A Thought for Today

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We are not some secret society that sacrifices babies or animals.

Most of us will never put a hex or curse on a person, place, or animal.

We respect the religion of others and do try to not condemn them or their beliefs or to force our beliefs onto them.

As Witches and/or Pagans we are usually much more intuned with Gaia/Mother Earth then those of “main stream” religions and there for respect and as much as we can to live in harmony with her and allthe living things.

Always take responsibility for anything you say or do. If you wrong someone it is your place to apologize to make things right again. Even if after doing this you decide to cut the person totally out of your life forever. We do not have commandments but we do have a Witches Rede summed up in 8 words

Do as you will, less it harm none

The “none” includes yourself, domestic animals, wildlife from the on, above, and under the ground, oceans, lakes, any water ways, that live and fly in the air, slither in the sand and/or crawl on top or below the ground and most of all another human. Once again take responsibility for your words and/or actions as harm maybe caused to yourself or others in many ways mentally, physically, emotionally or any combination of these.

As you do spells and/or rituals, if it is for others ask their permission first, keep in mind the Threefold Law as know as The Rule of Three. Remember this means any of your words and/or actions good or back will in someway come -back to you three times stronger then when you spoke unlikely or kindly, when an action had negative or positive consequences to another living thing. This is not a Witches law/rule just for spells but the path you walk daily.  Never do a spell that will take away even a miniscule part of another person’s free will.

I ask each of you reading this to stop a thinking for a couple of minutes if any of you actions and/or words were harmful to anyone you came into contact with in the last couple of weeks. If you have I challenge you to live by the Reds and Threefold Law to take responsibility for the wrong you did and give the person or persons a sincere apology.

May you find love, happiness, peace, and harmony everyday.

 

August 16th Full Moon Esbat Gathering

Our Esbat is being led by our adept Dawn of the Day this month. Please read completely through the ritual so you will know what you need and how the ritual will flow. Thank you.  Lady Beltane

WHEN:

Thursday, August 16, 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

Full moon ritual for releasing negativity

 

This months full moon ritual will be to help cleanse yourself from negativity and anger.  Everyone has been hurt physically, emotionally, mentally and this is the time to release the negativity and anger from ourselves.  Some of this negativity is caused by our very own actions, we are often our worse critics, but also from the action of others. We are doing this so we can start the healing process and bring more happiness and positivity to ourselves.

 

The full moon is when the positive energy is the strongest and we have the best chance of letting go of anger and negativity and start the healing process and start being more positive so that we can continue to grow in all aspects.

 

Please as we do this ritual place on your altars some of the things that help you the most to be in one with the gods.  These can be candles, incense, stones, bowls, flower petals, gentle colors, water, or something to remind you of the proper season.  For each of us our altars are unique so please use what you need. You will need a couple pieces of paper, a fire source and a place to burn these safely.

 

As our ritual starts please sit or stand in front of the altar.  If possible place your altar outside but as you are there do not let your shadow fall over the altar

 

This is what I will do but will not say. To start the ritual I would first move my altar to the middle of the room making sure the point of the star pointed northeast, I would then sage the altar and the room to cleans the area.  I would then place on the alter my statue of Hekate for my goddess and a piece of antler that I use to represent odin. I would then place a white candle to represent the spirit in the northeast point, moving clockwise I would then use a feather to symbolize air in the east, usually a small red candle to represent fire in the south, water in the west and salt to represent the north.

 

I would add to my altar the different things of abundance/harvest for my area that is corn and apples and a cup of apple cider and some homemade bread.  I would also add either a couple candles or pieces of cloth colors of green and gold to represent the season.

 

I would do this all in private before the ritual actually started as all witches set their altars up in a unique way, although I would suggest some grain or other materials that are in season to be harvested.

 

I will open the ritual by saying I call the watchtower of the East and I ask Auriel to help protect this circle and empower the work within my circle.

I call the watchtower of the South and I ask Gabriel to help protect this circle and empower the work within my circle.

I call the watchtower of the West and I ask Raphael to help protect this circle and empower the work within my circle.

I call the watchtower of the North and I ask Michael to help protect this circle and empower the work within my circle.

 

I will then say I travel 3 times around our circle brothers and sisters in a clockwise manner to seal our circle so we are safe to do this ritual.  I start in the east and point at the ground first and walk clockwise saying I close this circle with earth that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle. I will then point to the ceiling and say I close this circle with air so that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle,  then finally at shoulder level  I will say I close this circle with fire that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle.

 I would then say what is above is below our circle is formed may it may be opened but never broken.

I will then say i welcome the element of air by touching a feather and thank them for helping me with this circle .  Next will then welcome the element of fire by lighting a candle and thank them for helping me with this circle. I will then welcome water by touching the element and thank them for helping me with this circle and then to the north i will welcome the earth by touching that element and thank them for helping me with this circle.

I would then welcome the goddess (Hekate) and the god (Odin) to the circle and thanking them for attending and helping me with my work.

We have sealed the circle please use a couple of minutes here to calm your breathing, set up your gems light candles, and take a couple of deep breathes as you relax.  Visualize positive energy entering into your body from the ground and starting to heal you.

Please everyone type the word done and we will move to the next step.

Please get out your 2 pieces of paper on one piece please write down all the negative that you want to dispose of concentrate for several minutes and make sure you write anything and everything down that you wish to be rid of.   On the 2nd piece of paper write down all the positives. These are things that you want to continue, this is letting the universe know that you are thankful for them. The full moon in this case is acting as an agent/witness in contract with the universe.

Please type done when this is finished

Take the list of the negatives and safely light it and as it burns imagine all these things leaving your body like a toxin that has had an antidope applied, imagine as these things leaving your body, as that happens your body replaces these with positives.  As this happens repeat something like: Dear Universe, I no longer need these things the lessons have been learned and I am ready to move past these things and bring more positivity into my heart so good things will happen in the future.

When finished type done

Now take the 2nd list and carefully light this, imagine all the positives that are on this list and think about how positives will trigger more positives.  Make sure your heart is open and you are being honest and say something to the effect of with positives more positives will be spawned, my heart is open to these possibilities.  May these positives help me to be more present, to serve better, and to keep my eyes and heart open to all the positives around me

Now brothers and sisters lets take a minute or 2 just to sit relax and meditate on this knowing that positive energy will bring more positive energy and that with patience good things will come about

When you are finished please type done

 

I will then say our work is done, thank you Hekate for working with us today and with the utmost gratitude please return from where you came.  I will then say thank you Odin and with the utmost gratitude for working with us today please return from where he came. I will then say as i touch the element, I dismiss the earth and thank them for participating in the ritual.  I then will say I dismiss the element of water as I touch it and thank them for participating in our ritual. I will then say I dismiss fire as I snuff out my candle and thank you for participating in our ritual. I would then say I dismiss air as i touch the feather again and say thank you for participating in our ritual.

 

I will then say thank you to Michael and please return from where you came, I will then thank Raphael and please return from where you came, I will then thank Gabriel and ask them to return from where they came and finally Auriel and ask them to return from where they came.

 

 I will then rotate counterclockwise first at shoulder level thanking fire for protecting our circle.  I will then point to the ceiling and thank air for protecting our circle and finally point to the ground and thank earth for protecting our circle.  I will then hold my palms flat out to the ground and say all residual energy please release back into mother earth to help heal her.

 I will then say brothers and sisters our ritual is over please go in peace and know that our circle is open but never broken, blessed be.

A Thought for Today

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Whether it is your family whose bloodlines you share or your family whose spirituality connects you always look for ways to strength your love and respect, to support another with words, a hug (20 second hugs release good endorphins making both people feeling better and happier), or just sitting beside them – face to face or virtually.

If not for my spiritual family I would not have made it through the first two years after my mom’s spirit crossed. My bloodline family, except for my children, grandchildren, and one second cousin, went back to us rarely talking. My love and devotion to my coven and the rest of my spiritual family should never be in question no matter what may happen they are my brothers and sisters the Great Mother and Father brought into my life for a reason. To the Great Mother and Father I am grateful beyond having words to use to give them the thanks and gratitude my heart holds for their gift to me.

My dear brothers and sisters know I am only an email away if there is ever anything I can do, even if it is just to listen to you vent about home, and family, work, the state of the world or how most people use and abuse Mother Earth and many if not all things living upon, under, and over her instead of in harmony with all living things.

Blessed be dear ones.

HONORING LAMMAS – THE FIRST HARVEST

A brief history of Lammas

In Earth-based traditions, Lammas is usually celebrated on August 1, honoring the first harvest of the season. Lammas is also known as Lughnasadh (pronounced Loo-NAS-ah). In some Wiccan and Pagan traditions, Lammas is also a day of honoring Lugh, the Celtic god of craftmanship, grain, the Sun, and late summer storms. Lughnasadh is still celebrated in many parts of the world today. At this time of year, the nights are beginning to lengthen and we anticipate the return of fall. This is truly the beginning of shadow season. Before the Wheel turns to the darker months, we can take time to appreciate warmth and sunlight and how they support the season of growth. Gratitude in times of plenty is a powerful practice. What we reap now wasn’t always full-grown. By celebrating Lammas as a harvest holiday, we honor our ancestors and the hard work they had to do in order to survive and secure our lineage.

Like all Celtic or Pagan holidays, Lammas also honors goddesses whose associations, strengths, and myths align with the work we’re doing at this time of year. Ceres, the harvest goddess, known as Demeter by the Greeks, and Tailtiu, mother of Lugh, are great forces of agricultural abundance. We receive their blessings in the bounty of food that will feed us through the rest of the year. Metaphorically, our mental, spiritual, and emotional crops are ready for the first harvest, too. If you set intentions in the darkness of winter or early spring, this is the time to see how they’ve manifested and will support you in the months to come.

To read the ritual ideas click here Lammas/Lughnasadh

Hold an Imbolc Candle Ritual for Solitaries

Hundreds of years ago, when our ancestors relied upon the sun as their only source of light, the end of winter was met with much celebration. Although it is still cold in February, often the sun shines brightly above us, and the skies are often crisp and clear. As a festival of light, Imbolc came to be called Candlemas. On this evening, when the sun has set once more, call it back by lighting the seven candles of this ritual.

The seven candles in this ritual represent various aspects of both the seasons and the human existence. Several symbolize the light that emerges as winter finally comes to an end, and another represents the purifying warmth of the hearth fires. One candle is symbolic of the barrier between the positive and negative in your life; a boundary of sorts between our world and the next. Another stands in for the magic of wisdom and inspiration, and for the light that comes into our lives when we experience love.

If you’re a solitary practitioner, don’t worry! This is a ritual you can perform all by yourself. Although this ceremony is written for one, it can easily be adapted for a small group by assigning each participant their own candle, or candles, to light and take charge of.

For the actual ritual click here Imbolc/Candlemas Solitary Ritual

Week 26 – Goddess Knowledge -Hel

Hel is the Norse queen of the underworld, a mother goddess in her underworld guise. She rules over a firey womb of regeneration and is especially responsible for those who die of disease or old age. Her underworld, unlike the Christian hell, which received its name from her, is simply an otherworld, a place of renewal rather than a place of punishment and misery. When northern shamans visit her realm, they put on a helkappe, magic mask (sometimes a helmet) that renders them invisible. It is possible that the masked harlequin, a standard character in commedia dell’arte, was originally one of the kindred of the goddess Hel. Hel is an embodiment of the divine mystery, a challenge to look behind the mask of appearances to see things as they really are.

Click here for more information about the Goddess Hel

Click here to see some image of the Goddess Hel

Week 25 – Goddess Knowledge – Hathor

Hathor, a nourishing great mother goddess, is the Egyptian mother of all gods and goddesses. Usually portrayed as a cow, she is the sky goddess, the queen of the heavens: the sun emerges from her womb and the moon from her breast. She is the goddess of love, mirth, beauty, and sensual pleasure, as well as the protectress of all women. In her other guise, shown here, she is lady of the night and queen of the underworld. With her lion’s head, Hathor assumes the role of destroyer and giver of death. In her leopard skin she is the goddess of fate and fortune and typifies the ferocity and swiftness of this animal, a night prowler and watcher. Hathor is a strong embodiment of the many sides of existence. Creator, sustainer, destroyer, she encompasses all. Hathor reminds us that we, too, must acknowledge all parts of ourselves necessary to allow our creativity and compassion to flourish.

For more information click here: Egyptian Goddess Hathor

To see images click here : Egyptian Goddess Hathor

Week 24 – Goddess Knowledge – Athena

Athena is presented by the Greeks as the virgin goddess of war and wisdom. A symbol of courage and friendship, she often counsels warriors to gentleness. She is especially honored as a goddess of agriculture; the creator of the olive tree, the flute, the ship, blacksmithing, and shoemaking; and the goddess who introduced the joke for the oxen and the bridal for the horse. She is patron of all useful and elegant arts. In Greek mythology, Athena is said to have breathed soul into the men created by Prometheus and to have helped Prometheus steal fire from the heavens to give to men. Athena is a wonderful affirmation that there are no limits to what a woman can do with her intellect and creative ability.

For more information about Greek Goddess Athena

To see Images of Athena

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is an annual holiday which occurs on June 19th and is observed in the United States. It is one of the oldest celebrations of the abolition of slavery in the world. While this holiday isn’t an official government holiday in any U.S state, it is recognized as a ceremonial observance in roughly half of the U.S states and is observed as a “partial staffing holiday” in Texas – which means that government offices do not close on this day but some employees are allowed to take the day off by using a floating holiday.

History of Juneteenth

The history of Juneteenth can be traced all the way back to June 19th of 1865. This is when the Union Army, led by Major General Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and that all former slaves were now free. Although President Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, slavery hadn’t ended in Texas because there weren’t enough Union soldiers in the state to enforce the new order. However, the sound defeat of General Lee in April of that year and the arrival of the Union soldiers under Granger strengthened the forces sufficiently enough to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation.

While the original reason for why Texas was over two years behind in freeing slaves is lost to the fog of time. However, there are a few stories that have been passed down through the generations to explain the delay. The first story tells of a messenger who was on his way to Texas to deliver the order of freedom when he was captured and murdered. Another possibility is that the plantations ignored the order so they could maintain their free working force.

On June 19th, 1865, Major General Granger read General Order Number 3 to the people of Texas. This order stated: “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.” Reaction to this order by the former slaves was as varied as you could imagine. Some of the slaves stayed on under their former masters in a working capacity, while others left immediately after the order was read. Some of the headed North and others head to other parts of the South looking for family members they may have been separated. As more and more families united, they remembered fondly the day they acquired their freedom and began to celebrate it as Juneteenth. The day gained further prominence during the Civil Rights Movement.

Where is Juneteenth celebrated?

United states – All except am. samoa , az , hi , md , mp , mt , nd , nh , sd , ut , virg. is.

 

Week 23 Goddess Knowledge – High Priestess

The high priestess is the direct representative of the goddess on earth. She has direct responsibility for functions that ensure fertility and ongoing creation. Priestess often were responsible for ensuring rain, for the goddess was the giver of few and of rain. They often tended a sacred flame, the embodiment of the creative spark of life.

The High Priestess is the Great Goddess herself, a universal figure founder in such diverse guides as Isis in Egypt, Juan Yin throughout all of Asia, Athens in Greece, and Rhiannon among the Celtics. This goddess is all-knowing and all-wise; she creates life out of herself and bestows life-giving waters. At the proper time she takes life away so that the divine spark in each person may be freed to continue on its journey. The High Priestess is a reminder of the innate wisdom in each of us. She demands that we connect to the divine within and manifest it in the world.

 

 

I did not purposely pull this week’s card. It was on top after I shuffled the unposted Goddess Knowledge Cards. I personally do not look at myself as “the direct representative of the goddess on earth.”  The reason being is my dearest sister has pointed out to me something I let go to the way side which is the Goddess lives in all who ask. This goes for he God Consort also.