Spirit of Place: Werribee Open Range Zoo

Spent the day at the Werribee open range zoo during the summer and took part in a special off road safari.  We had access to closed off areas of the park and the focus on the park is to save endangered species and educate the general public about them.

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Spirit of Place: Golden Dragon Museum (Bendigo)

 

Located near the Kwan Yin temple and Garden of Joy is the Golden Dragon Museum which is at the heart of the local Chinese community and houses the largest dancing dragon in the southern hemisphere.

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Dragon Chariot of Ten Thousand Sages (made with jade)

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(C) T. Georgitsis 2015

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The museum had many other objects embellished with jade as well which is highly valued in the Chinese culture:

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(C) T. Georgitsis 2015

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Then there is the Golden Dragon itself which is the longest one in the Southern hemisphere:

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(C) T. Georgitsis 2015

Spirit of Place: Kwan Yin Temple (Bendigo)

 

 

Earlier in the year I took a trip to Bendigo a few hours out of Melbourne, Australia to visit the Kwan Yin Temple which is the biggest and oldest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Kwan Yin is the Goddess of Compassion and Mercy and is honoured by Buddists as well as polytheists.

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There are many images of Kwan Yin painted on the walls around the complex.

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There are also lots of statues in honour of Kwan Yin around the complex grounds.

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There are incense burners outside the inner temple of Kwan Yin
which pilgrims can use to honour the Goddess.

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Inside the temple of Kwan Yin there is a statue and shrine in her
honour with offerings all around her.  Those who come to the temple
can meditate, pray and leave offerings in her name.

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A close up of the Kwan Yin shrine shows how active this shrine
is which is very important to her devotees.

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FOI and my role…

As a Priestess Heirophant within the Fellowship of Isis and my work, a few months back I had the pleasure of being voted in as a member of the Archpriesthood Union:

http://www.fellowshipofisiscentral.com/

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Also as an aside, my Lyceum which teaches the College of Isis curriculum is once again taking on new students. Fore more info see my Lyceum page on FB:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lyceum-of-Heka-Fellowship-of-Isis/223016837711229

Bast Anthology

I contributed to this wonderful Bast anthology through Bibliotheca Alexandrina which is now available here:

https://www.createspace.com/5455005

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Pagan Blog Project: Z is for Zaghareet

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Zaghareet (pronounced “zah guh REET”.) also known as a ululation is a long, high-pitched, wavering yet sharp trilling howl created with the fast movement of the tongue to show heightened emotion.  On the most part its a celebrational  sound used to give praise and express joy within several contexts: ritual, singing, celebrations/events but it can be also be used as a sound of deep mourning depending on the culture using it.

In the context of bellydancing at haflas, weddings and other parties.  The dancer herself can use the zaghareet to show how much fun they are having otherwise it can be directed towards the dancer to show appreciation for their dancing.  It’s a great honour to receive a zaghareet.

This is what its supposed to sound like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaz82eJTkK4&index=2&list=PLCZAeT3QsYc60xQ8s8tETcjr3Uipl3t2y

© T. Georgitsis 2015

The Alternative Spirit (Issue 6): Regular Hekate Column – Hekate & The Sea

In this issue of of The Alternative Spirit Magazine​ I have written on Hekate and the Sea and you can purchase your copy here:

http://alpinenirvana.wix.com/alternativespiritmag#!/c4fi

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