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“In Celtic tradition, the night of April 30 was thought of as the darkest of the year, when witches flew to frighten, spawning evil throughout the land.  In response, people pounded on kettles, slammed doors, cracked whips, rang church bells and made all the noise they could to scare off the corruption they imagined to be moving on the moist air.  They lit bonfires and torches and witch- proofed their houses with spring boughs.  Such vigils were kept throughout the night until the rising of the May-dawn.”

Ah, what horrors were told about us over and over throughout history. Little did they know nor did they want to know, the truth about our Sabbat, Beltane…..

Beltane (a greater Sabbat named for a Celtic God, which is otherwise known as May Eve or May Day) hails the coming-together of the Horned God, now the Phallic Lord, and the irresistible Goddess in a rapturous celebration of light and life. It is as though all of nature–not least the birds and bees–is abuzz at this time of year, energized by a potent combinations of irresistible physical attraction and an equally compelling urge to procreate.

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Beltane History – Celebrating May Day

 

The Fires of Tara:

Beltane kicks off the merry month of May, and has a long history. This fire festival is celebrated on May 1 with bonfires, Maypoles, dancing, and lots of good old fashioned sexual energy. The Celts honored the fertility of the gods with gifts and offerings, sometimes including animal or human sacrifice. Cattle were driven through the smoke of the balefires, and blessed with health and fertility for the coming year.

In Ireland, the fires of Tara were the first ones lit every year at Beltane, and all other fires were lit with a flame from Tara.

Roman Influences:

The Romans, always known for celebrating holidays in a big way, spent the first day of May paying tribute to their Lares, the gods of their household. They also celebrated the Floralia, or festival of flowers, which consisted of three days of unbridled sexual activity. Participants wore flowers in their hair (much like May Day celebrants later on), and there were plays, songs, and dances. At the end of the festivities, animals were set loose inside the Circus Maximus, and beans were scattered around to ensure fertility. The fire festival of Bona Dea was also celebrated on May 2nd.

A Pagan Martyr:

May 6 is the day of Eyvind Kelda, or Eyvind Kelve, in Norse celebrations. Eyvind Kelda was a Norwegian martyr who was tortured and drowned on the orders of King Olaf Tryggvason for refusing to give up his Pagan beliefs. A week later, Norwegians celebrate the Festival of the Midnight Sun, which pays tribute to the Norse sun goddess.

The Greeks and Plynteria:

Also in May, the Greeks celebrated the Plynteria in honor of Athena, the goddess of wisdom and battle, and the patroness of the city of Athens (which was named after her). The Plynteria includes the ritual cleansing of Athena’s statue, along with feasting and prayers in the Parthenon. On the 24th, homage is paid to the Greek moon-goddess Artemis (goddess of the hunt and of wild animals). Artemis is a lunar goddess, equivalent to the Roman moon-goddess Diana – she is also identified with Luna, and Hecate.

The Green Man Emerges:

A number of pre-Christian figures are associated with the month of May, and subsequently Beltane. The entity known as the Green Man, strongly related to Cernunnos, is often found in the legends and lore of the British Isles, and is a masculine face covered in leaves and shrubbery. In some parts of England, a Green Man is carried through town in a wicker cage as the townsfolk welcome the beginning of summer. Impressions of the Green Man’s face can be found in the ornamentation of many of Europe’s older cathedrals, despite edicts from local bishops forbidding stonemasons from including such pagan imagery.

Jack-in-the-Green:

A related character is Jack-in-the-Green, a spirit of the greenwood. References to Jack appear in British literature back as far as the late sixteenth century. Sir James Frazer associates the figure with mummers and the celebration of the life force of trees. Jack-in-the-Green was seen even in the Victorian era, when he was associated with soot-faced chimney sweeps. At this time, Jack was framed in a structure of wicker and covered with leaves, and surrounded by Morris dancers. Some scholars suggest that Jack may have been a ancestor to the legend of Robin Hood.

Ancient Symbols, Modern Rites:

Today’s Pagans celebrate Beltane much like their ancestors did. A Beltane ritual usually involves lots of fertility symbols, including the obviously-phallic Maypole dance. The Maypole is a tall pole decorated with flowers and hanging ribbons, which are woven into intricate pattern by a group of dancers. Weaving in and out, the ribbons are eventually knotted together by the time the dancers reach the end.

In some Wiccan traditions, Beltane is a day in which the May Queen and the Queen of Winter battle one another for supremacy. In this rite, borrowed from practices on the Isle of Man, each queen has a band of supporters. On the morning of May 1, the two companies battle it out, ultimately trying to win victory for their queen. If the May Queen is captured by her enemies, she must be ransomed before her followers can get her back.

There are some who believe Beltane is a time for the faeries — the appearance of flowers around this time of year heralds the beginning of summer and shows us that the fae are hard at work. In early folklore, to enter the realm of faeries is a dangerous step — and yet the more helpful deeds of the fae should always be acknowledged and appreciated. If you believe in faeries, Beltane is a good time to leave out food and other treats for them in your garden or yard.

For many contemporary Pagans, Beltane is a time for planting and sowing of seeds — again, the fertility theme appears. The buds and flowers of early May bring to mind the endless cycle of birth, growth, death and rebirth that we see in the earth. Certain trees are associated with May Day, such as the Ash, Oak and Hawthorn. In Norse legend, the god Odin hung from an Ash tree for nine days, and it later became known as the World Tree, Yggdrasil.

If you’ve been wanting to bring abundance and fertility of any sort into your life — whether you’re looking to conceive a child, enjoy fruitfulness in your career or creative endeavors, or just see your garden bloom — Beltane is the perfect time for magical workings related to any type of prosperity.

By Patti Wigington

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Legends and Lore of Beltane

In many cultures, there are different legends and lore surrounding the Beltane season – after all, it’s a time that marks fire and fertility, and the return of new life to the earth. Let’s look at some of the magical stories about this spring celebration.

  • Like Samhain, the holiday of Beltane is a time when the veil between the worlds is thin. Some traditions believe that this is a good time to contact the spirits, or to interact with the Fae. Be careful, though — if you visit the Faerie Realm, don’t eat the food, our you’ll be trapped there, much like Thomas the Rhymer was!
  • Some Irish dairy farmers hang a garland of green boughs over their door at Beltane. This will bring them great milk production from their cows during the coming summer. Also, driving your cattle between two Beltane bonfires helps protect your livestock from disease.
  • The pious Puritans were outraged by the debauchery of Beltane celebrations. In fact, they made Maypoles illegal the mid 1600’s, and tried to put a halt to the “greenwood marriages” that frequently took place on May Eve. One pastor wrote that if “tenne maiden went to set (celebrate) May, nine of them came home gotten with childe.”
  • According to a legend in parts of Wales and England, women who are trying to conceive should go out on May Eve — the last night of April — and find a “birthing stone”, which is a large rock formation with a hole in the center. Walk through the hole, and you will conceive a child that night. If there is nothing like this near you, find a small stone with a hole in the center, and drive a branch of oak or other wood through the hole — place this charm under your bed to make you fertile.
  • If you go out at sunrise on Beltane, take a bowl or jar to gather morning dew. Use the dew to wash your face, and you’re guaranteed a perfect complexion. You can also use the dew in ritual as consecrated water, particularly in rituals related to the moon or the goddess Diana or her counterpart, Artemis.
  • In the Irish Book of Invasions, it was on Beltane that Patholan, the first settler, arrived on Ireland’s shores. May Day was also the date of the defeat of the Tuatha de Danaan by Amergin and the Milesians.
  • Babies conceived at Beltane are considered a gift from the gods. They were sometimes referred to as “merry-begots”, because the mothers were impregnated during Beltane’s merrymaking.
  • In Cornwall, it’s traditional to decorate your door on May Day with boughs of hawthorn and sycamore.
  • Eating a special oatcake called a bannock or a Beltane cake ensured Scottish farmers abundance of their crops for the year. The cakes were baked the night before, and roasted in embers on a stone.

By Patti Wigington

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Fertility Customs and Magic

The Beltane season is a time of fertility, not only for people but for the land as well. If you plant a garden each summer, Beltane is a good time to do some fertility magic so that you will have an abundant crop by the time the harvest rolls around. There are many different methods of ensuring the fertility of the land, and you can incorporate any of these into your rituals and ceremonies.

  • In ancient Rome, it wasn’t uncommon for the master of the land to take his wife out to the fields and have sex right there on the ground. If you had a lot of land, this could take all day, but it was practically guaranteed to ensure that the field would be fertile and productive once your slaves got the planting done.
  • In some traditions, menstruating women add a bit of their blood to the soil to add potency. It’s a scientific fact that blood contains a lot of nutrients, so it makes sense to blend this in with the dirt before planting.
  • Farmers in the Congo region of Africa make offerings to the spirits of the land before they begin clearing it for planting. In addition to the offerings, there is also a great deal of chanting, drumming and singing, and it is only after the spirits indicate that they are pleased with the gifts and performances that the farmers may plant their crops.
  • The Algonquin peoples of the mid-Atlantic region performed ritual dances to ensure a bountiful agricultural crop each year. Dances involved a lot of noise, in order to wake the sleeping earth.
  • In Crete, a sword dance called the Kuortes was held each spring. During the Kourtes, a group of men gathered together, moving in unison with sticks or swords. Although it sounds warrior-like, it wasn’t a martial dance but one that scholars say promoted fertility, instead. If you think about it, banging a stick or sword on the freshly plowed earth has quite a bit of fertility symbolism.
  • Roman women paid tribute to Flora, the goddess of flowers, in order to ensure fertility of both the land and the womb. A woman who was having trouble conceiving a child might offer flowers at Bona Dea’s temple on the Aventine Hill. In an interesting paradox, Bona Dea was a goddess of both virginity and fertility, and was represented by the snake, often connected to fertility as well.
  • In Nagoya, Japan, residents still celebrate the annual Honen-sai festival. This is held each year in the spring, to make sure the crops will be plentiful, and includes a parade – the highlight of which is a giant penis on a float (the penis, carved from a cypress tree, is about fourteen feet long and quite impressive indeed).

By Patti Wigington

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Fertility Deities of Beltane

Beltane is a time of great fertility — for the earth itself, for animals, and of course for people as well. This season has been celebrated by cultures going back thousands of years, in a variety of ways, but nearly all shared the fertility aspect. Typically, this is a Sabbat to celebrate gods of the hunt or of the forest, and goddesses of passion and motherhood, as well as agricultural deities. Here are a list of gods and goddesses that can be honored as part of your tradition’s Beltane rituals.

  • Artemis (Greek): The moon goddess Artemis was associated with the hunt, and was seen as a goddess of forests and hillsides. This pastoral connection made her a part of spring celebrations in later periods.
  • Bes (Egyptian): Worshiped in later dynasties, Bes was a household protection god, and watched over mothers and young children. He and his wife, Beset, were paired up in rituals to cure problems with infertility.
  • Bacchus (Roman): Considered the equivalent of Greek god Dionysus, Bacchus was the party god — grapes, wine, and general debauchery were his domain. In March each year, Roman women could attend secret ceremonies called the bacchanalia, and he is associated with sexual free-for-alls and fertility.
  • Cernunnos (Celtic): Cernunnos is a horned god found in Celtic mythology. He is connected with male animals, particularly the stag in rut, and this has led him to be associated with fertility and vegetation. Depictions of Cernunnos are found in many parts of the British Isles and western Europe. He is often portrayed with a beard and wild, shaggy hair — he is, after all, the lord of the forest.
  • Flora (Roman): This goddess of spring and flowers had her own festival, Floralia, which was celebrated every year between April 28 to May 3. Romans dressed in bright robes and floral wreaths, and attended theater performances and outdoor shows. Offerings of milk and honey were made to the goddess.
  • Hera (Greek): This goddess of marriage was the equivalent of the Roman Juno, and took it upon herself to bestow good tidings to new brides. A maiden about to marry could make offerings to Hera, in the hopes that she would bless the marriage with fertility. In her earliest forms, she appears to have been a nature goddess, who presides over wildlife and nurses the young animals which she holds in her arms.
  • Kokopelli (Hopi): This flute-playing, dancing spring god carries unborn children upon his own back, and then passes them out to fertile women. In the Hopi culture, he is part of rites that relate to marriage and childbearing, as well as the reproductive abilities of animals. Often portrayed with rams and stags, symbolic of his fertility, Kokopelli occasionally is seen with his consort, Kokopelmana.
  • Pan (Greek): This agricultural god watched over shepherds and their flocks. He was a rustic sort of god, spending lots of time roaming the woods and pastures, hunting and playing music on his flute. Pan is typically portrayed as having the hindquarters and horns of a goat, similar to a faun. Because of his connection to fields and the forest, he is often honored as a spring fertility god.
  • Priapus (Greek): This fairly minor rural god has one giant claim to fame — his permanently erect and enormous phallus. The son of Aphrodite by Dionysus (or possibly Zeus, depending on the source), Priapus was mostly worshiped in homes rather than in an organized cult. Despite his constant lust, most stories portray him as sexually frustrated, or even impotent. However, in agricultural areas he was still regarded as a god of fertility, and at one point he was considered a protective god, who threatened sexual violence against anyone — male or female — who transgressed the boundaries he guarded.
  • Sheela-na-Gig (Celtic): Although the Sheela-na-Gig is technically the name applied to the carvings of women with exaggerated vulvae that have been found in Ireland and England, there’s a theory that the carvings are representative of a lost pre-Christian goddess. Typically, the Sheela-na-Gig adorns buildings in areas of Ireland that were part of the Anglo-Norman conquests in the 12th century. She is shown as a homely woman with a giant yoni, which is spread wide to accept the seed of the male. Folkloric evidence indicates that the figures are theory that the figures were part of a fertility rite, similar to “birthing stones”, which were used to bring on conception.
  • Xochiquetzal (Aztec): This fertility goddess was associated with spring, and represented not only flowers but the fruits of life and abundance. She was also the patron goddess of prostitutes and craftsmen.

By Patti Wigington

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How To Celebrate Beltane with a Maypole Dance

The Maypole is one of the traditional symbols of Beltane, and let’s not kid ourselves about its purpose: it’s a giant phallus.

Because Beltane festivities usually kicked off the night before with a big bonfire, the Maypole celebration usually took place shortly after sunrise the next morning. This was when couples (and probably more than a few surprised triads) came staggering in from the fields, clothes in disarray and straw in their hair after a night of bonfire-inspired lustiness.

The pole was erected on the village green or common, or even a handy field — thrust into the ground either permanently or on a temporary basis — and brightly colored ribbons attached to it. Young people came and danced around the pole, each holding the end of a ribbon. As they wove in and out, men going one way and women the other, it created a sleeve of sorts — the enveloping womb of the earth — around the pole. By the time they were done, the Maypole was nearly invisible beneath a sheath of ribbons.

To set up your own Maypole dance, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Dig a hole in advance, a few feet deep. You don’t want your friends to wait while you hunt for a shovel. The hole should be at least three feet deep, to keep the pole from flopping over during the ceremony.
  • A pole anywhere from 15 to 20 feet long, preferably made of wood
  • Guests who like to have fun

Ask each participant to bring their own ribbon — it should be about 20 feet long, by two to three inches wide. Once everyone arrives, attach the ribbons to one end of the pole (if you put a metal eyelet screw in the pole beforehand, it makes it a lot easier — you can just tie each ribbon to the eyelet).

Have extra ribbons on hand, because inevitably someone will have forgotten theirs.

Once the ribbons are attached, raise the pole until it is vertical, and slide it into the hole. Be sure to make lots of bawdy jokes here. Pack dirt in around the base of the pole so it won’t shift or fall during the dance.

If you don’t have an equal number of male and female guests, don’t worry. Just have everyone count off by twos. People who are “1” will go in a clockwise direction, people who are “2” go counterclockwise. Hold your ribbons in the hand that is closest to the pole, your inside hand. As you move in the circle, pass people by on first the left, and then the right, then the left again. If you’re passing them on the outside, hold your ribbon up so they pass under it. You might want to do a practice round beforehand. Keep going until everyone runs out of ribbon, and then knot all the ribbons at the bottom.

One thing that’s always welcome at a Maypole Dance is music. There are a number of CDs available, but there are some bands whose music have a May theme to them. Look for the phrase “Morris music” or traditional pipe and drum tunes. Of course, the best thing of all is to have live music, so if you have friends who are willing to share their skill and sit out the dance, ask them to provide some musical entertainment for you.

Tips:

 

  •  If you’re doing a kids’ Maypole, it’s probably easier just to have them all go in one direction with their ribbons. It doesn’t look quite as fancy when it’s done, but it’s still pretty.
  • You may want to have a crown of flowers attached as well — put that at the top once all the ribbons are in place, but before you raise the pole.

    By Patti Wigington

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    • There are four elements that we always acknowledge. Like you mentioned, Fire, Air, Water and Earth. There is another one that is not so readily recognized, Spirit. As far as Wiccan Magick being found on the Four Element, I don’t think so. Magick is found within the individual. It is in all of us. Some of us just come to recognize that we possess it. Those that do, learn to control it, harness it and then use it to the benefit of mankind. We call the Four Elements to our circle to watch over us and aid us in our magick. Then we dismiss the Elements and thank them for Their presence and aid. Magick comes from within.

      • Jenna Borntreger

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      • I thought I had put some on here. I am sorry, hun. What kind of Earth spells are you looking for? I have spells running out my ears. Let me know and I will put some on here for you. Thank you for calling this matter to my attention. Again I apologize for not having any Earth spells.
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    Unfortunately it’s still happening. A woman was burned alive in Papua New Guinea just this last week. Blessed be…

    • You are right about the witch burnings. The South Pacific islands are notorious for this type of behavior. Their culture still equates witches with Devil worship. It is sad to think that a wonderful and loving belief like witchcraft is thought of as evil in parts of the world today.

      • Riezen

        I dare say if it will ever get any better in some parts of the world. Not that it is that great in the USA, especially in the bible belt South where I reside, but we can all hope.

      • Greeting Riezen,
        It is good to hear from you. Where do you think we are located at? You got it, right in the middle of the old bible belt. I can say at first it wasn’t easy at all when people found out I was a witch. But it has got better. We have a lot of bad history to live down and it is up to us to show the world we are not like what they have been lead to believe. We are people just like everyone else and all we want to do is be accepted and co-exist. We have made great strides but we still have a long way to go. I know if you are by yourself and there are no other witches around it can be rough. Stand strong in your faith and show the world what we are really like. It is up to us to do so. I appreciate your comment. It is good to hear from others in the bible belt.
        May the Goddess Bless You and Watch Over You,
        Lady A

  10. I have seen other listings as well ladyoftheabyss. One of my cousins was also burned at the stake during the infamous witch hunts. Alas, I feel it is coming around again. Blessed be.

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  25. Lady A.

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    • mistressofthemyst

      The Lady’s out today. All you have to do Graham, is hit the follow us button again. By doing this you will become a follower again and receive our publications. WordPress has been making some upgrades to the site, which we appreciate. That would explain what happened to you. We have no control over removing or adding anyone to our list. To get someone removed Lady A has to go to WordPress. I know she hasn’t done that. Hit the follow button and you should be good to go again.
      Mystie

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    • Congratulation on your new Path, Christopher. There are several books I could recommend but I don’t like their authors. They seem to beat around the bush too much for me. I have two favorite authors, Dorothy Morrison and Scott Cunningham. Both of these authors tell it like it is. They are contemporary authors. Ms. Morrison, I love her because she give you ideas that are simply and you probably wouldn’t think of. For instance, use a coffee maker to brew your brews in. She is very practical and also shows you do not have to break the bank to practice magick. Mr. Cunningham, is a very down to earth practitioner. Some Witches do not like him but he is a favorite of mine. Any of his books are well worth purchasing so are Ms. Morrison. There is one other that I do occasionally like to read on a dark, stormy night, that is Raymond Buckland. He has a book called “The Only Witchcraft Book You Will Ever Need.” It is pricy but well worth the purchase. I believe if you pick any of these authors to start with, you will be off to an excellent start.

      • Riezen

        I love Scott Cunninghams writing as well. He comes across so sweet and gentle, a kind person. But I have to thank Marian Green and Doreen Valiente, their books seem to make the most sense to me. I think you can read until your eyes bleed but the fact is, you can be shown the trail-head but you must walk it for yourself and make the “connection”.

  28. Red

    Do you have a place to join here or do you just post? I just came across this and its awesome.

    • What I love it is so simple. All you have to make a comment then send it. If the Spam eater decides it is not spam, it is them forwarded to me. Then I approve it and it post for all the world to read.

  29. Michelle

    Thank you for sharing this information. Love and Light

  30. I have been a solitary witch for almost my whole life. And I was looking threw the web and seeing the usual non-sense witchcraft pages that cater to mostly young teens. And I have never really found a true “witchcraft” site. But I happened upon this page, and it is simply the best site I have ever found. And the honesty and helpfulness on this page is undeniably the best I have seen. I think you for putting up this site and helping new witches. As well as reminding us elder witches of what it means to belong to our great religion.
    Blessings be,
    Mist~~

    • Thank you so much, Mist. I believe that is one of the best compliments we have received in a long time. I appreciate your comment very much. It is good to hear others’ opinions and ideas about the site. I hope you come to think of us as your home away from home, dear sister.
      Blessings to you & yours,
      Lady A

  31. Crystal Pentacle

    Thank you for putting so much time, effort and energy into this site. I can spend hours browsing here & i can feel the energy. I love this site.
    You make me proud to be a witch. X

    • Thank you so much for the kind words, dear friend. I am glad you are enjoying the site. I hope you come to think of us as your home-away-from-home. If you need anything, just let me know.
      Luv & Hugs,
      Lady A

  32. Lady A~
    I am impressed and amazed at what you have accomplished here. Informative, truthful, insightful and proud. Thank you for representing us so very well. I am proud to count you as a friend.
    Hawk

    • It is about time you showed up. Now it is starting to feel like home again. Thank you coming from you that means a lot. It has taken us 3 years to get this far. I am hoping we have 3 more years. But to accomplishment what I am suppose to accomplish might take a life time. We have been trying to put on some Dragon Magick but it doesn’t seem to fly too well here. We will try again and see what happens. I really enjoyed talking to you. It had been way to long. Like I said I had been “stalking” you on FB and was worried about you. I am very happy things have turned around for you. You deserve all the happiest the world has to offer. I hope we keep in touch and you occasionally drop by. I am not crazy about FB, why I don’t know. I guess this place is my home and I feel like I belong here instead of over there.

      Anyway I am going to run for now. I hope to hear from you soon. Stay safe, Hawk!
      Love ya,
      Lady A

  33. Rowan

    I was just told of this site by a new friend and am very impressed with the flow and the connection you seem to have with every person who has stopped here. I will definitely be back to visit. The harmony here calls me to return. Blessings to you and yours!

  34. Sorceress

    I am very greatful for websites like this. It is my deepest desire to learn and grow spiritually. The craft is something very special to me and is a part of my everyday life. Blessings.

  35. Best witchcraft site ever. I am grateful to know this site. Lady A, Mystie, you are fantastic. I wish you the best in life.
    Blessings

  36. Rhiannon

    I have been a solitary witch for many years . We used to have a local coven that would hold open circles for the sabbat rituals, but sadly that is no more. This site is remarkable, thank you for all you do!

    Merry Meet and Brightest Blessings )O(

  37. Hello everyone! I love coming to this wonderful place where the ancient essence is felt to the deepest aspects of soul…Thank you for all that you are and do… Blessings )O(

    • Welcome dear sister, it is wonderful to have you with us. I hope you consider this place your home on the internet. We welcome your comments and opinions, so please feel free to jump right in.

      Again, welcome dear sister,
      Goddess Bless,
      Lady A

  38. Zee

    The fifht element is Akasha. Congratulations for your blog. It’s beautiful. I would love to be part of your team. Do you get to meet somewhere?

  39. Light in the dark

    Nice…I like this site.

  40. Of all the sites to visit on the web, there is no place to get this much intelligent and informative information on our craft than this one. I visit this site every day and find new posts each time. I can not think of a question that can’t be answered by visiting here. Thank you for all of your work. I am happy and honored to be part of your family. Merry Meet and Merry Part and Merry Meet again. Don )O(

  41. Hello! )O( I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Liebster Award! To find out what the Liebster Award is all about, head to my post here at

    http://mchelsmusings.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/my-liebster-award-nomination/

    Congratulations!

    • Thank you so much, sweetie. I am sorry it took me so long to reply. There are times I need about 6 of me and that is on my good days, lol! I feel very honored to accept this award. It is very flattering and I also love awards. Thank you again. I am posting the answers to your questions here shortly.
      Luv & Hugs,
      Lady A

      • Oh you haven’t won yet…LOL this is a nomination. And you’re welcome! )O( Blessed be! <3

      • Oh, sorry. I will get my butt in gear this afternoon and pick out some sites. Then think up some questions. I love these kinds of awards you get to know each other. Which I think is great, you sort of know something about the person behind the computer screen. I promise I will complete the award today. Thank you so much for nominating me for this honor.
        Lady A

  42. nightwolf

    can i please get help to find a group up here in Osburn Idaho or some where close to here? thank you and all have a blessed day

    • I would try checking on Witchvox. Their addy is http://www.witchvox.com. Look at the bottom of the main page. There you will find a whole list of services they provide. One of them just happens to be a list of covens across the country. If you can’t find it or need more help, just let me know. I will be glad to help you out.
      Blessings, Peace & Comfort,
      Lady A

  43. Risuna

    I’m so glad I was able to find this website, I’m having a lot of fun exploring it~! Thank-you for creating this website

  44. Shellie Gnau

    I am glad I found my way here…thank you for sharing your blog

  45. Lily Cat

    This website is quite amazing, I never knew so many others still practiced this. =)

  46. Tammy

    I’m only on the home page and already I’m picking up the “honest” buzz and the integrity with which this site was build upon. As I traverse through the pages of this site, I’m sure I will surely discover more and more truths. Blessed be!

  47. Anita Keane

    Just found Your site…Love It
    Mote Be..
    I am Amazed you are a gem….Have been serching for a link like yours <3..
    Just getting more into my Celtic & Native American Spirituality…Full force…
    Disapointed.. with other groups or sites not sharing more of the old heritage ways… You have touched on it from what I have seen.. Thank You..

  48. I have been researching ley lines for over 30 years and have discovered that the most important energy leys have their sources at volcanic plugs. The Federal Triangle, USA has three volcanic plugs in a line, as has Edinburgh, Scotland, with its three main streets on that line with nine major banks and important institutions on these streets.
    .
    The USA has all of its capital cities aligned with extinct volcanoes on the Azores, Galapagos and Bermuda. This ancient knowledge is still being used by a very few powerful people!

    See my website for more information, or read my two books.

  49. Very well put together, blessed be )0(

  50. Riezen

    Well said. Write your OWN leather bound book, write your own spells and recipes, do your own sketching no matter how Primitive. I have never thought that being a Witch had anything to do with doing things like someone else told you. We are not followers.

    I practice with total impunity and do it my way, because that is what a Witch does.

  51. Josephine Jane

    I’m so happy this site was created. It’s very educational.

  52. Frank Dominguez

    Glad I found you

  53. Kimberlyrose

    After several years of searching, feeling lost, and not feeling complete spiritually, I’ve finally come across a religion I feel I can truly find purpose in and learn from. I appreciate this site so much, as a newcomer with no real people in my area to help mentor me. I’m still learning every day, writing things down, and figuring out which path I’m to be on. Your site has been so helpful to me so far,maybe some day I’ll live close enough to others like me.

  54. Greetings!…I’ve nominated your blog for “The Witchy Blog Award”– and I want to personally thank you for inspiring me, entertaining me, enlightening me, and for giving your time and effort and talent to the wonderful world of blogging. Technology rocks! Keep on writing– your words are magickal!

    Blessings,
    Amythyst Raine-Hatayama
    ____________________

    The Rules:

    Dedicate at least part of a post to receiving the award and share the award logo
    Thank the blogger who passed the award to you
    Answer the seven questions below
    Nominate five Wiccan/Pagan bloggers (If you don’t know five other Wiccan bloggers, nominate as many as you can)
    Notify your nominees of their pending award
    Stop by Ayslyn’s Corner to add your name to the list of bloggers awarded

    Seven Questions: (You may customize as long as they are still Wiccan and Pagan related)

    How did you “discover” Wicca/Witchcraft/Neo-Paganism?
    Do you grow herbs?
    Are you “in the broom closet”?  If not, share your coming out experience.
    What tradition do you follow, if any?
    Do you consider yourself a Witch, Wiccan or Pagan (or maybe something else)?
    How much of Witchcraft/Wicca are you able to incorporate into your everyday life?
    Do you have a familiar? If you do, tell us how you met him/her, and how she/he takes part in your practice (if at all).

    • Riezen

      Always enjoy this site and nice to see the Gray Witch pop in!

    • I apologize for taking so long to reply to your wonderful comments and award. I have had a lot on my plate recently. I have to say you are the one I should be giving all the praise and compliments to you. You are amazing and you flatter me. Your blog is amazing, your site, your books, you are truly amazing and incredible in my eyes. I am truly honored that you even know we exist. Thank you so much for the recognition and the award.

  55. vickie

    Brightest Blessings And thank you a very magickal sight

  56. Hi there this is kind of of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors
    or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • I love off the topic questions, lol! I have had experience with both types of blogs. On Yuku, you could write your own html code or use their WYSIWYG editor. I enjoyed using the editor. In fact, I still go back over their to keep my skills sharp. As far as WordPress goes, they do it all for you. I will have to occasionally go back through a post and correct it. When I do, I have to revert back to html code to do so. WordPress offers a section where you can write your own code (CSS) but you have to purchase that. Just grabbing a blog template and turning it into your own is much simpler. When I first formed our old, old WOTC group on MSN, I had no earthly idea what I was doing. Thankfully I had a wonderful teacher that took me under his wings and showed me the ropes. Since you don’t have any experience, I would recommend WordPress. WordPress has tutorial pages for each template and will walk you through it. When you learn what you want you can either stay on WordPress or take your talents elsewhere. Right now, WordPress is the way to go for you. If you need any help, just let me know. I still love playing with the graphics, htmls codes and the such. Oh, one word, WordPress does not allow with javascript. They told me it was easily hacked and we have three sites on Blogger because I can use javascript over there. And every weekend you can practically set your watch by the time they are going to get hacked. WordPress is a great place to build a site, they have great templates and also offer great support. Right now, WordPress is the way to go!

  57. Very good info. Lucky me I came across your site
    by accident (stumbleupon). I have bookmarked it for later!

  58. S light walker

    I love everything I’ve read on your site. I feel like I’m old yet brand new on this path and it was lovely to see your information. Thank you
    Blessed be 🌖

  59. Megan

    What a wonderful website filled with so much!!
    Thank you

  60. Thank you for all the wonderful wisdom of your Samhain article! I really enjoyed reading it, and I love this website! :)
    The First and Second Battles of Moytura take place on Samhain. During these two battles, the Tuatha De Dannan battle the forces of winter, chaos, and blight.
    Lugh Samhildanach/Lamhada defeats Balor, his grandfather.
    The Morrighan aids the Daghda in the battle by agreeing to strike fear into their hearts of the Fomorians after they sleep together. She is also the Washer at the Ford, an omen of death.
    The Goddess Brigit loses her son Ruadhan, and she mourns her son by producing a keen (caione), which’s a wail of grief. It’s the origin story of the Bansidhe. It’s also the night Brigit becomes the Cailleach, the Crone of Winter.
    A Blessed Samhain to one and all! :)

    Blessed Be!
    Iolairmara

  61. Aonaracha

    I’m so glad to have found this. I don’t know anyone else like me, especially living in the middle of nowhere. I will likely be asking questions soon and they may be pretty dumb ones. i’ll try not to unless I have to… I don’t want to be an annoying noob or anything lol! I’ve never had anyone to discuss this stuff with and I’m new to much of it. I almost don’t feel alone now. :)

  62. Aonaracha

    less than a week ago I found this site. oh, ive seen many others out there… some of them take a ‘very matter of fact’ approach and though informative, there is little to no sense of community. others seem to cater to ‘fad pagans’ and lack serious information. there is nothing wrong with that. nothing at all. but such sites are not for me personally. I have learned more here than I have from all the rest put together, and I feel like I belong to a community. thank you for making such a wonderful website. i am literally the only one of my kind in the area i live and i feel as if this was made for me. thank you so much!!!

  63. Eve

    I am a solitary witch and I am currently still learning, I commend you on a wonderful and informative page, I have learned new things, and I happened on this site by accident, OR was it accident!! I was feeling I wasn’t learning much lately and here I am, I have learned more tonight than I have in months!! Thank you so much!! Blessed Be to you and much success on all of your work on here!!!

  64. Eva DelaSangre

    Thank you for making such a great site. So informative and helpful!!!

  65. Donna

    I am always very late to the party. I’m glad I found your site and I sincerely hope it will become/remain/stay active

    • You are not late to the party here, hun. We have been partying now for 14 years. We have spent three of those years on WordPress. We are a very active site. The other managers and myself try to keep interesting and informative information flowing constantly. The only time the site goes down is to change the graphics or change the monthly info. As long as I have anything to do with this site, it will be remain active. So welcome home, dear sister.
      Lady A

  66. Heya Lady A.. I love the new look.. I love how the snowflakes gently drift and fall across the screen.. it’s so relaxing, peaceful and beautiful..
    As always, your site looks fantastic. Darling sister, I hope that you’re doing alright (((hugs)))

  67. In Ireland (County Meath), the megalithic burial/Sidhe Mound, Newgrange, which’s aligned to the Midwinter Solstice (Mean Geimreidh: Meh-yawn Gev-ruh), has a bit of Gaelic lore associated with the pre-Celtic 5,300 year-old mound.

    According to lore, the All Father God, the Daghda built and occupies Newgrange–indeed, as an entrance to the Otherworld. Newgrange is also where the Daghda has a tryst with the river and land Goddess, Boinne. It’s there the God of Youthful Beauty, Light, and Love, Aeonghus Mac Og (Son of Youth) is conceived.

    Well, Boinne’s husband, Elcmhaire happened to be out hunting and promised to return at sunset. Concealing the manner in which Aeonghus was conceived, the Daghda caused the sun to stand still in order for the day to last nine months. In that “day,” Aeonghus was safely birthed and fostered away. Elcmhaire was none the wiser about the tryst upon his return.

    In terms of the solstice, which means, “sun stands still,” the Daghda represents the solar function of light that must give way to the youthful rebirth of the Son/Sun in a new cycle. It is evident that Aeonghus represents the archetypal function of the Child of Light in Celtic Myth Cycles…these include Lugh, the Maponos/Mabon, Taliesin, and Arthur, to name some. Later on, Aeonghus would trick the Daghda out of Newgrange, and take up residence in the mound.

    Gaelic names for Newgrange such as Cashel Aeonghus (“Castle Aeonghus”) and Brugh na Boinne (Place or “Palace of the Boyne”), signify Newgrange’s importance in Gaelic imagination. That is, the Sidhe mound’s alignment to the rising sun during the day of the solstice, has the sunlight shining into the mound entrance’s box, a beam going 64 feet into the back of the chamber, is an act of conception and renewal.

    In addition, every 19 years, on the solstice, the moon is completely dark. The white quartz crystal facede resembles a slim waxing crescent. During this time of winter, the sun is at it’s weakest, moon at its darkest, and earth at its most cold and fallow. Hence, a new great lunar cycle begins simultaneously with that of the earth and sun. It so happens, this upcoming solstice, on the 21st, is such a time!

    The Goddess Boinne’s name comes from the Gaelic “Bo,” which translates as Cow, a divine representative/embodiment of the Land’s powers of fertility and abundance, including the wealth and well-being of the Tuath (I.e. locality of the “Tribe”). She also represents a beneficent face of the Goddess of Sovereignty, replete in Celtic myth. Hope you all have a very Blessed Solstice! :)

    Beanneacht De Laet!

    ~Iolairmara

  68. Thank you again for the awards, love. I am truly honored. <3

    (Psst…..I nominated you back….http://donningthecrescent.com/2014/12/18/one-lovely-blog-award: http://donningthecrescent.com/2014/12/18/very-inspiring-blogger-award/)

  69. Hey! I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. Just follow this link http://donningthecrescent.com/2014/12/18/one-lovely-blog-award/ (if you would like), and you can see what accepting the award entails.

    I really love this blog!
    Love and Light

  70. Cathi

    I came upon this site last evening while doing a Google search. I have found many other sites but none that caught my attention and were so easy and comfortable. This site is beautifully written; your words flow and the layout and content are so well written and demonstrated. THANK YOU! I for one have found myself so weighed down and overwhelmed by so many other sites, you have made this site so inviting and easy for people like me to learn and comprehend. Your site is so relaxing and inviting. Thank you again and please continue to keep us all educated.

  71. I love this website. I keep my own journal on some information posted on here. I hope you always keep this site running. It’s absolutely amazing :)

  72. Ruby the Cat

    Hi – I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your site. It is Goddess sent. :) I have been a solitary practitioner for over 20 years. It’s nice to feel a sense of community every now and again. The cornerstone to being a witch (I think) is to never stop learning. You have a true treasure trove of information here. Thank you so much for passing it on. Many blessings many times.

  73. What a truly beautiful, well-organized page, I am jealous and inspired all at the same time.. as a baby blogger I will be looking to you to show me how it’s done !

  74. Patricia Gardner

    Love your site…I am a co-author of Wicca Whats the Real Deal Breaking through the misconceptions…your site sounds like our book..teaching the outside world the difference between who we are & who they think we are is what we do….great job..I have been a witch for 52 yrs & its great to see so many of us out there.. I will share your page with my coven…thank you for knowing the true way…Blessed be…)0(*

  75. Iove this blog. The presentation is great.

    I happen to be what I call a wild natura faery witch. Which means I am a solitary witch. Not wiccan but do have some basis in wicca, in the style of ann moura which then brings me to natual which ijmo equals using what is on hand if I am doing a spell or ritual on the run. Such as a large rock as an altar , dirt wind spit and my desire as a flame.

    Faery because I work with them thru different forms and also with ancestors and even the gods in their energy forms such as Manannan mac Llyr is water like neptune.

    So I did enjoy you separating witches from wicca.

    Witchcraft for me is a practice, a mysterious life path. My religion is gaelic polytheism.

    The two interlock are one but are separate at the same time

    So Thank you very much for this site.

  76. aquella

    Plz could the founder of this site email me or even a real witch , wiccan .. its important…

    • Lady Beltane

      There is no way to emai you back directly. I write for this web site and am real Witch and Wiccan If you would like to email me at ladybeltane@aol.com to tell me what you need help with. I will see what I can do to help you. Keep in mind I will not write spells for anyone, or do a spell myself for you.

  77. Great site!!
    I want to add you as a link on our new site that is open to all forms
    of supernatural,
    http://conspiro.net/
    You have a site that I will see often.

    • Our policy concerning link exchange has changed. Our requirements are simple. We ask that you add our link to your site first. Then after you have added it, provide us with the address of the link. Once we see that our link is on your site, we will then add yours. I am sorry it has to be this way. Unfortunately, we have had some dealings with webmasters that did not abide by their word. I know it makes it hard on honest webmasters like yourself but the old saying is true, “one bad apple spoils it for the rest.”

      Just as soon as you provide us with a link, we will then add you to our site.
      Lady Of The Abyss

  78. James Mullen

    Thank you beautiful site that touches the soul

    • Good morning James, It is good to see you. I was wondering when you would make an appearance on the site. Thank you for the compliment and also stopping by to visit. I hope you will visit more often. I am sorry about last nights email, I feel asleep in the floor and didn’t get up till 4 this morning. I still have that matter I want to discuss with you. So hopefully, I will be emailing you today (keyword: hopefully). I definitely wants your thoughts on the matter. Till then, my friend,
      Luv & Hugs,
      Lady A

  79. carolune

    I’m so glad there’s a decent site with lots of information and no weirdness…as someone new to witchcraft, this is truly beautiful

  80. Shwa

    First and foremost, blessing and merry meet! I am so excited to have found this website, but that seems so indifferent, that I must say it is truly like a second home. I am a witch of the ancient ways and it is so difficult to find a sharing table, a space not in a space, and comfort in others at that table. Here, Lady A, you have created an environment that others might learn, create, become, and give their thoughts. This is the bread of life, the nectar from the flower of freedom. I am so happy to be here, Now, and ready to learn what I havent and share perhaps what I have. MM, MP, MMA! Blessings

    • Good Morning Shwa,
      It is wonderful to have you with us. I am glad you found the site. Thank you for the wonderful compliments. It is nice to hear that we are doing a good job. We have always tried to make the WOTC a haven from the outside world. I know, personally, the outside world can get a little hairy. So we thought it would be nice to create a place were like-minded individuals can get away from it all, relax, learn, study, share, just do what they wanted too. It is nice to have a place were you don’t have to worry about someone looking down on you or ridiculing you for a remark you have made. We have many Paths and Traditions here. We have always stressed that we must co-exist with each other in order to learn. I believe if you stop learning you stop growing. The Craft is definitely a continuous learning process.

      I like the idea of you sharing with us. Right now the WOTC is having a growing spurt. We have opened up several new sites. If you have a lot to share, I would be glad to open you up your own site. But either way, your thoughts and comments are also welcomed. If you have any ideas or suggestions for the site, please let me know. I am always open to new ideas.

      Again, it is very nice to have you with us. If you need anything, just holler. Till then…
      Blessings, Peace & Comfort,
      Lady A

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