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Eclipse Magic: Full moon/Lunar Eclipse ritual 7th August 2017 (London)

Alert (16Aug17):   Total Solar Eclipse on 21st August 2017 – full details & chart on a new blog here https://quantumphoenix.net/2017/08/16/solar-eclipse-august-2017-data-charts-eclipse-magic-book-offer/

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This is a special Full moon Ritual, scheduled to tap into the energy of partial Lunar Eclipse of 7th August 2017.

(please note: previously there was a workshop scheduled but it has been now changed to a ritual).

No previous experience of Eclipse magical working necessary. Eclipse Magic rituals are quite unique and separate ..and use practical tools (some modern ones such as a plasma-wand), astrological symbols/ names, some transpersonal work and magical visualisations.  These are all uniquely explored by Mani for many years (almost 20 years).

• Date:  Monday 7th August 2017

fee: £2.  

* this is the evening of the Full Moon/ partial Lunar Eclipse.  We will be setting some specific intentions to work the energies of the coming partial lunar Eclipse (in Aquarius).

useful astronomical data (from NASA):

• Penumbral Eclipse duration : from 16:50hrs to 21:50hrs (BST).  Umbral eclipse duration: 18:22hrs to 20:18hrs (BST). Greatest Eclipse is at 19:20hrs BST.    Ecliptic conjunction : 19:11hrs BST.

• Lowest tide: 21:20hrs (0.7m). [from Port of London site].

TLC Full Moon Ritual by Thames - summer 2017- lunar eclipse 7aug

 

Plan/ Times:

Your personal work  (suggested  7pm – 7.20pm)—————- :

Those interested in catching/attuning to the moment of `greatest Eclipse’  may wish to arrive early..find a quiet spot and do your own personal meditative work.  You may also be able to find a quiet spot by river..  though if it’ a very sunny warm day..  other Londoners will be out and about by Thames…!   As long as you personally are able to sit and ignore outside noise/  distractions..you can attune within.     I suggest you aim for personal meditative work between 7.00pm – 7:20pm.

Our group work  (scheduled   7.30pm to 10pm) ——————-

• 7.30pm- 7.45pm  :  Meeting outside main entrance (seats) by Tate Modern Gallery

• 7.45pm- 8.15pm :  Go down to Thames &  help set up altar area.

• 8.15pm – 9.50pm  : Main ceremony (leading into feasting/ social). – This will be the formal wicca circle set up and held on the river banks.  It will still be taking place within the penumbral duration of the Eclipse.

• 10pm- 10.30pm  : Socialising back at top – the Green grass area at front of Tate Modern Gallery.  

About Eclipse-Magic

The stellar forces of Eclipses are comparable to chaotic stormy seas – and knowing when Eclipses take place and what types of personal magic you can do, enables you to tap into those powers to accelerate, course-correct, enhance and empower your life!

Every Year there are at least 2 pairs of Eclipses (Solar & Lunar) – which means you can do Eclipse Magical works 4 or more times in a year! Some works can be done with only 5 minutes of effort, and others take a few weeks or even a few months of preparation. But all create intense changes over longer periods of time in your life.
This innovative, easy to use e-book gives full introductions to the Science, Astronomy, Astrology, Esoterica & Magical core concepts useful to all who like to experiment with Eclipse Magical Techniques. Mani Navasothy has been personally exploring these for over 15 years, and is now sharing his own secret techniques of using Stellar energies for Balancing, Cleansing, Powering Up, as well as the highly specialist methods of using Dragon Magic & Portals and Cosmic Gateways.

Eclipse Magic Workbook – by Mani Navasothy 

If you are interested in reading about ritual magical work you can do at Eclipse-times.. to tap into those hidden powers and potentials (more so than just a new moon or full moon)…then take a look at my book `Eclipse Magic workbook’  (it’s the world’s first book exclusively written on eclipse Magic!)

First few chapters give easy introduction for beginners to try eclipse magical work.  Later chapters give much more involved work..  that requires days of pre-planning.. (If you start now..  you’ll be ready to do the advanced work for the next set of eclipses!  There are at least 4 Eclipses (2 sets) every year!!

You can purchase the full `Eclipse Magic Workbook’   here for £18.00, and /or the Introduction books on Amazon  (search Amazon books for Eclipse magic!)

see you there.

Bright Stellar Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Tamesa River of Souls – Samhain Ritual 2016 in Central London (by Thames)

 

Join us on Halloween Night in Central London on Monday …31st October 2016.. by Tate Galley Green space… We will be facilitating our annual `Thames: River of Souls / Samhain’ Ceremony to honour the Spirit of Thames & Ancestors.

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This is the actual Halloween night.. In the midst of fun-people in London will be in fancy dress…So Wear Fancy dress…Masks.. Witchy Cloaks.. Wizard attire.. Ghostly look…Werewolves & Vampires welcome! Bring your carved Pumpkins… Lanterns with light or candle in it..!

Our ceremonies are open to everyone, of all paths and religions.

(NOTE: Children and anyone with mobility problems / bad backs will NOT be invited to the actual river bank…for health & safety reasons. Also the ritual is NOT suitable for children, so please do not bring any to this ritual).

Bring some easy snacks & drinks to share..for the `Feasting with Death’ (tradition at Samhain).

Stay as long as you like.. and leave when you want to.

Donation: £3

Details

Meeting point/ Tube:
Gather by the green space outside Tate Modern Gallery (near main door!). Ritual team will lead all to the river bank. All are responsible for own safety. (slippery steps, sharp objects on river bank, water not safe to wash/drink).

Nearest Tube station is St.Pauls (or Blackfriars). Then ask/find directions and get to the Millennium Bridge. Cross the bridge, and get to the `Tate Modern Gallery’ side .. We will gather by the seats near Tate Gallery entrance (next to the door / green space)..

Meeting time:
Please get there anytime from .7.00pm. We’ll be getting down to the Thames river banks by 7.30pm to set up altar and start ritual.

How to find us: There’ll be a number of us ..gathering by the green space/ seats outside the main entrance of Tate Modern Gallery…We’ll already be in ceremonial clothing (robes, cloaks), wearing Samhain ritual masks, carrying lanterns, staff etc.. (strictly no swords…no knife!!)

Cloths/what to bring:

-Wear warm/ waterproof comfortable cloths… Please check weather for London for friday evening and dress appropriate. Wear good footwear..as standing/ walking for longer duration can get hard on the feet.

Food/drinks:
-Please bring small picnic-style food and drinks to share.
-Bring things for self.. and if feeling generous, something to share with others..

Media/ photography/ privacy:
-No photography/ video/ recording during ritual. Thanks.

The plan (subject to changes on the evening):

1. We’ll meet n greet..
2.Mani & ritual team will get own to Thames and set up altar. Exact spot will be decided on the night..
3. Participants will be invited to walk down the steps (carefully) to the river bank.. to join the ritual..

Low Tide time: 8.42pm (gmt). Thus by 8pm onwards…the river will be safe for us to go down.

Mani (facilitator) will lead all to a nearby suitable spot along the Thames, to do the Ceremony for Samhain/ Ancestors.

Ritual content/ format:

-Consecration with salt/water & incense, followed by sacred-Magic circle casting, then calling the 4 elemental quarter energies.
-Invocation to the Dark Lord & Crone Goddess.
– All communing silently (meditative) with their deceased ancestors/loved ones who have passed away.
-Burning of regrets/ sorrows in Cauldron (small pieces of paper..)
-Blessing Cakes/ Wine and feasting (picnic)
-Offering coins to the spirit of Charon (ferryman) in the river Thames (to help dead spirits pass safely to underworld)
(At Samhain, circle & Quarters are not closed)

Our ceremonies are open to everyone, of all paths and religions.

For this event, NO CHILDREN allowed.

Bring some easy snacks & drinks to share on the way too..

Safety notes: No swords…no athames..or other `real’ weapons – or anything that might alarm the general public /police. We play safe and nice.. And you are responsible for your own good behaviour and health & safety!!

With bright blessings
– Mani Navasothy

Meetup link for event:

Tamesa River of Souls – Samhain Ritual in Central London (by Thames)

Monday, Oct 31, 2016, 7:00 PM

Location details are available to members only.

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Join us on Halloween Night in Central London on  Monday …31st October 2016.. by Tate Galley Green space… We will be facilitating our annual `Thames: River of Souls / Samhain’ Ceremony to honour the Spirit of Thames & Ancestors.This is the actual Halloween night.. In the midst of fun-people in London will be in fancy dress…So Wear Fancy dres…

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Woodland Wicca Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse Magic Ritual (16th Sept’16)

Am delighted to inform you all about a special Full Moon ritual!  As many know, I am very much into astrological explorations, as well as ritual magic.   I wrote (possibly the world’s first) book on Eclipse Magic..back in 2012.  For years (almost 2 decades) I have practised my `eclipse magic’ on my own..  and this will be the first time I will be facilitating/ sharing that in an actual ceremony..  taking place at the exact time of an eclipse (penumbral lunar eclipse…visible from UK at time of moon-rise..).  So here’s the details. -mani

Our Wicca Full moon Rituals  are ideal for people interested in Wicca & Witchcraft.  They provide an Introduction to Wicca, Witchcraft & Ritual Magic – for all new comers and beginners, and Seekers of The Craft.  Consisting of friendly and informal introductions, they then move on to a formal Wiccan Ritual – facilitated by Mani (Wiccan High Priest) & our core ritual group.

We’ll be doing Eclipse Magic as part of this gathering to take advantage of the penumbral Lunar Eclipse taking place at the exact time of our ritual (7.54pm).

Wiccan Ritual Outline (to be changed with Eclipse Magic in mind):

-Preparing space & setting up Altar. (done by Ritual Team separately)
-Run-through- Lead facilitator Mani (High Priest) will explain outline of Ritual, delegate any roles. Brief Q&A.
-Enter Ritual space with reverence.
-Sweeping
-Opening prayers and /or Meditation (chakra or other)
-Consecrations with salt & water, incense, candles
-Casting magic Circle
-Calling elemental quarters
-Energy raising
-Invocations / prayers to Moon Goddess & Horned God
-Magical work
-Cakes & Wine blessing
-Closing & Grounding work
– Feasting, Socialising…

————**Admission fee: £3 **—————

What to bring:

***Please dress appropriate for weather! ***

**Please DO bring food & drinks to share ( bread & cheese / humus are a good start) and any soft drink/wine that you like to share with others in circle.

** Our rituals start in twilight, but often end when it’s already nightfall.. So a torchlight is important.

** We sit on the ground! A simple ground sheet is effective (blankets get wet in winter). Or a stool.

– Your wand (if you have one)

– crystals, tarot etc.

– A robe/ cloak to wear (optional)

Primal Natural forces:

These ritual circles take place in public Woodlands or parks. As they are outdoors, we are at the mercy of elements (sunshine, storms, snow, fog etc)..

By being outdoors in nature regularly in a ritual setting, you’ll develop a real magical / psychic attunement & healthy respect to nature’s wild energies, as well as an inner confidence, outdoor ritual experience and dare I say.. empowerment and magical competence…

Exact location of meeting point:

We meet by the Cattle trough/ small monument near Bus stop `S’ (Parkside Avenue) on bus route 93..on the main road (Parkside) .

• If coming from Wimbledon……… take bus 93 heading to Putney. *After* passing War memorial stop, ring bell.. and get off at next stop ( `Parkside Avenue’ bus stop `S’) and walk a few meters back to the cattle trough.

• If coming from Putney…………., take bus 93 heading to Wimbledon. Get off at `Parkside Avenue / bus stop `B’. Cross road and meet us by the old small monument/ cattle trough .

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

(Gardnerian High Priest)

  • Check out the Eclipse Magic Workbook/ purchase a digital copy here

 

  • Link to our meetup event:

Woodland Wicca Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse Magic Ritual (Sept’16)

Friday, Sep 16, 2016, 6:45 PM

Small monument by bus stop `Parkside Avenue (stop S)’
Parkside, Wimbedon London, GB

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Change of plan:  We’ll be doing Eclipse Magic as part of this gathering to take advantage of the penumbral Lunar Eclipse taking place at the exact time of our ritual (7.54pm).  Meeting time/ ceremony will be adjusted/ adapted to suit this.   more details soon.  -Mani (6/9/16)——————————Our Wicca Full moon Rituals  are ideal for…

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Pan’s Picnic 2016 & Wicca Lammas Harvest Ceremony in Trent Park, London – 31July2016

Join us for Pan’s Picnic – to celebrate LAMMAS 2016. (Free outdoor/ woodland event – Family-friendly – to mark the Harvest time with Ceremony and social).

Lammas: “All that rise shall fall again.”. says the popular pagan poetry! The newborn Sun-child of Yule has grown to be a rampant and playful youth and lover at Spring, committed man and husband at Beltane and responsible Sun-King at Midsummer. And at the time of Lammas, at the height of his supreme power, the King steps down- or rather gives up his life force to the land! This is harvest time in the fields, where Corn 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 blood may feed the land. Though it may sound alarmingly gruesome, this is to be seen in terms of symbolism, and not actual! The spilling of his blood is in fact the falling of the grains and seeds to the ground, that they may produce next year’s crops! 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.  (taken from www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk ).

Fees:   £3

RITUAL : 

**Ritual will be facilitated by our Team of Trainee-coven members**

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.

Video:

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)

Directions:

1. Get to Cockfosters (north end of Piccadilly Line Tube station).  Come out of Tube station, and turn right onto Cockfosters Road. Stay on same side of road.   walk on Cockfosters Road for 5mins – go immediately past Petrol station, then Cemetry…  Then you will come to park Gate (big wall/ gate) called `Cockfoster Gate’

2. Enter Trent park..  Walk along the path / road…for 5 mins..  Go past a small monument..   and you will come to a Cafe & Car park areas (with toilet building nearby).

Meet us by the cafe tables.

3.  When ready we will walk a little back along the path, to a side field.

If you are late..you can just enter the park…walk 2- mins (past a pond on the right) and turn right into the field (without going on to the cafe).

Here is the aerial map.

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

 

link to our meetup event

Wicca Lammas 2016 & Pan’s Picnic at Trent Park

Sunday, Jul 31, 2016, 1:30 PM

Trent Park (north london)
Cockfosters Gate, Cockfosters Road, Greater London, GB

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Join us for Pan’s Picnic – to celebrate LAMMAS 2016. (Free outdoor/ woodland event – Family-friendly – to mark the Harvest time with Ceremony and social).Lammas: “All that rise shall fall again.”. says the popular pagan poetry! The newborn Sun-child of Yule has grown to be a rampant and playful youth and lover at Spring, committed man and husband…

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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.

EarthDay2016 – Evening walk, candle-lit picnic & full moon ritual -Richmond Park

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016, 7:00 PM

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

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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 th…

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Ganesh in the river – Hindu Ceremony in London

Dear all, I am organising this ritual tomorrow in Richmond..  Details below..  All welcome.. No prior knowledge of Rituals or Hindu ceremony / magic required as I will give a full explanation .. Best wishes & Blessings.  Mani

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Ganesh Chathurthi is a special festival that honors the birth of the Hindu elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha (Ganapathy, Vinayagar). He is said to remove obstacles and bring good fortune.

Ganesh in river Thames – Hindu Magic ceremony in London

This year, the festival begins on 17th September and culminates on Sunday 27th Sept, which seems ideal for us to meet for our own outdoor special event.

I had previously witnessed participated in `Durga in the water’ event in London (Putney) over a decade ago, and was inspired to start river Thames-based seasonal rituals (Tamesa London Circles). Those then evolved into Thames-Isis rituals (and still continue.. ).

However it’s been a long term wish to return to the the roots…and do a Hindu ceremony.. so here we are! 🙂 For this ceremony of `Ganesh in Water’, I will be creating a new Ganesh sculpture out of Willow tree branches & bio-degradable strings..

It (he) will then be used in our special water-side ceremony by the river Thames. It will take place in a `clean/ clear’ section of the river Thames (Richmond area).

I will begin making a Ganesh figure tomorrow morning and will bring the figure (probably 1′ x 1′ x 1′ – bulky to carry).

On the day, `he’ will be placed on the altar..and we can all add items, leaves, twigs and other bio-degradable decorations.. while Chanting & prayers take place.

Then we will place Ganesh in the Thames and send him on his way.. 🙂

Event details

  • Date: Sunday 26th Sept’2015
  • venue:  Riverside at Richmond, London   (closest landmark:  Terrace Gardens, Richmond)
  • Time: Please gather at ritual spot by 3pm.

Map to ritual spot

Bright Blessings
-Mani

ps. This is a mirror event from my `London Hindu Magicians’  meetup group. All are welcome of course. 🙂

http://www.meetup.com/London-Hindu-Magicians/

 

 

Woodland SPRING EQUINOX 2015 Ritual Gathering in Richmond Park – London (21st March 2015)

Hi All, here is the Spring Event that I will be personally facilitating, with Hern’s Tribe (woodland ritual group I founded some 11 yrs ago).    So come Join us for the the afternoon/ evening in Richmond Great Park, where the Deer roams freely (living symbol of Hern the Horned God).. for celebrate Spring Equinox. It’s when the daylight hours equal the night hours… time of balance.. and when the Sun enters Aries – first sign of the Zodiac. We’ll be marking these magically in our ceremony, and do empowering magical work for the coming year!! – Bright Spring Blessings. – Mani

Woodland Spring Equinox 2015
Woodland Spring Equinox 2015

Date: Saturday 21st March 2015
Venue: Richmond Great Park.
Time: Meet-up by Richmond Gate (entrance to Richmond Park) by 2 pm.   (post code : TW10 6RR)

Google map link:   https://www.google.com/maps/@51.4504099,-0.2953595,18z?hl=en

Transport:
Please get to Richmond Station (British Rail / Tube). Outside the station, take the bus 371 (going towards Richmond Hill). This goes past Richmond Gate/ Star & Garter Home. After about 10 minutes in bus, get down at the `American University’ stop…and walk forward (5 mins) to Richmond Gate..

Those driving by car can park inside the park (closest car park to Richmond Gate). It’s free parking. Then walk back to the gate and meet us.

Duration: 

Hern’s Tribe woodland rituals are `gatherings’ and generally organic. It’s best to arrive and flow with events..or even go exploring the woods. It is best to allow 4-5 hours for these events, so that you can have the best magical & communal experience.

WHAT HAPPENS – General details for HT events   (some changes occur for specific events/ venues).

We’ll have the usual combination of social, setting up altar/ sacred space, seasonal ritual, chants & Drumming, magical work (including eco-magic and sometimes healing work). -Experienced HT members set up altar/ quarters, some prep for ritual fire, any cover sheets (if raining).
-You can ask to help.. 🙂

RITUAL  (this will be adapted for individual events):

Basic format——-

-Generally, we begin with clearing the space (sweeping, tidying up)
-Hern Call (chanting `Hern’ nine times)
-Shamanic consecrations (Incense, rattle, drums, salt-water, essential oil)
-Creating magical circle (words/ wand/ staff)
-Calling of Elements & animal quarters / spirits.
-Invoking Horned God / Goddess energies
-Variation of seasonal myth (sometimes)
-Magical work ( group work, personal, eco, healing etc)
-Blessing of Food & Drinks
-Feasting & Socials.
– Drumming & Chants & Dancing
-Any trance work (this is unpredictable.)

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)

** Please make sure you take these back immediately after ritual is over, so they don’t get misplaced in the dark
** Items placed on altar may get handled or photographed by others. Plans for 2015—
In the past we have ritually explored various myths & legends. In 2015, we’ll continue this – by working with various Horned Gods & Goddesses, woodland spirits etc.

ALL WELCOME:
-All Pagans of any spiritual are welcome..
-Non-pagans, friends/ families & children of pagans are welcome.

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).
BE MINDFUL / Interruptions / Phone calls:
-At all times, we ask you to be mindful of any serious ceremony / meditation/ trance/ healing/ magical works going on, and not interrupt or be intrusive.
-Please don’t use mobile phones etc during ritual. (may not work in woods anyway!)

PHOTOS/ Recordings:
-These are semi-private events (even though they are in public woods/Park).
-Not everyone may like being photographed by a stranger!!
-No recording during ritual please.
-Feel free to take pics of altar, of your self in ritual setting, and of your friends there.. (If you are going to put them in blogs/ facebook etc..ask others in them..before tagging anyone you are not too familiar with.. It’s basic privacy etiquette!)

OUTDOOR PREP:
Please see our website  for guidelines on what to bring, how to be prepared for outdoor rituals in woodlands, and some health & safety instructions.

BAGS in the Park :
-Please keep space tidy.. and your own belongings/ bags at a suitable place. It gets dark.. So ensure you can find them easily afterwards. But also ensure they are not in the way that others may trample over it in the dark!
-If you put anything on the altar, please remember to take it back..(and not anyone else’s item by mistake).
-Please don’t leave things behind.. we don;t always find them..when tidying up in dark..

HELP with tidying up/ taking rubbish back to  bins is greatly appreciated.

CLOTHES / BLANKETS / SEATS:
-Please wear sensible outdoor cloths…waterproof is better..and good shoes (always) to walk in slippery or muddy surface. If you have a walking stick/ Magical Staff, do bring it, as it helps with walking in the woods – and you can use it in the ritual..!!
-Feel free to bring picnic blankets/ sheets to sit on (ground may be wet)
-Bring small light camping-style stool or chair to sit on (be mindful of carrying bulky objects while walking up slopes/ wet ground).

-Mani Navasothy
(Founder/ Hern’s Tribe)

Link

Hern’s Tribe –  www.Hern-Tribe.org

Meetup:  London Woodland Witches, Druids, Outdoor Pagans

Time for Magic – as Venus goes Direct, and Goddess returns at Imbolc

This particular Imbolc is extra special.. because the currently retrograding planet Venus – symbol of the Goddess – has become stationary..and is about to go direct..  on the eve of Imbolc! It’s a case of ..(for once) the Heavenly objects following the earthly festivals that humans have created..! It is perfect for doing a spot of magic!!

Time for Magic- Venus goes direct on day of Imbolc - 31Jan'14
Time for Magic- Venus goes direct on day of Imbolc – 31Jan’14

31st of January has always been special – it’s Imbolc – one of the 8 pagan festivals !   Pagans consider it a time when the Goddess – who has been withdrawn and in magical dreaming time during winter.. in some deep caverns under ground..returns to the surface..  The sprouting of Snowdrops ..first plant to do so after snow..symbolises the first sign of life returning to the land.

Spring & Autumn equinoxes, and Summer/ Winter Solstices are celebrated on fixed points.. when the Sun reaches certain points..  So those 4 festivals are governed by the stellar objects..  but Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas & Samhain are thus far arbitrarily celebrated..on a human based calendar dates..(31st January, 1st May, 31st July & 31st October)..   except..this time, Venus direct date happens to coincide with Imbolc..which has to do with the Goddess returning.. (well, a planet going direct..is astrologically akin to energies of that planet positively enhancing all of us!)

Bit on the astrology – Venus rules Libra & Taurus…so these sun-signs are going to feel a big difference in the coming weeks..(if they have been feeling hard done by for the past month or so).   And as Venus goes direct in Capricorn, that sihn also stands to feel a positive shift..!

But it bodes well for all of us!!  (Or I will not be writing this good news!) 🙂

So .. what can you do…spiritually ..and magically at Imbolc?

What you have always done at Imbolc..  celebrate the return of the Goddess..  for this time..it really is!

And if you have been having a tough time of life lately..  you are now best placed to do some highly positive sympathetic magic..  !

Traditionally, at Imbolc, the virgin Goddess Bride (Bridget) brings with her 3 gifts of the flame.,  spark of inspiration, spark of healing and spark of smithcraft.!  Knot magic is often used..

Here’s what I suggest..   do some magic..  for any or all of those areas in your life..   creativity, romance, healing..  Do magic for wealth, if that’s what you seek, for beauty to enter your life, for love that makes your soul sing to come in.. The energies are perfect for it..   Do magic with candles..  or knots!  Or even images!!

I warn you though..  the time leading upto it may be overshadowed by that other stressful aspect – intense – obsessive- the pluto-opposition to Jupiter . That may make your heart and mind wander astray ..and push you into focusing on other primal  or animalistic quests of power and such.. (sex even!)   Battle those urges.. for if you give into those, you miss a golden opportunity..to seek the blessings of Bride..the Goddess with the Golden hair!

Bright Blessings of Imbolc

-Mani Navasothy

(Wiccan High Priest, London)

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Indoor & Outdoor Imbolc Rituals coming up (in London) 2014

Imbolc (Candlemass) is one of the 8 nature based festivals that pagans celebrate – and it is said to be the time when the Winter Goddess who has kept her grip on the land loosens her hold, so that the ice melts and waters break and flow again. It is when the Goddess Bride (Brigid) `returns’ to the land. Her path is lit by candles, symbolising the return of light and warmth which is imminent. Bride is a Goddess of poetry, inspiration, healing, knot-magic and weaving. With her, she brings the gifts of 3 flames!   (Read more about Pagan Festivals)

Imbolc 2014  banner- pagan frontiers of london -Mani Navasothy 2014

Here in London, we are fortunate to have so many pagan open rituals and ceremonies, organised by several groups or organisations.. Here are some that are taking place over the next few days..

Click on each one to visit the relevant group/ organisation’s event page…to read more.

1.  Thursday 30th January 2014– Indoor Imbolc Ritual ..organised by Pagan Federation London District..

Pagan Fed London rituals

  • Facilitated by Catuvellauni Druid Grove
  • Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London.
  • Entry fee: £5 (for PF members & concessions), £6 for all others.
  • Time: 7:30 – 10:00 PM Arrive from 7.30 pm for pre-ritual socialising in the foyer. Ritual starts at 8 pm and usually concludes before 9 pm. Feasting and socialising follow the ritual until 10 pm.
  • Visit event page (facebook)

2.   Saturday 1st February 2014-  Woodland Imbolc Ritual by outdoor shamanic group Hern’s Tribe..

HT Imbolc  2014-1

These have been taking place for almost 10 years, in the woods near Croydon. Gather at Coombe Lane tram stop by 3pm..to be guided to the ritual spot in the woods.. FREE.. (dress fully appropriate for snow or rain or cold, and slippery, muddy steep woodland floor!!

  • Not entirely suitable for anyone with walking disability..
  • Family friendly.. children with parents welcome..
  • All are welcome.. pagans, non-pagans, friends.. to participate in the ceremony and/or the social afterwards.
  • Time: Meet-up at Tram stop (Coombe Lane) by 3 pm.
  • We’ll have the usual combination of ritual, with sacred shamanic space, some chant & Drumming, and magical work. A ritual fire will be carefully lit for this ceremony, and we’ll have home made bread & wine to share.. 
  • Link to Ht Imbolc event page
  • Link to Hern’s Tribe website

3.  Sunday 2nd February 2014– Druid Imbolc Ritual facilitated by Jeremy Morgan & Loose Association of Druids..

Druid Open Rituals - London Primrose Hill

  • Come and celebrate Imbolc, part of a series of open rituals celebrated throughout the Celtic year on the Sunday nearest the appropriate date under the Aegis of the Loose Association of Druids
  • Gather in the Hawthorne Grove between 12.30 & 12.45pm in order to select the concelebrants & to prepare the Site ready for a prompt 1 o’clock start.
  • Nearest Tube: Chalk Farm or Swiss Cottage
  • Nearest Overground: South Hampstead or Chalk Farm
  • Please bring a small contribution of picnic food & drink to share
  • Link to Event page

We have the Wiccan Woodland Monthly Circle coming up in a few weeks time..  I’ll give details next week..  But if you can’t wait till then, here’s a previous blog on Woodland Wiccan Circles.

**Click here for my Meetup Group with full details of Open Rituals**

-Mani Navasothy

Woodland Wicca Circles 2014 (Monthly, London)

Woodland Wicca & Witchcraft Circles - monthly in London 2014
Woodland Wicca & Witchcraft Circles – monthly in London 2014

These Wicca & Witchcraft monthly Circles are ideal for YOU – if you have a serious interest and like to attend and participate in an outdoor Wiccan ritual with like-minded magical people.

Following the experiences of running this in 2013, I have also listened to feed-backs and requests, and am now making these rituals more on a regular monthly slot (2nd Sunday of every month!). I will also be offering some e-mail support between Rituals, as well as apprentice-style mentoring for those attending regularly (and are serious!!)

Because of the changing nature of these Circles, the following will now apply!

  • No photography (except by organisers).
  • No *journalists or student observers! (it changes the energy and puts it on a `performance’ modes – not good for magical work!)
  • Increased privacy  of these events (info NOT readily given out), so that I can offer an apprentice-style mentoring for serious Seekers of The Craft!
  • Additional e-support will be also available.. (as much as my free time allows it), for interested people.

(* I am happy to be interviewed by Journalists / Students outside of these events, by prior arrangement…and will charge a consultation fee!)

Dates for 2014: 

Most of these are on the 2nd Sunday of each month!

  • 12th January 2014
  • 9th February 2014
  • 9th March 2014
  • 13th April 2014
  • 11th May 2014
  • 8th June 2014
  • 13th July 2014
  • 10th August 2014
  • 14th September 2014
  • 12th October 2014
  • 9th November 2014
  • 7th December 2014

Venue:

All these will take place in outdoor settings in London (one of the Woodlands/ Parks). But we may change the venue depending on individual circumstances.

* Important: please join my mailing list at  http://www.witchcraftandmagic.org  to be kept updated of the venue, meeting point/ meeting times  & exact date (in case of last minute changes!)

New comers can always attend, by joining my private mailing list and getting private e-mails with full details of venue & time of meeting! You will be asked for full real name, e-mail and mobile number- so that I can inform you of any last minute changes quickly… (and keep close contact and build magical connections)!!

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

My Background:

I am an initiated High Priest of Wicca in one of the prominent lineages in UK, and the lead-facilitator for these Circles, and have nearly 18 years of Craft & Coven experiences in London, of running regular outdoor open & closed rituals. From time to time, I run indoor Introduction to Wicca & Witchcraft courses in Central London, outdoor monthly apprentice training, Practical Magic workshops and other seasonal rituals (under `Hern’s Tribe’ and `Tamesa London Circle’)

Links

Wicca, Witchcraft & Ritual Magic (website)

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Hierarchy within Wiccan Covens (blog)

Coven Guide: How to become an Initiated Witch (e-Book)

Circle Casting (youtube video)

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