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Greetings and Witchy Blessings to you all!

As the wheel turns to Lammas and the daylight hours start to reduce we focus this newsletter on this Sabbat. Also in this newsletter we have included a new section, which looks at a couple of books which have found their way into our reading selection.

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.

Lammas also known as Lughnasadh is a celebration of plenty and optimism, and of the harvest of natures bounty. It is a bittersweet holiday in that the joy of the harvest is celebrated with the knowledge that summer is soon at an end. 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.

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 fishhook, 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.”


Interested in knowing what we have been reading lately? Watch this space to find out which new books have found their way into our possession and that we have recently read.

The featured books in this newsletter are:
• “The Urban Primitive - Paganism in the Concrete Jungle” Kaldera, Raven and Schwartzstein, Tannin
• “21st Century Goddess – The Modern Girls Guide to the Universe” Adams, Jessica; Glisic, Jelena and Paul, Anthea.

The Urban Primitive
Don’t be put off by the dark cover of this book, whilst the one of the authors has written a number of books on the dark side of paganism, this book is not one of them. The Urban Primitive explores ways of living a magical life if you live in a concrete jungle.

Topics covered are: the energy of the city; the urban triple deities; junkyard magic and magic over the modem. I found this book easy to read with great ideas for an urban pagan.

21st Century Goddess
The authors’ ultimate hope is that this book will be a guide to bring all the joys in life that the reader desires. And that it will bring enchantment and beauty into all facets of the reader’s journey. This book is divided into 14 sections including: Goddess; Magic and rituals; Energy Clearing and Global Goddess Directory.

It contains a large amount of information along with suggestions for spells, meditations, rituals, recipes and exercises. All of this is presented in easy a concise manner in an easy to read format.

I have used a number of the exercises and created a set of Goddess Oracle Cards as described in the Goddess chapter and know that this book is already a great friend on my bookshelf.

Witchaven Shop is now bigger and better:
Check out the online shop http://www.witchaven.co.nz/Shop/Shop.htm We’ve added more items too it.
Calendars for 2003 are in stock
Specialised Herb service is also now available.

Of Interest to all those who just love dancing:
A friend of ours, Sherrill Bentley is having a community get together in Cornwall Park at the band rotunda on Sunday 2nd February from Noon onwards. She has called it “Dance in the Park” and has the Queen City Big Band playing from 1-3pm So if you’re into swing and big band music, bring a picnic and come join us. The area will be marked out by balloons. This is not a pagan event however there will be a good few of us there celebrating Lammas and supporting Sherrill in her community project. This is an open invitation and everyone is very welcome.
Well done Sherrill!!!

Coming up:

01/02/03 New Moon – Aquarius – Chinese New Year
02/02/03 Lammas
02/02/03 “Dance in the Park” community event
16/02/03 Full Moon - Scorpio
02/03/03 New Moon - Picses
18/03/03 Full Moon - Virgo - Barley Moon
20/03/03 Mabon

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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