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A word or three on Personal Disclosures

A word or three on personal disclosures:

I have always come at my contributions on facebook or my blogs etc.. with real experiences and disclosures, giving most subject matters my personal context. Rather than prod others to reveal personal things, I do it about myself ..and hope others will reciprocate..and build trust. This is NOT ego (as some perceive it as)..but a humanistic approach (instead of a dry academic approach) .

There are people – loved ones, friends, family, ex-partners – whom I protect.. Where my life stories interface with theirs, i try to keep their parts/ details somewhat vague..and focus only on my parts. This again can come across as if I am being egocentric. But it’s a balancing act.. keeping their privacy while telling my story. Not easy .

I teach by being a living example, and talk about live examples from my life. In short, I say what I do and do what I say (almost).

And I live by the principle that the Truth can’t harm me.. well..at least in the long term it can’t..(though it does in the interim, hurt me at times – when people use what I say against me). It’s all about steadily becoming more congruent with my self..and internally self-consistent.

Easier said than done of course.. It’s all work in progress!
-Mani Navasothy

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Keep the Magic Secret? On Mandrake, Merlin and Gerald Gardner

Keep the Magic Secret (c) QuantumphoenixCan you keep a Secret?   Can you keep magic a secret?   And when I say magic, I don’t mean illusions and tricks you see as part of a stage show (or a TV show).  Those always have technical gimmickry to them – sleight of hands- where one hand distracts you while the other is working the trick, or smokes & mirrors! You get the picture.

When I say magic (and some purists like to use the word `magick’ with a `k’ at the end to differentiate), I mean the esoteric kind, the ritual type, the real psychic power of the mind, spells, witchy things, potions, hexes, curses, warts, eye of newt & leg of frog, venom of snake and..  (yes, poor things!) all that.  Of course these days `ritual magicians’ (better word) don’t do all that animal sacrifices…Instead they do deep meditative works, self development of psychic abilities arrived at by months if not years of personal study, hard work and trial and error practises! The kind that I may or may not have or am practising..  supposedly! :-p

Mandrake the Magician - comic book hero of 1934 (created by Lee Falk)
Mandrake the Magician – comic book hero of 1934 (created by Lee Falk)

Back when I was a small boy in the 3rd world country of Sri Lanka, (formerly Ceylone during the British Occupation), I used to read those comics – Adventures of Mandrake the Magician.  Created  by Lee Falk  in 1943 (who also created The Phantom Ghost who walks), Mandrake uses his legendary powers of hypnotism and illusion to combat crime.  (But he also had `real’ psychic abilities which he used from time to time).  With his companion Lothar, an African strongman, he fought evildoers ranging from gangsters to masters of disguise to aliens. He also had a twin brother who used his power for evil instead of good.

And there is one thing that Mandrake the Magician often says as a catchphrase when people ask him about how he managed certain things..  “A Magician never reveals his secrets!!”

Well, I  also used to read (if you are interested), Tarzan the Ape Man, Phantom the Ghost Who walks, Flash Gordon space hero..  And look how those have shaped my adult life.. All of those have woven into serious (!) aspects of my growth (!!).   I have a degree in Physics and avidly learn about space, time and quantum physics; I run an outdoor tribal ritual group called Hern’s Tribe; I campaign for many causes (my battles against evil), and I may or may not be a practicing ritual magician..!

Back to magic!

Merlin - TV show (c) BBC    (image taken from BBC website)
Merlin – TV show (c) BBC (image taken from BBC website)

Within the last decade, there came the BBC saturday night series for family viewing..  a retelling of the `early years’ of Merlin the Magician (British mythical person who supposedly lived at the time of the legendary King Arthur).  This TV series showed a young Merlin coming to live in Camelot.. where Magic was banned under pain of death.. a Camelot where Arthur was still a Prince.  So Merlin kept his budding powers and practices of Magic a secret!

And the tag line when BBC launched the series was..of course.. “Keep the Magic Secret..!”

Okay so those are comics and TV shows..   Well, aren’t they?

If you ask any serious ritual magicians, (and again, don’t go thinking that I am one..  I may or may not be one.. ), they will tell you.. there is some power and empowerment in holding secrets..especially the deeper practises of ritual or ceremonial magic itself. Why? well a) it has to do with the power of the mind..  which requires focus and development and it can not happen if people keep prodding it..  b)  secrecy keeps the practitioner safe.. as it did of many witches who during the witch trials of medieval times..  and c) in modern days, this secrecy avoids any possible negative perceptions  and judgemental or prejudiced behaviour by other people – like employers, co-workers, some family & friends, people of certain religions and so on.

In this day and age where we write (blogs like this) about magic, write books, create youtube videos, give talks or workshops, appear in TV shows / interviews / documentaries (most of which I may or may not have done)  and tell people  – keeping our magical practices secretive can be very very hard indeed.

It is often a balance of wanting to share knowledge, skills, expertise, to help people, aid them in their own personal development, or self-healing – against keeping our own safety and privacy!

So people  – who like to share what they know with others – struggle with this balance.

So if you are one of those good wise souls who wishes to share and help others, but like to preserve your privacy or safety, what do you do?  do you keep the magic secret?

Not quite!   You hide it in plain sight!!    Perhaps..!!!

Gerald Brosseau Gardner -father of wicca -art (c) Mani Navasothy 2014
Gerald Brosseau Gardner -father of wicca.   Art (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

After all, isn’t that what Gerald Gardner – father of modern Wicca & Witchcraft did,,,  back in early 1950’s, while Witchcraft was still illegal by law? Did he not write it all in a fiction adventure story called `High Magic’s Aid’?  And when the Witchcraft Act (law) was repealed in UK, Gardner openly started to share about wicca.   He was not the only one..  Others who have written about serious magic in fiction-form include Dion Fortune (her famous `Sea Priestess’ book which by sheer coincidence seems to contain so many of the Invocations and such now used by initiated Wiccans..).

But hiding in plain sight is not a luxury for people who have already declared themselves to be Practitioners of ritual or ceremonial Magic  – for google remembers everything..and so do people – who copy and save online pictures, articles, web links.. and blog or put status updates ..about what they know!  All these can be brought back…in weeks, months or years time ! Your revelations, once provided, can never be buried!

So what is the best way forward?

Selective revelations! In certain groups, forums, platforms – where there is a higher ratio of genuinely interested and sympathetic people..  people who will learn from you, but preserve and protect your privacy and safety..

That leads me to another blog on a topic of epic seriousness..   Who can we trust in this great big wide world of Magic??   Stay tuned..! (or subscribe to my blogs)

Mani Navasothy

Links

Mandrake the Magician (King Features) Official site

BBC (Official ) website for Merlin

Wicca Witchcraft and Magic – website for Articles, videos & courses

Blog on Gerald Gardner – father of modern Wicca 

Yesterday’s Heavens (and Personal fears of a blogger)

Well, hello there! 🙂

Yes, it’s been a month since my last blog post..   much has been happening in my life, that somehow, writing regular blogs seem to have fallen off the agenda.

My sincere apologies..   I write astrology forecasts…not to make a name for myself..  not to earn   ..but to spread a kind of general esoteric hope ..for anyone who is having a difficult time..  or is in need of looking forward to things in life..  so it’s something I really should carry on..  But sadly, at times, I myself lack that very hope.. and end up in the pits of darkness and despair – and have to find my own way back to light again..   And during those phases, I am not in a place to help others..

The last few months have been that way- if you had not already noticed the erratic blogging. Infact the last year has been that way..perhaps longer.

In some forthcoming blogs, I will be ..not just sharing some of my `real’ personal plights and resulting insights, but I promise to `get real’ – and start tackling all the things I have meant to write about..but never could..   – why?

Fear!

Fear of being misunderstood. Fear of revealing too much personal things.  Fear of being rejected.  Fear of not being accepted.  Fear of exposing other people’s  woes and worries…their privacies..secrets and all that.

But without risk, there is no progress..  So I will be breaking my own rules…and talk about some things..  in the hope that it gives anyone reading these…hope!  Insight..   Faith..    well, not about my life..  (that too)..but about their own lives.

Okay..  so yesterday’s astrology  

Yesterday 1) Mercury sextiled Mars

2) Mercury sextiled Saturn

3) Venus trined Uranus

4) Mars conjunct Saturn..

Now all those aspects are what we call `good, positive’.. Interestingly.. Mars & Saturn are in the powerful, probing, deeply intense sign of Scorpio (death and rebirth, transformation)..

Mars provides the sharp tools, Saturn is highlighting stability & structures… old forms even.. and lessons..

Mercury is in the earthy sign of Virgo now..and Venus in the firey sign of Leo. Uranus in Aries..

If I stop to think, I could analyse this and write a 10 page essay..That’s how much was going on.. Let’s not forget the New moon in Virgo too.

Intuition tells me..it was an important few days..! Crazily, no one is immune from the influence of stars and planets..not even astrologers..

It seems the advanced knowledge of it is kept away from those for whom the process needs to happen..

That’s not much of a forecast (well, it’s not..as it;s already happened).  And its not much of an analysis either..is it?

I am sorry ..  

But know that it’s stirred up energies and forces that are going to make things better..

I shall write again..soon.

Love n hugs to all..

-Mani Navasothy