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Samhain 2003

Merry Meet Friends

Greetings and Witchy Blessings to you all!

Welcome to our latest newsletter.

As the wheel of year completes full circle turn to Samhain we focus this newsletter on this Sabbat. If you have visited the site recently you have noticed that we have added some more information. There are new Health and Beauty pages along with some new information of Gods and Goddesses and their associations.

We have also added a few new features to the newsletter this month. We have included a Crystal for the Month and have extended the book review section to include places to visit and magazines of interest. Let us know if there are any other items that you are interested in having in the newsletter or on the site.

You are also more than welcome to submit items for inclusion on the site or the newsletter. In fact we are so keen for you to do this we have decided to make it a competition! for the best 5 entries we will send you a Silver Fern Moon Calendar ( click here to check them out) Entries in by the 1st June 2003 to competition@witchaven.co.nz

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 time for our ancestors to be honoured and given their due for the part that they have played in our lives. 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.

This is the time that the veil between the two worlds is at its thinnest, we also can 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 also celebrates the final harvest of the season. It is 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 now it's a time when we can reflect on what the year that has now ended 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 nigh
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.

Crystal for the Month- Obsidian

Ruled by the Planet – Saturn
Ruled by the Element – Fire
Ruled by the Deity – Tezacatlipoca (Aztec – Shining Mirror or Smoking Mirror)
Associated Powers- Protection, Divination, Grounding and Peace

The Ancient Aztecs fashioned flat square mirrors of this volcanic glass for use in divination. Obsidian is a grounding stone. It is also very effective when carried or used in protective rituals.

Spheres fashioned from Obsidian also make great tools for scrying. If you don’t have good results using quartz crystal try using either a piece or a sphere of obsidian.

Places to visit, Books and Magazines to look out and other items of interest.

Amethyst Lake Healing Centre– 40 Mokoia Rd, Birkenhead, Auckland

Amethyst Lake Healing Centre has now been open for over a year on Auckland’s North Shore. Amethyst Lake is not only a retail shop but is also a workshop, seminar and events centre. They offer a number of products, services and events including Crystal Awareness and Meditation and Healing Insight. Along with this is a Coffee Morning every Thursday morning 10am to midday at a cost of $5. Their website is still under construction in parts but it provides details of events and some of the products available. The store was a great place to visit and to enjoy. Well worth the trip over to the North Shore if you are in Auckland.

Déjà vu – Serving Humanity (recommended retail $5.95)

An Australian magazine which regular features include – Animal Magic, Herbology, Cosmic Wisdom, Feng Shui, and Fabulous Food along with a number of features each month. For those of you who may subscribe or purchase New Zealand’s Rainbow News magazine, Deja vu is a similar publication, but printed on newsprint paper. It has concise easy to read articles and great recipes. A refreshing alternative to mainstream magazines.

The Templar Revelation – Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ – Lynn Pickett and Clive Prince

If you have an interest in the Knights of The Templar and other esoteric orders or in alternative views of the supposed founder of Christianity then this a book for you. This well researched book builds on and was inspired by ‘The Sign and the Seal’, ‘The Temple and the Lodge’ and ‘The Hiram Key’. This book traces the authors’ eight-year journey into uncharted territory into whether heretical underground held a missing key to Christianity. I found this book easy to read and thought provoking.

Coming up:

30/04/03 Samhain
02/05/03 New Moon - Taurus
16/05/03 Full Moon - Scorpio - Tree Moon
31/05/03 New Moon - Gemini - Solar Eclipse
14/06/03 Full Moon – Sagittarius – Long Night Moon
22/06/03 Yule – Winter Solstice

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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