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?

The Importance of Grounding Excess Energy After Doing a Spell or Ritual

During any type of magickal workings there is energy that is unused to complete it. This energy, especially if it is allowed to build up over time can cause minor or major problems usually with electronic devices. So grounding the extra energy every single time you do a spell and/or ritual whether you are doing inside or outside of a sacred circle must be grounded to Mother Earth. She should be told the energy is here to use however it will help her. You should also do this anytime you cast a circle for any reason.

To ground the excess energy raise your hands palm facing downward, as far as you can than slowly bring them down until you touch the ground of outside of the floor inside. If you cannot bring your hand all the way down bring them.as close to the ground or floor as you can and then imagine the energy being pushed down from that level into Mother Earth.

Wether you are working alone as a Solitary or in a Coven this is a very important piece of the spell.and/or ritual to especially when I’m your home.

I have a sister who had practiced for a few years grounding the extra energy only when she felt like it which was not that often. One  day many years ago we were talking about witch stuff and she was explaining  some problems she was having with the lights on her altar along with the fact her desktop computer, which was in the same room wasn’t working right at all and no scans could find anything wrong. After explaining the importance of grounding she did a major grounding of the built up excess energy over the years including grounding herself. The next day her computer and lights in the room started working right again.

When I forget to ground excess energy, we all can for her sometimes, after doing a quick spell in my den which is also the room I use as my sacred space/altar room, it builds up and starts blowing up light bulbs somewhere in my home. So try not to let this happen very often, replacing light bulbs can be expensive…lol Even after lighting and putting out an empowered I ground this excess energy. I have a healing candle that I normally light daily to help with my fibromyalgia pain, so I ground excess energy almost every day. Yes sometime I for get to do it after I put the candle out and if I have not done anything else like a spell, ritual of a circle for some reason it does not cause me a problem but if I do not ground the excess energy after lighting the candle two days it will cause some  type of electrical problem in my, as I really  refer to it, witch cave, will.happen or in the bathroom that you enter into through my witch cave.

Besides feeding your intention in to your the other very important thing is to always ground excess energy as soon as your magical work is done. If you are working in a circle ground the excess energy before opening the circle.

Copyright Lady Beltane 2019

Full Moon Esbat Gathering Sunday, January 20th

Our ritual this full Moon is a joint writing and being led by Lady Beltane and one of our Adepts Country Moon. This ritual is for a healing of mind or body or spirit, or any combination you need healing for. Please take some time before the circle is cast on Sunday to think of what you want help healing. There is no minimum and maximum number of things you can write on your piece pf paper. You should write what you feel is giving you a problem be it a physical medical problem, negative thinking that is attaching negative energy towards you, not connecting with the Goddesses, Gods or Spirit Guides, etc

WHEN:

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Social Hour 6:00 to 7:00 PM CT

Circle will be Cast at 7:01 PM CT

Please do not enter the chatroom after the circle  has been cast as this will let out the energy we have raised to help empower our ritual

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chat Room 

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

                                    I sheet of 4 inch by 4 inch/10.16 cm paper

Pen

1 Small Bowl

 

COUNTRY MOON: I call upon Telesphorus, demigod of convalescence and Epione,  goddess of the soothing of pain to protect this circle. By the power of three times three to keep us all from harm and let the only energy that we raise enter or leave our gathering.

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East, Powers of Air. I invite you to this circle and ask for your wisdom and protection.

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South, Powers of Fire. I invite you to this circle and ask for your wisdom and protection.

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the West, Powers of Water. I invite you to this circle and ask you for your wisdom and protection.

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North, Powers of Earth. I invite you to this circle and ask for your wisdom and protection.

EVERYONE: Please tell us your first or Pagan name and the country or state that you live in

We will take 2 minutes to center and ground ourselves as the power raises from Telesphorus and Epione coming into our circle

LADY BELTANE: Take your paper and write on it the things you want help healing. Type in DONE when you are through.

Hold the paper between your palms and repeat this 3 times: Telesphorus and Epione with your power please help to heal the things I have written here. I no longer want this in my life draining positive energy from me. If you cannot take it away completely please take away some of the pain and negativity so I might have a better quality of life.

When you are done type in So Mote It Be

Now rip the paper into the tiny pieces you can. Type in Done when finished.

Tomorrow morning take the bowl outside, away from your home if you can, while keeping your intention that what you wrote down for most in your mind than throw the tiny pieces of paper to the 4 winds asking them to take what you wrote on paper that in now in pieces far from and if they land that they will not cause harm to any other living thing.

EVERYONE: Stand up I’d sitting down. Start with your hands above your head palms facing downward slowly brings your hands down to the floor while saying, “I ground all extra berry in this circle giving it to Mother Earth to use to herself, her waterways, and all our fellow living things.” Type in So Mote It Be! when finished.

COUNTRY MOON: Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East, Powers of Air. I thank you for your presents and give you leave of this circle.

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South, Powers of Fire. I thank you for your presents and give you leave of this circle.

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the West, Powers of Water. I thank you for your presents and give you leave of this circle.

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North, Powers of Earth. I thank you for your presents and give you leave of this circle. 

Thank you Telesphorus and Epione for your care and guidance tonight.

This circle is now open but never broken.

 

Drawing down the Moon 

 

δραςινγ-δοςν-τηε-μοον

Drawing down the Moon (also known as drawing down the Goddess) is a central ritualin many contemporary Wiccan traditions. During the ritual, a coven’s High Priestessenters a trance and requests that the Goddessor Triple Goddess, symbolized by the Moon, enter her body and speak through her. The High Priestess may be aided by the High Priest, who invokes the spirit of the Goddess. During her trance, the Goddess speaks through the High Priestess.

The name most likely comes from a depiction of two women and the moon on an ancient Greek vase, believed to date from the second century BCE.

In classical times of ancient Greece, ancient Thessalian witches were believed to control the moon, according to the tract: “If I command the moon, it will come down; and if I wish to withhold the day, night will linger over my head; and again, if I wish to embark on the sea, I need no ship, and if I wish to fly through the air, I am free from my weight.”

To continue reading….

The Orphic hymn to Selene (Moon)

One of these songs is the Orphic Hymn to the goddess Selene, namely the Moon. The text could be also considered as a spell one could address to the Blood Moon that is going to appear in the skies tomorrow.

“Hear, Goddess queen, diffusing silver light, bull-horn’d and wand’ring thro’ the gloom of Night.

With stars surrounded, and with circuit wide Night’s torch extending, thro’ the heav’ns you ride:

Female and Male with borrow’d rays you shine, and now full-orb’d, now tending to decline.

Mother of ages, fruit-producing Moon [Mene], whose amber orb makes Night’s reflected noon:

Lover of horses, splendid, queen of Night, all-seeing pow’r bedeck’d with starry light.

Lover of vigilance, the foe of strife, in peace rejoicing, and a prudent life:

Fair lamp of Night, its ornament and friend, who giv’st to Nature’s works their destin’d end.

Queen of the stars, all-wife Diana hail! Deck’d with a graceful robe and shining veil;

Come, blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright, come moony-lamp with chaste and splendid light,

Shine on these sacred rites with prosp’rous rays, and pleas’d accept thy suppliant’s mystic praise.”

Hear, Goddess queen, diffusing silver light, bull-horn’d and wand’ring thro’ the gloom of Night.

With stars surrounded, and with circuit wide Night’s torch extending, thro’ the heav’ns you ride:

Female and Male with borrow’d rays you shine, and now full-orb’d, now tending to decline.

Mother of ages, fruit-producing Moon [Mene], whose amber orb makes Night’s reflected noon:

Lover of horses, splendid, queen of Night, all-seeing pow’r bedeck’d with starry light.

Lover of vigilance, the foe of strife, in peace rejoicing, and a prudent life:

Fair lamp of Night, its ornament and friend, who giv’st to Nature’s works their destin’d end.

Queen of the stars, all-wife Diana hail! Deck’d with a graceful robe and shining veil;

Come, blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright, come moony-lamp with chaste and splendid light,

Shine on these sacred rites with prosp’rous rays, and pleas’d accept thy suppliant’s mystic praise.

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Litha in Australia

Midsummer or Litha (21st & 22nd December)

Midsummer, also known as Litha, is the time of the year when the days are longest and the nights shortest. The colors of the season are red and gold, representing heat and ripe fruit, and fruit is eaten in thanks.

In Australia the Sturt Desert Pea is a sacred flower of this time. Litha falls in the dry stifling heat of summer in the southern part of our land, but in the north, Litha falls in the hot, wet season, and represents fruitfulness.

Due to fire restrictions in Australia throughout summer, celebrations for this Sabbat tend to be quite different from those those throughout the rest of the year. No candles can be lit, no cauldrons burned, and no open flames are allowed throughout much of the country.

This means that we seek other ways of marking the quarters. One method is to make staffs for the Quarter Priest/esses to hold and brandish as the Elements are called in. Light sources include battery-operated torches that can be covered in colored cellophane to produce different colored light applicable to the various Elements. The cauldron can be replaced with a glass bowl of water, filled with rosewater and seashells, symbolising the importance of water to Australian Witches at this time. Garlands for our hair, wreaths to carry and use in ritual, and light, casual clothing are all a part of Midsummer celebrations.

 

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Full December Moon in Nothern Hemisphere most Coomon Name is the Cold Moon

December: Cold Moon

In December, winter sets in and the Full Moon is called the Cold Moon. It is also called Long Nights Moon, and the Moon before Yule.

In ancient times, it was common to track the changing seasons by following the lunar month rather than the solar year, which the 12 months in our modern calendar are based on.

For millennia, people across Europe, as well as Native American tribes, named the months after features they associated with the Northern Hemisphere seasons, and many of these names are very similar or identical.

To read the rest of this informative article please click on this link: December Full Moon Names

Southern Hemisphere 2019 Moon Phases and Spiecal Moon Phases for Aurora, Illinois, USA

I tried to find out what the numbering on the right is for but no luck. If someone knows what it is for please post the information in the comment section. They will appear in the Moon phases in both hemispheres. Also by click on the blue colored words, it will take you to that specific information. All this Information comes from Date and Time Website You can also use this site to find out the time of the full or special Moon where live or very close to  it.

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

Lunation New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Third Quarter Duration
1188 Jan 6 12:28 pm Jan 14 5:45 pm Jan 21 4:16 pm Jan 28 8:10 am 29d 19h 35m
1189 Feb 5 8:03 am Feb 13 9:26 am Feb 20 2:53 am Feb 26 10:27 pm 29d 19h 00m
1190 Mar 7 3:03 am Mar 14 9:27 pm Mar 21 12:42 pm Mar 28 3:09 pm 29d 16h 47m
1191 Apr 5 7:50 pm Apr 13 5:05 am Apr 19 9:12 pm Apr 27 8:18 am 29d 13h 55m
1192 May 5 8:45 am May 12 11:12 am May 19 7:11 am May 27 2:33 am 29d 11h 16m
1193 Jun 3 8:01 pm Jun 10 3:59 pm Jun 17 6:30 pm Jun 25 7:46 pm 29d 9h 14m
1194 Jul 3 5:16 am Jul 9 8:54 pm Jul 17 7:38 am Jul 25 11:18 am 29d 7h 56m
1195 Aug 1 1:11 pm Aug 8 3:30 am Aug 15 10:29 pm Aug 24 12:56 am 29d 7h 25m
1196 Aug 30 8:37 pm Sep 6 1:10 pm Sep 14 2:32 pm Sep 22 12:40 pm 29d 7h 49m
1197 Sep 29 4:26 am Oct 6 3:47 am Oct 14 8:07 am Oct 21 11:39 pm 29d 9h 12m
1198 Oct 28 2:38 pm Nov 4 9:23 pm Nov 13 12:34 am Nov 20 8:10 am 29d 11h 27m
1199 Nov 27 2:05 am Dec 4 5:58 pm Dec 12 4:12 pm Dec 19 3:57 pm 29d 14h 08m
1200 Dec 26 4:13 pm 29d 16h 29m
* All times are local time for Melbourne. Time is adjusted for DST when applicable. They take into account refraction. Dates are based on the Gregorian calendar.

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