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.

A Chuckle for Your Day

Another laugh from the cute Miniature Schnauzer on YouTube.com, Pluto…

Pluto Living – Beautiful Bodies!

Crafting Your Own Sacred Schedule – Part 7

(Parts 1, 3, 5,7 for this topic will be posted on Coven Life. Parts 2, 4, 6, 8 will be posted on Witches of The Craft)

Follow, Your Roots

Not only is it important to acknowledge the patterns of the land where you live, but you may also find exploring your roots very inspiring. Where are your ancestors from? What traditions and celebrations did they observe historically? You probably won’t find books on these subjects in the New Age section of the library or bookstore — instead you’ll want to wander over to anthropology and folklore sections. If a particular tradition or day really resonates, consider how you can sincerely explore it. Are the people who live in that area today still observing it? Can you find videos online of the festivities? It might be worth a trip to immerse yourself more and see what you can discover about your roots.

Copyright by Laura Tempst Zakroof Llewellyn;s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 20 to 23

A Thought for Today About Families

Pluto for Pluto Living on YouTube is back with some ideas for International Family Day.

Pluto Living – International Day of Families

A family can be blood relatives or a heart/spirit family made up of people you care about.

Too you my dear ones thank you for being part of my virtual family. I send blessings of continued good health and/or healing energy to all of you and your family blood and/or virtual.

Love and blessed be dear ones.

Crafting Your Own Sacred Schedule – Part 5

(Parts 1, 3, 5,7 for this topic will be posted on Coven Life. Parts 2, 4, 6, 8 will be posted on Witches of The Craft)

Family and Familiar Feasts

Is there a particular occasion that has been long celebrated in your family or has a speical place in your heart? Carry on that tradition then! Even if it is tied to a religious tradition that you no longer follow or is completely secular in origin, consider what makes that day special to you. Is the meaning rooted in who was in attendance, the time of year, or what meal was always served? Think about what spiritual or magical context that feast has for you now. Traditions survive through a healthy mixture of both preservation and change.

Copyright by Laura Tempst Zakroof Llewellyn;s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 20 to 23

Crafting Your Own Sacred Schedule – Part 3

(Parts 1, 3, 5,7 for this topic will be posted on Coven Life. Parts 2, 4, 6, 8 will be posted on Witches of The Craft)

Celebrating the Deceased

There is a tendency to think of the dead at certain times of the year, such as Samhain. But if you work with the spirits and deceased enough, you will find they are around us all year long all year long. I celebrated my loved ones who have crossed over on their birthday. Some people my choose to celebrate the deathday, but I prefer the birthday [Side note: I celebrate both days]. Why? Well, on a technical level I tend to only remember the season of someone’s passing, not the actual date, so that’s not really helpful. The main reason for using their date of birth, though, is that I want to celebrate their life and the impact they had on the world while they were alive.

Copyright by Laura Tempst Zakroof Llewellyn;s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 20 to 23

Little Pagan Acorns – Website for Pagan Children

[Not just for Pagan children that are homeschooled but for any Pagan child)

WHY PAGAN?

The world of homeschooling is dominated by Christians, and the majority of online resources are Bible-based. For someone who is Pagan, it gets pretty frustrating to find great printables that aren’t filled with Bible scriptures or Christian phrasing. So I wanted to create a resource for all of us who are parents and/or homeschoolers who are following other spiritual paths.

My purpose is to create pages that can be mixed in with other resources to add some Pagan terminology, ideals and history so that people can teach their children something that is uniquely Pagan.

I also intend to have selections of nature-based and generically “spiritual” material that could be used by folks who aren’t really Pagan but want an option away from the Christian materials as well.

I know that the term “Pagan” covers a huge range of faiths and beliefs, and I hope that I can properly respect them all here. My own path is more Wiccan and you’ll tend to see more material along that slant (lots of altars, Sabbats and pentacles!). I’d welcome any comments or suggestions from other beliefs so that I can accurately cover them. I apologize in advance if I have included anything that is inaccurate about other religions. Feel free to let me know.

So, welcome to Little Pagan Acorns and I hope that there is something here to help with your Pagan homeschooling and parenting!

Little Pagan Acorns – Website for Pagan Children

Public Service Announcement About Your Webcam

(This is not being posted to try to sell you anything. It is for safety reasons only I copy and paste this information.)

Why Webcam Security Matters

By Click&Clean – Updated Friday, May 8, 2020. Nowadays, webcams are standard equipment on most devices, including desktop and laptop PCs, tablets, and smartphones. A webcam allows you to send a picture in real time from one device to another through an Internet connection.

However, this does not mean that we know what we are doing with them, and many people simply forget that they are vulnerable to being hacked. Recent Wizcase research showed that more than 15,000 private webcams are accessible to the general public.

Webcam hacking attacks are one of the most popular activities of malicious users and have been actively exploited by them for many years; for example, to obtain visual information about the details of your home.

In most cases, webcams have indicator lights that show when the webcam is in use. However, hackers and cybercriminals create malware that can turn off the activity indicator. If your webcam has been hacked, then even though the notification light is off, the webcam can capture video, and someone can spy on you.

Security Tips to Protect Yourself Against Webcam Hackers

1. Cover Up Your Webcam

The simplest solutions are the most effective. To be absolutely sure that no one is spying on you through your webcam and your webcam is protected from potential attacks, use some electrical tape or a webcam cover to physically cover up your webcam.

2. Unplug or Disable Your Webcam

The next best step to protect your webcam is to unplug or disable it. If you are using an external webcam connected via USB, just unplug it when not in use. If your laptop or desktop has a built-in webcam, disable it completely via Device Manager.

3. Scan Your Device for Webcam-Focused Malware

It is crucial to regularly run anti-malware scans to protect your webcam. But traditional antivirus software may not catch webcam-focused malware or spyware. Therefore, you should consider downloading a second opinion anti-malware scanner, such as Malwarebytes.

4. Don’t Open Email Attachments From Unknown Sources or Click on Suspicious Links

Often, scammers use phishing emails to trick users into opening harmful links or downloading malicious files from email attachments. If you receive an email from someone you don’t know, don’t open it, and don’t click on attachments or any suspicious links.

In addition, many webcam hackers use shortened links on social media sites that will redirect you to a malicious website or automatically start downloading malware. Therefore, never open any unknown files, shortened URLs, or any links, unless you’re sure that it’s from someone you trust and know.

5. Keep Your Webcam Software Up-to-Date

To prevent your laptop or desktop computer from catching malware, it’s important to keep your operating system, web browser, and any other type of software up-to-date. If you use outdated vulnerable firmware, this could compromise your privacy, and cybercriminals can easily exploit these vulnerabilities and flaws.

Crafting Your Own Sacred Schedule – Part 1

Parts 1, 3, 5,7 for this topic will be posted on Coven Life. Parts 2, 4, 6, 8 will be posted on Witches of The Craft

What days of the year are most important to you? Are you making a place for them in your practice, or are you by-passing them altogether? What makes your year go’ round? These are important points to consider when finding your life rhythm and setting a sacred schedule for your own Wheel of the Year.

All too frequently, new practitioners approach this path and feel they must absorb a whole new system directed by a book. That includes celebrating the Wheel of the Year down to the letter, even if it doesn’t make sense for your location, background, beliefs, myths, real life experiences, and so on. This approach can leave you feeling out of touch with what’s happening around you or even make you wonder if you’re doing witchery all wrong.

But there are very few hard and fast rules in Witchcraft — instead, they’re are many suggestions and recommended guidelines. The Wheel of the Year model, as it appears in most books over the last fifty years, is a relatively new construction pieced together from different traditions, I’m not pointing out this fact to knock the system — it does work well for many people. Yet it can be all to easy to forget that the Wheel of the Year is a guideline, not a rule to be adhered to religiously or exclusively. The intention behind its information is to give modern Pagans a cycle they can connect with. How you mark or celebrate the seasons, mythic changes, and important dates will depend heavily on the foundation of your personal practice.

Take into consideration that the popular version of the Wheel of the Year is heavily steeped in Celtic myth. What if you wish to delve into your Slavic, Japanese, or Brazilian heritage? Every culture has its own vibrant collection of myths and sacred days. Sometimes they overlap with the eight sabbats, similarly landing on solstices, equinoxes, or the cross-quarter days, but sometimes they don’t. For example, the Slavic/Russian sun-oriented fest of Kupala occurs in early July while Obon, a Japanese festival that honors the dead falls in mid-August.

There’s also the problematic trappings of culture that insists on separating the sacred from the secular. Big festivals and fest days help bring a community together, but that doesn’t mean they are more special or powerful than days that have a deep personal meaning in your own life. When we are able to see the correlations between the big moments and our day-to-day lives, we enhance our ability to connect with the world around us. The more we can honor and celebrate the seawsons in our own lives, the deeper our practic becomes.

Copyright by Laura Tempst Zakroof Llewellyn;s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 20 to 23