Crystals for Hekate by Setjataset

To say I have a love of crystals is an understatement.  So it goes without saying that I have created and charged many devotional items utilising specific crystals in Hekate’s name.  I have used polished and raw  pieces which included caves, slabs, points, tumbled stones, beads, set jewellery, pendulums and sun/moon catchers.  First and foremost when you buy, inherit, borrow or are gifted crystals it is wise to cleanse and purify them.  This ensures the previous energies which could potentially be stagnant, negative or malevolent can be removed and return the crystal to its original vibration.

How to Cleanse and Purify 

You can clean and purify your crystals by:

  1. Immersing them in salt water for 24 hours under the *sun or moon light or by wiping them with a damp cloth soaked in salt water.
  2. Immersing them in a bowl of brown rice for 3 days on an altar or in the NW corner of a room, home or business.
  3. Immersing them in a bowl of purified water with fresh flower petals such as marigolds, sage blossoms, sun flowers, iris, honeysuckle, daisies, roses, rosemary blossoms, lemon blossoms, carnations, cherry blossoms and apple blossoms.
  4. Smudge using herbs such as lavender, sage, cedar and bay.
  5. Crystal programming. This is the most difficult and requires focused concentration and experience in meditation and working with crystal energies.  I have detailed this more thoroughly under the heading “How to Charge a Crystal”.
  6. Reiki/Sekhem/Seichim which utilities specific symbols channeled through the breath and hands.
  7. By burying in the earth (garden, pot plant, sand) for 24 hours.
  8. By sound intoning using crystal bowls, chanting, Tibetan singing bowls, sistras, bellydance cymbals, bells, tuning forks and singing.
  9. By placing them on or within a clear quartz or amethyst quartz: cluster, slab or cave. You can also place a smokey quartz single terminator crystal on top of them.
  10. By holding the crystal in the hand which isn’t dominant (ie left hand if you are right handed) and visualise a blue light flowing from your hand and enveloping the crystal.

I like to make my own crystal cleanser which I put into a spray bottle and then spray over my crystal jewellery, caves, slabs, balls, and other shaped crystals due to convenience. This same cleanser can be added to a bowl or tub of purified water which you can wash your crystals in.

Setjataset’s Crystal Cleanser (© T. Georgitsis 2001)

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoons of Rock Salt
  • 250 mils Orange Blossom Water
  • A pinch of Fresh Rose Petals (omit if you will not or cannot refrigerate)
  • 3 Drops of Essential Oil of Clove
  • Small Amethyst Crystal (Pebble Sized) 300 mil Capacity Spray Bottle

Method

  1. Place crystal in bottom of spray bottle.
  2. Crush rock salt into fine powder and pour into spray bottle.
  3. Pour orange blossom water and clove oil into spray bottle and shake vigorously.
  4. Add Rose petals and refrigerate until needed (refrigeration isn’t needed if rosepetals are not added).

*= Do not place amethyst, lavender quartz, rose quartz, smokey quartz, ametrine, beryl, fluorite, danburite, citrine, aquamarine, celestite and kunzite in direct sunlight as it fades.

** = Do not use on soft porous crystals such as: malachite, selenite, angelite, howlite, aragonite, azurite, dolomite, as it will deteriorate the crystals.

 

How to Charge a Crystal in Hekate’s Name

All crystals take in the various energies they are surrounded by, but you can also tap into them and give them a purpose.  This is done via crystal programming. In its essence, crystal programming is a way you can charge your crystal with specific intent and purpose as well as it activating the true capabilities of the crystal.  Crystals can absorb, hold and release information, visions and feelings and can be programmed for happiness, abundance, success, healing and whatever else you can think of which you want to manifest in your life. The way crystals are programmed is through projecting your thought form into the crystal in a clear and conscious way.

Method

  1. Clean crystal of all previous programming (whether it was intentional or not) using the tips of “How to Cleanse and Purify” section above.
  2. Formulate what you want your crystal to be programmed with, ensuring you think about it carefully as the crystal will only amplify what potential you store within it.
  3. Enter a place of calm meditative contemplation in a safe space where you wont be disturbed.
  4. Take the crystal and place it in the middle of your hand which isn’t the dominant one and place the other hand over it in a cupping motion touching the crystal with both hands.
  5. Place the intent in the crystal now by visualising what you want it to do ie. if you want it to help it heal you, visualise the sickness vanishing away.
  6. Once you feel that your thoughts have successfully flowed through (you can usually feel this as a circuit running through your body and into the crystal) you have successfully programmed your crystal.
  7. Repeat the steps 4-6 several times to ensure your crystal has been programmed securely.

Simple Use for Programmed Crystals

Carry it around with you to trigger the properties you programmed it for by rubbing it or holding it between your palms for some extra energy and inspiration.

 

I have created a list of crystals which resonate with Hekate’s nature.  You can use these crystals in Hekate’s magickal workings and devotions whilst bringing in the energies and qualities they omit.

A List of crystals for Hekate by *Setjataset (in alphabetical order by name)

  1. Amber
  2. Amethyst
  3. Ametrine
  4. Aquamarine
  5. Basalt
  6. Black Kyanite
  7. Black Tourmaline
  8. Blood Stone
  9. Blue Kyanite
  10. Carnelian
  11. Charoite
  12. Citrine
  13. Coral
  14. Fire Agate
  15. Fire Opal
  16. Fire Quartz
  17. Garnet
  18. Green Kyanite
  19. Hag Stone
  20. Hemetite
  21. Jet
  22. Labradorite
  23. Lapis Lazuli
  24. Lodestone
  25. Meteorite
  26. Moonstone
  27. Obsidian
  28. Onyx
  29. Opal
  30. Pearl
  31. Petrified Bone
  32. Quartz – predominately Key Quartz, Phantom Quartz, Activation Quartz, Beta Quartz , Brige Quartz, Celestial Quartz, Channeling Quartz, Deva Quartz, Merlin Quartz (please note that these are quartz formations found within clear quartz).
  33. Red Jasper
  34. Routilated Quartz
  35. Ruby
  36. Selenite
  37. Selenite
  38. Smokey Quartz
  39. Smokey Quartz
  40. Snowflake Obsidian
  41. Tektite
  42. Tourmelated Quartz
  43. Travellers Stone

Whatever stone or crystal you use in her name ensure it resonates with the purpose of its use for Hekate and that it’s been cleansed, purified and charged in her name.


(C) *T Georgitsis 2020

Books on Hekate by Setjataset

Some (if not most) devotees, priests, witches, magicians and practitioners of Hekate love to find out more about her from a historical, modern, personal, religious and magical point of view.  They love to read and research Hekate, and therefore tend to devour everything they can find, which is written and discussed on Her.

For me personally, I like to collect books on Hekate for my personal library.  I do this so I can understand academic’s research and study on Hekate as well as individual’s personal experience and interpretation on her. I love to read how Hekate manifests for others who have a deep interest, love and respect for Hekate.  Although I don’t necessarily agree or resonate with everything I read, I find it expands my perspective and knowledge about her in a more well rounded way.

Over the last few years I have noticed more books being written on Hekate which can be attributed to her surge in popularity in our culture as well as in magical, spiritual and faith driven circles.  This means we have more resources available to us about Hekate, as well as the types of resources available.

I have personally compiled a list of Hekate books available as of writing this post.  Please note that some might be out of print, or a limited print run and therefore hard to obtain unless its second hand.  With the exception of a few books I have italicised, I have read all these books and found them useful even if I didn’t necessarily agree or like the information and style, presented.  I love being able to have the ability to be able to discern for myself what works for me and what doesn’t, when it comes to Hekate, and the fact I have access to books which share things about her from varying interpretations enriches my devotions to her personally.

So I implore you to diversify your knowledge on Hekate and pick up a book you wouldn’t necessarily, if you walked into a book shop or perused online.  Give an unknown or unfamiliar author a chance to challenge your preconceived notions of who Hekate is and what she can offer, or alternatively get that book you have had on your wish list, as knowledge is power and Hekate is all about self-empowerment.

A List of Hekate Books by Setjataset (in alphabetical order by title)

  1. A Paean of Hekate by Shani Oates
  2. Bearing Torches: A Devotional Anthology by various authors, edited Bibliotheca Alexandrina
  3. Circle for Hekate – Volume 1: History & Mytholgy by Sorita d’Este
  4. Crossroads, the Path of Hekate by Greg Crowfoot
  5. Evensongs for Hekate: Poetry, Hymns and Prayers by Sara Croft
  6. Hecatean Magick by B. Morlan
  7. Hekate (Monsters of Mythology) by Bernard Evslin
  8. Hekate 1: Death, Transition and Spiritual Mastery by Jade Sol Luna
  9. Hekate 2: Awakening of Hydra by Jade Sol Luna
  10. Hekate Her Sacred Fires by various authors, edited by Sorita d’Este
  11. Hekate in Ancient Greeck Religion by R.Von Rudloff
  12. Hekate Keys to the Crossroads by various authors, edited by Sorita d’Este
  13. Hekate Liminal Rites by Sorita d’Este and David Rankine
  14. Hekate Soteria by Sarah lles Johnston
  15. Hekate The Witches’ Goddess by Gary R. Varner
  16. Hekate: A Devotional by Vivienne Moss
  17. Hekate: The Crossroads Dark Goddess by Idlu Lili Regulus
  18. Keeping Her Keys: An Introduction to Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft by Cyndi Brannen
  19. Knowing Hekate: A Spiritual Colouring Experience by Sara Croft
  20. Lunatik Witchcraft by Shay Skepevski Book
  21. Queen of Hell by Mark Alan Smith
  22. Shards of a Broken Mystery: Restoring Hekate and our Divine Feminine Soul by Shira Marin
  23. The Dance of the Mystai by Tinnekke Bebout
  24. The Goddess Hekate by Stephen Ronan
  25. The Hekataeon by Jack Grayle
  26. The Temple of Hekate by Tara Sanchez

A List of Hekate Related Books by Setjataset (in alphabetical order by title)

  1. Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman Worlds by Georg Luck
  2. Dark Goddess Craft by Stephanie Woodfield 
  3. Daughters of Hecate: Women and Magic in the Ancient World by Kimberly B. Stratton and Dayna S. Kalleres
  4. Magic in the Ancient World by Fritz Graf
  5. Magic, Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds by Daniel Ogden
  6. Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion by Christopher Faraone and Dirk Obbink (eds)
  7. Restless Dead: Encounters between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece by Sarah lles Johnston
  8. Rotting Goddess: The Origins of the Witch in Classical Antiquity by Jacob Rabinowitz
  9. The Chaldean Oracles, (text, translation and commentary) by Ruth Majercik
  10. The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation by Hans Dieter Betz (ed)
  11. Thracian Magic: Past & Present by Georgi Mishev
  12. Witchcraft Medicine by Muller-Ebeling, Ratsch and Dieter Storl

(C) T Georgitsis 2020

Hekate Magick: Samhain for her Witches

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Samhain is 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 Samhain. During Samhain, 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: Samhain also known as Halloween.  Hekate can be called upon as an intermediary to connect you to your ancestors especially since our dearly departed tend to visit us during Samhain.  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 Samhain, 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 Samhain includes apples, pomegranates, garlic, onion, wine, mead and mugwort tea.

Here is a simple witches ritual for Hekate, Samhain and your ancestors I have composed and used successfully multiple times in years past:

Setjataset Samhain Rite ((C) T. Georgitsis 2010)

Ingredients:

  • Dumb Supper (any of the foods and drinks your ancestors loved in life)
  • Coins (3) – of any denomination which can be donated
  • Incense – dragons blood, frankincense or livani
  • Candles (1-3) – tea lights are easiest but you can use tapers
  • Image of Hekate
  • Key – skeleton if you have it but any key will do
  • Skull – crystal, animal bone or a copy
  • Divination form – tarot cards, scrying bowl, mirror, dice
  • Any offerings you would like infused with the energies of Samhain
  • Pen and Paper

Method:

Prepare a dumb supper and place in the NW of your circle or on the left of your altar/shrine.

Create sacred space or open the shrine.

Light some incense.

Inscribe the candle with the ancestors names you would like to connect with and place before the image of Hekate.

Take the three coins and blow on them before placing them in front of the candle.

Light the candle which has been placed in the middle of your altar before the image of Hekate.  This is used as a beacon so your deceased loved ones can make their way to you.

Have a key and an image of a skull on the left side of your alter/shrine.

Any form of divination should be placed on your shrine after giving the item/s a little shake.

Begin the rite by evoking Hekate with the following Orphic hymn (or any hymn you resonate with which fits the season and purpose):

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.  Write them down with your pen and paper so you can reflect and refer to them later.

Thank and farewell your ancestors and Hekate.

Close sacred space or close the shrine.

Dispose the offerings by leaving them at a base of a tree, putting them in a compost, burying them in your garden or leaving them safely at a crossroads.

Donate your coins to a charity.


(C) T. Georgitsis 2010, Updated 2020

 

Starlit Path: Volume 2, Issue 4, Winter 2019: Walking with the Goddess, “Ritual”


 

In this issue, for my column Walking With the Goddess, I share my article on “Ritual“.  This article contains various ritual techniques and I finish off the article with a self-initiation ritual with the aid of Hekate.

The Starlit Path is a free magazine which can be downloaded here: Starlit Path Winter 2019

Starlit Path: Volume 2, Issue 3 Fall 2019: Walking with the Goddess, “How to Protect Yourself”

 

In this issue, for my column Walking With the Goddess, I share my article on “How to Protect Yourself“.  This article contains various protection techniques utilising the elements of earth/air/fire/water with respects to the Body/Mind/Spirit/Emotion and I finish off the article with simple protection magick with the aid of Hekate.

The Starlit Path is a free magazine which can be downloaded here: The Starlit Path Fall 2019

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A Poem: Hekate’s Herbalist

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Starlit Path: Volume 2, Issue 2 Summer 2019: Walking with the Goddess, “How to Cleanse and Purify Using the Elements”

In this issue, for my column Walking With the Goddess, I share my article on “How to Cleanse and Purify Using the Elements“.  This article contains various purification techniques utilising the elements individually, and brings them all together in a ritual I have specifically written, encompassing them all.

The Starlit Path is a free magazine which can be downloaded here: Starlitpath Summer 2019

Athenian Calendar 2018/19 (Southern Hemisphere)

The best time to honor Hekate is the Deipnon and Noumenia.  With that said, every year I create an Athenian Calendar to calculate the Deipnon and Noumenia using the Southern Hemisphere New Moons, to ensure my devotions are on the right evenings from my location.  This is calculated by the start off point of the Summer Solstice in Greece of that particular year.

The Athenian Calendar also known as the Attic Calendar was a lunisolar calendar used during the classical period of Ancient Greece during the 4th and 5th Centuries BC.  It was exclusively used in Athens at the time and each month starts at the first sighting of the new moon, with the year beginning just after mid-summer.  It’s become a modern go to for practicing Hellenics and as such, what we use and have today is a reconstruction of what they used around 300-500 BC.  I have superimposed this Athenian Calendar over our modern Gregorian one, to loosely create a festival calendar of 12 months based on the cycle of the moon which starts at the beginning of the Athenian year – on the summer solstice in Athens. The names of the months reflect the gods and festivals honoured at that time and have agricultural links to the planting or harvesting of food in the northern hemisphere.

Here is what the yearly Athenian Calendar basically looks like:

Summer (Θέρος)

1          Hekatombaion (Ἑκατομβαιών)           July/August

2          Metageitnion (Μεταγειτνιών)             August/September (named after Apollo)

3          Boedromion (Βοηδρομιών)                September/October

Autumn (Φθινόπωρον)

4          Pyanepsion (Πυανεψιών)                    October/November

5          Maimakterion (Μαιμακτηριών)          November/December (named after Zeus)

6          Poseideon (Ποσειδεών)                      December/January

Winter (Χεῖμα)

7          Gamelion (Γαμηλιών)                         January/February

8          Anthesterion (Ἀνθεστηριών)              February/March (named after the festival of Anthesteria)

9          Elaphebolion (Ἑλαφηβολιών)             March/April

Spring (Ἔαρ)

10        Mounichion (Μουνιχιών)                    April/May

11        Thargelion (Θαργηλιών)                     May/June

12        Skirophorion (Σκιροφοριών)              June/July

 

Every month lasts for approximately 29-30 days in total.  Each month is broken up into 10 days of three which reflect the moon phases in the following order: Waxing, Full and Waning Moons.

Days 1 to 8 were all sacred to gods or spirit entities and the last day of the month, known as “hene kai nea” translated as “the old and the new”, is dedicate to Hekate as it’s her Deipnon along with the first day of the month, Noumenia which is also dedicated to Hekate.

Here are the details of those 8 sacred days in the Athenian Calendar month:

Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon)

Day 2: Agathos Daimon

Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

Day 29-30: Deipnon

To get you all started with adapting the Athenian Calendar to the Gregorian one, here is the Athenian Calendar I created for 2019, calculated for Southern Hemisphere practitioners:

21 June 2019, = Summer Solstice in Greece (Winter Solstice in Australia 22nd June 1.54am EST)

 

Summer (Θέρος)

1 Hekatombaion (Ἑκατομβαιών)

3 July              Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 5.16am Athenian New Year

4 July              Day 2: Agathos Daimon

5 July              Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

6 July              Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

7 July              Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

8 July              Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

9 July              Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

31 July            Day 29-30: Deipnon

 

2 Metageitnion (Μεταγειτνιών) (named after Apollo)

1 August         Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 1.11pm

2 August         Day 2: Agathos Daimon

3 August         Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

4 August         Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

5 August         Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

6 August         Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

7 August         Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

29 August       Day 29-30: Deipnon

 

3 Boedromion (Βοηδρομιών)

30 August       Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 8.37pm

31 August       Day 2: Agathos Daimon

1 September   Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

2 September   Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

3 September   Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

4 September   Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

5 September   Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

28 September Day 29-30: Deipnon

 

Autumn (Φθινόπωρον)

4 Pyanepsion (Πυανεψιών)

29 September Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 4.26am

30 September Day 2: Agathos Daimon

1 October        Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

2 October        Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

3 October        Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

4 October        Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

5 October        Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

27 October      Day 29-30: Deipnon

 

5 Maimakterion (Μαιμακτηριών) (named after Zeus)

28 October      Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 2.38pm

29 October      Day 2: Agathos Daimon

30 October      Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

31 October      Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

1 November    Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

2 November    Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

2 November    Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

26 November  Day 29-30: Deipnon

 

6 Poseideon (Ποσειδεών)

27 November  Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 2.05am

28 November  Day 2: Agathos Daimon

29 November  Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

30 November  Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

1 December    Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

2 December    Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

3 December    Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

25 December  Day 29-30: Deipnon

 

(C) T. Georgitsis 2019

Starlit Path: Volume 2, Issue 1 Spring 2019: Walking with the Goddess, “Hekate’s Herbalist”

In this issue, for my column Walking With the Goddess, I share a poem I wrote to my patron Hekate as her devotee and avid herbalist called, “Hekate’s Herbalist”.

There are also some wonderful articles in this issue, including a Cord Spell, The Spell Cord and Meditation: Purification by Flame, which is very Hekate-centric in my opinion and a great addition to one’s practice to the Goddess.

The Starlit Path is a free magazine which can be downloaded here: Starlitpath Spring 2019

Starlit Path: Issue 4 Winter 2018: Walking with the Goddess, “How to Set up a Personal Practice”

My new column Walking With the Goddess is series of regular articles building on devotional practice from the ground up.

My third column in this series is “How to Set up a Personal Practice”

The Starlit Path is a free magazine which can be downloaded here: Starlit Path Winter 2018