Application and Information for Novice Studies – New Class Starts April 1, 2018

You must be 18 years old to apply to be a student. Anyone under the age of 18 years old has to have a parent/guardian write to me from their own email address after they have read the application and/or want me to answer any questions about The Craft and/or myself they may have.

Before I accept anyone as a student I ask them to answer the following questions. Please scroll down to read what I expect from my novices and what they can expect from me before answering and emailing Lady Beltane your application. The Novice Course is $30.00 USD payable upon your application being accepted. This covers all novice lessons, coven gatherings, 1 on 1 help from Lady Beltane, helping to keep this website and chat room going. The $30.00 is non refundable in any part if you decide to quit lessons or are dropped for not meeting the expectations of a novice.

What country or state you live in?
How old are you?
Why do you want to study The Craft with me?
Have you studied any tradition of The Craft before? If so, what tradition and for how long?
Have you ever been part of any type of Coven or Grove?
Have you read the rest of this post and understand what Lady Beltane expects from her novices?
D0 you have any questions about my expectations of my novices?

If any of the expectations are not met you will be drop from the novice course!
Email your answer to me at ladybeltane@aol.com I will reply as soon as possible to let you know if you have been accepted or not.
I expect all lessons to be done in order and completed before sending them to me. I will then review them and email you back with any corrections needed. I will email your next lesson out as soon as you can start on it. The lessons are like bricks in a foundation of a building if you miss putting a brick in somewhere or do not do it in the correct order the whole foundation is weak. When practicing magick there can be no weak spots in your foundation or your magick may hurt you or someone or something else somewhere in the universe. Email every lesson in its own email with the “Subject” line having the lesson number in it.
Even if you do not have a lesson ready to turn in I expect a short email every week from every student just so we can keep in contact all you really have to say is hi. If I do not hear from you for two weeks in a row I will believe you no longer wish to study with me and remove you from the class email list. I realize there are times health issues or emergencies happen for this reason I will keep your file for two more weeks for a total of 4 weeks before deleting you completely. If this happens write to me or ask someone to write for you so I know you are still interested and if the coven can be of any help. If at anytime during your year and 1 day novice study period you chose to quit studying with me I would appreciate an email letting me know you are exiting the classes and coven and if you want to give me a reason as to why you are exiting that would be great. I am available by email or to meet in the chat room if you need help with a lesson or have any questions about The Craft. These meeting when at all possible should be set up a minimum of three days in advance. I am available Sunday through Friday 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM CT and 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM CT Sunday through Thursday.
Lady Beltane will try to answer all students emails within three days of receiving them. She has fibromyalgia which flares up sometimes which make it difficult for her to type. When this happens it may take longer for her to answer emails but there usually is a post on covenlife.co explaining this.
Lady Beltane will hold meetings that all novices must attend. The meeting time and date will be announced on the Coven Life website a minimum of one week in advance. An email will also be sent to all novices announcing the meeting. This meeting is for you to meet other novices, ask questions, give answers if you know them, make comments on the study plan and/or lessons. If you or someone you care for is ill, you have to work or an emergency arises I ask that you let me know as soon as you can that you cannot attend or if it is after the meeting why you missed it. These meetings are important as topics can come up that are not covered in the study material.
There are online coven gatherings on every full or new Moon and Sabbat at 7:00 PM CT the visiting and ritual last about one hour for each of them. You need to attend the monthly Esbat and 8 Sabbat gatherings. As the Esbats and Sabbats fall on different days of the week according to the Moon’s cycle and Wheel of the Year so I can not give a set date to hold them on every month, please check the Coven Life website for announcement of Esbat and Sabbath gatherings. The entire ritual will be posted a minimum of 1 week in advance of the gathering.

Please check the Coven Life website at least once a week for announcements for gatherings and new post that have been shared. Lady Beltane expects at least one comment on one post every week so she knows you are checking the website for posts that can further your education in The Craft or bring you closer to the pagan community you will be part of when you become a novice or sometimes just to get to know your mentor Lady Beltane or one of the it be website staff members a bit better..
All emails should be sent to ladybeltane@aol.
All lessons are Copyright 2015 by Lady Beltane. They can not be reprinted or reposted without authors express permission.

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Northern and Southern Hemisperes List of Esbats and Sabbats

Wiccan Holiday Calendar – Esbats And Sabbats

Here is a list of Pagan Holidays for the Year for the Northern Hemisphere (all times given are EST). We will be adding more dates through the year so be sure to check back.

Dates for the Southern Hemisphere are now shown as well with (SH) next to them.

December 2017:Full Moon – December 3, 2017 10:48 am – Long Nights Moon: Evaluate and Plan for the coming year.

Krampusnacht – December 5, 2017 – The Bavarian figure.

Roman Festival of Saturnalia – December 17 – Honors the God Saturn.

Yule, The Winter Solstice – December 19

Litha (SH), The Summer Solstice – December 19

Feast of Frau Holle, Germanic Goddess – December 25

Festival of Hogmanay – December 31

January 2018:

Full Moon – January 1

Twelfth Night – January 5

New Moon – January 16

Full Moon – January 31

February 2018:

Imbolc – February 1

Lughnassadh (SH) – February 2

New Moon – February 15

March 2018:

Roman New Year – March 1

Full Moon – March 1

New Moon – March 17

Ostara, Spring Equinox – March 20

Autumn Equinox (SH) – March 20

Full Moon – March 31

April 2018:

New Moon – April 15

Full Moon – April 29

Beltane Eve – April 30

Samhain Eve (SH) – April 30

May 2018:

May Day/Beltane – May 1

Samhain (SH) – May 1

New Moon – May 15

Frigga Blot – May 27

Full Moon – May 29

June 2018:

Bellona Festival – June 3

New Moon – June 13

Asatru Alliance Founding Day – June 19

Summanus Festival – June 20

Summer Solstice – June 21

Winter Solstice (SH) – June 21

Day of Bad Omens – June 23

Full Moon – June 28

July 2018:

New Moon – July 12

Neptunalia – July 23

Full Moon – July 27

Lughnassadh Eve – July 31

Imbolc Eve (SH) – July 31

August 2018:

Lughnasadh – August 1

Imbolc (SH) – August 1

New Moon – August 11

Portunalia – August 17

Full Moon – August 26

September 2018:

New Moon – September 9

Autumn Equinox – September 23

Spring Equinox (SH) – September 23

Full Moon – September 24

October 2018:

New Moon – October 8

Fontus Festival – October 13

Full Moon – October 24

Samhain Eve – October 31

Beltane Eve (SH) – October 31

Halloween – October 31

November 2018:

All Saints Day – November 1

Festival of Woden – November 2

Bonfire Night – November 5

New Moon – November 7

Full Moon – November 23

Feast of Ullr – November 27

December 2018:

Bona Dea – December 4

Faunalia – December 5

New Moon – December 7

Day of Egil Skallagrimsson – December 9

Agonalia – December 11

Saturnalia – December 17

Winter Solstice – December 21

Summer Solstice (SH) – December 21

Yule Feast – December 22

Full Moon – December 22

Yule 12th Night – December 31

Copied from

Wiccan Holiday Calendar – Esbats And Sabbats

Here is a list of Pagan Holidays for the Year for the Northern Hemisphere (all times given are EST). We will be adding more dates through the year so be sure to check back.

Dates for the Southern Hemisphere are now shown as well with (SH) next to them.

December 2017:Full Moon – December 3, 2017 10:48 am – Long Nights Moon: Evaluate and Plan for the coming year.

Krampusnacht – December 5, 2017 – The Bavarian figure.

Roman Festival of Saturnalia – December 17 – Honors the God Saturn.

Yule, The Winter Solstice – December 19

Litha (SH), The Summer Solstice – December 19

Feast of Frau Holle, Germanic Goddess – December 25

Festival of Hogmanay – December 31

January 2018:

Full Moon – January 1

Twelfth Night – January 5

New Moon – January 16

Full Moon – January 31

February 2018:

Imbolc – February 1

Lughnassadh (SH) – February 2

New Moon – February 15

March 2018:

Roman New Year – March 1

Full Moon – March 1

New Moon – March 17

Ostara, Spring Equinox – March 20

Autumn Equinox (SH) – March 20

Full Moon – March 31

April 2018:

New Moon – April 15

Full Moon – April 29

Beltane Eve – April 30

Samhain Eve (SH) – April 30

May 2018:

May Day/Beltane – May 1

Samhain (SH) – May 1

New Moon – May 15

Frigga Blot – May 27

Full Moon – May 29

June 2018:

Bellona Festival – June 3

New Moon – June 13

Asatru Alliance Founding Day – June 19

Summanus Festival – June 20

Summer Solstice – June 21

Winter Solstice (SH) – June 21

Day of Bad Omens – June 23

Full Moon – June 28

July 2018:

New Moon – July 12

Neptunalia – July 23

Full Moon – July 27

Lughnassadh Eve – July 31

Imbolc Eve (SH) – July 31

August 2018:

Lughnasadh – August 1

Imbolc (SH) – August 1

New Moon – August 11

Portunalia – August 17

Full Moon – August 26

September 2018:

New Moon – September 9

Autumn Equinox – September 23

Spring Equinox (SH) – September 23

Full Moon – September 24

October 2018:

New Moon – October 8

Fontus Festival – October 13

Full Moon – October 24

Samhain Eve – October 31

Beltane Eve (SH) – October 31

Halloween – October 31

November 2018:

All Saints Day – November 1

Festival of Woden – November 2

Bonfire Night – November 5

New Moon – November 7

Full Moon – November 23

Feast of Ullr – November 27

December 2018:

Bona Dea – December 4

Faunalia – December 5

New Moon – December 7

Day of Egil Skallagrimsson – December 9

Agonalia – December 11

Saturnalia – December 17

Winter Solstice – December 21

Summer Solstice (SH) – December 21

Yule Feast – December 22

Full Moon – December 22

Yule 12th Night – December 31

Copied from: ,https://www.allwicca.com/calendar-of-wiccan-holidays

What is Paganism? A Factual Overview

A simple, factual explanation of what Paganism actually is. It is pure information written for anyone who is non Pagan or who is Pagan but wants to know more. It is not meant to impress or proselytize.

NOTE: I have had some letters from Christians who claim this essay is anti-Christian. That is not the case. The comparisons with Christianity are objective and without any harmful intent.

In simplest terms Paganism is a religion of place, or a native religion, for example the Native American’s religion is Pagan, Hinduism is a form of Paganism. All Pagan religions are characterized by a connection and reverence for nature, and are usually polytheistic i.e. have many Gods and/or Goddesses.

Modern Paganism as practiced in the west is particular to the native peoples of the west and although there are many forms most are descended from Celtic origins. Modern Paganism or ‘neo-Paganism’ has the following characteristics:

1. Paganism is a religion of nature, in other words Pagans revere Nature. Pagans see the divine as immanent in the whole of life and the universe; in every tree, plant, animal and object, man and woman and in the dark side of life as much as in the light. Pagans live their lives attuned to the cycles of Nature, the seasons, life and death.

2. Unlike the patriarchal religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism) the divine is female as well as male and therefore there is a Goddess as well as a God. These deities are within us as well as without us (immanent); they are us. They are not simply substitutes for the Muslim or Judeo-Christian God. This is because the Gods of the major religions tend to be super-natural i.e. above nature whereas Pagan deities are natural, symbolizing aspects of nature or human nature. Having said that God and Goddess are split from the Great Spirit or Akashka which probably equates to the God of

the patriarchal religions.

3. The Goddess represents all that is female and the God represents all that is male. But because nature is seen as female the Goddess has a wider meaning. Often called Mother Earth or Gaia she is seen as the creatrix and sustainer of life, the mother of us all which makes all the creatures on the planet our siblings.

4. There are sub-groups of named Gods and Goddesses called Pantheons, drawn from the distant past, for example Isis and Osiris from Egypt or Thor, Odin, Freya et al from Norse religion and mythology. Ancient Pagans would have worshipped one or a small number of Gods and Goddesses, whilst often recognizing the validity of other people’s deities. The concept of an overall, un-named Goddess and God, the sum totals of all the others, appears to be a recent one but individual named deities represent particular human qualities or archetypes and are often used as a focus for celebrations and spiritual rites.

5. Paganism has developed alongside mankind for thousands of years; as cultures have changed so has Paganism, yet it is grounded in deep rooted genetic memories that go back to neolithic times and before. Thus Paganism is not just a nature religion but a naturalreligion.

6. Paganism in the west takes a number of forms including Wicca, Druidism, and Shamanism.

7. To Pagans the four ancient elements, Earth, Air, Fire and Water have special significance. The importance of these is hard to define because they have so many correspondences, for example they are associated with the four directions, North, East, South and West. Each element is a kind of spiritual substance from which all things are made especially ourselves and at the same time are Guardians both of ourselves and of the Goddess and God, and guarding the gateways between this world and the other world.

8. Many Pagans believe in reincarnation in some form. It gives Pagans a substantially different view of life. Early Christians saw Karma as a kind of treadmill, trapping people in endless reincarnations, never free. But Pagans see reincarnation as, at best, a chance to improve or to continue unfinished work, and at worst just a simple re-cycling of souls.


 

 

The re-emergence of Paganism

The revival of Western Paganism is mainly due to the creation of Wicca, the nice modern name for Witchcraft. However Paganism is not Wicca; Wicca is an Occult form of Paganism.

The old religion was virtually wiped out by the church of Rome using a combination of propaganda, torture and genocide. Some people held on to the old religion.

These were often the wisemen and women or Witches, the root ‘wit’ meaning ‘wise’. The church became impatient and began a purge beginning around 1484 involving the burning of Witches and wholesale slaughter of thousands of people across Europe just on suspicion of being Witches. Not surprisingly, in the face of such oppression the old religion went ‘underground’ and Witches dedicated to preserving the religion formed themselves into secret groups called covens.

Christianity’s purge was so successful that the old religion was virtually extinct by the 1900s but in 1899 a book was published by Charles Leland called ‘The Gospel of Aradia’ about Witches in Northern Italy who practiced ‘La Vecchia Religione’ – the Old Religion.

In 1921 an English historian, Margaret Murray published a book, ‘The Witch Cult in Western Europe’ in which she maintained that Witchcraft had been a religion. A British ex colonial administrator called Gerald Gardner supposedly revived Witchcraft and called it Wicca. In 1951 the laws against Witchcraft in Britain were repealed and he published a milestone book on the subject, ‘Witchcraft Today’.

Since that time Wicca has grown in popularity and has encouraged the revival of the original Pagan roots and the re-emergence of other Pagan branches such as the Northern tradition and the modern Druids. Wicca itself has become more eclectic and has absorbed elements of other systems such as the Qabala and elements of Hindu. While Wicca is relatively new, Paganism is as old as mankind and its traditions are still being rediscovered.


What do Pagans do?

Pagans revere the cycles of Nature through rituals or ceremonies of various kinds. Pagans of the western traditions celebrate up to eight festivals or Sabbats each year (not all Pagans celebrate all the Sabbats). They comprise the four solar quarters i.e. the two solstices (longest and shortest days) and the two equinoxes (day and night are the same length) plus four Celtic ‘fire’ festivals. All these mark important events in the cycle of life and also symbolise changes in the Goddess and God. They are:

Samhain(pronounced “sowain”), 31st October: the feast of the dead; remembrance of ancestors and people, now dead, who were important to us. It marks the end of the Celtic year and the start of the spiritual new year. Also known as All Hallows day, the night before being All Hallows Eve (Halloween) or all souls night.

Yule, the winter solstice, 21st December approx.: rebirth of the sun and the gradual lengthening of the days towards springtime and new life.
Imbolc or Bride’s day: start of spring and the return of the Goddess to the land.
Ostara (Easter), the spring equinox, 21st March: Return of the sun from the south, springtime proper. Some celebrate a holy union between God and Goddess.
Beltane (starting on May day): Summertime begins celebrating new life and the holy marriage of God and Goddess.

Midsomer (Midsummer) or Litha, the summer solstice, 21st June approx.: Everything is green thanks to the…

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Imbolc/Lammas Gathering on Febuary 2, 2018

Our Imbolc/Lanka’s gathering was written by Two Feathers. She will also be lead this gathering.

Friday, February 2, 2018

at 7:00 PM CT

Circle starts at 7:15 PM CT SHARP. Please do not enter the chat room once the circle has started. Thank you!

WHERE:I

Coven Life’s Chatroom

WHAT YOU NEED:

Northern hemisphere : one red candle for the God ; one white candle for the Goddess
Southern hemisphere : one yellow candle for the  God ; one red candle for the Goddess

If you do not have candles with red and yellow colour , you can use two white candles, any candle  size  is ok. If you use two white candles you carve the symbols of the God on one of them and the symbol of the Goddess on the second one. See the symbols below.

Candle holders for the candles
Matches or lighter
Small sheet of paper and a pen
One envelope with flower or vegetable seeds in it
A glass with wine, mead or juice as a gift for the Deitiesd

Atheme or ceremonial knife to carve Goddess and God Symbols. The symbol on the right is for a Goddess and left for a God.

Goddess is on the left.

God symbol is on the right.

Ritual

Two Feathers :
I call you Great Circle of Crystal Light
to hold our combined  energy tonight.
Time and Place we leave behind
as we work into your Light.
In the names of the  God and the Goddess
And with harm to none
This circle is sealed
So Be It

Two Feathers : I call the Guardians of Air into the Watchtower of the East to protect our circle
I call the Guardians of Fire into the Watchtower of the South to protect our circle
I call the Guardians of Water into the watchtower of the west to protect our circle
I call the Guardians of Earth into the Watchtower of the North to protect our circle

 

Two Feathers : Merry meet dear brothers sisters and guests .Everyone type your name and country you are now in.

Two Feathers : I invite the Horned God and the Triple Goddess to join us within this circle Now and to work with us.

Everyone light the candle of the God and say :
Northern hemisphere /red candle/: As the Young God steps into Power and the days get longer so Peace Love Abundance and Joy settle on Earth and our dreams come true.Southern hemisphere : /yellow candle/ As the Horned God sacrifices himself  providing us food so His Light is not lost but saved. The Light will be with us during the winter and will keep us safe until the Sun comes back in Spring. 

When you are ready type : DoneNow light the candle of the Goddess and say :

Northern hemisphere /white  candle/:
We honor You Great Maiden
Bringer of hope and wishes come true
As you awaken the trees so Love awakens on Earth
and we thrive into Your Generosity

Southern hemisphere /red candle/:
We honor you Great Mother
Bringer of Fruit and Abundance on Earth
We thank you for our food and for our wishes come true.

 

When ready type : Done


We will now take 3 minutes to write our desires on the paper. Pour the seeds into your hand and whisper your dersires to them. When finished put the seeds back into the enevolpe along with the paper you wrote your desires on.
When completely finished type in Done.

Everyone raise the glass with wine/juice or mead for moment and stay in silence offering the gift to the deities. Then take a sip of the wine/mead/juice

Two Feathers : We thank you Horned God and Triple Goddess for attending our gathering now and we share this gift with you. Go in Peace and Harmony and Blessed Be

Two Feathers :

I dismiss the Guardians of Earth from the Watchtower of the North with thanks and blessings
I dismiss the Guardians of Water  from the Watchtower of the West with thanks and blessings
I dismiss the Guardians of Fire from the Watchtower of the South with thanks and blessings
I dismiss the Guardians of Air from the Watchtower of the East with thanks and blessings

I bring us back to the time and place to live and work on Earth and to be safe. Thank You to all of the energies and Spirits that helped us in the circle. Go in Peace and Harmony to where you belong. This circle is open but unbroken
This is so.

Two Feathers : Thank You brothers sisters and guests for attending this circle. Until we merry meet again. Blessed Be

The box with the seeds and the paper within will be kept in a secret place until the next sabbat Ostara for the Northern hemisphere and the seeds will be planted together with the ash of the burnt paper with the desires.
For the Southern hemisphere the seeds will be mixed with more seeds at Mabon and preserved together  till the next spring and planted at Ostara together with the ashes of the burnt paper with the written desires on it.

When you take the seeds to be planted first burn the paper with your desires written on it. Than mix the ash in with seeds before planting them.

I call you Great Circle of Crystal Light
to hold our combined  energy tonight.
Time and Place we leave behind
as we work into your Light.
In the names of the  God and the Goddess
And with harm to none
This circle is sealed
So Be It

Two Feathers : I call the Guardians of Air into the watchtower of the East to protect our circle
I call the Guardians of Fire into the Watchtower of the South to protect our circle
I call the Guardians of Water into the watchtower of the west to protect our circle
I call the Guardians of Earth into the Watchtower of the North to protect our circle

Everyone type your name and country you are now in

Everyone light the candle of the God and say :Northern hemisphere /red candle/: As the Young God steps into Power and the days get longer so Peace Love Abundance and Joy settle on Earth and our dreams come true.

Southern hemisphere : /yellow candle/ As the Horned God sacrifices himself  providing us food so His Light is not lost but saved. The Light will be with us during the winter and will keep us safe until the Sun comes back in Spring.
When you are ready type : Done

Then light the candle of the Goddess and say :

Northern hemisphere /white  candle/:
We honor You Great Maiden
Bringer of hope and wishes come true
as you awaken the trees so Love awakens on Earth
and we thrive into Your Generosity

Southern hemisphere /red candle/:
We honor you Great Mother
Bringer of Fruit and Abundance on Earth
We thank you for our food and for our wishes come true.

When ready type : Done
We will now take 3 minutes to write our desires on the paper. Pour the seeds into you hand and whisper your dersires to them. When finished put the seeds back into the enevolpe along with the paper you wrote your desires on. When completely finished type in Done.

Two Feathers : We thank you Horned God and Triple Goddess for attending our gathering now and we share this gift with you. Go in Peace and Harmony and Blessed Be
Everyone take a sip of the wine/mead/juice

Two Feathers :

I dismiss the Guardians of Earth from the Watchtower of the North with thanks and blessings
I dismiss the Guardians of Water  from the Watchtower of the West with thanks and blessings
I dismiss the Guardians of Fire from the Watchtower of the South with thanks and blessings
I dismiss the Guardians of Air from the Watchtower of the East with thanks and blessings

I bring us back to the time and place to live and work on Earth and to be safe. Thank You to all of the energies and Spirits that helped us in the circle. Go in Peace and Harmony to where you belong. This circle is open but unbroken
This is so.

The box with the seeds and the paper within will be kept in a secret place until the next sabbat Ostara for the Northern hemisphere and the seeds will be planted together with the ash of the burnt paper with the desires.
For the Southern hemisphere the seeds will be mixed with more seeds at Mabon and preserved together  till the next spring and planted at Ostara together with the ashes of the burnt paper with the written desires on it.
When you take the seeds to be planted first burn the paper with your desires written on it. Than mix the ash in with seeds before planting them

 

 

Making Your Pentacle Your Own

My pentacle that I wear daily is approximately 1 1/2 inches in diameter. On the front of it is the Goddess with her arms raised. I apologize for the quality of the picture but I did not want to disturb Cleopatra or Starbabie, my two canine familiars, who are using me as their pillow. You can see part of Cleopatra’s head in the picture.

(This style pentacle and others are available from Magickal Necessities. See their link on the top left side of our Homepage)

My pentacle is one thing that I wear close to my Heart Chakra on the cord is also a Unicorn pendant given to me about 15 years ago by my husband, a green Adventurine to help with my back problems, and a heart pendant the containg clear quartz made for me by my dearest sister (the one I went to Germany to visit in 2016).

I have worn a pentacle blessed to help protect me from metaphysical as well as physical assault of any kind. But the one felt different after I cleansed and blessed it. So I asked my guides why and then meditated waiting for answer. I learned that not only did the points on this pentacle represent the five elements, Spirit, Air, Fire, Earth, and Water, they also each represented a deity I work with or works through me. Starting at the top and going clockwise the points represent many different aspects of the Horn God, Mary Magdalalene who is one of my guides, Ra my patron god, Kwan Yin/Sirona healing goddesses that with through me to help others, Mother Earth my matron goddess. The goddess on the front is the Great Mother and the horseshoe shape thing she is holding above her head a creative muse that helps me immensely Collopie. By finding out this information truly made this MY pentacle as I seriously doubt anyone else would have the same beings at the same points as I do.

To make your pentacle your own you could do it the way I did or however you are inspired to turn a pendant you bought as a symbol of your spiritual path into a one of a kind personal amulet. Continue reading “Making Your Pentacle Your Own”

Online Esbat Coven Gathering January 1, 2018

Since this gathering is being held on a holiday I am going to keep it very short. For those of you joining us from down under I think it is a work day another reason, I am keeping it short. Remeber you can always do this ritual on your own anytime is convenient for you.

WHEN:

Northern Hemisphere – Monday, January 1, 2018

Social time begins at 7:00 PM CT

Circle starts at 7:15 PM CT SHARP

Southern Hemisphere – Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Social time begins at 12:00 PM AEDT

Circle starts at 12:15 AEDT SHARP

Please do not enter chat after circle has started as this breaks the protection of our circle. Thank you!

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chat Room

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Just yourself

Pen and Paper in case something comes to you during meditation you want to write down

RITUAL:

Lady Beltane: I walk this circle three times three to make it safe for you and me. I take us from this time and place to a place where there is no time and where we are between worlds.

Everyone: Please tell us your first name and where you are joining us from.

Lady Beltane: I welcome you all to our Super, full Moon gathering. I send you blessings for a great new year.

This is only a short meditation ritual. I would like you to think of something new you want to do for yourself this year. In the meditation see yourself accomplishing whatever it is you want to do for yourself.

EVERYONE: We will now take 3 minutes to meditate on the outcome we want. I suggest you do a meditation on this goal every day until it happens.

LADY BELTANE: I now bring us back to the present time and to the planet we live upon. The circle is open but never broken. Go in love and peace my dear ones.

 

Posts on United States Total Eclipse

Merry meet and merry greet brothers and sisters of The Craft,

I realize I have been posting only on one topic for the last week or so there is a reason for this. This is an event that affects our energy which affects our spirit and body also in many ways we will not understand until possibly after the event. So I am trying to bring you as much information as I have time to from the scientific view point as well as a metaphysical view point. As Lady of the Abyss has said in a couple of articles I reblogged from Witches of The Craft (Lady A is the person who talked me into doing this as an independent site from WOTC. WOTCis the site that sponsored Coven Life) this maybe a once in a lifetime happening for many people. Aside note there will be another total solar eclipse over North America on April 8, 2024, but more on this one at a later date.Ra, Egyptian Sun God, and my patron god, has blessed me with the time off work on Monday, August 21st to be able to view this celestial wonder, even though where I live outside of Chicago, Illinois, USA, at full eclipse for my area the Sun will only be about 97% covered, I think. Below is a time line for viewing in my area.

Time Phase Direction Altitude
11:54 amMon, Aug 21 Partial Eclipse beginsThe Moon touches the Sun’s edge. Map direction South-southeast152°

57.3°

1:19 pmMon, Aug 21 Maximum EclipseMoon is closest to the center of the Sun. Map direction South-southwest192°

59.4°

2:42 pmMon, Aug 21 Partial Eclipse endsThe Moon leaves the Sun’s edge. Map direction Southwest226°

51.7°

To get more information about this viewing time please click on this link: Viewing Total Eclipse Chicago Illinois

So I will continue sharing eclipse information over the weekend. I will try to record bits and pieces of it with my cell phone and/or Kindle and/or Netbook size computer as the eclipse is happening. If I can do that then all I have to do is figure out how to post some of them with still pictures on here for you. Please if you live in an area where you can see this marvel of our universe take still pictures and do not mind sharing them with others through this website…email mail them to ladybeltane@aol.com Be sure to include a name you would not mind the world seeing as I will be crediting the photographer for the picture and also where in the USA the photo was taken. I look forward to sharing pictures from all across the USA.

As I want to have my altar any other things set up by 11:45 AM CT, I will be holding a short ritual for this event in the Coven Life chat room about approximately 11:00 AM CT. I will have the all the information posted for that on Saturday, August 19th by 12:00 PM CT.

I will be doing a special post-Monday afternoon just for any one who experienced this eclipse partial, total, or whatever to share how they felt, what thoughts were running through their heads, what if any ritual they did during the eclipse. Basically, it will be for you to tell your stroy of this unqiue day in all our lifes. The post will be set up on the first page of Coven Life’s website.

Southern Hemisphere Sabbat Dates

Traditional Dates ‘Exact’ Times & Dates **
Lughnasadh/Lammas February 2 February 4, 2017 1:27AM
Mabon (Autumnal Equinox) March 21 March 20, 2017 8:29PM
Samhain April 30/May 1 May 5, 2017 5:28PM
Yule (Winter Solstice) June 21 June 21, 2017 2:24PM
Imbolc August 1 August 7, 2017 5:40PM
Ostara (Vernal/Spring Equinox) September 21 September 23, 2017 6:02AM
Beltaine October 31 November 7, 2017 3:25PM
Litha (Summer Solstice) December 21 December 22, 2017 2:28AM
** Exact dates and times are from http://www.archaeoastronomy.com/2017.html – Equinox and Solstice data from the U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington DC. Cross-Quarter moments are interpolated as the midway points between the Solstices and Equinoxes measured in degrees along the ecliptic. Former NASA scientist Rollin Gillespie uses this spatial method rather than simply splitting in half the time interval between a Solstice and an Equinox.)

The Wheel of the Year…

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: Southern Hemisphere Holiday Dates 2017

Imbolc in the Southern Hemisphere

Imbolc will soon be here in the southern hemisphere. I put this first article together for the latest edition of the Axis Mundi and have also included a second Imbolc article from the August 2008 edition of the AM.

Imbolc ~ 1st August

by Jenwytch

Imbolc is a cross-quarter day midway between the winter solstice (Yule) and the spring equinox (Ostara) and is the celebration of the banishing of winter, the imminent arrival of Spring and the stirring of new life in the earth. Imbolc recognizes the maiden aspect of the triple goddess – the fresh, the young, the naïve, the new – and is strongly connected with the Goddess Brigid. It is associated with and also known as the festivals of Oimelc, Imbolg, Imbolic (Irish), Candlemas (British), Feast of Torches, Lupercalia (Italian/Latin), Brigid’s Day, and Brigantia (Scottish).

Here in the southern hemisphere, in 21st century Australia, we are far removed from the climate and rural lifestyles of the people of ancient Europe where this festival, and others that make up the Wheel Of The Year, originated. (See my article [below] in an earlier edition of Axis Mundi for more about the history and origins of Imbolc.)

Due to the 6 month offset of the seasons between the northern and southern hemispheres many Australian Pagans prefer to celebrate Imbolc when it is seasonally appropriate here, on August 1st or 2nd, instead of on the traditional northern hemisphere date of February 2nd. Although the majority of modern day Aussie Pagans live in cities or the suburbs we can still look to our backyard gardens, public suburban parks or the National Parks and bushland reserves scattered all around us to see evidence of the cycle of the seasons relevant to this time of year.

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

Celebrating Lammas

The year is 1100. The date is August 1. The monks in the abbey at Gloucester are celebrating the holy-day of St. Peter in Chains. One of the monks wakes from a strange dream in which God promises to strike down the wicked King who has abused the Holy Church. His superior, Abbot Serlo, on hearing of the dreams sends a warning to the King, William the Red, who has oppressed all of England with taxes and disgusted many with his licentiousness and blasphemy. Red, as he is called, receives the message the following day while preparing to indulge in one of his favorite sports, hunting, in the New Forest. Although there are no longer any people dwelling in the New Forest — they were all cleared out by Red’s father, William the Conqueror — there are rumors that it’s a hotbed of pagan activity. And August 2 is an important pagan holy-day. The Saxons call it Lammas, the Loaf-Mass. William the Red laughs at the warning from the monks and goes out hunting. A short time later, he is dead, struck in the chest by a stray arrow, and his brother, Henry, who was in the hunting party is riding hot-foot for Winchester and the crown.

Now some people say that William the Red was a Lammas sacrifice, …

Please continue reading by clicking this link: Celebrating Lammas