Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Imbolc Down Under

It just occurred to me to mention that when those of us in the northern hemisphere are celebrating Lughnasadh, a Celtic summer harvest festival, many NeoPagan folk in southern realms are celebrating its opposite, which is Imbolc. So a belated call of Joyous Imbolc! to our antipodean kin.

For those who would like to learn more about this North/South flip, from an Australian perspective, look no farther. Daughter of the Flame Roxanne Bodsworth is the author of:

Sunwyse: Celebrating the Sacred Wheel of the Year in Australia

Roxanne Bodsworth.
Hihorse Publishing, 2003 - 96 pages
Sunwyse celebrates the sacred Wheel of the Year in Australia. Following the Wheel is a way of developing a greater awareness of the natural cycles governing life on Earth and having fun in the process. Drawing from many traditions, Sunwyse explores eight festivals associated with the Wheel: two equinoxes, two solstices and four between these points - known as the cross-quarter festivals. Each festival is explained and its theme is explored through mythology. Related holidays and events are listed and there are suggestions for ways of celebrating each festival. Sunwyse is about honouring all aspects of our multicultural heritage and celebrating them in a truly Australian context.