They will show you who you really are.

The strength to stand back up after hitting the bottom. The strength to climb up out of the pit. The ability to allow the light from your eyes to return so you can see through the darkness.

It is not a stripping down, it is their way of showing you who you really are.

There is an old Japanese (?) proverb ‘Fall down seven, stand up eight’. No matter which pantheon you follow, the gods will show you your true self.

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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

Calendar Confusion. I mean Conversion.

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.

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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.

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Wheel of the common holidays in “Pagan” spirituality. (Heathen Holidays)
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Wheel of the Year (Celtic Calendar)

Now here is the process that goes in to making them fit with the southern hemisphere seasons.

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Which then becomes this:

Blot/Sabbat Southern Hemisphere Season Northern Hemisphere
Feast of Thunar July 20th – Aug 18th Winter Jan 20th – Feb 18th
Charming of the Plow Aug 2nd Spring Feb 2nd
Imbolc Aug 1st Spring Feb 1st
Vali Aug 14th Spring Feb 14th
Ostara Sept 19th – 21st Spring March 19th – 21st
Sumarsdag October Spring April
Yggdrasill Day October 22nd Spring April 22nd
Walpurginsnacht Nov 1st Summer May 1st
Beltane Oct 31st – Nov 1st Summer April 30th – May 1st
Midsummer Dec 20th – 21st Summer June 20st – 21st
Litha Dec 21st Summer June 21st
Lughnasadh/Lammas Feb 2nd Autumn August 2ndt
Frey Faxi Feb 28th Autumn August 28th
Winter Finding March 20th – 21st Autumn Sept 20th – 21st
Mabon March 21st Autumn Sept 20th
Winter Night’s April 30th – May 1st Autumn Oct 31st – Nov 1st
Samhain April 30th – May 1st Autumn Oct 31st – Nov 1st
Mother’s Night June 21st or 22nd Winter Dec 21st or 22nd
Yule June 21st Winter Dec 21st
Yule June 21st – July 2nd Winter Dec 21st – Jan 1st

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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.

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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)

Rituals of Celebration – Jane Meredith (Book Depository)

Spheres of LightFrances Billinghurst Blogarchaeoastronomy.comOut of the WinterAn Asatru BlogAsatru AlliancePagan Calendar, Asatru Holidays Wiki, Wheel of the Year Wiki, Odin’s Volk, Wizard Realm.

 

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.

 

Ostara

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.

“Blooming and Blossoming”

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With the first day of September come the new moon in Virgo.  This is a great time to let go of your perfectionism and allow new ideas to flow inwards.  Set new goals, recharge and let go of your fears.  This is also the time when you begin to bring in all those amazing flowers that have started blooming and blossoming.  Brighten the home with the amazing Spring colours & scents, to get away from the dark moon with mercury in retrograde (again).

The hours of night and day will now equal at the equinox but the day after, the days will grow longer as the warmth and the light are returning to the earth day by day.  This is a beautiful time of joy and balance.  Set intentions for bodily and life balance.  The equinox is a good day for communication and business networking.  Improve your digestive system by drinking bitter teas.

Ostara is the vernal or spring equinox and is the first ‘real’ day of spring, although modern times have spring beginning at the very start of September, you will know within yourself when spring begins for you.  Here is the tropical north I have felt the shift already.

Ostara is more commonly known as Easter and popularly held in line with the Abrahamic Easter in the Northern Hemisphere.  The traditional name comes from the Germanic Goddess Eostre who is of course the Goddess of Spring and New Beginnings.  This is a time when other Spring & Fertility God/desses bless us with their presence.  It is a time of great promise and new growth.  Having made it through the harshness of Winter, you can now celebrate all the new that is around.  Even personal change within yourself will be noticeable around this time.

If seeking guidance, you can play a game of hide & seek with your friends using dyed boiled eggs.  Mark the eggs with runes or your choice of divinatory symbols and the dye them bright colours.  Hide them and ask the seekers to focus on their question whilst hunting.  Before eating the eggs you can then charge the symbols with bright spring energy and chant:

‘Eos, Eostre, Ostre, Eistar, Ostara’

Your home would appreciate a lovely spring clean during this period of celebration.  As the Goddess of new beginnings, Eostre encourages us to clear away the old to make way for the new coming into our lives.  So many opportunities and so much potential for great possibilities will come our way if we just make room for them.  With so much activity in the air, why not start a bee & butterfly friendly garden.

Whilst the Goddess blankets the earth with fertility the God stretches and grows to maturity.  At Ostara the hours of day and night are equal, the light will now take over the darkness and the God & Goddess will aid in the reproduction of the earth.

Adorn your altar with flowers (wild flowers if you can) and place them around your circle.  Fill the cauldron with spring water and flowers especially buds.  Young blooms can be added to your hair for decoration and a small potted plant can adorn your altar.

Dusk or dawn, when neither light nor dark, day or night is the best time to conduct your Osatra ritual.

Many Blessings and Much Prosperity for the coming spring season.

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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. Spring Musings – https://runewisdom.wordpress.com
  13. About Ostara – http://earthdna.co.za/
  14. Spring Equinox – https://www.circlesanctuary.org/
  15. Nordic Wiccan – http://nordicwiccan.blogspot.com.au/
  16. Wicca – Scott Cunningham (2004)
  17. Ostara – Thuri Calafia; Llewellyn’s Witches Datebook (2017)
  18. Living Wicca – Scott Cunningham (2011)