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 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.
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”.
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.
There is often confusion between “Dark Moon” and “New Moon”, with the phrases often being used interchangeably, even on calendars. Yet, as each moon has its own unique energies, understanding the lunar cycle properly can be crucial to the timing of ritual work that focuses on drawing upon those energetic qualities.
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).
Continue reading “Training in Contemporary Wytchcraft and the Magickal Arts”
Being an avid reader, it is not unusual for me to have not only a number of books on the go at any one time, but also books on various subjects, especially the numerous techniques and/or magickal practices. One book I read a number of years ago which I thoroughly enjoyed was Abrahadabra: Understanding Aleister’s Thelemic Magick by Rodney Orpheus (Weiser Books, 2005). A strange choice for someone proclaiming to following contemporary wytchcraft some may say. However, within it, I came across a passage that, while I have adapted it to having a more witchcraft focus in the posting below, even in its original format within Orpheus’s book, it provides much food for thought regardless of what spiritual path you may follow …
“One of the keys to contemporary witchcraft is personal development. This means you have to do the work yourself. Simply reading books and/or web sites is not good enough. While this may increase your theoretical knowledge (or then again may totally confuse you further), unless you do it, you are wasting your time. Knowledge is not the same thing as understanding.”
Continue reading “Putting things into Practice”
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.
You may not be thinking about the upcoming new year but the Temple of the Dark Moon has, and what training will be offered, especially for those people 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.
While details have yet to be finalised, applications for the 2019 Outer Court Training Circle, the first of such circle which the Temple of the Dark Moon has offered in a number of years, are now being taken in readiness to commence in February 2019.
Continue reading “New Directions for 2019”
The commencement date for the Spring intake of The Wytch’s Circle has had to be pushed back a week until 6 September 2018 due to personal reasons, and will continue until 18 October 2018. This also means that registrations will remain open until 30 August 2018 (unless sold out prior to then).
This Spring intake of The Wytch’s Circle will be focusing more on coupling the theoretical instruction with practical application in readiness for the opening of the Outer Court training circle that will be taking place around Lughnasadh 2019, the first one in about four or five years. Therefore, anyone who is seriously interested in furthering their training with the Temple of the Dark Moon, attendance of The Wytch’s Circle is essential.
As the Spring intake of The Wytch’s Circle will be the last one held for 2018, there are strictly limited places available. So if you are interested in continuing your spiritual and magickal journey with us, it is essential that you registerer prior to 30 August 2018.
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.