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Greetings and Witchy Blessings to you all this Spring Equinox!

We welcome you to our latest newsletter at this time where dark equals light. Join with us and celebrate as the wheel turns to Ostara, and the spring bulbs brighten our parks and gardens and the Sun's rays begin to warm the air.
After spending the morning re-establishing the kitchen herb garden and generally tidying up the garden with the sun on my back, the spring rains came to refresh the turned earth and to remind my that whilst there is warmth in the sun, Spring is still holding fort.

The extra daylight hours will soon be put to good use, in the garden and the outdoors. Allowing time to enjoy the warmth of the sun during the day, and the refreshing cool of the early morning and evening.

2008 Witchaven Calendar
We will have the 2008 Calendar ready to be released in the next few weeks. Once again we will be supplying our Calendar by PDF and email to you as we try and do our best to support our environment and be a little more eco friendly. This of course will also ensure that our calendar cost are kept down and will be once again under $10.00 NZD

Next Witchaven Grove Workshop

Exploring the Elements - Fire
Where does the element of Fire sit in your magical life?
For the spirit to be in harmony with the elements is a position those following a magical path should desire.
With this in mind, Bob is sharing his experiences on the element Fire.
Date: Saturday 27th October 2007(PLEASE NOTE NO WORKSHOP IN SEPT)
The workshop will begin at 11am promptly and finish at 4pm
Cost: $10.00
Please bring with you:
- Your lunch
- A notepad and pen for notes and Q & A session at the end
- A cushion and/or rug if you want to sit on the floor
- Cold drinks
Tea, coffee & biscuits will be provided
Venue address:
Hamilton East, the address will be sent to you on registration
Please register via email to workshop@witchaven.com due to venue rules, only registered parties will be able to participate.

Ostara Greetings

Ostara, (O' Star' ah) Spring Equinox - 23 September Southern Hemisphere

This Sabbat takes its name from the free spirited Goddess Eostre. Legend has it that she turned a bird into a rabbit and the bewitched animal then laid coloured eggs. This story is the basis for the Easter bunny, spring egg hunts and most other traditions that are associated with this holiday.

At the Vernal or Spring Equinox and marking the first true day of Spring, this sabbat marks the rekindling of life within the Earth.
The Goddess, joyful in the strength and lust of Maiden, begins to blanket the Earth with fertility as the fields initiate their bright flourish of wildflower colours and the trees bring forth new buds. The God stretches and grows to maturity, his strength on the verge of conquering the darkness.

At the Spring Equinox are the hours of dark and light equal, and from now until Mabon, the new Sun God will rule in strength.
Any Iris or Tulip bulbs that you planted in the ground for winter, should be ready to burst into bloom for spring. You could also try Lobelia flowers - sow lobelia seeds into seed trays or punnets, and plant out when the seedlings are big enough to handle. They'll bloom in mid spring, therefore manifesting Ostara's spring energy, and will give your garden or windowsill a glorious boost of blue.

O spring, beautiful season!
O goddess, beautiful goddess!
Come with joy to us now,
with goodness and plenty,
Come with tall flax that roots deeply in the field.
Come with corn, lots of corn, lots and lots of corn!
Look, we have sent girls to you bearing gifts to make you happy:
Look we have sent them to you bearing cakes made with fried eggs.
- Russian folksong

Associated Herbs: Jasmine, Rose, Violet
Associated Crystals: Moss Agate, Green Moonstone, Orange Calcite, Rose Quartz

Decorate Altar with Flowers, buds, and blossoms; cauldron filled with spring water.

Appropriate Foods include seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame seeds) pine nuts. Sprouts; leafy, green vegetables. Flower dishes such as stuffed nasturtiums or carnation cupcakes. Fake carnation cupcakes: make spice cupcakes. Frost with pink frosting and place a fresh carnation petal on top of each cupcake. Stuffed Nasturtium blossoms: stuff the blossoms with a mixture of cream cheese, chopped nuts, chives, and watercress.

Ostara Incense

1 part Jasmine
1 part Rose
1 part Strawberry leaves
1 part copal
5 drops rose essential oil

Ostara Oil

8 drops frankincense oil
4 drops benzoil oil
4 drops dragon's blood oil
2 drops nutmeg oil
2 drops violet oil
2 drops orange oil
2 drops rose oil

Mix in 3 oz of olive, almond, grapeseed or carrier oil of your choice
Ostara Oil #2

Bergamot 5 drops
Grapefruit 5 drops
Geranium 5 drops

Mix in a 1/2 ounce carrier oil of your choice

Fun for the Kids or the kid in all of us!

Make your own mobile. (This idea comes from "Circle Round") This emphasizes the balance between day and night, and you can make these as simple or as elaborate as you like. Items to create or find to balance on the mobile are suns and moons, eggs (real, empty shells, plastic eggs or paper eggs made by your children), thematic designs for the season, or anything else, really.

Hunt eggs that you have dyed with natural dyes

Have an egg toss

Do a Flower Colouring Experiment

Make a Pop Up Flower or A Pet Egg

Bunny Masks are fun!

Make little Flower Pot Bunnies to give as gifts

Once you have eaten those eggs dig hole in the earth outside near flowers or trees and bury them in the soil to replenish calcium.
Goddess Wisdom

Where Ostara steps, the earth is covered with new flowers and lush growth. She turns sorrow to joy, adversity to prosperity and despair to renewed hope.

At the time of the Spring Equinox, the cycle of birth, growth, fading, death enters the "birth" stage - we celebrate the emergence from winter and turn our face to the sun as the days become longer than the nights. Plants begin to bloom, new shoots burst forth from the earth, animals begin their bearing cycle, and the goddess' relationship with the earth's fruitfulness is witnessed in front of our eyes.

Spring is a time when Persephone returns from the underworld, Demeter's happiness to see her daughter spills over so that crops flourish, and Ishtar's fertile energy nourishes the earth and helps the nature prosper.

But most of all, it is a time to remember Ostara - the maiden, in German mythology, celebrated during the Spring Equinox when night and day are equal and balanced.

Eostre (pron East-ra) was the Anglo-Saxon goddess of the dawn, from whom "East" (where the sun rises) and "Easter" got its name - as the fertility goddess of the Northern European peoples, her legend was manipulated by the invading Romans - newly Christianized, they merged Eostre's spring legend to coincide with the time of Christ's resurrection.

She is also goddess Ostara, the maiden, in German mythology, celebrated when night and day are equal and balanced (the spring equinox for the northern hemisphere). Interestingly, the word "estrus" (referring to an animal in heat) is also derived from Eostra as her consort was a rabbit with an extraordinarily high libido!

According to legend, Eostre became angry with the rabbit and cast it into the heavens. Today we can see the "Lepus" (the hare) constellation at the feet of Orion.

Related gemstones: Carnelian, coral, agate, brown jaspar (orange stones), amethyst, aquamarine, bloodstone, red jasper

Coming up:

23/09/07 Ostara - Spring Equinox
27/09/07 Full Moon - Pisces
29/10/07 Daylight saving starts in New Zealand
11/10/07 New Moon - Libra
26/10/07 Full Moon - Aries
27/10/07 Witchaven Workshop - Exploring the Elements - Fire
31/10/07 Beltane

Places to check out:
Infinity- Books and Crystals
Shop A, NZI Building, Alexandra Street, Hamilton - email spiritualcentre@slingshot.co.nz
ph +64 7 838 1838

SpellBox
Shop 17, Royal Arcade 331-399 Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne 3000, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 963 97077

SpellBox Witch's House
Level 1, 387 Little Bourke St, Melbourne 3000. Victoria, Australia
+61 3 967 02668
www.spellbox.com.au magick@spellbox.com.au

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

Until next Sabbat

Merry Part

Asrteia & The Witchaven Team