The Contemporary New England Witch

The Contemporary New England Witch
Ms Faith

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My talk during the Ostara Sabbat Celebration




 Good Afternoon,

We just finished celebrating the Sabbat of Ostara this past week. For every Sabbat I conduct I do a small talk discussing the Sabbat and how it could work magick in our lives. The Wheel of the Year, which we follow and which marks our high holy days, our Sabbats, is an agricultural wheel of the year.  Most of us today are not farmers, so we use the lessons from the wheel in a metaphorical way.

For Ostara, we are planting the seeds which we will harvest later this year.  Rather than actual seed planting, what 'seeds' will you plant in your life that you can harvest later this year? Do you want to better yourself in some way? Do you wish to become more understanding, more disciplined, less critical of others? Only you can choose the 'seeds' which you will plant. Only you, because only you can do the work needed to make the changes to become that person.

Take a good long look at your life. See the blessings that are present in your life. Now take note of the things you'd like to change. That's a good place to start with planting the seeds.

At this point, just knowing what your goal is, is good enough. As we work our way around the Wheel of the Year we can do more work to make more changes. But for now, just identify the goal. Who or what do you wish to become.

Now, ponder on this for a while. Change can take time and it requires patience. You can't make all the changes you think you'd like to make all in one day. Come up with the final goal, and let it sit with you for a while. It may seem that everyday you are given opportunities to make small changes, which will bring you closer to your ultimate goal.

Having the goal in mind is the first step.



Peace and Happiness






© 2010-2014 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited. 

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Happy Ostara -- Spring Equinox!!

 Good Afternoon,

Well it's starting to feel like Spring, finally! Yes, we've had quite a long, cold winter here in Southern New England this year. This Thursday marks the Spring or Vernal Equinox. Though there will still be snow on the ground we can celebrate Springs return nonetheless. Many people feel this is a Christian holiday, as it often coincides with Easter but like many Christian holidays, Easter was adopted from an ancient Pagan Rite of Springtime.

Actually, Ostara was once originally spelled Eostera or a variation of this spelling. The name Easter was taken directly from the original spelling for Ostara. You can easily see all the letters in the old spelling and with just a slight jumble of the letters we spell Easter.

Many have asked me over the years why the baby chicks and eggs, bunnies and lambs this time of year? Well, they all are representative of the new life that Spring heralds. Baby chicks and bunnies and lambs are being born, eggs are a symbol of new life and the colors are the gentle pastels of new Spring flowers.

The ancient Pagans celebrated this holiday as a time of renewal and life being reborn. The mother animals would be giving birth in the fields and for the Sabbat holiday a steer or bull would be slaughtered for fresh meat to be had for all.The fields would be starting to be prepared for the planting of new seeds that would later be harvested as the food harvests in the fall or Autumn. This is another holiday on the ancient Pagan Wheel of the Year, an agricultural calendar the ancients followed.

I have often felt that everyone should celebrate Spring's return for simply what it is, Spring's return after a long, harsh and cold winter. We are celebrating the resurrection of a new year after the death of the old year.

I have always loved this time of year and each day that holds a gentle, not bitter, breeze, a kind sky and a happy sun are days of celebration to me. I hope you find time to celebrate the Spring also.

Enchantments celebrates the Spring Equinox by holding an Sabbat, which will take place this Saturday. Unlike our Summer celebrations this is a closed ceremony open only to past and present Enchantments students, as we are limited in our space. If you are a former student of Enchantments, please come and celebrate with us this upcoming Saturday, March 22nd at 10 am. Please bring a dish to share with others. If you are not a student, the next celebration that will be open to the public will be Beltaine at the beginning of May.

Enjoy Spring!


Peace and Happiness




© 2010-2014 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited. 

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Magickal no no's I am often asked to perform!




Good Afternoon,

Sigh. Yet again, I opened my email this morning to find another request for black magick. Now, it's not that these individuals know that what the are asking for IS black magick, but it's my job to gently inform them that I do not do manipulative magick for anyone.

In this morning's case the email request was for a divorce spell. The woman who asked, had a boyfriend who was married and she wanted a spell that would cause the wife to divorce her husband/the boyfriend. IT NEVER WORKS THIS WAY! Firstly, a spell to cause the woman to divorce her husband would be manipulative and most likely against her wishes.That's Black Magick. Frankly, if she's going to divorce him, she will do it in her own time. Secondly, if he were serious about wanting to be with her, he would initiate the divorce. Sounds like they want the easy way around things and life doesn't work like that. So I sent her a reply that explained that we don't work the dark arts and I wished her well.

I am often asked, begged and pleaded with to bring a loved one back into their lives, help with a relationship, with most requests having to do with unhappy love lives.  And there are those, especially on-line (where there is little accountability), who will sell you a spell and charge a ridiculous amount of money for what they know won't work.  The spell needs to be done by the person desiring the spell. I do not do spells for others for or without money. I teach them to spell cast for themselves.

There is one exception and that is a healing spell. I have been asked by others to send healing energy to someone who is ill and unable to cast a spell themselves, but I always do it with another person or better yet a  group, a coven, of witches. We send out healing energies that the ill person can absorb when they wish to, to help them feel better. Of course, there is never money involved with such a request.

But other spells? You really need to be able to do them for yourself. But don't make the mistake of thinking magickal spells will  make your life easier and all your troubles will go away. Spell casting is hard work, and the work required of a witch casting spells to make her life better is even harder. But it is so worth it.

Think twice before casting a spell for yourself, then if you are sure you wish to proceed, do so with care, knowledge and love. Most especially love.


Peace and Happiness





© 2010-2014 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited. 

 If you know someone who would like my work, please send them this link. If you or they would like to be included on our daily email distribution list send me an e mail with your email address to be included. If you ever wish to unsubscribe to this blog, please contact me and you will be immediately removed from our list.