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Merry Meet Friends

Greetings and Witchy Blessings to you all!

Welcome to latest newsletter, as we celebrate this time of fire and fertility when spring has definitely sprung and summer is just around the corner. Whilst we have been experiencing very spring like weather, it is nice to know that longer sunshine hours are on the way.

Members of the Grove met last weekend to enjoy a picnic to welcome spring, and to remember and honour the passing of a beloved Family and Grove elder.

The 2007 Witchaven seminar series that is being hosted in Hamilton is almost complete, please register on the website for more information regarding the remaining seminar at the end of November. http://www.witchaven.com/index.htm

We will once again be offering our annual Calendar for 2008 in a downloadable eco friendly Pdf format for $5.00, orders can be placed by emailing calendar@witchaven.com payment via paypal or internet banking please advise how you wish to pay and we'll send you the appropriate information. The Calendar is due to be released any day now.

Other Events that may be of interest to you
Magic Earth Festival 9th Nov -11th Nov
A two day festival is an event for Nature/Earth based religions, faiths & beliefs with lectures, workshops and discussion forums. http://www.freewebs.com/magickearthfestival

Workshops being held at the Sustainable Living Centre- Waitakere City

Workshops-Seminars Timetable November 07
Workshops held at 4 Olympic Place New Lynn, Waitakere City
All workshops $10 unless otherwise stated. Bookings essential!
Phone 826 0555 or email mailto:slc@ecomatters.org.nz

Little Luxuries for Christmas
Natural skincare, decorations
Saturday 10 November 10.30-12.30pm $15
Elizabeth Francke - EcoMatters Environment Trust, Author
Elizabeth has a wealth of knowledge in natural skincare, hair care and cosmetics • in this special Christmas themed workshop find out how to make natural soaps, shampoos, and a simple moisturiser • clever ideas with natural handmade Christmas decorations • take home a small jar of moisturiser

Eco Film ‘The Leech and the Earthworm’, UK/USA, 2003, 68 mins
Wednesday 14 November 6.30-8.30pm $5
Wayne Knox – Pae Arahi (Maori Relationships Manager), Waitakere City Council
The Leech and the Earthworm critiques the ideals of western science with an indigenous vision (including Maori) of a future threatened by genetic engineering • provides living alternatives to a globalized monoculture • stunning visuals and music from around the world • a provocative film which inspires us to ask serious questions of the collective illusion we call “progress”

Building with Sustainable Materials
Healthy choices for you and your family
Saturday 24 November 10.30-12.30pm 2hrs $10
Johann Bernhardt – Architect, Building Biology & Ecology Institute
Arm yourself with eco-friendly options when choosing materials for building or renovating • discover where hidden toxins are lurking in your household and how to avoid them • which are the best and safest building materials to use with the least environmental impact?

Biodiesel
Powering Into The Future
Wednesday 28 November 6.30-8.30pm $10
Lynton Bridger – General Manager, Biodiesel Oils NZ Ltd
Hear about exciting new developments in New Zealand’s biodiesel industry straight from the horses’ mouth • Lynton will discuss - with powerpoint presentation - the manufacture, properties, and benefits of biodiesel • an overview of the diesel engine • what’s happening on the global scene

Beltane Greetings

Beltane, standing opposite the Wheel from Samhain, - 31st October Southern Hemisphere

Beltane is the fire and fertility festival where we welcome summer. It is a time for escaping from our daily chores, and for enjoying all that life has to offer.

This Sabbat marks the celebration of life renewed with as much intensity as Samhain marked and honoured death and rebirth. The God is now full-grown to manhood. The Maiden, her fertility all-encompassing, stirs and rouses the God's desires. As they lay amongst creation, united as one by their eternal love, their union creates the new Sun God-to-be, the promise of rebirth to which we hold so close at Samhain.

Yet, even though we're reminded at this Sabbat that all things have an ending, it is with joy and hope and desire and passion for the fertility of the world and for ourselves that we dance laughingly around the Maypole. For fleeting moments, the world stands still in promise of what might yet be, and the urge to love and merriment overwhelms.

Associated Herbs: Frankincense, Roses, Lemon Balm, Lemon Thyme
Associated Crystals: Quartz, Sunstone, Orange Calcite, Malachite

Ways to Celebrate the Sabbat:

* Light a long life candle at Sundown to invoke the Sun-God. Keep it burning until sundown at the end of the festival.
* Make a door wreath with fresh greenery and flowers. Decorate the rest of the house with any leftovers.
* Wear flowers and send some time with nature.
* Light a ring of candles and set up a Maypole in the middle. Decorate the Maypole with ribbons and flowers. Perhaps invite friends over to come and dance around it with you.
* Jump over the candles or walk around them and focus on what you would like to bring forth in the coming year.

Decorate Altar area with a small, potted tree inside the Circle. Make flower garland, string of beads, or small bags filled with flowers to hang from the tree in honour of the marriage of god and goddess.

Appropriate Foods include dairy and dishes such as marigold custard and vanilla ice cream. Oatmeal cakes.

Goddess Wisdom - Maia (from www.goddess.com.au )
Maia is the Greek goddess of spring, from whom we derive the name of the month of May. Her traditional day of celebration is on May 1st, when joyous men and women, wearing vibrant green, dance around a may-pole to welcome spring. In the Celtic tradition of Beltane, it was mostly a time of unashamed human sexuality and fertility, where customs such as archery tournaments, dances, feasting and music were conducted to celebrate the coming of spring. The Druids instituted May bonfires to assure successful planting and plentiful harvests.

Maia was the eldest daughter of Atlas, the most beautiful of her seven sisters, all of whom we can see in the night skies in the "Pleiades" constellation. She bore Zeus a son, Hermes, and raised another one of his children as her own when the ever-jealous Hera killed its mother.

She is sometimes referred to as the grandmother of magic, as Hermes is believed to have been the first to master the art. Incidentally, Hermes is also credited with the invention of medicine, astrology, and letters, and was an escort of souls to the underworld - a similar role to Iris (contrasting his mother's role as bringer of life each spring).

HER MODERN ENERGY

She is the shy and gentle goddess, patron of mothers and nurses, to whom sacrifices were made to insure the growth of crops. In the northern hemisphere, this month has traditionally been associated with May Day - a time for dancing, singing, loving, and general rejoicing over the return of spring.

Coming up:

9-11/11/07 Magick Earth Festival
10/11/07 New Moon - Scorpio
24/11/07 Witchaven Workshop - Element of Water - Hamilton NZ
25/11/07 Full Moon - Gemini
10/12/07 New Moon - Sagittarius
22/12/07 Summer Solstice
24/12/07 Full Moon - Cancer

Well on that note we will end this newsletter. Please let us know your thoughts and comments.

Until next Sabbat

Merry Part

Asrteia and the Witchaven Grove