Coven Life’s Coven Invites You to July’s Full Moon Esbat Gathering on 7/16

This month we are going to try a musical/sharing circle instead of someone leading us in the types of Esbat rituals we have been doing in the past. After the circle is opened please let us know if you would enjoy doing some more a little out of the witch’s standard rituals for our Esbat gatherings. We would like to do more Esbat gatherings where everyone attending can participate, unless it is for an initiation.  So, to bring you the types or rituals and/or circles you want to learn more about we have to hear back from you to know what you want.  Yes, I am the Priestess, and we have one active Priestess, and also Adepts that write and lead rituals but this coven and the type of things you want to know more about the variety of things you can do in a circle is a very important part of your novice, adept, and priestess lessons. So, please let your fingers do the talk in the comments or if you feel more comfortable send your ideas via email to covenlifescoven@gmail.com. As long as a ritual you would like to see done does not involve any type of dark magick I or Priestess Hypatia will be happy to help you write and lead the ritual. It does not matter what course you are taking novice, adept, or priestess you can either comment below or send an email about a topic for a sacred circle. The only exception to leading a ritual is you have to have already done the novices lesson on “What is an Esbat and actually write and performing an Esbat ritual” for your novice course lessons. If you have not gotten that far in your studies yet you can still submit a topic for an Esbat circle.

Playing a specific song with or without lyrics and/or using a drum, maracas or any type percussion instrument that has a steady, rhythmical sound to it can help you to go from being in the mundane, hectic everyday world into place of peace, quiet, reflection, and center you for magickal workings or even bring more power to the magick and/or spell you are doing.

An inexpensive way to make a drum and reuse what would otherwise be thrown away (they cannot be recycled because of the wax coating they have on them) use an empty cylinder-shaped oatmeal box by putting the lid on it and hit it rhythmically. To decorate it if you want to here is one idea on how to do it: take some copy paper or whatever kind of solid color paper you have and glue it to cover the writing on the oatmeal container. Let it sit out in the open for about 24 hours to make sure the glue is completely dry. Then decorate your drum to reflect you and your magickal/spiritual journey you are on. For the one or two sticks you can use to drum with these too can be decorated. People usually use some runes craved into the sticks and/or you can attach a string with bead and/or real bird feathers on one end of them.

Don’t have to time to create your drum than you could by one or just use a plastic bowl and wooden spoon to hit it with. Or just hit to sticks together or clap your hands to the beat of the music.

WHEN:

TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2019

Socializing starts at 6:00 PM CDT

CIRCLE IS CAST AT 7:00 PM CDT

Please do not enter the chat after 7:00 PM CDT. Thank you!

WHERE: 

Coven Life’s Chatroom

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Something to use as a drum or percussion instrument

and/or enough room to dance around if you feel you want to

Sing along it doesn’t matter what your voice sounds like if you feel like sing with the song…go for it

A device that can play the “Grandmother” song found on youtube.com

Grandmother

A beverage for yourself and as an offering to the esoteric Grandmother

A small snack for yourself and as an offering to the esoteric Grandmother

RITUAL:

 

 

LADY BELTANE: I walk this circle three times three in the direction the sunrises with the Maiden and Lad , Mother and Father and the Crone and Sage along be side of me. I ask Luna to put us in a dome. I ask Earth to come up to meet Luna so we reside in a bubble that is out of time and in between worlds.

EVERYONE: Please introduce yourself (first or Pagan name only) and tell us what state or country you are from

When everyone has their drum in hand and the video ready to play. Type in “ME” please.

LADY BELTANE will count down from 5 to 1. When she gets to 1 turn on the music and start getting the beat of your drum in time with the music and dance and sign or whatever you feel the Lord and Lady are leading you. Let your mind just wander wherever it wants to go. You may receive messages from your Spirit Guides and/or ancestors. If you do listen closely to what they say. This is also a type of meditation. When the song has ended, we will take a minute for those who went into a trance like state to fully come back.

LADY BELTANE: I will call on you one at a time to share the experience you had as you drummed and listen to the song.

EACH PERSON: Each when called upon to share will have between 2 to 3 minutes to share their experience in this circle. Lady Beltane ask that no one asks to be passed by when called upon to share. Every single persons experience is important and we may learn something new from you experience that we didn’t.

LADY BELTANE: I walk this circle three times three in the direction the sunsets with the Maiden and Lad , Mother and Father and the Crone and Sage along be side of me. Triple Goddess and God thank you for helping to protect us and joining our celebration this evening. I ask Luna to take the dome away above our heads. We thank you Luna for helping to protect us and joining our celebration  I ask Earth lower yourself so we reside in a bubble that is out of time and in between worlds. Earth thank you for your help in protecting us and joining our celebration. I have brought us back into the physical plane with reside in.

Our circle is open but never broken. I send each of you blessings of love, joy, harmony, and peace.

Time to visit drink your beverage and eat your snack. Remember to save a sip or to of your beverage and a bite or two of your snack to take outside to give an offering of thanks to the goddesses and gods that were with us this evening/morning

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Prayers Definitely Needed In the Area Lady Abyss Lives In and Other Midwestern States Also

For more information on the flooding the area that is in effect until Monday at 7 AM CT please use this link: https://m.accuweather.com/en/us/paducah-ky/42003/weather-warnings/328977

I know Lady Abyss would want us to not only asks for her and her family’s safety but for the wildlife, pets, and other humans affected by this natural disaster.

Let me just add this, there had been undergound mining for years all this flooding can cause new sink holes to open up or open ones to grow larger. So the damage from the tornadoes and flooding is just part of the danger Lady Abyss and others are facing.

Please pray for their safety amd light candles for their protection.

Flooding has been a huge problem this year for most of the Midwestern States. A novice from Coven Life sent her last email to me was the beginning of March. Here is the last message she was able to get out to me. As she is a sherriff where she lives she is on the front line of keeping people safe. I ask you pray for her, her families, friends, animals, and all other people in these areas most of which are still under some water or trying to salavage what they can of their homes and towns.

“The flooding is affecting Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri currently. We are scrambling trying to sandbag what little bit is left to keep those who live in the hills with clean water as most of our water treatment centers are located along the rivers. It’s been an absolute mess and it looks like this will continue through the summer.

This is her email from March 16th:

Just a little update. Here in Northwest Missouri we are experiencing some MAJOR flooding. The worst flood we have ever experienced and the highest river levels ever recorded. I may or may not have access to the internet in the weeks to come. So far in my county we have 3 towns that have evacuated and more is to be expected. Our roads are shut down in and out of the county and it’s getting worse by the day. Everyday I come to work at the Sheriff’s office we are having more road closures and it is expected to be just as bad most of the summer as the Missouri River Dam in Yankton South Dakota continues to release water to keep their area from flooding to protect their game and wildlife while those of us down river are in a literal state of emergency. The National Guard and Red Cross has finally showed up as of yesterday. The whole tri state area is absolutely devastated, all of the precious farm land that keeps our area going financially has been destroyed and will not be usable for the foreseeable future until river levels subside in the coming months, after their projected planting season of course and by that time it will be too late to get anything in the ground to be able to harvest later in the year. The water came in so fast most farmers couldn’t even rescue their live stock. There are small islands in places where there are 15-20 cows, chickens, pigs, and even wild life such as deer stranded with no dry land in sight for  up to 10 miles in some places. There isn’t hardly any National News coverage about this horrible natural disaster. Ill like a few videos and attach a few pictures if you would like to see any of this. I guess i am just asking for the Coven to think about anyone here in the Midwest that is being affected by this. I don’t know if there is anyone else in the Coven from these states.
These photos are also all from around our area. You can see just how high the water is in some places, almost to the tops of grain bins that are usually between 8-12 foot tall.”

July 2019 – Pagan Calendar of Observances

I thought since I did not see this website in the long list that was passed on to me to get June’s dates up, I would get July’s up early to give you a chance to print the list or mark the dates on your calendar if you wanted to.

JULY. 1: Crone Day – Kronia —honoring Kronos -Father Time and Rhea – Old Mother Nature.

JUL. 2: Roman Feast of Expectant Mothers.

JUL. 8 Celtic Month of Holly – Honoring the Holly tree.

JUL. 12-14: Feast of the Moon – Honoring Goddess as Selene (Old Greek), Ixchel (Maya), and Manat (Old Arabic-Sufi).

JUL. 13: Birth of Osiris – Egyptian God of Divine Youth, annually resurrected by Isis.

JUL. 17: Celtic Feast of Tailtiu – Mother Nature Goddess who fostered Lugh.

JUL. 21: Witch’s Day—Celebrating the Craft as life, practice and religion.

JUL. 19: Egyptian Opet Festival – Celebrating the marriage of Isis and Osiris.

JUL. 23: Roman Neptunalia: honoring Neptune, God of the Sea

JUL. 27: Belgium Procession of the Witches: Festival of Witches

JUL. 28: Archangel Auriel (Uriel) Day. His/Her name means “Fire or Light of God,” and titles include, Regent of the Sun, Angel of Music, Patron of Prophecy, Archangel of Salvation, Angel of the Presence. See Uriel.org for more about him/her, the crystal egg association, and paintings.

JUL. 29: Festival of Thor – Celebration of Norse God Thor

JUL. 31: thru Aug 2 – Lughnasadh – Old Celtic / Irish Feast of Goddess Tailtiu and God Lugh (Deities of Life and Light), celebrating the grain harvest. Aug. Eve; Sun God, Harvest God, Horned God willing to become the grain of life.
– Lammas, harvest festival coming 40 days after Summer Solstice, offer 1st fruits to the Divine (See Aug. 1)
– Festival of Loki – Day to honor Norse trickster god Loki and his consort Sigyn
– Feast of the Grain Harvest – Honoring Goddess Demeter & Kore (Old Greek), and God as Osiris (Egyptian).

From Pagan Calendar

JUNE’S FULL MOON

The sweetest full moon of the year is June’s full moon, commonly known as the Full Strawberry Moon. While the full moon itself is inedible, despite how round and delicious it may seem, the Full Strawberry Moon marks strawberry harvesting season in North America. Most Algonquin tribes understood that it was a sign that wild strawberries were starting to ripen and ready for the harvest. Delicious though ripe strawberries may be, June’s full moon has another name that’s even sweeter.

What could possibly be sweeter than strawberries? Try honey. In Europe, June’s full moon was actually known as the Honey Moon. Other European names for it included the Hot Moon, signifiying the beginning of hot summer days, or Hay Moon, because of the first hay harvest. Those names aside, European names for the Full Strawberry Moon overall tend to have sweet, romantic connotations – a good example is the name Full Rose Moon. June’s full moon is also called Mead Moon, which could refer to the mowing of meadows during summer, but there’s another more romantic interpretation as well.

In Europe, it’s traditional to gift mead or honey to a newlywed couple during their first moon of marriage. The name Honey Moon itself has now become a common word in the English language, used to refer to the honeymoon holiday that couples go on right after they’re married. It used to be that newlyweds in ancient Europe would go on a sweet romantic holiday around the time of June’s full moon, because the moon phases were seen as a symbol for the phases of a marriage, with the full moon signifying the fullest and happiest part, the wedding itself.

The Full Strawberry Moon is tied to romance and marital bliss all around the world. In India, for example, June’s full moon is celebrated as Vat Purnima, where married women perform a ceremonial ritual to show their love for their husbands. Vat Purnima is based off a legend from the Mahabharata, about a beautiful woman, Savitri, who is determined to save her husband, Satyavan, who is doomed to die an early death. Savitri fasts for three days before Satyavan dies, upon which she successfully negotiates with the King of Hell for the resurrection of her husband. Similarly, married women nowadays dress up in beautiful saris, fast, and tie a thread around a banyan tree seven times to wish that their husbands will lead long, happy lives.
It is no wonder, then, that the Pagans also call June’s full moon the Lovers’ Moon. This is an excellent time to work on the connections in your life, romantic or otherwise, by showing affection to your loved ones and allowing yourself to be vulnerable to encourage intimacy in your relationships. During this Honey Moon, some Hoodoo practitioners will even use honey in magic rituals to sweeten other people’s feelings towards the practitioner. An example of a sweetening ritual is to pour honey into a saucer containing the target’s name, before lighting a candle on top of it. Another example of a honey ritual is to tie two poppets together with honey between them, in order to heal a broken relationship between two people. Honey rituals aside, true magic may happen when you invest your time and effort during this month to work on your relationships and appreciate the love you have in your life.

MoonGiant.com – Major Cities Full Moon Time