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Southern Hemisphere Calendars

SUMMARY OF SEASONS, SABBATS & MOONS (CELTIC) DATE RANGES & EXCEPTIONS SEASON SABBAT DATE RANGE MOON DATE RANGE EXCEPTIONS DUE TO COURTING MOON YEARS OF EXCEPTIONS YEAR BEFORE YEAR OF YEAR A…

Source: Southern Hemisphere Calendars

The Summer Solstice ~ Donna Astill

The Summer Solstice
Hail Sunna in your magnificent splendour,

Shinning bright through the window pane,

Warming the earth to give life,

Careful not to stay too long,

For death can be given too.


This is your year long day,

Now it is time to slowly rest,

You have worked so very hard,

You have shown us your very best,

Now sleep my beautiful golden Goddess.

I have not forgotten you my crazies

No, I could never forget you.  I have been super busy here since returning from my holiday and I know I promised to post more about my trip, which I will do, but right now I am packing like a mad woman.

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I am doing a big purge of unnecessary items and donating clothes that I haven’t worn in 6 months or more.  I am trying to reduce the amount I need to transport so I can reduce my costs.

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You see I am moving 2653km south, yes, to where I had my holiday.  I have managed to organise the kids schooling and drive myself insane.  There is always so much to organise when moving such great distances.

Utilities, mail redirection, storage, transport, accomodation, rental properties… and the list goes on.

I have made many changes to my life since returning and have had many changes happen to me.  I have embraced them all and with all the stress and chaos that happens around me it times like this I ALWAYs land on my feet.  Maybe I was a cat in my past life haha

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Anyway my awesome crazy heathens, I shall leave you here and will be back in 2017 with all the updates.  I will continue to post little tidbits to my Facebook page and to my Instagram, but all the exciting blogs & videos will have to wait.

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So for those in the northern hemisphere please have a blessed Yule/Winter Solstice and a very prosperous new year, while those of us in the southern hemisphere please have a merry xmas and amazing Litha/Summer Solstice and remember to Slip, Slop, Slap in the summer sun.

2017

Til 2017 my crazies xxx

Modern Heathenry Around the World Aussie Style

Southern Hemisphere – Australia – Far North Queensland

Before I go on to tell you about Modern Heathenry in Australia’s Far North Queensland, I need to discuss with you about what I see as Modern Heathenry.

Modern heathenry in the 21st century will not and never can be like heathenry in the 7th, 8th or 9th centuries.  To try to recreate it is illogical, in my eyes, and totally an unnecessary waste of time.  Did Odin not wander so as to learn and grow?  Did our ancestors not forge through the years learning new technologies to improve life?  I see heathenry as an ever growing, ever changing, spirituality.  If our ancestors were not able to change & grow with the times they would not have been so successful in trading or merging and assimilating with other tribes e.g. Irish, Scots, Rús etc.

Forget about the Christianised books that tell you how to heathen!  Our ancestors didn’t listen or in fact read them!  Deep down, when you meditate or just sit in quiet contemplation you will be taught how to heathen.  Modernity is an inevitable constant in our lives and so we should embrace it.

notreallythorI can just imagine it now, Thor’s Instagram filled with pictures of Mjolnir, Freya’s YouTube vlogs on how to achieve next seasons look, Nanna’s Etsy store for Oracle & Tarot readings, Loki’s latest book on Amazon on ‘How to Raise Unique Children’, Frigga’s ‘Cooking with Frigga’ T.V. show right after Ullr & Skadi’s ‘Wipeout’ and don’t forget Odin’s latest Periscope from his current world tour.

lokis-kidsGo on, it may sound absurd but I bet you had a good laugh imagining it all.  But is it really so hard to accept that you too could see the Gods in the same light?  Living in the Now!  So we should be doing it too, living in the present not the past.  Utilise what the present has to offer and look forward to what the future has without being stuck in the past.

I know most people would have been expecting some sort of academic piece on Modern Heathenry, but let’s face it, there are already a multitude of articles on the subject, you just have to go to academia.com to find them.  I wanted people to see how I view modern heathenry from a personal perspective.

Now on to the locality issues of being a Modern Heathen in Australia’s Far North Queensland.  Australia is huge, I mean really, really big.  Think North America without Canada or Alaska. Think the entire continent of Europe.  Oh and we have some little neighbours off to the side that you would be familiar with too and no I’m not talking about the Hobbits… just because LOTR was filmed there does not mean there are actual Hobbits running around… It’s New Zealand.aust-size-vs

Well about 2/3 of Australia is uninhabitable, 2/3 of the country is desert and it’s really hot and dusty out there… You can literally fry an egg on your bonnet (car hood), so hot that one desert town actually resides underground… Yes, underground (Coober Pedy)!

 

lamb-loinAnd it is not just the desert that gets hot… Most of the county does during our Summer months.  If you want proof check out this news article:  http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/matt-moran-cooks-lamb-in-a-hot-car-to-show-danger-to-children-locked-inside-20151203-glf7xn.html

Ok so where do I live in the scheme of all things?  Currently I live in the Far North of the country (I am relocating to a southern region in the new year for personal reasons.

queensland_mapvs-texasJust to get an idea here is a picture of Texas compared to the state I currently live in…

Yeah, Texas isn’t so big anymore…

Australia has a very wide spread community and Heathens are not always close by.  My closest fellow Heathen is 326km (202 miles) away unfortunately, so I only converse with this person via Facebook.  The closest Universalist Heathen is well and truly over 1000km (620 miles) away.

distance-between-cities-in-australia-2Distances make it hard so most Australian Heathens are solitary or are members of their local Pagan Community groups.  This is still not the same as having a group of heathens to bounce ideas and discussion off of.  But at least it is community that we can engage with and most Pagan groups are all too happy to share their Celtic holidays with us or to learn more from us and most are inclusive.

Another part of the struggles of being in the Southern Hemisphere is the fact that our holidays are the opposite to most of yours.  We are just coming up on Walpurgisnacht (May Day) whilst most of you will have just had Winter Finding or will be preparing for the Celtic Samhain.  This in itself gets confusing, especially for those new to the path.

Cairns_climate.svg.pngAnother aspect that I find difficult living where I do,
is the seasonal changes.  Where I live there really is only two seasons, the Wet Season (Nov – Apr) and the Dry Season (May – Oct).  There is no real Autumn or Winter here.  Our Summers are wet and humid and our Winters are dry and warm (not cold).  So feeling the change is difficult in the tropical climate.  Yule is a date on the calendar not a feeling of change in the season nor is it the autumnal colour changes that come with Winter’s Night.

xmas-australiaSo as you can see living ‘Down Under’ may seem great but it is hard work when we grew up with the tradition Gregorian Calendar dates that came with our Northern Hemisphere migrating ancestors 200-250 years ago.

I am a solitary heathen living in the far north tropics of Queensland Australia (for a few more months yet) in the Southern Hemisphere on the continent just above Antarctica.

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So to all my crazies this is your SouthernCrossHeathen signing off…

N.B. All images were sourced from google.

 

Find your tribe not your twin!

Your tribe is not a group of people just like you, it is a group of people that compliment each other, a group of people whose strengths & weaknesses differ so much from each other, that together, you become one.

Find your tribe not your twin.

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