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Remembering Maureen Brown – High Priestess of Wicca

Maureen Brown Wiccan High Priestess
Maureen Brown Wiccan High Priestess

Maureen Brown was a High Priestess of Wicca, and a qualified Counsellor, Psychotherapist, mother and grandmother- when she passed away into the arms of the veiled Isis, on this day, 11 years ago (25th December 2004). Since then Christmas day has never been the same.

I met her in the year 2000, at a Wiccan summer gathering of many covens, in a Glastonbury camping site. I didn’t know at the time that she had had surgery in her stomach and was recovering..  but she danced wildly with me in the barn that evening during the party / socials.. And later we spoke about magic and psychology and how she could help me with some of my issues (I didn;t tell her..she had just inferred!) It awed and impressed me so much..  She said to go and visit her in Croydon. I said I will.

But I did not.   I thought I could do it myself..  you know.. sort myself out.  I figured that if all else fails, I can always go to Maureen.  And a year or so passed – until I was Pan in an Open ritual, and at the end of it, 2 Witches – a man and a woman, waited to give me an invite to their coven ritual.. at Maureen’s biding ofcourse!

So I went a few days later, and thus began a great friendship, admiration, and learning. There’s much more of course ..but that can all wait for some future write up.

What was important was..  few years later, she was diagnosed with cancer..terminal..and we all gathered around, as she spent weeks ..nay months preparing..  not just her life..but all her students & friends  .. Well, she’s the psychologist, what else was she going to do?

And on the Christmas day, 2004, a fellow Wiccan Priestess Hazel and I went to the Hospice, and we just the two of us did a passing ceremony to aid Maureen who was already comatose.   And within hours, she passed away.  I ofcourse got home lit some candles..  and began to do some art work, titled, `passing of a Priestess’ – and after finishing the art, I called the Hospice, to hear the news that Maureen Brown has passed away..  just 15 minutes prior!

That Christmas time was special..  where few weeks prior, we had the most biggest party in her house, fire works, table for 30+ ..and passing her white wig around ..all of us taking photos ..making merry and light of what’s to come. It was one last glorious party she organised…for all of us!  (she’s a Counsellor..  she prepared us all well).

This morning I woke up all still ..feeling rather quiet..   possibly as we are just coming out of a cancerian full moon..  and over coffee, I looked on internet to find that apart from my blogs, and a PF document, no mention exists of Maureen Brown or her work..  How sad..  And what an honour.  And I’ve spent hours digging through my computer files, looking for photos, rituals, key dates..piecing dates together..(like the `Sea Priestess ritual Requiem’ that we Wiccans gathered to do at Brighton where Maureen’s ashes were scattered in the sea on an Autumn day in 2007!)

There is much more to say..so much more.

But for now..  I remember Maureen Brown, the Extraordinary High Priestess & friend who changed my life..  and empowered it.   As she often said, the work never ends.,  and some of us carry it on…even now!

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Dark Isis unveiled – my thoughts on Star Goddess and Dark Energy

Inspired by the recent NASA photo of Spiral Galaxy M106, and working on some upcoming Goddess Isis related rituals for this year (2013: Year of the Witch), I created this photo-graphics. The words are a small section taken from the Goddess Charge, written by Doreen Valiente – Mother of modern Witchcraft & Wicca (she used parts of the words from Aradia: Gospel of the Witches).   [more on that another time!]

Star Goddess &  the Universe

“..Listen to the words of the Star Goddess, She in the dust of whose feet are the hosts of Heaven, whose body encircleth the Universe,” goes one of the lines in the Charge of the Goddess.  As an astrolger and a magician / Wiccan, I am particularly fond of those lines. I take it to mean that the body of the Star Goddess is so vast that in covers and encompasses the whole Universe, and that even the mere dust from the feet of the Star Goddess are the `Hosts of Heaven’ (ie other deities, angels etc).

My knowledge of Science & Astronomy tells me that Stars and Planet and galaxies are made of vast amounts of interstellar dust and gas that have coalesced by the pull of gravitational forces to form those objects, and those gas and dust clouds of primordial universe were made of sub-atomic particles …electrons, protons, neutrons and yet smaller `objects’ such as quarks, gluons and photos.

Here on Earth, often religious prose talks of powers of god, goddess, nature, and elements – air, fire, water, earth. But these are not the fundementals of nature – atoms, subatomic particles and forces such as electromagnetism, gravity, strong and weak nuclear forces..

Dark Matter

What is interesting now in modern times are the many theories and scientific explorations of yet more hidden entities of nature – such as Dark matter & dark energy..which are seemingly undetectable at the moment by direct means, but have been scientifically attributed  to be making up the `missing mass’  of the Universe, and the hidden forces / energies responsible for the way galaxies behave – pushing each other apart (the expanding universe).

These all start to come back to the hidden nature, energy and forces that are `out there’ – not just the known forces and faces of deities but the veiled, powerful and unknown. Of course in different religions, their respective followers worship their own versions of these hidden forces and deities. In ancient Egypt (and now modern pagan traditions), the `Dark Isis’ seems to be a popular form of deity who stands for such hidden power. Dark in this sense (in my view) does not mean dangerous, evil etc but simply hidden.  Returning to the idea of  what existed `before the big bang’ that created the known Universe and its contents, we can start to get a feel of the reality or non-reality – the non-existing creative force that brought forth the Universe. Science has no answers there, so it is fine for a scientist (and a magician) like me and others to speculate,ponder and muse.

Dark Isis - art by Mani Navasothy  www.ArtofMani.co.uk
Dark Isis – art by Mani Navasothy http://www.ArtofMani.co.uk

Creating Art

Creating this art was quite easy. I used an Isis statue my sister had brought from her Egypt trip as a gift for me (one I re-painted few years ago). I had the statue in front of my lap top with a backdrop of the Eclipsed Sun graphics I had previously created for my Eclipse-Magic eBook (and that was created using photos of bonfire flames and a photo of the full moon I had taken).  The photo of Galaxy M106 was then overlaid and parts removed and merged.  🙂

More..

I will say more about these concepts in future posts..  There’s quiet a bit of such thoughts in my book `Eclipse Magic Workbook’ .   And more of it will be explored in the forthcoming book `Quantum Magic for Pagans’ .   They both tackle the questions of looking deeper into what we call magic, religion, power and ultimately forces of nature and Deity!

By the way, in future posts, I will also be looking at some of the `fears’ people have about the `Dark Isis’.  If you have thoughts to share, please leave a comment below 🙂

well, I seem to have finally started the topic that this blog was created for ..  the realm where Science and Magic /Religion entangle. 🙂

-Mani Navasothy

Links

Art of Mani – visionary & fantasy art website (mine)

Withchcraft and Magic in London

Tamesa London Circle- Rituals by river Thames

Eclipse Magic webite