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.
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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||Jan 8 Service||Chaos and Creativity - The discernment between chaos and order is merely a point of view. We have an action -perception cycle in our brain waves that occurs over and over again. Creativity is at the edge of chaos, it is here that we perceive and process new information and decide what action, if any, is to be taken in response. Chaos can be understood as a different level of order. Our focus will be on how to open to creativity, compassion, mental flexibility and attention.||11:00am-12:30pm|
|Sun||Jan 8 Class||The Hidden Goddesses of the Old Testament - Historical and archaeological evidence shows that not only that a Hebrew goddess existed, but that she was deeply established in the lives of the Hebrew people. We find various forms expressed from the conquest of Canaan to the Babylonian Exile. The most hidden of all the goddess in Canaan were the Cherubim. In order to understand the Cherubim our study will include a discussion around the mysterious Ark of the Covenant. We will also learn of the mother goddess Asherah (forty entries in the Old Testament) and Astarte (Ashtoreth in Hebrew, plural Astaroth) mentioned nine times in the Old Testament as well as Sophia; the heavenly bride of Yahweh-Elohim. The cost for class is $50.00.||1:30pm-5:00pm||February 2017|
|Sun||Feb 5 Service||Goddess Brigid - In honor of Candlemass we will have a candle healing ceremony with the Flame of Brigid. In this ceremony this healing flame will be transferred to a candle for you to take home for continued use in your own healing work. This flame is held in a candle gifted to Light Haven from our late teacher Shakmah Winddrum. Brigid is the Goddess of poetry, healing, smithcraft and midwifery.||11:00am-12:30pm|
|Sun||Feb 5 Class||Magickal Imagination - This much talked about tool is used to change consciousness as well as to contact the forces of life behind the universe is spoken of often. And yet, imagination still remains a source of confusion and frustration for many occult students. We will "unpack" imagination, looking at history and how the mind learns. We will explore the psychological implications as well as why imagination is a cornerstone in magick. In addition we will look at techniques and challenge the perception that they someone cannot improve their current level of imagination. The cost for class is $50.00.||1:30pm-5:00pm||March 2017|
|Sun||Mar 5 Service||Fire in our Hearts - We need to live in a world of both facts and holy imagination. We are called to honor the value of science and simultaneously that wisdom and deep intelligence require an honest appreciation of mystery. We are called to seek out experience that quiet our mental ambitions and open a pathway that swells the heart and stretches beyond the limits of belief and understanding.||11:00am-12:30pm|
|Sun||Mar 5 Ritual||Ritual of Transformation with Sekhmet - Sekhmet, "The Powerful One" is one of the oldest known Egyptian Deities. Sekhmet is seen as both a creative and destructive force, she is healer, warrior, protectress and great in magick. The Names and Epithets of this great Goddess are many and include; "Sekhmet, Great One of Magic," "Awakener," "The Source," "Powerful of Heart," and "Sekhmet, Who Gives Joys." In current times she has captivated the interest and attention of occultist who find that the work of this Lion Headed Goddess is life altering. Ritual Garb will be white. Loaner Robes are available upon request. The cost for class is $50.00.||1:30pm-5:00pm|
|Thu-Sun||Mar 9-12||Sacred Space Conference - 2017 Please join Aeptha for this annual premier esoteric conference in Hunts Valley, MD. She is very excited to be a speaker at this conference as well as attendee. There are great presenters and a wonderful community. More information can be found at www.sacredspacefoundation.org.||Conference||April 2017|
|Sun||Apr 2 Service||Trees and The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life - The 'cosmic tree' appears in religions, mythologies, painting and dreams around the world. The vast, creative inner truth of the tree extends itself outward capturing the human imagination. We have learned that trees communicate and send each other nutrients via a network of latticed fungi buried in the soil. Enchantment calls us to a special spirit in community. We will explore the lessons the tree offers us to re-enchant our lives and the world.||11:00am-12:30pm|
|Sun||Apr 2 Class||Prayer and Esoteric Practice - Prayer is universal to all systems of spirituality, religion and self-development. It is humanity's oldest form of communication with the Divine. The Hermetic idea of prayer is that through prayer the petitioner brings themselves in harmony with the fundamental principles of the universe. Through prayer we induce a sympathetic resonance with the subtle dimensions of the Invisible. Through prayer we reinforce a personal and heart felt relationship. This class will provide lively discussions as well as thought provoking information and research on how to pray, why we pray and the benefits of prayer. The cost for class is $50.00.||1:30pm-5:00pm|
|Sun||Apr 30 Service||The Four Winds - Invoking the winds is an ancient practice that dates back to the Ancient Greeks. Wind magick utilizes the forces of the four winds to create changes. The Four Winds are also called, in the Occult, the Four "Airs". The Elemental Force of Air is movement or movability. The use of the Four Winds can add a tremendous intensity to a working when needed. We will talk about the basic technique of how and when to call in the Four Winds. Our morning session will include a path working with the Four Winds.||11:00am-12:30pm|
|Sun||Apr 30 Class||Ceremonial Principles - Ceremony can be built up and elaborated to forms of great subtlety and complexity, but the initial principles of its creation are universal. The magician moves the Astral Light with intent. We will explores acts meant to induce or to avert by using symbolic associations, mythic presentations intended to align the rite with a specific divine force and acts imitative of cosmic process. We will also discuss the concerns of the place of the working itself and the needs for the Circle of Working. For those who have studied at Light Haven this class with provide you with a new body of understanding and perspective. The cost for the class is $50.00.||1:30pm-5:00pm||June 2017|
|Sun||Jun 4 Service||The Four Royal Stars - The Royal Stars of Persia so named over 5000 years ago during the pyramid age of Egypt had tremendous influence. Their legendary stars are Aldebaran, Regulus, Antares and Fomalhaut. They were considered to be guardians of the four corners of heaven and watchers of the directions forming a heavenly cross near the ecliptic. Our morning session will focus on information and lore around these fixed Stars.||11:00am-12:30pm|
|Sun||Jun 4 Class||Ritual with the Royal Stars and their Associated Archangels - Our ritual will draw upon the power and potencies of Aldebaran and Archangel Michael, Regulus and Archangel Raphael, Antares and Archangel Uriel, Fomalhaut and Archangel Gabriel. This High Ceremonial Ritual with its Archangelic overlay will be dedicated to the power of the Light for Healing and Illumination as we move toward the Summer Solstice. Ritual robes are required. Loaner robes are available upon request. The cost for ritual is $50.00||1:30pm-5:00pm|
|Sun||Jun 25 Service||The Shaman and the Magician - Our morning session will focus on the role and work of the Shaman and the Magician in the modern age. We will look at their common meeting ground as well as differences. Our discussion will include the use of magical tools as well as worldviews. We will end the morning session with a journey.||11:00am-12:30pm|
|Sun||Jun 25 Class||Circuit of Force; the Personal Magnetic Forces within the Human Aura - The focus of this class is how to raise the magnetic forces with your aura and to learn to control and utilize this force in your magick and life. The source is from both spiritual and elemental energies. You will learn how to build and refine existing currents and leave this class with quick but effective techniques to use on a daily basis. We will explore the practical applications of the Circuits of Force. The cost of class is $50.00||1:30pm-5:00pm||July 2017|
|Sun||Jul 30 Service||Angel of Earth - In the Kabbalistic writings of modern occultists the Archangel assigned to Malkuth, the sephiroth of Earth on the Tree of Life is named Sandalphon. He is described as the planetary regent of Earth as Uriel is the Archangel actually associated with the element of earth. On the Tree of Life the opposite archangel to Sandalphon is the mysterious Metraton, who is the ruler of the highest sephiroth Kether. Kether represents the goal of the inner quest of spiritual enlightenment and mystical union with the divine. There is an old Kabbalistic saying: "Kether is in Malkuth as Malkuth is in Kether". Our morning work will be with the Angel of Earth.||11:00am-12:30pm|
|Sun||Jul 30 Class||The Hermetic Path - Hermeticism has been called the Western Esoteric Tradition and is an ancient spiritual, philosophical and magical tradition. The Hermetic Path is a living and evolving path with the intent to awaken us to our true Nature and to becoming a fully embodied Human. We will call upon Hermes, the mind of Mercury to open new areas of mind, to receive transmission and translate that which has been received. Class will include the power and use of language and symbolism, the role of science and alchemy to bring the cohesion to the personality, alignment with the Soul and a deeper relationship with the gods and goddesses. The cost for the class is $50.00.||1:30pm-5:00pm||August 2017|
|Sun||Aug 27 Service||The Ladder of the Gods - Stories of the ascent, the awesome spectacle of the grand march of seekers, stories of initiation and creation itself are often spoken of in terms of a ladder. In the allegory of the beanstalk, Jack is the initiate climbing upwards toward perfection. Our morning will focus on the allegories and the hidden teachings that afford us direction and guidance.||11:00am-12:30pm|
|Sun||Aug 27 Class||The Power of Openness beyond the Self-Mind - As students of the Ancient Mystery Teachings we are too aware that our own mind and perceptions keep us from an experience of our true nature and the nature of reality. The human mind struggles for certainty, continually drawing conclusions. This "knowing" is like a closed circuit that limits possibilities in our thinking, our relating and our way of being in the world. A supreme lesson of human consciousness is to learn how not to know. This highly interactive class is designed to open the cage doors of our perceptions and support flexibility of consciousness. The cost of class is $50.00.||1:30pm-5:00pm||October 2017|
|Sun||Oct 1 Service||Using Myths - In one of my earliest encounters with a highly respected occult teacher I was instructed to read all the great myths and keep the books in my library for reference. The fundamental characteristic of myths is that they utilize potent universal symbols to evoke certain states and to teach. Myth is a unique use of language that describes the realities beyond our five senses. It fills the gap between the images of the unconscious and the language of conscious logic. Our morning discussion will be on the use of myths and we will experience how a myth can be used to create a path working.||11:00am-12:30pm|
|Sun||Oct 1 Class||Fire and Water - This highly experiential class will be working with the elements of fire and water. Weather permitting we have both inside and outside experiences. These life giving, life affirming and life nurturing elements are building blocks. There is a unique spiritual relationship with fire and water that is reflected in the initiatory rite of baptism, an initiation that spans all traditions. The intention of this class is for you to experience these elements in a heightened way and to have a glimpse into the deep mystical lore that surrounds their relationship with each other. The cost of class is $50.00.||1:30pm-5:00pm|
|Sun||Oct 29 Service||Sound, Movement and Chant in Ritual - A growing field of science confirms what many of us experience, which is the profound ways sensory experiences influence our nervous system and our consciousness. The growing field of neuroplasticity is finding that our brains are not wired in a fixed circuitry, but are constantly changing and reshaping their connections and activities in response to our experiences. With repetition, the brain learns to associate ritual sensory experiences with the sounds, smells and feelings of ceremony and with spiritual practices. In this highly experiential ceremonial service we will work with various sounds and movements to explore the altering of consciousness with these modalities.||11:00am-12:30pm|
|Sun||Oct 29 Class||Ritual with the Ancestors - This annual ritual is one of our favorites. We honor our Blood Ancestors, giving thanks for the gift of life that we have been afforded. We venerate the Great Ancestors who have cleared the path that we walk with greater ease, shared their wisdom that we do not need to make the same mistakes and lived the life of Spiritual Warriors so that our world is a place of greater love. We ask that you bring offerings of food, drink or flowers for the ancestor altar. In addition we invite you to also bring food for the local wildlife such as birdseed, corn or apples. If you have a Govi Jar and/or a photo of a loved one or a pet who has crossed beyond the veil bring that as well and it will be placed upon the altar and returned after the close of the ritual. We end the ritual with a feast and ask that you bring a covered dish to share. Ritual garb is black or white. Loaner robes are available upon request. The cost is $50.00.||1:30pm-5:00pm||December 2017|
|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|
|Sun||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|
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.