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Imbolc 2006

Merry Meet Friends

Greetings and Witchy Blessings to you all!

Welcome to the latest edition of our sabbat newsletter. As the wheel turns to Candlemas - Imbolc, as once again we notice that the daylight hours have begun to lengthen and that the sun's warmth is felt once more. Spring bulbs and flowers indicate the return of Spring and illustrating the earths fertility.

As many of our Grove members are aware (sorry guys), one of our members is about to journey off to the other side of the world for six weeks to re-encounter past haunts and to discover some new. Look out for details of her adventures when she returns.

Lecture and Workshop Series

Just a
 reminder about the exciting series of workshops and lectures Witchaven are hosting beginning next weekend. The first lecture is this Sunday.

Topics for Workshops and Lectures include:

The Art of Raising Power
Finding Your Totem Animal
Psychic Self Defence
Practical Astral Projection
Working With the Elements

Expressions of interest on workshops to be emailed to: mailto:workshop@witchaven.com

Venue will be advised on booking.

Supplies needed for all Workshops and Lectures:
Bring a notebook and pen.

A plate of food for a shared lunch
Tea, Coffee & Biscuits will be supplied.

"Finding Your Totem Animal"

"For anyone who is eager to contact their Totem Animal. The practice to know and understand your Totem Animal is found in many cultures. Utilising the tools which include guided meditation. Within this workshop you will be taken on an inner journey to meet with your animal guide. With the assistance of your personal totem, you will be able explore ways to self-empowerment and greater spiritual awareness.
In gaining an understanding of your Animal totem, you will gain a richer understanding of the magic within yourself.

Date: Sunday, 6th August
Time: 11am - 3pm
Venue will be advised on booking.
Cost: Pre-booked $10.00, Door Sales $15.00

"Psychic Self Defence"

This powerful workshop is essential for those who are developing their psychicism. It is designed to impart to you simple and effective methods to practise psychic protection and defense on a day-to-day basis.
At the end of this workshop you will experienced ways to protect yourself, your loved ones, your car, home and workplace from negative energies.

Date: Sunday, 3rd September
Time: 11am - 3pm
Venue will be advised on booking.
Cost: Pre-booked $10.00, Door Sales $15.00

"Practical Astral Projection"

Through practical exercises you will discover and experience the difference between Astral Projection and Astral Travel. This workshop is designed to provide help and assistance, in the sometimes confusing area of Projection of the Astral body."

Date: Sunday, 8th October
Time: 11am - 3pm
Venue will be advised on booking.
Cost: Pre-booked $10.00, Door Sales $15.00

"Working With the Elements"

In gaining an understanding of and by working with each of the five elements you will experience a greater sense of spiritual and magical balance.
This lecture is designed to provide greater clarity on "Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit.

Date: Sunday, 12th November
Time: 11am - 3pm
Venue will be advised on booking.
Cost: Pre-booked $10.00, Door Sales $15.00

"The Art of Raising Power"

For anyone who is interested in power raising, this workshop is designed to guide you through the processes of power raising which are essential to circle-workings.

Aspects which are covered within the workshop are:

Why? - the purpose of power raising
How? - The method to raise power
Practicalities - Practical power raising

Date: Sunday, 10th December
Time: 11am - 3pm
Venue will be advised on booking..
Cost: Pre-booked $10.00, Door Sales $15.00

Supplies needed for all Workshops and Lectures:
Bring a notebook and pen.

A plate of food for a shared lunch
Tea, Coffee & Biscuits will be supplied.

Expressions of interest on workshops to be emailed to: mailto:workshop@witchaven.com

Imbolc Greetings

Imbolc (Em' bolc - hard, guttural "c")- 1-2 August Southern Hemisphere

Deities: Brigid, Brid, the Maiden, the Spring Goddess, the Young Lord.
Herbs: Angelica; Basil; Bay Leaves; Myrrh.
Stones: Quartz; Opal; Moonstone; Aventurine, Sunstone.

Also known as Candlemas or Groundhog Day, this Sabbat was traditionally keyed to the lactation of the ewes. This is a celebration of the first stirrings of the Earth as she responds to the wake up call of Spring.

Although this is a fire festival, the emphasis is on light, rather than warmth. It marks the recovery of the Goddess after giving birth to the new Sun god, who is growing into a young boy by this time. His power is felt in the lengthening days of sunlight, though that power is fickle in his youthfulness as we wake to warm sun one day and cold, grey skies the next.

The Goddess begins to manifest the Maiden aspect, with the first few flowers of the season pushing up through the melting snow.

The most common theme is that of purification. This is symbolised by the sweeping of the circle. It is time to being spring-cleaning. Time to get rid of what's no longer of any use to us - bad habits, old ideas, and preconceived notions. It is time to make way for the new and exciting things to come.

Decorate Altar with White flower (representing snowflake), or snow in crystal container. Orange candle anointed with musk, cinnamon, frankincense, or rosemary oil.

Appropriate Foods include all dairy foods. Sour cream dishes. spicy, full-bodied foods in honour of the Sun. Curries and all dishes made with peppers, onions, leeks, shallots, garlic, or chives. Spiced wines and dishes containing raisins - all foods symbolic of the Sun - are traditional.

Looking for ways to celebrate:

  • Turn on all the lights in the house for a few moments to guide the path of spring. Alternatively, burn a votive candle in each room.
  • Burn any leftover evergreen decorations from Yule. This ensures good luck in the coming year.
  • Have a through 'spring clean' using your broom to sweep out any stale energy that has been building throughout the winter months.

Coming up:

01/08/06-2/8/06 Imbolc

09/08/06 Full Moon

24/08/06 New Moon

08/09/06 Full Moon

22/09/06 New Moon

23/09/06 Ostara - Spring Equinox

If you would like us to include details of an event in your local area, please send the details to mailto:asrteia@witchaven.com

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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