covens vs guilds

Lady B wanted me to spend some time musing about my early path on coven life.  I tried to tell her its all early as I have only been on the path for 2 years, lol. Like usual though she didnt listen and in her own way she said “get to writing lady, before i make this one of your required lessons,” lol

Right now i belong to 2 pagan organization one is the coven with lady B and the other is a Guild which is based in Lafayette Indiana.  I actually joined the coven first and then about 2 months later joined the guild.  The coven is where i get my learning and the wiccan path is my chosen path.  The coven is stricter with how rituals are done and is more systematic with the calling of quarters and watch towers and the inviting of deity’s into the circle.  I have also been to a face to face coven and they are even more strict but thats for another post.  The coven also does classes in a more organized manner with everything written out and the lessons that build on one another.

So if the coven is my chosen path why u might ask did i decide to join a guild also,  It was for the face to face conversation and worshiping.  It was for the interaction with members and helping the members through life troubles, helping to lead and education pagans on the wiccan path.  The guild is made up of all types of pagans, and most are walking their path solo or maybe with just one or two other people.  The rituals are very general bc of this, ie we dont have enough say wiccans to celebrate only with a wiccan ritual so we will generalize the ritual taking bits from many different paths.  This is the same with the lessons, in the guild.  These lessons are called study sessions, and they can be about almost anything pagan and its what the priestess thinks you are in need of at this time.  It can be your path or it can be someone elses path.  The guild makes sure you are well rounded in many paths so you can help the other members who are struggling.

So in conclusion I feel a witch needs to be well rounded and know not only the path that they are on but also bits of other paths bc somewhere down the road it may become important not only to you but to a friend or neighbor.  Also face to face worship is important and the talking and discussing different thoughts and ideas over a cup of coffee can be very enlightening.  I also think a witch should find her basis and know as much as possible about it so she has a strong foundation to work off of as she not only helps others but also follows her path.  Any questions please ask

 

Dawn of the Day

A Thought for Today

No matter what sex you feel you are inside male, female, transgender, gay, lesbian, other, straight.
No matter what you look like on the outside or the color of your skin.

No matter whether you are obviously disabled or your disability cannot be easily seen by others.

No matter what path you choose as your spiritual one. There are way to many “main strean and clut religions” and “spirituality groups” to name.

As long as you are content and happy in your own skin and mind what anyone says about you to you face or behind your back please practice on not taking it personally, try not to allow yourself to become upset or angry. Instead attempt to ask the person in a kind ans calm manner why they are saying whatever about you and ask that tthe listen to yoour side of what happened.

Remember no has control over our emotions or the way we react to things except for ourself. Another person cannot make you angry but you can choose to react to whatever with anger.

Maybe some of you are asking yourself how did Lady Beltane go from talking about preconceived prejudice aimed at people different than youself to who has the ultimate control over our feelings. The answer dear brothers and sisters is prejudice and our feelings are intricately tied to gather when we say a person and/or speak to them.

Here is the actual “A Thought for Today”—-

How often do you turn your head when you are all alone in a public place because you notice someone looking at you just because they are different on the outside than you are?

Here is a little challenge for you — instead of turning away from that person say,” Hello, I’m ____. Who are you?” Than you can try to ask them to join you in a cup of coffee or tea or prehaps soda. Then if they accept be sur you don’t talk only about yourself, make sure to ask the other pers about themself. Most importantly don’t just here what they are saying instead actively listen to them. I think you will be surprised to find the two of you are not that much different.

Please let us know in a comment how the coversation went.

Foster Moms

by Dawn Marshall    9-26-19

 

Foster Mom
her coffee is black
and the day is just dawning
her sleep was too short
and she is busy yawning
the bed has been calling
And she has to ignore it
More rest would be wonderful
but you have to move forward
There will be short nights
Through out her career
some due to  illness
But others from reindeer
A birth mother has been there
She can make those decisions
you can keep out most damage
and not let them be victims
A foster mom is different
Her kids face more drama
their child is often hurting
they have suffered some trauma
the pain has changed them
as all injuries will do
often for the negative
but the strong get through
The trauma will jade them
and the world  will look different
it will make some into fighters
some will become belligerent
sometimes this will manifest
at one in the morning
with a lot of loud shouting
And screaming and groaning
hey will often feel pain
like they are unwanted
some feel that they are bad
and can easily be forgotten
Some have been raped
For others its emotional
The pain is so great
tears become uncontrollable
healing is a long process
but it needs to be done
to work through the issues
And they feel like a ton
There will be some tears
That are shed on both sides
but the child will feel better
because of moms vibes
sometimes when this happens
And the pain begins to spew
All a mother can do
Is say I LOVE YOU
Dawn
9-26-19

A Thought for Today

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I have a bad habit of making things I need to do into a bigger project than they need to be. When I saw this in a coloring app my first thought was they’re talking about me. But now with having fibromyalgia I had to keep everything in my life simpler or suffer the consequences for pushing myself to hard. On my 61st birthday I made a promise to myself to slow down. The hardest part is doing half my household cleaning one day relax the next and than finish it up the next day. I don’t remember when the saying “Stop and smell the roses” became popular but I totally invited until my children were grown. Then I started taking a me day to do nothing at all maybe once a month, now I have learned to take one day every week to nurture myself

I realize many of you do not yet have the luxury of taking a full or even a half day just for yourself because work, children, and other commitments and duties. But try to find 1 hour a week, even if its broken up into smaller time segments to do something you really enjoy and haven’t done for a while like fishing, soaking in a hot bath, wood working, needle crafts (knitting, crocheting, etcetera), or just sit quietly meditating or listening to songs that bring back wonderful memories, basically what I’m getting at here is do something for just you because you deserve to treat yourself to some down time in your life no matter how hecked it is.

Blessed be dear ones.

Our Spiritual Path

what is your spiritual path
has it always been given
are you Nordic or Greek
or maybe even Egyptian
what does it mean to be pagan
what gods should you follow
are you sure you are a polytheist?
or maybe the temple of Apollo
are you considered a white witch
or maybe you are closer to dark
or maybe just a shade of grey
what is your bench mark
There are so many paths to follow
do you know which one
they say meditation works
but sometimes it is just a dry run
the god and the goddess
is what most pagans believe
throw in the wheel of the year
and a full moon to weave
some think about summerland
others believe they go to heaven
whatever it is you are thinking
i am sure you will find it pleasant
Dawn 9-10-19

Being transgender

Being trans

Some days are good
Some days are bad
Some days you win
Some days you are sad
Some days you are misgendered
Some days you are dead named
Some days you are marginalized
Some days you are shamed
Some days you are bruised
Some days you bleed
Some days you are stabbed
these things you don’t really need
Some days you limp home
Somedays you run
Some days for sanctuary
Some days for fun
No matter what though
The next day has arrived
You have to get up and go
You have to thrive
You cant let them win
no matter what they do
You have to live
You have to improve
We win by continuing
We win by living
We win by being out there
We win by FORGIVING
Jennifer 5-17-19