Merry Meet Monday - Witchy News of the Week! (Dec 18 - 24) :sun:

Welcome to your weekly update about what’s happening in both the forum and the witchy world at large :newspaper_roll:

Scroll down to read the news for this week :eyes:

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Upcoming Events :spiral_calendar:

Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on these upcoming events and occasions!

[ [ Moon Phase: First Quarter Moon :first_quarter_moon: ] ]


Tuesday, December 19

This week we will be blessed by the light of the First Quarter Moon. Note that the exact moment of peak illumination will depend on your location :telescope:

The Spells8 Moon Magick Guide to First Quarter Moon Magick notes that this moon phase is an excellent time to take action towards making your dreams become reality and bringing about positive growth. It is a great time for forward movement and healing :hugs:


This moon phase is part of the Waxing Cycle :arrow_double_up: For more information including history, meanings, and a collection of spells and rituals that work in harmony with this moon phase, check out the Waxing Moon Spell Page :first_quarter_moon:

Ready for More Moon Magick? You can find complementary spells and rituals for tonight’s moon on the Spells8 Lunar Spell Page :astrology_moon:

[ [ Group Ritual :infinite_roots: ] ]

S1 Group Tea Ritual

Thursday, December 21

You’re invited to a group ritual meditation- this activity and discussion is open to all active Coven members :tea: The ritual has step-by-step instructions that you can join in on your own schedule at any time during the day.

Group rituals are held on Thursday in A Sacred Space and remain open over the weekend. Feel free to check out last week’s group ritual to get an idea about what to expect.

[ [ Witchy Holiday: Sabbat :wheel_of_dharma: ] ]

Other Events & Sabbats - MMM

Thursday, December 21 *

( * Depending on the tradition, Sabbats may be celebrated across multiple days and nights)

Blessed Sabbat! This week, those in the Northern Hemisphere will be celebrating the Sabbat Yule :evergreen_tree: and the Winter Solstice :sun:

Yule & Winter Solstice Traditions

Want to honor the occasion? Here are a few ideas and suggestions for how you might celebrate this witchy holiday:

(In the Southern Hemisphere? Click here for Litha ideas!)

Friends in the Southern Hemisphere will enjoy the Sabbat Litha :sunflower: and the Summer Solstice :sun:

Here are a few suggestions for how you might celebrate this holiday:

Click on the pictures and links above for more information and ways to celebrate!

Want to share the Sabbat fun with your coven? Come join us over in A Sacred Space to share decorations, crafting, cooking, altar pictures and more in:

Solstice 2023
December Solstice :sparkles: Coven Celebrations

Witchy Holiday Guide : Want to know more about special pagan holidays? Visit the Wheel of the Year to learn about these keystone seasonal celebrations :wheel_of_dharma:

[ [ Weekend Divination - Free Readings :flower_playing_cards: ] ]

Weekend Divination with Megan Black

Friday, December 22

Have a question on your mind? Seeking some guidance on how to best approach a problem? :thinking: This is your chance to find some answers, as the talented @MeganB is kindly offering free readings via tarot and oracle cards! :raised_hands:

Look for the post in the Energy Exchange on Friday- free readings will be available throughout the weekend and will close on Sunday. You can check out the previous Weekend Divination to know what to expect when this week’s Weekend Divination post arrives.

[ [ Additional Events of Interest :mag: ] ]

Other Events - MMM

A collection of curious (and perhaps conversation-starting!) events coming up this week:

Stay on top of witchy news by printing or downloading the 2023 Pagan Holiday Calendar , the NEW 2024 Pagan Holiday Calendar , and the Spells8 Forum Events Calendar to add to your digital calendar :spiral_calendar:

You can also get the free Spells8 Email Newsletter for even more witchy updates (plus magickal freebies!) delivered right to your email inbox :envelope_with_arrow:

Ongoing Activities :raised_hands:

These activities are open to enjoy whenever you’d like- feel free to participate anytime before their deadlines!

[ [ Weekly Witchy Challenge :trophy: ] ]

The current challenge theme is: Candle Divination :purple_spell_candle:

Candle Divination Witch Challenge

Every week, the forum hosts a challenge exploring a specific area of magick. Challenges are open to everyone and all are warmly encouraged to participate in a way that reflects their unique magickal practice.

This challenge will remain open until Tuesday, December 19 at 7:00 AM EDT (Eastern US Time). After the challenge closes, a “Props and Presents” post will appear to give recognition and prizes to all participants :gift:

Are you ready? Join the current challenge here:

(A brand new challenge will launch on Wednesday in the public Activities category )

[ [ Spells8 Book Club :books: ] ]

Calling all book lovers! The Spells8 book club is now in session !

spells8 book club

For more information about this session of Book Club and to submit your book, please head over to the current thread in Activities :

Please note that this reading period will end on Friday, January 12 .

And if you haven’t done so already, please feel free to share and swap your book reviews from last session in the current Reader’s Reviews thread: :memo: Spells8 Book Club XXXIII - Readers’ Reviews.

Happy Reading! :books:

[ [ Energy Exchange Circle :hugs: ] ]

Spells8 Energy Exchange Circle

Do you have a little extra love and light to share with fellow Coven members? Or perhaps you’ve fallen on hard times and could use a boost of positive energy yourself?

The Energy Exchange Circle is hosted in the Energy Exchange is the place to connect and share love with fellow Coven members going through hard times. To do a good deed and show that you care, consider leaving a note of support in the current thread:

More information about the Coven’s wholesome energy exchange can be found in the Energy Exchange Wiki .

This month’s Energy Exchange Circle will end on Sunday, December 31 .

Thanks for spreading the love! :heart:

[ [ Energy Reports :dizzy: ] ]

Mystic Magick by Marsha

Are you sensitive to energy? Interested in how energy studies and magick benefit one another? Come explore the magick of energy with the talented @Marsha in these insightful daily energy reports!

The Mystic Magick discussion is open for all to see and enjoy in the public Activities category. It will be available throughout the month- please be aware that this month’s reports will close on Sunday, December 31.

[ [ Coven Member Birthdays :birthday: ] ]

coven birthdays

Come wish your fellow Coven members well on their special days! You can congratulate those with a birthday this month in the discussion:

If you wish to appear in this list, please set your birthday on your profile. Additionally, please note that the birthday list is housed in the private, Coven members-only A Sacred Space.

This month’s birthday discussion will remain open through Sunday, December 31.

[ [ Your Daily Draw :tarot_card: ] ]

Daily Single Draws Tarot Oracle Rune

Looking for a bit of higher guidance to help you out today? This collection of daily oracle card (as well as tarot and rune) readings is available for you to access and read thanks to the generosity of the Coven :pray:

To enjoy a daily message or to share your own, visit:

Please note that this divination discussion is housed in A Sacred Space and will remain open until Sunday, December 31.

[ [ Tending the Flame :fire: ] ]

Tending Brigid Brighid's Flame Spells8

Stop by the fire and tend the flame with your Coven- this ongoing discussion invites all to come in, relax, and pick up a bit of motivation and support for the day.

Share a picture of your own flames or simply enjoy the lights of the coven! :candle: Help tend the flame and visit the discussion in:

The Brigid Flametender discussion is hosted in A Sacred Space and will remain open throughout the year- please feel free to enjoy this activity as often as you’d like.

New Members :wave:

Merry meet to the new members who have joined the Spells8 Forum over the past week!

:infinite_roots: Welcome to the Forum and the Infinite Roots Coven! :infinite_roots:

@april7 - @walter1 - @Beckchair - @asma - @zebrial - @serena1 - @alexandria8 - @jennifer40 - @crystal20 - @jolene - @olivia2 - @sonia - @monika - @julia4 - @christopher4 - @darren - @tracy5 - @JESSICA_BUCKERY - @rachel16 - @savannah1 - @chris7 - @berlin1 - @Bernadette_St_Onge - @chere1 - @jessica14 - @robyn13 - @lisa7 - @elizabeth22 - @lisa9 - @stacey - @ksri - @channel - @kelsey - @bea - @fleur - @sabrina3 - @patrick2 - @chasity5 - @angela9 - @alexis2 - @melanie6 - @jess2419 - @janet - @heather23 - @mischele1 - @ana3 - @daphine - @candace1 - @penny - @sarah24 - @stacey1 - @andrea6 - @anthia - @patreaka - @krystal4 - @tiffany16 - @Azalea - @mariunderthesea - @leonor - @nakia - @nancy2 - @rebecca9 - @lindsay8 - @joni3 - @lisa12 - @kristal1 - @caitlin12 - @larry3 - @abby - @Kyrstyn

If you haven’t done so already, please get started by creating a new topic in Introductions. Feel free to share a bit about who you are and your journey into practicing magick, or simply say a quick hello- we’d love to meet you! :wave: :heart:

Wishing you a very warm welcome to the forum! :hugs:

Special Shout-Outs :loudspeaker:

Forum Activity

Each week, those who share the most posts and give the most hearts receive a shout-out and thank you for their contributions.

Shout-outs from this past week go to:

  • @Devenne - for sharing the most posts :writing_hand: (on a three-week streak!)

  • @TracyS - for giving out the most hearts :heart:

Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and inspiration through posts and your love and support through hearts- your time here helping the coven is greatly appreciated! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

:trophy: After a three-week streak of being featured in the weekly shout-outs, @Devenne has received a special badge for their contributions to the forum- woohoo! :confetti_ball::two_hearts:

Click here to learn more about Activity Shout-Out Rewards

Anyone who earns a shout-out for three weeks in a row is awarded the special MMM badge (and will not be counted in Activity shout-outs again for a two-month rest period- this is so that others will have a chance to earn the badge too!) .

The legends who have won the MMM badge 5 times will no longer be counted- they have earned their place in the Forum Hall of Fame ! :trophy:

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And Thank YOU! :index_pointing_at_the_viewer:

We’d also like to say a very big thank you to all members of Spells8 :infinite_roots:

Your contributions and presence here help to make this a welcoming and supportive place for solitary witches all around the world. Thanks for being a part- Spells8 can’t exist without you! :hugs::sparkling_heart:

Blessed Sabbat! :tada: What solstice magick will you be working this week? :sun_with_face:

Whether it’s magickal or mundane, feel free to share your plans for the week, chat about upcoming spellwork, or give a shout-out to your fellow coven members in the comments below.

Blessed be! :evergreen_tree: :sparkles:


Happy Monday/Tuesday all! :black_heart:

I’m here to rig a vote. Sorry. :see_no_evil:

If you would like to see the book of Georgia’s that started it all for her, vote “YES” here:

Do it. Dooooo iiiiiit. We only need a few more. :grin:

Thank you. :black_heart:


Voted. Can I vote again, would love to see it. :green_heart:

Well done @Devenne , fabulous :green_heart: and thankyou @BryWisteria for the shout out (used those extra :sparkling_heart:s, yeah :grin:).

Busy week, been enjoying the time with Loki, it’s been very relaxing to spend time with just one deity :grin:. Getting all ready for the holidays now :snowman::christmas_tree:

How are you all? Hopefully getting over the colds? :green_heart: and how’s the move going @starborn? Hope you like your new place. :green_heart:

Wishing everyone a positive week :sparkling_heart:


@tracyS thankyou lovely

@BryWisteria Thankyou for the lovely new badge :name_badge: :fire:


Congratulations @Devenne & @tracyS :partying_face: :dancing_women: :tada: Thank you for all the posts you shared with us, Devenne :hugs: and thank you, Tracy, for sharing so much love :silver_heart: It’s a blessing to have you lovely witches here with us! :people_hugging:

Wishing everyone a Blessed Sabbat :sparkles: :christmas_tree:** :star2:

With love :heart: and magick :dizzy: always


Hello, everyone! Welcome! I hope you like it here! We’d love to get to know you!

Congratulations! Well deserved. :sparkling_heart:

LOL! Ooh! I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. Too long.

You REALLY want this, don’t you?!? Well, just for you, then, since you had trouble reading my handwriting… It’s typed!

Actually, I had it published in 2013 with an ego publisher. No sales because I didn’t have an email account. Three copies were made. One copy went to my mother, who gave it away, never to be seen again; one to a hoarder- who knows what shape it’s in or where it could be found; and one to a friend who has since disappeared. I don’t think any of them were actually read.

It counts in my heart!


@tracyS congratulations :tada::tada::tada::tada: you


Congratulations :tada:

@Devenne for the shout-out & the shiny new badge!
@tracyS for your shout-out too!

Wonderful job & thank you for all of your contributions to coven :infinite_roots:

My next stop is my Challenge Entry for the Candle :candle: Divination. I had an interesting experience with a black candle for protection! :hugs:

This week, the only appointment I have is on Wednesday! :confetti_ball: I’m so excited only to have 1 appointment this week :laughing: That hasn’t happened in at least a few weeks! :blush:

I hope everyone is off to a great start this week! We are currently having a storm with a lot of off & on downpours with very high winds. I went into my backyard & there were items from neighboring yards back there! I couldn’t tell which things came from whom rofl: We are also having issues with fallen branches & parts of trees, cell phones, and wifi services. So it’s a bit of a day here. :face_with_hand_over_mouth: It’s not very cold though, a bit mild to us. Still, quite the stormy day.

@tracyS I’m feeling a lot better. Still a little tired & have been told not to try to do everything all at once for at least the rest of the week. But so much better! :partying_face: That was a longer-than-necessary illness that could have been avoided, too. But it’s over now & it’s time for things to get headed in the right direction. :revolving_hearts:


@Susurrus I’m happy to hear that. :green_heart:


I’m learning! :laughing:

I also have a recipe book passed down from my great-great-grandmother that I’m trying to learn to read as well. And trying to not damage in the process, it’s kind of falling apart…

Ooh. :astonished: I can be lazy with this one! :laughing: :black_heart:

If I print them out and bind them, does that count as publishing them? :thinking:

Yay! :partying_face:


Thank you, @tracyS & @starborn :blush: It’s nice to feel back to myself if even a little bit. My head isn’t all stuffed, congested, & foggy-brained anymore. So that feels great, too! :revolving_hearts:


Congratulations, @Devenne and @tracyS! Look at y’all, keeping the community going! Thank you! LOL!

It’s snowing six to ten inches here tonight, or at least it’s supposed to. I hope the weather nitwits are wrong because I need to go to the doctor tomorrow. I need to go because I canceled last week. So yeah, I’m hoping it’s not as bad as they say it will be.

Other than that, and getting some mushrooms in, I think I’m ready for the Solstice! I’m having lasagna. Yum. I’m going to try staying up all night too, we’ll see how that goes. I might just end up sleeping all day. LOL!

Hope everyone has a good week! Blessed Solstice!


That’s a treasure. Do they use “a pinch” and “throw in a handful” or is it real measurements so far? Around here, the great elders didn’t use exact measuring, so no one really knows how to replicate it.

I think that’s what they call self publishing.

Celebrate! Celebrate! Dance to the muusic.

Happy Yuletide, everyone!:gift_heart::gift_heart::gift::gift:


Thankyou @Amethyst appreciate it. Mmmm love lasagna :heart_eyes:


A lot of this. Which is great, because I cook the same. :laughing: I never use exact measurements, and it’s difficult trying to explain to my partner how I cooked something.

Them: How much X do you use?
Me: I don’t know. Enough?
Them: What does that mean??

Oh gosh, how will I ever share my own recipes. :laughing:

But if the book is by you, then I’m your new publisher. :point_right::sunglasses::point_right:

Don’t mind me. I’m just being silly. :laughing:


I only do it once a year to make it special. That and cheese is expensive. LOL!


Thank you. I am honored. :gift_heart::sparkling_heart:

If you’re serious, we can set something up. I know I’m not good at all this, so I need all the help I can get. I don’t dare get paid until I’m off disability, so the proceeds will go straight back into the company, but that also means I can’t help much with startup. I’ll do what I can, though, just let me know.

I know you’re busy with your own life. No pressure. If it happens, it was Meant to; if not, I’m satisfied with how far I have come.


Update to the MMM :

This week’s group ritual is now live in the forum!

For more details, you can visit the full post by clicking the picture and/or link below (a gentle reminder to please log in so that you can access content in A Sacred Space - thank you!)

solstice tea blessing

(Group Ritual - Dec 21) :evergreen_tree: Solstice Tea Blessing

December is flying by and the holidays are upon us! Our weekly tea ritual falls right upon the Winter Solstice (Summer Solstice for friends in the Southern Hemisphere) this week.

To mark the solstice, come gather with your Coven and celebrate the holiday together with a shared cup of tea and positive energy :heart:

Solstice blessings to you! :coffee: :sparkles:


I wouldn’t mind looking into how that works for my own personal printing purposes as well. :smile: I’ll see what I can figure out when I get a chance.