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 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 is an ordained minister, teacher, mediator, mystic and healer. Aeptha, born Jill Jennette, was initiated with her name by her primary spiritual teacher of seventeen years, Shakmah Winddrum. In ancient Tibet, Aeptha meant "She who loves the Sun". It is a name most fitting for a life that is driven by a passion to learn, grow, teach and live in a way that embodies meaning. Her love of knowledge and desire to help people reach their full potential led her to become a certified counselor with a Masters in Human Development and Learning. In addition to Shakmah, Aeptha has studied with and worked alongside many esteemed teachers.
As a young adult Aeptha experienced a life altering medical diagnosis and treatment that catapulted her into a relationship with unseen worlds that she was ill prepared for. Charlotte NC in the early eighties was not a mecca for the occult or studies of the mysteries. Through chance meetings, the appearance of certain books and synchronistic moments the way opened. But it was Aeptha's courage, tenacity, inner world contacts and willingness to step outside of the conventional view of the world that led her.
In 1991, Aeptha and Eushahn married, drawn by their commitment to the spiritual path and a deep and abiding love. In 1993 Light Haven®, a contacted mystery school was born. Aeptha's work includes teaching at Light Haven®, conferences and other locations, ceremony, writing and individual private work.
Eushahn's path is grounded in love of family and teaching. He raised his daughter and son with the joy of learning, appreciation for the outdoors and the desire to serve. After his divorce, Eushahn become the primary caretaker of his young children. In making choices his family needs were priority. Now, as adults they continue that tradition with his son, a Hospice Chaplain raising the two grandchildren and his daughter, teaching and traveling extensively for the Montessori Institute for Teachers in Colorado.
After receiving his Master of Arts in Education and an Educational Specialist in Counseling he provided for his family with a career in teaching and later counseling. Eushahn was intrigued with the capacity of the mind and resonated with Eastern philosophy. He studied extensively and later taught, moving into a leadership position at the School of Metaphysics in St. Louis. He later moved his family to North Carolina and taught third grade. As the children grew into young adults he was able to return to more in depth spiritual studies. He has always been a meditator and found it to be particularly useful tool in navigating parenthood. When his children were young adults, he met Aeptha. Their passion for their spiritual growth, their commitment to the work and their compatibility made for a friendship that quickly became an enduring love.
Eushahn, born Harry "Skip" Lontz was initiated by Shakmah Winddrum as her Priest and given the name Eushahn. He and Aeptha traveled back and forth to Philadelphia for many years in their studies with Shakmah. Eushahn became a trusted advisor and friend to Shakmah prior to her death. As co-director of Light Haven® he teaches and manages all of the operations involved in having a center.
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 Photos
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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.
|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.
|Sun||Dec 3 Service||The Four Holy Creatures - The Four Holy Creatures are found throughout magical literature. Hints of their origin can be traced back to the fixed stars of Egypt and Babylon as well as the Persian's Royal Stars. They appear in the Tanach in the Book of Ezekiel and make their appearance in the Western Mysteries during medieval times. The Four Holy Living Creatures are found in Kabbalah in the sphere of Kether, The Crown. Our morning session is designed to teach us about these powerful, awe inspired and mysterious Beings.||11:00am-12:30pm|
|Sun||Dec 3 Class||Ritual with the Four Holy Creatures - Kether is the gate between the Unmanifest and the world being accessible to human consciousness. It is the divine starting point, the birth of a new sequence, a new energy pouring into the world we know, providing it with new life. The Holy Living Creatures, found in Briah; the Archangelic level of Kether will be called upon to aid us in our work as we approach the sacred mysteries of the Yule. Ritual Robes are required. Loaner Robes are available upon request. The cost for the ritual is $50.00.||1:30pm-5:00pm|
|Sat||Dec 16 Solstice||Winter Solstice Drumming and Percussion Circle from 3:00 to 5:00 - Join us for a percussion and drumming circle honoring the Winter Solstice. Drumming, dancing, singing and fire enliven our circle as we celebrate the return of the Light. This is a children, family and friends event with a fun and celebratory atmosphere. Bring your drum if you have one. We have some extra drums and lots of percussion instruments to share as needed. Refreshments are provided with festive food and drink and time to share in good conversation and cheer with community.||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Sun||Jan 7 Service||The Solar Impulse - This is a root contact from which flow the many solar based religions around the world and it is tied in with the work of nations. This impulse is associated with power, life force, vitality, sustaining life and sacred kingship. When in balance it is a powerful but compassionate force. When out of balance it mediates greed, lust for power, supremacy and blood lust.||11:00am-12:30pm|
|Sun||Jan 7 Class||Solar Ritual Welcoming the New Light and New Year - This ritual is to harness the fires of creation to bring power to our intention for 2018. We will deepen in our ability to direct our will and to have a sense of purpose. We have welcomed the rebirth of the Light at the Winter Solstice. Join us as we bring clarity and focus to the New Year. Ritual garb is requested in accordance with your tradition. Loaner robes are available upon request. The cost is $50.00||1:30pm-5:00pm||February 2018|
|Sun||Feb 4 Service||The Staff; it's Symbolism and Uses - Staffs are magical tools with a rich history that crosses time and cultures. They have been used for protection, blessing, blasting, for opening doors between worlds, runic calendars, peacekeeping and crowd control, as well as spirit invoking and banishing. They are symbols of power and authority and appear with royalty, cunning folk (wise men and women of the village), priest and magicians.||11:00am-12:30pm|
|Sun||Feb 4 Class||The Rod and Serpent of Asklepios - The Aesculapian emblem in medical establishments has been a familiar sight for some considerable time. Yet, this emblem, representing a snake entwining a rod, is today merely a token like any other badge or seal. To us moderns, a symbol is generally an outward visible sign of an inner, esoteric meaning. To the ancients it conveyed a direct message in a familiar tongue. This class with focus on what to us is now a symbol and to the ancients was straightforward reality. The cost for class is $50.00||1:30pm-5:00pm||March 2018|
|Sun||Mar 4 Service||Building and Harnessing Power for your Work - Power is the fuel to make change. Harnessing our power involves awareness as well as self-control and discipline. Without power there is no healing or magic. Our discussion this morning is on the process of self-discovery and discipline to find and cultivate that power.||11:00am-12:30pm|
|Sun||Mar 4 Class||Hidden Places of the Lions - Lions appear in art, stories, mythology, heraldry and religion. The come to us in the form of humanoid gods, goddesses and teachers. They appear as a center piece in high civilizations such as Egyptian, Hindu and Chinese. The symbolism is rich and the esoteric meanings deep. This class will focus on the hidden mystery and magick that is offered by this Lion paradigm. They bring a message of cosmic wisdom and earth power. This class will also include an informative and thought provoking segment on The Lion People taught by Thealandrah. The cost for class is $50.00||1:30pm-5:00pm|
|Fri-Sun||Mar 16-18||Paganicon in Minnesota - 2018 Aeptha will be teaching at Paganicon. More information can be found at www.paganicon.org.||Conference||April 2018|
|Sun||Apr 8 Service||Animal Spirits - Animal Spirits are helping spirits in animal form who are able to transcend the abilities of that animal in its ordinary existence. They express their power through the spirit of the entire species of that animal. Animal spirits are also called guardian spirits, spirit allies, spirit helpers, power animals, totem animal and tutelary spirits. Our morning discussion with be on how to work with and deepen your relationship with these allies.||11:00am-12:30pm|
|Sun||Apr 8 Class||Shamanic Harmonizing Ritual - Shamanism is not a religion but a direct experience over and over again with the Great Mystery in service to others. We will draw upon the energies of the universe and reweave them through trance, dance and the power of intention. We will bring energies into harmony and balance, creating a harmonious connection between the visible and invisible worlds. Ritual garb is requested in accordance with your tradition. Loaner robes are available upon request. Cost is $50.00||1:30pm-5:00pm||May 2018|
|Sun||May 6 Service||Water; it's Mystery and Magick - The element water is versatile and is known for its healing and life giving properties. It is used as a transformer and in the initiation of the mysteries. Our bodies are over 90% water and water covers most of the earth. There is a dance between the waters and moon. Our morning discussion with be around this powerful element.||11:00am-12:30pm|
|Sun||May 6 Class||Ceremony Honoring Yemaja - Yemaja is a magnificent aspect of the Divine Mother. She is known by many names and is primarily considered and African-Brazilian Goddesses. Yemaja has followed her people to many far and distant parts. She is the source of all water, all life. Yemaja; The Mother of Dreams and is the bringer of new creation and new energies. Join us in this sacred ceremony of renewal, healing and honoring. Ritual garb is requested in accordance with your tradition. Loaner robes are available upon request. The cost is $50.00||1:30pm-5:00pm|
|Sun||Jun 3 Service||Final PUBLIC Service and Class for now; more information to come||11:00am-12:30pm|
|Sun||Jun 3 Class||Final PUBLIC Service and Class for now; more information to come||1:30pm-5:00pm|
Please contact Aeptha at Aeptha@lighthaven.org with any questions regarding topics.
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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.
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 such as class ritual and is specifically noted in the description of an event. You will be notified the month prior to attending if class will be in ritual.