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Greetings and Witchy Blessings to you all!

Welcome to our latest newsletter. As the wheel turns past Midsummer and the daylight hours start to shorten although the hottest days of summer are yet to come, we focus this newsletter on this Sabbat. We apologise that you receive this newsletter, we have been caught out by the demands of the holiday season causing delays.

Midsummer Greetings

Litha the Summer Solstice or "Midsummer," the longest day of the year. -22nd December Southern Hemisphere

Deities: Mother Earth, Father Sun, the fey and fairy folk

Herbs: Roses, Rue, Vervain, St Johns Wort, Chamomile, Lavender and Mugwort.

Stones: Amethyst, Malachite, Golden Topaz, Opal, Quartz and Lapis Lazuli.

The sun is at its zenith now; the energies of nature have reached their highest point.  Not only is the sun at its peak, so are the fairies and the fey. They flit to and fro, greening our hearts and tending our spiritual gardens. They lighten our steps and fill us with the warmth of joy and laughter. So as we honour the God and Goddess on Midsummer Day, we must pay homage to the fairy folk on Midsummer Night.

The God and Goddess, now mature in their deepening love, revel in the fertility of the earth despite the knowledge that from this point on, his power will begin to wane.

Decorate Altar with an herbal petition packet made up of herbs such as lavender, camomile, St. John's wort, vervain, or any other Midsummer herbs. All troubles, problems, and woe should be pored into this herb pouch, and then tied with a red string; to be thrown into the fire during the rite. Appropriate Foods include fresh fruits

Ways to Celebrate:

       Try for an early morning celebration and be up to greet the dawn.

       Decorate trees with Solar symbols tied by yellow and blue ribbons.

       Make beeswax candles, combining sheets of wax and herbs. Burn one candle with the change of every season.

       Have a picnic in the outdoors.

       Leave a plate of food outside for the fairies. Drizzle it with honey.

       Kindle a fir of Oak, fir and St Johns Wort and jump over it to bring good health and good luck for the rest of the year.

Energies of the brilliant Sun

Aid all at work or having fun

Fueling growth and passions bright

Strong and true is the solar light.

Solar winds and solar flares

Wash away our hunger and cares.

Keep this day in memory bright

To warm you on long winter nights.

Now that Midsummer is past it is a great time to gather fresh herbs and petals in order to create a dream sachet. To enhance peaceful dreams use a blend of equal parts rose petals, lavendar flower heads, mugwort, rosemary and lemon balm. Store the blend in a sealed bag or jar for at least three days to ensure that the scents mingle. Place half the mixture in the centre of a square handkerchief or clean cloth napkin. Gather the corners and tie it with a sky blue ribbon. Tuck it into your pillowcase.

Watch your thoughts, they become words.

Watch your words, they become actions.

Watch your actions, they become habits.

Watch your habits, they become characters.

Watch you character, it becomes your destiny.

 -Unknown

All purpose crystal kit

If you are looking to start using crystals then the following list is a great base to start with.

         Amethyst

         Aquamarine

         Carnelian

         Citrine

         Quartz- clear

         Flourite

         Jade

         Jasper

         Lapis Lazuli

         Malachite

         Obsidian

         Rose Quartz

         Turquoise

         Hematite

Coming up:

22/12/02    Summer Solstice

01/01/03    New Moon - Capricorn

14/01/03    Full Moon - Cancer

01/02/03    New Moon - Aquarius

02/02/03    Lammas

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