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

 

 

Coronavirus – Covid – 10 Worldwide Update

This post is not being put up to feed into the upheaval and panic many people across Mother Earth’s governments have been feeding into all of us this is just for overall information. The important thing to remember is coronavirus is an umbrella term for all kinds of colds and flu. The strain of the virus that is causing the, to me, unnecessary panic is Covid – 19. So I hope finds everyone healthy and with enough of every to make through whatever restrictions your country or state has put into effect.

Where I live outside of Chicago, Illinois, USA our schools are closed, some of them have just switched everyone to homeschooling until about April 6th. I think that would have been a smart move for all the schools that have been closed in the USA. In Illinois as of 6:00 PM CDT all bars and restaurants have to be closed except for carry-outs or deliveries.

One of my heart brothers is going to a very special gathering in Ohio during the Spring Equinox while the event was not completely shut down they are now limited to only 99 people per indoor parts of the event. The event sponsors have rescheduled the event for near Samhain so those that cannot attend next weekend because of travel restrictions or whatever can still be together during an important time of the year. The main problem I can see for these people is being able to eat as in Ohio, the state that the event is in has put an even stricter closing of all types of restaurants.

March 16, 202 Covid – 19 Worldwide Update

If you are stuck at home like I am between my wrist injury and being in the high-risk category because of age and other medical conditions drop me a note if anyone wants to meet up in the chatroom to release some boredom.

 

Get to Know Silver Sage Better

This is a beautiful video of my dearest heart sister Sliver Sage’s work, yoga, meditation, and general witchiness space.

I Have a Secret by Sliver Sage

Remember to look for her Angel Card readings on Mondays. They will be posted on here, on her youtube channel and her website.

Silver Sage’s YouTube Channel

Silver Sage’s Website New Found~Life

Silver Sage can do Tarot and Angel Card readings for anyone anywhere in the world. She also will do spells and rituals for other people. (Coven Life DOES NOT do spells or rituals for others no matter what it is for.)

Week – 48 Goddess Knowledge – Artemis

Artemis, the archaic mistress of animals, probably dates back to Paleolithic times. Her realm is the wilderness, and her concern extends to all wild, untamed things. She presides over the hunt and is the goddess of hunters. Fiercely individualistic and independent, she remains apart from relationships to men. Despite her fierceness she is addressed as a healing and soothing goddess/. Protector of births, she alleviates the suffering of women in childbirth, She is also responsible for the initiation of young girls. Artemis is a wonderful symbol of female independence. She reminds us of the value of solitude and the importance of wild, unprotected places. She shows us those frightening places that bring healing even through fear.

For more information on the Goddess Artmis

To see some images of the Goddess Artmis

Limited Posts From Lady Beltane

Lady Beltane broke her left wrist and pinky finger in a bad fall yesterday which makes it very hard to type. She will try to get something posted as she can.

Coronavirus Update March 13, 2020

This post is not to scare anyone, it is just to keep you informed.

This is a general search done via Google Coronavirus Update

(2020) Retrogrades by Charlie Rainbow Wolf (Part 4)

SIDE NOTE: This a 4 part series with half posted on WOTC and the other half on Coven Life on alternating days. The posts that will be on Coven life will be re-bogged to here and vise versa. It would be a huge boost to Coven Life if you would click on the box that says, “Follow the Coven”. Hopefully, by the end of the year, CL will be receiving a small income from allowing WordPress to put up advertising from whoever on the website. To re-blogged  the post from Witches of The Craft click on “Follow” this will help boost WOTC’s small income from allowing WordPress to put advertising for whoever on the website. Thank you very much in advance for your support of WitchesofTheCraft.com and  CovenLife.co. My goal is to do one fundraiser per year to help people who cannot afford their entire Coven Life’s School of Witchcraft course fee. More on that at a later date.

Neptune **

Neptune is home in Pisces now and for several more years. and it’s quite happy in this position. Its movements influence your hopes and dreams, your spiritual evolution, and potential attachment issues. When Neptune retrogrades, it is easy for phobias and fears to surface. If you’ve been deluding yourself in any way, those illusions could be shattered, exposing the truth. The deeper your fantasies, the harsher the truth might appear, especially if you’ve been self-medicating in some way. However rough or painful it might appear, exposing the truth is always a good thing. for it helps you embrace your higher self and grow your soul.

Pluto***

First it is a planet, then it is no planet, then it is!* Pluto is farthest from the Earth, so its retrogrades pass largely unnoticed, apart from the impact you personally or are part of an important aspect pattern. Pluto is associated with evolution, like the phoenix, who dies and rises from the ashes. Look to Pluto to find your personal transformation, where you need to let go and grow, and what is holding you back from being all you can be. Pluto’s retrograde is a time when you may be forced to come to terms with things, demolishing what has power over you, so you once again can take control of your destiny.

** Neptune’s Retrograde Dates 2020

*** Pluto’s Retrograde Dates 2020

* Paraphrase of Zen proverb

Conclusion

Some people believe retrogrades are detrimental. I don’t think that’s necessarily true; however, anything can seem negative if you’re naturally pessimistic! A planet’s retrograde inhibits its energy, limits its potential, and perhaps creates some delay or disruption. Retrogrades are a wonderful time for all the re- words, like review, reorganize, reflect, revamp, revise, and more. Use them to your advantage.

Use the re-blogged posts from WitchesofTheCraft.com to read parts 1 and 3

Copyright by Charlie Rainbow Wolf 2020 in Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 6 to 10

 

Somethings to Help with Days of the Week Correspondences

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(2020) Retrogrades by Charlie Rainbow Wolf (Part 2)

SIDE NOTE: This a 4 part series with half posted on WOTC and the other half on Coven Life on alternating days. The posts that will be on Coven life will be re-bogged to here and vise versa. It would be a huge boost to Coven Life if you would click on the box that says, “Follow the Coven”. Hopefully, by the end of the year, CL will be receiving a small income from allowing WordPress to put up advertising from whoever on the website. To re-blogged  the post from Witches of The Craft click on “Follow” this will help boost WOTC’s small income from allowing WordPress to put advertising for whoever on the website. Thank you very much in advance for your support of WitchesofTheCraft.com and  CovenLife.co. My goal is to do one fundraiser per year to help people who cannot afford their entire Coven Life’s School of Witchcraft course fee. More on that at a later date.

Mars

Mars is pretty volatile, to begin with, and the retrograde period makes things even more unsettled. MarsMars is associated with adventure, assertiveness, and action. Mars retrograde only comes around every couple of years, making it the second-rarest retrograde, and lasts just over two months. It enters the retrograde zone in late July, stations in September, turns direct in November and clears its shadow the first week of 2021.*

You’ll feel impatient during this period, but it’s not a time to rush forward into anything. You might be more accident prone than usual — another reason to take your time. If you’re easily upset, this is an ideal period to seek help or counseling. If you use this time to your advantage, you’ll be able to come to terms with whatever issues the retrograde period exposes and take the appropriate action. Then, once Mars moves out of its shadow period you’re also moving forward toward your goals.

* Date Mars Retrograde 2020 – 2021

The Outer Planets

I believe the retrogrades of the outer planets have less impact than those of the inner planets. There are exceptions to this, and the first of those is if the planets are making a strong aspect — geometric angles — to other planets in the sky at the same time. The second exception is if the planet is aspecting a planet or power point in your natal birth chart. The outer planets move slowly and tend to bring about a slow evolution, unlike the inner planets transits, which tend to be more fleeting things, The outer planets go into retrograde for several months every year. Aside from the aforementioned conditions, their strongest influence will be when they change stations.

Jupiter

Jupiter is the planet of luck and abundance, and this is true even during the retrograde period. In fact, the retrograde often benefits Jupiter. It’s a wonderful time for reflection and philosophical contemplation. Lessons to help you to find your authentic self come your way to set you up for reaching your full potential if you let them. Jupiter’s backward dance brings a chance to determine what’s really important and where you’re merely distracted. It’s a time for overcoming self-indulgence and breaking habits, so when Jupiter turned direct, the new and improved you is ready to seize any opportunity that comes your way.

Use the re-blogged posts from WitchesofTheCraft.com to read parts 1 and 3

Copyright by Charlie Rainbow Wolf 2020 in Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 6 to 10