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Imbolc 2003

Merry Meet Friends

Greetings and Witchy Blessings to you all!

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

Imbolc Greetings

Imbolc (Em' bolc - hard, guttural "c")- 1-2 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.

With this Sabbat we celebrate 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.

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.

Looking for 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 any leftover 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. Have a through 'spring clean' using your broom to sweep out any stale energy that has been building throughout the winter months. With my broom filled with power, I now sweep away the old and sour,

Crystal for the Month- Moonstone

Ruled by the Planet - Moon; Venus-Neptune

Ruled by the Element -Water

Ruled by the Deity -Diana, Selene, Isis and all lunar Goddesses Associated Powers- Love, Divination, Psychism, Sleep, Gardening, Protection and Youth.

The moonstone is intimately connected with the Moon in magical lore. So much so that many use it in accordance with the lunar phases. It is said that some stones change their hue with the lunar phases. This stone is very deceptive and love-drawing. Wear or carry moonstone to draw love into your life. Because of its association with the Moon, the bringer of sleep, the stone is often placed beneath a pillow to ensure a restful sleep.

Places to visit, Books and Magazines to look out and other items of interest. After a recent trip to Sydney we have highlighted couple of places to visit that were discovered.

Adyar Bookshop - 230 Clarence Street, Sydney, Australia www.adyar.com.au The Adyar Bookshop in Sydney is run by the Theosophical Society. It is Australia's largest and longest established metaphysical and alternative bookshop. The bookshop not only carries over 40,000 titles in a large variety of subject areas, they also stock candles, crystals, essential oils, incense, jewellery and other items. It is a true pleasure to visit. Whilst for most unless you are visiting Sydney it is a little inconvenient to visit, the bookshop has a great website through which it is possible to search for and or book and gifts.

Phoenix Rising Bookshop - 31a Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney, Australia www.phoenixrisingbooks.com Another bookshop haven located in Sydney, Phoenix Rising Bookshop is another small oasis of metaphysical knowledge. This bookshop is a more intimate environment than the Adyar Bookshop but it holds a good selection of books, tarot cards and music. The website also contains articles, reviews and details of new releases. They also have a resource centre for careers in the field of Natural Therapies.

Coming up:

02/08/03 Imbolc

12/08/03 Full Moon - Aquarius

28/08/03 New Moon - Leo

11/09/03 Full Moon - Pisces

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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