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

Ceremonies for Saturday, September 28th Gathering

COMBINED WICCANING AND JUMPING THE BROOM TO NEW PHASE IN YOUR LIFE

WHEN:

N. H. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019

MEET AND VISIT FROM 6:00 TO 6:55 PM CDT

SACRED CIRCLE CAST AT 7:00 PM CDT

S. H. SUNDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2019

MEET AND VISIT FROM 9:00 TO 9: 55 AM AEST

SACRED CIRCLE CAST AT 10:00 AM AEST

A note for our guests: The High Priestess of Coven Life’s Coven welcomes you to our special gathering. We thank you for coming to support our coven member that invited you. We invite you to ask any question about the gathering either before or after the circle has been cast. In other words, before we begin the ceremonies until after we are done. Please join in the meet and greet before and after the ritual circle. Please do not “talk” except when asked to respond once the circle has been cast. We ask that you do not talk about what you see here this evening/morning except with the person that invited you to join us. Thank you for your consideration.

When I say come into the middle of our circle imagine that you are surrounded by everyone else in attendance standing in front of me in the center.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

If you are jumping the broom –

Either your Besom or a Regular Broom

1 4-inch candle  the color you need for your stage

Matches or Lighter

Candle Holder

EVERYONE including guests: A small glass of chalice filled with the beverage of your choice any beverage except hard liquor is allowed during any ritual and as an offering. Wine or Beer is acceptable. Whatever sweet or small snack you prefer.

White for Maiden/Young Man (If you are a virgin, just began your monthly woman’s cycle, or still feel like you are an adolescent you are in this stage of your life)

Red for Mother or Father (even if you have no 2 or 4 legged children but have your monthly woman’s cycle. For men if you can sire a child, You belong in this phase of your life)

Black for Crone or Wizard (if your children are grown and you feel that you can pass wisdom down to those younger than you and can help mentor young witches with their studies. You belong in this phase of your life)

Engrave your name on your candle. The name can be one you picked for this phase of your life or your given name.

LADY BELTANE CALLS THE WATCHTOWERS: Facing the East – I call Air into the East Tower where the Sun rises, the element that controls powers of wonder and imagination, clarity in communication to protect our sacred circle and lend us your power, understanding, and protection.

Facing the South – I call Fire into the South Tower which controls the powers of passion, determination, courage, and devotion to protect our sacred circle and lend us your power understanding and protection.

Facing the West: I call Water into the West Tower which controls the powers of love, compassion, and all feelings to protect our sacred circle and lend us your power, understanding, and protection.

Facing the North: I call Earth into the North Tower which controls fertility, all growing things, strength, and grounding to protect our sacred circle and lend us your power, understanding, and protection.

LADY BELTANE CASTS THE CIRCLE: Each time the circle is walked it is started at the East Cardinal Point and ends in 2 to 3 steps from where each circle is started –

With the Atheme pointed at the ground – I close this circle with the element of Fire that all within it may be safe,

With the Atheme between waist and shoulder level – I close this circle with the element of Water that all within it may be safe

With the Atheme between waist and shoulder level – I close this circle with the element of Water that all within it may be safe

Lady Beltane faces the North and bends down slightly – I bring up the element of Earth to close this circle that all within it may be safe

Standing facing the altar – With hands raised palms upward bring them down in an arch first North and South then East and West – I close this circle with the element of Spirit that all within it may be safe.

Turning slowly in a clockwise direction “As above, so below. As within, so without. I transport us to a place that has no time and is not a specific place. We are in another dimension within this circle.” (Sets Atheme on Altar)

LADY BELTANE: I welcome my coven and our guests to tonight’s very special gathering with open arms and in perfect love and perfect trust.

Coven: Answer with “I am first or pagan name only from State or Country Only  and I have entered this circle in perfect love and perfect trust”

Guests: if you feel comfortable in sharing your first name and what state or country you live in please type it the information and hit the enter key for it to go into the feed

JUMPING THE BROOM

No matter which life phase you are entering you will stand to the left side of your broom and jump or walk over it to stand on the right side. Light your candle immediately after jumping the broom. Set the burning candle in a safe place allowing it to burn down completely. This seals your new life phase. After this is done you are starting a new phase of your life.

Each life phase group: One at a time please state your name and the life phase.  When your turn comes you will have one additional question to answer before you jump the broom. Please type in done after your jump so the next person can do theirs.

Coven members and guests that are going to declare themselves a Maiden or Warrior please step into the middle of our circle. Maidens and Warriors if you do not feel you are ready to take this step in your life this evening then please take your place back into the circle. Lady Beltane will call you one at a time to jump the broom.

MAIDEN AND WARRIOR: Please state your name and the name you wish to go by at this stage of your life.

LADY BELTANE: You come into this circle to become a Maiden who has had her first monthly blood to declare yourself eligible for dating and marriage. You are doing this by a choice you made for yourself without influence from anyone?

ANSWER: Yes or no. Explain your answer to the coven guests, please.

LADY BELTANE: You come into this circle to become a Warrior who has gone through puberty to declare yourself eligible for dating and marriage. You are doing this by a choice you made for yourself without influence from anyone?

ANSWER: Yes or no. Explain your answer to the coven and guests, please.

 LADY BELTANE: May the journey you travel in this lifetime be filled with positive, things, beauty, and love. Maidens and Warriors please step back into the circle.

Coven Members and guests that are going to declare themselves as a Mother or Father please step forward into the middle of our circle. Maidens and Warriors if you do not feel you are ready to take this next step in your life this evening then please take your place back into the circle. Lady Beltane will call you one at a time to jump the broom

 

LADY BELTANE: You come into this circle as a Maiden or Warrior to now become a Mother or Father. You are in the prime of your life being fully ready to take on all the responsibilities that comes with working a job, nurturing a loving relationship with your significant other or are looking for that right someone to share your life with, at this time you are the most fertile to bring a new life in the world if you chose to, you have matured enough to start a career and family. And wise enough to know when to ask for help from a person with more experience than you with whatever task you are trying to do. If you do not feel you are ready to take this step in your life this evening then please take your place back into the circle. Lady Beltane will call you one at a time to jump the broom

MOTHER AND FATHER: Please state your name and the name you wish to go by at this stage of your life.

LADY BELTANE: You are doing this by a choice you made for yourself without influence from anyone?

ANSWER: Yes or no. Explain your answer to the coven guests, please.

 Lady Beltane: You are doing this by a choice you made for yourself without influence from anyone?

ANSWER: Yes or no. Explain your answer to the coven guests, please.

 LADY BELTANE: This phase of your life comes with many challenges but with common sense, perseverance, and maybe some help from a friend or one of your fellow coven members or an Elder you will make it through it. This phase of your life will probably have some very big highs – like marriage or having a baby or buying you first house or car, etc. But it also will have some very low points – The possibility of a friend dying young or middle age for no apparent reason, your children growing up and leaving home, etc. May you be blessed with attaining all the things you work so hard to get. May you teach your children the importance of helping Mother Earth, especially picking up trash that could hurt one of our fellow creatures. Most of all I give you a blessing of patience because you will need it in many different situations. Mother’s and Father’s please step back into the circle.

LADY BELTANE: Will those who are going from Mother or Father into the wiser years of their lives and are declaring themselves as a Crone or a Wizard please step into the middle of the circle. You have come to a point in your life where if you have children, they are fully grown either living on their own and may have a family of their own. With this phase of your life, you can be or coming close to being retired. It is your responsibility to teach the younger generation in your blood family your family’s history. In the coven, you should be able to be called upon to help and guide our younger witches, to step in to lead the coven when our High Priestess is not able to. It is your duty to share your years of knowledge not just face to face or through emails but through imparting it on our coven’s website. This is also the time in your life that you have the time after you retire from a regular job to go out and enjoy Mother Earth more or start doing things you could not do when you had the duties and responsibilities of the Maiden/Young Man or Mother/Father phases in this lifetime if you do not feel you are ready to take this step in your life this evening then please take your place back into the circle. Lady Beltane will call you one at a time to jump the broom.

CRONES AND WIZARDS: Please state your name and the name you wish to go by at this stage of your life.

LADY BELTANE: You are doing this by a choice you made for yourself without influence from anyone?

ANSWER: Yes or no. Explain your answer to the coven guests, please.

LADY BELTANE: Are able and willing to help the younger witches in our coven. Are you willing to sit on a council to help your high priestess make decisions for the coven?

ANSWER: Answer Yes or No Explain your answer to our coven and guests

LADY BELTANEYou are doing this by a choice you made for yourself without influence from anyone?

ANSWER: Yes or no. Explain your answer to the coven guests, please.

LADY BELTANE: Are able and willing to help the younger witches in our coven. Are you willing to sit on a council to help your high priestess make decisions for the coven?

ANSWER: Answer Yes or No Explain your answer to our coven and guests

 LADY BELTANE: I have already explained what this phase of your life can bring you so I will leave you with this one thought. “Do not think of this as the dying phase of your life think of this as the phase where you are old and wise enough to try new things, research topics you always wanted to know more about, and most of all enjoy the freedom that comes from being older and wiser than a maiden or young man or a mother or father. May the Gods and Goddesses bless you as you share your wisdom with those younger than yourselves. May you have many, many years in this phase of your life so if you have descendants you can watch and help them grow into people that take the responsibility for the things they chose to do in their lives be it good or bad. Crones, you have become elders in our coven and as such your place in our circle is now behind and to the right of the altar. Wizards you have become elders in our coven as such your place in our circle is now behind and to the left of the altar.

WICCANING

LADY BELTANE: We will now begin the Wiccaning ceremony. If it is your desire to have Lady Beltane call forth your maternal ancestors to help guide and protect you please type your name in. I will call you forward one at a time to do your Wiccaning for you.

LADY BELTANE:  I call upon _____ to come forward.

Is it your desire to have your maternal ancestors help guide and protect you as you walk your path in this lifetime?

ANSWER: Yes or No and stated the name of the maternal ancestor you wish for Lady Beltane to call into our circle to represent your maternal line back until the beginning of time

LADY BELTANE: _____ blood to blood _____ we call to thee  ______ blood to blood _____ come to me ______ blood to blood _______ we honor thee.

______ I present ______ to you to join your line for you to look after, guide and protect _____ So mote it be

The Person in Center: Type in So Mote it Be!

LADY BELTANE: You now have your maternal ancestors to call upon in times of happiness, sadness, and anything in between. To help you learn the spiritual and magickal path you are on as they probably walked a similar path when they walked in this plain. Blessed Be ______. You may go back into the circle.

To the Elder in this child’s life do you swear to love, protect, guide, and help them along their chosen spiritual and magickal path?

PARENT OR GRANDPARENT ANSWER: Yes or No

***Dawn you will stay in the circle while your adopted daughter’s Wiccaning is done. Stand next to her with an arm around her. After my blessing please give her one of your own if you would like to. Type in done when you are through.*** Anyone else having a Wiccaning for their child or grandchild please come to the center of the circle with them when I type in their name. Stand next to them with an arm around them. After my blessing please give her one of your own if you would like to. Type in done when you are through***

LADY BELTANE DISMISSES THE WATCHTOWERS: Facing the East – I release Air from the East Tower with our gratitude for lending us your power

Facing the South – I release Fire from the South Tower with our gratitude for lending us your power and protecting us.

Facing the West: I release Water from the West Tower with our gratitude for lending us your power and protecting us.

Facing the North: I release Earth from the North Tower with our gratitude for lending us your power and protecting us.

LADY BELTANE OPENS THE CIRCLE: Each time the circle is walked it is started at the West Cardinal Point 

With the Atheme pointed at the ground – I open this circle and dismiss the element of Fire with our thanks for keeping us safe

With the Atheme between waist and shoulder level – I open this circle and dismiss the element of Water with our thanks for keeping us safe

With the Atheme at head height – I open this circle and dismiss the element of AIr with our thanks for keeping us safe

Lady Beltane faces the North and bends down slightly – I dismiss the element of Earth to open this circle but not break it

Standing facing the altar – With hands raised palms downward bring them down in an arch first North and South then East and West – I dismiss the element of Spirit to open this circle but not to break it

Turning slowly in a clockwise direction “As above, so below. As within, so without. I transport us back from a place that has no time and is not a specific place. We have now returned to our physical plane.  (Sets Atheme on Altar)

EVERYONE: Raise your hand up above your head with palms facing down slowly lower your hands until they touch the floor giving Mother Earth all the extra energy raised tonight or this morning for her usage in whatever way she wants to. Then make a quarter turn and do the same thing again.

LADY BELTANE: I thank everyone for attending and making the evening more special for those that Jumped the Broom and/or had a Wiccaning done. Eat, Drink, and enjoy visiting with one another. Please remember to save your last sip and last bite to offer to the Great Mother Goddess and the Great Father God. Until we meet again may you all be blessed with positive things in your life.

Please stay as long as you like to visit with each other.

1 hour 20 minute with extras things added

Copyright 2019 Lady Beltane

No portion of these rituals can be used with out express permission from Lady Beltane.

 

 

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

Beltane/Samhain Sabbat Gathering April 30, 2019

This month’s Northern Hemisphere was written by and will be led by Lady Beltane. The Southern Hemisphere was written and will be led by Priestess Hypatia. The calling of the Watchtowers will be done by both. The circles will be cast at the same time for each hemisphere by the Elder that is leading it.

WHEN:

Tuesday, April 30, 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

Beltane or May Day – Is the Sabbat that celebrates fertility. We will be honoring Beltane/Beltain/Beltaine the May Queen, a.k.a. Queen of the Fairies, to bless our gardens of all kinds be they vegetable, flower, herb or a seed we plant within our spirit to help us grow as a person and witch. The Fea Folk take the essences of the food and drinks offered to them they do not have need of the physical item as they can recreate it from the essences when they have a use for it.

Samhain – As the third and final harvest. This Sabbat heralds the commencement of the dark winter half of the year. Traditionally the veil between the spirit and physical realm is thin. This is the time the Dark Mother (Crone) and Father (Her aged Consort) are paid due respect A candle is often placed in the window to assist the ancestors to find their way home and offerings of food left at the altar and the doorstep for the wandering spirits. With the coming of darkness, nothing is what is seems, therefore for your own protection, a concentrated circle should always be performed prior to performing any ritual.

Making your own Samhain Incense 

1 part Dittany (oregano from Crete that is thought to be highly protective)

½ part Pine

1 part Sandalwood

¼ part Patchouli

¼ part Benzoin Resin

Few drops of Pine oil

P.s- please feel free to be creative with whatever ingredients you have available.

Burn your incense on charcoal if you choose.

Burn this before, during and after the ritual if you choose.

What You Need in Northern Hemisphere:

Any type of bell – the louder the better

A Small Glass – Glass

Spoon

1 ounce Warm Milk

1 small pad Melted Butter

1 teaspoon of Honey – if you have a beekeeper close by asking them or use are honey if possible

Mix in either one or all of these spices 1/2 teaspoon dried ground ginger or 2-3 thin slices of fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg or 3 whole cloves Oh can also set these spices on the treat/offering plate separately

What You Will Need in the Southern Hemisphere

  • Black candle that represents the dying God OR a yellow candle inscribed with a solar symbol (sun)
  • Offerings of flowers, fruits and grains
  • Divination tools that can include tarot cards and runes, use others if you wish
  • Cornbread to offer to the spirit of the dead
  • Samhain incense above

 

Watchtowers

Lady Beltane: We call Earth into the watchtower of the North to help to remember to always stay grounded.

Priestess Hypatia: We call Air into the watchtower of the East to help us keep an open mind when exploring and learning about different paths of witchcraft.

Lady Beltane: We call Water into the watchtower of the West to help to put us in someone else shoes to see things from their point of few when we are angry about something they had said or done to us.

Priestess Hypatia: We call Fire to the watchtower of the South to remind us to always keep kindness burning in our mind, heart, and spirit towards others in our minds.

Casting the Sacred Circles

Lady Beltane – Nothern Hemisphere: (Each time starting in the East) I walk this circle with Beltane the May Queen/Queen of the Fairies three times. First to close it with Fire that any negative thing will be burned up before it can harm those in this circle/ Second to close it with Air to blow away anything Fire has burned. Third to close it with Water so Fire cannot make it to hot in our circle. (Standing between the circle and altar facing North) Next, I lay my hands flat on the floor then stand slowly while slowing turning clockwise bring my hands to waist level – I call on Earth to protect us from below. Lastly, I raise my arms over my head and walk clockwise while bring them down to meet Earth at waist level – I call upon Spirit to protect us from above.

Priestess Hypatia – Southern Hemisphere: Cast your circle and build up your energy of protection around you, begin to burn your Samhain  Incense Invocation of the God and Goddess by saying:

‘As the veil between the two worlds thins, I ask for your blessing Dark Mother and Dark Father,

I greet those who have gone before me, my ancestors and loved ones.

May the circle only be entered by those who wish me well.

We greet all those departed before us and who are free of all Earthly ties.”

EVERYONE: Please type in your first or pagan name and what country or state you are from. DO NOT include your towns name, please.

Beltane Ritual – Northern Hemisphere

In your small glass mix together the milk, honey, spices, and melted butter. Now while ring your bell why you say:

We invite the Fea Folk into our yards and gardens to help our, plants and trees to grow.

To the Fea Folk that only have mischief on their minds, you are not welcome on my property or in my vegetable and/or flower pots.

We honor you Queen with this offering of milk, honey, butter and spices she enjoys as a sign of good faith that we will treat her people with respect and supply them with an offering every month that we have given to you, Your Highness.

Stop ring your bell for now. When you take the offering outside for the Fairy Queen after our circle has opened then ring the bell three times three waiting about 10 seconds in between the sets of three rings. Slowly pour the mixture under the tallest tree in your yard so that the last drop comes out on the last ring of the bell (the 9th ring). Every month when you take the offering out to the Fea Folk that are helping you ring your bell in the same way as you did to signal the Queen.

Samhain RItual – Southern Hemisphere

This is the time to spend a few moments thinking of your loved ones.

Then say:

“We thank you for your presence here tonight”

Next- Light the God candle

Then say:

“This candle symbolizes the Sun Lord- its passing and quenching. Tonight it is the wheel of the year turning allowing all you dead souls to walk amongst the living. We are grateful as we pass through and into the shadow of darkness. In honor of the Gods and Goddesses, we thank you for your glorious gifts received from the summertime. As the Lord of the Sun moves from us and as the wheel turns, so it will turn again until the Sun rises from the moon.”

Wait for 2 minutes contemplating the prayer and blow out the black God candle. Do not light the God candle until Yule.

Now acknowledge the Crone aspect of the Goddess and say:

“Oh, Great Goddess of both wisdom and magick speak to us of your power and wisdom.  We thank you and acknowledge your gifts of the decreasing moon and the glorious stars. They will be used wisely. Grant us your energy and force so that our spells, rituals and divinations will be enthused. Understand great Goddess that they shall bring no harm to your creatures.”

Dismiss the spirits and ancestors by saying: “Go in peace and aid us as we look beyond the long dark days.”

Afterward: Use your divination tools to gain perspective for the coming months, hold a simple feat, close the scared circle and finally bury the offerings in the earth and leave a plate of food for the wandering spirits.

BOTH HEMISPHERES:

Dismissing the Watchtowers

Northern also Dismissing Spirit and Earth

Opening the Circles

Lady Beltane – Final Blessing – We go in peace and harmony, though the circle is open our coven shall never be broken. Blessing of good fortune my dear Brothers and Sisters

March’s Coven Gathering – N.H. Ostara/ S.H. Mabon Sabbats and Full Moon Esbat

Because of the Sabbats falling so close to the full Moon this month I decided to have the rituals combined into one instead of having two gatherings within two days. -Lady Beltane

This Sabbat and Esbat ritual was written by two of Coven Life’s Coven Adepts. Their names are Country Moon and Druantia Earth-song. Druantia Earth-song will be leading the gathering. Please remember that both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres Sabbats are being celebrated and the full Moon you need to stay in the circle until all the rituals are fully done. You are welcome to do both Sabbat rituals if you want to.

WHEN:

Wednesday, March 20. 2019

Socialization 6:00 to 7:00 PM Central Time Zone

Circle Cast at 7:01 PM Central Time Zone

Please DO NOT enter the chat room after 6:59 PM Central Time so the sacred circle does not get broken and have to be recast. Thank you.

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chat Room

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

                            1  Black candle for the God.
                            1 White candle for the Goddess.
                            1 Black candle for the spell.
                            2 small pieces of paper.
                            A pen or pencil.
                            Your favorite or a Clear Quartz Crystal – have it pre-cleansed.
                            A fire-proof bowl or small cauldron.
‘                           A ceramic tile or another type of hot plate to put under the bowl or cauldron
                            Matches or lighter.
                            A good Spring of your choice or Rose or Lavender incense and incense burner for the Northern Hemisphere.
                            A good Autumn of your choice or Cedar or Pine incense and incense burner for the Southern Hemisphere.
                            Chalice with Egg nog, white wine or milk for the Northern hemisphere, plus offering plate with a hot cross bun and butter.
Chalice with Red wine or fruit juice for the Southern Hemisphere, plus offering plate with a slice fruit bread and butter.
        Pentacle platter if desired.
Altar set-up:
NORTHERN HEMISPHERE: You can decorate your altar up in Spring color’s[Blue, pink, green, yellow, white]. You might like to dye or decorate some eggs prior to the ritual and place them in a basket on your altar [or use a vase of the first Spring flowers instead]. Situate this at the top center of your altar. The White Goddess candle is situated at the top left corner, the Black God candle at the top right, the bowl or cauldron at the top center on the tile or hot plate below the vase of flowers, and the Black spell candle just in front of it[or inside it , in a small candle holder]. Place the paper, pen or pencil, crystal and matches or lighter on the right-hand side. Have your incense burner with the incense in it at the top right and your Chalice at the top left, in front of the Goddess candle. Place the offering plate and bun at the middle right and a Pentacle platter in the middle[if there is room]
Altar set-up:
SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: You can decorate your altar up in Autumn color’s[Red, orange, green, black]. You might like to scatter Autumn leaves around the altar[or use Autumn evergreen branches in a vase instead.]Situate this at the top center of your altar. The White Goddess candle is situated at the top left corner.
The Black God candle at the top right, the bowl or cauldron at the top center, on the tile or hot plate, and the Black spell candle just in front of the Cauldron [or inside of it in a small candle holder].Place the paper, pen or pencil, crystal and matches or lighter on the right-hand side. Have your incense burner and incense at the top right, in front of the God candle and your Chalice at the top left, in front of the God candle. Place the offering plate and bread at the middle right. You may choose to have a Pentacle too[if there is room]
***Please be fire safety aware. Keep any flammable items away from the candles. It might also be a good idea to open a window to release any smoke.

RITUAL

ADEPT DRUANTIA: Greetings all! Tonight or Today we are drawn together to celebrate three special times-the Full Moon Esbat and Ostara/Mabon sabbats. This is a powerful time, with the emphasis on death, birth, and rebirth[releasing, renewing and balance]. With our spells being brought forth on a Full Moon and Sabbats the two together will make them stronger.
Before we begin, let us all introduce ourselves and state where we are from.
EVERYONE: Please type your first or pagan name, state or country.

 

ADEPT DRUANTIA: We will now cast the circle and call in the Guardians of the Watchtowers

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East, Powers of Air, we humbly invite you to our circle and ask for your wisdom, guidance, and protection.
Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South, Powers of Fire, we humbly invite you to our circle and ask for your wisdom, guidance, and protection.
Guardians of the Watchtowers of the West, Powers of Water, we humbly invite you to our circle and ask for your wisdom, guidance, and protection.
Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North, Powers of Earth, we humbly invite you to our circle and ask for your wisdom, guidance, and protection.

Three times three the power is bound. As without, so within, All bad be gone znd good come in. As below  so above, A sacred place of light and love.” 

INVOCATION OF THE GODDESS:
         ” We call upon the Goddess Danu to bring growth and equilibrium to our circle. Oh great Danu, mother of both Earth and Moon, we are gathered here this night/day to celebrate your fullness. Now is your time dear Lady and I ask that you come forth and be welcome in our circle. Please be with your earthly sons and daughters as we celebrate the Ostara/Mabon sabbats, and honor you in your time of ripeness. We ask that you bless us with your presence and lend your powers to our workings. Great Danu, We invoke  you!”
EVERYONE: Please light the Goddess candle.
INVOCATION TO THE GOD:
         “We call upon the Greenman to bear witness to our rite. Oh great Cernunnos, Lord of the Wildwood and all it encompasses, We ask that you come forth and be welcome in our circle. Please be with your Earthly sons and daughters as we celebrate the Ostara/Mabon sabbats and honor the Lady in her time of ripeness. We ask that you bless us with your presence great Lord and lend your powers to our workings. Great Cernunnos, we call upon you!”
EVERYONE:  Please light the God candle
We will now begin our rituals … Beginning with the Northern Hemisphere. Southern Hemisphere, please wait until you are prompted.

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

ADEPT DRUANTIA: At this time and in this place between worlds, we are gathered here, not only in honor of the Mother but also in honor of the Goddess Ostara. Just as she heralds the end of the dark phase of the year, so too do we release the dark within. Just as she signifies the awakening of the light phase, so too do we summon new growth and renewed energy.
EVERYONE: Please take one piece of paper and write down one to three things you wish to release (eg. I release all fears, I release my addiction to smoking, I release anger, I release guilt, I release depression, etc). If you have more than one thing, space them apart so that you can tear them off as you need to burn them. Once you have written it/them down, light the black candle. Spend 2 minutes concentrating on releasing the problem[s].
Then visualize it/them being attached to your body by a black cord. Individually put each problem into a bubble of white light and see a pair of scissors cutting the cord at the base to that attachment.  See the balloon of light flying off into the distance with your problem inside until it completely disappears. Do this with each separate problem, and as each is being released, light the paper in the candle flame one at a time, if you have more than one. Once burning well, throw into the heatproof bowl or cauldron and leave it to burn completely. You will have three minutes to burn the piece or pieces of paper.
Once you are finished type in DONE.
Now pick up the other piece of paper and write down one thing you would like to embrace or manifest in your life (eg: I embrace abundance and prosperity, I  embrace full mind, body, spirit wellness, I embrace good Luck, I embrace career success, I embrace happiness etc). Once you are done, place the paper down and pick up the crystal. Hold the crystal and concentrate on your desire. See it as it has already happened. Spend 2 minutes meditating upon your desire. Then place the crystal down with the paper underneath it
Once you are finished type in DONE
Now we will do the Southern Hemisphere. Northern hemisphere please be patient.

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

ADEPT DRUANTIA: At this time and in this place between worlds, we are gathered here, not only in honor of the Greenman but also in honor of the God Mabon. Just as he heralds the end of the light phase of the year, so too do we acknowledge the need for rest and retreat. Just as he signifies the coming of the dark phase of the year, so too do we plant seeds for positive new growth.
EVERYONE: Please take up one piece of paper and write down one to three things you wish to release (eg. I release all fears, I release my addiction to smoking, I release anger, I release guilt, I release depression etc). If you have more than one thing, space them apart so that you can tear them off as you need to burn them. Once you have written it/them down, light the black candle. Spend 2 minutes concentrating on releasing the problem[s]. Visualize each individual problem being attached by a black cord. Put the problem into a bubble of white light and see a pair of scissors cutting the cord at the base of this attachment. See the balloon of light flying off into the distance, with your problem inside until it completely disappears. Do this with each separate problem and as each is being released, light the paper in the candle flame one at a time if you have more than one. Once burning well, throw into the heatproof bowl or cauldron and allow to burn completely. You have three minutes to do this.
Once you are finished, type DONE.
Now take up the other piece of paper and write down one thing you would like to embrace or manifest (eg. I embrace abundance and prosperity, I embrace full mind, body, spirit wellness, I embrace good luck, I embrace career success, I embrace happiness etc). Once you are done, place the paper down and pick up the crystal. Hold the crystal and concentrate on your desire. See it as it has already happened. Spend 2 minutes meditating on your desire.
When finished, type DONE
THE OFFERING
EVERYONE: Please place your chalice in the center of your altar or on your pentacle. Hold your hands above the chalice and allow the light within you to flow from your heart and down your arms. See it flowing out of your hands and into the chalice. See the chalice glowing with light. Then raise it up high toward the Moon and say-
Dear Goddess and God, I offer you this drink as a token of my gratitude. Honor to thee  Oh Old Ones!”.
Then take a drink of the beverage and put the chalice back on the altar in its original place.
Next, move your offering plate to the center of your altar or onto your pentacle and hold your hands above it. Allow the light within to flow forth and down into the food. Once you have filled it with light, raise it up toward the Sun[or imaginary Sun] and say-
Dear Goddess and God, I offer you this food as a token of my gratitude. Honor to thee Oh Old Ones!
Then eat a bite of the food and place the plate back on the altar in its original place. Take a minute to finish your bite and then type DONE.
We thank the Old Ones for the food and drink they provide for us daily.
DISMISSING THE GOD AND GODDESS
O  Great Cernunnos, Lord of the Wildwood and all it encompasses, we thank you for honoring us with your presence and aid. Between two worlds, was magick made. Great Lord, we bid you Hail and Farewell !”
O Great Danu Mother of both Earth and Moon, we thank you for honoring us with your presence and aid. Between two worlds was magick made. Great Lady, we bid you Hail and Farewell !”
Now please visualize the God and Goddess going their separate ways, back to from whence they came. Then spend a moment releasing any energy you have retained. You can either bend down and touch the Earth or send it off to someone that is in need of healing. Either way, feel it and see it leaving your arms and going to its destination either deep in the earth to be absorbed and transformed or off to help someone. Once it has left you, stand up again.
DISMISSING OF THE WATCHTOWERS:
Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East, Powers of Air, we thank you for your protection and presence and give you leave to depart our circle. Hail and Farewell!”
Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North, Powers of Earth, we thank you for your protection and presence and give you leave to depart our circle. Hail and Farewell !”
Guardians of the Watchtowers of the West, Powers of Water, we thank you for your protection and presence and give you leave to depart our circle. Hail and Farewell !”
Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South, Powers of Fire, we thank you for your protection and presence and give you leave to depart our circle. Hail and Farewell !”
Three times three the power is ground. As without, so within, All bad be gone and good come in. As below  so above, A sacred place of light and love.”
ADEPT DRUANTIA:-
Our circle is open, but never ever  broken. Always shall it reside within our hearts.”
***After this ritual, please take the ashes outside and toss or blow to the four winds.Allow the black spell candle to burn down , but make sure it is in a safe place or transfer it to a bath tub or sink.The crystal should be placed in a window  that gets both sun and moon and set on top of your piece of paper. Leave it there for one Full Moon cycle.Your desire should have manifested by then…

WOTC Ritual on September 25, 2018

ANy questions about this ritual should be sent to witches_of_the_craft@outlook.com or a comment made on one of the WOTC posts on the WPTC website http://witchesofthecraft.com for this gathering. You can read all the posts by Lady Abyss by scrolling down this page

WHEN

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Socialization starts at 6:45 PM  CT

Ritual starts at 7:00 PM CT

Lady of the Abyss asks that if you come into theWOTC chatroom late you do so quietly, please.

WHERE:

WOTC Chatroom

Make sure you read the post about how you get into the chatroom

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

A Chalice with fresh water in it

A dish of  Salt

Sword or Dagger

Wand

Incense Holder

Incense of your choice

4 Element Candles in Celtic Magick the colors are Red for East, White for South, Gray for West, Black for North

Cord

TOPIC OF RITUAL:

“This ritual is done with a Celt flare to it…”

Re-dedication to The Craft, God and Goddess

Lammas/ Imbolc Gathering

Lammas (Lughnasadh) – Northern Hemisphere

Imbolc- Southern Hemisphere

WHEN:

Wednesday August 1st, 2018

Socialization starts at 6:00 PM CT

Circle cast at 7:00 PM CT

Please DO NOT enter chat room once circle is cast.

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chat Room

Time Zone Converter

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Northern Hemisphere- Lammas

Basket of grain heads

Fruits and seeds of choice

Corn dolly if you choose

1 X orange candle

Bread and cider to feast

Southern Hemisphere- Imbolc

3 X white candles

Milk

Bread

 

 

Let us begin:

While we are invoking the seasons in each Hemisphere, regardless of where you are in the world, please still stay in respect while waiting.

 

Imbolc in the S.H-

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Bright Imbolc Blessings and may we now begin to look forward to warmer days and brightly coloured gardens.  May we bless and burn the candles of inspiration, love and communion with the Great God and Goddess.

This is the time for the beginning of the beginning and a wonderful time to consider what you will do in the year ahead. It is also a time of purification, therefore taking a bath or even a shower and visualising all the heavy energy leaving your body and bright light filling your body.

Its a time of the life force stirring again, where nature shows its beginning of its glory and the recycle of life through buds and shoots.

It marks the Goddess giving birth to the newborn God, where He grows and spreads his light. We are gathered here to honour the feminine and get ready for spring.

If you are in a part of the Southern Hemisphere where Wattle grows, this may be the time to pick some with reverence and decorate your alter.

 

Lammas in the N.H-

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As the day marking the first harvest of early grain, this is a good time to bake your own bread. The loaf that is broken and shared in the name of the Goddess.

This is a time of great change that needs to take place in one’s life.

The Great God gives his energy to the crops to ensure life, while the Great Goddess prepares to enter Her Crone aspect, the Great God slowly loses his strength and it’s a time for the days to grow shorter.

If you are in the Northern Hemisphere you may want to decorate your alter with grains and wheat, husks and freshly baked breads, corn dollies and fruit.

 

RITUAL:

So let’s begin our Imbolc/Lammas Ritual

Hypatia 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 and the Great God.

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. May the power of The Great God and The great Goddess join us within this circle now, to protect us and to work with us and allow us to see beyond the veil.

 

Protect us Great Mother and Great God 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 & INVOCATIONS

Let’s start in the Southern Hemisphere

Imbolc in the S.H-

  • Light your first candle

And Say:

“In this holy day of Imbolc, in this time and place, we come together and the Lady Brighid we commune”

Spirits of this place and of this land, you who have been long before me, I invite you to join this celebration of Imbolc.  Accept this offering of food and drink, I ask, given in hospitality and in love.”

Everyone-

Raise the bread and milk in offering, take a small sip of the milk, break and bite a small piece of the bread

 

  • Light your second candle

And say:

Land spirits – hail and welcome!

“Ancestors of blood and spirit, because of you I have life, I am your child that builds on your foundations. You who marked this night as the promise of Spring and the renewal it brings, join me in this celebration of Imbolc.  Accept this offering of food and drink, I ask, given in hospitality and in love.”

Everyone-

Raise the bread and milk in offering, take small a sip of the milk, break and bite a small piece of the bread

 

  • Light the third candle

And say:

“Bless me on this night Great Brighid with your presence, you who are inspirer of poets, I Invite you to join in this celebration. As I look forward to the coming Spring, I honour You and I listen for your holy wisdom.  Lady of Healing, please join us in this celebration of Imbolc.  Accept this offering of food and drink, we ask, given in hospitality and in love.”

Everyone-

Raise the bread and milk in offering, take small a sip of the milk, break and bite a small piece of the bread

 

2 Minute Meditation

For those in the Southern Hemisphere please begin to meditate for 2 minutes on how you will refresh your mind and energy for the coming of spring and summer. Imagine new beginnings for yourself and your loved ones. Bring in the light and the love into your life. Allow the light of love to wash over you.

 

Now to the Northern hemisphere

Lammas in the N.H-

  • Now is the time to light your orange candle

Take a handful of grain and face the East, the land of the rising Sun God.

And Say

Now let us honour the Goddess in all of her fullness. Because of her nurturing we are blessed with the fruitfulness and the Divine Gods energy wanes. As the mother of all nature, we love and adore her with fullest honour and are in reverence that she chooses to share her power of beneficence.

 

Now:

Rub the grains in your hands and allow them to fall on the ground or on your alter cloth.

Take a piece of fruit, taste it and appreciate and saviour its flavour.

And Say:

“As the energies of the Goddess become ours, we are one with the fruits of the harvest. Hail Great and Divine Goddess of the Moon, Great Mother of all creation, and Hail to the Sun Lord and light our path with your pure light of goodness. May all your harvests be bountiful.”

 

Everyone-

Feast on the fruit and seeds.

 

2 Minute Meditation

Spend some time meditating on the sense of community bought about in the sharing of the fruits of the land.

For those in the Northern hemisphere think about the bounty that fills your life. What are you getting ready to harvest? Have you taken time over the summer to enjoy the fruits of your labor? How are you preparing to shift into the darkness of the coming months?

 

FAREWELLS

 

Lammas in the N.H-

Now say-

Brighid, Goddess of Healing, Goddess of Smithcraft, Goddess of Inspiration, I thank You for Your presence and Your blessings. May there be peace and honor between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.”

Ancestors of blood and ancestors of spirit, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honor between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.”

Spirits of the land, spirits of this place, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honor between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.”

At the end of the ceremony please feel free to feast on your cider and bread.
Imbolc in the S.H-

Now say-

Brighid, Goddess of Healing, Goddess of Smithcraft, Goddess of Inspiration, I thank You for Your presence and Your blessings. May there be peace and honor between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.”

Ancestors of blood and ancestors of spirit, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honor between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.”

Spirits of the land, spirits of this place, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honor between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.”

At the end of the ceremony please continue to feast

 

CLOSING

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

 After the ceremony:

If you wish to burn your candle in safety please do so, or snuff out and light over the next few days enjoying this transition of seasons.

Continue to feast on the bounties that have been gifted by the Great Mother and Father, and finally please dispose of anything sacred or not finished in an appropriate way, with a blessing and back to the great Mother with respect. Honour her with the greatest respect and show your gratitude! The Great Goddess is here for everyone!

Thank you and Farewell

 

 

 

Full Moon Gathering- Letting Go: 28th June 2018

 

WHEN:

28th June 2018 CT

Socialization starts st 6:45 PM CT

Circle cast at 7:15 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

  • 1 small to medium candle, any colour will do. If you have natural bees wax that is wonderful.
  • Matches or lighter for lighting candle
  • 1 clear glass of water preferably purified or natural spring or mineral
  • A piece of paper the size of your hand
  • A pen (I suggest a pen that you could reserve for such occasions by consecrating it, some even prefer to use Magickal ink, if you are interested please refer to consecrating your tools on CL web site).
  • A fire proof container– Just remember if you are doing it indoors to set a safe space around you where there is no flammable things nearby.
  • Finally– preparation is everything- ensure you have your intentions to let go and your mantra to begin your transformation.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

We will use the elements of:

Fire– to burn away the old, this will be done by burning the piece of paper with what needs to be released after we have written on it.

Note– Please remember NOT to burn anything out of spite. A calm, thoughtful and considered burning is much more powerful and effective.

 

Water– releasing the old will make way for the new. We will energise the water with our new intentions with the human consciousness as this effects the molecular structure of water.

 

The theme is- Letting go:

I will merely mention some suggestions below, just choose one only for this purpose, and make sure you resonate with whatever you choose.  Remember this letting go needs to be tailored to you specifically.

  • Fear of change
  • resisting divine will
  • searching externally for answers rather than going within
  • Releasing an energy attachment such as a job, relationship or even a plan
  • Believing that you are not good enough
  • Worry about money
  • Childhood wounds
  • Attachment to material things
  • attachment to others people’s emotions
  • Fear of sharing
  • Fear of disappointing
  • Fear of letting go

And the list goes on. If there is not one that you resonate with body and soul then you need to search yourself. Just make sure you look within first.  Take a moment to consider what it really is you want to release from your life.

 

Time to receive and transform using a Magickal mantra:

A Magickal mantra is just like spell words, words of intention, a sacred message or text. For our purpose, it is one that will create an energy to release the old and allow the emergence of the new. This will be used alongside while you are charging your water with the intention.

Some example can be…..

“I am free from my past

I let go of attachment

  I openly accept life change”.

or

I am whole, perfect, strong, loving harmonious and happy

or

I stay connected to and are guided by my inner source

or

I attract Joy, love and abundance

 

I encourage you to make your own mantra. The more personalised you create this the more effective it will be for you. You are more than welcome to use the one of the examples above.

 

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.

 

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.

This full moon is dominated by a powerful conjunction retrograde. All this means is that 2 weeks before the full mean feelings of sadness, fear, guilt, restrictions or inhibitions will be magnified. On the positive aspect, the moon will also be in conjunct with a star that gives resourcefulness and initiative bringing forth wonderful opportunities for change and willingness to break free.

This is also a wonderful time to use your increased emotional strength and intuition to overcome relationship challenges.

 

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

Fire: To burn away the old

We will now write down what it is we want to let go:

  • Light your candle

 

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  • Take your paper and your pen and please write what it is you want to let go. If you have not prepared for this, refer to the list given for a trigger point. Remember to only choose one. It is only one thing we are letting go for this ceremony.
  • When you finish writing, loosely fold the paper twice.

 

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  • While you are burning the paper with the light of your candle- now say:

 

“With the light of the candle I invoke the element of fire and I let go.

I feel the flames eating up and rendering the old.

I release you

I am done

Old energy be gone!!”

After saying this – state what you want to release, to let go, to cease, and send the unwanted energy to the Great Mother Earth to be disposed.

For 2 minutes-Begin to visualise The Great Mother churning and transform the negativity into renewable energy!

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Water: To bring in the new

We will now charge our glass of water with the intention to receive and transform

  • Take your glass of water in both hands,
  • Ensuring your fingers wrap around the glass. Try not to allow your fingertips to touch each other.
  • Gaze into the water and now say:

“To all the Gods of the streams, the rives, the creeks, oceans and all other natural waterways,

I invoke the element of water to bring me purification, harmony and cleansing. Allow me to transform my life for the greatest good.

So Mote it Be!”

 

  • Now speak your affirmation- Your Magickal mantra and visualise the end result.
  • We are going to repeat this for 5 minutes.
  • Use focus and pure intention of what you wish to communicate
  • Once you have finished charging your water with your Magickal mantra drink it and

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Now say:

A serenity prayer

May the God and Goddess Grant me

The power of Fire,

 for the energy and courage to change the things I can.

The power of Water,

 to accept with ease and grace what I cannot change.

The power of Air,

 for the ability to know the difference.

and

The power of Earth

for the strength to continue my path.

I am now ready to walk my path of transformation!!

 

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.

 

 

 

N.H Ostara / S.H Mabon- Gathering on 20th, March 2018. Circle starts at 7:15 PM CT SHARP.

Our Ostara/ Mabon gathering was written by Hypatia who will be leading this gathering.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

At 6.45 PM CT

Circle starts at 7:15 PM CT SHARP.

30 minutes will be allocated for a chance to talk to our Brothers and Sisters. Please do not enter the chat room once the circle has started. Thank you!

 

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chatroom

WHAT YOU NEED:

 

Preparation for the Northern hemisphere- Ostara:

We are going to be painting eggs…….

 

  • As this is a time for a clean start– consider taking a bath or a shower with your favorite essential oil or other aromatics. You could also infuse fresh herbs like a tea or use your favorite soap. If a whole body wash is not possible please just wash your hands, face or even just change into clean clothes. What will encourage your new growth?

 

  • Hard-boiled egg for decorating. You could do more than one if you like. No more than 3, mainly for time purposes. If allergic please refer to suggestions below.

 

  • Permanent marker pens or small stickers to decorate the eggs. Practice your patters beforehand if you wish, it might make it easier and quicker on the day. Keep it simple, not to thick or elaborate as we will be cracking and eating the egg.

 

  • If you have an egg allergy than please use gloves when handling the egg, crack the egg and place in the nest. You could place it in the earth or just give to a loved one that doesn’t have an egg allergy to consume.

 

  • Freshly picked flowers or herbs to place on you alter.

 

  • Green and Yellow candle. If you don’t have these colours please just use what is on hand. It is the spirit of the Goddess and the God created by the light that we will be using as inspiration.

 

  • A little bowl, egg holder or just a little nest made from cotton wool to hold you egg once finished. Be as creative as you wish. Egg baskets are also great.

 

  • A glass of water to help with the feasting.

 

Simple flower or leaf motifs will do. Anything that inspires the artist within and brings images of fresh beginnings. Remember to keep it simple as we will be cracking and eat the egg (avoid eating and handling without gloves if allergic, please see above suggestions). In this case please have a glass of whatever beverage you prefer and a piece of simple whole grain bread to feast on. If you have another preference than please do so. Your health is in your hands.

Here are some examples below.

It doesn’t have to be drawn all over the egg.

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If you choose to do a Goddess symbols than please do. This is a time for you to connect with the Goddess, the Earth Mother and all the possibilities that she brings.

Simple spirals will even do.

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You may even have your own symbol that brings forth the Great Goddess called by Persephone, Brigid, and Eostre.

Preparation for the Southern hemisphere- Mabon:

We are going to be preparing a feast………..

 

  • As this is the time of the fruit harvest we will be using an apple to represent the cornucopia of life.

 

  • Green and red candle. If you don’t have these colors please just use what is on hand. It is the spirit of the Goddess and the God created by the light that we will be using as inspiration.

 

  • A knife to cut your apple, horizontal across the middle to reveal the pentagram within. You can even practice this beforehand if you wish. (Please be careful not to cut yourself, your safety is in your hands).

 

  • A platter for offering and cutting board to cut your apple and other fruits.

Example below.

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  • A bowl filled with fresh seasonal fruits such as apples, pears and seasonal berries and even dried nuts, depending on their availability, your imagination and of course you budget. Whatever you can get your hands on. Remember it’s your feast dedication to the Great Goddess and God! The remainder of the fruit and nuts could be shared with family, friends or even acquaintances after the ceremony.

 

  • Apple cider or just a glass of water will do.

 

 

Don’t forget:

  • Athame’ or wand
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Bell

Candles for the God and Goddess the colors specified above, otherwise any color available (don’t forget you candle holders if needed). , use matches (with safety) or you could use a single pillar candle that you have blessed, anointed and inscribed. You use this to light your God and Goddess candles. The choice is yours as it is in the intention.

  • If you prefer an alter cloth
  • If you prefer a statue pf you Idol/ s

Remember to keep it simple. If you wish to add more depending on you practice and worship than please do so. Just remember to add each magical item in reverence.

 

So let’s begin:

Ostara is the beginning of spring, the season for new beginnings and the renewal of life through planting. This is the time we can now plant seeds and nurture them throughout the coming months to bare their fruit. What is it that you would like to plant in your life? What are you willing to nurture throughout the growing season? For this ritual as this season is also a time for re-birth, new life and fertility we will be concentrating on the symbology of the egg. The ritual will be dedicated to the Great Goddess, Persephone, Brigid, and Eostre.

 

Mabon is the second of 3 harvest festivals celebrating the equinox and the harvest of apples. On the day of the equinox, day and night is of equal length. For the next 6 months the nights will be longer than the days.  This is such a great time of abundance. All the hard work that it takes to collect the harvest, it is now a time to rest, reap what you have sown and take the time to look at you hopes and aspirations and reflect how they have manifested. Most importantly spend it with the people you love. This is a time of giving, sharing and loving.

Think of the dark and light as the feminine and the masculine. The Goddess and the God resorting your outer and inner balance.

 

Ritual:

So let’s begin our Ostara/ Mabon Ritual

Hypatia 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 and the Great God.

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. May the power of The Great God and The great Goddess join us within this circle now, to protect us and to work with us and allow us to see beyond the veil.

 

Protect us Great Mother and Great God 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:

Please ALL light your candles

 

INVOCATIONS

Ostara in the N.H-

Now say-

“Hallowed be the Goddess, Our Mother and provider. The bleak winter storms leaving life to flourish outward. It peeps out quietly, refreshed by the God and Goddess’s power. We feel you. We thank you for all your gifts. “

 

Mabon in the S.H-

Now say-

Manannan son of Lir, Ruler of the Other world, You who gave the Silver Branch and the Golden Cup to King Cormac, I ask your blessings on this celebration of harvest.  May it sustain me through the coming winter.  Manannan, please accept this offering of food and drink, given in hospitality and in love.”

 

MAIN WORKING

Ostara in the N.H-

Now do-

Concentrate on the beautiful flowers you have picked, smell, and touch and appreciate this glorious gift from the Great Mother and Father. Take your hardboiled egg in your hands, feel its contours and acknowledge the gift and nourishment that it holds.

Understand that this is a time of regeneration and transformation. This is a time of re-birth and new beginnings. Visualize the creation of all and everything from a single seed a single egg.

 

Mabon in the S.H-

Now do-

Pick up the apple and hold it in both hands.  Feel its smoothness.  See its colour.  Smell its fragrance.

Think about where the apple came from.  Not where you bought it, but where it grew from bud to fruit:  a particular tree in a particular orchard in a particular location.  Can you see it?  Can you feel it?

Visualize the growth of the apple from bud to flower to tiny apple to large apple, compressing the months from spring to autumn into a few moments.  Meditate on its growth, and what that growth means to you.

 

Ostara in the N.H-

Now say-

“May we carry within us a total understanding of all living creatures, both great and small. Mother Goddess, father God, and show us how to worship the earth and all it holds.”

 

Mabon in the S.H

Now say-

“Lord of the Sun that rides the westerly wild wind. As the seeds flourish and the fall into the waiting earth. I know this to be a time of equals allowing natures scales to come into balance. As the dark winter shadows reveal the wheel-a-turning it unveils life’s glory through a deathly silence.

O Great Goddess, watcher of sacred magic and long gone myths, show me the way to great wisdom. Show me the way Great Goddess!”

 

Ostara in the N.H-

Now do-

Now prepare your tools to decorate.

As you decorate your eggs meditate on creation, on rebirth and the wonder of life.

Appreciate and acknowledge that this is the place where everything starts from.

Be spontaneous and draw whatever mandala comes to your mind or something that you have already chosen.

Allow yourself to enjoy the energy of creation.

Visualize what you would like to bring into your life.

What you would like to bring into fruition, what you would like to give birth to.

This is a time of great fertility, you hold the egg in your hand, the egg that will give life to your desires.

In your own words give thanks to the great Goddess for her gift of regeneration, rebirth and rejuvenation.

Once finished decorating your egg/s

If allergic- you can place the egg/s in your nest, bowl or holder and give to a loved one after the ceremony or bury in the ground. I will leave that up to you.

Otherwise– crack the egg on the surface, peel the egg and consume as much as you like and with every bite appreciate the gift of regeneration and rebirth. The glory of new beginnings that is gifted from the Great Mother Herself. Keep a glass of water on hand.

 

Mabon in the S.H-

Now do-

Place the apple on your chopping board and cut across the middle (horizontally) exposing the pentagram.

The pentagram is connected to the 5 elements. Allow yourself time to connect to water, fire, earth, air and spirit as without these we would not exist.

Breathe in the scent. Understand that the apple is a simple reminder of the healing powers of the earth and the restorative energies of the Other world’s.

 

Slice a portion of the apple and say-

Manannan mac Lir, please accept this offering.”
Now place in the offering platter

 

Slice a second portion and say-

Mighty Ancestors, please accept this offering.”

Now place in the offering platter

 

Slice a third portion and say-

Spirits of this place, please accept this offering.”
Now place in the offering platter

 

Now take a bite of the apple and allow it to nourish you. Feel how refreshing it is and how it is filling you with its nourishment.

Now prepare the rest of you platter by adding from your fruit bowl. This is a dedication to your God and Goddess. Take your time to enjoy and savior the feast that you have prepared. Drink your apple cider, water or what other beverage you have chosen.

In your own words give thanks to the great God and Goddess to this second harvest and all it has brought you.

 

FAREWELLS

 

Ostara in the N.H-

Now say-

Mother Goddess, Lady of the Waters, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honor between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.”

 

Ancestors of blood and ancestors of spirit, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honor between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.”
Spirits of the land, spirits of this place, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honor between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.”
Mabon in the S.H-

Now say-

Manannan mac Lir, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honour between us now and forever.  Hail and farewell. 
Ancestors of blood and ancestors of spirit, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honor between us now and forever.  Hail and farewell.  
Spirits of the land, spirits of this place, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honor between us now and forever.  Hail and farewell. 
And Now before closing the circle.

Lady Beltane-

I would ask that all non-members leave the circle at this time please. You are welcome to return in about 15 minutes to socialize. Thank you.

We will be introducing the newcomer Elders and this is a private initiation.

CLOSING

 

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

 

Thank you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry part until we merry meet again.

Additional information for the recent Gathering of the Blue Moon eclipse, January 31st.

Merry Meet Coven members.

Thank you for attending the Gathering to honor the super moon eclipse on the 31st.  It was an absolute pleasure and honor to have all of you on board.

In continuation with the ritual, Lady Beltane requested I make some further suggestions to help you better understand what you may choose to do with the stone. The Talisman you have charged with your mantra is your guide to assist you to move through your metamorphosis. As mentioned in the gathering post, continue to use the mantra and stone 3 days after the full moon as this is the most potent time. This will assist you to connect on a deeper level to yourself and of course the Goddess within.

Your mantra can dictate which hand you hold the stone in when you recite over the next 3 days. If it is one of receiving such as wanting more guidance, wanting personal healing, wanting respect, if it is for the self than it is in the left hand. This is the hand for receiving. If however your mantra was for you to give more compassion to others or give more respect to others or give love than you can hold this in your right hand. Alternatively like Lady Beltane mentioned you could just hold it in your power hand if all this is confusing. Your power hand is the one that you would use the most, are you left or right handed? Also traditionally the right hand is the path of the light and the left is the path of the dark. Neither are good or bad they just are, and choosing either or is fine. The intention is working from your heart space to charge you Talisman with the guidance of the Great Goddess and the God.

Your Talisman: If you feel comfortable carrying the stone with you than please do so. It is important that it stays with you as much as possible over the next 3 days while you recite your mantra. Sleeping with it if you can’t have it on you during the day is also fine. After the 3 days you can place it on your alter or in you Witch bag to remind you of what it represents. If you choose, carry the stone for as long as you feel. It will tell you what you need to do. If you are unable to carry the Talisman than please once again visualize the Cor Leonis and the elements you inscribed. These symbols are triggers, little reminders of the powerful potential that is every human being!

Your candle: It would be wonderful to allow your candle to burn as long as possible. It’s not as much the size but the intention. If you feel that you need to light a white candle whenever you choose to recite you mantra then please do so. You don’t need to let that burn all the way that is up to you. The light represents the guidance of the Goddess. Having her presence over the next 3 days is a beautiful feeling. Re-igniting that feeling whenever you recite your mantra by lighting another white candle is beautiful. If you need to recite your mantra and don’t have a candle please just visualize a light, once again this is from your heart space which is the domain of the Great Goddess.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me and remember to allow yourself to follow your intuition. Listen to your inner Goddess and God. They are you and you are them. As without so within as above so below.

Blessings to all

Merry Part until be Merry Meet again

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