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Greetings and Witchy Blessings to you all!

As day equals night and the wheel of the year turns to Mabon we focus this newsletter on this Sabbat. Thank you for all the emails that we have received about the newsletters and the new look of the site. We are working on a new area relating to Health and Beauty currently so watch out for new pages being added. We welcome all comments. Mabon Greetings The first day of Autumn, the Autumn Equinox, is known as Mabon. - 21st March Southern Hemisphere

Deities: Mabon, Persephone, Demeter

Herbs: Marigold, Sunflowers, Hibiscus, Rose Petals, Myrrh

Crystals: Amber, Clear Quartz, Tiger-eye, Citrine

Mabon marks the second harvest of the season, and is a time of rest after hard work. Once again day and night are equal. Nature declines, readying itself for the cold winter dark as the Sun God sacrifices himself to ensure life for his children. This sabbat is also known as "Harvest Home" and the "Festival of the Harvest Moon."

I offer you this perfect food
With thanks and love for all you do
I honour you, O Mother Earth
Please bless me with your joy and mirth

This is also a time of thanksgiving not only for all that has been provided in the harvest but for all that we have, all that we are and all that the future holds. Because of this Sabbats ties with the underworld, it is a great time to remember those who have gone before us. To thank them for the gifts that they have given us, that allow us to be the special individuals that we are.

Decorate Altar with acorns, oak sprigs, pine and cypress cones, ears of corn, wheat stalks and other fruits and nuts. Fill a basket with dried leaves of various colours and kinds.

Appropriate Foods include the second harvest's gleanings: grains, fruit, and vegetables (especially corn). Cornbread is traditional, as are beans and baked squash. Ways to Celebrate:

* Rise early on Mabon morning and listen to the birds in the trees.

Bid a fond farewell to those creatures who are now beginning to ready themselves for winter hibernation.

* Honour those who have past before us with a feast, recall times past

and how each family member who has past has contributed to who you are now.

* Remember that giving thanks is not just about saying thank you. It

also involves giving something back for what you have received. It is not necessarily about the giving of gifts or monetary items, but also includes the gifts of service. They may include volunteering at a support centre, working at a shelter or spending time visiting the elderly. These gifts will not only touch those to whom you give but also yourself.


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 book in this newsletter is: A complete guide to Night Magic - Cassandra Eason Cassandra starts the introduction to the book with the question, Who will walk in the darkness with me? The night and darkness are so often associated with the negative and tend to harbour our childhood fears. What we forget is that the darkness is an important part of the natural cycles. Half of each day and year is spent in darkness. In order to experience the dawn, one must travel through the night. In all creation myths the starting point is darkness. The Yin/Yang symbol is a balance of dark and light. This books provides meditations, spells and rituals to enable one to connect with the positive energies of winter, dark angels, gods and goddesses, also with the planets and stars. I always find Cassandra's books easy to read and containing practical exercises and this book is no different. It is destined to be a well read addition to my bookshelf. Pagan Book Publishers Websites: Interested in finding out what some of the latest pagan and related books being published are? Check out these sites, they provide information not only about new publications but also about the authors as well. Llewellyn's also has an excellent free Journal section which contain a number of articles on a wide range of topics. www.llewellyn.com


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.

Coming up:

21/3/03 Mabon
1/4/03 New Moon -Aries
17/4/03 Full Moon - Libra
30/4/03-2/5/03 Samhain
2/5/03 New Moon - Taurus

Please note that DRAGONSPACE Shop is not closed, the shop has merely moved a few doors down to: 179 Sandringham Road Kingsland Auckland. Ph: 09 845 2916

On this note we will end this newsletter. Please let us know your thoughts and comments. We'd love to get any information you like to have put on the site, Donations of information are always gratefully received.

Until next Sabbat Merry Part Igrewl and Asrteia

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