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“When one defines oneself as Pagan,
it means she or he follows an earth or nature religion,
one that sees the divine manifest in all creation.
The cycles of nature are our holy days, the earth is our temple,
its plants and creatures our partners and teachers.
We worship a deity that is both male and female,
a mother Goddess and a father God,
who together created all that is, was, or will be.
We respect life, cherish the free will of sentient beings,
and accept the sacredness of all creation.” —
Bless be sisters and brothers of The Old Ways
One example of a simple, basic altar.
This is one way of setting up a simple altar for spellwork and rituals being done in a sacred circle. Some Witches leave their altars set up at all times and some do not. It is a personal choice whether you do or not. You can set your altar on a table, the floor anywhere you can walk completely around it to make your sacred circle. As you get more comfortable on your path it will reflect in how you do your altar and what you put on it.
We will start at the top or North/element of Earth – here you need a bowl of dirt or regular table salt or stones or a piece of wood or a green candle.
Next going clockwise (dorsil) is East/element of Air – here you need incense or feathers (real ones not store bought ones) or a yellow candle.
Moving to the bottom is South/element of Fire – here you need either a red or orange candle or a lighter or some matches. The above illustration shows a charcoal burner, but you don’t need that yet and it might be you never use one.
Next is West/element of Water – here you need a bowl of water or some sea shells or a statue of some kind of sea or ocean life or a blue candle.
For spirit, they have a God and Goddess candle. You can also use a statue or something that to you show the element of Spirit and you can put just one thing in either between Water and Earth or Between Earth and Air.
At this point, you might not have a wand or Atheme (ceremonial knife) yet which is fine. So do even concern yourself with that part of this above illustration. If you do have one then place them as shown on the altar.
You should have one taper candle that you have inscribed your name on, this is your personal candle. You need to cleanse it before inscribing it of all energy but your own (there is a post up on here about how to do that) If you have an Atheme use that to do the inscription. If not a favorite sharp kitchen knife will work. It sets on the altar one side of Fire or the other. It should be on the side your power hand is on. Your power hand is the one you write with. You will use it to light the incenses and/or other candles on the altar from.
Have your Book of Shadows and something to write with; with you always when doing spellwork and/or a ritual so you can either read the spell or ritual from it or want to write down something that happened in your circle. This sets on the opposite side of Fire from your personal candle.
Copyright 2015 Carla Schultz-Ruehl
I would like to hold an online coven gathering for Samhain for those in the Southern Hemisphere. We need to find a time where I am not waking up in the middle of the night to do the gathering, yet at a time when the most people there will be available. This is a little trickier than I thought between the time difference and the international date line. The times for me respectfully would be 10:00 PM and 2:00 PM. I am sorry, but other times do not fit in with my home life.
You are also welcome to attend the Northern Hemisphere celebration of Beltane on May 1st at – time to be announced.
At this time of year, the Sun is in Scorpio, a sign often associated with death, finality, and endings. Every ending leads to rebirth, the process belongs to Pluto, ruler of Scorpio. Although he’s known as the God of the Underworld, Pluto also represents regeneration, transformation, and reincarnation. He asks us to celebrate death instead of fearing it, to understand that death is only the step before birth, and to trust in the immortality of the life-force. Pay homage to this dark God by honoring the spirits of those who have crossed over during the year. They have completed an evolutionary lesson and are now preparing for their journey back to the world of the living, refreshed and renewed. The candles we place in our windows help to guide them home, and burying an apple at the foot of a tree gives them nourishment for this leg of their journey. On this sacred evening when the veils between worlds are at their thinnest, celebrate the “graduation” of souls who have left us. Rejoice in their lives, instead of mourning their deaths.
Copyright Kim Rogers-Gallagher Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2000
The Moon goes through four different phases every 29 days.
The full (Mother) Moon-this lasts from one night before until one night after the date the Full Moon is shown on a regular calendar. A full Moon is used to bring things to you. A good time for spells for your income to increase, protection for yourself, someone else or your home, etc. It is the best time to consecrate a Ritual tool, hold a Handfasting, marriage or Wiccaning.
Next comes the Waning Moon. This period lasts from the second night after the full Moon until one night before the New Moon. During this period, it is a time to send things away from you such as a build up of negativity around you or to charm an object to help you control a bad habit.
Then comes the New (Crone) Moon. This phase is from one night before until one night after the date the New Moon appears on a regular calendar. This is the time when being able to banish or send away bad habits, negative energy, do a house cleansing, etc.
Lastly is the Waxing Moon. This is a time of new beginnings and to bring good things to you. Use it to start a new project or job or getting to know someone better, etc. It is also a good time for a marriage or Handfasting. To charm an object to carry with you for protection or to do a house blessing, etc.
While I have only listed a very few things that work out better if done during the correct Moon phase. They are meant as a guideline to get you thinking about what else you may do during the correct phase.
Remember every time you do a spell or charm an object what energy you send out comes back to you three times as strong-The Law of Three.
Copyright 2011 Carla Schultz-Ruehl
When writing a spell the one thing that will effect it the most is the intent you have when writing and chanting it. There are certain things every spell should have in it. A spell also does not just effect the person casting it but has long-range effects you may never know about. This is why I will never do a spell that effects another person or living thing’s free will, such as a spell to make someone fall in love with a specific person.
You should never cast a spell, even a healing spell, for or on someone without their permission and/or knowledge.
Before casting a spell have what you desire it to do firmly in your mind, even visualize the outcome if you can. This helps the spell be stronger and gives it more chance in coming to fruition.
When writing the spell the things it should include are:
Who – Who is the spell for or who is it going to effect
What – What specifically is the spell for and what do you want the outcome of it to be
When – When do you want the spell to start working – immediately, tomorrow, next week, etc
How – How is the spell suppose to work – is it suppose to bring something to you or send something away?
Always ask yourself WHY am I writing this spell. What do I want the end result from it to be. When do I want it to happen. Who do I want it to happen to and how do I want it to happen. If you are a novice Witch if you copy nothing else from this post into your Book of Shadows please copy the preceding two sentences. It gives you all the parts you need to include in a spell.
Copyright 2015 Carla Schultz-Ruehl
Solitary, Experienced or new to the Craft whatever traditions you follow it doesn’t matter all are invited to come! The first coven gathering is just to meet other witches who have an interest in coming to online coven gatherings and/or want to become a novice witch studying under Lady Beltane. Come at anytime and leave whenever you’d like.
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