Let’s Have Some Fun in the Chatroom this Saturday

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Open chat in Coven Life’s chatroom on Saturday, February 23, 2019 starting at 10:00 AM Central Time until 12:00 PM Central Time.  Come and join the discussion for a little while or the whole time. Any Witch no matter what tradition you follow, if you belong to a face to face or online coven, or if you are a Solitary Practitioner.  You have to be approved to enter our private chatroom so register as soon as you can. Lady Beltane checks for those needing approval before and during the chat. The link for the chatroom can be found under Coven Life’s Events on the right’hand side of our Homepage. If you are attending for the first time please read the Guidelines for All Gatherings also on our Homepage. Thank you!

I am planning a little witchy memory game around 11:00 AM Central Time. The winner will be able to have a post put up under their name the topic is up to the winner, with final approval by Lady Beltane.

There is going to be a couple of changes in the day and time of the open chats starting in March. Make sure you check under “Coven Life’s Events” so you don’t miss the fun and discussions.

We always look forward to meeting old friends and welcoming new ones. See you tomorrow.

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Quick Rituals to Start Your Day With

I’m taking the day off due to some family stuff but I wants to bed you something new. I will be back tomorrow with The Moon Signs – Part 2. Have a beautiful Friday and remember magick is all around us and inside ourselves all w have to do is believe in it and we see it.

Blessed be dear ones.

The Moon in the Signs – Part 1 of 3

The Moon moves through the twelve signs of the zodiac each month, spending about two and a half days in each sign and taking on the sign’s characteristics while there. Moon sign astrology is an ancient tradition and holds a significant place in folklore and magic. In addition to using the waxing and waning phases of the Moon in daily life, it is important to know which Moon signs can be helpful to the job at hand and which will work against you. Here is a description of how the Moon behaves in each of the twelve signs.

Aries

Aries is a cardinal fire sign that is ruled by the planet Mars. When the Moon is here, it is time for starting new ventures, particularly financial or medical. Don’t plant seeds for your garden, though. This Moon is about the self and the ego and anything ruled by Mars – knives, sharp things, strength, daring, courage, and lust. Use this moon for quick results, not for things that will drag out. People will be enthusiastic during this time, and also headstrong and rash. If you fall, you’ll land on your head.

Taurus

Taurus is a fixed earth sign that is ruled by Venus. The Moon exalted in Taurus which means that it is very happy here and can be used for anything associated with love the arts. Taurus is about values, possessions, money, fertility, and Mother Earth. This is a good time for gardening and anything requiring hard work and steady progress. People be cautious and protective of what they have. You’ll think your voice sounds especially lyrical in the shower now.

Gemini

Gemini is a mutable air sign ruled by the Mercury; it is also a dual sign, which means you can do two things at once, or perhaps not be able to make up your mind. You may feel restless and changeable, but it is also a good time to write, study, or communicate with your family. Be careful of what you say or ask for; you may mean it for only as long as it takes you to say it. Practice your sleight of hand or juggling, as your fingers are very nibble now.

Cancer

Cancer is a cardinal water sign and the home of the Moon herself. When the Moon is here, she is at her most powerful, so use her for working important magic and divination. This is the most fertile of signs, good for planting any seeds. The Moon rules the home, children, the emotions, cooking, eating, and all nurturing. Prepare your favorite comfort food, but don’t overeat! Do kitchen magic and be careful not to hurt anyone’s feelings.

Tomorrow we will cover Leo, Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio

Copyright by K. D. Spitzer in Llewelly’s Witches’ Datebook 1999 Pages 14 – 17

What Does a Full Moon Mean? The Role of the Full Moon in Astrology

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The full moon is a peak, and many feel the buzz. It’s a crescendo and sometimes brings on a reckoning, or a moment of truth. It’s associated with illumination since it lights up the dream time landscape.

At the full moon, the luminaries, the sun and moon, are always in opposite Zodiac signs.  The polarity brings heightened tension, as balance is sought between the two extremes.

Waxing and Waning Moon

When the moon has been waxing (increasing), set new moon intentions, and be ready to act. In the hum of the jolty energies, there can be epiphanies about things that were vague desires at the new moon.

Make it real, with tangible actions, perhaps a ritual that signifies you’re ready to integrate your intent. Stay open to surprise, too, and divine inspiration.

Every month, you have a chance to experience a fresh start. The moon’s waxing and waning are like the…

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A Thought for Today

I live in one of the Midwestern states in the USA. The main largest city is Chicago people from this area have a saying, “If you don’t like the weather just wait it’ll change in 10 minutes. ” While this is obviously an tall tale our weather can change rather quickly sometimes affecting people with some health issues not all of which can be seen by others but are still felt by people with them.

So for today’s thought I would like you to think about how you think of and treat people you know with health issues and/or disabilities that are not apparent when you look at someone such as in a wheel chair. I personally have a disability and health problems effected by the weather changes amongst other things and have been told many times by friends and family to quit faking it or sick it up you can’t be in that much pain or depressed.

Put yourself in the place of someone with unseen disabilities and/or health problems. As a witch or pagan you may offer to do a healing spell or empower a candle or something else with healing. Which is great for the magickal side of your journey. But what about the spiritual side? Will you show empathy, offer to help them with shopping or cleaning house or some other thing it is difficult for the person to do without expecting anything but a thank you in return?

One thing I have always tried to do since I was a novice was to help others when I could do what they needed help with. Now that I am the person that needs others help with things sometimes I have found that the Threefold Law is not just a thing to keep us from doing something nasty to a person but it something that actually happens. People I’ve helped in the past and at times people I either just met or passed in a store have offered to help me from reaching for an item in a store to my husband taking over part of the household chores.

In others words don’t judge a person by what you see on the outside because you never know what health or emotional or mental problems may be hiding underneath their skin.

Be kind to even stranges that you see by giving them a smile and say hi. You never know that just might save a person’s life. I feel this falls with in the short modern version of the Wicce Rede, “Do as you will as long as it harms none.”

Blessed be dear ones.

 

 

Week – 10 Goddess Knowledge – Sedna

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Sedna (“the one down there”) was a once beautiful Eskimo woman who lived with her father. None of the local suitors appealed to her, and she refused to marry until a fulmar (a type of bird) from across the sea promised to take her to his home of luxury. When she found she had been deceived and was ill-treated, she begged her father to take her home. As the two were crossing the water, a flock of fulmars caused a huge storm to arise. To save his own life, Sedna’s father threw her into the ocean. As she clung to the boat, he chopped off her fingers, which turned into whales, seals, and all the mammals of the sea. Sedna descended to Adlivum, the Eskimo underworld, where she now rules the dead. To ensure that she will continue to send food to the hunters, shamans descend to visit her, comb her hair, and massage her mutilated hands. Sedna is a reminder of nourishing gifts that are to be found in the deep in the dark, cold places that we most fear.

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I Wouldn’t Be Posting This Unless It Wasn’t An Emergency Situation Involved Pagan Elders In Our Community

Well had you thought we had run off and left the country? No, you ain’t that lucky, lol! It has been a wild couple of days, I can say that. There were suppose to be posted on here daily so you would know the site was still alive but…..oh, well, here I go back to the old saying, “when the cat’s away, the mice will play.” Since I saw there hadn’t been any posts on the site in the last few days, I decided to take a break from building our new store and come and aggravate y’all for a bit, lucky, lucky, lucky! Your luck has never been so good has it.

As I stated the last few days have been rather wild and that is putting it mildly. I am sure I have mentioned it before but for those of you who are new here, I will mention it again. The WOTC is not only active on-line it is active off-line as well. We help out local food banks, help the Elderly with some of their expenses throughout the money(since they are on limited incomes) and we still take in a stray or wild animals on occasions. I am an animal lover, can’t help myself when we get one of those calls. A call that an animal is in distress or going to be shot if something isn’t don’t with it, I am Johnny-on-the-spot. But that is just a few of the things we do off-line.

I have my reasons for bringing up some of the things we do off-line because of a phone call I received Thursday. It was a phone call from two local elderly sisters who are witches themselves. We have helped them out off and on when they needed it. They called Friday because they needed our help. Even though our funds are gone and I mean, gone, gone. I couldn’t refuse them and I told them I would see what I could do for them. Neither one of the sisters have ever married, they only have each other, no family left. They feel like I am their family because when my mother was alive I remember us stopping by to visit them on our way to town. They were quite a bit younger than my mother but they were witches so she made a point of visiting them when she could. The live on the other side of county from where we are now. I can still remember going to their house. On both sides of the gravel road leading to their house was nothing put trees. Thick trees, in fact, it looked like a forest with a path cut through it. Then the house was a house built out of wood. Honestly it looked like the house from Hansel and Gretel, seriously. The only difference the house from the fairy tale was in much better shape. I took them some groceries recently and it still looks the same except it had a few boards that had come loose. I had Lord M with me and he fixed the boards for the sisters. You get the idea, these sisters do not have much money coming in at all and are basically just surviving day to day,

Now back to the phone call, one of the sister (Mildred) called and asked if we could talk for a minute. I told her sure anytime, she knew that. She was upset and I could tell that. I was afraid something had happened to her sister but thankfully that wasn’t the case. She was upset because she had received a $538.00 electricity bill, I told her I didn’t doubt it because our bill had been outrageous this month. She told me that they didn’t have the money to pay it. I asked her if she had talked to the light company and she said no. I told her to give me a minute and I would call them and see what I could do. I called the electric company, which by the way is a Co-Op. A Co-Op is suppose to be owned by its members and the members are suppose to have some rights and say so in how it is run. I talked to one of the ladies there and she was just down right rude. She told me that the sisters would have to pay the full amount of the bill or have their power cut off. It is in the low 20’s and they are going to cut off two elderly ladies’ power. Really? I asked to talk to a supervisor. The supervisor was a little nicer. She asked me how much could they pay that day and then call back and make payment arrangements before the next disconnect notice came due. Well I told her I could pay $50.00 on it. That was all I had and I gladly did it. The supervisor made a note on their account that payment arrangements would follow. I called the sisters back and told them what I had done. They were delighted. I told them to be sure to call back before the disconnect notice was due to make payment arrangements or else they would be out to cut them off. Well they called back to make the arrangements and I got another phone call. Mildred was upset to no end. She told me the lady told her that she had to pay $180.00 that day and then the remaining balance would be stretched out to the 28th of this month. Of course, the poor sisters did not have the money nor did I.

After I talked to Mildred, I called the power company. By this time, I was mad as an old wet hen. I had already pulled up the law in regards to utilities company disconnecting people in the Winter months. The law states that no one can be disconnected between the Winter months of November through February of each year. It also went on to state that if a person in the household was disabled, elderly or needed the electricity for live saving equipment then the power could not be cut off either. I informed the supervisor of this and she said since they were a Co-Op they could do as they pleased. The law didn’t apply to them. Which, of course, we had a hardy disagreement over that. I asked them when the next Co-Op meeting was and I would be there with bells on. I also wrote the County representative over this matter but I have not heard back from him yet. It didn’t matter what I had to say to this woman, she told me they either pay the bill or else they would be disconnected.

Now can you imagine that? Two elderly sisters, one 82 and the 84, fragile and thin, living in a 100 year old house(which has cracks everywhere you look) getting their power shut off? I could not believe the cruelty or inhumane treatment coming from this supervisor or the electric company. What it all boils down too, is that if these ladies do not come up with the money to pay their power bill, they will be disconnected probably either Monday or Tuesday. We are flat broke or else I wouldn’t have been beating my brains out trying to rebuild the store. I need your help, these sisters need your help. It would absolutely kill me to think that they got their power cut off. They wouldn’t leave their home to save them. They would stay there and try to survive. Survive they wouldn’t, they would freeze to death. I can’t let that happen. I am asking that you help me by assisting them in trying to pay their power bill, Later on, when we get back on our feet, we plan on insulating the house for them but right now we have to worry about the power being cut off. I am not asking for myself but I am asking for these dear, sweet old ladies. If you could meet them you would fall in love with them. Just listening to their stories, then learning witchcraft from them and just basically stories about the old days. They are wonderful, beautiful human beings and for the power company to do this is just wrong. I plan on going to the Co-Op meeting and I also plan on pursuing this at every level of government in this town. This treatment of the elderly is oh, so wrong and I plan on making a huge stink about it. But right now, we have no choice but to try to pay the bill.

I said I would never beg you for money. I am not begging for myself, I am begging for these two wonderful ladies. Will you please help me raise the money to keep their power from being shut-off. It is the middle of Winter, they need their heat to survive. They still have many years ahead of them and to think of them freezing to death is killing me. I am asking for your help in assisting them to keep their power on. I know it is a hard time for everyone but we can’t let our Elderly be treated like this. Hell, they will take a dog in off the streets but they won’t keep our elderly warm by just leaving their heat on. It is pathetic. These sisters desperately need your help. If they knew I was telling their story, they would be mad as heck at me. They are proud women and they don’t like asking for a hand out. I told them it wouldn’t be a hand out but a hand up. They had did so much for the Pagan community around here, I feel that it is only right that we try to help them. No matter what you can give, it all adds up and hopefully we will be able to keep their power on during these cold days ahead.

Thank you so very much,

Lady of the Abyss

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We will be Back Monday and Life in The Craft Newsletter Update

With Lady Beltane not having a good late fall and early winter health-wise and Priestess Hypatia raking some time off for spiritual retreats there are things on the site Lady Beltane needs to change and/or fix. Since she is not a wiz at this like Lady Abyss. Lady Beltane is going to give herself two days to accomplish what she wants to do on the website.

Also, my computer ate a half-finished document that was supposed to be the FREE sample issue of Life in The Craft Newsletter the bi-monthly publication written by pagans for pagans. Now I need to redo the part that went somewhere in cyberland and to hopefully get it finished off so we can have it in your inbox on March 1 or 2, 2019. If you are a Coven Life student you will automatically be sent a copy. If you are not a student but still would like a copy please send an email with your e-address in the body of the email to LifeinTheCraft@outlook.com. The Life in The Craft Newsletter will be in a PDF Format that you can download to your computer and then print off whatever pages you want or the entire thing. The issue coming out the beginning of March 2019 is the only free issue we will be offering. The subscription rates are $4.00 USD per bi-monthly issue or you can choose to pay $20.00 for 6 bi-monthly issues per year (which means you pay for 5 issues and get the 6th issue free). Every bi-monthly issue will contain information and a simple ritual for whichever Sabbats will fall during those two months for both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, a couple of spells, and informative, interesting articles covering many traditions of Paganism, a page with advertisements for other pagan sites and information (we hope). In different issues, articles, spells, recipes, book reviews of reference books and fictional books with that portray witches in a positive way, poems, articles, maybe a word search or crossword puzzle was written not by just Lady Abyss and Lady Beltane but by guest authors and scribers to the newsletter.

Again if you want a copy of the FREE sample issue of Life in The Craft Newsletter emailed to you please write us at LifeinTheCraft@outlook.com be sure to include your email address in the body of the email. Thank you