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 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..!
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.
Fee: £13 payable via paypal or cash on the day.
You can pay using this link (when using paypal to book with this link, please put a note stating `wicca 1-day course’ )
1-day wicca course 25th Feb2018
VENUE: Course will be held in outdoor woodland setting (Queen’s Woods, where usually hold our outdoor Wicca rituals). we’ll meet at nearby Pub (Woodman’s) and walk together.
Nearest Tube: HighGate (northern line) – then 1 min walk to the pub.
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)
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..
-Mani Navasothy (Wiccan High Priest/ Facilitator)
Link to meetup event
Let us come together and honour the Lady of the Moon, Goddess Isis – mother of Mystery & Magic, and Father Thames, and Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and blend it all and do magic at the Heart of London.
We are beginning a new cycle of Thames-based rituals in 2018, following their popularity. This time, we’ll be adding more magical aspects to these easy-going rituals – bringing Goddess Isis as a focus (Thames-Isis) and Father Thames, as well as exploring some Serpent/ Dragon magic (Thames is often seen as a giant water-serpent snaking through heart of London), and we’ll be adding eco-magic for well-being of London. All these are elements we have explored before, but now as a regular component of these Thames-based rituals.
No prior knowledge or experiences of wicca or ritual magic is necessary for you to attend this. Just come with an open mind. Be friendly and non-intrusive. Connect with others, and join in the ceremony.
-Preparing space & setting up Altar.
-Run-through- delegate any roles. Brief Q&A.
-Enter Ritual space with reverence.
-Opening prayers and /or Meditation
-Casting magic Circle
-Calling elemental quarters
-Invocations / prayers to Deities (Thames-Isis & Father Thames)
-Magical work (Serpents/ Dragons/ Eco-magic / personal)
-Cakes & Wine blessing
-Closing & Grounding work
– Feasting, Socialising…
Suggested donation : £2 / £3 appreciated. Thank you.
Gather outside the Green area of Tate Modern Gallery (main doors). We’ll walk down to the banks of Thames and do this ceremony. If you are late, just find the steps, walk down to river bank, and join us. We’re usually under the concrete over-hang/ sheltered space. Thames & Tides:
Our rituals tale place on the actual river bank…just few meters away from the water, but in a secluded spot..where there is usually some sand. We organise these Thames-rituals after checking Port of London authority Thames Tide time tables.. to take place at low tide.. (At high tide the entire river bank is under many meters of water!!).
On this evening, low tide is at 8.30pm. It takes several hours for tide to come in.. so after ritual.. if we notice the tide turning ..we still have plenty of time to pack up and go up the steps to street level.
The steps are slippery. bank of Thames after previous tide will be full of new things and sharp objects. Take extreme care with your own health & safety. You are responsible for your safety.
**No children allowed**
**Unfortunately the location is not suitable for anyone with walking disabilities**
What to bring:
• Please dress appropriate for weather! (we carry on Rituals regardless of weather).
• Please bring food & drinks to share ( bread & cheese / humus are a good start) and any soft drink/wine that you like to share with others in circle.
• a torchlight is a good idea. Feasting/ sharing food & Drinks:
After the ritual circle on the river bank is completed, some people leave for home. Others stay behind to socialise. We tend to go back up to street level, to the grassy green area outside Tate Modern Gallery and socialise/ share food & drinks.. If it’s raining, we just go to the nearby Pub within sight.
Organiser/ Wiccan High Priest
link to meetup event:
31st of January/ 1st of February is when Pagans celebrate Imbolc – and honour the virgin Goddess Bride (Bridgett/ Breed). And London History tells us that the St.Bride’s church used to have a sacred well, and was a place of Bride worship (before Saint Bride’s work and it becoming a church). On this night we have a river-thames based full moon ritual ..and thought a candle-lit walk from St.Bride’s church doors along to Tate Modern Gallery area will be magical. So that we may take some of that healing energies and share it along the streets and bring it to river Thames.
(River Thames full moon ritual gathering is from 7,30pm – optional and set up as a separate event in our meetup. you may go home after candle-lit walk or stay for Tamesis full moon ritual).
The St.Bride’s church closes at 6pm. However, you can arrive at 5pm to have some quiet contemplation inside – if you personally choose to do so. You may visit the `Journalist/ media’ Altar, or stay in the main church area, look around, or even visit the crypt area and look at the exhibits & oldest part of the church. (They do 90min tours every tuesday. It costs £6 and is highly worth it – we’ll be doing an event for that another time..)
For our event, we gather at 6pm by the main gates of St.Brides church (enter from Fleet Street). Once we have everyone, we’ll be walking along the small alleyway to the left, go around the church clockwise, and find the open space behind the church – where you’ll find seats, as well as a circle of lights on the ground, around a pentagram drawn on concrete.
This is where we’ll begin our short ceremonial work..
Some poetry, blessing, and starting our candlelit walk.
We’ll complete the circle around the Church, back to main door..then to Fleet Street..and walk across Blackfriars bridge, turn left, and walk to arrive outside Tate Modern entrance facing river Thames.
Those interested may stay for our Tamesis Full moon ceremony (fee £3/£2).
The Path of Bride event is free.
Organiser/ Wiccan High Priest.
ps. In Spring, we’ll be organising a Diana ceremony in the area of St,Paul’s Cathedral – as history again tells us it used to be a place of worship for Diana the Greek Huntress- Goddess.
• What to bring
Please wrap up warm, and bring a jam jar/ lantern for candle-lit walk.. or battery operated lights are fine too. (I’ll have tea lights for lanterns).
• Important to know
Free event. This walk then links to our `Tamesis Full moon ceremony by river Thames at 7.30pm.
Link to meetup:
Join us on 3rd Feb’18, early evening to mark IMBOLC ceremony in the woods. “Imbolc is said to be the time when the Winter Goddess who has kept her grip on the land loosens her hold, so that the ice melts and waters break and flow again. It is when the Goddess Bride (Brigid) `returns’ to the land. Her path is lit by candles, symbolising the return of light and warmth which is imminent. Bride is a Goddess of poetry, inspiration, healing, knot-magic and weaving. With her, she brings the gifts of 3 flames!”
*** Fee: £5 (concession £4) – collected before ritual. **
From 3.30pm, gather in the back garden/ patio area of The Woodman’s pub..(corner of Archway Road) ..few minutes s from HighGate tube (north london). We’ll leave at 4pm in a candle lite procession to woods.. for ceremony.
This is an open ritual held in an outdoor park/woods with easy public access..
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.
• Wiccan Opening Prayer, sweeping & Consecrations
• Circle casting & Element quarters called
• Farewell to Winter Goddess
• Invocation of Virgin Goddess Bride / Bridget
• Bride arrives via a path lit by candles ..and blesses all with her 3 gifts of flames
• Cakes & Wine blessed & shared
• Close circle
Example: Plea to Winter Goddess to leave.
Invocation to Bride – Virgin Goddess
RITUAL items to bring:
– Food & drinks to share at woodland feasting
– 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)
We’ll return to the Pub after ceremony in woods, to carry on socials as usual till late.
Author/ Pagan Teacher/ Wiccan High Priest
Link to our meetup event:
Join us on Halloween Night in Central London on Monday …31st October 2017.. We will be facilitating our annual `Thames: River of Souls / Samhain’ Ceremony to honour the Spirit of Thames & Ancestors. This time we will begin with a ceremonial procession along river Thames (from outside the Globe Theatre, and walk along bankside, past Tate Modern, Blackfriars Bridge, Oxo Tower, Gabriel’s Wharf, and end just outside National Theatre (the circular concrete `performance’ area along the riverside). We hope to do our ceremony in this space – subject to local circumstances / crowd etc. (or do ceremony nearby).
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.
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.
Fees: suggested donation £2 to the `Ferryman’ (for your underworld journey)
Details (tbc) ————
We will be gathering outside the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (riverside gate) / Bankside Pier area at 7.30pm. After designating ritual roles, getting our lanterns & costumes setup, we’ll begin a slow and social walk along bankside..
We’ll be walking along south bank riverside walk… from Globe Theatre, past Millennium bridge (south side), Tate Modern Gallery, Blackfriars overground station / bridge, Oxo Tower, Gabriel’s Wharf, and finally end just outside National Theatre. Our Halloween ceremony is expected to be held in the open public circular concrete `performance’ area along the riverside (see photo attached)- this is subject to local circumstances, other crowd etc.If it’s not possible there, we’ll be nearby so keep an eye out.
Meeting time/ shedule:
Please get to outside steps of Shakespear’s Globe Theatre / Bankside pier by 7.30pm. We’ll get organised and begin walk at 8pm. We hope the 1000m walk will only take us about 1 hour at an extremely leisurely procession/ festive walking speed. 🙂 So we’ll be gathering outside the National Theatre area (end of walk) by 9pm..and do a short Samhain ritual by about 9.15pm. Then we’ll continue socialising.
Due to the public space, the ritual team will be organised in advance ..so we can arrive at end point and perform the ritual without much fuss. There is bound to be general public watching.. so we’ll be asking experienced ritualists to help in advance ( 1 week before) to volunteer for parts and get ritual prepared.. and be in costume../ masks.
**More details of actual ritual near the time** (come back and check here near the time or join our meetup event Tamesa Halloween 2017
How to find us: There’ll be a number of us ..gathering by the Globe Theatre area by river. 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.
-Please bring small picnic-style food and drinks to share.
-Bring things for self.. and if feeling generous, something to share with others..
Safety notes: Everyone is asked to take extra care with their own personal safety as we’ll be in a busy public place. Keep valuables with you at all times.. or with a trusted friend who is not playing a big role in ritual. beware of thieves/ pickpockets, any silly protesters (who don’t like pagans) and may try to cause a wrangle. If this happens..just step away from it.. do not be baited.. and just get out asap…and get far away to a safer place.
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
Join us in the Woods for magically marking the start of the dark half of the year, to walk the journey (spiral) of Persephone, and a celebration of AUTUMN Equinox.
“This is the time when the wheel turns once more, from summer to winter. A time when the dark equals the light, and the night times begin to increase. Trees begin to shed their leaves in preparation of the coming winter, wildlife collects seeds and stocks up for winter and animal migrations begin. We celebrate the second harvest of the year- the harvest of the fruits. We also mark the balance of dark and light. In Wicca we re-enact the mythology of Hades and Persephone – her abduction, entry to the underworld, Demeter’s anguish and the withdrawal from the land, eating of pomegranate seeds by Persephone and her stay in the underworld. We use a spiral path-working to enter the inner-world, and plant seeds of our future ventures, so that we may nurture them during the winter months. In this ritual, coven members take on the symbolic journey of Persephone.” (taken from www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )
Date: Sunday 17th September 2017
Venue: Queen’s Woods .
**Please note – we will collect fee at start of ritual **
Meeting point: Garden area of `Woodman’s Pub’ (Archway Road) at 3.30pm.
Schedule: At 4.20pm you’ll be led by one of our ritual team members to the woods ( 10min brisk walk). There you’ll be greeted by the facilitators and consecrated, and welcomed into ritual space.
Arrival & Spiral walking:
This Seasonal ritual will follow Wiccan format and include Witchcraft & Wicca mythology as often practised by covens. This is an open ritual held in an outdoor park/woods with easy public access..
Once you enter the woods, you will be given magical instructions on what is to follow. Then there will be a 10min walk through woods to the ritual space – where you’ll be greeted, consecrated, and invited to walk the spiral of Persephone. At the centre, you may have a moment to contemplate the coming of dark half of the year, eat a few seeds of the Pomegranate (as Persephone did in the myths). Then you will can carry on and join the magic circle for other part of the ritual.
Details near the time.
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.
**From the moment you arrive at sacred space in woods, you are kindly asked to observe stillness and reverence throughout the ceremony. All willing are expected to participate – during which moments, you are asked to be calm and not disruptive of their inner-work. **
** Once Circle is cast, we do not allow anyone to enter the sacred space..or leave without an appointed Priest/Priestess opening a doorway in the circle. If you arrive late or must leave at any point, please seek the appointed Priest/Priestess for this. Please do not Crash the circle – as it can cause magical weakness for the whole ritual and let outside energies enter or leak our own built up energy**
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)
-All Pagans of any spiritual are welcome..
** This event is NOT suitable for children.**
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).
-Mani Navasothy (Wiccan High Priest & Holistic Coach/ Consultant)
—————–Wicca study resources by Mani Navasothy ———-
If you are interested in Wicca & Witchcraft, formal coven work, initiation and training, personal study, then the following will be useful for you:
• Our website: http://www.WitchcraftAndMagic.Uk – check it out for extensive articles & videos on wicca & Witchcraft;
• eBook `Coven Guide: Become an initiated Witch (http://witchcraftandmagic.uk/book-coven-guide-become-an-initiated-witch)’ – written by Mani (Wiccan High Priest with 20+ yrs of experience in craft, coven & initiation).
• eCourse – e-Witch Apprentice study course (http://witchcraftandmagic.uk/e-witch-apprentice-course) . (home study course in 9 modules. study at your own pace. Contact with Tutor for e-mail support. Includes ritual work, transpersonal psychology, all wicca subjects, tool making).
Held each August Bank Holiday since 1964, the Notting Hill Carnival is the largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe (and second only to the one in Rio). Every year the streets of West London come alive, with the sounds and smells of Europe’s biggest street festival. This year’s carnival is now taking place on sunday 27th & Monday 28th August 2017. The one on bank holiday Monday is with the big parade!!
Gather with fun-loving Pagans & friends, go attend this biggest festive event in London.. Wear a mask, a costume, bring food & drinks to share..and join in this free-flowing street festival! It’s perfectly safe.. I’ve been there on my own and with friends many times.. 🙂 Last year I even did some fan filming for my own Doctor Who London fan series..and got to pose with some police & other revellers!
Anyway ..keep your selves safe at all times.. don’t take silly risks.. but you can keep out of trouble and have a perfectly brilliant time..
Here’s useful info if you decide to go on your own or with others:
• Ladbroke Grove: closed on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday
• Latimer Road: closed after 11.30pm on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday
• Notting Hill Gate: on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, the station will be exit-only between 11am and 7pm and the Circle/District lines will not stop
• Westbourne Park: exit-only between 11am – 6pm and closed at 11.30pm on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday
• Royal Oak: exit-only after 11am and closed at 6pm on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday
• Bayswater: on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday between 11am – 7pm, you may want to use this station as Notting Hill Gate will be exit only and Circle/District line trains will not stop there
• Paddington (Hammersmith and City and Circle lines): on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday you may want to use this station instead of Notting Hill Gate or Royal Oak, as both these stations will have entry restrictions.
• Other nearby stations: High Street Kensington (Circle and District lines), Holland Park (Central line), Queen’s Park (Bakerloo line) and Shepherd’s Bush (Central line).
Carrying a Kavadi at the Chariot Festival (at Ealing Kanaga Durga Amman temple, London):
A year ago I decided and made an offering to do this `Kavadi dance’ at this year’s Chariot street procession at the Ealing Durga Goddess temple in London. That divine offering / prayer was fulfilled on 13/8/17.
The day started with a 5am wake up in my tent… and we got to Ealing temple for the big annual chariot festival by 7.30am. The Kavadi procession (dancing with this ritual `mountain’ prop) began around 10am and we returned to the temple after street procession and dancing throughout ..by 4-5pm (culminating with a final dance inside temple).
Personal history: long ago when i was little..I did this with a tiny version of it around a local temple (Sanathy Murugan temple, near Jaffna, Sri Lanka) .. which started my ritual dancing and drumming..which has evolved into my shamanic trance drumming & dancing.. So it’s apt that I’ve come full circle. It’s been a divine privilege..
Next year I will be constructing my own `Kavadi’ ..and hope to do this in 2 different temples (Wimbledon Ganapathy temple, and Ealing Durga Temple again).
Many thanks to my mother Rani Navasothy for accompanying me, providing me with water etc during this 6+ hours of procession and keeping me `safe’ as I completed my promise.. (and in and out of mild dance-trance). Am also grateful to Varathan Uncle for bringing the Kavadi and helping me with initial set-up & preparations.
Our 5th annual Celebration of Birthday of Goddess Isis’ – to mark the Night of the Cradle’ where Sky Goddess Nut gave birth to the Egyptian Goddess Isis. It will take place as before, on the river banks of the Thames in Central London!
- Date: Sunday 16th July 2017
- Duration: 1.30pm to 5pm (approx)
- Meeting point– Meet us at the Hollyhock Cafe, Terrace Gardens, Richmond at 1.30pm. At 2pm we will ceremonially process and go down to river bank..for ceremony.
The ceremony will use a blend of Wiccan & adapted Egyptian ritual outlines. (Note: My research indicates Birth of Isis was celebrated on 17th July.. but our ritual this year takes place on sunday 16th July).
The ceremony is expected to be 45mins ..and then we’ll continue socials/ feasting.. (It’s a birthday party, after all). 🙂 So be sure to bring plenty of Wine & cakes.
** Donation (suggested) £3 *****
——– Ceremony outline —–
- A decorative altar with Sky Goddess Nut and a concealed statue of Isis will be set up.
- Opening prayers and /or Meditation (chakra or other)
- Consecrations with salt & water, incense, candles
- Casting magic Circle
- Calling elemental quarters
- Energy raising
- Invocation : Isis called by her many names! Printed sheets provided. Each attendee may utter 10-20 names.
- Goddess Isis (statue) is revealed.
- Milk & flower Ceremony – all bath statue in milk, followed by offering of flowers. These are then offered to the river Thames.
- Magical work (optional)
- Cakes & Wine blessing
- Closing & Grounding work
- Feasting, Socialising… Food & drinks blessed and shared.
- Birthday Party !! (Birthday of Isis).
————— What to bring————————
— Wear ceremonial robes / masks (Egyptian style if possible).
— Musical instruments (drums, systrum, bells)
— Food & drinks to share.
— Poetry / your own Invocations to honour Goddess Isis
As it is a public place, passers-by may take photos or watch. That is accepted by the organisers, in the spirit of celebrating the Birthday of Isis 🙂
However intrusive photography by professionals for purpose of outside publishing is prohibited.
We ask all to be in good public behaviour.
Safety of Thames water
Though the water is cleaner to paddle, it is NOT suitable for drinking!! Avoid handling the Thames water.. and if you do by chance, then please use anti-bacterial hand-wash/ wipes to sterilise your hands before handling any food!
***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).
Link to other rituals