Strategic Sorcery Hekate Rite Recap

This past Nov 1st I participated in Jason Millers Hekate Rite for Strategic Sorcery students. I had some quite interesting experiences, more than I was anticipating.

I started with the Sphere of Hekas, and the reciting The Orphic Hymn to Hekate, followed by the Rite Jason sent out itself. It wasn’t until the mantra portion that things started getting interesting.

Around 300 Mantras in I started entering a trance state. I suddenly found myself astrally in a wooded copse of trees by a large bon fire. Around it with me were other shadowing figures, also chanting the mantra. I assumed these were the other students around the world chanting it during the 3 day time frame. Then I had entered the fire, and was being consumed by flames.

The flames ate my physical body and suddenly I was reconstructed as an entirely new fierce body, to replace the one I had first generated when taken the course. Then the same process occurred for the Joy body. After this I was granted with a vision of Hekate in front of me, not in her regular form but with the head of a lion, holding torches and flanked by lions (Call on me often enough and you shall perceive all things in lion form). Honestly, if I hadn’t been performing a Hekate rite I would of thought this was Sekhmet. After this vision I was instructed in her higher mysteries that I won’t speak of in public. I continued past 1000 mantras, and communed with Her.

All in all a bit more than I had expected, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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Finding Dionysos

Once, I used to be a Dionysian. I wasn’t for as long as most people reading this blog today probably are, but none the less I considered myself so. Out of all the gods I’ve ever worshipped, I loved Dionysos the best. One day, he just wasn’t there any more. That day turned into weeks. The weeks into months. The months into years, and I no longer thought of Dionysos anymore.

Then I woke up one day and realized. I miss him. I haven’t felt like… well I haven’t felt since he left, or since I left him. Whichever it was I know not. I missed him in my life. I longed for his ivy wrapped embrace. I wanted to feel like that again, to capture the ecstasy that I knew once, and which has left every other experience dull in comparison. So I set out to find him. Wherever he had danced away to, I would draw him back. Let there be no place in the known or unknown multiverse that he could hide that my voice would not ring in his ears as loudly as his had once rung in mine. This time, let the great hunter become the hunted.

Tonight I spent time with him like I used to in the past. I poured libation in his honor. I drank with him, the taste of his blood on my lips, his very essence burning in my veins. This is the blood of god. I listened to his music, the old rhythms taking me back to a place I had forgotten existed, yet ever hungered for even unknowingly. I felt him. My god of gods, he whom I loved best, loved most. No feeling compares to that when it is just you and he, his roar thundering in your ears, his blood mingling with yours. He is the god who comes, and on that title he does not disappoint.

Thus I have found him again, and this I won’t let go so easily. Even my relationship with Hekate has improved a thousand fold since I went searching for him, and her voice rings in my mind clearer than ever. I am once more her Priest in good standing. It’s interesting the connection, the synergy, they have.

After all, who could forget about Dionsysos?

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The rumblings have started…Let them grow to a roar.

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(Also posted by Wine Fueled Torches)
Rumors has it, that somewhere on this world there is a insane group of people planning a global Rite in honor of the coolest of Gods ever.
Yes, this means some semi-drunk or hung-over Dionysians (there probably are sober ones to…I guess… *g*) are planing something for DIONYSOS!

Are you a closet-Dionysian or is your feverish love for him out and about?
You want to be a part of this wonderful Idea and contribute to a spectacular Event held worldwide?
You want to be counted amongst the rad-tastic people that gather under his banner?

Then join The Kantharos on Facebook, a group that has been set up to enable and easen communication for those who have tasted the sweet and
crimson wine of the god Dionysus himself or are interested in tasting the ecstasy brought to us by him.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thekantaros/

You will find further Information there!

(If you do not have a Facebook account, contact us in the comments section down below)

See you soon!

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More about the Hekate ritual book

So I was perusing facebook today and happened to notice someone I generally respect complaining about a new Hekate anthology that is looking or rituals but not spells. My first thought was “Wow another anthology, I wonder if I could contribute”! My second thought was “Hey I wonder if that’s mine he’s talking about?” so I checked my submission guidelines and low and behold, right there I had written no spells. Huh.

I honestly don’t know what I was thinking. It’s a head-scratcher for me. I don’t know. <shrug>. Hekate is intimately associated with magic, and the division between ritual and spell is kind of moot anyway. Anyone who reads my blog can (hopefully) tell I’m pro-magic.

Anyway, to clarify, spells and magic are ok for submission to this project. Not only ok, but encouraged. I just wanted to make the clarification. The submission guidelines have been re-written to reflect this.

Carry on. ;)

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Hekatean Prayer Book Reminder and Update

Hello everybody! I just wanted to post a reminder than the Hekatean Prayer and Ritual book is still open for submission until Nov 30th. I’ve been getting some great submissions, but as of yet not enough to actually make more than a prayer and ritual pamphlet! So I’m hoping to round up some more submissions before the deadline. If I don’t I’ll probably extend it another month to December 21st. So if your thinking of submitting please do so (quickly)!

Also just a note. If you don’t hear from me right away, don’t worry. I’m not going to decide about submission until after the deadline. The reason was sometimes people would submit multiple times (which is great!), but its too much trouble to send an updated permission to publish form each time. So my policy is to wait until I have ALL submissions in and then send out a form that encompasses all submissions by that person. It’s nothing personal. So if you submit, don’t expect to hear from me until after the deadline.

I’d love to make this a reality still. So give me your best shot guys. Lets make this happen.

 

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Crippled with Indecision

Wow it’s been a long time since I’ve posted (blows the dust off of blog). There are reasons for that. First off, this summer has been one long “cool time” for me magically. A lot of people I know have hot and cool times during the year. My “woo” tends to decrease in the summer and kick up again in the fall. Thus, in the summer I’m most likely to be doing just basic practices. Prayers, offerings, minor energy work. Not much more.

Second, I wanted to move away from blogging for awhile to let myself reset. It’s too easy to form ones path around the blog-o-sphere. It’s too easy to get influenced by who/what is popular in occult circles right now, what will so and so think o me, will this be popular? I firmly believe ones path will ring truest if it comes from a quiet place of power, rather than what or who is popular in occult trends right now. I needed some distance from all of that.

Third and most importantly I’ve come to the point that I’m crippled with indecision regarding where I want to take my magical path. Too many magical interests, too little time. Even if I DID have the time, I think that following one or two core paths is preferable to the scattershot-eclectic approach. Once you get too bogged down with your feet into too many traditions there is this weird sitting at the altar going “what should I be be doing right now?” feeling. I don’t like that feeling. As a matter of fact I hate that feeling.

I remember awhile back The Unlikely Mage wrote about something similar and used a pendulum to dowse where he should be on his path. So I’m going to use his approach. Tonight, I’m whipping out the pendulum, making some offerings and summoning my HGA (who I have a pretty good rapport with now.) and asking where I would get the most bang for my buck in terms of path. Where should I be focusing my efforts? My list is as follows:

  • Revival Druidry
  • Hermetics
  • Traditional Witchcraft
  • Chaos Magic
  • Strategic Sorcery
  • Hekate as patron
  • Horned God as patron
  • Hellenic Gods in General
  • Celtic Gods in General
  • Saint Cyprian
  • Tarot
  • Lenmorand
  • Dowsing
  • Evocation
  • Planetary Gate Work
  • the NAP

Now I have my favorites just by reading the list, but I’ll be interested to see what my HGA things. Updates later this week.

 

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Planetary Disks Project

All set up for some Jupiter Magic

All set up for some Jupiter Magic

So almost exactly one year ago I was instructed by my S.A. to create a set of planetary disks. I received complete instructions on what they should look like. What I didn’t receive is what to do with them, but I think I’ve got that figured out. The process took me exactly one year to finish. The truth is… I’m not happy with them from an aesthetic point of view. They’re not my best work. They’re sloppy, and I hurried through them near the middle to finish them. That being said, I’ve found that magical perfectionism is a flaw to a degree. I could spend all my time making sure something is “perfect” and pretty, or I could use what I have and go do some actual magic with them. This is a lesson I’ve been learning lately. If I wait until everything is perfect, and I have every single duck in place, I don’t get any actual magic done! I’d rather just do something with what I have right now and perfect it later.

The truth is, I will probably re-do each one per month this year as I attempt to gain initiation into each sphere in turn. However, for now these will do. I finished them yesterday (coincidentally the same day Jason Miller released his Planetary Magic Chapbook! Can’t want to get my hands on a copy and try them out together).

So what am I going to do with these disks? They are multi-purpose. They serve as giant talismans to bring the planetary forces into my life. I’ve used them to evoke planetary spirits by placing the crystal in the center rather than the table of practice. I can charge planetary talismans by placing the talisman in the center and charging it over a period of days, allowing it to be suffuced in planetary goodness. They can also serve as “gates” to astral project into. They can serve as focal points during planetary rites. I’m still discovering uses for them.

Each one has the following elements: the central point is the Magic Square of each planet, surrounded by Agrippa’s seal of the planet, sigils of the spirit and intelligence of the planet, Sigil of archangel, the Olympic spirit, Jason Millers planetary seal, and the “characters of the planet” that are taken from Agrippa’s 1st book of occult philosophy (Go look, I didn’t just make them up).  Also each has a number of stones that are associated with the planet (ie 9 moonstones for the moon, 4 lapis for Jupiter, 3 obsidian for Saturn, etc). Also they are surrounded by 4 metal disks corresponding to each planet too.

So here are pics of each disk. You can click on each one for a larger picture. Also are a description of each one. So yeah, not my proudest work, but they are functional.

Moon: 9 Moon stones. Have ordered 9 bars of .999% silver to go on too, but they haven’t arrived yet.

Mercury: 7 stones to represent each planet + 1 stone from a crossroads. Disks of Brass.

Venus: 7 Rose Quartz. Will be adding  disks of copper soon.

Sun: 6 Tiger eye. Also will be adding bars of gold (someday).

Mars: 5 magnetic hematites, and 4 steel war pennies.

Jupiter: 4 Lapis Lazuli stones and disks of Tin.

Saturn: 3 Obsidian stones and disks of lead.

Disk of Venus

Disk of Venus

Disk of Mars

Disk of Mars

Disk of Sun

Disk of Sun

Disk of Jupiter

Disk of Jupiter

Disk of Saturn

Disk of Saturn

Disk of Mercury

Disk of Mercury

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Disk of the Moon

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