Black Onyx for Saturday

Merry Meet


Saturday is under the influence of the planet Saturn. Saturday is a day to work for  justice, defence, breaking curses , unhealthy relationships and reversals.

The energy of Black Onyx can help you bring protection into your life. Colour black prevents from energy leaking and makes you invisible for unwanted energies. This stone will build strong will within you if you are a person that finds it difficult to be strong enough to say NO when neccessary. This stone needs to be worn for a long time to start working with you, but once this is achieved you will become  a kind of leader for others/ or just a leader of your own life, that is a rather good option in all cases/ and you will develop strong will. This is what I know for Black Onyx. I will put it into some words : Strength, Protection, Defence, Invisibility, Success.

Blessed Be

Mistress of the Mountains

Here is a good information and photo of the black onyx:

More about Black Onyx thanks to

Onyx is a chalcedony, which is a variety of the microcrystalline quartz. It is formed when silica is deposited in lava gas cavities.

This results in the unique bands or stripes that Onyx stones usually exhibit.

Onyx is often a black stone, but there are also Onyx stones that are brown, pink, red, and green. There are also colorless Onyx stones.


With Onyx, you will feel invincible and you will feel like you can achieve anything!

Onyx is also an excellent stone to get rid of negative perceptions. It will help you in letting the world see a different side of you.

It will give you emotional healing, and it will infuse you with feelings of hope and positivity.

Onyx will fill you with energies of confidence that will improve your ability to face people, to speak in front of a large crowd, and to express what you feel convincingly.

This will greatly improve how you relate to people and how you leave your mark on them.

Onyx will bring you restful and pure energies. It will soothe your worries, remove your fears, and ease your tensions.

During really busy and crazy days, the warmth that you will feel from this stone will reassure you that everything will be okay.

No matter how demanding the days become, you will always enjoy a quiet and easy moment.

Onyx will bring you increased vigor, stamina, and strength. It will strengthen your discipline and self-control.

This stone will also give you strong support when you’re experiencing difficulties in your personal or professional life.

It’s a strong and protective stone that will help you when you’re facing your adversaries in any kind of conflict.

It will act as a defensive stone that can deflect any threat or negative energy aimed at you.

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The Runes of Odin (12. Jera)

Element : Earth

Star : Sun

Tree : Oak

Plant : Rosemary

Meaning : Harvest

“ You shall reap what you have sown”

Galdr :

Pathwalking with the Rune :


Comfort, harmony with others, this rune symbolises the proper thoughts and actions that lead to the proper results. It is good for gardening and farm work, for a happy home and welbeing. Draw Jera with long lasting ink over the front door at New Year Eve and the good fortune will stay in the home until the ink completely fades.

This is the rune of the Harvest, of the gathering of the crops.  It is used in all legal operations and processes. Jera is connected with justice. It can be used for positive outcome after you have spent money , time and effort to achieve something.

Jera is fertility, creativity, peace, harmony, enlightenment. It symbolises the ever lasting movement of the cycles in the Universe.

Jera is used for manifestation into material world, for the fruition of our plans . It is a prise for the efforts that have been made in the past.  Jera symbolises the 12 months of the year and the natural cycles and the change of seasons. Basically this is a positive rune, but it can be also regarded as the outcome of past deeds that means justice.

Jera does not have reverse meaning

Divination : now you are harvesting the results of your actions or efforts, it is a time to celebrate, a time of abundance and joy. But do not forget that winter comes after the summer / autumn. You should gain wisdom for the next challenge. Expect new challenges. You should prepare the soil and plant the new seeds.

The rune is drawn with the thumb starting from top to bottom.

“Jera is a rune of patience and movement with the harmony with natural tides of life. Moving with such life rhythms brings abundance and plenty. The cyclical recurrences in the biosphere and of the astronomical procession spirals through time, and contains many more profound secrets than does our common involvement with linear time, calendar dates and the clock.

Jera has to do with right timing. Jera is in the maxim “This too shall pass”, the proverb, “As you sow, so shall you reap”, and in the modern adage, “time heals all wounds.” Using this rune is the key to understanding the mysteries of time and the psychological importance of dividing and managing time.  Deadlines bring out the best in us and motivate us to grow to levels beyond our present ability. It also moves us to strategically taking action when the time is right. Take advantage of the ups and coast through the downs.

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“Jera means “season” or “year”, this rune relates to the cycles of the life. Jera announces the coming in due course of a good harvest if the good gestures were done at the right time. However due to its cyclic action, Jera announces however that it is only temporary, quite as the seasons which pass and follow on infinitely. Everything is in movement and everything returns to the same point because of the Nature’s cyclic movement. Furthermore being connected with Freyr and Freya, the twins gods male and female, Jera symbolizes the mystic union between the Earth and the Cosmos.

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Until we merry meet again

Blessed Be

Mistress of the Mountains



Novice Application and Expectations

Novice Application
Applications will be accepted anytime

You must be 18 years old to apply to be a student. Anyone under the age of 18 years old has to have a parent/guardian write to me from their own email address after they have read the application and/or want me to answer any questions about The Craft and/or myself they may have.
Before we accept anyone as a student we ask them to answer the following questions. Please scroll down to read what we expect from our novices and what they can expect from us before answering and emailing Lady Beltane your application. Send it to The Novice Course is $30.00 USD payable upon your application being accepted.We do can the fee in three payments if you can not afford to pay the $30.00 at one time. This is on a person by person bases decided by LAdy Beltane. This fee covers all novice lessons, coven gatherings, 1 on 1 help from Lady Beltane and/or our coven Elders, helping to keep this website and chat room going. The $30.00 is nonrefundable in any part if you decide to quit lessons or are dropped for not meeting the expectations of a novice. Use DONATE button on Homepage to make you class fees payment, please. Thank you!

Novice Applicantion Questions:

What country or state you live in?

How old are you?

Why do you want to study The Craft with this coven?

Have you studied any tradition of The Craft before? If so, what tradition and for how long?

Have you ever been part of any type of Coven or Grove?

Have you read the rest of this post and understand what we expect from our novices?

Do you have any questions about the expectations of our novices?

If any of the expectations are not met you will be dropped from the novice course!

Email your answer to One of the Elders will reply as soon as possible to let you know if you have been accepted or not.

We expect all lessons to be done in order and completed before sending them to us. One of the Elders will then review it and email you back with any corrections that need to be made and/or if further research is needed on any of the questions or we will email your next lesson out as soon as you can start on it. The lessons are like bricks in a foundation of a building if you miss putting a brick in somewhere or do not do it in the correct order the whole foundation is weak. When practicing magick there can be no weak spots in your foundation or your magick may hurt you or someone or something else somewhere in the universe. Email every lesson in its own email with the “Subject” line having the lesson number in it.

Even if you do not have a lesson ready to turn in we expect a short email every week from every student just so we can keep in contact all you really have to say is hi. If we do not hear from you for two weeks in a row we will believe you no longer wish to study with us and remove you from the class email list. We realize there are times health issues or emergencies happen for this reason we will keep your file for two more weeks for a total of 4 weeks before deleting you completely. If this happens please write to us or ask someone to write for you so we know you are still interested and if the coven can be of any help. If at any time during your 1 year and 1-day novice study period you chose to quit studying with us, we would appreciate an email letting us know you are exiting the classes and coven and if you want to give us a reason as to why you are exiting that would be great. The Elders are available by email or to meet in the chat room if you need help with a lesson or have any questions about The Craft. These meeting when at all possible should be set up a minimum of three days in advance.
We will try to answer all students emails within three days of receiving them.
Lady Beltane or one of the other Elders will hold meetings that all novices must attend. The meeting time and date will be announced on the Coven Life website a minimum of one week in advance. An email will also be sent to all novices announcing the meeting. This meeting is for you to meet other novices, ask questions, give answers if you know them, make comments on the study plan and/or lessons. If you or someone you care for is ill, you have to work or an emergency arises we ask that you let us know as soon as you can that you cannot attend or if it is after the meeting why you missed it. These meetings are important as topics can come up that are not covered in the study material.

There are online coven gatherings on every full or new Moon and Sabbat the usual starting time for socializing is at 6:45 PM CT with the Circle being cast at 7:15 PM CT. The ritual lasts about one-half hour for each gathering. You need to attend the monthly Esbat and 8 Sabbat gatherings. As the Esbats and Sabbats fall on different days of the week according to the Moon’s cycle and Wheel of the Year so we can not give a set date to hold them on every month, please check the Coven Life website for announcement of Esbat and Sabbath gatherings. The entire ritual will be posted a minimum of 1 week in advance of the gathering.
Please check the Coven Life website at least once a week for announcements for gatherings and new post that have been shared. The coven Elders expects at least one comment on one post every week so we know you are checking the website for posts that can further your education in The Craft or bring you closer to the pagan community you will be part of when you become a novice or sometimes just to get to know your mentor Lady Beltane or one of the Elders a bit better.

Before the sacred circle starts at 7:15 PM Central Time in the USA anyone entering the chat room is welcomed to socialize with anyone else that is there. Ask Lady Beltane questions about lessons or anything else.

Once the circle starts ALL SOCIALIZING AND COMMENTS unless asked for in the ritual must stop. You will get one warning if you break this guideline. If you do it a second you will be asked to and expected to leave the gathering immediately. There will be no exceptions to this guideline.

No one should enter or leave the chat room between 7:15 until the circle is finished. To enter or leave the chat room (computer knocking you out of the chat room during this time is the only exception for re-entering the circle) during this time breaks the circle and whoever is leading the circle needs to take their time and energy to close it up again.

All electronics in the room you are in during the gathering should be shut off except for the device you are using to access the chat room.

No one will be allowed to use foul and/or rude language in the chat room either before or after the sacred circle. Anyone not following this guideline will be blocked from the chat room and no second chance will be given to attend another gathering.

Anyone attending a gathering is welcome to stay after the circle is done to visit with the others and/or offer other ideas for the ritual performed at that gathering.

These are simple guidelines and show courtesy to all coven members and visitors. If you have any questions about them please write to Lady Beltane at

Novice Course Lesson Outline

1 Making Your Book of Shadows

2 Definition of Common Words and Phrases used in The Craft

3 Define Moon Phases

4 Corresponding Days of the Week

5 Elemental Placements, Gods and Goddesses

6 What is a Witch’s Familiar

7 Set up Basic Altar

8 Meditation Basics

9 Do Your First Circle

10 Write A Spell

11 Write a Ritual to go with the Spell You Wrote

12 What are Esbats

13 Write an Esbat Ritual

14 Explain what a Sabbat is Including Dates They Are On and How they are Placed of the Wheel of The Year

15 Write a Sabbat Ritual

16 Write a Ritual for Your Personal Dedication to The Craft

17 13 Question You Should Now Be Able To Answer

18 Write a Review about Being a Novice Within Coven Life’s Coven

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Ostara/Spring Equinox and Adept Initiation Rituals on 3/19/2016

Anyone is welcomed to join us!


Saturday, March 19, 2016


7:00 to 8:00 PM CT

The Sacred Circle starts at 7:15 PM CT SHARP. Please be considerate and be on time or wait until 7:45 PM CT to join us for visiting after the circle has been opened!


Coven Life Chat Room

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Just because it says coven does not mean you have to be in the coven to attend. All Pagans are welcome to join us! If you have any questions about the gathering please email I look forward to many of us coming together to celebrate this wonderful Sabbat.

OSTARA RITUAL 3/19/2016.

A minute of quite to center and ground before the ritual begins. Anything appearing in bold type is where the entire gathering praticapates.

Lady Beltane: I call upon Ostara and the Oak King to cast this circle with me three times three. To keep all present in it safe. We are now in a sacred place where magick can be worked.

Laura – East: We call upon Air to help the bees spread pollen from plant to plant to help them grow with the rebirth of spring and our Devine Maiden so fair.

Mary – South: We call upon Fire in the form of the Sun God to give light that is needed to help our seeds grow with the rebirth of longer days.

 – West: We call upon Water to give nourishment to our growing seeds as you are the bringer of all life.

Lady of the Abyss – North: We call upon Earth the mother of us all to keep us grounded in all things we do.

Ritual for Everyone – Place green candle to your left and the white candle to your right. Leaving enough room in the middle to place your Ying/Yang symbol.

Place the Ying/Yang symbol in between the lit candles. Place the darker egg into the hole in the lighter colored side of theYing/Yang and the lighter colored egg into the hole in the darker side.

Everyone – When done type in “Ready.”

Lady Beltane – We offer these eggs to Ostara as all new life grows from an egg or a seed. Ostara we ask you to bless these eggs to help us renew ourselves as Mother Earth wakens from her slumber. That we may find new life coursing through us as cleansing energy. Oak King we ask that your fertilize the hopes and wishes we have written here so they may grow and come to fruition as the year progresses.

As the Spring Equinox is the balance of day and night as equals so is the relationship of all males and females. We ask Hecate and her Consort to bless our relationships with others be they men or women. That we feel equal to them and not above or below them.

Take the eggs and set them on the side. Tape the circle of opposite color into the now empty holes. (Before breaking the eggs to eat them write the same runes on to the circles now in the Ying/Yang symbol. The side you write them on should be the same color as the egg they are written on.)

We will take 2 minutes to complete the Ying/Yang symbol. When you are done type in “Blessed be”.

Lady Beltane – This concludes our Ostara/Spring Equinox ritual. You eggs can be eaten whenever you want to on Ostara/Spring Equinox which is tomorrow Sunday, March 20th.

We will be doing a second ritual in the circle tonight to welcome four Witches who have gone from Novice to Adept in this coven.

Lady Beltane ( Laura and Mary) – I called upon you as your High Priestess to “stand” and be recognized as adepts 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 members 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.

Laura and Mary – Do you enter this coven of your own free will?

Laura Answer

Mary Answer

Laura and Mary – Do you so swear to uphold the sanctity of Coven Life’s Coven?

Laura Answer

Mary Answer

Lady Beltane – Laura I welcome you in perfect love and prefect 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?

Laura 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 merry greet _____ many blessings to you as you continue your journey on your chosen path,

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

Mary state your coven/magickal workings name ____

Lady Beltane – You shall be known now and forever more in Coven Life’s Coven by this name. Merry meet and merry greet ______ and _______ many blessings to you as you continue your journey on your chosen path.

Everyone – Please welcome our newest coven sisters _________, ________,  _______ and _______. I ask that you give them your help, advice, and/or guidance if they ask it of you. That you treat them with the same respect you would treat all coven members and guest that attend our gatherings 

Lady of the Abyss – North: We thank and dismiss Earth the mother of us all to keep us grounded in all things we do.

 – West: We thank and dismiss Water for giving nourishment to our growing seeds as you are the bringer of all life.

Mary – South: We thank and dismiss Fire in the form of the Sun God for giving light that is needed to help our seeds grow with thr rebirth of longer days.

Laura – East: We thank and dismiss Air for helping the bees spread pollen from plant to plant to help them grow with the rebirth of spring and our Devine Maiden so fair.

Lady Beltane – 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.

Look a the post below for the information on the items needed for the Ostara/Spring Equinox ritual.

Preparing for Ostara/Spring Equinox Coven Gathering Ritual

Ostara is the start of spring when day and night are in perfect balance. It is the time when the Triple Goddess starts out as a Maiden and conceives her child. The eggs represent this quickening of the womb. The Ying/Yang symbol represents the male and female energy all living things have inside of them.It is a time to plant your seeds to nurture them into seedlings to plant on or around Beltane when the Triple Goddess enters the Mother aspect.

Below are the things that should be prepared ahead of time for our ritual. I suggest not making the eggs more than 2 days in advance because we will be eating them during the ritual.

Items Needed:

1 White Candle (any size is fine) Represents Ostara

1 Green Candle (same size as white one) Represents Oak King

Lighter or Matches

Water Proof Markers in 2 colors – 1 Light and 1 Darker

2 Previously Hard Boiled and Colored Eggs – 1 Colored the Darker Shade

                                                                                   1 Colored the Lighter Shade

Something to put the egg shells in when you eat them

Pair of Pointy Scissors to cut circles out of Ying/Yang Symbol

1-8×11 Inch Piece of Plain White Paper – With Ying/Yang Symbol Drawn on it.  I suggest using a dessert plate to draw the circle on the paper and then cutting around the outside of the mark.

Holes cut out to fit 1 egg in large part of each side of the symbol. I suggest using a shot glass or something the same size to draw th circles,  then cut inside the lines. Keep circles you cut out. One should be colored the lighter color and the other the darker one (you will be taping them back into the Ying/Yang symbol.

When coloring the eggs and Ying/Yang symbol use the lighter shade on one side and 1 egg. Then use darker side to do other side of symbol and egg.

Black Sharpie or similar Marker to write on the eggs with.

Before the ritual the eggs should be colored, the Ying/Yang symbol drawn and colored. Cut the circles out of each side of the symbol to nestle the eggs in. The reason for putting the opposite color egg into the symbols is to show how if it is the masculine side they have some feminine qualities and vise versa. 

Below will be a drawing of what each step in making the symbol and eggs will look like. My drawing with the Paint program on my computer is not that good but at least it will give you an idea of what I am talking about above.

Ying Yang Drawing

Mark each egg with as many runes as needed to convey your wishes/goals for yourself to sprout and grow thought out the summer and to be harvested in the fall. Below is a list of  one type of runes and their common meanings. You can find other types of runes by doing a search on or



First should have all ritual items as close to your computer as possible, so you can follow along with ritual easily.

Prepared Ying/Yang Symbol

2 Prepared Hard Bile Eggs

1-3 inch Black Candle

1-3 inch Yellow Candle

Plate or something to put egg shells on

Something to save egg shells in -you will be “planting” these either in your garden outside or in a pot inside with some type of seeds (flower or leafy plant or a vegetable- whatever kind of seed is your choice) You can refrigerate or freeze egg shells until you are ready to plant them on Beltane.The egg shells will help nourish what ever seeds or plant you chose to use them with.

Any questions about this post? Please email Lady Beltane at

The actual ritual will be posted one week before our gathering in the post that has the date, time and place. Just scroll down this page to find it.

Ritual for Imbolc Gathering on Monday, February 1, 2016

For information on when and where the ritual is taking place see post further down this page.

Items Needed

1 ribbon any spring color 20 inches or 50 cm long and, at least a half an inch or 1 cm wide If you do not have time to get the ribbons use strips of paper and then as soon as you can replace the paper with ribbons. Pieces of clear tape to tape paper to planter or wherever and to attach the natural object to the paper.

1 permanent marker-white or any brightly colored marker
2 natural items that can easily be tied into the ribbon and will not slip out of the knot holding it (examples shells or feathers or trees sprigs or sturdy flowers or flat stone)
1 Small planter ready to plant seeds of your choice in – OPTIONAL

A few Seeds of Your Choice – OPTIONAL

1 white candle
A drum or use a plastic bowl and wooden spoon or your hand
A tasty treat to eat after the blessings
Before Ritual Discussion – Starts at 6:00 PM CT
High Priestess Streggga – Imbolc has arrived and out of the darkness of the winter solstice.  Imbolcs hope for the future is essential -it is a very turning of the wheel and the life force itself . This ritual is  to celebrate Imbloc the beginning of spring. Our intention today is to invoke blessings for the year that’s unfolding
Imbloc arrives with the realization that winter will come to an end and is traditionally associated with the lambs and the first Snow Drop flower. it symbolizes hope, wishes, and all new beginning’s. -Open discussion about this Festival of youth and growth.
At 6:14 PM CT one minute to Circle Time – Let’s take a minute to ground ourselves.
(Ground and think about your growth) hold that thought and lets began!
H.P. Stregga and the rest of the Coven Life staff wish to thank you Sisters  and Brothers for coming. The circle will now be cast.
Lady Beltane: I cast this circle with the Sun God and Mother Earth. The Earth we stand on is now a sacred space out of time and place with any physical plain. This circle will protect all within it and keep out anything that would harm us.
Las Belane – Northeast – Imbolc,  stirrings of new life, breeze and the soil awakening
Ms Dani – East     winds bringing fresh air and change
 Loki’s Little Hippie Witch –  Southeast   sap rising, stirred by the sun
 Loki’S Ltitle Hippie Witch – South    warming sun, promise of light lengthening
 SunRay – Southwest – Seeds that are  sprouting that will become grains and crops
SunRay – West      Rains, feeding life
 Lady Beltane –  Northwest    pattern of life and growth, encoded in each living creature
Lady Beltane – North    renewal of the earth, as life awakens
All Attending – Above and below
H.P. Stregga – Introduction to the Imbolc
Imbolc is the festival opposite to and balancing the Lammas.  the agricultural themes of growth and death especially in the lifecycle of seeds this is the season of youth the birth of animals -the hatching of birds -sprouting of new plant life and the renewal of plants that been dormant through the winter.
(What does it mean to you) moment of discussion:
Grab your drums and let’s chant
Light the candle while chanting the chant above
Plant your seeds in the planter you tied the ribbon around while chanting the chant above

Chant to yourself

Breathing in, singing out
Birth  of new we bring about
Singing out, breathing in
Live the dream, Let the change begin
Blessing of the Ribbons
Taking your own ribbon write a blessing/wish -what you would like to see come true for this new year ?  Now tie that ribbon around the planter you brought or tree or anything that will be a daily reminder (you can even tape it to your bathroom mirror if you do not have a planter or anything else to tie it to) for you look at your blessing call upon your blessing and manifest your dreams and your desires and watch the new beginning of your life take place (You can do this with as many pieces of ribbon you want to tomorrow on Imbolc.
Light the candle while chanting the chant above
Plant your seeds in the planter you tied the ribbon around while chanting the chant above
Everyone share one blessing you asked for please.
Everyone responds “Blessed Be” after each person shares their blessing.
(Blessing from Stregga and any other High Priestess or Elder of the coven)
Closing the circle;
Below and Above
Lady Beltane – North    Renewal  of the earth, as life awakens
Lady Beltane  – Northwest   Pattern of life and growth, encoded in each living creature
SunRay – West    Rains,  feeding the growth of life
 SunRay – Southwest    Seeds  that are sprouting, that will become grain and crops
 Loki’s Little Hippie Witch – South   Warming  of the sun, promise of light lengthening
 Loki’S Ltitle Hippie Witch – Southeast   Sap rising, stirred by the sun
Ms Dani – East     Winds bringing in fresh air and change
 Lday Beltane – Northeast    Imbolc, this games of new life, breeze and the soil awakening
Lady Beltane – The circle is open but remains unbroken may the Gods and Goddesses bless each of us as we go our seperate ways. I return you to our physical plain and time.
H.P. Stregga -Thank you all for attending this ritual it is my hope and desire you all have what you wish for – may your new year be full of love and New life – may you bring forth all those beautiful things that you yourself have the power to manifest – may you strive this year to plant new seeds and may your fruit grow- may your life be full of happiness thank you for allowing me to be part of this gathering in this beautiful Coven. May you be blessed merry part until we merry meet again and so it it!    Mote it be!!!
Now take your cake and eat of it, remember to take some outside as an offering.
Copyright 2016 High Priestess Elder Stregga