As the Northern Hemisphere Begins to Settle in For The Cold Tempatures and Shorter Days

Now is the time to finish your final harvest as anything left on plants, trees, and vines on Samhain, October 31st is for the wildlife, gods, and goddesses to enjoy.

It is time, if you can, to can fruits and vegetables. To pick, during the right Moon phase for optimal power, and dry your herbs. To stick up on other non-perishables you have to buy, put extra meat and homemade or store bread in your freezer. I even buy a small thing of powdered milk in case we get snowed in.

I also check to make sure I have all my magickal supplies, candles, herbs, oils, etc, stocked and ready for use. I also make sure I have my Yule log under a trap so I don’t have a problem lighting on the Winter Solstice. Whenever possible I do a ritual outdoors for Samhain and the Winter Solstice because I do not have any type of fireplace indoors.

As for my home now is when I do a fall cleaning and through smudging in every room and my basement. I want to make sure I do not have any negativity in my home before the windows are closed and the furnace turned on giving it and/or nasty beings a place to hide in.

Please tell us what you do to get ready for you he darker and colder time of the year. Leave as long a comment as you want to. I hope I can get some new ideas from others on preparing for this time of year.

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Bastet or Bast

Bastet, or Bast, was a cat goddess and the patroness of pregnant women. She loved music and dance which made her festival at Bubastis one of the most popular festivals in Egypt. According to records, her festivals had as many as 700,000 attendees. The Egyptians regarded Bastet as the personification of the sun’s beneficial powers. Her depictions show her as either a woman with a cat’s head or as a cat and people mummified cats in her honor.

To read a general description of Bast and other important Ancient Egyptian deities lease click on the following link: Bastet

 

New Moon Creation Page

The New Moon is a powerful time when the Guardian energies of the Sun and Moon come together to support new beginnings. It’s the perfect time to write down intentions that match the true desires of your heart.

Write them in the way that feels best for you.

I like to phrase each intention in terms of bringing my creations to life with Love.

To read the rest of this information and be able to download your page please click on this link: New Moon Creation Page

Second Blue Moon of 2018 Arrives Saturday; It’s the Last One Until 2020

At a Glance

  • Watch a livestream the blue moon rising on The Weather Channel app from 9-9:30 p.m. Friday.
  • The next time you’ll be able to witness a blue moon is Halloween night 2020.

The second blue moon of 2018 is set for Saturday morning and will be the last one to adorn the night sky until 2020.

Saturday’s Sap Full Moon, which is also a blue moon because it is the second full moon of the calendar month, is set to peak at 8:37 a.m. EDT.

The first full moon this month occurred on March 2. The next blue moon will occur Oct. 31, 2020.

(MORE: Here’s How a Key Part of Our National Parks Could Be Obliterated)

A blue moon is not as rare as the expression “once in a blue moon” implies. Although Saturday’s blue moon will be the second in 2018 — the first occurred Jan. 31 — they typically occur about once every 2.7 years, according to space.com.

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Saturday’s blue moon will be the last until Oct. 31, 2020.

(NASA)

The fourth full moon of the year is given the name Sap Full Moon because it marks the time of the year when trees are tapped for sap that makes all sorts of syrup. It’s also sometimes known as the Worm Full Moon because it’s the time when earthworms emerge from their winter slumber, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Not everyone will have the benefit of seeing Saturday’s blue moon, considering the changing spring weather.

According to weather.com meteorologist Linda Lam, people living in the South, Southwest and West Coast have the best chance of seeing the blue moon. However, she notes that it is still several days away and the forecast details remain uncertain.

Others hoping to catch the last blue moon until 2020 may be disappointed. An area of low pressure may bring clouds, along with snow and rain to much of the Midwest and Great Lakes region Saturday morning. Portions of Montana and Wyoming may also see snow showers and cloud cover.

Depending on how quickly a cold front pushes off the East Coast, clouds may block the view along much of the East Coast, Lam said.

Watch a live stream of the blue moon rising on The Weather Channel app from 9-9:30 p.m. Friday.

The Weather Company’s primary journalistic mission is to report on breaking weather news, the environment and the importance of science to our lives. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.

New Moon Esbat Gathering Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM CT

WHEN:

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Social time starts at 7:00 PM CT

Circle is Casted at 7:15 PM CT SHARP

PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE CHAT ROOM AFTER 7:14 PM CT

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chatroom

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 green candle
1white candle
Sweetgrass, incense or sage – Use to cleanse the space you will be doing the ritual in
 Fireproof container to burn it in
Matches or Lighter
 
The dark moon ( or new moon) is a time for beginnings. A time for you to reflect on the the things working in your life, things that are not, and the beginning of new goals or desires. Before we celebrate this powerful moon time, cleanse  your sacred space with sweetgrass or   and decide on a new beginning for you. Please do this in 3 minutes.
Type in ready when you are done.
EVERYONE: Please type your name and where you are from.
MAIA: I call upon the watchtowers that protect the quarters – north, east, south, and west. Please lend us your energy and protection inside and outside this circle and allow no harm to come to anyone. We call upon the Goddess to walk this circle three times round. With your energy and blessings this circle is now closed.
EVERYONE: As you light the green candle say:
Each day a new beginning
Each new moon a brand new start.
May I find happiness aplenty
And laughter in my heart.
As you light the white candle say:
The slate is clean, we begin anew
The Goddess grants us another day.
To be the best we are meant to be
And be merry along the way.
We will 3 minutes to meditate and see new beginnings- seeds planted, a baby born, college bound, etc. Feel uplifted and happy.
EVERYONE: Type in So Mote It Be at the end of the 3 minutes.
MAIA: We have come together to welcome the new moon and the changes we desire. Our words have been heard and we are free to find our own way.
I thank the watchtowers of the north, east, south and west for protecting our circle and lending us their energy. Please go back from where you came with our gratitude. I thank the Goddess for new beginnings and welcome positive change. Please return from where you came.
The circle is open, but never broken. Go in peace brothers and sisters feeling happy and at peace.

NASA Full Coverage of the Full/Blue/Blood/Super/Eclispe Moon

This link will take you to NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) full video coverage of the special full Moon today. The eclipse happened in the USA early this morning so it was very hard to see it. If anyone got picture of the full…etc Moon please email them to me so I can post them here and on our Facebook page. My email is ladybeltane@aol.com. Thank You. I did not see any of it because just like the solar eclipse in August 2017 the could cover was to heavy.

http://livestream.wiki/lunareclipse/

Dates and Times For December Solstices

Because of the 17 hours difference between Chicago, Illinois, USA and Sydney, Australia the peak of the solstices are happening at the exact same time. When I first started this web site my vision was to bring information out about the Wheel of the Year for anyone living anywhere on Mother Earth. Although I have missed some of the dates and information for the Southern Hemisphere I am going to try to make sure I am on top of getting it done this year.

Southern Hemisphere Summer Solstice 2017

Friday, December 22nd at 3:27 AM AEDT

https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/seasons.html?n=240

Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice 2017

Thursday, December 21st at 10:27 AM CST

https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/seasons.html?n=64

May your holiday be blessed with positive energy, joy, laughter, family, and friends!

Love Lady Beltane and the CL Staff

White Horse of the Sun (Winter Solstice)

Carved into the chalk of a hillside in southern England, the Uffington White Horse is utterly unique. Stretching 360 feet from head to tail, it is the only prehistoric geoglyph—a large-scale design created using elements of the natural landscape—known in Europe. “There’s just nothing like it,” says University of Southampton archaeologist Joshua Pollard, who points to the Nazca lines in Peru as the closest parallel. Pollard says that because the site is so anomalous, researchers have resisted grappling with its distinct nature. As a consequence, few new interpretations of the site have been advanced since the early twentieth century. “Archaeologists are tripped up by things that are unique,” says Pollard, “and the White Horse has thrown us.” But now, after making a close study of the site and its relationship to the landscape around it, Pollard has developed a theory that connects the Uffington Horse with an ancient mythological tradition.

 

Stories about the White Horse have been recorded since medieval times. One popular legend had it being carved in celebration of an Anglo-Saxon victory over a Viking army in A.D. 875. But excavations in the 1990s yielded dates that showed it was created much earlier, during the Late Bronze Age or the Iron Age, sometime between 1380 and 550 B.C. Most archaeologists have thought that the site was probably a symbol that signaled a prehistoric group’s ownership of the land—their attempt at creating a landmark that was meant to impress outsiders. But Pollard did not find that idea wholly persuasive. “It doesn’t really work that way,” he says. “For one, the way it’s positioned makes it difficult to see the whole geoglyph from the surrounding landscape.” Pollard found that there are other hillside locations in the immediate vicinity that are much more visible, and where creating a totemic image meant to symbolize a group’s identity would have made more sense.

 

Pollard usually works on sites dating to the Neolithic, a period when people erected large monuments, such as Stonehenge, that were often aligned with astronomical events. That experience led him to wonder if the Uffington Horse could have been designed along similar lines, and he investigated how the geoglyph was positioned relative to celestial bodies. He found that when observed from a hill opposite, in midwinter, the sun rises behind the horse, and as the day progresses, seems to gain on the horse and finally pass it. From the same vantage point, at all times of the year, the horse appears to be galloping along the ridge in a westerly direction, toward the sunset.

To read the rest of this article please click on or copy and paste it into your browser the following link: https://www.archaeology.org/issues/269-1709/from-the-trenches/5830-trenches-england-prehistoric-uffington-white-horse

Some Thoughts for Today

May this solar eclipse bring you blessings of love, peace, and harmony.

While everyone is talking about the total solar eclipse and the way it will change the energy we feel and/or use, I felt it was important to explain part of the energy shift and what brings it about.

Many of you have heard or read about the tradition of The Great Rite usually performed on Beltane and has its origins in prehistory, wait let me rephrase that to read, it has its origins when all traditional rites/rituals were handed down orally from priest to priest, priestess to priestess, druid to druid, etc. The Great Rite is the coupling of a high priest and high priestess, whether physically or symbolically, to ensure the ground is fertile to give nourishment to and accept the seeds planted to bring about a bountiful harvest.

The total eclipse is the celestial coupling and marriage of the Sun God to the Moon Goddess. As these eclipses only happen during a new Moon which is a time for rebirth, renewal and starting new things in your life after ridding yourself of negative things in your life during the waning and Dark Moon. Use this time for new beginnings in your life whether they be forgiving someone from an old grudge (which frees you from the negativity of that grudge as well) to kicking a bad habit, to do some deep soul searching for negative things you are holding onto not just from this lifetime but pasts one as well, to trying to get a job or spending more time with your loved ones and less time at work or well any number of things. This is a journey of renewal that you take alone with your spirit guides unless you ask some type of spiritual counselor to help guide you through this journey. So you have the symbolical marriage of all the gods and goddesses along with their consummation of the marriage when the Moon completely covers the Sun, and the Moon phases that promote new growth, you have a lot of potent energy at your disposal to get rid of the old and bring in the new.

So during the eclipse you have the symbolical marriage of all the gods and goddesses along with the consummation of their marriage when the Moon completely covers the Sun, and the Moon phases that promote new growth, you have a lot of potent energy at your disposal to get rid of the old and bring in the new.

Another thing that makes the eclipse special is it falls at the time when Leo, whose planet is the Sun, comes roaring in with its fire. Fire is cleansing element to help rid you of the negativity you are carrying even if it is deep inside of you right down to your cellular level. Just as we leave Cancer and the twin nature of the duality of male and female we all carry inside of us. This is a time where each of us can easily look at the God and Goddess we carry inside ourselves and celebrate all aspects of our human and higher selves.

On thing I would strongly suggest you do not try to do today is astral or Otherworld traveling as the different planes of exsistence over lap and it can be hard to get back to the phyiscal plane of existence we live in. On the other hand is it a great day or eveing for divination and your guides maybe able to show you things and answer questions you may have more clearly.

May whatever you are seeking to change come about in a positive way for you.

May the Lady and Lord watch over and help you dear ones.