Additional information for the recent Gathering of the Blue Moon eclipse, January 31st.

Merry Meet Coven members.

Thank you for attending the Gathering to honor the super moon eclipse on the 31st.  It was an absolute pleasure and honor to have all of you on board.

In continuation with the ritual, Lady Beltane requested I make some further suggestions to help you better understand what you may choose to do with the stone. The Talisman you have charged with your mantra is your guide to assist you to move through your metamorphosis. As mentioned in the gathering post, continue to use the mantra and stone 3 days after the full moon as this is the most potent time. This will assist you to connect on a deeper level to yourself and of course the Goddess within.

Your mantra can dictate which hand you hold the stone in when you recite over the next 3 days. If it is one of receiving such as wanting more guidance, wanting personal healing, wanting respect, if it is for the self than it is in the left hand. This is the hand for receiving. If however your mantra was for you to give more compassion to others or give more respect to others or give love than you can hold this in your right hand. Alternatively like Lady Beltane mentioned you could just hold it in your power hand if all this is confusing. Your power hand is the one that you would use the most, are you left or right handed? Also traditionally the right hand is the path of the light and the left is the path of the dark. Neither are good or bad they just are, and choosing either or is fine. The intention is working from your heart space to charge you Talisman with the guidance of the Great Goddess and the God.

Your Talisman: If you feel comfortable carrying the stone with you than please do so. It is important that it stays with you as much as possible over the next 3 days while you recite your mantra. Sleeping with it if you can’t have it on you during the day is also fine. After the 3 days you can place it on your alter or in you Witch bag to remind you of what it represents. If you choose, carry the stone for as long as you feel. It will tell you what you need to do. If you are unable to carry the Talisman than please once again visualize the Cor Leonis and the elements you inscribed. These symbols are triggers, little reminders of the powerful potential that is every human being!

Your candle: It would be wonderful to allow your candle to burn as long as possible. It’s not as much the size but the intention. If you feel that you need to light a white candle whenever you choose to recite you mantra then please do so. You don’t need to let that burn all the way that is up to you. The light represents the guidance of the Goddess. Having her presence over the next 3 days is a beautiful feeling. Re-igniting that feeling whenever you recite your mantra by lighting another white candle is beautiful. If you need to recite your mantra and don’t have a candle please just visualize a light, once again this is from your heart space which is the domain of the Great Goddess.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me and remember to allow yourself to follow your intuition. Listen to your inner Goddess and God. They are you and you are them. As without so within as above so below.

Blessings to all

Merry Part until be Merry Meet again

Hypatiaofalexandrea@gmail.com

 

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NASA Full Coverage of the Full/Blue/Blood/Super/Eclispe Moon

This link will take you to NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) full video coverage of the special full Moon today. The eclipse happened in the USA early this morning so it was very hard to see it. If anyone got picture of the full…etc Moon please email them to me so I can post them here and on our Facebook page. My email is ladybeltane@aol.com. Thank You. I did not see any of it because just like the solar eclipse in August 2017 the could cover was to heavy.

http://livestream.wiki/lunareclipse/

Full Moon Glory

Witches Of The Craft®

Full Moon

The Moon has risen and the glow comes into our circle.
My Sisters join hands and bow their heads
As the Goddess is called to us.

I call on the Wind to present her self
I call on the Fire to rise high from our caldrons.
I call on the Rain to fall gently upon us.
I call on the Earth, who is mother to us all.

I turn to the East and summon the Witches
I turn to the South and summon my Words
I turn to the West and summon the Energy
I turn to the North and summon the Light

I make my circle of protection and bow as
I request the love and light of the Goddess.
I make my circle of protection and invite
my Sisters to join the light.
I make my circle of protection and place
my family there with me.

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What is Paganism? A Factual Overview

A simple, factual explanation of what Paganism actually is. It is pure information written for anyone who is non Pagan or who is Pagan but wants to know more. It is not meant to impress or proselytize.

NOTE: I have had some letters from Christians who claim this essay is anti-Christian. That is not the case. The comparisons with Christianity are objective and without any harmful intent.

In simplest terms Paganism is a religion of place, or a native religion, for example the Native American’s religion is Pagan, Hinduism is a form of Paganism. All Pagan religions are characterized by a connection and reverence for nature, and are usually polytheistic i.e. have many Gods and/or Goddesses.

Modern Paganism as practiced in the west is particular to the native peoples of the west and although there are many forms most are descended from Celtic origins. Modern Paganism or ‘neo-Paganism’ has the following characteristics:

1. Paganism is a religion of nature, in other words Pagans revere Nature. Pagans see the divine as immanent in the whole of life and the universe; in every tree, plant, animal and object, man and woman and in the dark side of life as much as in the light. Pagans live their lives attuned to the cycles of Nature, the seasons, life and death.

2. Unlike the patriarchal religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism) the divine is female as well as male and therefore there is a Goddess as well as a God. These deities are within us as well as without us (immanent); they are us. They are not simply substitutes for the Muslim or Judeo-Christian God. This is because the Gods of the major religions tend to be super-natural i.e. above nature whereas Pagan deities are natural, symbolizing aspects of nature or human nature. Having said that God and Goddess are split from the Great Spirit or Akashka which probably equates to the God of

the patriarchal religions.

3. The Goddess represents all that is female and the God represents all that is male. But because nature is seen as female the Goddess has a wider meaning. Often called Mother Earth or Gaia she is seen as the creatrix and sustainer of life, the mother of us all which makes all the creatures on the planet our siblings.

4. There are sub-groups of named Gods and Goddesses called Pantheons, drawn from the distant past, for example Isis and Osiris from Egypt or Thor, Odin, Freya et al from Norse religion and mythology. Ancient Pagans would have worshipped one or a small number of Gods and Goddesses, whilst often recognizing the validity of other people’s deities. The concept of an overall, un-named Goddess and God, the sum totals of all the others, appears to be a recent one but individual named deities represent particular human qualities or archetypes and are often used as a focus for celebrations and spiritual rites.

5. Paganism has developed alongside mankind for thousands of years; as cultures have changed so has Paganism, yet it is grounded in deep rooted genetic memories that go back to neolithic times and before. Thus Paganism is not just a nature religion but a naturalreligion.

6. Paganism in the west takes a number of forms including Wicca, Druidism, and Shamanism.

7. To Pagans the four ancient elements, Earth, Air, Fire and Water have special significance. The importance of these is hard to define because they have so many correspondences, for example they are associated with the four directions, North, East, South and West. Each element is a kind of spiritual substance from which all things are made especially ourselves and at the same time are Guardians both of ourselves and of the Goddess and God, and guarding the gateways between this world and the other world.

8. Many Pagans believe in reincarnation in some form. It gives Pagans a substantially different view of life. Early Christians saw Karma as a kind of treadmill, trapping people in endless reincarnations, never free. But Pagans see reincarnation as, at best, a chance to improve or to continue unfinished work, and at worst just a simple re-cycling of souls.


 

 

The re-emergence of Paganism

The revival of Western Paganism is mainly due to the creation of Wicca, the nice modern name for Witchcraft. However Paganism is not Wicca; Wicca is an Occult form of Paganism.

The old religion was virtually wiped out by the church of Rome using a combination of propaganda, torture and genocide. Some people held on to the old religion.

These were often the wisemen and women or Witches, the root ‘wit’ meaning ‘wise’. The church became impatient and began a purge beginning around 1484 involving the burning of Witches and wholesale slaughter of thousands of people across Europe just on suspicion of being Witches. Not surprisingly, in the face of such oppression the old religion went ‘underground’ and Witches dedicated to preserving the religion formed themselves into secret groups called covens.

Christianity’s purge was so successful that the old religion was virtually extinct by the 1900s but in 1899 a book was published by Charles Leland called ‘The Gospel of Aradia’ about Witches in Northern Italy who practiced ‘La Vecchia Religione’ – the Old Religion.

In 1921 an English historian, Margaret Murray published a book, ‘The Witch Cult in Western Europe’ in which she maintained that Witchcraft had been a religion. A British ex colonial administrator called Gerald Gardner supposedly revived Witchcraft and called it Wicca. In 1951 the laws against Witchcraft in Britain were repealed and he published a milestone book on the subject, ‘Witchcraft Today’.

Since that time Wicca has grown in popularity and has encouraged the revival of the original Pagan roots and the re-emergence of other Pagan branches such as the Northern tradition and the modern Druids. Wicca itself has become more eclectic and has absorbed elements of other systems such as the Qabala and elements of Hindu. While Wicca is relatively new, Paganism is as old as mankind and its traditions are still being rediscovered.


What do Pagans do?

Pagans revere the cycles of Nature through rituals or ceremonies of various kinds. Pagans of the western traditions celebrate up to eight festivals or Sabbats each year (not all Pagans celebrate all the Sabbats). They comprise the four solar quarters i.e. the two solstices (longest and shortest days) and the two equinoxes (day and night are the same length) plus four Celtic ‘fire’ festivals. All these mark important events in the cycle of life and also symbolise changes in the Goddess and God. They are:

Samhain(pronounced “sowain”), 31st October: the feast of the dead; remembrance of ancestors and people, now dead, who were important to us. It marks the end of the Celtic year and the start of the spiritual new year. Also known as All Hallows day, the night before being All Hallows Eve (Halloween) or all souls night.

Yule, the winter solstice, 21st December approx.: rebirth of the sun and the gradual lengthening of the days towards springtime and new life.
Imbolc or Bride’s day: start of spring and the return of the Goddess to the land.
Ostara (Easter), the spring equinox, 21st March: Return of the sun from the south, springtime proper. Some celebrate a holy union between God and Goddess.
Beltane (starting on May day): Summertime begins celebrating new life and the holy marriage of God and Goddess.

Midsomer (Midsummer) or Litha, the summer solstice, 21st June approx.: Everything is green thanks to the…

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A Very Blessed & Beautiful Tuesday Morning To All My Dear Sweet Family! May The Goddess Shine Brightly on You & Your Today!

Witches Of The Craft®

Good Morning, My Sisters & Brothers! I hope everyone is doing fine this beautiful Tuesday morning. I apologize for us running late. It is totally my fault. I have been talking to Eleanor this morning and I believe she is about the only one who truly understands me. She tells me she can look at my face and tell what I am feeling. Look into my eyes and know exactly what I am thinking. I don’t know if that is a good think or not to have someone who can read you like a book. She is the only one around here that can and thank goodness for that.

She came in the office this morning to drop off some orders. The minute she looked at me, she immediately asked, “what was wrong?” I started to tell her nothing but why lie, she would know. I told her I really…

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Imbolc

Imbloc (Candlemass, Imblog, Imbole) – February 2nd

Pronounced: EE-Molc
Incense: Rosemary, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cinnamon
Decorations: Corn Dolly, Besom, Spring Flowers
Colours: White, Orange, Red

This holiday is also known as Candlemas, or Brigid’s (pronounced BREED) Day. One of the 4 Celtic “Fire Festivals. Commemorates the changing of the Goddess from the Crone to the Maiden. Celebrates the first signs of Spring. Also called “Imbolc” (the old Celtic name).

http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/the_wheel_of_the_year/imbolc.asp

How to make an anointing herbal magical oil yourself

Merry Meet

I will give you some ideas about the herbs and oils and how you can work with them and use them in your Art.

When one plants the herbs herself/himself, grows them , harvest them herself/himself and make the oils and uses them herself/himself, then she/he is a lucky one ( smile ). But even collected in nature and in wild areas the blossoms are perfect for use, some witches prefer harvesting wild blossoms only.

Oils I make myself are mostly flower oils, I use the blossoms.

First you need to do some research about what you need. Herbal kingdom is VAST and there is always a lot to be learned and explored. When you know what blossoms you need, then go find them. When you find them , put them in a glass jar, fill the jar with base oil like olive oil , sunflower oil, almond or linseed oil. Add a thin/a milimeter/ layer of pure alcohol on top/this tip about adding the alcohol is from a dear sister of the craft / and close/cover the top of the jar well and tight. Write on a small sheet of paper on the top of the jar the date when the oil will be ready for use/count 40 days onwards , use a calendar /. Then put the jar into the sunshine and leave it there for 40 days. The Sun rays will penetrate through the glass and work with the blossoms and oil. The Moonlight  will shine on the jar  during the nights and charge it with her energies. You can notice how the colour of the oil changes and how some blossoms fade giving their power to the oil. The oil and blossoms will mix and after 40 days you can filter the blossoms and pour the oil in dark glass bottles and store it. If you do not have gark glass bottles, then you can keep the oil in dark and cool place . The oil is ready for use. Do not forget to consecrete it in a sacred circle before using it for magical tasks. Use it for anointing candles, yourself or your magical items.

Now I will mention the qualities of some herbs :

Dandelion – courage, bravery ; Fire, Mars

Clover – fairies, wishes, magic, devas, natural spirits

Lobelia – fairies, love, separation, madness. Be careful when you work with Lobelia, it is always so uncontrollable.

Rose – love, friendship, defence

Chicory – invisibility, obstacles removment

Marigold – Divinity, Wholeness, Sun and Moon, protection

Wild violets – love, wishes, dreams, protection, natural spirits; Friday

Black blossoms – hex breaking, breaking curses, protection

Lily of the valley – stops aggression, protection, promotes psychic visions, devas ; Monday, Moon

Lavender – peace of mind, healing, blessing

Mint – money, good luck, good health; Friday

Until we merry meet again

Blessed Be with inspiration and Light

Mistress of the mountains