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Greetings and Witchy Blessings to you all!

Welcome to our newsletter. Thank you for all the positive feedback we have received regarding the website and having a newsletter.

We are continuing to work on new material for the site and to bring you information of interest in the newsletter.

We hope that you all had a great Samhain and that you are preparing to celebrate Yule.

Yuletide Greetings

"Winter day of longest night, Step aside for the light, Thank you for the things you've brought, That only darkness could have wrought."

Yule - Dorothy Morrison
Yule or Midwinter - 21 June Southern Hemisphere

Yule falls on the Winter Solstice -The shortest day and the longest night, a turning point as after the longest night the days begin to lengthen and the light begins to return. The theme of this solstice is rebirth, as the sun is now being born after it was 'conceived' nine months earlier at the Spring Equinox. However the emphasis is on the divine mother giving birth, rather than on the one being born. The colours red and green reflect this. Red symbolises the sacred blood of
giving birth and the green symbolises ongoing life even in Winter.

This is a time to withdraw and reassess, to renew hope and promise, a time to look inward and contemplate what we would like to see born in our lives.

The secret we can learn from this solstice is that when everything looks at it darkest, only then does the light return.

Decorate Altar with evergreens (pine, rosemary, bay, juniper, and cedar) and Dried leaves. Appropriate Foods include nuts, apples, pears, cakes of caraway's soaks in cider, pork. Serve Wassail, hibiscus, or ginger tea to drink.

For those of you who enjoy making your own incense:

Yule Incense:
2 parts Frankicense
2 parts Pine needles or resin
1 part Cedar
1 part Juniper Berries
Mix and smolder to cleanse the home. Enjoy the outdoor scents.
Wassail Recipe: (for the crockpot)

8 cups of apple juice or cider
2 cups of cranberry juice
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon allspice
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange
whole cloves
Turn the crockpot on high and pour in the apple and cranberry juices. Stir in the sugar and allspice, then add the cinnamon sticks. Stud the orange with the cloves - about 25 - 30, and toss it in. Cover the pot and cook on high for 1 hour. Change the setting to low and allow to simmer for 3 more hours then serve.

This is a recipe that you can adapt for your own tastes and is sure to warm the insides on a cool winters night. It is also great to add to mulled wine for extra effect.

Dragonspace News
The premises on Mt Eden Road in Auckland will be closing on Thursday June 21 (Winter Solstice). You will still be able to order supplies via phone or fax. Look on the website for further information.

The website address is www.dragonspace.co.nz . We are maintaining the website for Paula with updates of her big holiday.

Coming Events:
Full moon in Capricorn: July 6 2001 - Seed Moon - Lunar Eclipse 3.03 am
New moon in Cancer : July 21 2001
Full moon in Aquarius : August 4 2001 - Growing Moon
New moon in Leo : August 19 2001
Full moon in Picses : September 3 2001 - Hare Moon
New moon in Virgo : September 17 2001
Spring Equinox 23 September 2001

Remember if you would like any information or have any questions we are only just an email away. We welcome your comments and suggestions.


A nice gift for yourself or for another:

During the cool winter nights, theres nothing better than treating yourself to a long soak in a magical bath, especially when you have made the bath salts yourself.

Bath Salts:

3 parts Epsom Salts - (for an amount that will make enough for two or more baths use 3 tablespoons)
2 parts Baking Soda (2 tablespoons)
1 part Salt (1 tablespoon)
Essential Oils (amount to suit your own tastes - be bold and experiment)
For ease of mixing a zippered plastic bag - (Glad snaplocks work just fine)

Place the epsom salts, baking soda and salt in the bag, seal and shake the bag to mix. (Please make sure the bag is closed securely otherwise you will be covered in the mixture). Add drops of the oils until you feel that you have added enough. Seal and mix the contents. You can add colouring to the mixture and if you feel inspired dried herbs for added potency.

**Remember to be wary of those oils that are irritants to the skin.**

Relaxing tense muscles: cedarwood, cypress, lavendar, lemon verbena

Awaken pleasant memories: vanilla, spearmint.

Having a few restless nights.......
Place a sprig of thyme under your pillow for pleasant dreams

Well on that note we will end this newsletter. Please let us know your thoughts and comments.

Until next Sabbat

Merry Part
Igrewl and Asrteia

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