Lady Beltane is Sort of Back

Well found out to get my laptop fixed would cost almost as much as buying a new one. So while I save enough to buy my new laptop I will be using my tablet, that was cheaper to fix, to do posts. Only problem with this is I do not get all the same information I get with a computer for some of the daily posts. For example I do not get the current Moon phase details but as always there will be a link to click on to get this information. All posts will always have a link back to the website I get the information from if you want to use it to find out more details about the post or finish reading an article. Hopefully, I should have the money saved for my new laptop by Samhain/Beltane.

I have had an Acer and HP brands laptops. I really liked my Acer but as I am not very knowledgeable on computer hardware I am going to ask the tech savvy of you to recommend a laptop in the low $400.00 USD range. Please add an explanation that a kindergartener can understand. Thank you for helping me to find the best user friendly computer for my needs. I need it to be able to play DVD and CD, not be over 4 pounds/1814 grams, have a 14 to 15 inch/35.56 to 38.1 cm screen, built in webcam/microphone/speakers, latest Windows running format. Please do no recommend any Apple or that type of running format. While this “old gray mare” is willing to learn something new every day, I do not have the ambition to learn a totally different way a computers basics are set up. Hades, I never even turned a computer on until I was about 34 and had to take as college course as a requirement. The last 27 years I still don’t know much more, luckily the Lord and Lady blessed me with my youngest son who knows has way in and out of hardware and software. (side note for a chuckle picture around 1995– How many parents have the FBI knocking on there door because someone from that address hacked into the FBI mainframe? Well I did because my youngest had did that. Thank they gods and Goddesses all they want was my son to show them how he got in and possibly help in the begging. He was just 11 years old at this time.) If anyone in the US has a laptop in very good condition and works with Windows 10 as its start up program and is willing to sell it to me please send a picture and information about it, like how much RAM it has and how old the computer is etc to me at ladybeltane@aol.com . Thank you!

So starting tomorrow I will strive to giving hthe best I can do posting via my tablet. I as you to please bear with fewer, short posts for the next few months. Who knows may I’ll get a new laptop.

From my herat to yours thank you for your support! Namaste dear brothers and sisters.

Full Moon Esbat Gathering on July 16th.

This month we are going to try a musical/sharing circle instead of someone leading us in the types of Esbat rituals we have been doing in the past. After the circle is opened please let us know if you would enjoy doing some more a little out of the witch’s standard rituals for our Esbat gatherings. We would like to do more Esbat gatherings where everyone attending can participate, unless it is for an initiation.  So, to bring you the types or rituals and/or circles you want to learn more about we have to hear back from you to know what you want.  Yes, I am the Priestess, and we have one active Priestess, and also Adepts that write and lead rituals but this coven and the type of things you want to know more about the variety of things you can do in a circle is a very important part of your novice, adept, and priestess lessons. So, please let your fingers do the talk in the comments or if you feel more comfortable send your ideas via email to covenlifescoven@gmail.com. As long as a ritual you would like to see done does not involve any type of dark magick I or Priestess Hypatia will be happy to help you write and lead the ritual. It does not matter what course you are taking novice, adept, or priestess you can either comment below or send an email about a topic for a sacred circle. The only exception to leading a ritual is you have to have already done the novices lesson on “What is an Esbat and actually write and performing an Esbat ritual” for your novice course lessons. If you have not gotten that far in your studies yet you can still submit a topic for an Esbat circle.

Playing a specific song with or without lyrics and/or using a drum, maracas or any type percussion instrument that has a steady, rhythmical sound to it can help you to go from being in the mundane, hectic everyday world into place of peace, quiet, reflection, and center you for magickal workings or even bring more power to the magick and/or spell you are doing.

An inexpensive way to make a drum and reuse what would otherwise be thrown away (they cannot be recycled because of the wax coating they have on them) use an empty cylinder-shaped oatmeal box by putting the lid on it and hit it rhythmically. To decorate it if you want to here is one idea on how to do it: take some copy paper or whatever kind of solid color paper you have and glue it to cover the writing on the oatmeal container. Let it sit out in the open for about 24 hours to make sure the glue is completely dry. Then decorate your drum to reflect you and your magickal/spiritual journey you are on. For the one or two sticks you can use to drum with these too can be decorated. People usually use some runes craved into the sticks and/or you can attach a string with bead and/or real bird feathers on one end of them.

Don’t have to time to create your drum than you could by one or just use a plastic bowl and wooden spoon to hit it with. Or just hit to sticks together or clap your hands to the beat of the music.

WHEN:

TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2019

Socializing starts at 6:00 PM CDT

CIRCLE IS CAST AT 7:00 PM CDT

Please do not enter the chat after 7:00 PM CDT. Thank you!

WHERE: 

Coven Life’s Chatroom

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Something to use as a drum or percussion instrument

and/or enough room to dance around if you feel you want to

Sing along it doesn’t matter what your voice sounds like if you feel like sing with the song…go for it

A device that can play the “Grandmother” song found on youtube.com

Grandmother

A beverage for yourself and as an offering to the esoteric Grandmother

A small snack for yourself and as an offering to the esoteric Grandmother

RITUAL:

 

 

LADY BELTANE: I walk this circle three times three in the direction the sunrises with the Maiden and Lad , Mother and Father and the Crone and Sage along be side of me. I ask Luna to put us in a dome. I ask Earth to come up to meet Luna so we reside in a bubble that is out of time and in between worlds.

EVERYONE: Please introduce yourself (first or Pagan name only) and tell us what state or country you are from

When everyone has their drum in hand and the video ready to play. Type in “ME” please.

LADY BELTANE will count down from 5 to 1. When she gets to 1 turn on the music and start getting the beat of your drum in time with the music and dance and sign or whatever you feel the Lord and Lady are leading you. Let your mind just wander wherever it wants to go. You may receive messages from your Spirit Guides and/or ancestors. If you do listen closely to what they say. This is also a type of meditation. When the song has ended, we will take a minute for those who went into a trance like state to fully come back.

LADY BELTANE: I will call on you one at a time to share the experience you had as you drummed and listen to the song.

EACH PERSON: Each when called upon to share will have between 2 to 3 minutes to share their experience in this circle. Lady Beltane ask that no one asks to be passed by when called upon to share. Every single persons experience is important and we may learn something new from you experience that we didn’t.

LADY BELTANE: I walk this circle three times three in the direction the sunsets with the Maiden and Lad , Mother and Father and the Crone and Sage along be side of me. Triple Goddess and God thank you for helping to protect us and joining our celebration this evening. I ask Luna to take the dome away above our heads. We thank you Luna for helping to protect us and joining our celebration  I ask Earth lower yourself so we reside in a bubble that is out of time and in between worlds. Earth thank you for your help in protecting us and joining our celebration. I have brought us back into the physical plane with reside in.

Our circle is open but never broken. I send each of you blessings of love, joy, harmony, and peace.

Time to visit drink your beverage and eat your snack. Remember to save a sip or to of your beverage and a bite or two of your snack to take outside to give an offering of thanks to the goddesses and gods that were with us this evening/morning

Full Moon Gathering- Instigating Change

 

WHEN:

17th June 2019

Socialization starts at 6:00 PM CT

Circle cast at 7:00 PM CT

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

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chat Room

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

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

Orange candle– to represent change

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

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

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

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

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

COLOURS AND THE ZODIAC

The theme is- Instigating Change:

 

The Witches’ Alchemy is powerful indeed.

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

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

 

Your Sacred Space:

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

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

Decorate your altar with sprigs of Rosemary for extra protection.

 

The Ritual Explained:

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

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

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

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

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

 

NOW LET THE RITUAL BEGIN

Casting the circle:

         To the Guardians of the East:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

         To the Guardians of the South:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

         To the Guardians of the West:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

         To the Guardians of the North:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

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

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

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

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

We come together in perfect love and perfect trust.

 

Greeting:

Hypatia – Merry meet brothers and sisters and honored guests.

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

 

CEREMONY

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

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

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

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

Please type done when finished……

 

Put the candles in place to light them

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

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

Please type done when finished……

 

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

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

Please type done when finished……

 

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

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

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

I welcome change

I welcome the incoming good!

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

Please type done when finished……

Allow the candles to burn all the way down.

 

Dismiss the circle:

         To the Guardians of the East:

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

 

         To the Guardians of the South:

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

 

         To the Guardians of the West:

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

 

         To the Guardians of the North:

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

 

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

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

Merry part until we merry meet again.

 

 

 

 

I Need and Want Honest Feedback From All Who Read This

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

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

 

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

Witches of The Craft and Coven Life Now Under 1 Owner

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

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

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

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

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

A Way to Honor Your Mother and/or Father

I really do not know if every country sets aside one day a year to honor a person’s mother and/or father.

A tip to have candles burn longer and drop less– Out the candles in your freezer. Leave them in there until the morning of the day or night you will use it. Always let candle come to room temperature especially if they are in a glass container. I can tell you first hand if you light the candle, especially any size pillar or one in a glass container, they will explode. I had a few blisters on my face and eyelids from a regular, non-empowered ritual, candle exploding and the wax was very difficult to get out of my couch and rug. Please keep in mind safety first When using any size or shape candle for any reason.

Even though mine crossed the veil almost 4 years ago I still honor her daily not just in a day gift card companies, flower and sweet shops say we should. My mom’s favorite colors were green and blue and as I sometimes make poured candles I make twelve 1 1/2 inch in diameter and about 4 to 5 inch tall candles in layers of different shades of blue and green usually on her birthday in December. Then I use one candle per month. On the first of each month I take the used candle out of the glass I had from a long burning candle. I have a plastic resealable bag I use for these pieces, I’ll explain later what I do with them. Before I put the new candle in I carve a memory of something my mom and I did together or something she had said to me or whatever I feel should go on it. I use different alphabets and/or drawings to do this. I then give the candle 3 small spritzes of her favorite scent while saying, “Blood to blood mom I honor you, Blood to blood mom I miss you, Blood to blood mom I love you. ” I say this every day when I might the candle and I spend a few minutes in a type of meditation thinking about what I write on the candle for that month which usually brings back other memories. When I’m done with my meditation, which usually 10 to 15 minutes I know out the candle for the day.

My dad’s favorite colors were a certain shade of blue worn by his favorite baseball team and a bright red wine by his favorite hockey team. I make his candles on his birthday in March the same way I make my mom’s I follow the same exact ritual for him as I do daily for my.mom. The only differences is I spritz the candle with his favorite after shave and substitute “dad” for “mom” in the short chant.

If you do not make candles go to a hobby store or most any kind of department store and buy the two candles that calls to you. If you would rather make it buy candles that will last longer than one month that’s fine. If doing this still spritz every month while using the appropriate chant or chants for mother and/or father. Thank use a different piece of paper every month that is small enough not to hang out of the edges of whatever is holding the candle. Use the present months candle to burn the paper from last month.

Any questions please ask before attempting to do this ritual.

A Good Youtube Channel

This is my dearest spirit sisters’ youtube link. She has some good information but the latest video with her familiar, Pumpkin, will give you a good laugh. Victoria, is trying to boost her subscribers and watchers. So I ask for her if upu have some free time, even a couple of minutes enjoy the knowledge and laughs. In order for you watching her bodros you need to watch them all the way to the end. Make sure yo click on the thumb up icon also.

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCopeuk53MA1yZp32xlP_DQg

Victoria’s website has some pagan posts but also green living, vegeterian recipes, and much more.

My sister thanks you for you watching and helping her.

Week 19 – Goddess Knowledge – Venus

Venus is the Roman goddess of grace and love, called Aphrodite by the Greeks. She ever from an early Italian nature goddess, a bringer of spring blooms and vines, a goddess of growth and a beauty of nature. The goddess of desire, Venus was the irresistible personification of both physical and spiritual love. She gave her name to the second planet of dawn and dusk, as did her sister goddess, Inanna (Surmeria) and IsBear (Babylonia).

The story of Venus’s birth tells how she arosed, naked, from the sea, the source of all life (primarily creation) and a symbol of both the collective unconscious and eternity. It is a wonderful image for the emergence of a young woman into her full femininity. Venus is a striking affirmation of the Love of beauty and the pleasure of the senses. Risen from the sea, she is a guide through both the stormy and calm waters of it physical desires and emotions.

For more information about Venus please use this link: https://www.bing.com/search?q=roman+goddess+venus&FORM=HDRSC1

For more information on the Greek goddess Aphrodite please use this link: https://www.bing.com/search?q=greek+goddess+Aphrodite&qs=n&form=QBRE&sp=-1&pq=greek+goddess+&sc=8-14&sk=&cvid=9BD2AD87E86F4F83A36DFB41ED11BA4A

To see images of the Roman goddess Venus please use this link: https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=roman+goddess+venus&qs=n&form=QBIR&sp=-1&pq=roman+goddess+venus&sc=8-19&sk=&cvid=C948CCC75BDF47DF88D2A202EE7D293B

To see images of Aphrodite please use this link: https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=greek+goddess+Aphrodite&FORM=HDRSC2