The Land Of The Long White Cloud: Doubtful Sound Highlights

 

 

The landscape of the Doubtful Sound is that of the Jurassic Era:

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Some interesting waterfalls carve themselves through the mountains:

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Some of the small islands found within the sound are quite isolated yet full of natural beauty:

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Amazing rock formations jutting out of the Doubtful Sound looks spectacular:

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Then you have the amazing ecosystem created when the freshwater lakes meet the Tasman Sea – this is a pod of wild seals:

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All photos taken by a canon powershot-  end of 2015 beginning of 2016 (C) T. Georgitsis.

Pagan Blog Project: T is for Terrariums

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terrarium for a friend with succulents: black prince, violet queen and zebra plants.

T is for Terrarium

A Terrarium is a miniature indoor garden contained within a clear container. And have been around since the mid 1800’s.

Tina’s Terrarium Technique (© T. Georgitsis 2014)

Ingredients

  • Any clear glass container: fish bowl, vase, jar (note: containers used with a glass cover need less watering)
  • Gravel or Pebbles (using coloured stones gives a great visual)
  • Sphagnum or Sheet Moss (omit if you can’t source)
  • Potting Mix (I prefer indoor potting mix)
  • Plants (I prefer cacti or succulents due to their hardy nature)

Method

  1. Ensure you thoroughly wash and dry the glass container (and cover if used) you will be using for your terrarium.
  2. Place a layer of the gravel/pebbles on the bottom of the container which is done to ensure adequate draining occurs when the plants are watered.
  3. Place a layer of sphagnum or sheet moss to stop potting mix from trickling through to the bottom of the glass container.
  4. Place a layer of potting mix which is damp on top of the moss.
  5. Arrange the plants within the potting mix in a visually pleasing manner.
  6. Arrange a thin layer of gravel/pebbles on the top to ensure the plants and potting mix is stable.
  7. Place any accessories you like such as rocks, shells, small statues as decorations on the top.
  8. Place terrarium in the home/office/business within indirect sunlight. Turning the terrarium every so often ensures the plants grow evenly. Prune periodically ensuring all the dead leaves are removed and the height and width of plants remain at optimum level so they don’t overcrowd the container.
  9. Water weekly. I suggest a spray bottle used over the plants to ensure they aren’t over watered.  If you are using a lid on your container ensure the plants are completely dry after you have watered them before replacing the lid. Fertilise with a small amount of water soluble fertiliser once a year (spring is the best).

Simple Use for Terrariums

Is a great home warming gift or can be placed in the office as a detoxing plant.

© T. Georgitsis 2014

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terrarium for a friend with succulents: black prince, violet queen and zebra plants.

Spirit of Place: Doorways in Nature

Like my obsession with paths found in nature, I also have a love of doorways or arches in a natural setting so I thought I’d share some of them:

Ricketts Sanctuary – The Dandenongs 2014

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The Arches – Great Ocean Road 2013

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Childers Cove – The Great Ocean Road 2013

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Warburton – 2013

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Lavandula – Dalesford – 2012

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Spirit of Place: Paths in Nature

I’ve developed an obsession with paths found in nature for years now so I thought I’d share some of them:

The Dandenongs – Sherbrooke Forrest

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The Dandenongs – Ricketts Sanctuary

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(C) T. Georitsis 2014

 

The Dandenongs – Between Olinda and Sky High

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(C) T. Georitsis 2012

 

The Dandenongs – Lookout

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The Yarra – Warburton

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(C) T. Georgitsis 2013

 

Flinders Beach

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(C) T. Georgitsis 2013

 

Lavandula – Daylesford

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Hepburn Springs

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Apollo Bay

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(C) T. Georgitsis 2008

 

The Otway National Park

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(C) T. Georgitsis 2008

 

Badger Weir Park

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(c) T. Georgitsis 2011

Spirit of Place: The Great Ocean Road

Having traveled several times down the Great Ocean Road  I still haven’t seen all its natural wonders in its entirety due to so many of its wonders.

The Great Ocean road is one of the worlds most scenic coastal drives located in Victoria, Australia which contains beautiful beaches and cliffs as well as lush rain-forests.

 

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The Otways

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Summer Solstice Celebration – Silver Birch Grove (ADF)

Last month I attended the Australian ADF’s local Summer Solstice celebration run by the Silver Birch Grove (https://www.adf.org/core/index.html).   It was my second druidic ritual run by Shazbeth and her grove and I was yet again impressed and inspired.

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The connections I make during the rites have refreshed my love of the land, earth magick and the attendees are warm and genuinely nice people.  Whilst I appreciate and respect this path which isn’t my own, it’s nevertheless filled with a majestic reverence which manifests as beautiful magick – externally and internally.   It’s also wonderful to attend a free public ritual (where I am not hosting it) where the facilitators are extremely organised, timely, informative, caring and show a genuine love, duty of care and devotion to the tradition and attendees.

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The day was a muggy yet wet one.  We gathered in the cleared circle beneath the natural canopy of native trees which protected us from the rain.  All fell silent and the rain ceased as Shaz commenced the ritual.  Shaz had written it and once more I was inspired by the exquisite use of words and gestures of it along with the other main Druids participation and enactments (Ang and Callum).  I felt the pulsing magick come up through the earth as well as flow down upon me from the sky as the rite progressed.  Once more I could sense my ancestors watching a short distance away as well as Hekate just outside the boundary in the NW.

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The rite itself consisted of praise to the Kindreds, Ancestors, Spirits of Place and of course Deity (Manannan mac Lir, Brighid, Dagda).  The ritual included establishing and closing the sacred grove, offerings upon the altar, fire/hearth and earth, songs sung, hymns recited, the gates between the worlds opened and closed, meditations and divinations completed and the partaking of libations.

I had made a soy lavender candle I had brought as an offering and Shaz placed it in the centre of the alar and it was lit during the ritual.  I absolutely adored that during the rite the poem “My Country” by Dorothy Mackellar was read out and this resonated with me very strongly.  I feel it was a great tribute to Australia and the land we live in during the ritual as its often forgotten about when most of our paths are of a northern origin. Also something I noted which I found amusing was as soon as ritual had ended it started to rain, yet it had stayed away whilst the rest of the time.  That just emphasizes once again how magickal working with spirit outdoors with the land is and how magick does work.

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The way the ritual is run, is that we have feasting afterwards.  This time we brought some ham and bread rolls with several dips and some choc biscuits.  Everyone shares and it’s so lovely to be able to sit and have a picnic underneath the shade of wattle and gum trees, whilst listening to the rustle of the stream and native wildlife surrounding you.

Thank you Silver Birch Grove!

 

Beltane/Deipnon/Noumenia Glamping

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A few things which I place of very high importance within my spiritual practice is to spend time in nature and to spend time with magickal friends who lift my heart.  This past weekend I indulged in both during our Beltane/Deipnon/Noumenia Glamping trip.

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We spent time down the Great Ocean Road in Victoria where the landscape was breathtakingly beautiful and included some amazing off the beaten track beaches and natural wonders.   We also got to stop through some of the small towns and support local businesses whilst also spending some quality time with one another.

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One of the highlights of the trip was when we gathered at a visually stunning and secluded cove to indulge in some much needed celebrational frivolity and fun. I also engaged in some Hekate magick on the beach and within a cave which cut into one of the cliff faces.  The place resonated with a powerfully liminal, mystical and magickal vibe which was not only cleansing and purifying but energising and healing.  The space was a place where I was gifted with nature’s present of a purple shell and some ringed driftwood perfect for some other enchanting work for Hekate.

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Overall one of the enjoyable times I have had of late which was filled with laughter, love and soul feeding  with my magickal friends.

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Beltaine Celebration – Silver Birch Grove (ADF)

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This past Sunday I attended the Australian ADF’s local Beltaine celebration run by the Silver Birch Grove (https://www.adf.org/core/index.html).   It was my first druidic ritual run by Shazbeth and her grove and I was so impressed.  The attendees were friendly as were the facilitators who were organised, open and explained the ritual with handouts provided, which made me feel safe and welcome.

The sounds of the local wildlife and the natural landscape provided a beautiful backdrop score as we gathered in reverence within a liminal place, underneath a natural canopy of native trees and flanked by a stream.

Shazbeith had written the rite and her eloquent words, songs and actions along with some other members of the grove, connected me to the energies of the natural flow of the festival, as well as the environmental surroundings.

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The rite itself consisted of honour and veneration to the to the Gods/Goddesses (Manannan mac Lir & Danu), Ancestors and Spirits of Place as well as libations, singing of prayers/chants/hymns, divination, offerings and partaking of the oblation.

I felt and saw the devas of the land surrounding me and I experienced the power raised as it resonated through the sacred space.  I sensed some of my own ancestors watching from just beyond the clearing in the north west as well as one of my own patrons (Hekate).

Throughout the celebratory rite it felt familiar – true there were similarities with the way the prayers and libations were performed with my personal Hellenic practise but it was something more than that…it was the reverence and connection to nature whilst also acknowledging those who came before us and the gods who are ever watchful and present in our lives.

After the rite, we all enjoyed a picnic where we shared what we had brought with one another surrounded by wild herbs, flowers, grasses and trees which was uniquely Australian and picturesque.

Thank you Shaz and members of the Silver Birch Grove!

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