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 February 3rd and August 3rd. 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.

Flashback 2002 Imbolc

Imbolc is an important day of purification and initiation; on the Sun’s day, February 2, the energies are very airy. This Sabbat is a good day for coven work, with an emotionally detached masculine Moon and Sun on the Sun’s day.

Dress yourself and your altar in white, while serving white beverages or any dairy food to honor the calving season. Spread the top of a one-pound round Camembert or Bire cheese with raspberry preserves. Cut a circle of puff pastry large enough to cover the cheese, wrap it, tucking the ends of the pastry under. Use scraps to decorate the top with goddess symbols. Brush with beaten egg yolk. Bake at 425 degrees until golden, and serve hot and melting on crackers. During this ritual, bless and dedicate all candles you will need for other ritual work throughout the year. A good way to start the ceremony is to light candles in the darkened room with chanting to encourage the lengthening days.

©️ By K. D. Spitzer Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2002 Page 41

IMPORTANT NOTE for the Southern Hemisphere Imbolc falls on August 1st.

Imbolc – History, Traditions, Correspondences, and Simple Ritual Ideas

Many Pagans, Witches, and those interested in Nature Spirituality celebrate the seasonal cycles. Sometimes referred to as the Wheel of the Year, and consisting of eight celebrations. Four of these festivals (Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh, and Samhain) are rooted in Celtic history and origins. The other four (Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumn Equinox, and Winter Solstice) represent the sun’s location. I created a complete guide to each season, including history, traditions, symbols, correspondences, ritual ideas, and how you can celebrate.

Imbolc is a fire festival that celebrates the home and the halfway point between Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It is quite literally Midwinter and while the days continue to grow lighter it is still dark and cold outside. Cabin fever has set in and we are all yearning to unburden ourselves from the long dark days. This can be an especially difficult time for those who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and is a BIG reason why a celebration is so lovely right now!

After months of self-reflection, planning, and goal setting, aspiration and ambition are beginning to stir. The tiniest bits of enthusiasm is starting to awaken beneath the surface. Goals and dreams that you’ve created over the long cold nights are now being lit from the flames of Midwinter. Let your creativity and imagination help manifest these dreams!

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