Online Full Moon Meditation and Ceremony

Due to the current situation, a special live streaming of the Full Moon Meditation and Ceremony is planned to be taking place on Tuesday, 7 April 2020 commencing around 7.00pm (ACST) via the Temple of the Dark Moon‘s Facebook page.

We will be tapping into the power of the full moon that will be reaching the fullness of its energy on Wednesday, 8 April 2020 at 12:05 pm (ACST).

The moon will be in the astrological sign of Libra and as such, you might have a strong need for balance and harmony right now, a desire to keep things “nice” rather than venturing into fundamental questions in order not to disturb the peace. This is also the time to learn to share your good and bad feelings, and not to be afraid of you were truly are, despite what is expected of you or how you think others see you.

You are invited to join me online as together we create a sacred space where we invite Lady Lunar to descend and bestow upon us clarity and guidance for the coming lunar cycle.

You might like to create a sacred space where you are by lighting a candle and some incense on the light. A sacred circle will be cast and the Lunar Goddess will be called to join us live on the Temple of the Dark Moon‘s Facebook page.

To attend such an event would normally cost AUD$20. However in these uncertain times, I am offering this ceremony free. If you would like to participate in an energy exchange, donations can be made via Paypal

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Update on COVID-19 and Events

With the World Health Organization having announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic, the Temple of the Dark Moon is doing whatever we can to assist in following governmental advice. As such, we have postponed all events until May 2020 – however this was be extended pending updated advice.

The SA Health web site has a number of resources freely available including what exactly COVID-19 is and how it can be spread, home isolation, and much more.

As of this afternoon (22 March 2020), the South Australian State Government has announced that all people entering South Australia will need to isolate themselves for 14 days from their arrival. The exemptions to this ruling can be found on the SA Health web site.

As COVID-19 is a new disease, it is important to keep in mind that there is currently no existing immunity known which means that this virus can spread widely and quickly. One way to prevent this is for all of us to take self-responsibility and do whatever we can until more is known.

The current advice about COVID-19 is that the virus can spread from person to person through:

  • close contact with an infectious person (including in the 24 hours before they started showing symptoms),
  • contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze,
  • touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face.

The most important health advice widely circulated is the emphasis on hand washing, as is evident by this poster produced by the Tasmanian Health department that especially highlights spots that are often missed when hands are washed.

If you do find the need to self-isolate yourself then it is not the end of the world, unlike what some people may feel. Already, thanks to social media, numerous ideas and suggestions are being shared of what to do during these 14 days. Even the Red Cross has a number of suggestions on their web site from learning new skills (or refreshing old skills) to catching up on outstanding projects around the house.

Remember that not everyone can handle self-isolation. On the Lifeline web site there is some important information about dealing with loneliness and isolation.

Should I personally find myself in self-isolation then there are a number of outstanding projects that I hope to finalise. One of these is making available the “Little Book” series that offer various insights into the practices of contemporary witchcraft. The first of the series is A Little Book of Wicca which is nearly completed. This 60 paged book offers a much needed starting point for seekers or those of a curious mind living south of the equator.

Important: Event Changes due to Covid-19

Due to the Australian government today imposing a 14 day self-quarantine restriction on  all travellers into Australia, it has been decided that ALL events being offered by the Isian Centre of Metaphysics and the Temple of the Dark Moon will be deferred until after 13 April 2020.

The events this will effect will be:

Monday Night Meditations – tomorrow night’s meditation (16 April) has been cancelled with the meditations resuming on Monday, 20 April 2020 due to the 13th being Easter Monday public holiday.

Gathering around the Cauldron – due to take place on 2 April has now been moved to Thursday, 16 April 2020.

There will be NO Reboot Your Life sessions available until after Easter.

At this stage all other events will be taking place as per usual.

Wytch Bottles as Countermagical Devices Through History

In 2016 Kerry Sullivan wrote a rather interesting article about the history and use of Wytch’s Bottles. Considering the first workshop for 2020 that the Temple of the Dark Moon will be offering in our “Practical Crafting” series is on Making Your Wytch’s Protection Bottle, I thought I would include part Sullivan’s article. Please click on the link above to read the article in its entirety.

According to Sullivan, witchcraft was deemed a serious threat in 16th and 17th century Europe, and court records attest to the terror evoked by suspected sorcery. Judges gave serious consideration to the danger posed by wytches, and many were hanged for it. One case, found at the Old Bailey (London, England), records a man testifying that his wife has been subject to the ill machinations of a local witch. The judge, understanding the severity of the man’s dilemma, gives him clear advice to visit an apothecary and create a witch bottle to turn the curse back on the witch that cast it. Magick was a genuine source of fear and trepidation and wytch bottles were seen as one of the best means of defense.

Wytch bottles are stoneware containers that contained a wide variety of materials believed to have specific effects if properly prepared. In particular, they were used as both counter-magical devices for those already suffering from a wytch’s curse and as prophylactic to protect the maker from negative or evil elements.  The earliest known written mention of a witch bottle comes from a book of witchcraft written in England in 1680. However, bottles have been found dating as far back as the early 1500s.

German Bellarmine Jugs were often used as “Wytch’s Bottles”.

The tradition is believed to have started in Germany around the time of the Protestant Reformation. Bottled spells are believed to have traveled to the New World with English immigrants. Researchers have noted that witch bottles tended to proliferate during times of intense social anxiety, for example during the witch hunts of the 17th century. Wytches were widely blamed whenever ill health or misfortune struck a person. Wytch bottles were not only meant to heal the afflicted but also to send the curse back to the casting wytch and hopefully kill them.

When created for counter-magical purposes, a witch bottle often contained nails, pins, herbs, and samples of the afflicted, such as urine or hair. In the Old Bailey case mentioned above, the apothecary advised the man to prepare a potion of his wife’s urine, nail clippings, and hair, combining the materials in a pot of water and boiling it. Boiling was a key part of counter-magical efforts, as it was believed to help reverse the curse. Another key ingredient, if you could get it, was sulfur. “If you think about where sulfur came from in those days, it spewed out of volcanic fumaroles from the underworld. It would have been the ideal thing to [kill] your wytch, if you wished to” said Brian Hoggard, an independent expert on British witchcraft who helped researchers understand a sealed witch bottle found in London in 2004.

Wytch bottles could also be used to invite good fortune. A common love spell called for a handful of dried and crushed flower petals (preferably from flowers given by a lover), rosemary and lavender (for love and strength), and rosewater. The cork would then be sealed with red or pink wax and set in a place where it would not be seen or disturbed.

If making your own wytch’s bottle to protect your home (or car) is something that interests you, then on Sunday, 23 February 2020 the Temple of the Dark Moon is holding a workshop on Making Your Wytch’s Protection Bottle. This workshop also falls on the eve of the dark moon, which relates to our rebirthing as we unfurl us out from the depths and emerge from the Underworld of emotion into new potentialities.

All materials are provided. Bookings are essential as there are limited places available. See the above link for more information.

Yemaya: Blessing of the Waters

This coming Saturday evening (18 January) will see the annual Yemaya: Blessing of the Waters ritual held down at Grange, Adelaide. For over ten years I have lead a special beach side rite honouring the Yorùbá Orisha or Goddess of the living ocean Yemaya (also spelt Yemoja and Iemoja). Normally it takes place around the first Full Moon of the calendar year. However, due to personal commitments, it is taking place a week later.  After experiencing a run of extremely hot weather, Adelaide is forecasted temperatures around the mid 20Cs, bringing with it the anticipation of it being a rather pleasant evening.

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. 

Being an “open” ritual, everyone is most welcome to participate in this event which will include a water blessing that included part of a prayer from Buddhist Monk, Thich Nhat Thanh.  After all the great waterways of the world are honoured, participants will be invited to empower their offerings with their desire which will then be presented Yemaya.

The standard offering to Yemaya is the sea-shell as this was the first gift she gave humans so that her voice could always be heard. Flowers (preferably white) are also welcomed, as is champagne, molasses, even pebbles and melon.  All offerings will be cast into the sea for Yemaya.

Slices of watermelon (sacred to Yemaya) will be shared amongst participants after a libation is given to the Goddess of the waters, the seas, the oceans and the rivers.

Water is such a precious gift that we often take for granted. Australia is currently facing an environmental crisis that is sparked from lack of water for such a long period of time, resulting in raging bush fires. There are also a growing number of communities without fresh and clean drinking water, a basic yet vitally important, necessity.

If you would like to join me on the 18th, then gather on the grassed area along the forefront in front of the Grange Hotel (look for the purple banner) by 8:00pm. Shortly after that time I will be heading down to the shore and will be commencing the rite around 8:20pm.

With respect to the recent bushfires, gold coin donations will be collected for the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park to help with veterinary costs, koala milk and supplements, extra holding/rehabilitation enclosures, etc. 

Aboriginal rock art at Akurra Adnya, Flinders Ranges, South Australia (Photography by Peter Hodge)

** I have been asked in recent times why I do not honour a local Aboriginal deity. As far as I am aware the local Kaurna people (whose traditional lands include Adelaide and the Adelaide plains) do not appear to have a deity associated with rain. The closest is Akurra, the great serpent of the Adnyamathanha people of the Flinders Ranges, who is sometimes referred to as the rainbow serpent. There is also the snake-god, the Wollunqua, the mythical ancestor of the Wollunqua clan in the Warramunga nation (northern Central Australia).

Kangaroo Island Bushfire Appeal

Green Wattle Creek blaze (Matrix News)

In recent months various parts of Australia have found itself engulfed with horrendous bushfires. While this Southern sunburnt land is no stranger to such fires, in fact they are part of the natural cycle, what is happening has been described as the worst bushfire season in modern history. Not only has it arrived early, but the ferociousness is causing a great deal of alarm, not to mention fires have devastated rare and enchanting wildlife as ‘permanently wet’ forests burn for first time.

While fires in various parts of the country had been burning for many months in 2019, it was the dramatic intensity that these fires took in late December. Since that time, the fires have continued burning, often at an uncontrollable rate, causing widespread destruction across Australia.

It has been estimated that some 12.35 million acres of land has so far been burnt across the country – that is about one and a half times to the size of Austria, or nearly the size of North Carolina, or Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland together! Some 1,200 homes in Victoria and New South Wales alone having been destroyed, and the smoke affecting air quality in New Zealand some 4,155 odd kilometres away.

South Australia, where the Temple of the Dark Moon is based, has not been excluded. There has been a horrendous fire in the Adelaide Hills area, and nearly two thirds of Kangaroo Island, south of Adelaide, which is renown for its wildlife, has been affected. As such, the Temple of the Dark Moon has decided to donated a percentage received from all events over the coming months to the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, including all donations connected at the upcoming Yemaya Blessing of the Waters event on Saturday, 18 January 2020 at Grange Beach.

Koalas in a home in Cudlee Creek, South Australia, after being rescued from fires. Photograph: Adam Mudge/AP

Kangaroo Island is well known for its thriving koala population however over 150,000 hectares has been lost due to the recent fires which will effect the koala population dramatically. The Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park has received a lot of concerned phone calls and messages regarding the impacted wildlife from these fires. They have started to see a large number of injured koalas, along with other native species heavily impacted by this event. Funds raised will go towards veterinary costs, koala milk and supplements, extra holding/rehabilitation enclosures, as well as setting up a building to hold supplies to treat these animals.

More information can be found through the Go Fund Me page for wildlife park.

Contact details for other organisations are:

Visions mark a New Way Forward

As this current calendar year draws to a close, to brings to an end a rather “interesting” (to say the least) year for the Temple of the Dark Moon.

This year saw the first Outer Court training circle in five years commence that delivered more challenges than the initial desired result. As such, the Temple will be taking all of the Southern summer off, instead of commencing at Lughnasadh, as what has been the norm. This will mean that no teaching on the Craft will be offered until April, the end of Autumn, when Gathering Around the Cauldron will commence on Thursday, 2 April 2020 and continue throughout the year on a monthly basis.

Between now and April, there will still be a number of events being offered, including the annual Yemaya: Blessing of the Waters that is held at Grange beach, Adelaide, as well as new practical crafting workshops on Spells, Amulets and Talismans held on Saturday, 15 February 2020 that will provide in-depth information on various highly effective techniques of spell casting as well as the purposes of using an amulet or talisman. Then on Sunday, 2 February 2020, the ever popular Making a Protection Bottle will be held.

April will also see the commencement of a six part exploration of the Tree of Life glyph that is found within ceremonial magick in the Climbing the Tree of Life series from Thursday, 16 April 2020, which will be nicely complimented with a ten part mediation series of corresponding Qabalistic archangels on Thursday evenings from 7 April 2020.

As with all events offered by the Temple of the Dark Moon, save for the Yemaya: Blessing of the Waters, it is essential to book as there are limited places available.

At this current time, there is no desire to recommence the Outer Court training circle. Those attendees who participated in the 2019 Outer Circle are fully aware of what is required of them should they wish to complete this training. My own personal commitments and focus for the new year will initially be on finalising the manuscripts of two books (including the long awaited Encountering the Dark Goddess) ready for publication.

Exploring the Archangels of Kabbalah

The Kabbalistic Tree of Life is the map of the life journey that each soul has to go through in the incarnational experience in order to reach an enlightened state of consciousness.  It is a very important symbol of creation which encompasses the entire meaning of the universe.

The Kabbalistic teachings state that the origin of the universe and the world began by God’s creation of the ten sefirot, or emanations, enumerations or characteristics of God.
Everythingbegins with Kether, the Crown, and moves down the Tree to reach Malkuth, the Kingdom.  Each sphere (sephira) corresponds to a Divine name and the unfolding of the Tree of Life illustrates the ways God has designed energy to flow into creation.  The Archangels that are related to each of these spheres express that energy throughout the universe and play a specific role in mediating the divine influence via the celestial bodies, the planets and the stars.

Commencing in April 2002, a special ten part meditation series will be taking part where each week, we will connect with each of these ten archangels found within the Kabbalistic Tree of Life.  These archangels include:

:: Kether/The Crown – Metatron
:: Chokmah – Ratziel
:: Binah – Tzaphkiel
:: Chesed – Tzadkiel
:: Geburah – Chamael
:: Tiphareth – Michael
:: Netzach – Haniel
:: Hod – Raphael
:: Yesod – Gabriel, and
:: Malkuth – Sandalphon.

This course will commence on Tuesday, 9 April 2020 and be held until June.  Bookings are essential to secure your place.

Venue: Isian Centre of Metaphysics (Parafield Gardens) from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

Places for this 10 part course are strictly limited and therefore bookings are essential.
Cost: $100 (plus Eventbrite fees) Bookings through Eventbrite.

(Casual attendance may be available at $15 per session depending on vacancies. Please contact us for possible weekly vacancies)

Traditional Bealtaine Observation

“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.

Embracing the Ebbing and Flowing for an Exciting New Direction

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.