Litha- Northern Hemisphere- Summer Solstice Yule- Southern Hemisphere- Winter Solstice

WHEN:

Friday 21st June 2019

Socialization starts at 6:00 PM CT

Circle cast at 7:00 PM CT

Please DO NOT enter chat room once circle is cast.

 

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chat Room 

 

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Litha- Northern Hemisphere

1 White Taper Candle

1 Small black candle

2 Candle Holders

Matches or Lighter

1 Small glass of Juice or mead or wine – this can be share with everyone attending at your home or a small glass per person

1 Bite size cookie for each person attending in your home

If you have a child that will be joining us you will need

2 Battery Operated Candle ( one should be painted or markers used to make the stick of the candle black. Do not get on the “candle flame” as this may cause to explode.

If you choose to have anyone attend our gathering you and they can decide whether regular or battery operated candles are use.

Please keep a careful with children and the elderly around the open candle flames. Remember it is always SAFETY FIRST with every magickal thing you do.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Yule- Southern Hemisphere

2 White candles- any length- place at either end of your alter

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

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

 

Litha- Northern 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

 

Yule- Southern 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 form 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.

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Ceremony:

INVOCATIONS

 

Litha- Northern Hemisphere

EVERYONE: Mother Nature, Lady of the firmament, bless thy fruitful womb which I honor.

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

 

Yule- Southern Hemisphere

Light your 2 white candles now.

When finished type done.

EVERYONE: I light this fire in your honor 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.

EVERYONE: 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.

 

So let’s begin our Litha/Yule

Hypatia 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:

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.

 

RITUAL- MAIN WORKING

Litha- Northern Hemisphere

EVERYONE: Light your white candle while repeating this spell three times. When done type in “So more it be”

As the Holly King loses his battle and the Oak King is born. We wish the Holly King a restful slumber with our love and thanks for all he has helped us with.

We will meditate for 2 minutes to honor the Holly King.

Now light your black candle while repeating this spell three times. When you are done type in “So mote it be”

We welcome the Oak King as the days get shorter. We ask for your help in preparing for the cold months’

We will meditate for 2 minutes to honor the Oak King.

LADY BELTANE: I bring to each of you a blessing of peace, love, good will, and light on behalf of the Triple Goddess and her consort the Holly King. From myself I wish you positive energy, good cheer and happiness.

EVERYONE: Partake of your beverage and cookie saving a bit of each to place outside as an offering to the Holly King and the Goddess.

 

Yule- Northern Hemisphere

Using your pen and paper please draw your symbol.

Breathe deeply as you are doing this allowing the breath to come from your ‘Heart Space’. Do this a couple of times until you get the hang of it while you are drawing the symbol.

This will allow your ‘Heart Space’ to be filled with Love.

Allow this energy to build up and be part of your WISH as you begin to write it.

On top of the symbol please start writing your WISH- 1 minute. During this time you will be putting your absolute and full intention from your heart space.

Type done when finished.

EVERYONE: “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.

EVERYONE: 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 meditate for a full 2 minutes on the wish.

Type done when finished

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

For After the Ritual

After the ritual you will give your WISH to the Great Mother Herself. You can bury it in the earth under your favorite tree or tie it on one of it’s grand branches, inside a fae circle, place it in a running stream, river or ocean. The choice is yours. Take your time to find the right place even if it is in a couple of weeks.

When you have the place, as you give it to the Great Mother, recite the WISH 3 times, begin with reverence and end with love and Gratitude, remembering to breathe from your ‘Heart Space’.

 

FAREWELLS

EVERYONE:

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

Ancestors of blood and ancestors of spirit, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honor 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 honor 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

Thank you

 

 

Week 18 – Goddess Knowledge – White Shell Woman

White Shell (or White Bead) woman, also called Turquoise Woman or Alone Woman, is so said to be a younger version of Changing Woman. White is the color of dawn and of the east. Whit Shell Woman, the creator and sustained of life, created re Navajo people and sent them their home. As gift, she gave them shells, which became corn and other food baring plants; she gave them the animals; she gave them gifts of rain and beautiful flowers. With the sun, she is the mother of Killer-of-Enemies and Child-of-the-Water, the dual protectors of the people from their enemies.

A Navajo chat says “All things around me are restored in beauty.” It is because of White Shell Woman that this is so, and because of her teachings that we can experience the exquisite harmony that comes from being alive on this beautiful earth.

For more information about this Navajo Goddess please use this link: https://www.google.com/search?client=tablet-android-verizon&ei=RBLHXK_TEsGgswXt-bqIAg&q=white+shell+woman+navajo&oq=white+shell+woman+navajo&gs_l=mobile-gws-wiz-serp.3…35158.38833..40946…0.0..0.164.924.0j7……0….1.41bDzJqRZ3U

To see images of this Navajo Goddess please use this link: https://www.google.com/search?q=white+shell+woman+navajo&client=tablet-android-verizon&prmd=sinv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj7r5nIyfXhAhVEEawKHWjBAigQ_AUoAnoECAwQAg&biw=683&bih=911

To learn more about the American Indian Navajo legends please use this link: https://www.google.com/search?q=navajo+legends&source=lmns&bih=911&biw=683&client=tablet-android-verizon&prmd=sinv&hl=en&ved=2ahUKEwjDvI34yfXhAhUC8awKHaT0Bn8Q_AUoAHoECAAQAw

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.

The Witch’s Jewerly

A Witch’s jewelry is probably one of the most personal magical tools; after all, we wear jewelry on our body within our energy field for long periods of time. When worn, certain metals, symbols, and stones can enhance your personal energy in different ways. A necklace, ring, or bracelet can be enchanted for many different magical purposes and worn daily. Some Witches wear jewelry with magical symbols or a particular god, goddess, or spirit guide in order to carry that energy with them. I love wearing pieces of magical jewelry to serve as a constant reminder of my commitment to my spiritual path. Some Witches have special jewelry they only wear during ritual, some even wear bejeweled headpieces, I know Witches who wear necklaces of traditional amber and jet either earned through the ranks of their covens or crafted themselves. One of my favorite forms of magical jewelry is a bracelet or anklet made from embroidery floss either macrame` or braided with stones and glass beads. I create these while focusing on my magical intention; I tie it on and wear it all the time.

Mickie Mueller – Lleweyelns Witches Datebook 2019

 

The Headdresses of Star Carr

Claire Dixon —  May 26, 2016

NORTH YORKSHIRE, England — Researchers have completed the first scientific study on the techniques used to create the oldest shamanic or ritual headdresses discovered in Europe. The red deer skull and antler artefacts were unearthed at Star Carr in North Yorkshire, England, and date to some 11,000 years ago in the Mesolithic era. When the site was discovered in the 1940s it yielded the largest haul of ritual items from the period ever found in Europe, and it is considered the most important area for Mesolithic study on the continent. – See more at: http://wildhunt.org/2016/05/the-headdresses-of-star-carr.html#sthash.LTKiEbEm.dpuf

Now, 24 headdresses have been analysed under a five-year project led by the University of York. Twenty-one of them were from the original trove and three were discovered by the team during fresh excavations at Star Carr. The University of York’s Professor Nicky Milner, co-director of excavations at Star Carr, said, “These headdresses are incredibly rare finds in the archaeological record.”  She added, “This is the only site in Britain where they are found and there are only a few other headdresses known from Germany. This work into how they might have been made has given us an important glimpse into what life was like 11,000 years ago.” – See more at: http://wildhunt.org/2016/05/the-headdresses-of-star-carr.html#sthash.LTKiEbEm.dpuf

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: http://wildhunt.org/2016/05/the-headdresses-of-star-carr.html

A Thought for Today – What Does My Spirituality Mean to Me?

The two articles I read on Witches of The Craft today and are reblogged on here (look below this post) plus the post SunRay Sorceress did got me to thinking about my spiritual path, what it means to me and to those loved ones in my life that I am closest to – my husband, children and grandchildren.

After doing some soul searching, I find it has helped me like myself and become a better person to all I meet. Part of my almost daily prayer is “Please help me be kind, consider, and thoughtful to anyone I come in contact with no matter how they may treat me, talk to or about me. Let my smile bring a little joy into their life today.” One morning I was praying while walking my dogs and a woman I had, had many run-ins with over the last couple of years start yelling something at me from inside her truck. I was just getting ready to yell back something equally offence when the Goddess or God or a Spirit Guide put those words in my head. So instead of what I was going to say I replied with, “Thanks for taking the time to talk to me. Hope you have a good one.” Needless to say she just sat there with her mouth hanging open, I waved and we continued our walk. The next time this woman’s and my paths crossed all she said was, “Good Morning.”  This all happened almost a year and a half ago and to this day she is not a friend but at least nice when we happen to meet. We live at opposite ends of the block so it happens a bout once a week. I know it was meant as a growing thing for me to tolerate nasty people more but I wonder if she grew a little two.

My husband is a non-practicing Catholic and is ok with me doing spellwork, rituals, blessing our home, etc most of the time but at other times he gets upset or thinks and says what I am doing makes no sense or is silly. I try very hard and usually do not get upset with him because it would do no good for both of us being upset and would take away some of what I was trying to do magickally. So we have come to an agreement (keep in mind we have been Handfasted for almost fourteen years- yes you read it right Handfasted. No other type of religious ceremony has bound ud together) when at all possible I do my full blown rituals (Big altar set up, pre-ritual bath, etc) are done whaen he is gone or I do them out in our backyard. Sometimes though out of the clear blue he will ask me to do something for him, for example, last week he started a new job and asked me to bless the semi-tractor to help keep him safe when driving it. Which I more than willing did.

I have five children, three boys and two girls. My oldest son is Buddist, my middle son a sort of Christian (believes in the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit but does not attend any church), my youngest son claims to be an Atheist but I have some doubts about that. My older daughter follows Lakota Native American traditions as well as some Christian and Pagan ones, My younger daughter is very Christian to the point that we have agreed not to talk to each other about our spiritual beliefs (Although I was raised in the same Christian church she attends with her family.) All my children are grown and live in their own homes which makes it easier to keep a small altar set up all the time.

I also have three granddaughters and five grandsons, some are old enough to decide on their own what spiritual path they want to follow while other are not old enough in their parents eyes. Most of my grandchildren have in inherited some type of special gift that can be nurtured properly with incorporating Paganism into their spiritual lives. I am allowed to help five of the eight grandchildren with this openly and then there is one I have to take small baby steps with because her mother is my youngest daughter. While this is not an ideal situation my daughter has begun to see the benefits of me helping her and is allowing me to do more with her. I do not want to froce my spiritual path on any of my children or grandchildren but I expect them to respect my path as I respect theirs.

You may be asking yourself, “What does all of this have to do with the question I have in the title?” The answer is this my spirituality means I have learned to have greater tolerance for people with  beliefs different than my own. I have learned that it is ok to walk with the Goddesses and Gods and be comfortable doing so and being out of the “broom closet” all most all the time. I have learned not to be afraid to answer the question, “What faith are you?” when in the hospital or other times and to answer without shame, “I am Pagan.” My spirituality is not something that I cling to in times of need or make a show of on Sabbats, my spirituality is something I walk with in every part of my life and do so proudly.

I hope and wish for those who are new or even older to The Craft can feel the same way. I hope that someday all Pagans can be out of the broom closet and accepted in mainstream society and our spirituality is accept too. This is not going to happen overnight or by us hiding who and what we are. Be proud of the path you choose to bring you closer to yourself and any deities you may wish to interact with.

Copyright 2015 Lady Beltane.