The Witches’ Spell from “Macbeth”

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A dark Cave.

In the middle, a Caldron boiling.

Thunder.

Enter the three Witches.

1 WITCH. Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d.
2 WITCH. Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin’d.
3 WITCH. Harpier cries:—’tis time! ’tis time!
1 WITCH. Round about the caldron go;
In the poison’d entrails throw.—
Toad, that under cold stone,
Days and nights has thirty-one;
Swelter’d venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot!
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
2 WITCH. Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,—
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
3 WITCH. Scale of dragon; tooth of wolf;
Witches’ mummy; maw and gulf
Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark;
Root of hemlock digg’d i the dark;
Liver of blaspheming Jew;
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Sliver’d in the moon’s eclipse;
Nose of Turk, and Tartar’s lips;
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver’d by a drab,—
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron,
For the ingrediants of our caldron.
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
2 WITCH. Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

 by William Shakespeare

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Pagan Blog Project: I is for Incense

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I am obsessed with making my own loose  incense I use over charcoal blocks, so here is a few recipes for Hekate, Sekhmet and A’set who are my patrons:

 

HEKATE INCENSE from late Antiquity 

1 part laurel bay
1 part frankincense
1 part rue seeds
1 part storax
1 part myrrh

 (taken from the book “Witchcraft Medicine” by Claudia Müller-EbelingWolf-Dieter Storl and Christian Rätsch)

 

SEKHMET INCENSE

 1 part benzoin

1 part cinnamon

1 part copal

3/4 parts clove

1 parts dragon’s blood

3 parts frankincense

1 part juniper

1 part sandalwood (red)

4 – 6 drops orange or neroli oil

© T. Georgitsis 2003

 

A’SET INCENSE

 1 part myrrh

1 part frankincense

1 part rose petals

3 drops carnation essential oil

© T. Georgitsis 1999

42 Negative Confessions (The Book of Going Forth By Day)

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42 Negative Confessions

  1. Oh Wide-strider who come forth from Heliopolis, I have not done wrong.
  2. Fire-embracer who come forth from Kheraha, I have not robbed.
  3. Nosey who came forth from Hermopolis, I have not stolen.
  4. Swallower of Shades who came forth from Kernet, I have not slain people.
  5. Terrible of Face who came forth from Rosetjau, I have not destroyed the food offerings.
  6. Double Lion who came forth from the sky, I have not reduced measures.
  7. He-whose-Eyes-are-in-Flames who comes forth from Asyut, I have not stolen the god’s property.
  8. Burning One who came forth backwards, I have not told lies.
  9. Breaker of Bones who came forth from Memphis, I was not sullen.
  10. He-of-the-Cavern who came forth from the West, I have not fornicated with the fornicator.
  11. He-whose-Face-is-behind-him who came forth from his hole, I have not caused (anyone) to weep.
  12. Anointed One who came forth from the chapel, I have not dissembled.
  13. Hot-Legs who came forth at twilight, I have not transgressed.
  14. He-who-is-Blood who came forth from the place of slaughter, I have not done grain-profiteering.
  15. Eater of Entrails who came forth from the Council of Thirty, I have not robbed a parcel of land.
  16. Lord of Truth who came forth from Hall of Two Truths, I have not discussed (secrets).
  17. Strayer who came forth from Bubastis, I have brought no lawsuits.
  18. Planter (?) who came forth from Heliopolis, I have not disputed at all about property.
  19. Doubly Evil One who came forth from the Busirite Nome, I have not had intercourse with a married woman.
  20. He-who-Sees-what-he-has-brought who cam forth from the House of Min, I have not (wrongly) copulated.
  21. He-who-is-over-the-Great-Ones who came forth from (?), I have not struck terror.
  22. Demolisher who came forth from (?), I have not transgressed.
  23. Proclaimer of Speech who came forth from Weryt, I have not been hot (tempered).
  24. Youth who came forth from the Double Scepter Nome, I have not been neglectful of truthful words.
  25. Dark One. who came forth from darkness, I have not cursed.
  26. He-who-Brings-his-Offerings who comes forth from Asyut, I have not been violent.
  27. Proclaimer of Voice who came forth from Wenis, I have not confounded (truth).
  28. Possessor of Faces who came forth from Nedjefet, I have not been impatient.
  29. Captain who came forth from Weten, I have not discussed.
  30. Possessor of Two Horns who come forth from Asyut, I have not been garrulous about matters.
  31. Nefertum who came forth from Memphis, I have not done wrong.
  32. I have not done evil.
  33. He-who-does-not-(allow)-Surviviors who came forth from Busiris, I have not disputed the King.
  34. He-who-Acts-as-he-Wishes who came forth from Antinaiopolis, I have not waded in water.
  35. T hy who came forth from the Primordial Waters, My voice was not loud.
  36. He-who-Prospers-the-Commom-People who came forth from Asyut, I have not cursed a god.
  37. Uniter of Attributes who came forth from the Cavern, I have not made extollings (?).
  38. Uniter of Good who came forth from the Cavern, I have not harmed the bread-ration of the gods.
  39. Upraised of Head who came forth from the shrine, I have not stolen the Khenef-cakes from the Blessed.
  40. He-who-Brings-his-Portion who came forth from the Hall of the Two Truths, I have not stolen Hefnu- cakes of a youth.
  41. (Nor) have I fettered the god of my town.
  42. He-who-Brightens-the-Land who came forth from Faiyum (?), I have not slain sacred cattle.

from the Papyrus of Ani

Memento Mori: “Communicating With The Blessed Dead”

 

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MEMENTO MORI – available from:
http://avaloniabooks.co.uk/catalogue/occult-studies/memento-mori/

and

http://www.amazon.com/Memento-Mori-Collection-Mythological-Perspectives/dp/1905297149/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397613664&sr=1-2&keywords=momento+mori

 

Memento Mori is a unique feast of offerings exploring a variety of magical and mythological perspectives on death, dying, mortality and beyond. With contributions from sixteen international writers, this collection gathered together by Kim Huggens, offers a great diversity of both historical and contemporary perspectives. It includes experiential accounts and scholarly research for readers interested in magick, paganism, mysticism and mythology.

I have contributed an article featured in this anthology on The Blessed Dead in which I discuss how I honour the Akhu and how they have assisted me…I have dedicated this article in honour of my Akhu.

HEKATE Her Sacred Fires: “Illuminating The path”

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HEKATE Her Sacred Fires – available from:

http://avaloniabooks.co.uk/catalogue/greece-rome-balkans/hekate-her-sacred-fires/

and

http://www.amazon.com/HEKATE-Sacred-Fires-Sorita-dEste/dp/1905297351

 

Hekate Her Sacred Fires is an exceptional book for an extraordinary, eternal and universal Goddess. It brings together essays, prose and artwork from more than fifty remarkable contributors from all over the world. Their stories and revelations are challenging, their visions and determination in exploring the mysteries are inspirational, and their enthusiasm for the Goddess of the Crossroads is truly entrancing and sometimes highly infectious. Hekate is a Goddess of great antiquity. She is primordial, powerful and sometimes animalistic – and yet, she is also sophisticated, modern and capable of adapting to different cultures. She is the Torchbearer, the Cosmic World Soul, the Guide and Companion. She is Mistress of the Restless Dead, who rules over the Heavens Earth and Sea. She is the Keybearer and so much more. Her devotees today, as throughout the ages, include philosophers, poets, sorcerers, theurgists, witches, root-cutters, enchantresses and ordinary people. In her introduction, the author and priestess Sorita d’Este brings together an exciting wealth of material on the history and development of how the goddess Hekate has been seen through the ages. As well as a fascinating discussion of her possible origins and mythological connections, the introduction also includes a timeline providing glimpses into her portrayal through the ages, with extracts from literature and examples of amulets, coins and art. The spectrum of material covered in this anthology is as diverse as the forms of Hekate herself, emphasising her role as lightbearer, keybearer, initiatrix, world soul, child’s nurse, mistress of crossroads and serpent mysteries. Her devotees describe her role in traditional witchcraft and initiatory Wicca, healing and paganism, her approachability through her angels and trance oracles, her assistance in overcoming traumas and helping the dead continue their journeys. From the reestablishment of the ancient worship of the great mother goddess as Hekate in Thrace (Bulgaria) to meteorites and pilgrimages, Hekate’s presence around the world and beyond is vividly described and illustrated by her torchbearers.

I have contributed an article featured in this anthology called Illuminating the Path in which I discuss how I came to honour and serve Hekate as her devotee and I share a little bit of magick and ritual.

Spirit of Place: Paths in Nature

I’ve developed an obsession with paths found in nature for years now so I thought I’d share some of them:

The Dandenongs – Sherbrooke Forrest

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The Dandenongs – Ricketts Sanctuary

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(C) T. Georitsis 2014

 

The Dandenongs – Between Olinda and Sky High

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(C) T. Georitsis 2012

 

The Dandenongs – Lookout

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(C) T. Georitsis 2011

 

The Yarra – Warburton

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(C) T. Georgitsis 2013

 

Flinders Beach

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(C) T. Georgitsis 2013

 

Lavandula – Daylesford

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(C) T. Georgitsis 2011

 

Hepburn Springs

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(C) T. Georgitsis 2009

 

Apollo Bay

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(C) T. Georgitsis 2008

 

The Otway National Park

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(C) T. Georgitsis 2008

 

Badger Weir Park

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(c) T. Georgitsis 2011

Orphic Hymn to Hekate

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“Hekate Einodia, Trioditis [Trivia], lovely dame,
of earthly, watery, and celestial frame,
sepulchral, in a saffron veil arrayed,
pleased with dark ghosts that wander through the shade;
Perseis, solitary goddess, hail!
The world’s key-bearer, never doomed to fail;
in stags rejoicing, huntress, nightly seen,
and drawn by bulls, unconquerable queen;
Leader, Nymphe, nurse, on mountains wandering,
hear the suppliants who with holy rites thy power revere,
and to the herdsman with a favouring mind draw near.”

Hymn to Isis – 3rd or 4th century AD

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“For I am the first and the last

I am the venerated and the despised

I am the prostitute and the saint

I am the wife and the virgin

I am the mother and the daughter

I am the arms of my mother

I am barren and my children are many

I am the married woman and the spinster

I am the woman who gives birth and she who never procreated

I am the consolation for the pain of birth

I am the wife and the husband

And it was my man who created me

I am the mother of my father

I am the sister of my husband

And he is my rejected son

Always respect me

For I am the shameful and the magnificent one”

Discovered in Nag Hammadi, 1947