I’ve never felt this way before about any pantheon, religious practice, or a specific God or Goddess, but now, every time I think of any from the Theoi, I feel this feeling of gladness in the center of my chest. It’s like the feeling of being in love – only without the infatuation. Hecate really knew what She was doing when I was kid – She tried to get me on the right path, but I wouldn’t listen.
I decided to include Hermes in the fun. I don’t know if you can see, but his representation is a lantern(?) for candles I bought at a yard sale years ago. There are representations of the four elements inside: stone, ukulele pick, some incense, and a key. I found the butterfly recently. Hermes picked out the Magus card to represent himself. Hermes’ candle is on top of my old mother of pearl ear gauges (I used to have two double-zero gauges in both my earlobes!). For Him, I like the swirls.
Hecate’s representation represents earth, sky, and sea. She picked out the World Tarot card for Herself. Hecate has a key and a necklace I bought myself years ago that, to me, represent the inverted pentagram. It’s in the shape of a heart with an inverted star in the middle. Hecate also has an offering box for Her dark moon ritual (or Hecate’s Deipnon). I put all my old spells and stuff from this month and look them over on Hecate’s Dinner.
In the middle, for Panathenaia ta mikra, there is Athena’s offering – a candle.
Finally, Hestia – I’m sorry you can’t see it – I have a jar with a bird’s nest inside I found years ago along with a rose quartz stone my mom gave me and a sprig from an unknown Japanese tree. The tree grows in our family cemetery. On the outside, there is a necklace holding an amethyst stone my sister gave to me.
Cards of the Day
Today, Hestia gave me Knight of Wands (someone who acts based on will*). Hecate gave me the Page of Cups (someone who is ready to try something new in art, relationships, or emotions*). And Hermes gave me the Ace of Wands (opportunity to harness and express will*)
I feel that Hestia is telling me it’s OK to be determined – just don’t mix it up with confidence. Also, this card gives me the push I needed to read up on the Qabbalah and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, which I used to include in my practice before the house fire. That would be – oh – about nine years ago! Or at least look into Egyptian beliefs.
Hecate is telling me to open my heart to a new relationship – it’s OK to be vulnerable and new at something or someone. Opening yourself up to someone doesn’t necessarily end in tears.
Hermes reminds me that this a great opportunity to use magic – to what end, I’m unsure. I do love using staves and I played with the idea of adding some stuff to my staff. I’ve read a bit from the book Tree of Life by Israel Regardie – Golden Dawn stuff is something I’ve kept in the back of my mind for some time. It’s also possible that I totally missed this lesson from the first time. DOH!
*Moore, Barbara (2014). Steampunk Tarot. Llewellyn Publications, Minnesota. Print.
Today, I have Temperance from/for Hestia and The High Priestess from/for Hecate.
Upon dealing with the no God situation, Hestia has given me Temperance to think about. Oddly enough I was thinking of Hermes and the possibility of working with Him. I don’t know if I’m seeing what I want to see, but Temperance reminds me of Hermes.
Temperance, to me, means an alchemical change. I’m always changing and transforming. Also this card means that I’m at the right place and the right time in my practice. Right now, I’m exploring the “right” way – for me- to honor the God.
Hecate gave me the The High Priestess card, which tells me that what I experience is truth. I’m not perfect. I’m trying to accept and let go of all the garbage and baggage in my mind and subconscious, which is the mean reason I draw the Tarot cards during devotional times. I feel like my brain gets in the way when the Gods speak to me. I get so distracted with all my garbage.
I believe that Hecate is telling me to follow my heart and soul; to let go of logic for a bit and try to see the signs…
I’ve always just honored the Goddess (or Goddesses), but I realized lately that I have a crater-size hole in my spiritual practice by not honoring the God (or Gods) somehow.
I guess I feel scared. From Zeus to Apollo, Gods have always intimidated me. I’ve thought about putting symbols of the God and the Goddess at the topmost part of my shelf. Perhaps something that represents both Zeus and Hera?
I had bad experiences with men in the past, but I think before those bad experiences, I felt intimidated. It wasn’t dogmatic religions that made me feel this way – although, I did read a lot about Judeo-Christianity before I got to the Modern Pagan movement.
I decided for each daily devotional to pick two Tarot cards: one for/from Hestia and one for/from Hecate.
Hestia’s lesson for the day; Three of Wands
Hecate’s lesson for a day; Ace of Wands
Ace of Wands for/from Hecate
These are the Steampunk Tarot. I got this deck from my mom who bought it for herself, but decided to give to me because I liked it so much! You don’t know this, but I love steampunk stuff including Abney Park – a really awesome band that you need to check out!
Anyway, according to the book that came with the deck by Barbara Moore, the Ace of Wands is an opportunity to use your will. To me and the book, the wands represent fire.
I’m recreating my spirituality – perhaps burning it down and starting all over again. Hecate has shown me how powerful fire can become. I believe She is giving me that power now.
Three of Wands for/from Hestia
Three of Wands from Hestia shows me that my home is where my power is. She is the center of my practice. I create all my crafts, food, and spirituality when I’m home. This is why I choose to honor Hestia in the first place.
This card also shows me that creating takes a lot of effort – more so when bringing that project into your home or witchcraft practice.
I have a hard time focusing on one thing at a time. One reason for this is because I have to think before I do anything so I go onto something else for a while. Another reason: I have a short attention span. I think Hestia is telling me to focus on creating my path.
This summer I wanted to re-dedicate myself to myself and create my own kind of witchcraft, but I got a little swept up in Hellenism (not a bad thing!) and making my own magic book, which wasn’t my original intention.
I still want to do my daily devotionals to Hestia and Hecate and celebrate the Greek festivals though, but I’d like to go back and re-read my old books on witchcraft. I want to begin again and rediscover what witchcraft means to me and others.
Before the house fire, I had tons of books. After the house fire, I just got a few back including:
Outer Temple of Witchcraft by Christopher Penczak
Temple of Shamanistic Witchcraft by Christopher Penczak
Evolutionary Witchcraft by T. Thorn Coyle
The Earth Path by Starhawk
Tree of Life by Israel Regardie
Kissing the Limitless by T. Thorn Coyle
Books that I didn’t have until after the house fire:
The Fourth Way by P.D. Ouspensky
Philosophy: The Quest for Truth by Louis P. Pojman and Lewis Vaughn
Celebrating Wiccan Spirituality by Lady Sabrina
Key to the Mysteries by Eliphas Levi
The Study of Witchcraft by Deborah Lipp
Myth and Knowing by Scott Leonard and Micheal McClure
Theogony by Hesiod
The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer
Metamorphoses by Ovid
54 Devils by Cory Thomas Hutcheson
Traditional Witchcraft series by Melusine Draco
Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells by Judika Illes
A Wiccan Bible by A.J. Drew
I feel like my path is more messy than I would like it to be. While Hellenism has given me plenty of foundation to work with, I feel like my witchcraft has lost its spark so I’m going to attempt to rediscover my witch-y path.
I’m a simple witch who likes to use simple magic. So, instead of doing a different spell each time I want someone or something to be gone from my life – I’ll use the ole banishing jar.
I just thought of it this morning, pondering the waning moon – I came up with the idea of a general banishing jar (sort of like using a banishing mojo bag). Every time I want to banish something, I can add a bit more pepper, garlic, or onion in there!