AWC International Guest: Gemma Gary

The Pagan Collective of Victoria is very pleased to announce that our special international guest for the 2019 Australian Wiccan Conference will be UK writer and British “Old Craft” initiate, Gemma Gary.

Gemma Gary is an occultist, writer, artist, traditional ‘guise’ performer and a trustee of ‘Friends of the Boscastle Museum of Witchcraft’. Her written work explores witchcraft and folk magical traditions, often with a focus upon these traditions as found in Devonshire and Cornwall. To find out more about Gemma, visit www.gemmagary.co.uk

The 2019 Australian Wiccan Conference will take place in Central Victoria from the 13th – 15th of September. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.awc2019.com

Pagan Pyjama Party Episode 1.04: Another Whinging Victorian

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What makes a good teacher? What should a student possess and be able to do before they are ready to learn? This month, we share Josie’s workshop on Pagan teaching and leadership, recorded at the Australian Wiccan Conference earlier this year.

Music this episode is by South Australian musician KC Guy.

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Pagan Pyjama Party Episode 1.02: Floating on a Biscuit at the Bottom of the World

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This month we’re joined by Sarah Morgan of the Belgrave Pagan Hillsmeets as we wrap up our bumper review of Thorn Mooney’s Traditional Wicca: A Seeker’s Guide, discussing covens, outer courts, initiations and more! Our featured song this month is by those gods of Pagan rock, Spiral Dance.

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Pagan Pyjama Party Episode 1.01: Keen Beans

S01e01 coverBlast off! We begin our review of Thorn Mooney’s Traditional Wicca: A Seeker’s Guide, using it as an anchor for discussions on covens, initiation, lineage and hierarchy within a Traditional Wiccan framework along the way. This episode also includes spiffy music from Matt Chapman.

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Workshop: Witches’ Circle

Hosted by Mystical Dragon – click here to visit the Facebook event page.

A witches circle is a ritual circle that can be created in honour of your Sabbat celebrations, for Esbats, and more! When properly performed the Witches Circle is a powerfully protective space where one can not only perform spells, but also meditate, connect to the world of spirit and do any other sacred work required. Discover all the ‘elements’ to creating your own ritual; casting the circle, calling the corners, invoking Deity, the cone of power, cakes and ale, and the ritual focus. You will also experience a practical demonstration!

This workshop can be studied individually or as part of our Embracing Witchcraft program.

Topics Covered In The Witches Circle:
**The difference between spells and rituals
**Creating a sacred space for ritual
**Examining the five Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit in relation to a ritual
**Examining the parts contained in a ritual
**Exploring the tools required for a ritual
**How to put your own ritual together
**Ritual Etiquette
**Practical demonstration of how a ritual circle is performed.

Amanda says: “Casting circle and creating ritual are a very beautiful and powerful aspect of being a Witch. You can truly feel and embrace your connection with each of the Elements, Deity and the Universe through this very sacred act. Plus a well formed ritual circle can add immense energy to any spell work you may choose to do within it. More than just a tool for use in your spell work, the ritual circle is a sacred and protected space for the Witch to work and heal.”

About Your Facilitator:
Amanda Godfrey, the founder of Mystical Dragon, is a Witch and has had psychic experiences her whole life and has been conducting intuitive readings and healings professionally since 2002. She has also been studying and practicing witchcraft for over 20 years. Currently practicing as a solitary witch, Amanda has also been a High Priestess of a Coven and leads Mystical Dragons Open Circles held four times a year. Amanda has developed and taught many courses and workshops since 2003, covering topics including witchcraft, psychic development, crystals, meditation, tarot and more.

Only $60p/person to attend and bookings are essential. To book your place contact Mystical Dragon on 03 9782 5091 or for more information or to make your booking online click this link: https://mysticaldragon.com.au/events/witchcraft/other-witchcraft-trg/the-witches-circle

Held at Mystical Dragon, 22 Heversham Drive, Seaford Victoria, Australia

PLEASE NOTE Mystical Dragon does not take facebook acceptances as bookings. It is essential that you also contact the Mystical Dragon store to book your place officially via the methods mentioned above

 

Workshop: Witches’ Tools

Hosted by Mystical Dragon – click here to visit the Facebook event page.

A witch’s tool adds power to the magickal work you do! Discover what tools witches use, the reasons behind using them and the correct ways to use them. Learn ways to cleanse the tools you have and charge them with your energy and intent to get the most out of them in the spells and ritual work that you will do. Explore the substitutes that can be used in place of traditional tools when you need them in a pinch!

Learn about the essential tools and the not so essential tools as well as the substitutes that can be used when you can’t lay your hands on the real thing!

Topics Covered in this Witches Tools workshop:
**The magickal home and garden
**Witches ‘tools of the trade’ including the Altar, Athame, Book of Shadows, Boline, Besom, Wand and more. Discuss, see and touch these magnificent tools and have the opportunity to ask questions!
**Cleansing and charging your tools
**Some basic symbols explained

About your facilitator:
Amanda Godfrey, the founder of Mystical Dragon, is a Witch and has had psychic experiences her whole life and has been conducting intuitive readings and healings professionally since 2002. She has also been studying and practicing witchcraft for over 20 years. Currently practicing as a solitary witch, Amanda has also been a High Priestess of a Coven and leads Mystical Dragons Open Circles held four times a year. Amanda has developed and taught many courses and workshops since 2003, covering topics including witchcraft, psychic development, crystals, meditation, tarot and more.

This workshop can be studied individually or as part of the Embracing Witchcraft Certificate Program.

Only $60p/person to attend and bookings are essential. To book your place contact Mystical Dragon on 03 9782 5091 or for more information or to make your booking online click this link: https://mysticaldragon.com.au/events/witchcraft/other-witchcraft-trg/the-witches-tools

Held at Mystical Dragon, 22 Heversham Drive, Seaford Victoria, Australia

PLEASE NOTE Mystical Dragon does not take facebook acceptances as bookings. It is essential that you also contact the Mystical Dragon store to book your place officially via the methods mentioned above

 

Community Safety Month 2018: Advice for New Pagans

March is Community Safety Month for the PCV. Throughout this month we will be promoting safe, sane and inclusive Pagan community for all through the sharing of information, discussion topics and more.

We decided to start by sharing advice and information for people new to Paganism. These articles have been shared daily on our Facebook page.

PAN Safety in Circle Pamphlet: This brochure, by our friends at The Pagan Awareness Network, is essential reading for any Pagan new to face-to-face events and groups. It covers basic personal safety within the Pagan community and what to do if you witness or become the victim of illegal or unethical behaviour. PAN is one of the longest-running groups dedicated to Pagan networking, fellowship and education in the country, and we are proud to share this as the first of our Community Safety Month resources.

The Pagan Community – A Survivor’s Guide: In this piece, UK musician and storyteller Damh the Bard offers some pearls of wisdom for those new to the Pagan community. He also discusses the ideal motivations for seeking community in the first place.

Truth and Tales about Paganism: This is another excellent brochure from our friends at The Pagan Awareness Network. This one busts some commonly believed myths for newbies to Paganism and Pagan Community.

Pagan Pathways:  Continuing on with our overview before we delve into more complex subjects, this brochure by the Pagan Awareness Network explores and demystifies many different Pagan traditions. Essential reading for anyone new to the community or to Paganism in general.

Wicca and Witchcraft – Which is Which?: The last PAN brochure we looked at explored and explained a variety of Pagan paths. This one sets out to define the differences between Wicca and witchcraft, which are two very different labels that are often confused with one another.

Paganism for Beginners – Controversies: UK Wiccan Yvonne Aburrow’s Paganism for Beginners pieces are all wonderful, but this one is especially useful to anyone just discovering the Pagan community and all its intricacies.

Sacred Ground and Acknowledgement of Country: Pagans in Australia are practicing on a land already rich with spiritual history. In this brochure, the Pagan Awareness Network discuss the importance of acknowledging the land’s traditional custodians, as well as other ways we as Pagans can show respect.

Sacred Knives: Athames and other sacred blades are used in rituals by some Pagans. But what are they used for exactly? Is it legal to carry one or use it in a public place? Our friends from the Pagan Awareness Network have got the answers in this handy brochure.

Five Things I Wish I’d Known as a Beginner: In this article, US author Thorn Mooney has some great advice for anyone new to Paganism or the Pagan community.

Skyclad – the Bare Facts: Some Pagans practice naked, or Skyclad. This brochure from the Pagan Awareness Network contains important information about the whys, the hows, the shoulds and the should-nots of ritual nudity.