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 Happy and Blessed Ostara or Mabon

Well, I just learned something new about the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and the fall equinox in the southern hemisphere. Ostara the spring equinox is on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 10:49 PM PM CT while Mabon the fall equinox is on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 2:49 PM AEDT in the southern hemisphere. Which means we are experiencing the equinoxes at the exact same time just in different time zones and because of the international date line on a different date.

When I read this I felt it covered more than just a blessing for Ostara and Mabon. I felt it was a blessing to carry with us all through the year.

Northern Brothers and Sisters: May what you sow this spring come to a bountiful harvest in the fall.

Southern Brothers and Sisters: May what you sowed in the spring be bring you a bountiful harvest this fall.

Remember we can sow different things for our own reasons they do not have to be something we plant in the ground and watch grow, they can be something we change in our lifestyle or in our spiritual or magickal path. Then when we harvest them they become part of us and who we are.

Sabbat: NH Ostara Sunday, March 22nd, SH Mabon Monday, March 23rd

All Witches and Pagans are invited to join the Heart’s Spirit Coven as we celebrate Ostara in the Northern Hemisphere and Mabon in the Southern Hemisphere

WHEN:

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 NH

Monday, March 23rd, 2020 SH

At 6:00 PM CDT NH/ 10.00 AM AEDT SH

Circle starts at 7:00 PM CDT NH/ 11.00 AM AEDT SH- SHARP.

45 minutes will be allocated for a chance to talk to our Brothers and Sisters. Please do not enter the chat room once the circle has started. Thank you!

WHERE:

Heart’s Spirit Coven Chatroom

 

Beginning the Sabbat with a Universal Prayer

Just before we begin our Sabbat, I would like to acknowledge all that has happened and is happening in 2020, before and beyond. It is a significant time of much change and challenges for both humanity and the Great Earth Mother and all within her. Let us take a minute to pray for the universal healing in this time of need.

“May the Great Mother and Great Father give us strength and refuge in our time of need. Help us to remain calm and strong in the face of uncertainty, help us find compassion without the overwhelming feeling of empathy. Great Mother and Father teach me humility, acceptance and to remember my kindness”

So mote it be……..

 

Ostara in the NH

Ying Yang Drawing for OSTARA

 

You will need (aside from your altar usual set up)

See how to set up basic elemental altar below:

https://covenlife.co/2017/07/06/simple-basic-altar-set-up/

Green Candle

White candle

Yin/Yang  Symbol- cut out the wholes specified once printed, or you can draw or paint the symbol.

2 eggs colored one darker one lighter

 

Mabon in the SH

You will need (aside from your altar usual set up)

See how to set up basic elemental altar below:

https://covenlife.co/2017/07/06/simple-basic-altar-set-up/

 

A wicker basket

Red Apple

Fallen Branch

Seasonal fruit and vegetables

Incense of your choice

Knife to cut apple

Picture of a large pentacle (I use a pentacle disk or you can draw or print one on a piece of paper)

A candle-(the larger the better, one to re-light, whenever you wish to contemplate during the winter months over your magickal and mystical path. If your candle runs low transfer the light to another large candle with love and intent of the energy of the first. Contemplations are done for short periods of time so candle needs to burn for only a couple of minutes at a time, longer if you wish it is purely up to you. Note; DO NOT BLOW OUT CANDLE, SNUFF THE CANDLE INSTEAD)

See how to snuffing candle

Set up for Ritual:

Mabon SH

Sweep your circle with a broom clockwise (use whatever you have on hand, it’s about physically cleaning your space)

Place the wicker basket with seasonal fruit and vegetables in the center of alter

Tree branch to the right of the wicker basket

Ostara NH

Sweep your circle with a broom clockwise (use whatever you have on hand, it’s about physically cleaning your space)

Have your Yin/Yang symbol prepared, holes cut out as indicated on diagram provided ready for ritual

Hard boil your eggs, colour one darker than the other ready to place on symbol

Purify the self and the Environment NH & SH:

Take a shower or bath with your favorite oils

Play your favorite music

Burn your favorite incense

Meditate and ground yourself

Ostara is the beginning of spring, the season for new beginnings and the renewal of life through planting. This is the time we can now plant seeds and nurture them throughout the coming months to bare their fruit. What is it that you would like to plant in your life? What are you willing to nurture throughout the growing season? For this ritual as this season is also a time for re-birth, new life and fertility we will be concentrating on the symbology of the egg. Think of the dark and light as the feminine and the masculine. The Goddess and the God resorting your outer and inner balance.

Mabon is the second of 3 harvest festivals celebrating the equinox and the harvest of apples. On the day of the equinox, day and night is of equal length. For the next 6 months the nights will be longer than the days.  This is such a great time of abundance. All the hard work that it takes to collect the harvest, it is now a time to rest, reap what you have sown and take the time to look at you hopes and aspirations and reflect how they have manifested. Most importantly spend it with the people you love. This is a time of giving, sharing and loving.

 

Cast the Circle:

Hypatia Casting the circle-

To the Guardians of the North:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

To the Guardians of the East:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

To the Guardians of the South:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

To the Guardians of the West:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

I cast this circle three times three with the assistance of the Great Mother and the Great God.

I call Upon the Guardians of spirit to protect us from above and below. As is above so is below, as is below so is above. May the power of The Great God and The great Goddess join us within this circle now, to protect us and to work with us and allow us to see beyond the veil.

Protect us Great Mother and Great Father for all gathered here and those afar who are unable to be with us. Allow no negative energy to touch us, to harm us and that nothing we call upon will harm us and others. We come together in perfect love and perfect trust.

Greeting:

Hypatia – Merry meet brothers and sisters and honored guests.

Everyone – Respond Merry Greet. Please tell us your first name and state or country you are from.

Ceremony:

Please ALL light your main altar candles (not the Mabon or Ostara candles as yet)

Ritual begins:

Ostara

Place green candle to your left and the white candle to your right. Leaving enough room in the middle to place your Yin/Yang symbol.
Place the Yin/Yang symbol in between the lit candles. Place the darker egg into the hole in the lighter colored side of the Yin/Yang and the lighter colored egg into the hole in the darker side.
When done type in “Ready.”
We offer these eggs to Ostara as all new life grows from an eggs 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 Yin/Yang symbol. The side you write them on should be the same color as the egg they are written on.
We will take a 2 minutes to complete the Yin/Yang symbol. When you are done type in “Blessed be”.

 

Mabon

Your wand in right hand, facing your alter, arms stretched out above head……….

“Autumn Queen and Harvest God I honor Thee. As the change of seasons begins the Wheel has turned once more. A time to reflect, a time to come together in the here and now in this sacred space where all time becomes one. The second harvest has been reaped, now take the time to rest and feel the change as the season passes from one to the next.

My Mother, go now and slumber

My Father go now and dream of re-birth”

Arms outstretched, lower your head and close your eyes, sit in contemplation for 30 seconds.

When ready open your eyes and lower your arms

Pick up the apple and place it on the pentacle

Cut the apple crosswise to reveal the pentagram bringing the elements into your life

Lift the half apple up as in offering and say….

“The year gives way to the next as the season passes and the Great Wheel turns. Ancestors, Guardians and Wise ones guide me. Every begging has an ending and every ending a new beginning”.

Light your Mabon candle now

Take a bite of the apple, put aside to share with nature later

Take the tree branch and shake in each direction, starting with the North, then West, South, East and say…….

“Allow me to remember the summer past as the days grow longer and the days shorter. Memories will warm my soul as the sunlight fades and hearth becomes inviting through this divine light of the candle dedicated to the Mother and Father.

Great Mother calls me forward to rest and lull myself to sleep with her songs as I cling myself to her bosom”.

Face the altar and branch held out in front of you and say……

“May I never forget the summer memories and continue to strive during the colder months. May I take this time to go within and reflect on the Mysteries that lead me to a better understanding of myself, of others and all that is in life and death”.

Put the tree branch back on the altar, take 30 seconds to contemplate about :

The symbols that you have mentally attached to this ritual,

The various projects that you will put in action over the winter months, no matter how small or insignificant they may feel.

After the ceremony please feel free to share the consecrated fruit and vegetables in a beautiful meal with family and friends. Make a beautiful dinner for all to enjoy and be thankful for what is.

 

CLOSING

Dismiss the circle:

  • To the Guardians of the North:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

  • To the Guardians of the West:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

  • To the Guardians of the South:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

  • To the Guardians of the East:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

As you leave here tonight may the Lady and Lord bless you with all that you need.

 

I bid you Blessings and great Joy Brothers and sisters of the Craft

 

Thank you and farewell

 

 

Angel Messages & Mercury Retrograde info for the week of 17 Feb. 2020

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Week 44 Goddess Knowledge – Epona

Epona, from Celtic Gaul, was especially worshiped as a protectress of horses, a bringer of fecundity to mares and well-being to foals. She was the only Celtic goddess to be adopted by the Romans. A lunar goddess, Epona is often depicted with a cornucopia, a symbol of abundance and plenty. Like the symbol of the horse, she is a bringer of fertility, a source of inspiration, and a figure of death – a psychopomp on the soul’s final journey. As late as the twelfth century, Irish kings underwent a ceremony of symbolic birth from Epona in her form of a white mare part of claiming their kingship. In ancient days, a king was ritually wedded to the goddess as part of becoming king.

Comfortable in both realm of life and that of death, Epona is a strong symbol of independence, instinct, and vitality.

To read more about the Celtic Gaul Goddess Epona

To see some images of the Celtic Gaul Goddess Epona

To read more about the Roman Goddess Epona

To see some images of the Roman Goddess Epona

SIDE NOTE: In modern times many pagans believe that Epona watches over all domesticated animals to help protection them

Week 43 – Goddess Knowledge – Minerva

Although Minerva, the Roman goddess of war and wisdom, is usually portrayed as equivalent to the Greek goddess Athens, she is revered as a goddess of wisdom, for the light of dawn typifies knowledge. She guides heroes in war and is patroness of all art, crafts, guilds, and medicine. Called by Ovid “the goddess of a thousand words” she was the inventor of musical instruments, numbers, and many crafts including weaving. The serpent and the owl were sacred to her. The serpent is an emblem of life energy and the creative impulse. The owl is a symbol of death and wisdom, and thus Minerva, a goddess of the dawn and wisdom, is also the goddess of death and transformation. Minerva is am incantation of wisdom in human form, an affirmation that we can use our knowledge and wisdom in pursuit of any goal we choose.

More information Roman Goddess Minerva

Images of Roman Goddess Minerva

More information on Greek Goddess Athena

Images of Goddess Athena

More information on Roman poet Ovid

 

Application for Coven Membership ONLY

This is a questionnaire we ask all potential, non-students of our coven, coven members to fill out. Please take your time with the questions covering what you know about the magickal side of Witchcraft. Answer each question thoroughly and honestly. 

 

How old are you? 

Where do you live? 

What is the main reason you want to join this coven? Please answer with a 500-word essay. 

Is there a position you want to reach within the coven or/ and your spiritual practice? 

Are you formally studying other paths at the moment and what is your motivation to do so? 

Are you prepared to contribute to the well-being and up hold the integrity of the coven and if so how? (i.e respecting its members, it’s hierarchy and its privacy). 

What is the main reason you study witchcraft? Please explain in a 500 word essay 

Will you stick to the coven even if it gets bored and tiresome? Please explain your answer 

If not will you keep the coven membership a secret after you move on? PLease explain your answer 

How long have you been practicing witchcraft? 

Do you follow a specific tradition? 

Have you ever or do you now practice any type of dark magick? 

Will you uphold the sanctity of Coven Life’s coven? 

Do you promise to follow the direction of the High Priestess and/or Council of Elders? 

Are you willing to question the High Priestess, Priestess and/or the other Elders if you feel they are doing and/or saying things that may hurt another coven member, a novice, and/or the coven as a whole? Please explain your answer 

What is your feeling of the phrase ” In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust “? 

Why did you choose this particular coven when there are so many on the Internet? 

Would you report bullying or anything other negative things coven members might be engaged in? 

What is a scared circle? 

When casting a sacred circle should you walk clockwise or counterclockwise? Please explain your answer for both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres 

When you open your circle which way should you walk? Please explain your answers for both hemispheres  

Should you do a spell for or on anyone without their permission even if it is meant to help the other person? 

What is an Esbat and when can they be celebrated? 

What is the Wheel of the Year?  

What are the names and dates of the Pagan Sabbats? Answer this for both hemispheres 

Should you ground excess energy after doing a spell or rituals or just let it lose in your home? 

Should you dismiss whatever gods, goddesses, angels, elements you have called upon to help you or just allow them the run of your home and family? 

Which points on a pentagram correspond to which element? Start with the top point. 

What are the different Moon Phases called? What type of spells or rituals are best to preform different types of spells. What Moon phase would be best to do each of these spells – protection, healing, income, sending someone or a bad habit away? 

 

After I and the other coven elders have reviewed your answers and we state our point of view on whether you need to take a few lessons to fill in gaps of you safely doing the magickal side of The Craft or if we will initiate you as probationary coven members. I will let you know. Your probation in the coven would last 1 year and 1 day then on the next new Moon after that you will be initiated as a full coven member. Please send $10.00 USD with your application, If you are accepted it will go towards your yearly membership fee of $30,00 USD due every May First. If you become a member any time before the May 1st due date your fee for that year will be prorated from the date you are accepted until the next May 1st. 

Application to Study as an Adept with Heart’s Spirit Coven

APPLICATION TO BE AN ADEPT STUDENT WITH HEART’S SPIRIT COVEN 

 

What is the main reason you want to join this coven? Please answer with at least a 500-word essay. 

 

Are you formally studying other paths at the moment and what is your motivation to do so?  

 

Are you prepared to contribute to the wellbeing and up hold the sanctity of the coven and if so how? (i.e respecting its members, it’s hierarchy and its privacy). 

 What is the main reason you want to study The Craft with this coven? Please answer with at least a 500-word essay 

 

Will you stick to the coven even if it gets bored and tiresome to you? Please explain your answer 

 

If not will you keep the coven membership a secret after you move on? Please explain your answer

 

How long have you been practicing witchcraft? 

 

Who have you been studying witchcraft with?
Do you follow a specific tradition? 
Have you ever or do you now practice any type of dark magick? 
Do you promise to follow the direction of the High Priestess and the Council of Elders? 

 

Are you willing to question the High Priestess or the other Elders if you feel they are doing and/or saying things that may hurt another coven member, a novice, an adept and/or the coven as a whole? Please explain your answer 

 

What is your feeling of the phrase ” In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust “? Please explain your answer

 

Do you know how to safely cast a sacred circle? Please explain how it is done

 

What is the Wheel of The Year? Please explain it and give us the names and dates of celebrating the Sabbats

 

What is an Esbat? Please explain

 

Have you ever called the Watchtowers? Please explain your answer

 

 

 

Have you read the Student/Coven Guidelines Handbook? Answer Yes or No 

 

 If your answer is No please read it before submitting this application.

 

Do you have any questions about any of the expectations we have of you being a student and member of Heart’s Spirit Coven? 

 

This application and your essays need to be accompanied with a $10.00 USD payment. Use the DONATE button on covenlife.co Homepage. If you are accepted as a student in the Heart’s Spirit Coven the $10.00 USD will go towards your course fee. If you are not accepted you receive a refund of $9.50 because of the fees PayPal chares us for transactions. You will also receive an email detailing why you were not accepted as a student 

 

 

Application to Study as a Novice with Coven Life’s School of Witchcraft and Heart’s Spirit Coven

APPLICATION TO BE A NOVICE WITH HEART’S SPIRIT COVEN

Please answer all the questions as thoroughly and from a place of your truth.

Have you read the Student/Coven Members Handbook? Answer Yes or No

If your answer is No please read it before starting on this application.

How old are you?

Where do you live? State or Country Only

What is the main reason you want to join Heart’s Spirit Coven as a novice witch? Please answer with a minimum of a 500-word essay.

Are you formally studying other pagan paths at the moment or in the past and what is your motivation to do so? If your answer is yes then please answer in detail.

Have you ever or do you now practice any type of dark magick? If the answer is yes please thoroughly explain why you studied it or why you are studying it now. We will not accept an active practitioner of dark/black magick into our school and/or coven

Are you prepared to contribute to the wellbeing and uphold the sanctity of the coven and if so how? (i.e respecting the other students/coven members, the coven High Priestess/Priestess/Priest, the other/students/coven members privacy, etc).

What is the main reason you want to study witchcraft and pagan spirituality through Coven Life’s School of Witchcraft? Please answer with a minimum of a 500-word essay

Will you continue studying with Coven Life’s School of Witchcraft even if you get bored and/or tired of how fast you do your lessons or because of their content? Please explain your answer thoroughly

If you decide to quit studying with us for whatever reason will you still keep the other students and coven member’s identity a secret after you move on? Please explain your answer thoroughly

If you decide to quit studying with us for whatever reason will you still keep the initiations and other closed coven gathering rituals a secret? Please explain your answer thoroughly

Are you willing to question the High Priestess or any of the other Elders if you feel they are doing and/or saying things that may hurt another coven member, and/or student and/or the coven as a whole? Please explain your answer thoroughly

What is your feeling about the phrase ” In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust “? Please explain your answer thoroughly

This completed application and along with your essay answers need to be accompanied with a $10.00 USD donation. Use the DONATE button on covenlife.co Homepage. If you are accepted as a student in Coven Life’s School of WItchcraft and as a member of the Heart’s Spirit Coven the $10.00 USD will go towards your $40.00 USD course fee.

If you are not accepted you receive a refund of $9.50 because of the fees PayPal charges us for transactions.

Once Lady Beltane and the Council of Elders review your application, which usually takes 3 to 5 days, you will receive either a letter of acceptance or one of non-acceptance into the school and/or coven. If we decide to turn your application down we will send an email explaining why we did not accept you and the date we refunded your $9.50 USD. If you are accepted the balance of $30.00 USD for the novice course fee must be paid before you receive your first lesson.