RECONCILIATION

Australia is a vast beautiful island continent; home to many cultural identities. Long before this time Aboriginal people spent their days hunting and gathering their way along the songline’s of the land. They met for ceremonies, looked forward to seasonal gatherings of food and could survive harsh climatic change. These…

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THE FOUNDATION OF ANCIENT MYTHOLOGY

Mythology is deeply embedded in our cultural heritage. There are fantastic stories in most cultures, but what percentage is truth, fantasy, creativity, embellishment, religious undertones or philosophical riddles? On taking a deeper look many may have a firm basis, but few have the evidence to back them up. These stories…

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AUSTRALIA DAY: CELEBRATE & APPRECIATE

Australia is a vast and ancient landscape with distinctive plants, birdlife and animals. The southern position of this landmass was somehow missed by explorers making it one of the last to be discovered by Europeans. Australia has been inhabited by the Aboriginal people for at least sixty thousand years with…

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CHRISTMAS: WHY THIS CELEBRATION CONTINUES TO GROW

It seems odd that people of other distinct cultures want to celebrate Christmas. Christmas is a religious celebration and few are changing their beliefs, but somehow the joy and traditions of Christmas are becoming quite popular in countries where Christians are less than 10 percent of the population. Looking deeper…

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OSTARA: CEREMONY OF SPRING

I woke up this morning thinking, “isn’t there a festival day coming up? Yes and it is tonight! Ostara is a spring European celebration of rebirth, new life and fresh beginnings. Ostara celebrates the new growth of spring: green trees, flowers emerging, babies born, love in bloom and the general…

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CREATING OR INVIGORATING YOUR OUTSIDE ALTAR

An altar is a table or space to offer thanks for all that you have in this life. It usually contains the things you believe in, admire or appreciate. Sometimes altars may be to honour a particular deity, sacred tree or place. You may have seen some street or field…

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WORLD CULTURES

It is quite amazing how so many world cultures managed to evolve the distinct traditions that they have. In totally isolated times communities in the form of villages developed their own distinct cultures, beliefs and ceremonies. As time progressed early adventurers along with harsh circumstance meant cross cultural meetings began…

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PAGAN: UNDERSTANDING ITS MEANING

The word pagan carries strong and fearful content for those that fail to understand its meaning. This is a word that is used to describe spiritual or religious faiths that precede or are outside the realms of Jewish, Islamic or Christian beliefs (and other Abrahamic religions). If religions have a…

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CELEBRATING THE CHRISTMAS TREE

The Christmas tree has a long history that is both Pagan and Christian. With its cultural foundations in Norse pagan nature worship – branches or trees were bought inside homes and decorated with candles, apples and other shiny objects. Evergreen trees were believed to have special power to ward off…

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THE RETURN OF THE ARTISAN

With stores flooded with factory produced goods, people are considering what their purchases mean. Though many can be obtained at a reasonable price quality is diminishing and ethics have been questioned. Due to this people are making conscious choices about how and where things are made before they buy. With…

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