15 January 2018

Revamped Web Site Up and Running

It has been a long time coming but finally time has been found to revamp the Temple of the Dark Moon's web site.

While there are still a few formatting as well as other minor glitches to iron out over the coming weeks, overall, however, the end result is workable and, I hope, easy to follow.

The revamped web site can be found here.

With the web site now operational, it would be recommended that anyone wishing to receive updates on events and/or my blog posts, to subscribe to the blog on the web page as activity on this blog will no doubt lessen.

Blessings, Frances


30 June 2017

Sympathy for the Devil in Witchcraft?

Upon going through my files, I found this article written by Frater Barrabbas Tiresius, the original of which can be found here.  The article discusses what seems to be an ever-increasing "debate" as to whether the "Satan" or "the devil" can actually be linked to the "Horned God" more traditionally found within initiatory Wytchcraft (ie, Wicca).

For me personally, the two are completely different concepts - however, if one is talking about "Satan", as in Luciferian Craft, or "the devil" as in Traditional Craft, then my understanding is actually yes.  This is because, as far as I am aware, the concepts of the latter as opposed to the more common Christianised concept, is actually different.


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.

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.

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.
 

17 December 2015

Serving your Community - Giving the Gift of You

As a priestess following a spiritual path, part of my role involves "service" - not only to the Gods for whom I perceive myself to be an earthly representative of, but also to the community around me.  the word "service" and indeed "community" often conjures up numerous interpretations and indeed not everyone perceives "service" as a community obligation (more often than not, "service" is a personal manner between the individual and the Gods of their own chose).  Yet, it is this "community service" that led me to host the first public Full Moon Gathering at Grange Beach in 2004.
 
In the following article, Madisyn Taylor explores what it means to "be of service" in a wider sense in that it is an action that enables us to be "a good citizen of the planet earth".

12 December 2015

Letting go of Perfection

Life becomes much more interesting once we let go of our quest for perfection
and aspire for imperfection instead.
 
It is good to remember that one of our goals in life is to not be perfect. We often lose track of this aspiration. When we make mistakes, we think that we are failing or not measuring up.  But if life is about experimenting, experiencing, and learning, then to be imperfect is a prerequisite. Life becomes much more interesting once we let go of our quest for perfection and aspire for imperfection instead.
 
This does not mean that we do not strive to be our best. We simply accept that there is no such thing as perfection—especially in life.

10 December 2015

Taming the Monkey Mind

We all have the endless chattering and noise in our head often referred to as the monkey mind.
 
It has been called the monkey mind – the endless chattering in your head as you jump in your mind from thought to thought while you daydream, analyze your relationships, or worry over the future. Eventually, you start to feel like your thoughts are spinning in circles and you are left totally confused.

30 April 2015

Samhain Chant (by Doreen Valiente)

Fire red, summer's dead
Yet it shall return.
Clear and bright, in the night,
Burn, fire, burn!

Chorus:
Dance the ring, luck to bring
When the year's a-turning.
Chant the rhyme at Hallows-time,
When the fire's burning.