I suggest gathering these under a full or waxing Moon phase as they will hold more helpful energy. Your Besom can also be used to sweep out the negativity in your sacred place and/or wherever you are going to cast a circle. Remember to ask the tree you get your branch and sticks from even if they are laying on the ground no longer attached to the tree. It is always better to take what you need from a tree or shrub off of the ground beneath it rather than cutting pieces off the tree or shrub. Get a branch about 3 to 4 inches little taller then you are. Gather good size bunch of unstift smaller branches, I have found getting the sticks from under a shrub or pine tree make the best sweeping part of the Besom, if possible the size difference in them should be no more the approximately 2 inches in size. After gathering the branch and sticks remember to thank the tree for the parts it has given you and to leave an offering such as some water out of a container you have drank from. You need a ball of natural thin twine or some type of undryed vine. Tie the twine or vine to the branch making sure it is tight and will not slip off (you may want to by an angular cut about 4 to 5 inch up from the bottom of the branch to slip this twine or vine when securing it. (The size you have at the bottom of your Besom made from the twigs is up to you. Usually doing 2 to 4 layers of sticks make a good size Besom. Lay your first stick against the branch pull the twine or vine around the stick as tightly as you can, continue doing this until you have made you first layer of sticks pull the twine or vine in the opposite direction the you have been placing the in a tightly as possible and tie it off but do not cut the twine or vine. For the next layer you will follow the same instruction except lay the sticks in the opposite direction from the first layer. The third layer will go in the same direction as the first layer and the fourth layer goes in the same direction as the second layer. To help ensure you sticks stay secure to the branch at the end of each layer of sticks pour white glue over the sticks and twine or vine and make sure it gets down to the branch. If you want you can even put glue on the branch as you lay each first layer stick. Let each layer of sticks dry for approximately 24 hours before adding the next layer. When you have done the last layer and have used glue to help hold it together let the entire Besom dry a minimum of 72 hours before using it.
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
Dawn of the Day
My husband and I were talking this morning about fall we live outside of Chicago, Illinois, USA so Northern Hemisphere, which reminded me that although the temperature is changing and in some places the Wood Nymphs are painting the leaves in beautiful reds, yellows, golds, and oranges it is actually Summer until September 21st this year. I’m looking forward to collecting beautiful leaves for my altar on the Mabon/Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and maybe a couple of colored eggs with special markings for the Ostara/Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.
I would like our members, sisters, brothers, and guests to know our coven covers both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres Sabbats. Alternating the celebration date between the Southern’s Wheel of the Year calendar and the Northern one, as there is a small window when both hemispheres have the same date. I use Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (which is one day a head of us when it comes time to gather for an Esbat or Sabbat) for time and date in the Southern Hemisphere because that is the closest time to where our wonderful Priestess Hypatia lives. I use Chicago, Illinois for the time and date of the Northern Hemisphere because that is close to where I live.
I believe for a coven to truly be spiritual family we need to celebrate things we have in common as well as our differences. This will include starting in the new year, based on the Celtic calendar, on the day after Samhain (pronounced sow-en) November 1, 2019 in the North. This is going to seem like my math is way off but for next new year day but our year is going to be 18 months long so we can celebrate the new year using the Southern Hemisphere’s Wheel of the Year and it’s Samhain is celebrated on May 1st. So after this new year our next one will be May,1,2020
Here’s are craft ideas to do with younger members of your family for both hemispheres
Northern Hemisphere Craft
Fall Place Mats
What You Will Need:
Clothes Iron set on LOW (WARNING Make sure there is an adult or someone over say 16 years doing the ironing and making sure the younger children do not get to close that they could tip the iron over or tip on the cord and get burned!)
A bunch of fall leaves (the amount depend on a few things how many place mats you want to make, the size of the place mats, and how many leaves you want in each place mat) If the leaves are damp place them one at time of medium or large or 2 at a time if they are small on apiece of paper towel than take another piece and lay it over the top of the leaf and gently press down all over the leaf until no more moisture comes off.
Orange, or Yellow, or Red Construction paper
Darker crayons to draw with or right a persons name on their specific place mat
Print out a copy of the pictures of the Runes, Ogham alphabet, Witchcraft symbols, or any of the many Ancient alphabets (may can be found on Coven Life. Just put the bane of the alphabet or symbols can be found on Coven Life or Witches of The Craft
Roll of Wax Paper or Clear Contact Paper (If you have excitable young children I suggest the Contact Paper because than you take the chance of anyone burning themselves away or if you do not own an iron) – Suggested length for the place mats is they not be over 18 inches
Collected different leaves that are not all dried out. You will different amounts depending on how big the place mats will be and how big or how many leaves you want to use for each
2 old towels large enough to cover and lay underneath the wax paper. So Wax does not get on what ever surface you are ironing on
How to Make the Place Mats
Depending on how many people are working on place mats – Place a large handful of leaves between every two people
Give each person 1 sheet of construction paper laid horizontally
Let each person pick up to 2 crayons (If two or more people want to use the same color this is a great time for a lesson in sharing)
Have each person lay leaves out on their piece of construction paper IMPORTANT – no leaves should over lap
After everyone has their leaves arranged using the crayons (MAKE SURE COLORS ARE PICKED BEFORE THE LEAVES ARE IN PLACE) let person put a person’s name on the place mat in whatever alphabet the want and/or write symbols on it. The writing should weave in a path among the leaves.
Now the tricky part – Have an adult CAREFULLY as to not to be jiggly with the place mat so you do not move thing to a different spot
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 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 leaves 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!!