New Moon Coven Gathering Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM CT

WHEN:

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Socializing starts at 7:00PM CT

Circle starts at 7:15 PM CT SHARP

Please do not enter the chat room once the circle has started. Thank you!

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chat Room

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 Ice cube

1 Fresh Leaf of any kind

2 Paper Towels to set the leaf on

RITUAL

This month we honor the coming of colder weather, the frost that comes with it and the goddess Hekate, who helps bring in the shorter days of this month.

LADY BELTANE: Merry meet and welcome to our circle for November.

EVERYONE: Merry greet. Please give your first name and state or country you live in.

LADY BELTANE: I cast this circle three times three. I take us to a place that is not a place. I take us to time out of time. Into the abyss, we proceed with the knowledge that Hekate will guide and protect us.

We will have a two-minute meditation to allow our energies to combine and raise within our circle.

Lay your paper towels flat in front of you and place the leaf on top of them. Take the ice cube (you may want to wrap a paper towel around part of it so it is not as cold when you hold it) in your power hand. Start running the ice along the leaf from where it attaches to tree to the tip of it.  Repeat doing this until you have gone over the entire leaf starting in the right side and finishing on the left Continue reading “New Moon Coven Gathering Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM CT”

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How many Pagans are there?

Determining the number of practicing or self-identified Pagans is difficult for a number of reasons. Many surveys include Pagans in the category of “other religions;” Pagans (like members of many minority religions) sometimes are wary of disclosing their religious path to strangers (through surveys or census questionnaires
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/library/answers-to-frequently-asked-religion-questions/how-many-pagans-are-there#Hg1QvxGW3qg2T0D6.99

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Paganism: An Overview Of One Of Least Understood Modern Religions

With evil witches and flying wizards dominating entertainment media, it’s no wonder there is such confusion about paganism and Wicca. These real, live religions are practiced by people like anyone else. And their community-focused, eco-centric faith is worth knowing a thing or two about.

These are a few of the many practices that could be classified as “pagan,” a traditions (or traditions) that spans many centuries and countries around the world. This piece focuses on western neo-pagan traditions, including Wicca and neo-Druidism.

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To read the rest of this article please click on this link: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/08/paganism-overview_n_4730079.html

May Your Day Be Filled With…

Family, friends, joy, happiness, love, laugh, find memories, and blessed with new ones!

From our home to your Lady Beltane and the Coven Life staff wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Important side note for your pets and familiars DO NOT FEED them any bones of any kind, onions, cabbage, or grapes/raisins these can cause very traumatic injury or even death.

Blessed be dear ones!

Is Paganism the Fastest Growing Religion in the United States?

Don’t bust out the mead yet! Pagans are still a very small minority in comparison to both U.S Religions and World Religions at large. If you read the 2008 “United States Census Bureau Abstract on Self Identified Religious Populations”, the number of Pagans and Wiccans combined still only results to 0.3% of the population (which means that 3 out of every 1,000 people you meet will be Pagan). However, that number doesn’t account for people who classify as spiritualists, Unitarian Universalists or non-classified.

I do often bump into people at Pagan meets or New Age shops who do not like to call themselves “Pagans,” but rather “Animists,” “Druids,” “Asatruar,” “Heathens,” “Shamans,” etc. The war over what gets lumped into the pagan category and what doesn’t wages on, but I bet many of these folk filled in the “non-classified” space rather than “pagan” on their Census Bureau survey. Personally I prefer to think of Paganism as a system that seeks to revive an ancient system of Earth Based Values – but not everyone shares my definition.

To read the rest of this article please click on the following link: https://metal-gaia.com/2013/05/21/is-paganism-the-fastest-growing-religion-in-the-united-states/

Paganism at a glance

Paganism describes a group of contemporary religions based on a reverence for nature. These faiths draw on the traditional religions of indigenous peoples throughout the world.

  • Paganism encompasses a diverse community.
  • Wiccans, Druids, Shamans, Sacred Ecologists, Odinists and Heathens all make up parts of the Pagan community.
  • Some groups concentrate on specific traditions or practices such as ecology, witchcraft, Celtic traditions or certain gods.
  • Most Pagans share an ecological vision that comes from …

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The World that flipped

 

As I became a wiccan, I learned there are two halves to the pagan community on Mother Earth. The other half has similar features as mine, but still so different. The other half that I have visited when I was working for my government is unique in that many things are offset from my own. As a wiccan, the unique features have come to light in my eyes. The unique features that I now see that makes them different than my half are the solar calendar, the lunar chart, and some Gods and Goddess.

First the solar calendar is offset by six months. As I celebrate one holiday in my half, I must be concerned with my fellow brothers and sisters in the other half as their time is offset by six months. When I celebrate one holiday, they are also celebrating the opposite holiday to mine. In returned I feel that I must be aware to observe the two as one. Even though the two holidays have totally different representation in themselves.

Secondly, there the moons meanings are different at different times of the year. As the seasons change, the meaning for the moon is different between the halves due to the offset of the two halves. One half could be in the dark moon of dying while it is the planting time on the other half. I would like to learn more about each moon meaning throughout the year. With this understanding, I will better appreciate what the other half goes through.

Thirdly, the other half has some different Gods and Goddesses the ones I have. I wonder if the pagans in the other half pay homage to them or do they bless the one in my half or do they do both? I personally I don’t know them, and I would like to learn more about them, so I can have a better understanding about them. I have looked on the net and found no information on these patrons. Maybe I have not looked in the right area. I would like some help from the followers on the other side of Mother Earth.

You may be wondering by now, what world I am taking about? It is the southern hemisphere. I don’t claim to be an expert in these matters due to that I am still a student in the wiccan world, in the northern half of wicca. There are still things that I need to learn that may give me more insight of the other half.

Rainbow candle spell

Supplies:

•Athame

•Anointing oil

•13 candles, one of each of the following colors: black, blue, brown, gold, gray, green, orange, pink, purple, red, silver, white and yellow

The purpose of this spell is to banish negativity, to strengthen positive virtues, to pay respect to both the Goddess and God. It may be done anytime it is needed.

Cast circle clockwise:

“With a Witches’ blade

This circle now is made

Spirits of old

I call thee to guard and to behold. “

Face east and say:

“I greet the Spirits of the East

Who inspires Inspiration in all of us

Come and join with me

For you are welcome here.”

Face south and say:

“I greet the Spirits of the South

Who inspires Compassion in all of us

Come and join with me

For you are welcome here.”

Face west and say:

“I greet the Spirits of the West

Who inspires Faith in all of us

Come and join with me

For you are welcome here.”

Face north and say:

“I greet the Spirits of the North

Who inspires Wisdom in all of us

Come and join with me

For you are welcome here.”

Move back to the center and say:

“I greet the Spirits Within

Who inspires Understanding in all of us

Come and join with me

For you are welcome here.”

Arrange candles on the alter from left to right as follows: silver, gold, white, gray, black, orange, yellow, purple, red, blue, brown, green and pink.

Anoint candles and say

“I consecrate thee

As a tool of magick

I charge thee with power

In the name of the Goddess

And in the name of the God

So Mote It Be!”

Repeat for each candle.

Light the silver candle and say:

“Candle of silver

I light thee in honor of the Goddess

May She bless and protect this circle

So the magickk that is within it this

Night will be brought to life.

So Mote It Be!”

Light the gold candle and say:

“Candle of gold

I light thee in honor of the God

May He bless and protect this circle

So the magick that is within it this

Night will be brought to life.

So Mote It Be!”

Light the white candle and say:

“Candle of white

I light thee for in your light there is truth,

Purity and spiritual strength.

As you burn bright and strong

May I learn to be more centered

And may I be blessed with wholeness.

So Mote It Be!”

Light the gray candle and say:

“Candle of gray

I light thee so that all negative energy

From within and without

may now be neutralized.

So Mote It Be!”

Light the black candle and say:

“Candle of black

I light thee so that all evil

May now be banished

And all sorrow and discord

Be brought to a close

Bless me with the power to let go of the past

and put to rest which is no longer

So that from this ending

A new beginning can emerge.

So Mote It Be!”

Light the orange candle and say:

“Candle of orange

I light thee for in your light there is

Encouragement and stimulation,

Adaptation and organization

As you burn bright and strong

May the powers of self-control and

Concentration be strengthened.

So Mote It Be!”

Light the yellow candle and say:

“Candle of yellow

I light thee for in your light there is unity,

Persuasion and creativity

As you burn bright and strong

May my confidence be increased

And my mind power be strengthened.

So Mote It Be!”

Light the purple candle and say:

“Candle of purple

I light thee for in your light there is

Ambition, dignity, and independence

Bless me with wisdom and protection

As you burn bright and strong

May my psychic and occult powers

Also grow in strength.

So Mote It Be!”

Light the red candle and say:

“Candle of red

I light thee for in your light there is

Strength, energy and passion

Bless me with will power and courage

Like the blood of life that flows through my veins

May your force always flow throughout

My body, my mind and my spiritual self.

So Mote It Be!”

Light the blue candle and say:

“Candle of blue

I light thee for in your light there is

Peace, inspiration and tranquility

As you burn bright and strong

May I come to know the virtues of

Patience, loyalty and understanding.

So Mote It Be!”

Light the brown candle and say:

“Candle of brown

I light thee for in your light there is

Stability and earthiness

As you burn bright and strong

May I learn to overcome

Indecision and hesitation

And all that holds me back.

So Mote It Be!”

Light the green candle and say:

“Candle of green

I light thee for in your light there is

Healing, fertility and prosperity

Grant me ambition and generosity

As you burn bright and strong

May I be blessed with good luck in abundance.

So Mote It Be!”

Light the pink candle and say:

“Candle of pink

I light thee for in your light there is

Affection and friendship,

Honor and unselfishness

As you burn bright and strong

May my spirit awaken and may my heart know

The true meaning of love

For love is the treasure at the end of the rainbow

And only love can conquer all

For love is light And light is love

And love shall be the law

So Mote It Be!”

Visualize the magickal energy flowing from the candle’s aura into your body through your fingertips. Continue until you feel your body is filled with the magickal rainbow of energy. Then close Circle.

Stand in the Center and say:

“I bid farewell to the Spirits Within

Open to the Understanding you inspired

Attuned to the energy of the Spirit

Thankful for your attendance.”

Face north and say:

“I bid farewell to the Spirits of North

Open to the Wisdom you inspired

Attuned to the energized of Earth

Thankful for your attendance.”

Face west and say:

“I bid farewell to the Spirits of West

Open to the Faith you inspired

Attuned to the energized of Water

Thankful for your attendance.”

Face south and say:

“I bid farewell to the Spirits of South

Open to the Compassion you inspired

Attuned to the energized of Fire

Thankful for your attendance.”

Face east and say:

“I bid farewell to the Spirits of East

Open to the Inspiration you inspired

Attuned to the energized of Air

Thankful for your attendance.”

“In perfect love and harming none

Our sacred spell work is now done

As the future becomes the present

As the present becomes the past

We bid farewell to the Goddess and God

This circle of magick is now uncast.

So Mote It Be!”

The candles may now be extinguished or burned out.

Reversed candle

Perform this 5 nights in a row, at dusk – as the sun dies and darkness descends.

Light two black candles and as they burn, speak this invocation:

In the name of the Gods and all ye spirits,

In the name of Kernunnos, and the light and the dark

and the Gods of the Netherworld,

Remove thy curse and sting from my heart and mine.

And whosoever shall be casting a curse against me,

Let he or she suffer their own curse.

Let these candles be their candles,

This burning be their burning,

This curse be their curse.

Let the pain they have caused me and mine

Fall upon themselves.

The two candles are completely burned each night.

The Goddess Within

Here is a quick but effective way to contact the Goddess within you . . .

Take some time to ground yourself, and come to a place of open relaxation.

Gently notice your hand. Keep your gaze soft. Become aware of the contours, the hard bone and soft flesh that make up your physical hand.

Now imagine looking very closely, and seeing the cells that make up the bone and flesh and everything else in your hand. Tiny pulsing living sacks, filled with watery fluid and protein molecules, joined to each other with silky, almost transparent connective tissue.

Now imagine looking even more closely, and seeing the atoms that make up the cells. Infinitesimal whirling flashes of energy that are only half-there. Electron pulses that flit instantly from place to place, with no distance being traveled between, sharing information with all the other electrons in your body – and the universe – instantaneously.

Imagine looking deep into the galaxy-scale distances between these particles, and seeing beyond them, to the black void of empty perfection. This is the quantum field that gives rise to those pulses of energy that give form to everything in existence, including your atoms and cells and flesh and bone.

This is the field of pure Consciousness, and it is the essence of the Great Goddess.

Breathe out into this field, and notice your breath being inhaled by the Goddess.

Breathe in, and know that you are breathing in the exhalations of the Goddess. Maintain this connection through your breath for as long as you like.

When you are ready, come back into ordinary consciousness, keeping your awareness of the Great Goddess within you.

Where Lives The Womb Of Creation

What you have just experienced is the Womb of all creation. Whatever Consciousness calls forth from this Void, comes into being in the world.

This is the essence of you!

This is not merely what you are made from, it is what you are.

You are the Great Goddess! She is within you, now and evermore.

This visualization makes it clear on a visceral level that nothing can separate you from the Divine . . . no more than a drop of the ocean can be imagined as not being water!

Allow this knowing to settle into all levels of your consciousness. Your atoms know it. Your cells know it. Your physical body knows it. Your mind knows it. Your soul and spirit already know it.

This is you!

So whenever you want to connect with the Goddess, all you must do is go within yourself. That’s where She lives.

Anicient Pagan Rites

The title of this article reflects how many people are our traditions, customs and beliefs. While sacrifices are mentioned and did happen in years gone by most pagans no longer make any type of animal sacrifices. Some of us do use a tiny amount of our own blood, usually only a few drops, for certain rituals.

5 WEIRD ANCIENT PAGAN RITUALS

In the ancient world, a Pagan was anyone who worshiped gods that were different to those worshiped by the Romans and the Greeks before them. In particular, the Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and the Celts were classified as Pagans and their religious rituals were seen as weird, often because they were!

1. The Druid Ritual of Oak and Mistletoe

To the early Druid priests of Gaul and Britain, the oak tree held great significance in their rituals and was considered sacred. Likewise mistletoe, which can grow on the oak, also had an important role in their religion. According to a Roman chronicler ‘Pliny the Elder’ writing in the 1st century AD, it was believed that when mistletoe fell from an oak, it was a sign that the tree had been selected by their god.

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: http://www.weirdworm.com/5-weird-ancient-pagan-rituals/