Seeking Submissions for the 2018-2019 Winter Issue of Isis-Seshat Journal on the Theme of “Tending to the Ancestors, Propitiating the Dead”—Deadline: Friday, January 18, 2019
“Iba se Eggun.”
(“I pay homage to the spirits of the ancestors.”) — Start of a Yoruba prayer recited in Ifá at the outset of certain rituals
I paid a visit to my Oluwo (Godfather in Ifá) last night and we had a chance to catch up on the whirlwind of life events I’ve been experiencing since my father’s cancer diagnosis two months ago. We consulted Ifá, and the voices of my own Orí (Destiny/True Will) and my Eggun (Ancestors) resonated strongly in the oracle’s spiritual prescriptions. The restless spirits of the dead, teeming hordes of the Eggun Buruku, were also vying for my attention, a fact confirmed by my lived experience of increased spirit activity at both my home and my parents’ house, where I…
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The Craft is a matter of practice, practice and more practice from start to finish and one way to establish regular engagement in magical matters is to use daily ritual. Establishing a short daily practice, particularly early on in ones journey as a seeker, is beneficial for a number of different reasons.
Firstly it allows the seeker to practice key skills on a daily basis. It also allows the practitioner to establish patterns of engagement early on, which comes in useful later if they decide to engage in longer ritual practices. Next it is usually as it helps the practitioner monitor how factors such as health, moon phase and other external factors beyond their control affect them as practitioners and track their development in general.
It wasn’t really clear to me when I began my own journey about how important and beneficial these practices are to a seeker early on…
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Aids: Transmutation, cleansing, assimilation, receptivity, higher truth and strength.
Number: 5 & 7
Purpose: To put you in touch with your higher self and to be able to recognise the spiritual well within yourself.
Star Sign: Gemini, Taurus, Virgo, Libra and Capricorn.
Tarot Card: Priestess
Spell work: Take a piece of agate (it can be jewellery or any other functioning/decorative piece) and place it in your left palm whilst using your right palm to enclose it within your hands. Bless and charge it by repeating the following:
“A’set, Mother of Magick and Universal Priestess –
I ask for you to create, elevate and bless,
Connection to my higher self and inner soul,
Bring alignment and connection to myself whole,
Transmute and assimilate my Akashic wisdom
Receive the knowledge and within transform. “
(c) T. Georgitsis 2018
A beautiful new sphinx from the Ptolemaic era (circa 305–30 BCE) has (accidentally) been discovered in Kom Ombo, Egypt. Most people today are aware that the sphinx is a popular Egyptian symbol, but not as many can say what it means. First, it’s important to distinguish between Greek and Egyptian sphinxes. Greek sphinxes are depicted as female monsters that go around telling riddles and eating those who can’t answer them. Egyptian sphinxes, on the other hand, are generally male and benevolent, guarding temples and tombs. I should also point out that the Egyptians did not refer to their sphinxes as such, since this word is not Egyptian but Greek. The most famous Egyptian sphinx, the Great Sphinx of Giza, was actually called Hor-Em-Akhet (“Horus of the Horizon”) in New Kingdom times (circa 1550–1077 BCE).
The final resting place of Mehu, an Egyptian official who lived during the time of King Teti in the 6th dynasty (circa 2345–2333 BCE), has now been opened to the public. It has been undergoing restoration work ever since it was originally discovered by Dr. Zaki Saad in 1940. Now it can be enjoyed by anyone who travels to Egypt, not just archaeologists. May the soul of Mehu rejoice in his newfound fame and glory!
Aids: Protection, devotion, purification and consecration.
Chakra: Third Eye & Root Chakra.
Purpose: Divine direction and self worth.
Star Sign: Cancer
Tarot Card: The Magician
Spell work: Take a piece of jewellery that makes you feel good. Anoint it with sandalwood oil or pass it through the smoke of sandalwood incense whilst saying:
“I am Worthy
I am Light
I am Darkness
I am Might
I am Balanced
I am Whole
I am Evolving
I am Soul”
Keep it with you to invoke self worth.
(c) T. Georgitsis 2018
On the edge of what we know,
a silhouette stands against the moon-crazed sky…
She spares none, dark daughter of the Sun
and needs no more to ponder the end
for she is already there.
No veil attends her mystery,
no man knows where the darkness sets
nor where the dawn thus will rise
yet here, is not far.
The Dread Goddess
As the smoke of her fires raise high,
her beasts drool
dumbstruck to the whim of the sorceress
dumbfounded and tame, she will treat men the same,
the hetaerean’s fame now guides the hawk
whose circling movements mock the trap;
tightened is the charmer’s noose
around the lost and wandering souls of Illium’s war
who’d set sail for home, to a home no more…
soon to be cast to a sty with a swift wand’s work
from skin and speech to bristle and grunt –
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