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Greetings and Witchy Blessings to you all!

Welcome to our eight newsletter. As the wheel turns to Candlemas - Imbolc, and the daylight hours lengthen we focus this newsletter on this Sabbat.

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Imbolc Greeting

Imbolc (Em' bolc - hard, guttural "c")- 1 August Southern Hemisphere

Deities: Brigid, Brid, the Maiden, the Spring Goddess, the Young Lord.
Herbs: Angelica; Basil; Bay Leaves; Myrrh.
Stones: Quartz; Opal; Moonstone; Aventurine, Sunstone.

This sabbat is the celebration of the first stirrings of the Earth as she responds to the wake up call of Spring. Although this is a fire festival, the emphasis is on light rather than on warmth. This is because the light is necessary to guide spring’s path so it doesn’t get lost, or even worse, forget to renew the Earth with its greening.

The most common theme is that of purification. This is symbolised by the sweeping of the circle. It is time to being spring-cleaning. Time to get rid of what’s no longer of any use to us - bad habits, old ideas, and preconceived notions. It is time to make way for the new and exciting things to come.

Ways to Celebrate:
Turn on all the lights in the house for a few moments to guide the path of spring. Alternatively, burn a votive candle in each room.
Burn all evergreen decorations from Yule. This ensures good luck in the coming year.
Tie small bundles of straw together with pieces of black ribbon. Name each bundle for some thing you wish to remove from your life and burn it.

Encased in Sun, Your light shall shine
And guide the spring toward greening time
And as your hearts both melt in love
The light grows stronger from above.

Decorate Altar with White flower (representing snowflake), or snow in crystal container. Orange candle anointed with musk, cinnamon, frankincense, or rosemary oil. Appropriate Foods include all dairy foods. Sour cream dishes. spicy, full-bodied foods in honour of the Sun. Curries and all dishes made with peppers, onions, leeks, shallots, garlic, or chives. Spiced wines and dishes containing raisins - all foods symbolic of the Sun - are traditional.

The Maid and Lord now bring us light
The winter dies and all is bright!
And as they lie in bed so near
The frozen ground does disappear-
For their love bring fertility
To the Earth again; so mot is be.

With spring creeping into the air, here are some oil blends to use to send out love signals.

Hearts and Flowers Attractant:
4 drops - rosewood or jasmine oil
1 drop - patchouli oil
1 drop - myrrh oil

Passionate Love Attractant:
4 drops - vanilla oil
1 drop - clove oil
1 drop - rosewood oil

Coming up:

02/08/02 Imbolc
09/08/02 New Moon - Leo
23/08/02 Full Moon - Pisces
07/09/02 New Moon - Virgo
22/09/02 Full Moon - Aries
23/09/02 Ostara - Spring Equinox

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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