Exploring Your Psychic Abilities

Commencing on Thursday, 17 May 2018, I will be offering a six part course that will focus on assisting participants in the exploration, development and enhancement of their psychic and intuitive skills.

Psychic (sometimes also referred to as “intuitive”) development is learning to open yourself up to your guides, the higher Universal energy or even listening to your higher self (or subconscious) and listening to these often subtle messages that come through. In essence we are ALL psychic or at least have the ability – it is just that we have closed off this ability for various reasons.

Join me as we explore different modalities in order to develop your OWN psychic or intuitive self in order to TRUST the messages given.

When you are able to truly TRUST this aspect, this in turn enhances your spiritual growth by allowing you to trust your own decisions in every day life.

250d2-psychometryDuring the six weeks, participants will gain practical experience in an assortment of areas including:

:: Connecting and working with personal Spirit Guides
:: Using Pendulums
:: Sacred Symbolism and the Subconscious
:: Exploring the Akashic Records
:: Mindfulness Meditation
:: Automatic Writing
:: Past Life Regression
:: Intuition and Second Sight
:: Discovering Totem and Power Animals
and more.

Places are strictly limited.  Full payment must be received prior to 10 May 2018.

Cost: $70 for all six weeks (includes notes) – book through Paypal
Date: 17 May until 21 June 2018 (Thursday evenings)
Time: 7.30pm to 9.15pm
Venue: Isian Centre of Metaphysics, Parafield Gardens

Answering the Call of the God

“Thor” tapestry hanging by Polly Lind

Why do we seem to reluctant to embrace the Pagan God?

Is it because of some deep rooted psychological hangover from a repressed Christian past that we desperately wish to avoid, or is it what the Sacred He could actually do to us?

Do we fear he will bring out our “uncontrollable” side?

Do we fear that he will lead us to places we are not able to properly understand or experience?

Have we truly forgotten how to interact with the Divine Masculine or are we now ashamed to embrace the testosterone fed energy in this modern age?

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One Place Left in April The Wytch’s Circle

There is only one place left in the upcoming intake of The Wytch’s Circle.

The Wytch’s Circle is a five part intensive course on ritual, magick and contemporary Wytchcraft that will commence on Thursday, 5 April 2018.

This course is designed for those who have some knowledge of the magickal arts and who would like to put this knowledge into practice, as well as those who are seeking to gain a more solid foundation upon which to base their own magickal practice.

Within The Wytch’s Circle the emphasis is placed on working ritual and the crafting of magick from a basis that encompasses the magickal, the mystical, the psychological and the spiritual.  This is done within a group format in order to create a magickal egregore.  Through the exposure of various magickal and esoteric techniques each participant will tap into and personally experience the true concept of “walking between the worlds”.

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Ode to Autumn by John Keats

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’erbrimmed their clammy cells.

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Why the Autumn Equinox is not “Mabon”

It is that time of the year again that despite the ever lingering daylight savings, a definite change can be felt as the earth’s wobbling rotation pulls away from the sun here in the Southern Hemisphere.  The mornings are distinctively darker and the sun lingers longer below the horizon, and there is an ever slight chill in the air.  Yes, the time of the Autumn Equinox draws near (21st of March to be exact for this year).

As such, it appears time again to point out an erroneous association that first appeared in the 1970s and which, despite numerous attempts to rectify over the years, still perpetuates itself within modern Paganism – that being the usage of the term “Mabon” as an alleged alternative name for the Autumn Equinox.

The following is an excerpt from my own book, Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats (TDM Publishing, 2014), where once again (in what is coming to be almost an annual posting) I address is ongoing error in usage.

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A Time of Balance – the Autumn Equinox

This Wednesday, 21 March, marks a time of equilibrium when the hours of day and light will be equal.  In the Northern Hemisphere, it will be the Spring Equinox, where the energy is manifesting before action, however here in the Southern Hemisphere, it will be the time of the Autumn Equinox, the time of repose after action as we edge towards the darker months of the year.

We can take satisfaction in the work undertaken during the warmer months and reap the benefits.  Daylight saving is also about to end, and with it the realisation that Summer is well and truly over.  It is now time to make preparations for the colder Winter months, if we have not done so already.

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Magickal Properties of Beeswax

BeeswaxIn a world filled with toxins, there is something reassuring about lighting a handrolled candle made from a sheet of natural beeswax as opposed to a candle made from paraffin, a petroleum byproduct.

Beeswax is an ingredient in ointments and natural body products, and it can also be crafted into poppets, talismans and also magical seals.

When ancient tablets and medieval grimoires speak of “wax”, they are almost always referring to beeswax.  Petroleum-based wax had not yet been manufactured, and vegetable waxes that were available were inferior to work with.  For candle making, it was often animal tallow that was used as beeswax was prized for being rare and hard to obtain.  It has only been though the improvement in apiary technology over the last two centuries that has made beeswax more readily available. Yet despite this, beeswax is still a comparatively precious ingredient for ritual items.

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Trusting Spiritual Assistance

When we connect to higher energies for help,
it is much like a phone connection which needs to be closed at the end.

We may have become accustomed to asking for help from the unseen world whether from angels, guides, or ancestral spirits but sometimes we may forget to close our connection afterwards with a thank you. When we connect to these energies for assistance, it is much like a phone connection. Forgetting to close the conversation with a proper goodbye is like not hanging up. While that line is still connected, others can have trouble getting through, while in the meantime, batteries are being drained. Saying “thank you” is a way of releasing our concerns into trusted hands and getting out of the way so that the Universe’s divine order can work on our behalf.

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Of Equal Worth – Humility

Painting by John Weguelin of a priestess making offerings for the ka of a cat

Central to many practices of contemporary Wytchcraft is the liturgy written by the late Doreen Valiente known as the “Charge of the Goddess”.  Within poetic prose the Goddess, advises her followers:

Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth; for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honour and humility, mirth and reverence within you ….”

which ties in very nicely with the following message received from Daily Om about humility.

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One’s Highest Ideal

Within contemporary Wytchcraft, there is the concept of acting with respect to one’s “Highest Ideal” – as is stated within the “Charge of the Goddess” where the Moon Goddess speaks:

“Keep pure your highest ideal; strive ever towards it; let naught stop you or turn you aside.”

One’s “Highest Ideal” can be likened to one’s “True Will” as found within the Thelemetic magickal tradition, where an individual, a follower of that path acts in accordance with their Higher Self, one’s Holy Guardian Angel.

Within the more traditional branches of contemporary Wytchcraft, certain passwords are provided – those being “Perfect Love and Perfect Trust” and prior to initiation into the Priesthood, the Dedicate is expected to have meditated upon these passwords to understand their “true” or “deeper” meaning. Likewise, a novice/neophyte seeking entry into the Temple of the Dark Moon’s Outer or even the Inner Court is expected to fully understand, or at least given due consideration, to the words of the Goddess and endeavour to “strive ever towards their highest ideal” for this implies that as the novice/neophyte grows within the Craft, their horizons, personal limitations and preconceptions will continuously expand and mature.

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