Hekate Self Initiation

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One of the simplest rituals I have created and completed is a self-initiation and dedication to a deity.  Here is a ritual I wrote many moons ago for Hekate which you might find useful and which you can use as a guideline when writing your own ritual:

Hekate Self Initiation

Performed on Sunset/Sunrise in a liminal place.

Items Needed:

  • 1 black candle
  • 2 white candles
  • 1 lighter/matches
  • 2 coins
  • 2 keys
  • 1 glass of wine or grape juice
  • Moon cakes
  • 1 glass of water
  • Salt
  • Hekate incense or similar
  • Charcoal
  • Incense burner
  • Hekate oil or similar
  • Pad and pen

Preparation:

Clean the working space and neutralize energies.  This can be done by completing the LBRP, sweeping the space with a broom, clearing the temple with incense and khernips etc.

Ensure alter is set up with items needed.

Anoint the black candle with the Hekate oil.

Anoint self with Hekate oil between the brow.

Create Sacred Space

In any manner you are accustomed to.

Magickal Working

As a sign of devotion offer Hekate a coin, a white candle and a key.

(The coin can be given to a charity or left at a crossroads after the ritual, the white candle can be used when invoking Hekate and the key can be used when working with Hekate to unlock mysteries or connect to her).

Light the black candle and Invoke Hekate by reciting a prayer written in her name.

Make an offering to Hekate consisting of wine and moon cakes.

Speak to Hekate in your own words.  Tell Hekate that you are dedicating yourself to her service and let her know what you can offer her as her devotee.  Share with her where you are at in your life and what you feel is holding you back and what you want to achieve.  Ask Hekate for her blessings, guidance and help.  Remember to be clear and concise with your words.

After you have done this visualise Hekate unlocking a door and opening it before you, she hands you a key as you pass through the door and there you find a crossroad before you.  Hekate holds her arms up before her in witch pose and lights the appropriate path before you with her blazing torches.  Hekate hands you a torch and beckons you to walk along beside her as she guides you down the illuminated path.  Follow the illuminated path until you find the answer you seek. After you have found the answer you seek thank Hekate for her assistance and farewell her.  Record any insights or advice given.

Close Sacred Space

In any manner you are accustomed to similar to creating sacred space.

(C) T. Georgitsis 2010

 

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Dumb Supper

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Although Samhain is celebrated in the Southern Hemisphere on the 1st of May, in the Northern Hemisphere its celebrated on the 31st of October, and some here chose to connect to those energies.  Therefore, I thought I would post something I wrote a few years back on Samhain and the practice of the Dumb Supper .

Samhain is also known as the last harvest.  It’s the time of year when the land’s fertility withdraws in preparation for the dormancy of winter.  Since Samhain is when the veil between the living world and that of the spirit world is the thinnest, I use this occasion to make offerings in the form of a Dumb Supper to my ancestors in thanks for the connections to my blood history.  Samhain is also a time of endings and beginnings for the witch, as its the start of the witch’s new year.   Along with ancestor veneration, acknowledging and honoring the Gods of this time – the turning of the seasonal wheel is also of importance.

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A Dumb Supper is a meal, which can include drink created in honor of the dead.  This supper cannot only be for your ancestors but also for friends who have passed or those whom you have a connection to and are no longer in the realm of the living.  Dumb Suppers are a time of silent remembrance so when offering a meal to them, it is traditional to commune with them silently or you can write a note to them and leave it with the meal.  Dumb Suppers can be offered in sacred space, like part of a Samhain ritual or they can be offered at a place at the set table of your Samhain meal you prepare (usually at the head of the table and served first).  Dumb Suppers can be covered in a shroud to symbolize its for the blessed dead, have a candle lit before it so its easy for them to find it on the astral, as well as saying a silent prayer in honor of them.

I like to create a Dumb Supper with things my blessed dead liked to eat in life. I personally include my supper as part of my Samhain ritual, which I use to communicate with them and thank them for their blessings of giving me life. Since candles were used to help spirits find their way home, I place a candle with images of my ancestors, a personal item of theirs and a plate consisting of their food in the North West of my cast circle.  I place a note I have written to them underneath the offering plate ensuring this plate is never used by the living (lest death take those who partake of it).  During my Samhain ritual I also burn the note of correspondence I wrote for them in a cauldron or fire pit so its released to the ether of spirit.

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Whatever you decide to create for your Dumb Supper, ensure you use what’s in season, and connect to the energies of Samhain.  Foodstuff in season can consisting of apples, pumpkins, corn, mushrooms, turnips, pomegranates, garlic, onions, potatoes, wine/mead, meat, nuts, within your meal offering for the ancestors.  Herbs which can be infused in your food and drink which resonate with the energies of Samhain are rosemary, mugwort, rue, tarragon, sage, wormwood, bay, nettle, mandrake, nutmeg, fennel (please note some of these herbs can be toxic with overuse or be incompatible with pregnant women so please refer to a material medica for further detailed information on the herbs you use).

If you would like some recipes check out my food blog:

https://madammagick.wordpress.com/recipes/

(c) T. Georgitsis 2014

Blending and Baking for Beltaine

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Beltane is a fertility festival where the union of the God and Goddess is honored.   Its a time of plentiful abundance and as such we can celebrate it as a feasting holiday.  A way to honor the earth’s blooming richness during Beltane is to hold a ritual with symbols of male and female fertility to signify the fruitfulness of the land and in turn us. It is also customary to hold a meal after the ceremony in celebration, which is called Agape in the Wiccan tradition I am initiated in.  Agape is a ritualistic meal after the customary rite has ended and circle is closed and the attendees are gathered around a hearth table or fireplace to eat and drink in merriment and the word itself means love in Greek.

One of the things which stands out for me during Wiccan ritual is the cakes and wine sharing within the coven which is similar to the catholic church sacrament but predates it.  Its where after our magickal working within the cast circle, cakes and wine is passed around by the coven members, which the Priestess and Priest initiate before the altar.  The cake and wine is shared among those gathered to ground and give thanks in honor of the God and Goddess for the blessings they have bestowed upon us.  When the goblet of wine is passed around the words “May you never thirst” are spoken before being handed to the next participant and when the cakes plate (sometimes the earth pentacle is used) is passed around the words “May you never hunger” are spoken before they are handed to the next person.  I find this form of blessing quite beneficial as not only does it bless us with the prosperity and bounty of the God and Goddess but it connects the coven in an act of love through the sharing of food in the name of deity.

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During Beltane my preferred preference for cake and wine is oat cakes and may wine. The magickal properties of wine are fertility, abundance and dreams and connect to the element of water and the moon.  The magickal properties of oats are fertility, wealth and prosperity and connect to the element of earth and the planet Venus.

May Wine Recipe

Wine is used in many a Wiccan celebration and as such perfect to use at Beltane. May wine also known as Maibowle (May bowl) can connect us to the nature of Beltane since its at the heart of spring and we have the ingredients at hand to be able to make this refreshing alcoholic punch. May wine/Maibowle gets its name due to Beltane falling on May 1st in the northern hemisphere where Beltane also known as May Day has its origins.  It is this time of year where this type of wine is enjoyed in celebration of the fertility festival, most notably in Germany.

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Oats are used in several Beltane-centric Celtic cakes and breads, my favourite being Bannocks which are native to Scotland.  Bannocks can have charms placed upon them and therefore the person consuming them also consumes the symbolic meaning that the charm represents.

Bannocks Recipe

(c) T. Georgitsis 2012

Healing with the Gods: Isis Seichim

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My main interest whilst studying naturopathy had always been Ancient Egyptian medicine and many of my assignments and pracs focused on that point of interest.  I devoured all natural medicine sources as well as Egyptological academia I could find and then, by chance, I stumbled across the vibrational healing modality Isis Seichim.  Reiki was thoroughly entrenched in the new age and holistic alternative medicine scene at this time and I had heard about an Ancient Egyptian flavoured reiki and was very eager to learn more about it.  What I discovered was that not much was available – all the teachers offering workshops at the time didn’t give much information on what it was, they had no manuals or notes as you just received the initiation and your certificate of completion.  I also struggled to find a teacher in the state I was living in and the workshops offered intestate and overseas were pricey to complete due to its niche market (also with little transparency I was reluctant to pay hundreds to thousands of dollars for it).

I wanted to find out more and learn about this vibrational healing modality whose connection was to Isis, the first Goddess I was ever sworn to and whom I continue to serve as her initiated priestess today.  I remained patient and years later come across my now retired master who taught from the heart and had a little bit more of the puzzle.  She encouraged me to progress further into the healing technique and find out more and master the energy within myself. I was then initiated into Isis Seichim and became a master, eventually teaching workshops and initiated students of my own.  I have created my own practitioner manual and developed my own workshop which consists of ritual and ceremony in honour of Isis and her devotees whilst trying to educate my students with the greatest amount of duty of care – to Isis, their clients and themselves.  This is just a fraction of what I discovered during my journey with Isis Seichim over the years.

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What are the origins of Isis Seichim?

Seichim (say sheem) comes from the Ancient Egyptian word “Sekhem” which translated into English means ‘Power of Powers”. Seichim is an advanced form of hands on healing having sounds and symbols whilst being said by many masters, that it is the parent energy of all hands on healing systems. Seichim is considered ancient and sacred, as it is believed by some vibrational healers and reiki masters to have originated in Atlantean times which in due course moved to Ancient Egypt.  Due to this connection over a millennia, the energy stream is infinite.  Various forms of Seichim healing systems are available today and those who have become involved in Seichim have received more symbols whilst being initiated, channelling, dreams, divination, ritual or through other practitioners and masters.

In a more traceable form Seichim can be linked to Patrick Zeigler who received the original intuinement of Seichim after having a deep mystical experience in the Kings Chamber of the Great Pyramid in Egypt during the early 1980s. Isis Seichim was later developed as a facet of Seichim which originated in Australia after Phoenix Summerfield (a student of Patrick’s) began teaching here in Australia.

What is Isis Seichim?

The knowledge that an unseen energy flows through all living things and is connected directly to the quality of health has been part of the wisdom of many cultures including the Ancient Egyptians since early times. We are alive because life force is flowing through us within the physical body as well as around us in a field of energy. Isis Seichim heals by raising the vibration of the energy found within the life force. Isis Seichim is a simple technique to learn but the ability to use Isis Seichim is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student by the Isis Seichim Master. Its use is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development, therefore it is available to everyone. Utilising Isis Seichim feels like a wonderful glowing radiance which flows through you and surrounds you. Isis Seichim treats the whole person including body, mind, spirit and emotion – which is a natural, holistic and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement.

Isis Seichim is guided by the Deity – Isis (Consciousness) therefore it can never do harm. It is universal life force energy which always knows what a person needs and will adjust itself to create the effect that is appropriate for them. Isis Seichim is a channelled healing energy therefore an Isis Seichim practitioner’s energies is never depleted. In fact the Isis Seichim consciousness considers both practitioner and client to be in need of healing so both receive treatment. Because of this, giving a treatment always increases one’s energy and leaves one surrounded with loving feelings of well-being. Learning Isis Seichim is a good starting point for experiencing and working with healing energy and is a wonderful method for deepening awareness of universal energy.  In general, Isis Seichim complements other healing methods and spiritual practices.

Isis Seichim heals within 3 – 7 facets:

  1. Physical
  2. Etheric/Spiritual
  3. Emotional
  4. Mind (Higher)
  5. Buddic
  6. Atmic
  7. Monadic

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Although ancient in its essence, in modern times Isis Seichim can be regarded as renewed ancient healing wisdom as its an advanced form of telepathically directed “healing” which leads to a greater unfoldment and understanding of your spiritual self.

Isis Seichim:

  • Connects you to the divine source of the Deity Isis;
  • Is very powerful, but will not harm in any way;
  • Is soft and gentle whilst cleansing and purifying;
  • Heals at a very deep level, going to the core of a person’s whole state of being, both inner child and higher state;
  • Balances and aligns the aura and the chakras of the body;
  • Changes your vibration, usually by raising it (great for those wishing to tread a spiritual path);
  • Clears blockages from the mind, body and the aura;
  • Eases grief and helps to heal emotional issues;
  • Helps creates abundance by allowing the individual to accept they are worthy;
  • Clears toxins and promotes faster healing;
  • Relaxes and eases physical tension and pain; and
  • Expands your spirituality

For me, Isis Seichim has had a profound impact and how I connect to Isis whilst walking the healing path.

© T. Georgitsis 2016

Tattwa Cards

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Tattwa cards were a vision technique created by the Golden Dawn (a western magickal tradition) which was inspired by Hinduism to help its members psychically develop astrally whilst scrying.  They are used in a pathworking sense and cover the elements contained in magick: earth, air, fire , water and spirit.

I first got into the Tattva cards when I was about 20 years old and had joined my first Wiccan coven. It was a requirement that after my crafting and as part of my year and a day training, I use them in path-working exercises. I worked with them as directed by my HP at the time but I also worked with them, the same way I worked with the tarot in my mid teens. I conducted my own research and study on each card, assigned my own instinctual meanings to each card and worked and meditated on each card for a certain time frame. I would finish off by placing each card under my pillow to stimulate dreams which would assist in this path working. One lesson I learned quite quickly was to work in ascending order instead of picking a card out of the deck randomly, which was quite unlike and rash of me in hindsight (since I NEVER did that with the tarot) and especially since the first card I pulled and therefore my first attempt of the dream incubation lesson involved me sleeping for two days straight because I had drawn the Ether of Ether card! That was NOT a good idea and I should of had a physical guardian looking over me (along with my astral ones) since I was so green with this tool.

With that said it is a great system and I would suggest starting with making your own deck.  Creating your own deck gives you more of a connection to your cards. I would start with white cardboard cards which are about 6 x 6 inches and draw/paint on the symbols. Alternatively you can purchase a deck but I would ensure you have cleaned them properly with all the elements.

Details of Tattva Cards

Tattva cards are divided into five categories Akasha, Tejas, Vayu, Apas and Prithivi.

Each category has a card for the main tattva symbol, plus 4 additional cards containing smaller images of the remaining tattvas.

ie for Akasha:
Akasha (main card)
Tejas within Akasha (Fire of Spirit)
Vayu within Akasha (Air of Spirit)
Apas within Akasha (Water of Spirit)
Prithivi within Akasha (Earth of Spirit)

You can use this chart showing all the tattwa cards to create your own:

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This is a link which shows you how to scry using the tattwa cards from the Golden Dawn Research Ctr:

Golden Dawn Tattwa Cards

 (c) T. Georgitsis 2016

Chakra Stones

When I was a crystologist I created my own Chakra Stones, taken from much time spent working as a Reiki Master and becoming well versed with crystal healing.  I picked out flat and rounded crystals/stones which resonated with each chakra and could be used safely, effectively and charged them with that purpose.

What are Chakra Stones for?

Chakra stones are used to clean your aura and purify the energies in your subtle bodies.  They can also be used in conjunction with vibrational healing such as Reiki.  The way they are used is by placing them on or near where the chakras are on the physical body.

How to make your own Chakra Stones

Pick one stone for each of the seven major chakras:

Crown – white or purple such as clear quartz and amethyst.

Third Eye – blue or purple such as lapis and charoite.

Throat – blue such as sodalite.

Heart – pink or green such as rose quartz and malachite.

Solar Plexus – yellow such as citrine or calcite.

Navel – orange such as carnelian or amber.

Base – brown or red such as jasper and garnet.

Some like to add extra chakra stones above and below the body – one for above the head (soul star chakra to elevate the energy) such as selenite and one for under the feet (earth star chakra to ground the energy) such as tourmaline.   Also some will add another stone for the “higher heart” chakra (which is located between the throat and the heart chakra) such as watermelon tourmaline to be able to connect the intellectual to the emotional bodies.

My advice is to play around with colors and vibrations of crystals with each chakra and come up with your own set.  This way its personalized and you develop a relationship with the crystals you are using.

Here is a list I created for those interested in Kemetism (Ancient Egypt) which you can use to assist you in selecting the stones you want for your chakra kit:   Ancient Egyptian Stones

 

This is the end result of my personal pack:

 

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(C) T. Georgitsis 2016

The Land of the Long White Cloud: Paua Shell

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Paua (pronounced Pah-Wah) is a univalve shellfish found only in New Zealand coastal waters.  Its unique for its wonderful lustre of irdescent blues, purples, pinks and greens.  The shell grows to over eight incheslong and can live well over fourty years.  Its flesh is edible and greatly valued by the Maori who use the shells as inlays in the eyes of their carvings.  Skin divers harvest the shell which has a heavy encrustations of marine growth and lime deposits.  This outer crust is removed to expose the shell’s full beauty in colour and lustre.  The finest shells are found off the coasts of Fiodland and Stewart Island in the far south of New Zealand.

Spiritually the paua resonate with beauty, healing, fortune, happiness, honesty, tranquility, intuition, psychic sight as well as inspiring the higher self and imagination. Connects to the crown, third eye and throat chakras and vibrationally can assist with immunity, GIT issues, heart, joint and muscle problems along with allergies and sensitivities.

(C) T. Georgitsis 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hekate Recipes: Health Tonic

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Hekate Hellenic Health Tonic: Ironwort and Chamomile

Ironwort (aka Mountain Tea): High in iron (which is where it derives is common name from), Ironwort is a superherb which has been used in Greek folk herbal medicine for generations.  Its an antioxidant, immune booster, lowers blood pressure and body temperature, assists with fatigue and anemia as well as helping with circulation and chronic fatigue.

 

Chamomile: Relaxant which can be used as a sedative, used against fevers/colds as its antibacterial, used for digestive upsets as an antispasmodic and anti-allergenic, is anti-inflammatory and anti fungal. Great for allergies,speeds up healing, assists with skin problems, eye infections and mouth ulcers.

 

Pagan Blog Project: Z is for Zaghareet

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Zaghareet (pronounced “zah guh REET”.) also known as a ululation is a long, high-pitched, wavering yet sharp trilling howl created with the fast movement of the tongue to show heightened emotion.  On the most part its a celebrational  sound used to give praise and express joy within several contexts: ritual, singing, celebrations/events but it can be also be used as a sound of deep mourning depending on the culture using it.

In the context of bellydancing at haflas, weddings and other parties.  The dancer herself can use the zaghareet to show how much fun they are having otherwise it can be directed towards the dancer to show appreciation for their dancing.  It’s a great honour to receive a zaghareet.

This is what its supposed to sound like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaz82eJTkK4&index=2&list=PLCZAeT3QsYc60xQ8s8tETcjr3Uipl3t2y

© T. Georgitsis 2015

Pagan Blog Project: Q is for Quartz Programming

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Image (c) T. Georgitsis 2012

What is Crystal Programming?

All crystals take in the various energies they are surrounded by, but you can also tap into them and give them a job to do.  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 which can in turn trigger them in you.  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. The most effective type to use for crystal programming is clear quartz.

Tina’s Crystal Programming Technique (© T. Georgitsis 2014)

Ingredients

  • 1 clear quartz crystal
  • Salt water

Method

  1. Clean crystal of all previous programing (whether it was intentional or not) in salt water or 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 (Reiki or Sekhem/Seichim is perfect for this).
  2. Formulate what you want your crystal to be programmed with ensuring it’s a positive though form for it to be of benefit 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.

(C) T . Georgitsis 2014