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Merry Meet Friends

Greetings and Witchy Blessings to you all!

Welcome to our latest newsletter. Also a very warm Witchy welcome to all our new newsletter subscribers.

As the wheel of year completes full circle turn to Samhain we focus this newsletter on this Sabbat.

Grove members are thrilled and excited to celebrate the start of a new year by offering a special Witchaven Grove Membership. Whilst you do not have to be a member to attend any of the Witchaven celebrations or gatherings, benefits of membership will include:

  •  5 Copies of a Magical Magazine (usually $3.50 per copy)
  •  Access to a full years online calendar
  •  Sabbat Newsletters with extra Grove only features
  •  Free Online Witchcraft Basics course (in 10 sessions + 2 starter sessions)
  •  Access to our private online Grove discussion group
  •  Hallmarked Sterling silver pentacle charm (1cm)
  •  Access to make requests for spells to the Grove Spell Library (we have over 25,000 spells on record in our archives)
  •  Special offers on Witchaven Merchandise, retreats and Courses
  • 10% off all non sale Witchaven Stock
  • The opportunity to have your very own Witchy Mentor (if you wish to)

The cost of membership per year is $45 (within New Zealand) and $60 (rest of the World).

Applications for membership will soon be available via the Witchaven Website.
But if you wish to request an early bird enrolment form email
THEGROVE@witchaven.com


On a sadder note, due to the decision by Meetup.com to charge organisers between $9.95 (USD) and $19.95 (USD) a month to organise monthly meetings, the Grove has chosen to step down from using this mechanism to host monthly gatherings. 

Grove members will still continue to host monthly gatherings in Auckland for anyone interested. Dates and times for these gatherings will be publicized via our Witchaven Yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/witchaven/ and via our Sabbat newsletters.

Grove members have also been busy sourcing and commissioning new Witchaven Jewellery. Check out the website as new items are shortly to be available via the website. We are working to ensure that all Witchaven Jewellery is of a high standard. We will are also will to work with our Jewelers to craft individual pieces.

We are planning to hold 2 Witchy and 2 Druidic retreats in December, these will be held in the Coromandel NZ and will be open to anyone who's interested. We'll be sending details out around August with prices and date. We're working with some special overseas visitors to see if their schedules will allow them to join us.

Courses starting in Auckland Next Month

We'll be running a group of 10 weekly courses, covering different aspects of the Craft. At a cost of $15 per session these are exceptionally well prices for Witchaven Newsletter readers. $20 for non members/readers
and For Grove Members the cost will be $10 per session.
If you are interested in taking opportunity contact us on AKLCourses@Witchaven.com

Happy New Year!!!!! & Samhain Greetings

Samhain (Sow'-en), is celebrated on May 1 in the Southern Hemisphere.

Associated Deities: Hecate, Pan, Persephone, Hades, the Morrigan
Associated Herbs: Bayleaf, Lavender, Mugwort, Nutmeg, Sage
Associated Crystals: Obsidian, Black Onyx, Bloodstone, Amethyst, Opal


Also known as Halloween, or All Hallows Eve, this Sabbat  celebrates the final harvest of the season. It defines the role of death in the cycle of life. It is the end of the year, and a day for tying up loose ends and for putting things to rest.

It was 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, it's a time to reflect on what this year now ending has brought to us, and to come to terms with that which we wanted but were not able to achieve.

Its a time to  recognise the passing of family, friends, and those in the community who have passed on within this year and ancestors which have gone before. It is said on this night that the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest.

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.

Appropriate 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 your Samhain Feast include: beets, turnips, apples, corn, nuts, gingerbread, cider, mulled wines and pumpkin dishes are appropriate, as are meat dishes. 


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.

Coming up:

30/04/05 Samhain Eve
08/05/05 New Moon – Taurus
24/05/05 Full Moon – Sagittarius
07/06/05 New Moon - Gemini
20/06/05 Yule’s Eve – Winter Solstice
21/06/05 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 asses 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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