11 December 2016

Gathering Around the Cauldron

A new calendar year filled with endless potential and possibilities -- what will it bring for you?




24 July 2016

Meditations and Mindfulness


The practice of meditation has many proven benefits on all states of our being.  During this process the body's physiology undergoes a change in that every cell is filled with more energy.  This results in joy, peace, enthusiasm.

On a physical level, meditation lowers high blood pressure as well as the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks.  It helps to reduce tension-related pain, that includes tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems, as well as increasing serotonin production (that improves mood and behaviour), the immune system, and energy levels.

Poppet or Attraction Doll Workshop

In his book, The Golden Bough: a Study in Magic and Religion, Sir James Frazer described a poppet as a  life-like figure or doll made to represent a person or animal and is used in ritual, magic and spell-craft to effect change through the application of sympathetic or imitative magic.

Sympathetic magic works on the principles of “similarity” and “associated contact” (ie, like attracts and effects like).  It is based on the belief that someone or something can be magically affected by doing something to an object in one place, that represents a person or thing in another place.  To achieve this a poppet is made as a representation of a person or thing and contains items associated with or belonging to that same person or object.  Once made and magically charged, any action performed upon the poppet, is thought to cause or effect a similar reaction on the person or object it represents.

29 April 2016

Gather around the Cauldron

and explore the mysteries of magick, ritual and contemporary Wytchcraft.


Expression of interest are now being taken for these monthly gatherings that are proposed to commence in February 2017 and be held on the second Tuesday evening of each month, 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

If you would be interested in taking part of these gatherings, please email Frances providing some information about yourself and what is your proposed interest in these gatherings.

25 March 2016

Can you feel the Autumn chill on the air?

Autumn has arrived and with it, the knowing that the arrival time of the Dark Goddess is drawing near. 
 
Often associated with the Crone, the older aspect of the Goddess who has passed Her child-bearing days and is now, through retaining Her blood, retaining Her wisdom, we are reminded of our own mortality.   Her name is often whispered in some vain attempt not to draw Her attention - Baba Yaga, Cerridwen Frau Holle - yet we know wherever we do, She will be waiting for us regardless.  However, the Crone is not the only aspect of the Dark Goddess, for She appears in many other forms.

07 March 2016

Step inside the Wytch's Circle

The April New Moon (which falls into the astrological sign of Aries) will herald in the commencement of this year's Wytch's Circle, a six part intensive course on ritual, magick and the Craft.  Since it's first conception nearly 10 years ago, The Wytch's Circle still continues to be specifically designed for those students who are genuinely interested in the art magical.  
 
Whether a complete novice or a solitary practitioner, The Wytch's Circle offers the student a variety of techniques to craft a solid foundation upon which to base their own practice.  This is created through the use of practical application, detailed instruction and obtaining actual personal experience.

20 February 2016

Full Moon in Virgo

Next week's full moon appears to be a rather interesting one with astrology blogs accrediting it to be Housewives on Acid and a time to release your anger as the moon will be at its peak in the astrological sign of Virgo, the sign of perfection.
 
Marina Macario of Darkstar Astrology advises us that "This Full Moon is a powerful time for those manifesting.  It can also be used for creating the means for you to be able to say bye-bye to people or situations that have been keeping you enslaved. Otherwise, after this Full Moon has peaked, the waning cycle will show up any cracks and defects in people or projects that you might have been ignoring."
 

31 December 2015

Walking through Your Fear and Emerging Courageous

In walking through our fear,
we discover
that the strength of our fright was out of sync with reality.
 
 
The situations, activities, and individuals that frighten us remain static. Their relative intensity does not change. Fear, on the other hand, self-magnifies. It is when you are afraid and envisioning all that might go wrong that the energy underlying your fear grows. A tiny flicker of anxiety can easily develop into a terror that manifests itself physically and eventually paralyses you into inaction.

30 December 2015

Honouring Brighid through Her Sacred Fires of Healing and Transformation

On Saturday, 6th February 2016 The Goddess House will be hosting a special event in honour of Brighid, the triple formed Celtic Goddess, Druidress and Saint, whose sacred day is 1st February.  While more commonly associated with spring in the Northern Hemisphere, it is Brighid's fiery aspect, relating to her inspirational, creative and transforming fires that we will be focusing on during this half day workshop.

Fire is one of the agents needed in the alchemical process that is reflected in the very landscape of this southern land as many native plants need fire in order to transform, to germinate.  Therefore, from drawing inspiration from the land we reside in, the goal is to transform (or at least obtain the keys to enable us to do this) via the fires of Brighid.