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Sacred Journey -PF London Conference 2015 & Hindu-Magic Talk

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).

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

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Here’s the official Flyer for the event & Schedules of talks etc

Pagan Federation London- Sacred Journey Conference flyer June 2015
Pagan Federation London- Sacred Journey Conference flyer June 2015

 

PF London Sacred Journey conference schedule
PF London Sacred Journey conference schedule

 

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”.

Speakers include:
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

*Under 16’s get in free*

 

Related Link

Pagan Federation London Website

Blog post  -Looking back at Gaia Conventions 2007-2009 

Gaian Times Magazine

Esoteric Expert – eBooks by Mani Navasothy

Website for Wicca & Witchcraft UK

 

Spirit of Me – Celebrating Women in Paganism (by Pagan Federation London)

Dear all, for those in London, here’s a fab spiritual event.. `Spirit of Me’ – Celebrating the Divine Feminine.  Organised by `The Pagan Federation: London District’ , this event hosts a number of prominent Pagan Speakers and is held at Dragon Hall…a nice modern hall.. close to Holborn.. Details are below.   For tickets, follow link to PF-London’s site.  BB. Mani

ps. In case men are wondering, yes, men are allowed. Spirit of Me is about celebrating the feminine and exploring female spirituality. Men are welcome to be a part of that celebration.

banner Spirit of Me, Pagan Federation London

Spirit of Me :
Celebrating Women in Paganism

A day of presentations, focusing on and celebrating female spirituality, the divine feminine and women in Paganism.

Featuring talks by

  • Christina Oakley Harrington, of Treadwell’s Bookshop;
  • Fiona Mackenzie, lead Seidrkona for the Kith of Yggdrasil;
  • Philip Heselton, renowned author and expert in the history of Wicca;
  • Michelle Hawcroft and Avril Price, of The College of Psychic Studies.

Date:  Saturday, 7th March

Time: 12pm – 5pm

Venue / Address:   Dragon Hall,  17 Stukeley Street, London, WC2B 5LT

Tickets:    Pagan Federation members: £8, All others: £10

Free tea and coffee provided.

** For Tickets, please visit The Pagan Federation London- Spirit of me Event **

 

Imbolc Rituals in London (Jan/Feb 2015)

Imbolc (Candlemass) is one of the 8 nature based festivals that pagans celebrate – and it is said to be the time when the Winter Goddess who has kept her grip on the land loosens her hold, so that the ice melts and waters break and flow again. It is when the Goddess Bride (Brigid) `returns’ to the land. Her path is lit by candles, symbolising the return of light and warmth which is imminent. Bride is a Goddess of poetry, inspiration, healing, knot-magic and weaving. With her, she brings the gifts of 3 flames!

Imbolc 2014  banner- pagan frontiers of london -Mani Navasothy 2014

Here are some Indoor & Outdoor Open Rituals for Imbolc…taking place in London this week ..

1. Pagan Federation: London’s  Indoor Imbolc Ritual 

Thursday 29th January 2015.       7.30pm for 8pm start  at Conway Hall.

Facilitated by Goddess Enchantment.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London.

Entry fee: £5 (for PF members & concessions), £6 for all others.

Time: 7:30 – 10:00 PM Arrive from 7.30 pm for pre-ritual socialising in the foyer. Ritual starts at 8 pm and usually concludes before 9 pm. Feasting and socialising follow the ritual until 10 pm.

HOUSEKEEPING:  Please do not arrive before 7:30 PM. If you are early, please utilise one of the nearby pubs, cafes or gardens to sit and socialise in.  Please switch off mobile phones before going into the ritual.  No photographs or video are allowed during the ritual.  Please bring a little food & drink to share during the feast after the ritual.

2.  Outdoor Druid Imbolc ritual 

Facilitated by The Loose Association of Druids of Primrose Hill

Sunday 1st February 2015.  — 1pm start —

Venue:  Hawthorne Grove at top of Primrose Hill (Primrose Hill, London NW1 8YH (entrance opposite Rothwell St),

Gathering time: 12.30pm onwards…for 1pm prompt start!!

Jeremy & friends provide a certain number of hard copies of the ritual..which is followed through out.. (many parts are read..so no need to memorise lots of words). Blessing of food & drinks follows then ritual continues into `closing ceremony’, and Astrology/ divination reading by a member there.

After Ritual, many attendees walk about 15 min to our regular pub for further drinks & socials

Info—-

We gather in the Hawthorne Grove between 12.30 & 12.45pm in order to select the concelebrants & to prepare the Site ready for a prompt 1 o’clock start.

Nearest Tube: Chalk Farm or Swiss Cottage
Nearest Overground: South Hampstead or Chalk Farm

Please bring a small contribution of picnic food & drink to share.

All are Welcome.

Celebrating the Three Druidic Freedoms: of Thought; of Speech; & of Association Called for by John Tollund in 1716, & assembled by Iolo Morgannwg in 1792.

DIRECTIONS

If you’re coming by tube to Chalk Farm,turn RIGHT on leaving the station & cross Adelaide Rd to get to Regents Park Rd into which you turn RIGHT (admiring the Banksy stencil graffiti of a uniformed maid sweeping dust under a wall) & go uphill to the cycle/pedestrian only bridge over a railway & turn LEFT over it.

Confronted by 3 roads take the middle one (still R P Rd) & continue past the trendy shops & coffee-houses full of minor celebrities as it curves very slightly to the left, until you reach the Queen’s Head pub on the corner opposite the gate into Primrose Hill.

Enter the Park thro’ this gate & take the steepest path in front of you to the top of the hill where you will find a viewing platform overlooking most of the old City of London to the South & East, & a Memorial to Iolo Morganwg.

To the WEST & just below the brow of the hill you will see a small copse of hawthorn trees which is where we meet. Do please come & join us & make yourself known.

And remember, we’ll be meeting up in the pub afterwards! 🙂

If you’d like to be alerted to when our next event will be, please “like” the page 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/LooseAssociationOfDruidsOfPrimroseHill

Please do note the caveat concerning photography listed in our “about” section describing the LADS meetings:
“Please contact us first if you would like to take pictures, and please be sure that you obtain consent first. Thank you”

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**Click here for my Meetup Group with full details of Open Rituals**

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)

Beltane Rituals in London

Hi all, so if you are looking to attend Beltane Rituals..  here are 3 big ones that are open to all.

Pagan Frontiers of London - Beltane banner 2014
Pagan Frontiers of London – Beltane banner 2014

1. Hern’s Tribe Woodland Beltane – Saturday 26th April- 4pm to 8pm (Croydon)

We are gathering at our more secluded Croydon woodland venue for an afternoon & evening – to mark Beltane .This ritual will be shamanic in nature, with drumming & chants, ceremony, animal spirit quarters and evocations of Cernunnos Lord of the Beasts – for protection of all endangered wildlife every where. We will also be doing seed-magic for planting new ventures in our lives.. Socials, celebrations will thread through the entire gathering.. Bring drums etc to join in..(if you have any)

All are welcome.. pagans, non-pagans, friends.. to participate in the ceremony and/or the social afterwards.

Date: Saturday 26th April 2014
Time: 4pm – 8pm
Meet by `Coombe Lane’ Tram stop (5 mins from East Croydon by Tram)
We’ll have the usual combination of ritual, with sacred shamanic space, some chant & Drumming, and magical work. A ritual fire will be carefully lit for this ceremony, and we’ll have home made bread & wine to share..

What to bring 

Bottle of  Wine / Mead, and seasonal food will be great.   Or anything from French bread sticks, cheese, humus, butter to pre-cooked chicken, short-eats, fruits, home made items, salads, dips, pasta etc are all fine.  If not possible, then feel free to donate a few pounds £2 ? towards our costs.  🙂

Cutlery etc: Plastic cups, paper plates, forks & knives, spare bags (to pack items not eaten), bin bags – we usually bring these. But if you can bring some too – that will be good.

Torch light – Some evening gatherings finish in dark. So a torch light helps to find things when tidying up & packing.

Seating : Folding seats / ground sheet ( for your self to sit on) – optional.

wear sensible outdoor cloths. ps. sometimes we have a ceremonial fire.. and .your cloths are likely to smell of smoke

How to get to `Coombe Lane’ Tram stop

Outside East Croydon (train station), , take the `New Addington branch’ of the Tram. Travel 3 stops. Get off at `Coombe Lane’ … Please wait at this stop. We will come and collect you.

Eco-Magic:

From Imbolc 2014 onwards, we will be adding regular Eco-Magic as part of our rituals & gatherings.. !

Official Website:  Hern’s Tribe 

 

2. Pagan Federation London – indoor Beltane  – 1st May – facilitated by Christina & Friends from Treadwells Bookshop

Date/ Time: Thursday 1st May – 8pm  (£6 fee)

Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London.

Entry fee: £5 (for PF members & concessions), £6 for all others.

Time: 7:30 – 10:00 PM Arrive from 7.30 pm for pre-ritual socialising in the foyer. Ritual starts at 8 pm and usually concludes before 9 pm. Feasting and socialising follow the ritual until 10 pm.

**No photographs or video are allowed during the ritual.**

**Please bring a little food & drink to share during the feast after the ritual**

Official Website: http://london.paganfed.org/

 

3. Druids Outdoor Open ritual – (Primrose Hill)- Sunday 4th May – 12pm onwards

Come and celebrate Beltane, part of a series of open rituals celebrated throughout the Celtic year on the Sunday nearest the appropriate date under the Aegis of the Loose Association of Druids

We gather in the Hawthorne Grove between 12.30 & 12.45pm in order to select the concelebrants & to prepare the Site ready for a prompt 1 o’clock start.

Nearest Tube: Chalk Farm or Swiss Cottage
Nearest Overground: South Hampstead or Chalk Farm

Please bring a small contribution of picnic food & drink to share.

All are Welcome.

Celebrating the Three Druidic Freedoms: of Thought; of Speech; & of Association Called for by John Tollund in 1716, & assembled by Iolo Morgannwg in 1792.

DIRECTIONS

If you’re coming by tube to Chalk Farm,turn RIGHT on leaving the station & cross Adelaide Rd to get to Regents Park Rd into which you turn RIGHT (admiring the Banksy stencil graffiti of a uniformed maid sweeping dust under a wall) & go uphill to the cycle/pedestrian only bridge over a railway & turn LEFT over it.

Confronted by 3 roads take the middle one (still R P Rd) & continue past the trendy shops & coffee-houses full of minor celebrities as it curves very slightly to the left, until you reach the Queen’s Head pub on the corner opposite the gate into Primrose Hill.

Enter the Park thro’ this gate & take the steepest path in front of you to the top of the hill where you will find a viewing platform overlooking most of the old City of London to the South & East, & a Memorial to Iolo Morganwg.

To the WEST & just below the brow of the hill you will see a small copse of hawthorn trees which is where we meet. Do please come & join us & make yourself known.

After the celebration, we will go to the Richard steele pub nearby. Looking forward to seeing you there! 🙂

facebook page: Loose Association of Druids of Primrose Hill

Looking back at Gaia Conventions of 2007,2008 & 2009!

When the Pagan Federation discontinued its National Conferences after the one of 2004, many wondered what will happen. Many of the districts of the PF began to hold local district conferences. Following suit, PF London also held its district conference in 2007. Instead of calling it just a district conference, I took the initiative (as the then PFL Event Manager) and gave it a name and an identity – `Gaia3 convention’ and a tag-line, `Earth, Environment, Kinship’, for that’s what the Convention was all about! This was done to bring additional awareness to ecological matters, because I had observed, at the time, that pagans in London seem to talk a lot of honouring and worshiping the Earth and natural world, but didn’t seem to put the kind of emphasis on such ecological matters – that far less earth-centred companies or other non-pagan groups were doing. It was crazy that there had never been an Earth-themed conference of any sort – not at least in the previous 12-15 years (to my knowledge).

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I was new to convention organising, but did my best, with the help of the PFL Events Team and my District Manager Jean Williams! PF London didn’t have more than a few hundred pounds of funds, so an idea was conjured up – to seek temporary `loans’ of small amounts (£25-£50 ) per person from willing volunteers of the pagan community. And we raised over £500 – enough to put a deposit for the hiring of a large hall at ULU (University of London Union). The PF itself saw our efforts and gave us an equal amount as a loan also. Needless to say, we had a good ticketed turn-out of attendance, and covered all costs, and paid all the people back their `loans’. It was all informally and efficiently done. In essence, it was a Convention funded by the people!

At Gaia3 convention of 2007, we had several interactive features, such as a `Wyrd-Wall’, `Walking Witches & Wizards’ and `Pandora’s Box’. In the first, convention goers tied a small string with their thoughts/ intents, onto a `wall’ to make a random and complex web of strings. (These were used in the 4th Convention in `Wyrd-i’ in 2010). The Walking Witches were Stewards who went around befriending new comers and making them comfortable, and the Pandora’s box was a feed-back box ( a reverse of the concept!). There was also the `Copper exchange’ where each person had 5 small coins (1 penny coins) and through out the day, each person would `exchange’ his or her coins with another convention-goer. All coins were collected and magically committed to the river Thames at the end of the Convention. It symbolised the exchange of energies (and a reason to interact with one another).

There followed 2 further annual conventions. In 2008, we had the `Gaia-Fortuna Convention’ probably another first (using a double-barrel name of 2 Goddesses). It took place around the Autumn (harvest) time, and concentrated on Harvest and good Fortunes; The 3rd in the series was at Midsummer in 2009, and suitably named `Gaia-Sol convention’ , with a focus of integrating the masculine fiery energy of the Sun wit Gaia.

Year 4 saw the idea of kinship and interconnectedness evolve- and there was only one way it possibly have moved towards – to the concept of Wyrd. This is the magical web of Fates that connect all of us. So it was called `Wyrd-i convention’. People asked me what the `i’ stood for, and wondered if it meant the roman numeral 1? Maybe, or maybe it stands for `imagination’, because creative imagination is key to the working of magic!

Last year, there were no Gaia-related conventions, because the Pagan Federation held a national major conference in London to celebrate its 40th anniversary! However, last year, on the new moon of Aquarius (star sign with humanitarian qualities), we finally formed `Gaian Times’, to continue the magical and sociological work initiated by the Gaia Conventions.

Below are a full list of Speakers, Experts, Workshop facilitators and Performer – who participated in the 3 Gaia conventions, and supported its objectives.

PFL-Gaia3 convention 2007
PFL-Gaia3 convention 2007

Contributions to Gaia3 Convention 2007

Contributor Activity Theme
Adrian Harris & Jacqui Woodward Smith Opening Attunement
Jean Williams. Talk What’s special about the PF?
Christina Oakley Talk Magical London in the Victorian, Edwardian and Inter-War Years of the Twentieth Century
Jacqui Woodward Smith & Hilde Workshop The Sacred in the City- workshop
Mike Stygal Talk Interfaith
Jack Gale Talk Shamanism, Gardening and the Earth Spirits
JOHN CROW performance & talk Urban Shamanism- Goose and Crow and the Cross Bone Portal
Adrian Harris talk Us and Them: Listening to the more-than-human majority
Ric Kemp talk The Deer Goddess
Orianna & Indigo workshop Court cards- Tarot
Alan & Mani workshop Drumming workshop
`Temple of the Four winds’ Closing Ritual
PFL--Gaia-Fortuna Convention 2008-sept2008
PFL–Gaia-Fortuna Convention 2008-sept2008

Contributions to Gaia-Fortuna Convention 2008

Contributor Activity Theme
Caroline Wise Opening/ talk Fortuna Opening Ceremony & Talk’
Kenneth Rees Talk 35 years and counting! – positive changes in the pagan/witchcraft communities since the 1970s
Vivianne Crowley talk Goddess Fortuna
Mark McCann workshop Making friends with fortune: how to weave the thread of fate and change your destiny
Sascha talk, demo and mini-workshop Gothic Bellydance (Raqs Gothique!)-
Hilde workshop Spirit in the City – The Earth We Walk On
Marielle workshop Ritual Dance within the Temple
Caroline Robertson Talk “All Acts Of Love And Pleasure Are My Rituals”
Mark Jeoffroy Talk/poetry The Poet as Magician
Bachus Border Morris Performance
Ed & April Richardson workshop Sounding the Runes
Meredith Talk with video clips ‘Gods of the Future?’
Michael Bingas Talk HISTORY MYSTERIES
Jacqui workshop The Bee Goddess: the Hive of Community and Justice in the Workplace
John Constable aka John Crow Talk/Performance The Goose, The Crow and the Cross Bones Portal
Geraldine Beskin Talk Aleister Crowley
Phyllis Pointer Talk ‘Hoodoo, The Blues and Robert Johnson
Hern’s Tribe & Tribe of Avalon Closing Ceremony
PFL- GaiaSol Convention 2009
PFL- GaiaSol Convention 2009

Contributions to Gaia-Sol Convention 2009

Contributor Activity Theme
Tribe of Avalon & Jacqueline Anne Woodward-Smith Opening ceremony
Jeanette Ellis Talk The Stag Horned God’
Steve Wilson Talk Paganism and Sex’
Emma Restall Orr Talk Paganism in a Modern World’
Chris Crowley Talk Myths and legends of Midsummer’
members of the PF committee Presentation PF: “Story Time: How the PF Bug Got Me.”
Simon Michel Workshop ‘Dancing hands, dancing drums
Neeraj  Davis. Meditation Chakra sounds meditation’
Bacchus Border Morris performance & workshop
Marielle Holman workshop Gaia, the Goddess of nourishment and Earthiness’
Sasha Cooper workshop `Getting in touch with your inner Goddess/God through Gothic Bellydance’
`WolfTurtle’ (Mani) & Friends Closing Ritual

Gaian Times calls these wonderful individuals, to support the work of Gaian Times, and contribute feature articles, and share with us their ongoing Earth-centred works.

(c) Mani Navasothy. Gaian Times.  January 2012,

(The above is an extract from the January 2012 (issue#3) of Gaian Times e-Magazine)

Gaian Times eco-magazine
GT issue#3 (January 2012)

Blast from the past: Pagan Dawn Magazine No164 (Autumn 2007)

Pagan Dawn autumn 2007 -No164 (published by The Pagan Federation)
Pagan Dawn autumn 2007 -No164 (published by The Pagan Federation).
ISSN No: 1357-5147

I was just writing about moving hose..  and sifting through old documents in the shed (and the Garage is still untouched .. 😦  )  Well, here’s another thing I found downstairs, in the corner of a bookshelf in the dinning room, burried under a lot of old videos (yeap, they all have to be either given to charity shops or thrown out!)

As some may know, I started organising Open rituals & events for the London District of The Pagan Federation, from December 2004, till recently (Spring 2012). But of course, apart from the hundreds of documents, web entries, e-mails and flyers and programmes that I myself had created for all those events, there is no `external’ evidence (Am going by the strict wikipedia guidelines!  For any claim to be valid, some entry bya  3rd party publication needs to be provided).  This is a key principle for all budding Esoteric Entrepreneurs – especially Authors, Writers, Tutors, Public Figures etc.

So me finding this Magazine is  quite valuable indeed.

Pagan Dawn autumn 2007 -No164- contents(art work by Mani Navasothy)
Pagan Dawn autumn 2007 -No164- contents
(art work by Mani Navasothy)

This single issue was edited by Kitty McIntyre before Sheena Morgan took over as Editor in the subsequent Samhain/Winter 2007 Issue of Pagan Dawn. In this the following items appeared that were relevant to me.

  • Art works (on Content page3, page 23, page 27)
  • Credit to Artists / Artists profiles (page 49)
  • Outline of the events I had been organising in PF-London (page 14) – in `Around the Federation’
  • Jean Williams’ account of the `Gaia3 Convention’ that I had conceived and organised (page 32 & 33) – where my then title as `London Events Organiser & Deputy District Manager’ is stated in print.

Such published  documents (3rd party) where one’s works are credited / cited – are important  for any and all Authors, Artists & Experts. These all fall under`professional validations’ – and we do need them in the modern worlds, where trust & credibility building are important for our every ventures.

So here are those pages I just mentioned.

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Pagan Dawn autumn 2007 -No164- artists profile for Mani Navasothy
Pagan Dawn autumn 2007 -No164- artists profile for Mani Navasothy

In the Artist profile for my entry, I  begin by saying,

`Art is very sacred to me. I often paint long into the night and get lost in it. In the morning what I see seems surprisingly alien and amazing to me.’   I go on to say, `I’d categorise my art as fantasy, science fiction and visionary. The human elements, environment and magic are the themes.’   Interestingly, I finish by saying, `I hate selling or loosing my work – it makes me wonder how a spider would feel when we break its webs!’

I say interestingly, because, that was 2007, and this is me now on the eve of 2013 – where I am planning to sell some of my old and new art works. Well, reality is, we all have to do something to earn a living – and to use the Spider analogy, we have to use our own resources to make that living..  A spider spurts its resin and spins a web – to catch its vital food. Likewise, we must use our skills and talents to create or provide things which in turn bring us an earning.

Pagan Dawn autumn 2007 -No164- p32- gaia3 convention
Pagan Dawn autumn 2007 -No164- p32- gaia3 convention

Here, then District  Manager Jean Williams, says of the Gaia3 Convention for PF-London,

“Suitable venues in central London are expensive so we were very nervous about embarking on this venture, but the vision and infectious enthusiasm of Mani Navasothy, London Events Organiser and Deputy District Manager, soon attracted a team of eager helpers determined to make it a success.”

I shall do a detailed blog – another time- under Esoteric Enterprises – on the now chiseled in stone event, Gaia3 Convention’ – how I conceived it, named it, came up with innovative ways of funding it (we had no money to begin with!) and how its unique themes and activities evolved. (Feature `Wyrd wall’ threaded through and became the 4th PF-London convention some 3 years later..  after Gaia-Fortuna & Gaia-Sol conventions).

-Mani Navasothy

related  stories / links

Memory Lane: Workshops at Witchfest Uk 2003 

My cleaning up work on Wikipedia entry for The Pagan Federation (examples of editing & citing references)

Image magic: Creating the PF-London logo

Yule Ritual 2004- How Hern’s Tribe rebooted Pagan Federation London 8 years ago

Ritual Team members after Yule 2004 Ritual at Conway Hall
Ritual Team members after Yule 2004 Ritual at Conway Hall

`..And Some things…that should never be forgotten…were lost..!’ says the begininh narrative part of the movie `Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring’.

In that spirit, I like to travel down memory lane, back 8 years, to 21st December 2004- when I had first taken on the task of running the Pagan Federation Open rituals in central London, from Brian & Trish Botham.

`The beginning is a delicate time..’ says the narration at the start of the movie Dune.  And the same was true for me in December 2004, and for PF London. I was a relatively unknown `public pagan’ face (apart from in the private Initiated Wiccan/ Witchcraft Circles in London), and the few people who had known me, and known of a few rituals I had done in public (4-5 for Children of Artemis, 1 major Lammas ritual for PF London, the Opening ceremony at Pagan Federation Annual Conference in November 2004)…Well, actually come to think of it, by then people must have known me well enough as a public figure. 🙂

But the handover was basic – yes you are doing it full stop. No rules, contact lists.. petty cash..Nothing. Zero.

So I called on my ritual group Hern’s Tribe, gathered the help of a few Wiccan brothers & sister (coven links) to start creating a Yule Ritual.. to do in front of 50-60 people..  and set about the matter.   On the organising side, I had to put in the last bit of money I ever had on planet Earth..  all of £136  (I had £140). I was unemployed but took a risk and put my money in…to book the smaller hall in Conway Hall…then a friend helped with printing flyers… I borrowed money to buy stamps (£40 worth) and posted the flyers to mailing list that Jean Williams had kindly provided (members of Pagan Federation who lived in London)..

And on the day..  21st December 2004, we got there, I organised my team to help out with door, collecting entrance fees, sort food tables, then altar, ritual run through…and we did the Open ritual..  So effectively, we managed the whole preparations, the evening events, and did the main ritual itself..  (In movie terms, this will be considered `producing, directing and starring in a Movie, marketing, customer care etc’.) Not bad for a guy who had very little such public organising experience eh?

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Horus new born Sun God at Yule 2004 Open ritual (by Mani & Hern’s Tribe)

And we pulled it off..   Hern’s Tribe members and me.   And we made back the money and more..  and we had set a new Wheel in motion. Nay, more than that..  we arrested a slow downward cycle of low turn outs, loosing hundred of pounds (they were doing it in larger hall, doing flyer mail outs 8 times a year..  where as I moved it to smaller hall,..  did flyer mail out quarterly.. etc).  Of course we started adding new & old things..   Conventions, Masked Balls, Outdoor rituals, and even started promoting/ admitting young children with parental guide  (yes, guys n gals, we started those..when PFL had no children policy before I took over!).

So as we get closer to Yule 2012 – I think of those early days..   and here is the flyer that started it all..  🙂

It even has the magical sign of the coven hidden in one of the drawings..   (I showed it to Maureen Brown, High Priestess in the Whitecroft line of Wicca, who was dying at that point with Cancer..and she smiled…).   It’s the Sun card …boy on a horse..   But if you look closely, you’ll see…it’s not an ordinary horse.. It’s a Unicorn!   ( feature on Maureen was published in our online Magazine – Gaian Times last year.  It will be re-published soon as a remembrance of Maureen Brown in January 2013)

We’ve done other Yule rituals too ..since then..    but those are stories for a fire side another time. 🙂

Bright Yule Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

(PF London Events Manager & webmaster  ~ Dec 2004  to Oct 2012)

ps. The Full copy of the actual Ritual we did on 21st Dec’2004 is published in my NEW book `Yule Rites’ 

pps. I will be covering  Event Managing for Pagans, Conventions, etc in the Esoteric Enterprises Bulletins.  

flyer - PFL Yule 21Dec2004 Ritual by Herns Tribe
flyer – PFL Yule 21Dec2004 Ritual by Herns Tribe

And now for a personal statement on Astrology, transits and personal conflicts

As most know, I follow Jonathan Cainer – astrologer!

I began reading his daily forecasts in news paper about 15 yrs ago, back in my Home Office trolley pushing `Admin Assistant’ days.. I’ve grown to like his character and his witty, cryptic way of offering forecasts.  And I’ve studied his forecasts while looking at the transits from an Ephemeris on my own birth-chart, to work out (reverse engineer!) how  news paper sun-sign forecasts are done.. (Thank you Jonathan Cainer. I have given thanks to you in my new eBook `Astrology for Eclipse Magicians’ – kindle version 🙂

My own calculations and working out transits on my charts (I did that few months ago) indicated that my life is about to go through some intense phases..  There were 2-3 important factors..

Saturn moves out from my house of Creativity (which gave me hope that finally my creative lessons are learnt and I will start to make much progress.. A year or so of hard work at home writing is now beginning to see results…as my books start coming out one by one ..almost off a production line.. – 3 so far and 2 to come out… just at various stages of edit or format)

Pluto squares my natal Uranus – affecting my house of transformation & house of creativity – This means that in general my life was about to go through a major death, rebirth and intense transformation period (am still in the middle of it..!) Power struggles are part of this transit.. as are control, manipulation etc. As it’s a square, it’s about experiencing these and trying to act.  (squares force you into incredible mental gymnastics and expect action.. Compromises are for oppositions, but squares are about taking action to resolve issues).

Saturn in my work & duty sector was opposing natal saturn in my friendship & social sector- This is quite major – half the pain of a saturn-return..more or less..  I expected clashes of authority – mine & others. But it was bigger than just that. It was to affect the way I work, the way I think of duty, service, serving others, as much as the areas of community, friendships, social situations.

Anyone with basic astrology knowledge of houses will agree more or less with these.

Well, in addition to my own calculations, I also purchased Jonathan Cainer’s  3 month personal forecast for myself – and quite a lot of similar conformations, and new elements I had not been aware of. Effectively it is about my midlife crisis – working out where i have been and what matters and where I am going!

All these things have now started to come to pass.

At some future point, I shall tell the whole story  – not now, as am busy with my creative ventures  (even as I write this, my `public history’ is either being erased or re-written by others in positions of authority.

But reading Jonathan Cainer’s forecast for Sagittarius (few days ago) got me amused..

“Mistakes are easy to make. By this, I don’t just mean that they are easy for you to make. They are equally easy for us all to make. The people who think that they are somehow immune to this rule and have mastered the art of error avoidance, are, of course, the most mistaken of all. Let us keep that in mind, this weekend, as you now find yourself compensating for what could be considered as a series of mistaken judgements. What matters, is not what went wrong but what can now be done to make something right.”  (www.Cainer.com)

There are people out there who have judged me as having made all sorts of mistakes. And now the rest of them  are saying, `let it go’. Quite convenient ..for them, if I just did `let go’. ..wouldn’t it?  The biggest mistaken judgement I ever made in the recent decade is trusting so many people, and championing other people’s causes and their organisations.. While I compensate for other people’s group shadow projections on me, I find that my own projections on others have now broken..

I was checking Jonathan Cainer’s forecast for my sign today.. This is what he says.

“We spoke yesterday about moving goalposts and changing rules. It remains true that you are not in a stable situation. Things do keep altering. But you can either let this be a source of enormous irritation or an excuse to start instigating some adjustments of your own. Under the influence of the eclipse, the only question you really have to ask yourself is, are you being fair to the essence or the spirit of an agreement, even if it seems as if nobody is being very true to the letter of the law as it was last laid down?”

This has got me thinking…that close people often complain (in the nicest way) that I keep changing things…Well, my explanations have always been that it’s because factors have changed, people who are committed to ventures with me have changed their levels of commitments or participation etc, and so I’ve had to alter things. In a modern day where everything is going fast at 300mph, how can anyone expect me to stick to my promises, even thought the governing factors are in flux?   Yes, I do get that some things need to be stable, and fixed so that it gives security for others to build on.. BUT I have found myself to be rather tired that it’s me who is expected to remain stable and un-changing, while all else have the freedom (laziness at times) and luxury to weave in and out without firm promises and commitments of their own to me.

So erm, I’ve zapped that rule. Am not obliged to keep any promises I made to anyone (except my marriage vows of course). This i n many ways is Freedom!

The late Maureen Brown – Wiccan High Priestess & professional Psychotherapist – one who taught me 2 years worth of trans-personal psychology & counselling techniques – would be proud!

That reminds me, I must write about her one day 🙂

-Mani Navasothy

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ps. I have acknowledged Jonathan Cainer’s influence (or rather his forecasts) in my life over the past 2 decades or so..in my book `Astrology for Eclipse Magicians’   You can download a free copy quickly from my Eclipse Magic website   (while Amazon is busy reviewing!)

`No Kidnap for ritual’ – Pagan article in Epping Forest Guardian paper 26July2012

Here’s the scan of the page 5 of the local Epping Forest Guardian newspaper, where the article about local pagans capturing a local man to sacrifice at Lammas (which I personally addressed) came out.

You can see my blog & link to the original online version of this article in this link.

Following the online version, Mike Stygal, Vice President of The Pagan Federation (and District Manager of PF London) contacted the journalist Katie Bamber, and offered additional insights and info, which have now appeared on the printed version of the article as an `info box’ .  I also understand that the journalist is happy to maintain communications with us (Pagan Federation) on any future pagan related matters – which is a success in itself for us Pagans.

An appeal:

If anyone has a copy of the said anonymous `flyer’ that initially stated that pagans were going to sacrifice a man in Epping Forest, can you please send me a copy so that I can display that here too..  for completion sake!  Thanks.

-Mani Navasothy

here’s a link to the website of the Pagan Federation London (extensive info on many pagan open rituals, groups, moots, workshops in London)

Here is a link to the website of the Pagan Federation (currently about to undergo a major face-lift by the new IT/ webmaster of the PF)

Stop the Press!

The Journalist Katie was kind enough to provide PF London District Manager Mike with the flyer that had been anonymously circulated in the Epping Forest Area. Here is a scanned copy below.

Quite apart from the sheer lunacy of this claim, I can already (in the blink of an eye) see so many discrepancies in the claim made by the flyer’s contents. It rather looks like someone with half a knowledge looked up a whole load of disjointed pagan topics on wikipedia or something and created the flyer.   😛   I’ll address those points in another blog..  (Oh yeas, we pagans have a right to reply!)

Our sincere thanks to Katie for being so open-minded on this matter, and giving us sensible pagans an opportunity to respond.  Very well done Katie. Some of us are likely to nominate her for the special PF Journalist award (one that Boris Johnson was once awarded). More on that another time.

Meanwhile here’s the flyer.