Looking Back On 2018 with Coven Life

In 2018 Coven Life’s Coven and website have had some highs and lows but our highs outnumbered the lows.

Our coven, novice and adept numbers grew. We saw our first Priestesses and Priest start to study and help with the day to day running of many parts Coven Life. Our gatherings for Esbats and Sabbats grew in attendance with not only coven members but guests as well. We were inspired by rituals written and lead by adepts and Priestesses.

Our coven grew closer as a family during a very bad time and in times that members needed support and help. We also celebrated good times members had as a spiritual family. Our coven has grown in numbers as well as our school enrolling more novices and novices moving up to adepts. We have or had members from every continent but Antacrtica and are looking forward to growing our coven family even more.

The worse time for myself and the coven was my mistake in judging someone and having to banish them because as a psychic vampire they were draining power and life force from myself and power from other coven members. But we made it through that and grew stronger individually and as a whole.

One of our best times was holding a ritual for a transgender member as she faced her last surgery to be in the body she should have been born into. The support and love our coven showed for her by attending and participating in the ritual was nothing short of heartwarming. Then too we all continued to show our support and love with sending her messages so she knew we were thinking of her, healing, lighting candles, and praying for a rapid recovery from the surgery. I a, very happy to say that I have talked with her almost daily and her recovery is going very well and that she is grateful to all her brothers and sisters for their love, support, and healing sent to her.

I went through a period of recovery from being drained by the psychic vampire. Without the support, love, and forgiveness from my coven and our Priestess Hypatia taking over running Coven Life for a while, I would not be in a position to be writing this. I also had minor knee surgery when again my right-hand witch Priestess Hypatia took the responsibilities of running CL over for a few days along with love, support, and healing from coven members and other people my recovery was quicker than the doctor expected for a person my age – for those of us 60 and over don’t you just love it when someone uses the phrase “for a person your age?” Only kidding you probably think like I do what does a number assigned to the years I have lived in this lifetime have to do with anything?

Other brothers and sisters in the coven family have had medical problems and every time we as a family have rallied around our brother or sister to support and help them heal through love, spells, sending energy and lighting candles.

Priestess Hypatia was able to take some spiritual retreats that we are hoping she will share a bit more about them in the coming year.

While these are just the major highlights of 2018, I would love for coven members and our other readers to let us know what your high and/or low has been for the past year please share it or them with us in the comments below. If it is an ongoing medical problem and you would like us to send healing or support or whatever you may need from us please leave a comment letting us know how we can help.

All in all 2018 has been a fantastic year for me as CL’s High Priestess and also just a regular coven member. I thank all of my brothers and sisters for all the love, support, and being an extended family not just to me but to each other as well.

We ring out 2018 together as a spiritual family and will (or have already in the Southern Hemisphere) ring in 2019 as a strong one. MAy everyone reading this have a blessed new year filled with more love, happiness, less stress, learn and teach each other more about The Craft, and have many wonderful things happen in your life.

Until we meet again blessed be,

Lady Beltane

 

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Winter Solstice also called Yule

This is the time of the shortest day and longest night in the year. I use the early darkness to go out in my backyard usually to listen to the squirrels, chipmunks, and rabbits getting the dems ready for the cold months of they are not already bedded down but this year it is like late fall or early spring temperatures so they are all still fairly active. I also use it as a time to think back over the last year both the good and bad parts of it. There were many changes in my families life some brought tears of happiness and others years of sadness and/or frustration. But everything happens for a reason only known at times to the gods and goddesses.

What was year like good or bad or some of both?

 

P. U. T. for A. H.

As a continuation to my post yesterday I felt the need to share a mantra and prayer I have been using for years after reading the book The Four Agreements. The author Don Miguel Ruiz is a descendant of a long line of Toltec shamans, reading this book did change my whole outlook on my interactions with myself as well as other people. So when I apologized to the person in yesterday’s post I was apologizing to myself so I could put the whole negative situation behind me. Which I have mostly because of what the title of this article stand for. Here is my daily prayer that has help me bring my anger, resentment, negativity in thoughts about others almost to nothingingness. Yes I still get those feelings but first it takes me longer to all myself to feel that way and second I am quicker to recognize when I am feeling like that. I am responsible for what feeling I decide to react with to what someone else has said and/or done to me. No on has the power to make me feel any specific way. Everyone of us has the power over which feeling we use to react to the way we are being treated, spoken about or to. No one can make any of us feel anyway but the way we ourself choose to. Remember we all see the world and the people in our lives through our own heart, mind, spirit and eyes that are unique to us just as every other person living anywhere on Mother Earth sees things in their own unique way.

So here is the prayer I say almost daily to remind myself how I want to choose to react or interact with others. You are welcome to use it as is or tweak it so it fits your own unique self.

May I have

Patience

Understanding and

Tolerance for better

Acceptance of people, places, things, situations, they way people treat me or might talk to or about me so I can live in better

Harmony in my home, family, work, and world.

Copyright 2018 Lady Beltane

 

The Wonder and Joy of Children Trick-or-Treating and Other Stuff

A warning I do get off the topic of the title of this post here and there…lol

I work at a small family owned carryout restaurant and Saturday was the day for children to trick or treat at all the business in the downtown area of the village I live in. Our downtown is about 3 to 4 blocks long. So even though it was my day off I said I would “dress up” and come in to handle the candy giving. Any guesses of what I “dressed up” as?…..

A more or less stereotypical witch but I use this day and when children trick or treat at my home on Samhain to educate people that witches are not some green wart faced horrible creature but that we look just like any person does. To teach them we live in their neighborhoods if we have younger children they go to school or make play dates or well basically we do everything the way they do except our religion is thought to be dark and evil instead of loving and forgiving.

Let’s take a minute to look at the way we approach our spiritual path compared to those who follow a mainstream dogma. We do not have a set “in stone” way to practice our spiritual path we are free to choose what feels right for ourself, even if you are in a coven. The only thing almost all witches and pagans follow is “Do as ye will, less it harm none.” Our pagan ways take us down a path the honors Mother Earth instead of trying to rape and destroy her. Our “Earth Day” is not just Aprill 22nd our “Earth Day” is every day! We do not condemn someone for being different we embrace being different in our actions and words. We do not have a son of god to pray to ask for forgiveness of the wrongs or sins we do to others. We take responsibility or at least we should for wrongs we do to others in words or actions and try to make amends for them besides asking the person to forgive us and forgive yourself. If it is a wrong we have done to ourself we also need to be able to forgive yourself.

OK time to get off my soapbox and back to the topic I started with. So I had a medium size Besom with me that my mother had hanging on the wall with pictures of our family and some friends on it. She had asked me to charm it to keep anyone in the pictures safe. I had this and my staff sitting next to me. A little girl about 4 or 5 years old got her candy and then just stood there staring at my Besom, finally, I asked her if she was ok as mom was talking with another mom. She said she was fine but asked, “Can I please have a ride on your broom?” Trying hard not to laugh because the way she looked and how she asked was so cute I asked her, “Do you have a broom drivers license?” Of course, she said no so I had to tell her she had to wait until she had one before she could ride my broom.

I also had grownups come up to me to tell me that I had the most authentic witches “costume” they ever saw. Let me explain what I was wearing – I had on my cloak, dress, different amulets, my pentacle, different rings, and a necklaces of many types of stones and crystals in other words almost everything I would wear to a face to face gathering. I would thank them and let them know except for the pointy black “witch’s hat” that this what I wore to coven gatherings and I was a real witch not just dressed up in a costume. Most of them then asked if they could take a picture of me with their children to which I let them. Some even asked for this website address.

I figure if I can change the way people think about witches and pagans, even if it is one at a time, maybe someday soon it will be safe in every country in the world for witches to come out of their broom closet. Just think of the changes we could make in the way most people treat our sacred Mother Earth, her waterways, and air. Even as far as doing something about all the garbage that circles our plant in the outer atmosphere.

I ask myself daily I how can I make a difference in the way I and my fellow witches are seen? My usual answer just be myself. If you are out of the broom closet ask yourself the same thing. If you are still in the broom closet how can I be of help to bring you out?

May the Lord and Lady bless you this day and always with good things in your lives.

Blessed be sisters and brothers.

24 Hours in a Day Can be More Then Enough to Find ME TIME Daily

Most of us live busy lives work, household chores, laundry, maybe a significant other and/or children. Along with maybe book clubs, arts and crafts alone or with others and handworks like sewing, crocheting, or knitting, building things etc. Besides some of us be adults students with homework to fit in. Anyway I could go on and on with this list but I am sure you all get what I am saying, “There’s often there is not enough time in 24 hours” to accomplish everything and still have time to relax, meditate, sleep, etc and don’t forget unexpected things like traffic problems, or an emergency can pop up out of nowhere to throw your daily schedule completely off. While we cannot plan every day down to the last minute most days are basically the same in most of our lives. Below are a couple ideas I have started using that you may find helpful too. Finding ways to prioritize helps you to keep a balance in your life thus making it less stressful and this, in turn, brings more positive energy to you in many different ways. Whereas when you are stressed you bring more negative energy and other nasty things towards you.

For spells and rituals, I have a section in my BOS where they stay until I have the entire thing finished. This includes the day and Moon phase that is best to do the spell and/or ritual on for what I’m doing, items needed for the spell and/or ritual, the entire spell and/or ritual and most importantly how I want it to manifest in my life or whoever I am doing it for. A small reminder here when writing a spell and/or ritual keep the outcome you want from it in your mind while you are writing it.

I have 2 special notebooks I use. One is a 3-ring binder, so I can add pages as needed and wrote “PROJECTS” on the front. With a project, I write what I need to do for the project by writing down each different step 1st, 2nd, etc how long I want to spend on each step with the last step being finished. I put a line through the step and then rip out the page when the project is completed.

For my 2nd notebook for my day to day responsibilities, such as making sure there is something new on CL and student or other people emails are check and responded to, most days I have what’s for dinner on it, I use calendar page made using a spreadsheet that I print off from my computer leaving a space at the very bottom where I can write in by hand last minute things that I may pop up that I need to do that month. (See example at the bottom) I have these sheets in a pocket folder all start the pages start on the right side and get moved to the left on the last day of the month. I take each month and put it on the wall next to my spot where I use my laptop the most, so I can easily check it out either before bed or in the morning with while having my first cup of coffee. I have typed in all the regular things I do day to day and month to month I have to do down along the first column that I make wider than the rest of them and write the month and dates for that month along the top.  Here again, I write down a certain amount of time I want to spend on each responsibly next to that responsibility in the second column. When I finish something I make a check mark in its column under the corresponding date. Even if it a one-time thing for that month, like a doctor appointment or a class I am attending that month I write them in at the bottom of the everyday list. My doctor and other appointment type things I also put into the calendar on my cell phone with reminders set to go off the day before and then a second reminder with extra time for getting to where I have to be.

Another thing I have started doing to save time when grocery shopping is looking at my calendar to see what’s on the menu for that week, then check my pantry and freezer to make sure I have everything in the house to make it. I then use a tip my younger daughter gave me, I make a shopping list on my cell phone so as I think of things we are running low on or something special I want like ice cream I can just add it right away and not forget about it.

It may seem silly to some people that I use different notebooks beside my BOS but this is what works for me. The day to day one is really important for me because I have Fibromyalgia and with it come memory problems. I have found all of this helps me to prioritize what I have to do so I can have some me time every day for meditation or reading or nice hot bubble bath or whatever I want to do for me time.

Example of my monthly calendar (I purposely left the time I assign to each thing out so it would fit right on here):

NAME OF MONTH 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
CL Posting
Answer Emails
Walk & Feed Girls
Shower
Work 11 A – 2 P
House Chores
Work on Book
Cooking
Baking
Laundry

Copyright 2018 Lady Beltane

How I found the Coven Where I Did my Novice Traing

Since I was about 13 I’ve always tried t o walk to the sound of my own drummer but still bring under parental and school authority it didn’t always work out well. On my 19th birthday, after having 2 children and a failed marriage, I said to hell with the directions the”adults” in my life thought I should go, especially my spiritual path (I come from witches on both sides of my family that are hidden very deep in the broom closet) and listened to my drummer/spirit guide as stated embracing the true me I had hid mostly his from myself and definitely his from others. My search for a mentor in The Old Ways/The Craft took me a while because no computers and word of mouth was not very forth coming. But I’m Samhain I was walking in some woods near my home and dribbled on a coven celebrating the Sabbat. I say just inside the tree line where I thought I would be be seen….ha! My first lesson in finding out how our Third Eye can work because all of sudden the music, chanting, and dancing stopped as I lied to see what was happening next there was an old, when I say old I mean she in her ninties, I came to find out she was the Crime Elder of the coven. This lady out her hand out to me and said, “Come child of nature we have been waiting for you.” I was a little afraid of the other coven members but something in me trusted the Crone. The was the retired High Priestess of the coven she had handed over the coven to one of her daughter’s and son-in-laws.

That first experience celebrating Samhain with the coven was nothing short of see inspiring for me with a bonfire teaching high into the star lot night sky, watching and listening to the music be played on drums and flutes, the hand in hand circle, which I was included, of people dancing around the fire. I immediately wanted to b part of this group of “loving” people.

When the celebration was winding the High Priestess asked if I wanted to follow the Craft and of cord I said yes. I was given a  small invitation which had the date, time, and place of their next gathering. I was also sworn to silence about what I had seen that night as the place of the next gathering.

As I wrote about before my novice training experience was to me horrible but I was afraid to leave the coven until it was done because of the contract I signed and what could possibly happen to my living female bloodlines, maternal and parental sides, my children, and/or myself. At the time I signed the contract I had no idea how to put protection around myself or anyone else. But the date the contract expired, one year and one day from signing it, I turned my back on he entire coven except the Crime who help me with my path as often as she could even going against coven by laws to help me.

T can read about my time as a novice in an older post. Use the words Lady Beltane Novice.

Thank you for letting me share part of my pagan/whitchy path with you. May you life be blessed with positive energy.

How to Calmly End a Stress Filled Day

This goes along with the day I had…LOL

The following is an easy form of meditation that can be done anywhere anytime you fell the need to ise it.

Believe me, it was a close call a couple of times but I did what anyone should do when confronted with stress or someone that is just thoroughly aggravating take a very deep breath (try to count slowly to at least five and work your way up until you can count to ten) and then let it out slowly (using the same counting system you used to inhale) using a keyword to help you relax, say as you let out the last part of your breath…do this three times. It really does help to lower stress, blood pressure, and the feeling of wanting to whack someone. My keyword is simple I just use the word ” RELAX.” I also use this a night when I have had a stress-filled day and am having a hard time going to sleep. Each time I say relax in my mind I can feel myself Sinking (for lack of a better-discripted word) into my mattress and pillow more. I am usually at least 2/3 of the way to sleep after the third breath.

 

Dear brothers and sisters may your slumber be restful and your dreams all pleasant ones.

NItey nite and until we meet again blessed be dear one.

Copyright 2018 Lady Beltane

Air Noise Silenced

When I was walking to work this morning I was thinking how quite and scary it was with all airplanes and helicopters had been grounded after the terrorist attacks on 2001. When I first came out of work that day it was so quite as many businesses had closed and people were in their homes filed to the television waiting for updates from the three places where the terrorist had crashed jetliner into buildings and the field in Pennsylvania where passengers lost their lives bring down the fourth plane before it could crash on to capitol hill in Washington DC. There were no tell take contrails from her exhaust and the silence was unnerving instead of golden.

This morning I looked up into sunny skies full of contrails saw and heard the jetliner and helicopters. I stopped midstep and have a prayer of thanks that I had not lost anyone I knew on 9/11/2001. Then asked Archangel Gabriel to wrap all those affected in a negative way to be wrap his warm wings of comfort and love.

it also got me to thinking while we as a nation have been sick a big point of drawing attention back to the catastrophic event 2001 under the guise of honoring all the people that lost their life that day, or later from injuries they had sustained at one of the crash site. What about those that have taken their own life over the last seventeen years because of survivor guilt and/or PTSD. The family member’s the media causes to relieve that day over and over again so we as a nation can claim we will never forget the terrorist actions on our soil. Why should many men, women, and children who lost a love one and/or friend on 9/11/2001 and are possibly still under  a doctor’s care for mental and/or physical or both things have to relive their nightmare they went and possibly still going through year after year? Please do not misunderstand me I respect and honor those who died that and the family and friends the left behind. I just personally think it is time for the families and friends who lost someone that day to be able to grieve in private and if they can live their private lives without the USA government parading in front of television cameras every year on 9/11for photo opportunities for the politicians.

Since 9/11/2001 many more men, womenwomen, and animals have been killed while serving in our military because of the horrendous crimes carried out on that date. Leaving behind even more people with PTSD and other mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. Which again includes their families and friends.

I mean absolutely no disrespect for the men, women, children, or those who care about them from 9/11/2001 to the military personnel still on active duty. I am just trying to say that we as a nation should respect what they are going through and respect their privacy. If you see anyone anywhere who has served or is serving in our military  go up to them and thank them for their service and the sacrifices their families and friends made when they were sent sent thousands of miles away not knowing if they would return home as the same person that left or in a body bag.

No matter what country you live please always remember to asked the Goddess and God to keep the men and women safe and to let them come home unharmed and not just those in the  military but first responders to emergencies where you live, this would include everyone from the person that answers the phone to dispatch help you, firemen and police officers also.

Thank you for your caring and concern for your fellow men, women, children, domestic and wild animals

Bearing Thankfulness to the Elders that Taught Me Meditation

I have been a practising witch/pagan for over 40 years as a coven member, coven leader, and solitary witch. But at times of great stress as I have dealt with at work and I’m my personal life the last 10 days it still takes a reminder now and than to go back through the years to when I was a young witch learning The Craft.

I allowed myself until about an hour ago to be so stressed out I have hardly slept in 72 hours. Than my guides have me a figurative knock up the side of my head to light one of my two favorite incensed, sandalwood (the other being jasmine) find some soothing whale song/waves breaking music on YouTube as I was to keyed up to find my CD. Now I am almost relaxed enough to get a good night’s rest. If it was not for a couple of the Elders in the coven where I did my novice studies I would never have thought whale songs could be so beautiful and relaxing to listen to. I send a heartfelt thank you to my Elders. May your lives still be filled with joy, love, and a will to teach. Blessed be dear ladies!

Four Day Snowstorm – Helped me Discover Many Things

I live outside of Chicao, Illinois, USA. From Thursday evening through Sunday around noon we got about 14 to 15 inches of snow, I have not actually measured it yet. I am thankful that it did not all fall at once as there little breaks between the downfall but city and state operated snowplows still had a hard time keeping up. I am grateful beyond words for the men and women who took their lives in their hands to clear the roads and to all the police and fire personal that were over worked as well because of an increase in traffic accidents and people getting hurt in other ways also.

Half the time I was without internet but thanking God’s and Goddesses that we had heat, electricity, food, and shelter. Which many people did not have.

I looked at the situation as a quite time almost like a retreat and took advantage to have time to do some deep mediations, read parts of books on The Craft I has not gotten to, spend quality time with my husband and best of a long hot mineral bath for sure muscles.

I learned that I had been taking the spiritual side of my path for granted and the magickal part was getting to much focus. So my goal is to get the balance back between those two which will in turn help me being my entire self back into balance and allow me to connect more with the Universe and all its wonders.

Have you taken time recently to take stock of your spiritual/magickal path to see where you are in it? Continue reading “Four Day Snowstorm – Helped me Discover Many Things”