celebrating the seasons in this place

 

Many of the celebrations and festivals offered to us derive from the Northern hemisphere.

Our environment is different, the flora and fauna unique. The seasons are opposed. Aboriginal people have their own creation stories and calendar for the seasons.

Source of image: http://www.abc.net.au/science/features/indigenous/

 
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For the Druids, celebrating the seasons develops a sense of personal connection to Nature – the Earth, Sun, Moon, stars, elements, animals, plants, trees, landscape, and Spirit. There are many rituals in Druidry. OBOD (Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids) advises that the celebration does not need to be elaborate, lengthy, or laborious, it should be simple, natural and profound. It is my challenge to establish a ritual for each season, especially as I find ritual difficult.

Through my Druidry studies, I have become interested in how they view the life cycle and this has resonated with me.

In this diagram, I was playing with the life stages, seasons, and points of the compass. In this place, where I live, the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. The southern side of the house is the shadiest and coolest. I also fitted the planting cycle into the wheel. The sun, soul, spirit, self, are in the centre, physically and psychologically we revolve around these. The wheel turns in an anti-clockwise direction in the Southern hemisphere.

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In seed-time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.  
William Blake             
 
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One Comment on “celebrating the seasons in this place”

  1. icelandpenny Says:

    The irony is that the genuine, historical birth of a baby to Mary and Joseph did not take place in a northern, snowy climate… Happy new year (you are already there, we will be soon)

    Reply

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