Where Have the Elders/Staff Gone with Our Posts?

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The staff and Elders of both WOTC and Coven Life have many things happening right now and unfortunately some of the posts you are use to seeing everyday are not being done. Let me give you a little explanation of what is going on with everyone. Please remember to click on all advertisements you see on WOTC = WitchesOfTheCraft.com as this helps to generate revenue to pay for both websites, private chatroom, and other miscellaneous cost incurred to keep these things bring you information on witchcraft and other topics as well. Please do not send a money donation just click on the ads for your donation. Thank you very much.

Lady Beltane is fairly ill with???? her doctors are not sure at this time what is wrong but they do know through two tests it is not COVID-19. She is not feeling up to doing all the regular daily WOTC’s post but will make sure each days birthday horoscope is posted. She will post when she can on Coven Life. She hopes to be back feeling better by the weekend.

Hypaia of Alexandria works at an elderly health care facility in her native Australia and is having to work extra hours because of restrictions the government has imposed to help safe guard the health of the elderly. She also runs her own business as a licensed nutritionist. Leaving her little time for sleep and her family much less trying to fit in posting on the two websites.

Samhain had a heart attack a couple of weeks ago but is recovering at home under her doctor’s supervision. His computer set up which he refers to as “The Beast” because of it’s 6 monitors plus other extras is located in his basement. The problem here is he is not allowed to walk up and down stairs as yet. Last time Lady Beltane talked to him he was having a family member help to move The Beast upstairs and was working on getting it to work. So without a working computer he cannot post either.

Dawn of the Day has been busy with her full time job as a high school teacher and cooridinator of the graduation ceremony which to say the least has been very tricky and time consuming this year because of the Stay at Home and Social Distancing orders. Now that, that is over she is getting ready to leave for her annual volunteer work helping to repair and/or do remolding plus some farming duties for a place she goes to every year in West Virginia to help the organization helps people that could not afford much need repairs or whatever to their homes otherwise.

PynkMoon had fallen last week and required stitches. Besides that he has been battling pneumonia for a couple of months. Lady Beltane received word yesterday that he has now been hospitalized for treatments that cannot be done at home.

Raven Spirit Walker is having to see a cardiologist because of a very low heart rate. She also is the sole care giver for her beloved husband who is dealing with many different medical issues. She is also having to dedicate more time to her own business to keep their bills paid up. Raven is a psychic medium who reads all different types of cards, helps locate missing persons in AZ, and a few other abilities she has that she puts to good use not just for an income but to help other people wherever and whenever she can.

As you can see at this time we all have things going on in our personal lives that if you are willing to we could use some prayers and/or a candle lit to help us. We will post what we can when we can please just have patience and ask the Lord and the Lady to let our lives get back into their usual routines. We all thank you for your understanding and support. If anyone and I mean anyone needs prayers and/or a candle lit for something you feel you need help with please leave a comment telling this fantastic community what it is you need help with.

June Esbat gathering is this Friday, June 5th for the N.H. and S.H. slick on Daily Posts and scroll down for all the information you need for this gathering.

There will be a remembrance ceremony honoring 1 year since she crossed over the veil into the Summerlands for our beloved sister Lady of the Abyss in the N. H. on Friday, June 12th starting at 5:00 PM CDT this includes a time to gather to talk about our memories of her before the ceremony. For the S. H. it will be on Saturday, June 13 starting at 8:00 AM AEST. It will be held in the Heart’s Spirit Coven’s Private Chatroom

There will be a Summer/Winter Solstice gathering for the N.H. Saturday, June 20 and for the S. H. on Sunday, June 21. More information will be posted closer to these dates.

June’s Full Moon Esbat Gathering

WHEN:

Northern Hemisphere – Friday, June 5, 2020

Social Hour 6:00 to 6:59 PM CDT

Circle Cast 7:00 PM CDT

Southern Hemisphere – Saturday. 6 June 2020

Social Hour 9:00 to 9:59 AM AEST

Circle Cast 10:00 AM AEST

WHERE:

Heart’s Spirit Coven Chatroom

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

A device to play song on

Something to use as a drum or whatever to keep time to the music

Bare feet

Dance, My Children Dance

RITUAL/CEREMONY

Lady Beltane: I call Air into the Eastern Watchtower to come dance with us

I call Fire into the Southern Watchtower to come dance with us

I call Water into the Western Watchtower to come dance with us

I call Earth into the Northern Watchtower to come dance with us

I skip around 7/8 of this circle to keep us all safe from harm both seen and unseen. I take us to a place that is not a place into space there is no time. We invite any Goddesses and/or Gods to join us in our dance within this sacred circle.

EVERYONE: As you enter the circle pause to allow the energy to strip you of every day problems and negativity. Once you have passed through the circle portal please say hello and share with us your first (no last names) or pagan name and what country or state (no town names) you have entered the circle from

Lady Beltane: I now close the portal we passed through to complete the circle round.

The inspiration come from a post on Coven Life by Dawn of the Day A Call to Witches

Today we will be joined from near and far through dancing under the Full Moon (Southern Hemisphere the Moon has not totally left your horizon yet) and drumming on whatever we have chosen to use.

Everyone: We will all start play Dance, My Children Dance NOW

After the song has stopped for you please type in DONE

Anyone who wants to share what they felt and/or saw while dancing and drumming with the rest of us you are welcome to do so now.

Lady Beltane: We will observe a moment of slice while I send a blessing for the sacred land on Isbel Road that was a Native American Village that the spirit who reside there may find peace. I blessed Mother Earth and ask that she once again allows this land to be a scared place that the soil is not disturbed by human in any way A’Ho (Native American loose translation i blessed be)

I send blessings of good health to you and your family. Until we meet again blessed be dear Sisters, Brothers and Everyone else.

With a heart and spirit filled with love I walk this circle to open but it will never be broken as we are one in the Goddesses and/or Gods we choose to believe in. I return us to the physical on Mother Earth and time as it flows on her.

We thank the Goddesses and/or Gods that join our dance today. Please leave us if you choose to.

We thank Earth for dancing with us in the Northern Watchtower and ask you to return from whence you came.

We thank Water for dancing with us in the Western Watchtower and ask you to return from whence you came.

We thank Fire for dancing with us in the Southern Watchtower and ask that you return from whence you came.

We thank Air for dancing with us in the Eastern Watchtower and ask that you return from whence you came.

I thank you all for being in our circle today.

Full Moon 2020: Does a Full Moon affect humans?

A FULL MOON tonight will bathe the planet in its eerie glow – but does a Full Moon affect humans?

Full Moons are believed by many affect our sleep and our mood but they are also associated with the paranormal – ghosts and werewolves. The Moon’s supposed influence has also affected our language, with the words lunacy and lunatic originating in the Latin word for Moon, luna. With the next Full Moon rising tonight (Thursday, May 7), is there any truth behind these myths?

According to the Royal Observatory Greenwich in London, there is a well-documented fascination with the Moon’s sway over our lives.

The ancient Mesopotamians, for instance, believed lunar eclipses threatened the lives of their kings.

In Ancient Greece and Rome, on the other hand, girls were given crescent-shaped pendants to ward off evil spirits.

And by the 16th century, the Moon’s position was tracked by physicians to determine how it would affect their patients.

For other interesting stories about the Moon

May 6 Moon Goddess’ Current Phase

The Moon will be in a Waxing Gibbous phase. This phase is when the moon is more than 50% illuminated but not yet a Full Moon. The phase lasts round 7 days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon. During a Waxing Gibbous the moon will rise in the east in mid-afternoon and will be high in the eastern sky at sunset. The moon is then visible though most of the night sky setting a few hour before sunrise. The word Gibbous first appeared in the 14th century and has its roots in the Latin word “gibbosus” meaning humpbacked.

From Moongiant.com

You can use this link to go forward or backward in time for Moon phase information. If you are curious you can even find out what phase the Moon was in when you or anyone else, you know was on the date the person was born.

Full Moon in Cancer

The first Full Moon of the year coincides with a lunar eclipse is in its own sign Cancer. Cancer is the embodiment of the sacred feminine, aligned with the tides of the ocean and the cycles of a women’s fertility. It connects with the with the archetype of the Great Mother, underlings themesand of home, tribe, belonging, ancestral roots, sustenance, sanctuary, and the unspoken emotional connections to people in our life. Cancer wisdom teaches us aboutthe the need for boundaries as well as when it is time to retreat to take care of ourselves. When her daughter is kidnapped by Hades, Demeter retreats to the land of Eleusis. The shifting currents of this Full Moon may bring forgotten to the surface, not only our own, but whispers of ancestral memories passed downto by the women who came before  us. This is a good time to turn our attention to working with lineage, tradition, and the wisdom of the Grandmothers.

Great Mother, giveme me the wisdom to know when it’s time to retreat and to nurture not only others but also myself

Guiding Goddesses: Demeter, Danu, Isis, Parvati

Copyright 2020 Danielle Blackwood in Llewellyn Witches ‘ Datebook 2020 Page 33

Full Moon Esbat Gathering on Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Esbat ritual this month was written by Adept Dawn of the Day and Novice Luna Llena. We welcome all witches and/or pagans from any tradition especially if you are a solitary practitioner and would like to meet some other brothers and sister of The Old Ways/The Craft.

WHEN:

Elder Moon (Full Moon) Esbat Gathering

Thursday December 12, 2019

Social Hour 6:00 to 6:59 PM CT

Circle Cast at 7:00 PM CT

Please do not enter the chat room after the circle has been cast. The reason being is we have students casting and leading the circle as part of their learning and this could break the circle causing it to have to be recast. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

WHERE:

Heart’s Spirit Coven Chatroom

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 small white candle – 4 inches tall
Candle Holder
Matches
Small to Medium Size Bowl of Water
Cookie or Cracker
Beverage of Your Choice
For the Northern Hemisphere Include on your Altar

1 Small Dead Twig from the ground – Symbolizing Death as we approach Yule
1 Piece of Fruit – Symbolizing Renewal as we approach what will come in the Spring

For the Southern Hemisphere Include on your altar

Some Flowers, or Fruit – Symbolize the Abundance of the Summer

Elder Moon – Esbat Ritual

Adept Dawn: We call the watch tower of the East and ask Auriel to help protect this circle and empower the work within our circle.

We call the watchtower of the South and inviting Gabriel to protect the circle and empower our work within the circle.

We call Raphael for the West and to protect the western part of the circle and empower our work within the circle

We call Michael to the watchtower of the North to protect the North part of the circle and also empower our work within the circle.

I will now draw the circle by starting in the East and point at the ground first and
walk clockwise saying I close this circle with Earth so that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle. I would then point to the ceiling and say I close this circle with Air so that no harm may come to anyone inside this circle, then I would out stretch arm at shoulder level and invoke Fire by saying I close this circle with Fire so that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle.  Finally, I would say what is above is below what is east is also west and what is north is south we are now enclosed in an orb of light and empowered to do our work within the circle.  I will then walk the circle one more time touching each of the elements starting with a Feather to represent the East and Air, a Candle to represent the South and Fire, a Bowl of  Water to represent the West and Water and then Earth in the North we welcome and thank you for helping us with this circle.

We would welcome the goddess (Isis) and the god (Odin) to the circle and thanking them for attending and helping us with our work.

Everyone: Please tell us your name and where you live –  your first name or pagan name and just the country or state only please

Novice Luna: I will ask everyone to turn to their altar with open arms. Tilt your head back, look at the sky/ceiling and say –

Elder Moon give us your light and
Guide us in this ritual
We ask for your eternal knowledge as
We light this candle to fulfill this rite
Remembering the gifts that you so freely give us
We pray
So mote it be
Novice Luna: At this time light the Elder Moon candle and take a few minutes to reflect on what you accomplished this year and the challenges you have faced, what you have discarded and what you have kept, the changes you wish to make and the future you perceive. Give thanks to the entities of the pure white light for the guidance they have given us as we honor the last full moon of the year, the Elder Moon

Everyone: Hold the water receptacle to the sky and say:

Bless this water so that it nurtures us
God Odin and Goddess Isis guide us as we journey the cycle of life
As we experience the challenges and changes we make daily
As we try to live a life harmonious with the universe that surrounds us
So Mote it Be
Adept Dawn:  We say to the god Odin thank you for working with the circle today you can go if he must or stay if you would like. We say to the goddess Isis thank you for working with the circle you may stay if you would like or go if you must.

We would dismiss the watchtowers starting with the North.  We thank Michael for coming to this circle you may go if you must or stay if you like.

Moving to the West We thank Raphael for coming and protecting this circle you may go if you must or stay if you would like,

We would then thank Gabriel for coming to the circle say you may go if you would like or stay if you want

Auriel with the words of thanks for coming to the circle say you may go if you must  or stay if you like.
I would then hold my arm out and rotating counter clockwise thank fire for protecting the circle and please return from where they came.  I would then point to the ceiling and rotate counter clockwise and thank air for helping us with the circle today and to please return from where they came and finally pointing to the ground rotate counter clockwise and then the earth for helping us with the circle today and to please return from where they came. I would then raise my arms over my head and slowly bringing them down and point to the ground with open hands toward the earth to release the rest of the energy.
The circle is now open but never broken all my brothers and sisters please go in peace and in the safety of the gods and goddesses.

Snack, drink, relax

A Full Moon Esbat Ritual

I am sorry with everything that has happened in my life so far this month that I completely forgot about the full Moon Esbat. We will be having a new Moon Esbat on Saturday, November 23rd with a party hour will start at 6:00 PM CST with the Circle being cast at 7:00 PM CST. If you are not and student and/or member of Coven Life’s Coven please leave a comment if you would like to attend as this is an invitation only Esbat event to imitate our Elders and new coven members.

Now back to our wonderful November full Moon to celebrate we are going to do another drum along with a song. All you need is one white candle any size will do, the larger it is the more times you can use it to honor the Moon Goddess name you chose make sure to inscribe the name into your white candle. Below is a link containing some of the Moon Goddess’ name. Pick the one the “calls” to you”, in other words the one name you think,”That’s it!”

id you know there are also Gods or male names used for the Moon? It has been so long since I used one of them I had forgotten that some Gods are all associated with the Moon. So as many pagan traditions use duality and balance as part of their traditions I thought it would be a good idea to include some of the God names in case anyone wants to use one or more while celebrating tonight’s Full Moon. For this you will need a separate white candle again the size is your choice, the larger it is the more times you can light it to honor the Moon you have chosen, be sure to inscribe his name into the white candle for him. Same as with the Moon Goddess you will find different names for the Moon God. Again pick the one that calls to you.

You should decide for yourself if you are more comfortable working and dancing with a Goddess, God, or both and even if you want 2 or more of each. The most important thing for you to do in any solitary ritual is to do what feels right for you.

You will need something to use as a drum or clapping your hands or however you feel you should keep with the rhythm of the song. The song I picked for this full Moon is The Earth is Our Mother (Ancient Chant)

Play the song from YouTube on whatever you want to. I suggest casting a circle before you begin listening to the music and drumming even possibly singing along with the chat. As the song is about Mother Earth you should consider grounding all the energy raised as you listen, drum, and maybe sing to Mother Earth for her to use however she needs to.

Always remember to thank whatever Goddess or God you call upon to enter your circle. Open/Close your circle. Than write about in your Book of Shadows the ritual what God or Goddess or both that you called upon, then name of the song, what you used to keep rhythm with to the song, whether you dance or sang or both and how you felt during after the ritual, how you cast you circle and open/closed it. This way you can look back at it if you want to do something like this again. I suggest you write in your Book of Shadows about any magikcal workings you do whether it is alone or a lesson for which ever level course you are on or with the coven. If you choose to share how your ritual went please write about in the comment section for the post. Thank you.