What we're about

Welcome to `London Woodland Witches, Wiccans & Pagans community'. We are open to beginners and seekers looking for personal magical or spiritual development. We truly believe that being regularly outdoors and attuning to powers of nature is magically powerful & empowering! We also feel that being in the company of magical & sincere people and participating in ceremonies builds energy, trust & friendships that are fulfilling.

Since 2004, We have been organising Outdoor full moon/new moon rituals, Seasonal festive gatherings, special ceremonies, and Training courses & workshops. Our subject matters include Wicca & witchcraft, Paganism, ritual magic, high magic, planetary magic, Shamanic events, Herbs & Oil craft, Tarot, Runes, Psychic development, eco-magic and more. We also organise some Pagan moots/ socials, as well as attend festivals outside London. Since May 2020, we have a regular and varied events (rituals, socials & courses) online as zoom/ video sessions.

• Religious Tolerance: We respect all World religions and we believe there are many spiritual paths to the divine. However, our meetup events are strongly and exclusively based on practices of Pagan spirituality - such as Wicca, Druids, Norse, Ancient Egyptian, Hindu, Celtic, Native Amerindians, ancient Greek & Roman and other polytheistic pantheons. we have a right to practice our own Pagan paths, without the threat of any malicious or vexatious intrusions by observers of other religions.

Here are some Pagan/Magical basics we work with:

• " An it Harm none, do what you Will". This teaches us personal responsibility & awareness about consequences of our mundane or magical actions.

• "As Above. So Below. As within. So without" - principles of Divination & Magic are enshrined in this.

• "Know Thy Self" - striving to work on our own self, learning, shadows, fears, projections, ego, inner child issues - helps us develop a stronger clearer spiritual self.

• Horned God & Triple Moon Goddess - Wiccans, Withes & Pagans see the divine power as a both male and female. We also see the God & Goddess as taking on many many forms and worship/ honour different ones at various seasonal ceremonies (Brigit, Gaia, Pan, Cernunnos, Green man, Aries, Hern, Diana the Huntress, Isis, Sekhmet, Thor, Odin, Freya, Shiva, Luxmi, Hecate, Selene and hundreds more!).

• Elements & Pentagram - We work magically and transpersonally with Air, Fire, Water, Earth, as well as Spirit and mark these on the 5-pointed Pentagram. They connect with our mind, body, spirit, emotions, intuitions, actions and Will.

• Ceremonies begin with meditation/ attunement, proceed with purification/ consecrations, energy raising and deity work. We do ritual magic for our own well-being and for world, and conclude with blessing of food & drinks. There then follows socials & chats to bond and make friendships.

• Wicca - Those interested in modern history of Wicca should read about the work done by Gerald Gardner, Doreen Valiente, Alex & Maxine Sanders, Charge of the Goddess, Wiccan rede and more. We recommend you begin with books by world renowned wiccan authors such as Dr Vivianne Crowly (Wicca Old religion in New millennium), Janet & Steward Farrar (Witches Bible), Doreen Valiente (Witchcraft for Tomorrow, ABC of Witchcraft).

**** IMPORTANT NOTE**** we DO NOT ALLOW filming, note taking, recordings, interviews at our events (if in doubt, contact organisers!). This meetup is NOT for nudism, sex magic/cults, Satanism, Dark Magic, Left hand path etc. We have a NO DRUGS POLICY for all our events . Organizers will ask anyone disruptive to leave our events. If problems persist, Police will be called. ** **

About Mani - Founder of London Woodland Witches -------

Gardnerian Initiated Wiccan/ Witch & High Priest with over 25 years of Craft & Coven experiences in London, UK. He is well known to Pagan Federation and other organisations & communities in London. Mani is a published Author with books such as `Eclipse Magic Workbook (2012), Coven Guide: How to become an initiated Witch, Astrology for Eclipse Magicians, Halloween Rites, Yule Rites, Elephantom Origins: Birth of an eco hero (children's graphic novel), and Introduction to Eclipse Magic.

Our Policies & Statements ------

Eco Impact statement click this Eco statement link. (https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/pages/25196640/Our_Eco_statement/)

Media/ Journalism/ Research policies. click this media policy link (https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/pages/21600513/Our_Media_Policy_-_filming_recording_sharing/)

Health & Safety statement. Link to our FULL Health & Safety statement (https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Pagans-Magicians/pages/25196101/Safety%3A_Disability%2C_Harassments%2C_Drugs)

Children policy : We only allow 18yrs aged or older to attend our Wicca & Witchcraft rituals. Some of our family-friendly socials (such as Earth Day picnic Peace Day Picnic) accommodate children to attend with parents/ Guardians present - if it is specifically stated in event details.

Our website / social media----

http://www.WitchcraftAndMagic.UK

http://www.facebook.com/WiccaWitchcraftMagic

[This update: 22nd January 2021]

Upcoming events (5)

Woodland Midsummer 2021 - Outdoor Ritual Gathering

Queen's Wood

£5.00

Join us to celebrate Midsummer 2021 - Out in the Woods .
In this ceremony, we'll be sweeping away negativity to begin with, then create sacred space with consecrations and magic circle. We aim to call upon mystical spirits - Fairies, Phoenix, Mermaid & Uncorn energies to guard the elemental gateways. After a spiral dance to generate energy, the Norse Solar Goddess Sunna will be invoked, and Sun God. They will lead us in a 2nd energetic chant/ dance for magical charging of a Sun-charm. After blessing food & Drinks we'll formally close the circle, and go into feasting & socials.

Fee: £5 (fixed). Collected before start of Ritual.
(Note :from Lammas, fee changes to £7/ £5).

Date: Saturday 26th June 2021.

*new time* 5pm to 8pm. Socials may continue for few additional hours.

Venue / access-----
Queen's Wood, High Gate.
These events are held in a public Open woods, with rough terrain, and in natural weather conditions. It is NOT always suitable for anyone with health/ physical disability conditions.

Meeting point--------------
Be at Entrance to Queen's woods by 5pm.
Queenswood Rd, Highgate, London N6 5UU.
Google map ref:[masked], [masked].
From corner of Archway Road & Muswell Hill, get to `Wood Lane'. Walk down this road. After 5 minutes this changes to QueensWood Road. On your left is a formal sign/ entrance to Queens woods. Please wait here to be collected. We use different spots in wood and may change specific location on the day!

What to bring: ---
-- You can Wear Ritual masks & cloaks.
-- lanterns (no naked candle flames in woods).
--- Drums, musical instruments & songs to sing.
-- your own blanket/ ground sheet to sit on (or camping chairs).
-- food & drinks for your self.

Good Behaviour --
-- NO drunken behaviour .
-- We have strict NO drugs policy at all times at all our events!!
-- Please put all rubbish in bins or take home.
-- Please take any uneaten food back home.

Health & Safety-----
-It's early days. So Attendees are advised to maintain personal safety practices, and not respect anyone else who likes to maintain social distance, wearing masks, not sharing food/ drink etc.
- If you feel unwell for any reason, please DO NOT attend.

Bright Blessings
- Mani, Freya & Woodland Witches Ritual Team

General Guidelines-------
1. During ritual, No photography/ video filming allowed . Afterwards, it is fine with permission, and for personal keepsake only. If you post photos to any personal social media, please credit it as `taken at London Woodland Witches meetup event'. We reserve the right to use all posted photos for our own publicity. No interviews!
2. We operate a strict NO DRUGS policy at any time in our events.
3. You are responsible for your own Health & safety.
4. No one under 18 yrs allowed at this event.
5. We are a small team of volunteers. We are NOT equipped to give special support for anyone with health problems/ walking disabilities.

Our Policy statements---->
https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/pages/21600513/Our_Media_Policy_-_filming_recording_sharing/
Full safety/disability/drugs policy-->
https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/pages/25196101/Safety:_Disability,_Harassments,_Drugs
Full Eco-statement-->
https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/pages/25196640/Our_Eco_statement/

Cacao Ceremony for Healing & Heart Opening (Hampstead Heath)

Hampstead Heath

£11.00

Join us for a special Cacao Ceremony, at Hampstead Heath on Friday 2nd July at an outdoor setting. Cacao ceremonies were practiced by the ancients and many tribal cultures around the World, now brought to you by Freya and Mani - initiated Wiccan Priestess & Priest.

Cacao comes from coco beans, and known to be more precious to the ancients than gold! They would heat up the Cacao in a Cauldron over a tribal fire at a sacred gathering, imbue it with energies, and then ritually drink it as plant-medicine. Cacao releases deep heart opening energies through your being to open your heart chakra and bring you into a state where you can commune with the Gods.

What is involved in this event? -------

1. Walk:
Once we have all met, we will walk together into the Hampstead Heath to more woodland areas. This will be about 15-20 minutes, and serves to attuned to the woods and nature - as a grounding & centering process. It also gives participants a relaxed time to chat to one another. .

2. ceremony.
We create sacred space with smudging, cast a magic circle, and call the elements - Air, Fire, Water & Earth- at Quarters. We will be raising energies within the circle through singing, chanting and some dancing. We then invoke the pure and sacred God and Goddess energies into the Cacao that is cooking in our cauldron over the fire.

When the cacao is ready, it will be poured into smaller cups and each person will be invited to drink it and sit with the experience it creates. Some meditative work will follow.

What does Cacao do?---

It is much much more gentle that taking any other such plant-medicine. Cacao is heated and drunk like hot-chocolate, and tastes somewhat bitter. It is prepared and heated in a sacred space, and after drinking it, people will do gentle energy work to further activate and tune into the Cacao-spirit and do meditative work for insights, images, emotions and visions. Those partaking it may feel a mild sense of elation and feeling of connectedness and well-being. In some cases, the heart opening medicine can bring up deeper feelings - to be aware of and resolving.

This is an amazing experience which we are sure you will love.

Where does Cacao come from?--

The Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon and Ghana are the top producers of cacao- 70% of the world's cocoa beans come from these West African countries. However, countries such as Indonesia, Peru, Venezuela and many countries in Central America and the Carribean also grow the bean.

Safety questions---

Is Cacao a drug that can trip you out? NO!
Cacao is the raw form of Coco (plant) extracts - that we all consume in processed form as Chocolate! Unless you have an allergy to Chocolate, you should be okay to drink cacao. There are no issues like being sick or vomiting (that comes with other plant-medicine like Ayahuasca ). If in doubt, please check with your qualified medical person.

--------practical details-----

Date: Friday 2nd July 2021
Time: 11am to 1.30pm.
Venue: Hampstead Heath (park) near Parliament Hill.

Meeting point:
We meet just outside the Bistro Laz restaurant that is on the entrance area to the park. (1-2 Highgate West Hill · London). Once all are gathered, we'll be walking 5-10 minutes into the park/ woods, to our pre-selected quiet place for the actual healing & energising session.

Fee: £11.
Pay by cash on the day.

What to bring:
--This event is held outdoors So please dress accordingly.
--We advise all to bring a blanket to lay down/ cover your self as you are laying on the ground for the relaxation & sound bath experience.

We look forward to seeing you, assist and support your spiritual healing & growth. As always, do contact us privately by messages with any questions/ concerns and for any additional consultations.

Blessings of Love & Light
Mani & Freya

ps. This is an event run by Freya's meetup group `London Higher Healing'. https://www.meetup.com/london-higher-healing

)O( Birth of Goddess Isis : New Moon Ceremony (Richmond, London)

Hollyhock Vegetarian Fairtrade Cafe

£5.00

Our 9th annual Celebration of ` Birth of Goddess Isis' - where Sky Goddess Nut gives birth to the Egyptian Goddess Isis, is being held on the day of New Moon in water sign of Cancer.. on Saturday 10th July 2021 - outdoors in Richmond, by river side. The ceremony will use a blend of Wiccan & adapted Egyptian ritual outlines.

** Fee £5 (collected at start).

Date: Saturday 10th July 2021
Time: Meet at 1pm for greets/ coffee at Cafe. We walk to Riverside around 1.30pm for setup and ceremony.

-------- Ceremony outline -----

• A decorative altar with Sky Goddess Nut and a concealed statue of Isis will be set up.
• Opening prayers and /or Meditation (chakra or other)
• Consecrations with salt & water, incense, candles
• Casting magic Circle
• Calling elemental quarters
• Energy raising
• Invocation : Isis called by her many names! Printed sheets provided. Each attendee may utter 10-20 names.
• Goddess Isis (statue) is revealed.
• Milk & flower Ceremony - all bath statue in milk, followed by offering of flowers. These are then offered to the river Thames.
• Magical work (optional)
• Cakes & Wine blessing
• Closing & Grounding work
• Feasting, Socialising… Food & drinks blessed and shared.
• Birthday Party !! (Birthday of Isis).

What to bring--------

-- Please Wear ceremonial robes / masks (Egyptian style if possible).
-- Musical instruments (drums, systrum, bells)
-- Food & drinks to share.
-- Poetry / your own Invocations to honour Goddess Isis

Meeting point----------

Please meet by the Hollyhock Cafe, Terrace Gardens, Petersham Road, Richmond at the appointed time. We will gather all and walk upto riverside.

Thames & Tides-------

Our rituals tale place on the actual river bank...just few meters away from the water.

What to bring------:

• Please dress appropriate for weather! (we carry on Rituals regardless of weather).
• Please bring food & drinks to share ( bread & cheese / humus are a good start) and any soft drink/wine that you like to share with others in circle.

Bright Blessings
-Mani Navasothy

Woodland Lammas 2021 & Aquarius Full moon Gathering

Queen's Woods

£7.00

Rol up.. roll up roll up.. for this year's Lammas Rite & Aquarius Full moon Gathering. This event is being planned on the first weekend after lockdown fully ends (!) and on the evening of a Full Moon (First of 2 Full moons in Aquarius). Everything calls for some much needed and deserved celebrations, fun and frolics!! This is an open Ceremony & social held in an outdoor woodland setting in Queen's Woods, Highgate, North London.

**We are holding outdoor rituals again subject to ongoing review and keeping to safety guides. Please check any updates on the day before travelling to our events .**

About Lammas & our Ceremony--
Lammas is one of the 8 seasonal festivals celebrated by Pagans. This is harvest time in the fields, where Corn is cut down and other such grain are harvested. In myth/ folklore, the Corn King gives up his life force to the land!

We will symbolically honour the self-sacrifice of the Corn-king - who is said to be cut down by the Goddess, so that his energy may be released back to the Earth. We'll also be invoking the Woodland nature God Pan - lord of Fertility, Free spirit & Sexuality. Following a Pan invocation, we'll get down to some drumming & dancing.. Those interested may come dressed up as Pan, or green man, Green woman.. and join in with drums, chants and dancing.

Fee: £7 / £5 concessions. - collected at start.

*New* Date---
Saturday 24th July 2021.

*new* Time: -----
5pm to 9pm.

Venue / access-----
Queen's Wood, High Gate.
These events are held in a public Open woods, with rough terrain, and in natural weather conditions. It is NOT always suitable for anyone with health/ physical disability conditions.

Meeting point--------------
Be at Entrance to Queen's woods by 5pm.
Queenswood Rd, Highgate, London N6 5UU.
Google map ref:[masked], [masked].
From corner of Archway Road & Muswell Hill, get to `Wood Lane'. Walk down this road. After 5 minutes this changes to QueensWood Road. On your left is a formal sign/ entrance to Queens woods. Please wait here to be collected. We use different spots in wood and may change specific location on the day!

What to bring: ---
-- You can Wear Ritual masks & cloaks.
-- lanterns (no naked candle flames in woods).
--- Drums, musical instruments & songs to sing.
-- your own blanket/ ground sheet to sit on (or camping chairs).
-- food & drinks for your self.

Good Behaviour --
-- NO drunken behaviour .
-- NO drug use of Any kind allowed at our events.
-- we'll provide bin bags. Please put all rubbish in bins.
-- Please take any uneaten food back home.

Health & Safety-----
-It's early days. So Attendees are advised to maintain personal safety practices, and not respect anyone else who likes to maintain social distance, wearing masks, not sharing food/ drink etc.
- If you feel unwell for any reason, please DO NOT attend.

Bright Blessings
- Mani, Freya & Woodland Witches Ritual Team

General Guidelines-------
1. During ritual, No photography/ video filming allowed . Afterwards, it is fine with permission, and for personal keepsake only. If you post photos to any personal social media, please credit it as `taken at London Woodland Witches meetup event'. We reserve the right to use all posted photos for our own publicity. No interviews!
2. We operate a strict NO DRUGS policy at any time in our events.
3. You are responsible for your own Health & safety.
4. No one under 18 yrs allowed at this event.
5. We are a small team of volunteers. We are NOT equipped to give special support for anyone with health problems/ walking disabilities.

Our Policy statements---->
https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/pages/21600513/Our_Media_Policy_-_filming_recording_sharing/
Full safety/disability/drugs policy-->
https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/pages/25196101/Safety:_Disability,_Harassments,_Drugs
Full Eco-statement-->
https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/pages/25196640/Our_Eco_statement/

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)O( Wicca Full Moon Ceremony - by river Thames, London

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