Hi all.. Am organizing the following seasonal festivities in the woods as usual. Just click the links/ pictures to visit the relevant events under my `London woodland witches’ meetup events. Bright Blessings. -Mani
DrWhoLondon: Child of Promise! What’s that got to do with Esoteric blogs & magic, you ask? Well.. as you know I have one foot in the real of sci-fi & fantasy, video film making etc. I started a DrWho fan series back in Winter 2013.. and it is full of occult & magical storylines and references. (we took a Dalek and filmed it on top of Glastonbury Tor and named it `Dalek-Om’ for haven’s sake.. and we have had meditating Cybermen in AfterLife !)
This story `Child of Promise’ is about some Alien Baby and Alien Archangels having a big ol adventure on Earth.. tangled up with our Occult Doctor (that’ll be me!).
I must confess.. in the 4 years we have been filming and editing these stories, some of our `stories’ have come true.. Like for example.. my sister giving birth to a baby boy on 21st December last year ..(day of Winter Solstice when we worship Sun-child / Child of promise). Well..apart from every child birth being magical.. why is this so significant, you ask?
Well.. I started working on this `Child of promise’ story.. a good 15 months *before* my little nephew was born. You do the calculations…and tell me that wasn’t our magical story manifesting! Not only that, last Christmas, the streets of London were full of decorations..in the form of Angels.. giant ones hovering above our heads in Piccadilly Circus and Oxford street and so on..
So yeah.. I wrote about it 15 months ago..and it came true..on both counts..bang on the day of Winter Solstice. (the story stalled and took a year for me to get back edit and upload).
This by far is the best example I can catalogue about my magic coming true.. So that’s why.. am sharing this here. enjoy.
Bright Solar Blessings
“The TARDIS breaks out of a wormhole, followed by strange artefacts, and crash lands on Earth. A naked man is found unconscious on woodland floor, in the throws of purple regeneration energy. Meanwhile a half metal-masked woman is stumbling in the woods, about to give birth. What connects the two is a mysteries metal horned alien. A guardian Angel or a soul stealing demon?
Note: There is some (male rear view) nudity & themes of child birth featured in this film. Those who may be easily offended by such are advised to refrain from watching this fan film.
This minisode is the prologue to our fan series#2.
Stay tuned to see another Doctor materialise in Earl’s Court with a new robot dog K90, and the coming of Archangels of Time.. on the hunt for The Child of Promise!
Doctor Who & TARDIS (c) BBC. No copyright breach intended. This is a non-profit fan production.
Dear all.. Am facilitating 2 outdoor (woodland) Yule- Winter Solstice open rituals this coming weekend.. On saturday we’re in Croydon, with Hern’s Tribe.. from 2pm onwards for a shamanic ceremony & social, and on Sunday we’ll be at Queen’s Woods (north London), for our outdoor wiccan Yule open ritual from 3pm onwards. Here are short details. For full details, do visit my Meetup event links../ subscribe etc..Hope to celebrate Yule with you. Bright Blessings. -Mani
Winter approaches.. night-hours are long. Day light is short. And in the deep caverns below the Earth, the great Goddess gives birth to the Sun-Child! We gather to mark this sacred event and celebrate Winter Solstice.
Inspired by the TV series `Robin of Sherwood’ and stories of the Windsor-Hern myths, I started Hern’s Tribe- a pagan ritual & self-development group in Spring 2004. Drumming, masks, pre-ritual socials, feasting after ceremony, ceremonial fire..are all part of what we do. Now in its 12th year, Hern’s Tribe continues to evolve…exploring and experimenting with friendly down to earth shamanic, eclectic ritual styles for the gatherings.
Date: Saturday 19th December 2015
Time: 2pm – 8pm (this is a `gathering’ so includes pre-rite socials, ritual, and feasting/ socials/ drumming / chants etc ..)
venue: Meet at Coombe Lane Tram stop (please do NOT go into the woods looking for us.. we change location.. Stay at tram stop so we van come get you..and lead you to the ritual spot).
We are combining the Wicca Full moon & Wicca Winter Solstice rituals and running it as one event at Queen’s Woods.
“Winter Solstice is the time when the Sun is at it’s lowest (nadir), resulting in the longest night and darkness appears to be enveloping all. Inwardly, it’s a time when hope and faith may be ebbing low and the future looks bleak. It is precisely at this point that the festive energy is needed to shift the magic within, and to celebrate the birth of the Sun Child! From here onwards, the night time starts to reduce, and daylight grows.. to a point of balance between dark and light (at Spring) and to the long days at Summer! As a symbol of hope and life, celebrants decorate the Altar and indoors with bright objects and keep greenery (ever Greens.. ie Yule tree and of course holly etc). A Yule log is also burnt in the ire, symbolising the coming of warmth and fire.” (taken from http://www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )
Date: Sunday 21st December 2015
Venue: Queen’s Woods, North London (nearest tube: High Gate – northern line)
Time / meeting place: Please gather in the Woodman’s Pub..on Archway Road from 3pm..in the garden area. We’ll be having pre-rite drinks, ** talk-through* of ritual, assign roles…*before* going to the woods.
Winter Solstice is one of the 8 major festivals celebrated by Pagans, Witches, Ritual Magicians, and generally Esoteric & New Age people! And in the UK, Stonehenge (ancient neolithic stone monument) is one of the places where people of all beliefs gather to mark this festival.. thanks to English Heritage – who owns and allows access to people.. Normally visitors are allowed to only walk around the Stonehenge (after gaining entry by paying a ticketed fee)…But at Summer Solstice & Winter Solstice, they allow people to enter into the stones.. to worship, commune, attune, mark and celebrate the event.
Here is the info, taken from English Heritage website, pertaining to the coming Winter Solstice event.
Note: Sun enters the Sign of Capricorn at 23:00hrs on 21st December 2014, so the nearest morning for celebrating Winter Solstice (Pagan festival of Yule) is on Monday 22nd December 2014…when Stonehenge access is open.
Bright Solar Blessings
English Heritage will once again welcome people to Stonehenge to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Sunrise is just after 8am on Monday 22 December and visitors will be able to access the monument as soon as it is light enough to do so safely. Please be aware that parking is very limited and there is a thirty minute walk, in low light, from the parking areas to the monument.
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY FOR WINTER SOLSTICE
These conditions of entry are written to ensure enjoyment and public safety for everyone. Contravention of any of these conditions may result in entry being refused or your removal from Stonehenge. English Heritage reserves the right to refuse entry. Stonehenge is a sacred site to many. Please respect it and please respect each other.
Managed Open Access
English Heritage is pleased to be providing managed open access to Stonehenge for the Winter Solstice. Please help us to create a peaceful occasion by taking personal responsibility and following the conditions of entry and guidelines. We have a duty of care to ensure public safety and are responsible for the protection of Stonehenge and its surrounding monuments. If we are to ensure that future access is sustainable, it is essential that everyone observes and abides by these conditions of entry.
Admission to Stonehenge
Monument Field opens 07:45 (7.45am) Monday 22nd December (approximately, depending on light levels)
Monument Field closes 10:00 hours (10am) Monday 22nd December
Parking is extremely limited and the area you park in may be a 30 minute walk/1.5 miles from the monument
Please Be Aware
Stonehenge is situated in a field and the weather will be cold and possibly wet. Sensible footwear and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.
Toilets in the Monument Field will only be available once the access period begins.
There are no catering facilities.
Conditions of Entry
Stonehenge is a world renowned historic monument and it is seen by many who attend as a sacred site. Amplified music is inappropriate and will not be permitted
Only small amounts of alcohol for personal use will be permitted on site.
Drunken, disorderly, and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. Offenders will be ejected by security staff or police, with no re-admission.
Illegal drugs are prohibited at Stonehenge. The police will be on site during the access period and will take immediate action against anyone breaking the law.
Glass is not allowed at the Monument as many people walk barefoot and livestock and wildlife graze in the area. Any glass items will be confiscated.
Do not climb or stand on any of the stones. This includes the stones that have fallen. This is in the interests of safety, the protection of this special monument and respect for those attending.
Camping, fires, Chinese lanterns, fireworks, candles, tea-lights or BBQs are prohibited at Stonehenge, in the parking areas, and anywhere in the surrounding National Trust land.
Yule Rites by Manivannan Navasothy – NEW Book Out now. Over 50 pages – explores the the symbols, ceremonies and traditions of Winter Solstice rituals. Includes 3 full and varied rituals that anyone in a pagan group or coven can do, or facilitate as an Open Ritual.
download this FREE within the next 3-4 days. It will be available in Amazon Kindle soon).
Somewhere between Magic, Religion & Science lies reality and life itself.
And Yule Rites (Winter Solstice Ceremonies) have always been about the Hope and celebration of Life, Light and renewal of Hope – at the darkest hour. And dare I say – the months leading to this moment have been getting darker, in real terms as well as on a personal level. Like icebergs, huge chunks of my life have broken off and fallen into the cold Abyss. It may be because of stellar influences – like the Uranus-Pluto oppositions that are with us on and off between 2012 to 2015, or a cumulative result of some intense Eclipse magical works I did.
Or perhaps, the World really is going through a major shift on 21st December 2012 – the supposed end date of the previous Mayan Calendar, and what we are all experiencing are those re-birth pangs! Which brings us back to Winter Solstice – and rebirth of the Sun-child.
Included in its entirety are 3 Yule/Winter Rituals, which I had personally wrote and enacted in 2004, 2008 & 2011. So you are not just reading a book on Yule Rites, but have the choice of actually doing some rituals – and riding on the energy streams which have been created already by those rituals. Photographs of those rituals & set-ups will be on slide show presentation on my websites, so you can take a look at what we did, and gain more ideas.
This particular project (Yule Rites) originally started as a Webinar to be broadcasted for December 2011, following on from our Halloween & Samhain webinar on 31st October 2011. However, the Solar & Lunar Eclipses of November took much of my focus (that’s resulted in several Astrology Webinar, and 2 Books.. so far!) So I am pleased to finally complete the `Yule Rites’, albeit in a book form! And guess what? As per the original idea of sharing knowledge openly in a Webinar, this book is initially free for any and all to download. And then it becomes available as an eBook for purchase on popular online portals.
What started out as a very short Guide, just a few pages to hand out on websites for new comers to Paganism at each seasonal festive time, has grown into what you see here. So I am not just pleased, but very pleased in deed.
As always, I’d be very happy to hear form you – comments & constructive criticisms, and even suggestions of what Guides & books you might like to see me publish. Under the Gaian Times Social Enterprise Initiative, we have plan to start publishing `your’ books too! So get writing! It’s the perfect time for birth of new ideas and ventures!!
Best Wishes & Bright Stellar Blessings
(December 2012. London, UK)
1. Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft.
2. Yule Rites – Symbolism, Traditions & Ritual practises of Mid-Winter.
Sun Gods from around the World.
Sun Cycle: Earth orbit & the Seasons.
Dark Days of Winter & Equation of Time.
Rebirth of Sun: Myths & Rituals.
Druid Rituals at Stonehenge (England, UK).
Battle of the Holly & Oak Kings and ritual killing of Wren.
New Beginnings & New Year Resolutions.
Yule Log & Fire.
Mistletoe – between the worlds.
3. Sun Worship at Winter.
Hindus: Sooriya & Festival of Pongal
Mayas & Aztecs: Tonatiuh & Inti
Egyptian: Ra, Horus & Isis.
Mithras of the Romans.
Festival of Saturnalia.
4. Christmas Connections.
25thDecember : Christianising the Pagan Festival
Dis-integration: Satanising an old God.
Saint Nicholas: Green vs Red Santa (the media rewrite!).
5. Yule Rituals & Magical Work.
Ritual words & communication with your Deities.
a) A Wiccan Coven Yule Ritual (2011).
b) A Public Winter Solstice Ritual with Sky-God & Earth-Goddess (2008).
c) An Egyptian themed Winter Solstice Ritual with Isis & Horus (2004).
6. References.: Books & Websites.
7. Articles & Online Resources.
Appendix 1: What is Paganism?.
Appendix 2: 8 Major Pagan Festivals.
Appendix 3: Pagan symbols.
Appendix 4: Concerns of Satanism, Devil worship & Human Sacrifices.
Appendix 5. Online Resources.
Appendix 6. Other Publications by the same author .
For other books by Mani Navasothy, please visit Mani’s Amazon Author Page here.