Crafting Your Own Sacred Schedule – Part 7

(Parts 1, 3, 5,7 for this topic will be posted on Coven Life. Parts 2, 4, 6, 8 will be posted on Witches of The Craft)

Follow, Your Roots

Not only is it important to acknowledge the patterns of the land where you live, but you may also find exploring your roots very inspiring. Where are your ancestors from? What traditions and celebrations did they observe historically? You probably won’t find books on these subjects in the New Age section of the library or bookstore — instead you’ll want to wander over to anthropology and folklore sections. If a particular tradition or day really resonates, consider how you can sincerely explore it. Are the people who live in that area today still observing it? Can you find videos online of the festivities? It might be worth a trip to immerse yourself more and see what you can discover about your roots.

Copyright by Laura Tempst Zakroof Llewellyn;s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 20 to 23

Crafting Your Own Sacred Schedule – Part 5

(Parts 1, 3, 5,7 for this topic will be posted on Coven Life. Parts 2, 4, 6, 8 will be posted on Witches of The Craft)

Family and Familiar Feasts

Is there a particular occasion that has been long celebrated in your family or has a speical place in your heart? Carry on that tradition then! Even if it is tied to a religious tradition that you no longer follow or is completely secular in origin, consider what makes that day special to you. Is the meaning rooted in who was in attendance, the time of year, or what meal was always served? Think about what spiritual or magical context that feast has for you now. Traditions survive through a healthy mixture of both preservation and change.

Copyright by Laura Tempst Zakroof Llewellyn;s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 20 to 23

Crafting Your Own Sacred Schedule – Part 3

(Parts 1, 3, 5,7 for this topic will be posted on Coven Life. Parts 2, 4, 6, 8 will be posted on Witches of The Craft)

Celebrating the Deceased

There is a tendency to think of the dead at certain times of the year, such as Samhain. But if you work with the spirits and deceased enough, you will find they are around us all year long all year long. I celebrated my loved ones who have crossed over on their birthday. Some people my choose to celebrate the deathday, but I prefer the birthday [Side note: I celebrate both days]. Why? Well, on a technical level I tend to only remember the season of someone’s passing, not the actual date, so that’s not really helpful. The main reason for using their date of birth, though, is that I want to celebrate their life and the impact they had on the world while they were alive.

Copyright by Laura Tempst Zakroof Llewellyn;s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 20 to 23

I have a Favor to Ask of Everyone to Help Me – NOT asking for a Money Donation

There is a small income from WOTC that I use to pay for the two websites, chat room, and other miscellaneous costs for WOTC and Coven Life. How much depends on how often the different advertisers on WOTC get clicked on. Last month there was no income so I paid for what was due out of my own pocket, which for one month is no big deal but as I am on a limited income doing so every month would cause my family to go without necessities. I am not asking for any money donations only that when you visit WitchesOfTheCraft.com to please click on an ad even if you have no interest in any that are being displayed. A certain amount of ad clicks that is needed for the advertising company to make a payout unfortunately the company would not tell me how many clicks are needed. So please help me and my staff to be able to keep bringing you the Moon phases, planetary positions, birthday horoscopes, daily horoscopes, etc by clicking on an ad. I am very grateful that you are willing to do this to keep WOTC and Coven Life running.

Crafting Your Own Sacred Schedule – Part 1

Parts 1, 3, 5,7 for this topic will be posted on Coven Life. Parts 2, 4, 6, 8 will be posted on Witches of The Craft

What days of the year are most important to you? Are you making a place for them in your practice, or are you by-passing them altogether? What makes your year go’ round? These are important points to consider when finding your life rhythm and setting a sacred schedule for your own Wheel of the Year.

All too frequently, new practitioners approach this path and feel they must absorb a whole new system directed by a book. That includes celebrating the Wheel of the Year down to the letter, even if it doesn’t make sense for your location, background, beliefs, myths, real life experiences, and so on. This approach can leave you feeling out of touch with what’s happening around you or even make you wonder if you’re doing witchery all wrong.

But there are very few hard and fast rules in Witchcraft — instead, they’re are many suggestions and recommended guidelines. The Wheel of the Year model, as it appears in most books over the last fifty years, is a relatively new construction pieced together from different traditions, I’m not pointing out this fact to knock the system — it does work well for many people. Yet it can be all to easy to forget that the Wheel of the Year is a guideline, not a rule to be adhered to religiously or exclusively. The intention behind its information is to give modern Pagans a cycle they can connect with. How you mark or celebrate the seasons, mythic changes, and important dates will depend heavily on the foundation of your personal practice.

Take into consideration that the popular version of the Wheel of the Year is heavily steeped in Celtic myth. What if you wish to delve into your Slavic, Japanese, or Brazilian heritage? Every culture has its own vibrant collection of myths and sacred days. Sometimes they overlap with the eight sabbats, similarly landing on solstices, equinoxes, or the cross-quarter days, but sometimes they don’t. For example, the Slavic/Russian sun-oriented fest of Kupala occurs in early July while Obon, a Japanese festival that honors the dead falls in mid-August.

There’s also the problematic trappings of culture that insists on separating the sacred from the secular. Big festivals and fest days help bring a community together, but that doesn’t mean they are more special or powerful than days that have a deep personal meaning in your own life. When we are able to see the correlations between the big moments and our day-to-day lives, we enhance our ability to connect with the world around us. The more we can honor and celebrate the seawsons in our own lives, the deeper our practic becomes.

Copyright by Laura Tempst Zakroof Llewellyn;s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 20 to 23

Greetings Sisters, Brothers, and Guests

As my wrist heals I am able to do a few more posts so I had decided to streamline them so I can get more information to you. It turns out there were only two small hair line fractures in the top bones of the wrist and should heal fairly quickly. I am very grateful for all the kind words, candles being lit, and healing energy.

As many of us in the USA and other countries are under governmental orders to “Shelter in Place” as it is called here I am going to try to find interesting things for you to read, watch, made even to do inside. They probably will not all have a pagan theme but I am hoping you find them all enjoyable. Please comment under the posts if you like., do not like, or do not care if the particular topic that is in the post and also tell us what you would like to read more about. This way I can bring you more things you like instead of just going by what I like. This is your website as much as it is mine and so is the Coven Life website.

 

 

The Night Sky Will Never Be the Same

Not only have we raped, pillaged and disrespected Mother Earth for centuries upon centuries, in the last approximately 8 decades human kind found a way to make the outer atmosphere and Our Lady of The Moon’s surface a garbage can. Now a company wants to put about 200 more man-made satellites encompassing Mother Earth from space.

I may not have an advanced degree in science but I do have common sense. In my opinion “Global Warming” may not be as bad as it is if it was not for the fact that our Lord Sun God and Lady Moon Goddess cannot work in harmony and in tandem with Mother Earth as well as with each other with the garbage many countries and a few private citizens have left just floating around until they lose momentum and than fall somewhere on Mother Earth when they piece of trash can no longer maintain its orbit around her.

So I plan to write to the company mention in the link below to ask what impact blocking more of the Sun Gods rays from making it into our atmosphere. How is he suppose to help nurture all living things on Mother Earth? How is our Lady Moon Goddess suppose to work correctly to bring the tides in and out among other things?

Mother Earth, the Sun God, and Moon Goddess love all living things and creatures living on her with unconditional love providing many things we as humans, flora, fauna, animals that walk or slither or fly or swim need to continue living. How soon will more species go extinct because of the way humans treat a planet we should protect and live in harmony with? Actually if I was Mother Earth, the Sun God, and Moon Goddess I would have wiped out all humans as soon as they quit living in harmony with the energy flows of Mother Earth, chalk it up to a very bad experiment and start the human race again from caves with little nudges to love the land as unconditionally as it loves us. I would hope the Gods and Goddesses the second or third time around, as we can gather from written history of the times humans were almost completely wipe off the whole of Mother Earth, to develop advance space travel without leaving waste and many other things such as never allowing a fossil fueled automobile to be invents but only an electrical ones, to use natural ways to heat our homes or cool them off, mainly to rebuild civilization that is hand in hand with keeping Mother Earth as clean and pollution free as possible.

Please do not take what I am saying here as I would not miss some of the modern conveniences that we have I am not ready to go live “off the grid” somewhere but I just wish we would fine alternative ways for them to run. Although in some ways I do like the thought of being some of the first people to populate our home planet that still to this day try their very best to live in harmony with all living things we share the wonderful planet with. I am looking forward to when my husband retires in a few years of moving to a place where we can live in closer harmony with the land and all living things.

The Night Sky Will Never Be the Same