Once more I am back from several days up in the semi-country. Once more I am aware than even a mere 70km distance means the Land has a different story, different beings and even slightly different seasons. I’ve blogged on this before (Working with the Land) and it remains an abiding passion and concern. The modern tendency in most western Pagan traditions is to simply import, with a few modifications, the ‘Eight Sabbat Cycle’ from England. This cycle is itself a modern synthesis of two cycles created in the 1930s by Gardner and Nichols (In the Grove of the Druids, Philip Carr-Gomm, pp16-18).
Now, I have no direct experience of how well this importation goes in the US, Canada and other places where Neo-Paganism has taken root, but in Australia it does not wash. Even ‘reversing’ the seasons so Samhain falls on May 1st and so on does not, in my experience and view, accommodate the living, diverse and wondrous land I call home. The reason is below. Look at this and tell me the same set of Land based rites can (and were according to some) worked in Scandinavia and Greece. It makes the mind boggle. We need LOCAL myths, seasonal rites, stories, beings and practices. Otherwise we are actually practising a metaphysical Paganism. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
OK… rant over :) Thanks.