Merry Meet Monday - Witchy News of the Week! (Jan 22 - 28) 🌕

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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[ [ Group Healing Session :handshake: ] ]

Energy Exchange Circle Jan 2024

Wednesday, January 24 at 3:00 PM 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 is the final of four healing sessions this month.

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

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


Thursday, January 25

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 Wolf Moon :wolf:, named after the hardy wolves whose howls bring music to the cold, barren nights of winter in the Northern Hesmiperhere at this time of year.

Not sure what to cast? Feel free to check out the Full Wolf Moon Ritual :full_moon: and find more spell suggestions for this moon in Full Wolf Moon in Leo - January 2024 :wolf: .


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: ] ]

Imbolc Sabbat Season

Thursday, January 25

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 - Jan 25) :wolf: A Cup for the Full Wolf Moon

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

Weekend Divination with Megan Black

Friday, January 26

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.

[ [ Witchy Holiday Heads Up :eyes:] ]

Sabbats - MMM

Wednesday, January 31st - Thursday, February 1st *

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

Heads up, witches! Not this week but next, get ready for a Sabbat and pagan holiday celebration. Those in the Northern Hemisphere will enjoy the Sabbat Imbolc :candle:


At the same time, friends in the Southern Hemisphere will enjoy the Sabbat Lammas :ear_of_rice:


Keep an eye out for celebration suggestions and more holiday info in next week’s Merry Meet Monday post! You can also stop by Imbolg & Lúnasa 2024 :tada: Coven Celebrations to pick up some great magickal ideas and/or share your personal celebrations with the forum family :infinite_roots: :sparkles:

To learn more about the main pagan holidays and 8 Sabbats of the year, feel free to explore the Pagan Wheel of the Year :wheel:

[ [ 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: Lucky Charms & Luck Magick :four_leaf_clover:

Luck Magick 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, January 23 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 Wednesday, January 31 .

Thanks for spreading the love! :heart:

[ [ Energy Reports :dizzy: ] ]

Mystic Magick January

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 Wednesday, January 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 Wednesday, January 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, 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:

@sweeta - @michal1 - @peter5 - @DeeMarie100596 - @anastasia2 - @mary7 - @cynthia7 - @salim - @erica4 - @shanna6 - @rebecca - @samantha20 - @destiny - @onieta - @charlotte1 - @tonya3 - @michael8 - @sky - @hadil1 - @mary9 - @crystal25 - @morgan8 - @kimberlee1 - @shanaa - @amber19 - @ashley22 - @Calibchbab3 - @trisha - @shemeka - @jasmine1 - @kayla16 - @keera - @judy4 - @laura11 - @emily12 - @torreya - @Fiona11 - @cynthia8 - @tia1 - @faren - @kristin3 - @laura12 - @kelly19 - @Mystique - @yuri1 - @amandainink - @kristy3 - @vanessa1 - @franziska - @Shandar - @victoria9 - @gulnur - @marcy2 - @teri3 - @tee2 - @angie2 - @trinity3 - @julie11 - @jennifer46 - @jill12 - @alicia4 - @jamie52 - @genevieve - @KileeBay - @adrienne5 - @monika2 - @mey - @lisa17 - @melanie7 - @sarah5 - @CjHonza - @bianca - @michael11 - @tammy8 - @michelle23 - @nicole12 - @lynnea - @linda27 - @russell2 - @ashley23

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:

  • @Sivonnah - for sharing the most hearts and posts :writing_hand: :heart: (on a two-week shout-out 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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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 magick for the Wolf Moon? :wolf: What are you planning for next week’s Sabbat? :candle:

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:


Congratulations @Sivonnah that’s fantastic :green_heart:
My week has started surprisingly smoothly, all the damage from the water pipe leak is now fixed. So we’ll see what mischief my beastie has in store for me, at least it makes me laugh through these dark cold January days.
Looking forward to the Wolf moon ritual.:wolf:
May you all have a blessed week :green_heart:


Congrats @Sivonnah on your shout-out! :heart_decoration:

This week here in the Midwest, we just had freezing rain and now a deep freeze over a couple of inches of snow, so everything is a sheet of ice. Not really pleasant. It should warm a bit later in the week into the high 30s and low 40s (wow!) to melt some of it. I love the snow, but ice, not so much. :ice_cube:

I’m excited to continue on my book: Weave the Liminal in the next book club!

I’m looking at doing this for the Wolf Moon this Thursday:

But I probably won’t do the group “howling at the moon” because you know … neighbors. :laughing:


Congrats :partying_face: :tada: :sparkling_heart: @Sivonnah You are awesome! Thank you for all you do!

Hello all,

I truly hope that everyone had a better week than I did… I mentioned last week, that I was feeding a friendly stray cat. I took him to the vet last Thursday. His test results were dire, and the vet recommended euthanasia :sob: I only had him for a short time, but I was already attached… it’s been a difficult week for me.

Time is not only flying by… it is becoming elusive! Is anyone else feeling this? Anyway, hoping for a more peaceful and calm week…

With love :revolving_hearts: always


I’m so sorry @marsha :cat: :cat2: I’m sure he was loved while you took care of him. :love_letter:


Oh nooooo :crying_cat_face: I am so sorry. I know if hurts but you did the best you could for him and the right thing for him. His life would have been much harder without you. :people_hugging:


@BlueAngelite Keep warm and safe. We’ve just gone through our freeze in Bristol, now it’s howling winds and rain, nature is very upset I feel.

Howl if you want, I may howl too as I get drenched in Thor’s rain cloud, again! :joy:
@marsha So sorry about your little cat, that hurts :cry: sending love. I agree with the time thing, moving very fast for me too :sparkling_heart:


Just wanted to say Happy Birthday! to you, @Artemisia :birthday: :partying_face:


One year, Mom took me camping for my birthday. Astronomers had gathered for the meteor shower. As we were heading for our tent, I noticed a beautiful full moon rising, so I howled at it. After we settled in, we heard the rangers drive by. Mom suggested a neighbor called them to look for the wolf in the campground!

I’m sorry for your loss, dear.
You were probably the bright spot in his life. Bless you for the peace and joy you were able to give him.

I noticed the opposite, the other day. It seemed like time was slowing so I could get a lot done… which made time seem to speed by. I had the feeling I was the one in super fast motion in comparison with the rest of the world, like someone put slow motion film into the camera of life and focused on me for some reason.

I rediscovered a food reaction, this past weekend. Eating Alfredo makes my mind fuzzy- has for quite some time. Hadn’t had any for quite some time, so I ate some Saturday night. Sunday, I was downright monstrous. All Alfredo from my cupboards is now packed for the free table. I never thought food could do such a thing to a person! If it had continued, it seems like it would have resulted in dementia. Happily, the effects have eased enough for me to see clearly and I feel much healthier, though I know the food isn’t completely out of my system, yet. Please consider food reactions in your own lives?


YAY @Sivonnah! You get double the love today! Congratulations!

I’m sorry about the stray you found, @marsha. At least he was warm and taken care of at the end. You made a difference for him.

It’s over 32 today! I’m shocked! It is supposed to be warmer this week and I’m hoping the snow will melt in the parking lot before I go out on Wednesday. Fingers crossed!

Have a good week everyone!


Congratulations :confetti_ball: @Sivonnah for the double shoutout this week :tada:

@marsha I’m sorry your loss :people_hugging: I’m sure for your new friend that you made his life much more comforting :people_hugging:

@BlueAngelite stay warm! We have had some really out of pocket weather for us, more recently snow :snowflake: that then froze over, frigid temperatures, & biting winds. Stay safe with the snow & deep freeze :revolving_hearts:

I have a very busy & hectic week with appointments for my daughter & myself :face_exhaling: At least 2 somethings each day with a possibility of no appointments Thursday… :crossed_fingers:

I hope that everyone has had a great start to their week! I will be in & out as I can & updating the Flame if possible during the downtimes. :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:


Congratulations on the shout out and thank you for all the love and hard work you put into this forum!!

I was just not feeling today as I didn’t sleep well at all last night from lingering back pain from driving home from our trip. Getting old is for the birds :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

I had lots of things I needed to do today but didn’t.

I did Full Wolf Moon yoga

so the day wasn’t a total wash :laughing:


Welcome to all the new members. Congratulations @Sivonnah !!!

:star_struck: :star_struck: :star_struck: :star_struck: :star_struck:


Omg! :blush: You all make it so easy! :infinite_roots: I love you all! :purple_heart::people_hugging::blush:


@marsha I’m so sorry about your little kitty. :pensive: I’m sure you were his bright spot. :heart:
Yes, time is elusive. I feel so much has gotten in the way this month that I’ve gotten nothing done!

@georgia I hope you’re feeling better :heartbeat:


I hope your appointments go smoothly and you’re able to take time for yourself!


Thank you, dear. I’m at the point of questioning everything. Just another phase in the healing process.

May everything go fine as frog’s hair for you and your daughter! :revolving_hearts:

I heartily agree! Glad you got some good stretches in.


Welcome to all the new members! the witch family is growing! :pentagram: :pentagram:
Congratulations @Sivonnah !!! :heart_eyes: :heart_eyes:


I did get to make my daughter laugh right before she was called. Which is always a good time when she laughs so hard her cheeks turn pink & she doubles over. It helped ease her mind. So that was good :hugs:

I’m currently trying wrap my head around all the different things her & I have had going on the last few days with appointments. So taking a break right now, then I hope to be in the forum a little bit tonight.

I have an appointment tomorrow AM, its normally at 9:30 AM, but I was told that time may change for tomorrow. So we’ll see how this goes :laughing: