For November’s All-Coven Meeting, High Priestess Aislin taught a class on Energy Tapping. Also know as the Emotive Freedom Technique, or EFT, Energy Tapping utilizes acupressure points, the body’s natural energy meridians, and positive affirmations to shift consciousness and release pent-up negative emotions. Energy Tapping can be used to not only remove negative emotions, but also to lessen cravings, reduce or eliminate pain, and implement positive goals. It can also be an effective grounding technique when used before ritual or other magickal workings. Aislin demonstrated the technique and then led the group through a full round of energy tapping. Though very effective when led through it by a guide, Energy Tapping can also be used when you are completely alone. As always, we had a great class and are so filled with joy to see our coven grow in light and love. Blessed Be!
This Samhain, we hosted our sister coven, Twilight Spiral, and were so fortunate to be blessed with their presence in our ritual. We honored the Lithuanian goddess and god Medeina and her twin brother Giraitus, protectors of sacred animals and the forest. With the veils between the worlds being so thin at this time of year, we raised energy for the animals of the world, both those we take into our homes and call pets and those who sacrifice their lives in order to provide sustenance for human beings as well as other animals. As is Twilight Tradition, we set up an ancestor altar, which we decorated with photographs and mementos of those who have come before us. We also set up an additional altar to honor our beloved pets who have passed over into the Summerland. After ritual, we partook in a magnificent potluck feast featuring many fall-themed dishes and then spent time chatting and catching up with each other. It was both a night of solemn reverence for the dead and fun and merriment with our sisters. We are so joyous to witness our covens as well as the Twilight Tradition grow in light and love. Blessed Be!
Mabon 2013 Ritual: Feast of Avalon – hosted by Twilight Spiral Coven
This Mabon, we were fortunate enough to circle with our sister coven, Twilight Spiral, who hosted a lovely ritual centered around the Isle of Avalon. We honored King Arthur Pendragon as well as Morgan Le Fay, and our sisters led us through songs inspired by the season. At the center of the ritual, we made three offerings at the sacred well, one of water, one of coins, and one of apples. As always, ritual was followed by a potluck feast, this time centered around apples and apple dishes. What a wonderful evening we all shared and we are constantly reminded of how lucky we are to have such fantastic sisters to celebrate the Sabbats with. Blessed Be!
August 2013 All Coven Meeting
For August’s All Coven Meeting, we gathered together at our North Hollywood Covenstead to make Finger Labyrinths. Labyrinths have long been thought to be a form of “meditation in motion,” whereby the repetitive movement of walking through one can lull a person into a light meditative trance. However, not everyone is lucky enough to have a full-sized labyrinth near them in order to utilize this precious technique. An alternative would be to find a walking trail at a nearby state forest or campground. Another option would be to create a finger labyrinth. Finger Labyrinths are easily made out of clay and can be made in any size or shape that you like. For ours, we used air-drying clay in two different colors. It was a real bonding experience to make our finger labyrinths together and we were delighted to be joined by a new interested Shadow Sister and look forward to getting to know her better in the future. It was a lovely late summer night and our finger labyrinths turned out great! We then decided to kick back and watch The Craft, sharing snacks as well as many laughs! May our coven continue to grow in love and light! Blessed Be!
This Lughnassadh, Coven of Midnight’s Flame decided to focus on prosperity drawing. We had a beautiful evening ritual led by our sister Beth. As part of second degree training, each initiate is expected to lead one esbat as well as one sabbat in order to complete the training. Beth did a truly wonderful job! Prior to ritual, we all made Witches’ Ladders out of yarn, feathers, charms, and beads. While working, we focused our intentions and energy into the ladders, our desire to draw the prosperity into our lives that we need right now. During ritual, we honored the Roman goddess and god, Juno and Jupiter. Juno was said to protect the finances of the people of Rome, and Jupiter, her consort, was known to bestow luck and good fortune. Our Witches’ Ladders were charged in the center of the ritual and we released our energy and intentions out into the universe. Our traditional potluck followed ritual, and as always, we had a joyous sabbat celebration with our sisters! Blessed Be!
This Litha, we hosted our sister coven, Twilight Spiral. This was also one of two Friends and Family rituals we host each year, where men, women and children who are not part of the coven are invited to come to ritual and see what we do. We gathered at our North Hollywood covenstead for a noontime ritual, centered around ancient Greece and the power or Midsummer prophesy. Mighty Apollo and his mother, Leto, were evoked and participants were led through the story of Apollo’s life, from his birth on the isle of Delos to the building of his temple at Delphi. As our dedicants donned withes’ hats and danced around the altar, a cauldron full of prophesies was revealed, symbolizing the Oracle of Delphi. One by one, participants were invited to step forward and select a prophesy. We then all took a moment to send blessings back to the Sun and Earth, thanking them for all the good that has been bestowed upon us this year. As always, a potluck meal followed the ritual. Keeping with our Greek theme, we were all encouraged to bring Mediterranean dishes. We were blessed to have such a lovely afternoon for our ritual and were so thrilled that so many of our sister coveners could attend as well! Blessed Be!
On the night of May 18, Coven of Midnight’s Flame joined Twilight Spiral Coven at the La Mirada covenstead for a rune class led by High Priestess Ivy. It was wonderful as always to chat with and connect with our tradition sisters.
Ivy’s class began with the introduction of the handouts. She talked about the history of runes and what they can divine. Her class was well thought out and organized. We learned the break down of runes into three groups and how each rune’s power is affected by the “aett” to which it belongs. Rune meanings were presented not only in lecture form, but a beautiful rune illustration was given to us as a tool to use to write our own notes. As runes are an ancient divinatory tool, the literal meanings do not always translate directly into our modern divination practice. For example, Fehu, in it’s literal translation, means cattle. As cattle were wealth and property in ancient times, this can translate into material wealth, possessions or abundance.
Our mini course in runes ended with rune casting in small groups, and we were each able to divine some answers for ourselves and our sisters.
I myself took away a greater knowledge, a fabulous set of references and a better understanding of how runes can be utilized to harness that which the universe seeks to tell us through divination.
We thank you Ivy for yet another wonderful class!
Coven of Midnight’s Flame gathered on the evening of May 5th for our annual Beltaine ritual. We began with an hour of socializing and appetizers before we settled in to do our pre-ritual craft. Our ritual theme this year was conception, and prior to ritual, each sister had been asked to think about something that she wished to “conceive” in her own life. Beltaine is traditionally a time of fertility, but “fertility” can extend to much more than just the womb or the land. We all took several minutes to braid our intentions into ribbons whose colors corresponded to what we wished to “conceive,” to be fertilized and begin to grow as the Wheel of the Year continues to turn. In ritual, we honored the Norse god and goddess Thor and Sif, whose union in ancient times was thought to signify the perpetual fertility cycle of the earth. Merriment and whimsy found us as we participated in a ritual maypole dance, and we concluded the center of our ritual by raising energy to charge our ribbon braids. Our traditional potluck supper followed, and we all had a great feast! As always, we are blessed by our sister conveners and thrilled that our coven continues to grow in light and love. Happy Beltaine to all! Blessed Be!
April’s All-Coven meeting included both Coven of Midnight’s Flame members as well as the members of our sister coven, Twilight Spiral. Several times a year, we try to meet up with them for ritual or a meeting.
This month, we came together to socialize and catch up, but also made goddess statues, based on the Venus of Willendorf, out of air-drying clay. The craft was an enjoyable and fun bonding activity, and we were all delighted to see the different goddess that each sister made.
At our meeting, we were also joined by two students from Loyola Marymount, who were visiting us to gather information for a paper on Wicca that they were writing for their Religions of America class. We all had a very stimulating conversation as we went around the circle, answering their questions and giving our personal opinions about various aspects of Wicca.
As always, we were thrilled to host our Twilight Spiral sisters, and we are overjoyed to see both Midnight’s Flame and Twilight Spiral continue to grow in light and love. Blessed Be!
This Ostara, Coven of Midnight’s Flame was fortunate and blessed enough to circle with our sister coven, Twilight Spiral Coven. This year, Twilight Spiral has decided to hold their Sabbats at the time of day that corresponds to each Sabbat. For Ostara, that meant 10am! We all gathered bright and early at one of the Twilight Spiral covensteads where they led us in a beautiful ritual honoring the Greek nymph Melissa, her father Melissos, and the Sacred Bees. We raised energy directed toward awakening awareness about the plight of the bees and fostering their protection. As always, our ritual was followed by a potluck, in this case a noon-time brunch. Afterwards, we were all delighted to take part in a good old-fashioned easter egg hunt! However, instead of candy, the eggs were filled with semi-precious stones and herbs. We had such an amazing Ostara morning together and since this was our first combined ritual since most of our new Shadow Sisters joined the group, for some, this was their first time meeting each other. We look forward to future combined rituals as we grow together in light and love.
Because some members of Midnight’s Flame were unable to attend the morning ritual, some of us gathered later that evening at the North Hollywood covenstead. There, we had a mini-Ostara celebration, planting Freesia and Strawberry bulbs and then blessing them while focusing on drawing something positive into our lives this springtime as the bulbs grow and blossom.
We hope that everyone out there had as wonderful an Ostara as we did! Blessed Be!