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Passing of Jean Ellen Williams – Wiccan High Priestess (Dec2015)

Jean Williams - Wiccan HighPriestess & Pagan ElderIt saddens me to announce that a great Elder of the Craft & Pagan communities in London, and a Wiccan High Priestess – Jean Ellen Williams- has passed away few days ago – on Christmas day 25th December 2015.

As Fates would have it, I was writing about another dear HPS Maureen Brown who passed away on 25th December, 11 years ago, when news of this came. I have had to wait till news was given to Jean’s family & close friends, before it could be made public here.

Christina Oakley Harrington (of Treadwell’s Books in London) and a very  close friend of Jean Williams, posted the following few days ago:

“We sadly announce that Jean Williams, a much loved member of the Pagan community, died yesterday afternoon. She died peacefully, from heart failure, with her husband Zach at her side. Jean had been involved in paganism since the early sixties – she founded and ran Pagan Pathfinders for thirty five years, co-founded the Companions of the Rainbow Bridge, was a core member of the Pagan Federation since 1988 — and made many friends through her European summer holidays. Gracious, sociable and non-dogmatic, she relished the variety of paths and personalities in paganism. Also in some ways a very private person, in her personal spiritual life she was a Wiccan high priestess of the Gardnerian tradition, with a quiet and close-knit coven who are very much her intimate family. She leaves her husband (Zachary Cox), her brother, and many treasured friends and colleagues. We will be announcing arrangements in about a week’s time. .. Blessings, Ruth, Peter, Sylvia and Christina”

And I posted the following on my facebook wall and community pages:

Jean Williams with Mani Navasothy at PF London Conference (c) Mani“The news has been now openly announced elsewhere so I can write a little about it – Jean Ellen Williams – Wiccan Elder and High Priestess – has died yesterday (yeah on Xmas day) due to heart failure.

About 2 weeks ago I went to see her in hospital, and had some chats.. We were told she was getting better and even moved back home. I spoke briefly on the phone with her on Yule (22nd December)..and was planning to go see her (as soon as my dreaded cold was gone..I did not want to infect an unwell lady).. but sadly it is not to be.

She’s been a great magical friend & mentor for me – and held my hands and supported me so much when in 2004, I took the responsibility of being Events Organiser for Pagan Federation London, and continued to do so till I stepped down in 2012. Jean is also the lady who introduced me to Earth Day.. In hospital I was telling her that she’ll be my honoured Guest for the Gaian Times (eco-magical) conference am planning for 2016… (it will now be in her honoured memory..for she cared so much about the Earth!).

In hospital, she spoke of magical things… quantum things.. and her new book being almost complete..and gave me some things to read about. There is much more to say.. but now is not the time..

I am deeply grateful to one dear friend who was kind enough to keep me informed. I have hundreds of old photos…which I will share privately with relevant people.. For now, Jean, may you rest in eternal peace..and awaken unto the divine realms! ps. please find Maureen and Madge and Harry ..and have some tea & cakes! ..”

Bright Blessing

-Mani Navasothy

Links/  Blogs

Jean Williams Memorial Page(facebook)

Remembering Maureen Brown- Wiccan High Priestess (blog)

Who on Earth was Doreen Valiente? (blog)

 

Spirit of Me – Celebrating Women in Paganism (by Pagan Federation London)

Dear all, for those in London, here’s a fab spiritual event.. `Spirit of Me’ – Celebrating the Divine Feminine.  Organised by `The Pagan Federation: London District’ , this event hosts a number of prominent Pagan Speakers and is held at Dragon Hall…a nice modern hall.. close to Holborn.. Details are below.   For tickets, follow link to PF-London’s site.  BB. Mani

ps. In case men are wondering, yes, men are allowed. Spirit of Me is about celebrating the feminine and exploring female spirituality. Men are welcome to be a part of that celebration.

banner Spirit of Me, Pagan Federation London

Spirit of Me :
Celebrating Women in Paganism

A day of presentations, focusing on and celebrating female spirituality, the divine feminine and women in Paganism.

Featuring talks by

  • Christina Oakley Harrington, of Treadwell’s Bookshop;
  • Fiona Mackenzie, lead Seidrkona for the Kith of Yggdrasil;
  • Philip Heselton, renowned author and expert in the history of Wicca;
  • Michelle Hawcroft and Avril Price, of The College of Psychic Studies.

Date:  Saturday, 7th March

Time: 12pm – 5pm

Venue / Address:   Dragon Hall,  17 Stukeley Street, London, WC2B 5LT

Tickets:    Pagan Federation members: £8, All others: £10

Free tea and coffee provided.

** For Tickets, please visit The Pagan Federation London- Spirit of me Event **

 

New journey for Pagan Frontiers of London

Here’s the screen shot of the `new look’ of the Pagan Frontiers of London.  This website has been active since October 2006, and currently serves over 42,000 visitors now!

Pagan Frontiers of London  – is the community gateway for all Pagans, Magicians, Wiccans & Witches, new comers, students & media people. It is here  to provide networking platform, as well as Information, Advise & Guidance on Pagan events & activities in London. Open rituals, Courses, Ritual groups, social moots & talks, Conferences, conventions, Eco-magical activities, festivals, pagan community organisations, eBooks, pagan products & holistic professional services …are all FREELY publicised in this gateway site.

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Pagan Frontiers of London -site 22Jan2013

Past Prologue:

Between 2006-2012, it held the `official site’ position for the London District of The Pagan Federation. Created, registered and maintained pretty much every week by myself, the site became disassociated with any one pagan organisation and global in October 2012 – following my own stepping down from the Pagan Federation’s London District Council. Since then I had been quite busy with finishing several of my book writing, and finally had a few days to re-design the site, as I had wanted to for many months.  Am confident that the look and feel is settling – as I’ve started to build in flexibility for many new features (oh, it’s all technical behind the scene stuff – though on the surface that’s not quite evident yet. As each new feature is brought online over the coming weeks and months, the site will expand to include them easily!)

Previous facebook page – created entirely by me on my own initiative, and supported by The Pagan Federation –  had been growing over the last 4 years (since 2008) to fan numbers of about 1,800+. But unfortunately, that old page had to be taken off-line in October’12, due to some online bullying and harrasing that I myself was subject to within that Page.

Future Personal

So….a brand new facebook page  has also been created! It is accessible here   Visit face bookpage  www.facebook.com/PaganFrontiersOfLondon

Facebook PagePagan Frontiers of London
Facebook Page
Pagan Frontiers of London

In my life, lightening does strike the same place many times..  Sometimes it causes `Towers’ to  fall.. and other times, ideas are energised and come alive..  But my past achievements and developments were not just fluke, but result of sustained hard work over many years – to have the farsight, ideas, create, collaborate & network with others,  develop and nurture systems, groups, events, communities and online platforms.

It is sometimes emotionally hard — when outsiders (and even close friends who turn out to stick a knife in one’s back) sabotage, try to squash or destroy works that some of us have spent years nurturing and creating. At times doubt creeps in, as to could such things be re-created or developed again.  And in the Winter months, as I stayed focused writing those esoteric books – on magic and spirituality- I pondered these during a social hibernation period.  And now, as the snow has come and started to melt, the Wheel turns, and as we pagans say, `All the dies shall be reborn..  All the falls shall rise again..!”

So here we are…with new ventures and launches ..light and dark horses controlled expertly.. and `Chariots’ steered masterfully, with the wisdom of the `Hermit’  within me offering guidance, after the solitary works of the winter months.

I would like to make a special thanks to close family, friends and certain experienced Wicca Elders & Pagan people in the Pagan Community (they will be wonderfully acknowledged when the Time & Tides are right) – who have not only given me moral support through my `hermit’  months, but made me realise that I have my place in the scheme of things, even if I had felt like a `Hanged-Man’!

2012 – though not the end of the world, has been a major end to parts of my life.  And with ends come new beginnings.   That after all is the way of the Phoenix.  🙂

-Mani Navasothy.

Link

Pagan Frontiers of London. – Gateway site for Pagan Activities, Events, rituals and more ..in and around London

Treadwells – Esoteric & Occult Books, Talks & Events in Central London

 Esoteric Expert – my professional Esoteric Website (with links to all my ventures & explorations)

Wiccan Full Moon Rituals in London – Visit Witchcraft & Magic website

eBook:  Coven Guide – Become an Initiated Witch