Merry Meet Dear Ones

Found out why I’ve been feeling so yucky. I have the adult version on mononucleosis which is called Epstein-Barr virus. So I guess at 61 years wide I’m a teenager again, gives a little body shake at that thought. I was a rebel until about 16 then got married the first time and had my oldest child about a year later. Sorry about that my mind tends to go on tangents when I don’t feel well. If you have the time and want to I would appreciate maybe a healing candle kit or to be remembered in your prayers for a speedy recovery.

Through research on the Epstein-Barr virus I found out that between 90 and 95% of adults carry this virus but it hardly ever activates and if it does it is only one time. I got news for those researchers they need to do another study because this is the second time I’ve had it.

For the next week or so I will try to post on Coven Life. I’ll ask your forgiveness in advance if a post makes no sense because I did it when I was half asleep..lol

I wish you all a beautiful day. Know that I have missed posting on here. I

I thank the Lord and Lady every day for Priestess Hypatia and all the help and support she gives me. I now and say, “Namaste dear sister Hypatia. May you be blessed with nothing but positive things for all you do for me, our students, and other readers of Coven Life.”

What a Marvelous Day

Spent the last 2 days at my younger daughter’s watching the 3 and 5 year olds yesterday and the 3 year old today. Decided I’m really not to old to play outside with my grandsons even if it means my knee will hurt.

When I got home the sun was shining, temperature was great so I took my girls, Cleo and Star, outback. The best part of the day was being able to stand barefoot in the grass and feel Mother Earth’s energy as she is waking up from her winter slumber. To me there is nothing that feels better beneath my feet than the soft green blanket covering the ground in my own backyard.

I  hope your day was as good as mine. Blessed be dear ones.

Air Noise Silenced

When I was walking to work this morning I was thinking how quite and scary it was with all airplanes and helicopters had been grounded after the terrorist attacks on 2001. When I first came out of work that day it was so quite as many businesses had closed and people were in their homes filed to the television waiting for updates from the three places where the terrorist had crashed jetliner into buildings and the field in Pennsylvania where passengers lost their lives bring down the fourth plane before it could crash on to capitol hill in Washington DC. There were no tell take contrails from her exhaust and the silence was unnerving instead of golden.

This morning I looked up into sunny skies full of contrails saw and heard the jetliner and helicopters. I stopped midstep and have a prayer of thanks that I had not lost anyone I knew on 9/11/2001. Then asked Archangel Gabriel to wrap all those affected in a negative way to be wrap his warm wings of comfort and love.

it also got me to thinking while we as a nation have been sick a big point of drawing attention back to the catastrophic event 2001 under the guise of honoring all the people that lost their life that day, or later from injuries they had sustained at one of the crash site. What about those that have taken their own life over the last seventeen years because of survivor guilt and/or PTSD. The family member’s the media causes to relieve that day over and over again so we as a nation can claim we will never forget the terrorist actions on our soil. Why should many men, women, and children who lost a love one and/or friend on 9/11/2001 and are possibly still under  a doctor’s care for mental and/or physical or both things have to relive their nightmare they went and possibly still going through year after year? Please do not misunderstand me I respect and honor those who died that and the family and friends the left behind. I just personally think it is time for the families and friends who lost someone that day to be able to grieve in private and if they can live their private lives without the USA government parading in front of television cameras every year on 9/11for photo opportunities for the politicians.

Since 9/11/2001 many more men, womenwomen, and animals have been killed while serving in our military because of the horrendous crimes carried out on that date. Leaving behind even more people with PTSD and other mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. Which again includes their families and friends.

I mean absolutely no disrespect for the men, women, children, or those who care about them from 9/11/2001 to the military personnel still on active duty. I am just trying to say that we as a nation should respect what they are going through and respect their privacy. If you see anyone anywhere who has served or is serving in our military  go up to them and thank them for their service and the sacrifices their families and friends made when they were sent sent thousands of miles away not knowing if they would return home as the same person that left or in a body bag.

No matter what country you live please always remember to asked the Goddess and God to keep the men and women safe and to let them come home unharmed and not just those in the  military but first responders to emergencies where you live, this would include everyone from the person that answers the phone to dispatch help you, firemen and police officers also.

Thank you for your caring and concern for your fellow men, women, children, domestic and wild animals

Bearing Thankfulness to the Elders that Taught Me Meditation

I have been a practising witch/pagan for over 40 years as a coven member, coven leader, and solitary witch. But at times of great stress as I have dealt with at work and I’m my personal life the last 10 days it still takes a reminder now and than to go back through the years to when I was a young witch learning The Craft.

I allowed myself until about an hour ago to be so stressed out I have hardly slept in 72 hours. Than my guides have me a figurative knock up the side of my head to light one of my two favorite incensed, sandalwood (the other being jasmine) find some soothing whale song/waves breaking music on YouTube as I was to keyed up to find my CD. Now I am almost relaxed enough to get a good night’s rest. If it was not for a couple of the Elders in the coven where I did my novice studies I would never have thought whale songs could be so beautiful and relaxing to listen to. I send a heartfelt thank you to my Elders. May your lives still be filled with joy, love, and a will to teach. Blessed be dear ladies!

Four Day Snowstorm – Helped me Discover Many Things

I live outside of Chicao, Illinois, USA. From Thursday evening through Sunday around noon we got about 14 to 15 inches of snow, I have not actually measured it yet. I am thankful that it did not all fall at once as there little breaks between the downfall but city and state operated snowplows still had a hard time keeping up. I am grateful beyond words for the men and women who took their lives in their hands to clear the roads and to all the police and fire personal that were over worked as well because of an increase in traffic accidents and people getting hurt in other ways also.

Half the time I was without internet but thanking God’s and Goddesses that we had heat, electricity, food, and shelter. Which many people did not have.

I looked at the situation as a quite time almost like a retreat and took advantage to have time to do some deep mediations, read parts of books on The Craft I has not gotten to, spend quality time with my husband and best of a long hot mineral bath for sure muscles.

I learned that I had been taking the spiritual side of my path for granted and the magickal part was getting to much focus. So my goal is to get the balance back between those two which will in turn help me being my entire self back into balance and allow me to connect more with the Universe and all its wonders.

Have you taken time recently to take stock of your spiritual/magickal path to see where you are in it? Continue reading “Four Day Snowstorm – Helped me Discover Many Things”

Let’s Start a National Self – Appreciation Day TODAY

I figured since many holidays start with a grassroots movement we should declare the first day of the full Moon in May a national holiday no matter what nation you live in. The name of the holiday – Self-Appreciation Day! Here in the U.S.A., we have appreciation days for everything from secretaries to honoring those who have served our country. All people who deserve recognition but we have no day to appreciate ourselves. It is way past time that we do. Some of us work more than one job, have small children, pets, volunteer work, you name it someone does it. Do, we always get the recognition we deserve? NO! To we take time out of our busy schedules to just do something we like to do alone? Most of us do not do this often enough if at all. So I declare we all should take one day at least a year to honor yourself, your achievements, reaching a goal you set for yourself, etcetera, and I decided today should be that day. We do not need parade, cards or the other material thing manufacture tries to trap us into buying or doing for other holidays. Maybe all we need is an uninterrupted chance to go to the restroom (I know my children when they were young would try to follow me or knock on the door asking questions), maybe go have a quiet lunch with a friend you have not had a chance to catch up with for a while or just take a bag lunch and sit outside to eat it (if the weather is nice enough), read a couple or more pages in that book you have been dying to start, you can do anything that will boost your appreciation for all you do for others but especially what you should and/or do, do for yourself.

Self-appreciation leads to more self-worth which in turns leads us to be stronger more clear-headed and compassionate people. This is not a selfish thing to do this is a must do to be the best person you can be for not only yourself but everyone you interact with as well.

I ask you what is one small or big thing you can do for yourself this first day of May 2017 Full Moon? I am

I am going to use part of the day to rest and play with my fur girls. I also plan on doing at some point on Adept level lessons, I hope since I go called into work before I could even finish this.’

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A Little about when Lady Beltane was a Novice

I was getting ready to post articles about Imbolc and Lammas but my Spirit Guides had a different idea of what I should post today.

I was asked by one of the Adept witches in our online coven to talk a little about my time as a newbie in a coven and what it was like on up to where I am today. So I will begin this journey of telling about my journey with my novices year and a day. Let me stress that all covens are different in how they treat newcomers and even established members. Some have very strict rules while others have seemingly no rules. So if you are interested in a specific coven make sure it is a good fit for you and how you want to study The Craft and you are a good fit for their group.

My instructors, as I did not consider them being mentors as we had no real personal relationship, were pretty different than how I mentor my novices. I was a novice about 40 years ago and a lot has changed. The coven I was in during the time I was a novice was Wicca not really any well know tradition just WIcca. First, of all, I was not allowed to attend any actual coven gatherings until I had studied for six months. My first six months of studies were basically reading different papers written by the elders in the coven and books they told me to read than doing written assignments for each thing I read. There were specific questions that pertained exactly to the papers or books I read and I had to basically do book reports for some of them. I was discouraged from reading anything that was not assigned reading. Secondly, my written assignments ranged from how to set up an altar to how to commune with animals (something I am still working on achieving today). I wrote nothing about spells, rituals or how to write and perform them, this was considered too advanced for a novice. I only had access to the oldest members of the coven one evening per week to call if I had a question about what I was working on that week. This made it very difficult at times for my studies to progress as fast as the coven or I would have liked. When I was finally allowed to attend coven gatherings I was not allowed to speak to anyone before the ritual started or during it. I was allowed to mingle with coven members after the ritual but not to ask questions about my studies unless I could get one of the elders aside where no one else could hear us. It was an extremely stressful year and a day for me to the point of me seriously thinking I was on the wrong spiritual and magickal path. I did make it through their novice training but when it came time to be brought into the coven as an adept I chose to try a different coven in a totally different town as I did not really want to run into any of the first coven’s members.

Please keep in mind my experiences were about 40 years ago and every coven is different in how it brings new members into it.Next time I will talk a little about my Adept year and a day which was much more pleasant than the novice level. Not just because I knew more but because the coven was a lot more welcoming and caring.

Until then dear ones try to bring something magickal into your life every day thank will bring you happiness or joy or love or caring or comfort or whatever you need that day. Much love and many blessings from me to you my dear ones.