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Beginning Witches

When you are beginning to walk on this path, there can be a lot of questions and doubts. 

DO NOT be afraid. As long as you feel good, about what you’re doing the, go ahead and do it. Intuition is superior to knowledge, so always go with your intuition.

MEDITATING : KEY ASPECT OF WITCHCRAFT

Meditation, is fairly easy, but can become boring if you are not in the right mind set.

Sit in a quiet place, either light candles, or play music, use crystals etc.

You can do all the above at the same time and you will have more success.

In order for your magick to work well, you need to know how to connect with your higher self. And that’s the magick of meditation <3

Focus on your breathing and afterwords start paying attention to the symbols you see in your head, as well as sounds, tastes, etc. and write them down in your journal, and google what those things mean so you can answer the questions you need in order for your craft to work.

When casting a spell, meditating on what you want, as if it’s already done.

Epithets: Episkopos

Episkopos: Guardian, One who Watches Over, Overseer: PGM IV 2708-2784.

This turn of phrase was given to Hector, and to many different Gods. They are guardians over oaths and compacts, over the mind. Tutors can be episkopos as well. In Athens, there was an official called episkopos, which was responsible for surveying the vassal states in the League.

The term can also imply success, reaching, and touching.

Athena Episkopos watched over Athens, as Solon (and only Solon) tells us. And yet, he also tells us that Athena did not guard the particulars, and did not stop the breakdown between those who were not fulfilling their obligations.

Plutarch called Pheidias, the man attributed for the construction of the Parthenon, the Overseer of Everything (episkopos panton). He also tells us that Pheidias was the close friend to Perikles and that he was the episkopos over all the social projects that Perikles enacted.

In the Eumenides, we see the Gods discussing the power structure of the household, and Athena declares that the man of the house is the episkopos. Clearly guardianship carries responsibilities.

Hekate Episkopos is found exclusively, so far as we know, in the Greek Magical Papyri. We’ve come to PGM IV 2708-2784 often over the course of these articles. The invocation of the Goddess is chock full of epithets and descriptions, and the power of it washes through the reader. It is little wonder that we find Hekate as Overseer and Guardian here. This particular epithet echoes others that have an earlier provenance. Hekate is not only Episkopos, but she is also Empylios (At the Gate), Epipurgidia (on the Tower), Limenitikos (Of the Harbor), Medousa (Protector), Prodomos (of the Vestibule), and Propylaia (One before the Gate). Each of these titles suggest that Hekate is watching over, guarding the domain in question.

With the arrival of Christianity, episkopos became the title for the bishops in Greek, and the epithet gives its name to the Episcopal Church.

Sources:

Lsj.translatum.gr
Leonardo. “PGM 2708-2784: Invocation of Hekate”, on Voces-Magicae.com: http://voces-magicae.com/2015/08/05/pgm-iv-2708-2784-invocation-of-hekate/
Shakespeare, Brent. “Pastor = Bishop = Elder (Part I),” on ADVindicate: http://advindicate.com/articles/1695

Anhalt, Emily Katz. Solon the Singer: Politics and Poetics, Rowman & Littlefield, 1993.
Crotty, Kevin. Law’s Interior: Legal and Literary Constructions of the Self, Cornell, 2001.
Farenga, Vincent. Citizen and Self in Ancient Greece: Individuals Performing Justice and the Law, Cambridge, 2006.
Lewis, John David. Solon the Thinker: Political Thought in Archaic Athens, A&C, 2013.
Neils, Jenifer. The Parthenon: From Antiquity to the Present, Cambridge, 2005.

Images:

Unknown and Josias Belle. “Athena wearing the aegis,” Sardonyx cameo (late 1st c. BC) mounted in gold by Josias Belle in the 17th c. from the Cabinet des Medailles. Via wikicommons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cameo_Athena_CdM_Babelon17.jpg
“The Triple-Body Goddess Hekate,” at Mezeul National Brukenthal, photo by ChristianChirita, via wikicommons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hekate_IMG_6523demetra1.

Hekate Solitary Ritual

Hekate Solitary Ritual

On the night of the Dark Moon, as late as you can possibly stay awake, stand outside and breathe in the blackness of the night.  It is Hecate’s night, the Crone Goddess has covered you in her blanket and given you the time to consider all those things in your life that you no longer need.  You are safe within the womb of the Dark Goddess.

Consider that which you wish to banish from your life.  Take your time, allow Hecate to guide your thoughts.

When you are ready, and you feel that you know exactly what must be banished turn widdershins to the East. Feel Hecate cleanse your mind of all unhealthy thoughts.

Turn widdershins to the North, feel Hecate cleanse your body of all unhealthy energies.

Turn widdershins to the West, feel Hecate cleanse your emotions of all that is causing you pain.

Turn widdershins to the South, feel Hecate cleanse your Spirit of all that is hindering your spiritual growth.

Breathe in the darkness of the night, breathe in the regenerative power of the Dark Goddess Hecate.  Know that you are cleansed and purified, ready to begin mental, physical, emotional and spiritual growth with the coming of the New Moon.

It is done.  So Mote it Be!

Rowan Morgana  2010
Source:  http://sacredwicca.jigsy.com/solitary-dark-moon-ritual

Thought this might be of interest to some folks.

Michaels the craft store has skeleton keys (in various designs) as well as small wing bowls in their little bargain bins near the checkout. I snagged one of each for altar pieces. Might be nice pieces for a shrine to Hecate and Hermes, respectively?

Best part? They’re 1.50 CDN each. ☺️ I tend to prefer antiques or thrift store finds, but a good deal is impossible to resist.

Greek Mythology | Hecate

Hecate or Hekate is a goddess in Ancient Greek religion and mythology, most often shown holding two torches or a key and in later periods depicted in triple form. She was variously associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, dogs, light, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, ghosts, necromancy, and sorcery. She was one of the main deities worshiped in Athenian households as a protective goddess and one who bestowed prosperity and daily blessings on the family

The first literature mentioning Hecate is the Theogony by Hesiod

Hecate whom Zeus the son of Cronos honored above all. He gave her splendid gifts, to have a share of the earth and the unfruitful sea. She received honor also in starry heaven, and is honored exceedingly by the deathless gods. For to this day, whenever any one of men on earth offers rich sacrifices and prays for favor according to custom, he calls upon Hecate. Great honor comes full easily to him whose prayers the goddess receives favorably, and she bestows wealth upon him; for the power surely is with her. For as many as were born of Earth and Ocean amongst all these she has her due portion. The son of Cronos did her no wrong nor took anything away of all that was her portion among the former Titan gods: but she holds, as the division was at the first from the beginning, privilege both in earth, and in heaven, and in sea.

Name Myth Aesthetic for @eclairer-le-ciel

Hecate: Greek goddess of the three paths, guardian of the household, protector of everything newly born, and the goddess of witchcraft.

A beautiful and powerful goddess in her own right, the Greek    goddess Hecate was the only one of the ancient Titans who Zeus allowed to retain their    authority once the Olympians seized control. Zeus shared with Hecate, and only her, the    awesome power of giving humanity anything she wished (or withholding it if she pleased). x

“Let the powers of Hekate guard every witch through the dark half of this year. Let her swords cut away all ties that bind. Let them strike down all enemies and entities which oppose our highest good. So mote it be.”
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Is She the Crone? Hekate’s Profanation?
The depictions of the Goddess Hekate as being triple formed, which first emerged around the 5th century BCE have gained huge popularity amongst Pagan revivalists, as indeed have her associations with dogs, the underworld, crossroads and ghosts. Although these associations are all indeed true for Hekate, they only provide us with the tiniest possible glimpse into the world of one of the most multifaceted and complex deities of the ancient world.

Sorita D’Este talks about Hekate and the MMC. 

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Arthur Kirkland // Son of Hecate
Hecate or Hekate (/ˈhɛkətiː, ˈhɛkɪt/; Greek Ἑκάτη, Hekátē) is a goddess in Ancient Greek religion and mythology, most often shown holding two torches or a key and in later periods depicted in triple form. She was variously associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, dogs, light, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, ghosts, necromancy, and sorcery. She appears in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter and in Hesiod’s Theogony, where she is promoted strongly as a great goddess. The place of origin of her following is uncertain, but it is thought that she had popular followings in Thrace. She was one of the main deities worshiped in Athenian households as a protective goddess and one who bestowed prosperity and daily blessings on the family. In the post-Christian writings of the Chaldean Oracles (2nd–3rd century CE) she was regarded with (some) rulership over earth, sea and sky, as well as a more universal role as Saviour (Soteira), Mother of Angels and the Cosmic World Soul.


Alfred F. Jones & Matthew Williams // Sons of Jupiter
Jupiter, also Jove (Latin: Iūpiter [ˈjuːpɪtɛr] or Iuppiter [ˈjʊppɪtɛr], gen. Iovis [ˈjɔwɪs]), is the god of sky and thunder and king of the gods in Ancient Roman religion and mythology. Jupiter was the chief deity of Roman state religion throughout the Republican and Imperial eras, until Christianity became the dominant religion of the Empire. In Roman mythology, he negotiates with Numa Pompilius, the second king of Rome, to establish principles of Roman religion such as sacrifice.Jupiter is usually thought to have originated as a sky god. His identifying implement is the thunderbolt and his primary sacred animal is the eagle, which held precedence over other birds in the taking of auspices and became one of the most common symbols of the Roman army (see Aquila). The two emblems were often combined to represent the god in the form of an eagle holding in its claws a thunderbolt, frequently seen on Greek and Roman coins.  As the sky-god, he was a divine witness to oaths, the sacred trust on which justice and good government depend. Many of his functions were focused on the Capitoline Hill, where the citadel was located. He was the chief deity of the early Capitoline Triad with Mars and Quirinus. In the later Capitoline Triad, he was the central guardian of the state with Juno and Minerva. His sacred tree was the oak.The Romans regarded Jupiter as the equivalent of the Greek Zeus, and in Latin literature and Roman art, the myths and iconography of Zeus are adapted under the name Iuppiter. In the Greek-influenced tradition, Jupiter was the brother of Neptune and Pluto. Each presided over one of the three realms of the universe: sky, the waters, and the underworld. The Italic Diespiter was also a sky god who manifested himself in the daylight, usually but not always identified with Jupiter. Tinia is usually regarded as his Etruscan counterpart.


Ivan Braginski // Son of Boreas
Boreas (Βορέας, Boréas; also Βορρᾶς, Borrhás) was the Greek god of the cold north wind and the bringer of winter. Although normally taken as the north wind, the Roman writers Aulus Gellius and Pliny the Elder both took Boreas as a north-east wind, equivalent to the Roman Aquilo. Boreas is depicted as being very strong, with a violent temper to match. He was frequently shown as a winged old man with shaggy hair and beard, holding a conch shell and wearing a billowing cloak. Pausanias wrote that Boreas had snakes instead of feet, though in art he was usually depicted with winged human feet.Boreas’ two sons Calaïs and Zetes, known as Boreads, were in the crew of the Argo as Argonauts.Boreas was closely associated with horses. He was said to have fathered twelve colts after taking the form of a stallion, to the mares of Erichthonius, king of Dardania. These were said to be able to run across a field of grain without trampling the plants. Pliny the Elder (Natural History iv.35 and viii.67) thought that mares might stand with their hindquarters to the North Wind and bear foals without a stallion. The Greeks believed that his home was in Thrace, and Herodotus and Pliny both describe a northern land known as Hyperborea “Beyond the North Wind” where people lived in complete happiness and had extraordinarily long lifespans. He is said to have fathered three giant Hyperborean priests of Apollo by Chione.


Yao Wang // Son of Hermes
Hermes (/ˈhɜːrmiːz/; Greek: Ἑρμῆς) is an Olympian god in Greek religion and mythology, the son of Zeus and the Pleiad Maia, and the second youngest of the Olympian gods (Dionysus being the youngest).Hermes is considered a god of transitions and boundaries. He is described as quick and cunning, moving freely between the worlds of the mortal and divine. He is also portrayed as an emissary and messenger of the gods; an intercessor between mortals and the divine, and conductor of souls into the afterlife. He has been viewed as the protector and patron of herdsmen, thieves, oratory and wit, literature and poetry, athletics and sports, invention and trade, roads, boundaries and travelers.In some myths, he is a trickster and outwits other gods for his own satisfaction or for the sake of humankind. His attributes and symbols include the herma, the rooster, the tortoise, purse or pouch, winged sandals, and winged cap. His main symbol is the Greek kerykeion or Latin caduceus, which appears in a form of two snakes wrapped around a winged staff.In the Roman adaptation of the Greek pantheon (see interpretatio romana), Hermes is identified with the Roman god Mercury, who, though inherited from the Etruscans, developed many similar characteristics such as being the patron of commerce.


Francis Bonnefoy // Son of Dionysus
Dionysus (/daɪ.əˈnaɪsəs/; Greek: Διόνυσος, Dionysos) is the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness, fertility, theatre and religious ecstasy in Greek mythology. Wine played an important role in Greek culture with the cult of Dionysus the main religious focus for unrestrained consumption. His name, thought to be a theonym in Linear B tablets as di-wo-nu-so (KH Gq 5 inscription), shows that he may have been worshipped as early as c. 1500–1100 BC by Mycenean Greeks; other traces of the Dionysian-type cult have been found in ancient Minoan Crete. His origins are uncertain, and his cults took many forms; some are described by ancient sources as Thracian, others as Greek. In some cults, he arrives from the east, as an Asiatic foreigner; in others, from Ethiopia in the South. He is a god of epiphany, “the god that comes”, and his “foreignness” as an arriving outsider-god may be inherent and essential to his cults. He is a major, popular figure of Greek mythology and religion, becoming increasingly important over time, and is included in some lists of the twelve Olympians. Dionysus was the last god to be accepted into Mt. Olympus. He was the youngest and the only one to have a mortal mother. His festivals were the driving force behind the development of Greek theatre. Modern scholarship categorises him as a dying-and-rising god.The earliest cult images of Dionysus show a mature male, bearded and robed. He holds a fennel staff, tipped with a pine-cone and known as a thyrsus. Later images show him as a beardless, sensuous, naked or half-naked androgynous youth: the literature describes him as womanly or “man-womanish”. In its fully developed form, his central cult imagery shows his triumphant, disorderly arrival or return, as if from some place beyond the borders of the known and civilized. His procession (thiasus) is made up of wild female followers (maenads) and bearded satyrs with erect penises. Some are armed with the thyrsus, some dance or play music. The god himself is drawn in a chariot, usually by exotic beasts such as lions or tigers, and is sometimes attended by a bearded, drunken Silenus. This procession is presumed to be the cult model for the human followers of his Dionysian Mysteries. In his Thracian mysteries, he wears the bassaris or fox-skin, symbolizing a new life. Dionysus is represented by city religions as the protector of those who do not belong to conventional society and thus symbolizes everything which is chaotic, dangerous and unexpected, everything which escapes human reason and which can only be attributed to the unforeseeable action of the gods.


Day 32 of #100daysofhedgewitchery
Vesta takes her craft very seriously. She is also a devotee to the Hekate Mysteries. She is a powerful witch and she knows it. 🐱💛😊⛤👌
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