Tim was invited to contribute a chapter in the book "Practising the Witch's Craft: real magic under a southern sky". The editor was Sociology Prof. Doug Ezzy. In 17 pages Tim explains what his journey into Witchcraft is like and how his path continues to be shaped by powerful psychic experiences.
"Drink from the cup of Witches’ wine and
remember ancient rites forgotten by time."
Tim begins the chapter with his definition of Witchcraft. "Witchcraft is a practical system of mysticism whose method is known as magick. At the core of my experience of Witchcraft is a direct and personal encounter of the psychic reality. I have come to understand Witchcraft as a type of gnosis or mysticism through which communion with the Divine is the principle initiation."
Tim was also the graphic designer for the book's cover.
LINK: Practising the Witch's Craft
OTHER magazine is the offical publication of WitchesWorkshop and brainchild of Tim Ozpagan and an amazing team of creatives.
The OTHER is most especially expressed in cultural diﬀerences, and given voice through the arts and literature. For the academically inclined, the 20th century French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas explored the idea of the other, and it was articulated further in the work of Edward Said's Orientalism; but we are already very familiar with the other, at least at an instinctual level. It is the uniqueness we recognise in others, their diﬀerentness from us. Otherness is epitomised in one of Sydney’s most famous eccentrics, the late visionary artist Rosaleen Norton, who was known as the Witch of Kings Cross. She revelled in her otherness…
“They are alien, Other.
I'm touched with uneasiness…
Fear of these humans… and glide away sidelong:
Yet joying in fear, in my stealthy aloofness,
To know they are Th ey and I'm I.”
OTHER magazine is returning in 2020
LINK your copy: OTHER magazine, issue 0
Tim Ozpagan's guide to coven involvement and the story of the Dark Circle Collective and Nuit's Veil coven.
"Who is Dark Circle?"
Our Circle's activities are focused around a contemporary experience of Witchcraft, although we do not consider ourselves limited to this only as a method of practice. We freely utilise Thelemic, Hermetic and Shamanic techniques and have developed a number of original approaches to magickal work. We are aware of some unique differences in our sense of place because of our Australian location in the world. We identify the psychic function as the Witch within and encourage individual expression. Our philosophy is summed up in a short eight-point chapter entitled Liber Primarius (see a copy of this document in the Appendix). For the purpose of this document the Dark Circle Coven are the members who meet regularly at the Nuit's Veil Covenstead in Sydney. I am the Coven founder and also one of five original and founding members of Dark Circle.
LINK: What is Coven involvement?
WITCH IS HERE FOR A SPELL
Tim Ozpagan was a casual guest lecturer on the subject of contemporary Witchcraft for the Department of Religion and Theology at Adelaide University (formerly the Adelaide Teachers College) from 1976 to 1977.
LINK: The Australian — Monday, 18 July 1977
"Over wine and cheese at The Alchemy Space on King Street, Tim Ozpagan proves to be a refreshingly easy and unassuming host, brimming with experiences of realities way beyond our comprehension. Tim dispels a few myths about our understanding of Witchcraft, explaining that it is a spiritual practice that doesn’t claim to have all the answers, but it certainly challenges him to ask ‘why’. “Underneath it all, most of us are Witches”, Tim says, “because a Witch is someone who functions in the psychic reality. This includes a lot of us.”
LINK Evernotebook copy: Ciao Magazine — Urban Wtches
LINK magazine website: Ciao Magazine — Urban Witches
Tim Ozpagan and Mara Carter provide free workshops for those seeking instruction in the foundation practices of the Witch's craft.
"You don’t need special knowledge or experience ... that's why you are coming to the WITCH CIRCLE Meetup, right? And the more meetups you come to the more you'll learn and experience."
"You'll learn from experienced members of the Sydney Witchcraft community. Whether you are just starting on your path or you have been into Witchcraft forever you are very welcome."
LINK: Tim Ozpagan & Mara Carter in the Witch Circle Sydney
Tim Ozpagan and Mara Carter instructing students on the Witch's method for creating sacred space. Using the four elements, earth, water, air, and fire with the ceremonial sword and sacred cauldron, symbol of the womb of Mother Nature, they build a psychic container in which to hold the energy to be raised.
LINK: Tim Ozpagan & Mara Carter in the Witch Circle Sydney
Tim Ozpagan and Mara Carter, on behalf of Witches Workshop, host the popular WITCH CIRCLE Sydney Meetup community.
"We are based in the inner city area of Newtown at the Alchemy Space, the traditional land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We are an inclusive community with great diversity in cultural backgrounds, practices and traditions."
"Meeting together, chatting, and sharing ritual is what has made our meetings valuable for our members, especially for those wanting to know where to start. We've met some wonderful witches and see WITCH CIRCLE Meetup community continue to grow. Since Tim and Mara refreshed this Meetup group in February 2019 the group has grown from 500 members to over 800+ Witches."
LINK animated GIF: Witches raising the Cone of Power
Sharing our uniques stories helps those new to the Witch Circle to feel valued as part of our inclusive community.
We are based in the inner city area of Newtown, the traditional land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. A strong part of the ethos of coming into the Witch Circle is pay our respests to the traditional peoples of this land on which we sit. We introduce the sacred space with a reminder others older and wiser than us have danced here before us and that we can learn from them.
LINK: Sharing in the Witch Circle Sydney
The Witches stand in the Circle and gaze into the fire in preparation to raising the Cone of Power with dance. "In our hands we hold the Circle, with our bodies we mark this space."
LINK: "In our hands we hold the Circle"
In preparation for a Dark Moon ritual. This is the time just before a new moon, when there is no moon visible in the sky, and a time to reach deep into the Underworld of spirit familiars and primal elemental energies.
LINK: Tim Ozpagan preparing the Circle for a Dark Moon rite
Tim Ozpagan runs the regular free workshop using the Witch Circle Sydney Meetup plaatform. Under his guidance the member involvement has greatly increased from around 500 members in February 2019 to more than 800 members in December 2019.
LINK: WITCH CIRCLE Sydney Meetup group
Student Witches prepare to invoke the Cone of Power, a psychic current that frequently sculpts the fire from the cauldron into elemental forms.
LINK: In the Witch Circle Sydney
NOX, a night soul-journey ritual. Full details can be found here:
NOX RITUAL, a night soul-journey ritual-workshop, Saturday 9 May to Sunday 10 May 2020.
LINK: NOX Ritual
Tim Ozpagan is the founder of WitchesWorkshop, a teaching and social media platform for Australian Witches. He has been a practicing Witch since his early teens and became involved in coven-based Witchcraft in 1973. An active pagan advocate, he has appeared in many TV, radio and print media interviews. For a number of years he ran an Adelaide radio program “Broomstick Corner” (1981–84) interviewing many alternate spiritual practitioners. After moving back to Sydney he independently published: “Dark Cycle Magazine” (1986–89); 'Venifica' newsletter (1986-89); “OzPagan newsletter” (1992–93); and more recently has produced “OTHER magazine”.
Tim is a founding member of the Dark Circle Collective, establish in 1984 and also Nuit’s Veil coven in 1999. The coven is a training based coven for magickal studies. He regularly presents workshops in esoteric subjects and runs the popular online community WitchesWorkshop on Facebook and the Witch Circle Sydney on Meetup.
LINK: Tim Ozpagan
Witches' share the toast to friendship: "Drink from the Cup of Witches' wine and remember ancient rites forgotten by time. Sup from the crimson chalice and be free from those who wish you malice."
LINK: "Witches share the sacred Cup."
For initiated Witches in the coven, will practice their rites 'skyclad' or naked. This type ritual is used by members of coven to open the Circle as a gateway between the worlds. Using the four elements to embody and balance the elements, the Witches create a gateway that opens them to experiences of numinous and the psychic reality.
LINK: Witches invoking the elements
The Witches prepare to raise the Cone of Power in the Circle. Dancing in the Circle skyclad is one of most traditional ways Witches invorke the Witch-within
LINK: Sydney Witches from Nuit's Veil Coven dancing to raise enegy
The Witches dance to raise an energy known as a Cone of Power. This is an energy that awakens subtle currents in the Witches' body-electric producing spontaneous altered states of consciousness and psychic experiences.
LINK: Sydney Witches dance in the Circle to raise energy
"Once upon a time there was a BAD witch. She didn't know how to practice her Craft. Is the you?"
Promotion for "Casting the Witch's Circle" workshop. The course is designed to help guide those interested in experiencing an authentic ritual practice, while gaining an appreciation of what a modern witches' coven is like. See details to workshop page here:
VIDEO LINK: Be Wicked Casting the Witch's Circle workshop
Celebrating 10 years online in 2009. "Witches think differently, Witches live differently. Witches Workshop doing it differently for over 10 years."
VIDEO LINK: Witches Think Differently