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.
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.