Join us on Halloween Night in Central London on Monday …31st October 2018.. We gather for a fun-filled Halloween walk ..with costumes * lanterns, then stop near Oxo tower (green area) for our annual `Thames: River of Souls Ceremony’ to honour the Spirit of Thames & Ancestors.
As for last year, We begin with a procession along river Thames (from outside the Globe Theatre, and walk along bankside, past Tate Modern, Blackfriars Bridge, Oxo Tower, Gabriel’s Wharf, and end at Royal Festival Hall… for a break and social (free to get inside and use their cafe/ seating areas).
Bring snacks & drinks to share.
Bring pumpkins. Lanterns (no naked flames please for safety). Bring battery operated lights.. costumes.. masks etc.
Our ceremonies are open to everyone, of all paths and religions.
Stay as long as you like.. and leave when you want to.
Fees: suggested donation £3 to the `Ferryman’ (for your underworld journey)
Meeting point/ time:
Please get to outside steps of Shakespear’s Globe Theatre / Bankside pier by 7.30pm. We’ll get organised and begin walk. We hope the 1000m walk will only take us about 1 hour at an extremely leisurely procession/ festive walking speed. 🙂
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.
-Please bring small picnic-style food and drinks to share.
-Bring things for self.. and if feeling generous, something to share with others..
Safety notes: Everyone is asked to take extra care with their own personal safety as we’ll be in a busy public place. Keep valuables with you at all times.. or with a trusted friend who is not playing a big role in ritual. beware of thieves/ pickpockets, any silly protesters (who don’t like pagans) and may try to cause a wrangle. If this happens..just step away from it.. do not be baited.. and just get out asap…and get far away to a safer place.
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
Link to our meetup event:
London Halloween walk & Thames river of Souls Ritual 2018
Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018, 7:30 PM
Bankside Pier (end of New Globe Walk) Bankside, SE1 9DT London, GB
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Join us on Halloween Night in Central London on Monday …31st October 2018.. We gather for a fun-filled Halloween walk ..with costumes * lanterns, then stop near Oxo tower (green area) for our annual `Thames: River of Souls Ceremony’ to honour the Spirit of Thames & Ancestors. As for last year, We begin with a procession along river Thames (from o…
Greetings all. I have finalised the dates and venues for the annual rituals I facilitate by the river Thames in this coming cycle. Tamesa London Circle (started by April & myself in 2006) was doing 8-10 rituals a year but for the past 2 years had been focusing on Thames-Isis ceremonies (call it a Calling).
After 2 years I was thinking to conclude them (at last year’s Birthday of Isis event). Why? Well, working these mythology based rituals are not always easy – especially on one’s own personal life. So many people forget that when we do magical ceremonies and rituals, those energies – both the aspects we want and the aspects we were not fully aware of- work through our lives. (I;ll write more about this in another blog post). So I was planning to wrap up the Thames-Isis rituals in 2014.
However, as the saying goes, Man may propose but the Gods (and Goddesses) dispose! 🙂
And so here we are.. beginning the 3rd cycle of these Isis (Thames-Isis) ceremonies, with the `Isidias Navigatum- Blessing of the Fleet’ in March, Birthday of Isis in July (on a new moon!) and the 3rd ritual (not Isis related) the `Tamesa river of Souls Samhain / Halloween’ in October (on the full moon closer to Samhain).
They all have `meetup’ events already setup in the meetup group I run. (link at the bottom of each section).. I shall of course post blogs here as reminder, nearer to each Ceremony. These are approximately 3+ months apart.
Here are the Tamesa rituals for this year 2015. I hope those of you in London will attend .. to honour, worship and gain magical and spiritual experiences from these. As my own spirituality evolves, so must the work I do and so these rituals will incorporate some new elements to them.
1. Isidias Navigatum- Blessing of the Fleet – Isis Ritual
Sunday 1st March 2015 @ Richmond
This annual ceremony was held at the start of the Spring time in Ancient Egypt, to gain the blessings of Goddess Isis upon the ships and boats (Fleet) – so that they may go forth, find commerce, resources and wealth and bring them back. You will have heard the saying, `waiting for my ship to come in’ – a saying that indicates a person waiting for his /her good fortunes to arrive. Well, in order for ships to come in they must first be sent out – and with blessings and good plans. We are adapting the old ceremony to suit the times and place we now live it! In this ceremony, we will bless the `fleet’ and place our hopes and wishes of good fortune and success in the ventures we are starting as Spring approaches. We then set the ships to sail (some will be sent.. other larger models will be pulled back, so as not to litter river Thames)
2. Night of the Cradle- Birthday of Goddess Isis Ceremony
Thursday 16th July 2015 @ Embankment, Central London (Cleopatra’s Needle)
Our 3rd annual Celebration of The Night of the Cradle: Birth of Goddess Isis’ will take place on the New Moon (In watery sign of Cancer) in July 2015. We gather by the banks of river Thames (Cleopatra’s Needle, by Victoria-Embankment) for a special Ceremony in the evening…to mark the Night of the Cradle’ where Sky Goddess Nut gave birth to the Egyptian Goddess Isis. For July 2015, we return to the original spot- The Egyptian themed `Cleopatra’s Needle’ with 2 large Sphinx – in Central London.
Outline: A decorative altar with Sky Goddess Nut and a concealed statue of Isis will be set up. Element consecrations (incense, lantern, salt/water). Isis called by her many names! This will be a chant led by Mani and friends. Goddess Isis (statue) is revealed. Milk & flower Ceremony – all bath statue in milk, followed by offering of flowers. These are then offered to the river Thames. Food & drinks blessed and shared.
3. Tamesa River of Souls (Halloween) & Full Moon Ritual
Tuesday 27th October 2015 @ Millennium Bridge area by river side, Central London
Every year, near Samhain (Halloween.. traditional day of honoring our ancestors) we hold a small ritual/ceremony by the river Thames in Central London. This year (2015), the tide is low in the evening on the night of the full moon ..of Tuesday 27th October’15. That is when we will be holding, `Tamesa River of Souls’ Halloween Ritual- right on the banks of river Thames.
Part of our ceremony involves creating a small altar on the sandy foreshores of Thames (at low tide!), lighting candles, placing any bones we find nearby. Some silent pagan prayers, blessing, consecrations, and a small picnic (feasting with the dead!).. and returning the bones back to the river immediately. On occasions, we throw coins in to the river, symbolic of payment to the `Ferryman’ who (Greek mythology) ferries dead souls to the underworld, and requires a small fee.
The Chinese New Year decorations.. of snakes (Year of the Snake just began) reminded me of the Thames rituals,where members of the Tamesa London Circle (TLC) called upon the energies of the river Thames in it’s `Tamesa Serpent’ form. The logo of TLC is a serpent (that mirrors the shape the river Thames takes in London when viewed from above) carrying the `Moon child’ – which symbolises our inner-self being carried by the great Tamesa serpent.
Here is a photo of the actual large `snake’ members of the Tamesa ritual team created on the banks of the river Thames for a special Eclipse Ritual back in 2008 (near central London). We used a variety of stones, pebbles, bones, old bricks, tiles and such that were found on the shores to create this colourful physical sculpture. Following that, we did a magical ritual and then simply left the image on the shores, just as the Thames tide was coming back up. The idea was that as the tide came and washed away the magical design, it would also take into itself the `thought-form’ and energies we had laid on it, and sweep the energies to the Sea!
This year being the Chinese `Year of the Snake’, we plan to facilitate a similar creative Tamesa Serpent ritual by the shores of river Thames – later in the Summer months of the year.
Check this blog (follow) or visit Tamesa website and opt-in with e-mail, to be kept informed of when this special Serpent ritual on the Thames will be.