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Woodland Spring Equinox Ritual (25th Marc 2018)

Spring equinox is a time of new beginning and initiating enterprises. A time of reaching balance between Dark & Light.. day & night. It is a time of noticeable lengthening of daylight hours and quickening. Flowers blooming, trees sprouting buds and leaves. Astrologically, the Sun enters the firey sign of Aries. We work actively to balance the opposing forces in our lives, and a bit of personal `spring-cleaning’ internally, then explore the mystery of Spring, through the God-Goddess cycle. Mating and fertility rites are obviously being played out by all wildlife in nature at this moment.

Woodland Spring Eqx 2018-v2


-Creating sacred space with Consecrations, Circle casting & calling quarters.
-Energy raising – with chants & spiral dance.
-Invocations of Spring God & Spring Goddess.
-Seasonal magic & Blessing of Cakes & Wine.
-Close circle, Feasting & Socials.

Fee: £5 / £3 (concessions). Please behave sensibly during this gathering as we’re in a public woods; No photography/recording during set-up or ritual; After ritual you may take photos for personal use.
No use of photos or any recordings for any journalistic / student/media projects.

meeting point/ Time:

New date: sunday 25th March 2018 (moved from last week due to snow).

Gather in the garden-patio area of Woodman’s pub (Archway Road) from 2pm. we’ll be walking together to the woods for ceremony.

• What to bring
Please bring FOOD & DRINKS TO SHARE:
Here are some suggestions– Home made bread/cakes; salad; wine/ mead; soft drinks; vegan food; water; vegetarian food. You only need bring a small amount that can be added to our feasting and shared with all.

• Important to know
Please gather in Pub garden from 1pm. We will walk together to ritual spot (new location in park). While altar is set up, attendees will be guided through spring magical work in another part of the woods, then led into Ritual circle.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

link to meetup event

Woodland Spring Equinox Gathering & Open ritual 2018

Sunday, Mar 18, 2018, 1:00 PM

Queens Woods London N10, near Highgate Station
Meet at The Woodman Pub The Woodman , 414 Archway Road , Highgate , London , N6 5UA London, GB

15 Witches Wiccans & Pagans Attending

• What we’ll do Spring equinox is a time of new beginning and initiating enterprises. A time of reaching balance between Dark & Light.. day & night. It is a time of noticeable lengthening of daylight hours and quickening. Flowers blooming, trees sprouting buds and leaves. Astrologically, the Sun enters the firey sign of Aries. We work actively to b…

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Last Night at Hern’s Tribe – Spring Ritual & Earth Hour photos

Few days ago I heard the frogs croaking from my garden pond during a rainy night.. Daffodil plans  were already coming out of the ground.. one even had a yellow flower.. We’ve just past the actual day of Spring Equinox – when the Sun enters Aries…   and suddenly, yesterday.. Snow has returned with a sudden vengeance.. all over UK.

It was going to be Hern’s Tribe’s outdoor Spring Ritual, and later ..we were going to observe Earth Hour – outdoors, between 8.30pm and 9.30pm local time.

(click on above thumbnail photos to see full picture.   More photos in HT facebook page).

But waking up to heavy snow that ..by noon had completely blanketed the ground was a worrying sign..  not for us `hard core’ members in Hern’s Tribe. We have been doing these outdoor rituals 6-8 times a year ..every year…for over 8 years now.  It was worrying because I knew that newcomers  will be put off by it.

But many of the core members did turn up..  as planned, at 3pm, got into the woods, set up sacred altar, set up a canopy (for a bit of cover.. at least to put our bags under), we even set up a fire (Thanks Ian Kelly – a wonderful task in snow with water logged branches!)..  and did the Spring Ritual.

We chanted the Hern-Chant in undulating harmony, consecrated ourselves with sage incense, sounds of bell, damp soil on palm.. We cast a sacred circle with a bone dagger (thanks Marcus, and his trusted dog Ruby for walking the circle!), and called the powers of Air, Fire, Water & Earth – the four elements. Then came the magic – around fire. To more chants, each member went to a private spot and took out a black & white crystal balls, and used it to balance his or her own dark & light energies ( Spring is the time of balance, as as it is at Autumn Equinox).  Cakes & wine were blessed and shared.

After some merriment, some members who had poor health, and those living far outside London left. Rest of us stayed on (plans for going to the nearby pub for a break were abandoned).   Few hours in snow in woods passed.

Then Earth hour approached.. Fire had managed to still be going ..with what little logs we had used.. Now in darkness, as out bodies were getting colder after 3-4 hours of being out in snow.. were needing what little warmth the small fire gave us.

We chanted Earth songs, spoke of friendships and kinship, danced around fire with lanterns, creating a circle of light, and poured love & light to Earth.

More shamanic changes started to happen afterwards – matters concerning shape-shifting …But that’s private – to know for the ones who had stayed.

We now look to Earth Day 2013.. only a month to go..  Do join us if you are in London. It’s going to be a wonderful day..   (am sure there’ll be no snow by then) 🙂

-Mani Navasothy


Hern’s Tribe website

Hern’s Tribe – facebook Group

Hern’s Tribe – page (facebook)

Gaian Times – eco-spiritual magazine 

Video: Spring Goddess Invocation by April

Here’s a video that April and I created for Spring 2012. It’s a Spring Goddess Invocation in the Wiccan style. This Video uses photos taken near south & north London parks, around the time leading up to Spring Equinox 2012, and royalty-free music purchased online. Words taken from personal wiccan ritual of 1997.
April calls on Spring Goddess to enter the circle. All rights reserved (c) MNavasothy.

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Bright Blessings.
-Mani Navasothy & April Jonquil

Outdoor Spring Equinox Ritual & Earth Hour Gathering (London) on 23rd March’13

Here’s some details (and a pretty graphics 🙂 ) about an outdoor Spring Equinox Ritual ..that my friends and I are organising in London next Saturday 23rd March’13. It’s part of the Hern’s Tribe rituals (we have been doing now for over 8 years).   Of course that Saturday 23rd March happens to be also EARTH- HOUR

Earth Hour is observed between 8.30pm  to 9.30pm.. local time…ie where ever you are in which ever Country, you observe it when it’s 8.30pm for you.

So we are also going to stay out in the woods, have a small bon-fire, sing songs, chant, feat, have a few glasses of wine or mead.. and generally be thoughtful about Mother Earth, as well as share merriment.

If you are in London on that afternoon, or evening, come join us for one or both..  Details here:

-Mani Navasothy

London Spring Equinox & Earth Hour 2013 Gathering
London Spring Equinox & Earth Hour 2013 Gathering

Hern’s Tribe Outdoor Event

Saturday 23rd March 2013

Join us for outdoor Spring Equinox Ritual & Eco-Magic. (*between 4pm- 5pm). After ritual, we will be starting a small camp fire to keep warm during feasting & socials, songs and drumming.  You are welcome to observe Earth Hour with us and continue the festivities (between 8.30pm – 9.30pm).

venue & time Meet at Coombe Lane Tram stop – 3pm-3.15pm. (Get to East Croydon Railway station, come out and take the `New Addington’ tram line. Our stop is only 5 minutes from there).

PLEASE wrap up warm. No matter what, it gets cold later. And it’s difficult to doa ritual or enjoy a social (even with a camp fire) when you feel cold! We will be setting up a small camp fire, and also rain sheet cover (also protects us from winds).

Please bring Food & drinks to put on altar and share in feats afterwards. Bottle of wine is ideal.

Bring masks, drums or other musical instruments. be open to singing & chanting. It makes a happy tribal environment 🙂

Contact point:

Please phone via 077689-41373 to confirm attendance if possible (not essential…Just turn up if you like and wait for us at Tram stop).  If making calls or texts, please  note- We highly encourage you to make any calls before the actual day itself, as we get very busy on the day.

Weather factor? Our Rituals go ahead whatever the weather. So have faith, and just turn up. It usually ends up being a good happy magical event 🙂

Health & Safety:   Ritual involves walking through woods with uneven ground. May not be suitable for anyone with walking difficulties. You are responsible for your own Health & Safety in the woods.



Hern’s Tribe Rituals site

Full Moon wiccan Rituals site

Pagan Frontiers of London

Flower crowns & NEWS articles

Few weeks ago, a Journalist for the local News Paper in Enfield contacted my wife April. She was tracked down through the pagan monthly social gathering that April has been running in Enfield for over 3 years (Enfield Town Circle).

April Jonquil & Mani Navasothy in Enfield Gazette News March 2012

The Journalist wanted to interview us about the upcoming Christian Festival `Easter’ and wanted our view on older pagan festivals that take place at this time.  So we had some phone calls, and we told them about Spring Equinox and about Beltane, and the older festival of Ostara – all the symbols of which seem to have been nicely muddled up (cooked?) and fashioned into the `Easter’ celebrations of Christ’s death and resurrection!

Within few days of the call, we had an early morning photo-shoot in Enfield, by the canal, just near the Registry office. Few people who walked past us thought we had just got married – and wished us well.  Well, we were in bright cloths and were both wearing flower crowns 🙂  The photo shoot took place a midst newley bloomed Daffodils!

I must say, for April & my handfasting (pagan wedding ceremony that took place in Epping forest few years ago), the flower crowns were somewhat  lacking! We had wanted natural flora, but at the time, our friend who created a flower crown had made just one..  and what was natural in her harden at the time was a rose and a few flowers.  It had often upset my wife April to look at those photos – one large rose on her forehead.

So this time, I made a big effort- I used ivy and new strands of Willow, and wove some red roses, with an original red ribbon used in our handfasting ceremony to make the crown.  And I am pleased to say, April was happy. And being wished by passers-by, we almost allowed ourselves to believe that is was our wedding day!  But that of course, is yet to come! 🙂


The article in Enfield Gazette 28march2012

Nature’s Fertility Dance: A Spring Equinox poem

Happy spring equinox wishes to all pagans, wiccans, witches, shamans, and magicians..

Technically, the Sun entered the sign of Aries at 5.15am (GMT) on 20th March’12…so it’s already equinox.. But traditionally everyone think sit’s 21st of March… Anyway, I was writing an invocation to the horned god, and this extra bit sneaked into my head..so wrote it off as a separate piece.. Am not used to doing `poems’ so go easy on me 🙂




Nature’s Fertility dance

Nights are clear, stars sparkle bright
Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and Mars.
Potent planets of love, luck and Joy.
Sun rise at six o six, it’s Spring equinox,
Light grows strong, shadows sharp and long

Snowdrops now gone
Daffodils abound
Mighty Oak still asleep
But Willow sprouts green and weeps.

Cold Streams now trickle and flow
Meandering through grasslands low
Through mossy banks to muddy flaps
Housing freshwater shrimps and sticklebacks

Quacking ducks and squawking geese
Majestic Swans, moorhens and coots,
Weaving twigs and leaves
Into their floating nests with ease.

Birds, Bees, Toads and Trees
Dance, entranced to their primal needs
With racing hearts, pulsing groins.
Raging hormones, in their animal brains.

Wand to Cup, Male to Female
Dating, Courting, mating games
Ovum projects,
Phallus ejects
Sperm to the Egg,
Egg to the womb.
One cell into two, two into four
Four into eight, then sixteen and more
The embryo shall grow.
Encased in shell, skin, bark or brown scale
Feathered or finned, flesh, nail and claws
Spark anew, life it begins!

(c)Mani Navasothy.2012.

*Bright Blessings*