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Earth Web- A Warrior Call to Action against Fracking (4th Oct2014)

What is Earth Web?

Earth Web is an international ceremony to protect the land from fracking. All are invited to create their own ceremonies – whether in a group or as a solo activity – to help build this third TWC global day of ritual action into the biggest event yet!

(There is an Event in South London on Saturday, being organised by friends of mine.  See bottom of this blog for details – mani)

About Fracking

So many of humanity’s ills are inflamed by the fossil fuel industry’s greed. Wall Street has turned the fracking industry into an investment bubble big enough to plunge the world into another global recession. The recent atrocities in Gaza are undoubtedly affected by a wider plan to bring Palestinian gas-reserves under Israeli dominion. Peak oil has been and gone – Industrial Civilisation is now trapped within a downward and seemingly unstoppable spiral of decline. And, on top of all this, anthropogenic climate change is growing further and further out of control.

Fracking’s cancer has spread to the four corners of the globe. Even if you are not living in an area effected, taking part in this event will help those who are – its been fed back to us that, simply knowing people all around the world care enough to gather in this way, lights a beacon of hope in the hearts of those whose lives and health have been destroyed by these practices.

‘The Warrior’s Call’ is a global pagan movement against hydraulic fracturing and other forms of extreme gas extraction. We work to prevent sacred sites such as Chalice Well in Glastonbury from being made toxic through fracking. This is the third such global event organized by The Warrior’s Call.

What about other religions?

This is an event spearheaded by the pagan community, but all creeds are invited to participate in their own special way. Everyone is welcome to help create this global act of spiritual solidarity. So join this international wave of activity, and let’s make this – TWC’s third world ritual – the biggest event yet!

What’s Spirituality got to do with this?

In a world that has fallen into crisis, it is vitally important for spiritual communities to unite and stand together as one. Therefore, all people of good intent are called to create ceremonies for ‘Earth Web’, an international day of spiritual healing, that will protecting the Land from the blight of fracking and other forms of extreme energy.

Earth Web event in South London (near Sutton & Croydon)

Date : 4th October 2014

Venue: Beddington Park, Hackbridge, Surrey (close to Mitcham, Sutton and Croydon)

Time: 1pm gathering…for 3pm globally coordinated ceremony.

Meeting place:   Pavilion Cafe at Beddington Park, Hackbridge  (nearest Train station `Hackbridge’ – served by trains from London Victoria every 30 mins..  Then 10 min walk to park.)

Who is organising this one?    Hannah, April & friends.

Here is a home-made map I put together with key land marks in the Beddington park

Map link to Beddington Park

-Mani Navasothy

beddington park

 

Songs to be sung at this event:

1. MOTHER I FEEL YOU

Mother I feel you under my feet:
Mother I hear your heart beat (5x)
Hey ya hey ya, hey ya
hey ya, hey ya hey ho!
Hey ya hey ya, hey ya
hey ya, hey ya hey hoooo… (2x)
Mother I hear you in the river’s song:
Eternal waters flowing on and on (2x)

 

2.  THE EARTH IS OUR MOTHER

The earth is our mother,
We must take care of her.
The earth is our mother,
We must take care of her.

Hey yanna, ho yanna, hey yan yan.
Hey yanna, ho yanna, hey yan yan.

Her sacred ground we walk upon
With every step we take.
Her sacred ground we walk upon
With every step we take.

Hey yanna, ho yanna, hey yan yan.
Hey yanna, ho yanna, hey yan yan.

The earth is our mother,
She will take care of us.
The earth is our mother,
She will take care of us.

Hey yanna, ho yanna, hey yan yan.
Hey yanna, ho yanna, hey yan yan.

 

3.  BORN OF WATER

Born of water
Cleansing, powerful
Healing, changing
I am

Born of water
Cleansing, powerful
Healing, changing
I am
We all come from the goddess
And to her we shall return
Like a drop of rain
Flowing to the ocean….

 

4. FRACKING CHANT

FRACKING IS STOPABLE.

ANOTHER WAY IS POSSIBLE,

FRACKING IS STOPABLE.

ANOTHER WAY IS POSSIBLE

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Please do, if you feel you can bring a contribution of a poem or just your heartfelt thoughts. … we would love you to add your part too
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Links

For more information about fracking and The Warrior’s Call, please go here:www.warriorscall.org/

The Warrior’s Call will be holding a large-scale public ritual at Avebury stone circle in Britain. For more information about this event, please go here:www.facebook.com/events/1543073425916337/

More details of how to get to Avebury & updates at  Earth Web facebook page

Yule Rites: A new book on Winter Ceremonies & Rituals.

Yule Rites  by Manivannan Navasothy – NEW Book Out now.  Over 50 pages – explores the the symbols, ceremonies and traditions of Winter Solstice rituals.   Includes 3 full and varied rituals that anyone in a pagan group or coven can do, or facilitate as an Open Ritual.

 download this FREE within the next 3-4 days. It will be available in Amazon Kindle soon).

Visit Witchcraft and Magic website  (also available at Pagan Frontiers of London)

Preface:

Somewhere between Magic, Religion & Science lies reality and life itself.

Yule Rites by Mani Navasothy 2012 - exploring the symbols, ceremonies and traditions of Winter Solstice rituals.
Yule Rites by Mani Navasothy 2012 – exploring the symbols, ceremonies and traditions of Winter Solstice rituals.

And Yule Rites (Winter Solstice Ceremonies) have always been about the Hope and celebration of Life, Light and renewal of Hope  – at the darkest hour.  And dare I say – the months leading to this moment have been getting darker, in real terms as well as on a personal level.  Like icebergs, huge chunks of my life have broken off and fallen into the cold Abyss.  It may be because of stellar influences – like the Uranus-Pluto oppositions that are with us on and off between 2012 to 2015, or a cumulative result of some intense Eclipse magical works I did.

Or perhaps, the World really is going through a major shift on 21st December 2012 – the supposed end date of the previous Mayan Calendar, and what we are all experiencing are those re-birth pangs!  Which brings us back to Winter Solstice – and rebirth of the Sun-child.

Included in its entirety are 3 Yule/Winter Rituals, which I had personally wrote and enacted in 2004, 2008 & 2011. So you are not just reading a book on Yule Rites, but have the choice of actually doing some rituals – and riding on the energy streams which have been created already by those rituals.  Photographs of those rituals & set-ups will be on slide show presentation on my websites, so you can take a look at what we did, and gain more ideas.

This particular project (Yule Rites) originally started as a Webinar to be broadcasted for December 2011, following on from our Halloween & Samhain webinar on  31st October 2011.  However, the Solar & Lunar Eclipses of November took much of my focus (that’s resulted in several Astrology Webinar, and 2 Books.. so far!) So I am pleased to finally complete the `Yule Rites’, albeit in a book form!  And guess what? As per the original idea of sharing knowledge openly in a Webinar, this book is initially free for any and all to download. And then it becomes available as an eBook for purchase on popular online portals.

What started out as a very short Guide, just a few pages to hand out on websites for new comers to Paganism at each seasonal festive time, has grown into what you see here. So I am not just pleased, but very pleased in deed.

As always, I’d be very happy to hear form you – comments & constructive criticisms, and even suggestions of what Guides & books you might like to see me publish. Under the Gaian Times Social Enterprise Initiative, we have plan to start publishing `your’ books too! So get writing!  It’s the perfect time for birth of new ideas and ventures!!

Best Wishes & Bright Stellar Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

(December 2012.  London, UK)

Contents

1.  Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft.

2. Yule Rites – Symbolism, Traditions & Ritual practises of Mid-Winter.

Sun Gods from around the World.

Sun Cycle: Earth orbit & the Seasons.

Dark Days of Winter & Equation of Time.

Rebirth of Sun:  Myths & Rituals.

Druid Rituals at Stonehenge (England, UK).

Battle of the Holly & Oak Kings and ritual killing of Wren.

New Beginnings & New Year Resolutions.

Yule Log & Fire.

Mistletoe – between the worlds.

3. Sun Worship at Winter.

Hindus:  Sooriya & Festival of Pongal

Mayas & Aztecs: Tonatiuh &  Inti

Egyptian: Ra, Horus & Isis.

Mithras of the Romans.

Festival of Saturnalia.

4. Christmas Connections.

25thDecember : Christianising  the Pagan Festival

Virgin Mother.

X’mas tree.

Dis-integration: Satanising an old God.

Saint Nicholas:  Green vs Red Santa (the media rewrite!).

5. Yule Rituals & Magical Work.

Ritual words & communication with your Deities.

a) A  Wiccan Coven Yule Ritual (2011).

b) A Public Winter Solstice Ritual with Sky-God & Earth-Goddess (2008).

c) An Egyptian themed Winter Solstice Ritual with Isis & Horus  (2004).

6. References.: Books & Websites.

7.  Articles & Online Resources.

Appendix 1: What is Paganism?.

Appendix 2:   8 Major Pagan Festivals.

Appendix 3: Pagan symbols.

Appendix 4:  Concerns of Satanism, Devil worship & Human Sacrifices.

Appendix  5.  Online Resources.

Appendix  6.  Other Publications by the same author .

For other books by Mani Navasothy, please visit Mani’s Amazon Author Page here.

Kindle Books by Mani Navasothy. Available for purchase now.
Kindle Books by Mani Navasothy. Available for purchase now.

Touching the life you take: Initiation rites for a Warrior-Hunter

Touching the life you take: Initiation rites for a Warrior-Hunter

The Hern-Oath (photo copyright Mani Navasothy.2010-2012)

The first  rule of being a Hunter is `Be within reach of your prey but out of reach of the prey!’ – which means that a Hunter must be able to get to his or her prey quickly, but the prey must never know that the hunter is anywhere nearby!  This is something  I learnt while reading Carlos Castenado’a books on Shamanism. He was of course referring to this same principle applying to anyone seeking other objectives in life. It is a Warrior principle that applies to almost anything that people want.

One other principle that I have come to appreciate, admire and even practise is this one – `Touching the Life you take…’

What does it mean?  Well, in older days (even as recent as…say 300 years ago), a hunter would have to go after his or her prey directly, and i person.   Even if it involved traps to catch an animal, it will still come down to the fact that the Hunter will have to gain direct sight, handle the animal caught, and strike the killing blow – with a knife, spear or a mace – to kill the animal, before taking it body for either food purposes, creating survival products (fur for clothing) and o on. Even a hunter using  a spear or bow & arrow to hunt will still need to have a line of sight.. on the target / prey, when the killing blow is delivered.

Not so in modern societies!   This is now a remote-control society, where

  • the Hunter or the Warrior is seated in a safe enclosed environment that is so far removed from the prey’s habitat or the hunting grounds.
  • The Hunter or Warrior is using modern remote control tools or devises to sight, hunt and kill his or her prey.

Modern warfare is  a fine example of this.  Soldiers, experts, commanders and experts all sit inside big ships, aeroplanes, tanks,  and in control rooms miles away from the war zone. They use radar and satellite imagery to pinpoint he target – which is now a town or a nation, with hundreds or thousands of people (on te target site).  And these modern warriors press a button ..and a missile or rocket launches… flies hundreds of miles ..and hits the target.

Even when the kill comes, there is no immediacy. Yes, people can `empathise’, `imagine’, and even fake al sorts of feelings, either  as part of self-delusions, or as part of some political marketing tactics to sway mass public opinions.

None of this gives the real feelings, the struggles, affinity, respect.. and the trauma that a Warrior- Hunter would feel..  if he or she were to approach the prey and strike the killing blow with his or her own hands into the heart of the animal, and take its life!

In a computer-generated reality such as remote viewing, or playing games, the difference between playing and really hurting someone else blurs beyond belief.

Years ago, when I was small (back in Sri Lanka), I had to get rid of a large number of Chameleons from our vegetable patch. My father & I had to stand still with sticks, and hunt down the lizards, and after delivering the killer-blows, we had to lift the dead Lizard  bodies one by one and dispose of them. This still haunts me.. It was a mass-killing of about 20 lizards    I also remember many decades ago, back in Sri Lankan, where I had to dig for earth worms…and then cut them up as tiny pieces..to feed my gold-fish. That still stays fresh in my mind.

Few months ago, when a mouse  pest problem re-surfaced, I set the traps, and caught one that was still alive.  And it presented me with a dilemma. I could not just release it as it would return (upto 2-3 miles!). So only way was to kill it. And I had not killed anything for a long time. Even the mercy-killing of a pet Angel fish that was so ill and beyond curing (years back) was a problem.

As a magician, I was also interested in a magical solution to the pest problem.  (yes, I had tried praying to Ganesh, and talking to the mouse spirits etc, tried all sorts of `tuning in/ communicating’).  In the end, I took the mouse to the garden, looked at it, and hit it with a small garden-tool , and in one strike killed it. I then gave it a respectful burial near my outdoor altar.

This may seem a big deal or practically nothing. But it illustrates the serious point- that in modern societies, many of us are so far removed from  the results of our own actions, that it ceases to have any kind of reality for us. It’s as if ordinary people are becoming those Soldiers who sit in rooms pushing buttons that kill hundreds elsewhere, and it all just seems like a Computer-game. How people respond online to matters that can give warped impressions (if one is already clouded by other personal feelings) can escalate matters ..and hurt others, and you won’t even know.

As a final thought, I will mention some magical / shamanic work I undertook over 2 years ago, as a Hern-worshipper and follower of the hunter/warrior principles.  It became obvious to me that as a pagan I was beginning to slide into the `remote control’ life style or worship . As part of Hern’s Tribe, I have been doing outdoor rituals at least 8 times a year for the past 8 years. ..in the rain and storm and sun-shines. But the warrior-hunter aspect gets lost.

So about 2 years ago, I did some magical work in Winsor great Park (Hern’s realm) – a new initiative for male mysteries..  to hone our tracking and hunting skills, making real tools, and setting about doing a ritual hunt – very much what tribal people would have done!   No sooner had our ritual been done, and we were walking to the car, we found 3 dead animals…and we had to take them home to clean and use. I could not even touch  a bird (Pheasant) that had been a road-kill.

But some months later, I was faced with something much much larger..  a stag!  And what I did with it became my personal rite of passage, in preparation for my own handfasting (pagan wedding).   In tribal societies, young men must undergo all sorts of coming of age rites of passage, aided by rest of the clan, before he can get married. What do we do in modern society, apart from stag-nights out that are nothing but foolish pranks (a pale reflection of those serious rites of passage!).  Well, that’s a big subject. I’ll write more on that in the future…and on `male mysteries’ in modern times!

Follow my blogs’ to read more as I publish them. 🙂

-Mani Navasothy

 Ps. These and other such magical empowerment concepts  appear in my forthcoming book `Book of Hern: Magical pathways for personal Empowerment’  – to be published in December 2012.