Mabon

Mabon is also known as the Autumn Equinox and is considered a vernal equinox where the hours of day and night is roughly equal in number.  It is the second harvest festival in the wheel of the year seasonal calendar (in the wiccan and Celtic pagan traditions).

I like to work with Demeter during Mabon time and make her offerings of wine, grapes, bread, corn, nuts and apples.  I tend to use seasonal fruit and veggies as during this time they are in abundance.

Traditionally I like to perform a ritual to Demeter for the Autumn Equinox. Offerings of apples/pomegranates cut in half, wine, ears of corn and poppies on her shrine are made, as in the Greek pantheon she is the mother goddess of the harvest and the land.

I also like to bless seeds in her name which I plant during this time of the year such as:  lavender, marigold, cornflower, larkspur, burdock, spearmint, fox glove, borage, calendula, chamomile, coriander, sorrel, parsley, poppy, onion, thyme, chives, rosemary, peppermint, catnip, caraway, soapwort, wormwood, pennyroyal, hyssop, queen anne’s lace, chicory, marshmallow, nasturtium and dill.

Here is a hymn I wrote which you can use for Demeter during the Autumnal Equinox:

Hymn to Demeter at the Harvest

Goddess of the Bounty, Harvest and Grains,

Give us what we need to gather our gains.

Madam of Marriage and the Sacred Law,

Hope giver to followers of your mysterious awe.

Barley, Corn and Poppy Mother,

Giver of food and abundance of Gaia.

Dominatrix of the cycle of life and death,

We pray for our bounty to be full of life’s breath.

Motherly matron of food and blessings unbound,

Turn the earth, sow our seeds to harvest plough.

Giver of boons, fertile and quaff,

Separate the wheat from the chaff.

Great divine feminine light upon the earth,

I adore and honor you with mirth.

© T. Georgitsis 2017

Wiccan Circle Cast: Elphame Tradition

As an initiate of the Elphame wiccan tradition I was tasked with copying this from the coven’s BOS where all initiates were instructed to do the same.

I figured I would post this online, to be able to have a record of it publicly available since the lineage seems to have vanished or gone underground.

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Elphame Wicca Circle Cast

Items Needed:

  • Candle holder and three candles – red, white and black.
  • Incense, charcoal blocks and incense holder.
  • Earth bowl and cakes.
  • Wine chalice and wine/juice.
  • Salt dish and salt.
  • Water chalice and water.

Cast circle.

Salt and water taken around circle.

Earth and water where thou art cast,

Let no evil powers last.

Work in complete accord with me

And as I do will it – so mote it be.

Incense taken around circle.

Creature of air and fire bright,

Do my bidding this very night.

On you this charge I lay,

No phantoms in thy presence stay.

Head my words to thee,

As I do will it-  so mote it be.

 

Spirit candle is now lit and raised up towards the sky whilst the following is repeated:

Be to me the fire of moon,

Be to me the fire of night,

Be to me the fire of joy,

Turning darkness into light!

 

The spirit candle is now carried to the East whilst raising the candle (and hand gestures by the others gathered) in unison with the following words:

As Above, So Below, As Within, So Without.

 

The spirit candle is now passed to other coven members while the above is repeated for the South, West and North quarters.

The Spirit candle is raised up towards the sky once more and the following is repeated:

By the Virgin waxing cold
By the Mother full and bold
By the Queen Hag silent and old
By the power of the moon, the one in three
I consecrate this circle – BLESSED BE!

All to commence magical working.

All to leave appropriate offering.

Cakes and Ale.

Farewell and thank God/dess.

Close Circle.

Agape.

 

Basic Hellenic Ritual

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Basic Hellenic Ritual

Set up working shrine with the following: image of God/dess, knife, khernips, khernips bowl, offerings including: barley, flowers, grape juice/wine, blessing cups, libation vessel, olive oil, salt, bread, candle/lamp, incense, charcoal, incense burner, bay leaves and matches.

Purification

Wash your hands in the khernips which is placed in a bowl outside the sacred space.

At this point state, Let all that is profane be gone!

Take barley and throw the offering of cleansing upon the shrine and upon the sacred space and say,
Hekas hekas este o-bebeloi(Afar, Afar, O The/Ye Profane).

Procession

Form a formal procession and walk towards the sacred space carrying the offerings with you.

Present the offerings to the God/desses by holding them up in a gesture of offering and placing them on the shrine before forming a semi-circle around the shrine. You do not need to speak to do this but may say a few words as a statement of purpose if you are inspired.

Sprinkle khernips over offerings to purify them with the words “Xerniptosai (be purified).

Honoring God/s

Read out a hymn to Hestia (the first and foremost) and offer a libation in her name.

Read out hymn to specific God/dess and offer a libation in their name.

Offerings and Blessing Request

Present any offerings.

These can be in the form of items lifted up to the heavens, in the form of hymns or prayers you would like to read out, any petitions of askance, blessings or the like and lastly any jewelry or ritual tools may be consecrated using the khernips.

Pour a libation for God/dess.

Partake of the libations if so inclined.

Closing

Thank God/dess by saying:
“God/dess, in your name we gathered, thank you for your eternal illumination and blessings.”

Ritual is complete.

This is now when the “feasting” part of the ritual takes place ensuring that afterwards the shrine is disassembled and cleaned up.

(C) T. Georgitsis 2012

 

The Alternative Spirit (Issue 12): Regular Hekate Column – Hekate on the Shore

In this issue of of The Alternative Spirit Magazine, my regular Hekate column is on “Offerings of Hekate on the Shore” which also details a group ritual which can also be performed solitary on the beach.

You can purchase your copy here:

http://www.alternativespiritmagazine.com/


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Wyld Zine (Issue 2):

In this issue of of Wyld – A Journal of Magickal Art, I have written on magickal food crafting. You can get your free copy here:

Issue 2 – Wyld

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The Alternative Spirit (Issue 11): Regular Hekate Column – Ritual

In this issue of of The Alternative Spirit Magazine, I have written a piece on ritual and why do it accompanied by a step by step self-initiation ritual for Hekate I composed. You can purchase your copy here:

http://www.alternativespiritmagazine.com/


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Closing the Lodge: Semper Fidelis

My Lodge of the Southern Cross which I have been a member from 2005 – 2016 has now closed.

I worked with and prayed in Lodge as “Great Architect of the Universe” and when I was initiated I used the Ancient Egyptian Prayer Book as my “book of law” which my mentor opened to the “Prayer of Ptah” with the bible underneath it (we had to have a book from the 3 main faiths: a bible, koran or talmud).

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I joined the Co-Masons for fraternity and mystery school knowledge and what I gained was theosophical allegory and charity work.

It was an interesting experience to join this brotherhood with a long history steeped in ritual and brotherly goodwill.

Semper Fidelis Lodge of the Southern Cross!

For more information of Co-Masonry see here:

Freemasonry For Men and Women

(C) T. Georgitsis 2016

My Feelings on Pagan Education and Training

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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

 

The Alternative Spirit (Issue 10): Regular Hekate Column – Hekate In the Home

In this issue of of The Alternative Spirit Magazine, I have written on Hekate and how you can connect to her in the home.  This includes a Hekate shrine dedication for the home and how to use the Athenian Calendar (also known as the Attic Calendar) to honor her and her practice in the Southern Hemisphere. You can purchase your copy here:

http://www.alternativespiritmagazine.com/


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Spirit of Place: My Back Garden

The wheel turns as we head into winter with Samhain just days away (5th of May at 11.34am EST Southern Hemisphere) and yet my garden is showing signs of life not dormancy as expected…got to love nature!

 

All images (c) T. Georgitsis