We are the ones who rise
We are the cursers
We are the crafters
We are the ones who heal
We are the charmers
We are the wise
We are the ones who dare
We are the quiet fury
We are the witches
(C) Image and Prose: T Georgitsis 2017
One of my family akhu who is lovingly known as “Thea” has had more of a dominating presence of late (what’s new as she’s always been the dominant one when it comes to family akhu) and yesterday in shrine I got the distinct impression from her that she is waiting for me to put in writing the story of her life I have collated from various family members and those who knew her. I feel this will honor her greatly as well as framing the large portrait of her, which I had made which needs to be placed on the wall backing my Akhu shrine.
Speaking of Thea, an old coven member of mine, who moved, years back, tried to call her to assist her with her personal crisis and all I can say is Thea was NOT impressed. This old coven member said that she’s been trying to connect with Thea for the last couple of years and she’s not been able to. Whilst the old coven member was telling me this over the phone in that instant I felt Thea’s presence come up behind me and I felt her say in Greek in quite an arrogant and pissed off way “who is SHE for her to call favours from me – I don’t owe HER a thing” and the vibe I got from Thea was that she was really put out by being summoned by someone she has no connection to.
If you knew my Thea you knew NEVER to piss her off as not only was she quite a powerful magician in her day she had a wicked temper and was only loyal to her blood relations. So I questioned this old coven member as to why she’s been calling to my Akhu, as after all she has her own and she’s not even practicing the kemetic or witchcraft path anymore. I was told that she needed help and didn’t know who else to call upon. I suggested that she call upon her own Akhu and I had to delicately explain to my old coven member that Thea has been ignoring her and that her call for help will go unheard because she’s not bound to her in anyway and is not going to help her.
Thea has helped this old coven member before on one occasion but that is because I interceded and asked her to help them. Also I feel Thea was annoyed with this old coven member because. 1. no one commands Thea 2. Thea always takes payment for her services and 3. Thea does what she pleases – even in the spirit world.
So moral of the story is – don’t use other people’s Akhu…its disrespectful and might actually annoy your ancestors!
(C) T. Georgitsis 2017
Here is a basic Kemetic ritual for Wep Ronpet I wrote and use yearly:
Here are the dates for the end of the year and Wep Ronpet:
July 28th Last Day of the Year: Feast of Lights at Esna (and Sais)
Epagomenal Day 00 – July 29th: Day Dedicated to Yinepu and Khonsu
Epagomenal Day 0 – July 30th: Day Dedicated to Djehuty
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
Epagomenal Day 5 – August 4th: Birthday of Nebt-het
1 August 5th – Wep Ronpet
Unknown to me at the time, I first started working with the blessed dead as a young child. I call them the blessed dead because they have provided me with messages to aid the living, insight or knowledge applicable in life and guided me on my magickal and spiritual path. The blessed dead is a term I use, as it’s a name used for our ancestors and deceased loved ones in the Kemetic tradition I am a follower of.
It all started in the middle of one night when I was woken up by a loud voice talking to me. When I opened my eyes I was at first startled when I saw a tall middle aged man standing at the foot of my bed, but as I focused, I realised he was familiar to me and so I wasn’t afraid. He was talking to me without moving his mouth, was slightly transparent and being so young I didn’t question this aspect. I just accepted that he was there and didn’t want to hurt me as he just wanted me to pass on a message.
He was telling me that I needed to tell his brother that he was gone and that his brother needed to know he was ok and not to worry. I got up and ran into my parents bedroom to tell them what this man had told me, but my mother thinking I had a bad dream, put me back into bed after bestowing upon me a blessing and protection prayer. Some time later, I was woken again by this man who was adamant I pass on a message to his brother and that he wouldn’t leave until I’d done so. Again I raced into my parents bedroom and this time when my mother tried to explain it was just a nightmare and everything was ok. I started to throw a tantrum because I wanted to be heard. Whilst my mother was trying to calm me down I practically screamed out the message I had received which was that “John” was in my bedroom and wanted to tell his brother that he was dead but that he was ok and not to get sad. My mother’s eye’s widened in a quizzical expression and she then asked what he looked like so I carefully described him. When I was done my mother crossed herself and shot my father a worrying glance. I started to cry in panic and she soothed me and put me back to bed whilst telling me everything was going to be fine and thanked me for passing on the message from John.
The next morning I found my father crying at the kitchen table and when I asked him why he was sad he told me that his brother John had died. Uncle John was my father’s favourite brother and best friend who lived interstate and had suffered a stroke and died during the night. I hugged my father and told him not to cry as Uncle John had visited and told me that he was ok. It did give my father comfort and solace. Then in the following days when I attended the funeral with my parents I wasn’t shocked to see Uncle John lying in an open casket and was actually wondering why people gathered were upset since he told me himself, he was fine. When I told this to my mother she explained to me that not everyone talked to people who had passed away and gently warned me not to repeat to anyone what had happened as they wouldn’t understand. She also explained that some people in our family could talk to the dead in order to help those who were left behind with their grieving. Since I had this gift she would teach me how to work with the blessed dead in a safe and helpful way.
That was the beginning of when I started working with the blessed dead and to this day I continue to work with them in one way or another. I predominately work with my own blessed dead as they have guided me on my magical and spiritual path. When I conduct healings and readings I receive messages for clients from their loved ones which I pass on. I find that these messages along with descriptions of their loved ones are appreciated by the living as they help them to move on and accept they are no longer in physical form and we don’t need to worry about them.
Having lost both my parents before I turned 30, working with the blessed dead has allowed me to accept and let go of them with love in my heart as I am completely confident they are in a peaceful place. I had been warned about both my parents passing before it occurred through dreams and other blessed dead who came to me to tell me and in both my parents cases it actually helped them move on.
Over the years I’ve delved deeper into Hellenic and Kemetic magickal and religious practices. I have found this has added value not only to my personal life but also when dealing with the blessed dead. My interest in Hellenic and Kemetic traditions stems from my ancestry and I was also drawn to it through the guidance of my spirit guide who happened to be an ancestor well versed in these traditions.
When I was introduced to the concept of Ancestor Veneration in the Kemetic tradition it felt very familiar. This practice was something which I had always done in some way or another and it was refreshing to see others actively participating in the same practice in this day and age. I came to learn that “Akhu” also known as the “Shining Ones” or “Blessed Dead” and are the spirits of our ancestors who became a star in the heavens in the body of Nuit. Nuit is a sky goddess who is depicted as a naked woman covered in stars who arches over the earth. She is also a goddess of death and swallowed and rebirth the stars and sun. As stars shine their light down upon us, they remind us that they are always with us and watching over us. This brought me great comfort and resonated within me in a most profound way.
Venerating the Ancestors is a practice where you honour (instead of worship) your blessed dead so their Ka (soul) continues to be fed and therefore continuing to exist. Through remembering and speaking their name and by leaving them offerings such as incense, water or things they enjoyed in life , it allows them to have the ability to intercede on our behalf and assist us in our lives. Venerating the Ancestors shows how much you care for your blessed dead even though they are no longer in physical form in this earthly plain. It allows us to thank them for being as our own existence is due to theirs. When Venerating our Ancestors it allows them to bestow blessings and offer insight into our lives. This is because it is believed that they stand in the Duat or underworld/land of the dead and can communicate to us or be go betweens to the Gods themselves if necessary. All that is needed to Venerate the Ancestors is to acknowledge them in the form of prayers or offerings, this includes asking them for assistance and in return thanking them for their assistance when given. Also it is worthy to note that you don’t have to be blood tied to your blessed dead as they can be a person you cared deeply for in life and want to remember them in death.
People in many cultures including Eastern, Native American, Greek and Egyptian have been known to Venerate their Ancestors for many thousands of years. Originally it was part of everyday life for the common man to do this and in the modern day these practices have remained in one form or another. This shows us that many acknowledge that honouring and/or working with the blessed dead gives them comfort or blessings and has a positive impact on us physically and psychologically.
I have an ancestor shrine which I maintain regularly and sits in a part of the house I frequently use to ensure my blessed dead are acknowledged as part of the family. My shrine is an old desk I have covered with a star studded shrine cloth and I have placed various items on it which represent my ancestors and which symbolically feed their soul. Some items on my ancestor shrine include personal possessions of my ancestors, photos of my ancestors, a book containing ancestor’s names and their stories, flowers, a libation bowl, a food offering plate, incense holder with incense and candles which are lit during the reciting of prayers. It is important to note that food offerings are always disposed of in the garbage separately to the household trash and are not to be consumed. Libations are left to evaporate or poured onto the earth outside.
((C) T. Georgitsis Akhu Shrine 2010)
I find an effective way to communicate with my blessed dead other than simply talking to them in shrine is by writing them a letter and reading it to them or leaving it on their shrine. I have a personally amended a Kemetic prayer (A Hotep Di Nisut Prayer) with my own words at the end which has been framed and placed amongst photos of my blessed dead on my shrine which is recited frequently:
“An offering which the King gives to Yinepu-Upon-His-Mountain and to Wesir, Lord of Abydos: a thousand of bread, a thousand of beer, a thousand of oil and alabaster and linen, a thousand of meat and fowl and all things good and pure that heaven gives, the earth produces and the inundation brings; for the ka of _______ ma’a heru.
Your names will live on forever, for you are the stars who watch over me “
If it wasn’t for my ancestors, my blessed dead, I wouldn’t be here and for that I am indebted. I am a part of them and they will always be a part of me as I remind myself how much I love them through devotional veneration where I bestow offerings and prayers as a symbol of this love and remembrance. In return they bless, assist me and remind me of where I came from. Until I see my blessed dead when it is my time to cross over, I will continue to show them respect and be their messenger when needed.
By T. Georgitsis © 2011
This article was the opening piece from the book: Memento Mori – A Collection of Magickal and Mythological Perspectives on Death, Dying, Mortality & Beyond, Edited by Kim Huggens which can be purchased here:
Specific magickal workings need to be conducted on specific moon phases. Here are the New and Full Moon Phases for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 2017:
|12 Jan||10:33 pm|
|28 Jan||11:07 am||11 Feb||11:32 am|
|27 Feb||1:58 am||13 Mar||1:53 am|
|28 Mar||1:57 pm||11 Apr||4:08 pm|
|26 Apr||10:16 pm||11 May||7:42 am|
|26 May||5:44 am||9 Jun||11:09 pm|
|24 Jun||12:30 pm||9 Jul||2:06 pm|
|23 Jul||7:45 pm||8 Aug||4:10 am|
|22 Aug||4:30 am||6 Sep||5:02 pm|
|20 Sep||3:29 pm||6 Oct||5:40 am|
|20 Oct||6:12 am||4 Nov||4:22 pm|
|18 Nov||10:42 pm||4 Dec||2:46 am|
Purification was an important aspect of the daily life of the Ancient Egyptians. It kept Isfet (evil) away which took the form of demons, pestilence and disease – which would run rife without adequate purification practices. Purification was seen as a way to strengthen the power of protection as well as provide insight through making the way clear and clean.
The Ancient Egyptians would use fumigation as part of the purification process which involved incense made from resins and herbs which would be lit and wafted through temple, royal and residential homes alike. The Ancient Egyptian clergy and aristocracy would shave their bodies as a way to keep themselves pure and free from pollutants. The Priests would also keep themselves pure by avoiding dressing in garments made from animals such as wool or leather and only wear natural materials like linen. Another method the priests had for remaining pure was to abstain from specific foods, depending on which God they served.
Priests had to abstain from any sexual intercourse before rituals as a form of purification even though they normally lived like the rest of the population and married and had children. The only difference is that they dedicated some time out of the year to honor their gods in their part time vocations as priests of the temple. Therefore before they re-entered the temple they would abstain from intimate relations to be pure for their gods.
The priests and royalty had lakes they had deemed for divine purification. There they would ritually bathe themselves with natron, a salt like substance collected from the banks of the Nile river, before entering their temples to perform their religious rites. Natron was used by the Ancient Egyptians for mummification but the priests also used it for personal purification in which they would wash their mouth out, hands and feet when it was dissolved in water.
Purification of the temple shrine and the associated tools was completed using natron so it was a cleaning agent which was pretty much used for everything. Natron infused water was used to wash the temple walls and floors and implements as well as the images of the gods. Images of the gods within the temple sanctuary were sprinkled with water and grains of natron during various times of the day and night when opening, maintaining and closing the shrine occurred. Any remaining natron water was used to wash the surrounding streets and buildings.
For practicing Kemetics using abstinence, fumigation, cleaning and bathing still occurs as part of the purification practice today. Since natron was a natural occurrence found on the banks of the Nile and we don’t have the luxury of being able to collect it this way I would like to share with you how to make your own natron.
Two methods I have found to make natron successfully :
a. Mix one cup kosher salt and one cup baking soda and place in a cooking pot (shouldn’t be more than ¼ of the depth of the pot).
b. Add water until it covers the mixture and heat on low whilst constantly stirring.
c. Once it reaches boiling point ensure all the ingredients blend smoothly and take off heat.
d. Mixture should be slime like substance which you can now pour and spread over a baking paper lined oven tray.
e. You can put it in direct sunlight to dry out covered by netting so it isn’t polluted by grit or bugs (this can take a month or so) or alternatively place in a very low oven for several hours until the mixture dries out ensuring the mixture doesn’t turn brown as it must remain white in color.
f. Once dry, break apart the sheets of natron into smaller barley sized pieces and store in air tight container so it doesn’t get damp and clump up.
(c) T. Georgitsis 2014
Although Samhain is celebrated in the Southern Hemisphere on the 1st of May, in the Northern Hemisphere its celebrated on the 31st of October, and some here chose to connect to those energies. Therefore, I thought I would post something I wrote a few years back on Samhain and the practice of the Dumb Supper .
Samhain is also known as the last harvest. It’s the time of year when the land’s fertility withdraws in preparation for the dormancy of winter. Since Samhain is when the veil between the living world and that of the spirit world is the thinnest, I use this occasion to make offerings in the form of a Dumb Supper to my ancestors in thanks for the connections to my blood history. Samhain is also a time of endings and beginnings for the witch, as its the start of the witch’s new year. Along with ancestor veneration, acknowledging and honoring the Gods of this time – the turning of the seasonal wheel is also of importance.
A Dumb Supper is a meal, which can include drink created in honor of the dead. This supper cannot only be for your ancestors but also for friends who have passed or those whom you have a connection to and are no longer in the realm of the living. Dumb Suppers are a time of silent remembrance so when offering a meal to them, it is traditional to commune with them silently or you can write a note to them and leave it with the meal. Dumb Suppers can be offered in sacred space, like part of a Samhain ritual or they can be offered at a place at the set table of your Samhain meal you prepare (usually at the head of the table and served first). Dumb Suppers can be covered in a shroud to symbolize its for the blessed dead, have a candle lit before it so its easy for them to find it on the astral, as well as saying a silent prayer in honor of them.
I like to create a Dumb Supper with things my blessed dead liked to eat in life. I personally include my supper as part of my Samhain ritual, which I use to communicate with them and thank them for their blessings of giving me life. Since candles were used to help spirits find their way home, I place a candle with images of my ancestors, a personal item of theirs and a plate consisting of their food in the North West of my cast circle. I place a note I have written to them underneath the offering plate ensuring this plate is never used by the living (lest death take those who partake of it). During my Samhain ritual I also burn the note of correspondence I wrote for them in a cauldron or fire pit so its released to the ether of spirit.
Whatever you decide to create for your Dumb Supper, ensure you use what’s in season, and connect to the energies of Samhain. Foodstuff in season can consisting of apples, pumpkins, corn, mushrooms, turnips, pomegranates, garlic, onions, potatoes, wine/mead, meat, nuts, within your meal offering for the ancestors. Herbs which can be infused in your food and drink which resonate with the energies of Samhain are rosemary, mugwort, rue, tarragon, sage, wormwood, bay, nettle, mandrake, nutmeg, fennel (please note some of these herbs can be toxic with overuse or be incompatible with pregnant women so please refer to a material medica for further detailed information on the herbs you use).
If you would like some recipes check out my food blog:
(c) T. Georgitsis 2014
A Black Moon occurs when there are two New Moons in a month.
In the Northern Hemisphere there is a Black Moon on the 30th of September 2016.
In the Southern Hemisphere there is a Black Moon on the 31st of October 2016 which also happens to fall on Beltane.
This kind of event happens every few years and the type of magick performed is New Moon magick which is more potent during this time.
Focus on renewals, beginnings, manifestation of desires and foundation of intent for future endeavors, which first must come through letting go and clearing/cleansing during the Dark Moon, 2-3 days prior to the New Moon.
These are the following steps I would suggest you do when working with the Black Moon coming up:
(c) T. Georgitsis 2016
Heka is a system of magick within the Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian) tradition and the word itself means magickal and meaningful speech. It is also the name of a netjer (God) within Kemeticism who is considered a patron of magick. The glyph of heka is depicted as a pair of raised arms and a twist of flax, which is thought to symbolise two interwoven serpents and which the netjer heka was able to hold power over and control. Heka manifested before duality had come into existence therefore its not a feminine or masculine force. There are several patrons of heka within the Egyptian pantheon like A’set and Sekhmet but all netjers contain and can create heka.
Heka is employed through using, activating and projecting the ka, which is the part of the soul that contains the individual’s personality. In kemeticism – religion, heka and medicine are not separate states but are part of the same powerful energy. Heka is used to assist in accomplishing various tasks and warding off isfet (the concept of evil). Heka can also be used by the common man and in Ancient Egypt the people of the day used heka for things from purifying their home to keeping vermin away.
Heka is always employed for a reason. You would never go through the motions unless you want to work the energies to accomplish a goal you wish to see come to fruition. It is the magician who brings about the force of heka from their ka. They do this through understanding and undertaking it via various acts which include: incantation, recitation, devotions, offerings, creating wax figures, amulets and various concoctions like poultices and potions just to name a few. Since words, actions and thoughts are magickal in themselves they have power and are essential in the working of heka.
Therefore, there are several steps needed to work heka – the thoughts which must be pure and focused, words which must be spoken and include intonations in a certain way, actions which must be enacted and often worked through in ritual formation and visual tools and ingredients used for focus and which primarily follow the like attracts like adage. So in essence heka is written, spoken and enacted with ritualised gestures/motions and the use of sympathetic tools. Some forms of heka include effigies, charms, talismans, potions, incense blends, dream incubation, incantations, rituals, medicine and healing. Heka can bring about prophecy, direction, health, prosperity, love, protection and fertility – pretty much anything you want or need. When working heka one must purify themselves and remain that way throughout the working, make offerings and libations to the netjers (if they are asking for assistance from them), create and maintain focus of objective and have properly prepared tools and props at hand to assist with the desired result.
Heka was part of everyday life for the Ancient Egyptians and was employed in every stage of life from creation to death and the afterlife. Similarly modern practitioners of the kemetic religion and other closely aligned magickal and theosophical systems ie Hermetisim view it the same way, to this day.
There are two types of magicians who use heka – trained priest-magicians part of the kemetic faith and dedicated to specific netjers or lay magicians who have no affiliations and are self trained or learn through other magicians. When a priest prays to a netjer for something it is the netjer who brings about the force of heka into the desire of the supplicant, as they are the agent of netjer. The lay magician however, holds and projects the magick into manifestation of desire and is usually employed for the services from others as well as for themselves.
My personal path is a mix of the two types of sau heka (magician) and I employ various forms of heka in my daily life. These can range from enacting various rituals in honour of my patrons to divining the future and creating protection amulets for others. Here is some simple heka I would like to share with you, which you can use for yourself and your loved ones:
Heka to Protect the Home
In your active/dominant hand hold a stick of wood with meaning to you and walk around your home whilst reciting the following incantation:
“Withdraw disease demons!
The wind will not reach me,
And those who pass by,
may pass by to work disaster against me!
I am Horus who passes by the diseased ones of Sekhmet!
Horus – healthy despite Sekhmet!
I am the unique one,
Son of Bastest,
I die not through you!”
So as you can see from the above magickal working its very similar to some magickal practitioners of today – using a wand and casting a circle to protect one’s home from malevolent forces whilst reciting a spell to project the magick outwards and manifest it.
Like all forms of magick, heka can be dangerous to the uneducated and polluted heart. So I implore that if heka is something you would like to learn more about and use – tread cautiously after much purification, divining of desire, introspection of reasoning, research, study and proper preparation.
(c) T. Georgitsis 2015
My main interest whilst studying naturopathy had always been Ancient Egyptian medicine and many of my assignments and pracs focused on that point of interest. I devoured all natural medicine sources as well as Egyptological academia I could find and then, by chance, I stumbled across the vibrational healing modality Isis Seichim. Reiki was thoroughly entrenched in the new age and holistic alternative medicine scene at this time and I had heard about an Ancient Egyptian flavoured reiki and was very eager to learn more about it. What I discovered was that not much was available – all the teachers offering workshops at the time didn’t give much information on what it was, they had no manuals or notes as you just received the initiation and your certificate of completion. I also struggled to find a teacher in the state I was living in and the workshops offered intestate and overseas were pricey to complete due to its niche market (also with little transparency I was reluctant to pay hundreds to thousands of dollars for it).
I wanted to find out more and learn about this vibrational healing modality whose connection was to Isis, the first Goddess I was ever sworn to and whom I continue to serve as her initiated priestess today. I remained patient and years later come across my now retired master who taught from the heart and had a little bit more of the puzzle. She encouraged me to progress further into the healing technique and find out more and master the energy within myself. I was then initiated into Isis Seichim and became a master, eventually teaching workshops and initiated students of my own. I have created my own practitioner manual and developed my own workshop which consists of ritual and ceremony in honour of Isis and her devotees whilst trying to educate my students with the greatest amount of duty of care – to Isis, their clients and themselves. This is just a fraction of what I discovered during my journey with Isis Seichim over the years.
What are the origins of Isis Seichim?
Seichim (say sheem) comes from the Ancient Egyptian word “Sekhem” which translated into English means ‘Power of Powers”. Seichim is an advanced form of hands on healing having sounds and symbols whilst being said by many masters, that it is the parent energy of all hands on healing systems. Seichim is considered ancient and sacred, as it is believed by some vibrational healers and reiki masters to have originated in Atlantean times which in due course moved to Ancient Egypt. Due to this connection over a millennia, the energy stream is infinite. Various forms of Seichim healing systems are available today and those who have become involved in Seichim have received more symbols whilst being initiated, channelling, dreams, divination, ritual or through other practitioners and masters.
In a more traceable form Seichim can be linked to Patrick Zeigler who received the original intuinement of Seichim after having a deep mystical experience in the Kings Chamber of the Great Pyramid in Egypt during the early 1980s. Isis Seichim was later developed as a facet of Seichim which originated in Australia after Phoenix Summerfield (a student of Patrick’s) began teaching here in Australia.
What is Isis Seichim?
The knowledge that an unseen energy flows through all living things and is connected directly to the quality of health has been part of the wisdom of many cultures including the Ancient Egyptians since early times. We are alive because life force is flowing through us within the physical body as well as around us in a field of energy. Isis Seichim heals by raising the vibration of the energy found within the life force. Isis Seichim is a simple technique to learn but the ability to use Isis Seichim is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student by the Isis Seichim Master. Its use is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development, therefore it is available to everyone. Utilising Isis Seichim feels like a wonderful glowing radiance which flows through you and surrounds you. Isis Seichim treats the whole person including body, mind, spirit and emotion – which is a natural, holistic and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement.
Isis Seichim is guided by the Deity – Isis (Consciousness) therefore it can never do harm. It is universal life force energy which always knows what a person needs and will adjust itself to create the effect that is appropriate for them. Isis Seichim is a channelled healing energy therefore an Isis Seichim practitioner’s energies is never depleted. In fact the Isis Seichim consciousness considers both practitioner and client to be in need of healing so both receive treatment. Because of this, giving a treatment always increases one’s energy and leaves one surrounded with loving feelings of well-being. Learning Isis Seichim is a good starting point for experiencing and working with healing energy and is a wonderful method for deepening awareness of universal energy. In general, Isis Seichim complements other healing methods and spiritual practices.
Isis Seichim heals within 3 – 7 facets:
Although ancient in its essence, in modern times Isis Seichim can be regarded as renewed ancient healing wisdom as its an advanced form of telepathically directed “healing” which leads to a greater unfoldment and understanding of your spiritual self.
For me, Isis Seichim has had a profound impact and how I connect to Isis whilst walking the healing path.
© T. Georgitsis 2016