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.
Episkopos: Guardian, One who Watches Over, Overseer: PGM IV
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
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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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 PleiadMaia, 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
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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