My coven met last night for our Imbolc celebration. We met at Ember’s house and what a lovely time we had. So we celebrated Imbolc, and ate a late dinner. Sarah brought an awesome salad, Ember made yummy vegetable soup, I brought a bottle of wine, and some fruit, cheese and crackers, Charlynn brought spiced wine, Jen, bless her, made a wickedly good cheese cake and brought along a bottle of dessert blackberry wine. So we shared dinner together, and had a couple glasses of wine and caught up with each other. One of our members had to work at the last moment and was unable to attend, but 5 out of 6 were there and Yule seemed very far away as we sat and visited and enjoyed each other’s company.
Our coven rituals are always written by whoever is hosting the gathering and we take turns throughout the year. (That way everybody shares in the responsibility. With each of us taking turns it gives us a nice balance and some variety to the rituals themselves.) Typically we choose the dates for our coven gatherings for the entire year at the Yule gathering. We all sit down with our calendars for the coming year and figure out who’s taking what day, where and when we will gather together to celebrate the Sabbats and we also try and work in a nice balance of full and dark moon gatherings as well.
Last night Ember hosted. So she was in charge of the ritual, and it was a lovely one. You guys are going to love all the gorgeous rituals that she wrote in her first book “Magical Candle Crafting” when it comes out in March through Llewellyn Worldwide! Here is a picture of her first book-
Yeah, I am VERY proud of her, and proud of all of my coven sisters.
Maybe it’s just one of those Witch things- but I feel closer to and have a stronger bond with my coven sisters than I do to any of my relatives. (Not counting my husband and children of course.) To me, family is not so much about bloodlines. Its about love and the people that you let into your heart. Those individuals are your family. Sarah brought this up last night, and I think that this particular old saying is very true, “One genuine friend is more valuable than a thousand relatives.”
When I link hands with the women in my Coven and we raise energy together, it’s sheer force astounds me every single time. So to me the real value of a coven sister is that not only are they my dearest Witch friends, they are also the family of my heart.