March of the Mermaids is an annual seaside event organised by Hannah Chilton and friends – now in its 5th year. It is a not- for-profit event that aims to raise awareness and money for sea life and marine conservation. People dress up as mermaids, pirates and other sea-related characters / creatures from myths and stories…for a fine summer day by the sea (Brighton, UK)..and to raise funds.
This video was filmed in July 2015 by Vathani Navasothy and edited by Mani Navasothy.
Songbird – written & performed by Joie de Winter – a wonderful friend of mine!
I first saw one of her songs/ other videos (Butterfly Belly) in early January (yes, not long ago).. and immediately fell in love with that song..It reached deep. So nervously I wrote to her on facebook, and offered to do a music video for her. I had met Joie a few times before in person at OneSpirit dance event (New Year’s eve) and at friends home, few months ago. But to all intents we were just passing acquaintances.
I then captured her online home video, did a bit of fancy fades/ editing..and posted it back to show her (kind of a `trying to show what I can do and impress her’ cos I really was compelled to work with her… and nervous she may think I am some random guy who’s trying out a flirty line).
But she was thrilled by the video..and said yes! And I was elated!
So last week, we met in London, went to St.James park..and filmed her performing many of her songs and poems.. What a bonus..I was only expecting just one song..and a few hours.. But we were there from 11am till about 6pm I think.. There were so many little synchronous magical moments.. conversations and such.. There was that moment of her offering crunched up stingy nettle leaves for me to chew! And another of her munching on Daffodil flower stalk.. after strumming guitar with it..and doing a spontaneous song for a word I just blurted out!). It was a journey of discovery and friendship..and filming and co-creating.. Hard to pin in all down .
Other things kept us busy..but few days ago, we met again – at my home.. to watch all the clips/ video we had filmed.. Had lots of teas, snacks…my mother & sister popped in and out of the sitting room.. Mum offered more snacks.. We plays some of her music.. Well, Joie sang and played guitar and I just sat mesmerised..and drummed a bit to it.. (and she was okay with that).. Then we began editing.. And by the evening, we had worked on the first 50 seconds of a 4min song! It was kind of late so I dropped her off. (same local town!)
The next day she arrived I told her to tell me to shut up if I talked too much.. and we had a spontaneous plan to go to local park.. But half way that changed too…and we ended up in a local nature place.. It had been frosty..and cold..and waters had frozen.. Steam was coming off our breaths!
And we filmed more of her wonderful performances – as she climbed up a fallen large tree stretched over a frozen small pond! (there were some nervous moments for me..when I thought she was going to slip and fall in! Primary Camera- set up further away- was already rolling ..so it caught many of our funny, tricky slippery moments – and yes, we are saving all that for some `behind the scenes’ videos to share later!
We got home.. she made me nettle tea (yeah.. I went from chewing nettle leaf to drinking it in tea..It was okay – for my first time!). Day 3 was different now.. we were not strangers any more.. It’s a different kind of familiarity.. that comes of conversations that go deep into our pasts..and acknowledging one another’s journeys in life.. trials, pains, lessons and triumphs!
So more editing…this time…late into the night.. !
I don’t normally edit with others…am more of a solitary video editor.. have been so for many years (apart from fan videos that I have done ..worked with my sister).. but I offered to edit together, and Joie was thrilled to experience the process…and I think it drew her in more..added to the whole process of singing, filming, creating.
I had stressed many times the importance of her being fully involved (if he wants to) and having creative control.. It’s her song, her performance..her soul that we are showing to the world.. So she should have the full say in how it’s done.
And it was better that I expected. I showed her all the editing functions.. She’s already an experienced graphics artist/ 3D animator so she just got involved with the editing.. Formalities were thrown out the sofa ..and creativity flowed.. She’d work the mouse-pad on my laptop and I would work the mouse.. so at times I think the poor cursor on my laptop didn’t know which way to go.. But it was all good…
And then just before midnight the video was done.. she typed the `message’ at the end of it herself.. all her energy.. and we hit render…and then we watched it all.. the first full version.. and were just blown away by it.. and 5 mins to midnight, we began uploading it to her youtube channel.. (she hit the upload button… cos that’s how it’s gotta be!)
Outside it was cold…night sky was clear ..stars were bright.. all the ground and car windows covered in frost! I sort of told her off for using her hands & oyster card to scrape the ice off car windscreen.. There’s a scraper for that and it’s my job.. Hands that play so beautifully the guitar should be kept safe and warm.. 🙂 (not that she is weak or anything. She has strong hands.. but I just got protective!)
By the time I had dropped her home, and back to mine, the video was done uploading.. and ready for the world to see..
And this is it! First of many more to come..!
Thank you Joie, for your gifts of Heartsongs. 20 days ago I didn’t know you…and now I can’t ever forget you!
Hi all, it gives me great thrills ..as a Wiccan, and as a personal friend of Stephen Cole, to announce this. -Mani
The One Man Theatre Company presents HIGH MAGIC’S AID
This is an evening of storytelling & music performance by Stephen Cole, Actor/Director. he has based this performance on the novel by Gerald B. Gardner (father of Wicca.. the modern form of Witchcraft).
Date: 12th March 2015
Time: Doors open 7.30pm
Venue: Glastonbury Assembly Rooms, High St, Glastonbury BA6 9DU. tel : 01458 834677
Earth Hour 2015 approaches..in 2+ months time. But back in 2014, during Earth Hour 2014, I gathered some of my eco-friends on the banks of river Thames, between St.Pauls Cathedral & Tate Modern Gallery, for a special ceremony. And shortly afterwards, I made an appeal to all magical Communities – to all magical practitioners, Pagans, witches, Wizards, Shamans all.
“Please make Eco-Magic part of your rituals, Ceremonies, festivals and magical events! We have the power and the energy ..and we can change the World.. by making this conscious decision to give a tiny part of our magical practices towards Eco-Magic!”
Here’s an informal (and spur of the moment) video of that moment.. woven with a bit of friendly chaos from my fiends.
This year, (2015), we’ll be gathering again in a central venue in London.. to mark Earth Hour 2015 (takes place on saturday 28th March 2015…8.30pm to 9.30pm). Am drawing up plans, so watch this blog.. or better still, join my Meet-up group and participate.
Beltane is one of the 8 festivals of the Pagan annual calendar. It is a fertility festival mostly celebrated in the western european countries, taking place at the end of April and beginning of May (Eve of May), and marks the beginning of Summer. Many pagan couples get married (Handfasting) on or near this time.
This topic came up while I was speaking to some friends about visiting the Festival in Scotland. So I decided to blog this video I made few years ago.
Wiccan perspective on Beltane: 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. (c) WitchcraftAndMagic.org
Here is a short video (filmed and edited by me) of the Edinburgh Beltane Fire festival.
Content for this informal video was filmed in 2011 (some photos used were taken in previous years). Video Published on Apr 27, 2012 by Gaian2012 (my YT video channel). Music tracks used in this are royalty free, and license purchased. All rights reserved (c)Mani Navasothy.
Links for further Info
Wicca, Witchcraft & Magic – Read about Wicca & other Pagan Festivals – such as Samhain/ Halloween, Yule, Imbolc, Spring, Summer, Lammas and Autumn Eqx. This site also has info / articles on what is Wicca/ Witchcraft, Spells, magic, Horned God & Moon Goddess and invocations.
Gaian Times Magazine explores the science & Magic of the earth, and features thought-provoking articles in science, psychology, ecology, environment, astrology and social trends. It is a not-for-profit company registered in England & Wales. No: 07515903.
Beltane Fire festival in Edinburgh takes place on the night of 30th April of each year, organised by Beltane Fire Society (registered charity in Scotland ). for details. In 2012, they celebrate 25 yrs of running this festival.
Gaian2012 – video Channel – named after the Earth Goddess Gaia – this is the Eco-spiritual channel for videos on Pagan Spirituality, Ritual Magic, Wicca, Mini-documentaries, How-to guides on magical techniques & tool making, clips of rituals & festivals, and thought-provoking debates on Earth, Environment & Eco-Spirituality.
Nearly all who practise Wicca & modern Witchcraft will have heard of the Wiccan Rede (An it harm none, Do as you Will’). But am sure not all know that there is a `longer poem’ related to it. The longer version first made its appearance in 1974, when it was published in a magazine `Earth Religion News’. Although people have claimed the longer version originates before 1950’s (before Gerald Gardner `created’ Wicca), some believe that the longer poem was created *after* Doreen Valiente spoke of the short Rede in 1964 in a public lecture. So in fact, original source is still disputed. There is a good article charting this in wikipedia (see links below)
`An it harm none Do what you Will’ is – many would agree, an `impossible’ one to follow 100%. Whatever we do will cause some sort of harm or distress to someone or thing elsewhere.. emotionally or psychologically, if not physically. (simple examples are when we attend a job interview and get the job, so the other candidates don’t get it…Another example is a nice happy country walk.. where just the walking alone probably kills insects and worms underfoot and new seedling plants!). The Wiccan Rede can only ever be an aspiration..and in particular, in the practice of personal magical workings and spell-casting.
I posted just the graphics (above) in a facebook page, and within 10 hrs it had been shared 22 times and reached 1,200+ people (and still going!). It tells me that this is a matter of great interest to many people.
One person asked the question, `at what point do you stop letting it [The Rede] harm you?’
It is an Interesting idea. Trying to be true to `it’ can cause the person harm because it ties the person’s hands from possibly doing what he/she can do to getting what he/she wants without worrying about other people. So the Rede needs to be factoring in a balance of needs and their fulfilment by many people..not just one. ..
Another comment made was, `and it harm none also applies to yourself’
My response to this is, in everyday world, people -while serving themselves- do (Will) countless `ordinary’ things that in some way cause harm/ stress/ distress to many other people or living things (animals, trees, environment)… That’s is them just going about their lives…without even being spiritual, religious or magical in any conscious way.. So this Rede is ..as said before.. an `impossible guideline’ to follow to the letter!. It can only be an aspiration.. and has to be balanced with everything else one does.. be it self-serving or selfless serving of others.
I shall add more to this as and when I hear of other questions/ comments and any related responses I give.
Below are 2 resources – A full version of Wiccan Rede poem, and a video by Stephen Cole (friend of mine) reciting the full poem in a video for his `One Man Theatre Company’
The Wiccan Rede (Full Version)
Bide within the Law you must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust.
Live you must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give.
For tread the Circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out.
To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme.
Light of eye and soft of touch, speak you little, listen much.
Honor the Old Ones in deed and name,
let love and light be our guides again.
Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune.
Widdershins go when the moon doth wane,
and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.
When the Lady’s moon is new, kiss the hand to Her times two.
When the moon rides at Her peak then your heart’s desire seek.
Heed the North winds mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail.
When the Wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.
When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss you on the mouth.
When the wind whispers from the West, all hearts will find peace and rest.
Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.
Oak in the forest towers with might, in the fire it brings the God’s
insight. Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magic to flower.
Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.
Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.
Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.
Elder is the Lady’s tree burn it not or cursed you’ll be.
Four times the Major Sabbats mark in the light and in the dark.
As the old year starts to wane the new begins, it’s now Samhain.
When the time for Imbolc shows watch for flowers through the snows.
When the wheel begins to turn soon the Beltane fires will burn.
As the wheel turns to Lamas night power is brought to magic rite.
Four times the Minor Sabbats fall use the Sun to mark them all.
When the wheel has turned to Yule light the log the Horned One rules.
In the spring, when night equals day time for Ostara to come our way.
When the Sun has reached it’s height time for Oak and Holly to fight.
Harvesting comes to one and all when the Autumn Equinox does fall.
Heed the flower, bush, and tree by the Lady blessed you’ll be.
Where the rippling waters go cast a stone, the truth you’ll know.
When you have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.
With a fool no season spend or be counted as his friend.
Merry Meet and Merry Part bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow.
Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you.
These Eight words the Rede fulfill: An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will.
Here also is a video by a friend of mine, Stephen Cole
“Have you loved, loved someone or something so dearly ..and lost?..” So begins the monologue – something I wrote ..about 11 months ago…at a time when I was nursing my own broken heart.
The lines were for The Doctor – now in a female form, in a minisode that I wrote, directed, filmed and produced. It stars my friend Sandra Tena (published Writer, originally from Mexico) as the world famous wanderer in Time and Space. I think, at the time, Sandra too was hiding an aching heart.. It was a case of two people with similar pains coming together to create art! (Sandra and I are just friends, and remain so.. in case you were wondering..)
The minisode was filmed by the Docklands area in London, way back in January of this year (2014)…but we only aired it on 23rd August (same day as when Peter Capaldi’s new Doctor Who episode aired on BBC TV). Technically, that’s the launch date of `our’ own Fan video series…but full episodes are coming in January 2015 (we just finished filming all 7 stories).
So back to Love then.
I thought about the kind of pain that The Doctor might be feeling..about always loving people..and then loosing them to the passing of time…watching them age and die, or get killed.. or just them giving it up and leaving the life inside the TARDIS. Yes, we’ve seen many glimpses of this sadness that the Doctor contains…and he does contain it.. (how could he not…he’s lived over 2,000 years old.. If he did let it sink too much..his heart will break.. both of them.. Well, I put that line in there too.. 🙂
Sandra brought a real sense of inner vulnerability to that minisode when we filmed it..
And of course, a few days later, she was leaving London…and heading back to Mexico.. In a way that was a bit sad too..
But it gets better 🙂
She left some of her suitcases with me in London for safe keeping.. And she came back to London in July.. and we filmed many more episodes… And guess what…she found Love.. ! And guess a bit more- she found love with another friend of mine.. a guy who was also in my Doctor Who fan production..by the name of Stephen Cole.. (An actor who lives in Glastonbury..) And go on..guess once more.. they met `on the set’ during our filming of his Doctor Who story (yes, we have two Doctors!). And they `got together on `International Peace Day’ ..That was back in September’14.
I hear they are moving in together in 2015.. and going forward in life.. so good happy news..
Well there’s more to it.. Sometimes, when some hearts mend, other hearts get broken.. and that’s life too.. I think another friend of mine ended up with a heart ache.. But wait.. the other friend found love again.. So it’s all okay!! Honest!! 🙂
As for me.. well.. looking back at my own last 2 years ..I wonder if `Am a good man?’ I think I am a fallen Angel.. or a rising Demon.. Am never sure. Broken hearts can create all sorts of turmoils..and personality shifts.. make one bitter, depressed, reclusive, unable to go forward or backwards.. (well, isn’t this a joy…Actually it is to those who follow my blogs.. I rarely write about my personal life.. and often keep to just being astrological, spiritual and all that… So here you get a glimpse…And why ever not…It’s the last day..of 2014…the `Year of I’mPossible Dreams’ that I set off back in January.. How many of those became possible..am not sure.. )
All I can say is…my story is still unfolding.. and am sure a travelling Companion will walk into my TARDIS…I mean my life.. at some point.. Well, for that to happen, I need a TARDIS first… And seeing I partially built one years ago..and then got fed up and burnt most of it.. Yes, I have plans to build a new TARDIS…both the inside console room..and the outside Blue Box..
Then a Companion can accidentally walk into it.. I’ll make sure the door is unlocked..and kept open.. Doors..? Hearts… TARDIS? Life? All same thing.. Have you not figured it out..? Did you think just am not talking transpersonal psychology today? Why would I stop doing that?? 🙂
Have you had a dream or two..or hundreds…of a box, a bed, a room, a ship, a car, a hut or a house? It’s all you..you ..you.. symbolically..! well, same here… Yeap, Psychology ya see!
Meanwhile.. watch this minisode…It’s Brilliant and bitter sweet.. I should know.. I wrote what I felt.. and I know that parts of those tears in her eyes were not acting at all..
-Mani Navasothy (Executive Producer / Director/ Lead writer)
Doctor Who Imaginarium Fan Productions
31s December 2014
Doctor Who Imaginarium Fan productions presents.. starring Sandra Tena as The Doctor in `Love Loss and Life’.
Written, Directed, filmed & edited by Mani Navasothy.
Filmed on location in the Docklands area of London (in January 2014).
This minisode is a character piece that explores the pain and anguish of love lost.. especially for a Time Lady!
Enjoy the minisode.. Our full run of stories start in 2015, with a Prelude called `Lucifer’s Legacy’, and first full story, `Dragons of London’ and then `Shaman’s Game’.
We already have 7 stories to tell..ranging from the final days of the Dark Times of Gallifrey (That wasn’t even its name then).. to raging Cyberman wanting the God Upgrade..and old foes playing with The Doctor’s soul itself.. !! And another thing.. One of those Doctors is not Who he appears to be..!
Doctor Who (c) BBC. TARDIS (c) BBC.
No copyright breach intended. This is an entirely non-profit fan production..by fans for fans..just for fun!!
On 30th October 2014, my friends and I drove up to Windsor Town – yes, same place where Royal Windsor Castle is! It was for filming scenes of one of our fan DrWho video stories – previously called `CyberGenesis’ (I;ll come to that in a bit). The story involves `our’ Doctor suddenly appearing (No TARDIS) in Windsor, and getting caught up in a plot by a mysterious villain called The Shaman – who seems to have found the perfect way to blackmail the Doctor – and force him to steal an artefact from Windsor Castle itself!!
We filmed outside the castle, and then went to the Windsor Great Park – that’s a great big forest! To do more location shots.. Filming continued few days later in another woods..
Here’s a short fun video that my sister filmed of us (cast and crew) on that day in Windsor. 🙂
And now here’s the exciting bit.. We are almost close to wrapping up the filming for `this’ series…(7 stories)..and will soon start editing and uploading online- where you can watch it for free (from late November onwards!)
That’s not all.. We start pre-production on the `next series’ to be filmed from Spring 2015 onwards and shown from early Summer 2015. I say `series’ but to be honest, it’s a rolling schedule.. We’ll fil, edit and show..and film..and onwards.. As and when our stories are complete. We are entirely dependant on friends’ and fellow fans’ support, participation and even creative contributions..
WE are Looking for YOU to join us!!
So contact me.. via our website e-mail, or comments in our youtube channel, or by liking our facebook page..
ps. The story we are filming is no longer to be titled as `CyberGenesis’. This is due to the shocking discovery that the BBC’s own Doctor Who story `Dark Water/ Death in Heaven’ starring Peter Capaldi as The Doctor – showed very similar concepts to our original version (which we had been writing/ working on since December 2013!!! If we carried on the same ideas, fans would be bored, or might say, they copied the BBC’.. So we have had a rethink and are changing some of the concepts.. and removing the emphasis on The Cyberman..and putting it on…Hern.. a horned God/ mythological figure that roams Windsor Great PArk..
Have you heard the Hern-call? Here it is – Stag Lord (Deer) rutting.. gruntin, scratching the ground, squirting his semen to mark his territory ..herding the female deers together (he can never have enough of them in his harem!)..and occasionally locking horns (antlers) with intruders (other Stags) and chasing them out (that’s in my next video).
Enjoy this one.. no gimmicks.. no flashy edits…The idea was to quietly capture the moment… so you can watch and experience it. as if you were there.
I am planning to have a few `Stag watch’ events in Richmond Park over the next coming weeks.. (did that few years ago). So if you are interested, watch this blog.. Or subscribe / follow mt tweets @ManiQuantum so you’ll know when I announce those dates/ times.. (It will be short notice ..with just few days notice ..or even 1).
You can also join my `London Woodland Pagans Meet-up group’ and keep an eye on my `spontaneous’ events.. 🙂
(Am sort of stepping away from doing long term planned events now.. 10 yrs of it is enough.. I seek more spontaneity and freedom.. to have quick plans, change plans.. So yeap.. follow my tweets…:-)
In honour of the Birthday of Goddess Isis (which was historically celebrated on 17th July), we did river Thames based a ceremony last year (2013). Here is a short video of that event which took place by Embankment, Central London (at the base of Cleopatra’s Needle!).
This year (2014) we are doing this ceremony & social by the river Thames in the Richmond area.. on saturday 19th July’14, for ease of every one to make it.
The Isis-Boat that was begun and briefly used in the Isis-Navigatum (Blessing of the Fleet) ceremony in March’14, has been developed further. It will be briefly floated in the river Thames at the end of the Ceremony.