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.

 

What Do I Need To Have and Do to Be a Witch? – Introduction to Series

This is an introduction to help explain the title question. Today’s post is just going to answer frequently ask questions I have gotten over the years. Some of the other topics for this series will include but not limited to magickal tools, herbs, essential oils, crystals, precious and semi-precious gems, stones, your Book of Shadows, your altar and what you want to put on it, spells, rituals, etcetera. Most of the topics have other posts about them on Coven Life and Witches of The Craft. I also might add viedo links and/or a link for a general search on that day’s topic.

If you have questions about things in any of the post please ask them in the Comment box located below each post. This way if other people have the same question I only have to answer once.

If at anytime you want to share a picture of how you do something for that days topic please email it to LadyBeltane@aol.com subject line should have “For Sharing” please include your first name only or you pagan name and a short description about the picture. At the end of each days post the top I for tomorrow will be there. If you get pictures to me by 8:00 PM CDT for the next days topic I will include them in them post.

Any questions please ask them in the Comment section and I will reply to them by 8:00 PM CDT.

Tomorrow’s topic will be “Magickal Tool.” I look forward to learning different ways of doing things for every topic with you.

 

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.