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London Woodland Yule / Winter Solstice Rituals this weekend (19Dec15)

Dear all.. Am facilitating 2 outdoor (woodland)  Yule- Winter Solstice open rituals this coming weekend..  On saturday we’re in Croydon, with Hern’s Tribe.. from 2pm onwards for a shamanic ceremony & social, and on Sunday we’ll be at Queen’s Woods (north London), for our outdoor wiccan Yule open ritual from 3pm onwards.  Here are short details.   For full details, do visit my Meetup event links../ subscribe etc..Hope to celebrate Yule with you.  Bright Blessings.  -Mani

 Hern’s Tribe MidWinter Gathering (croydon)

Winter approaches.. night-hours are long. Day light is short. And in the deep caverns below the Earth, the great Goddess gives birth to the Sun-Child! We gather to mark this sacred event and celebrate Winter Solstice.

Inspired by the TV series `Robin of Sherwood’ and stories of the Windsor-Hern myths, I started Hern’s Tribe- a pagan ritual & self-development group in Spring 2004. Drumming, masks, pre-ritual socials, feasting after ceremony, ceremonial fire..are all part of what we do. Now in its 12th year, Hern’s Tribe continues to evolve…exploring and experimenting with friendly down to earth shamanic, eclectic ritual styles for the gatherings.

Date: Saturday 19th December 2015

Time: 2pm – 8pm (this is a `gathering’ so includes pre-rite socials, ritual, and feasting/ socials/ drumming / chants etc ..)

venue: Meet at Coombe Lane Tram stop (please do NOT go into the woods looking for us.. we change location.. Stay at tram stop so we van come get you..and lead you to the ritual spot).

Meetup event link

http://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/events/222436490/

 

 

Yule – Woodland Wicca Seasonal Open Ritual

We are combining the Wicca Full moon & Wicca Winter Solstice rituals and running it as one event at Queen’s Woods.

“Winter Solstice is the time when the Sun is at it’s lowest (nadir), resulting in the longest night and darkness appears to be enveloping all. Inwardly, it’s a time when hope and faith may be ebbing low and the future looks bleak. It is precisely at this point that the festive energy is needed to shift the magic within, and to celebrate the birth of the Sun Child! From here onwards, the night time starts to reduce, and daylight grows.. to a point of balance between dark and light (at Spring) and to the long days at Summer! As a symbol of hope and life, celebrants decorate the Altar and indoors with bright objects and keep greenery (ever Greens.. ie Yule tree and of course holly etc). A Yule log is also burnt in the ire, symbolising the coming of warmth and fire.” (taken from http://www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )

Date: Sunday 21st December 2015

Venue: Queen’s Woods, North London (nearest tube: High Gate – northern line)

Time / meeting place: Please gather in the Woodman’s Pub..on Archway Road from 3pm..in the garden area. We’ll be having pre-rite drinks, ** talk-through* of ritual, assign roles…*before* going to the woods.

Meetup link:

http://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/events/222917023/

 

 

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Woodland Midsummer Ritual – 20th June 2015 (South London)

Join us for a woodland Midsummer Open Ritual..in the woods near Croydon… to mark the height of the Sun in its journey through the skies. Is it all downhill from here onwards? No.. Midsummer celebrates the culmination of our personal energies.. the charging up of them..so that our inner wisdom and light can illuminate us through the coming autumn & winter months.

HT Midsummer 20June2015

In this simple yet deep magical woodland ceremony, we will create sacred space & altar in the name of Cernunnos – Lord of the Wild Beasts… weave the powers of the 4 elements (Air, Fire, Water & Earth).. work with some power (Solar) Runes to create talismans for personal use…and then join in some merriment, feasting, drumming & socials.

• All welcome..

• No previous Ritual/pagan experience needed.

Meeting arrangements:

Tram Stop: Coombe Lane. Please travel to East Croydon.. Then take the Tram to Coombe Lane.. Alight there and wait. We’ll come collect you and take you to a part of the woods where ritual will take place. (the spot may vary on the day..so please wait at the tram stop..Thanks).

Safety:  Please note the woodland path is NOT smooth..and has steep sections.. This is not suitable for anyone with bad backs, walking difficulty etc. There are no toilets/ cafes/ car parks.. So bring anything you will need..

Bring personal comfy items.. blankets/ rain coat/ cushion to sit on/ a small plastic or picnic ground sheet to sit on (if floor is cold/ wet).

Hern’s Tribe was founded in 2004 and has been doing these woodland rituals regularly. This Midsummer ritual marks a big turning point.. as we conclude an era of woodland seasonal rituals…and open the ways to other more unique monthly rituals & magical explorations..

May Hern protect us.
-Mani

Happy Thai Pongal (Tamil New Year 2014)

Happy Thai Pongal Greetings to all my Blog Readers & Followers, Family & Friends…!

It’s the first day of the Tamil Calendar..  `Thai’ is the name of the first month of the Tamil Calendar..   And pongal is the milk-rice food that is traditionally made on this day.. as the first food item..

Happy Thai Pongal Greetings - from Mani (14th January 2014)
Happy Thai Pongal Greetings – from Mani (14th January 2014)

People tidy up, make special offerings to the Sun God (leave the food items on an outdoor altar where Sun light is shining),..  and honour nature! And luckily,  it’s a sunny day in London today.

It’s also traditionally when farmers get prepared ..to get back to the paddy fields..to start work for a new cycle!!

The day after Thai Pongal (15th January) is dedicated to honouring the  farm animals (and tools) ..as   these are the next most important things to Sunlight, rain and the Earth..  for farming!

Best wishes.

-Manivannan Navasothy

(London, UK)

ps. What do ya know..This happens to be my 350th blog post..  🙂

Yule Rites: A new book on Winter Ceremonies & Rituals.

Yule Rites  by Manivannan Navasothy – NEW Book Out now.  Over 50 pages – explores the the symbols, ceremonies and traditions of Winter Solstice rituals.   Includes 3 full and varied rituals that anyone in a pagan group or coven can do, or facilitate as an Open Ritual.

 download this FREE within the next 3-4 days. It will be available in Amazon Kindle soon).

Visit Witchcraft and Magic website  (also available at Pagan Frontiers of London)

Preface:

Somewhere between Magic, Religion & Science lies reality and life itself.

Yule Rites by Mani Navasothy 2012 - exploring the symbols, ceremonies and traditions of Winter Solstice rituals.
Yule Rites by Mani Navasothy 2012 – exploring the symbols, ceremonies and traditions of Winter Solstice rituals.

And Yule Rites (Winter Solstice Ceremonies) have always been about the Hope and celebration of Life, Light and renewal of Hope  – at the darkest hour.  And dare I say – the months leading to this moment have been getting darker, in real terms as well as on a personal level.  Like icebergs, huge chunks of my life have broken off and fallen into the cold Abyss.  It may be because of stellar influences – like the Uranus-Pluto oppositions that are with us on and off between 2012 to 2015, or a cumulative result of some intense Eclipse magical works I did.

Or perhaps, the World really is going through a major shift on 21st December 2012 – the supposed end date of the previous Mayan Calendar, and what we are all experiencing are those re-birth pangs!  Which brings us back to Winter Solstice – and rebirth of the Sun-child.

Included in its entirety are 3 Yule/Winter Rituals, which I had personally wrote and enacted in 2004, 2008 & 2011. So you are not just reading a book on Yule Rites, but have the choice of actually doing some rituals – and riding on the energy streams which have been created already by those rituals.  Photographs of those rituals & set-ups will be on slide show presentation on my websites, so you can take a look at what we did, and gain more ideas.

This particular project (Yule Rites) originally started as a Webinar to be broadcasted for December 2011, following on from our Halloween & Samhain webinar on  31st October 2011.  However, the Solar & Lunar Eclipses of November took much of my focus (that’s resulted in several Astrology Webinar, and 2 Books.. so far!) So I am pleased to finally complete the `Yule Rites’, albeit in a book form!  And guess what? As per the original idea of sharing knowledge openly in a Webinar, this book is initially free for any and all to download. And then it becomes available as an eBook for purchase on popular online portals.

What started out as a very short Guide, just a few pages to hand out on websites for new comers to Paganism at each seasonal festive time, has grown into what you see here. So I am not just pleased, but very pleased in deed.

As always, I’d be very happy to hear form you – comments & constructive criticisms, and even suggestions of what Guides & books you might like to see me publish. Under the Gaian Times Social Enterprise Initiative, we have plan to start publishing `your’ books too! So get writing!  It’s the perfect time for birth of new ideas and ventures!!

Best Wishes & Bright Stellar Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

(December 2012.  London, UK)

Contents

1.  Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft.

2. Yule Rites – Symbolism, Traditions & Ritual practises of Mid-Winter.

Sun Gods from around the World.

Sun Cycle: Earth orbit & the Seasons.

Dark Days of Winter & Equation of Time.

Rebirth of Sun:  Myths & Rituals.

Druid Rituals at Stonehenge (England, UK).

Battle of the Holly & Oak Kings and ritual killing of Wren.

New Beginnings & New Year Resolutions.

Yule Log & Fire.

Mistletoe – between the worlds.

3. Sun Worship at Winter.

Hindus:  Sooriya & Festival of Pongal

Mayas & Aztecs: Tonatiuh &  Inti

Egyptian: Ra, Horus & Isis.

Mithras of the Romans.

Festival of Saturnalia.

4. Christmas Connections.

25thDecember : Christianising  the Pagan Festival

Virgin Mother.

X’mas tree.

Dis-integration: Satanising an old God.

Saint Nicholas:  Green vs Red Santa (the media rewrite!).

5. Yule Rituals & Magical Work.

Ritual words & communication with your Deities.

a) A  Wiccan Coven Yule Ritual (2011).

b) A Public Winter Solstice Ritual with Sky-God & Earth-Goddess (2008).

c) An Egyptian themed Winter Solstice Ritual with Isis & Horus  (2004).

6. References.: Books & Websites.

7.  Articles & Online Resources.

Appendix 1: What is Paganism?.

Appendix 2:   8 Major Pagan Festivals.

Appendix 3: Pagan symbols.

Appendix 4:  Concerns of Satanism, Devil worship & Human Sacrifices.

Appendix  5.  Online Resources.

Appendix  6.  Other Publications by the same author .

For other books by Mani Navasothy, please visit Mani’s Amazon Author Page here.

Kindle Books by Mani Navasothy. Available for purchase now.
Kindle Books by Mani Navasothy. Available for purchase now.