An Apache Blessing

Apache Blessing

I have been told there is a word in the American Indiana languages that has the same meaning and is similar to when a Witch or Pagan says Blessed Be.

This word is A’ Ho

pronounced with a short A such as in apple

and Ho such as in hoe.

So today dear Sisters, Brothers, and Guests A’ Ho

Ostara/Spring Equinox Blessing

Spring

From all of us at Coven Life we wish you and yours a blessed and pleasant Spring.

Autumn is Coming Soon to the Northern Hemisphere

My husband and I were talking this morning about fall we live outside of Chicago, Illinois, USA so Northern Hemisphere, which reminded me that although the temperature is changing and in some places the Wood Nymphs are painting the leaves in beautiful reds, yellows, golds, and oranges it is actually Summer until September 21st this year. I’m looking forward to collecting beautiful leaves for my altar on the Mabon/Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and maybe a couple of colored eggs with special markings for the Ostara/Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.

I would like our members, sisters, brothers, and guests to know our coven covers both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres Sabbats. Alternating the celebration date between the Southern’s Wheel of the Year calendar and the Northern one, as there is a small window when both hemispheres have the same date. I use Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (which is one day a head of us when it comes time to gather for an Esbat or Sabbat) for time and date in the Southern Hemisphere because that is the closest time to where our wonderful Priestess Hypatia lives. I use Chicago, Illinois for the time and date of the Northern Hemisphere because that is close to where I live.

I believe for a coven to truly be spiritual family we need to celebrate things we have in common as well as our differences. This will include starting in the new year, based on the Celtic calendar, on the day after Samhain (pronounced sow-en)  November 1, 2019 in the North. This is going to seem like my math is way off but for next new year day but our year is going to be 18 months long so we can celebrate the new year using the Southern Hemisphere’s Wheel of the Year and it’s Samhain is celebrated on May 1st. So after this new year our next one will be May,1,2020

Here’s are craft ideas to do with younger members of your family for both hemispheres

Northern Hemisphere Craft

Fall Place Mats

What You Will Need:

Clothes Iron set on LOW (WARNING Make sure there is an adult or someone over say 16 years doing the ironing and making sure the younger children do not get to close that they could tip the iron over or tip on the cord and get burned!)

A bunch of fall leaves (the amount depend on a few things how many place mats you want to make, the size of the place mats, and how many leaves you want in each place mat) If the leaves are damp place them one at time of medium or large or 2 at a time if they are small on apiece of paper towel than take another piece and lay it over the top of the leaf and gently press down all over the leaf until no more moisture comes off.

Orange, or Yellow, or Red Construction paper

Darker crayons to draw with or right a persons name on their specific place mat

Print out a copy of the pictures of the Runes, Ogham alphabet, Witchcraft symbols, or any of the many Ancient alphabets (may can be found on Coven Life. Just put the bane of the alphabet or symbols can be found on Coven Life or Witches of The Craft

Roll of Wax Paper or Clear Contact Paper (If you have excitable young children I suggest the Contact Paper because than you take the chance of anyone burning themselves away or if you do not own an iron) – Suggested length for the place mats is they not be over 18 inches

Collected different leaves that are not all dried out. You will different amounts depending on how big the place mats will be and how big or how many leaves you want to use for each

2 old towels large enough to cover and lay underneath the wax paper. So Wax does not get on what ever surface you are ironing on

How to Make the Place Mats

Depending on how many people are working on place mats – Place a large handful of leaves between every two people

Give each person 1 sheet of construction paper laid horizontally

Let each person pick up to 2 crayons (If two or more people want to use the same color this is a great time for a lesson in sharing)

Have each person lay leaves out on their piece of construction paper IMPORTANT – no leaves should over lap

After everyone has their leaves arranged using the crayons (MAKE SURE COLORS ARE PICKED BEFORE THE LEAVES ARE IN PLACE) let person put a person’s name on the place mat in whatever alphabet the want and/or write symbols on it. The writing should weave in a path among the leaves.

Now the tricky part – Have an adult CAREFULLY as to not to be jiggly with the place mat so you do not move thing to a different spot

IF USING CONTACT PAPER SKIP TO INSTRUCTIONS NUMBER 2

Wax paper should be 2 inches long than the construction paper

1) First put down a towel than a piece of the wax paper, next place construction paper  in the center of the wax paper and make sure it is straight, than place another piece of wax paper over the top of the leaves on the construction paper and place the other towel over the whole thing. Moving iron set on lowest setting with no steam constantly for about 3 minutes over the entire surface of the towel. Lift up the top towel if the two pieces of wax paper are melted together at the extra parts at the end. If the two ends of the wax paper are not fully melted cover the place mat and again using a constant motion ironing over the whole place mat rechecking the pieces of wax paper about every 30 seconds until they are melted together. Once they are melted together than lift the place mat off of the bottom towel and set the place mat on a flat surface for about 5 minutes or completely cooled to room temperature on both sides. You may need to flip the place mat over to cool the bottom side of it. Lastly trim the excess wax paper off leaving about 1/4 inch of each end of the place mat as this help hold it together and keep air bubbles from forming on the place mat itself.

2) You will need 2 pieces of contact paper for each place mat.Measure out a piece of contact paper about 1 inch longer the the construction paper peel off the backing of 1 sheet. Very carefully, because once the paper is down you will not be able to move it, lay the place mat in the center of the contact paper you might want to use a ruler or something the is flat and as long as the place mat a you are sure is in a straight line to help guide you to set the place mat properly. Next remove the backing of the other sheet of contact paper about 1 inch line the end up so the bottom and top layers of the contact paper are together now using the ruler or flat whatever while you slowly peel the backing of as you are doing this with one hand the other hand should move the flat thing right behind it this should prevent air bubbles. With the contact paper you only get one chance to make sure every thing is right.

DO NOT USE THESE PLACE MATS TO SET HOT PANS OR DISHES ON BECAUSE THE WAX PAPER WITH MELT ON TO ANY HOT SURFACE AND IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO GET OFF. THESE ARE FOR USE FOR PLACE SETTINGS ONLY!!

 

Egyptian Gods – The Complete List

The gods and goddesses of Ancient Egypt were an integral part of the people’s everyday lives. It is not surprising then that there were over 2,000 deities in the Egyptian pantheon. Some of these deities’ names are well known: IsisOsirisHorusAmun, Ra, HathorBastetThothAnubis, and Ptah while many others less so. The more famous gods became state deities while others were associated with a specific region or, in some cases, a ritual or role. The goddess Qebhet, for example, is a little known deity who offered cool water to the souls of the dead as they awaited judgment in the afterlife, and Seshat was the goddess of written words and specific measurements overshadowed by Thoth, the better known god of writing and patron of scribes.

Ancient Egyptian culture grew out of an understanding of these deities and the vital role they played in the immortal journey of every human being. Historian Margaret Bunson writes: “The numerous gods of Egypt were the focal points of the nation’s cultic rites and personal religious practices. They also played a part in the great mortuary rituals and in the Egyptian belief in posthumous eternal bliss (98).”

The gods evolved from an animistic belief system to one which was highly anthropomorphic and imbued with magic. Heka was the god of magic and medicine but was also the primordial force, pre-dating all the other gods, who enabled the act of creation and sustained both mortal and divine life. The central value of the Egyptian culture was ma’at – harmony and balance – represented by the goddess of the same name and her white ostrich feather, and it was Heka who empowered Ma’at just as he did all the other deities. Heka was the manifestation of heka (magic) which should be understood to be natural laws which today would be considered supernatural but, to the Egyptians, were simply how the world and the universe functioned. The gods provided people with all good gifts but it was heka which allowed them to do so.

To read the rest of this informative article on Ancient Egyptian Pantheon

Some Superstitions from Silver Sage Witch

I thought over the years spending a lot of time with my German grate-grandmothers that I had heard all of their superstitious that they brought with them when they came to the USA. Just heard a couple of new ones in this video.

to view on YouTube click on the link and white icon on the upper left corner of the video. If you like please remember to click the 👍 and subscribe to get reminder notices on Mondays for the Angel and Oracle readings. Then on Thursdays for The Witching Crossroads these videos cover a variety of things about Witchcraft. It’s a good learning because it shows how a witch follows her path differently than Lady Beltane does.

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

Week 21 – Goddess Knowledge – Amphitrite

Amphitrite is the ancient Greek Tripp Goddess in her guise as ruler of the sea. Her name, used synonymously with the ocean by Homer, means ” the third one who encircled.” A moon goddess, Amphitrite retained her individuality even under later Greeks, who had her married to Poseidon. She has a special concern for pancreatitis of the sea and is responsible for the foaming waves.

Just as Amphitrite can moderate the winds and the sea, wecan can learn to calm the waves of our innerworkings storms.

For more information about Amphitrite please use this link: https://www.google.com/search?q=greek+goddess+amphitrite&oq=greek+goddess+amphitrite&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3.36765j1j7&client=tablet-android-verizon&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8

To see images pm Amphitrite use the above link than click on “Images” on the search page’s menu.