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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
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
Hekate image shrine made from repurposed wood.
Before our modern throw-away culture – people rarely threw or tossed things away simply because they had outgrown their use or were broken and battered. What they did was re-purpose, re-use or recycle – not only to save cost – but to reduce waste. Some places and people still maintain this kind of living and now more than ever, as our world is being suffocated by waste cluttering our seas and landfills, it’s only environmentally conscious to do the same.
I like to challenge myself to learn to make my own devotional items, especially since I prefer to tailor things for my own spiritual and magickal needs/wants. I find all you need is a can-do attitude, patience and practice – which is essential in developing your crafting skills.
Making your own magickal items for your workings can also ensure the ingredients you use are environmentally and ethically sourced. Also you dont have to spend a fortune for commercially manufactured items which can always be on the pricey side, as you can make things from recycled materials, so not only are you cutting cost but waste.
When my aunt and mother were creating their magickal crafts, there wasnt a local occult shop they could just pop into. What they did is made do with what they could use from around the house and also what they could wild harvest in nature. I am so glad to have had this influence in my early years because quite frankly its taught me to be self-sufficient.
I have a thing for not throwing anything out which I might re-use at a later date. I have a cupboard filled with old jars, containers, paper bags and the like which can be reused or repurposed. I continuously find they come in handy when making my own craft items. I also like to repurpose and take something which once served one purpose and use it for another.
Hekate incense from repurposed jar and herbs.
13 Re-Use and Re-purpose Tips for the Hekate devotee:
- Wash and store old glass jars, bottles and containers as they can come in handy to store various items in them, such as oil blends, herbs, resins, incense, waters, powders etc. You can also use jars as soy candle holders and for jar spells and bottles as candle holders or vases.
- Used charcoal blocks for recipes such as black salt, it can also be gathered and placed in a charcoal burner as a heat buffer between the container and lit charcoal as well as using it for devotional artwork.
- Old pieces of wood can be used to make a shrine box, portable shrine, tools or divination box.
- Perishable offerings can be thrown into a compost for use over a garden and some items can be used to regrow the vegetable or plant it came from by harvesting seeds or planting the roots/tops. I have done this successfully with many vegetables and herbs.
- Offerings in the form of flowers, herbs, salt and even fruit can be reused in the making of incense, water, powders etc. Drying out in a slow burning oven or herb air dryer after you’ve cut up your ingredients is a great way to reuse fruit peels for incense. Also grinding up egg shells or using ground up coffee beans can be used in powders.
- Broken plates, glasses, old pins, rusty nails etc can be used for protection magick such as witches bottles.
- The stubs of candles can be used similar to sealing wax in various spells and workings.
- Use the bees wax from honey comb to make cosmetics, candles and furniture polish.
- Take that old piece of clothing, sheets, towels, tablecloth you love but can use anymore due to damage and wear and cut and and reuse material for crystal and divination bag holders, coverings for magic mirrors or tools and in some instances new altar or shrine cloths.
- Use old egg carton to plant seeds for herbs, plants and trees.
- Use broken crystals, rusty scissors, old keys and cracked statues in specific magick and ritual work.
- Feed the local birds and animals with safe food offerings from your shrine.
- Don’t throw out expired culinary herbs from your pantry, reuse them for spells, mojo bags, incense and the like.
Hekate mugwort candles made from repurposed beeswax and oil made from dried out herb.
I like to make my own version of Hekate Black salt repurposing spent charcoal and expired herbs using the following recipe which I would like to share which is easy to make:
Hekate’s *Black Salt (© T. Georgitsis 2014)
- 2 parts kosher rock salt
- 1 part ash from the herbs of: dandelion, lavender, mint, bay, mugwort and rue (or any herb you associate with Hekate which is safe to burn and turn into ash)
- In a heat proof dish and preferably outside take some dried dandelion root, lavender, mint, mugwort and rue herbs and burn with a lighter** until they are reduced to ash. Whilst doing this visualise what kind of things you want to remove or banish out of your life.
- Take the ash and in a mortar, crush and blend it with a pestle with half the amount of salt to your ash ratio.
- Once blended use or store in an air tight container for later.
Simple Use for Black Salt
Sprinkle around the perimeter of your home. With a long handled broom sweep the perimeter containing the traces of black salt outwards and away from your home.
*Not to be confused with the Indian spice black salt which is pink in colour.
** I prefer the long handled turbo gas lighters for the reach and ability to stay lit with wind
Hekate khernips from flowing water wildcrafted and stored in a re-purposed jar.
I strongly urge devotees to go and try and re-use and re-purpose items in Hekate’s name. Also if anyone has any other ideas they would like to share with me I would love to hear them.
(C) T. Georgitsis 2014, Updated 2020
In Victoria, Australia we are currently in Stage 4 lockdown due to the pandemic, which means we can’t leave the house (unless your are an essential worker or its for medical, caretaking or limited exercise) and therefore those of us who can – are working from home.
Hekate is well known as a Goddess of the hearth and home and many of her devotees have shrines dedicated to her in their homes. Therefore it is quite appropriate to venerate and honour her moreso whilst you are working from home.
Personally I have felt many more benefits when it comes to honouring the Gods and working with them in plain sight whilst I am working from home. Some of the added benefits I have discovered include active practice whilst being productive during working hours. To help those of you who would like to increase your practice whilst at home when it comes to Hekate (or any other God/dess) I have come up with 13 things you can do which I have listed below.
13 Things for Hekate whilst working from home:
- Burn incense.
- Burn aromatherapy oils.
- Perform a midday devotional.
- Eat more holistically, actively putting mindful vibrational energies into your food whilst preparing it and then eating it slowly, savouring each bite as a blessing.
- Listen to witchy music and podcasts out loud.
- Use any breaks for magic or spiritual work such as reading a chapter from a Hekate book you have been wanting to read or giving yourself a quick reading or healing.
- Your working desk can be covered in crystals, tarot cards, Goddess statues, bones etc – things which resonate with the energies and remind you of Hekate.
- You can surround yourself with Hekate centric art which you can focus on when you need to give your eyes a break from computer work to prevent eye strain.
- Journaling or note taking for deeper development at a later time. If something comes to you such as an idea for a devotional act in Hekate’s name such as a spell, chant, hymn, ritual or some volunteering or support work which can be done from home you have the freedom to pause and focus on that.
- Hekate’s gardening during breaks – use your breaks to maintain, admire or surround yourself with your herbs, flowers or trees. You can also use this time to start to plant a Hekate garden which can be something as small as a herb on a windowsill.
- You can make herbal teas or juices in honour of Hekate to sip on whilst you work.
- Sing, chant, dance and sway as a way to move your body when you need to get up to prevent RSI, back-pain or workplace fatigue.
- If you havent done it already a Hekate shrine can be set up near or on your workspace or you can maintain the one you currently have.
I am sure there are other things you can do to honour Hekate whilst working from home, which doest take away from the work you need to complete, which can create a deeper connection to her and her devotion. So my advice is – use this time wisely and don’t waste the opportunity.
With the above said, you can also simply chose to do nothing of the above except contemplate or think upon the nature of Hekate and how you feel about her or her role in your life and in the world generally.
Whatever you choose to do during this time be kind and gentle to yourself and those around you. This is a unique time for us, which is full of emotions and stress and which should be taken care of, instead of projected in unhealthy ways (whether it be towards yourself or others).
(C) T. Georgitsis 2020