Some Decisions to Be Made About Where to Hold Gatherings

Today I am having a fibromyalgia flare as well as healing from falling in my front door as opposed to walking in because Star, my familiar, cut through my legs instead of coming in beside me after her bathroom break. I broke the fall with my hands so I didn’t do a face plant onto the tile entranceway.

Thank you very much for your, support, understanding, and patience while I am doing all the posts on my tablet. A huge thanks for the prayers, candles being lit, and donation to make it possible to get a dell desktop with monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers that will be my super hacked laptop!!! The computer etc should be here September 18th to the 23rd. I’m asking my patron God, Ra, and goddesses, Luna and Gaia for it to get here tomorrow. If anyone wants to ask for my computer to be delivered tomorrow. I can post so much more when I get it.

I am still working on possibly getting a different chatroom for gatherings. Another thought is just using Skype for gatherings we can have 50 people on the conference call, a person can attend either through video or just vocally, instead of those at the gathering waiting without seeing anything as the gathering leader casts the circle, calls the watchtowers if they choose to, the ritual/ceremony attendees can work the ritual/ceremony at the same time as the leader is doing it. Heart’s Spirit Coven can be more interactive besides being virtually face to face. Another idea is using the Zoom app which I am told has better privacy for conference calls. I’ll be giving you more information about Zoom later this week after I research it. After I have researched the Zoom app I will be putting up a poll to find out what people perfer.

June’s Full Moon Esbat Gathering

WHEN:

Northern Hemisphere – Friday, June 5, 2020

Social Hour 6:00 to 6:59 PM CDT

Circle Cast 7:00 PM CDT

Southern Hemisphere – Saturday. 6 June 2020

Social Hour 9:00 to 9:59 AM AEST

Circle Cast 10:00 AM AEST

WHERE:

Heart’s Spirit Coven Chatroom

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

A device to play song on

Something to use as a drum or whatever to keep time to the music

Bare feet

Dance, My Children Dance

RITUAL/CEREMONY

Lady Beltane: I call Air into the Eastern Watchtower to come dance with us

I call Fire into the Southern Watchtower to come dance with us

I call Water into the Western Watchtower to come dance with us

I call Earth into the Northern Watchtower to come dance with us

I skip around 7/8 of this circle to keep us all safe from harm both seen and unseen. I take us to a place that is not a place into space there is no time. We invite any Goddesses and/or Gods to join us in our dance within this sacred circle.

EVERYONE: As you enter the circle pause to allow the energy to strip you of every day problems and negativity. Once you have passed through the circle portal please say hello and share with us your first (no last names) or pagan name and what country or state (no town names) you have entered the circle from

Lady Beltane: I now close the portal we passed through to complete the circle round.

The inspiration come from a post on Coven Life by Dawn of the Day A Call to Witches

Today we will be joined from near and far through dancing under the Full Moon (Southern Hemisphere the Moon has not totally left your horizon yet) and drumming on whatever we have chosen to use.

Everyone: We will all start play Dance, My Children Dance NOW

After the song has stopped for you please type in DONE

Anyone who wants to share what they felt and/or saw while dancing and drumming with the rest of us you are welcome to do so now.

Lady Beltane: We will observe a moment of slice while I send a blessing for the sacred land on Isbel Road that was a Native American Village that the spirit who reside there may find peace. I blessed Mother Earth and ask that she once again allows this land to be a scared place that the soil is not disturbed by human in any way A’Ho (Native American loose translation i blessed be)

I send blessings of good health to you and your family. Until we meet again blessed be dear Sisters, Brothers and Everyone else.

With a heart and spirit filled with love I walk this circle to open but it will never be broken as we are one in the Goddesses and/or Gods we choose to believe in. I return us to the physical on Mother Earth and time as it flows on her.

We thank the Goddesses and/or Gods that join our dance today. Please leave us if you choose to.

We thank Earth for dancing with us in the Northern Watchtower and ask you to return from whence you came.

We thank Water for dancing with us in the Western Watchtower and ask you to return from whence you came.

We thank Fire for dancing with us in the Southern Watchtower and ask that you return from whence you came.

We thank Air for dancing with us in the Eastern Watchtower and ask that you return from whence you came.

I thank you all for being in our circle today.

Imbolc and Lammas Gathering Sunday, February 2, 2020

Any Witch or Pagan is welcome to come celebrate Imbolc and Lammas with us. Everyone attending needs to stay until the rituals for both hemispheres are done. It is up to you if want to do both rituals. For these Sabbats we are doing something new the sacred circles and Watchtowers will be called and dismissed for each hemisphere. We ask that you do not print these rituals out but you are welcome to bookmark them for future use.

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE – RITUAL FOR THE SABBAT IMBOLC: IN HONOR OF THE GODDESS GAIA AND GOD AENGUS OG  Written and Led by our novice Melinda.

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE – RITUAL FOR THE SABBAT LAMMAS: IN HONOR OF THE GODDESS HARVEST MOTHER AND GOD LUGH Written and Led by our adept Dawn of the Day

WHEN:

Northern Hemisphere –

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Chatroom opens at 3:00 PM CT

Circle will be cast at 4:00 PM CT

Southern Hemisphere –

Monday, February 3, 2020

Chatroom opens at 8:00 AM AEDT

Circle will be cast at 9:00 AM AEDT

WHERE:

Heart’s Spirit Coven Chatroom

If you have applied to be in the chatroom and have not received a reply yet, it will come to you at least 5 minutes before the circle is cast on Sunday. No approval for entering the chatroom when we are only 5 minutes away from casting the circle to begin the Imbolc and Lammas Rituals.

RITUALS:

EVERYONE: Set up your altar before the ritual starts. Placing an object represents .each of the elements so they form a pentagram.

In the upper right-hand point of the pentagram –

Air: Dream catcher, feather, incense, any object that you are drawn too

Lower right-hand point of the Pentagram

Fire: A symbol of the Sun, red or orange candle, a picture of a fire.

Lower left-hand point of the Pentagram

Earth: gnome, a bowl of salt or dirt, or object of your choice

Upper right-hand point of the Pentagram:

Water: Seashell, a bowl of water, any type of sea creature, object of your choosing

Top point of the Pentagram Spirit:

Angel Statue or whatever represents the element of Spirit to you.

Goddess: Goddess candle will be on the right side of altar decorate in color of green. You can also use green crystals in place of the candle which are green calcite, amber. Fragrances can be used such as honeysuckle or cypress, or any flower, or a picture of Gaia.

God: Gods candle will be on left side of altar decorate it in the colors of Green, pink, or red. You can also use crystals such as Rose Quartz, Peridot, Copper. Incense such as Sandal wood, Rose, or Lavender, Or a picture or statue of the God Aengus.

Casting the Circle:

Raven Spiritwalker: We walk this circle clockwise three times asking that all who are in it or outside of it be kept safe and no harm to no one.

EVERYONE: Face your altar and touch what is representing the Goddess and say:

“Gaia, our mother, You who nourishes all living things I honor and pray to thee, guide us and thank you for the promise of the return of Spring.”

Now touch what is representing the God and say:

Aegnus, God of love, youth, and poetic inspiration, guide us from this day forward and thank you for the promise of the return of Spring.”

(Now light the incense or candle if you are using one)

Mediate for 1 minute to allow the rise of power from the Goddess and God

When you have meditated for a minute with the God and/or Goddess please type “DONE”

Opening the Circle:

To the Guardians of the West, Archangel Gabriel:

We dismiss you from our Watchtower and thank you for protecting us.

To the Guardians of the South, Archangel Michael:

We dismiss you from our Watchtower and thank you for protecting us..

To the Guardians of the East, Archangel Raphael:

We dismiss you from our Watchtower and thank you for protecting us..

To the Guardians of the North, Uriel:

We dismiss you from our Watchtower and thank you for protecting us.

Raven Spiritwalker: We walk this circle counter-clockwise three times asking that all who are in it or outside of it be kept safe and no harm to no one.

(You can go back and commune with the Gods and/or Goddesses from one or both rituals after the Southern Hemisphere circle is opened)

Remember to offer a bite to the God and Goddess of your favorite snack and drink to give thanks to the God and Goddess. 

Lammas ritual

Lammas is known as the 1st of the 3 harvest festivals, it is still a time of hot intense sun but the days are starting to get shorter.  The grain is starting to ripen in the fields along with some of the fruits on the apple trees.

The goddess is pregnant and the god is still very strong but slowly weakening as we move into fall.  The animals are fattening for the winter slaughter and there is a push to start the process of storing food away for the lean months but at this time the days are still easy

Items needed for the ritual:

Apples, grapes, bread

gold or yellow cloth

sunflowers or raw wheat

Incense sandalwood and frankincense

Have a candle on your altar to represent the Harvest Mother — choose something in orange, red or yellow.

Corn husk or two

Place symbols of your craft or skill on the altar—a notebook, your special paints for artists, a pen for writers, other tools of your creativity. To represent the god Lugh

Please decorate your altar properly with a yellow or gold cloth, a nice sunflower and or a sheath of wheat, maybe an apple or a few grapes and/or a loaf of bread. This is to represent the sun  in the yellow or orange cloth.   A goblet of ritual wine is optional.

EVERYONE IN SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: We open the ritual with the walking around the circle 3 times in a counter clockwise direction.  We first point at the ground with our dominate hand asking the earth for its power to make this circle secure for the work we are to do here.  We walk a second time with our dominate hand outstretched at shoulder level asking water to secure our circle and finally we walk a third time with our hand pointed to the ceiling asking  air to help secure our circle and the work that we do here.  We finally say what is above is below and what is below is above we have created a circle to protect ourselves while we do our work may we harm no one and may no one harm.

Starting in the west and while touching the item that represents the west say watchtower of the west please help us with our circle today and protect us as we do our work

Next is the south and while touching the item that represents the south say watchtower of the south please help us with our circle today and protect us as we do our work

Next the east and while touching the item that represents the east say watchtower of the east please help us with our circle today and protect us as we do our work

Finally in the north and while touching the item that represents the north say watchtower of the north please help us with our circle today and protect us as we do our work

Light the candle, and say:

The wheel of the year is upon use

The food is plentiful and soil fertile

With this ritual we ask for the blessings

Of the Mother of the harvest

In honor of the Harvest we now will make a representation of the goddess using your corn husk and once the ritual is over please leave it on your altar to honor the goddess.

PLEASE READ THE DIRECTIONS BEFORE THE GATHERING AND PRINT THEM OUT OR TAKE NOTES SO YOU KNOW HOW TO MAKE IT.

Here is an example of how to make a corn husk doll

When you are done please type the word “DONE”

 

Now we will finish our ritual.  Point to the ceiling with your dominate hand and walk in a counter clockwise direction and say thank you air for your protection of our circle.  Now at shoulder level walk around the circle in a counter clock wise manner and thank water for the protection of our circle.  Finally point to the ground and walk in a counter clockwise manner thanking earth for protecting our circle.  Finally raise your hands above your head bring them down and point your palms at the ground and send any extra energy into the earth to help and heal our Mother.  End with the comment our circle is now open but it is never broken our work is done now may everyone go in peace.

Starting in the north and while touching the item that represents the north say Thank you to the watchtower of the north for helping us with our circle and you may leave if you must but stay if you like

Next is the east and while touching the item that represents the east say Thank you to the watchtower of the east for helping us with our circle and you may leave if you must but stay if you like

Now the South and while touching the item that represents the south say Thank you to the watchtower of the south for helping us with our circle and you may leave if you must but stay if you like

Finally is the west and while touching the item that represents the west say Thank you to the watchtower of the west for helping us with our circle and you may leave if you must but stay if you like

Blessed Be

Please enjoy some of the gifts from your altar, take a sip of the wine some of the bread etc.  Make sure you have enough, to enjoy the treats, also that you can leave some on the altar but also make sure you share some with the creatures of nature.  As you eat of your sacrifices remember and meditate on how the cycle of life goes from the seed to the plant and then back to seed to start all over again just like the wheel of the year continues to cycle through birth, adolescents, maturity, age, death and then of course rebirth.

References for Lammas ritual:

https://witchesofthecraft.com/tag/lammas-ritual/

Wicca Wheel of the Year Lisa Chamberlain pgs 88-95

https://www.learnreligions.com/setting-up-your-lammas-lughnasadh-altar-2562171

https://www.almanac.com/content/seasonal-crafts-cornhusk-doll

 

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