Merry Meet Friends
Greetings and Witchy Blessings to you all!
Welcome to latest newsletter, as we celebrate this time of fire and fertility when spring has definitely sprung and summer is just around the corner.
We hope that you all have enjoyed whatever celebrations you have held or attended to mark Beltane. Members of the Witchaven Grove were honoured with Druidic presence today at our Grove Sabbat Gathering. May all of our wishes that were cast in the Beltane Fire come to fruition.
Beltane, standing opposite the Wheel from Samhain, -
31st October Southern Hemisphere
Clad in blossoms of the May
Happily you laugh and play
Lead me on your joyful way
And one day bring me home
Deities: May Queen, Stag Lord, Jack in the Green, the Green Man.
Herbs: Frankincense, Roses, Lemon Balm and Lemon Thyme.
Stones: Quartz, Sunstone, Orange Calcite, Malachite.
This fire and fertility festival is when we welcome the warmth of summer.
This Sabbat marks the celebration of life renewed with as much intensity as Samhain marked and honoured death and rebirth. The God is now full-grown to manhood. The Maiden, her fertility all-encompassing, stirs and rouses the God's desires. As they lay amongst creation, united as one by their eternal love, their union creates the new Sun God-to-be, the promise of rebirth to which we hold so close at Samhain. Yet, even though we're reminded at this Sabbat that all things have an ending, it is with joy and hope and desire and passion for the fertility of the world and for ourselves that we dance laughingly around the Maypole. For fleeting moments, the world stands still in promise of what might yet be, and the urge to love and merriment overwhelms.
Celebrants danced around the Maypole, in a sun-wise motion. Weaving flowers and vines tightly to the surface. The pole maintained its reign until it was replaced the following year, at which time it was split into logs to fuel the new Beltane fire.
Ways to Celebrate:
Places to visit, Books and Magazines to look out and other items of interest.
Llewellyns 2005 Magical Almanac
As always this publication contains a fantastic array of articles, folklore, recipes and myths. Containing more than 80 articles, there is a good chance that you will find something in this book to catch your fancy. It still remains a publication that I wait with anticipation for each year, as I always find hours of pleasure to be held poring over its contents. A worthy addition to the bookshelves of practioners of various magical paths.
Llewellyns 2005 Tarot Reader
This is a new Llewellyn Almanac for me this year, but I am definitely a convert, and will be looking for it again this time next year. The 2005 Tarot Reader is brimful of tarot history, articles on interpretation, tarot spreads, reviews of decks and much, much more. It has something for the reader who is just starting out and for any experienced reader. Another worthy addition to my library.
Llewellyns 2005 Herbal Almanac
This is another of my annual must haves for my library. It never fails to deliver fantastic recipes for health or for eating, combined herbal lore, herbal arts and tips on growing and gardening. It has something for everyone, whether your herb garden is a window box in your kitchen or a sprawling backyard. A great book to sit down with a cup of coffee and to relax. Although, be warned you may find that after you have finished reading it, you have an ever growing herbal project list.
13/11/04 New Moon - Scorpio
19/11/04 - 21/11/04 Mind Body, Spirit Exhibition , Sydney, Australia
27/11/04 Full Moon - Gemini
12/12/04 New Moon - Sagittarius
22/12/04 Summer Solstice
27/12/04 Full Moon - Cancer
Well on that note we will end this newsletter. Please let us know your thoughts and comments.
Until next Sabbat
Igrewl and Asrteia
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