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Merry Meet Friends

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.

Congratulations to those of you who have taken up the challenge and begun the correspondence courses. We are very excited by the quality of replies that we are receiving in response to the course questions and assignments.

We are also pleased to announce that we have set up a facility with PayPal to take payments by credit card. If you wish to pay by this method, just let us know when you send in your order and we'll send you a personalised link your owed about we lodge in our PayPal account.

Your PayPal invoice/Email will be in US Dollars, set at the current exchange rate, which we check for each invoice we load, so the exchange rate is always the current one.

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 that 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.

Websites / Places to Check out /Other News

Newly Opened:

Cauldron Craft - upstairs at 59 Victoria Road, Devonport, ph: 445 2552. 

Open Wed-Sun 10-5pm.

Selling magickal supplies including altar cloths and tiles, wands, cauldrons, witches' broomsticks, witchy clothing and cloaks, books of shadows, "Traditions" magazine, jewellery, books, tarot packs, bath salts and more.  Tarot readings are also offered by appointment.

If you are interested in herbs the website’s mentioned below offer a wealth of knowledge. The Weed Wanderings ezine which you are able to subscribe to from the Susan Weed site,  goes out monthly to over 8,000 subscribers, and has recently highlighted our site.

Title:  Herbal Medicine & Spirit Healing the Wise Woman Way

URLhttp://www.herbshealing.com

Description:  Crones, green witches and goddesses gather to share woman's wisdom and herbal remedies for menstruation, natural childbirth, menopause, cancer prevention and more.  Includes a forum and a virtual Moonlodge.

www.herbshealing.com

www.susunweed.com

www.ashtreepublishing.com

www.herbshealing.com/weedforum/ Susun Weed's Wise Woman Forum - an open space for discussion. This place is for you to share your questions, concerns, and comments with other wise women like you. Take a moment to register and become part of the community. Enjoy! 

Witchaven Shop is now bigger and better:

Check out the online shop http://www.witchaven.com/Shop/Shop.htm

We've added more items too it.

Calendars and Datebooks for 2004 are in stock
Potions and Balms are also now available.

Coming up:

20/3/04 Mabon

21/3/04 New Moon –Aries

05/4/04 Full Moon – Libra

20/4/04 New Moon Taurus – Solar Eclipse

30/4/04-2/5/04 Samhain

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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