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Merry Meet Friends

Greetings and Witchy Blessings to you all!

The first of the harvest festivals has arrived again, the apple tree in my front year is definitely laden and it won't be long before I can harvest some. It is time to celebrate and acknowledge the fruits of our labours. Reaping the benefits of that which we have sown. It is indeed a special time when a Sabbat falls on an esbat too, enjoy your celebrations under the light of the full moon.

Although for many the hottest days of the summer are yet to come, the daylight hours are starting to shorten. The morning sky is darker a little longer each day.

It was great to have so many old and new friends join with us at the Midsummer Picnic. 44 adults and 9 children was a great turnout. Especially given the dull drizzly day. Thanks once again to those who made the effort to come along. The great turnout certainly inspired us all to continue with arranging public events to celebrate Sabbats.

An announcement of calendar dates for this years Sabbat celebrations will be made in the next couple of weeks, we'll send you out a special calendar email soon. With our sister Groves we're busy sorting out the plan for some great social and family events this year, so watch this space.

We are also in the final planning stages for the 2007 series of Witchaven lectures. We are planning on starting this series in late April to carry through the cooler months. A calendar of lecture dates and an outline of topics will be published in the next month also.

Witchaven 2007 Calendars are still available in PDF $5.00 from the website or printed versions are available from Candles and Things in Huntly for around $20.

Lammas Greetings

Lughnasadh, or Lammas, - 2nd February Southern Hemisphere

Lammas is a day which marks the beginning of the harvest season.

Lammas was the medieval Christian name for the holiday, when loaves of bread, baked from the first wheat, were laid on altars as offerings.

Lammas is a time of joy and fulfillment and the celebration of creation

We give thanks for the ones who create the diverse abundance of life

This Sabbat is also known as the Festival of First Fruits, as the harvest season begins. The first of the harvest festivals, it also marks the waning strength of the God; the nights grow longer and the days moderate their warmth.

The Goddess, now fully enveloped in her Mother aspect, watches in sorrow at his diminishment, but finds comfort and strength in the realisation she carries the seed of the new year's Sun God within her.

This is the time of Thanksgiving for those of us in the Craft; a time to give thanks for all the forms of bounty the earth gives to us - the bounty of the harvest; the bounty of the bonds of love found among our family and friends; the bounty of our spirit. It is a time to recognise the lineage from which we come, and to honour the dying God's coming sacrifice.

Associated Deities: Ceres, Demeter, Corn Mother, Lugh, John Barleycorn, the Green Man Associated Herbs: All Herbs and all Grains Associated Crystals: Tiger-eye, Golden Topaz, Opal, Citrine, Ametrine

Decorate Altar with sheaves of wheat, barley or oats, fruit and breads, perhaps a loaf fashioned in the figure of the Sun or a man to represent the God. Corn dollies, symbolic of the Goddess, can be present as well. Appropriate Foods include bread, blackberries and all berries, acorns (leached of their poisons first), crab apples, all grains and locally ripe produce. A cake is sometimes baked, and cider is used in place of wine.

Ways to Celebrate:

Kindle a fire of herbs and wood to commemorate the Sun’s passing.

Bake magical bread in celebration of the harvest. Use a normal bread dough but knead in a tablespoon or two of fresh herbs.

Perform a prosperity spell for the coming months by making a Witches bottle. Gather together a small bottle with a tight fitting cork, a fishhook, some clover, a bit of cinnamon, and a few coins. As you place the items in the bottle visualise money coming to you from all directions. Cork the bottle and seal it with a bit of wax from your altar candles. Bury the bottle near your front door.

"Money come alive and grow,

Pour down on me from high and low,

by herb, and hook, and glass and coin,

Let prosperity and I now join,

Paper money and coins that shine,

Come to me, for you are mine."

Coming up:

02/02/07 Lammas - Full Moon - Leo

18/02/07 New Moon - Aquarius

04/03/07 Full Moon - Scorpio - Lunar Eclipse

18/03/07 Daylight Savings Ends (NZT)

19/03/07 New Moon - Pisces - Solar Eclipse

21/03/07 Mabon

Other Events:

MIND BODY SPIRIT EXPO - WELLINGTON

Where: Expression Arts and Recreation Centre, 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

When: February 17th and 18th

Website: http://www.mindbodyspiritexpos.co.nz

Check out their website to find out when one of the Mind Body Spirit Expos will be near you.

MAGICK EARTH FESTIVAL -LEVIN

Where: Tatum Park, just south of Levin

When: April 6th (Good Friday) through to April 9th (Easter Monday) 2007.

The Magick Earth Festival is a celebration for Earth and Nature based faiths, religions and beliefs. And as usual there will be stalls, lectures, workshops, discussion forums and a general get together!

Check out their website for further information!

http://www.freewebs.com/magickearthfestival

NEW SPIRIT FESTIVAL - AUCKLAND

Where: Harbour Function Centre, North Harbour Stadium, Albany

When: Saturday 28th April and Sunday 29th April

Check out their website for further information. http://www.thebigevent.co.nz

Well on that note we will end this newsletter.

Until next Sabbat

Merry Part

Igrewl and Asrteia


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