Lugh Correspondence FREE PRINTABLE

Hey everyone! Back at it with a FREE printable today, and staying in line with the lead up to Lammas here in the southern hemisphere today’s printable is all about the God Lugh!

So who is Lugh?

Lugh is a popular Celtic Sun deity known as a jack of all trades. He is a smith, wright, craftsman, swordsman, harpist, poet, historian, sorcerer, physician, and champion… to name a few!

He is a fierce warrior, possessing several magical weapons, including an invincible spear. It is said the spear has never missed a target and is so bloodthirsty it attempts to attack without anyone holding it.

Lugh began the harvest festival Lughnasadh as a way to honour his late mother, it is a festival that celebrates the first harvest of the year with wheat and grain motifs, dancing, games & bonfires.

Your FREE Lugh Correspondence

Blessed be and enjoy!
The Aussie Witch.

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Lammas Correspondence

Hey everyone, for todays blog post I am doing a Lammas correspondence, including a FREE BoS Page Printable! Which you will find at the bottom of this page!

Lammas is the first harvest sabbat of the Wheel of the Year, and is a time to give thanks to Earth for its abundance. If you would like a more in depth explanation of Lammas you can find it here.

Date

1st of February in the Southern Hemisphere
1st of August in the Northern Hemisphere

Colours/Candles

Green
Brown
Orange
Yellow
Bronze

Crystals

Citrine
Tigers Eye
Peridot
Moss Agate
Malachite
Carnelian

Oils/Incense

Rose
Rosemary
Basil
Sandalwood
Frankincense

Altar Decor & Symbols

Ears of Corn
Dried Sunflowers
Corn Dollies
Cornucopias
Sun Wheels
Wheat
Grain
Loaf of Bread
Scythe/Sickle

Animals

Stag
Crow
Rooster

Herbs & Flowers

Rosemary
Sunflower
Basil
Mugwort
Milkweed
Acacia
Aloe
Ivy
Marigold
Peony

Trees

Apple
Holly
Oak

Gods

Lugh
Adonis
Mercury
Tammuz
Osiris

Goddesses

Demeter
Ceres
Parvati
Pomona

Alternate Names

Lughnasadh
First Harvest

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Lammas: A Brief Overview


Lammas (LAH-mas) is one of the greater sabbats that make up the pagan Wheel of the Year. It is typically celebrated on or around February 1st here in the Southern Hemisphere. Lammas is a celebration of the first harvest of the year and is all about Autumn/Fall and welcoming the coming season as we begin to transition out of Summer. This is the time of year we would typically see the first grains of the season harvested and as you will see grains and harvesting are a major motif/theme in this celebration (as well as many of the other pagan holidays).

Lammas is also know as Lughnasad (LOO-nah-sah) and it got that name because it was originally a festival to celebrate the Celtic Sun God, Lugh. More specifically, the God himself would hold this festivals to honour his late mother, the word Lughnasad roughly translates to the funeral games of Lugh. I will go into more detail about Lugh and his mythology in next weeks blog post.

At this time of year the Sun God has finished transferring all of his energy into the crop and the colder and darker days will begin to arrive as he continues to grow older. It was understood that around this time the grains that were being harvested held a certain sacredness to them. People would bake the first bread of the season with this harvested grain, which was then laid on the altar as an offering. This is how Lammas got its name, which can be translated to loaf-mass.

The Grain Mother is now fertile and heavy with child and represents the seeds that fall from the harvested crops that sew themselves into the Earth during the dark and cold months. These are the seeds that will bloom and make their reappearance during Imbolc in the springtime. Even though the God is growing older and approaching death he is also still alive as a child that is going to be born soon on Yule.

Lammas is a time for giving thanks to the abundance of the harvest that we have received and to look forward to what is to come in Autumn and Winter. We begin to see the fruits of our labour that we have been working on through the course of the year.

Lammas is often known as the “forgotten festival” and outside of the pagan community most people have probably never heard of it. When in fact it is one of the most important sabbats of all as it is all about appreciation, celebration, fulfillment and planning for the future.

Over the next two weeks as we approach Lammas I will be focusing heavily on and how it is celebrated with blog posts on deities, correspondence, spells, rituals and more. Be sure to follow The Aussie Witch on Instagram to stay updated.

Blessed Be,
The Aussie Witch.

Southern Hemisphere Wheel of the Year

Todays post will be short and sweet, just a quick overview of the Wheel of the Year for the southern hemisphere. As the year progress I’m going to add links to this page which will go into heavier detail on what each Sabbat entails and means.

There are two schools of thought surrounding the dates for the Wheel of the Year in the southern hemisphere. The first being that you should celebrate the Sabbats on the well known dates regardless of where you are in the world, so for example Samhain should be celebrated on/around October 31st regardless of where you live. I personally don’t ascribe to this school of thought and I have not yet met a southern hemisphere pagan who does.

The second school of thought is that the Wheel of the Year is connected to nature and is fluid and alive. The reason many people turn from the religion of their upbringing to paganism is to get away from the dogmatic, rigidity of the abrahamic religions. Paganism/Witchcraft are meant to be personal journeys, and at the end of the day you need to do whatever feels right to you.

Before we move on to the dates I will make another quick point about the Pagan Calendar. It doesn’t run from January to December like the Gregorian Calendar, it instead runs from May through March in the southern hemisphere, starting with Samhain and ending with Mabon.


Samhain – May 1st

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  • The is classed as the pagan new year
  • A day for honouring the dead, cleansing and releasing.
  • Earth Event: 15° Taurus
  • Alternate Names: N/A

Yule – June 21st

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  • Rebirth
  • Life triumphs over death
  • Earth Event: Winter Solstice
  • Alternate Names: N/A

Imbolc – August 1st

  • Purification
  • Initiation and/or Dedication ceremony
  • Earth Event: 15° Leo
  • Alternate Names: Candlemas

Eostara – September 21

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  • Conception
  • Regeneration
  • New Beginnings
  • Earth Event: Spring Equinox
  • Alternate Names: Ostara

Beltane – October 31st

  • Passion that fuels life
  • Joy & Fertility
  • Earth Event: 15° Scorpio
  • Alternate Names: May Day

Litha – December 21st

  • Transition
  • Planning
  • Earth Event: Summer Solstice
  • Alternate Names: Midsummer

Lammas – February 2nd

  • Gratitude
  • Abundance
  • Fruition
  • Earth Event: 15° Aquarius
  • Alternate Names: Lughnasadh

Mabon – March 21

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  • Giving thanks
  • Reflection
  • Earth Events: Autumn Equinox
  • Alternate Names: N/A

So there you have them, the Wheel of the Year dates for the southern hemisphere with a small breakdown of what each Sabbat entails. As I previously said, over the coming year I am going to add links to this page, as well as direct links on my instagram feed, to posts that delve into the details of each Sabbat.

I look forward to the year, growing, learning and following my path along side you all.

Blessed Be,
The Aussie Witch.

Why I left Catholicism and Became a Pagan

No. This is not going to be one of those Christian bashing post. I still believe in many of the Church’s teachings (love thy neighbour, help the needy etc…) but for the number of teachings I believe in there is an equal number that I don’t. The path to Paganism wasn’t a straight line for me, it was broken, it was hard, and it took me time to rid myself of notions that had been indoctrinated into me since birth.


So, why did I leave Christianity? I don’t know if I can say that I left Christianity, as I still pray to Jesus, I still pray to St. Mary… I just do it in a different way, a more intimate way.

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All my life I wanted to be that Christian girl, the one who was perfect and followed all the rules and REALLY believed with all her heart… but I failed miserably every. single. time. I think it boiled down to how suffocated I felt by ALL THE RULES. I liked having sex… and most of it was outside of the bonds of marriage… whoops. I’ve been angry, envious and I’ve never been very good at being a meek, well behaved wife… and you know what, sometimes I like being a gluttonous, slothful girl who pigs out on junk food while watching Netflix all day. Why should I feel guilty for being human?

The one thing that always bothered me the most was how hard I found it to become intimately familiar with a male God. Don’t get me wrong I love some of my male Gods and I’m not Dianic by any means, but why call on a man to do a woman’s job? Need help with love or beauty… hit up your girl Aphrodite. Want to make sure you make it through labour as unscathed as possible or you don’t marry a total douchebag… Hera has got your back, sis! Zeus and Apollo ain’t trying to waste their time doing women’s work.

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The straw that broke the camels back was having a daughter of my own, I didn’t want her to be bogged down by all the rules, the shame, the guilt that seems to accompany the Christian, and especially the Catholic, Church. I didn’t want her to feel like sex was dirty and something to be talked about in hushed tones. I didn’t want her to think that her moods, her feelings, her spirit were all because she was female and females were bad and needed to be broken and controlled. I wanted her to feel free, to enjoy life, all it’s pleasures and pitfalls. I wanted her to have strong FEMALE deities to worship and call upon in her hour of need. I wanted her to feel equal.

I had heard of the neo-pagan movement, I had read the odd article here and there about the Icelandic people resurrecting their old religion. In high-school one of my friends was super into Wicca and I remembered bits and pieces of that. Slowly, but surely, my spiritual awakening took hold and before I knew it, I was scouring the internet… I could not read enough. I was like a ravenous beast, I wanted to consume every piece of information I could on Wicca, Paganism, the Gods & Goddesses, The Wheel of the Year, Witchcraft. I wanted to know it all. I suddenly felt like I had been walking through life with one eye closed, like I had only been seeing half the picture and now I was finally seeing the complete masterpiece.

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It was painful, beautiful, lonely, uplifting and empowering all at the same time. It felt so real and raw and soon I became scared. That little niggle in the back of mind wouldn’t go away, this was how HE trapped you. Was I falling for one of Satan’s tricks? I suddenly found myself packing it all away… the altar, the books, my grimoire… I got out my bible, got down on my knees and begged God to forgive me.

But a spiritual awakening like that doesn’t go away, and the same suffocation that I talked about earlier began to sink back in… Then in Church one Sunday, the Priest did a big sermon on pre-marital sex, how bad it was, how sinful it was. I sat there in the crowd of hypocrites nodding their heads, when 75% of them had probably committed that “sin”, and realised I couldn’t take it anymore. I walked out of church that day and have never gone back.

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I unpacked the books, the tarot cards, the crystals and my freedom and I have never looked back. I still ask Jesus for help, I still talk to Mother Mary, because in my belief all religious icons are just one of the many faces of the two supreme deities, the mother Goddess and the God… but I will never go back to being told that I should be controlled, meek and unopinionated just because I am a woman… I didn’t just become a witch, I remembered I was one.

Blessed be,
The Aussie Witch.

Southern Hemisphere 2020 Full Moon Names, Meanings & Rituals

When I look around for full moon calendars I often, if not always, stumble upon ones that use Native American terminology and meaning. I think these calendars are great and have beautiful meaning and purpose but they just don’t make sense or apply to us here in the Land Down Under. You will find moon names such as The Snow Moon in February, which is one of the hotter months for us, so a name like that doesn’t fit. I felt it was high time we got our own full moon name calendar, using the seasonal knowledge of the indigenous people of our great land.


The seasons according to the Nyoongar Calendar

The Nyoongar people of SouthWest Australia believe in a six season calendar year. Each of the seasons coincides with a natural phenomenon that has been recognised by the Nyoongar people and used as a way of predicting the season.

Typically Nyoongar seasons can be long or short and don’t run calendrically, instead changing with the ebbs and flos of mother nature. However, for the sake of ease they have created a calendar which aligns with Western calendars, that provides an overview of when to expect each season.

Below you will find a small breakdown of the Nyoongar seasons, including their names and definitions.

Birak – First Summer
December – January, is a season of dry heat and fire. Known as the Season of the Young.

Bunuru – Second Summer
February – March, is the hottest time of the year. Known as the Season of Adolescence.

Djeran – Autumn
April – May, the cooler weather is starting to come. Known as the Season of Adulthood

Makuru – Winter
June – July, the coldest and wettest part of the year with frequent storms. Known as the Season of Fertility.

Djilba – First Spring
August – September, beginning to see a mixture of wet days and dry days, with pleasant temperature during the day and colder temperatures at night. Known as the Season of Conception.

Kambarang – Second Spring
October – November, less and less wet days as the weather warms up. Known as the Season of Birth.

January 11th – Fire Moon

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This is the time of the year traditionally used for land burning, we also see many bushfires at this time.

Burning was used as a way to reduce the amount of fuel for natural bushfires, help encourage germination of seeds and foliage growth which would in turn feed the animals of the land and also as a means to create easier paths through the terrain.

Fire is both cleansing, destructive, you could use this Full-Moon to do a banishing ritual involving fire to rid yourself of any unwanted negative energies (note: always use caution when dealing with fire).

February 9th – Dry Moon

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This is the driest and hottest time of the year with little to no rainfall. Wind is usually hot during the day and cools in the afternoons, particularly along the coast.

This hot and sunny season is an important time to take care of our skin, try making your own homemade, natural moisturising cream. You can use herbs you grow in your own garden or source some locally grown or made herbs & essential oils. Call upon your favourite beauty Goddess while making it and ask her to protect your skin from the hot, baking sun. You could chant something like the phrase below while mix your cream up in a clockwise rotation.

Beautiful Aphrodite, with skin so fair & fine
I call upon you, to help me protect mine.

Let the sun only kiss it, please don’t let it burn.
With this offering I give you, I pray your blessing I earn.

After mixing up your cream up and calling upon Aphrodite don’t forget to leave her an offering. Her favourite things include perfume, roses, honey and wine. To pack an extra punch, make your cream on the night of the full moon.

March 10th – Fish Moon

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March is still a fairly warm month in the southern hemisphere and indigenous Australian’s would have spent a lot of time near the waterways during this month. Their diet during this time was therefore made up of a lot of freshwater and sea creatures.

This full moon try your hand at a bit of kitchen witchery. Whip your family up a magickal fish dish, imbuing it with whatever magick you see fit. There are plenty of kitchen witch recipes online and I’m sure you’ll find one that will make even the fussiest eaters happy.

April 8th – Ant Moon

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During April we finally start to see a break in the hot weather with the nights getting cooler and the winds picking up. With those stronger winds we often see an increase in flying ants, among other flying insects.

During this Full Moon as we think about Ants, we should take a minute to think about those who are smallest in our society – or who have the smallest voices. This would be a great time to consider giving back, whether it be serving the homeless at a local soup kitchen or having a sort out of your house and donating goods to a local charity. If you are struggling to think of how you can give back take sometime to meditate and commune with Eleos, the Greek personification of pity, mercy, clemency, and compassion. Ask him to show you how you can help those who need it most – he was often honoured through the act of cutting hair, so if you feel comfortable doing so, cut a small lock of hair and leave it on your altar for him as an offering.

May 7th – Seed Moon

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May is a time when the weather really begins to cool off. We start see some smaller flowers blooming and lots of seeds starting to form, Indigenous people typically collected and stored seeds for eating during this time.

During the Full Moon this month take a trip to your local plant nursery, see if they have any seedlings on offer that you can plant and grow in your own garden.

June 6th – Hunters Moon

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June is the wettest and coldest month of the year and this is when the indigenous Australians moved inland away from billowing winds of the coast. This meant that their diet changed from that of seafood to game meats such as kangaroo.

However, the aboriginals didn’t just use the animals they hunted for meat. They used every single part of the animals from skin to bones.

This full moon I am suggesting a ritual that has modified choices, I understand that some people may not want to participate in actual hunting. The first is a hunting ritual, plan your hunt for the full moon if possible and choose to hunt an animal that you know you will be able to use every part of (or as much as possible).

If you are not interested in hunting an animal think of something you have been desperately trying to find, maybe a cauldron for your altar, now put yourself in the mindset that you are hunting for it.

Before you start your hunt call upon Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, to be with you and guide your hand. You could say the following:

Artemis, I adore and praise you,
your arrow seeks it’s target quick and true.
Let your wild and free hands guide mine today.
May my offerings be worthy of you, Mistress of the Hunt.
This, I pray.

Make sure the offer her something on the altar before you start your hunt. She is partial to game meats, honey and libations. After you successful hunt, ensure that you make her another offering from it. If you went hunting this would be some part of the kill as well as dedicating the kill to her. If you went metaphorically hunting – dedicate the item you found for your altar to her.

July 5th – Storm Moon

During the month of July we see the weather take a turn to the darker side with an increase in storms and overcast days. Luckily, this type of weather is perfect for meditation, shamanic journeying or astral projection.

If any of these are something you are interested in doing take time to prepare yourself and research what approach you would like to take.

On the Full Moon spend sometime attempting your chosen activity, remember meditation, shamanic journeying and astral projection all take time and practice to master, so don’t expect to much if this is your first time.

For beginners there are lots of resources online, my personal favourite are the guided videos on YouTube that talk you through step-by-step. There is something for everyone!

August 4th – Kangaroo Moon

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The weather is starting to transition from cold to warm and we begin to see an increase in animal activity, especially land-grazing animals such as emus, wombats and kangaroos.

As weather warms up you will start to see the first babies of the season, proud parents teaching them how to scrounge and forage for food.

This Full Moon, take time reflect on your spiritual growth this year. Do some affirmation and manifestation work to keep you on track for the remainder of the year.

September 2nd – Bird Moon

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During September, many of our birds are still nesting and as such we see a big increase in protective behaviours. An especially protective bird is the Australian Magpie, which is known for swooping during this month.

On the Full Moon of September take time to become like the Magpie and protect your home, you sacred space. Cast protection spells and smudge your space to clear negative energy.

October 2nd – Snake Moon

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In October we see the most activity from native snakes as they begin to awaken from their winter slumber.

In Aboriginal Culture the snake holds an important place, The Rainbow Serpent is the creator of Earth and life. This Full Moon, channel your inner creative, spend sometime on a DIY project or piece of art you have been putting off. Make yourself a besom or sun-catcher. Whatever it is you decide to do, be creative, follow your heart. The act of creating is magickal in itself.

November 1st – Flower Moon

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Wild flowers are abundant at this time of year as our native plants, trees and bushes bloom a rainbow of colours.

Spend sometime in nature this month amongst the wildflowers. Pick some (be cautious of which ones you can and cannot pick) and take them home to dry and turn in to botanical smudge sticks.

December 30th – Frog Moon

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The warm weather has definitely taken hold now as we enter Summer. The only relief is a cool breeze off the waterways in the afternoons.

This time of year some reptiles typically begin to shed their old skins. This is a perfect time to start thinking about that new years resolution and what you would like to leave behind as you enter the new year.

Plan a manifestation ritual or spell to help you realise your New Year wishes and shed negative patterns.


I want to finish this post off with a quick disclaimer. I am not an indigenous Australian and do not in anyway claim to be through this post. The moon names you read here are not traditional aboriginal moon names, I looked at the aboriginal seasonal calendar and their observations of the land at that time and used that to create these moon names. I tried my best to make it relevant to the Southern Hemisphere, but the observations came from the Nyoongar people (South West Australia) and as such will have more meaning in that area. For more information on Indigenous Australian weather knowledge click here.

Top 10 Witchy/Pagan Books for Beginners

Are you a beginner witch and want advice on which books you should start off with? When I first began my path I felt completely overwhelmed with the book choices presented to me and I honestly didn’t know where to start. Some books I bought were AMAZING… others not so much. So save yourself some dolla dolla bills y’all, and check out my top ten beginner witch/pagan books!

Number 10.
Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft

This book has TONS of information and is a really great resource to have, the only issue I have with it is that a lot of the rituals/ceremonies are coven based which is not a viable option for most people (especially when you are starting out). The great thing about this book is it’s layout as more of workbook, there are questions at the end of each chapter that help you to explore what you have learned and to ensure you really understand it. I highly recommend having a copy, it is such an informative book and it is the classic beginners witchcraft book.

Number 9.
Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

Another fantastic classic to add to your library as a beginner, it is Wicca based but even if you aren’t following the Wiccan path there is still a lot that you can get from this book as a beginner. The thing I love about it is that unlike Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft, it is written for the solitary practitioner. Most people start their pagan/witchcraft journey’s in a solitary manner and this book caters to that.

Number 8.
Witch: Unleashed, Untamed, Unapologetic

This book is INCREDIBLE, I cannot say enough good things about it. I felt so empowered, beautiful and strong after reading it, the author feels like an old friend passing on knowledge and building you up to become all you need to be. I recommend reading this book, as well as her others, to all women who need to be reminded that they are wild, amazing and filled with magic.

Number 7.
The Green Witch

A great reference book for beginners who are just learning about the magical properties of herbs, oils, flowers etc… It is filled with recipes, spells and rituals as well as correspondences. An essential if you are especially interested in the Green Witch path.

Number 6.
The Magickal Family

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! As a mother and a wife this book is a MUST HAVE! It includes so much information on how to get your children in your involved in a safe and productive way. It is filled with rituals, activities, recipes, craft and SO MUCH MORE. By the way I’m not an affiliate or anything, I just REALLY LOVE THIS BOOK! If you have children make sure to add this book to your absolute, must buys!

Number 5.
The Practical Witches Spell Book

A great book for quick, fairly simple spells that can be preformed at any skill level. I love the layout of this book and it gets bonus points because it is SO PRETTY! The illustrations in this book are just incredible and make you want to read it even more.

Number 4.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Paganism

I know, I know… I’m basic AF… but seriously, this book is a fantastic resource for beginners. You can get a free sample on Amazon Kindle which actually gives quite a large chunk of the book to read before you have to purchase. I would at least recommend getting the sample and if you like it, go ahead and purchase the entire thing.

Number 3.
Wicca and Witchcraft for Dummies

I swear I’m not joking, these books really are great for beginners! I honestly love them, they contain so much information and resources for novices and experts alike.

Number 2.                                          
Witchery: Embrace the Witch Within

Fantastic beginners book written by a third-generation witch. Covers many topics that are great for those starting their journey.

Number 1.
Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power

A great look at the cultural views on witches and witchcraft and how things have evolved over the year. Very interesting read, even for those who aren’t necessarily on the path.


So that’s it, my top ten witchy/pagan reads for beginners, I know everyone may not agree with the books I chose and sometimes it’s just a matter of trial and error. As I suggested in one of the captions, downloading free samples of the books on Kindle can help eliminate money wastage as you will be able to tell if the book is what you are looking for pretty quickly.

I hope you enjoyed the read and for those wondering the books aren’t ranked in a particular order of best to worst, or worst to best, it is simply ten books I think beginner witches/pagans should look into.

Blessed Be,
– The Aussie Witch.

About Me

Hi and welcome to my blog The Aussie Witch, this very first post is a quick introduction to tell you a little bit about me and why I started this blog.

I’m a twenty-something, Australian born and raised, eclectic Witch who started my path about eighteen-months ago while living in the U.S.A. While I was there I had SO MANY RESOURCES online about basically anything I wanted to know that pertained to Witchcraft/Paganism. Then I got home about six months ago and was completely taken aback at the lack of online resources for Southern Hemisphere practitioners, I could barely find more than a handful of blogs and most of them were not up to the same level as our Northern Hemisphere counterparts.

So, The Aussie Witch was born out of necessity and a deeply ingrained desire to help others. I hope this becomes a place that Southern Hemisphere Witches/Pagans can gather to find information, to swap ideas and rituals and to build a like minded community.

I will be posting on a range of topics including:
– The Wheel of the Year
– Spells & Rituals
– Gods & Goddesses
– Eco-Friendly Living
– Pagan Parenting
– Child Friendly Practices & Activities

I will be endeavoring to share at least one post a week, hopefully more!

Blessed Be,
The Aussie Witch