Mugwort: Spell For Astral Dreaming

Aids: Protection, healing, psychic development, prophetic dreams.

Chakra: Third Eye.

Element: Earth/Water.

Number: 9

Planet: Earth and Moon.

Purpose: Strengthens resilience to psychic attack whilst developing psychic abilities.

Star Sign: Pisces.

Tarot Card:   The Emperor.

Contraindication:   DO NOT USE IF PREGNANT.

Spell work: Take some dried mugwort herb and place in some almond oil (1:4 ratio).  Store in a dark glass jar and shake every few days for a few seconds. After a moon cycle strain and place a few drops of wheatgerm oil (or alternatively the contents of a Vitamin E capsule) to preserve.  Anoint third eye and repeat these words before you go to sleep to assist with shielded astral dreaming.

“Bring to me protection against nightmares,

Bring to me defence against psychic attack,

Bring to me lucid dreams and astral travel,

Bring to me purification and prophecy.

(c) T. Georgitsis 2018

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Allyships: A Call for Submissions for the Summer 2018 Issue of Isis-Seshat Journal

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Seeking Submissions for the 2018 Summer Issue of Isis-Seshat Journal on the Theme of “Allyships: Spiritual Alliances with the Animal, Plant, and Mineral Kingdoms”

Deadline: Friday, July 6

Anticipated Release Date: Monday, July 23

Many of us who engage with the Sacred in Polytheistic, Pagan, or Animist ways maintain a “this-world” focus, believing that we can enlist the aid of helping spirits from the world around us in our Work. But what does that mean, exactly? How do you know when your pet cat, for example, takes on a role greater than that of household companion and aids you in your ritual magic?

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What about the relationships you have with the plants that fuel your herb magic—how did you initially cultivate those relationships? What guideposts signaled to you that you were on the right path? How do you maintain those relationships with those…

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Eucalyptus: Spell For Health

(Image Pixabay: Australian eucalyptus leaves)

Aids: Healing and protection.

Chakra: Throat and Solar Plexus.

Element: Air and Water.

Number: 3

Planet: Moon, Mercury and Venus.

Purpose: Reduces physical and emotional pain.

Star Sign: Capricorn.

Tarot Card: High Priestess.

Spell work: Take a eucalyptus leaf and write your name on it then whilst burning it repeat the following to manifest the health you are seeking:

” Hear me Earth, Sun and Moon;

I ask for a healing boon, 

May malady be thrown far far away –

Never to see another day!”

 

(c) T. Georgitsis 2018

Starlit Path: Issue 1 Spring 2018 (The Purification of Autum: Ritual to Hestia)

Writing for a new magazine The Starlit Path and in this issue I talk about the Purification of Autumn to coincide with the Southern Hemisphere and how my Greek roots connect to that with a ritual to Hestia.

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Start Lit Path: Issue 1 Spring 2018

Honey Calcite: Spell For Memory

(Image Pixabay: cut and polished honey calcite)

Aids: Memory, stress and fear.

Chakra: Solar Plexus, Third Eye & Root.

Element: Air & Fire.

Number: 8.

Planet: Jupiter & Saturn.

Purpose: To amplify and focus energy whilst releasing blockages and decluttering the mind.

Star Sign: Aquarius, Gemini, Leo & Sagittarius.

Tarot Card: The Hermit

(Image Pixabay: raw calcite)

Spell work: This is a spell I came up with back in 2001 when I was studying science and I had to memorise huge chunks of information.  I took a piece of honey calcite, cleansed it (using a crystal cleaner I created using essential oils and water, sunshine, moonshine, incense such as sage, salt water or a mother crystal such as a amethyst cave) and programmed it with my intention of what I needed it for, in the name of Thoth (that is the Ancient Egyptian God who came to me at the time and was assisting me in my studies).  This intention was clear and respectful.  It went something like this:

“Em Hotep Great Thoth
Please assist me in learning and memorising the information on XXX  for the purpose of XXX
Thank you and In Peace Great Thoth”

What I would do next is take a piece of honey calcite and place it before me (either on the top of my study notes or next to them) while I was going over what I needed to know for an exam I had. Every so often I would pick up the honey calcite and rub it whilst I was concentrating on memorising my study notes.  Later on, in the exam, I would put my honey calcite on the table before me whilst I completed the exam (or I would carry it in my pocket if I felt self conscious about it).  When I came across a difficult question during the exam and I was having hard time recalling the information I needed, I would pick the crystal up and rub it and instantly see my study notes with the answers.

(c) T. Georgitsis 2018

Fragrance of the Gods: Ancient Egyptian Incense

Incense in Ancient Egypt was seen as something containing the properties of life which could evoke belief and stabilise faith. It was thought by the ancients that incense brings about reverence as well as the manifestation of the Netjer it is being offered to.  The Ancient Egyptians even had a god of incense – Nefertum, the lion headed son of Sekhmet who in the creation myth was the lotus rising from the primordial waters.  Nefertum’s connection to scent and healing makes him the perfect patron of incense, especially since his symbol – the lotus, dawns every morning like incense smoke wafting towards the rays of the sun.

Incense has been a highly valued and used in Egypt all through its history.  This was made evident by its worth and the lengths the Ancient Egyptians would go to, to source it. Incense had a major role in the magickal and spiritual practices of Kemet and many expeditions were sent down to the Land of Punt (modern day Ethiopia or Sudan but scholars are yet to determine its exact location) to source rare and expensive resins used in incense blends.  Many pharaohs, noblemen and priests of Ancient Egypt would cultivate and propagate trees to keep up with the demand needed by the temples, tombs and residences of the time.

Various ceremonies in antiquity revolved around fumigation practices and in Ancient Egypt this has been evident in many reliefs and papyri describing these in detail, which has highlighted what a vital function it played.  The most common type of fumigation using incense in Ancient Egypt was used in a devotional act before representations of Netjer as well as for the Akhu at ancestor shrines or tombs.

The ancients believed that Netjer embodied the smoke of burning incense, as a romantic manifestation in the omissions of the lit incense they were offered by the priests and populace alike.  Like “God” the smoke from incense can permeate all, at times even without being visibly detected.  Priests therefore would offer incense as one of the ways to animate and reinvigorate Nejter’s manifest representation on earth, in the form of a ritual called “Opening of the Mouth”.  A way the priests could do this was by blowing through the censor containing the lit incense which activated the Heka through the breath whilst directing it.  Using incense to fumigate not only cleaned the temple and its possessions but it bestowed Heka through to the priests themselves as the scent activates communion with Netjer through an altered state which is induced.

It’s surprising to know that many recipes and processes for making incense was shrouded in secrecy but it was very well known that they contained specific instructions on how to create them with specific allocated time, ingredients with symbolic connections and Heka.  The priests who were responsible for creating incense for their Netjer’s did so with complete respect and devotion as if they were tending to the physical manifestation of the gods themselves – which they were in part, since making incense was seen as creating the body of the Gods.  Frankincense and myrrh resin gathered was referred to as “sweat” or “tears” of the Nejters and as such the Ancient Egyptians treated their frankincense and myrrh as emblems of their Gods bodies. The trees themselves were seen as fruitful goddesses who’s resin was divine menstrual blood.  So as you can see this emphasizes what great importance incense was to the daily rites of the Ancient Egyptians from their homes, workplaces, palaces and temples.

Today Egypt’s love of incense survives through the perfumery industry, the fragrant filled swinging censer of Coptic orthodox priests as well as the burning braziers found in the common people’s home shrines.   Many practicing Kemetics like myself make their own incense blends and one which is used as a staple go to for all Netjers and Heka is a compounded incense called Kyphi. Here is a recipe I’d like to share with you which you can easily make yourself:


 Ingredients:

3/4 (of a part) Honey

3 (parts) Raisins

1/4 (of a part) Copal

1/4 (of a part) Myrrh

1/4 (of a part) Orris Root Powder

1 (part) Sandalwood

1/4 (of a part) Storax

1/2 (of a part) Frankincense

1/2 (of a part) Cinnamon Powder

1/2 (of a part) Finely Ground Benzoin

Wine (enough to moisten entire mixture)

 

Method:

  1. Thoroughly grind all ingredients separately, and then mix together all the ingredients except for the benzoin.
  1. Add the wine to moisten, then form the mixture into small marble sized balls and roll them in the benzoin.
  1. Place and cure (dry) on baking paper until firm (a moon phase is the best time frame from experience.)

 

(c) T. Georgitsis 2015

2018 Moon Phases: Melbourne, Australia

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Specific magickal workings need to be conducted on specific moon phases.  Here are the  New and Full Moon Phases for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 2018:

New Moon Full Moon
Date Time Date Time
16 Feb 8:05 AM 2 Mar 11:51 AM
18 Mar 12:11 AM 31 Mar 11:36 PM
16 Apr 11:57 AM 30 Apr 10:58 AM
15 May 9:47 PM 30 May 12:19 AM
14 Jun 5:43 AM 28 June 2:53 PM
13 Jul 12:47 PM 28 Jul 6:20 AM
11 Aug 7:57 PM 26 Aug 9:56 PM
10 Sep 4:01 AM 25 Sep 12:52 PM
9 Oct 2:46 PM 25 Oct 3:45 AM
8 Nov 3:01 AM 23 Nov 4:39 PM
7 Dec 6:20 PM 23 Dec 4:48 AM

People of Prayer: A Call for Submissions for the Spring 2018 Issue of Isis-Seshat Journal

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Seeking Submissions for the 2018 Spring Issue of Isis-Seshat Journal on the Theme of “People of Prayer”–Deadline: Friday, March 30

If meditation is the act of listening to the Divine, prayer is the art of speaking. It’s an under-discussed topic in Polytheistic and theistic Pagan communities, which is unfortunate, as it really is the most basic component of establishing and sustaining a devotional relationship to one’s Patron Deity or multiple Holy Powers. Many people who “come home” to a Pagan spiritual path may have an aversion to prayer because they associate the practice with the undesirable (Abrahamic) religion of their upbringing, but there are ways to overcome the negative perceptions and conditioning related to former religious experiences so that one can have a thriving, judgment- and distraction-free prayer practice that sustains the spirit. Those are the issues I’d like to explore in the Spring 2018 issue of Isis-Seshat journal, a…

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Full Blue Moon Eclipse

On the 31st of January 2018, it was not only a Blue Moon but also a Super Moon which happened to eclipse.

Here is are a few images which were taken by my partner

 

 

(c) T. Georgitsis 2018