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Greetings and Witchy Blessings to you all!

Welcome to our latest newsletter. As the wheel turns past Midsummer and the daylight hours start to shorten although the hottest days of summer are yet to come, we focus this newsletter on this Sabbat.

For those of us who have been experiencing the un-seasonal cold weather in New Zealand, we can only hope that the Goddess has some warmer times in store for us over the coming months.

Midsummer Greetings

Litha the Summer Solstice or "Midsummer," the longest day of the year. -21 December
Southern Hemisphere

Deities: Mother Earth, Father Sun, the fey and fairy folk
Herbs: Roses, Rue, Vervain, St Johns Wort, Chamomile, Lavender and Mugwort.
Stones: Amethyst, Malachite, Golden Topaz, Opal, Quartz and Lapis Lazuli.

Celebrating the longest day of the year, this sabbat is a celebration of service, sharing and of giving due for the planet. The sun is at its zenith now; the energies of nature have reached their highest point. The God and Goddess, now mature in their deepening love, revel in the fertility of the earth despite the knowledge that from this point on, his power will begin to wane.

Keep this day in your memory bright,
To warm you on long winters nights.
May the rays of solstice keep us warm,
All through the year.

At midsummer though not only is the Sun at its peak, but so are the fairies and the fey. And we are the objects of their labour. They flit to and fro greening our hearts and tending our spiritual gardens. They lighten our steps and fill us with the warmth of joy and laughter. So as you honour the Lord and Lady on Midsummer Day, you should also pay homage to the fairy folk on Midsummer Night.

Decorate Altar with an herbal petition packet made up of herbs such as lavender, camomile, St. John's wort, vervain, or any other Midsummer herbs. All troubles, problems, and woe should be pored into this herb pouch, and then tied with a red string; to be thrown into the fire during the rite. Appropriate Foods include fresh fruits

Ways to Celebrate:

    - Try for an early morning celebration and be up to greet the dawn.
- Decorate trees with Solar symbols tied by yellow and blue ribbons.
- Make beeswax candles, combining sheets of wax and herbs. Burn one candle       with the change of every season.
- Have a picnic in the outdoors.
- Leave a plate of food outside for the fairies. Drizzle it with honey.
- Kindle a fir of Oak, fir and St Johns Wort and jump over it to bring good health and good luck for the rest of the year.

Energies of the brilliant Sun
Aid all at work or having fun
Fueling growth and passions bright
Strong and true is the solar light.
Solar winds and solar flares
Wash away our hunger and cares.
Keep this day in memory bright
To warm you on long winter nights.

Places to visit, Books and Magazines to look out and other items of interest.
Heavenly Bliss  – 169 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW 203, Australia (+61 2 9660 5208)
A quiet oasis in the middle of Glebe Point Road in Sydney. Heavenly Bliss offer a number of services including - Meditation nights, Tarot Readings, Kahuna Massage, Aura Imaging Photography, Reiki consultations and Holistic Massage. Along with these services the shop also holds essential oils, crystals, candles, mystical icons and music for your inner-self. It is definitely a blissful retail experience. Well worth the visit if you are in the vicinity.

Please feel free to contact us with the details of places which you have visited or that you have heard about and would like more details on, and we will investigate and add to this list.

Days of the week
Let Sunday’s sunshine smile on you,
And gain success in all you do
On Monday work on hearth and home
And garden plants that tend to roam
Tuesday is a day of war
Complete today and you’ll go far
If inspiration’s what you need
Have Mercury’s Wednesday plant the seed
For money, luck and business deals
Let Thursday’s planet grease the wheels
For Venusian blessings from up above
Use Fridays grace for spells of love
Count lessons learned on Saturday
And karma wont come home to stay
Always work in harmony
Remember too, the Law of Three
Set magic free and let it flow
And watch success rates flex and grow.

Coming up:

22/12/04    Summer Solstice
27/12/04    Full Moon - Cancer
New Moon - Capricorn
    Full Moon - Leo
02/02/04    Lammas

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