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Yule 2005

Merry Meet Friends - Yuletide Greetings are sent your way

Welcome to our latest sabbat newsletter.

The form to apply for online membership to the Witchaven Grove is now available on the website. Cost of membership per year will be $45  (within New Zealand) and $60 (rest of the World).

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)

If you are in and around Auckland on Saturday June 18th, Witchaven are excited to announce that we are having a store as part of the Best of British Festival in Takapuna. We'll be selling our new range of Celtic Jewellery that's just arrived as well as herbs, lotions & potions. So please come along and say hi.

FODA (Fellowship of Druids Aotearoa) will also be there, Cris is running the speakers corner and the Druids with be hanging around doing Druidy stuff. They'll also be having a bit of a membership drive/information stand

Where:  The Promenade in Takapuna from 10am to 4pm.  June 18th

Yule or Midwinter  - 21st June Southern Hemisphere

Deities: Mother Bertha; Father Winter; Santa Claus; Kris Kringle; St
Nick; The Kings of Holly & Oak.
Herbs: Chamomile; Rosemary; Ginger; Sage; Cinnamon.
Stones: Quartz; Blue Sunstone; Emerald; Ruby; Sapphire.

Winter day of longest night
Step aside now for the light
Thank you for the things you’ve brought
That only darkness could have wrought.

The Solar festival Yule, marks the first day of winter, occurring at the winter solstice. This is the day that the Sun is reborn to warm the Earth again and marks the shortest day of the year and hence, the time of greatest darkness. A festival of joy and light, we gather for song, feasting, and gift-giving. As the Goddess tends her new-born son, she rests from her labours for the current moment, in order to prepare for the change and growth of the coming seasons. It celebrates the birth/return of the Sun God.

Yule Log - The custom of burning the Yule log began long ago with the ancient  Scandinavians who burned a huge log in honor of the god Thor. For the Vikings, the Yule log was an integral part of their  celebration of the solstice, on the log they would carve runes representing unwanted traits (such as ill fortune or poor honor) that they wanted the gods to take from them. It was though that the log brought blessings if it burned for 24 hours. It was also thought that the longer the Yule log burned the faster the Sun would come to warm the earth.

Ways to Celebrate:

To ensure good luck and prosperity in the coming year, anoint a
bayberry candle with vegetable oil and roll it in dried chamomile. Light
the candle and allow it to burn down completely.

Foods of the Mid-Winter Solstice : turkey, cakes and puddings made
with dried fruits, fruits that represent the new-born sun such as
tangerines or oranges.

Rise before light breaks on the Solstice Day and light a golden candle
to greet the dawn. Let it burn itself out.

If using a Yule log, it must be kept burning for twelve hours, for good luck. It should be made of ash. Save an unburnt piece of the log and some of the
ashes, which can be used to light upcoming ritual fire

Decorate Altar with evergreens (pin, rosemary, bay, juniper, and cedar)
and Dried leaves. Appropriate Foods include nuts, apples, pears, cakes
of caraway’s soaks in cider, pork. Serve Wassail, hibiscus, or ginger
tea to drink..

Coming up:

20/06/05 Yule
22/06/05 Full Moon
07/07/05 New Moon
21/07/05 Full Moon
01/08/05 Imbolc

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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