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Woodland Wicca – Autumn Equinox Seasonal Ritual 2017 (17sept17)

Join us in the Woods  for magically marking the start of the dark half of the year, to walk the journey (spiral) of Persephone, and a celebration of AUTUMN Equinox.

“This is the time when the wheel turns once more, from summer to winter.  A time when the dark equals the light, and the night times begin to increase.  Trees begin to shed their leaves in preparation of the coming winter, wildlife collects seeds and stocks up for winter and animal migrations begin.  We celebrate the second harvest of the year- the harvest of the fruits.  We also mark the balance of dark and light.  In Wicca we re-enact the mythology of Hades and Persephone – her abduction, entry to the underworld, Demeter’s anguish and the withdrawal from the land, eating of pomegranate seeds by Persephone and her stay in the underworld.  We use a spiral path-working to enter the inner-world, and plant seeds of our future ventures, so that we may nurture them during the winter months. In this ritual, coven members take on the symbolic journey of Persephone.”  (taken from www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )

Date: Sunday 17th September 2017

Venue:   Queen’s Woods .

Fee: £3

**Please note – we will collect fee at start of ritual ** 

Meeting point:   Garden area of `Woodman’s Pub’  (Archway Road) at 3.30pm.

Schedule:   At 4.20pm you’ll be led by one of our ritual team members to the woods ( 10min brisk walk).  There you’ll be greeted by the facilitators and consecrated, and welcomed into ritual space.

Arrival & Spiral walking: 

This Seasonal ritual will follow Wiccan format and include Witchcraft & Wicca mythology as often practised by covens.  This is an open ritual held in an outdoor park/woods with easy public access..

Once you enter the woods, you will be given magical instructions on what is to follow.   Then there will be a 10min walk through woods to the ritual space – where you’ll be greeted, consecrated, and invited to walk the spiral of Persephone. At the centre, you may have a moment to contemplate the coming of dark half of the year, eat a few seeds of the  Pomegranate (as Persephone did in the myths).  Then you will can carry on and join the magic circle for other part of the ritual.

Ritual :

Details near the time.

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.

Magical behaviour:

**From the moment you arrive at sacred space in woods, you are kindly asked to observe stillness and reverence throughout the ceremony. All willing are expected to participate – during which moments, you are asked to be calm and not disruptive of their inner-work. **

Magical Safety:

** Once Circle is cast, we do not allow anyone to enter the sacred space..or leave without an appointed Priest/Priestess opening a doorway in the circle. If you arrive late or must leave at any point, please seek the appointed Priest/Priestess for this. Please do not Crash the circle – as it can cause magical weakness for the whole ritual and let outside energies enter or leak our own built up energy**

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)

ALL WELCOME:
-All Pagans of any spiritual are welcome..
** This event is NOT suitable for children.**

FOOD & DRINKS TO SHARE:
Here are some suggestions–

-Home made/ baked items are exceptionally welcome (Bread, cakes, buns, salads, soup, pre-cooked potatoes).
-Wine & Mead are popular for the pre-ritual social and for feasting & socials afterwards!
– shop-bought items (sausage rolls, short-eats).
-Cheese / ham/ butter/ crisps/ dips
-Chicken (cooked pieces)
– Water / soft drinks/ tea & coffee in flasks
-vegetarian food/ vegan food
(Basically any items that add towards a sensible feast/ meal).

-Mani Navasothy  (Wiccan High Priest & Holistic Coach/ Consultant)

—————–Wicca study resources by Mani Navasothy ———-

If you are interested in Wicca & Witchcraft, formal coven work, initiation and training, personal study, then the following will be useful for you:

• Our website: http://www.WitchcraftAndMagic.Uk – check it out for extensive articles & videos on wicca & Witchcraft;

• eBook `Coven Guide: Become an initiated Witch (http://witchcraftandmagic.uk/book-coven-guide-become-an-initiated-witch)’ – written by Mani (Wiccan High Priest with 20+ yrs of experience in craft, coven & initiation).

• eCourse – e-Witch Apprentice study course (http://witchcraftandmagic.uk/e-witch-apprentice-course) . (home study course in 9 modules. study at your own pace. Contact with Tutor for e-mail support. Includes ritual work, transpersonal psychology, all wicca subjects, tool making).

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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

Woodland Beltane Gathering & Maypole Dancing 2017

 

Join us  to celebrate BELTANE 2017..  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..  !  (just look at a few photos (below) of what we did. That’s when our ritual `team’ organically came together.  So this year it’s bound to be more festive, more frolics.. and more magic!!

Mayday falls on a Monday and no doubt mny will have coven & other events to attend that whole weekend (Fire festival in Edinburgh,  Hastings Green Man festival etc).  So we have staggered our own woodland festivities to the following weekend..  It extends the Beltane festivities..and gives all something to look forward to (without clashes) and have a final big event.. !!   🙂

• ***** Fee: £3 per person **

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 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 reduced by being included in a public ceremony as a `side-event’.  It also detracts from the focus of everyone else.   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..

No Children:

We ask no children / babies in prams etc to be brought.

Behaviour / alcohol/ drugs policy

This is in a public woodland/ park.    We wish to make sure  the good reputation/ credibility of our group/ members/ organisers are maintained.   So please BE on good behaviour.    No drugs/  substances allowed.  Anyone found disrupting will be asked to leave..  and in extreme cases, organisers may call the Police for the safety & well-being of everyone else present.  Don’t ruin it for all.. Be good!  🙂

Photos/ privacy:

Please do not take photos during set-up, run-through or ritual..   Other times, it’s fine.  It’s in a public place so we can not stop the public walking through or taking pics.   If worries about your privacy / identity,  please wear a ritual mask to safeguard your identity in photos that others may take of the group.

Meeting place (Woodman’s Pub):

Gather in the Woodman’s Pub from 1.00pm..  Get to `High Gate’ Tube station..  come up to manin road. Turn right.  Pub is just 30 seconds away.

Map (High Gate tube/ pub & Queen’s Wood)

After Ceremony & some socials in the woods, we will head back to the pub (woodmans) for warmth and more drinks/ socials.  It all depends on how long we all hang out in the woods with lanterns / candles..

-Mani Navasothy

Wiccan High Priest & Founder of  London Woodland Witches and Outdoor Pagans.

Our meetup event for this:

Woodland Beltane Gathering & Maypole Dancing 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 2:00 PM

Queen’s Woods
Near Highgate Station London, GB

59 Woodland Witches & Pagans Went

Join us  to celebrate BELTANE 2017..  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..  !  (just look at a few photos (below) of what we did. That’s when our ritual `team’ organically came together.  So this year it’s bound to be more festive, m…

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London Woodland Yule / Winter Solstice Rituals this weekend (19Dec15)

Dear all.. Am facilitating 2 outdoor (woodland)  Yule- Winter Solstice open rituals this coming weekend..  On saturday we’re in Croydon, with Hern’s Tribe.. from 2pm onwards for a shamanic ceremony & social, and on Sunday we’ll be at Queen’s Woods (north London), for our outdoor wiccan Yule open ritual from 3pm onwards.  Here are short details.   For full details, do visit my Meetup event links../ subscribe etc..Hope to celebrate Yule with you.  Bright Blessings.  -Mani

 Hern’s Tribe MidWinter Gathering (croydon)

Winter approaches.. night-hours are long. Day light is short. And in the deep caverns below the Earth, the great Goddess gives birth to the Sun-Child! We gather to mark this sacred event and celebrate Winter Solstice.

Inspired by the TV series `Robin of Sherwood’ and stories of the Windsor-Hern myths, I started Hern’s Tribe- a pagan ritual & self-development group in Spring 2004. Drumming, masks, pre-ritual socials, feasting after ceremony, ceremonial fire..are all part of what we do. Now in its 12th year, Hern’s Tribe continues to evolve…exploring and experimenting with friendly down to earth shamanic, eclectic ritual styles for the gatherings.

Date: Saturday 19th December 2015

Time: 2pm – 8pm (this is a `gathering’ so includes pre-rite socials, ritual, and feasting/ socials/ drumming / chants etc ..)

venue: Meet at Coombe Lane Tram stop (please do NOT go into the woods looking for us.. we change location.. Stay at tram stop so we van come get you..and lead you to the ritual spot).

Meetup event link

http://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/events/222436490/

 

 

Yule – Woodland Wicca Seasonal Open Ritual

We are combining the Wicca Full moon & Wicca Winter Solstice rituals and running it as one event at Queen’s Woods.

“Winter Solstice is the time when the Sun is at it’s lowest (nadir), resulting in the longest night and darkness appears to be enveloping all. Inwardly, it’s a time when hope and faith may be ebbing low and the future looks bleak. It is precisely at this point that the festive energy is needed to shift the magic within, and to celebrate the birth of the Sun Child! From here onwards, the night time starts to reduce, and daylight grows.. to a point of balance between dark and light (at Spring) and to the long days at Summer! As a symbol of hope and life, celebrants decorate the Altar and indoors with bright objects and keep greenery (ever Greens.. ie Yule tree and of course holly etc). A Yule log is also burnt in the ire, symbolising the coming of warmth and fire.” (taken from http://www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )

Date: Sunday 21st December 2015

Venue: Queen’s Woods, North London (nearest tube: High Gate – northern line)

Time / meeting place: Please gather in the Woodman’s Pub..on Archway Road from 3pm..in the garden area. We’ll be having pre-rite drinks, ** talk-through* of ritual, assign roles…*before* going to the woods.

Meetup link:

http://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/events/222917023/

 

 

Woodland Autumn Equinox 2015- Seasonal Ritual in London (Wiccan format)

Join me and my Tribal & wiccan friends in the Woods  for a Wiccan based celebration of AUTUMN Equinox.

“This is the time when the wheel turns once more, from summer to winter.  A time when the dark equals the light, and the night times begin to increase.  Trees begin to shed their leaves in preparation of the coming winter, wildlife collects seeds and stocks up for winter and animal migrations begin.  We celebrate the second harvest of the year- the harvest of the fruits.  We also mark the balance of dark and light.  In Wicca we re-enact the mythology of Hades and Persephone – her abduction, entry to the underworld, Demeter’s anguish and the withdrawal from the land, eating of pomegranate seeds by Persephone and her stay in the underworld.  We use a spiral path-working to enter the inner-world, and plant seeds of our future ventures, so that we may nurture them during the winter months. In this ritual, coven members take on the symbolic journey of Persephone.”  (taken from www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )

Outdoor Autumn Equinox ritual in London woods - sept 2015
Outdoor Autumn Equinox ritual in London woods – sept 2015

As we are very close to International Peace Day, we shall also be doing eco-magical work towards World Peace.

Date: Saturday 19th September 2015

Venue:   Queen’s Woods (nearest Tube: High Gate on Northern Line)

Meeting arrangements:  Please meet at The Woodman’s Pub (on Archway Road, just 2 mins from High Gate station).. from 4.00pm for meet & greet, and ritual talk-through. We’ll start walking to the woods around 5pm, set up altar and begin ceremony.

Weather / what to wear:   Please remember this is England :-p   Weather changes fast..  We always carry on the ritual..so come fully prepared with warm clothing (rain proof).  It may seem warm..but when standing in a woods  for more than 10-15min, you get cold very quickly.. (take my advise..I’ve been organising woodland rituals doing it for 12+ years !!)

RITUAL : 

This Seasonal ritual will follow Wiccan format and include Witchcraft & Wicca mythology as often practised by covens.  This is an open ritual held in an outdoor park/woods with easy public access..

Out ritual Team (those studying/ part of Wicca Training Circle & experienced friends) 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.

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)

More details in my meetup event  at London Woodland Witches Autumn Eqx 2015

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

(Initiated Wiccan High Priest)

Pan’s Picnic 2014 – London (All welcome)

Pan – the woodland God of Fertility- returns after a gap of 3 years, to grace us with his energy of fun & frolics!
Pan's Picnic 2014 - London by www.PaganFrontiers.com
Pan’s Picnic 2014 – London by http://www.PaganFrontiers.com    Photos (c) Mani Navasothy

Our last Pan’s Picnic took place in 2011 (ran for 3 years) but took a break, only to appear in pagan Pride Parade in 2011, and briefly in 2013 as part of the Hern’s Tribe Swearing n the Horns Ceremony. 


But finally it is time.. This event will take place at Queen’s Woods – birth place of Pan’s Picnic, within the space of 13 Oaks known as The Witche’s Coven..
It’s an afternoon affair – So bring your drums, your dreams, fun & frolics, food & drinks, and those you fancy.. Come to dance, to sing, to chant, to charm .. Bring masks, banners, picnic blankets & seats, sets, props, flowers & feasts..Come..rain or shine.. with love in your hearts, and laughter on your lips..
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Details:
Date: Saturday 9th August 2014
Time:  Afternoon to Evening
Venue (tbc) : Queen’s Woods, North London (nearest tube: High Gate on Northern Line)
Fees: Totally FREE
More details here soon.. (but what more do you need?   Pack a picnic..  invite your friends…turn up and and join the festivities..)
-Mani Navasothy
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Links:
facebook page:  Pagan Frontiers of London
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Introducing- GAIA*GUARDIANS: Eco-Magicians & Earth Healers (new Meetup group)

Gaia Guardians- New Meetup group at www.meetup.com/GaiaGuardians
Gaia Guardians- New Meetup group at http://www.meetup.com/GaiaGuardians

Gaia is the Earth Goddess. The woodlands and green spaces, rivers, streams and oceans, Forests & Caves are her temples. We meet in natural woods and parks in and around London – to enjoy these wonders with a light spiritual touch, to socialise with like-minded people, and to do eco-magical work – for the protection and well-being of Mother Earth.. and all living creatures.

If you enjoy or like to enjoy woodland walks & explorations, do a bit of meditative work, the stillness, take nature photos, create eco-art (using twigs, barks, fallen branches to create non-intrusive ground sculptures..as magical talismans!).. this is the place.

We have been organising nature-related events, eco-ceremonies and candle-lit walks under the `Gaian Times Magazine’ name in London for 3 years. But we are setting this activity-based social group now to reach out to more like-minded spiritual people in London..

We are not limited to just woodlands or parks. There is also the river Thames.. with all the Thames-paths.. other streams, water-sides..!

Parks on our list to explore & enjoy

  • Richmond Park (South-West London)
  • Greenwich Park (South-East London)
  • Oxleas Woods (East London)
  • Trent Park (North London)
  • Queen’s Woods & High Gate Woods (north london)
  • Epping Forest (North London)
  • Hyde Park (central London)
  • Wimbledon Common (south London)

Activities

  • Walking & exploring woodlands
  • Meditation
  • Nature-spirituality
  • Creating eco-art
  • Socialising & Picnics
  • Nature photography

Gaia-goddess
Come join us..and add your own suggestions and activities..

Bright Earthy Blessings & Warmest regards

-Mani Navasothy

Link

Gaia Guardians – New Meetup group for Eco Magicians & Earth Healers of London