The Written Word

Frances have been a prolific writer since the late 1980s when she had three poems published New Beginnings: A Reflective Anthology of New Zealand Verse.  Since then, she has contributed to over 25 magazines and was the longest running contributor for Insight (2002 to 2012), Australia’s No.1 spiritual lifestyle magazine until its demise in September 2012.

Books

dancing_the_sacred_w_cover_for_kindleFirst published in November 2012, Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats was expanded to 292 pages and re-released in June 2014 and made available through all Amazon affiliated online stores in both paperback as well as ebook format.

Dancing the Sacred Wheel provides an in-depth look at the myth and folklore associated with each of the eight sabbats (seasonal festivals) observed within modern Paganism, but also discusses way of creating specific rituals and observances that acknowledge each seasonal “gateway” when the local environment is reflecting something completely different.  While written primarily for the Southern Hemisphere, the author sets about to challenge the reader, regardless of which hemisphere they reside, to draw inspiration from their own local environment when wishing to create a “Wheel of the Year” that is completely unique to them.

Australian customers can purchase their own copy direct from the author for $35 (including postage anywhere within Australia).

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IHSN 1In Her Sacred Name: Writings on the Divine Feminine, published in October 2014, consists of some 214 pages, and is a collection of expanded essays that focused around the concept of the Divine Feminine, the Goddess that came from many diverse cultures that included Egyptian, Greek, Celtic, African and Mesopotamian.

In Her Sacred Name is available through Lulu as well as all Amazon affiliated online stores in both paperback as well as ebook format.

Australian customers can purchase their own copy direct from the author for $25 (including postage anywhere within Australia).

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2b025-godbook2btim2Call of the God: An Anthology Exploring the Divine Masculine within Modern Paganism consists of some 290 pages and showcases an array of various essays, poems, invocations and artwork of the Divine Masculine, the God, and how he is depicted amongst various Pagans around the world.

Contributors to this anthology include Michael Howard (editor of The Cauldron who passed through the veil shortly after release of the anthology), Pete Jennings (past Pagan Federation president and author), Anna Franklin (author of 30 books and decks including The Pagan Ways Tarot and The Sacred Circle Tarot), Tony and Candia McKormack from British Pagan band Inkubus SukkubusShauna Aura Knight (mixed media artist and author), Peter Coughlin (writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction), and Patrick Larabee (artist and author of Whisperings from the Void).

Call of the God is available through all Amazon affiliated online stores in both paperback as well as ebook format.  Australian customers can purchase their own copy direct from the author for $35 (including postage anywhere within Australia).

The Wytch’s Circle: Written to accompany the course of the same name that Frances runs through the Temple of the Dark Moon, this book contains foundational information with respect to contemporary witchcraft together with an introduction into circle casting, working with the elements, sigil and spell creation, and even foundational rituals found within ceremonial magic and the qabalah.  The Wytch’s Circle is published by TDM Publishing in July 2019 and is available through Lulu.

LB WiccaA Little Book of Wicca: An initial introduction to what some of main philosophies, ethics and practices of this earth-centric spiritual path is all about.  Consisting of some 67 pages, this book is the perfect size to give to family and friends to explain what the earth-centric spiritual belief of Wicca (contemporary witchcraft) is actually about. A Little Book of Wicca is published by TDM Publishing in July 2019 and is available through Lulu.

Encountering the Dark Goddess: A Journey into the Shadow Realms: Based on workshops of the same name that Frances has been hosting since 2006.  The objective of this book is to introduce the reader to an assortment of Underwordly, chthonic, and even seemingly destructive Goddesses.  It is through myth, magic and sacred ritual that we can face our hidden shadows and open ourselves up to be transformed under the protective guidance of the Dark Goddess. Encountering the Dark Goddess: A Journey into the Shadow Realms will be published by Moon Books and will be available from March 2021.ETDG cover

Forthcoming Projects

Contemporary Witchcraft: Foundational Practices for a Magical Life: While there is an abundance of approaches to witchcraft and modern Wicca today with many encouraging an “anything goes” approach, Contemporary Witchcraft: A Foundation for the Magical Life offers an alternative for the seeker who wishes to gain a deeper understanding of a more traditional approach to the Craft. By tapping into the essence of the teachings handed down by Gardner, and later Alex Sanders, this book provides the seeker with invaluable tool and techniques that will enable them to set a foundation upon which to build their ongoing magical and spiritual practice.  Regardless of whether the seeker is interested in joining a coven or not, contemporary witchcraft is about dedication and devotion in order for the greater mysteries to be revealed. This books offers an insight into how the non-initiate can achieve this in their own practices. Contemporary Witchcraft: Foundational Practices for a Magical Life will be published by Moon Books and will be available from mid 2021.

On Her Silver Rays: A collection of moon myth, lore and other information to assist those wishing to work with the energies of the moon throughout the different astrological and lunar phases of the year.  Anticipated release date: Mid 2020.

13 Lessons in Magick, Wicca and Witchcraft: Making available a comprehensive correspondence course that Frances ran from 1999 to 2010 that explored the practices of magic, witchcraft and modern Wicca through detailed lectures.  This course will be presented in a larger, workbook style format specifically designed as a training manual for solitary practitioners who are interested in establishing for themselves a “solid foundation” upon which they can seriously explore the art of magick as well as the spiritual practices of witchcraft and Wicca in this modern age.
Anticipated release date: Late 2020

In The Great Below: Working title of the journey Frances commenced in July 2015 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and the similarities she experienced to that of the Sumerian Goddess, Inanna, who descended into the Underworld for three days and three nights.   Anticipated release date: Late 2021.

Sabbats Downunder: A yet to be titled anthology collating various practices and thoughts of the Sabbats (seasonal festivals) from Pagan and other earth-centric practitioners who reside in the Southern Hemisphere.  Aims to be a follow up and expansion of Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats.  Submission Call: TBA.

A Year with the Goddess: Proposed title for the book on the Goddess, the Sacred She drawing inspiration from the numerous rituals, activities and other events hosted by Frances at The Goddess House since 2007. Anticipated release date: Early 2021.

Other Publications

As a prolific writer, Frances Billinghurst has had articles that have appeared in numerous publications since 1998 including Silver Wheel, Pagan Times, Witchcraft, Spellcraft, Magick, The Green Man Quarterly, The Australian Pagan Magazine and Alternative Spirit Magazine (Aus), The Cauldron (UK), Rainbow News (NZ), Circle, New Witch and SageWoman (USA) and the 2008 Llewellyn’s Witches Calendar. I have also written for ezines including Magickal Light, Goddess Guru, Avalon and Mundi Axis, amongst others.

Since 2012 Frances has contributed towards an increasing number of anthologies including:

Unto Herself: An Anthology in Honour of Independent Goddesses edited by Ashley Horn (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2012),
Witchy Magic edited by Serene Conneeley and Lucy Cavendish (Blessed Bee, 2012),
The Faerie Queens: A Collection of Essays Exploring the Myths, Magic and Mythology of the Faerie Queens by Sorita d’Este and David Rankine (Avalonia Books, 2013),
Queen of Olympos: A Devotional Anthology for Hera and Iuno edited by Lykeia (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2013),
A Mantle of Stars: A Devotional for the Queen of Heaven edited by Jen McConnel  (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2013),
Paganism 101: An Introduction to Paganism by Pagans edited by Trevor Greenfield (Moon Books, 2014),
By Blood, Bone and Claw: A Devotional Anthology to the Morrigan  edited by Nicole Bonvisuto (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2014)
Witchcraft Today: 60 Years On edited by Trevor Greenfield (Moon Books, 2014),
The Naming of the Goddess edited by Trevor Greenfield (Moon Books, 2014),
From the Roaring Deep: A Devotional Anthology in Honour of Poseidon and the Spirits of the Sea edited by Rebecca Buchanan (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2015),
Daughter of the Sun: A Devotional Anthology in Honour of Sekhmet edited by Tina Georgitsis (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2015),
The Grey Mare on the Hill edited by Lee Davis (Grey Mare Books, 2015),
Garland of the Goddess: Tales and Poems of the Feminine Divine by Gerri Leen (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2016),
Flower Face: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Blodeuwedd (Ninth Wave Press, 2016),
Pagan Planet: Being, Believing and Belonging and the 21st Century by Nimue Brown (Moon Books, 2016),
Weathering the Storm: Moon Books Collective edited by Trevor Greenfield (Moon Books, 2020).

Other anthologies that Frances has contributed towards but not yet published anthologies include:
Memento Mori: A Collection of Magickal and Mythological Perspectives On Death, Dying, Mortality and Beyond (Volume II) by Kim Huggens (Avalonia Books)
Pagan Prayer Project by Stacey Demarco,
Shield of Wisdom: A Devotional Anthology in Honour of Athena (Bibliotheca Alexandrina), and
The Bosom of Isis by Sorita d’Este (Avalonia Books).