Another way for Balancing, Ground and Recieving Positive Energy

Many mornings I am up before the Sun starts to peak its way up. I love these mornings now that the warmer weather is coming and the birds are returning, singing for a mate it makes this time of day even better. I also love as the Sun rises I can still see the Moon as it sets to shine over others.  For me I feel the balance of night and day, I will stop somewhere that I feel is in the middle of the two to ground more and open myself up more to the universe and to help regain any balance my spirit, mind, and body have lost over the last week. After standing still for anywhere from a minute to, some days, fifteen minutes I continue on my way to wherever I was headed – usually the train station to watch my two youngest grandsons or to one of my jobs – feeling more energized, happy and content being me. Be sure to thank the deities and universe for their help.

I ask you to get up at least one morning a week and try this out for yourself. First put roots from the bottom of your feet down deep into Mother Earth, next open your Crown Chakra to your deity and the Universe asking them to cleanse you down to every cell in your body. Next take a few deep breaths while picturing all the pain, anger, hurt and negativity being pushed down from your head all the way through your body to exit through your feet. Ask Mother Earth to claim and rejuvenate the energy for her use. Then ask the Universe and whoever else you want to call on to fill you with positive energy, love, and laughter. Some weeks or even days you may have to do this more than once… I know there are days I need to.

Please comment about your experience as it might help someone else who is struggling for balance. We can all learn from each other. Many happy, positive blessings to you dear ones!

Copyright 2017 Lady Beltane

A WITCHES MANIFESTO

Adapted from The Wiccan Bardo by Paul Beyerl)

 

I DEMAND THESE THINGS OF MYSELF AS A WITCH:

 

I must pursue my highest ideals

I must aspire to the highest of ethics

I must demand integrity of myself

I must always keep my word

 

I must cultivate self-discipline

I must LIVE the Hermetic Principle

I must seriously contemplate the ramifications of Reincarnation & Karma

 

I must respect the astral realms

I must approach ritual with reverence and care

I must respect ritual work as an act of love and beauty.

 

I must take sole responsibility for all the events and circumstances in my life, in the knowledge that I have created them all for my own development.

I must strive to cultivate a sense of humour and of humility.

I must avoid all negativity, firstly in my thinking and as a consequence, in my life.

  

I must live in harmony with the Earth Goddess – Gaia.

I must cultivate a global perspective.

I must serve my community, both locally and globally, being of help to all people.

 

I must be willing to defend my religion.

I must provide for the safe future of my ritual tools, should I be taken by death

From Witches of The Craft https://witchesofthecraft.com/a-witches-manifesto/

Full Moon Ritual 2/10/2017 at 7:00 PM CT in Coven Life Chat room

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Full Moon Ritual 2/10/2017

WHAT YOU NEED:

1 White 12 inch Taper Candle for each person you want to send healing to

Sandalwood or Other Oil  you feel appropriate to anoint each candle

Matches or Lighter

Merry meet and merry greet to our brothers and sisters.

I cast this sacred circle round all those here three times three to protect all inside, to gather our strength and power as one to send healing to those in need. I cast this sacred circle to initiate our novices and adepts within the safety of our coven’s circle.

We stand in a time that is out of time. In a space between worlds. Within here we welcome the Devine to bless this circle and all who are in it.

I call upon Kwan Yin to come to the watchtower of the East. Great Lady, we welcome you and your healing power be brought into our circle.

I call Apollo to come to the watchtower of the South. Great Lord, we welcome you and call upon your powers of light, enlightenment, prophecy, medicine, poetry, dance, and reason be brought into our circle.

I call upon Sirona to come to the watchtower of the West. Great Lady, we welcome you and ask that your healing powers be brought into our circle.

I call upon Inaus to come to the watchtower of the North. Great Lord, we welcome you and call upon you r powers of beginnings, endings, transitions, times, doorways, gateways, passageways, movement, and traveling. Be brought into our circle.

Quite meditation for 2 minutes while the Gods and Goddesses join us and the power in our circle starts to rise to do the healing work on our novices April (liver malfunctioning) and Sally (breast cancer). (This is the time to inscribe the name on your candle for the person you are asking healing for and to “dress it” with the oil. To dress the candle you get a little oil on the tip on the index finger on your power hand and trace the symbol of a pentagram three times onto the candle. Turning it slightly after each pentagram so this entire candle is anointed or “dressed”.)

Light your candle during the first time the spell is said. Spell will be repeated 3 times. It is to be spoken out load by each person to help whom ever s name is on your candle.

We are asking healing for these people – Sally, April, Lady Abyss and Lady Beltane. Type in the names or names of people you are asking that healing be sent to please.

Kwan Yin, Sirona, Ancient Elements of Fire, Air, Water, and Earth,

Gather around fill in name of person on your candle whatever is their hearth.

Help heal insert illness, disease for person on your candle that is keeping them down,

So they might improve and more easily move around.

At the end of third time say “So mote it be” or however you end your spells. Then type into the chat room “Blessings for healing.” Leave your candle burn in a safe place for one hour. Relight candle every day/evening for a half-hour until it has burned all the way down. When you relight the candle say “Candle burning bright. Release your power with all its might.”

We will now be welcoming our current and new novices back or into the coven as well as initiate our new adepts. We ask at this time that anyone not a member of this coven to please say could night and depart. There is a small doorway open so you can exit.

The circle is once again sealed

We welcome our current and new novices into our circle. Would you please give us your name and the state or country where you live.

Lady Beltane – after all novices have shared – We welcome you with open arms as potential full members of our coven. But as you are part of the coven now it is asked of you to keep the coven’s and other members identities a secret as well as anything discussed in a coven class gathering.

Amanda called upon you as your High Priestess to “stand” and be recognized as an adept of the Coven Life’s Coven. To swear to all present that you will not carry any tales of any member or guest of this coven. That you will uphold the sanctity of the sacred circles and rituals when this coven is gathered. That you will not give out to anyone outside of this coven another member’s magickal working/coven name. I ask you to remember your brothers and sisters here are more then ready to help you if you ever need them to and welcome you as a part of us. Your position as an adept will be for one year and one day from this date.

Amanda do you enter this coven of your own free will?

Amanda Answer __________

Amanda do you so swear to uphold the sanctity of Coven Life’s Coven?

Amanda Answer _________

Amanda I welcome you in perfect love and perfect trust into Coven Life’s Coven. I ask what name you have chosen for yourself when attending coven or pagan gatherings and when working magick on your own?

Amanda state your coven/magickal working name ______________

You shall be known now and forever more in Coven Life’s Coven by this name. Merry meet and meery greet _____ many blessings to you as you continue your journey on your chosen path,

Sandi called upon you as your High Priestess to “stand” and be recognized as an adept of the Coven Life’s Coven. To swear to all present that you will not carry any tales of any member or guest of this coven. That you will uphold the sanctity of the sacred circles and rituals when this coven is gathered. That you will not give out to anyone outside of this coven another member’s magickal working/coven name. I ask you to remember your brothers and sisters here are more then ready to help you if you ever need them to and welcome you as a part of us. Your position as an adept will be for one year and one day from this date.

Sandi do you enter this coven of your own free will?

Sandi Answer ______

Sandi do you so swear to uphold the sanctity of Coven Life’s Coven?

Sandi Answer _______

Sandi I welcome you in perfect love and perfect trust into Coven Life’s Coven. I ask what name you have chosen for yourself when attending coven or pagan gatherings and when working magick on your own?

Sandi state your coven/magickal working name ________

You shall be known now and forever more in Coven Life’s Coven by this name. Merry meet and meery greet _____ many blessings to you as you continue your journey on your chosen path,

Lords and Ladies who guarded our circle from your Watchtowers and gave freely of your energy to help those who are sick and to welcome our new novice and adept coven member. Please go back from whence you came with our loving thanks and gratitude.

This circle is now opened but not broken. As you leave here tonight may the Lady and Lord bless you with all that you need and something you just want. I bid you peace and joy. Blessed be brothers and sisters of The Craft. Merry part until we merry meet again.

Copyright 2017 Lady Beltane

Blessings of Imbolc and February!

This comes from an email I received today from Mystery School of the Goddess

More than ever, we need to embrace our powerful, spiritual centers and call in our Woman Wisdom. February is a very special month as we celebrate Imbolc, Brigid’s Day, Vasant Panchami – Saraswati’s Birthday, Orisha Goddess OYA’s Feast Day, and Aphrodite’s Feast Day all in the first week of the month!

We are gathering with Goddesses of Power, Passion, and Purpose that can infuse our practices, inspire our creativity, and give us a potent center of purpose.

As well, February is an eclipse month this year with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on February 10 and a New Moon Solar Eclipse on February 26. Eclipses bring sudden endings AND beginnings. These particular eclipses will also be highlighting the theme of balance – our needs versus our wants, our physical health versus our mental health. Jupiter turns retrograde on February 5 and that may affect our lack and luck mentality. Stay tuned to MotherHouse of the Goddess Astrology updates from Mary Lomando for more information.

Consider February a final “Spring” cleaning that is preparing us for the NEW of Spring Equinox in March. Think about what is working for you and what needs to be released. Time to review and adjust your intentions for the year and prepare to make positive use of the fertility of the Equinox!

 

 

Wiccan Holidays in the Southern Hemisphere

What is the Wheel of the Year, or Wiccan holidays, for those in the Southern Hemisphere?

It gets a little tricky, since Wicca was created in the Northern Hemisphere. Since it’s a nature religion, an Earth religion, this makes a big difference.

After all, a Midsummer ritual in the North happens in June.

In the South, though, this is midwinter!

So what does a Southern Witch do?

The Controversy

To read the rest of this article please click on the following link: http://www.wicca-spirituality.com/wiccan-holidays-southern.html

Imbolic 2017 is on Thursday, February 2, 2017: Imbolic Question?

Thursday, February 2, 2017 is Imbolic 2017. Imbolc or Imbolg (pronounced or ), also called (Saint) Brighid’s Day (, , ), is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of spring.

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Imbolc or Imbolg (pronounced or ), also called (Saint) Brighid’s Day (, , ), is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of spring.

Groundhog Day and Candlemas-USA

You might be wondering why I posted this. If you either read to the point of how Groundhog day got started or just scroll down to it you will see it tied into Candlemas/Imbolc.

Groundhog sees his shadow, predicts six more weeks of winter

There will be six more weeks of winter, according to America’s favorite groundhog.

Every Feb. 2, the marmot known as Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow in western Pennsylvania and looks to the ground for his shadow — marking the annual celebration of Groundhog Day.

A local morning weather story, an excuse to relive the comedic Bill Murray cinematic classic, a legendary way to get your predictions around the start of spring — Groundhog Day is all of these things and more. While many look forward to and enjoy Phil’s February appearance, others are unsure what the prediction fuss is all about.

Get the information you need on Groundhog Day with answers to these frequently asked questions:

When did Groundhog Day start?

Groundhog Day stems from an ancient European celebration of Candlemas. A midway point between the winter solstice and spring equinox, legend has it that fair weather on Candlemas predicated a stormy and cold second half to winter. The celebration transformed in America, where Pennsylvania Germans incorporated the groundhog into the meteorologic prognostication

Where did Punxsutawney Phil get his name?

The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, after which Phil is named.

How many Punxsutawney Phil groundhogs have there been?

While the lifespan of a groundhog is roughly six years, those in the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle lightheartedly claim there is only one Phil, and all other groundhogs are impostors. It is also claimed that one groundhog has lived since 1886 — sustained by a drink of “groundhog punch.” It is unknown how many groundhogs have actually played Phil.

What happens if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow?

If the groundhog sees his shadow, legend has it there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, this implies an early spring.

How many times has Punxsutawney Phil seen his shadow?

Since 1887, the groundhog has seen his shadow 102 times — forecasting a longer winter — and not seen it 18 times.

How “right” is Phil?

Since 1988, the groundhog correctly predicted the weather 14 times and incorrectly 15 times. This is determined based on cross-referencing Phil’s prediction with the national average temperature for the remainder of February.

RELATED: Groundhog Day through the years

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FULL MOON FOR FEBRUARY 2017

FEBRUARY FULL MOON NAMES

February’s full Moon is traditionally called the Full Snow Moon because usually the heaviest snows fall in February.

Hunting becomes very difficult, and so some Native American tribes called this the Hunger Moon.

Other Native American tribes called this Moon the “Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon” (Wishram Native Americans), the “No Snow in the Trails Moon” (Zuni Native Americans), and the “Bone Moon” (Cherokee Native Americans). The Bone Moon meant that there was so little food that people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup.

See more about the month’s Full Moon names and their meanings.

FEBRUARY FULL SNOW MOON VIDEO

Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the Full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. In this video, learn about the Full Snow Moon, “Moon weather,” and the horns of the new crescent Moon. Click below to watch the video

To see video and to read more interesting information from The Old Farmer’s Almanac please copy and paste this link to your browser: http://www.almanac.com/content/full-moon-february

Imbloc (Candlemass, Imblog, Imbole) – February 2nd

Pronounced: EE-Molc
Incense: Rosemary, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cinnamon
Decorations: Corn Dolly, Besom, Spring Flowers
Colours: White, Orange, Red

This holiday is also known as Candlemas, or Brigid’s (pronounced BREED) Day. One of the 4 Celtic “Fire Festivals. Commemorates the changing of the Goddess from the Crone to the Maiden. Celebrates the first signs of Spring. Also called “Imbolc” (the old Celtic name).

This is the seasonal change where the first signs of spring and the return of the sun are noted, i.e. the first sprouting of leaves, the sprouting of the Crocus flowers etc. In other words, it is the festival commemorating the successful passing of winter and the beginning of the agricultural year. This Festival also marks the transition point of the threefold Goddess energies from those of Crone to Maiden.

To read the rest of this fastening article please click on this link: http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/the_wheel_of_the_year/imbolc.asp

It is the day that we celebrate the passing of Winter and make way for Spring. It is the day we honour the rebirth of the Sun and we may visualize the baby sun nursing from the Goddess’s breast. It is also a day of celebrating the Celtic Goddess Brigid. Brigid is the Goddess of Poetry, Healing, Smithcraft, and Midwifery. If you can make it with your hands, Brigid rules it. She is a triple Goddess, so we honour her in all her aspects. This is a time for communing with her, and tending the lighting of her sacred flame. At this time of year, Wiccans will light multiple candles, white for Brigid, for the god usually yellow or red, to remind us of the passing of winter and the entrance into spring, the time of the Sun. This is a good time for initiations, be they into covens or self-initiations.

Lammas History: Welcoming the Harvest

The Beginning of the Harvest:

At Lammas, also called Lughnasadh, the hot days of August are upon us, much of the earth is dry and parched, but we still know that the bright reds and yellows of the harvest season are just around the corner. Apples are beginning to ripen in the trees, our summer vegetables have been picked, corn is tall and green, waiting for us to come gather the bounty of the crop fields. Now is the time to begin reaping what we have sown, and gathering up the first harvests of grain, wheat, oats, and more.

This holiday can be celebrated either as a way to honor the god Lugh, or as a celebration of the harvest.

Celebrating Grain in Ancient Cultures:

Grain has held a place of importance in civilization back nearly to the beginning of time. Grain became associated with the cycle of death and rebirth. The Sumerian god Tammuz was slain and his lover Ishtar grieved so heartily that nature stopped producing. Ishtar mourned Tammuz, and followed him to the Underworld to bring him back, similar to the story of Demeter and Persephone.

In Greek legend, the grain god was Adonis. Two goddesses, Aphrodite and Persephone, battled for his love. To end the fighting, Zeus ordered Adonis to spend six months with Persephone in the Underworld, and the rest with Aphrodite.

A Feast of Bread:

In early Ireland, it was a bad idea to harvest your grain any time before Lammas — it meant that the previous year’s harvest had run out early, and that was a serious failing in agricultural communities. However, on August 1, the first sheaves of grain were cut by the farmer, and by nightfall his wife had made the first loaves of bread of the season.

The word Lammas derives from the Old English phrase hlaf-maesse, which translates to loaf mass. In early Christian times, the first loaves of the season were blessed by the Church.

Honoring Lugh, the Skillful God:

In some Wiccan and modern Pagan traditions, Lammas is also a day of honoring Lugh, the Celtic craftsman god. He is a god of many skills, and was honored in various aspects by societies both in the British Isles and in Europe. Lughnasadh (pronounced Loo-NAS-ah) is still celebrated in many parts of the world today. Lugh’s influence appears in the names of several European towns.

Honoring the Past:

In our modern world, it’s often easy to forget the trials and tribulations our ancestors had to endure. For us, if we need a loaf of bread, we simply drive over to the local grocery store and buy a few bags of prepackaged bread. If we run out, it’s no big deal, we just go and get more. When our ancestors lived, hundreds and thousands of years ago, the harvesting and processing of grain was crucial. If crops were left in the fields too long, or the bread not baked in time, families could starve. Taking care of one’s crops meant the difference between life and death.

By celebrating Lammas as a harvest holiday, we honor our ancestors and the hard work they must have had to do in order to survive. This is a good time to give thanks for the abundance we have in our lives, and to be grateful for the food on our tables. Lammas is a time of transformation, of rebirth and new beginnings.

Symbols of the Season

The Wheel of the Year has turned once more, and you may feel like decorating your house accordingly. While you probably can’t find too many items marked as “Lammas decor” in your local discount store, there are a number of items you can use as decoration for this harvest holiday.

  • Sickles and scythes, as well as other symbols of harvesting
  • Grapes and vines
  • Dried grains — sheafs of wheat, bowls of oats, etc.
  • Corn dolls — you can make these easily using dried husks
  • Early fall vegetables, such as squashes and pumpkins
  • Late summer fruits, like apples, plums and peaches

Crafts, Song and Celebration

Because of its association with Lugh, the skilled god, Lammas (Lughnasadh) is also a time to celebrate talents and craftsmanship. It’s a traditional time of year for craft festivals, and for skilled artisans to peddle their wares. In medieval Europe, guilds would arrange for their members to set up booths around a village green, festooned with bright ribbons and fall colors. Perhaps this is why so many modern Renaissance Festivals begin around this time of year!

Lugh is also known in some traditions as the patron of bards and magicians. Now is a great time of year to work on honing your own talents. Learn a new craft, or get better at an old one. Put on a play, write a story or poem, take up a musical instrument, or sing a song. Whatever you choose to do, this is the right season for rebirth and renewal, so set August 1 as the day to share your new skill with your friends and family.

From: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/LammasFolklore/a/Legends-And-Folklore-Of-Bread.htm