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The Coven Life Staff

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The Magical Uses of Plants: 23 Sacred Herbs for Health, Prosperity and Spiritual Protection

Caption from picture “herbs can do so much more than just add flavor to foods and improve health. they also have magical uses that can help you expand spirituality and do intensely practical things like create more success, prosperity and protection for negative influences.”

Generally, a plant referred to as an herb possesses some sort of medicinal, culinary, or magical value. Botanists and gardeners sometimes differentiate herbs from other plants by the stem: if the plant has a “woody” stem above the ground, it’s not an herb but a tree or a shrub. According to this definition, mint is an herb, but rosemary is not.

In the magical and spiritual world, however, the term “herb” is used as a catchall for bits of trees, flowers, spices, and all sorts of plants. Herbs thus form a huge portion of the green witch’s practice. Following the herbs, you’ll find some miscellaneous greens that are also useful (though often overlooked). The following list comprises some aromatic, culinary and magical plants and herbs.

1. Allspice (Pimenta officinalis)

Also known as pimento or Jamaica pepper, the dried allspice berry is a common staple in the kitchen spice rack. Called “allspice” because it incorporates flavors such as clove, cinnamon, and pepper, it is a common flavoring for spice cookies. The sweet yet spicy aroma is released when the dried berry is crushed. Allspice berries make wonderful additions to magical herbal blends for money and prosperity and any magic focusing on increasing energy, love, healing, and luck.

Where to Get It: Organic Allspice Powder

2. Angelica (Angelica archangelica)

Also known as archangel or angel’s herb, this fragrant plant has been used throughout the centuries for improving digestion, flavoring wines and liqueurs, and making candy. It is particularly powerful when this magic herb is used for protection and purification.

Where to Get It: Organic Angelica Root Extract

3. Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Also known as sweet basil and St. Joseph’s Wort, basil is commonly found in spice racks and in kitchen gardens all over Europe and the Americas. It is extremely versatile in the culinary arts and is an excellent all-purpose magical herb as well. Basil is used for prosperity, success, peace, protection, happiness, purification, tranquility, and love.

To read about the other 20 herbs please click on this link: Uses for Herbs

About The Author

Arin Murphy-Hiscock is the author of The Way of the Green WitchThe Green WitchThe Way of the Hedge WitchPagan Pregnancy, Power Spellcraft for LifeSolitary Wicca for Life, and Birds: A Spiritual Field Guide. She has been active in the field of alternative spirituality for over twenty years, and lives in Montreal, Canada.

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.

 

For Those in North America Turn Clocks Back TONIGHT

This Sunday, November 4, 2018, at 2:00 AM CT daylight savings time ends for North America. Which means turn all your clocks back 1 hour.

I do mine clocks, that don’t reset themselves, before going to sleep Saturday night. So I don’t get to an appointment or a family thing way too early. LOL, I have done this in the past.

You got it wrong again. It’s spring ahead, fall back.

Asclepius GRECO-ROMAN GOD

Alternative Titles: Aesculapius, Asklepios
Asclepius, Greek Asklepios, Latin Aesculapius, Greco-Roman god of medicine, son of Apollo (god of healing, truth, and prophecy) and the mortal princess Coronis. The Centaur Chiron taught him the art of healing. At length Zeus (the king of the gods), afraid that Asclepius might render all men immortal, slew him with a thunderbolt. Apollo slew the Cyclopes who had made the thunderbolt and was then forced by Zeus to serve Admetus.

Homer, in the Iliad, mentions him only as a skillful physician and the father of two Greek doctors at Troy, Machaon and Podalirius; in later times, however, he was honoured as a hero and eventually worshiped as a god. The cult began in Thessaly but spread to many parts of Greece. Because it was supposed that Asclepius effected cures of the sick in dreams, the practice of sleeping in his temples in Epidaurus in South Greece became common. In 293 BC his cult spread to Rome, where he was worshiped as Aesculapius

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: Asclepius GRECO-ROMAN GOD

Mabon/Ostara Coven Gathering

Side note: There will be no chat on Saturday, September 22, 2018, because of the Sabbat Celebrations on Friday and then the Esbat on Monday, September 24th, 2018. If anyone wants to use the chatroom to visit with other coven members go right ahead. The chatroom was set up partly for Esbat and Sabbat gatherings and partly for any coven member to use to talk to other members or close friends. All we ask is you do not use to do rituals in without a Coven Life Coven Elder present.m Thank you!

WHEN:

Friday, September 21, 2018

Socializing starts at 6:00 PM CT

Sacred Circle will be cast at 7:00 PM CT

Please do not enter the chatroom after 7:00 as this will cause the circle to be broken

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chatroom

Before we celebrate the Autumn Equinox – Mabon in the Northern Hemisphere and the Spring Equinox – Ostara in the Southern Hemisphere we will be doing a special spell/blessings for two of Lady Beltane’s grandsons. The reason for this is their full custody has been given to their father who is a negative person is his wife. Lady Beltane’s daughter has been their spiritual teacher since infancy raising them not only in the Christian beliefs but more in the Lakota Native American tradition. The boys are in need of more protection now that they will be living full time with their father and to let their eyes be open to the type of person he really is compared to the fake Mr. Nice guy he shows in public.

We ask that you stay for both the Mabon and Ostara rituals if you do not leave after the protection spell/blessing. Thank you

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

FOR ALL RITUALS: Lighter or Matches

Atheme or Sharp Object to Inscribe Candles with

2 candle holders

A Glass of Juice or WIne

For Protection Ritual: 1 -12 White Taper Candle

For Mabon – 1 Orange candle any size is fine

1 Apple

Sharp knife to cut the apple

FOR OSTARA: 1 Yellow candle any size is fine

1 Hard Boiled Egg in the shell or if allergic to eggs 1 Plastic Egg

1 Marker of your favorite color

PROTECTION SPELL/BLESSING, CASTING THE CIRCLE

LADY BELTANE: I call upon the triple goddess as the Crone and the Horned God to walk this circle with me three times three. To keep those in the circle safe and to not let any harm come to anyone outside our circle. We are now in a place between planes, where time has no meaning.

TAke the white taper candle and carve the names Christopher and Cory 2 (make sure to have the 2 after Cory or the protection will go to his father instead) and the word Protection.

EVERYONE: Type in the word “DONE” when you are finished inscribing the names

EVERYONE: As you light the candle you just inscribed say the following:

We call to ArchAngel Micheal to wrap Cory 2 and Christopher in a bubble of white protective light. To guard the young men with his sword and shield.

We call to the god Thor to add his power to the bubble of protection and to guard the young men with his hammer.

We call to the Mother Goddess Hekate to add her power to the bubble of protection and through her let the young men always feel and trust the love their mother has for them.

We call to the Universe to let Cory 2 and Christopher’s eye wide open to see their father and step-mother for people they really are and not the false front they put on for everyone they come into contact with.

We ask these things for Cory 2 and Christopher to keep them safe, to let them finish growing into loving, caring, and honest men.

So Mote It Be

Let the candle burn for one hour. Then light it daily to burn for one hour until it has completely burned out. Take the melted wax and place it under a bush or close to a tree. Mother Earth will take the energy in and release it into the Universe so the spell/blessing stays strong for a long time.

If anyone wishes to say anything to LAdy Beltane’s daughter please do so but keep it short. Thank you

If anyone wants to leave the circle at this time please type in LEAVING so I can open a doorway for you to pass through.

EVERYONE: PLease introduce yourself (FIRST NAME ONLY) and what state or country you live in.

MABON CELEBRATION – Northern Hemisphere

EVERYONE: Cut the apple in half horizontally. Place the 2 halves side by side. Place the orange candle in the middle at the top part of the two halves. Notice that the center of the apple looks like a pentagram.

Light the orange candle while asking Hekate to enter your home to help bless it. Next starting at the top point of the apple pentagram start by asking Spirit to enter your home and bless it. Remember to touch each point of the pentagram, in turn Next, you will ask Air to enter your home and bless it. Next comes Fire ask it to enter your home and bless it. Next, ask Water to enter your home and bless it. Finally, ask Earth to come into your home to bless it. When you are done calling in the elements wait 2 minutes thinking about your home being blessed with warmth, enough food, and warm clothes to get you through the coming colder months. Then thank the elements and Hekate for their blessing and tell them to return from where they came.

Let your candle burn all the way down if it is a small one or if it is larger let it burn for about a half an hour this evening. You can than relight it when you feel the need to.

After the circle has been opened take one half of the apple outside to share with the wildlife around your home and allow the other half to dry out and leave it out somewhere in your home to help the blessing continue.

 

OSTARA CELEBRATION – Southern Hemisphere

LIght the yellow candle and set it about 12 inches away but in front of you. Take 2 minutes to write one goal on your egg that you would like to achieve before Mabon arrives. Try to use only 1 or 2 words to write your goal in any type of alphabet you want to. Runes, Ogham and other types of “magickal alphabets or symbols can be found by either searching on Coven Life website or doing a search on the internet. Type in “DONE” when you are through. Now carefully holding the yellow candle allow wax from it to drip on to the egg, turn the egg so the wax gets all over it while asking Ostara to help you reach your goal. Take 2 minutes to do this step. Type in the word “DONE” when you are through.

After the circle is opened take the egg outside and bury it while asking Mother Earth to help your goal to grow and be harvested on Mabon. Then work towards your goal daily until you reach it. Let the candle burn all the way down and bury the melted wax with the egg so it keeps feeding the egg energy.

EVERYONE NORTH and SOUTH: Lift your glass of juice/wine in a toast to all the gods, goddesses, the Archangel, and elements that helped us with all or rituals this evening. Repeat Lady Beltane’s toast. Remember to save a little to pour on the ground as an offering to the gods and goddesses that helped us tonight.

LADY BELTANE TOAST: We raise our glasses in to honor Hekate, Thor, The Horned God, Ostara, The Crone, Moter Earth, Spirit, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth for their power and help with protecting Lady Beltane’s grandsons, blessing our homes or helping us reach our goal.

EVERYONE: Type in “So mote it be” when you are done saying the toast.

LADY BELTANE: I bring us back to the Earthly plane and real time. I open this circle three times three. Go in love and peace dear brothers and sisters. Blessed be until we merry meet again

 

 

Religion in Ancient Egypt: The Gods and Goddesses

(For the rest of this week we will be doing posts about the Ancient Egyptian Pantheon. If there is a particular pantheon you would like to read more about please leave the name of it in the comment section below. We will do our best to bring you more information about the gods and goddesses in the pantheons you are interested in.)

There were an incredible number of Gods and Goddesses in Ancient Egypt, one for almost every situation and place. Many of the Gods began as local deities and were later organised and merged with others to form either a Triad or an Ennead (nine). There were several large schools of theological thought in Egypt, and each proclaimed its superiority over the others. A ruling dynasty would often promote their chief local god to the chief national god. For example, Amun (associated with Thebes) did not become a major deity until the shift of power to Thebes in the Middle Kingdom.

Many of Ancient Egypt’s Gods and Goddesses share characteristics and epithets at different times in history. For example, Sekhmet (the lion Goddess of Memphis), MutTefnut and Hathor are all given the title “the Eye of Ra” and given the task of protecting the sun god. There is often confusion about the different gods known as Horus. For example, Horus the elder was often thought to be the consort of Hathor, while Horus the younger was the son of Isis and Osiris. This is unsurprising given that the Egyptian civilisation survived for over three thousand years, and the religious system was constantly evolving.

To read the rest of this overview about the ancient Egyptian pantheon please click on this link: Ancient Egyptian Pantheon

Scottish Witchcraft

These pages are based on a book “Scottish Witchcraft, The History & Magick of the Picts” by Raymond Buckland. Many things were reworded and omitted because of space on the web site. My personal comments are usually in brackets.The Highlands of what is now Scotland were earlier inhabited by people known as the Picts, or Pechts. In fact, this area was then known as “Pictland” and did not become “Scotland” until as late as the eleventh century. A second century Roman geographer, Ptolemy, drew the earliest map of the region. On it he showed four tribes: the Venicones, Tazali, Vacomagi and Caledoni. By the third century these four had become two tribes, the Caledoni and the Maeatae, and by the end of the third century merged as one nation, the Picts.These people have long been a mystery, partly because they spoke a language that is now lost. When the Scots became a dominant force in the welding together of medieval Scotland, it was not in their interests to keep alive any Pictish traditions.

The Scots, incidentally, were immigrants from Ireland who, having come first as raiders, by the fifth century had settled in the under-populated areas of the west. By the seventh century they were virtually masters of the lowlands.

The right of succession to the throne was matrilinear-in other words, reckoned through the mother. This practice was in existence for well over three hundred years, that we know of, and probably much longer.

Most of what was learned about the Picts was through their art. They used powerful animal symbols and geometric forms. Jewelry, metalwork, stone carvings: all show the same highly skilled craftsmanship.
To read the rest of this article please click on this link: Scottish Witchcraft

 

History of the Ogham Language

HISTORY OF THE OGHAM LANGUAGE
ogham alphabetogham stoneThe ancient Ogham script (pronounced ‘oh-am’) is most often found on Ogham stones that date back to the third century. Most examples of the writing is found on Ogham stones of which there are over 350 found mostly in southern Ireland as well as in Scotland, the Isle of Man, Cornwall and Wales.

The transition to the use of the Roman alphabet took place about the sixth century. Most examples of Ogham writing confer the name of person that they represent, thus the stones are often memorial symbols.

To read the rest of this article please click on the following link: History Ogham Langage

FESTIVALS AND CELEBRATIONS

“The notations of the Celtic year belong to the Christian period, old style. If there are any traces of Pagan times they are only such as are to be gathered from a few names and ceremonies. The four seasons are known as earrach, spring, samhradh, summer, fogharadh, harvest, and geamhradh, winter….There can be no doubt the origins of the names belong to a period anterior to Christianity.” ~John Gregorson Campbell~Indeed earrach is derived from ear, meaning the head or front, also the east. Samhradh is from samh, the sun. Fogharadh is from fogh, meaning hospitality and abundance. Geamhradh is connected to geamhtach, meaning stiff, thick, binding, and thus sees tied-in with the idea of snow and ice.

With the Scottish Quarter Days differing from the English Quarter Days, F. Marian McNeill concludes that “Scotland follows the ancient customs of the Celtic peoples, and England that of non-Celtic peoples of Europe.” The Scottish Quarter Days are as follows: FEBRUARY 2 – CANDLEMAS MAY 15 – WHITSUN or OLD BHEALLTAINN AUGUST 1 – LAMMAS NOVEMBER 11 – MARTINMAS, or OLD HALLOWMAS

The ancient Celtic year started on the eve of November 1. Then in 527 C.E., this was changed and New Year’s Day was declared to be March 25. Almost a thousand years later this was changed again to January 1. In Scotland it wasn’t until 1600 that New Year’s Day was first celebrated on January 1. The PectiWita, in common with many Witches, still celebrate the start of the year at Samhuinn, though their Samhuinn is November 11 rather than November 1.

The calendar, festivals, customs, and celebrations can become very complicated, especially when you start studying the changes that have taken place over the centuries. But the PectiWita celebrated only on those festivals/dates which were important to them. These were: SAMHUINN – NOVEMBER 11 YULE – DECEMBER 22 (Feill Fionnain) BEALLTAINN – MAY 15 MIDSUMMER – JULY 5 (Feill-Sheathain) 

I would like to point out here that there are rituals described for each of these festivals and celebrations, but do to the length and amount of space it would take, I have omitted them. I am sure the “Old Ones” would understand if you read about it and improvised. Make your own rituals. Be creative and keep them in mind.To read this rest of this article please click on this link: Scottish Festivals