Merry Meet Monday - Witchy News of the Week (Dec 25 - 31) 🌕

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


[ [ Moon Phase: Full Moon :full_moon: ] ]

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Tuesday, December 26

This week, the skies will shine with the beauty of a full moon. The exact time of peak illumination will depend on your location.

This moon is called the Full Cold Moon :blue_heart: as it comes around the time of the winter solstice and the official start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

Not sure what to cast? Feel free to check out the Full Cold Moon Ritual :full_moon: . Have a blessed full moon!

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While each moon has its own unique qualities, every full moon is a celebrated time when the energy of the moon is at its most powerful. Now is a wonderful time to charge, cleanse, and absorb the potent energies of the moon.

For additional full moon inspiration, visit What to Do During the Full Moon :full_moon_with_face:

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 28

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.


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

Weekend Divination with Megan Black

Friday, December 29

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: Magick of Light :bulb:

Light Magick 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 26 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 !

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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: ] ]

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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:

@nancy12 - @samantha17 - @rebecca10 - @kevin3 - @kathryn2 - @monique1 - @kenneth - @jamie49 - @brianna8 - @casey1 - @marie2 - @linda25 - @daniel3 - @staceykaye - @BoredHuman1.Zer0nes - @liz - @cynthia5 - @catherine2 - @daisy8 - @michelle17 - @jake - @jalen - @nikki3 - @mackkenzie-dawn - @ali1 - @lisa14 - @Kristen_Northcutt - @raven14 - @ashlie - @lucy - @masha - @elise2 - @toni_eclectia - @adrienne1 - @jessika6 - @lexie - @konstantina - @crystal21 - @shakita - @christopher7 - @rebecca13 - @rachel18 - @jenniffer - @jessica15 - @billie - @matthew1 - @eileen5 - @j11 - @mari - @linda26 - @bailey1 - @waraporn - @angelique3 - @BlueAngelite - @erica3 - @dyastine - @samantha18 - @jessy2 - @kelly16 - @catherine3

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:

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:

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:



Blessings of the season! Did you enjoy the solstice? :sun: Will you be celebrating any other holidays this week and into next? :star2:

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! :full_moon: :sparkles:

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Congratulations @georgia and @Sivonnah!

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Congratulations @georgia and @Sivonnah . Yeay. :sparkling_heart::partying_face:

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Congratulations to @georgia and @Sivonnah! You make this place merry and bright!

Happy Full Moon everyone! I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday weekend and is looking forward to New Year’s. I had too much chocolate pie and carbs so it was very good for the most part except for my blood sugar. LOL! Great for my tummy though.

Hope you all have a good week!

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Welcome everyone! I hope you like it here.

Congratulations! Your love is much appreciated. We :heartpulse: you, too!

Thank you to everyone for your support and time.

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Congratulations to @georgia n @Sivonnah . Happy holidays :christmas_tree:

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Look what I found. Merry Christmas to me.



@Devenne your cat is beautiful!

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Congratulations, you two! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:


I’m looking forward to the Full Moon this week so I can kick off life in my house. It needs to be cleansed, I have some goals to set up, and I have some spirits to say hello to. We went to the river yesterday. It wasn’t so much a hello, nice to meet you type of visit for me. It was more of a… I need to see the area and familiarize myself with it first.

While we don’t currently have snow on the ground, there is ice on the shore of the river. It was too busy for me yesterday to get a feel for the energy of the area. I was too focused on walking around with my family and our reactive dog (she’s 9 months old but very anxious and excited) – I will go back soon to make proper introductions.

I also found a spot in my backyard that would make a great outdoor altar space for giving offerings. I need to meditate and meet the spirits of the area first, but I think it’ll be a great spot!

It’s a place where several trees meet and grow out of the ground creating a sort of hidden circle of trees!

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@MeganB It all looks so lovely :green_heart:

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That will make a beautiful altar!

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It’s a very beautiful place, @tracyS :heart: I have to remember, too, that it’s a dangerous river. It’s not just a beautiful, serene place. This river is old and feels very timeless. Just last week, this happened a few miles from my town. Luckily, my town wasn’t hit this bad, but still…


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I hope so, @Ostara :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: I can’t wait to sit out there with a candle and some offerings!

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@MeganB oh my. That’s bad. I hope the people are ok. :green_heart:

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It looks like you’ve moved to a beautiful area, @MeganB! And the base of that tree will be perfect for you! I hope everyone is safe from the flooding.

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I too am looking forward to the Full Cold Moon. I plan on gathering moon water to use in future spells and doing the Full Cold Moon Ritual: December Full Moon Magic: Water & Candle Ritual – Spells8

I’ve been working through the Spellcasting 101 course and am on the Altar lesson: Your First Pagan Altar: Basic Layout and Ideas – Spells8

I’ve always had an ancestor altar in my home office. But this lesson motivated me to finally put together my first formal altar (instead of just grabbing stuff and doing spells in random places).

I inherited a small wooden rolling cart and embroidered cloth from my grandmother in France, and chose to use this piece of furniture for my altar because of the connection to my family, the size, and its ability to roll. The altar cloth was already there, not pagan, but oh well. I added some Yule related natural objects from the yard - pine needles and pinecones. The statue on the left is a Chinese guardian lion dog, a female with her cub. I had a white candle (multi-purpose) at the center and candle holder to the right with black candle in it (for protection). The blue design plate is a wolf with a celtic cross pattern that is intended for you to trace with your finger to calm yourself. The two jars, one blue has moon water, the red has sea salt. The stones: Black onyx: protection, Blue angelite: spiritual communication, Selenite wand: peace.

I pulled an oracle card focused on my new altar and it is displayed: Give Love (from the Everyday Witch Oracle). The main thing I’m missing right now is a stick incense stand. I’ve just held the stick incense as they burn and then put them out in a plant to snuff them. Any tips for good incense stands?

I have the altar located in what I call my solarium. It’s really just a sunroom, but I like the word solarium! And the reason it works great for spellwork is that the windows can be opened for cross ventilation for smoke (when it’s not super cold) and there is no smoke detector in there and there is a ceiling fan.

This card I pulled reminds me that life is short and that I need to give the love I feel today. So I want to give love back by appreciating this warm and welcoming community. Thank you. :heart:
Hope everyone has a great week and enjoys the full moon tomorrow.

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If it’s the cold moon there, does that mean it’s a hot moon here? :laughing:

Congratulations, @georgia and @Sivonnah!

@MeganB What a beautiful area! :heart_eyes: And your newfound outdoor altar area also looks wonderful.

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The clouds this afternoon look like a long serpent-headed boat. :black_heart:

@tracyS Are you and Loki sailing by?

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@starborn It looks like Jormungandr. That’s awesome :green_heart:

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@BlueAngelite the cart makes a beautiful altar, and the cloth is beautiful too!

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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!)

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(Group Ritual - Dec 28) :dizzy: New Year’s Welcoming Ritual

The days of Yule continue to fly by and 2023 is quickly reaching its end- the clock is ticking and we sit right on the edge this week. Changing the calendar influences not only our social lives but also marks a great mental and emotional shift as well :spiral_calendar:

We’re about to leap into a brand new calendar year- so don’t jump blindly! Now is a great time to prepare and lay a foundation for what is soon to come :sunrise: Join your Coven in this annual ritual as we welcome in the New Year!

Until then- cheers, Infinite Roots! :star2: :coffee:

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