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Stag-Watch 2018 & Wand Making in Richmond Park (London)

Deer rutting (mating) season is upon us between September – October, and we return with our woodland walk in Richmond Park, for Stag-Watch, making magical wands & doing a discrete consecration ceremony!

**for safety reasons, please read this event info section FULLY**

Woodland witches Stagwatch 2018 & wand making

This is a non-intrusive free-flow exploratory walk.. of 2-3 hours, spotting deer. We’ll also be looking out for suitable gifts from the Earth .. small twigs or branches – to make our own magical wands!! And for those willing to stay a bit longer into the evening.. we’ll be doing a wand-consecration ceremony..!

Many of us Witches & pagans worship the Horned God.. (Cernunnos – Lord of the wild Beasts) and Ellen – antlered Goddess. so here is a woodland event to get intune with all that, as well as create a magical artefact of your own (wand).

Facilitator – Mani – has been working with empowering Hern (Horned God) energies and been running a private ritual group called `Hern’s Tribe’ since 2004 (It’s the origins of all this `Woodland Witches meetup group’).

Fee/ contribution: £5 suggested.

The plan (approx):

We like to be organic with these new walks that we are organising.. These are not formal rituals but social walks & explorations – with practical magical & shamanic elements naturally integrated. So please do arrive with plenty of time allowed for this, fully prepared with right clothing/boots, and some essential food & drinks/water packed. A walking stick helps..but no worries.. It’s easy to find one in the woods within minutes of getting there.

1. We’ll meet at Richmond station foyer coffee shop.. (1.00pm). Gather all..Take bus to Richmond Gate. (stop `American University’ then 5 min walk).

2. At Richmond Gate (1.30pm) we’ll gather everyone – including those coming by cars (free car park inside Richmond park – please make your own arrangements but come meet us by the gate).

3. Start our exploratory walking from Richmond Gate. We’ll check out some beautiful Oak trees (some are hollow and can accommodate a human inside ..quite magical). We will not intrude on any Trees that are fenced up for their own protection..

4. Along the way we’ll collect small twigs suitable for shaping into wands. There will be breaks (bring snacks and drink for your self). We’ll be stopping often to observe stags and take photos , tuning in etc.

5. After a few hours , we’ll find a suitable place for settling down to make Wands. The follow up with a wand consecration rite including Ellen (Horned Goddess) and Cernunnos (Horned God) as deities.

6. Stags rutting intensifies at dusk onwards. So as we walk back to gates/ exit, we may stop for more explorations.

7. Weather: Unless it’s severe rain, we’ll go ahead with this event. So look out for notice in comment section on the morning of the event for (onl for any postponement).

8. We’ll take bus back to station. At Richmond town centre, we’ll probably stop over for a few drinks / snack / pub.. and continue socials.

***Those who wish to leave early may do so any time during the whole event. Just make sure you know the way back***

Children/ Dogs :

Due to the exploratory and magical nature of this event, we regret that children only allowed at the strict discretion of any parents / guardians who must accompany children. Dogs to be kept on leash at all times a sper park rules for safety of Deer, people and dogs themselves, as Deer are aggressive and can attack if provoked.

Walking disability:

Due to the rough terrains, and potential need for brisk walk (moving away from any rutting stags), and end point being 2 hours away from exits, we regret that unless you are able to keep up, we can not provide special attention, or accommodate anyone with walking or other disabilities. We are very sorry for this.

What to wear:

Pleeeeeeeese! Please wear absolutely warm and sensible cloths/ coats/ rain proof/ boots etc!! It may start out sunny and hot but it gets cold quickly.. There’ll be midges and insects.. so cover up ankles with socks.. wear trainers or boots…(No slippers). You feel hardy.. but when you start shivering or feel uncomfortable inside ..it still shows and makes rest of the people feel uneasy. This is not a survival walk with Bear Grylls.. It’s an enjoyable comfortable magical social walk with csy pagans!! 🙂

What to bring?

Obviously we’ll be walking for few hours with breaks inbetween. So only carry essentials, and low weight items.. or you’ll get tired and won’t enjoy the event. Pretend you are the Fellowship of the Ring.. chasing Orks 🙂

That said.. do bring some of these for your own enjoyment:

  • -Camera to take pictures of rutting Stags (from safe distance)
  • -Hot flash of drinks for yourself
  • -small ground sheet / blanket to sit on (optional)
  • -Some food & drinks (extra if you feel like sharing)
  • – any magical items you like to carry with you safely and discretely (no big swords)
  • – walking stick (optional but helps) – note: this is an additional aid for those with No walking disabilities.
  • -Torch light ( for later if staying in the evening).
  • -insect repellant sprays (optional)
  • – lantern (optional for later)
  • – carving/ craft knife (optional for wand making).

Mani (facilitator) will provide some ground sheet, bring small craft knives. and a minimum ritual tool kit for doing a small ceremony later. But he’ll also be wanting to travel light and might need to run away from Oarks..or rutting Stags (as has happened before)!

Safety

Rutting stags are fiercely territorial and will be gloating their own powers against other stags. The key thing is to stay out of their way.. Never accidentally get in between 2 or more rutting stags ! They don’t care much about humans…but in their aggressive states, they may not tell differences between a human and a stag-threat and may get chasing you. (as it had happened to me once!)

Another matter is to be less intrusive..and not spook them. After all Richmond park is a wild life sanctuary for them.

If you are not comfortable working safely with a craft knife, please refrain from doing so. Some can be sharp and cut deep, if not careful. We’ll have small plasters ..that’s about it.

Disclaimer

Obviously we’ll be going in search of the Deers/ stags…and it’s highly likely we’ll bump into their territories sooner or later.. But we have no control of the wild animals..and sometimes they migrate to far away sections of the park.

Bright Blessings . `May Hern protect us’
-Mani Navasothy
Author Teacher Wiccan

—Historical note: We first ran a `Stag Watch’ event for Hern’s Tribe on 29th October 2012–.

link to our meetup event:

Stag-Watch 2018 & Wand Making in Richmond Park (London)

Sunday, Nov 4, 2018, 1:00 PM

Richmond Park, Richmond Gate
Richmond Hill TW10 6RP Richmond (Surrey), GB

25 Witches Wiccans & Pagans Attending

Deer rutting (mating) season is upon us between September – October, and we return with our woodland walk in Richmond Park, for Stag-Watch, making magical wands & doing a discrete consecration ceremony! **for safety reasons, please read this event info section FULLY** This is a non-intrusive free-flow exploratory walk.. of 2-3 hours, spotting deer….

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TODAY: The Pagan Pride Parade London 2018 (20th anniversary)

This is the 20th Anniversary of the Pagan Pride Parade London!

Pagan Pride Parade London 2018 -event coverSunday, 13th May 2018.
12 midday – 6pm
Russell Square, London, WC1B 5, United Kingdom
Nearest Tube: Russell Square (Piccadilly Line)

This event is FREE
Join us to celebrate Paganism in all its forms, by marching in the oldest Pagan Pride Parade in the UK.

We will all gather in Russell Square from 12pm, where our team of organisers will be located by the central water fountain. Then, at 1pm we will begin the march of our parade.

With giants, dragons, drummers and dancers, we’ll take over the streets of London and let our Pagan banner fly high. Get dressed up in your finest Pagan attire, perhaps don a mask, bring a drum or another instrument. Whatever you want to show your Pagan spirit.

At the end of the parade, we will all return to Russell Square, where we will continue to make merry, with Morris Dancers, stalls and a picnic.
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Please bring your own food for the picnic, or alternatively, you can get lunch in the Russell Square café, located in the park, right next to where we’ll be.

This event is completely free, family friendly and a great day out where you can meet like minded people from all across London and further afield. So, be sure to join us for the 20th Anniversary of the Pagan Pride Parade London.

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Join our group/ community to stay connected at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PaganPrideParadeLondon/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/104953780319859/

-Mani, Hildegard, Luth, Phil, Geoff, Rebekah

Moral Compass & Magic

Moral compass & Magic (pt1):
A friend was asking others about this.. Made me think.. and here’s my radical thoughts (`thought in progress’..I’ll come back to this later):

magic and moral compass

1. Magic..for those who work it..should be everyday stuff .. not something to use until till some pivotal, crisis or noble cause strikes. If you know it, use it as you would use your hand, legs, mind, heart, eyes!

2. Anyone on the planet can learn / practise magic.. So it’s not an exclusive `advantage’ or responsibility resting in the hands of some elite or select bunch of Gurus and Wizards. All can have access to it..

3. As for moral compass.. that’s just too cerebral.. way too many laws and rules.. made up by those ahead of us or gone before.. just disempowering, holier-than-thou, scaremongering-crap..

No moral compass is needed! `Do what thou Will’..full stop!

In wicca, there’s the `rule’  – `An it harm none, do what you will’.   Well, if we take magic as something that is possible (albeit, with some training & development for some..and more natural for others),  then it ceases to be a special case that requires special rules. The `an it harm none..’ applies to *anything* we do in life with any thing we have- … hands, gun, swords, words.  We should strive not to hurt or harm anyone or anything (an impossibility in itself..but that’s another debate).  

As I said, my radical thoughts.

Bright Blessings.
-Mani Navasothy

Snow spiral & the Coming of Bride

We are at that pause..the point between Yule and Imbolc..

Amazing how just in the course of even one day our moods can change.. forming, merging, dividing, re-merging, emerging, undulating.. What turbulence our hearts make.. while the mind watches it all.. We are now about a week into the Mercury-retrograde.. Things will unravel.. and would seem like chaos.. the more one tries to pin down reality, more it will slip away.. And it is exactly at these times, that  you must  hold dear your faith in the Stars..and Fates..

..and  that all will be well!

In a few weeks, the Goddess Bride shall arise from her wintery place of mysteries, and walk into our lives again.. her path illuminated by a hundred points of light.

And she’ll bring with her the 3 gifts – the flames of inspiration, purification and that of healing..

Poetry, creativity and hope will abound…

..and the anguish of the artists, the pangs of the lovers and longings of the lost shall be fulfilled.. !

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

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Snow Spiral & The coming of Bride   – photo & art (c) Mani Navasothy 2010 / 2016.