All About Samhain – Celebrating the Witches’ New Year in the Southern Hemisphere Part 2

SAMHAIN MAGIC, DIVINATION AND SPIRIT WORK

For many Pagans, Samhain is a time to do magic that focuses on the spirit world. Learn how to properly conduct a seance, how to do some Samhain divination workings, and the way to figure out what a spirit guide is really up to!

By Patti Wigington

All About Samhain – Celebrating the Witches’ New Year in the Southern Hemisphere Part 1

The fields are bare, the leaves have fallen from the trees, and the skies are going gray and cold. It is the time of year when the earth has died and gone dormant. Every year on October 31 (or May 1, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere) the Sabbat we call Samhain presents us with the opportunity to once more celebrate the cycle of death and rebirth. For many Pagan traditions, Samhain is a time to reconnect with our ancestors, and honor those who have died.

This is the time when the veil between our world and the spirit realm is thin, so it’s the perfect time of year to make contact with the dead.

RITUALS AND CEREMONIES

Depending on your individual spiritual path, there are many different ways you can celebrate Samhain, but typically the focus is on either honoring our ancestors, or the cycle of death and rebirth. This is the time of year when the gardens and fields are brown and dead. The nights are getting longer, there’s a chill in the air, and winter is looming. We may choose to honor our ancestors, celebrating those who have died, and even try to communicate with them. Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying for Samhain — and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.

By Patti Wigington

Tarot.com’s Tarot Guide

Tarot is an ancient divination that began in 14th century Europe. Traditional Tarot decks consist of 78 cards (the Major and Minor Arcana) depicting symbolic archetypes that allow us to tap into our intuition and gain clarity through Tarot card readings. Today, Tarot readings remain one of the most popular tools for insight and reflection worldwide.

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All About Beltane Celebrating the Fertility of Spring

April’s showers have given way to rich and fertile earth, and as the land greens, there are few celebrations as representative of fertility as Beltane. Observed on May 1st (or October 31 – November 1 for our Southern Hemisphere readers), festivities typically begin the evening before, on the last night of April. It’s a time to welcome the abundance of the fertile earth, and a day that has a long (and sometimes scandalous) history.

Depending on your tradition, there are a number of ways you can celebrate this Sabbat.

RITUALS AND CEREMONIES

There are many different ways you can celebrate Beltane, but the focus is nearly always on fertility. It’s the time when the earth mother opens up to the fertility god, and their union brings about healthy livestock, strong crops, and new life all around.

Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying—and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.

To read the rest of this article by Patti Wigington please click on this link: https://www.thoughtco.com/guide-to-the-beltane-celebration-2561640?utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_content=20170411&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_term=list_paganwiccan

Application to Become a Student and Information About Being a Novice with Lady Beltane

Application to Become a Student

You must be 17 years old to apply to be a student. Anyone under the age of 17 years old has to have a parent/guardian write to me from their own email address after they have read the application and what is expected of my novices giving their written permission for you to be a novice with me. This is also dor me to answer any questions about The Craft and/or myself they may have.

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Before I accept anyone as a student I ask them to answer the following questions. Please scroll down to read what I expect from my novices and what they can expect from me before answering the following questions and emailing Lady Beltane your application.

What country or state you live in?

How old are you?

Why do you want to study The Craft?

Have you read the rest of this post and understand what Lady Beltane expects from her novices?

D0 you have any questions about my expectations of my novices?

Email your answer to me at ladybeltane@aol.com I will reply as soon as possible to let you know if you have been accepted or not.

I expect all lessons to be done in order and completed before sending them to me. I will then review them and email you back with any corrections needed. After that, I will let you know you can start on the next lesson. Do not start on the next lesson until told to do so, please. The lessons are like bricks in a foundation of a building if you miss putting a brick in somewhere or do not do it correct order the whole foundation is weak. When practicing magick there can be no weak spots in your foundation or your magick may very well hurt you or someone else or something else somewhere. 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 to turn in I expect a short email weekly from each student just so we can keep in contact all you really have to say is hi. If I do not hear from you for two weeks in a row I will believe you no longer wish to study with me and remove you from the class email list. If at any time during your year and 1-day novice study period you chose to quit studying with me I would appreciate an email letting me know you are exiting the classes and coven and if you want to give me a reason as to why you are exiting that would be great. I am 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.

I am 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.

Lady Beltane will answer all students emails within two to three days of receiving them. I do not answer emails on the weekends because of my work schedule.

Lady Beltane will hold a monthly meeting 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 and depends on the Lady’s work schedule. 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 I ask that you let me 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 will come up that are not covered in the study material.

There are online coven gatherings on every full or new Moon at 7:00 PM CT the visiting and ritual last about one-half hour for each of them. You need to attend the monthly Esbat gathering. As the Esbats falls on different days of the week according to the Moon’s cycle, I can not give a set date, please check the Coven Life website for announcement of Esbat gatherings.

Check the Coven Life website at least once a week for announcements for gatherings and the new posts that have been shared. Lafy Beltane expects at least one comment on one post every week so she knows 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 a bit better.

All emails should be sent to ladybeltane@aol.

All lessons are Copyright 2015 by Lady Beltane. They can not be reprinted or reposted without authors express permission.

Magical Gardening Around the World

Around the world, people tend to garden in different ways. Someone living on a large family farm plants their crops differently than someone on a half-acre lot in the suburbs. A resident of a big city in an advanced nation will grow things in a different fashion than a family living in an impoverished, third world country. While one person might use a large tractor and motorized equipment, another may use a simple shovel.

Still another might only use a pointed stick to make a hole in the ground. Since time began, the human race has managed to find ways to make things grow where before there was nothing.

In the early spring, many of us who follow earth-based spiritual paths begin planning our gardens for the coming season. The very act of planting, of beginning new life from seed, is a ritual and a magical act in itself. To cultivate something in the black soil, see it sprout and then bloom, is to watch a magical working unfold before our very eyes. The plant cycle is intrinsically tied to so many earth-based belief systems that it should come as no surprise that the magic of the garden is one well worth looking into.

Let’s look at some of the folklore and traditions that surround gardening and planting magic.

For the rest of this interesting article by Patti Wiggington please click on this link: https://www.thoughtco.com/magical-gardening-around-the-world-2562458?utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_content=20170404&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_term=list_paganwiccan

Another way for Balancing, Ground and Recieving Positive Energy

Many mornings I am up before the Sun starts to peak its way up. I love these mornings now that the warmer weather is coming and the birds are returning, singing for a mate it makes this time of day even better. I also love as the Sun rises I can still see the Moon as it sets to shine over others.  For me I feel the balance of night and day, I will stop somewhere that I feel is in the middle of the two to ground more and open myself up more to the universe and to help regain any balance my spirit, mind, and body have lost over the last week. After standing still for anywhere from a minute to, some days, fifteen minutes I continue on my way to wherever I was headed – usually the train station to watch my two youngest grandsons or to one of my jobs – feeling more energized, happy and content being me. Be sure to thank the deities and universe for their help.

I ask you to get up at least one morning a week and try this out for yourself. First put roots from the bottom of your feet down deep into Mother Earth, next open your Crown Chakra to your deity and the Universe asking them to cleanse you down to every cell in your body. Next take a few deep breaths while picturing all the pain, anger, hurt and negativity being pushed down from your head all the way through your body to exit through your feet. Ask Mother Earth to claim and rejuvenate the energy for her use. Then ask the Universe and whoever else you want to call on to fill you with positive energy, love, and laughter. Some weeks or even days you may have to do this more than once… I know there are days I need to.

Please comment about your experience as it might help someone else who is struggling for balance. We can all learn from each other. Many happy, positive blessings to you dear ones!

Copyright 2017 Lady Beltane

The Wiccan Elements

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

Wiccan Holidays in the Southern Hemisphere

What is the Wheel of the Year, or Wiccan holidays, for those in the Southern Hemisphere?

It gets a little tricky, since Wicca was created in the Northern Hemisphere. Since it’s a nature religion, an Earth religion, this makes a big difference.

After all, a Midsummer ritual in the North happens in June.

In the South, though, this is midwinter!

So what does a Southern Witch do?

The Controversy

To read the rest of this article please click on the following link: http://www.wicca-spirituality.com/wiccan-holidays-southern.html