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Woodland Beltane Gathering & Maypole Dancing (5th May2018)

Join us to celebrate BELTANE 2018.. with ceremony & Maypole Dance. We’ll drum, dance and choose a May King & May Queen. And feast and frolic! (sensibly!)

You will not want to miss this.. ! This year it’s bound to be more festive, more frolics.. and more magic!!

** Fee: £3 per person **

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About Beltane:

`The veil between the world of men and fairy (or spirit) is said to thin twice a year, at Beltane and at Samhain, which are on opposite points of the year wheel. At Beltane (May eve) the land is at it’s most lush and green, and fertile. If Spring Equinox is the time of fertility and mating in the animal kingdom, then Beltane is one of courting couples making commitment to one another- and Handfastings! In the God-Goddess myths, this is when the playful God is said to commit to the Goddess – which is symbolised by the Sacred Marriage! The Maypole dance that is traditional at this time symbolises the fertile powers of the masculine, penetrating the land, and the ribbons danced and woven around it lock that power! A ring of flower at the tip of the Maypole signifies the feminine. Magical working with the Fay (Fairies) is an important feature at this time, in contrast to the magical work with the departed spirits at Samhain, the opposite point’ (taken from http://www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )

RITUAL :

Out ritual *Team will conduct key aspects of the ceremony, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved in the actual ritual – ie with elements calling, chants, magical work and so on.

****Fee: £3 per person***

RITUAL items to bring:

– Ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks / ground sheets / blankets
– Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks / flower crowns (No athame!! .. No swords!)
– Drums & musical instruments
– Lanterns / candles / lighter (all candles in lanterns only please, unless it’s large pillar-candles. Strictly No tea-lights on ground or trees!!)
– Crystals / runes / divination tools
– Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)

Handfasting / confirming Pagan marriage vows:

In the past, couples have asked organiser about this. Handfasting is a big event in itself, and we do not wish it to be included in a public ceremony as a `side-event’. However, after Blessings of Cakes & Wine (and while still within our magical circle/ sacred space), we may consider couples who are already bonded, to declare their vows / re-affirm their vows by our altar.

**(please message Mani- Wiccan High Priest- in private in advance to arrange this – or simply to arrange your own separate day for handfasting!)**

Adult themes :

As this is a fertility festival, there is bound to be jokes, flirtatious behaviour, adult humour throughout the event.. You are asked to be open minded about these. However do note that we expect all to show respect to one another. Any unwanted advances/ harassment will not be tolerated. Check our policy on these matters. (link below)

No Children:

We ask no children / babies in prams etc to be brought. This is strictly for ages 18+ only.

Behaviour / alcohol/ drugs policy

This is in a public woodland/ park. please BE on good behaviour. No drugs/ substances allowed.

Photos/ privacy:

Please do not take photos during set-up, run-through or ritual.. After ritual, with permission, you may take photos – for private use. If worries about your privacy / identity, please wear a ritual mask to safeguard your identity in photos. Check our policy (link below).

Woodland Witches Media Project:

We are starting to create our own features & documentaries about Paganism, wicca, ritual magic & related communities. This is a `not-for-profit’ project with strict educational purpose. We will film the ritual team during certain sections, and with permission, interview & film some of the willing attendees before & after event. *Unauthorised people are NOT permitted to film or record* (see below for link to our policies).

Meeting place (Woodman’s Pub):

Gather in the Woodman’s Pub from 2.00pm.. Get to `High Gate’ Tube station.. come up to main road. Turn right. Pub is just 30 seconds away.

-Mani Navasothy
Esoteric Author/ Teacher/ Wiccan High Priest
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Our policies (About us, Eco-statement, Safety, Media & filming) :
https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/about/).

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Woodland Spring Equinox Ritual (25th Marc 2018)

Spring equinox is a time of new beginning and initiating enterprises. A time of reaching balance between Dark & Light.. day & night. It is a time of noticeable lengthening of daylight hours and quickening. Flowers blooming, trees sprouting buds and leaves. Astrologically, the Sun enters the firey sign of Aries. We work actively to balance the opposing forces in our lives, and a bit of personal `spring-cleaning’ internally, then explore the mystery of Spring, through the God-Goddess cycle. Mating and fertility rites are obviously being played out by all wildlife in nature at this moment.

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RITUAL

-Creating sacred space with Consecrations, Circle casting & calling quarters.
-Energy raising – with chants & spiral dance.
-Invocations of Spring God & Spring Goddess.
-Seasonal magic & Blessing of Cakes & Wine.
-Close circle, Feasting & Socials.

Fee: £5 / £3 (concessions). Please behave sensibly during this gathering as we’re in a public woods; No photography/recording during set-up or ritual; After ritual you may take photos for personal use.
No use of photos or any recordings for any journalistic / student/media projects.

meeting point/ Time:

New date: sunday 25th March 2018 (moved from last week due to snow).

Gather in the garden-patio area of Woodman’s pub (Archway Road) from 2pm. we’ll be walking together to the woods for ceremony.

• What to bring
Please bring FOOD & DRINKS TO SHARE:
Here are some suggestions– Home made bread/cakes; salad; wine/ mead; soft drinks; vegan food; water; vegetarian food. You only need bring a small amount that can be added to our feasting and shared with all.

• Important to know
Please gather in Pub garden from 1pm. We will walk together to ritual spot (new location in park). While altar is set up, attendees will be guided through spring magical work in another part of the woods, then led into Ritual circle.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

link to meetup event

Woodland Spring Equinox Gathering & Open ritual 2018

Sunday, Mar 18, 2018, 1:00 PM

Queens Woods London N10, near Highgate Station
Meet at The Woodman Pub The Woodman , 414 Archway Road , Highgate , London , N6 5UA London, GB

15 Witches Wiccans & Pagans Attending

• What we’ll do Spring equinox is a time of new beginning and initiating enterprises. A time of reaching balance between Dark & Light.. day & night. It is a time of noticeable lengthening of daylight hours and quickening. Flowers blooming, trees sprouting buds and leaves. Astrologically, the Sun enters the firey sign of Aries. We work actively to b…

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Attend out woodland Lammas / Harvest Ceremony in London (6th Aug’17)

Outdoor Lammas 2017: Harvest Gathering & Ceremony

Join us for an outdoor Harvest Gathering to celebrate LAMMAS 2017 – with Ceremony and social. This is an open ritual held in an outdoor park/woods with easy public access.. (please read this info section fully. Thanks).

About Lammas:

“Lammas is one of the 8 seasonal festivals celebrated by most Pagans, Wiccans/ Witches and druids in UK. At the time of Lammas, at the height of his power, the Corn King gives up his life force to the land! This is harvest time in the fields, where Corn is cut down and other such grain are harvested. John Barleycorn is `baked’ and sacrificed. In God mythology, the God willingly gives himself up and the Goddess cuts him down, so that his energy may feed the land. Just as the fallen seed sleeps safely within the soil, till winter passes and next spring, so the spirit of the Lammas-King enters the underworld.

On a personal note – we celebrate the harvest and rewards & results of all our hard works so far in the year.. honour the land & fields, and feast and celebrate with family and friends and community.

 

Fees: £3

Date: sunday 6th August 2017.

Event duration: 2pm to 6pm

Venue:  Queen’s Woods.    Near Highgate Station · London

Google map (short url) : https://goo.gl/maps/Pof1DEzpz5w

Meeting point: Garden area of `Woodmans Pub’ on Archway Road from 2pm. We’ll walk (15mins) together to the woods – for ceremony & woodland feasting. Some free parking on side road as it’s sunday.

  • Please meet at the Garden area of `Woodmans Pub’ on Archway Road from 2pm. This provides some to have a drink and socialise, get to know others who are attending – Organisers Mani & friends) will be there to socialise and make newcomers feel at ease. We’ll then go together to the woods –

• There is some free parking on main road (wood lane..) as it;s Sunday free parking. The walk from pub to woodland ritual spot can take about 10-15mins depending on how briskly we walk.

 

In the woods – altar & food altar:

We’ll be using a slightly different location.. because our usual spot gets busy with public/ kids/ other family local events in summer time. So we’ll use a spot away from that – (about 100 yards away where we held the Woodland Beltane ritual..).

Once main rustic altar has been set up (magically aware during set-up) you can add to it with your own items. We’ll also be setting up a `main food altar’ as this is harvest time and feasting takes particular importance. Bread, fruits, cakes, wine, drinks and other sensible food items will be placed on the food altar (other snack food items can be brought out during feasting after ritual).

RITUAL : Intention & outline:

The energy that you all add makes a big magical difference. This gathering is to mark the turning of the seasonal wheel, celebrate personal harvests & achievements, and prepare to receive our own rewards.

At Lammas, just as Corn king makes a sacrifice, we also can make a personal declaration of what we are willing to give up, in order to make space for new better positive rewards to enter our lives.

Our ritual will blend eclectic shamanism and wicca to create this Lammas magic!

• Scene-setting pathworking & Opening prayers

• Sacred space created : Purification & consecrations, Magic Circle, Elemental quarters.

• energy raising with chants, drums, dance

• Enactment of Corn-King sacrifice

• Blessing of Bread & Mead

• Closing: Quarters & Circle

• Feasting & socials

• Return to Pub for more socials (may continue till late!)

What you can bring:

This is a seasonal gathering with Magical ceremony & community social. So do bring your pagan/ shamanic/ witchy looks and tools:

• Your ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks
• Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks

• Drums & musical instruments

• Lanterns & candles (no naked candles on ground please). **note : no fires or camping allowed in these woods!

• Crystals / runes / divination tools

• Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)

• weather-proof clothing (no telling what weather will be).

• Ground sheets/ blankets to sit on..wrap up.

• Insect repellant oils/ sprays

• Torch light (if staying late in the woods).

See you there for a magical time. Bright Blessings.

-Mani

Isidias Navigatum- Goddess Isis Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony 2017 (Richmond)

This annual ceremony was held at the start of the Spring time in Ancient Egypt, to gain the blessings of Goddess Isis upon the ships and boats (Fleet) – so that they may go forth, find commerce, resources and wealth and bring them back. You will have heard the saying, `waiting for my ship to come in’ – a saying that indicates a person waiting for his /her good fortunes to arrive. Well, in order for ships to come in they must first be sent out – and with blessings and good plans.

We are adapting the old ceremony to suit the times and place we now live it! In this ceremony, we will bless the `fleet’ and place our hopes and wishes of good fortune and success in the ventures we are starting as Spring approaches. We then set the ships to sail (some will be sent.. other larger models will be pulled back, so as not to litter river Thames).

Fee:   suggested Donation £3 towards our costs and continued running of these rituals. (thank you).

Ritual outline : A statue of the Goddess will be carried to the water side. Women may offer mirrors so that Goddess Isis may see her beauty. We will pour milk on the banks  then sprinkle the statue with precious perfumes & flowers. As the final part of the ritual, a small replica boat(s) will be filled with spices and other magical items,  and placed in the river as an offering to the Goddess Isis. Smaller paper boats may also be placed in the river and let go off..

Bring your own small boats!   Be it paper boats or small scale models – to either sail them on the river Thames afterwards, or to symbolically place them on our altar during ritual, to gain the blessings of Isis for your own ventures ahead in 2017.

Practical  details / meeting point (edited on 28Feb17)

  • new meeting point / time: Hollyhock Cafe, Terrace Gardens, Petersham Road, TW10 6UX. Meet there by 1.30pm
  • ( You can get to Richmond station by 1pm and you must walk/ take a bus to Terrace Gardens). We will cross the road to the riverside for ceremony.
    Exact spot for ceremony may vary/change depending on how busy the riverside is . So please meet at the Cafe and we can all walk to the riverside.
  • Altar set up by 2pm. Ceremony will soon after that.. At the end of the ceremony our `ships’ will be set sail followed by Feasting. We expect to be back at station by 5pm .. and visit a cafe or pub to socialise (in warmth).

**Please wear absolutely sensible shoes, warm & water poof cloths** ..  Our rituals go ahead whatever the weather.. and how ever many or few people attend. We do them for serious magical purpose!   So no need to double check ..if its snowing or  blowing storms! Just turn up and take a chance..  Magic is supposed to be wild and tied with nature!!

All are Welcome to attend these . Do contact us and contribute with your creativity, knowledge & magic for these new explorations..

Gathering Format: 

Our Gatherings normally take the following form

a) Meeting at the Richmond Station, at appointed place, and then walking together to the selected Ritual area.

b) Pre-Ritual Social & setting up altar / getting into ritual cloths and explanation of ritual (delegating some ritual roles to people who are interested).

c) Ritual

d) Feasting & Social

e) Taking down altar, packing & tidy-up, and departures (Individuals make their own way back).

*Some people leave as soon as Ritual is complete. Others stay longer to enjoy socials & bonding with our friends.

Please bring Food & drinks to share. It can be a bottle of wine, soft drinks, hot drinks (in a flask), short eats, snacks, bread, butter, cheese, humus, cakes, salads, pasta and so on.

Privacy/Photos :
We ask that no photos are taken during the setting up of altar or ritual itself.  Thank you 🙂

Bright Blessings

Mani Navasothy

Link to meetup event for this ceremony

Isidias Navigatum- Goddess Isis Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony 2017 (Richmond)

Sunday, Mar 5, 2017, 1:30 PM

Hollyhock Cafe, Terrace gardens, Petersham Road, TW10 6UX
Richmond London , GB

18 Woodland Witches & Pagans Went

This annual ceremony was held at the start of the Spring time in Ancient Egypt, to gain the blessings of Goddess Isis upon the ships and boats (Fleet) – so that they may go forth, find commerce, resources and wealth and bring them back.  You will have heard the saying, `waiting for my ship to come in’ – a saying that indicates a person waiting for …

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Woodland Wiccan Samhain / Halloween 2015- Seasonal Open ritual in London

Join us for the evening to mark SAMHAIN – the night for honoring our ancestral spirits! Outdoor Samhain is particularly intense because of the real dark (wet, windy) environment among trees and bushes that are already bare …! As evening falls, there is an eeriness that also becomes apparent.. Once at the ritual space, you will be immediately involved in the ritual – of the calling of the DarkLord, and communing with ancestors. Some divination work will commence before feasting

“Samhain is a festival for the dead and ancestors. Death is seen as a transition from one phase of life to another (The Death Card in Tarot has similar meaning), or from one incarnation to the next. This rite invokes the God an Goddess of the underworld. The Dark Lord opens the gateway between our world and the underworld and invites all to feast (commune) with the dead. At Samhain the veil between world is thin, and so it is perfect time for the art of divination and mediumship. On a lighter side, apple bobbing from the cauldron is traditional. Samhain is seen as the New Year in Celtic traditions”. (taken from http://www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )

London Woodlnd Wiccan Samhain open ritual 31 Oct 2015 by Mani & friends
London Woodlnd Wiccan Samhain open ritual 31 Oct 2015 by Mani & friends

Date: Saturday 31st October 2015

RITUAL :

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.

(*to join in as Ritual team, please contact Mani several weeks in advance. Of course You can also just join in the ritual as ordinary attendee on the day).

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)

For full details join my Meetup event for this at

London woodland witches Samhain 2015

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy (Wiccan High Priest)

London Hindu Magicians (new meetup group launching)

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London Hindu Magicians ( Krishnas)

Dear all, it gives me great thrills to announce the launching of a new meetup group – one that I have been thinking about and planning for almost half a year. Well, now seems the right time! I’ve named it `Hindu Magicians’ as it’s a blend of many things – the devotional activities that Hare Krishnas often do (chants, jubilant, devotional singing),  my roots in Hinduism, Vishnu worship, and recent 20 years of Western Magical/ Pagan ritual magical practices. I’ve scheduled 4 great special events/ socials to start us off..  and will add / develop more… Some events will be meditative, walks  in parks, simple ceremonies of worship & celebrations, while others will be extensive (I have some friends who are experienced in Sanskrit, Yoga and a variety of Eastern / Hindu matters). The first one is on 31st July – a Social on the date of the Blue Moon  (because this is the first group of it’s kind, as well as the most obvious one of colour Blue being associated with Lord Krishna of course) 🙂  Below are graphics for each of the events (so far).

The current blurb for this meetup says..

“This is a very new meetup group for all interested in Hare Krishna & Hindu Magic as the focus. It’s envisioned as a relaxed group gathering for enjoyable socials & spiritual work – such as picnics, meet & greet, drumming & chanting in parks – simply for the joy of it. The Hindu- Magic part of this is about exploring some of the myths, adapting special Hindu festivals & Rituals such as Navarathree, Shivarathree, Luxmi pooja and such – and perform lighter adapted version of them in natural places (woods, parks) practices, creating yantras / charms for personal empowering purposes. You can effectively think of them as mini-poojas in parks & woods.

(Important note: It is NOT the intention to have an intense group that is steeped deep in sanskrit ceremonies – we leave that to trained and highly experienced Priests & Brahmins in Temples and Ashrams all over the world.. Instead, we are down to earth explorers adapting ceremonies, mantras, interpretations).

Hindu spirituality has been around for thousands of years, and in the modern world, it has spread and permeated into many civilisations, countries and cultures and other mystery traditions. It’s now common for a wiccan/ witch to do a `chakra opening’ before doing a full moon ritual, millions doing Yoga workouts in fitness centres, thousands exploring Tantric rituals & sexual unities. Also common are many a Western psychic to wear a turban, trendy youngsters with some earth spiritual affinities sporting `Om T-shirt’, and millions of psychics & mystics to light an incense stick bells that were made in India or Nepal.

It is pleasing that Hinduism has spread so far and wide – even if many don’t realise it. But it’s also sad there is quite a bit of the underlying depth getting `lost in translation & interpretations’.

I’ve been a Hindu all my life, and have lived in London for some 35 years. I am experienced (20 years) in Western Pagan / Magical religions and practises. I’ve been re-exploring Hindu ceremonies and realising the magic within much of it..and am on a personal journey of blending the two together in my own life. Last time I checked, there seems to be nothing like this in Meetup (not for 100 miles around me in London). So I’ve started this.

Let us meet & greet – as equals with extraordinary souls, in the parks, in the woods, in the forests, gardens, by rivers and streams.. at dawn, at dusk, at noon and nights, in rain and shine, to be..just be.. and if we must do something.. to praise, sing, drum, dance, chant and be merry – in the names of the divine Gods & Goddesses, the Great Spirit within us all..

Let’s meet, and see where it takes us..

*Om Shakthi * Hare Krishna * Bright Blessings

So if you like the sound of all this, and like to join in..  either as beginners or as experienced person looking to do more of these with like-spiritual-souls..  You do not have to be heavily involved in Hare Krishna or steeped in Hindu cultures or religion to be part of this. This is not a study group or missionary one that aims to preach or convert. If you are a fan of the great Hindu epics – Mahabharatham & Ramayanam – if you are new to it or have been interested for years / decades…all that is fine.

Here’s the link to the meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/Krishnas-and-Hindu-Magicians/

Bright Blessings -Mani Navasothy