Isian News: Issue #185, Lughnasadh 2022

In the latest issue of Isian News by the Fellowship of Isis, features a piece by me called Recalculated Athenian/Attic Calendar for the Modern Calendar which I use in my devotion to Hekate.

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With an Adamantine Sickle: A Devotional to the Titans

She Who Speaks Through Silence: An Anthology for NephthysI have a rite and hymn dedicated to Hekate in a new book released on the Titans:

 

With an Adamantine Sickle: A Devotional to the Titans

They are the Primal Powers of Sun and Moon and Star, Mountain and River and Sea, Time and the Seasons. They are the Titans, first born of Earth and Heaven.

The Titans are an enigma. Who are they? Which aspects of creation do they guard or represent? How were they honored by the ancient Greeks? How are they honored by contemporary polytheists? And what, exactly, is a Titan?

Broadly defined, the Titans are the elder generation of Hellenic Deities and their immediate offspring, and sometimes their grandchildren. Though sometimes their grandchildren are counted among the Olympian generation who eventually supplanted the Titans as the ruling Deities. The distinction between Titan and Olympian is as much political as it is generational.

There is more to the Titans than a few passages in the few surviving stories that have been told and retold across the millennia. The Titans may be largely forgotten, but they are still worthy of due respect and honor. They are Powers, greater than us, more intimately connected to and responsible for the workings of creation.

Within these pages, you will find poems and hymns, meditations and rites, artwork and essays and fiction. This devotional has been a labor of love for its contributors. It has been a long time in coming, and we hope that it will inspire polytheists everywhere to take a closer look at these Forgotten Powers.


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With an Adamantine Sickle: A Devotional to the Titans

Athenian/Attic Calendar 2022/23

The best time to honour Hekate is on the Deipnon and Noumenia.  Therefore, every year I create an Athenian Calendar to calculate the Deipnon and Noumenia using the Southern Hemisphere New Moons, to ensure my devotions are on the right evenings for my location.  This is calculated by the start off point of the Summer Solstice in Greece of that particular year.

The Athenian Calendar also known as the Attic Calendar was a lunisolar calendar used during the classical period of Ancient Greece during the 4th and 5th Centuries BC.  It was exclusively used in Athens at the time and each month starts at the first sighting of the new moon, with the year beginning just after mid-summer.  It’s become a modern go to for practicing Hellenics and as such, what we use and have today is a reconstruction of what they used around 300-500 BC.  I have superimposed this Athenian Calendar over our modern Gregorian one, to loosely create a festival calendar of 12 months based on the cycle of the moon which starts at the beginning of the Athenian year – on the summer solstice in Athens. The names of the months reflect the gods and festivals honoured at that time and have agricultural links to the planting or harvesting of food in the northern hemisphere.

Here is what the yearly Athenian Calendar basically looks like:

Summer (Θέρος)

1 Hekatombaion (Ἑκατομβαιών) July/August

2 Metageitnion (Μεταγειτνιών) August/September (named after Apollo)

3 Boedromion (Βοηδρομιών) September/October

Autumn (Φθινόπωρον)

4 Pyanepsion (Πυανεψιών) October/November

5 Maimakterion (Μαιμακτηριών) November/December (named after Zeus)

6 Poseideon (Ποσειδεών) December/January

Winter (Χεῖμα)

7 Gamelion (Γαμηλιών) January/February

8 Anthesterion (Ἀνθεστηριών) February/March (named after the festival of Anthesteria)

9 Elaphebolion (Ἑλαφηβολιών) March/April

Spring (Ἔαρ)

10 Mounichion (Μουνιχιών) April/May

11  Thargelion (Θαργηλιών) May/June

12 Skirophorion (Σκιροφοριών) June/July

Every month lasts for approximately 29-30 days in total.  Each month is broken up into 10 days of three which reflect the moon phases in the following order: Waxing, Full and Waning Moons.

Days 1 to 8 were all sacred to gods or spirit entities and the last day of the month, known as “hene kai nea” translated as “the old and the new”, is dedicate to Hekate as it’s her Deipnon along with the first day of the month, Noumenia which is also dedicated to Hekate.

Here are the details of those 8 sacred days in the Athenian Calendar month:

Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon)

Day 2: Agathos Daimon

Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

Day 29-30: Deipnon

To help you with adapting the Athenian Calendar to the Gregorian one, here is the Athenian Calendar I created for 2021/2022, calculated for Southern Hemisphere practitioners:

21 June 2021 (6.31am), = Summer Solstice in Greece
(Winter Solstice in Australia 21st June 1.32pm AEST)

Summer (Θέρος)

1 Hekatombaion (Ἑκατομβαιών)

30th June – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 12.53pm AEST

1st July – Day 2: Agathos Daimon

2nd July – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

3rd July – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

5th July – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

6th July – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

7th July – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

27th – 28th July – Day 29-30: Deipnon

2 Metageitnion (Μεταγειτνιών) (named after Apollo)

29th July – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 3.55am AEST

30th July – Day 2: Agathos Daimon

31st July – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

1st August – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

3rd August – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

4th August – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

5th August – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

25th – 26th August – Day 29-30: Deipnon

3 Boedromion (Βοηδρομιών)

27th August – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 6.16pm AEST

28th August – Day 2: Agathos Daimon

29th August – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

30th August- Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

1st September – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

2nd September – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

3rd September – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

24th – 25th September – Day 29-30: Deipnon

Autumn (Φθινόπωρον)

4 Pyanepsion (Πυανεψιών)

26th September – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 7.54am AEST

27th September – Day 2: Agathos Daimon

28th September – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

29th September – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

1st October – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

2nd October – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

3rd October – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

23rd – 24th October – Day 29-30: Deipnon

5 Maimakterion (Μαιμακτηριών) (named after Zeus)

25th October – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 9.48pm AEST

26th October – Day 2: Agathos Daimon

27th October – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

28th October – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

30th October – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

31st October – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

1st November – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

22nd – 23rd November – Day 29-30: Deipnon

6 Poseideon (Ποσειδεών)

24th November – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 9.57am AEST

25th November – Day 2: Agathos Daimon

26th November – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

27th November – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

29th November – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

30th November – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

1st December – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

21st – 22nd December – Day 29-30: Deipnon

Winter (Χεῖμα)

7 Gamelion (Γαμηλιών)

23rd December – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 9.17pm AEST

24th December – Day 2: Agathos Daimon

25th December – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

26th December – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

28th December – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

29th December – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

20th December – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

20th – 21st January – Day 29-30: Deipnon

8 Anthesterion (Ἀνθεστηριών) (named after the festival of Anthesteria)

22nd January – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 7.55am AEST

23rd January – Day 2: Agathos Daimon

24th January – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

25th January – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Erosc

26th January – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

27th January – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

28th January – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

18th -19th February  – Day 29-30: Deipnon

9 Elaphebolion (Ἑλαφηβολιών)

20th February – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 6.09pm AEST

21st February – Day 2: Agathos Daimon

22nd February – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

23rd February – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Erosc

24th February – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

25th February – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

26th February – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

20th – 21st March – Day 29-30: Deipnon

Spring (Ἔαρ)

10 Mounichion (Μουνιχιών)

22nd March – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 4.26am AEST

23rd March – Day 2: Agathos Daimon

24th March – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

25th March – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Erosc

26th March – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

27th March – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

28th March – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

18th – 19th April – Day 29-30: Deipnon

11 Thargelion (Θαργηλιών) 

20th April – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 2.15pm AEST

21st April – Day 2: Agathos Daimon

22nd April – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

23rd April – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Erosc

25th April – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

26th April – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

27th April – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

18th – 19th May – Day 29-30: Deipnon

12 Skirophorion (Σκιροφοριών)   

20th May – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 1.55am AEST

21st May – Day 2: Agathos Daimon

22nd May – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

23rd May – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Erosc

25th May – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

26th May – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

27th May – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

16th -17th June – Day 29-30: Deipnon

(C) T. Georgitsis 2022

Wep Ronpet Dates 2022 (Kemetic/Ancient Egyptian New Year)

What are the Epagomenal Days?

The Epagomenal Days are the five days at the end of the year due to the Ancient Egyptian calendar being divided into 30 days of 12 months.  Due to this falling short of the astronomical year the five extra days were created and assigned to the Gods.

What is Wep Ropet?

Wep Ronpet also known as the Kemetic New Year is marked by the rising of Sirius aka Sopdet. This year it falls on the 5th August 2022.

Here are the dates for the end of the year including the Epogamenal Days and Wep Ronpet:

July 30th – Last Day of the Year

Epagomenal Day 1 – July 31st: Birthday of Wesir

Epagomenal Day 2 – August 1st: Birthday of Heru-wer

Epagomenal Day 3 – August 2nd: Birthday of Set

Epagomenal Day 4 – August 3rd: Birthday of Aset 

Epagomenal Day 5 – August 4th: Birthday of Nebt-het

1 August 5th – Wep Ronpet

The Kemetic New Year also known as Wep Ronpet happens this year on the 5th of August 2022.

Below is a list of things you can do, to honour this celebration:

Open the temple or create sacred space in usual manner.

At dawn, bring out all icons – the statues of your Gods, to be kissed by the rays of Ra (the sun) and cleanse with natron and anoint with oil. 

This is done to ensure icon is charged and purified.

Cut off an image of Apep’s head and throw it away or trample on it outside then dispose of the remains away from the home.

This is done because destroying the image parallel’s the “turning the dangers of the year” at which Sekhmet presides.

Mark on a red clay pot, something to symbolize all the things you want to be rid of, such as anxiety, hate, impatience etc – as long as it’s personal to you and not something that belongs to another, or another person themselves then smash the pot and/or burn it.

This is done to announce to Netjer that you rid yourself of negativity, bad habits etc before the turning of the New Year. 

Take an amulet which you have made or which you have put aside for the specific purposes of the upcoming year and charge it and purify it with natron on the shrine.

This is done as a protection mechanism and to symbolize the promise of good things to come in the New Year.

End the ritual with making special offerings to your Akhu (Ancestors).

The offerings to your Akhu is done to show respect and adoration to those whom came before you and in a sign of acknowledging and venerating your ancestors.

Close the temple and sacred space in usual manner.


(C) T. Georgitsis 2021/22

Mystic Tribe Magazine: June 2022, Issue #55

In the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an article called “Crystal Generators which describes what they are, what form they come in, what they can do magically and lastly how and where to use them – including how to charge and program your Generator Crystals. Get your FREE copy below:

Hekate Devotion: Winter Solstice/Yule

Happy Winter Solstice to the Southern Hemispherians (exact date is 21st June at 7.14pm). Here is a blog post I wrote last year which can give you some ideas of how to honour this time:

Setjataset

Winter Solsticealso known asYuleis the day with the shortest amount of daylight and the longest amount of night.Symbolically it marks the death and rebirth of the sun and it falls between Samhain and the Spring Equinoxand due to this manifests as the darkest period of the year yet is also a turning point where the days become longer.It symbolises the darkest time of year and marks the returning of the light due to its time of seasonal transition.The winter solstice marks the sun as its lowest elevation in the sky and the reason it contains the longest night of the year.This yearin theSouthern Hemispherecalendar it falls onMonday the21stof June at 1.32pm.Gods such asHekate, Persephone, Demeter, Dionysus, Helios, Poseidon, Zeus, Hera, Hathor, Sekhmet, Osiris, Horus, Neith, Nephthys, Spider Woman, Ameratasu, Saturn, Odin, Bona Dea, Mithras, Holy King, Hod, Frigga, Frau Holle…

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Katabasis: Volume 1, Issue 2, Spring 2022

In the latest issue of Katabasis, I have written an article called “Hekate’s Fire“.

The editor has written the following about this issue:


“”Brimo”

Anger with agency, action of Will and the fiery light of Hekate fill the pages in this issue of “Katabasis: A Journal of Hekatean Devotion & Scholarship”. Brimo is the terrible epithet applied to so many Goddesses, specifically Hekate…and the all-female contributors in this issue are fierce forces of nature to match. Things happen when women become angry, and the empowering relationship with Hekate motivates to transform this into beautiful devotional poetry, terrifying art and inspired knowledge. This Beltane issue of Katabasis melts together ideas and praxis of long-time devotees Setjataset (“Hekate’s Fire”) and Fawn Hexe (“Whirling Wheels”). Katabasis also presents Hekate inspired devotional poetry by Harper Feist (a series titled “ΤΙΤΑΝΙΚΟΣ (TITANIC)” and Inara Cauldwell (“She Is”), with a hymn by Genaia de Carrefour.

Katabasis: A Journal of Hekatean Devotion and Scholarship is an inclusive quarterly publication, releasing at the cross-quarter days of the witches calendar…the most liminal times of the year. A labour of love, a devotional work in the vein of academic scholarship and continued Bhakti relationship with the titaness Hekate defines this journal. This body of work is an inspirational tool committed to the furthering of research, sharing of experiences and honouring the influence of Hekate in our modern lives.”

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Crystals for Hekate

I have updated my list of Crystals to Hekate due to doing some intense workings and expanding the use of crystals in her name…

Setjataset

To say I have a love of crystals is an understatement.  So it goes without saying that I have created and charged many devotional items utilising specific crystals in Hekate’s name.  I have used polished and raw  pieces which included caves, slabs, points, tumbled stones, beads, set jewellery, pendulums and sun/moon catchers.  First and foremost when you buy, inherit, borrow or are gifted crystals it is wise to cleanse and purify them.  This ensures the previous energies which could potentially be stagnant, negative or malevolent can be removed and return the crystal to its original vibration.

How to Cleanse and Purify 

You can clean and purify your crystals by:

  1. Immersing them in salt water for 24 hours under the *sun or moon light or by wiping them with a damp cloth soaked in salt water.
  2. Immersing them in a bowl of brown rice for 3 days on an altar or…

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Mystic Tribe Magazine: May 2022, Issue #54

In the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an article called “Wishing Stones and Their Magick which describes what they are, what they can do magically and lastly how to use them – including a Wishing Stone Spell which is a working for wish fulfilment. Get your FREE copy below:

Isian News: Issue #184, Beltane 2022

In the latest issue of Isian News by the Fellowship of Isis, features a hymn by me called “A Call to Nephthys” which I use in my devotion to Nephthys.

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