So nice to read through this thread over the last couple of days. It's so great to see Aussie Druids getting so active on the discussion board - can you believe this was the #1 thread in Hearthfire just now? Awesome
It has been a long time since I had a look at the discussion board at all, honestly, but this one has got me feeling very inspired. Thanks for all the wonderful links and stories that everyone has posted. Such a rich collection of Australian Druidic experience!
I have done quite a lot of work myself on creating a native wheel of the year based on wind directions, tree cycles, flowering times, and the fire season. It was developed in the coastal area of Sydney, but certainly has some cross overs with other areas in the country, and might just be a matter of timing rather than anything else. I like to use it as my focus for seasonal rituals, though often it coincides with the symbolism of the traditional wheel of the year. For example, coming into winter I celebrate the "Moon Festival" as it is the time when the air clears and the moon is most visible. We do divination and inner workings to celebrate it, and its one of the few we always do at night. So it has a fair bit of cross over with Samhain. Also the "Flower Festival" which comes in early to mid August coincides with imbolc as it relates to poetic inspiration, youth and beauty.
If you are interested in having a look at my wheel of the year its here on my blog:http://www.druidsdownunder.blogspot.com
There is also a lot of information like: animal and tree symbolism for Australia; and a way of honouring the ancestors to recognise three strands - our bloodline heritage, our inspirations, and the land we live in.
I have always wanted to find a more integrated way of practicing Druidry in the Australian landscape and have found these elements of my practice to be really useful.
I must say I really enjoyed the You Tube doco about the Melbourne Grove that was posted. Allocating native animals to the cardinal points is an awesome idea. I'll have to think about using that one myself!
Looking forward to sharing more with you all