Explain your intentions…

Well it turns out you do need to explain yourself to the universe…

My 2017 words of intention were Disconnect & Expand. Simple enough right? Wrong!

I meant Disconnect from social media not people & I meant Expand my knowledge not my body!

You really do need to explain things so the universe doesn’t twist your words.

This time I wrote a list explaining what my intentions were, in detail.

Please remember there is a difference between resolutions & intentions. Resolutions have an end, Intentions leave room for you to outshine your goals.

I know 2018 will be another rollercoaster year for most but this time you will have more control.

So HAPPY NEW YEAR my Crazies form your one & only, Southern Cross Heathen xxx

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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.

SouthernCrossHeathen

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Beltane/Walpurgis/May Day

As I have mentioned in previous posts I am a co-admin for my local Pagan community group and with that I have helped create some generalised information and ritual documents to help out those that may not be experienced or who may just need a little help with ideas on creating their own.

I have been given permission to share these mini essays.  I have found in helping create these little essays that I am also learning some valuable information that I would not normally have learnt had I not been given the role of co-admin.  For that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to grow within myself and, like Odin, to gain knowledge from others.

“Gimme fuel, gimme fire, gimme that which I desire” ~ Metallica

May Day? But it’s October you say.  May Day comes from the celebration being held on 1st May in the Northern Hemisphere.  There are some in the Southern Hemisphere that refer to the celebration as November Day. 14101882_10153891743846395_1060310016_n

You may have seen all the references and pretties on the internet for Samhain/Halloween and that is because in the northern hemisphere they are in Autumn.  Beltane is a Spring festival.  November is the final month of spring and summer is creeping around the corner, although here in the tropics, we have already begun feeling the humidity rise (or was that just the heat from our recent Supermoon in Aries).  The days now will become more humid, the summer rains are nearly upon us, in the southern states daylight savings has commenced as has the dry and dusty heat.

Although the seasons are mirrored to those in the north, Beltane is still a highly charged, spiritual event.  The veil thins just as it does during Samhain with some saying that the thinning is even more prominent at this time.  This will be totally up to you whether you feel one is more spiritual than the other.

Winter has definitely left us by now and we have new life all around us.  Ostara brought with her the new buds and Beltane brings the lush full foliage of nature.  Where Samhain is focused around letting go of the past, death & crossing over, Beltane is about life, love, living & rebirth.  Siebog & Ziva (Slavic) are often honoured at this time during Handfasting festivals.  Handfasting is very popular this time of year as love & marriage are in the air, the Gods & Goddesses are doing it so why don’t we.  It is said that babies born from a Beltane union hold very special powers.  Although some prefer to keep May Day exclusively for the handfasting of the God & Goddess only, seeing it as a sacred act reserved for the sacred unions of Kings & Queens.

Beltane translates to ‘bright fire’ and fire is used not just as a celebration tool but as a sacred element in the May Day ritual.  Fire was honoured for its part in the survival of the darkest period of the year.  Sorry for those that thought Aries leaving was going to cool things down again.  Baelfires were lit with a wide walkway between them and cattle were herded through to cleanse them and bring good fortune for the coming seasons.

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Jumping the fire (a small one obviously) is another one of the many ritual activities preformed during the festivities, as is CONSENSUAL sex.  Come on, love, marriage than consummating the marriage with sex.  Although plain simple courtship was also another celebrated rite of passage for those too young to marry.

Walpurgisnacht (German), Hexxennacht (Dutch) can be translated to Witch’s Night and was a celebration held atop a high mountain in Germany.  May Day is celebrated in a variety of countries, all with their own history behind the day (northern hemisphere).

The Warrior God, in his masculine form has now reached his sexual peak and is ready to become the father and spread his fertility across the lands.  The Goddess is now entering her Mother phase and together they spend this time frolicking happily until the seed is planted.  When two become one.

List of just some of the fertility/love Gods:

Freyr, Odin, Cernunnos, Siebog, Heryshaf, Min, Aramazd, Ba’al, Fufluns, Äkräs, Aphroditus, Dionysus, Eros, Phanes, Priapus (the Greeks apparently couldn’t get enough of the fertility gods), Phallic Saints, Lono, Chandra, Wollunqua, Gedi, Innus.

List of just some of the fertility/love Goddesses:

Asase Ya, Ala, Heget, Isis, Renenutet, Tawaret, Allāt, Anahit, Tanit, Sowathara, Brigid, Damara, Damona, Turan, Rauni, Nerthus, Freyja, Frigga, Sif, Sjöfn, Gefjon, Lofn, Parvati, Aphrodite, Artemis, Cybele, Demeter, Gaia, Hera, Anjea, Akna, Ceres, Feronia, Bona Dea, Juno, Terra, Venus.

I also came across a few Roman deities whose sole act is to consummate the marriage between the bride and groom.

  • Prema, goddess who holds the bride down on the bed
  • Subigus, the god who subdues the bride to the husband’s will
  • Pertuda, goddess who enables penetration
  • Domidicus, the god who leads the bride home
  • Domitius, the god who installs the bride
  • Jugatinus, the god who joins the pair in marriage
  • Virginiensis, the goddess who unties the girdle of the bride
  • Manturna, the goddess who kept the bride at home.

Ok, enough of the name dropping.  May Poles are a symbol of the Gods manhood and the flowers represent the Goddess. Apple and pear blossoms make great circlets for the young women to adorn their heads.  Flowers from the Hawthorn bush were hung about doorways and windows to ward off evil for the season.

Many Pagans, in ancient times, left votive offerings at pools, wells, fountains and springs.  Commune with the spirit that resides in the water, leave a coin or flower in exchange for some water.  You could also say something like:

“With grateful thanks I leave this gift;

For the Guardian of the Well (or spring etc),

For the water I have taken,

May it aid me in my sacred rite.”

N.B: I am sorry, but I found this a while ago and have no idea where, so I am unable to give credit to the author.

wattleHere, November is a month to enjoy blossoms, they are in abundance (my streets are lined with yellow wattle blossoms right now).  Escape to the cool rainforests that surround us and look out for some landwights, brownies or faeries.  Dance at every chance you can and celebrate the new life that is around you. Live, love and immerse yourself in the now. Remember that you will probably still feel the energy from the previous full moon in Aries and we have another supermoon in November.  Recharge as often as you can.  Spend time at a local creek, or at the beach, ground yourself in preparation for the coming months.

Disclaimers:

* Beltane is a Fire Festival and we live in Australia at a period when bushfires can occur.  Please be responsible in any fire use.

Remember that you are the Priestess/Priest/Gothi/Gythia of your own rituals.  You create them how YOU feel they should go.  There is no right or wrong way to follow YOUR path, only what feels right or not-so-right.  It is fun to gather together with a few other like-minded souls and recreate the tradition of the God & Goddess, but never do anything that you feel uncomfortable with.  Remember that it must always be CONSENSUAL and if you do engage in consensual sex, make sure you practice safe sex.

This will be my final write-up for the Pagan Spiral as I am relocating to Victoria in early January and will be unable to get Litha out for you.  Over the last 6 months, the admins, have ensured that each piece that we wrote contained as many references as possible, even some that we did not end up using.  I suggest that you go through the lists and research for your own history and ritual for Litha.  Your path is all about you growing and learning, so please do not hold yourself back.

Many blessings and much prosperity for the coming season.

SouthernCrossHeathen

References

  1. Seasonal Dance – Janice Broch & Veronica MacLer (1993)
  2. Wheel of the Year – Pauline Campanelli (1992)
  3. Rituals of Celebration – Jane Meredith (2013)
  4. Llewellyn’s Witches Spell-a-day Almanac (2017)
  5. Dancing the Sacred Wheel – Frances Billinghurst (2012)
  6. Moontime Diary 2016 – Iris Dentenhof (2016)
  7. Lunar and Seasonal Diary 2016 – Stacy DeMarco(2016)
  8. Spheres of Light – http://spheresoflight.com.au/
  9. Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/
  10. About Religion – http://paganwiccan.about.com/
  11. Coven Life – https://covenlife.co
  12. Rune Wisdom – https://runewisdom.wordpress.com
  13. Beltaine – http://earthdna.co.za/
  14. Circle Sanctuary – https://www.circlesanctuary.org/
  15. Nordic Wiccan – http://nordicwiccan.blogspot.com.au/
  16. Wicca – Scott Cunnigham (2004)
  17. Llewellyn’s Witches Datebook (2017)
  18. Living Wicca – Scott Cunnigham (2011)
  19. List of Fertility Deities – http://www.wow.com/wiki/Fertility_deity

Riding the Stag

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.

SthWheelYearCeltic Wheel of the Year for the Southern Hemisphere via Spheres of Light

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.

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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.

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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

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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 😉

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We’re not all Witches

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.

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A3 Stag Drawing – bexyboo16 (Deviantart)

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

Full Moon in Aquarius and Lunar Eclipse August 2016

As I have mentioned in previous posts I am a co-admin for my local Pagan community group and with that I have helped create some generalised information and ritual documents to help out those that may not be experienced or who may just need a little help with ideas on creating their own.

I have been given permission to share these mini essays.  I have found in helping create these little essays that I am also learning some valuable information that I would not normally have learnt had I not been give the role of co-admin.  For that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to grow within myself and, like Odin, to gain knowledge from others.

“Letting it Go”

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Full Moon

In times gone by our ancestors lived by the lunar calendar.  The differing phases of the moon were represented and celebrated in many ways. Whilst the new moon is introspective and for setting new goals and intentions, the full moon is bright, public and full of energy.  Emotions are new and unrefined and not yet rational.  The full moon is about getting ready to let go or removing the negative or the old.

The surge of emotional energy does not have to create an infantile reaction but can give us that energy needed to get us in to a healthy state of mind.  The full moon has us wanting validation and a penchant for expelling the unwanted energy out of our systems.

Even though the energy is raw and seems new, it is in fact the desire for change we have been biding our time for this entire lunar cycle and now is the time for action.  Beware that we may have a tendency to project our own state of restlessness or frustrations onto others.  We are highly emotional and need to avoid the blame game.

Whilst many pagans see the moon as feminine and in tune with menstrual cycles, others see the moon from a masculine aspect.  The Inuit God Alginak is God of both moon and weather controlling the tides, earthquakes and eclipses which is perfect for this current full moon.  Thoth, the Egyptian God was known for Magic and Wisdom, with the full moon being a good time for nourishing both.

As the moon enters this next stage it has grown from the maiden/warrior stage to mother/father and is lush, ripe and full of power.  We have now gained all we can from the moon for this cycle and it is time to prepare for the waning, the letting go and getting ready for the Crone/Sage phase.

The full moon is time to give thanks for the dreams and wishes manifested from the last cycle, to feast and bask in the radiant light and to meditate on the power within us all.  Energy is concentrated and contained so may be consciously drawn within or directed towards a specific goal such as healing or increasing self-confidence.

Full Moon in Aquarius

First some titbits about the Aquarius Full moon at 7:26pm AEST:

  • Element: Air fixed ruled by Saturn and Uranus (which is in retrograde)
  • Plant part: flower
  • Nutrient: fat
  • Temperament: Sanguine
  • Body part/Organ system: skin, venous system, shins, ankles
  • Metal: Lead, Uranium
  • Flavours: Brackish Quality
  • Polarity: Dry + (positive)
  • 11th house of affairs
  • Colours: indigo, pinks dark colours streaked and mixed.

Associated with individuality, reasoning, wisdom, inventions, and technological pursuits, social welfare, organisations, astrology, friendly help and good advice.

Health issues often relate to fluids of the body and craving salt to recharge electrolytes. Good sea salt and celery are effective along with juniper to assist in hormonal fluid balance.

  • Avoid operations and vaccinations
  • Excellent day to charge crystals
  • Wishes for the greater good and betterment of society and for your own dreams and creativity
  • Saturn has just gone direct after a long period of retrograde, as such, there is greater focus on perseverance to accomplishing your objectives.

This full moon will bring out your self-assured rebellious nature.  Those touched by this month’s full moon energy won’t care a damn about conforming to the norms of society.  It is a time for personal freedoms and revolutions, yet we will still be dealt some challenges.  You may provoke criticism and envy from those stuck in the conformity of today’s society.

August Lunar Eclipse

You may find yourself very touchy, highly strung and ‘electric’.  This lunar eclipse may give off a cool deceptive demeanour, however, this Aquarius full moon lunar eclipse, will find you like a light switch and your temperament will change with a flick.

August 18th is when the moon will be full and this particular one has been named the Sturgeon Moon.   Lunar eclipses always take place during full moons and when the sun, Earth, and moon are all aligned in a straight, even line. Since this eclipse is considered penumbral rather than total or partial, the moon is expected to enter Earth’s shadow only slightly, therefore it won’t be ultra-visible.

Some of us will crave extra love, support, and attention, especially the mothering type that is more nurturing and encouraging overall.  You may also find that you become over-protective and smothering with a temptation to push ideals onto those younger (both in age and knowledge) so be pre-warned.

Ordinarily a lunar eclipse’s effects last around 3 months but this eclipse will be only small as it is not a complete full moon when the eclipse hits.  This is just a small taste of what is to come next month with another full moon lunar eclipse on the full.  On a personal level this eclipse could bring about a crisis of faith, a sudden conversions or an abandonment of faith, especially if the astrological aspects fall into your personal chart

Full Moon Magic/k

The Full Moon’s powerful lunar energies are often seen as ‘all-purpose’ for magic/k.  Its energies are prismatic and flows into all aspects of our needs, both constructive and destructive.  It is now that you should utilise that extra power when you are faced with difficult changes.  No minor mundane tasks should be wasted on the full moon energy.  Use it instead as a major power boost for important matters.

Matters such as legal issues or finding a new job and magic & mediation that revolves around spiritual, divination, dreaming and psychic development are best using the power of the full moon.  The energy given off by the moon at this time is also good for cleansing, whether it be crystals, rocks, herbs, divination tools or anything else that you seek to cleanse or release from negativity.

Moon Water

Moon water created from leaving overnight a jar of water in the rays of the full moon can be used to strengthen spells and give energy boosts when used to water your garden.  Add a crystal of your choice to give your moon water extra properties.

Plants

Harvesting your garden during a full moon can also imbue added energy and magic into your harvest, although planting is not advised on the full moon.  The full moon is just as mysterious as it is bright and large.  It is a time to amplify your creativity.

Altar

For your altar you could represent the Full Moon with whites, silvers and blues.  Add these colours however you feel suits you best, whether it be a blue altar cloth with white and silver candles, the choice is yours.  Include your divine god/dess statue/s or your elemental representations, a picture of the full moon, a bowl of water and maybe some shells or riverstones.

Maybe some crescent moon cookies. And some white or 5-petal flowers and some sandalwood and frankincense incense. Your heart and your instincts will guide you to what to add.  Consumption of lemonade, milk or white wine while eating your crescent moon cookies.

Full Moon Incense

  • 2 parts sandalwood
  • 2 parts frankincense
  • ½ part rose petals
  • few drops of ambergris oil

 

Moon Bath

  1. Sit, stand, or lay out in the light of the full moon (clothing is optional)
  2. You can chant the words below as you feel the moonlight washing over you and through your body.

Hail fair moon,
Ruler of the night,
Guard me and mine,
Until the light.

  1. Remember the sun is in direct opposition to the moon at this time so sense this equality that you are standing between.
  2. Try to let go of what others perceive about the moon, let the moonrays was the preconceptions off your body and out of your mind, so you can hear what it has to say to you and what it has to show you.
  3. Listen to the moon, be full of expectancy without expectations.

Poems & Chants

Following are two poems you can recite whilst taking in the moonlight.  The first is for letting go and the second is one that I have adapted for Australia and would be a great one for the kids to say.

Letting Go – Rayne Storm

What do you wish and don’t holdout?
What do you want, without a doubt?
Make the pledge to work real hard.
Always smile without the slightest hint of disregard.
Believe in your goal, have patience, it will unfold.
Set your mind on what the future will hold.

And now for the hardest part, you must let it go,
Like the seed that in the wind does blow,
Let the seeds of magick grow,
Allowing the spiritual energy to do the rest,
Because that is what it does best.

Full Moon Magick – Rayne Storm

(adapted by Donna Astill for Australia)

As the Cockatoos screech with glee,
And the Bats gather in the tops of trees,

The Foxes have already begun their tricksting play,
Because the Possums thought there was a parade,

The Fireflies flickered and flashed in array,
Even the Wallabies couldn’t be kept away,

All the while the Dingoes sang a howling tune,
For the Pagans were dancing beneath the Full Moon.

We hope this helps give you some information to prepare your own Full Moon rituals.

Many Blessings and Much Prosperity for the full moon.
Created with Love by Admin 2016

References

  1. about.com
  2. Everyday Magick – Rayne Storm (2012)
  3. Living Wicca – Scott Cunnigham (2011)
  4. Trees of the Goddess – Elen Sentier (2014)
  5. How to Cast Spells Using the Magical Timing of the Moon Phases – Mackenzie Sage Wright (2016)
  6. http://cafeastrology.com
  7. com
  8. https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/
  9. http://nordicwiccan.blogspot.com.au/
  10. http://www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org/spiritual-problems/effects-of-nature-and-environment/eclipse-meaning-effect/
  11. http://thewiccalife.blogspot.com.au/
  12. Moontime Diary 2016 – Iris Detenhoff (2016)
  13. 2016 Lunar & Seasonal Diary – Stacy DeMarco (2016)
  14. http://www.sun-gazing.com/rare-lunar-eclipse-aquarius-prepare-huge-energy-shift-night-august-18-2016/