A Thought for Today

Keeping your internal elements in balance is more important as when you work with them for a spell and/or ritual.

This balance helps you to have a deeper relationship with the universal energies and feel a oneness with our divine Gods and Goddesses.

Blessed be dear brothers and sisters.

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Egyptian Afterlife – The Field of Reeds

If  the soul passed through the Weighing of the Heart it moved on to a path which led to Lily Lake (also known as the Lake of Flowers). There are, again, a number of versions of what could happen on this path where, in some, one finds dangers to be avoided and gods to help and guide while, in others, it is an easy walk down the kind of path one would have known back home. At the shore of Lily Lake the soul would meet the Divine Ferryman, Hraf-hef (He-Who-Looks-Behind-Him) who was perpetually unpleasant. The soul would have to find some way to be courteous to Hraf-hef, no matter what unkind or cruel remarks he made, and show one’s self worthy of continuing the journey.

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Good Wednesday Morning To All Our Brothers & Sisters Of The Craft!

Please read Lady Abyss complete message. Her spirit and heart are very sad and somewhat confused right now because she may have to choose between saving her familiar’s, Kade, life and keeping her website Witches of The Craft (a.k.a. WOTC). She has done so much for the pagan community as a whole to show the world we are kind, caring, loving etc people even if we choose to follow a spiritual and magickal path in The Craft instead of a mainstream religion. I ask you to please pray for her and her familiar Kade. To send them strength, comfort, and love. Please pray she finds the funds so she does not have to sell WOTC’s domain and thus her website to some stranger. Also, write her a short note or comment on this post on WOTC not here on Coven Life letting her know she has your love and support no matter what happens with WOTC and you understand that her familiars, Kade, comes before anything else. Write to her at witches_of_the_craft@outlook.com In the Subject Line put “For Lady A Only” that way no one else on the WOTC staff will open and read your private message to our wonderful, considerate, kind, and giving sister Lady A. When she started WOTC back about 20 years ago she was a trailblazer as very few if any other websites dedicated solely to The Craft were on the world wide web. I for one would hate to see her have to lose something she has dedicated almost 1/2 of her life to which has made it easier for those of us that have followed her over the years to come out of the broom closet and allowed myself as well as other pagans to feel safe starting their own website.

Now, this next part is our secret please check out WOTC’s store Magickal Necessities you may find something you would like to purchase or give as a gift to someone remember Yule is not that far away. Thank you very much for reading my addition and the post-Lady A shared yesterday.

Witches Of The Craft®

Good Morning
I hope everyone is having a very blessed Wednesday. I wanted to talk to you about a decision I might have to make within the coming days. The decision involves my familiar Kade and this site or domain. It is a decision I have been weighing for several days now. I know some of you know a little about Kade but I would imagine others don’t. Kade is a cute, adorable Pomeranian and my familiar. I had one before him named Kiki for 13 years. She passed away in my arms several years ago. When she passed, it was one of the toughest things I believe I had ever been through. To this day, I still cry when I think about her. We had a very special bond and part of heart when into the ground the day we buried her.

After Kiki passed and I was still a basket…

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Videos and Website Address for my Dearest Sister – The Bronze Witch

Below is the link to her YouTube videos. Right now there are only two but I know she is in the planning stages to post more. https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCopeuk53MA1yZp32xlP_DQg

Below is the link to connect you to her website. The Name of it is Alpha-Witchcraft.
https://alpha-witchcraft.com

I would really appreciate you watching the videos, remember to click like after you watch, or visiting her website. If you enjoy what you read click like and also follow her. She is just starting both the website and videos so let’s help support her please and thank you.

A Thought for Today

In following a pagan path we have more freedom to practice our spirituality in any way we chose. Some may follow only one tradition such as Wicca or a specific pantheon such as Nordic or Celtic or even what is referred to as Non-Paganism or Native American beliefs…well I think you get the idea. We are not strapped into following just one God and/or his son and having to attend church in a building to show we are faithful followers like in the mainstream religions. Now don’t get me wrong if a mainstream religion works as a spiritual path for a person than I think that’s great but after years of following more than one, I found the way to my peaceful and fulfilling spiritual path to be an alternative one.  We also do not have to follow just one of the pagan traditional paths we can study many of them and combine our own path from parts of many traditions. My spiritual path combines a few traditions such as Celtic, Native American, Wicca, Egyptian and Greek pantheons, Buddist. But this may change at any time as I study other spiritual paths.

So when I first dedicated myself to The Craft in 1978, I was a young 20-year-old who had just finished her novice studies in a regular coven. But I felt stifled in this particular coven because the High Priest and High Priestess only wanted us studying the materials they felt were the best offered at the time, remember we are talking way before the computer age as we now know it (back then computers were more glorified calculators and typewriters…lol) and when being a witch was being thought of as worshipping the Devil. I decided I had no choice but to find a coven that was more open in what traditions of paganism members studied and with the Mother Goddess’ help I found one. This is the coven I would eventually become High Priestess of when the current one retired. My High Priest and High Priestess along with the Priest and Priestess of this coven encourage us to study whatever pagan paths we wanted to. The coven had a small meeting room in the back of a restaurant owned by one of the members and we were welcome to go into it anytime the restaurant was open for business. This room beside having all the coven’s ritual tools stored there it had a wonderful library covering many topics and many authors of books about The Craft. The Elders of the coven were readily available to answer questions about spirituality and magick. If we were not sure of the information we sought they would ask the person who had come to them questions to help that person figure out what direction they wanted to go with their studies.  Because of this experience and Lady Abyss encourgement, I started the Coven Life coven and website which shortly led me to open the Coven Life WItchcraft school.

Now you are probably asking yourself what does all of this have to do with doing a dedication to The Craft/The Old Ways. To me doing a dedication ritual is saying, “Yes this is the spiritual path I want to follow and learn more about. It is me asking the Gods and Goddesses to help lead me through working with them and my Spirit Guides to following the path I am supposed to be on for spiritual growth and to lead my coven and school to the best of my abilities.”

Every person that does a dedication ritual whether it be to The Craft and/or a God and/or a Goddess it is for their own personal reasons. Every person anywhere on Mother Earth that practices any type of witchcraft has their own reasons for doing a dedication to whomever they want to. Those that follow a pagan spirituality are not taught to be like a cookie cutter person like people are in mainstream religions.

Blessed be dear brothers and sister of The Craft and The Old Ways.

WOTC Ritual on September 25, 2018

ANy questions about this ritual should be sent to witches_of_the_craft@outlook.com or a comment made on one of the WOTC posts on the WPTC website http://witchesofthecraft.com for this gathering. You can read all the posts by Lady Abyss by scrolling down this page

WHEN

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Socialization starts at 6:45 PM  CT

Ritual starts at 7:00 PM CT

Lady of the Abyss asks that if you come into theWOTC chatroom late you do so quietly, please.

WHERE:

WOTC Chatroom

Make sure you read the post about how you get into the chatroom

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

A Chalice with fresh water in it

A dish of  Salt

Sword or Dagger

Wand

Incense Holder

Incense of your choice

4 Element Candles in Celtic Magick the colors are Red for East, White for South, Gray for West, Black for North

Cord

TOPIC OF RITUAL:

“This ritual is done with a Celt flare to it…”

Re-dedication to The Craft, God and Goddess

The Witch’s Guide to the Autumn Equinox (Mabon) SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 BY JASON MANKEY

What Is It?

This is easy, it’s the Autumn Equinox, a time of (about) equal day and night. Beginning at the Autumn Equinox until the first day of Spring, there will be more darkness than light in the sky, or more nighttime and less daytime. It usually occurs around September 22-23, but varies a bit from location to location. Mabon is a modern name for the holiday and was first used in the 1970’s.

Did Ancient Pagans Celebrate The Autumn Equinox?

There were several celebrations in pagan antiquity that took place in the month we now call September, though they weren’t necessarily about or on the equinox. Japan has a September celebration too that sounds similar to modern ideas about Mabon. But if you are asking if there were lots of Pagan running around yelling “Happy Mabon” on the Autumn Equinox in the year 200 the answer is no.

The holiday of Harvest Home was once very popular in England and may have possibly had ancient pagan roots. Harvest Home was celebrated in August/September, but didn’t have a set date. Harvest Home occurred when a village gathered the grain,…

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: Witch’s Guide to Mabon

Mabon/Autumn Equinox September 21st-22nd

This festival is now named after the the God of Welsh mythology, Mabon. He is the Child of Light and the son of the Earth Mother Goddess, Modron. In truth, there is little evidence that Mabon was celebrated in Celtic countries and the term Mabon was applied as recently as the 1970’s. All part of our reconstructed Paganism…

Here is another point of perfect balance on the journey through the Wheel of the Year, its counterpart being Ostara or the Spring Equinox. Night and day are again of equal length and in perfect equilibrium – dark and light, masculine and feminine, inner and outer, in balance. But we are again on the cusp of transition and from now the year now begins to wane and from this moment darkness begins to defeat the light. The cycle of the natural world is moving towards completion, the Sun’s power is waning and from now on the nights grow longer and the days are are shorter and cooler. The sap of trees returns back to their roots deep in the earth, changing the green of summer to the fire of autumn, to the flaming reds, oranges and golds. We are returning to the dark from whence we came.

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: Mabon