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Submerging Sekhmet – a 7/7 River Thames Ceremony for protection of London

 Submerging Sekhmet- A 7-7 London protection Ceremony
Submerging Sekhmet- A 7-7 London protection Ceremonyby Waterloo Bridge, river Thames

Few months ago, a friend was talking about the story of a  statue of Sekhmet (the Egyptian warrior Goddess) – submerged in river Thames in London, many years ago..for the protection of London.   No one is definitely sure if this is actually true. So I spontaneously said that we could make it come true..and really submerge such a statue. My friend Caroline Wise (a Priestess in the Fellowship of Isis) suggested such a `Ceremony’ should be worked magically to protect London and all of in London..

London has been `attacked’ by Terrorists in recent times.. as recent as 2005, and it had come out of the blue. So a protection ceremony …to take place on the anniversary of the last attack (7th July 2005) seem the most suitable date.

Wikipedia has this entry for the  `7/7 Bombings’

“The 7 July 2005 London bombings (often referred to as 7/7) were a series of co-ordinated suicide attacks in London which targeted civilians using the public transport system during the morning rush hour.

On the morning of Thursday, 7 July 2005, four Islamist home-grown terrorists detonated four bombs, three in quick succession aboard London Underground trains across the city and, later, a fourth on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square. Fifty-two civilians and the four bombers were killed in the attacks, and over 700 more were injured.

The explosions were caused by homemade organic peroxide–based devices packed into rucksacks. The bombings were followed exactly two weeks later by a series of attempted attacks.”

Sekhmet Statues 2007 -ManiN2013

So we are making preparations..  for this simple Ceremony, to take place on a small but significant part by the river Thames.. on this coming 7th July 2013…just before Sunset..

Sekhmet is also a Sun-Goddess…one I have worshiped for almost 2 decades…in private and asked for protection at times of personal need..  In my altar, she takes the form of

a small clay statue that I had hand-made that long ago. I have made 2 further statues…but given them to friends. Or rather, I made them specifically for certain friends. So it will be my privilege to make a new clay Sekhmet statue once more..  This one will be special..in that, the clay for it will be taken from the banks of the river Thames itself.. and later as a fully made statue, it will be returned ceremonially to the Thames!

If you live in or near London, and would like to attend this ceremony, keep in touch…subscribe to my blog, and I’ll post more details…near the time.

-Mani Navasothy

ps. My partner April & I have been facilitating river Thames based rituals since 2006. Here are some links

Thames Isis Rituals 2013 www.PaganFrontiersofLondon.com
Thames Isis Rituals 2013

Thames Isis Rituals for 2013

Blog on Tamesa: memory streams flowing

Blog Tamesa serpent in Thames magical rituals

website – Tamesa London Circle

Omam – A Hindu Temple Fire Ritual in Ganapathy Temple (Wimbledon) for Goddess Durga

Back in Autumn ..last year, when life was being pretty difficult.. I was visiting a local Hindu Temple (Shree Ganapathy Temple in Wimbledon, SW London)…  for some peace and inner balance. And I found out they were about to do a special `Pooja’ (ritual)..  called an `Omam’..   where many Hindu Priests gather and create a sacred ritual fire…and make offerings to deities..  They use the fire as a medium… to take our offerings and pass it to the gods, as well as taking our prayers and wishes…and passing them on to the deities too.  (The Hindu Fire deity is a male god called `Agni’).

This particular one took place in the middle of the 9-Nights of the Goddess (Navarathri), so was particularly auspicious.

In my childhood days, my uncle Raveenthiran & Aunt Ratna used to take me to many Temple rituals..    (I call them Periyappa & Periyamma.. meaning Elder-Father & Elder-Mother)..and I had seen many of these special rituals..   But this was the first time I had the inclination and fortune to have done one on my own initiative (with my own partner April participating with me in the temple).

The ritual went longer than planned..  and took almost 5 hours..from set up to end!  And in all that time, a large indoor fire roared…billing away huge amount of smoke, fueled by some 50 different sacred herbs, food offerings, oils and incense!   All the while, the Hindu priests were chanting sacred names of Durga, and reciting stories of the deity’s many battles with various demons..!  And it is said that those who participate in such a ritual is not only fortunate and blessed,!

(Photos taken on my mobile phone.. !  Faces have been blurred for privacy reason)

For my part, I sat in semi-meditative state, watching, and doing personal magical work. The 4-5 hours was quite long enough to explore my mind, my life, it’s many trials and  use the energies of the Warrior Goddess Durga..  inwards…and dispel my own inner demons and any negative energies… !

Either for psychological reasons, religious, psychic or spiritual reasons, it seem to have worked.  Up until that day I had had suffered many a `psychic headaches’ and was constantly being affected by various energies. But after those 4-5 hours with Durga’s sacred healing fire..  I came out of that temple a new and cleaned man.

And even now…once in a while..  I have a bonfire in the garden..  and enact similar psychic work!

There is much power in Agni..  He burns but also cleanses..and purifies!

-Mani Navasothy

Note on Ganapathy Temple (Wimbledon) :  This temple began in 1981 (few years before I came to England), and was one fo the earliest temples in London. (converted from another building for purposes of Hindu Worship). It is dedicated (main shrine called Moolasthanam) to the hindu God Ganapathy (Ganesh, Pillayar) who is the elephant-headed god who removes obstacles.  I recall my uncle & aunt’s wedding taking place in this temple way back in 1985.  Several of my other extended relatives have had weddings here.  The temple address is 125-133 Effra Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 8PU, United Kingdom.

Links

my blog on Navarathri- 9 nights of the Hindu Goddess 

Elephantom – Eco-Hero (Cartoon children’s book written by Mani Navasothy)

Sooran Por – `demon war’  Hindu festival

Ganapathy Temple Wimbledon