Merry Meet all! It was brought to my attention yesterday that in the Toledo Blade was a article about how Pagans and Wiccans were dealing with the pandemic. In the article there were a few things that I didn’t agree with. But the one thing that I can prove to be wrong is where I received my training. As a neophyte, I would meet up with other students at Knowledge Et All, hang out for a bit, talk with the owner, and then we would go to Lady Bona Dea’s house for our neophyte class. The only reason I am bringing this up is because someone came at Lady Bona Dea asking why she was claiming that she trained me. Next time anyone hears anything about my husband, our coven or myself that is different then what we claimed or have stated. Come to us and we will clarify. Do not go to our Founder, our Elder and make her feel like she has to defend herself. Thank you!
With the way, the pandemic was getting in November, December, and January, we decided to not have in-person rituals. We did zoom called with our coven members, did a Facebook live for a yule greeting, and one of our Priestess did a video ritual of Imbolc. All in all, we are getting through these tough times leading on each other when we can, through videos, messages, and phone calls. We are trying to decide what we can do for Ostara. But Beltain looks like it will be an outside ritual, still closes to walk-ins. Still want to be safe so for the time being guests will be limited. And with the calls I have received in the last month, we may have those slots filled. I will update this message when we get more info. Already three people, who are involved with our coven, are receiving the first dose of the vacation. I hope there are more to follow.
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I was inspired driving to work very early in the morning and this thought filled my mind….I had to write it down.
“My child, why do you weep?”
“My Goddess, you have grown so tired; I fear you do not have much time, and you will leave like all do. And I will be alone without your guidance!”
“Dear one, have I become so old in eyes so young? Oh, do not fear, my child! For it is true; winkles now grace my face, and silver has weaved itself into my hair. But death will not take me for I keep a cycle that circles with no end.”
The Crone is who I am…
“We start with a Quickening felt very deep within
a promise that I will help to bear.
But for now…
The sacrifice is at hand, reap with sorrow I must,
For the cold does now descend…
The season has shifted and the thin veil has been lifted.
Then I will return and bring forth the Light that will nourish the land.
For I am Goddess: Maiden, Mother, and Crone!
Like a circle, it has no beginning and no end.
You can do one thing for me, as you grow my child. Keep me in your heart and carry my love with you as you live… the life… that you… were gifted!”
©Arawyn Lyonesse 2018
The transition is visible now, from the inertia of winter to the aliveness of summer. The torrential rains and gusty winds that uproot old, weak plant life and unsettle the wildlife, remove what is dead weight and restores balance, allowing for new, stronger, more adaptable life to grow. It happens every year.
The last flooding rain we had chased some rabbits out of the woods up into the covenstead’s yard, the only higher ground available. Their alertness and will to survive motivated them to act quickly. They zig-zagged back and forth across our yard, frantic for a place to feel safe. They soon took refuge in the garden and under our shrubs until the water subsided. Being without shelter put them at risk of being injured, killed or eaten. Was this the end of the world for them as they knew it?
Maybe, in rabbit society, there are prophesies and legends of the end of “Rabbit World,” with one disaster after another, forcing rabbits everywhere to abandon everything they know and love. Will rabbits as a species continue into the summer or is this it?
We can look back on that event, as ones outside their life or death struggle and say, “The violent weather is just the transition between seasons. They’ll be alright, they’ll learn to adapt. They will find different places to live, look for new sources of food, start new lives. It is not the end of the world.”
We know our world is set in a pattern of as above, so below. The gusty winds of dissent and the torrential rains of economic bad news have uprooted some of us and threatened the rest of us with having to change how we live or else.
We can look at this and say, “The violent political weather is just the transition between ages of human existence. We’ll be alright, we’ll learn to adapt. It is not the end of the world. If we must leave our homes, we’ll find different ones. If our food sources are no more, we’ll find other sources. We will start our lives anew. It is not the end of the world.”
Hoarding material things that we think we cannot live without will not help us during transitions such as these. Hoarding just weighs us down and clinging prevents us from moving forward. Becoming flexible and skillful, creative and adventurous, courageous and confident and most importantly, trusting in our spiritual connections is what will get us through, what will help us humans to evolve.
©Lady Bona Dea Lyonesse 2009
I call forth all ancient mothers who have come before.
I call upon the power of the Mother Goddess, who have nurture this land since the beginning.
I call upon the women, who know that just listening can be the greatest gift.
I seek the knowledge to let my inner wisdom be heard.
I seek the confidence to be the mother I know I can be.
I face all challenges that may be on my path;
With the strength of all the power and energy that runs through my blood, and spiritual line.
I know that I stand, not a lone, but in the front of this powerful force!
I know that if trouble comes my way I have someone to help me stand my ground!
I am a Mother!
I am a Witch!
I am a Woman!
I stand before all
Wiser because of… my mothers!
Stronger because of… my sisters!
Powerful because of… my Goddess!
~Lady Arawyn Lyonesse ©2005 revised 2015
Its been 13 years on my journey as a Mother…loving every moment!