Night of the Black Mirror

Hold up the crystal.

See who will die this winter.

Catch a floating apple.

See who will die this winter.

Cut the moneyed cake.

See who dies this winter.

This is the night of games.

This is the night when the curtain

lifts briefly in the wind of stars.

This is the night when the veil

shreds in the wine’s shards.

This is the night when we gaze

Into the face of the black mirror.

This is the night of prophecies.

The black mirror is a glass

Veil over a deep well.

This black mirror is a glass.

Eye from an old skull.

The black mirror is a glass

Jewel in the ring of time.

This is the night the glass breaks.

From the book Seasons of the Witch by Patricia Monaghan 2004, page 138

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Maeve Prepares for Betane

Before anyone praises me,

I must praise myself.

My flaming Hair.

My noble nose.

My brilliant eyes.

Before anyone desires me,

I must feel my own desire.

My full soft lips.

My swan neck.

My full soft breasts.

Before anyone knows me,

I must know myself.

My polished skin.

My round belly.

My welcoming thighs.

Before anyone loves me,

I must fully love myself.

My briar patch.

My secret rose.

My fierce heart.

Before the fires blaze,

I set myself alight

From the book Seasons of a Witch copyright 2004 by Patricia Monaghan, page 47

A Joyous and Blessed Samhain

May your dance be one of joy with your ancestors and friends who have crossed the veil. Please kind in mind when honoring ancestors they do not necessarily have to be related by blood or family ties, an ancestor can be anyone who at some point in your life made a difference in it.

An example of a none blood/family ancestor – About a year and a half after my father crossed into the Summerlands I started taking oil painting lessons I was about 13 years old. My teacher was in her Crone years but her love and patience she embraced me with, plus her time spent teaching me, along with others in my class, instilled in me the real beauty of creating something going from my imagination out on to a canvas that I could see. Her warmth and love of art made a big difference in my life when I needed to become a child again instead of an adult taking care of my mother because her grief was almost completely oppressing her.

Last Harvest of the Year for Northern Hemisphere

According to legend and some pagan path gradations the last day to harvest all fruits and vegetables this year is Tuesday, October 30th. After this date we are to leave anything still growing on trees, plants, shrubs, and vines for three main reasons. First reason. Is as an offering to the Gods, Goddesses, and Elements that helped the fruits and vegetables to mature from the seedlings in the spring until their fruition in the fall. The second reason is to allow the Fae Folk (if you are blessed with them in your yard or close, that help us tend our gardens, trees, shrubs, and flower beds. The third reason is so our wildlife brother and sisters can eat them where they are or bring them into their place of waiting out the cold, rainy, and snowy days ahead.

So think upon these things are you finish harvesting what you have grown and leave a few of whatever you do not have to have to feed your family there to honor the Gods, Goddesses, Elements and to help feed the Fea Folk, animals, and birds.

This is another way for us to honor the energy that contacts all things be the part of Mother Earth and/or a deity.

Also when you are done with your harvesting do a short ritual to thank everything and everyone for what you have been able to gather through out the growing season. Give the part of Mother Earth you used as a home vegetable garden a good sprinkling with water, add your homemade or if you have to buy compost make sure it is organic.

Do not forget to gather and dry your cooking, medicinal, and ritual herbs that are grown outdoors by this date also. For indoor growing herbs just snip some off and sprinkle it in your yard as a thanks and offering.

COVEN LIFE STUDENTS ONLY; Write to me if you are not sure how to do a thankfulness ritual. We have chat this Sarurday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM CT where we can discuss this topic further.

 

Magic During Samhain: What Types Of Magic Are Best To Do?

 

Samhain is the time of year when the veils are thinnest, and consequently the spirit world and our world are closer together and communication is more readily and frequently available to us. It’s also a time of year when some of us who are already psychically sensitive to spirits and daimons find that our senses are heightened.

So how we do best take advantage of this time of year? What types of magic are best to practice during this period?

First type that readily comes to mind: divination. Divination is one of those talents which lies both in the psychic and magical realms, and while there are certain forms of divination which fall under one versus the other, either way this is a great thing to practice right now. This especially goes for those who regularly work with a particular daimon or deity when they perform divinations. Deities and daimons associated with divinations, oracles, dreams, omens, and prophecy include ApolloZeusHekateHermesPanBrigidthe MorriganHorusThoth, and Gabriel.

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The Wonder and Joy of Children Trick-or-Treating and Other Stuff

A warning I do get off the topic of the title of this post here and there…lol

I work at a small family owned carryout restaurant and Saturday was the day for children to trick or treat at all the business in the downtown area of the village I live in. Our downtown is about 3 to 4 blocks long. So even though it was my day off I said I would “dress up” and come in to handle the candy giving. Any guesses of what I “dressed up” as?…..

A more or less stereotypical witch but I use this day and when children trick or treat at my home on Samhain to educate people that witches are not some green wart faced horrible creature but that we look just like any person does. To teach them we live in their neighborhoods if we have younger children they go to school or make play dates or well basically we do everything the way they do except our religion is thought to be dark and evil instead of loving and forgiving.

Let’s take a minute to look at the way we approach our spiritual path compared to those who follow a mainstream dogma. We do not have a set “in stone” way to practice our spiritual path we are free to choose what feels right for ourself, even if you are in a coven. The only thing almost all witches and pagans follow is “Do as ye will, less it harm none.” Our pagan ways take us down a path the honors Mother Earth instead of trying to rape and destroy her. Our “Earth Day” is not just Aprill 22nd our “Earth Day” is every day! We do not condemn someone for being different we embrace being different in our actions and words. We do not have a son of god to pray to ask for forgiveness of the wrongs or sins we do to others. We take responsibility or at least we should for wrongs we do to others in words or actions and try to make amends for them besides asking the person to forgive us and forgive yourself. If it is a wrong we have done to ourself we also need to be able to forgive yourself.

OK time to get off my soapbox and back to the topic I started with. So I had a medium size Besom with me that my mother had hanging on the wall with pictures of our family and some friends on it. She had asked me to charm it to keep anyone in the pictures safe. I had this and my staff sitting next to me. A little girl about 4 or 5 years old got her candy and then just stood there staring at my Besom, finally, I asked her if she was ok as mom was talking with another mom. She said she was fine but asked, “Can I please have a ride on your broom?” Trying hard not to laugh because the way she looked and how she asked was so cute I asked her, “Do you have a broom drivers license?” Of course, she said no so I had to tell her she had to wait until she had one before she could ride my broom.

I also had grownups come up to me to tell me that I had the most authentic witches “costume” they ever saw. Let me explain what I was wearing – I had on my cloak, dress, different amulets, my pentacle, different rings, and a necklaces of many types of stones and crystals in other words almost everything I would wear to a face to face gathering. I would thank them and let them know except for the pointy black “witch’s hat” that this what I wore to coven gatherings and I was a real witch not just dressed up in a costume. Most of them then asked if they could take a picture of me with their children to which I let them. Some even asked for this website address.

I figure if I can change the way people think about witches and pagans, even if it is one at a time, maybe someday soon it will be safe in every country in the world for witches to come out of their broom closet. Just think of the changes we could make in the way most people treat our sacred Mother Earth, her waterways, and air. Even as far as doing something about all the garbage that circles our plant in the outer atmosphere.

I ask myself daily I how can I make a difference in the way I and my fellow witches are seen? My usual answer just be myself. If you are out of the broom closet ask yourself the same thing. If you are still in the broom closet how can I be of help to bring you out?

May the Lord and Lady bless you this day and always with good things in your lives.

Blessed be sisters and brothers.

Salem & The Magick of Halloween Costumes

There is perhaps no other holiday so closely tied to wearing costumes as Samhain or Halloween. In Mickie Mueller’s Little Book of Halloween, she traces the tradition of costume wearing and trick-or-treating and how they were introduced by Pagans and kept alive despite the Christian Church’s transformation of Samhain into All Souls’ Day in an attempt to divert the people’s attention from pagan practices of honoring the deceased ancestors. She writes that:

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Samhain/Beltane Sabbat Gathering – Read Article for all the Information You Need

The rituals this evening were written by Lady Beltane and Priestess Hypatia. Lady Beltane will be leading the one for the Northern Hemisphere and Priestess Hypatia will be leading the one for the Southern Hemisphere. We ask that no matter which hemisphere you live in on Mother Earth that you attend for the entire ritual from the time the circle is cast until it is closed.

WHEN:

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2018

SOCIAL HOUR IS FROM 6:00 TO 7:00 PM CT (We are still on Daylight Savings time in the USA)

Use To Covert to Your Local Time

The Sacred Circle will be cast at 7:00 PM CT (Again please use the link to convert to your local time.)

Please remember not to enter the chat room after the circle has been cast because that will break the protection the circle,

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chatroom

 NORTHERN HEMISPHERE: WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  Our ritual this evening is for honoring 1 ancestor because of how long the coven’s ritual is incorporating both halves of Mother Earth. You can do this ritual alone any time of day on Samhain using 1 birthday cake size candle for each ancestor you would like to visit with or just invite into your home for a specific amount of time. Usually, the amount of time is however long the candle is burning for ancestors you want to feel or see or hear from again. For ancestors, you wish to stay around longer use a larger candle. The spell we chant during the ritual asks for a specific name if you are going to be inviting in a few or a lot of ancestors you only name to put their names in the spell the last time you chant it as you say the person’s name light a candle for them. I use a pie pan with about 3/4-inch of sand or dirt (that I have put into a ziplock type bad and crushed with either my rolling pin or a meat tenderizing mallet until it is fine like sand is. Either will hold the candle(s) upright and help even out the heat when the candles have burned down even with the sand or dirt. Make sure to put whatever you use to hold more than one or two birthday cake candles on some type of trivet or hot pan holder so the item holding the candles does not directly touch the surface wherever you have them burning.

1 Birthday Cake Candle (The straight about 2-inch long kind, color does not matter)

                                                Heatproof container with sand or dirt in it that you can hold (You will be putting the birthday cake candle in this)

                                                2 Black 4 inch candles or 2 4 white candles turn upside down or colored black with a magic marker

2 Candle Holders for 4 inch candles

Lighter or Matches

A Place to do the ritual where you can SAFELY set the 4-inch candles on the floor at least 4 feet apart or more so you can safely walk through them.

Something to sit on either on the floor or a chair if getting up off the floor is difficult for you

A medium to a large container of water or a fire extinguisher close enough to grab if a candle falls over (We always want everyone to keep safety in mind when using things that are burning – candle, incenses, paper, etc.)

 

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: You will need:

 

This is a wonderful time to help bring your dreams, aspirations and hopes to manifestation. This will be done by putting together a charm box that will be planted in the garden or wherever you feel drawn to.

·         A small – medium shallow box- you choose the size. Remember the bigger the box the more you will be filling it. Try and keep it reasonable by using the Goldilocks hypotheses- not too big, and not too small, just right. Some even use shoe boxes. If you don’t have a garden you may want to make a mini wish pot to keep in your garden. The idea is the same.

·         Seeds- some suggestions could be sunflower, poppy etc……

·         Rose petals

·         Fresh earth- soil in a container.

·         NOTE: please place some rose petals and seeds aside to sprinkle on top of box before you plant it.

·         Paper

·         Coloured markers or pens, crayons etc….. Anything that you could draw and write with.

·         Your symbol that represents your wish. Please see Suggested symbols for your wish box below.

·         Draw on the box whatever you feel will assist in manifesting your wish, it can include the Triple Moon Goddess, a heart, a pentacle, spirals representing the Goddess and Horns representing the God or whatever you feel drawn to. This is your WISH.

Suggested Symbols For Your Wish Box:

Love & Marriage – gingerbread
New Job – copper coin
Abundance – silver coin
Difficult Task – glove
Hearth & Home – thimble
Seeking the Truth – sprig of rosemary
Health, Healing, Renewed Strength – blue & green ribbon entwined

Happiness, Good Luck – cinnamon stickSeeking Knowledge – apple
To Find A Lost Item – feather
Protection – key (an old iron key is best if you have one)

Planting the wish Box:

·         Give the earth a water the night before or wait for a couple of days if rain is due.

·         Dig a hole 2 inches deep and place your Beltane Wish Box

·         Carefully concentrate in your wish and visualize it coming to fruition.

·         Imagine your wish growing with flowers and reaching the sky as you covert with earth.

·         As you plant the box please say: “Dream that lies within the earth awaken now. Hope that sleeps awaken now. The stars await as so do I. Grow true, grow strong, toward the sky.”

CIRCLE CASTING

LADY BELTANE: I cast this circle around Mother Earth from north to south and east to west from above us to below us to keep us safe from anyone or thing they may try to harm us while we are doing our rituals

EVERYONE: Type in So mote it be. Also, your first name and what country or state you live in (no names of cities please)

Samhain ritual to honor an ancestor (We will be allowing 5 to 6 minutes for this part of our circle this evening. Try to set up your candles and where you will be sitting ahead of us starting the ritual so you will have more time to visit with your blood ancestor)

EVERYONE: Set your two 4-inch candles safely on the floor wide enough apart so you can walk through them without knocking them over. (I suggest at least 4 feet apart or more). You will be walking north to south so place whatever you will be sitting on to the south of the 4-inch candles at least 3 feet away from them or further so they are not accidentally knocked over when you get up the seated position.

Light to 4-inch candles. Deep 3 very deep cleansing breath and letting each out slowly calming your mind and spirit  Now walk through the space between the 4-inch candles imagine you are crossing through the veil between our physical plane and the spiritual plane. Bring the birthday cake candle in its holder with you. Sit down comfortably and then light the birthday candle while chanting this spell three times:

Blood to blood (NAME OF PERSON YOU WANT TO VISIT WITH) I call to thee

Blood to blood  (NAME OF PERSON YOU WANT TO VISIT WITH) I honor thee

Blood to blood  (NAME OF PERSON YOU WANT TO VISIT WITH) come to me

After you are through chanting the spell sit talking with or feeling your ancestor until your candle has burned out visiting with your ancestor.

When your birthday candle has burned down to the level of sand or dirt blow it out and type in: the First name of the person you were visiting with and Thank you for honoring me by coming please return to where you were. So mote it be.

Now stand up and walk back through the 4-inch candles from the spirit plane to our physical plane. Blow the candle out then say: I close this passage between the physical and spiritual planes.

IT IS NOW TIME THAT WE ALL CELEBRATE BELTANE WITH OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE.

Beginning the Beltane ritual with an observance:

PRIESTESS HYPATIA: Beltane is here and we welcome this time of fertility, joy, happiness, growth and manifestation. This is a time of Union of the Great God and Goddess. We greet this season of fire with passion and love with loving hearts and open arms. Let us come together to create life and honour this blessed union between the feminine and the masculine form which all life flows from.

As the Earth grows and creates life, so to we shall grow and create life.

EVERYONE: So mote it be!

Now the Instructions for the Wish Box:

·         Take the piece of paper and with the pen write down your wish. Type done when you are finished.

·         If you feel drawn to do so, decorate the box with your chosen symbols. Type done when you are finished.

·         Poke holes in the box lid to help the wish seeds to grow. Type done when you have finished.

·         Sprinkle some earth into the bottom of your box to make a shallow bed of earth. This is to scatter your seeds on. Type done when you have finished.

·         Place in the box your paper wish that you have written and your symbol for your wish.

·         Sprinkle this with more earth. Type done when you have finished.

·         Then sprinkle the seeds and the rose petals on top of the earth inside the box.

·         Cover the final layer with earth. Type done when you have finished.

·         Place the lid on the box, have it ready to plant the box when you feel it is the right time over the next couple of days. Type done when you have finished.

·         Keep the rose petal and seed mix to scatter on the box before burying it.

EVERYONE Finish of by saying:

On this scared blessed day, we thank you, Great Mother and Father, for all that you have given and will continue to give. You who make all of life anew and joyous with your sacred union. May you continue to bring magic and laughter into our lives.

Ancient ones I celebrate with you….

So mote it be!

LADY BELTANE: I close this circle from below to above us. I close this circle from west to east. I close this circle from south to north. May you go in peace, harmony, and love until we meet again the circle is closed but never broken. Blessed be dear brothers and sisters.

RITUAL TO IS OVER NOW TO CELEBRATE SAMHAIN AND BELTANE RISE YOUR GLASS HIGH AND SALUTE OUR GODS AND GODDESSES. Please stay to visit, ask questions, or just hang out for as long as you would like to.

Writing Beltane

There are certain sabbats on the calendar that are just bigger than the rest. Obviously Samhain is one of those. For many Pagans it’s the annual “reset” button, and its associations with death and the final harvest give it an extra degree of gravitas that most sabbats just don’t have. Add in its overlap with the secular Halloween and you’ve got the makings of very big holiday. The other “big” sabbat is generally Beltane for a variety of reasons. In colder climes it’s a “coming out” party, plus there are all the goings on about new life, the first planting, and of course sex. Sex is always a big seller.

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