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Light Haven® is a Spiritual Center nestled on 86 landscaped and wooded acres in the North Carolina foothills offering Ancient Mystery Studies and Ceremonial Services.
Light Haven's® foundation is rooted in the mystical and esoteric knowledge found in the Western Mystery and Ceremonial Magick traditions. We embrace a strong connection to the Ancient Egyptian tradition. Our work includes the Qabalah, Hermetic philosophy, Ritual training and the Art and Science of Magick. Our ongoing studies ... Read More
2015 OPEN WEEKEND EVENTS
Please note: all events advertised on this calendar are open to all visitors.
Visitors Welcome - Dates Indicated Below
Light Haven is located out in the country not near any stores or restaurants, so bag lunches are recommended on Sundays.
May 2015 (2nd May class) Sun May 31 - Morning Ceremonial Service Tara - Tara can be understood on many different levels: first she is a historical figure, a person who generated bodhichitta, she is a manifestation of awakened qualities and she is our Buddha potential in its future fully purified and evolved form. Tara means liberator and her female form represents wisdom. In this service we will call to Tara, she answers all calls. She actively assists those who are seeking spiritual evolution. Our work will include a highly experiential and inactive portion. 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Sun May 31 - Afternoon Class Elements of the Wise - The ancient elements of creation are called the Elements of the Wise to distinguish them from the physical phenomena of their namesakes. They are standard frequencies of consciousness which if materialized would manifest in a fiery, airy, watery or earthy manner. This class will explore these Elements of the Wise as Principles. Properly understood, the four Elements help the practitioner of magick prepare the inner foundation that is so necessary to support and ground the higher magical operations. Cost for Class is $50.00 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
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Please contact Aeptha at Aeptha@lighthaven.org with any questions regarding topics.
When You Visit Light Haven® The site that Light Haven® chose for its permanent location is a beautifully wooded area located in the rolling foothills. This land had served as a healing haven during spiritual retreats that the teachers had offered here many years earlier and now that service continues and grows. Read More
Ritual Garb is only required for ceremonial events and is specifically noted in the description of an event.
June 2015 (no July class) Sun Jun 28 - Morning Ceremonial Service The Star and Regeneration - The star, the number eight and their relationships to the principle of Regeneration appear in many times and guises. We see it in the ancient drama of the descent of the Great Goddess into the Underworld, the Hermetic writings and the number eight symbolizing the Christos with the power of rebirth. The star is one of oldest and universal emblems of spirit and the mystery of regeneration is the deepest sense of rebirth of the human psyche. We will connect with this mystery and magick and bring it into manifestation in our consciousness. 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Sun Jun 28 - Afternoon Class Ritual with the Four Elements - This ritual will provide the framework to experience the Four Elements as states of consciousness. The intent will be to contact a different dimension of reality and to open to the powerful current that flows. Through this contact you can transform the different Elemental aspects of your own being. Bring ritual garb in accordance with your own tradition. Loaner robes are available upon request. Cost of Class is $50.00 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm August 2015 (no July class) Sun Aug 2 - Morning Ceremonial Service The Alchemical Self - The concept of alchemy has been ignited in the modern populous; its roots trace back before the time of the Christ. The Great Work called alchemy allows for us to tap into the hidden source of creative power and fundamentally transform ourselves and our life situations. In this service we will work with the three Gunas or qualities, Sattva (Mercury), Rajas (Sulphur) and Tamas (Salt). 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Sun Aug 2 - Afternoon Class Human Interaction with the Divine - In this class we will explore the past as well as present stories of intentional and unintentional interactions with the realm of gods, angels and other spiritual beings. Many of these moments result in great turning points in spiritual evolution. Woven into this amazing array of stories we will see the evolution of consciousness. There is something deep within the structure of the human experiences; that are sometimes forgotten, revealing mysterious and mystic patterns. This class will be very informative and entertaining. Cost of Class is $50.00. 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm August 2015 (no September class) Sun Aug 30 Service To Know To Will - We will discuss To Know and To Will; two of what is referred to as The Powers of the Sphinx, the Magus or the Four Sides of the Pyramid. We will explore the outer level of understanding as the tool to explore the world and the inner meaning to experience the subtle levels of reality. Our work will include an experiential portion. 11:00am-12:30pm Sun Aug 30 Class Magickal Ritual Methods - Individual or communal ritual practices effect personal and environmental change, particularly changes in consciousness. This class focuses on ways to prepare for ritual, how to speak with symbols and construct the cosmos; the Circle and Four quarters around its center. Methods or working within the circle and how to properly close upon completion of your work. The cost for the class is $50.00. 1:30pm-5:00pm October 2015 (no September class) Sun Oct 4 Service To Dare To be Silent - This service we will continue with the Four Powers. The charges To Dare and To Be Silent are rich in their potential yet often misunderstood. We will explore the outer interpretation as well as the inner meaning. Our work will include an experiential portion. 11:00am-12:30pm Sun Oct 4 Class Magick can be broken down into two categories; thaumaturgy (the working of wonders) and theurgy (the divine work). Thaumaturgical magick tends to practically oriented while therurgy has a more spiritual and devotional focus. Our class will focus on how group rituals are created that involve both of these categories with the larger part of our time focused on the creation of personal rituals that can be implemented in the home or a personal working space. The rituals will be detailed in such a way that you can follow as is, or add components within certain parameters if called. The cost for the class is $50.00. 1:30pm-5:00pm November 2015 Sun Nov 1 Service The West Gate - Within the West Gate is the Element of Air and the powers of generation, emotions, intuition, cleansing, mystery and sacrifice. Here lies the midwife of life and death, the second sight, the ocean and the threshold of death. It is the power To Dare. Our intent will be to deepen in our understanding of the Western Gateway. 11:00am-12:30pm Sun Nov 1 Class Ritual Honoring the Ancestors - This annual ritual is a favorite here at Light Haven. The veils are thin between the worlds at this turning of the wheel. In many traditions the Honored Dead are acknowledge and appreciated during this time. Our drums and chants will invite our Ancestors to join us as we remember the past and prepare for the future. Please bring an offering of food or drink for your ancestors. Ritual garb is required; loaner robes are available upon request. The cost for the class is $50.00. 1:30pm-5:00pm December 2015 Sun Dec 6 Service The North Gate - Within the North Gate is the Element of Earth and the depths of death as well as the dawn of regeneration. Here are the powers of the shield, the Underworld and the Earth Goddess. Here we find divinity within substance and here is the power To be Silent. Our intent will be to deepen and experience this gateway. 11:00am-12:30pm Sun Dec 6 Class Love, Hope, Faith, Peace Gnosis - These five qualities and principles known as the Powers of the Five Mothers will be the focus of our class as we enter into this deeply mysterious and sacred season. Each power will be visited, by story, word and experience. Each quality will be activated and amplified within. If the weather permits we will do some of our work outside. The cost for the class is $50.00. 1:30pm-5:00pm 2016 January 2016 Sun Jan 3 Service The East Gate - Within the East Gate is the Element of Air and the powers of justice and sacred utterance. Here are found the Knowledge Keepers, sacred writing and sacred alphabets. Here is the potency of sigil formation and the power To Know. We will open the gateway and work with the power To Know as we enter into a new year. 11:00am-12:30pm Sun Jan 3 Class The Living Abode of Spirit - Spirt permeates all of creation; it underlies it, supports it and informs it. The person who knows Spirit in creation, knows herself, knows the history to the earth and the cosmos and the unity of the divine. This class will include earth based techniques taught to me by my late teacher Shakmah Windrum. In addition we will learn ecstatic postures and movements to access transcendent states of awareness. The cost for the class is $50.00. 1:30pm-5:00pm January 2016 (2nd class) Sun Jan 31 Service The South Gate - Within the South Gate is the Element of Fire and the powers of healing. Here is the authority of the Staff and the charge of Sacred Kingship. Here lies the power of the Sun and the magick of the Solar deities. The power is to Will. The intent of this service is to open to the transformation of the Light. 11:00am-12:30pm Sun Jan 31 Class Ritual with Brigid - In celebration of Imbloc, Candlemas and Brigid's Day we will enter into ritual with this Celtic Saint and Goddess of Poetry, Healing and Smithcraft. We will call to her to bring us creativity, inspiration and healing as well as the knowledge and skill needed to navigate the next steps in our life. This powerful and beloved Goddess/Saint has been worshiped and venerated for hundreds of years. Her healing wells are visited to this day and stories of miraculous healings and inspired visions are often attributed to her. Ritual garb is required; loaner robes are available upon request. The cost for the class is $50.00. 1:30pm-5:00pm
Our Grounds and other Photos
Come walk our sacred grounds, through the magic of the internet - spend time by the pond or at the labyrinth. Enjoy the brilliant white snow of a winter wonderland.
In the woods, you may even hear the sounds of running water. Our Sanctuary calls you to meditation and the arbor is inviting your silent contemplation.
Light Haven® exists to provide a sanctuary, a point of Light amongst many points of Light, in service to the One. We honor all paths in the recognition that all ultimately lead back to the One Source. The path that Light Haven® offers is but one of the rays of light emanating from the One Light. This path has its foundation in the ancient mystery traditions including the Qabalah, Hermetic philosophy and Gnosticism. We encourage education and meditation to support the development of the Higher Mind. We offer pathworking as a way to access and gain knowledge from the higher inner level teachers. We use ritual and sacred ceremony to expand, to heal and to consecrate ourselves in service and love to the One. We honor you, a fellow pilgrim on the path and invite you, if so called, to visit us at our sanctuary for the Light.See our Grounds and Other PhotosPlease contact us
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Welcome to our Temple. Contact us if you would like to come walk our sacred grounds - spend time by the pond or at the labyrinth. Enjoy the brilliant white snow of a winter wonderland. In the woods, you may even hear the sounds of running water. Our Sanctuary calls you to meditation and the arbor is inviting your silent contemplation.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, donations to Light Haven are tax deductible. Contributions of more than $250 annualy will receive a document to serve as substantiation of a charitable contribution, pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 170(f)(8) and substantiation requirement for certain contributions.
Light Haven's® foundation is rooted in the mystical and esoteric knowledge found in the Western Mystery and Ceremonial Magick traditions. We embrace a strong connection to the Ancient Egyptian tradition. Our work includes the Qabalah, Hermetic philosophy, Ritual training and the Art and Science of Magick. Our ongoing studies embrace the exploration of Eastern metaphysics, Earth Based traditions and Shamanism.
We believe in a Divinity that is both immanent, inherent in all that exist as well as transcendent, beyond the scope of our immediate understanding. As individuals we have a spark of the Divine within us and are called to nurture and ignite that spark into a flame. The great Mystery of God and Goddess express in a multiplicity of ways and we celebrate the love that is the unifying force.
The study of the Perennial Wisdom is not new in the history of humanity. The questioning mind and an open heart have long driven individuals and groups to explore beyond existing dogma.
We offer a monthly open service, classes, workshops and individual consultations.
Aeptha was born Jill Jennette in Spartanburg, S.C. and spent the large part of her youth and young adulthood in Charlotte, N.C. Drawn to the classical arts, she studied the violin and danced in the Charlotte Regional Ballet Company for many years. Read More
Eushahn was born Harry Russell Lontz II in Richmond, Indiana and became quickly affectionately called "Skipper" by his loving parents. As a toddler he went through a horrific accident that resulted in extensive burns which were expected to result in his death. After an extensive period of recovery and the medical intervention of a very insightful nurse, Eushahn fully recovered. Read More
Late in her nineteenth year while away at college, through a series of incidences including misdiagnosis and questionable medical practices Aeptha found her world radically changed. For the next five years there were extensive hospitalizations and medical interventions which resulted in a desperate life and death struggle. It was also during that time that the veils between the worlds became very thin and Aeptha began to see that much of what she had been taught in her traditional Methodist up bringing was incomplete. After several deep encounters with Spirit, she left behind the traditional medical model and began a deep and integrative healing process. During those years of self-exploration, healing, growth and study she found that her physical, emotional, mental and spiritual consciousness had the unique capacity to be a mediator for very powerful and loving cosmic consciousness. She balanced her inner life work with outer level achievements which included a Masters in Human Development and Learning and a very successful private practice in counseling. She also studied the connections between illness and the body while working as a massage therapist. During that time she studied the effects of sound, touch and other healing alternatives to support the integration of mind, body and spirit into wholeness.
In 1991 Aeptha and Eushahn married, drawn together by their commitment to the spiritual path and a deep and abiding love. Light Haven® was born into the earth plane and established in Charlotte, NC in 1993. Shortly thereafter, Shakmah Winddrum became Eushahn and Aeptha's physical plane teacher. They have studied extensively with this powerful and gifted master teacher. After moving to the foothills of North Carolina with Light Haven® in 1996, Aeptha and Eushahn began to travel extensively, visiting and working at a number of the worlds sacred places. Now their primary focus is at Light Haven® on the ever expanding work which includes ceremonial services, teaching and individual private work supported by an extensively trained staff of initiates.
Eushahn spent many happy days on the family farm after this difficult beginning. At the age of nine, his life once again underwent a dramatic shift with the death of his mother. When his father remarried, they moved from the country into the city: yet another childhood adjustment. In his early twenties he married and became a proud father to his two beloved children.
During that time, he received his Masters of Arts in Education and an Educational Specialist in Counseling. While he began to explore esoteric thought, Eushahn's primary focus was on family and his work. Life challenge reappeared as he and his wife divorced. He deepened his esoteric studies and continued his own spiritual and healing process, recognizing that in the face of the most painful circumstances, deep pearls of wisdom and insight may be found. His mystical nature and leanings toward Eastern thought led his faith into a level of surrender and trust to Spirit. After moving into a leadership role with the School of Metaphysics in St. Louis, he was called to move his family to North Carolina. Here he raised his children and taught third grade.
It was also during this time that Aeptha and Eushahn met at a worship service that Aeptha was conducting. With his children entering young adulthood, Eushahn was called away from his teaching career in the school system to move into his work with Light Haven®. He committed himself to the full time responsibility of both the inner and outer level needs of Light Haven® which include the essential component of administration and business skill that keep operations running smoothly. His inner level contact deepened and his ceremonial magical training was intensified. Both he and Aeptha traveled back and forth to Philadelphia extensively to broaden their training with Shakmah Winddrum. Now with the work at Light Haven® increasing, Eushahn spends all of his time in service to Light Haven®.
The site that Light Haven® chose for its permanent location is a beautifully wooded area located in the rolling foothills. This land had served as a healing haven during spiritual retreats that the teachers had offered here many years earlier and now that service continues and grows.
The Sanctuary was designed using sacred geometry and architectural keys. This consecration is continued in the 81 acres of grounds that are maintained by staff with conscious intent. The site includes the still waters of the pond and the running waters of the streams in the woods.
The wisteria covered arbor, dedicated to the Goddess and the obelisk fountain, dedicated to God are inviting for contemplation and meditation. The circuit-seven labyrinth with its portals to multiple levels of consciousness and problem-solving is in an area that provides privacy and space to take full advantage of this ancient, powerful tool.
When planning your visit please dress to enjoy the grounds and bring walking shoes.
Street clothes are permissible for all events, unless otherwise noted. Ritual Garb is only required for ceremonial events and is specifically noted in the description of an event.