Black Moon to Hekate

A Black Moon occurs when there are two New Moons in a month or it can also be the third New Moon in an astronomical season with four New Moons.

This month’s Black moon is a third New Moon in an astronomical season with four New Moons.

In the Northern Hemisphere there is a Black Moon on the 18th of August.

In the Southern Hemisphere there is a Black Moon on the 19th of August.

This kind of event happens every few years and the type of focus for this moon is magickal workings which are more potent during this time.

Focus on renewals, beginnings, manifestation of desires and foundation of intent for future endeavours, which first must come through letting go and clearing/cleansing during the Dark Moon, 2-3 days prior to the New Moon (15th – 17th August in Northern Hemisphere and 16th – 18th August in Southern Hemisphere).

Since the Black Moon falls on Deipnon and Noumenia, this is the perfect time for honouring and working with Hekate.

Following are some steps you can engage in when working with Hekate and the Black Moon coming up:

Dark Moon – Deipnon Work

  1. Remove – obstacles, both mental and physical which have been hindering you.  This can be done via banishing magick.
  2. Cleanse – energy by completely cleaning and neutralising your space and yourself.  This can be achieved through clearing magick.
  3. Offer – an evening meal, such as a specifically prepared supper to honour Hekate and The Restless Dead (leave in front of your home’s external entryway door if you cant find am close or accessible  crossroad).
  4. Divine – give yourself a reading (bonus points for using a strophalos/Hekate’s Wheels for trance work).

New Moon – Noumenia Work

  1. Project – intentions of what you want to bring into your life.
  2. Create – possibilities for manifestation of desire which can be done through ritualised action such as a spell, devotional, making of art, dance etc.
  3. Devote – yourself to Hekate and her causes which can be intangible such as time, energy, knowledge or assistance.
  4. Purpose – of intention which can be set for the coming season and can assist in helping your focus on what you want to achieve.

Since this is a rare time astrologically speaking and doesn’t come around often – I would use this time wisely and harness the magical energy available to you in order to serve Hekate along with what you want to achieve for your own wellbeing body, mind, spirit and emotion wise.


 

(C) T. Georgitsis 2020

Hellenic Hekate Ritual: Self Dedication to Hekate

Self dedication to Deity has been constant since the beginning of acts of worship and veneration of the Gods.  In the modern world many practitioners self-initiate if choosing to work alone and/or to strengthen their devotion to a specific God.

In Ancient Greece the mythology of Medea shows she was a dedicated Priestess to Hekate.   Although much is not known with respects to how or why she dedicated herself to Hekate (some make connections to her as the Daughter of Hekate), she was as a strong willed and capable woman of power, who gained and possessed the knowledge to work with Hekate and honour her.

Similarly, Circe who is considered Medea’s niece or aunt in Ancient Greek mythology, as well as a daughter of the Gods (like Medea some make connections to her as the Daughter of Hekate), she was also a dedicant to Hekate and was known to be a very powerful sorceress in her own right dedicated to Hekate.

You can add Queen Hekabe, Gale and/or Galinthias who were transformed into animals and adopted by Hekate and turned into her familiars.

 

It’s quite common for witches, magicians and reconstructionists to dedicate themselves to Hekate as Goddess of Witchcraft, Magic, Moon, Night, Necromacy and Ghosts.

I have previously shared how to dedicate yourself to Hekate using a witchcraft inspired ritual I wrote: Hekate Self Initiation  but I have also created a simple, yet effective method of dedicating yourself to Hekate with a Hellenic influence which I have shared below:

Hellenic Hekate Self Dedication Ritual © Setjataset 2020

Preparation:

Chose a liminal time and place for the ritual to be set.

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

Clean and purify your shrine and all items which will be placed on the shrine.

Your shrine items should include: purified water/khernips, barley seeds, asperging herbs (small bundle purifying herbs such as bay leaves), oil lamp/candle, resin incense and incense holder (such as heatproof bowl) and an image of Hekate.

Your offering items which can include perishable and non perishable items.

Create a Dedication of Purpose of Dedicant.  This dedication should include the reason for devoting yourself to Hekate and what you will be doing to Honour Hekate ie perform regular magick and ritual in her name, observe her sacred times and holidays and learn more about her and/or share that knowledge.

Ritual:

Wash your hands in khernips/purified water before standing before your shrine, whilst saying:

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

Present the offerings to Hekate by holding them up in a gesture of oblation and place them on 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.

Take your asperging herbs and dip into khernips/purified water and flick water onto the shrine.

Take a handful of barley and throw them onto the shrine.

When complete say:

Xerniptosai! (Be Purified!)

Light the oil lamp/candle.

Light the incense.

Invocation

Evoke Hekate with a favourite hymn or write one in her name.

Touch your forehead, lips, heart and tap the shrine – repeat 3 times.

Praxis (Working Proper)

Read out your Dedication of Purpose of Dedicant..

Petition of Promise

Read out this Petition of Promise:

Hekate I call to you

That I may serve as your committed dedicant 

Whose devotions are made in your name

Hekate I call to you

Bless me as I walk your path

Remove obstacles which may hinder in this task

Hekate I call to you

With faith and active determination 

May you dwell in my heart and soul

Thanks and Closing

Thank Hekate by saying:

Hekate, in your name I have devoted myself to you.  

In your name, may the way open for me to be your dedicant. 

Blow out candles and put out incense.

Step away from the shrine by backing away, turning to the right and leaving without looking back.

Ritual is now complete and any feasting can take place.

 


 

(C) T. Georgitsis 2020

Hellenic Hekate Ritual: Dedication of a Home Shrine to Hekate

Like the Ancient Greeks, Anatolians and Romans, Hekate has always had a place in my home.  In times gone by, shrines to Hekate were placed above doorways to people’s homes, at the entries to cities, villages and towns as well as the roads traveled in between (predominately at a three way crossroads).  This was done as a way to supplicate Hekate’s connection as Queen of the Dead and Sorcery and to ensure the dwellers and travelers were protected from the restless dead and evil magick.  Offerings were made in these liminal places during the new moon to show devotion and request protection.

In modern times many Hellenic practitioners, witches, magicians and the like continue this tradition and create a shrine in her name.  The most ideal place to create a shrine in Hekate’s name is within the home, in a place of high volume of traffic, like the lounge room or near the front or back door of the home.  To create a basic shrine to Hekate ensure it contains an image representing her, a flame of some kind, sacred water, incense and offerings.  An example can be seen below which is my Sanctuary of Hekate’s Crossroads shrine in my home:

It’s prudent to dedicate your shrine when creating it in honour of Hekate as is ensuring the shrine is kept in a state of clean and good repair. Making fresh offerings on Noumenia and cleaning shrines during the Deipnon is traditional and ensures it’s done on a regular basis. Here are some simple steps of how to dedicate a home shrine to Hekate:

Hellenic Hekate Dedication of a Shrine © Setjataset 2020

Preparation:

Chose a liminal time and place for the ritual to be set.

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

Clean and purify your shrine and all items which will be placed on the shrine.

Your shrine items should include: purified water/khernips, barley seeds, asperging herbs (small bundle purifying herbs such as bay leaves), oil lamp/candle, resin incense and incense holder (such as heatproof bowl) and an image of Hekate.

Your offering items which can include perishable and non perishable items.

Create a Dedication of Purpose of Shrine.  This dedication should include the reason for setting up the shrine to Hekate and what you will be doing on it ie Honour Hekate and perform magick and ritual, to have a special space specifically dedicated to Hekate only.

Ritual:

Wash your hands in khernips/purified water before standing before your shrine, whilst saying:

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

Present the offerings to Hekate by holding them up in a gesture of oblation and place them on 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.

Take your asperging herbs and dip into khernips/purified water and flick water onto the shrine.

Take a handful of barley and throw them onto the shrine.

When complete say:

Xerniptosai! (Be Purified!)

Light the oil lamp/candle.

Light the incense.

Invocation

Evoke Hekate with the following:

Hekate your devotee calls to you

Inhabit and bless this shrine created in your name

Hekate your practitioner calls to you

Charge and concentrate this shrine in your honour

Hekate your child calls to you

May you dwell here in your sanctuary 

Touch your forehead, lips, heart and tap the shrine – repeat 3 times.

Praxis (Working Proper)

Read out your Dedication of Purpose of Shrine.

Thanks and Closing

Thank Hekate by saying:

Hekate, in your name I created this shrine.  In your name, may it remain consecrated. 

Blow out candles and put out incense.

Step away from the shrine by backing away, turning to the right and leaving without looking back.

Ritual is now complete and any feasting can take place.


(C) T. Georgitsis 2020

Hellenic Hekate Ritual: Element of Fire

Fire is one of the classical elements in Hellenic philosophy and practice.  Fire is a fundamental element in creating the world and gave birth to the other elements.  Fire was very valuable for the Hellenics and today that element is still a focus in modern Hellenic ritual.  Fire in the witches pyramid symbolises To Will – to manifest magick through application which is done through ritual, which in and of itself is very magickal.

Rituals in Hellenic practice have always had an element of fire whether it be the hearth, lamp, candle or offerings being lit. In Hellenic philosophy, fire was associated with passion, assertiveness and energy – something which Hekate embodies completely.  Hekate also has her own strong connection to fire, both in her mythology and in her rites.

Hekate used fire as a tool of power during the war against the titans, as quoted here by the Greek mythographer Pseudo-Apollodorus in Bibliotheca 1.34-38:

When the Gigantes made war on the gods of heaven. In the course of the battle….Hekate got [the Gigante] Klytios with fire-brands.

Fire-brands are pieces of burning wood like torches and continuing with this mythology, Hekate appears in a number of ancient vase paintings battling a giant with her twin torches.

 

(Hekate & Cerberus
Antikensammlungen, Munich) 

 

In the abduction of Persephone by Hades, Hekate goes to Demeter to tell her what she has seen. Hekate does this with flaming torches in hand through the night.  In this instance, Hekate is using the flame to guide and illuminate the path she takes between realms she has dominion over.  This myth highlighting Hekate’s fire lit accompaniment is highlighted in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter (19):

Then for nine days queenly Deo [Demeter] wandered over the earth with flaming torches in her hands, so grieved that she never tasted ambrosia and the sweet draught of nektaros, nor sprinkled her body with water. But when the tenth enlightening dawn had come, Hekate, with a torch in her hands, met her, and spoke to her and told her news: `Queenly Demeter, bringer of seasons and giver of good gifts, what god of heaven or what mortal man has rapt away Persephone and pierced with sorrow your dear heart? For I heard her voice, yet saw not with my eyes who it was. But I tell you truly and shortly all I know.’

So, then, said Hekate. And the daughter of rich-haired Rheia answered her not, but sped swiftly with her, holding flaming torches in her hands. So they came to Helios (the Sun), who is watchman of both gods and men, and stood in front of his horses: and the bright goddess enquired of him.”

(Translated by Evelyn-White)

 

(C) T. Georgitsis 2010

 

The element of fire is creative and it is the element of action just like Hekate.  Fire is at the hearth of the home, a place where Hekate’s shrine is placed.  Fire illuminates and brightens the darkness allowing us to see which way we need to go and Hekate’s role as psychopomp can help us with that.  Here is a ritual I would like to share with you which you can use to honour Hekate in a Hellenic way and which utilises the element of fire:

 

Hellenic Hekate Fire Ritual © Setjataset 2015

Preparation:

Chose a liminal time and place for the ritual to be set, preferably outside if you can manage it.

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

Your shrine and offering items should be placed in a basket or bag which are easily carried which should include purified water/khernips, asperging herbs (small bundle purifying herbs such as bay leaves), any offerings you have for Hekate which should include something for a libation – olive oil/wine/honey’d milk, a red pen, white paper, a fireproof bowl and an fire pit/oil lamp/brazier/candle, resin incense and an image of Hekate.

Ritual:

Procession

Form a formal procession and walk towards the shrine from the east, carrying the offerings and shrine items with you.

Wash your hands in khernips/purified water before assembling before your shrine, whilst saying:

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

Present the offerings to Hekate by holding them up in a gesture of oblation and place them on 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.

Take your asperging herbs and dip into khernips/purified water and flick water onto the shrine whilst saying:

Xerniptosai! (Be Purified!)

Light the oil lamp/candle.

Invocation

Light a fire pit, oil lamp, brazier or candle for Hekate.

Throw or sprinkle incense into the fire.

Read out loud or sing a hymn in Hekate’s name.

Preces (Prayer Proper)

Write a petition of something you want to ignite/bring into your life to Hekate using the pen and paper.

Pour a libation of oil, wine or honey’d milk to Hekate upon the ground.

Praxis (Working Proper)

Read your petition out loud three times.

Blow on your petition three times.

                   Tap your petition on the ground three times.

Set fire to your petition and watch it burn visualising your desire manifesting.

Thanks and Closing

Thank Hekate by saying:

Hekate, in your name we gathered, in your name we depart.  Thank you for your eternal illumination and blessings.

Step away from the ritual space by backing away, turning to the right and leaving without looking back.

Ritual is now complete and any feasting can take place.

Do not speak about your petition until it has manifested and even then be cautious with how you share it.


Orphic Hymn Translated by Evelyn-White

(C) T. Georgitsis 2015, Updated 2020