Isidias Navigatum- Goddess Isis Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony 2017 (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).

Fee:   suggested Donation £3 towards our costs and continued running of these rituals. (thank you).

Ritual outline : A statue of the Goddess will be carried to the water side. 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 placed in the river as an offering to the Goddess Isis. Smaller paper boats may also be placed in the river and let go off..

Bring your own small boats!   Be it paper boats or small scale models – to either sail them on the river Thames afterwards, or to symbolically place them on our altar during ritual, to gain the blessings of Isis for your own ventures ahead in 2017.

Practical  details / meeting point (edited on 28Feb17)

  • new meeting point / time: Hollyhock Cafe, Terrace Gardens, Petersham Road, TW10 6UX. Meet there by 1.30pm
  • ( You can get to Richmond station by 1pm and you must walk/ take a bus to Terrace Gardens). We will cross the road to the riverside for ceremony.
    Exact spot for ceremony may vary/change depending on how busy the riverside is . So please meet at the Cafe and we can all walk to the riverside.
  • Altar set up by 2pm. Ceremony will soon after that.. At the end of the ceremony our `ships’ will be set sail followed by Feasting. We expect to be back at station by 5pm .. and visit a cafe or pub to socialise (in warmth).

**Please wear absolutely sensible shoes, warm & water poof cloths** ..  Our rituals go ahead whatever the weather.. and how ever many or few people attend. We do them for serious magical purpose!   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..

Gathering Format: 

Our Gatherings normally take the following form

a) Meeting at the Richmond Station, at appointed place, and then walking together to the selected Ritual area.

b) Pre-Ritual Social & setting up altar / getting into ritual cloths and explanation of ritual (delegating some ritual roles to people who are interested).

c) Ritual

d) Feasting & Social

e) Taking down altar, packing & tidy-up, and departures (Individuals make their own way back).

*Some people leave as soon as Ritual is complete. Others stay longer to enjoy socials & bonding with our friends.

Please bring Food & drinks to share. It can be a bottle of wine, soft drinks, hot drinks (in a flask), short eats, snacks, bread, butter, cheese, humus, cakes, salads, pasta and so on.

Privacy/Photos :
We ask that no photos are taken during the setting up of altar or ritual itself.  Thank you 🙂

Bright Blessings

Mani Navasothy

Link to meetup event for this ceremony

Isidias Navigatum- Goddess Isis Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony 2017 (Richmond)

Sunday, Mar 5, 2017, 1:30 PM

Richmond Riverside
Richmond, Surrey TW9 1EJ, GB

17 London Woodland Pagans Attending

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 …

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River Thames Blessing Ceremony (3rd Jan2016)

Dear all.. Happy New Year!
Let’s start the year with a bang.. some magical work for the City, and then a jolly celebration!!

This is a blend of 2 events – my own `River Thames Blessing’ (literally by the river banks..) and then, attending the Lions Part annual event `12th Night Celebrations’.

1. Blessing of the Thames   (12pm to about 1.30pm)

We’ve been dong river-thames based rituals since 2006 (check our www.Tamesa.info for records). In 2015, we did NOT do the `Tamesa River of Souls Halloween’ (but did do the Isis rituals earlier).
I wanted to shift the emphasis…and decided that `Blessing the river’ is the way to go…for us Londoners.. cos the `River runs through our city’ 🙂 So join me around 12noon….for a very friendly and short `river blessing ceremony’ –

Details: Please get to Millennium Bridge (St.Pauls side).. and meet us ..at the beginning of the Millennium Bridge (end of `Peter’s Hill’). We’ll then walk down to the river banks (slippery… so do this at your own risk) for the ceremony.

ps.  Low tide is at 1.33pm..  so we’ll be perfectly safe on the river banks just before that..!

Directions:

Nearest tube:  BlackFriars station or Mansion House. Then walk about 10minutes along Queen Victoria Street (one comes from left, other from right) to `Peter’s Hill’ (name of a small road).  and head to Millennium Bridge.

2. Bankside 12th Night Celebrations.   (2pm onwards)

This is an annual event facilitated by the Theatre company `Lionspart’ (in Autumn they run the `October plenty’ where we actually get to go into Shakespear’s Globe Theatre!).

Here’s some extracts about this event..
1. Holly Man arrives by boat along Thames.
2. The Ban Wassails – various blessings
3. The Mummers play (in the street )
4. Then then “lead the people in procession through the streets to the historic George Inn in Borough High Street for a fine warming up with Storytelling, the Kissing Wishing Tree and more Dancing.”

It’s all friendly and great fun.. (Just wrap up very warm..and bring raincoat in case in is a bit wet! This is England!!).

If you are joining only for this..(it’s a public event.. we are just attending it..) you can go ahead to the Globe Theatre area..or join us for river Blessing..and then continue to hang out with us..

Best wishes
-Mani

Link to my meetup event

River Thames Blessing Ceremony & visit to Bankside 12th Night Celebrations

Sunday, Jan 3, 2016, 12:00 PM

Millennium Bridge- North end
Peter’s Hill, EC4V London, GB

20 London Outdoor Pagans Attending

Dear all.. Happy New Year! Let’s start the year with a bang..  some magical work for the City, and then a jolly celebration!!This is a blend of 2 events – our very own `River Thames Blessing’ (literally by the river banks..) and then,  attending the Lions Part annual event `12th Night Celebrations’.1. Blessing of the Thames   (12pm to about 1.3…

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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. 🙂

London Hindu Magicians

London, GB
46 Hindu Magicians

This is a very new meetup group for any and all who are  interested in  Hindu spirituality & Magical development & Practical Ceremonies as the focus. It’s envisioned as a rela…

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Ganesh in the Water Ceremony (Ganesh Chathurthi)

Sunday, Sep 27, 2015, 3:00 PM
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Isidias Navigatum- Goddess Isis Blessing of the Fleet – Ritual in London (by river Thames)

It gives me great magical honour to invite you to this  3rd annual ceremony in London, by the river Thames.  Originally it 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).

Date: Sunday 1st March 2015

Time: 1.30pm onwards (allow 4+ hrs)

Location: Riverside area, Richmond Upon Thames, London

Meeting point:  Meet us at Richmond Train Station between 1.15pm – 1.30pm. We’ll get walking (takes 15-20mins) to the ritual spot by the riverside.

Isidias Navigatum Blessing the Fleet ritual 2015 London

Isidias Navigatum Blessing the Fleet ritual 2015 London

Code of conduct:
While there is a social element to these gatherings, many of us do take these magical rituals seriously. We ask that you observe the `atmosphere’ and be mindful of when to be sociable and when to be serious (usually when the ritual starts!). Organisers do use humour to lighten the mood at times (and to make newcomers feel at ease).
We ask all to be in good public behaviour, as we will be in a public place.

Fee: A donation of £2 is welcome towards our costs and continued running of these rituals and our meetup group.

Ritual outline :

A statue of the Goddess will be carried to the water side. 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.

Bring your own boats for this ritual..

 

Bring your own small boats!

Be it paper boats or small scale models – to either sail them on the river Thames afterwards, or to symbolically place them on our altar during ritual, to gain the blessings of Isis for your own ventures ahead in 2015.

Practical  details

Meet us at Richmond Train station (just by coffee shop inside the main foyer!).  Meeting 1.30pm.. We’ll walk together to the ritual spot by the river..for ceremony & feasting.  We expect to be back by station at 4.30pm-5pm..  and visit a cafe or pub to socialise (in warmth).

**Please wear absolutely sensible shoes, warm & water poof cloths** ..  Our rituals go ahead whatever the weather.. and how ever many or few people attend. We do them for serious magical purpose!   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..

Gathering Format: 

Our Gatherings normally take the following form

a) Meeting at the Richmond Station, at appointed place, and then walking together to the selected Ritual area.

b) Pre-Ritual Social & setting up altar / getting into ritual cloths and explanation of ritual (delegating some ritual roles to people who are interested).

c) Ritual

d) Feasting & Social

e) Taking down altar, packing & tidy-up, and departures (Individuals make their own way back).

*Some people leave as soon as Ritual is complete. Others stay longer to enjoy socials & bonding with our friends.

Please bring Food & drinks to share. It can be a bottle of wine, soft drinks, hot drinks (in a flask), short eats, snacks, bread, butter, cheese, humus, cakes, salads, pasta and so on.

Privacy/Photos :
As it is a public place, passers-by may take photos or watch from a distant. That is unavoidable.  If you do not wish to be identified, you may bring a ritual mask and wear it.   Members of our ritual group may also take photos.  But we ask that no photos are taken during the setting up of altar or ritual itself.  There will be plenty of opportunities after the ritual..  to pose with the altar and others. Thank you 🙂

Students/ Researchers / Journalists:   You are welcome to `genuinely participate’ in the ritual (no note taking or filming!!) .  But please understand these are real magical ritual explorations – for the organisers, ritual group,  and for participants attending these.  Being observed, probed with questions, photographed or analysed can completely destroy their magical experiences and spiritual purpose of these events.

**A quick self-check is not to do anything you won’t do in a Church, Hindu temple or Islamic Mosque.   These pagan rituals are similarly important to the pagans doing them..!! **

Bright Blessings

Mani Navasothy

 

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Tamesa (and Thames-Isis) London rituals in 2015

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.

Bright Blessings

-Mani

 

1. Isidias Navigatum- Blessing of the Fleet – Isis Ritual

Sunday 1st March 2015   @ Richmond

Isidias Navigatum Blessing the Fleet ritual 2015 London

Isidias Navigatum Blessing the Fleet ritual 2015 London

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)

Meetup link to Blessing of the Fleet Ritual 2015

 

2. Night of the Cradle- Birthday of Goddess Isis Ceremony

Thursday 16th July 2015 @ Embankment, Central London (Cleopatra’s Needle)

Birthday of Goddess Isis - July 2015 ritual in London

Birthday of Goddess Isis – July 2015 ritual in London

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.

Meetup link to Birthday of Isis ritual

 

3. Tamesa River of Souls (Halloween) & Full Moon Ritual

Tuesday 27th October 2015 @ Millennium Bridge area by river side, Central London

Tamesa Halloween Ritual 2015

Tamesa Halloween Ritual 2015

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.

Meetup link to Tamesa Halloween ritual 2105

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Additional links

You can watch some brief promotional and/or celebratory videos of our past Tamesa rituals, filmed and edited by my sister  link to the Tamesa events videos (playlist):

Link to Tamesa London Circle website – Details and records of all the past rituals (2006 to present)

Link to Pagan Frontiers of London website – Gateway site for all major pagan events in London

 

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

On Earth Day 2014, an Eco-Magical appeal to magical people everywhere!

Earth Hour 2014 (29March’14)- We are a small group of Pagans & magical people stand at the heart of London, on the banks of river Thames, between St.Pauls Cathedral & Tate Modern Gallery. You might say, we stand between the world of religion and art! And that is where I finally made my heart-felt  (long-term) appeal known to all.

I make a big request to all magical practitioners, Pagans, witches, Wizards, Shamans and all-

“Please make Eco-Magic part of your rituals, Ceremonies, festivals and magical events! We have the power and the energy ..and we can change the World.. by making this conscious decision to give a tiny part of our magical practices towards Eco-Magic!”

This year (2014) as we were gathering for our annual Earth-Hour social walk and eco-ceremony by the river Thames, we actually witnessed the fact that St.Paul’s Cathedral outside lights were all switched off at 8.30pm and switched back on again at 9.30pm. This is the Earth Hour, when in every country (local time) we are encouraged to turn lights and all electrical (non-essential) equipment off..to save a bit of the energy-drain we put on the planet! And we’re glad to see a big Christina establishment like St.Pauls Cathedral following it. So there’s no excuse for any one else…is there?!

Best wishes

Mani Navasothy

Director of Gaian Times eco-spiritual Magazine / not-for-profit company (http://www.GaianTimes.com) –