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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Coven Cup & Blade: Cakes and Wine

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Within the Wiccan coven ritual structure, cakes and ale (sometimes called bread and wine or cakes and mead) are an important aspect of the magickal working.  Its symbolism is of the union of male and female polarity and brings the focus of the coven together to celebrate the bounties of the God and Goddess brought by their union. Like communion in church where the partaking of wine is to symbolize the blood of deity, in the Wiccan tradition when the ale is blessed using the cup and blade its charged, blending the feminine and masculine forces which are found within Deity.  The athame upon the altar represents the God and the chalice the Goddess: therefore when the blessing of the ale occurs as part of the consecration of food and drink, it’s a representation of the sacred marriage.  God and Goddess become one – light and dark, magnetic and electric, positive and negative.  This act celebrates life as a balancing of opposites which is needed for creation in the natural world.

In our ritual joining of these energies through this act, is a powerful way to release and merge these polarities which are ultimately consumed by the practitioner.  It’s also way to become close to the Goddess and God and thank them for aiding us in our boons which were asked for in the working aspect of the ritual. It shows that we can take Piety within us, which in turn bestows us with their amalgamated felicitations.  This union of divergences manifests as power within, which are then consumed by the coven members who do this one by one, thus deepening the connection to one another. The aspect of consuming the ale, grounds the energy raised in the circle during ritual and assists it in manifesting in the physical sphere from the etheric. Whatever remains in the cup are libations scattered within the coven’s cast circle further promoting focus and abundance within the group.

Another point to take note of is that when you share food and drink it allows you to build stronger connections and bonds.  Within the coven environment this is true of not only the feasting aspect after ritual but the cake and ale aspect within ritual.  In the coven we give and receive shared knowledge and experiences.  Therefore sharing the cake and ale is a practice of goodwill with one another, as well as a partaking of the God and Goddess’s bounty together.  The sharing of food is a communal activity which emphasises familial connections and what is a coven after all but a spiritual family joined in religious celebration.

Here is a simple drink blessing I would like to share with you which I created for use in wiccan rituals and can be done in a coven or solitary environment:

Libation Blessing

 Making your own cake and ale imbues your magickal intent and shows you have sacrificed and offered your time and resources for the Goddess, Gods and fellow coven members.  Mead which has been made for coven rituals has been a staple in wiccan communities for decades.  Known as one of the world’s oldest drinks which predates wine making, this fermented drink in its simplicity yet complexity enables the maker to create various flavors than simply the traditional blend of honey and water.  Mead throughout various cultures has been thought to bestow magickal healing as well as fertility and as such a perfect representation for the joining of the God and Goddess.  Here is a mead recipe you can make yourself for your rites and rituals:

Honey Mead Recipe

(c) T. Georgitsis 2014

Libation Blessing – Wiccan Style

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Take the cup and hold it up to the moon and say:

“This is a symbol of the Goddess and the Feminine”

 Take the athame and hold it up to the moon and say:

“This is a symbol of the God and the Masculine”

Plunge the athame into the cup and say:

“Together united as one – may they manifest fruition,

Light & dark, magnetic & electric, positive & negative

All come from the same source which brings us our boons!”

© T. Georgitsis 2004

Book Inspired Incense: Fire of Azrael

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Re-read Dion Fortune’s “Sea Priestess” and was inspired to create an incense blend.

In the book a fire is built containing the wood of Juniper, Cedar and Sandalwood and as the fire tempers, the lit up ashes are used to bring on visions.

This fire is called the Fire of Azrael and is used for scrying.

You can do the same with ground up equal parts of juniper, cedar and sandlewood and use it as incense.  Inhale the fumes when you throw a pinch or two onto a burning chacoal block and utilize the smoke to scry.

(c) T. Georgitsis 2015 – image used with permission

 

Spell-craft Correspondences

 

Days of the Week Colours Herbs Stones Planet Element
Monday Silver Lotus

Jasmine

Vervain

Moonstone

Amethyst

Clear Quartz

Moon Water
Tuesday Red Dragons Blood

Ginger

Pine

Garnet

Red Jasper

Bloodstone

Mars Fire
Wednesday Orange Lavender

Dill

Peppermint

Onyx

Fluoride

Aventurine

Mercury Air
Thursday Green Mint

Sage

Sedar

Lapis Lazuli

Sodalite

Turquiose

Jupiter Air/Fire
Friday Pink Rose

Sandalwood

Lilac

Rose Quartz

Emerald

Jade

Venus Water
Saturday Grey Mandrake

Comfrey

Violet

Jet

Onyx

Lodestone

Saturn Earth/Water
Sunday Gold Clove

Rue

Cinnamon

Citrine

Carnelian

Tigers Eye

Sun Fire

13 Goals of a Witch

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1. Know yourself.

2. Know your Craft (Wicca).

3. Learn.

4. Apply knowledge with wisdom.

5. Achieve balance.

6. Keep your words in good order.

7. Keep your thoughts in good order.

8. Celebrate life.

9. Attune with the cycles of the Earth.

10. Breathe and eat correctly.

11. Exercise the body.

12. Meditate.

13. Honor the Goddess and God.

 by Scott Cunningham