Merry Meet Friends
Greetings and Witchy Blessings to you all!
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.
Igrewl and Bryce were thrilled to represent the Grove at the Magick Earth Festival last month. They definitely enjoyed meeting those who attended the Festival.
We are pleased to announce that our Shop is now open again and our interactive software product launched at the Magick Earth Festival in November is now available via the website. The software has been designed to be interactive takes you through the Witchaven homestead and garden includes magic room, library, grimoires, candle magic, divination room, potions room, herb garden and heaps of other great information.
We are still offering our 2006 Calendar in a downloadable eco friendly Pdf format for $5.00; orders can be placed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org online payment via paypal or internet banking.
A diary note for next year: Our Auckland Course calendar will be available late January starting late February. We'll also be holding several Women's restorative retreats starting from late April.
Do you live in New Zealand? the Auckland/Counties area?
We're in desperate need of volunteers to help us with our work. We're setting aside each Sunday as "Volunteers day" if you can spare 5 plus hours a month and would like to come help us further our Mission we'd love to talk to you
For those enjoyed Bryce's music at Magic Earth there is a link to one of his band's songs on the front page of the website.
You can download the single for free personal use. By downloading this MP3 you agree to abide by the copyright statement below.
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
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.
Decorate Altar with an herbal petition packet made up of herbs such as lavender, camomile, St. John's wort, vervain, or any other Midsummer herbs. All troubles, problems, and woe should be pored into this herb pouch, and then tied with a red string; to be thrown into the fire during the rite. Appropriate Foods include fresh fruits
Ways to Celebrate:
- Try for an early morning celebration and be up to greet the dawn.
Energies of the brilliant Sun
EPONA : The maiden goddess Epona is usually portrayed as riding a white mare side-saddle, sometimes with a foal, or standing surrounded by horses. Her symbol is the Cornucopia ("horn of plenty") which suggests that she may have been honoured as a fertility goddess, although she is most commonly known as a goddess of horses and travel. She fed her beloved horses from her cornucopia filled with corn and apples, symbolic of mother-love and abundance.
Epona and her white mare accompanies the soul on its final journey to the other world, and in life she is associated with the white mare that brings dreams.
AMATERASU : is a shining example of how adversity can help us to 'blossom and bloom' more at times. She helps us look for the lesson to be learned when the adverse times come into our lives.
Amaterasu's traditional day is the Kiku no Sekku - the Chrysanthemum Festival of Japan. The chrysanthemum blossoms in autumn when other flowers are long past. The chrysanthemum is a plant that flourishes more freely if it is pinched back in spring - this is the process whereby the growing shoots are slightly damaged in order to promote more vigorous growth outwards rather than upwards.
22/12/05 Summer Solstice
Well on that note we will end this newsletter. Please let us know your thoughts and comments.
Until next Sabbat