Coven Gathering Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM CT

April Coven Life’ Coven Gathering
This month we will be empowering candles for personal use on your altar or when meditating. So if you make your own candles for magical use please have them ready. We also will be initating to new adepts as full members of our coven.

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
7:00 PM CT
We will have a 15 minute socialize time
Sacred Circle starts PROMPTLY at 7:15 PM CT

WHERE:
Coven Life’s Chatroom
See banner on left-hand side for information on how to get in to the chatroom and for a link to do a time conversions to your local time..

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1 EACH – Yellow, Red, Blue, Green, White Candles – any size candle is fine – these will be used to represent the elements including Aether/Spirit
1 – 12 Inch White Candle or color you want to represent yourself
1 Candle Holder for each elemental candle

Candle Holder for Personal Candle – this should be a special one that means something to you – many witches leave their candle in it until it burns completely down, take out the stub and bury it. They also never use this particular candle holder for any candle but their personal one.
Lighter or matches

Atheme or Cleansed/Ceremonial Knife – to inscribe your magical working name (if you have not chosen one inscribe your first name only) into your personal candle. You can use an alphabet you want to be it the regular one, runes of any kind or even a different language such as Greek.

Open table or desktop to set your elemental candles out in the shape of a small Instagram surrounding what will be your personal candle but can still see your computer monitor.

2-minute meditation to start at 7:15 PM CT to center yourself for the ritual.

EVERYONE– Before I open the circle I ask each of you to type in the words “I enter this circle in perfect love and perfect trust in the Universal energies with us tonight.”

LADY BELTANE – I call upon Posiden ruler of the Oceans, I call upon Gaia mother of us all, I call upon Zeus the ruler of the sky, I call upon Ra the ruler of Sun, I call upon Aether, I call upon Arma and Luna God and Goddess of the Moon and  to walk this circle with me three times three with Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Spirit to protect all of us inside from any negativity that might try to invade our space. We now step into a place that is all places and into a time that is the past, present, and future. We humbly come before you Pan a God and  Lord of Nature, we invite you into our circle of light and love. We humbly come before you, Hecate Goddess and Guardian of Witches everywhere, we invite you into our circle of light and love.

1-2 minute quite time to wait while the power grows in our circle

(Take your candle into your non-power hand. Hold it tight enough that the Athame or knife will not cause it to turn as you engrave your name into it.)

EVERYONE – (As you engrave your name same the following spell)

Name of your personal patron God and matron Goddess

I bring forth this candle as a representation of myself and my magickal workings.

I ask that you energize it with your energies as I am energizing it with mine.

Know when I light this candle that where ever its light may hit is a sacred space

and as such, I am protected by you.

As I will it. So mote it be.

(Now each time you light your personal candle you will know the energies of the deities you called upon tonight to help energize and empower it will automatically come to you. This will happen even if you call on other Gods and/or Goddesses to assist you with something in a circle or are meditating)

EVERYONE TYPE IN – Blessed be when you are done with your candle.

LADY BELTANE – Please welcome our current and new novices also our current adepts. Please wait to say anything as a welcome until all the novices and current adepts have “spoken.”

Novices and CURRENT Adepts ONLY – Please type in your first name and either the state or country you live in.

EVERYONE – Welcome and blessed be.

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.

NARE and SANDI – Please type in – I now stand before our High Priestess and our Coven.

Nare – Do you stand before us of your own free will?

Nare – Answer.

Sandi – Do you stand before us of your own free will?

Sandi– Answer.

Nare – Do to you take a vow to keep the identities of all here presence a secret unto yourself?

Nare – Answer.

Sandi – Do to you take a vow to keep the identities of all here presence a secret unto yourself?

Sandi – Answer.

Nare – Do you vow to uphold the sanctity of our coven and keep all working within it unto yourself?

Nare – Answer.

Sandi – Do you vow to uphold the sanctity of our coven and keep all working within it unto yourself?

Sandi – Answer.

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

Nare – Answer.

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

Sandi – Answer.

Lady Beltane – Please welcome _______ and ______ into our coven and community.

EVERYONE – Please type in your welcome and/or blessing to our new adepts.

Lady Beltane – _______ and ______ 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 – We thank thee Pan Lord and God of Nature for joining us this night. Please leave to return from whence you came with our love and gratitude. We thank thee Hecate Goddess and Guardian of witches everywhere for joining us this night. Please return from whence you can with our love and gratitude.

I now bring us back to the physical plane and to our present time. I close this circle walking three times three with Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Spirit.

The circle is open but not broken. Go in peace and love brothers and sisters. Blessed be until we merry meet again.

Please visit with each other as long as you like.

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/

Crossroads Ritual

Crossroads Ritual by Stregga

Crossroads place of power– it’s a portal -a vortex and a place of energy long-held sacred by humanity.

This is the place where you’ll invoke the powerful goddess  Hecate who presides over the crossroads. Back in in ancient times people left offerings to her to ensure they had a safe passage to all who ventured to her domain.

We will leave to the crossroads at midnight this is the rite  that requires Courage and preparation – it is a rite one must not enter into it lightly..

 

I have taking this crossroads at the railroad right underneath the sign that says crossroads -it’s exhilarating and exciting and the magick is so powerful timing is everything -so let’s get you prepared:

You will need:

 

Cleansing herbs – rosemary, eucalyptus or Hyssop

Olive oil or a condition oil of your choice

Two -Tea Light candles

Clean clothes

A basin to catch your infused water if your using a shower

A container to carry your bathwater  to the crossroads

And enough time in the morning to ensure you step into the crossroads as the dawn is breaking.

 

Morning of the rite.

Rise without speaking to anyone concentrate your power within yourself you don’t want to break the spell by speaking.

bring 2 cups of water to a boil add the herbs to the water cover the pot and let it steep for approximately 10 minutes the longer it steeps the stronger it will become..

 

While the infusion is steeping, anoint    your tea light candles with olive oil or with the condition oil you’ve chosen

Remember the conditioning oil –it is oil that is made to work with a specific spiritual condition. There are several types to use -Once you have anointed your tea lights place them outside your bath or shower so that you will step between them when you exit your bath.

 

When the liquid is ready dispose of the herbs outside (returning them to earth) sprinkle them in your flower pots – if you prefer blow them to the wind with love..

 

Now carry your infused water to the bathroom.

Place your clean clothes next to your bath, so you can put them on once you’re dry.

 

Now wash yourself down -if you’ve used the tub make sure you plug it. If you’re using the shower place a basin large enough for you to stand in -in the bottom of the shower of the shower.

In the shower or bath set your container you will use to carry your bathwater to the crossroads….

Lite the tea lights -step into the shower the bath. Call into  your mind  what you seek to release -if you have prayers of release now is a good time to say them -call upon the goddess or the gods -to help you release that which no longer serves you -and as you recite  your prayers–pour  the infused water over your head allowing it to run down and over your body –feel your troubles being washed away -once you have poured the water all over yourself brush yourself downward with your hands–gather some of the bathwater into your container drain the remaining water from your bath and take the container of water with you as you step back out of the Bath walking between the two tea lights.. Allow yourself to air dry and then put on your clean clothes. Now it’s time for you to go on your little journey to the crossroads find a sign that will say crossroads -go to the railroad tracks- you will find a sign that says crossroads.  When you enter the crossroads with your bathwater stand with your back to the East -gather your intentions and power- speak your words of release and cast your bathwater over your left shoulder -do not look back over your shoulder -you’ll be tempted- but don’t do it!! Not looking over your shoulder is an act of faith -you must have faith that your prayers have been heard!! Looking back over your shoulder negates all the work you’ve done.  Now take a different route home from which you’ve come -this new route is the new route in life that you’ll be taking –there’s no need to backtrack drive home and be blessed–remember to feel the power and anytime you need to perform this powerful rite do this again -be creative and do what you need to follow the light- it’s a new year of the Samhain this is also a good time to do this ritual..

You may call on the goddess Hecate and she will assist you..

 

Prayer to Hecate:

 

Three faced Hecate come to me beloved mistress –graciously hear my sacred spells- image of the night, youthful one, Dawn-born light bringer to mortals who rides upon fierce eyed bulls.. Oh queen, you who drive your chariot on equal course with Helios, you dance with the triple forms of the triple Graces as you revel with the stars. You are justice and the thread of fates

Clotho Lachesis Atropos

 

Hecate, goddess of the darkest night send my troubles all to flight- burn them in thy sacred fires and replacing them with my hearts desires

 

 

At the gate of Dawn I stand –Hecate On either hand, guard me with your magic power- guide me through the crossroads hour- from the beauty of the night to the glory of the light

 

Or at the gate of dusk I stand. Hecate on either hand- guard me with your magic power guide me to the crossroads hour from the glory of the light to the beauty of the night

© 09142016 Stregga

Seems A Lot of Us Are In a Funk Right Now

As you know I have been on my spiritual path for decades and have experienced many highs and lows throughout it. I too am in a witchy low right now but have gotten help others to help me start to slowly come out of it. The two things I am finding that are helping a lot is to accept where I am and turn inward for answers as to why. The other is an affirmation given to me by High Priestess Stregga which is, “I will allow myself to be healed and to heal.” I go out with my two fur baby familiars twice a day, morning and late afternoon, facing Ra (Egyptian Sun God) I put my hands above my head and repeat the affirmation three times out loud and then take three deep breaths inhaling all the way to my root chakra as I am doing this I picture positive healing energy coming in as I exhale I ask that all the negative energy be forced out of my body through my feet into Mother Earth to be recycled into positive energy for her to use. I repeat this cycle of saying the affirmation and breathing two more times. I then open my eyes and just stand quietly until I feel the urge to move. I know part of my problem is the changing of the seasons but this shall pass.

Give this a try it might help you as it is helping me, I hope. I maybe taking Wednesday through Friday of this week off to unplug from my computer and cell phone to be able to do more meditating outside before the weather where I live turns to cold for it and just turn inwards looking for my spiritual spark that is overshadowed by other things in my life right now. I want the spark to turn back into the fantastic fire it usually is.  I also plan to do a rededication to my Craft and The Old Ways on the full Moon. If you are having a struggle with your path just now you may want to consider to doing the same.

I Have NEVER Lost my Faith Through this Rough Time on My Life’s Journey

While it is usually Christians and other mainstream religions we hear them say in rough times to “Never lose your faith” or “God will never give you more than you can handle.” This is also true for pagans except to change the wording a little to something like”Your Gods and/or Goddesses will never give you anything in your life that you can not handle without their help.”

As many of you know I have had many negative things happen in my life starting the Beginning of last August with my mom going into a coma and crossing to the Summerlands and me trying to cope with it. I also found out a dear friend of mine has breast cancer and an infection that could have possibly killed he. My oldest daughter has been diagnosed with a temporal malformation which in the right set of circumstances could kill her. Also, my husband was laid off work this past Monday. Last but not least the small restaurant I work at, business has slowed way down because of the time of year it is. so I am not working as many hours.

To be honest, with you dear ones all these things happening had put me into a deep depression but never once have I turned away from my spirit guides, gods and goddesses. I may have blocked their words of wisdom and comfort out to wallow in my own self-pity but I still believed deep within my spirit they are there to help me through this.

After reading a new book, Coloring the Soul With Hope: Poetry to help heal depression, loss and anger written and published by my dearest spirit sister I came away with a different outlook on some of what has been going on in my life. She was concerned that someone had hexed or cursed me for some reason. Through talking with her, I discovered I was cursing myself with my depression thus bring about more negative things in my life and in those of my loved ones.

Remember it is not our Gods and/or Goddesses that give up on us it is we that give up on them and thus give up hope of things getting better. So with this in mind, I am taking a spiritual/mental/physical health day. To accomplish this, I plan on napping or resting as much as I can, doing a couple of intense meditations and a ritual to help turn the negatives in my life into positives. I will ask the divine Triple Goddess and my spirit guides for guidance, Mother Earth to help re-ground and center, RA for his warmth and energy to motivate me into living this lifetime to its fullest,  Archangel Gabriel to wrap me in his wings of comfort and love and Archangel Micheal to protect me with his sword and shield while I find my way back to me. I also plan to re-dedicate myself to the Pagan path I have chosen, give all my Chakras and home a good cleansing with White Sage and Sweet Grass,  Goddesses and God I chose as patron deities and The Craft. I might not get this all done today but I will before the week is out. I feel it is important to set realistic goals for one’s self so I Will break my goals down to be accomplished throughout this week.

The book that has inspired me to get off the pity pot can br found to buy by clicking on this link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BC58OA4?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o00_

Awaken the Magick! Spell -Book of Shadows & Dedication to The Craft

To help you awaken your inner magick you can cast this easy spell.

Start by gathering together the following items:

  • an empty notebook (you will call this your Magickal Diary)
  • and a blue pen

Then, on the day or evening of the moon (Monday) take a bath or shower first to help cleanse and purify your aura and after you get dressed in some clean comfortable clothes, find a quiet place in your home where you can be undisturbed for at least half an hour and place the notebook and pen onto a table or a flat surface and sit down nearby.

Close your eyes for a few moments while you take deep relaxing breaths and imagine that you feel and see a white light surrounding you and filling you with a feeling of peace and happiness.

Next, open your eyes and then open the first page of the notebook and with your pen draw the shape of a square or rectangle on the page and look into the square while you imagine that this is a doorway and it is opening up and you are stepping through the door.

The door to the magic within you is always open, if you are open to yourself and the magic of the world around you...

Let yourself relax and feel happy and uplifted as you imagine that your mind is stepping through that doorway into a sunny garden that is full of your favorite plants and flowers, (you may even see some fairies and unicorns there too) and let yourself stay in that enchanted place and have fun imagining for a while as you say these words,

“To the left and right of me, Above and below me, I awaken the spirit of nature and magick within me.”

When you feel you are ready, let your mind come back through the door and close the notebook and say

“I am a wonderful child of the Universe, and so will it be.”

When you finished your spell, you can write the words, My Magickal Diary, or whatever words you like on the front cover and keep this book as your enchanted workbook for spells and wishes.

FROM: http://www.whitemagic.com.au/fairymagic/freemagicspells.html

Mackgial Tools

Many witches get by without any tools, others have many. It is all personal choice when you practice as a Solitary Witch. In a Coven, some tools might be required for you to have

The tools you use for magickal use are blessed and put aside just for using when you are doing something in The Craft and/or The Old Ways. They are not to be used as daily objects such as a glass for water, or a salt shaker, or knife you would set on the dinner table during a meal or a candle holder for display, etc. The items are listed in what I feel is order of importance.

The following are suggestions you may want to get to help you in spellwork and/or rituals:

1 container for Water – which you would put water in for your altar

1 container for Earth – which you would put dirt or regular salt in for your altar

1 candle holder for Fire

1 incense burner for Air

Wand- made of wood, crystal, metal, stone whatever you feel the most comfortable using. If you use wood you will want to find a tree that “calls” to you and ask it for a branch. Make sure you cut the branch cleanly when taking it. It should be about the length from the crook of your elbow to the tip of your middle finger on your pwoer hand (the hand you write with)

If you use wood you will want to find a tree that “calls” to you and ask it for a branch. Make sure you cut the branch cleanly when taking it. It should be about the length from the crook of your elbow to the tip of your middle finger on your power hand (the hand you write with). Again some people like a shorter wand while others may want a longer one. Make sure you have brought something to give the tree to thank it for the gift of your wand.

1 Candle holder for your Personal candle

Pentagram for the middle of your altar

Measure of You Cord – The length and how it is made varies widely according to who you read or talk to. Cleanse the cord before you start making your measure of you cord. This cord is made during your dedication to The Craft and/or a Goddess and/or God ceremony. I teach the cord should start about 7-9 feet long depending on how tall you are. It should be made of a natural material, so not nylon, such as silk or cotton (if you are on a budget like me you can use a piece of a regular clothesline). You hold it up so one end is touching the floor and put a knot there for your feet and the cord to help ground you. You tie one knot for 6 of the 7 main Charkas. Going from bottom to top one knot at each point – even with your groin, even with your belly button, even with your diaphragm, even with your heart, even with your throat. The last knot is tied even with the top of your head or crown Charka to connect you with the Universe. On mine I took small pieces of ribbon the color that corresponds to the Chakra it was tied for. So again starting bottom to top at groin would be a red ribbon, Orange next, then yellow, then green, blue, indigo, and purple at the crown Chakra. Some people also measure their arm and leg lengths. However, you choose to make yours cut off about an inch away from the top knot whatever cord is left over and discard. This cord is then tied around your waist during any gatherings, rituals or ceremonies you may attend. When not being worn should be kept in a small bag made to hold it. This is the most personal of all your magickal tools no one else should ever handle it.

Atheme-ceremonial knife – some people have this sharpened others do not. I have a sharpened Atheme that I also use as my ceremonial knife. To me and other people they are one in the same. To others, they are two separate tools. This is again a personal preference.

Ceremonial Knife – for cutting herbs, pine needles, etc for potions and as need to burn on charcoal burner (see below)

Cauldron – if you get a cast iron one and have a good heatproof pad to set it on you can use it to burn the charcoal briquettes in

Heat proof container for burning special charcoal briquettes – These are not the same as you would use in a grill, these can be deadly if used indoors. The ones here are made to burn inside to put loose herbs, incenses, or essential oil on.

Sword – Length is a personal choice.

A Cape worn only for rituals and ceremonies.

You are also going to want to get at some point in time some herbs, essential oils, loose, stick or cones incenses, different types of crystals and stones, a variety of colored candles. The list could be endless, but all you really need is the first – eight items to begin with to set up your altar properly. Do not just go out and buy the first thing that catches your eye until you have held the object and feel a connection to it. Buy items as you can comfortably afford them do not put yourself in debt to get your tools. In the beginning take a rarely used bowl or glass for Water and Earth, use a candle holder you already have, everyday item you can bless and use for your magickal workings. For the first two years I used an old paring knife from my kitchen as my Atheme because I had small children and couldn’t afford anything else,

Full Wicce Rede

Being known as the counsel of the Wise Ones:

Bide the Wiccan laws ye must- in perfect love an’ perfect trust.

Live an’let live- fairly take an’fairly give.

To bind the spell every time, let the spell be spirly give.

Cast the Circle thrice about to keep the evil sake in rhyme.

Soft of eye an’ light of touch – speak little, listen much.

Deosil go by the waxing Moon – sing an’ dance the Wiccan rune.

Widdershins go when the Moon doth wane, an’ the Werewolf howls by the dread Wolfsbane,

When the Lady’s Moon is new, kiss the hand to her times two.

When the Moon rides at her peak then your heart’s desire seek.

Heed the Northwind”d might gale – lock the door and drop the sail.

When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss thee on the mouth.

When winds blows from the East, except the new and set the feast.

When the West wind blows o’er the thee, departed spirits restless be.

Nine woods in the Cauldron go – burn them quick an’ burn them slow.

Elder be the LAdy’s tree – burn it not or cursed ye”ll be.

When the Wheel begins to turn – let the Beltane fires burn.

When the Wheel has turned a Yule, light a Log an’ let Pan rule.

Heed ye flower, bush an’ tree – by the Lady blessed be.

Where rippling waters go – cast a stone an’ truth ye’ll know.

When ye have need, hearken not to other’s greed.

With the fool no season spend, or be counted as a friend.

Merry meet an’ Merry part- bright the cheeks an’ warm the heart.

Mind the Threefold law ye should – three times bad and three times good.

When misfortune is enow, wear the blue star on thy brow.

True in love ever be unless thy lover’s false to thee.

Eight words the Wicce Rede fulfill-

an’ harm it none, do what ye will.

These are the guidelines of our Craft and faith that most Witches that walk in the Light follow. Some of the spelling may seem off to today’s standards, but they are old English.

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