The Axis Mundi is a FREE online magazine, produced on a quarterly basis, which provides topical information to keep you up to date on news and developments in the Australian Pagan community. Subscribers are notified by email when a new edition is ready. In addition to our usual announcements on upcoming activities and events, the Axis Mundi contains articles and information that correspond to a seasonal theme and highlight the rhythms and cycles of the natural world and our lives. Your suggestions, comments and contributions are strongly encouraged. It is through your active participation that this online magazine will grow and develop into a publication that will empower you on your journey through all realms of possibilities personal, spiritual, and magical.
The Latin term, axis-mundi, literally means the axis of the world. Our picture expresses a shamanic point of connection between sky and earth where the four compass directions meet. At this point travel and correspondence is made between higher and lower realms and is reflected in the concept of ‘as above so below’. In the context of our magazine it is meant to define a group that comes together from various ideologies and shares spiritual ideas, knowledge and experiences and is in a process of constant evolution. All is one: Nothing ever stays the same.
In the beginning…
Axis Mundi had its humble beginnings in a little newsletter called “SOL News”, written by Janine Donnellan for Spheres Of Light, which first went online as part of the main SOL website in December 2007. In March 2008 this little newsletter grew substantially and moved to its own website and was renamed the “Axis Mundi Newsletter”. It now featured contributions from Janine and various other people, mostly from within Spheres Of Light.
Since then the Axis Mundi has evolved further and has featured articles and artwork by many different contributors not only from the core group of writers from SOL, but also from people not affiliated with the group, from Australia and overseas. By May 2010 the Axis Mundi had graduated from ‘eNewsletter’ to ‘eMagazine’ and in June 2011 it took the next step in its evolution with a total redesign of its appearance and presentation so it looked less like a website and more like a magazine.
The original website was designed, built and maintained by Jenny Taylor (Jenwytch). The original Axis Mundi Magazine design, layout and production was done by Jenny (March 2008 to May 2011). The PDF version of Axis Mundi Magazine design, layout and production is by Janine Donnellan (from June 2011 onwards) and is uploaded to Issuu PDF Reader, then embedded on the Axis Mundi website by Jenny. In February 2013, to coincide with Axis Mundi becoming a quarterly magazine, a new website was created by Jenny using a WordPress template for more convenience over the hand-coding that was used to create the original website.
Editor ~ Janine Donnellan is an eclectic Witch who has a passionate interest in modern Shamanism and Avalonian mythology. Her interest in the occult was developed as a young child through her spiritualist Grandfather. She is also a musician and loves to weave her music and sense of theatre into her rituals. Janine is also a Reiki Practioner and has studied Energetic Healing with the Australian Academy of Applied Parapsychology. Janine is a founder of Spheres Of Light, an eclectic Pagan organisation, and she was the instigator of Axis Mundi, which began as a small online newsletter for Spheres Of Light.
Website Manager ~ Jenny Taylor (aka Jenwytch) developed her fascination with the occult & paranormal during her childhood & in later years she explored areas such as psychic development, astrology, crystal healing, herbs, Reiki, & other alternative healing methods. This eventually led to her exploration of Witchcraft & the realisation that it encompassed all of her interests, including satisfying her spiritual needs. Jenny also enjoys creating & maintaining all aspects of Spheres Of Light’s websites, especially the more artistic elements involving graphic design & creating the look & ‘feel’ of each individual website. Jenny lives in southern Sydney with her husband, four sons & one very large Border Collie dog.