Isian News: Issue #179, Brigantia 2021

 

In the latest issue of Isian News by the Fellowship of Isis, my Lyceum of Heka (my teaching school within the fellowship) news features my article about Dancing for Hekate.   For your FREE copy follow this link:

Isian News: Issue #179, Brigantia 2021

Mystic Tribe Magazine: February 2021, Issue #39

 

In my regular column on crystals, in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an Ancient Egyptian themed article called “Heka (Ancient Egypt Magick) which describes what Heka is along with a simple piece of Heka for you to try utilising a crystal wand.   For your FREE copy follow this link:

Issue 39 Mystic Tribe Magazine February 2021

Hekate Devotion: Lammas/Lughnasadh

Lammas or Lughnasadh is the first autumn festival in the Southern Hemisphere calendar. This year it falls on the 4th of February at 12.40am. I was introduced to this festival when I studied Wicca back in my teens and then was exposed to a celebration of it when I was in my first Wiccan coven in my early 20’s.

Historically its a Celtic festival which celebrates the First Harvest of the Fruits such as apples, grapes, tomatoes, peaches, plums but also celebrates the harvest of the first grain, wheat, oats and corn. Therefore traditionally the fruit gathered is made into preserves and the grains and corn made into bread or cakes.

I grew up with an immigrant Greek family and during this time of year they would make large stores of Passata due to it being used so often in their cooking. My father also made home made moonshine using whatever was abundant and in season as well as his own wine and beer. My mother made Pita from home grown spinach and/or horta and fennel, stuffed vine leaves and also various Greek shortbreads and cakes.  They would both share what they made with family and friends as it was common practice where they grew up and brought that tradition here to Australia when they immigrated.

These days I continue a version of their traditions as I infuse store bought wine with homegrown Greek herbs, make passata from the tomatoes out of my garden, as well as bake traditional Greek village bread and Greek biscuits using organic ingredients. I have also used this time for years to make plum jam from my garden’s Victorian heirloom organic plums (due to the trees originally being part of a farm in the area before it was sub-divided into housing).  These items created from the seasonal harvest are offered to my Gods, Ancestors and loved ones where appropriate.

Due to been heavily influenced by the way I was raised, my rituals are a mix of honouring my personal Gods, ancestors and also honouring the land I live on.  I see this as a perfect blend of personal devotion as someone who works with the Gods, local spirits and venerates her ancestors in a modern way.  I don’t have any strong connection to the God Lugh, typically honoured during this time of year, so I personally use it as a harvest festival and honour my household Gods: Hekate with a libation set aside to Hestia. Other Gods which I have honoured during his time include Persephone, Demeter, Mercury and Apollo.


If like me if you honour any of the above Gods, you can make Greek shortbread or cheesecake for Hekate, pomegranate infused cakes or salads for Persephone, honey or sesame biscuits for Demeter, home made wine for Mercury and home made beer for Apollo.

Its also a good time to make and dedicate devotional items you have crafted yourself over the summer. I tend to make and dedicate items to specific Gods utilising items from my garden due to it resonating with the vibe of the season and festival. Growing a lot of herbs, the ones which are in season, I collect preserve and store them for future use in Hekate’s name for various magical purposes.  I also collect resin, bark, leaves and branches from some of my trees to be used in items such as incense, waters, oils and magical tools.

I feel magically used crafts such as candles and incense are perfect to infuse with the energies of the season especially if we are able to harness these energies and channel them into the items.  I also tend to make preserves which I use in offerings thorough the remainder of the year

Also its a good time to acknowledge the ancestors and leave them some food offerings as a form of ancestor veneration. I usually leave some food they liked in life such as kalamata olives, feta, stuffed vine leaves my mother taught me to make along with some Greek coffee which I can scry and divine with.

So even though the Hekate and Ancestral traditions of spirituality and magick I work, doesn’t sound like it fits exactly within the Lammas/Lughnasadh festival – I make it work for me and you can too as the most important thing I feel is devotion and dedication to your path whatever form that takes.


(c) T. Georgitsis 2020

 

 

 

 

Mystic Tribe Magazine: January 2021, Issue #38

 

In my regular column on crystals, in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an article called “Crystal Balls which describes how to acquire, prepare, activate and use a crystal ball for scrying.   For your FREE copy follow this link:

Issue 38 Mystic Tribe Magazine January 2021

Mystic Tribe Magazine: December 2020, Issue #37

In my regular column on crystals, in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an article called “Crystal Infused Soap which describes a way to make crystal infused soap by utilising a crystal.   For your FREE copy follow this link:

Mystic Tribe Issue 37, December 2020

 

Mystic Tribe Magazine: November 2020, Issue #36

 

In my regular column on crystals, in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an article called Earth and Crystal Devas which describes what they are, how to find them, why and how to connect to them by utilising a crystal.   For your FREE copy follow this link:

Mystic Tribe Issue 36, November 2020

Mystic Tribe Magazine: October 2020, Issue #35

 

In my regular column on crystals, in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an article called “Spiritual Self Care which describes what it is and how to do it including a ritual to help you out by setting the intention by utilising a crystal.   For your FREE copy follow this link:

Mystic Tribe Issue 35, October 2020

 

Mystic Tribe Magazine: September 2020, Issue #34


I have taken the month off my regular column on crystals, to share an article on Sekhmet the Goddess of Plagues in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine.  In this article I have written on who she is and I share  an invocation I have written in her name which can be successfully used in rituals for protection. For your FREE copy follow this link:

Mystic Tribe Issue 34 September 2020

 

Mystic Tribe Magazine: August 2020, Issue #33


I have taken the month off my regular column on crystals, to share an article on Isis (aka A’set) the Mistress of Magick in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine.  In this article I have written on who Isis is and how she became the Mistress of Magick as well as a simple invocation and ritual to Her in this aspect.  For your FREE copy follow this link:

Mystic Tribe – August 2020, Issue 33

 

 

Mystic Tribe Magazine: July 2020, Issue #32


In my regular column on crystals, in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an article called “Lavender Quartz, Crystal of All Encompassing Love by Setjataset which describes the unique crystal and the wonderful things it can do for your body, mind, spirit and emotion.  Also of note is that its a perfect crystal for unconditional love for yourself and others which we all need right now.  For your FREE copy follow this link:

Mystic Tribe – July 2020, Issue 32