WOTC and CL Websites and Coven’s Combined Logo

cropped-tree-of-life-with-hearts.jpg

I know it is a little fuzzy but it was made to use as part of a letter head, places that ask for our logo online, etc.

I picked the Tree of Life because to me not only does it represent As Above, So Below but also how 2 separate websites are coming together as one through the Heart’s Spirit Coven. All who read and/or follow Witches of The Craft and Coven Life whether you practice as a Solitary or in a face to face pagan group, are a student with Coven Life, etc you are welcome to join me and the rest of Heart’s Spirit Coven for Open Chats, Esbat and Sabbat celebration gatherings. We do not follow a pure Wiccan path but a path of many different traditions so we are a eclectic coven of Solitary Witches and students who come together for gatherings and to chat.

As you can see WOTC is in yellow for Sun light, Coven Life is in blue for Life Giving water, both of which nourish learning and work together to form Heart’s Spirit Coven and Coven Life’s Witchcraft School. Please let me know over the next week whether or not you like this as a logo or not. If not, please give me you suggestions on what you think a good logo would look like combining the 2 websites and coven

A Little Information on Seasonal Affective Disorder

DISCLAIMER – THIS ARTICLE IS NOT IN ANY WAY TO TAKE THE PLACE OF OR CHANGE WHATEVER YOUR MEDICAL PRACTITIONER HAS SUGGESTED OR FOR YOU TO QUIT TAKING ANY MEDICATION(S) YOU MAY BE ON FOR DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, PTSD. LADY BELTANE, WITCHES OF THE CRAFT AND/OR COVEN LIFE STAFF AND NOT LIABLE FOR ANY DECISION YOU MAKE ON THE TOPICS IN THIS POST. WE ARE NOT LIABLE IF YOU QUIT TAKING YOUR PRESCRIBED MEDICATION TO USE ONLY CRYSTALS AND/OR HERBS TO TREAT YOUR CONDITION. IT WAS WRITTEN ONLY TO SHINE SOME LIGHT ON SAD.

images (2)

SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder covers many seasons and things including depression, anxiety, and more PTSD to name a few. I myself have clinical depression, an anxiety disorder, and PTSD (from being raped 3 different times and my mother trying to suffocate me right before she tried to take her own life in 1971 after my father’s passing a year before). Many of us with different phobias and/or emotional problems are told, “Buck up and move on” or, “My favorite you can’t be disabled I can’t see anything wrong with you.” Just because we can walk unaided, see with out help, hear again without help, but it is what we try to cover over so we don’t have to hear unkind comments many of us just never leave our homes.

download

You can help a friend or even a stranger by being an ear to listen to them and not judging them for what they need to say. You could find out about a home bound person possibly through a local church or even online. You could arrange to bring lunch or dinner once a week staying to eat with them so they have some kind of human contact. Usually when you get paired with someone you receive their phone number not their address this so you can make a connection via talking and work up to having a meal with them find out what they miss by not being able to leave home, i.e. sweets, reading material, word search or crossword puzzle books, etc.

images

Do not judge a person you know because the seem really down or stressed to the max instead ask them, “Is there anything I can do to help you? I’m hear to listen anytime you need to talk.” If someone you know seems very depressed or stressed you may want to suggest they see their doctor to talk about how they are feeling.” Also offer to drive them if you can so they know someone cares enough to honestly want to help them not out of duty or you feel you have to, do because you want to help and you care about the person.

images (1)

I am here for you I will listen if you need or want to talk to someone just email me WitchesCovenHearts@yahoo.com and we will set up a time and how we will connect.

DISCLAIMER – THIS ARTICLE IS NOT IN ANY WAY TO TAKE THE PLACE OF OR CHANGE WHATEVER YOUR MEDICAL PRACTITIONER HAS SUGGESTED OR FOR YOU TO QUIT TAKING ANY MEDICATION(S) YOU MAY BE ON FOR DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, PTSD. LADY BELTANE, WITCHES OF THE CRAFT AND/OR COVEN LIFE STAFF AND NOT LIABLE FOR ANY DECISION YOU MAKE ON THE TOPICS IN THIS POST. WE ARE NOT LIABLE IF YOU QUIT TAKING YOUR PRESCRIBED MEDICATION TO USE ONLY CRYSTALS AND/OR HERBS TO TREAT YOUR CONDITION. IT WAS WRITTEN ONLY TO SHINE SOME LIGHT ON SAD.

 

New Office Hours and Email Address for Lady Beltane, Open Chat, Esbat and Sabbat Changes

Lady Beltane’s new email address is WitchesCovenHearts@yahoo.com

No new students are being accepted into the Coven Life’s Witchcraft School until Wednesday, January 7, 2020. We are accepting requests to have the updated Student Handbook and Application to be emailed to anyone interested starting Tuesday, January 6th. Please put Potential Student in email subject line. Email your request to covenlifescoven@gmail.com We ask the you submit your application with a $10.00 USD fee. If accepted the $10.00 will go towards your novice course fee. If you are not accept you will get your money back.

Since I work 7 days a week and usually 5 to 7 hours almost every day, not including extra hours for Heart’s Spirit Online Coven gatherings, Open Chats and beginning of the month website maintenance and posts, extra weekly posts which has led to me being overly stressed causing other medical problems. I am no longer putting my health at risk and taking a chance of not seen my grandchildren grow up. So I am setting “Office” Hours for when I will be available for one on one talks, help with lessons, answering emails, doing regular posts, etc because it is that I either cut back on hours of availability and take a full day off every week or close down the school, coven, and both websites. Which I think many of you know all that I went through to keep Lady Abyss’ legacy and WOTC going so I really do not want to close any of it down.

These Hours Go Into Effect Wednesday, January 1, 2020 Emails can be sent anytime and will be answered during the following hours. These hours do not necessarily reflect the time I put in doing research and/or posting to both websites.

Sunday 10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM CT

Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CT

Saturday unless there is an open chat or gathering I will not be available at all. It is time for me to set aside special time for my family.

Then only exception to get in touch with me outside of my “Office” hours is an emergency of some kind. All my electronic devices are shut of every night between 7 and 8 PM CT. So it might not be until the next day that I get back to you.

The Open Chats will be at a new time starting at 1:00 PM CT ending at 3:00 PM CT on the 2nd Sunday of every month only, remember if you are a student you are required to attend except if you or a family member has an emergency.

Except for January the Open Chat will be on Sunday, January 19, 2020

Esbat gatherings time and day are also changing they will be held on the Sunday closest to the new or full Moon date starting with a social hour at 1:00 PM CT. The circle will be cast at 2:00 PM CT.

I ask you all to please respect my cutting back on the hours I spend doing website, school, coven, and 1 on 1 time with people so I can get myself distressed allowing my other medical conditions to get under control again also. Thank you in advance for your understanding, consideration of my requests, and as always your support.

What you desire is coming fast! Angel Tarot Advice for the week of 9 Dec 2019

Hey ya’ll, welcome to Monday!

Here is your Angel & Tarot advice for the week of 9 Dec. 2019. It’s a good one, so be sure to stay to the end so you can navigate your week on the positive side of the street!

Hey ya’ll, welcome to Monday!

Here is your Angel & Tarot advice for the week of 9 Dec. 2019. It’s a good one, so be sure to stay to the end so you can navigate your week on the positive side of the street!

If you would like a personalized tarot card or Angel card reading, contact me to set up an appointment at the following email address:

igo4more@web.de

Please use the link to go to my blog called, “The Silver Sage Blog,” on NewFound-Life.com. You can follow my blog by clicking the follow button. 🙂

I wish you a successful and happy week, full of love and kindness,

The Silver Sage Witch

Santeria

Luna Llena

When I began to explore Wicca, I wondered how Santeria, saint worship, would fit into what I was learning about the Craft. Seeking clarification for this dilemma, I consulted an online Wicca blog. I wanted discussion, instead I received admonition, and warning that traditions should not be mixed because the Gods and Goddesses would not like it. I listened and considered, but continued to seek feedback because I knew I was on the track of something powerful. Then I found a diagram in Higginbotham (2012), placing Santeria under the umbrella of paganism, which also included Wicca, Druidism, and eclectic traditions. I was delighted. Here was inclusion of different traditions and perhaps there was room for a looser more accepting interpretation of paganism! Reading Cunningham (1996), he seemed to imply one could blend traditions but the protocol for Wicca rituals needed to be respected. Things were now starting to fall into place. As I continued to read, study, explore and learn, my solitary practice evolved to intertwine the tradition of Santeria with those of the Craft.  

My experience with Santeria

Growing up in a NYC working class neighborhood of Catholics and mixed ethnicities I was surrounded by saint statues and candles in the homes of friends and neighbors, Puertoriqueños, Dominicanos, Cubanos, Italians, Irish. My friends were first and second generation Americans, the grandmothers and some of the parents still spoke their ethnic language and played their old- country music. It was an interesting way to grow up. At that time Catholicism was all I knew, seeing it practiced in various ways.

My parents, from Mexico were not outwardly religious. My paternal grandmother however, maintained what I interpreted as an ancestral altar, with offerings of flowers, candles, candy bars, glasses of water, sometimes food, given to the santos, saints, like Santa Clara, and to my grandmother’s deceased sister, Celia. Some of my mother’s Puertoriqueña and Cubana friends also kept elaborate altars that included fruit, sometimes cigars, shot glasses of rum, and statues of Catholic saints and African Orishas, deities. I was fascinated by these altars.  

Sometimes, during a walk through the more wooded areas of Central Park, I would see remnants of what appeared as ritual animal sacrifices and offerings. And, while I experienced simultaneous fear and attraction to what I was seeing, until I began to read about Santeria, I was not sure what I was observing.

The trappings of Santeria were not uncommon when I was growing up. There were a number of botanicas, herbal shops, in my neighborhood; an essential part of Santeria rituals is the use of herbs, roots, flowers and plants. Santos and Deities, both Catholic and African were displayed in the shop windows, along with collares/elekes, necklaces. The inside of some botanicas had a strong energy felt from the moment one stepped inside. One thing that always attracted me though, were the statues of African Deities, dressed for battle or emerging from the water with dolphins swimming about. My favorite, was la sirena, the mermaid, later I learned that she was Yemaya, Goddess of the oceans, and my special Goddess as I am a Pisces.

During my high school years, I traveled around the city, learning more about Santeria, the Orishas, the use of the elements in healing rituals, different types of magick, and the role of the Santero, the shaman, to whom I could go should I need a problem resolved.

Many years later in San Francisco, as I browsed in a bookshop, I came across a book on Santeria, written in Spanish by Migene Gonzalez-Wippler (1973). It was meant to be on that shelf for me, and for years I would read it many times, practicing what I had learned.  I had become a solo Santeria adherent with no formal training. Just Migene’s book and continued research. My altar grew with Catholic saints and African Gods. Little did I know that I was now on the pagan path.

So what is Santeria?

The Orishas venerated in Santeria are of West African and Congo basin origin, specifically from the Yoruba culture of southwestern Nigeria. Yoruba speaking slaves were brought to the isles of the Caribbean in the 16th century by the Spanish to work the plantations. Slaves were forced to convert to Christianity and their beliefs in Yoruba Deities were forbidden by the Spanish. But as conquered people will do to ensure cultural survival, the slaves superimposed the Catholic Saints on their Yoruba Deities, and in this way continued to honor for example, Shango under the guise of Santa Barbara, Saint Barbara.

Santeria, is an Afro-Caribbean religious cult, a blend of African religion and Christianity, a tradition handed down verbally from generation to generation. Santeria developed through  descendants of Yoruba African slaves, and today the cult has adherents throughout the Americans, in particular the Caribbean. One could say that because of the number of slaves brought to Cuba, a former colony of Spain, and the high numbers of Afro-Cubans on the island, Santeria is more prevalent than Catholicism, remaining the primary religion of mestizos –  products of intermarriage between the colonizers, Africans, and the indigenous who remained on the island — and black working class Cubans (Clark, 2007).   Santeria is also very much alive in areas in the U.S. with large populations of Puertoriqueños and Cubanos, in for example, New York City, and Miami.

Santeria is part of the pagan world, and anyone observing or practicing Santeria rituals can see the overlap with other pagan traditions — honoring of pre-Christian Deities, the use of the elements in its rituals, and solitary practice with each person discovering  his or her personal Orisha.  So, my persistence paid off, I have added Orishas to the pantheon of Saints, Gods and Goddesses that are very much part of my daily life, worship, and protection. I am also fortunate in being part of a Coven that accepts diversity, without admonishment.

References

Clark, M.A. (2007). Santeria: Correcting the myths and uncovering the realities of a growing religion. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Cunningham, S. (1996). Wicca: A guide for the solitary practitioner. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn.

Gonzalez-Wippler, M. (1973). Santeria: Magia Africana en Latinoamerica. Bronx, NY: Original Publications

Higginbotham, J. & R. (2012). Paganism: An introduction to earth centered religions.  Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn.

Luna Llena is a writer and eclectic solitary practitioner residing in New Mexico.

What Do I Need to Have and Do to Be a Witch – series continues Part 1

How Long Does a Spell Take to Work?

Let me start by reminding you the Universe, Gods, and Goddesses do not wear watches, look at clocks, or use calendars as we do. Where we may think of time in different ways for different things in this lifetime starting with a year being 365 days for 3 years in a row and than the 4th year has 366 days. Or to break it down smaller those day are broke down into 12 months 11 of them always have either 30 or 31 days and the 12th month consist of 28 dayys for 3 years in a row and every 4th year it gets 1 extra day. The 12 months break down in 52 weeks most consistening of 7 days. 7 days breaks down for a total of 168 hrs or 24 hours per day every day of a year. I could go futher and break it down to the number of minutes and seconds per day but I don’t feel like borung you or doing the math right now. The form of a calendar was introduced in 1584 by Pope Gergory XIII and is referred to as the Gregorian calendar.

Right about now if I were you I would be asking myself, “What does this have to do with Witchcraft and spellwork?” The answers is we are bound on this planet by time restrictions be it something that make time seem to go faster or be it something that makes it feel like time is running slower but no matter on the passing of time feels a day still only has 24 hours, each hour 60 minutes, and each minute has 60 seconds.

When we write a spell the questios I was taught to ask and teach my students to ask include When should the spell start and when should it come to furitation? Going back to my original sentence that Goddesses, Gods, and The Universe do not wear watches or look at clocks to find out what time it is, nor do thet look at at calendar to see the day or date or even what year it is.

Keeping in mind about time, the Universe, and when you want a spell to come to fruitation bring the results you want. Let me tell you from personal experience one spell I did multiple times a years for 17 years and each year I would pick a date for my spell to come to fruitation. I wrote a spell for each phase of the Moon asking for a coffee shop to open up within walking distance of my house. Here’s where we go to lack of Universal time for me it took 17 1/2 years for my spell to work but if you think of how long scientists have said our universe has been around those 17 1/2 years are probably less than a blink of an I for the God and Goddess I invoked to help my spells to have more power. But there is now a nice coffee shop about 5 blocks from my home that also has yummy baked goods they make right there.

A close friend of mine wrote different spell and rituals to bring as perfect of a fit as possible to what she wanted in a man for a long term relationship. After dating a few men that were not right at all when she really got to know them. But she kept empowering a special jar where she placed things and a list of the qualties the right man she wanted it had. Each time she tired and it wasn’t the right man she got discouraged but did not give up and about 4 years after doing a lovers spell for the 1st her dream man came into her life and they are very happy together. I need to stress this was not a special to make a specific man fall in love with her. The spell was sent out for a man to come to her of his own free will to see if they were compatible or not.

The reason for these examples is to stress you may have to wait for your spell to work and when it does it is because it is at the time in your life you really need it to come to fruition. So don’t get upset if it doesn’t happen by the date you set for it to. I have learned instead of setting a specific date I want wherever it is I did the spell for I ask the deity and/or universe to find the right time in my life for it to happen. There are exceptions to this like healing or comforting spells or a ritual for someone who died to cross the veil as these are thing we need our spells to work as quick as possible and the Goddesses and Gods can see the urgency in the spell or ritual happening right now.

I have been asked many times if a spell has to rhyme or not. This is a topic that is damaged daily by pagans especially witches. The Wicce/Wican Rede says, “To bind the spell every time, let the spell be speak in rhyme.” But their are traditions in the pagan community that follow none of the Wicce/Wiccan and even some witches that do follow the major part of the Rede,”Do what ye will, least it harm none, and” do not always rhyme spells. Personally most of my spells rhyme but longer ones usually do not. I have over the years that when my spells rhyme because it takes longer for me to write them which helps me to focus more on my intent to make sure the words I am using have the correct meaning for the out come I want.

I strongly suggest that every with who is writing spells have a regular dictionary, a thesaurus (sometimes a word you are using his no rhyming word that works for your spell so you can look it up and find others words with same meaning that rhyme with another word you want to use in your spell), and lastly a rhyme dictionary (this dictionary has been invisible to me when my brain derails from failing to come up with the word I want to use.)

I teach my students as I was taught to have any spell we write to be able to answer all 6 of these questions:

Who is the spell for?

Why does the person including yourself want it done?

What is the spell for?

When is the best for the spell to be done?

When should the spell come to fruition?

How is the spell going to be done? This answer would list things like herbs, essential to oils, crystals, bags to make into a mojo bag, candles, paper, pen, altar items, etc.

The great thing about being a with is you do not have to follow my suggestions at all and do spell in a way you are comfortable with and you get results from.

Copyright Lady Beltane 2019

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.

 

Angel Advice and Tarot Advice and a Special Oracle Card Pull for the Week of Monday 7 Oct 2019

For this weeks reading:

Reading for Mon, Oct, 7, 2019

For a site with yummy recipes, Angel advice, tarot card advice, and an oracle card pull, history on more then just witchcraft I strongly suggest my dearest sister’s website ….

The Sliver Sage Witch on NewFound-Life.com

Her website is not that old but it is all chocked full of interesting information. I think she also takes suggestions for posts so she can bring you magickal, spiritual, and non Witchy things as well. I think you will like it enough to want to follower the Silver Sage Witch on a daily bases.

For NewFound-Life’s Youtube channel, which offers a new Angel And Tarot Cards Advice every Monday and than Thursday brings us The Witching Crossroads which bring us information about different paths of The Craft.

Sliver Sage Witch of NewFound-Life Website

 

Once in a while you will even see a post from me on New-FoundLife.com

The Silver Sage Witch is my go to if I do not have time, want a second opinion on a question, or just do not want to do my own Tarot Card Reading. Her reading ability is one of the best tarot card readers I have ever come across. SHe also will do spells and/or rituals by request. If you would like a Tarot Reading or a spell done, etc by Silver Sage Witch click here CharmingMagick.com

Witches Answer to Witchcraft Questions

I have books about Witchcraft some I have had for years yet only getting around to reading them now. This is one of those books. “A Witch’s Book of Answers is an outgrowth of the Open Sesame e-list hosted by Cerelia and me, along with Ororo since 1999. This book is based on actual questions asked on the list over the years — and our responses to them.” As I am reading it the Muse, Callopie, who inspires and guides me quite often on what to post on here and WOTC, helps with spell wording, new rituals for Esbats and Sabbats, or basically anything I maybe writing, coloring, painting, etc in short is advises me or inspires me anytime I need or want to be creative, whispered in my ear that she would let me know what gems I should pass along to you from A Witch’s Book of Answers.

A Witch’s Book of Answers

By Eileen Holland and Cerelia

Copyright 2003

Page 5 — “Who can be a Witch? Anyone who can find his or her way to the Goddess — and is willing to spend the necessary time reading, studying, learning, and practicing — can be a Witch. A Witch must have patience, imagination,compassion, focus, and willpower.”              by  Eileen

Page 6 —- “What type of attitude should a Witch have? To me, the most important thing that anyone can believe is, “I like myself.” You must like yourself and respect yourself in order to like and respect others. You must be able to do this first, and then take responsibility for your actions.” by Cerelia

“A big part of being a Witch is having respect for yourself. This includes never allowing anyone to mistreat you, physically or otherwise. No Witch should ever tolerate violence or abuse.

 

I recommend this book for any witch that has a question but cannot find the answer. While this book does not answer every signal question about Witchcraft, The Craft, The Old Ways or whatever label I any you choose for your path because thank the Great Mother Father we do not follow a religion rather we walk a spiritual path that for the most part we forge a head they way we feel is right to us.