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Greetings and Witchy Blessings to you all!

Welcome to our sixth newsletter. As the wheel turns full circle to Samhain we focus this newsletter on this Sabbat.

Happy New Year!!!!!

Samhain Greetings
Samhain (Sow'-en), is celebrated on May 1 in the Southern Hemisphere.

Deities: Hecate, Pan, Persephone, Hades, the Morrigan
Herbs: Bayleaf, Lavendar, Mugwort, Nutmeg, Sage.
Stones: Obsidian, Black Onyx, Bloodstone, Amethyst, Opal.

Samhain defines the role of death in the circle of life. It is the end of the year, a day for tying up loose ends and putting things to rest. Another function of this day has to do with those who have died during the year. It is important that they be put to peaceful rest before the coming year. That our ancestors are honoured and given their due.

Since the veil between the two worlds is thinnest at Samhain, we also learn much more from those in the Spirit World. It is the one time of the year when their messages reach us easily.

Spirits you are welcome here,
Rejoin this home and have no fear,
We’re glad to have you - you may stay,
Until you need to fly away.

This Sabbat celebrates the final harvest of the season. It was traditionally the time when the livestock was culled, with those not likely to make it through the winter slaughtered in order to provide food for the village. For us, it's a time to reflect on what this year now ending has brought to us, and to come to terms with that which we wanted but were not able to achieve.

This night is of special importance, belonging neither to the old year nor yet to the new one. At such times, communication with those who have passed over and not moved on yet may be possible.

Ways to Celebrate:

· As this is a time of endings, magic is often performed to get rid of unsatisfactory personal characteristics or break bad habits. Write the trait or habit on a piece of paper and burn it.

I burn this trait now from my life,
Upon this sacred Samhain night,
It is gone from me at last
Just a memory from the past.

· Since this is the beginning of the dark time of the year. Farewell the sun and wish him well as he rests. Until he is reborn at Yule.

Farewell, Dear Sun, who warms the earth
Who, with your light, brings joy and mirth
Close your eyes now - go to sleep
Rest peacefully in Darkness deep
Until the Yuletide fest begins
And you are born to us again.

Decorate Altar with apples, pomegranates, pumpkins, squashes and other late autumn fruits. Autumn flowers like marigolds and mums. Appropriate Foods include beets, turnips, apples, corn, nuts, gingerbread, cider, mulled wines and pumpkin dishes are appropriate, as are meat dishes.

Just a little witch on high
She’ll tell you that your love is night
Your fortune on Halloween when told
My secret will the witch unfold.

As the wheel turns full circle to Samhain and the year begins anew, now is the perfect time to take the opportunity to clean out, revitalise, renovate and to renew. Take the time to review where you have been, where you are now and then where you want to be.

Whether you are just taking the time to re-organise your altar, your sacred space, your home, your garden or even just to re-organise your wardrobe, enjoy and prepare for the new year.

Coming up:
30/04/02 Samhain
04/05/02 Handfasting - Yvette (Igrewl) and Brendon
12/05/02 New Moon - Taurus
26/05/02 Full Moon - Sagittarius - Tree Moon
11/06/02 New Moon - Gemini - Solar Eclipse
22/06/02 Yule

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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