What is ‘The Pagan Fringe?’

 

15541953_602028436670287_645502483116857434_nYou might be wondering – who are The Pagan Fringe? What are you on about? Why the goat skull? Read on!

Who are we? 
We are The Pagan Fringe. We are the pagan folk who live, work and play on the fringe of Sydney. Based in Western Sydney, we find ourselves meeting others in the Lower Blue Mointains, Nepean, Blacktown and Hawkesbury regions and beyond, stretching North, West and South. We’re also fringe-dwellers when it comes to our religious and magical practice. This is an effort to create and in some cases revive old connections of witchy/pagan/magical folk in this region in Sydney, NSW Australia.

When do you meet?
Regularly, once a month or so. In 2017 we’re starting a new regular meet up called “Last Sunday Coffee Collective’ to be held on, you guessed it, the Last Sunday of the month. Sometimes we’ll change this if it clashes with something like Samhain in April.

Like our main page  on Facebook The Pagan Fringe for further updates!

So, why the goat skull? We typically bring a goat skull to our events so we’re easy to find in a restaurant. There’s no mistaking him. We also like the imagery of the goat (related to the goat-foot God Pan) and also associated with hardy survival in tough terrain. Pagans don’t tend to stay pagan for very long without some thick skin in that regard 😉

Who can attend? 
Generally everyone, we run family friendly events too. Most of our events are free to attend, or may have the option for you to purchase your own drinks or meals.

Are you affiliated with any other organised groups? Do I have to ‘join’ you? 
No we’re not a part of other groups and no, there’s no requirement to ‘join’ anything other than us for a drink/chat.
We’re primarily a social group, however we may facilitate introductions to covens, teachers, share information about upcoming workshops or host the delivery of learning or training opportunities.

Who will I meet? 
Witches. Occultists. Pagans.
Many of us are experienced practitioners who have spent time teaching, presenting, running groups, events, circles and covens over the last 20yrs. Combined, we have well over 50yrs+ experience practising magic and witchcraft.

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More regular events in 2017

We’ve been thinking about how we can structure our events in the new year to make it easier to connect. So, we’re introducing a new monthly catch up over a simple coffee. And it’ll be the last Sunday of every month. Keep it free in your calendar and if you can’t make it one month, won’t be too long until the next scheduled meet up 🙂

The first one is set for Sunday 29th Jan 1-3pm. Please join us!

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Spring Magick

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This dark moon/new moon this weekend combined with some wild winds over the last few days in addition to the secular alteration of the clocks in New South Wales, has lead to a rather beautiful time to consider some spring cleaning/new beginning sort of magic making.

Sometimes magic isn’t all about the arcane or astrological timings and influences. Sometimes it’s using the pragmatic, the mundane and the everyday markers in time and space to carve out something otherworldly.

This has been a perfect approach for me this Spring season. How is it working out for you?

Review: Blacktown Medieval Fayre

 

What an awesome day! We had a blast visiting this very well run event, completely FREE and 100% sponsored event hosted by Blacktown City Council. I have to say, it’s so incredibly wonderful to see events like this being hosted in Western Sydney with this level of support from the local council. It’s really encouraging and something that I think residents of the area, and those visiting, were really appreciative of.  There were people from our event page who had travelled all the way from Newcastle to attend! That’s impressive!

We caught up with a few folks who met us at the meeting point near St John’s ambulance stand between 10-10:30am and then headed off for a tour around the Fayre itself. What a great event in today’s sensational sunshine!

Something I’ve noticed over the last few meet ups is that we’re meeting some beautiful and genuine folks who are looking to learn and connect with others in an open and authentic way. It’s incredibly inspiring! If you’re wanting to get to know others in the pagan scene in Western Sydney, well I can tell you, you’ve found the right bunch of folks on this end to achieve that!

Stay tuned for future events with a focus on a few of us more experienced practitioners sharing our knowledge in a friendly and accessible way.

See you at our Yule event in June! 😀

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!

 

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!

Things to do in Autumn

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Are you a pagan family looking for things to do in Autumn, in and around Western Sydney? Here is a short list of things to consider:

  • Go fruit picking with your family or coven
    • Check out this list here of places to go within a short drive from Richmond NSW. Teach your kids that fruit doesn’t come from the shops! Most places are free entry and they then charge you per kg for the fruit that you’ve picked. Try apples and chestnuts and bake them up when you get home into delicious Autumn dishes.
  • Pretend you’re in Scotland for a day
  • Or the middle ages
  • Attend an Autumn Harvest Festival
    • Check out Leura Harvest Festival  early in May or get your foodie hat on and explore some of the region’s finest at Rouse Hill farm at the end of May – maybe pack a picnic?
  • Get cooking or baking at home
  • Play in the Autumn leaves
    • Not quite Western Sydney, but a short drive to Leura in the Blue Mountains. Everglades is truly spectacular in Autumn and is easy to access with kids and prams.
    • Spend some time meditating amongst the trees and take in the cool Autumn air.

Hopefully there are some fun ideas here for you and your family. Happy Autumn!