Application and Information for Novice Studies – New Class Starts April 1, 2018

You must be 18 years old to apply to be a student. Anyone under the age of 18 years old has to have a parent/guardian write to me from their own email address after they have read the application and/or want me to answer any questions about The Craft and/or myself they may have.

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 and emailing Lady Beltane your application. The Novice Course is $30.00 USD payable upon your application being accepted. This covers all novice lessons, coven gatherings, 1 on 1 help from Lady Beltane, helping to keep this website and chat room going. The $30.00 is non refundable in any part if you decide to quit lessons or are dropped for not meeting the expectations of a novice.

What country or state you live in?
How old are you?
Why do you want to study The Craft with me?
Have you studied any tradition of The Craft before? If so, what tradition and for how long?
Have you ever been part of any type of Coven or Grove?
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?

If any of the expectations are not met you will be drop from the novice course!
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. I will email your next lesson out as soon as you can start on it. The lessons are like bricks in a foundation of a building if you miss putting a brick in somewhere or do not do it in the correct order the whole foundation is weak. When practicing magick there can be no weak spots in your foundation or your magick may hurt you or someone or something else somewhere in the universe. 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 ready to turn in I expect a short email every week from every 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. I realize there are times health issues or emergencies happen for this reason I will keep your file for two more weeks for a total of 4 weeks before deleting you completely. If this happens write to me or ask someone to write for you so I know you are still interested and if the coven can be of any help. If at anytime 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 Sunday through Friday 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM CT and 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM CT Sunday through Thursday.
Lady Beltane will try to answer all students emails within three days of receiving them. She has fibromyalgia which flares up sometimes which make it difficult for her to type. When this happens it may take longer for her to answer emails but there usually is a post on covenlife.co explaining this.
Lady Beltane will hold meetings 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. An email will also be sent to all novices announcing the meeting. 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 can come up that are not covered in the study material.
There are online coven gatherings on every full or new Moon and Sabbat at 7:00 PM CT the visiting and ritual last about one hour for each of them. You need to attend the monthly Esbat and 8 Sabbat gatherings. As the Esbats and Sabbats fall on different days of the week according to the Moon’s cycle and Wheel of the Year so I can not give a set date to hold them on every month, please check the Coven Life website for announcement of Esbat and Sabbath gatherings. The entire ritual will be posted a minimum of 1 week in advance of the gathering.

Please check the Coven Life website at least once a week for announcements for gatherings and new post that have been shared. Lady 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 or one of the it be website staff members 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.

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Courtesy Guidelines for All Coven Gatherings

Before the sacred circle starts at 7:15 PM Central Time in the USA anyone entering the chat room is welcomed to socialize with anyone else that is there. Ask Lady Beltane questions about lessons or anything else.

Once the circle starts ALL SOCIALIZING AND COMMENTS unless asked for in the ritual must stop. You will get one warning if you break this guideline. If you do it a second you will be asked to and expected to leave the gathering immediately. There will be no exceptions to this guideline.

No one should enter or leave the chat room between 7:15 until the circle is finished. To enter or leave the chat room (computer knocking you out of the chat room during this time is the only exception for re-entering the circle) during this time breaks the circle and whoever is leading the circle needs to take their time and energy to close it up again.

All electronics in the room you are in during the gathering should be shut off except for the device you are using to access the chat room.

No one will be allowed to use foul and/or rude language in the chat room either before or after the sacred circle. Anyone not following this guideline will be blocked from the chat room and no second chance will be given to attend another gathering.

Anyone attending a gathering is welcome to stay after the circle is done to visit with the others and/or offer other ideas for the ritual performed at that gathering.

These are simple guidelines and show courtesy to all coven members and visitors. If you have any questions about them please write to Lady Beltane at ladybeltane@aol.com

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.

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

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

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