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Total SOLAR ECLIPSE- Monday 21st August 2017 (astronomy data & astrology charts & Eclipse Magic book offer)

We’ve already had the partial Lunar Eclipse a week and a half ago, and the counterpart ..  the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE occurs on this coming monday 21st August 2017.  (Eclipses always occur in pairs, separated by 2 weeks, and there are on average 2 pairs every year..).

I’ve downloaded the detailed Eclipse-diagram  from NASA website (Eclipse diagram/data (c) Fred Espenak – link at the bottom).

Total Solar Eclipse (21st August 2017) Details:

How long is this Eclipse?

Important point to remember is that, at any one location on the Earth, the actual Solar Eclipse is only visible for few minutes at most.   BUT it will be seen at different parts of the world at various times..  and at each part ..for slightly different duration.

Greatest Eclipse and its duration:

This is when the largest amount of the Sun is covered by the Moon..  and  takes place at 18:25 hrs  (Universal Time= GMT), and will be visible for 2min40sec, from a point in USA (Lat=26’58N.  Long=87’40 W).

Penumbral start & end of Eclipse:

There are two types of shadows formed by the Moon when it comes in front of the Sun..  ie the shadow that Earth Passes through.  Umbral shadow is the darkest part, where from under it, we see nothing of the Sun.  Penumbral shadow is a more lighter part, and we will see the Sun through it..

  • P1 : The Penumbral part of the eclipse will be first visible at  15:46 hrs   UT  (seen from pacific ocean at Sunrise).
  • P4:  The penumbral part of the Eclipse will be last visible at 21:04 hrs UT (seen from South America – before night falls locally there)

The Umbral  Eclipse data:

This is when the Sun is actually visibly blocked by a dark disc (Moon coming between us and the Sun).  In scientific  notations, we give this 4 sets of readings..  when it first starts (first contact/ start of Umbral Eclipse; 2nd contact;  when Eclipse begins to end; when final umbral eclipse fully ends.

  • U1 :  16:48 hrs UT
  • U2 :  16:49 hrs UT
  • Greatest Eclipse :  18:25 hrs UT
  • U3 :  20:01 hrs UT
  • U4 :  20:02 hrs UT

 NASA diagrams created/provided  by Fred Espanak, where all this data has been taken from:

Total Solar Eclipse 20th August 2017 - NASA diagram by Fred Espenak

Gif animation showing the visibility & times of the Total Solar Eclipse 21st August 2017 (by Fred Espenak of NASA)

Note:  The small dot at the centre is the exact location where the Total Eclipse can be seen at a particular time (Universal Time = GMT).   The larger grey/blue area shows the area from which penumbral eclipse can be seen at any particular time.  The dark sections of the Earth (on left and right) show the night time for those places.

Time: Remember all times are UT (Universal Time which is equivalent to Greenwich mean time).  so you must work out local time.  For example the dot first appears to the West of USA  (in Pacific Ocean area)  around 17:00hrs GMT..  This is actually sun-rise/ morning time for those who first see the Eclipse (if they were in the Pacific Ocean).

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Visibility data for UK:

From these diagrams, you can ascertain that for us in United Kingdom, about 10% of this Eclipse will be visible around 19:00hrs GMT.

Astrology charts

Below is a general astrological chart I have created to show the positions of other planets & Zodiac signs, during the exact moment of this Total Solar Eclipse (Greatest Eclipse at 18:25hrs UT).

Total Solar Eclipse 21August2017 chart (c) Mani Navasothy

chart with houses Solar Eclipse 21august2017 placidus

-Mani Navasothy

If you are interested in doing Esoteric / ritual magical work / energy work, during the Eclipses, I have written a workbook (probably the world’s first book on Eclipse Magic).  here’s the link to buying it.

BUY – Eclipse Magic Workbook   Normal Price £18.  Special offer : £9.99

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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

Wiccan Apprentice Course (woodland based, in 3 parts) – starts 4th sept16 – Wimbledon

Many in my meetup group have asked for a deeper, extended covering of Wicca, so here it is – a course in 3 parts. It is still suitable for beginners, but each subject is covered in much greater depths, and includes meditations, pathworking, and magical / ritual work – to embed what you are learning!

This takes place over 3 consecutive Sundays in September. You don’t have to do all of them.. (but if you did, it will form a cohesive deeper and practical experience of Wicca). You may attend one or more.

• Part 1: Sacred Space & Energy (Sunday 4th Sept)

• Part2: Horned Gods & Moon Goddesses (sunday 11th Sept).

• Part 3: Practical Magic, Covens & Initiations in Wicca (Sunday 18th Sept)

Fee: £13 per session. You can book/ rsvp now for each course, and turn up and pay by cash on the day.

The following structure has been devised by me.


wiccan apprentice 1 of 3 (c) Mani Navasothy

Part 1:   Sacred Space & Energy –   (Sunday 4th September 2016)

You’ll experientially learn about the following :

Magical energy preparations/ work:

• Chakra system of personal energy centres will be explained, with a practical meditation to experience this;

• An energy attuning pathworking will be led by tutor (using 4 element imagery, as well as growing horns & branches, and connecting to the Earth centres using imagery of growing roots.

• Consecrations – you’ll first see a demonstration of  purifying and blessing, using Salt & Water,  incense and Candle / lantern,  the tools to use, and the usual wiccan words; Then each student will get a chance to practise the consecrations;

• Circle casting:   Using your own wand, athame or the tutor’s wand,  you will earn the visualisation, energy work and practise casting a magic circle.

• Elements & Quarters:     The reasons and methods of calling/ invoking the undertaken elementals at the quarters inside a magic circle will be explained and demonstrated with words and symbols(invoking pentagrams, and element triangles) to be drawn;  You will then practise this;

• Transpersonal qualities:   There will be further explanations of the qualities invoked with elements, colour and symbolic correspondences.  An exercise will also be  undertaken by us – for internal elemental exploration and transpersonal balance.

• Witches Rune:   Often used in Circles for energy raising (creative poetry written by Doreen Valiente – mother of modern Witchcraft).   We will allocate some time to exploring the Witche’s Rune, the symbolism inherent in it, and have several practice chants of it.


wiccan apprentice 2 of 3 (c) Mani Navasothy

Part 2:   Working with God & Goddess in Wicca:   (Sunday 11th September 2016)

You’ll experientially learn about the following :

• God forms in Wicca:   This includes Cernunnos, Hern, Pan, Green Man, Dark Lord (Death), Sun God, Odin, Osiris …amongst others.   The symbology of Horns, hooves, antlers are explained, as well as some discussion on the demonising (Pagan god seen as satan/ devil) of the god by non-pagans. We’ll deal with any hidden fears, old conditionings and prejudices, and work transpersonally to reconnect with the Horned God of Wicca and his empowering wildwood energies. Chants will be taught and used.

• Goddess form in Wicca:   We’ll explore the Triple-Goddess imagery used in Wicca- maiden, mother and crone, as well as the various examples – Dianna the Huntress, Isis , Cailleach, Hecate, Gaia and more…

• The God & Goddess cycle in Wicca explained with diagrams and notes- ie the maiden Persephone’s abduction at Autumn,  motherhood, rejuvenated Bride arriving back to land at Imbolc;  Marriage of God & Goddess at Beltane;  the sacrifice of the God at Lammas; coming of Dark Lord at Samhain; Birth of Sun-child at Yule and more.

• Invocations, evocations and Charges of God & Goddess :  What happens after circle is cast and energy raised in a coven?   How are the god & Goddess brought into the Circle?  Who carries those energies?  What is the Drawing down of the Moon?   And Sun?  How does working with God & Goddess empower Witches?   All will be explained with brief demonstration of postures.

• We’ll go through some invocations and learn to use them.  (which you can use in your own or group rituals).

• Charge of the Goddess – the poetry work created by Doreen Valiente – mother of modern witchcraft will be looked.

• Cup and sword pathworking – to meet the God and Goddess.


wiccan apprentice 3 of 3 (c) Mani Navasothy

Part 3:   Ritual Magic, Covens & Initiations in Wicca   (Sunday 18th September 2016)

You’ll experientially learn about the following :

• Principles of Magic & Divination explained using the hexagram;

• Main forms of ritual magic practised in coven-wicca explained and demonstrated (Candle magic, cord magic, healing work, rune magic).

• We’ll do one piece of practical magic.

• Making of tools and how to consecrate them in a circle will be covered, with an option for you to consecrate one of your tools (wand);

• Coven structures,  initiation degree systems; some preparations and quests that seekers of initiation must undergo (no oathbound coven secrets will be divulged! But published materials will be talked about, and any misconceptions/ fears you have will be addressed as long as it does not breach wiccan secrecy oaths.

• All about your Witch-Name :  What is it? Why?  How do you go about choosing one?  When is it used? and more.


What to bring

• For your own comfort, please bring any food/drinks lunch (Please avoid eating during course delivery, unless otherwise stated on the day !);

• bring flask of hot drinks.

• ***Bring comfortable cushion/ mat to sit on, as well as a blanket / throw to wrap up ..during meditative work (or if it’s just cold).

• Please wear warm coats, socks (those ankle socks are pointless…as gnats and mosquitos will get you !), scarf..

• We’ll have some wine for ceremonial parts of the course & for a bit of social after

• Strictly no exotic substance/ drugs etc!

• Note books/ pen .


Recording / photography policy

No private recording by phones/ dictaphones.

No photography during course delivery & practise. .


Course notes / voice recording  by Tutor:

Some printed notes will be provided

Parts of the Course will be recorded (voice only) by the Tutor, and uploaded to a private link, where students who attended the course can listen in a few weeks after the course to refresh their minds.  (only informative parts. Pathworking etc will not be part of this.


Practical Details for the Day (venue/transport).

Public transport:

You can get to Wimbledon (served by Train, buses, tram, tube).

From Wimbledon, take bus 93 going towards Putney.

Get down at `Wimbledon Tea rooms’ stop

Walk 5-10 minutes along a small road to Wimbledon Tea Rooms, inside Wimbledon Common.

By Car:

You can drive in and park your cars for free.

Meeting point:

Please gather at the outdoor seats of the Tea Room/ Cafe by 11.30am.   Once all are gathered, we’ll all walk up into the space set up for the course (close to where we held the course in February & July’ 16).

End time:

We will break for lunch and short tea/coffee breaks. And we shall aim to finish by 5pm..


Links to the Meetup events for these courses (where you can pay by paypal)

• Part 1:   Sacred Space & Energy  (Sunday 4th Sept)

 Part2:   Horned Gods & Moon Goddesses  (sunday 11th Sept).

• Part 3:  Practical Magic, Covens & Initiations in Wicca  (Sunday 18th Sept)

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
( Wiccan High  Priest & published Author)

The Real question of a Sacred Site (A question of magic)

A I am a Futurist, as well as a Past-tourist. And all these are material things..Stonehenge, Glastonbury Tor, St.Pauls, Machu Picchu, Temples in India, Mayan Pyramid etc etc.. They were all built by people.. People who also built houses, bridges and castles and cathedrals..

A question of magic at sacred sites - Mani Navasothy 2016

Preserving a scared-site-based-monument for the future..while preventing the present from having full access does not serve the future. If the energies at sacred sites are true.. then I like to believe those are `of the place’..and not of the objects placed on those places.. (am not forgetting that `invoking energies’ into an object repeatedly over time can instill a vortex of sacred energy into that object. States in Hindu temples are an example where I have actually witnessed this process!).

So even in their final crumbling moments the objects / monuments can still manifest some thing important & enlightening for all . And when they have gone to dust…(if the energies are true), something new and magical will still rise in their place.. People of the present might build new things.. And that too will be perfectly okay..
Why?

If one bunch of people/community can create something 5,000 yrs ago.. and it’s now seen & viewed as magical and sacred…. there is no reason in- my view- why another bunch of people in modern day can’t do the same..!

After all.. are we any less magical than those who lived and died 5,000, 10,000 or even 50,000 yrs ago? That is the real question under all this ..for me at least!

-Mani Navasothy

The Journey of our Sun-Wheel

The Sun-Wheel I made ..and it’s journey through several Midsummer rituals (June 2016), venues (London, Richmond park, Brixton, Avebury, Glastonbury), and finally being given to fire (atop Glastonbury Tor) so the wishes people made (tied knots) may be carried to the divine..and manifest! -Mani

  1. Sun Wheel created at home on 16th June 2016
  2. At Midsummer ritual in London for Pagan Federation : London (conway hall, Holborn)- 16/6/16
  3. At Hern’s Tribe  MidSummer ritual in Richmond park – 18th June2016.
  4. At OneSpirit ecstatic dance event – 18th June’16
  5. In Avebury – by Witche’s Throne  – 20th June’16
  6. Avebury – Full moon
  7. Atop Glastonbury Tor – 21st June’16 … ritual
  8. Sun rise at Glastonbury – 21/6/16
  9. 10 & 11.  SunWheel finally committed to ritual fire at Glastonbury Tor (21June’16).

SunWheel Journey.jpg

Woodland Wicca Full Moon Rituals (monthly) in London-2016

Our Wicca Full moon Rituals  are ideal for people interested in Wicca & Witchcraft.  They provide an Introduction to Wicca, Witchcraft & Ritual Magic – for all new comers and beginners, and Seekers of The Craft.  Consisting of friendly and informal introductions, they then move on to a formal Wiccan Ritual – facilitated by me – Mani Navasothy (Initiated Wiccan of 20 years, Gardnerian  High Priest).

Note- Our Wicca Full moon Ritual gatherings are returning after a month gap, by popular request.   Those interested in joining our closed training coven should first attend  these wicca full moon rituals and gain some practical experience.

Full moon- Woodland Witches London March 2016

Wiccan Ritual Outline:

-Preparing space & setting up Altar. (done by Ritual Team separately)
-Run-through-  Lead facilitator Mani (High Priest) will explain outline of Ritual, delegate any roles.  Brief Q&A.
-Enter Ritual space with reverence.
-Sweeping
-Opening prayers and /or Meditation (chakra or other)
-Consecrations with salt & water, incense, candles
-Casting magic Circle
-Calling elemental quarters
-Energy raising
-Invocations / prayers to Moon Goddess & Horned God
-Magical work
-Cakes & Wine blessing
-Closing & Grounding work
– Feasting, Socialising…

————**Admission fee:   £3  (new from May’16) **—————

What to  bring: 

***Please dress appropriate for weather! ***  We are tired of seeing people who attend with thin / minimum clothing, and then become cold quickly.  (a)  If you are cold, you can not focus on the ritual / magic , and (b), Seeing someone else being cold  severely distracts the others from focusing on their own magical work.

**Please DO bring some food (sensible snacks..  bread & cheese / humus are a good start)  and any soft drink/wine that you like to share with others in circle.   Social element/ feasting together is an important aspect of Wiccan rituals.

** Our rituals may start in twilight, but often end when it’s already nightfall..   So a torchlight is a great tool to have as `standard’ in your travel bag for woodland rituals, as well as a blanket / small ground sheet to sit on.

What ritual tools / items to bring

– A wand a or athame – if you have one. Please make sure you observer the law on carrying knives (any such item must be packed during transport, so that it can not be quickly `pulled out’ and used.

-your own magical items – crystals, tarot etc.

-A robe/ cloak to wear

What NOT To BRING

– please DO NOT bring used candles, or candles that already have magical work done on them.

-do not bring pre-made charms/ talismans for the purpose of `charging them up’ ..

Training & Personal Magical development:

These are training circles.  Introduction & explanations of many aspects of the ritual are given through out, and you’ll be given opportunities to take certain minor or major roles in the ritual. Major roles will need preparation and learning beforehand, so will be offered to those attending regularly and training with this group.

If you attend these regularly, you can build up a sound practical experience of all aspects of Wicca & Witchcraft.  Remember it is traditional for new Seekers to be trained for a year and a day in Wicca – before undergoing any Coven initiations.  On a personal level, You may use that as a sensible yard stick, and aim for a year worth of ritual attendance, study and exploration – to become a self-sufficient Wiccan. Along the way, you will either develop your own magical / psychic skills, or fine tune any existing abilities.

Outdoor working with primal forces:

These ritual circles take place in public Woodlands or parks.   As they are outdoors, at the mercy of elements (sunshine, storms, snow, fog etc)..  it can be hard at times to gather motivation to attend, or while attending, keep focus (if you are cold and getting soaked).  But remember..  we `real’ wiccans & Witches do have to work hard .. (but take no foolish risks), push our own personal / Psychological boundaries..  in order to gain Mastery of the Self.. and towards a respectful relationship with elements, entities and world around us!

By being outdoors in nature regularly in a ritual setting,  you’ll develop a real magical / psychic attunement & healthy respect to nature’s wild energies, as well as an inner confidence, outdoor ritual experience and dare I say..  empowerment and magical competence… on top of learning/ practising Witchcraft & wicca in the natural wild way it is intended.

Future dates of our Wicca Full moon rituals (in 2016) – tbc

Please always check relevant `events’ near the time in case of changes.

  • Friday 20th May
  • Monday 18th July
  • Wednesday 17th Aug
  • Fri 16th Sept
  • Sat 15th Oct
  • Monday 14th Nov
  • Tues 13th Dec

Note: I  also organise  Wiccan Sabbats  – Imbolc, Beltane,  Lammas & Samhain,  and Shamanic Solstices & Equinoxes.   Join the meetup to stay updated.

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy (Gardnerian High Priest)

Link:

Join my meetup group to stay in touch with all the rituals.

London Woodland Witches, Wiccans, Ritual Magicians & Outdoor Pagans – meetup group

E-Witch Apprentice – Correspondence course in Wicca

A Course in Energy Magick: 4 Workshops in Central London (Jan/Feb 2016)

Dear all, advance notice on a series of 4 `energy’ based magical workshops taking place in London in January/february 2016.  My friend Swati (Global Wicca) and I are running these together.  You can either join the course here (all 4) or join the individual events for each one.  *[Scroll below to read about our Wicca/ Magical expertise in India & London].  Bright Blessings . -Mani Navasothy

Course in energy – 4 workshops for energy magick

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This course comprises of a series of 4 workshops. They are designed to equip you with these skills to heal yourself. Certification available to those who do all the four workshops.

1. Magickal Energy Healing Skills (Energy, Chakras, Aura and Energy Spells) 23 Jan 2016 from 11.30am to 1.30pm

2. Wand Magick (Wandwork, Thoughtforms and Wand Spells)30 Jan 2016 from 1130am to 1.30 pm

3. Past Life Healing (Past Life regression and inner transformation) 6 Feb 2016 from 11.30am to 1.30 pm.

4. Future Life Progression (Choosing future life path, destiny and life purpose) 13 Feb 2016 from 11.30am noon to 1.30pm.

About the Fees/  discounts ———————–

Walk in price  £25 per workshop.  (Full course value £100).

However  book for all four at a discounted price of £60  (works out at £15 each).

Alternatively, you can pick ones you prefer, and book each workshop in advance, and pay £20* per workshop  (advance booking only).

Also those who complete all four will receive a signed book by the facilitator on the above subjects free of cost in addition to the workshop kits and instructions.

* If you wish to join one or more of the above workshops and not the full set please browse the individual meetup events by clicking on Upcoming Meetups on the left of this meetup group page, select the appropriate dates and read the individual workshop contents there to pay and register for the individual class.

About the facilitators—————————

Swati Prakash: 

One of the leading authorities in magick and healing she has conducted these workshops for hundreds of students in India and presented leading TV shows as spiritual healer over the last over a decade before moving to London. She has mastery in Reiki, is a trained Past Life Regression Therapist, initiated as well as born witch, Vedic Astrologer and Tarot expert, author of magickal magbooks and tarot cards.

Mani Navasothy: 

Is one of the well known and friendliest Wiccan leaders in London, a Gardnerian High Priest, author of several magickal books and editor of Gaian Times magazine. He is a western astrologer and pagan eco-magician who has trained hundreds of students in the magickal arts as well as Wicca. He is a multi-faceted artist and eco-campaigner and founder of the Herne’s Tribe and Woodland Wiccan and Outdoor Pagans group

VENUE—————————— 

The Library room is at The Victoria pub, 10a Streathearn Place very close to Hyde Park (a short walk from Lancaster gate being the nearest tube). You can also order food and drinks at your own cost and convenience should you like to have a bite together after this workshop.

There will be plenty of opportunities and future meetups to practice the skills acquired during the workshops above.

How to Book———

Join our Meetup event and pay via Paypal at a discounted amount of £60 for all 4 (advance booking rate), or attend each workshop separately, and pay for each (either walk-in fee of £25 or advance fee of £20)

Link: 

A Course in Energy Magick – 4 Workshops in Central London

Saturday, Jan 23, 2016, 11:30 AM

The Victoria
10a Strathearn Place, London, GB

4 Woodland Witches & Pagans Went

Dear all, advance notice on a series of 4 `energy’ based magical workshops taking place in London in January/february 2016.  my friend Swati (Global Wicca) and I are running these together.  You can either join the course here (all 4) or join the individual events for each one.*[Scroll below to read about our Wicca/ Magical expertise in India & Lo…

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Brilliant Reality

Sometimes..when we act on faith..and commit to a course of Action.. magic happens! In an instant .. the nebulous probability wave functions of if’s, but’s, maybe’s, could’av, should’av would’avs.. all collapse..into one brilliant reality!

How brilliant realities are formed
How brilliant realities are formed  (c) QuantumPhoenix.net      Mani Navasothy

-Mani Navasothy

Keep the Magic Secret? On Mandrake, Merlin and Gerald Gardner

Keep the Magic Secret (c) QuantumphoenixCan you keep a Secret?   Can you keep magic a secret?   And when I say magic, I don’t mean illusions and tricks you see as part of a stage show (or a TV show).  Those always have technical gimmickry to them – sleight of hands- where one hand distracts you while the other is working the trick, or smokes & mirrors! You get the picture.

When I say magic (and some purists like to use the word `magick’ with a `k’ at the end to differentiate), I mean the esoteric kind, the ritual type, the real psychic power of the mind, spells, witchy things, potions, hexes, curses, warts, eye of newt & leg of frog, venom of snake and..  (yes, poor things!) all that.  Of course these days `ritual magicians’ (better word) don’t do all that animal sacrifices…Instead they do deep meditative works, self development of psychic abilities arrived at by months if not years of personal study, hard work and trial and error practises! The kind that I may or may not have or am practising..  supposedly! :-p

Mandrake the Magician - comic book hero of 1934 (created by Lee Falk)
Mandrake the Magician – comic book hero of 1934 (created by Lee Falk)

Back when I was a small boy in the 3rd world country of Sri Lanka, (formerly Ceylone during the British Occupation), I used to read those comics – Adventures of Mandrake the Magician.  Created  by Lee Falk  in 1943 (who also created The Phantom Ghost who walks), Mandrake uses his legendary powers of hypnotism and illusion to combat crime.  (But he also had `real’ psychic abilities which he used from time to time).  With his companion Lothar, an African strongman, he fought evildoers ranging from gangsters to masters of disguise to aliens. He also had a twin brother who used his power for evil instead of good.

And there is one thing that Mandrake the Magician often says as a catchphrase when people ask him about how he managed certain things..  “A Magician never reveals his secrets!!”

Well, I  also used to read (if you are interested), Tarzan the Ape Man, Phantom the Ghost Who walks, Flash Gordon space hero..  And look how those have shaped my adult life.. All of those have woven into serious (!) aspects of my growth (!!).   I have a degree in Physics and avidly learn about space, time and quantum physics; I run an outdoor tribal ritual group called Hern’s Tribe; I campaign for many causes (my battles against evil), and I may or may not be a practicing ritual magician..!

Back to magic!

Merlin - TV show (c) BBC    (image taken from BBC website)
Merlin – TV show (c) BBC (image taken from BBC website)

Within the last decade, there came the BBC saturday night series for family viewing..  a retelling of the `early years’ of Merlin the Magician (British mythical person who supposedly lived at the time of the legendary King Arthur).  This TV series showed a young Merlin coming to live in Camelot.. where Magic was banned under pain of death.. a Camelot where Arthur was still a Prince.  So Merlin kept his budding powers and practices of Magic a secret!

And the tag line when BBC launched the series was..of course.. “Keep the Magic Secret..!”

Okay so those are comics and TV shows..   Well, aren’t they?

If you ask any serious ritual magicians, (and again, don’t go thinking that I am one..  I may or may not be one.. ), they will tell you.. there is some power and empowerment in holding secrets..especially the deeper practises of ritual or ceremonial magic itself. Why? well a) it has to do with the power of the mind..  which requires focus and development and it can not happen if people keep prodding it..  b)  secrecy keeps the practitioner safe.. as it did of many witches who during the witch trials of medieval times..  and c) in modern days, this secrecy avoids any possible negative perceptions  and judgemental or prejudiced behaviour by other people – like employers, co-workers, some family & friends, people of certain religions and so on.

In this day and age where we write (blogs like this) about magic, write books, create youtube videos, give talks or workshops, appear in TV shows / interviews / documentaries (most of which I may or may not have done)  and tell people  – keeping our magical practices secretive can be very very hard indeed.

It is often a balance of wanting to share knowledge, skills, expertise, to help people, aid them in their own personal development, or self-healing – against keeping our own safety and privacy!

So people  – who like to share what they know with others – struggle with this balance.

So if you are one of those good wise souls who wishes to share and help others, but like to preserve your privacy or safety, what do you do?  do you keep the magic secret?

Not quite!   You hide it in plain sight!!    Perhaps..!!!

Gerald Brosseau Gardner -father of wicca -art (c) Mani Navasothy 2014
Gerald Brosseau Gardner -father of wicca.   Art (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

After all, isn’t that what Gerald Gardner – father of modern Wicca & Witchcraft did,,,  back in early 1950’s, while Witchcraft was still illegal by law? Did he not write it all in a fiction adventure story called `High Magic’s Aid’?  And when the Witchcraft Act (law) was repealed in UK, Gardner openly started to share about wicca.   He was not the only one..  Others who have written about serious magic in fiction-form include Dion Fortune (her famous `Sea Priestess’ book which by sheer coincidence seems to contain so many of the Invocations and such now used by initiated Wiccans..).

But hiding in plain sight is not a luxury for people who have already declared themselves to be Practitioners of ritual or ceremonial Magic  – for google remembers everything..and so do people – who copy and save online pictures, articles, web links.. and blog or put status updates ..about what they know!  All these can be brought back…in weeks, months or years time ! Your revelations, once provided, can never be buried!

So what is the best way forward?

Selective revelations! In certain groups, forums, platforms – where there is a higher ratio of genuinely interested and sympathetic people..  people who will learn from you, but preserve and protect your privacy and safety..

That leads me to another blog on a topic of epic seriousness..   Who can we trust in this great big wide world of Magic??   Stay tuned..! (or subscribe to my blogs)

Mani Navasothy

Links

Mandrake the Magician (King Features) Official site

BBC (Official ) website for Merlin

Wicca Witchcraft and Magic – website for Articles, videos & courses

Blog on Gerald Gardner – father of modern Wicca 

`An it harm none..’ a blog on the full poem of The Wiccan Rede

Nearly all who practise Wicca & modern Witchcraft will have heard of the Wiccan Rede (An it harm none, Do as you Will’). But am sure not all know that there is a `longer poem’ related to it.   The longer version first made its appearance in 1974,  when it was published in a magazine `Earth Religion News’. Although people have claimed the longer version originates before 1950’s (before Gerald Gardner `created’ Wicca), some believe that the longer poem was created *after* Doreen Valiente spoke of the short Rede in 1964 in a public lecture. So in fact, original source is still disputed. There is a good article charting this in wikipedia (see links below)

Wiccan rede  An it harm none do as you Will .   art (c) Mani Navasothy
Wiccan rede “An it Harm none do as you Will”
 art (c) Mani Navasothy   http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net

`An it harm none Do what you Will’  is – many would agree, an `impossible’ one to follow 100%. Whatever we do will cause some sort of harm or distress to someone or thing elsewhere.. emotionally or psychologically, if not physically. (simple examples are when we attend a job interview and get the job, so the other candidates don’t get it…Another example is a nice happy country walk.. where just the walking alone probably kills insects and worms underfoot and new seedling plants!). The Wiccan Rede can only ever be an aspiration..and in particular, in the practice of personal magical workings and spell-casting.

I posted just the graphics (above) in a facebook page, and within 10 hrs it had been shared 22 times and reached 1,200+ people (and still going!). It tells me that this is a matter of great interest to many people.

One person  asked the question,  `at what point do you stop letting it [The Rede] harm you?’

It is an Interesting idea. Trying to be true to `it’ can cause the person harm because it ties the person’s hands from possibly doing what he/she can do to getting what he/she wants without worrying about other people. So the Rede needs to be factoring in a balance of needs and their fulfilment by many people..not just one. ..

Another comment made was, `and it harm none also applies to yourself’

My response to this is, in everyday world, people -while serving themselves- do (Will) countless `ordinary’ things that in some way cause harm/ stress/ distress to many other people or living things (animals, trees, environment)… That’s is them just going about their lives…without even being spiritual, religious or magical in any conscious way.. So this Rede is ..as said before.. an `impossible guideline’ to follow to the letter!. It can only be an aspiration.. and has to be balanced with everything else one does.. be it self-serving or selfless serving of others.

I shall add more to this as and when I hear of other questions/ comments and any related responses I give.

Below are 2 resources – A full version of Wiccan Rede poem, and a video by Stephen Cole (friend of mine) reciting the full poem in a video for his `One Man Theatre Company’

Bright Blessings

-Mani

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The Wiccan Rede  (Full Version)

Bide within the Law you must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust.
Live you must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give.

For tread the Circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out.
To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme.

Light of eye and soft of touch, speak you little, listen much.
Honor the Old Ones in deed and name,
let love and light be our guides again.

Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune.
Widdershins go when the moon doth wane,
and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.

When the Lady’s moon is new, kiss the hand to Her times two.
When the moon rides at Her peak then your heart’s desire seek.

Heed the North winds mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail.
When the Wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.

When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss you on the mouth.
When the wind whispers from the West, all hearts will find peace and rest.

Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.

Oak in the forest towers with might, in the fire it brings the God’s
insight. Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magic to flower.

Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.

Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.

Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.

Elder is the Lady’s tree burn it not or cursed you’ll be.
Four times the Major Sabbats mark in the light and in the dark.

As the old year starts to wane the new begins, it’s now Samhain.
When the time for Imbolc shows watch for flowers through the snows.

When the wheel begins to turn soon the Beltane fires will burn.
As the wheel turns to Lamas night power is brought to magic rite.

Four times the Minor Sabbats fall use the Sun to mark them all.
When the wheel has turned to Yule light the log the Horned One rules.

In the spring, when night equals day time for Ostara to come our way.
When the Sun has reached it’s height time for Oak and Holly to fight.

Harvesting comes to one and all when the Autumn Equinox does fall.
Heed the flower, bush, and tree by the Lady blessed you’ll be.

Where the rippling waters go cast a stone, the truth you’ll know.
When you have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.

With a fool no season spend or be counted as his friend.
Merry Meet and Merry Part bright the cheeks and warm the heart.

Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow.

Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you.

These Eight words the Rede fulfill:  An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will.

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Here also is a video by a friend of mine, Stephen Cole

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Links:

Wikipedia Article  on Wiccan Rede

Website : Witchcraft and Magic

Facebook page: Wicca Witchcraft and Magic

My Blogs on Wicca:

Hierarchy in Wiccan covens

Wiccan Journeys & High Priestly thoughts