The Rites of Helios

Awhile back, I posted my Favor of Kings working, which was inspired originally by a post from Frater R.O. Since that time I have systematically been cultivating a relationship with Helios, and the sphere of the sun in general. My goal in creating the poppet and box was to have a physical materia that I could pray over to keep the enchantment ongoing. This has developed into a much larger rite for me however, well beyond the simple maintenance of the enchantment.

First, I have created this shrine to Helios and the Sphere of the Sun:


Here I have my solar disk, solar box, lots of candles, talismans for two solar spirits I work with, a candle and lamen for Michael, offering dishes, and a special candle holder with the name of my HGA engraved on it in celestial script. Baphomet was also here when this picture was taken due to his Luciferian associations, but he has since been relocated to a shelve I installed above my main working altar.

Every Sunday in the hour of the Sun I come here to pray and give Helios offerings and praise. I start off by giving the offerings. Here frankincense is the scent par excellence, though I occasionally offer cinnamon a well. Liquid offerings include white wine, whiskey, or Goldschläger, and solid offerings include honey and real gold shavings. Finally, don’t forget flame! An altar to Helios cannot have enough flame on it. All of my candles set upon it are liberally rubbed with Abramelin Oil as well.

I then anoint myself with Abramelin oil and give the offerings, light the flame, ignite the incense and contemplate the solar disk. I will then usually vibrate the sacred seed syllable and read Jason Millers “Sol of Sol” call from the Planetary magic chapbook 6x and then say:

“Helios by thy secret name I call thee: Achebukrom, Achebukrom, Achebukrom, Achebukrom, Achebukrom, Achebukrom”(Vibrated 6 times).

I then read the Orphic Hymn to Helios:

Hear golden titan, whose eternal eye with broad survey, illumines all the sky. Self-born, unwearied in diffusing light, and to all eyes the mirror of delight. Lord of the seasons, with thy fiery car and leaping coursers, beaming light from far. With thy right hand the source of morning light, and with thy left the father of the night. Agile and vig’rous, venerable Sun, fiery and bright around the heav’ns you run. Foe to the wicked, but the good man’s guide, o’er all his steps propitious you preside. With various founding, golden lyre, ’tis mine to fill the world with harmony divine. Father of ages, guide of prosp’rous deeds, the world’s commander, borne by lucid steeds, immortal Zeus, all-searching, bearing light, source of existence, pure and fiery bright bearer of fruit, almighty lord of years, agile and warm, whom ev’ry pow’r reveres. Great eye of nature and the starry skies, doom’d with immortal flames to set and rise dispensing justice, lover of the stream, the world’s great despot, and o’er all supreme. Faithful defender, and the eye of right, of steeds the ruler, and of life the light. With founding whip four fiery steeds you guide, when in the car of day you glorious ride. Propitious on these mystic labours shine, and bless thy suppliants with a life divine.

At this point I will address him in my own words in a fashion that goes something like this:

“Oh blessed Helios I give you these offerings to once again renew our bond. Place upon my head the crown of the favor of kings, that all who see me may be dazzled by thy light reflected through my lens. Let the power of the sphere of the sun suffuse my sphere that all who encounter me may see me cast in thy divine light. Solar king, bring onto my sphere the aura of health and well being, and let that aura be shared with all whom I encounter that may have need of it.”

I will sit and meditate upon the disk until I feel sufficiently charged up. I will usually feel a warmth spreading through my body and sphere as I do this. If I’m feeling in need this is where I will do the Stele of Jeu as well, but I find that if I do it too frequently it really messes up my juju. Less is more on this rite in my opinion. I’ve come to have a lot more respect for it than I used to.

The blessings of Helios are many. not only does he confer the “Golden Child” aura as I like to call it, but blessings of health and well being. The amount that I have gotten sick since I’ve started this ritual has gone down many fold, even when those who are around me are often ill. I don’t quite consider Helios to be my “patron”, but definitely a tutelary deity who I work with and a relationship I’ve come to enjoy in my life.

I do have to offer one word of caveat though. The sphere of the sun can be tricky to work with. when i first stared doing solar rituals my life went to shit for awhile while all the cracks in it were exposed. Since then however it’s been built back up stronger than ever. No longer on a shaky foundation, my walls are now solid. Be warned though.

Hail Helios. May his light shine forever.

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Reminders and Important Dates

Hello all. There is nothing worse than having all sorts of blog posts in your head, and no time to write them. No I haven’t abandoned the blog, but it certainly has gone quiet while I try to… you know… do stuff.

Anyway, here are two updates. First, I’m extending the deadline for the Hekatean Prayer Book until December 21st, 2013. I’ve gotten some GREAT submissions so far, but honestly its looking kind of skimpy at the moment. I’m really hoping to get more submissions to make an actual book out of it. Again all hymns, prayers, rituals, spells, and meditations are all welcome, as are multiple submissions from the same author. All acceptance/Rejection notices will go out AFTER the Dec 21st deadline.

Also, In case yuo havn’t picked up on it, myself and a few other Dionysians have decided to start a global ritual for Dionysos on February 2nd 2014. To see more information about that, check out the website we devoted to this project. Reblog, spread the news, and of course participate yourself. As a teaser, there may be some extra details released for those of a sorcerous nature as the date gets closer for after the ritual. 😉

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First Annual Global Dionysos Rite (February 2nd, 2014)


I invoke Dionysos the Loud-Broming, He Who Shouts Euhoi,
the Firstborn, Two-Natured, Thriceborn Bakchean Lord,
the Wild, Ineffable, Secret One of the Two Horns, of the Two Forms,
the Ivy-lush, Bull-faced Warrior, He of the Euhoi, the Pure One,
the Trietêric God of Rawness, the Grape-Bearing, Foliage-Wearing God!
O Eubouleus of much Counsel, born of
the ineffable bed of Zeus and Persephonê! O Immortal Daimôn!
Hear, O Blesséd One, my voice, and yet sweetly breathe Thou upon me, with a benevolent
and propitious heart, Thou and Thy fair-girt Nurses.


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, on February 2nd, 2014.

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…

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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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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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