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I am sixth generation Native Blackfoot and Scottish Celt. My Grandmother was one of my mentors her being a shaman, and my other mentor was my Druid Celtic Aunt. I was raised pagan and my education started at the age
of seven and formally after my first moon lodge ritual at 12. I am also trained as a voodoo priestess.
I am a retired MSW, Psychotherapist/Hypnotherapist, and a Dr of Ministries. I provide individual and family counseling.

The Tuath

 The Tuath(a) Dé Danann (usually translated as "people(s)/tribe(s) of the goddess Danu"), also known by the earlier name Tuath Dé ("tribe of the gods"),[1] are a race of supernaturally-gifted people in Irish mythology. They are thought to represent the main deities of pre-Christian Gaelic Ireland.

The Erinnyes

The Erinnyes were three female goddesses, seeking vengeance against anyone who had sworn a false oath or had done an evil act. Their Roman equivalents were the Furies or Dirae. They were created when the Titan Uranus was castrated by his son Cronus and his genitals were thrown into the sea; the drops of blood that fell onto Gaia created the Erinyes and the Meliae, while out of the sea foam, Aphrodite emerged.

Bocanach

Bocanach (Fae)(Medium) – The second evolution of the Satyr. Corrupted by the Horseman of War these black Capricorn-like humanoids play sad tunes on their flutes that cause feelings of war and hate in other creatures. Bocanach feed on the souls of all who perish during the wars their macabre tunes started. (Scottish)

The Moirai

The Moirai were the goddesses of fate who personified the inescapable destiny of man. They assigned to every person his or her fate or share in the scheme of things. Their name means "Parts", "Shares" or "Alottted Portions." Zeus Moiragetes, the god of fate, was their leader. Klotho, whose name means "Spinner," spinned the thread of life. Lakhesis, "Apportioner of Lots"--measured the thread of life. Atropos, "She who cannot be turned," cut the thread of life.
 Art by Kyle Thompson.
 

Legion of Pagans Pre~Basic Witch Class Description

We all got to start somewhere! I have developed this crash course class to help the very new students be prepared for their formal education in level I classes. This is nothing worst than being totally lost before you begin, so if your placement screening determined you needed a little extra help welcome to this class.

 

This class is a pr-screening tool to determine where you, the applicant, would best fit in the Legion of Pagans curriculum. Should an applicant miss 10 or more questions, a 2 week crash course will be required prior to enrollment in the level I Basic Witch classes.

 

The tuition of $40.00 for this course will be applied to any of the Level I Progressive Class tuition upon successful completion.

 

 

 

 

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Creating Your Hekate's Supper

Creating Your Hekate's Supper
Recipes and Special Instructions
 

Menu:

Dream Pillows

Hekate Incense

Dark Moon Crescent Cookies

Making an Indoor Cauldron-Fire

Dream Pillows

Makes about 9 pillows

In connection with the Dark Moon Feast of Hekate, I made these Dream Pillows for stimulating the intuitive and psychic centers. I mixed the following herbs in a wooden bowl and left them on my altar overnight. The next day, I stuffed the pillows. I found cotton cloth of dark blue scattered with colored stars, but another dark rich color, such as maroon, purple, indigo or even black, would be suitable. Velveteen would be lovely, if you can find a large enough remnant on sale.

Ingredients and what they're good for:
2 oz Mugwort - Prophetic Dreams
1/4 oz. whole Cloves - keep away hostile forces, add energy

1/2 oz. each of the following:

Bay Leaves - Dreams , visions, clairvoyance, healing, purification, protection
Chamomile Flowers - Induce restful sleep
Hyssop - Blessings, purge of negativity
Lavender Flowers - Peace of mind
Marigold Flowers/Calendula - Clairvoyant dreams, protection while sleeping
Orange Blossoms - Calm, peace of mind
Peppermint Leaves - Relaxation, healing, help falling asleep
Rose Buds, Pink - Calm, clairvoyance, love
Vervain - Freedom from nightmares, purification, protection

Directions:
I cut the cloth in long rectangles, twice the length of the finished pillows; mine were approximately 8" X 16". Fold in half, inside out, so measures 8" X 8", and sew around 2 and 1/2 of the open sides - i left 1/2" hem allowance. Turn right side out, pushing cloth through unsewn half-side opening. Using a wide neck funnel, a wooden spoon, and your fingers, pour the herbal blend into the pillows; i filled each one with about 1/2 cup of herbs, then went back and evenly divided the remainder among the pillows. Top-stitch the openings, folding the raw edges to the inside.

The pillow were placed under the altar table during the ritual to charge them and then were distributed afterwards during the discussion period. For more pillows, just multiply ingredients as necessary.

Hekate Incense

Place in a small blender jar (used only for non-edible processing), a bowl, or a pestle, several tablespoons of each of the following 5 ingredients:

Bay Leaves

Dittany of Crete

Dried Mint

Dried Thyme

And a tiny teeny weeny pinch of Asafoetida Powder (also called Hing in Indian Markets)

Mix until almost powdered (or crumble by hand or with mortar & pestle).

Stir in one tablespoon of each of the following 4 ingredients:

Dragon's Blood Resin

Frankincense Resin/Tears

Myrrh Resin/Tears

Black Poppy Seeds

Moisten with:

Cypress Oil - 5-10 drops

Camphor Oil - 2-3 drops

Mix well. Let age at least one week before using, storing in a tightly sealed container in a dark place (under your altar?) and shaking occasionally. Burn on self-lighting charcoal. This is NOT at all sweet-smelling, but it is a powerful visionary incense, to help take you through the gateway.

Dark Moon Crescent Cookies

The Nine Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups unbleached wheat flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup softened butter

1/2 cup honey

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. almond extract

 

2 Tbs. black poppy seeds

1 tsp. anise seeds

 

Directions:
Sift together the first three dry ingredients, flour, salt, and soda. Cream together butter, honey, and egg. Blend dry and wet mixtures. Stir in extracts, then seeds. Shape in very thin crescent moons. The dough is quite soft and will spread in baking. Place at least 2" apart on cool oiled baking sheet. Bake at 350 F. for about 12 minutes, until lightly golden at the edges.

NOTE: the honey, almonds (in extract), black poppy seeds, and anise seeds are sacred to Hekate. Personally i'n not fond of anise, so i leave out the anise seeds.

Making an Indoor Cauldron-Fire

To make a fire in a cauldron for magical and ritual work, you will need the following ingredients:

Cast-Iron Cauldron - mine is quite small, about 4" in diameter

Epsom Salts - easy to find at the supermarket or pharmacy

Rubbing Alcohol - 70% isopropyl (safer) or 90% isopropyl (hotter)

Fire-Proof surface, preferably not heat conductive

Long Wooden Matches

Directions:
It is best to use a cast-iron cauldron, since one won't be too hard to get and it can withstand the heat. Don't use aluminum, since it sometimes melts or can even catch on fire. Never make an indoor fire in a cauldron that is painted, since burning or even very hot paint will produce dangerous fumes.

Some practitioners recommend half Epsom salts and half rubbing alcohol by volume (not by weight), for example, 1 cup of each. 70% isopropyl alcohol will burn, and it doesn't burn as hot as 90% isopropyl, which can be a very important consideration indoors for both safety and comfort. I just cover the bottom of my cauldron with a layer of epsom salts about 1-1/2 knuckles deep, then pour in the alcohol so that it's a little deeper than the salt. To ignite, light a long match, and hold it just above the surface of the alcohol. The fire will burn birghtly at first, then the flames will seem to skim the surface of the liquid.

This fire is safer for indoor use than one made of charcoal. Its by-products are carbon dioxide and water vapor, whereas charcoal will produce smoke and dangerous carbon monoxide. Nonetheless, it is important to make sure the room is adequately ventilated - crack open a door or window.

Always put the cauldron on a fireproof surface (such as a hearth, other tile surface, hot-plate, trivet, etc.). Make sure that there are no flammable items nearby and that the only nearby objects are reasonably heat-resistant. Taper candles will bend or even melt, if too close. Votive s and other kinds of candles in glass holders are o.k.

You can burn small pieces of paper in the cauldron, if you toss them in one at a time. Larger pieces or several at once often won't burn, or won't burn completely. If the fire is really hot, however, you might get pieces of glowing ash floating around the room, so use caution.

Be sure to keep a large box of baking soda handy, as well as a lid large enough to cover the cauldron completely. If the fire should get too hot or flare dangerously, dump in the baking soada and slap down the lid. Don't touch the cauldron with your bare hands. Leather all-purpose work gloves might be good to have, too. It's also a good idea to keep a bucket of water nearby in case things get out of hand.

Let the cauldron burn out by itself. How long this will take depends on the size of the cauldron and how much fuel you have put into it. Wait until it's cool, and then fill the inside with water to loosen the grayish mass of salts they've been fused together by the fire. If you put the water in soon after it is cool enough to handle, and let it soak overnight, it won't be too hard to clean.


 

 Dark Moon Incense

 

Blend the following dried herbs together: 1/4 cup sandlewood powder 1/4 cup patchouli 1/2 cup myrh This add the following essential oils and stir together: 10 drops of jasmine oil 4 drops chamomile (or lemon) oil 10 drops of Mugwort    

 

Dark Moon Oil 

Into 1/4 cup of grapeseed oil, blend the following essential oils: 7 drops jasmine 10-13 drops mugwort 4 drops patchouli


 


 


 


 

Remember to Always Cast With Care!

~Elder Airwolf~


 

 

Dark Moon Herbs & Potions

 Dark Moon Incense

 

Blend the following dried herbs together: 1/4 cup sandlewood powder 1/4 cup patchouli 1/2 cup myrh This add the following essential oils and stir together: 10 drops of jasmine oil 4 drops chamomile (or lemon) oil 10 drops of Mugwort    

 

Dark Moon Oil 

Into 1/4 cup of grapeseed oil, blend the following essential oils: 7 drops jasmine 10-13 drops mugwort 4 drops patchouli

*Antigone*

Antigone's story (or rather the short version) is told in the Myth Pages, but since that version isn't finished yet, I'll write a short version here as well. Antigone was the mortal daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta and the sister of Ismene. She was strong in every way imaginable. She openly defied her evil uncle King Creon to bury her brother, Polydices, saying that an immoral law should not be followed. Creon sentenced her to be buried alive. Antigone hung herself soon after she was locked into the cave, just before Haemon came to save her.

One of the funny things about Greek mythology is how dramatically unfair it is. Antigone's life is a nice example of this. I'm not really sure if there are any lessons to be learned from it, but I guess that's for you, dear reader, to figure out on your own. At any rate, Antigone is just about the coolest human I've encountered, and a darn famous one at that. Famous now mostly because Sophocles wrote this rockin' play about her called, you guessed it, the Antigone. Go read it. It's worth it. And hilarious. Even though it probably wasn't supposed to be. But who knows. Enough fragments, let's get on with the story!

Antigone was one of four siblings. We usually don't get information about whole families, but this one is special. She had two brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices, who you can read about here, and a younger sister, Ismene (who we will learn about here). All the kids are princes and princesses of Thebes, and the children of the hero prince Oedipus (uh oh, I can hear you smart ones thinking) and his regal older wife, Iocasta. Yes, that's right. For most of their youths, they were happy and innocent. And then one day, they realized that their daddy was also their brother and their mother was also their grandmother (find out more in The Importance of Being Oedipus). I can't be positive, but I would guess that was the same day their mother committed suicide and their father gouged his eyes out. Anyway, Antigone was still a little girl, but she left with her father and they wandered around for a long time, until, eventually, he died and cursed his sons and maybe even the country, too. When this happened, the standard post mortem custody agreement involved her uncle Creon becoming their guardian. Which he did. Creon already had a son, named Haemon, but I don't think he was ready for a daughter like Antigone.

 Who can say why (my theory is that she got pretty independent and confident hanging around her crochety ol' dad all those impressionable years - especially since she was his right hand man and his eyes), but she was full of pluck (ha! pluck is a great word), which was surprising in a greek maiden. (They're usually much like European fairy tale princesses: wussy.) But we're not really there yet. After dad died, and the kids started growing up, the brothers started fighting over the kingdom. You can read all about it in the Seven Against Thebes, but the ending was that the brothers killed each other. So, that left Thebes in the hands of Creon. And dead bro's body was there. And, despite the fact that he kept attacking the kingdom, I'm sure that Antigone loved him. But Creon, whether he loved him or not, decided that his body wouldn't be buried, but left out for the dogs and birds to nibble on. (I'm betting there was no love in that decision making process.) Now, I should clarify that not only did he leave him, he declared that anyone who tried to bury him would be killed.

As you might imagine, Antigone was WAY bothered by this. Meanwhile, it should be clarified that Antigone is betrothed to Haemon, Creon's son, and they seem kinda in love. We don't get too much interaction between them, but the actions speak for themselves. So. Antigone is pissed. And her sister, Ismene, is being wussy. Antigone wants to go and bury the body, but Ismene's totally freaked about about what Creon will do to them - this is a valid fear since women didn't have much social power and their fate rested entirely in his hands. That didn't stop Antigone, she went right ahead and buried Polyneices, and a guard saw her doing it. Said guard did his job admirably and told Creon. Creon never really like Antigone in the first place, and doesn't mind keeping his law and deciding to starve her to death holed up in this cave. Everyone's wigging out because everyone already thinks that Antigone did the right thing (it's blasphemy not to bury the boy), and can't believe Creon's killing his future daughter-in-law. Creon's response: "There are other fields for him to plow." (If you had ANY doubts as to the ridiculously patriarchal nature of the society...)

So off the girl goes with her head held high. Ismene, always a step behind, tries to convince Creon to bury HER alive, too, because she feels guilty for not helping her sister and brother. But Antigone bitches her out, and that idea gets dropped. Anyway, off to the cave. Meanwhile, Haemon finds out what's going on and is throwing a fit. When that doesn't work, and Antigone gets shut up anyway, he follows, determined to disobey his dad and save his girl. But Antigone was never the waiting around type, and by the time he got there, she had already taken matters into her own hands and hung herself. Whereupon Haemon stabs himself. Whereupon Haemon's mother, Eurydice, stabs herself at the altar. Whereupon Creon is left all alone. With wussy Ismene.

New Moon Ritual for July 15th, 2015

DARK MOON RITUAL AND PREPERATION

 

New Moon Rituals

The time of the new moon is a time of new beginnings. This period also represents the youthful aspect of the Goddess. In the form of the Maiden, she represents youth, change and a fresh start. Children can also be Named and Dedications can be made. New Moons are great times to move, start new projects or cast new spells. It is also a good time to shed your past ills and to refresh yourself for coming trials.

The New Moon can be thought of as a time of learning. Don't be hesitant to try new spells at this time. You might also like to set in motion house protections or wards. Some Wiccans celebrate the exact night of Dark Moon by honoring the Crone aspect of the Goddess (such as Hecate), focusing on lessons they have learned in the past cycle and banishing negativity from their lives.

 

 

 

SUPPLIES

Altar with Elemental representations of Earth (Salt), Air (Incense), Fire (Red Candle) and Water (Water). 
Ritual cakes (any natural bread or cake, no junk food)
Wine or Ale (anything from the fruit of the vine/grain, fermented or not)
Black Crone Goddess Candle
Quarter Candles - Green (North), Yellow (East), Red (South) and Blue (West)
Matches or lighter
Wand or Athamé for casting circle
Broom or Besom for cleansing the circle
Chalice or Cup for Libation for God and Goddess
Separate Wine Glass or Cup for yourself or coveners
Cauldron for burning negativity


PREPARATION

Light the altar candle and the altar incense.
Take up the besom and walk widdershins around the circle sweeping from the center outward to cleanse the circle of negative energy. Recite this chant as you sweep from the center of the circle outwards:

"Sweep out evil, sweep out ill, Where I do the Lady's will. Besom, besom, Lady's Broom, Sweep out darkness, sweep out doom. 
Witch's broom swift in flight, Cast out darkness, bring in light. Earth be hallow, air be pure, fire burn bright, as water cures.
A sacred bridge this site shall be, As I will, so mote it be."


BLESS THE ALTAR AND TOOLS

Pick up the athame and draw an invoking pentagram in the air above the altar. Replace the athame and say this invocation:

"Blessed Be, Instruments of Light, Tools now of magick with power and might."


BLESS THE ELEMENTS AND SPACE

Hold your hand over each of the four Altar Elements and say for each one:

"Element of (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), I cleanse and consecrate thee in the names of the Lord and Lady. I bring their blessings upon you now. So mote it be."

Pass your hand over the element 3 times to banish, and then hold your hand steady to bless. Visualize a sparkling light surrounding and infusing the element. Take up that element and go once deosil around the circle. While walking, disperse the element while reciting the corresponding blessing below:

"Powers of (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), this circle grace. Purify, cleanse, and bless this space."


CAST THE CIRCLE

Face north. Hold your athamé or wand out at waist level. Walk deosil thrice around the circle perimeter charging it with this chant. 
Recite one verse for each of the three circles: 

Round and Round the Circle's Cast, Joining Present, Future and Past
A Sacred Place, A World Apart, Where Powers Merge and Magick Starts.

Round and Round the Circle's Cast, Joining Present, Future and Past
This Sacred Space shall now be Bound, As I cast this Circle Round.

Round and Round the Circle's Cast, Joining Present, Future and Past
Thrice is the Circle cast this Night/Day and now begins my Magick Rite/Way."


Once the circle has been cast, salute in the following way:

Take up athame and point it to the sky, while saying, "As above..."
Then lower athame to point it at the ground, while saying, "So below."


CALLING THE QUARTERS:

Starting in the North and moving deosil around to the West, light the corresponding elemental candle, and then invoke the quarter:

[North]
Hoofed One, Spirit of Earth, your child invites you here.
Come from the mountains of midnight, with new strength and vigor appear.
You are the field of my pleasure, you are the source of my might.
Hoofed One, Spirit of Earth, keep me strong through my rite. 

[East]
Winged One, Spirit of Air, your child invites you here.
Come on the winds of the sunrise, give me your vision so clear.
You are the gentle spring breezes, you are the glory of flight.
Winged One, Spirit of Air, keep me wise through my rite.

[South]
Fierce One, Spirit of Fire, your child invites you here.
Come with your blazing noon passion, banish all sorrow and fear.
You are the flickering candle, you are the bonfire bright.
Fierce One, Spirit of Fire, keep me brave through my rite.

[West]
Swift One, Spirit of Water, your child invites you here.
Come on the waves of the sunset, bring to me joy and good cheer.
You are the well of deep comfort, you are the crashing waves height.
Swift One, Spirit of Water, keep me sure through my rite.


INVOKING THE CRONE GODDESS

Light the Black Crone candle:

"Oh Dark Mother hear my call. Hecate, Goddess of the Moon, 
your daughter (son) is in need your wisdom and strength on this night. 
Your child walks with shadows when they wish to walk with the light. 
Fears and negativity haunt me, sapping me of my energy and my strength. 
I call upon you this night of the dark moon to aid in the banishment of these shadows."


LIBATION AND OPENING TOAST

Pour some wine into the libation dish and say, "To the Lord and Lady!"

Fill the altar goblet with wine. Hold up the altar goblet and say, "I drink to the God and Goddess." 
Take a sip from the goblet, and say, "Blessed Be."


RITUAL OR SPELL WORK

Write down on a piece of paper those negative traits or problems you wish to be rid of. Then as you burn your paper concentrate on the things to be banished from your life. Feel the fear or negativity and then let it go as you cast it into the fire reciting:

"Hecate, Honored Crone of Night, I call upon you to put things right.
Transform these negative thoughts and pain and help my life be whole again."

Since you have created a void by banishing the negativity in your lives, you will need to fill that void.
Close your eyes and visualize a blue light washing over you, filling you.

You will now need to envoke laughter because that is the strongest banishment of all and the best protection. As you circle deosil, visualize the happiest moments in your life. Let the uninhibited child in you come out to play. Laugh. Even if it is forced in the beginning, it will come if you open the door. Let the laughter fill you.


CAKES AND ALE

Take up the plate with the cakes and say "May I never hunger." Take a bite, and then say, "Blessed Be."

Take up the wine and say "May I never thirst." Take a sip of the wine and and then say, "Blessed Be."

Give thanks for one thing that you are thankful for, and request assistance for one thing that you are in need of.


RELEASING THE QUARTERS

Starting in the North, and moving widdershins around the circle to the East, go to each element candle and say the following release:

[North]
Strong One, I bid you now hail and farewell.
Go by the powers that brought you, Go by the unweaving spell.
As thy bright pentagrams fade, Depart, 'ere the circle is gone.

(Blow out the Northern element candle before proceeding to the next quarter)

[West]
Sure One, I bid you now hail and farewell.
Go by the powers that brought you, Go by the unweaving spell.
As thy bright pentagrams fade, Depart, 'ere the circle is gone.

(Blow out the Western element candle before proceeding to the next quarter)

[South]
Brave One, I bid you now hail and farewell.
Go by the powers that brought you, Go by the unweaving spell.
As thy bright pentagrams fade, Depart, 'ere the circle is gone.

(Blow out the Southern element candle before proceeding to the next quarter)

[East]
Wise One, I bid you now hail and farewell. 
Go by the powers that brought you, Go by the unweaving spell.
As thy bright pentagrams fade, Depart, 'ere the circle is gone.

(Blow out the Eastern element candle before proceeding to the next quarter)


THANKING THE GODDESS

Say:

"I give thanks to the Goddess for guarding my circle and joining my rite. Hail and farewell." 

Extinguish the black candle.


CLOSING THE CIRCLE/SALUTE:

Take the Athamé or Wand and retract the energy of the circle back into yourself moving widdershins beginning in the north around to the east using the following chant:

"Circle Round, now be Unbound as I make my way around.
I now Dissolve this Sacred Space and send all Powers back to place.

Circle Round, now be Unbound as I make my way around.
Stay if you can, Go if you must, with Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.

Circle Round, now be Unbound as I make my way around.
My Work is finished for the Night/Day and now I End my Magick Rite/Way."

Once the circle is closed, say the following salute:

"The circle is open, but unbroken."

 

Be Blessed & Cast With Care!

~EAW~