Woodland Midsummer 2016 – Ceremony in Richmond park

Join us for the afternoon to celebrate MIDSUMMER 2016. Outdoor /Woodland  ceremony & Social.  . Bring a picnic and celebrate, sing, dance, drum and socialise!

`This marks the height of the Summer, and the longest day of the year. Astrologically, it is exactly the point when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer (which is the natural house of the Moon!). The new-born Sun of the midwinter (Yule) has grown to it’s fullest potential, and so pagans are mindful at Midsummer that the wheel turns. It is when the previously defeated Holy-King returns, challenges the Oak-King and wins. Thus at Midsummer, the rein of the Oak King ends and the one of Holy King begins. Midsummer games such as tug of war enact this battle between summer and winter forces. In terms of the God myths, it is a time for the God to become Sun-King, and take his place on the throne of responsibility for his people’ -Mani 

RITUAL : 

This is an open ritual held in an outdoor park/woods with easy public access..

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.

(*to join in as Ritual team, please contact Mani several weeks in advance.  Of course You can also just join in the ritual as ordinary attendee on the day).

Fees:  suggested contribution £3

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)

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Link to my event page (meetup)

Woodland Midsummer 2016 – Ceremony in Richmond park

Saturday, Jun 18, 2016, 12:00 PM

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

32 London Witches & Pagans Attending

Join us for the afternoon to celebrate MIDSUMMER 2016. Outdoor /Woodland  ceremony & Social.  . Bring a picnic and celebrate, sing, dance, drum and socialise!`This marks the height of the Summer, and the longest day of the year. Astrologically, it is exactly the point when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer (which is the natural house of the Moon!)…

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Earth Day 2016 – Evening walk & candle-lit picnic in Richmond Park

Dear all, nearly all of you know.. am big on  Gaia, and Eco-matters.  And there’s nothing more significant a date that `Earth Day’ (happens every year 22nd April).    I’ve been holding outdoor ceremonies for Earth day for many years..   ever since i became aware of it via the late Jean Williams (more on her in another post).. Some know I have organised 3  `Gaia Conventions’ (via Pagan Federation London) many years ago..(and plan to hold one later this year).

Earth Day 2016- 21april16

For the past 2 years, we have been meeting in Richmond park on the Earth day itself – for meditative & magical work. This time, we’re scheduling in a later evening meeting.. to take a quieter walk in the wonderful Richmond Park.. We’ll stroll through.. take some sights of the Deers and oaks.. and settle down for a candle-lit picnic.. and if the mood takes us…perhaps a Full moon ceremony!

Update: This event takes place on the day *before* Earth day…ie on 21st April 2016.

This is a `quiet’ event.. no loud drums.. invocations etc. we’ll be mindful and unintrusive of the wild life and enjoy the stillness of evening..and the depth of magic.

Note: Main gates for cars close at dusk.. but pedestrian gates will be open..so we can walk out any time.

Activity:

Once initial meeting/ greeting is done, we’ll set off on a gentle exploratory walk..  Once we find a suitable spot,  we aim to use locally found organic items, twigs, branches, leaves..logs…to create an Earth Altar/ Eco art. There will then follow a meditative session (15 mins), followed by a late-evening woodland picnic of snacks & wine / drinks.

If we spot large groups of Deers (as often it happens), we will adjust our plans accordingly.. and flow with nature 🙂

What to bring:

• Please wear really sensible cloths – warm, water proof & shoes/boots.

• Bring some food & drinks to share

• Bring a rose quarts or clear quartz to hold during meditation.

• Bring any magical talismans, shields, dreamcatcher type items.. to place around altar area

• Any special Goddess images/ statues

(you will take your own items back home).

Directions / travel

We’ll meet meeting by `Richmond Gate’ (either get there by bus from Richmond town centre.  (Do not come by car as main gates close at dusk..and  any cars inside will be locked in.   Been there done that!! So take my word for it!)

Weather:

We can not know what the weather is going to be like..   Come fully prepared.   (Yes, it REALLY DOES get cold when you sit down and don;t move for 15 minutes.  ** Please take our experienced advise- wear warm cloths, no matter how `warm; it may be in the day/ afternoon!**

Check back few days before event for any changes / updates .

-Mani Navasothy

ps.  here is my meetup page at London Woodland Witches…for this Earth Day event. Feel free to join it and keep up to date with our plans.

Earth Day 2016 – Evening walk & candle-lit picnic in Richmond Park

Friday, Apr 22, 2016, 7:00 PM

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

15 London Outdoor Pagans Attending

Earth Day is on 22nd April…every year!!   For the past 2 years, we have been meeting in Richmond park on the Earth day itself – for meditative & magical work.   This time, we’re scheduling in a later evening meeting..  to take a quieter walk in the wonderful Richmond Park..  We’ll stroll through..  take some sights of the Deers and oaks.. and set…

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TODAY: Earth Day 2015 – Eco-Ceremony & Earth-Healing meditation in Richmond Park

Earth Day is TODAY – on 22nd April,  and I am holding a special outdoor Eco-Spiritual event in Richmond Park, SW London.

Earth Day 22April2015-walk meditation

Activity/ Details :
Meeting Time / venue:   4pm meeting by Richmond Gate, Richmond Park.

• Once initial meeting/ greeting is done, we’ll set off on a gentle exploratory walk.. (I know most of the terrain well ..near the area we’ll be, so will lead the way).

• We’ll arrive at a suitable spot..by the 2 large lake/ponds.

• Following this, we aim to use locally found organic items, twigs, branches, leaves..logs…to create an Earth Altar/ Eco art.

• Then sit down to do basic consecration, and then a guided Earth-Healing Meditation.

• Then we’ll have a short feast (please bring food and drinks to share) and socialise.

What to bring:

• Please wear really sensible cloths – warm, water proof & shoes/boots.

• Bring some food & drinks to share

• Bring a rose quarts or clear quartz to hold during meditation.

• Bring any magical talismans, shields, dreamcatcher type items.. to place around altar area

• Any special Goddess images/ statues

(you will take your own items back home).

Directions / travel
We’ll meet meeting by `Richmond Gate’ (either get there by bus from Richmond town centre, or arrive by car. The car park in Richmond park is free..).

Weather:
We can not know what the weather is going to be like.. If it is extreme, then this event may be cancelled (ie gale force winds, storms). But if it’s just a bit of rain, we’ll carry on.

On the day, you can `text’ me to double check.. (only if it’s `extreme’ weather please. I’ll most likely be working till 2pm before getting going to the park myself).

Full updates on our meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/events/221165737/

-Mani

Rutting Stag Video (Richmond Park, London) by Mani

Have you heard the Hern-call?   Here it is – Stag Lord (Deer) rutting..  gruntin, scratching the ground, squirting his semen to mark his territory ..herding the female deers together (he can never have enough of them in his harem!)..and occasionally locking horns (antlers) with intruders (other Stags) and chasing them out  (that’s in my next video).

Enjoy this one..  no gimmicks..  no flashy edits…The idea was to quietly capture the moment…  so you can watch and experience it.  as if you were there.

I am planning to have a few `Stag watch’ events in Richmond Park over the next coming weeks.. (did that few years ago).  So if you are interested, watch this blog..  Or subscribe / follow mt tweets @ManiQuantum  so you’ll know when I announce those dates/ times..  (It will be short notice ..with just few days notice ..or even 1).

You can also join my `London Woodland Pagans Meet-up group’ and keep an eye on my `spontaneous’ events..  🙂

(Am sort of stepping away from doing long term planned events now..  10 yrs of it is enough..  I seek more spontaneity and freedom.. to have quick plans, change plans..  So yeap..  follow my tweets…:-)

-Mani Navasothy

Meetup Group : London Woodland Wiccans & Outdoor Pagans

Mani’s Twitter @ManiQuantum

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

Deers of Richmond Park London (Photos & info)

As a Pagan and one who magically attunes with the `Horned God’ energies (of Hern the Hunter, Cernnunos Lord of the Beasts/ animals), I often find it enjoyable to visit Richmond park, and just wander through – and observe the Deer. Granted they are in a managed park (Richmond is one of the Royal parks of London), the deer are free to roam and do what they like!

Here are some hi-resolution photos of the Deers of London’s Richmond Park – taken about a month ago, a few hours before sunset.

to pose or not to pose

Deer in Richmond Park (photo~ Mani Navasothy)

Rutting stags

In early Autumn (September and October) they begin their rutting – where male deer (Stags) begin their courting behaviour – first eating a lot in the weeks leading to this period, putting on a lot of body mass, and then herding and rounding up a large number of female deer to mate with (his Harem).  During this time, the Stags do become highly agitated and can charge at people or animals (dogs) if they go anywhere near the herd. It’s a pure and simple territorial act!

Those other stags that do not have a harem of female deer do try to sneak into already rounded up female groups – when the Stag of that group is distracted or drifts out a few yards. But then the leading Stag will charge and antlers get locked.. and often the intruding stag(s) are chased out. During the rutting season, the leading Stags make a lot of growling sounds. They do not eat much, and expend their energy in mating and defending his herd.  (and by the end of the rutting season, his body mass goes down!)

Int the light

Into the Light? Deer in Richmond Park (Photo ~ Mani Navasothy)

Culling

In Richmond, towards the end of Autumn, planned and managed culling (killing) occurs – where Rangers and trained gunners select a percentage of deer to kill.. so that the park can continue to sustain the deer population. During the culling weeks, the park is closed early (culling takes place after hours!) People are not advised to be in the park lest they get shot by mistake!

How to get to Richmond Park

  • Richmond Park is in the South West part of London. There’s a main Railway station (Richmond) that has both british rail (from Clapham Junction take the trains towards Reading..)  and also the underground tube trains (District line going from London Victoria station)).
  • Once at Richmond station, come out, and within few steps, you’ll find bus stop (same side as station).
  • Take the Route Bus 371 from Stop: E  towards Kingston. (buses every 8-10 mins)
  • Travel  in bus for about 15 mins. Get out at `American University’ stop.
  • Walk forward on the same side for 3-5 minutes, and turn left at main junction (Land mark: Star & Garter nursing home)…and you’ll arrive at `Richmond Gate’ of the park. (The park has many `gates’ )

I’ll be adding more photos, video clips and sound clips soon ..  (ones I have been filming & recording for a number of years!)

-Mani Navasothy

links –

Hern’s Tribe – outdoor ritual group with Hern – Hunter-Horned God as main focus  All welcome to Hern’s Tribe seasonal rituals

Pagan God & Goddess – article in my Witchcraft & Magic website

Stag divisions

Stag Divisions! Deer in Richmond Park (Photo ~ Mani Navasothy)

Earth Day 2013 in London: Come walk with us in Richmond Park

Earth Day 2013 - Silent walk in Richmond park

Earth Day 2013 – Silent walk in Richmond park

On Monday 22nd April’13 – Earth Day – some of my friends from magical groups and I are going for a simple walk in one of London’s well-preserved woodlands  – Richmond Park in South West London. It has lakes, small ponds, some streams, all sorts of trees..and of course lots of Deer.

Purpose: Our aim is to have a mindful silent walk through a nice natural woodland. During the walk, we all make a point of not talking and disturbing each others’ thoughts. Some people may be in a meditative state, as they walk. During the walk, each person may wish to attune themselves to the energies of the woods, and to Earth itself..  It is about observing and being part of nature, without interfering with it too much.

Meeting point & Time:  We are meeting at `Richmond Gate’ at 1pm. Just get through the gate, and look to the immediate left..  We’ll gather in that area.  After initial meeting & greeting, and a quick talk-through (there are toilets nearby too) – we will set off on a 30min- 45min silent walk.

If you don’t know how to get to `Richmond Gate’ – you can meet some of us at Richmond rain station (served by Trains & tubes) between 12.15pm to 12.30pm.   We will stand by the coffee shop.  We’ll gather anyone new, and step outside the station to take a bus to Richmond park. The bus journey takes about 15 minutes.. but we may need to wait for it.  Only one bus goes past Richmond Gate (ask for the `American University’ stop..  then walk forward and turn left..).

Because of other meeting up at Richmond gate at 1pm, we can not wait longer than 12.30pm by the station. Please be on time. In the past, we’ve waited for people, but that has only upset the people who turned up on time and had to waste time waiting.

Activity:   Once a quick explanation of what we are going to do is done, we’ll simply get walking. I will lead everyone through a particular path.. to a nice fairly quiet location..  (this is a `real’ Path-Walking). Once in that spot, we can sit in silence for a further few minutes – and break silence. We will then have a small social picnic – (bring your own picnic, packed lunch, flask of coffee etc – for your self, and if you really are okay..something to share. But not essential).

We’ll then have a more talkative walk back to the exit.

I can not really restrain this free-flowing event with an end-time restriction. I would say allow about 2 hours at least ..and may be more if you wish to socialise with others.

Hope to see you there..

-Mani Navasothy