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Greetings & Seasonal Blessings To You All
Have A Safe And Happy Eco-Friendly Holiday

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 stormy weather in New Zealand, we can only hope that the God & Goddess has some warmer times in store for us over the coming months. I know that I have been enjoying watching the Pohutukawa's around central Auckland change colour over the last couple of weeks, which always heralds to me that Summer is within touching distance. Whilst we celebrate the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere this week, it most definitely is not midsummer by any stretch of the imagination, it is more a herald of a summer to come.

We are holding our annual Solstice picnic in Cornwall Park in conjunction with The Grove of Magick and invite all of you to come and share and meet fellow Pagans in a beautiful setting for an afternoon of fun, music and togetherness. It is an opportunity to escape from the frantic pace of everyone else's Christmas panic and to take time to enjoy the environment.

WHERE: Cornwall Park, Greenlane, Auckland [on the South Eastern side by the Archery area ](for more detailed directions a map will be available on request)
WHEN: 23 December 2006
BRING: A picnic basket, your drinks, blankets and anything else to make you comfy

Important Information:
* please note this is a public gathering so all people and their spiritual paths are welcome and tolerance of this asked!
* children are very welcome and please feel free to bring others who you think might also enjoy the afternoon as we hope to meet lots of
new people.
* Please ensure you bring rubbish bags to clean up after we've finished, let's tread lightly on the earth

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Midsummer Greetings

Litha the Summer Solstice or "Midsummer," the longest day of the year -22 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.

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.
- Instead of exchanging Solstice gifts amongst your circle, gather together items that can be donated to a charitable organisation in your community who serves those in need. Or as an alternative make a financial donation in someone elses name to a charitable organisation.

Coming up:

22/12/06 Summer Solstice
23/12/06 Summer Solstice Picnic in Cornwall Park, Auckland
04/01/07 Full Moon in Cancer
19/01/07 New Moon in Aquarius
02/02/06 Full Moon in Leo -Lammas

Well on that note we will end this newsletter.

If you are travelling over the next few weeks to enjoy a summer holiday, we wish you a safe and pleasant journey.

Until next Sabbat

Merry Part
Igrewl and Asrteia