Event review: Samhain 2016

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our first Samhain event! It was in two parts – a drinks and nibbles meet up in the early evening and then the ghost tour following at St Bartholomew’s Church as Prospect.

We started off with dinner in The Piano Room, which incidentally is the most haunted room in the venue! How fitting! When our group got too large for the limited seating in there (there’s only room for 12), we relocated outside to the beautiful beer garden to continue chatting and socialising in the mild Autumn weather.

Following dinner, those who had tickets continued over to meet up at St Bartholomew’s Church at Prospect for the evening’s ghost tour.

It was quite a mixed group with almost 40 participants (including 16 of our own) and the trout as run by a rather eccentric and very passionate volunteer by the name of Hazel. She had many a story to tell (some tall you might say) about the hauntings and apparitions that have been experienced at the location. In addition to the paranormal reportings, Hazel was also full of loads of facts and info about the history of the church and cemetery.

If there’s interest, we may book another private ghost tour later in the year.

Thanks to everyone who came along and made it a great night. We look forward to seeing you at our next event in May!

 

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5 awesome things about practicing witchcraft on The Pagan Fringe of Sydney

Here are 5 awesome things about practicing witchcraft on The Pagan Fringe of Sydney.

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  1. A small, but active group of other pagans, witches and occultists to connect with at various events like full moons, meet ups, sabbats and other regular catch ups. And a great diversity of people practicing all different kinds of magick in different ways; from Wiccans to kitchen witches and ceremonial magicians; those meeting in small covens or solitary folks and a real mix of experience too, from people new to their path to those with 25yrs+ experience. You’re bound to meet someone interesting along the way!
  2. Plenty of space to explore the natural world surrounding Sydney – waterfalls, swimming holes, natural bushland and plenty of bush walking tracks to enjoy. There are also heaps of open space parks that are well maintained to picnic in with friends and family. I’ve also found it easier to find great outdoor spaces for ritual, without disturbing other people whilst escaping artificial light and sound of a modern city. And if it’s still too urban for you, it’s quicker and easier to make your escape to the West, North or South of Sydney to explore further afield.
  3. Connections to the land via the food you can eat – it’s easier to visit your local farmers market, or head to the edges of Sydney to pick your own fruit in Autumn. I also enjoy local honey from my area too
  4. Some places are dark enough to see alot more stars at night, especially during the cooler months in the Nepean region. If you head further West over the Blue Mountains you can see even more of the Milky Way during the best viewing season (Feb-Oct to see the galactic core from the Southern Hemisphere). Hint: pick a dark moon night, which is typically one of the three nights leading up to the New Moon.
  5. Plenty of sympathetic events running in the Western Sydney area which attract other pagans or like minded people – medieval fairs, indigenous art festivals, sustainable living and gardening workshops – these kinds of events can also provide a great opportunity for you and your coven to meet up and do things together outside of your usual time together.

I hope you’ve found the following list useful and inspiring!

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 🙂

 

Autumn Rising

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Autumn Brige – google image

Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year. I start to feel a little more energetic as the intense heat of Summer starts to wane, and I look forward to the darker half of the year.

I’m also reminded of one of the first group rituals I took part in nearly 20yrs ago with a bunch of pagans I’d met the previous Samhain. I had spent a few years as a solitary and it was nice to be welcomed into a small group to celebrate the Equinox.

This year, I’ll mark the occasion with a small picnic near the Nepean River. Will you join us? 

2015 = Ten. More to come!

It’s almost the end of the calendar year. Again. Where has 2015 gone? I had big intentions this year of running lots of events and rituals. And I get to the end of the year and feel like not much has happened, until I review what we *did* do. 10 events, and only one cancelled due to rain.
Let’s do a quick review of what events we’ve run this year.

  • Feb 22 – Initial Meet & Greet – Emu Plains
  • Mar 29 – Lunch at The Alroy – Plumpton
  • Apr 4 – Blood Moon Rising – visit to local observatory – Werrington
  • Apr 18 – Pagans at Ironfest – Lithgow
  • May 3rd – The Last Harvest – Leura – cancelled due to rain
  • Jun 6th – Winter Coffee Catch Up – Glenrbook
  • Jul 12th – Lunch at The Jamieson – Penrith
  • Aug 1st – Imbolc morning meet – Glenbrook
  • Sep 26th – Sustainability Festival and Farmer’s Market meet up – Seven Hills

And….a new date for a December Summer picnic to be confirmed soon.

I’m also trialling a few local spots for ritual locations as well. We spoke earlier in the year about running rituals other than full moons, so stay tuned for some announcements for early in 2016. I’m also keen to host a family friendly picnic as well.