Australian witches celebrate Winter Solstice
Elspeth McIntosh has been a witch for 16 years.
“I just had this feeling when I was about 8 years old that I was a witch,” she said.
Ms McIntosh is one of thousands of Australian witches who celebrate the Winter Solstice on 21 June.
Witches are men or women who follow a branch of Paganism known as Wicca or Witchcraft.
“Pagan faiths are where nature is worshipped,” Ms McIntosh said.
Many Pagans perform rituals designed to raise energy from the Earth and send it out into the world.
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Pagan festivals in Australia
August 1st: Imbolc – First Stirring
September 22nd: Ostara – Spring Equinox
October 31st: Beltane – The Day of the Goddess and God
December 21st: Litha – Summer Solstice
February 1st: Lammas/Lughnasadh – Harvest Festival
March 22nd: Mabon – Autumn Equinox
May 1st: Samhain – The Day of the Ancestors
June 21st: Yule – Winter Solstice