Moon Magic: Samhain & October, When the Gopher Looks Back…

Obviously, October is particularly special because of Samhain (Hallowmas/All Hallows) at the end of the month. It is a period between times. The leaves are changing and the air is crisp and clear as the dark nights begin to draw in.

The veil between the worlds is said to be thinner at this time. Remember those that have gone before you and honour your ancestors.

October lends itself to drama and atmosphere. It is a good excuse to make the most of this time by overloading on the witchy decorations.

Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/beneaththemoon/2017/09/moon-magic-samhain-october-when-the-gopher-looks-back/#UC0i9sFllqakvh8M.99

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Imbolc in the Southern Hemisphere

Imbolc will soon be here in the southern hemisphere. I put this first article together for the latest edition of the Axis Mundi and have also included a second Imbolc article from the August 2008 edition of the AM.

Imbolc ~ 1st August

by Jenwytch

Imbolc is a cross-quarter day midway between the winter solstice (Yule) and the spring equinox (Ostara) and is the celebration of the banishing of winter, the imminent arrival of Spring and the stirring of new life in the earth. Imbolc recognizes the maiden aspect of the triple goddess – the fresh, the young, the naïve, the new – and is strongly connected with the Goddess Brigid. It is associated with and also known as the festivals of Oimelc, Imbolg, Imbolic (Irish), Candlemas (British), Feast of Torches, Lupercalia (Italian/Latin), Brigid’s Day, and Brigantia (Scottish).

Here in the southern hemisphere, in 21st century Australia,

To read the rest please click on this link: Imbolc

Your Pagan Work Matters – Don’t Get Distracted

I started to title this post YOUR Pagan Work Matters. But all caps looks awful, so I didn’t.
This post isn’t about prioritizing your Pagan work in relation to your professional work, family work, and other work. Rather, it’s about valuing the Pagan work you do in relation to the Pagan work I do, your friends do, and all our other co-religionists do. What your Gods and ancestors have called you to do is important. It matters – don’t get distracted from it.

Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2017/09/pagan-work-matters-dont-get-distracted.html#ik7h4ZaS3wMQdki1.99

Irish-American Witchcraft: Honoring the Álfar on the Equinox

“It appears even that to these black elves in particular, i.e., mountain spirits, who in various ways came into contact with man, a distinct reverence was paid, a species of worship, traces of which lasted down to recent times. The clearest evidence of this is found in the Kormakssaga p. 216-8. The hill of the elves, like the altar of a god, is to be reddened with the blood of a slaughtered bull, and of the animal’s flesh a feast prepared for the elves….An actual âlfabôt. With this I connect the superstitious custom of cooking food for angels, and setting it for them. So there is a table covered and a pot of food placed for home-smiths and kobolds; meat and drink for domina Abundia; money or bread deposited in the caves of subterraneans, in going past”
– Grimm, Teutonic Mythology
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/agora/2017/09/irish-american-witchcraft-honoring-alfar-equinox/#TL9X0dXksu5CKI5t.99

October Full Moon Coven Gathering Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM CT

WHEN:

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Social Gathering starts about 7:00 PM CT

Sacred Circle is cast at 7:15 PM CT SHARP

PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE CHAT ROOM ONCE THE CIRCLE HAS BEEN STARTED!!!!!! This breaks the circle and also upsets the energy flow in our circle.

WHERE:

Coven Life’s chat room – the link to enter and/or register is below:

Coven’s Life Chat Room

Our Adept Maia will be leading the circle this month. I ask that you give her the same respect and curtesy that you would give me if I was leadIng the circle. This means no comments other than the ones asked for in the ritual. If you have ideas to add for or in addition to the ritual please share them after the circle is finished and social time has started again. We love to get new ideas but ask they be shared at the appropriate time. Thank you so much for following our simple circle guidelines.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 green candle, whatever size you prefer.
An athame or knife to carve candle
A candle holder
Matches or lighter

RITUAL:

Maia: We call upon the Gods and Goddesses that protect the four quarters – east, south, west, and north. Please open your quarters and please hear our call.
We call upon the Watchtowers that protect us using the four elements- air, fire, water and earth. Please lend us your energy and protect all inside and outside this circle and let harm come to none.
We call upon the Goddess Selena to walk this circle with us three times round. To assist us with our work here tonight, please  lend us your energy and power as you honour us with your presence.
Everyone: Please share our first or Craft name plus state or country you live in.
At this time carve one word into your candle of something you would like to be more prosperous in. You can be rich in many ways…money, love, happiness, etc. Envision what that looks like to you as you carve. You can use whatever alphabet you feel is right for you. You will have 2 minutes to do this.
Everyone: Please type in DONE when you are finished.
Light the candle and as you look into the flame envision again your prosperity.. See yourself enjoying what you’ve asked for.
Insert your carved word into blank in this spell and recite it aloud three times. You will have about 2 to 3 minutes to do this.
The moon is full, we feel her power
On this night and in this hour.
The time is right, and this we know,
With the Goddess’s help, my ________________ will grow.
 When the moon reappears, with her face full and bright
This spell will have worked wonders, as I will it this night.
Everyone:  Please type in “So mote it be” when you have finished.
Allow the candle to burn for at least a short time as long as it is safe to do so. Each night light the candle and visualize your prosperity. You want it to burn as many days as possible, so judge how long you let it burn depending on the size of the candle.
Maia: Thank you Goddess Selena for your presence here tonight and please return from where you came from.
We dismiss the Gods and Goddesses that represent the four quarters, east, south, west, and north. Thank you for joining our circle and please return from where you came.
We dismiss the Watchtower that protects us using
the elements of air, fire, water, and earth. Thank you for your energy and protection, and please return from where you came from.
The circle is open, but not broken. Be well until  merry we meet again.

 

We Have Lost A Friend, Sister, Mother & Wonderful Lady….

Mistress of the Myst

July 7, 1960 – September 23, 2017

I don’t really have the strength of mind to say all that I want to say. Early this morning, my dear, dear friend, Mystie passed on to the next life. She was involved in a head on wreck with a semi-truck. The wreck occurred out of state. By the time, Lord Myst, her two sons and I got there, she was already gone. We have no details as to how the wreck occurred, what surrounded it or nothing. Just that she is gone. I know my loss is almost unbearable. I grew up with her, she was my best friend. I cannot put into words what she meant to me. She was my sister, my best friend and I loved her more than life itself. Lord Myst was her brother, as you know, and his grief is unbearable…

Plead read the rest of this very important article by clicking on this link: Mistress of the Abyss

Lady of the Abyss (Lady A), Lord of the Myst (Lord M), and/or Mistress of the Myst (Mystie) sons can really use our support prayers, and knowing we care for all of them. So please leave any comments about this post and/or messages for Lady of the Abyss and/or Lord of the Myst in the comment section for this article on Witches of The Craft’s website. Thank you. Because the article does not mention WOTC online store Magical Necessities I have no idea if this will be temporarily closed or not.

What an Interesting Week I Had

First, let me start by saying a huge and heartfelt thank you to Tharem for all his great posts and going above and beyond with the posts for Mabon and Ostara!

I started the week off watching my youngest 2 grandsons for a day and a half, then went to work to come home to no internet besides it being down at my daughters’. Wednesday came still no internet and I got sent home early from work because I almost passed out. Nothing serious just a little dehydrated..so the bad is on me. Thursday my internet decided to sort of work when it wanted to and I could get nothing posted and the reason for that was something is seriously wrong with it. As I was watching a video the screen went blue and then it shut itself off and refused to re-boot. This is the computer I use all the time so it has many things for the website, students and my book saved on it. Luckily I have a small netbook computer,  that I have to get used to using again, I just had the screen replaced in (hubby accidentally broke it last year while sweeping). So at least I can post and answer emails at home again. Plus when I find the flash drive I just upload the adept lessons on before I went on vacation those students can get their next lesson. So, all in all, a technically challenging week and I am already technically challenged.

I hope you had a blessed and happy Mabon or Ostara. May the peace of the new season be with you!

Reimagining Ostara

As a Nature-centered Pagan, I enjoy celebrating Ostara, the Spring Equinox. It’s one of only two times of the year when the sun rises exactly in the east and sets exactly in the west. It’s a moment of transition – the dark half of the year ends and the light half begins. The promise of Spring that began at Imbolc is now well on its way to being fulfilled.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2017/03/reimagining-ostara.html#uE5CIiW5jo17TJEM.99

A Brief History of Ostara

Perhaps the most misunderstood holiday of the Neo-Pagan Wheel of the Year is Ostara. Many Pagans would be surprised to learn that the popular notions of its history and imagery are based upon Nineteenth Century conjecture and the scantest of historical evidence. This shouldn’t matter in terms of actual spiritual practice; just because something isn’t historical doesn’t preclude it from being the basis for meaningful spirituality. But understanding the development of the holiday should matter, if only to dispel commonly-held misconceptions about its’ history.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/naturespath/2016/03/a-brief-history-of-ostara/#tp7hK9rYfQIDyAhJ.99