Litha 2014 – Friends and Family Ritual
This Litha, we celebrated the Summer Solstice with our traditional Friends and Family ritual. Usually, our Sabbats are closed to our coven-members only, but twice a year, we open up our ritual to interested friends and family, both male and female, who want to celebrate with us. This year, we had 27 men, women, and children at our Litha ritual, including two new Shadow Sisters! The children had a fun time coloring pictures of the sun and going on a summer scavenger hunt in the neighborhood, while the adults honored the longest day in a ritual focused on Self-Empowerment and celebrating the Norse deities Frey and Freya. Our traditional potluck followed the ritual and everyone had a great time chatting and hanging out afterwards. We look forward to our next Friends and Family ritual at the Winter Solstice in December and expect there will be even more in attendance as our coven continues to grow in light and in love. Blessed Be!
June 2014 All-Coven Meeting
We decided to do a “social meet” for our June All-Coven meeting. At our monthly meetings, we try to alternate between serious classes related to Wicca and fun arts/crafts. But occasionally, we like to just kick back and have fun just hanging out. Because we had a new Shadow Sister attending, we played some fun ice-breaker games. This helped us get to know her better, and at the same time, deepened and strengthened the bonds that we all share. I think that everyone came away from the meeting learning something new about all of their fellow sisters, whether they had previously know them a long time or only a short few months. After the ice-breakers, some sisters read tarot cards for each other or just sat around chatting late into the night. As always, a wonderful night of bonding was had by all. We look forward to many more magickal evenings together as our coven continues to grow in light and in love. Blessed Be!
May All-Coven Meeting
For our May All-Coven meeting, we continued our Astrology 101 class led by Lady Aislin. As we are all learning, astrology is a fascinating topic and is much more than just Sun Sign horoscopes as many people in the general public believe. At this class, we began to look at the placement of the planets within houses and discussed the astrological house-sign-planet structure. Our next class will build upon all that we have previously learned and will delve further into the astrological chart, in particular planetary angles. As always, we had a great evening spending time with our sisters and getting to know everyone even more as we looked deeper into our astrological charts. May our coven continue to grow in light and in love! Blessed Be!
In an effort to try something different than the traditional Maypole that we built at our Beltane ritual last year (and in years past), this Beltane, we focused on web-weaving. We honored the Navajo deities, Spider Woman and the Twin Gods, Nayanezgani and Tobadzistsini, Monster-Slayer and Child of Water. In mythology, Spider Woman helped the Twin Gods find items that they needed in order to continue on their journey. In nature, industrious spiders can catch all of the food that they need in the webs they spin. Building on this idea, together, we spun a web made out of yarn and ribbon in order to “catch” those things that Spider Woman deems necessary for our lives right now. Once the web was created, we chanted, while raising energy, and then sent our intentions off into the universe. We then meditated on those things that Spider Woman was bringing into our web with the understanding and knowledge that the answers might arise within us sometime in the days and weeks to come. Our traditional potluck followed the ritual and as always, we enjoyed chatting and catching up with all of our sisters. We look forward to what the web we weaved will bring to us as the Wheel of the Year continues to turn. May our coven continue to grow in light and in love! Blessed Be!
April All-Coven Meeting
For April’s All-Coven meeting, we focused on the idea of healing the Inner Child. Whether we had positive or negative upbringings, all of us were hurt as children in one way or another. Sometimes, these ailing parts of our psyches can unconsciously get in the way of us leading a productive adult life. Sometimes, these things that hold us back and can even get in the way of the magick we perform and cause us to utilize our own energy in less productive ways. There are many ways to begin the healing process of the Inner Child. We chose to make Inner Child dolls, or poppets. Inside of the dolls, we placed items symbolizing the parts of our bodies and our energy centers. Meditating on the dolls can help heal and transform these parts of our bodies as well as our lives. We also repeated several mantras while we were sewing, stuffing, and assembling our dolls. Unfortunately, because of how long the process of making them took, most of us were unable to finish our dolls and took them home to complete them there. Mine still needs hair and a few other features, but the overall consensus at the end of our meeting was that everyone enjoyed the experience of making their Inner Child dolls. We were also thrilled to be joined at this meeting by another new Shadow Sister! May our coven continue to grow in love and in light. Blessed Be!
The Wheel of the Year turns again, bringing us to Ostara. Also known as the Spring Equinox, this is a time of equal day and equal night, when the energy of the world comes into balance. Some use this time to bless and plant seeds to be harvested later in the year. Others use it for cleansing and consecration. Still others, use the energy for renewal and rebirth. This Ostara, Coven of Midnight’s Flame decided to use the equinox energy to bless our homes and consecrate items from them. We chose to honor the Egyptian deities Taweret and Bes, both known to be protectors of the household. Prior to ritual, we made sachets filled with herbs and stones and then charged them during ritual so that they might bless all who dwell inside our homes. Additionally, we each brought with us an object we felt was important to our homes and we blessed and consecrated these items as well. Near the end of ritual, Beth led us through a unique divination experience where each covener received an easter egg, which contained a witch’s rune she had personally painted herself. As always, our traditional potluck feast followed. We were blessed to be joined by two new Shadow Sisters, witnessing their first ritual with our coven. We hope this will be the first of many! We continuously extend our gratitude to the Goddess for bringing us all together. May our coven continue to grow in light and in love. Blessed Be!
March All-Coven Meeting
At our March All-Coven meeting, Aislin lead us in the first of three classes on introductory astrology. We all examined our natal (birth) charts and explored the ideas of sun sign, moon sign, ascendant, modality, quadrature, descantes, and houses. It was a lot of new information to take in for most of us, but everyone learned a great deal about themselves through their charts. Future classes will build upon this one, starting with a review of what was covered at the previous class for those who had to miss it. We were joined once again by yet another sister interested in our group, and we all look forward to our futures together as we continue to grow in light and in love. Blessed Be!
February All-Coven Meeting
At our February All-Coven meeting, we worked with the concept of self-love. February is a perfect time for love workings off all kinds, but many people overlook the idea of self-love. We passed a mirror around the room and everyone said something that they loved about their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual selves, respectively. During this exercise, others were free to jump in and tell us about the qualities they love about us as well and I think that some of us were quite surprised and flattered by the things they heard others say about them! We also painted heart-shaped picture frames that could be filled at a later time with a self-portrait or a mirror. We passed the frames around and everyone wrote something that they love about us on our frames. At home, everyone can then look at these frames when they find themselves in that inevitable place of self-doubt…when they need to reaffirm their self-love the most. We were overjoyed to be joined by two new sisters at our meeting and our group continues to grow in light and in love. Blessed Be!
This year, Coven of Midnight’s Flame travelled to San Jose, CA for Pantheacon, the largest annual pagan convention in the United States. Hosted each year by the San Jose Doubletree Hotel, pagans from all of over the country gather for a weekend of rituals, lectures, workshops, and fun. I, myself, had never been to the convention, but several of our coven sisters had, and they assured me that I was in for a weekend to remember. We were so fortunate that all six of our Inner Court members were able to attend as well as one of our Shadow Sisters and a couple members of our sister coven, Twilight Spiral. It is difficult to put into words exactly how magickal and transformative our weekend turned out to be. I was able to attend two classes led by my favorite pagan author, Christopher Penczak, and he signed one of his books for me! I also learned an incredible amount from the classes I went to on ritual construction as well as the one on divine love. In between the plethora of classes offered on anything from village witchery to drumming and dance for ritual, convention goers could visit the vending room, where vendors from all over the U.S. were selling all things pagan. I came home with a gorgeous rhodochrosite Ganesha pendant! We are all so thankful to our sister Kehau’s parents for letting us stay at their home, which was close to the convention center. They lovingly took us in and treated us like we were family. The highlight of my trip was the tantric breathing workshop that I took at the very end of my Pantheacon stay. Never in my life have I had such a transformative and intense spiritual experience as I had in that workshop, and I am considering going on a retreat in Mexico later this year hosted by the workshop leader. After such a moving and memorable weekend, it was definitely hard to come back to Los Angeles and reenter “normal” life again. I think I can speak for everyone in our coven when I say that we all learned so much that we have brought back with us, and we can’t wait for next year when we can attend Pantheacon again! May we all continue to grow in light and in love. Blessed Be!
The Wheel of the Year turned once again, bringing us to Imbolc, the fire festival dedicated to the great Celtic goddess Brighid. Imbolc represents that time of the year, that in-between time in the middle of winter and spring. A perfect time to reflect inward while waiting for the new buds to appear on the trees, many Wiccans consider Imbolc a holiday of creativity, rededication, and cleansing and consecrating.
This Imbolc, Coven of Midnight’s Flame honored Brighid and her mighty father, The Dagda. We journeyed inward, making pledges to ourselves, the Goddess, and the universe, vowing those sacred things which we would like to see come to fruition this year. Incorporating the four elements into our Imbolc ritual, we each made four vows, physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional, at the Earth, Air, Fire, and Water elemental altars, respectively.
Keeping with the theme of Imbolc as a fire festival, there was definitely a LOT of fire at our ritual. At one point, during the vows, our giant smudge stick on the Air altar, caught fire! and it took several people to put it out! Luckily, no one was hurt, but we are wise to remember the great power that all of the elements hold. We were overjoyed to be joined by our newest Shadow Sister at ritual, and in Twilight Tradition, a great potluck feast followed at which we dined on delicious Winter comfort food. It was a Blessed Imbolc night indeed! May we all continue to grow in light and in love! Blessed Be!