Week 40 – Goddess Knowledge – Isis and Osiris

In Ancient Egypt Isis was among the oldest of the goddesses, the mother and giver of all life. A moon goddess, she gives birth to the sun, creates and sustains all life, and is the savior of all people. The teacher of agriculture, she is also the goddess of medicine and wisdom.

Osiris was her brother and husband. When Osiris was murdered by his brother Set, Isis searched for and found him, revived him, and conceived their son Horus. When Set again too Osiris and scattered his body in fourteen pieces, Isis hunted down each part, except for his reproductive organs, which she was unable to locate, in order to give each piece a proper burial.

Isis, the universal goddess, representing total femininity. She can overcome death itself, yet she is not above grief: one of her tears, wept when Osiris was dying, caused the Nile River to flood. She underscores the depths of emotions that even a goddess must feel.

For more information on Egyptian Goddess Isis

To see some images of Goddess Isis

Goddess Isis and Wicca Information

Images of Goddess Isis in Wicca

For more information on Egyptian God Osiris

To see some images of God Osiris

For more information on Egyptian God Set

To see images of God Set

For more information on Egyptian God Horus

To see images of God Horus

Continuation of the story ….

I met my girlfriend when she facebooked me and asked about the rumors of me being transgender. As we talked more and more she said she wouldnt mind dating a transgender  person if I was interested so we got to know one another and she invited me to Indy Pagan Day where her coven was putting on a ritual.  It sounded like a good time and I was exploring alternate religions so I went out and attended the event and also attended her ritual.  I enjoyed the pomp and circumstance of the ritual  coming from a Catholic background and it increased my interest in pagan holidays and esbats.  We talked later and I let her know I would be willing to attend another ritual as they did most of their rituals publicly if her.

The next open ritual that they had was Samain and I was hooked, we attended the ritual I enjoyed myself as far as the learning process went and enjoyed the other people in the group.  After this ritual though things started going south for me and the girlfriend and we broke up right before Yule and because of this I only attended one ritual with her coven.  At the time I was hoping to continue the process with her coven but as the timed passed I saw that this was not going to be possible because of the drama.

This caused me to explore other options for my spirituality and I found an online coven to belong to for my education and a guild in a different city for my socialization.  I still do almost nothing witchy in Indianapolis, Indiana because I do not want to run the chance of running into my ex girlfriend.

I have written before on the differences between a guild and a coven and would be more than willing to answer questions in either area.  I will also take question on my transgender journey.  Hope everyone has a wonderful day, sun has come out here, and it is fairly warm for the end of December

Dawn of the Day

New Office Hours and Email Address for Lady Beltane, Open Chat, Esbat and Sabbat Changes

Lady Beltane’s new email address is WitchesCovenHearts@yahoo.com

No new students are being accepted into the Coven Life’s Witchcraft School until Wednesday, January 7, 2020. We are accepting requests to have the updated Student Handbook and Application to be emailed to anyone interested starting Tuesday, January 6th. Please put Potential Student in email subject line. Email your request to covenlifescoven@gmail.com We ask the you submit your application with a $10.00 USD fee. If accepted the $10.00 will go towards your novice course fee. If you are not accept you will get your money back.

Since I work 7 days a week and usually 5 to 7 hours almost every day, not including extra hours for Heart’s Spirit Online Coven gatherings, Open Chats and beginning of the month website maintenance and posts, extra weekly posts which has led to me being overly stressed causing other medical problems. I am no longer putting my health at risk and taking a chance of not seen my grandchildren grow up. So I am setting “Office” Hours for when I will be available for one on one talks, help with lessons, answering emails, doing regular posts, etc because it is that I either cut back on hours of availability and take a full day off every week or close down the school, coven, and both websites. Which I think many of you know all that I went through to keep Lady Abyss’ legacy and WOTC going so I really do not want to close any of it down.

These Hours Go Into Effect Wednesday, January 1, 2020 Emails can be sent anytime and will be answered during the following hours. These hours do not necessarily reflect the time I put in doing research and/or posting to both websites.

Sunday 10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM CT

Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CT

Saturday unless there is an open chat or gathering I will not be available at all. It is time for me to set aside special time for my family.

Then only exception to get in touch with me outside of my “Office” hours is an emergency of some kind. All my electronic devices are shut of every night between 7 and 8 PM CT. So it might not be until the next day that I get back to you.

The Open Chats will be at a new time starting at 1:00 PM CT ending at 3:00 PM CT on the 2nd Sunday of every month only, remember if you are a student you are required to attend except if you or a family member has an emergency.

Except for January the Open Chat will be on Sunday, January 19, 2020

Esbat gatherings time and day are also changing they will be held on the Sunday closest to the new or full Moon date starting with a social hour at 1:00 PM CT. The circle will be cast at 2:00 PM CT.

I ask you all to please respect my cutting back on the hours I spend doing website, school, coven, and 1 on 1 time with people so I can get myself distressed allowing my other medical conditions to get under control again also. Thank you in advance for your understanding, consideration of my requests, and as always your support.

Who were the Maenads?

Written By Priestess Hypatia

For Coven Life

19/12/2019

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Priestess of Bacchus, John Collier (taken from Wikimedia commons), 1886

In Thebes the birth place of Dionysus, the God of wine, the Maenads were born. They were known as the Priestesses who were part of the Dionysus cult and performed ecstatic dance. Roaming the mountains of Thebes, trancing and dancing in fawn skin dresses and panther throws, snake crowns and barefoot. Snakes in ancient times were used as healers.

The list of Maenads is long in history, these women that maintained the Dionysian cult with ecstatic ceremonies were distinct to the Hellenic world. A religious cult unlike no other, the women maintained a frenzied state of ecstasy. Extended periods of dancing (usually to the point of absolute and utter exhaustion) and drinking wine, the Maenads participated in orgiastic celebrations dancing naked through the forests of Thrace.

Dedicated to the God of debauch and fertility the Dionysian followers such as the Maenads experienced states of sexual drunken pleasure that allowed them to become closer to their God.

As members of a respected cult in Hellenic society the Maenads were actually celebrated for their sexual promiscuity, a welcoming change from the ever virtuous virgin Goddesses. Their sexuality gave them power and position more so than many other women in the Hellenic world.

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Dancing Maenad. Detail from an ancient Greek Paestum red figure skyphos, made by Python, ca. 330-320 BC. British Museum, London.

Count Down to Litha – 2 Playlists of Pagan Music for Litha

This is a play list of 50 videos that include songs in different languages with English subtitles and some different ways of celebrating Litha found on youtube.com

50 Pagan Songs for Litha

This is a playlist of 63 pagan songs for celebrating Litha also found on youtube.com

63 Pagan Songs to Celebrate Litha

This is one of my favorite songs to listen to outside to drum and dance to

Dance, My Children Dance

 

Count Down to Yule – 2 Playlists of Pagan Yule Songs

This is one song off a Yule playlist with 50 songs by S J Tucker and other pagan soloists and groups on youtube.com

Play List of 50 Yule Pagan Songs

This is one song off a Yule playlist with 112 songs by Enya and other pagan soloists and groups on youtube.com. This play list includes instrumentals that could be played during your Yule ritual and/or celebration. Some of the songs include prayers and other things that could enhance your Yule.

Play List of 112 Pagan Yule Songs

 

N. H. Count Down to Yule – Printable Coloring Pages

This is one of the funest parts of me being the High Priestess. Yes I know funest is not really a word but I fun making words up sometimes, especially when I am letting my inner child take the lead for a post for little witches.

If you, your child or grandchild colors a printable that came from here or WitchesofTheCraft.com email it to me at covenlifescoven@gmail.com along with a name to give credit where credit is do and I’ll post it on Coven Life. Please email all pictures by December 20th. Thank you.

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Week 36 Goddess Knowledge – Ishtar

Ishtar is the multilayered Babylonian creator goddess, the source of all life and embodiment of the power of nature. She is the giver of plenty, the lawgiver, a judge, the goddess of tie as well as the goddess of both love and war. Her name means “giver of light” and derives from her role as queen of heaven. She is the planet Venus as both the morning and evening star, and her girdle is the zodiacal belt. Ishtar descends to the underworld and restores the vegetation god, Tammuz, to life and thus restores fertility to earth. As she descends she removes a veil at each gate. While she is underground life on earth is depressed and nothing comes to life. Ishtar is multifaceted, powerful symbol of a forthright mode of being that is unafraid to venture into the depths of the underworld. She represents the creative feminine, active and strong.

To read more about the Babylonian Goddess Ishtar

To read more about the Babylonian God Tammuz

To see images of the Babylonian Goddess Ishtar

To see images of the Babylonia God Tammuz

 

 

Week 35 – Goddess Knowledge – Rhiannon

Rhiannon is the Great Goddess as worshiped by the Welsh.  without regeneration. She is an embodiment of life, death, and rebirth, for in her realm there is no death without regeneration. Her name derives from Rigantona, which means great “queen.” A shape-shiftier, can assume any form she want; she often appears as a white horse. She is a muse goddess and is accompanied by three sweetly singing birds who can revive the dead or put the living to sleep.The source of the King’s power derived from Rhiannon, the queen, and a candidate for knighthood met Rhiannon dressed as a stag a regal figure symbolic of rejuvenation, beauty, strength, and instinctual masculine energy. In alter myth she a or as Vivien, the Lady of the Lake. Rhiannon is a beautiful queen of the night, a reminder of the close balance between death and rebirth. She demands that we honor our instinctual and animal selves as a source of creativity, abundance, and order.

For more information on the Goddess Rhiannon

To see images of the Goddess Rhiannon

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