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


21 December 2017

Summer Solstice - The Time of Abundance

As the sun completes is 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 those of us residing in Adelaide in South Australia, this timing will be on Friday, 22 December 2017 around 2:58 am).

For the Ngarrindjeri people of the lower Murray River and Coorong in South Australia, 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.

06 December 2017

The Wytch's Circle (2018 intake)


The Wytch's Circle is a five part intensive course on ritual, magick and the Craft that will commence on Thursday, 5 April 2018.

Specifically designed for those who have some knowledge of the magickal arts and who would like to put this knowledge into practice, as well as those who are seeking to gain a more solid foundation upon which to base their own magickal practice.

Beginners to ritual magick are welcome to attend however the design of this course is that it is not only a 101 course.

Within The Wytch's Circle the emphasis is placed on working ritual and the crafting of magick from a basis that encompasses the magickal, the mystical, the psychological and the spiritual.  This is done within a group format in order to create a magickal egregore.  Through the exposure of various magickal and esoteric techniques each participant will tap into and personally experience the true concept of "walking between the worlds". 

Experience for yourself the power of ritual and magick
that is experienced from The Wytch's Circle.

01 August 2017

Imbolc - Awakening the Spirit

First flowers of early Spring
Nothing is so beautiful as spring -
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush’s eggs look like low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes lightning to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.
George Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

The earth is in the slow process of returning back to life after the long winter’s sleep with the first tendrils cautiously making their appearance.  There is the likelihood of frosts, but despite this, early flowers are pushing their way to the surface – snowdrops, dwarf hyacinths, jonquils, early irises and even daffodils are appearing, making the statement that spring is on its way.  A fragile warming of the air can be felt as winter, usually the season of rest and withdrawal, comes to an end.  This is the time of uncertainty.  A sudden frost can kill the new plants and flowers, if they appear too early.  They also run the risk of developing rot with the last of the winter rains.

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.


21 December 2016

Summer Solstice Australian Style

As the seasonal wheel turns and with the sun entering the astrological sign of Capricorn, today marks the time the Summer Solstice here in Adelaide, the longest day.  In fact, at 9:14pm this evening we would have experienced some four hours and 42 more minutes than at the Winter Solstice in June.

Within various Pagan traditions, the divine masculine, the God, is perceived in his guise as the Sun, the Solar God, who is now at the height of his power, and increasingly, he makes us aware of his strength.  This show however comes at a cost.  While it will be some time before we actually notice, from the Summer Solstice onwards, the power of the Sun God slowly begins to wane.  This darkness, however, is not perceived in a negative sense, because it is needed to ensure the fertility of the land.  Still, in doing so, the Sun God sows the seeds of his own death. 

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.

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.