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Ganapathy temple Homam – fire ceremony (pics)

Wiccan Apprentice Course (woodland based, in 3 parts) – starts 4th sept16 – Wimbledon

Many in my meetup group have asked for a deeper, extended covering of Wicca, so here it is – a course in 3 parts. It is still suitable for beginners, but each subject is covered in much greater depths, and includes meditations, pathworking, and magical / ritual work – to embed what you are learning!

This takes place over 3 consecutive Sundays in September. You don’t have to do all of them.. (but if you did, it will form a cohesive deeper and practical experience of Wicca). You may attend one or more.

• Part 1: Sacred Space & Energy (Sunday 4th Sept)

• Part2: Horned Gods & Moon Goddesses (sunday 11th Sept).

• Part 3: Practical Magic, Covens & Initiations in Wicca (Sunday 18th Sept)

Fee: £13 per session. You can book/ rsvp now for each course, and turn up and pay by cash on the day.

The following structure has been devised by me.


wiccan apprentice 1 of 3 (c) Mani Navasothy

Part 1:   Sacred Space & Energy –   (Sunday 4th September 2016)

You’ll experientially learn about the following :

Magical energy preparations/ work:

• Chakra system of personal energy centres will be explained, with a practical meditation to experience this;

• An energy attuning pathworking will be led by tutor (using 4 element imagery, as well as growing horns & branches, and connecting to the Earth centres using imagery of growing roots.

• Consecrations – you’ll first see a demonstration of  purifying and blessing, using Salt & Water,  incense and Candle / lantern,  the tools to use, and the usual wiccan words; Then each student will get a chance to practise the consecrations;

• Circle casting:   Using your own wand, athame or the tutor’s wand,  you will earn the visualisation, energy work and practise casting a magic circle.

• Elements & Quarters:     The reasons and methods of calling/ invoking the undertaken elementals at the quarters inside a magic circle will be explained and demonstrated with words and symbols(invoking pentagrams, and element triangles) to be drawn;  You will then practise this;

• Transpersonal qualities:   There will be further explanations of the qualities invoked with elements, colour and symbolic correspondences.  An exercise will also be  undertaken by us – for internal elemental exploration and transpersonal balance.

• Witches Rune:   Often used in Circles for energy raising (creative poetry written by Doreen Valiente – mother of modern Witchcraft).   We will allocate some time to exploring the Witche’s Rune, the symbolism inherent in it, and have several practice chants of it.


wiccan apprentice 2 of 3 (c) Mani Navasothy

Part 2:   Working with God & Goddess in Wicca:   (Sunday 11th September 2016)

You’ll experientially learn about the following :

• God forms in Wicca:   This includes Cernunnos, Hern, Pan, Green Man, Dark Lord (Death), Sun God, Odin, Osiris …amongst others.   The symbology of Horns, hooves, antlers are explained, as well as some discussion on the demonising (Pagan god seen as satan/ devil) of the god by non-pagans. We’ll deal with any hidden fears, old conditionings and prejudices, and work transpersonally to reconnect with the Horned God of Wicca and his empowering wildwood energies. Chants will be taught and used.

• Goddess form in Wicca:   We’ll explore the Triple-Goddess imagery used in Wicca- maiden, mother and crone, as well as the various examples – Dianna the Huntress, Isis , Cailleach, Hecate, Gaia and more…

• The God & Goddess cycle in Wicca explained with diagrams and notes- ie the maiden Persephone’s abduction at Autumn,  motherhood, rejuvenated Bride arriving back to land at Imbolc;  Marriage of God & Goddess at Beltane;  the sacrifice of the God at Lammas; coming of Dark Lord at Samhain; Birth of Sun-child at Yule and more.

• Invocations, evocations and Charges of God & Goddess :  What happens after circle is cast and energy raised in a coven?   How are the god & Goddess brought into the Circle?  Who carries those energies?  What is the Drawing down of the Moon?   And Sun?  How does working with God & Goddess empower Witches?   All will be explained with brief demonstration of postures.

• We’ll go through some invocations and learn to use them.  (which you can use in your own or group rituals).

• Charge of the Goddess – the poetry work created by Doreen Valiente – mother of modern witchcraft will be looked.

• Cup and sword pathworking – to meet the God and Goddess.


wiccan apprentice 3 of 3 (c) Mani Navasothy

Part 3:   Ritual Magic, Covens & Initiations in Wicca   (Sunday 18th September 2016)

You’ll experientially learn about the following :

• Principles of Magic & Divination explained using the hexagram;

• Main forms of ritual magic practised in coven-wicca explained and demonstrated (Candle magic, cord magic, healing work, rune magic).

• We’ll do one piece of practical magic.

• Making of tools and how to consecrate them in a circle will be covered, with an option for you to consecrate one of your tools (wand);

• Coven structures,  initiation degree systems; some preparations and quests that seekers of initiation must undergo (no oathbound coven secrets will be divulged! But published materials will be talked about, and any misconceptions/ fears you have will be addressed as long as it does not breach wiccan secrecy oaths.

• All about your Witch-Name :  What is it? Why?  How do you go about choosing one?  When is it used? and more.


What to bring

• For your own comfort, please bring any food/drinks lunch (Please avoid eating during course delivery, unless otherwise stated on the day !);

• bring flask of hot drinks.

• ***Bring comfortable cushion/ mat to sit on, as well as a blanket / throw to wrap up ..during meditative work (or if it’s just cold).

• Please wear warm coats, socks (those ankle socks are pointless…as gnats and mosquitos will get you !), scarf..

• We’ll have some wine for ceremonial parts of the course & for a bit of social after

• Strictly no exotic substance/ drugs etc!

• Note books/ pen .


Recording / photography policy

No private recording by phones/ dictaphones.

No photography during course delivery & practise. .


Course notes / voice recording  by Tutor:

Some printed notes will be provided

Parts of the Course will be recorded (voice only) by the Tutor, and uploaded to a private link, where students who attended the course can listen in a few weeks after the course to refresh their minds.  (only informative parts. Pathworking etc will not be part of this.


Practical Details for the Day (venue/transport).

Public transport:

You can get to Wimbledon (served by Train, buses, tram, tube).

From Wimbledon, take bus 93 going towards Putney.

Get down at `Wimbledon Tea rooms’ stop

Walk 5-10 minutes along a small road to Wimbledon Tea Rooms, inside Wimbledon Common.

By Car:

You can drive in and park your cars for free.

Meeting point:

Please gather at the outdoor seats of the Tea Room/ Cafe by 11.30am.   Once all are gathered, we’ll all walk up into the space set up for the course (close to where we held the course in February & July’ 16).

End time:

We will break for lunch and short tea/coffee breaks. And we shall aim to finish by 5pm..


Links to the Meetup events for these courses (where you can pay by paypal)

• Part 1:   Sacred Space & Energy  (Sunday 4th Sept)

 Part2:   Horned Gods & Moon Goddesses  (sunday 11th Sept).

• Part 3:  Practical Magic, Covens & Initiations in Wicca  (Sunday 18th Sept)

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
( Wiccan High  Priest & published Author)

Hindu Chariot Festival at Ganapathy Temple (Wimbledon)

Dear all,

there are many who honour and worship the Hindu Elephant-headed God Ganapathy (Ganesh). He is a remover of obstacles! In London, this time of the year, the Ganapathy temple conducts their annual festival..which culminates after many weeks of celebrations and special poojas, with the Chariot Festival (Ther).
I will be attending this, and walking with the deities with the large chariots ..along the side roads.. to gain full divine blessings of Lord Ganapathy.
You are most welcome to do so.. (even if it is only for part of the journey).

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Directions:

Buses will be diverted in that area.. Please check TFL website for updates.

Nearest Tube: Wimbledon (District line)..Then bus 200 goes closer to Effra Road. `Colliers wood’ and `south Wimbledon’ are also nearby tube stations (Northern line) ..from which you will need to either walk 30 mins..or take buses to get to Effra Road.

Temple Address:
125-133 Effra Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 8PU.

Time:
The Chariot Festival will begin at 8.30am in the morning,.and conclude around 1pm…Then deities will be taken inside temple..fore more prayers / poojas..

(I aim to be at the temple by 8am. On this occasion, I will NOT be waiting to collect / organise anyone…as following early morning shower/ purification and meditations, I will be observing silence and get to the temple asap..to begin worship).

a temple roll.jpg

As some are already aware, last year (2015) in Autumn, I began organising/ facilitating `Hindu Magic Rituals’ in outdoor venues…

There has been a little gap. With this Ganapathy festival, I will be re-starting a full set of Hindu Magic rituals.

I will of course be sharing these events also in my other meetup  `London Woodland Witches & outdoor Pagans’ .

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

 

Wicca Moot in Wimbledon (monthly pagan social)

The Wimbledon Wicca moot was started in early 2016 by me to cater for the growing numbers of people coming to my meetup events (London Woodland Witches &Outdoor Pagans). But it’s a general pagan moot/ pub social and anyone who likes the company of pagans are welcome..  though from time to time, there will be Wicca-specific informal talks, discussions..that I will be giving / facilitating..

There is one today (sorry..short notice..I forget to blog everything I do).  See if you can make it tonight..  or come to the one next month.    Am trying for a regular slot (first Monday)..but it maynot always be possible. so will move to 2nd monday of the month.    best check/ join my meetup and stay in touch.

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy (Wiccan High Priest)


 

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 meetup event link:

Wimbledon Wicca Moot (June 2016)

Monday, Jun 13, 2016, 7:00 PM

The Wibbas Down Inn (Wetherspoon)
6-12 Gladstone Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QT, GB

7 Woodland Witches & Pagans Went

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 …

Check out this Meetup →

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). 

 

 

 

Editing Wikipedia entry – Shree Ganapathy Temple -Wimbledon

Few days ago, I went looking online for some upcoming rituals in Wimbledon Hindu temple. I found the temple’s official website. More importantly, I found the wikipedia entry..which had a notice of  `lack of notability and possible deletion’.   This was quite worrying.     Wikipedia as many know is a living entity, billions of people use it as reference, millions add entries (woffles, bables, chatty)..and possibly a select thousands work at making those wiki articles as professional and precise as possible..(with references, citations, proper formatting and all that).

Well, I spent a few hours digging stuff in google for any references to the Ganapathy Temple in Wimbledon, and found some great references – from BBC, Guardian, Scouts, Merton Council etc.. So I put them all in, as well as a few new sections, added external links and so on..   and the wiki entry started to look a bit better.  (still long way to go yet, and am sure many others can now add similar `good and notable contents’)

Already I see that another nice person has formatted the contents I put in and made it look better. So here is the entry as it looks at the moment.

 The point behind this ..to let people know that anyone with a basic internet technical skills can edit / add to wikipedia entries …for a subject they have an interested in and have experiences/ knowledge thereof.  It all adds to the content and quality of wikipedia.. modern repository of our knowledge.  🙂

Hindu Priests & omam fire

Wikipedia entry for Shree Ganapathy Temple, Wimbledon (on 20Jan2015) 

**** Note:  Sections in blue (below) are original before I added other content ****

Shree Ganapathy Temple, Wimbledon, is a Hindu temple in south-west London, England, that was established in the 1980s. The main deity in the temple is of LordGanesha. There are also deities of Goddess Durga (Parvati), Lord Hanuman, Krishna etc. The Sai Mandir was opened in 1981 and is a prayer hall dedicated to Sathyanarayana Raju.

During the temple’s early years, the realisation came that there was an urgent need to educate the younger generation about Hinduism. Furthermore, the temple wanted the children to fully understand the faith at a deeper level than previously. Therefore the Sai Mandir has been running classes for many years, teaching the children spiritual education, Sanskrit prayers, how to sing Bhajans (devotional hymns) in addition to learning about other religions too. Voluntary activities take place in affiliation with local authorities and Age Link groups.

The temple provides classes dwelling on teachings of Hinduism, music and dance classes, and yoga to name a few.

Contents

  • 1 Community
  • 2 Renovations
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Community

Shelter for Refugees: Refugees from Sri Lanka have been given temporary shelter at the Temple in 1986. The BBC recorded this info as part of their DomesDay Project in 1986.[1]

Scouts – 23rd Wimbledon:  This temple became Europe’s first Hindu temple in the UK to be home to a Scout Group. The 23rd Wimbledon [2] was established by Scout Leader, Geetha Maheshwaran in Autumn 2012 .

School trips – Religious Education The school is listed in Merton Council Directory[3] as providing Hindu religious, social and cultural services for all ages, especially for schools to visit as part of their teaching of Hinduism in their Religious Education Curriculum.

Renovations

The Ganesh temple has been using a building that was formally a Church and a Community Centre. Hence the interior has been a basic square shape. Reconstruction work began in early 2014,[4] and is nearing completion in January 2015. It will be based more on the style of the traditional South Indian temples.

References

  1. ^ “BBC Domesday Project 1986 entry”.
  2. ^ “Feature on Scouting Magazine (Uk)”
  3. ^ “School Visits at Temple”
  4. ^ “Young Reporter-Local Guardian – Wimbledon”.

External links

  • Ganapathy Temple
  • Family Service Community Directory – Merton Council
  • Local Guardian -January 2014- Wimbledon Hindu Temple renovation Article
  • Places of Worship – listing at Kingston University London
  • spiritual-scouting – Article in Scouting Website
  • Video of Omam at Ganapathy Temple (by London Hindu Temples)
  • Omam – Hindu fire ritual – blog by QuantumPhoenix
  • BBC site Domesday Reloaded article- Refugees housed in Hindu Temple

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-Mani Navasothy

ps.  Here are those actual links related to Ganapathy Temple 🙂