All posts by Astarté Earthwise

I am Wildwoman, I find my spirituality in Nature. I honour the ancestors of this land, as well as the ancestors of my blood. I work with the help, guidance and connection of the ancient Gods, the Spirits and Totems of this land and its seasonal Cycles. I own and operate the largest pagan, wiccan and witchcraft store on ebay in Austalia. I am a teacher, healer, intuitive therapist, workshop facilitator, metaphysical store owner and wisewoman. I work on average a 80-90 hour week. I pour all I have into work for the community and nature. I run sacred circles, for my students, and the larger pagan community. To find out more about me and my services visit my website.

Litha Sabbat Declaration…Are you ready?

Litha Sabbat Declaration…Are you ready?


“The Wheel turns……Summer’s strength reaches its peak, blistering, blazing, raising passions. Fruits now ripen, and our precious crops turn to gold….the old country is abundant once again, exhausted, depleted and thirsty, its bush fire dawn too, bush fire is now imminent.”

The Sun Lord Uri the Wattle King is now at his very peak of his reign. He and His Queen are equally powerful the land is strong under their rulership. This is the summit of their creative powers, and all is lush, full and ripe. Amidst this dazzling light and purity the Goddess gives birth to the dark Lord the Christmas Bush and the seeds of change have been sown. As power has peaked, now it must also recede.

At Earthwise we believe in greeting the Sun God (Uri) at dawn on the Summer Solstice as a mark of respect, it’s his longest day and we wish to share his rising with him. We also embrace this time as the day when the (Acacia) Wattle King loses his strength and loses his battle with the (Ceratoprtalum gummiferum) Christmas Bush King who now flowers and reigns till Winter Solstice.

The Goddess shows her Death-in-Life aspect, the Earth is fertile and all is in bloom, the Goddess reaches out to the fertilising Wattle King at the height of His powers. At the same time She presides over the death of the Sun God. Here the Goddess dances Her dance of Life and Death, The Wattle King Loves Her and dies of His Love. The Summer Solstice is a time of Fulfilment of Love.

Flowers bloom everywhere, i.e. in sexual maturity, ready for pollination, fertilisation, yet once fertilised they die, that the seeds and the fruit may develop. The Lord of Light and Wattle has fought the powers of darkness, and is triumphant, ensuring fertility in the old country. But in doing so, He sows the seeds of his own death. The wheel turns and the Dark God of the Christmas Bush begins to wax in power as the Wattle King wanes.

We see the Rainbow Serpent as the Totem for the North (Fire) , and it is at the solstice he sheds his skin, and transforms himself, as does the Magickal Child within us, we like to greet the Sun before this process begins at its height (noon) and at its pinnacle (the solstice).

Here uniquely in Australia the days have grown stronger and hotter. The Northern Heat is relentless. The wilting atmosphere of summer has begun. The Cyclone season is here. In the tropics and subtropics mangoes are harvested. Bushfires remain a threat along the east coast of our land. In the south especially Tasmania, many wonderful stone fruits are now being picked, the grapes are reaching fullness in our wine regions of Victoria and South Australia. Most of our crops have been harvested in the Barossa Valley. Young Kangaroos, Wallabies and Emus are venturing further from their mothers, and starting to explore, with the exuberance of youth, whilst those that birthed them prepare to let go.

Today I’d like you to think of the waning and waxing forces of Nature, depicted as the 2 headed Rainbow Serpent, compassion equalling Water and anger equalling Fire. This Siamese Headed Serpent was the first born in the Dreaming and started life struggling against each other just as in the Northern Hemisphere the Oak and Holly King Struggle and compete. Here in Australia we can see the struggle between the Wattle tree and the Christmas bush, as one weakens and the other flourishes.

Here the waxing and waning forces of Nature are portrayed in the natural order that maintains balance. At the time of the Summer Solstice we evaluate our lives and acknowledge our participation or lack therein, which addresses the core issue of responsibility. Are we living life according to balance, and if not, then what forces have we allowed to direct things? Have we lost our centre, Sun God Uri teaches us before he departs how we must find a place of balance within to fertilise the new fruits within and make place for their growth.

As Litha approaches there is a move from the season and element of AIR into the season and element of FIRE, so this is a time of change, of transformation, where we, with the Great Rainbow Serpent shed our skin of the past and stake our claim to the future. Here once again on the round we come face to face with our Will, Freedom, Passion, Sexuality, Love, Action, Transformation, Learning, Illumination, Sight & Vision.

Summer Solstice is where you shed your old skin, and let go of what is not valid, step out of the past and live in the Radiance of the Now.

This is where the Earthwise Tribal Members realise that as we shed our old skin we look forward to the challenges and dedication to our new path, the Rainbow Serpent helps us make the our transformation from Neophyte to the preparations for our 1st initiation at Imbolc.

With the Gods we have swirled across this sunburnt country, and it is here at this ritual in the December Heat that they decide if we have done the work, to dance with them and join in the incessant pounding of their feet as it cracks the parched earth beneath us, and what was once solid an stable is now moving us to new ground, here we stand alone on the edge of a cliff as the fool tarot card, will we take that first step in perfect love and perfect trust or should we wait another year?

Only the Gods can deicide our fate.

Litha Blessings
Wise & Blessed Be

Holidays & Acceptance

I’ve called this the Acceptance Tree. As many people are about to feel the frustrations towards different members of their families throughout the holiday season.


May this photo give you thoughts of acceptance and understanding of your feelings.

This tree shows us how to live and let live. May this tree also bring you the wisdom from your inner temple to know that your resentments are best met with acceptance and compassion over your own powerlessness of how others react to you. Today you can put the past where it belongs and focus on taking care of yourself.

You don’t really need others acceptance, that keeps you starring in the victim role. Today you are free to enjoy what you have received from your own growth – serenity, courage, wisdom and love.

Here Nature shows us once again that acceptance is a form of living and letting live that frees us, yes it may be challenging but what rewarding spiritual discipline.

Spiraling Journey to Self

Many people have lot of resentments they are unaware of. The burdens of these buried feelings are heavy, and they are often expressed in a passive aggressive way when giving an opinion or asked for advice. Thinking they were just being honest, without seeing they are often lashing out and being mean.

Its starts with the spiral of truly Knowing Yourself, think of your resentments, maybe make a list, start with one or two, as you come to this awareness you will soon find that we each have many, use the ancient symbol of the spiral to be your tool of uncovering, discovering, and gently discarding these resentments. Become fearless in your spiralling journey to self and see why and how you could be spiteful.

As the spiral works its way to our centre, it also works its way back out, here we use this tool to let go of resentments, in the Nature of the spiral of letting go magic does happen, you develop compassion for yourself and others. You find yourself living in Freedom. Wow!

Freed from petty resentments, you now identify with the struggles we all share as we make our way through life. You are not better than, nor worse than anyone else, and compassion now allows you to be open with and thus deeply connected to others.

Today, ask yourself this question…is my honesty is based on true compassion?


Eclipsing Ourselves

You are sun, and moon, and earth.
Gazing upon your bright reflection, what do you see?
You are earth, and moon, and sun.
What shadow needs to move now, bringing to the foreground a wholly new kind of light?
You are moon, and sun, and earth.
What have you been reflecting? What bounces from you, and onto the eyes of other beings?
You are that which is solid, that which combusts, and that which reflects. What do you allow yourself to see? How do you allow yourself to be? Will you shift perspective, line things up, and stand in the totality of who you are? Can you step into alignment with yourself and see what bright and shadow form? You are engaged in a cosmic dance of epic proportions. You are simply living your singular life.
All of this is metaphor. All of this is true.
Wake up.

T. Thorn Coyle


Quartz Crystals

I have been working and charging a selection of clear quartz crystals for the last year, these have been in my ritual circle here at the temple, for every Full Moon, Eclipse, Dark Moon and New Moon, they are potent and powerful. They have been in rural land surrounded by the river on all sides, they have been exposed to the gentle rains, savage storms and the visiting birds and insects. I now will be offering these sacred pieces for just $20.00 (that includes postage) one only per person after the New Moon on the 25th of December. They are charged for gentle transformation, working with these crystals will ground you in the elements, allowing you to make the subtle changes needed for your own wholeness, great for beginners on this path, and a sacred tool to use throughout 2012. These crystals are limited, so first in gets one, just let me know and one will be put aside for you, thank you for allowing me to give you this sacred object for your further development.
Wise & Blessed Be
Astarte xXx