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).
- Circling in the Southern Hemisphere
- Traditional Wytchcraft (overview)
- Events for 2015
- Monday Night Meditations
- The Wytch's Circle (2014)
- Full Moon Gatherings (Esbats)
- Writings and Lectures
- Recommended Reading
- Bringing Teachings to You
- LunaNoire Creations (Etsy store)
- Book: "Dancing the Sacred Wheel"
- Contributors Wanted - two proposed Anthologies
15 October 2014
22 September 2014
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
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
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.
20 July 2014
Every couple of years the Temple of the Dark Moon runs a training circle (in various forms) and commencing on 4 September 2014, The Wytch's Circle will be held over four consecutive 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.
14 June 2014
Part of membership within many coven or esoteric group involves the rite whereby an oath is sworn. Sometimes, depending on the structure of the group, there are a number of oaths that are sworn as the member moves through the ranks. Regardless of the number of oaths, very rarely does one supersede any made previously - more often than not, any subsequent oaths tend to for an additional layer (or enhancement) of the initial oath.
The word oath comes from the Anglo-Saxon āð (also referred to as a "a true principle or belief, especially one of fundamental importance. An oath is also a "solemn appeal to a deity", as well as being a "formally affirmed statement or promise accepted as an equivalent of an appeal to a deity or to a revered person or thing; affirmation".
13 June 2014
The Power of Disengagement
Playing Mind Games
Life should not be lived through a series of mind games,
but from truth and looking deep within.
For better or worse, many people have been raised to believe that communicating in an honest and open way will not get them what they want. They have learned, instead, to play mind games or go on power trips in the service of their ego’s agenda. People stuck in this outmoded and inefficient style of communication can be trying at best and downright destructive at worst. We may get caught up in thinking we have to play the same games in order to defend ourselves, but that will only lead us deeper into confusion and conflict. The best way to handle people like this is to be clear and honest with them.
11 June 2014
This coming Friday will be Friday the 13th - a day of superstition and misconception, a number of which already seem to be making their way around various social media sites. As such, I thought I would revisit the blog entry that I made back in January 2012. The difference between the Friday the 13th which occurred two and a bit years ago and this year, is that this time around, the Full Moon will also occur on the same day (at 1:42pm in Adelaide to be exact). This occurance apparently has been interpreted (by some) as equating to Friday being a "super magical event" - something that has left me scratching my head.
16 May 2014
Having just written about the upcoming Dark Goddess workshop that I will be hosting through The Goddess House on Saturday, 14 June 2014, Madisyn Taylor from Daily Om, has come up with an essay on a similar topic - that being going within in order to move ahead.
Below the Surface - Finding Deep Strength
When we look back on our lives we see that
we have survived many trials and often to our own amazement.
We have all faced moments in our lives when the pressure mounts beyond what we feel we can handle, and we find ourselves thinking that we do not have the strength to carry on. Sometimes we have just gotten through a major obstacle or illness only to find another one waiting for us the moment we finally catch our breath. Sometimes we endure one loss after another, wondering when we will get a break from lifes travails. It does not seem fair or right that life should demand more of us when we feel we have given all we can, but sometimes this is the way life works.