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The Spring Equinox also known as Ostara or the Vernal Equinox is the day which symbolically marks the first day of spring. The day and night are of equal length and from this point onwards the days get longer as we head towards Beltane. The Spring Equinox happens when the sun crosses the celestial equator moving – south in the southern hemisphere and north in the northern hemisphere, which causes the days to lengthen and the temperatures to go up. Vernal itself means fresh or new like the spring and this time officially marks the time of spring. Ostara is derived from the German goddess Eostre who represents new beginnings in conjunction with spring.
This year in the Southern Hemisphere calendar it falls on Thursday the 23rdst of September at 5.20am. Gods such as Ostara/Eostre, The Green Man, Mother Earth/Gaia, Hekate, Persephone, Demeter, Osiris, Geb, Ver, Flora, Freya, Brigid, Jarylo/Yarylo/Iarilo/Gerovit, Eiar, Ba Jia Jiang, Ashanti, Saraswati, Cybele and Morityema all can be honoured during this time of year.
I have celebrated Spring with groups of people in various magickal settings and the one thing which I found linked them, was the coming together to celebrate the flourishing of the land. Something which I have experienced often during this festival day is the acknowledgement of the bounty of the earth.
One of the fondest memories I have during this time of year is celebrating the Spring Equinox through colouring eggs. It’s something I learned from my mother who would prepare them for Greek Orthodox easter. When I started observing the Spring Equinox I would make them in September to correlate with the southern hemisphere and would make them exactly like my mother did. I did this by taking chicken eggs which had been wrapped in panty hose, keeping leaves or flowers in place to make a stencil of them appear on the eggs and using red Greek egg dye and vinegar to boil them. When they had cooled I would buff them with some olive oil to give them a nice shine. Soon after my first few attempts I started to make eggs in elemental colours for the elemental quarters.
In my coven and magickal groups thereafter we would occasionally make painted eggs which had been blown out from raw eggs and could be used as magickal symbols of spring. We would also occasionally make floral or herbal wreaths to adorn ourselves with.
As an avid herbalist during this time of year I notice that my garden is coming to life. Plants, herbs and trees which have been dormant over the fallow period of the winter are blossoming, new shoots are being birthed or are regenerating. I like to acknowledge and thank my garden and the Devas of the land and its blessings by leaving herbs, trees or plants, offerings especially those who are decades old or have personal significance. Such as a fennel plant which was planted by my mother and which is now decades old, plum trees which were part of the original farm which existed way before houses were built in the area, an aloe vera plant which was gifted to me by a coven sister in our youth, succulents gifted by an old friend who is no longer living in the country, a lemon/lime tree which my father created and planted which had stopped fruiting until recent years and a lemon tree I planted which was dying and which has regenerated recently. Of course I adore and respect all the trees, plants and herbs I haven’t mentioned especially since they bring in local birds, insects and bugs which help pollinate and sustain them due to my garden being biodynamic.
During this time of year I also tend to cook a lot especially with the locally sourced organic produce available and gift items such as bread and biscuits to loved ones. I also tend to food craft for my patrons (specifically Hekate, A’set and Sekhmet) which I then offer upon their shrines and altars during their devotionals.
I personally feel that Hekate resonates with this time of the year. Persephone has come back to her mother Demeter with the guidance and aid of Hekate, after being trapped with Hades during the dark part of the year when the earth lay dormant. The earth is waking up due to Demeter’s great joy in being reunited with her daughter Persephone. What this signifies from my perspective is that Hekate can be the enabling force for us to come out of and move on from of the dark and fallow experiences we have endured. Now we can move onto new beginnings, opportunities and illuminate that which we should focus on to bring the blessings we want and need in our lives.
Hekate can be a guiding force for change and movement. Hekate can help us tap into the potential of this time as she lights up way which allows us to take a more beneficial path on the crossroads we might find ourselves at. She encourages us to take the first step towards renewal and rebirth and the promise of new beginnings. Hekate encourages us to engage in this movement onwards and upwards and use it for the power it contains – the promise of shedding the old and embracing the new and the power (internal and external) it contains.
I personally like to honour Hekate during this time and make offerings of eggs, herbs (mint, sage, iron wort, lavender, wormwood etc – herbs of hers which are growing now), seeds (for planting), lavender flowers, sage flowers, saffron, corn flowers, edible flowers (violet, chive, clover, lilac etc) bread, apples, pomegranates, dandelions, wine, grape juice, honey infused tea/milk and substitutes such as oat or almond milk, onions, black garlic, grains such as barley, wheat husks, pomegranate cakes, cheese, legumes, beans and meat (lamb, rabbit and goat).
Vegetables such as beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, endive, leek, lettuce, onion, parsnip, pak choi, peas, radish, rocket, silverbeet, snow peas, spring onion, strawberry, corn and tomato.
Herbs such as chives, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, sage and thyme.
Flowers such as alyssum, asters, begonias, celostias, chrysanthemums, cinerarias, corn flowers, geraniums, petunias, daisies, carnations, lavender, marigolds, snapdragons, pansies, foxglove, sunflowers, gazanias, impatients and dahlias.
Some things you can do to honour and mark the Spring Equinox in your personal practice (or with a group of likeminded individuals) can be:
- Make food usually consumed during this time and partake or share with loved ones, as well as leave as offerings to your gods or gods of the season: meat (lamb/rabbit/goat) or legume and bean stews, egg dishes such as quiches or boiled coloured eggs, cheesecake, yogurt, cakes and anything which can be shared and is seasonal.
- Make coloured eggs or decorate wooden/ceramic eggs and leave them as offerings to the earth, seasonal God/dess or your patron/matron.
- Rituals, spells and magick for new beginnings, fertility, rebirth, renewal, new opportunities and endeavours (especially at dawn).
- Plant seeds for the future whether they be physical or metaphoric.
- Clean and refresh your home or ritual/magickal space ie spring clean through cleaning, decluttering and revamping.
- Rebirth rituals which can include taking devotional vows for a specific tradition or God/dess.
- Get up at sunrise and bask in the first light of the day in nature, whether you do so in your own backyard, local park or nature reserve.
- Feed your local wildlife appropriate offerings such as bird specific feed for your local natives.
- Take the day off if you can and spend the time in nature ie a picnic or hike.
- Light a fire (bonfire or fireplace) or candles to celebrate and honour the light of the sun during this time.
- Make wreaths from seasonal herbs and flowers to adorn yourself with.
- Craft some items which resonate with the season for you.
- Prick some flowers or treat yourself to some from a favourite florist to bring spring into your living area.
- Start a new hobby or lifestyle change (such as exercise) you have been wanting to or reconnect to.
- At dawn light candles to mark the passage of time from winter to spring and also to honour the Gods of this season (in gold, green, pink, yellow, blue and purple).
So work your magick this Spring Equinox, honour the dawn, nature and new beginnings and opportunities which are available to you and ask for what you want to blossom in your life.
(c) T. Georgitsis 2021
Imbolc, which means “in the belly” or “ewe’s milk”, is the day that marks the incoming Spring. Symbolically it marks the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox and celebrates the rebirth of the sun as the days get longer. Traditionally it is a Northern Hemisphere Gaelic festival which falls on the 1st of February and celebrates the Feast Day of Brigid. It marks the time of the year when spring flowers start to emerge in nature and can be a date to celebrate women.
This year in the Southern Hemisphere calendar it falls on Saturday the 7thst of August at 4.53pm. Gods such as Brigit, Aenghus Og, Cerridwen, Hekate, Persephone, Demeter, Gaia, Hestia, Aphrodite, Eros, Pan, Bast, Aradia, Ceres, Faunus, Venus and Vesta can all be honoured during this time of year.
I have celebrated Imbolc with groups of people in various magickal settings and the one thing which I found linked them, was the coming together to celebrate the planting of seeds and sharing of food in a communal setting. Something which I have experienced time and time again during this festival day is the ritualistic act of planting physical and metaphorical seeds which symbolises set intentions for the coming season of Spring and Summer. Also feasting is highlighted during this time as so many religious festivals tend to celebrate this way.
One of the fondest memories I have during this time of year is celebrating Imbolc through planting seeds or seedling when I was starting out in my first coven. It’s something I never did before on my own and being able to watch something I planted with my own hands, grow and prosper developed my love of gardening. When I started studying herbalism a few years later I became obsessed with growing all the medicinal and magickal herbs I could. I spent years transferring my garden into a large organic one and creating special herb garden spaces dedicated to Hekate and A’set respectfully.
As an avid herbalist who likes to grow my own plants, herbs and trees I can use in my practice, I tend to always focus energy during this time planting organic heirloom seeds or seedlings for the coming season’s use. I also like to plant my intentions for what I want to grow in my life as I feel this is the perfect time to do so, to align with nature. Along with this, I also love to spend a lot of time in nature and honouring nature. From the seas to the mountains, I tend to go on a Imbolc hike coupled with a picnic/bbq if the weather permits.
I also tend to make a lot of candles as I am an avid candle maker and use various methods from set tapers and pillars, rolled wax to poured soy. I make them for my patrons (specifically Hekate, A’set and Sekhmet) which I then burn regularly on their shrines and altars during their devotionals. I also make a lot of incense for the same patrons as I find when I blend and grind up all the materials its quite easy to set intention for them as I find it an incredibly meditative and magical act.
Brigit represents the light and so does Hekate and I personally feel Hekate can guide us out of the darkness and into the light, like she did for Persephone.
I feel that Hekate resonates with this time of the year for various reasons. Hekate can illuminate what has been hiding in the darkness and ignite the flame within us. In this time she encourages and enables us to turn our attention to the presence of the promise of new opportunities to come. As the time of growth and movement is happening all around us Hekate encourages us to engage in this and use it for the power it contains – the promise of a light at the end of a dark tunnel and the promise of growth after a fallow period.
I personally like to honour Hekate during this time and make offerings of seeds, bread, apples, pomegranates, dandelions, primroses, grape juice, honey infused milk, onions, grains such as barley, wine, honey cake, seed cake and preserve cake.
In the garden now is the time to plant:
Vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, kale, collards, Asian greens, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, leek, onions, sweeds, parsnip, turnip, peas, radish, rocket, garlic, potatoes, cucumber, eggplant and silver beet.
Herbs such as mustard, horseradish, curry plant, licorice, dandelions, parsley, feverfew, dill, mint, marjoram, oregano, lovage, and chervil.
Flowers such as, primroses, cornflowers, calendula, Siberian wallflower, nasturtiums and cyclamen.
Some things you can do to honour and mark Imbolc in your personal practice (or with a group of likeminded individuals) can be:
- Make the food usually consumed during this time: colcannon, sowans, dumplings, barmbrack or bannocks.
- Make oak crosses.
- Make corn husk or straw dolls.
- Visit local wells, rives or streams and collect the water for magick and ritual work. Use water to bless home, family and garden.
- Take a walk sunwise (clockwise) around a well and pray for good health or an ailment ensuring to leave an offering such as a coin.
- Hold feasts with loved ones.
- Divination such as candle (flame or wax), water and weather divination (cloud, sunset/sunrise).
- Sew seeds for the coming spring and plant what you want to grow into your life.
- Spring clean (such as home and altar/shrine) as it’s the time of purification which can be used to remove the stagnant energies and bring in cleansing new energies.
- Make offerings to the earth and sea.
- At sunset light candles to mark the passage of time from winter to spring and also to honour the Gods of this season (in gold, white, yellow and red colours).
- Light torches in your Gods names.
- Go for a walk in nature and take stock of what is growing and coming in for you.
- Initiation and self-initiation rituals can be worked during this time due to apt timing.
- A good time for fertilising things such as ideas, projects and even yourself with what you want to grow
So work your magick this Imbolc, honour the light and ask for what you want to manifest in your life.
(c) T. Georgitsis 2021
Hekate is a Chthonic Greek Goddess who preceded the Olympian gods and was also a Titaness. Daughter of Perses and the Star Goddess Ateria and Granddaughter of Phoebe, Titanus of the Moon. Hekate aided Zeus in the battle of the Titans and therefore was not expelled like the other Titans were when Zeus formed the Olympian pantheon. Hekate also played a part in Persephone’s story in which she helped Demeter, Persephone’s mother in finding her after Persephone went into Hades (wether by force or by her own volition) and thereafter became Persephone’s guide when the later, travelled to the underworld for her yearly journey.
Hekate’s name means “she operates from afar”, “she removes or drives off” “the far reaching one” or “the far-darter”. She is shown as an ageless goddess who in later times was sometimes depicted with three human faces or three animal faces. These faces consisted either of a dog, snake, horse, cow or boar, all which faced different directions and refers to Hekate’s triple nature and the realms she has dominion over – the sky, sea and earth. Hekate is also sometimes depicted with dogs at her side whilst at other times shown alongside other gods (like Hermes and Kybele) or children.
Hekate having dominion over the sky, sea and earth is also known as the Goddess of the crossroads, liminal places, witchcraft, magick, herbology, necromancy, cosmic world soul, mistress of animals, aider to women in childbirth, mistress of the dead and guide of ghosts. She is patron of sorcerers and witches and in ancient times was prayed to by athletes, solders, fishermen, farmers and merchants alike for favour in their various endeavours as well as being a common goddess venerated in household shrines. Shrines to Hekate were placed at doorways and crossroads where offerings were made on her sacred day Deipnon (Dark Moon) which was the last day of the month in the Athenian calendar and again on the Noumenia (New Moon) on the first day of the next month. Hekate’s main site of worship was in Lagina (modern Turkey) but she had shrines scattered throughout ancient Anatolia and Greece.
Hekate’s symbols include keys, torches, the moon, snakes, dagers and is a goddess who bestows her blessings in the form of protection, prosperity, prophesy, proficiency in communing with the dead and the performance of magick. Sacred offerings to her include: milk oak, yew, honey, garlic, cypress, aconite, belladonna, dittany, mandrake, and pomegranates.
This was one of the first descriptions I wrote publicly of Hekate years ago…
(C) T. Georgitsis
Winter Solstice also known as Yule is the day with the shortest amount of daylight and the longest amount of night. Symbolically it marks the death and rebirth of the sun and it falls between Samhain and the Spring Equinox and due to this manifests as the darkest period of the year yet is also a turning point where the days become longer. It symbolises the darkest time of year and marks the returning of the light due to its time of seasonal transition. The winter solstice marks the sun as its lowest elevation in the sky and the reason it contains the longest night of the year. This year in the Southern Hemisphere calendar it falls on Monday the 21st of June at 1.32pm. Gods such as Hekate, Persephone, Demeter, Dionysus, Helios, Poseidon, Zeus, Hera, Hathor, Sekhmet, Osiris, Horus, Neith, Nephthys, Spider Woman, Ameratasu, Saturn, Odin, Bona Dea, Mithras, Holy King, Hod, Frigga, Frau Holle, Cailleach and Baldurcan all be honoured during this time of year.
I have celebrated Yule with groups of people in a magickal setting such as a working lodge, coven and magickal order. The one thing which I found which linked them all together was the coming together to celebrate the light and the darkness whilst sharing food and gifts.
One of the fondest memories I have during this time of year is celebrating the winter solstice through creating handmade gifts. I spend considerable time planning on what to make and then following through by crafting gifts which are unique and special. The first thing I ever recall making was for my first coven where I sculpted and fired a set of runes and hand sewed an accompanying bag to contain them in. This took a significant amount of energy and effort and was placed in a sack of gifts to be randomly selected by one coven member in the middle of our coven’s winter solstice ritual. Imagine my surprise when one of my coven members whom I was closest to (and who has become a lifelong friend) chose it at random and had been wanting a set of runes which turned out to feature her favourite colour (they were coloured green and purple).
I personally like to hand make gifts during this time of year usually involving items which feature divination, light, purification, seeds, woods and herbs harvested and collected. I also love to cook, bake and prepare food which is consumed, shared or given to loved ones including the following: citrus preserves such as salt preserved lemons and Cointreau marmalade, soup (lentil/beans/barley and root vegetable, Greek chicken soup), stew (barley, beans, lentil, cholent andcoq au vin), bread (Greek sweetbread, olive loaf and garlic and feta loaf), gingerbread (especially witches houses/cottages), shortbread (various Greek ones), lamb or beef roast, dumplings and baked spiced rice stuffed into vegetables.
Since this time tends to fall on my personal anniversary (we got together on the winter solstice) for me it also involves going out for an intimate meal with my partner and exchanging thoughtful gifts.
I feel that Hekate resonates with this time of the year for various reasons. One being that this is a liminal time where she has dominion between the darkness and the light. In this time she encourages and enables us to turn our attention to the presence of the promise of new things to come. As the time of growth and movement is before us Hekate beckons us to straddle the in-between time and to use this time for the power it contains.
I personally like to honour Hekate during this time and make offerings of apples, pomegranates, garlic, onions, mead, beer, wine, bread, barley, nuts, lilies, pine, mistletoe, juniper, holly, frankincense, myrrh, cedar, bay, chamomile and roots from dandelions.
I also like to make items for Hekate which resonate with the season mostly wands collected from wood during the summer, candle anointing oil blends, herb pouches for dreaming, health and wealth, candles which illuminate, soap which cleanses, incense using dried herbs from the summer, book and journal covers with locally sourced materials or upcycled materials, various art pieces with paints, ink, photography and/or several thread types (in recent years its been all about the land, sea and sky) and beaded jewellery such as ethically sourced crystal necklaces which can also be used as meditation or manifestation beads.
In the garden now is the time to plant:
Vegetables such as artichoke, asparagus, beans, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, celery, chillies, corn, cucumber, endive, kale, leek, lettuce, melons, okra, onion, parsnip, peas, pumpkins, radish, rhubarb, shallots, silver beet, snow peas, spinach, tomatoes, turnip and zucchinis
Herbs such as garlic, basil, chives, cress, curry, dill, mint, parsley, sage and thyme.
Flowers such as aquilegia, calendula, cineraria, cyclamen, delphinium, foxglove, nemesia, pansy, primula, polyanthus poppy and viola.
Some things you can do to honour and mark the winter solstice in your personal practice (or with a group of likeminded individuals) can be:
- Hold a ritual signifying the balance of darkness and light and/or liminality.
- Work spells and magick which involve igniting a flame, balance or brining the light into a situation, .
- Create and light a bonfire or light a special candle carved with symbols which signify the time of year.
- Inscribe and light a Yule log in a firepit or fireplace.
- Take a walk at dusk holding a lantern.
- Bake a seasonal pie, cook a roast and make mulled wine or any other food or drink which to you symbolises the winter solstice .
- In the evening go out star gazing and seek out your local constellations.
- Honour the Gods which signify this time of year by creating a shrine or altar in their name or tending to an existing one and make offerings to them.
- Create an ice wreath in the freezer filled with flowers and herbs of the season (use a bunt cake tin) and once set place a candle in the middle of the wreath and light it to signify the winter moving out and the spring coming in.
- Use this time to cleanse your magickal tools and spaces such as shrines and altars.
- Rituals and spells involving transitions and movement.
- Reflect on your inner world and take some time to just be with yourself and listen to your inner self such as meditation, yoga, going for a walk in nature or just sitting in a space which is sacred to you and just being present.
- Use this time to recharge yourself through honouring yourself and do what you need to, to enable that reset.
- Host a feast with family or friends which can include music and dancing.
- Light black and white candles to signify the diminishing darkness and the increasing light.
- Decorate a tree (such as a xmas tree) with decorations which signify the winter solstice.
- Exchange gifts with loved ones.
- Donate to charities involving the displaced such as the homeless and refugees.
- Do something kind for someone who is alone, in pain or suffering.
- Volunteer for a charity which assists the natural world or the less fortunate.
- Divination such as rune, tarot, dice, candle wax, crystal, magick mirror or ink scrying.
So work your magick this midwinter, honour the light and the darkness within you and all around you and contemplate and manifest balance in your life.
(c) T. Georgitsis 2021
Many create resolutions at the beginning of the new year. These resolutions can include getting rid of a bad habits or introducing a good one. Resolutions tend to be created and promises made – which usually (if not always) fall by the wayside.
This is why I as I have described before I personally do not create resolutions. What I like to do is set intentions of what I want to undergo for the year with the focus being on what new “experience” I want to learn or immerse myself in.
Last year what quite an intense one and as such most of my time was spent on survival and self-care.
My focus for the year is listed below in bold, whilst my achievements are listed beneath with supporting lists, links or photographs.
Read and re-read books which inspire and/or move me:
I didn’t read as many books as I usually do due to spending a lot of time reading academic papers on Academia as well as subscribing to Medium and reading various articles there by independent writers.
Support more artists creating hand-made/self-published items born from their hard work, research, study and/or imagination:
Support a charity I resonate with:
Visit somewhere I haven’t been before which has a spirit of place:
Dromana Beach (been there as a child but not as an adult).
Mornington peninsular (visited various places of the area).
Complete a workshop/course which is connected to my interests, passions and causes I like to support:
Handwriting Course (Cursive)
Self Publishing Workshop
Create something magical which feeds and inspires my practice:
Painting with acrylics – submitted and accepted to Gallery Exhibit 5 x 9 (painting sold)
Photography of Spirit of Place – submitted and accepted to Optica 2020 Exhibit
Card Making with Kemetic, Hellenic, Magical and Witch Themes
Letter Writing by Hand
Journalling which included a pandemic diary, magical spell book, magical grimoire and poetic journal with mixed media, watercolour, acrylic and ink drawings.
Blogging – Occult/Magical and Creative Writing
Craft Making (candles, soap, anointing oils, incense blends, herb bundles)
Cooking various new meals which includes celebratory offerings
Created new spells utilising Greek Folk Magic practises
Planted more herbs and focused on cultivating and preserving ones used in Greek and Egyptian magic.
Attended Conference with a Magical/Spiritual Slant :
HoN End of Year Festivities – Epagomenial Days & Wep Ronpet
LIFE is about experiences and the way I feel when I – create, visit or support something which inspires and uplifts me. I find its easier to get energised and complete set objectives if I find personal purpose within the task before me.
Therefore my suggestion for those wanting to set resolutions who then struggle to fulfil them, is to instead write a wish list of intentions, of things you would like to do – to feed your soul and go from there. That way there is less pressure as the focus is more pleasure in your life.
(C) T Georgitsis – all images and text 2020
To those who think they can dictate how others experience the divine,
From a personal perspective – MY practice, magick and spirituality is my own. My research, dedication and ongoing development have led me to where I find myself today. I work with existing systems and yet it is tailored, modified and individualised to my own preferences. One hand in modern and the other in ancient practices is the path I tred. It is my own blend as I take what works and discard what doesn’t. My taste might not resonate with yours which is completely ok as YMMV.
With that said, I own my own path and the power I yield I do so for my personal development, therefore:
My spirituality is not made to placate you.
My practice is not created for your comfort.
My magick is not worked for your satisfaction.
So to those:
- Talking down to others is rude and shows your arrogance as you do not demand an audience.
- Mansplaining makes you look like a domineering person afraid of individual self empowerment.
- Exhibiting belittling behaviour is unwarranted as is the obedience of another. You are owed nothing except common courtesy and respect which you should have the decency to show yourself.
- Dictating your point of view which is not accepted blindly – frustrates you, which in some cases you turn into lashed out anger which makes you look controlling and lacking confidence.
So to those who struggle with people who tell you how to be and how to practice – simply give them no attention, pay them no mind, don’t give in to their tendencies to be antagonistic towards you because simply put – they are not worth the energy and time.
Perhaps they are envious of your ways otherwise they wouldn’t chose to be so focused towards what you are doing and instead put that vigour towards their own workings (instead of trying to lord over yours).
Remember – NO ONE can control you, this is YOUR path! What you owe is to yourself and to your God/s. Do your thing and don’t apologise for it.
© T. Georgitsis 2020
Dance has long been regarded as a exemplary way to elevate one’s soul in a spiritual way. Dance has been part of religious ceremonies, rites and celebrations from time immemorial. It’s a way to display the myths of various cultures and has been used to pass on traditions of these cultures for generations. Divine dance is a wondrous way to commune and connect with Deity. This occurs by becoming an instrument attuned through repetitive movement which can induce transcendence. Dance can also be used as a tool for the transmission of healings and blessings which can manifest as a euphoric or peaceful feeling.
Dance allows you to tap into the cosmic consciousness and can raise your vibration. With devotion, dance becomes an offering to the gods and ancestors – in its essence its alchemy in action. When you move in rhythmic motions it opens you up and fills you with a harmonic energy which expands your perception. Dance connects you to your primal self yet at the same time can strengthen your sentient link to your higher self.
Dance is a form of moving meditation allowing us to weave the magickal world into the mundane. With dedication and regular practice you can master the various subtle energies around and outside of you, to further develop the bond between you and the cosmic energies and your Gods. With love and devotion, dance can unfold and manifest into the most beautiful works of art.
Some examples of divine dancing can be seen through Turning Dervish Dance, Zaar Dance, Indian Classical Dance, Sword Dance, Maypole Dance, Cham Dance, Greek Folk Dance and Jewish Worship Dances just to name a few.
I learned how to dance pretty much around the same time I learned to walk. I was influenced by my family who indulged in this pastime at various celebratory events, as well as my general love of music which would inspire me to get lost in various styles and rhythms. When I was around 6 I started to attend formal Greek Folk dancing lessons and I didn’t realise at the time how instrumental and what an impact it would have in my devotions to Deity. Over the years I have tried various forms of dance but the one I always come back to and use regularly for communion with spirit is traditional Egyptian Belly Dance.
Bellydance is one of the oldest types of dance in existence which focuses on isolated yet flowing movements through various parts of the body. This results in the sensual current of energetic emotion being moulded into a work of artistic expression physically.
Bellydance has given me the confidence to accept myself and my body and connect with it in a loving and honourable way. It’s taught me that every person is a reflection of the Divine and that we have the confidence and drive within to move forward and tackle any obstacle before us.
I regularly Bellydance for Hekate and this type of devotional act works on balancing my body, mind, spirit and emotions and therefore is quite a wholistic practice which allows healing, learning and growing. It also allows me to raise energy and direct it to her workings and add quite a punch to my rituals and other magical workings in Her name. Dancing for Hekate has allowed me to really connect to her in a grounded way which is then transferred into her etherial energy. Dancing for Hekate has also allowed me to let go of the mundane world and put me in trance allowing me to have a quicker connection to various aspects of her practice such as visionary work.
I find that Bellydancing is very valuable to my Body, Mind, Spirit and Emotion and here are just some of the benefits I have found over the years:
Bellydance contains naturally fluid movements which work with the female body’s regular dispositions. Due to this, Bellydance strengthens the core, joints and ligaments, tones the muscles, straightens the spine, leads to better developed balance and co-ordination, improves flexibility in a painless and safe manner and improves the digestive system. Repetitive movements found within Bellydance can improve circulation and breath and corrects stiffness which occurs with a predominate sedentary lifestyle. Even if you only dance for an hour a week, it can severely enhance your cardiovascular capacity and when practiced more often can increase lung capacity. Your body changes after continued practice of Bellydance and this is due to the fact it’s a weight baring exercise which assists in weight loss, strengthens your bones and shapes your body into its natural graceful state of shape. Bellydance also strengthens the pelvic floor muscle since its predominately used, therefore it can assist with pms, sexual relations and childbirth. This style of dance can also be useful as a rehabilitative exercise as it’s a gentle way of working through an injury when you have received the go ahead to get back into physical workouts.
Bellydance contains alternating movements, routines and music which regularly allows a change in scenery. Mixing things up in this way has many mental health benefits as it allows you to enjoy yourself in a pressure free environment. Bellydance is fun and learning it with a within a group environment can not only can elevate you but opens you up to making connections with others. The rhythmic and accompanying movements in Bellydance can also calm and centre you which allows relaxation. Bellydance also causes stress reduction through stimulating yet soothing the mind as well as the increase of happiness and joy due to being involved in something uplifting. Building your self esteem through the feeling of being liberated through Bellydance is attained as well as connecting to yourself through thoughtful and loving self-discovery.
Bellydance is a creative outlet which allows a woman to connect to her feminine nature and her natural cycles of her body which is a manifestation of the Goddess within her. Since Bellydance is a ritualised physical and emotional expression it opens one’s ability to honour and connect with deity in a most profound and beautiful way. This connection has been used for millennia as performances of Bellydance have occurred throughout the ages during various celebrations which includes faith/religious ceremonies, coming of age ceremonies, weddings and fertility rites.
Bellydance allows you to express your emotions through dance and dancing out your stressors is a great way to work through them. It also helps you forget about your problems and allows you to let things go due to being in the moment with the dance, as quite frankly you just don’t have the time to worry about anything else. Bellydance can help alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety and can enable the sensation of feeling sexy in one’s skin. This style of dance also helps improve body confidence and assurance of one self and accompanying abilities which inspire freedom of expression through a sense of inner strength.
Bellydance has brought me many personal benefits and I am grateful for the body, mind, spirit and emotional benefits I have harvested over the years of dancing this path. As always please see your GP before embarking on a new exercise regime (which includes dancing) and remember that every person is a representation of Deity and Bellydance is a great way to honour God/dess inside and outside of yourself.
Whatever style of dance you are drawn to, try to engage in it regularly as an offering and see how it enhances your magickal and spiritual practice.
© T. Georgitsis 2013/14 updated 2020
Samhain is celebrated as the witches new year and is the time when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest and therefore perfect for divination or contacting the dead. Hekate’s connection to witches can be traced back to classical Greece where they worked with her for various incantations, spells and called upon her for assistance and blessings.
Hekate, the Virgin Titaness who prefers solitude, Goddess of the Sea, Earth and Sky, Light Bearer and revealer to those who seek, Keeper of the Crossroads who roams the cemeteries for lost souls, Queen of Magic and the Night, Key Bearer who has access to the otherworld and can commune with those who have passed between the veils, Goddess of Ghosts and Necromancy, Patron of Travellers who guides them to their destination.
Goddess of Witchcraft, Magic and Ghosts – Hekate in my opinion exudes the energy of Samhain. During Samhain, Hekate – the Embodiment of Death, roams the earth and is therefore one of the most suitable Gods to honour during this time. Since Hekate is known as Goddess of the Dead, Mistress of Souls who can accompany the departed between the realm of the living and that of the dead, witches have naturally been drawn to call upon her during the Festival of the Dead: Samhain also known as Halloween. Hekate can be called upon as an intermediary to connect you to your ancestors especially since our dearly departed tend to visit us during Samhain. Also communing with the ancestors during this time can reveal future fate and Hekate can also be of assistance when divining.
Venerating the ancestors and Hekate during this time which also celebrates the last harvest ensures blessings and that fertility to the land is returned in spring. The ancient Greeks would often leave offerings to Hekate in order for their crops not to fail and for her storm aspect to be pacified. Considering winter is a time of storms and the earth lays dormant, getting Hekate on your good side with respects to these aspects is forward thinking.
I personally see that during Mabon (Autumn Equinox) is when Hekate, torches in hand, guides and protects Persephone as she descends into the underworld. At Samhain, Hekate has returned from the Underworld with news from the Dead, as she is one of the few gods who can traverse between all the worlds.
Constructing a dumb supper for Hekate and your ancestors is a wonderful way to honour them both by placing a plate of food that Hekate and your ancestors would appreciate then leaving it on a Hekate or ancestor altar, on a crossroads or on your doorsteps ensures they will take on the essence of the food offered.
Offerings to your ancestors can include food they enjoyed during life and offerings to Hekate that compliments Samhain includes apples, pomegranates, garlic, onion, wine, mead and mugwort tea.
Here is a simple witches ritual for Hekate, Samhain and your ancestors I have composed and used successfully multiple times in years past:
Setjataset Samhain Rite ((C) T. Georgitsis 2010)
- Dumb Supper (any of the foods and drinks your ancestors loved in life)
- Coins (3) – of any denomination which can be donated
- Incense – dragons blood, frankincense or livani
- Candles (1-3) – tea lights are easiest but you can use tapers
- Image of Hekate
- Key – skeleton if you have it but any key will do
- Skull – crystal, animal bone or a copy
- Divination form – tarot cards, scrying bowl, mirror, dice
- Any offerings you would like infused with the energies of Samhain
- Pen and Paper
Prepare a dumb supper and place in the NW of your circle or on the left of your altar/shrine.
Create sacred space or open the shrine.
Light some incense.
Inscribe the candle with the ancestors names you would like to connect with and place before the image of Hekate.
Take the three coins and blow on them before placing them in front of the candle.
Light the candle which has been placed in the middle of your altar before the image of Hekate. This is used as a beacon so your deceased loved ones can make their way to you.
Have a key and an image of a skull on the left side of your alter/shrine.
Any form of divination should be placed on your shrine after giving the item/s a little shake.
Begin the rite by evoking Hekate with the following Orphic hymn (or any hymn you resonate with which fits the season and purpose):
Hekate Einodia, Trioditis, 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.
Take the key and tap the top of the skull three times and repeat the following chant:
Hekate we ask that you open the gates of Hades
and allow our ancestors to traverse to us this night.
Guide our loved ones who have passed over,
to us with your wisdom and might.
Bring our ancestors of old and new
with you to share with us their gift of foresight.
Great Goddess we seek to commune with them
in the name of all that is light.
Bless us for we pay homage to you and
our departed ones in this very rite.
Commune with your ancestors and use your divination tools to see what the year has in store for you or ask any specific questions that you have. Write them down with your pen and paper so you can reflect and refer to them later.
Thank and farewell your ancestors and Hekate.
Close sacred space or close the shrine.
Dispose the offerings by leaving them at a base of a tree, putting them in a compost, burying them in your garden or leaving them safely at a crossroads.
Donate your coins to a charity.
(C) T. Georgitsis 2010, Updated 2020