Imbolc in the Southern Hemisphere

Imbolc will soon be here in the southern hemisphere. I put this first article together for the latest edition of the Axis Mundi and have also included a second Imbolc article from the August 2008 edition of the AM.

Imbolc ~ 1st August

by Jenwytch

Imbolc is a cross-quarter day midway between the winter solstice (Yule) and the spring equinox (Ostara) and is the celebration of the banishing of winter, the imminent arrival of Spring and the stirring of new life in the earth. Imbolc recognizes the maiden aspect of the triple goddess – the fresh, the young, the naïve, the new – and is strongly connected with the Goddess Brigid. It is associated with and also known as the festivals of Oimelc, Imbolg, Imbolic (Irish), Candlemas (British), Feast of Torches, Lupercalia (Italian/Latin), Brigid’s Day, and Brigantia (Scottish).

Here in the southern hemisphere, in 21st century Australia,

To read the rest please click on this link: Imbolc

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October Full Moon Coven Gathering Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM CT

WHEN:

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Social Gathering starts about 7:00 PM CT

Sacred Circle is cast at 7:15 PM CT SHARP

PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE CHAT ROOM ONCE THE CIRCLE HAS BEEN STARTED!!!!!! This breaks the circle and also upsets the energy flow in our circle.

WHERE:

Coven Life’s chat room – the link to enter and/or register is below:

Coven’s Life Chat Room

Our Adept Maia will be leading the circle this month. I ask that you give her the same respect and curtesy that you would give me if I was leadIng the circle. This means no comments other than the ones asked for in the ritual. If you have ideas to add for or in addition to the ritual please share them after the circle is finished and social time has started again. We love to get new ideas but ask they be shared at the appropriate time. Thank you so much for following our simple circle guidelines.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 green candle, whatever size you prefer.
An athame or knife to carve candle
A candle holder
Matches or lighter

RITUAL:

Maia: We call upon the Gods and Goddesses that protect the four quarters – east, south, west, and north. Please open your quarters and please hear our call.
We call upon the Watchtowers that protect us using the four elements- air, fire, water and earth. Please lend us your energy and protect all inside and outside this circle and let harm come to none.
We call upon the Goddess Selena to walk this circle with us three times round. To assist us with our work here tonight, please  lend us your energy and power as you honour us with your presence.
Everyone: Please share our first or Craft name plus state or country you live in.
At this time carve one word into your candle of something you would like to be more prosperous in. You can be rich in many ways…money, love, happiness, etc. Envision what that looks like to you as you carve. You can use whatever alphabet you feel is right for you. You will have 2 minutes to do this.
Everyone: Please type in DONE when you are finished.
Light the candle and as you look into the flame envision again your prosperity.. See yourself enjoying what you’ve asked for.
Insert your carved word into blank in this spell and recite it aloud three times. You will have about 2 to 3 minutes to do this.
The moon is full, we feel her power
On this night and in this hour.
The time is right, and this we know,
With the Goddess’s help, my ________________ will grow.
 When the moon reappears, with her face full and bright
This spell will have worked wonders, as I will it this night.
Everyone:  Please type in “So mote it be” when you have finished.
Allow the candle to burn for at least a short time as long as it is safe to do so. Each night light the candle and visualize your prosperity. You want it to burn as many days as possible, so judge how long you let it burn depending on the size of the candle.
Maia: Thank you Goddess Selena for your presence here tonight and please return from where you came from.
We dismiss the Gods and Goddesses that represent the four quarters, east, south, west, and north. Thank you for joining our circle and please return from where you came.
We dismiss the Watchtower that protects us using
the elements of air, fire, water, and earth. Thank you for your energy and protection, and please return from where you came from.
The circle is open, but not broken. Be well until  merry we meet again.

 

Mabon – A Solitary Ritual

Holidays and holy days are better with friends and family.  But many Pagans maintain solitary practices.  Even if you work with a group, sometimes you can’t be with them for one reason or another.  And sometimes your group meets on a convenient day but you feel the need to celebrate on the exact day.  Whatever the reason, many Pagans will be celebrating the Autumn Equinox by themselves.
Mabon is the second of the three Celtic harvest festivals.  It’s the apple harvest and the celebration of the equinox, the time of equal day and night.  The actual equinox is Wednesday, September 23 at 3:22 AM CDT. For the next six months, the nights will be longer than the days.

Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2015/09/mabon-a-solitary-ritual.html#BQSXv2GBjzZJRVlI.99

Spring Equinox, Ostara: Southern Hemisphere

Midway through Spring!
This is the time of equal day and equal night, the balance of light and dark,
and so at this time we have the chance to invite balance into our lives.

Add this to the energy of Spring, and as we see in our gardens, we also have the opportunity for new growth, fresh starts and new beginnings.  Now would be the appropriate time for the Easter Egg hunt!

The trees have come back to life, blossoms are blooming, the grass is growing, the sprouts are ‘taking off’, growth is everywhere! Beautiful smells, sprite-liness and baby animals…
During Spring, everywhere in nature, we see and feel and hear, the energy, the pulse, the sound of new growth.

And so we have the opportunity to consciously align with this energy
and ‘use’ it to fuel whatever new beginnings we are creating in our lives.

Your being, as part of the Earth, part of the cycle of the seasons…

To read the rest of this please click on this link: Ostara

History of Ostara – The Spring Equinox

MANY HOLIDAYS, MANY NAMES

The word Ostara is just one of the names applied to the celebration of the spring equinox on March 21. The Venerable Bede said the origin of the word is actually from Eostre, a Germanic goddess of spring. Of course, it’s also the same time as the Christian Easter celebration, and in the Jewish faith, Passover takes place as well. For early Pagans in the Germanic countries, this was a time to celebrate planting and the new crop season.

Typically, the Celtic peoples did not celebrate Ostara as a holiday, although they were in tune with the changing of the seasons.

According to History.com, “At the ruins of Chichen Itza, the ancient Maya city in Mexico, crowds now gather on the spring (and fall) equinox to watch as the afternoon sun creates shadows that resemble a snake moving along the stairs of the 79-foot-tall Pyramid of Kukulkan,…

To Rest the rest of this article please click on this link: https://www.thoughtco.com/history-of-ostara-the-spring-equinox-2562485

Mabon Lore

Autumn Equinox, one of the Lesser Wiccan Sabbats is celebrated on or around September 20th to 23rd in the Northern Hemisphere and from on or around March 19 to 20th for the Southern Hemisphere. Autumn Equinox is also known as Mabon, Fall Equinox, Wine Harvest and Second Harvest. This is a time of balance and harmony, when our days and nights are equally divided as the days grow shorter and the Wheel of Year turns towards Samhain and Yule.

Traditionally, Second Harvest was celebrated when fruits were picked for jams, jellies, juices, ciders and wines. Our days grow shorter, veggies, fruits and herbs are at the peak for harvesting and preserving. Celebrate the prosperity of harvests whether from your garden or local farmers/gardeners as well as the harvest of spells you have been working. At this time of balance, include in your spells and rituals balance and harmony for your home and work. Decorate your sacred space, altar and home with grapes, vines, squash, leaves, wheat, barley, pine cones, corn, horns of plenty, and acorns.
For continue reading, click here:

https://www.13moons.com/mabon-lore

Coven Gathering Wednesday, September , 2017 at 7:15 PM CT

WHEN:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Gathering Starts at 7:00 PM ST
Circle Behind at 7:15 PM ST SHARP

To find your local time you can use this Time Zone Converter or any other one you chose:

https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

WHERE:

Coven Life Chat Room

To open an account or enter the private chat room please click on this link:

https://ladybeltane.discussionchatroom.com/

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Just yourself

As I am on vacation this month the circle gathering will be for the initiation of to novices becoming adepts and full coven members.

RITUAL:

Lady Beltane: I call upon the element of Air to reside in the Watchtower of the East to protect all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I call upon the element of Fire to reside in the Watchtower of the South to protect all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I call upon the element of Water to reside in the Watchtower of the West to protect all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I call upon the element of Earth to reside in the Watchtower of the North to protect all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I call upon Hekate, maiden, mother, crone, and protector of all witches, I call upon the Green Man, Lord of the hunt and consort of Hekate, to walk this circle with me three times round to protect the witches here a round. To give us your guidance and lead us with your wisdom.

Everyone: Please introduce yourself, first name only, and tell us what state or country you live in

LADY BELTANE – Will those who are seeking to be initiated into our coven tonight as full members and to study as an adept please come forward.

Frank and Two Feathers: Please type in – I now stand before our High Priestess and our Coven.

Lady Beltane: Do you stand before us of your own free will?

Frank and Two Feathers: Answer

Lady Beltane: Do to you take a vow to keep the identities of all here present a secret unto yourself?

Frank and Two Feathers: Answer

Lady Beltane: Do you vow to uphold the sanctity of our coven and keep all working within it unto yourself?

Frank and Two Feathers: Answer

Lady Beltane: By what name shall you be called by from this day forth within our coven and the pagan community as a whole?

Frank and Two Feathers: Answer

Lady Beltane:  Please welcome _______ into our coven and community.

Everyone: Please type in your welcome and/or blessing to our new adept.

Lady Beltane –  ______ please take your place back within our circle. You have received the blessings of the coven now please receive mine as well. May your time among us be filled with positive energy, love, and laughter.

Lady Beltane: I dismiss the element of Air from the Watchtower of the East with our thanks for protecting all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I dismiss the element of Fire from the Watchtower of the South for protecting all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I dismiss the element of Water from the Watchtower of the West for protecting all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I dismiss the element of Earth from the Watchtower of the North for protecting all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I dismiss Hekate, maiden, mother, crone, and protector of all witches, I dismiss the Green Man, Lord of the hunt and consort of Hekate, with our love and thanks for giving us your guidance and leading us with your wisdom.

The circle is now open but never broken. Go in love and peace. Blessed be brothers and sisters.

Some Thoughts for Today

May this solar eclipse bring you blessings of love, peace, and harmony.

While everyone is talking about the total solar eclipse and the way it will change the energy we feel and/or use, I felt it was important to explain part of the energy shift and what brings it about.

Many of you have heard or read about the tradition of The Great Rite usually performed on Beltane and has its origins in prehistory, wait let me rephrase that to read, it has its origins when all traditional rites/rituals were handed down orally from priest to priest, priestess to priestess, druid to druid, etc. The Great Rite is the coupling of a high priest and high priestess, whether physically or symbolically, to ensure the ground is fertile to give nourishment to and accept the seeds planted to bring about a bountiful harvest.

The total eclipse is the celestial coupling and marriage of the Sun God to the Moon Goddess. As these eclipses only happen during a new Moon which is a time for rebirth, renewal and starting new things in your life after ridding yourself of negative things in your life during the waning and Dark Moon. Use this time for new beginnings in your life whether they be forgiving someone from an old grudge (which frees you from the negativity of that grudge as well) to kicking a bad habit, to do some deep soul searching for negative things you are holding onto not just from this lifetime but pasts one as well, to trying to get a job or spending more time with your loved ones and less time at work or well any number of things. This is a journey of renewal that you take alone with your spirit guides unless you ask some type of spiritual counselor to help guide you through this journey. So you have the symbolical marriage of all the gods and goddesses along with their consummation of the marriage when the Moon completely covers the Sun, and the Moon phases that promote new growth, you have a lot of potent energy at your disposal to get rid of the old and bring in the new.

So during the eclipse you have the symbolical marriage of all the gods and goddesses along with the consummation of their marriage when the Moon completely covers the Sun, and the Moon phases that promote new growth, you have a lot of potent energy at your disposal to get rid of the old and bring in the new.

Another thing that makes the eclipse special is it falls at the time when Leo, whose planet is the Sun, comes roaring in with its fire. Fire is cleansing element to help rid you of the negativity you are carrying even if it is deep inside of you right down to your cellular level. Just as we leave Cancer and the twin nature of the duality of male and female we all carry inside of us. This is a time where each of us can easily look at the God and Goddess we carry inside ourselves and celebrate all aspects of our human and higher selves.

On thing I would strongly suggest you do not try to do today is astral or Otherworld traveling as the different planes of exsistence over lap and it can be hard to get back to the phyiscal plane of existence we live in. On the other hand is it a great day or eveing for divination and your guides maybe able to show you things and answer questions you may have more clearly.

May whatever you are seeking to change come about in a positive way for you.

May the Lady and Lord watch over and help you dear ones.

 

Sacred Circle, Sacred Sphere: Mapping Consciousness with Seven Directions

by Selena Fox

Honoring the directions of the Sacred Circle is a widespread spiritual practice in ancient and contemporary Nature wisdom traditions. For many practitioners, honoring the directions is an essential component of all rituals. It is a way to create and to connect with sacred space. It also is a way of communing with Nature. Furthermore, it can be a way of mapping consciousness and viewing life.

The Sacred Circle with its directions is called by some, the “Magic Circle,” and by others, the “Medicine Wheel.” Some traditions emphasize the four compass directions of the Circle. Others work with the four compass points plus a central point representing unity. Some also include two additional directions in the center, up and down, to create a Sacred Sphere as well as the Sacred Circle. Qualities, images, colors, and other symbolic associations with the directions vary from path to path, but the idea of Sacred Circle as a place of balancing, healing, and wholeness extends across traditions.

I work with seven directions in my personal spiritual practice, in doing healing and counseling0…

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: Sacred Circle