Sunset Community Yule Ritual & Dinner

This year we’ll be hosting a Community Yule Sunset Ritual along with a Dinner – all welcome!

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All info here https://paganfringe.com/events/yule/

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Autumnal Equnox Picnic

The weather has really turned in the last week! To celebrate, we gather together for a wee picnic on the banks of the Nepean River.

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Weir Reserve – Penrith NSW

What I’m really enjoying the most is establishing the building blocks for a lovely little pagan community in Western Sydney. So many people are solitary, or aren’t entirely comfortable turning up to a time and space for ritual with others, so what we aim to offer is social events and opportunities to mix with others, without the pressure of taking part in ritual.

It doesn’t mean that we won’t offer rituals or other events like that in future, however what I’ve learned over the years is that it’s a slow process to build a cherished bunch of people who are comfortable to gather under those circumstances.

Amongst us as it is, we have a small coven, some solitary folk, incredibly experienced teachers with over 20yrs experience, and others who are just finding their feet. Come and join us at one of our future public events 🙂

 

Happy Lughnasadgh 2016

Happy Lughnasadagh! The Pagan Fringe is a loose collection of pagan and magical folk who live on the edge of Sydney, mostly based in Western Sydney from Blacktown, to the Hawkesbury, out to Penrith and the lower Blue Mountains.

If you’d like to catch up, I’ll be celebrating the harvest by attending the first Glenbrook Fine Food Markets of the year on Sat 6th Feb. Let’s catch up for a coffee from 8:30am if you’re interested in putting a face to these posts 🙂

  • When & Time: 08:30am Sat 6th Feb
  • Where: Glenbrook Infants School, Ross St Glenbrook NSW
  • Who: All welcome – the markets are child and dog friendly.
  • More info: http://glenbrookrotarymarkets.com.au/

 

The light half of the year….

How time flies!

The Wheel of the Year is turning and we’re moving toward the longer days ahead.

I can hardly believe that we’re getting ready to continue with our meet ups into the second half of the year already. I had ambitious plans back in January when I started putting the call out in the local area to host meet ups. We got a good start and then due to a combination of sickness and weather hampering efforts, a few of our events were canceled or postponed in April and May.

We had a quiet little catch up at the Farmers Market earlier this month and now we’re getting back on track with the next pub meet up scheduled for July. Why not come and join us if you haven’t met some of us already?

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Next catch up will be 12th July 12-3pm at The Jamison Hotel, 186 Smith St South Penrith

Blood Moon 4th April 2015

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Despite the appalling weather in Sydney last night, a few of us who had already booked and paid for our tickets took our chances last night. We had a special viewing of the eclipse at the local observatory at UWS Werrington. Even with the cloud cover, we decided to go along anyway.

I’m glad we did.

We got to tour the small facility, learn about the 0.6m telescope and talked about the movement of some constellstions in the Southern Hemisphere.

The roof was closed, however they do some research tracking certain constellations when the skies are clear. I also heard about the observatory in Linden in the mid-Blue Mountains. I’d love to visit that one too!

The observatory staff then put on some 3D films about space exploration and another short about lunar eclipses. We then tuned into the live feed from Griffith Observatory in California which was streaming live on YouTube. They didn’t quite get full umbra of the eclipse, however at least we got to watch something.

For others, if you booked and paid and didn’t come last night (there are a few of you) contact the University and they will give you a credit note to visit the observatory on another evening. We’ll organise a return visit later in the year, possibly on a dark moon so we can get some decent star gazing in.

The Pagan Fringe – Taking Shape – Review 29th March

We had a fantastic meet up yesterday at The Alroy in Plumpton. It’s a quaint little pub, which I suspect was an original farm house in the region, built in the late 1880’s.

After arriving at the designated time, the staff realised that there had been a miscommunication in the booking and they’d taken note that we’d be arriving an hour later than I’d planned. The staff were immediately apologetic and very helpful to pull together some space for us. We ended up with a space inside, which became a room just for us.

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After general introductions and a bite to eat, we discussed what we’re looking to do over the course of the year with The Pagan Fringe. I explained my own level of interest and what I’d like to achieve, which is essentially creating a vibrant little community in the western suburbs because, let’s face it, not everyone wants to travel into the city to attend pagan events. Even if it wasn’t an hour’s drive away (which for those of us who drive, that’s not too bad) however it’s often the parking nightmare when we get to the other end that we have to contend with!

We’ve come up with some loose ideas and guiding principles of what we’re going to do:

  • Local – let’s keep our events locally focused in the West and associated areas where we live.
  • Celebrations – seasonal wheel of the year rituals – yes! Ritual circles for full moons are well serviced by more established groups, so we’ll stick to seasonal celebrations and other styles of circles if looking for a lunar working, perhaps a dark moon now and then?
  • Close to the land – farm gate visits and shopping at farmers markets. We have some individuals, (me included) who are passionate about food and cooking and getting closer to our food sources is of interest (either growing food ourselves or buying direct from the producer) We’ll arrange events around this theme.
  • Family friendly – some of us have kids and it’d be helpful to know if planned events are kid friendly or not. We’ll try to keep a balance of things where kids are welcome venue wise, however whilst we didn’t cover it in the conversation yesterday, we’re not looking to run events specifically *for* children at this stage. Our approach will at times make it more accessible for care givers to join in, without the need for a babysitter at home.
  • Discussion topics – greater structure around the pub meet ups so there is a theme for discussion – this will be taken on board for future Sunday Lunches.
  • Social – outings, events and activities – there were some great suggestions around different events we could host – picnics, visits to local history museums and the like in the region.
  • Teaching – we have some experienced practitioners and teachers amongst us and there is an interest in offering further study opportunities for those just starting out on their magical path. This may be offered on a strictly invite-only basis and will potentially be considered for the 2nd half of the year, depending on level of interest/numbers.

I’m very encouraged to see such a supportive and active little group forming, only after two catch ups face to face. To me, this indicates a healthy interest in events in the region and future success.

Want to find out more? Connect with us on Facebook under The Pagan Fringe.

Lunchtime Meet & Greet – 22nd Feb 2015

Are you pagan? Living in Western Sydney? Solitary, part of a coven or just curious about who else is ‘out there’? Me too! Come along to a meet & greet lunch and have a chat over a casual meal.

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Look for the reserved table ‘Western Sydney Pagans’ – either in the courtyard or upstairs (to be determined)

Depending on attendance, we’ll chat about what’s happening in the local area and if there is a desire for a regular meet up; be it a discussion group or something more involved like a ritual group.

About me – Sydney born and raised, pagan and practicing witch for the last 20yrs. Broadly speaking, I’m an occultist with my magical style being practical, elemental, pragmatic and effective.

I’d like to reconnect and build a small and vibrant pagan community here in Western Sydney/Hawkesbury region. I hope there are others are there as well who are interested in meeting up too!