“Oh do not tell the priest of our plight Or he will call it a sin … But we’ve been out in the woods all night a-conjuring Summer in.”
At the end of October, the call of summer can be felt and here at the Temple of the Dark Moon, Bealtaine marks the gateway to summer.
Bealtaine is one of the FOUR Greater Sabbats observed within many earth-centric belief systems that are Celtic in origin and agriculturally based which mark the gateway to the changing seasons, in this case, it is the gateway to Summer.
Bealtaine, in its truest form, is linked to the rise of Pleiades, a constellation also referred to as “the Seven Sisters”, as mentioned in Hesoid’s observations. Within contemporary wytchcraft, Bealtaine relates to the sacred union of our God and Goddess which is represented by the colours of the ribbons that we dance around the Maypole with.
It is also the time of the fae, the arrival of fresh summer fruits blessed by the Queen of the May, and the warming of weather. Bealtaine is the time to shake off the winter blues as we prepare ourselves for the coming hot weather through the creation of charms that encapture the power of the increasing sun.
Commencing in the afternoon we will be: :: Exploring the folklore of Bealtaine :: Learning about the sacred symbolism of this time of the year. :: Joining in traditional dances around the maypole. :: Making a personal charm to capture the power of the increasing sun. :: Sharing in a delightful feast that has been blessed by the Queen of the Summer.
All attendees will also go into the draw to win a special Bealtaine gift.
If you are interested in attending our Traditional Bealtaine Observation, then you will need to book through Eventbrite as there are limited places available.
Life is all about ebbing and flowing, and this year has been no exception. As the calendar year enters its twilight months, reflection has been given as to what direction the Temple of the Dark Moon will be heading in for the new year.
Already there will be a number of exciting changes ready to be brought into manifestation when the new training year commences around Lughnasadh (end of January) 2020.
Gathering Around the Cauldron is proposed to continue as an open entry however on a more regular monthly basis. This way it will be utilised not only as a means of offering basic ritual and magickal training, but also a gateway to closed or special events and advanced training in the magickal arts.
Free registration for Gathering Around the Cauldron circles through Eventbrite with the attendance cost payable on the night will also continue. This way notifications of relevant themes and what the upcoming circles will consist off are able be provided through Eventbrite’s email message system.
If you are interested in attending a closed or special event, then the requirement is that you will have to have had either completed a previous training course offered by the Temple or attended at least THREE Gathering Around the Cauldron circles to ensure that you have a basic understanding of how the Temple of the Dark Moon conducts its workings. The rituals and magickal workings organised by the Temple are not for bystanders – all attendees will be expected to have a basic degree of understanding and experience when it comes to ritual work and how to conduct themselves within circle.
More about the continuing ebb and flow of the direction which the Temple of the Dark Moon will be taking over the coming months into the future will be made available on the web site.
Gathering around the Cauldron meetups are specifically designed for novices to explore the practices and philosophies of magic, ritual and contemporary wytchcraft, as well as providing those who may have read a few books to gain experience by putting this knowledge into practical application.
The underlying emphasis of what will be shared during the Gathering around the Cauldron meetups will be placed on the Southern Hemisphere.
During the meetups, participants will:
:: Gain personal experience in creating a sacred space.
:: Be guided through magickal pathworkings and visualisations.
:: Work in accordance with the seasonal Southern Wheel of the Year.
:: Raise and work with energy.
:: Connect with Deity.
and much more.
Gathering around the Cauldron will be held on Thursday, 8 and 22 August, 12 September, and 14 and 28 November 2019 (7.30pm to 9.30pm).
Bookings are essential as there are limited places available. Reserve your place free through Eventbrite.
If you have booked a place then for whatever reason cannot attend, it is considered polite to let us know.
Venue: Temple of the Dark Moon covenstead, Parafield Gardens
Cost: $20 per fortnight (payable on the night)
As the date for the June Full Moon will coincide with the Monday Night Meditation and Mantra Circle on Monday, 17 June 2019, it has been decided to combine these two and host a special FULL MOON MEDITATION AND CEREMONY.
Marina from DarkStar Astrology advises that “This is an extremely sensitive zone of the zodiac for at night it teems with slithering serpents, dragons and scorpions stingers. The moon here makes it quite a treacherous labyrinth to navigate, and one where you will have to be good at feeling your way through the dark! What it really comes down to is being able to trust the universe enough to hope it takes you to where you need to be. In some ways, it can actually be an advantage not to be able to see the scary creatures dangling between the dimensions.” Interesting stuff. Sounds like it is time to go some serious letting go!!
You are invited to join us on 17 June 2019 as we gather together in a sacred space to create ceremony and discover how best to navigate these upcoming lunar energies. Through the process of meditation, we will seek clarity and guidance for the coming lunar cycle as well as give thanks to the gifts and insights provided during the previous cycle.
A healing circle will also take place where energy is raised and directed to those in need.
Bookings are essential as there will be strictly limited places available. It will costs only $12 to attend this FULL MOON MEDITATION AND CEREMONY and bookings can be made through Paypal.
For this week only, I have decided to offer 45 minute face-to-face tarot card readings for only $50. That is a save of $35!!)
If you are seeking guidance, clarity or even direction in your life then make that most of this special.
A tarot card reading can help guide you through your troubled emotions and clouded thoughts, by offering a reflection of your past, present and possible future and showing you a fresh perspective on your life.
For many people, the most distressing times are those when we are confused about how we feel or unsure of what decisions or choices we should make, and in such times it can really help to receive some guidance. . Through my tarot card readings, I aim to provide you with a little guidance and easy and convenient access to information. Hopefully, this will bring you some pleasure, as well as insights and hope for the future.
Booking times are on a first come first serve basis. There are only 12 times available this week where this special will be made available: :: Wednesday, 22 May – 12 noon, 1.15pm, 2.30pm, 4pm :: Thursday, 23 May – 11am, 1pm, 2.15pm, 3.30pm :: Friday, 24 May – 12 noon, 1.15pm, 2.30pm, 4pm
Message me on 0401 967754 with your preferred time and I will confirm availability.
About Frances I have been interested in metaphysics, ancient mythology and sacred symbolism for over 25 years, and hold a Bachelor degree in Metaphysical Science, as well as being a spiritual holistic life coach and energetic healer. It is this depth of knowledge that I bring to my tarot card readings, a skill that I have been undertaking for many years.
The true origins of Hekate appear to be lost amongst the mists of time however She is believed to have been a popular chthonian Goddess attested in early Mycenaean Greece as well as in Thace. Later, the Hellenic Greeks adapted Her into their pantheon where, although not considered a part of the Olympians, She had retained dominion over sky, earth and the Underworld making Her the bestower of wealth and the blessings of life. In modern times, this Goddess is said rule over the moon, magick and wytchcraft, and even necromancy, with the crossroads being a special place to find Her shrines.
In modern times 13 August has become associated with the Goddesses Hekate and Artemis as a day/night to honour the Goddess and propitiate Her appropriately to ward off storms that could potentially destroy crops. While the observance of this day survives to present day, the origin and sources to back it up are not apparent. There is a believe however that the modern Feast of Hecate held on 13 August comes from the Nemoralia, the festival of Diana held in the groves at Nemi.
Regardless of its origins, on 10 August 2019 (the Saturday closest to the 13 August), the Temple of the Dark Moon will be holding a special rite, followed by a feast, in honour of Hekate, the Goddess of the Crossroads.
Strictly limited places available.
All participants will need to bring a personal offering for the Goddess Hekate (suggestions provided upon registration).
Limited active roles in the rite will also be available.
Cost: $30 (includes donation to the Animal Welfare League)
Please contact the Temple of the Dark Moon for more information and a registration form.
I am delighted to announce that the third edition of Dancing the Sacred Wheel is nearing completed due to the need to change publishing platforms.
Dancing the Sacred Wheel is a journey through the traditional eight seasonal festivals (sabbats) and how they relate to the Southern Hemisphere. Incorporating history and traditional Pagan lore with personal experience and ritual insights, invaluable pointers are included as to how to incorporate the localised elements into something that also provides a “traditional” feel.
While the focus of Dancing the Sacred Wheel is for the Southern Hemispheric practitioner, a challenge is set to the reader, regardless of which hemisphere they reside, to draw inspiration from their local environment, and to create a “Wheel of the Year” that is completely unique for them.
To win your own copy of Dancing the Sacred Wheel (3rd edition) simply like and share the post found on the TDM Publishing Facebook pageh.
The winner will be announced at the end of April 2019.
Commencing on Thursday, 23 May 2019, the latest version of The Wytch’s Circle, the initial training circle offered by the Temple of the Dark Moon, will be held over six evenings.
The focus of The Wytch’s Circleis on learning and developing the art of ritual and magick as well as providing insight into the workings of the Craft in the modern age.
While designed for those who have had some ritual experience (either solitary or within a group), The Wytch’s Circle can also cater for the practitioner who is seeking more advance and indepth instruction in order to further their own practice.
Every couple of years the Temple of the Dark Moon runs a training circle (in various forms) and commencing on 21 February 2019, The Wytch’s Circle will be held over six Thursday evenings. The focus of The Wytch’s Circle is on learning and developing the art of ritual and magick as well as providing insight into the workings of the Craft in the modern age. While designed for those who have had some ritual experience (either solitary or within a group), The Wytch’s Circle can also cater for the practitioner who is seeking more advance and indepth instruction in order to further their own practice. Beginners to ritual magick are welcome to attend however the design of this course is that it is not a 101 course. Beginners are encouraged to thoroughly read the weekly notes as well as raise queries.
Through the exposure of various magickal and esoteric techniques, the emphasis will be on working ritual and magick within a group format in order to create a magickal egregore that will enable each participant to tap into the true concept of “walking between the worlds”.
For over ten years, around the first full moon of the year, I have lead a special beach side rite that honours the Yorùbá Orisha or Goddess of the living ocean, Yemaya (also spelt Yemoja and Iemoja). This is year is no different, with the Yemaya Blessing of the Waters rite being held this evening at Grange Beach.
Originally from West Africa where her name means “Mother whose children are like fish”, Yemaya is the owner of the Ogun River and a lake named for her. As the African diaspora occurred, Yemaya traveled with her children to the Americas and Caribbean, where the Mother of Waters became known as Mother of Oceans.