April’s Full Moon in Libra

The full moon in April 2020 will occur at 12:05 pm on Wednesday, 8 April 2020 here in Adelaide, and when the moon is 18º in Libra. Libra is the archetypal representation of sacred balance in relation to all things. She understands on a visceral level that we are continually in intimate relationships with all things in our lives whether we are consciously aware of it or not.

The gift that Libra presents us is to embrace seemingly opposing views and accept the spectrum that exists of each person in their own experience and perspective. There is the emphasis on finding the middle way, to learn to harmonise what is out of balance so that we can become a bridge between the differing perceptions a well as the worlds (the seen and the unseen).

According to Marina of Darkstar Astrology this full moon aligns with Kraz in the constellation of Corvus the Crow which means the gossipy crows will only throw more drama fuel onto the fire.

The moon seems to create either mad genius or bring out the vilest attributes of the crow. Those touched by this moon will strive to succeed so they can win the approval of an audience, and yes, this moon can bring out the classic narcissists that forever crave adoration. On the positive side, we can use this energy to generate a following that does good works in the collective. At this time we could crave to be loved and approved of so much that we may not be discerning enough when it comes to whom we give our body. (Quite hard to do with new relationships now in the current climate!)

According to mythology, the sun god Apollo sent the raven with a cup (Constellation Crater) to fetch some water for his feast. On his way, he was distracted by some fine figs on a tree and lost track of time gorging upon them. When the crow suddenly remembered his errand he picked up a passing snake (Constellation Hydra) and used it as his excuse for why he had not filled up the cup as asked.

During these uncertain times it is important for us to find our own inner balance by anchoring our core with what links us to the primordial centre of all creation, that being the heart of the earth. With that in mind, Libra also continues to remind us of the scared balance of reciprocity, of giving and taking, of equal exchange in order to continue to keep everything in flow.

Sources:
Darkstar Astrology
Mystic Mamma

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.

Protective Four Thieves Oil

Copper engraving of Doctor Schnabel (ie, Dr Beak), a plague doctor in 17th century Rome, circa 1656

According to legend, in 1413 while large parts of France was being devastated by the Bubonic Plague (aka the Black Death), a group of four thieves were charged for stealing from the sick and dying.  In considering their sentence (death by burning), the judge was curious as to how come they never contracted the plague themselves. According to legend, the thieves disclosed that as they were actually unemployed perfume and spice merchants who had devised an essential oil concoction that when applied to their hands, ears, temples, feet and a mask over their mouths, kept them safe from infection. The judge apparently stayed true to his word and while the four thieves were not burned alive, they hanged for their crimes instead.

While the recipe tends to differ depending on source, some of the more common oils tend to be clove bud, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus and rosemary – all of which have various anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.

One recipe for Four Thieves oil is to mix together the following essential oils into a dark glass bottle:

  • 40 drops clove bud essential oil
  • 35 drops lemon essential oil
  • 20 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
  • 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil

This recipe will result in the base essential oil blend that must be diluted for safe use as the essential oil content should only account for 1 to 2% of the total formula. This means that when formulating homemade cleaning products or other creations, six to 12 drops of essential oil can be added per amount of carrier oil or other menstruum. 

To freshen the air in your home or workplace, add a few drops of the base essential oil blend to an essential oil diffuser (consult diffuser’s use guide for amount) or a pot of simmering water on the stove. Diffuse for approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

To make an all-purpose spray for cleaning your home or workplace fill a spray bottle with half water and half 91% isopropyl alcohol and add the base essential oil blend at a 1 to 2% dilution rate. Shake before using and then spray on countertops, desks, and other surfaces.

To make a massage oil for weary muscles and tired feet, mix the base essential oil blend at a 1 to 2% dilution rate with jojoba or olive oil. (Test on a small patch of skin first in case of personal skin sensitivity).

Place 1 to 2 drops of the base essential oil blend in a bowl of hot, steaming water and inhale the vapors under a towel to help relieve nasal congestion.

Safety Note: Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids that can be harmful if not used carefully and properly. Contrary to the advice some makers may offer these days, when I underwent my training in essential oils back in the 1990s, it was strongly advised NOT to ingest them and that the majority of oils (save for an extreme few) should ALWAYS be diluted in a base/carrier oil when being applied to the skin to prevent any possible irritation. Essential oils should also be kept out of reach of children.

February Full Moon – Passion and Desire

The full moon tomorrow evening, Sunday, 9 February 2020 brings energy, courage and passion. It gives the strength and initiative to chase your desires and take what you want. However it also cautions against letting your emotions get out of control. Thankfully, this moon also helps you look carefully at a situation before forging ahead into it.

The major influence on this full moon comes from the fixed star in constellations Leo and Ursa Major. They both act as the planet Mars to reinforce the major aspect, Moon trine Mars. This enhances the influence of the full moon when it offers strength, courage, and initiative.

This full moon also encourages you to act on your emotional and passionate desires, especially regarding your intimate relationships and family.

The fixed stars give the confidence to act boldly and take what you want but they also caution against acting too selfishly and ignoring the feelings of others. Finding the right balance between bravado and sensitivity is the key to having your desires fulfilled.

The Time of John Barleycorn and Reaping the Harvest

Lughnasadh is traditionally the time marking the first harvest, that of grain and corn. The traditional English folksong about the Killing of John Barleycorn is often recited reflecting this time of the year.

There was three kings into the east,
Three kings both great and high,
And they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn should die.

John Barleycorn is a personification of the barley crop and this multi-versed song tells his journey from planting to the harvest and from harvest to being “reborn” a the alcoholic beverages which are made from the crop, beer and whisky.

The Bannatyne Manuscript (1568) contained a Scottish poem with a similar theme, Quhy Sowld Nocht Allane Honorit Be, which is often considered to be the oldest version of the poem. Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns published his own version in 1782, with the 1970s English rock band Traffic naming their fourth album after the ballard as well as recording it.

They laid him down upon his back,
And cudgell’d him full sore;
They hung him up before the storm,
And turn’d him o’er and o’er.
They laid him out upon the floor,
To work him further woe;
And still, as signs of life appear’d,
They toss’d him to and fro.
They wasted, o’er a scorching flame,
The marrow of his bones;
But a miller us’d him worst of all,
For he crush’d him between two stones. 

However here in southern Australia, the grain harvest has already been completed (this often occurs around Mid Summer) but there is still harvest to gather in – providing the intense Southern sun has not scorched everything.

Now is the time that we reap what we have sown, receiving back what we have put out. Now is the time when our deeds and actions over the solar cycle are presented to us. It is almost as if we find ourselves being weighed upon the Scales of Ma’at (excuse the Egyptian metaphore) – from which nothing can escape for the actual truth (and not the truth we may perceive through rose-tinted glasses) is exposed to us.   Now is the time we need to ask ourselves:

How well have we sown?
How well have we tendered our crops?

Lughnasadh provides a timely reminder that should our harvest not be what we expected, there is time ahead over the coming winter months, for introspection as what to do in order to achieve a more fruitful harvest next time.

What you sow comes back to thee
Flower and grain, fruit and tree.
What you reap be thankful for,
Return a piece and reap some more.  

The complete version of Robert Burn’s “John Barleycorn” can be found here.

How to Be a Better Beginner (Thorn Mooney)

A new year has commenced and while I am taking a bit of time away from the coven to finalise a number of outstanding writing projects, I came across the following article by Thorn Mooney which really struck a cord, considering the less than satisfactory outcome from last year’s Outer Court training. This resulted in a considerable amount of contemplation around future training structures, not only of the particular tradition of contemporary witchcraft that the Temple of the Dark Moon is aligned with, but indeed providing any degree of training in general when it comes to witchcraft in this Instragram image driven modern world where anyone tends to classify themselves as a “witch”.

A result of the contemplation undertaken is to offer training via a new format, Gathering around the Cauldron, where the focus will be a balance between the practical and theory. Should there be enough genuine seekers, then The Wytch’s Circle may be held at a later stage.

Back to Thorn’s article where she addresses the issue of how a seeker can simply be a good beginner! Her entire article can be found here.

We’re living in a moment—and I’m turning into my father as I say this—where a lot of people want things done for them. It’s not really our fault (I’m including myself in this, because let’s be real, my father was talking to me, too). Culturally, we’ve become accustomed to being able to just Google answers, to download an app for whatever our problem is, and to receive twenty-four hour customer service, whatever sort of customer we are.

I see similar patterns in many of the spaces occupied by beginners in Pagan and witch communities. People don’t want to read multiple books, they want to read one perfect one. Lots of people don’t even want to do that: why read a book when you can just DM [direct message] an author and ask them to explain what witchcraft is? Even using Google is too much to ask. When the going gets tough, the tough abandon ship and then complain that there aren’t any good resources available.

Beyond books, this applies to my own experiences with inquiries to my coven. These days, my group’s exclusivity has less to do with our tradition and more to do with the reality that people are just less willing to travel more than 15 miles, to compromise their personal schedules, or to do the work they’ve asked for (reading, contemplating, working ritual, attending coven meetings, etc.). I want to be clear: there’s a very important conversation here about inclusivity and ableism that’s ongoing in many magical communities (including my own coven), but I’m not talking about people who need consideration. I’m talking about people who are just entitled and lazy, or at least unaccustomed to putting forth the individual effort required for anything beyond mediocrity (who then complain as though the fault for their mediocrity lies elsewhere).

How do you not become one of these people? Well, the good news is that if you’re worried about it, you almost surely aren’t. But just in case:

1. Read everything, regardless of what the Internet says. Go to a library, use interlibrary loan, and get your hands on as much text as possible. Then actually read and think about the material critically. No book is perfect. No author knows everything, no matter how solid their bio sounds or how many social media followers they have.  Do some comparison! Does this text largely agree with other texts on the same subject? If they’re saying something bananas, look for confirmation elsewhere! And remember that just because something is repeated often, that doesn’t mean it’s accurate.

2. Ask better questions. My ninth grade geometry teacher told us on the first day that there were, in fact, stupid questions. A while ago, I wrote a blog that mentioned the failing utility of the question, “Is this book any good,” but there are others I’ll address here.

Broad questions and questions that reveal you haven’t done any legwork on your own are the main culprits. The one that plagues my inbox personally is, “What’s a traditional Wiccan?” Here’s why that question is frustrating: first, I literally wrote a book about what that means. I run a website about it. I write a blog about it and make videos about it. Most of these things are available for free. A ten second Google search will turn up, not only an answer to that question, but my answer to that question. If you can answer it with a Google search, do that first.

“But Thorn, you know Google isn’t always reliable! How can you tell people to rely on Google?” Thanks for pointing that out—yes, you’re correct. And I’m not. We’ll use the unreliability of Google to craft better questions. Like so: “I read on Google about traditional Wicca. Is true?” This is a much better question. It’s more specific, and it demonstrates you’ve put forth an effort. It requires less time to answer, and is therefore more likely to receive a response. This isn’t just me being weird and picky, this is true for most people who find themselves in the position of answering questions (see, Steve O’Keefe). Here’s another good one: “What does traditional Wicca mean to you?” A very similar question, but with the nuance that you understand you’re talking to one person and that mileage will vary. You can improve practically any question with some variation on, “But what do you think?”

If you learn to ask more specific, thoughtful questions, you will get better answers.

3. Get uncomfortable. I’m not saying throw out your personal boundaries or disregard your safety, but any time you’re doing something new you’re going to be dealing with a learning curve. You’ll hit a wall at some point and progress will get slow. It’ll happen. Sometimes the wall is running out of low-hanging fruit and suddenly having to seek out more advanced material, or new people who can guide you. Sometimes the wall is conflicts with other parts of your life, which you can either ignore or work through. Ignoring inconsistencies, conflicts, or other uncomfortable places will result in the wall not moving, and in no progress happening either way. You’ll sit right where you are. When you choose to work through something, you may still decide that the thing is wrong, irresolvable, or worth walking away over, but at least you’ll come by those conclusion honestly and on your own terms. When things become difficult, keep going. That’s usually means you’re making progress.

4. Be okay with being a beginner. In fact, rejoice in it. You know what I find exhausting? Social media accounts and blogs run by beginners that purport to be resources for others, when really they’re just plagiarized from books or other websites. Everyone wants to set themselves up as an expert as quickly as possible. Aside from things being exciting and new, there are resources everywhere, lots of people who want to help you, and every damn day can feel like a discovery of something magical. There’s nothing sillier than watching beginners fight online over who’s right, what’s authoritative, what terms really mean. Enjoy the learning process, and take advantage of this time where people expect you to not know. Don’t try to bullshit people, have some modesty, be kind, and do more listening than talking.

5. Take action. Reading and hoarding information is all well and good, but you have to do something with it. It’s true that witchcraft and magic are serious arts, and it’s also true that you can do foolish things and get hurt along the way. Let’s be real: someone who just read their first book and has never worked ritual magic is disproportionately unlikely to successfully invoke something genuinely harmful or to successfully pull off a working that is truly destructive. More than likely, nothing at all will happen, except for whatever internal emotional experience results. Witchcraft isn’t skydiving. A beginner and an expert skydiver both jump out of a plane, and they both have to equally deal with the fact that they’re falling. In magic, however, things don’t work just because you say the words and do the motions. You’re not just jumping and falling. There’s effort, intention, connection, and skill behind it. Those things develop in time, with work. For most people, success rates increase with time and practice. So start!

6. Don’t hang your hat on any one teacher, and don’t pick a hill to die on. I have my favorite writers and teachers, as well as religious narratives, traditions, and perspectives that are dear to me. However, I try not to model my practice after any one of those exclusively. Witchcraft isn’t a cult of personality, and it’s also not static. Don’t pin yourself to any one person or perspective, especially in an era when so many of our heroes and ideas seem to be made of straw. Community leaders are ousted, change their minds, convert, retract their positions, and are human just like everyone else. At the very least, they’re going to die eventually. If your practice is all about someone else, where will you be when that person isn’t there anymore? The same is true for ideas. Witches who began practicing in the 60s and 70s (and earlier) had to watch while their understanding of history was ruthlessly dismantled by scholars in the 90s and later. Witches who began their practice before social media had to readjust with the development of the Internet, and all of the changes that brought. In the last decade, some of our most cherished teachers have revealed themselves to be bigots, sex-offenders, and plenty else besides. Life gets messy and history keeps moving, without much care for your feelings. Explore, be open. You have to keep enough distance so that when it’s time to let something go, you can.

7. Do the work you say you want. If you say you want to be psychic, and every book and teacher out there says similar, core things about how to develop your psychic abilities, and you don’t do them because they’re time consuming or difficult, you don’t then get to complain about not progressing as a psychic. Magic, spiritual development, witchcraft, tarot reading, group leadership, and pretty much anything else worthwhile you can name requires actual work. That means time, commitment, effort, reflection, and repeated failure (after which you get up and try again). If you want to do the thing, and especially if you ask for help to do the thing, then you have to actually do that work that you said you wanted to do. Buying a book is not the same thing as reading a book, and it’s definitely not the same thing as doing the exercises in the book. So how badly do you want it? Prove it.

Harm None, But Take No Sh*t (Mat Auryn)

One of the most misunderstood ethics found within contemporary witchcraft is what is defined as the “Wiccan Rede”. While space does not allow for me to go into great depths here, it is a topic that I regularly address in all training circles I run and which takes up a full chapter in my forthcoming book Contemporary Witchcraft: Foundational Practices for a Magickal Life (due for release this year). The following excerpt is from an article by Mat Auryn where touches on this subject through observing the increased interest in cursing. His full article can be found here.

Image Credit: Evgeniia Litovchenko | Standard License

Recently I had the honor of appearing on Madame Pamita’s “Live Magic Q&A.” Madame Pamita is one of my favorite humans ever and I had no idea what kind of questions were going to be asked, so it went into some really interesting topics. One of the topics discussed [referring to a Q&A with Madame Pamita’s “Live Magic Q&A”, an Los Angeles based tarot reader, rootworker, author, and YouTube channel host] related to cursing and hexing. My views on this topic are not as clear cut as that of a lot of other people. Being pro-curse is trendy these days, to the point where it should probably concern any serious magickal practitioner. I think this is in response to decades of having the “three-fold law” and shallow interpretations of “harm none” shoved down our throats. The topic of cursing is something that I think needs a more balanced consideration. The following are some of my thoughts on the topic. How you choose to incorporate or disregard these perspectives is up to you. You do you, Witch.

What particularly concerns me the eagerness that some are ready to curse others over trivial matters. For example, I recently saw someone on social media post about something really rude that a stranger said to them. The immediate response was a flood of people saying that he should curse the person to teach them a lesson. It genuinely makes me wonder if these people actually believe in the power of magick and what it can do, or if they’re completely void of empathy and remorse for other people. I wouldn’t go and stab someone because they hurt my ego or feelings. Sometimes the coin to pay for cursing is watching the curse unfold, which is why I give myself a three-day rule to calm down before I decide to even attempt malefica—to which I 90% of the time decide not to once I’ve calmed down and am thinking a bit more clearly – and think of more strategic ways to solve the problem then running to the magickal equivalent of violence.

One of the examples I gave to illustrate this while talking to Pamita was discussing the movie The Craft, a childhood favorite. I give this example because it’s similar to what I experienced when I was more curse-happy earlier on in my path. In the movie, Rochelle (played by Rachel True) places a curse on her racist school bully where her hair starts falling out. Rochelle’s coin to pay wasn’t going bald herself or anything like that. The coin she pays is shown when she sees the racist bully sobbing in the shower as her hair is falling out and we can see the remorse in Rochelle’s face as she realizes that even for someone like this bully, what she did to this person was cruel.

I do believe that there may be appropriate times to curse, hex, and bind during desperate circumstances—just as there are situations where you would use violence for self-defense when attacked. I am not against aggressive magick if done responsibly and willing to accept the price that action costs. I also think you should be well versed in defensive magick before you even attempt using magick as an offense. That being said, it’s important not to underestimate the power of magick, especially the consequences of cursing. Some will state that there’s no repercussions to performing cursing or binding but that defies everything we know about the world and nature. Everything we do, including mundane acts such as things we say, actions we take, and decisions we make have an effect based on that cause. Why would magick be any different?

This does not mean that our magick is going to come back on us threefold necessarily, but there are consequences to everything we do in life. Unless we think magick is somehow exempt from the way everything else in the universe functions and is seen as a completely un-natural, which I don’t. I often wonder what effect all this cursing and hexing is carrying out in the world through the chain of cause and effect like the butterfly effect. I don’t personally have an answer for that.

Another thing that I bring up with Pamita is my belief that every act of magick we engage in changes us in one way or another. That change either puts us into more alignment with our True Will or it distances ourselves from it. However, True Will is going to differ in what it looks like from person to person. But we aren’t going to discover our True Will if we’re throwing ourselves out of alignment.

I think ethics are personal when it comes to magick, but something we should definitely meditate upon if we want to grow as occultists, humans, and a collective species. Until then, the only moral guidepost I have for myself is what I feel is the occult’s version of the Golden Rule. It’s from the brilliant (though problematic) Aleister Crowley who wrote that “Love is the law, love under Will.” This means that our truest purpose for existence is to carry out our True Will and to have that in alignment with Universal Divine Will. To understand Divine Will, we have to understand that it involves love and a desire for unison. When we curse others out of the mentality of aggression against “otherness”, we’re cursing ourselves on one level because at the core we’re all one and we’re affecting one another, like cells attacking other cells within a body.

“IT IS WRITTEN that ‘Love is the law, love under will.’ Herein is an Arcanum concealed, for in the Greek Language [Agape], Love, is of the same numerical value as [Thelema], Will. By this we understand that the Universal Will is of the nature of Love. Now Love is the enkindling in ecstacy of Two that will to become One. It is thus an Universal formula of High Magick. For see now how all things, being in sorrow caused by dividuality, must of necessity will Oneness as their medicine… Understand now that in yourselves is a certain discontent. Analyse well its nature: at the end is in every case one conclusion. The ill springs from the belief in two things, the Self and the Not-Self, and the conflict between them. This also is a restriction of the Will. He who is sick is in conflict with his own body: he who is poor is at odds with society: and so for the rest. Ultimately, therefore, the problem is how to destroy this perception of duality, to attain to the apprehension of unity.
– Aleister Crowley, “De Lege Libellum

But if that unity is threatened, or the True Will is being restricted, would cursing be acceptable? That’s a question I think every practitioner should meditate on and decide for themselves. Remember that for Arjuna his dharma is to be a warrior and to fight in a war. In that vein, magick is often seen as a tool of the oppressed to balance the playing field towards justice, as we see in the mythopoetic Aradia.

But when do we truly know that we’re just when it comes to personal slights? For example, two lovers who divorce are usually going to vilify the other in their perspective and experience. That’s much harder to judge than say, the marginalization of a group of people using political power to do so. When do we step from oppressed to oppressor and start taking on their tools and inflicting it upon others? When do we become different versions of the monsters that we’re fighting? My opinion is to ask yourself if the magick you are going to cast is justified and going to bring more balance or throw things out of balance in life.

I will be advise more when my book Contemporary Witchcraft: Foundational Practices for a Magickal Life becomes available.

Intention Isn’t Everything (Mat Auryn)

Making Magick Salts

One of the statements I hear a lot from other witches is the idea that “intention is everything” when it comes to magick. But is it really? As occultists one of our aims is to always better our craft with precision and become better occultists. While intention is an important ingredient in a spell, it shouldn’t be confused with the idea of will, which I feel is more important. Semantics? Totally. As witches we learn to work with the subtle, looking at subtle energies as well as slight differences of concepts to help us fine-tune our workings. As witches we understand the power of words, particularly the power of using the right words. If intention were everything, there would be little point to studying and learning to properly employ magick. We could simply buy a copy of The Secret and have a life full of everything we dreamed of.

The problem with intention is that it is vague. Intention is a ambiguously desired outcome. Intention says “I want you to be happy”, “I want a new job”, “I want a new relationship”. But as the old proverb says, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”. Intention is good because it arouses desire within us and gets our gears in motion. Intention is more of a wish. However, intention can stop right there without will. We may even manifest our desire in a way that makes us more miserable. You could get a new job you hate, an abusive relationship or someone else may find the happiness you intend them to by losing all contact with you. You can intend to bake a cake, that doesn’t mean you’re ever going to bake a cake. It means you mean to, not that you will.

Contrary to intention, will is not a wish but rather a command. While I believe that will is birthed from intention, to will something is to tolerate nothing less than success of the desired goal. Will is a contract with the self. It sets a laser-like focus on what we wish to accomplish and how we are to achieve it. It creates a plan regarding which spirits we will petition, which actions we will take and has an undying persistence about it. Unlike intention, will does not tolerate disbelief of others, self-doubt or other energetic factors which can derail it’s outcome.

Many witches end their workings with the phrase “So mote it be” which I have observed has come to replace the idea of saying “Amen” to a prayer among many witches, but it definitely is not. While “amen” has a similar meaning, it’s often said as just a response without focus on what the word means. “So mote it be” is an anachronistic phrase meaning “so must it be” or “so it is required”. It is a command of will. We don’t end our spellwork with saying “I hope this happens” or “I wish this will come about”. It is through will that we are utilizing the sovereignty of the witch and demanding the universe to bend and shift to our command to fulfill the desire that intention aroused.

Source:
Puck’s Sake (29 April 2017)

Mat’s website: Mat Auryn – Psychic Witch

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.

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