WOTC and CL Websites and Coven’s Combined Logo

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I am going to use this as the combined logo for WOTC, Coven Life, and Heart’s Spirit Coven as all threes logo as part of a letterhead, places that ask for our logo online, etc.

I picked the Tree of Life because to me not only does it represent As Above, So Below but also how 2 separate websites are coming together as one through the Heart’s Spirit Coven. All who read and/or follow Witches of The Craft and Coven Life whether you practice as a Solitary or in a face to face pagan group are a student with Coven Life, etc you are welcome to join me and the rest of Heart’s Spirit Coven for Open Chats, Esbat and Sabbat celebration gatherings. We do not follow a pure Wiccan path but a path of many different traditions so we are a eclectic coven of Solitary Witches and students who come together for gatherings and to chat.

As you can see WOTC is in yellow for Sun light, Coven Life is in blue for Life Giving water, both of which nourish learning and work together to form Heart’s Spirit Coven and Coven Life’s Witchcraft School. Please let me know over the next week whether or not you like this as a logo or not. If not, please give me you suggestions on what you think a good logo would look like combining the 2 websites and coven

Continuation of the story ….

I met my girlfriend when she facebooked me and asked about the rumors of me being transgender. As we talked more and more she said she wouldnt mind dating a transgender  person if I was interested so we got to know one another and she invited me to Indy Pagan Day where her coven was putting on a ritual.  It sounded like a good time and I was exploring alternate religions so I went out and attended the event and also attended her ritual.  I enjoyed the pomp and circumstance of the ritual  coming from a Catholic background and it increased my interest in pagan holidays and esbats.  We talked later and I let her know I would be willing to attend another ritual as they did most of their rituals publicly if her.

The next open ritual that they had was Samain and I was hooked, we attended the ritual I enjoyed myself as far as the learning process went and enjoyed the other people in the group.  After this ritual though things started going south for me and the girlfriend and we broke up right before Yule and because of this I only attended one ritual with her coven.  At the time I was hoping to continue the process with her coven but as the timed passed I saw that this was not going to be possible because of the drama.

This caused me to explore other options for my spirituality and I found an online coven to belong to for my education and a guild in a different city for my socialization.  I still do almost nothing witchy in Indianapolis, Indiana because I do not want to run the chance of running into my ex girlfriend.

I have written before on the differences between a guild and a coven and would be more than willing to answer questions in either area.  I will also take question on my transgender journey.  Hope everyone has a wonderful day, sun has come out here, and it is fairly warm for the end of December

Dawn of the Day

A newbie witch explaining her path

Well everyone its Dawn of the day again, Last time we spoke we talked about the difference between a guild and a coven as I have belonged to both.  Today I thought I would take a different look and talk about some of my first steps on the path.

One of the reasons I was drawn to the pagan path in my early exploration was that I was not happy with the mainline religions and the discrimination they showed to the LGBT community.  I tried to live my life correctly by Christian standards for 45 years belonging to their religions, worshiping as they wanted, and even buying in that being trans was not wrong as long as I did not dress in the clothes that I found were most comfortable.

When i reached about 45 i started my “mid life crisis” where I wanted to start dressing more in the clothes that I found proper and was in such a place that I was willing to give up family, friends, social organizations, religion and even my job as a high school teacher.  The other choice for this though was death, I had already picked out the where and how I just had to decide the when.

About this time two things happened just about in unison, one was that I decided to go see a therapist to determine exactly what i was, within two appointments I was diagnosed as trans and told I could start hormone replacement as soon as i wanted.  The second was that I meet a witch and lover and with her help we started exploring the pagan/wiccan path.

Even though the relationship ended badly and I do not care to ever see her again she did show me a religion that was accepting of everyone and one that I did not have to pretend to be someone else for.  Through her guidance she put me on the first steps of my wiccan path which has increased my knowledge of the gods and and how to better work with the goddess as I move down my path of life.

 

More tomorrow

Dawn of the Day

New Office Hours and Email Address for Lady Beltane, Open Chat, Esbat and Sabbat Changes

Lady Beltane’s new email address is WitchesCovenHearts@yahoo.com

No new students are being accepted into the Coven Life’s Witchcraft School until Wednesday, January 7, 2020. We are accepting requests to have the updated Student Handbook and Application to be emailed to anyone interested starting Tuesday, January 6th. Please put Potential Student in email subject line. Email your request to covenlifescoven@gmail.com We ask the you submit your application with a $10.00 USD fee. If accepted the $10.00 will go towards your novice course fee. If you are not accept you will get your money back.

Since I work 7 days a week and usually 5 to 7 hours almost every day, not including extra hours for Heart’s Spirit Online Coven gatherings, Open Chats and beginning of the month website maintenance and posts, extra weekly posts which has led to me being overly stressed causing other medical problems. I am no longer putting my health at risk and taking a chance of not seen my grandchildren grow up. So I am setting “Office” Hours for when I will be available for one on one talks, help with lessons, answering emails, doing regular posts, etc because it is that I either cut back on hours of availability and take a full day off every week or close down the school, coven, and both websites. Which I think many of you know all that I went through to keep Lady Abyss’ legacy and WOTC going so I really do not want to close any of it down.

These Hours Go Into Effect Wednesday, January 1, 2020 Emails can be sent anytime and will be answered during the following hours. These hours do not necessarily reflect the time I put in doing research and/or posting to both websites.

Sunday 10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM CT

Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CT

Saturday unless there is an open chat or gathering I will not be available at all. It is time for me to set aside special time for my family.

Then only exception to get in touch with me outside of my “Office” hours is an emergency of some kind. All my electronic devices are shut of every night between 7 and 8 PM CT. So it might not be until the next day that I get back to you.

The Open Chats will be at a new time starting at 1:00 PM CT ending at 3:00 PM CT on the 2nd Sunday of every month only, remember if you are a student you are required to attend except if you or a family member has an emergency.

Except for January the Open Chat will be on Sunday, January 19, 2020

Esbat gatherings time and day are also changing they will be held on the Sunday closest to the new or full Moon date starting with a social hour at 1:00 PM CT. The circle will be cast at 2:00 PM CT.

I ask you all to please respect my cutting back on the hours I spend doing website, school, coven, and 1 on 1 time with people so I can get myself distressed allowing my other medical conditions to get under control again also. Thank you in advance for your understanding, consideration of my requests, and as always your support.

S. H. Count Down to Litha

Get in your bare feet bring along something to drum on, just clapping you hands will do,  then get ready to dance

The Mother’s Heart

N. H. Count Down to Yule – A Time to Sing

A song for the whole family

Jingle Bells, Cast Your Spells

N. H. Count Down to Yule – Printable Coloring Pages

This is one of the funest parts of me being the High Priestess. Yes I know funest is not really a word but I fun making words up sometimes, especially when I am letting my inner child take the lead for a post for little witches.

If you, your child or grandchild colors a printable that came from here or WitchesofTheCraft.com email it to me at covenlifescoven@gmail.com along with a name to give credit where credit is do and I’ll post it on Coven Life. Please email all pictures by December 20th. Thank you.

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S. H. Count to Litha – Printable Coloring Pages

For some reason this holiday is hard to find coloring pictures for. Remember if your child or grandchild would like to see their picture on Coven Life just email me the picture and a name say who did the great work. Please email pictures to me by December 20th.

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N. H. Yule/Winter Solstice and S. H. Litha/Summer Solstice Sabbat Celebrations on N. H. December 21, 2019

Both rituals were written by Heart’s Spirit Coven Elder Priestess Hypatia. Both hemisphere rituals will be led by High Priestess Lady Beltane.

WHEN:

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Social Hour 4:00 to 4:59  PM CST

Circle cast at 5:00 PM CST

WHERE:

Heart Spirit’s Coven Chatroom

Yule- Northern Hemisphere- Winter Solstice

  • 2 White candles- any length- place at either end of your alter
  • Red candle to represent the God- any length
  • Green candle to represent the Goddess- any length
  • Your wish ready to write on a piece of paper- small note size
  • Paper and pen to write the wish on
  • Incense of your choice
  • A cauldron, plate or safe container for burning the small paper

Please feel free to bring a yule log if you are able to get one, the choice is yours.

 

Litha- Southern Hemisphere- Summer Solstice

  • 2 white candles- any length- place at either end of your alter
  • Red candle to represent the Sun God-any length
  • Green candle to represent the Goddess- any length
  • Your wish ready to write on a piece of paper- small note size
  • Paper and pen to write the wish on
  • Incense of your choice
  • A cauldron, plate or safe container for burning the small paper

 

 

RITUAL:

This will be a time to set our wishes for the coming of this New Year!

Yule- Northern Hemisphere- Winter Solstice

This is a celebration of rebirth and renewing of the old. The start of a longer, lighter days as the Lord of the Sun rises from sojourn with the Goddess. This is a time to welcome back the Sun. A time to celebrate knowing that the warmer days of spring are ahead, and the dormant hearth will come back to life.

 

Below is a picture of the Solar Cross that will be drawn on your paper with your wish.

SOLAR CROSS EXAMPLE

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Litha- Southern Hemisphere- Summer Solstice

Midsummer night eve of importance to many people. This is the longest day of the year, a day on which both light and life are plentiful. This is the time that the Sun God is at his strongest and his day is celebrated by burning his sun wheel. This was to ensure fertility and prosperity for the coming year.

This is also celebrated for the Goddess, as she is now with Child and reflecting the abundance of nature’s growth. This is a time of purification.

 

Below is a picture of a Sun Wheel that will be drawn on your paper with your wish.

SUN WHEEL EXAMPLE

 

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So let’s begin our Yule/ Litha ritual begin

Casting the circle-

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.

 

To the Guardians of the North:

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 God 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:

Merry meet brothers and sisters and honoured guests.

 

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

 

Please ALL light your white candles

INVOCATIONS

Yule- Northern Hemisphere

Please light the Goddess candle (Green) using the 2 white candles

All please say-

I light this fire in your honour Great Mother Goddess, you who have created life from death and warmth form cold. Once the time of the Sun lives. We invite you great mother to our circle, bring us brand new light, that of your glorious Son.

Now we look to the Great Earth Mother, and the Sky God, as guardians of the sky, the sea and of all Gods and powers. Victory is in their name. You are the source of peoples and all Gods. Without you nothing can neither be born nor made perfect.

I pray to you Great Mother and Father, be present here with your virtues, grant me my wish, give me what I need and only that.

All hail!

Please light the God candle (Red) using the 2 white candles

All please say-

Ancient God of forest and sky. I welcome you as you return form the shadows. Ow Great Lord the wheel has turned, I welcome you back to warm us. Great Lord I welcome your return and may you shine brightly upon this Great Mother Earth.

I pray to you Great God of the Sky and that of the Forest, be present here with your virtues, grant me my wish, give me what I need and only that.

All Hail!

Litha- Southern Hemisphere

Please light the Goddess candle (Green) using the 2 white candles

All please say-

Mother Nature, Lady of the firmament, bless thy fruitful womb which I honour.

 

Please light the Goddess candle (Green) using the 2 white candles

All please say-

God of fertility and fruitfulness. Blessed Lord of the blazing Sun, seed and nurturer of life. May you be blessed.

 

MAIN WORKING

Yule- Northern Hemisphere

Using your pen and paper please draw your symbol allocated to your Hemisphere.

On top of the symbol please write your wish.

Please type done when finished…

 

All please say-

Lord of the Sun that rides the westerly wild wind. As the seeds flourish and the fall into the waiting earth. I know this to be a time of equals allowing natures scales to come into balance. As the dark winter shadows reveal the wheel-a-turning it unveils life’s glory through a deathly silence.

O Great Goddess, watcher of sacred magic and long gone myths, show me the way to great wisdom. Show me the way Great Goddess!

When you are done please have your container safe and ready to burn the piece of paper with the wish and the symbol. During this time, please meditate for a full 1 minutes on the wish.

After the 1 minute meditation please say-

Let my mind and my hands be dedicated to the service of the God and the Goddess.

 

Litha- Southern Hemisphere

Using your pen and paper please draw your symbol allocated to your Hemisphere.

On top of the symbol please write your wish.

Please type done when finished……

All please say-

Lord of the Sun that rides the westerly wild wind. As the seeds flourish and the fall into the waiting earth. I know this to be a time of equals allowing natures scales to come into balance. As the dark winter shadows reveal the wheel-a-turning it unveils life’s glory through a deathly silence.

O Great Goddess, watcher of sacred magic and long gone myths, show me the way to great wisdom. Show me the way Great Goddess!

When you are done please have your container safe and ready to burn the piece of paper with the wish and the symbol. During this time, please meditate for a full 1 minutes on the wish.

After the 1 minute meditation please say-

Let my mind and my hands be dedicated to the service of the God and the Goddess.

 

FAREWELLS

Please all say-

Mother Goddess, Lady of the Waters, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honour between us now and forever. Hail and farewell Great Selene.”

Ancestors of blood and ancestors of spirit, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honour between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.
Spirits of the land, spirits of this place, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honour between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.

Thank you bright Lord for the light you have brought to us this night, may we carry it with us throughout the year that is coming.

Great Lady who is ever so gracious with her nurturing caring ways and infinite wisdom. Live within us throughout the coming year.

So mote it be!

 

CLOSING

 

Dismiss the circle:

  • To the Guardians of the East:

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 West:

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

 

  • To the Guardians of the North:

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 and want.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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