In the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an article called “Ancient Egyptian Incense“ which describes the history and usage of incense in Ancient Egypt along with a recipe of how to make your own. Get your your FREE copy below:
In my regular column on crystals, in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an article called “Crystal Elixirs“ which describes what crystal elixirs are, how to make and use them and some recipes for you to try along with safe and toxic list of crystals. Get your your FREE copy below:
In my regular column on crystals, in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an article called “Lotus Crystal Oil“ which describes what lotus oil can be used for and how to make your own with the aid of a crystal for an added magickal kick. Get your your FREE copy below:
In my regular column on crystals, in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an Ancient Egyptian themed article called “Isis/A’set Crystals and How To Charge Them with Her Aid“ which describes my connection with Isis/A’set, her crystals and a Rite to Charge Isis/A’set Crystals. Get your your FREE copy below:
I have been a devotee of Isis/A’set for decades as she was my first matron. Having been fascinated with Ancient Egypt due to a familial connection She was the first deity who called to me when I first started practicing my family’s magickal practices (which were Hermetic and Greek/Egyptian Folk Magick centric).
Who is Isis/Aset – I have written about her before on this blog, specifically her role as Mistress of Magic which has been her dominate force in my practice, which you can read here:
I self-dedicated to Isis/A’set as her devotee at age 18 and then when I joined my first magickal group at 21, chose the magickal name A’set in her honour and trained and taught as her Priestess (Elphame Wicca).
Joining the Fellowship of Isis later on I undertook training in Lyceums (training schools within the Fellowship of Isis) and became a Hierophant Priestess through rigorous path-working study, opening my own Lyceum a decade later.
Craving more knowledge I joined the House of Netjer (a kemetic temple) in the middle of my FOI studies and was divined as the daughter of A’set/Serqet and took the divined name Setjataset (A’set ushers her in) and briefly trained as her Sau and remain as a Divined Remetj to this day.
I devoured any academia and magickal books I could find on Isis/A’set and her practice and also trained in the vibrational healing modality Isis Seichim to further my devotion to her.
Isis/A’set was the one who led me to Hekate during a Dark Night of the Soul and as such I became Hekate’s devotee and Priestess with the guidance of Isis/A’set.
To this day I maintain a devout Priestess to Isis/A’set and tend to her shrine regularly and enact various rites and magick in her name (both group and solitary work through my Lyceum of Heka as well as my healing and reading work).
Below I have written a ritual for a devotional to A’set which I have been using for years in group and solitary work. I find this rite quite beneficial to strengthen your connection to this goddess.
Rite to A’set by Setjataset © 2004
Start this rite just before sunset.
Shrine faces east and has some unlit incense, a blue candle, anointing oil, a bowl of rose water, A’set statue and an offering for A’set placed upon it.
Begin by standing with both arms relaxed by your side before your shrine.
Light some incense and then draw the Invoking Ankh followed by the Invoking Eye of Horus before you, behind you, to your left, right, above, below and within you.
Light the blue candle.
Take the rose water and sprinkle it over the A’set statue. Now take the anointing oil and anoint the statue of Isis on the third eye area of her forehead.
Lift both hands and arms from your elbows up before you, with palms facing upwards and say:
“Dua-ur-ntr Anedj-Rak Ne-fer A-set.”
(Adorations and greetings to you beautiful Isis.)
Repeat the following Hymn to A’set:
“Ra is in celebration!
The heart exults in joy
For your heart is soft and sweet O Goddess!
Isis Queen of the World and Her son Horus
He is King upon the Throne of His Father
Governing both poles
The Seat of Geb is in Her possession
The function of Atum is in Her hand
The strength of Mentu is in Her grasp
The divinity who produces the beginning
And fills the Sky and Earth with Her perfection
This Crown who bright in Gold appears
Auguste is Her sign
Lives in the House Divine
Sovereign of the Gods of the Sky
Queen of the Gods of Earth
Falcon also of Gods of the Tuat
The Mistress of Bright Glory
On the Throne is Her command
It is the one Her heart desires
Who is chosen to ascend the Throne
Without violence they ascend the Palace
One call, one desire to see
The Honour of the Country and everything whole
It is by Her order that the Temple is blessed
With the return of Her brother!
Her name is pronounced and the world is loyal to Her”(1)
Cross hands over chest in Osiris Position and meditate, pray or send her a petition of askance.
After this is completed place the offering to Isis before her statue and say:
“Ho-tep A-set” (Peace and Offerings A-set).
Farewell A’set by repeating the following:
“O Holy Blessed Lady
Constant comfort to humankind
Whose beneficence and kindness nourish us all
And whose care for those in trouble is as
A loving Mother who cares for all Her Children
You are there when we call
Stretching our your hand to put aside
That which is harmful to us
Untangling the web of fate in which we may be caught
Even stopping the stars if they form a harmful pattern
All other deities
Whether bountiful or merciless
Do reverence to Thee
For it is Isis who rules the world
Stamping out the powers of evil
Arranging the stars to give us answers
Causing the seasons to come and go
Commanding the winds to move ships
Giving the clouds to water the growing seeds
So that we may have food
If I have one thousand mouths
And one thousand tongues in each
Still I could not do justice to Thy Majesty
Yet I will forever remember your help in my time of need
And keep your blessed image deep within my heart.”(2)
Let blue candle burn all the way down (Note: Never leave a lit candle unattended.).
Leave offering on shrine for at least 24 hours and use appropriately.
(1) Traditional Hymn to Isis taken from a wall at her Temple in Philae.
(2) Prayer from Om Sety at the Abydos Temple.
If you are interested in training in the Fellowship of Isis as a Priest/Priestess my Lyceum of Heka is now taking students – for further information please go here:
(C) T. Georgitsis 2021
In the latest issue of Isian News by the Fellowship of Isis, my Lyceum of Heka (my teaching school within the fellowship) news features my article about Dancing for Hekate. For your FREE copy follow this link:
In my regular column on crystals, in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an Ancient Egyptian themed article called “Heka (Ancient Egypt Magick)“ which describes what Heka is along with a simple piece of Heka for you to try utilising a crystal wand. For your FREE copy follow this link:
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
Lammas or Lughnasadh is the first autumn festival in the Southern Hemisphere calendar. This year it falls on the 4th of February at 12.40am. I was introduced to this festival when I studied Wicca back in my teens and then was exposed to a celebration of it when I was in my first Wiccan coven in my early 20’s.
Historically its a Celtic festival which celebrates the First Harvest of the Fruits such as apples, grapes, tomatoes, peaches, plums but also celebrates the harvest of the first grain, wheat, oats and corn. Therefore traditionally the fruit gathered is made into preserves and the grains and corn made into bread or cakes.
I grew up with an immigrant Greek family and during this time of year they would make large stores of Passata due to it being used so often in their cooking. My father also made home made moonshine using whatever was abundant and in season as well as his own wine and beer. My mother made Pita from home grown spinach and/or horta and fennel, stuffed vine leaves and also various Greek shortbreads and cakes. They would both share what they made with family and friends as it was common practice where they grew up and brought that tradition here to Australia when they immigrated.
These days I continue a version of their traditions as I infuse store bought wine with homegrown Greek herbs, make passata from the tomatoes out of my garden, as well as bake traditional Greek village bread and Greek biscuits using organic ingredients. I have also used this time for years to make plum jam from my garden’s Victorian heirloom organic plums (due to the trees originally being part of a farm in the area before it was sub-divided into housing). These items created from the seasonal harvest are offered to my Gods, Ancestors and loved ones where appropriate.
Due to been heavily influenced by the way I was raised, my rituals are a mix of honouring my personal Gods, ancestors and also honouring the land I live on. I see this as a perfect blend of personal devotion as someone who works with the Gods, local spirits and venerates her ancestors in a modern way. I don’t have any strong connection to the God Lugh, typically honoured during this time of year, so I personally use it as a harvest festival and honour my household Gods: Hekate with a libation set aside to Hestia. Other Gods which I have honoured during his time include Persephone, Demeter, Mercury and Apollo.
If like me if you honour any of the above Gods, you can make Greek shortbread or cheesecake for Hekate, pomegranate infused cakes or salads for Persephone, honey or sesame biscuits for Demeter, home made wine for Mercury and home made beer for Apollo.
Its also a good time to make and dedicate devotional items you have crafted yourself over the summer. I tend to make and dedicate items to specific Gods utilising items from my garden due to it resonating with the vibe of the season and festival. Growing a lot of herbs, the ones which are in season, I collect preserve and store them for future use in Hekate’s name for various magical purposes. I also collect resin, bark, leaves and branches from some of my trees to be used in items such as incense, waters, oils and magical tools.
I feel magically used crafts such as candles and incense are perfect to infuse with the energies of the season especially if we are able to harness these energies and channel them into the items. I also tend to make preserves which I use in offerings thorough the remainder of the year
Also its a good time to acknowledge the ancestors and leave them some food offerings as a form of ancestor veneration. I usually leave some food they liked in life such as kalamata olives, feta, stuffed vine leaves my mother taught me to make along with some Greek coffee which I can scry and divine with.
So even though the Hekate and Ancestral traditions of spirituality and magick I work, doesn’t sound like it fits exactly within the Lammas/Lughnasadh festival – I make it work for me and you can too as the most important thing I feel is devotion and dedication to your path whatever form that takes.
(c) T. Georgitsis 2020