hekat

requiem

within this sacrificed fidelity, on a day that is not day
and a night that is not night. gusts of air sweep down
from the rafters of the abandoned church,
life is not a death,
as death is not a life.

on limestone altar, once a year, we wander, unbound
cardinal virtues, Hekate coaxing with her bloodless hands,
to move the sealed stone, so frigid
open the tomb, so porcine
beseeching manuscripts and Acts of the Faithless.

we will never pass this way again,
independent of each other, you could have been my greatest critic,
a crow at the window says so,
we will never pass this way, again.

now the dead have come to claim you as one of their own,
glide and shimmer, into the cerebellum, fueled with flux
an abandoned birds nest. mounting as both the alpha and omega.

I was there, as a witness, to the blaring emergency
lights, as a god, you tore down electricity wires
for 6 hours, depriving the city of light and power.
we shall ask each other and who are you, to not cry,
born of slavery and then swaddled in chains strung as gallows
and tear drops become small mirrors to hang from the blessed tree.

we will never pass this way again,
what is written here, does not say what is in my heart
as I will always be digging for you in yellow time and dirt,
life goes on formatting memory stars, into grains of salt
to press into scabbed wounds,
in the center of all of our lives. -Letters to the Dead series

Witchy Tip #2

This tip is so important that I’ve tagged it as both Witchy Tip and Spellcraft 101.

GROUND YOUR SPELLS.

I used to think I was just a shitty witch cuz all my spells took so long - making me question whether what I considered “results” were manifestations of spellwork or coincidence. This was until just very recently. I did a spell on the 30th, and it manifested as early as the 2nd. To add to that, this spell was a one-shot working, which I don’t believe in (I believe in repeating spellwork until they manifest, and that once is almost never enough). This is tremendous progress from taking MONTHS before seeing a spell come to reality.

This, of course, made me question what in the spell was so special and so right that I went from Bonnie Bennett to Fiona Goode. Simple: I grounded my spell.


How:

  1. Finish your whole spell. Raise energy, finish chanting, boil this, cut that, sacrifice this, eat this baby, etc.
  2. Have a complete grasp of the spell in the astral. Your spell at the moment is like a really dense cloud of energy and power. Have a full mental grasp of that entire abstract “cloud”. It may or may not look like an actual cloud - it’s just an analogy.
  3. Pull and drag it down into the physical plane. I clenched my fist - grasping the spell - and pulled downward towards myself. Feel that you are dragging the whole spell into manifestation into your reality.
  4. Feel that you are living in your spell. You’ve already dragged it down from the astral and into reality. Congratulations. Congratulate yourself. Feel the reality you live in as being the spell you’ve envisioned and cast.

Why:

For Step 1: You have to finish a spell before grounding it because what you’ll be grounding is the spell you’ve finished. I think this should be simple enough.

For Step 2: Mentally grasping the spell is like throwing a net. You have to be specific with what you’re dragging into manifestation. You also wanna make sure that you’ve covered everything that you want to manifest.

For Step 3: Like I’ve mentioned earlier, spells are really just dense clouds that linger on the astral when they’ve been cast. They’ll find their way into manifesting eventually somehow, but you can be the agent of that manifestation. By pulling astral matter into physical existence, you’ve effectively manifested your own magick. The whole point of magick is to bring your thoughts to manifest into the physical world. Dragging them into the physical with your power and skill through this method does that.

For Step 4: There’s two ways of looking at this. By dragging a spell into the physical, you would, of course, feel as though you’re living in it. You’re living within the manifested reality that you’ve worked magickally to come to be. Step 4 is almost a knee-jerk reaction to Step 3; you would feel a spell if you pull it into the physical.

The Law of Attraction also talks about putting yourself in the disposition of receiving that which you want. This doesn’t only go for the positive, but also for the negative. If you believe that you will fail, you will think as though you’ve failed, act as though you’ve failed, and effectively become a failure. By mentally living “inside your spell”, so to speak. So, by living your spell, you bring it into manifestation by syncing your mundane actions with your magickal work.

“No wonder you can’t do it; you acquiesce to defeat before you even begin.“ -Pai Mei


I wish to praise Hekate through this post.

Of Myth and Legend → Hecate

Hecate is the Greek goddess of the crossroads. She is most often depicted as having three heads; one of a dog, one of a snake and one of a horse. She is usually seen with two ghost hounds that were said to serve her. Hecate is most often mispercepted as the goddess of witchcraft or evil, but she did some very good things in her time. One such deed was when she rescued Persephone, (Demeter’s daughter, the queen of the Underworld and the maiden of spring), from the Underworld. Hecate is said to haunt a three-way crossroad, each of her heads facing in a certain direction. She is said to appear when the ebony moon shines. (x)

How to dress store bought candles.

For those of you that don’t make your own candles you can still do something a little special for the store bought ones.

I get my 7 day candles from the 99cent store. Before using them for any spell work you need to make sure that you clean and cleanse them. I like to make a solution of salt, water and lemon essential oil spray it on a cloth and clean the glass and the top of the candle. This part is extremely important. You don’t want some 99 cent store workers energy on the candle not forgetting all the 100′s of people that might have picked it up and put it back :-p 

The candles that I made today are to be used on my altar for Hekate. This candle is pretty basic. If I was doing a spell candle I would write names, actions or something like that on the glass.

Remember, while you are dressing your candle concentrate on your intention for the candle. Thinking about what you’re gonna cook for dinner while making it will tarnish the affect.

What you need

  • Candles
  • Oils (I’m using homemade Hekate oil)
  • Screw or stick (For the holes)
  • Herbs
  • Cotton swab

Step one

Clean your candles and tools

Step Two

Take the screw or stick and pierce holes into the top of the candle. I use a pretty big screw so that I can go all the way down to the bottom of the candle.

Step Three 

Use a dropper to put one drop of oil into the hole. Then use the cotton swab to spread the oil through-out by dipping it in the hole. 

*If you don’t have a dropper you can cover the tip of the cotton swab and coat the inside that way*

*When working with oils, Less is more. The first time I ever used oil on a candle I covered the top with tons of it and it set on fire lol. So be careful!!!*

Step Four

Place small amounts of your chosen herbs over the holes and then use the cotton swab to push them inside. You can add as much of the herbs as you wish, it’s just easier to push down if you do small amounts at a time. I have in the past put small chip crystals down the holes too.

*Some witches add a layer of herbs to the top of the candle. I don’t do that with these ones because I leave them burning for a while and I don’t want the herbs to catch fire while I’m in another room*

Step Five

Once you have finished your candle it’s time to activate it. Some people write a spell or a blessing to say as they light it. Others say their intent for the candle out loud. Find the right way for you.

For this candle I say a little prayer (that I wrote) to Hekate and let her know that these candles are dedicated to her.

Thank you for reading

Brighest Blessings

Rachael-Elizabeth

xx

excuse my ignorance, but can anyone tell me why keys are associated with Hecate? I have my speculation but I’m not entirely positive and I’d love to hear other opinions or experiences.

Thanks!

edit - this is randomly getting a lot of notes and reblogs. Does anyone know the artist on this piece? I have it saved from forever ago and have no idea. Thanks!

edit edit - by Glyn Smyth I think!

                                GODDESS OF
                       MAGIC, CROSSROADS, & GHOSTS
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LADIES OF MYTHOLOGY

i. hecate, goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night and moon, ghosts and necromancy. she was the only child of the titanes, perses and asteria, from whom she received her power over heaven, earth and sea. she is usually depicted as a woman holding twin torches and often in triple form as a goddess of crossroads. the animals associated with her are the black she-dog and the polecat.

                       ₪₪ M O D E R N   O L Y M P I A N S ₪₪

                                                       h e c a t e

hekate · goddess of magic and witchcraft

Hekate was the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy. She was the only child of the Titanes Perses and Asteria from whom she received her power over heaven, earth, and sea. Hekate assisted Demeter in her search for Persephone, guiding her through the night with flaming torches. After the mother-daughter reunion became she Persephone’s minister and companion in Haides. Hekate was usually depicted in Greek vase painting as a woman holding twin torches. Sometimes she was dressed in a knee-length maiden’s skirt and hunting boots, much like Artemis. In statuary Hekate was often depicted in triple form as a goddess of crossroads.

“Among devotees of the Goddess, many Goddess figures are known as "dark Goddesses.” These are the ones who represent forces of death, destruction, war, and chaos. Some examples include the Indian Goddess Kali Ma, a warrior Goddess with a knack for killing demons; Circe, a Greek Goddess who made a sport out of turning men into swine and other beasts; and the Morrigan, an Irish deity who governed war and battle as well as sex and death.

These dark Goddesses look and sound scary, but there’s an important lesson in them. Almost all of the dark Goddesses, in addition to representing forces of destruction and death, also carry more life-affirming powers: powers of sex and regeneration, of transformation and rebirth, of renewal in some significant way. In other words, the dark Goddesses teach us that every ending leads to a new beginning. They remind us that we all have powers of destruction inside ourselves - powers that we should use for good. In other words, powers to destroy what needs to go and thereby create room for something new and positive to take its place.“

- Carl McColman
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Paganism
http://amzn.to/14G6hb4

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