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The Wheel is all topsy-turvy down here!

Hello all!

Just wanted to share with you a snippet of the differences of practicing my craft here in the southern hemisphere.

First – I should introduce myself – hi, I’m Niamh! I’m a witch in Australia – I was born here – the only one in my family to be – all my family is from English/Irish stock. My father (having passed before I was born) was a horse man – he raised appaloosas and quarter horses in country Victoria, but I inherited his love for the animals.   So I grew up in a house with my older sister, mother and nan. It was a strange household, my mother and grandmother both having significant gifts but choosing to ignore, fear and despise them. Yet there I was bold as brass playing with the Fae in my back yard,talking to the animals,  hearing (and being terrified of) the things that wandered around the house at night when all were asleep, and just knowing there was more out there than what was presented in 1980’s suburban Aussie life.

When I was 15 I came across Laurie Cabot’s “Power of the Witch” and so started my journey towards the Hedge. (Without blessings from my family, who thought I was nuts, but that was OK…) That was 21 yrs ago… I now only have my sister left in my family, but have found my Path and am loving every day.

A few things I had to overcome though, were derived from being in the southern hemisphere.  When I started, the pagan community here was hidden and so only northern hemisphere material was available for my learning. Thanks that this has since changed (largely to the internet), but for a while there is was VERY confusing.

What do I mean? Well, for starters, the quarters are different here – North = fire (as it points to the equator) and South = earth.And then there’s the biggie –  Deosil and Widdershins are reversed! So anti-clockwise casts, and clockwise banishes.

It doesn’t seem like much, but I kept wondering why my magic and rituals left me muddled and with odd results for the longest of times!

Of course, then we have all the sabbats and holidays are at different times of the year also – Samhain for example is where northerners celebrate Beltane, and Yule is in July.  Once this was grasped and I stopped “following the books” life made so much more sense.

I am blessed to have found an online community, and also one locally where I can continue to learn and grow, and celebrate and cherish the differences of my journey to that of my ancestors. Funnily enough, though I do everything “topsy-turvy” down here, I feel more connected to my Celtic kin then I ever did. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed my lil rambling…

Niamh