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.
For those of us that live in the southern hemisphere, celebrating the seasons can be a very difficult experience, especially for those new to the path. Winter is Summer, Autumn is Spring and it can all get very confusing. Even more so for those that live in tropical, desert or polar climates that do not have the typical Summer-Autumn-Winter-Spring format.
Whilst most of you that are reading this blog (well I hope you are reading it), are about to embark on Autumn/Fall and getting ready to celebrate either Winter Finding or Mabon (whichever wheel you prefer) we down here in the southern part of the globe have just come into Spring.
So here is what most of you would see when looking at a Wheel of the Year. These are northern hemisphere dates so will be very familiar to most of you.
Now here is the process that goes in to making them fit with the southern hemisphere seasons.
Which then becomes this:
Feast of Thunar
July 20th – Aug 18th
Jan 20th – Feb 18th
Charming of the Plow
Sept 19th – 21st
March 19th – 21st
Oct 31st – Nov 1st
April 30th – May 1st
Dec 20th – 21st
June 20st – 21st
March 20th – 21st
Sept 20th – 21st
April 30th – May 1st
Oct 31st – Nov 1st
April 30th – May 1st
Oct 31st – Nov 1st
June 21st or 22nd
Dec 21st or 22nd
June 21st – July 2nd
Dec 21st – Jan 1st
I am still in the process on trying to create a nice and aesthetically pleasing Southern Hemisphere Heathen Calendar but I do have a Southern Hemisphere Celtic Wheel.
There are a number of books and websites that I use to help with the conversion of these times and dates.
Dancing the Sacred Wheel – Frances Billinghurst (you can purchase this through either Kindle or Wordery)
As mentioned in previous posts, I have been involved in researching and writing up some Celtic Wheel of the Year rituals and events for my local pagan community and so am currently focused on that, hence the table above. I will hope to have something out by December 2016 ready for 2017. So stay tuned for updates.
So for now my crazies I will leave you with the excitement of either Ostara (yay I love the colours of Spring but hate the pollen & hayfever), Mabon or Winter Finding.
Oh if you find an error or feel that something should be added or rearranged please leave me a comment.
So vacations are meant to be all about joy, relaxing, peace etc etc…. right? Well what if part of it is to meet up for a reunion with ex-in-laws? (I am a strong believer that my kids deserve to be active on all sides of family even if that means I have to too.)
Well I had made some great plans for our vacation, events, catch-ups, meet-ups, just all round fun stuff for all of us… that was until I found out that no-one had bothered to confirm any dates with me. I mean I am travelling about 2600kms (1700 miles) one way via car for this holiday and if I hadn’t mentioned we were coming there would not be a reunion. So why not consult and confirm with the person who is travelling down if the dates you have arranged are suitable… Who is to say I hadn’t postponed the trip a week, then where would you be then?
Anyone, extremely disappointed that we are now not able to attend a few events and now having to extend the holiday by a week (GRRRRRR) I am at least able to attend a friends birthday. We will just have to play it by ear and see what happens, after all it really is about a holiday to relax… and check out locations for when we move in 2017.
So I have begun sorting through things I want to take for various reasons. You see I am hoping to catch up with some of my fellow heathens along the way.
One of the events I will be missing is the Melbourne Heathen Moot, that happens once a month, which was going to be the highlight of my trip. You see I am pretty much alone up here in Far North Queensland, don’t get me wrong there is an awesome Pagan community here and if you are ever in Cairns I suggest getting in contact with them to find out when they have their next Meet & Greet. But Heathen-wise… not many of us (that are out in the open anyway).
I digress as per usual.
I have planned out my trip down and part of my trip back, but it seems I now am stuck in one location for a full 2 week period instead of 1 week. I have already reached out to a few Heathens that are happy to connect as well as to the local Pagan community in that area and have arranged a Meet & Greet which I am looking forward too. It will also allow me to catch up with friends that I have not seen in 4 years since I left.
My biggest dilemma has been books, what books to take, what books do I need? There will be well-versed Heathens that will be able to offer me more than I them, yet there will also be others that wish to know some information that I can share. Plus I need to consider my own journey and relaxing time too.
So I have devised a stack (yes, stack) that I think will be best suited to all round conversation.
What do you think? I also have a journal/notebook there that does have some of my own brain-matter in there. Have I left out anything? Should I leave out anything? Do you want the reasons I chose those certain books? Of course you do…
So let’s start from the bottom shall we… Mind you they are stacked in order of size (OCD included free of charge).
*N.B I do not get paid by any companies or authors I personally link to or review, but I am always open to the offer 😉
Dictionary of Northern Mythology – Rudolf Simek: I think this is an essential book to have on your shelf as it is a great ‘Dictionary’ for the exact purpose of any other dictionary. If I am not sure of something or not sure if I am in the right area I grab this book for quick reference. Definitely a travel companion.
A Practical Heathen’s Guide to Asatru – Patricia Lafayllve : Another essential must-have book for your shelf. I live in this book and it is super affordable. Patricia gets to the point and gives you the information you need as well as a plethora of references to further your own research. Definitely a travel companion.
Down Among The Dead Men – Michelle Williams: This is for me, my relaxing read. Michelle tells of her life in the Mortuary business and I am excited to read it. I have always thought a Mortuary Technician would be a great job to have. At least the dead have respect for the living (most of the time). Not up for debate.
Elen of the Ways & Tress of the Goddess – Elen Sentier: These two are for my own journey that I am on and studying. I have recently been drawn to Elen of the Ways and only recently found out why. I explain it here in a recent post and so am reading as much as I can on the Deer Trod path. I do have Irish & Scottish ancestry so I intend to learn about it. I bought Tress of the Goddess because I really enjoy Sentier’s writing style. Not up for debate.
Asatru for Beginners – Erin Lale: Although this is a thin book (and currently over-priced in my opinion), it is still a great beginners book. Many have negative comments to say about this book, but I feel this is coming from an academic view. Lale writes in a very simplistic format that is easy to understand and I stand by my opinion of this being the essential starter for teens, it has some good starting off points and references.
Essential Asatru – Diana Paxon: This is another great beginner book for those just starting out and it was my first. This is a great book for adults just beginning on their journey and is a great before jumping into Lafayllve’s Practical Guide. It has a great structure and is easy to follow. I would not be hungry for more information if I had not came across this book as it really gets you wanting to know more.
The Poetic Edda – Snorri Sturluson: My favourite translation is by Carolyne Larrington or Jackson Crawford but there are many different translations available to either buy or free online. This is of course a staple in many Heathens library, I myself have about 6-7 translation either in paperback, kindle or pdf. I always suggest that you should have at least 3 translations to get a good over-all understanding of the context of the poems within. This is NOT, I repeat, this is NOT a bible or holy text that should be followed to the letter. It is a collection of poems written by a Christian 200 years after the conversion of Iceland to Christianity. Yes Snorri wanted to ensure the history remained intact but it is still written with his own bias. As with anything written in historical or anthropological context, the authors own bias must be defined and then their work must be critically read. Shoot me down… Haters will hate but my opinion is just that… MINE. I do have Crawford’s Edda on Kindle (I want to get a paperback copy eventually) so Larrington’s is just for ease and not a necessity.
What is History? – E.H Carr: I am currently studying history and this is a required text. Although my unit doesn’t start until February, I need to get a head start as I will be relocation just before the trimester starts. Not up for debate.
I have decided not to take my laptop as I want to reduce the time spent on technology and have tossed up the idea of using periscope to upload some videos of our journey to the deep south (of Australia) haha. I am still undecided on whether I am taking 2 or 3 tarot/oracle decks with me… that will be a personal decision. I am still learning Tarot and Oracle so I need to bring at least 1 with me. My daughter also has her tarot that she is learning and her camera & tripod to pack.
I do have more books that I would love to take but I only have a little car, 2 kids, a tent, sleeping bags, pillows, an esky and, well we need clothes that must go in a suitcase…
So my crazies I will leave it there… I will let you offer sound advice as to which books to leave or to add to the stack. I hope you all enjoy the rest of the day… Oh and yes I know the blog as changed designs… I am still not happy with it so there will be a few more changes to the style but I will find the perfect fit eventually.
I know it has been a while since I blogged but there is a perfectly good explanation for it.
It is called LIFE… Yes I do have one, sometimes, ok on the odd occasion. Well a lot has been happening in my life right now including learning to research and write up Dark, New and Full Moon Rituals as well as Celtic Sabbat Rituals for my local Pagan Community. It is a really great learning tool and I am finding connections all along the way.
So far I have (with the help of another Pagan) written up a Dark/New Moon Imbolc Ritual that was 4 pages (940 words) long. I have written up a 5 page (1640 word) document on the August 2016 Full Moon which also includes a Lunar Eclipse and Moon in Aquarius. I have nearly completed a September 2016 Full Moon Lunar Eclipse and also have started researching and writing up a document for Ostara that will include activities for kids too.
A lot of the information is aimed at the general Pagan denomination in the local community as there are so many diverse paths within the group we what to cater for most and the few should be able to swap in their personal deity with ease.
I have had some of my writing published in a community magazine which made me giggle and blush with pride. I also hunted down some of my old poetry and another short story that I started many years ago but then let life get in the way (again).
The front door was open and there was a smell of men’s cologne. It was not a cheap cologne either, but one that I will remember forever.
I walked through to the living area. It was there that I saw a strange man. He was tall, slim and unshaven. I did not go near him. I walked on towards the kitchen where my mother laid in a puddle of bright red blood. She had been shot in the head, like the man in the living area.
I could not move and I could not cry. I just stood there in disbelief, knowing that I would never hear my mother’s sweet, reassuring voice saying ‘I love you’ again.
– Donna Astill
I have been busily coming up with ideas for our community here in the Southern Hemisphere as well as being active in other groups also. I try to keep my blog as neutral as possible as I see no need for politics within the Asatru/Odinist community at all and besides this blog is about my journey not anyone else’s.
I was unwell thanks to the sharing caring nature of those in my house. Why do germs like to spread only one or two at a time… Why not just go wham bam thank you ma’am on the whole town in one shot… Give the health dept heads something to scratch their heads over….
What else have I been up to since I blogged last? Oh yes that’s right I attended ‘An Evening with Spirit’ with Alison Burman Psychic Medium. It was a wonderful night and a great experience. I had never attended an event like that before and I found Alison to be genuine and real (no sparkles and glitter, just her). She did have a message for me which I will actually keep to myself, but there was words that only myself and the person communicating through/with Alison would know and no-one else could ever even guess.
I did find that one person expressed during the interval that they did not believe Alison at all and it did irritate me as there was only limited tickets available and I know people who missed out. Oh well there are always going to be sceptics that attend these events in the hope that they are convinced of something.
I attended an amazing friend’s birthday party, although as I was still recovering I opted to not celebrate with ethanol based beverages but stuck with water. I revealed to mutual friends that I will be relocating at the beginning of 2017 but that is still a few months away yet. I sat down and had a good conversation with a very new ex-anti-feminist who I had had a very heated debate with a few weeks earlier about feminism and the different levels of crazy some feminists can get.
The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. – Pat Robertson
I found a new therapist because really we all should be seeing a therapist of some sort as we are all pretty crazy at the end of the day. I am really happy with her, she gets me, she is not interested in finding a ‘quick fix’ but working through the actual problems I have. It is hard to find the right fit when you have been looking for over 2 decades and don’t pretend you’re not crazy yourself… You read my crazy ramblings don’t you 😉
I have attended three Meet & Greets for the local Pagan community in three separate locations around the region to meet some more of the community members which was great and I learnt a lot about other people’s beliefs and paths. Remember the that not all ‘Witches are Pagan and not all Pagans are Witches’. It was great to be able to get out of the house for the day and chat with like-minded people.
I know I sound like I don’t have time to stop and sleep, well I assure you I do and this morning was the first time in ages that I woke without feeling exhausted… How you ask?
Well, I had my very first Shamanic Journeying experience last night. It was just an introduction class to help find your power animal but it was still an extraordinary experience. I was fortunate that the other attendees failed to show so I had the Shaman all to myself to listen to and ask questions of. It was a journey to the lower world to seek out my Power Animal. It was a very personal journey and my animal was one that I never expected but it did make a huge amount of sense after thinking about the direction my spiritual path has been taking me on.
My animal is the Stag and the connection I had was truly one that I will not forget. It was surreal and breathtaking, calm and exhilarating all at once. To communicate with such a majestic being in that circumstance was… I just have no words that can truly express what it was like. I met some other animals on my journey but none that spoke to me in such a way that made my head spin (in a good way) and my heart pound like my life was just starting. I am so grateful to Misha for giving me the opportunity to experience that journey with her and for the conversation and insights we discussed afterwards.
If you have not yet found your Power Animal or had a Shamanic Journeying experience I highly recommend you find yourself a Shamanic Practitioner that you feel comfortable with and give yourself that experience. You will not regret it and it will change you forever.
Well my crazies, I think I have rambled enough for one night and this was only meant to be a catch-up post so that you all know I am still alive and it isn’t some random bot re-blogging posts on my behalf… I am alive, totally freaking alive, and living life one foot after the other.
The purpose of Knowledge is to create a doorway which leads to the Truth
― Misha Hoo