Merry Meet Monday - Witchy News of the Week! (Feb 5 - 11) 🌑

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!


[ [ Group Healing Session :handshake: ] ]

EEC February 2024

Tuesday, February 6 at 11:00 AM ET

Join a group healing circle to support those who are going through hard times this month. Microphones and cameras will be turned off during this one-hour open space, and coven members are welcome to come and go as they please. This will be the second of five healing sessions in February.

For more information about the Energy Exchange Circle, please see the section below in Ongoing Activities or visit the Energy Exchange.


[ [ Group Ritual :infinite_roots: ] ]

Imbolc Sabbat Season

Thursday, February 8

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.

UPDATE: This week’s group ritual post has arrived! Feel free to view the ritual here:

(Group Ritual - Feb 8) :chocolate_bar: Chocolate Love Blessing


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

Weekend Divination with Megan Black

Friday, February 9

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.


[ [ Moon Phase: New Moon :new_moon: ] ]

New-Moon-Spells

Friday, February 9

This week we will be blessed by the presence of a New Moon. The exact time of the peak of this moon phase will depend on your location :telescope:

While many witches see the New Moon as a time of rest and reflection, others choose to cast magick spells specific to this phase of the moon cycle.

New-Moon-Manifestations

You can learn more about the symbolism, traditions, and best-suited spellwork for this moon phase in the New Moon Rituals Guide :new_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:


[ [ Additional Events of Interest :mag: ] ]

Other Events - MMM

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

Stay on top of witchy news by printing or downloading the NEW 2024 Pagan Holiday Calendar and adding the Spells8 Forum Events Calendar 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 three times a week :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 in Movement :man_dancing:

Magick of Movement Exercise 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, February 6 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, February 16 .

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 XXXIV - 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 Thursday, February 29 .

Thanks for spreading the love! :heart:


[ [ 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 Thursday, February 29.


[ [ 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, March 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:

@qadesh - @anita1 - @Ieuan.Lestyn - @rachel20 - @gory - @lorna2 - @lori3 - @chantel3 - @michelle24 - @rayne1 - @melissa22 - @corvin - @andrew7 - @deana2 - @heather32 - @yvette - @sarah-louise - @jake1 - @kathleen3 - @jovanna - @queen - @emma1 - @elizabeth59 - @gory1 - @michael17 - @tammie10 - @brandy27 - @victoria12 - @dina - @danielle12 - @Xochitl - @guadalupe1 - @styx1 - @katy2 - @goldie - @kristina3 - @patricia3 - @deborah4 - @kayla17 - @cecelia - @peter6 - @michael18 - @ElektraViolette - @misti1 - @beth4 - @katerina - @lolita - @brandi9 - @aleks1 - @rhonda1 - @tamara2 - @dorinda - @MarieK - @brandie - @jamie53 - @erik - @tabitha2 - @chasity12 - @jenn2 - @victoria14 - @amy21 - @brian1 - @jennifer48 - @melissa23 - @scotty - @nadine1 - @necia - @marsha4 - @sami1 - @Alisha73 - @michele4

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:

  • @Starborn - for sharing the most hearts and posts :writing_hand: :heart: (on a two-week streak!)

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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Community

Once a month, any member who goes above and beyond for their fellow coven members day after day over the course of the entire previous month receives a Community Shout-Out and a special badge .

Community Awarded users for January 2024 are:

  • @Marsha - for greeting every single new member in their introduction posts and sharing thoughtful bday messages on every Coven member’s bday

  • @Amethyst - for greeting every single new member in their introduction posts

  • @AIRAM - for greeting every single new member in their introduction posts

  • @Artemisia - for greeting every single new member in their introduction posts

  • @Sivonnah - for greeting every single new member in their introduction posts

It takes a lot of dedication to welcome and help fellow coven members feel at home here every day- everything you do is very much appreciated! :heart:

Click here to learn more about Community Shout-Out Rewards

All those who receive a monthly Community Shout-Out are awarded the CCC Badge .

While greeting new folks in Introductions is the primary source for the CCC Shout-Out, other activities and community engagement discussions that require long-term engagement may also be considered when determining eligibility for the Coven Community award, including: all posts from the specified month in Introductions, the Coven Birthday thread, the Daily Draw, Tending the Flame, Daily Energy Reports, and other current activities that involve daily sharing/assisting fellow Coven members

As this is a difficult badge to earn (it takes a lot of dedication to welcome/share messages for fellow coven members every day over the course of the whole month!), there are no limits to how many users can receive this monthly shout-out. This badge is just a small thank you to show appreciation for the daily work these users do to make their fellow coven members feel at home :heart:

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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:



Will you be working any new moon magick or taking a spiritual break this week?

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! :new_moon: :sparkles:

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A huge congrats again to all those who earned a shout-out this week- you went above and beyond, thanks for all that you do! :heart:


Just a note that we will be updating the Community Shout-Out- with such a wonderful influx of new posts and posters in the forum, keeping track of who is posting what where and when has become a very time-consuming process, and I’m always worried I’ll accidentally miss someone’s kind daily contributions to their fellow coven mates!

As such, as of next month we will be retiring the CCC Badge and replacing it with a new badge. The WITCH (Welcoming Into The Coven Hygge) Badge will be given to those who take the time to swing in and say hello to all new folks in the forum over the course of the month. As always, only introduction posts in Introductions will be checked. And- as there sure are a lot of wonderful new faces in the forum these days!- if one post is missed, it won’t count against anyone trying to earn the badge.

The WITCH badge will replace the CCC badge starting next month (March)!


Whether you post a hundred times a day or swing by to visit the forum once a month- thank you all for all you do and for spending time in our Coven space! Infinite Roots is blessed to have you here :heart: :infinite_roots: :blush:

Hope you have a blessed week!

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Congrats to you all! And hope you have a great week.
Work on your The WITCH badge next. :star_struck:

For the new moon this week, I’ve already begun to set some strong goals for me and my dog as a team in my tracking sport. I’ve gotten some positive feedback from one of our tracking instructors that we may be ready to certify, the first step toward being ready to enter in a tracking test. So we are making great progress. Sorry for this to be all dog-related but it’s taken years of practice and training for us to be at this point and I’m very proud and excited. I know my amulet that I consecrated a couple of weeks ago in the good luck challenge has had something to do with it as well since I haven’t really taken it off. :four_leaf_clover:

I’m working on SDC & Imbolc by cleaning, reducing, and decluttering areas of my home little by little throughout this week and next. Thanks to @Artemisia for creating that post for motivation.

And just continuing to read Weave the Liminal for Spells8 Book Club.

The weather is pretty nice here in Illinois. Bright and sunny with a high in the 40s. Great for a walk midday. Enjoy the changing weather in your neck of the woods. Is spring peeking out there? :wilted_flower:

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Congratulations :confetti_ball: :tada: :hugs: @starborn @marsha @Amethyst @AIRAM @Artemisia
YOU ALL ROCK! You all do such a great job making our coven :infinite_roots: to all who join us! :clap: :blush::grin::purple_heart: and making this a space filled with love :heart: :purple_heart::orange_heart::blue_heart::green_heart:

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Oh, I forgot, I love to see the list of new members here! :purple_heart::blush:
We must be doing something right! :grin::blush::hugs:

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@starborn @marsha @Amethyst @AIRAM @Artemisia @Sivonnah :partying_face::green_heart:

@BlueAngelite wishing you all the best with your dog team :green_heart:

My week should be :thinking: curious and curiouser (to quote Alice) Loki has me working on some new chaos skills, so we’ll see :rofl:

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thank you very much!
congratulations to all * @Starborn * @Marsha

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Thank you all, and congratulations to those receiving the community award! :black_heart:

I was trying to catch up on introductions last night, but after however many I did get through, I found I was exhausted and went to sleep. Now I have the dilemma of wondering if I continue or I leave a lot not done and make people think I hate them. :laughing:

I’m kidding. I don’t think they’ll think I hate them. :smile:

… I feel like I’m suffering from word salad this morning. :face_with_spiral_eyes:

Sounds like a plan! :sparkles:

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thank you very much my dear!
you are a great witch! :pentagram: :pentagram: :pentagram:
I admire you! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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Congratulations to everyone! Welcome to the new members.

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In contrast, an hour later one day later:

The rain is cleansing and much needed. And in the lyrics of Rain Down Love:

Let it rain down love, heavenly storm
Just what I’m searching for
Let it rain down love
Can’t touch the ground
Baby just let your love rain down
Make it, just pour
Break it, let it storm

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Yay! Congratulations on the shoutout and thank you for your love and wisdom!

Congrats to those who got the monthly shoutout and for all you wonderful souls do for the forum! :heart:

Starting the week tired, sore, and with sleep-disrupting back pain. Yes I did overdo it (it being everything I did this weekend) and no, I’m not amused that things are harder to bounce back from as I get older/ :unamused:

Anywho… with me taking steps to work more with Hekate this winter, I worked towards and became a member of Sorita d’Este’s Hekate group. With a new moon approaching, I’m also planning on working my way through Keeping her Keys coursework. I’m looking forward to pursuing my studies and working with Hekate more over the winter months. Side note: I did do the 9-day ritual in the Hekateon. While I do adore the book, its art, insight, and rituals, its path was not for me.

I’m also still working my way through my cleaning and decluttering list this week. :sweat_smile:

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@Artemisia @Devenne thank you very much! :pentagram: :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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Well, it’s evening here now. My day happened, I’ll say that :laughing:

:confetti_ball: Congratulations :tada: to:

@starborn for the most hearts :heart: & posts as well as a 2 week streak! :star_struck:
@marsha, @Amethyst, @AIRAM, & @Sivonnah your new Community Badges! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

Thank you for all of you do within the coven :infinite_roots: :heavy_heart_exclamation: :hugs:

I’m trying to think… I have a pretty busy week coming up! Today was something… but then Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday I have appointments to get to… I’m not sure what is happening this weekend. I’m still working on the rest of today at the moment :laughing:

I did make my first smoothie today! I surprised myself that it came out REALLY good too! So that was exciting! Other than that, trying to catch up on rest & sleep. So that’s my challenge for the week :rofl:

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Congratulations to @starborn, @marsha, @AIRAM, @Artemisia, and @Sivonnah! I’m happy for all of you! And thank you everyone for my Shout-Out Award! It makes me happy!

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Congratulations to everyone :tada::confetti_ball:

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Congratulations everyone, good job :clap:

We started putting some Valentine’s Day-ish decorations on our holiday tree, I’ll probably take a picture when I feel satisfied with it. We’re moving across the country next month, so it’ll likely be the last bit of decorating I’ll get to do before we arrive at our destination.

A lot of busy-ness on my end, but I’m trying to settle in further here bit by bit. There’s a lot to take in! I’ll probably just jump in to one new thing at a time.

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@Amethyst @ Kiash @DreamWithin @ Susurrus thank you! the forum is my family :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: :pentagram: :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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Well… it’s Wednesday and I’m just now making it to this thread :joy: so hello and happy Hump Day, friends! :clap: It’s been a wild ride for me this week and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. My house needs attention and it’s making sure it gets it :grimacing: anyway, I look forward to the ritual tomorrow and slowing down this week. :heart:

Congratulations everyone! :partying_face: :tada:

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