Let’s Have Some Fun

I know some of you are starting the colder months but others of us are in the middle of a very hot summer. So I thought we could all use a couple of good old fashion belly laughs remembering a positive, wonderful day from our childhood. I feel my mom looking over my shoulder ask me, “So which one are you going to choose?”

My day to want to remember for today happened about 14 months after my dad crossed into the Summerlands and I had just become a teenager. My mom’s youngest sister and her family lived on her husbands family’s farm, they have 3 daughters. Also, there were my mom’s brother’s children, the oldest had 3 boys and a girl, my mom’s other sisters children who have 2 girls and 2 boys. So a great coming together of cousins. I should add in here that the only adults in the house all day to choral us children ranging from I think 7 to 13 years old were my mom and aunt. This particular day was the third in a row that it was raining and all 12 of us children were really bored, so the “grown-ups” pulled out some board games and since there were so many of us to play they decided we were going to play Go to The Head of the Class (anyone else remember this game?). They divided us into 2 teams of various ages and we proceeded to play the game like the more modern Trivia Pursuit because there were not enough makers for going around the broad for each of us to have one. In no time at all with Kool-Aid and cookies passed out, we started playing with my mom and aunt taking turns asking the questions from the cards. A question at the 3rd-grade level (which here in The States the child is approximately 9 years old) was “What tree only grows on the Southeast corner on the island of Aruba?

My challenge to you if you decide to pick up the gauntlet is without using an internet search (this was a day in 1971 when most schools or companies or governments did not have computers at all and if they had one it was more of an electric typewriter and calculator) tell me the name of the tree in the comments. I will post the answer tomorrow. Please also share fun and/or exciting childhood memory with us and leave us a challenge to go with it if you want to.

Week 26 – Goddess Knowledge -Hel

Hel is the Norse queen of the underworld, a mother goddess in her underworld guise. She rules over a firey womb of regeneration and is especially responsible for those who die of disease or old age. Her underworld, unlike the Christian hell, which received its name from her, is simply an otherworld, a place of renewal rather than a place of punishment and misery. When northern shamans visit her realm, they put on a helkappe, magic mask (sometimes a helmet) that renders them invisible. It is possible that the masked harlequin, a standard character in commedia dell’arte, was originally one of the kindred of the goddess Hel. Hel is an embodiment of the divine mystery, a challenge to look behind the mask of appearances to see things as they really are.

Click here for more information about the Goddess Hel

Click here to see some image of the Goddess Hel

The Hymns of Orpheus

To Hekate

“I call Ækáti of the Crossroads, worshipped at the meeting of three paths, oh lovely one.
In the sky, earth, and sea, you are venerated in your saffron-colored robes.
Funereal Daimohn, celebrating among the souls of those who have passed.
Persian, fond of deserted places, you delight in deer.
Goddess of night, protectress of dogs, invincible Queen.
Drawn by a yoke of bulls, you are the queen who holds the keys to all the Kózmos.
Commander, Nýmphi, nurturer of children, you who haunt the mountains.
Pray, Maiden, attend our hallowed rituals; 

Be forever gracious to your mystic herdsman and rejoice in our gifts of incense.”

 

I was talking with a fellow coven member just today about this incredible Goddess, one that predates the Olympian Gods and of possible Thracian origins.

She is the Goddess who rules over heaven and earth, the one who holds the keys to the cosmos and the rights of fertility. A triple Goddess who you encounter at the cross roads, the guardian, one that is part of the cosmic creation story and looks over funeral rights.

She is born of Asteria (Stars) and the Nihta (Night) therefore represents the primordial creation of all that is.

May the Great Goddess look over you and protect you.

 

Blessings to one and all

Being An Upside Down Witch – for those Living in the Southern Hemisphere

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Goddess Pages
British spiritual magazine

Living in Australia – or anywhere in the southern hemisphere for that matter – can be a little confusing for a witch. All the books about magic print elemental correspondences that are back to front (the fire of the sun is certainly not in the south down here!), and list dates for the sabbats that bear no relation to the actual cycle of our seasons. I’ve met a surprising number of people from the US and UK who didn’t realise that our seasons are six months behind (or ahead, depending on how you look at it) the northern ones. Our Midsummer falls around December 20-23, when the north is blanketed in snow, while our winter solstice falls around June 20-23, the height of summer up there.
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Full Moon Esbat Gathering on July 16th.

This month we are going to try a musical/sharing circle instead of someone leading us in the types of Esbat rituals we have been doing in the past. After the circle is opened please let us know if you would enjoy doing some more a little out of the witch’s standard rituals for our Esbat gatherings. We would like to do more Esbat gatherings where everyone attending can participate, unless it is for an initiation.  So, to bring you the types or rituals and/or circles you want to learn more about we have to hear back from you to know what you want.  Yes, I am the Priestess, and we have one active Priestess, and also Adepts that write and lead rituals but this coven and the type of things you want to know more about the variety of things you can do in a circle is a very important part of your novice, adept, and priestess lessons. So, please let your fingers do the talk in the comments or if you feel more comfortable send your ideas via email to covenlifescoven@gmail.com. As long as a ritual you would like to see done does not involve any type of dark magick I or Priestess Hypatia will be happy to help you write and lead the ritual. It does not matter what course you are taking novice, adept, or priestess you can either comment below or send an email about a topic for a sacred circle. The only exception to leading a ritual is you have to have already done the novices lesson on “What is an Esbat and actually write and performing an Esbat ritual” for your novice course lessons. If you have not gotten that far in your studies yet you can still submit a topic for an Esbat circle.

Playing a specific song with or without lyrics and/or using a drum, maracas or any type percussion instrument that has a steady, rhythmical sound to it can help you to go from being in the mundane, hectic everyday world into place of peace, quiet, reflection, and center you for magickal workings or even bring more power to the magick and/or spell you are doing.

An inexpensive way to make a drum and reuse what would otherwise be thrown away (they cannot be recycled because of the wax coating they have on them) use an empty cylinder-shaped oatmeal box by putting the lid on it and hit it rhythmically. To decorate it if you want to here is one idea on how to do it: take some copy paper or whatever kind of solid color paper you have and glue it to cover the writing on the oatmeal container. Let it sit out in the open for about 24 hours to make sure the glue is completely dry. Then decorate your drum to reflect you and your magickal/spiritual journey you are on. For the one or two sticks you can use to drum with these too can be decorated. People usually use some runes craved into the sticks and/or you can attach a string with bead and/or real bird feathers on one end of them.

Don’t have to time to create your drum than you could by one or just use a plastic bowl and wooden spoon to hit it with. Or just hit to sticks together or clap your hands to the beat of the music.

WHEN:

TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2019

Socializing starts at 6:00 PM CDT

CIRCLE IS CAST AT 7:00 PM CDT

Please do not enter the chat after 7:00 PM CDT. Thank you!

WHERE: 

Coven Life’s Chatroom

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Something to use as a drum or percussion instrument

and/or enough room to dance around if you feel you want to

Sing along it doesn’t matter what your voice sounds like if you feel like sing with the song…go for it

A device that can play the “Grandmother” song found on youtube.com

Grandmother

A beverage for yourself and as an offering to the esoteric Grandmother

A small snack for yourself and as an offering to the esoteric Grandmother

RITUAL:

 

 

LADY BELTANE: I walk this circle three times three in the direction the sunrises with the Maiden and Lad , Mother and Father and the Crone and Sage along be side of me. I ask Luna to put us in a dome. I ask Earth to come up to meet Luna so we reside in a bubble that is out of time and in between worlds.

EVERYONE: Please introduce yourself (first or Pagan name only) and tell us what state or country you are from

When everyone has their drum in hand and the video ready to play. Type in “ME” please.

LADY BELTANE will count down from 5 to 1. When she gets to 1 turn on the music and start getting the beat of your drum in time with the music and dance and sign or whatever you feel the Lord and Lady are leading you. Let your mind just wander wherever it wants to go. You may receive messages from your Spirit Guides and/or ancestors. If you do listen closely to what they say. This is also a type of meditation. When the song has ended, we will take a minute for those who went into a trance like state to fully come back.

LADY BELTANE: I will call on you one at a time to share the experience you had as you drummed and listen to the song.

EACH PERSON: Each when called upon to share will have between 2 to 3 minutes to share their experience in this circle. Lady Beltane ask that no one asks to be passed by when called upon to share. Every single persons experience is important and we may learn something new from you experience that we didn’t.

LADY BELTANE: I walk this circle three times three in the direction the sunsets with the Maiden and Lad , Mother and Father and the Crone and Sage along be side of me. Triple Goddess and God thank you for helping to protect us and joining our celebration this evening. I ask Luna to take the dome away above our heads. We thank you Luna for helping to protect us and joining our celebration  I ask Earth lower yourself so we reside in a bubble that is out of time and in between worlds. Earth thank you for your help in protecting us and joining our celebration. I have brought us back into the physical plane with reside in.

Our circle is open but never broken. I send each of you blessings of love, joy, harmony, and peace.

Time to visit drink your beverage and eat your snack. Remember to save a sip or to of your beverage and a bite or two of your snack to take outside to give an offering of thanks to the goddesses and gods that were with us this evening/morning

Fibromyalgia – treatment the natural way

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It is easy to take for granted things that we are used to or expect to be there for us because they normally are all the time.  I remember once when I was a teenager performing on the piano, I hurt both fourth finger ligaments on each of my hands while playing a strenuous Rachmaninoff piece.  The hand specialist I met with diagnosed me with a “flexor strain” and basically commented that I would be fine after some daily hand and arm stretches and lack of usage of my hands for several weeks at least.  Boy were those some weird weeks though. It was hard for me to live my life feeding myself, doing my homework, and in general even getting my clothes on or washing my hair with both my hands NOT WORKING!

It was incredible, but even with just reduced usability of my fingers (it hurt to move…

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Taking a Help to Feel Better Day

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I am very sorry for not doing post today but I am having, my doctor called it this, super fibromyalgia flare. I am using a stylus for this post because it hurts my finger to type. So I’m taking a day to do nothing more than this short post and taking care of my familiars with the help of a neighbor to walk them. Usually I only need one day off of typing so I should have the regular posts up tomorrow.

If you are interested in learning more about fibromyalgia use this link that will take you to the Mayo Clinic website information. This is a medical condition where if you look at and/or speak with someone you would not usually suspect how much pain they are in almost daily.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/symptoms-causes/syc-20354780

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Mercury retrograde & Angel advice

Hello lovely people!  Happy Magickal Monday!

Yes, it’s Mercury retrograde time…..but it doesn’t always have to be bad.  If you watch the video, you’ll see what I mean.

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Bright Magickal Blessings to you and yours.

Namaste,

Victoria, the Silver Sage Witch of NewFound-Life.com ♥

 

 

 

 

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