A Candle and Suggestions to Help a Person Not Feel so Alone

Wanting to Connect with Others a Big Part of What Makes Us Humans

I was watching this video by The Bronze Witch and felt it was a good idea to share it with all of you. There are many illnesses, conditions, and disease that cannot be seen by others on the outside but that does not mean the person suffering through them does not have whatever it might be. As mentioned in the video the cold weather when we tend to stay home more can bring on a depression so it is important to reach out to your brothers and sisters in The Craft as well as other friends and family especially if they live alone just to chat for a few minutes.  This is not something you need to find time in your busy schedule daily but make an effort to communicate with an email, phone call, an online or paper card, short text or any way you want just to let someone know they are cared about and not forgotten at least once a week. Also in the United States from just before Thanksgiving until about the middle of January the suicide rate increased to It’s highest point throughout the entire year. If you can take a goodie or two to someone in a nursing home or rehab center once a month or every other. Many of our elderly have no family left to bring them joy. Check with your local senior center or town council on aging to ask if there is any type of an adopted a grandparent near you.

As a witch you have the capability to help people you know to feel better at least a little bit. How? Charm a candle in a bright color, like yellow, red, orange, to bring a person some joy and happiness.

How to Charm/Empower the Candle

Start with a large candle like the big jar ones with a kind in  one of the colors mentioned above or the person you are giving it to favorite color and/or scent IMPORTANT if the person cannot or should not be left alone with a burning candle for safety reasons you can substitute a battery power candle.

Engrave their name into the top of the Candle while saying this spell 3 times and after the 3rd time seal the spell by saying “So more it be” or however you seal your spells If using a battery type candle use a permanent market to write the person’s first name on the candle.Love

SPELL

 Artemis and Apollo infuse this candle with healing, love from my heart, happiness the Sun brings and the joy friends and family can bring.

I give this candle to (insert persons name) to help them remember there is light and joy in this the dark, cold time of year.

This is my wish for them. So mote is be.

If the person is in a nursing home, assisted living place, or rehabilitation center of some kind check the rules they may have about what a person can be gifted.

Wrap the Candle or place it in a gift bag. Maybe add a handwritten note and a word puzzle book or a light, happier style book they would enjoy it a gift card if they own an d-reader or a coupon or a few coupons (the coupons can be for anything like spending an hour or two with them, a household chores or two that might not be able to do themselves, hugs, an putting of some kind the only thing holding you back from making some coupons is your own imagination) tailored for the person you are giving them to, a few candies -sugar free of the person is diabetic, some home made goodies or even a couple of prepared meals that could frozen and the heated up or whatever else you want to add that would put a giant smile and warm the heart of the person you are giving the “Cold Weather Smile or Hoodie Bag” or whatever you want to call it Side note this was always my mom’s favorite gift from me and she looked forward to seeing the design I picked out for that years slippers I crocheted. Do not wait for a specific holiday to give it to the person do it as soon as you have it ready, I use to give my mom hers right after Samhain with Do Not Open Until and then picked the first date before Thanksgiving that popped into my head. Every year for the last 8 I had with her she’d call me on Samhain just to ask if she was getting her cold weather surprise goodie bag. Another side note of you know someone who is housebound for whatever reason you could make a candle and goodie bag for each season and give it to them. In my family we at times give small gifts for no reason what do ever and call them “I love you gift.”

 

A huge thank you to my dearest sister The Bronze Witch for making the video that reminded me of this made from the heart with love gift I use to give my mom. I can think of a couple people I can do it for this year.

Here is the link that set off the idea for this post: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kvtz2HH21G0

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P. U. T. for A. H.

As a continuation to my post yesterday I felt the need to share a mantra and prayer I have been using for years after reading the book The Four Agreements. The author Don Miguel Ruiz is a descendant of a long line of Toltec shamans, reading this book did change my whole outlook on my interactions with myself as well as other people. So when I apologized to the person in yesterday’s post I was apologizing to myself so I could put the whole negative situation behind me. Which I have mostly because of what the title of this article stand for. Here is my daily prayer that has help me bring my anger, resentment, negativity in thoughts about others almost to nothingingness. Yes I still get those feelings but first it takes me longer to all myself to feel that way and second I am quicker to recognize when I am feeling like that. I am responsible for what feeling I decide to react with to what someone else has said and/or done to me. No on has the power to make me feel any specific way. Everyone of us has the power over which feeling we use to react to the way we are being treated, spoken about or to. No one can make any of us feel anyway but the way we ourself choose to. Remember we all see the world and the people in our lives through our own heart, mind, spirit and eyes that are unique to us just as every other person living anywhere on Mother Earth sees things in their own unique way.

So here is the prayer I say almost daily to remind myself how I want to choose to react or interact with others. You are welcome to use it as is or tweak it so it fits your own unique self.

May I have

Patience

Understanding and

Tolerance for better

Acceptance of people, places, things, situations, they way people treat me or might talk to or about me so I can live in better

Harmony in my home, family, work, and world.

Copyright 2018 Lady Beltane

 

House Cleansings Gone Wrong and How to Avoid Them

I’ve done it. You’ve probably done it, or asked someone to do it for you.

You moved into a new house, apartment, dorm room, or office. Or you were getting ready to move in. Or something was bothering you in your current space. So you broke out the sage1 and salt water, the bell and chime, the incense, and your favorite prayers.

House cleansing and blessing is Wicca 101 stuff. It comes very early in the OBOD lessons. It’s not even restricted to Pagans – Christians and Buddhists do it too. It’s a good and effective way to make your living space clean and safe. It’s a way to make it yours.

To continue reading….

 

8 Tips to Build Tolerance in Your Life By Leo Carver

I had some words with someone yesterday and it got me to thinking I was not being tolerant of how the other person thought of me. I came to realize that the way others thought of me is not as important as how I think of myself. While we all come into contact with people we just for whatever reason do not get along with in any way no matter what the circumstances might be that brought us together in the first place. Even if our relationship with the person starts off in a congenial way and you might not have a clue as to why the other person suddenly attacks you verbally and/or in writing in any way they can and every chance they see. So I decided it was a good time for me to remember tolerance and maybe by sharing it with others their view may change a little about someone they have a problem with. I found the following article well written and it does have good ideas for how you not the other person treat people you come into contact with. Now I know I will not get along with everyone I meet but at least I can come away feeling better about the encounter if I practice tolerance of others.  I will take this chance to apologize to the person I had words with yesterday for being intolerant of them as a person.

Most people have trouble being tolerant with others. As a living, breathing society, everyone is constantly learning and adapting to each other—it comes with the territory. But cultivating a spirit of tolerance can bring healing and meaning to your life in unimaginable ways.

Tolerance is your ability to deal with the disagreeable. It’s your capacity to withstand the “yuck” in your life and other people. Sometimes, someone’s disagreeable nature can simply be an annoyance, while other times, it may be much more intrusive.

The practice of tolerance, however, is more about your relationship with yourself instead of with other people. Tolerance can be thought of as emotional or mental perseverance:

Please read the rest of this article by clicking on this link: 8 Tips to Build Tolerance in Your Life

Sing Bowls Meditation

As I have only recently got my first sign bowl and really I had no idea of the proper way to use it, I signed up for a Sing Bowl Meditation in a new small store that opened in the spring only a few blocks from my home. The woman leading the session was kind enough to show me the correct way to use my small Tibetian sing bowl, purchased through Magical Necessities.

The session was amazing and if you ever have the chance to attend one I strongly suggest you do so. As many of you know I have fibromyalgia, arthritis, and degenerative disc disease that has so far left me with vertabrate on vertabrate in my neck and is eating away at almost every disc in the rest of my back so needless to say I live daily with back pain. Now usually lying on a things blanket with a pillow propping up my knees for an hour straight I would have to have someone almost pick me up off the floor. After this meditation not only was I able to roll over on my own, I also needed no help getting up. Best part my back hasn’t felt this good in months!!!

One of the coolest things to happen during the meditation is for about half of it I was either hovering in the room watching how the facilitator was performing the ritual with the singing bowls to help each of the five different people attending and also astral traveling, part of which was with my traveling partner Starbabie who is one of my familiars joined me.

The only drawback I had with the experience last evening was when one of the bowls was placed over my heart chakra it immediately recombined my astral and physical bodies. I was not able to concentrate as well during the rest of the meditation. As we sat and talked about of experiences during the meditation I brought up my interrupted travels and never really got an answer as to why this was done to me. I am however going to ask when I attend the November session.

I will be researching on the proper use of signing bowls and pass the information along with the link for Magickal Necessities link for the singing bowl they sell.

Again if you get the chance to attend one of these group meditation sessions go for it!!

How to Calmly End a Stress Filled Day

This goes along with the day I had…LOL

The following is an easy form of meditation that can be done anywhere anytime you fell the need to ise it.

Believe me, it was a close call a couple of times but I did what anyone should do when confronted with stress or someone that is just thoroughly aggravating take a very deep breath (try to count slowly to at least five and work your way up until you can count to ten) and then let it out slowly (using the same counting system you used to inhale) using a keyword to help you relax, say as you let out the last part of your breath…do this three times. It really does help to lower stress, blood pressure, and the feeling of wanting to whack someone. My keyword is simple I just use the word ” RELAX.” I also use this a night when I have had a stress-filled day and am having a hard time going to sleep. Each time I say relax in my mind I can feel myself Sinking (for lack of a better-discripted word) into my mattress and pillow more. I am usually at least 2/3 of the way to sleep after the third breath.

 

Dear brothers and sisters may your slumber be restful and your dreams all pleasant ones.

NItey nite and until we meet again blessed be dear one.

Copyright 2018 Lady Beltane

Balancing Your Energy Body: A Complete Guide to Chakra Healing

Our Chakras

Everything in our universe is radiating energy, from the biggest mountain or ocean, to the tiniest blade of grass, to each individual cell in our body. All of our cells emit energy in different ways, and different cells will emit different kinds of energy depending on where they are located within the body and what their job is.

It should come as no surprise, then, that given the specialized nature of your body’s energy, there are several different channels located on key points of the body through which energy can flow in and out in a constant stream. These are called the chakras.

The word chakra means “wheel” in Sanskrit, though these are not like any wheels we’ve ever seen. Chakra energy spins in a clockwise direction as it moves the energy of our body out into the field around us, and it spins counterclockwise to pull energy from our external world (and the people in it) into our body. It is the frequency state of our chakras that determines the direction our energy will flow as they either draw energy into our body or release it outward.

 

“There are several different channels located on key points of the body through which energy can flow in and out in a constant stream.”

 

Please continue reading the link below….

https://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/chakra-healing-energy-body-balancing/

 

Chakras, Colors, & Stones

 

The word Chakra means “wheel” in Sanskrit, there are 7 major energy centers in the human body (and hundreds of minor ones). Chakras receive, assimilate, and distribute energy throughout our energetic fields (auras). Each Chakra is unique as it has it’s own characteristics and functions. These 7 energy systems resonate and vibrate at the same frequency as their respective colors of the rainbow, and are the network through which the body, mind and spirit, can come together. Your chakras are also energy vortexes (disc) that distribute universal life force energy throughout the body. This life energy is called “Prana” and flows down through the top of your head (the crown chakra) through your spine, to your pelvic floor (root chakra).

 

Please read for further understanding….

http://www.thehoodwitch.com/blog/2015/3/12/chakras-stones

 

 

Full Moon Gathering Activating Your Chakras

WHEN:

24th September 2018

Socialization starts at 6:00 PM CT

Circle cast at 7:00 PM CT

 

Please DO NOT enter chat room once circle is cast this will break the circle. Please DO NOT leave unless asked to before circle is done. Thank you.

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chat Room

 

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • Ensure you have
    • Your altar set up and ready to go.
    • You have a candle representing The Goddess, the God and spirit to light before we start to activate our Chakras. Please set up you altar as per normal.

If you are unfamiliar with altar set up, please refer to our Coven Life website or WOTC.

https://covenlife.co/2017/07/06/simple-basic-altar-set-up/

  • If you like you can use a crystal for each of your chakras. If you don’t have that luxury please don’t worry, visualisation is fine.
  • You can place your chosen crystals on you alter and pick them up to place over each Chakra as indicated.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The diagrams below will give you a brief idea of what we will be concentrating on when each chakra is indicated during the ritual. If you are using the corresponding crystals below, they can be used to cleanse and activate the Chakras at any time, as needed. They will be charged and activated by the Lunar energy on the evening.

In the ritual tonight, by opening and closing our sacred space we will be applying that same energy to our Chakras. When Chakras are open, it is equally important to close them. This is to maintain their integrity as so they support our entire energy system.

Please take the time to study the charts below and read up on some of the posts that have been going up over the last few days.

 

The Chakras

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Crystals corresponding to the Chakras

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The Theme is- Activating and Cleansing your Chakras:

This full moon we will be harnessing the Lunar Energy. We will be activating our Chakras to realign our entire being and allowing the lunar energy to enter each Chakra for a healing aspect with the assistance of Selene. This is not drawing down the moon, it is using the moon energy, or what the old religion called the moons perspiration. It was from this perspiration that potions and spells were created from.

This mystical full moon ritual will assist in activating your Chakras to help you bring forth your best self.

 

Preparing your sacred space:

Take care to prepare your sacred space before the ritual, if you are unable to burn incense, please use the power of intention such as a white light showering you and your surroundings. For further information on how to cleanse your space please look in Coven Life or WOTC.

https://covenlife.co/2017/07/16/cleansing-your-crystals/

https://covenlife.co/2016/11/09/smoke-cleansing-with-wood/

 

NOW LET THE RITUAL BEGIN

 

Casting the circle:

         To the Guardians of the East:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

         To the Guardians of the South:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

         To the Guardians of the West:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

         To the Guardians of the North:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

I cast this circle three times three with the assistance of the Great Mother Selene the Triple Goddess and The Sun God Apollo.

 

I call Upon the Guardians of spirit to protect us from above and below. As is above so is below, as is below so is above.

 

Allow us to see beyond the veil- to the world of effects, of causes and meaning, and of beauty and power.

 

Protect us Great Mother Selene and Sun God Apollo for all gathered here and those afar who are unable to be with us. Allow no negative energy to touch us, to harm us and that nothing we call upon will harm us and others.

 

We come together in perfect love and perfect trust.

 

Greeting:

Hypatia – Merry meet brothers and sisters and honoured guests.

 

Everyone – Respond Merry Greet. Please tell us your first name and state or country you are from.

 

CEREMONY

If you have chosen a crystal corresponding to each Chakra please remember to hold it to the chakra as we go through the system …..

We will be spending one minute energising each Chakra. This process is important and should not be rushed.

Now begin to relax your body and clear your mind. Feel the magic coming from the moon (Selene) and notice a tingling sensation within.

Visualize the energy from each of your seven Chakras floating into Selene and becoming brighter in colour.

Next, beginning with your Root chakra visualize a red energy leaving Selene and reconnecting to your spine. You are now experiencing a greater sense of feeling balanced and grounded.

Turn your focus to your Sacral Chakra and visualize an orange energy flowing from Selene and circling around your navel. You are feeling limitless creativity and confidence.

Now, at your Solar plexus begin to visualize the yellow energy flowing from Selene to your stomach, filling you up with empowerment and strength.

As the colours continue to move and transform from Selene concentrate on your Heart Chakra. Visualize a loving green energy flowing from Selene to your heart. As it penetrates your heart, you begin to feel love, happiness, joy and peace.

Now moving up to your Throat Chakra, begin to visualize a blue energy leaving Selene and directly connecting to your throat. You begin to feel expressive, free, and all of your words flow with ease.

With your attention at your Third Eye chakra, visualize an indigo energy exiting Selene and entering the area of your third eye. You begin to unfold new ideas, new thoughts, and become awakened and in tune to your psychic abilities.

You have now reached your Crown Chakra. Begin to visualize a purple energy flowing from Selene to the crown of your head. As you connect to your higher self or higher power, you are feeling inspired and a newness of endless possibilities.

Take a deep breath in and slowly exhale. Visualize each chakra being filled with the light and energy from Selene, filling you with health, balance and vigor.

Thank The Great Goddess Selene for the cleansing and releasing of negativity, and for filling your soul with new beginnings and fresh perspectives.

Please ensure that you meditate for the whole 2 minutes, this is important.

Type done only when you have finished.

 

Dismiss the circle:

         To the Guardians of the East:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

         To the Guardians of the South:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

         To the Guardians of the West:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

         To the Guardians of the North:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

As you leave here tonight may the Lady and Lord bless you with all that you need and want.

 

I bid you Blessings and great Joy Brothers and sisters of the Craft

 

Merry part until we merry meet again.

 

 

 

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