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.
When the three Magi from the east arrived in Bethlenhem bearing gifts for the new messiah, one of these gifts was the resin frankincense. As recorded in Matthew 2:11: “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”
Frankincense is a milky white resin extracted from species of the genus Boswellia, which found in the Arabian Peninsula, eastern Africa and India. The finest and most aromatic of this species is a small tree, the Boswellia sacra, found growing in Somalia, Oman and Yemen.
A new calendar year is almost upon us and as such I am currently putting together the finishing touches to my Manifest Your Dreamsworkshop that I will be hosting on Saturday, 19 January 2019. However I thought I would share the following article from Madisyn Taylor about removing clutter. The two themes are often considered to be connected because if our lives (and our environment) are cluttered then we often lose sight of our dreams and desires. Therefore once the clutter is removed, then we often find ourselves back on track to pursue the things that we truly want.
We hold onto material objects because we think they make us feel secure, when in reality they are cluttering our lives.
In life, we tend to have an easier time acquiring
possessions than we do getting rid of them. Just as we harbour emotional baggage
that is difficult to let go of, our lives can tend to be filled with material
objects that we may feel compelled to hold on to. Most people are not conscious
of how much they own and how many of their possessions are no longer adding
value to their life. They fiercely hold on to material objects because this
makes them feel secure or comfortable. While it is true that the ownership of
“stuff” can make you feel good for awhile, it seldom satisfies the deep inner
longings that nearly everyone has for fulfilment and satisfaction. It is only
when we are ready to let go of our baggage and be vulnerable that it becomes
possible to recognize the emotional hold that our possessions can have on us.
It is not uncommon to hold on to material objects because
we are attached to them or fear the empty spaces that will remain if we get rid
of them. Giving away the souvenirs from a beloved voyage may feel like we are
erasing the memory of that time in our life. We may also worry that our loved
ones will feel hurt if we do not keep the gifts they have given us.
It is easy to
convince ourselves that unused possessions might come in handy someday or that
parting with them will cause you emotional pain. However, when your personal
space is filled with objects, there is no room for anything new to enter and
stay in your life. Your collection of belongings may “protect” you from the
uncertainties of an unknown future while keeping you stuck in the past. Holding
on to unnecessary possessions often goes hand in hand with holding on to pain,
anger, and resentment, and letting go of your material possessions may help you
release emotional baggage.
When you make a conscious decision to fill your personal space with only the objects that you need or bring you joy, your energy level will soar. Clearing your personal space can lead to mental clarity and an improved memory. As you learn to have a more practical and temporary relationship to objects, positive changes will happen, and you will have space to create the life that you desire.
If manifesting your dreams and setting a vision for 2019 is something you would like to do then register for the Manifest Your Dreams workshop that will be taking place on Saturday, 19 January 2019.
Limited places are available so book early as this workshop will not be repeated this year.
Often I am asked about the training structure within the Temple of the Dark Moon. So, as applications are currently being considered for the 2019 Outer Court intake, it seems an appropriate time to briefly talk about this.
All training that occurs within the Temple of the Dark Moon is undertaken depending on time constraints and possible vacancies within the Temple’s two circles – these being the Inner Court (a closed circle consisting of dedicants and initiates only) as well as the Outer Court (consisting of students undertaking training with the overall view of gaining access into the Inner Court).
Applications are now open for the Temple of the Dark Moon‘s Outer Court Training Circle. This will be the first Outer Court Training Circle that we have held in about four years. As such places are limited as the end goal for potential neophytes is entry into the Temple’s Inner Court via dedication and initiation (for those suitable).
Desirable applicants would be those who have already undergone some degree of training and study with us, in particular through the Gathering around the Cauldron and The Wytch’s Circle, and as a result of this initial training, have determined that contemporary witchcraft is something they resonate with and which they would like to study and explore more deeply. Consideration will also be given to those who may have been working as a solitary or as part of another group, and who would like to become a member of the Temple of the Dark Moon.
Prior to contacting our High Priestess to advise her of your desire, we ask all potential neophytes to consider their own desires when it comes to walking a spiritual path that is imbued with magick. After all, regardless of whether we are a coven member or solitary, an initiate or not, every of us is ultimately responsible for our own spiritual growth and development. While it may be fun to belong to a group, in order for such membership to be of mutual beneficial for all concerned, we ask that the following questions be considered:
What am I interested in at this stage? Is it exploration into the deeper mysteries that esoteric training may provide; religious, spiritual or even paranormal experiences; a better understanding of myself; fellowship with likeminded people; belonging to a group?
Is the Temple of the Dark Moon the right group for me? Do I agree with their philosophies (available on the web page), their teaching methods? Do I feel comfortable with the High Priestess, and the other people I have met through the Temple of the Dark Moon?
Why do I want to join the Temple’s Outer Court? Am I interested in a more traditional approach to contemporary wytchcraft as opposed to mainstream Wicca, Druidry, Paganism in general?
Am I honestly able to make time available for the personal study and training that is involved during the Temple of the Dark Moon’s Outer Court Training Circle?
Having given the above consideration, if you wish to apply for one of the limited places within the Outer Court Training Circle then you are invited to contact the Temple of the Dark Moon by emailing our High Priestess. As preference is given to previous attendees, those successful will be provided with an application form setting out the requirements for the Outer Court Training Circle. It is important that these requirements are read thoroughly as applications for the training circle will close Saturday, 15 December 2018.
For anyone interested in commencing their training with the Temple of the Dark Moon, we will be holding an extended version of The Wytch’s Circle, that will commence on Thursday, 21 February 2019 and will be held on a fortnightly basis for a total of six sessions. As places are strictly limited we have made available a payment plan option.
This Thursday, 26 July 2018, marks the second Gathering around the Cauldron, a casual fortnightly meetup that is specifically designed for novices to explore the practices and philosophies of magic, ritual and contemporary Wytchcraft.
This fortnight we will be exploring:
:: Raising and working with energy
:: The four building blocks of the Universe
:: The four elemental realms with respect to the Southern Hemisphere
and much more (depending on time).
Gathering around the Cauldron will held at the Temple of the Dark Moon covenstead, Parafield Gardens.
Investment is $20 per fortnightly meetup.
If you would like to attend, please email us prior to Thursday evening as limited places available.
For the beginner or the curious seeker, wading through what seems to be an over abundant amount of information relating to modern practices of magic and contemporary Wytchcraft can be somewhat daunting. It is not uncommon for seekers to be left wondering where to start or even whether there is a “right” or “wrong” way to do things as many sites and books tend to contradict themselves. Added to this is the query as to the validity of the material shared – is it merely copied or is the author actually coming from a place of personal practice?
Gathering around the Cauldron is a specifically designed four part course for beginners, the curious seeker and novices who wish to find out more about the practices and philosophies of magic, ritual and contemporary Wytchcraft. Purposely hosted by myself, I bring to these discussions over 25 years of personal experience, not only as the High Priestess of the Temple of the Dark Moon, but also research and study into various other magical traditions, spiritual practices and metaphysics.
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)
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.
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.
During 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
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