“Keep pure your highest ideals. Strive ever towards them,
Let nothing stop you nor turn you aside …”
The Temple of the Dark Moon was originally established in 1999 in Adelaide, South Australia in order to provide accurate information on Paganism (in particular contemporary witchcraft), and magick with respect to the Southern Hemisphere. We are located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people, located just 20 minutes north of Adelaide’s CBD in South Australia.
Since those early beginnings, the Temple has developed into an actual working group that aligns itself with a unique combination of contemporary witchcraft, ceremonial magick and Qabalah. Our Inner Circle further explores other spiritual teachings and occult workings with the view of providing each member with as much personal experience as possible.
We describe ourselves as being a “progressive” Alexandrian influenced coven in that we perceive contemporary witchcraft to be a continually evolving Mystery tradition. We believe in the true spirit of the Wiccan Rede, as well as operating under the axiom of “Perfect Love and Perfect Trust”, and observing the hierarchal based protocols. We also adhere to the balance of both divine masculine and divine feminine energies, and therefore honour both the God and Goddess within our rites.
Being a working coven, we do not permit casual observances to our rites unless it is deemed appropriate and even then, this is by strict invite only. We offer training through various mediums which are run when time permits or vacancies within the Inner Court allow. Details of such training can be found under the Training Available page.
We acknowledge the degree system found within contemporary witchcraft as “benchmarks” with respect to spiritual training for those seeking priesthood instruction only. This means that we also acknowledge that such training may not be the calling for all members within the Inner Court, and for those whose desire is not to be trained as such, we respect their decision. Spiritual evolution is, after all, an individual process and within the Temple of the Dark Moon we welcome input from all members equally.
WHAT’S IN THE NAME?
The dark phase of the moon is traditionally the last three days of the lunar cycle, immediately preceding the new moon, and the time when the night sky is notably absent the presence of the moon.
Demetra George, in her ground breaking book Mysteries of the Dark Moon, The Healing Power of the Dark Goddess (Harper San Francisco, 1992) noted that in the earliest mythologies and traditions, night was given precedence over day, and the moon was revered over the lesser sun. George further noted that:
“The earliest peoples understood that the power of life lay in the darkness of the moon. The purpose of the dark phase of any cycle is that of transition between the death of the old and the birth of the new. The dark time is a time of retreat, of healing, and of dreaming of the future. That is, the fallow times preceding outbursts of creativity and growth.”
Further, in occult thought, the dark phase of the moon often represented the subconscious level of our being, and it is at this level that the hidden or forgotten knowledge that has been passed down through the ages, can be found.
It is for these reasons that the Temple decided on the name “Temple of the Dark Moon“, to act as a guide for those seeking the forgotten knowledge of ages past.
Beware of Impostures
If you wish to join us on Facebook please note that our page is Temple of the Dark Moon (noting the space between “dark” and “moon”). We have been recently been made aware of a similar page (with no space between “dark” and “moon”) of which has no connection to us whatsoever.
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