  but we’ve  always carried an event, no matter what nature decides to do on that day. We will have some cover 🙂

History: Earth Day  22nd April- has been celebrated and marked by people of the world for over 40 years (since 1971). It provides a focus for hundreds of initiatives and activities.. from Eco-based fundraising, environmental campaigns, creating educational activities for those unaware of Earth’s  ecological & environmental problems.. to magical or spiritual ceremonies to connect with Gaia“ the earth goddess/ spirit!

– Mani Navasothy

London is Defended!   (my reaction to terror attack on Parliament, London 22March 2017)

London is Defended! (my reaction to terror attack on Parliament, London 22March 2017)


I have loved this country!  The refuge, the safety, the shelter and belonging –  it has afforded me and my family all that for the past 30+ years! And I love London, and all the glorious and wonderful treasures it has and continues to offer!!  And on a pagan- spiritual- new agey sort of way, I worship and honour this land.  People who know me well..know this already.

Imagine my shock – when this evening (last night, as I’ve not been to sleep yet) – when my sister barged into my room and told me about a terror attack on the British Parliament (I was putting the finishing touches to a community website that I’de been neglecting but finally updating..  and it actually has on the banner a picture of me wearing a mask and posing right outside the Parliament!)

My initial thoughts were sheer shock – thinking this is going to unravel London, and the terror-threats that have shown their ugly hands in other countries (USA, France, Germany) have touched us too here in London..   I immediately checked astrology transits – a few stressful ones for friday.. (mercury opposing Pluto is the worst I could find) followed by few great transits on saturday and sunday.   Nothing catastrophic like Mars-Uranus agitations..  but still it can plant shadowy seeds (park that for now).

I checked on the internet for quick news update – and sadly learnt that few people (including a Police man who was defending the Parliament) had died.  These deaths will have ripples..  That is for sure. (My father dying caused decades of ripples in our family..  so I don’t ever underestimate a husband/father’s death on his kids & family).

But a part of me was unperturbed and I even smirked  at the sheer stupidity of the attacker!!

What was he thinking – that a car and a knife was going to get him into Parliament? Our Parliament?!

I am the kind of guy who worries that if I walk slightly awkward, the police & cameras by Parliament might take me away  – My paranoia aside ( childhood fears from Sri Lanka..story for another blog)..  I have a huge amount of faith and trust in the Police, the security services and intelligence people who protect this country ( that’s England am talking about).

So I did smirk at the idiocy of some man who tried this attack.  Surely he must have known he’s bound to fail..  and even at the cost of his life? Perhaps, alarmingly worrying, is the thought that maybe he did know..  but causing an even symbolic  disturbance – albeit a failed attack – still show cases a point – that an attack is possible…and it can disrupt and spread fear and doubts amongst our people..

But London is strong..  as a place, as a collection of people, as a multicultural community, a sparkling city of dark and light, steel and glass and water (Thames), and as an old land itself.

There are Gods & Goddesses watching over our city – they have and they continue to do so.  I know, because I am one of those Pagan / Hippie / New Age/ spiritual type who worships London and invokes ancient deities to watch over it.

My magical friends & I have done many rituals in the past…for that safety purpose – The Thames-Isis rituals by the banks of river Thames and Cleopatra’s needle (Embankment), the Sekhmet ritual by Waterloo bridge/banks, the Hern rituals in Windsor Great Park, Croydon, Queen’s Woods, and dare I say ..even the submerging of Hindu Ganesh sculptures into the Thames!

For years, nay, decades now, I have personally been attuning to the energies of London – the city and the woods and the Palace of Westminster.   River Thames and Big ben are in the background of very much all the logos of all the pagan websites I have created and maintain since about 2006..  Every time I go past it, I take photos of the Parliament – be it a casual trip, a Doctor Who fan filming / photo shoot, or intentional visit to go see the statue of Boudicca – ancient Warrior queen of this land!

Perhaps, the attunement is too much..  because I did wake up today at 12noon with such bad headache that could not be shifted by breathing, massaging neck or coffee…that I had to take nurofen painkillers..  I now wonder if that was a sort of psychic alarm bell ringing on my clairsentient mind.. (because around 2.45pm the attack took place).  This might sound crazy..but I’ve been sleeping in a tent in garden for many months..  and sometimes when am in the house..I get a certain feeling..and later when i get to my tent for sleeping, i had found that fox has been in my tent..(front store area) peeing and marking territory.  Somehow that act of invasion rings my psychic alarms.  So  an attack on London was bound to have had some pre-effect on me.  (After all I have walked and marked London as `my realm’ for years!)

Whatever it is..  I am heading into London tomorrow..  for a leisurely wander – to visit the old favourite places.. river Thames, Trafalgar square, Millennium Bridge..and if the police open it up..  Parliament square  itself!  And I’ll be sure to spit, scratch and stomp out any traces of terror.

London is my City..it’s my realm..  my friends and families and communities live here..  and  I’ll defend  it with all my might and magic!!

-Mani Navasothy

Candles, Cords & Rune Magic – woodland Spellcraft workshop (London, April 2017)

Dear all, this half a day experiential session is part of our  Woodland Wicca workshops.  New comers to Wicca and those interested in joining our private wicca Ritual group will benefit from these short but informative introduction workshops – that brings you on to the `same page’ as everyone else.

This is an experiential session, covering the following:

Introduction to spellcraft & Magic in Wicca –  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).

——Other Wicca Training workshops coming soon)—

(*) We will be running a wand-making workshop & pentacle making workshop in this series  in Spring/ summer, covering details, symbology, uses etc for each one.

(**) We will be covering Book of Shadows  &  creating/Writing Rituals, deity/elemental invocations / devocations and carrying those energies within –  in Spring/Summer.

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Attendance: Limited to 13 people –   Attendance must be finalised by all 2 day prior so that workshop materials can be bought.

meeting point/ Time/ Travel Details: 

We meet by the cafe / tea room at `Wimbledon Tea rooms’   and will go into nearby woodland area for workshop. If it’s wet/ raining, I will put up a Tarp cover, as we have done in previous outdoor workshops.

  • *revised* Date: Saturday 8th April 2017
  • *revised* Time: Please be at Tearooms by 11.30am  latest..so we can go into the woods and begin at 12pm.   Workshop ends at 4pm.
  • Address: Windmill Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 5NQ

This place has free car park / toilet facilities.  Carpark fills up fats..so get there early and park.

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).

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Tamesa River of Souls – Samhain Ritual 2016 in Central London (by Thames)

 

Join us on Halloween Night in Central London on Monday …31st October 2016.. by Tate Galley Green space… We will be facilitating our annual `Thames: River of Souls / Samhain’ Ceremony to honour the Spirit of Thames & Ancestors.

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This is the actual Halloween night.. In the midst of fun-people in London will be in fancy dress…So Wear Fancy dress…Masks.. Witchy Cloaks.. Wizard attire.. Ghostly look…Werewolves & Vampires welcome! Bring your carved Pumpkins… Lanterns with light or candle in it..!

Our ceremonies are open to everyone, of all paths and religions.

(NOTE: Children and anyone with mobility problems / bad backs will NOT be invited to the actual river bank…for health & safety reasons. Also the ritual is NOT suitable for children, so please do not bring any to this ritual).

Bring some easy snacks & drinks to share..for the `Feasting with Death’ (tradition at Samhain).

Stay as long as you like.. and leave when you want to.

Donation: £3

Details

Meeting point/ Tube:
Gather by the green space outside Tate Modern Gallery (near main door!). Ritual team will lead all to the river bank. All are responsible for own safety. (slippery steps, sharp objects on river bank, water not safe to wash/drink).

Nearest Tube station is St.Pauls (or Blackfriars). Then ask/find directions and get to the Millennium Bridge. Cross the bridge, and get to the `Tate Modern Gallery’ side .. We will gather by the seats near Tate Gallery entrance (next to the door / green space)..

Meeting time:
Please get there anytime from .7.00pm. We’ll be getting down to the Thames river banks by 7.30pm to set up altar and start ritual.

How to find us: There’ll be a number of us ..gathering by the green space/ seats outside the main entrance of Tate Modern Gallery…We’ll already be in ceremonial clothing (robes, cloaks), wearing Samhain ritual masks, carrying lanterns, staff etc.. (strictly no swords…no knife!!)

Cloths/what to bring:

-Wear warm/ waterproof comfortable cloths… Please check weather for London for friday evening and dress appropriate. Wear good footwear..as standing/ walking for longer duration can get hard on the feet.

Food/drinks:
-Please bring small picnic-style food and drinks to share.
-Bring things for self.. and if feeling generous, something to share with others..

Media/ photography/ privacy:
-No photography/ video/ recording during ritual. Thanks.

The plan (subject to changes on the evening):

1. We’ll meet n greet..
2.Mani & ritual team will get own to Thames and set up altar. Exact spot will be decided on the night..
3. Participants will be invited to walk down the steps (carefully) to the river bank.. to join the ritual..

Low Tide time: 8.42pm (gmt). Thus by 8pm onwards…the river will be safe for us to go down.

Mani (facilitator) will lead all to a nearby suitable spot along the Thames, to do the Ceremony for Samhain/ Ancestors.

Ritual content/ format:

-Consecration with salt/water & incense, followed by sacred-Magic circle casting, then calling the 4 elemental quarter energies.
-Invocation to the Dark Lord & Crone Goddess.
– All communing silently (meditative) with their deceased ancestors/loved ones who have passed away.
-Burning of regrets/ sorrows in Cauldron (small pieces of paper..)
-Blessing Cakes/ Wine and feasting (picnic)
-Offering coins to the spirit of Charon (ferryman) in the river Thames (to help dead spirits pass safely to underworld)
(At Samhain, circle & Quarters are not closed)

Our ceremonies are open to everyone, of all paths and religions.

For this event, NO CHILDREN allowed.

Bring some easy snacks & drinks to share on the way too..

Safety notes: No swords…no athames..or other `real’ weapons – or anything that might alarm the general public /police. We play safe and nice.. And you are responsible for your own good behaviour and health & safety!!

With bright blessings
– Mani Navasothy

Meetup link for event:

Tamesa River of Souls – Samhain Ritual in Central London (by Thames)

Monday, Oct 31, 2016, 7:00 PM

Location details are available to members only.

65 London Woodland Pagans Attending

Join us on Halloween Night in Central London on  Monday …31st October 2016.. by Tate Galley Green space… We will be facilitating our annual `Thames: River of Souls / Samhain’ Ceremony to honour the Spirit of Thames & Ancestors.This is the actual Halloween night.. In the midst of fun-people in London will be in fancy dress…So Wear Fancy dres…

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Serpent Power – Magical Workshops coming soon! (London)

Okay..I can’t contain this excitement so am going to just blurt it.. Melanie Philippides and I have been planning a set of rather powerful workshops involving.. ( take a deep breath).. snakes! Pythons in fact. She has 2.. and is looking after a 3rd one.. one of them is very large indeed..(twice as big as this one in photo).. whom I met yesterday evening.. for ..shall we say, `getting attuned’ before working on the details of workshops..!) 🙂

Mani & Melanie serpent power workshops coming soon .jpg

I met Melanie first at the Birthday of Goddess Isis ritual by Cleopatra’s Needle, Embankment, in 2013.. but lost touch for a few years but was facebook friends. The photo below was taken at one of Melanie’s snake / fusion Belly dance performance in a venue in Croydon last October’15 where I met her again (and Shiva). We seem to have all that Game of Throne, snakes & Dragons magical explorations in common..and the result now of course are these magical joint workshops..

watch out for full details in a few days..  and then ..book fast…as spaces will be limited!

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Last March of the Elephantom

Elephantom Yesterday at The March for Elephants & Rhinos (London). This is the 4th annual March I have been to … (since the very first one in 2013). And it’s the 3rd one my sister Vathani Navasothy has actively been involved.. alongside `Action for Elephants Uk’ group that was set up (by Maria Mossman, Denise Dresner & friends) after the first March was so successful. My sister has consistently involved in it…promotions, publicity, sales, and every year doing the sponsored 10K run ..raising literally several thousands of pounds. I should know..I’ve video’ed it. 🙂 This year she took up the role of marshalling the March.

It has been an absolute thrill, privilege and an honour to have stood shoulder to shoulder with my fellow eco-activists (saving Elephants, Rhinos, Whales, Dolphins).. 🙂 Nothing will take away that…or the camaraderie & friendships I have formed with fellow activists.

Elephantom & Vathani at march for Elephants & Rhinos 2016 London.jpg

And.. each year, my old creation Elephantom the Eco-hero has been involved in `his’ many guises.. at these marches 🙂 ( I wrote a children’s graphic novel of that character originally created by me in 1994. It’s published in Amazon as ebook & print book).

But ..sometimes all good things must end.. and this will be the `final’ appearance for me & Elephantom at these great `March for Elephants & Rhinos’.

Why? Well.. as the war-Doctor would say, `It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame.. and others to carry that on..’ .

Many of us have lent our passions and energies to bringing these to public awareness…turning up, doing huge amounts of blogging, videos (filming/ editing), promoting..etc.. I see now..that the Marches are huge…thousands are turning up.. Signatures are being taken and delivered into 10, Downing Street.. It’s going to be okay.. 🙂

And so.. (me and my sister) will be peeling off… to get on with other causes that are dear to our hearts..other matters that deeply need our energies and attentions..

I often say… nothing matters more than solving the heart-wrenching (for me) tragedy of 25,000 children dying *every day*. If humans can’t even save their own future..their own off-springs…then what good is saving the world or wild life?

The earth will carry on…none of us are in any doubt.. but it just won’t be habitable for us humans..and that’s fine.. Earth has done that many times over the Aeons.. Dinosaurs have come and sadly gone.. and I just hope humans who have come don’t go like the dinos! So.. there has to be a balance of causes.. for both humans, animals and the natural world.. !

As for me.. I have `Gaian Times’ to re-focus on.. A non-profit eco-company & magazine I started legally 5 years ago.. I will carry on working physically, spiritually and eco-magically in all my pagan / witchy rituals with people…to keep putting the energy of protection & peace for all living thing. (In fact, our Hern’s Tribe were out in woods last night doing just that eco-magic for peace & empowerment last night) 🙂

I also have my own ventures and earnings and life to worry about.. (and one of them is settling down in life..and having Children of my own.. though when finances are secure..I am more likely to adopt.. IfI can save just one of those 25,000 children dying every day in the world.. my life would have been fulfilled..

Best wishes
-Mani Navasothy

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