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.

 

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Go to WOTC for Daily Readings

Witches of The Craft offers a daily digest that includes daily tarot card, astrological information among other things. WOTC is our sister web site and this is why Coven Life does not do this type of thing. Coven Life main focus is bring information to those who want to learn more about The Craft, it’s history, rituals, how to perform spells, etc. In other words we are a teaching website.

Summer and Winter Solstice /Litha and Yule Coven Gathering – December 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM CT

I invite you to include your children and/or grandchildren in our circle this evening. The ritual may seem a bit childish to some of you but I am trying something new for families who wish to raise their families in the ways of The Craft.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

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.

RITUAL:( Northern and Southern Hemispheres spells are to be done at the same time. The one you do depends on which hemisphere you live in.)

Lady Beltane: I walk this circle with all of you three times round so we are safe and sound.

I call upon Earth to come into the watchtower of the North to help protect those in this circle.

I call upon Air to come into the watchtower of the East to help protect those in this circle.

I call in Fire to come into the watchtower of the South to help protect those in this circle.

I call upon Water to come into the watchtower of the East to help protect those in this circle.

Everyone: So more it be! Thank say a greeting than please say your first name and where you are from. Please ask children to only put one initial in as a name. (RememberSafety first!!)

Northern Hemisphere EVERYONE : Now light or turn on your  black candle. Repeat this spell three times. When done type in “So more it be.”

As the Oak Kings brings the longest night his battle lost to the Holly King. We bid you safe slumber with our love and thankfulness until we meet again.

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

Now light or turn on your white candle while repeating this spell 3 times. Type in “So Mote It Be” when done.

As we light our candles we bring light back into the world. We welcome the birth of the Holly King and the festive joy that he brings.

EVERYONE will meditate for 2 minutes on what you want to accomplish in this the waxing part of the year and to welcome the Holly King

Southern 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 thtee 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.l

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 and if you would like to say anything to the rest of the coven you are welcome to do so now.

LADY BELTANE: I dismiss Water from the watchtower of the West with our living thanks for your help and protection.

I dismiss Fire from the watchtower of the South with our living thanks for your help and protection.I

I dismiss Air from the watchtower of the North with our living thanks for your help and protection.

I dismiss Earth from the watchtower of the North with our living thanks for your help and protection.

The circle is open but never broken. Go in peace and love 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

Simple Basic Altar Set Up

When setting up an altar it is nice but not necessary to have a lot of magickal tools.

A basic altar can be set up using different colored tea lights or candles to represent the five elements, Spirit, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. To make the candle burn a little longer and drip less keep them in your freezer until you are ready to use them. You can put your personal candle back into your freezer after it has cooled down for at one hour after use. Place your elemental candle in the shape of a pentagram. You can use a piece of chalk to draw the outline of a pentagram wherever you are setting up your altar. When you are done with the circle and have removed all things off wherever your atar was set up just use a wet paper towel to wipe off the chalk. It may take more than one depending on how hard use pressed with the chalk when drawing the pentagram. When I to this I either bury the paper towel in one of my gardens or burn it in my outdoor fireplace as a sign of respect for the remains of the pentagram it holds.

A few other ideas  to use for the elements are:

SPIRIT: A statue or picture of an angel or a picture of ancestor

AIR: A feather or incense stick or cone or windchimes

FIRE: A book of matches or lighter or wooden matches

WATER: A seashell or any type of aquatic wildlife statue or picture or a small container of water

EARTH: A stick or some rocks or a small container of dirt or salt (not sea salt but regular table salt)

The Goddess and God you wish to have present can also be done by using a candle or tea light. Some other objects you could use are:

GODDESS: Eggshell or birds nest or a statute of a woman of any size or a picture of a Goddess

GODS: A pine cone or small tree branch with leaves or a statute of a man any size or a picture of a God

You can take a glass r cup and a small plate of some kind from your kitchen that you rarely use to consecrate for use as your chalice and offering dish.

Your personal candle you will want to use a bigger candle so you do not have to dedicate and personalize one every time you use it in a circle. I have a 12-inch (30.48 cm) taper candle works very well for my personal candle and lasts about 2 to 4 months depending on how often I make a circle.

As for your Book of Shadows being on your altar or not is up to you. I keep a couple of pieces of paper and a pen on my altar when doing a circle, especially if it is a circle meditation, just in case something happens during the circle I want to remember. My BOS is a three-ring binder with lots of empty pages in it so I do not have to cleanse them before using them on my altar or placing them back into my BOS.

WAND: Your do not absolutely have to have a wand to do a basic altar. But if you live near a park, forest or have trees in your yard look on the ground for a fallen branch. Ask the tree if you can have it for your personal use as a wand and leave a small token of appreciation such as a little water, a small stone or whatever else you feel might be appropriate.

SIDE NOTE: Left handed people sometimes put their Personal Candle on the left and BOS on the right.

Copyright 2017 Lady Beltane.

Aefterra Lipa (Late Litha)

Just as the Winter Solstice is followed in the Old English calendar by the month of Late Yule, the Summer Solstice is followed by Late Litha. In the wake of Midsummer, Sunne begins to wane and the days become shorter. Flax can now be harvested and hay cut and stored for winter fodder.

Although most grains are harvested in the late summer and autumn, under ideal conditions winter wheat can be harvested as early as July. This early grain had to be dried, winnowed, threshed, and ground to become I’m as flour by Lammad (the “load mass”), which celebrated the bread baked from the early harvest. I’m the Christian era, the first loaves were brought to the church to be blessed. The blessed loaves were then sometimes used to work magic, protecting the rest of the harvest grain. I’m the ninth-century Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Mammas is called ” feast of the first fruits. ”

Baked bread and hold your on harvest celebration. Either make th bread from scratch or if you prefer, purchase ready to bake dough found in the freezer section at th supermarket. After your load has resin, invite your friends over so everyone can enjoy the beast aroma of the baking bread.

Copyright Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2017 Page 85 Written by Alaric Albertsson

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