Basic Hellenic Ritual

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Basic Hellenic Ritual

Set up working shrine with the following: image of God/dess, knife, khernips, khernips bowl, offerings including: barley, flowers, grape juice/wine, blessing cups, libation vessel, olive oil, salt, bread, candle/lamp, incense, charcoal, incense burner, bay leaves and matches.

Purification

Wash your hands in the khernips which is placed in a bowl outside the sacred space.

At this point state, Let all that is profane be gone!

Take barley and throw the offering of cleansing upon the shrine and upon the sacred space and say,
Hekas hekas este o-bebeloi(Afar, Afar, O The/Ye Profane).

Procession

Form a formal procession and walk towards the sacred space carrying the offerings with you.

Present the offerings to the God/desses by holding them up in a gesture of offering and placing them on the shrine before forming a semi-circle around 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.

Sprinkle khernips over offerings to purify them with the words “Xerniptosai (be purified).

Honoring God/s

Read out a hymn to Hestia (the first and foremost) and offer a libation in her name.

Read out hymn to specific God/dess and offer a libation in their name.

Offerings and Blessing Request

Present any offerings.

These can be in the form of items lifted up to the heavens, in the form of hymns or prayers you would like to read out, any petitions of askance, blessings or the like and lastly any jewelry or ritual tools may be consecrated using the khernips.

Pour a libation for God/dess.

Partake of the libations if so inclined.

Closing

Thank God/dess by saying:
“God/dess, in your name we gathered, thank you for your eternal illumination and blessings.”

Ritual is complete.

This is now when the “feasting” part of the ritual takes place ensuring that afterwards the shrine is disassembled and cleaned up.

(C) T. Georgitsis 2012

 

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2017 Moon Phases: Melbourne, Australia

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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:

 

New Moon

Full Moon
    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

18 Dec

5:30 pm

 

Hekate Self Initiation

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One of the simplest rituals I have created and completed is a self-initiation and dedication to a deity.  Here is a ritual I wrote many moons ago for Hekate which you might find useful and which you can use as a guideline when writing your own ritual:

Hekate Self Initiation

Performed on Sunset/Sunrise in a liminal place.

Items Needed:

  • 1 black candle
  • 2 white candles
  • 1 lighter/matches
  • 2 coins
  • 2 keys
  • 1 glass of wine or grape juice
  • Moon cakes
  • 1 glass of water
  • Salt
  • Hekate incense or similar
  • Charcoal
  • Incense burner
  • Hekate oil or similar
  • Pad and pen

Preparation:

Clean the working space and neutralize energies.  This can be done by completing the LBRP, sweeping the space with a broom, clearing the temple with incense and khernips etc.

Ensure alter is set up with items needed.

Anoint the black candle with the Hekate oil.

Anoint self with Hekate oil between the brow.

Create Sacred Space

In any manner you are accustomed to.

Magickal Working

As a sign of devotion offer Hekate a coin, a white candle and a key.

(The coin can be given to a charity or left at a crossroads after the ritual, the white candle can be used when invoking Hekate and the key can be used when working with Hekate to unlock mysteries or connect to her).

Light the black candle and Invoke Hekate by reciting a prayer written in her name.

Make an offering to Hekate consisting of wine and moon cakes.

Speak to Hekate in your own words.  Tell Hekate that you are dedicating yourself to her service and let her know what you can offer her as her devotee.  Share with her where you are at in your life and what you feel is holding you back and what you want to achieve.  Ask Hekate for her blessings, guidance and help.  Remember to be clear and concise with your words.

After you have done this visualise Hekate unlocking a door and opening it before you, she hands you a key as you pass through the door and there you find a crossroad before you.  Hekate holds her arms up before her in witch pose and lights the appropriate path before you with her blazing torches.  Hekate hands you a torch and beckons you to walk along beside her as she guides you down the illuminated path.  Follow the illuminated path until you find the answer you seek. After you have found the answer you seek thank Hekate for her assistance and farewell her.  Record any insights or advice given.

Close Sacred Space

In any manner you are accustomed to similar to creating sacred space.

(C) T. Georgitsis 2010

 

Black Moon

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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.

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These are the following steps I would suggest you do when working with the Black Moon coming up:

  1. Remove – obstacles, both mental and physical which have been hindering you.
  2. Cleanse – energy by completely neutralising/clearing your space and yourself.
  3. Project – intentions of what you want to bring into your life. 
  4. Create – possibilities for manifestation of desire which can be done through ritualised action such as a spell, meditation etc.

(c) T. Georgitsis 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Knowing Hekate: A coloring book by Sara Croft

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This is the one of the best spiritual/magickal coloring books I have come across and I highly recommend it. The artist shares with us her talent of capturing Hekate’s spirit whilst allowing us to fill in what colors we resonate with, thus allowing us to give our own flavor to her image. I have always wanted to find a coloring book which I connected with and spread a little magick my way whilst honoring a Goddess I very much respect. Like the title suggests its dedicated to Hekate with some incredible images for you to color. These images are accompanied with concise information about Hekate which creates a wonderful devotional aspect to the book and teaches you about Hekate whilst you color. Combining creative with informative, this is a great coloring book for a novice or master and I would recommend it for all devotees as well as those who have no knowledge of this limitless Goddess. I loved this book so much I ended up getting copies not only my nieces, nephews and godchildren but also gifts for my friends whom loved the whole vibe of the book.

Orphic Hymn to Hekate in Greek

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Αρχαία Ελληνική Ορφικό Ύμνο Εκάτη

Εἰνοδίην Ἑκάτην κλῄζω, τριοδῖτιν, ἐραννήν,

οὐρανίην χθονίην τε καὶ εἰναλίην, κροκόπεπλον,

τυμβιδίην, ψυχαῖς νεκύων μέτα βακχεύουσαν,

Περσείαν, φιλέρημον, ἀγαλλομένην ἐλάφοισιν,

νυκτερίην, σκυλακῖτιν, ἀμαιμάκετον βασίλειαν,

θηρόβρομον, ἄζωστον, ἀπρόσμαχον εἶδος ἔχουσαν,

ταυροπόλον, παντὸς κόσμου κληιδοῦχον ἄνασσαν,

ἡγεμόνην, νύμφην, κουροτρόφον, οὐρεσιφοῖτιν,

λισσομένοις κούρην τελεταῖς ὁσίῃσι παρεῖναι

βουκόλῳ εὐμενέουσαν ἀεὶ κεχαρηότι θυμῷ.

Sanctuary Consecration Rite of Sanctuary of Hekate’s Crossroads

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On the 30th November 2012, The Sanctuary of Hekate’s Crossroads which was formed by myself as Torchbearer within the Covenant of Hekate was sanctified through the completion of the Sanctuary Consecration Rite   The day was chosen due to it being the sacred day of Hekate at the Crossroads and my sanctuary having a connection to this sacred day due to its namesake made it the perfect time for this divine rite.

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In preparation of my Sanctuary Consecration Rite I had abstained from animals products the week before and fasted on the day with purified water being the only thing consumed before the ritual itself.  Other preparations had been made during the weeks and days proceeding the ritual which included: sourcing wonderful organic produce from a local farmers market in the form of honeycomb, almonds, olive oil, rock salt, and milk, obtaining the black pillar bees wax candle from a local candle maker (which I had embellished with a flaming key I had specially procured from an overseas trip and surrounded by 3 handcrafted modern coins of Hekate which were gifts to the sanctuary along with a silver coronet which has a crescent moon as the centrepiece), the making of an authentic Hekate incense recipe from late antiquity, crafting the shrine cloth which included several types of white material (one of which I would go on to make a dancing veil in honour of Hekate after the rite),  making and baking honey and olive oil infused fresh Greek country bread, extracting and steeping rose water from my home own grown roses, creating a necklace made for the Goddess which contained symbolism of all her realms, collecting flowers from my garden in the form of blossoming sage, blossoming balm of Gilead and calendulas which were in season and a three foot in length piece of red wool thread which I had embellished with some sequences.

Shrine Candle

Pride of pace and the icon of Hekate used for The Sanctuary of Hekate’s Crossroads was one of the first images of Hekate I had received when I first started to pay honour to Hekate and was gifted to me by a long term friend and student which had been appropriately cleansed before the sanctuary consecration rite.  Along with my icon of Hekate I also had other gifts of a flower etched glass container given to me by my godparent, a copper cauldron from my partner and my ritualistic bulleen I gifted myself due to the deepening herb, plant and tree crafting I have been refining since Hekate entered my life.

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The ritual commenced after the shrine had been properly prepared by the establishment of sacred space, which was followed by a declaration of the ritual intent. Then the ritual proceeded as per Sorita’s instructions detailed in the rite itself.  The atmosphere was electric when Hekate’s hymns were spoken, whilst much energy was raised during the sing song chanting in Hekate’s name and the ceremonial movements, acts and words were enacted which resonated a strong power, soared through my heart and vibrated right down though to my bones.

Shrine Lit - Daylight

After the Consecration Rite the Hellenic outdoor brazier which a member of the sanctuary and dear friend had hand made was lit in Honour of Hekate’s light coming into my life and showing me the way which contained environmentally sourced firewood from the tree of eucalyptus and herbs of bay laurel, rosemary and wormwood which I had collected and dried from my own garden. Also after the rite was complete a feast of thyme infused roasted lamb, herbed fish, garlic potatoes, Greek village salad, Greek country bread and a local red wine was partaken in and enjoyed.

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The next morning during my morning rites on Hekate’s Chthonic earthly shrine I discovered that in my garden several of the Californian poppies I had planted during a previous ritual to Hekate had blossomed as well as many of the plants and herbs dedicated to Hekate seemed to have bloomed for the first time or appeared in the height of bloom and radiated a wonderful glow.

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I thank Hekate for her wonderful blessings and I look forward to continuing to serve as her Torchbearer within the Sanctuary of Hekate’s Crossroads (COH) and as her Priestess within the Hekate Community as a whole.

Torchbearer and Founder of Sanctuary of Hekate’s Crossroads

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My Hellenic Version of Hekate Her Sacred Fires

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Hekate Her Sacred Fire Ritual

Sanctuary of Hekate’s Crossroads

(Torchbearer: T. Georgitsis)

Set up altar: image of Hekate, khernips, khernips bowl, khernips towel, offerings including: flowers, grape juice, blessing cups, libation vessel, olive oil, candle to Hekate, candles for attendees, incense, charcoal, incense burner, amphiphon, bay leaves, matches, barley and gifts to attendees (coins and pendants).

 

Purification

 

Each participant should wash their hands in the khernips which is placed in a bowl outside the sacred space.

At this point all attendees’ state, Let all that is profane be gone!

Tina to take barley and throw the offering of cleansing upon the shrine and upon the sacred space and say “Hekas hekas este o-bebeloi” (Afar, Afar, O The/Ye Profane).

 

Procession

 

All gathered are to form a formal procession and walk towards the sacred space carrying the offerings with them.

All are to present the offerings to the Goddesses by holding them up in a gesture of offering and place them on the altar before forming a semi-circle around the altar. You do not need to speak to do this but may say a few words as a statement of purpose if you are inspired.

Tina to sprinkle khernips over offerings to purify them with the words “Xerniptosai” (be purified).

 

Honoring Hekate

All to face the altar and can either observe or take part of the following:

Place both your hands on your heart (three heartbeats), your forefinger and middle finger of your dominant hand to your lips (three heartbeats), and then to your brow (three heartbeats).  Now enclose your thumbs within both your hands (in fists) and raise both your arms to the heavens.

Open your hands and with palm upwards in your left hand, bring your right arm to your side palm facing downwards and invoke the Goddess.

 

I invoke thee, Great Mistress of the Heaven, Earth and Sea,

By your mysteries of Night and Day,

By the Light of the Moon and the Shadow of the Sun

I invoke thee, Mistress of life, death and rebirth

Emerge now from the shadow realm to feed my soul and enlighten my mind,

Triple-formed Mistress of the three ways

I entreat thee, Key-bearing Mistress of the Nightwandering Souls

To bring forth your wisdom from amongst the stars

To bring down your starfire from the darkness between,

Creatrix of Light!

Goddess of the Shadow Realms! Light-bearing queen!

Whisper now your secrets!

Fire-bringer! Earthly-one! Queen of Heaven!

 

[Raise both hands with palms facing upwards to the heavens (three heartbeats) and then touch the ground palms downwards]

[Tina takes hold of the shrine candle and prepares to light it after repeating the following (which all may repeat at the same time)]

 

Hekate, companion and guide to the mysteries

I light this sacred fire in your honour, 

 

[Tina lights the shrine candle and all in turn light their own candle from the shrine candle then when everyone is settled with their burning flame, they repeat the following]

 

Its light uniting the stars and stones, the heavens and the earth,

With this fire I express my desire for a greater understanding of your mysteries

Askei Kataskei Erōn Oreōn Iōr Mega Samnyēr Baui (3 times) Phobantia Semnē,

Great Hekate, who spins the web of the stars and governs the spiral of life

Guide me through towards pathways of understanding,

From Crossroad to Crossroad,

The Torchbearers and the Keybearers of your mysteries,

will always find one another,

 

Now all to sit and watch their flame flicker and dance, allow yourself to focus on the different colours in the flame, the yellows and reds, the blues and whites, and the black.  If you wish you may decide to spend some time meditating on the flame, skrying for visions or omens.   After everyone is done – all may say the following together:

 

I banish now the shadows of doubt from my mind,

Infused by the silence and warmth of our union

I feel your golden radiance within my heart

And the glory of knowledge on my brow,

I am a student of your mysteries.

 

Extinguish the flame, then place both your hands on your heart (three heartbeats), your forefinger and middle finger of your dominant hand to your lips (three heartbeats), and then to your brow (three heartbeats).

 

Open your palms reaching towards the heaven, then reach down and touch the Earth.

 

Offerings and Blessing Request

 

Attendees may now proceed before the altar in turn and present any offerings they have. These can be in the form of items lifted up to the heavens, in the form of hymns or prayers they would like to read out to Hekate, any petitions of askance, blessings or the like and lastly any jewellery or ritual tools may be consecrated using the khernips.

 

Tina to pour a libation for Hekate.

 

Tina to pour the rest of the grape juice into the cups provided and pass the cups to all attendees who may partake of it.

 

Tina to light the candles of the amphiphon (if the weather permits) and offer a slice to Hekate.

 

Tina to share the rest of the amphiphon with the attendees who wish to partake of it.

 

Closing

 

Tina thanks Hekate by saying:
“Hekate, in your name we gathered, thank you for your eternal illumination and blessings.”

 

Ritual is complete.

 

For those interested the “feasting” part of the ritual will now take place across the road at the Sandy Pub after the altar is disassembled and cleaned up.

 

Adapted from the HHSF Ritual by Sorita d’Este

http://hekatecovenant.com/rite-of-her-sacred-fires/rite-in-translation/english-the-rite-of-her-sacred-fires-original/

 

(c) 2012 T Georgitsis

Hekate Incence: Cthonic Hekate Blend

 

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Cthonic Hekate Blend

1 Part Livani (Greek Pine Resin)

1 Part Pomegranate (Shredded Dried Husk)

(c) T. Georgitsis 2014

“Illuminating the Path” Hymn to Hekate

Marble statuette of triple Hekate and the three Graces. Late Hellenistic period in Rome. 1st - 2nd period a.d.
(Triple Hekate and the Three Graces,
Late Hellenistic period in Rome. 1st – 2nd period AD)

“Illuminating the Path” Hymn to Hekate

 Hekate, Mistress of Magic

I come to you as devotee

Hekate, Light Bringer

Illuminate my way in this time of darkness

Hekate, Guide of the Crossroads

Show me the true path of purpose

Hekate, Opener of Doors

Allow me to seek clarity of vision

Hekate, Keeper of the Key

Unlock your mysteries to me

(C) T. Georgitsis 2010