This year was the first year where I “married” Beltane and Samhain. It’s the “curse of the Southern Hemisphere” as we have Samhain symbols out at Beltane, Yule decorations at Litha, and Ostara at Mabon. Given just how much the veils are open at the end of October, I decided to celebrate both together. I… Continue reading Samhain at Beltane
Sometimes you need to do what is right for your mentality, even if it puts your body under physical stress. Feel free to disagree with me, but the back/knee/hip pain was absolutely worth the drive to Stanwell Park Beach to watch the sun rise on Midwinter’s Day. Six weeks ago I hurt my back and… Continue reading Journey of the Fool at Midwinter
I’m finally really seeing and appreciating the connection with ANZAC Day and Samhain. In Australia and New Zealand, ANZAC Day is the day we commemorate those who went to war, those who fought and died, those who may or may not have returned home. From an Australian perspective, it feels as though Samhain is no… Continue reading The Thinning Veil
Brightest blessings of Lughnasadh Lughnasadh, being the festival marking the beginning of the harvest, is somewhat hit and miss with the harvest times here in my part of Australia. Within New South Wales it’s stone fruit season – apricots, nectarines, along with grapes and pears. However, within my garden, the apricots fell from the tree… Continue reading Lughnasadh, Australian Druidry, and the Samhain Gathering
Blessings of the Solstice to all! The Longest Day has arrived and astrologically will be at 9.44pm tonight (in Sydney). It’s a time to celebrate the sunshine, the height of Summer, the warmth of the Sun. My understanding is that it’s traditional to light bonfires to represent the Sun during the Northern Hemispheric celebrations. It’s… Continue reading Blessings of the Solstice
It all began with an image a friend shared on Facebook. I love the story of the Kings of Oak and Holly, of them battling for control of each half of the year. But this image got me thinking: does the story still “work”? It’s something we seem to do a lot in the Southern… Continue reading Kings of Oak and Holly on Contract
Yule, or the Winter Solstice, this year astrologically falls at 8.34am EST on Tuesday 21st June. While I would absolutely love to take tomorrow off so I can celebrate at that exact moment in time, I began a new job today and simply can’t. So tomorrow night it shall be (because I am absolutely buggered… Continue reading The Longest Night
It’s that time of year again. The stores are chock full of chocolate eggs, there are bunny decorations and fun things for children to occupy themselves with. The hot cross buns came out sometime in January – there are even cards with gorgeous symbols of Spring and fertility (when did giving cards at Easter become… Continue reading Traditional vs. Local – How do you celebrate the festivals of the land?