The Establishment of the Celestial Cow aka Moomas

I like to use the time of the solstice in December to celebrate The Establishment of the Celestial Cow which modern Kemetics call Moomas because it occurs so close to Christmas.

Brief Explanation of The Establishment of the Celestial Cow

During the Amarna Period of Ancient Egypt The Book of the Heavenly Cow aka Book of the Cow of Heaven was created which details how Ra the Sun God was angry at humanity for their rebellion against him (by becoming corrupt and evil) so sent Hathor to serve divine retribution for this transgression. This divine retribution occurred through the Destruction of Mankind where Hathor becomes Ra’s emissary as the Eye of Ra (Sekhmet) and punishes humanity by eating up all evil ie slaughtering them. Unfortunately Ra realises Her wrath has become so consuming and overwhelming due killing every human who She comes across and She isn’t going to stop (which will end up completely annihilating humanity) therefore Ra realises he needs to stop it. Ra does this by placing beer which has been dyed red to give it the appearance of blood in her path. She drinks to fill, becoming so intoxicated falls into a deep sleep turning to her Hathor state when awoken. The survivors of the Destruction of Mankind end up suffering though a separation from Ra who elevates himself to reside in the sky on the back of Nut – the heavenly cow.

How I Celebrate Moomas

  1. I set up a Christmas style tree with stars as decorations and an images of a cow topping the tree.
  2. I send out Moomas cards to fellow Kemetics (I put out a call out on social media).
  3. I make offerings of incense, a flame (candle), beer, red meat and any other items such as jewellery, crystals, herbs etc on my Hathor/Sekhmet shrine.
  4. I read Hymns to Sekhmet and to Hathor (usually ones I have written in their names).
  5. I hold a Solstice Ritual to Hathor and Sekhmet.
  6. I donate to a charity whether it be through my time, effort or through donations (money or objects/items).
  7. I gift someone a present whom I feel will benefit from said gift emotionally/mentally (this personal changes yearly).
  8. I spend time in nature such as my garden, a park, the beach or the mountains.
  9. I pause to appreciate all I have, what I have survived and also achieved during the year.
  10. I bake a cake and/or cookies and make a gingerbread house to share with friends and/or coworkers.

Here is an invocation I wrote to Sekhmet many years ago and although my writing style has evolved since then, it doesn’t diminish the spirit it was written in and the power it has accumulated over the years it has been used:

SEKHMET INVOCATION © T. Georgitsis 2003

Lady of Flame

Whose power is in thy name

Aid us this night

With your presence and might

Ruler of the White Hot Sun

This rite’s magic has now begun

Great One of Magic

Banish anything that’s harmful and tragic

Goddess of Pestilence and Wars

Help us heal our emotional sores

Mother in the Horizon of Heaven

Death to negative energies and their brethren

Queen of the Wastelands

We leave our past failures disposals in your hands

Destroyer of Rebellions, those against you quake with fear

Help us to move forward and put our future into positive gear

Protectress we ask our idleness and weakness for you to destroy

As strength, wisdom and health we seek to employ,

Powerful Great Defender

Shield us from past, present and future pretender

Mistress of the Scorching Eye of Ra

Cleanse us from evil near and far

Most divine and greatest of healing

Preserve us from physical ailments and ill feeling

Keeper of the universal and karmic lore

Help us accept the past is gone and dwells no more

You are she who is pure and sacred – most holy one

Make sure all curses sent our way are smothered and undone

Lady whose enemies bend at your will

We will persevere and survive with your added skill

We call you forth to aid us in our plight

As we come to you in love and understanding – not fright

This is just a glimpse of how I prefer to celebrate the Summer Solstice yearly which falls in December (Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere).

For more information on Sekhmet you can purchase the devotional I edited in her name on Amazon:

https://neosalexandria.org/bibliotheca-alexandrina/current-titles/devotionals/daughter-of-the-sun-a-devotional-anthology-in-honor-of-sekhmet/


(C) T. Georgitsis 2020

 

Mystic Tribe Magazine: December 2020, Issue #37

In my regular column on crystals, in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an article called “Crystal Infused Soap which describes a way to make crystal infused soap by utilising a crystal.   For your FREE copy follow this link:

Mystic Tribe Issue 37, December 2020

 

Hekate: How to create a ritual to Hekate

We are coming towards the end of the Gregorian year and as such rituals are enacted all around us in various ways. These are created to commemorate religious events such as Solstice, Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanza (just to name a few), to observe the passing of time such as the New Year or the changing seasons, to celebrate the completion of goals attained such as graduations or just to simply connect to loved ones during some of the aforementioned revelry. But in reality, we perform rituals regularly to connect to a part of our psyche who likes to commemorate significant times in our lives, whether they be internal or external manifestations.

Rituals are a form of magic and creating rituals can be personal or public and can be as simple or elaborate as you want them to be. Let’s work through some of the basics in ritual and the things you need to cover to successfully complete a ritual.

What is Ritual?

A ritual is a ceremony in which a number of actions are enacted in a set of ordered steps which may be religious or ceremonial in nature.

Why do Ritual?

Rituals have benefits as they are extremely effective when you engage in an act which will bring you benefits (psychologically or physically). Rituals have benefits as they are extremely effective when you engage in an act which will bring you benefits (psychologically or physically) whether they be religious or secular in nature.

Steps in Ritual

A ritual can be broken down into the following:

Intent

You have to know and have a clear vision of what your ritual is going to be about and therefore what your intent is (ie what you want the outcome to be).

Place

You need to hold your ritual somewhere e.g. room, yard, park etc. as you need a place to work.

Banish

Banish all previous energies to make the area neutral. You also need to banish all the negative energies within yourself to properly prepare you for ritual. If this isn’t done the energies can affect you in a negative way. After you clear the space its ready to be used for ritual purposes.

Sacred Space

Make the space sacred. This can be done by jumping the hedge, circle casting or opening the temple room in a ritualistic fashion. Summon the energies which are appropriate, center it and call in assistance and blessings.

Magic

Create magic, however it might look – spells, heka, chanting, singing, poetry, gifts, blessings or simply share thanks and love with those gathered or yourself.

Offerings

In order for the creation of magic to manifest we need offer something, given freely and without hurt to God/ Goddess/Spirits/Ancestors/ Participants) such as words or physical items.

Ending

Close the sacred space. This can be done by winding up the circle (close), rejumping the hedge, closing the temple room and bidding farewell and banishing energies summoned.

Outcome

Now the outcome will manifest either instantly or in due course, depending on the ritual. One of the simplest rituals I have personally created and completed is my self-initiation and dedication to Hekate. Whatever ritual you personally create, ensure you do your prep and follow through and you’ll be set for a successful ritual.

For further reading here are some rituals I have created in Hekate’s name for you to try out:

 

Hekate Self Initiation: Witchcraft Style

 

Hekate Self Dedication Ritual: Hellenic Style

 

(C) T. Georgitsis 2020

Tarot With Tina

 

I taught myself to read the tarot when I was 15 and had purchased my first tarot deck (The Mythic Tarot).  I was looking for a book to buy in the book shop I was perusing and whilst looking in the new age section the set literally fell on my head.  Intrigued due to having been taught to read playing cards and also Greek coffee cups (and the fact it cost the exact amount of money I had on me), I purchased the tarot cards which came with a detailed book and tarot spread cloth.  

When I got home I devoured the book and held each card before me whilst I stared intently at the details.  I would go on and re-read up on the meanings of each tarot card and write down a page of described detailed notes which I then condensed to a few paragraphs – then to a few lines – to one line – to a few words and lastly to one word. I would also practice – paingstainkinly practice, on others where I would ask them to pull 10 tarot cards out randomly or by choice after shuffling.  I would then place the cards in a Celtic cross spread and I would tell the person before me what I saw yet I would also go on to write out detailed readings of the cards and also give the person this when completed. This was a long winded way of teaching myself how to read the tarot but truth be told it enabled me to learn the cards from the book descriptions in a very thorough way.  Of course this way of reading felt cold (as well as extremely time consuming) so I simply started reading using my instincts along with the memory of the cards I had developed. The muscle memory knowledge of the study of what the tarot cards meant was there as a foundation, however when I started reading from a completely instinctual point of view – guess which readings where more accurate?  My instinctual ones which were always extremely predictive.

I also started keeping a Book of Shadows type journal with tarot information consisting of spreads and various connections such as astrology and crystals.  A few years later I discovered “Living the Tarot” by Amber Jayanti and I would sit with each card for up to a week by completing the exercises Amber had.  These included answering questions on each tarot card, adorning myself with an item which signified that particular card, meditating on each card and sleeping with it under my pillow (before hand I had asked for dreams of significance) and would colour a black and white stencil version of The Rider Waite Jayanti had placed in the book in any colours I wished. This book’s lessons were quite significant until I further expanded my knowledge by reading “78 Degrees of Wisdom” by Rachel Pollack and realised the complex connections of the tarot within the system which opened my mind even moreso.

 



I had my first set of “lessons” – 1 night a week for 4 weeks from a reader named Sharon Davies in my first Wiccan coven when I was 21. Only three of us turned up so the lessons were very individualised and personal. What I realised in these classes is that I knew the cards well and it gave me confidence to branch out and read for people who weren’t family or friends.

My second set of lessons was one night a week for several months from a coven member called Triche Roche who is an amazing and still working tarot reader locally. This was done in a group setting with several other coven members on a large round table (similar to a card playing table) and I was taught things like how to activate and cleanse the cards, how to set an intention and opening prayer before I started reading as well as a different perspective on the cards meanings and various tarot reading spreads.

My third and last set of lessons was through a mentor called Ariel Smith through the American Tarot Association around the same time. I worked up to the level of Tarot Councillor over few years of study when I had to cease due to the association ceasing individual mentoring to overseas students.

 



When I became a Tarot Councillor I had built up enough practice and experience as well as confidence to get my first job as a professional tarot reader in a now defunct new age shop called “Living Energies” in my mid 20’s where I created a solid reputation over several years of working there and this continued to other new age stores I worked in from “Crystal World” to “Qi Crystals” where I was booked out for months in advance.  I then decided to leave working as a professional reader in retail stores to transition to private consultations.

Over time it came naturally that I developed my own methods of cleansing the tarot cards, my own divination spreads as well as my own magick rituals and spells using the valuable tool of the tarot. I have also completed various other courses over the years to compliment my tarot reading including crystal and pendulum therapies, palmistry, astrology, numerology, aromatherapy, energy and aura reading just to name a few. 

Teaching tarot on and off for the last few decades in 1:1, group and in lecture and presentation form has also allowed me to grow as a mentor for others who are drawn to the tarot.  Also having attended various tarot conferences and gatherings over the years, being featured in magazines and radio, I also try to keep expanding my knowledge through continuous study and keeping abreast of what is going on in the ever continuous ever evolving world of the tarot.  

I currently offer zoom tarot readings for $100AU for 60min readings most evenings and weekends. These readings include detailed tarot readings which include bonus complimentary numerology and astrology information. For more information and to book in your time please contact me at tarotwithtina@yahoo.com.au

(C) T. Georgitsis 2020