All images taken by © S. Altman
The Magick of this Moon
The Full Moon which is also a Supermoon and Blood Moon this month is happening this May full moon on the 26th (3.45am – 9.13pm EST).
A Supermoon is a New or a Full moon which coincides with the closest distance to the earth in its orbit. This means the moon appears larger than usual from the perspective from earth.
A Blood Moon is a Full moon which is a Solar Lunar Eclipse. The earth is between the sun and the moon which causes the moon to have a reddish tinge due to the red light which skims over the earth.
The Lunar Eclipse energies transition through the new and full moon phases during the eclipse, which enables the moon to cycle through the various stages of the moon and its magick.
Eclipse magick is when the energy is amplified due to the moon energies intermingling.
There are various types of magick you can perform during this coming moon:
- Liminal – magick worked between the darkness and the light.
- Manifestation – setting goals, intentions and affirmations.
- Breaking – curses, bad habits, bad relationships and connections.
- Transformation – self/surroundings, spellwork and health encompassing all aspects of oneself (body/mind/spirit and emotion).
- Devotion – to lunar or liminal Gods and Goddess.
- Focus – personal and spiritual development along with illumination and psychic work (divination and magickal goals).
Right now our world is suffering through much turmoil and as such our energies are scattered and stagnant.
This is a good time to clear the energies which no longer aid you in preparation for the next phase in your life.
Now is the time to work on breaking the bonds which drag you down and transform it into manifesting that which raises you up.
Since the full moon is in Sagittarius it will be an intense time, therefore I suggest working on the self and releasing the frustration and anger in a proactive way. Below I have outlined an easy rite you can perform in any tradition you resonate to, with the guidance of Hekate:
Hekate Eclipse Magick by Setjataset
Chose a liminal time and place for the ritual to be set, preferably outside if you can manage it under the full moon or alternatively where the moon beams can shine upon your workings.
Purify body by showering or washing head, hands and feet.
Your shrine and offering items should be placed on a shrine or working altar and should include: black candle, red candle (or white/neutral coloured candles if you don’t have red/black), purified water/khernips mixed with salt, a token or offering you have for Hekate, incense and an image of Hekate.
Welcoming and Opening
Open sacred space or the shrine/altar and welcome Hekate by simply calling to her or reciting a hymn, poem, evocation in her name.
Light your incense and waft over sacred space.
Sprinkle purified salted water over sacred space.
Write (with a sharpie) or carve (with a blade, wand, knife, pin, fingernail) on a black candle what you want to get rid of.
If you don’t have a black candle use a white or neutral colour and write on the candle a word representing what you want to get rid of ie procrastination. Think about it carefully and don’t be rash in what it is you are wanting to get rid of and make sure its what you really want.
Write (with a sharpie) or carve (with a blade, wand, knife, pin, fingernail) on a red candle what you want to bring in.
If you don’t have a red candle use a white or neutral colour and write on the candle a word representing what you want to bring in ie self-love. Think about it carefully and don’t be rash in what it is you are wanting to bring in and make sure its what you really want.
If so desired, anoint candles. Use an oil such as Abramelin oil or something simple such as olive or lavender oil. If you have no oil, use your own saliva.
Light both candles.
Push the black candle away from you and the red candle towards you and then say:
“Hekate Queen of Earth, Sky and Sea
Assist me to straddle this liminal time
Guide me through the Darkness and into the Light
With the power of the Moon I release my intentions” © T. Georgitsis 2020
Let the candles burn down completely in a safe manner.
Thanks and Closing
Thank Hekate and close sacred space or the shrine/altar.
Ritual is now complete and any feasting and/or grounding work can take place.
Do not speak about your working until it has manifested and even then be cautious with how you share it.
© T. Georgitsis 2020, Updated 2021
The Hekate book list I created has been updated yet again with new, upcoming or books not usually promoted:
I have updated this list to include new or upcoming books or ones I feel should be included in Hekate related books 😀
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…
View original post 720 more words
Many create resolutions at the beginning of the new year. These resolutions can include getting rid of a bad habits or introducing a good one. Resolutions tend to be created and promises made – which usually (if not always) fall by the wayside.
This is why I as I have described before I personally do not create resolutions. What I like to do is set intentions of what I want to undergo for the year with the focus being on what new “experience” I want to learn or immerse myself in.
Last year what quite an intense one and as such most of my time was spent on survival and self-care.
My focus for the year is listed below in bold, whilst my achievements are listed beneath with supporting lists, links or photographs.
Read and re-read books which inspire and/or move me:
I didn’t read as many books as I usually do due to spending a lot of time reading academic papers on Academia as well as subscribing to Medium and reading various articles there by independent writers.
Support more artists creating hand-made/self-published items born from their hard work, research, study and/or imagination:
Support a charity I resonate with:
Visit somewhere I haven’t been before which has a spirit of place:
Dromana Beach (been there as a child but not as an adult).
Mornington peninsular (visited various places of the area).
Complete a workshop/course which is connected to my interests, passions and causes I like to support:
Handwriting Course (Cursive)
Self Publishing Workshop
Create something magical which feeds and inspires my practice:
Painting with acrylics – submitted and accepted to Gallery Exhibit 5 x 9 (painting sold)
Photography of Spirit of Place – submitted and accepted to Optica 2020 Exhibit
Card Making with Kemetic, Hellenic, Magical and Witch Themes
Letter Writing by Hand
Journalling which included a pandemic diary, magical spell book, magical grimoire and poetic journal with mixed media, watercolour, acrylic and ink drawings.
Blogging – Occult/Magical and Creative Writing
Craft Making (candles, soap, anointing oils, incense blends, herb bundles)
Cooking various new meals which includes celebratory offerings
Created new spells utilising Greek Folk Magic practises
Planted more herbs and focused on cultivating and preserving ones used in Greek and Egyptian magic.
Attended Conference with a Magical/Spiritual Slant :
HoN End of Year Festivities – Epagomenial Days & Wep Ronpet
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) T Georgitsis – all images and text 2020
Astrological sabbat dates for the Southern Hemisphere for 2021:
|February 4, 2021 12:40am||First autumn harvest festival.|
|March 20, 2021 7:37pm||Day and night have same length. Days get shorter.|
|Samhain||May 5, 2021
|Veil between worlds thinnest.|
|June 21, 2021
|Day has the longest night. Sun is at its lowest elevation in the sky.|
|Imbolc||August 7, 2021
|Marks the beginning of spring.|
|September 23, 2021
|Day and night have same length. Days get longer.|
|Beltane||November 7, 2021 2:50pm||Halfway point between spring and summer. Fertility festival.|
|December 22, 2021 1:59am||Day has the longest daylight. Sun travels the longest path through the sky.|
All times are Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) – add 1 hour for Daylight Savings Time when applicable.
(C) T. Georgitsis 2021
Moon magick is a practice I strongly resonate with. I love to create and venerate with the various phases of moon. I love to engage in the moon’s ebbs and flows where I can move with the energies and enact rites with and for my Gods and Ancestors. Regardless of what path I practice, regardless of what sorcery I perform the moon is my guide through it all – a guiding presence for my workings.
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:
Super Full Moon: 27th April 2021 – Super Moon Magick
Micro New Moon: 12 May 2021 – Micro Moon Magick
Blue Moon: 22nd August 2021 – Blue Moon Magick
Super New Moon: 5th August 2021 – Super Moon Magick
Super New Moon: 4th December 2021 – Super Moon Magick
Micro Full Moon: 19th December 2021 – Micro Moon Magick
(C) T. Georgitsis 2021
As a magical practitioner I like to work with the phases of the moon. I find these useful for various rituals, devotionals, spells and other magical workings.
Moon Phases for Eastern Standard Time in Australia for 2021:
|First Quarter (Waxing)||Full Moon||Third Quarter (Waning)|
|6 Jan||8:37 pm|
|13 Jan||4:00 pm||21 Jan||8:01 am||29 Jan||6:16 am||5 Feb||4:37 am|
|12 Feb||6:05 am||20 Feb||5:47 am||27 Feb||7:17 pm||6 Mar||12:30 pm|
|13 Mar||9:21 pm||22 Mar||1:40 am||29 Mar||5:48 am||4 Apr||8:02 pm|
|12 Apr||12:30 pm||20 Apr||4:58 pm||27 Apr||1:31 pm||4 May||5:50 am|
|12 May||4:59 am||20 May||5:12 am||26 May||9:13 pm||2 Jun||5:24 pm|
|10 Jun||8:52 pm||18 Jun||1:54 pm||25 Jun||4:39 am||2 Jul||7:10 am|
|10 Jul||11:16 am||17 Jul||8:10 pm||24 Jul||12:36 pm||31 Jul||11:15 pm|
|8 Aug||11:50 pm||16 Aug||1:19 am||22 Aug||10:01 pm||30 Aug||5:13 pm|
|7 Sep||10:51 am||14 Sep||6:39 am||21 Sep||9:54 am||29 Sep||11:57 am|
|6 Oct||10:05 pm||13 Oct||2:25 pm||21 Oct||1:56 am||29 Oct||7:05 am|
|5 Nov||8:14 am||11 Nov||11:45 pm||19 Nov||7:57 pm||27 Nov||11:27 pm|
|4 Dec||6:43 pm||11 Dec||12:35 pm||19 Dec||3:35 pm||27 Dec||1:23 pm|
Some magickal workings which can be conducted on the following moon phases:
Full Moon (Psychic & Manifestation Work)
Waxing Moon (Invoking/Bringing In Workings)
Wanning Moon (Banishing/Pushing Out Workings)
New Moon (Psychic & Invoking Work)
Dark Moon (Banishing & Divination Workings)
(C) T. Georgitsis 2021
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 for 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:
1 Hekatombaion (Ἑκατομβαιών) July/August
2 Metageitnion (Μεταγειτνιών) August/September (named after Apollo)
3 Boedromion (Βοηδρομιών) September/October
4 Pyanepsion (Πυανεψιών) October/November
5 Maimakterion (Μαιμακτηριών) November/December (named after Zeus)
6 Poseideon (Ποσειδεών) December/January
7 Gamelion (Γαμηλιών) January/February
8 Anthesterion (Ἀνθεστηριών) February/March (named after the festival of Anthesteria)
9 Elaphebolion (Ἑλαφηβολιών) March/April
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 2021, calculated for Southern Hemisphere practitioners:
21 June 2020 (12.43am), = Summer Solstice in Greece (Winter Solstice in Australia 21st June 7.43am AEST)
1 Hekatombaion (Ἑκατομβαιών)
21 July – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 3.32am Athenian New Year
22 July – Day 2: Agathos Daimon
23 July – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday
24 July – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros
26 July – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday
27 July – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday
28 July – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)
17-18 August – Day 29-30: Deipnon
2 Metageitnion (Μεταγειτνιών) (named after Apollo)
19 August – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 12.41pm
20 August – Day 2: Agathos Daimon
21 August – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday
22 August – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros
24 August – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday
25 August – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday
26 August – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)
15-16 September – Day 29-30: Deipnon
3 Boedromion (Βοηδρομιών)
17 September – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 9.00pm
18 September – Day 2: Agathos Daimon
19 September – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday
20 September – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros
22 September – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday
23 September – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday
24 September – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)
15-16 October – Day 29-30: Deipnon
4 Pyanepsion (Πυανεψιών)
17 October – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 6.31am
18 October – Day 2: Agathos Daimon
19 October – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday
20 October – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros
22 October – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday
23 October – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday
24 October – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)
13-14 November – Day 29-30: Deipnon
5 Maimakterion (Μαιμακτηριών) (named after Zeus)
15 November – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 4.07pm
16 November – Day 2: Agathos Daimon
17 November – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday
18 November – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros
20 November – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday
21 November – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday
22 November – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)
13-14 December – Day 29-30: Deipnon
6 Poseideon (Ποσειδεών)
15 December – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 3.06am
28 November – Day 2: Agathos Daimon
29 November – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday
30 November – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros
2 December – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday
3 December – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday
4 December – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)
12-13 January – Day 29-30: Deipnon
7 Gamelion (Γαμηλιών)
13 January – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 4.00pm
14 January – Day 2: Agathos Daimon
15 January – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday
16 January – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros
18 January – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday
19 January – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday
20 January – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)
10-11 February – Day 29-30: Deipnon
8 Anthesterion (Ἀνθεστηριών) (named after the festival of Anthesteria)
12 February – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 6.05am
13 February – Day 2: Agathos Daimon
14 February – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday
15 February – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Erosc
17 February- Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday
18 February – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday
19 February – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)
11-12 March – Day 29-30: Deipnon
9 Elaphebolion (Ἑλαφηβολιών)
13 March – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 9.21pm
14 March – Day 2: Agathos Daimon
15 March – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday
16 March – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Erosc
18 March – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday
19 March – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday
20 March – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)
10-11 April – Day 29-30: Deipnon
10 Mounichion (Μουνιχιών)
12 April – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 12.30pm
13 April – Day 2: Agathos Daimon
14 April – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday
15 April – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Erosc
17 April – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday
18 April – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday
19 April – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)
10-11 May – Day 29-30: Deipnon
11 Thargelion (Θαργηλιών)
12 May – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 4.59am
13 May – Day 2: Agathos Daimon
14 May – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday
15 May – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Erosc
17 May – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday
18 May – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday
19 May – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)
8-9 June – Day 29-30: Deipnon
12 Skirophorion (Σκιροφοριών)
10 June – Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 8.52pm
11 June – Day 2: Agathos Daimon
12 June – Day 3: Athena’s Birthday
13 June – Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Erosc
15 June – Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday
16 June – Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday
17 June – Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)
8-9 July – Day 29-30: Deipnon
(C) T. Georgitsis 2021
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)
- 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
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