Full Moon Ritual 2/10/2017 at 7:00 PM CT in Coven Life Chat room

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Full Moon Ritual 2/10/2017

WHAT YOU NEED:

1 White 12 inch Taper Candle for each person you want to send healing to

Sandalwood or Other Oil  you feel appropriate to anoint each candle

Matches or Lighter

Merry meet and merry greet to our brothers and sisters.

I cast this sacred circle round all those here three times three to protect all inside, to gather our strength and power as one to send healing to those in need. I cast this sacred circle to initiate our novices and adepts within the safety of our coven’s circle.

We stand in a time that is out of time. In a space between worlds. Within here we welcome the Devine to bless this circle and all who are in it.

I call upon Kwan Yin to come to the watchtower of the East. Great Lady, we welcome you and your healing power be brought into our circle.

I call Apollo to come to the watchtower of the South. Great Lord, we welcome you and call upon your powers of light, enlightenment, prophecy, medicine, poetry, dance, and reason be brought into our circle.

I call upon Sirona to come to the watchtower of the West. Great Lady, we welcome you and ask that your healing powers be brought into our circle.

I call upon Inaus to come to the watchtower of the North. Great Lord, we welcome you and call upon you r powers of beginnings, endings, transitions, times, doorways, gateways, passageways, movement, and traveling. Be brought into our circle.

Quite meditation for 2 minutes while the Gods and Goddesses join us and the power in our circle starts to rise to do the healing work on our novices April (liver malfunctioning) and Sally (breast cancer). (This is the time to inscribe the name on your candle for the person you are asking healing for and to “dress it” with the oil. To dress the candle you get a little oil on the tip on the index finger on your power hand and trace the symbol of a pentagram three times onto the candle. Turning it slightly after each pentagram so this entire candle is anointed or “dressed”.)

Light your candle during the first time the spell is said. Spell will be repeated 3 times. It is to be spoken out load by each person to help whom ever s name is on your candle.

We are asking healing for these people – Sally, April, Lady Abyss and Lady Beltane. Type in the names or names of people you are asking that healing be sent to please.

Kwan Yin, Sirona, Ancient Elements of Fire, Air, Water, and Earth,

Gather around fill in name of person on your candle whatever is their hearth.

Help heal insert illness, disease for person on your candle that is keeping them down,

So they might improve and more easily move around.

At the end of third time say “So mote it be” or however you end your spells. Then type into the chat room “Blessings for healing.” Leave your candle burn in a safe place for one hour. Relight candle every day/evening for a half-hour until it has burned all the way down. When you relight the candle say “Candle burning bright. Release your power with all its might.”

We will now be welcoming our current and new novices back or into the coven as well as initiate our new adepts. We ask at this time that anyone not a member of this coven to please say could night and depart. There is a small doorway open so you can exit.

The circle is once again sealed

We welcome our current and new novices into our circle. Would you please give us your name and the state or country where you live.

Lady Beltane – after all novices have shared – We welcome you with open arms as potential full members of our coven. But as you are part of the coven now it is asked of you to keep the coven’s and other members identities a secret as well as anything discussed in a coven class gathering.

Amanda called upon you as your High Priestess to “stand” and be recognized as an adept of the Coven Life’s Coven. To swear to all present that you will not carry any tales of any member or guest of this coven. That you will uphold the sanctity of the sacred circles and rituals when this coven is gathered. That you will not give out to anyone outside of this coven another member’s magickal working/coven name. I ask you to remember your brothers and sisters here are more then ready to help you if you ever need them to and welcome you as a part of us. Your position as an adept will be for one year and one day from this date.

Amanda do you enter this coven of your own free will?

Amanda Answer __________

Amanda do you so swear to uphold the sanctity of Coven Life’s Coven?

Amanda Answer _________

Amanda I welcome you in perfect love and perfect trust into Coven Life’s Coven. I ask what name you have chosen for yourself when attending coven or pagan gatherings and when working magick on your own?

Amanda state your coven/magickal working name ______________

You shall be known now and forever more in Coven Life’s Coven by this name. Merry meet and meery greet _____ many blessings to you as you continue your journey on your chosen path,

Sandi called upon you as your High Priestess to “stand” and be recognized as an adept of the Coven Life’s Coven. To swear to all present that you will not carry any tales of any member or guest of this coven. That you will uphold the sanctity of the sacred circles and rituals when this coven is gathered. That you will not give out to anyone outside of this coven another member’s magickal working/coven name. I ask you to remember your brothers and sisters here are more then ready to help you if you ever need them to and welcome you as a part of us. Your position as an adept will be for one year and one day from this date.

Sandi do you enter this coven of your own free will?

Sandi Answer ______

Sandi do you so swear to uphold the sanctity of Coven Life’s Coven?

Sandi Answer _______

Sandi I welcome you in perfect love and perfect trust into Coven Life’s Coven. I ask what name you have chosen for yourself when attending coven or pagan gatherings and when working magick on your own?

Sandi state your coven/magickal working name ________

You shall be known now and forever more in Coven Life’s Coven by this name. Merry meet and meery greet _____ many blessings to you as you continue your journey on your chosen path,

Lords and Ladies who guarded our circle from your Watchtowers and gave freely of your energy to help those who are sick and to welcome our new novice and adept coven member. Please go back from whence you came with our loving thanks and gratitude.

This circle is now opened but not broken. As you leave here tonight may the Lady and Lord bless you with all that you need and something you just want. I bid you peace and joy. Blessed be brothers and sisters of The Craft. Merry part until we merry meet again.

Copyright 2017 Lady Beltane

Flashback 2008 – Winter Solstice

Yule

At Yule, the Oak King who rules during the waxing year conquers the Holly King in order to reign until Midsummer, when the two meet again. It is believed that the Holly King has evolved into the modern day Santa Claus, wearing red, with holly in his hat. His eight deer represent the Pagan sabbats, as animals as regarded scared by the Celtic gods. Although the Oak King and the Holly King are opposing forces at Litha and Yule, they com[lement each other. In ancient times, the Sun’s return after a long period of scarcity and darkness affirmed survival and resilience in the winter season.

A few days before Yule, decorate your home with oranges studded with cloves to release a warm, yuletide aroma. It’s time to feast, exchange gifts, and thank the Goddess for the return of abundance and light. At your Yule gathering, cozy up up to your favorite people and enjoy some delicious mulled red wine infused with cinnamon sticks and whole cloves. Serve warm in chalices, with a sprinkling of nutmeg, to toast the rebirth of the Oak King. When you take a sip from the chalice, hold hands with your guests and shout, “Wassail” – the old English word for “your health”

Copyright Emely Flak – Llewellyn Witches’ Datebook 2008 Pg 129

Flashback 2008 – Summer Solstice

When the Sun is at its peak in the sky at our Summer Solstice, Earth is as close as possible to the Sun. Litha is the ancient Germanic name for summer and the time to celebrate its warmth. This important time in the solar year is when the Oak King, God of Light, hands over the reign to the Holly King, God of Darkness, who rules from this point forward for the other half of the year.

At this time when light will begin to wane, decorate your altar and house with sunflowers. Place honey on your altar to represent life’s sweetness. Light the same gold candle for a short time for four to five nights over this period. On the last evening, after the candle is safely snuffed, wrap what is left of it in a yellow ribbon or gold colored cloth and keep it somewhere safe for protection and good fortune until next Litha.

Make a sunflower solstice cake decorated with yellow icing and sunflower seeds to share with your friends over a glass of mead. Enjoy your time outdoors, allowing the Sun to warm your body as you relax, walk, or read. Bid farewell to the Sun god for a few months and be assured he will return.

Copyright Emely Flak – Llewellyn Witches’ Datebook 2008 Pg 79

Healing Circle For Lady A.

On Tuesday September 13th, some gathered in the Coven Life’s chat room to pray and send healing to Lady A.

Before signing online, I asked that the room be cleared of all negative entities. Then I invited all Four Elements to join in and help raise the healing energy that will be sent to Lady A. After that I invited The Goddesses and Gods to give healing power and then once online,  I asked if anyone wanted to say a prayer or share anything from their heart, at which we all took turns sharing positive words of healing then all said that candles of healing were lit. After the prayers I asked that we focus on healing for her body and we went into a 5 minute meditation.

After the meditation I asked if anyone wanted to share what they saw or felt during the meditation. We all felt so much love and a sense of peace. I saw us all standing around Lady A’s  hospital bed, holding hands. As we meditated an held hands, I saw a white light of  energy hovering over her and her bones mending as she layed in her bed. Then a strong sense of love and peace filled the room.

Afterwards we compared notes and we experienced goose bumps and chills. But most importantly,  the feeling of love and peace was there coursing through all of us taking part and as many of us were in tears.

What a beautiful moment and what wonderful people that took part in this healing. It didn’t matter if you were there on Coven Life or sending love and healing from wherever you happened to have been. I feel that Lady A benefited from the power of love and healing that was sent to her from all over the world.

A side note: While the group was together, I forgot to officially thank the Elements and Deities for their assistance, I was pretty overwhelmed, so right after our Healing Circle disassembled I thanked and then  dismissed the Element of Water, the Element of Fire, then the Element of Air and finally the Element of the Earth Mother. The next step, I apologized to The Deities for being rude and thanked the Goddesses and Gods for their assistances and returned them back to where they came from. We are an appreciative group.

We as a group will also depending on Lady Beltane to keep us updated on Lady A’s condition.

Brightest Blessings Sisters and Brothers,

SunRay Sorceress

 

Seems A Lot of Us Are In a Funk Right Now

As you know I have been on my spiritual path for decades and have experienced many highs and lows throughout it. I too am in a witchy low right now but have gotten help others to help me start to slowly come out of it. The two things I am finding that are helping a lot is to accept where I am and turn inward for answers as to why. The other is an affirmation given to me by High Priestess Stregga which is, “I will allow myself to be healed and to heal.” I go out with my two fur baby familiars twice a day, morning and late afternoon, facing Ra (Egyptian Sun God) I put my hands above my head and repeat the affirmation three times out loud and then take three deep breaths inhaling all the way to my root chakra as I am doing this I picture positive healing energy coming in as I exhale I ask that all the negative energy be forced out of my body through my feet into Mother Earth to be recycled into positive energy for her to use. I repeat this cycle of saying the affirmation and breathing two more times. I then open my eyes and just stand quietly until I feel the urge to move. I know part of my problem is the changing of the seasons but this shall pass.

Give this a try it might help you as it is helping me, I hope. I maybe taking Wednesday through Friday of this week off to unplug from my computer and cell phone to be able to do more meditating outside before the weather where I live turns to cold for it and just turn inwards looking for my spiritual spark that is overshadowed by other things in my life right now. I want the spark to turn back into the fantastic fire it usually is.  I also plan to do a rededication to my Craft and The Old Ways on the full Moon. If you are having a struggle with your path just now you may want to consider to doing the same.

Lammas/Laughnasdh Ritual

This year ritual is borrowed from Patti Wigniigton on About com. To read all the information for this please click on the following link: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/lammas/ht/LammasSacrifice.htm

I am sorry for taking an easy way out but because of pain from a medical problem, I have been unable to write one for us this time. There will be only a circle cast this time and no Watchtowers. Some traditions of The Craft do not call the Watchtowers.

Remember ALL Pagans are welcome to attend.

How To Hold a Lammas Harvest Ritual”

In some Pagan traditions, Lammas is the time of year when the Goddess takes on the aspects of the Harvest Mother. The earth is fruitful and abundant, crops are bountiful, and livestock are fattening up for winter. However, the Harvest Mother knows that the cold months are coming, and so she encourages us to begin gathering up what we can. This is the season for harvesting corn and grain, so that we can bake bread to store and have seeds for next year’s planting.

This ritual celebrates the beginning of the harvest season and the cycle of rebirth, and can be done by a solitary practitioner or adapted for a group or coven setting. Decorate your altar with symbols of the season — sickles and scythes, garden goodies like ivy and grapes and corn, poppies, dried grains, and early autumn foods like apples. If you like, light some Lammas Rebirth incense.

 

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

These colors not only represent the blaze of the summer sun, but also the coming changes of autumn. You’ll also need a few stalks of wheat and an un-sliced loaf of bread (homemade is best, but if you can’t manage, a store-bought loaf will do). A goblet of ritual wine is optional. Also, if you have celiac disease or are otherwise sensitive to gluten, be sure to readCelebrating Lammas When You Eat Gluten-Free.

If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so now.

Light the candle, and say:

The Wheel of the Year has turned once more,
and the harvest will soon be upon us.
We have food on our tables, and
the soil is fertile.
Nature’s bounty, the gift of the earth,
gives us reasons to be thankful.
Mother of the Harvest, with your sickle and basket,
bless me with abundance and plenty.

Hold the stalks of wheat before you, [You can print a pictur of wheat stalks from an online picture] and think about what they symbolize: the power of the earth, the coming winter, the necessity of planning ahead. What do you need help planning right now? Are there sacrifices you should be making in the present that will be reaped in the future?

Rub the stalks between your fingers so a few grains of wheat fall upon the altar [Cut the picture into small pieces]. Scatter them on the ground as a gift to the earth. If you’re inside, leave them on the altar for now — you can always take them outside later. Say:

The power of the Harvest is within me.
As the seed falls to the earth and is reborn each year,
I too grow as the seasons change.
As the grain takes root in the fertile soil,
I too will find my roots and develop.
As the smallest seed blooms into a mighty stalk,
I too will bloom where I landed.
As the wheat is harvested and saved for winter,
I too will set aside that which I can use later.

Tear off a piece of the bread [From your own loaf or slice of whole wheat, if you eat it or feed the rest to the wildlife,]. If you’re performing this ritual as a group, pass the loaf around the circle so that each person present can take off a small chunk of bread. As each person passes the bread, they should say:

I pass to you this gift of the first harvest [Type this in after you have tore off your own piece of bread]. When everyone has a piece of bread [Has typed in the above sentence], say:

Everyone eats their bread together. If you have ritual wine [or your chosen beverage take a drink symbolic of passing it around] pass it around the circle for people to wash the bread down. Once everyone has finished their bread], take a moment to meditate on the cycle of rebirth and how it applies to your own life – physically, emotionally, spiritually. When you are ready, if you have cast a circle, close it or dismiss the quarters at this time. Otherwise, simply end the ritual in the manner of your tradition.

 

Dallying With Plants – A Warning

As I grow older I have become more and more fascinated with plant life. There are so many that it would take more then one lifetime for me to memorize them all. To start my magickal cupboard I want to make sure I know everything about each part of the plant so I’m studying the leaf, stalk, root and the buds or flower petals of each. This started because that beautiful flower growing around my property could possibly kill me.

As you see in the picture, I have a magickal Fairy Hat – Foxglove growing naturally back behind my property. It’s sacred to the Fae and should be No problem, right? Wrong! After viewing a video about this beautiful plant, I found out that everything about this plant is poisonous, from the root to the to the stalk, leaves and petals. Even the residue from the leaf can kill you.

I’m not saying all of this to scare anyone away from using herbs and flowers in their magickal workings, I actually encourage it. The energy and intent of processing and using the spirit of the plant makes your spells that much more powerful. Just take the time to do research on any herb, flower or wood you plan on using. Don’t take someone’s word that it’s fine, unless you absolutely trust them to give you sound advice.  Is the leaf poisonous, but the root is not? Is the root poisonous, but the petal is safe? A little Botany and Herbology research on each plant will also give you grater confidence and will add your own magickal energy mixed with the plant’s spiritual energy, to make your Ritual or spell more powerful.

Brightest Blessings and Safe Exploring Sisters and Brothers,

SunRay Sorceress

History of Wicca and Paganism

Discussion of animism, early polytheism, duality in gods and goddesses, the burning times and witch hunts in Europe, Gerald Gardner and the introduction of Wicca, and several authors well-known in modern Paganism.

1 SUBCATEGORIES IN HISTORY OF WICCA AND PAGANISM

To read the rest of this article by Patti Wigington please click on this link: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/wiccanpaganhistory/