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 Createspace as well as 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-coverIn 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 Createspace 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, released in September 2015, consists of some 290 pages, this book 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), Polly Lind (New Zealand based tapestry artist), 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 Createspace 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 $35 (including postage anywhere within Australia).

Forthcoming Projects

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 2017.

Encountering the Dark Goddess: 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.
Anticipated release date: Late 2017.

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 2017

A Wytch’s Circle: A training manual for solitary practitioners interested in establishing for themselves a “solid foundation” upon which they can seriously explore the magical arts, the specific difference is the focus is largely on what is perceived as “modern” Wicca from a “traditional” perspective.  Anticipated release date: Late 2017.

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 2017.

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: 2017. Anticipated release date: Late 2018.

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 2018.

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 (Moonbooks, 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 (Moonbooks, 2014),
  • The Naming of the Goddess edited by Trevor Greenfield (Moonbooks, 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), and
  • Flower Face: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Blodeuwedd (Ninth Wave Press, 2016).
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),
  • The Bosom of Isis by Sorita d’Este (Avalonia Books).