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West End Full Moon Fire Festival

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by Susan J Bowes (subscribe)
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Try your hand at fire spinning under the full moon
Even if you have never studied pagan lifestyles or ancient civilisation's beliefs and rituals, the night of a full moon can be a wonderful experience. On a clear night the light emanating from the Moon can brighten up an entire room as its ambience streams through the bedroom window.

I was once asked to relate how I felt standing in the moonlight on a full moon and up until that point I had never thought about it or done it. I did take up the challenge and was amazed at how energised I felt after doing so. It was like I was engulfed in brightness with the light streaming down on my face. I likened my experience to the feeling of the sun's ray on a warm day, yet not warm. As the moon is considered to radiate female energies which are the emotional, creative and nurturing aspects of our lives, it is no wonder we should feel this way under her spell. Plus there must definitely be something magical within the moon's sphere, otherwise why would so many avid gardeners vow to plant by the moon's cycle?

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Photo courtesy of West End Fire Fest Website

On every full moon Orleigh Park, West End comes alive for the Brisbane's Full Moon Fire Spinning Festival. The event has been held every month since 2006 and entry is free. Families are encouraged to come with picnic blankets and food and sit back to enjoy the entertainment or have a spin on the night amongst new found friends.

Fire spinning is the art of using tools to create patterns of fire around the body. We have probably all done this on a much smaller scale when as children we have created fun with sparklers on a stick, waving them about in the dark to make shapes before they fizzled out. I know I can remember doing this as an adult as well as a child. If you are interesting in developing your childhood skills to a more evolved level, workshops are available and more information can be found on the Fire Tricks Website. Once you become astute at this craft, we may just see you in the park on the full moon displaying your new found ability.

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Photo courtesy of West End Fire Fest Website

Orleigh Park is located alongside the Brisbane River. Also named Froggy Park after a large frog and tongue slide in the grounds, other facilities include children playgrounds, BBQ and picnic shelters, water and toilets. Getting to the park is easy either via the Brisbane City Council's many transport services, your own vehicle or a bikeway which connects the park to the city.

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Photo courtesy of Visit Brisbane website

If you cannot make it to the next full moon event, dates for upcoming nights are located on their website so you can mark in your calendar and not miss out.
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Why? Fun night of enjoyment for whole family
When: Every month
Where: Orleigh Park
Cost: Free
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