October All-Coven Meeting 2014 – Magickal Names
For our October All-Coven meeting, Jessidora and Bethany, two of our 1st degree initiates, led the group in a class designed to help participants choose a Magickal Name. The class was very intriguing and inspiring, and everyone went home with a Gem Elixer especially made to aid those in search of a new name. This is the first of a two-part class, the second of which will take place at our November meeting, when Jessidora and Bethany will lead us all in a Naming Ceremony. We were joined by our three newest friends of the coven as well as an Anthropology student, who was writing a paper on Wicca. Bethany and Jessidora did a fabulous job teaching the class, which is part of their 2nd degree training. I think I can speak for all those present when I say that everyone left with a lot to ponder and think about! May our coven continue to grow in light and in love. Blessed Be!
Pagan Pride Day Los Angeles 2014
For the past three years, Coven of Midnight’s Flame has vended at Pagan Pride Day Los Angeles at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach, CA to help raise funds for our coven as well as educate people about our coven and Wicca in general. We were joined by our sister coven, Twilight Spiral, who had two booths next to us. It was a hot and hazy day, but being at Pagan Pride among all of those like-minded folks made it all worth it. The highlights of the day were Twilight Spiral’s public ritual, which they led to help foster a sense of community in the Pagan World , as well as the debut of the Shadow Sisters, a new folk rock duo, who perform music centered around Pagan and Wiccan themes. All who attended the festival had a fabulous time, and we look forward to Pagan Pride Day 2015 next year! May our coven continue to grow in love and in light. Blessed Be!
Mabon, also known as the Autumnal Equinox, is a time when the balance between day and night is equal. This is also the second of the three harvest festivals. Many witches choose to celebrate Thanksgiving at this time, and Coven of Midnight’s Flame is no exception. This Mabon, we chose to honor the Celtic Goddess Epona and the Horned One, as he appears in the form of the god Cernunnos. Prior to ritual, we made Thanksgiving wreaths, weaving ribbons into them to represent all of those things that we feel thankful for. We decided to theme our traditional after-ritual potluck a Thanksgiving feast, and we dined on vegan turkey, mashed potatoes, and various other delectable Thanksgiving dishes. This was also the first ritual to take place at our new covenstead. We are all grateful for the expanded space that we now have to gather and ritual at. We are also immensely thankful for our sisterhood and the deep bond that we all share. May our coven continue to grow in light and in love. Blessed Be!
The Wheel of the Year turns once again and we find ourselves at Lughnassadh. At the height of the summer, Lughnassadh is considered the first of the three harvest festivals, this one dedicated to the harvest of grains and wheat. This Lughnassadh, Coven of Midnight’s Flame decided to honor Lugh and his foster mother Tailtu, for whom the holiday was originally created. Because Lughnassadh is traditionally a time when we reap that which we’ve sown, prior to ritual, we created Witches’ Ladders, weaving into them our intentions to draw prosperity toward us as the year begins to come to a close. Additionally, Bethany led us in a weather spell, to draw some much needed rain during this southern California drought. As always, our ritual was followed by our traditional potluck feast, and we enjoyed each other’s company late into the night. May our coven continue to grow in love and in light. Blessed Be!
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!