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Choosing and using your Witch name or magical name (with Video)

In Wicca & Witchcraft Covens, Ritual groups, Shamanic Circles and Groves, a member takes on a Magical name or a Witch-Name. This Witch/ Magical name is then used within those circles and Ceremonial groups. In fact in initiatory Covens, a Seeker adopts a new Witch name, is only known by that name within the Coven thereafter. Should any member accidentally speak their `worldly’ name, the person who spoke it is firmly and symbolically `punished’ gentle scourging by coven whip!) – – not to inflict pain but as a reminder and future conditioning.

In the old days, Witch names may have been essential survival tools. When and if a member of a coven is caught by Witchfinder generals, the caught Witch is only able ..even under torture.. to reveal Witch names of other members…so true identities are kept secret.

Of course nowadays, when Wicca & Witchcraft is no longer illegal or punishable by death, that sort of life-preserving secrecy no longer exists. So why use witch or magical names?

In this video, I speak about our own given names (ones we are given at birth by or parents/ guardians) , and why Witch names are important in our magical lives. I also explain how to go on about discovering your own Witch/ Magical name (few essentials), and how to magically declare them, where and when to use them. I also speak with some examples about the Do’s and Don’ts.. some of the dangers/ pitfalls to be avoided when choosing your own Witch or magical names.

Please share this video with any of your magical groups, friends or communities who might find this useful.

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Author, Teacher, Wiccan High Priest

http://www.WitchcraftAndMagic.Uk – info on wicca

http://www.Mani.org.uk – my magical services & consultations.

Video: Wicca Circle casting by Priestess and Priest (Woodland Witches)

In a Wiccan ritual or any pagan Ceremony, creating Sacred space includes the casting of a Magic Circle – for safety and protection, and to keep the powers that are being worked with..so that magic can happen. Here we demonstrate the casting of a Wiccan Circle, with easy to learn words.

Traditionally, in a group or coven, the Priest hands the casting tool (a wand, an Athame or a Sword) to the Priestess. He then either steps aside or stands beside her and connects with her psychically and adds his energy . The Priestess channels his energy as well as her own energy to visualise and cast the magic circle (sphere). Traditionally they start at the North, move through East, South, West and end back in the North.

The Circle can then be sealed with a Pentagram. (In this video in may seem like a Earth invoking pentagram, but from the point of view of the Circle-casting Priestess, it is a Fire invoking pentagram). Once the Circle is cast, the Priestess hands the Athame / wand to the assisting Priest with a Kiss. He then places it on the Altar.

Then the magical work begins inside the Circle such as calling elemental quarters, raising energy, and invocation of God & Goddess, and more. (** Remember to ground the Circle once the full ceremony is completed!!!**)

(more videos demonstrating those will be uploaded soon).

Bright Blessings. -Mani & Louisa.

For more Wicca & Witchcraft resources- info, tools, courses & workshops we run, please visit our websites:

e-witch Apprentice (Home study) course

e-Witch Apprentice course

e-book: How to become an initiated Witch (Coven Guide)

Coven Guide: Become an Initiated Witch

Full Wicca & Witchcraft website (articles, info, videos)
http://wwwWitchcraftAndMagic.uk

London Woodland Witches meetup (open rituals)

☆London Woodland Witches, Wiccans & Pagans ☆

London, GB
2,561 Woodland Witches

Welcome to  `London Woodland Witches, Wiccans & Pagans community’. Beginners to Wicca & witchcraft, Paganism & ritual magic,  Tarot, Runes, Psychic development, eco-magic,  th…

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Wicca Course for Beginners (1-day course, outdoors, London)…

Saturday, Oct 19, 2019, 10:30 AM
15 Attending

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Video: Wiccan Blessing of Wine by Priest & Priestess (Cup & Wand Ceremony)

In Wicca & Witchcraft rituals – both public or private ones in Covens, during the `Cakes & Wine’ part of the ceremony, a magical couple bless the Wine. This is usually done during the `Cakes & Wine’ section that follows the main ceremony.

During the Blessing of the Wine, the Priest kneels and holds the Chalice of Wine (female symbol), while the Priestess stands holding the Athame or wand (male symbol). The Priestess then speaks the words, and gently plunges the wand into the chalice – symbolic of a union of male and female energies. The blessed wine is then offered to the Priestess first, then the Priest partakes of it. Then if there is a circle or congregation, the Chalice of wine is shared with all.

Bright Blessings.

-Mani & Louisa.

Spellcraft workshop for Beginners- 5th Oct’19 (Queens Woods, London)

This is an experiential workshop where you’ll learn and do 3 different techniques of doing ritual magic for your self. Using candles for magic, using Cords & knots for magic and using Runes for creating sigils and magic. Other magical tools such as image magic, poppets, blood magic, sex magic will be briefly explained by tutor. New comers to Wicca and those interested in Spellcraft / Ritual magic will benefit from this workshop.

spellcraft workshop 1 candle cords rune magic by Mani Navasothy

Fee : £15.00.  You can  rsvp on meetup event (pay £15 at the same time) https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/264312697/

OR pay on the day at the course.

Revised date (due to rain forecast):
Saturday 5th October  2019.

Course duration:————–
12.30pm gathering at Woodman’s pub, Archway Road, High Gate. Course begins at 1.00pm in the Woods, and expected to end by 5.30pm. There will be a short 20 min tea/coffee break in the middle around 3pm.

Meeting point & Time:————
We meet in a nearby Woodman’s pub, Archway Road, High Gate. Meet from 12.30pm to 1.00pm.

Course contents——–

— Introduction to spellcraft & Magic (in Wicca – how we do magic; within-without principle; Basic requirements; safety & warning in spellcraft; Laws of return;

— Cord Magic – Using Cords, how you can do magic; demonstration & practice with a cord (you can actually use the opportunity to do a bit of magic) . ( 1 metre cords will be provided)

— Rune Magic – Basic introduction to Runes – symbols & meanings; How to do Rune magic; Bind Runes;

— Candle Magic – Preparing the candle- anointing/ consecrating; Intention setting; Using one of the Runes learnt (in same workshop), you’ll all do one candle -magic. (stick candles – white – will be provided).

— Additional- Mani is give a brief overview of some other magical tools & techniques (poppets, blood magic, sex magic, sigils /planetary squares, and some modern alternatives such as image/video magic from his own explorations).

What to bring—–

-Bring your own snack/ drink (no eating during actual course delivery please. Eat only at break time. thanks)..
-There’ll be logs to sit on. But bring cushions/ blankets for your own comfortable seating.
-RAIN: If it rains, we’ll have a tarpaulin cover put up over the course area.
-wear warm / water proof clothing/ coats and suitable shoes/ trainers/ boots.
-Bring note book/ pens to take notes. (some typed notes will be e-mailed to you after you attend the course).

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Wiccan High Priest / Author / Teacher

Rumours of a Cochrane connection?!! My real Wiccan Background (by Mani Navasothy – Wiccan High Priest)

Few weeks ago, one attendee came up to me and said that someone outside of this meetup – had claimed they were the ones who trained me (Mani) in wicca.  I did not know whether to burst out laughing or take my magic wand and smite them!!   :-p

profile pic- Woodland Witches London sept 2016

The following is a direct e-mail message I have written to all the members of my meetup group `London Woodland Witches Wiccans & Pagans’ .  A copy is being blogged here for info purposes.

I’ve been in the work of creating magical community events, running rituals, covens, training etc for over 2 decades now.   My lineage is strictly Gardnerian, and I studied Wicca ..originally in WSG- Wiccan Study Group – run by world renowned Wiccan Author/ Psychologist / Wiccan High Priestess Vivianne Crowley & her husband / High Priest Chris Crowley. I’ve also been trained by and worked with the late Maureen Brown (High Priestess & Counsellor/ Therapist), and I have been mentored by the late Jean Williams  (another of the great Wiccan Elders).  Other elders (Laura, Mike, Rufus, Melissa, Caroline) have trained and coached me much over the years. Morgan, Heather and April have been my magical partners in the past.

Since my own initiation in 1996, then my reaching 2nd degree/ High Priest status in 2001, I have trained wiccans, initiated others and run several covens in the past.  I have also been running outdoor/ woodland rituals in London since 2004.

On a wider level, I have 2 decades of connection with The Pagan Federation in various key Organiser roles (PF London Events Organiser for 7 years, now PFL Media Officer), and I am well-known to  Wiccan Elders in UK,  and to Pagan communities & organisations in London & Uk.  (Owners of The Atlantis Bookshop, and Treadwells Bookshop know me well!).

I am trained in Transpersonal psychology & Counselling skills, and I work to empower everyone using these magical events that I run..  and indeed via any interactions/ conversation opportunities I get.  Am quite know n for making personal disclosures when making real-life points..if it helps others.  I do not ever hide behind fame names or abstract / 3rd person conversations. Those are my strengths..not weaknesses. (Not everyone can pull that off and still run a decent magical ritual – and work hard and earn the appreciation of those attending).

Now to the rumours– I have never been trained by anyone else other than the people I have stated above.. and have no connection whatsoever with any Traditional, Cochrane or other lines.  Anyone else claiming to have trained me or magically worked with me is simply seeking their own fame or authority ..via my own 23 years of hard work, and should be taken with a pinch of unconsecrated salt..to be thrown out of a magic circle. 🙂

Until now (5 years of running this meetup) I have **never** needed to write something as direct or extraordinary as this message… I’ve simply let my hard work and my ritual team’s hard work speak for itself. People come…  enjoy our events…speak highly of it..  Some stay and chat and become friends.  Others find other friendships. and they go home. And tired but happy, the me and my team goes home too!!  .  (Running events for the biggest most active wicca/pagan meetup is never a walk in the park!  It;s more a crawl in the woods!! 🙂   That’s that.   No grand plans..  !!   I am certainly not into testimonials, TV interviews ( i reject so many), fancy over the top costumes, photo shoots, aggressive or underhanded recruitment tactics etc etc..   but recent events have made me realise it’s time to address this matter…set some records straight . And I now have!

If you have any questions or concerns…well.. you don’t need to bribe my  team mates to get access to me…  You already know my name..  You know my events and where I’ll be.. and you know my e-mail. And some of you even know my number!  So..come find me..and we can talk ..face to face..  down to earth!

And if anyone approaches you with my name/ my authority…just walk away. They are NOT legit.   Because  I do all my own work..writing emails.. and communications.

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

ps.  In another e-mail I will be writing about wicca training coven we are setting up, and some group boundary issues…that some people are blurring . There are those who keep enjoying my kindness ..wisdom and hospitality….and then vilify me elsewhere..  Time has come to set those matters straight too!

Link to London Woodland Witches wiccans & Pagans meetup

Contact me:

 

Spellcraft workshop: Doing magic with Candles, Cords & Runes (Wimbledon woods)- June 2019

This experiential session is part of our Woodland Wicca workshops. New comers to Wicca and those interested in Spellcraft / Ritual magic will benefit from this workshop.

spellcraft workshop 23feb19

This session covers the following:

  • Introduction to spellcraft & Magic (in Wicc – how we do magic; within-without principle; Basic requirements; safety & warning in spellcraft; Laws of return;
  • Cord Magic – Using Cords, how you can do magic; demonstration & practice with a cord (you can actually use the opportunity to do a bit of magic) . ( 1 metre cords will be provided)
  • Rune Magic – Basic introduction to Runes – symbols & meanings; How to do Rune magic; Bind Runes;
  • Candle Magic – Preparing the candle- anointing/ consecrating; Intention setting; Using one of the Runes learnt (in same workshop), you’ll all do one candle -magic. (stick candles – white – will be provided).

All materials & printed notes will be provided.

Date : Saturday 8th June 2019

Duration:  11.00am to 4.30pm inclusive of breaks.

Venue: Wimbledon woods  (but initial meeting point is Wimbledon windmill cafe)

Fee: £15.   You can pay by cash on the day.

meeting point/ Time/ Travel Details:

We meet At Windmill Tea room (outside seating area) by 11.00am. Then we will go to the woods to do the workshop. Workshop will end by approx 4.00pm. If it’s wet/ raining, I will put up a Tarp cover, as we have done in previous outdoor workshops.

From Wimbledon or Putney, take the bus No 93. Alight at bus stop `Parkside Hospital’. Go into `Windmill Road’ and walk about 5-10mins. Turn right towards car park and Cafe/ Tea rooms.

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

Cafe spending: It has most types of food/ breakfast / coffees etc. If using card payment, there is a minimum spend of £10 (I know!) BUT if paying for smaller amount, they will put a fee of 50p.

What to wear / bring:

  • ***Please dress really appropriate for weather! *** Good water-proof coats, proper boots/ shoes / trainers..that are not going to get soaked in mud/ rain. Gloves, scarf. hats; possibly a bag/ ruck sack to put all your belonging and set aside (on the ground, when doing ritual).
  • Bring a soft cushion to sit on (as we’ll be seated on logs or the ground).
  • Bring a blanket to wrap up for your comfort.
  • Bring a hot flask of drink for your self and any snacks for breaktime.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Wiccan High Priest / Author / Teacher

You can join the meetup event for this and interact with others who are planning to attend, or simply arrive on the day at meeting point.

Spellcraft workshop: Doing magic with Candles, Cords & Runes (Wimbledon woods)

Saturday, Jun 8, 2019, 11:00 AM

Wimbledon Woods (meet outside Windmill Tea Room)
Windmill Road, London, SW19 5NQ Wimbledon, GB

3 Woodland Witches Attending

This experiential session is part of our Woodland Wicca workshops. New comers to Wicca and those interested in Spellcraft / Ritual magic will benefit from this workshop. This session covers the following: Introduction to spellcraft & Magic (in Wicc – how we do magic; within-without principle; Basic requirements; safety & warning in spellcraft; Laws…

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Beltane Rituals 2019 – by Woodland Witches, Pagan Future Fest, PF London & Druids of Primrose Hill

Beltane is a coming!!! 

`The veil between the world of men and fairy (or spirit) is said to thin twice a year, at Beltane and at Samhain, which are on opposite points of the year wheel. At Beltane (May eve) the land is at it’s most lush and green, and fertile. If Spring Equinox is the time of fertility and mating in the animal kingdom, then Beltane is one of courting couples making commitment to one another- and Handfastings! In the God-Goddess myths, this is when the playful God is said to commit to the Goddess – which is symbolised by the Sacred Marriage! The Maypole dance that is traditional at this time symbolises the fertile powers of the masculine, penetrating the land, and the ribbons danced and woven around it lock that power! A ring of flower at the tip of the Maypole signifies the feminine. Magical working with the Fay (Fairies) is an important feature at this time, in contrast to the magical work with the departed spirits at Samhain, the opposite point’ (taken from http://www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )

Beltane Rituals in London:

Belostra 27april2019

Tomorrow Saturday 27th April, Belostra by Pagan Futurefest (whole day festival in Norwood),
https://www.facebook.com/events/1935110649942412/ 

woodland witches beltaane 28april2019

Sunday 28th April, Woodland Witches Beltane in Queens Wodos, High Gate,
woodland witches Beltane 2019

PFL beltane 2may2019

Thursday 2nd May, PF London Beltane at Conway Hall, Holborn.. facilitated by Loose Association of Druids,
https://www.facebook.com/events/2246384845678022/

(and not forgetting outdoor Druid Beltane on Sunday 5th May, at Primrose Hill.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1084973628357148/

Bright Beltane Blessings
-Mani

Come join Pagan Pride Parade London 2019 (on 12th May’19)

London’s annual Pagan Pride Parade is the longest running Pagan Pride event in the world! Each year, Pagans of all paths, traditions and faiths, come together to make themselves known to the people of London and express their spirit of pride. With costumes, flags, banners, drums, and song, we march through the streets of London, celebrating Paganism.

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Feel free to wear your finest pagan attire, wear a mask, dress as magical creatures or come as you are and walk with us carrying banners and flags, singing or making some noise with the Drummers and Morris dancers.

We gather at the fountain at at 12 before setting off around 1 to parade the streets of London, Marshall’s will remain at the beautiful park ( with cafe and toilets) with those of you unable to walk the whole route, giving you chance to browse the stalls selling all manner of weird and wonderful items. The celebrations will continue when the parade returns to the Fountain at Russel Square Gardens

Join our Community group at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PaganPrideParadeLondon/

Join us in being a part of this great tradition.

Meeting point/ base:
Russell Square, London, WC1B 5EH

Find us in the middle of the park, by the fountain.

Gather from 12 midday
Parade starts at 1pm

Nearest Tubes:
Russel Square (Piccadilly Line)
Holborn (Central Line, Piccadilly Line)

Feel free to bring food to picnic with us, or there is a cafe in Russell Square.

Children welcome – Totally family friendly!

Those who want to celebrate, but don’t feel able to take part in the parade walk, can still join us in Russell Square to enjoy the day with everyone.

Crowd Funding ———
(please donate any amount you like using this secure link)
http://paypal.me/PaganPrideLondon

Uptill now we have just about managed to foot expenses ourselves but this year we are setting up a crowdfunding initiative, so that all other pagans can donate whatever amount you can, and help us pay for council applications, insurance and other running costs.

Click the paypal link, and donate any amount (£) you wish to donate.
Thank you.

About Organisers———:
Pagan Pride Parade London 2019 – is supported by The Pagan Federation: London, Atlantis Bookshop, and organised by a team of volunteers including Geraldine, Christalla, Hildegard, Rebekka, Luthaneal, Geoff, Philip and Mani. PPPL is also stewarded by numerous volunteers, and joined by ever increasing number of Drummers, Morris Dancers, and of course Pagan-folks from all around the Country.

-Mani Navasothy

Wicca: 1-day experiential course (Outdoors, London)

Are you a natural Witch? Into magic & spellcraft? Or do you want to be a One? See if the impulses you feel inside you are more than just curiosity.. that it’s instincts.. a magical release.. an awakening? And do you want to become an initiated Wiccan & a Witch ? Be in a coven of Witches? Form your own coven perhaps? Is that even possible? Are you tired of reading books, trawling websites and social media – looking for connections, knowledge? Worried about whats the `norm’ these days? What’s right? What’s wrong? What’s safe.. and what’s magically dangerous?
So many thoughts and not enough starts?!!

Wicca course - april2019

This 1-day introduction course on Wicca is for New comers, Beginners & seekers – all those interested or curious about Wicca & Witchcraft, and like to learn it all in a down to earth, friendly, experiential manner…!

This course held in the natural habitat of a real Witch – the woods! After all nature is where their power comes from- Light of the Stars, Flames of the Sun, Power of the Moon, Flow of rivers, strength and deep treasures of the Trees and Earth!

We go into the woods to be away from the machinations of urban society, and to attune to the rhythms and energies of nature. Try to relax, ground, centre, earth and be open for the duration of the course. Allow a bit of time-buffer towards end for questions/ answers & conversations. Afterwards, we’ll go to the Woodman’s pub (indoors) and continue with some socials and carry on conversing about wicca and related matters.F

Date : saturday 11th May 2019

VENUE: Course will be held in outdoor woodland setting – Queen’s Woods, where usually hold our outdoor Wicca rituals).

Nearest Tube: HighGate (northern line) –

Meeting point & Time:
We meet at in the patio/ garden area of Woodman’s Pub, Archway Road (1 min from Highgate tube). Meet from 10am to 10.30am. This is the time get a cup of tea/ coffee ..say Hi ..meet n greet fellow students and get warmed up! At 10.30am we all walk to woods for course.

Fee: £20 Early bird rate ( £30 after Spring Equinox 21st March’19)

Join meetup event to pay £30 and confirm your space (see link below)

Course Contents-—————-

This is a basic introduction course. Brief explanations will be given as well as demonstrations, use of pathworking, meditation, energy work, some practice;

  • Intro: Origins of Modern Wicca; Wiccan Law & principles;
  • Energy: Connecting to nature; Chakra & Tree meditation;
  • Altar & Ritual tools – athame, wands, sword, scourge, pentacle etc
  • Sweeping/ purifications; Consecrations with salt & water/ incense; casting magic circle (words/ demo);
  • Elements & Quarters; Symbols & qualities of Air/fire/Water/Earth in wicca; pentagrams/ triangles; invocation words (demo); Transpersonal work (4 functions).
  • God & Goddess in wicca: Horned Gods; Moon Goddesses ; what are invocations & charges? who can use the energies? Empowerment; Importance of devocations;
  • Magic & Spellcraft in Wicca;
  • Esbats & Sabbats- Wheel of the year – related seasonal myths.
  • Initiations & Coven life.

Breaks:
We’ll have short organic breaks.. There will also be a 1 hour lunch break.
Queens woods has a cafe/ toilet (10min walk from our course area).

NO Recording / photography———–
Tutor may take some photos with permission for publicity purpose.

Weather————
• Please wear plenty of warm clothing (it actually gets cold when you sit down on the ground for long). If it’s raining much, tutor will bring a tarpaulin sheet cover.. so we don’t get wet (too much)

What to bring
• For your own comfort, please bring any food/drinks lunch (Please avoid eating during course delivery!). Bring flask of hot drinks. Bring comfortable cushion/ mat to sit on, as well as a blanket / throw to wrap up .. (or if it’s just cold). Please wear warm coats, socks scarf..

• We’ll have some wine for ceremonial parts of the course.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Wiccan High Priest / Author / Teacher

Join meetup (free) and pay fees £30 to book this course

Wicca: 1-day experiential course, Outdoors.

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 10:30 AM

Queen’s Woods
Near Highgate Station London, GB

2 Woodland Witches Attending

Are you a natural Witch? Into magic & spellcraft? Or do you want to be a One? See if the impulses you feel inside you are more than just curiosity.. that it’s instincts.. a magical release.. an awakening? And do you want to become an initiated Wiccan & a Witch ? Be in a coven of Witches? Form your own coven perhaps? Is that even possible? Are you t…

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A Wiccan question: Why keep the Old ways secret?

This came up in one of my facebook community pages…so here’s the question and my answer.

Question:
With regard to Wicca, why keep the old ways a secret? Why keep the sacred truth to yourselves when it should be shared with the world?

keep wicca secrets

Our Answer:

To be honest.. so much of Wicca has now been talked about, blogged about, and more importantly written about extensively in thousands of published books..! So the World knows all about it…the initiation rituals, the seasonal ones, the tools, the oaths …all of it. There are no wiccan secrets as such now in the present day.

BUT..and it’s a big but.. the mystery of wicca remains..! It can only be experienced in an actual closed group ritual.. no matter how much of it has been written or talked about.

Why is it that way? Talking and reading is the equivalent of a pregnant lady watching a documentary on TV about giving birth, or a young man/woman watching a romantic film… However, the actual experience of giving birth to a new life (all that birth pain for mother, and risk of her own death!) … or falling in love with another person (the thrill, the chase, the apprehensions, the insecurities, the actual Union/ making love) …….those things can only ever be `known’ by actually experiencing it. The real mystery remains.. no matter how many books One reads or how many movies one sees!!

So yeah…no secrets in Wicca now.. but magical Mystery remains!!

Bright Blessings.
Mani

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