03 January 2015

Purification through Fire

Summer in southern Australia can be a rather difficult time of the year to get through, especially as the soaring temperatures often mean the threat of bush fires. Even the proposed respite of a cool change can often mean more danger as the approaching winds fan the flames. Only three days into this new calendar year and already the "purification season" has arrived.
 
This ancient land upon which we live has long sought cleansing and the clearing out of the old in order to make way for the new through fire. In fact, many of our native plants only germinate through the scorching flames.  The Aboriginal people understood this and used to start small bushfires to clear the fallen bark, dried twigs and dead bushes. These fires were slow-burning and the native bush quickly regenerated after the heat of the fire. This practice also helped to prevent larger and more destructive fires, especially as the native eucalyptus gum trees contains an oil within their leaves that is susceptible to bushfires, making them burn faster and hotter.

31 December 2014

The Time of Janus is Upon Us

New yeare forth looking out of Janus gate,
Doth seeme to promise hope of new delight:
And bidding th’old Adieu, his pass'd date
Bids all old thoughts to die in dumpish spright
And calling forth out of sad Winters night,
Fresh love, that long hath slept in cheerlesse bower:
Wils him awake, and soone about him dight
His wanton wings and darts of deadly power.
 
  
To the ancient Romans, the dual faced God, Janus, was the God of beginnings and transitions, and as such, he was also perceived to be the God who ruled over gates and doors, doorways and passages, as well as also endings.  With one face looking back into the past, and the other into the future, it is little wonder that as we approach New Year's Eve, Janus can easily come to mind. 
 

19 December 2014

The Summer Solstice - Time of Abundance

Fetch me that flower: the herb I showed thee once
The juice of it, on sleeping eyelids laid
Will make or man or woman madly dote
Upon the next live creature that it sees
Fetch me this herb, and be thou here again
Ere the Leviathan can swim a league
(The Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare)


As the sun completes its southward journey, it rests briefly over the Tropic of Capricorn before moving northward again.  When it enters the astrological sign of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere, we know that the sun is at its highest and brightest and that the time of the Summer Solstice has arrived.
 
For the Ngarrindjeri people, the warmth associated with Luwadang continues.  As the sun increases in strength, it dries the land, allowing it to be haunted by the call of ravens, the bird that is often associated with death in many cultures around the world.

05 December 2014

The Wytch's Circle 2015 - Registrations are now being taken

The Temple of the Dark Moon will be running an eight part practical (and somewhat intensive) course on working ritual and crafting magick from February 2015 (to be held on a fortnightly basis).

The 2015 version of The Wytch's Circle will provide participants indepth information into the beliefs and spiritual practices of Wicca (modern Wytchcraft) and Paganism through the use of ritual, magick, divination and much more.

 
The Wytch's Circle is specifically designed for both the complete beginner as well as those who have had some ritual experience (either solitary or within a group) and who are seeking more advance and indepth instruction.


07 November 2014

Stepping through the Gateway

Over the last few months things have been rather chaotic here at the covenstead as various projects have been focused on and completed, interstate trips made to meet Craft elders as well as to attend conferences, not to mention rites of passages also being marked, and the finishing up of assignments prior to the Summer close-down.
 
One of the biggest projects to have been completed was the release of In Her Sacred Name: Writings on the Divine Feminine, which marks to second book produced by TDM Publishers.  With over half of the initial order already sold, a second has been placed for delivery in the new year.  More details about how to order this book can be found under the above link.

15 October 2014

An evening with Kali Ma

A special event will be taking place on Monday, 10 November 2014.  As part of the Monday Night Meditation group, the Hindu Goddess Kali will be honoured in a special Kali Mantra and Meditation night, with special guest, Devidasan being in attendance and sharing his knowledge about this often feared and rather mistaken Goddess.   Kali is a re-occuring favorite Goddess in the Dark Goddess workshops that are often held around Samhain (May in the Southern Hemisphere - the next Dark Goddess Returns workshop scheduled to take place on Saturday, 9 May 2015) and as such, various blogs have already been written about her that can be found here and here (this article first appearing in the now obsolete Insight magazine in 2009 or 2010).

22 September 2014

Poem for the Spring Equinox

As the sacred Wheel of the Years turns ever closer to the Spring Equinox (occuring on 23 September this year), I thought I would share a poem by thinker and spiritual Master Jelaluddin Rumi (1207 - 1273).

The Temple of the Dark Moon will be celebrating equinox at the beautiful surroundings that is the Waite Arboretum, Urrbrae (cnr Fullarton and Cross Roads) on Sunday, 28 September.  Bring the family and your picnic for a relaxing where you can explore the historic house (entry fee) and scented garden, walk the labyrinth at this time of balance and then wander though the many species of trees that are planted on the premises.

26 August 2014

The Wytch's Circle - last chance for 2014


With the commencement date for the 2014 The Wytch's Circle just over a week away (Thursday, 4 September 2014), there are still a few vacancies however time is running out for those who are interested in registering for this four week intensive course as registrations forms must be received by 29 August 2014 and must include either the full cost of the course of the cost of the first two weeks paid in advance.
 
Through working in a group, participants experience how to create and work with a magickal egregore, as well as being exposed to various ritual formats and techniques from sources which form the basis of the Temple of the Dark Moon's own teachings - which are focusd around being Traditional Wicca, traditional Craft, the Qabalah and Hermetic (ceremonial) magick.


15 August 2014

Much Writings for the Gods

Spring has sprung and as the days are getting increasingly longer, it is had to believe that almost a month has passed since my last entry.  It is not as if I have been resting on my laurels - just that at times other commitments can take over, making finding the time (and the inspiration) to blog almost impossible.  Indeed, a great deal of activity has been occurring, with the fruits of these labours to to be coming to the forefront over the next few months.
 

Book - DANCING THE SACRED WHEEL

Book - DANCING THE SACRED WHEEL
The second edition of "Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats" is now available with autographed copies available direct from the author. Click on the image and you will be taken to Paypal. This offer is available to Australian customers only. For non-Australians, you can purchase your copy of "Dancing the Sacred Wheel" through Createspace- https://www.createspace.com/4589532