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Setting Up Your Litha Altar

It’s Litha, and that means the sun is at its highest point in the sky. Midsummer is the time when we can celebrate the growing of crops, and take heart in knowing that the seeds we planted in the spring are now in full bloom. It’s a time of celebrating the sun, and spending as much time as you can outdoors. Try to set up your Midsummer altar outside if at all possible. If you can’t, that’s okay — but try to find a spot near a window where the sun will shine in and brighten your altar setup with its rays.

To continue reading…..

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.

Special Moon Events in 2019

Articles About Moon Phases

Printable PDF calendar of moon phases

Samhain/Beltane Sabbat Gathering – Read Article for all the Information You Need

The rituals this evening were written by Lady Beltane and Priestess Hypatia. Lady Beltane will be leading the one for the Northern Hemisphere and Priestess Hypatia will be leading the one for the Southern Hemisphere. We ask that no matter which hemisphere you live in on Mother Earth that you attend for the entire ritual from the time the circle is cast until it is closed.

WHEN:

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2018

SOCIAL HOUR IS FROM 6:00 TO 7:00 PM CT (We are still on Daylight Savings time in the USA)

Use To Covert to Your Local Time

The Sacred Circle will be cast at 7:00 PM CT (Again please use the link to convert to your local time.)

Please remember not to enter the chat room after the circle has been cast because that will break the protection the circle,

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chatroom

 NORTHERN HEMISPHERE: WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  Our ritual this evening is for honoring 1 ancestor because of how long the coven’s ritual is incorporating both halves of Mother Earth. You can do this ritual alone any time of day on Samhain using 1 birthday cake size candle for each ancestor you would like to visit with or just invite into your home for a specific amount of time. Usually, the amount of time is however long the candle is burning for ancestors you want to feel or see or hear from again. For ancestors, you wish to stay around longer use a larger candle. The spell we chant during the ritual asks for a specific name if you are going to be inviting in a few or a lot of ancestors you only name to put their names in the spell the last time you chant it as you say the person’s name light a candle for them. I use a pie pan with about 3/4-inch of sand or dirt (that I have put into a ziplock type bad and crushed with either my rolling pin or a meat tenderizing mallet until it is fine like sand is. Either will hold the candle(s) upright and help even out the heat when the candles have burned down even with the sand or dirt. Make sure to put whatever you use to hold more than one or two birthday cake candles on some type of trivet or hot pan holder so the item holding the candles does not directly touch the surface wherever you have them burning.

1 Birthday Cake Candle (The straight about 2-inch long kind, color does not matter)

                                                Heatproof container with sand or dirt in it that you can hold (You will be putting the birthday cake candle in this)

                                                2 Black 4 inch candles or 2 4 white candles turn upside down or colored black with a magic marker

2 Candle Holders for 4 inch candles

Lighter or Matches

A Place to do the ritual where you can SAFELY set the 4-inch candles on the floor at least 4 feet apart or more so you can safely walk through them.

Something to sit on either on the floor or a chair if getting up off the floor is difficult for you

A medium to a large container of water or a fire extinguisher close enough to grab if a candle falls over (We always want everyone to keep safety in mind when using things that are burning – candle, incenses, paper, etc.)

 

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: You will need:

 

This is a wonderful time to help bring your dreams, aspirations and hopes to manifestation. This will be done by putting together a charm box that will be planted in the garden or wherever you feel drawn to.

·         A small – medium shallow box- you choose the size. Remember the bigger the box the more you will be filling it. Try and keep it reasonable by using the Goldilocks hypotheses- not too big, and not too small, just right. Some even use shoe boxes. If you don’t have a garden you may want to make a mini wish pot to keep in your garden. The idea is the same.

·         Seeds- some suggestions could be sunflower, poppy etc……

·         Rose petals

·         Fresh earth- soil in a container.

·         NOTE: please place some rose petals and seeds aside to sprinkle on top of box before you plant it.

·         Paper

·         Coloured markers or pens, crayons etc….. Anything that you could draw and write with.

·         Your symbol that represents your wish. Please see Suggested symbols for your wish box below.

·         Draw on the box whatever you feel will assist in manifesting your wish, it can include the Triple Moon Goddess, a heart, a pentacle, spirals representing the Goddess and Horns representing the God or whatever you feel drawn to. This is your WISH.

Suggested Symbols For Your Wish Box:

Love & Marriage – gingerbread
New Job – copper coin
Abundance – silver coin
Difficult Task – glove
Hearth & Home – thimble
Seeking the Truth – sprig of rosemary
Health, Healing, Renewed Strength – blue & green ribbon entwined

Happiness, Good Luck – cinnamon stickSeeking Knowledge – apple
To Find A Lost Item – feather
Protection – key (an old iron key is best if you have one)

Planting the wish Box:

·         Give the earth a water the night before or wait for a couple of days if rain is due.

·         Dig a hole 2 inches deep and place your Beltane Wish Box

·         Carefully concentrate in your wish and visualize it coming to fruition.

·         Imagine your wish growing with flowers and reaching the sky as you covert with earth.

·         As you plant the box please say: “Dream that lies within the earth awaken now. Hope that sleeps awaken now. The stars await as so do I. Grow true, grow strong, toward the sky.”

CIRCLE CASTING

LADY BELTANE: I cast this circle around Mother Earth from north to south and east to west from above us to below us to keep us safe from anyone or thing they may try to harm us while we are doing our rituals

EVERYONE: Type in So mote it be. Also, your first name and what country or state you live in (no names of cities please)

Samhain ritual to honor an ancestor (We will be allowing 5 to 6 minutes for this part of our circle this evening. Try to set up your candles and where you will be sitting ahead of us starting the ritual so you will have more time to visit with your blood ancestor)

EVERYONE: Set your two 4-inch candles safely on the floor wide enough apart so you can walk through them without knocking them over. (I suggest at least 4 feet apart or more). You will be walking north to south so place whatever you will be sitting on to the south of the 4-inch candles at least 3 feet away from them or further so they are not accidentally knocked over when you get up the seated position.

Light to 4-inch candles. Deep 3 very deep cleansing breath and letting each out slowly calming your mind and spirit  Now walk through the space between the 4-inch candles imagine you are crossing through the veil between our physical plane and the spiritual plane. Bring the birthday cake candle in its holder with you. Sit down comfortably and then light the birthday candle while chanting this spell three times:

Blood to blood (NAME OF PERSON YOU WANT TO VISIT WITH) I call to thee

Blood to blood  (NAME OF PERSON YOU WANT TO VISIT WITH) I honor thee

Blood to blood  (NAME OF PERSON YOU WANT TO VISIT WITH) come to me

After you are through chanting the spell sit talking with or feeling your ancestor until your candle has burned out visiting with your ancestor.

When your birthday candle has burned down to the level of sand or dirt blow it out and type in: the First name of the person you were visiting with and Thank you for honoring me by coming please return to where you were. So mote it be.

Now stand up and walk back through the 4-inch candles from the spirit plane to our physical plane. Blow the candle out then say: I close this passage between the physical and spiritual planes.

IT IS NOW TIME THAT WE ALL CELEBRATE BELTANE WITH OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE.

Beginning the Beltane ritual with an observance:

PRIESTESS HYPATIA: Beltane is here and we welcome this time of fertility, joy, happiness, growth and manifestation. This is a time of Union of the Great God and Goddess. We greet this season of fire with passion and love with loving hearts and open arms. Let us come together to create life and honour this blessed union between the feminine and the masculine form which all life flows from.

As the Earth grows and creates life, so to we shall grow and create life.

EVERYONE: So mote it be!

Now the Instructions for the Wish Box:

·         Take the piece of paper and with the pen write down your wish. Type done when you are finished.

·         If you feel drawn to do so, decorate the box with your chosen symbols. Type done when you are finished.

·         Poke holes in the box lid to help the wish seeds to grow. Type done when you have finished.

·         Sprinkle some earth into the bottom of your box to make a shallow bed of earth. This is to scatter your seeds on. Type done when you have finished.

·         Place in the box your paper wish that you have written and your symbol for your wish.

·         Sprinkle this with more earth. Type done when you have finished.

·         Then sprinkle the seeds and the rose petals on top of the earth inside the box.

·         Cover the final layer with earth. Type done when you have finished.

·         Place the lid on the box, have it ready to plant the box when you feel it is the right time over the next couple of days. Type done when you have finished.

·         Keep the rose petal and seed mix to scatter on the box before burying it.

EVERYONE Finish of by saying:

On this scared blessed day, we thank you, Great Mother and Father, for all that you have given and will continue to give. You who make all of life anew and joyous with your sacred union. May you continue to bring magic and laughter into our lives.

Ancient ones I celebrate with you….

So mote it be!

LADY BELTANE: I close this circle from below to above us. I close this circle from west to east. I close this circle from south to north. May you go in peace, harmony, and love until we meet again the circle is closed but never broken. Blessed be dear brothers and sisters.

RITUAL TO IS OVER NOW TO CELEBRATE SAMHAIN AND BELTANE RISE YOUR GLASS HIGH AND SALUTE OUR GODS AND GODDESSES. Please stay to visit, ask questions, or just hang out for as long as you would like to.

Mabon/Ostara Coven Gathering

Side note: There will be no chat on Saturday, September 22, 2018, because of the Sabbat Celebrations on Friday and then the Esbat on Monday, September 24th, 2018. If anyone wants to use the chatroom to visit with other coven members go right ahead. The chatroom was set up partly for Esbat and Sabbat gatherings and partly for any coven member to use to talk to other members or close friends. All we ask is you do not use to do rituals in without a Coven Life Coven Elder present.m Thank you!

WHEN:

Friday, September 21, 2018

Socializing starts at 6:00 PM CT

Sacred Circle will be cast at 7:00 PM CT

Please do not enter the chatroom after 7:00 as this will cause the circle to be broken

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chatroom

Before we celebrate the Autumn Equinox – Mabon in the Northern Hemisphere and the Spring Equinox – Ostara in the Southern Hemisphere we will be doing a special spell/blessings for two of Lady Beltane’s grandsons. The reason for this is their full custody has been given to their father who is a negative person is his wife. Lady Beltane’s daughter has been their spiritual teacher since infancy raising them not only in the Christian beliefs but more in the Lakota Native American tradition. The boys are in need of more protection now that they will be living full time with their father and to let their eyes be open to the type of person he really is compared to the fake Mr. Nice guy he shows in public.

We ask that you stay for both the Mabon and Ostara rituals if you do not leave after the protection spell/blessing. Thank you

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

FOR ALL RITUALS: Lighter or Matches

Atheme or Sharp Object to Inscribe Candles with

2 candle holders

A Glass of Juice or WIne

For Protection Ritual: 1 -12 White Taper Candle

For Mabon – 1 Orange candle any size is fine

1 Apple

Sharp knife to cut the apple

FOR OSTARA: 1 Yellow candle any size is fine

1 Hard Boiled Egg in the shell or if allergic to eggs 1 Plastic Egg

1 Marker of your favorite color

PROTECTION SPELL/BLESSING, CASTING THE CIRCLE

LADY BELTANE: I call upon the triple goddess as the Crone and the Horned God to walk this circle with me three times three. To keep those in the circle safe and to not let any harm come to anyone outside our circle. We are now in a place between planes, where time has no meaning.

TAke the white taper candle and carve the names Christopher and Cory 2 (make sure to have the 2 after Cory or the protection will go to his father instead) and the word Protection.

EVERYONE: Type in the word “DONE” when you are finished inscribing the names

EVERYONE: As you light the candle you just inscribed say the following:

We call to ArchAngel Micheal to wrap Cory 2 and Christopher in a bubble of white protective light. To guard the young men with his sword and shield.

We call to the god Thor to add his power to the bubble of protection and to guard the young men with his hammer.

We call to the Mother Goddess Hekate to add her power to the bubble of protection and through her let the young men always feel and trust the love their mother has for them.

We call to the Universe to let Cory 2 and Christopher’s eye wide open to see their father and step-mother for people they really are and not the false front they put on for everyone they come into contact with.

We ask these things for Cory 2 and Christopher to keep them safe, to let them finish growing into loving, caring, and honest men.

So Mote It Be

Let the candle burn for one hour. Then light it daily to burn for one hour until it has completely burned out. Take the melted wax and place it under a bush or close to a tree. Mother Earth will take the energy in and release it into the Universe so the spell/blessing stays strong for a long time.

If anyone wishes to say anything to LAdy Beltane’s daughter please do so but keep it short. Thank you

If anyone wants to leave the circle at this time please type in LEAVING so I can open a doorway for you to pass through.

EVERYONE: PLease introduce yourself (FIRST NAME ONLY) and what state or country you live in.

MABON CELEBRATION – Northern Hemisphere

EVERYONE: Cut the apple in half horizontally. Place the 2 halves side by side. Place the orange candle in the middle at the top part of the two halves. Notice that the center of the apple looks like a pentagram.

Light the orange candle while asking Hekate to enter your home to help bless it. Next starting at the top point of the apple pentagram start by asking Spirit to enter your home and bless it. Remember to touch each point of the pentagram, in turn Next, you will ask Air to enter your home and bless it. Next comes Fire ask it to enter your home and bless it. Next, ask Water to enter your home and bless it. Finally, ask Earth to come into your home to bless it. When you are done calling in the elements wait 2 minutes thinking about your home being blessed with warmth, enough food, and warm clothes to get you through the coming colder months. Then thank the elements and Hekate for their blessing and tell them to return from where they came.

Let your candle burn all the way down if it is a small one or if it is larger let it burn for about a half an hour this evening. You can than relight it when you feel the need to.

After the circle has been opened take one half of the apple outside to share with the wildlife around your home and allow the other half to dry out and leave it out somewhere in your home to help the blessing continue.

 

OSTARA CELEBRATION – Southern Hemisphere

LIght the yellow candle and set it about 12 inches away but in front of you. Take 2 minutes to write one goal on your egg that you would like to achieve before Mabon arrives. Try to use only 1 or 2 words to write your goal in any type of alphabet you want to. Runes, Ogham and other types of “magickal alphabets or symbols can be found by either searching on Coven Life website or doing a search on the internet. Type in “DONE” when you are through. Now carefully holding the yellow candle allow wax from it to drip on to the egg, turn the egg so the wax gets all over it while asking Ostara to help you reach your goal. Take 2 minutes to do this step. Type in the word “DONE” when you are through.

After the circle is opened take the egg outside and bury it while asking Mother Earth to help your goal to grow and be harvested on Mabon. Then work towards your goal daily until you reach it. Let the candle burn all the way down and bury the melted wax with the egg so it keeps feeding the egg energy.

EVERYONE NORTH and SOUTH: Lift your glass of juice/wine in a toast to all the gods, goddesses, the Archangel, and elements that helped us with all or rituals this evening. Repeat Lady Beltane’s toast. Remember to save a little to pour on the ground as an offering to the gods and goddesses that helped us tonight.

LADY BELTANE TOAST: We raise our glasses in to honor Hekate, Thor, The Horned God, Ostara, The Crone, Moter Earth, Spirit, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth for their power and help with protecting Lady Beltane’s grandsons, blessing our homes or helping us reach our goal.

EVERYONE: Type in “So mote it be” when you are done saying the toast.

LADY BELTANE: I bring us back to the Earthly plane and real time. I open this circle three times three. Go in love and peace dear brothers and sisters. Blessed be until we merry meet again

 

 

Litha/Yule Coven Gathering Thursday, June 21, 2018

I am sorry for getting this posted to close to the Sabbat gathering. This Sabbat is written and lead by our Adept Maia.

WHEN::

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Socialization starts st 6:45 PM CT

Circle cast st 7:15 PM CT

Please DO NOT enter chat room once circle is cast.

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chat Room

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Red candle for the Sun God
Green candle for Mother Earth
Small yellow square cloth
Red string
Herbs:
Basil
Sage
Lavender
Rosemary
(Either pieces or crushed)
Matches

RITUAL:

Let us begin:

 In the Northern hemisphere it is the longest day of the year. We celebrate Litha. The sun has risen as high as it can and seems to be at a standstill and then begins to fade more each day.
We gather here to honour the Gods and Goddesses who have united to bring fertility. We are grateful for the abundance of life and light. We are blessed with the riches of Mother Earth.
In the Southern Hemisphere it is the shortest day of the year. We celebrate Yule. It is the dark half of the year. The nights have been long and the earth has been waiting to be reborn. Each new day will bring more light and the earth will once again be warm. We welcome the longer days and the rebirth of the Sun God Ra. We are blessed with the promise of the riches of Mother Earth.
I will now call the Watchtowers.

I call the Watchtower of the East to protect those inside and outside our circle today.

I call upon the Watchtower of the South to protect those inside and outside our circle today.

I call upon the Watchtower of the West to protect those inside and outside our circle today.

I call upon the Watchtower of the North to protect those inside and outside our circle today.

Please open your quarters and please hear our call.

I call upon Spirit to guide us in peace and love.

I ask the Goddess Bridid to walk this circle three times three to lend us her power and energy as we gather here today. I ask the Sun God Ra to honour us with his presence and blessings.

Merry greet Brothers and Sisters of the craft. Please type in your name and the country you are in.

Please light the red and green candles.

Northern H

Gods and Goddesses we thank you for the abundance that you have blessed us with. Seeds are sown and we await the harvest that will come in the months to follow. We are grateful for your blessings.

Southern H

Gods and Goddesses we give thanks for the awakening of Mother Earth. As the sun climbs higher each day we are grateful for the return of light and warmth. We are grateful for your blessings.

Northern and Southern

Lay the square piece of cloth flat. Place each type of herb one at a time on the cloth. As you do say:

Basil for good fortune

Sage for wisdom

Lavender for calmness and peace

Rosemary for remembrance

Close your eyes and think about your goals for the future. See yourself accomplishing them. Feel the energy and power of the sun.

When you are finished type So Be It!

Gather the four corners of the cloth together and tie the string around them to make a pouch.

Example:

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You may use it as decoration in your home, carry it with you, or leave it on your alter.

We thank the Gods and Goddesses for hearing our call.

I dismiss the Watchtower of the East with thanks for their energy and protection here today.

I dismiss the Watchtower of the South with thanks for their energy and protection here today.

I dismiss the Watchtower of the West with thanks for their energy and protection here today.

I dismiss the Watchtower of the North with thanks for their energy and protection here today.

I dismiss Spirit from our circle with love and thanks.

I dismiss the Goddess Brigid and the Sun God Ra with love and thanks to return from where they came from.

The circle is open, but not broken. Go in perfect love and perfect trust.

Thank you Brothers and Sisters for joining us this day. May your Litha/Yule celebration be filled with love and laughter. Until Merry we meet again.

Love and blessings,

Maia

Mabon in Australia

Mabon or Autumn Equinox (Approx. 21st-22nd March, check calendar)

Mabon falls at the Autumnal Equinox, when nights and days are of equal length, but light bends increasing towards darkness, and winter is on its way. It is a time of balance, and a time of looking forward to and preparation for the winter.

At this time food is prepared for storage, jams and pickles are made, and fruits are candied and preserved. Maple syrup is a traditional food for Mabon, as are all long-keeping plant foods, and honey, which is a natural preservative. Special foods to celebrate with include traditional Greek baklava (honey cake), and anything preserved or that involves fermentation. The colors of the season are brown and gold.

In Australia, Mabon falls close to the end of Daylight Savings time, and the change in the time that evening falls makes us very aware that winter is on its way, and that summer is well and truly over. It is at Mabon that the Cauldrons are first lit again, the last of the summer fruits are eaten in thanks, and summer ribbons and garlands are put away in preparation for the colder months.

Mabon is the second harvest, and the Goddess is mourning her fallen consort as he has been cast down, but the rebirth found in the seeds of harvest gives hope for the future, and the continuing circle of hope. Mabon is a time of gathering, of preparation. It is also a time to walk among the gum trees, smelling the resin and the eucalyptus oils in the air, and gathering oils, barks, plants and herbs to be dried for culinary, medicinal and magickal purposes.

To read the rest of this article please click on the following link: Southern Hemisphere Mabon

Autumn Equinox, Mabon: Southern Hemisphere

Midway through Autumn!
Mabon is the second of three harvest festivals.
This is the time of equal day and equal night, the balance of light and dark,

and so at this time we have the chance to invite balance into our lives

as we move deeper into the descent to winter. Add this to the energy of Autumn, and as we see in our gardens, we also have the opportunity to see and enjoy our ‘harvest’, the fruits of our labours – literally and metaphorically.

Autumn sits in the west on the wheel of the year, and represents all the same energies and qualities of dusk, sunset, and the energy of early evening, the move toward and into the darkness.

The descent is happening. We move now into the yin part of the circle in the cycle of the seasons.

To read the rest of this article please click on the following link: Southern Hemisphere Mabon