Full Moon Esbat Gathering Wednesday, October 24th at 6:00 PM CT

We welcome all witches and/or pagans from any traditions especially if you are a solitary practitioner and would like to meet some other brothers and sister of The Old Ways/The Craft. Our Esbat ritual this month was written by and will be led by one of our almost adepts Jennifer.

WHEN:

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Socializing starts at 6:00 PM CT

The Sacred Circle is cast at 7:05 PM CT

Please do not enter the chat room after the circle has been cast. The reason being is we have students casting and leading the circle as part of their learning and this could break the circle causing it to have to be recast. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chat Room

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 White Tea Candle

Candle Holder

Lighter or Matches

Small to Medium size bowl of Water

Cookie or Cracker

A beverage of your choice

OPTIONAL FOR YOUR ALTAR:

In the Northern Hemisphere, you could use some marigold flowers or sunflowers on our altars to remind them about the coming of Samhain
In the Southern Hemisphere, you could use some daisies, lily of the valley or roses to remind them of the up and coming Beltane

RITUAL:

JEN: We call Auriel to the Watchtower of the East to help protect this circle and empower the work within our circle.
We Gabriel to the Watchtower of the South to help protect this circle and empower the work within our circle.
We call Raphael to the Watchtower of the West to help protect this circle and empower the work within our circle.
We call Michael to the Watchtower of the North to help protect this circle and empower the work within our circle.
Starting the east I point at the ground first and walk clockwise saying I close this circle with Earth that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle. I then point to the ceiling saying I close this circle with Air that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle.
I then point at shoulder level saying I close this circle with Fire that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle.
I then welcome each element by touching or lighting them and saying welcome and thank you for helping us with this circle.
What is below is above and what is above is below this circle is sealed may it protect those within and allow us to do our ritual and please the gods
I welcome the goddess Hekate (for the Samhain) and the god Pan (for Beltane) to the circle and thank them for attending and helping us with our work.
EVERYONE: Please tell us your name and where you live – just the country or state please
Jen: 
I would then ask everyone to turn to their altar and hold your arms open wide. Tilt your head back so are looking is skyward – and say
Give us knowledge with your light
guide us in this ritual tonight
pass on to us your insight
we light this candle
to fulfill this rite
to remember our gifts
as we pray under your light
EVERYONE: So mote it be
At this time, light the (Moon) candle and take 2 minutes to reflect upon the gifts you have in your life and give thanks for them.
Now hold the bowl of water to the sky. Say:
Bless this water
As you control the tides
Make it nurturing
Under your vibes
Give us your wisdom
As our own mother
Keep wary eyes upon us
While we ponder
Help us to remember
The changes of the cycle
to embrace the good fortune
And get rid of the spiteful
EVERYONE: So mote it be
Now take 2 minutes to reflect on the things which have changed in the past Moon cycle.  Have you ended a toxic relationship? Have you experienced good fortune? Reflect on all the things you would like to see changed for you by the next full moon.
We thank Hekate and Pan for joining and helping us with your power and love please to return from where they came.
LADY BELTANE: May our coven and guests be blessed with good health, loving family, caring friends, and positive energy in your lives every day/
We dismiss Auriel with our thanks from the Watchtower of the East for the help with protecting and empowering the work within our circle.
We dismiss Gabriel with our thanks from the Watchtower of the South for the help with protecting and empowering the work within our circle.
We dismiss Raphael with our thanks from the Watchtower of the West for the help with protecting and empower the work within our circle.
We dismiss Michael with our thanks from the Watchtower of the North for the help with protecting and empowering the work within our circle.
I close this circle by rotating 3 times counterclockwise. First at shoulder height, then at ceiling height and finally pointing towards the floor. Thanking each element for helping us with this circle and asking them to return from where they came. We all need to release the extra energy we built up down into Mother Earth to help her heal. Start with your hands above your head and then slowly bring your arms down with palms facing downward cleaning the rest of the energy from the room.
The circle is now open but never broken all my brothers and sisters please go in peace and the safety of the gods and goddesses.
Part of the ritual was inspired by the book: Wicca Wheel of the Year Magic by  Lisa Chamberlain

Sing Bowls Meditation

As I have only recently got my first sign bowl and really I had no idea of the proper way to use it, I signed up for a Sing Bowl Meditation in a new small store that opened in the spring only a few blocks from my home. The woman leading the session was kind enough to show me the correct way to use my small Tibetian sing bowl.

The session was amazing and if you ever have the chance to attend one I strongly suggest you do so. As many of you know I have fibromyalgia, arthritis, and degenerative disc disease that has so far left me with vertabrate on vertabrate in my neck and is eating away at almost every disc in the rest of my back so needless to say I live daily with back pain. Now usually lying on a things blanket with a pillow propping up my knees for an hour straight I would have to have someone almost pick me up off the floor. After this meditation not only was I able to roll over on my own, I also needed no help getting up. Best part my back hasn’t felt this good in months!!!

One of the coolest things to happen during the meditation is for about half of it I was either hovering in the room watching how the facilitator was performing the ritual with the singing bowls to help each of the five different people attending and also astral traveling, part of which was with my traveling partner Starbabie who is one of my familiars joined me.

The only drawback I had with the experience last evening was when one of the bowls was placed over my heart chakra it immediately recombined my astral and physical bodies. I was not able to concentrate as well during the rest of the meditation. As we sat and talked about of experiences during the meditation I brought up my interrupted travels and never really got an answer as to why this was done to me. I am however going to ask when I attend the November session.

Again if you get the chance to attend one of these group meditation sessions go for it!!