Our intent is to hold monthly Circles where each member will present on a topic they have researched over the previous month. This will be in addition to ritual and any magical workings the coven wishes to perform. Monthly Circles may also include crafts, divination, cooking or other activities, depending on the month’s theme and time constraints. The Coven may also gather more frequently for other activities as time and interest permits. The monthly Circles will be closed to the public. Read the rest of this entry »
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Before you go to circle, whether its this one or any of the future ones you should make sure you are clean and dressed nicely.
Circle Set Up:
When you set up you will want to put the alter in the center of the pillows. On the alter place the white pillar candle in the center and ring the tea lights around it.
In circle I prefer a lighter to matches for two reasons. If you use matches you will also need somewhere on the alter to put the finished matches, also I think they smell bad. But if you are lighting a lot of candles then matches are the way to go, as they wont get nearly as hot as a lighter.
For this circle you will defiantly want to have a good light source as everyone is going to be reading.
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~White tea light candle in a holder for each participant
~White pillar candle
~Matches or Lighter
~Small table or alter that is a comfortable height if sitting on the floor, with a large enough top for each person’s candle, the pillar and the written dedication
~Pillows to sit on
At this point everyone has done their personal dedication. That portion of the ritual does not change much. This time however the reading will be done as a group and you will be casting your 1st circle.
You will want to write out the following dedication before you start. Have one copy written out that the group will sign and copies (typed is my preference) for each participant large enough so that it can be easily read. Feel free to make alterations if a word doesn’t quite appeal to you, but in the case of this dedication you’ll want to make sure any changes are ok by the group.
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Start by setting up the area where you will be doing your dedication. Anywhere you can be alone and without disturbances is best. Take the phone off the hook; they’ll call back. Set up somewhere to sit and a flat surface for your paper and candle. You can do this at the kitchen table or on the floor, wherever you feel most comfortable. Set out your paper in front of where you will sit and the candle on the opposite side. The pen and matches can go somewhere that is easy to reach. Try out lighting, dimmer switches are awesome for this. You want it to be bright enough that you can read what is in front of you but if possible not so bright as a normal room. If your choices are bright or pitch black, go bright, the tea light isn’t going to make the pitch black bright enough to read by.
You will want to take a bath or shower before starting. This allows you to ritually clean the anger or nervousness or general negativity of your day before presenting yourself to the Goddess. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but if you love bubbles and know it always puts you in a good headspace then by all means, bring on the bubble bath. This is a time to not just clean your body but to reflect on what you are about to do and why.
Once you finish cleaning put on some nice clothes, no you don’t need a suit or a skirt, but jeans with holes in them and a stained shirt are not the impression you want to make. If you feel comfortable with it and the temperature allows you can also do this sky-clad (the fancy word for nekkid in Wicca). Never feel pressured into nudity.
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~White tea light candle in a holder
~Matches or Lighter
Today is the start of your journey in Wicca. To signal this to the universe and the Goddess you will be performing your self-dedication. Your dedication is a pledge to do your best in your studies and to honor the divine.
This is something to take seriously, but it is not a life-binding oath. It represents your plan to study for the next year and a day. At that time you may feel ready for an initiation into Wicca or you may rededicate yourself for another period of time to study further.
You will want to write out the following dedication before you start, large enough so that you can read it. Feel free to make alterations if a word doesn’t quite appeal to you.
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