What we're about

"All Acts of Love & Pleasure are my worship" - line from Charge of the Goddess (written by Doreen Valiente)

Welcome to `London Woodland Witches, Wiccans & Pagans community'. We are down to earth, sociable & friendly! There is a place for ALL here ... visiting pagans/ witches passing through London, Beginners to Wicca & witchcraft, those seeking study & training, seeking social groups & friendships, those looking for first ritual experiences, or even non-pagans with open mind who just want to sample a magical ceremony.

Note: all our events are openly publicised. you can either join our meetup and stay updated of events/notifications and attend-- OR - you can simply browse our events list, get info, and just turn up. We are not interested in bulking up our meetup memberships for show. Instead we are dedicated to creating a real friendly community, and organise team-led ceremonies that everyone can participate in and enjoy the magic and be empowered! Whatever your past or interests, You'll be welcomed with equal warmth. So read on.. ! :-)

Our events are a friendly mixture of formal ceremonies & informal socials.

Only our presence in `meetup' form is new (5 years now!).... but we have been running rituals & groups since 2004.. Our oldest smaller private shamanic group - Hern's Tribe - started in 2004 is still active; Tamesa London Circle began in 2006 and now has evolved to hold the Thames Isis, Sekhmet & full moon rituals. And of course Wicca & Witchcraft Courses & rituals started in 2001, and now continue as our new moon & seasonal gatherings... at times having 70+ people attending. (or just 5-10!) It's never about numbers but the quality of magic & connections! Everyone has always praised us for those! So Come for the magic, and stay for the social- and Enjoy time with us after the ritual. Do bring food, drinks & wine to share - as we love the social as much as the rituals! As with Wicca, our path is one of reverence & mirth!

Our Events : --------------

If you are looking for the real energies and powers of nature - for personal empowerment, then being regularly outdoors, experiencing nature.. (no matter how challenging it gets at times!) is the best way. You can attend in ordinary outdoor cloths.. (warm and water-proof) and/or put on cloaks & robes or other tribal cloths once you arrive at the ritual area..!. At times, it will be sunny and warm. Or wet, wild and stormy. And attuning to it all energises you, liberates you, empowers you! That is magic...and that is what it means to know real untamed awesome power of nature!.

• Wicca Full moon & Wicca New moon Rituals -.

• Wicca Training towards Initiation . (Read this first --> Wiccan initiations (https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Pagans-Magicians/pages/26515188/So_you_want_a_Wiccan_Initiation/) <---)

• Psychic Protection & Healing ceremonies.

• Seasonal Pagan Sabbats /Shamanic Rituals - .

• River Thames-based rituals .

• Eco-magical explorations .

• Workshops, Courses & Training in Paganism, Wicca, Ritual magic.

• Social Events, Pagan Moots, Camping, Day Trips out of London .

About Founder /lead organiser- Mani Navasothy (yes we use our real names!)

Mani is a Gardnerian Initiated Wiccan/ Witch & High Priest with over 2 decades of Craft & Coven experiences in London, UK. Mani studied about Wicca with Vivianne Crowley & Chris Crowley at the world renown `WSG - Wicca Study Group' in mid 90's and eventually became initiated in one of their daughter covens. (Whitecroft line of the Gardnerian lineage). Since then, Mani has trained wiccans, initiated others and run several covens in the past, and has been running outdoor/ woodland rituals in London since 2004. Mani also has 2 decades of connection with The Pagan Federation in various key Organiser roles, and is well-known to Wiccan Elders in UK, and to Pagan communities & organisations in London & Uk. He is trained in Transpersonal psychology & Counselling skills, and works to empower everyone using these magical events.

**Note that Mani has no connection whatsoever with any Traditional, Cochrane or other lines **

Our Eco statement------

We care about Nature and strive to have minimum impact on the woods we visit. Please read our Eco Impact statement click this Eco statement link. (https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/pages/25196640/Our_Eco_statement/)

Media / Photography / Researcher policy-------

No photos/ videos/ recordings or interviews allowed. Some photos okay after ritual. Please read our full 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/ Children / Disability : --------

Safety of everyone attending is important to us. People are strangers till they earn trust and friendship. So care must be taken. Also children allowed with parents - **only* at certain family friendly day events advertised as such. Otherwise all events are 18+ only.

Please read our 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)

** This meetup is NOT for nudism, sex magic/cults, Satanism, Dark Magic, Luciferians, Thelema, Left hand path etc. ***

** We have a NO DRUGS POLICY for all our events**

** Any One deemed as causing disruptions or giving Organisers cause for concern on health & safety grounds will be asked to leave, and if persist, reported to the Police immediately ! Organisers' decision is final on these matters!! **

Our websites: http://www.WitchcraftAndMagic.UK

----This version of Group info edited on 10th August 2019-----

Upcoming events (5+)

Wicca New Moon Training Circle (#3 of 3)

Queen's Woods

Welcome to our Wicca New moon circle. New comers , Seekers & Beginners to Wicca welcome. These are Wicca training Circles. We meet at the Pub at 7pm for meet 'n Greet, answer wicca related questions, discuss/delegate roles for this evening's ritual, then walk to woods and perform a wicca ritual, where all can help set up altar and participate in the ritual. There are a set of 3 training circles in Summer. -4th July; 2nd August; 30th August (see bottom for links) General outline ----- some sections may be adapted on the night. 1. Preparation: Involves Altar set up (help appreciated), centering Meditation, Tree/ Chakra energy working, Wiccan Opening prayer. 2. Scared space: Wiccan salt/water/incense Consecrations (help appreciated), Magic Circle cast & elements called at quarters. 3. Power raising: spiral dance, chants/ deity work. 4. Magic: 5. Food Blessings/ closing circle Is this a coven?---- This is an open/ practise circle. In autumn regulars will be invited to join our training coven circles. In addition, those interested in wicca training & initiations, should attend our courses & workshops. Talk to Mani in person after events or by private messages. Facilitator---- Mani Navasothy - an initiated Wiccan High Priest, with over 22 years of Craft & Coven experiences in London, UK. Mani has published several books on Wicca, runs training courses, provides an e-Witch Apprentice course online, and writes blogs on Astrology & magical topics at www.QuantumPhoenix.net ** fee £5/ £3 concessions. (now collected at start) Meeting point (Woodman's Pub) ---- address: 414 Archway Rd, Highgate, London N6 5UA* Meet in the heated patio area of the Pub. ***MANI WILL WALK EVERYONE TOGETHER TO WOODS** Ritual venue (Queens woods)---- This has been used by witches, covens, shamans, eco-groups & ritual magicians for many decades. PSYCHIC SAFETY--- Please do not come late to woods and enter circle once it's cast - it breaches magic protection inside, leaks energy, allows negative entities to enter our protected space!! In the same way, please do not just `leave' the circle in the middle of a ritual in progress. On both occasions, please wait on the edge for a suitable moment for the Circle-caster to create a `door' and let you in/ out and close that `magic gateway' immediately. !!! Essentials - Food/ drinks/ weather------ - bring some food & drinks to share. (bread/ cheese/ wine/soft drinks). - be prepared for different types of Weather. - bring a small ground sheet/ cushion/ mat to sit on. - Torch light .. essential for walking about the woods in the dark. Feasting & Magical thoughts ---- Circle will close after passing blessed Cakes & drink from the Altar. Then depending on time, we can be open for magical chats.. where you may share your experiences of what the ceremony has brought. Love & Bright Blessings -Mani Navasothy Training circle 1 (4th july)- https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/262607636/ Training Circle 2 (2nd August) https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/262670055/ Training Circle 3 (30th August) https://www.meetup.com/LondonWoodlandWitches/events/262670068/

Woodland Witches Moot (Pagan social)

The Woodman

Welcome to London Woodland Witches' very own Pagan pub moot - a monthly social! Pagans of any path - wicca, witches, Druids, Heathens, Shamans- all are welcome. Our meetup is growing..and is popular... and before major rituals and afterwards... we end up at the Woodmans pub..socialsing . We don't get enough time to converse.. chat ..lounge about.. get to know one another more.. and form more friendships. And especially for some attendees, our rituals might not give enough of a moment to talk to us and others. Then there's the case of Wicca..and all the questions you ask me.. just before a ritual.. or during setting up altars.. or just when am packing up.. or just when am ..exhausted and have to run and get my last train!! And I really love to be in a better position to answer your questions..! After considering all this.. we are starting our very own Pub moot.. to give all of us and new comers plenty of time..to chat, socialise and even get some crazy magical plans and projects going.. we are currently not hiring the room..so it's an open pub environment.. If it gets popular..we'll think about that sort of thing.. It also means there's no fee. We just gotta turn up.. grab a large table and seats and ait for more of you to arrive.. :-) And you have between 7pm to about 11pm to arrive and socialise...(and beyond..but organisers will leave around 11pm). So just come along... bring some money for your own drinks.. (wine, beer, tea/ coffee, snacks, soft drinks, dinner, crisps - whatever you fancy buying at the pub for your self). Meeting point (Woodman's Pub) ---- address: 414 Archway Rd, Highgate, London N6 5UA* Meet in the heated patio area of the Pub. Usually by table 505 or 500. We look forward to seeing you Love & Bright Blessings -Mani & Louisa

TLC Full moon: A Ceremony of Love with Goddesses Aphrodite & Luxmi

Seats outside Tate Modern gallery (grass area opposite main door)

Welcome to our 2nd annual Full Moon ceremony of Love. We honour Aphrodite & Luxmi - goddesses of Love, Wealth & Beauty, and seek their blessings in our own lives. This ceremony will include creating a charm/ love spell for those interested. Please bring wine to share, and greenery & flowers and other beautiful magical items to decorate our Altar of Love. Fee £5 (concessions £3) Please try to bring correct amount. Ritual : 1. After setting up Wiccan sacred space (consecrations, purifications, circle, elemental quarters), we raise energy with chants and some easy to remember Luxmi mantras. 2. Following this, you'll be led through a magical work - of working with inner blockages, letting them go, work with rose quartz and a Venus planetary square. The magic then culminates with you creating your own Love-charm to keep, and attract the divine blessings for love. 3. After magic, we'll bless cakes & wine, and feast and socialise. No prior knowledge or experiences of wicca or ritual magic is necessary for you to attend this. Just come with an open mind. Be friendly and non-intrusive. Connect with others, and join in the Hindu No prior knowledge or experiences of wicca or ritual magic is necessary for you to attend this. Just come with an open mind. Be friendly and non-intrusive. Connect with others, and join in the ceremony. Facilitator:-- Mani Navasothy - Hindu, Shaman & Wiccan High Priest, combines elements of Hindu mantra work with Wiccan ritual magic to create this ceremony. Meeting point/ schedule---: Gather outside the seats outside Tate Modern Gallery (main doors, facing riverside) by 7.30pm. Please be on time - we have a fixed duration to do the ritual, before Thames tide starts to rise!!. Note on Low tide: Our rituals take place on the actual river bank...just few meters away from the water. We organise these Thames-rituals after checking Thames Tide time tables.. (At high tide the entire river bank is under many meters of water!!). Safety: The steps are slippery. bank of Thames after previous tide will be full of new things and sharp objects. Take extreme care with your own health & safety. You are responsible for your safety. **No children allowed** **Unfortunately the location is not suitable for anyone with walking disabilities** 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. • a torchlight is a good idea. Feasting/ sharing food & Drinks: After the ritual circle on the river bank is completed, some people leave for home. Others stay behind to socialise. We tend to go back up to street level, to the grassy green area outside Tate Modern Gallery and socialise/ share food & drinks.. If it's raining, we just go to the nearby Pub within sight. Bright Blessings -Mani Navasothy Organiser/ Wiccan High Priest

Woodland Autumn Equinox 2019: Seasonal Ceremony & World Peace Day Magic

Join Woodland Witches & Pagans in the Woods for walking the Labyrinth, and a celebration of AUTUMN Equinox- This is the time of 2nd harvest, and inner preparations for the coming Winter months. It is also World Peace day, and we will be doing magic for world peace. Our open ritual is held in an outdoor park/woods with easy public access.. "This is the time when the wheel turns once more, from summer to winter. A time when the dark equals the light, and the night times begin to increase. Trees begin to shed their leaves in preparation of the coming winter, wildlife collects seeds and stocks up for winter and animal migrations begin. We celebrate the second harvest of the year- the harvest of the fruits. " Astrology note: In this evening Jupiter-direct culminates a square with retrograding Neptune. Days leading to this may be very challenging. This ritual aims to provide healing and consolidation of energies for all. Peace Day: 21st September is International Peace Day. We are now combining Peace day magic into this Autumn Eqx gathering. New Date: Saturday 21st September 2019 Ritual Venue: Queen's Woods . Fee: £5 ( concessions £3) *Collected before entering woods. ** Meeting point/Time: Gather between 4pm to 4.30pm at the Garden area of `Woodman's Pub' (Archway Road). you'll be led by one of our ritual team member, and process with lanterns to the woods. Walking the Labyrinth & Ritual: A ground Labyrinth will be ready next to the ritual spot, as before. After consecrations, You will be invited to walk the Labyrinth in a meditative state. At the centre, you may have a moment to contemplate the coming of dark half of the year, eat a few seeds of the Pomegranate (as Persephone did in the myths). Out ritual Team will conduct key aspects of the ceremony. Magical Intent: **From the moment you arrive at sacred space in woods, you are kindly asked to observe stillness and reverence throughout the ceremony. All willing are expected to participate - during which moments, you are asked to be calm and not disruptive of their inner-work. ** Magical Safety: ** Once Circle is cast, we do not allow anyone to enter the sacred space..or leave without an appointed Priest/Priestess opening a doorway in the circle. If you arrive late or must leave at any point, please seek the appointed Priest/Priestess for this. Please do not Crash the circle - as it can cause magical weakness for the whole ritual and let outside energies enter or leak our own built up energy** RITUAL items to bring: - Your ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks - Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks - Drums & musical instruments - Lanterns / candles / lighter - Crystals / runes / divination tools -Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read) ALL WELCOME: -All Pagans of any spiritual are welcome.. ** This event is NOT suitable for children.** FOOD & DRINKS TO SHARE: - suggestions-- -Home made/ baked items are exceptionally welcome (Bread, cakes, buns, salads, soup, pre-cooked potatoes). -Wine & Mead are popular for the pre-ritual social and for feasting & socials afterwards! - Cheese / butter/ crisps/ dips -- Water / soft drinks/ tea & coffee in flasks -vegetarian food/ vegan food (Basically any items that add towards a sensible feast/ meal). Bright Blessings -Mani & Woodland Witches Ritual Team Policy (brief notes): 1. NO filming/ recording/ photography during Ritual. You may take photos *AFTER* ceremony. 2. NO interviewing/ recording / questioning of other members for research purposes of any kind !! 3. No Drugs of any sort at any time. No drinking during ritual! Our Full media Policy --> 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/

Past events (319)

Thames Full Moon Ritual & Honouring Sekhmet for Protection (Aug 2019)

Seats outside Tate Modern gallery (grass area opposite main door)

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