“To speak the Truth, to honour our spoken word, and to be Just & Fair in all our dealings..!”
I’ve followed (King) Arthur Uther Pendragon for a long time now.. and admired what he (sometimes single handedly) stands up for and injustices he stands up to! Had the privilege of inviting him to facilitate one of the rituals at PF London in 2005-6 when i was Events Organiser for PFL. Some years ago when he said to a group.. hold everywhere sacred..(not just Stonehenge) I took it to heart and have been keeping London as my sacred focus..instead of always running out of london to other spiritual places all the time.. And appreciate his sentiment that if we pagans want to keep Stonehenge sacred in the eyes of tourists etc at festive times, we should `robe up’ and be seen in our magical/ priest/ priestly appearance..
So it is finally my honour to be Knighted by Arthur at the Templar Church yard – this time last year (2017) in London… at the culminating ceremony of a day of rituals around London. (there were others.. warrior Priestesses & priests who were knighted at same event..and we stand together in fellowship). Sir John Crow was the first, followed by Jenny, Debbie, Donna and a number of us. Their photos are in my other album for this Sacred day of rituals’ 🙂
To the `uninitiated’ it may be seen as a curiosity, a gimmick.. but for some of us, this – done in a magic circle, on sacred grounds (Templar Church in London, on the spot where the old Lamb building stood before it was wiped by WW bombing in 1942).. this act matters.. and takes on deeply significant proportions.
“To speak the Truth, to honour our spoken word, and to be Just & Fair in all our dealings..!”
I’ve always done this.. so it isn’t so much a beginning of the journey but a recognition of what i have been doing for a decade and a half.. and I will continue to do so..
`We swear by peace and love to stand,
Heart to heart, and hand to hand,
mark O spirit and hear us now..
Confirming this our sacred vow!’
Runes are used by many modern magical people for both divination/ fortune telling, as well as for ritual magical purposes. Runes come from the Norse (Viking) path, and were the alphabets for Norse-people. Our own English Alphabets come from derivations of Runes.. The one bit of rune magic people still do, without even realising is the `xxx’ we put as `kisses’ on cards and letters (and emails & texts now!). The `X’ is a rune (Gefu) that represents mutual support & gift!!
At this workshop:
• You’ll be provided with a set of 25 blank rune-discs (wooden, hand cut by us) – to make your own Runes! (no extra fee. This is included in course fee.. a bargain!!)
• Full introduction to Runes – we’ll go through each Rune (24 of the Elder Futhark, as they are called), and show you the symbol, how to draw them, and how to pronounce each one correctly. (Runes are `sung in’ for magic)
• Introduction to Norse/ Viking Gods & Goddesses, and some of their mythology – This gives you important context and background upon which to base your own practise of Rune-craft.
• You’ll have time to carve/ colour in the Runes on the blank discs provided.
• Basics of Rune Divination – how to use some basic layout for reading/ fortune telling.
• Basics of how to do Rune magic with symbols. In previous years this was taught as a small sub-section in our `spellcraft workshop’ but here we go into details.
This is an experiential workshop, taught by Aaron Oxford ( Norse path/ Ritualist – recently led our Woodland Norse Lammas ceremony), and co-hosted by Mani (Wiccan High Priest & Ritual Magician).
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.
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..
• We’ll have some wine for ceremonial parts of the course & for a bit of social after.
If you have any questions/concerns, please do contact me via private message on meetup. Thanks.
We invite you to take a journey in to the world of practical application of tarot for self and others, in a natural woodland setting to expand your deeper connections to messages from this popular divination tool, that traces back to it’s medieval roots!
Intended for anyone with some or no experience of reading tarot, for self or others confidently.
Come, ready to sample the life altering events of the 22 Major Arcanas, to the vivid clarity of the Celtic Cross, all the way to the connected intuitive voice of your magical being that you can tap in to on the day.
Your workshop facilitators, Vathani and Mani – will walk you through the exploration of the symbols, meanings and applications of the Rider Waite pack in variety of spreads for various purposes – for life and in your magical empowerment. They believe tarot can be our gateway to the realms of personal and spiritual awakening! It can be a powerfully accurate tool in the hands of someone who is centred and channelled, if you are ready to learn How To!
Here are some of the things you will learn on this workshop——-
-Explorative Pathworking, in to the tarot realm
-Origins & use of tarot
-Mystical, Kabbalistic and order of the Golden Dawn influences
-Practical journey through the meanings of 22 Major Arcanas, 16 Court cards and 40 Suit cards
-How to work with your cards : Selecting, cleansing, tuning in, aligning , intension-setting , cleansing & storing
-Elemental consecration and connection exercise
-Exploration of popular Tarot Spread exploration
-Magical & ritualistic use of Tarot cards
-Reader / Querent etiquettes and ethics
-Practical work on reading for Self
-Practical work on reading for Others
-Questions & Answers
The workshop includes student handouts – given on the day for quick references for our practical and experiential work.
*All workshop students are entitled to Tarot reading with V, at half price. (Normal fee: £45/40mins)* Please arrange session date and time with V, directly.
We will break for lunch at 1pm , and commence afternoon session promptly at 2pm. There will be a short 15 minute Comfort break in the afternoon.
Kindly contact us directly, if you have any additional needs prior to booking. Thank you
What to bring with you——-
-Rider Waite Tarot Pack (only if you own one!)
-Note book & pen
-Lunch by own arrangement
-Cushion to sit on (optional)
We very much look forward to having you with us on this explorative tarot reading course!
Please meet at Woodman’s pub garden area between 10.15am to 10.30am. We’ll be leaving at 10.30am promptly to go to woods and start the workshop. There will be a 1 hr lunch break & a 15min Tea-break in the course. Course ends at 5.30pm. Afterwards we’ll be in the pub for any additional queries/ questions.
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.
NO Recording / photography—– .
Tutor may take some photos with permission for publicity purpose.
We can not predict weather ..but we can be prepared.
• Please wear plenty of warm clothing . If it’s raining much, tutor will bring a tarpaulin sheet cover.. so we don’t get wet (too much)
If you have any questions/concerns, please do contact us via private message on meetup. Thanks.
Serpents & Dragons have always symbolised Hidden Wisdom, personal energy (Kundalini rising), sexuality, protection, fertility, Healing and transformation.
From Python the Dragon who guards Gaia the Earth Goddess, NagaPooshani the Hindu Snake Goddess who removes Dhoshas & curses, to Wadjet the Egyptian snake goddess who adorns the crowns of Pharos & deities, Minoan Snake Goddess of Knossos, Cernunnos Lord of the Beasts, Myths and religious stories are full of deities who wield serpent power!
This is a first in a series of workshops that introduce working with the new energies of 2016 and onwards, embracing change and facilitating self-transformation.
Topics covered / explored (tbc):
Fertility & Sexuality
There will be an opportunity to have contact with a real Colombian Rainbow Boa (snake) during this Introductory Workshop, as well as witness an example Fusion/ belly dance with snake (performed by Melanie). Workshop will culminate with a ritual invocation of serpent Goddess, brief oracular reading (akin to Priestess of Pythia), and a small snake-skin gift for your own personal work.
Book NOW £18 (booking now closed 19/10/16)
Venue. The Atlantis Bookshop, 49a, Museum Street, London.
Time Please arrive by 6.30pm for 7pm start.
** warning** Real snake in workshop
There will be a real live snake in this workshop. It will be in a secure container in the room, during workshop, and will be brought out for parts of the workshop.
Those who have severe fears / phobias may wish to discuss their attendance with Melanie first before deciding.. 1-2-1 phobia dealing sessions / consultations are offered privately.
Further workshops will be aimed at exploring, healing,empowering and initiating transformations – in the realms of personal energies, Kundalini & sexuality. These will involve working with real snakes in rituals & ceremonies, sacred dance, meditation & pathworking and transpersonal explorations. In Spring 2017, there will be exclusive workshops to be held at a private venue for small-groups and 1-2-1 consultations that will include extended contact with one or more snakes.
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..!) 🙂
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!
Back in August 2015, I began `sleeping in the garden’ for a few days – that extended to few weeks..It was okay because it was summer time..
But then a quest began.. I decided to stay a bit longer and enjoy being connected to nature, mark the cycles, be invaded by foxes, feel storms and rains shake my tent and so on..
Then I thought let’s test myself by being out there for Winter…and it worried me (am the weakling-guy who used to get sick all the time if i got wet or had a small injury)..
Now..well, winter has come and gone.. ! While mother Earth held me and sister willow watched over me, the elements have torn me and stripped me to the bone and soul, and re-built me.
Am constantly aware of the plights of homeless people in streets.. and surely will do something soon about it..
Summer is almost here.. along with a new threat …pollens.. and I’ve become `used’ to being out.. Used to getting, coming into the house, wash and go about my life.but at night finish up.. go into garden..see clear skies, planets (Jupiter is there every night).. see the moon wax..wane and wax again.. and go into my tent…set up candles (around tent) and inside.. put on my chanting music in earphones..wrap up and fall asleep..with gods and magical things in mind!
Yes there have been ups and downs.. moments of solitudes turning to loneliness..but that’s no so much a physical but a mental thing or one of the heart..
This has been quite an empowering thing.. grounding..connecting to nature.. going deeply within to face my own darkness and shadows, tuning into my own energies & power, finding more humility but also becoming more assertive & confident in a quiet way. I have nothing to prove..Am alive..and there are wonderful people in my life.. so many new people and things have entered my life…and much of the old has been reviewed, healed and transformed.. ..and life’s mysteries (and my-Story) is still unfolding..
There is so much to say about all the insights, learnings, ideas, thoughts and revelations that are flooding my hear & mind.. The work is ongoing (for now). And I’ll share more of it over the coming weeks and months..
Bright Earthly Blessings
(Gardnerian Wiccan High Priest & Shamanic Practitioner)
Dear all, this year’s PF-London conference has the theme of `Sacred Journey’.. and is taking place tomorrow (27th June 2015) from 10am till 10pm in London (Leystonstone area). There are many and varied talks, workshops, festivities and such scheduled for this. I will be attending, and hope to post a review/ photos afterwards.
I’ll also be giving a talk. Here’s the blurb/ info 🙂
Hindu-Magic. Mani Navasothy – Hindu & Wiccan High Priest – briefly talks about how both religions have woven together in his life, touch on the mysteries of Shivarathree & Navarathree, and shares his blend of Hindu-magical practises that you can use.
Some older attendees may remember, that I used to hold the position of `Events Organiser’ for PF London for some 7+ years and ran open rituals, annual Gaia Conventions (see link below)) and Masked Balls etc.. I stepped down back in May 2012, to pursue my own esoteric ventures (Publishing books, Gaian Times e-Magazine, Wicca & Witchcraft events etc).
Here’s the official Flyer for the event & Schedules of talks etc
The conference will be held on Saturday, June 27th at The Leytonstone Business & Enterprise Specialist School
Doors open at 10.00 am.
An all day conference hosted by The Pagan Federation London, featuring talks and workshops from 16 renowned speakers, live music, esoteric market, The Goddess Temple of London, food & bar, prizes to be won, and much more!
Featuring talks and workshops on Wicca, Tarot, Paganism & Hinduism, Pagan history, Magic, Sacred Places, Hoodoo, Storytelling, Deities, Pagan Britain, Scrying, ReWilding and a selection of talks exploring this year’s conference theme of “sacred journey”.
Philip Carr-Gomm, Ashley Mortimer, Geraldine Beskin, Peter Knight,
King Arthur Pendragon, Caroline Wise, Mani Navasothy, Jacqueline Woodward-Smith, Richard Levy, Jamie Alexxander, John Callow, Michelle Hawcroft, Abbie Palache, Jason Drew and more!
Our keynote speaker will be Mike Stygal, president of The Pagan Federation.
The Goddess Temple of London will be at the conference. They will be erecting a temple space for people to use through out the day, for private meditation, contemplation and honoring.
Visit the Family Corner – step outside away from the hubbub to meet other pagan families, and try your hand at some Summer Solstice crafts 10am-1pm.
Standard Tickets: £10 PF Members, £12 General Public
Tickets on the Door: £12 PF Members, £14 General Public
Regulars may know, previous issue#10 came out in Feb’2014, and the one for May’14 never manifested. So this latest magazine is coming out after a year-long gap. ..and all the more reason to celebrate it! 🙂
My big thanks to the following Writers/ Contributors of this issue:
Ann Tomlin, David Rankine, Durlabh Singh, Jo Rowland, Kumar Devasan, Lisa De Fresne, Renard the Fire Druid, Rose Dixon, Vathani Navasothy
Longtime Lover Returns (spring poem)
Aphrodisiacs – Food for Lovers
Aromatherapy for Beltane
The Catcher in the Sky – Swift Gifts
Williams Syndrome Awareness month
Experiences of an Elder Pagan
Response to `Making Money’ article
Reiki : Personal path to divine healing energy
Sacred Geometry – Language of Relationship
Hollow Earth thoughts – Review of Earth Hour & Earth Day 2015
Taiji Terror Tales 2015 : London Demo at Trafalgar Square
Bhai Sehna (short story)
People: Art of David Rankine
Chief Seatle (poem)
Astrology: Retrograde Planets in 2015
Sacred Journey – Pagan Federation London Conference 2015
Entertainment: Dalek-Om in Glastonbury
Gallery1 : Climate March London 2014
Gallery 2: Peaceful Demo Japanese Embassy – Stop the Ivory Trade
*NEW* Wiccan Apprentice Course in London – 3 month outdoor Training with 6 sessions – Starts on 27th April 2014!
One of the challenges newcomers, Seekers & Explorers of Wicca & Witchcraft traditions face is – they can’t either find or pin down an experienced Wiccan Coven Leader(s) – and learn The Craft in the traditional apprentice manner! People just about find `Intro Courses’ that are 4-5 hours long in an indoor hired venue – where a Tutor gives explanations and a few meditations.
This one is different. Why? Because it’s facilitated by a Wiccan High Priest (Mani) with nearly 2 decades of Craft & Coven experience. (There – no hiding!) And it’s facilitated by someone who has actually been not just running rituals (10 yrs), but outdoor Courses & Workshops regularly. What’s more, this is not just a sit-down-listen to explanations & go home course.
This takes place outdoors – out in the elements and whatever weather that nature may come up with on a day. (Been there many times!) It immerses the Student-Seeker in nature. Well – isn’t that what being a true Wiccan / Witch is all about?
This also is fully experiential, and spread over 5-6 sessions (session 6 is private and covers Covens & Initiations). You get to listen, learn, and practise – there and then! And this includes 2 full workshops – on making essential tools (Wands & Pentacles) and learning key magical techniques (Rune magic & Cord / Witches Ladder magic).
All this in a natural vast woodland in London- with plenty of other facilities (Car park, toilets, Cafe, 5 minute walk from a Tube station). So all that you are learning – Apprentice-style- is imbued with the energy of nature! You can’t escape it – even if you try!!
And – there’s a bonus!You get real Ritual experience. Some of the sessions take place on the same day as our `Woodland Monthly Wicca Esbat Ritual Circle’ – so Students can take a break after the afternoon session (1-2 hrs) and join the evening Ritual – and watch or get even more experience ( Well, isn’t that what Apprentices should do?!! 🙂 )
What Wicca essentials are covered:
You will learn the foundations of Wicca, Principles & laws, practise setting up Altars & Consecrate space, do Circle casting, invoke Elemental Quarters & raise energy in the group / Circle with Witches Rune/ Chants, learn Invoking the Horned God & Triple Moon Goddess. You will also learn about doing Magic and create essential Wiccan tools (wand, Pentacle, Rune Magic & Cord Magic).
Attendance Options(we offer various discounted fees for these)
Attend all *5 sessions (includes 3 core & 2 workshops) [*Session 6 is free and by invitation]
Attend just the 3 Core sessions
Attend just the 2 workshops
Attend any 1 Session or 1 workshop.
That’s quite a lot – for 5 sessions (each will be about 4 hrs)! *There is a 6th session, FREE but that’s by invite only, and to those who will have attended 3 or more sessions, or those who are doing our home study e-Witch Apprentice course by e-mails, or those who have purchased our `Cven Guide: Become an initiated Witch’ [well, we like to reward the Seekers & Students who are learning with us in other ways too ].
Here is the natal (horoscope) astrology chart for Doctor Who! And it’s official – He IS a Sagittarian!! Surely you’d guessed it by now? Judging by all that wandering about ..exploring distant horizons, love for travel, fighting for Justice, all that flirting, actions, adventures, that rather non-commital sense.. ?!! )
And he has the moon in Aquarius.. At his heart, he is a humanitarian all right.. perfect hero for the Age of Aquarius.. but at the same time, fueled by that inner need to wander, unsettled…unable to settle.. like air! And `rebellious to the core’ is the phrase people have used to describe him.. and any person’s core is the moon-sign!
And what of his Ascendant..or the Rising Sign? What sign has so many masks…and changes the outer shell? Why Gemini of course!
And in case you are wondering about his Midheaven.. where his authority is.. what his best career moves are.. well.. Who has a career based on Humanitarian nature.. Rebellious.. ? Yes, again, Aquarius of course! And it is conjunct with Saturn.. the Teacher and Authority. It explains why where ever the Doctor goes, he quite easily assumes that `air of authority’ (Aquarius is an air sign..and his MC is linked to Saturn the planet of Authority).
Honestly..am not bending steel to make carparks! :-p It;s all there in the chart.. !!
You think I am just making this up? You think I am projecting some personal whim onto him? Well, perhaps a little..But I need not have.. because that is exactly what his chart shows!
Take a look!!
How did I work that out? (I had always suspected he had a lot of Sagittarian & Aquarian in him)
I took the date & time of the very first transmission of the TV program `Doctor Who’ – 23rd November 1963- 5:17pm (gmt)..and the place of birth as BBC studios in London! Go on ..if you have a software, crank these figures in..and you;ll get the same data.. Or if you can spare £20+, give the data to a professional Astrologer.. for a chart to be done.. without saying who it is..Say it;s your uncle or something called John Smith! 🙂
Some interesting observations of his chart:
The biggest planet – Jupiter is in Aries (firey planet in fire sign).. and in his 11th house.. that of friends, socials, hopes, ideals..!
His Mars & Venus are in his own sign..and very close to one another (about 1 degree).. It’s a well-known observed idea that people with their Mars-Venus position being close don’t really `need’ relationships.. to project their personal anima-animas aspects. They are almost conjunct. He doesn’t do relationships, does he?
Let’s look at his Chiron – the Wounded Healer planet . It’s in Pisceas.. Yes, the sign that is elusive, etherial, not to mention one with the closest connection to the Collective.. and prone to escapism, high intuition, dreamy. Chiron is a warrior-Healer-Teacher.. In the watery sign of Pisceas, its harsh warrior aspects can be softened..and allowing the teacher-healer to be more prominent! Guess what he;s called ?
There are altogether 5 planets in his 6th house…house of work and service to others! It’s also one of personal health. We can say his health is pretty good (any man who lives for 1200 years in his own world, and 50 years on our screens is surely got good stamina & health!). The Doctor’s focus is always in serving others.. in many ways!
Both Uranus & Pluto are in his 4th house – Roots, Home, security. And Uranus is a very rebellious but innovative one..where as Pluto is deep, intense, probing…and transformative (death & rebirth). Those are aspects & qualities buried in his roots…his home.. where he comes from.. maybe even his mother.. (that mysterious lady who stood next to Rassilon?) His home.. Time Lord Society…& Gallifrey.. technologically advanced.. I mean Time Travel is nothing but that…They have the ultimate power of Time to manipulate all of creation.. (Pluto).
His 2nd House falls completely inside the sign of Cancer (self-worth linked to wealth..and is measured by the watery emotional Cancer. The Doctor has never valued material possessions much.. and puts emphasis on emotional bonds, humanity, the precious nature of life itself!
There’s plenty more for people interested in astrology to look at here… and Astrologers themselves to have a playful interpretation.
In a few days, (after seeing the `Day of the Doctor’ 50th anniversary special on 23rd Nov 2013) I shall be doing a different type of chart analysis for the Good Doctor (and the bad ones).. yes, I’ll be picking each of the 12 faces we will have seen..and the 2 others (Valeyard & The watcher) and figuring out which sun-signs each one of those closely connect to.. just for fun!
What might also be interesting is to take a look at the transit points of the different Regeneration dates and plot it on this chart.. (not that I have time for it.. I;d rather be doing real charts for real people like you.. for a small fee of course..and write a lot more than this!! )
So tune in again soon..
(Astrologer- Visionary Artist- and big Doctor Who fan!! 🙂 )
ps. I must confess.. in so many ways, The Doctor’s chart & mine are so similar! No wonder I have been projecting so much onto him :-p