Hellenic Hekate Ritual: Purification

One early afternoon I went out for lunch to run some errands and a co-worker asked me how the weather was upon my return. I informed her it was sunny and humid but that it would most probably rain in an hour or so because of the natural signs I was seeing.  This co-worker asked me how I knew and I shared that my mother had taught me how to read the signs of nature.  This was done through various signs perceived through things such as smells, sunset/sunrise colours, clouds, sounds of insects/animals (just to name a few) in order to predict the weather.  Due to my mother coming from a farming family in a small rural village, this was second nature to her and her family, which helped them to be in tune with the seasons. This co-worker nodded in agreement with me and shared that she had experienced something similar through her family and within an hour and a half, it did indeed rain.

When my mother was teaching me magick as part of my normal everyday life, I didn’t realise how much impact it had on me as an individual and how much it would shape my practice.  I have vivid memories of the two of us sitting on a beach watching the sunset where she would explain how that particular sunset was signalling the next day’s weather – which always came out the way she predicted.  A lot of the magick she taught me was in this vein, like when I had my first headache as a child where she took me into the garden and showed me what herbs to pick and how to brew a tea to drink in order to get rid of it.  We’d be outside watching the full moon and she’d teach me how to sing to it which in hindsight turned out to be a spell/affirmation and although I was always an observant child who dutifully obeyed my mother because we were very close – I just went along with it as I just thought it was normal.  I never knew her connection to nature as well as the deep love and practice of spirituality and magick and sharing it with me wasn’t the standard for everyone else .  Therefore when I gregariously announced that I was going to be a witch when I grew up at the age of 5 after reading “Meg and Mog” I couldn’t comprehend the laughter from the other children around me.  Suffice to say I did learn the lesson of keeping silent and not speaking about what I learned publicly afterwards unless I was with like-minded people.

I feel when we are more connected to nature and the cycle of things we are more in tune with the magick around us. I’ve seen more magick performed by locals at a small rural Greek village seasonal festival than in some huge elaborate staged festivals and I ascribe that to the fact that the former was more in tune with nature and the cycle of the seasons. The one seasonal celebration still held in my maternal grandmother’s village in autumn is my favourite as it involves jumping over three fires in a row as a way to cleanse the body and soul and bring in health, prosperity and success. It’s also a way to mark the end of summer and rid oneself of any evil.  After the last harvest occurs in the village, everyone goes down to the fields and collects the stalks of wheat straw and place bundles of them upon the road before their homes, schools, town buildings and even churches.  They build three bundles of straw in succession of each other and as the sun sets they are lit and jumped, sung and danced over.   Everyone participates and if you take a walk through the streets you can see these fires set up every so often and the best and biggest is always in the town square – the central focal point of the village and where many celebrations occur throughout the year.  Some of the boys and men build huge roaring fires and have competitions to see who can jump the highest. The winner of this competition is deemed to have the best luck for the rest of the year.   This practice amongst a few others are still happening to this day even if the village population is dwindling – their devotion to the old traditions isn’t.

This practice held during autumn could possibly have connections to the Hellenic festival of Anastenaria or Nestinarstvo which originated in Northern Greece and Southern Bulgaria where participants walked barefoot through fire (over coals) as part of a celebration in honour of St Helen and Constantine.  This tradition is believed to be a mixture of orthodox Christianity mixed with the local pagan celebrations as was the custom for locals to adapt their celebrations to preserve them.

Here in Melbourne, Australia, I can always tell the changes of the season by observing my garden and the creatures who frequent it.  The smell of the season has changed and certain pollens are in abundance therefore certain tree/herbs/flowers are blossoming.  Observing the land around me, the earth is beginning to slowly withdraw its greenery in favour of the rich brown colours of the earth.  The sun is winding down its effect as we are brought close to the darkness of winter.  To celebrate this time of year whilst still honouring my Hellenic roots I have developed my own Hellenic purification ritual which can be performed before a fireplace, fire-pit, oil lamp or even a candle to symbolise cleansing and purification.

As Hekate’s priestess and devotee I have updated the ritual I first wrote in honour of Hestia and re-adapted it to Hekate who also is considered a deity of hearth and home.  Also with the continuing issue of Coronavirus sweeping the world currently, I have also added and emphasised the purification aspect of the ritual for heightened protection.

 

Purification Ritual to Hekate – (C) Setjataset 2020

Preparation:

Purify body by showering or washing head, hands and feet.

Set up shrine with water, wine/juice, salt, bread/crackers, olive oil, incense, barley and an oil lamp/candle before an image of Hekate.

Ritual:

Wash your hands in Khernips before assembling your ritual items, whilst saying:

“Αφήστε όλα αυτά που είναι βλαβερά να φύγουν!” (Let all that is profane be gone!)

Throw a few seeds of barley onto the shrine whilst saying:

“Xerniptosai!” (be purified!)

Light the oil lamp/candle and repeat the following hymn to Hekate:

“I make the offer of light to you

Great and Blessed Hekate

Goddess of hearth and home

I offer my shrine for purification

I offer my home for purification

I offer myself for purification

Be welcome with me

Bless me with your love”

Pour libation of wine/juice in Hekate’s name.

Make offering of bread/crackers and olive oil and light the incense in Hekate’s name pushing the smoke towards you three times.

Mix some salt with the water and sprinkle the mixture three times upon the shrine and on yourself and state:

“Come Come Come

Great Goddess Hekate  

Burn Burn Burn

Away all that is miasma  

Move Move Move

It far away from me, my loved ones and my home”

Spend some time in quiet contemplation and visualise yourself, your home and your loved  ones being purified.  You can also think of what you need to purify in your life – are there any obstacles which you need to remove or let go or habits you need to move past? Focus on these and make some changes in your life by actively working on them.

Thank Hekate and farewell her.

You may keep the shrine and refresh offerings as required, remembering to keep it clean.


*Miasma = aura of uncleanliness which lingers with respects to a person and their surroundings.

(C) T. Georgitsis 2018, Updated 2020

Hellenic Hekate Ritual: Hekatesia on the Shore

Magickal practitioners have been working their magick on the shores of the bodies of moving water for centuries.  In a poem Lycophron wrote about The Trojan War, the hero – Odysseus, pours offerings on the shore for Hekate to placate her and destroy her namesake Hekabe who was the enemy.  This fine example shows us practising rites with offerings on the shore of a body of moving water is an ancient practice:

The maiden daughter of Perseus, Brimo [Hekate] Trimorphos (Three-formed), shall make thee [Queen Hekabe (Hecuba) of Troy] her attendant [after her transformed into a dog], terrifying with thy baying in the night all mortals who worship not with torches the images of Zerynthia [Hekate] queen of Strymon [in Thrake], appeasing the goddess of Pherai with sacrifice. And the island spur of Pakhynos (Pachynus) [in Sicily] shall hold thine [Hekabe’s] awful cenotaph, piled by the hands of thy master [Odysseus], prompted by dreams when thou hast gotten the rites of death in front of the streams of Heloros. He [Odysseus] shall pour on the shore offerings for thee, unhappy one, fearing the anger of the three-necked goddess [Hekate], for that he shall hurl the first stone at thy [Hekabe’s] stoning and begin the dark sacrifice to Haides.”
– Lycophron, Alexandra 1174 ff (trans. Mair) (Greek poet C3rd B.C.) 

Being a child of the ocean, I have enacted various magickal acts on the shores of a multitude of beaches, lakes and rivers in my travels.  Out of the rituals I have conducted on the shores of a body of water is the Hekatesia.  Typically, the Hekatesia is always held on the full moon either in spring or autumn.  Some practitioners place it on her sacred day on the 13th August, as it’s a ritual in honour of Hekate and Artemis, others use every full moon or adapt it to coincide with seasonal celebrations  and personally I like to make it connect to ancient festivals of Hekate which resonate with me and work it for that purpose, like the dark and/or new moon.

Considering that the first full moon is coming up in Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere, I would like to share with you my version of the Hekatesia which can be easily adapted as explained above.   What I have shared below is a group ritual but it can easily be adapted for the Solitary Practitioner:

 

Hekatesia Ritual by Setjataset 

 

Altar Set Up: Image of Hekate, khernips, bowl, offerings which include: flowers, wine, milk, honey, olive oil, lamp, candles, incense, charcoal, amphiphon (ritual cake), basket of bay leaves and barley.

 

Participants: needed for this ritual is the Priestess leading on behalf of Hekate, followed by a devotee to Hestia and/or one to Artemis.

 

Ceremonial Cleansing:  each participant should wash their hands in the khernips which is placed in a bowl outside the sacred space.  After all have cleaned themselves the Priestess states:

 

Let all that is profane be gone!

 

Priestess to take barley and throw the offering of cleansing upon the altar and upon the sacred space and say:

 

Hekas hekas este o-bebeloi” (Afar, Afar, O The/Ye Profane).

 

Ceremonial Walk: All gathered are to form a formal procession and walk towards the sacred space carrying the offerings with them.   All are to present the offerings to Hekate by holding them up in a gesture of offering and place them on the altar before forming a semi-circle around the altar. No words need to be spoken to do this but you may say a few words as a statement of purpose if you are inspired.

 

Priestess to sprinkle khernips with some barley leaves over offerings to purify them with the words:

 

Xerniptosai” (Be Purified).

 

Invoking Hestia: Devotee to Hestia lights the oil lamp upon the altar and reads out the Homeric Hymn to Hestia:

 

“Hestia, in the high dwellings of all, both deathless gods and men who walk on earth, you have gained an everlasting abode and highest honour: glorious is your portion and your right. For without you mortals hold no banquet, — where one does not duly pour sweet wine in offering to Hestia both first and last. And you, slayer of Argus, Son of Zeus and Maia, messenger of the blessed gods, bearer of the golden rod, giver of good, be favourable and help us, you and Hestia, the worshipful and dear. Come and dwell in this glorious house in friendship together; for you two, well knowing the noble actions of men, aid on their wisdom and their strength. Hail, Daughter of Cronos, and you also, Hermes, bearer of the golden rod! Now I will remember you and another song also.” (1)

 

Devotee to Hestia to pour a libation of wine to Hestia upon the ground.

 

Invoking Artemis: Devotee to Artemis offers flowers before the altar and reads out the Homeric Hymn to Artemis:

 

“I sing of Artemis, whose shafts are of gold, who cheers on the hounds, the pure maiden, shooter of stags, who delights in archery, own sister to Apollo with the golden sword. Over the shadowy hills and windy peaks she draws her golden bow, rejoicing in the chase, and sends out grievous shafts. The tops of the high mountains tremble and the tangled wood echoes awesomely with the outcry of beasts: earthquakes and the sea also where fishes shoal. But the goddess with a bold heart turns every way destroying the race of wild beasts: and when she is satisfied and has cheered her heart, this huntress who delights in arrows slackens her supple bow and goes to the great house of her dear brother Phoebus Apollo, to the rich land of Delphi, there to order the lovely dance of the Muses and Graces. There she hangs up her curved bow and her arrows, and heads and leads the dances, gracefully arrayed, while all they utter their heavenly voice, singing how neat-ankled Leto bare children supreme among the immortals both in thought and in deed. Hail to you, children of Zeus and rich-haired Leto! And now I will remember you and another song also.” (2)

 

Devotee to Artemis to pour a libation of milk and honey to Artemis upon the ground.

 

Invoking and Honoring Hekate and Artemis: Priestess to light the candle for Hekate and say:

 

“Come to me, O beloved mistress, Three-faced Hekate
Kindly hear my sacred chants.
You arm your hands with dreaded, murky lamps,
You shake your locks of fearful serpents on your brow
You sound the roar of bulls out from your mouth.
Fierce dogs are dear to you, wherefore they call you
Hekate, many-named, Mene, cleaving air just like
Dart-shooter Artemis, Persephone,
Shooter of deer, night, shining, triple-sounding,
Triple-headed, triple-voiced Selene
Triple-pointed, triple-faced, triple-necked,
And goddess of the triple ways, who hold
Untiring flame in triple baskets,
And you who often frequent the triple way
And rule the triple decades,
Unto me who am calling you
Be gracious and with kindness give heed,
You who protect the spacious world at night,
Before whom daimons quake in fear
And Gods immortal tremble, Goddess who
Exalt men, you of many names, mother of Gods
And men and Nature, Mother of all things,
For you frequent Olympos, and the broad
And boundless chasm you traverse. Beginning
And end are you, and you alone rule all.
For all things are from you, and in you do
All things, Eternal one, come to their end.
Hail, Goddess, and attend your epithets,
I burn for you this incense,”

 

Priestess stops and places some incense on the charcoal then continues on by saying:

 

“Dart shooter, heavenly one, Goddess of harbors,
Who roam the mountains, Goddess of crossroads,
O nether and nocturnal, and infernal
Goddess of dark, quiet and frightful one,
O you who have your meal amid the graves,
Night, Darkness, broad Chaos: Necessity
Hard to escape are you;
You’re torment, Justice and Destroyer,
O you with hair of serpents, serpent-girded,
Who bring death and destruction,
Who devour those dead untimely,
And you strike the graves,
And spread madness, come to my sacrifices,
And bestow your blessings upon me/us.”

 

Priestess to light the candle for Artemis and say:

 

“Come to me, O glorious mistress, Shining Artemis
Kindly hear my sacred chants.
Armed with deadly bow you run wild
Over the mountains and unleash deadly arrows.
You sound the chase and lead the hunt
Encouraging the hounds until land and
Beast tremble and cry out before you
O mistress of wild places.
Shooter of deer, night, shining,
The white brow is yours, radiant light-bringer,
And swift sandals you wear too.
Laurel-Maiden who leads,
Bear, deer, lion and all animals are your companions
And your charge. Children you also nurture
From the first pangs of labor to the
First moments of adulthood.
Fiery virgin of the bay laurel,
Who leads the dances shining amongst the
Muses and Graces who sing your praise.
Unto me who am calling you
Be gracious and with kindness give heed,
Artemis Ephesia, savior, protectress,
Torch-bearer, you make a circuit around
The mountain to watch over the dead.
You are punishment without mercy,
Death-bringer, plague-sender,
Ever upholding the respect of the Gods.
Hail, Goddess, and attend your epithets,
I burn for you this incense,”

 

Priestess stops and places some incense on the charcoal then continues on by saying:

 

“O Daughter of Zeus and Leto.
Far roaming amid the cedars and woody peaks,
Dart shooter, heavenly one,
Who roams the mountains, come to my sacrifices,
And bestow your blessings upon us.”

 

Tokens of Devotion: all attendees proceed before the altar in turn and give any offerings they have brought along. These can be in the form of hymns or prayers they would like to read out to Hekate along with any petitions of askance, blessings or alternative offerings if they haven’t already done so.  Jewellery or ritual tools may be consecrated using the khernips.

 

Priestess to light the mini-candles on the amphiphon cake.

 

Priestess to pour a round of libations for each Goddess in turn (Hestia, Hekate and Artemis).

 

Priestess to pour the rest of the wine whilst blessing it into individual cups/chalices and pass to all attendees who may partake of it.

 

Ceremonial Closing: Priestess thanks Hekate by saying:

 

“Hekate, in your name we gathered, thank you for your eternal illumination and blessings.”

 

Devotee of Artemis thanks Artemis by saying:

 

“Artemis, we thank you for your presence and blessings.”

 

Devotee of Hestia thanks Hestia by saying:

 

“Hestia, we thank you, yours was the first. Yours is the last. We end as we began.”

 

Ritual (3) is complete.


  1. Homeric Hymn to Hestia translated by Evelyn-White.
  2. Homeric Hymn to Artemis translated by Evelyn-White.
  3. Inspired and adapted from the Hekatesia Ritual by Neokoroi.

(C) T. Georgitsis 2016

Hellenic Hekate Ritual: Drawing Down the Moon

As a child I was obsessed with the moon and the first form of moon magick my mother taught me, was to sing to the moon.  The first song she taught me was a nursery rhyme she was taught by the priests in secret school during the Nazi occupation of Greece.  This rhyme was created and used by children at secret school at night, when Greece was under the Ottoman occupation between the 15th through to the 19th centuries, due to not being allowed to learn the Greek language. I believe through continuous repetition over many years and many children, there is a lot of power within it especially because in Greek it rhymes  – which is tinged with magick itself, due to it flowing off the tongue.

Φεγγαράκι μου λαμπρό

(Greek)

Φεγγαράκι μου λαμπρό,
Φέγγε μου να περπατώ,

Να  πηγαίνω στο σχολειό
Να μαθαίνω γράμματα,
Γράμματα σπουδάματα
Του Θεού τα πράματα.

My Little Shining Moon

(English)

My little shining moon,
Light my way so I can walk
To go to school,
To learn my lessons,
Reading and writing,
God’s wishes.

After this initial induction into moon magick, I learned various techniques to harness the power of the moon and utilise it.  One which I became enamoured with was Drawing Down the Moon because its so beautiful and powerful.  Drawing Down the Moon is exactly what it appears to be, by the wording – you are drawing down the energies of the moon.

Over the centuries many magickal practitioners have drawn down the moon in various fashions –  from ancient witches like Medea to modern witches like Doreen Valiente.  The Drawing Down the Moon rituals which are used repetitively, I feel have more potency, due to the re-occurrence of said ritual which brings more power to it.

The image below from a lost Greek vase painting, shows two witches Drawing Down the Moon believed to be from the 2nd Century BCE. This version of Drawing Down the Moon was first ascribed to Thessalian women who practised witchcraft.  The same image was used in Margot Adler’s well known booked called Drawing Down the Moon where the term was popularised by modern witches.  The word on the left *KALE (kah-lay) means “beautiful” and the words on the right mean *POTNIAS “who are of the moon mistress”.

 

 

Being a devotee of Hekate and a practising Hellenic, I have combined the elements of singing to the moon and Drawing Down the Moon in a Hellenic ritual I personally created and have found much success in.  When collected I use this charged moon water to divine, for various types of sorcery and rituals, as an ingredient in a health tonic and watering my magickal garden.  Here is the ritual below you can use as a Hellenic Hekate ritual of Drawing Down the Moon:

Hellenic Hekate Ritual: Drawing Down the Moon – (C) Setjataset 2020

Items needed: Purified water such as Khenips, incense, offerings for Hekate, Invocational hymn to Hekate, ritual knife/sword/wand, barley grains, libation in the form of wine/juice, silver bowl and the light of a full moon.

Ritual to be held outside under the full moon:

Wash your hands in Khernips before assembling your ritual items, whilst saying:

Αφήστε όλα αυτά που είναι βλαβερά να φύγουν! (Let all that is profane be gone!)

Gather and place all ritual items on a altar/shrine or on the ground (beach, park, garden etc).

Prepare and create a working area around you and your items using barley grains to create a circle boundary, whilst saying:

Xerniptosai! (be purified!)

Invoke Hekate

Light Incense

Pour Libations on the ground

Give Offerings

Magickal Working

Place silver bowl in an area which holds the light of the full moon.

Stand with your left hand raised up to the Moon – holding your knife/sword/wand in this hand, whilst holding your right hand over the bowl of water before you and repeating the following:

Hekate, Beautiful Mistress of the Moon
I your (sorcerer/devotee/priestess/witch) sings to you with this tune
I ask your luminous moon to come down with force
I call for your shining spirit to be brought forth
I have the gift of magic within and without me
I pull the bright light of the moon to see
I am a conduit for your glory to enter
I
have placed the vessel before you to centre
I conjure your energies to enter this water wild
I do this in your name as your devoted child

Thank Hekate

Dis-assemble circle by using your right foot to sweep an opening in the circle for you to exit from.

Gather ritual items and walk away without turning back.

**Agape


* Potentially means as the letters are not clear and the translation itself is iffy due to the low quality of the image.

** Ritual feasting can commence.

(C) T. Georgitsis 2020

Moon Magick: Special Moons of 2020

Moon magick is a practice I strongly resonate with.

This year we have various unique moons coming up where you can practice your full and new moon rituals and spell-work with added punch due to the added significance of these moons.

There are different types of magick you can create during these various significant moon phases which can assist you with your practice.

Listed below I have created various pages explaining the different moons and what magick you can practice in the associated links:

Lunar Eclipse 11th January – Lunar Eclipse Magick

Super Full Moon 10th March – Super Moon Magick

Micro New Moon 24th March –  Micro Moon Magick

Super Full Moon 8th April – Super Moon Magick

Lunar Eclipse 6th June – Lunar Eclipse Magick

Black Moon 19th August – Black Moon Magick

Micro Full Moon – 2nd October – Micro Moon Magick

Super New Moon – 17th October – Super Moon Magick

Micro Full Moon – 1st November – Micro Moon Magick

Super New Moon – 15th November – Super Moon Magick

Lunar Eclipse – 30th November – Lunar Eclipse Magick

Blue Moon – 30th November  – Blue Moon Magick

 

(C) T. Georgitsis 2020

Blue Moon

What is a Blue Moon?

A Blue moon is a full moon which happens to be the second full moon in a calender month.  This is a rare occurrence and thus known as a blue moon as it has nothing to do with the colour of the moon.

What can you do on a Blue Moon?

  1. Boost all spellworkings.
  2. Super charge commitments or oaths made.
  3. Conduct rituals which require a lot of mental and or physical effort.
  4. Heighten magick which focuses on crossroads or apex’s in one’s life or journey.
  5. Great time to clear the slate for new beginnings.
  6. Focus on intent of a positive and productive nature.

 

When is the next Blue Moon?

Is on 30th November 2020 and is a full moon.

(C) Image and Text T. Georgitsis 2020

 

Micro Moon

 

What is a Micromoon?

A Micromoon is a New or a Full moon which coincides with the apogee – the point in the moon’s orbit farthest away from the earth.  This means the moon appears smaller than usual from the perspective from earth.

 

What can you do on a Micromoon?

  1. Cast spells for which call for reduction in size ie weight-loss.
  2. Create rituals to remove negative growth ie cancer.
  3. Ask for protection against natural disasters.
  4. Work on the shadow shelf.
  5. Focus on revealing or manifestation of that which is hidden.
  6. Magick focusing on mental health.
  7. Apt time for releasing and moving on.

 

When is the next Micromoon?

Is on 24th March 2020 and it will be a New Moon.

(C) Image and Text T. Georgitsis 2020

 

Mystic Tribe Magazine: February 2020, Issue #27

 

In my regular column on crystals, in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an article called “Carborundum, Man Made Crystal by Setjataset which describes the man made Crystal Carborundum and the amazing things it can do for your body, mind, spirit and emotion.  Also of note is that its a perfect crystal for Hekate.  For your FREE copy follow this link:

Mystic Tribe – Issue 27 – February 2020

 

 

 

Southern Hemisphere Lammas/Lugh (Australia)

Lammas aka Lugh is happening the first week of February (February 4th at 6.55pm EST) which makes it the first harvest festival of the new year in the Gregorian calendar in the Southern Hemisphere.  Lammas is all about giving thanks and gratitude for the harvest blessings bestowed upon us.  Although its origins are Irish due to it being a Gaelic festival – its a festival celebrated by various Pagan and Wiccans in the modern day.

Personally I like to observe it, due to being mindful of our season and I tend to offer fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs which are available during this time.  A good way to work out what is seasonal is to check your local grocer/market and note what regional produce is in abundance, which is usually cost effective too.

Australian Seasonal Produce During Lammas/Lugh:

Veggies: tomatoes, corn, avocados, rhubarb, beetroot, cabbage, green beans, asparagus, cucumber, eggplant, leeks, spring onion, peas (all types), silver-beet, zucchini, varieties of greens like lettuce, spinach, water cress, red potatoes, radish, celery, carrot and capsicum.

Fruit: tomatoes, plums, cherries, strawberries,  grapes, apricots, nectarines, berries (blue, black), bananas, mangoes, figs, watermelon, cantaloupe, passion fruit,  lemons, limes,

Herbs: fennel, basil, chillies, chives, coriander, dill, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, mint (all varieties), oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, lavender, sunflower and thyme.

As a practitioner in Australia, the way I like to connect to my heritage whilst honouring the land I live on, is to make food which I can then dedicate to the local land spirits, my personal ancestors and my patron gods.  I do this through making food as offerings. These foods not only connect to my Greek heritage but also to the Australian classics and in recent years I have added indigenous ingredients in order to create a fusion of flavour honouring them all.

I make bread for Lammas as tradition dictates, however I also make Pita and Scones. I also like to make tsatziki, roasted lamb with saltbush, Greek salad with wild purslane and meredith feta, lemon myrtle tea cake with quandong jam, macadamia and beetroot pesto pasta, figs with honey and stuffed vine leaves.  All these items are either grown and gathered from my residence or sourced locally from friends or organic farmers which have specific significance to me and the connection to the land I inhabit as well as my heritage.

I also like to create magical items used in ritual and spell craft to honour the season.

Having a paper bark tree in my front yard, I use the paper the tree gifts me and write what I am thankful for with red ochre sourced from a friend’s central Victorian property which was gathered by a stream running through her property.  I burn incense made from gum leaves/nuts and eucalyptus resin I source from nature locally, ensuring I do not hurt or harm the environment .  I also burn bundles of bay laurel, rosemary and eucalyptus (from my garden) before offerings of bottle-brush, wattle, kangaroo paw and and eucalyptus spray (again from my garden or from my neighbours overhanging trees).

 

I have created a simple ritual you can use for Lammas/Lugh which I have shared below:


Setjataset’s Australian Lammas/Lugh Ritual

1. Start off by giving thanks to the people who came before us.

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation and pay respect to their Elders, past and present.

2. Create sacred space in whatever manner you are accustomed to.

3. Evoke a God/dess which to you symbolises harvest and home ie Lugh for Celtic tradition, Birrahgnooloo & Gunabibi for Australian Indigenous, Hestia for Greek, Vesta for Roman, Bes for Ancient Egyptian, Frigg for Norse and so on.

4. Burn incense.

5. Leave a food offering and/or libation.

6. Write a petition of gratitude and read it out loud whilst mindfully acknowledging all the blessings bestowed upon you. On the other side of the petition write how you can share some of those blessings with those who would benefit from some assistance from you. It can be something as small as sharing your food to something as big as volunteering your time and energy towards a cause you feel strongly about.

7. Partake in food offering and libation as well as leaving some for the spirits of the land.

8. Thank your God/dess and farewell them.

9. Close and disassemble sacred space in whatever manner you are accustomed to.


Whatever you decide to do for Lugh – remember, its all about the things you are harvesting in your life and giving thanks for those blessings.

 

(C) T. Georgitsis 2020

 

2020 Sabbat Dates: Southern Hemisphere

(C) T. Georgitsis 2020

Resolutions

It’s that time again when resolutions are created for the year.  Be it getting rid of a bad habit or introducing a good one, lists are created and promises made – which usually (if not always) fall by the wayside.

This is why I personally don’t prescribe to resolutions.  However, what I like to do is set intentions of what I want to experience for the year with the focus being on what new “thing” I want to learn or immerse myself in.

Last year I had basic ideas of what I wanted to achieve and they came to various degrees of fruition due to planning, time, effort and follow through.

My focus for the year is listed below in bold, whilst my achievements are listed beneath with supporting lists, links or photographs.

Read books recommended by friends:

GoodRead List 2019

Support more artists creating hand-made/self-published items born from their hard work, research, study and/or imagination:

LET US REMEMBER…: A Devotional to Honor the Netjeru

Evensongs for Hekate: Poetry and Prayers

Tamiko Tominaga

Miss Marley Art

Northern Sky

Grimalkin Tarot

Natural Magical Creative

Donate and assist a charity in a different way other than monetary:

It’s In The Bag Women’s Charity

The Social Studio

The Rack

Visit somewhere I haven’t been before which has a spirit of place:

Dandenong’s Hiking Trail (new area I hadn’t explored before)

dandenongs.jpg

Hepburn Springs (Renovated)

hepburn springs.jpg

Seaford Beach

SkyHigh Gardens

sky high

Herronswood Gardens

Lavender Hill Farm

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Complete a workshop/course which is connected to my interests, passions and causes I like to support:

Mental Health First Aid Training

CPR Refresher

Masterclass in Assertiveness

Trans Awareness Training (Ally)

Loom Workshop

Crystal Scrying Workshop

Craftivism Workshop

Sarah Munnings Jewellery (Silversmithing Workshops)

bracelet

earings

Woven By Society (Sewing Workshops)

tarot bag

book cover

skirt

 

Create something magical which feeds and inspires my practice:

Khernips Bowl

khernips bowl

Offering Plate

offering plate

Crystal Air Plant (Apophyllite/Stillbite crystals and Tillansia Aeranthos Miniata plants)

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Reset Soak

lavender bath soak

Pre-Rite Soap

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Spiritual Anointing Oil

Bitch Be Nice Wash

East Meets West Incense 

Love Soap

Love Anointing Oil

Purification Honey Soap

Protection Scrub

New column in local (Australian) magazine:

What is Crystal Programming

Crystals What Are They and Why Use Them?

Crystal Cleansers

Auset/Isis Crystals

Dowsing With a Crystal Pendulum 

Ancient Egyptian Stones and Crystals (Part 1)

Ancient Egyptian Stones and Crystals (Part 2)

Discover and indulge in, interesting Melbourne-centric foods and drink during catch-ups:
Saint Dreux
Grain Store
Saint Moritz
Cafe ISSUS
Prickly Pear Cafe
Axil Coffee Roasters
Heronswood
Hash Speciality Coffee
Windsor Hotel
Second Home Eltham
Red Hill Brewery
Degraves Espresso Bar
White Mojo
Mork Chocolate Brew House
Auction Rooms Cafe
Hansa’s Steak & Grill Restaurant
Beach Cafe Seaford
5FIVE Bakehouse Kitchen 
Pure South Dining
DOHWA Korean Restaurant
Vaporetto Bar & Eatery

 

Join a hobby group: 

The Diggers Club

 

Visit limited or new art exhibitions:

Keith Haring & Jean-Michel Basquiat

RONE Empire

Our Bodies Our Voices Our Marks

Love Exhibition

Escher & Nendo

CraftyQueers: Midsumma 2019 

Kingston Arts: Monsters and Beasts

 

LIFE is about experiences and the way I feel when I – create, visit or support something which inspires and uplifts me.  I find its easier to get energised and complete set objectives if I find personal purpose within the task before me.

Therefore my suggestion for those wanting to set resolutions who then struggle to fulfil them, is to instead write a wish list of intentions, of things you would like to do – to feed your soul and go from there.  That way there is less pressure as the focus is more pleasure in your life.

 

(C) Setjataset – all images and text 2020