Tag Archives: Teaching

Public service & private hells – some thoughts regarding Teachers, Priesthood & facilitators!

“People in public spotlight can never do wrong & never do right..! Both exists all the time. When it suits the masses or media or both, they will project all the goodness on the figure and put them on a pedestal .. and when it suits the masses or media or both, they project a group shadow on the figure and hang them mercilessly.

There is something to be said about how we treat others – it’s 90% of the time a shadow projection.. . (Effectively), People are loving or hating their own suppressed/ shadow self.. (and) They just project that onto public figures! I know many learned people know this.. but being in a mild objective mood for all of 20 seconds, I thought I’d actually spell it out. To say anything else will mean many people will just slam me for taking one side or another! “

I wrote the above in connection to a friend’s wall discussion about some couple in the media.. But this applies to ANYONE in the public eye!.. and I guess I put myself in there too, as I am in the public eye. I have been so for over 20 years now.. and I can tell you, it’s never ever been easy. Before anyone jumps and shouts, yes I chose this path of public services etc – my deeper motivations `can be’ argued as ranging anything between altruism to a need for love & validation from public because I am not empowered enough or don’t have it in my life. That’s for me to know and you to speculate.

Fact remains, I chose a path of public figurehood. That doesn’t mean I chose to be hated on purpose, or like being bullied. It also doesn’t mean I chose to be `owned’ by anyone – public service does not mean public ownership. It just means that – more so than others- I chose to give more of my time for other people in an open way. (many people do this, but they do so privately.. so you can’t call them public figures’).

Think about that for a moment too. Friends in communities and groups support one another behind the scenes but they don’t announce it or talk about it.. We call that being a friend. But when we set ourselves in a position to do that to any stranger who walks into our lives, we call that public service – be it on a paid manner a professional or a non-paid manner as a community service.

Now comes a deeper matter yet.
Those is public eye aren’t all bitches or bastards.. Some of them are well-meaning politicians, priests & priestesses, teachers and facilitators! (like I am, and like my father was before me, and like my uncle in another country).

People in public service are humans too. They/we/I have feelings.. and not all have a thick skin to cope with abuse, hundreds of expectations, projections both good and dark. Many come into it with a genuine heartfelt motivation.. to simply want to help and make the community or world a better place.. It might all start well.. but as their `public profile’ and exposure increases, so does the reactions/ projections by others.

Sometimes the expectations of others just become too much, too overwhelming, to cope with. This can be blamed on lack of training, lack of preparation, over ambition, unrealistic expectations of the self, or being unable to balance the needs of the self and personal life against the needs of the public service … Or a number of hundred other things!

In such cases, I have 2 points to make-
1) Training & experience:
Public service is not something suited to everyone, no matter what their best intentions are – and not everyone walks into it with proper training' . It's one of thoseon the job training’ situations.

(note: I’ve held official roles such as full time Union Rep/officer/charity project manager.. before I walked into pagan community leader/facilitator roles.. so it can be said I have had some `training’.. ).
No two roles have ever been the same, and the training is not so much about learning to do the tasks.. but more about cultivating a deeper personality and/or inner strength that gives the person ability to face challenges!)

That brings me to the next point
2). Mentors and Support!
No one stands alone. Don’t even try. Anyone serving in any public capacity needs mentors and support for themselves. If not they can loose perspective, or loose motivation or worse, project their own shadows (fears, wants, needs, loves & hates) and start to harm the very people and communities they are serving!!!

People on early stages / years of being public servants need to have mentors who have travelled further along that road, and know signs, pitfalls and dangers.. so they can pass that knowledge to the less experienced.

People offering themselves as servers sometimes also need to vent' (offload..) or more professionally speaking, be counselled about the transpersonal issues that their service is bringing up in themselves.. like being at the receiving end of being bullied, hated, loved, sought after.. etc. Egos, buried prejudices, shadow projections all are at play.. and need to be aired out and worked transpersonally so that they are not subconsciously projected back at their clients’, students or communities!

In simplest form, this `venting/ processing’ can be fulfilled by counsel/chat with a close personal friends / partners / colleagues / trusted peers. But that can cause other issues (too complex to go into here). It is always better to have someone slightly removed and is more able to be detached emotionally..

These are just `some’ matters that people need to think about before firing off a post… slamming or vilifying a person in public spotlight.

-Mani Navasothy

ps. some could argue that I myself am projecting. Am aware enough to understand it.. but also aware enough to use this as a teaching point. That after all is the best a public servant can hope to do! No one is immune to their human nature! 😉 8-|

Wicca Course in London- (in 3 sessions) Outdoors in Woods (September & October 2017)

This is an outdoor experiential course (in 3 parts), covering all the basic principles, practices & ritual magic within Wicca – as it has been generally practised in the UK for the past 20 years (based on the form of Wicca founded/ propagated by Gerald Gardner, Doreen Valiente and many other elders of The Craft.

It is suitable for all beginners, but each subject is covered in greater depths,  and includes meditations, pathworking, and magical / ritual work – to embed what you are learning!

You may attend one or more.

• Part 1:   Sacred Space & Energy  (sunday 10th Sept’17)

• Part2:   Horned Gods & Moon Goddesses  (Sunday 24th Sept’17)

• Part 3:  Ritual Magic, Wheel of the year, Covens & Initiations (Sun 15th October’17)

 Course Fee:  £13   (previous fee£18)  per person per session.   Book in advance to confirm a space.   (discretionary discount available for those with financial challenges. Please contact Mani via private message)

Time:  10.30am to 5pm.

venue: Wimbledon Woods.

meeting point:   Wimbledon Windmill Tea Room,  Windmill Road, SW19 5NQ  (we then go into the woods for the course).

Getting there:    From Wimbledon or Putney, take the bus No 93. Alight at bus stop `Parkside Hospital’. Go into `Windmill Road’ and walk about 10mins to get to the Tea Rooms/cafe and meet us there. Tutor will be waiting by the outside seating area.

This place has free car park / toilet facilities. Car park fills up so get there early to park.

———– Course Contents (please DO NOT copy )—————–

Wicca Course outdoors London- Autumn 2017 - part 1 of 3 by Mani Navasothy

Part 1:   Sacred Space & Energy (10th Sept’17)-  

You’ll experientially learn about the following :

  • Chakra system of personal energy centres will be explained, with a practical meditation to experience this;
  • An energy attuning pathworking will be led by tutor (using 4 element imagery, as well as growing horns & branches, and connecting to the Earth centres using imagery of growing roots.
  • Consecrations – you’ll first see a demonstration of  purifying and blessing, using Salt & Water,  incense and Candle / lantern,  the tools to use, and the usual wiccan words; Then each student will get a chance to practise the consecrations;
  • Circle casting:   Using your own wand, athame or the tutor’s wand,  you will learn the visualisation, energy work and practise casting a magic circle.
  • Elements & Quarters:     The reasons and methods of calling/ invoking the elementals at the quarters inside a magic circle will be explained and demonstrated with words and symbols (invoking pentagrams, and element triangles) to be drawn;  You will then practise this;
  • Transpersonal qualities:   There will be further explanations of the qualities invoked with elements, colour and symbolic correspondences.  An exercise will also be  undertaken by us – for internal elemental exploration and transpersonal balance.
  • Witches Rune:   Often used in Circles for energy raising (creative poetry written by Doreen Valiente – mother of modern Witchcraft).   We will allocate some time to exploring the Witche’s Rune, the symbolism inherent in it, and have several practice chants of it.

 

BUY NOW - paypal
Book for Wicca course – part 1 (10th Sept’17)   £13

 

Wicca Course outdoors London- Autumn 2017 - part 2 of 3 by Mani Navasothy

Part 2:   Working with God & Goddess in Wicca (24th Sep’17):  

You’ll experientially learn about the following :

  • God forms in Wicca:   This includes Cernunnos, Hern, Pan, Green Man, Dark Lord (Death), Sun God, Odin, Osiris …amongst others.   The symbology of Horns, hooves, antlers are explained, as well as some discussion on the demonising (Pagan god seen as satan/ devil) of the god by non-pagans. We’ll deal with any hidden fears, old conditionings and prejudices, and work transpersonally to reconnect with the Horned God of Wicca and his empowering wildwood energies. Chants will be taught and used.
  • Goddess form in Wicca:   We’ll explore the Triple-Goddess imagery used in Wicca- maiden, mother and crone, as well as the various examples – Dianna the Huntress, Isis , Cailleach, Hecate, Gaia and more…
  • The God & Goddess cycle in Wicca explained with diagrams and notes- ie the maiden Persephone’s abduction at Autumn,  motherhood, rejuvenated Bride arriving back to land at Imbolc;  Marriage of God & Goddess at Beltane;  the sacrifice of the God at Lammas; coming of Dark Lord at Samhain; Birth of Sun-child at Yule and more.
  • Invocations, evocations and Charges of God & Goddess :  What happens after circle is cast and energy raised in a coven?   How are the god & Goddess brought into the Circle?  Who carries those energie?  What is the Drawing down of the Moon?   And Sun?  How does working with God & Goddess empower Witches?   All will be explained with brief demonstration of postures.
  • We’ll go through some invocations and learn to use them.  (which you can use in your own or group rituals).
  •  Charge of the Goddess – the poetry work created by Doreen Valiente – mother of modern witchcraft will be looked.
  • Cup and sword pathworking – to meet the God and Goddess.

BUY NOW - paypal
Book for Wicca course – part 2 (24th Sept’17)   £13

 

Wicca Course outdoors London- Autumn 2017 - part 3 of 3 by Mani Navasothy

Part 3:   Ritual Magic, Wheel of the year, Covens & Initiations in Wicca (15th Oct’17)  

You’ll experientially learn about the following :

  • Principles of Magic & Divination explained using the hexagram;
  • Main forms of ritual magic practised in coven-wicca explained and demonstrated.
  • Use of magical tools –  brief explanation of main tools & their uses in a circle will be covered ;
  • Wheel of the Year – 8 main seasonal festivals (Imbolc to Yule) explained with their themes and main magic.
  • Coven structures,  initiation degree systems; some preparations and quests that seekers of initiation must undergo (no oathbound coven secrets will be divulged! But published materials will be talked about, and any misconceptions/ fears you have will be addressed as long as it does not breach wiccan secrecy oaths.
  • All about your Witch-Name :  What is it? Why?  How do you go about choosing one?  When is it used? and more.

BUY NOW - paypal
Book for Wicca course – part 3 (15th Oct’17)   £13

 

What to bring ————————————

For your own comfort, please bring any food/drinks lunch (Please avoid eating during course delivery, unless otherwise stated on the day !);

  • bring flask of hot drinks.
  • ***Bring comfortable cushion/ mat to sit on, as well as a blanket / throw to wrap up ..during meditative work (or if it’s just cold).
  • Please wear warm coats, socks (those ankle socks are pointless…as gnats and mosquitos will get you !), scarf..
  • We’ll have some wine for ceremonial parts of the course & for a bit of social after
  • Strictly no exotic substance/ drugs etc!
  • Note books/ pen .

————————————————————

  • Recording / photography policy  :  No Photography during course delivery & practise, or any private recording by phones/ dictaphones.
  • Course notes  by Tutor:    Some printed notes will be provided.
  • Rain cover:  If the weather proves changeable / wet on the day, a tarp cover will be set up.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
(Gardnerian Wiccan High Priest)

Wicca course Tutor - Mani navasothy

A copyright note:  I’ve been running these (particularly woodland-based) `Wiccan Apprentice’ courses for many years, as 1-day courses, 3-part courses and 5-part courses (since 2006), and as e-witch Apprentice course (9 modules) since 2012.   While the subject and contents of Wicca do not exclusively belong to me or anyone, I am an initiated Gardnerian Wiccan High Priest with authority to teach and train others, and  this particular way of grouping Wicca topics and delivering them has been my own `innovation’ since 2006, as evidenced by records (flyers, blogs, website publicit & course notes)  that I am able to produce!  Anyone embarking on teaching Wicca should start from ground up and devise their own form syllabus/ grouping.

A note on charging a fee:   While for decades the teaching and running of courses on Wicca has been done by hundreds of established Wiccans/ Elders of the Craft (for a fee), the process of actual Initiating someone (properly prepared) into a Coven has always been done freely and without any fee, by all respectable Coven leaders including myself. The fees we charge are for the preparation of courses, organising an event and giving our time as Teachers.