Pagan Pride Parade London 2017 – TODAY

Dear all, join me for this great annual event in Central London!   I have been attending these for many years, and have  helped out/ carried Giants/ been appointed as one of the `Guardians’ of this event by original organiser Jeanette Ellis.  So it thrills me to announce the ongoing success of this.

******Family Friendly  & Free event*****

• Bring your drums

• Bring Banners

• Wear masks & Colourful Pagan costumes

• Carry Staffs (no sharp weapons/ swords!!)

• Make `Giants’ and bring them..

See you there

-Mani

Pagan Pride 2017!!!!

Gather with us in London, for this year’s Pagan Pride Parade. (organised by `Pagan Federation London’)

Break out your broomsticks, don your floral crowns, hold the heathen hammer high and bang your drums proudly – because we’re taking to the streets to fly the Pagan flag and celebrate the freedom of our faiths.

Drummers, Banners Holders, Parade Giants, Fairies, Floats and Pagans of all stripes, join us for a day of fun and festivities.

We’ll be gathering in Russell Square and then marching our parade through the streets, before returning back to Russell Square for a communal picnic and frivolity.

Gather at Russell Square from 12:00noon for preparations, dressing up, etc .  Parade starts at 1pm.

Nearest Tube: Russel Square (5 minutes) ; Holborn (10 minutes)

Bring your own food and drink for the picnic or get your food on the day from the Russell Square cafe.

Russell Square is in the heart of Bloomsbury, close to the British Museum. It has a central plaza and water feature, which has become a popular place for Pagans to dance and make merry, year after year.
There is a cafe which is open all year round and expansive lawns and vibrant floral displays.

Event on our meetup

Pagan Pride Parade London 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017, 12:30 PM

Russell Square Gardens
Woburn Place London , GB

53 Woodland Witches & Pagans Attending

Dear all, join me for this great annual event in Central London!   I have been attending these for many years, and have  helped out/ carried Giants/ been appointed as one of the `Guardians’ of this event by original organiser Jeanette Ellis.  So it thrills me to announce the ongoing success of this.******Family Friendly  & Free event*****• Bring …

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Tamesa River of Souls – Samhain Ritual 2016 in Central London (by Thames)

 

Join us on Halloween Night in Central London on Monday …31st October 2016.. by Tate Galley Green space… We will be facilitating our annual `Thames: River of Souls / Samhain’ Ceremony to honour the Spirit of Thames & Ancestors.

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This is the actual Halloween night.. In the midst of fun-people in London will be in fancy dress…So Wear Fancy dress…Masks.. Witchy Cloaks.. Wizard attire.. Ghostly look…Werewolves & Vampires welcome! Bring your carved Pumpkins… Lanterns with light or candle in it..!

Our ceremonies are open to everyone, of all paths and religions.

(NOTE: Children and anyone with mobility problems / bad backs will NOT be invited to the actual river bank…for health & safety reasons. Also the ritual is NOT suitable for children, so please do not bring any to this ritual).

Bring some easy snacks & drinks to share..for the `Feasting with Death’ (tradition at Samhain).

Stay as long as you like.. and leave when you want to.

Donation: £3

Details

Meeting point/ Tube:
Gather by the green space outside Tate Modern Gallery (near main door!). Ritual team will lead all to the river bank. All are responsible for own safety. (slippery steps, sharp objects on river bank, water not safe to wash/drink).

Nearest Tube station is St.Pauls (or Blackfriars). Then ask/find directions and get to the Millennium Bridge. Cross the bridge, and get to the `Tate Modern Gallery’ side .. We will gather by the seats near Tate Gallery entrance (next to the door / green space)..

Meeting time:
Please get there anytime from .7.00pm. We’ll be getting down to the Thames river banks by 7.30pm to set up altar and start ritual.

How to find us: There’ll be a number of us ..gathering by the green space/ seats outside the main entrance of Tate Modern Gallery…We’ll already be in ceremonial clothing (robes, cloaks), wearing Samhain ritual masks, carrying lanterns, staff etc.. (strictly no swords…no knife!!)

Cloths/what to bring:

-Wear warm/ waterproof comfortable cloths… Please check weather for London for friday evening and dress appropriate. Wear good footwear..as standing/ walking for longer duration can get hard on the feet.

Food/drinks:
-Please bring small picnic-style food and drinks to share.
-Bring things for self.. and if feeling generous, something to share with others..

Media/ photography/ privacy:
-No photography/ video/ recording during ritual. Thanks.

The plan (subject to changes on the evening):

1. We’ll meet n greet..
2.Mani & ritual team will get own to Thames and set up altar. Exact spot will be decided on the night..
3. Participants will be invited to walk down the steps (carefully) to the river bank.. to join the ritual..

Low Tide time: 8.42pm (gmt). Thus by 8pm onwards…the river will be safe for us to go down.

Mani (facilitator) will lead all to a nearby suitable spot along the Thames, to do the Ceremony for Samhain/ Ancestors.

Ritual content/ format:

-Consecration with salt/water & incense, followed by sacred-Magic circle casting, then calling the 4 elemental quarter energies.
-Invocation to the Dark Lord & Crone Goddess.
– All communing silently (meditative) with their deceased ancestors/loved ones who have passed away.
-Burning of regrets/ sorrows in Cauldron (small pieces of paper..)
-Blessing Cakes/ Wine and feasting (picnic)
-Offering coins to the spirit of Charon (ferryman) in the river Thames (to help dead spirits pass safely to underworld)
(At Samhain, circle & Quarters are not closed)

Our ceremonies are open to everyone, of all paths and religions.

For this event, NO CHILDREN allowed.

Bring some easy snacks & drinks to share on the way too..

Safety notes: No swords…no athames..or other `real’ weapons – or anything that might alarm the general public /police. We play safe and nice.. And you are responsible for your own good behaviour and health & safety!!

With bright blessings
– Mani Navasothy

Meetup link for event:

Tamesa River of Souls – Samhain Ritual in Central London (by Thames)

Monday, Oct 31, 2016, 7:00 PM

Location details are available to members only.

65 London Woodland Pagans Attending

Join us on Halloween Night in Central London on  Monday …31st October 2016.. by Tate Galley Green space… We will be facilitating our annual `Thames: River of Souls / Samhain’ Ceremony to honour the Spirit of Thames & Ancestors.This is the actual Halloween night.. In the midst of fun-people in London will be in fancy dress…So Wear Fancy dres…

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Woodland Wicca Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse Magic Ritual (16th Sept’16)

Am delighted to inform you all about a special Full Moon ritual!  As many know, I am very much into astrological explorations, as well as ritual magic.   I wrote (possibly the world’s first) book on Eclipse Magic..back in 2012.  For years (almost 2 decades) I have practised my `eclipse magic’ on my own..  and this will be the first time I will be facilitating/ sharing that in an actual ceremony..  taking place at the exact time of an eclipse (penumbral lunar eclipse…visible from UK at time of moon-rise..).  So here’s the details. -mani

Our Wicca Full moon Rituals  are ideal for people interested in Wicca & Witchcraft.  They provide an Introduction to Wicca, Witchcraft & Ritual Magic – for all new comers and beginners, and Seekers of The Craft.  Consisting of friendly and informal introductions, they then move on to a formal Wiccan Ritual – facilitated by Mani (Wiccan High Priest) & our core ritual group.

We’ll be doing Eclipse Magic as part of this gathering to take advantage of the penumbral Lunar Eclipse taking place at the exact time of our ritual (7.54pm).

Wiccan Ritual Outline (to be changed with Eclipse Magic in mind):

-Preparing space & setting up Altar. (done by Ritual Team separately)
-Run-through- Lead facilitator Mani (High Priest) will explain outline of Ritual, delegate any roles. Brief Q&A.
-Enter Ritual space with reverence.
-Sweeping
-Opening prayers and /or Meditation (chakra or other)
-Consecrations with salt & water, incense, candles
-Casting magic Circle
-Calling elemental quarters
-Energy raising
-Invocations / prayers to Moon Goddess & Horned God
-Magical work
-Cakes & Wine blessing
-Closing & Grounding work
– Feasting, Socialising…

————**Admission fee: £3 **—————

What to bring:

***Please dress appropriate for weather! ***

**Please DO bring food & drinks to share ( bread & cheese / humus are a good start) and any soft drink/wine that you like to share with others in circle.

** Our rituals start in twilight, but often end when it’s already nightfall.. So a torchlight is important.

** We sit on the ground! A simple ground sheet is effective (blankets get wet in winter). Or a stool.

– Your wand (if you have one)

– crystals, tarot etc.

– A robe/ cloak to wear (optional)

Primal Natural forces:

These ritual circles take place in public Woodlands or parks. As they are outdoors, we are at the mercy of elements (sunshine, storms, snow, fog etc)..

By being outdoors in nature regularly in a ritual setting, you’ll develop a real magical / psychic attunement & healthy respect to nature’s wild energies, as well as an inner confidence, outdoor ritual experience and dare I say.. empowerment and magical competence…

Exact location of meeting point:

We meet by the Cattle trough/ small monument near Bus stop `S’ (Parkside Avenue) on bus route 93..on the main road (Parkside) .

• If coming from Wimbledon……… take bus 93 heading to Putney. *After* passing War memorial stop, ring bell.. and get off at next stop ( `Parkside Avenue’ bus stop `S’) and walk a few meters back to the cattle trough.

• If coming from Putney…………., take bus 93 heading to Wimbledon. Get off at `Parkside Avenue / bus stop `B’. Cross road and meet us by the old small monument/ cattle trough .

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

(Gardnerian High Priest)

  • Check out the Eclipse Magic Workbook/ purchase a digital copy here

 

  • Link to our meetup event:

Woodland Wicca Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse Magic Ritual (Sept’16)

Friday, Sep 16, 2016, 7:00 PM

Small monument by bus stop `Parkside Avenue (stop S)’
Parkside, Wimbedon London, GB

31 London Woodland Pagans Attending

Change of plan:  We’ll be doing Eclipse Magic as part of this gathering to take advantage of the penumbral Lunar Eclipse taking place at the exact time of our ritual (7.54pm).  Meeting time/ ceremony will be adjusted/ adapted to suit this.   more details soon.  -Mani (6/9/16)——————————Our Wicca Full moon Rituals  are ideal for…

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Pan’s Picnic 2016 & Wicca Lammas Harvest Ceremony in Trent Park, London – 31July2016

Pan’s Picnic 2016 & Wicca Lammas Harvest Ceremony in Trent Park, London – 31July2016

Join us for Pan’s Picnic – to celebrate LAMMAS 2016. (Free outdoor/ woodland event – Family-friendly – to mark the Harvest time with Ceremony and social).

Lammas: “All that rise shall fall again.”. says the popular pagan poetry! The newborn Sun-child of Yule has grown to be a rampant and playful youth and lover at Spring, committed man and husband at Beltane and responsible Sun-King at Midsummer. And at the time of Lammas, at the height of his supreme power, the King steps down- or rather gives up his life force to the land! This is harvest time in the fields, where Corn and other such grain are harvested. John Barleycorn is `baked’ and sacrificed. In God mythology, the God willingly gives himself up and the Goddess cuts him down, so that his blood may feed the land. Though it may sound alarmingly gruesome, this is to be seen in terms of symbolism, and not actual! The spilling of his blood is in fact the falling of the grains and seeds to the ground, that they may produce next year’s crops! Just as the fallen seed sleeps safely within the soil, till winter passes and next spring, so the spirit of the Lammas-King enters the underworld.  (taken from www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk ).

Fees:   £3

RITUAL : 

**Ritual will be facilitated by our Team of Trainee-coven members**

This is an open ritual held in an outdoor park/woods with easy public access..

Out ritual *Team will conduct key aspects of the ceremony, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get  involved in the actual ritual   – ie with elements calling, chants, magical work and so on.

Video:

RITUAL items to bring: 

– Your ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks
– Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks
– Drums & musical instruments
– Lanterns / candles / lighter
– Crystals / runes / divination tools
-Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)

Directions:

1. Get to Cockfosters (north end of Piccadilly Line Tube station).  Come out of Tube station, and turn right onto Cockfosters Road. Stay on same side of road.   walk on Cockfosters Road for 5mins – go immediately past Petrol station, then Cemetry…  Then you will come to park Gate (big wall/ gate) called `Cockfoster Gate’

2. Enter Trent park..  Walk along the path / road…for 5 mins..  Go past a small monument..   and you will come to a Cafe & Car park areas (with toilet building nearby).

Meet us by the cafe tables.

3.  When ready we will walk a little back along the path, to a side field.

If you are late..you can just enter the park…walk 2- mins (past a pond on the right) and turn right into the field (without going on to the cafe).

Here is the aerial map.

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

 

link to our meetup event

Wicca Lammas 2016 & Pan’s Picnic at Trent Park

Sunday, Jul 31, 2016, 1:30 PM

Trent Park (north london)
Cockfosters Gate, Cockfosters Road, Greater London, GB

35 London Woodland Pagans Attending

Join us for Pan’s Picnic – to celebrate LAMMAS 2016. (Free outdoor/ woodland event – Family-friendly – to mark the Harvest time with Ceremony and social).Lammas: “All that rise shall fall again.”. says the popular pagan poetry! The newborn Sun-child of Yule has grown to be a rampant and playful youth and lover at Spring, committed man and husband…

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Coven talk- at Wimbledon Wicca Moot

 

Monday is Moon’s day.  what better evening that a monday ..and one that is 13th day…for this special event!   🙂

Our Monthly Wicca Moot in Wimbledon is back! (just a 1-month gap).
But this one is slightly different  – I will be  doing a short talk (15 -20 mins) on  Training Covens, requirements to be part of one..  and more importantly..  what it takes to stay in such a Training Coven and work all the way up to (possible) Wiccan First degree initiation.. !  You are welcome to sit and listen in, and ask questions afterwards..openly..or in private… and take it further.

We’ll gather, have a few drinks / snacks…socialise informally..  and chat about Wicca, Witchcraft, magic, paganism… and stuff.

*** As before, I’ll  have reserved 10 seats..  on the table at the front.   Just get there ..find the space.. find us.. and join in.   (the raised platform area… as you enter the pub, via Gladstone Road entrance, it will be on your left hand side..   **

If you are not interested in covens/ wicca etc.. that’s fine…you can come join us ,,  socialise,  get to know one another, chat about magical  things.. have some fun & frolics!

Directions:

Get to Wimbledon Train/Tube/Tram station. Come out of station turn left and Walk along the main road (The Broadway). Walk for 3-5 mins. Gladstone Road will come up on your right hand side. Cross main road, walk along Gladstone Road..Pub is there on the left!   (the pub also has another entrance on another road..but this is the easiest.  You can’t miss it).

here’s the map with arrows I made 🙂

Future dates (tbc)

  •  Monday 4th July’16
  • Monday 1st August’16
  • Monday 12th Sept’16

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Link to updates on my meetup  London Woodland Witches & Outdoor Pagans). 

 

 

 

Sleeping in Light – 9 months of camping in garden

Back in August 2015, I began `sleeping in the garden’ for a few days – that extended to few weeks..It was okay because it was summer time..
But then a quest began.. I decided to stay a bit longer and enjoy being connected to nature, mark the cycles, be invaded by foxes, feel storms and rains shake my tent and so on..

Then I thought let’s test myself by being out there for Winter…and it worried me (am the weakling-guy who used to get sick all the time if i got wet or had a small injury)..

Now..well, winter has come and gone.. ! While mother Earth held me and sister willow watched over me, the elements have torn me and stripped me to the bone and soul, and re-built me.

Am constantly aware of the plights of homeless people in streets.. and surely will do something soon about it..

Summer is almost here.. along with a new threat …pollens.. and I’ve become `used’ to being out.. Used to getting, coming into the house, wash and go about my life.but at night finish up.. go into garden..see clear skies, planets (Jupiter is there every night).. see the moon wax..wane and wax again.. and go into my tent…set up candles (around tent) and inside.. put on my chanting music in earphones..wrap up and fall asleep..with gods and magical things in mind!

Slepeing in light- 9 months in garden (c) Mani Navasothy 2016

Yes there have been ups and downs.. moments of solitudes turning to loneliness..but that’s no so much a physical but a mental thing or one of the heart..

This has been quite an empowering thing.. grounding..connecting to nature.. going deeply within to face my own darkness and shadows, tuning into my own energies & power, finding more humility but also becoming more assertive & confident in a quiet way. I have nothing to prove..Am alive..and there are wonderful people in my life.. so many new people and things have entered my life…and much of the old has been reviewed, healed and transformed.. ..and life’s mysteries (and my-Story) is still unfolding..

There is so much to say about all the insights, learnings, ideas, thoughts and revelations that are flooding my hear & mind..  The work is ongoing (for now).  And I’ll share more of it over the coming weeks and months..

Bright Earthly Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

(Gardnerian Wiccan High Priest  & Shamanic Practitioner)

Moral Compass & Magic

Moral compass & Magic (pt1):
A friend was asking others about this.. Made me think.. and here’s my radical thoughts (`thought in progress’..I’ll come back to this later):

magic and moral compass

1. Magic..for those who work it..should be everyday stuff .. not something to use until till some pivotal, crisis or noble cause strikes. If you know it, use it as you would use your hand, legs, mind, heart, eyes!

2. Anyone on the planet can learn / practise magic.. So it’s not an exclusive `advantage’ or responsibility resting in the hands of some elite or select bunch of Gurus and Wizards. All can have access to it..

3. As for moral compass.. that’s just too cerebral.. way too many laws and rules.. made up by those ahead of us or gone before.. just disempowering, holier-than-thou, scaremongering-crap..

No moral compass is needed! `Do what thou Will’..full stop!

In wicca, there’s the `rule’  – `An it harm none, do what you will’.   Well, if we take magic as something that is possible (albeit, with some training & development for some..and more natural for others),  then it ceases to be a special case that requires special rules. The `an it harm none..’ applies to *anything* we do in life with any thing we have- … hands, gun, swords, words.  We should strive not to hurt or harm anyone or anything (an impossibility in itself..but that’s another debate).  

As I said, my radical thoughts.

Bright Blessings.
-Mani Navasothy