A Thought for Today

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Whether it is your family whose bloodlines you share or your family whose spirituality connects you always look for ways to strength your love and respect, to support another with words, a hug (20 second hugs release good endorphins making both people feeling better and happier), or just sitting beside them – face to face or virtually.

If not for my spiritual family I would not have made it through the first two years after my mom’s spirit crossed. My bloodline family, except for my children, grandchildren, and one second cousin, went back to us rarely talking. My love and devotion to my coven and the rest of my spiritual family should never be in question no matter what may happen they are my brothers and sisters the Great Mother and Father brought into my life for a reason. To the Great Mother and Father I am grateful beyond having words to use to give them the thanks and gratitude my heart holds for their gift to me.

My dear brothers and sisters know I am only an email away if there is ever anything I can do, even if it is just to listen to you vent about home, and family, work, the state of the world or how most people use and abuse Mother Earth and many if not all things living upon, under, and over her instead of in harmony with all living things.

Blessed be dear ones.

Update on the Sample of Life in The Craft Newsletter

SAMPLE ISSUE DUE to be In YOUR INBOX on March 1, 2019,  or March 2, 2019

Ever wonder why there is not more information about males practicing The Craft or an easier way to find more information about pagan Gods? For answers to these questions and few more articles topics on The Craft. To get the sample issue of Life in The Craft for free simply write to LifeinTheCraft@outlook.com in the body of an email include your email address and a few topics you would like us to consider putting into a future issue of the bi-monthly Life in The Craft newsletter.

Starting with the future full issues the first one id due to be released in May the subscription rate will be either $4.00 USD per issue or $20.00 USD per year (So you get 6 issues for the cost of 5). This newsletter is being jointly published in PDF form by WitchesofTheCraft.com and CovenLife.co. The PDF Form will be delivered directly to your Inbox so this way you can just save it to your computer or print all or just parts of it. The newsletter is copyrighted so you cannot republish it in whole or in part anywhere on the internet; you cannot print copies to give to friends or family without Lady of the Abyss or Lady Beltane’s express permission.

All issues will include information and a ritual for the Sabbat in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres that falls within the two months the issue covers.

We will also have new spells, chants, meditations, guest writers, Non-Fiction reviews for books on The Craft (any subscriber if welcome to submit a book review to be considered for publication) and other topics which will vary from issue to issue. We will also try make sure to keep you informed of any important things happening all across Mother Earth that affects the Pagan community as a whole or the state or country it effects (if you come across anything please send us an email with the link to what you have found). The author that sends in an article, book review, spell, ritual etc lose all rights to whatever they sent in. If accepted for publication the author loses all rights to use the article, spell ritual, etc and it becomes the sole property of Life In The Craft Newsletter.

Remember only the sample issue being released in March 2019 is free without a yearly subscription.

 

The Importance of Grounding Excess Energy After Doing a Spell or Ritual

During any type of magickal workings there is energy that is unused to complete it. This energy, especially if it is allowed to build up over time can cause minor or major problems usually with electronic devices. So grounding the extra energy every single time you do a spell and/or ritual whether you are doing inside or outside of a sacred circle must be grounded to Mother Earth. She should be told the energy is here to use however it will help her. You should also do this anytime you cast a circle for any reason.

To ground the excess energy raise your hands palm facing downward, as far as you can than slowly bring them down until you touch the ground of outside of the floor inside. If you cannot bring your hand all the way down bring them.as close to the ground or floor as you can and then imagine the energy being pushed down from that level into Mother Earth.

Wether you are working alone as a Solitary or in a Coven this is a very important piece of the spell.and/or ritual to especially when I’m your home.

I have a sister who had practiced for a few years grounding the extra energy only when she felt like it which was not that often. One  day many years ago we were talking about witch stuff and she was explaining  some problems she was having with the lights on her altar along with the fact her desktop computer, which was in the same room wasn’t working right at all and no scans could find anything wrong. After explaining the importance of grounding she did a major grounding of the built up excess energy over the years including grounding herself. The next day her computer and lights in the room started working right again.

When I forget to ground excess energy, we all can for her sometimes, after doing a quick spell in my den which is also the room I use as my sacred space/altar room, it builds up and starts blowing up light bulbs somewhere in my home. So try not to let this happen very often, replacing light bulbs can be expensive…lol Even after lighting and putting out an empowered I ground this excess energy. I have a healing candle that I normally light daily to help with my fibromyalgia pain, so I ground excess energy almost every day. Yes sometime I for get to do it after I put the candle out and if I have not done anything else like a spell, ritual of a circle for some reason it does not cause me a problem but if I do not ground the excess energy after lighting the candle two days it will cause some  type of electrical problem in my, as I really  refer to it, witch cave, will.happen or in the bathroom that you enter into through my witch cave.

Besides feeding your intention in to your the other very important thing is to always ground excess energy as soon as your magical work is done. If you are working in a circle ground the excess energy before opening the circle.

Copyright Lady Beltane 2019

How to Plan a Ritual

By Patti Wigington
Updated March 07, 2017
There are dozens of rituals available here at About Paganism & Wicca, and thousands more available across the vast expanse of the Internet. There are hundreds to be found in books on the subject of Wicca, NeoWicca, Paganism, and witchcraft in general. These rituals make a great template — and certainly, if you’ve never held a ritual on your own, it’s nice to have one already written for you. For many people, an important aspect of the spiritual growth process lies in planning one’s own ritual.

You may find that in planning your own rituals, it helps to follow the same format each time. After all, part of ritual is the concept of repetition. That doesn’t mean you have to speak the same words each time, but if you follow the same general order of things, it will help you become more in tune with the ritual process. Something else to keep in mind is that ritual should be celebratory. That means that it should celebrate something — a Sabbat holiday, a phase of the moon, the change of the seasons, a phase in one’s life. Know what you’re celebrating, and then you’ll know what your focus should be for the rite.

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Go to WOTC for Daily Readings

Witches of The Craft offers a daily digest that includes daily tarot card, astrological information among other things. WOTC is our sister web site and this is why Coven Life does not do this type of thing. Coven Life main focus is bring information to those who want to learn more about The Craft, it’s history, rituals, how to perform spells, etc. In other words we are a teaching website.

Lunar Eclipse Magic & Folklore

The magic of the moon is something that many modern Pagans find compelling. After all, for thousands of years the moon has been a source of folklore, myth and legend. One of the most intriguing aspects, from a magical perspective, is that of a lunar eclipse. Since the moon doesn’t emit any light of its own, what we see if it in the night sky is sunlight reflected off the lunar surface. A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth’s shadow blocks the sun’s rays, causing it to appear temporarily darkened. Unlikewith a solar eclipse, which can only be seen in a few parts of the world as it happens, a lunar eclipse can be spotted by anyone on the nighttime side of the planet.

There are actually three different types of eclipses. A penumbral eclipse takes place when the moon passes through only the outer edges of the earth’s shadow, or penumbra – it’s often very subtle and many people don’t even notice it. A partial eclipse involves part of the moon traveling through the earth’s umbra, which is the more direct, centralized part of the shadow.

Because the earth, sun and moon don’t form a direct line during a partial eclipse, we’re often still able to see the moon in the sky during one of these events.

The total eclipse is what we see when the earth’s shadow completely blocks the moon, and it goes fully dark for a period of time. Many times, the moonappears to be a reddish or bloodlike color as theevent takes place. This is what many people think of when they hear the words “lunar eclipse,” and it has been a harbinger of major events in many cultures for a long time. Let’s look at some of the myths, legends and magic that surround the phenomenon of the lunar eclipse.

  • Christopher Columbus knew that a lunar eclipse was coming in February 1504, thanks to his handy-dandy almanac. He used this knowledge as a way to scare Jamaican natives into offering food and shelter to his men, telling their chieftain that God was angry that the natives wouldn’t help him. He said that God would turn the moon blood red, and then make it go away completely, as a way of expressing his displeasure. Sure enough, the moon disappeared, and there was a great deal of terror among the locals. Right as the eclipse was about to end, Columbus said that God was going to forgive the natives as long as they kept the sailors fed. The moon reappeared, and Columbus and his men ate well until the next Spanish ship arrived.
  • A tribe in Benin, Africa, sees the lunar eclipse as a period of battle between the sun and the moon, and chants and dances are done to encourage reconciliation in the sky. They use this time as a way of resolving quarrels amongst themselves, much as the sun and moon resolve their feud at the end of the eclipse.
  • In the Norse eddas, a monster named Managarmr, the Moon Hound, swallows up the moon and stains the skies with blood during Ragnarok. According to the Gylfaginning, Managarmr is also known as Hati Hróðvitnisson, and is the son of Fenrir, the grey wolf, and a giantess.
  • Some practitioners see the eclipse period – which is generally pretty short – as being the equivalent of an entire lunar cycle packed into one brief event. After all, the moon has the appearance of waxing, waning and reappearing during an eclipse.

In some modern magical traditions, a lunar eclipse is considered a sort of metaphysical bonus round – in other words, any spellwork you do during this period is amplified and has a bit of extra power behind it.

Lately, a few people seem to have latched onto the idea that it’s just plain dangerous to perform magic during a lunar eclipse, especially if you’re a “newbie Pagan.” There is absolutely no logical basis for this theory. If you’re worried enough about the state of your psyche that you believe it could be somehow damaged by doing magic during an eclipse, then you need to either (a) not do magic at all, or (b) learn how to ground, center and shield so you won’t self-sabotage any workings you do.

So, what kind of workings should you focus on during an eclipse? Well, remember, an eclipse only takes place during the full moon phase of the lunar cycle, so this is a good time to do rituals focused on personal growth and spiritual development. Some examples could include, but are not limited to:

Finally, remember that even if an eclipse is taking place where you can’t see it – it’s raining, there’s a cloud cover, or you’re just stuck inside for some reason – you can still take advantage of its power and energy. It’s out there and it’s happening, so make the most of it and use it to your own benefit.

This article by Patti Wigington can be found at this link: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/moonphasemagic/fl/Lunar-Eclipse-Magic-amp-Folklore.htm

So Mote it Be

“So Mote it Be” is one of those archaic phrases that many people in the Pagan community use, yet its origins may not be Pagan at all.

According to Webster’s dictionary, the word mote was originally a Saxon verb which meant “must.” It appears back in the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer, who used the lineThe wordes mote be cousin to the deed in his prologue to the Canterbury Tales.

Occultist Aleister Crowley used “So mote it be” in some of his writings, and claimed it to be an ancient and magical phrase, but it’s possible he borrowed it from the Masons.

To read the rest of this article by PAtty Wigington on About.com please click on this link: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/glossary/g/SoMoteItBe.htm

Beltane – Day 20

I was looking on Piterest for something interesting to post for today but there were to many to choose from. SO instead here is the hyperlink to Pinterest for the search word Beltane: https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=beltane&term_meta%5B%5D=beltane%7Ctyped

I hope you find something on here you can use and/or just enjoy reading. Remember a lot of the posting when opned up have a button to click on to take you to the website the pin is originally from.

How to Consecrate Magickal Tools

Any object you will be using on your altar during rituals or when doing spells should be an object used just for magickal workings. These objects become Magickal Tools after being consecrated to be used just for rituals.

To consecrate an object first cleanse it of all energy that it holds or is sticking to it from other people handling it. For an easy way to cleanse the objects use this link – https://covenlife.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/how-to-cleanse-objects-using-the-elements/

After the objects are cleansed cast a sacred circle. Lay all items in a row on the surface you are using as an altar. Each item should be blessed and consecrated individually.

Call upon either the God and Goddess you feel the most comfortable working with or Hecate (Goddess of Witches, Home and Hearth, one name for the Triple Goddess) and the Horned God. The Horned Gods to aspects are the Oak King who reigns between the Summer and Winter Solstices or the Oak King who reigns between Winter and Summer Solstices.

While making the sign of the pentagram above each object a simple incantation will work such as:

I call upon ______ and ______ to bless and consecrate this _________

to be used to in any magick I work and/or ritual I perform.

I ask Spirit, Air, Water, Fire and Earth to bless and consecrate this _________

to be used in any magick and/or ritual I perform.

So mote it be.

Copyright 2014 Lady Beltane