Poppet Making workshop

A new practical crafting workshop has been scheduled for the Spring.  This long awaited workshop will involve the making of poppets, or attraction dolls.

The use of poppets (or “attraction dolls”) date back to ancient Babylonia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. From binding deities for defensive purposes (as the instance of the Greece Kolossoi) to the Hollywood inspired “Voodoo” dolls, poppets are basically effigies (images) of a person made from paper, clay, fabric, steel, corn husks or any other suitable material.

In this workshop you will learn how to craft your own personal poppet for whatever purpose you desire – be it for health and healing, protection, success with study, to gain employment, fertility, establishing positive relationships, or even the removal of negative influences.

Included in the price are most materials needed in the construction of your poppet such as fabric, stuffing, herbs, crystals/stones, parchment paper, beads, thread/cord, charms, paint.

** Depending on the purpose of your poppet, you may be required to bring additional personal items.  This will be advised upon registration for this workshop.

Date: Saturday, 4 August 2018 (registrations must be received by 28 July 2018)
Time: 11am to 3pm
Investment: $65.00
Venue: Isian Centre of Metaphysics (Parafield Gardens)

Bookings are essential as there are strictly limited places available.  Book your seat here.

The Four Powers of the Sphinx

It is within Transcendental Magic by French occultist Eliphas Lévi (1810 – 1875) that the “Four Powers of the Sphinx” is allegedly first mentioned.  Although later to become know as the “Magi’s Pyramid” (amongst other names), Lévi’s referred to these four “powers” as being “indispensible conditions” that a student of the Ars Magica must include within their study in order to attain the “Sanctum Regnum” 0r the knowledge and power.  These four “powers” were inscribed upon the symbolic forms of the sphinx as being:

To know (sciere)
To will (velle)
To dare (audere)
To keep silent (tacere)

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Hunting for Wetiko (Cymraes’s Corner)

“The term Wetiko is a term found in the Native America Cree Nation which refers to an evil being or spirit which creates terror in humans through acts of terrible evil. The term is analogous to the more recognisable Windigo of the Ojibway / Chippewa Nation mythology. These are beings of destruction and chaos, believed to infect a human host and cause them to engage in the most abhorrent behaviours right up to and including cannibalism.”

(Knotmagick by Victoria (Vicky) Newton)

 

The reason for this introduction is because my attention was recently brought to an article on Cymraes’s Corner about such entities, parts of which follows.  This article in its entirety can be found here.

” … there was no ritual, no incense billowing from the censer, no flickering candlelight, no barbarous words… none of this, but a sense of something watching, waiting… waiting for that moment to invade, infect, much as a mosquito does. A low level of intelligence, aware, but predatory. It was simply there, in the corner of my psychic eye, waiting to pounce! But was ‘it’? So I took to drawing the things I saw hovering, waiting for it’s chance to strike, and as I did so, it faded away ~ not completely, but it hid, out of sight, waiting… by the time I had finished the sketch, I believed it gone.” 

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Meditation: A Part of the Magickal Process

The conversation of how important developing the practice (and yes, it is a “practice”) of meditation is when it comes to studying magick has come up recently.  Being a long time practitioner of both, it is my opinion that the two go hand in hand together.  Yet I am often surprised that this is not the general perception of all magickally orientated people.  The reason for this seems to relate to how the word “meditation” is actually interpreted.

The dictionary meaning of “meditation” tends to refer to being engaged in an act of “contemplation or reflection”, as well as to “engage in mental exercise (such as concentration on one’s breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness”.

When looking at meditation from a magickal perspective, there is actually no evidence found within the medieval grimoires to suggest such a practice was used, save for prayer.  Therefore this indicates that magick can certainly be performed without meditation.  However, considering the benefits that meditation can bring to the individual alone, I am personally of the view that when the practice of meditation is included to one’s magickal practice then the latter is brought to a completely different level.

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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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