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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.

tamesa-river-of-souls-samhain-oct-2016

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.

75 Woodland Witches & Pagans Went

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 Wiccan Samhain / Halloween 2015- Seasonal Open ritual in London

Join us for the evening to mark SAMHAIN – the night for honoring our ancestral spirits! Outdoor Samhain is particularly intense because of the real dark (wet, windy) environment among trees and bushes that are already bare …! As evening falls, there is an eeriness that also becomes apparent.. Once at the ritual space, you will be immediately involved in the ritual – of the calling of the DarkLord, and communing with ancestors. Some divination work will commence before feasting

“Samhain is a festival for the dead and ancestors. Death is seen as a transition from one phase of life to another (The Death Card in Tarot has similar meaning), or from one incarnation to the next. This rite invokes the God an Goddess of the underworld. The Dark Lord opens the gateway between our world and the underworld and invites all to feast (commune) with the dead. At Samhain the veil between world is thin, and so it is perfect time for the art of divination and mediumship. On a lighter side, apple bobbing from the cauldron is traditional. Samhain is seen as the New Year in Celtic traditions”. (taken from http://www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )

London Woodlnd Wiccan Samhain open ritual 31 Oct 2015 by Mani & friends
London Woodlnd Wiccan Samhain open ritual 31 Oct 2015 by Mani & friends

Date: Saturday 31st October 2015

RITUAL :

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

Out ritual *Team will conduct key aspects of the ceremony, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved in the actual ritual – ie with elements calling, chants, magical work and so on.

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

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)

For full details join my Meetup event for this at

London woodland witches Samhain 2015

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy (Wiccan High Priest)

Tamesa the Dark- Samhain ritual by Thames 31Oct14

Join us on Halloween Night in Central London on…31st October 2014.. by Millennium Bridge (Tate Galley side). 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.. Mist 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..!

Thames Halloween Walk -31Oct2014 temp

Meeting point/ Tube:
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 5.45pm to about 6pm.

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..

Numbers:
We may have 5 -50 people. It’s unpredictable..

Media/ photography/ privacy:
-It’s all in the open, in a public place. Any passers-by may stop and take photos.. We can’t stop them.
-We will ask outsiders to be non-intrusive during ceremony (best we can do).
-If you don;t like being photographed by anyone.. best wear a mask / fancy dress! 🙂

The plan (subject to changes on the evening):

1. We’ll meet n greet…so a bit of socialising.. share a sip of hot coffee and chalice / wine.
2.Then Mani (facilitator) will lead all to a nearby suitable spot along the Thames, to do the Ceremony for Samhain/ Ancestors. This is a serious but simple ceremony.. so children and non-pagans are all welcome.
3. After Ceremony (and more socials), we’ll have an informal candle-lit walk along the Thames-path (on pavement). The exact direction (towards Waterloo or towards London Bridge) will be announced at the meeting point.

Ritual content/ format:

-Simple 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. Children are allowed with parents or guardians supervision.

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

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

Safety note: 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!!

We do ask that you keep a watchful eye on your young children on the night. (If you bring your kids, that is).

With bright blessings
– Mani

link:
www.PaganFrontiers.com

Maypoles & Motorbike crashes: The Death in Life aspect of the Wheel

Motorbike - devils chariot
Motorbike – devils chariot

Sunday 28th April – my partner and I were in a bus in Enfield, carrying a Maypole with ribbons (from it’ previous outing a week prior to it), and we were on our way to an outdoor Maypole Dance social in Trent Park..   We were on the upper deck of a double-decker London red bus..  literally 5 minutes away from Oakwood tube station.

At some point, I heard a strange sound crunching sound.. It was similar but deeper to what you would hear if you took a drink-can and crushed in with your hands..  or maybe it was similar to the sound of driving a wheelbarrow over a half-dozen small branches in the garden… as they rub and crack in a sequential sound..!

I remember swearing to myself thinking the bus had gone over some branches on the road..

The bus continued for a further 50 years..  and we were beginning to forget it…when it stopped. And then suddenly realisation hit me.. and I looked back through the back window..  Traffic was building up some 50 yards behind..  We got out quick..  and I had a better look ..

Back in the distance was a motorbike.. fallen on the road, and a few yards further back was a fully leather-clad face-down helmet-wearing human body.. motionless. People were gathering.

Both my partner and I got that kick in the gut sick feeling..  We didn’t want to stay…so we walked fast forward…about 20 minutes to the next station.. and eventually got to Trent park.

The weather was not brilliant.. (it had been so sunny the day before.. and the day afterwards…but on that day it was wet and cold..

Some friends had already arrived and put up a wind-breaker..  Another friend had brought a 3-piece tall Maypole..

We sat, socialized, made flower crowns, had  few nibbles..  We even practiced playing the Didgeridoo..

There was severe turn of weather..  It actually `rained’ hailstones..  first small ones..  then really large ones!

We retired to the cafe, warmed up with more coffee, and then I bid farewells, and got home with my partner April..

But no Maypole dancing took place.!

What has been going through our minds..  is that the Motorcyclist must have driven between the Bus and a car on the other side…but due to the angle got trapped between the two..and the two large vehicles of steel slowly rubbed, scraped and crushed the motorbike and its passenger.

A micro-moment of risk taking and miscalculating by him had most likely caused him his life..!

Over 2 decades ago, I lost my father to a street accident.. on an ordinary working day on a high street near Elephant & Castle, London, on a normal afternoon..  Drivers of a A bus, a car and a motorcycle were all giving conflicting accounts of how my father had run and fallen to the road. The Coroner’s inquest filed an open `accidental death’ .. So none more that I (and my family) are aware of the devastating effects of a human-road-kill..

It has taken me weeks and I am still not the same.. nor will I ever be.. after hearing that …bone-crunching sounds.. !

At this time of Maypoles and Beltane festivities and pagan frolics, celebrating life and love and sex..  nature reminds us of its opposite point on the Wheel of the Year..  Samhain..  the honouring  of the departed dead, and remembering the lost loved ones..!

But the Wheel will turn..  and Samhain will come..  once more..and then..  as we immerse ourselves i n thoughts of the dead, nature will remind us of the Life that is all around us.. !

-Mani Navasothy

FREE e-Book: Hallowee’en Guide for Pagan, Parents, Teachers & Journalists

Halloween Guide for Pagans, Parents, Teachers & Journalists
(c) Mani Navasothy.2012

Hallowee’en Guide for Pagan, Parents, Teachers & Journalists –  an e-Book by Mani Navasothy  (ISBN  978-0-9560746-6-9  Awakening Publishing).   Just published online in pdf forms in website Witchcraft and Magic   This will be available on Amazon’s Kindle platforms (ipads, Kindle, Kindle Fire, Kindle HD ) very shortly. It contains graphics that some platforms allow.

Currently this book is FREE 100% to download. Just go to my Witchcraft & Magic website, opt-in (subscribe) with name & reliable e-mail, and a link will be sent to you where you can download this immediately.   After 48 hours, it will be available via Amazon Kindle, and the FREE download will be removed!

So Why have I written this short guide ? (32 pages+)

Here’s what I said in the Amazon platform:

“Halloween- ancient pagan festival marking celtic New year and remembering Ancestors! Pagans, Wiccans & Witches celebrated Samhain in private rituals – at homes or in quite woodlands. The Christians moved their All Hallows day from 13th May to 1st November in 834 in an attempt to Christianise this deep pagan festival.But now, Halloween has become a popular party festival all around the World. Television & movies glamorizing Witches, Werewolves and sexy broody teen-vampires have all added to the increase of people’s interests in Witchcraft, Spells and magic…and Halloween!

But with it, we see an increase in tabloid stories & smear campaigns aimed at Pagans & Witches. Parents are worried about the `evil’ of Wicca on their kids; Teachers are wondering how to teach the subject that is fast becoming part of religious education.

This Guide sets the records straight! It gives adequate details, history, related concerns, background to Wicca & Witchcraft and even some of the popular symbols of paganism. Pagans, Parents, Teachers & all types of Journalists will find this short Guide to be an invaluable first port of call.

Mani Navasothy, brought up as a Hindu in Sri Lanka, living in the UK for over 25 years, has written this guide from personal experience of Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft to be helpful to all.”

If you like to know the Chapters/ Content of the e-Book, here it is:

Contents (“Halloween Guide” by M Navasothy. 2012)

Forward
1. Halloween & Samhain – Origins, Traditions & Ritual Practises.
2. What is Paganism?
3. What is Wicca & Witchcraft?
4. Truth about Masks, Brooms, Cauldrons & Pumpkins
5. Playing with Spells & Psychic Child concerns
6. Party season: Commercial, Media & Social Trends of Halloween
7. Witches, Werewolves & Vampires: Icons on TV & Films and their effects on people.
8. Christian Concerns: Satanism, Devil worship & Human Sacrifices.
9. Pagan Protests: Discriminations against Witches and Witchcraft.
Appendix 1: Paganism
Appendix 2: Major Pagan Festivals
Appendix 3: Pagan Symbols & Ritual Tools
Appendix 4: Wicca & Witchcraft
Appendix 5: Websites

If you do download the book, and have a read, I’l be interested to know what you thought…as am sure there’s always more room for making it better. That way, if the media or other religious people get twitchy about witchy things, we’ll be ready..:-)

Have a Happy Halloween, ye all!

Bright Blessings

-Mani

Samhain / Halloween Webinar 2012 – free to listen! ( for a limited time)

Samhain Webinar 2012

Here is a special 75 minute (edited) replay of last year’s popular Samhain Webinar!

Follow this link to listen to the Samhain-Halloween Webinar with slideshow. 

I  talk extensively about Samhain, and also covers introductions to Paganism, Wicca, Altars, outdoor rituals..and answers questions from listeners. I hope you enjoy this informative webinar. If you have new questions, e-mail them to me (via my website contact point) and I will personally get back to you.

What’s a webinar?     Well, it’ an online seminar, with a slide show, and a soundtrack (live talk). It can be accessed by a website (watched on a screen in a web page, with volume turned up), or it can be listened to via a phone-in (participants phone a pre-publicised local number, and put a pin number in and get their call connected to the webinar …and listen in.   These used to be called `Teleseminars’ (telephone seminars), but now we have slides to go with them on websites…so they are more evolved and called `Webinars’.   Various hosting companies provide the online services for registering & running webinars.  (bit like website hosting). Webinars are highly evolved online communication, promotion & teaching tools…used for internet ventures & marketing.

Background to my first (Samhain 2011) webinar:

This webinar  was originally facilitated on 31st Oct’2011.  It originally came about because I was invited to appear in an internet radio show, to talk about Samhain, and also participate in a religious discussion about Halloween (in October 2011). However I was quite disappointed by the way my side of things (on Paganism) was warped by one of the other guests on the show – a Christian Priest. So, I made a big decision to start putting out the `uncensored’ version of my views… and my sister helped me set up this webinar. It was the first ever webinar I had done.. (and I had a very bad cold when I was doing it).

Bright Blessings

Mani Navasothy

ps. I hope to announce another Samhain related publication within 24 hours.. Watch this space 🙂

Samhain Thoughts: Personal Legacies?

Personal Legacies – what we leave behind for Humanity
art (c)ManiN’12

As we approach Samhain, everyone is busy making preparations for ceremonies, rituals, Halloween parties and so on. And quite rightly too.

Samhain is the old name for Halloween –  a pagan festival for honouring the deceased loved ones and Ancestors.  It takes place on the night of 31st October to 1st November every year (based on the current western Calendar).  The word Samhain (pronounced `Sow-in’) is Irish Gaelic name for the month of November, and Samhuin (pronounced `Sav-en’) is Scottish Gaelic for All Hallows. 1st of November marked the beginning of Celtic Winter, and the beginning of the New Year for the Celts!

Harvest of the Flesh: Samhain marks the 3rd harvest of the year – that of the flesh. This refers to the olden day agricultural practises of slaughtering and preserving the meat of any weak cattle-stock that will not survive the upcoming winter, but ensuring that the good stock were carefully selected and provided for through the hard winter months (for they were needed to re-grow stock when Spring came!).  Any remaining crops were also harvested at this time, before the frosts came and ruined them.   So it was a time of preparation for winter, as well as time of abundance of meat and harvested grains – and festivities were held.

In Pagan religions such as Wicca, death is seen as a transition from one phase of life to another (The Death Card in Tarot has similar meaning), or from one incarnation to the next. This rite invokes the God and Goddess of the underworld. The Dark Lord, known as Hades in Greek mythologies, or Pluto in Roman mythologies,  is the ruler of the Underworld. He is not to be confused with the Christian `Devil’ or `Satan’.  At this time (Samhain), the Dark Lord is said to opens the gateway between our world and the underworld and invites all to feast (commune) with the dead.

 Ritual ideas of Death: In Wicca and other western pagan religious rituals, following cleansing & consecrations with salt-water and incense,  a sacred magical circle is created for protection (this is normal for all rituals). Then the 4 elements – air, fire, water and earth – are called to guard the 4 quarters (or directions) of the Circle. Energy is raised – either with chants, spiral dance or sometimes deep meditation. Then symbolically, the Dark Lord is invoked, as well as the crone or wise-mother aspect of the Goddess. Hecate, Cerridwen, Cailleach are just some of the Goddesses who can be called. At this point, the boundary between the underworld and the living are magically opened, and all members participating may then commune silently with their ancestors. Once this part of the ceremony has finished, cakes & wine are blessed, and shared around (the symbolic `feasting with death’). People may call out names of their ancestors and say loving words of remembrance.

There follows much merriment, as pagans hold all things in balance, and realise that at times of remembering the dead, it is also important to focus on life and the living.

What about the living?

The question that has me contemplating is this- what about us the living? I don’t mean that in the previously explained sense of `celebrating the life’, but in a sort of generational way.

Here we are well and truly focusing on remembering our deceased, and all the (good) things they have achieved and left behind…but in the same vein, surely we should be thinking about future generations – and what we are leaving behind for them?    One day our time will come, and we will end our lives on Earth and ascend (or descend) to other spiritual planes. And hopefully one day in the future, some of our descendants (children, grandchildren – and surviving relatives, friends, peers and colleagues –  will be sitting at their Samhain altars and planning to contact our spirits, to honour us. And at that point, what will they remember? what will they call us for?

What legacies are we creating now…that we will leave to the next and future generations?

People are always busy..  always in a hurry, facing struggles and stresses, trying to get somewhere in life.. (well, most people!) And in all that hurry, people probably forget about the legacies we leave behind… not just to our immediate loved ones, families, friends.. – not just a patch of land, property, saved up money or other wealth, stack of albums and such…but other legacies.. Yes, we have a loving obligation to take care of the loved ones..by leaving good things for them.. (and not just a messy house full of worthless junk, or huge financial debts).

But we also have a duty to leave some sort of legacy for humanity itself.  It does border on altruism.. not 100% but enough to make a genuine difference to humanity. Otherwise what will be the point of having been part of the human race?

These days people talk about taking care of the environment, ecology and animals..  on top of the personal legacies to be left for loved ones. But it goes a bit more than that.

Did we make a difference – in our living years – to others? Not just doing things as part of our everyday living.. while we are crossing the road, we help someone else cross the road too..  throw a few coins into a charity box.. run a community event.. etc.

But really making an impact – one that will register in the human collective.

I do admire the people who travel the world, staying in other countries and working to change other people’s lives.. I admire people who set up or take up causes and fight to make a huge difference, for weeks and months and years.. and I admire people who create new things – as smal as some of it may seem- but things that have a potential to grow and change hundreds of lives.

Oh yes, I hear you say- no time, gotta look after immediate problems!  I get you..  Am there , right with you on that one. But I also think about the `beyond my immediate’ realms.

It may seem like a huge challenge, to think about the great big Humanity.. and it may seem a daunting task to even contemplate giving something to humanity. But I imagine, that if we did..  we’d get a better perspective.. on our tiny lives…and how it can make huge differences to the whole Human race..

While we focus on the spirits of our Ancestors, as Samhain approaches,  we should be thinking what legacies we may be leaving behind..

Good luck in creating your own legacies. Your forefathers mattered. And now, it’s your time..  and you matter 🙂

-Mani Navasothy

Letting Go Ritual for Halloween/Samhain

For Samhain: A `Letting Go’ Ritual (taken from `e-Witch Apprentice Course’)

Halloween/ Samhain : A `Letting-go’ ceremony

 

This is a simple ritual that has an impact on a magical and transpersonal level. The act of doing the ritual is magical. The act also sends a strong message to your own subconscious mind, which in turn will begin a positive long term impact.

Usually people do these `letting go’ rituals at Samhain (Halloween) or on New Year’s Eve, as a way of letting go of their past issues and ties. However, as you embark on a new magical journey, it is equally appropriate to let go of the issues that weigh you down inwardly now.

There are those who will find this difficult to do, not the actual practical ritual itself but approaching the matter of making an effort to let go. Some people find it `comfortable’ to hold on to past issues, and cling to them as some sort of crutch. But letting go, even if this ritual is done half-heartedly, still creates the wonderful `avalanche effect’ of starting the process within.  You do not have to even believe it. Just do it!  (We are working in the realms of magic, after all!)

 

 

 

  1. You’ll need a large piece of blank paper, a pen, a small container to burn it in (a saucepan, if you do not have a cauldron), matches or lighter.
  2. On a piece of paper, write down the following (in no particular order or format): Worries and fears you currently have in your life; Problems you may face on health issues, financial, housing, career or work related. Issues on bullying/ harassment you may be facing, of politics, relationships, friendships, love, security; Matters of past guilt, shame, secrecy, fidelity, loyalty.
  3. Once writing is complete, hold the piece of paper to your chest and visualize those issues seeping out from your heart into the paper. You can also hold the paper to your forehead, and visualize the issues that have been worrying you, seeping from your mind and into the paper. For health issues, we suggest you hold the paper against your stomach and visualize those issues seeping into the paper. (You can do all 3 on the same paper).
  4. Now gently spit on the paper 3 times.
  5. Go to a ventilated location in your house – garden, veranda, balcony, or back-door (with door open). Slightly crunch the piece of paper into a loose ball. Light it with matches or lighter.
  6. Step back a little and watch it burn away completely. Let those energies that have tied you up till now be burned away by the powers of Fire, leaving you to begin an internal transformation. If there are any ashes left, you can bury them in the ground, or drop them into the toilet, urinate over and flush them down!!

-Mani Navasothy

link: Witchcrat & Magic

Ghosts of the past – aiding the dead

On the eve of New Year.. and there is one thing I have been meaning to write about – before I can move on into the future!

It began with a dream on the morning of 25th December – in which April and I visited a hospital, where I met her mother – who was dying! To cut a long dream short, in the dream, many things got resolved between all 3 of us. And then I saw the elderly lady (Jean) free of all the needles and tubes, glow and float, and fall! Bearing in mind, I once came very close to meeting her (who would be my mother-on-law) in a hospital few years ago – but never actually met her, and since then had only seen 1 photo of her – I think this was a remarkable dream. It had elements of magic – of aiding a suffering person to pass through the veil.   Half a day later, when my back-pain issues started, I pushed this dream aside. But it was worth mentioning.

It wasn’t just in that dream that I had `performed’ a passing-through magical work. Few years ago, my sister and I did a very similar – albeit slightly Hindu version – ceremony for my uncle Sathyamoorthy who was suffering from cancer, and in a nursing home in Kent. That night he passed away.  And going back about 7-8 years, the first time I did that sort of a ceremony was for Maureen Brown  on Christmas Day  (Wiccan High Priestess and Psychologist, who had taught me so much of magic and psychology). That evening, she passed away. Previously she and I had discussed portals and the voids..   and it suddenly came to the forefront of my mind that afternoon. A fellow coven member and HPS  was part of the ceremony.

Some 20+ years ago, a few days after New Year, my father Navasothy (that was his first name, which in Tamil custom, become my Surname!) met with a road accident while crossing the road and died. It was a singular event that set me off – initially into a faithless spin- and brought me into the world of Paganism & Magical spirituality.   And reaching further back, to when I was 5 years, I saw my paternal grandfather die, at home, in his bed, surrounded by family. I was in my father’s arms that moment, and I remember crying because I had seen my father cry!

To this day, even such things as very old bones I find on the banks of river Thames (in London) tend to have a strong psychic effect on me – anything from tingles in the head, a burning sensation of the face, heaviness of the chest area, or head-ache that takes half  day to fade.  All I have to do is touch an old bone!   (This is a huge subject matter that I will write about another time).

My one regret is – I could not go and attend to a person who was pagan-hindu and dying – just about the time I was getting ready for my Handfasting / pagan wedding ceremony 2 years ago.  Weddings are so hectic to organise, and I just could not bring my self to give up half a day that week. I am sorry that I did not. The guilt plagues me still- that I may have been able to help that Soul pass over easily and that I didn’t.

As I stand on the eve of the next year – 2012 – I shall remember the loved ones I have aided, other nameless dead-Souls , both human and animals, I have touched. I don’t only need to remember them on Samhain (pagan festival of honoring the ancestors), or on the day of their deaths, or on some special religious day (such as tomorrow when it is the day to do a special `moksha-pooja’ for my deceased father). I can remember them whenever I wish.

I once wrote a story titled, `Yesterdays’ Fathers..’.  Time I dusted it, scanned it, and published it.