Plant Resins for Hekate

My first memory of scent is the scent of livani (aka mosholivano which is a greek incense made from frankincense and flowers/herbs) through the house which my mother would burn on a sunday to honour the blessed dead and/or ancestors as well as cleanse the house of malignant and negative forces.  It was a lesson in sensory magick and that it triggered a heightened state of spiritual connection.  Whenever I smelled that scent I felt the ancestors were near and that I was wrapped up in a blanket of protection.  These days the smell of livani connects me to my ancestors and Gods through the communion of scent due to burning it as a regular part of my magical and spiritual devotions.

Resins in Ancient Greece, specifically plant resins, were used in religious and ceremonial rites such as frankincense and myrrh as noted by Theophrastus and mastic as noted in the Hymns of Orpheus. Burning resins as an incense was seen as a way to communicate with Diety and feed them as well as acknowledging their presence through scent.  In Ancient Greece incense was burned not only to please Deity but as an accompaniment to rituals which were religious, civic and family-centric in nature.   They were also used in festivals of Ancient Greece to mark each phase of said festival, from procession to prayer to sacrifice.  Incense burners were seen as a staple in Ancient Greek sanctuaries and they burned resins for purification and as a pure offering.

Resins in modern practice like in ancient practice are burned as an incense using a censor or thirable on a shrine or altar.  Many modern Greeks burn it in their homes in an incense holder for their deceased relatives and Greek Orthodox churches burn thirables of incense at every ceremony.  When my father passed away according to Greek tradition I had to walk around the hearse carrying his coffin, three times with lit livani before it made its way to church.  All family members were gathered and watched, taking in the scent to purify his journey, as well as cleansing his last residence.

Many modern witches, magicians and reconstructurists also burn resins as part of their religious or magical practice whether it be in ceremony, ritual, spell work, meditation or as a way for them to trigger what they are seeking through the use of scent.

My last sojourn to Greece I stayed on the island of Chios which is known for their mastic resin from the Schinias region tree on the island’s south.  This resin which is hard crystallised drops is collected from trees in the summer in the Schinias region when they are hit with an iron tool.  This practice has been occurring for over 2500 years and continues to this day.  The resin is used in incense as well as medicines, cosmetics, embalming and cleaning products.  The whole island’s economy relies on this resin not only as a product, but as a tourist draw.   I remember buying a few boxes of mastic as gifts and a keep sake.  When I returned from my trip I chewed it (as it was the first gum in Ancient Greece) and also used it in my incense blends, as well as gifted it to a few family members and friends much to their delight.

Burning resins can promote feelings of centred calm, can engage and open the mind whilst assisting in connection to spirit and Deity during ritual, spiritual and meditative practices.

I like to make my own incense blends and predominately use resins which I either use on their own or mix with other resins, herbs, oils or flowers.  The act in itself of choosing the resins and using a mortar and pestle to crush the resins and then blend any additional ingredients, is very alchemical in its process for me and is a devotional act I employ regularly.  As someone who burns resins as part of my daily Hellenic practice as a devotee to Hekate, I have spent years experimenting to create the right blends for Her with Her various titles I venerate and for assorted purposes.

When blending resins for magical, ritual or spiritual use, I suggest you research and find those which resonate with you and your workings and devotionals.  I also suggest you burn them in a heatproof container such as a heat proof thirable, dish or cauldron and ensure there is adequate ventilation.

As stated above, burning resins is a huge part of my practice to Hekate and as such have created a list of resins I have found resonate with her workings which I have shared below:

Plant Resins for Hekate by *Setjataset

Amber

Balm of Gilead

Balsam

Benzoin

Black Storax

Camphor

Cedar

Copal

Dragon’s Blood

Eucalyptus

Fir

Frankincence

Livani

Mastic

Myrrh

Pine

Styrax

Please note certain resins can be harmful or toxic if ingested, inhaled or placed on skin.

As always please research and check all the resins you will be handling before working with them to ensure you do so in a safe manner.


 

(C) *T. Georgitsis 2020

Hellenic Hekate Ritual: Self Dedication to Hekate

Self dedication to Deity has been constant since the beginning of acts of worship and veneration of the Gods.  In the modern world many practitioners self-initiate if choosing to work alone and/or to strengthen their devotion to a specific God.

In Ancient Greece the mythology of Medea shows she was a dedicated Priestess to Hekate.   Although much is not known with respects to how or why she dedicated herself to Hekate (some make connections to her as the Daughter of Hekate), she was as a strong willed and capable woman of power, who gained and possessed the knowledge to work with Hekate and honour her.

Similarly, Circe who is considered Medea’s niece or aunt in Ancient Greek mythology, as well as a daughter of the Gods (like Medea some make connections to her as the Daughter of Hekate), she was also a dedicant to Hekate and was known to be a very powerful sorceress in her own right dedicated to Hekate.

You can add Queen Hekabe, Gale and/or Galinthias who were transformed into animals and adopted by Hekate and turned into her familiars.

 

It’s quite common for witches, magicians and reconstructionists to dedicate themselves to Hekate as Goddess of Witchcraft, Magic, Moon, Night, Necromacy and Ghosts.

I have previously shared how to dedicate yourself to Hekate using a witchcraft inspired ritual I wrote: Hekate Self Initiation  but I have also created a simple, yet effective method of dedicating yourself to Hekate with a Hellenic influence which I have shared below:

Hellenic Hekate Self Dedication Ritual © Setjataset 2020

Preparation:

Chose a liminal time and place for the ritual to be set.

Purify body by showering or washing head, hands and feet.

Clean and purify your shrine and all items which will be placed on the shrine.

Your shrine items should include: purified water/khernips, barley seeds, asperging herbs (small bundle purifying herbs such as bay leaves), oil lamp/candle, resin incense and incense holder (such as heatproof bowl) and an image of Hekate.

Your offering items which can include perishable and non perishable items.

Create a Dedication of Purpose of Dedicant.  This dedication should include the reason for devoting yourself to Hekate and what you will be doing to Honour Hekate ie perform regular magick and ritual in her name, observe her sacred times and holidays and learn more about her and/or share that knowledge.

Ritual:

Wash your hands in khernips/purified water before standing before your shrine, whilst saying:

Αφήστε όλα αυτά που είναι βλαβερά να φύγουν! (Let all that is profane be gone!)

Present the offerings to Hekate by holding them up in a gesture of oblation and place them on the shrine. You do not need to speak to do this but may say a few words as a statement of purpose if you are inspired.

Take your asperging herbs and dip into khernips/purified water and flick water onto the shrine.

Take a handful of barley and throw them onto the shrine.

When complete say:

Xerniptosai! (Be Purified!)

Light the oil lamp/candle.

Light the incense.

Invocation

Evoke Hekate with a favourite hymn or write one in her name.

Touch your forehead, lips, heart and tap the shrine – repeat 3 times.

Praxis (Working Proper)

Read out your Dedication of Purpose of Dedicant..

Petition of Promise

Read out this Petition of Promise:

Hekate I call to you

That I may serve as your committed dedicant 

Whose devotions are made in your name

Hekate I call to you

Bless me as I walk your path

Remove obstacles which may hinder in this task

Hekate I call to you

With faith and active determination 

May you dwell in my heart and soul

Thanks and Closing

Thank Hekate by saying:

Hekate, in your name I have devoted myself to you.  

In your name, may the way open for me to be your dedicant. 

Blow out candles and put out incense.

Step away from the shrine by backing away, turning to the right and leaving without looking back.

Ritual is now complete and any feasting can take place.

 


 

(C) T. Georgitsis 2020

Wep Ronpet Dates 2020 (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 as Sopdet. This year it falls on the 5th August 2020.

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

July 29th Last Day of the Year

Epagomenal Day 0 – July 30th: Day Dedicated to Djehuty (leap year extra day)

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 (also the Full Moon @ 1.58am EST)

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

1 August 5th – Wep Ronpet

 

 

Here is a basic Kemetic ritual for Wep Ronpet I wrote and use yearly:

 

Setjataset’s Wep Ronpet Rite

Bathe and brush your teeth before dawn.

This is done to ensure you are purified and can perform Heka for the New Year.

Open the temple or create sacred space in usual manner.

At dawn, bring out all icons to be kissed by the rays of Ra and with 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.

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 216 – Updated 2020

Soap for Hekate

Hekate’s Pandemic Soap

 

 

Lemon & Lemon Myrtle: clarifies, increases awareness, cleanses through purification and longevity and is anti-stress.

Eucalyptus & Blue Eucalyptus: stimulates, reinvigorates, heals, balances, protects and relieves mental and emotional stress.

 

I wanted to make an Australiana style cleansing soap I could use, since we are in Stage 3 lockdown here in Victoria and I wanted to wash my hands with something magical with a shout out to the land I live on.  I have always had a bottle of Australian Eucalyptus on hand but a mere few weeks before the pandemic really hit us, I was researching Australian natives and ended up buying a few bottles of different oils to experiment with.  This in hindsight was a boon, as these essential oils are perfect during this time.

The green soap pictured is Lemon (Citrus Limonium) and Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Radiate).   I tried to mix some volcanic mud it it for the colour, however it sunk to the bottom as I placed the oils in before the mud and therefore did not blend right (lesson learned).  So then I added a swirl of all natural green food die so I could tell the two soaps apart.

The blue soap pictured is Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia Citriodora) and Blue Mallee Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus) and I used all natural blue food die.  I liked the scent of this one the best as its stronger and more appealing.

I then charged them with purpose: to cleanse, protect, bring long life, strength and luck whilst also de-stressing.

This is the quick and easy method of soap making I used which I have blogged about previously if you want to make your own (just add 6-12 drops of each oil to a 1/2 kilo batch of soap):

 

Melt and Pour Process Method

 


(C) *T. Georgitsis 2020

The Cat in Magick: Familiars of Witches & Priestesses


Having been raised with domestic cats as pets, I have developed a strong connection to the feline and have been lucky enough to be owned by a few cat familiars.  My first familiar* came to my attention in my late teens when I became interested in Wicca and I set up my altar.  My ginger tabby Hoody would love to jump onto the altar and absorb the energies raised upon it, even though on occasion he would singe the end of his tail on the candles lit upon it.  Hoody would accompany me or keep watch over me whilst I performed spells and rituals. When I would cast circle he would actually be able to discern where the invisible boundary of the circle was and would dutifully pace the boundary in a stance of protection and once the ritual had started he would sit sphinx position outside the boundary facing in and watch over me.  This led me to find out more about cats and the role they have played in magick and not surprisingly they are considered a magickal and sacred animal all the way back to Ancient Egypt, right to the modern witch.

Cats were believed magickal and sacred in various cultures around the world.  In Ancient China, Ii-Shou the god of the gathered crops took the form of a cat to protect the harvest. In Japan the Emperor Ichijo found 5 kittens in his palace during the 10th day of the 5th moon which was an auspicious day and thereafter cats were considered good luck and images were placed in temples, businesses and homes.  In Ancient Rome cats were sacred to the Goddess Diana and were seen as guardians and protectors of the home whilst also being a symbol of domestic virtuousness. In Norse mythology the fertility Goddess Freyja’s chariot is drawn by cats and they are believed to be a blessing with respects to procreation and newborns.

With respects to Ancient Greece and associated mythology, there is a small connection to cats and Hekate through the mythology of Galinthias by Ovid, where Galinthias was turned into a polecat (a type of weasel) by Hera and Hekate feeling sorry for Galinthias appointed her a sacred servant and/or priestess. I also came across this gem with respects to cats and Hekate:

“Among ancient civilizations, however, the cat was probably least popular among the Greeks owing to its association in certain myths with the goddess of death, darkness and witches, Hecate, who is more commonly associated with the dog (as is her Roman conterpart, Trivia)” (1)

I could say that cats can be servants of Hekate devotees but those of you who are owned by a cat know this to the the complete opposite, however they can make wonderful familiars and many devotees have them in their lives.

In modern Greece there are feral and wild cats all over the country and in some places are fed by various volunteer groups.  When I lived in Athens (Nea Erythrea) and then the island of Lemnos (Kondopouli and Myrina) and I would always notice cats everywhere – in town squares, parks and ancient sites and the locals always fed them and protected them.

Its often speculated that the Priests of Ancient Egypt were the first to domesticate wild cats whom they fed temple scraps to. Images of the cat in Ancient Egypt can be traced as far back as 2600BCE which shows the longevity of their interaction with humans.  Cats were mummified and placed in tombs which showed they were greatly loved and valued by their owners who would also shave their eyebrows in an act of deep mourning. Cats were so revered in Ancient Egypt that harming a cat was a crime punishable by death.

The Egyptian Goddess Bast was originally a lion headed goddess but her image eventually morphed into a cat headed goddess due to the sacredness the Ancient Egyptians held them in.  Bast was the daughter of the sun god Ra and the daughter of mistress of magick, Isis and one of Bast’s titles was “Rage of the Eye of Ra” and Bast’s name itself means soul of Isis – Ba-En-Auset.  Some myths describe her as the daughter of the God of the Underworld, Osiris instead of Ra and thus her role also includes Mistress of the Dead.

Bast’s symbols are the sistrum (a dancing rattle) and as such Bast is attributed with dance, music, love, sexuality and pleasure which gives her connections to Hathor.  Another symbol was a basket which represents the womb of life and as such Bast is ascribed as the goddess of fertility, motherhood and the underworld. Lastly another sacred symbol to Bast is the aegis, a shield like ornament and with that association Bast is credited with war and protection. Adorned in red, the symbol of motherhood and as a daughter of the sun god Ra, Bast oversaw the growth of the crops in the fields and was a representative of the sun.  Being dual natured Bast also was the moon representative of the eye of Horus and her strongly independent nature also classified her as a virgin ie being owned by no man.   The magnificent attributes of Bast strongly correlate with the characteristics of a domestic cat and as such shows their archetypal energies were elevated to the status of “God” thousands of years ago and if you have a cat in your life or been around cats, you know they wouldn’t expect any less.

Originally in British folk lore the black cat was viewed as lucky and was seen as a symbol of the dark night as they could shadow their witches at night time rituals. Black cats are traditionally seen as the witches cat because they were viewed as being able to be able to absorb and carry magick. In many cases cats kept company of people like midwives, herbalists, healers and witches in the middle ages due to their independent yet caring nature which made them perfect companions for solitary practitioners.  During the 16th and 17th century cats whom were seen as familiars of witches were persecuted along with them and so were exterminated in large numbers which decimated their population and increased the rat population which is believed to have caused the plague to spiral out of control during these times.

As a magickal familiar the cat can give a witch warning of psychic attack or spiritual presences by their alert and observant natures.  The cat can be a centred, graceful and calm guide who inspires us to find that within ourselves and it can allow us to channel our magick in a clear and concise way.  The feline familiar teaches us to pay attention and be vigilant with respects to the subtle changes around us which we can work with and which will aid our intuition.  Through the wisdom of the cat’s traits of hunting we can be inspired to explore in search of new possibilities with a cautious yet playful way.  Also the cat’s ability to sit and just be encourages us to do this which allows for self contemplation.  The feline familiar has confidence in themselves which is evident in their graceful walk, constant grooming and “I don’t care what you think” attitude which can in turn encourage us to be confident within ourselves, our bodies and our sexuality.  When we are ill, a cat familiar instinctively knows this and the developed bond will allow them to show they are here for support and this can inspire the same behaviour in us with others.

I know so many witches, magicians and devotees of magick (especially those who work with and honour Hekate) who have black cats.  They resonate with this beautiful animal and feel blessed to have them in their home.  I myself am currently owned by two black kittens who I rescued recently after my previous rescue passed away.  My previous rescue was called Midnight and was born on Samhain Eve, he had a penchant for Hekate’s shrine and I would find him sitting behind her shrine when ill or before it when he was just chilling.  I would come home and find him smelling like wild flower livani, something I always had sitting on Hekate’s shrine, yet nothing had been moved on the shrine, which made me deduce he simply liked the energy of it.  When I would go into shrine he would sit by my side and watch, sometimes observing occurrences invisible to my eyes.  Therefore from my own UPG although Hekate has been associated with dogs, I personally find that the cat resonates with Hekate and her archetypal energy.

A cat is not a pack animal and as such doesn’t need a leader and can live an isolated existence with its owner. Fiercely independent and able to confidently display their various moods, cats don’t seek to be ruled.  Their dualistic nature can range from purring loving bundles of fur, to predatory hunters who can scratch and bite if threatened, which in my opinion is the perfect familiar for those who resonate with those qualities. A cat has nine lives and it is said that a witch can transform into a cat nine times in their lifetime. The magick of the cat can be used to bewitch, protect, transform, bless, charm and scry and with that said I strongly urge you to connect to these magnificent feline beauties and find what benefits they can bring into your practice.


* Familiar = an animal believed to be possessed of magic powers and has close association with a magickal practitioner.

(1) = Mark, Joshua J. “Cats in the Ancient World.” Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 17 Nov 2012. Web. 15 Jul 2020.

(C) *T. Georgitsis 2014, updated in 2020

Mystic Tribe Magazine: July 2020, Issue #32


In my regular column on crystals, in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an article called “Lavender Quartz, Crystal of All Encompassing Love by Setjataset which describes the unique crystal and the wonderful things it can do for your body, mind, spirit and emotion.  Also of note is that its a perfect crystal for unconditional love for yourself and others which we all need right now.  For your FREE copy follow this link:

Mystic Tribe – July 2020, Issue 32

 

 

Candles for Hekate

Hekate Pandemic Candles – Sage, Pomegranite and various stones (depending on jar). This is the recipe I used:

DIY Candles: How To Make Soy Candles

I added some of my home grown organic sage and the crystals were hand picked from a supplier both which resonated with Hekate.  I used C-Soy from a local candle supplier and non toxic fragrance for the pomegranate and sage along with container maker which stops the soy from frosting in the glass jar.

I then charged them with purpose: to protect, cleanse, bring long life, strength and luck whilst healing.


(C) *T. Georgitsis 2020

Oils for Hekate

 

Essential oils have been used by the Ancient Greeks for centuries which they have used for fragrant oils, balms for medicine, perfume and spiritual aromatics.  Aromatherapy is the use of oils in inhalation or diffusion of fragrance for the mind spirit and emotion but they can also be used on the skin.

Essential oils can be blended in base oils (carrier oils) to make anointing oils for self and items.  They can be used in soaps and candles or mixed with resins and herbs for burning as incense. Essential oils can be used on clothing, to clean various surfaces or items and can be used to treat various medical conditions.

Frankincense, myrrh and benzoin; sandalwood, spikenard and patchouly were oils specifically used in Ancient Greece. Olive oil is also a much used oil in Ancient Greece for medicinal, culinary and spiritual purposes.

When making essential oil blends for magical, ritual or spiritual use I suggest you research and find those which resonate with you and your workings and devotionals.  I also suggest you use a carrier oil such as olive oil, almond, apricot and jojoba and then add essentials oils. General rule in aromatherapy is to use one drop of essential oil per one teaspoon of carrier oil. I would also suggest you practice with small amount of essential oils mixed with a carrier oil before you make a larger amount.  I suggest you use 1 drop of a base note, 3 drops of a middle note and 1 drop of the top note (see footnote section for further details) to which you then add 20 drops of carrier oil, which ends up being 1 part essential oil: 4 parts carrier oil. More information of essential oils and which are a base, middle and top notes can be found here:

Essential Oils: Base, Middle and Top notes.

I’ve been making oil blends as part of my practice since I was a teen, as for me scent is very magical and can trigger various states of consciousness and instantly change my mood.

One oil blend I use for Hekate ritualistically is my Abramelin Oil:

Abramelin Oil

I also use a Witches Flying Oil I created for Hekate:

Witches Flying Oil

As someone who studied aromatherapy I have quite a selection of essential and cold pressed carrier oils I use in my devotionals but I have created a list of oils which I have found resonate very strongly with Hekate.

Essential Oils for Hekate by *Setjataset

Almond

Aloes Wood

Amber

Angelica

Apricot

Atlas Cedarwood

Balm of Gilead

Basil

Bay Laurel

Benzoin

Black Poplar

Black Storax

Calamus

Calendula

Camphor

Cardamom

Cardamon

Cardamon

Cassia

Chamomile

Cinnamon

Clary Sage

Clove

Copal

Cypress

Dill

Dragon’s Blood

Eucalyptus

Fennel

Fir (Douglas aka Spruce)

Frankincence

Galangal

Garlic

Geranium

Honeysuckle

Hyssop

Ironwort

Jasmine

Jojoba

Juniper

Lavender

Lemon

Mandrake

Marjoram

Mastic

Mint

Mugwort

Myrrh

Nutmeg

Oakmoss

Olive 

Oregano

Orris Root

Patchouli 

Pepper

Peppermint

Pine

Propolis/Honey

Rose

Rosemary

Rue

Saffron

Sage

Sandlewood

Spikenard

Star Anise

Styrax

Thyme

Valerian

Verbena

Vetiver

Willow

Wormwood

Yarrow

Please note certain oils can be harmful or toxic if ingested, inhaled or placed on skin.

As always please research and check all the oils you will be handling before working with them to ensure you do so in a safe manner.


Top notes 15 – 25% of the blend.
Middle notes 30 – 40% of the blend.
Base notes 45 – 55% of the blend.

(C) *T. Georgitsis 2020

Crystals for Hekate

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 in the NW corner of a room, home or business.
  3. Immersing them in a bowl of purified water with fresh flower petals such as marigolds, sage blossoms, sun flowers, iris, honeysuckle, daisies, roses, rosemary blossoms, lemon blossoms, carnations, cherry blossoms and apple blossoms.
  4. Smudge using herbs such as lavender, sage, cedar and bay.
  5. Crystal programming. This is the most difficult and requires focused concentration and experience in meditation and working with crystal energies.  I have detailed this more thoroughly under the heading “How to Charge a Crystal”.
  6. Reiki/Sekhem/Seichim which utilities specific symbols channeled through the breath and hands.
  7. By burying in the earth (garden, pot plant, sand) for 24 hours.
  8. By sound intoning using crystal bowls, chanting, Tibetan singing bowls, sistras, bellydance cymbals, bells, tuning forks and singing.
  9. By placing them on or within a clear quartz or amethyst quartz: cluster, slab or cave. You can also place a smokey quartz single terminator crystal on top of them.
  10. By holding the crystal in the hand which isn’t dominant (ie left hand if you are right handed) and visualise a blue light flowing from your hand and enveloping the crystal.

I like to make my own crystal cleanser which I put into a spray bottle and then spray over my crystal jewellery, caves, slabs, balls, and other shaped crystals due to convenience. This same cleanser can be added to a bowl or tub of purified water which you can wash your crystals in.

Setjataset’s Crystal Cleanser (© T. Georgitsis 2001)

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoons of Rock Salt
  • 250 mils Orange Blossom Water
  • A pinch of Fresh Rose Petals (omit if you will not or cannot refrigerate)
  • 3 Drops of Essential Oil of Clove
  • Small Amethyst Crystal (Pebble Sized) 300 mil Capacity Spray Bottle

Method

  1. Place crystal in bottom of spray bottle.
  2. Crush rock salt into fine powder and pour into spray bottle.
  3. Pour orange blossom water and clove oil into spray bottle and shake vigorously.
  4. Add Rose petals and refrigerate until needed (refrigeration isn’t needed if rosepetals are not added).

*= Do not place amethyst, lavender quartz, rose quartz, smokey quartz, ametrine, beryl, fluorite, danburite, citrine, aquamarine, celestite and kunzite in direct sunlight as it fades.

** = Do not use on soft porous crystals such as: malachite, selenite, angelite, howlite, aragonite, azurite, dolomite, as it will deteriorate the crystals.

 

How to Charge a Crystal in Hekate’s Name

All crystals take in the various energies they are surrounded by, but you can also tap into them and give them a purpose.  This is done via crystal programming. In its essence, crystal programming is a way you can charge your crystal with specific intent and purpose as well as it activating the true capabilities of the crystal.  Crystals can absorb, hold and release information, visions and feelings and can be programmed for happiness, abundance, success, healing and whatever else you can think of which you want to manifest in your life. The way crystals are programmed is through projecting your thought form into the crystal in a clear and conscious way.

Method

  1. Clean crystal of all previous programming (whether it was intentional or not) using the tips of “How to Cleanse and Purify” section above.
  2. Formulate what you want your crystal to be programmed with, ensuring you think about it carefully as the crystal will only amplify what potential you store within it.
  3. Enter a place of calm meditative contemplation in a safe space where you wont be disturbed.
  4. Take the crystal and place it in the middle of your hand which isn’t the dominant one and place the other hand over it in a cupping motion touching the crystal with both hands.
  5. Place the intent in the crystal now by visualising what you want it to do ie. if you want it to help it heal you, visualise the sickness vanishing away.
  6. Once you feel that your thoughts have successfully flowed through (you can usually feel this as a circuit running through your body and into the crystal) you have successfully programmed your crystal.
  7. Repeat the steps 4-6 several times to ensure your crystal has been programmed securely.

Simple Use for Programmed Crystals

Carry it around with you to trigger the properties you programmed it for by rubbing it or holding it between your palms for some extra energy and inspiration.

 

I have created a list of crystals which resonate with Hekate’s nature.  You can use these crystals in Hekate’s magickal workings and devotions whilst bringing in the energies and qualities they omit.

A List of crystals for Hekate by *Setjataset (in alphabetical order by name)

  1. Amber
  2. Amethyst
  3. Ametrine
  4. Aquamarine
  5. Basalt
  6. Black Kyanite
  7. Black Tourmaline
  8. Blood Stone
  9. Blue Kyanite
  10. Carnelian
  11. Charoite
  12. Citrine
  13. Coral
  14. Fire Agate
  15. Fire Opal
  16. Fire Quartz
  17. Garnet
  18. Green Kyanite
  19. Hag Stone
  20. Hemetite
  21. Jet
  22. Labradorite
  23. Lapis Lazuli
  24. Lodestone
  25. Meteorite
  26. Moonstone
  27. Obsidian
  28. Onyx
  29. Opal
  30. Pearl
  31. Petrified Bone
  32. Quartz – predominately Key Quartz, Phantom Quartz, Activation Quartz, Beta Quartz , Brige Quartz, Celestial Quartz, Channeling Quartz, Deva Quartz, Merlin Quartz (please note that these are quartz formations found within clear quartz).
  33. Red Jasper
  34. Routilated Quartz
  35. Ruby
  36. Selenite
  37. Selenite
  38. Smokey Quartz
  39. Smokey Quartz
  40. Snowflake Obsidian
  41. Tektite
  42. Tourmelated Quartz
  43. Travellers Stone

Whatever stone or crystal you use in her name ensure it resonates with the purpose of its use for Hekate and that it’s been cleansed, purified and charged in her name.


(C) *T Georgitsis 2020