On the 31st of January 2018, it was not only a Blue Moon but also a Super Moon which happened to eclipse.
Here is are a few images which were taken by my partner
(c) T. Georgitsis 2018
Halloween is also 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 Halloween. During Halloween 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: Halloween also known as Samhain. Hekate can be called upon as an intermediary to connect you to your ancestors especially since our dearly departed tend to visit us during Halloween. 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 Halloween, 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 Halloween includes apples, pomegranates, garlic, onion, wine, mead and mugwort tea.
Here is a simple ritual for Hekate, Halloween and your ancestors I have composed and used successfully in the past:
Prepare a dumb supper and place in the NW of your circle or on the left of your altar.
Create sacred space.
Light some incense preferably dragons blood, frankincense or livani (which is found at Greek continental shops and I prefer the rose scented type).
Have a candle placed in the middle of your altar before an image of Hekate in red or black so your deceased loved ones can make their way to you whilst invoking a hymn to Hekate (I prefer the Orphic Hymn to Hekate).
Have a key (I prefer skeleton keys) and an image of a skull (I prefer to use crystal) on the left side of your alter.
Any forms of divination should be placed on your shrine which include, tarot cards, scrying bowl or mirror.
Begin the rite by lighting the spirit candle and evoke Hekate with the following Orphic hymn:
“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.
Thank and farewell your ancestors and Hekate.
Close sacred space.
(C) T. Georgitsis 2010
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:
Performed on Sunset/Sunrise in a liminal place.
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.
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
Ritual And Why Do It?
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.
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) whether they be religious or secular in nature.
Steps in Ritual
A ritual can be broken down into the following:
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).
You need to hold your ritual somewhere eg. temple room, backyard, park etc as you need a place to work.
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.
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.
Create magic, however it might look – spells, heka, chanting as its asking for something from someone or something.
In order for the creation of magic to manifest we need to either offer (given freely and without hurt) something up to the someone or something or you sacrifice (something tangible and painful to let go of/give up ie blood) to the “someone”
Close the sacred space.
This can be done by winding up the circle (close), rejumping the hedge, closing the temple room and farewelling and banishing energies summoned.
You need to wait for it to manifest but its best not to talk about it (takes the power away from the ritual).
Note: Please ensure that you also help yourself in any way you can which is in a proactive and unharmful manner ie if you have conducted a ritual on attaining a new job you need to help yourself by applying for jobs etc.
(c) T. Georgitsis 2016
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.
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.
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:
(c) T. Georgitsis 2014
A Black Moon occurs when there are two New Moons in a month.
In the Northern Hemisphere there is a Black Moon on the 30th of September 2016.
In the Southern Hemisphere there is a Black Moon on the 31st of October 2016 which also happens to fall on Beltane.
This kind of event happens every few years and the type of magick performed is New Moon magick which is more potent during this time.
Focus on renewals, beginnings, manifestation of desires and foundation of intent for future endeavors, which first must come through letting go and clearing/cleansing during the Dark Moon, 2-3 days prior to the New Moon.
These are the following steps I would suggest you do when working with the Black Moon coming up:
(c) T. Georgitsis 2016
The teachers and mentors I have had on my journey I have always been respectful towards (even if I wasn’t shown the same courtesy) and worked hard to learn and prosper with.
Unfortunately these days I find seekers out there don’t have that attitude and are in fact quite demanding, sometimes coming across like spoilt children if they don’t get what they want, when they want – when it comes to education and training.
You cannot demand someone educate and train you in the esoteric arts or pagan path-workings as having a mentor is a privileged honor and not a demanded right. There is so much information online right now which can be accessed with a few clicks that I have noticed many just expect to be spoon fed without actually doing any of the work.
When I started my foray into the public pagan scene in the mid 90’s the internet was only just coming into fruition with email and only a limited number of websites. This was the day before social media and the only way to find a teacher was to find them in real life, usually through an occult store or through a pagancentric hard-copy magazine. Study via correspondence was usually hand written through snail mail or through email in some cases where the teacher or school had access to it. To find like-minded individuals it was important to network in real life and attend events in real time. You learned who you resonated with and who you didn’t and what teachers or groups were around who offered a course of study and/or practical working group.
To say I am thankful that I learned this way from real people is just the beginning of the benefits I found as now I find the pagan scene diluted with unqualified mentors/teachers, know it all armchair pagans and substance-less conversations in online forums.
I am also finding that the older I get, the more I am disillusioned with the public pagan community in general and the more I remove myself from any of its negativity. I tend to shy away from egocentric and aggressively demanding people who believe its their right to be served and unfortunately the scene is rife with these types.
Personally I prefer positive interaction where people speak to each other in a respectful manner and you learn by engaging proactively and getting together and doing things whether it be online or in real life. These to me are real connections and ones which I only foster these days because they are valued.
(c) T. Georgitsis 2016
Within the Wiccan coven ritual structure, cakes and ale (sometimes called bread and wine or cakes and mead) are an important aspect of the magickal working. Its symbolism is of the union of male and female polarity and brings the focus of the coven together to celebrate the bounties of the God and Goddess brought by their union. Like communion in church where the partaking of wine is to symbolize the blood of deity, in the Wiccan tradition when the ale is blessed using the cup and blade its charged, blending the feminine and masculine forces which are found within Deity. The athame upon the altar represents the God and the chalice the Goddess: therefore when the blessing of the ale occurs as part of the consecration of food and drink, it’s a representation of the sacred marriage. God and Goddess become one – light and dark, magnetic and electric, positive and negative. This act celebrates life as a balancing of opposites which is needed for creation in the natural world.
In our ritual joining of these energies through this act, is a powerful way to release and merge these polarities which are ultimately consumed by the practitioner. It’s also way to become close to the Goddess and God and thank them for aiding us in our boons which were asked for in the working aspect of the ritual. It shows that we can take Piety within us, which in turn bestows us with their amalgamated felicitations. This union of divergences manifests as power within, which are then consumed by the coven members who do this one by one, thus deepening the connection to one another. The aspect of consuming the ale, grounds the energy raised in the circle during ritual and assists it in manifesting in the physical sphere from the etheric. Whatever remains in the cup are libations scattered within the coven’s cast circle further promoting focus and abundance within the group.
Another point to take note of is that when you share food and drink it allows you to build stronger connections and bonds. Within the coven environment this is true of not only the feasting aspect after ritual but the cake and ale aspect within ritual. In the coven we give and receive shared knowledge and experiences. Therefore sharing the cake and ale is a practice of goodwill with one another, as well as a partaking of the God and Goddess’s bounty together. The sharing of food is a communal activity which emphasises familial connections and what is a coven after all but a spiritual family joined in religious celebration.
Here is a simple drink blessing I would like to share with you which I created for use in wiccan rituals and can be done in a coven or solitary environment:
Making your own cake and ale imbues your magickal intent and shows you have sacrificed and offered your time and resources for the Goddess, Gods and fellow coven members. Mead which has been made for coven rituals has been a staple in wiccan communities for decades. Known as one of the world’s oldest drinks which predates wine making, this fermented drink in its simplicity yet complexity enables the maker to create various flavors than simply the traditional blend of honey and water. Mead throughout various cultures has been thought to bestow magickal healing as well as fertility and as such a perfect representation for the joining of the God and Goddess. Here is a mead recipe you can make yourself for your rites and rituals:
(c) T. Georgitsis 2014
Take the cup and hold it up to the moon and say:
“This is a symbol of the Goddess and the Feminine”
Take the athame and hold it up to the moon and say:
“This is a symbol of the God and the Masculine”
Plunge the athame into the cup and say:
“Together united as one – may they manifest fruition,
Light & dark, magnetic & electric, positive & negative
All come from the same source which brings us our boons!”
© T. Georgitsis 2004
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:
This is a link which shows you how to scry using the tattwa cards from the Golden Dawn Research Ctr:
(c) T. Georgitsis 2016