Continuation of the story ….

I met my girlfriend when she facebooked me and asked about the rumors of me being transgender. As we talked more and more she said she wouldnt mind dating a transgender  person if I was interested so we got to know one another and she invited me to Indy Pagan Day where her coven was putting on a ritual.  It sounded like a good time and I was exploring alternate religions so I went out and attended the event and also attended her ritual.  I enjoyed the pomp and circumstance of the ritual  coming from a Catholic background and it increased my interest in pagan holidays and esbats.  We talked later and I let her know I would be willing to attend another ritual as they did most of their rituals publicly if her.

The next open ritual that they had was Samain and I was hooked, we attended the ritual I enjoyed myself as far as the learning process went and enjoyed the other people in the group.  After this ritual though things started going south for me and the girlfriend and we broke up right before Yule and because of this I only attended one ritual with her coven.  At the time I was hoping to continue the process with her coven but as the timed passed I saw that this was not going to be possible because of the drama.

This caused me to explore other options for my spirituality and I found an online coven to belong to for my education and a guild in a different city for my socialization.  I still do almost nothing witchy in Indianapolis, Indiana because I do not want to run the chance of running into my ex girlfriend.

I have written before on the differences between a guild and a coven and would be more than willing to answer questions in either area.  I will also take question on my transgender journey.  Hope everyone has a wonderful day, sun has come out here, and it is fairly warm for the end of December

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N. H. Count Down to Yule – Printable Coloring Pages

This is one of the funest parts of me being the High Priestess. Yes I know funest is not really a word but I fun making words up sometimes, especially when I am letting my inner child take the lead for a post for little witches.

If you, your child or grandchild colors a printable that came from here or WitchesofTheCraft.com email it to me at covenlifescoven@gmail.com along with a name to give credit where credit is do and I’ll post it on Coven Life. Please email all pictures by December 20th. Thank you.

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S. H. Count to Litha – Printable Coloring Pages

For some reason this holiday is hard to find coloring pictures for. Remember if your child or grandchild would like to see their picture on Coven Life just email me the picture and a name say who did the great work. Please email pictures to me by December 20th.

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Printables For Children

If your child is older then preschool and you would like us to post some age appropriate please leave a comment below with the age of your child and some idea of what kind of printables you would like to see. I cannot guarantee we can find exactly what you are looking for but we will try to.

A Suggestion for parents: Get a folder or something your child can put the printables and other writing on what you are teach them and help them to bless it as their first Book of Shadows. Even a 3-ring binder would work if you have a hole punch.

These will be bigger once you print them out.

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What Do I Need To Have and Do to Be a Witch? – Introduction to Series

This is an introduction to help explain the title question. Today’s post is just going to answer frequently ask questions I have gotten over the years. Some of the other topics for this series will include but not limited to magickal tools, herbs, essential oils, crystals, precious and semi-precious gems, stones, your Book of Shadows, your altar and what you want to put on it, spells, rituals, etcetera. Most of the topics have other posts about them on Coven Life and Witches of The Craft. I also might add viedo links and/or a link for a general search on that day’s topic.

If you have questions about things in any of the post please ask them in the Comment box located below each post. This way if other people have the same question I only have to answer once.

If at anytime you want to share a picture of how you do something for that days topic please email it to LadyBeltane@aol.com subject line should have “For Sharing” please include your first name only or you pagan name and a short description about the picture. At the end of each days post the top I for tomorrow will be there. If you get pictures to me by 8:00 PM CDT for the next days topic I will include them in them post.

Any questions please ask them in the Comment section and I will reply to them by 8:00 PM CDT.

Tomorrow’s topic will be “Magickal Tool.” I look forward to learning different ways of doing things for every topic with you.

 

The Witch in the Mirror

“Throughout time, mirrors have been thought of as a tool that bridges a portal between the world’s of material and the spiritual. Many Witches immediately think of the classic black Witch’s motor made from a piece of clear glass with black paint on the black paint on the back. Those special mirrors are use for scrying, a technique for a visions psychically. Usually, the black mirror is set up in a dark room so that there is no reflection on it’s surface, and the Witch gazes deeply into it while focusing on the question at hand.

Sliver reflective mirrors can be magical tools as well. Mirrors can be used on the altar to double your spellwork, and many Witches place a candle on a mirror as part of an uncrossing ritual. Mirrors can also be a tool for reflecting on negative energies away from you. Place small mirrors in the window facing out to keep baneful vibes away from your home, or wear a mirrored jewelry known as a hexenspiegel to reflect and return psychic darts back to the sender. A mirror can be magically empowered to bless and protect you by radiating light and grace throughout your Witchy home.”

Copyright 2019 by Mickie Muller in Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2019

Spring is on Its Way in the Southern Hemisphere

I sit here thinking I have no idea what any season is like below the equator so how am I going to write about spring before I share a family arts and craft project featuring stuff that goes with Ostara.

So instead I am going to ask those who reside in the Southern Hemisphere some questions and hopefully at least one person will share some answers. I doubt I am the only person who reads this website, not my own but other people’s posts, who would like to broaden their knowledge of the Southern Hemisphere. Priestess Hypatia lives down under but is on holiday/vacation until the first week in November so I cannot ask her to write something up.

Questions About the Southern Hemisphere

1) Besides AntArctica do you get snow there?

2) Are the big temperature changes from spring to summer to fall to winter?

Okay, I know this question isn’t about spring but I’ve always been curious. When you flush the toilet which direction does the water swirl clockwise or counterclockwise?

3) What direction does the Sun rise from?

4) I have read conflicting articles in which some said the Moon Phases there are opposite of ours up here and others that say they are the same. Can you please tell us which is right?

4) Is it a custom there to dye eggs?

5) How big are the rabbits there and can they have a lot of litters in the same year?

6)Are there any specific flowers that bloom early signaling spring is here? Here we have Tulips, Daffodils, and others.

All of you who take time out of your busy life to answer these questions I thank you and may bountiful blessings come your way. Now onto the art project.

Spring Placemats

What You Will Need

Clothes Iron set on Low no steam

2 old towels large enough that the Waxed Paper will not come into contact with the surface you ironing on

The above things are not need if using the clear contact paper. If using this you will need a 30.48 cm (12inch) ruler or any object that is flat and can be pulled along easily

1 of each item per person or per placemat

20.32 cm by 27.94 cm (8×111/2 inche Pastel or White card Stock or Very Heavy Construction Paper

2 Sheets of Waxed Paper Width of the roll by30 cm (13 inches) long OR Clear Contact Paper

1 to 2 Sheets of objects to color Spring

Time for Sharing

Box of Crayons or Markers

Scissors

Clear Glue Stick NOT Hot Glue

How to Make a Placemat

Give each person 1 or 2 sheets of the objects to color. When they are done coloring an adult should cut out the objects.

Have the person making the place mat lay the objects out on top of the card stock however they think it looks good.

Once they make there final arrangement lift the color objects 1 at a time put a few dots of glue around the edges and a larger one in the center. Than place it back in its spot rubbing it so it sticks. Repeat this process with each object.

After all the objects have been glued in place have the person write their name, runes, symbols, or whatever they want and the adult feels is appropriate in the open spaces on the place mat.

Leave the mats where they are or place them on another flat surface to let the glue completely dry. Which should take around 1 hour. (This is a good time to have everyone clean up the scraps of paper and put all the other stuff away.

Now the tricky part – Have an adult CAREFULLY place the artwork on the Waxed Paper making sure it is in the middle and straight.

IF USING CONTACT PAPER SKIP TO INSTRUCTIONS NUMBER 2

Wax paper should be 2 inches long than the construction paper

1) First put down a towel than a piece of the wax paper, next place card stock or construction paper  in the center of the wax paper and make sure it is straight, than place another piece of wax paper over the top of the artwork on the construction paper and place the other towel over the whole thing. Moving iron set on lowest setting with no steam constantly for about 3 minutes over the entire surface of the towel. Lift up the top towel if the two pieces of wax paper are melted together at the extra parts at the end. If the two ends of the wax paper are not fully melted cover the place mat and again using a constant motion ironing over the whole place mat rechecking the pieces of wax paper about every 30 seconds until they are melted together. Once they are melted together than lift the place mat off of the bottom towel and set the place mat on a flat surface for about 5 minutes or completely cooled to room temperature on both sides. You may need to flip the place mat over to cool the bottom side of it. Lastly trim the excess wax paper off leaving about 1/4 inch of each end of the place mat as this help hold it together and keep air bubbles from forming on the place mat itself.

2) You will need 2 pieces of contact paper for each place mat.Measure out a piece of contact paper about 1 inch longer the the construction paper peel off the backing of 1 sheet. Very carefully, because once the paper is down you will not be able to move it, lay the place mat in the center of the contact paper you might want to use a ruler or something the is flat and as long as the place mat a you are sure is in a straight line to help guide you to set the place mat properly. Next remove the backing of the other sheet of contact paper about 1 inch line the end up so the bottom and top layers of the contact paper are together now using the ruler or flat whatever while you slowly peel the backing of as you are doing this with one hand the other hand should move the flat thing right behind it this should prevent air bubbles. With the contact paper you only get one chance to make sure every thing is right.

DO NOT USE THESE PLACE MATS TO SET HOT PANS OR DISHES ON BECAUSE THE WAX PAPER WITH MELT ON TO ANY HOT SURFACE AND IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO GET OFF. THESE ARE FOR USE FOR PLACE SETTINGS ONLY!!