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.
- Circling in the Southern Hemisphere
- Traditional Wytchcraft (overview)
- Events for 2014
- Monday Night Meditations (2014)
- 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 August 2014
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.
03 May 2014
Having attended a puja just recently, I thought I would share this posting from Madisyn Taylor of Daily Om.
Connecting with the Divine - Puja
Performing a Hindu puja ritual is a wonderful way
to experience direct communication with the divine.
Forging a spiritual connection with the Divine is the ultimate goal of many forms of worship. In our devotions, we transcend the limitations of our humanity using prayers, rituals, and invocations, or we seek the celestial in sacred items such as statuary, imagery, or natural objects. In the Hindu tradition, worshipers bond with the divine through the puja ritual. The purpose of the ritual is to create an atmosphere in which humans and spiritual beings can enjoy communion with one another. Though participants show reverence for their chosen deities, puja serves to bring the former and the latter together on an energetic level. Performing a puja ritual is thus a wonderful way to experience direct communication with the divine.
26 April 2014
"Whenever you have need of anything, once in the month or better it be when the moon is full, then you shall assemble is some secret space ..."
and so goes "The Charge of the Goddess", a piece of prose which is probably closest thing to scripture that originated out of Wicca. During this prose the Goddess seems to instruct (or guide) her followers in ways as to how she is recognised and can be worshipped. Right from the beginning, the Goddess is introduced as "the Great Mother" who has been recognised by many difficult people and cultures by an assortment of names - Artemis, Astarte, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Diana, Arianrhod, and Brid.
04 April 2014
The April Full Moon will be occuring on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 (at 5:13 pm CST) and fall in the sign of Libra, the Scales, as well as it being a total lunar eclipse (however as the moon will be below the horizon in Adelaide some of the time, the first part of the eclipse will not be visible). A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth and moon line up so the earth's shadow falls on the moon, darkening it.
According to USA Today, the April eclipse "marks the start of a lunar tetrad. That event occurs when there are four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial lunar eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six full moons." The other three eclipses of this lunar tetrad are on 8 October this year and then 8 April and 28 September in 2015.