Open Chats, Esbat or Sabbat Gathering Will be Returning, Along With the WOTC School of Witchcraft

I had a busy second half of 2020 and most of 2021 with moving and huge changes in my personal life. I also want to be totally honest here part of the reason I was not holding gatherings and open chats is I was allowing my anxiety disorder as a wall to hide behind and an excuse not to do what I should be doing not only for those who study witchcraft with me but all of you as well. The only huge thing happening this year is my regular wedding on May 13th and then our Handfasting on November 28th. Giving me more time to devote to all the fingers of WOTC that I run completely on my own. Any donations to help with cost of keeping WOTC going would be greatly appreciated as the hours I put in per week is equivalent to a full-time job. Even reading more posts per day would help raise the small amount, around $100.00 USD, I receive from PayPal for the ads that appear on all the different posts. As you can tell I am doing this as a labor of love and wanting to bust the stereotypes history and mass media has given us all to endure. To help people realize that a witch could be their likeable, next-door neighbor, a kind and giving person. Instead of thinking we all do animal scarifies, curse and/or hex people, and as you know the stereotype goes on and on and on.

Besides all the daily posts which take me about five hours every day I will be publishing a mini magazine every month and get back to having either a Sabbath (on whatever day it falls on and includes a ritual for the southern and northern hemispheres) or Esbats (on a Saturday or Sunday whenever the date falls within 3 days of the date of the full or new Moon) open (coven) gatherings monthly, and also a monthly open chat on the 3rd Saturday of every month starting Saturday, February 19,2022 . If anyone knows of a reasonably priced chatroom website that I can set up a private chat room in, please let me know as soon as possible. I plan on us being able to gather on Wednesday, February 1, 2022, for the Imbolc/Lammas Sabbat. Time to be announced as soon as I figure out a good time for our sisters and brothers from Australia and Europe to be able to join us. I get confused sometimes with the 17 hours plus international date line for Australia time and 7 hours difference for Europe. I tell my fiancée it is no wonder I cannot keep straight what day it is with working with 6 different time zones and the international dateline every day…lol. Writing a new ritual for every Sabbat or Esbat takes me between 2 to 3 hours as I test how easy or hard it is to do with only having a typed page of instructions. What would think of me videotaping the ritual in advance and posting it a day or two before the gathering, so you have something else to follow for it? I should let you know I will be recording it via my cellphone because I have no other way to do it, so it will be a learning curve for me to do this. Adding even more time to my work schedule but that is fine if at least 10 people think it would help them to follow the ritual on the night of the gathering.

I will be restarting WOTC School of Witchcraft with courses starting on March 1st and September 1st. I will start the novice and adept courses twice a year and every lesson will have a specific due date. Of course, if there is an illness in your family or another emergency arises, I will work with you on extending your current lessons due date by 7 days. Always remember your health, well-being and family are more important than sticking to a due date for a lesson. Besides getting lessons in on time the other two most important things to do are to check in with me weekly, a simple “Hi” is all that you would need to email me, and to read 1 post 4 days a week including leaving a comment on it, so I know you read the post.

The novice course includes 18 lessons, all gatherings, and 1 on 1 help from me if needed. The novice course is to be completed within 1 year and 1 day which starts when you receive a reply from your first lesson. The cost for this course is $30.00 USD. The next novice course will begin on February 3, 2022.

The adept/intermediate course includes for the first year 10 written lessons, all gatherings, you will be responsible for writing and leading one Esbats and one Sabbaths gathering. You will also be the moderator for 4 open chats and 1 one 1 help from me. Your second year is a time we will explore the pagan/witchcraft/spiritual path that you want to walk. This course is 2 years and 1 day long and starts when your novice course time is through. I do accept students entering at this level of study after the person fills out a questionnaire so I can gage your level of knowledge. The cost for this course is $50.00 USD.

For more information about either course please email at ladybeltane@aol.com. Please put “School” in the subject line. I will be posting an outline for the lessons in each course by the evening of Sunday, January 12th.

To receive a copy of the new mini-magazine, Life in The Craft, go to the Daily Posts and look for ‘Free ‘Life in The Craft’ Monthly Mini-Magazine Coming Straight to Your Emails Inbox’, for all the information about it. I am figuring out this is going to add at least 5 more hours a week to my work for WOTC. I want to give a huge thank Kari for volunteering to edit Life in The Craft. She is a professional editor so I know the things I write for the mini magazine will come to you easier to read without all my oops in it.

Any questions or comments about anything in this post please put it in the Comments section below because someone else might be wondering about the same thing you are. Thank you!

Until we meet again soon blessed be dear Sisters, brothers, and guests.

6 thoughts on “Open Chats, Esbat or Sabbat Gathering Will be Returning, Along With the WOTC School of Witchcraft

  1. First time visitor here, so I’m just looking around. 😊But you were asking about a free website to host a gathering and Discord sounds like it would be a perfect fit. There’s a bit of a learning curve, but it is incredibly popular these days for all kinds of groups. They offer audio chatting too. What you’d created would be called your “server” and within that server are all different kinds of “channels” that you can design yourself based on the type of discussions you want to have in each area. So, you could have a channel for, say, : general chit-chat, divination, esbats, sabbats, etc. Those are all written discussion boards. But then you could also have channels for voice chats where you could host things where you can actually talk in real time with one another. I am a member of a number of groups over there. Again, there is a learning curve, and I’ve never hosted my own server, so there would likely even be more to learn. But from the looks of this lovely website, I’d say you’re plenty tech savvy!

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    1. Thank you for this suggestion. I am looking into Discord. I do not think it will work. The only way to add people is if they already have a Discord account. I am looking for somewhere that people can easily sign in and they can find me.

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  2. Well idk about anyone else 😉 lol but I’m a little excited! I’m scattered. I can’t think or concentrate, I forget & lose things. Whatever this is that I have I’ve finally accepted it & it is my life now. This could be the fresh start I need to gather my focus & energy. I know my answers can be found here & I’m already finding peace of mind in Lady Beltane 🙂

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