The Temple of the Dark Moon’s founder and High Priestess is Frances Billinghurst, who has been interested in and has studied various alternative religions, metaphysics and the occult for most of her life. It was in fact her initial interest in metaphysics and spiritual theosophy in the late 1980s that led her to investigate the occult sciences further.
Frances joined her first coven in the early 1990s and went on to found the Temple of the Dark Moon in 1999. For the next 10 years, Frances’s involvement in the local pagan community often placed her in the public arena where she appeared in the local Adelaide newspaper, The Sunday Mail, The Age as well as The Messenger, acting as an educator about pagan practices. From 2000 to 2006, she held the position of secretary for the Pagan Alliance Incorporated (South Australia) and was actively involved in campaigning for pagan rights with respect to the use of knives due to changes to the Offensive Weapons Act (SA) 2000, as well as proposed changes to the legislation surrounding discrimination and vilification on the grounds of religion within South Australia.
Her interest in the occult arts has resulted in being initiated as a 3rd degree witch and high priestess of a contemporary witchcraft tradition, holding an honourary 6th Temple Adeptus degree and Charter with the Ordrine Scatere Stellae (following the somewhat controversial later teachings of Alex Sanders from the 1980s prior to his death in 1988), as well as being trained in Hermetic/ceremonial magick and the Qabalah. She also has an interest in traditional witchcraft (ie, non-Gardnerian) as well as other spiritual practices.
In 2007 Frances received a Green Tara empowerment from Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche and a White Tara empowerment in 2017 by Gen Kelsang Dornying. She also holds qualifications in various energetic healing modalities, is a Death Walker, Level 1 yoga instructor and an accomplished tarot card reader with over 20 years experience.
A prolific writer, Frances is the author of three books, the editor of an anthology, and has two titles due for release in 2021 through Moon Books, with a further title due to be published through TDM Publishing. She was the longest running contributor for Australia’s No.1 alternative lifestyle magazine, Insight, with her column running from 2002 until the magazine’s demise in September 2012. She has contributed essays to over 30 publications around the globe as well as an increasing number of anthologies. A complete list of these can be found here.
Since 1999, Frances has presented lectures, ran workshops and led rituals both within Australia as well as at international Pagan and magickally orientated conferences. More details about these can be found here.
Due to her extensive 25+ years knowledge and personal experience in ritual and spellcrafting, Frances makes these services available when time allows. When she is not presenting workshops or preparing study notes for her students, Frances enjoys crafting, reading, learning how to garden in the harsh Adelaide climate, and researching her next book.
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