October 1 Moon Goddess’ Current Phase

Today the Moon will be in a Full Moon phase. During a Full Moon the moon is 100% illuminated as seen from Earth and is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. The Moon will be visible throughout the night sky rising at sunset in the east and setting with the sunrise the next morning. The point at which a Full Moon occurs can be measured down to a fraction of a second. The time it takes between full moons is known as a Synodic month and is 29.530587981 days long. Keep track of all the Full Moons throughout the year on the Full Moon Calendar >

Visit the October 2020 Moon Phases Calendar to see all the daily moon phase for this month.

Today’s Full Moon Phase

The Full Moon on October 1 has an illumination of 100%. This is the percentage of the Moon illuminated by the Sun. The illumination is constantly changing and can vary up to 10% a day. On October 1 the Moon is 14.42 days old. This refers to how many days it has been since the last New Moon. It takes 29.53 days for the Moon to orbit the Earth and go through the lunar cycle of all 8 Moon phases.

From Moongiant.com 

You can use this link to go forward or backward in time for Moon phase information. If you are curious you can even find out what phase the Moon was in when you or anyone else, you know was on the date the person was born. 

No Mabon Gathering

I am sorry but we will not be hosting a Mabon gathering this year. We are still trying to figure out if we want to do another chatroom which is not very interactive or use Skype so everyone can see and hear what is being done in the ritual. Plus with Skype our social hour and monthly open chats I believe will be more fun and interesting. This way you also get to see you coven sisters and brothers. If you do not have a web cam or only want to do audio that will be up to each person. We will tell you more about how it will work before the next full Moon on October 1st in the Northern Hemisphere and October 2nd in the Southern Hemisphere. One way or another the October full Moon Esbat will happen.

Some Decisions to Be Made About Where to Hold Gatherings

Today I am having a fibromyalgia flare as well as healing from falling in my front door as opposed to walking in because Star, my familiar, cut through my legs instead of coming in beside me after her bathroom break. I broke the fall with my hands so I didn’t do a face plant onto the tile entranceway.

Thank you very much for your, support, understanding, and patience while I am doing all the posts on my tablet. A huge thanks for the prayers, candles being lit, and donation to make it possible to get a dell desktop with monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers that will be my super hacked laptop!!! The computer etc should be here September 18th to the 23rd. I’m asking my patron God, Ra, and goddesses, Luna and Gaia for it to get here tomorrow. If anyone wants to ask for my computer to be delivered tomorrow. I can post so much more when I get it.

I am still working on possibly getting a different chatroom for gatherings. Another thought is just using Skype for gatherings we can have 50 people on the conference call, a person can attend either through video or just vocally, instead of those at the gathering waiting without seeing anything as the gathering leader casts the circle, calls the watchtowers if they choose to, the ritual/ceremony attendees can work the ritual/ceremony at the same time as the leader is doing it. Heart’s Spirit Coven can be more interactive besides being virtually face to face. Another idea is using the Zoom app which I am told has better privacy for conference calls. I’ll be giving you more information about Zoom later this week after I research it. After I have researched the Zoom app I will be putting up a poll to find out what people perfer.

June’s Full Moon Esbat Gathering

WHEN:

Northern Hemisphere – Friday, June 5, 2020

Social Hour 6:00 to 6:59 PM CDT

Circle Cast 7:00 PM CDT

Southern Hemisphere – Saturday. 6 June 2020

Social Hour 9:00 to 9:59 AM AEST

Circle Cast 10:00 AM AEST

WHERE:

Heart’s Spirit Coven Chatroom

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

A device to play song on

Something to use as a drum or whatever to keep time to the music

Bare feet

Dance, My Children Dance

RITUAL/CEREMONY

Lady Beltane: I call Air into the Eastern Watchtower to come dance with us

I call Fire into the Southern Watchtower to come dance with us

I call Water into the Western Watchtower to come dance with us

I call Earth into the Northern Watchtower to come dance with us

I skip around 7/8 of this circle to keep us all safe from harm both seen and unseen. I take us to a place that is not a place into space there is no time. We invite any Goddesses and/or Gods to join us in our dance within this sacred circle.

EVERYONE: As you enter the circle pause to allow the energy to strip you of every day problems and negativity. Once you have passed through the circle portal please say hello and share with us your first (no last names) or pagan name and what country or state (no town names) you have entered the circle from

Lady Beltane: I now close the portal we passed through to complete the circle round.

The inspiration come from a post on Coven Life by Dawn of the Day A Call to Witches

Today we will be joined from near and far through dancing under the Full Moon (Southern Hemisphere the Moon has not totally left your horizon yet) and drumming on whatever we have chosen to use.

Everyone: We will all start play Dance, My Children Dance NOW

After the song has stopped for you please type in DONE

Anyone who wants to share what they felt and/or saw while dancing and drumming with the rest of us you are welcome to do so now.

Lady Beltane: We will observe a moment of slice while I send a blessing for the sacred land on Isbel Road that was a Native American Village that the spirit who reside there may find peace. I blessed Mother Earth and ask that she once again allows this land to be a scared place that the soil is not disturbed by human in any way A’Ho (Native American loose translation i blessed be)

I send blessings of good health to you and your family. Until we meet again blessed be dear Sisters, Brothers and Everyone else.

With a heart and spirit filled with love I walk this circle to open but it will never be broken as we are one in the Goddesses and/or Gods we choose to believe in. I return us to the physical on Mother Earth and time as it flows on her.

We thank the Goddesses and/or Gods that join our dance today. Please leave us if you choose to.

We thank Earth for dancing with us in the Northern Watchtower and ask you to return from whence you came.

We thank Water for dancing with us in the Western Watchtower and ask you to return from whence you came.

We thank Fire for dancing with us in the Southern Watchtower and ask that you return from whence you came.

We thank Air for dancing with us in the Eastern Watchtower and ask that you return from whence you came.

I thank you all for being in our circle today.

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 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

Full Moon Esbat Gathering on Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Esbat ritual this month was written by Adept Dawn of the Day and Novice Luna Llena. We welcome all witches and/or pagans from any tradition especially if you are a solitary practitioner and would like to meet some other brothers and sister of The Old Ways/The Craft.

WHEN:

Elder Moon (Full Moon) Esbat Gathering

Thursday December 12, 2019

Social Hour 6:00 to 6:59 PM CT

Circle Cast at 7:00 PM CT

Please do not enter the chat room after the circle has been cast. The reason being is we have students casting and leading the circle as part of their learning and this could break the circle causing it to have to be recast. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

WHERE:

Heart’s Spirit Coven Chatroom

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 small white candle – 4 inches tall
Candle Holder
Matches
Small to Medium Size Bowl of Water
Cookie or Cracker
Beverage of Your Choice
For the Northern Hemisphere Include on your Altar

1 Small Dead Twig from the ground – Symbolizing Death as we approach Yule
1 Piece of Fruit – Symbolizing Renewal as we approach what will come in the Spring

For the Southern Hemisphere Include on your altar

Some Flowers, or Fruit – Symbolize the Abundance of the Summer

Elder Moon – Esbat Ritual

Adept Dawn: We call the watch tower of the East and ask Auriel to help protect this circle and empower the work within our circle.

We call the watchtower of the South and inviting Gabriel to protect the circle and empower our work within the circle.

We call Raphael for the West and to protect the western part of the circle and empower our work within the circle

We call Michael to the watchtower of the North to protect the North part of the circle and also empower our work within the circle.

I will now draw the circle by starting in the East and point at the ground first and
walk clockwise saying I close this circle with Earth so that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle. I would then point to the ceiling and say I close this circle with Air so that no harm may come to anyone inside this circle, then I would out stretch arm at shoulder level and invoke Fire by saying I close this circle with Fire so that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle.  Finally, I would say what is above is below what is east is also west and what is north is south we are now enclosed in an orb of light and empowered to do our work within the circle.  I will then walk the circle one more time touching each of the elements starting with a Feather to represent the East and Air, a Candle to represent the South and Fire, a Bowl of  Water to represent the West and Water and then Earth in the North we welcome and thank you for helping us with this circle.

We would welcome the goddess (Isis) and the god (Odin) to the circle and thanking them for attending and helping us with our work.

Everyone: Please tell us your name and where you live –  your first name or pagan name and just the country or state only please

Novice Luna: I will ask everyone to turn to their altar with open arms. Tilt your head back, look at the sky/ceiling and say –

Elder Moon give us your light and
Guide us in this ritual
We ask for your eternal knowledge as
We light this candle to fulfill this rite
Remembering the gifts that you so freely give us
We pray
So mote it be
Novice Luna: At this time light the Elder Moon candle and take a few minutes to reflect on what you accomplished this year and the challenges you have faced, what you have discarded and what you have kept, the changes you wish to make and the future you perceive. Give thanks to the entities of the pure white light for the guidance they have given us as we honor the last full moon of the year, the Elder Moon

Everyone: Hold the water receptacle to the sky and say:

Bless this water so that it nurtures us
God Odin and Goddess Isis guide us as we journey the cycle of life
As we experience the challenges and changes we make daily
As we try to live a life harmonious with the universe that surrounds us
So Mote it Be
Adept Dawn:  We say to the god Odin thank you for working with the circle today you can go if he must or stay if you would like. We say to the goddess Isis thank you for working with the circle you may stay if you would like or go if you must.

We would dismiss the watchtowers starting with the North.  We thank Michael for coming to this circle you may go if you must or stay if you like.

Moving to the West We thank Raphael for coming and protecting this circle you may go if you must or stay if you would like,

We would then thank Gabriel for coming to the circle say you may go if you would like or stay if you want

Auriel with the words of thanks for coming to the circle say you may go if you must  or stay if you like.
I would then hold my arm out and rotating counter clockwise thank fire for protecting the circle and please return from where they came.  I would then point to the ceiling and rotate counter clockwise and thank air for helping us with the circle today and to please return from where they came and finally pointing to the ground rotate counter clockwise and then the earth for helping us with the circle today and to please return from where they came. I would then raise my arms over my head and slowly bringing them down and point to the ground with open hands toward the earth to release the rest of the energy.
The circle is now open but never broken all my brothers and sisters please go in peace and in the safety of the gods and goddesses.

Snack, drink, relax

A Full Moon Esbat Ritual

I am sorry with everything that has happened in my life so far this month that I completely forgot about the full Moon Esbat. We will be having a new Moon Esbat on Saturday, November 23rd with a party hour will start at 6:00 PM CST with the Circle being cast at 7:00 PM CST. If you are not and student and/or member of Coven Life’s Coven please leave a comment if you would like to attend as this is an invitation only Esbat event to imitate our Elders and new coven members.

Now back to our wonderful November full Moon to celebrate we are going to do another drum along with a song. All you need is one white candle any size will do, the larger it is the more times you can use it to honor the Moon Goddess name you chose make sure to inscribe the name into your white candle. Below is a link containing some of the Moon Goddess’ name. Pick the one the “calls” to you”, in other words the one name you think,”That’s it!”

id you know there are also Gods or male names used for the Moon? It has been so long since I used one of them I had forgotten that some Gods are all associated with the Moon. So as many pagan traditions use duality and balance as part of their traditions I thought it would be a good idea to include some of the God names in case anyone wants to use one or more while celebrating tonight’s Full Moon. For this you will need a separate white candle again the size is your choice, the larger it is the more times you can light it to honor the Moon you have chosen, be sure to inscribe his name into the white candle for him. Same as with the Moon Goddess you will find different names for the Moon God. Again pick the one that calls to you.

You should decide for yourself if you are more comfortable working and dancing with a Goddess, God, or both and even if you want 2 or more of each. The most important thing for you to do in any solitary ritual is to do what feels right for you.

You will need something to use as a drum or clapping your hands or however you feel you should keep with the rhythm of the song. The song I picked for this full Moon is The Earth is Our Mother (Ancient Chant)

Play the song from YouTube on whatever you want to. I suggest casting a circle before you begin listening to the music and drumming even possibly singing along with the chat. As the song is about Mother Earth you should consider grounding all the energy raised as you listen, drum, and maybe sing to Mother Earth for her to use however she needs to.

Always remember to thank whatever Goddess or God you call upon to enter your circle. Open/Close your circle. Than write about in your Book of Shadows the ritual what God or Goddess or both that you called upon, then name of the song, what you used to keep rhythm with to the song, whether you dance or sang or both and how you felt during after the ritual, how you cast you circle and open/closed it. This way you can look back at it if you want to do something like this again. I suggest you write in your Book of Shadows about any magikcal workings you do whether it is alone or a lesson for which ever level course you are on or with the coven. If you choose to share how your ritual went please write about in the comment section for the post. Thank you.