Dearest readers, I do apologize for my absence, there has been a lot going on both with the coven and in my life, and it required my undivided attention. Currently things are stable, so I figured I would start answering all the questions we have recieved!
Q: I recently bought a new tarot deck, but it is a little abnormal. The suits are similar, but the symbolism is different than I am used to. Should I still read them like a normal deck? Or would it be different based on the cards?
A: That is actually a good question! The best way to approach this is to read the book that comes with the deck. Often times if the suits or symbolism is different, it's because the meaning of the cards differ from that of a traditional deck. Usually it is the author or creators way of bringing in different practices to their divination, and there's probably a good reason behind it. If you're still confused about the meanings, you could also reach out to the creator(s) directly; they may be willing to help!
Q: I keep getting the same card in all the readings I do for myself. Should I be worried? It is the ace of cups if that helps.
A: I wouldn't worry too much! The ace of cups is a sig of abundance, "may your cup overfloweth with prosperity", as they say. If this card is continually coming up, you may want to look up the card's correspondences and meaning, and then focus on how they relate to your life. It could be that there is a new source of love in your life, since the ace is a new beginning, and cups, the water suit, has to do with the heart. It could also be the new beginning of an emotional journey. At the end of the day however, it is your journey to go on and your path to explore.
Q: I really want to learn tarot, but the book for my deck and online resources just aren't cutting it for me. Do you teach tarot? Is there a tarot class I can go to/watch?
A: It's funny that you bring this up! Our very own Phoenix Rose (@PHNXRSE) has recently decided to do a video series for her "Tarot by Numbers" class. Normally she teaches this in person, but due to the pandemic she's had to find another medium/platform. In this series, Phoenix will go through each card number starting with the aces, and make a video explaining the numerological correspondence, the elemental correspondence, and more! She does it by numbers instead of suit so that each card gets a more complex explanation, and so the student can focus on it. She will also be releasing a handout with all the information she discussed on her personal website, www. PHNXRSE.com! If you are interested, the series is set to begin in April, and can be watched at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyIt05kenjW2AKw4_2vAeSA/featured
Q: What is the best way to cleanse a tarot deck? Mine is feeling a little grody, and I want to kind of reset it energically.
A: I personally and very fond of the smoke method! Basically, use a smudging material, and move each card (one by one) through the smoke. Once you have done the whole deck, wrap the cards in a cloth (any will do, but white is ideal), place a crystal on it, and leave it on the window sill in the moonlight. It should start to feel much better after. Side note: I usually do it on a New Moon as the new cycle energy is a great cleanser, but it isn't a must!
Q: My littles are really interested in my craft and rituals, but I am not sure if they're old enough just yet. Is there a way I can keep them interested and help them learn without overburdening them?
A: That's great that they are interested! But I totally understand the hesitation; though many aspects of the craft can be kid friendly, there are definitely some things that may not be appropriate. As their parent, it is your call to make regarding their inclusion. You know your kiddos best, so I would use your best judgement regarding inclusion. In the mean time though, there are lots of wicca/ witchy /craft based colouring pages on line that offer a great intro for young ones. Alternatively, the Colouring Book of Shadows series by Amy Cesari is awesome! I highly recommend it, and it could be just what you're looking for! (Link to author's page) https://www.amazon.com/Amy-Cesari/e/B01727POFE?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_4&qid=1615618429&sr=8-4
Q: My friends and I get together to call quarters and do small rituals and I usually act as Priestess for them. The problem is, the quarters start in the north, and typically I would stand in the north, but I am much more connected to the west. Do I have to start leading from the north? Or could I stand in the west?
A: You can absolutely stand in the west! The Covenant is actually really big on having people aligned with the element they call, and as a result, our priest/esses stand in whichever quarter suits them. See, the quarter calls start in the north, yes, but there will always be someone there, and they don't necessarily need to be in charge. So if you align with the west, lead from the west! It's your craft, so do what is best for you!
Q: Most rituals call for incense or candles, but I have a Parrot and the fumes could hurt him; what do I do?
A: That's a tough one, the covenstead is currently babysitting several exotic birds for a friend in crisis, so we empathize. We have been using electric candles, and where we would normally light them, we use the switch to turn them on! The cool thing about this is they don't have a smell, and ours actually change colours! I believe we got them on amazon, and they have thus far been safe around our guest birds. Here's a link to ones similar to what we use: https://www.amazon.com/Flameless-Candles-Waterproof-Outdoor-Changing/dp/B0823QMZJQ/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=color+changing+candle&qid=1615617940&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzOVZESjI1NkYxUlpGJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNjIwODI4VlcwSk83SjNVUkpBJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA1MjU5MDUyOENXSjZOR1BRQjVNJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
NOTE: always check the package though, as not all brands are safe.
Q: I am in Scottsdale AZ and was wondering if the Arizona circle was accepting new members?
A: The Arizona circle is not accepting new members at this time. Their Priestess is going through some things and will be out of commission for the foreseeable future. All current and potential members will currently be studying with the mother coven in Washington (via Microsoft teams). If you are interested, please send me an email, and we will coordinate and get you started! Wynnie@CovenantoftheRose.org
Q: I am a baby witch and really want to learn more before joining a coven or committing to a path. Does the covenant have a class or series I could attend to just learn more?
A: We do! We are actually currently writing the curriculum for our class, and updating it to be suitable for teams! Once we have it done we will put out a notice for registration! Feel free to email us at Wynnie@CovenantoftheRose.org to be added to the mailing list!
Q: This is probably been asked before, but how old do you have to be to join a coven?
A: the answer varies based on tradition and coven rules; but for the covenant, you must be 18, unless a parent or guardian joins with you. Though we often allow parents to bring their kiddos to coven meetings and rituals, we don't allow them to dedicate until they are thirteen; if the young person wishes to dedicate, and their parent is a member we do allow it, though in a reduced compacity. But otherwise, members must be of legal age (18), in order to dedicate or join.
Q: I have a service animal (guide dog), but I still really want to come to rituals with the Covenant once its safe. Will I be ok to bring her?
A: Absolutely! Trained and registered service animals are always welcome at the Covenant! We do have resident cats and a dog (and birds temporarily), but all are friendly and calm, and do well with other animals. We do ask that you tell us ahead of time that the service animal is coming, but it is just so we can make sure to pick up pet food and what not so they don't get an upset tummy.
Lilith was the first wife of Adam, created as his equal; she was cast out of the garden of Eden when she refused to submit (and stroke Adam’s fragile ego) and lie beneath him during sex. It is said that submissive controllable women are descendants of Eve, while the wild, untamed, and free-spirited women are descended from Lilith. Lilith is associated with the night and is worshipped as a goddess of feminism and female power, granting her followers courage and strength.
Though not much is known about her due to the Christian bastardization of her image, it is believed that praying to her can grant the courage to leave a toxic, abusive, or apprehensive relationship or situation. Lilith is also the patroness of bodily autonomy, believing in the health and choices over one’s body should be their own; especially in the case of pregnancy. Feminists and Wiccans alike worship Lilith as the master of educated and empowered womxn. Unlike the misogynistic tales of Christianity, Lilith was not a foe of eve, but a sister in arms; nor was Lilith “cast out” as the Christian (men) claim, but she left willingly after having been mistreated by a weak man. Lilith’s sacred symbols are owls, crossroads, the dark moon, the crescent moon, mirrors, poppies, snakes, bones, goats, trees, and birds.
Prayer to Lilith
By: Lady Wynifred H. Loveney APs
Heaven’s first queen
Cast out for your strength
And beholden to none
Though art the goddess of feminine strength
Adversity In the face of oppression
And a pillar of the divinity of women
Hear us now in our hour of worship
And bless us with the gifts of thine sacred womb
Be welcomed now in this sacred space
An honored guest amongst the witches
Forsaken by the church that demanded submission
Suppressors of women
Your act of rebellion
Set the course for greatness
They say their “pure” are daughters of Eve
But those of us who rebelled
Are fruit of thine womb
I am proud to be your daughter
Oh great mother
I am proud to be a warrior woman
Proud to be the sole commander of my own autonomy
The sole decision maker for my own body
And the strong, beautiful, intelligent vessel
That you paved the way to create
So Hail now
Praise be upon thee
May you join us at your leisure
Within this sacred space
And throughout our lives
So mote it be!
Painting: Lady Lilith by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, passion, and procreation. Her Roman counterpart is Venus. Aphrodite’s sacred symbols include myrtles, roses, doves, sparrows, and swans. Aphrodite was married to Hephaestus, the god of blacksmiths and metal workers, but she was frequently unfaithful. Aphrodite was one of the three goddesses who started the trojan war (with Athena and Hera), as they fought over the mortal Adonis. The festival Aphrodisia was in her honour.
Athena is the goddess of wisdom, handicraft, and warfare. Her Roman counterpart is Minerva. Athena’s sacred symbols include owls, olive trees, snakes, and the gorgonian. Known as the virgin, the patron goddess of heroic endeavors and was believed to have aided Perseus, Hercules, and Jason. Moreover, she along with Aphrodite and Hera started the trojan war over the mortal Adonis.
Demeter is the goddess of the harvest and agriculture, and the fertility of the earth. Her sacred symbols are cornucopias, wheat, torches, and bread. The mother of Persephone, Demeter is the reason for the seasons, as her grief and sadness at her child’s decent to Hades caused her to cease her gifts. Her blessings return with Persephone in the spring.
Hera is the queen of the gods and wife of Zeus; and is the goddess of marriage and childbirth. Hera’s jealousy is legendary, and she was known to prolong the labors of Zeus’s mistresses. Hera is known to punish mortals who cross her.
Artemis is the goddess of the hunt, the wilderness, wild animals, the moon, and chastity. Artemis is the first child of Zeus and Leto; her mother’s labor, delayed by the angry Hera was hard, but once Artemis was born, she acted as Leto’s midwife to bring Apollo into the world. Artemis is the protector of young girls and is a goddess of midwifery.
Hades is the god of the dead and ruler of the underworld, and brother of Zeus. Hades Kidnapped the daughter of Demeter, then called Kore, and was able to wed her through negotiation with Zeus. Though rocky at first, Hades was always deeply in love with Kore, by then called Persephone.
Persephone was the daughter of Demeter and Zeus; she was kidnapped by Hades, whom she would later marry. Persephone is both the goddess of spring and vegetation, and the queen of death. The kidnapping of Persephone was the subject of the Eleusinian mysteries.
Hephaestus is the god of Blacksmiths, metalworkers, carpenters, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, fire, and volcanos. As a smith god, he was in charge of making all the weapons used by the Olympians. His symbols are the smiths hammer, the anvil, and tongs.
Hestia is a virgin goddess of the hearth, the right ordering of domesticity, the family, and the home. Hestia received the first offering of every sacrifice in the household. The flame of Hestia was used to bless all new homes.
Gaia is the primordial goddess, mother of the earth, the gods, and of men. She ruled over the universe before anything else existed. Gaia is the nourisher of small children and of plants and the giver of dreams. Gaia, being the mother f earth, is often portrayed with a big pregnant belly that is painted to look like earth to show that she is primordial.
Pan is the god of the wild and is often considered to be one of the oldest deities in the Greek pantheon. Pan is associated with nature and wooded areas, as well as with pasturelands, to which his name is affiliated.
Asclepius is the hero god of medicine. The rod of Asclepius is often used on hospitals to bring his guidance and protection to all who enter. Asclepius is known for his kindness and was given the great secrets of medicine from a sacred snake he helped.
Medusa was a beautiful Greek virgin who remained chaste in order to be a priestess of Athena. Poseidon, who was feuding with Athena, saw Medusa as something he could take from the goddess in order to hurt her, so he raped Medusa in Athena’s temple. Athena, who knew she would need to act as the gods would see it as an affront to them, turned Medusa into a gorgon, but in doing so, blessed her with the power to turn men to stone so shed never be hurt again. Many modern pagans and scholars view her as a matron saint of sorts to rape victims and those who have been violated. She is a symbol of strength in the face of adversity and is often prayed to for protection against abusers.
Nyx is the goddess of the night and is considered a primordial goddess; she created darkness and the night and is often portrayed as winged or as a charioteer. Though Nyx didn’t have her own temples, she was often worshiped alongside Hekate and Artemis.
Hekate is the goddess of witchcraft, magick, crossroads, night, herbology, ghosts, necromancy, sorcery, and is the keeper of the keys. A triple goddess she was worshipped and prayed to for protection. She is also the goddess of wisdom, choices, victory, vengeance, death, and travel. Hekate is often invoked for justice, especially for sexual crimes against girls and women, and especially when justice isn’t naturally forthcoming. She has the power to grant mortal wishes and is often evoked to protect dogs. Moreover, she is prayed to for fertility, especially in hopes for female children. Hekate can also be invoked for healing when medicine has failed; and has been known to grant swift and painless death when requested. Hekate’s favourite people include Midwives, writers, healers, herbalists, dog lovers, and rescuers; she is a matron of women in general and protects and protects those who ride horses. Hekate is portrayed as having three bodies, one of the maiden, one of the mother, and one of the crone, and her sacred symbols are keys, torches, cauldrons, knives, and the witch’s broom. Dogs, snakes, toads, dragons and cats, though ESPECIALLY dogs are extremely sacred to her. Her sacred plants include lavender, garlic, and henna. And she favors the end of the month for her magickal workings.
The allfather, Odin is the king of the gods, the god of wisdom, magick, shamanism, death, and divination; Odin sits on the throne of Valhalla. Odin is often accompanied by two ravens; it is said that anyone who dies in battle (this includes childbirth) may ascend to Valhalla.
The eldest son of Odin, Thor is the god of thunder and lightning, and is associated with strength, storms, hollowing, and fertility. Thor is the champion of Midgard and Asgard and is said to protect both realms.
Loki is the trickster god, adopted son of Odin, and brother of Thor. He is a shapeshifter, and conflicting accounts exist regarding his relevance to the Norse pantheon. Some accounts list him as a helpful albeit mischievous deity that brings fortune to those who best him; but other accounts list him as purely mischievous and with negative intentions toward the other gods. He is also the father of the half goddess Hel, who rules over the Norse underworld realm of the same name.
Hel is the goddess who rules over the Norse underworld, a realm that bears her name; her name means hidden. She is the daughter of Loki and the Giant Angrboda and is the sister of the wolf Fenrir and the world serpent Jormungand.
Idun is the Scandinavian goddess of vegetation; it was said that her fruits, often assumed to be apples, grant immortality and happiness to those who eat them. Idun is often linked to gardening and orchards and is sometimes prayed to ad harvest.
Freyja is the goddess of Love, beauty, sex, fertility, war, death, and marriage. The most beautiful and refined of the goddesses, she rides o a chariot pulled by two cats. Freyja rules over the heavenly fields of Folkvangr where she receives half of all who die in battle. Freyja is a warrior goddess and is known to be an advanced practitioner of magick. She is also the patroness of crops and childbirth and is prayed to by lovers. In Scandinavia brides were given kittens on their wedding days as they were sacred to Freyja. Freyja is married to Óðr an the two were deeply in love; when he was away, she cried red and gold tears that fell to earth as amber. It is believed that Amber is sacred to Freyja.
Frigg is the Norse goddess of marriage, family and motherhood. As the wife of Odin, Frigg rules as queen of Asgard alongside her husband. She is the only person other than Odin who is permitted to sit on the throne. Frigg is a dedicated and dutiful wife and is seen as Odin’s equal. She was seen as the epitome of female strength and was the matron of married women. Frigg is also a goddess of destiny and is blessed with the gift of psychic foresight. Frigg’s sacred objects are the spinning wheel (symbolic of domestic life), and keys which are a symbol of home protection.
Goddess of the underworld and keeper of the cauldron of prosperity. Cerridwen is a shapeshifting goddess and rules the realms of death, fertility, magic, regeneration, inspiration, magick, enchantment, and knowledge. Known for being a white witch and goddess, she is associated with herbs and astrology, and represents the need for change and transformation for the better. She is also linked to the phoenix legend as death brings renewal.
One of the Celtic triple goddesses, the raven queen, and goddess of the dark moon. The Morrigan is also the goddess of war, fate, and death, rivers, and lakes. The Morrigan is also the patroness f revenge, magick, night, prophecy, witches, and priestesses. Once a goddess of strife and fertility, as well as battle, most modern pagans see her in a different light; she is seen as the appropriate deity for strong, independent persons. Altars for the Morrigan are dressed in red cloth and raven r crow feathers.
The Celtic horned god, embodiment of the divine masculine, lover, father, sage. Cernunnos is the god of beasts and nature, often serving as their mediator, is often honored with great feasts and hedonism. When seeking blessings for gardening and agriculture, prayers should be made to Cernunnos. It is also believed that he is a fertility god and is the one whom one prays to for male fertility.
Daughter of Dagda, Brighid (pronounced Breed), is the goddess of healers, poets, smiths, childbirth, and inspiration. She is also the goddess of fire and hearth, and is a matron of warfare. The colours white, red, and green are sacred to Brighid, as it the Brigid’s cross and fires. On Imbolc, great feasts are had in her honour to bring forth the blessings of fertility.
Dagda is the chief of the Tuatha de Danan, and father to Brighid. God of seasons, agriculture, fertility magic, and Druidry. He wields the three sacred treasures; a cauldron of plenty, a club of life and death, and a harp that controls both men and seasons. Men should pray to Dagda for fertility.
The god of Nobility, Lugh of the longarm and master of crafts and the cunning warrior. Lugh is also the god of oaths and serves over making deals and creating alliances. The feast of Lughnasadgh is in his honour, and is the Celtic harvest festival.
Danu is thought to be the mother of all Celtic gods, having birthed them all into existence. She is the goddess of earth, wind, fertility, wisdom, and is the goddess of the fairies. Queen of the Tuatha de Danan, Danu is prayed to by seaman for protection.
If you're like me, you've probably been feeling a little disconnected from the community as of late; you're likely missing the togetherness that comes with rituals, the craft, and covens in general. So what can you do? are there ways to gather safely? Are their events that can be successfully socially distanced? Is there an option for virtual attendance? Can we even do that?
The answer to at least two of those questions is... Yes! In the interest of public safety and social consciousness, Covenant of the Rose has moved all of its events and classes online for the foreseeable future! Now, this is not to say that we don't miss all of your beautiful faces, we do, but we quarantine and social distance now so that when we gather again, no one is missing.
So you might be wondering, "what does that mean? How will this work?", and there are several answers. At this time we plan to host our major rituals via Second Life, a computer program similar to the sims, but interactive. After downloading it onto your computer, you create an avatar that can be customized to the hearts content. From there, you will want to follow the following link to join the Covenant of the Rose Second Life group.(secondlife:///app/group/3c29856d-3f2b-415b-0c9c-961e2c989c15/about) Joining the group will send you the notifications about our upcoming events, and allow you to "teleport" to the event in world.
Our next event will take place this coming Saturday at 7pm PST, and will be hosted by Sacred Cauldron, who after the ritual, are putting on an after party where people can come and chat, hangout, dance, and get to know others in attendance! The ritual, will take you on a journey through a symbolic death, and decent into the underworld where Persephone will be invoked through a Priestess and will be available for questions and guidance. Like our in person rituals, this ritual and after party are come as you are, but please be clothed as this will be a family friendly event.
More information will be included below, but please feel free to email us at CovenantoftheRose@gmail.com with specific questions!
"The Covenant of the Rose invites you to join us on Saturday Oct. 24th @ 7pm SLT on the Sacred Cauldron Sim (Second Life), for our annual Samhain ritual, celebrating the witch's new year & the decent of Persephone. Though she descends to Hades at Mabon, Persephone's journey into the underworld truly ramps up at Samhain when the veil is at it's thinnest. Our Priestess will invoke the holy daughter & deliver her wisdom to each attendee. Come see what messages she has for YOU!"
Q: I am really interested in Tarot, but I keep reading that you can't buy your own deck, so how do people get theirs?
A: That is a common misconception; you can totally buy your own tarot decks, and most people do. Personally, while I always appreciate being gifted tarot decks, I've found I connect better to decks I have chosen myself. So don't hesitate to purchase one you like!
Q: Is there an actual starter deck? Or can I just buy whichever?
A: Many people start with a Raider Waite as it's the oldest and most recognizable, but given that almost all decks available come with an instruction booklet, you can really start wherever you want!
Q: I honestly just don't like the Raider Waite, it is boring and cookie cutter and I'd prefer to start with something a little prettier. Do you have any recommendations?
A: I'm quite fond of both the DruidCraft and the Wild Unknown tarot; the artwork is amazing, but it also provides a very thorough explanation book for both.
Q: I have runes at home but it just isn't resonating with me. Is it something that comes with time?
A: It definitely can be. I personally don't have the best relationship with runes, though I have found that wooden runes work better for me than stones. Alternatively, if the set you have isn't working so well, perhaps try a different stone or a wooden set; on occasion, the stones themselves can cause a block. But don't feel you have to work with runes, if it isn't your thing, don't worry!
Q: Are love spells immoral?
A: That depends, on one hand, any spell that intends to remove a person's free will is morally questionable at best, however, there are some who argue that a love spell will only work if the intention is already in the person. Given that spell work isn't an exact science, I would recommend avoiding the area.
0 the Fool: Trust, new beginnings, blind faith, journeys.
I the Magician: Skill, study, reverence, power, study.
II the High Priestess: Wisdom, female leadership, mystery, potential.
III the Empress: Motherhood, connections, abundance, nature.
IV the Emperor: Logic, fatherhood, authority figure, male energy.
V the Hierophant: Tradition, education, priesthood, group identity.
VI the Lovers: Soulmates, love, passion, sexual connection, partnership.
VII the Chariot: Direction, self confidence, decision making, power of will.
VIII Strength: Inner strength, self control, self confidence.
IX the Hermit: Solitude, connection, introspection, self study.
X Wheel of Fortune: External changes, new beginnings, personal growth.
XI Justice: Fair treatment, results, important decisions, cause and effect.
XII Hanged Man: Sacrifice, alternate perspectives, letting go.
XIII Death: Sudden changes, endings, death of concept.
XIV Temperance: Patience, temperance, balance.
XV the Devil: Inner demons, deep dark secrets, bondage to negative energy.
XVI the Tower: Upheaval, drastic path changes, downfall, collapse.
XVII the Star: Hope, serene energy, divine beginnings, giving.
XVIII the Moon: Divine feminine, emotional turmoil, grandiose visions.
XIX the Sun: Joy, vitality, rebirth, enlightenment, potential.
XX Judgement: Evolution, judgement, divine calling, personal beliefs.
XXI the World: Success, integrating ideals, feelings of fulfillment.
Lady Wynnie is the ArchPriestess and founder of Covenant of the Rose. She is also a talented writer who will be blogging about the coven and it's happenings!