Welcome to 2018 – the year of the collective power. There is going to be a strength in numbers this year as you will find your tribe or hive faster than ever before. People of like mind are actively looking for each other because we know that together we go farther.
The Witches Union Hive Magic patch is the badge of community magic. You earn it the moment you commit to a goal larger than yourself and join forces with others to make it happen. It’s amazing how many hives, or groups of likeminded people we are already involved with. Just look at social media and who you are following and who you follow. You are part of a larger voice, a hive right there. Yet, this social media hive it not so warm these days and it can be downright alienating. How do you find and celebrate your hive? How do you get that connection with others, feel a part of a larger family of love?
It starts with you, your intention, your need and your ideal. Often we think that our perfect soul family or hive should be perfect, unconditionally supportive and never a cross word. This is not a realistic goal. Hives are messy, we crowd each other, expect more from each other than can be given and we generally get annoyed. That messiness pushed us to grow and you know you are in the right group when you feel yourself growing with the others and everyone is looking toward the same ideal in the long run.
Finding your hive is also about trial and error, it’s ok to find yourself in a place that you don’t fit as long as you can step away from what is not healthy. We stay for a while and then we change and move on, that is how it works.
Finding your hive is also magic. You call to them, you empower each other and you thrive. When you find yourself in a lonely place put out the call to your hive with the following spell and then make sure you get out into the world to find them
Finding your Hive spell
3 candle holders
Jar of Honey
Bunch of flowers or a flowering plant
A list of what type of group and qualities of people you are seeking
Thread (of any color that inspires you)
Optional – Witches Union Hive Patch
Place the flowers in the center of the altar. Place the candles in their holders in a triangle around the flowers (at least 6” away from the widest part of the plant.)
Open the jar of honey and taste it. Recognize the sweetness that can be created through cooperative work. Dip a length of the thread into the honey and loosely wrap the thread around the flowers and each candle holder. Anoint the top of each candle with a light smear of honey.
Light all the candles in whatever order you are inspired. The Problem Solving candle is to see and remove what blocks you have constructed to keep you apart from like-minded people. The Heart candle is to look for your hive from your heart center first. The Attraction candle is to help your hive find you while you are looking for them. Speak aloud to the candles what type of group you are looking for and the qualities you admire and want to be a part of. Place this list under the candles.
Let the candles burn for 3 hours at a time up to 7 consecutive days. Never leave a burning candle unattended. Dispose of the candle remains and cut flowers after 7 days or sooner if the flowers have died. If you are using a flowering plant, toss the petals that have fallen out with the candle remains.
Every day, get out into the world and connect with people. Talk to new people and let everyone you know in on your search. You will find a hive to connect with within 30 days. Try it out you may just like it.
Keep every day magic and you will be leading a magical life!
“How can it be December when my to-do list is still so full? I have goals I tell ya! I have things I committed to doing in 2017 and I just can’t do it. “
This is the December panic every year. Sometimes this panic starts in October, sometimes in November, but I get the 4th quarter blues and start feeling bad about myself, even feeling like a failure. This was not healthy and I needed a new perspective. I got that new perspective from Danielle LaPort and her book Desire Map. Instead of hard fast goals, she talks about changing your ideal to how you want to feel.
I learned when it was time to dig deeper with my goals and when it was time to let them go.
Think about it, what if you focused on creating the emotion your goal’s success would generate rather than getting stuck in the exact details? It’s freeing. What is it you are really going for with each goal? Are you looking for a new better paying job or are you looking for stability? Maybe you are looking for creativity. If your goal is to get your house in order, are you looking for a perfect house or clarity and calm? If your goal is to lose weight, are you looking to be a certain size or do you want to feel healthy?
Goals are most often treated as a sacred tome that none shall change. The reality is that they are a moving target. You set your goals when you are living one set of circumstances. As you work toward your goal perspectives and your circumstances start to change. You may want to reorganize your house and in the process you realize you have too much stuff. It’s ok if you shift to downsizing and the organization happens along the way.
Treat your 2018 goals like a moving target and add the spice of magic to them along the way. The Affirmation candles are perfect for this. If you are not inspired already as to which candle you will use, try this little goal setting spell. I guarantee more of your goals will come to fruition at the end of 2018 than you thought possible.
New Year Blessing
Gather these tools:
-Your favorite pen
-Bowl for burning
Light the three candles in separate candle holders. Open your new notebook and write yourself a letter as to what you wanted to accomplish and how you wanted to feel in the past year. What went right, what went wrong and what you left undone? Now take a look at your answers and think about how you want to feel in 2018.
Move to a new page and start with how you want to feel throughout the year. Use adjectives like strong, calm, abundant, loved, etc. Fill an entire page. When you are done, look back at that page and look for the pattern. Distill it all down to 2 or 3 words that encompass your ideals.
Turn the page and put those 3 words on a new sheet. Look back at what you didn’t do and what didn’t work in the last year and see if any of those things need to be part of your 2018 goals or if they need to be let go. Whatever needs to come forward, bring it.
Tear out the pages of 2017 and burn them in the bowl, lighting it from the success candle. Focus on letting the unfilled expectations from 2017 go. Think about your successes and how you were able to overcome the unexpected and expected challenges you navigated through.
Go back to your notebook and your 3 words for the year. Write down 12 things you can do in the next 12 months to manifest those feelings. Keep them based in reality, something you have to reach and push for and something you will feel proud to accomplish.
Divide the remainder of your notebook into 12 months. Divide each month into 4 weeks. Each week for the next year, write what you will do for that week to work toward the feelings you want to manifest and at the end of the week, write what you did do. Stay in the positive whenever you write in this notebook.
Give yourself an inspirational quote, something to be grateful for or some kind of prompt for each month and week. You are spreading the magic of success, insight and abundance through your entire year.
Keep this notebook where you will see and use it all year.
Make 2018 exactly what you need it to be. Practice loving kindness on yourself first and be at peace with your journey.
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Let me start this article by saying, I do not have any answers or advice for you. I just know that a large percentage of my friends, customers and family are feeling the stress and anxiety of our social climate right now. I am setting aside all political issues, race issue, sex and orientation issues and I want to get down to the core feeling that I see driving the bus on our collective anxiety. We don’t feel safe.
How can we come together, resolve anything, or do more than take a side and growl from the corner we are protecting if none of us feel safe. Everyone has a perspective on this and I don’t have the energy to dive into any other perspective than my own. Why? Because when one doesn’t feel safe, most of their energy goes into resolving that. We chose to get angry and fight back, to shut down, to retreat into our safe community, to break ties, to be defeated, and we choose our battles. We choose what works in the moment and then have to choose again in the next and next and next moment.
I AM DOING THINGS DIFFERENT THIS MONTH – I AM CHOOSING PEACE
Don’t get me wrong, I am still mad, stressed, and worried about my future. But I am out of energy to continually make life changing choices every other moment. I am distracted and ready to break, so I created something to help me get back in balance. I found an answer for myself that I want to share with everyone. Peace magic.
This is not my answer FOR you. This is my answer and I want to share it WITH you. What you do with it will be wholly unique to what anyone else does. That is the beauty of peace magic. It’s a collective of all of our particular needs and gets stronger with each intention.
Peace is a very powerful concept and an uncomfortable one at that. To choose peace you have to find it within yourself first. Starting with your own inner peace isn’t easy, and a little disconcerting at first. It feels foreign, a little too still and maybe a little passive. It’s ok, breathe thru this discomfort. That awkwardness is just your spirit taking a moment to unwind to be able to find your true self again. Your divine inner-voice has been drowned out recently by the discontent we have been bombarded with. It is worthy discontent, but that jarring energy prevents you from finding a balance and getting traction for yourself.
When you fill yourself with the Peace magic, understanding follows. Understanding breeds wisdom and wisdom breeds security. When you talk, act and express from this place, it breeds safety and security in others. They can start to be still and find their true selves again and the ripples carry out from there. Can one person change the entirety of the world? The answer is yes. We are all doing it every day, the repercussions of our intents ripple out into our worlds and changes them.
What if our Peace magic met up with other moments of peace magic? That is the power of the Peace candle. Not only to help you find peace within, but to link this energy to the growing prayers for peace from every corner of your world and the bigger world as well. What if all prayers for peace joined to create the larger force? Imagine the shift that could occur.
SPELL FOR PEACE
-Peace Candle with safety pin charm from Coventry Creations
-Collection of stones, beads, charms, buttons, cards or anything you can hand out in the world
In a place of solitude, place the candle in a fire safe candle holder. Put the safety pin with key charm on your shirt, close to your heart.
Light the candle, close your eyes and start imagining what peace looks and feels like in your personal life. Start by remembering a moment of pure joy from your past. Just a moment. Within that moment of joy, you will find stability, security and peace. All's right with your world in that moment. Let that feeling become a color, a sound and a sensation that exists in the center for your heart. That center point begins to grow in strength and intensity.
It grows so much that it spills out into your body. It expands and flows into your arms, legs and neck. It flows up to your head and out of your hands and feet, spilling everywhere.
Pick up your collection of items and the prayer for peace from the candle. Say the prayer and feel the items you have collected fill with the power of peace. Feel your safety pin fill with this energy. Sit with this amazing flow of peace energy and start to imagine what your world would be like if it was filled with peace.
Imagine the strength and surety you can feel if your heart is at peace. Imagine how your conversations will sound if you speak from a place of inner peace. Image how others will feel if you interact with them from a place of peace. Now imagine this as strands of a web reaching out to other prayers and spells for peace. Imagine them connecting and growing in strength and energy.
Let this image go and release it to the universe for manifesting.
Place your items around the Peace candle and allow the candle to burn for at least an hour (never leave a burning candle unattended). Allow this energy of peace to stay with you for as long as you can maintain it. Use the pin and charm as a reminder of this feeling. Relight the candle daily and repeat the visualization.
Wear the safety pin and charm every day. Not only will it remind you of the peace you wish to cast into the world, it will protect you from negative influences or intents of other people.
Give away the items that you blessed with peace energy. As you are inspired, lovingly pass on or leave behind these talismans of peace. The intent is for the magic of peace to be a contagion to everything it touches, passing on the peace energy and adding to our web of peace.
Drop me a line with the results of your spell! The more we connect to each other the faster this web will grow.
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Being an eclectic witch is the inspiration behind Coventry, more specifically, why the word Coventry was chosen 25 years ago as our company name. When I first looked up in word in an old 1980’s dictionary the definition I got was “A gathering place of witches”. Today as I look it up, that definition has faded away to be overtaken by “a state of ostracism or exclusion.” That makes sense if you think about attempted reassure of witchcraft, anyplace where witches gathered was considered a place you wouldn’t want to go. Thank goodness we have a new take on witches and a reclaimed definition of Coventry. We look at Coventry as a gathering place of traditions, especially traditions that have been ostracized and excluded by the traditional religions.
There are as many paths to the divine as there are humans looking for connection.
How could the vast presence of the universal creator be embodied by only one perspective? I see the divine as a finely cut diamond and we can only see one facet at a time. We are all blind to the totality of our god/goddess experience with only our time bit in focus. At Coventry we want to open up to many more facets and bring validation to others like us. It’s in our bones and it’s in our her-story.
In 1990 when Coventry was first conceived of, I was heavily into the study of the Wiccan traditions. I got there thru the love of the Christian mysticism and my journey thru a 12 step program. These three ideals shaped the Blessed Herbal Candles, the Affirmations, Blessing kits, and Witches Brew line.
My journey didn’t end there. I studied with a teacher from a Krisha Temple, a shaman, a transformational healer and a Santeria house. All of these paths brought me to a wider understanding of traditions around the world and that we need to honor those who kept the traditions alive in a time where they would have been erased. My study of Conjure and folk magic from around the world brought us to the creation of the Motor City Hoo Doo line and the World Magic line.
Patty keeps us in balance with her foundation in Christianity, Reiki, and transformational healing. Her influence along the way helped keep every product we make relevant to the changing needs of people today. (We are working on a few new lines that speak closer to these paths)
What we do here is ensure that we are authentic in our magical creations. We don’t make products that we have not become intimately acquainted with their tradition or energy. We have to connect profoundly with the message and recipe, that’s why when Dorothy Morrison and I were talking about products, it took us 2 years to create the Wicked Witch Mojo line. It had to be right, not just marketable.
We have come and gone with many product lines, and our current passion is the limited editions that speak to the energy of the moment. (Hekate, Ghost, Firecracker, Crossroads, and Peace candles.)
Coventry is made up of many traditions and yet we all travel in the same direction, a deeper connection to our higher power. We invite you to experience our products to awaken your own divine connection and create your own powerful personal magical tradition.
Visit our website to browse the many Coventry candles lines and make sure to check out our new Witches Union swag. This line of fun products celebrates the powerful witch in you and your part in our community.
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