Merry Meet Dear Ones

Found out why I’ve been feeling so yucky. I have the adult version on mononucleosis which is called Epstein-Barr virus. So I guess at 61 years wide I’m a teenager again, gives a little body shake at that thought. I was a rebel until about 16 then got married the first time and had my oldest child about a year later. Sorry about that my mind tends to go on tangents when I don’t feel well. If you have the time and want to I would appreciate maybe a healing candle kit or to be remembered in your prayers for a speedy recovery.

Through research on the Epstein-Barr virus I found out that between 90 and 95% of adults carry this virus but it hardly ever activates and if it does it is only one time. I got news for those researchers they need to do another study because this is the second time I’ve had it.

For the next week or so I will try to post on Coven Life. I’ll ask your forgiveness in advance if a post makes no sense because I did it when I was half asleep..lol

I wish you all a beautiful day. Know that I have missed posting on here. I

I thank the Lord and Lady every day for Priestess Hypatia and all the help and support she gives me. I now and say, “Namaste dear sister Hypatia. May you be blessed with nothing but positive things for all you do for me, our students, and other readers of Coven Life.”

Merry Meet and Merry Greet my Dear Sisters and Brothers

I want to thnk Priestess Hypatia of Alexandria for the fantastic job she has been doing here on Coven Life while I have been trying to figure out how to do the posts on Witches of The Craft. A little secret between us I prefer postings and spending here more than WOTC. I have missed you all. I finally have WOTC posting down fairly good and you will see me posting more on here again.

To let you all know Lady Abyss is recovering from the water moccasin bite and complications well. But we still need to light healing candles for her because of some of her other medical problems having an open wound is not good as it could get infected again which would probably lead to complications again and she could lose part of her leg or foot if that happens. So please keep her in your prayers that she heals quickly. Thank you!!

Except for the stress, which I mostly put on myself, from taking over WOTC I have been feeling fairly good now that the temperature here has decided to even out to the warmer side and every day and/or night thunderstorms have stopped. One other thing went upside down the deck of Goddess Knowledge cards fell out of the box all over the flooring mixing the ones I have already posted with those I haven’t I think I have the separated right again but need to double check so that will not be one going up until next Monday, sorry.

So please let me know what is new with you and how you are doing.

Until we meet again dear ones blessed be.

It Feels Great to Finally Have Some Time to Spend with You

The last two weeks in my life reminded me why I had my children when I was young. 6 weeks after my 44th birthday my youngest of 5 children turned 18. If my darling Sean Michael had lived I still would have only been 54 when he turned 18. I have been helping my younger daughter by watching her almost 4 year old son week days since April 19th and even though I love him a lot I thank the Great Mother today’s the last day of watching him until the 15th while my daughter trained for a new at home job. He has a 16 year old sister who is embracing her inner witch, even if she chooses not to tell her parents yet, and a 6 year old house of fire brother. About half the nights I stayed at my daughter’s so I could get a couple of hours extra sleep or at least try to.

Besides all of this the 6 year olds birthday was the first day of this marathon then my birthday came. My middle son and his wife gave the family permission to tell the world my 9th grandchild will be welcomed on to this plane of existence sometime towards the middle of August. Than yesterday I see a post my oldest son put on Facebook not only to tell theirown friends but his parents and children the he married a woman on April 30th whom my son had kicked out of their shared apartment last summer because of her drinking, drugging, emotionally and physically abusing him. So needless to say it put me and his 3 adult children into shock and that’s put it mildly for myself. I will find out more this evening when I talk to him.

If you would be so kind as to say a prayer or light a candle or both for the health of my daughter-in-law and my grandson. I and my son will be very grateful.

As for my older son’s marriage I ask if you would please ask the Universe to give him extra protection. Not only as his mother butI as his spiritual mentor also I am afraid for him. I love him and after I tell him the hurt I and his younger daughter feel, I haven’t talk to his other daughter and only son yet, for the way the told us he was getting married. I will listen to the reason he married his abuser after being totally rid of her. I will wish them a long happy life together and offer to Do a handfasting for them. I’m an ordained minister I could have gone the 3 1/2 hours to where they lived, married them in acouple park with only their immediate family members that could of made it there and a potluck reception and off they go. Oh well he’s almost 44 and as with all my descendants he walks to the beat of his own drummer. Also, except for one week total my husband’s been out of work since the beginning of March. Last but not least I go back to the orthopedic surgeon this Tuesday to find out if I need more knee surgery or just some physical therapy. As much as I dislike PT it’s a lot better than surgery.

While my life is once again a rollercoaster I know the one place where I can always find support and stability is by being open and honest with my chosen family that includes whoever is reading this. I have missed interacting with you, posting new information and reading your emails. This weekend I will be working on getting Coven Life up to date for May’s Moon phases and events. It you are not a coven member by being a student we have decided to open coven membership for a $25.00 annual fee payable after the Elders review a questionaire you need to fill out. If you are interested write to us a covenlifescoven@gmail.com and put “Applying 4 Coven Membership.” We will email you the questionnaire within 24 to 48 hours.

May you have blessed and Magickal weekend

-Lady Beltane

What a Marvelous Day

Spent the last 2 days at my younger daughter’s watching the 3 and 5 year olds yesterday and the 3 year old today. Decided I’m really not to old to play outside with my grandsons even if it means my knee will hurt.

When I got home the sun was shining, temperature was great so I took my girls, Cleo and Star, outback. The best part of the day was being able to stand barefoot in the grass and feel Mother Earth’s energy as she is waking up from her winter slumber. To me there is nothing that feels better beneath my feet than the soft green blanket covering the ground in my own backyard.

I  hope your day was as good as mine. Blessed be dear ones.

Why Lady Beltane is Taking a Break

Before you read the rest of this I want you to know I thought long and hard about whether or not to share the following information with you all. One of my guides kept pushing me to share a short version of my personal story in case it can help some reading it to seek help if they are depressed and feel like they are all alone. I plan on compiling a list during my healing time for the mental health crisis line in every state. So please if you feel like you’re all alone and no one would understand how you are feeling email me at ladybeltane@aol.com. if the information you will be readung about me makes you think I am a weaker person than you thought believe me the opposite is the truth as it takes a strong woman in my position in this coven to be honest about what I am going through right now.

For so long people with depression, anxiety and other mental health illnesses have been looked down upon and even shunned by family and friends. So they try to hide how they are feeling. Some wind up in the Summerlands by their own doing, some become street people, but the majority just hide behind a smile while saying their ok or fine.

This is what I have been doing since my knee surgery and the place I loved working shut down. I have dealt with clinical depression, anorexia, and a anxiety disorder for many years. Thankfully my anorexia is still under control but the other two things are raging right now to the point that I don’t want to do anything including get up and dressed. I asked Priestess Hypatia to take over CL for a couple of weeks so with my doctors and Kwan Yin’s help I can turn my downward sprail back into an upward one. I thank you all for the love, help, and support you’ve freely given me. But right now I’m so low I don’t feel I deserve any of it. I promise myself and you to come back the strong woman and leader I was before I allowed my depression and anxiety fully back into my life. If you have any questions for me about this post please email me and I will answer you as soon as I can. I ask that you please be patient a waiting my reply. Than  you.

The follow links are suggested reading put  here with the hope that it may help at least one person reading it or that it may help a friend or family of someone reading it.

Information from John Hopkins about Clinical Depression:

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/adult/mental_health_disorders/major_depression_85,P00746

information  on Clinical Depression from Mayo Clinic:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/expert-answers/clinical-depression/faq-20057770This

Information  about Anxiety Disorders from psychiatric.org

https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/anxiety-disorders/what-are-anxiety-disorders

Information on Anxiety Disorders from WedMD.com:

https://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/anxiety-disorders

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

 

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