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Samhain 2004

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 will have noticed that to celebrate the end of one year and the birth of another that we have changed the colour scheme.

We are also currently working through the site’s content and revising some of the content. So you may notice new pages becoming available and some of the information currently on the site being expanded as we continue on our own life’s path.

To those of you who are on the correspondence course journey, we are currently answering queries as they are emailed to us, but we will be responding to assignments sent in on a monthly basis, so please do not be disheartened if you have not received an email back commenting on your assignment.  Our Course Witch will be in contact in the next week..

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: Bay leaf, Lavender, Mugwort, Nutmeg, Sage.
Stones: Obsidian, Black Onyx, Bloodstone, Amethyst, Opal.

This Sabbat defines the role of death in the circle of life. Samhain  is the time for our ancestors to be honoured and given their due for the part that they have played in our lives. As it is the end of the year, it is a day for tying up loose ends and putting things to rest. Another role of this day has to do with those who have passed over during the year. It is important that they be put to peaceful rest before the coming year.

As 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.

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.

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.

Samhain also celebrates the final harvest of the season. It is the tradition 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.

Ways to Celebrate:
• 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.

• 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.

Items with which to decorate your altar -include apples, pomegranates, pumpkins, squashes and other late autumn fruits. Autumn flowers like marigolds and mums.

Appropriate Foods to include in Sabbat celebrations include beets, turnips, apples, corn, nuts, gingerbread, cider, mulled wines and pumpkin dishes are appropriate, as are meat dishes.

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

Magical Spells for your home - Ann-Marie Gallagher

A magical book of spells revealing how to use certain charms and rituals to bring about harmony in your home and relationships. This book starts with spells to protect your home and to welcome good energies within. This book is well set out and provides not only herb and crystal spells, but also recipes for magical food offerings. A pleasure to browse through.

Wicca in the Kitchen - Scott Cunningham (previously printed as The Magic of Food.)

A fabulous third edition printing of Scott Cunningham's work and a worthy addition to any magical bookshelf. Providing not only details of magical food correspondences, this encyclopedia also contains 27 of Scott Cunningham's favorite recipes. Included are magical menus for more than 10 desired outcomes. I am definitely looking forward to creating wonderful delights utilising the information contained within this books pages.

Spirit of the Witch - Raven Grimassi

This book is the first of its kind I have come across, do not expect to find spells or other such information contained within its pages. This book explores the spiritual elements of the rituals, practices and beliefs of Witchcraft, and how these elements apply not only to the seasons of nature, but also to the mystical seasons of the soul. If you are interested in exploring the spirituality of witchcraft then this book is a great launching pad. Raven Grimassi writes in a very clear and easily understandable manner.

Coming up:

30/04/04 Samhain
05/05/04 Full Moon – Scorpio – Luna Eclipse 8.31
19/05/04 New Moon – Taurus
03/06/04 Full Moon – Sagittarius – Long Night Moon
18/06/04 New Moon - Gemini
20/06/04 Yule’s Eve – Winter Solstice
21/06/04 Yule Day

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, revitalize, 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

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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