11 December 2013

The Wisdom of Sharing - Stone Soup

The following tale comes from Madisyn Taylor of Daily Om in perfect timing for the upcoming Solstice.
Imagine a world in which we all shared our gifts and bounty with each other
rather than focusing on self preservation.
There are many variations on the story of stone soup, but they all involve a traveller coming into a town beset by famine. The inhabitants try to discourage the traveller from staying, fearing he wants them to give him food. They tell him in no uncertain terms that there’s no food anywhere to be found. The traveller explains that he does not need any food and that, in fact, he was planning to make a soup to share with all of them.

24 November 2013

Walking through Your Fear

The following is a wonderful posting from Madisyn Taylor of Daily Om that I thought I would share.
Emerging Courageous
Walking through Your Fear

Frequently, 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.

16 November 2013

The Downside of the Modern Monkey Mind

Having a "monkey mind" is a Buddhist term to describe a mind that is constantly darting from one thing to another; where there is a  persistent churn of thoughts in the undisciplined mind.  In other words as opposed to one's attention being focused and calm, it is unsettled, restless and even indecisive, thus often leading to confusion.  Within the spiritual (and/or magical) scene, it can be rather easy to develop "monkey mind" as there is "so much to learn". 

28 October 2013

Bealtaine South of the Equator

Oh do not tell the Priest of our art
For he would call it a sin
But we have been out in the woods all night
A conjurin' Summer in.

It's "that" time of the year ago when an increasing number of supermarket and bargain store chains try to convince us that it is "Halloween" and we need to be our bit to increase the already bulging wallets of dentists by inflicting more sugary "treats" onto an ever increasing obese younger generation.  Then again, I guess luring them outside away from their play-stations and x-boxes could actually be termed as "exercise" albeit resembling the carrot on a stick treatment.

15 October 2013

Experiencing the Mystical Matters of the Ancients

In the currently available Spring Course Guide from Worker's Education Association (WEA), there is mentioned of my Mystic Matters workshop that is generating a number of queries.  So I thought I would attempt to provide some more information about this interactive workshop as the 25 word description only tells part of what the day will involve.

06 October 2013

Working through Silence

It has been a while since anything has happened on this blog due to my overseas visit to England, Ireland and Scotland.  I think that I must have taken around about 6,000 odd photos along with accumulating many experiences.  Naturally, therefore, it will take me a while to formulate my trip, but in the meantime, I thought I would share this essay from Madisyn Taylor of Daily Om about working through silence.

13 August 2013

Evolution of the Soul - Life Lessons through Reincarnation

The following is another wonderful posting by Madisyn Taylor of Daily Om.
Often we reincarnate on earth with our soul family and often our most intense relationships are with our soul family.

You meet someone for the first time and feel as if you know them already. You’re in a town that you’ve never been to before, yet you recognize streets and buildings. You start playing a new sport and amaze everyone, including yourself, at your natural abilities and intuitive knowing of the rules.  We often describe such experiences as déjà vu: the experience or feeling that a new situation has happened to us before. Then again, the possibility does exist that we have actually lived these experiences in the past or, rather, in another lifetime. 

07 August 2013

Choose the Correct Ways to Cleanse Your Crystals

Amethyst Arch at Crystal Castle,
Mullumbimby NSW
There seems to be so much information available these days on a wide range of things yet often it is the case of reader beware.  With information commonly being repeated without any sources being checked or even with a personal opinion having been formed, errors can easily appear, especially if the information that has been relayed much like in a game of "Chinese Whispers" with important pieces missing.  In today's busy world, it is not always possible to constantly check sources and the validity of the information being offered, however, as a safe guard it does pay to make the effort to do just this every now and then - as even the "experts" can get things wrong. 

01 August 2013

Exploring the Soul - Living a Spiritual Life

The last couple of weeks have been their usual hectic self, more so now as my contract is coming to an end (which means after nearly two years, I have to start contemplating looking for work again), not to mention my trip to the UK and Ireland fast approaching (and all the things that need to be done for that). Needless to say, blogging has not necessarily been a high priority.
As such, I thought I would share this wonderful post from Madisyn Taylor and Daily Om about living a spiritual life - something that an increasing number of people tend to struggle with these days, the art of balancing the mundane with the spiritual.  To me personally, each are of equal importance, yet it does tend to be our spiritual self that gets sacrificed.

19 July 2013

No Rest for the Wicked ...

Elphaba from "Wicked"
or even the Wicca, to borrow the phrase often used by Tim OzPagan.  And indeed not. In less than two months I will be heading off to the UK to partake in what is billed as Britain's largest Pagan Camp, which will be followed by me accompanying an Australian tour company on their West Country and Irish tours, before I head off for a quick dance around a few Scottish stone circles.

But that does not mean that things at the covenstead will draw to a close. With Mid Winter having passed, and as the heatbeat of the earth slowly increases, so does the planning process for the next calendar year.  This week saw the conclusion of the Outer Court circle that commenced in 2012.  After much soul searching and discussion surrounding all things within the cosmos, numbers within the covenstead are poised to swell upon my return, and swell again a few months later when we welcome back another from their sabbatical.

11 July 2013

An Indepth Journey through the Wytch's Year

The long awaited workshop that offers an in-depth journey throughout the eight main festivals, the "Wheel of the Year", of the modern Wytch's calendar.

Within some traditions of modern Wytchcraft, these seasonal festivals tell the story of the God (the divine male) through the annual cycles of life, death and rebirth. These cycles are all around us in nature as well as within our own being.

09 July 2013

Do Unto Others - The Golden Rule

 When we honour others by following the golden rule,
we honour ourselves too.
The following is another wonderful posting from Madisyn Taylor of Daily Om.
All over the world, there exists a simple precept that, when followed, has the power to end conflict and banish strife. It is the Golden Rule, a key concept in many philosophies and spiritualities that admonishes us to “do unto others as we would have them do unto us.” Its meaning is clear: treat others only in ways that you would want to be treated. However, the golden rule is not always easy to follow. It can be a challenge to honour others as we wish to be honoured. Yet, when we do so, we bestow a gift of loving kindness on our fellow human beings. And, in honouring others, we honour ourselves.

21 June 2013

Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere

The timing of the Winter Solstice is marked when the sun reaches its furthest north position in the sky and starts to move back towards the south.  As it does, it marks one of the main turning points in the year, the others being the Equinoxes as well as the Summer Solstice (that occurs in December).  The timing for the Winter Solstice this year is today, Friday, 21 June at 2:34 pm (Adelaide time).  From this moment onwards, days start becoming longer and night times shorter.  however with the worse of the Winter weather yet to arrive, this thought is not often the first that comes to mind.

10 June 2013

Transformational New Moon Fires of Kali

New Moon in the
Southern skies
When the first sliver of the moon appears in the sky, it heralds the time for manifestation.  As the moon increases in size, so too does the realisation of obtainment of the desire we have set about bringing into our lives ... if only it were that simple ...
In truth, it is however (and there is always one of these), in order for something to be manifested as to exactly our heart's desire, our intent must be clear, our ability to visualise strong and unwaivering, and time needs to be set aside for this to occur. 
Having said that, the new moon is still considered to be an auspicious time to create, develop, cultivate and make manifest new desires, projects.  According to some, this is because when the moon is new, the sun and moon are aligned in the the same sign therefore creating a powerful energy portal to open.

06 June 2013

Awakening the Self

Spiritual awakening to the true Self is one of the goals of many metaphysical pursuits. It is the path of leaving behind illusions of separation and identification with the mind, body and spirit for true knowledge of our oneness with the Divine. It involves an understanding of Self and the truth of the Divine. By fully accepting that the body, mind and spirit are intimately related, a person can transcend normal consciousness to gain an awareness of self and the surrounding Universe.

31 May 2013

Meditations and Metaphysics

Last Monday night saw the commencement of the Monday Night Meditations, a weekly event that  I will be running until 5 August 2013, and despite the temperature dropping to single digits, it was a great night.

The regular practice of meditation offers so us probably more benefits that what we actually realise, and some of these benefits include improving focus and sense of control, the reduction of stress and anxiety, a greater control of automatic nervous system and even a greater ability of self-realisation.  Naturally there are also numerous spiritual benefits to regular meditation practices such as the bridging of our "inner" and "outer" selves, raising the vibration of our subtle bodies, and not to mention the opening the doorway to the higher consciousness and spiritual enlightenment.

18 May 2013

May Full Moon Gathering and Hekatean Rite

Commencing in 2010, the "Rite of Her Sacred Fires" was initially conceived as a way in which the completion of the book project Hekate: Her Sacred Fires that was edited by Sorita d’Este.  During the first year this devotional rite to the Goddess Hekate was performed by literally thousands of people around the world - in private groups, by solitariesm and even in open events. 

On Saturday, 25 May 2013, the Temple of the Dark Moon will be incorporating this international devotional rite into our Full Moon Gathering that is held in Adelaide Botanic Park (off Hackney Road).  As our Gatherings ar free and open to the public so to is this event, save for some small requirement - all participants will need to bring their own RED candle that will be lit from the central sacred flame that has been dedicated to Hekate.

09 May 2013

Tomorrow's Annular Solar Eclipse

Early tomorrow morning (10 May 2013) an annular solar eclipse will occur, crossing Cape York at the top of Australia. Solar eclipses occur when the new moon moves between the sun and the earth, the result of which is a shadow being casted.

Commencing at sunrise in Western Australia, the eclipse will move over Northern Territory in the region of Tennant Creek and cross Cape York before heading out towards Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Ocean. 

According the Eclipse web site, tomorrow's eclipse will "will intersect the path of the total solar eclipse of 14 November 2012 in the area of the west coast of Cape York and will cross the east coast to the north of Cooktown. The indigenous communities of Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw will have the highly unusual privilege of experiencing two solar eclipses within six months".

07 May 2013

Samhain poem

On Hallowmas Eve, ere ye boune to rest,
Ever beware that your couch be blest;
Sign it with cross and sain it with bread,
Sing the Ave and the Creed.
For on Hallowmas Eve, the Night Hag shall ride
And all her nine-fold sweeping on by Her side,
Whether the wind sing lowly or loud,
Stealing through moonshine or swathed in cloud.
He that dare sit in St Swithin's Chair,
When the Night Hag wings the troubled air,
Questions three, when he speaks the spell,
He must ask and She must tell.

By Sir Walter Scott

30 April 2013

A Candle for our Ancestors

As the sun moves north of the equator on its way up to the Tropic of Cancer, the days continue to grow shorter and the nights longer.  This is the time of the An Ghrian Mór or “small sun” to the ancient Celts, that marks the commencement of the dark half of the year.  Now is the festival of Samhain.

The word Samhain is said to come from the Scots Gaelic samhainn and the Irish Gaelic samain or samfuin, both meaning “summer’s end” (at least from an etymological perspective) with sam meaning “summer” and fuin meaning “sunset” or “end”.  Within the Irish medieval myth mentioned earlier, Tochmarc Emire, Samhain is the first of the four quarter days mentioned by Emer to the Ulster hero Cu Chulainn: “Samhain, when the summer goes to its rest, ” records Ronald Hutton in his book, Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain.

19 April 2013

Entering the Dark Half of the Year

Autumn Colours
This morning, while I was waiting for the train to arrive to take me to work, I noticed that the wind had a real chill to it.  With Samhain just under a couple of weeks away, the boney fingers of the Winter Crone are beginning to stretch across the land as we are poised to enter the dark half the year.

05 April 2013

Ginger and Honey Tea

As the Wheel of the Year continues to turn, the Autumn Equinox has now passed, and we step into the dark half of the year.  Already the "cold and flu" bug has made itself known, and whilst I am not a herbalist, I thought I would share my Ginger and Honey tea recipe in preparation.

All you need are three simple ingredients - a piece of fresh ginger root (readily available at your local Asian supermarket, most other supermarkets as well as green grocers), one lemon and some honey.

28 March 2013

Solace in Service

The following is a Daily Om posting that seemed to resonate with me (as they have an uncanny way of doing).  So I thought I would share it.
Doing For Others
by Madisyn Taylor

So many times, when we are being of service to others,
we find the answer or solution to our own problems.

When we feel bad, often our first instinct is to isolate ourselves and focus on what is upsetting us. Sometimes we really do need some downtime, but many times the best way to get out of the blues quickly is to turn our attention to other people.

23 March 2013

The Day I Get Rid of My Heart

This is a rather moving poem by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh that reminds us that actions speak louder than words. At the end of the day if we let our busy Western lives consume us, we lose sight of the larger picture - that bearing our connection with not only our brothers and sisters but also our connection with the earth (our soul).
The Day I Get Rid of My Heart
by Thich Nhat Hanh
My brother, the one with brown skin, is hungry. Hell is right here. I was not mindful, and you took away my part of the steak.
My brother, the one with yellow skin, is destitute.  His little boy fainted in school this morning, because he lacked even a small sweet potato to eat. I was busy struggling to prevent the landlord from raising the rent.  You equipped your company with new machines, and I lost my job.

16 March 2013

The Time of the Autumn Equinox

On 20 March it will be the time of the Autumn Equinox here in the Southern Hemisphere, also marked when the sun enters the sign of Pisces.  During this time we will find ourselves at a time of equilibrium once again, when the hours of light and darkness are equal.  
At the Spring Equinox the energy is manifesting before action (which is what is occuring in the Northern Hemisphere).  Now here at the Autumn Equinox, it is repose after action.

06 March 2013

Dreaming of Autumn

According to the general populace, 1 March is supposed to herald in the cooler season of Autumn, bringing with it much appreciated relief from our hot Southern Summers.  However, here in southern Australia, our temperatures are still heading skyward as if Summer is determined to make sure it is not forgotten for a while.

Having had enough of our heat and increasing humidity, my thoughts however are wishfully focused on the cool change that will eventually arrive (hopefully in time for the upcoming Autumn Equinox picnic being organised on Sunday, 17th March).  As such, I thought I would share a beautiful seasonal poem:

24 February 2013

February's Full Moon in Virgo

February's full moon will occurr this year on Monday, 25 February 2013, and according to astrologer, Jan Spiller, we will start to become aware of any underlying frustrations that we may be feeling in our relationships.  This is because the full moon be occuring in the sign of Virgo, making us somewhat more critical than usual.

12 February 2013

The Witch - a poem by C.S. Lewis

The Witch
by C.S. Lewis

Trapped amid the woods with guile
They’ve led her bound in fetters vile
To death, a deadlier sorceress
Than any born for earth’s distress
Since first the winner of the fleece
Bore home the Colchian witch to Greece—
Seven months with snare and gin
They’ve sought the maid o’erwise within
The forest’s labyrinthine shade.
The lonely woodman half afraid
Far off her ragged form has seen
Sauntering down the alleys green,
Or crouched in godless prayer alone
At eve before a Druid stone.

08 February 2013

Exploring the Wonderful World of Metaphysics

Ever since I can remember, I was curios about the world and all that is contained within it.  This curiosity led me very quickly into the realms of metaphysics, a term that was first coined by Greek philosopher Aristotle (384 to 322 BCE).  The result of combining two words: Meta (“over and beyond”) and physics (a science dealing with the natural laws and process, and states and properties of matter and energy), metaphysics is generally considered to mean “over and beyond physics”.

25 January 2013

The Time of John Barleycorn and Reaping the Harvest

Lughnasadh is traditionally the time marking the first harvest, that of grain and corn. The traditional English folksong about the Killing of John Barleycorn is often recited reflecting this time of the year. 
There was three kings into the east,
Three kings both great and high,
And they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn should die.

24 January 2013

Wonders of Frankincense

When the three Magi from the east arrived in Bethlenhem bearing gifts for the new messiah, one of these gifts was the resin frankincense.  As recorded in Matthew 2:11:

"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child
with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had
opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts;
gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."

14 January 2013

Training for 2013

Interest in this year's training, The Wytch's Circle, has been fast and furious however it is important to point out that regardless the number of displays of interest, no positions are actually held for this intensive one-day workshop until payment has been received.

Due to time constraints and other commitments, instead of the monthly meetings, training has been broken into a number of one day intensive workshops over which foundational material has been specifically allocated.  The focus of The Wytch's Circle for 2013 will be on practicl application that is needed for creating ritual as well as crafting magick.

10 January 2013

2013 - Year of the Black Snake

In Chinese astrology, this new calendar year, 2013, is the Year of the Black Snake.  The following has been taken a newsletter recently sent out by Radiant Living and written by Michelle Proctor.  Please visit her web site to read the article in its entirety.

2013 - The Year of the Black Snake
© Michelle Proctor

The snake is a perfect emblem for the powerful spellbinding energies that the number 13 evokes.  In Western astrology, the snake is associated with Scorpio and there’s no doubt this year is a big Scorpio year.  Saturn and the North Node are both in Scorpio throughout 2013, and Pluto, Scorpio’s ruling planet, is as prominent as last year in its life-changing alignment with Uranus.

07 January 2013

Compassion for the Wrong Doer

I have been grappling whether to post this and usually when I find myself in a similar situation something backfires, but I feel this needs to be said.  Due to the emotive subject, I ask that the whole post be read.

On New Year's Day the body of an old man was found.  the sad this is that he had actually died alone a new days prior to his body being discovered - yet no one had noticed or indeed cared.  He was 64 years of age and whilst I did not know him or had ever met him, I knew he was not liked.  In fact he was hated and often vilified for an act he allegedly undertook in the late 1980s.  I say "allegedly" because despite being convicted, he pleaded his innocence, blaming someone else.  As I wasn't there, I am only repeating what has been reported.  In this country, when one is found guilty of a crime, they are punished, and this old man served 14 years in prison where he was bashed to the extend that he suffered permanently facial and hearing disabilities.  Some say justifiably so.