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.

27 November 2015

Talismans - Objects of Power

Having a talisman imbued with your intention is yet another tool
you can use to assist you in your journey.
 
 
For millennia, mankind has found peace and solace in objects of significance.  When cleansed and consecrated through ritual, such objects – be they crystals, amulets, herbs, or written words – become talismans.  A talisman is any item imbued with a specific power by its bearer to serve a specific intention.  Ancient Egyptians used massive stone tablets as healing talismans while the Greeks and Romans used lead talismans to communicate with the spirit realm. 

17 November 2015

Clearing a Space for Change

Today I thought I would like to share with you an article from Madisyn Taylor from Daily Om about clearing a space for change.  I do find it rather uncanny at times the actual timing of some of these Daily Om articles.  As I mentioned in my previous post, in preparation for the new "9" calendar year a great deal of change appears to be afoot in like of 2016 being a ending year for this current 9 year numerology cycle.

The Weight of Objects - Clearing a Space for Change
 
by Madisyn Taylor
 
We hold onto material objects because we think they make us feel secure,
when in reality they are cluttering our lives.

10 November 2015

Getting ready for 2016 - the Year of Completion

It is hard to believe that there are only about eight weeks left of 2015 before the new calendar year commences.  2016 equates to "9" is esoteric numerology, the number of completion, rest and forgiveness before the new nine year cycle commences in 2017.  Completion and rest however does not necessary mean sitting around doing nothing - it also means undertaking (or finalising) all those things you have been putting off in order to begin to new nine year cycle afresh for when something is allowed to end, it makes way for something new and exciting to begin.
 

09 November 2015

Reactions to Life Events

The following is from Madisyn Taylor of Daily Om where she shares how our own personal reactions to things that occur during our lives are actually pre-conditioned - however, each of us have the ability to "re-wire" this pre-conditioning should we truly desire to do so.
 
 
 
Our past experiences can and do influence our emotional reactions
and responses to present events.
 
 
Our experiences colour everything. The events of the past can have a profound effect on how we see our lives now and what we choose to believe about our world. Our past experiences can also influence our emotional reactions and responses to present events. Each of us reacts to stimulus based on what we have learned in life. There is no right or wrong to it; it is simply the result of past experience. Later, when our strong feelings have passed, we may be surprised at our reactions. Yet when we face a similar situation, again our reactions may be the same. When we understand those experiences, we can come that much closer to understanding our reactions and consciously change them.

16 October 2015

Attendance at the Brighton Market

The next delivery of Call of the God: An Anthology Exploring the Divine Masculine within Modern Paganism books have arrived and in perfect timing as I am intending to make my first appearance at the Brighton Markets on Sunday22 November 2015.
 
Also available for sale will be an assortment of handcrafted goodies made by LunaNoire Creations that include beautiful crystal beaded bracelets (such as this "Friendship Bracelet" pictured right that includes amethyst, rhodochrosite, watermelon tourmaline, rose quartz, and red tiger's eye crystal beads), devotional and prayer beads (such as the "Goddess Healing" bead string pictured below), as well as a selection of herbs, resins, charcoal bricks and magical oils.

25 September 2015

Passing through the Veil - Michael Howard (1948–2015)

Michael Howard (1948–2015)
 
The mysteries of eternity are known neither to you nor me
the enigma can be read neither by you nor me
behind the veil a discourse goes on about me and you
when the veil disappears there remain neither you nor me ...
 
(Oman Khayyam, Persian philosopher and astronomer,
1048 to 1131)
 
 
It is with immense sadness that this week saw the passing of Michael Howard, editor of the long standing premier Pagan magazine The Cauldron as well as author of over 30 books.  According to Xoanon, an independent publishing house who worked with Mr Howard, he died peacefully after a short illness.

02 August 2015

Cancellation of Events for the Remainder of 2015

It is with much regret to announce that due to illness all events proposed to be hosted by the Temple of the Dark Moon for the remainder of 2015 have been cancelled.
 

This cancellation also includes the remainder of all Full Moon Gatherings that may still be advertised on the Temple's web page.  The web page will be updated when time allows.
 
We would like to thank all those who have attended these free and open to the blog Gatherings and at this stage, it is envisaged that these Full Moon Gatherings will be hosted again in 2016. 
 
In the interim, further information and updates can be found at The Goddess House as well as Frances's own blog.

Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact Frances where your query will be addressed as and when time permits.

Blessings.

12 June 2015

The Power of Mantras

Different sounds have different effects on human psyche. If a soft sound of wind rustling through leaves soothes our nerves, the musical note of running stream enchants our heart, thunders may cause awe and fear.  The sacred utterances or chanting of Sanskrit mantras provide us with the power to attain our goals and lift ourselves from the ordinary to the higher level of consciousness.
 
Mantras are believed to cure diseases, ward off evil, promote wealth, and even assist in the acquisition of supernatural powers.  More commonly, the reciting of mantras are used in the worship and communication with deity as well as providing a means to achieve a blissful state.
 

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.

Entering the Time of Transformation at Samhain

Honouring one's Ancestors at Samhain
The sacred Wheel of the Year has turned and here south of the equator we find ourselves at Samhain and awaiting the veils between the world of the living and the realm of the dead to open before us. 
 
At this rather sombre time of the year, we remember those who have left this world as the thinning of the veil makes it easier for us to contact our ancestors, as well as other spirits.  Ancestors need not only be those of our blood line, those people who we have known in this life - they can also anyone who has helped shaped us into the people we are today, who have inspired us to follow a path closer to the calling of our own True Will, in order to reach our highest ideals.  
 
During the stillness of Samhain night, light a candle and give thanks to those who have gone before you, regardless of your relationship with or memory of them.
 
Dark Goddess altar

20 March 2015

It is the Autumn Equinox and NOT "Mabon"

It is that time of the year again that despite the ever lingering daylight savings, a definite change can be felt as the earth's wobbling rotation pulls away from the sun here in the Southern Hemisphere.  The mornings are distinctively darker and the sun lingers longer below the horizon, and there is an ever slight chill in the air.  Yes, the time of the Autumn Equinox draws near (21st of March to be exact for this year).

As such, it appears time again to point out an erroneous association that first appeared in the 1970s and which, despite numerous attempts to rectify over the years, still perpetuates itself within modern Paganism - that being the usage of the term "Mabon" as an alleged alternative name for the Autumn Equinox.

23 February 2015

Greeting the Divine Spirit

At the commencement of this calendar year, I made a vow to myself to make more of a conscious effort to focus more on my own personal spiritual path and connection with the Divine, something that I had felt was slowly becoming more and more neglected as I had spent the last 10 or so years basically focusing on assisting others.  As what usually happens prior to embarking on a new course of action, my initial approach was filled with enthusiasm and excitement ... that was until the Universe seem to chuck me a curve ball and the realisations of the "real" world kicked in.  Only a fortnight into this "new plan" it was clear that my desire to refocus and reconnect with the Divine needed to be achieved through alternative means.
 

18 February 2015

February's "Super" New Moon

As we move the dark into the first slivers of the New Moon, being the closest New Moon of the year, Bruce McClure classifies this moon as a "super moon", a term more commonly associated with Full Moons as opposed to New Moons. 
 
A "super moon" tends to be so called due to its closeness to the earth and as such, a Full Moon super moon is brighter than average and is seen all night.  The super moon that falls during a New Moon however only appears during daytime hours where it is hidden in the sun’s glare.

01 February 2015

February Full Moon

The upcoming Full Moon (that will occur on 3 February) will fall within the astrological sign of Leo, the Lion.

As Darkstar Astrology remind us:

“The energy is primal, spontaneous and uncensored. This does not mean this Moon isn’t spiritual, it’s just that it doesn’t like bowing down to a Guru, or following established paths to enlightenment. This pioneering Moon will always prefer the road less travelled.”
 

31 January 2015

Ode to Autumn

Ode To Autumn
 
By John Keats
 
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'er-brimmed their clammy cell.
 

30 January 2015

Lughnasadh - the Wake of the Lord of the Grain

Lughnasadh / Lammas / Harvest
As the Wheel of the Year turns once more, those of us residing south of the equator find ourselves at the gateway to the Autumn months and the darker months of the year.  Ironically, however, this gateway tends to herald in the hottest weather as if the sun is determined to cleanse and purify the southern lands through the element of fire before its departure is well and truly noticed.
 
Traditionally the Sabbat celebrated is that of the first harvest, Lughnasadh (from the Irish Gaelic Lúnasa) or Lammas (from the Anglo-Saxon hlaf-mas, "loaf-mass") and when "the feast of the first fruits" was observed.  In the agricultural year, Lughnasadh or Lammas also marked the end of the hay making season that had commenced as early as mid Summer.

03 January 2015

Purification through Fire

Summer in southern Australia can be a rather difficult time of the year to get through, especially as the soaring temperatures often mean the threat of bush fires. Even the proposed respite of a cool change can often mean more danger as the approaching winds fan the flames. Only three days into this new calendar year and already the "purification season" has arrived.
 
This ancient land upon which we live has long sought cleansing and the clearing out of the old in order to make way for the new through fire. In fact, many of our native plants only germinate through the scorching flames.  The Aboriginal people understood this and used to start small bushfires to clear the fallen bark, dried twigs and dead bushes. These fires were slow-burning and the native bush quickly regenerated after the heat of the fire. This practice also helped to prevent larger and more destructive fires, especially as the native eucalyptus gum trees contains an oil within their leaves that is susceptible to bushfires, making them burn faster and hotter.