Yule- Northern Hemisphere- Winter Solstice. Litha- Southern Hemisphere- Summer Solstice, Final Esbat for 2018

WHEN:

Friday, December 21, 2018

Socialization starts at 6:00 PM CT

Circle cast at 7:00 PM CT

Please DO NOT enter chat room once circle is cast.

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chat Room

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

 

Yule- Northern Hemisphere- Winter Solstice

  • 2 White candles- any length- place at either end of your alter
  • Red candle to represent the God- any length
  • Green candle to represent the Goddess- any length
  • Your wish ready to write on a piece of paper- small note size
  • Paper and pen to write the wish on
  • Incense of your choice
  • A cauldron, plate or safe container for burning the small paper

Please feel free to bring a yule log if you are able to get one, the choice is yours.

 

Litha- Southern Hemisphere- Summer Solstice

  • 2 white candles- any length- place at either end of your alter
  • Red candle to represent the Sun God-any length
  • Green candle to represent the Goddess- any length
  • Your wish ready to write on a piece of paper- small note size
  • Paper and pen to write the wish on
  • Incense of your choice
  • A cauldron, plate or safe container for burning the small paper

 

RITUAL:

This will be  a time to set our wishes for the coming of this new year!

Honoring the Esbat

Our Winter and Summer Solstices have very auspiciously aligned with the coming of the full moon, the last and final for this year of 2018. Please take the time to set your intentions, your wish, your desires, call it what you may, release what is no longer need in order to make room for the new.

All Hail to the Great Selene!

Yule- Northern Hemisphere- Winter Solstice

This is a celebration of rebirth and renewing of the old. The start of a longer, lighter days as the Lord of the Sun rises from sojourn with the Goddess. This is a time to welcome back the Sun. A time to celebrate knowing that the warmer days of spring are ahead, and the dormant hearth will come back to life.

Below is a picture of the Solar Cross that will be drawn on your paper with your wish.

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Litha- Southern Hemisphere- Summer Solstice

Midsummer night eve of importance to many people. This is the longest day of the year, a day on which both light and life are plentiful. This is the time that the Sun God is at his strongest and his day is celebrated by burning his sun wheel. This was to ensure fertility and prosperity for the coming year.

This is also celebrated for the Goddess, as she is now with Child and reflecting the abundance of nature’s growth. This is a time of purification.

Below is a picture of a Sun Wheel that will be drawn on your paper with your wish.

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So let’s begin our Yule/ Litha ritual begin

Hypatia Casting the circle-

To the Guardians of the East:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

To the Guardians of the South:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

To the Guardians of the West:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

To the Guardians of the North:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

I cast this circle three times three with the assistance of the Great Mother and the Great God.

I call Upon the Guardians of spirit to protect us from above and below. As is above so is below, as is below so is above. May the power of The Great God and The great Goddess join us within this circle now, to protect us and to work with us and allow us to see beyond the veil.

 

Protect us Great Mother and Great God for all gathered here and those afar who are unable to be with us. Allow no negative energy to touch us, to harm us and that nothing we call upon will harm us and others. We come together in perfect love and perfect trust.

 

Greeting:

Hypatia – Merry meet brothers and sisters and honoured guests.

 

Everyone – Respond Merry Greet. Please tell us your first name and state or country you are from.

 

Please ALL light your white candles

It is the time of the Great Goddess in her full glory beaming her essence down on this Great Earth Mother. May we Honor Her for her gifts of love and kindness. May she bless us with her wisdom and may we have the courage and wisdom to walk our path on this Great Earth.

All Hail to the Great Selene!

INVOCATIONS

Yule- Northern Hemisphere

Please light the Goddess candle (Green) using the 2 white candles

All please say-

I light this fire in your honour Great Mother Goddess, you who have created life from death and warmth form cold. Once the time of the Sun lives. We invite you great mother to our circle, bring us brand new light, that of your glorious Son.

Now we look to the Great Earth Mother, Goddess Selene, as guardian of the sky, the sea and of all Gods and powers. Victory is in your name. You are the source of peoples and all Gods. Without you nothing can neither be born or made perfect.

I pray to you great mother, be present here with your virtues, grant me my wish, give me what I need and only that.

All hail to the Great Selene!

Please light the God candle (Red) using the 2 white candles

All please say-

Ancient God of forest and sky. I welcome you as you return form the shadows. Ow Great Lord the wheel has turned, I welcome you back to warm us. Great Lord I welcome your return and may you shine brightly upon this Great Mother Earth.

Now we look to the Great Earth Mother, Goddess Selene, as guardian of the sky, the sea and of all Gods and powers. Victory is in your name. You are the source of peoples and all Gods. Without you nothing can neither be born or made perfect.

I pray to you great mother, be present here with your virtues, grant me my wish, give me what I need and only that.

All Hail to the Great Selene!

Litha- Southern Hemisphere

Please light the Goddess candle (Green) using the 2 white candles

All please say-

Mother Nature, Lady of the firmament, bless thy fruitful womb which I honour.

 

Please light the Goddess candle (Green) using the 2 white candles

All please say-

God of fertility and fruitfulness. Blessed Lord of the blazing Sun, seed and nurturer of life. May you be blessed.

 

MAIN WORKING

Yule- Northern Hemisphere

Using your pen and paper please draw your symbol allocated to your Hemisphere.

On top of the symbol please write your wish.

All please say-

Lord of the Sun that rides the westerly wild wind. As the seeds flourish and the fall into the waiting earth. I know this to be a time of equals allowing natures scales to come into balance. As the dark winter shadows reveal the wheel-a-turning it unveils life’s glory through a deathly silence.

O Great Goddess, watcher of sacred magic and long gone myths, show me the way to great wisdom. Show me the way Great Goddess!

When you are done please have your container safe and ready to burn the piece of paper with the wish and the symbol. During this time, please meditate for a full 5 minutes on the wish.

After the 5 minute meditation please say-

Let my mind and my hands be dedicated to the service of the God and the Goddess.

 

Litha- Southern Hemisphere

Using your pen and paper please draw your symbol allocated to your Hemisphere.

On top of the symbol please write your wish.

All please say-

Lord of the Sun that rides the westerly wild wind. As the seeds flourish and the fall into the waiting earth. I know this to be a time of equals allowing natures scales to come into balance. As the dark winter shadows reveal the wheel-a-turning it unveils life’s glory through a deathly silence.

O Great Goddess, watcher of sacred magic and long gone myths, show me the way to great wisdom. Show me the way Great Goddess!

When you are done please have your container safe and ready to burn the piece of paper with the wish and the symbol. During this time, please meditate for a full 5 minutes on the wish.

After the 5 minute meditation please say-

Let my mind and my hands be dedicated to the service of the God and the Goddess.

 

FAREWELLS

Please all say-

Mother Goddess, Lady of the Waters, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honour between us now and forever. Hail and farewell Great Selene.”

Ancestors of blood and ancestors of spirit, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honour between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.
Spirits of the land, spirits of this place, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honour between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.

Thank you bright Lord for the light you have brought to us this night, may we carry it with us throughout the year that is coming.

Great Lady who is ever so gracious with her nurturing caring ways and infinite wisdom. Live within us throughout the coming year.

So mote it be!

 

CLOSING

 

Dismiss the circle:

  • To the Guardians of the East:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

  • To the Guardians of the South:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

  • To the Guardians of the West:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

  • To the Guardians of the North:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

 

As you leave here tonight may the Lady and Lord bless you with all that you need and want.

 

I bid you Blessings and great Joy Brothers and sisters of the Craft

 

Thank you

Week 3 – More Information on and Images of Gaia

This is a link for a general search for the Goddess Gaia, there are a few different spellings of her name as there are with all Gods and Goddesses.

Gaia Information

Gaia’s image has been depicted in many ways through different cultures so explorer the images until one jumps out at you like your idea of what she may look like.

Gaia Images

When I am asked what kind of Witch I am, first let me say I really do not like to label anyone as one type of Witch or another because to me that is narrow-minded thinking, but my answer is, “I’m an Earth Witch.” Because I work a lot with Gaia in her form as Mother Earth and the Triple Goddess. I can feel her wax and wane during the seasons of the year and my spirit, mind, and body flow along with her. I suppose in Neo-Pagan terms, I am an Eclectic Witch.

I also work with the Moon Goddess Luna or The Triple Goddess depending on what I am doing and when. I just never think or picture Luna as a Crone. The reason I work with her is she and Gaia work in a beautiful dance of harmony to help all living beings on this planet to live.

As for Gods, my main go to for many things is Ra especially if I am doing a spell and/or ritual during the day. He also works in harmony with Luna and Gaia to keep the planet we live on not to hot or cold and offers us his light. His light and warmth are very important during the growing seasons to help ensure a bountiful harvest. Whichever name for the Sun God you prefer is fine.

From Gaia, Ra, and Luna the elements of Air, Water, Fire, Earth, and Spirit are possible.

The above mentioned Gods and Goddesses are who I prefer to work with. Each person needs to find the deity or deities they find it easiest to work with most of the time. There are times to branch out to different ones that may help with a specific spell and/or ritual. Example when I doing healing work I call upon Kwan Yin (oriental Goddess) and Sirona (Celtic Goddess) to work through me to help whoever I am sending healing to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 3 – Goddess Knowledge – Gaia

This week we are going to find out more about the Goddess Gaia. Which is also another name given to Mother Earth by Neo-Pagans. 

GAIA

Gaia existed before everything; she existed before time. Gaia, the eternal, prehistoric earth mother goddess,, is fertility incarnate, moist, mysterious, strong. She is life energy itself; everything that lives, breathing or not, overflows with her life. She is the earth and all powers of the earth. Gaia is not always a consoling goddess: standing for life and generation without thought of consequence, she has energy and a power that must be approached carefully. All bodies eventually return to her, into the black, fertile earth, to be devoured and to receive her life to live again. As goddess of the soul, Gaia reminds us that the soul develops in dark places and that ultimately soul must be rooted in the body, in earth. She is a reminder that we must ground ourselves into the reality of nature and incorporate all sides of ourselves, be the pleasant or unpleasant, light or dark.

For more information about Gaia click on this general search link: Information about Gaia

Gaia is also known as Mother Earth here is a link for more information on this name for the same Goddess: Information about Mother Earth

Link for a general search for images of Gaia:Images of Gaia

The general search for images of Mother Earth is basically the same as for Gaia.

Ways Of Casting The Runes

Since I posted this before posting the meaning of each tune, I will wait to post all the runes and their meanings tomorrow.

Witches Of The Craft®

Ways Of Casting The Runes

There are probably hundreds of different ways to lay the runes for a casting. What is given here is
only a selection. It is by no means exhaustive.

I would suggest that you try some of these, going for the ones with which you feel comfortable before
trying your own ideas out. The reasons for this are many, not least of which it is important to
familiarise yourself with the runes and how they are read as a group before progressing.

It should also be remembered that you may have some personal thoughts on the meanings of the runes
at the time you are carrying out the casting, which you should not dismiss out of hand. The meanings
given here are basic, and again by no means exhaustive. You may for example wish to use all
the reverse meanings given, even though some runes look…

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