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Welcome to our fourth newsletter. As the wheel turns to Lammas we focus this newsletter on this Sabbat.

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Lammas Greetings

Lughnasadh, or Lammas, - 2nd February Southern Hemisphere

Deities: Ceres, Demeter, Corn Mother, Lugh, John Barleycorn, the Green Man.
Herbs: All herbs and all grains
Stones: Tiger-eye, Golden Topaz, Opal, Citrine, Ametrine.

This Sabbat is also known as the Festival of First Fruits, as season of yearly harvests begins. The first of the harvest festivals, it also marks the waning strength of the God; the nights grow longer and the days moderate their warmth. The Goddess, now fully enveloped in her Mother aspect, watches in sorrow at his diminishment, but finds comfort and strength in the realisation she carries the seed of the new year's Sun God within her.

This is the time of Thanksgiving for those of us in the Craft; a time to give thanks for all the forms of bounty the earth gives to us - the bounty of the harvest; the bounty of the bonds of love found among our family and friends; the bounty of our spirit. It is a time to recognise the lineage from which we come, and to honour the dying God's coming sacrifice.

Decorate Altar with sheaves of wheat, barley or oats, fruit and breads, perhaps a loaf fashioned in the figure of the Sun or a man to represent the God. Corn dollies, symbolic of the Goddess, can be present as well. Appropriate Foods include bread, blackberries and all berries, acorns (leached of their poisons first), crab apples, all grains and locally ripe produce. A cake is sometimes baked, and cider is used in place of wine.

Ways to Celebrate:
· Kindle a fire of herbs and wood to commemorate the Sun’s passing.
· Bake a magical bread in celebration of the harvest. Use a normal bread dough but knead in a tablespoon or two of fresh herbs.
· Perform a prosperity spell for the coming months by making a Witches bottle. Gather together a small bottle with a tight fitting cork, a fish hook, some clover, a bit of cinnamon, and a few coins. As you place the items in the bottle visualise money coming to you from all directions. Cork the bottle and seal it with a bit of wax from your altar candles. Bury the bottle near your front door.

“Money come alive and grow,
Pour down on me from high and low,
by herb, and hook, and glass and coin,
Let prosperity and I now join,
Paper money and coins that shine,
Come to me, for you are mine.”

Herbal Baths
· Rosemary for confidence
· Thyme for creativity and strength in your own convictions
· Lavender to refresh
· Sage for love, cleanliness, for dispelling infections such as colds.

You can either add bunches of fresh herbs directly to your bath or place them in a muslin bag and leave it in your bath while you soak. NB Herbs should always be used with caution especially when pregnant.

Broom Etiquette:
· Never take a broom along when you move- throw it out and buy or better yet make a new one.
· Before you move into a new house, sweep the house with you broom to clear out any residual spirits.
· Never lean your broom against a bed.
· It is said that if a broom drops, you will soon have company. So the best thing to do is to pick it up and to clean up a little. Its always useful to have some forewarning of visitors.

Coming up:
02/02/02 Lammas
12/02/02 New Moon - Aquarius - Chinese New Year
27/02/02 Full Moon - Virgo - Barley Moon
14/03/02 New Moon - Pisces
21/03/02 Mabon

If you are interested in the 2002 Magical Calendar the cost is $20.00 (includes postage within NZ), it is available via the Witchaven Website or by replying to this newsletter. The calendar contains Astrological information along with Magical and Spell information. We have also included Pagan Festivals . The calendar has been designed for the NZ time zone.

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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