There’s a bit to report on this time around…
1. Beltaine has been and gone (for those of us in the southern hemisphere) and we (the Coven of the WildWood) celebrated with style!
2. My next book (second with Llewellyn) will be published in late 2010 and is called By Land, Sky and Sea: Three Realms of Shamanic Witchcraft.
3. I am greatly looking forward to speaking at the Parliament of World’s Religions in early December in Melbourne! *will also be doing a workshop and a signing at Magick Happens festival in North Melbourne*
4. The Gregorian year of 2009 is winding up and so is uni, my day-job with retail, living in Brisbane, and my time with the Coven of the WildWood as an active inner court member…
Now…one at a time…in numerical order (as listed of course…somewhere a Virgoan has cursed me !)
1. Beltaine, in the WildWood Tradition (and in many others), is the time of year when our Lord and Lady (the Stag-Horned God and the Crescent-Crowned Goddess) come together, are married and perform the Great Rite. This union of sun and moon, of earth and seed, initiates the season of summer and stirs the primal forces of darkness from their slumber. At the Summer Solstice the Holly King will lead the Wolf from the shadows of the WildWood to the battle-grounds of Litha where the Wolf and Stag King will battle. Beltaine is also the second time in the year when the Veils are truly thin – however, the warm weather draws the wild Fey folk into the ‘mortal’ realm, not the Beloved Dead…many would say they are one and the same
The Coven of the WildWood gathered together on October 31st in the centre of Brisbane City and gathered together some 20 Pagans for a Faerie parade of revelry, drumming, song and dance. We wound through the city in costume and colour and brought wild magick and fey power to the city. When we arrived at the ritual site another 20 Pagans joined us in our ritual celebration of the sabbat in which we honoured the drawn down embodiments of the God and Goddess, danced the belpole around them to honour their handfasting and raise power, jumped the cauldron of fire, kissed the bull and brought forth his sweet abundance (candy!) and passed the kissing sticks to one and all! We rounded this all up with a Beltaine/Halloween party where much fun was had!
Be sure to join the Coven of the WildWood next year for a Beltaine celebration that will surely become an ongoing tradition of Faerie Parade, glorious ceremony and magick-induced after-party!
2. By Land, Sky and Sea: Three Realms of Shamanic Witchcraft is the product of Irish inspiration, though the outcome is truly an eclectic, shamanically-driven guide-book in developing and honing in traditional Witch’s talents. Look forward to successful spirit-flight (astral travel), channelling (bring forth oracles) and becoming one with the Mysteries of the Descent…the book will be released in December 2010.
3. Check out more details on this in my ‘Appearances’ section. For more information on the Parliament of World’s Religions visit www.parliamentofreligions.org
4. My first year studying at the Endeavour College of Natural Health has concluded…and greatly looking forward to full-time study next semester (Bachelor of Health Science – Western Herbal Medicine)…I shall also be making the move to the Gold Coast, QLD and in so doing, will be forming a new WildWood group there – OakSun Grove. I am also launching a client-based, private practice in Holistic and Spiritual Guidance and Healing on the coast. Consultations include tarot reading, psychic/intuitive whole-health assessment, chakra realignments/balancing, survey of psychic ‘attachments’ and communication with guides/totems/deities/spirits etc. to receive information and knowledge to translate into life-wisdom. Perhaps I could be of service…
Wild Blessings! – Gede Parma~