Mystic Tribe Magazine: June 2021, Issue #43

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:

Mystic Tribe Magazine: May 2021, Issue #42

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:

Isian News: Issue #180, Beltane 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 “Heka” (Ancient Egyptian Magick)”.   For your FREE copy follow this link:

Mystic Tribe Magazine: April 2021, Issue #41

 

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:

 

Mystic Tribe Magazine: March 2021, Issue #40

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:

Isis/A’set Magic: Devotional Rite

 
(C) Setjataset – Kemetic A’set Shrine

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:

Who is Isis?


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.


(C) Setjataset – FOI Shrine to Isis

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.

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Footnotes:

(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:

Lyceum of Heka


(C) T. Georgitsis 2021

Mystic Tribe Magazine: February 2021, Issue #39

 

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:

Issue 39 Mystic Tribe Magazine February 2021

WepRonpet and the Epagomenial Days 2020 (Australia)

Last week I noticed the change of the season.  The plum trees are beginning to blossom and the sunlight is lingering a little bit longer as the days stretch out with ever growing warmth.

Many in the southern hemisphere honoured Brigid for Imbolc, however for me, I observed and practiced the Kemetic tradition of the Epagomenal days (last days of the year) and Wep Ronpet (Ancient Egyptian New Year).

Unlike in previous years where I would go out and carefully select and purchase specific offerings for the Gods, this year due to Stage 4 restrictions and choosing to self-isolate during this pandemic, I gave what I had from my personal stores which I felt resonated with the Gods.

For A’set – my matron, I revamped her shrines and offered her incense and a newly built greenhouse where I will plant the seeds for the coming Spring and Summer.

For Osiris I offered incense and home made banana bread.

For Set I offered cranberry and raspberry tea and incense.

For Nephtys I offered black coffee and incense.

For Djehiti I offered fresh fruit and incense.

For Sekhmet I offered incense, candles, mandarines and various crystals such as a lapis pendant and slabs of amethyst, still bite & apolphilite and pyrite.

I participated in various rites and heka daily during the Epagomenal days and Wep Ronpet – the most significant being the Sekhmet and A’set rituals where I felt the overwhelming energy of the rites course through me, the shrines and the house (where my newly adopted kittens would sit in sphinx pose observing me, when they are usually bouncing off the walls during that time of day/night).

Its quite apt that the God of the year which was divined during the A’set Oracle is Sekhmet – after all she is the Goddess of Pestilence and Plagues.  Many years ago I wrote a Tamerian style invocation hymn in her name, to be used when calling to her to aid you in Heka, which she has dominion over.  Although I have evolved from this style of writing, I feel it still resonates with the intent it was written – for which can be used and especially moreso during this time in our history.  Here is the invocation to Sekhmet I wrote way back when I was studying natural medicine:

SEKHMET INVOCATION © T. Georgitsis 2003

Lady of Flame

Whose power is in thy name

Aid us this night

With your presence and might

Ruler of the White Hot Sun

This rite’s magic has now begun

Great One of Magic

Banish anything that’s harmful and tragic

Goddess of Pestilence and Wars

Help us heal our emotional sores

Mother in the Horizon of Heaven

Death to negative energies and their brethren

Queen of the Wastelands

We leave our past failures disposals in your hands

Destroyer of Rebellions, those against you quake with fear

Help us to move forward and put our future into positive gear

Protectress we ask our idleness and weakness for you to destroy

As strength, wisdom and health we seek to employ,

Powerful Great Defender

Shield us from past, present and future pretender

Mistress of the Scorching Eye of Ra

Cleanse us from evil near and far

Most divine and greatest of healing

Preserve us from physical ailments and ill feeling

Keeper of the universal and karmic lore

Help us accept the past is gone and dwells no more

You are she who is pure and sacred – most holy one

Make sure all curses sent our way are smothered and undone

Lady whose enemies bend at your will

We will persevere and survive with your added skill

We call you forth to aid us in our plight

As we come to you in love and understanding – not fright

Over the years I have honoured and venerated Sekhmet along with my two other Fellowship of Isis Lyceum patrons A’set and Hekate.   I have even ended a devotional in Sekhmet’s name along with teaching workshops on her and healing modality Sekhem Sekhmet.

For more information on Sekhmet and the devotional I edited in her name you can find on Amazon, go here:

https://neosalexandria.org/bibliotheca-alexandrina/current-titles/devotionals/daughter-of-the-sun-a-devotional-anthology-in-honor-of-sekhmet/

This is an interview I did with respects to Sekhmet with Reality Sandwich which talks about my deep connection to Her:

Emergence of Sekhmet: Twelve Interviews

The complete and unedited interview can be found here:

Sekhmet Interview

For me, it being the year of Sekhmet nothing changes, for as I will continue to venerate Sekhmet (along with A’set and Hekate). I just hope and pray that She is appeased and that this pandemic fades into history as quickly as it entered.

(C) T. Georgitsis 2020

 

Wep Ronpet Dates 2020 (Kemetic/Ancient Egyptian New Year)

 

What are the Epagomenal Days?

The Epagomenal Days are the five days at the end of the year due to the Ancient Egyptian calendar being divided into 30 days of 12 months.  Due to this falling short of the astronomical year the five extra days were created and assigned to the Gods.

What is Wep Ropet?

Wep Ronpet also known as the Kemetic New Year is marked by the rising of Sirius aka as Sopdet. This year it falls on the 5th August 2020.

Here are the dates for the end of the year including the Epogamenal Days and Wep Ronpet:

July 29th Last Day of the Year

Epagomenal Day 0 – July 30th: Day Dedicated to Djehuty (leap year extra day)

Epagomenal Day 1 – July 31st: Birthday of Wesir

Epagomenal Day 2 – August 1st: Birthday of Heru-wer

Epagomenal Day 3 – August 2nd: Birthday of Set

Epagomenal Day 4 – August 3rd: Birthday of Aset (also the Full Moon @ 1.58am EST)

Epagomenal Day 5 – August 4th: Birthday of Nebt-het

1 August 5th – Wep Ronpet

 

 

Here is a basic Kemetic ritual for Wep Ronpet I wrote and use yearly:

 

Setjataset’s Wep Ronpet Rite

Bathe and brush your teeth before dawn.

This is done to ensure you are purified and can perform Heka for the New Year.

Open the temple or create sacred space in usual manner.

At dawn, bring out all icons to be kissed by the rays of Ra and with cleanse with natron and anoint with oil. 

This is done to ensure icon is charged and purified.

Cut off an image of Apep’s head and throw it away or trample on it outside then dispose of the remains away from the home.

This is done because destroying the image parallel’s the “turning the dangers of the year” at which Sekhmet presides.

Mark on a red clay pot, something to symbolize all the things you want to be rid of, such as anxiety, hate, impatience etc – as long as it’s personal to you and not something that belongs to another, or another person themselves then smash the pot and/or burn it.

This is done to announce to Netjer that you rid yourself of negativity, bad habits etc before the turning of the New Year.

Take an amulet which you have made or which you have put aside for the specific purposes of the upcoming year and charge it and purify it with natron on the shrine.

This is done as a protection mechanism and to symbolize the promise of good things to come in the New Year.

End the ritual with making special offerings to your Akhu.

The offerings to your Akhu is done to show respect and adoration to those whom came before you and in a sign of acknowledging and venerating your ancestors.

Close the temple and sacred space in usual manner.

 


(C) T. Georgitsis 216 – Updated 2020

The Cat in Magick: Familiars of Witches & Priestesses


Having been raised with domestic cats as pets, I have developed a strong connection to the feline and have been lucky enough to be owned by a few cat familiars.  My first familiar* came to my attention in my late teens when I became interested in Wicca and I set up my altar.  My ginger tabby Hoody would love to jump onto the altar and absorb the energies raised upon it, even though on occasion he would singe the end of his tail on the candles lit upon it.  Hoody would accompany me or keep watch over me whilst I performed spells and rituals. When I would cast circle he would actually be able to discern where the invisible boundary of the circle was and would dutifully pace the boundary in a stance of protection and once the ritual had started he would sit sphinx position outside the boundary facing in and watch over me.  This led me to find out more about cats and the role they have played in magick and not surprisingly they are considered a magickal and sacred animal all the way back to Ancient Egypt, right to the modern witch.

Cats were believed magickal and sacred in various cultures around the world.  In Ancient China, Ii-Shou the god of the gathered crops took the form of a cat to protect the harvest. In Japan the Emperor Ichijo found 5 kittens in his palace during the 10th day of the 5th moon which was an auspicious day and thereafter cats were considered good luck and images were placed in temples, businesses and homes.  In Ancient Rome cats were sacred to the Goddess Diana and were seen as guardians and protectors of the home whilst also being a symbol of domestic virtuousness. In Norse mythology the fertility Goddess Freyja’s chariot is drawn by cats and they are believed to be a blessing with respects to procreation and newborns.

With respects to Ancient Greece and associated mythology, there is a small connection to cats and Hekate through the mythology of Galinthias by Ovid, where Galinthias was turned into a polecat (a type of weasel) by Hera and Hekate feeling sorry for Galinthias appointed her a sacred servant and/or priestess. I also came across this gem with respects to cats and Hekate:

“Among ancient civilizations, however, the cat was probably least popular among the Greeks owing to its association in certain myths with the goddess of death, darkness and witches, Hecate, who is more commonly associated with the dog (as is her Roman conterpart, Trivia)” (1)

I could say that cats can be servants of Hekate devotees but those of you who are owned by a cat know this to the the complete opposite, however they can make wonderful familiars and many devotees have them in their lives.

In modern Greece there are feral and wild cats all over the country and in some places are fed by various volunteer groups.  When I lived in Athens (Nea Erythrea) and then the island of Lemnos (Kondopouli and Myrina) and I would always notice cats everywhere – in town squares, parks and ancient sites and the locals always fed them and protected them.

Its often speculated that the Priests of Ancient Egypt were the first to domesticate wild cats whom they fed temple scraps to. Images of the cat in Ancient Egypt can be traced as far back as 2600BCE which shows the longevity of their interaction with humans.  Cats were mummified and placed in tombs which showed they were greatly loved and valued by their owners who would also shave their eyebrows in an act of deep mourning. Cats were so revered in Ancient Egypt that harming a cat was a crime punishable by death.

The Egyptian Goddess Bast was originally a lion headed goddess but her image eventually morphed into a cat headed goddess due to the sacredness the Ancient Egyptians held them in.  Bast was the daughter of the sun god Ra and the daughter of mistress of magick, Isis and one of Bast’s titles was “Rage of the Eye of Ra” and Bast’s name itself means soul of Isis – Ba-En-Auset.  Some myths describe her as the daughter of the God of the Underworld, Osiris instead of Ra and thus her role also includes Mistress of the Dead.

Bast’s symbols are the sistrum (a dancing rattle) and as such Bast is attributed with dance, music, love, sexuality and pleasure which gives her connections to Hathor.  Another symbol was a basket which represents the womb of life and as such Bast is ascribed as the goddess of fertility, motherhood and the underworld. Lastly another sacred symbol to Bast is the aegis, a shield like ornament and with that association Bast is credited with war and protection. Adorned in red, the symbol of motherhood and as a daughter of the sun god Ra, Bast oversaw the growth of the crops in the fields and was a representative of the sun.  Being dual natured Bast also was the moon representative of the eye of Horus and her strongly independent nature also classified her as a virgin ie being owned by no man.   The magnificent attributes of Bast strongly correlate with the characteristics of a domestic cat and as such shows their archetypal energies were elevated to the status of “God” thousands of years ago and if you have a cat in your life or been around cats, you know they wouldn’t expect any less.

Originally in British folk lore the black cat was viewed as lucky and was seen as a symbol of the dark night as they could shadow their witches at night time rituals. Black cats are traditionally seen as the witches cat because they were viewed as being able to be able to absorb and carry magick. In many cases cats kept company of people like midwives, herbalists, healers and witches in the middle ages due to their independent yet caring nature which made them perfect companions for solitary practitioners.  During the 16th and 17th century cats whom were seen as familiars of witches were persecuted along with them and so were exterminated in large numbers which decimated their population and increased the rat population which is believed to have caused the plague to spiral out of control during these times.

As a magickal familiar the cat can give a witch warning of psychic attack or spiritual presences by their alert and observant natures.  The cat can be a centred, graceful and calm guide who inspires us to find that within ourselves and it can allow us to channel our magick in a clear and concise way.  The feline familiar teaches us to pay attention and be vigilant with respects to the subtle changes around us which we can work with and which will aid our intuition.  Through the wisdom of the cat’s traits of hunting we can be inspired to explore in search of new possibilities with a cautious yet playful way.  Also the cat’s ability to sit and just be encourages us to do this which allows for self contemplation.  The feline familiar has confidence in themselves which is evident in their graceful walk, constant grooming and “I don’t care what you think” attitude which can in turn encourage us to be confident within ourselves, our bodies and our sexuality.  When we are ill, a cat familiar instinctively knows this and the developed bond will allow them to show they are here for support and this can inspire the same behaviour in us with others.

I know so many witches, magicians and devotees of magick (especially those who work with and honour Hekate) who have black cats.  They resonate with this beautiful animal and feel blessed to have them in their home.  I myself am currently owned by two black kittens who I rescued recently after my previous rescue passed away.  My previous rescue was called Midnight and was born on Samhain Eve, he had a penchant for Hekate’s shrine and I would find him sitting behind her shrine when ill or before it when he was just chilling.  I would come home and find him smelling like wild flower livani, something I always had sitting on Hekate’s shrine, yet nothing had been moved on the shrine, which made me deduce he simply liked the energy of it.  When I would go into shrine he would sit by my side and watch, sometimes observing occurrences invisible to my eyes.  Therefore from my own UPG although Hekate has been associated with dogs, I personally find that the cat resonates with Hekate and her archetypal energy.

A cat is not a pack animal and as such doesn’t need a leader and can live an isolated existence with its owner. Fiercely independent and able to confidently display their various moods, cats don’t seek to be ruled.  Their dualistic nature can range from purring loving bundles of fur, to predatory hunters who can scratch and bite if threatened, which in my opinion is the perfect familiar for those who resonate with those qualities. A cat has nine lives and it is said that a witch can transform into a cat nine times in their lifetime. The magick of the cat can be used to bewitch, protect, transform, bless, charm and scry and with that said I strongly urge you to connect to these magnificent feline beauties and find what benefits they can bring into your practice.


* Familiar = an animal believed to be possessed of magic powers and has close association with a magickal practitioner.

(1) = Mark, Joshua J. “Cats in the Ancient World.” Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 17 Nov 2012. Web. 15 Jul 2020.

(C) *T. Georgitsis 2014, updated in 2020