Spirit & Spell (Issue 11): Regular Food and Faith – Coven, Cup & Blade

In the eleventh issue of Spirit & Spell my regular Food & Faith column is about the cakes and ale aspect of wiccan ritual as well as me sharing my honey mead recipe:

http://spiritandspell.org/our-latest-issue/

 

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World Tarot Day – 25th May

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In honour of World Tarot Day my favourite deck of all time has been and will always be the original printing of the Mythic Tarot Deck by Liz Greene and Juliet Sharman-Burke. It was the deck I learned to read with and its the one I resonate with the most due to its imagery and mythology. My love for the Mythic happened quite by chance.  I had used other forms of divination systems like playing cards and coffee cups from an early age but never came across tarot until I was a young teen.

I found this deck at a bookstore when I was shopping for books in the “new age” section as I used to spend any money I had back then on books or music.  Imagine my surprise when I was perusing the new age section in a now defunct chain book sellers only to have the Mythic Tarot pack fall (complete with hardback booklet) and bump me on the head. I picked it up off the floor and glanced  at the image on the front cover showing Demeter as The Empress Card (which ironically turned out to be my personal tarot card).  The more I looked at this image the more I saw the symbolism within it and something inside me just clicked and I found myself needing to know more.  Since that day the Mythic Tarot has fueled my obsession with the tarot.

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Being a professional reader I’ve gone through several decks as some clients can be quite rough with the cards and corner, warp or bend them.  I’ve probably gone through 4-5 decks in the last few decades and have never thrown them out instead creating artworks with left over cards from old decks.  I have a pack I am currently using for clients and a last “reserve” pack hardly used given to me by a friend which I save for personal readings.

Suffice to say I am not happy and do not like the New Mythic Tarot due to its “coldness” so its quite disappointing that a deck I have loved for so long is now out of print.  Although it can be pricey to obtain an original pack of the Mythic Tarot I would highly recommend it especially if you are into Ancient Greek mythology and dont resonate with the standard Rider Waite Tarot.

 

Pagan Blog Project: K is for Khernips

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Khernips which is also known as lustral water is blessed or sacred water which is employed in Hellenic rites and can be used in the devotional workings of Hekate.

Khernips is primarily used for libations, offerings and to purge oneself of miasma (environmental and energetic pollutants believed to cause illness by the Ancient Greeks and modern Hellenes).  It can also be used to heal body/mind/spirit/emotion and can be consumed for internal use or applied externally (depending on the properties).  Khernips can be employed to bless or consecrate anything from shrine/altar tools, jewellery and places of practice to plants, people and pets.  Washing one’s hands with blessed water before entering into ritual was common practice for the Ancient Greeks as it was believed to keep miasma at bay.  Khernips can be also used to put out a ritual fire, to wash ritual clothing and for use in practical and ceremonial magic, such as where one creates objects for specific purposes like a talisman from clay and water.

The Ancient Greeks made their khernips simply by collecting it from a sacred spring or well and storing it in a jug or similar vessel for devotional use.  The same technique can be employed now but if you are collecting from a spring, be sure to leave an appropriate offerings like coins, flowers or herbs. Another way to make this sanctified water is as easy as colleting rain water and purifying it.  My favourite technique of making khernips is collecting sea water. This can be ritualistically done by placing the vessel just on the shore line and collecting the water through a wave as it comes towards you. Several other methods of khernips I have successfully used over the years includes: mixing kosher rock salt and purified water, herbal/flower water (orange blossom, lavender, rose and angelica for Hekate), aromatherapy water utilising cold pressed essential oil and purified water mixed with wine (sweet pine wine or anything robust).

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The way you can use khernips is by placing it in a glass lidded container for storage and then pouring it into a bowl or jug for ritual use.  You can then dip your hands into the bowl or alternatively pour the khernips over your hands from a jug to purify yourself before rites.  Use a bundle of tied up herbs to asperge with or alternatively use your hands to sprinkle it over things like offerings, tools and sacred space.  Also putting khernips in a spray bottle to be able to diffuse it within an area works very well, as does using a water bottle or a bottle with a dripper. Some khernips, especially those having plant materials, need to be refrigerated or alternatively a preservative needs to be added such as a dash of wheat germ oil, olive oil or pure alcohol to keep it from going rancid.

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This is a simple khernips blessings I created as part of my regular devotional use for Hekate which I would like to share:

Tina’s Khernips Blessing (© T. Georgitsis 2013)

Light the end of a dried bay laurel leaf and say

I banish all that is unclean, corrupt and profane with the aid of Hekate

then plunge the lit end into the water and say

It is purified, upright and sanctified in Hekate’s name”.

You can employ the same method by holding some rock salt over a bowl of water, sprinkling the rock salt over the water and finishing off by swivelling around the mixture in the bowl with both hands.

(C) T. Georgitisis 2013 (first appeared in The Australian Pagan Magazine – Issue 4)

Sanctuary of Hekate’s Crossroads: Samhain 2014

This year for Samhain  I focused on honouring my Akhu.  I also retook some of my spiritual vows to enable me to re-focus my energy  with respects to my relationship with Deity and various magickal traditions I am part of.  I did this for various personal reasons and it was incredibly freeing whilst releasing the stagnant clutter and opening up doors to new possibilities…

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Sanctuary of Hekate’s Crossroads: Artemis Festival – The Mounukhia

Full Moon April 2014

I had a private ritual in my sanctuary to Hekate where I re-enacted this beautiful rite a friend of mine wrote (I also recommend her blog By Stars Cave and Sea):

http://bystarscaveandseablog.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/artemis-festival-the-mounukhia/

I found it so empowering, beneficial and just flowed with beauty and power!

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(C) T. Georgitsis 2014

 

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The Alternative Spirit (Issue 2): Regular Hekate Column – Hekate’s Noumenia

In the second issue of The Alternative Spirit my regular Hellenic/Hekate column is about Noumenia with Hekate:

http://www.alpinenirvanastore.com/#!product/prd1/2178451185/the-alternative-spirit-magazine-winter-2014

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 Sekhmet of the Flames by Neheti
(art I commission as part of my devotion to Sekhmet)

HYMN TO SEKHMET-BASTET

Sekhmet-Bastet, She Who has Power over the host of beings,
Sekhmet the Daughter of the Great God (Ra),
the Brilliant-One,
the Powerful-One,
the Fierce-One,
the Shining-One,
the Appeased Lady of Offerings,
the Lady of Transformations on the forehead of Him (Ra) Who begot Her,
the Only Uraeus of many faces Who overthrows or
Who gives Life to him who is under Her dominion,
Her Divine Emissaries (Her Daímones, Divine-Spirits)
act in accordance with what She says

Temple of Hathor at Dendera 

HYMN TO SEKHMET-BASTET

The Australian Pagan Magazine (Issue 6): Purification in Kemet

In issue 6 of the Australian Pagan Magazine my regular kemetic article focuses on purification and how to make your own natron:

http://www.theaustralianpaganmagazine.com/store/prods/issue-6-winter-edition-australian-pagan-magazine/

 

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Hekate and Zeus

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“Hekate whom Zeus the son of Kronos honoured above all. He gave her splendid gifts, to have a share of the earth and the unfruitful sea. She received honour also in starry heaven, and is honoured exceedingly by the deathless gods . . . For as many as were born of Gaia (Earth) and Ouranos (Heaven) [the Titanes] amongst all these she has her due portion. The son of Kronos [Zeus] 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.
Also, because she is an only child, the goddess receives not less honour, but much more still, for Zeus honours her.”

Hesiod, Theogony  translated by Evelyn-White