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Shot in the chest or a stab in the back? (Leadership pains)

Shot in the chest or a stab in the back? Power-position of a Magical Initiator (or a Rebel Leader)

wolfman-by-ManiNavasothy-smHave you ever put people through trials and tests, and found you got shot in the chest by them? Those are the best results of the `test’ .  Getting stabbed in the back..? That’s a failed test!

Am sure not all will agree with such methods, but being in the public eye and in leadership, initiating and instigating many rebellious social or community ventures, I’ve gone down the routes of pushing and prodding people who are supposedly learning from me or following me into fire and battles.

Remember that a real Fire-alarm test happens when people don’t expect it…and not when everyone knows it’s at 10am on the first Tuesday of the month or something. Likewise, when people come to work with me magically, I usually afford them a honeymoon period of some months. I ask the question..over and over again.. here and there..formally and informally.. and the answer defines the unannounced `real life’ scenario..that an initiatory process threshold is about to be reached.. and to step over it is going to require work and trials and tests..and quests.

Yes in Magical traditions.. there are formal ceremonies and initiations. In my experience.. those are the end-markers of a process… the handing out of a Degree Certificate at a formal award ceremony in a hired Hall. Long before that.. the quests and tests begin..

Beginners Guide to running covens -by mani Navasothy2012-publicity1No formal contrived ceremonies or warnings. Just making use of real life events and opportunities that rise. Some call it manipulation. I call it real life training and initiation by fire… where the stakes are high and wins/ losses are felt for real.. and there are no safety nets, no backups and no resets.

This and more are coming up in detail.. `Beginners Guide to Running Wiccan Covens’ . It’s been a work in progress ..ever since I wrote the other book, `Coven Guide: How to become an Initiated Witch’ back in 2012.

-Mani Navasothy

 

Magical Pathways- Pagan Federation London Conference 2014

Hi all,  I’ll be at this Conference tomorrow..with a stall, promoting my own professional Esoteric & Holistic consulting and other services (eBooks, ePublishing for you, Video promotions, courses, events, Art/graphics & craft products).   So come say hello if you are going.. here’s the full details..taken from the PF website (all links at the bottom). – Mani Navasothy

PFL conference 2014 London

PF-London 2014 Conference Programme- Magical Pathways. 

  • Date: Saturday, 30th August
  • Time: 10.00am – 9.30pm
  • Tickets will be available on the door.
  • Address/ Venue:  Leytonstone Business and Enterprise Specialist School, 159 Colworth Rd, Leytonstone, London, GB (Nearest Tube: Leytonstone (10 minute walk) – Central Line)

Opening Ritual
Facilitated by Heathen organisation The Kith of Yggdrasil.

Talks & Workshops

Liz Le Comber (priestess and PF volunteer)

  • – Pagan Prison Ministry
    Priestess of the Fellowship of Isis and longstanding supporter of the Pagan Federation, Liz Le Comber, discusses her work in the Pagan Prison Ministry and how others can get involved.

Lucya Starza (author of ‘Bad Witch’s Blog’)

  • – Psychogeography
    In paganism, the natural landscape of the countryside is often seen as more inherently magical than the built environment of towns and cities. The psychogeographer, by contrast, finds just as much wonder and mystery in the urban landscape. Lucya Starza talks about the tools of psychogeography and what they offer the spiritual quester in London.

Kenneth Rees (lecturer on esoteric traditions)

  • – Magical Pathways Pursued – an autobiographical account over four decades
    A look at a variety of esoteric ways Ken has explored both personally and professionally since the 1970s. This overview will highlight each path’s strengths and weaknesses (for him) concluding with a demonstration that a wheel can turn full circle to where it first began.

Carrie Kirpatrick (psychic, tarot reader)

  • – Crossroads Magic
    Carrie Kirkpatrick is a priestess of Crossroads Magic and will take you on a journey to meet Hecate and Papa Legba, Goddess and God of the Crossroads from the Ancient Greek and Voodoo traditions respectively. Through guided pathworking, a connection will be made and attendees invited to make offerings at the Crossroads.

Yvonne Aburrow (author and poet)

  • – Gender and sexuality in contemporary Paganism: how we got to where we are, and where we might go next.
    A look at the historical dimensions of gender and sexuality in Paganism, and how we can become more inclusive towards gender variance and sexual diversity.

Andrew Rea (poet and researcher)

  • – Magic in Anglo-Saxon England
    Andrew has for some years been conducting his own research into Anglo-Saxon England and writing historic, rhythmic, rhyming poetry against this. ‘Magic in Anglo-Saxon England’ is a talk about the use of ritual, charms and magic in Anglo-Saxon England drawing from various surviving manuscripts, including the presentation of a reconstructed charm and the first public presentation of a translation of a heating charm. The talk will also include some of Andrew’s historical poems.

Katie Gerrard (author)

  • – Runes Workshop
    The runes are most often associated with divination, but that’s not all they can be used for. The author of Odin’s Gateways introduces you to the energies of the runes and shows you how you can start to work with them.

Marielle Holman (dance teacher)

  • – Shamanic trance & dance workshop.   (Please note: there is a participant limit due to limited space).  Dance is a doorway to the spirit within, and to dance oneself into a state of trance is to connect completely to the healing powers of spirit.

Caroline Wise (author)

  • – Elen of the Ways
    This presentation will include an illustrated talk on the figure of Elen, her ways, shrines and mysteries, and her aspects as goddess, guide, and nature spirit. This will be followed by a visualisation experience and talisman making, where each participant can create and charge their own magical artefact of Elen of the Ways.

David Benton (ritual magician)

  • – Kabballah’s Tree of Life
    The Tree of Life is one of the most important concepts in Hermetic magick. This talk will explore its origin and structure and show how it can be used for meditation and ritual.

Richard Levy (PF LGBTQ officer)

  • – LGBTQ Paganism
    The history and present of LGBT people and forces in pagan and magical paths.

Mary Rands (priestess)

  • – Bereaving a magical partner
    Experienced priestess Mary Rands discusses the impact of losing someone significant with whom you shared your magical path and how to deal with such a loss.

Mark Vincent (chaos magician & hypnotherapist)

  • – The path of Chaos
    Belief as a tool – How to create new paradigms for magical use.

Jim Bennett (author)

  • – Egyptian Magick & Religion
    This talk outlines the basic principles of Egyptian Magick and its application to the practice of ritual today.

James Head (author, philosopher)

  • – The Olympic religion
    Freedom, Responsibility, Know Thyself and Some Other Basic Ideas.  For many believers the Olympic Religion is very much a more personal path to the divine. In this talk James explores some of the basic ideas of this more personal religion and suggests that along with greater personal freedom comes also an ethical personal responsibility. ”Know Thyself” was written above the doors of Apollo’s temple in Delphi – but what does this really mean? Socrates suggests one possible answer for us to consider and James will outline why Socrates thought it so important to “Know Thyself” before starting any spiritual path such as the Olympic Religion.

Music

  • Paul Mitchell
    Paul Mitchell is a satirical pagan folk musician. For several years he’s been playing his stuff around campfires and a conference here or there. His songs are about ‘the Pagan Community’ and his experiences of them. In the past audiences have laughed, danced, cried, and shuffled with amused embarrassment at the words he offers. Don’t go along to listen if you have no sense of humour and think paganism is frightfully serious. Do go along if you can laugh at yourself.
  • Love Street
    LOVE STREET – a five piece, multi-instrumental and vocal band, described as, ‘a unique combination of everything from wailing rock guitar to beguiling fiddle and mandolins, resulting in a musical experience that both draws from the past and yet has something new and fresh to say’.

A Special Performance of Aleister Crowley’s.  The Rite of Jupiter

The Eleusinian Mysteries were initiatory ceremonies held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis in ancient Greece. Of all the mysteries celebrated in ancient times, these were held to be the ones of greatest importance. The rites, ceremonies, and beliefs were kept secret and consistently preserved from a hoary antiquity. The initiated believed they would have a reward in the afterlife. Since the mysteries involved visions conjuring of an afterlife, some scholars believe that the power and longevity of the Eleusinian Mysteries came from psychedelic agents.

The lesser mysteries were probably held every year, the greater mysteries only every five years. This cycle continued for about two millennia. Under Pisistratus of Athens, the Eleusinian Mysteries became pan-Hellenic and pilgrims flocked from Greece and beyond to participate. This led to a vast increase in the number of initiates. The only requirements for membership were freedom from ‘blood guilt’, meaning never having committed murder, and not being a ‘barbarian’ (being unable to speak Greek). Men, women and even slaves were allowed initiation.

From this Aleister Crowley developed The Rites of Eleusis, a series of seven plays, each centred on one of the classical planets of antiquity. They were dramatically performed by Aleister Crowley, Leila Waddell (Laylah), and Victor Benjamin Neuburg in October and November 1910, at Caxton Hall, London. The Rite of Jupiter is the second in the series, but even in this rite, when the Supreme Power is declared, He is too exalted for anyone to approach him; it is only by the Divine Spirit that He is made manifest; and this manifestation only takes place in the God-man whom some call Iacchus (Dionysus). Sometime in November 2011 our producer (playing CICT) became inspired, after a chance conversation in a pub, to perform the Rite of Jupiter at a private celebratory event in 2012.

Permission for the public performance of the Rite was sought from, and granted by, Ordo Templi Orientis, holders of the Aleister Crowley copyrights.

 

Links

All content take from  Pagan Federation London

Mani Navasothy- Esoteric Entrepreneur (professional Services)

Link to timetable: Magical pathways Conference 2014 (30Aug’14)

My first 2 Books on Amazon Kindle

Gives me great thrill to say this- 2 of my books are now on Amazon Kindle 🙂

Although one was published by pdf/ website in May’12, this is a bigger thrill, but I feel less of a fuss so far (probably because am putting finishing touches to 3 more..that will be uploaded within a  week or two – and am holding back on the celebrations!)

It’s not what it seems..   I started working on some of these last year (November’11)..and yet before I could finish one, I was inspired to work on the next…(ah, the Creator’s curse…too many ideas, as opposed to the Writer’s block..  which is no progress..and I’ve been in that forest for over 15-20 years).

So, here are the 2 that have come out already…awaiting full `launch publicity’

-Mani  🙂

Halloween Guide for Pagans, Parents, Teachers & Journalists.   Amazon link:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009ZKEI2C

Halloween Guide for Pagans parents Teachers & Journalists
by Mani Navasothy. 2012

Eclipse Magic Workbook – Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A1HG58I

Eclipse Magic Workbook – use the power of Solar & Lunar Eclipses in Esoteric work (c) Mani Navasothy.2012