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Rise of Sekhmet – A Solar Eclipse-magical Day (11th August 2018)

The partial Solar Eclipse of 11th August falls at 10.59am in the firey sign of Leo the Lion! And back in 2013, we created a Sekhmet statue from Thames clay and after ceremony, submerged her in the river. Finally we are keeping our promise..and on this Solar Eclipse Day in Leo, the submerged Sekhmet will rise!!!

Poster- Rise of Sekhment - solar Eclipse 11august2018

Join us for a variety of magical working & socials through out this day. It’s going to be tricky trying to run this ..as we travel around London from place to place.. so please `rsvp’ to this event (even if you have a mild interest in one of more of the activities).. and stay updated – as we lead up to this event, and also on the day, as we travel from place to place.. so you can figure out where to meet/ join us. (you can just join us for the man morning work during actual Eclipse, or the evening ritual by Thames at low tide!).

Schedules:

1. Morning Solar Eclipse meditation with Yantra & Chant – for personal internal shift. > 9am meeting at Richmond station.

This takes place (tbc) at Richmond Park.
We’ll be meeting at Richmond Train station ..ticket foyer at 9am-9.15am (no later) and take bus to Richmond Park.. for the actual meditative/ magical working in a quiet open-spot (regardless of weather!! As energies is what we are working at exact moment of Eclipse). We’ll enter meditative work at 10.45am and be immersed in it during Eclipse at 10.59am. Work will conclude around 11.15am (includes star meditation and opening of cosmic portal). After this, we’ll have a short picnic/ lunch.. either in park or in Richmond town.

Some of us will then be travelling to British Museum.. via tube to Earl’s court, then piccadilly line to Holborn and walk from there to British Museum.

2. Visit to Sekhmet Statues at British Museum. > 2.30pm.

We’ll be meeting by the road-entrance/ gates to the British Museum at 2.30pm. Gather anyone else ..and go in for a short visit directly to the ground floor (entry then turn left) Egyptian section, where the triple Sekhmet statues from Egypt are displayed. There we’ll have a silent personal few moments..(as there will be public visitors too). We can take photos with the Lady herself.. to mark the visit.

After this, those carrying on, will walk to Tottenham Court Road tube station. We may stop for a coffee break. also may stop for snacks. From there, taking Northern line to Embankment.

3. Visit to Cleopatra’s Needle (Embankment)> 6pm.

We’ll arrive at Cleopatra’s needle at approx 6pm. (check meetup for updates/ delays). Here we’ll just spend a short while, marking the moment with photos .. with Cleopatra’s Needle & the 2 Sphinxes. It’s purely a social visit.

Then some of us will continue – back to tube, travel to Blackfriars. There we’ll probably stop at nearby supermarkets (tesco / sainsbury) for provisions (food & drinks for evening ceremony). And continue walking to Millenium Bridge and Tate Modern Gallery area.

4. Rise of Sekhmet- Ceremony by river bank (Tate Modern area) > 8pm onwards. Donations (£3) welcome.

We’ll be gathering by the river-side seats outside Tate Modern Gallery from 8pm. When all are gathered, we’ll be walking down the steps to river bank, under the usual ritual spot/ concrete walkway.. set up altar, and do our main Sekhmet Ceremony.
(details of this ceremony will be updated here in due course).
Low tide is at approx 21:39hrs BST. so we’re safe..and will finish up by 10pm. A larger hand-made sculpture of Sekhmet will be `raised from the river’ and processed to the Altar space, where ceremony will take place.
Note: Sekhment is Lion-headed warrior Goddess, as well as a Solar deity. So she is perfect for this day of Solar Eclipse in Leo.

Please rsvp to stay updated on this major full day of activities. Update will be in comment sections.    Link to my meetup Rise of Sekhmet – Day of Eclipse-magical working 

Bright Stellar & Solar Blessings.
-Mani Navasothy
Author (Eclipse Magic 2012), Astrologer, Wiccan High Priest.

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Tamesis Full Moon Ritual & Isidis Navigatum Ceremony 2018 (Thames London)

Let us come together and honour the Lady of the Moon, Goddess Isis – mother of Mystery & Magic, and Father Thames, and Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and blend it all and do magic at the Heart of London.

Isias Navigatum - march 2018

We are beginning a new cycle of Thames-based rituals in 2018, following their popularity. This time, we’ll be adding more magical aspects to these easy-going rituals – bringing Goddess Isis as a focus (Thames-Isis) and Father Thames, as well as exploring some Serpent/ Dragon magic (Thames is often seen as a giant water-serpent snaking through heart of London), and we’ll be adding eco-magic for well-being of London. All these are elements we have explored before, but now as a regular component of these Thames-based rituals.

No prior knowledge or experiences of wicca or ritual magic is necessary for you to attend this. Just come with an open mind. Be friendly and non-intrusive. Connect with others, and join in the ceremony.

Date: Friday 2nd March 2018

Duration:  8pm to 10.30pm

meeting point:

8.00pm by Seats near main door of Tate Modern Gallery (facing river). Ritual will be on river bank nearby (low tide at 21:04 so we must start ritual at 8.30pm). If you are late, come find us.

Outline:

-Preparing space & setting up Altar.
-Run-through- delegate any roles. Brief Q&A.
-Enter Ritual space with reverence.
-Opening prayers and /or Meditation
-Consecrations
-Casting magic Circle
-Calling elemental quarters
-Energy raising
-Invocations / prayers to Deities (Thames-Isis & Father Thames)
-Magical work (Serpents/ Dragons/ Eco-magic / personal)
-Cakes & Wine blessing
-Closing & Grounding work
– Feasting, Socialising…

Suggested donation : £3 appreciated. Thank you.

Meeting point:

Gather outside the Green area of Tate Modern Gallery (main doors). We’ll walk down to the banks of Thames and do this ceremony. If you are late, just find the steps, walk down to river bank, and join us. We’re usually under the concrete over-hang/ sheltered space. Thames & Tides:

Our rituals tale place on the actual river bank…just few meters away from the water, but in a secluded spot..where there is usually some sand. We organise these Thames-rituals after checking Port of London authority Thames Tide time tables.. to take place at low tide.. (At high tide the entire river bank is under many meters of water!!).
On this evening, low tide is at 9.04pm. Therefore we will get down to river bank and begin ritual at 8.30pm. It takes several hours for tide to come in.. so after ritual.. if we notice the tide turning ..we still have plenty of time to pack up and go up the steps to street level.

Safety:
The steps are slippery. bank of Thames after previous tide will be full of new things and sharp objects. Take extreme care with your own health & safety. You are responsible for your safety.
**No children allowed**
**Unfortunately the location is not suitable for anyone with walking disabilities**

What to bring:

• Please dress appropriate for weather! (we carry on Rituals regardless of weather).
• Please 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.
• a torchlight is a good idea. Feasting/ sharing food & Drinks:

After the ritual circle on the river bank is completed, some people leave for home. Others stay behind to socialise. We tend to go back up to street level, to the grassy green area outside Tate Modern Gallery and socialise/ share food & drinks.. If it’s raining, we just go to the nearby Pub within sight.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

Organiser/ Wiccan High Priest

ps.————
am combining the `Isidias Navigatum ceremony with this one. we will be focusing on our hopes and wishes of good fortune and success as Spring approaches. A blue painted egg will be blessed by all and `planted’ into the soil as symbolic of Spring. elemental invocations will be said in Egyptian words. We will pour milk on the banks. As the final part of the ritual, a small replica boat(s) will be filled with spices and other magical items, and placed in the river as an offering to the Goddess Isis. Bring your own small boats! Be it paper boats or small scale models – to either sail them on the river Thames (19Feb’18)

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

link to meetup event

Tamesis Full Moon Ritual & Isidis Navigatum Ceremony (Thames London)

Friday, Mar 2, 2018, 8:00 PM

Seats outside Tate Modern gallery (grass area opposite main door)
Bankside, London SE1 9TG London, GB

8 Witches Wiccans & Pagans Attending

Let us come together and honour the Lady of the Moon, Goddess Isis – mother of Mystery & Magic, and Father Thames, and Tamesa the Serpent of London.. and blend it all and do magic at the Heart of London. We are beginning a new cycle of Thames-based rituals in 2018, following their popularity. This time, we’ll be adding more magical aspects to these…

Check out this Meetup →

Photos- Thames Blessing Ceremony of 3rd Jan 2016

Hi all..   here are some of the photos of our ceremony earlier today..doing a river Blessing!  We’ll be doing more river-thames rituals this year (in addition to the Thames-Isis rituals that we’ve been doing for past 3 years!)  Bright Blessings.  -Mani

Birth of Goddess Isis: Night of the Cradle Ritual in London (July 2015)

It pleases me to announce our 3rd annual Celebration of The Night of the Cradle.   The `Birth of Goddess Isis’ ceremony  will take place on the New Moon (in watery sign of Cancer) on Thursday 16thJuly 2015. We gather by the banks of river Thames  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.

Birthday of Goddess Isis - July 2015 ritual in London
Birthday of Goddess Isis – July 2015 ritual in London

-Meeting Details——————-

Date: Thursday 16th July 2015 .
Venue & time: Richmond (riverside) by the riverside passage/gate to Terrace Gardens (looks like a cave!).

Meet at Richmond station by 6.30pm and walk with me to the ritual spot (20 mins).  I will be prompt, and this `walking together’ is a symbolic and informal `procession’ part of the ceremony!

Or follow the google map and arrive at the ritual spot (Terrace Gardens area..but by the river) at 7pm onwards.

Google map link to ritual spot:    https://goo.gl/maps/6wUq2

As this is a `Night of the Cradle- Birth of Isis’ , we are starting this ceremony later in the evening, so that we may perform the rite after sunset..(night). We’ll be using the `cave-like’ space by the riverside.. and will fix `stars’ on the ceilings .. to recreate a `body of the Sky Goddess Nuit’ (mother of Isis).

The ceremony itself is expected to be 30mins ..and then we’ll continue socials/ feasting.. (It’s a birthday party, after all). 🙂 So be sure to bring plenty of Wine & cakes.

Ceremony outline (subject to  changes) —————–

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 Organisers.

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.

Birthday Party !! (Birthday of Isis).

What to bring:
Food & drinks to share.

Privacy/Photos :
As it is a public place, passers-by may take photos or watch. That is accepted by the organisers, in the spirit of celebrating the Birthday of Isis 🙂

Conduct:
We ask all to be in good public behaviour.

link to  meetup  http://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/events/218699585/

Blessing of the Fleet – Isis Navigatum Ceremony by river Thames (2nd march2014)

Isidias Navigatum Blessing the Fleet ritual 2014 London   (c)Mani Navasothy
Isidias Navigatum Blessing the Fleet ritual 2014 London (c)Mani Navasothy

Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony (Isidias Navigatum)

  • Sunday 2nd March 2014
  • Richmond (by the river Thames)
  • 1pm to 4.30pm

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).

Ritual outline (tbc): A statue of the Goddess will be carried to the water. Women may offer mirrors so that Goddess Isis may see her beauty. We will pour milk on the banks   then sprinkle the statue with precious perfumes & flowers. As the final part of the ritual, a small replica boat(s) will be filled with spices and other magical items,  and sent (out to sea) as an offering to the Goddess Isis.

New: We are also adding small images / models of wild life & animal in danger, as a way of seeking the protection of Goddess Isis for these endangered species!

Practical  details

Meet us at Richmond Train station (just by coffee shop!).   Meetng 1pm.. We’ll walk together to the ritual spot by the river..for ceremony & feasting.  We expect to be back by station at 4.30pm..  and visit a cafe or pub to socialise (in warmth).

Please wear absolutely sensible, warm, water poof cloths..  Our rituals go ahead whatever the weather..  So no need to double check ..if its snowing or  blowing storms! Just turn up and take a chance..  Magic is supposed to be wild and tied with nature!!

All are Welcome to attend these . Do contact us and contribute with your creativity, knowledge & magic for these new explorations..

Past Thames-Isis Rituals

-Mani Navasothy

website:  Tamesa London Circle for Thames rituals

facebook page: Pagan Frontiers of London

 

Celebrating Birthday of Goddess Isis (by river Thames) 17th July2013

Celebrating Birthday of Goddess Isis – by Cleopatra’s Needle, London..   All welcome!!    17th July is celebrated as the Birthday of Isis (Night of the Cradle). It is when Sky Goddess Nut gives birth to Isis. And we are holding an open celebration ritual in Central London on 17th July 2013 to mark this sacred event. (part of the `Thames-Isis rituals 2013 byTamesa London Circle. see below for links).

Gather at Cleopatra’s Needle, Victoria-Embankment at 7.00 pm on this day. The ceremony & social will take place at this location..which has the Obelisk that is over 2000 years old and has previous stood in Egypt, before being gifted to Great Britain in the 17th century.

Date: Wednesday 17thJu;y 2013
Time: Gather 7.00pm onwards (event ends by 8pm. we may stay and socialise afterwards).

venue: Cleopatra’s needle, Victoria-Embankment (nearest tubes – Embankment.. 5 min walk).

Ceremony 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 all repeat.

Isis is revealed.

Milk & flower Ceremony – all bath statue in milk), followed by offering of flowers.

Food & drinks blessed and shared.

Collected Milk & flowers offered to river Thames

Tide & Safety:

At the time of this ritual, river Thames will be in high-tide. So we will NOT go down the shores. We will not use the steps by Cleopatra’s needle as it will be very slippery. Organisers take no responsibility for anyone doing so!)

What to bring:
-Food & drinks to share (remember it’s a public place.. by the main road! Not sure about public consumption of alcohol. You are responsible for what you bring!).

-Flowers and any offerings (to keep on altar)

-Only flowers & milk will be offered to the Thames!

Privacy:

As it is a public place, there will be other passers-by, who may take photos or watch. That is accepted by the organisers, in the spirit of celebrating the Birthday of Isis 🙂

Conduct:
As we will be in a public place, and we will be seen as representing pagans / paganism, organisers ask all to be in good public behaviour. And not to get involved in other matters / conflicts which may disrupt the ritual. If our safety is deem to be at rik by circumstances, organisers will request all participating to move to another location on the evening.. (just follow Mani’s lead!)

-Mani Navasothy (facilitator)

Update: Birth of Isis ritual  for 2017

Night of the Cradle- Birth of Goddess Isis Ritual (Richmond, London)

Sunday, Jul 16, 2017, 1:30 PM

Hollyhock Cafe, Terrace gardens, Petersham Road, TW10 6UX
Richmond London , GB

28 Woodland Witches & Pagans Went

Our 5th annual Celebration of Birthday  of Goddess Isis’ – to mark the Night of the Cradle’ where Sky Goddess Nut gave birth to the Egyptian Goddess Isis.  It will take place as before, on the river banks of the Thames in Central London!New meeting point- Meet us at the Hollyhock Cafe, Terrace Gardens, Richmond at 1.30pm.  At 2pm we will ceremonia…

Check out this Meetup →

 

Link to related blogs (rituals)

Thames-Isis rituals 2013

Submerging Sekhmet Ritual

Swearing oath on Horns of Hern Ritual 

Birth of Isis (Night of the Cradle) – july 2017

Tamesa Serpent in Thames Magical Rituals

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Logo – Tamesa London Circle

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.

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Tamesa Serpent created by ritual group for Eclipse in 2008

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.

Meanwhile, we also have a set of 3 Thames-Isis rituals being planned (March, July, November).

-Mani Navasothy

Links

Tamesa London Circle website (est 2006)

Wicca, Witchcraft & magic in London (website)

 

Bewitching London: Brooms, Pentagrams & Olympic Torches

On Saturday 21st July 2012, the Olympic Torch came to London! That was 3-4 days ago.

Since then it’s been carried by hundreds of individuals in a relay, along a clockwise direction around London, starting from the East, heading south, west, and eventually back to East part of London by 26th July.  And on Friday 27th July, it will be transported (not in a relay but by vehicles) to furthest west point of London- to Hampton Court, and be carried on the Queen’s Jubilee barge..by river Thames, to Tower Bridge.. before being taken to the Olympic Stadium for official launch ceremony!

This whole journey of of high esoteric interest to me.

Way back in 2005, being a practitioner of Magic & Wicca, I had the idea of doing a `London-Circle’ magically. (If others had done it before then, I didn’t know about it).  I had been interested in Earth-Magic -working with the land directly. So with the help of my partner April, and my friend Reggie, I set off to do a series of magical `circles’ around London.

We did the following on 3 separate occasions:

  1. Take a home made Witche’s Broom, in the Circle Line (Tube network) and sat in it for a whole circuit around London.  That took us about 90 minutes. It was our way of `sweeping London’ with a magic broom! Once completed, we took it straight to a PF London open ritual (Yule ritual, in early December).
  2. Trace the shape of a pentagram over London, by travelling (in public transport) from point to point, as if we were drawing a pentagram.  This was easier said than done. For example, imagine travelling by shortest tube possible, from Greenwich (South-East point) to Wembley (North-west point) and so on. We started in a woods in the North London, around 10am and ended the pentagram by about 11pm that night! That was just April & me – just travelling (and having short lunch and evening meal breaks in local cafe/ pub).
  3. Finally, we got in a car, lit a consecrated candle, and took it for a drive around the whole of the M25 – starting from the Southern point, clockwise, back to the South. And at the quarter points, we got out of the car to get on the road side, and `call a quarter’ (as Pagans do in a magic circle).  It was a tough act towards the end..  with the large pillar candle so full of melted liquid wax, that every shake of the car threatened to flood the candle-flame out with liquid wax. But we made it. This was done after traffic time in the evening an took about 3+ hours.  It was actually New year’s eve, and the idea was to then take the candle (still lit) to Trafalgar square/ Thames side for the evening fire works/ celebrations. However, we gave that idea up, and took the incense sticks we had been burning, to central London.

Earlier today, I watched the Torchbearers take it past my local area – around 2.15pm along the streets of Sutton.  And the recent taking of the Olympic Torch around London in a clockwise direction reminded me of the old magical works I had done back in December of 2005.

It is interesting, that the final relay of the Olympic Torch takes it along the river Thames. A flame on the water – opposite elements! The flame arrived n London on the last day of Sun in Cancer (astrological water sign and home of the Moon), and is now gong through London as the Sun travels through the first third section of Leo – a fire sign and home of the Sun! So the flame is in it’s astrological element now.

It is as if – intentionally or unintentionally, London is being consecrated by the flame, and a circle is being cast around it!  Despite all the commercialism of the Olympics, it is nevertheless no ordinary flame. It is one lit by a Priestess of Apollo temple in Greece!  So there was already magic to begin with!  I believe this will change London- not just the economical or political landscapes as everyone expects, predicts and hopes – but on a much deeper magical and spiritual level. When everything else has faded away, the magic will remain – below the surface of the `London Collective’ (and Tamesa!)

Personally, am planning a few magical workings of my own..  starting with a special Flame watch social on 27th July in the morning, followed by a bit of magical working nearby..

-Mani

Related links:

Gaian Times magazine – Olympic special issue out on 4th August’12.

Tamesa London Circle- special rituals by river Thames 

Pagan Federation London ( PF London) – seasonal indoor rituals.

Witchcraft & Wiccan Open Rituals (quarterly) in London