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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

 

Birthday of Goddess Isis – Night of the Cradle-17th July – all over the Universe!

Wishing a very special Lady many happy returns.

Yes, It’s the day when Sky Goddess Nut gave birth to Goddess Isis.  (also known as The Night of the Cradle)

Birthday of Goddess Isis - 17th July - everywhere!
Birthday of Goddess Isis – 17th July – everywhere!

I will be leading a special (2nd annual) Ceremony and social gathering to mark this event on this coming saturday (19th July) at Richmond..

Do join us. . Meet at Richmond Station by 4.30pm.. and we’ll be walking up to the ritual spot later. (it’s a 15 min walk.. so we may `process’ in a nice line, carrying ritual items, a banner and a 1 metre Isis Barge that will be sailed symbolically on the waters later..).

Outline of Event 

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.

**Venue**: Richmond Upon Thames- by River side.

This is normally finalised on the day by the Organiser, by judging the various factors. So please don’t ask for text/phone instructions .. We meet and go together and do the ritual. That’s the easiest way.
—————–-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 in a small boat!

Sailing of the Isis Barge

Feasting
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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.

Bright Blessings.

-Mani Navasothy

mob: 077689-41373

www.PaganFrontiers.com
facebook event page:  Birthday ceremony of Goddess Isis

 

 

 

Earth Hour 2014: Eco-Ceremony & Social in Central London – 29th March

Earth Hour .. only a few weeks to go.. Saturday 29th March.

We have our annual open event in Central London!    In the past I have facilitated a Candle-lit walk along the river Thames.   This time, we are simply gathering in one spot – outside  the Tate Modern Gallery (there are some patches of green area..with trees!! That is where we had our outdoor event in October’13)

Earth Hour 2014- central london ceremony & social - FREE
Earth Hour 2014- central london ceremony & social – FREE

So  come and join me and my Eco-friends ..from about 7.3pm onwards..  for meeting & greeting..and socialising.    And around 8.30pm, when the actual Earth Hour begins..  we will gently go  into a small meditation, followed by an Eco-Ceremony  (may last abut 20-3omins).   Then we shall continue with socials, an outdoor Picnic and merriment..

I feel it important, that while so many of us care about the Earth and eco-causes, and fight ever day to resolve make the problems of our World,  we also must create time for being Happy, to connect with like-minded humans, strengthen our ties,  power up one another’s motivations and  spread hope – that the World will get better!!

Those will be the focus of the Ceremony.  So people of any and all religions & faiths welcome.

There are no protests, no campaigns…no slogans..   Only a few evening hours of total positivity & peace.

All I ask is that those who come do so with an open & tolerant mind, and with peace & harmony in their hearts.

This is a family-friendly event.  So do bring your small children .(wrap up warm though!   It gets cold by the open spaces of the river Thames).

Do bring picnic food & drinks to share ..:-) 

-Mani Navasothy

ps.  Earth Day (22nd April) & World Peace Day (21st Sept) –   we also organise a Family Picnic for these. So  follow this blog, or keep an eye on my websites for details of those other events!  🙂 )

Links to my related websites/ communities

Gaian Times Eco-Spiritual e-Magazine 

Pagan Frontiers of London– Magical ceremonies & events

Tamesa London Circle- Rituals & Ceremonies by river Thames

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

 

Wiccan Journeys & High Priestly thoughts on covens

I was giving a talk at one of the pagan moots in NW London last night (Staines Moot)..  The title was `Wiccan Journeys: There and back..and there again..!’.

It mainly outlined my (thus far) journey in the Wicca path..  how I became interested, how I became an initiated Wiccan, reaching my stage (and responsibility) as a High Priest, running training covens & groups, initiating new Seekers and so on.       The talk also covered my back and forth journeys – as I have not always felt like a `wicca’ (but always a `Witch / Magician’ !)  There are times when I have slipped out of the coven life and wiccan communities – and gone to do other magical things.. like starting `Hern’s Tribe- outdoor shamanic / eclectic group’   (the more recent one being the `woodland wicca rituals’  and the `Thames-Isis rituals) – see links at the bottom.

Talk at Ankerwycke - wiccan journeys - there and back and there again - mani navasothy 2014
Talk at Ankerwycke – wiccan journeys – there and back and there again – mani navasothy 2014

Well, this morning, I caught on to some debates that have been going on…about the good/ bad experiences, the ego and hierarcrhy of High Priests, High Priestesses, and coven leaders.

Needless to say, I have some deep thoughts on this ( I never like to hear anyone bad-mouth Wicca ..especially hard working Coven leaders..!)

Here are some of my responses:

Taking pot shots at Wiccan Hierarchy?

No one is forcing anyone into a particular tradition, path or system of beliefs.. But if one is entering a system, they should learn to be aware of its exiting form, structure, rules, guidelines.. – before criticising it, attacking it, or trying to change it. !

My HPS once told me, `walk in the footsteps f others..see what entails..before criticising what they do’ !

I appreciate that people may have had bad experiences from individuals or groups..but unless you have ever organised events, rituals, groups..and run things for long periods of time… no real wisdom is gained.

I get a little tired of people ranting on about Wiccan Hierarchy, and taking pot shots at the roles of High Priests & High Priestess. They are part of that path and system.. Learn it, understand why it’s there in the first place.. before tearing it apart. And if you are compelled to tear it apart.. I ask why? Is it because of a personal grudge, bad experience, or one;s own ego not being fed? –

The training of Coven Leaders:

 Leadership of anything is always a double-edged sword.. It is there to serve the people.. but abused, it can harm the people.. To quote a line from Spiderman, `With great power comes great responsibility’

Serious covens filter interested people .. work out their commitment, dedication, loyalty etc..before even taking anyone on as trainees…and then after a year or even many years…initiate them…(into their tradition and their coven!)

It takes many years of practice ..before those initiates reach a stage of taking good personal responsibility and also that of others..and the HP / HPS stats is a `teaching position’ – it’s NOT handed down like confetti.

Even after reaching that stage.. they then undergo more months / years of `on the job mentoring’ to become `good’ HP & HPS.. Anyone who’s got this far ..then goes out and starts their own coven..trains others..initiates others.. !

This is the long hard path in an ideal world.. Old ideals and standards are dying out with those people who held it.. They have tried to pass those on.. and that wisdom survives.. just about..!

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So there you have it..  just some immediate responses..  But no doubt, we shall all come to this topic..again and again…and again 🙂

-Mani Navasothy

Links

Wiccan Hierarchy of Covens

Coven Guide: Becoming an initiated Witch (e-book)

Introduction to Wicca, Witchcraft and Magic

Woodland Wicca Circles 2014 (London)

Hern’s Tribe

Tamesa – celebrating birthday of Isis 

 

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)

 

Woodland & River Thames Samhain (Halloween) Rituals in London

Hi all,    happy to announce plans are firming up for 2 Samhain rituals..

  • Saturday 27th October 2012– Near Croydon (south London area) – is the Hern’s Tribe Samhain (woodland) ritual..  meet-up at 3pm.  (british summer time).
  • Wednesday 31st October 2012 – Central London (underneath Millennium Bridge) – is the Tamesa London Circle’s (river Thames) ritual.. meet-up at 8pm.   (GMT as clocks would have gone to GMT again).

All who are interested are Welcome.  (New comers with no ritual experience are welcome too..  we are friendly and we explain things before we start!)  🙂     Click links/ graphics  to read more about these two ritual groups…(HT started by me…in 2004, TLC started by April & me in 2006).

Here are the pretty graphics / info for them both:-)

Hern’s Tribe Samhain – 27Oct’12 (Croydon Woods)

Hern’s Tribe meets for each of the 8 seasonal festivals, in an outdoor woodland setting, for rituals and socials. For this Samhain ritual, we plan to have a pathworking that takes participants on a spiritual journey to connect (through blood-lines) to their ancestral tribes of times old- for empowerment. There will be some divination work afterwards, as well as magic with a potion brewed in the Cauldron for wisdom & knowledge (works a little with mythology of Cauldron of Cerridwen & myth of Taliesin). Don’t worry..it’s just herbal tea (hopefully fresh fennel we can pick from local park or garden).  

 

Tamesa London Circle’s Samhain Ritual – 31st Oct’12 – by river Thames (central London)

Tamesa  London Circle: We are gathering by the river Thames on the 31st October’2012, around 8pm by the Millennium Bridge (St-Paul’s side) ..for this annual ritual. It’s an evening where you can dress up freely in your Witchy, pagan or magical robes, cloaks and attires…and be seen.. as everyone else is busy doing their fancy-dress parties in London. An opportunity not to be missed. We will facilitate a very simple ceremony.. of creating sacred space, calling ancestral quarters in place of east, south, west & north…and honour our ancestors as well as the thousands of spirits that inhabit the river Thames (from the bodies & bones that have been thrown into Thames for many centuries…).

In Greek mythology, Charon the ferryman sails souls of the dead across river Styx to the Underworld (he requires coins as payment). So for this night, river Thames (meaning `dark one’) stands in for river Styx, and as token gesture for our ancestors’ spirits, we will offer small coins into Thames..

  • Feel free to dress up..in your best Witchy or magical robes, cloaks and attires for these events..   🙂 Bring pumpkins, lanterns…and especially food & drinks to share..
  • Don’t forget…warm waterproof clothings…it’s outdoors so will be cold.  Our rituals tend to go ahead whatever the weather (we’ve done then even in snow!)

Bring food and drinks to share…for the social afterwards…After all it’s our Halloween festival

-Mani Navasothy

links to related blogs:

Burning Hern- Hern is Dead Long live Hern

Tamesa – memory streams flowing

Touching the life you take (initiation rites for a warrior)

Paganism & Magic (page)

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

Tamesa London Circle: Memory streams flowing

Tamesa London Circle- Eclipse Ritual

Two days ago, I was walking along the banks of the river Thames, with April, and was reminded of how many days and evenings we had spent on those shores many years ago- during our `courting days’ 🙂 And then I was aware that how we had more or less stopped spending time there – as other things in life take our attention.

Back in 2006, several things happened . In February 2006, I organised a Masked Ball on board the ship Queen Mary in river Thames (near Waterloo pier). In June, friends had an impromptu social by the bank side- after a meal in a restaurant, and also we had the first Hern’s Tribe riverside social /ceremony (taking mud, body painting etc) by Hammersmith area.  Later that year we had another Masked Ball on the Thames. And we did a full on River of Souls – Samhain ritual on the banks of river Thames.

It all started after  a trip to the London Museum, where I wanted to learn more about the ancient tribal history of the Thames.  Then of course my Hindu upbringing and it’s river-worshiping ideas took over, and I wanted to explore the spiritual mysteries of the Thames more….from source to sea, and in between!

Thus was born the `Tamesa London Circle’- a social & ritual group of friends , yet open to others to join/ attend. The following few years were taken up with planned/ regularly organised TLC activities.  I think a website was created (www.Tamesa.info) and April & I started running Craft & Magic courses under the Tamesa London Circle banner.  Further highlights were when we did Samhain ritual just under the Millennium Bridge, on 31st October (Halloween night!) under the very eyes of Londoners and visitors – on the very front yard of St.Paul’s Cathedral…  It was the perfect night, and perfect cover, for a real Wiccan/ Witchy ritual… as people probably thought it’s a crazy Halloween costumed party! (we all wore robes etc).

We did all sorts of things – Seasonal rituals, picnics &  exploratory walks, at & craft (Jewelry under the name of `Treasures of Tamesis’) , healing circle, courses, rowing trips etc.

Regrettably last few years have been rather quiet for Tamesa London Circle (TLC), apart from us doing Earth Hour candle-lit walks in March 2011 & 2012.

Tamesa London Circle – logo shows moon-child riding the Tamesa Serpent

But a recent walk seems to have been different..  perhaps it’s close to a Cancer new moon and the deeper flow is surfacing because it’s compelled me to rebuild the Tamesa website..the whole lot..  20% better than before, in just one half an obsessive day!!  And it’s up again!

Few months ago we were having drought, and then the deluge and floods… and every river that dried up is now flowing…nay overflowing and breaking banks!  Ground water levels are up. Lakes & city reservoirs are full. Gardens and watered.

And Tamesa London Circle – reduced to  mere trickle for some years and existing only between April & me- are flowing again!   Visit the website for full history of events between 2006-2012, concepts, albums and more.  http://www.Tamesa.info

-Mani