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Primordial Sleep (visionary art)

We Wiccans and Witches know these words well..  `Sink Down..Sink Down..  Sink Deeper and more Deep, into Eternal and Primordial Sleep..’  I had a thought few hours ago..and was driven to create this ..

Feel free to share, if it brings you peace and inspiration.  🙂

Primordial sleep (c) Mani Navasothy 2014
Primordial sleep (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

(Visionary Artist  & Esoteric Tutor)

VIDEO – Introducing The Wiccan Apprentice – Training Course!

Wiccan Apprentice Training – is a hands on, outdoor experiential Wicca Course -created by Mani Navasothy (http://www.WitchcraftandMagic.org). It comprises of 5 individual sessions, with 3 core Wicca modules & 2 Practical Magic workshops. Next course starts on 27th April 2014 in London.

Visit the website http://www.WitchcraftAndMagic.org to learn about special discounted fees and to book your place – on one or more of the sessions, or the full course. This course takes place on Sundays..

1 wat outdoors 5 sessions

If you are interested in learning all aspects of Wicca in an experiential way over a period of 3 months, in a woodland setting, under the expertise & guidance of a Wiccan High Priest with almost 2 decades of Craft & Coven experience – this is the training for you!

You will learn

the foundations of Wicca, Principles & laws, Altars & Consecrations, Circle casting, Elemental Quarters & Energy Raising in a Circle, Invoking the Horned God & Triple Moon Goddess. You will also learn about doing Magic & crafting essential Wiccan tools (wand, Pentacle, Rune Magic & Cord Magic).

Workshop#1
Wand-Making & Rune magic. You will learn about and make a spiral wand, then do a formal consecration of tool ritual for it. This is followed by learning about Runes, and carving bind-runes on your wand to energise it. The workshop concludes with a Wiccan ritual, where you will use your new wand to either cast a magic circle, or invoke one of the elemental quarters.

Workshop#2
Wax pentacle making & Cord Magic. You will learn about the symbols Wiccans use on a pentacle, then create a Wax pentacle using a special technique devised by Mani for outdoors. Herbs & Crystals will be embedded into the Pentacle. You then do a tool consecration for the pentacle. This is followed by learning to do a Wiccan Cord Magic. Finally, you will use your pentacle in a consecration ceremony of salt & water, as practiced in covens.

Tutor info:
Mani Navasothy, brought up as a Hindu in Sri Lanka, is an initiated Wiccan High Priest of many years, and has nearly 2 decades of The Craft & Coven experience in London, UK. Over the years, Mani has built up extensive experience running magical Training groups, running rituals & conventions for The Pagan Federation, , as well as promoting pagan spirituality in TV, Radio & news paper interviews. Mani Navasothy is the founder of Hern’s Tribe, co-founder of Tamesa London Circle, and Director/Chief Editor of Gaian Times eco-spiritual magazine.

Mani’s professional website
http://www.ManiNavasothy.com

Wiccan Journeys & High Priestly thoughts on covens

I was giving a talk at one of the pagan moots in NW London last night (Staines Moot)..  The title was `Wiccan Journeys: There and back..and there again..!’.

It mainly outlined my (thus far) journey in the Wicca path..  how I became interested, how I became an initiated Wiccan, reaching my stage (and responsibility) as a High Priest, running training covens & groups, initiating new Seekers and so on.       The talk also covered my back and forth journeys – as I have not always felt like a `wicca’ (but always a `Witch / Magician’ !)  There are times when I have slipped out of the coven life and wiccan communities – and gone to do other magical things.. like starting `Hern’s Tribe- outdoor shamanic / eclectic group’   (the more recent one being the `woodland wicca rituals’  and the `Thames-Isis rituals) – see links at the bottom.

Talk at Ankerwycke - wiccan journeys - there and back and there again - mani navasothy 2014
Talk at Ankerwycke – wiccan journeys – there and back and there again – mani navasothy 2014

Well, this morning, I caught on to some debates that have been going on…about the good/ bad experiences, the ego and hierarcrhy of High Priests, High Priestesses, and coven leaders.

Needless to say, I have some deep thoughts on this ( I never like to hear anyone bad-mouth Wicca ..especially hard working Coven leaders..!)

Here are some of my responses:

Taking pot shots at Wiccan Hierarchy?

No one is forcing anyone into a particular tradition, path or system of beliefs.. But if one is entering a system, they should learn to be aware of its exiting form, structure, rules, guidelines.. – before criticising it, attacking it, or trying to change it. !

My HPS once told me, `walk in the footsteps f others..see what entails..before criticising what they do’ !

I appreciate that people may have had bad experiences from individuals or groups..but unless you have ever organised events, rituals, groups..and run things for long periods of time… no real wisdom is gained.

I get a little tired of people ranting on about Wiccan Hierarchy, and taking pot shots at the roles of High Priests & High Priestess. They are part of that path and system.. Learn it, understand why it’s there in the first place.. before tearing it apart. And if you are compelled to tear it apart.. I ask why? Is it because of a personal grudge, bad experience, or one;s own ego not being fed? –

The training of Coven Leaders:

 Leadership of anything is always a double-edged sword.. It is there to serve the people.. but abused, it can harm the people.. To quote a line from Spiderman, `With great power comes great responsibility’

Serious covens filter interested people .. work out their commitment, dedication, loyalty etc..before even taking anyone on as trainees…and then after a year or even many years…initiate them…(into their tradition and their coven!)

It takes many years of practice ..before those initiates reach a stage of taking good personal responsibility and also that of others..and the HP / HPS stats is a `teaching position’ – it’s NOT handed down like confetti.

Even after reaching that stage.. they then undergo more months / years of `on the job mentoring’ to become `good’ HP & HPS.. Anyone who’s got this far ..then goes out and starts their own coven..trains others..initiates others.. !

This is the long hard path in an ideal world.. Old ideals and standards are dying out with those people who held it.. They have tried to pass those on.. and that wisdom survives.. just about..!

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So there you have it..  just some immediate responses..  But no doubt, we shall all come to this topic..again and again…and again 🙂

-Mani Navasothy

Links

Wiccan Hierarchy of Covens

Coven Guide: Becoming an initiated Witch (e-book)

Introduction to Wicca, Witchcraft and Magic

Woodland Wicca Circles 2014 (London)

Hern’s Tribe

Tamesa – celebrating birthday of Isis 

 

On this day, 50 yrs ago, Gerald Gardner – father of Wicca -died!

Wiccans & Witches might find this important.. 12th February is the day ..50 years ago, when Gerald Gardner, the `Father of Modern Witchcraft’ died.

Gerald Brosseau Gardner -father of wicca -art (c) Mani Navasothy 2014
Gerald Brosseau Gardner -father of wicca -art (c) Mani Navasothy 2014   http://www.ArtofMani.co.uk

I’ve been meaning to do some graphics..and this seemed the right time.. So here he is..in technic colour and amidst the stars.  Fairly quickly done art..  (

Bright Blessings.. (feel free to share).

-Mani Navasothy.

Links

Blue Plaque for Doreen Valiente – mother of modern Witchcraft

Hierarchy within Wiccan Covens

eBook:: Coven Guide to Becoming an Initiated Witch (by Mani Navasothy)

Day for Patricia Crowther (Conference by CFPS & Doreen Valiente Foundation

Day for Patricia Crowther - CFPS conference poster
Day for Patricia Crowther – CFPS conference poster

Hi all,  I received e-mail from CFPS & Doreen Valiente Foundation about their next annual conference..Here are the details for interested Pagans, Wiccans, Witches and Wizards.. 🙂   I attended the first two some years ago in London ..  Day for Doreen Valiente , and Day for Gerald Gardner..  and they very good events.. (missed Day with Prof.Ronald Hutton though).    So this is bound to be equally good.  Bright Blessings-  Mani

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The Centre For Pagan Studies & The Doreen Valiente Foundation Presents:

“A Day For PATRICIA CROWTHER” – A Conference

Sunday 6th April 2014

10am-6pm

The Belgrave Rooms (Masonic Hall), Nottingham

with talks by:

Vivianne & Chris Crowley
Rufus & Melissa Harrington
Philip Heselton
John Harper

plus the best in Pagan stalls & historic exhibition of Witchcraft Artefacts

Tickets and further information:
http://www.doreenvaliente.org/conference

Other Wicca & Witchcraft links

Website: Wicca Witchcraft & Magic — Ritual events & courses (london)

Facebook page: Wicca Witchcraft & Ritual Magic

Introduction to Wicca, Witchcraft & Ritual Magic

Are YOU a seeker of The Craft?  Are you looking for an introduction to the world of Wicca & Witchcraft?  Perhaps curiosity of the mild kind, because you hear it everywhere now..or maybe it’s a serious calling..?!  You just have to go deeper, seek to understand Wiccan ideas, theories and more importantly, practical experiences?   Oh yes, practical experience ..with real Wicca people..  So invaluable for your magical development..  and yet..that’s like looking for needles in haystack.. These Wiccan are everywhere, but no sooner had you caught wind of their possible presence, and start to approach them, they vanish in to the woodworks!  ( that should be `into the Woodland’ 🙂

Introduction to Wicca Witchcraft Ritual Magic in London
Introduction to Wicca Witchcraft Ritual Magic in London  *click for Details*

Serious Wiccans – the initiated and experienced kind- are a bit hard to find. They don’t want to give away their identity, or locations..  just in case the old WitchHunt resurfaces..?  No not really.   But it’s all these media sensationalism..  Satanising serious Wiccans..  megalomanising (?) confident and outspoken Magicians..  It just makes us want to hide..  ! But some of us…just a few..  like to dance not just in moonlight naked..but in Daylight..  semi-naked..  No ..that’s not true..  We wear weird and interesting masks, flower crowns, or just plain old jeans and jumpers, and pretend-Dracula-leather-Jackets..and hide in plain sights..  pubs, street corners, woodlands, parks..  old people’s homes.. !   Eh, strike the Street-Corners and Old People’s homes ..that part is not true. 🙂

Right, enough about my wit.   More about Witchcraft! Let’s get serious !

Your search is almost over! You have come to the right place..  well, one of them..!

So here below, am reproducing (! No don’t go there) part of an article from my website Wicca, Witchcraft & Ritual Magic..  that covers numerous resources for Seekers of The Craft!

Brief overview of Wicca

What is Wicca (modern Witchcraft)?

Wicca is one of the modern pagan paths, based on several of the old nature worshiping religious practices in western countries (Druidism, Shamanism, Heathenism are some of the other paths!). Wicca is considered to be a religion by thousands of people, and it involves certain ideals, incorporates mythologies, male and female forms of the divine in the shape of a Horned God and Moon Goddess, and works with th energies of the Elements (Air, Fire, Water, Earth). It also includes divination work, psychic development, and the practise of Magical rituals and spells.. for attaining wishes, or seeking changes in one’s life.

Wicca was `founded’ or put-together by Gerald Gardner in the 1950’s in UK, using components and aspects borrowed from other western, eastern and ancient / classical magical practices. It is a mystery tradition (meaning that it has to be practised or experienced in an immersed and practical way to be fully understood! It means that no amount of theoretical reading, researching, dialogues & conversations with other people ..is going to give You that understanding! You simply have to do it, and live it.

Wicca is believed to be the modern equivalent of the old Craft of the Wise, or Witchcraft! And as such it also suffers quite a lot of discrimination… not the least from Christian and other religious (non-pagan) people.. who believe Wicca to be harmful, evil and so on.

 The rest of the article covers the following.. (you have to read it on the website..  If I put all of it here, google spiders will slap my wrist!)

  • Wiccan Ideals & Rules
  • Wiccan / Witchcraft Covens & Initiations
  • Rituals, naked rites and sexuality:

That’s just one article..and the website itself has even more articles.. some sharp (or blunt..depends on how you look at my words.. I don’t pull my punches!)  Some are controversial (you’ve read my blog posts..  you know my style!)

  • Consecrations
  • Energy Raising
  • Invoking Elements
  • Blessing Cakes & Wine
  • Ritual Magic
  • Covens
  • Sexuality in Wicca
  • Wiccan Principles
  • Initiations
  • God& Goddess
  • Paganism vs Satanism
  • Anti-Witchcraft Laws of old England

Before you jump to some conclusion.. (the one that I’d rather you didn’t..), let me just say..  

“Wicca is best learnt experientially. It is gritty, muddy, wet & wild in untamed nature, and requires dedication & discipline. Working with *blood, bones, knots & spells are part of that, as well as the exploration of deities, transpersonal elements and cycles of nature.. from the fertile energies of spring to the solem shadows of Samhain, leading to the light of Yule & Imbolc”.

For more information on the Woodland Wicca Rituals, Seasonal Ceremonies, e-Witch Apprentice Training, and other Courses I run (through out the year!)  please visit my  website    Witchcraft And Magic.

Look forward to making your Witchy Acquaintance.

Bright Blessings.

-Mani Navasothy (Wiccan High Priest, London, January 2014)

ps. Google Spiders! Don’t you just love those little ones.. scuttling about.. pulling strands ..weaving..this and that?   It’s almost too Wyrd..!!

Video: A Wiccan Initiation into the Coven of Janet & Stewart Farrar (nudity involved)

Many know that I am an Initiated Wiccan – have been so for almost 18 years. I have attended many initiations, and as a High Priest, initiated other seekers into The Craft also.

video farrars initiation

I came across this video on youtube..and was initially shocked.. that
a) they filmed such things as initiations all those years ago, and
b) that whomever filmed it has now published it openly on youtube.

I shall say more about these another time.. but for now.. here’s the video.. (and there are many more!)

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

Note : 8th March 2019 – my apologies.  the Video on youtube seems to have been removed due to other issues.   So am adding a few links useful on similar topic of initiation.  -Mani 

Wicca 1-day Course in woodland   (6th April 2019)

Wicca course - april2019

book: Coven Guide: How to become an initiated Witch

Coven Guide to becoming an initiated Witch (c) MN2014

Blog : So you want to become initiated?

Wicca Initiations
So you want to get initiated? Here are important elements of preparations to bear in mind.

 

Storm-Spells & some techniques for psychic work

storm magic (c)ManiN2013“Severe storms are battering Britain with 90mph winds” the media is reporting about 15 minutes ago..  just about the time I was up the big Willow tree in my back garden..holding my sacred & magical Sword up to those winds at 2.30am!

Why? For magic, of course!

Those who’s read my previous blogs are no strangers to the facts that a) I love climbing up the Willow tree at night especially for magical works (yes, Witchcraft!) and, b) I love extreme stormy weather conditions..and tend to run to the sea sides at midnight or some similar hours…to witness the awesome and dangerous powers of nature in this form!

Many witches, Wiccans and witches..and indeed pagans speak about reverence and worship of nature, and call upon air, fire, water and powers of Earth in magic circle as elemental quarter guardians after casting a circle, and before invoking the Horned God and Triple moon Goddess. Often they deal with gentle forms of these elemental forces.. candles, bonfires, spring showers and flowing streams, summer breezes. 

Not for me those summer breezes..  I like gale force winds, and take the risk of climbing trees to experience the forces..  where one is at the mercy of them.. and the tree..

So what can you do? (There’s still time..  these winds are predicted to keep going all night ..here in southern part of UK, and towards morning too!)

Here’s some psychic or magical tips and techniques for you:  (You are responsible for your own Health & Safety!)

  1. Get out there and experience these forces of nature.   It isn’t always gentle…and it clearly eliminates the misconception that we humankind are in control of nature!    But keep your self safe! tell someone else if you are going out..!!
  2. Do an aura cleansing exercise while you are out there standing in the storms.     In Wiccan Circle, we use incense (air/ smoke) and a feather-fan to cleanse and consecrate our auras .in a gentle meditative sort of way.  Let the storm do that for you..  Just stand with your feet firmly in the ground (bare-feet if possible for that connection with earth)..and have your arms raised to the side..or to the heavens.. Let the strong winds blow all over you and blow away the hindrances..and stagnant energies about you.
  3. Breath deeply and with intent.   Face the direction from which the winds are blowing….Breath it in deeply..  let its energy fill you..  and permeate your lungs, blood, and cells..  !  And breath out…letting out all the negativity and stagnant energies or psychic impurities that have accumulated in your body. Let the storms take all that and transform that.  Keep breathing in and out for as long as you can.. Do fire-breatg work if you know how.   You may feel light-headed…so be firmly standing on the ground.   (If you are up a tree like me, then make sure there’s safety ropes there that you have set up to keep your self anchored.
  4. Charging magical objects- The most obvious one is the magic sword!  Take it securely up to the tree..(ensure the storm has no lightening! Sword can act as a conductor and attract it…Do this only in a non-lightening storm).  Hold the word with both hands if possible (while being secured with ropes etc).. Hold the sword up to the strong winds..  and cleanse it first..then `breath in’ the storm through the sword, thereby charging it!   Alternatively, you can also hold a Crystal, a dream catcher or other such items to the wind to let it cleanse first then charg eit with raw elemental energies.

Well, hope these tips give you ideas..to get creative and do your own magical work in stormy weather.

Good Luck..Keep Safe..and bright blessings

-Mani Navasothy

(High Priest, Wicca/ Garderian Tradition).

Imbolc video 2: Call to Virgin Goddess Bride

Mani Navasothy, High Priest of Wicca presents a video (part 2 of 2) marking the pagan festival of Imbolc – that occurs at the end of January in the northern hemisphere.

Imbolc is said to be the time when the Winter Goddess who has kept her grip on the land loosens her hold, so that the ice melts and waters break and flow again. It is when the Goddess Bride (Brigid) `returns’ to the land. Her path is lit by candles, symbolising the return of light and warmth which is imminent. Bride is a Goddess of poetry, inspiration, healing, knot-magic and weaving. With her, she brings the gifts of 3 flames!

In this video (part 2), Pagans ask that the Spring Virgin Goddess Bride may enter, bringing with her healing, poetry and magic. We call on Bride, and awaken the powers of the elements within us in this video.

Links

Watch Part 1 (Plea to Winter Goddess to leave)

Website for Wicca & Witchcraft

Imbolc Video 1: A Plea to Winter Goddess

Mani Navasothy, High Priest of Wicca presents a video (part 1) marking the pagan festival of Imbolc – that occurs at the end of January in the northern hemisphere.

Imbolc is said to be the time when the Winter Goddess who has kept her grip on the land loosens her hold, so that the ice melts and waters break and flow again. It is when the Goddess Bride (Brigid) `returns’ to the land. Her path is lit by candles, symbolising the return of light and warmth which is imminent. Bride is a Goddess of poetry, inspiration, healing, knot-magic and weaving. With her, she brings the gifts of 3 flames!

In this video (part 1 of 2) Pagans ask the Winter Goddess to leave, so that Virgin Goddess Bride may enter, bringing with her healing, poetry and magic.

Link:

Watch part 2: A Call to Bride – Virgin Goddess of Imbolc and coming Spring time.

website Witchcraft & Magic  for Wicca, Witchcraft, Paganism & Magic