Can We Help You to Teach Your Children and/or Descendants about The Craft?

One of our Elders thought, and I agree, that we should post a survey to help us help you to teach your children about The Craft. If you do not want to put your answers in a comment below please email them to covenlifescoven@gmail.com, please include your child’s age so we can post information by age groups. This whole idea of helping you to help your children learn is in the planning stages any ideas and/or suggestions to make it how you think will help our descendants to learn are very welcomed.

1. As pagan parents, would you like to see children’s activities posted on Coven Life?
2. What age groups would you recommend activities for?
3 – 4 years old (mostly coloring pages of the different Sabbats with a small paragraph on what the Sabbat is for)
5 – 6 years old (Coloring pages of the Sabbats and Moon Phases with a small paragraph in wording they can read themselves to bring about a dialogue about what they are learning)
7-10 years old (Printable Information delving deeper into Moon phases. Brief introduction to Sabbat and Esbat rituals)
11-14 years old (Information for considering following a Pagan path building on what they would learned above)
15 – 18 years old (Introductory information on what it means to follow the Old Ways of The Craft including an introduction to Gods, Goddesses, Spellwork, Rituals. The spell work and.or rituals would be geared for the young adult to help their parent, grandparent, or care taker to prepare a spell and how to set up an altar if wanted and what preparation goes into writing and doing a ritual.)
This is a way that a child or young adult can build an understanding of the magickal and spiritual sides of witchcraft/ It will also help prepare them to become a novice in our coven or just to have the knowledge to work better with the adults that are solitary practitioner.
3. What topics would you like to see addressed?
4. What type of activities?
5. What other suggestions would you have for children’s and young adult’s activities ?
Remember you can answer the questions in the comments or email your answers to covenlifescoven@gmail.com. If you have any questions or ideas about this project please ask or share your idea. We are willing to start any child or young adult of any age so please do not think your child would have to start as a preschooler. There is no charge as you will be able to use what we post to teach your child the way you follow The Craft. We are here just to answer questions or help in anyway we can. We will be posting things for the Northern and Southern Hemispheres at the appropriate times for Sabbats.

August 16th Full Moon Esbat Gathering

Our Esbat is being led by our adept Dawn of the Day this month. Please read completely through the ritual so you will know what you need and how the ritual will flow. Thank you.  Lady Beltane

WHEN:

Thursday, August 16, 2019

Social hour 6:00 to 6:59 PM Central Time

Sacred Circle cast at 7:00 PM Central Time

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chatroom

Full moon ritual for releasing negativity

 

This months full moon ritual will be to help cleanse yourself from negativity and anger.  Everyone has been hurt physically, emotionally, mentally and this is the time to release the negativity and anger from ourselves.  Some of this negativity is caused by our very own actions, we are often our worse critics, but also from the action of others. We are doing this so we can start the healing process and bring more happiness and positivity to ourselves.

 

The full moon is when the positive energy is the strongest and we have the best chance of letting go of anger and negativity and start the healing process and start being more positive so that we can continue to grow in all aspects.

 

Please as we do this ritual place on your altars some of the things that help you the most to be in one with the gods.  These can be candles, incense, stones, bowls, flower petals, gentle colors, water, or something to remind you of the proper season.  For each of us our altars are unique so please use what you need. You will need a couple pieces of paper, a fire source and a place to burn these safely.

 

As our ritual starts please sit or stand in front of the altar.  If possible place your altar outside but as you are there do not let your shadow fall over the altar

 

This is what I will do but will not say. To start the ritual I would first move my altar to the middle of the room making sure the point of the star pointed northeast, I would then sage the altar and the room to cleans the area.  I would then place on the alter my statue of Hekate for my goddess and a piece of antler that I use to represent odin. I would then place a white candle to represent the spirit in the northeast point, moving clockwise I would then use a feather to symbolize air in the east, usually a small red candle to represent fire in the south, water in the west and salt to represent the north.

 

I would add to my altar the different things of abundance/harvest for my area that is corn and apples and a cup of apple cider and some homemade bread.  I would also add either a couple candles or pieces of cloth colors of green and gold to represent the season.

 

I would do this all in private before the ritual actually started as all witches set their altars up in a unique way, although I would suggest some grain or other materials that are in season to be harvested.

 

I will open the ritual by saying I call the watchtower of the East and I ask Auriel to help protect this circle and empower the work within my circle.

I call the watchtower of the South and I ask Gabriel to help protect this circle and empower the work within my circle.

I call the watchtower of the West and I ask Raphael to help protect this circle and empower the work within my circle.

I call the watchtower of the North and I ask Michael to help protect this circle and empower the work within my circle.

 

I will then say I travel 3 times around our circle brothers and sisters in a clockwise manner to seal our circle so we are safe to do this ritual.  I start in the east and point at the ground first and walk clockwise saying I close this circle with earth that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle. I will then point to the ceiling and say I close this circle with air so that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle,  then finally at shoulder level  I will say I close this circle with fire that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle.

 I would then say what is above is below our circle is formed may it may be opened but never broken.

I will then say i welcome the element of air by touching a feather and thank them for helping me with this circle .  Next will then welcome the element of fire by lighting a candle and thank them for helping me with this circle. I will then welcome water by touching the element and thank them for helping me with this circle and then to the north i will welcome the earth by touching that element and thank them for helping me with this circle.

I would then welcome the goddess (Hekate) and the god (Odin) to the circle and thanking them for attending and helping me with my work.

We have sealed the circle please use a couple of minutes here to calm your breathing, set up your gems light candles, and take a couple of deep breathes as you relax.  Visualize positive energy entering into your body from the ground and starting to heal you.

Please everyone type the word done and we will move to the next step.

Please get out your 2 pieces of paper on one piece please write down all the negative that you want to dispose of concentrate for several minutes and make sure you write anything and everything down that you wish to be rid of.   On the 2nd piece of paper write down all the positives. These are things that you want to continue, this is letting the universe know that you are thankful for them. The full moon in this case is acting as an agent/witness in contract with the universe.

Please type done when this is finished

Take the list of the negatives and safely light it and as it burns imagine all these things leaving your body like a toxin that has had an antidope applied, imagine as these things leaving your body, as that happens your body replaces these with positives.  As this happens repeat something like: Dear Universe, I no longer need these things the lessons have been learned and I am ready to move past these things and bring more positivity into my heart so good things will happen in the future.

When finished type done

Now take the 2nd list and carefully light this, imagine all the positives that are on this list and think about how positives will trigger more positives.  Make sure your heart is open and you are being honest and say something to the effect of with positives more positives will be spawned, my heart is open to these possibilities.  May these positives help me to be more present, to serve better, and to keep my eyes and heart open to all the positives around me

Now brothers and sisters lets take a minute or 2 just to sit relax and meditate on this knowing that positive energy will bring more positive energy and that with patience good things will come about

When you are finished please type done

 

I will then say our work is done, thank you Hekate for working with us today and with the utmost gratitude please return from where you came.  I will then say thank you Odin and with the utmost gratitude for working with us today please return from where he came. I will then say as i touch the element, I dismiss the earth and thank them for participating in the ritual.  I then will say I dismiss the element of water as I touch it and thank them for participating in our ritual. I will then say I dismiss fire as I snuff out my candle and thank you for participating in our ritual. I would then say I dismiss air as i touch the feather again and say thank you for participating in our ritual.

 

I will then say thank you to Michael and please return from where you came, I will then thank Raphael and please return from where you came, I will then thank Gabriel and ask them to return from where they came and finally Auriel and ask them to return from where they came.

 

 I will then rotate counterclockwise first at shoulder level thanking fire for protecting our circle.  I will then point to the ceiling and thank air for protecting our circle and finally point to the ground and thank earth for protecting our circle.  I will then hold my palms flat out to the ground and say all residual energy please release back into mother earth to help heal her.

 I will then say brothers and sisters our ritual is over please go in peace and know that our circle is open but never broken, blessed be.

COLORS AND THE ZODIAC

Esbat- June Full Moon 2019

If you are unable to access the link on the ‘Esbat Full Moon 2019’  post, I have decided to re-post it separately. Hope it helps. This also makes a wonderful reference.

FIRE

ARIES

 

 

 

Relaxation: Sand
Creativity: Crimson red
Vitality: Violet
Romance: Flame orange
Socializing: Sunshine yellow
Productivity: Terra-Cotta
Well-being/health/healing: Leaf green
LEO

 

Relaxation: Jungle green
Creativity: Sunflower yellow
Vitality: Electric tangerine
Romance: Royal purple
Socializing: Lime
Productivity: Gold
Well-being/health/healing: Mahogany
SAGITTARIUS

 

relaxation: Pale peach
Creativity: Vibrant violet
Vitality: Lime green
Romance: Neon pink
Socializing: Melon
Productivity: Turquoise blue
Well-being/health/healing: Olive green

 

EARTH

TAURUS Relaxation: Teak wood
Creativity: Emerald green
Vitality: Cinnamon
Romance: Merlot
Socializing: Gold
Productivity: Sage green
Well-being/health/healing: Cream
VIRGO Relaxation: Buttercream yellow
Creativity: Cornflower blue
Vitality: Spring green
Romance: Peony pink
Socializing: Fuchsia
Productivity: Gunmetal grey
Well-being/health/healing: Porcelain white
CAPRICORN

 

Relaxation: Mushroom
Creativity: Eggplant
Vitality: Bone
Romance: Pumpkin orange
Socializing: Bronze
Productivity: Charcoal grey
Well-being/health/healing: Forest green

 

AIR

GEMINI Relaxation: Onyx
Creativity: Shibori blue
Vitality: Pale amethyst
Romance: Vibrant violet
Socializing: Tangerine
Productivity: Coffee bean
Well-being/health/healing: Honeydew
LIBRA

 

Relaxation: Chocolate brown
Creativity: Teal
Vitality: Fire orange
Romance: Petal pink
Socializing: Merlot
Productivity: Rose gold
Well-being/health/healing: Nude
AQUARIUS Relaxation: Gunmetal gray
Creativity: Cobalt blue
Vitality: Amethyst
Romance: Neon yellow
Socializing: Mint green
Productivity: Tangerine
Well-being/health/healing: Pale pink

 

WATER

CANCER Relaxation: Silver
Creativity: Coral
Vitality: Caribbean aquamarine
Romance: Pearl white
Socializing: Tea-rose pink
Productivity: Dark teal
Well-being/health/healing: Light sky
SCORPIO Relaxation: Midnight blue
Creativity: Hot pink
Vitality: Blush
Romance: Smoke
Socializing: Ruby red
Productivity: Ebony
Well-being/health/healing: Pearl white
PISCES Relaxation: Lavender
Creativity: Silver
Vitality: Dark amethyst
Romance: Ballet-slipper pink
Socializing: Sky blue
Productivity: Steel gray
Well-being/health/healing: Sea green

 

Full Moon Gathering- Instigating Change

 

WHEN:

17th June 2019

Socialization starts at 6:00 PM CT

Circle cast at 7:00 PM CT

Please DO NOT enter chat room once circle is cast this will break the circle. Please DO NOT leave unless asked to before circle is done. Thank you.

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chat Room

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Zodiac candle– A candle representing ‘your intent in your astrological house’                            (please refer to the chart below)                                                                                   Note: if you do not have a colour representing your intent in the candle please just inscribe on the candle the symbol of your zodiac

Orange candle– to represent change

Dark or black candle– to protect against and send away ill luck

Essential oil of your choice: such as rosemary, thyme, frankincense.                             Note: if you don’t have any essential oils you can use olive oil.

Incense of your choice- to burn before, during and after the ritual. Please light this while you are preparing your sacred space to neutralize the energy.

Note: Pillar candles or smaller round candles are required in order to allow them to burn within a reasonable time. The candles need to burn all the way. If there is any wax left, please ensure you give this to the Great Mother by placing in the earth. (Natural candle wax is best for this).

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Please refer to the chart that I have compiled indicating the corresponding colours and the intent for your particular Zodiac. Please take the time to go through this useful chart. It will be of great assistance for future reference.

COLOURS AND THE ZODIAC

The theme is- Instigating Change:

 

The Witches’ Alchemy is powerful indeed.

Please use this time to master the frequency of tuning into your spiritual practice to instigate the changes necessary for your development as a magical practitioner.

During the Solstice that is coming up in the next week or so, the veil will be thin, allowing better communication between the worlds. Doing this work during this full moon will allow your frequency to better shift to the energies of the Great Mother and Father.

 

Your Sacred Space:

Take care to prepare your sacred space before the ritual, if you are unable to burn incense, please use the power of intention such as a white light showering you and your surroundings. Ensure that you have all that you need at hand. The more prepared you are, the more effective the spell. Go through the check list of things that you need above, do this just before the ritual begins.

You can look in your astrological house and decorate your space with the colours representing the intent that you would like to illuminate and instigate change.

Decorate your altar with sprigs of Rosemary for extra protection.

 

The Ritual Explained:

Tonight we will be honoring the Great Goddess of the Strawberry (June) full moon. Elementally the strawberry is linked to water and connected with Venus, Freya and Aphrodite making it appropriate for out transformation.

MONDAY is the day of the MOON- this will increase the energy of the spell work for the Full Moon Ritual.

The moon is positioned at 25 Degrees in Sagittarius. This brings a dynamic and expanding approach to our spiritual practice in our lives helping us to propel ourselves forward.

Ruled by Jupiter this energy of change and expansion is magnified, so it’s a wonderful time to make the most of it.

Stationary Neptune will become retrograde after this time magnifying the planets power. This makes it a wonderful time to concentrate on a devotion greater than yourself.

 

NOW LET THE RITUAL BEGIN

Casting the circle:

         To the Guardians of the East:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

         To the Guardians of the South:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

         To the Guardians of the West:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

         To the Guardians of the North:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

I cast this circle three times three with the assistance of the Great Mother Selene the Triple Goddess and The Sun God Apollo.

I call Upon the Guardians of spirit to protect us from above and below. As is above so is below, as is below so is above.

Allow us to see beyond the veil- to the world of effects, of causes and meaning, and of beauty and power.

Protect us Great Mother Selene and Sun God Apollo for all gathered here and those afar who are unable to be with us. Allow no negative energy to touch us, to harm us and that nothing we call upon will harm us and others.

We come together in perfect love and perfect trust.

 

Greeting:

Hypatia – Merry meet brothers and sisters and honored guests.

Everyone – Respond Merry Greet. Please tell us your first name and state or country you are from.

 

CEREMONY

Everyone– Begin to anoint the candles with the chosen essential oil. Use stroking action with both hands.

Zodiac candle– visualize the change that needs to happen. This will be instigated by your thought process. It is your intent.

Orange candle– Visualize the success for this change. Ensure speed and efficacy.

Dark, Black candle– This is to neutralize bad energy, move any obstacles, clear away any bad luck. Visualize being protected and secure at all times, moving any obstacles that will hinder your progress.

Please type done when finished……

 

Put the candles in place to light them

Light your Zodiac Candle- This represents you in your astrological house. It is the power of your intent.

Everyone- “This is me and everything that I am”!

Please type done when finished……

 

Light your Dark, Black candle- This is your protection, the clearing of any bad luck.

Everyone- This is my bad luck, may it now leave me, and may it be transforms now and henceforth. All bad luck neutralized and dissolved in the void to become nothing!

Please type done when finished……

 

Light your Orange Candle- This is the element of success, the process of transformation and transmutation.

Everyone- This represents the changes of good that are coming into my life, I welcome all success with open arms.

This is the energy that will bring all the change that I need at this time!

I welcome change

I welcome the incoming good!

Please meditate creating this powerful intent for 1 minute…..

Please type done when finished……

Allow the candles to burn all the way down.

 

Dismiss the circle:

         To the Guardians of the East:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

         To the Guardians of the South:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

         To the Guardians of the West:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

         To the Guardians of the North:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

As you leave here tonight may the Lady and Lord bless you with all that you need and want.

I bid you Blessings and great Joy Brothers and sisters of the Craft

Merry part until we merry meet again.

 

 

 

 

I Need and Want Honest Feedback From All Who Read This

As many of you know I am now the proud owner of Lady of the Abyss’ website Witches of The Craft. I put up a few questions and asked the people who follow WOTC to answer them so I could get a feel for what they want to gain from reading posts on that website. Well, I didn’t get much feedback and figure that the answers I did get back are what I would use as a base for putting posts on there. Definitely, my thinking was very wrong as a phone call from Lady Abyss last night asking if I could run 2 sites,  what I had done to her graphics, did I know we were losing followers, and dropping lower on Goggle’s sear engine plus she to me had gotten emails from readers that I was messing up the website. Lady A was not telling or asking me these things to hurt me she is my true sister would kick me in the backside when I need it and I did need it. So today I want to ask you a few questions about the content on Coven Life. I really, really need your input so Coven Life is a website that you enjoy and want to return to whether you are a student or not. Just put the question number and then your answer to it in the comments below, please.

  1. Do you want to see daily horoscopes, Moon phase, and planet positions posted on Coven Life or just a link to go to WOTC where they are posted daily?
  2. What topics do you want to see covered more? Please list as many as you want to in your answer,
  3. Are there topics we have not posted about that you would like us too? If yes what are the topics?
  4. Are the 2 Open Chats at a good day and times for you to make it to at least 1 per month if you are a student? If you are not a student but would like to hang out with us are the days and times good for you? The days and times are the 2nd Saturday of every month from 6:00 to 8:00 PM CT and the fourth Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM CT
  5. How do you think and feel about the way we post on Coven Life now?
  6. Do the Esbat and Sabbat gatherings start at a convenient time for you? Socializing starts at 6:00 PM CT with the circle being cast at 7:00 PM CT on whatever day either the new or full Moon is on and the same for the eight Sabbats.
  7. Do you think Lady Beltane should close the witchcraft school (allowing those already taking a course to finish it), and/or online coven gatherings and/or shut down the Coven Life website completely
  8. Do you think Lady Beltane is doing a good job running Coven Life or should she  turn Coven Life over to someone else who might run it better?

 

Thank you very much for taking the time to give me answers to this short survey!!

Witches of The Craft and Coven Life Now Under 1 Owner

After 18 years and being a pioneer on the world wide web with her award-winning site Witches of The Craft Lady of the Abyss is retiring.

Lady Abyss and Lady Beltane talked on the phone earlier today after hashed out the finer points of everything it was decided that Lady Beltane will be taking it over with monthly payments to Lady A so WOTC does not go to a stranger.

WOTC format will be staying basically the same but the number of posts will be going down. If you want to check what Tarot cards and Ogham are pulled for the day and some of the other things WOTC is known for just go there to find them.

Coven Life will still be having open chats, Esbat and Sabbat gatherings in the CL chatroom. The online school for witchcraft for novice through priestess/priest level studies is not going to change at all.

If you have found that either website contains information you enjoy reading and/or using please consider making a donation to help Lady Beltane cover the cost of keeping these two websites up and running smoothlas as her only income is a SSI check. In advance thank you very much for your help and being part of the WOTC/CL online family

April’s Full Moon Esbat Gathering

 CIRCLE LEADER & OTHER GATHERING INFOMATION

This month our new Priestess Maia has written the ritual and will be leading the circle. Please give her the expect and courtesy as outlined I our Circle Guideline. If this is your first time joining us Lady Beltane needs to approve your request to enter the chat room. For Esbat and Sabbat gatherings times the last time she checks for people pending to join us is 6:55 PM CT the evening/morning of the gathering. The gathering guidelines can e found on covenlife.co Homepage.

 

One of the many names this moon is known as is the April Pink Full Moon. You could decorate your altar with pink flowers or any early spring flowers. Or use your favourite incense that is floral. It should be airy, light, and bring spring to mind.

It is a time to remove clutter, to prepare for the spring ahead. As we remove the weeds and clean up after the winter months, we also need to simplify and organize our lives to start the spring fresh.

 

WHEN

Friday, April 19, 2019

Chat and visiting 6:00 to 6:59 PM CT zone

Circle cast at 7: 00 PM CT zone

Unless you are present in the Chat room and internet issues disconnect you please do not enter chat room after circle is cast. The reason for this is so the circle remains whole to contain the energy we are raising and to keep anything negative out of our circle. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Where

Here is the link for the Coven Life Chat room : http://ladybeltane.discussionchatroom.com

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Use a pink or yellow candle to represent Aradia
1 white candle
A small bowl with cleansed water
1-3 Pebbles  Each pebble that you have collected
A small plate for the pebbles – up in your life. For example – old debts, stagnant relationships, time consuming activities that you no longer are passionate about, an updated resume, etc. Anything you feel is “cluttering up” your life, or hindering you from moving forward.
A lighter or matches
A candle snuffer

RITUAL

Priestess Maia- We call upon the Watchtowers that protect the four quarters-
Watchtower of the north, please protect this circle and those inside and out and let no harm come to them.
Watchtower of the east, please protect this circle and those inside and out and let no harm come to them.
Watchtower of the south, please protect this circle and those inside and out and let no harm come to them.
Watchtower of the west, please protect this circle and those inside and out and let no harm come to them.
We call upon the Goddess Aradia to teach us the magic of her mother Diana.
Light the pink candle.
I cast this circle three times three and ask the Goddess Selene and the God Cernunnos to bless us and lend us their power and energy.
We ask Spirit to join us to guide us in peace and love.

Light the white candle
Allow the revered guests to join us and feel their presence.
Everyone: Please type in your name and city where you live.
Priestess Mais- Merry greet and thank you for joining here this night.

Choose a pebble and hold in your hands. Think of what it represents. As you roll the stone inside your hands, think about how you would like to see

change. When you are ready, drop the stone into the bowl of water and say, As the water cleanses the pebble, so too does it allow me to …..(insert your desire (eg. Wash away old debts, clear my schedule, make time for, etc).  Continue until you have used all the pebbles you collected.
Type in done when you have finished.
Priestess Maia-  I will now close the quarters.
Watchtower of the north, thank you for protecting this circle and those inside and outside.
Watchtower of the east, thank you for protecting this circle and those inside and outside.
Watchtower of the south, thank you for protecting this circle and those inside and outside.
Watchtower of the west, thank you for protecting this circle and those

inside and outside.
Please return from where you came.
Everyone: We give thanks to Goddess Aradia for her presence and her magic.
Blow out the pink candle.
Thank you Goddess Selene and God Cernunnos for lending your power and energy.
Thank you Spirit for your blessings.
Blow out the white candle.
Priestess Maia –The circle is open, but never broken.
Go in peace and love knowing you now have a fresh start.

 

 

 

March’s Coven Gathering – N.H. Ostara/ S.H. Mabon Sabbats and Full Moon Esbat

Because of the Sabbats falling so close to the full Moon this month I decided to have the rituals combined into one instead of having two gatherings within two days. -Lady Beltane

This Sabbat and Esbat ritual was written by two of Coven Life’s Coven Adepts. Their names are Country Moon and Druantia Earth-song. Druantia Earth-song will be leading the gathering. Please remember that both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres Sabbats are being celebrated and the full Moon you need to stay in the circle until all the rituals are fully done. You are welcome to do both Sabbat rituals if you want to.

WHEN:

Wednesday, March 20. 2019

Socialization 6:00 to 7:00 PM Central Time Zone

Circle Cast at 7:01 PM Central Time Zone

Please DO NOT enter the chat room after 6:59 PM Central Time so the sacred circle does not get broken and have to be recast. Thank you.

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chat Room

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

                            1  Black candle for the God.
                            1 White candle for the Goddess.
                            1 Black candle for the spell.
                            2 small pieces of paper.
                            A pen or pencil.
                            Your favorite or a Clear Quartz Crystal – have it pre-cleansed.
                            A fire-proof bowl or small cauldron.
‘                           A ceramic tile or another type of hot plate to put under the bowl or cauldron
                            Matches or lighter.
                            A good Spring of your choice or Rose or Lavender incense and incense burner for the Northern Hemisphere.
                            A good Autumn of your choice or Cedar or Pine incense and incense burner for the Southern Hemisphere.
                            Chalice with Egg nog, white wine or milk for the Northern hemisphere, plus offering plate with a hot cross bun and butter.
Chalice with Red wine or fruit juice for the Southern Hemisphere, plus offering plate with a slice fruit bread and butter.
        Pentacle platter if desired.
Altar set-up:
NORTHERN HEMISPHERE: You can decorate your altar up in Spring color’s[Blue, pink, green, yellow, white]. You might like to dye or decorate some eggs prior to the ritual and place them in a basket on your altar [or use a vase of the first Spring flowers instead]. Situate this at the top center of your altar. The White Goddess candle is situated at the top left corner, the Black God candle at the top right, the bowl or cauldron at the top center on the tile or hot plate below the vase of flowers, and the Black spell candle just in front of it[or inside it , in a small candle holder]. Place the paper, pen or pencil, crystal and matches or lighter on the right-hand side. Have your incense burner with the incense in it at the top right and your Chalice at the top left, in front of the Goddess candle. Place the offering plate and bun at the middle right and a Pentacle platter in the middle[if there is room]
Altar set-up:
SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: You can decorate your altar up in Autumn color’s[Red, orange, green, black]. You might like to scatter Autumn leaves around the altar[or use Autumn evergreen branches in a vase instead.]Situate this at the top center of your altar. The White Goddess candle is situated at the top left corner.
The Black God candle at the top right, the bowl or cauldron at the top center, on the tile or hot plate, and the Black spell candle just in front of the Cauldron [or inside of it in a small candle holder].Place the paper, pen or pencil, crystal and matches or lighter on the right-hand side. Have your incense burner and incense at the top right, in front of the God candle and your Chalice at the top left, in front of the God candle. Place the offering plate and bread at the middle right. You may choose to have a Pentacle too[if there is room]
***Please be fire safety aware. Keep any flammable items away from the candles. It might also be a good idea to open a window to release any smoke.

RITUAL

ADEPT DRUANTIA: Greetings all! Tonight or Today we are drawn together to celebrate three special times-the Full Moon Esbat and Ostara/Mabon sabbats. This is a powerful time, with the emphasis on death, birth, and rebirth[releasing, renewing and balance]. With our spells being brought forth on a Full Moon and Sabbats the two together will make them stronger.
Before we begin, let us all introduce ourselves and state where we are from.
EVERYONE: Please type your first or pagan name, state or country.

 

ADEPT DRUANTIA: We will now cast the circle and call in the Guardians of the Watchtowers

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East, Powers of Air, we humbly invite you to our circle and ask for your wisdom, guidance, and protection.
Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South, Powers of Fire, we humbly invite you to our circle and ask for your wisdom, guidance, and protection.
Guardians of the Watchtowers of the West, Powers of Water, we humbly invite you to our circle and ask for your wisdom, guidance, and protection.
Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North, Powers of Earth, we humbly invite you to our circle and ask for your wisdom, guidance, and protection.

Three times three the power is bound. As without, so within, All bad be gone znd good come in. As below  so above, A sacred place of light and love.” 

INVOCATION OF THE GODDESS:
         ” We call upon the Goddess Danu to bring growth and equilibrium to our circle. Oh great Danu, mother of both Earth and Moon, we are gathered here this night/day to celebrate your fullness. Now is your time dear Lady and I ask that you come forth and be welcome in our circle. Please be with your earthly sons and daughters as we celebrate the Ostara/Mabon sabbats, and honor you in your time of ripeness. We ask that you bless us with your presence and lend your powers to our workings. Great Danu, We invoke  you!”
EVERYONE: Please light the Goddess candle.
INVOCATION TO THE GOD:
         “We call upon the Greenman to bear witness to our rite. Oh great Cernunnos, Lord of the Wildwood and all it encompasses, We ask that you come forth and be welcome in our circle. Please be with your Earthly sons and daughters as we celebrate the Ostara/Mabon sabbats and honor the Lady in her time of ripeness. We ask that you bless us with your presence great Lord and lend your powers to our workings. Great Cernunnos, we call upon you!”
EVERYONE:  Please light the God candle
We will now begin our rituals … Beginning with the Northern Hemisphere. Southern Hemisphere, please wait until you are prompted.

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

ADEPT DRUANTIA: At this time and in this place between worlds, we are gathered here, not only in honor of the Mother but also in honor of the Goddess Ostara. Just as she heralds the end of the dark phase of the year, so too do we release the dark within. Just as she signifies the awakening of the light phase, so too do we summon new growth and renewed energy.
EVERYONE: Please take one piece of paper and write down one to three things you wish to release (eg. I release all fears, I release my addiction to smoking, I release anger, I release guilt, I release depression, etc). If you have more than one thing, space them apart so that you can tear them off as you need to burn them. Once you have written it/them down, light the black candle. Spend 2 minutes concentrating on releasing the problem[s].
Then visualize it/them being attached to your body by a black cord. Individually put each problem into a bubble of white light and see a pair of scissors cutting the cord at the base to that attachment.  See the balloon of light flying off into the distance with your problem inside until it completely disappears. Do this with each separate problem, and as each is being released, light the paper in the candle flame one at a time, if you have more than one. Once burning well, throw into the heatproof bowl or cauldron and leave it to burn completely. You will have three minutes to burn the piece or pieces of paper.
Once you are finished type in DONE.
Now pick up the other piece of paper and write down one thing you would like to embrace or manifest in your life (eg: I embrace abundance and prosperity, I  embrace full mind, body, spirit wellness, I embrace good Luck, I embrace career success, I embrace happiness etc). Once you are done, place the paper down and pick up the crystal. Hold the crystal and concentrate on your desire. See it as it has already happened. Spend 2 minutes meditating upon your desire. Then place the crystal down with the paper underneath it
Once you are finished type in DONE
Now we will do the Southern Hemisphere. Northern hemisphere please be patient.

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

ADEPT DRUANTIA: At this time and in this place between worlds, we are gathered here, not only in honor of the Greenman but also in honor of the God Mabon. Just as he heralds the end of the light phase of the year, so too do we acknowledge the need for rest and retreat. Just as he signifies the coming of the dark phase of the year, so too do we plant seeds for positive new growth.
EVERYONE: Please take up one piece of paper and write down one to three things you wish to release (eg. I release all fears, I release my addiction to smoking, I release anger, I release guilt, I release depression etc). If you have more than one thing, space them apart so that you can tear them off as you need to burn them. Once you have written it/them down, light the black candle. Spend 2 minutes concentrating on releasing the problem[s]. Visualize each individual problem being attached by a black cord. Put the problem into a bubble of white light and see a pair of scissors cutting the cord at the base of this attachment. See the balloon of light flying off into the distance, with your problem inside until it completely disappears. Do this with each separate problem and as each is being released, light the paper in the candle flame one at a time if you have more than one. Once burning well, throw into the heatproof bowl or cauldron and allow to burn completely. You have three minutes to do this.
Once you are finished, type DONE.
Now take up the other piece of paper and write down one thing you would like to embrace or manifest (eg. I embrace abundance and prosperity, I embrace full mind, body, spirit wellness, I embrace good luck, I embrace career success, I embrace happiness etc). Once you are done, place the paper down and pick up the crystal. Hold the crystal and concentrate on your desire. See it as it has already happened. Spend 2 minutes meditating on your desire.
When finished, type DONE
THE OFFERING
EVERYONE: Please place your chalice in the center of your altar or on your pentacle. Hold your hands above the chalice and allow the light within you to flow from your heart and down your arms. See it flowing out of your hands and into the chalice. See the chalice glowing with light. Then raise it up high toward the Moon and say-
Dear Goddess and God, I offer you this drink as a token of my gratitude. Honor to thee  Oh Old Ones!”.
Then take a drink of the beverage and put the chalice back on the altar in its original place.
Next, move your offering plate to the center of your altar or onto your pentacle and hold your hands above it. Allow the light within to flow forth and down into the food. Once you have filled it with light, raise it up toward the Sun[or imaginary Sun] and say-
Dear Goddess and God, I offer you this food as a token of my gratitude. Honor to thee Oh Old Ones!
Then eat a bite of the food and place the plate back on the altar in its original place. Take a minute to finish your bite and then type DONE.
We thank the Old Ones for the food and drink they provide for us daily.
DISMISSING THE GOD AND GODDESS
O  Great Cernunnos, Lord of the Wildwood and all it encompasses, we thank you for honoring us with your presence and aid. Between two worlds, was magick made. Great Lord, we bid you Hail and Farewell !”
O Great Danu Mother of both Earth and Moon, we thank you for honoring us with your presence and aid. Between two worlds was magick made. Great Lady, we bid you Hail and Farewell !”
Now please visualize the God and Goddess going their separate ways, back to from whence they came. Then spend a moment releasing any energy you have retained. You can either bend down and touch the Earth or send it off to someone that is in need of healing. Either way, feel it and see it leaving your arms and going to its destination either deep in the earth to be absorbed and transformed or off to help someone. Once it has left you, stand up again.
DISMISSING OF THE WATCHTOWERS:
Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East, Powers of Air, we thank you for your protection and presence and give you leave to depart our circle. Hail and Farewell!”
Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North, Powers of Earth, we thank you for your protection and presence and give you leave to depart our circle. Hail and Farewell !”
Guardians of the Watchtowers of the West, Powers of Water, we thank you for your protection and presence and give you leave to depart our circle. Hail and Farewell !”
Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South, Powers of Fire, we thank you for your protection and presence and give you leave to depart our circle. Hail and Farewell !”
Three times three the power is ground. As without, so within, All bad be gone and good come in. As below  so above, A sacred place of light and love.”
ADEPT DRUANTIA:-
Our circle is open, but never ever  broken. Always shall it reside within our hearts.”
***After this ritual, please take the ashes outside and toss or blow to the four winds.Allow the black spell candle to burn down , but make sure it is in a safe place or transfer it to a bath tub or sink.The crystal should be placed in a window  that gets both sun and moon and set on top of your piece of paper. Leave it there for one Full Moon cycle.Your desire should have manifested by then…

Can There Be Witches That Are Also Christians?

This is a subject that has been hotly debated since Christianity first became an accepted religion and the debate I feel that will never have a definite answer.

Some people believe they can at least partially combine Christianity and Paganism usually by still thinking of Jesus as a  god or because many Christians already worship a triple god “the father, son, holy ghost or spirit” and saints to help them with certain things so jumping to a belief in a Triple Goddess and other goddesses isn’t that big of a jump. Many never call upon other gods than those they already believe in. Mostly the Christians that combine The Craft and Christianity are just bring the feminine divine back into their lives.

I have found over the years that the two were combined very early in the ancient history of religions. For example “In a way, Gnosticism is the best example of Hellenic Syncretism” ( see links below for more information). Another example of Christianity and Paganism crossing over is with two major holidays Easter and Ostara also Christmas and Yule. The early Christians trying to convert pagans purposely put the resurrection of Jesus close to Yule the Pagans celebration of the birth of Odin/the Oak King and the coming of the Maiden or spring time of year. So by putting Jesus birth in the wrong season, the Christians could use it to say something like . “See the son of our God is born now also.”

Let me interject here that it has been scientifically proven that the man known for the last 2056 years, give or take a year or two, as Jesus Christ or Jesus of Nazareth or by other names as well was born not born in the winter. There is a debate ongoing in the scientific community over which season and what exact year he was born. (Click the link below for more information) These are not the only holidays that Christians purposely used to convert pagans almost any Sabbat on the Wheel of the Year has a Christian holy day of some sort close to it or even on the same date. (Click on the link below for more information)

I have included a link for YouTube that presents the views of people who say they are Christian WItches.

Now my personal view is how can a person believe that there is a son of God that will cleanse them of all the wrongs they have done to others and/or themselves also believe in the Wicce Rede of “Do as ye will, lest it harm none.” and if you do harm someone with words and/or actions you need to take responsibility for the wrong and apologize or whatever to make what happened a thing of this past and most importantly forgive yourself. We as pagans do not ask a god or goddess to take away our wrongdoings to be free of them we free ourselves of the wrongs we have done. How can a person practice a religion that does not believe in a heaven or hell or satan when that is part of the core of Christianity? Part of the Christian dogma is the 10 commandments of which the first one is “Thou shall have no other God before me.” So does this mean a Christian Witch is breaking one of the main rules of Christianity if they use a different god and/or goddess for a spell and/or ritual? And if they do break the commandment do they ask the son, Jesus, of their one God to forgive them for doing so? Christians are also not supposed to worship idols (which if you go into some of the different denominations of the Christian churches you could see Jesus hanging dead from a cross and other statues of saints. Are they not all ready worshiping idols when they pray to them asking for their help with interceding with God to bring about something in their life? In my personal opinion and also from trying to meld Christianity and Paganism some may be able to justify what they are doing but I could not keep denying the feminine part of the dual nature of the Devine.

I have included in this post a link to a general search on how witches are talked about in all the Christian Bibles. Not one of them is a positive statement toward witchcraft. In fact, all of the passages condemn witchcraft in one way or another. So how can a Christian not follow the book that is supposed to be a guide in how they should live their lives? How can they practice Witchcraft when it is expressly forbidden by the commandments and other passages of the book their faith has been built on?

Some Information About Gnosticism

Some Views on When Jesus was Born

Pagan Holidays Used by Christian for Easier Convergence

Different views on Christians Witches

YouTube Videos on Christian Witches

Biblical View on Witches

I have tried to give you enough information to form your own opinion on whether or not a Christian can also be a Witch that practices Witchcraft. So I would like your viewpoint on whether a person can mix Christianity with Witchcraft/Paganism?