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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.

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.

 

An Awakening of the Soul

With Walpurgis Night (Beltane) nearly upon us here in the Southern Hemisphere I am wondering how many others are feeling ‘different’.
Not different in a bad way but like there is fire within, like the veil has already began to slip away and we are now walking side by side with the other side.

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I know the Northern parts of the world are about to celebrate Samhain so they would be feeling this energy, or vibration too. I know within myself I have felt an awakening over the last month. My spirituality has taken a shift to a higher level.

 

 

Over the years I had let myself become stuck in society, I let bad relationships control and direct where my life went. I had forgotten who I was and what I was. I had also become a mother which I had forced myself to push my true self inside so deep that I thought I had lost me forever.

This last year has given me the strength and determination to bring myself back to the surface and well this new me is fucking awesome. I have never felt so alive before. I am learning to let go of the past that was holding me back, no not back, down.

spiritual-awakening-featured-01I had let myself become the victim of being the survivor. Pretended to be Superwoman when what I should have been is me.  Where is all of this new fire coming from? I have known for a long time but have, for no known reason, kept it hidden.

I moved house in February and that is when it all started, well it started Dec, but the fire started in February. It was an unusual heatwave right at the time I was moving (see… fire) and I started seeing strange things, yes, yes, I know now they were signs, and pretty damn obvious ones too, that I just kept blowing them off as other signs.

I have always been Thor’s girl, not in the God-spouse sense, more like he was always there when I needed him (or thought I needed him), like a big brother would be. Very platonic relationship, although he did ‘claim’ me a few times when I had attempted to wander to another deity.

Maybe that is why I had not considered another male trying to reach out to me.  Thor would have surely ‘claimed’ me again if that was the case right, right?

Skadi_by_Anna_NovikovaMaybe it was Skadi, I was yearning for the cold so badly, because there was so much fire in my life. Orange had become a favourite colour along side my ever trusty green. So I began researching her.

Elen of the Ways come through in my research after a dream of an Antlered Goddess within the forest. Deers and Stags were everywhere in my otherworldly life. There was a shift coming, you could feel it, my witchy friends had begun feeling it emanating from me for a while too.

Whilst on holiday (yes I will get to Day 2 soon I promise), I had a change cone over me so obvious, so strongly, so effortlessly, so… divinely… that I knew I needed to embrace what ever was coming. To just let it flow, from me and for me to just let myself flow with it. What ever it was…

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I found myself grounding a lot with

nature and water… so much water, I couldn’t get enough water it was ridiculous, not just physically but I needed to keep hydrated as I felt myself burning alive other wise. See… Fire… so much fire.

I had a few otherworldly experiences whilst away that I enjoyed and will keep to myself but I will share the most awakening experience, almost like a life epiphany experience.  I was at the beach on the way back home from our trip, it was my cousin, myself and our kids.  I was not going into the water, until I was sitting there and I felt a pull… I had to go and stand in the water… but I needed to bury my feet in the sand too… See water and grounding, always grounding.
I stood there, the waves (only small) washing back and forth around my legs… there was no more pull towards the ocean… only a desperate need for stillness… How the Hel are you meant to stand still in the waves? But I did, I was so still, so steadfast, I could see the water coming and going in slow motion, I could feel every single grain of sand surround my legs then whittle away as the waves returned to the deep once more. I could smell the salt in kawanabeachmy nose, I could feel the sticky salt air in my pores, I could feel the earth slowly rotating… What… Yes… the earth, Jord, Gaia, Mother… I could feel her, I was her, she was me.

I know it sounds absurd to those that are not spiritually connected to nature. But it happened, and it happened to me. It made me realise how small I am in the universe, yet how gigantically huge I am in the scheme of life. It was a true awakening, I fell in love all over again to my spirituality, to me, to life.

Then when I got home and relaxed, I could still feel the fire within, like a volcano, with its lava bubbling, just waiting to explode. Well the volcano did erupt. It erupted with such gusto that it felt like I have been reborn.

I was recouping after a great weekend catchup with one of my best friends, scrawling through Facebook when I came across a photo of a candle. (I am writing this on my mobile so will add links and photos later). It was a candle with an image of Freyr, standing in a forest with antlers on his head. There it was, there HE was, it was like a slap across the face… or arse in my case 😉 … This last 9 months has been about Freyr trying to connect, and with Thor’s permission obviously.

I needed to become a woman again, I needed to earn the fire within, I needed to earn the desire for life. Well I have, I have done the hard yards, and I have reached he pinnacle of my spiritual puberty to become the woman I am looking forward to releasing.

img_6297This does not mean I am letting go of my big brother, no, this just means my big brother has let go of my hand. He has shared my last teen dance with me and is now handing me over to the next stage of my spirituality. To experience life with new eyes and a new dedication to all that is.

This brings me back to the start of this post about the energy around us at the moment. There is a shift in the spiritual plane, an energy shift that has occurred. Is it just me or is it all?  Are you feeling the fire or are you feeling another vibration all together? Is it just this time of year or is there a shift happening, a stirring, a change, an otherworldly primal shift in the universe itself!

 

Let me know my fabulous crazies… or is it just me, going… well crazy?

Update: Spelling errors fixed.

Ingwaz.us was the supplier of the candle I saw:

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