Application for Coven Membership ONLY

This is a questionnaire we ask all potential, non-students of our coven, coven members to fill out. Please take your time with the questions covering what you know about the magickal side of Witchcraft. Answer each question thoroughly and honestly. 

 

How old are you? 

Where do you live? 

What is the main reason you want to join this coven? Please answer with a 500-word essay. 

Is there a position you want to reach within the coven or/ and your spiritual practice? 

Are you formally studying other paths at the moment and what is your motivation to do so? 

Are you prepared to contribute to the well-being and up hold the integrity of the coven and if so how? (i.e respecting its members, it’s hierarchy and its privacy). 

What is the main reason you study witchcraft? Please explain in a 500 word essay 

Will you stick to the coven even if it gets bored and tiresome? Please explain your answer 

If not will you keep the coven membership a secret after you move on? PLease explain your answer 

How long have you been practicing witchcraft? 

Do you follow a specific tradition? 

Have you ever or do you now practice any type of dark magick? 

Will you uphold the sanctity of Coven Life’s coven? 

Do you promise to follow the direction of the High Priestess and/or Council of Elders? 

Are you willing to question the High Priestess, Priestess and/or the other Elders if you feel they are doing and/or saying things that may hurt another coven member, a novice, and/or the coven as a whole? Please explain your answer 

What is your feeling of the phrase ” In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust “? 

Why did you choose this particular coven when there are so many on the Internet? 

Would you report bullying or anything other negative things coven members might be engaged in? 

What is a scared circle? 

When casting a sacred circle should you walk clockwise or counterclockwise? Please explain your answer for both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres 

When you open your circle which way should you walk? Please explain your answers for both hemispheres  

Should you do a spell for or on anyone without their permission even if it is meant to help the other person? 

What is an Esbat and when can they be celebrated? 

What is the Wheel of the Year?  

What are the names and dates of the Pagan Sabbats? Answer this for both hemispheres 

Should you ground excess energy after doing a spell or rituals or just let it lose in your home? 

Should you dismiss whatever gods, goddesses, angels, elements you have called upon to help you or just allow them the run of your home and family? 

Which points on a pentagram correspond to which element? Start with the top point. 

What are the different Moon Phases called? What type of spells or rituals are best to preform different types of spells. What Moon phase would be best to do each of these spells – protection, healing, income, sending someone or a bad habit away? 

 

After I and the other coven elders have reviewed your answers and we state our point of view on whether you need to take a few lessons to fill in gaps of you safely doing the magickal side of The Craft or if we will initiate you as probationary coven members. I will let you know. Your probation in the coven would last 1 year and 1 day then on the next new Moon after that you will be initiated as a full coven member. Please send $10.00 USD with your application, If you are accepted it will go towards your yearly membership fee of $30,00 USD due every May First. If you become a member any time before the May 1st due date your fee for that year will be prorated from the date you are accepted until the next May 1st. 

Application to Study as an Adept with Heart’s Spirit Coven

APPLICATION TO BE AN ADEPT STUDENT WITH HEART’S SPIRIT COVEN 

 

What is the main reason you want to join this coven? Please answer with at least a 500-word essay. 

 

Are you formally studying other paths at the moment and what is your motivation to do so?  

 

Are you prepared to contribute to the wellbeing and up hold the sanctity of the coven and if so how? (i.e respecting its members, it’s hierarchy and its privacy). 

 What is the main reason you want to study The Craft with this coven? Please answer with at least a 500-word essay 

 

Will you stick to the coven even if it gets bored and tiresome to you? Please explain your answer 

 

If not will you keep the coven membership a secret after you move on? Please explain your answer

 

How long have you been practicing witchcraft? 

 

Who have you been studying witchcraft with?
Do you follow a specific tradition? 
Have you ever or do you now practice any type of dark magick? 
Do you promise to follow the direction of the High Priestess and the Council of Elders? 

 

Are you willing to question the High Priestess or the other Elders if you feel they are doing and/or saying things that may hurt another coven member, a novice, an adept and/or the coven as a whole? Please explain your answer 

 

What is your feeling of the phrase ” In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust “? Please explain your answer

 

Do you know how to safely cast a sacred circle? Please explain how it is done

 

What is the Wheel of The Year? Please explain it and give us the names and dates of celebrating the Sabbats

 

What is an Esbat? Please explain

 

Have you ever called the Watchtowers? Please explain your answer

 

 

 

Have you read the Student/Coven Guidelines Handbook? Answer Yes or No 

 

 If your answer is No please read it before submitting this application.

 

Do you have any questions about any of the expectations we have of you being a student and member of Heart’s Spirit Coven? 

 

This application and your essays need to be accompanied with a $10.00 USD payment. Use the DONATE button on covenlife.co Homepage. If you are accepted as a student in the Heart’s Spirit Coven the $10.00 USD will go towards your course fee. If you are not accepted you receive a refund of $9.50 because of the fees PayPal chares us for transactions. You will also receive an email detailing why you were not accepted as a student 

 

 

Application to Study as a Novice with Coven Life’s School of Witchcraft and Heart’s Spirit Coven

APPLICATION TO BE A NOVICE WITH HEART’S SPIRIT COVEN

Please answer all the questions as thoroughly and from a place of your truth.

Have you read the Student/Coven Members Handbook? Answer Yes or No

If your answer is No please read it before starting on this application.

How old are you?

Where do you live? State or Country Only

What is the main reason you want to join Heart’s Spirit Coven as a novice witch? Please answer with a minimum of a 500-word essay.

Are you formally studying other pagan paths at the moment or in the past and what is your motivation to do so? If your answer is yes then please answer in detail.

Have you ever or do you now practice any type of dark magick? If the answer is yes please thoroughly explain why you studied it or why you are studying it now. We will not accept an active practitioner of dark/black magick into our school and/or coven

Are you prepared to contribute to the wellbeing and uphold the sanctity of the coven and if so how? (i.e respecting the other students/coven members, the coven High Priestess/Priestess/Priest, the other/students/coven members privacy, etc).

What is the main reason you want to study witchcraft and pagan spirituality through Coven Life’s School of Witchcraft? Please answer with a minimum of a 500-word essay

Will you continue studying with Coven Life’s School of Witchcraft even if you get bored and/or tired of how fast you do your lessons or because of their content? Please explain your answer thoroughly

If you decide to quit studying with us for whatever reason will you still keep the other students and coven member’s identity a secret after you move on? Please explain your answer thoroughly

If you decide to quit studying with us for whatever reason will you still keep the initiations and other closed coven gathering rituals a secret? Please explain your answer thoroughly

Are you willing to question the High Priestess or any of the other Elders if you feel they are doing and/or saying things that may hurt another coven member, and/or student and/or the coven as a whole? Please explain your answer thoroughly

What is your feeling about the phrase ” In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust “? Please explain your answer thoroughly

This completed application and along with your essay answers need to be accompanied with a $10.00 USD donation. Use the DONATE button on covenlife.co Homepage. If you are accepted as a student in Coven Life’s School of WItchcraft and as a member of the Heart’s Spirit Coven the $10.00 USD will go towards your $40.00 USD course fee.

If you are not accepted you receive a refund of $9.50 because of the fees PayPal charges us for transactions.

Once Lady Beltane and the Council of Elders review your application, which usually takes 3 to 5 days, you will receive either a letter of acceptance or one of non-acceptance into the school and/or coven. If we decide to turn your application down we will send an email explaining why we did not accept you and the date we refunded your $9.50 USD. If you are accepted the balance of $30.00 USD for the novice course fee must be paid before you receive your first lesson.

 

Imbolc and Lammas Gathering Sunday, February 2, 2020

Any Witch or Pagan is welcome to come celebrate Imbolc and Lammas with us. Everyone attending needs to stay until the rituals for both hemispheres are done. It is up to you if want to do both rituals. For these Sabbats we are doing something new the sacred circles and Watchtowers will be called and dismissed for each hemisphere. We ask that you do not print these rituals out but you are welcome to bookmark them for future use.

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE – RITUAL FOR THE SABBAT IMBOLC: IN HONOR OF THE GODDESS GAIA AND GOD AENGUS OG  Written and Led by our novice Melinda.

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE – RITUAL FOR THE SABBAT LAMMAS: IN HONOR OF THE GODDESS HARVEST MOTHER AND GOD LUGH Written and Led by our adept Dawn of the Day

WHEN:

Northern Hemisphere –

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Chatroom opens at 3:00 PM CT

Circle will be cast at 4:00 PM CT

Southern Hemisphere –

Monday, February 3, 2020

Chatroom opens at 8:00 AM AEDT

Circle will be cast at 9:00 AM AEDT

WHERE:

Heart’s Spirit Coven Chatroom

If you have applied to be in the chatroom and have not received a reply yet, it will come to you at least 5 minutes before the circle is cast on Sunday. No approval for entering the chatroom when we are only 5 minutes away from casting the circle to begin the Imbolc and Lammas Rituals.

RITUALS:

EVERYONE: Set up your altar before the ritual starts. Placing an object represents .each of the elements so they form a pentagram.

In the upper right-hand point of the pentagram –

Air: Dream catcher, feather, incense, any object that you are drawn too

Lower right-hand point of the Pentagram

Fire: A symbol of the Sun, red or orange candle, a picture of a fire.

Lower left-hand point of the Pentagram

Earth: gnome, a bowl of salt or dirt, or object of your choice

Upper right-hand point of the Pentagram:

Water: Seashell, a bowl of water, any type of sea creature, object of your choosing

Top point of the Pentagram Spirit:

Angel Statue or whatever represents the element of Spirit to you.

Goddess: Goddess candle will be on the right side of altar decorate in color of green. You can also use green crystals in place of the candle which are green calcite, amber. Fragrances can be used such as honeysuckle or cypress, or any flower, or a picture of Gaia.

God: Gods candle will be on left side of altar decorate it in the colors of Green, pink, or red. You can also use crystals such as Rose Quartz, Peridot, Copper. Incense such as Sandal wood, Rose, or Lavender, Or a picture or statue of the God Aengus.

Casting the Circle:

Raven Spiritwalker: We walk this circle clockwise three times asking that all who are in it or outside of it be kept safe and no harm to no one.

EVERYONE: Face your altar and touch what is representing the Goddess and say:

“Gaia, our mother, You who nourishes all living things I honor and pray to thee, guide us and thank you for the promise of the return of Spring.”

Now touch what is representing the God and say:

Aegnus, God of love, youth, and poetic inspiration, guide us from this day forward and thank you for the promise of the return of Spring.”

(Now light the incense or candle if you are using one)

Mediate for 1 minute to allow the rise of power from the Goddess and God

When you have meditated for a minute with the God and/or Goddess please type “DONE”

Opening the Circle:

To the Guardians of the West, Archangel Gabriel:

We dismiss you from our Watchtower and thank you for protecting us.

To the Guardians of the South, Archangel Michael:

We dismiss you from our Watchtower and thank you for protecting us..

To the Guardians of the East, Archangel Raphael:

We dismiss you from our Watchtower and thank you for protecting us..

To the Guardians of the North, Uriel:

We dismiss you from our Watchtower and thank you for protecting us.

Raven Spiritwalker: We walk this circle counter-clockwise three times asking that all who are in it or outside of it be kept safe and no harm to no one.

(You can go back and commune with the Gods and/or Goddesses from one or both rituals after the Southern Hemisphere circle is opened)

Remember to offer a bite to the God and Goddess of your favorite snack and drink to give thanks to the God and Goddess. 

Lammas ritual

Lammas is known as the 1st of the 3 harvest festivals, it is still a time of hot intense sun but the days are starting to get shorter.  The grain is starting to ripen in the fields along with some of the fruits on the apple trees.

The goddess is pregnant and the god is still very strong but slowly weakening as we move into fall.  The animals are fattening for the winter slaughter and there is a push to start the process of storing food away for the lean months but at this time the days are still easy

Items needed for the ritual:

Apples, grapes, bread

gold or yellow cloth

sunflowers or raw wheat

Incense sandalwood and frankincense

Have a candle on your altar to represent the Harvest Mother — choose something in orange, red or yellow.

Corn husk or two

Place symbols of your craft or skill on the altar—a notebook, your special paints for artists, a pen for writers, other tools of your creativity. To represent the god Lugh

Please decorate your altar properly with a yellow or gold cloth, a nice sunflower and or a sheath of wheat, maybe an apple or a few grapes and/or a loaf of bread. This is to represent the sun  in the yellow or orange cloth.   A goblet of ritual wine is optional.

EVERYONE IN SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: We open the ritual with the walking around the circle 3 times in a counter clockwise direction.  We first point at the ground with our dominate hand asking the earth for its power to make this circle secure for the work we are to do here.  We walk a second time with our dominate hand outstretched at shoulder level asking water to secure our circle and finally we walk a third time with our hand pointed to the ceiling asking  air to help secure our circle and the work that we do here.  We finally say what is above is below and what is below is above we have created a circle to protect ourselves while we do our work may we harm no one and may no one harm.

Starting in the west and while touching the item that represents the west say watchtower of the west please help us with our circle today and protect us as we do our work

Next is the south and while touching the item that represents the south say watchtower of the south please help us with our circle today and protect us as we do our work

Next the east and while touching the item that represents the east say watchtower of the east please help us with our circle today and protect us as we do our work

Finally in the north and while touching the item that represents the north say watchtower of the north please help us with our circle today and protect us as we do our work

Light the candle, and say:

The wheel of the year is upon use

The food is plentiful and soil fertile

With this ritual we ask for the blessings

Of the Mother of the harvest

In honor of the Harvest we now will make a representation of the goddess using your corn husk and once the ritual is over please leave it on your altar to honor the goddess.

PLEASE READ THE DIRECTIONS BEFORE THE GATHERING AND PRINT THEM OUT OR TAKE NOTES SO YOU KNOW HOW TO MAKE IT.

Here is an example of how to make a corn husk doll

When you are done please type the word “DONE”

 

Now we will finish our ritual.  Point to the ceiling with your dominate hand and walk in a counter clockwise direction and say thank you air for your protection of our circle.  Now at shoulder level walk around the circle in a counter clock wise manner and thank water for the protection of our circle.  Finally point to the ground and walk in a counter clockwise manner thanking earth for protecting our circle.  Finally raise your hands above your head bring them down and point your palms at the ground and send any extra energy into the earth to help and heal our Mother.  End with the comment our circle is now open but it is never broken our work is done now may everyone go in peace.

Starting in the north and while touching the item that represents the north say Thank you to the watchtower of the north for helping us with our circle and you may leave if you must but stay if you like

Next is the east and while touching the item that represents the east say Thank you to the watchtower of the east for helping us with our circle and you may leave if you must but stay if you like

Now the South and while touching the item that represents the south say Thank you to the watchtower of the south for helping us with our circle and you may leave if you must but stay if you like

Finally is the west and while touching the item that represents the west say Thank you to the watchtower of the west for helping us with our circle and you may leave if you must but stay if you like

Blessed Be

Please enjoy some of the gifts from your altar, take a sip of the wine some of the bread etc.  Make sure you have enough, to enjoy the treats, also that you can leave some on the altar but also make sure you share some with the creatures of nature.  As you eat of your sacrifices remember and meditate on how the cycle of life goes from the seed to the plant and then back to seed to start all over again just like the wheel of the year continues to cycle through birth, adolescents, maturity, age, death and then of course rebirth.

References for Lammas ritual:

https://witchesofthecraft.com/tag/lammas-ritual/

Wicca Wheel of the Year Lisa Chamberlain pgs 88-95

https://www.learnreligions.com/setting-up-your-lammas-lughnasadh-altar-2562171

https://www.almanac.com/content/seasonal-crafts-cornhusk-doll

 

Coven Life and WOTC Icon

These Icons were drawn by a member of Lady Beltane’s family and then given to Lady Beltane to use as she wants to. There is a copyright on the pictures so if you want to use one of them for some reason you will have to email me at WitchesCovenHearts@yahoo.com telling what you specifically want to use them for. Until I reply giving you permission or not to use them I will know who copies or save the pictures and we will have a discussion about “the honor system.”

I would love to hear your opinion about them please. The little thing in the roots is a leaf falling into an abyss in memory of Lady Abyss.

The Cosmic Witch Part 9

Written for Coven life

By Priestess Hypatia

30/01/2020

 

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The 4th Pentacle of mercury- Seal of Solomon

 

Continuing from the previous post of aligning with Universal Powers for effective magickal practices…….

In this post I will be discussing the 7th of the Sacred Seven (in no particular order) that I have been mentioning in the previous posts.

Here I will be talking about the final planet of the sacred seven and not in that order, the planet Mercury. Ruling over Gemini and Virgo it is the planet that influences the intellect and of communication and therefore the element of air.

Mercury the planet is androgynous and neutral, it is neither masculine nor feminine, neither positive nor negative, taking on the qualities of whatever aspects it comes into contact with.

The Planet

Distance from Sun: 57.91 million km
Orbital period: 88 days
Length of day: 58d 15h 30m
Mass: 3.285 × 10^23 kg (0.055 M⊕)
Surface area: 74.8 million km²

The God

In the Ancient Roman World Mercury was the equivalent of the Greek God Hermes. The swift-footed messenger God traversed between the upper and lower worlds and his origins can be traced back as far as 13th– 15th Century BCE.

The many associations of Mercury include that of fertility, communication that include writing, messengers, trade, luck, and thievery. He was the patron saint of merchants, business people that were involved in all types of trade. The staff of Hermes, the Kerykeion is recognized as a symbol of trade and commerce and not that of medicine.

As the God of Medicine Aesculapius and His Rod is attributed to the arts of health and healing.

In the ancient Egyptian world he was connected to Thoth that is also connected with communication and responsible for writing the Emerald Tablet.

Planetary Magick Correspondences

Day- Wednesday

Colour– Purple, yellow and sometimes Orange

Element– Air

Gem stone– Opal, aventurine, moss agate, fluorite, and sodalite

Herbs– Almond, Anise, Clover, Dandelion, Dill, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lilac, Mace, Peppermint, Rosemary, Vervain

Number(s): 8, 64, 260, 2080

Archangel: Raphael

Metal: Mercury (toxic), safe replacement used in modern magick is Aluminum, sometimes also Zinc is mentioned

Olympic spirit (ruler): Ophiel

Importance in Alchemy– Spells, ritual and charms

Astrology

Due to Mercury’s speedy elliptical orbit, Mercury often appears to be going backwards, with frequent retrograde motions of about 3-4 every year. The good news is that these retrogrades are short lived, the bad news is that when they are in that motion they can at times wreak havoc in your life. Caution in signing contracts, breakdown in communication, avoid surgery, avoid travel, heightened anger, frustration, anxiety and of course the list of all your insecurities goes on. Now the majority of the time such retrogrades go unnoticed, that is until something happens in your life, then there is always Mercury retrograde if it does.

Spell Against Mercury Retrograde

If you are familiar with spell work you can try this to draw the positive aspects of Mercury during its retrograde. It encourages harmony, balance, protection and healing is such tumultuous times.

Spell work-

  1. Purple candle
  2. Anointed with frankincense
  3. Surround with your choice of crystals and herbs from the magickal correspondences above
  4. Light the candle and say:

‘My mind is a fortress, backwards Mercury, shall cause no deceit, nor damage. The light and stones shall save me’.

  1. When the candle has burned all the way down, and extinguished itself, take the stones, place them in a mojo bag, and carry with you as long as Mercury stays in retrograde.

Orphic Hymn

Below is a beautiful hymn or prayer to the great God Mercury- Hermes. Use this if you want to invoke the energy of Mercury- Hermes, use the planetary magickal correspondences for extra guidance and remember as with any spell work to understand, observe and respect the energies that you are working and drawing from and with.

Invocation/ Prayer to Mercury- Hermes

The Fumigation from Frankincense.
“Hermes, draw near, and to my pray’r incline, angel of Jove [Zeus], and Maia’s son divine;
Studious of contests, ruler of mankind, with heart almighty, and a prudent mind.
Celestial messenger, of various skill, whose pow’rful arts could watchful Argus kill:
With winged feet, ’tis thine thro’ air to course, O friend of man, and prophet of discourse:
Great life-supporter, to rejoice is thine, in arts gymnastic, and in fraud divine:
With pow’r endu’d all language to explain, of care the loos’ner, and the source of gain.
Whose hand contains of blameless peace the rod, Corucian, blessed, profitable God;
Of various speech, whose aid in works we find, and in necessities to mortals kind:
Dire weapon of the tongue, which men revere, be present, Hermes, and thy suppliant hear;
Assist my works, conclude my life with peace, give graceful speech, and me memory’s increase.”

Orphic Hymn- #27

Celebrate Imbolc in the Northern Hemisphere with Rituals

 

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Image care of  Wicca Daily

 

Depending on your particular tradition, there are many different ways you can celebrate Imbolc. Some people focus on the Celtic goddess Brighid, in her many aspects as a deity of fire and fertility.

Imbolc is a time of magical energy related to the feminine aspect of the goddess, of new beginnings, and of fire. It’s also a good time to focus on divination and increasing your own magical gifts and abilities.

To continue reading about how to do Imbolc Rituals

Celebrate Lammas in the Southern Hemisphere with Recipes

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Image from Wikipedia

In the Southern Hemisphere, we celebrate Lammas from 1-2 February. On the flip side of the world, the festival is celebrated on 1-2 August.

Lammas(Lah-mus) – Anglo Saxon – Festive of the loaves.
Lughnasadh (Loo-na-saw) – Irish Gaelic -This word roughly translates to Lugh’s Assembly. The god Lugh is known as the Celtic God of the Sun.
Lunasa (Loo-nah-sah) – Modern Irish – This is a more modern version of Lughnasadh.

To continue reading click on to: Lammas Recipes