A Welcome, and Advice for the New Witch

Merry meet everyone,

I am new to posting on this site and I have sat and thought about what to say many many nights and I think I have finally come to a conclusion on what it should be.

When I was first starting out on my path I had no where to turn to. I had no idea what I was doing really, and I was COMPLETELY confused as to where I should start. After a while of doing things on my own I searched and searched for some kind of online classes so that I would have some kind of structure in my studies but everything was way to expensive. And then I found Lady Beltane here on her page.

My long, yet short, journey to this page has led me to wanting to help new and budding witches find things they are looking for. To help them like I wished someone would have helped me when I was first starting out. I know that a lot of the people who visit this site are already training with Lady Beltane in some form or fashion but I was a newbie once that stumbled upon this page so I know there will be others. And I do apologize if this post is very long and/or redundant for some of you.

For those of you who have stumbled upon this site who want to train with Lady Beltane, or who is just looking for more information for your solitary path; please know that you are not alone. I know it can feel very overwhelming, and it can make you want to turn away from the path because it can be confusing. Honestly, you will be confused a LOT. But remember that it will all fall in to place the more you read up on things and the more you do things. Wicca and Paganism is full of wonderful mysteries, and they are meant to be confusing until they reveal themselves to you when you are ready. So for those who are new, who have NO idea where to start, I leave you with this. There will be a plethora of books out there for you to read on the basics of Paganism and Wicca. One of MY personal favorites is Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham: I found it the most helpful and resourceful. It covered almost everything I could have needed to know at the onset of my path.

I am part of a group on facebook for new witches and I see a lot of questions about things that I wouldn’t have been comfortable with as a budding witch. Don’t be too worried about your Book of Shadows just yet, its something you can put together once you get further into your studies and actually understand what it is. I have seen a lot of people stress about this and they have no idea what Wicca or Paganism really is or if it really is for them. And spells, they are complicated to try and understand at that level, and its not recommended for you to even try one until you know what you are doing for too many reasons to count. Tools, don’t feel rushed to get them. Take your time, learn about them, understand what they are and what they are used for because I can tell you now, you won’t even use most of them. This is the time for you to gather up all the information you can; the history, the basic understanding of what Wicca and Paganism is, about the culture, about the beliefs, the different aspects and pantheons; its a time for you to morph your own truths and beliefs about everything, you are finding out who you are in this new world. There is a wealth of knowledge out there for you to find! Don’t stress, don’t put a time table on things, and do not put expectations on anything. And never EVER forget that there are a lot more out there like you who are more than willing to help you out and answer your questions.

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Application to Become a Student and Information About Being a Novice with Lady Beltane

Application to Become a Student

You must be 17 years old to apply to be a student. Anyone under the age of 17 years old has to have a parent/guardian write to me from their own email address after they have read the application and what is expected of my novices giving their written permission for you to be a novice with me. This is also dor me to answer any questions about The Craft and/or myself they may have.

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Before I accept anyone as a student I ask them to answer the following questions. Please scroll down to read what I expect from my novices and what they can expect from me before answering the following questions and emailing Lady Beltane your application.

What country or state you live in?

How old are you?

Why do you want to study The Craft?

Have you read the rest of this post and understand what Lady Beltane expects from her novices?

D0 you have any questions about my expectations of my novices?

Email your answer to me at ladybeltane@aol.com I will reply as soon as possible to let you know if you have been accepted or not.

I expect all lessons to be done in order and completed before sending them to me. I will then review them and email you back with any corrections needed. After that, I will let you know you can start on the next lesson. Do not start on the next lesson until told to do so, please. The lessons are like bricks in a foundation of a building if you miss putting a brick in somewhere or do not do it correct order the whole foundation is weak. When practicing magick there can be no weak spots in your foundation or your magick may very well hurt you or someone else or something else somewhere. Email every lesson in its own email with the “Subject” line having the lesson number in it.

Even if you do not have a lesson to turn in I expect a short email weekly from each student just so we can keep in contact all you really have to say is hi. If I do not hear from you for two weeks in a row I will believe you no longer wish to study with me and remove you from the class email list. If at any time during your year and 1-day novice study period you chose to quit studying with me I would appreciate an email letting me know you are exiting the classes and coven and if you want to give me a reason as to why you are exiting that would be great. I am available by email or to meet in the chat room if you need help with a lesson or have any questions about The Craft. These meeting when at all possible should be set up a minimum of three days in advance.

I am available by email or to meet in the chat room if you need help with a lesson or have any questions about The Craft. These meeting when at all possible should be set up a minimum of three days in advance.

Lady Beltane will answer all students emails within two to three days of receiving them. I do not answer emails on the weekends because of my work schedule.

Lady Beltane will hold a monthly meeting that all novices must attend. The meeting time and date will be announced on the Coven Life website a minimum of one week in advance and depends on the Lady’s work schedule. This meeting is for you to meet other novices, ask questions, give answers if you know them, make comments on the study plan and/or lessons. If you or someone you care for is ill, you have to work or an emergency arises I ask that you let me know as soon as you can that you cannot attend or if it is after the meeting why you missed it. These meetings are important as topics will come up that are not covered in the study material.

There are online coven gatherings on every full or new Moon at 7:00 PM CT the visiting and ritual last about one-half hour for each of them. You need to attend the monthly Esbat gathering. As the Esbats falls on different days of the week according to the Moon’s cycle, I can not give a set date, please check the Coven Life website for announcement of Esbat gatherings.

Check the Coven Life website at least once a week for announcements for gatherings and the new posts that have been shared. Lafy Beltane expects at least one comment on one post every week so she knows you are checking the website for posts that can further your education in The Craft or bring you closer to the pagan community you will be part of when you become a novice or sometimes just to get to know your mentor Lady Beltane a bit better.

All emails should be sent to ladybeltane@aol.

All lessons are Copyright 2015 by Lady Beltane. They can not be reprinted or reposted without authors express permission.

Going from Novice to Adept Studies With in Coven Life’s Coven

Lady Beltane mentors those who come from her to novice classes on through adept and higher.

As many more Novices are coming up on their year and a day. I thought it might be nice to explain how Adept level works. The lessons are not now or will they be posted online in the foreseeable future. As I do not want to confuse new Novices or applications by them reading the wrong lesson to do. Also, Adept lessons are a little more intense with specific “due dates” on them. For right now I am meeting with each Adept after their lesson is through one on one, at the moment because of time differences we do not have group meetings.

Adept lessons will build on what you have studied as a Novice. I also work a little more one on one students so they can explore things they may be interested in that the others at Adept level do not necessarily want to learn more about. For example, – one person might want to learn about divination or a specific type of divination say Tarot cards while another person may not want to do any kind of divination work right now.

At Adept level, I encouraged you to study more on your own then asking me questions about it if you have any. This increases your knowledge of different styles of doing things to hopefully help you decide what your personal Craft and spiritual paths are.

Remember the choice is yours after completing any level of study with me to find someone new to study under or just continue learning on your own. I promise whatever way your path takes you, you can still email with questions, concerns or just to say hi. As long as I have the website Coven Life operating I will be here for you as a mentor and friend.

Novice Meeting – Topics Samhain and Beltane

Our novice witch class gathering is this Saturday, October 10th at 4:00 PM CT.

ALL students new and already doing lesson should attend if at all possible. For more information on where we meet and what you have to do to attend is on the Home page under “Online Novice Witch Gathering.”

If for some reason you cannot attend please let me know. Thank you.

Looking forward to seeing all my novices on Saturday

Some Important Information about Lessons

All lessons are Copyright 2015 by Lady Beltane. They can not be reprinted or reposted without authors’ express permission.

You can work at your own pace more or less through all the assignments. You have a year and a day as being a novice Witch and to complete all the lessons. I do need to hear from you at least once every week, even if the email just says hi. If you or someone you care for gets ill or hurt, your computer gives you problems or your internet, work or life itself gets super busy and you find you cannot email some week all I ask is you let me know you a reason for it. I am not a task master I just ask you stay in touch with me so I do not think you have decided to stop studying with me. If I do not hear from you for thirty days I will remove you from the class and delete all our correspondences. Thank you.

You will need to be able to attend the class gathering are scheduled by Lady Beltane usually once a month at 7:00 PM CT (there is a time converter app you can click on to find out what time that is locally for you on Coven Life’s Home page). You will be notified two weeks in advance of a meeting by email.  While you are each studying as a Solitary Witch (we are all part of a learning coven during the time you are doing all the sixteen lessons) these gathering are mandatory so you can get to know some other people at approximately your stage of learning and exchange ideas, ask questions, and hopefully make a friend or two in the Pagan community. If an emergency comes up or you can not reschedule a prior obligation any month please let me know you will not be attending as soon as you can. I decided to make it a set day and time every month rather than doing a gathering on the Esbats (the full and/oe new Moon every month). I also ask if at all possible you attend the online gathering for the Sabbats (the eight major holidays of the Pagan’s/Witch’s year). Information for the Sabbat gatherings is under The Coven menu or on the homepage of this website.

If you want or need to talk to me besides through an email we can set a time and day to meet in the chat room to talk. I ask you to email me with a couple of different times and days that would work for you so I can hopefully pick one that works within my schedule also. If the times you pick do not I will email you a couple of alternative choices. Please make the time after 3:30 PM CT. I work seven days a week and get off at 3:00 PM CT

If you ever have a question about a lesson please ask before finishing it. When you start working on spells do not do them if you have any misgivings or questions about them until we have “spoken”

All answers, questions, comments, etc should be sent to my email: ladybeltane@aol.com. Include the name of the lesson in the subject line of your email to Lady Beltane. I usually answer within twenty-four hours of receiving your email. I ask that you send all answers in the body of the email and not as an attachmentIf the lesson is sent as an attachment it will not be checked and you cannot continue onto the next lesson.

Making Your Book of Shadows – Lesson 0

Before you start any of the other lessons you will need a Book of Shadows (BOS) or Grimoire. A Book of Shadows will be your most personal magickal tool along with your wand. Please read “What is a Book of Shadows”  https://covenlife.co/2015/03/28/what-is-a-book-of-shadows/ and “Another Definition-Book of Shadows.” https://covenlife.co/2015/04/02/another-definition-book-of-shadows/ on Coven Life’s website for more background on this before deciding on what to use or how to decorate your BOS. Also, I would suggest making this BOS something simple and inexpensive as you grow in your craft something else will come along at some point that says, “Here I am I belong to you for use with your Magick.” I have personally gone through six different types of journals, notebooks, etcetera using them as my BOS’s in the time I have been practicing. I do not always copy all the information from one book into the new one. I had burn one intact because another witch stole it from me and then put dark magic type spells into my book and one I lost when I was moving around a lot. There also is nothing wrong with making one on your computer after you are through with your novice year studying with me or in addition to your written one. But for my wonderful novices I want you to get a sense of the importance of keeping track on the things you learn, rituals, you attend, maybe page or two for wildflower and/or herb identification, spells you write, my comments on your lessons….well I think you get the idea of just some of the things this personal book of magick can contain and I only suggested the tip of the iceberg. I want you to do your first BOS the old traditional way because many traditions are important in The Craft and to me, this is one of them.

  1. Chose some type of book or journal to use as a Book of Shadows/Grimoire. I would suggest some type of spiral notebook or loose leaf notebook paper in a folder or three-ring binder. Use whatever you want just make sure it will have enough pages or can be added to.
  2. Cleanse it using the elements. Read “How to Cleanse an Object Using the Elements” If using loose leaf notebook paper you should cleanse each piece as you add it to your folder or binder
  3. Every assignment you do the answers should be written in the BOS. You may move on to using something else as one in the future but the knowledge you are acquiring through these lessons are the foundation of your magickal working and of being a Witch.
  4. Send me a picture of your BOS.

Here are the links for two other posts on Coven Life concerning this  topic:

https://covenlife.co/2015/05/17/awaken-the-magick-spell-book-of-shadows-dedication-to-the-craft/

https://covenlife.co/2015/05/11/a-book-of-shadowsgrimoire-blessing-spell/

Emails should be sent to ladybeltane@aol.com

Witch/Pagan Words and Phrases Definitions – Lesson 1

The following are words or phrases often used by Witches/Pagans in spells, greetings, rituals, etc. You should be able to find the answers to some on Coven Life’s website. The others you will search for on the internet. Please use your own words to answer not just copy and paste from websites.

1) Blessed be

2) Merry Meet and Merry Greet

3) Merry Part until we Merry meet again

4) Esbat

5)Sabbat 

5a) What are the name of the Sabbats?

5b) What is the date of each Sabbat?

6) Deosil

7) Widdershins

8) So Mote It Be

9) Sacred Circle

10) Watchtowers

11) Spirit Guides

12)  What is a Totem Animal?

12a) What is a Power Animal?

12b)What is a Spirit Animal?

13) Coven

14) Solitary Witch

15)The Elements

16) Triple Goddess (Maiden, Mother, Crone)

16a) What is the definition of each aspect of the Triple Goddess

16b) What Moon phases do the correspond to?

17) Horn God

18) Familiar

19) Spell Casting or Spell work

20) Ritual

Email any questions to ladybeltane@aol.com Also email her when you finish this lesson.

Element Placement, Gods and Goddesses – Lesson 2

1) Which of the 5 Elements corresponds to each point on a Pentagram? I want you to tell me starting at the top and going clockwise around the pentagram which element belongs where. Example Top point-Spirit, Upper right point-?, excreta. There are examples of Pentagrams the way we will be using them in our studies on Coven Life’s site, just use the search box to find them.

2) Which Element corresponds to which regular compass/cardinal point. This is also the information you need to know for which element corresponds with each of the four Watchtowers.

3a) Research 6 different Gods and 6 different Goddesses. The tell me a little about each one.

3b) Why did you pick the Gods and Goddesses you did?

Remember do not send answers in attachments, send answers only in the body of the email to: ladybeltane@aol.com

Basic Sacred Circle – Lesson 3

1)Read “How to do a basic circle” -Can be found by doing a search on Coven Life website

2)Do a sacred circle to get the feel for it.

3)Set up an altar using the correct color candle for each element.

4) Use your pointer finger on your power hand (the one you write with) to direct the energy to form the wards around the circle.

I do not want you to try to do any spell work or a ritual.

After you do your circle I want you to write to me about your experience.

Emails should be sent to ladybeltane@aol.com

How to Make Magickal Tools – Lesson 4

To find any of the reading assignments below type word in parentheis into the search box on Coven Life website.

The most important tool you will need besides a Book of Shadows is a Wand or Atheme.

1) Read the post “Magickal Tools”

2) Read the post “How to Cleanse Objects Using the Elements”

3) Read the post “How to Consecrate Magickal Tools”

4) Each time you acquire an item you will using as a magickal tool you will need to make a sacred circle to cleanse and consecrate it.

5) After all items are consecrated, set them in their proper place on the altar. Then give thanks to the elements for cleansing them for you. Also the God and/or Goddess you choose to ask to consecrate the tools for you.

6) Write to Lady Beltane telling her where you got your tools and how they came to be yours.

Email answers to ladybeltane@aol.com