Simple Way to Make Your Personal Candle for Your Altar

When setting up your altar you should have a candle that represents you. This candle would be lit first and then used to light the incense if you are using one, and your candle representing Fire or to start burning anything you may need to burn during for ritual.

First chose the type of candle you want, a pillar or a 12 inch/30.48cm taper candle or a smaller candle. Using a smaller candle means making your personal candle more often. I find the taper candle is the easiest to work with when lighting my incense and the Fire elemental candle. If you chose a pillar candle it should be unscented. The color can be any color with the exception of black. The color could be your favorite color or whatever color you feel drawn to make it from. Next using your Atheme or another sharp object if you do not have one yet (You can bless a kitchen knife you rarely use or even a letter opener as an Atheme – some Witches would disagree with me on using one of these objects but as I know how money can be tight and you might not be able to purchase a regular Atheme I figure use what you already have to make the item into one) inscribe your first name and last name you were given at birth or adopted parents surname you grew up and if you have one your Witches/Spirit name. You can write the name or names in the alphabet of your country or with Runes, Ogham or other “Magical” alphabet there are samples of different ones on this website, to find them use the search box and put in the word “alphabet.” Hold the candle in your non-writing hand start your name from the end with the wick showing going downward. Turn the candle each time you write a name so you have a fresh surface to write on, the exception being your given first and last names they should be in the same line.  Next starting from the top and moving in a downward motion use your favorite or an all-purpose essential oil saying this spell “This candle is a sacred representation of me to be used during meditation, spells, and rituals to light my way”. You will use the oil three times turning the candle so it covers different parts of it each time and repeat the spell each time you apply the oil. Pick out a special candle holder that you either already have that has a special meaning for you or you can purchase one that when you hold it, it feels as if it is supposed to be with you from a dollar or thrift store. You can also get out Magical Necessities for one that catches your eye. Some witches say you should not blow a candle out but use a snuffer others, myself included say it is ok to blow them out. I usually blow mine out because of the belief that the smoke carries whatever I used the candle for out into the universe.

Magical Necessities carries many different types of candles, candle holders, essential oils including an all-purpose one on sale at the writing of this post as buy one get one free,

Below are the direct links to the items mentioned above that are for sale at Magickal Necessities:

Candles

Candle Holders

Candle Accessories

BOGOF Oils I suggest even if you buy other oils to get the All-Purpose Oil just incase a spell calls for an oil you do not have on hand

Regular Priced Oils

Ritual Athemes

Any question please write to me at covenlifescoven@gmail.com

 

 

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Most Saturdays Offer 2 Different Places for Open Chats at Different Times so No Over Lapping and Have to Choose Which Chatroom to Go Too

Lady Abyss and Lady Beltane have both noticed in their respective chatrooms that quite a few people come into either chatroom and do not participate in the chat. If the topic being discussed does not interest you no problem, send a message in the chatroom feed suggesting a topic you want to know more about or have knowledge to share about it, or if you have a question you would like someone to try and answer again post it on the chatroom message board. We want to hear from everyone who comes into the chatrooms. If you do not want to participate why bother coming at all to “visit” with other witches/pagans? Both chat rooms are open to anyone joining in as long as they follow Witches of The Craft and Coven Life’s guidelines.

The open chat in WOTC’s chatroom is every Saturday starting at 10:00 AM CT to 1:00 PM CT. Here is the link to get into Lady A’s chatroom: WOTC Chatroom Since you enter the chatroom through the WOTC store Magickal Necessities come to the chatroom a little early and “window shop” in Magickal Necessities. There is a pretty large selection just start clicking on the items listed in the Menu.

The open chat in Coven Life’s chatroom CL’s Chatroom take place on the second Saturday of every month from 3:00 to 6:00 PM CT and on the fourth Saturday of every month from 6:00 to 9:00 PM CT. Also, Lady Beltane will meet you in CL’s chatroom one on one if you feel the need to talk to a High Priestess/pagan minister about lessons if you are a student or something you are going through that you could use an ear to listen and arms for a virtual hug

Lady Abyss and Lady Beltane both look forward to seeing you soon at one open chat. You are welcome to come to as many open chats as you would like to as you want to come to. The best thing for the CL open chat is it is unlike an Esbat, Sabbat, or special gathering is you can come and go from the chats as often as you want to. But please remember if you come to one of the chats you really should participate not just sit in the background like a stalker or something. Also, bookmark the chat rooms so when you want to chat all you have to do is click on the bookmark for both chat rooms and jump right into the room with a BIG HELLO or however you want to greet the others in the chatroom.

If no one is in the chatroom when you first pop in go check out the WOTC’s store MAgically Necessities. If you are trying to figure out what you may need for a spell or ritual please ask one of us and we will find it in Magickal Necessities and then send you the link to look at it yourself and then purchase it if is what you were looking. If you do not find what you want in the store just click on “Contact” in the menu or ask Lady Abyss about it in the chatroom. Yes, I know I put either item direct links into a post or the link for the store itself but I figure someone read this or another post with links it might not be aware of the fantastic Witch/Pagan supply store so close at hand and it does help WOTC cover the monthly running expenses. Support your, local merchant, just like you would in the town. you live in.

Here’s is the link for Magickal necessities Homepage: Magickal Necessities Store

Smokeless Way to Smudging with White Sage and Sweet Grass

I know there are people for one reason or another that can not burn the White Sage and Sweetgrass to cleanse their self or home because of the smoke. So I tried this alternate way yesterday and got the same results as burning them. White Sage takes away the negative energy in your home and Sweet Grass brings in the positive energy.

Crush the White Sage into a powder and tear the Sweetgrass into very tiny pieces and combine them in a bowl or on a plate used only for this purpose. Than walk each room in your home counter-clockwise starting at the door people use the most to enter and exit your home. As you are walking ask the Mother Goddess and the Father God or whatever deity you have as your patrons to take away all negativity, anger, resentment, etc from your home and replace it with love, positive energy, and harmony while you asking for this energy exchange sprinkle the White Sage and Sweet Grass mixture on the floor in the center of the room in the shape of a pentagram and put some in each corner of the room. The pentagram does not have to be perfect or even completely solid. Leave the pentagram in place until you feel it is time to sweep it up, do not vacuum it up.  Leave the mixture you put in the corner of each room there this helps to keep your home environment a more positive space. Take the mixture you have swept up and dump it in your yard to be reclaimed by Mother Earth.

You can use these links to Magical Necessities to buy lose White Sage, not the bundles and a rope of Sweet Grass

White Sage 1 oz. White Sage

Sweetgrass Braid24 Inch Sweetgrass

Now for using White Sage to cleanse yourself Magical Necessities carries a soap made with White Sage. Use it when taking a shower again asking for all negativity to be removed from you and for positive, loving energy to replace it. All your negativity will just disappear down the drain. This soap can also be used before you do a ritual to cleanse yourself for it.

Here is the link from Magical Necessities to order the soap

White Sage Soap

 

Everyone Needs Some Me Time to Relax and Center

We all have days we wish we could just hibernate and hide from everyone. This is when you need to have a special care package ready to go to relax you physically and mentally and recenter yourself spiritually.

I have a small kit made up in advance for when I take this me time. Mine includes a long incense sticks or cones of either sandalwood or jasmine (lavender is also very good for relaxing with), my favorite Celtic music bookmarked on my computer to find it easier, a big handful of my favorite Epsom salts in a Ziploc type bag or other holder, a smudge stick, a bar of scents soap, a black taper and a white taper candle, my favorite lotion, and a robe (type depends on the temperature in my home). I also shut off my cell/mobile phone and anything else that someone could call me on like Skype.

Allow a minimum of 2 hours for yourself to get the benefits you deserve.

I do a smudging in my den and bathroom and also myself. Then get into my usually hot bath with the salts. I soak for a while until I feel my muscles completely relax m(draining cooled water and adding more hot if I feel the need to) than I use one of my scented soaps to wash with (my hair is tied up because I wash it in the sink before getting into my bath or just leave dry, no one says you have to wash your hair just because you take a bath). After getting out of the bath and drying off I rub lotion on every part of my body I can comfortably reach just to feel the wonder of what the deities choose to make us into thousands of years ago.

Then if I feel like it put on my robe and go into my den or bedroom. Depending on my mood whether I stay in the robe or lay down skyclad.

Once in my den or bedroom,  I have a small table next to the daybed in my den so the black candle is set on the southwest corner and the white in the northeast. I light the black candle first asking Hades and Persephone to take away all the negative energy, anger, resentment, envy, etc I may still be harboring inside myself.  Next, I  light the white candle asking Ra and Mother Earth to fill me with love, positive energy and to be grounded. I then light the incense I choose while enjoying the scent of the incense and listening to the music  I do a relaxation technique (which I will describe below) and then I let my mind to float free not focusing on any one thought especially if it is a negative one. I usually wind up falling asleep and many times have had messages and/or vision brought to me by my ancestors, guides, some deities. These dreams I write down what I can remember of them when I awaken. The dreaming does not happen every time.

The two most important things to take away from this experience is one does not feel guilty for taking the time to pamper and nurture yourself because we all need to. The other thing is to take a is relaxed, centered mind, body, and spirit from reconnecting them all.

RELATION TECHNIQUE: Starting with your toes and working up the body tighten each muscle as you take as deep a breath as you can then allow the muscle to completely relax as you slowly exhale all the air you took in. This should take you at least 15 to 20 minutes to get all your muscles relaxed and your mind to slow down.

A great place you can get your incense, soap, candles and smudge sticks is Magickal Necessities. Below are the links for the items available:

Incense Cones

Soaps

Smudge Sticks

Chime (smaller) Candles

Simple way to Completely Smudge Your Home and Yourself

Smudging is usually done with White Sage and Sweetgrass combination this way is more of a NAtive American tradition. You can use White Sage by itself which is more of a witch’s way of doing it The White Sage takes all the negative energy out of your home and yourself and the Sweet Grass bring positive energy back into your home. If you do not use the Sweetgrass that is fine but be sure to ask for love, harmony, and positive energy to fill each room after you have cleared the negative energy from it.

To smudge yourself either start at your feet or head, depending on what feels right to you, WHile bring the smudge stick up or down your body ask Hekate to cleanse you of all negative energy, anger, resentment, and whatever else negative you feel you may be holding on to. Then ask her to fill you with positive energy, love, harmony, happiness, and whatever other good things you want to bring into yourself. When you clear negative energy out of you, you leave an empty space that needs to be filled so that is why you ask for positive things to fill you up.

To smudge your home starting in the room that has the door people go in and out of the most you walk counterclockwise making sure you get some of the smoke from the smudge stick into every corner of the room saying “Hekate (you can also call upon your patron god and matron goddess to help you)  “Cleanse this room of all negativity, anger, and whatever other kinds of bad energy you may feel is in the room.”  To continue cleansing room home go through it room by room counterclockwise stating the same thing you did in the first room. You also cleanse around every window, the in between where you walk through to another room or if the is a doorway, cleanse any mirrors, electronic devices that are in your home, your phone landlines and cell/mobile phones, computers, tablets, etc., inside closets and cabinets, if you have a basement and/or attic cleanse those also and last but not least any photographs you have on display anywhere in your home especially those of family and friends.

After doing this complete cleansing you follow it up with a house blessing and then put protection around your home and property. How to do these things can be found in other posts here on Coven Life’s website.

Drawing Down the Sun

I think sometimes as a witch the moon tends to get pride of place and the sun perhaps takes a back seat?  But it is an incredibly powerful source of natural energy and magic.  If you assign to the ‘general’ school of thought about gender (although it differs in cultures and beliefs) the sun is a very strong masculine energy that balances with the feminine energy of the moon.

How does the sun make you feel?  When the sun shines on a beautiful spring day after we have been subjected to rain, wind and snow.   Turning your face and feeling the warm rays of sun.  Having a picnic in the park or sitting on the beach on a warm summers day.  Makes you feel mighty fine, that’s how it makes you feel!

To read further please click the link below.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/beneaththemoon/2018/07/drawing-down-the-sun/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Pagan&utm_content=37

 

Self Care Both Practical And Mystical: Techniques For Defensive Coping

It should go without saying but taking care of yourself is crucial for anyone in any viable spiritual, mystical, or occult practice. Now more than ever it is crucial, especially if you’ve decided to do your part in ways either practical and/or magical in order to help out with the current state of affairs.

For you, for anyone feeling more stress than usual in general, I have the following tips:

To read further please click on the link below.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/teaaddictedwitch/2018/06/self-care-for-practical-and-mystical/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Pagan&utm_content=37

 

ASCENSION UPDATE: ENERGY SURGES BECOMING MORE INTENSE| PUBLIC PERSONALITIES TRANSITION

The energy surge was ONE of the most INTENSE we have ever had. This shows the ENERGY SURGES  are becoming more intense.  As I said in my two articles I wrote in that time period, I could barely move for the days this went on. My limbs felt so heavy, unlike any other solar wind/geo magnetic storm event in the past. I have been through more energy waves than I could ever count and the early days are nothing like what we are dealing with now.

The early days were intense but in a different way. When we had an Energy wave come in back then, it many times was not from solar storms or increased solar wind but instead it came in all on it’s own. We still have these but not as often now. That does not mean anything, the Universe has to go through cycles giving us many different kinds of energy to transform our light bodies. We must accept what the Universe gives us and not resist it, as all resistance makes things worse. We must realize we are DEEPLY in the Ascension Process and will be going through intense changes going forward. We wanted this and now it is here.!

Read the whole article here

http://www.dianecanfield.com/ascension-update-energy-surges-becoming-more-intense-public-personalities-transition/

 

 

Do second-hand clothes contain psychic energy?

I have a beautiful crocheted shawl that my mom used in church every Sunday. I’m the last almost four years since she has crossed into the Summerlands to be with my dad, seven younger siblings, my son that crossed over and our ancestors I feel myself drawn to wrapping the shawl around my shoulders during very stressful times, illnesses, and when I am in a downward spiral of depression. I can feel her warmth, love, and comfort every time I wear it. I keep it on the back of a year that was her grandmother’s in my den/altar room when not using it and have not felt the need to wash it because it is as bright of white as the day I inherited, the day of her funeral service my youngest daughter gave it to me.

As I am not feeling so good after having three teeth pulled Wednesday afternoon. I was instant messaging with one of my mom’s cousins, whom I found out follows a spirituality similar to mine. She made a statement she wished she lived closer so she could give me some surrogate mother’s TLC. Which made me think of my shawl and immediately wrapped in around me and felt slightly better. So it got me wondering if we leave a residual energy on clothing and if others besides empath could pick up on it. The following is an article I found on this topic

 

People wear used clothing for many reasons. One might purchase a dress in a thrift shop, receive an old pocketbook from a friend who no longer uses it or simply exchange used clothes with others as a way to save money.  But can those second-hand items contain the psychic energy of their former owners? Many spiritual healers say yes.

We are always emitting energy, and our energy is infused in our clothing and the many objects around us. If you’ve ever walked into a room and felt your mood shift, you may have experienced the impact of one’s energy on his or her surroundings.

To read the rest of this article please copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.psychiclessons.com/do-second-hand-clothes-contain-psychic-energy/

Why Smudging Your Body With White Sage Is A Must For Every Highly Sensitive Warrior (A Guide To Smudging)

Smudging is the ancient practice of burning medicinal, sacred herbs with the intention of clearing the energy of your home, office, an object, or yourself. It corrects and balances the energy, immediately. It cleanses negativity and even kills germs, as this article states. It’s like taking an energetic shower!

White Sage is one of the more popular smudging herbs used, oftentimes in bundle form (otherwise known as a smudge stick). However, White Sage is often combined with other sacred herbs, such as Cedar, Sweetgrass, Mugwort, Yerba Santa, and Lavender.

Smudging can done by burning smudge sticks or loose herb. But, either way you burn it, once you bless yourself with this White Sage smoke, those dark energies will start running for the hills. And, that’s definitely a good thing!

Why smudging your body with White Sage is a must for every Highly Sensitive Warrior

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: Smudging for Cleansing